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We do carpet cleaning, upholstery, oriental rug cleaning, duct cleaning, tile & grout.   We  respond 24 hours a day to water damage emergencies in your home or business.

October 4, 2010 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, cleaning, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Rave reviews from some of our valued clients

“Exceptional, professional service. Great customer service. Informative, upfront about costs and overall more than satisfied with the work on the carpets. Appreciated discount and all the extra efforts that will keep us coming back to your company. Thank you for your excellent service.” Bruce and Nikki Linquist

“It was just incredible how he brought back the life into my carpet. Nick did an awesome job and was very friendly. Excellent customer service with highly qualified personnel. Terrific pricing and quality work.” Naomi Lardner

“Great! Everyone that comes is always concerned that I am happy about the end product. There was a nasty grease stain in my den/office that I had tried to clean without success but it came right up when your guy came. I like getting the coupon for a discount if I get my carpets cleaned every 6 months. It encourages me to have cleaner carpets and a cleaner home!” Sheri Anderson

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, testimonials, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

6 ways you can extend the life and beauty of your carpet

  • Have people remove their shoes.  Post a polite sign on the door if you have to.  This is one of the biggest ways you can start saving your carpet today! 

 

  • Vacuum frequently.  Your frequency will depend on the level of foot traffic and amount of people and pets in your home.  But you can NEVER vacuum too much.

 

  • Keep pet accidents to a minimum.  NOTHING ruins carpets faster than urine.  Do whatever you have to do to keep the accidents off the carpet.

 

  • Clean spots and spills immediately. But DON’T use any of the do it your self “carpet cleaning” products you see advertised on the TV.  These products are the fastest way to a big, dirt attracting, sticky residue spot.  Simply use very hot tap water with some mild detergent (no bleach agents) and clean, white, dry rags.  Soak and blot.  Never rub.

 

  • Get your carpets professionally cleaned every 6-12 months.  NOTHING extends the life of your carpet like this step.  Even dirt you cannot see can be deep inside the carpets breaking down and wearing the fibers.  It’s the only way to prevent permanent traffic lanes and wear patterns.  Remember this rule of thumb: Clean before your carpet LOOKS dirty to prevent wear and tear – it’s time not dirt that you should judge by.

 

  • Get your carpet professionally protected at least every other cleaning. The factory finish is removed with wear and cleanings.  This finish is a protective barrier between your carpet and soils, oils, stains and general wear and tear.  Ignoring this step will shorten the life span of your carpet considerably. 

January 4, 2010 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flooded house in Anchorage, Alaska we dried out.

December 31, 2009 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to remove candle wax from your carpet

 Removing wax from your carpet is one of the easiest things to do, but seems to be one of the biggest mysteries. The average  homeowner will have little accidents here and there, but when we act fast enough, we can correct the problem almost every time. Here is what you need and what you should do:

One Steam Iron (Do Not fill With Water)

One White Towel

Here’s how to clean your carpet. Take the towel and soak it with water from the tap. Place the wet towel over the wax spot, then take your hot steam iron and place it directly over the wax. The wax will begin to melt in 10 to 30 seconds. Be sure to monitor the time so not to over do it. In approximately 30 seconds, pick up the iron and see what kind of progress you’ve made removing the wax. The heat causes the wax to rise into the wet towel keeps the iron from damaging your carpet. If you can still see or feel wax in the carpet, shift the towel so a clean area over the wax and replace the iron over the wax spot for another 30 seconds. Generally, this may require repeating these steps 2 or 3 times but the wax will all transfer into the towel.

If the carpet is a berber type then be sure to check the carpet in 20 seconds or less as olefin fibers have a much lower melting point than nylon and polyester. Be sure to keep the towel very wet when removing wax from an olefin carpet. Another situation to remember, candle wax contains both wax and dye. The wax will transfer into the towel, but the dye may heat-set itself into the carpet fiber when it falls on the carpet. This situation may require performing a dye removal treatment to remove any dye that may remain on the carpet after the wax is gone. This wax removal process only takes minutes and is extremely effective. Do it yourself and save hundreds on carpet replacement.  Be careful not to burn yourself when handling a hot iron – think safety first.

If you are in our local area and need further assistance you can call us at 373-7410 (Valley) or 562-7410 (Anchorage).

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How To Clean Salsa Out Of Your Carpet

When it comes cleaning Red Salsa from carpet, what’s more important is knowing what NOT to do. 

Most homeowners will try to blot the stain out with a towel first.  However, doing this would only mash the tomatoes and peppers further into the fiber where cleaning would then require a professional.

A better approach would be to use a spoon to scoop up as much of the salsa from the carpet as possible.  Scoop it up and put it in a bowl for later disposal. 

Once you’re done scooping up the salsa, you’ll need to clean the carpet with a solution that contains water and a drop or two of dish soap.  You don’t want to use products like resolve, as these will lead to problems later and may even permanently discolor your carpet.

Take a trigger spray bottle and fill it with hot water.  Place a drop of dish washing detergent in the bottle and shake it and spray the solution into a wet towel.  You don’t want to spray it into the salsa spot directly because this will cause the salsa to go deeper into the backing of the carpet where you then need powerful vacuum to extract it.  Instead, take your wet towel with the solution and work it over the spot in 8 different directions (like an asterisk).  Don’t scrub it… scrubbing the carpet may cause split ends on the carpet that you can’t fix.  So work it gently until the spot is out. 

Once the spot is gone, flip the towel over and go over the are with a wet towel that just contains hot water.  This will act as your rinse and then go over it with a dry towel to blot any moisture.

If you still have a shadow, allow the area to dry and repeat these steps again after the are has dried.  The drying action help bring some of the deeper soil up to the surface where your towel works better.

If that doesn’t work and you still have a shadow or an odor, call a professional.  A certified carpet cleaner has the right tools and training to clean this spot and treat any lingering odors.

October 14, 2009 Posted by | Alaska, Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, Carpet Stains, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Spring Cleaning

Wow!   Hasn’t this weather been AMAZING in Alaska???  This is the time of  year where many of us do Spring Cleaning around our homes so we can get out and play and enjoy our beautiful Alaskan summer!  It’s when we go through closets, cupboards and drawers and start getting rid of things we no longer need. It’s also a good time to do a very thorough, deep cleaning  of your entire home.

If your time is too valuable to spend cleaning then you should seriously think of hiring a housecleaner to do a Spring Cleaning for you. If you are in the Wasilla area our Cleaning Crew can take care of all your Spring House Cleaning needs. For those of you who have the time and enjoy doing your own Spring Cleaning I thought I’d share with you some tips from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ease the burden of Spring Cleaning:

Develop a task list.

Clean carpets, upholstery, draperies and even your mattress.

Clean oven, refrigerator and other appliances.

Clean fireplaces.

Wash inside of windows.

Wash woodwork.

Clean out cupboards and closets.

 Change HVAC filters.

Clean efficiently. Avoid going back and forth around a room. Instead, work using a systematic approach. Think in terms of left to right, top to bottom. Begin with ceilings and walls, and work your way down to windows and furniture, finishing with the floors.

Hire cleaning service providers. For those tasks that require a specialist (i.e. carpet, upholstery and hard flooring cleaning), hire only certified professionals. Before hiring anyone, confirm that they are trained and certified in the type of work to be performed, informally interview the company representative or technician, obtain a written estimate of the work to be completed and receive a written contract or invoice confirming the total price and any statements or guarantees.

Hope you find these tips very helpful!   Happy Spring Cleaning!!

May 5, 2009 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, cleaning, house cleaning, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , | 1 Comment

Clean Area Rug or Buy A New One?

This is a common question we hear some of our customers ask us.  It usually is regarding inexpensive rugs.   Sometimes the cleaning of one of those rugs is almost equal to what the rug originally cost.  Cleaning oriental rugs and other area rugs  is a much different cleaning process than regular carpet.   It takes more time and a gentler, hands on approach so it will cost more to have it professionally cleaned.   If you love your rug and it has sentimental memories to you…. and…. it also goes with the decor of the room…. it is in then well worth it to just have it cleaned.    The money,  time and effort into finding another rug to match the decor will most likely end up being more.

December 29, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, oriental rug cleaning, Uncategorized, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | | 3 Comments

Tis The Season…

Your home and carpets cleaned and ready for company.  The house is beautifully decorated…Christmas music playing… the Christmas tree is a masterpiece with lights, ornaments and all the trimmings…it smells so Christmasy and just perfect….
And then you notice…. Pine Sap stuck in the carpet!

Unfortunately even with a tree skirt around the Christmas tree… carpet is not always protected!

No need to panic!  No need to call in for an emergency cleaning…

You can use some glycerin to get the sap out. (Available at most drug stores).  Use a 50/50 mixture with warm water and apply directly to the sap.  Let the mixture disolve, then use a paper towel and gently pull the sap away from the carpet.

Sigh of relief…back to “perfect” for the Holidays!!

PS.  For any other carpet emergencies like spilled wine or candle wax that often occur during the festive season…check out these other stain tips.

December 15, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage, Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, Carpet Stains, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | | Leave a comment