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5 Things To Do Before Moving Into A New Construction Home

Buying a new home is exciting. It’s like when you get a new car except with this car you get to live in it (in a good not sad way) and you get to show it off to your friends. I have personally been providing floor cleaning and polishing services to homes since 2003 (16 years and counting) and here are the not so Glamorous things to do before moving into your new home.

5 Things To Do Before Moving Into A New Construction Home

Grout Sealing Is A Must

A majority of builders do not include sealing your freshly installed Grout. This is for a variety of reasons that boil down to not wanting to be responsible or have any warranty calls regarding spills and stains. For the builder it makes total sense, for you the New Construction Home Owner it totally stinks.

It’s always best to Seal the Grout prior to moving in because its easier for the technicians to get to every inch. It also means you shouldn’t need to have a Professional Tile and Grout Cleaning prior to the sealing.

As far as the grade of Sealer is concerned I recommend using a Solvent Based Impregnating Grout Sealer for the Floors, Showers, Back splash, and basically any conceivable place there is Grout in the Home. I personally prefer this grade of sealer but it is for professional use only. I have seen many a DIY nightmare trying to Seal the Grout with the wrong Solvent Sealer. Using a water based grout sealer is an option as well. A water based grout sealer is great for Floor Grout but doesn’t provide the same coverage level in a shower that a Solvent will. I find cleaning and re-application with a water based grout sealant in the showers to be much more frequent than with a Solvent based sealer.

The Builder Usually Doesn’t Seal Your Granite or Marble Countertops… So You Should

Its a dirty secret that the builder avoids talking about or offering sealing of your Granite or Marble Countertops. Marble Counterops are especially susceptible to staining and etching, so providing a very thorough application of Impregnating Sealer is extremely important. I have seen many a Marble Counter that’s brand new and covered in etch marks. Bottomline is protect your investment by Sealing so that you don’t have to Polish to Restore.

Apply Carpet Stain Protector

Newly installed carpet has a form of Carpet Protection already in place fresh from the factory. The problem is that it’s not a very good one and it doesn’t protect from dyes. Having a carpet protector applied that contains acid dye blockers will help keep your carpet from getting permanent red stains.

It’s also important to apply Carpet Stain Protector because it will help fight against permanent traffic lane damage. Traffic lane damage is caused by inconsistent vacuuming and irregular cleanings. When your carpet is it’s newest is the time to take advantage and protect and consistently have it cleaned and re-protected after each cleaning.

Install A Water Softener

I highly recommend having a water softener installed in your new home prior to moving in. The reason why is because it will help keep your shower tile and grout, bathroom floors, and your shower glass from developing hard water stains. If you can’t afford a water softener right away, I recommend cleaning your shower once a week. If you keep up with consistently cleaning your shower tile and grout and shower glass, you will be amazed with how long it will look like new.

Start A Regular Maintenance Schedule

When you keep something clean from the beginning it keeps you from needing restoration services in the future. I recommend vacuuming the carpet at least 1 time per week, using a daily shower cleaner (method makes an awesome one) and deep cleaning once a week, utilizing a steam mop for the floors or a flat head mop with Zep Neutral Floor Cleaner weekly, wiping your granite or marble countertops down weekly with Crystal Clean by Stonepro, and of course steam cleaning the carpets at least 2 times per year.

Some of this maintenance schedule can be increased due to pets or kids, but the rule of thumb is to clean at a minimum of once per week. Consistent maintenance will keep your home looking as beautiful as it did the first day you moved in.

At UpFront Home Services we offer Grout Sealing, Granite Countertop Sealing, Marble Countertop Sealing, Carpet Stain Protector Application, Tile and Grout Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning, and so much more throughout the Entire Katy and Houston Area.

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How Do I Get Dried Slime Out Of Carpet?

Kids will be Kids right? Slime happens? Slime gone wild? Whatever your situation is getting dried slime out of carpet is possible! Virtually any stain can be removed from carpet, even slime. 

How Do I Get Dried Slime Out Of Carpet?

Vinegar… lots and lots of Vinegar. About 2/3 of a bucket of white vinegar to 1/3 of a bucket of warm water. Apply your mix liberally and take a soft brush to gently loosen the slime from the carpet. Use clean and dry white terry towels to blot the slime dry. If the slime doesn’t come up all the way on the first try, try again. Once your carpet is dry, vacuum the area.

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What is Bait and Switch Carpet Cleaning?

So you’re scrolling through a magazine or you see an ad on Facebook or Google for Carpet Cleaning. The deal is unbelievable! 3 Rooms for only $69! Maybe it’s a whole house of carpet cleaning for $99. Whatever it is, it’s just too good to be true. 

I hate saying this but, as consumers we are taught to focus on one thing PRICE. For every carpet cleaning horror story you hear, there is a consumer that looked to hire CHEAP and got what they paid for. But what do I mean by this? I’m talking about Bait and Switch Carpet Cleaning Companies.

What Is Bait and Switch Carpet Cleaning?

Bait and Switch Carpet Cleaning is when you hire a company to come in and clean your carpet but they don’t include the basic things necessary to clean your carpet. A good example of this is when a company doesn’t include pre-spotting / pre-treating the carpet for the spots and general soiling. Sometimes they even sell you on using a Truck Mount vs using a portable. Often times their portable equipment is the Rug doctor that you could’ve just rented.

It Happens More Often Than You Think…

Recently I was scrolling through Google and came across an Ad for $69 Carpet Cleaning of 3 rooms. As a professional carpet cleaner I know better than to trust this price but I figured I’d check it out. The company has a long stream of good reviews but quite a few negative reviews sprinkled in with Bait and Switch tactics as I expected.

How To Avoid Bait and Switch Carpet Cleaners

  • Always Ask What Is Included In The Price

Companies that Bait and Switch will mention steam cleaning or hot water extraction but never commit to any type of pre-treatment.

  • Always ask if they will be pre-treating your spots and stains

A shady company will completely dodge this question and move on to trying to schedule you without ever answering the question.

  • Make sure they use truck mounted equipment.
 

Specific equipment to want in your home is made by Hydramaster, Prochem, and Sapphire Scientific. These companies product the best equipment for Carpet Cleaning. A bait and switch company will either not say what they use or not commit to what they use by saying the use both portables and truck mounts.

Bottom line: If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Reading reviews can be helpful but it’s definitely not the only factor to keep in mind. A company that sells low priced carpet cleaning that only includes water is one to avoid. 

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How To Get Old Pet Urine Stains and Smells Out Of Carpet

The first step to get old pet urine stains and smells out of carpet is to identify where the odor is coming from. A lot of times homeowners think that their dog doesn’t pee inside the house because they don’t see it. But then the weather changes and the pet urine smell starts to really show up. The problem is not all pet urine stains stick out as much as others do.

Here’s How To Get Old Pet Urine Stains and Smells Out Of Carpet

Use a Ultraviolet Light For Urine Detection

The easiest way to find out where your pet has been urinating is to breakout a UV light. The UV light will make the urine glow so that you can pinpoint where the issues are. I suggest going to Lowe’s and picking up a cheap little uv light to do this. Remember to not shine the light in your eyes and close the blinds and curtains if possible.

This Is What You Will Need To Treat The Pet Urine Smell

A quality pet enzyme treatment, wet vacuum, and a subsurface extraction tool will provide the absolute best results. A syringe can also be a helpful tool to spread the enzyme deeper into the padding. You can get away with not using a subsurface Extraction tool or a syringe if the urine has gone to far into the padding. With odor once you have identified its source you must eliminate the bacteria that is causing the smell. The Enzyme Treatment is designed to eliminate the odor by digesting the bacteria causing the odor. 

Apply Pet Enzyme Treatment

Generously apply the Pet Enzyme Treatment to the urine stain. If possible use a syringe to directly inject the enzyme into the padding. Allow the enzyme to sit for 30 minutes.

Flush with Water and Extract

Flush the pet urine stain with water and extract. A subsurface Extraction tool comes in handy here because it makes it easier to remove the moisture from the padding. 

Set An Air Mover For Drying

If possible set an Air Mover To Dry the air as quickly as possible. The amount of water necessary to flush a urine stain can be significant. Make sure to run fans and your heater when treating urine stains. By doing this you will have your carpet dry in no time.

The Pet Urine Stains Are Still Present

If the stains persist I recommend using an industrial Peroxide to remove them. I highly recommend Stain 1 by Pros Choice. It’s safe and does an excellent job at removing old dog urine stains. 

If The Smell Persists This Is What You Should Do

If the smell persists you may need to remove and replace the padding and potentially treat and seal the sub floor. Before you do that I would call a Professional Carpet Cleaning Company for help. Finding a Pet Urine Stain and Odor removal specialist is crucial to protecting your investment.

Pet Urine stains and odors can be difficult to remove. When you’re in a bind and don’t have the time, tools, or you simply want a specialist just give us a call.

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Is Carpet Cleaning Safe For My Kids, My Pets, and My Allergies?

This will depend on the Carpet Cleaning Company that you hire. I see potential clients that get so hung up on price that they don’t even ask about whether or not you use quality products. There are a lot of cleaners still using inferior products or dated chemistry. 

This will depend on the Carpet Cleaning Company that you hire. I see potential clients that get so hung up on price that they don’t even ask about whether or not you use quality products. There are a lot of cleaners still using inferior products or dated chemistry. 

What Makes Our Carpet Cleaning Service Safer?

At UpFront Home Services we use the absolute safest cleaners available. We not only use these cleaners for you and your family but also for our technicians that apply them daily. Depending on your families needs we can use a Fragrance Free product or just a really safe and effective product. By investing in higher quality cleaning products we are able to offer the safest and most effective Organic Carpet Cleaning for you and your family.

Why Organic Carpet Cleaning?

When choosing us to clean your carpet you can rest assured knowing that we will use the best products in your home. Other cleaners opt for lower cost poor quality products that leave unsafe residues in your home. These residues can cause allergic reactions, leave your carpet stiff, and taint your indoor air. Using organic chemistry will leave your carpet nearly residue free,  will leave your carpet feeling soft, and will improve your indoor air quality.

Should You Have Your Carpet Cleaned?

There are a lot of myths out there that recommend against having your carpet cleaned at all or just when it’s dirty. The truth is you should clean your carpet regularly and often. Your carpet is the largest filter in your home, you change the filters in your A/C unit why wouldn’t you clean your carpet too?

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How Long Does It Take Carpet To Dry After Carpet Cleaning?

Drying time is a very common question that we are asked on almost every call. On average I see dry times between 4 hours to 6 hours. Drying time depends on the soiling level, weather, indoor humidity, ceiling fans, water temperature, and foot traffic.

In my own home when I run the ceiling fans and the AC is set to 72 degrees I see about a 1-2 hour drying time. This has a lot to do with the soiling level in my home is minimal and the carpets are vacuumed at least once per week.

Heavily soiled carpet can take 6-8 hours just depending on how much water needs to be used to properly rinse the carpet. When we clean carpet we clean at 220 degrees. The temperature of the water is an important factor in the drying time of carpet. Other inferior cleaners with poor quality equipment clean at much lower temperatures which causes their dry times to be much longer.

When hiring a Carpet Cleaning Company it’s important to ask how long it will take the carpet to dry. It’s also important that your carpet is being cleaned through the use of real professional equipment. Always ask if the cleaner is using name brand equipment such as

  • Sapphire Scientific
  • Hydramaster
  • Prochem 

These brands produce top of the line equipment. A true professional will utilize one of these brands to clean your carpet.

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Carpet Cleaning – What Is Carpet Stain Protector?

When your having Carpet Cleaning completed in your home your cleaning technician will probably ask you one very important question. “Would you like to apply Carpet Stain Protector?” This is also known as Scotchgard. Depending on the age and condition of your Carpet we highly recommend applying Carpet Stain Protector after each cleaning. 

What Is Carpet Stain Protector?

Carpet Stain Protector is a clear topical coating that is applied to carpet after a Professional Cleaning. The purpose of Carpet Stain Protector is to protect your carpet from permanent stains, traffic lane damage, and provides a clear layer that makes cleaning up spills easy.

Why Should I Apply Carpet Stain Protector After Carpet Cleaning?

Applying Stain Protector after the cleaning makes the cleaning last longer. It also makes it much easier the next time you have your carpet professionally cleaned. Protecting your carpet from potential permanent damage will protect your investment and give you more time in between cleanings.

But Should I Apply Carpet Protector?

There are quite a few cases where it’s not necessary to apply protector. These usually are cases of very old carpet or heavily damaged carpet. If your carpet is newer or in really good condition I would definitely apply carpet Stain Protector after every cleaning.

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Carpet Cleaning – How Often Should I Clean My Carpet?

Carpet Cleaning frequency depends on a wide variety of factors. I highly recommend cleaning your carpet once a quarter to keep your home its absolute healthiest. The reason I suggest this is because as the seasons change the allergens change. Rinsing your carpet once a season helps remove the allergens from the carpet to prep for the next season change.

Here Are A Few More Reasons You Might Carpet Cleaning More Often

You Have Pets In Your Home

Pets can be a huge factor in determining how often you should clean. Dogs and cats shed and leave allergens all over the carpet. Cleaning your carpet often is recommended to remove the allergens so that you don’t develop a build up. Another reason you might clean your carpet is because of pet odors and pet urine stains in general. Keeping up with your carpet when you have pets by cleaning regularly is very important to your carpets long term health.

You Have Kids

If you have Kids, spills happen. Having Carpet Cleaning done once every quarter or at least twice a year is recommended for you. The reason why is because by cleaning more often you will keep your carpet looking it’s best long term. The longer a spot or stain sit the more likely it is to become permanent. We use Kid safe cleaning products in your home vs butyl and other strong cleaners that aren’t necessary to provide a great cleaning experience.

You Have Bad Allergies

If you have bad allergies keeping your carpet cleaned quarterly is going to keep the allergens off the floor as much as possible. At UpFront Home Services we also offer Fragrance Free and Allergy Safe Carpet Cleaning. Having the right Carpet Cleaner out is important as to not aggravate your allergies further by using the wrong type of chemistry in your home.

You Don’t Vacuum Enough

We recommend vacuuming 1 – 2 times per week. If you’re not vacuuming enough you will need your carpets cleaned much more often. The reason why is by not vacuuming you are leaving dry debris on your floor that cause scratches into the fibers of your carpet. These scratches cause what is known as traffic lane wear. By vacuuming regularly you will help keep your carpet looking it’s absolute cleanest longer. 

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Why do we love Katy? It’s all of the entertainment and great restaurants. It’s easy to drive places and you have Katy Mills Mall to enjoy a little shopping and get great prices. With it being so close to Texas A&M we also get to service a lot of our fellow Aggies. We service the entire Houston area. Want to learn more about the City of Katy Click Here

What Makes UpFront Home Services Different Than Other Carpet Cleaning Companies?

Sometimes we are asked the question, what makes us different than other carpet cleaning companies? To be perfectly honest, this is our favorite question. This questions means you are really researching and wanting to get to know who is coming into your home and what exactly they are going to do for the price.

Here Are Just Some Of The Things That Make UpFront Home Services Different Than Other Carpet Cleaning Companies

We Provide Property Protection

With UpFront Home Services we want to leave your home in better shape than it was when we got there. To do this we use Moving Blankets to protect your wood and tile floors at step off or transition points. We use corner guards to protect your walls from potential hose damage when hoses are being pulled from one room to the next. We use special straps to keep our hoses from falling down your stairs while we clean up stairs. When we move items of furniture we will place those items in a safe area while your carpet drys and put blocks underneath the legs if left on the carpet.

Some Furniture Moving Is Already Included

In our pricing we already include moving of items such as sofas, chairs, and other light items of furniture upon request. Some carpet cleaning companies only clean the exposed areas in their pricing and charge more to move any pieces of furniture. 

We Include More Than Just Pre-Spotting

Some carpet cleaning companies will only Pre-Spot meaning they will only treat individual spots. We treat the entire Carpet with an Eco-Friendly Pre-Spray designed to safely break down all of the soiling in the traffic lanes as well as the spots and spills. 

Our Pet Enzyme Treatment Is Standard

In our cleaning packages our Pet Enzyme Treatment is standard. This means we already include something to help treat your carpet for mild pet urine and odor issues. Sometimes a stronger treatment such as our Kill Odor Plus May be necessary and if that is the case our technicians will make an honest recommendation. Most carpet cleaning companies charge more for a Pet Enzyme Treatment, and by more we mean a lot more. We have found that a large majority of our clients have pets and this is a crucial reason why they have their carpet cleaned.

We Have The Only Steam Cleaning Machine Like This One In Texas

Our CDS X-Drive is truly one of a kind. We made a substantial investment into all of our equipment and went with the Greenest and most environmentally friendly machine available. The CDS X-Drive creates 230+ degrees of hot steam to thoroughly clean your carpets and is electrically driven by the Vans engine. This means it has the power of our ford transit with much less of an environmental impact as other truck mounted equipment. 

We Offer Allergy and Chemical Sensitive Cleaning Solutions

If you have bad allergies, chemical sensitivities, or just want a clean that is actually clean and not driven by fragrances or soaps, we have a cleaning solution for that. Our Impact Carpet Cleaning Pre-Spray is botanically made, has no soaps, butyl, voc, and is fragrance free. We have used this product in even the most sensitive of environments and it is truly safe and extremely effective. Most Carpet Cleaning companies simply don’t have the chemical knowledge that we do to provide you with a safe and Green Cleaning.

We Are Aggie Owned and Veteran Founded

We honor the high morals of both our Armed Forces and work towards excellence like our fellow Aggies. When you do business with us you are more than just another client, you are what makes us succeed. The level of appreciation we have for you the customer is apparent from the minute you call in for a quote to when you have one of our service technicians out. You will see that we actually care about doing a good job and making you happy. Finding a carpet cleaning company that truly cares is especially difficult in today’s society. 

At UpFront Home Services we offer Carpet Cleaning Services In Katy and the entire Houston area! Check out our Carpet Cleaning Service Here

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Why do we love Katy? It’s all of the entertainment and great restaurants. It’s easy to drive places and you have Katy Mills Mall to enjoy a little shopping and get great prices. With it being so close to Texas A&M we also get to service a lot of our fellow Aggies. We service the entire Houston area. Want to learn more about the City of Katy Click Here

Pro Carpet Cleaning – What’s Important Price or Service?

When you first start to shop for Pro Carpet Cleaning you’re faced with the task of determining who you want to have in your home. It’s not about price or service, it’s about the technician coming into your home.

It’s really easy to get hung up on how much something costs vs what you’re actually getting for that cost. Here’s what you should be doing to get the best Pro Carpet Cleaning.

Shopping For Value Not Just Price

Hiring a Pro Carpet Cleaning Company based on just price rarely ends well. Make sure to ask crucial questions like what’s included in the price? What kind of equipment do you have? Do you use green cleaning products? Do you move furniture? Finding out exactly what’s included in any price quote you get can make or break your entire cleaning experience. 

Pro Carpet Cleaning Research and Reading Reviews

Always research any company that you get a mailer or any kind of flyer for. So many new start up companies are using Facebook to market their business and have little else about their company out there. It’s ok to try the new pro carpet cleaning company but I recommend dealing with a more experienced company so that you aren’t the new companies guinea pig. Some of the best places to read reviews about carpet cleaners are Google and Angie’s List. If you can find your cleaner on these sites and they have great reviews then that will give you the green light to hire.

Not Letting Just Anyone In Your Home To Save A Buck

It’s easy to believe that Carpet Cleaning can be done for only $20 Per Room. In all reality a cleaner offering these prices won’t even break even on a majority of jobs. It’s likely the cleaner that offers this low pricing doesn’t even have the right type of equipment let a lone good equipment to do the job. On top of that the low priced carpet cleaner quite simply won’t be around the next time you need your carpets cleaned.

When you’re looking to hire a Pro Carpet Cleaning Company it’s important to really do the research and know what’s included for any price quote you get. After all just because the price a low price cleaner quotes you over the phone is really good, often times they don’t leave with just that low price.

At UpFront Home Services we provide Pro Carpet Cleaning Services In Katy and the entire Houston area! Check out our Carpet Cleaning Service Here

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Why do we love Katy? It’s all of the entertainment and great restaurants. It’s easy to drive places and you have Katy Mills Mall to enjoy a little shopping and get great prices. With it being so close to Texas A&M we also get to service a lot of our fellow Aggies. We service the entire Houston area. Want to learn more about the City of Katy Click Here

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