Monthly Archives: March 2015

What Stinks?

Do you ever walk into a room in your home and get a whiff of something a little off? It’s not a bad odor, per se, but it is not a good one, either? If you walk around the room and do not find a source—dirty socks under the table, an trash can needing emptied, leftovers that got left out—it could very well be your carpets or your upholstered furniture. While your best option is to give us a call and let us professionally clean them for you, you have an alternate Band-Aid solution available to you in the form of deodorizers.

 

There are two primary types to choose from: aerosols/sprays or powders. The most common type of aerosols are designed to mask the odors in the air, but do not actually address the carpet or furniture themselves. This is going to be your least effective method. Sprays, like Febreze, are designed to be sprayed on the offending area, and as the Febreze dries, it essentially neutralizes the odors through a chemical bonding process. It is effective at minimizing the odors, but is not a permanent solution. Powders are specifically designed for carpet—you sprinkle the carpet with the powder, let it sit for a while, and then vacuum it up.

Tools of the Trade: Brooms!

Our floors make up huge part of our homes. They are found in every room, and they are an intimate part of our lives: we walk on them, lie on them, sleep on them and more. The services we can provide to you are important to maintain your flooring, but there are day-to-day things that you need to do on your own, as well. This is the third post in a series of posts addressing different tools available to you: vacuums, mops and brooms. Let’s talk brooms.

 

There are a lot of different types of brooms to choose from, and which one you choose will depend on your specific needs. For this post, we are going to focus on corn brooms, the most common type of broom for indoor, residential use.

 

Corn brooms are the brooms you see most often. They are triangular in shape, and while not always made of corn fiber anymore, it is a durable broom that is popular because of its ability to attract and pick up a large part of the dust and dirt particles plaguing your floors.

 

Sweeping is important for the health of your non-carpeted flooring. While a vacuum might do some good, it will not take you all the way. And if you mop before sweeping, you will inevitably end up moving the dirt and dust around, leaving a large amount behind. So invest in a good broom, and when you are ready for a deeper clean, give us a call!

Tools of the Trade: Mops

Our floors make up huge part of our homes. They are found in every room, and they are an intimate part of our lives: we walk on them, lie on them, sleep on them and more. The services we can provide to you are important to maintain your flooring, but there are day-to-day things that you need to do on your own, as well. This is the second post in a series of posts addressing different tools available to you: vacuums, mops and brooms. Let’s talk mops.

 

Like vacuums, there are a lot of different types of mops to choose from—flat mops, sponge mops, string mops, dust mops and steam mops—and like vacuums, which one you select will depend on your specific needs. Mopping is not required nearly as often as vacuuming and sweeping, and will depend largely on the amount of traffic the area receives. You will probably want to mop your kitchen and bathrooms weekly, but your dining room and entryway can probably manage with biweekly mopping.

 

Why is it important to mop? Sweeping and vacuuming removes a lot of the soil and dirt from our floors, there is inevitably going to be some left behind. Mopping helps to grab the pieces left behind, and also addresses those sticky areas on our non-carpeted floors from spills that may have occurred.

 

Ready for your flooring to be cleaned? Contact us today!

Tools of the Trade: Vacuums

Our floors make up huge part of our homes. They are found in every room, and they are an intimate part of our lives: we walk on them, lie on them, sleep on them and more. The services we can provide to you are important to maintain your flooring, but there are day-to-day things that you need to do on your own, as well. This will begin the first in a series of posts addressing different tools available to you: vacuums, mops and brooms. Let’s start with vacuums.

 

There are a lot of different types of vacuums for you to choose from: canister vacuums, upright vacuums, handheld vacuums, robotic vacuums, stick vacuums and central vacuums. What kind you pick will depend on your specific needs, but regardless of which type you pick, you will need to use it regularly for it to be effective. For high traffic areas, try to vacuum every day. (Robotic vacuums are all the rage right now and make this really easy)

 

Why is it important to vacuum? Regular vacuuming removes soil and dirt that can damage the carpet fibers and decrease the life of your carpet. If you want to extend the lifetime of your carpet as much as possible, VACUUM!

 

Ready for your flooring to be cleaned? Contact us today!

Kids and Carpets

Kids. They are our pride and joy, but they can wreak havoc on our homes. Especially our carpets. Whether it is a leaky diaper, juice from their sippy cups, or crayons and markers used to create the masterpieces that we hang on our fridges, some of the worst stains our carpets sustain come from our kids. This blog post will present ways to protect your carpet from your kids.

 

  1. Create a no-shoe rule. If you start this when they are young, they will grow up with the habit and it will be more likely to stick. Shoes track in all sorts of things that are hard on carpets, and kids’ shoes track in even more. You can prevent this by having all shoes removed at the door. Another way to help prevent the things that get tracked in is by using door mats.

 

  1. Vacuum often and get your carpets cleaned regularly.

 

  1. Consider scotchguarding your carpets. Much like the paints that you can use for your wall that let you just wash off the marker or crayons, scotchguard, or similar products, can help your carpets resist the stains from spills that inevitably will occur.

 

To schedule your carpet cleaning, call Perfect Pear Carpet Cleaning today!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that is fun to celebrate, regardless of your age. St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of two things: (1) the Irish heritage and culture, in general, and (2) Christianity coming to Ireland. It is celebrated in numerous ways: parades, feasts, dancing, drinking, displaying the color green and shamrocks, etc. In the United States, you can find a St. Patrick’s Day parade to go to no matter where you are. Whether you are in New York City, New York or Topeka, Kansas, there is a parade nearby. And don’t forget to indulge in the Irish fare. Shepherd’s Pie, soda bread, bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage are just a few of the delicious dishes to try out.

Here are a couple of fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day:

-St. Patrick’s given name was not Patrick—it was Maewyn Succat!

-Erin Go Bragh is a corruption of the Irish phrase “Éirinn go Brách”, which means Ireland, forever!

-Leprechauns earned the gold they are hiding. Irish lore says that the leprechauns worked hard during the day making and mending shoes. No wonder they work so hard to protect it!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from everyone here at Perfect Pear Carpet Cleaning.

Don’t Forget the Couches!

If you have carpets, you know that you need to have them cleaned every once in a while—at least once a year is recommended, but if you have high traffic or problem areas, you should consider getting them cleaned more often. And you are aware of other things in your home that need cleaned and take care of that. If there is one thing in your home that gets overlooked—one thing that hardly ever gets a good cleaning—it is your upholstered furniture. Did you know that we can can clean your furniture for you, too?

So, what are some indications that you should get your furniture cleaned? A lot of times, you don’t notice your furniture getting dirty—it’s not always apparent (much like your carpets). But, your furniture actually gets dirtier more quickly than your carpet does. You vacuum your carpet—not many people vacuum their furniture. Your furniture gets used every day, multiple times a day. If you have pets or kids, this increases. They play outside and them come sit on the couch. Kids are messy eaters, and they have a tendency to spill their drinks. Consider having your furniture cleaned every 6-12 months. Call Perfect Pear Carpet Cleaning today to schedule your upholstery cleaning now.

Dealing with Pet Odor

Pets. If you have them, you love them. They have their downsides, but for so many people, the downside is far outweighed by the upside. Dogs, cats, birds and so many more. They bring joy to our lives, but are definitely not easy on our carpets. One thing that a lot of people fight against with their carpets is pet odor, whether it is getting rid of it, or preventing it. Regular carpet cleaning helps with this, but if you only get your carpets cleaned once a year (or less often), you should tackle the problem at home, throughout the year, as well.

The biggest cause of pet odor in carpets is pet urine. Even if your pet is housetrained (whether a dog who waits to go outside, or a cat who uses a litter box), accidents happen. The most important thing to remember when cleaning up after their pets is to do it as soon as you become aware of the spot. The longer it sits, the worse it becomes.

Pet urine is both acidic and alkaline in nature, so you need to combat both qualities in order to address the odor. Start by getting as much as possible up with a cloth by blotting. When the cloth is not getting any more up, sprinkle the spot with baking soda and let it sit overnight. The next day, vacuum up the baking soda and apply a strong vinegar wash. If you have pets, we recommend having this already made up: mix 1 gallon of water with 2 cups of white distilled vinegar. Apply the vinegar wash and then use a cloth to blot up as much of the moisture as possible. When done, rinse the area with water and then blot up as much of the moisture as possible. This should take care of the odor.

To help address old stains and existing pet odor, call Perfect Pear Carpet Cleaning today. We would love to help.