Entertaining Outdoors All Autumn Long – How to Keep Your Tile in Tip -Top Shape

Entertaining Outdoors All Autumn Long – How to Keep Your Tile in Tip -Top Shape

Whether you come home to a busy, growing family of six or you live alone, it’s nice to know that at a minute’s notice, you can turn your backyard into another room to eat, play and entertain! And, autumn is the perfect time to use it to its full advantage! Invite your next door neighbor over for an impromptu dinner while you enjoy the view, or simply turn your backyard into a fun ‘overnight campout’ for the entire family. Do you have tile covering your deck or patio that you want to keep ‘like new?’ During these next few weeks when your backyard gets some extra action, here’s how to keep the tile you love in the best shape possible! Dealing with Durable Tile The good news about tile is how durable it really is. It can withstand rain, wind, sleet and the pitter-patter of little feet extremely well. However, tile isn’t immune to other types of wear and tear such as cracking and mold damage. If your patio is covered with heavy furniture, cover your chairs and tables with a protective mat to prevent cracking. Have you run into multiple cracking problems? If you’ve experienced more than your fair share of scratched or cracked tile in the past (and you’re tired of spending hours on all fours repairing or replacing it), shop around for new outdoor furniture that is less abrasive on tile in general. As a rule of thumb, avoid furniture that has harsh, sharp edges to it and choose rounded bottoms for your chairs and table, instead.  A high quality sealant will also work well to help minimize cracking – taking the time to learn which sealant is best will be worth the extra effort you put in. Daily Cleaning is as Easy as 1, 2, 3! Cleaning tile is easy and effortless. All it takes is a few minutes each day  and with products you already have on hand. All you need is some everyday tile detergent and a dry sponge. When cleaning tile, make sure not to wash the tile down first – cleaning it when it’s dry is an important part of the process for getting and keeping it squeaky clean. Dampen the sponge with a warm water/detergent mixture, and scrub the tile gently. If your outdoor tile is getting heavy traffic and you need extra help getting it clean, call us and us take care of it for you! Using specialized cleaning solutions and powerful suction equipment, Chem-Dry can blast the dirt and grime from your tile, delivering a sparkling clean and extending its...

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Should You Clean Your Carpet or Replace It?

Should You Clean Your Carpet or Replace It?

If you are concerned because your carpet is heavily soiled or stained, you might be wondering whether or not you should replace it.  There are a few important things to consider before making your decision. First off, carpet is quite an investment and can be very costly to replace.  It can cost thousands of dollars to re-carpet the average size home. A good thorough cleaning might be just the thing your carpet needs in order to revitalize its appearance.  It is recommended that homeowners have professional carpet cleaners come at least once a year, preferably twice.  If has been over a year since you have cleaned your carpets, it would be much more cost effective to try a professional cleaning before purchasing all new carpet. On average, you could have your carpets cleaned by a licensed professional for less than $250. You can also choose to have a just a couple of rooms cleaned at first to see how well it works. You just might be surprised by the results! Another thing to consider before purchasing new carpet is how much wear and tear you put on your carpet.  If you have small children or toddlers, you might want to wait until they outgrow those “messy” years before making such a big investment.  Likewise, if your children are grown and about to leave the house, you might want to put off your purchase a bit longer.  In addition, if you already have a puppy or are planning on getting one soon, you might want to wait until your pet is house trained.  All of these conditions are very important to consider before purchasing new carpet. Still, another fact to consider is the convenience of professional carpet cleaning.  Chem-Dry, for example, can have your entire house cleaned and the carpets will be dry in just a few short hours.  If you decided to purchase new carpet, you would have to go through the trouble of moving and rearranging your furniture in order for the carpet to be installed.  This can be quite a hassle, especially if you have pets or children in the home. It is important to consider the many benefits of having your carpets cleaned before you decide to replace them.  Professional carpet cleaning not only improves the look and feel of your carpet, but it eliminates much of the odors, dander, and allergens in your carpet, leaving your home clean, healthy, and smelling...

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Tips from Mommy Blogger on How to Clean Your Carpets

Tips from Mommy Blogger on How to Clean Your Carpets

Have you ever wondered how to clean your carpets? Check out this video by Mommy blogger Molly Gold on her GoMom! blog, as she shares the importance of maintaining clean carpets for a healthy home. In the video, you'll find carpet cleaning tips such as: Clean carpets three times a week by vacuuming regularly to pull out dirt and allergens Remove stains by blotting up area, using a qualified stain remover like Chem-Dry’s World Famous Spot Remover Have carpets professionally cleaned several times each year. Plus, Molly reviews Chem-Dry's Stain Extinguisher product and is pleasantly surprised that unlike other stain removers, Stain Extinguisher actually removes stains permanently. Check out her video:...

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Care Tips to Ensure Long and Healthy Life of Your Carpets

Care Tips to Ensure Long and Healthy Life of Your Carpets

While regular carpet cleaning by professionals is necessary to ensure your carpet leads a long and healthy life, additional care and maintenance on your part can go a long way. Proper care and maintenance of your carpet will extend its useful life and preserve its appearance longer. Failure to maintain proper care will result in premature wear. Additionally, clean carpets contribute to a healthy indoor environment. Vacuum your carpets three times a week using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate) filter. Remove stains and spills as promptly as possible. this is best achieved with Chem-Dry Professional Strength Spot Remover. Remove as much excess as possible, then apply and blot with a clean white cloth. DO NOT rub the spot as this might grind the stain in further. Have your carpets cleaned and protected at least twice a year by Chem-Dry, or more often if you have children or pets. Traffic Lane Gray Like all textiles, carpets will eventually show signs of wear. The wear creates an illusion of soiling, which often causes frustration and misunderstanding between the homeowners and carpet care experts. Even though a carpet has been cleaned, it does not mean the traffic areas will look clean. Traffic areas are those places where people are constantly walking or working. This situation creates what is called "Traffic Lane Gray". While “Traffic Lane Gray” is an inevitable part of any carpet’s life, the process causing it can be slowed down. One way to prevent this is to rearrange the furniture in your home. By doing so, you will block old traffic areas and create new ones. By occasionally switching the flow of traffic you will distribute the effects of “Traffic Lane Gray”. You can also add area rugs to places where “Traffic Lane Gray” is unavoidable through rearranging furniture. Vacuum Regularly The amount of traffic your carpet receives will determine how often vacuuming is necessary. Vacuuming a few times per week reduces the dirt that is likely to end up in the roots of your carpet. Spot cleaning is also an essential part of keeping your floors clean. After vacuuming, apply a quick spray of Carpet Deodorizer (various scents available) for a pleasing fragrance, along with built-in stain resistance protection for your carpets. Who hasn't spilled a glass of wine, milk, or soda? Chem-Dry offers various home products to lift spots. For difficult spots, a professional cleaning application may be required. Consult with your local professional to ensure proper treatment. Trust Chem-Dry for Carpets that are Deep Cleaned A common misconception of home owners is that carpets simply need routine vacuuming to be cleaned. While vacuuming may make your carpets appear spotless from your family's contribution of daily activity or mishap, you must also consider the dust and particles that lie beneath the surface. A carpet should receive an annual (some experts recommend as often as every six months - others suggest every 12-18 months) and thorough deep cleaning by a carpet cleaning professional. Choosing an environmentally friendly process of clean-up should be a top priority. After all, your aim is to remove chemical residue, not introduce more. Many commercial carpet cleaners require gallons of water, in addition to toxic soaps which leave behind volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Your Chem-Dry professional uses the core cleaning solution, The...

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How Germy are Your Carpets?

How Germy are Your Carpets?

Millions of homeowners enjoy the lush comfort of carpet on their bare feet and its attractive appearance in their home, but do they enjoy the nearly 200,000 bacteria that are inside it?  Believe it or not, your carpet is one of the germiest places in your home.  It contains about 4,000 times as much bacteria as the toilet seat! Germs, germs everywhere Just how does all of this bacteria get trapped in your carpet?  There are a number of ways in which different types of bacteria collect inside carpet. First off, you are tracking in many different germs from your shoes.  These bacteria may include different strains of E.coli, many of which are harmless, but others that can make you ill.  To help avoid this from happening, you might want to consider removing your shoes before entering your home. Another way in which bacteria is spread to your carpet is through coughing, sneezing, and dirty hands.  Staph is a bacteria that lives in the nose or on the skin and can be transmitted to your carpet very easily.  It can also be transmitted through blood, skin, and fingernails.This could also lead to a variety of illnesses. Lastly, salmonella is another form of bacteria often found in carpet.  This can come from contaminated food on your hands when your hands touch a carpeted area. It can also be transmitted through feces of people and animals.  It can even be tracked in from outside. How to take care of those unwanted germs In order to help prevent these types of germs and bacteria from taking over your carpet, it is highly recommended that you consider getting a deep cleaning twice a year from professional carpet cleaners to clean and sanitize your carpets to help rid your carpet of bacteria and unwanted germs. While routine vacuuming is also important, most vacuums don’t have the suction power to remove all of these germs.  It is certainly helpful and important in the routine maintenance of your carpet, but a professional cleaning will help to rid your home of many of these unwanted germs.  It will not only give you peace of mind about having sanitized carpets, but it will also leave your home feeling healthy, clean, and...

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