Football season is in full swing and we know you are supporting your favorite teams. this might mean you are throwing those famous tailgating parties you have at your home each year. If this is the case you might find yourself running across ugly spills and messes. If this is the case you need to make sure your carpets stay looking their best by keeping them cleaned with Dollars Worth! Make sure to take advantage of our COGO deal before it expires.
Thats right you read it correctly. By adding baking soda to your vacuum bag you can help fight odors. This is just another tip to add to your weekly vacuuming rituals.
If you are a smart shopper and love hunting for coupons and specials then you will love our new program. Everyone these days knows the term BOGO (Buy One Get One) and many stores offer great ways to save their shoppers money. Well Dollars Worth now offers COGO (Clean One Get One) to help our customers save money as well.
Every time we offer a new COGO we will post it on our home page to let our customers know. With in the article will be a coupon that shows you exactly what you will get. You simply click to open into the print window and print the coupon. Then just let us know which coupons you have and present them to the technician upon payment. If there has been several articles posted and you feel you can not find the COGO do not worry. We have a category set aside just for COGO coupons. So you can always look to the right of the page to the category list and see if there are any posts under that category.
As a floor covering, carpeting is subject to quite a beating day in and day out; if special attention isn’t paid, many carpets have to be replaced prematurely. Without proper carpet care, a floor begins to look dirty and faded and the fibers start to lose their fullness. Regular and thorough carpet care is one of the best ways to prevent these issues, and will keep your flooring looking its best for as long as possible.
Basic Carpet Care and Maintenance
Vacuuming carpets frequently and thoroughly is probably the most important factor in carpet care. Dirt works its way down into the fibers of the carpet where it acts like sandpaper, grinding away at each tuft, leaving it limp and dull. Dirt also combines with oil residues carried through the air and eventually glues itself to the carpet. Regular vacuuming prevents both problems. Most experts agree that carpets should be thoroughly vacuumed about once a week, with heavy traffic areas being vacuumed more often.
Whenever spills occur on carpet, time is of the essence. The sooner it is cleaned up, the easier it will be to do so. Don’t be fooled by spills that are clear or are the same color as the carpet: these can change color over time and become visible stains. The first step in spot cleaning is to blot up the liquid using white paper towels or tissues. Do not add any liquids at this point, as they will only make the spot larger and help it sink deeper into the carpet. Make sure to take your time and absorb as much liquid as possible.
Here are some interesting facts about the carpets in our homes. Some might just make you realize the importance of carpet cleaning!
- The Norwalk virus or Norovirus (the virus that causes the stomach flu) can survive on an uncleaned carpet for a month or more.
- Microbiologists have identified air blown from a running vacuum cleaner as one of the five places in the home that has the highest numbers of germs. Other places include dish sponges, washing machines, bathroom toilets during a flush, and kitchen trash cans.
- Each year, several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under a carpet.
- The five-second rule is a myth: bacteria can live after four weeks on carpet. And, thanks to “microbial adhesion,” germs such as the following are immediately transferred to food: Salmonella typhimurium, Campylobacter, and Salmonella enteritis, a nasty bacterium that causes horrible diarrhea and vomiting.
- Bed bugs can live in carpet fibers and wooden floorboards. For their size, they are extremely fast and can crawl more than 100 feet to obtain a blood meal, usually at night from people who are sleeping. Engorgement takes about three to 10 minutes yet people rarely realize they are being bitten.
- A person sheds about 1.5 million skin flakes an hour, most of which becomes embedded in our carpets.
- Scientists believe that more than 43 million tons of dust falls over the U.S. every year. Indoor air usually contains about twice as much dust as the air outside. That’s a million microscopic particles in a cubic inch of air. About 2,000 dust mites can live happily on one ounce of carpet dust.
- Carpet near a fireplace can get very warm, making it a perfect place for an odd little creature called a “firebrat.” It has a long, flexible body and is able to eat almost anything.
- Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments, eating dead skin cells and nesting in dust-collecting carpet. The residue that mites leave behind can mix with dust and become airborne, which may cause allergies.
- All carpet should be professionally cleaned a minimum of every 12 to 18 months.
The summer is quickly coming to an end and with that hopefully these hot days. With the end of the hot days comes the cool days and the use of those heaters. We all have turned that heat on for the first time and barely could breath with the harsh odors. That burning smell is just what it seems. During the summer your AC cools your air ducts giving a perfect place for bacteria to grow. Also over time dust and trash build up as well. When you first hit that heat all of this debris begins to burn off. As you may realize already this is not healthy at all to breathe.
Let us solve this problem for you this year. Before it is time to start using your heater let us come in and inspect your vents. Once we show you some of the things hiding in your ducts you will be quick to let us clean them for you. We will make sure they are cleaned properly and also sanitized to make sure you breathe a little easier this winter!