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!
Frozen… but not Broken
When most people think of frozen pipes in their home, they automatically think of broken pipes making a huge mess everywhere. It soaks the carpet, subfloors, walls and more, requiring the attention of a water damage professional. But many times, a frozen pipe doesn’t necessarily become a broken pipe. You might have experienced this yourself: You go into a bathroom, during a really cold part of winter, turn on the faucet and either nothing comes out or only a trickle. This is something that must be dealt with quickly before the pipe actually breaks and creates a larger problem.
Prevention is the best course of action. Here are some things you can do when temperatures dip well below freezing:
However, if a frozen pipe does happen your only option is to thaw it. This might take some time. Warm up your house and use safe heat, such as a hair dryer, to warm the area where the pipe is frozen. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or any other heat source fired by fuel and don’t use open flames. If you can’t determine where the frozen pipe is, a plumbing company can help.
And, of course, if the worst happens and a pipe does break, call us at Mae's Carpet Cleaning 704-904-2964 or book online!
Taking On Holiday Stains
It’s that time of year when you start planning for family and friends to visit and you're thinking of the foods and drinks you will serve when they arrive.
Despite the best attempts of you and your guests to keep things from dropping off the plate, glass, and/or fork, the inevitable happens: Food or drinks spill, and for some reason they always spill on the (usually white) carpet.
There's no need to panic, but there is a need to keep your cool and not overreact to the situation. We know that can be difficult when you witness a full glass of red wine splashing onto your white, wool rug in the middle of the living room.
Your first reaction might be to grab a random cleaning product from underneath the kitchen sink. This can be a big mistake. Some people have been known to use window cleaner, bathroom tile cleaners, and other products on carpet.
Instead, keep things simple; use these three, easy-to-remember procedures:
1. Scrape and Blot: If the spill is food related, scrape up as much as you can. Then, using paper towels or cotton towels, start blotting up the spill. Keep at it until the area you are working on is pretty dry and you have removed as much of the spot as you can. Remember not to rub in the spot.
2. Add product: Using a flip-top or trigger sprayer application, apply small amounts of a product made specifically for carpet fibers. The best products for this can be bought from a carpet and furniture cleaning company. Blot in between applications. When the spot is gone, use a little warm water to help remove the cleaning residue, blotting as you do so.
3. Blot some more: When the job is complete and you are happy with the results, blot until all moisture seems to be removed and then leave a white, absorbent towel on the spot with a weight on the towel. Any remaining moisture will be absorbed up into the towel. Leave the towel in place for several hours.
But when the time comes (and it will) and the spot just won’t come out, stop your work to avoid damage to the color and/or texture of the carpet and “setting” of the spot or stain. Quickly call us, Mae's Carpet Cleaning, to help you remove the stain. Call us at 704-904-2964 or book an appointment 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.