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Hard floors are typically easier to keep clean due and can be very beneficial when a spill occurs. You can maintain your tile by sweeping and mopping every so often. Over time, however, dirt and grime will begin to build up in the most porous areas. You may notice the grout lines are a little darker than you remember, or you may notice your feet darkened by soil and debris when walking across them barefoot. A simple way to check the cleanliness of your grout is to find an area that is untouched by traffic or spills. Common places are in the back of the pantry closet, or underneath cabinetry, or anywhere else that's usually unreachable. If that grout looks brighter and newer, it is probably time to have your floors professionally cleaned.
There are two features of professional cleaning that can't be replicated by a do-it-yourselfer. High pressure water is one, and this is very effective at blasting buried grime out of the porous areas of your floor. The second feature is extraction. When you mop, you always leave behind some dirty water. A professional floor cleaner, using extraction equipment, will vacuum all the soiled water leaving behind clean, crisp floors. Check out our process, pics, and pricing on the Tile Floor Cleaning page.
Steam cleaning is the common phrase used to describe a carpet cleaning process known as "Hot Water Extraction". The name originates from the visible steam that emanates from the carpet cleaning tools. The steam itself has very little to do with the cleaning other than suggesting the water being used is hot. The combination of hot water, the right pressure, and strong vacuum suction are needed to deliver good results using this method of cleaning. For truck-mounted systems, a gasoline engine powers three components to execute this method. Most of the power is used by the vacuum blower to create the suction. The motor also powers a water pump to to move the water to the cleaning tool. If you've every cleaned anything, you know that hot water works best. Most new systems use a "heat exchange" method which circulates the fresh water through the engine exhaust chamber allowing for temperatures of 200 degrees or more.
If you want the deepest carpet cleaning possible, this cleaning system is one step in a complete cleaning process. Check out our process, pics, and pricing on the Carpet Cleaning page.
If you're having drying issues, it's important to identify whether the source of the problem is coming from the dryer itself or the vent. In nearly all cases, this can be identified by asking one question. Is the dryer producing heat? If the answer is yes, but clothes are still taking long to dry, the problem in nearly all cases is the dryer vent. If you want a definitive answer, you can disconnect your dryer from the duct behind the dryer and vent it out into the garage (electric dryers only. Gas dryer exhaust is poisonous). If doing this fixes your drying issues there is no longer a question that the dryer duct is clogged. If you continue to have drying issues even when the dryer is disconnected from the wall, your dryer is the problem. Check out our process, pics, and pricing on the Dryer Vent Cleaning page.
We like to put exact timelines on maintenance, but everyone's home is different. There are some variables to consider when determining how often to have your carpet cleaned.
1. Do you have pets?
2. Do you have young children?
3. Do you wear shoes inside (on carpet)?
4. Do you vacuum less than 3+ times a week
Many online publications suggest having your carpet cleaned once a year. If none of these common soiling factors apply to you, you can probably go longer. If you answered yes one or two, then once a year would normally be sufficient. If you answered yes to 3-4, you may consider having your carpet cleaned twice per year. Some families with allergies may benefit from more frequent cleanings as well. Check out our process, pics, and pricing on the Carpet Cleaning page.