Why Vacuum Your Carpet? It’s an Air Filter!

Carpets, like any type of flooring, require care and maintenance to ensure your investment stays with you for a long time. Regardless of the type of carpet you have in your home, the best and universal way to keeping it clean is by vacuuming. Why is this? Dirt and other soil particulates are the enemy of your carpet. Viewed on the microscopic level, household dirt looks like sharp blades that slice away at the fibers of your carpet and thus weaken the strength of the pile. Dust mites are also removed when you do your weekly carpet cleaning through vacuuming.

Vacuuming is a powerful way to ensure that these microscopic razor blades are kept out of your carpet. In the old days, people used to take out their rugs, hang them up on a line and beat the dirt out of them for a good hour or two. Thankfully we don’t have to do that today. Regular vacuuming is essential to keeping your carpet fresh and new-looking. A good vacuum cleaner costs about $100 upwards. Select your vacuum based on the traffic your carpet receives and the area you plan to cover in your regular vacuuming schedule. If your household has children, pets, or both, a good household vacuum cleaner is indispensable. Most homeowners get a vacuum that can do cleaning for a variety of household flooring. This includes carpet, bare tiled or wooden floors, stairs and even upholstery.

Also consider the ergonomics of the vacuum you will be getting for your regular carpet maintenance cleaning. Is the handle long enough for your reach? Are the cords easy to plug and unplug? Does your home have enough storage space for a vacuum?

Test out the vacuum in the store by attempting to clean some flooring around the area. One tip we can give you that most people won’t mention is to check the noise level of the vacuum you will be getting. In our line of business we work with professional earplugs to protect our hearing. Powerful motors usually mean loud noise. You will save yourself the temporary deafness that people dread after twenty minutes of vacuuming if you investigate the noise level of your vacuum before taking it home.

Click here to get the:  Internet Carpet Cleaning Special from HSIPhoenix courtesy of Hospitality Services Inc. Phoenix Carpet Cleaning

How Mark Masters Saved the Day

Adventures in Carpet Cleaning

The other day I got a panic phone call, “Mark, I spilled a whole pot of tea on the carpet, Oh man, am I in trouble. At first I thought I was going to have to call Dave (our friend the attorney) and get divorce advice, but I’m calling you first.”
Now Tom has heard me speak about carpets a bunch of times, but I asked, “Did you get some water, vinegar and a dime size squirt of dish washing soap?”

“Of course, no store bought chemical cleaners, just the stuff you tell us to use. Anyway, “she who is in charge of keeping the house immaculate” came home and said, “Call Mark, now. So here I am.”

Tom, you did the right thing and when you get a couple more spots on the carpet I’ll come out or send my guys out and we’ll get it cleaned up, unless “she” wants it cleaned right now.

Tom’s wife (who is a lovely person, by the way) said to wait a couple of weeks. But she needed some reassurance so I told her, “It’s still wet and the tea will wick up from the carpet pad onto the carpet fibers. When it’s dry we’ll come out and get it cleaned up, let’s let it dry out first so that you don’t keep getting a return stain.”

Tom’s still married, his wife is happy and best of all he did all the right things when he spilled that pot of tea.

Who says Carpet Cleaning is dull stuff.

Hospitality Services Inc. and Owner Mark Masters offer you a Scottsdale Carpet Cleaning Internet Special (this works if you’re in Scottsdale or anywhere in the Phoenix Valley).

It’s on our website http://www.hsiphoenix.com

 

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Dead Pet Skin in Your Carpet – Pet Dander and You

Pet dander.  How long have you been hearing that and wondered?  Dander?  Truth be told you’re probably going to wish you could un-know it.  It’s very, very small pieces of dead pet skin!  Think dandruff but really small.  Small like the common cold virus and breathe it into your lungs small.  Dander is between 0.5 to 1.5 microns big or should I say small.  A human hair is 150 microns.  You might say “I don’t have to worry ‘bout it ‘cause I don’t have a dog or cat”.   Well, that would b wrong.  Someone close to you has one.  70% of American homes have an indoor dog or cat.  They then have dander and so do you.  It’s in their hair, eyebrows, nose face, clothes, arms, hands, pants, shoes, and carpet.  They come over for the game 7 party and give some to you.   If you are lucky enough to have man’s best buddy or two, you’ve got it bad.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there.  You know the old joke about why dogs lick themselves?  Never mind, they just do and get saliva all over.  Urine dries on their hair after they piddle, and of course a bit of fecal hangs around too.  All this wonderful stuff dries out eventually and flakes off.  Can you say allergies?  At least 10% of us can.  And for half of them, dander is of particular concern.

A dog can replenish her entire skin at a rate of between 4 and 20 days depending on a few factors like breed and health etc.  Of course it’s just your luck that you’ve got the big dog on the 4 day cycle.  And you thought your neighbor was just being nice giving away those adorable puppies.  You probably aren’t going to get the dander stuck to the walls, but there are some common sense things you can do.  One of those things is carpet cleaning.  I’m talk’n deep down dirty, professional carpet cleaning.  Amateurs need not apply.  After it floats around a while, it lands in the carpet, and like an air filter, it needs occasional cleaning.  The pros will bring detergents that emulsify the tiny dander down deep(what a show off).  And they’ll bring equipment to pull that emulsified “dirt” out from the depths.  So now you and you best friends and family can get your money’s worth out of that expensive carpet and pad.

Click here to get the:  Internet Carpet Cleaning Special from HSIPhoenix courtesy of Hospitality Services Inc. Phoenix Carpet Cleaning

Is Your Carpet a Dirty Air Filter?

Turns out that gravity’s a pretty big help in filtering the air.  Usually you have to pay the electric company to force feed the air through the filter.  Air comes out the other side cleaner than it went in.  Eventually the filter cleans its last and needs changing.  Air filters really are a good thing.  You wouldn’t believe all the stuff that’s in indoor air.  Take outside air and multiply it by ten.  We’ve all seen it. The floaters in the sun light beaming into the living room.  You know, that little sliver of sunlight shining in between the otherwise closed curtains.  Well guess what?  You’re breathing those floaters.  They’re everywhere.  What possibly could those floaters be? Question: are you sure you want to know?  It’s hideous.  Avert your gaze before it’s too late: dead dog skin, dead bug parts, dead people skin, hair(of every kind), the common cold(can’t actually see that one),  fecal, dried urine, dust mites(can’t see them either), paint chips, wood, cotton, plastic, dirt, pollen, fungi.  In a word…dust.  Did I not give you fair warning?  This stuff floats around for a while, possibly a long while, but eventually lands somewhere.  That’s why and what we “dust”.  Wet dusting of course.  Right?  Dusting is fine…for the coffee table.  Not so much for the carpet.   I bet you’ve never thought of “dusting” your carpet.

Thank you gravity.  No, really thank you.  Gravity pulls it down and your carpet holds it there.  Unlike hard surface flooring, carpet isn’t hard.  Bet you didn’t see that coming!  Seriously, ever fall on it?  Hard surfaces don’t trap anything.  You just move “it” around as you walk by sending “it” airborne again until “it” is all trapped so beautifully in the corner…every single corner.  And the more time spent airborne, the more time for “it” to get trapped in your baby girls lungs.  Filters being what they are need occasional cleaning.  Not just vacuuming, but deep cleaning too.  A good HEPA, CRI approved vac will get about 80% of “it”.  You’ll want to do that at least weekly and more often in high traffic areas.  The remaining 20% is going to require deep cleaning by a CRI approved Green Label professional.  We don’t need no stinkin’ doctor rug MD rental PHD or whatever.  Professionals only.  They’ve got the suction, the agitation, and the attitude.  They live this stuff.  Don’t waste half the money, twice the time, and four times the aggravation for even less the clean.

What You Breathe Affects Your Health

Indoor air quality has been getting a lot of attention lately.  And, for good reason.  Your health is directly affected by what you breathe.  With the more energy efficient modern construction techniques, indoor air quality is even more problematic.  Construction technology and building codes are better and more stringent than ever.  Modern buildings and homes are tighter with less outside fresh air mixing.  The indoor air quality can quickly become many times worse than outside.  A short and very incomplete list of what indoor air might contain would include:  fingernail filings, food, animal and insect dander, hair, dead insect fragments, pollen, dust, dust mites, soil, fecal, fungi, cotton, wood, or paint chips. And that’s just the “good” stuff.

All this great stuff is at least a little bit heavier than air and so you’ll see it either floating around before it settles or afterward as dust thick enough to sign your name to.  Of course it settles everywhere, so a bunch of it will settle onto the biggest piece of furniture in your house – your carpet.  At first thought, you might want to rip your carpet out and replace it with tile.  Like a lot of first reactions, that would be wrong.  Carpet acts like a big air filter by “capturing” and “holding” those dead skin cells and insect parts until the next extraction.  That’s industry jargon for carpet cleaning.  After they settle on tile, they’ll just sit there waiting for you to walk by so they can ride the Bonsai pipeline of your wake like so many micro airborne surfers.  The biggest problem with airborne dust, dander, and dead bugs is the allergic consequences.  There are millions of us out there.  Fully 10% of the population suffers from at least seasonal allergies.  We all know the symptoms: itchy and watery eyes, irritated throat, sniffles, congestion, and wheezing.  It may even lead to asthma which is very bad especially for kids.  Despite what you might be thinking, it’s not hopeless.

In addition to vacuuming your furniture, you’ll want to hit that carpet.  So vacuum weekly or more in high traffic/pet areas and professionally deep clean at least annually.  Be sure to look for Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label approved equipment and vendors.  They certify through empirical methods that the equipment and procedures used by Green Label approved professionals are both the most effective and best for you and your family.

Your Health and Keeping Your Carpet Clean

Indoor air quality has been getting a lot of attention lately.  And, for good reason.  Your health is directly affected by what you breathe.  With the more energy efficient modern construction techniques, indoor air quality is even more problematic.  Construction technology and building codes are better and more stringent than ever.  Modern buildings and homes are tighter with less outside fresh air mixing.  The indoor air quality can quickly become many times worse than outside.  A short and very incomplete list of what indoor air might contain would include:  fingernail filings, food, animal and insect dander, hair, dead insect fragments, pollen, dust, dust mites, soil, fecal, fungi, cotton, wood, or paint chips. And that’s just the “good” stuff.

All this great stuff is at least a little bit heavier than air and so you’ll see it either floating around before it settles or afterward as dust thick enough to sign your name to.  Of course it settles everywhere, so a bunch of it will settle onto the biggest piece of furniture in your house – your carpet.  At first thought, you might want to rip your carpet out and replace it with tile.  Like a lot of first reactions, that would be wrong.  Carpet acts like a big air filter by “capturing” and “holding” those dead skin cells and insect parts until the next extraction.  That’s industry jargon for carpet cleaning.  After they settle on tile, they’ll just sit there waiting for you to walk by so they can ride the Bonsai pipeline of your wake like so many micro airborne surfers.  The biggest problem with airborne dust, dander, and dead bugs is the allergic consequences.  There are millions of us out there.  Fully 10% of the population suffers from at least seasonal allergies.  We all know the symptoms: itchy and watery eyes, irritated throat, sniffles, congestion, and wheezing.  It may even lead to asthma which is very bad especially for kids.  Despite what you might be thinking, it’s not hopeless.

In addition to vacuuming your furniture, you’ll want to hit that carpet.  So vacuum weekly or more in high traffic/pet areas and professionally deep clean at least annually.  Be sure to look for Carpet and Rug Institute Green Label approved equipment and vendors.  They certify through empirical methods that the equipment and procedures used by Green Label approved professionals are both the most effective and best for you and your family.

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