Was very happy with how Shift Painting took you through the process of painting our home. Each step was handled professionally and friendly. Everyone was personable and caring. The paint crew did a fantastic job! Thank you Louis and Sergio! We love the colors and the care and expertise they took in painting our home. We are very happy!
I was pleased with the experience, all went well and as far as I could see it looks great. I would let others know about this quality service that I have received. I am really thankful.
While my initial experience started sour, it ended very sweet! The project manager was very good in resolving my issue and the crew sent out were awesome from personality to workmanship! I am very pleased that I selected Shift to do my project and would definitely recommend this company to anyone looking to have quality work that's guaranteed and reliable.
This was my second job this summer with Shift painting first was a complete interior and this one was for an exterior 5000+ sq ft and we had a great experience on both! On the exterior job my client Jeff is very detailed and he was very happy with the final outcome, the prep, stucco touch up and masking were exceptional and the clean up was great. I will use shift again! Thank you.
Eric and Oscar were the ones who painted our house with Shift painting, that company is awesome, our house looks beautiful, we've had people tell us if they drove right by because they couldn't believe it was the same house. There's none better. We're convinced that Shift Painting is the best!
Seamless interaction with management and painters. All around a fine job at a reasonable price. I will recommend the company.
I wanted to get the exterior of my house painted. Scott Tager, the initial salesperson was extremely professional on the phone and explained the process and answered all my questions. The pricing was reasonable. They waited to perform the work until the paint palette was approved by my HOA. Wendy, the scheduler was also very professional and helped us schedule around some other house work we had being done. The paint crew showed up on time and got the entire job done in 2 days. The house looks awesome! Would absolutely use them again!
They did such a good job on painting the interior of my home. Very clean, fast and efficient with everything from beginning to end.
These guys were the absolute BEST for several reasons. First after being burned by a number of unsavory contractors, I was pleased to learn that shift does not require payment until AFTER the work is done. The guys they sent were clean, true professionals and completed the job in one day. They arrived promptly at 7AM and left after finishing at 9PM. Long day for sure. Then about a week after the job was complete, we got a call and paid over the phone. Could not have been better. My wife Carmen and I are thrilled.
Worst experience ever with Metzgers Painting Professionals, and I can tell you they are anything but professional. We hired them to do a full interior of our home. The workers left trash and food (cantaloupe rinds and half eaten tacos) all over the kitchen and on the floor. Not to mention they stole beer out of our refrigerator, but that might explain why the paint job was so terrible. My father-in-law asked if we had kindergartners paint the house, the work was so sloppy. The sinks and bathtub were used to clean paint, but they didn’t bother to clean out the tubs after; handprints in paint were visible on the walls; there was overspray on the master shower and guest bathtub; there is still paint on our blinds, windows, AC vents, and even our back patio where there was some sort of paint explosion that sent white paint droplets all over the exterior of our home. They did a very poor job of getting enough paint on the walls to cover the prior paint, especially along the lines where the wall meets the ceiling. Although they told us there would be an on-site supervisor, it was very clear the first time the supervisor saw the work was during the walkthrough. Of course, the work was so bad they had to come back multiple times to correct the horrible job they did, including twice when they scheduled with us to fix the paint explosion on the back of our house but did not show up at all…no call, nothing. Go with Metzgers if you want the job to be really sloppy and if you want it to take three times as long as scheduled because they have to come out multiple times to fix all the mistakes.
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.