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Some of the next steps to take after flooding damages your home.
Some of the next steps to take after flooding damages your home.
All it takes is a little preparation to get your car winter-ready and to keep from getting into an icy situation.
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To find a place like this in Naples is wonderful.Honest,knowledgeable,competent, all describe this place.
Phoned at 9am car checked at 10am and new tire ordered .Tire delivered at 2.30pm fitted at 3pm , job done quickly , efficiently and at a reasonable cost , what more could you want ?
they put the tire on and then mounted it back on the car put my little donut back into trunk .. super for small town shop
NEVER AGAIN! The first time I went there was to change my battery. I asked them over the phone for a price and they told me it would be 125$ which was a good price and I decided to go there. When I got there they told me it would actually be 155$ and they said oh we're sorry we gave you wrong price. It was too late and I changed the battery anyways. I decided to use them again for an oil change. Again I asked over the phone for a price and they told me It would be 39,99$ and I made an appointment. This time after they changed the oil they gave me an invoice for 105$. I tried to make a complain and asked why they charge me so much when someone told me it was going to be 39,99$, but all I heard from their manager was "It is what it is". Thanks for the "great" service!
I am new to the Naples area and was needing some repairs on my car. A coworker recommended Big Blue Auto Care and I am so glad I decided to bring my car here. Everyone was very knowledgeable and honest and the price was right. I will definitely be giving the all of my business from now on.
Great experience! Got my repair quickly and very professionally. I would strongly recommend them to anyone who needs a car repair.
This is the only place I will go. They are very knowledgeable and considerate of their customers. This is a local family owned small business. They offer a competitive labor rate that is affordable. If you want an honest mechanic, go there.
Some of these reviews are so out of line with my own experience that I wonder about their veracity. I have used this Tire Choice location for several years on all my cars. Two of the cars (an Audi R8 V10 and a Tesla Model S P85D) are high-performance cars that have special requirements regarding tires, torquing, and alignment. Tire Choice always checks their database to ensure that the wheels are installed and torqued properly. (I quit using the Audi dealer for tire changes as they once delivered the car back to me with the front and rear tire pressures reversed and the valve covers missing.)I usually check Tire Rack (the internet tire powerhouse) for pricing and then get a quote from Tire Choice. Sometimes Tire Choice gets me a better price, but if Tire Rack has the better price I order from them and have the tires delivered to Tire Choice, where they cheerfully receive the tires and put them on the car.I also use nitrogen fill on my high-performance cars, and Tire Choice keeps the pressure topped off with no waiting and at no charge whenever I drop by.All in all, they consistently provide some of the best service I have seen in a town where bad service is too often the going-in assumption.
I chose this store because of the 4 star review. My experience was not 4 star. I was quoted a price over the phone of $133.00 each for 4 tires. No mention was made about any additional charges. My bill was $724.08! That's $180 per tire! I also declined the $90 alignment they claimed that I needed. In addition to the misleading prices, even with an appointment I waited 2 hours and 15 minutes for new tires and an oil change. Oh, I should mention that these prices are slightly lower than they started out. As soon as I balked at the new prices, they were suddenly able to provide discounts. They even offered $60 off of the price of the alignment. At that point I was not going to give them one more cent. Know what you are getting in to before choosing this store.
Honest and the best prices in town!! You can't beat that! What one place quoted $2700 rocky did it for $187. Amazing
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.