Spring Cleaning Fever


For many, the transition to daylight savings time often triggers a near-instinctive urge to scrub the floors and participate in the unfathomable tradition we collectively call spring cleaning. If you’ve been hit with a compulsive desire to make things sparkle, you’re probably well on your way toward the end goal.

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Best Method of Cleaning

Question: Which is better steam cleaning or the dry method?

Answer: Steam cleaning is better for the following reasons:

  • Dry foam. “Detergent is difficult to remove, contributing to rapid re-soiling. Does not deep clean.”

  • Rotary brush. “Detergent is difficult to remove, contributing to rapid re-soiling, and the action of the brushes can cause pile distortion. Does not deep clean.”

  • Bonnet. “This method only affects the surface of the carpet. The buffing action can distort the carpet pile and grind dirt deeper into the pile, and the spinning action of the pad can distort face yarn.”

  • Dry powders. “Not recommended as a primary cleaning. Use instructions for dr...


Black Ring Around your Carpet?

Question: What is the black ring around my carpet?

Answer: The air in our homes contains small amounts of dust, oils and other suspended particles. As the air flows under the baseboard, the carpet filters out some of this debris, leaving the dark line. The dirt is particularly troublesome because it consists of tiny particles (particularly soot) that adhere tightly to the carpet fibers, and it’s usually out of reach of the vacuum.


You can often prevent future black lines by reducing airborne soot, that is, your use of candles; wood fires; unvented gas, oil or kerosene heaters; and gas stoves without range hoods. A malfunctioning gas- or oil-burning furnace or water heater can also dump s...


Preparing for Cleaning Service

Question: What should I do to prepare for a carpet cleaning service?

Answer: Here are some suggestions for you to prepare for our arrival that will help both of us:

Please bring to my attention any spot or stains that may require special attention.
Please vacuum your carpet before we arrive. (unless you have upgraded to deluxe or premium package)
Any small pieces, such as dining room chairs, magazine racks, floor plants, etc. which you can remove from the carpet to be cleaned will shorten processing time and return the carpet to normal use sooner.
For your pet’s peace of mind (and ours) please put them in a safe, quiet, place where our cleaning won’t disturb them.
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