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…

How Carpet Affects Pollutants

CLEANING YOUR CARPET FILTER! My carpet doesn’t have a filter, does it? Well not really, but it does function like one. For reasons I’ll explain later this filtering is very beneficial. Have you ever thought about what is really being collected, tracked through and spilled into your carpet? The most common household pollutants are; dirt,…

How Carpet Effects Allergies

Don’t Toss ’em They’re Awesome! The science of indoor air quality is very interesting and relatively new. In the past, the focus was on the quality of the outside air and the interest was in lowering emissions of all types into the air. I suppose the latter statement is still very much active today also.…

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…