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3 Ways to Keep Dust Out of Your Home

It’s one of the most frustrating things… moving an item on a bookshelf only to see a clear outline of where something was sitting.
Or how about moving a piece of furniture and discovering a herd of “dust bunnies” has taken up residence.Dust happens to everyone, even those who attempt to keep their homes spotless. While you can’t keep every last speck of dust out, you can greatly reduce the amount of dust that finds its way into your home.Here are just a few ways to create a healthier (and more dust-free) home.

Run the HVAC

While you may enjoy having open windows when the weather is nice, using your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is actually better for keeping dust out. As long as you make sure your filters are changed on a regular basis.

Door mats

While dust can become airborne, most soil comes into the home from shoes. Having quality door mats to catch the dirt means less build-up of soil and debris in the home, reducing dust particles as well. Leaving shoes on the door mats or at the door is another smart idea.

Cleaning

Yes, you clean on a regular basis, but some extra effort with the details will help keep the dust out. When dusting tables, desks, bookshelves and other surfaces, use microfiber cloths to better grab the dust. When sweeping the hard floors, follow up with a damp mopping. It will really grab the dust sticking to the floor. Be sure to vacuum not only the top of your area rugs, but also turn them over and vacuum the backs. And for your wall-to-wall carpet, vacuum several times a week, especially in high traffic areas and entryways.

When it’s time for a deep cleaning of your floors and fabrics, whether your carpets, Oriental rugs, hardwood floors, tile, upholstery, or even your dryer vents, call our professionals! 941-301-9555

Carpet Cleaning: It’s Good for You

Everyone is concerned about better health. We shop for healthy foods. We take our vitamins. We visit our doctor on a regular basis. We drink filtered water. What we might not appreciate is the value of filtered air.

How to you effectively filter the air in your home? You got it…changing the filters in your furnace system on a regular, scheduled basis. If you wait too long, you know it because the filter is just so darned dirty. It makes a mess when you change it. So you vow to do it more often, and maybe even put it on your wall calendar so you don’t forget. We just started using a service that ships them to us every 3 months so we don’t forget. You might even pick up a better quality filter, such as one that uses HEPA standards.

But what about the biggest filter in your home? Wonder what it is? Just look down…if you have carpet, that’s the filter that often gets ignored. If you don’t have much carpet, odds are you have area rugs covering those hard floors. Those area rugs are filters too.

Carpet in a home is a protection for you, because it traps all kinds of allergens that can be the bane of asthma sufferers. Carpet is a filter and, like all filters, has to be either changed or cleaned. It’s not practical to change your carpet every year or so (heck, no one could afford that!) but you can – and should – have it cleaned.

Remember, allergens are very light and float in the air, and are respiratory concerns, especially for allergy and asthma sufferers. Carpet helps to keep those particulates to a minimum.

There are many documented studies about how homes and facilities, such as schools, are healthier because of carpet and regular cleaning schedules.

So enjoy your carpet, and have your Bradenton and Sarasota carpet cleaning done by the pro’s at Overturf’s Floor & Fabric Care.

Carpet Cleaning Indoor Air Quality

Caught up in the day to day of life, we often don’t realize that the main reason for cleaning carpets shouldn’t be because they look dirty. If they look dirty, they are past the time they should have been cleaned.

The main reason for cleaning carpets is for your health. Professional carpet cleaning is one of the main factors that contribute to indoor air quality. The article below examines why.

Enjoy your day!

Jeremy & Stefanie

Indoor Air Quality – Health and Carpet

Have you heard the one about indoor air being more polluted than outdoor air?

Unfortunately, it’s not a joke, according to the EPA.

How so? The primary reason is that indoor air is trapped with no where to circulate. Rarely does it get completely replaced (How often do you keep your windows open in the summertime, and if so, how much of a breeze is coming through your home?). Outdoor air though constantly gets blown away and replaced by different air.

This trapped air in our home is constantly combining with new pollutants that we bring home everyday: from our clothes, shoes, our hair, our bodies, our pets, our garages, and countless other sources. These pollutants eventually settle on our furniture, our floors, our rugs, and yes, our carpet. Your carpet is actually a great filter for trapping these pollutants.

However, when someone walks over them, they stir back up into your air and you and your family breathe them. A great example is when you look at a stream of sunlight or if you’ve ever seen the beam of light from a film projector. Did you notice all the dust floating around? That is in the air we breathe over and over. That’s why indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air.

 

There is a way out of this vicious cycle.

2 of the most important steps are:

1. Vacuum regularly – at least once a week. If you have children and/or pets this is especially important and you may even want to do it more often depending on your circumstances. Get a powerful vacuum with HEPA filtration.

2. Get your carpet cleaned thoroughly and regularly. This rids your home of these pollutants lurking in your carpet. You will want to have a professional service do this around once per year. Why a professional? Because I am one? No, but because the little machine you rent from the grocery store just isn’t pulling that much of those pollutants out. Professional carpet cleaning equipment along with cleaners available to the experts will get deep down contaminants while over the counter equipment and cleaners often just remove surface dirt. Yes Sarasota carpet cleaning is a major factor.

Yes, cleaning your carpet is the best solution for removing indoor air pollution.  And that’s why we recommend cleaning all rooms of carpet even if they don’t look dirty.

How often should you get them professionally cleaned? It can vary, based on conditions in the home such as smoking, pets, children, the amount of foot traffic.

The U.S. EPA outlined a letter in January 1989 that contained a chart with the amount of time between cleanings. According to it, the longest recommended interval between cleanings to maintain indoor air quality is 12 months.

What would it be worth if regular carpet cleanings could mean one less doctor visit for your family? Could my indoor air quality help me to be able to breath better and get sick less?

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Cleaning up after sick kids…

How thankful can we possibly be?

We are so grateful for all the positive comments, referrals, and for your continuing to use us for your home!

Below is a carpet care tip for removing vomit.

Whether your kids over do the candy this holiday season, your pet gets sick, or uncle Earl has a bit too much eggnog, this may come in handy.

 

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Vomit  

(this needs to be removed as soon as possible to avoid a permanent stain):

Always test anything you put on your carpets in an inconspicuous area first (a closet, a corner) to make sure it does no damage or no color loss occurs. Always use a white towel, as color towels may transfer color.

  • Remove as much of the stain as possible by using a spoon or dull knife. Blot up as much of the stain as possible with white paper towels.
  • Neutralize by spraying the affected area with an ammonia solution (1 tablespoon of clear household ammonia and 1/2 cup of water). Care should be taken to remove all protein matter. Blot to remove excess moisture.
  • Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water; examples of safe detergents are Dawn and Joy.) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
  • Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.

· Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry. If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary. Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.

Of course, we will be happy to come out and give the area a thorough cleaning to provide a healthy environment, but act quickly so no permanent stain occurs!

NEW! Anti Allergy Treatment

Allergies and Wintertime

According to Cleanfax magazine, the number of people in the U.S. suffering from allergies ranges from 50 to 70 million. Of this number, about one-third are children. Does someone in your family suffer from allergies?

I know personally that many of you have expressed to me that a main reason you have regular carpet cleaning done is to help with allergies.

Many allergies are triggered by pollen and mold during warmer months, but when people spend more time indoors during cooler seasons, allergies tend to be triggered by dust and other indoor allergens.

One of the most effective remedies for these health issues is deep cleaning carpet and upholstery. A study by the Carpet and Rug Institute concluded that when properly maintained, carpet actually improves IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality). This is because clean carpet helps to reduce the levels of airborne allergens and other particulates that can cause respiratory reactions.

In an effort to further help our clients that suffer from allergies, we are offering an additional service that provides allergy relief, effective immediately.

Anti-Allergen Treatment

How it Works

Using active ingredients derived from naturally occurring extracts found in certain fruit seeds and plants, we are able to help neutralize the irritants caused by dust-mites, which helps relieve some of your allergic reactions to these.

What does this treatment do? It does not kill dust-mites, but neutralizes the feces (which is what causes the allergic reaction).

“The Allergy Relief Treatment formulation was effective in reducing the concentration of Der p 1 (dust mite allergen) in pooled house dust samples by 90%.” Dust Mite Allergen Denaturation: A Trial of Allergy Relief Treatment. Richard Thorogood, MI Bio., Auckland University School of Medicine.

 

“(Allergy Relief Treatment) was shown to have denaturing effects on Fel d 1 (Cat), Can f 1 (Dog), Der p 1 (Dust Mites), and Der f 1 (Dust Mites) in dust samples containing these allergens.”
P. Brock Williams, Ph.D. Director of Research IBT
Reference Laboratory Lenexa, KS

What is denaturing?

Denaturing means this treatment scrambles the structure of the allergens, so that your body no longer recognizes them. Since your body doesn’t recognize the allergen, it will not respond with an allergic response (sneezing, etc.).

We can apply this treatment to your carpet, upholstery and/or mattress. We recommend you have this done after you have the surfaces thoroughly cleaned. In fact, we can perform it after cleaning and applying Scotchgard protector to your carpets, furniture, or mattress.This treatment has been highly recommended to us by some of the top cleaners in the country. Their clients have benefited greatly from it, and it has proven to be an effective and safe way to control dust mite allergens.

Our Natural Allergy Relief Treatment products are hypoallergenic, non-toxic, dye and perfume free. It is derived from renewable fruit and vegetable seeds. Our product is specially created for safe use around people who suffer from allergies and chemical sensitivities. It can be safely and effectively used in homes with children and pets.

Call us today at 941-301-9555 if you are interested in having this highly effective and safe allergy treatment for your home.

Indoor Air Quality – Health and Carpet

Have you heard the one about indoor air being more polluted than outdoor air?

Unfortunately, it’s not a joke, according to the EPA.

How so? The primary reason is that indoor air is trapped with no where to circulate. Rarely does it get completely replaced (How often do you keep your windows open in the summertime, and if so, how much of a breeze is coming through your home?).  Outdoor air though constantly gets blown away and replaced by different air.

This trapped air in our home is constantly combining with new pollutants that we bring home everyday: from our clothes, shoes, our hair, our bodies, our pets, our garages, and countless other sources. These pollutants eventually settle on our furniture, our floors, our rugs, and yes, our carpet. Your carpet is actually a great filter for trapping these pollutants.

However, when someone walks over them, they stir back up into your air and you and your family breathe them. A great example is when you look at a stream of sunlight or if you’ve ever seen the beam of light from a film projector. Did you notice all the dust floating around? That is in the air we breathe over and over. That’s why indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air.

There is a way out of this vicious cycle. 2 of the most important steps are:

1. Vacuum regularly – at least once a week. If you have children and/or pets this is especially important and you may even want to do it more often depending on your circumstances. Get a powerful vacuum with HEPA filtration.

2. Get your carpet cleaned thoroughly and regularly. This rids your home of these pollutants lurking in your carpet. You will want to have a professional service do this around once per year. Why a professional? Because I am one? No, but because the little machine you rent from the grocery store just isn’t pulling that much of those pollutants out. Professional carpet cleaning equipment along with cleaners available to the experts will get deep down contaminants while over the counter equipment and cleaners often just remove surface dirt. Yes Sarasota carpet cleaning is a major factor.

Yes, cleaning your carpet is the best solution for removing indoor air pollution.  And that’s why we recommend cleaning all rooms of carpet even if they don’t look dirty.

How often should you get them professionally cleaned? It can vary, based on conditions in the home such as smoking, pets, children, the amount of foot traffic.

The U.S. EPA outlined a letter in January 1989 that contained a chart with the amount of time between cleanings. According to it, the longest recommended interval between cleanings to maintain indoor air quality is 12 months.

What would it be worth if regular carpet cleanings could mean one less doctor visit for your family? Could my indoor air quality help me to be able to breath better and get sick less?

Call Today - 941.301.9555 for Manatee & Sarasota Counties
or 813.438.2201 for Brandon, Sun City Center & River View