Coping With Pet Allergies

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Life with pets is never easy – especially if you’re allergic. But, trust me when I say that the rewards of providing an animal with a loving home, far outweigh the drawbacks of pet allergies! Pet lovers throughout the U.S. have successfully reduced their allergy symptoms so that their furry friend doesn’t have to be re-homed, or worse, sent to animal control where they won’t get much or any chance at finding a loving home.

Recent research has shown that approximately six to eight million dogs and cats enter U.S. shelters each year. 30 percent of these animals were surrendered by the only family they ever knew; their owners. Roughly half of all healthy animals don’t make it out of the shelter system alive. Many are euthanized due to fear; which if you ask me is unfair; especially since they’re scared and don’t understand why their family abandoned them.

Contrary to popular belief, there’s no reason to remove your pet from your home, should you be diagnosed with pet allergies that are not life threatening. Both my son and daughter suffer from pet allergies, yet, we have seven combined. You see, there is hope for your allergies, which I assume is why you’re here. If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with pet allergies here’s a few ways you can reduce them:

Tip 1: Create an “allergy free” zone in the home. Preferably the bedroom. Strictly prohibit pet’s accessing this area. Use a high-efficiency HEPA air cleaner (available at any big box store) in the bedroom. Consider using impermeable mattress and pillow covers as well.

Tip 2: Use HEPA air cleaners throughout the rest of the home. Avoid dust and dander catching furnishings. Have your carpets professionally steam cleaned every six months. Use a “microfilter” bag in the vacuum cleaner, or frequently empty its canister, to effectively catch all allergens.

Tip 3: Bathe your pet weekly. This simple act can drastically reduce the level of allergens on fur. Even cats can learn to love bath time! When looking for a quality shampoo, it pays to check with your veterinarian, or consult a pet care book. Follow directions precisely.

Tip 4: Groom your pets every 6 to 8 weeks. The benefits of pet grooming extend far beyond just making them look and smell better. Grooming is important to both their health and yours. It’s important to carefully research any groomer you’re considering taking Fido to.

Tip 5: Don’t be quick to place blame. Ask your allergist to specifically test for allergies to pet dander, rather than making an assumption, as your pet’s life may be at stake. Are you sensitive to more than one allergen? Then you’ll need to reduce the overall allergen level in your home.

Tip 6: Try immunotherapy (allergy shots). Immunotherapy works by gradually desensitizing a person’s immune system to all of their allergens. Allergists inject allergy-causing proteins under the person’s skin so that the body learns to produce antibodies.

Of course, if you’re considering adopting a pet, knowing full well you suffer from pet allergies then you will definitely want to do your due diligence when picking out your new family member. Low-allergen breeds do exist; typically smaller breeds of dogs. They include

  • Bedlington Terriers
  • Bichon Frise
  • Irish Water Spaniels
  • Kerry Blue Terriers
  • Maltese
  • Poodles (all sizes)
  • Portuguese Water Dogs
  • Schnauzers
  • Soft-Coated Wheaton Terries
  • Hairless Dogs

Many mixed breeds that involve one of these low-allergen breeds can be just as appropriate. If you want a low-allergen dog or cat, make sure to check your local shelters first, as you could be saving a life. You’d be surprised at just how many purebreds are turned into shelters each year!

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How to Remove Coffee Stains

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Coffee is the world’s favorite beverage. In fact, according to National Coffee Association, 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 drink 3.1 cups of coffee a day. Java lovers spend approximately $40 billion dollars a year drinking what many refer to as their liquid gold.

If you’re a coffee drinker, then I’m sure you already know the perils of multitasking, or just trying to balance multiple things with a hot cup of coffee in your hands. Spills happen; but stains don’t have to! The following three steps will help you get rid of coffee stains forever.

A Word of Caution

While liquid detergent and white vinegar are fairly mild, it is still a good idea to test the solution somewhere inconspicuous, prior to proceeding. Be sure to wait a few minutes before assessing the results. If the solution seems to be making the situation worse, try removing it immediately using cold water and a clean cloth. If all else fails, contact a professional carpet cleaning company, who can come out and assist you.

Three Easy Steps for the Removal of Coffee Stains

Step #1: Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent (Dawn works great) with one tablespoon white vinegar and two cups of water. The detergent works to dissolve the stain and the vinegar works to dislodge the coffee from the fibers of your carpet.

Step #2: Dampen a clean, non-patterned, cotton cloth in the solution and proceed to gently blotting the stain. Do not rub the stain as this can cause it to spread. Start by blotting the perimeter of the stain and then work your way gradually to its center. Re-moisten the cloth as needed.

Step #3: To absorb the detergent and vinegar mixture, gently blot the affected area with cold water, making sure to use a new cloth. Blot dry with non-patterned paper towels. Repeat process until you receive optimal results (if necessary).

How To: Avoid Crooked Carpet Cleaning Companies

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Finding trustworthy carpet cleaning companies is important – a carpet cleaning job gone wrong can wind up costing you more expense, especially if your satisfaction wasn’t guaranteed.

We at Carpet Cleaning Service AZ have compiled the following tips in hopes that you will be able to identify and subsequently avoid crooked carpet cleaning companies.

Learn How To Avoid Crooked Carpet Cleaning Companies

Tip #1: Appearance & Credentials Matter

Beware of any carpet cleaner that arrives to your home in less than stellar appearance. While you shouldn’t expect a suit and tie, you should expect them to be neat in appearance, and have the correct equipment required to complete the task they’re being hired for.

Their vehicle should additionally be clean, not dented and rusted, and should display the company’s name and phone number if not more. The carpet cleaning company should also be ready to provide proof of insurance, certifications and references upon request – this is important.

Tip #2: Get an Estimate Before They Start Cleaning

Whether you want your carpets, upholstery or tile/grout cleaned, it’s extremely important to get not only one but three written estimates so as to avoid falling victim to crooked carpet cleaning companies. It’s also important to remember that the lowest bidder may not always prove to be the best choice.

An estimate should include:

  • Overall price
  • Breakdown, if more than one service is being done
  • Terms and conditions (always read the fine print)
  • The terms of any implied warranties or guarantees

Tip #3: Remember this Phrase

If it sounds too good to be true; then it probably is. While it is normal for many carpet cleaning companies to offer monthly specials, you should look out for companies offering extremely low prices, as hidden charges are typically involved. This is why it’s so important to get a written estimate (see above).

The Benefits of Clothes Dryer Vent Cleaning

It’s estimated that 16,800 household fires are sparked every year by your clothes dryer – according to the National Fire Protection Association. Why? Because lint and other debris can build up in your clothes dryer vent, which can ultimately cause a reduction in air flow and a buildup of dryer exhaust gasses, thus increasing the chances of your clothes dryer catching fire.

Just the Facts…

Fact: Clothes dryers can be found in 81.5 million homes.

Fact: Failure to clean is the number one cause of clothes dryer fires.

Fact: A full load of wet clothes shouldn’t take more than 40 minutes to dry*.

Fact: The longer it takes to dry your clothes, the more you’ll pay in electricity.

*Depending on the make, model and age of your dryer. Many newer models can have your clothes dry within 20 minutes. Drying times for heavy items such as comforters and blankets may take longer.

Signs to Watch For

  • Clothing takes longer to dry than normal.
  • A musty odor is noticed in your clothing after drying.
  • Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after drying.
  • Excessive heat is noticed within the room in which the dryer is located.

The Benefits of Clothes Dryer Vent Cleaning

Fire prevention: Considering the fact that failure to clean is the number one cause of all clothes dryer fires (as mentioned previously); the removal of lint and debris is something that should be done professionally once per year.

Reduced energy bills: Clothes dryers are one of the most expensive home appliances to run – thus the longer it take for your clothes to dry the more you’ll end of paying in electricity costs.

Reduced drying times: A full load of wet clothes should typically only take 40 minutes to dry! A clogged clothes dryer vent, however, can double or even triple the time it would normally take for your clothes to fully dry.

Carbon Monoxide Prevention: This benefit is for those of you with gas dryers. An improperly vented or clogged gas dryer vent can potentially emit carbon monoxide into the home as well as cause a fire.

Protecting Your Carpet – 4 Tips You Should Know


Did you just get new carpet? Then this article is for you! When protecting your carpet, and ensuring the quality of your indoor air doesn’t become compromised, it pays to know the following four tips.

#1: Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar; your two secret weapons in the battle against carpet stains! If you’ve tried numerous methods for removing stubborn stains from your carpets, these powerful cleaning agents, along with the use of an iron will have them removed in a jiffy. Just follow the directions below:

  1. Using 1 tablespoon of baking soda (depending on size of stain) along with some water, proceed to agitate the stain and rinse thoroughly.
  2. Using a mixture of 1/4 white vinegar and 3/4 water, liberally spray the stain with your newly mixed solution.
  3. Apply a clean, damp, white damp cloth towel over the stain.
  4. Using the steam setting on an iron, iron over the damp towel.

#2: Lose the Shoes

Removing your shoes prior to stepping foot onto your carpeting really does go a long way in ensuring your carpet stays clean for longer lengths of time between professional cleanings. Place a shoe rack or basket near the door to “hold” outside shoes. To further protect your carpet, always wear socks when inside, as the oils from your skin are easily transferable to your carpet.

#3: Vacuums; Your Carpets’ Best Friend

Your carpet is your home’s largest filter. That said, your carpet plays a critical role in the quality of air you breathe inside, and the health of your family. But with everyday life comes dirt, bacteria, germs and debris…kind of disgusting, right? By frequently vacuuming your carpet, with a good quality vacuum once a week (minimum), will allow you to remove the dirt.

#4: Periodic Cleaning; Done by Professionals

Your carpet is one of the most expensive investments you can make as a homeowner. To protect your investment, and improve your home’s indoor air quality, it is necessary to have your carpet professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months.

Professional carpet cleaners, such as those found at Carpet Cleaning Service AZ, begin all cleanings by thoroughly inspecting your carpeting in order to identify any problem areas such as pet or other types of stains. For more information, or to schedule service, be sure to contact us at (602) 633-2015.

Preparing Your Home for the Holidays


With Christmas fast approaching – in t-minus 15 days to be exact – and family members set to arrive within a matter of days, many homeowners are setting their sights on ensuring their homes are sparkling clean by making master to-do lists, and checking them twice.

While most of us may wish (not to mention prefer) for little elves to appear who can finish those master to-do lists for us while we’re busy wrapping gifts or baking cookies, or just perhaps finally taking a much needed breather before the big day, we also know that we’ll probably be faced with tackling those to-do lists all on our own.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we can’t still pass the buck on a few of those listed cleaning tasks, especially when it comes to having our carpets professionally cleaned. A clean and beautiful decorated home will create a welcoming environment for all of your holiday guests.

So how does one go about achieving the task of checking off their master to-do lists? To get you started we at Carpet Cleaning Service AZ have taken the time to supply our loyal readers with the following three tips for preparing your home for the holidays.

Holiday Tip #1: Cut Down on the Clutter

Nothing beats a beautifully clean home that is free from clutter! Not only do you get to make room for guests and presents but your clutter can also help a family in need this holiday. The downside to de-cluttering is that it is never easy and rarely is it any fun; unless that is you make it a family affair.

Even though I am a minimalist by nature, my children certainly are not, which means that twice a year (at minimum) we get to go through every nook and cranny of my home in search of items just wasting useful space. With two boxes in tow, we decide which items are keepers, which should be trashed and which should be donated.

The entire process from start to finish typically takes a couple hours of our time but it’s definitely time well spent as we are awarded with a clutter free home – and as they like to remember ample room for all the holiday gifts they’ll receive from their aunts, uncles, mom, dad and of course the big man in red.

Holiday Tip #2: Deck the Halls

“Haul out the holly; put up the tree; fill the stockings for we all need a little Christmas now…” From hanging sparkling lights outside to setting up a whimsical tree inside, half of the holiday fun is in creating a festive home for both yourself and your guests to enjoy.

Unfortunately, though all those glittered ornaments and decorations can make a mighty mess, which is why I highly recommend decking the halls prior to moving on to the next holiday tip.

Holiday Tip #3: Clean Up Time

Okay, now that the clutter is gone and you’ve decked the halls, it’s time to turn your sights on cleaning your home which includes taking a look at the condition of your carpets and upholstery – as well as your tile and grout if it hasn’t been cleaned in some time.

The way your home furnishings feel and the way your carpets look can make all of the difference on how your guests perceive the cleanliness of your home. While they aren’t there to inspect your home with a white glove, stain riddled upholstery and carpets don’t look all that nice. At Carpet Cleaning Service AZ we can make your home like its fit to receive royalty so contact us today!

Yay or Nay: DIY Carpet Cleaning

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With November underway, and the holidays just a few weeks away, many homeowners are navigating through all of the chaos as they begin preparing their homes for the arrival of friends and family. And, on most everyone’s to-do list is cleaning the carpets, especially if they haven’t been cleaned in some time.

Seriously, who doesn’t love having fresh, clean carpet? It makes your home healthier, cleaner, and provides a great first impression to everyone that enters. So cleaning the carpets is high on your to-do list – that’s a moot point. But with so many carpet cleaning options out there, how do you know which is best?

In this month’s post, we’re going to discuss with our readers why you may seriously want to hire a professional; so that you may knowledgeably determine whether or not DIY Carpet Cleaning (do-it-yourself) is the right decision for you, your loved ones, your home, and your wallet.

DIY Carpet Cleaning

Like with most decisions in life, the decision to choose between having your carpet professionally cleaned and doing-it yourself with a small rental machine that you can rent from virtually any store, is entirely dependent on your needs and budget requirements.

While, electing to go the DIY Carpet Cleaning route may save you a few pennies in the short term, it can also add up to big bucks. Just some of the more common results we notice here at Carpet Cleaning Service AZ include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Poor results
  • Damp carpets for days
  • Mold buildup
  • Discoloration
  • Shrinkage
  • Rapid re-soiling

This is because, contrary to popular belief, carpet cleaning is an intricate process; one that becomes even more intricate if stains, spills, or traffic patterns are visible. For those of you without any, or very little, experience cleaning carpets misuse of the machine is quite possible.

Bringing in the Professionals

Did you decide that professional carpet cleaning was best? That’s probably for the best as it can save you time and money – as well as an aching back. At Carpet Cleaning Service AZ, we have expert carpet cleaning technicians, and only use state-of-the-art equipment for cleaner, brighter and dryer carpets.

Happy Holidays from Your Friends at Carpet Cleaning Service AZ!!!

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What Should I Do Before The Carpet Cleaning Crew Arrives?

After accessing your carpet, you finally decide that you need to call your local carpet cleaning experts. So, after scheduling an appointment, you hang up the phone and look forward to finally having your carpets cleaned. Then the thought comes to your mind,

“What should I do to prepare my home before the carpet cleaning crew arrives?”

Sometimes, this question seems to have an obvious answer but in reality, it is a question that many people receiving a professional carpet cleaning do not know the answer to. So, Carpet Cleaning Service AZ is here to lend a hand a give you more than a few things that you can do before the carpet cleaners arrive.

If you are a parent, plan to have the children situated prior to the arrival of the carpet cleaners. This can be anything from having them go see a movie to having them play in their bedrooms. Nonetheless, getting your carpets cleaned can take a few hours, depending on how many areas are scheduled to be cleaned. In this case, plan accordingly with the children to make sure they are safe and content.

Another thing to consider when getting your carpets cleaned professionally is the pets in the home. Whether there is one or more, consider where they will be. If you are only getting one room cleaned, then it would be easy to move them to another room with the door closed. In a situation where you are getting more than one rooms cleaned and there is not a safe and comfortable place for your pet, consider having a pet sitter for a few hours.

Now that the children and pets are situated, let’s get to clearing the room of toys, knick knacks, and furniture!

Before we go on, if you have scheduled a Carpet Cleaning Service AZ technician for your carpet cleaning, we must note that our strict industry safety standards do not allow our technicians to assist in moving heavy and/or breakable furniture. This is the responsibility of the homeowner.

It is important to make sure to pick up small things from the carpeted room that is to be cleaned, such as toys, liter boxes, etc. When all things are picked up, have a friend help with moving any heavy and breakable furniture from the room to allow the carpet cleaners to clean the room completely and also providing them with more space to work with. After this is done, quickly vacuum the room and inspect your floors. Note all stains and try to recall what caused each stain. Write these notes down, as this will be useful information in which the carpet cleaning crew can use once they arrive.

Carpet Cleaning Service AZFinally, the last thing you can do before the carpet cleaners arrive is to clear up your driveway. Make room for their truck/van and equipment. Having the driveway cleared for them will allow them to work more efficiently and also make the room more accessible, which may mean a faster cleaning process.

Are you in need of a professional carpet cleaning?

Carpet Cleaning Service AZ is the expert in Carpet Stain Removals in Arizona! We fully understand the importance of clean carpets and will take the time to professionally deep-clean them. Call us today at (602) 633-2015 or click here for more information!

What method do you use for carpet cleaning?

Carpet Cleaning PhoenixAs a full service carpet and home cleaning Service Company, we provide a Two-Step deep cleaning system for cleaning carpets. In addition, our carpet cleaning process also includes extra steps that will help to guarantee our customer’s satisfaction.

Our cleaning process first consists of an inspection of the area that is to be treated. The inspection takes place as soon as our carpet cleaning technicians arrive. They will be prepared to inspect the carpet by performing a walk through and identifying all soiled, damaged, and/or pet stains on the carpet. This information will then be noted as the cleaning process continues.

Before our carpet cleaning technicians can begin, furniture must be moved away from the area needing to be cleaned. Any heavy or breakable furniture will need to be moved by the homeowner due to our strict industry safety standards. Although, our technicians are able to assistance in moving most light furniture, if needed.

Once our technicians have inspected the carpet and ensured that all furniture has been moved, our carpet cleaning method can now begin!

Our Two-Step Deep Cleaning System:

Step One – Cleaning: We use a non-toxic and special heat activated carpet cleaning solutions for our first step.

  • Our non-toxic cleaning solutions ensure that no matter what fibers the carpet is made of, it will be clean without any damages.
  • Our special heat activated cleaning solutions is used to help loosen the dirt that has become embedded due to high traffic area, pets, and/or spills.

Step Two – Rinsing: For our rinsing process, our carpet cleaning technicians use high-powered equipment and a PH-balancing fiber rinse.

  • Our high-powered extraction equipment will rinse the carpet without excessively wetting the carpet.
  • Our PH-balancing fiber rinse alongside with our extraction equipment will ensure that all cleaning solutions, water, and traces of debris will be removed.

Once our two-step deep cleaning system has been performed, our carpet cleaning technicians will go through another inspection, to compare notes from the first inspection. This step allows our technicians to look over the cleaned carpet with the homeowner and fix any issues, if found. It is important to us that ALL of our customers feel content and satisfied with our services and we will do our part to make sure this occurs.

The Best DIY Stain Removal Solution For Grass Stains

It’s officially summer and while many of the adults and parents are trying to stay cool inside, children seem to ignore the high heat and continue on strong with their outside adventures in the yard. Within the yard there are an abundance of things to explore but one of these “things” can cause the parents to feel discouraged as their children head inside.

Having grass in the yard, especially in Phoenix, is a wonderful thing during the summer. When watered and cared for correctly, the yard can give a cool and refreshing appeal to the home and a perfect place to sit and have picnics in the summer. Although, if you have ever ran and fallen on the grass while playing a game of “catch”, then you are well aware of how easy it is to get grass stains on your clothes. Unfortunately, grass stains may be easy to get but are very stubborn stains to remove.

In fact, I recall how upset my mother used to get when I would come inside with green colored knee caps on my jeans. Nonetheless, no stubborn stains could fight of my mother’s determination. As always, she was able to remove the grass stain that had initially caused her stress.

So, what is the secret?

Have you ever tried scrubbing and pouring hot water on your grass stain, only to see it wash after wash?

Well, then you must be doing it all wrong. There are two key factors in removing grass stains or any stains, for that matter. The key factors are…

  1. Ingredients Used
  2. *Method of Removing Stain

*With many stains, a dabbing motion is a key factor to lifting and removing a stain when considering the method of removing stains.

Let’s Begin Removing Grass Stains!

You will need:  1 part Dish Soap to 2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide and an old toothbrush.

  • Quickly look over the stain and estimate how much of your grass stain removal solution you will need (you will want enough coat the entire stain with a thin layer, at least two times).
  • Begin mixing your solution in a small bowl with 1 part dish soap to 2 parts hydrogen peroxide.
  • Grab an old toothbrush to use as a scrubbing tool.
  • Apply the stain removal solution directly on the stain and let it soak for about 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, with circular motions, begin lightly scrubbing the stained material with an old toothbrush (do this until the majority of the stain is removed).
  • Add a bit more stain removal solution on top of the stain, and let it soak in for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Again, after 10 minutes, begin scrubbing in small circular motions until the grass stain is completely gone.
  • Grass Stain Is Now Removed!!

Don’t forget to launder your clothes afterwards for guaranteed stain free garment!

Are other stains bothering you? Our blog provides many tips in removing a number of stains, such as Removing The “Four C’s”!

Do you have stubborn carpet stains?  Carpet Cleaning Service AZ is the expert in Carpet Stain Removals! We fully understand the importance of clean carpets and will take the time-no matter the length-to professionally deep-clean them. Call us today at (602) 633-2015 for more information!