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!