Quick Ways to Freshen Up Your Home

Are you in moving into a new apartment soon, buying your first home, or maybe just in a decorating rut?

Wettstein’s and Lighting Design can always help you update your home with new furniturehome decor, or artwork but we also have some ideas for other ways to freshen up your new or current place!

 

Click here for 10 Ways to Refresh Your Home Without Breaking the Bank.

Click here to lean how to Create a Relaxing Atmosphere in Your Home.

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Spring into Spring Cleaning!

We’re now into March, and that means spring! March 13th marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time and on March 20th, spring officially begins! While it’s still a bit on the chilly side, why not take some time so get your spring cleaning out of the way…or at least started? Today we will provide you with a basic checklist and starting point for jumping into your spring cleaning! This way by the time the spring weather actually rolls into town, you’ll have plenty of time to bask in it! Oh, and don’t forget to stop into our store for our affordable top of the line cleaning products! Such as, Ecosential’s stainless steel cleaner, smooth cooktop cleaner, kitchen surface and oven cleaner, and microfiber cleaning cloths. We also have the full line of Guardsman Furniture Care products, such as their dusting cloths (they’re magic!) and wood cleaners and polishes. And we also carry Whirlpool appliance cleaner, Cooktop Care Kits, and Affresh kitchen cleaners!

The Checklist:

Throughout the House

  • Baseboards and door frames- Start by dusting your baseboards with a small brush or broom to loosen dirt and debris. Follow up with a soft, damp cloth to remove buildup from baseboards and door frames which are both areas that dust and winter debris tend to hide. Remember to use a wood cleaner if you have wooden baseboards or door frames. *Tip: using a dryer sheet helps to clean and trap lint while leaving the room with a fresh scent!
  •  Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors- Spring cleaning time is the perfect reminder to test all the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors around your home. If the batteries haven’t been changed within the last 6 months, install new ones.
  •  Window coverings- After running your furnace all winter, the dust has spread to new places. Be sure to wash your drapes or curtains according to the manufacturers’ instructions. Your blinds could probably use a good dusting as well, start with a small brush or broom, or try a damp rag if there is a lot of buildup.

 In the Kitchen

  • Cupboards- Start by removing the contents of your cupboards and tossing out anything that is past its expiration date. Wipe down the inside of your cupboards with a damp cloth, using wood cleaner if necessary. You could also use this time to reorganize your cupboards if you need to!
  • Tops of shelves- Clean the tops of shelves, cabinets, your refrigerator, and any other surface that is exposed but not commonly wiped off by using a damp cloth or appropriate surface cleaner.
  • Fridge and freezer- Start by taking an inventory of everything you have inside and tossing out any items that are expired. Then wipe down the inside of your fridge using two tablespoons of baking soda for every quart of warm water. To get rid of any odors remaining in your fridge, place a tab of Alka-Seltzer in a glass of water at the back of your fridge to remove the odor in a day. Lastly, don’t forget to clean under your fridge or freezer. A quick solution?—banish cobwebs from underneath with a yardstick covered with a tube sock!
  • Oven—Create a solution of 5 T baking soda, 4 drops of Dawn and 4 T vinegar into a paste. Apply liberally on surface of oven with a sponge, and let sit for 15 minutes. Cut a lemon in half and apply salt. Scrub thoroughly with lemon.

  In the Bedroom

  • Bed skirt and drapes- Your bed skirt doesn’t need to be washed as often as the rest of your bedding, but every few months it’s a good idea to throw it in the laundry and follow the care instructions. Do the same for your bedroom drapes as you did for the living room drapes, following care instructions.
  • Bedding or comforter- The warmer weather means it is time to swap out your heavy comforters with something more lightweight and give your sheets a good wash. Before storing your comforter for the winter have it dry cleaned or washed according to the care instructions so it is nice and fresh when you bring it back out this fall. While changing your bedding out, consider adding a mattress protector (psst, be sure to snag a good deal on one by stopping into Wettstein’s!) to keep your mattress clean and to protect from dust mites and other allergens.

 In the Bathroom

  • Bath mats- Wash your bath mats or if they look worn, replace them. This also goes for toilet seat covers if you use them.
  • Bathroom fan- Be sure that your fan is turned off before cleaning it. Take a damp cloth to wipe away dust and debris off the fan blades or away from the vent covering depending on what type of fan you have. For more tips on cleaning ceiling fans in your house read our previous post here.
  • Shower curtain and lining- If you have a cloth shower curtain you can wash it in your washing machine according to the care instructions. For plastic or vinyl shower curtains and liners, soak them in the tub with hot water and either 1 cup of bleach or distilled vinegar for 30 minutes.

Hopefully this list will make your spring cleaning an easy task! Keep in mind that regular cleaning will help improve energy efficiency and extend the life of the product.If you have any questions, be sure to reach out to us by stopping in the store, giving us a call (608-784-6868), or by commenting on this post or on our Facebook page!

Until next time!

Your friends at Wettstein’s

 

 

Cleaning Out Your Dryer Vents

Most people know that when finishing a load of laundry, they also need to clean out the lint trap in the dryer. However, what you might not know is that the lint trap inside your dryer only catches up to 60% of the lint while the other 40% is sent up and out through the dryer vent system. The only part of the venting system visible to you is the dryer exhaust; the rest of the vent is usually located in a confined area inside your walls, in a crawl space or attic, or sometimes between floor joists.
The saying “Out of sight, out of mind” works well here because often times, we forget about cleaning the venting system simply because we don’t see it every day and therefore, tend to forget all about it.  But while this fact may often be forgotten, that does not mean it isn’t important. Not cleaning out your dryer vent system is a huge fire hazard, and as reported by the National Fire Protection Association, there are 16,800 structure fires a year in the United States caused by clogged or blocked dryer vents.

So let’s get started on how to properly clean your dryer venting. We recommend cleaning the venting system once a year unless you are doing several loads of laundry daily, then cleaning is needed every 6 months or so.

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First things first, you will want to start by disconnecting the power to your unit. Unplug any power cords and if you have a gas dryer, disconnect it from the gas. Next gently pull the unit away from the wall the distance of your extension vent which is typically only 1-2 feet long. Next loosen the vent clamp and slide the extension vent tubing off the dryer.
Reach into the hold on the back of the dryer and remove any lint or debris that you can reach and consider using a vacuum or Shop-Vac for catching anything you might not be able to get with your hands. You will want to do the same thing with the extension vent tubing as well. Make sure to clean each end of the tubing really well since that is where you will see most of the lint built up. You can now reattach the extension clamp, tighten the clamp, and carefully slide the unit back into place.

Next, locate your outdoor vent and remove the covering. Again, you will want to remove any visible debris by hand and use the vacuum or Shop-Vac to reach further into the venting system. Using a flashlight to illuminate inside the venting will help you see inside more easily and ensure you removed as much lint as possible. If a good portion of the venting system is out of reach you can use a plumbers snake or a similar tool to reach the lint build up. Make sure you are being aggressive enough to loosen and remove any debris, but not so aggressive that you are damaging or puncturing the venting system.
You can now reconnect your unit to its power source, either gas or electric. Run the dryer on a short air fluffing cycle. This will push out any last traces of lint that you may have loosened while cleaning. Once the cycle has finished you can reattach the cover on your outside vent and you are done!

Depending on the set-up and the venting system in your own home, these steps may be easier for some than they are for others. Wettstein’s Service Department offers a Dryer Vent Cleaning Program at very reasonable rates. Our professionally trained team can easily take care of all of this for you.

If you are interested in this service, or any other services through our Service Department, call 608-784-1900 and speak with a Service Team Member today. If you have any further questions on the care of your appliances or would like to know more about any other products, we encourage you to either call or stop into Wettstein’s to speak with any of our Sales Team Members.

NOTE: Wettstein’s recommends always consulting your owner’s manual prior to cleaning your appliances. Follow directions found on any cleaning agents you decide to use.

Your Friends at Wettstein’s

 

 

Shaggies & Shrubbies at Lighting Design by Wettstein’s

Stop into Lighting Design by Wettstein’s before 12/24/15 and get a FREE set of Shrubbies ($5.95) when you purchase a set of Shaggies ($8.95)!

Previously sold at Honig’s in downtown La Crosse, we have brought a customer favorite back but this time at Lighting Design by Wettstein’s.

 

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Made from chenille multi-purpose cloth and available in a multitude of colors these are great for the kitchen, bathroom/shower, dusting wet or dry cleaning and even fits on the bottom of your floor mop. The shrubbies are two-sided with chenille multi-purpose cloth on one side and a nylon net scrubbie on the other which make them the perfect item for cleaning veggies, Teflon pans, or your kitchen counters.

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Even better, you can pair these with our Ecosential cleaning products for the ultimate cleaning experience!

If you would like to receive more offers like this, join our Email Savings Club and receive two great offers each month! All NEW members will get a $10 gift certificate just for signing up. To join, see a sales team member or sign up on our website under Email Club.

*$10 gift certificate can only be used on future purchase.

**To claim offer, email address must be provided at the time of purchase.

Holiday Cooking Prep Advice & When NOT to Clean your Oven

With Thanksgiving fast approaching (it’s now less than 2 weeks away!) and winter slowly rolling us into the holiday season, Wettstein’s would like to discuss some helpful cooking and dinner planning tips with you in advance of the season to help ensure a memorable and stress-free holiday.

  1. Don’t run the self-clean cycle before your gathering. Over time, your oven can become a trap for grease and food residue which can lead to bacteria build up or even a grease fire. Cleaning is recommended to be done regularly to avoid such things. There are two cleaning options when it comes to cleaning the interior of the oven; self –cleaning or by hand. When cleaning your oven, no matter if you have a self-cleaning setting or you’re cleaning it by hand, it is always advised to be sure the unit is completely cool before proceeding. You also want to be sure to use a cleaning agent that is safe and specifically made for ovens. We recommend ECOSENTIAL by Smart Choice Kitchen Surface and Oven Cleaner which is a powerful, eco-friendly cleaner designed by home and appliance experts. To avoid having your oven lock up on you before you cook your holiday meal we advise against running the self-clean cycle too close to the big event. The heat produced during the self-clean cycle can damage the Electronic Control Board (E.C.B.), causing the oven door to remain locked after the cycle is complete. This is especially true in older units and units that have an already weakened E.C.B. Instead, plan to clean your oven at least two weeks prior to your gathering or after the fact—which we would at this time recommend as Thanksgiving is now less than two weeks away!
  2. Have a plan. Chefs always prepare a plan before making a large meal and you should too. Consider your refrigerator, freezer and oven space, and how you’re going to manage keeping hot foods at 140 degrees and cold foods at 40 degrees or lower while serving your guests. If you plan to use coolers and ice for extra cold storage, make sure you are checking the ice often and replacing what has melted.
  3. Properly defrost your turkey. –Or buy a fresh one. If you go the frozen turkey route, allow 24 hours per 5 pounds to defrost in the refrigerator. You can also defrost your turkey using a cold water bath which requires you to change the water every 30 minutes. However, due to the time commitment and how wasteful that is with water, we don’t recommend the cold water bath unless it’s your only option. Whatever you do, don’t leave the turkey on your kitchen counter to defrost.
  4. Wash your hands thoroughly and often. You should be washing your hands with hot water and soap before, during, and after food preparation. This is the easiest way to prevent bacterial contamination and keep your dinner guests safe.
  5. Wash all fresh produce. You should even wash prepackaged produce just to be sure. Make sure you use knives, cutting boards, and counter space that has been properly disinfected.
  6. Keep guests out of the kitchen. Because the holidays occur during the peak cold and flu season, it’s important to keep excess ‘help’ out of the kitchen. If your guests need something to snack on prior to the meal being served, consider serving some simple appetizers or putting out a vegetable tray.
  7. Cook food to proper temperatures. This means using a thermometer to determine that food is fully cooked. Hot foods should be cooked to at least 165 degrees and kept above 140 degrees while serving it.
  8. Be careful with the eggs. Who doesn’t love sampling the cookie dough or cake batter or enjoying a cup of holiday eggnog? Anytime eggs are consumed raw there is a chance of salmonella bacteria being present. To be safe, use pasteurized eggs, keep the eggs refrigerated until you are ready to use them, and always cook egg products to at least 160 degrees.
  9. Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of preparation. Leaving leftover food out too long is one of the most common food safety problems during the holidays. To prevent bacterial growth, properly store leftovers in your refrigerator. Be sure you aren’t over-packing the fridge and inhibiting air-flow the food needs in order to properly cool down. Another tip is to remove any extra meat from the bone so it is easier to store and is able to quickly cool to the proper temperature.
  10. Reheating your leftovers to 165 degrees. Microwaves heat food at an uneven rate so while you might think that microwaving a plate of leftovers for a few minutes might be OK, you should really use a thermometer to be sure you have properly re-heated your food.

By following these steps, you will be able to create a memorable holiday meal for your guests.

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Wettstein’s!

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Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wettstein’s Welcomes You to October

Whether you’re mourning the loss of the intense summer heat or are relishing in the new-found crispness of the air, October certainly means fall is here. Get ready to hunker down in the warmth of your home as the expectant Old Man Winter makes his return. So, as you revisit the prospect of spending so much time indoors, don’t forget to freshen your space up and update whatever you can while the weather is still nice. But where do you start? Wettstein’s and Lighting Design by Wettstein’s have a few ideas…

You can be curled up in your favorite reading nook with the new release by your favorite author and a cup of tea or gathered in the family room playing Apples to Apples, but regardless ensure that you have adequate lighting! Lighting Design by Wettstein’s boasts the latest trends in lighting and energy efficiency with a showroom and inventory to amaze. So whether you’re looking for a reading lamp, desk light, overhead lighting, under cabinet lighting—whatever your case; rest assured because Lighting Design by Wettstein’s has it! And lighting is just one great excuse to check out Lighting Design by Wettstein’s as they also sell a host of super trendy home décor items to fit anyone’s style. Some favorites: Illume candles, chic jewelry, and map themed wall art perfect for any gallery wall.

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Some of the many goodies available at Lighting Design by Wettstein’s

Chances are, as soon as the snow starts to fall you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your home sitting. And inviting a lot of other people over to your home to sit with you as well. Fall is the perfect time to move out your old and lumpy, uncomfortable furniture and donate it to some poor college students and upgrade yourself to a new set. Wettstein’s was voted by you, La Crosse County as the best furniture retailer in the area! Currently we have a 7 piece furniture set on sale for $1299, a savings of $600. For just $1299 (often the price of just a couch), you receive a sofa, loveseat, 2 lamps, 2 end tables, and a coffee table. That’s a complete living room set! Come in and check them out (I’m currently writing this from the love seat=super comfy) and pick out your own fabric should you like a different style. But hurry! There’s limited quantities!

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Come sit on one of our comfy couches!

With fall comes the return of everyone’s favorite: fall TV. Whether that be football or the much anticipated ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween, you’re going to need both the TV and the sound system to match. Thank goodness Wettstein’s is La Crosse County’s go-to store for their TV and sound needs. Because TV’s are such an important sell at Wettstein’s, our sales team is completely knowledgeable in helping you find the right TV for your home. When it comes to TV’s, size matters and our sales team knows the perfect ratio you should have from couch to TV, and which models will best suit your needs. No other store will spend as much time with you as Wettstein’s in assisting with your purchase. We even offer TV purchase bundles with soundbars. Seriously though, what’s the point of buying a new super fancy TV if you can’t hear it properly? Newsflash: sound is half of the viewing experience. To really appreciate your new TV purchase, you need the soundbar. When you purchase a TV and soundbar together, you get a great deal…just ask your salesperson. If that’s not enough of an ambiance for you, picture this: you and the family curled up on the couch enjoying a Harry Potter weekend while the fireplace glows on your new TV stand from Wettstein’s. Yeah, we can do that too.

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Come for the TV’s and service, stay for the theater room.

With the spirit of giving slowly descending upon the community with the fast approaching holiday season, this is a great time to remember why it’s important to buy local. Wettstein’s and Lighting Design by Wettstein’s have been a cornerstone of the La Crosse Community since 1951, that’s 64 years! Through those years, Wettstein’s has made it a priority to give back to the community through numerous events and donations. Most recently in September, Wettstein’s hosted a blood drive in coordination with the Blood Center of Wisconsin. Working with the Blood Center is unique in that all blood donated at our event stays in La Crosse County. Our goal for this event was to have 45 donors and we ended the day with 71 donors making our event the most successful blood drive that the Blood Center has put on all year! In addition, Wettstein’s employs members of our community and strives to support all members of our greater community. When making the decision this year as to where to purchase your new furniture set, your new TV, gifts for family and friends for the holiday season, remember what the season is all about: community. Instead of shopping at a big box store by the mall, take a stroll down the picturesque streets of downtown La Crosse and support local businesses like Wettstein’s. While we may be small, we are mighty and carry a certain charm that large stores will never be able to recreate. Wettstein’s will always match the price of a big box store the day of purchase and up to 30 days after your purchase. We want to make buying local accessible and in doing so become your number one choice. So take a day, park in our parking lot, stop into Wettstein’s and have a look around. Then spend the rest of your day downtown; have lunch, a cup of coffee, stroll the streets, visit the parks, dinner and a movie, drinks, anything is possible when you take the time to look. And the best news?—you’re more than welcome.

September Events at Wettstein’s

While everyone is heading back to school in September, Wettstein’s is gearing up for some great events this month!

Saturday September 12 is PRIDE in the Park

Wettstein’s will be hosting a breakfast in our Jenn-Air demo kitchen before the event kicks off! So come join us from 9-10:30 am in the store to have some breakfast eats prepared in house, scones from Great Harvest Bakery Co, and coffee from Cabin Coffee Co. before heading down to Riverside Park to show your Pride and Support!

After the breakfast, be sure to head down to Riverside Park from 10:30-4:30 pm on Saturday and check out the Wettstein’s booth as well as many other local businesses, music, food, entertainment, and more!

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Friday Septmeber 25th is Wettstein’s Blood Drive!

From 11-4pm on Friday September 25th, Lighting Design by Wettstein’s and Wettstein’s are hosting a Blood Drive in coordination with the Blood Center of Wisconsin! Some take an hour of your time on that Friday to head over to Lighting Design’s lower level to donate blood, and pick up your FREE Oktoberfest button for donating!! So click the following link and make an appointment today! http://www.bcw.edu/wettsteins If you have any questions about donating, be sure to call the information line:     1-877-BE-A-HERO.

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In addition to our great events this month, we also have some great sales going on! So be sure to “like” us on Facebook to keep up to date with all of our events and promotions we have going on!

-The Wettstein’s Team