Just a short video of what it looks like to be behind the wand cleaning carpets. Steam cleaning berber carpet can be a challenge sometimes, but the dirt and stains in this carpet are just lifting right out.
So many cubicles, so little time. Well things are sped up a little for this action shot of us cleaning a large office building. This clip that’s just 105 seconds long, represents almost an hour of cleaning, and is still only a small portion of the carpet in this building.
As an added service while cleaning a large office, we cleaned all of the area rug runners. To get them out of the way we decided to stack all of the rugs from the whole building into one hallway and clean them all at the same time. With a little time lapse magic, we got them all clean in just 22 seconds.
Just another day of cleaning carpet. These stairs were pretty dirty, the water temp is right about 200 degrees and the dirt just lifts right out of the carpet.
We had a recent storm water flood in our downtown business, and Gavin came in to clean up the mess. He and his crew did an excellent job – I’d recommend them to anyone needing emergency services as well as general carpet cleaning.
– Allan Redstone
I have known Gavin for a little over a year now and is becoming a close friend. I have used his services in my own home and I was very pleased! Also I have referred him to many of my clients and they as well have been very pleased with his services! Professional carpet cleaning is not as costly as you may think. Give Gavin a call for an estimate and I think that you will be pleasantly surprised how inexpensive it really is.
– Evan Eidsvik, Integrity Carpentry
Wool can be a great choice for carpet. Wool is a natural fiber and can last a long time outlasting several other natural and synthetic fibers if treated properly. There are a few draw back of owning a wool carpet as well. Lets first look at why someone might choose to have a wool carpet by examining the fibers characteristics.
Wool, the natural super fiber:
Wool insulates against heat and cold:
Wool can be used as an insulation, and when it comes to covering your floor with a wool carpet, it effectively insulates your flooring. it will keep a room warmer in the winter, and keep heat from entering through the flooring in the summer. All Carpet does this to some effect, but wool is especially good at this.
Wool insulates against noise:
Wool carpets not only insulate against heat and cold, but is also a great noise barrier. Wool carpeting can help give a room a quiet peaceful feeling.
Wool rugs and carpet wears longer:
Because of the strong natural structure of wool, it wears very slowly. Wool carpet can stay looking nice for a long time.
Wool is fire resistant:
Wool unlike many other fibers both natural and synthetic will not burn. Okay so it will burn, but once you lite it on fire, it will self extinguish itself. Other fibers will not only burn but will produce a large flame catching everything else on fire too. Wool is naturally fire retardant.
Wool resists static:
Ever drag your feet across the carpet and then get a ZAP! when you touch something? not with wool. Wool absorbs moisture and will reduce the amount of static electricity that can be created by friction while walking on it.
Wool is green:
Cotton is green too. But cotton doesn’t make good carpet. Wool is a practical choice for carpeting if you want a natural fiber and have the want for any of it’s fine attributes.
Price. Wool is not a cheap fiber. because of it’s many great qualities, and it’s supply, demand for wool is high, and so is the price.
Wool carpet can loose it’s color and be damaged if not treated properly. Wool is very absorbent and can be dyed easily to many brilliant colors, but this same quality that allows it to be easily dyed, means that it can be easily stained as well. Wool has a very strong outer layer protecting the fiber as a whole but can be damaged by high ph or by high heat.
The preceding types of damage that wool carpets often experience occur not only from owners and guests that are walking on the carpet, but many times from untrained or under-trained individuals attempting to clean the carpet. Sometimes damage is unnoticeable and will simply decrease the over life of the carpet, but not when color has been taken out like on this wool rug where oxiclean (not wool safe) was used by a maid to remove a food stain.
There are guidelines for temperature and PH to maintain a safe cleaning of wool, but even with the correct PH level, a cleaning agent can still damage wool if it has too much buffering agent in it. The best way to make sure you don’t damage your wool carpet is to make sure “wool safe” is printed on the label of whatever product you are going to use on the wool. These products have undergone extensive testing to make sure that they will not harm your wool.
Along with all natural fibers there is a chance of damage from insects. Moths and carpet beetle larva will eat wool:
If you do have wool rugs, be on the lookout for this common pest found in Bellingham:
The varied carpet beetle is about the same size as a ladybug won’t eat wool as an adult, but will lay eggs, the larva shown right will eat wool. Unsure if it’s a carpet beetle or something else, give us a call and we’ll check it out for you. We not only clean wool the right way, we protect it from pests too. www.bellinghamexterminator.com
Here are a few pictures of Olefin carpet in my own home at different magnifications levels.
Olefin Carpet is also known as polypropylene and is a synthetic fiber.
Reasons to choose Olefin:
Olefin is solution dyed, meaning the color goes all the way though the fiber, (think carrot instead of radish) this means it’s incredibly hard to stain, and it’s color will not fade in sunlight.
The price is good. It’s some of the cheapest carpet on the market.
It’s mold and mildew resistant because it is extremely hydrophobic. Water will pass right though Olefin and individual fibers will float. Because liquids can’t absorb into this fiber drys fast, and mold doesn’t grow.
Reasons NOT to choose Olefin:
Although repels water, it absorbs oil. any oil based spills will be incredibly difficult to remove.
Olefin carpet has a very low relative melting point. The friction from dragging furniture across the room can provide enough heat to melt the carpet.
Olefin Carpet is not very resilient, Other carpet fibers will spring back to life even after repeated crushing, but Olefin carpet doesn’t hold up to traffic very well. Once it gets matted down you are going to have a traffic pattern that will be noticeably different then the carpet in lighter traffic areas.
To overcome the poor resilience of this fiber it is often sold as a short looped or berber carpet. The short tight pile makes it so if it is worn, crushed and matted, at least it’s less noticeable then if it was a plush cut pile.
Just want to say that I am very pleased with the work that Kevin did at my house today. He was great and I will certainly use you all again. Thank you for great work! The awful carpet looks NEW!
– Susan Damski
I’ve been out to Lummi Island 2 weeks in a row now and love cleaning out there. The day always starts out with a small ferry ride out to the island. Rain or shine it’s just nice to be out on the water and enjoying the salt air, and beautiful view.
I was asking my last Lummi Island customer how she heard about our company, and I was pleased to hear that kind words were spoken about us on the community Facebook page.
We do have to charge a little extra to cover for the time and ferry cost to the island, but with the ferry only being $13 these costs are minimal. If you are a savvy consumer you can always schedule with neighbors, if we have a few jobs on the island instead of just one we just waive the travel fees.
This past Saturday While I was in line to board the ferry leaving the island I got approached and asked if I had time to clean another carpet while I was there. I always schedule extra time when headed out to Lummi and was very happy to take on the extra job. I think that worked out well for both of us.