Mae's carpet cleaning is really active responding to a lot of call from realtors, property managers, tenants and homeowners for carpet issues but one of the most calls we got is when indoor environment has a bad smell coming from the carpet. There are many ways a carpet can become smelly: pet odors, heavy soiling, mold, and water. What some don’t know, however, is that just a little water can cause a big problem with the carpet's condition, even after the carpet seems dry.
Water intrusions can be from many sources. If it is from a toilet (raw sewage), it’s almost always better to toss the carpet and pad and get something new. Be sure the sub-floor is cleaned and disinfected, and sealed if necessary before putting down the new carpet and padding. If the water is from an overflowing sink or a leaky pipe, the damage is usually limited so purchasing new flooring isn’t always necessary. One of the biggest problems is waiting too long regardless of the cause of the water damage.
When you find a wet carpet or rug, it’s time to get to work. Remove the water with extraction, and get some air movement and ventilation to start removing moisture.
Here’s the problem though, if the carpet isn’t dried really fast with specialized tools and equipment that professional water damage experts have, a persistent musty smell can develop or worse mold .No one wants potentially dangerous mold in their homes! There’s not much a homeowner can do to fix those issues. When humidity is low, like in the winter months, you may not notice the odor that much. But when summer comes with the higher humidity, those odors will come back with a vengeance.
What’s the best solution? Call your water damage pros at Mae's Carpet Cleaning right away, before real damage settles. They’ll be right over to save the day! Contact us at 704-904-2964 or go ahead and schedule your appointment today!
DID YOU KNOW that man’s best friend can actually become your worst nightmare?
That’s right. He’s cuddly, cute and you love him, he is even part of the family but sometimes he has a problem with “accidents” when you not looking and pretty soon, you start to notice the… ummm… odiferous situation.
Besides of the obvious occasional accident from Fido, his hair can also be an issue. Once he shakes a bit off, it goes into the carpet and around the baseboard areas and furniture and sticks to it all and it can be quite a problem.
Then you have the issue of “I want in. I want out. I want in.” You know it… Fido is always on the move and the constant going outside and then back inside brings in all kinds of dirt.
What can you do about all this?
1. Clean messes up quickly. Once you discover an “accident,” it’s important to grab a few paper towels and blot up the mess before it sinks down into the padding of the carpet. A good enzyme deodorizer like you might get from the vet helps with lingering odors, but of course it’s best to have a professional carpet cleaner come over to handle these odor challenges.
2. A hairy situation can be tamed by brushing your dog often. Loose hair that’s about to go into the carpet and furniture can be easily pulled from Fido with a good grooming brush. And guess what? He probably likes the attention!
3. While you may not have the time to wipe off Fido’s muddy paws each time he wants back inside, it is a good idea to place mats inside and outside the door. When Fido want’s back inside, let him beg a little bit on the outside mat because some of that dirt is definitely going to come off.
Do all of this and man’s best friend is going to be a dream to live with, not a nightmare!
for a professional spot or carpet cleaning call us (704)904-2964 or get and estimate and appointment online 24/7 .
Commercial Facilities and Vacuums
When it comes to a commercial office vacuuming program, people aren't sure about specifics.
If the carpet is dirty and most of the dirt can be vacuumed, whose job is it to vacuum? Should it be vacuumed by a carpet cleaner or someone in-house? How often should the floors be vacuumed? What type of vacuum should be used?
Professional cleaners have the information to ensure the carpets stays maintained and stays looking beautiful for a long time.
Most buildings’ RFP (request for proposals) may include how often the carpet needs to be vacuumed, but doesn't say how it should be done. If you are a facility manager in a commercial building, this is information that should be spelled out in advance.
Rarely do RFPs specify different CRI (Carpet & Rug Institute SOA Green Label Program) approved vacuums for different types of carpet or traffic areas in facilities. This is because the average property or facility manager doesn't really know the difference between the different vacuums i.e. a backpack vacuum, counter rotational brush machines or beater bar vacuums.
The problem with the vacuum cleaner is we trust it is being used properly. No, we’re not saying your facility is doing something wrong. We are just pointing out the facts.
Depending on traffic and the type of commercial building, it'd might be necessary to vacuum anywhere from daily, weekly, or monthly using several different types of vacuum cleaners. You might vacuum the cubical or offices less frequently than a high traffic area or an entrance area.
We all know that proper vacuuming is important. It improves the indoor air quality which protects occupants from potential harmful contaminants.
Specifying the proper vacuuming frequency and vacuum machine is very important to the success of your carpet and building maintenance programs.
Contact us, Mae's Carpet Cleaning for any kind of commercial cleaning by visiting our website, calling 704-904-2964 or you can even book online. We have the answers you need!
How Dangerous is Mold in Your Home?
All we want for our families is a safe and healthy environment for them to live in. We would do anything to protect the ones we love from exposure to any harmful substance. One of the most harmful substances is mold. Recently, it has been shown that being exposed to "toxic" mold has affect the health of countless people. The question is: how dangerous is having mold in your home exactly?
This question in tricky because there are many different types of mold and mold is basically everywhere. There's probably a little in your basement right now. A few mold spores were probably tracked into the house from your shoes. Mold spores can be in breathable spaces and travel in the air. When you step outside, you are surrounded by mold no matter what. The main concern is usually what’s inside, not outside. If you are sensitive to mold however, you should avoid any damp area that could promote mold growth.
Some people are affected by even the smallest amounts of mold. They may have nasal issues, watery eyes, coughing and other physical reactions. To a small amount of people, just a little exposure can be life threatening. There are some people that aren’t affected at all. These people can be around or exposed to all types of molds with no apparent reactions.
The CDC has plenty of information for those concerned about mold in their home. One important thing they advise is keeping moisture out. “Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding,” according to the CDC government website.
This is an even bigger issue if the mold is growing in your home. It must be cleaned up and the moisture problem must be fixed. You can do your research on how to fix the problem, but no matter what, the best solution is getting expert advice from a professional water damage restoration contractor or mold removal/remediation company. Keep your family safe. Contact us, Mae's Carpet Cleaning, by visiting our website www.maescarpetcleaning.com or calling 704-904-2964. You can also book online!
Those carpet cleaner machines you rent from the store seem to be the better option since it's cheap and gets the job done but nothing can beat a professional cleaning. Professional cleaners give your carpet a nice, deep cleaning and remove most of the stains a cleaning machine can't. Why wonder about any of the questions above when we can do it for you! Call Mae's Carpet Cleaning today at 704-904-2964maescarpetcleaning.fittlebug.com/default.aspx or book online!
Fabric Protection that Really Works
Despite what the groundhog says, it seems like spring is coming early to the Carolinas. This means a lot of cleaning to do because since spring is coming early, so is spring cleaning! Since this is the time of year to deep clean, wouldn't it be nice to keep it that way as long as you can? In any household, whether or not there are kids, spills will happen(I mean we may be adults but we are only human). While you definitely can't avoid the spill, what if you could prevent a stain? Fabric Protector can help with that! Yes, fabric protection does cost a little bit more but… it’s definitely worth it!
How does it work?
Fabric protection is a mystery to many but, it's basically an invsible shield that repels some substances spilled onto your carpet. It's similar to waxing a car; you're providing protection to your paint job by applying an invisible shield and you know it's working because you can see water beads on the surface. Carpet and furniture need the same type of protection.
Besides the obvious immediate benefit of cleaning up fresh spills, you can be sure that a protected carpet or piece of furniture is going to last longer because it's clean so the lifetime of the fabric is increased. However, this doesn’t mean you can skip regular cleaning. Anything that is dirty will wear out prematurely. Fabric protection enhances a good cleaning; it’s an added step that you want for your carpet and furniture.
You want peace of mind? The next time you have your carpet or furniture cleaned, ask for protection. You will love it… and so will your carpet and furniture. Contact Mae's Carpet Cleaning to get your carpet cleaned and fabric protector applied today by visiting us at www.maescarpetcleaning.com, calling 704-904-2964 or booking your appointment online!
Dripping Your Way to Trouble
Drip… Drip… Drip… a leaky pipe or drain may not seem to be that big of a deal at first, but it could be the first sign of big trouble in the near future.
Most people think of water damage situations as a broken pipe spewing water all over the place or a failing sump pump resulting in a basement that imitates an unwanted swimming pool. Other water damages can occur from an overflowing toilet or worse, a sewage backup that can mean replacement of walls, floors, and belongings in your home. Catastrophic water damage situations, any type of water intrusions such as storm, flood, torrential downpour, or hurricane for example, are pretty much impossible to predict and prepare for but, when it comes to smaller issues, you can do quite a bit to keep your home nice, dry, and free of moldy odors.
The first step is prevention. If you have a faucet dripping, you may think the only loss would be pennies a day. However, what if your drain clogged up and you were gone for an extended amount of time? Those seemly small drips can quickly add up and create an overflow that can cause expensive water damage. A leaky pipe under a cabinet or toilet is really bad news since it can quickly get worse and flood your home so be sure to either fix these issues yourself or hire a plumber.
The second step is to dry out any existing moisture that may exist from either dripping pipes, hoses, or drains. Wipe up as much water as you can and get some air movement onto anything affected.
The third step is to get professional help. Call your water damage pro not only when emergencies strike, but to receive valuable advice in advance.
Do what’s right. Call Mae's Carpet Cleaning at 704-904-2964 or book online!
DID YOU KNOW that a valuable area rug in your home is crying out and in need of a little TLC?
When people install hard floors in their homes, the first thing many of them do is cover those floors with area rugs. Some of these rugs cost thousands of dollars, and they need their own special protection.
A rug pad designed and sized specially for your area rug(s) is the protection they need and deserve.
Why go with a quality rug pad? Because they:
1. Add cushioning and comfort for you
2. Can add years to the life of a rug
3. Protect the flooring underneath the rug
4. Prevents the rug and you from slipping!
Besides a rug pad, your area rug also needs regular cleaning.
Don’t wait for your rug to cry out for help. It needs a pad of its own, right now. Give it the protection it needs and enjoy that rug for many years to come. Call us, Mae's Carpet Cleaning at 704-904-2964 for any of your area rug cleaning needs! You can also book online!
Sensitive to Mold and Other Allergens?
Did you know that even the healthiest of individuals can still feel negative effects of mold and other allergens in the presence of some common things around the house?
It’s not something that necessarily has to start growing in the basement of your house after a flood. It’s something that can “just happen” and it’s obviously not good but it can be easily fixed.
First of all, what are we even talking about?
Old stuff brought in
There are some things brought into your home that can trigger your allergies or other sensitivities. This includes cardboard boxes, packages and other items sent or brought to you. The worst of all would be old stuff, anything that has been around a while gathering allergens.
Old ‘normal’ stuff
We’ve all been to a library and smelled old books. Those old books and documents can be allergen triggers, so be sure to remember this before checking out or taking them into your home.
The holidays are the few times a year when you use ornaments and other things but of course you have to store them when not in use. Remember that they can bring in allergens. It might be best to give them at least a wipe-down, if not a complete cleaning, after taking them from the attic.
This one is tough, and sometimes a sensitive issue. Sure, it’s perfectly fine to pass on mattresses from one generation to another, but what are you getting when you receive an old mattress or other bedding from someone not close to you? And be careful with that new-looking mattress at your neighbor’s garage sale; you don’t know what you are getting into. Did you know that every mattress has dust mites?
Old rugs and carpet
Rugs and carpet are very important to you, but be sure to have them inspected by your carpet cleaning pro before bringing them into your home. They can collect all types of allergens and other contaminants that can affect you and your family.
Remember: don’t be afraid to throw old stuff out! Protect your health and your family!
Make sure that what you bring into your home is safe— especially for any allergy or asthma issues you or your family may have. For any Mold or Allergends removal give a call to Mae's Carpet Cleaning at (704)904-2964 or visit us @ www.maescarpetcleaning.com
Don't get yourself arrested by the Carpet Police. We at Mae's Carpet Cleaning offer great, fast, and reliable service. Call us today at 704-904-2964 or book online!
Hi, my name is Juan Dominguez. I'm the owner and operator of Mae's Carpet Cleaning. I have been in business since 1998. I have seen it all, just name it. With my experience and continued education, I have been put in a position where I am capable and would love to share what I know with you.