Monday, October 20, 2014

10 Fitch - Secret To Sparkling Clean Coffee Carafes

Here's 10 Fitch's Speedy Magic Method

Have you ever tried to remove the coffee stains from the inside of your coffee carafe?  We have spent lots of time and elbow grease on ours but recently discovered a MAGIC method that is virtually elbow grease free and has worked wonders on all of our carafes, including the stainless Bunn coffee maker carafe that we brew coffee in every morning (not shown) and one that we could not get the burnt on black coffee out of.

All you need to perform this magic trick at home is -
  1. dirty carafes
  2. dishwasher tabs (we like Finish)
  3. enough boiling water to fill carafe
  4. about an hour
Sit your empty carafes in your kitchen sink. put one dishwasher tab in each carafe and fill your carafes to the very top with boiling water.  Let them soak for about an hour and voila!  Sparkling clean and you didn't even break a sweat!  Pretty Awesome huh?  Give it a try and let me know how it worked for you.

10 Fitch Inns Killer Trick To Remove Greasy Oily Stains

Abracadabra! Greasy Oily Stains Disappear Like Magic! 

Have you ever gotten an oily, or greasy stain on a favorite shirt or, ::gasp:: on an upholstered piece of furniture and had to throw it out or in the case of furniture, try and strategically “hide” the stain with a throw pillow or by flipping a cushion? Well I sure have, lot’s and lot’s of times, so that is why I am seriously so excited to share with you this 10 Fitch Innsider Secret!

But first let me tell you about our red couch because I think you will have a greater appreciation for the “magic” that I’m going to share with you once I do.

The couch is a super comfy, red sofa that is a focal point of Equestrian Suites living room. It looks great in the room and our guests love it. The problem is that our guests also enjoy things like chocolate and cheese fondue, antipasto & cheese plates and entire dinners in their room while sitting on this couch so it does get pretty dirty and unfortunately, since it is all one solid color, with no pattern and no texture, ANYTHING you get on it sticks out like a sore thumb. To make matters worse, the fabric is such that the red color actually comes off and leaves a lighter area if you try and spot clean, even with just plain water and a clean cloth. Needless to say, keeping this sofa clean and fresh looking has been, well, shall I say… a challenge.

There are two loose cushions on the back and two on the seat, which the red covers zip off of so, early on in our new venture as innkeepers, after we discovered some pretty nasty looking grime on the cushions, we decided to try running the cushions through the washing machine. I was terrified that they would fall apart or end up pink or shrink and not fit back on the cushions and I was soooo relieved when that did not happen but I have felt the same terror each of the 6 plus times that we have washed them since! The washings have faded them some and in the right light you can detect a slight color difference between the cushions and the rest of the couch so the last time we were forced to wash the covers I thought, “Well, I don’t think we are going to be able to do that again. The next step is to either have the couch reupholstered or buy a new one.”

So my heart sank the other day when I went into Equestrian and began cleaning after our guests checked out and on the arm of the couch was a very large, very dark spot from something obviously liquid. I felt it and couldn’t tell what it was but I was hoping it was just water and that when it dried it wouldn’t leave too bad a water stain.

I went about my business stripping the bed, starting the laundry and cleaning the bathroom and came back some time later to inspect the stain and it was still there, just as dark and as big as it was before. I realized then that this was not water. I felt it again and looked at my fingers. Hmmmm… I was guessing it was something oily. There was no way I could unzip the fabric from the arm of the couch and wash it in the machine so I didn’t know what to do.

Then I remembered reading somewhere, probably on Pinterest... btw, if you are not on Pinterest you might be interested to know you can find some of the most helpful DIY tips there, anyway, I heard that you could absorb oily stains on fabric and carpets with corn starch and I thought, “Ok, I guess we’ll give that a try.”

So, downstairs I trotted to the kitchen and retrieved the container of cornstarch and a teaspoon and back upstairs I headed to Equestrian and the offending stain then I proceeded to take a spoonful and dump it on the arm of the couch over the stain and then I smooshed the cornstarch into the fabric with the back of the spoon. I worked it in for a minute or two and then left it as I finished what I had to do in the rest of the suite. About an hour later I went back with the vacuum and a small brush attachment and vacuumed up the corn starch. I was completely amazed as the cornstarch disappeared and along with it, every trace of that oily stain! Just like magic!

Then I was upset with myself for not having taken photos to prove how great it worked! So guess what? A couple days later, as I was contemplating what Innsider Secret I would share in the October newsletter, I decided to re-create the magic trick and took the photos below :)

Isn't that amazing!? I even tried this on some older stains but the cushion covers had already been through the wash at least once and the cornstarch didn't remove them completely although it did seem to lighten them further.

So, I hope that if you ever spill something oily or greasy on a rug, furniture, or clothing that this Innsider Secret will come to mind so you can give it a try. 

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Monday, October 6, 2014

10 Reasons We Love The Skaneateles Dickens Christmas (And You Should, Too!)

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

It doesn't seem possible but it's that time of year again! With just 79 days left until Christmas it's time to think about your holiday shopping list.  And if you have never come to the Finger Lakes to shop for the holidays you might want to consider it because there are so many great shopping opportunities, like Destiny USA, the Waterloo Outlets, as well as shopping at the wineries all along the wine trails.  But there is one in particular that I want to tell you about - Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles Village.

Why do we love the Skaneateles Dickens Christmas? 

  1. It's so much fun! Who wouldn't want to come to this charming & beautiful lakeside village to experience an old fashioned Christmas? For the 21st year in a row, from noon until 4PM beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving and continuing every Saturday and Sunday thereafter until Christmas, the Dickens Christmas will take place this year and it is not to be missed!
  2. Continuing the tradition begun 7 years ago, The World's Smallest Christmas Parade Ever will take place once again on opening day, Friday, November 28th at noon.  Charles Dickens and his entourage will head down Fennell Street, turn right onto Jordan Street, then right onto Genesee Street to their grand opening on the porch of the Sherwood House next to the Sherwood Inn at 12:10 pm.
  3. Dickens interactive theater takes place right on the streets of Skaneateles and you get to participate!  That's right!  The Dickens Christmas Characters stroll the streets of Skaneateles and you become a part of the show as they perform live right in front of you.  Scrooge, the ghosts, Tiny Tim, Oliver Twist, over 50 characters in all, are there. Father Christmas is too!
  4. There's live music!  Sing along with the Dickens Singers to the Christmas carols! On Saturdays a live brass band plays and on Sundays you might even hear bagpipes!
  5. You can have Dinner with Dickens and Friends! Thursday, December 11th and December 18th, 2014 at Mirbeau Inn and Spa at 6 pm.
  6. You can sample hot roasted chestnuts in front of Johnny Angels for FREE!
  7. FREE eggnog, courtesy of Bryne Dairy, is served on Saturdays by the local Girl Scouts!
  8. Take a FREE horse drawn wagon rides down the streets of Skanealteles!
  9. Mirbeau Inn and Spa will be hosting a Winter Wonderland "French Country Christmas Display" every Saturday, and Sunday during Dickens Christmas and you can enjoy FREE hot cocoa, hot spiced cider, and cookies from noon to 4 pm during your visit!
  10. There are over 70 unique shops and restaurants to explore in Skaneateles, virtually ensuring that you will find just the right, special gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list, all while experiencing the magic and wonder of an old fashioned Christmas.

So, get your shopping list together and plan to be here to enjoy the season, the shopping, and Dickens in Skaneateles.  We would love to have you stay with us here at 10 Fitch Luxurious Romantic Inn and currently still have availability, although very limited, for the weekends during Dickens.  We are also offering a special Shop & Stay Dickens package.  You will find a special promo-code and all the details here.