Safely Clean Wool Carpets with a Steam Cleaner

Many homeowners have at least one wool rugs in their home.  Whether it is an area rug or the wall-to-wall carpeting in your home, wool rugs are delicate.  Because of the nature of wool, even treated and stain-protects wool, it can stain and become damaged — great care must be taken in the cleaning process which is why steam cleaning is ideal for cleaning oriental rugs.  (more…)

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Improve Indoor Air Quality with Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning may just seem like a great way to clean and disinfect many different surfaces in your home.  And, while it is, it is far more than that!  Chemical cleaning products leave behind chemical residue that you then touch and absorb or breathe in.  Chemicals from most commercial cleaning products have been shown to cause asthma, worsen allergies, potentially lead to cancer, and more – not exactly what you want to be breathing in. Steam cleaning in your home will not only leave behind clean surfaces but it will actually improve the air quality in your home.  What is truly frightening is that the air quality in your home – the air you and your family breathe in every day – is often far worse than the air quality outside.  Huffington Post describes just how bad the air is inside our own homes, “‘Indoor air quality can be eight to ten times worse than outdoor air quality, if you don’t clean your flooring, clean your drapes and let air inside regularly,’ says interior designer Robin Wilson, who specializes in allergy-free housekeeping. When millions of Americans suffer from indoor allergies, air quality is a huge issue.” (more…)

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Get Rid of Dust Mites (And Dust Mite Allergies!) with Steam Cleaning

Do You Have Dust Mites?

Dust mites – they sound kind of harmless and most people think that if they keep their home relatively clean they probably don’t have them. But, dust mites are tiny bugs that live in your home, and whether you see them or not, they are probably there and they may even be the source of your allergies. FamilyDoctor explains why dust mites are a pretty gross problem that you should not ignore, “Dust mites feed off of pet and human dander (dead skin cells in the air and on surfaces in our homes). They live in every home in items such as mattresses and furniture…Dead skin and other waste from dust mites is a major cause of allergies and asthma. Symptoms of dust mite allergy include sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose, and nasal congestion. If you have asthma, dust mites can cause you to wheeze more and need more asthma medicine. You may have more asthma symptoms at night, when you are lying in a bed infested with dust mites. Cutting down on the number of dust mites in the home is an important step if you or someone in your family has allergies or asthma.” (more…)

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How to Steam Clean a Microfiber Couch

Microfiber has become a popular upholstery fabric used in many applications including chairs, ottomans, and sofas.  Microfiber is not a natural material, it is a synthetic material that is known for being easier to clean and maintain because of its durability. And, while it is very popular because it is easy to clean, the cleaning generally needs to take place as soon as possible after a spill or stain gets on the couch or it will quickly become very difficult to clean.  It is always important to review your couch’s manufacturer recommendations for cleaning before doing any kind of cleaning.  But, do not make the mistake of thinking your microfiber couch will not stain – it will.  And, you have to be very careful what chemical cleaner you put on fabric because it may only exacerbate the problem.  Steam cleaning really is the ideal way to clean a microfiber couch. (more…)

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