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Choose Upholstery Cleaning To Prolong Furniture Life

Thanks to an increased effort on the part of rug manufacturers (and their sales staff) to educate consumers about the benefits of professionally cleaning their carpets, most home and business owners are taking care of their carpet investment with at least an annual cleaning — and for high-traffic carpets, folks seem to “get” that they’re doing themselves a favor when they call in the pros even more often.

But not everyone is aware that the same dirt and grime that affects carpet can also cause problems with the fabric used in furniture and draperies — and that there’s no substitute for professional upholstery cleaning when it comes to protecting those items as well.upholstery couch

Letting those dust particles build up in upholstery has the same effect as in carpet; the tiny, sharp edges of these particles act like miniature razor blades, and every time someone sits on a couch or draws aside the drapes, those edges saw back and forth against the fibers within the fabric, gradually wearing them down and causing damage you can see and feel. Dirty upholstery isn’t just unsightly (and it is unattractive to say the least); that dirt is inexorably destroying your furniture.

Upholstery cleaning is a way to turn back that clock, allowing you to get the most out of your likely sizable investment in furniture and drapes. Removing those particles means you’re keeping the fabric fresh and new for longer — and the longer your furniture and drapes last, the longer you can go without having to pay to replace them. Just like with carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning is a sound financial decisions that will save money and frustration over time.

For more information about our upholstery cleaning services, contact us today to set up an initial, no-cost consultation!

Keeping Your Commercial Carpet Clean Longer

modern officeWhen 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!

Advantages of Residential Carpet Cleaning

ALLBRITE0901Most 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!

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.

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.