Why Do We Clean In Spring?

Have you ever wondered why we are annually seized by a sudden urge to air out the house, banish dust, organize closets, clean out cabinets, scrub floors, wash windows and organize our garages, attics and basements?  It turns out there are biological, social and psychological reasons for the spring cleaning ritual… and that’s a good thing.

Biological Reasons

During winter, days are shorter and melatonin production (the hormone that produces drowsiness and enables us to fall asleep) is increased, making us want to relax and sleep more.  Our mood tends to be more subdued and energy levels are lower.  Housekeeping habits may slip.  We spend more time indoors, added indoor activities, coupled with the fact that we tend to keep doors and windows closed results in soil and contaminant build-up.

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Then, the first day of spring comes in late March.  When it arrives most of us are ready for the renewed energy and freshness that spring brings.  Days get progressively longer and nights are shorter.  The additional daylight suppresses production of melatonin.

The more daylight we are exposed to, the less melatonin we produce and the more alert, energetic and active we feel.

Emotional Reasons

Once the winter doldrums pass, we become more aware of the less than ideal condition of our surroundings.  The energy and optimism of spring prompts us to improve our environment.  It’s easier to be enthusiastic about cleaning and organizing in the springtime.  You feel a sense of accomplishment upon completing a task.  Your self-esteem increases.  Endorphins are released into your body increasing your sense of well being.

In addition, you feel pride of ownership when your home is clean and organized, further improving your mood.  Few things make you feel more positive than living in a home that is clean, fresh and neatly organized.

Logical Reasons

Spring has always been a time of change.  Americans tend to have two distinct wardrobes: one for warm weather and one for cool weather.  Since closet space is limited, we often clean and organize closets this time of year.

The types of work and play activities change, so we put away winter toys and tools and get out the ones for warmer weather.  Now we need to clean out and organize our garages, basements and attics.  An organized home is more efficient, resulting in less wasted time and frustration.

Health Reasons

A clean home is a healthy home.  Cleaning is the process of removing soils and contaminants from an environment or material.  This results in better indoor air quality, a reduction of microbial growth and the added benefit that your carpet and other furnishings will last longer.

 

 

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Your Carpet Can “Look” New Again

Many people get their carpets cleaned and suddenly they see their carpet through new eyes, saying, “My carpets look like new!”  It’s true, cleaning your carpets can make them look so much better that it almost feels like you have new carpet all over again.  But, like everything else, carpet ages.

carpet19Color is usually the most important factor in how a carpet looks.  As long as the color looks vibrant and there are no major spots or stains, most of us are quite happy with the look of our carpet.  But why does the color start to look tired after a few years even after our best efforts at cleaning?  Why can’t we make it look new again?  Isn’t that dull lifeless appearance in the traffic areas just dirt?  No doubt, dirt is a contributing factor, but there are three other factors that cause carpet to look old:  abrasion, crushing and pile distortion.

carpet45ABRASION – Dirt is loose particulate soil tracked in from outside, including mud, pollution, pollen and gritty minerals that scratch and dull the surface of carpet fibers.  This abrasion changes the way light reflects off of the scratched fibers so colors are muted.  We call this permanent condition loss of luster.  This is the primary reason that colors lose vibrancy.  No amount of cleaning can bring back the luster.

PILE CRUSH – Areas that are subject to a lot of foot traffic will crush down and lose some pile height.  The carpet loses its soft, fluffy appearance and feel.  How severely depends on the fiber type and yarn density, pile depth and quality of carpet pad.

PILE DISTORTION – When pile yarns lose their twist or the yarns are aligned in different directions, high traffic areas can appear dull and dingy.  Once the carpet pile has become distorted it cannot be corrected.  Some carpets are more prone to this type of appearance change than others.

 

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CARPET PROTECTOR – Does It Really Work?

 

Unfortunately there is probably as much confusion in the carpet cleaning industry about carpet protectors as there is about cleaning. Uneducated, uninformed, and sometimes downright unscrupulous carpet cleaners cause a great deal of confusion by giving out false information or intentionally misrepresenting the product.

A nylon stain-resist carpet is made with two protective properties: The first is an acid dye blocker that is basically a clear dye that fills the extra dye sites in a fiber that helps keep “foreign” dyes (such as red dye in a beverage) from penetrating the carpet fiber. The second property is called a “fluorochemical.” It is commonly known as 3M Scotchgard® or DuPont Teflon®. These help keep spillage from actually getting to the acid dye blocker. But their biggest job is to resist dry soil. By resisting dry soil, less soil bonds to the carpet and is consequently picked up by your vacuum. Not having enough “soil resistor” on the carpet leaves your traffic areas exposed to gritty soil that cuts and slices the carpet fibers.Dupont Teflon Koolaid Drops

5 Reasons to ALWAYS Get Carpet Protector

1.  Reduce permanent stains. A great looking carpet can be ruined by an ugly spot. Unprotected carpet doesn’t repel spillage as well as protected carpet. Being able to remove spots and spills more effectively helps you avoid permanent staining.

2.     Help save traffic areas from being destroyed. Traffic area soil is very abrasive and cuts carpet yarns like a knife. This damaging soil can easily bond to an unprotected carpet. By applying protector you will increase the life of your carpet dramatically. When you vacuum your protected carpet, the soils will release from the carpet pile much more effectively.

3.     Make spots easier to remove. The easier a spot is to remove, the less cleaner you will have to use, less agitation you will have to use, and less time it will take. Many spots can be removed easily with just water.

4.  Next professional cleaning more effective. Having protector applied to your carpet will enhance your next cleaning. More soil will be removed the next time your carpeting is professionally cleaned.

5      Avoid service calls. Although you want to call us out to handle any spot you cannot remove immediately, carpet protector helps you remove more spots than you could without protector. You may be able to save a service charge by removing the spot yourself. Having protector applied to your carpet will make it look better and last longer

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Education- Is it Worth The Money?

Cleaning has historically been viewed as a commodity –  a menial task that anyone can do.  Long before sophisticated textiles and complex built indoor environments were created, cleaning may have been a simple, easy task, but that is no longer the case.

Complex flooring systems, sensitive fabrics, and new age soiling conditions have created a need for advanced education in the cleaning industry.  Unfortunately, many cleaners (and consumers) have not understood this concept.  We still see the ads for $6.95 per room for carpet cleaning and sofa cleaning for $45.00.  The cleaner puts the ads out, never intending on cleaning for those prices, and the consuming public gets the idea that cleaning should be cheap.   institute_of_inspection_cleaning_and_restoration_certification_1__wy06

These so called “cleaning companies also happen to be the ones that don’t educate themselves or their employees.  The result is that carpets and fabrics are being ruined every day by uneducated, uninformed, and sometimes downright unscrupulous carpet cleaners.

Our company invests a great deal in education.  Not only do we spend thousands of dollars per year on education, we are heavily involved in our industry making us well connected with our industry leaders.

Our industry provides courses in carpet cleaning, repair, fabric cleaning, tile cleaning, area rug cleaning, customer service marketing, management, and other related courses.

We attend every course we can in order to bring you the very best.  NYRCI LOGO

Don’t Let Your Friends Be Victimized by Uneducated, Uninformed, & Sometimes Downright Unscrupulous Carpet Cleaners!

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Oriental & Area Rug Cleaning

Don’t trust your valuable rugs to just anyone. Our Company cares for the finest rugs from around the world since 1988. Some area rugs can be cleaned in your home. Some cannot. Any loose rug with a woven backing should be cleaned in the plant. This includes all Orientals and machine woven rugs.

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For a thorough cleaning of your fine rugs our company will pick your rugs up and clean them in a specially designed facility. Plant cleaning offers the advantage of a more thorough cleaning and a controlled environment. Your rug will be cleaned according to the following important steps…

Step 1: Pre-Inspection and Pick Up. We will determine as much as we possibly can about the type of rug and inherent qualities that may affect cleaning. We will outline the expected results and cleaning “prescription”.

Step 2: Dry Soil Removal  Woven rugs, especially hand knotted rugs are designed to hide dry soil. A few years ago, the Eureka company did a study and found that a 9 x 12 could hide 85 pounds of dirt!! WOW! We use a variety of techniques to “dust” the rugs from the front and back.

Step 3: Pre-Condition Depending on fiber content and soiling type, the rug will be pre-treated to emulsify the soils.

Step 4: Pre-Spot and Fringe Preparation. Any potentially difficult spots will be pre-treated with special solutions to increase chances of removal. The fringe is also pre-treated for maximum soil removal.

Step 5: Shampoo  Most rugs are cleaned with an Oriental Rug Shampoo that is especially designed to get maximum cleaning while protecting sensitive natural fibers.

Step 6: Rinse or Wash  Depending on the type of rug it will be rinsed with extraction equipment on both sides or washed in a wash pit designed especially for Oriental Rugs.

Step 7: Speed Dry Once the soil is rinsed away, the rug is dried flat or hung to dry in a controlled environment. Proper drying is essential to avoid unnatural shrinkage. 

Step 8: Finishing When rug is dry, it is combed and finished with soft groomers made for specialty rugs.

Step 9: Post Inspection and Delivery  Our specialist will give the rug a final inspection and release it for pick up or delivery. Your rug will be wrapped to protect it from airborne soils until it is picked up or delivered. Upon delivery, we will lay the rug for you.

CASH & CARRY DISCOUNT! Save money by bringing your rugs to our facility or having our technician bring it in for you. *Rug must be small enough for tech to get on carpet cleaning van safely. This will save you the pick up charge. There will be a delivery charge, or you may pick the rug up.

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Carpet Spot Cleaning

 

Immediate spot removal is key to a clean carpet. Great care also must be taken in how spot cleaning is performed. When a carpet is new, or has sufficient protector on it, plain tap water will remove many spots. However for those spots that will not move easily with water, you must use a spot cleaner. Select a spot cleaner that is recommended by the carpet manufacturer or your trained, certified professional cleaner. Most spot removers that are purchased over the counter leave too much soap residue and can cause yellowing. Avoid using foam carpet cleaners or any product that is not made specifically for carpet.

 Apply spot cleaner sparingly to white terry cloth and gently massage spot causing it to transfer into the cloth. Never pour spot cleaner directly on carpet. If the product that you are using seems to cause the spot to re-soil after a few weeks, discontinue use. Any spot that you are not able to remove, and for pet urine or feces, call your professional cleaner immediately.

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Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!

“The fact is, any home can have bedbugs… even yours.”

Once they get into your home, bedbugs have clever ways of escaping detection. They rarely come out into the light, hiding in nooks and crannies in or near the places that humans sleep, such as beds. Unlike lice, fleas and ticks, bedbugs quickly leave the host after feeding and return to their hiding place to digest their meal.photo_of_woman_sleeping

Mattresses and box springs are favorite hiding  places since they are closest to the food source.  However, as the bedbug population increases, the infestation spreads outward onto adjacent furnishings and carpets. They hide until a  meal arrives and only then do they come out to feed.

Adult bedbugs can survive for over a month without feeding, so leaving the room unoccupied for a period of time is not a reliable way to get rid of them.

The most proactive thing to do is check periodically. Bedbugs leave clues that belie their presence. When you change the sheets, take a careful look at the mattress for telltale signs such as brownish discolorations or black fecal pellets (digested blood) and their shed skins. Eggs are extremely small and very difficult to see. Look carefully at the seams of mattresses and even behind headboards. Check between mattress and box springs as well as on the bottom of box springs and on nearby wood furniture.

What should you do if you suspect that your home may have bedbugs? Call a professional pest control company.  They can do a thorough inspection and  come up with a control plan to eliminate the infestation.

Then, call us to thoroughly clean your carpets, draperies, upholstery and even your mattresses to remove residual contaminants left by the bedbugs. In extreme cases, it may be necessary to replace a mattress and box spring, but usually they can be treated and cleaned. Remember, there is no need for embarrassment; bedbugs can happen
to anyone.

 

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Removing Spots The Same Way It Got In!

Spot CleaningIf a carpet or piece of furniture has been stained for a long period of time, a simple, quick cleaning may not suffice. The longer it is soiled, the harder it can be to remove.

If hot coffee is spilled, no doubt the coffee expanded the fiber and worked its way into the fiber, making cleaning more difficult. By using hot chemicals, you are removing the stain the same way it got into the fiber. But by not succeeding during the process, you may be “pushing” the stain “deeper” into the fabric. It’s smart to completely finish a stain removal step when you resort to high heat.

As in odor control, you have to ‘recreate the crime’ in many stain removal projects. If a spot of oil is on fabric, you can’t expect to remove it with a tiny amount of solvent. The solvent has to be in such quantity to completely dissolve the spot. But don’t start dumping chemicals on spots or stains. Use flip-top bottles and open them part way, thus controlling flow. Or use a spotting towel and don’t put chemical directly on the fabric.

Removing spots on carpet can be as simple or as difficult as you make it . Spot removal is best performed when the spot is new. Visit our website at www.bpcarpetcleaning.com for additional spotting advice.

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How Often Should I Clean My Carpets, Rugs and Floors?

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Clean vs Dirty

Have you ever wondered if you are cleaning your floors and fabrics enough?  Or too much?  Are there frequency guidelines for professional cleaning?  If so, where do you find them? Surely you have heard “Wait as long as you can before you clean your carpet…” or “Once you’ve cleaned your carpet, it’s never the same…”

These widely used comments have stemmed from unfortunate encounter with uniformed cleaners that have left the carpet with an overload of detergent residue.  The consumer has assumed that this is the case with all carpet cleaning and resolved to wait until the carpet is in dire straights to clean it.

The good news it that a properly cleaned carpet will not re-soil as quickly and will actually stay clean longer.  Why?  Because damaging soils are removed with effective cleaning.  Soil that is not removed by vacuuming, even though it can rarely be seen by the naked eye, cuts and slices on the carpet fibers as the carpet is being walked on breaking down the carpet yarns in the traffic areas.  The result is that even with restorative cleaning at that point, it will not correct the damage that has been done to the fiber.  Fiber producers and carpet manufacturers recommend that a residential carpet should be professionally cleaned at least every 12 to 18 months for best performance.  Cleaning is recommended more often in heavily trafficked and heavy soiling situations.

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New Year’s Resolution: Take Better Care of My Carpet!

With the new year comes new resolutions.  Have you felt like you have neglected your carpet?  Maybe even felt a tinge guilty? After all, you wouldn’t  drive your car for 100,000 miles without changing the oil, would you?  Of course not.  Just like your automobile, your carpets, floor and fabrics represent a significant investment.  To keep your carpet “tuned-up” simply follow these 5 vital steps.

5 Easy Steps To Protect Your Investment

  1. Check Your Warranty:   All stain resist warranties require regular cleaning and immediate spot removal.
  2. Vacuum Your Carpet:  Vacuuming removes the sharp soil that can cut and slice the fiber causing premature wear.
  3. Have Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned:  Professional cleaning by a certified firm should be done at least every 12 months according to DuPont and major carpet manufacturers.
  4. Remove Spots Immediately:  Spots that are not immediately removed can turn into permanent stains very easily.
  5. Have Carpet Protector Re-Applied:  The soil resistor thatr is built into stain resistant nylon carpet is removed with regular foot traffic and harsh cleaners.  To keep your carpet cleaner longer, have your protector re-applied each time you have your carpet professionally cleaned.

 

 

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