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.”
Traditional steam carpet-cleaning uses heated water mixed with soaps, detergents and toxic chemicals that are injected into the carpet under pressure, which soak your carpets, pads and backing. Even though much of the soap, dirt and water are removed, a considerable portion of this mixture remains embedded in your carpet. As the carpet dries, this detergent attaches to the carpet fibers and literally acts as a magnet for dirt and other substances.
Wall-to-wall carpeting can simultaneously be wonderfully cozy and comforting and a complete headache. Yes, it feels soft and warm on bare feet in the winter, your kids love to wallow on it, and your dog appreciates that he can sit on it without slowly sliding backwards, but those rewards require a lot of diligent maintenance. And even with diligent maintenance, problems lurk deep within the fibers.
While there are several carpet cleaning options out there, hot water extraction, truck-mounted systems are by far the most thorough carpet cleaners available. Most carpet manufacturers advise using hot water extraction as the best cleaning method for their product. Not to be confused with steam cleaning, hot water extraction removes stains and soil more effectively and, unlike steam-cleaning, rinses away the detergent residue. (Leaving the re
What your grandmother might have called “spring cleaning” has acquired a far less friendly sounding name: deep cleaning. True, there is something satisfying about the thought of relaxing in a deep cleaned house, in which every dark corner has been scrubbed and every dust particle banished. But are you up for scraping out the biohazards in the back of the refrigerator or scrubbing the floor around your toilet? Take this little quiz to see if you’re the deep cleaning type.