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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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Unlock the Power of Upholstery Cleaning

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So the furniture you have in your living room is looking like it’s in need of a little bit of TLC… you may feel like this is definitely something that you can take on yourself, but would that really be the most beneficial option? What are the pros and cons to do it yourself upholstery cleaning?

Pros to do it yourself:
• You save a little money

Pros to hiring a professional:
• Steam cleaning extends the life of the furniture
• It removes dirt, debris and odor
• It benefits anyone who struggles with allergies or breathing related issues
• Professionals will be careful to not over-wet and damage the furniture (this can lead to mold growth and odor).

You may feel like you are saving a little money by doing it yourself but the truth is, it is very easy to damage your furniture if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. As stated above, over-wetting your furniture can lead to mold growth and odor, this can leave your furniture looking worse than before! So in reality, are you really saving money by doing it yourself?
It would be extremely beneficial to hire someone certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification). You will be able to trust that they have received that proper training and know what they are doing. Blackburn Pro Cleaning is certified by the IICRC. Also, it is very important to get your upholstery cleaned once every 1-2 years, this will guarantee that your furniture will be in good shape.
In the meantime, you can make sure you use arm caps on your furniture, rotate the seat cushions regularly and vacuum often, this will help prolong the life of your furniture too.

 

 

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What to Clean When You’re Expecting

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So you find out that you are expecting a new baby! An exciting time in your life no doubt, however you may be wondering, what things do I have to avoid now that I’m pregnant? Is it still safe for me to clean my house? You will be relieved to know that most cleaning products are safe to use when pregnant, however it is still important to exercise caution.  Here are some tips that you can use if you are expecting:

  • Clean in well ventilated areas (open windows, doors, vents in bathroom, etc.)
  • Wear rubber gloves: it’s very important to protect your skin from the absorption of chemicals
  • Read the labels on the products you use
  • Try to go green: maybe make homemade cleaning products
  • Take off your shoes in the house: 85% of dirt in the home comes from shoes!
  • Don’t try to move furniture on your own
  • Never mix products like ammonia and bleach (this can make you sick)
  • Avoid cleaning your oven: the cramped space and fumes may be dangerous
  • Avoid spraying pesticides in the air: try using traps for bugs instead
  • Don’t get rid of mold yourself
  • Ask your partner or family members to help: team work makes the dream work!

If you follow these guidelines, you will have no problem in keeping your house tidy. Just remember to always exercise caution and if you’re not sure, ask your doctor.

 

 

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Do You Know the Difference Between a Spot and a Stain?

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We have people that call all the time and ask if we can get tough stains out of their carpets and honestly it depends on if it is a spot or a permanent stain. However, we may wonder, what is the difference?

A spot is a rounded mark made by foreign matter on the surface. A stain is a discoloration produced by foreign matter; a spot not easily removed.  A stain is embedded into the carpet fibers.

If spills are addressed immediately, they will most likely come out. 24 hours can make a difference in whether a spot will become a stain. You must blot a spot to prevent staining immediately for the best results and rinse it out with water. It is not good to leave chemicals in your carpet; this will build up soil and possibly discolor your carpet. To prevent soil build up it is best to thoroughly clean spills and fully rinse cleaning products from the fibers of your carpet.

Certain fibers are more prone to staining like Nylon, which is more absorbent than many other fibers. Polyester is not very absorbent so it is easier to clean up spills. Hydrogen peroxide is good for spots and it leaves no residue. However, it won’t work on grease or oil based stains. An enzyme based cleaner is good for stains like food, urine and blood.

Blackburn Pro Cleaning would be happy to help you with stubborn spills and spots. We have the appropriate chemicals to help with spot removal.

 

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Common Mistakes that will Ruin the Life of your Carpets

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  1. Scrubbing a carpet stain:

This will damage the carpet fibers and will not get the spot out of the carpet, it will actually push the stain down deeper. Instead, blot the spot as much as you can.

  1. Not responding immediately:

The longer you wait to attend to the spot, the harder it will be to get out. The stain can even be absorbed into the padding if you’re not careful.

  1. Using an incorrect solution:

This can permanently damage and discolor your rug. Be sure to look up information on the product and read the label before you use it.

  1. Over-using chemicals:

Over-wetting your carpet with a solution can damage your carpet and build up dirt/residue.

  1. Using deodorizer incorrectly:

This makes the carpet smell good, but you still must clean the rug itself.

  1. Renting equipment:

Some rental machines can damage and over-wet your carpets, which can lead to mold and soil build up.

  1. Not testing it first:

You should always remember to test a patch of carpet so you can see how the chemical is reacting to it. That way, if it does not react well, you will not be damaging the whole carpet.

  1. Not using a professional:

Getting your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year is very important. This will extend the life of the carpet and ensures that if you have a warranty on your carpet, it will not be forfeited. You will also want your carpet cleaning technician to be IICRC certified (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). Getting your carpets cleaned regularly can also help provide an overall healthy environment in your home.

Blackburn Professional Cleaning would be happy to help you with spots on your carpet and upholstery. Give us a call today!

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

 

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Cleaning Your Kitchen, Quickly and Efficiently

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Once a day

  • Wipe down the sink after doing the dishes or loading the dishwasher
  • Wipe down the stove top
  • Wipe down the counters
  • Sweep, Swiffer, or vacuum the floor

Once a Week

  • Mop or use the Swiffer on the floor
  • Wipe the cabinets and all appliances
  • Wipe the inside of the garbage can

Every Season

  • Empty and scrub the inside of the refrigerator
  • Empty and clean the insides of the utensil drawers
  • Scrub the outside of the cupboards
  • Clean the stove-hood filter and racks inside of stove

 

 

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Five Things to Clean When You’re Sick

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Uh oh, here comes the sore throat, and then the dreaded cough. Sadly, at least once a year, most of us get sick. However, how can you make sure that you don’t spread it around to the rest of your family? Here are five important things you can do:

1. Wash your hands! You want to do this with warm water, at least for 30 seconds.

2. Bathroom: Wipe down all handles and fixtures in the bathroom (sink handles, toilets, etc.

Electronics: Wipe down all remotes, video game controllers and game systems with an alcohol wipe or a mild disinfectant.

4.Living Rooms and Other Areas: Wipe down all door handles and light switches and any areas that may have been contaminated by dirty tissues.

5.Bedding and Blankets: While sick replace pillow cases once a day and wash all bedding, blankets, comforters, etc. when the sickness has passed.sick

 

If you do these things, hopefully this will stop the sniffles from spreading to everyone! Also, if you have kids, don’t forget to wipe down all toys and if it is a stuffed animal, see if you can wash it with a soft rinse cycle in the washing machine.

Allergy Season Is Upon Us!

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Spring is just arriving and it is highly anticipated, but now we have to face those spring allergies. So, we may wonder, what can we do to make sure this spring is joyful, not dreadful?

Well, if you have carpets, it might not be as bad you think. According to a study, performed by Shaw Industries (a carpet and floor manufacturer), if carpets are cleaned properly and regularly, they will trap allergens and other particles, which means fewer particles will be floating in the air. So this helps maintain the air quality in a home. Therefore, it is very important to:

  1. Vacuum Regularly
  2. Limit Tracking in Dirt
  3. Professionally Clean Your Carpets Once a Year (also, upholstery, drapes and blinds)

If you have hardwood floors, make sure to sweep and mop your floors regularly so the dust and particles won’t weaken the air quality in your home.

Also, don’t forget these things when doing your spring cleaning:

  • Get your Tile & Grout Cleaned and Resealed: sometimes it’s very hard to get between those tiny pores with a tooth brush, plus those areas tend to collect moisture in your kitchens or bathrooms.
  • Dust Books, Shelves & Other Hard to Reach Places
  • Clean Upholstery
  • Wash Window Screens & Windowsspring cleaning 2