Hiring a Professional Carpet Cleaner to Help with Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning can be intimidating. To transition ourselves from cold, dark winter to lively spring and summer, we often clean our homes from top to bottom. There are many parts of spring cleaning you’ll want to handle on your own, from cleaning windows to mopping the hardwood floors to cleaning the tiles of your shower. However, some cleaning tasks are better left to the professionals. Steam carpet cleaning is one of them.

When hiring a professional steam carpet cleaner to assist you with spring cleaning, there are several things you will want to consider. First, are you sure this is something you want to pass off to a professional? If you don’t have any experience with steam cleaning carpets or using a steam carpet cleaning machine, we recommend hiring a professional carpet cleaner. If you have it in your budget, hiring a professional will take the pressure off you and ensure your carpets are as clean as they can be.

Do your research before deciding on a company. Read online reviews of different local companies on sites like Yelp and Google Business. Ask friends and family members for recommendations. Call each company personally and inquire about rates, services and fees. Many companies will publish the base price on their websites, while keeping hidden the various fees applicable for extra services.

If you’re hiring a professional carpet cleaner to help with spring cleaning, you’ll want to invest. The carpet cleaner will be cleaning your carpets for the coming year, so he will have to do a heavy duty job. This may entail a larger-than-usual job for the cleaner, tackling a higher surface area of carpet than he would for a normal job. These are things to keep in mind when budgeting money for a professional cleaning service.

We recommend you hire a professional carpet cleaner toward the tail end of your spring cleaning. Cleaning your home will rustle a lot of dust and dirt into the air, which can then fall to the ground, making its way onto the carpets. Then it may be tracked all over your home, around on your bare feet and shoes, as you go from room to room. By hiring the professional carpet cleaners at the end of spring cleaning, your carpets will be at their dirtiest and most ready to be steam cleaned.

It’s a good idea to hire a professional carpet cleaner to assist you in your spring cleaning endeavors. When hiring a professional cleaning service to come to your home, be proactive and smart about it by doing all the necessary research beforehand. Best of luck with spring cleaning!


Tips for Removing Mold and Mildew from Grout

Mold and mildew are part of the package when you have a tile wall or floor in your bathroom. The heat and humidity from the shower creates the perfect environment for black mildew and mold to grow and bind itself to porous surface areas such as caulk. It’s almost impossible to completely get rid of mold and mildew in your bathroom (as the environment is ripe for it), but there are easy and effective ways to combat it at first sight.

The methods you take to tackle mold and mildew depend entirely upon how much is growing and how long it’s been there. For minor growth that’s a little spread out, we recommend using a microfiber cloth (great for absorption) and water. The scrubbing and absorption you get when using the microfiber cloth can sometimes be enough to grab excess mildew from grout. Use a toothbrush with stiff, thick bristles to get the mildew out of those hard-to-reach corners. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is a great replacement for a standard microfiber cloth, if you have one. Remember to always throw out used cloths and Magic Erasers immediately after using them on mold, and discard of them outside of your home, as mold and mildew can be detrimental to your or your family’s health, even when it’s sitting around in the trash can.

If scrubbing doesn’t work – and it may not if your mold and mildew infestation is highly concentrated – all experts point to bleach. Begin with a solution that’s three parts water to one part bleach. Repeat the process from earlier, but with this bleach solution. Scrub deeply with a microfiber cloth and follow up with a thick bristle toothbrush. If this solution doesn’t work, try again with a more highly concentrated solution. However, if it doesn’t work on the first go, don’t play around with cleaning chemicals, as the wrong combination (ammonia + bleach, for example) can produce toxic fumes.

If no chemical solution is strong enough to tackle the mildew in your bathroom, you can try another option. First, consider renting a steam cleaner and using a brush attachment that will employ heat and steam to the effected area.

If this doesn’t work, you might be left with no other option but to rip out the caulk and reseal your tub. To do this, scrape the caulk out with a sharp tool, clean thoroughly with bleach and let it dry before filling it in again with more caulk. If you aren’t experienced with caulking and removing caulk, we strongly recommend you hire a professional.

It’s a good idea to bring in a second, or even a third opinion before attempting to rip out the caulk, as mildew might have gotten behind the tiles or spread through the room’s structure. If so, you may have to retile or remodel your bathroom using mildew resistant paint or flooring.

Spring Cleaning: Preparing for the Ritual

For many, spring is a time of rebirth; the simplest way to feel renewed is by cleaning the interior of your home. This way, we can mentally and physically transition our winter lethargy into a springtime energization. For some, however, carpet cleaning and spring cleaning can be intimidating. Where do I start? There’s so much to do! Don’t feel overwhelmed. Here’s some tips on getting started.

It might sound obvious, but begin with a plan. List out the rooms in your house; don’t forget the laundry room, closets and other small spaces you might normally overlook. Continue listing off your regular cleaning tasks before venturing outside the box to list some irregular chores you save for spring cleaning.

Take your time with this. Many people recommend a divide-and-conquer technique to tackling your home. Break down your list into manageable chunks. Where do you start? Start with wherever you feel needs the most cleaning.

Next, make sure you have all the supplies you need. Go back to your list and, from there, make a new list of all the supplies you’ll need. Go through your cleaning cabinets and compare. Before you begin cleaning, make sure to buy any supplies you don’t already have.

Try and repurpose some kitchen items, such as vinegar and baking soda, to create cleaning solutions. This can save you money if you already have these items in your home. Avoid paper towels; opt for microfiber cloths, instead.

To get into the right headspace, you might want to start with decluttering and organizing. With each item your pick up, ask yourself, ‘does this item enrich my life and serve a purpose?’ If not, put it aside into a bin for items you wish to sell or donate.

If you’re unsure about a place to start cleaning, why not start at the top? Begin with the ceilings and work downward. Dust and clean the ceilings, moldings and light fixtures first. Next, wipe down the walls, clean and scrub the windows (both sides), dust and sanitize framed pictures and art. Continue from there any way you see fit.

Our biggest piece of advice? Start early in the day. As they say, the early bird gets the worm. Pick a clear, sunny day, open your home’s blinds, put on some music or an audiobook, and get to work! Those harsh days at the tail end of winter are perfect for cleaning and preparing for warmer days to come. Best of luck!

Keeping Your Carpets Clean in the Winter

Try as you might, sometimes it seems like it’s impossible to keep your carpets clean during the winter months. We all love snow at first, but after a few days, snow, slush, salt and mud get picked up onto boots and paws and dragged into your home and across your carpets. Luckily, there are some easy, preventative steps you can take this winter to minimize any damage to your carpet. Most obviously, If your home or apartment has an entrance from the garage and it is possible to, park your car in the garage on rainy or snowy days before entering your home. This way, you won’t have to worry about directly tracking in any snow, salt or wet dirt, a carpet’s worst enemies.