Who is the IICRC and why should I use an IICRC accredited business to clean my carpets, area rugs, and upholstered furniture?

The IICRC is the governing oranizaion over the carpet cleaning industry. They have a committee that creates and revises the IICRC standards which establish proceedures for the carpet cleaning process (also tile cleaning, hardwood cleaning, area rug cleaning, pet treatments, odor control, green products, and more). Also, the IICRC is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards developing organization. All of the IICRC Standards have gone through the ANSI accredidation prcess.

In addition to the creation and revision of standards, the IICRC also supports educational efforts by members. If you hire a member IICRC Carpet Cleaning Company then you are hiring an educated carpet cleaner. With the large variety of carpet fibers and protection products being used to condition the carpet fibers, it’s critical to have a professional carpet cleaner that understands the appropriate cleaning chemicals and protection chemicals to use for your application. Next time you call a Carpet Cleaner, ask them if they are IICRC approved. Look them up on the IICRC website to assure that they are in good standing. Visit the IICRC website at www.iicrc.org. (Now known as The Clean Trust)

Cleaning tile, stone, and grout on your floors

For the most part, it is not necessary to seal cermamic and porcelain tiles. Most ceramic and porcelain tiles have a baked glazed surface, and therefore the surface is not very porous. However, natural stone products such as tumbled stone, travertine, and marble are very porous and should be sealed periodically. Additionally, whether or not you have ceramic, porcelain, or natural stone on your floor, your grout is very porous and should be sealed periodically. How often….. you can determine that as a homeowner, by simply putting some drops of water on your natural stone and grout. If the spots darken, then the water is penetrating the material, and it’s time to seal your floor.

After sealing your floor, which should be done by a professional, it’s important to understand which products are suitable for cleaning your tile. You should only use a PH nuetral cleaner to maintain your floor. This will keep your sealer properties at a higher level. Use of any cleaner other than a PH nuetral can cause damage to the sealer, and allow liquids spilled on the floor to penetrate the grout and floor, thus causing spots to appear that may be very difficult to remove. If you have questions about tile and grout cleaning, carpet cleaning, pet accident cleaning, and upholstery cleaning call Sheila at PCS Lake Norman at (704) 663-2787.

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Controlling pet odors using disinfectants

People will often use disinfectants to combat pet odors, only to have the odor return. Disinfectants will create temporary relief, but will not permanantly eliminate pet odors. During the urine’s stagnant stage, the disinfectant will reduce the amount of odor causing bacteria, but as soon as the antimicrobial subsides the odor causing bacteria will be to quickly multiply, thus bring back the odor. See my other posts on eliminating odor causing bacteria for effectively controlling pet odors.

Updated carpet cleaning coupons for the Lake Norman area

The new carpet cleaning coupons have been posted on our website at . This is a great time of the year to get excellant deals as many of the carpet cleaners are lowering their prices. Call now at 704-663-2787 to take advantage of thes great deals before the holiday season begins.

As Fall arives I want to thank all of our loyal customers who had carpet cleaning, area rug cleaning, upholstered furniture cleaning, ducts and dryer vents cleaning, tile cleaning, pet accident cleaning, pet odor treatment, and water damage services performed by us this past summer. We will continue to reward your loyal support with great deals during the fall and winter months! Call Sheila in October 2011 to make your arrangements before the holiday season arrives so that we can reserve your appointment early.

Spills, spills, spills

The key to resolving spills is to react quickly. Spills can be minimized or completely eliminated if they are treated immediately. Go to our spot removal guide in our client services area and look up the type of spill that you have. If you are not sure call Sheila at (704) 663-2787 and she may be able to help you resolve the spill without spending a lot of money.

Check the website for new coupons

Take advantage of our current specials now. We will be updating the coupons soon. Don’t miss out on the great savings that we are currently offering on carpet cleaning, area rug cleaning, tile cleaning, and upholstery cleaning, as well as our half price specials on pet stain removal and pet odor control, and stain guard treatment. Get it now while you can.

Surviving hurricane Irene

I hope everone up and down the east coast made it through Irene with their health. We’ve been through several of these natural disasters in the past (Hugo, Northridge earthquake, Wittier Narrows earthquake, and countless fire), but this one did not seem as distructive. Always important to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

In the aftermath, if you had water damage make sure to take proactive measures to prevent mold and sustain a healthy environment. Don’t wait, if you suspect that you have damages in your crawl space, your subfloor, your padding and carpet, and especially in your HVAC system and walls, call a professional to come out and mitigate your circumstances. Look for the obvious, standing water, musty odors, and wet walls. Mold will hide in places that you never see. If you see or sense any symptoms, it’s time to act. Your health is most important.

If you have any questions, call Sheila at (704) 663-2787 and she’ll help point you in the right direction.

Make sure to look at our available coupons for great savings on water damage restoration, carpet cleaning, area rug cleaning, carpet repairs, tile cleaning, upholstery cleaning, pet accident and pet odor treatment.

Neighborhood specials

Sheila will be putting out flyers in specific neighborhoods for unbelievable deals for on the spot carpet cleaning while we’re in your neighborhood. Just fill out the form, tape it to your front door and we’ll be there that day to clean your carpets. These deals are priced so low that we can only afford to do them that day while we’re in your neighborhood.
While we’re there, make sure to ask the technician about area rug cleaning, duct cleaning, tile cleaning, upholstered furniture cleaning, carpet restretching (get the wrinkles out), car interior cleaning, and dryer vent cleaning.

Carpet cleaning coupons for the Lake Norman, NC and surrounding areas

Go to our coupon page under client area to get our latest hot and sizzling deals. Or just click on the following link and take advantage of these great back to school specials for carpet cleaning, area rug cleaning, tile cleaning, duct cleaning and sanitizing, and carpet stretching before the end of August.

Carpet types and cleaning

Understanding the type of carpet that you are cleaning is critical for carpet cleaner technicians. Each of the main fibers that are used in the manufacturing of carpet have their own characteristics, which determines how the carpet should be cleaned. The following fibers are the most common fibers found in carpets:

1) Nylon – the most durable of fibers and is best suited for higher traffic areas in residential environments (I’ll keep this blog limited to residential as opposed to commercial carpets). It’s the easiest fiber to clean because it does not attact soily oils. However, many of the nylon carpets are not solutioned dyed, which makes it the easiest carpet to stain. It’s critical for nylon to have protection to keep it from surviving it’s desired life expectancy.

2) Olefin (also referred to as polypropelyne) – does not have the strength and durability of nylon. It will abraid and “brown out” or “ugly out” the quickest of all fibers. It attracts oily soils very easily, but it is a very easy carpet to professionally clean, because the fiber is naturally stain resistant (solution dyed colors). This allows the carpet cleaner to become more agressive with the chemicals that he/she is using.

3) Polyester – is naturally stain resistant as well (remember the polyester clothes worn back in the disco days – you could spill a drink on yourself and it would just roll off). It doesn’t have the wear characteristics as nylon, but the industry has made progress over the years to make it a viable, less expensive option to the residential consumer. It’s very good for areas where the consumer is concerned about spills and stains. Because it is only semiresistant to bleaches and some high PH chemicals, the carpet cleaner cannot be as agressive in cleaning.