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Tips on Vacuuming

Vacuuming is such a common place chore that little thought is given to how it should be done. The IICRC recommends:

  1. With vacuuming – more is better. You cannot over vacuum a carpet. Today’s carpets are designed to hide soil, so soil may not always be visible. Studies conducted by Hoover Vacuum Cleaning Company show that one square foot of carpet can hold up to one pound of dirt and still appear clean.
  2. Thorough vacuuming to remove the pile-damaging soil hidden deep in the carpet takes time. Don’t just groom the surface by removing the large, noticeable debris.
  3. Adjust the beater bar or brush properly for each carpet height. The brush or beater bar should touch the carpet.
  4. Empty or replace the bag often. When a bag is half full – the vacuum efficiency is reduced by 60 to 80%. For maximum efficiency replace bags when they are 2/3 full.
  5. Overall vacuuming is needed, but knowing where to concentrate your efforts is more productive. The majority of soil in carpets is brought in from outside by foot traffic – therefore the highest concentration of dirt is at entrances and high traffic areas. Entry mats help control soil from entering the property.
  6. Hand vacuum the dust and fine particulate soil that builds up around the edges and in the corners of rooms.

Successful vacuuming requires time, proper technique and effective equipment. However, even the most meticulous worker with the best vacuum cleaner cannot remove all the soil in a carpet. A small percentage of the soil is oil-based. This oily residue bonds the particulate soil left after vacuuming to the carpet fibers and causes the appearance of dirty traffic patterns. Vacuuming with consumer vacuum cleaners is ineffective against this oily buildup. Removal requires the periodic service of a certified professional carpet cleaner.

July 27, 2010 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Simple Tip to Prevent Water Damage in Your Home

A simple preventative task you can do to avoid a major water catastrophe in your home  is to to inspect your washing machine. 

Check hoses regularly for bulging, cracking, fraying, and leaks around hose ends.

 Replace the hose if a problem is found or every three to five years as part of a proactive maintenance program.

 To help make sure the hose doesn’t kink, leave at least four inches  between the water connection and the back of the washing machine.

July 22, 2010 Posted by | water damage | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What To Do When Water Damage Occurs


You arrive home from work to find your home flooded from a broken pipe. You wake up to find that the water line to your washing machine has separated. Your living room looks like a swimming pool. Your brand new carpet and sofa are ruined, right? Maybe not!

There are many ways to treat water-damaged carpet, upholstery and hard flooring. But what can you do while waiting for help to arrive?

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) recommends that you take the following steps while waiting for an IICRC-certified professional.

Stop the source of water flow.

Stay away from contaminated water or electrical hazards.

Move furnishings out of wet areas, or protect legs from moisture absorption with triple-folded aluminum foil.   Pin up draperies and any other upholstery accessories that could get wet.

The IICRC recommends that you do not attempt to treat water damage yourself. To preserve the appearance and life of your carpet and furniture, hire a certified firm. You can be confident that an experienced, qualified professional is restoring your valuable furnishings.

Call TCM Restoration & Cleaning 562-7410 or 373-7410

July 14, 2010 Posted by | water damage | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment