For residents living in areas that are prone to flooding, owning a carpet can be a huge pain in the neck, especially if flood waters somehow manage to get inside the house and drench the carpet in muddy water and sewage. While most carpet owners would prefer to throw out water damaged carpets,
there are many who would want to save them, especially if the carpet is a family heirloom or a priceless antique…
If your carpet has been water damaged, you need to do a lot of things in order to save it. Not properly fixing the problem can result in carpets emitting a foul, musty smell or, worse, ends up becoming a growth bed for molds and mildew. Before you start work on your carpet, you need to determine what type of water has seeped into it. If the water damage has been caused by “clean” water, such as that coming from a leaking faucet or an overflowing bathtub, you don’t have to worry about contaminants. You only need to extract the water with a pump or shop-vac and let it dry.
On the other hand, if your carpet was damaged by gray, brown or even black flood waters, it may have been seriously contaminated. Rather than have it become a health hazard in your home, it is more advisable to throw it away.
If your carpet had been damaged by flood waters but not so extensive, here is what you need to do…
- Get as much water out of the carpet as you can with the help of a shop-vac or pump.
- Inspect the padding of the carpet. If it has been ruined by the flood waters, throw it out.
- Wash the carpet using mild wool detergent until the water runs clean.
- Once you have finished washing it, carry it outside and let it dry in the air. Make sure that your carpet is lying flat.
- Once the carpet is dry, inspect it carefully again. If there are still stains or there is a foul smell coming off from it, you might need to repeat the above steps or, better yet, take it to a professional carpet cleaner for a more thorough cleaning.
- If you were forced to remove the ruined carpet padding and throw it away, take the carpet to a carpet repair shop and have a new padding placed.
- Before re-installing your carpet, make sure that the floor is totally clean and dry.
It’s that time of year again! Time to break out the cleaning supplies and trash bags. That yearly ritual is upon us. You hate to think of the time it is going to take you. You wonder if wasting a whole Saturday or even the whole weekend is worth it. We want everything done instantly, that’s the fast paced world we are living in today.
We’ve got some cleaning tips and advice from the pros at Final Touch that will help you get done in record time. Professional home cleaners come prepared and they’re not going to waste any time or money, even on making fewer trips to the store to get supplies. If you can afford it, hire them! If you can’t hire the professionals here’s how to get it done just like you did.
How To Do Spring Cleaning The Right Way
Motivation is key to getting things done and getting them done fast. Motivate yourself and the family with a special outing when the project is complete. The professionals don’t take TV or email breaks and you shouldn’t either. The ultimate goal for professionals is to get in and get out, for you it’s get done and move on!
Listen to some music that really gets you moving. You could even load an audio book onto your iPod and listen to that while you clean. That’s multitasking at its best!
Don’t forget that dirt and dust follow the laws of gravity. It falls just like everything else. So, start at the top and work your way down.
Cleaning Safety Tips
Make sure you dress for the job. You want to be comfortable but functional. The clothes you wear should be loose but not so loose as to catch on corners, doorknobs, or anything that could spill.
If you’re going to be on your knees a lot, look at investing in some knee pads. The professionals use them, and for good reason. You’ll loose steam and motivation quickly if you start feeling uncomfortable.
Don’t forget the gloves! These can keep the germs and chemicals off your skin. The regular yellow cleaning gloves you see at any grocery store will work fine.
Have a Plan!
Probably the most important thing you’re going to want to do, before you even break out the mop, is have a plan! This alone can cut a major amount of time off your cleaning project. Instead of guessing what to do next, you’ll have your plan of action right in front of you.
Top of the list: pick up the clutter.
You don’t want to slide your junk from side to side or just clean under and around it. Doing this first will make your whole job easier.
Windows appears to be fine and superlative if they are clean. Cleaning should be done on a regular basis, at least twice a year.
Given below are some useful techniques for cleaning a window:
• Clean one part of a window with the horizontal strokes and the other part with the vertical strokes. This makes it so you are further away from getting those pesky streaks!
• The big mystery to not big those dreaded streaks we all can’t stand is to simply use a squeegee in a fluid, z formation. The part which can take some trial and error is to never let up on the squeegee, keep it taut on the glass at all times.
• Bring a flexible toothbrush or cotton swab in use to clean the corners.
• To give a superfluous shine to the window glass, polish it with the well-washed cotton T-shirts or old cloth diapers. Or could easily take a new blackboard eraser and work it a wax on wax off motion which will leave and awesome shine.
• Polishing windows with the wrinkled newspaper will have a luminous effect. Which actually leaves an oil from the ink in the paper which then will protect the glass.
• When its time to conqueror the window seals use a dry solvent, like alcohol or ammonia as it will cut the grease from the track ball and lock and also pull out stuck in dirt and ground in bees.
• Make certain that you dry out your windows in one direction only, leftwards or rightwards as mingling of the direction will not give a tidy look.
• If you are cleaning the window sills, scrape the entire surface through the wet cloth sprayed with alcohol so that all the spots get cleared.
Did these tips help you, did they make your guests throw out an unexpected compliment on how clean your windows are? Let us know!
That old saying, “What goes up, must come down” is not true about everything, especially when it comes to gas prices. No matter if you have buildings you clean that are miles apart or you’re just making a trip to buy supplies for specialty stain removal, the more miles you get per gallon of gas means more profit for your cleaning business. Most gas stations charge about the same for gas, so comparison shopping for the “best deal” is not necessarily a good option. However, there are some practical tips you can use to get better gas mileage for your cleaning company’s vehicles.
1. Keep your car tuned up, tires properly inflated and the wheels aligned. You can save at least one mile per gallon by keeping your car in top shape.
2. According to studies done by U.S. Department of Energy, nearly four million gallons of gasoline could be saved nationwide each day for every one pound per square inch (psi) of tire under-inflation, compared to the mileage if ALL vehicle tires were kept inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure.
3. Remove excess weight. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle can reduce your miles per gallon (MPG) by up to 2%. Make sure you remove any unnecessary items and store them at your office.
4. Dont sit around and let you vehicle idle because you’ve wasting money and time. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates approximately four million gallons of gasoline are wasting each day by the 145 million passenger vehicles that are sitting there idling five minutes. Even in cold weather, modern engines do not need excessive warm-up times. Save gas by avoiding excessive warm-up time.
5. Drive sensibly. This means slowing down and avoiding quick speed ups and slow downs. Driving 55 mph as opposed to driving 65 to 70 mph can get you up to 20% better gas mileage. A general rule of thumb to remember is that for every mph you drive over 60 mph you are paying an 20 to 25 cents per gallon for gas.
6. Plan trips wisely. If you have several buildings to clean make sure that your route does not include backtracking. If you are doing several errands, picking up supplies or meeting potential clients, make plans so you can combine all of your driving into one outing.
7. When driving on the highway keep your windows closed. This eliminates air drag. You can reduce your mileage by up to 10% if your windows are open when driving at high speeds on the highway.
8. Air conditioning is a big fuel consumer. It can reduce your fuel efficiency by 10 to 20%! Think twice before turning on your vehicle’s air conditioner.
9. If it all possible, avoid driving during rush hours. The added starts and stops of rush hour traffic will cut into your gas mileage.
10. Anticipate merging traffic and stoplights and decelerate and accelerate smoothly and slowly. Also, when approaching hills, start accelerating before you get to the hill rather than waiting until you are actually driving on the hill.
11. Turn off your engine without revving it. There is no added benefit and it revving your engine wastes gas.
There is little you can do about the rising price of gasoline. But you can help your cleaning company cut its mileage expenses by following the above tips. Don’t throw your profits into your gas tank!
Our customers love having us in a house last step, as the cleaning professionals.
I remember talking with a a co working painting company and we couldn’t agree on what made more sense to be the last person in the house. The cleaning crew or the painter. He said that he liked to be the last one in a home because people, even cleaners will scrape there vacuums up against walls or pull a good yank on an electrical cord and in turn rip off some paint in the door way.
So I get it we are all human. But at Final Touch Cleaning we care so much about our clients homes and our fellow workers paint jobs that we protect corners when possible, and make sure to never let a vacuum or carpet machine touch a wall or corner.
One tip we would like to share is when carrying tools or machines in a home the safest way to avoid hitting walls is to use door stops. I know sounds weird but simply propping a door open differently helps. Also carrying items such as cleaning buckets or vacuum cleaners in front of your body while maneuvering through a house. This makes sure it doesn’t accidentally rub against or scratch a freshly paint wall.Read More