Monthly Archives: February 2013

Carpet Maintenance Tips

Advantage Kwik-Dry Cleaning and Restoration, Trusted Since 1992.

Our company has been providing outstanding service and customer care to Rockford, IL and surrounding areas for over 20 years. We provide the following services:

  • Commercial Cleaning and Restoration
  • Premium Carpet Cleaning
  • Upholstery Cleaning
  • Fabric & Fiber Protection
  • Tile & Grout Cleaning
  • Urine Damage Treatment
  • Hardwood Cleaning & Recoating
  • Oriental & Area Rugs
  • Drapery Cleaning
  • Pet Odor Removal
    We will saturate the affected areas with our enzyme deodorizer, let it dwell. Then we have a special sub surface extraction tool that is used to extract all the way to the carpet pad.
  • Major odor treatment
    This process involves pulling up the carpet in the affected area. Cleaning and treating the backing. Removing and replacing the pad. Then we treat and seal the sub floor. Finally reinstalling the carpet.
  • Water Removal
    Our water damage division, Flood Pros, can help you with all of your water damage needs. We are a full service restoration company.
  • Sewage Cleanup

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Information below is sourced from eHow: http://www.ehow.com/info_7835899_easy-carpet-maintenance-tips.html

Carpet can be expensive. Depending the amount of traffic that goes across your carpet on a daily basis, it will probably need to be replaced every couple of years if it’s not properly maintained. While it may seem time-consuming, the cost of keeping up your carpet is cheaper than replacing it.

Dirt

  • Place floor mats on both sides of every door. Vacuum them frequently. These mats capture a majority or dirt and sand off the bottom of shoes they step on the carpet. Keep porches, patios, and garages clean of debris, eaves and dirt.

Vacuuming

  • Vacuuming keeps the amount of dirt and dust getting into your carpet to a minimum. The frequency should coincide with the amount of people using that area of your home. Heavy traffic areas in the home, such as entry ways and living area, should be vacuumed every day with a dual-motor vacuum. Lower traffic areas need to be vacuumed at least twice a week.

Sunlight

  • Extensive sun exposure can fade your carpets. Keep blinds and curtains closed in the early morning or late afternoons when the sun is brightest. Choose lighter carpet in rooms with the most sunlight.

Stains

  • Spills should be removed as quickly as possible to avoid absorption into the carpet. Spills, especially sticky ones, will trap dirt and make a nasty stain. When removing a stain, blot the stain up with a rag. Don’t rub; this will push it into the bed of the carpet.

Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Information and Tips

Information is sourced from the IICRC: http://iicrc.org/consumers/care/upholstery-and-fabric-cleaning/

To keep your furniture clean, it’s necessary to conduct routine maintenance including vacuuming and immediate attention to spills, coupled with periodic cleaning by a certified technician every one to two years. Furniture and fabric manufacturers recommend that consumers not wait until severe soiling occurs before cleaning because the greater the soiling, the less the likelihood of restoring the fabric’s original color, appearance and texture.

Regular cleaning of fabric and leather furnishings by a trained, certified technician can help restore your furniture’s appearance, extend its life and keep it looking like new. Moreover, certified technicians can offer simple suggestions to maintain a clean and healthful home or business environment overall..

Tips For Prolonging The Beauty Of Your Upholstery

You just bought furniture for the living room, so how do you maintain its fresh new appearance?

To keep your furniture clean, it’s necessary to conduct routine maintenance, including periodic cleaning by a cleantrust certified technician every one to two years. Furniture and fabric manufacturers recommend that consumers not wait until severe soiling occurs before cleaning because the greater the soiling, the less the likelihood of restoring the fabric’s original color, appearance and texture, and the greater adverse effect on indoor environmental quality.

Regular cleaning by a trained, certified professional can help restore your upholstery’s appearance, extend its life, and keeping it looking “like new.” In addition, certified professionals can offer simple suggestions to maintain a clean and healthful environment. These tips often include:

  • Control soil by using arm caps and rotating seat cushions frequently to prolong life and appearance of areas prone to wear and tear.
  • Remove dry soil by vacuuming and, depending on the fabric, brushing to remove dust and soil particles.
  • Increased cleaning may be required when fabric is subjected to heavy use, or when it is located in homes occupied with persons with allergies or respiratory sensitivity.

How to select a professional carpet cleaning company.

Information is sourced from: http://iicrc.org/consumers/care/carpet-cleaning/

“Cleaning Carpet Can Be a Dirty Business” “Not All Scum Is In the Carpet” “Don’t Let them Pull The Rug Out From Under You” “Clean Your Carpets Without Cleaning Out Your Wallet” “Don’t Get Taken To The Cleaners.”  These clever phrases have appeared recently in newspaper articles and televised news programs across the nation warning consumers about carpet cleaning scam operations. The media has related horror stories of trusting consumers who have responded to low-price carpet cleaning specials only to become victims of unethical cleaners who refuse to honor the advertised price, intimidate the consumers and do poor quality work.

Bait-and-switch operators are prevalent in many industries, and the carpet cleaning industry is no exception. This does not mean that all carpet cleaners are rip-off artists. How do you know who is and who is not? The professional carpet cleaning industry has cited these scam activities as a major industry concern and is taking action to help eliminate unprofessional workmanship and unethical tactics. One of the leaders in this campaign is the IICRC, an international, non-profit organization that certifies cleaners who meet prescribed levels of technical proficiency and pledge to operate by a Code of Ethics.

To help educate consumers so they will not become victims of fraudulent practices within the cleaning industry, the IICRC has released a list of guidelines to consider when selecting a carpet cleaner.

  • Price – If an advertised price sounds too good to be true – it is! Often carpet cleaners advertise a low price just to get their foot in the door. Use common sense; a low price usually equates to low quality for any product or service. Legitimate business people have expenses they must cover, including license, taxes, insurance, employee wages, and benefits, and quality tools of the trade. A professional carpet cleaner who must cover all of these business expenses and make a profit to stay in the business cannot afford to drive to your house for $5.95, much less clean a room of carpet when there.
  • Quality – Never should the price of cleaning services be the sole criterion for selecting a carpet cleaner. A price that sounds high may not be a signal of a rip-off. In all professions, quality work deserves a quality price.
  • Truth in Advertising – Read the fine print in advertised specials to find out exactly what the price includes, and request a firm price in writing before the work begins.
  • Training – Professional cleaning firms require management and employees to engage in formal training in a variety of cleaning disciplines, and these educational efforts will be ongoing.  Consumers should ask about the formal training background of technicians who will be cleaning their carpet.
  • Certification – Professional firms require technicians who have certification from organizations like the cleantrust or through comparable franchise or independent training and testing organizations.
  • Experience – The years of experience a firm has, combined with formal training programs, contribute significantly to the experience and proficiency of its employees.
  • Knowledgeable – Professional firms employ and train technicians who have the ability to answer basic questions regarding carpet performance and maintenance, as well as spotting and cleaning.
  • References – Consumers should ask for references from previous customers, and they should consult friends and business acquaintances about the reputation of the cleaning firm they are considering. Do not hesitate to call the Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau.
  • Trade Associations – Professional cleaning firms are members of regional or national trade associations or other organizations that promote high ethical standards and continuing education. Look for trade association logos in advertising.
  • Credibility – Community involvement through the Chamber of Commerce and/or professional business, charitable or similar organizations will be undertaken by concerned, caring professionals. Look for logos indicating involvement in these organizations.
  • Method – Ask the cleaner which method of cleaning will be used and the advantages and disadvantages of this method compared to other methods.
  • Proof – Never hesitate to ask for proof. Ask to see the cleaner’s certification card, business license and insurance certificate.
  • No Pressure – Technicians must be courteous and willing to take the time to thoroughly explain the cleaning and to answer all questions. The consumer should never feel pressured.

There is no single criterion for selecting a carpet cleaning service. Several combined factors must be considered in the selection decision.

 

Advantage Kwik-Dry has been in business for over 20 years. We strive to bring you the best cleaning experience ever, with the most satisfying customer service you will find. Guaranteed. Call us today to book your appointment. (815)332-3299. We have been servicing Rockford, IL and surrounding areas since 1992!

Carpet cleaning services provided to Rockford, IL and Janesville, WI since 1992!

   Advantage Kwik-Dry offers these services:

We have been servicing Rockford, IL and surrounding areas since 1992!

  • Commercial Cleaning and Restoration
  • Premium Carpet Cleaning
  • Upholstery Cleaning
  • Fabric & Fiber Protection
  • Tile & Grout Cleaning
  • Urine Damage Treatment
  • Hardwood Cleaning & Recoating
  • Oriental & Area Rugs
  • Drapery Cleaning
  • Pet Odor Removal
    We will saturate the affected areas with our enzyme deodorizer, let it dwell. Then we have a special sub surface extraction tool that is used to extract all the way to the carpet pad.
  • Major odor treatment
    This process involves pulling up the carpet in the affected area. Cleaning and treating the backing. Removing and replacing the pad. Then we treat and seal the sub floor. Finally reinstalling the carpet.
  • Water Removal
    Our water damage division, Flood Pros, can help you with all of your water damage needs. We are a full service restoration company.
  • Sewage Cleanup
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