Friday, July 11th, 2014 at
OK, so maybe they won’t exactly thank you, at least in so many words. Most parents and grandparents will agree that gratitude isn’t a virtue most toddlers are particularly known for — unless there’s a cookie or some other treat on the line, of course. But if you’ve got young children of your own, or care for them in your home, carpet cleaning can be one of the most important things you do regularly to keep them safe and healthy.
The reason carpet cleaning is so important is pretty simple: children spend a lot of their time much, much closer to the floor than adults do. That means whatever dirt, grime, pollen and dust might find its way onto your carpet is right at their level — and can have a much greater impact on their lives and wellbeing than it will on the taller people, even in the same room.
A home might feel and even smell clean — but remember, you’re on a “higher plane” than the children will be. Get down on your hands and knees if you can, put your nose right on the carpet, and take a deep breath; it might sound silly, but that’s just what your children essentially do when they’re playing down there. You might be surprised to find odors that indicate a carpet cleaning might be in order. Children who suffer from allergies especially benefit from clean carpet — it helps them stay healthy and play longer on that nice clean carpet.
Again, they may not thank you outright; but your thanks will be in the happy, healthy smiles of the children who enjoy a carpet free from dust and grime. To schedule an appointment for a professional carpet cleaning, contact our offices today!
Friday, July 4th, 2014 at
Having already made the choice to have a professional carpet cleaning company take care of your home, you’ve wisely made a choice to protect your carpet investment, maintain a great look in your house, and maintain the value of your property! The next step after scheduling a cleaning is to make sure you get the most out of it — and that means setting up your home to take full advantage of everything professional cleaners have to offer.
Depending upon the circumstances, many cleaning companies will move furniture for you — but if you’re looking to save a little time and have the ability to do so yourself before they arrive, you may want to consider getting the furniture out of the way in advance. In addition, if you have furniture or other things in the rooms to be cleaned that can easily be damaged, such as antiques or sculpture, you’ll probably want to make your own arrangements.
Take some time to clear other items off the floor as well — you’d be surprised once you look around how many things you actually have at carpet level. Things like lamps, chairs, and clothes may stand out, but you’ll also have to think about waste bins, under-desk items like power strips and computer cords, and (if you have children, or are a child at heart) toys.
Finally, be sure to notice any areas where there are particularly troubling stains or excessive soiling — high traffic spots like hallways into kitchens and entry areas, for example. Pointing those spots and stains out to the carpet cleaning professionals you hire will help ensure they spend adequate time addressing your biggest concerns — and will go a long ways toward making sure you’re fully satisfied with your carpet cleaning experience going forward!
Friday, June 13th, 2014 at
When accidents happen and unexpected spills stain your carpet, it’s never a bad idea to call in a professional carpet cleaning service; however, if you’re the do it yourself type and want to try to take on a stain or two on your own, we recommend having a sort of “first aid kit” for your carpet ready in advance. Every moment counts; typically stains become more difficult to address the longer they’re left on a carpet, so having the right things available right away can make a difference.
Obviously you’ll need a spray bottle or two, and a few clean cloth towels — pick cloth that’s relatively absorbent and hasn’t been dyed or treated with water-resistent chemicals. Next you’ll need detergent and rinsing solutions; while a lot of people swear by club soda, we’ve found a mix of a teaspoon of wool detergent mixed with a cup of warm water to be excellent to have around for many common stains, such as coffee, tea, urine and other dark liquids. First blot up as much of the offending liquid as you can (without spreading the stain), then add a little of the detergent solution to the outer edges of the stain and work your way in.
Once you’ve taken care of the stain, mix up your rinsing solution: 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 cup of water. Put it in a spray bottle, and spray over the entire area you worked with. Blot up the excess then spread five or six dry towels over the area and weigh them down with a phone book or several text books — enough weight to let the towels really start soaking up the rinsing solution. Leave it for several hours then remove the towels; if there’s still significant moisture, do it again.
If DIY stain removal isn’t working for you, call in a professional carpet cleaning company as soon as you can!
Friday, June 6th, 2014 at
If you’ve ever wondered what sort of people use our professional carpet cleaning service — and who benefits from the value we offer our customers — the answers may surprise you. The truth is there are all kinds of people for whom a carpet cleaning service makes sense; here are just a few.
Pet owners. This might seem like an obvious one; there are many wonderful things about owning pets, but their treatment of carpeting isn’t particularly high on the list! Pet stains from urine, feces, or even just the increase in traffic (think: twice as many dirty feet as humans) can make professional carpet cleaning make a lot of sense for pet owners.
Parents. Children can be rough on carpets as well — from finger paint to muddy boots, there are a lot of ways parents benefit from getting their carpets cleaned with us. Plus a clean carpet is much better for the little ones so close to the ground!
Frequent (or infrequent) hosts. Whether you’re the type who hosts a weekly get-together with friends, or one who is about to host the first family reunion in anyone’s memory, a clean carpet is a way to show your guests they’re valued — and that you’re the type of person who keeps a very clean house!
Thrifty homeowners. What? You bet. There’s a significant dollar value tied up in the carpet you purchased for your home, and there’s no better way to make it last its longest than to have it professionally cleaned on a regular basis. In addition, a professionally cleaned carpet is easier to keep clean for a good while after the carpet cleaning service has left — if you stay on top of it, you can save a lot of money!
Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at
There’s no two ways about it; no matter how careful we are, our favorite furniture always seems to fall prey to soil and grime. It’s a fact of life that if we use our furniture, it’s going to get dirty — and accidents happen, adding stains to the everyday dirt and grime faced by our chairs, sofas, recliners and love seats.
The good news is, when it comes to furniture cleaning Burlington residents have a new weapon in the war on dirt: our professional upholstery cleaning service is a great fit for both residential and commercial settings, or basically anywhere where you’d rather protect the investment you’ve made in upholstered furniture — and enjoy clean, like-new upholstery as long as possible.
Our upholstery cleaning process uses the latest in techniques and technologies, and offers a way to add years to the useful life of sofas, armchairs, kitchen and dining room chairs, or virtually any upholstered piece of furniture — and, thanks to our proprietary furniture cleaning process, we can tackle stains and soil even as they appear on draperies and other household fabrics — including those that might otherwise be considered too delicate for a professional cleaning service to handle.
Living and working with professionally cleaned furniture means you’re not just extending the life of your upholstery, you’re also operating in a cleaner, healthier environment; whether for yourself, your employees, or your customers, the advantages of professionally-cleaned upholstery are difficult to overstate.
When you’re ready to work with the professional furniture cleaners Burlington home and business owners recommend most, please give us a call to schedule an initial consultation. We’re ready to earn your trust — and your business — by providing a higher lever of service than you might expect, with results you can count on!
Friday, September 13th, 2013 at
When a manufacturer describes their product as “for commercial use,” you generally know that means it’s built for business; everything takes more abuse when it’s in a commercial setting, so it needs to be made a little tougher to withstand the day-to-day needs of your enterprise.
Carpet is no different. Commercial carpet is designed with business in mind, manufactured to wear more slowly under more traffic than you’d ever expect in a residential setting. But that doesn’t mean you can simply neglect it; it may be tougher in a lot of ways, but the carpet manufacturer expects a business owner to care for it more than a homeowner as well.
Regular commercial carpet cleaning is a big part of keeping your commercial carpet looking its best for your customers — and your employees. But there are a few steps you can take as a business owner to prolong the “just cleaned” look, to help it last from one commercial carpet cleaning to the next.
The most obvious is vacuuming, of course. Make sure whoever is assigned vacuuming duty knows the high-traffic areas need to be cleaned at least twice a week, if not more — and that every inch of carpet should be vacuumed once a week at a minimum. And when big spills happen, get it cleaned up quickly; the sooner a staining agent is cleaned up, the less of a stain it will create.
If you have area rugs, be sure to vacuum underneath them from time to time, as dirt and grime can find its way beneath and cause additional damage to both the rug and floor. And if you are using rugs to protect high-traffic areas from carpet wear, consider plastic mats — they last longer, and are easier to clean.
For more information about carpet care or to schedule a cleaning, please contact us today!
Friday, September 6th, 2013 at
Most homeowners know there’s a lot of aesthetic value in having a clean carpet; carpet cleaning makes the area you live in more pleasant, and if you work from home, a clean and inviting work space can make anyone feel more productive. But residential carpet cleaning professionals know there’s another aspect to clean carpet that isn’t always recognized by homeowners: carpet cleaning is a form of asset protection that can help most carpet last longer, and maintain a home’s value for less.
Professional residential carpet cleaning protects your carpet investment by removing tiny particles of dust and dirt that, over time, can work their way into even the most carefully-vacuumed home’s carpet. The carpet fibers themselves trap those particles between each woven strand, and with every movement across the carpet — whether the sliding of furniture, the typical footfalls from human or pet traffic through the home, or even the wheels of a typical home vacuum cleaner — the tiny sharp edges of those particles begin, ever so slightly and nearly imperceptibly slowly, to cut away at the carpet fibers. With each tiny cut, the particles work themselves into the fiber “wound” deeper, making the problem worse with each movement and leaving behind a damaged carpet that cannot be brought back to its original shape.
Preventing this damage means proactive residential carpet cleaning can be essential; and, if you’re not including regular carpet cleaning as part of a regular maintenance schedule for your home, be sure to use professional residential carpet cleaning services to take care of the episodic “big mess” problems every home faces, and do so sooner rather than later. There’s no substitute for deep cleaning with professional equipment; for more information about our residential carpet cleaning services and service packages, please contact us today!
Friday, August 30th, 2013 at
If you’re getting ready to showcase your home to new people — whether you’re preparing the home for a real estate sales showing, offering the space as a rental, hosting the biggest party of the year or just preparing for the first visit from the in-laws — you need to put your best foot forward. And perhaps you’ve taken the usual steps already; you’ve picked up the clutter, you’ve run the vacuum around the house, you’ve scrubbed a few sinks and toilets and you’ve mowed the front lawn.
Now it’s time to get serious about cleaning, and for that, we’ve got the professional help you need. You may already know we offer the most comprehensive, effective and carpet-safe carpet cleaning in the industry, informed by years of experience and a high level of professional standards. But did you know carpet cleaning is just the beginning of the cleaning services we offer?
For example, our furniture cleaning process is one of the best in the industry, featuring the latest technology in the upholstery cleaning world. We use a high-temperature water extraction system that gets well into the fabric and pulls out deep, ground-in dirt and soil in ways you may not think possible — and with results you’ll appreciate.
We also offer a tile and grout cleaning service that can breathe new life into your bathrooms and kitchen, or anyplace where the white lines around your tile may no longer be as white as you remember. If you’re tired of harsh chemicals and scrubbing for the better part of a day with lackluster results, consider our service, offering state-of-the-art tile and grout cleaning without all the work for you.
For more information about tile and grout cleaning, furniture cleaning, carpet cleaning, or any of the services we provide, please feel free to contact us today!
Friday, August 9th, 2013 at
You’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.
Friday, July 26th, 2013 at
We 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.