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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.
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This is the 2nd time I've used Stephens Painting for exterior painting; they do a great job! They're courteous, neat, fast, and reasonably priced. I also used them once for interior painting and will be using them again in the future. I highly recommend them.
I highly recommend Mr. Hovey, he was professional and his estimate kind courteous and he gave us our estimate the next day and it was on price comparable and so we decided to hire him and he did an amazing job he was always on the job every single day and I cannot just say enough about the work that Mr. Hovey does he's on the job every single day and he finishes quickly and it's a beautiful absolutely beautiful work I highly recommend him to all of my friends and my business associates.
Would highly recommend them for your painting needs. Did an excellent job on painting the exterior of my house; knowledgeable, quality comes first and are willing to take the time to explain things. They take pride in their work, my painting took place in the middle of July when it was very hot so they were not their the whole day, this is to be expected when it is hot.
Scott is a true professional, honest and reliable!! From call to job done in just a couple of hours, great price! He also looked at a few other issues on my garage door, tightened bolts and no extra charge!! Thanks!!
I hired Advanced Coatings to paint several interior walls. The bid was reasonable. The painting was well done, although there were several delays. AC promised to paint my front door. At that point, it all went to Hell. It took over a month to paint one side on the front door. They took off the handle and lock and said they would "upgrade" the hardware. After not one, not two, not three but four separate promises that "I'll be out tomorrow to finish the job," it still is not done. AC left cans of paint in my hallway for a week, along with weather stripping. The door would not lock. I canceled plans to be gone for a weekend because I could not leave the house unlocked. On three successive Thursdays, I received a VM from the foreman saying, "I will (with emphasis) be out tomorrow wo finish your door." I canceled meeting to wait for them. They never showed. Their painting is first class. However, do not believe a thing they tell you about scheduling. Once they cash your check they are gone.
I was very pleased with the service provided by Scott. He was on time and very professional. Had my garage door working better than it had ever been in just a short time. All for a fair price and on a Saturday! I would highly recommend him.
I had air bags put in and a snugtop camper shell. I am going back in for a 2nd air bag meter, in less than 2 years. I would expect at the price they charged for the air bag system that the meter and airbag system would last. AND the snugtop fell off because the camper fasteners are faulty. Fearless doesn't seem interested in protecting my $2000 investment in the snugtop. They are willing to replace the meter, but the meter quality is either really bad or there is something else wrong. I live 3 hours away so this has been an expensive inconvience.
Scott was on time and throughly went thru everything from rails, rollers, lubricating all moving parts, checking hinges, and found the issue of the door not opening or closing correctly. Scott found a issue with the limit switch inside of the liftmaster and was able to fix. Scott kept the fee as his coupon stated. I would and am recommending him to all home owners!Thank you Scott!
Love the job DF painting did on our house. Their staff and crew was very professional and great to work with. I would definitely recommend them to any of my friends or family… they get a full five stars in my book!
They were courteous, had a clear bidding process. Excellent prep and work despite first day windy conditions. Better than original paint job when new.
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.