Spring Cleaning Means Carpet Cleaning

It’s warming up outside! Not only does that mean it’s time to go outside and enjoy some sunshine, but it’s also time for some cleaning! Spring cleaning has been a tradition around the world for centuries, rumored to actually have started in Iran. Families around the nation would thoroughly clean their homes at the start of each Persian New Year, which landed around the beginning of Spring. But enough with the history lesson, you’re here to learn about cleaning carpets! Here are some tips for welcoming the warm weather with a clean house.

Move Everything.

That’s right, everything. Chairs, tables, stands, pianos, everything. During the long winter months, we’re more focused on staying warm than staying clean, and dirt can build up under all of our furniture. If you can clear out an entire room in order to vacuum it, you can get at places you can’t normally reach. You should definitely make use of your various vacuum attachments to reach all of the nooks and crannies. Speaking of places we normally don’t clean, be sure to sweep or wipe off the baseboards around the room. We don’t think of these as things we need to clean, but you don’t realize how much dirt they gather until you wipe them and see all of the dust.

Use A Carpet Cleaner

While vacuuming is great, it’s not going to get all of the allergens and grime hiding deep in your carpet. This is where hiring a professional carpet cleaner comes in. Someone like A Nu-Look can guarantee the cleanliness of your carpet and make sure your spring cleaning pays off for the entire year. We know exactly the best way to clean any kind of and any color of carpet; it’s what we do. If you’re not interested in the professionals and are more of a DIYer, that’s cool too! Many retail stores in your area should offer carpet cleaners for rent. Make sure to do the research so you’re getting the right bang for your buck, and also so you know how to properly clean your carpet. Too many people go through the motions of getting a machine but then don’t utilize it properly.

After a thorough carpet cleaning, be sure to wait 24 hours for your carpet to dry before moving all of the furniture back into the room. With this method, you can do your entire house room by room. If you clean your carpets this well every time you do some spring cleaning and keep up with your vacuuming, you’ll notice a huge decrease in allergy problems and general dirtiness in your home. Be sure to call A Nu Look with any questions about cleaning, or if you need some advice on doing it yourself! Our priority is clean carpets and informed customers. If you call us, remember, it’ll be the cleanest your carpet has ever been. We guarantee it.

The Four Best Carpet Cleaning Tips

4 STEPS TO A FRESH, CLEAN, HEALTHY CARPET

Hi! This is Chad Gardner, owner of A Nu-Look Cleaning & Restoration of Post Falls. I’ve lived in the Post Falls area all my life. I’m an IICRC certified Master Cleaner, Indoor Air Quality Professional, and have provided a number of cleaning services in Post Falls for the last 20 years. In that time, I’ve found out that there are a lot of unethical cleaning companies in Post Falls as well as misconceptions about carpet cleaning. I’m here to hopefully help you make an educated decision next time you need it done.

If you’re thinking about having your carpets cleaned, we encourage you to follow these four steps:

Commit

Make a commitment to yourself to get your carpets cleaned. The longer they remain dirty, the sooner they’ll wear out. Plus, while you wait, you’ll be breathing in all the pollens, fungus, and chemicals that hide in your carpet.

List

List your objectives. Do you want only the dirt removed? That’s something you could do with a rented shampooer. Or do you want all the bacteria, fungus, chemicals, and dust mites removed? This will require an IICRC certified hot water truck-mount cleaner like we use. Do you want to work with an honest and reputable company, or are you willing to risk working with the company that offers you the lowest price knowing that the company might not be in business tomorrow.

Ask

Ask questions. The way you learn about a company is to ask specific questions and listen carefully to the answers. Here are seven tough questions to ask a carpet cleaner before you invite them to your home:

1. What method of carpet cleaning do you recommend? Answer: Only IICRC certified truck mounted hot water extraction cleaning systems are the best.

2. What type of equipment do you use to clean carpet?   Answer: IICRC Certified Green Cleaning Solutions and Truck/van mounted units.

3. What will your equipment remove from my carpet?  Answer: Dirt, oils, odors, bacteria, fungus, chemicals, pollens, and tobacco products to name a few.

4. How often should I get my carpets cleaned?    Answer: To keep carpet warranties up to date you need to have it cleaned by a IICRC certified firm every 18-24 months. To get the most time out of your flooring investment I recommend cleaning high traffic areas every 10-12 months.

5. What training have you had in cleaning carpets?    Answer: IICRC training is available in every state and required updated training every year. Also, on the job experience makes a big difference.

6. Are you a member of any trade associations?     Answer: Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Cert.,  Carpet Rug Institute, Indoor Air Quality Association to name a few.

7. Is your company and technicians certified by the IICRC?  Answer: By law you do not have to be, however if the firm and technician is not certified I can guarantee your carpet will not be cleaned properly which leads to residue left in carpet, long dry times and spots coming back.

Quote

Once you’re satisfied that you’re working with an honest and competent professional, invite him into your home and ask for a specific quotation in writing. A written quote gives you the assurance that you know exactly what your job will cost; no surprises.

By following these four steps, you’ll gather all the information you need to make an informed and intelligent decision. If you want a quick and cheap carpet cleaning job, many companies in the phone book can help you. Or you can rent a shampooer from the grocery store and do it yourself.

If you want your cleaning to completely and healthfully remove the bacteria, fungus, chemicals, pollens, and tobacco products from your carpet, then we invite you call us.

We’ll be happy to answer your questions, provide you a cost estimate over the telephone, or come into your home and give you a free written quotation without cost or obligation of any kind. To reach us, call (208) 667-4984 (Coeur d’Alene) or (509) 342-5388(Spokane)

THANKS AGAIN!

…for reviewing our CONSUMER’S GUIDE TO CARPET CLEANING. I hope you found this information helpful.

P.S. Add an 8th question to that list. Do you guarantee your work? You will be surprised how many companies don’t. If they don’t or if they make up a bunch of reason not to…..DON’T HIRE THEM.

We’ve dedicated our business to consumer education and service. We’ll be pleased to help you in every way and look forward to your call.

Thanks!

Chad Gardner

A Nu-Look Carpet Cleaning & Restoration, INC.

The 3 Hardest To Remove Carpet Stains

We’ve all heard the horror stories of spilling wine or grape juice on the carpet. But what are the actual 3 worst carpet stains you can make? These are going to be the big ones, the stains that you either clean up immediately or call in a professional. These aren’t in any particular order, but do know that any of these 3 are going to be a thorn in your side. Let’s start.

 Wine

Wine is a classic. The worst part is that the simple act of consuming more wine makes it more likely that you’ll be spilling. When a party is good enough that it goes on for a few hours, the attendees may get a little tipsy. One knocked table or quick turn around, and suddenly everyone gasps. Whoever is hosting, though, is already on the way to the cabinet for a towel. Make sure not to scrub it in, that just guarantees you need to hire someone. Blotting at the carpet stains and maybe putting a little salt in to absorb the liquid is the right way to go.

Blood Stains

It’s pretty unlikely that any of our houses will be the scene of a major crime. However, bloodstains can stem from the most innocuous sources. Maybe someone fell outside or got a bit too fancy when chopping vegetables for dinner. Regardless of how it happens, cleaning blood from the carpet while it’s still fresh is very import. After making sure the injury isn’t serious, of course.

Coffee Stains

People drink coffee everywhere. At home, at work, on the commute between the two. As they should, too, coffee is delicious. But it also stains carpets almost instantaneously. Coffee leaves unfortunate brownish/yellowish stains and you’ll need to act quickly to stop it from being permanent. If you have dish detergent or vinegar handy, you may be able to prevent some of the damage.

 

If any of these liquids make their way into your carpet, worry not! You can call us and we’ll get rid of it no problem.

 

 

 

Hiding Carpet Stains Until The Pros Arrive

It’s time. Your carpet has been accruing small stains over the course of basically forever. You’ve cleaned up what you can but it’s time to use the big guns. You’ve called in the carpet cleaning company. We’ve all been there, but the hard part is when your professional carpet cleaners can’t show up right away. Now when you have anyone over during the next week you’ll be worried about those stains, right? No need to worry any longer. We’ve got a couple of temporary solutions for hiding those until we get there to solve the problem for good.

I Love That New Rug

Sometimes, the best method of hiding a stain is just tucking it away out of view. Rugs of any size can honestly add a certain something to any room of the house. It’s also a pretty inexpensive way to alter the mood of a room. Who knows? You might even like it and keep it after we get the stain out from under it

Along those same lines, a dirty carpet waiting to be cleaned may just signal a furniture rearrangement. Moving the couch forward a little bit can conveniently take care of that grape juice. Or putting the armchair on the other side of the table can make it look like that bloody nose never happened. Perhaps you just really need that coffee table to be oriented the other way. Whatever the reason, reorganized furniture is a great and potentially creative way to hide a stain until we come take care of it for you.

We’ll Iron Out The Details

A little bit of DIY never hurt either. Some stains are all but impossible to take care of yourself if they’ve been there a while. You can maybe lighten the stain, at least. A combination of baking soda and mild vinegar can go a long way. Just lay a damp cloth over the spot and lightly iron it. A portion of the stain should be transferred to the cloth. Even if this doesn’t get rid of the entire stain, it may escape easy notice for the short period of time before the pros get there

However you feel like doing it, stains can definitely be hidden for a short (or long, if you really feel like it) period of time. The lesson here may just be to call us before it gets too late! This carpet cleaning company knows how to make everything look as good as new!

How To Clean Different Carpet Types

The common knock against having carpet flooring, as opposed to hardwood, is how difficult it can be to clean. Kids and pets can dirty up a carpet in no time, even if you’ve just cleaned or vacuumed it. Don’t worry, though, we’ve got you. At A Nu-Look we know a thing or two about professional carpet cleaning and can offer you some tips when it comes to managing those comfy floors of yours.

Different carpet styles can show or hide dirt differently. They also need different kinds of attention paid to them. We’ll start easy.

Berber Carpet

Berber Carpet has relatively large loops when it comes to different carpet types. These large loops actually help us keep it cleaner more often. Berber will show dirt very easily, and some commonly cited advice is to just “clean it when it looks dirty.” Vacuuming every once in a while and giving it a deeper cleaning when it looks like it needs it will keep your Berber carpet looking new.

Frieze Carpet

On the other hand, Frieze carpets are capable of hiding a lot more dirt. This makes them look cleaner but they may end up being far dirtier in actuality. The dense nature of the carpet makes simply vacuuming a slightly less viable maintenance path. A dry cleaning or steam cleaning may be the best way to get the dirt out from under your feet.

At the end of the day, removing any kind of stain from your carpet requires time, patience, and diligence. When something falls and spills, it is always best to immediately wipe it up. Once a stain settles into the carpet your life gets harder. As long as messes are cleaned up immediately, you’ll avoid most permanent stains. But hey, even if you let something sink in and you can’t get it out yourself, we’ve got you. Our professional carpet cleaning is exactly how carpet cleaning should go. At the end of the day, there’s always something you can do to clean.

Why Carpet Is Best For Your Floor

When building or renovating a home, it is tempting to lay down wood flooring throughout most of your home. There are many reasons to skip the splinters and choose carpet to use in your home.

 

Aesthetically, modern carpet looks much better than the gaudy, overly patterned, and thick rugs of decades past. Carpeting can be any color to match the furniture or walls of your home, unlike the limited palette of wood. With lower installation and product costs, it can be easier to choose specific colors for each room rather than buy a large quantity of similar wood to keep unit cost lower. Wood paneling is generally harder to replace than carpeting, and requires more difficult upkeep like lacquer and stain if the wood is authentic.

 

Anyone who has lived in an apartment has known the difficulty of living below loud people. Carpet helps reduce this problem by acting as a soundproofing or buffer between different parts of the home or building. In an apartment complex, heating costs tend to be lower, especially for sandwiched middle floor rooms. But for houses on their own, having a carpet keeps a little more heat trapped for your feet in winter.

 

Some people cite cleaning as a reason not to get carpeting. In reality, most carpets can be cleaned of almost anything that spills on them. If done immediately, almost any stain can be removed with modern cleaning products and chemical solvents. The best part is that you don’t need to look any further for quality carpet cleaning information and professionals! We’ve got you. Wood, of course, is more likely to become scratched or have pieces break off. Anyone with dogs should get carpet to avoid nail scratches throughout their home. Carpet also keeps floors safer for young children, who fall constantly in their first years of life.

 

If you want your floor softer, warmer, cozier, easier to take care of and more aesthetically versatile, then a carpet floor might just be for you.

How To Kid-Proof Your Floors

Kids are destructive in nature. That’s why parents have to be so diligent preparing for a child in their home. It’s easy to remember some things. Locking away chemicals and medicine is a good start. But, it can be difficult to prepare for the many ways children try to destroy their own home.

 

While scribbled walls take the brunt of children’s creative outlet, floors can take a beating from kids too. One of the best ways to prepare is just to simply have all the cleaning materials you would need for the most obvious problems before they happen. That will help you keep a cool head and not make the mistake into an upsetting memory. Markers, food, gum, and waste will get everywhere in your time as a parent, so be ready. Basic surface cleaners, as well as children safe chemicals you can get at your local supermarket. When things get beyond your ability to handle, you can always call us at A Nu Look to take care of it for you!

 

One way that people forget to kid-proof their home is to think about the space from a toddler’s perspective. Objects that might be a pain in your shin could be a real hazard to a 3-foot tall child. Watch out for sharp corners on tables, chairs, and other furniture. Any delicate, fragile, or irreplaceable items should probably not be anywhere near your kid. Carpeting and rugs are a great way to cut down on accidents, since hardwood and tile can be very slick when wet and hard to keep steady for new walkers. Just throwing down a few rugs where your child will be playing can do wonders.

 

Remember that high traffic areas are going to be hurt most. Wherever a pair of muddy feet, or snow covered boots enter the home are going to have to put up with a lot more than anywhere else in the home. Creating a space that can handle these messes better is a good idea: train your children to leave the most unclean things in the doorway and not to make a mess throughout the house.

 

How To Find The Perfect HVAC Ideas!

How To Find The Perfect HVAC Ideas!

One important thing about a home is how well it gets cooled or heated. Because of this, it is vital that your HVAC system is kept in good working condition. Maintenance is key. Here are some great tips to help you keep your HVAC system running smoothly.

Always make sure you are up-to-date about your HVAC unit. Look for the maintenance history and brand and model. If you have to have someone come out to repair the unit, you will be able to help the contractor understand more about what is going on.

If you’ve been having trouble with an HVAC system, look around your home before calling in people to help. Figure out which rooms feel hot and which feel cold. Doing so can help your technician fix your HVAC issue quickly.

Clean the debris on your condenser units. Falling leaves and wind or rain may cause debris to reduce the efficiency of your unit. It can also cause it to overheat.

If trees are losing leaves around your home, this can impact your HVAC unit. The grill on the fan can become cluttered with debris, which will cause a serious operating deficiency. Because the fan requires a clear path for air to enter, you may encounter issues with your system if the fan gets blocked up.

Make sure to upkeep your HVAC and clean it at least once a summer. Pull out the garden hose and hose off the fins to make sure you get all of the dirt off. If you have a dog or animal make sure there is no pet hair collecting on the filter as well.

To cut energy costs, you should get your cooling and heating system serviced once a year at least. This visit will include a motor inspection and checking the freon. These few simple things will help your system to run at its peak performance.

Now you know how to keep your HVAC system in great shape. Don’t let it go bad on you by not paying attention to regular maintenance. Use the tips from above to keep it going strong, so you don’t come home one day to find your place too hot or too cold.

Easy HVAC Advice

Easy HVAC Advice

At your home a key element is how it is being cooled and heated. To ensure that this continues to happen, it’s important to care for the system properly. Without taking care of the HVAC system, you will be uncomfortable while you wait for an expensive repair. Below you’ll get a lot of great advice to help you keep the HVAC system you own working great for a long time.

Know what type of system you currently have before calling someone to fix it. Learn the brand and the model. This information will be helpful to any contractor you hire to repair it.

Make a circuit around your home before calling for help with your HVAC. Determine which rooms feel cold and which feel hot. That way, the contractor will have an easier time diagnosing the problem and repairing it fast.

Don’t hire a contractor until you know a little about what you are facing. It’s hard for these contractors to give phone estimates without seeing the current system you have. It’s even harder if you’re not able to explain what you’ve done. You need to know this before you begin.

Your outside condenser fan can be helped to run better by you cleaning the fan blades and coils prior to summer starting up. Prior to working on or cleaning the unit, be sure to turn off the power. Remove leaves and debris from the condenser outside.

If the outside of your home has condenser units, ensure they are constantly cleaned. Falling leaves and wind or rain may cause debris to reduce the efficiency of your unit. Overheating may be the result if you don’t.

When you’re trying to cut your grass, don’t cover a unit outside with the clippings. Make sure you shoot the clippings in the other direction from the unit. The same should happen if you are blowing leaves, so be especially careful when you are going by your exterior HVAC devices whenever you are moving debris.

HVAC units may suffer when leaves are falling off the trees. Be sure to clean your fan grill frequently when trees nearby are shedding. The fan needs to have an unobstructed path for air to enter the unit, and if it becomes blocked, you will end up with many headaches with the unit.

You now have an idea of what it takes to keep an HVAC system running great. Never allow it to falter just because you have of of paid attention to maintenance. These tips will keep your home comfortable year-round.

Expert Tips And Tricks For HVAC Success

Expert Tips And Tricks For HVAC Success

The cooling and heating system in your home plays a major role in your comfort. Therefore, it is critical that you maintain your HVAC system well. Poor maintenance leads to undesirable living conditions. These tips will make sure you keep the HVAC system running well.

Before you contact people to assist you in getting your system fixed, know what kind of system you’re working with in the first place. Learn the brand and the model. If you have to have someone come out to repair the unit, you will be able to help the contractor understand more about what is going on.

Before choosing an HVAC contractor, think of what you wish to have done. They won’t be able to offer you a quote if they haven’t seen your system. If you don’t have any idea, they will have trouble giving you any sort of quote. Understand this information beforehand.

Make sure clippings don’t get on your outdoor units when your mowing your lawn. Make sure the grass does not get in your unit. This also applies when you blow leaves, so be very careful near your exterior HVAC units when you move debris.

As you notice the tress begin to lose their leaves, keep an eye on your outdoor condenser unit. When the leaves fall from nearby trees, clean the grill of your fan often. The fan should have a clear path for air to come in. If it is blocked, your system will suffer.

Check to determine if the fan condenser on your HVAC system is equipped with oil ports, and if it is, be sure to lubricate every year. They are usually fitted with a rubber or metal cap. Use a lightweight oil and do not overfill them.

If you need to decide the best place to put your outdoor compressor unit, consider putting it in a location that is in the shade. The cooler air that the unit can suck in, the less work it will need to do to further cool the air.

Boost energy efficiency by putting your condenser unit in the shade. It will help you save on your energy bill when you do this.

Now you should be able to see what must be done to keep your HVAC system in working order. Avoid letting it fail by regularly maintaining the system. Use these tips to keep your HVAC system from failing when it should be running smoothly. It’s not really a tough job at all!