Carpet Or Hard Surface Flooring

The answer might surprise you. Many homeowners are learning how expensive shortsightedness can be. However, many others still don’t know the whole story: For roughly 10 years, the popularity of hard surface floors were abounding as carpet sales dropped. However, for the last three years, carpet sales have been on the rise again. Why the…

Sick House

Is Your Home Making Your Family Sick? Most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can damage their health, but may not know that indoor air pollution can also have significant effects. The EPA studies of human exposure to air pollutants indicate that indoor air levels of many pollutants may be 5 times higher than…

Flood Prevention

Generally this happens by mid October however this year it seems to be happening in September, the overnight temperature drops below zero; the lawn mowing is done for another year and most of the yard work has been completed. Alas there is but one last small, but important, chore to do! Turn off the flow…

So Many Things Can Happen To Carpeting

Germs, mold, fungus, bacteria and chemicals of all kinds can settle onto or be tracked into your carpeting. These biological microbes are alive and thriving in your carpets, and as long as it remains dirty, they will continue to breed and grow. Sticky residue from conventional shampoo, dry foam and dry-chemical methods of cleaning will…

Dust Isn’t Just Dust

Studies show that debris collected from the air filter in a ventilation system contains between 100 and 6,700 bacteria per gram of dust (approx 2,800 – 190,000 bacteria per ounce), from ventilation ducts contains between 50 and 50,000 bacteria per gram (approx 1,400 to 1,400,000 bacteria per ounce), and the floor debris contains similar numbers…

How Often Is Normal

We are often asked, “How often should I have my carpets cleaned?” While we jokingly reply “once a week”, the truth is there is no set amount of time. Cleaning frequency really depends on the type of traffic you have on your carpet and how you maintain it. Some people can get by with professional…

Controlling House Odors

When you return from shopping or from work, and first enter your home, do you notice any odors? If so, you’ve probably also noticed, after you’ve been home for a while, that the odor vanishes. The fact is the odor has not vanished. Your sense of smell has only become desensitized. But what you may…

Mattresses

Most people are not affected by dust mites due largely to the low ambient humidity levels (below 50% RH) in most homes there is generally no significant problems with dust mites or associated allergens, which are attached to their fecal pellets. Increase the level of humidity and you begin to provide ideal conditions for mites…

Soil Filtration Stains

Soil Filtration Stains are those dark lines running along the baseboards, in front of cold air return vents for the furnace, under long hanging drapes, around edges of heat vents, sofa skirts, around plastic chair mats and along dressers or other furniture that does not get moved very often. Soil filtration is caused by air…

Preventive Maintenance

In the past I have conveyed maintenance tips and information about carpets being a filter for your indoor environment. The purpose of the filter is to collect the pollutants from within your home and trap them within the carpet fibers. This filtering effect means that you breathe in less harmful airborne contaminants, such as pollen…