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6 Myths About Carpet Cleaning

6 Myths About Carpet CleaningMYTH#1:
You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet.

No. Dirt is abrasive-like sandpaper. Every time you step on your carpet, you grind dirt into the carpet fibers. This cuts your carpet, just as if you had used a knife. A dirty carpet will not last as long as a clean carpet. And while vacuuming helps-by itself, it’s simply not enough. The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned, the more damage you do to your carpet and the faster it wears out.

MYTH #2:
The only reason to clean carpets is to remove the dirt.

No. As you probably know, outdoor air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust – and hundreds of other chemicals. When you come into your home, you carry those pollens, bacteria and chemicals in your hair and on your skin, clothing and shoes. Not surprisingly, all those chemicals and toxins wind up in your carpet.

If you have allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems – one major source of your problem could be the pollens, fungus, smoke and chemicals in your carpet. Call Mr. Carpet Cleaner today (801) 561-1513 for more information.

MYTH#3:
One method of carpet cleaning is as good as another.

No. The dry cleaning methods – which are dry foam, dry chemicals and dry compounds – do not rinse your carpet in any way. Instead, they leave a dirty residue. You might say they clean your carpet only halfway. The most effective cleaning method is hot water extraction.

MYTH #4:
Having the right equipment is all a company needs to clean your carpets properly.

Not true. Many companies own hot-water cleaners but very few companies teach their employees how to use them properly. This is why it’s important that you choose your carpet cleaner carefully. The best cleaning companies are those that have been certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, known as the IICRC. If they are not certified, don’t use them.

MYTH #5:
The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should hire.

No. We’ve seen so many problems arise from lowest-bid companies that we suggest you never hire the company that quotes the cheapest price. The two most common problems are:

(1) The price may not be for the services you want performed. The company may be equipped to remove only the dirt from your carpet. But you may want bacteria, fungus, pollens, dust mites and tobacco residues removed as well.

(2) The price you see advertised may not be the price you pay. Many homeowners have learned that the low price they saw advertised only lasted until the carpet cleaner got into their home. Then they were pressured into paying a lot more for a variety of add-ons. (Some carpet cleaners even break the law by using illegal bait-and-switch tactics.)

MYTH #6:
Any honest carpet cleaning company should be able to give you an exact price quote over the telephone.

We wish this were true, but it isn’t.

Honest, reputable carpet cleaning companies like Mr. Carpet Cleaner almost never price carpet cleaning by the room. Instead, carpet cleaning is usually priced by the square foot. So if you’d like us to tell you the exact cost of cleaning your carpet, we need to know the exact number of square feet that you want cleaned. To get an accurate measurement, we use a measuring wheel to calculate the exact size of the carpet area.

Call Mr. Carpet Cleaner today (801) 561-1513 for more information on Myths VS Facts in Carpet Cleaning.

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date:  Aug 10, 2011 comments:  1
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Remove Your Stubborn Carpet Stains With These Simple Tips…

There are many different products available on the market that will help you to remove almost all types of carpet stains. The ideal solution in minimizing or totally removing your carpet stains is by simply cleaning the spills and dirt the moment they happen.  If you’re fast enough, you’ll be able to successfully pick up those stains and save you the trouble and expense of professional cleaning products.

When you take the time to clean up the still before they have a chance to set, there are a variety of products already in your household that you can use — detergents, vinegar, lemon juice, rubbing alcohol, and more.  Once you know how and when to use these common household products, you’ll be able to clean up common carpet stains such as pet stains, ink stains, and more.

Pet stain

The first option is to mix one teaspoon of clear, household type ammonia with a half cup of cold water.  You can use this solution in a spray bottle or apply it to the carpet directly.  It is very important not to wet the carpet backing when you apply the solution.  After you have applied the solution, use paper towels to blot then allow it to dry completely.

For a second option, you can use a detergent solution made of hand soap or dish soap.  The combination is one quarter of a teaspoon detergent to one quart of water.  You should always make sure the soap doesn’t contain bleach or lanolin.

The third and best option is to use water, as it can rehydrate the stain to help with removal.  Most types of pet stains can be cleaned up by using a steam cleaner.  Once you have finished, be sure to dry the area as thoroughly as possible.

Ink stains

    1.  You can purchase isopropyl rubbing alcohol at your local department or grocery store.
2.  You can apply it by pouring some onto a clean white towel or use paper towels, as long as they are white.
3.  Blot the stain as much as possible until it is removed.
4.  If the stain is small, you need to blot in one direction only so you don’t spread the stain.

Beer and wine stains

    1.  Mix a solution with one part white vinegar and one part water.
2.  Apply the mixture to the stain using a spray bottle to saturate.
3.  You should allow the stain to sit around ten to fifteen minutes.
4.  Use a sponge and clean in a rubbing motion.
5.  Rinse the area with warm water.
6.  Brush the carpet pile back into its natural direction.
7.  Using white paper towels, place them on top of the area and then a heavy object on the paper towel.
8.  Allow everything time to sit, until the area has dried.

However, not all stains can be removed. Some do permanent damage to the carpeting. It is also very important that you take the time to know the proper cleaning instructions provided by the carpet manufacturer. Some carpets that are made of natural fibers, such as wool, should not be handled in this way. Some carpets with specific dyes also need special care. If you are not sure, find an inconspicuous area of the carpet then test for colorfastness. If you’re still unsure, contact Mr. Carpet Cleaner today . We have proudly served Salt Lake County since 1985. Call us today and let us help you remove your stubborn carpet stain. Call us today at (801) 561-1513 to schedule your appointment.

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date:  May 18, 2011 comments:  0
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Mr. Air Care

Why do we feel air care is so important?

The  human body has a tremendous immune system useful in battling air pollutants and while we do adapt to changes in our environment it is also true that unnecessary air pollutants can wear our bodies down and drain years from our lives.  Yes,YEARS. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates on average we take 10 years off our lives by breathing in poor air. You feel safe going to public pool because the chlorine protects you from germs, bacteria and viruses.  Do you feel completely safe breathing in the air in your home?  Germs, bacteria, viruses, mold, radioactive gases, infectious waste, skin flakes, and toxic chemicals can surround us in our homes and be poisonous.

Air purification is not a new science. Hospitals  have been using air purification to protect patients for decades with HEPA filtration technology and UV lights.  The typical hospital sized air purifier will have at least one HEPA filter inside of it and at least 2 UV lights.  Larger units have two to four HEPA filters and two to four UV lights in parallel series. You can get a HEPA filter put into your furnace in your home. Your question is probably if it’s good enough for a hospital it’s good enough for my home right? Yes using this purifier will certainly improve your air quality. The UV light takes care of the smaller air pollutants like gases and viruses and the HEPA filter removes the larger particles like dust, pollen and dander, but solutions have currently evolved and become more effective.            

These new innovations have come from China due to the recent outbreak of SARS. The purifier is called the HyperHEPA filter and it can catch things that are 100 times smaller than a normal HEPA filter would be able to catch.  HyperHEPA filters get 99.95 percent of particulates at .003 microns.  This is the smallest filtration rate of any filter on the face of Earth. The Hong Kong Hospital authority has recently issued all of their hospitals to have HyperHEPA filters installed in their rooms.  Home Makeover shows  rely on HyperHEPA filters for all of the homes they work on in which there is a child with a respiratory disease.  This is a fairly new technology that is still developing in America.  Schools and hospitals have begun to make the switch over to this new technology, but there are very few cleaning companies that offer this technology. In addition to these new purifiers China has come up with a way to make the UV light obsolete.

What’s the point of UV light?  UV lights are used in commercial and residential environments to sterilize and sanitize the air. UV light naturally kills things like viruses, bacteria and mold, which is why the air outside smells and feels so good. A contractor can install a UV light into your furnace, which sterilizes the air that’s passing through.   The main problem with UV light is that it needs a specific amount of exposure time in order to kill 100 percent of microorganisms.  This is why traditional hospital units have at least 2 to 4 UV lights in parallel series, to increase exposure time.   Another problem with UV lights is they produce ozone, which can be extremely unhealthy and possibly deadly.

Now thereis an alternative!  The new development in air sterilization has gone over to relying on Hydroxyl Radical Generating units.  Hydroxyls have been used for a long time in hospital sterilization in the form of hydrogen peroxide.  Hydrogen peroxide has been used to clean wounds because it effectively destroys bacteria and viruses and then naturally turns into water and air.  Hydroxyl Radical Generating units create hydrogen peroxide vapors and by utilize your home’s air ducts to distribute it into the rest of the home.  These molecules kill bacteria and neutralize poisonous gases like carbon monoxide.  Hydrogen peroxide changes carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide (quite a tongue twister) which is an unharmful gas.  These units have no problem with exposure time and they also don’t produce measurable amounts of ozone.

Mr. Clean Network is proud to offer these services in the near future, check back on our website, blog and Face book to see more information on those dates!

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date:  Apr 25, 2011 comments:  0
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Save Your Time and Sanity with Mr. Window Cleaner!

To clean one or two windows can be an easy job. But, if you have many dirty windows to clean, it is certainly a great pain. You can hire a professional window cleaning service and save your time and maintain your sanity. Keeping your windows clean removes dust and other problematic allergens from your home. Not only does this help present a warm and healthy feel to your home, but allergy sufferers will thank you enormously. Additionally, routine Window Washing removes water stains on windows that can become permanent in time, especially where the sun shines a lot and “bakes on” foreign substances. If you are not aware of how much replacement windows costs, you will highly regret not keeping up with regular window maintenance if you ever have to purchase some. This is why it is a great idea to keep your current windows clean and functioning like the day you bought them.

Are you frustrated over the costs of electricity? Keeping your windows clean in the winter months allows more sunlight into your home, therefore keeping it warmer naturally. Furthermore, the less dust that is in your home, the less air filters will become dirty, and this will allow your air conditioning and heating system to work more productively which will also help you save on energy costs.

Still not convinced? Here is another fact that can help complete window washing in a fraction of the time. Make it fun and get the family involved! Assign a certain number of windows to each family member and offer a prize to the one that cleans his/her windows first and does the best job. The rewards here are that the job gets completed in less time, and you get to spend much needed family time together.

However, if all this still isn’t enough to encourage you, Mr. Window Cleaner will be more than happy to complete the window cleaning job for you. Call us today for your FREE estimate and keep your home clean for your entire family!

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date:  Apr 25, 2011 comments:  0
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Got Dirty Blinds? Mr. Blind Cleaner in Salt Lake City Can Help!

A large percentage of allergies are directly related to indoor dust. A lot of this dust settles on your window blinds. Let Mr. Blind Cleaner clean your blinds with the most effective techniques available today.  Our unique blind cleaning process will not void any manufacturer’s warranties. We offer same day service with pick-up and delivery and /or on-site service.

With summer on its way, many begin the time honored tradition of spring cleaning. One of the most dreaded, but necessary items to keep clean are the window blinds. Often overlooked, window blinds are one of the biggest collectors of dust within a home.

Dust left unchecked, can cause allergies and asthma symptoms to flare up. Not to mention, that dust is very unsightly and causes a home to look dirty.

In order to remove dust and other allergens from the home, there are several steps that should be taken. The obvious ones are keeping floors clean and vacuumed and bedding washed on a regular basis. However, there are several other important areas that often go overlooked when it comes to dust removal, including, changing air filters, cleaning air ducts, and of course, cleaning window blinds and draperies on a regular basis.

Let’s spend just a moment on window blinds. When it comes to cleaning, this may be one of the most time consuming and labor intensive items in the home. However, it is also one of the most important. Window blinds sit virtually untouched throughout the year and collect dirt and dust from many different sources.

There are really only three methods to cleaning window blinds, some more effective than others.

The first is to simply wipe them down with a feather duster or damp rag on a regular basis. A down side to this method is that although the blinds now appear clean, much of the dust has now become airborne and will simply find another item in the home to rest on. The dust was never truly removed.

The second method would be to physically remove the blinds, take them outside and rinse them with a hose. This can be an effective method, but you will find it to be very labor intensive and often leaves the blinds with water stains and streaking.

The third and most effective method is to have the blinds cleaned by a professional blind cleaner such as Mr. Blind Cleaner that utilizes the most effective cleaning technology. This is a state of the art process that will remove all dust and allergens along with any stains and residues that are present not only on the blinds themselves, but also on the cords and strings. The pricing for this type of service is comparable to having your carpets cleaned and it will leave your blinds sparkly clean, like new!

Mr. Blind Cleaner is the leading specialist in commercial and residential on-site cleaning. Mr. Blind Cleaner cleans and sells blinds at locations all around the Salt Lake City area and surrounding counties.

If you’d like more information on our services, please call us at (801) 561-1513.

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date:  Apr 25, 2011 comments:  0
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What’s Living In Your Carpet?

Carpeting is beautiful and beneficial, but it also collects pollutants very effectively. This unhealthy material enters our homes in the air or clings to our clothing, fur, or feet. It settles into our carpets and onto upholstered surfaces just like a furnace filter collects dust and airborne particles. Once saturated, our furnishings start “spilling” contaminants back into our indoor environment. The fact that our homes today are tightly closed, highly insulated environments adds to the problem and we end up thoroughly exposed to unhealthy contaminants.

Have you noticed a dark line around the edge of your carpet?

That line is a line full of contaminants building up. In addition, there are organic materials in our carpet that can affect those of us who suffer from allergies. Organic deposits found in our carpets can include food crumbs, beverage spills, dead skin cells, hair, dead insects, insect droppings, residues from heating and cooling, pet soil, and other “biogenic” wastes. Dust-mites thrive in this filth deep down in the carpet. It is invisible to the eye but very visible to the arteries and lungs. Every time someone moves across the carpet they stir up these pollutants into the air, and can stay there for an hour or more. The average active home will always have these particles in the air, which is especially harmful to people with asthma and allergies, but not good for anyone, allergies or not! This biological debris provides a breeding ground for micro organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, dust mites, and mold. Regular cleaning reduces and controls bio-contaminants.

This is why we believe carpet cleaning is foremost a health issue and secondarily an appearance issue.  Call us today at (801)561-1513 for your FREE quote so that you too can keep your carpets healthy for your family!

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date:  Apr 24, 2011 comments:  0
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