Why You Should Hire a Professional for Carpet Cleaning


Many people use carpets in their homes in Orlando to either safeguard their flooring or to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the room. Over time, due to usage, these rugs become dirty and in need of cleaning. At such a time, homeowners must decide whether to clean the carpet by themselves or hire a professional carpet cleaner. While a DIY carpet cleaning might seem appealing, hiring a professional to wash the carpet is often the best option. The following are valid reasons why you should hire a professional carpet cleaner.

It saves times

Cleaning the carpet in your Orlando property evidently takes time. You need to gather all the necessary cleaning materials and equipment, as well as put other activities on hold. In contrast, if you let a professional do the job, they have the right set of skills and resources to get the work done quickly and efficiently. Thereby freeing up your time and enabling you to spend your time on more important activities or relaxing with friends and family.

They have experience

One thing about professional carpet cleaners in Orlando is that they have to undergo training before they can operate. Hence, they have the right sets of skills and experience to handle any challenge related to carpet cleaning. Furthermore, they know the right techniques and cleaning agents for removing different types of stains or spills. Which means you’re certain to have your carpet looking good as new. On the other hand if you opt for a DIY cleaning, in the event you encounter a stubborn stain, high chances are you will have a tough time removing it from your carpet and could possibly damage your carpet while trying to do so.

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They have the right cleaning equipment

The good thing about professional carpet cleaners is that they come with an adequate supply of the right cleaning tools, equipment, and agents. Besides, they know how to operate and maintain different cleaning equipment such as the professional grade machines, as well as how to handle industrial chemicals. When you hire a cleaning company, you don’t have to fret over whether the cleaner will have the right resources to get the job done. On the other hand, for you to clean the carpet on your own, you need to purchase the right cleaning agents, hire equipment and learn how to use them.

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Improves the health of your home

What most people don’t realize is that carpets acts as a filter for your indoor environment.  Through improper cleaning by those who don’t know how to clean carpets properly or who poses as a professional carpet cleaner, your carpets will no longer be a health benefit.  The underside of the carpet (pad) becomes a breeding place for bacteria, mold, and allergens. These organisms are dangerous and expose family members, more so, those that suffer from respiratory health conditions to considerable risk. Many owners are not cognizant of this fact, and that is why they only focus on using vacuum cleaning equipment, most of which do not even stand a chance against mold or bacteria. When you enlist a professional cleaning company, they will first loosen the contaminants beneath the carpet using cleaning solutions. After which, they will use high-power scrubbers to remove the contaminants from your home in Orlando, making it safe for the occupants.

Prolongs your carpet’s life

When you clean the carpet by yourself, it is very likely that your primary goal will be to get over and done with the chore. As a result, there is a good chance you will not be thorough. Moreover, if you come across a stubborn stain you might use aggressive detergents, which will either worsen the stain or damage the fabric. The objective of a professional carpet cleaner will be to carry out a perfect carpet cleaning exercise.

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Hence, the company will use the right cleaning agents, equipment, and techniques to execute a thorough cleaning task. In fact, most reliable professional carpet cleaners in Orlando will even go a step further and apply a protective coating over the carpet after cleaning it. All these activities will help prolong the life of your carpet.

It is cost effective

Even though hiring a professional carpet cleaning company will cost you money, the aesthetic, health, social and financial benefits it offers are worth the expense. Besides, carrying out a DIY carpet cleaning exercise requires much more time and effort. For instance, you have to forego every other activity to concentrate on the job. In addition, you have to purchase the right cleaning agents and hire equipment. Not to mention that you also need to know how to operate the equipment or else you might end up ruining your carpet, damaging the cleaning equipment or worse, exposing yourself to harmful industrial chemicals. With a professional cleaning company however, all you need to do is identify a competent Orlando carpet cleaner and the rest will be taken care of.

About the Author

This article was contributed by State Property Management, a local property management company. You can visit their website at www.managecentralfloridaproperty.com.

HOST Dry Bulletin Presents InstaDry to All of Racine Industries

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January 2016

This great information from Don Snyder of InstaDRY replaces the original January Bulletin we were planning to send to you. It may give you some ideas and help, especially those of you who are new to the business. So thank you Don!

“Good Morning Arthur,

I want to spread some motivating news from down here in Central Florida!

“Our company is about to reach 4 years in operation, and want to share our experience thus far. Using the HOST Dry Extraction System properly is an easy way of building a reputable and trustworthy business. It is more than carpet cleaning. It is providing a healthy indoor environment for the homes and businesses while making such places beautiful.

“A quick little history on how we got started with the HOST System. My good friend David Brockman from Greensboro, NC introduced us to the HOST Dry Extraction System back in 2012. After riding in his van, it didn’t take much convincing to realize this was the perfect system for Central Florida. David got me in contact with Racine Industries and Larry Hughes in Atlanta. Then after that we met with our local supplier. Our first reaction from talking to everyone was this is a great community to get involved with for a startup business. With that being said, we immediately joined the HOST Professional Cleaners Association (HPCA), went to the HOST School and took the HOST Certified Technician test.

“When we first started, we didn’t own a HOST machine yet. With very little capital in the beginning we needed a loan but didn’t want to start off with one. So we rented a machine from our local distributor. The start of InstaDRY was a true grass roots start-up business. We got the ball rolling by knocking on doors. The old fashion knocking on doors can work! Just make a quick introduction, hand them a flyer and ask for them to call you when the time comes up with a memory hook. Ours is ‘Clean & Dry Before We Say Goodbye!’. The potential client will stop you if there is a need. Otherwise just move to the next door, and hope those who just took the flier will call. We were stacking jobs on the weekends to help make financial sense renting a HOST Freestyle machine from our local supplier.

“After a couple of months of hard work, we purchased our first HOST Freestyle… giving our first machine the nickname ‘Blue’. Every day when we had jobs stacked we would look at ‘Blue’ and say ‘you’re my boy Blue!’. It’s kind of a motivational thing.

“The first couple of years was a wild ride that was worth every minute. Starting a business is scary, and taking on employees and field technicians is frightful! It was always reassuring that there are peers always ready to give great advice within the HOST community. Everyone is about success, and that is an awesome community to be involved in.

“We have been and continually are strategic with our decisions for growth. We made sure that our field technicians are so result-driven that they continually get online reviews with their names mentioned (it is always motivating for an employee to get publicly recognized for their hard work by the client). Most important, we tend to get repeat clients and referral clients calling for an appointment asking for their respective technician by name.

“Getting involved with the local community by getting into as many local events possible really helps; and making sure that we are careful with our online presence is key in getting new clients attention and respect (much better than coupon ads and other mass media outlets). Most important we are always getting the quality results from the HOST System to turn one appointment into at least two more. The HOST System, when worked properly, makes it easy for a company to grow.

“I do have quite a bit more to add:

1. We are now the floor cleaning contractor for a major 5 star resort here in Orlando.
2. Just received our 4th major condo building contract.
3. We are in the middle of expanding to two more markets.
4. We are constantly keeping jobs booked three weeks out with three trucks in the field with a total of four HOST Freestyles and four HOST Liberators.

“I’m sharing this because I’m sure you are constantly hearing about people thinking of starting a business using the HOST System or someone struggling with their HOST business. Here’s some advice from the InstaDRY team:

1. THE HOST SYSTEM WORKS! Always keep the HOST manual with you on jobs and use the book!
2. If you are in a jam, call HOST! I have yet to come across a question that they have not been able to answer.
3. Read the Bulletins from HOST PCA. They are a great resource and helps with training your staff.
4. If a HOST School on the Road comes around, then GO TO IT! I’m still using the materials acquired from the one I went to that Arthur taught two years ago.
5. ALWAYS keep your technicians motivated and your clients excited! (Remember, motivation moves mountains … and that does apply to any operation.)

“The latest activity in our operations is worth bragging about. It takes a team to grow a dynamic operation. The attached letter from one of our clients with their recent experience outlines how awesome our team is:

‘January 19, 2016

To Whom it may concern,

I wanted to a moment to express our appreciation of the courteous, and thorough carpet cleaning experience we have ever had.

It has sadly become unusual to find professionalism from explaining the services to executing the services exactly as they were portrayed.

My husband and I were having holiday guests and had InstaDRY clean our carpets in early December. They arrived exactly when they said they said they would, explained the process as they went from room to room. Upon completion gave us a certificate for a complimentary touch up job in January.

In January an appointment was made and again, arrived exactly as promised and went over the entire house. The associate, Terry Webb, was extremely courteous, moved and replaced furniture to assure thoroughness and left the house sparkling.

I would recommend the company as everyone has been delightful, and definitely, recommend Terry. Even though Terry has been with the company just a few months, his work ethic, and enthusiasm for the company is commendable.

It is a pleasure to work with a company that truly exceeds expectations.

Sincerely,

Mary and Nick

2016 has kicked off as an amazing year for us and all of us here at InstaDRY in Orlando, Florida cannot be any more excited for the year to come. We wish all HOST users and Racine Industries the most exciting and profitable year!

www.InstaDryOrlando.com – Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Instadryorlando

A big “thank you” to Don.

All of you PCA entrepreneurs…please keep your comments and emails coming.

During the first quarter of 2016, we plan to send out a survey in which we would like you to participate. We are alerting you of this in advance, so please help us help you. The survey will be looking to find out what you are doing for marketing, pricing, employee compensation, etc. We will not share your individual information outside of our office. What we will do is give you feedback on “averages” or “ranges” of pricing, employee compensation, and generally how business is done in different regions of the country. We are asked all the time what people should charge for their different services and what services to offer. It is about time we asked you, so you can help your fellow entrepreneurs from around the country better understand how they can service their customers better.

If you have anything you would like to see on the survey that I have not indicated above, please email me the question because I am in the process of developing the survey “as we speak.”

Best regards,

Arthur L. Dominguez
Racine Industries, Inc.
Vice President, Business Development
Director of the HOST School & Training
P.S. I urge you to go to Don’s website.

Five Tips for Good Looking Tile

Ceramic tile has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially down here in sunny Florida where keeping a house warm isn’t really much of a concern. While most people learn how to mop at a very young age, I’ve been surprised at how much misinformation there is when it comes to keeping your tile floor shiny and clean. Here are a few helpful hints for you.

1. Sweep or Vacuum before you mop. This is very important. Take a look at your tile, see that discoloration in your grout? If you don’t have it, bully for you, but very likely your kitchen has some pretty gnarly colors on that grout line. That’s dirt, grease, and other nastiness trapped in the grout. When you mop, any loose sand and dirt on your tiles can get pushed into that grout to get absorbed, and likely kept for years. Proper sweeping will help avoid this.

2. Change your water often. If your water is dirty, you’re just pushing dirt into the grout. When mopping, you really need to change out your water more frequently than you think. If the water gets cloudy, it’s time to dump it out. This can get very tedious, but it’s important.

3. Avoid residue. Soap residue can make tiles look cloudy and hazy, but the grout line is where it really wreaks havoc. Soap doesn’t evaporate, it attracts dust, and it’s really difficult to get up once it works its way in. When mopping, read your label and only use the amount recommended. Most people use far too much soap. As an alternative, try using some lemon juice or vinegar in your mop water instead of soap. These are mildly acidic, and work as natural disinfectants. They also don’t leave residue, so bonus.

4. Avoid damaging your grout. When I’m cleaning someone’s tile in a professional, deep clean manner, I’ll frequently have to get a client down to ground level to show them pitting and cracking in the grout that you can’t see while standing. From eye level, this looks like dirt and nastiness, but at the floor you can see damage to the grout. If you need to clean spots on your tile, use a stiff nylon brush rather than a metal one. Brass brushes will remove the stain in question, but do so by stripping off the top layer of grout. Also, harsh and abrasive chemicals can have a similar effect. Don’t use bleach based cleaners too often, they can decalcify the grout and lead to pitting.

5. Damp mopping is your friend. Rather than doing a full water bucket mopping every week, try just taking care of bad spots with a damp mop and some vinegar water. Slopping around dirty water makes that grout line look horrible after a while.

These tips will help keep your tile clean, and reduce the need for expensive professional cleaning. Eventually, you’ll need a pro to take care of your tile, but the longer you can go between cleanings the better.

For more tips and other hints, please check out: http://bit.ly/1LeX3S7

Andrew Mongeau
Field Manager
InstaDry Carpet and Tile Cleaning

Tile Grout: to Seal or not to Seal

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dirty tile groutThat is the question. Nearly every contractor or installer who handles tile grout will recommend sealing the grout in order to protect from staining and soiling. Seals come in either a membrane variety, which forms a protective layer over the top of the grout, or a penetrant variety, which enters the grout and makes it less porous. Tile is clean, stays clean, and saves you time. Right?

Not quite.

Seals can be effective, provided they are maintained. Something contractors don’t usually tell you, a seal only lasts so long. In particularly wet areas or places that get mopped frequently, like your kitchen, you may need to reseal the tile as often as every six months. If you’re willing to pay a contractor that often to keep your floors sealed, or have the DIY skills and time on your hands, by all means do it. If you don’t, sealing can cause nightmares when cleaning.

Imagine there’s a spot on your grout. You have your nylon brush, your baking soda mix, your lemon juice, all the things people recommend you use when scrubbing grout. You scrub the spot for ten minutes and realize nothing has happened. So you up the ante, and bring out some bleach. Ten minutes later, still nothing. You go further, and begin steaming the spot, hoping to shoot the dirt out of the spot. Another ten minutes of labor and there are still no results. Finally, you take out a metal brush and just scrape off the top layer of grout and call it a day. Not very healthy for your grout.
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This is a situation I’ve found on more tile cleanings than I’d care to mention. Seals are responsible, specifically seals that wear off. The same dirty mop water that will cause unsealed grout to discolor can penetrate a spot where a seal has worn off, and wick under the place where the seal remains. Then you have dirty grout with a protective layer above it. On top of that, grout discoloration can be due to soap residue, dirty mop water, grease spills, biological spills, mildew, any number of things that all require different materials and chemicals to clean.

As Mike Holmes of HGTV writes, “In my opinion, grout needs to be able to breathe, so that any moisture that gets in behind your tile is able to escape. If you seal the grout, that can’t happen. No matter what, moisture – steam and water – eventually will get through the grout, or through a crack in your tile. So, if your grout is sealed, how will that water evaporate back out? It can’t. And that will lead to problems. I’ve seen it hundreds of times.”

As a general rule, I don’t suggest sealing grout if you’re able to maintain your tile properly. Change your mop water often when cleaning, use either the suggested amount of soap or a vinegar mix instead, vacuum your tile before mopping, damp mop weekly and wet mop monthly, all these things will help keep your grout clean without sealing it. Please check out our care card: http://bit.ly/1LeX3S7

If you are going to seal your grout, make sure you have all the information available to you. Find out what type of seal is being used, how long it lasts in both high and low moisture areas, and how often you need to reseal. If you’re told sealing is required for a healthy grout, remember the ancient Romans and all the work they did with concrete; none of it is sealed, and much of it is still standing thousands of years later.

Andrew Mongeau
Field Manager
InstaDry Carpet and Tile Cleaning

Source: Seal your tiles, not your grout

Five Unexpected and Unusual Benefits of Carpet

During my tenure as a flooring cleaner, I’ve heard numerous complaints about the much maligned carpet.
It’s hard to maintain.
It doesn’t last as long as hard floors.
I have allergies.
Well, sit back and relax. I’m about to inject some knowledge into your brain space.

1. Carpet is easier to maintain. Yes, I said it. I know this doesn’t sound right, wood floors just need a sweeping and tile just needs a mopping while carpet absorbs stains and requires constant vacuuming. Well, about that. The bulk of the dust and dirt in your house comes from you. Dead skin cells. Grody. That, and the stuff you track in. I’m going to pose this question to you, do you shed less skin and track in less dirt if you have tile and hardwood floors? Of course not. Carpet helps to localize the dirt, which means a proper vacuuming can get most all of it up in one go. That canister isn’t more full than your dustpan because the carpet is dirtier than the hardwood or tile, it’s more full because you’re getting more dirt up. On top of that, professionally cleaning carpet is a much more straightforward process than tile or hardwood. If you want to test this theory, call a professional floor cleaner and get a quote for your carpet and your tile. The price reflects the difference in difficulty of cleaning.

2. Carpet is more sanitary and allergy friendly. Wait, what? Yes. That part about carpet localizing dirt isn’t a joke, if you maintain your carpet properly it will actually improve the indoor air quality of your home. Think about it this way, textiles filter air. Your clothes, furniture, and carpet all help remove dust from the air. Carpet does this the most, it’s like having a huge filter stretched across your entire floor. Now in order for this to work, proper maintenance is required. That means vacuuming regularly, and keeping track of the filters in your vacuum. As for the hard surfaces, imagine how difficult it is to get this dirt out of the wood grain or grout line.

3. Carpet insulates. It’s like a giant blanket for your floor. If you hop out of bed on a cold say and get chilled on your feet, that’s heat leaking from your home. Wall to wall carpet can help keep your power bills down and warm your house in the winter. Mind you, this doesn’t really apply in places like my home town of Orlando, Florida. We want it cool, as cool as can be.

4. Carpet is Safer. This is really straightforward and simple, carpet hurts less when you fall on it. Despite the sanitation issues inherent with having carpet in a bathroom or kitchen, I’ve seen a lot of senior citizens install carpet in these rooms in case of a fall. That extra cushion can help prevent bruises and broken bones.

5. Carpet is Quieter. That’s right, it muffles sound and prevents echo. You may not notice it, but your ears will. Carpet will help protect your hearing from loud noises, like appliances and that useful vacuum cleaner.

Andrew Mongeau
Field Manager
InstaDry Carpet and Tile Cleaning

Spots vs. Stains

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Have you ever noticed that some spills can be cleaned from your carpet really easily, while some stick around no matter how much you scrub? How people say that wine stains immediately but apple juice barely gets mentioned? That’s because there’s a big difference between spots and stains, and I’m here to explain the difference and help you clean both.

First off, spots and stains are basically two completely different things, even if they look the same. Spots are easy, that’s when you get gunk on top of a carpet fiber and it just sits there like an old dog on a comfy couch. Stains actually get inside the carpet fibers and take up residence, and are much more difficult to clean, if they can be removed at all. So what causes a stain as opposed to a spot? And how do I clean them? Glad you asked.

Stains are caused by three things in concert; heat, acidity, and time. Carpet fibers are hollow, and contain small molecules that block the pores in the fibers and prevent stains from getting inside that chute. The hotter a material, the easier it is to get rid of that stain resistance. The more acidic the spill, the easier it is. And if a spill is given the time it needs to dissolve that stain resistance, good luck getting it out. This means that if something is hot, like soup, acidic, like wine, or sits a while, like that spill you didn’t realize was there or thought “Oh, I’ll get it after this episode of Law and Order” and never get around to it, it’s more likely to stain. If it’s a combination of these, like a hot cup of strong coffee that gets dropped before you’re awake enough to deal with it, then you’ve got a problem.

The first step in cleaning a liquid spill is getting up as much of it as you possibly can with a dry rag. After that’s done, take another dry rag and place it on top, weigh it down with something, and leave it for 12-24 hours. This should let most of the wetness wick up into the towel, and out of your carpet. If there’s stain remaining, check out your stain treatment detergents and apply as listed on the labels. This is very important, read the label! Some of these chemicals can bleach your carpet if used improperly, and almost all of them leave a residue you need to rinse off. If the stain is very stubborn you can use an iron on top of a wet cloth, but be very careful with this as it can melt your carpet.

Spots are easy, just take some spot removal, apply to a rag, then lightly blot off the spot. Don’t scrub too hard, and don’t push down. Just lightly swipe and agitate the carpet, then wipe clean with a wet rag afterwards.

Andrew Mongeau
Field Manager
InstaDry Carpet and Tile Cleaning

So, How Does Soap Work?

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I’m willing to bet that you have soap somewhere in your house. It’s probably in your shower, under your sink, on top of your sink, inside your carpet from the last time you tried cleaning that stubborn coffee stain, somewhere. If it’s not, then eew. Let me ask you a question, do you know how that soap actually works? Not how you scrub, that’s just elbow grease. The actual, chemical process to how it works. Probably not. Well, it’s time you learned. Put on your science hats, kids, it’s school time.
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The first thing to understand is that opposites attract. One of the main methods gunk sticks to something like a counter, carpet, or your skin, is because the gunk has an opposite magnetic charge to the thing it’s on. Yes, a magnetic charge. Most everything is magnetic at the molecular level. When the gunk is the opposite charge of the surface, those two molecules start using the buddy system, and refuse to fly solo. You can scrape some of these away with just scrubbing and some water, not everybody clings to their buddy with the same strength, but sometimes those molecules just don’t want to stop the hugging action. For this we need something stronger, something to break the bonds. For this, we need SURFACTANT! Say it with me. It’s fun. Sur-fact-ant.

Surfactants form a chemical bond with the gunk and the surface, changing the charge from positive to negative or negative to positive. The particle doing the hugging starts to become hugged by a different particle, and the original buddy gets jealous and boots the original hugger out. This leaves the dirt floating around with no solid ground to hold onto, and allows your rag, sponge, or mop to quickly grab it and take it to parts unknown. Thus through the application of surfactants, things are left clean.

Of course, there are far more chemicals in soap than just surfactants. This is why it’s important to rinse whatever spot or surface you’ve cleaned to ensure you’re not leaving residue behind. Residue attracts dust and dirt, which will go on to hug your surfaces, and you’re back in the same situation you were in to begin with.

Soap is important, use it. And now you know how it works. Science!

-Andrew M.
Field Manager
InstaDRY, Carpet & Tile Cleaning

3 Yr Anniversary!!!

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InstaDRY is proud to announce that today is our third year of being in business.  When we started, we had a few things in mind.

  1. That a good cleaning job will extend the life of the floors and improve indoor air quality.
  2. Customers are always first and we will make ourselves available for them at all times.
  3. We will always leave the best memories behind.

The team we assembled is truly the most talented in Central Florida and dedicated to all of our clients.  We cannot be anymore grateful for the amazing work they have done to get us to this point.

Most of all, we cannot be anymore excited about the clients for InstaDRY.  Thank you for allowing us to come into your home or business performing the services we provide.  Your constant feedback (good or bad) has been very valuable in our daily training.

Please keep following us on our blogs and social media for updates to our service.  Going into our 4th year, we have many awesome new things happening!!!

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Clean of the Day by Bret! 04/11/2015

We were very impressed with the recent work by Bret over the weekend!!  Please call 407-476-8525 and ask for Bret!!

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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:

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

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Wet Vs. Dry Pt. 2

The other day, I posted some pics of results about wet vs. dry of an onsite comparison.  The following diagrams has the most ultimate description why it’s better to use the dry clean system for cleaning carpets.

Diagram pic of the difference in efficiency between wet carpet cleaning and dry carpet cleaning.
Diagram pic of the difference in efficiency between wet carpet cleaning and dry carpet cleaning.

 

 

 

 

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.