A New Cleaning System

All of our technicians here at InstaDRY has been giving customers advice on maintaining their cleaning equipment, like the vacuum.  We have written a blog explaining about one of the main causes of premature carpet wear.  http://www.carpet-cleaning-in-orlando.com/blog/?p=178 . There are many cleaning systems out there that makes cleaning your home much easier and healthier.  Here are the good points of a cleaning system that will work best for your home:

  1.  It should improve the indoor air quality. (Hypo-Allergenic)
  2. Reduces wearing on your carpets and rugs.
  3. Keeps the grout clean from dirt staining.
  4. Maintains the finish on your wood floors.
  5. Eliminates dust and pet dander.

We are now proud to announce The Orlando Vacuum Store is now open!  Please check out the following site for more information at: http://www.orlandovacuums.com/pouring

Adding New Service – Flooring

InstaDRY now provides flooring at wholesale price. This is a huge step for our organization for offering more value to customers. When looking at adding floors, your professional cleaner can give you more of an insight on durability and ease of maintenance for your home or business! Every household/business is different, so should your floors!!

Some examples of prices on common flooring are listed below:

flooring prices

 

 

 

 

Here’s all the flooring options we now have available:

flooring options

Pookie’s Winter RescueFest 2013

 

We were very excited to make friends with Pookie’s Pet Nutrition and Bow Wow Bakery this year! Also, being invited to their Winter RescueFest this year was a blast!  Not only people were showing up to adopt a pet, but others showed up with their pets as well.  Talking to the pet owners was difficult; there were other playmates, treats, and toys.  It was pet heaven!  The dogs were dragging their owner from booth to booth like a kid running from toy store to toy store during Christmas. Some had entertaining ways to get people’s attention at the event.

On the side note, our hearts goes out to neglected and/or abused animals. This event was a reminder of all the innocent/awesome pets who needs to be adopted.  We were recently informed that there at least 55 pets rescued at RescueFest 2013.   We hope this event will help at least twice more than already reported pets will find a new home!

 

Rescue organizations who attended:

www.catsaremylove.org | 407.927.1878

www.malinoisrescue.org | 321.231.2073

www.arsf.org | 407.365.7848

www.grrmf.org | info@grrmf.org

www.suncoastbassetrescue.org | 352.371.8082

www.bdrr.org | 561.309.3311

www.siberrescue.com | 727.391.8934

www.coastalpoodlerescue.org | 321.459.2652

www.greyhoundranch.org | 407.804.5257

www.pugrescueofflorida.org | 321.948.8932

Pet Rescue by Judy Adoption Application

www.petrescuebyjudy.com | 407.302.4497

www.floridalittledogrescue.com | 407.279.1129

R.A.I.N. Adoption Application

www.rescuinganimalsinneed.org | 407.620.9736

www.midflsheltierescue.com | 407.699.0802

New Spirit 4 Adoption Application

www.ns4ar.org | flaussierescue@cfl.rr.com

 

www.goldcoastgreyhounsorlando.com\ | 407.797.6380

www.kimkapes.com | 407.697.9324

IGCA Adoption Application

www.floridaigrescue.com | patrice.igrescue@gmail.com

www.cairnrescue.com

Florida Boxer Rescue Adoption Application

www.flbr.org | info@flbr.org

Pug Rescue Adoption Application

www.centralfloridapugrescue.org | 407.756.4998

www.fldr.org | 321.427.8349

www.americanbulldogrescue.org | jodi@americanbulldogrescue.org                     www.flbostonrescue.org | contact@flbostonrescue.com

www.facebook.com/sniffingsnoutsrescue / sniffingsnoutrescue@gmail.com                         www.huskyhavenfl.com | 727.475.2195

www.viprescue.org| 407.504.8318

www.seniorhoundsabound.org | 407.595.4403

Florida Great Pyrenees Rescue

www.floridapyrs.org | 727.686.4186

A New Beginning Pet Rescue Inc. | www.anewbeginning.petfinder.org | 321.303.7077

American Black & Tan Coonhound Rescue | www.coonhoundrescue.com | jayne23@att.net

Dogue De Bordeaux Rescue | www.ddbsarescue.org

Fallen Pines Critter Rescue | www.fallenpinescritterrescue.org

Florida Parrot Rescue | www.floridaparrotrescue.com | 772.646.1843

Great Dane Love Rescue | www.gdlcf.org

Orlando Bully Rescue | www.orlandobullyrescue.com | 407.744.7369

Poodle and Pooch Rescue | www.poodleandpoochrescue.org

The Way Home | www.thewayhome.com

Whiskers & Paws | www.facebook.com/whiskersandpaws | 321.262.4330

Animal Activists of Central Florida, Inc. | www.vegcf.org | 321.331.1859

LoveyLoaves, Inc. | www.loveyloaves.com | 407.446.2245

Other services at RescueFest 2013:

Pookie’s Pet Nutrition & Bow Wow Bakery | www.facebook.com/PookiesBWB | 407.622.7387

Urban Pet Magazine | www.facebook.com/urbanpetmagazine | 407.309.7387

Centers for Animal Therapies/C.A.T. | www.cat-edu.com | 386.279.0257

Ranger’s Pet Outpost & Retreat | www.rangerspetoutpost.com | 407.622.4884

Lake Howell Animal Hospital | www.lakehowellanimalclinic.com | 407.628.8000

Orlando Weekly | www.orlandoweekly.com

WP Maitland Observer | www.wpmobserver.com

Local Channel 6 | www.wkmg.com

Animal Companion Pet Care | www.animalcompanionpetsitting.com | 321.396.7900

Caricatures by Maria | www.mariabolton.com | 407.325.4495

CheapShots Vaccination Services | www.cheapshots.us | 863.414.8677

Gecko CPA Firm | www.geckoCPA.com | 407.478.4513

Earthborn Holistic Pet Food | www.earthbornholisticpetfood.com

Animal Emergency Center |  www.pet-ER.org | 407.273.3336

Invisible Fence of Central Florida | http://centralflorida.invisiblefence.com |  407.351.1037

Pet Butler Orlando | www.petbutler.com | 800.738.2885

Pet Naturals of Vermont | www.petnaturals.com

Pure Vita | www.nutrisourcedogfood.com

Natural Balance | www.naturalbalance.com

434 Animal Hospital |  www.434AnimalHospital.com | 407.331.1161

Animal Healing Solutions  | www.DeneenFasano.com  | 407.924.4240

Barking Mad Dogwear | www.barkingmaddogwear.com | 321.252.2275

Best Friends Pet Care | www.bestfriendspetcare.com | 203.840.1367

Big Paw Pet Care | www.bigpawpets.com | 855.244.7295

Bone Appetit a doggie bakery | www.adoggiebakery.vpweb.com | 407.339.2663

Boris and Beck’s Dog Art Prints | www.bnbdogartprints.com

Creation Station | 407.877.7288

Dog Day Afternoon | www.DogDayAfternoon.net  | 407.835.9200 / 407.328.9205

Federation of Insured Dog Owners, Inc. | www.dogbitequote.com

Healing for Pets |  www.HealingforPets.com  | 407.446.4315

Happy Paws Pet Resort | www.happypawsorlando.com | 407.282.5656

Hip Dog Canine Hydrotherapy & Fitness | www.hipdog.net | 407.760.1484

Hydrodog Orlando

InstaDRY Carpet and Tile Cleaning | www.instadry.com | 407.476.8525

Keller Williams Realty Lake Nona | www.kwnona.com | 407.207.0825

Le Puparazzi Fine Art Pet Photography | www.lepuparazzi.com  | 407.898.4122

Miss Emily’s Bed Biscuit | www.missemily.net | 407.737.0774

Precise Pet Foods | www.precisepet.com

The Doggie Door | www.thedoggiedoor.com | 407.644.2969

The Parc Pet Suites, Sports & Spa |  www.parcpet.net | 407.332.7272

Rocky’s Retreat Canine Health & Fitness Center | www.rockysretreat.com | 407.295.3888

Roach Family Chiropractic  | www.roachchiro.com | 407.647.2009

Wash ‘n Zip Pet Bed | www.washnzippetbed.com  | 407.790.4700

Wearable Karma | www.wearablekarma.com

West Orange Veterinary Hospital | www.wovh.com | 407.656.1800

Hurt my thumb with the hammer again!

A recent customer just bought a new home.  We were there cleaning while she was hanging some paintings.  What struck me was she was using a comb to hold the nail while hammering.  I asked her what she was doing and she responded that since recovering from serious illness, her bones are very brittle.  Her quick thinking to do the work herself is a great helpful household hint.  A hair comb is a great tool to hold a nail to avoid getting struck by the hammer.  Give it a try yourself, I have found it to be very useful.

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Dang! The dog/cat was on the sofa again!

Let’s face it, pets can be just like kids.  They will be very good until you leave.  We had a dog growing up who was allowed on the couch until my father came home.  My father tried his best to enforce the dog was not allowed on the couch. This was very entertaining.   When she noticed my father’s car drive up the driveway, she jumped off the couch and pretended to be sleeping.  Then my father would be upset seeing the black fur on the beige fabric. But for some people, pets can really ruin their furniture or fine delicate rugs.

On some recent jobs, we saw a really cool trick to keep the dog or cat off of that really nice sofa or other areas of the house. Those disposable aluminum pans at the grocery store is an affordable great training aid for that purpose.  They are uncomfortable for the pets to walk on and the pans make an unpleasant noise. Some pets won’t take long to associate their experience in staying away from that area.

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I’m allergic to cats and friends who own cats!

We love finding tips from our customers.  One of our best customers is a doctor who specializes in Ear, Nose, and Throat.  He told us a really good fact about what causes cat allergies.

People tend to think that it is the cat dander alone that causes the allergies.  But think about how cats clean themselves.  They leave a protein from their saliva on their fur during their cleaning process.  So, the protein from their dander and saliva combined leaves an overabundant amount of allergens wherever they roam (furniture, clothes, etc.). This protein can take up to six months to dissipate no matter how good the clean is.

This helps explain a situation I’ve personally experienced in my life.  A friend of mine lost her cat a couple of weeks before having lunch. Another friend of mine who is highly allergic to cats joined us.  The cat owner was wearing fresh clean clothes (of course), and my other friend was dealing with puffy eyes due to her allergies. She was that sensitive to the allergies that she still had a reaction from the cat owner.

We use some of the best equipment on the market to clean homes.  These equipment are  either rated by the EPA or The Asthma & Allergy Foundation Of America.  We have had many customers who moved into a new place where the previous people owned cats.  The customers are allergic to cats and this is can be of some burden to them.  We have suggested for them to make sure and wipe down the walls and cabinets, not just the floors alone.  If allergic reaction still exists, then it can take up to six months for the protein causing allergens to dissipate.

Quickly.. Hurry… Get that before the stain sets!!!!!

Everyone has at one time or another an unfortunate spill or accident. Typically the first reaction is to go in the kitchen grab whatever you could and get that wet spill dry before staining sets. Timing is of the essence before you have a permanent ugly spot in your home. We here at InstaDRY has come across many customers who have bleached out a spot in their carpets when they were using the grocery store strain treatment products. Sometimes the stains can get permanently set from these products.

First off, remain calm.  I received this advice from a good friend a long time ago and this works very well. Many of our customers has used this advice and it worked very well for them.  For a wet spill, blot with a clean white towel. Then leave another clean white towel on the spill after you are done blotting.  Make sure the towel has been weighted down by an object (i.e. books or other flat items with weight).  A barrier like aluminum foil is preferred between the towel and object to prevent damage to the object.  If it is still moist in the morning, then repeat the process using dry towels.

There could be discoloration from that spot when it dries. If it does, then try the following:

(Be sure to work from the outside-in so you do not spread the spot)

  1. Mix a tablespoon of liquid dish detergent in a half cup of warm water. With your fingertips moisten a white towel and dab the spot lightly. Alternately dab, and then blot with a dry towel. If the color transfers in to the towel continue the process until color transfer stops. After color transfer stops use a damp towel to blot the area to remove any remaining detergent from carpet fibers. Then cover with dry towels using the overnight steps above.
  2. If color does not transfer, try the same “dab & blot” techniques using a half cup of white vinegar mixed in one half cup warm water. If the color transfers, continue the process as above. Then cover with dry towels using the same overnight technique.

If neither 1 nor 2 shows color transfer, call your professional carpet cleaner.

 

Dirty Tile Grout, How To Prevent It

Whenever I’m out giving estimates for tile great cleaning, I sometimes come across having to answer my customer the following question: “how often should I get my tile grout cleaned?”  Honestly, it’s hard to say how often one should get their tile grout cleaned.  There are few key causes for tile grout to get dirty.  It doesn’t matter how good the tile grout cleaner does his/her job, the life expectancy of a clean grout comes down to the routine cleaning practice of the customer.

I recently visited a household to provide a tile cleaning estimate.  The couple had their tiles custom installed a little over 12 years ago.  Since that time, they have yet to get their tile grout cleaned.  During that time, they raised three very active kids and a couple of dogs.  The tile grout was only slightly dirty and nowhere near the black color (from the dirt) that is commonly seen by our technicians.  Since this was fantastic to see, I asked our new clients their cleaning method.  Their response  was exactly like the advice that I give to all of my tile customers:

1) Do a good vacuuming or sweeping to ensure you get as much loose sand/dirt up before mopping.

2) Use less detergent in the mop water.  Too much detergent in the mop water can leave behind a residue that can attract more dirt.  This can cause the need to mop more often than should.

3)Try cutting down the use of detergent to once a month.  I know this seems crazy, but rinse mopping once a week can make a huge positive difference in the home.

4) DO NOT LET THE WATER GET CLOUDY!  The cloudy mop water is the true cause of the grout to turn black.  Changing the water more often can and will keep your tile looking new longer.

I’ve come across many other customers who mops their tiles this way.  No gadgets or hyped up cleaning methods, just staying simple with their cleaning methods. Their grout looks new after over a decade since it was last cleaned or installed.  People who uses excessive detergent or getting into hyped cleaning methods, tend to be looking at having their tile grout cleaned within 3 to 5 years.

So if you want to keep a clean and healthy home without breaking the piggy bank, try this cleaning tip for awhile and tell me what you think.

Feel free to contact us anytime for any comments, questions, or advice.

Premature Carpet Wear

Have you ever wondered why a carpet that has a 10 year warranty tends to start thinning  real fast within the first 5 years.  Then before the 10 years are up, you are looking at changing the floors because of the looks?

There are many factors that causes this to happen in a home.  One of the many reasons for the premature wearing can be caused by loose sand and dirt that the household vacuum is not getting. People are used to seeing the vacuum commercials saying that the vacuum has so much suction that it can pick up bowling balls, steel b.b.s, and bald baby heads (don’t try, sorry for the bad joke). The cleaning ability of this machine is not determined by suction, but by airflow.  Airflow is the vehicle for the dirt to ride on in from the vacuum in order to get eliminated from the carpets. Once the bags and/or filters gets clogged from the sand and dirt, then there is a significant reduction in the airflow of the vacuum.  Then the machine can only get light fluffy filth, but leaves the sand at the base of the carpet where the traffic pattern starts thinning out.

My favorite expert advise for my customers is to do some simple routine maintenance on their vacuum.  If you only have a bag on your machine, then you might want to change that bag more often than used to.  Even the vacuum instruction manuals say that the bags become clogged way before it appears to be full.  If you have filters, then you should at least brush clean your filters after every time you use your vacuum (check your manual on suggested cleaning methods).  By the way, DYSON VACUUMS DO HAVE FILTERS THAT HAS TO BE CLEANED!

We have some customers that even though they have kids and pets, their carpets are at least 15 years old and looks newer than most people’s 3 year old carpet.  I’ve asked them what their secret was and they all said they clean their vacuum after every time they use it.  They don’t just dump the filth out of the container, but they clean the filters as well.

The other part we have noticed is how fast people are tossing their vacuums out to get a new one because of the excessive filth.  A good portion of customers are getting new vacuums on an annual basis.  It doesn’t matter if you get a $50 Dirt Devil from Wal-Mart or a $3,000 vacuum from a home salesman.  Once those bags/filters gets clogged, then you have very minimal cleaning ability.  Taking this advice of adding a simple routine maintenance step can simultaneously save you money and improve the overall health in your home.

Even when our technicians starts cleaning on the job, they always start with a pre-clean of the area.  That involves a high power vacuuming to ensure that all the loose sand and dirt is eliminated out of the carpets before using the cleaning compound.  During this stage of the pre-clean, we would be shutting our machine off quite often just to clean the filters. That is how we know we are doing a true restoration clean for our customers.  Our pre-clean is a very important step in our cleaning process.

Feel free to contact us anytime for other questions, comments, or suggestions.

Trivia – Riddle Me This

We walk on them all day long and they rarely get the attention they deserve! Now its your carpet’s chance to be in the spotlight. All of our trivia answers revolve around the floor! The first person to comment on this blog with the right answer will be entered into our monthly drawing for a whole house carpet cleaning! Watch our Facebook and Google + page to see if you are the winner! Happy Riddling!

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