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June 2016

How to De-Skunk your Pet

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Uh oh, your pet was being especially curious last night and was sprayed by a skunk! What can you do in order to remove that horrible odor? Most people would automatically say, “tomato juice!” because that’s what we always see in the movies, or hear from a grandparent. It’s partially true, the acidity of the tomato juice has been known to cut the skunk smell a little. However, there as an even better solution that you can mix together at home that is proven to work. Here are some steps that you can follow:

  1. Keep your pet outside

You don’t want your pet to brush up against anything in the house and spread the odor around.  Be sure to check their eyes too and if needed, flush their eyes with water.

  1. You can mix up this home remedy:
  • 1 quart of 3 % hydrogen peroxide (you can get this at any pharmacy)
  • ¼ cup of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of dish washing liquid
  • Water may be added as needed

OR if you don’t have these products on hand, you can use vinegar diluted with water. *Wear rubber gloves when washing your pet with the solution* *DO NOT get solution in eyes of your pet or you! * DO NOT store the mixture, it can explode if left stored     3. Rinse thoroughly and DO NOT leave the solution on your pet for a long time     4. Shampoo: Shampoo & Rinse thoroughly. Towel dry and let your pet lay in a sunny area/room to dry off for a couple of hours. If you find that your pet has ran through the house with the smell before you even had a chance to catch him, you can always call the professionals to help! Give us a call today if you need help with your carpets or other furniture!       

What Janitorial Company Do You Want to Be Cleaning Your Business?

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Perhaps you have received several offers from companies that would like to provide cleaning services to your business. What factors do you need to consider before selecting a company?

  1. Reputation and History

How long have they been in business? What references and testimonials do they have from companies they currently clean?

Blackburn Pro Cleaning has been in business for nearly 50 years and we have several references and testimonials, some of which are on our website!

  1. Guarantee

Do they assure the quality of their services? Do they respond quickly to any emergencies?

Blackburn offers a 100% money back guarantee and will respond immediately to emergencies.

  1. Systems

What type of training do they provide to their employees? Do they provide manuals and checklists to ensure that the job is done efficiently?

The cleaning systems used by Blackburn Pro Cleaning are the most advanced on the market, getting maximum soil removal and maximum spot removal, without leaving a sticky residue or over-wetting your carpet. For example, in our residential and janitorial jobs we use our advanced Butler truck-mount system.

  1. Experience and Education

Do they have the right equipment to accomplish the job? Are they experienced with different types of floors and fabric? What trade/professional organizations do they belong to?

Blackburn is certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification- the worlds’ most recognized body of certification for carpet and upholstery cleaners).

  1. Value

What value are you receiving? The cheapest company may not be giving you the best value for their services.

You may have heard the saying; you get what you pay for. You may have even experienced that first hand in your life when buying a product, maybe it was that purse that you bought from Walmart instead of going with a trusted, name brand product like Coach to save money and you really didn’t end up getting the value out of it that you wanted to. So would you go with the same company next time you look for a purse? Of course not, you would most likely wait until Coach has a sale and buy that purse instead because you know that you will be getting the value for your money.

Blackburn Pro Cleaning will ensure that you receive the value for using our services! Why not give us a call and try using our services today?

 

Mr and Mrs Blackburn in front of van

Picture above: Steve & Irene Blackburn, Co-Owners of Blackburn Pro Cleaning

 

 

 

Top 5 Ways to Make Your Vacuum Last Longer

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Because your vacuum cleaner is the first line of defense in maintaining the condition of your carpet and the air quality of your home, we make it a point to periodically remind you to give this important tool some TLC so it can last as long as possible. Like any machine, this isn’t just a matter of hoping for the best. Here are five things you can do to get the longest life out of your vacuum so it can help you maintain the longevity of your carpet and a healthy living or working environment.

 

1.              Replace That Bag. Empty That Canister.
Whether your vacuum has a bag or one of those lovely clear canisters, it’s important to empty the space the dirt gets sucked into regularly. Bonus Tip: Don’t wait until the receptacle is full. For bags aim to change them at about half full. For the canisters, after every use so the dirt won’t settle into it (of course, if it hits half before and you’re still vacuuming, empty it and then empty again when you’re done.) Why? Because dirt needs some space to fully enter the bag or canister. The closer you get to a completely full receptacle, the less efficiently dirt is captured.

2.              Check Your Filters and Hoses.
Not all of the dirt that’s vacuumed up passes on through to the bag. Some of it gets caught in the filter. When too much gets caught in the filter, nothing can move into the bag, which kind of defeats the purpose of vacuuming. Clean your filter (gently) according to its needs – some can be rinsed, some shaken, some wiped. Hoses can get clogged, come loose, and develop cracks. All of these problems impede your vacuum’s efficiency. Fix them (or see number 5).

3.              Let Your Roller Loose.
Periodically check for things that may be caught in or wrapped around the roller and remove them if you find them. After all, the roller can’t do its best with both hands tied behind its back, and anything that impedes the roller’s free motion can put strain on the vacuum’s motor.

4.              See How That Belt’s Holding Up.
Check the belt that turns the roller. If it’s loose or shows signs of wear, replace it so the roller continues to run efficiently. It’s kind of like that children’s song: the belt turns the roller and the roller moves the dirt and the vacuum sucks it up… and the green grass grows all around…

5.              See The Doctor.
Generally speaking, we go to the doctor for two reasons – a regular checkup, or because we have a problem. Your vacuum is really no different. It’s a good idea to periodically have your vacuum checked by a professional, especially if it seems sluggish or otherwise impaired.

 

Like you, your vacuum wants to live a longer, happier life. Following these five suggestions can make that happen. Your carpet will thank you.

 

 

Photo of gloved hands completing cleanup of inside of vacuum cleaner with hardwood floors in background

 

 

Cleaning up with your Kids

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      1. Start cleaning with your kids at a young age:

2-3 year olds can pick up their toys, 5-6 year olds can help sweep the floor, etc.

      2. Be realistic:

Don’t push them too hard at a very young age. Perhaps have them pull up their sheets or comforter instead of making the whole bed on their own.

      3. Be specific:

Maybe instead of saying, “clean your room,” you can say “put away all your dolls in the toy chest.”

  1. Have Fun:

Depending on their age, you could dress up like Cinderella or a butler while cleaning or make it a secret mission and pretend you are spies, play cleaning relay and make it a race. You can also always put on some fun music too.

  1. Use kid sized cleaning tools:

Give them a little Swiffer, dust buster or broom. Make sure it’s not too big or heavy for them.

  1. Reward them:

Work is always more fun when you can look forward to the benefits! Try hiding little rewards around the house (candy, money, new little toys, etc.) and let them know they will only find them if they clean the right way.

These little tips will make cleaning the house more enjoyable for your kids so they would have to dread it when it’s time to clean.

 

cleaning kids

 

 

Have a Superb Summer in your Office!

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Summer is definitely just around the corner, it’s getting hot! I’m sure you’re already getting out those beach chairs and blankets from storage; no doubt you want to prepare your office too. This will keep your employees happy also. Here are some things you can do to get ready for the summer:

1. Get your office carpets cleaned:

Dirt, dust mites, sand and salt from the winter may be hanging around in your carpet. A good deep cleaning will help prevent any permanent damage.

2. Make sure each employee wipes down their work space

Use disinfectant wipes to kill any germs. Also dusting and vacuuming around your desk is very important!

3. Tidy up outside:

Plant flowers, pick up garbage and make sure the parking lot is looking good.

4. Organize your basement or supply closet:

Throw out anything you don’t need and order any things that you may be missing.

5. Clean out air conditioning filters:

This way ventilation will be clean and more efficient

6. Wash your windows and Power wash:

Get the inside and outside of the windows and power wash the whole building.

These little reminders will have your building looking spectacular for the summer. Don’t forget that Blackburn Pro Cleaning can help you with cleaning your carpets and windows! Call and schedule an appointment today!

 

 

The word Summer written on a sandy beach, with scuba mask, beach towel, starfish and flip flops (studio shot - warm color and directional light are intentional).