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March 2016

Do you Know When it’s Time to Clean your Carpets?

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Time has a way of flying by with our busy schedules and things like having our carpets cleaned can fall by the wayside, especially if they aren’t so dirty appearing yet that you can live with it for a little longer. But there are compelling reasons to have your carpets cleaned sooner than later.

Because carpeting can be the biggest filter in your home, trapping dirt, dust and allergens, periodic professional cleaning is the only way to keep your carpets clean and fresh —and your home or office healthy. While regular vacuuming is important, vacuuming dirty, neglected carpets will simply recirculate germs and allergens.

Here’s a guide to when you should have your carpets professionally cleaned:

  • After a home improvement project. Even if you are just painting the walls, dust and dirt that is stirred up will eventually end up in your carpeting.
  • Following any renovation. Your vacuum will be busy until the job is done; that’s a given. But when the contractor finally packs away the tools, it’s time to call your carpet cleaner.
  • After a large gathering, such as a party or holiday celebration. Let’s face it: Something will get tracked into the home and onto your carpet, and, yes, someone will spill a drink or drop one of those acclaimed appetizers.
  • When a pet smell is evident. We love our pets, but they can make a house take on an unpleasant odor. A lot of that odor is coming from your carpeting where pets spend a majority of their time.
  • For a home with 2 people, every six months to a year under normal day-to-day circumstances; more often if you have pets and/or children. The more traffic, the more ground-in dirt, which needs to be removed by professional cleaning methods so your carpet does not overly wear and shorten its life span.

If you have questions about the carpeting in your home or business, contact us today.

Five Reasons You Must Have Your Carpets Cleaned

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Carpeting can be a fabulous and practical design element, creating both elegance and coziness at once. However, having carpets cleaned seems to land low on the list of a homeowner’s or building manager’s to-do list. The reality is, carpets are the largest filters in your home or business, collecting dust, dirt, dander, bacteria and allergens.

Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health, according to the EPA, and there has been an increase in the number of children with severe allergies and asthma. An EPA study found that the average American spends about 90 percent of their time inside, and dirty carpets could spell trouble.

The Dirty Truths

1. An average of 40 pounds of dust accumulates in a six-room home each year—and a lot of that can end up in carpeting.
2. A known allergen, an estimated 100,000 dust mites can be found in just one square yard of carpet.
3. Cooking grease is easily and invisibly tracked through the home from the kitchen and onto carpets by people and pets—and cannot be vacuumed away.
4. The highly contagious Norovirus has been known to survive on surfaces, such as carpeting, for weeks. Plus, it can become airborne as people walk or play on the carpeting.
5. Vacuuming dirty, neglected carpets can do more harm than good by recirculating nasty germs. A University of Arizona study discovered half of the vacuum cleaner brushes they examined tested positive for fecal bacteria, including 13 percent with E. coli.

The Clean Solutions

1. If you have an old vacuum cleaner (you know if you do), replace it. Your new vacuum should have a HEPA filter to stop the spread of allergens. Some vacuums are now being designed to kill dust mites.
2. Vacuum regularly; daily if you have a pet, otherwise twice a week.
3. Have your carpets cleaned by a professional, reputable carpet and floor cleaning company.
4. Create a schedule with your professional carpet cleaning company to keep you on track. Life is busy—they can send you reminders when it’s time.
5. Place rugs and mats at all entryways to trap some of the grit and dirt before it ends up on your carpeting. (And while it may be uncomfortable to ask visitors to remove their shoes when they enter your home, you could convince your family to do so.)

Let’s face it, carpeting is continuously traipsed on by people and pets with dirty shoes and paws. Carpets that are not regularly cleaned will end up looking the part, and even worse, could make people sick.

If you have questions about the carpeting in your home or business, contact us today.

Excerpt: Carpets are huge filters that trap dirt, bacteria and grease; regular cleaning will keep the carpeting fresh and your family healthy.