Carpet Cleaning Services – How to Get Your Money’s Worth

Springtime is a time when most people give their homes a thorough cleaning. If you plan to clean your carpet this season, you may want to give careful thought to who will be doing the job. Is it a do-it-yourself project or is it best left to a professional?

If you are seeking a professional carpet cleaning service, be sure to do your homework. With so many choices and advertised prices that run the gamut, you want to be sure you are getting your money’s worth. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers the following tips to help your search go more smoothly:

  • To find a reputable company, ask around. Ask your family, friends and neighbors who they use to clean their carpets and who they would recommend to others.
  • Contact the BBB for a reliability report on the company.
  • Price does matter. The lowest price is not always the best price. While no one wants to be overcharged, extremely low prices should also set off warning signals. Companies that advertise very low prices may be practicing what is called “bait” advertising. Once the workers arrive in your home, they quickly suggest a more expensive treatment for the cleaning. Ask exactly what is included in the price and be sure to get it in writing before the crew begins any work.
  • Find out what you get for your money. Just as pricing can differ from company to company, so can the services included in the price and what the company considers “extras.” What type of cleaning agent does the company use and exactly how does it work? Will the cleaning company move furniture and return it to its original location? If so, is there an extra charge for this service? What about pre-treating spots and heavily soiled areas? Are there extra charges for high traffic areas? What if you are not happy with the cleaning? Is your satisfaction guaranteed?
  • Inquire about the company’s employees. After all, these are the people who will be coming into your home. Find out if the company uses its own employees or do they sub-contract the job out to other companies? Are they bonded and insured? Who is responsible if the crew damages the carpet or other items in your home?
  • Find out what care is required after the cleaning. How long will it take to dry? What kind of ventilation is needed? Can you get a written guarantee?

( Article from The Better Business Bureau  Website)

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Super Dog

Take a look at the heroics of this homeless dog saving the life of another.

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Beware of Hartz Flea Products

I read a few articles about this product being fatal to pets. There was also an article on the EPA website that mentioned that the Hartz Corporation has removed the harmful ingredient and replaced it with a harmless chemical.

Below are some natural ingredients to make a solution for pet odor and fleas. Mix Tea Tree oil or any of the following essential oils: Citronella or Lemon, Pennyroyal, Cedarwood and/or Eucalyptus and water. The dilution should be one drop of oil to 2ml of water. Shake well in a spray bottle and apply to animal, careful not to spray their eyes, ears, mouth or nose.

Here’s a link to the post on the ASPCA website about the expeirence that some pet owners have had with the product. You can also Google ” Hartz Flea Products” for more information.

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Do It Yourself Dryer Vent Cleaning

This company sells a do it yourself dryer vent cleaning kit. All you need is a shop vac and drill. It costs $39.95, click on the video below to see how it works.  The equipment that the pros use are slightly more expensive this one is call the Vac Brush

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Prefinished floor refinish – Flooring Installer .com

These guys make wood floor sanding look easy.

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“Simple Odor-Removal Tricks”

When the warmer months of summer hit, it can sometimes seem like every odor in your home comes out of the woodwork.

As a matter of fact, you may have thought you had taken care of certain odors, only to find them coming-on stronger than ever.

Heat and humidity can cause odors that have been masked to rise to the surface and infiltrate the air of your home.

Now, please understand, odors don’t mean you have a dirty house. As a matter of fact, they are just part of living and come from everyday sources like cooking, smoke, spills, and pet stains.

But while odors are a part of life, you don’t actually have to live with them.

Taking the following steps should help you banish bad odors for good:

Odor-Removal Trick #1: Wash and/or dryclean (according to manufacturer’s instructions) all clothing, bedding, and drapery to get rid of cooking and smoking odors.

For persistent odors, wash things a second time in a formula comprising four to six tablespoons of sodium phosphate, one cup of household chlorine bleach, and a gallon of warm water.

Odor-Removal Trick #2: Because odors can lodge in upholstery, clean all upholstered furniture according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Odor-Removal Trick #3: To remove odors caused by old food, clean out refrigerators, stoves, cabinets, and cupboards. Pay special attention to hinges, drawer slides, and other areas where food can become trapped.

Odor-Removal Trick #4: Call us to have your carpets professionally cleaned.

Odor-causing agents like bacteria, food, spills, and pet stains can burrow deep down into your carpet fibers where they linger and smell.

Unless you really know what you are doing, attempting to clean your carpets yourself can stir up old stains and smells, and can leave you worse off than before.

Not only do we have the tools and knowledge to rid your carpet of yucky smells, we can also make them look almost new!

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How To Care For Hardwood Floors

Any grating substance such as sand, dirt, or grit, will dull the surface of hardwood floors. By observing a few rules today, your need for full restoration will be far less likely and the floor will look luxurious for many years. Sweep, vacuum, or dust mop, at least every week, and place mats or rugs at the entrance way to trap as much dirt and dust as possible.

* Vacuuming: Avoid beater bars this can cause indentations in the surface of the floor. Use a brush attachment.

* Dust mopping: Use a non-abrasive dust mop with a soft cotton head. Some floor manufacturers suggest using a floor treatment as well.

* Sweeping: The broom used to sweep a hardwood floor will need to have fine bristles, with feathered ends, that will be very gentle on the floor’s surface.

* Furniture: Dragging furniture across the floor will damage it significantly. Lift the furniture at all times when repositioning it in your room. Using felt “shoes” under the legs would help to avoid scratches when furniture is accidentally scooted across floor.

* Sunlight: Over a period, too much sun can discolor wood finishes. Darken the room by closing curtains and blinds during the time of day when the sun is most intense.

* Shoes: Some (sports related) shoes have hard heel supports and metal nails attached to the sole…”stop” and do not enter, they will most surely damage the finish of your wood floor.

Stains will need your immediate attention on wood floors. Keep them waxed as needed and wipe up any drops of fluid that may be spilled on the floor as soon as possible.

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