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How to clean Wicker Furniture

Spring Cleaning time…just had an email from a client wondering how to clean her wicker furniture.  Thought I’d share how to clean wicker in a blog post.  It’s very easy and something you can do right at home.

Untreated wicker should be kept inside during inclement weather.  For routine cleaning use the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner or a feather duster.  In the winter, dryness may cause it to crack, so wipe a damp sponge occasionally or give it a light coating of lemon oil.    Once a year, if a piece has no wooden parts, scrub it with warm water and detergent, spray it with a garden hose, or put it under a shower.  Dry it as quick as possible by putting it in the sun or drying it with a hair dryer or floor fan.  Don’t sit on it until it is thoroughly dry.

Of course if you are in our service area and would like us to help you clean your wicker or help with your spring deep cleaning we can come out and give you a free estimate and take care of all your cleaning needs.   We can do everything from cleaning your carpet, upholstery, area rugs, ducts or tile & grout.

April 30, 2012 Posted by | house cleaning | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Water Damage Tips- What to do and What NOT to do

If you have a water damage in your home safety should be your primary focus.

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and anything that could cause you to slip & fall should be a concern.
  • Wet materials can be very heavy!  Ceilings can collapse with excess water weight so no one should be standing under them.

What to do after a Water Damage

  • Remove excess water by mopping
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture and table tops
  • Remove wet furniture & prop couch and chair cushions to dry
  • Place wood blocks between wood furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Remove any colored rugs from wet carpeting.  (Some can bleed color and permanently stain carpet)
  • Remove any art work or pictures from walls to a safe dry place.  Humidity in the room can cause unnecessary damage.
  • Gather loose items from floor
  • Call a water damage professional.  We are on call for any emergency 24/7.  If you live in the Anchorage or Mat-Su Valley we can help you out anytime of day.

What NOT to do after a Water Damage

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place.  Hang furs & any leather items.
  • Don’t leave any magazines, newspapers, books or colored items onto wet floor or carpet.
  • DO NOT use your vacuum to remove excess water
  • DO NOT turn on TV or any other electrical item
  • DO NOT turn on lights or ceiling fan if ceiling is wet.   (Keep out of rooms if ceiling is sagging!  Very dangerous!!)

April 23, 2012 Posted by | water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mold Warning Signs

Discovering that you have mold within your home can cause you to feel many things.  You might initially feel disgust, frustration or even a sense of being overwhelmed.  Placing the home up for sale might be the first thing that pops into your mind, but that should be a last resort.

Many people actually live in a home with mold and never realize it’s there.  They ignore the warning signs until the problem reaches a point where the mold is taking over and affecting their health.

Warning Signs of Mold It’s  important to be aware of what the signs and that you may be sharing your home with more than just your family.  Signs that you may have mold include:

  • A strange odor: Mold has a pungent smell.  When it is confined to one area of your home,      you may notice an unpleasant odor when you are in that area. Moldcan sometimes live within the walls or behind wallpaper, and so you might not immediately associate the smell with mold.  If you do notice an unusual persistent odor in your home, the culprit may be mold.
  • The appearance of mold:  In your shower stall or bathtub, it’s easy to distinguish normal soap scum from mold.However, in the basement or cellar you may have to investigate a little further to find the mold.  Mold will take hold of damp areas, so if  you have a wall or floor where dampness collects, mold could very well be there as well.

Health symptoms:  Because mold is not always visible, it can be difficult realizing that you do indeed have a mold problem.  If you feel listless, congested and experience watering eyes while in your home, these can all be signs of the presence of mold.

It’s not uncommon for a person who lives in a home that has mold to feel better while at work or out shopping. Their health problems begin the moment they step through their front door.  Mold can often be the cause of this.

Do You Have a Mold Problem?

If you do think that you may have a mold problem, you’ll need to put on your investigator hat and get to work.  Check all moist areas of your home first.  If that doesn’t turn up any mold consider calling in a professional.

It can be difficult to stay in a home where the mold is causing an odor or is visible.  You may feel very uncomfortable; however, for most people a small amount of mold will NOT cause serious health problems.

If you do suffer from allergies and find it’s causing breathing problems it might be wise to find a temporary place to stay until the mold problem is addressed.

Ignoring the warning signs that you may have mold only prolongs the problems you’ll experience.  Be aggressive in locating the source of the mold and addressing it.  After all, nothing is more important than your health.

April 17, 2012 Posted by | mold | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

dog-cleaning-poop

Wouldn’t it be great if our pets did this?!!

Unfortunately they don’t…How we love our pets but often they can cause damage and messes in our homes.

The best way to protect and prevent unsightly stains and horrific smells is to properly train your pets.  Here is great post on housetraining I wrote a few years ago that has some great tips you might want to check out.

Now if you happen to be reading this and have stains and damage to your carpet right now you most likely need a professional carpet cleaner to come out and clean your carpet for you.  If you are in our service area of Anchorage, Eagle River or the MatSu Valley give us a call.  We give free inspections and estimates.  We are always happy to answer any of your questions or concerns over the phone as well.  Don’t let man’s best friend be your carpet’s worst enemy.

April 9, 2012 Posted by | Carpet Stains, pet stains | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Carpet Cleaning Challenges

If you are in the market to purchase new carpet for your home you should be aware that not all carpet is the same before making such a huge investment.

Did you know the kind of carpeting you choose can affect how easy it is to clean?  Here are some things to keep in mind when you make your next carpet purchase.

Pile:  The deeper and thicker the pile in your carpet, the more likely it is to retain dirt once the dirt sinks below the surface.  Threads and lint, however can stay on top of the carpet wher they can be very visible.

Level loop:  Short, densely spaced loops, with both ends attached to the backing, create a surface that is fairly easy to vacuum because there aren’t crevices for dirt to sink into.

Berber:  This is a type of level loop carpet made with thick yarn, which creates harder to vacuum “hills and valleys.”

Multilevel loop:  The varying long and short loops of these carpets can make them difficult to clean.  The low loops create pockets that break vacuum-cleaner suction and can make it harder to remove dirt that has accumulated.

Whatever type of carpet you choose it should be professionally cleaned every 6 months to 1 year.  This is depending on the number of people in your home, pets and if shoes are worn in your home.  Regular cleaning will keep your carpet clean & healthy and protect your investment to your home.

April 2, 2012 Posted by | carpet cleaning, Carpet Stains, residential carpet cleaning, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment