Category Archives: Upholstery Cleaning

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.

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.

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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.

Fall Allergies: How to Avoid Them

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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

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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.

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.

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.

Holiday Cleaning Tips

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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.

Avoiding Fall Allergy Triggers

avoiding fall allergy triggers

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.