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3 Things To Know Before Hiring a Carpet Cleaning Company That Could Actually Save Your Life

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Many Companies don’t clean & disinfect their equipment after previous jobs. This is definitely hazardous to your health. Whatever was taken from the previous client’s carpet, will now be transferred to your carpet. Hopefully it wasn’t a water damage situation with a sewage back up or other bacterial spill. There are many hazardous organisms such as bacteria, viruses, mold and fungi that thrive in standing water.

Time is an important consideration in clean up. Organisms to be killed will not become airborne as long as they remain wet. Once dried, organisms can spread by dust particles. Consequently, it is important to bring the sanitizing solution in contact with contaminated surfaces as soon as possible after completing each clients home.

This is an unregulated industry, so you must be wary of the individuals you allow to come into your home or office and the chemicals they may be using. The company you use should be a reputable company with social proof that can be tracked, along with plenty of client testimonials that can be easily attained. It’s hard to hide reviews nowadays with the media. So there’s bound to be some information on the company you choose.

Also, many companies use subcontractors. Some of these subcontractors are fine and others are not. Back ground checks are not always reliable as we’ve found from the media. Would you let criminals in your home around your family & belongings? Be cautious; make sure the company you hire has employees. Anyone can be a subcontractor.

Last but not least, make sure the company you hire is properly insured. This is very important, otherwise if a problem arises (such as fire or major accident) or your property gets damaged, it may be covered. If not you could lose your lifestyle or more importantly your life. At least 1 million general liability insurance is adequate for the cleaning industry. If the company that you hire provides a larger amount of insurance, then the more the merrier.

Be cautious, ask questions, protect yourself, do your research. Most importantly, make sure you feel comfortable with the company you hire.

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Bed Bugs….. Yuck!

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Within this bedbug1sultry season, people do a lot of traveling. With a lot of traveling there’s bound to be a lot of hotel, motel, etc. stays to get some rest from all the traveling. While that’s all good and acceptable, there’s one thing that’s not……. BED BUGS.

Bed Bug Basics
So what are bed bugs, anyway? Everyone has heard of them. They’re essentially little bugs that are nocturnal and feed off human blood. There are actually a lot of different kinds, including some that feed off certain types of animals like chickens, but the ones most people are worried about live mainly off humans. They usually live inside of mattresses, where they have convenient access to a food source – you. They crawl out just before dawn and bite you, sucking out blood for about five minutes. You don’t feel anything until after the bed bug is already safely back in its home.

Steam Cleaning
Unlike vacuuming, steam cleaning is generally very effective at killing any bed bugs or eggs that come into contact with it. Extreme heat will kill them quickly (anything over 120 degrees Fahrenheit or so), and most steamers will exceed this temperature. You will definitely need to get a commercial steam cleaning company, because they will need to run it for awhile and cover most areas in your bedroom. You will want to make sure you cover all the areas they could be hiding, even inaccessible ones. If you hire a pest control company, sometimes they will use steam cleaners in addition to applying pesticides. You should also strongly consider going with what is called “dry steam” – low moisture steamers, which have a lot less risk of mold (a big potential problem given that you will be using it around your bed).
There are some major downsides, though: First of all, it is of questionable value when applied to the mattress itself, which can absorb the moisture from the steam very quickly and keep it from actually coming into contact with the bugs. Second, the temperature is often not high enough to kill them outside of a small area right where the steam comes out. If you can’t wedge the head in close enough in small cracks or crevices, it may not kill them all. Third, some items may be damaged by applying steam to them (especially wooden furniture). Fourth, and most important, it is very hard for you to get ALL the bedbugs this way. If you even miss a few, or miss a couple of eggs, you still have an infestation. They’ll still be biting you, and get right back to breeding again when you’re done.

Quick Tip: How to Repair Your Own Carpet..

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From Start.. To Finish!

Here I will guide you to repair your own carpet mishaps.

You will first need the following tools to repair bleach spots or cigarette burns:

A utility knife, a piece of remnant carpet slightly bigger than the damaged area, a hot glue gun, glue sticks, black marker, scissors, and a straight edge.

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download glue gun & glue sticks
scissors black marker

Using a straight edge, cut a quarter inch square around the damaged area.

Take the remnant carpet and turn it over on the back side with loose fibers facing down.

Place the damage carpet on the back and trace around it.

At this point, use the scissors to cut out the new patch.

Place the new carpet patch in the hole to make sure it is a perfect fit before you go any further.

Once a perfect match is attained, apply glue to the back of the patch; also apply a small amount of glue to the padding in the hole of the damaged area.

Place a heavy book or object over the repaired area to compress and allow one hour to set completely.

 

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 This was a quick tip from Everette Carpet Care & Restoration.

Quick Tip: Pet Stain Remover

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Making your own homemade pet stain removers is simple and will usually require only simple, natural ingredients that you can find in your kitchen cupboard.Pet Odor Removal

Baking Soda:

This is nature’s deodorizer and is harmless for your family and the environment. It can be used in different ways depending on the surface you’re treating.

  •    For machine-washable items, throw an entire box of baking soda into the washing machine with the affected items and run a normal load. Air-dry the laundry. If you can still smell urine, wash the items again with an enzymatic cleaner.

 

  •   For carpet or upholstery that can be laundered, liberally sprinkle baking soda over the area and allow it to soak up as much moisture as possible. Vacuum remaining soda thoroughly then treat with one of the other options listed below.

Vinegar:

After thoroughly blotting the stain and/or applying baking soda as above, mix warm water and vinegar in a 1:1 ratio. Then apply with a rag in a blotting fashion or with a spray bottle. Place something heavy on the stain and allow it to soak up. Repeat if necessary.

Undiluted vinegar can also be used to wash urine off of hardwood floors – wash area, rinse with warm water, and dry immediately.

 

After you’ve tried these remedies and you can still smell the odor, call a professional. The’ll take care of it for you.

Carpet Maintenance And Indoor Air Quality

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Many people do not know how to properly care for and clean their carpets, and they are missing a great opportunity to help improve their indoor air quality.

So now you’ve installed new carpeting throughout your home. The technician leaves you to frolic around without a care. The feeling is totally refreshing.  You feel as though you can practically eat off of it. It feels so luxurious through your toes as you walk barefoot through the rooms. You’re not even worried about sleeping on it without linens. You let your baby crawl around aimlessly from room to room. Then as you lie there on the carpet a thought comes to mind. “How do I keep my carpet looking new?” Well the first thing you should know is that you’re not alone with this question. Many people don’t know the first thing about keeping the carpets looking their best. What people don’t understand is that maintenance takes work. That is why we are here. Carpet can last a very long time when it is properly maintained and cared for.  I’ve seen carpets that were 20 years old that looked brand new because they were well cared for!  On the other hand I’ve seen relatively new carpet that looked 20 years old because no one was caring for it properly.

Did you know that Pollutants in the air filter through your carpet? The carpet actually traps them so you don’t breathe them over and over again. But when the trap gets full, your family starts breathing in those harmful pollutants such as, dust mite debris, pollens, fungus, spores, bacteria and a long list of other disgusting things. Once your carpet’s natural filtering ability gets full, it is time for a certified carpet cleaning company with The Most Thorough Cleaning Ever to clean your carpets for your health’s sake. You really should clean every six months and you will find that you will breathe a lot easier.

The fact is that if you clean your carpets frequently, when traffic lanes first start to appear, they will last longer, look better, and protect your family’s health. But don’t just call any company, call a company that will give you The Most Thorough Cleaning Ever…

Did you know that the outdoor air pollutants are carried into your home by you, your family or your friends? These air pollutants contain pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust and hundreds of other chemicals. These pollutants are carried in by you or family members and usually end up in your carpets.

If you or someone in your family has allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems – one major source of your problem could be the pollens, fungus, pet dander, and chemicals in your carpet.

 One way to stop the pollutants from coming into your home is to have everyone take their shoes off at the door. I know that it’s a pain to do, but you will be extending the life of your carpet. Which is more important your family and friends feelings OR your investment, and your family’s health.

Need A Mattress Cleaning????

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How many times have you seen the cleaning lady at the hotel remove comforters? It’s pretty rare.
Anything you don’t see on the cart – isn’t changed between guests.lens11907821_1278102604gross-hotel-mattress

If you really want to get sick – look at this mattress.
Speaking of the mattress, when was the last time that your mattress was cleaned???

For many of you it’s been never. Just to let you know, if you have allergies or just your basic scratchy throat and itchy nose in the morning, it could be due to your mattress.

Just like you wash your clothes and hair regularly, your mattress should be cared for in the same manner. That’s if you want to extend its life and YOURS!

If you’re still undecided on cleaning your mattress just think of this. In this picture you can see why it needs to be cleaned. What about the things you can’t see, like Dust mites.

These little bugs are virtually microscopic. Every home has dust mites. They feed on human skin flakes and are found in mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, bed-covers, clothes, stuffed toys and fabric and fabric-covered items. Body parts and feces from dust mites can trigger asthma in individuals with allergic reactions to dust mites, and exposure to dust mites can cause asthma in children who have not previously exhibited asthma symptoms.

Regular house dust may contain asthma triggers. When you are treating your house for dust mites, try these simple steps as well.

~Remove dust often with a damp cloth.
~Vacuum carpet and fabric-covered furniture to reduce dust build-up.
~Using vacuums with high efficiency filters or central vacuums may be helpful.
~People with asthma or allergies should leave the area being vacuumed.

No place is safe from allergens no matter where you go. Even if you don’t have allergies, call a professional to clean your mattress on a regular basis. And because it is fair to say that we spend a significant proportion of time in contact with our mattress, this is particularly important.

Many of us, especially children and babies will often wake up with a runny nose, watery eyes, headache or other typical allergy symptoms? In many cases these symptoms are caused by Dust Mites that feed on the dead skin cells we shed while we sleep. These creatures are prevalent in mattresses because of the amount of time we spend sleeping on them.

A professional can clean the mattresses in your home and also treat them with an Anti-Allergen Post Spray Treatment. This treatment de-natures dust mite allergens to prevent you from suffering so severely.

After they clean the mattresses in your home it is important to encase them in allergy relief bed-covers to keep them nice and clean as well as keeping Dust Mites and allergens at bay.
Also if you find out that you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, here are some actions to take on a regular basis.

~Cover mattresses and pillows with dust proof (“allergen-impermeable”) zippered covers.
~Wash bedding (sheets, blankets and bed-covers) once per week in hot water.
~Choose washable stuffed toys, wash them often in hot water and dry them thoroughly.
~Keep stuffed toys off beds.
~Maintain low indoor humidity, ideally between 30-50% relative humidity. Humidity levels can be measured by hygrometers which are available at local hardware stores.

When you’ve decided to have your mattress cleaned, call the professionals. Especially certified cleaning technicians that can handle a job like this. The best mattress cleaners in Northern Virginia will help you to achieve a clean and healthy home.

 

 

Celebrate Mother’s Day

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Give the gift that keeps giving with the gift of health. Your special Mom will love to know that you care.

So Show It!

Starting May 1st to the 12th, Everette Carpet Care will be giving a 20% OFF any of our carpet & upholstery cleaning services to the VA, MD & DC residents.

Call us during those days to book your cleaning appointment and receive your Mother’s Day discount.

 

She’ll Absolutely Love It… and You!

 

Hurry call us today 877-783-3606 don’t miss this great opportunity act now, visit our website for more great deals! www.everettecarpet.com

 

 

*This offer not to be included with other offers.                                                                                                                                             *Offer valid for any carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, rug cleaning, and mattress cleaning.

Everette Carpet Care & Restoration Receives 2014 Best of Alexandria Award.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Everette Carpet Care & Restoration Receives 2014 Best of Alexandria Award

Alexandria Award Program Honors the Achievement

ALEXANDRIA April 23, 2014 — Everette Carpet Care & Restoration has been selected for the 2014 Best of Alexandria Award in the Carpet Cleaning category by the Alexandria Award Program.

Each year, the Alexandria Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Alexandria area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Alexandria Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Alexandria Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Alexandria Award Program

The Alexandria Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Alexandria area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Alexandria Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Alexandria Award Program

CONTACT:
Alexandria Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@recognitionawarding.com
URL: http://www.recognitionawarding.com

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 Everette Carpet Care & Restoration Receives 2014 Best of Alexandria Award.
Everette Carpet Care & Restoration Receives 2014 Best of Alexandria Award.

Just In Time For Valentine’s Day?

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Show your loved ones you care This Valentine’s Day with a service from Everette Carpet.

This week leading up to Valentine’s Day we will be offering a sweetheart of a deal for the Md, DC, and VA area.

We will be deducting $25.00 from Any Service* scheduled

 Feb. 6th – Feb. 14th

BONUS

 When you help your neighbor schedule an appointment with us the same day as your appointment,

We will take an Additional $25.00 off Your total invoice.

That’s a total of $50.00 Saved, Just for helping a Neighbor!

We also want to help out your neighbor.

So, we will take $10.00 OFF of your neighbor’s total invoice just for getting their carpet & upholstery cared for that same day.

 What could be better for 2013?

Everyone Wins!!!!

Remember to schedule your appointment between Feb. 6th – Feb. 14th   

You’ll Be Glad You Did!

 

Carpet Cleaning Maintenance And Indoor Air Quality

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Many people do not know how to properly care for and clean their carpets, and they are missing a great opportunity to help improve their indoor air quality.

So now you’ve installed new carpeting throughout your home. The technician leaves you to frolic around without a care. The feeling is totally refreshing.  You feel as though you can practically eat off of it. It feels so luxurious through your toes as you walk barefoot through the rooms. You’re not even worried about sleeping on it without linens. You let your baby crawl around aimlessly from room to room. Then as you lie there on the carpet a thought comes to mind. How do I keep my carpet looking new? Well the first thing you should know is that you’re not alone with this question. Many people don’t know the first thing about keeping the carpets looking their best. What people don’t understand is that maintenance takes work. That is why we are here. Carpet can last a very long time when it is properly maintained and cared for.  I’ve seen carpets that were 20 years old that looked brand new because they were well cared for!  On the other hand I’ve seen relatively new carpet that looked 20 years old because no one was caring for it properly.

Did you know that Pollutants in the air filter through your carpet? The carpet actually traps them so you don’t breathe them over and over again. But when the trap gets full, your family starts breathing in those harmful pollutants such as, dust mite debris, pollens, fungus, spores, bacteria and a long list of other disgusting things. Once your carpet’s natural filtering ability gets full, it is time for a certified carpet cleaning company with The Most Thorough Cleaning Ever to clean your carpets for your health’s sake. You really should clean every six months and you will find that you will breathe a lot easier.

The fact is that if you clean your carpets frequently, when traffic lanes first start to appear, they will last longer, look better, and protect your family’s health. But don’t just call any company, call a company that will give you The Most Thorough Cleaning Ever…

Did you know that the outdoor air pollutants are carried into your home by you, your family or your friends? These air pollutants contain pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust and hundreds of other chemicals. These pollutants are carried in by you or family members and usually end up in your carpets.

If you or someone in your family has allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems – one major source of your problem could be the pollens, fungus, pet dander, and chemicals in your carpet.

 One way to stop the pollutants from coming into your home is to have everyone take their shoes off at the door. I know that it’s a pain to do, but you will be extending the life of your carpet. Which is more important your family and friends feelings OR your investment, and your family’s health.