Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning

No matter the reason, pets, kids, spills, or just plain foot traffic, carpets get dirty. While many of us do our best to manage the appearance of our carpets, we have been using traditional cleaning methods with products that include volatile chemical ingredients. These substances can create numerous health issues and are unsafe for the environment. An eco-friendly carpet cleaning approach is better for humans and the planet.

The Eco-Friendly Way

As a suggestion to improving the look of your carpets when cleaning, look for products that feature natural ingredients. Citrus derivations, sodium percarbonate, and sodium carbonate are a few of the naturally derived ingredients included in these cleaners. A homemade natural cleaning solution combines 2/3 cup warm water and 1/3 cup vinegar. A combination of ½ teaspoon gentle laundry detergent or dishwashing liquid and one cup warm water can also be effective.

By regularly cleaning carpets and vacuuming at least two times per week removes surface dirt so it cannot be ground into carpets. The vacuum cleaner should have a HEPA filter, strong suction, and rotating brushes. Carpets in high traffic areas should be vacuumed several times to remove all dust and dirt.

Volatile Chemical Cleaners

Beware of volatile chemicals in cleaning products that can circulate through air, where they can be ingested or inhaled by humans. Perchloroethylene (PERC) is a commonly used chemical that can create everything from fatigue, dizziness, and nausea to liver and kidney damage if ingested or inhaled. Children are especially at risk because they tend to play on the carpet before it has completely dried following cleaning.

If volatile chemicals are not properly disposed of, they can pollute groundwater sources. Wastewater created by cleaning carpets requires filtration or treatment. Protect your home, your family, and the environment and use more natural, eco-friendly carpet cleaning products.

North Bay Carpet Care has set the standard for eco-friendly carpet cleaning in Santa Rosa and the North Bay area. Give us a call for an obligation-free quote, (707) 540-0175 or (877) 893-9374.

Misconceptions About Carpet Cleaning Services in Santa Rosa

There are still several misconceptions about carpet cleaning services in Santa Rosa and the North Bay. Despite the advancement of modern technology, here are some of the popular myths along with the reasons why they are not relevant today.

Myth 1:  “Wait as long as possible before cleaning a carpet.”

Carpet does not get dirtier faster because you clean it. In fact, if dirt is allowed to remain on the carpet it will cause damage when it is ground into the fibers. If not kept clean, your carpet will have to be replaced sooner than if it were clean.

Myth 2:  “Only clean a carpet when it looks dirty.”

Clothes are generally washed after wearing them, even if they don’t look dirty. Why? Because air contains pollens, fungi, bacteria and air pollution such as cigarette smoke, car exhaust fumes and hundreds of other chemicals all of which seep into the fibers of your clothing. Do you think carpeting is any different?

Your hair, skin, clothing and shoes can transport pollen, fungi, bacteria, and dirt from outdoors to end up in your carpet. So it is recommended you clean your carpet even when it doesn’t look dirty.

Myth 3:  “All cleaning methods have the same result.”

There are two primary methods, dry cleaning or hot water extraction:

(a) Dry cleaning with dry foam or dry chemicals are two methods that are similar but fail to achieve a deep clean and can also damage carpet fibres.

(b) Hot water extraction, also known as “steam cleaning,” uses high pressure and deep cleaning action to fully penetrate every fiber and then extracts almost all the moisture pumped into the carpet, along with soil and residues, for the most effective clean.

Myth 4:  “Anyone with the right equipment can do the job”

Training and experience are important. Many cleaning companies own hot-water cleaners but some employees have little or no training and even some owner-operators don’t know how to use them properly. For this reason, it is important to choose a carpet cleaning service wisely.

Myth 5:  “The lowest price must be the best value.”

(a) Make sure that comparative quotes are for identical services.

(b) Verify that the price you see advertised is for the services you want.

Do not be misled to believe lower price is for the better service, it might not be.

Myth 6:  “An honest company cannot quote over the ‘phone”

Reputable carpet cleaning companies often price a job by the square footage of carpet on the basis that this will determine the amount of products they need to use and time to be spent cleaning.

They generally leave some room for variables such as carpet type, amount of soiling, pet “accidents” and odors, as well as the amount of furniture to be moved but will cover this information when you get the estimate. So, yes, an honest comapny can give you a quote over the phone for carpet cleaning services in Santa Rosa and the surrounding area.


Cleaning Tile and Grout

Cleaning tile and grout has a big impact on your home. It can mean the difference between having a healthy or unhealthy family. However, not only is it important for your family’s health, it can mean the difference between selling your house at your asking price or settling for something less. Plus, it can mean the difference between a home you can be proud of and a home you don’t want to show visitors.

Since grout (the substance between each tile on a tile floor) is porous, it is very easy for dirt and bacteria to get stuck. If you have kids crawling around or pets that walk around your house, they are constantly putting their hands or paws on that bacteria and dirt … increasing the chances or sickness. There are also risks of mold and mildew growth causing problems for those with allergies; even just breathing the air around the mold and mildew may be hazardous. The reaction of these allergies can be as mild as a few sneezes or as serious as trouble breathing or worse. Keeping clean tile and grout is extremely important to your family’s health.

When looking for a new home potential buyers consider the most important rooms to look at are the kitchen and bathrooms. These are also the rooms that are most likely to have tile and grout. Dirty grout lines give a bad impression. The perception is that if someone does not take care of the appearance of the tile, they must neglect other parts of the home as well. They will question, “If the grout is dirty and you see that every day, what about the maintenance issues that are not as apparent?” Grout cleaning can mean the difference between selling your home or not. Consider this, if you looked at two homes, one that was clean with white grout lines, and one that was dirty and obviously not taken care of, but the floors plans were identical, which one would you want to buy? You would select the clean one, which would sell faster and likely for a higher price.

Finally, cleaning tile and grout cleaning means that you will not be intimidated to show people your home. It just looks nicer for the grout to be its intended color. This is not only because it shows you do grout cleaning often, but also you care for the appearance of your home.

If you’re looking for help with cleaning tile and grout in your home in Santa Rosa, CA or the North Bay area, call North Bay Carpet Care at (707) 540-0175 or (877) 893-9374.

Tips on How to Select and Care for Tile and Grout

Important More homeowners are increasing the value and appearance of the home with Tile and Grout. They are discovering the durability, beauty and health benefits associated with one of the oldest flooring types in existence. Here are some quick tips to properly select and maintain your tile and grout.

Tile flooring comes in a wide variety of materials to meet your every need. Important considerations include:

  • Ceramic – Ceramic tile is created by mixing clay and water then firing and is less dense. Ceramic tile is highly versatile although it is prone to cracking under pressure and could scratch easier than other more dense options, but is still a great option for almost any area. Ceramic tile requires the use of professional tile and grout services on a more frequent basis, because it has a tendency to remain more prone to stains due to the increased absorbency .
  • Porcelain Tile – Porcelain is created from combining very fine clay with other minerals to create a very dense and water resistant product that withstands heavy traffic while resisting scratches and stains, making it great for outdoor or high traffic areas. You can be more sporadic with cleaning ceramic tile and grout. but still need to perform tile and grout cleaning
  • Mortar – When laying tile and grout the underlying “mud” that secures the tile in place is just as important as the type of tile. Always make sure you use a reputable installer to avoid problems in the future. Even though it isn’t visible once the tile is in place, the underlying mortar must remain free of air bubbles, allow “breathing” due to tiny settlement and shifting in the flooring and hold up over time. Newer forms of mortar are mixed with compounds that allow flexibility and expansion without deteriorating over long periods of time.
  • Grout – The type of grout used can dramatically impact the quality of the flooring. Dirty grout is the most common cause for most tile and grout cleaning calls since it tends to be the most absorbent part of the flooring. Use a high quality grout and sealant to prevent stains and dirt from accumulating in between professional tile and grout services.
  • Sealant – Keep in mind that sealant wears away over time, and both tile and grout may require sealant to help preserve the luster and beauty of the flooring. Depending upon the traffic patterns, type of tile and sealant used it may be necessary to have the tiles professionally cleaned and re-sealed every two to three years.

It is simple when using a reputable company like North Bay Carpet Care. Call us today for a free consultation about tile and grout in your Santa Rosa, CA area home or business: (707) 540-0175 or (877) 893-9374.