So much heartbreak accompanies wildfires. Property owners who come through with their homes and businesses intact count themselves blessed…until they face the mountainous task of dealing with the fallout of ash and soot. Not many people watching a fire on television realize the damage done to structures spared by fires burning nearby.
With so much of California under a cloud of wildfire smoke recently, the task of clean-up staggers the imagination. Just think about it—even the homes and businesses that escape the flames are layered with ash and soot. The air quality in a home exposed to intense smoke presents a hazard to health. The lingering smoke particles are especially harmful to young children, the elderly, and anyone suffering asthma and respiratory ailments. The longer the exposure to smoke, the more deeply the odor will be embedded.
“Help! I’m not a very decisive person, but I really want to get my carpet clean the first time around and see that it stays clean. I’m so conflicted! I’ve got friends who swear by their home carpet cleaners, but yuck! I’ve seen them in action and I hear that it takes waaaay longer for carpets to dry using a home machine vs. traditional cleaners. I’m concerned about using a lot of harmful chemicals, but with a few greasy footprints and some old pet stains, I’m concerned about the effectiveness of green cleaning. And then there’s the debate over dry and wet cleaning. It’s true, I am hesitant to waste water, but really, I just want this done right the first time. Someone just tell me what to do.”