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 .
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!
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.