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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BREATHE BETTER AIR AT HOME!

When you get home at the end of a busy day, it feels good to take a nice deep breath in anticipation of a quiet evening indoors. That is what home is supposed to be; a refuge from the hectic world outside. But when you take that nice deep breath, do you ever stop to consider the quality of the air in your home?carpet56

Humidity Plays an Important Role in Indoor Air Quality The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends maintaining indoor relative humidity levels between 30% and 50% for human health and comfort.

Exclude – Keep contaminants out. Keeping contaminants out of the home can be challenging because most airborne particles are tiny and can be everywhere. Pollen, carbon, mold spores, organic matter, insect matter, pollution, and plain old dirt enter the home, transported on air currents, clothing and shoes. By keeping doors and windows closed, removing shoes when entering and immediately changing your clothing after dusty activities like yard work, you can reduce the entry of pollutants.

Capture – filter and contain that which enters. When airborne particles enter your home, they remain suspended for a period of time. Those that are larger or denser drop out of the air and settle on surfaces. Smaller, lighter particles remain suspended longer, and are best removed by air filtration devices and the filter on your home’s HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) system. Use high quality pleated filters designed for your HVAC. Clean – remove pollutants from surfaces. Eventually, particles settle on surfaces such as floors, furniture, counters, window sills, shelves and  walls. Vacuuming and dusting remove most of the particles, but make sure that your vacuum cleaner has good filtration also.

Hard surfaces can be cleaned with electrostatic dusters or dust cloths that attract and hold particles, or by wiping hard surfaces with a damp cloth and wet mopping floors. Other surfaces such as carpet, area rugs and upholstery will require periodic professional cleaning to remove accumulated soils and pollutants.

 

 

 

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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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DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR CARPET IS A SINK?

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Carpeting is the most luxurious floor covering you can own.It adds color, style, image, “feel” and acoustic to the indoor environment. It is also designed to hide soiling. That’s right–by the time a carpet looks dirty, it already is very dirty. The law of gravity tells us that whatever is spilled in the indoor environment, it falls to the floor. If carpet is there, it will often hide it. What we’re trying to say is that carpet serves as a sink. It collects and filters things from the indoor environment. Soil, bacteria, allergens, and pollutants fall to the ground and collect in the carpeting.

Does the fact that your carpet is a sink and that it collects and filters things, mean that carpet is bad? Absolutely not. Not when carpeting is properly maintained. Think about other floor covering alternatives–tile or linoleum floors; hardwood floors; concrete floors; or dirt floors. HOW OFTEN WOULD YOU HAVE TO CLEAN THEM TO KEEP THEM FROM GETTING UNSIGHTLY DIRTY? They obviously are still affected by the laws of gravity. You have to sweep and mop them all the time. Proper carpet maintenance is a lot easier. Also, other floor covering alternatives do not filter contaminants from the air. Therefore, these contaminants continue to float throughout the indoor environment. If carpet is a sink, then quite simply, we need to empty out that sink periodically. Regular vacuuming can only remove some of the soiling. That is why carpet mills, fiber producers, government authorities, medical personel and more recognize the absolute necessity of periodic professional cleaning.

Periodic professional cleaning is necessary at least once every twelve to eighteen months, more often if traffic and soiling conditions dictate. Through professional deep cleaning (hot water extraction), we can effectively remove most soiling–including allergens, bacteria, and pollutants, and clean out that sink. If you have questions about the interaction of carpet and carpet cleaning with the indoor environment, please do not hesitate to call us.

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