You see them all the time. It sits in the center of every sink, at the end of every bathtub, and could be anywhere at the bottom of a shower stall… Drains that faithfully and efficiently work to take away soapy water, food waste and more. When they slow down or stop working, its very frustrating and annoying.
Your first instinct is to grab a plunger, which could work but usually… it doesn’t. But it doesn't hurt to try! Sometimes a connecting drain to the plugged one allows air to escape so plunging is useless. You can plug the second drain with a towel or cloth, and that might help. If plunging doesn’t work, consider these steps to enable a drain to do what it’s job.
The drain could be clogged with something that could be melted, dissolved or moved by super-hot water. Boil an entire pot of water and pour it into the drain. It might be enough to clear the drain.
Often things, such as hair and other protein matter, can plug up drains, especially in sinks, tubs, and showers in bathrooms. Pouring enough chlorine bleach to fill the drain and allowing the solution to work on the hair will work. Chlorine bleach is very inexpensive but very powerful. It will eat its way through a drain blocked with hair and clear it out so it drains effectively.
Unclogging a drain with a "snake” will move what’s stuck. You can purchase a tool like this at your local hardware store. Insert the end of the snake into the drain and push and pull until you move the blockage or can pull it out. You can do this from the drain itself or from the pipe below if possible.
Sometimes a clogged drain creates a big mess. When that happens, and for all your cleaning needs, call your cleaning pros for help.
Not all rugs are made the same so why clean them the same way? Rugs are made of many different materials and blends. If your don't know how to clean the certain material or dye, you can ruin the rug completely. That's why we, Mae's Carpet Cleaning, take extra care to make sure that your rug gets the cleaning it deserves and stays looking beautiful. Call 704-904-2964 or book online to get your rug cleaned by someone that understands rugs.
It's been very rainy and humid here in the Charlotte Area this summer. Water and humidity are not a good combination this time of year. If any water gets into your house without you knowing, it could mean big trouble. Mold thrives off of these weather conditions. If you suspect water damage has caused mold in your home, call Mae's Carpet Cleaning at 704-904-2964 or book online. Keep you and your family safe from dangerous mold.
We don't clean ducks but we do clean ducts. Though we don't see them, air ducts are a very important part of your home. They bring you cold air in the summer and heat in the winter. Air ducts circulate air throughout the home. Unfortunately, along with air they also circulate dust. Many don't realize that even with a filter, dust still can build up in the ducts. This build up of dust can attract vermin and can potentially cause fires (in laundry ducts due to lint). Your dryer and air ducts will work more efficiently and will save you money! Call us, Mae's Carpet Cleaning, to get your air ducts cleaned and give you a peace of mind.
In your home, you usually have one prime, important goal in mind: Keep your home clean and healthy.
To do that, it takes a lot of thought. Not about your technique… but about the products you choose to clean.
When you wander the cleaning supply aisle at the store, the options are endless. The list of ingredients is long and the descriptive words are confusing. A scientist working in a laboratory may know what those ingredients are, but they are a complete mystery to you.
What do you really need to know? Here are the basics.
Detergent versus Soap
Most of the products you use are “detergents” — they are man-made or synthetic. They clean great, and usually don’t leave a sticky residue. Soap, however, is natural and cleans great as well, yet can leave a sticky residue if not rinsed off completely. Choose either one, but keep in mind the residue issue. You don’t want to clean and then have the sunlight show you a white, sticky residue.
This weird word you might have heard of is the active cleaning agent. It means “surface active agent” and put simply it “makes water wetter". Think of a waxed surface, the water beads up. Yet if you add a little dish detergent, which has surfactants, the water spreads out. Surfactants allow water to penetrate surfaces, which is how we clean.
pH can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. It measures how alkaline or acidic something is. A lemon is of course acidic. So is coffee, tea and most foods. Most cleaning products are going to be alkaline, the opposite of acidic. When you have an upset stomach, you reach for an antacid, because the alkalinity in the antacid will counteract the acid that is upsetting your stomach. Cleaning is like that, balancing pH, in addition to using surfactants so water can do its job.
But the bottom line when it comes to choosing products? Choose a reputable brand. And when you really want to know what’s best for your home when it comes to cleaning… contact your favorite cleaning company. They have the intel.
Don't risk your carpet, your health, and/or your money. Rental carpet cleaners are cheaper but can lead to nasty odors, bacteria, and even mold since it doesn't dry as fast as steam cleaning. Despite what the rental carpet cleaners claim, their carpet cleaners don't get as deep of a clean as a professional cleaning. Make sure you have a great, reliable cleaning, call us, Mae's Carpet Cleaning, to get that type of cleaning.
People don't usually think about the care and cleaning of their mattress but, considering you spend six, eight or even more hours with it every day… you should take good care of it.
Some people notice that in a little amount of time, a year or two, they are more susceptible to suffer from allergies and other conditions than previously. Its possible a dirty mattress could be the culprit.
This is not saying there are issues with anyone’s hygiene. Mattresses are like any other surface and they need regular cleaning. Nobody thinks about the actual mattress since they put sheets on a regular basis.
Dust mites (which are in every bed), their fecal matter, dead skin cells and more all add up over time and can cause a lot of health issues.
Here are the steps you can take to keep your mattress clean and healthy:
Those are pretty basic steps, but are we doing them? If not, start now. You will have a healthier sleeping environment that not only gives you peace of mind, but also relief from some allergic reactions and other issues that you may have been suffering from but didn’t know the source.
Don’t forget, there are professional service companies that can periodically give your mattress a deep cleaning. Just as with all your carpet cleaning and furniture cleaning needs, call Mae's Carpet Cleaning.
Then you can do what everyone wants: Get a good night’s sleep!
You have a beautiful home, you spend time keeping it looking perfect, and your brand-new carpet tops it off. It’s soft, comfortable, and clean.
But one day, you notice a spot right in the middle of the living room. There’s no way you can live with that eyesore. It has got to go and fast. What do you do?
Here are a few tips for basic spot removal. Don’t forget that it could actually be a stain, which would need professional attention.
Do your best to identify the spot. Some spots are easy; others are pretty tough. It’s not always possible to identify the spot. Yet, a little sleuthing on your part can get you close. Where is the spot? Is it near the dining room or where someone might eat? More than likely, it’s food related and you might find success with a spotting solution for sticky residues. Is it in a bedroom? Could be makeup, nail polish, or another substance common for getting ready for the day. For these types of spots, you might find success with a dry solvent spotter.
When you have figured out as best you can the type of spot you have, choose a product for that particular type of spot. Some of the best spotting solutions can be found at a carpet cleaning company. Ask what they recommend.
Next comes removal. Carefully blot the spot. Do not scrub! Scrubbing can damage the tips of the fibers and the only way to fix that is to replace it completely. Keep applying and blotting product until the spot is gone.
Remember, if you do your own spot removal, there is some danger of removing the original fabric color and causing other damage. Don't rush and do it right. Testing fiber and solution compatibility beforehand is always recommended. When in doubt (or when a spot stumps you) always do the very best thing: Call Mae's Carpet Cleaning right away!
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 .
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.