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As a homeowner, you may or may not be aware of the amount of pollutants that are stuck inside your air ducts. The simple truth is that over time, your air ducts will gather a variety of dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, and possible other debris. Carpet Cleaning Service AZ of Phoenix knows that what you might find may or may not frighten you.

There are Vacuum Attachments for That

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As a rule, you should be vacuuming your carpet, area rugs and upholstery once a week with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filtrated vacuum cleaner. Vacuum two to three times per week if you get a lot of foot traffic or have pets. Use vacuum attachments to clean hard-to-reach areas and stairs. Combine with regular carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning.

Standard Vacuum Attachments

Most vacuum cleaners include these accessories in the box.

Extension Wand: Add 18-inches to the vacuum hose to reach high, low, and hard-to-reach places (e.g., ceiling fans, light fixtures, air vents, and under furniture). Its long length prevents muscle strain and fatigue. Extension wands can be paired with other tubes or attachments – just fasten it to the wand and go.

Upholstery Tool: Dust, pet hair and lint cling to upholstery fibers, which can be difficult to get off without the proper tools. Enter the upholstery cleaning attachment! From four to six inches wide, this tool directs a band of suction over dusty cushions to effectively, and efficiently clean them. Works on mattresses and carpeted stairs as well.

Crevice Tool: The angled tip of this 8- to 12-inch long tool makes picking up dirt and debris from hard-to-reach places easy. Slide it along baseboards, between vents and seat cushions, and in other tight spots. You can also use this attachment to clean the dryer lint trays; dryer exhaust vents should be inspected and cleaned annually as well.

Dusting Brush: Inch-long bristles surround the opening of this round or rectangular shaped tool, providing gentle abrasion to dislodge and pick up dust particles. Its soft bristles won’t scratch surfaces. Use it on leather furniture, lampshades, window treatments, baseboards, furniture, or on the dashboard of your car.

Floor Sweeper: Vacuum wood and tile floors in overlapping rows with this go-to tool. The soft, half-inch bristles, along with the vacuums’ powerful suction pick up dirt, crumbs, and pet hair while the center picks up larger debris. Floor sweepers typically feature wheels or a swivel head, making it easy to maneuver around a room.

Add-On Vacuum Attachments

These can be purchased à la carte at retailers and online.

Turbo Brush: With a swivel head, rotating bristles, and a compact size the turbo brush attachment is useful for cleaning stairs without the need to lug the vacuum up every step. Some have rubber parts to better grab and remove pet hair that clings to upholstered furniture. Can also be used for cleaning car interiors.

Car-Cleaning Nozzle: This is the same nozzle you use at do-it-yourself car washes. Simply attach it to your vacuum hose and use it to clean the upholstery and in between all the corners of your car. Can also be used in the house for cleaning upholstery, mattresses, and stairs.

Pet Grooming Tool: If you have fur-babies, you may want to consider adding this attachment to your arsenal of grooming supplies. This comb is meant to help make your pet’s hair soft and, when attached to your vacuum, ensure pet hair doesn’t get all over the house … if your pet doesn’t freak out at the sound of the vacuum that is.

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.

Back to School Organization Tips

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*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.

Professional Air Duct Cleaning Benefits

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Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants including dirt, dust and dander. These contaminants are then pulled into your HVAC system, where it recirculates throughout your home 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Allergy and asthma sufferers, as well as young children and the elderly may be more susceptible to this air.

Air duct cleaning can address this issue.

Air duct cleaning, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), refers to the removal of dirt, dust, and potential biological contaminants from various heating and cooling system components including the supply and return air ducts, registers, grilles, diffusers, and coils.

Professionals use specialized tools to dislodge dirt and other debris found within the ductwork, then vacuum them out using state-of-the-art, industrial strength vacuum cleaners. All components of the HVAC system should be meticulously cleaned during this process to obtain a noticeable difference.

The benefits of air duct cleaning are various and include:

#1. Improved Indoor Air Quality

Although dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, they may contribute to larger health issues, especially for people with respiratory health conditions (e.g., asthma or COPD). Pollutants entering the air can also trigger sneezing, coughing, and sinus congestion for chronic allergy sufferers.

#2. Increased Energy Savings

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating and cooling a home is wasted because of drafts, air leaks around openings and outdated equipment. Ductwork exhibiting a heavy build-up of contaminants can restrict the flow of air, causing it to work harder to heat or cool your home, resulting in a decreased level of efficiency.

#3. Remove Unpleasant Odors

Pets, paint fumes, pungent foods – they call all make your house have a distinct smell. Even an accumulation of dust and debris can lead to a musty smell. Every time your heating and cooling system is running, these odors recirculate in the air. Professional air duct cleaning helps to eliminate all odor trapping particles, leaving your home smelling fresh.

To learn more about the benefits of air duct cleaning, or to schedule service with a certified technician, contact Carpet Cleaning Service AZ at (602) 633-2015.

Home Allergens: Is Your Home Making You Sick?

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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.

Avoiding Fall Allergy Triggers

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Fall means a kaleidoscope of colors, cooler temperatures, apple cider, pumpkin spice everything – and the return of allergy season. While many people regard spring as prime pollen season, ragweed is the most common culprit in fall seasonal allergies, affecting more than 23 million people. Not only do you have ragweed, you also have mold, which grows on wet leaves and decomposing plants. What’s an allergy sufferer to do? Read on for some advice on how to avoid fall allergy triggers.

#1. Monitor Pollen and Mold Counts

One helpful strategy is to keep an eye on pollen and mold counts so that you can attempt to stay indoors on especially bad days. The National Allergy Bureau – a division of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology – tracks levels of pollen and mold around the country. Also of benefit? Watching the local weather. Warm, windy, dry, and/or sunny days tend to have the highest pollen and mold counts.

#2. Replace Your Filters

Staying indoors when pollen counts are high is the most effective way to cut down on both mold and ragweed reactions – but not if you’re pumping in pollen from outside. Take the time now to clean all air vents and change air conditioner filters. HEPA filters provide the best air quality control. You’ll cut down on pollen and lower your energy bills; clean filters allows your heating and cooling system to run more efficiently.

#3. Dust Your Home

Regular cleaning of all household surfaces affected by dust is imperative to the health and general well-being of allergy sufferers. You will find that using a Swiffer duster, microfiber cloth, vacuum cleaner or any combination of the three quite handy. The best way to dust is to work from the top to the bottom. Make sure to clean all of your dusting tools after each use.

#4. Wash Bedding

Make your bedroom your sanctuary by making sure to wash bedding (i.e. linens and comforters) at least once per week during fall allergy season. Using allergy-free pillows, pillowcases, and mattress are also highly recommended when trying to create an allergy-free home. Make sure the surfaces of your dressers, nightstands, and desks are clutter free; clutter attract dust far quicker than non-cluttered surfaces.

#5. Call Carpet Cleaning Service AZ

It’s a good idea to have your carpets, area rugs, and upholstery professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months. However, if you have pets or children, your carpet may require more frequent cleanings; we recommend once in the fall and again in the spring. Professional cleaning is a great way to remove built-up dirt, bacteria, and other allergens. It also allows you to prepare your home for the upcoming holidays.

Air Duct Cleaning: Why You Should Consider It

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Many homeowners believe that they spend far too much on electricity – especially in the summer and winter months. And they’re right! In fact, according to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for more than half of all residential energy consumption in the United States. And, as if that’s not bad enough, electrical bills are set to rise over the next few years in many parts of the country.

There are many simple, yet effective, energy-efficiency measures that homeowners can use to lower their heating and cooling costs. Adding weather stripping, checking the efficiency of your HVAC equipment, and/or professional air duct cleaning  and sealing can ease the burden of high electric bills. The more measures you enact, the better the energy, and monetary savings.

While most people enjoy a clean home, years can pass before the air ducts are cleaned, thus allowing dust and other contaminants to accumulate. Sealing leaks, repairing damages, and removing just four-tenths of an inch of dust from your duct work can reduce your monthly usage by upwards of 20 percent. This according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It also carries with it the following added benefits:

  • A healthier home environment
  • Longer equipment life
  • Increased monetary savings
  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Protection for the environment

Professional air duct cleaning can be particularly important when you have an insect or rodent infestation, high summer and winter energy bills, rooms that are difficult to heat and cool, rooms that never seem to be comfortable; no matter the temperature, or there’s visible mold growth. For substantial energy savings, and a healthier home environment, consider having your air ducts professionally cleaned today.

*Air duct cleaning should be conducted once every five years.

Consider Your Indoor Air Quality

Many people suffer from hypersensitive immune systems which can cause a sneezing and coughing fury whenever allergens are present. These small antigens can be found throughout the air on a breezy spring day from the blooming flowers and their pollen. There are many different types of allergens that can trigger this response in sensitive individuals and they are not only found outside. Many allergens are brought from outside sources and are then brought indoors through a variety of surfaces. These surfaces can include shoes, clothes, hands, and other fibers of material.

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Why Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

Getting Your Air Ducts Cleaned Can Help Your Health And Your Wallet

Air quality indoors is probably the main concern that homeowners have when they consider having their air ducts cleaned. Typically in a six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created yearly simply through everyday living. Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home and is constantly taking air in and breathing air out.

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