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Top 5 Reasons to Have Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned

Millions of homeowners have carpets in their homes because of the ambience it creates, and the appearance and comfort it offers. While carpet is a great choice for flooring, it is important that the homeowner properly care for the carpet by performing routine maintenance. Part of this routine maintenance is having the carpets professionally cleaned every 6 to 18 months depending on the extent of use. Although most people have seen advertisements for this type of service, they might not fully understand its benefits. Here is a list of the top five reasons to have your carpets professionally cleaned.

1.      Health Benefits: Carpets tend to trap a variety of dust particles, bacteria, and allergens found in the home. Such airborne dust particles have been linked to the nose, sinus, and breathing problems such as asthma. If these contaminants are not removed from the carpet, they can cause many health problems, especially in young children. While vacuuming is certainly an important part of maintaining your carpet, it cannot eliminate such contaminants by itself. Dust, dirt, and bacteria that has accumulated on the carpet over a period of time can only be removed through professional grade products that are used to clean and sanitize your home as part of a professional cleaning service.

2.      Prevention: Professional carpet cleaning can help prevent many serious problems. Among these problems is reducing or eliminating dust mite infestations. Many homes are infested with ..read more

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Tips to Combat Allergy Attacks

To help combat allergy attacks and related symptoms this spring, here are expert cleaning tips from Chem-Dry to make your home a healthier (and happier) environment for you, your loved ones and your guests.

  • Use door mats or area rugs in entry ways and high-traffic areas. While it’s easy to forget them, door mats and area rugs do a great job of trapping dirt and allergens before they enter the heart of your home. Part of the reason they aren’t as common in homes today is due to the misconception that hard surfaces are healthier than carpets or rugs, which is not the case. The fact is that carpets and rugs act as filters that capture and trap dirt, dust, allergens and bacteria and prevent them from getting into the air and spreading throughout the home. On hard surfaces, these particles simply settle and then are stirred back into the air the next time there is traffic and activity in the area. Using door mats and area rugs is an effective and inexpensive way to prevent unwanted and unhealthy particles from getting deeper into your home or from remaining in the air where they can spread more easily to members of the family.
  • Keep carpets and rugs clean. To improve the life and appearance of your carpet, vacuum your carpets and rugs weekly with a bag vacuum, preferably one that has either a HEPA filter or a microfiltration system. However, it is important to note that while vacuuming does..read more
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Top Cleaning Applications of Vinegar

Vinegar is an amazing household tool to have on hand for cleaning. It can be used with a wide array of items and surfaces. It’s a wonder that more people aren’t hip to its many uses. Here are the top cleaning applications for vinegar.

1. Removing Goo and Adhesive Residue

vinegar1There are tons of oil-based products on the market that claim to remove sticker residue and goo from surfaces. However, these products can be toxic, overwhelmingly pungent, in addition to leaving behind a slick, oily residue of their own. You don’t want to have to clean off your cleaning products, right?  Instead of using these products, use vinegar. All it takes is a little vinegar, left to soak on the affected surface for 10-15 minutes for the residue to easily wipe away.

2. Clean Your Microwave Easily

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Scrubbing the microwave can take forever. Instead of wasting time, just use a glass of vinegar to literally melt away any splatter or food residue. Place a glass of vinegar in the microwave. Run the microwave on high for five minutes. After this time has passed, the steam from the..read more

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Your Allergies and Your Carpet Can Co-Exist

If you have carpet in your home, then you know many of its ‘perks’ already: it keeps your home warm during the winter months, its cushioning fabric feels great on bare feet and keeps your children protected, and it adds beauty to your home that other flooring cannot. In addition, did you know that your carpet can actually help relieve some of your uncomfortable, irritable allergy symptoms? While you may think carpet is a no-go for pollen allergies or hay fever, it’s true: your allergies and your carpet can co-exist. Read on to find out why.

The Common Misconception About Carpets, Debunked

The common belief about allergies is that when it comes to flooring options, don’t do carpet. However, while a spaghetti or lipstick stain may become trapped in your carpets fibers when not treated, this is a good thing for the pollen that finds its way into your home this Spring and Summer. Think about it: would you rather have pollen become trapped into your carpet, or remain air born, thereby causing your sneezes, itchy eyes and coughing spells to go into overdrive?

Vacuum Frequently to Minimize the Pollen Influence in Your Home

Are you on of the 40 million Americans that struggle with seasonal allergies? Be a diligent DIY home cleaner, and studies have shown that your clean carpets can actually reduce dust borne allergens and have a lower level of allergens than those rooms with hard flooring surfaces.  Minimize the symp..read more

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Home Cleaning with 5 Natural Products

Everyone wants their home fresh and clean and free of germs so they can live in the healthiest environment possible. Many people go overboard in terms of using strong commercial chemicals and cleaners in an effort to create a fresh-smelling atmosphere. And, you can instantly smell the chemicals in these types of cleaners the second you open the bottle. In fact, the label warns you to avoid any contact with eyes and skin, don’t breathe the fumes, and to wear rubber gloves. What does this say about the ingredients?

As a result, several people today are starting to use more organic, green cleaning products to clean their homes. But, buying organic cleaning products can get very expensive, sometimes more than their commercial counterparts. Thankfully, you don’t need to buy either kind since you can make your own eco-friendly cleaning products that are truly organic and safe. Not only will you save money, you’ll save the health of your family as well as the environment.

Avoid cleaning products that contain toxic ingredients

It’s more important than ever to implement green lifestyle methods into your home. Chemicals like Triclosan are often found in both hygiene and cleaning products and have been discovered as the culprit behind many incidences of asthma. It’s no surprise..read more

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Five New Year Resolutions for Your Home

Your home is the first place that you’re accustomed to: no matter how much of a traveller you may

be, or how long you stay outdoors on work-related commitments, home is really where the heart is.

And that is why keeping your home in top shape and in perfectly clean order becomes a matter of

significant priority. Here are five new year resolutions that you should be looking forward to keeping

this year!

De-clutter and indulge in open spaces: One of the biggest hindrances to cleanliness and

comfortable spatial movement is clutter. By accumulating things that you don’t need, not

only are you filling your spaces up with more than you need, but you are also restricting the

free flow of air, light and your own movement. Clutter can also bring down the energy of

your spaces, and makes cleaning a bit of a task – imagine having too many things on a shelf

and having to clean out each, separately, before you get round to doing other things in the

day! This year, endeavour to keep your spaces open, de-cluttered and free of dirt.

Be smart with storage: One of the biggest challenges to having clean home spaces is

storage. There are undoubtedly a lot of things one may acquire. The key is to store them in a

way that doesn’t accumulate dust and dirt, or render your spaces too messy. Try storing bed

spreads inside pillow cases, and placing them on shelves in your st..read more

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Top Five Ways for Allergen Free Spaces

Keeping living and working spaces clean is a significant priority for all of us, and part of living a healthy lifestyle. But if you, or your kids, elders or anyone in your family has allergies, keeping living spaces super clean becomes an absolute necessity. It isn’t any fun to have people sneezing and sniffling at home, or suffering from itchy, angry red rashes all day. So, how does one keep allergies under check? Here are some great ideas.

Cleaning your spaces in a way that keeps allergies at bay isn’t as difficult a task, if you follow this simple, five point regimen, in your everyday cleaning plan.

Make sure to vacuum your floors as often as you can. This is especially important if you have a carpeted floor, or a space that is very vulnerable to dust and lint. If getting rid of the carpet altogether or the source of pollution itself is not an option, your safest bet is to rely on vacuuming for deep cleaning. The use of a vacuum cleaner is more efficient in removing finer dust, pollen grains, pet dander and other forms of allergy triggers. These things are constantly around in your carpets and rugs.
Keep your furniture and draperies clean. Allergens are also very commonly found sticking to your furniture and curtains, and even blinds, if you have them. By cleaning up the upholstery and drapes on a periodic basis, and going deep in your cleaning can help keep allergy triggers and dust under control.
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6 Cleaning Myths Busted

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Does your cleaning routine leave you feeling dissatisfied? We’re often doing things that we think are the right way to go when we’re cleaning our spaces. But sometimes, what may be working well for others, may not work for us, without first understanding what our own cleaning needs are. Here are some of the myths that we bust, about cleaning:

1. What’s clean, smells clean: Clean things do not have to smell clean. The idea, therefore, is not to scrub until everything smells soapy or like detergent. What you’re aiming for is to get it clean enough to look great, and not smell bad.

2. Use bleach when you have to clean: Bleach is not the only cleaner there is. Make sure you match to correct cleaner to the surface you want to clean. In fact, the use of bleach should be limited to disinfecting hard surfaces, and treating colourfast fabrics.

3. “I clean my house everyday with a quick dusting routine. That’s good enough.̶..read more

7 ways to reduce summer allergens in your home

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As the temperatures outside soar, most of us would prefer to stay indoors. But is your house free from those summer allergens? If not, perhaps it is time to get rid of dirt choking the air conditioners, the cobwebs that throng the corners of your house, and to air out your closet spaces.

Here are 7 tips to keep your home free from summer allergens.

1.Change your bed linen every week:
While making your bed every morning is important, changing the bed covers, and pillowcases weekly is a healthy habit. Beds are the favorite spot for dust mites to breed. Hence, keep your bed clean in order to enjoy a peaceful sleep.

2.Clean the air ducts regularly:
When summer comes we use our air conditioners more than usual, s..read more

5 Ways to Dehumidify Your Home

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An Indian summer brings with it high levels of humidity. This humidity increases moisture in the air, which can lead to growth of molds, peeling of paints, wet insulation and rotting of furniture, thereby increasing exposure to allergens at home.

It is time to take control over these challenges. Here are 5 simple ways to dehumidify your home, for a cleaner environment.

1. Try a little baking soda – Baking soda is very effective in reducing humidity levels in your home. All you need to do is place some baking powder in a bowl and cover it with a non-woven cloth. Leave this bowl in your kitchen and bathrooms and watch it effectively reduce moisture.

2. Ensure constant ventilation – Cross ventilation is another great way to reduce humidity levels in your home. A constantly locked up home during summer becomes a breeding ground for allergens born from humidity and mugginess...read more

5 Secrets To Maintaining Leather Furniture At Home

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