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Clean Up, Conquer Dust Mites

      It doesn't take much thinking about these facts to realize that it is in your best interest to get a regular    cleaning done for your health. These facts may disturb you. Beds are a prime habitat (where 1/3 of life occurs). A typical used mattress may have anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million mites inside. (Ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dead mites and their droppings.) Mites prefer warm, moist surroundings such as the inside of a mattress when someone is on it. A favorite food is dander (both human and animal skin flakes). Humans shed about 1/5 ounce of dander (dead skin) each week. About 80 percent of the material seen floating in a sunbeam is actually skin flakes. Also, bedroom carpeting and household upholstery support high mite populations.

     Recent studies have shown that regular professional Carpet Cleaning maintenance will eliminate these harmful and allergy educing Dust Mites and make your house a safer and more comfortable place to live in!

Odor Removal

      You may have noticed a couple of days after cleaning a carpet stain such as milk, the spots come back.This may be due to wicking. Wicking happens when the Carpet becomes saturated and the liquid pools at the bottom. After a while, it starts to work its way back up through the fibers making the stain reappear on your carpet. It is extremely difficult to remove all of the liquid from the carpet fibers, carpet backing and padding underneath, thereby creating ideal conditions for bacteria and mold growth (and thus malodors). However, you might not be ready to replace your carpet just yet, so here are a few things you can do to eliminate the Carpet Odor. When you first begin to remove carpet stains, blot up as much of the liquid as possible with an absorbent white cloth. Place another thick cloth on the carpet and weigh down with something heavy so all of the liquid is absorbed. When that's done, go ahead and sanitize the area. The newest technology uses peroxide and detergents to penetrate the soiled area and deactivate the odor. Simply spray a product such as Bio-OX Citrus Concentrate on the soiled area, which will penetrate into the carpet. Allow Bio-OX to penetrate for approximately five minutes. Using a clean white absorbent cloth, blot the area, pressing down firmly (do not rub) for 30 seconds. Repeat this blotting process until the area is dry. If the stain or odor persists, repeat the process. You can also use baking soda to eliminate surface (but not deeply penetrated) odors. Dampen the area with clean water and then sprinkle baking soda over it. Rub the baking soda into the soiled area and let dry; brush or vacuum to remove the dry material.

Quick Fix Carpet Cleaning

Usually, the thought of what you step in throughout the day does not cross your mindMud and dirt are only the beginning. Food spills, pet stains and odors, and whatever else you track in on your shoes, is soiling your Carpet on a daily basis. Scheduling regular carpet cleanings takes care of the problem and means this is one less thing you'll have to concern yourself with. Here are some in between carpet cleaning tips for minor accidents in between your yearly carpet cleaning.

Permanent Marker Stain Removal from Carpet
Cleaning carpet stains left by permanent marker isn't difficult if you act swiftly before the stain has a chance to set in. First try hairspray or rubbing alcohol. Spray directly onto the Stain to saturate and let sit for thirty to sixty minutes. Blot with a damp sponge or cloth until the stain is removed. If this didn't work, you can try a non-acetate nail polish remover. You may want to test this in a hidden area first however; to be sure you won't damage the carpet further.

Nail Polish Stain Removal from Carpet
Don't cry over spilt nail polish! Manicure mishaps are easily remedied. To remove carpet stains caused by nail polish, just use nail polish remover! Pour onto a cotton ball or clean cloth and blot until the polish has disappeared. Blot again with clean water to remove all residues. Remember, when cleaning carpet stains, especially those made by nail polish, it's important to blot. Don't rub or the nail polish will spread.

Bleach Stain Removal from Carpet
A bleach stain doesn't have to be the end of your carpet. If it's not a huge spot, you can get away with repairing the spot and no one will be the wiser. It's not as simple as cleaning Carpet Stains, but it's cheaper than tossing your rug out to the curb. Cut a swatch from a hidden area of your carpet or leftover remnant. Take your swatch to your local craft store and see if you can find a fabric paint or dye that will match your carpet. If this isn't a viable option, a professional who can remove carpet stains may even be able to recommend a product to use to get the color back into your carpet.

Pet Stain Removal

Many of us have household pets that like to jump on our furniture and lay on our carpets, and often enough our pets have accidents. We do our best to clean up these accidents as best we can, but 9 out of 10 times that little accident does not come out completely. Most of the time the odor is eliminated after some home remedies, but deep stains are harder to remove. If your pet has done this several times your carpet or furniture may not reveal stains to the naked eye, but running a black light over the area will reveal past accidents.  Believe it or not steam cleaning is not the way to treat these kinds of stains.

“You should avoid using cleaning chemicals, especially those with strong odors, such as ammonia or vinegar.  From your pet’s perspective, these don’t effectively eliminate or cover the urine odor and may actually encourage your pet’s inclination to reinforce the urine scent mark in that area. “ –DFL

Our process is as follows:

The treatment described below is a 3 stage process with a 95% success rate. The stain must be treated with a product that slowly works on the area between 24 and 48 hours.

We leave you with the product to apply to the area if the stain is not completely removed after our process is used as below.

Our approach to treat urine stains is a three stage process.

1.    Treat the stained area with cleaning solution.

2.    Water and vacuum are used to extract the urine & cleaning solution.

3.    Apply urine treatment and leave 24-48 hours.

4.    Stain has been removed

In the first event of pet accidents you should do your best to try and remove as much of the “Accident” as possible. Dampen the area after removing the majority and try and absorb as much of the water with a cloth. Whether you have had several pet emergency clean ups or just one, call in the professionals to heavy-duty extract all traces of these accidents. Pet odors and spots can be extracted and reversed with a phone call and your furniture and carpets will be as good as new.

Pressure Washing for Deep Cleaning
Before you start to think you need to resurface or repaint parts of your property consider giving them a deep cleaning with a pressure washer. Yes, pressure washing is labor intensive and though the water does most of the hard work you do have to be present and make sure layers of dirt are removed. Pressure washing is a method of cleaning using a stream or spray of very highly pressurized water across the surface being cleaned. It is an excellent solution for cleaning hardy surfaces that take a lot of abuse from weather, oil, dirt and mold or mildew. It costs much less to have your home pressure cleaned rather than paying to resurface or repaint it. Pressure washing isn’t only good for just your property’s roof and walls, your driveway and patio can also benefit greatly from a good deep pressure cleaning. You can always hose down the driveway or patio to remove loose dirt, but over the years dirt, slime, oil and mold can really build up. These deep layers can only be removed with the high pressure of water that penetrates the surface deeper than a garden hose can. Pressure washing takes time, so having a professional come in and do the hose down may be of benefit to you if you are pressed for time. However, don’t underestimate the money saved by pressure washing instead of resurfacing or repainting your property.
Leather Cleaning
  Leather is one of the richest looking materials to have on your home, and often, dark leather hides dirt, while lighter colors don’t do the same. Regardless of whether dark or light it is a good idea to have your leather couches professionally cleaned to get them looking like brand new again. Sure, they’ll still be comfy and worn in but their colors will pop and look richer, the same way they did when you first bought them.


Having your leather professionally cleaned will not only brighten up your leather furniture but it will also enhance your living by giving those that relax on it a cleaner surface to rest on. Leather often camouflages dirt and grime leaving you a tricky surface to determine whether or not cleaning is necessary. Also, homeowners with leather furniture sometimes venture out to buy cleaning products that are inappropriate for their kind of leather furniture.


There are multiple ways for a professional to identify your furniture’s specific leather type. By testing the leather using a multitude of simple tests your leather cleaning professional will be able to determine which cleaners are safe for the material. Often homeowners do not understand that they must have specific cleaners for specific types of leather or else they will ruin their leather furniture’s finish. Leave it to a pro to do the dirty work when cleaning your leather furniture. Don’t risk applying the wrong cleaner to your precious leather goods!

What’s In My Mattress?
Maybe you’ve never thought about it but having your mattresses cleaned regularly helps improve air quality, remove allergens, and remove contaminants. Professional mattress cleaning every six months helps remove a variety of indoor allergens including mold, mildew, pollen spores, and fungi. The Environmental Protection Agency has consistently ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental risks to public health, and according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, "50 percent of all illnesses are caused by or aggravated by polluted indoor air."

The culprit in most indoor allergen cases is the common house mite. Dust mites antagonize those with asthma and other upper respiratory conditions. The fecal matter of the dust mites is what causes allergic reactions and upper respiratory problems. At .3mm in length with pounds of skin cells to feed off of between families in households a year that leaves tons of food for dust mites and endless fecal matter floating through your home.

 Have your mattress cleaned every six months to minimize the level of dust mites in your home. Professional mattress cleaning is also great for removing stains and refreshing your home. What better than an almost brand-new mattress to sleep on?


Air Duct Cleaning- Make Sure You’re Breathing Clean!
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests that Air Duct Cleaning may be a great move towards your health in preventing mold and various debris from clogging your air -flow and disbursing allergens throughout your home or office.

 Duct cleaning generally refers to the cleaning of various heating and cooling system components of forced air systems, including the supply and return air ducts and registers, grilles and diffusers, heat exchangers heating and cooling coils, condensate drain pans (drip pans), fan motor and fan housing, and the air handling unit housing. Don’t know what any of that means? Well it makes sense you get everything double checked to make sure they are not housing any unwanted debris that is being cycled through your air.

 If not properly installed, maintained, and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth (e.g., mold) is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home's living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them.-US EPA

What Vacuum Should I Buy?

You may not be new to the world of cleaning, but maybe you need help with selecting the right tool for your particular carpet. Didn’t know it made a difference? Well good thing you took the time to do a little bit of research! First consider the job you need to do. Are you going to be vacuuming your family room or the entire house? Do you want an all in one upright vacuum or one of those canister types with hoses and different hose attachments? (Some uprights include hose attachments as well)

Upright vacuums are great if you intend to leave it on one level of the house. They will also make vacuuming easier if you have problems with bending and lifting. However, canister vacuums will give you a little more freedom and ease of handling for those tight spots. If you have a long staircase to consider, the canister type may be more suited, as the upright hose will have its limitations, and balancing an upright on a stair is not very graceful.

Another factor to take into mind is whether or not your vacuum has a bag or chamber that can be emptied. Sometimes the constant buying of vacuum bags can get annoying. It’s also a troublesome feat if you accidentally suck up something that shouldn’t have been. The decision is up to you, but make sure your final choice is the one that will make your cleaning time as easy and stress free as possible.

Wool Carpet Advice

Lucky you, wool carpets are beautiful and functional. Since wool is a natural fiber, it naturally resists (not entirely but for the most part) by keeping dirt and dust close to the surface where it can be sucked up by regular vacuuming. However, wool does stain easily and permanently if the stains are not removed quickly, thoroughly and most importantly with appropriate cleaning products.

If you wait until your wool carpet is over-soiled then it will be extremely difficult to restore your carpet. By having a professional clean it every 1-2 years you can extend the life of your carpet as well as promote a healthier, cleaner environment.

When you vacuum in between professional cleaning visits make sure that you vacuum slowly. Not everyone enjoys taking his or her time while vacuuming and often like to get the chore done as quickly as possible, but taking your time allows the vacuum to penetrate the surface and suck up a substantial amount of debris.  For a greater effect, make sure that the vacuum you are using has brushes that barely touch the carpet. This will not slow down the motor and in addition will help prevent fuzzing due to minimal friction breaking the fibers on the top of the rug or carpet.

Be sure to never use bleach on your wool carpet or other products -with a high level pH. The genetic build up of wool will cause it to dissolve. If you are unsure of your carpet cleaners but you would like to test your product, use a bit of the cleaner on the outer edge of your carpet. This way if anything happens negatively you didn’t cause a giant splotch in the center of your beautiful carpet. Though you will manage to keep your carpet clean with regular upkeep it is important to routinely call in professionals to deep clean your wool carpets.

Make Sure You Vacuum!

Carpets need to be vacuumed once a week and more often in areas of heavy traffic. Frequent vacuuming prolongs the life of your carpet by preventing a buildup of gritty particles that can cut carpet fibers. Every few weeks, take a little extra time and use your crevice tool for cleaning around baseboards and radiators and in other hard-to-reach places.

To vacuum wall-to-wall carpeting, divide the floor into quadrants and vacuum an entire quadrant before moving on to the next. Take your time when you vacuum a carpet, especially a plush carpet in which dirt is sure to be deeply embedded. One pass with a high-powered upright is not enough. Go over each section of carpeting several times, and work slowly to allow the suction to remove all the ground-in dust and dirt.

Pay special attention to the areas where people sit and move their feet. Vacuum these areas of heavy traffic with a crisscross pattern of overlapping strokes. 

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