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Carpet Cleaning: Are You Cleaning Your Carpets Often Enough?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “people spend 90% of their times indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often two to five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.” Carpet often absorb these pollutants.

This can become a real problem for people with respiratory issues or allergy problems – especially if it’s not properly addressed. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to prevent the potential for negative health effects.

The first line of defense should be to vacuum twice a week – more often in households with pets or small children. This task can remove dust, dander, and allergens. Vacuuming regularly will also help extend the life of your carpets.

The key here is to vacuum slowly and thoroughly using a HEPA-rated vacuum cleaner. Make sure you’re changing the bag when it’s half to two-thirds full. If you use a canister vacuum, empty it after each use.

As a rule of thumb, you should invest in professional carpet cleaning every twelve months. Semi-annual carpet cleaning is often recommended for homes with kids, pets, or immune suppressed family members.

The best carpet cleaning method is steam cleaning, Steam cleaning penetrates deep into the fibers to extract embedded dirt and grime. Most carpet manufacturers require this method to maintain warranties. DIY steam cleaning is not recommended and may void warranties.

Choosing the right carpet cleaning company is important. After all, you want an experienced carpet cleaner who will ensure your carpets are not only sanitized, but that most of the moisture and detergent is effectively extracted. This will keep your carpets cleaner for longer lengths of time.

Between professional carpet cleanings, use mats outside and in, enforce a “no shoes inside” rule, routinely change your air filters to reduce airborne particles, and clean spots and spills as soon as they happen. You may want to consider applying a quality protectant after each cleaning as well.

Carpet Cleaning Service AZ provides high-quality carpet cleaning services to residents throughout the greater Phoenix metro area. Additional cleaning services include upholstery, tile and grout, and water extraction. We use specialized, truck-mounted equipment and non-toxic solutions. Contact us at (602) 633-2015 for a free quote.

Common Carpet Repairs

Carpet Repairs

Carpet provides warmth, soundproofing, and thermal resistance. Another advantage to carpet is that it holds up well over time. Ensuring its sustainability often requires nothing more than basic cleaning and routine maintenance – following the manufacturers recommendations. Despite your best intentions, messes happen, which can stain your carpet. When faced with burns, stains or other messes, you’ll need carpet repairs.

Burns

Burn marks caused by accidentally knocking a hot iron off the ironing board or a hot hair straightener off the bathroom counter can be unsightly. Carpet patching is usually the best method for removing burn marks from carpet. Carpet dyeing may be another alternative depending on the burn’s severity. Contact a local carpet cleaning professional for assistance with your carpet repairs.

Stains

Spills happen: coffee from an overturned mug, grape juice from a leaky sippy-cup, or a finger-painting mishap. Without immediate action, your spill can quickly become a stain, necessitating further treatment. If the stain persists or reappears, your other option is to invest in professional carpet cleaning services such as steam cleaning, carpet dyeing, heat transferring, and carpet patching.

Paint Drips

Painting is a popular home improvement project. For very little money, you can freshen the living room, dining room or bedroom walls. If the proper precautions aren’t taken (e.g., taping off trim, laying drop cloths, etc.), it is possible for paint to drip onto the carpet, staining it. This may provide the opposite of the desired effect. Thankfully paint drips, like stains, can be easily repaired using the proper techniques.

Pet Damage

Pets can be hard on carpeting and upholstery. Whether the result of digging, clawing or chewing, pet damage can be professionally repaired by either re-stretching or patching the carpet depending on severity and location. Patching often requires removing a piece of carpet from a closet or other out-of-the-way space and swapping it with the damaged piece. If available, a carpet remnant may also be used.

Pet Urine

Whether from a dog, cat or other animal, urine stains can be frustrating to remove. Even more frustrating is when Fido keeps urinating in the same spot despite previous removal of the stain. This is because the scent lingers. Stopping this behavior requires eliminating the stain and the odor (there are several natural methods you can use). Like all stains, the quicker you act, the better your chances of removing pet urine.

Carpet Rippling

Carpet rippling, also known as wrinkling or buckling, is not uncommon. While there are several causes such as improper installation, low-quality padding or delamination, there is usually only one fix: A professionally done re-stretch. You’ll be amazed by the results! It’s recommended that moisture problems (another causes of rippling) be addressed before having the carpets re-stretched to ensure the problem doesn’t reoccur.

Spring Cleaning

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Beautiful temperatures outdoors, flowers blooming everywhere, and sunlight streaming through your windows can mean only one thing – that spring’s arrival is quickly approaching. Spring cleaning is an annual tradition that provides us with the perfect opportunity to freshen up our homes and, when completed early enough, allow us to enjoy the great outdoors before summer’s triple-digit temperatures draw closer.

Follow our simple spring cleaning guide to get your home sparkling in no time.

Declutter

Spring is the perfect time to rid your home of the “stuff” you can live without. Decluttering also makes the act of cleaning your home a lot easier. Label three boxes or bags with donate, sell, and trash. Going room by room, sort through the clutter, filling your collection boxes/bags with items your family has outgrown or no longer needs. If you’re unsure about an item, ask yourself:

  • Do I love it?
  • Do I need it?
  • When was the last time I used it?
  • Do I own/need duplicates of the same item?

Clean Air Vents

To start, turn off your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Remove all floor, ceiling, and return air vents using a Phillips head screwdriver as needed. Next, place them all in a bathtub filled with few drops of dish soap, and let soak for about 10 minutes. Using a scrub brush, give each vent a good washing, making sure to rinse thoroughly. Dry completely before reinstalling the vents and turning your system on. You may also want to consider professional air duct cleaning.

Wipe Down the Walls

Walls get dirty – especially in homes with kids or pets. Cleaning them at least once a year is key to keeping your house sparkling. It’s a good idea to vacuum the walls using a brush attachment before wiping down. To keep from damaging your walls, use a mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid for light smudges, or mix together a cup of ammonia, ½ cup of white vinegar, and a ¼ cup of baking soda for tough-to-remove dirt and grime. Start at the top of wall and wipe the agent on with a sponge or soft cloth. Be sure to dry the wall thoroughly as you go to prevent streaking.

Steam Clean Carpeting

Along with regular vacuuming, it’s important to have your carpets professionally steamed cleaned every six to twelve months, depending on the number of household members and if you have any pets. There are several advantages to steam cleaning, including destroying bacteria, deodorizing the carpet, and controlling allergens. You may also want to consider professional upholstery cleaning and/or tile and grout cleaning.

Game Winning Party Tips

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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.

Holiday Decorating Ideas to Bring Joy to Your Home

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The holiday tree is just the start. Spread joy throughout the house with these holiday decorating ideas, brought to you from your friends at Carpet Cleaning Service AZ. In need of professional deep cleaning before your friends and family arrive? Don’t hesitate to give our team a call at (602) 633-2015.

Make Your Own Holiday Wreath

Hanging a wreath on your front door spreads good cheer to everyone who visits. Wreaths can also be hung on walls, above doorways, and in windows. This year, instead of buying a pre-made wreath from your local craft store, why not make your own? Pinterest offers some great ideas. To make your own, you can use:

  • bows
  • bells
  • lights
  • ribbon
  • extra ornaments
  • natural elements, such as pine cones
  • miniature holiday villages and/or figurines
  • and just about anything else you can think of

Embrace Different Color Schemes

Red and green aren’t the only way to decorate. Shake things up (in a good way!) by choosing a new color palette this holiday season. Red and white, gold and white, silver and pale blue are all popular choices. Can’t decide on one or two colors? Try several! There really are no hard rules when it comes to holiday color schemes. You’re free to have as much fun with colors as you’d like.

Make a Hot Cocoa Bar

During the holidays, there’s nothing quite like a delicious, warm cup of hot chocolate. Set out mugs and toppings like mini marshmallows, candy canes, chocolate syrup and sprinkles, and whipped cream so your family and guests can create this ultimate holiday treat. Here’s a recipe for decadent slow cooker hot chocolate that we love. Decorate the bar using homemade signs or banners.

Hang Garland Everywhere

Hang garland (fresh, faux or both) with Command hooks to lend cheer to banisters, mantels, windows, and doorways. Add a festive touch by cutting extra-long strips of wide ribbon, tied into bows, and attached to the garland about three feet apart. Garland can be used indoors or out. Another great idea for decorating is holiday swag. Swag can be hung from porch lights, on walls and doors, and in windows.

Add Some Whimsical Touches

Like with all decorating, the details are everything. Consider adding some more whimsical touches to your space, such as with homemade signs or old-fashioned sleigh bells. The latter can be attached to your front doorknob. Strings of LED lights can be added to the walls or banisters. To add ambiance and glow, fill glass mason jars with fairy lights, and place on any surface. The key here is to make your space look inviting.

Happy Holidays!

~ From our family to yours.

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How to Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays

 

The holidays are upon us!

Whether serving dinner or hosting friends and family overnight, the key to getting your house ready for the holidays is to start as early as possible, so that you can get back to what matters most; enjoying your time with loved ones.

Cut the Clutter

The holidays are the perfect time for decluttering. By making space for winter clothes, decorations, holiday cards and gifts now, you’ll feel less overwhelmed and more engaged later. Going from one room to the next, purge, donate or sell items that are broken, including decorations and lights; things you have no use for or are tired of; items that you have too many of; and anything you haven’t used in quite some time.

Decorate Your Front Door

Your guests’ holiday experience begins at the front door. Create an inviting holiday entrance using greenery, tasteful lights, and a seasonal mat. Make your door look extra festive with vintage finds, pinecones or branches, and ornaments. Pinterest has some great ideas for decorating both your front door and porch for the holidays.

Prepare the Guest Rooms

Make your guests feel welcome by taking the time to tidy up the guest room and bathroom. Launder your guest linens and towels. Stock up on toiletries for your guest bathroom. Make a place card or piece of artwork with your Wi-Fi password, just to make things a little easier.

Clean the Fridge and Oven

Do you plan on cooking a holiday feast? Start by clearing out and deep cleaning the refrigerator and oven. Additionally, it’s a good idea to plan your menu, ensuring you have all the ingredients you’ll need on hand. Some dishes, such as vegetables and desserts can be prepped the day before, thus saving you time in the kitchen.

Have Your Carpets Professionally Steamed Cleaned

Now’s a great time to call a professional carpet cleaning company to steam clean your carpet, area rugs, and/or upholstered furniture. Other professional cleaning services to consider include tile and grout cleaning Phoenix, and drapery or blind cleaning. It’s a good idea to call and schedule service as early as possible.

When Pet Accidents Happen

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There are few things better than coming home from a stressful day at work to an excited dog or cat. More than just a furry, loyal companion, pets bring happiness and laughter to our lives. However, as most pet owners can vouch, accidents are bound to happen from time to time – especially if he/she is still perfecting their potty training skills. Fortunately, the pros at Carpet Cleaning Service AZ know a bit about rescuing solid carpets, rugs and upholstery.

Cleaning Up Pet Accidents

Your best defense is to blot up as much of the accident as you can using paper towels. The trick here is to do it as soon as you notice the mess. If solid, pick up using doggy bags, paper towels or a recycled grocery bag. Then, put a few drops of Dawn dish detergent and a little water on the area, applying pressure with another paper towel.

If you notice a mess that you believe happened earlier in the day, spray the area with vinegar and baking soda, and let sit overnight. Mix one cup distilled white vinegar with one cup water and two tablespoons baking soda in a spray bottle. Don’t be alarmed if the area bubbles; it simply signifies that the cleaning agent is working.

If you have a puppy or senior dog, you’ll definitely want to add this mixture to your cleaning arsenal! Store-bought pet odor and stain removers use the power of enzymes to do the work. Enzymes are proteins that help kick off natural chemical reactions at the molecular level.

Most are safe to use on carpets, furniture, wood floors, and clothing when used as directed. One of the best products available is Nature’s Miracle Advanced Stain and Odor Remover. There is no need to rinse this product. Simply let it do its job, dissolve, and dry. Always follow manufacturer directions.

Protecting Your Carpet

If they can smell their or their friend’s personal scent, pets will be attracted to the “accident zone,” where they’ll continually make fresh messes. To prevent future accidents, it’s important to get rid of any odor completely. You can do this by hiring a professional. Carpet cleaning professionals are specially trained to effectively remove pet odors and stains from carpets, bringing it back to a healthy state.

Professional Carpet Cleaning Benefits

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Your carpet is an investment. Protect it with professional carpet cleaning. Here are four professional carpet cleaning benefits.

#1. Improves Your Health

It’s important that you vacuum at least three times a week with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. However, vacuuming may disturb settled pollutants (e.g., dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, bacteria, and dirt) causing them to become airborne. Professional carpet cleaning eliminates these contaminants; improving your and your family’s health.

#2. Eliminates Carpet Stains

Professional cleaning when coupled with a high-quality protectant, refreshes the performance of stain resistant carpets, creating a barrier around the carpet fibers that allows most spills to be removed before staining can occur. Another great benefit to professional carpet cleaning is that spots are less likely to reappear.

#3. Removes Odors

If your house is pet friendly, then you may already know that accidents happen. Pet urine and feces can be one of the most difficult smells to remove from carpet fibers. However, a combination of immediate action, professional grade enzyme solutions, and deep cleaning can get your carpet looking and smelling like new in no time at all.

#4. Extends Carpet Life

The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends having your carpet professionally deep cleaned once every 12 to 18 months. Keep in mind that this recommendation is a general guideline only and can vary based on your particular circumstances. Some homes may need this service every 6 to 12 months.

To learn more about the many benefits of carpet cleaning, contact Carpet Cleaning Service AZ at (602) 633-2015. Our exclusive three-step cleaning process incorporates the highest quality, professional grade cleaning solution, which will leave your carpets cleaner than you ever imagined possible.

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.

Prevent Game Day Stains

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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.