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Reasons to Eschew the Shoe

Have you ever considered how much easier it would be to keep your carpets clean if family, friends, and guests removed their shoes before entering your home?

 

What to do about fleas?

If fleas have set up residence in your home, what can you do?

 
 
 
 

How to get rid of pet spots on carpet

 

5 Reasons You Must Have Your Carpets Cleaned

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Reasons to Eschew the Shoe

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Have you ever considered how much easier it would be to keep your carpets clean if family, friends, and guests removed their shoes before entering your home? Once thought to be the purview of people suffering from severe germophobia, indoor shoe bans are becoming a more socially acceptable practice — and for good reason.

In addition to prolonging the life of your carpet, removing your shoes indoors can prevent exposure to many pathogens. This is particularly important if you have babies and children playing on the carpets because germs and toxins are easily transferred from their hands to their mouths. People who do yoga and pilates on their floors also have reasons to eschew the shoe. According to a scientific study at the University of Arizona, the soles of shoes may contain numerous pathogens sourced from fecal colioform bacteria (derived from human and animal feces) that can cause meningitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and gastrointestinal illnesses.

Walking barefoot on carpets is not recommended either due to the sweat glands on the soles of the feet transferring skin oils and sweat into carpet fibers. Many families choose to keep socks or slippers by the front door for this purpose, including some for guests.

Even with a no-shoe rule, regular vacuuming and spot cleaning, augmented by periodic professional deep-cleaning will be necessary to remove your dust and other contaminants that naturally occur in any living space. If your guests are uncomfortable with a no-shoe rule, you’ll just have to vacuum, spot clean, and schedule professional services more often.

What to do about fleas?

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If fleas have set up residence in your home, what can you do? Let’s face it. Flea infestations aren’t fun. Fleas carry pathogens that can harm humans and pets, such as plague, cat scratch disease, tapeworms, and haemobartonellosis, a parasitic blood disease. Flea larvae in soil can easily be tracked inside your home by your own pets, visiting pets, people, or contaminated items. Once they find their way in, they can easily infest your carpets.

Here are some steps you can take to get rid of fleas.

If you have a pet, use year-round flea treatments to prevent infestations.
Sweep and mop regularly.
Wash pet bedding.
Have your carpets & upholstery professionally cleaned.

*Please note, regular professional carpet cleaning alone is unlikely to eradicate the infestation, because some fleas can survive this process, but it will definitely help.
Vacuum often. Your vacuum is your best line of defense. Don’t just vacuum your carpeting, vacuum upholstery and drapery, too. According to an experiment conducted by Ohio State University, vacuuming effectively kills fleas, eggs, and larvae residing in carpets. If you want to be extra cautious, empty vacuum cleaner canisters or bags into an outside trash receptacle in case any fleas survived the vacuuming process.
Use Borax. More tenacious infestations may require sprinkling Borax into the carpet and along floorboards, working it in with a brush, and leaving it in overnight before vacuuming it up. Test an inconspicuous area first, to make sure this will not discolor your carpets. Borax penetrates the exoskeleton of fleas and dehydrates them. Take care to use goggles, gloves, and a dust mask if you go this route, because although Borax is considered non-toxic, it can still cause eye, skin, and respiratory irritation. After the infestation is resolved, professional carpet cleaning & upholstery cleaning can remove any Borax residue remaining in your carpet. We’d be happy to help if you give us a call.

What Isn’t Being Cleaned in your Kitchen?

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Is your kitchen a clean one? You may be thinking, “yes, I clean it once a week.” However, just wiping down your kitchen with disinfectant might not be thorough enough; especially if it is a commercial kitchen, like a restaurant. For commercial facilities, getting your kitchen properly cleaned regularly is essential to safety, health regulations and fire prevention.

What should I have professionally cleaned and why?

  • Hood/ Vents: Grease removal of the hood and vents in your kitchen reduces the likelihood of fires and damage.
  • Floors: Food particles, spills and grease build up on the floors of many kitchens. Getting them cleaned regularly helps prevent slipping hazards and injuries. One common option is to give them a deep, high pressure steam cleaning if you have tile and grout. This helps to remove the particles and buildup between the creases and on the surface of the floor.
  • Walls: tend to hold grease and airborne pollutants. Usually walls in a kitchen can also be pressure washed with de-greaser to help remove the buildup.
  • Ceilings: venting and piping in the ceiling can become soiled with bacteria, mold and dust, if exposed.
  • Freezers/ Coolers & Appliances: getting freezers and coolers cleaned regularly can help eliminate odors from food that is lingering and will keep your appliances energy efficient.

Shaving Cream As a Spot Cleaner?

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Here’s a little known but very effective tip for treating spots on carpet.


Most people know that when something is spilled on a carpet, prompt action is essential to avoid permanent staining. Although everyone would love to have the foresight, time, and mental energy to anticipate different types of carpet mishaps and stock their broom closets with safe and effective carpet cleaning solutions, the truth is, sometimes it is necessary to improvise.


We love it when we come across great solutions, and when we do, we check them out for ourselves and then share them with you. Here is a little-known way to spot clean carpets in a pinch, with something you likely already have on hand—foaming shaving cream. This works for most spills, even grease and oil stains.


Use an absorbent, white cloth or paper towels to blot up (not wipe) as much of the spill as possible, and then apply the shaving cream right away. Just dab a little on the stain, let it sit for about 15 minutes, and then with a damp towel, blot the shaving cream – and the stain – away. (Lifehacker). However, be sure to use white shaving cream, because menthol, colored, or even a gel based cream can cause carpet discolorations. According to Ben Valsler of Chemistry World magazine, the shaving cream doesn’t just sit on the carpet’s surface, “the foam works deep down into the pile” (Daily Mail).


In most cases, shaving cream is an effective solution. If not, applying shaving cream to the spot will buy some time to get exactly what you want to clean the spot using more traditional methods. For more specific information about cleaning spots and spills from your carpet, download our free Carpet and Interior Textiles Care Guide, and as always, we are here for you if you have specific questions or concerns.

Think Your Upholstery Is Clean? Try This…

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Dirty, dusty upholstery isn’t merely unsightly, it can cause premature wear (and health problems… but that’s another article for another day). An accumulation of contaminants creates an abrasive residue that cuts into the fibers every time someone sits down or shifts positions.

Many people are conscientious about having their furniture professionally cleaned once a year or when they notice it is dirty. The thing is, dirty furniture doesn’t always look dirty. How can you tell if you are having it cleaned often enough? This is a great question to ask, but the answer will vary, depending on who you ask, how often the furniture is used, how often you vacuum your upholstery, whether you have kids or pets or both, and so on…

When your car is in need of service, a light on the dashboard comes on to warn you. Unfortunately, the same is not true of furniture. So until someone invents fabric with special sensors, here’s a simple test you can do to determine whether it’s time to have your upholstery professionally cleaned. It doesn’t cost a thing, it’s easy and fast, and it works like a charm.

Use a spray bottle to lightly mist a soft, white terry cloth with water. Wrap the cloth around the end of a vacuum cleaner hose. Hold the cloth in place as you turn the vacuum cleaner on. Lightly move the vacuum hose across the surface of the furniture —left to right, up and down, over the seat, arm rests, and cushions —for about one minute.

Inspect the cloth. If it’s time to have your upholstery professionally cleaned, you’ll be able to see for yourself, based on the evidence you find.

Disease Prevention 101

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With the uprising of disease and illnesses all over the world, we may wonder how we can protect ourselves and our families. Should we be afraid of traveling away from home? Thankfully, there are many precautions that we can take to protect ourselves from diseases. Here are just a few tips:

  • Protect yourself from contaminated water

Store water in a closed container and dispense it with a clean ladle or tap and never put your hands into a clean water supply.

  • Protect yourself from contaminated food

Always wash your fruits and veggies!

Use clean utensils and surfaces in the kitchen when cooking.

Don’t forget to wash your hands before and after handling food.

Cook your food thoroughly (at the appropriate temperature) and only use fresh food.

Pay attention to expiration dates, especially with dairy and meat.

Refrigerate necessary food items immediately.

  • Protect yourself from infection from insects

With the Zika Virus on the rise, many are nervous to travel abroad, especially when pregnant. It is important to always take precautions before traveling, always get latest information from the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Avoid areas like Miami, Florida, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands for the time being.

If you do have to travel to an infected area, make sure you wear protective clothing (long sleeves and pants) and use bug repellant approved by the CDC. Also, if possible, sleep under a mosquito net and make sure that all your windows have screens. Use an air conditioner when possible, mosquitoes tend to gravitate towards warm and moist areas.

  • Protect yourself from animals

Keep animals outside if possible

Wash your hands after touching your animal and DO NOT touch wild animals!

See a doctor if you have been bitten or scratched, this can be very dangerous.

  • Protect yourself from germs spread by other people

Coughing and sneezing spreads germs very easily, if you need to cough, cover your mouth with a tissue or in your sleeve.

When sick, avoid hugging or shaking hands.

Germs are most abundant on surfaces like door knobs, phones and keyboards, so exercise caution when touching such areas.

Do not share razors, toothbrushes or towels and avoid contact with bodily fluids.

Wash your hands frequently and when you’re sick, stay home!

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Red wine stain? No problem

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Here’s a DIY how-to for removing red wine stains from carpet


Holiday parties and family get togethers inevitably result in spills on your carpet or upholstery. The stain that we all fear the most? Red wine. Here’s our PRO tip for solution that really does work for getting these stains out.

Red Wine Stain Treatment


First step: blot, blot, blot:
If it is a new spill, use a white cloth or paper towels to blot as much of the red wine spill as you can. Follow this with pouring a bit of cold water directly onto the wine stain. Doing this helps dilute what remains of the stain. Continue with blotting until no more of the stain is coming out.


IMPORTANT! Don’t forget to test:
Of course, your stains don’t always cooperate by appearing in inconspicuous areas, but do keep in mind that it is always recommended that you first test any cleaning solution on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is out of the way.

The Dish Soap and White Wine Vinegar Solution Method


This method is great for red wine and a host of other tough stains.

1.     Pour two cups of warm water into a bowl. Add a tablespoon of white vinegar and another tablespoon of dishwashing liquid.

2.     Dip a sponge into the bowl and wring out well. Then begin applying the solution directly onto the wine stain. You should see immediate lifting of the stain, but continue blotting until the stain has lifted completely.

3.     Follow with blotting the area with clear water, then blotting dry with a clean white towel or paper towels.


Let your carpet and upholstery cleaning PRO help:
On your next scheduled cleaning, show your technician the area. Any remaining stain residue can be treated and cleaned.

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You should be rewarded for telling your friends about us! Many of our customers have no idea that they could get their cleaning done for free or receive cash from us. We will give you a 10% referral payment for telling friends, co-workers or family about us! (If your referral has $200.00 worth of services done, you will receive $20.00).  We also offer to come back and re-clean if you are not completely satisfied and if you are still unhappy, we will give you your money back, 100% guaranteed!

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Why Bother Getting my Windows Professionally Cleaned?

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It may be tempting to just clean your windows yourself, after all, why spend the money when you can get the job done just as well? Many people express these sentiments about any kind of professional cleaning. It is true, you could do the job yourself, but are you saving money and time in the long run?

There are many benefits to getting your windows professionally cleaned, here are just a few:

  • If you are selling your home, your home will look even more attractive to potential buyers.
  • Window cleaning extends the life of your windows.
  • You will protect your safety. It can be unsafe to clean yourself. Getting up on a ladder and reaching high places can be tricky and using chemicals on your own can be hazardous too!
  • You will be preventing serious damage; dirt and debris can cause permanent scratches. This can also interfere with the natural sunlight that would help warm up the house during the winter.

It is recommended that you get your windows cleaned 2-3 times per year to help prevent oxidization and residue build up. If you own a commercial facility, it is especially important to get your windows frequently cleaned, this will be attractive to customers and they will see just how professional your business is!

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Handwashing: Why is it so Important?

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We encounter so many germs and bacteria every single day, whether we are at work, at school, or even at home. Sometimes it seems like no matter how much we clean and sanitize, germs are always there. However, hand washing can definitely be more powerful than we think. Here are some examples that show why:

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) says that according to their research, 22 million sick days are taken each year due to the common cold. (www.nsf.org) Bacteria and viruses can often live for more than 2 days on some surfaces.

Also, a study conducted by 2 Michigan elementary schools has shown that there were more germs found on an average classroom water spigot than on a toilet seat. In fact, here are some things that harbor the most germs in schools:

  • Toys: these are often passed from child to child and they are rarely sanitized. Do you remember the plastic ball pit that we always loved at McDonald’s? Yep, there is a reason we don’t see those very often anymore.
  • Bathrooms: often are not properly cleaned and not frequently enough. Other germy places in the bathroom are door knobs, mirrors and walls.
  • Cafeteria Tables: students may be expected to clean these tables after they eat, so they are often not cleaned properly and in most cases they are expected to reuse the dirty rags. Sometimes they may be given an improper cleaning solution, so in effect, nothing is really being sanitized.
  • Desks: Many kids (no matter what grade), have to move from desk to desk and do not wash their hands in between that movement, they are focusing on getting to class.
  • Computer Keyboard and Mouse: many children share computers in school too, these items rarely are sanitized either.
  • Sports Equipment: basketballs, gym mats and gym lockers all harbor lots of germs.
  • Musical Instruments: recorders, flutes and many other instruments can carry germs for days.

Even in the workplace, telephones have 25,000+ germs per square inch! Another culprit in the workplace are elevator buttons, which hundreds of people can touch every day.

With these real examples, we can see the importance of washing your hands properly and sanitizing your area, whether at school or work. Perhaps you can send your child home with their own wate
r bottle so they won’t have to use the public water fountain and give them hand sanitizer to keep in their backpacks.

The same is true at work, bring your own beverage and keep hand sanitizer handy on your desk!

Blackburn Professional Cleaning has experience cleaning many daycare facilities and schools. Often, we underestimate the importance of cleaning these facilities properly. It means the health of our children. Why not give us a call today?

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