Furniture Cleaning Wraps Up a Clean Home

FurnitureCleaningOK, so you let the cat get up on the sofa from time to time; and sometimes the dog… when he’s wet. The kids drop a few crumbs here and there, spill the odd soda or two; and the last time you had company, there was a pretty big accident with the food…

Your furniture takes a lot of abuse; fortunately, we offer a furniture cleaning service that shows your appreciation and protects your investment at the same time! Our upholstery and furniture cleaning specialists use a state-of-the-art hot water extraction cleaning process that penetrates deep into fabric, then gets pulled back out — leaving behind a deep-down clean that you’d be hard pressed to duplicate.

Furniture, especially in high traffic areas of your home like your living room, kitchen or kids’ rooms, will gradually start to look and feel dingy, no matter how many times you dust and vacuum. Dirt and grime can compound the issues of wear over the years, prematurely making your furniture look old. The ground-in dirt also weakens the fibers of the fabric, increasing the likelihood of rips and tears no matter how careful you might be.

After your floors, the next step for a clean, beautiful home is our comprehensive furniture cleaning service. Rather than cart your chairs and sofas somewhere else to be cleaned — or lug around heavy and much less effective in-home rental furniture cleaning devices — we recommend thorough furniture cleaning as part of a periodic carpet cleaning.

The furniture in a home reflects the people who live there; make sure the first impression you give visitors is a clean, bright and fresh one! For information about furniture cleaning, carpet cleaning or any of the cleaning services we provide, please contact us today!

Do I Need Professional Upholstery Cleaning?

upholstery-cleaning-pictureIf you’re considering whether or not you need professional help with some upholstery cleaning on some of your dirty furniture, it’s important to consider that while there are lots of messes you can take care of on your own, there’s definitely a clear line where it’s time to call in the upholstery cleaning experts.

Perhaps the single biggest reason you should consider having professionals handle your upholstery cleaning needs is time. While there are many home solutions to upholstery cleaning, and many sorts of furniture fabric dirt and stains that can easily be addressed with store-bought products, they will take time from your schedule if you plan on using them. A significant advantage of professional upholstery cleaning companies is that they can take care of your furniture while you’re doing something else.

Another issue to consider with regard to home upholstery cleaning products is that using them will typically void any warranty you might have on your furniture. It’s worth checking with the manufacturer (or whoever sold you the furniture) to make sure, but often in order to maintain the validity of the warranty, certified and professional upholstery cleaning companies need to do the cleaning work.

Home care upholstery cleaning products also may seem like a bargain, until you find out how much you’ll really need to keep your furniture fabrics looking clean and new. Professional upholstery cleaning services buy their cleaning products, obviously, in bulk and at a significant discount as a result. Buying the same products piecemeal, which is how homeowners are forced to purchase them, may not yield the sort of upholstery cleaning savings you might hope for.

Finally, professional upholstery cleaning companies do exceptional work on big jobs. You might be less comfortable tackling a whole-couch cleaning than a small stain on one arm. For the larger messes, it’s probably best to use a professional upholstery cleaning service.

Selecting a Carpet Cleaning Professional

CarpetCleanerYou’ve done your part; whether your carpet was installed at home or in a commercial setting, you’ve taken the time to maintain it with regular vacuuming and basic cleaning. But at some point you’re bound to feel your carpet is ready for professional help — maybe it’s suffered a serious stain or two, or there’s been a set of circumstances that has brought particularly high traffic to a specific area. Or maybe it’s just been about a year, and you’d like to incorporate carpet cleaning as part of a routine maintenance schedule (most carpet manufacturers actually recommend this, a professional carpet cleaning every 12 to 18 months!).

Regardless of why, your carpet doesn’t look as good as it did new; the good news is, a residential or commercial carpet cleaning professional can help! And while of course not all carpet cleaning companies are created equal, asking questions when choosing among them will help you find the right people for your job.

The first, of course, is “How long have you been in the carpet cleaning business?” It’s a good question to ask anyone you let into your home to do work, and if the carpet you need cleaned is in an office setting, commercial carpet cleaning companies especially should be able to provide references of other customers you could contact. Another good thing to find out is whether the carpet cleaning company’s employees receive any special training or certifications before they begin work.

Finally, ask for (and approve) a written estimate before any work begins. Professional residential and commercial carpet cleaning companies will perform an on-site inspection of your carpet and should provide a complete estimate for the work to be done. A written contract you can reference later will remove any doubts about which services (furniture removal, etc.) are included in the price.

MAINTAINING YOUR HOME

maintain homeWe at AllBrite Floors are constantly striving to emphasize the importance of regular carpet cleaning, furniture cleaning, as well as tile and grout cleaning.

Besides improving the general feel and look of your home, these cleaning routines can extend the life of your flooring and furniture while improving the health of your family by preventing nasty bacteria from settling in.

We understand you’re not going to need residential carpet cleaning service every week, but there are still things you can be doing within your own home to keep all your flooring well maintained along with your furniture.

  • Using welcome mats – Welcome mats act as a barrier between your floor and the dirt people (and pets) unknowingly track into it. If they capture just a fraction of the bacteria that is carried in, they are well worth their (relatively low cost) investment.
  • Vacuuming and mopping regularly and well – Pay attention to those hard to reach areas. Use your vacuum extensions when carpet cleaning – and do not neglect your tiles. Ensuring that you are vacuuming on a weekly basis can extend the life of your carpets and tiles alike, and provide you with much cleaner floors and a much nicer home. Make sure to focus on the areas that are often overlooked; tile, grout, and furniture cleaning.
  • Semi regular commercial carpet cleaning – Have a professional come in once or twice a year, or rent a steam cleaner to ensure your carpets get the deep carpet cleaning they need. Make sure you get the necessary accessories to clean your furniture as well – the more regularly you keep up this habit, the less you will have to worry about the general wear and tear that can affect your home.
  • Don’t forget about the furniture! Too many people get so focused on the carpets, they leave out the hardwood. Or so focused on the tile and grout cleaning – they forget about the furniture. We sit on it, we stand on it, we use it every day – but how often do we indulge in furniture cleaning? Thorough furniture cleaning should be part of every home maintenance routine.

These are just a few tips to help get you started. The bottom line is not to leave anything out. Carpet, tile and grout as well as furniture cleaning should all be a part of a good home maintenance routine that will extend the life of your property and the value of your home.

carpet-steam-cleaningKeeping a clean floor seems like one of the easiest household chores to ignore. If it “looks fine”, we all too often assume that it is fine, this could not be further from the truth when dealing with carpets.

All floors are capable of housing dirt of any kind (if you don’t believe us, see our article on the bacteria that hide in your floors). Carpets however, are a special type of flooring that too often keep dirt locked in at its root layer, although the surface may appear to be fresh and clean.

This not only means bad news for your health, it may also mean bad news for your pocketbook. Why? Dirt badly affects carpet, it can not only make the floor look dirty but also wear it out faster. This is because for every little bit of carpet you have laid down, there can be a lot of dirt weighing into the amount of wear and tear that goes on along with the added pressure that regularly occurs over its surface.

The more wear and tear that occurs, the more often you will have to replace your carpeting, a costly and time consuming process.

How do you prevent this? With regular carpet cleaning. This can be as simple as vacuuming regularly, adding a mat to the front door, and insisting people remove their shoes… For extra measure, from time to time it also helps to have a thorough steam cleaning done, furniture cleaning, and having professionals come in to restore your existing carpet.

The carpet is the life of the room. When you try to sell a house, one of the first things people notice is how well taken care of the house looks – and the carpet plays a major part. Since most people do not want to replace their carpets entirely every five years, the best advice we can provide is to develop a carpet cleaning routine and stick to it – it will extend the life of your carpet.

Do yourself a favour and indulge in regular carpet cleaning maintenance, it will surely save you more money than it costs.

BACTERIA THAT HIDES IN YOUR FLOORS

Carpet- cleaning- new-jerseyWhether carpet, hardwood, or tile, floors are magnets for the dirt and bacteria we think we’ve left behind with each step. Keeping your floors “clean enough to eat off of” is almost an impossibility, as bacteria thrives on floor surfaces.

Another fun fact about floor bound bacteria; Although these types of bacteria live on your floors, many of them quickly become airborne to increase their survival. This means floor based bacteria should be a concern for anyone coming into a home.

So which types of bacteria have most likely made their home on your floors? The short answer is a lot, but this article will overview two of the most common types of these household dangers:

Campylobacter – Campylobacter bacteria is a perfect example of an extremely common form of bacteria – that will make you want to indulge in carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, furniture cleaning, and everything else within your power. So what’s so bad about campylobacter? The campylobacter bacteria has been directly associated with diarrhea, inflammation of the body, cramps, and even blood in the stool.

Salmonella – Salmonella is another type of bacteria associated with cramps and stomach problems, but has the added danger of being connected with the Salmonella virus. This bacteria is particularly dangerous to the young and the elderly, people who have compromised (and developing) immune systems.

So what can you do about these types of bacteria? Work out a regular cleaning maintenance within the home. This means a combination cleaning routine. Too many people think that vacuuming is enough.

The truth is that vacuuming only takes care of some of your necessary carpet cleaning routine, and completely neglects your tile and grout cleaning needs. A good combination cleaning ring involves daily vacuuming, mopping, and regular carpet, tile and grout cleaning.  Be sure to also make furniture cleaning a part of your annual spring tidy.

For more information, see our blog post on maintaining your home.

WHY SHOULD I GET MY CARPETS CLEANED?

professional_carpet_cleaning_njA lot of people look at the cost of getting their carpet cleaned regularly and dismiss it as an expensive and unnecessary procedure. This is a critical mistake. When you clean your carpets, you benefit on several levels – from increased property value to the benefits of carpet cleaning for your health.

Regular residential carpet cleaning keeps your carpets looking clean and newer for longer. If you’ve ever tried to sell a house then you are likely aware that the newer things are, the better the price you’re going to get. Maintaining your carpets is a great way to ensure they will hold their value for longer, and in turn can increase property value for you.

However, that being said, carpet cleaning does not just help property values and appearances. Carpet cleaning helps the carpet to last longer, keeps things looking fresh and new, and ultimately maintains a tidy, well kept home.

If you have yet to read our blog on the bacteria that thrives in the fibres of your carpet, allow me to briefly recap – bacteria, viruses, mold, and more. Your carpet can be deceptive and, if left un-cleaned, can be a huge source of exposure to dangerous substances that you track into the house along with your family and guests.

These are just a few of the reasons that regular residential carpet cleaning is a great idea. From improving your health to increasing property value in your home, carpet cleaning is a vital part of carpet maintenance.

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