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We had to remove mold from the kitche, he did half the job, took the money (including payment to sub-contractors that didn't finish their job), refused to provide a receipt.When I called a testing company, they said they could see this wasn't a professional job (they didn't provide mold removal services, just testing), and I had to call someone else to finish the job.
I would NOT recommend EverClean for house cleaning services. We used their services for several months and experienced consistent service that was unsatisfactory. Examples of the below standard service include: one appointment only sent one person versus the two confirmed, this person was only in our two story home for one hour. When arriving home, many of the services that were outlined when we set up their service were missed including simple services such as dusting. Management was notified and we were reassured they would address our concerns. Another example is when window sills, dusting and the floors were not cleaned (visible spots were noted), another example is a separate cleaning the spare bedroom was not cleaned at all; management was notified via email, were informed she could communicate to the staff in English and Spanish to meet the cleaning outlined in the initial agreement. The final cleaning before cancellation of the services, both of our son’s bedrooms were not cleaned at all. When we notified management once again about the unsatisfactory service, the response was “OMG!”. As a manager myself, I found this extremely unprofessional. The cancellation request was sent via email however they proceeded to schedule another cleaning. My husband personally spoke with them after they attempted to schedule the next service. The staff did not arrive this day however we were still charged the cleaning fee which as yet to be refunded for services not rendered. I would NOT recommend this company’s service at all, consistently the level of cleaning and consistency of cleaning is disappointing. Do NOT use this company for your home as you will very likely be disappointed with the quality, customer service and professionalism of this company.
This woman-owned company is absolutely outstanding. Rosa and her team offer top notch cleaning services that address the smallest of details. They are professional in their business and very affordable. They arrive on time, are extremely efficient in their work and very careful to show the same cautions attention to antiques and artwork as I do. I recommend them highly to anyone in need of first class cleaning services that won't break the bank.
Not a good company. I worked for them and they stole $2500 in taxes out of my paycheck and then didn't pay the IRS. See the Denver Post article below. They are crooks, liars and evil people. Don't do business with themdenverpost.com/2013/09/18/denver-auditors-report-rips-janitorial-firm-serving-city-buildings/
Paul and Kendal found our suspected mold problem, disinfected the area, and started the drying process w/in 24 hrs. Great Crew! They even shoveled the snow off our driveway! CCS earned the rating by providing the expert and knowledgeable professionals to do the job right. ThankYou! I’ll keep your phone number handy.
Gabe and Kendall were prompt, professional and did an excellent job. They went above and beyond to expidite the project. Light years better than the previous company we were working with
This company is literally the best!! The owner Adrienne is the best!! I had another company that I was working with and there were complications, causing me to seek for a last minute cleaning and the only company who would come out same day was ULW and matched the price I was already paying!! The team does a great job with our offices and they clean well! They have found a customer in our company for life! Thanks ULW!!
The owner is friendly and knowledgeable. This is a good reliable company. I suggest anyone needing their business cleaned needs to call ULW.
I have this company clean my business daily and they are reasonably priced as well as professional. I recommend them to every small business owner in Denver!!
I was one of the first company's that ULW serviced and from the beginning they were amazing!! Definitely still my cleaning service provider!! thanks a bunch guys!Jackie Stevens
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Make the right choice in carpet cleaners by considering all the options available to you and how they fit into your needs and budget.