I SEEN THE MOLD IN MY BASEMENT I NOTICED AND BLEW IT OFF AS " NORMAL" AND OF COURSE, I CLEANED IT WITH BLEACH NEVER REALIZED I MADE THINGS WORSE AND I LITERALLY HAD EVEN SPREAD, SCATTERED TOXIC INVISIBLE MOLD SPORES THROUGH THE HOUSE, MAKING IT WORSE. SO AS MY DAUGHTER NEEDED HER INHALER, THEN A NEBULIZER AND WAS NOT FEELING HERSELF I TOOK HER BACK TO DOCTOR OFF AND ON, VERY WORRIED AND STILL NOT THINKING IT WAS " THE MOLD" . . MORE AND MORE. ONE DAY, DOCTOR SAYS DO YOU BY CHANCE HAVE MOLD ??? YEA, LITTLE NOT MUCH. HE SAID, YOU SHOULD HAVE SPECIALIST TEST IT OUT. REALLY?? I WAS THINKING, IT CAN'T BE THAT !!!! BUT I SEARCHED AND FOUND HELP TO COME AND TEST IT. . I SURE HOPE ITS NOT THAT CAUSING THESE HEALTH PROBLEMS. RON WAS GREAT, HE EXPLAINED PPL SEE MOLD ALL THE TIME AND DO NOT REALIZE HOW SERIOUS IT IS TO HEALTH, SO I AM NOT A BAD PERSON, NOT A BAD PARENT AND NOT ALONE. THEY CAME OUT IMMEDIATELY !!! THEY DID AN EVALUATION, TOOK A CULTURE OF THE MOLD AND SENT IT TO VERIFIABLE LAB. SO THEY EXPLAINED HOW IT WORKED. SHORTLY, THE RESULTS CAME BACK AND IT WAS A STRAIN OF DANGEROUS TOXIC MOLD. THERE ARE 3 BAD STRAINS. YOU CAN NOT LOOK AT IT AND TELL IF YOU HAVE GOOD MOLD OR "BAD" MOLD. IT WAS A STRAIN OF STACHYBOTY'S. OVERWHELMED YES ! THE MOLD SPECIALIST ASSURED ME THEY WOULD GET MY FAMILY LIFE BACK TO GREAT HEALTH BY REMOVING THIS "PROPERLY". THEY WERE SO ON TOP OF THIS & INFORMED ME OF THE PROGRESS. ANSWERED EVERY CALL EVERY QUESTION. WE WERE DETERMINED TO GET THE "TOXINS" OUT OF MY HOME. AFTER THE WORK WAS DONE TO RID THE MOLD, AND THE LAST TESTING, SEND OFF TO THE LAB CAME BACK.......AND I CAN SAY, NO TOXINS NO MORE MOLD PROBLEMS ! . FREE OF BAD HEALTH AND ALL BREATHING ISSUES IN JUST LESS THAN MONTH IN A HALF AFTER THE WORK WAS DONE. THANK YOU SO MUCH ! LOVE THIS COMPANY
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My crawl space had no ventilation. There was an area where water had leaked and mold was everywhere. First, I was not sure if it was serious but, I know it had to be dealt with the correct way with a company with a A+ rating and they were just that. They did the testing. Mold was pretty bad. Seen the results from the lab. It was a major priority for them and myself to do this professionally. They took care of the leak, the water damage and the mold removal. Yes, I do recommend them. They were superb !! It was worth it for the future of my home and health of myself and the family. Thank you guys.
I was very pleased with the service that Water Damage Masters provided for my family and I. When other companies weren't even answering their phones, Water Damage Masters answered on the third ring at 2:30 a.m. and had a crew at my home within an hour of calling. They had our furniture and belongings evacuated out of the standing water in our basement in a little over an hour and a half and within three hours had the water removed and started on the drying process. I will definitely use them again if I ever face this type of disaster again and highly recommend them.
Dry Effect is one of the best businesses out there, not just among those in the mold removal business. Friendly staff, they truly care about people and aren't just out for a quick buck. They made me feel very comfortable about our situation and how easy it really was to handle it. I would definitely recommend this company for anyone in the Tri-State area who is looking into any of the services they offer.
The TF crew is very professional and extremely helpful. There were certain pieces of furniture I could not move by myself and they were right there to help. The rugs came back on time and looked beautiful. I have dogs and they were really dirty when they left here, looked like new on return. AND the price is right! I've used TF for years, and will again.
This father-son business helped me save over $20,000. Instead of digging around the perimeter of my foundation, they fixed the cracks in my basement and showed me how to direct water away from my home, fixing my water problem. It finally allowed me to sell my house. Thanks guys. P.S. I also made $150 from them by referring them to a friend.
What a great experience! This is the first time I used Servpro Carpet Cleaning, I have used a couple other local companies in the past and they have been to say the least mediocre. Dominick was so professional and polite and did a wonderful job!!! Thank you Servpro! I will never use another company :)
Just had my Carpets Cleaned in my home today. The techs were very informative and helpful. I am extremely happy with my services I received. My home smells fresh and clean and carpets look new again. ( Even after my puppy did his business on it. ) I will be using Teasdale Fenton again.
I wanted to thank the guys for all the hard work they did. We had a mess and they came in did an outstanding job. Professional and hard work. We could not be happier. Looking at now you can not even tell we had such massive damage, looks like new. Way more than I could have ever expected.
By far the best company I have ever had come into my home and do work. They exceeded all of our expectations. They were helpful, knowledgeable and very clean and professional. Can't say enough ! Cost was less than expected for the entire water job. Thank you.
Mistakes happen, and when it comes to owning a carpet or rug, mistakes usually mean stains. The plush softness of carpet and rugs comes with a price: the time and care required to clean them. Cleaning your carpet or rugs can require some extra work and special techniques that differ from typical hardwood or tile floors. In some cases, you may even need to hire a professional to get the best results.
For minor stains or routine cleaning, it's possible to effectively treat a carpet or rug yourself. If a thorough vacuuming doesn't get rid of dirt in certain areas, here's how to tackle them on your own.
A number of liquids can stain carpet or rug materials, including wine, coffee, nail polish, or blood, to name a few. Depending on what caused the stain, the carpet or rug's material, and how long it's been there, you may need to use different techniques or cleaning supplies to get rid of it. In general, though, keep the following ground rules in mind for stain removal:
- Apply a cleaning solvent directly on the stain, if needed, and allow it to soak in for a few seconds.
- Use a damp cloth to blot the spot. Don't scrub or apply too much pressure, as this might only further embed the stain into the carpet or rug.
- Rinse the cloth and continue blotting until the stain is removed.
Take these steps to remove a stain as soon as possible to prevent drying.
Some stains may come out with little more than water or a mild soap. More serious stains may require a solvent to make removal easier. The best solvent to use depends on what caused the stain.
-Water-soluble stains: These include berries, cola, food dye, jelly, mud, washable ink, or wet paint. Mix a solution of 1/4-teaspoon nonbleach detergent (or white vinegar) with 32 ounces of water.
-Dark water-soluble stains: Chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, wine, and bodily fluids often stain much more readily than other water-soluble materials and need a different solvent. Use 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed in 1 cup of water first. If this doesn't work, try combining one part chlorine bleach with five parts water. These solvents may remove color from certain fabrics like wool, so check with the manufacturer for the best cleaning method.
-Oils and waxes: This would include glue, gum, nail polish, and cigarette residue. The best way to clean each of these varies - some may need to be simply scraped off or, if possible, frozen to make it brittle and then chipped away. Most glue can be dissolved and removed using a solvent like rubbing alcohol. Nail polish may also be dissolved using rubbing alcohol or with nail polish remover containing acetone.
Why You Should Hire a Carpet Cleaner Service
Unfortunately, some stains may prove difficult to remove using household products. In any case, vacuuming and spot cleaning may not be enough to get your carpet or rug looking like new again. That's why many homeowners opt to hire a professional carpet cleaning service on a regular basis, around once every 12 to 18 months.
When it comes to heavy-duty carpet cleaning, you have many options to pick from. The two most common methods for cleaning carpets are steam cleaning and dry cleaning.
Steam Cleaning Carpets
Steam cleaning is a common method for professional carpet cleaning, but the name is somewhat misleading. Steam-cleaning services use machines that utilize hot (but not boiling) water in combination with a vacuum. The water is heated inside the machine and sometimes mixed with detergent before being sprayed directly onto the carpet. At the same time, a vacuum sucks up the water almost immediately after hitting the fabric. The hot water extracts far more dirt and stains than would be possible by hand.
Cleaning machines using hot water extraction can be purchased or rented for home use, but they aren't always as powerful as what professional cleaning services use. Improperly drying the carpet may also cause bacteria or mold growth. Professional cleaners also employ a number of other methods to pre-treat the carpet and ensure adequate drying. For these reasons, professional carpet cleaning may be preferable to do-it-yourself methods.
Carpets or rugs can also be thoroughly cleaned using a dry-cleaning method. As the name suggests, there is much less water involved in dry cleaning, which means the carpet can be ready to use in less time. Using powerful solvents to break down dirt and stains, dry cleaning puts less physical stress on the carpet, and thus might be better in the long run. However, dry cleaning is usually more expensive than hot-water cleaning services. In addition, the chemicals used to dry clean carpets might irritate pets, people with sensitive skin, or anyone sensitive to strong odors.
What to Ask a Professional Service
Before choosing a professional carpet cleaning service, make sure you will be getting what you paid for by asking the right questions and doing your homework.
Decide Which Method to Use
Again, there are pros and cons involved in using a hot-water-based cleaning service or dry cleaning. Take into consideration not only cost, but how long the process will take from start to finish, including drying time. Also take note of the material your carpet is made from, and consult the manufacturer if possible to learn about the best ways to clean it. If you or your family is sensitive to any chemicals, be sure to keep this in mind and ask about what chemicals are used.
Research Online or in Person
You can find reviews of most professional carpet-cleaning services online, as well as information about a company's specific process, the chemicals used, and cost. It's also wise to ask friends and family members about services they've used in the past to get a recommendation. Don't always go with the service offering the lowest price, or hire a service who advertises door-to-door or over the phone, unless you have done thorough research on them.
Ask About Employees and Services Offered
Carpet cleaning services will be entering your home, potentially while you aren't there, so you want to feel comfortable with the business you trust with this responsibility. Ask if the company conducts background checks on employees, as well as if they are insured in your state. Without liability insurance, a mistake that results in damage to your home or furniture may be your responsibility to pay for.
Getting a Quote
If you've found a carpet-cleaning service you can trust, ask to get a quote. This may involve specifying exactly what services you would like performed, as well as the size of your home's carpeted area. Make sure you understand exactly what is included in a quoted price. Some businesses may charge extra to move furniture, clean stairs, or use special treatment methods. It's also common for businesses to sell customers on products and services they don't need. Don't hesitate to ask questions if any detail about the quote is unclear.
Choosing a Carpet Cleaner
If you instead want to rent or buy a carpet-cleaning machine to use yourself, you have many options to pick from.
Since heavy-duty carpet cleaning isn't a frequent activity for most homeowners, many choose to simply rent one of these machines. Of course, renting is usually much cheaper than owning a machine or hiring a service, which is the biggest advantage in this situation. But not all rental units perform equally, and some might require extra drying time or the use of special solvents that will cost more. There's also the time and effort that goes into carpet cleaning - renting a unit means you must also move furniture yourself and pay close attention to ensure you're operating the unit correctly. Making a mistake could mean damaging your carpet or the unit itself. Also, improperly drying carpet could allow harmful bacteria and mold to grow. Before renting a carpet cleaner, make sure you're up for the task at hand.
Owning Your Own
Homeowners can purchase carpet cleaners ranging from compact units to full-size industrial-strength machines. Besides price, take note of the features of a unit and compare them to what you most need from a carpet cleaner. Some models specialize in removing allergens from pet hair, while others may work better on tough stains, for example. Another key consideration: Make sure you have room for it. Some carpet cleaners can be bulky and require ample storage space.
Other features you may want to look for in a cleaning unit include:
- Attachments: Some models include special attachments that work on upholstery, stairs, bare floors, or small spaces.
- Brushes: Some units may not use a brush to agitate the carpet, while others might use a stationary one or multiple actuating brushes.
- Hose length: Bigger machines can be hard to maneuver around a room. Having a detachable hose of considerable length can make it easier to clean open spaces as well as more cramped areas.
Make the right choice in carpet cleaners by considering all the options available to you and how they fit into your needs and budget.