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Misconceptions of Hot Water Extraction Cleaning

Here’s a few misconceptions to Hot Water Extraction Cleaning.

  1. It causes mold & mildew.  Our system is so efficient at removing water that most carpet typically dries within a few hours especially if fans are applied as we are cleaning the house.  Circulating air & turning up the heat decreases the dry time too.
  2. It shortens the life of the carpet.  Doesn’t make sense since most carpet manufacturers require hot water extraction cleaning method to maintain their 15 year warranties.

By washing & then rinsing your carpet with hot water-we clean your carpet completely.  Just like a person taking a shower with hot water, washing with soap & rinsing will be much cleaner than the person who takes a sponge bath.  Hot water not only cleans better, faster & with less cleaning agents it also dries much quicker & sanitizes your carpet.  This makes your carpet at home free of dust mites & other harmful microorganisms for a safer, healthier environment.

If you are in Anchorage or the Mat Su Valley give us a call and we’d be happy to clean your carpets for you!

October 26, 2015 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hot Water Extraction Carpet Cleaning vs Dry Carpet Cleaning

Is one method better than an another?  Depends.  There are several types of dry cleaning with varying degrees of effectiveness.  At TCM we use hot water extraction because  we feel it is the most thorough cleaning we can give our clients.

Many people think dry cleaning your carpet is like dry cleaning your clothes.  This is not true.  Clothes are dry cleaned with waterlesss liquid that is an intense solvent cleaner.  They are not used in carpet because the solvents would dissolve the latex glues that bind the carpet fibers to the backing.

The truth is all carpet cleaning methods use water.  Some more than others.

Some companies use low moisture cleaning because the carpet dries fast, technicians can work very fast and the price is cheaper than hot water extraction.

3 Methods of “Dry” or Low Moisture Carpet Cleaning

Dry Foam Method  This is when the carpet cleaner uses dry foam.  He applies shampoo to your carpet, allows it to dry then vacuums it up.

Can you imagine washing your hair with shampoo, letting it dry and then removing the shampoo from your head with a vacuum??  This method can leave a residue in your carpet which is one reason why dry foam is not very effective.

Dry Chemical Process  The dry-chem method is similar to dry foam.  The difference when dry chem is used the carpet cleaner sets a large cotton pad (technical term bonnet) on your carpet.   A rotary machine is used, the bonnet spins from side to side absorbing the dirt that’s in the carpet.   After the bonnet is saturated with dirt another cotton bonnet is applied. This can be effective for lightly soiled areas.  However for a carpet that is very soiled it is like using a large towel to rub the dirt out of your carpet.

Dry Compound Cleaning  This is similar to dry foam.  The cleaning solution mechanically lifts the dirt to the surface of a light foam.  When the carpet is dry an acrylic polymer additive in the cleaning solution crystallizes.   It then cracks off the fiber when the vacuum runs over the carpeting.   This method is fairly new and seems to work well on commercial made carpeting.

Now About What We Use….

Hot Water Extraction Carpet Cleaning

Also referred as “steam cleaning” even though actual steam is not used.  It’s a hot water cleaning solution under high pressure forced into the carpet fibers & extracted with a powerful vacuum system.  We use state of the art truck mounted extractors in our vans.

Research says rinsing is best!  The main benefit to hot water extraction carpet cleaning is the flushing action of the water moving through the fibers.   SHAW industries (one of the world’s biggest carpet manufacturers)  has done testing on professional cleaning systems and determined the amount of soil removed from carpet is in result of how much water is being used to rinse the carpet after cleaning solutions were applied.

 A very powerful vacuum system must be used to remove the soiled water.

There are 2 types of extraction systems.

Portable Extraction which is usually a 5-12 gallon machine.  Portable systems can deliver great results if the technician is experienced & knowledgeable.   These units don’t produce as much heat but they can do a good job cleaning.  They come in handy in upper level floors of buildings when hoses from a van couldn’t possibly reach.

Truck Mount Extraction  This is a large machine mounted in a van or a truck.  These systems work well and makes cleaning fast & efficient.  The truck generates 190-260 degree heat which aids tremendously in soil removal.  The cleaning solutions are automatically fed into the machine at a precise rate & the truck contains water tanks for fresh and waste water.

Hot water extraction cleans MUCH better than the other processes because it shoots the cleaning solution into the carpet at a higher pressure which breaks down dirt, bacteria & pollens.  Then the machine uses high velocity suction to draw the dirt out of the carpet.

The most effective way to clean carpet is with a high volume extraction unit.  At TCM Restoration & Cleaning we use truck mounted extractors in all of our vans.    We know it is the only way to thoroughly clean carpet of all the nasty dirt, bacteria, fungus, dust mites, chemicals, pollens & tobacco residue.

October 21, 2015 Posted by | carpet cleaning, carpet cleaning methods | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

October is National Fire Safety Month

            

Now that it is colder and officially heating season, it also brings fire dangers.   It’s time to review fire safety tips with your family so you will be prepared in the event of a fire emergency. This is a good time to make sure that your home and belongings are insured properly before an incident.

The best way to practice fire safety is to prevent one in the first place.  A tragedy such as a fire can happen at any moment.

Everyone should always be aware of potential hazards in their home.  Here are some useful tips:

  1. Everyone should be aware of potential hazards in their home.
  2. Every home should have working smoke detectors.
  3. Check all electrical appliances, cords and outlets.  Make sure they are in good condition without loose or frayed cords or plugs.
  4. Do NOT run electrical cords under rugs.
  5. Do NOT let lamps or night-lights touch bedspreads, curtains or other fabrics.
  6. Do NOT leave the kitchen if the stove is in use.  If you must leave the area turn off the burners.

In winter, heating overtakes cooking as the main cause of house fires. A primary danger is space heaters, especially the electric ones.  They are small and may seem harmless but placed close to furniture or curtains, they can be deadly.

NEVER leave a space heater on when you are not in the room. Do not go to sleep with it on. Use it to warm the bedroom, but shut it off before you climb into bed.

If you do have a fireplace, have the chimney cleaned professionally at least once a year, and make sure it’s kept clean.  If it’s an open fireplace make sure it is covered with a screen to keep the sparks from jumping out.

Most importantly, plan a “Get out, Stay out” plan for if your family ever has a fire.

Practice fire drills at home.  Identify a safe family meeting spot and practice it so everyone will know what to do in the event of an actual fire in the home. These drills can make the difference in the event of a real emergency. Fires are frightening and can cause panic. By rehearsing different scenarios, your family is less likely to waste precious time trying to figure out what to do. Test your plan. Have a drill in the middle of the night.

October 13, 2015 Posted by | Fire Safety Tips | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Water Damage in Anchorage Alaska.

Here’s what one of our restoration clients had to say about us after we helped take care of a water damage in his rental.   For more testimonials go to http://www.tcmrestoration.com

September 10, 2015 Posted by | testimonials, water damage | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t mess with mold!

If you have mold in your home make sure you hire a professional company that is certified in mold remediation.  Some people are more sensitive to mold than others.  Some types of mold can be very dangerous.  Below is a link to a family that didn’t have the right contractor helping them with mold in their home.  Don’t let it happen to you!  Hope this article helps gives you info for if you ever have a mold issue in your home.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/botched-mold-remediation-destroyed-my-life-sanjay-gupta-lion-1000-

April 8, 2015 Posted by | mold | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Important to have an Emergency List if you leave for the Holidays

If you go out of state for the holidays and either have a house sitter or someone checking in on your home you should have a list of emergency numbers for if that emergency happens.  We all know about dialing 911 for break ins and suspicious activity,   But who do they call when there has been a flood in your house?  Is it a plumber, your insurance agent, a restoration company?  Actually it can be all 3…but your best bet is leaving the number of a restoration company which will make the timely connections with the plumber &  agent and be able to take care of everything even if you are out of state.   A restoration company will most likely stop the source of water as soon as possible and start extracting the water immediately,  The faster water is removed the less damage.  If you are going away for Holidays and are in Anchorage (562-7410) or Mat Su Valley  (373-7410) make sure you add our numbers to your emergency call list.  We’re here to help 24 hours a day.

December 12, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to get rid of pesky fruit flies!

Everyone loves fruit and if you are eating healthy chances are you will always have a bowl of fruit on the counter for a quick, healthy snack.  Unfortunately sometimes fruit flies come home from the store with our fruit, multiply and suddenly there is an infestation of fruit flies in our homes.

Here’s my simple tips to get rid of those pesky, annoying fruit fies:

1.  Store fruit in the fridge and take a break from buying some fruit that has to sit on the counter like for example bananas.

2.  Wipe down all counters and cabinets…clean thoroughly.

3.  Wash dishes right away or put in dishwasher.  Fruit flies attract to dirty dishes.

4.  Don’t have wet dish rags out.   Fruit flies attract to those too!

5.  Use the attachment on your vacuum and vacuum the areas you see them most common.  You  might have to go on stealth attack…sneak up, aim & then quickly turn on the vacuum & attack!

6.  My last tip is homemade fruit fly traps.   And here is the simple recipe:

In a small bowl or jar add apple vinegar & a few drops of dish detergent.  Let sit and you’ll see in no time fruit flies floating in the trap & NOT buzzing around your home.

Why this works?  Fruit flies are attracted to the smell of the vinegar, and will attempt to land on its surface. However, they’re in for a surprise – since the dish soap breaks the surface tension of the vinegar, the fruit flies fall in and drown.

With all my above tips you should be rid of those pesky fruit flies and be able to enjoy that fruit bowl on your counter again.

September 10, 2013 Posted by | house cleaning | , , , | Leave a comment

Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets Inside & Out

 

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When taking on the HUGE task of cleaning kitchen cabinets it is best to work in sections in your kitchen especially if you are short on time.  You can tackle a few cabinets and drawers a day and within a week your cleaning project is complete!

First remove everything out of cabinet or drawer.    A vacuum is handy to get all the crumbs in the drawer.  Next use your favorite cleaner or just some warm water with dish detergent.  Clean. wipe & Dry.

On the outside of the drawer/cabinet same thing.   If there is grease use something like 4O9.  Rinse & Dry.  Wood cabinets apply your favorite wood cleaner.

Top of cabinets usually requires 4O9 or Hot Water & Soap and LOTS of elbow grease!  Dust and grease accumulate over time on tops of cabinets.  One of my most favorite cleaning  jobs.  (Not!)  After cleaning cabinets  line tops of cabinets with newspaper.  Next time to clean cabinets replace paper and all you have are the edges to clean.   This will save you so much time in the future!

Happy Cleaning!

 

 

May 13, 2013 Posted by | house cleaning | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Spring Cleaning-Kitchen Counter Top

Today I’m going to talk to you about cleaning the kitchen counter tops.  Not the cupboards, not reorganizing…just the counter top.

First declutter.  Anything that doesn’t belong on the counter put where it belongs.   Remember less is more in the kitchen.  If you normally keep your vitamins and papers lying on the counter…you might want to find new homes for them.  It’ll give you more counter space and look neater.

Next take off items you normally keep on the counter. (coffee maker, toaster, soap bottles, knick knacks, etc)  Set aside. You might need to work in sections through out your kitchen.

Now wipe down down the counters, the wall behind the counter, outlet covers, light switches,  sink faucet, etc.   You can use hot soapy water or if you have grease on your counters something like 4O9.

Next clean all the items you removed from the counter for the appliances even the cord.    Take your time and give everything a good thorough cleaning.  Put back on counter.

Repeat throughout the kitchen.

Very simple task to do and doesn’t take very long and makes a huge difference in the kitchen.

It’s also a good idea to do this not just for Spring Cleaning but at different times through out the year.  This will help keep your kitchen looking in tip top shape!

Look for more kitchen cleaning blog posts coming soon!

May 1, 2013 Posted by | house cleaning | , , | 8 Comments

Cleaning Tips

May 1, 2013 Posted by | house cleaning | , , , | 2 Comments