Life is messy! Whether you're trying to figure out the best way to tackle everyday dirt, fight a tough carpet stain, eliminate allergens, or try green cleaning, our expert tips will help. Our goal is to give you the tools you need to go forth and clean your home efficiently, effectively, and with confidence.
Carpet Cleaning Q&A
Why carpet clean my carpets and upholstery?
Carpet cleaning is a process that loosens and removes most harmful dirt and gound-in grit, which may be deep down in your rugs and carpets. Not only does it protect the investment you have in your home, but parents of young children, pet owners, and allergy sufferers may find carpet cleaning especially beneficial. Carpet and upholstery are major investments which are expected to last for a long time. Carpet cleaning your carpet and upholstery will help extend the life.
How long does it take carpets and upholstery to dry after carpet cleaning?
On the average, it will take approximately 2-4 hours for carpet and upholstery to dry after being carpet cleaned. To expedite the drying process, try using a fan to increase your air circulation.
How do I remove ground-in dirt from my carpet?
First, pre-treat the carpet. Then, clean the carpet with hot water and your dial turned to the high traffic setting. Make sure that three or four wet passes are taken for each section cleansed. The wet passes should be followed by at least two dry passes. When cleaning is complete, use a fan to expedite drying.
How do I remove the static from the carpet?
Mix 1 part liquid fabric softener with 5 parts water, mist the carpet lightly with a spray bottle. Then, let it dry. You may want to repeat every couple months. You may find a humidifier will help eliminate the static electricity.
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips
Look for cleaning products and tools that are manufacturered using recycled components
Instead of using paper towels and disposable surface wipes, opt to turn your fraying t-shirts into good old-fashioned rags. Re-using textiles is a great way to reduce your environmental impact, as well as keep a few extra dollars in your pocket.
Use steam to sanitize surfaces. Steam is an all-natural cleaner, sanitizing surfaces without the need for chemicals when used as directed.
Read the label on all sprays and formulas. Not sure what type of impact those chemicals under your sink will have on the environment? Look for sprays and formulas that are biodegradable, without phosphates, dyes, optical brighteners or heavy metals.
Also, keep an eye out for cleaning supplies that carry eco-friendly certification like the Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment (DfE) seal.
Allergen Control Q&A
What are the major allergens in the home?
The major allergens in the home are dust mite waste, pet and pollen allergens.
What is a dust mite?
A dust mite is an arachnid, an 8-legged creature from the spider and mite family, which feeds on skin scales from humans and animals and fungi.
What is it about the dust mite that makes humans have such a negative reaction?
It is the proteins in the fecal pellets of the dust mite that make the human react as if infected with the flu. Common symptoms include sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and wheezing.
How can I get rid of dust mites in my home?
It is almost impossible to rid the home entirely of dust mites. It is however possible to reduce the number of dust mites in the home. A regular cleaning schedule consisting of vacuuming and carpet cleaning will help reduce the overall number of allergens in your home.