Dangers Of DIY Carpet Cleaning And The Disappointments That Are Bound To Happen

Clean, fresh carpets are something that every home owner wishes could be the norm in their homes. The carpets look nice and bright and, with it the rooms they are in. Cleaning them with a carpet sweeper, as a do it yourself project, also carries with it a certain amount of satisfaction and not a few bragging rights. You can go to the large grocery, home improvement or hardware store and rent a machine, so you head over there.

The machine is sitting there and, after grabbing it, you locate the detergents. It is a small machine and it can fit in the truck of the family car or into the side of a borrowed van and off you go.

You spend a few hours, or all day depending on the size of your home, measuring, filling pushing, emptying, more filling, more pushing, still more emptying and what do you have to show for it? Do you have an amazingly clean and nice smelling carpet after all of that?

You probably don’t. This is not because you lack the desire for the right outcome or the willingness to do what is necessary. It is usually because of the concept of a do it yourself machine doing something that professionals should be doing because of their equipment, training and experience.

Let’s face it, the machine you can rent is small because no one would rent it if they needed a trailer to haul it home. It would look and, occasionally be, too awkward, large or overwhelming for the average person. You have seen the machines the carpet cleaning companies use and you think about this small one and you wonder: ‘Its a carpet cleaner, so it will work.’ The problem is that they are both very different machines, designed for very different outcomes.

The large machines, used by cleaning companies such as quest clean ltd, certainly are bigger. And heavier. They have larger motors, pumps and take a lot more power to run them, which produces a better result. It has more weight, simply because of all of the internal components that are necessary and this, itself, makes this a better unit for all carpets, especially in some of the worse conditions.

Those types conditions, of course, are the extremely dirty carpets these professionals run into. That very condition may exist at your house right now. This might be what caused you to run to rent a machine in the first place.

The professional machines, along with the expert technicians, can not be beat with a rental unit because higher water/solution pressure, more heat, stronger vacuums mean a brighter, cleaner and dryer floor.

All of the pretty sales literature that says you can take this smaller, under powered machine and make your home a showplace should be taken with a grain salt. The companies who manufacture and rent these machines want to make some money from them and you can not fault them for that. You will realize, however, as many have before you that getting professional results, with inferior equipment is not the way to go when your cleanliness and the health of your family is involved.

Now also imagine that if these smaller units were all that they are cracked up to be, why would carpet cleaning experts and their crews purchase the larger machines costing much more? Why would they subject themselves to using equipment that needs several people to load and unload it and a truck to haul it? There must be a very good reason, because cleaning companies are also in the business of providing a quality service and make money at the same time.

Which Brings Us To The Dangers Inherent In A Do It Yourself Machine.

Some of these results are seen and some are not; some are dangerous to you and your family and some simply deteriorate the carpets or the flooring underneath.

A short list of these will include:

1. Unclean carpets due to the inability of the machine to actually handle the job.
2. Delaminated carpeting. This is the deconstruction of the carpet fibers from the backing, usually due to over wetting because of inadequate controls and adjustments of the smaller machine.
3. Mold build up. This is due to any water that is left behind due to under powered vacuums.
4. Browning (discoloration). This is also caused by over wetting and using improper cleansing agents on some soils.
5. The shrinkage that can be caused by excessive moisture left after the job is done.
6. Damp carpets that cause smells, contribute to molds and prevent children playing on the floor until dried.
7. Leaving chemical laden water in and on the carpets will cause the rapid re-soiling due to the chemicals attract more dirt and dust, quicker.

Leaving any of the above conditions, without a professional remedy could be dangerous to the health of you and your family. The largest one of these, of course, is mold. It can grab hold of the underside of the carpeting, without you even noticing and take over a standard size home within 24 hours. We have responded to many of these emergency situations and this costs many hours and dollars to clean up, repair and restore to a healthy condition.

This is not meant as a scare tactic, necessarily, as these problems, listed above, and many more have been documented and repeated many times. This is simply meant as a warning to think clearly about using a piece of equipment that is ill suited for the job for which it is promoted.
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How To Clean Your Kitchen Safely

Your kitchen is a breeding ground for germs and food borne bacteria. Raw meats are set on counter tops and if not disinfected can cause may severe health issues. Cooking oils and greases present perfect breeding grounds for an assortment of nastiness.

Old heated oils and grease can cause many pathogens if left alone. Fortunately, there is an easy solution to keep your kitchen clean and germ free. This will keep you and your family in good health.

A Clean Kitchen Is Important

Lurking in every kitchen is an unseen danger zone. Germs and bacteria forming on every surface. Cooking may or may not kill them all, so why risk it? Following a few simple steps can ensure your kitchen will not make you sick.

Be A Germ Terminator

It goes without saying you should always wash your utensils in hot soapy water. The sooner after a meal the better so germs don’t have a place to breed. Wiping the counter top a after a meal is also a good idea.

Wash your hands in hot soapy water right after handling meat or poultry is on the “must do” list. Contaminating other foods is a danger. Anything you touch after handling meat or poultry will be contaminated and usually can’t be cleaned or disinfected.

You can buy the disinfecting wipes kitchen wipes to go a step further. Wiping everything down daily, even when you don’t cook, goes a long way to fight germs.

You can boil utensils in water with a bit of Bleach if you really want to go the extra step. This is especially important if you have wooden handles or wooden utensils. The germs and food particles can accumulate in the wood.

Modern dishwashers have a “sanitize” feature on them, use it. Make sure you clean the dishwasher and sanitize it at least weekly. You never know where some food particles will get stuck.

Sponges and dish clothes are a perfect breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Many don’t replace or clean them as often as they should. A good tip is to dampen and wring out your sponge/wash cloth and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds. This will kill any germs or bacteria in them.

When your sponge starts to smell it is time to throw it out. Make sure you wash and dry your dish clothes too – often. If they are used to clean a meat or poultry mess it is a good idea to throw them out afterwards.

Counter tops are a great place for germs and bacteria to hide. There are usually thousands of tiny scratches to keep them hidden. Using a solution of equal parts Hydrogen Peroxide, Ammonia, and water should do the trick. It will also remove stains and keep your counter top looking new.

A word of caution: Never, Ever, mix Bleach with Ammonia. It creates a deadly unseen gas which will not only kill the germs but you too. Be aware of the contents of other cleaners you may be using. If one contains Bleach and another contains Ammonia, you get the same result.

It is simple to keep your family and guests healthy with a clean kitchen. It is just like any other hygiene task, it is not the most fun. It is a necessary thing to do to prevent germs and bacteria from entering your life. It is even less fun when they stay for a visit.

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5 Tips to Save Time on Cleaning

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Cleaning the house can be such a hassle but it has to be done. There are ways to speed up your cleaning so that you can get back to life. The following is a list of five tips to make cleaning the house easier.

1. Clean a Little at a Time

This seems difficult but it’s not once you get into a routine. Keeping your house clutter free will greatly decrease the time you have to spend with cleaning. Make sure everything is put in its place each day. Put away clothes as soon as they are dry and make beds immediately when you get up.

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Get some storage bins so everything has a home. There are bins, crates and boxes of every style so anyone can find a storage container to fit with their decor. If you have a lot of clutter, go through your stuff frequently to get rid of stuff you don’t use. Schedule you’re cleaning and stick with it when possible. Designate a special cleaning outfit to help put you in the mindset that it’s time to clean. Use a tote or bucket when you’re cleaning to keep all your products with you so you’re not making trips back and forth.

3. Get the Right Tools

You basically only need the following cleaners: multi-surface, tile and bathroom, powder abrasive cleaner, furniture polish, paper towels or rags, broom, mop, vacuum, duster and trash bags.

4. Approach it the Right Way

Clean from top to bottom. Always dust and clean surfaces before vacuuming and cleaning floors. In the kitchen, start with the stove and move clockwise. Clean each area in a room before moving on.

5. Think of it as Exercise

Cleaning can be fun if you think of it as a way to burn some calories. Turn on some music or your favorite TV show and it won’t feel like so much of a chore.

Sticking with a regular schedule will keep your home clean and make it much easier to relax. It’s also always an option to hire professionals to come in and do a deep cleaning a few times a year.

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Should I Clean My Mattress?

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Everyone thinks about the sheets and linens when doing their bedroom cleaning. The one thing they usually forget is to clean the mattress. It is the one thing that needs cleaning the most in your bedroom.

Sweat, dirt, and dead skin cells do accumulate in a mattress over time. You spend at least 8 hours in bed each night and more when you are sick. Changing the sheets just isn’t enough to keep you mattress clean.

Regular Sweeping

When changing the sheets you should also at the same time. Just run the vacuum over the mattress to remove dirt and dead skin. If you have allergies, there this will help.

Dust mite are microscopic creatures which feed on the dead skin we leave. They are also a cause for “dust” allergies in most people.1c530baf17c00ad8a56951198a7421ab


Sometimes we get stains on the mattress and since nobody sees them, we tend to leave them. They are easily removed with upholstery cleaner or a solution of baking soda, salt, and water. Just rub it in and wait a half hour and vacuum it off.

Some tough stains may need a solution of two parts Hydrogen Peroxide and dish soap. Be careful as this solution can bleach out color where it touches. Either way you should wipe the entire area with cold water when done and let dry.

Smells And Odors

Smells and odors can be simply removed from your mattress with some baking soda. Just sprinkle it on and wait for a bit and then sweep it off. It is a good idea to do this every time you change the sheets.

You can also add some Tea Tree Oil to water in a sprayer to spray the mattress every so often. This will kill germs and odors. Just let it dry before putting the sheets on the mattress. Fabric odor remover sprays work well too.

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A word of caution, some of the newer mattresses cannot be flipped. You need to check the label on the mattress. Flipping the mattress once every six months is a good idea. This keeps it from sagging and getting too much dirt deposited in one area. You can also rotate it to change where you sleep.

Following this simple regimen to keep your mattress clean and smelling fresh.

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