Sanitizing Used Furniture

Sanitizing Used Furniture

It can be a lot of fun hunting for used furniture at garage sales, consignment stores, and antique stores.  You might even inherit a piece of furniture from a friend or relative.  Not only can you find some incredible pieces of furniture, but you can get some great deals as well.  Nonetheless, you will want to clean and disinfect this furniture before bringing it into your home.  This is important so that you do not bring germs or bacteria into your home. It will also help to rid used furniture of unpleasant odors. First thing, you will want to be sure that your furniture is properly disinfected.  There are a number of ways to disinfect your furniture.  You can purchase sanitizing wipes, aerosol sprays, or create your own mixture of vinegar and warm water or call in professionals like Chem-Dry who will use professional strength sanitizer to eliminate unhealthy bacteria. After you have sanitized and disinfected your furniture, you can begin removing any unwanted odors.  Since many of these odors can be caused by moisture that has been trapped in the fabric or pet odors, fabric fresheners and deodorizers won’t get rid of the musty smell.  Instead, you should try cleaning the fabric with warm water and vinegar or using baking soda or calling us who specializes in eliminating unwanted odors, not just masking them including pet odors. Once you have taken these necessary steps, you will feel more comfortable bringing the furniture into your home and you can begin to enjoy your new...

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Why It’s Important to Seal Tile and Stone

Why It’s Important to Seal Tile and Stone

Your home is a place where you can retreat, unwind and enjoy your down time in peace (and if you’re lucky) quiet! So, why not make the most used rooms in your home—that are designed with beautiful tile and stone—the highest quality it can possibly be? If you want to improve the health of your home, look no further than right here to see how to get it done, and why sealing your tile and stone on a regular basis should be one of the most important ways to keep your family and your home healthy for the long run. Why a Sealant is Worth the Work It’s important to understand what a grout sealant is. Grout is made of sand and fills up holes effectively and cheaply. It does the job, but must be sealed correctly to last. Since grout is porous and a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, fungus and dirt, applying protection to it is mandatory—and a grout sealant accomplishes exactly that. Give ‘Hotspot’ Rooms in Your Home Extra Protection Do you have beautiful tile in your shower that you want to preserve for as long as possible? Is your bathtub your haven? If so, keeping your tile protected should be a priority. Because the moisture in your bathroom acts as a breeding ground for mold and mildew, give these types of ‘hotspot’ rooms extra care and attention. Maintain the quality and overall appearance of tile and stone in these ‘hotspots’ with a sealant so that your home can be the happiest and healthiest living environment possible. Why be so adamant on sealing?  When you seal dirty grout (grout that contains mold or bacteria) stains develop that become near to impossible to remove. As a rule of thumb, reseal your grout once a year for high traffic homes, and anytime it’s been deep cleaned, reseal it immediately. Do you have out-of-the-way, low traffic rooms in your home (a guest bathroom that never gets used, etc.)? Make sure not to neglect these areas by resealing it every 4-5 years. Tile is an investment. Don’t you deserve to get as much out of it as you can—for as long as you can? Sometimes, regularly scheduled DIY maintenance isn’t enough. Sometimes, tile and/or stone deserve a professional, deep clean to improve its life span and allow you the peace of mind of a clean, safe house for you and your family. Contact us and leave the back-breaking work of making your tile look pristine to us. Using specialized cleaning solutions and powerful suction equipment, Chem-Dry can blast the dirt and bacteria from your tile, grout and stone, and restore your tile to a brand new look and...

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Be Good to the Planet – How to Best Take Care of Your Home, Eco-Friendly Style

Be Good to the Planet – How to Best Take Care of Your Home, Eco-Friendly Style

Skip Store Brand Cleaning Products Whenever Possible There’s something comforting about going into a supermarket, and being able to pick from a dozen different cleaning products. It’s nice to have a choice about which stain remover, flea eliminator or toilet cleaner to use, isn’t it? That is, until you look at the fine print and notice that all of these convenient cleaning products in question are harmful to the health of your home. When it comes to your family’s health, nothing is more important than the state of your furniture and flooring. And, nothing can harm the health of your loved ones more quickly than a toxic (but oh-so-convenient!) store bought home cleaner. Save yourself the hassle, and make some do-it-yourself cleaners, instead. Make Your Own Bleach Store bought bleach can contains harmful ingredients to your family’s health. Here’s a great way to keep your home free of mayhem and mildew: combine 1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice, with ¾ cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Add about ten drops of lavender oil (lemon is a good choice too) and mix well. This do-it-yourself mixture is a great way to have bleach on hand whenever you need it. It makes 4 litres and perfect for those bathroom spills and stains you need to clean up, pronto! The Dilly-O on Do-It-Yourself Disinfectant There’s something about having a do-it-yourself disinfectant on hand that just makes you feel like a supermom (or superdad!) It’s cheap to do and lasts longer than the store bought brand. Here’s how to get it done: you’ll need a spray bottle and some ingredients that you already have on hand. Mix together 2 cups of cold water, 20 drops of tea tree oil, 1 teaspoon of dish soap and ½ cup of white vinegar. Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake vigorously. Done! Eco-friendly Carpet Cleaning An eco-friendly home is a happy home and that’s the bottom line. Why spend money on toxic products that harm your family’s health, when you can take back the control of your family’s health in your own hands – with a healthy home? Chem-Dry developed our proprietary carbonated cleaning solution, The Natural®, at the onset of the environmental movement. The Natural is green-certified and is one of the purest carpet cleaning solutions available, using ingredients taken straight from Mother Nature to make your carpets fresh and clean again. Need a jump start on clean carpets, rugs and upholstery? Make an appointment with us today, the world’s leading carpet cleaning...

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Spring Cleaning Tips to Alleviate Allergies

Spring Cleaning Tips to Alleviate Allergies

As the weather gets warmer and Spring settles in, approximately 50 million Americans will start to sneeze, trumpeting that allergy season is in full swing. The warmer weather is a welcome change from the chilly winter, but it also brings a wide variety of allergens like pollen, which can find its way into carpets and upholstery and stick. Regular carpet cleaning to remove allergens and grout cleaning to keep your tiles free from molds are a vital part of keeping allergies at bay so that instead of suffering from a running nose and watery eyes, you can enjoy the warm weather and longer days. Here are a few other tips to help you keep your home fresher, heatlhier and allergy free!...

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Hot Carbonating Extraction Process Explained

Hot Carbonating Extraction Process Explained

Chem-Dry's unique Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) Process uses the power of carbonation along with our safe and non-toxic solution, The Natural to clean your home's carpet using less water than traditional steam cleaning. By using the power of millions of tiny bubbles to extract dirt, grime and other particles out of your home your carpets will dry in hours instead of days. HCE removes 98% of allergens from carpets and, when a sanitizer is added, 89% of airborne bacteria. No other service can come close. Watch the video below to learn more about Chem-Dry's industry-leading process and our safe, non-toxic solutions. You'll see why we are The Healthy Home...

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