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Your Carpets Have New Year’s Resolutions Too!

Businesses often have more foot traffic during the holidays, especially with all those office parties and events.  When these events are over, there tends to be a glaring eyesore that catches everyone’s attention – the nasty stain or visible soiling on your carpet!

While you may have done your best to prevent food and drink spills, there’s always that one person (or more) who got a little too carried away.  And who knows what was on the soles of the shoes that tromped through everywhere!  Slush, mud, water, and all kinds of winter debris may have been brought in, which can not only damage your carpets but can also be hazardous to your health!

Help Your Carpets Fulfill Their New Year’s Resolution by Getting Them Cleaned!

With 2018 in full swing and you working hard toward achieving your New Year’s resolutions, why not help your carpets achieve theirs with a thorough deep cleaning?

They are a large investment in your building and one of the first things people notice.  Any glaring stains on your carpet need to be addressed so you can maintain a positive first impression when people enter your building.  And, whether visible or not, extracting the dirt and debris from foot traffic is vital for your occupant’s health.

If you are ever unsure about proper methods on how to restoratively clean your carpets, reach out to the experts who can recommend what needs to be done – ahem, Mister Kleen!

When you select a reputable provider that specializes in commercial carpet cleaning, the technicians will be able to recommend proper restorative methods of cleaning to get the results you want.  They can also advise you on measures to help prevent your carpets from future staining.

In addition to scheduling a restorative carpet cleaning, below are a few more tips you can incorporate to help you preserve your carpet during the winter months:

  • Place a welcome mat outside every entrance door, and a small runner or rug inside. These coverings will take care of most debris that could be tracked in.
  • Vacuum your carpets frequently. By creating and following a regular vacuuming schedule, you can reduce the amount of dirt collected in the carpet fibers.
  • Regulate heat and minimize the use of humidifiers to help preserve the longevity of your carpets.

Why Not Get Your Upholstery a New Year’s Resolution Cleaning As Well?

Kill two birds with one stone!  It makes sense to tackle your upholstery cleaning around the same time you are scheduling to have your carpets restoratively cleaned.

In many situations, your upholstery cleaning will incorporate a similar process that is being used for your carpets – e.g., hot water extraction or a steam cleaning method.

A simple count of how many chairs and pieces of furniture you want restoratively cleaned and the style of the furniture will help determine the right process to be used. Mister Kleen has trained specialists who can assist you with this so you can get an accurate quote to ensure your upholstery is cleaned properly.

Who doesn’t want to look and feel great in 2018?  Your carpets and upholstery do!

Schedule an inspection of your carpets and upholstery and get a quote from Mister Kleen today!

Three Questions to Have Answered Before Hiring a Carpet Cleaning Company

Your first impression is a lasting one. This is particularly the case with your carpets, which represents a significant interior investment that gets a lot of foot traffic.

Below are three tips we have provided to help you in your quest to ensure you hire the right company to improve the appearance and health of your carpets.

Tip 1 – Is the Company Certified by a Reputable Organization?

It would not be wise to receive medical treatment from an unlicensed practitioner, nor would it be smart to hire a carpet cleaning firm that is not certified by a reputable organization.

Companies that are certified by a reputable organization are trained experts to avoid making mistakes such as using the wrong processes, equipment, and chemicals on your carpets.

How to find a certified carpet cleaning firm?

The main body that oversees the carpet cleaning industry is the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Cleaning companies that have the IICRC seal of approval are deemed to be “experts” in the knowledge and execution of properly cleaning carpets. These certified companies are in it for the long haul and are not some fly-by-night operation.

The IICRC certification cannot be bought. Carpet cleaners must earn the certification through study, experience and successful completion of formal, written examinations. Cleaners who are certified by the IICRC have in effect earned a degree in carpet cleaning.

The IICRC website lists certified organizations within your area. Just choose your region, then enter your zip code to find local certified firms close to your facility.

By using a company that is certified by the IICRC, you not only improve the health and appearance of your carpets, you also prolong the life of your investment.

Tip 2 – How long has the company been in business?

Are you calling a small fly-by-night company to save money on cleaning your carpets? Or, are you reaching out to an established, reputable, and certified company to properly clean your carpets and improve the health of your indoor environment?

Not using the right products, processes and equipment to extract indoor air pollutants and restoratively clean your carpets can lead to greater health concerns. According to the American Lung Association, a higher level of indoor air pollution “contributes to the development of infections, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases such as asthma.”

Also, indoor air pollution can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea, and fatigue. All of these factors lead to indoor environmental health issues, which play a significant role in lowering your level of productivity, not to mention how well you feel. This is why hiring a reputable company that specializes in cleaning carpets for both health and appearance is the way to go.

Also, when seeking the right company, be sure to investigate their track record working in similar environments. Not all carpet cleaning companies are the best fit for your needs.

For instance, a company that specializes in cleaning residential homes may not be the right fit to clean a large number of carpets in a school or commercial office facility. Using such a company may end up costing you a lot more in labor dollars as they may not have the correct equipment to clean your carpets efficiently.

Tip 3 – Did you receive a carpet cleaning recommendation?

Any carpet cleaning company can send you a quote, but does that quote include a recommendation of the right process to use?

There are two primary methods to use when cleaning your carpets – dry or wet clean.

Dry cleaning can involve any of the following methods:

  • Dry foam – includes an application of shampoo on your carpet, which is then left to dry. Once dried, the shampoo is extracted through a vacuum.
  • Dry-chem – this process is similar to the dry foam method. The main difference, however, is that when a dry-chemical is used, a large cotton bonnet is set on your carpet. Using a machine, the bonnet spins from side-to-side, absorbing the dirt in the carpet. After the bonnet is saturated with dirt, another cotton bonnet is applied. This process is referred to as “Bonnet Cleaning.”
  • Dry-compound – spreads an absorbent mixture that looks like wet sawdust all over your carpet. A machine is then used to brush the mixture into the carpet. Then when the mixture is dried, a vacuum cleaner is used to extract the material out of the carpet.

Neither of these options is the most effective as they can leave a residue that is hard to remove and can destroy your carpet fibers.

Wet clean via hot water extraction

If your carpets have not been cleaned in a while, then a more appropriate and effective method to clean your carpets is through a wet cleaning approach via hot water extraction.

With this method, a hot water cleaning solution under high pressure is forced into the carpet and then extracted immediately back out of the carpet. This process can be performed using either a portable machine or truck mount.

If you have carpet tiles and/or sensitive wiring underneath your carpet tile, then hot water extraction is not the way to go. A more appropriate use under these scenarios would be to use a low moisture encapsulation (LME) method.

The LME method is a newer technology that has recently become an accepted way for commercial and residential carpet deep cleaning. Encapsulation carpet chemicals are manufactured with ingredients that do not leave a harmful sticky residue on the carpet. They also have a crystalline polymer included that is designed to trap and hold any remaining soil that is left behind in the cleaning process. When the carpet dries, the crystalline and soil are vacuumed up during the next dry vacuum cycle.

The LME method is also recommended to be a good interim cleaning/maintenance process in between hot water extraction cleanings. Encapsulation cleaning keeps carpets cleaner for longer periods of time compared to other methods, and this method also avoids the drying time of carpet extractions as carpets can be immediately walked on.

While you may think hiring any carpet cleaning company will suffice, in reality, it won’t. Your carpets trap many pollutants, which can be toxic to your health. Hiring a professional carpet cleaning provider that is reputable and certified by the IICRC, and provides the right recommendations to clean your carpets to improve their health and appearance is the way to go.

 

Mister Kleen is a leading provider of contract cleaning services to Commercial and High Security facilities since 1976. Our primary service area is the DC Metro region. We also provide a variety of interior and exterior specialty services.

The Importance of Cleaning Your Carpets and Upholstery this Spring

Spring is officially here, which means it’s time for a spring cleaning of your carpets and upholstery!

Most offices elect to have their carpets and upholstery restoratively cleaned this time of year. This makes sense considering all the salt, sand, dirt and debris that has been tracked inside from the winter months.

While appearance of your carpets and upholstery absolutely matters, at Mister Kleen we are also a strong proponent of making sure your indoor environment is as healthy as can be. This means making sure your carpets and upholstery are properly cleaned and extracted of all the dirt and debris trapped deep within their fibers that would otherwise continue to pollute your indoor environment if not removed.

Have you ever seen what comes out of your carpets and upholstery while they are being restoratively cleaned?

The photo below is what can be found inside your carpets, which isn’t pretty to look at:

Dirty Water Carpet Extraction

We want you to be as healthy as can be, and providing a heathier indoor environment will benefit your overall well-being.

Below are some articles we’ve published in the past that can help further educate you on proper cleaning of your carpets and upholstery:

Is Your Cleaning Company Hurting Your Carpets?

Why Your Upholstery Needs a Clean Makeover This Spring

If you are in need of a complimentary quote from a certified company by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) this spring, then certainly let us know. We’d be more than happy to help improve the health of your indoor environment.Request a Quote

Mister Kleen is a leading provider of contract cleaning services to Commercial and High Security facilities since 1976. Our primary service area is the DC Metro region. We also provide a variety of interior and exterior specialty services.

 

4 Practical Tips to Keep Your Office Clean this Spring

Hello Spring!  By following these four (4) cleaning (Kleening) tips you are sure to keep your office clean (Kleen) and healthy this spring!

KLEEN TIP 1 – CARPETS AND FLOORS:

Carpets

Winters can take a beating on your carpets and floors with all the salt, sand, snow, dirt and debris tracked into your facility. While it is good to maintain your carpets and floors by performing regular vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping, it is even more beneficial to perform a deep cleaning to restore these areas.

Don’t be deceived by the appearance of your floors. Just because your floors don’t appear to be dirty, more than likely they are. This is especially true with the dirt and debris that is lying dormant inside your carpet fibers, or the dirt and debris trapped within the grout of your tile floors.

Ultimately, when you have a deep restorative cleaning done to your carpets and floors you will improve your indoor air quality and promote a healthier environment as allergens (such as mold, dust mites, and dander) are removed.

Unsure of how to perform a restorative process of your carpets and floors this spring? Click here to learn more about our various specialty and restoration processes, or schedule a free consultation with a trained technician today.

KLEEN TIP 2 – UPHOLSTERY:

Upholstery

While carpets and floors can get a lot of tender loving care (TLC) in the spring, it is imperative that your upholstery receives proper care as well. After all, who knows how much dirt and debris is within the fabric of your upholstery (or how many people have tracked in dirt and debris from sitting on your furniture) until you actually clean it.

Whether you have office chairs, regular chairs, ottomans, love seats, sofas, or fabric partitions with your cubicles, the spring is the perfect time to get these restoratively cleaned. Similar to your carpets and floors, having a restorative cleaning performed with your upholstery can improve your indoor air quality as you are extracting dirt, debris, and harmful allergens.

Here are three tips to clean your upholstery this spring.

KLEEN TIP 3 – CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS AND KEEP THEM CLOSED:

Windows

Pollen is just about everywhere in the spring. While it is nice to open up your windows to allow fresh air in, you could be putting yourself in harm’s way as pollen counts are at its highest during the spring season. Also, what’s worse is that you are now contaminating your carpets and floors (that you just had restored) with outdoor allergens making the inside of your facility dustier and your allergies worse.

Keep your windows closed and make sure you spend some TLC on cleaning the inside and outside of your windows as your windows truly are a reflection of your business.

Click here for more information on window washing to showcase a beautiful reflection to you and your visitors this spring.

KLEEN TIP 4 – CLEAN GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS:

Gutters and Downspouts

You may not realize it, but all those remnants from blooming flowers and trees can accumulate quickly and clog your gutters, down spouts and drains. Be prepared as spring and summer months can generate large amounts of rain, which can lead to a flood inside your facility.

Remember to clean all your gutters and down spouts at least twice a year. Also, check all exterior drains for debris on a bi-weekly basis, and if you have a sump pump make sure it is working.

If the unfortunate does occur with flooding inside your facility, make sure you inform your insurance company, take pictures, and call a reputable water restoration company to extract the water and restore your carpets and floors.

Another 6 Weeks of Winter: Are Your Carpets & Pipes Prepared?

Winter is tough on buildings. Freezing temperatures, moisture, wind, and melting snow can create havoc on the exterior and interior of your building(s) that can lead to costly repairs.

One critical area to pay special attention to this winter is your carpets as employees and visitors will track in slush, mud, water, and all kinds of winter debris.

Carpets

Below are some Mister Kleen tips to help you preserve your carpet during the winter months:

  • Make sure that every entrance to the building has a welcome mat outside the door, and a small runner or rug inside. These coverings will take care of most debris that could be tracked onto your carpets.
  • Vacuum your carpets frequently. If you create and follow a regular vacuuming schedule you can reduce the amount of dirt collected in the carpet fibers.
  • Regulate heat and minimize the use of humidifiers to help preserve the longevity of clean carpets.
  • Schedule a carpet cleaning with a trained cleaning technician. When choosing a carpet cleaning company it’s important to select a professional provider, preferably one that is certified. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a non-profit organization that certifies and develops standards for inspection, cleaning and restoration among building service contractors. The IICRC also serves as a valuable consumer referral source for certified technicians and firms, of which Mister Kleen is a member.

Frozen PipesAnother winter issue is flooding. While it may sound counter-intuitive, winter flooding is common as pipes will freeze and burst, which can create a costly expense if a flood occurs. We’ve compiled a few helpful tips below to help you prevent burst pipes that often cause this kind of disaster.

  • Make sure to shut off all outside water bib sources.
  • If you are going out of town, or your office will be vacant, be sure to turn off your main water source, if possible.
  • Keep your heat on at all times to prevent pipes from freezing.

For more helpful tips click here.

If a pipe happens to burst and cause a flood then call a licensed plumber. Below are a couple of web resources to assist you in finding a plumber:

http://www.plumbingnetworks.com/

http://www.findaplumber.com/

If the flood cannot be cleaned up with a mop, bucket and towels then don’t fret – simply place two calls:

1)      Your insurance company to report the flood

2)      A professional maintenance company that specializes in flood restoration work

While we still have six (6) more weeks of winter to go taking these simple precautions will ensure your building is headache free during the winter months. By utilizing our recommended tips your building will be ready for spring!

 

Mister Kleen is a leading provider of contract cleaning services to Commercial and High Security facilities since 1976. Our primary service area is the DC Metro region. We also provide a variety of interior and exterior specialty services.

 

Specialty Projects Update

Do you suffer from allergies?  This year our area has hit an all-time high with being the worst allergy season ever.  The best thing for thwarting off allergens in your home or business is to have your carpets, upholstery and floors cleaned on a regular basis which can help reduce the amount of dust particles trapped in fabric and on floors.  Not only will it help with allergens, it will also help increase the overall appearance and extend the life of your carpets, upholstery and floors. With summer in full-swing now is the perfect time to schedule a cleaning of your carpets, floors, and upholstery to rid all the pollen, dirt and debris. Our Special Services team will work with you to create a customized program that fits your needs.

 

Specialty Projects Update 2

Clean your gutters and downspouts!  You may not realize it, but all those remnants from blooming flowers and trees can accumulate quickly and clog your gutters, down spouts and drains.  Be prepared for summer storms that can produce large amounts of rain and cause a flood at your home or business.  Remember to clean all gutters and down spouts at least twice a year; check all exterior drains for debris on a bi-weekly basis; and if you have a sump pump be sure it is working.  If a flood does occur, make sure you inform your insurance company, take pictures and call Mister Kleen. We specialize in water restoration and will respond to your flood emergency.

If you have any questions regarding our services, please feel free to call Christy Clark, Director of Field Services at (703) 719-6900, ext. 26.

Have a wonderful summer!

Christy Clark, RBSM
Director of Field Services