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Are You Allergic To Your Home?

Are You Allergic To Your Home? 

6 Things That You Need To Be Cleaning

Do you find yourself coughing, sneezing, or with watery eyes indoors? Is it like the only time you get relief is when you go outside?

Everyday living and pets can cause poor indoor air quality problems like dust, mold, and dander which agitate your allergies. If you find yourself sneezing all the time, here are some things that need to be on your cleaning checklist to improve the air quality in your home.

1) Air Duct Cleaning

For a healthier home we always recommend having your Air Ducts cleaned on an annual basis. This helps keep the dead skin cells, dust mites, and other contaminants from continuing to circulate throughout your home. We have also found that keeping your Air Ducts cleaned keeps your carpets cleaner longer and avoids those nasty air filtration soiling marks that could ruin your carpet. Not only will cleaning your air ducts reduce the allergens in the air, it will also extend the life of your A/C System, as a reported 90% of system failure is due to dust. 

2) Carpet Cleaning

Having your carpet professionally steam cleaned at a minimum of 2 times per year dramatically reduces the allergens in your home. The steam is a dust mite killer and the power of a truck mounted steam cleaner will remove the soiling that your vacuum misses. The carpet in your home is the largest filter you have protecting you from allergens entering the air, I recommend cleaning your carpet every 3 months to ensure the filter is always clean. In between cleanings we recommend you vacuum 1-2 times per week with an asthma and allergy certified vacuum. Other vacuums tend to exhaust dust back into the air vs remove it, having a quality vacuum in your home is crucial. 

3) Tile and Grout Cleaning

Harmful bacteria can live and thrive on tile and grout. Having your tile and grout cleaned not only sanitizes the surface but also eliminates the residues from your floors that lead to poor indoor air quality. A huge benefit to professional tile and grout cleaning is how 1 clean can make your home not only look cleaner and brighter but actually be cleaner and brighter.

 

4) Upholstery Cleaning

Dust, Dander, and other contaminates like old food spills or vomit tend to land right where we sit and watch tv. Cleaning your upholstery on a regular basis helps to limit the amount of dust and other contaminates in the air but also in one of the places we regularly lounge in. Vacuuming your draperies will also help reduce the amount of dust that floats through the room.

 

5) Area Rug Cleaning

Rugs are amazing at hiding dirt. If you have ever seen a rug beaten or dusted you would see all the dust just floating in the air. Having your rugs professionally cleaned helps remove the dust and dry soiling that vacuuming alone just doesn’t get. Area rugs are very much like your carpet in that they are filters for your homes indoor air quality. They can get clogged up with dry soiling and dust mites however and should be cleaned once a year.

6) Mattress Cleaning

Did you know mattresses weigh more after years of use than when you buy them brand new? The reason why is because dead skin cells and dust mites collect on the surfaces of mattresses overtime causing the weight of the mattress to increase. In fact a mattress will double its weight on average in a period of 10 years. To maintain the health of your mattress we recommend annually steam cleaning and using allergy approved mattress protectors on your mattress. 

Defeat Allergens Once And For All

By cleaning the above 6 things you are going to be dramatically improving your indoor air quality and providing your family a healthy home to enjoy. We want to be your partner in cleaning by creating a unique plan that will provide your home with consistent maintenance.

Want to schedule a Healthy Home Assessment to see exactly what unique needs your home has? Send us a text to (832)913-6579 and request a Free Healthy Home Assessment today!

Already ready for service? Call us at (832)303-3546 to schedule.

Should I have my Rug Cleaned in my home or taken off site?

The distinct difference between in home cleaning and off site cleaning is that the in home clean is primarily a topical clean intended for rugs that aren’t damaged with pet urine and aren’t heavily soiled. The off site cleaning however is the deepest cleaning that an area rug can go through and does an excellent job at removing pet odors and soiling.

In Home Area Rug Cleaning

In home cleaning is very similar to cleaning your homes carpet, a pre-treatment specific for rugs is applied and then the rug is steam cleaned in place. The backside of the rug is not cleaned, only the face of the rug is cleaned. It is considered a topical cleaning and is meant for rugs that are polyester, nylon, and other synthetic fibers. Wool rugs can be cleaned in home as well, however we recommend our Off Site Cleaning service for Natural Fibers and Viscose Fibers. Some Shaggy rugs are also good candidates for cleaning off site.

Off Site Area Rug Cleaning

For all of our off site rug cleanings, we utilize a large drying rack, air movers, and do post cleaning spotting. A rug is often cleaned multiple times and retouched before it ever leaves our facility. While we cant guarantee stain removal or the total removal of urine from a rug, this process does the absolute most to get as much out of your rug as possible. Some rugs may make more sense to toss rather than keep when it comes to utilizing our off site service. We do our best to offer an array of options for rugs to keep the cost as affordable as possible.

We recommend off site cleaning for any rugs with urine whether it’s a synthetic fiber or natural fiber. This method is especially recommended for natural fiber rugs and shag rugs. Shag rugs tend to hide soiling and are incredibly difficult to dry in home. If you have concerns with a rug properly drying, utilizing our off site service is the way to go. 

We have 3 different options available for Off Site Cleaning.

Front and Back Cleaning (Your rug is vacuumed, dusted, and steam cleaned on the front and back side)

This treatment method is great for rugs can not otherwise be cleaned in home. Example it isn’t advisable to clean a rug on a wood floor because moisture from the backing of the rug could cause the wood to swell. In those case we recommend taking the rug off site for cleaning and doing a front and back clean of the rug. This is a good idea for rugs that aren’t urine damaged and aren’t necessarily high value or heavily soiled. It can be used on High Value rugs as well but we recommend our Deep Cleaning for these particular rugs.

Deep Cleaning (Your rug is vacuumed, dusted, shampoo scrubbed front and back side, and steam cleaned on the front and back side)

Deep cleaning is great for rugs that are very dirty. The extra agitation helps remove soiling and really give the fibers a thorough clean. We recommend this treatment for rugs that are high value as this is as deep as it comes outside of completing our submersion process. This is also awesome for shaggy rugs as it scrubs deeper into the fibers.

 

Submersion (Your rug is vacuumed, dusted, and submerged in a rug bath to remove urine salts and other contaminates)

When a rug is contaminated with urine the best way to remove the urine is through total submersion of the rug. Over 4000 gallons of water is circulated through the rug to provide the most thorough cleaning imaginable.

 

Cleaning Area Rugs On A Budget

In some cases cleaning your area rugs can often reach and exceed the cost of the rug. You will have to determine whether it is worth it for you to replace the rug or keep the rug that already goes with your furniture. We try to keep our cleanings as budget friendly as possible, however rugs with urine simply require more time and energy into getting them back to a clean state.

 

How Much Does Area Rug Cleaning Cost?

How Much Does Area Rug Cleaning Cost?

A common question that we are asked is “How Much Does Area Rug Cleaning Cost?” this is a great question when trying to figure out if having your rugs cleaned is within your budget. Truthfully though the cost have area rugs cleaned depends on several factors:

  1. Is the Rug Wool (Natural Fiber) or Synthetic (Polyester)?
  2. What is the size of the Rug?
  3. Did you want on site or off site cleaning?
  4. Is there a Pet Urine issue present?

These 4 Factors play a huge role in what it costs to have your area rug cleaned. The least expensive is to have your rug cleaned on site (in your home). Having a synthetic rug cleaned is also less expensive than having a Wool rug cleaned. I recommend cleaning non-urine rugs in home vs off site as these rugs typically clean just fine on site. If the rug has urine or is really dirty, I highly recommend taking the rug off site.

You can expect to pay anywhere from $.50 per sqft to $5 per sqft depending on the rug and the cleaning method required.

UpFront Home ServicesWhy Choose UpFront Home Services For Area Rug Cleaning?

At UpFront Home Services we provide Houston and Katy with the most thorough and safest Area Rug Cleaning possible. Do you have mild Pet Odors? We include our Pet Enzyme Treatment standard. Spots and Stains? We Include a pre-treatment for this standard. Do you need us to pick up the rugs and drop them off? We include pick up and drop off at no extra cost. No sales games, just quality a quality Area Rug Cleaning Service.

 

Rug Cleaning Services – 3 Signs It’s Time For Area Rug Cleaning

Area Rugs are often the most overlooked textile in any home. The colors and fabric types often hide the spots exceptionally well. Determining when it’s time to clean your area rug can be pretty difficult but not impossible to determine. Utilizing Rug Cleaning Services often can be the difference between replacement and keeping a rug long term.

Here Are 3 Signs It’s Time For Rug Cleaning Cleaning Services

It’s Been Awhile…

1 – Sometimes the easiest way to determine whether it’s time is simply by thinking back to how long you’ve had the rugs and when the last time was that you had Rug Cleaning Services. If it’s been over 2 years, it is definitely time. Most rugs depending on traffic and vacuuming can be cleaned once every couple years. My preference is to have Rug Cleaning Services completed for most rugs at least once per year. 

The Rug  Smells…

2 – The easiest indicator you need Rug Cleaning Services is If the Area Rugs have started to smell. Most homes in the Katy and Houston Area have pets. Animals tend to love to treat Area Rugs as their own personal restroom. If a rug has started to smell like urine it is definitely time to have the rug either cleaned in home or picked up for a more thorough cleaning and deodorization process.

Your Rug Has Spots and Stains…

3 – If your rug fails the visual inspection test, meaning there are tons of little spots and spills it is definitely time for Rug Cleaning Services. Some rugs can hide spots and spills better than others but usually it’s easy to see where a spill has occurred or where a traffic lane pattern has begun to form.

 

Bonus Tip:

Perform Rug Cleaning Services Even If A Rug Appears Clean. Cleaning your area rugs often will keep them looking and feeling like new long term. We recommend an application of Stain Protector after every cleaning.

At UpFront Home Services we provide Rug Cleaning Services In Katy and the entire Houston! Check out our Area Rug Cleaning Service Here

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