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Are you neglecting one of your biggest investments?

What are the top 5 most expensive investments you own? 
Did you count your flooring?
After your home and possibly your car, your floors are one of the most expensive things you will purchase in your lifetime.
Are you performing the proper maintenance for such an expensive investment?

You wouldn’t think about going years without changing the oil in your car, but when is the last time you had your carpets professionally maintained? Has it been a while?
Did you know flooring manufacturers and even the EPA recommend professional carpet and floor cleaning a minimum of every 12 to 18 months? They do this because they know for their product to last, to perform like it was made to perform, and for the air quality at your home to stay at a high standard, regular maintenance is necessary.
If you’re getting close to the 1 year mark or more, you owe it to yourself and your family to call us today.

Call 941-301-9555 today!

Safety – When a Service Person Comes Into Your Home

Protecting Your Family When Inviting Workers Into Your Home –

5 Easy Steps

As a professional carpet cleaning company, we work inside people’s homes daily. Having a great reputation that precedes us, including many client reviews, helps our clients to feel more comfortable. We primarily serve referred and repeat clients. It can be scary to have a stranger into your home, so we do everything we can to make you feel comfortable, including clearly identifying ourselves by our uniforms and business cards. Being fully insured and performing a complete background check on every new employee helps us further decrease any risk when we send someone to your home. We even send an e-mail with a link to our team members pictures and a brief biography.

You may not always have a level of comfort with every worker that comes to your home. Some companies or individuals have workers that may dress slovenly, their appearance may be intimidating, or they might act unprofessionally. What can you do to keep you and your family safe when you invite workers into your home?

At Overturf’s Cleaning, on our wall we have outlined our Mission, Values, and Purpose. Our purpose is to protect Southwest Florida from uneducated, uninformed, and even downright unscrupulous service companies. A great way to do that is to be educated on what to look for.

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) recommends the following five easy steps for people to protect themselves in their homes:

1. Deal only with reputable local businesses. A business should be able to tell you what precautions they take in hiring someone they plan to send inside your house. If the company you are talking to does not know the specifics, make them find out before you let their workers into your home. If the carpet cleaning firm, plumbing company or other service business will not give you the answers you need, then call someone else. Fly by night, or here today gone tomorrow businesses are unfortunately common in the carpet cleaning industry. Red flags are generally when they advertise extremely low, to-good-to-be true prices. Remember what dear mother said about ‘when it sounds too good to be true.’

Also, don’t let a small business tell you that it is too expensive or difficult to practice safe hiring. Isn’t it better to pay a little more to company that has done the work to make sure they are not sending a dangerous person into your home? There are a number of steps any small business can take to make sure they are hiring safe and qualified people that cost next to nothing. It’s just a matter of having a commitment to customer safety, as opposed to just hiring anyone they can find to do the job.

2. If you are hiring an individual and not a firm, what do you know about them? The best protection is to do past employment checks or reference checks on people who dealt with them in a business capacity. If you know that a person has been gainfully employed for the past few years, it lessens the possibility they have been incarcerated for a serious offense. Make sure they check out. If it does not seem right, then find someone else. A professional screening firm or private investigator can also be contacted to perform a criminal check.

3. For a sensitive position such as a nanny or caregiver, spend the money it takes to do it right. Do a background check, contact a pre-employment screening firm or private investigator to check out the person. The most critical checks are past employment to verify where the person has been as well as a criminal check. When the well being of loved ones are on the line, the extra investment in security is well worth the small costs involved. Background checks can be done for a very reasonable rate these days.

4. Use common sense. You may not check out everyone that comes to your home. A business for example, may come to your home just once to briefly drop something off or make a home repair. BUT use common sense. Have other people around if possible. Do not leave confidential information (such as checkbooks or credit card bills) or valuables lying around. In addition, do not tell store clerks or a person making a one-time visit anything confidential about your personal life, habits or customs that could make you a target in the future. For example, you don’t need to tell a stranger if you are leaving town, or give information about your usual schedule, or if people you live with are away. And if you are uncomfortable for any reason, or something does not seem right, do not let the person in.

5. False sense of security–Be careful about do it yourself background checks on the internet. There are some Internet sites that seem to suggest that they offer a national criminal record search. Unfortunately, a person may be lulled into a completely false sense of security if the name they are searching does not appear on one of these databases. In fact, the appearance of a person’s name on a database is not an indication the person is criminal any more then the absence of a name shows they are not a criminal. Why? Because these Internet services are based upon databases that are best used by professional investigators or screening firms in conjunction with a number of other tools. The databases by themselves are not an authoritative source. Many of the Internet databases are names assembled from correctional or law enforcement databases, or from court repositories that are only as accurate as the individual counties that report records. There is no way to know if the records are complete, accurate or up to date, or if the record is even about the person you are looking for. Actual court files normally must be obtained to locate identifiers. In addition, there are large holes in the geographic coverage.

A consumer is much better off contacting a professional who knows how to utilize such databases, as well as numerous other tools in order to do a legal background check.

We’re not telling you this to make you paranoid about every service person that works at your home. However, it is important that you don’t expose you or your family to potentially dangerous situations. We just want you to be aware of what to look for and how to identify an uneducated, uninformed, or downright unscrupulous service company.

So use caution and common sense so your next service experience can be an outstanding one!

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?

Floor & Fabric Care Specialists
“Excellence is not an act but a habit”

 

Providing you with the most outstanding service experience ever!  

Motivational Moment:

 

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”

Lou Holtz

 

Jeremy
& Stefanie Overturf
Overturf’s Cleaning

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Questions? Call Overturf’s Cleaning at 941-301-9555 today! 

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How to keep your next cleaner from doing this to you.

So many industries require certification and training, and it makes sense. When your faucet is leaking water all over your kitchen, would you want a plumber that is learning on the job, figuring things out as he goes? Did you know that although wonderful training and certification programs are available for carpet cleaners, that certification is currently not required? And even worse, many choose not to become certified.

How to Select a Professional

Cleaning Company

Exhibit A: You may find many carpet cleaners to be uneducated, uninformed, and some even downright unscrupulous.

The above picture was taken by me at my neighbor’s house. I’m always interested in the carpet cleaning companies people choose and why. Notice anything strange? Maybe that the van is parked on the grass and sidewalk?  How awkward would you feel if the company you hired pulled right up onto your lawn like this? Or worse, if you referred this company to a friend or client and you found out this happened to them…how embarrassing would that be?

I didn’t ask my neighbors how the experience went. But do you think it was the most outstanding service experience ever? If this type of attitude was taken towards parking, how do you think things might have gone inside the home? Have you or someone you know been the victim of a nightmare carpet cleaner?

What kind of things can a service company do to provide a better experience and provide the comfort and assurance needed when inviting their technicians into your home?

Some of the systems we’ve put in place are: background and drug tested employees, neatly uniformed technicians with dress and grooming guidelines, clean organized vehicles and systems to ensure timeliness, full insurance, extensive training programs and certifications, inspections and walk throughs, and so much more!

We have a free downloadable consumer guide on our website, www.CleaningManatee.com with a list of questions that will help you choose a cleaning company. One important factor is the education in their industry that the company has. We always recommend using an IICRC Certified cleaner.

What is a “Certified” Carpet Cleaner?

In shopping for carpet cleaning, you may have noticed the word “certified” being used in advertising. You may have seen a logo being used to feature certification. What does this mean to you as a client? Would you be surprised to learn that most carpet cleaning companies have no formal training? That they are not required to be licensed? That there is no requirement to have any certification whatsoever? Is training and certification important? After all, isn’t carpet cleaning a “menial” task that anyone can perform?

Actually, a carpet cleaning professional is working with one of your most valuable assets, your floors. They are also working in your bedrooms and around your family and possibly valuable possessions. Would it make sense to entrust this task to the lowest bidder? Unfortunately, our industry is full of “rogues” that only care about how much money they can get from you, and nothing about the life of your carpeting, or the service experience you receive. They do not care about the industry in which they work.

Have you ever noticed that in many states, air conditioning companies, plumbers, and pest control companies are required to be licensed? Not so for carpet cleaners. Fortunately for you, and for me, there are many fine people in the carpet cleaning industry that realize the standard must be raised.

The most recognized organization in this effort is called the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification). This organization provides certification courses and exams for the carpet cleaning industry. By attending these courses, carpet cleaners are taught about fiber identification, carpet construction, cleaning chemistry, cleaning methods, and professionalism. In order to receive certification, both classroom work, hands on training, and a passed written exam are required.

These valuable concepts equip them to choose the proper procedures for cleaning your carpet. A certified firm such as Overturf’s is on the cutting edge of technology and change in our industry. A certified firm knows the right way to apply cleaning procedures and chemistry. A certified firm is working together with other certified firms to raise the standard of carpet cleaning in general, therefore providing you with a higher quality product.

Special Note: Never use a carpet cleaner that is not certified by the IICRC.

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!

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