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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

Tips to prevent Water Damage in your home

Here’s some tips to prevent a big water damage in your home.  It can save you $$$ and a big inconvenience of having drying equipment and crews in your home for days.

Replace old water heaters. Water heaters do damage when they get too old and the tank rusts and bursts, allowing water to pour into adjacent rooms. On average, water heaters last 10 to 12 years. Don’t wait for them to fail; replace your tank once a decade. Today’s energy-efficient systems will also be cheaper to operate.

Switch to stainless steel hoses: Consider replacing standard rubber or plastic hoses with stainless steel-braided or mesh hoses. Worn out hoses with kinks, cracks or bulges need to be replaced immediately.

Don’t leave dishwashers and washing machines running if you leave the house. If something breaks while a home owner is away, what could have been a small mop-up job often turns into a thousand-gallon mess best left to professionals.

Consider water alarms: Home owners can install water alarms for a quick alert when an appliance isn’t working right. Hooking up the system to an appliance is usually as simple as hooking up a hose to an outdoor faucet.

February 3, 2015 Posted by | water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

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

Preventing the Flu at home

Just because one person in a household gets the flu doesn’t mean everyone has to.

To prevent the spread of influenza virus it is important to keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, doorknobs, light switches, phones, computer keyboards, remotes, surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen counters and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant according to directions on the product label.

Linens (such as bed sheets and towels) should be washed by using household laundry soap and tumbled dry on a hot setting. Individuals should avoid “hugging” laundry prior to washing it to prevent contaminating themselves. Individuals should wash their hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub immediately after handling dirty laundry.

Eating utensils should be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with very hot water and soap.

January 31, 2013 Posted by | house cleaning | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Got allergies?

And I’m not talking about the seasonal allergies that happen when trees bud and flowers bloom…

If you or someone in your home is suffering from allergies the most likely cause is from dust mites.   And they aren’t pretty….

What exactly are dust mites?  

 From Wikipedia, ” The house dust mite (sometimes referred to by allergists as HDM), is a cosmopolitan guest in human habitation. Dust mites feed on organic detritus such as flakes of shed human skin and flourish in the stable environment of dwellings. House dust mites are a common cause of asthma and allergic symptoms worldwide. Some of the gut enzymes (notably proteases) produced by the house mite persist in their fecal matter, and can be strongly allergenic.

Dust mites are tiny and reproduce rapidly.  But don’t be alarmed they are in everyone’s homes and you are not alone.

So what can YOU do?

Well….Since the most common places to find dust mites is in carpet and bedding you should  vacuum often and with a Hepa Vacuum cleaner.  Also have carpets professionally cleaned by a certified carpet cleaner who uses  truck mount hot water extraction for cleaning.    Wash bedding weekly and dry sheets at a high temperature. 

Also if you notice dust in your home occuring more often you might want to have your ducts inspected and get them cleaned.   The dust you are seeing is from dead skin cells and dustmite debris.  (Ewww I know…not a pleasant thought to be breathing!)

Doing these 3 things will help anyone in your home suffering from allergies and start feeling better.  

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June 8, 2010 Posted by | Allergies | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

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

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