Category Archives: Carpet Cleaning Service AZ

Your Carpet Cleaning Phoenix company offers a wide range of services to get your home looking and operating like new again. Carpet Cleaning Service AZ provides exceptional carpet cleaning service, air duct cleaning, upholstery cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, carpet stretching and repair, hardwood floor cleaning, and dryer and vent cleaning, as well as superior air purification systems for your home.

Game Winning Party Tips

game winning party tips

The big game is just three days away!

Even if your home team isn’t playing, chances are you plan to tune in along with the rest of America to watch the biggest game of the season on Sunday, along with can’t-miss ads and the Justin Timberlake halftime show. Go the distance by hosting a game winning party with tips taken straight out of our own playbook.

Clean

The Saturday before the game, disinfect the remote control(s), gently vacuum the speakers, and free the TV of any smudges. Using two parts water to two parts white vinegar, applied to a microfiber cloth, gently buff out any spots on the TV. Vacuum your carpet and upholstered furniture using a HEPA-filtration model.

Seating

Football fans will be glued to the TV, so it’s a good idea to create a comfortable game-viewing environment by arranging furniture in a semicircle facing the screen, and tossing throw pillows, along with comfy floor cushions anywhere someone may want to take a seat. Center a coffee table – protected with Kraft paper – between the seating area for snack attacks.

The Spread

What game-viewing party would be complete without lots of food? Some classic game-watching foods include bite sized potato skins, football deviled eggs, buffalo chicken stuffed French bread, chips and salsa (and/or queso), hot wings, and chili dogs. Make sure to watch for any dishes that may need replenishing throughout the game.

All in the Details

A little decorating can go a long way. String a printable football banner over your fireplace (if applicable) or in another suitable location. Paint mason jars in the competing team’s colors or with a football motif for game day ready mugs that can be used to hold straws and disposable utensils.

Games for the Win!

Pump up the fun with football-themed party games. Score big points with predict the game, football bingo, and bean bag throws. Another good idea is to set up a photo booth complete with football-themed props, such as paper helmets, “Here for the Commercials” or “#MyTeamIsBetter” talk bubbles, and footballs.

Fall Allergies: How to Avoid Them

fall allergies

This post has been updated for 2017. The original blog can be found here.

Fall means football watching, apple picking, pumpkin everything – and the return of allergy season. As many as 23 million Americans are allergic to ragweed, the most common culprit in fall seasonal allergies, according to the Asthma and Allery Foundation of America (AAFA). Another seasonal allergy trigger is mold, which makes jumping in piles of golden-hued leaves something you may want to check off your fall bucket list.

Here are 5 ways to keep fall allergies in check:

Monitor Pollen Counts

Changes in the season can bring on an asthma or allergy attack due to increased pollen in the air. Prepare for the weather before you leave home by checking the pollen count and air quality index. Limit your time outdoors during high pollen days. Warm, windy, dry days can also be bad news for allergy sufferers.

Reduce Your Exposure

Short of staying indoors, to reduce your exposure to pollen, keep your home and car windows closed and the air conditioner running. Use high-efficiency filters labeled with a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating of 11 or 12. Change them every two or three months. If using standard filters, change them monthly.

Time Your Workouts

Complete outdoor workouts in the morning, before the winds pick up. When working in the yard, consider wearing a mask or asking a family member to do it, so as not to aggravate systems when raking leaves or mowing the lawn. This is especially important if you’re allergic to mold.

Shower Off Pollen

After spending time outside, rinse off and change your clothes. Shower to get allergens off you, so that you’re not bringing them into the house, and transferring them onto your furniture. That is very, very important. Consider investing in professional upholstery cleaning every year to help with fall allergies.

Vacuum Frequently

Many allergens thrive in the home environment. Dust is a prime example. Composed of a variety of pollutants including (but not limited to) dirt, pollen, pet dander, and dust mites, dust can rapidly accumulate. During peak allergy seasons, such as fall and spring, consider vacuuming:

  • Carpets and rugs at least once a week
  • High-traffic areas at least twice a week
  • Upholstered furniture, mattresses, and drapes regularly
  • Even more frequently if you’re a pet friendly home

Back to School Organization Tips

back to school organization

*This blog is updated for 2017. The original blog can be found here.

Start the 2017-18 school year off right with these back to school organization tips.

Get Organized

Between the kids being home and trips to the park, lake and pool, there’s a good chance your home has been overtaken by “summer” stuff. As the kids head back to school, take the time to create a renewed sense of organization and order, whatever that means to you.

One of the best pieces of advice we can give is to go through your home, one room at a time, clearing out what you can. Torn inflatables? Toss them! Clothing that your kids have outgrown? Donate them! School supplies from last year? Keep them! Decluttering and subsequently organizing your home can help ensure a successful academic year.

Set Up a Homework Station

Creating a dedicated space in your home – whether off the kitchen or in their own bedrooms – can help kids improve their focus and develop proper study habits. This should be far away from TV screens and other distractions. Make sure they have access to plenty of pencils, sticky notes, scratch paper, and a computer if they need one.

Don’t forget to outfit him/her with a comfortable chair – homework requirements tend to only grow in volume the higher the grade level. A great tip is to invest in an electric pencil sharpener. Otherwise, be prepared to put up with pencil shavings all over the house, not to mention the mad search for a mechanical sharpener at homework time.

Designate a Command Center

An organized command center is essential for all things school related – backpacks, jackets, sports gear, lunch boxes, permission slips, crafts, textbooks, and on and on. It should be somewhere in the main-traffic-part of your home. In the kitchen or entryway are both good options. The closer you get to the “drop zone,” the better.

A chalkboard or whiteboard wall calendar is a must, and one that’ll ensure everyone knows what’s on the agenda for the week. Other things to consider for your command center include dinner menu, shopping list, schedule/routine, and in/out file storage for school papers. We recommend having one file for each person in the household.

Schedule to Have Your Carpets Cleaned

Make professional carpet cleaning part of your back to school organization routine. Carpet Cleaning Service AZ can help give your kids a clean and healthy environment to do their homework each night. In addition to professional carpet cleaning, we are proud to offer superior air duct, upholstery, and tile and grout cleaning services. Call 602-633-2015 or go online to schedule a time for us to come to your home.

No Shoes Policy: Leave Them at the Door

no shoesIn many parts of the world, it’s customary to take your shoes off before entering a home, leaving them in a designated spot outdoors or just inside the door on a mat or rack. Although this custom is not yet widely accepted in the United States – many consider it rude, uncomfortable or at best, an inconvenience – there are actually several good reasons for implementing a no shoes policy in your home.

Consider the following:

Bacteria

We’ll just get straight to it: Your shoes pick up bacteria that is spread throughout your home when you wear them inside. In a study conducted by the University of Arizona, researchers found more than 440,000 units of bacteria had attached themselves to the bottom of a pair of shoes, which had only been purchased two weeks prior. Moreover, researchers found that over 90 percent of the time, this bacterium was effectively transferred to clean tiles after trekking over the surface area.

Dirt & Grime

Bacteria aside, shoes also bring in a lot of dirt, pollen, sand, and grime. This requires you to clean more frequently, which in turn requires you to use a) more electricity (running the vacuum), and b) more cleaning products. The best way to keep dirt and grime out of your home is by nipping it at the source! When you enforce a no shoes policy, you’ll keep your home clean without spending more time on household chores, while ensuring your family’s health.

Wear and Tear

More dirt and grime on your floors, whether tile, hardwood or carpet, means more wear and tear. Wear and tear that can cause you to need to replace your flooring prematurely. An expense we’re sure you’d rather do without. Extend the longevity of your flooring material by simply kicking off your shoes when you come home from the park, store, work or school. You will also be helping the environment by keeping your old flooring out of the landfills. It’s a win, win.

Now for some shoe storage ideas:

  • Cubbies
  • Baskets
  • Boot tray
  • Shoe racks or shelves
  • Cookie tray filled with stones
  • Pinterest has countless DIY shoe storage ideas

Don’t forget to place a sign on the front door announcing your no shoes policy to avoid catching anyone unaware. Are you overdue for professional carpet cleaning or tile and grout cleaning? Contact Carpet Cleaning Service AZ at (602) 633-2015.

Your Guide to Spring Cleaning for Allergy Relief

spring cleaning

Image Courtesy of Pixabay

Springtime has a natural uplifting energy to it. With winter ending, we’re given the benefit of longer, sun filled days. However, for many, springtime also means allergy time. If you or a member of your family suffer from allergies, you may want to consider the opportunity spring cleaning provides to get some much need allergy relief. Here are some steps to help you get your spring cleaning started.

Step #1: Purge

There’s really no way to get around this step. Clutter is an obstacle to reaching a healthy environment. Dust and other allergen causing particles love to hide under, in, and around excess belongings. Start by deciding what stays and what goes (using our advice below). Make sure items that stay have a home. If you run out of space, try creative alternatives like decorative boxes, and furniture with built-in storage.

How to decide what stays and what goes?

If it’s something you love – it’s a keeper.

If it’s something that you find really useful – it’s a keeper.

If you used it today, yesterday, and last week – it’s a keeper.

If you pull it out to find it covered with layers of dust and cobwebs, then it’s probably time to let it go. Toss broken and expired items. Donate items that you either have too much of, haven’t used in some time or that don’t serve a useful purpose.

Step #2: Clean

Dust & Vacuum: Dust first, then vacuum. Wipe your surfaces first using a microfiber cloth and a combination of water and vinegar. This grabs the dust, rather than just push it around. Vacuum once or twice a week using a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter. At least once a year, have your carpets professionally steamed cleaned.

Bedding: Wash your bedding and blankets in hot water on a regular basis. Once a week is ideal. Make sure the water is at least 130˚F. That’s hot enough to kill dust mites. Because they’re dust proof, using hypoallergenic bedding can minimize discomfort as well.

Air: Hypoallergenic or HEPA filters are now sold for vents throughout your house to help ensure a high level of indoor air quality. These filters drastically reduce the dust, pollen, mold and bacteria in the air moving around your home. They can be found at any local home improvement, hardware or big box retailer.

Control Mold & Mildew: Having your bath and/or kitchen tile’s grout professionally cleaned helps reduce mold. Clean these areas regularly. You can also spray your shower walls daily with a shower spray to keep them clean and mold-free. Allow wet/damp clothes and towels to dry before throwing them into your laundry hamper.

Step #3: Contact Carpet Cleaning Service AZ

Partner with Carpet Cleaning Service AZ to create a healthy home environment this spring. We use professional spring cleaning techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to provide a level of cleaning that simply cannot be duplicated with home or rental steam cleaning machines. We provide carpet, air duct, upholstery, indoor air quality, tile & grout, dryer vent and other related cleaning services. Contact us today for a free quote.

Home Allergens: Is Your Home Making You Sick?

home allergens

Comfort. Security. A place of refuge. Favorite family memories. Dorothy was spot on when she said: “There’s no place like home.” But what happens when you literally feel ill at home? One obvious reason for this is the surprising number of hidden home allergens. Chances are, if you’ve been experiencing some discomfort in your own home, you could suffer from allergies or asthma.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 1 in 5 people suffer from allergies or asthma, for which there is no obvious substance causing the distress. Common allergy symptoms include wheezing, coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, a runny nose, and a scratchy throat. In more severe cases, home allergens may cause rashes, low blood pressure, and breathing problems.

The following home allergen sources could be causing you distress.

Cleaning Supplies

When it comes to cleaning supplies, it’s easy to pick up the first one you see, never giving a second thought to its ingredients. However, if your allergies worsen shortly after cleaning, you could be allergic to the chemicals in today’s cleaning products. Cross anything with noxious odors, such as ammonia, and products that produce particulates including air fresheners and ozone generators off your shopping list.

Carpeting and Upholstery

Dust mites, pet dander and pollen love carpets, as well as area rugs and upholstered furniture. Our advice? Vacuum weekly, using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to trap unhealthy particles, keeping them out of the air you and your loved ones breathe. Likewise, it’s best to have carpets and upholstered furniture professionally steamed cleaned every 6 to 12 months, depending on the level of traffic they get.

Bedding

Life carpets, area rugs and upholstered furniture, dust mites and pet dander love bedding. Recommended standard practice is to wash your blankets, sheets, and pillowcases weekly in water that is at least 130˚F. Using organic, hypoallergenic bedding can minimize discomfort as well. You may also want to try using an air purifier that uses a HEPA filter to keep the air in your bedroom cleaner.

HVAC Systems

It’s a fact, poor indoor air quality can aggravate asthma and other respiratory illnesses, making an allergy sufferers symptoms worse. Standard recommended practice is to replace your home’s heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) filters once per month, as well as have your air ducts cleaned once every five years, in order to keep the air circulating through your home as clean and as fresh as possible.

Prevent Game Day Stains

game day stains

In a little less than a month – on Sunday, February 5, 2017 – all of America will be keeping score during the big game between the winners of the AFC and NFC. As you finalize your guest list, and browse Pinterest for game day snack ideas, it’s also a good idea to think ahead to an endeavor that includes an array of activities including carpet cleaning and protection as well as furniture arrangement.

Well Before Kick Off

Clean Thoroughly

Don’t wait until the Friday or Saturday before Game Day to ensure your home is ready to receive guests. In addition to vacuuming, mopping, and dusting, don’t forget to have your carpets and upholstered furniture professionally steamed cleaned and protected. The Saturday before the game, disinfect the remote control, vacuum the speakers, and ever so gently dust your television screen using a microfiber cloth until you no longer see any dust or smudges. You can also save this for Sunday morning.

Rearrange the Furniture

Since your guest’s attention will be focused on the television, you may want to consider arranging your furniture in a semicircle facing the screen, so that no one’s view is hampered. You may also want to consider temporarily relocating anything breakable, such as family heirlooms and personal collectibles, so guests can move freely without fear of knocking something over. Not enough seating? Place some over-sized cushions on the floor so floor sitters will be comfortable.

Prevent Stains from Setting In

High quality stain protection is a game changer…seriously! Odds are that someone is going to spill something during the excitement of a touchdown. Protectants and deodorizers, when professionally applied will protect your carpet and upholstery by resisting spills, therefore preventing stains and odors from setting in and ruining your game day fun.

Tackle Game Day Stains

Wing Sauce: Dilute one tablespoon dishwashing liquid with two cups of warm water and apply to the stain (saturating it). Using a clean non-patterned cloth, blot – never scrub – the stain until it has disappeared. Repeat the process using cold water and then allow to dry. Repeat as necessary.

Cheese: If you happen to get cheese or cheese sauce on your carpets or upholstery, make sure to soak it as quickly as possible, using the same technique for wing sauce removal. If the stain is relatively new, soaking it for half an hour should be sufficient, but if its older it may require more time.

Barbecue Sauce: Scrape off any excess barbecue sauce from the carpet or fabric using a spoon for a fresh stain or a butter knife for an older one. Once you’ve done that, continuously apply cold water to force the stain away; then when most of it is out you can blot dishwashing liquid into it. Work your way from the outside of the stain to the middle to prevent it from spreading. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

Holiday Decorating Guide

holiday decorating guide

The holiday season is officially upon and, as the classic song goes, it truly is “the most wonderful time of year.” All the tidings of comfort and joy mixed with scents of gingerbread and fresh pine decorations are instant reminders of the season. Speaking of fresh pine, if you’ll be decorating with real greenery rather than artificial, you’ll want to read through the following holiday decorating guide which discusses how to keep it looking its best.

Select the Freshest Tree Available

Step one is to buy the freshest tree available. This will ensure maximum needle retention therefore keeping your carpets and tile floors clean longer. When shopping for a tree at one of the many lots available throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, ask the lot attendant for details on when the tree was harvested, and where it originated from. If their shipment is older, ask when a new shipment of trees is expected to arrive, and if possible make your purchase then. It’s also a good idea to have the attendant make a second, clean cut, as well as trim the branches at the bottom of the trunk. Finally, you will want to avoid bruising the trunk.

Find the Perfect Setting for Your Tree

When setting up your tree, keep it away from heat sources such as direct sunlight, heaters or fans, heat vents or fireplaces, as these will speed up the drying process. If possible, lower the room temperature, and/or use a room humidifier. This will slow the drying process, resulting in less water consumption each day, and reducing fire risk. In addition, the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) recommends using holiday lights that produce low heat, like miniature or LED (light emitting diode) light sets, which will also reduce fire risk. These holiday lights are generally inexpensive and cost pennies to run – making them a win, win.

Replenish Your Tree’s Water Supply Daily

As a rule, a tree will absorb as much as one quart of water each day per inch in trunk’s diameter, so make sure you’re using a reservoir-type tree stand that holds at least a gallon of water. The NCTA recommends using one of the following four tree stands: a center pin stand, a two-piece stand, a four-bolt stand, or a “clamp” stand. When topping off your tree’s water supply, plain tap water is fine, and temperature doesn’t matter and will not affect water intake (despite popular belief). Although not necessary, you can also add a preservative to help keep your tree fresh and reduce needle loss. Preservatives can be found at your local nursery or tree lot.

Pre-Soak Fresh Garlands and Wreaths

If you plan to buy fresh garlands and wreaths this year and want to ensure they remain fresh through the holidays, pre-soak them for 24 hours, beginning as soon as you get them home. Simply place your greenery into the tub, fill with water (until the wreath and/or garland is completely submerged), and let soak for 24 hours. Once the time has elapsed, drain the water from the tub, and prop the greenery up so that all of the water can drain off. Once dry, place in an area where you will have plenty of room to spread its needles, after which time you can hang it or drape it wherever you’d like. Your greenery should look and smell as fresh as the day you bought it.

Dispose of Fresh Greenery Responsibly

Once the holidays have come and gone, don’t just toss your fresh greenery to the curb, where it will take up landfill space. Recycle it all! Most cities, including Phoenix, have programs in place that collect trees, garlands, and wreathes and turn them into mulch for local parks and green areas. You will find tree drop off areas all over town beginning as early as December 26th. On Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Phoenix residents can also drop off their trees to be recycled at the “I Recycle Phoenix” festival.

Holiday Cleaning Tips

holiday cleaning tips

It’s amazing how quickly time flies, isn’t it? At Carpet Cleaning Service AZ, we can hardly believe its November, let alone the fact that it’s nearly holiday time again! With only 16 days left until Thanksgiving, 48 days left until Christmas, and 55 days left until we ring in the New Year now is certainly the best time to begin thinking of ways to make your home merry, bright, and clean.

Here are some holiday cleaning tips that we hope will help you make the most of the quickly approaching season.

Prioritize Your To-Do List

Your holiday to-do list is probably endless…am I right? Just the thought of finding time to clean in the midst of holiday baking, shopping, decorating, etc. can cause unnecessary stress. Prioritizing your cleaning to-do list means that you’ll get the most important rooms (i.e., kitchen, bathrooms, living room, dining room, entry way) out of the way before the holiday, and your guests, arrive.

Rearrange Furniture (as needed)

Your regular floor plan, and furniture placement may not accommodate a host of people, which is why a little rearranging may be needed. Rearrange furniture in a way that creates intimate conversation areas as well as allows for unhindered traffic flow (you don’t want anyone tripping). Set up a table with drinks and appetizers in the living room or den. The less people in the kitchen, the better.

Freshen Your Carpets

Carpets are like sponges – they absorb everything that settles on them. If your carpets aren’t looking or smelling their best, we highly suggest having them professionally steamed cleaned, before your guests arrive. Be mindful that some carpets can take up to 24 hours to dry, so you’ll want to have them cleaned well in advance of turkey day, or any of the other holidays coming to a home near you soon.

Safeguard Your Floors

Did you know when you get your carpet, tile & grout, and stone floors professionally steamed cleaned, you can opt for an extra layer of protection? Your floors will be protected from stains of all kinds; so while you can’t stop red wine, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie spills from happening, you can protect your floors from stains that set in. Ask us today about our high-quality protection options.

Enlist Help

If you’re a type A, you might be inclined to do all the planning, decorating, baking, and cleaning yourself. However, things will run much smoother and be less stressful if you enlist help from your family – and don’t forget Carpet Cleaning Service AZ. When people ask to help, it’s because they truly want to, so take them up on their offer – no matter how small or large the task. We are happy to assist with any carpet cleaning needs.

Cook in Advance

You don’t have to trade family time for a 5-course meal. Many vegetable side dishes, casseroles, and desserts can be made in advance and either kept refrigerated or placed in the freezer until the big day. Pinterest has some phenomenal turkey and ham recipes that can be cooked in the crockpot thus eliminating the need to slave over a hot stove when your friends and family are gathered near.

Surviving Cold & Flu Season

surviving cold & flu season

Fact: Adults get about three colds a year on average, each lasting seven to ten days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As if that’s not bad enough, 5 to 20% of us will get the flu, which can make life miserable. You can help strengthen your family’s immune system – and your own – with the following tips for surviving cold & flu season.

Get Immunized

Getting a seasonal flu vaccine is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and your family against the flu viruses going around each year. Make an appointment with your doctor as soon as the vaccine comes available. Flu vaccines can reduce flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, and missed time from work and school.

Crack Open a Window

As more people are cooped up inside stuffy rooms during the colder months of fall and winter, the risk of catching a cold, or the flu from co-workers and school-aged children increases. Letting a little fresh air circulate keeps airborne particles on the move, making them harder to pick up.

Wash Hands Frequently

Washing your hands frequently – with soap and water for 20 seconds – is key to defending yourself against cold and flu viruses. It is especially important to wash your hands after touching anyone or anything that may be germy. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, found at most any retailer.

Get a Good Night’s Rest

Getting a good night’s rest is essential! That, along with eating a healthy diet, keeps your immune system healthy and better able to fight off infection. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get at least seven hours per night. Children and teens require even more.

Keep Floors Clean

Your carpet is your home’s biggest air filter. Your carpet traps tracked in dirt, pollen, insecticides, and bacterial matter so that they don’t recirculate in the air and spread through your home. Weekly vacuuming is helpful for removing these particles. Routine professional carpet cleaning, however, ensures the best indoor air quality.

Eat Healthy

A healthy diet can strengthen your immune system and help your body fight off infections. Make sure to consume a good balance of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates to help keep your body in prime shape to fight off germs. Don’t forget to stay hydrated as well. You should be drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day.

Stay Home

Feeling under the weather? Consider taking the day off (if possible). Even if you feel that your symptoms are mild, you could still be contagious, which means that the virus could spread to others. Doctors recommend getting plenty of rest to reduce your recovery time.