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Ask the Furniture Expert - Ken Gripich

Updated: Apr 12

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April 2021


At Whirlpool, We advance technology to the point of Simplicity. Creating innovation that’s forward thinking for what we choose to put in it – and what we don’t. Great design that fits seamlessly into life. And is truly a pleasure to live with.


Whirlpool appliances do things the way you do them. Your intuition for how to get things done is something we value so much, we’ve put it into our appliances—making guesswork a thing of the past. Every detail is attended to. Every machine is designed to help you manage your home precisely the way you want—easier, faster and smarter.


In many Whirlpool appliances, remarkable sense and adapt technology responds to the needs of your clothes, your meals and your foods. By adapting to each situation, intuitive sensors make key refinements—precisely adjusting water levels for the best clean possible or measuring moisture content for better baking. So your fabrics look newer longer, meals cook more evenly, and foods stay cool and flavorful.


To us, advanced performance means getting great results while using less water and energy. Our ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances deliver eco-efficient operation that exceeds the toughest government standards. Like you, we believe precious resources should be used with care.

At Whirlpool brand, making the best appliances through constant innovation is a given. But as we move into our second century of leading the appliance industry, we’ll also continue leading the charge to protect our environment, and support our global community. Along with you, we never stop seeking smarter ways to help run a home—whether it’s yours or the one we share together.



March 2021


As it has been since the beginning leather is the leader in overall toughness and durability as well as its ability to take die very well offering a wide range of color anywhere from black to yellows and reds.Leather gets more supple and comfy with time and coolness and hot and sticky times are usually short lived.Well cared for leather can last in excess of ten years,it costs more but its also worth it in the long run.


Synthetic materials are the most common today and polyester is the leader among these newer fabrics.Polyester doesn’t fade from sunlight or cleaning,it is very stain resistant and cleans well when accidents do happen.The actual feel and appearance can vary from fuzzy and fluffy to smooth and textured similar to leather in -appearance all offering long wear and low maintenance.Some would say it is the “new nylon”,as nylon is also extremely strong and durable and was for many years the main cover on most upholstery for decades.


Not to be forgotten is olefin,also a synthetic fibre and very strong and flexible with a one up on some others as it is made from plastic it offers protection against liquid stains.The fibre strands in olefin are larger and coarser than polyester so the feel of it is a bit rough to the touch on its own.The way around this fact is of course blends of olefin and other synthetics like polyester, rayon or a natural fibre like silk or cotton to give you the best of all things and long life from your upholstery.


I highly recommend you turn up a cushion or tip a chair over to see what its actually made of and know what type of wear you should expect from the furniture your considering buying at your local stores or ask your retailer they will know.



February 2021


Are Appliance Extended Warranties worth It?


Some say it’s not worth the extra cost, if you buy a washing machine for $400.00, it’s not worth the $150.00 on an extended warranty. 20 years ago extended warranties may not have been recommended. Appliances are built a little differently than they used to be, some Fridges, Ranges and Washer/Dryers cost over $3000.00, and the parts are so expensive because newer units all have computer boards. It could cost $200 to $300 for the parts, and it seems that energy-efficient machine break down more easily. Most service calls on fridges range from $200 - $500. One call and you have made up the price of the warranty. If the appliance cost $800 or more, it may be very well worth it. Often if you do not use your warranty, the cost of the warranty could be used towards certain merchandise as a credit.


January 2021


Covid has changed everything when it comes to buying new furniture or appliances for your home. The supply chain has been broken in many cases and the shortage of labor and international shipping delays have severely limited our choices of products of most larger home furnishings.Your local stores have the products on order, their suppliers can’t fill those orders under the present circumstances.


With fewer choices in stores we will have to work with local dealers asking questions like ”when will this be coming in”, or can I order this in a different color”, also don’t be afraid to place a deposit on an on-order product and wait for it to arrive. Also consider taking an in stock item even if it’s not exactly what you want but it will do the job right now if your need is high.


If it’s a necessity item like a fridge or stove ask about a possible loaner until your new unit arrives. We will need to be flexible waiting for ordered items as well, things may change while you’re waiting. Bare in mind that your local dealers want nothing more than to get you the things you want as soon as possible.


Today we can order more and more products online but remember, larger ticket items like sofas and chairs or a new stove need a hands on presence to check for comfort and fit as well as functionality in your home.The staff in your local dealer stores also have vast information that we don’t find online and they are there to help you with your purchases by answering pertinent questions as they relate to new items

for your home.


Support your local vendors!



December 2020


Pros

1. Ventless Dryers Recycle the Hot Air they Produce

If your home lacks a venting option, then a ventless dryer is the best choice to do laundry in your home.


2. Ventless Dryers Can be Installed Almost Anywhere

Almost all ventless dryers are electrically powered, as long as you have a circuit, you are good to go.


3. No More Lint Fire Worries with a Ventless Dryer

When you own a ventless dryer, it is much easier to maintain the unit, no need to worry about cleaning lint from trap every time, it uses heat in a different way.


4. Ventless Dryers are more Efficient

You will use less energy with a ventless dryer compared to a standard dryer. With a heat pump dryer, the air used to dry your clothes is always warm because it is recycled.


5. Your Clothes are Treated Better in a Ventless Dryer

Because a ventless dryer tends to use a smaller chamber and a lower heat setting than vented models, clothes make it through the laundry without quality issues.


6. There are Fewer Installation Steps Associated with a Ventless Dryer

A ventless dryer requires Zero ventilation setup, no need to worry about vent hoses.


7. You Eliminate the Cost of Installing an Outside Vent in Your Home

If you do not have an outside vent in your home, you must add that to the cost of a vented model.


8. Ventless Dryers Distribute Less Heat to the Surrounding Environment

Vented dryers while operating is very warm to the touch; ventless heat pump dryers are up to 5 times more efficient than a vented model.


9. Many Ventless Models Offer a Comparable Drying Time

Comparable from 60 Min to 75 Min

Cons

1. The Capacity of a Ventless Dryer is Much Less than a Vented Dryer

If you have a large family of 5+ people, then a vented dryer would get you through your laundry chores faster.


2. Many Ventless Dryers Operate on a Low-Heat Setting

If you must dry your clothing quickly, a vented dryer will always be your best choice, for the average ventless model, their high heat setting is comparable to the low heat setting for a vented model.


3. Ventless Dryer Cost More than Vented Dryers

Average price of a heat pump ventless dryer is $1600.00, Vented Dryers Start as low as $500.00.


4. You Must Still Maintain Certain Ventless Dryers on a Regular Basis

If you opt for the cheaper condenser ventless dryer, you will replace lint trap cleaning with water tank emptying.


5. Ventless Dryers Tend to be Noisier than Vented Dryers

If your laundry room is on main floor or close to living quarters, Heat pump models are some of the loudest appliances in the industry.


6. It may not be an Option for some Living Situations

Although ventilation is not a requirement for ventless dryers, most models do have a requirement that ample air flow is accessible to the appliance.


7. Vent less Dryers add More Humidity to the Laundry Room

If you home is a high moisture environment, then a ventless dryer may promote mold & mildew inside the laundry room.


November 2020



The fact that gliders are here in no way means rocking chairs are out the door. On the contrary, rocking chairs are great for loosening muscles and sore, stiff joints . You will get the same relief in a glider but it will be delivered in a different way. Gliders move back and forth while rocking chairs move on an ark. Those that have gliders say they are a must have in the home - especially if there is a nursery in the house, and by all means add the ottoman that moves in the same fashion as the glider smooth comfort for both baby and mom while feeding and no chance of catching the dogs tail underneath while you do it. A smooth rocking motion offers increased endorphins- the feel good hormone, as well as helps calm baby helping them go back to sleep more easily. As we all know, little ones can be messy but today’s gliders mostly have removeable covers for a quick wash and dry without a lot of trouble.


I have heard it said that some cheaper chairs begin to squeak after a while which can be terribly annoying. I recommend getting a better glider that can be lubricated or at least one that has some warranty on the bushings that can squeak.

You can usually find gliders in different physical sizes. If your nursery is tight space wise, they normally only need 4-5 feet for the glider to rock back and forth fully, add a couple more feet if you have the ottoman as well.


Fall offers the best selection of colors, sizes and covers as retailers gear up for the holiday season. So who on your list needs a glider rocker for their home or nursery this year? It will be a gift they will love and enjoy for years to come.



October 2020


The usage of Rent-to-Own transactions began in the United Kingdom and Europe, and first appeared in the Canada during the 1950s and 1960s. While rent-to-own terminology is most commonly associated with consumer goods transactions, the term is sometimes used in connection with real estate transactions. The newest law coming into effect known as “Physical control” is a progression towards owning something such as a parcel of land. Rent-To-Own Also known as rental Purchase, is a type of legally documented transaction under which tangible property such as Furniture, Home Appliances, Consumer Electronics is leased in exchange for a weekly or monthly payment, with the option to purchase at some point during the agreement. In our case the purchaser would require to pay a deposit, first payment, delivery and other fees up front if applicable.

A Rent to Own transaction differs from a traditional lease, the lessee can purchase the leased item(s) at any time during the agreement (In a Traditional Lease the lessee has no right), the lessee can terminate the agreement at any time by simply returning the property, provided the account is up to date, and in our case if the account is paid in full within 90 Days from date of delivery, there is no interest charges, and an administration fee would apply.


September 2020


The recliner today is not a lot like they were when they were introduced to yesterday’s generations. The dad-chair was a very large chair that took up half the living room,and that was before it was reclined without hitting the wall behind it. Sometimes they were not nice to look at either- remember your dads green naugahide recliner?


Today’s recliners have gone from the old handle recliner to hidden pocket releases for the chair or even a parachute handle release on the inside edge of the arm, combined with the wall-away motion allowing you to set your chair mere inches from a wall and still fully recline without doing any damage.


In a move to get more ladies into these super comfy chairs they are now built on a much smaller frame more in proportion with the smaller figures of the ladies. This also gives you more room to accomidate chairs for everyone.You can still have that sectional and the relaxing comfort of recliners in the same room.


Decorating with recliners in mind has never been easier,with literally hundreds of covers to choose from and even more colors, setting up your rooms has never been easier, order in from a local retailer and get exactly what you want.


The last decision you will have to make is sometimes the hardest, do I get a power recliner or manual? Yes it’s an added cost to you but when you consider the ease of reclining and the ability to put your chair in exactly the right spot for maximum comfort, and have it stay there it is well worth considering.


There are even more features out there on recliners to enhance your comfort and relaxation, picture a nice warm heater or massager on your chair or even a recliner that will help lift you up if you’re sore and stiff or unable, todays recliners have grown with us and our needs- keep them in mind the next time you`re furniture shopping.



August 2020


Leather match furniture is one of most popular types of upholstery for Sofas, Sectionals and more.


What is Leather Match?

Leather match, also sometimes referred to as L/M or Leather Seating is a type of synthetic upholstery found in recliners and sofas, and closely resembles real leather.


What is Leather Seating?

When a furniture piece is labeled as Leather Seating (Leather Match), this means that the part of the furniture that comes in contact with your skin is made of real leather; all other parts-such as the outer sides and back will by made of leather match, For example, in a recliner labeled as Leather Seating (Leather Match), only the recliner’s seat, backrest, armrests and footrest are made of genuine leather. In a sectional with leather match the connectors are made of leather match, while the seats themselves are made of real leather.


Why Choose Leather Match?

Leather seating furniture pieces are designed to feel luxurious to the touch-without the cost. Because of its economical use of real leather, a recliner or sofa with leather match(Leather Seating) is more affordable than one upholstered with real leather.

May 2020

Since 1985 midwest has always tried to adapt to the needs of the day-whether it’s a global economic downturn, months long construction projects or the demands of the Corona Virus pandemic. We always want to be there for our customers whenever a need arises regardless what changes might be needed. Although we are working shorter days we are still open for your necessities whether it’s for a washing machine a new fridge or a stove to cook your meals on. We are also here for you to make your payments on time because its important to both of us. We are still offering deliveries where necessary and our staff will be sanitized and wearing masks for everyones protection and will follow any social distancing measures you might have in your home. Back at the store we sanitize everyday and after every customer, we practice all social distancing rules and have sanitizer at all entry points to the store and all working counters and equipment. We all look forward to the day when our world returns to normal and we can move on to the next challenge in our lives—until then please remember to support your local businesses that have been here for all these years adapting and changing to meet the needs of customers and the times, we need each other more now than ever. Sincerely- The management and staff at Midwest on Main Since 1985 midwest has always tried to adapt to the needs of the day-whether it’s a global economic downturn, months long construction projects or the demands of the Corona Virus pandemic. We always want to be there for our customers whenever a need arises regardless what changes might be needed. Although we are working shorter days we are still open for your necessities whether it’s for a washing machine a new fridge or a stove to cook your meals on. We are also here for you to make your payments on time because its important to both of us. We are still offering deliveries where necessary and our staff will be sanitized and wearing masks for everyones protection and will follow any social distancing measures you might have in your home. Back at the store we sanitize everyday and after every customer, we practice all social distancing rules and have sanitizer at all entry points to the store and all working counters and equipment. We all look forward to the day when our world returns to normal and we can move on to the next challenge in our lives—until then please remember to support your local businesses that have been here for all these years adapting and changing to meet the needs of customers and the times, we need each other more now than ever. Sincerely- The management and staff at Midwest on Main

April 2020 Some say it’s not worth the extra cost, if you buy a washing machine for $400.00, it’s not worth the $150.00 on an extended warranty. 20 Years ago extended warranties may not have been recommended. Appliances are built a little differently than they used to be, some fridges & and washer/dryers cost over $3000.00, and the parts are so expensive because newer units all have computer boards, It could cost $200 to $300 for the parts, and it seems that energy-efficient machines break down more easily. Most service calls on fridges range from $200-$500. One call and you have made up the price of the warranty. If the item cost of the item cost $800 or more, it may be very well worth it.


March 2020


Accent Chairs

Accent chairs are both stylish and functional and can be used in every room in your home.

What about the dining room or kitchen ? How about two wing backs at either end of the

Table to add a classy touch.


If you have a desk area or an island in the kitchen why not add an upholstered beauty to add a soft comfy touch.

Have a bathroom storage issue how about a chair for towels or personal items while your in there.

Of course for a pop of color or texture in the living room-accent chairs can add life to the area.

The bedroom is a great place for a comfy chair for color or for quiet time to focus on some reading.

How about using chairs for night stands adding convenience and style.


Let your imagination find areas in your home for you to use accent or occasional chairs in your home to add, comfort, convenience, style and warmth.


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