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How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Carpet Cleaning Scams

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:58:43 +0000

How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Carpet Cleaning Scams was first seen on: As sure as you are that the sun rises every day, you can be sure that there will always be a carpet cleaning scam. People fall for them all the time. Here is how you can avoid becoming a victim of a bait and switch carpet cleaning scam. How carpet cleaning scams work Before you learn how to prevent yourself from falling for these cons, you need to know how they work. Bait and switch scams usually work in two stages. They bait you with the low prices, and once you hire their services, they switch to higher ones making you pay more. First, a cleaning company advertises that they can clean a roomful of carpet for an unbelievably low price. You sign up for it and ask them to clean your carpet. When they come, they tell you that the price quoted was exclusive of the cleaning chemicals. So, you have no choice but to pay for the chemicals since someone showed up. At the end of the whole process, you end up paying hundreds of dollars for the service. Another scam is where a cleaning company advertises that they can clean a set number of rooms at a very small fee. Again, you contact them and hire their services. Once they start, you find out that a closet, hallway, and foyer also count as rooms. After they finish, you find that you have paid more than you had budgeted for. These scams mainly target seniors who are drawn by someone who promises good deals and high-pressure tactics. However, you can know a legitimate company from the appearance. Professional carpet cleaning technicians will arrive at your residence in a company vehicle. They may also have a business card, are well groomed, and in some cases are uniformed. If the person or people come in an unbranded van, are not well groomed, and their appearance makes you uneasy, you should think twice as you could be the next victim. How to avoid being a bait and switch victim The surest way you can avoid being a victim is by asking some questions before you hire the cleaning company. Do not limit yourself to one company. Instead, call several companies and if one cannot answer or their answers are not satisfactory, move to the next one. Always second guess a deal that sounds too good as it might not be true. You can ask the following questions: 1. Are you certified to carry out carpet cleaning? Where did you get your certification from? If it was the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration then they are good. 2. How long have you been in business? The more experience they have, the better. 3. Do you have a reference list I can call to confirm your services? 4. Do you have a drug free policy in your company? Businesses that do not have drug policies pose a risk to you, and your loved ones when they come. 5. Are you licensed and insured? If so, can you provide proof? 6. What are the steps included in the cleaning process you use? 7. Are your cleaning solutions eco-friendly and safe for my family, pets, and earth? 8. How long will the cleaned carpet take to dry? 9. Do you offer free, no-obligation, on site written consultations as part of your service? 10. Do you have a written or money back guarantee or satisfaction guarantee? If the company answers all these questions satisfactorily, you are in the clear. However, just to be safe, you can also check the reputation of the firm with the Better Business Bureau at You can also check at the consumer affairs department at many different provincial and federal offices. Once you have checked all these and hired the cleaning company, you should pay with a major credit card. It would make it easy to dispute the bill if the work was not to your standards. Paying cash is an option but not advisable since most cleaning companies are reluctant to come back after you have paid the bill. If you don't believe that carpet cleaning scams actually exist, check out this informative news article: src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"> [...]

Simple Tips For Removing Loose Dirt & Grass From Carpets

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:40:46 +0000

Simple Tips For Removing Loose Dirt & Grass From Carpets was originally published to: Refresh Rug Cleaning

Mud and dirt are not uncommon in a household, especially in homes with children. Children may enter the home with the same shoes they wore to gym class or their sports practice. Do not let their messy habits ruin your carpet. Here are (image) some tips to remove dirt and grass stains from your precious carpet.

You are going to need to remove as much of the loose dirt or mud from the surface of the carpet as you can. Do not wipe the dirt with too much force. Too much pressure can push the mud deep into the carpet. Use a broom to sweep up the dirt. Be gentle, so it does not sink into the carpet.

If there is a small spot of dirt, use a spot cleaner on the more minor stains. They are effective at removing dirt. Just blot the stain with this cleaner. Use a rag that is a neutral colour, so it will not leave behind a stain. A paper towel that does not have printed designs will also work well. Once blotted allow the cleaner to set in. They will need time to break down the dirt. Do not combine spot cleaners with other cleaning products.

Grass stains are more of a challenge to remove. You may have read online that a mixture of laundry detergent and a cleaner that is ammonia based will remove the grass stain. Do not use this method! It will leave a larger mess to deal with than what you started with. Laundry detergent is for clothing, not grass stains. You should try and use the same methods as you used for cleaning dirt from the carpet. If the stain does not go away, you may want to call a professional carpet cleaner. They have the tools and the experience needed to remove tough stains, and they will not damage the carpet in the process. They can remove stubborn stains that most people cannot.

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Professional Upholstrey Cleaning: How Much Does It Cost?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:23:45 +0000

The following post Professional Upholstrey Cleaning: How Much Does It Cost? was originally published on: On average homeowners spend around $158 on professional upholstery cleaners. Since most services are provided on a per-piece basis, the costs largely depend on the number of pieces you are having cleaned. Pricing also takes into consideration the size of furniture and material composition because larger materials require special care. Professionals will review special cleaning instructions so as not to damage your furniture, and it often helps if you are aware of these instructions too. Be mindful of the fact that reclining items are typically more expensive because of the complexity of moving the seat around to get underneath it. Therefore, they usually have an additional charge. Professional Couch Cleaning Costs Average costs for sofa cleaning range between $50 and $200 depending on size. Larger couches will be more expensive to clean because of the timing factor. Special materials like suede and leather will also cost more because of the tools and solutions required. Fragile cleaning processes are involved with special chemicals, so the costs are higher. Be sure to consult a cleaning service with regards to what they charge for; you want to check if their rates are hourly or based on item numbers. You also want to ask about accessory charges. A typical quote will include: Time and materials, expected equipment costs, labor and transportation costs. Check rates with several different companies to get the best rate and consult with the chosen service before starting, to ensure there are no surprise charges when you get the bill. Clean Furniture Project Cost id="cg-widget-iframe" style="border: none; width: 100%; display: block; height: 373px; box-sizing: border-box;" src="" width="300" height="150"> View more Cleaning Services cost guides or View all home projects How and When to Clean? Dust and stains love couches forcing them to require cleaning on a semi-regular basis. This helps to prevent fibres from breaking down and the formation of holes that will need patching up. Depending on the type of furniture, cleaning does not have to be expensive, and you can do a lot of upkeep yourself to limit the need for frequent professional services. You can wash any removable covers in the laundry every six months or so. Vacuum and wipe down permanent covers or leather to remove surface dust and dirt. Any deeply embedded stains will need stringer supplies or professional work. Cleaning Fabric Upholstery Couches and love seats seem to get the most use, so they need to be cleaned more frequently to prevent holes and damage. You can help by vacuuming crevices and surfaces regularly and clean removable covers if you have them. Be sure to care for any wood detailing with a specialized wood cleaner. Call the manufacturer, if your furniture is under warranty to get the recommended timing and supplies for your item. They will be aware of what will work best for the material you have. Be sure to always check the tags for cleaning codes because these will inform you and any professional how to clean the item. Code W: these are man made fabrics that can be cleaned with water based solutions (polyester, nylon, acetate) Code S: organic fabrics that require solvent based products (cotton, rayon, linen, silk, wool) Code W/S: a mixture of man made and organic that can use either water-based or solvent solutions. Code X: fabric that must be professionally cleaned. You can vacuum and brush it down but will need to hire cleaning services and cannot use solutions. Spot Cleaning If you carefully spot clean your furniture regularly, you can avoid getting a professional. You will, however, risk the stains expanding and settling into the fabric permanently. Spot cleaning is only effective when done immediately after a spill. The following steps are the best for removing stains after a spill: First, tes[...]

Simple Upholstery Cleaning Tips For Everyday Homeowners

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 23:03:45 +0000

The article Simple Upholstery Cleaning Tips For Everyday Homeowners is republished from: Everyone enjoys the look and feel of upholstered furniture, but cleaning it is another story. Dirt and filth like to cling to upholstery making it look unpleasant and less alluring. The natural bright colours can become dull and dingy, and clouds of dust float up each time you sit down. Not thoughts that you want when you are trying to sit and relax. It is difficult to keep dirt away from upholstered furniture, and ends up being a task that becomes many people’s worst nightmare. Even when care is taken not to spill anything on the couch or chairs, dirt and dust will always settle there. There is no need to get rid of your expensive couch because there are a few tested and approved ways that effectively clean your furniture. These upholstery cleaning tips below can be utilized by just about anyone in any home. 1. The type of fabric: Cleaning processes vary according to fabric type. The upholstery of a common store chair will be different than that of an antique heirloom. If you are not sure what type of fabric has been used, it is advised to check with the manufacturer to discuss cleaning methods. Most pieces of furniture do come with letters on them to decode the cleaning methods required. A ‘W’ usually means water based cleaning products have to be used. An ‘S’ coding requires cleaning by a professional only. When ‘WS’ codes are used, then you have a choice to clean it yourself or use a professional. A code of ‘X” is important because it means you can only use vacuums and no detergents or solvents. 2. Vacuum before cleaning: The best thing to do before any cleaning is to vacuum, this moves a large portion of settled dirt and dust. When dirt is left to settle over long periods of time, it can damage the material once it gets wet. Most vacuums have upholstery attachments to make it easy to reach all the crevices in your furniture. 3. Time is of the essence: When it comes to fresh spills, time is critical. Before letting a spill spread and soak into the fabric, it should be dealt with as soon as possible. If left unattended, it will be harder to clean. Use a cloth to blot at the surface of the spill which will help to keep the spill under control and easier to clean. It is important to remember never to scrub the cloth as this could damage the material and push the liquid further in. 4. Seek professional help: Many people simply do not have the time or skills to appropriately clean upholstery. There is a lot of information to know; extensive selections of available solvents and cleaners combined with the number of possible fabrics make it hard for the average person know how to clean. The best solution is to avoid the headache and potential damage to your furniture and consult a professional upholstery cleaning company for advice or to just do the job for you. [...]

Steam Cleaning Or Chemical Cleaning: What Is The Best Option For My Carpet?

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 22:34:06 +0000

Steam Cleaning Or Chemical Cleaning: What Is The Best Option For My Carpet? was originally seen on: Refresh Carpet Clean Cleaning your carpet is a tough job. You can choose to either steam clean your carpets or chemical clean your carpets. Considering what choice to make between these two options can raise many questions. The first question you will immediately ponder is, which option will be best regarding safety for my family and pets, while also providing the best quality clean? There are important details of both types of cleaning to keep in mind as you decide which is the best option for your home or office. First, let's cover steam cleaning. Steam cleaning might seem like the safest way to clean your carpets while also giving a nice and deep clean, but you might also worry that it isn't as effective in killing bacteria as chemical cleaning. However, don't be fooled; steam cleaning still makes use of chemicals! When steam cleaning, the machines will spray some chemical cleaner and then use the steam to make it come full circle. A wet vacuum will then suck up the rest of the water on your floor. However, the good news is, the steam from the hot water in the machine is stronger than you think. src="" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"> Not only will the hot, steamy water kill bacteria along with the chemicals, but it will also help dissipate bits of the remaining chemicals on your carpet. This leaves it very unlikely that there will be enough of the chemical left on your carpet to initiate concern for anyone's health. However, if there is someone in your house that has serious allergies to most chemicals in cleaners, you can request the cleaning company to use a less toxic option that will assure that no severe allergic reactions are caused. With this in mind, steam is probably the choice you want to make if you or someone in your home has allergies that could have life threatening reactions induced since the cleaning company can probably give you a better alternative. There is a drawback to steam cleaning though; you will most likely be waiting for a very long time. The process of preparation for steam cleaning takes much longer than chemical cleaning since the machine has to be filled up with the hot water and the chemical cleaner. Then once the carpet is cleaned, you have to stay off the carpet for at least a day before it is dry enough to walk on. If there are no allergy issues in your household, and you want to take the quicker route to cleaning your carpet, steam cleaning is probably not the way to go. Now, as you can imagine, chemical cleaning is a much faster process, considering it is a form of dry cleaning. After being cleaned chemically, carpets are usually ready to be used almost immediately. Chemical cleaning uses the chemical directly, so it's possible that provides more of an opportunity to destroy excess bacteria. But also because there is no rinsing involved, there will be more excess of the chemical on your carpet. Extremely tough to clean stains can be a serious problem for your carpet if you want to use steam cleaning, though. Chemical cleaning, being more direct, is a lot stronger when it comes to that. If you are worried about the chemical used, contact the chemical cleaning company you plan to hire for the job and ask what the components of the compound are and what they recommend concerning what the effects could be for you and the others in your home. To sum it up, there is no 100% correct answer for how to clean your carpet. Every living situation is different, and the concerns of every person are different. If you have pets, small children or people with allergies that could turn severe results living in your home, you will want to go with steam cleaning. If none of those are a concern and you want to give your carpet a serious bacteria killing wash that is also the fastest option if you are pressed for[...]