Sometimes, what you hear about completing a task contains inaccurate information. It’s important to ignore common myths that could actually affect the health of your precious area or Oriental rug. Understanding these myths will allow you to keep your rug in the family for generations.
Myth: My rugs don’t look dirty, so I don’t need a professional cleaning.
It is advised to not wait until your rug looks obviously dirty before beginning any cleaning efforts. That can actually damage the rug fibers because the longer the dirt and dust remains in the rug pile, the more likely it is to literally cut away at the fibers like sandpaper. Waiting to clean the carpeting also can affect the health of your family members and visitors to your home. One square foot on an average rug can hold more than a pound of dirt, dust, and allergens per square foot before your rug will even appear dirty.
Myth: I can clean my own rugs at home.
There are several steps to professionally clean a rug, many of which can not be done in the home. The fringe also can not be adequately cleaning at home. Rugs and excessive moisture do not get along. If not dried properly, that moisture can lead to mold and dry rot, ultimately ruining your rug. A professional rug cleaning plant has a centrifuge to extract all the excess moisture from a rug after it is cleaned. Then hung in a climate controlled room where the rug can be cleaned completely and efficiently.
Myth: I have a protectant on my rug, I don’t need to worry about or address spills and stains.
A scotch guard or other protective coating put down on your rug is only meant to add a level of protection. Stains can still damage the fibers with this protection present, although they won’t soak in as quickly, and should be addressed immediately. It’s still crucial to address stains as soon as they occur because the protective coating will generally only delay the absorption of the stains. First use white paper towels to soak up as much of the stain as possible. Then, combine a mixture of white vinegar and water and lightly dab the area, once again using the paper towels to blot the moisture from the rug. If the spill does not disappear, it may be time to call a professional rug cleaner.
Whether your guests are staying just for the day or will be overnight visitors, this holiday checklist will help make your home as inviting and comfortable as possible.
Make sure walkways and porches are free of ice and snow. Taking someone to the emergency room because of a fall is not the way you want to start the holidays.
Make sure all outdoor lighting is functioning properly and is turned on when it is dark. Another important precaution to ensure your guest’s safety.
Establish a place to collect all warm weather apparel, including boots. Add extra hangers to your coat closet or designate a room to collect these. You should also consider adding an extra doormat for those wet boots. If you plan for this ahead of time your entrance won’t become a cluttered mess.
If the carpet isn’t looking it’s best, schedule a professional carpet cleaning. Clean the windows so that guests can clearly see your outside decorations.
If the tile looks dingy, replacing it or even new grout can give a fresh look to a bathroom. Make sure the bathroom fan and window are in operating condition. Ventilation is an important part of keeping your bathroom clean and mildew-free.
Make sure you have enough guest bath and/or hand towels. Consider special towels with a holiday theme to keep with the spirit of the season.
The kitchen has become an essential room for entertaining with the popularity and ease of serving food buffet style. To provide more space, try installing appliances under countertops or consider investing in a kitchen island. Check the condition of the countertops, cabinets, and appliances. Replacing the appliances can make a huge difference when you’re preparing meals for large groups.
Make sure the guest beds have fresh linens. Clear some closet space or a drawer to make your guests feel more at home. No one likes to live out of a suitcase.
Provide your guests with a bedside clock and reading lamp. Not everyone goes to sleep or wakes at the same time.
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Approximately 45 million people suffer from allergies each year, but did you know that we aren’t the only ones that deal with these issues? Many pet owners aren’t aware that 10% of dogs also deal with seasonal allergies. There are important precautions that pet owners can do to help reduce the risk of a pet having an allergic reaction. From routine baths to foot soaks to bringing in professional carpet cleaners, this infographic explains how we can help our pets stay allergy-free this Fall.
And before medication has to come into play, remember to have a professional carpet & upholstery cleaning in order to remove any remaining allergens and dirt. Then maintain your clean surfaces by vacuuming every 5-7 days with a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum.
Back in prehistoric days, humans took shelter in primitive caves. It probably didn’t take them too long to start using animal skins, plant leaves, or other soft material to line the floors of their caves. Were these types of materials the first carpets? Not exactly. We do know that animals, such as goats and sheep, were sheared for hair and wool that could be spun and woven into floor coverings over 9,000 years ago. Knotted-pile carpet rugs are thought to have developed in western Asia 4,000-5,000 years ago.
The oldest rug ever discovered is the Pazyryk carpet, which is a pile carpet rug discovered in a Siberian burial mound in 1949. Experts believe it is over 6,000 years old, dating back to the 5th century B.C. Preserved in ice for thousands of years, the Pazyryk carpet features rich colors in a dense pile of symmetrical double knots.
Wall-to-wall carpeting, like we enjoy today, hasn’t been around nearly as long as the more portable version. They got their start as handcrafted bedspreads in the small town of Dalton, Georgia.
Around the turn of the 20th century, a young woman in Dalton named Catherine Evans Whitener made a handcrafted bedspread as a wedding gift. Using a quilt pattern she had seen, she sewed thick cotton yarn onto unbleached muslin fabric. To make the bedspread softer, she clipped the ends of the yarn, so that they would fluff out.
Over the next several decades, her process for making bedspreads became extremely popular, and entire families began to make a living by hand-tufting bedspreads. Demand for these bedspreads was high and spread to large cities around the U.S. Income from making bedspreads helped many Dalton-area families survive the Great Depression.
Eventually, machines were developed to automate the tufting process. Mills sprang up in and around Dalton, and new products were developed, including broadloom carpets. After World War II, new synthetic fibers were developed to replace wool and cotton, including polyester, nylon, rayon, and acrylics.
Today, tufted broadloom carpets made of synthetic fibers account for over 90% of the carpet market. Dalton remains at the center of the carpet industry, producing over 70% of world-wide carpet output. That’s why Dalton is known as the “Carpet Capital of the World.”
So now that we know all about where carpeting comes from, keep in mind that this wonderful stuff needs regular professional carpet cleaning. Call us you’re ready to schedule.
The indoor air quality in your home may be affecting your health and the health of your family members. On average, we spend about 90% of our time indoors and indoor air quality is much worse than outdoor air quality these days. Here are some things you can do to improve the air quality in your home:
- Regular housecleaning including dusting and vacuuming
- Make sure to change your air filters regularly
- If and when possible, open your windows to let fresh air in
- Avoid harsh chemical cleaning products
Carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning will also help improve indoor air quality. These microscopic, irritating particles land on the soft surfaces of your home. Carpeting and upholstery acts as a natural air filter so they must be cleaned to keep the allergens at bay.
We all love our pets, but do we know what they bring into our homes?
- Saliva: A dog has at Least 20 species of bacteria in its mouth. All of these bacteria are left behind when your pet slobbers on your upholstery or rugs.
- Pet waste: There are 20 million fecal coliform bacteria in a single gram of pet waste – urine or feces! These bacteria remain on rugs even after you clean up the waste.
- Dander: An estimated 30 million Americans are allergic to animals with pet dander being the main cause! Simply vacuuming may not get rid of all of the allergens.
- Dirt: Studies show that dirt carries many different forms of bacteria and a square foot of carpet can harbor up to 1 pound of dirt! Our rug cleaning system will deep clean your rugs, removing the places bacteria can hide.
The EPA recommends that homes with pets have their rugs and carpets professionally cleaned every 3 to 6 months for the most effective cleaning and removal of pet hair, odors, dander, and dirt or soil.
Influenza activity is increasing across the country and CDC has received reports of severe influenza illness. The wide variety of virus strains make the flu extremely unpredictable. While most people can recover from the illness within a few days, many experience complications which can be life-threatening such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infection. Although everyone is at risk for the flu, people older than 65, pregnant women, young children and those suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease are at an increased risk for these complications.
Professional carpet cleaning can help keep the virus at bay and regular hand washing is another tip to prevent from getting sick.
The flu and cold season is upon us. Here are a few quick tips to boost your chance of staying healthy this season or minimizing your down time.
Keep a Healthy Lifestyle – People underestimate the importance of the daily activities that keep you healthy overall. Get plenty of rest, don’t smoke, exercise regularly, stay hydrated, and make sure you’re getting proper nutrition. Keeping your allergies under control is also important. If not, your upper respiratory is already inflamed, which makes it easier to acquire a virus.
Wash Your Hands – No matter what line of work you are in, you are going to come into contact with people who are sick, either directly like someone at work/school or indirectly like a contaminated shopping cart. Wash your hands whenever you get the chance, soap and water is your best defense in physically removing the germs.
Use Hand Sanitizer – When you are not able to regularly wash your hands, using alcohol-based sanitizer is a good alternative.
Avoid People Who Are Sick – Though this is not always easy to do, avoid shaking hands or sitting next to that ill looking person in a waiting room.
Keep Your Home Clean – Germs hide on all sorts of surfaces of your home like countertops, light switches, door knobs and even floors. Remember to clean those area used most on a daily basis and clean your floors daily. Also consider using a professional carpet cleaning service. Our carpet cleaning process can remove bacteria and those hidden germs, dirt, and allergens in your carpet.
How can you keep your rugs and carpets clean when every time your door opens the deluge of mud and dirt wants to sneak in – on children’s shoes, on pets’ paws, on the feet of guests, and so on?! Here are some handy tips to help keep your rugs clean(er):
- Create a ‘no shoes in the house’ rule. Set up a shoe rack at each entry, so shoes can be immediately taken off. Though this can be a slippery situation for guests you invite into your home. Using your own judgement for that is best. However, most people will cheerfully comply and understand.
- Have mats inside and out – one to stomp on outside the door to remove as much dirt as possible, and one inside for people to stand on while removing their footwear.
- Add runners down heavily trafficked areas in the home – from doorway to kitchen, in front of the couch, and down hallways. These will take the brunt of the dirt if someone forgets to take their shoes off.
- Set up a pen around the doggie door. Your pet can re-enter the home, but must stay on a rug covered penned area until you are able to snag a towel and wipe his or her feet off. No muddy paw prints on the clean carpet!
No matter how hard you try, the rugs are going to get dirty, so give Certified Clean Care a call to help get them clean again.
Approximately 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from indoor and outdoor allergies, which can be caused by allergens ranging from pet dander and mold spores to ragweed and pollen. The cold, dry air of fall and winter irritate many allergy sufferers, but there are steps you can take to lessen the effects of seasonal allergens.