10 Reasons Why Customers Should Have Their Carpets & Rugs Cleaned Regularly
• Prolongs the life. Regular cleaning using the extraction method can increase the life significantly, protecting your floor-covering investment.
• Protects indoor air quality. The fibers of your floor coverings trap airborne pollutants. Eventually those pollutants must be removed in order to protect the carpet and rugs and maintain indoor air quality.
• Makes carpets & rugs easier to maintain. Most soiling is made up of dry soils. When floor coverings are kept thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis, most dry soils can be removed with regular vacuuming.
• Removes spots and stains. As with other soils, spots and stains can attract more soiling. Removing spots and stains promptly protects carpets and rugs from further damage.
• Prevents buildup of allergens and bacteria. Moist soiling of carpets and rugs can result in the buildup of several unhealthy contaminants.
• Enhances the appearance of any room. Clean, well-maintained carpets and rugs speak volumes about the overall cleanliness of a home or facility.
• Improves worker morale. Workers feel better about their work environment when it is clean. This includes the carpeting.
• Makes carpeting and rugs look and feel clean and fresh.
• Removes dust mites and other crawly pests that may have found a home in soft floor coverings.
10.Maintains the carpet’s warranty. Most carpet manufacturers offer limited warranties on their products. Their warranties require that carpets be cleaned using the extraction method within a specific amount of time, usually every 12 or so months.
Should you have your carpets, rugs and soft furnishings treated with a soil retardant?
The same technology that created non-stick surfaces for pots and pans has an application to prevent those inevitable spills from sticking to your carpet or upholstery. When you have a soil retardant product applied, you have the assurance your carpet and upholstery are protected with a repellency that gives you more time to clean up and remove spills and dirt before they are absorbed.
Soil retardants can be applied to carpet and rug fibers and on water-safe upholstery fabrics.
Even if your carpet or upholstery came with built-in soil and stain protection when they were purchased, normal wear and usage can breakdown the protectant and it should be re-applied when furnishings are cleaned. The soil retardant is best applied when the fibers and surfaces are damp from cleaning.
Treating your carpets and furnishings creates an invisible shield around each fiber to keep dirt, dust and liquids from lodging within the surface. A professionally applied soil retardant lets your enjoy cleaner, fresher looking furnishings longer.
Kids will be kids, pets will be pets and life’s little surprises can be a little less surprising.
There’s water everywhere. It’s time to call a professional.
Cleaning up after a flood or broken water pipe is a lot of work. You could try to do it yourself but it’s better to call a professional, such as King’s Cleaning Services.
King’s Cleaning Services is equipped with the tools, knowledge and experience needed to safely dry out and restore home furnishings. We deal with wet carpet and flooring on a regular basis and can efficiently handle the job in less time than you can complete the project yourself.
Whether the water damage is because of a plumbing problem or you live in a flood hazard zone, handling the problem in a timely manner is of the utmost importance.
Because not all the water damage is visible to the naked eye, it makes it very hard to identify the extent of the problem. Although you may have removed all the standing water, the effects the water had on your home’s structure and furnishings may be extreme. Moisture can be trapped in the drywall, subflooring, behind baseboards or trapped between ceilings and floors. This can lead to such problems as warped floors and sagging ceilings, and growth of molds and bacteria.
Here’s what King’s Cleaning Services provides as a professional water damage restorer:
Inspect the entire home and decide together with the homeowner which items can be saved and which ones are damaged beyond restoration.
Extract the water from the flooded area.
Remove all affected drywall, trim, carpets and padding, if and as needed.
Inspect for moisture in subfloors, crawlspaces, and behind walls.
Dry the area with commercial dehumidifiers and professional air movers.
Sanitize and deodorize surfaces.
Work with your insurance company to get your home back to its initial condition.
In order protect the investment you have made in your home, always call a professional to handle water damage restoration. Call King’s Cleaning Services.
You should definitely have your air ducts cleaned if you’re in one of the following situations:
- There’s visible mold growth inside ducts or other HVAC components.
- There are excessive amounts of dust or dirt. This could happen after having remodeling work done, for example.
- There are insects or other small animals calling your air ducts their home. If this is the case, you may have to call an exterminator as well.
“What about cleaning air ducts to increase the HVAC efficacy? Is this true?”
According to some homeowners’ anecdotal experiences and the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), air duct cleaning does help. Some people have seen a “significant improvement in air flow and air quality” after having their air ducts and HVAC components cleaned, reducing their energy bills. The NADCA recommends cleaning them every three to five years to maximize your HVAC system’s life.
Things to Consider When Choosing an Air Duct Cleaning Service Provider
According to the EPA website, here are the things your service provider should do when cleaning your home’s ducts:
- Open access ports or doors to allow the entire system to be cleaned and inspected.
- Inspect the system before cleaning to be sure that there are no asbestos-containing materials in the HVAC system. If asbestos is present, a special cleaning must be done.
- Use HEPA (high-efficiency particle air) vacuuming equipment if the vacuum exhausts inside the home. Otherwise, use equipment that exhausts outside of the home.
Air duct cleaning is designed to remove air-borne dust and debris from the air duct system components of HVAC, forced air systems, gravity heaters and other related systems.
Homeowners are advised to do their research when hiring to ensure they are working with a reputable contractor. Beware of bait-and-switch tactics that advertise an unbelievably low rate and then immediately start tacking on up-charges or using scare tactics. “One of the more common things that we hear about with air duct cleaning comes down to pricing,” Angie’s List founder Angie Hicks said. “It’s important for consumers to get written in-home estimates because a lot of times air duct cleaning is based on either the square footage of the home or the number of vents. A typical air duct cleaning might cost anywhere from $350-$650. If you find you’re being offered a really low price, you’re going to want to question it.”
There are a couple of ways to tell if your air ducts are dirty. One of the easiest ways to find out is to take the vent cover off, stick a camera phone down there and take a picture. They are going to be able to see down the duct and capture a picture. Another sign is if the house is dusty a day or two after cleaning the house.”
From NADCA’s website:
Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is one concern that homeowners have when they decide to investigate air duct cleaning. In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living. Your heating and cooling system is the lungs of your home. The system taken air in and breathes air out.
Through normal occupation in a home, we generate a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. Over time, this re-circulation causes a build-up of contaminants in the duct work.
While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your home, school or workplace, they may be contributing to larger health issues or harboring contaminants that could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders or some environmental allergies.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants in the heating and cooling system cause it to work harder and shorten the life of your system. Although filters are used, the heating and cooling system still gets dirty through normal use.
When an HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. As a result, less energy is used, leading to improved cost-effectiveness.