Monthly Archives: July 2016

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

7-28-16.jpgFor the modern business, many things need to be taken care of in order to provide the best experience to your customers and clients.  Furnishings must be appropriate, customer service must be excellent, and there has to be enough lighting.  However, from restaurants to offices, to banks and to shops, there is often one thing that many owners and managers overlook: their carpet.

Carpets in commercial settings receive some of the heaviest traffic possible, much more than the average home sees.  People far and wide will be coming in and out on a daily basis, tracking in everything on their shoes into your building.  Since carpet acts as a sponge to everything and anything, you can expect it to dirty up quickly.

Just as every light bulb needs to be replaced, every carpet needs to be cleaned every now and then.  Since commercial carpet is being exposed to more dirt and grime than a typical household carpet, try to shoot for at least two cleanings a year.  That way, you can guarantee to your customers that their experience will be the best they’ve ever had.

A dirty carpet is no plus for a business.  Take charge of your carpet, and take charge on the quality that your business present to customers.  We’re positive you won’t regret it.

For a free in-office estimate, give Bayside Carpet Cleaning a call today!

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Filled Filters

7-26-16.jpgAside from looking good, carpets have many, many beneficial qualities that are often overlooked.  They provide warmth and lessen the impact of a fall, but most of all, they serve as a filter for your home.  Believe it or not, but when you choose to purchase a carpet, you are choosing to purchase a system that will efficiently filter the air in your home, making the air you breathe much healthier.

Thanks to the natural design of carpets, they have the ability to “catch” almost any impurity in your home.  From red wine, to dirt mucked in on the bottom of a shoe, to deadly microbes that circle the air, carpets can snatch up all of them.  They are excellent at capturing dust, pollen, bacteria, and other impurities that often circulate around in the air.  In fact, several studies have shown that people who suffer from asthma or allergies saw a significant improvement of symptoms after a carpet was installed.

However, like most filters, there is a cap on how much a carpet can soak up before becoming ineffective.  Once that limit is reached, particles will circulate around freely, leaving you and your family at risk.  Just like a filter, it needs to be refreshed.  With common filters, you just swap out one for another, but for carpet, you often call in a professional to have them properly cleaned.

Professionally cleaning your carpet is not solely for the sake of appearance–it is also for the health of your family.  If you feel that your filter needs to be changed, give us a call, and we’ll be able to have it up and running like new again; keeping you and your family safe from any household airborne particle that might come your way.

Working Out With Carpet

7-22-16.jpgIn the busy world that we live in, hitting the gym regularly can be quite the taxing commitment.  For those looking to get their exercise in regularly, we have an interesting solution that will help you burn calories, and keep your home clean at the same time.  Welcome to the wonderful world of carpet-cleaning exercise.

One of the biggest tips we give our clients on how to keep a carpet clean regularly is to vacuum every week.  Well, believe it or not, for a 150 pound person, vacuuming for just 30 minutes will burn 125 calories.  Don’t believe us?  Whip out that vacuum and give it a go, and see just how tired you are when the job is finished.  At the very least, your carpet will be looking fresh, and a few calories have been burned.

Who needs to hit the gym to work on forearms and legs when there are plenty of things that need to be mopped in your home?  The best way to clean tile is to give it a good mopping, which if done extensively, can prove to be a great workout for your forearms and your legs.  Just be sure to mop your tile with only water, as chemicals in commercial products can ruin the natural shine!

In addition, by kneeling down and scrubbing the grout in-between the tile with a sponge,  you are not only preserving the life of your tile floor, but you are also giving your biceps and forearms a killer workout.

Making a commitment to go to the gym everyday can be stressful, but when you take care of your flooring regularly, you won’t need a gym.

While cleaning your floors can be a great workout, just know we are always here to help you out with it.  Rain or shine, anytime of year, give us a call to have your floors looking like new again.

To get your free in-home estimate, call Bayside Carpet Cleaning today!

Sagging Couch, Hidden Fix

7-19-16.jpgGetting old really bites.  Even for couches, getting old comes with a mess of complications, such as sagging and faded colors.  While a call to us can fix the latter and restore the bright color your couch once had, many people find trouble fixing the former.  One of the most common questions we’re asked is if we have an easy solution to the sagging problem, and we’re happy to say that we do.  Here’s a no-fuss easy fix to make your couch stiff again, as if it was like new.

This method applies to couches that sag once you sit down.  For couches that sag at the backrests, filling the cushion with a polyester material will fix that right up.  For the ones that are limp at the seat-cushion, keep on reading.

The first thing you are going to need to do is take all of the cushions off, and take measurements of the bare side of your couch.  Measure arm rest to arm rest, back of the couch to the edge.  Record these measurements.

Then, take the measurements with you to the local hardware store, and pick out a piece of durable plywood that is close to the size you need.  If you cannot find the right size, buy the closest one and cut it down to size when you get home.

Once you return home, simply lay the plywood down, and place the cushions back where they belong.  Boom.  No more saggy couch.

Using plywood to fix a sagging couch may seem extremely archaic, but the wood acts as a platform for the cushions to stay on, supporting them.  It’s cheap, it’s easy, and, most importantly, it works.  Alternatively, you can buy products at your local furniture or craft store that essentially do the same thing—creates a rigid platform for the cushions to stay on—but it will cost you more.

With a little ingenuity, even the most troubling problems can be easily remedied.  For more carpet and upholstery care tips, be sure to check back every Tuesday and Thursday for our latest blog.  For a professional cleaning, call Bayside Carpet Cleaning for a free in-home estimate!

Hiding Carpet Stains

7-14-16.JPGIt’s the day before your big party.  You’re vacuuming up your carpet when all of a sudden, WHAM!  A pen you accidentally ran over exploded, and ink is all over the floor.  There is no time to call in a service, and you really need to hide the stain.  So, what do you do?  Join us today, as we share an ingenious way to hide even the worst carpet stains in minutes.

Before we begin, we would like to add that this is a last-ditch effort.  Only do it if you have no other alternative, and be sure to call in a professional service as soon as you can to properly remove the stain.

Once a nasty spill occurs on your carpet, your immediate reaction should be to soak up any of the remaining liquid and get the spot to be as dry as possible.  In this case, grab a handful of paper towels and dab around the stain–do not rub!

After there is no excess liquid left, your next step should be to try a homemade treatment, such as a baking soda-vinegar mix.  Apply it to the stain, and soak it up after 5 minutes.  If a stain still persists, no worries, as we have a foolproof method to cover it up.

Go and look in your child’s room for the biggest box of crayons you can find.  Bring them back to the scene of the crime, and find the crayon that best matches the hue of your carpet.  Once you’ve found the corresponding crayon, color in the stain.  No need to go inside the lines here.  At the very least, you’ll be able to make the mark less visible, buying you time until you can call in a service.

However, we will add that coloring in the spot with crayon is just staining your carpet again.  That is why it is extremely important to call Bayside Carpet Cleaning as soon as you can, so that we can remove both stains and leave your carpet looking like new again.

With a cool head and a little knowledge, you can cut even the worst of scenarios down to size.  For more carpet care tips, be sure to check out our blog every Tuesday and Thursday!

Area Rugs: A History

7-12-16.jpgEveryone loves a good area rug, as they can bring accents and moods into a room with minimal effort.  However, despite their colorful appearance, the area rug has a long and intricate history, spanning over several millennia and multiple continents.  Join us today as we delve into the history of the area rug.

The first known area rug dates back to 400 B.C., in Siberia.  What appears to be the first oriental area rug is very similar to the oriental rugs seen today–rectangular shape and a pattern of a border and a field.  These types of area rugs dominated the ancient scene, until the Persians came up with their own in the 1300’s.

Persian rugs are known as some of the most exquisite rugs in the world, and their history clearly models it.  These types of rugs were originally crafted for the sultan, and as a result, were displayed throughout the halls of the palace.  With this being said, Persian rug makers needed to make their rugs fit for royalty, so they experimented with different styles and patterns than the standard oriental rugs.  The result was dazzling, and the patterns were highly coveted.  Collecting these rugs was another hobby for the European aristocracy to have, and consequently trickled down to the common folk.

Rug making in the Eastern Hemisphere continued for several more years, leading to most of the rug designs that we have today.  Even now, owning a Persian rug is considered one of the best area rugs one can own.  However, with a rug of that stature, it needs to be cared for properly and efficiently, as not to ruin the exquisite fibers.

That’s where Bayside Carpet Cleaning comes in.  With our proven cleaning methods, you can be assured that your area rug–no matter if its Persian, oriental, or anything else–will be cleaned properly and safely.

Do your rug a favor and give it a quick professional clean.  Give us a call today for a free estimate!

Sand: The Silent Killer

7-7-16.jpgDays in the summer subsequently mean days being spent on the beach.  While you’re cooling off in the ocean this summer, be sure to be wary of a silent carpet killer you could bring back to your home: sand.

Sand, are you seasoned beach-goers know, has the ability to get into every nook and cranny that it possibly can.  From your bag to your shoes and even in-between your toes, sand can cram in there.  The same goes for when it is on your carpet—it can wiggle and thrash its way into the individual fibers of your carpet.  Regardless of what the fibers are made out of, whether it be wool, nylon, polyester, or polypropylene, all are susceptible to ripping and shredding, and sand may exacerbate the process.

By allowing sand to stay in the fibers of your carpet, you are raising the risk of carpet damage, as every step onto it will be an open invitation for sand to do its dirty work.  That is why regular carpet upkeep is tantamount to carpet longevity, especially for frequent beach-goers.  Just a simple vacuum job every week will do, but feel free to do it more frequently depending on how much sand you think you are tracking in.

At the end of the summer season, we do recommend, however, to have a deep professional clean to assuredly remove all of the sand from your carpet.  That way, you will be able to start the fall season fresh, with no sand eating away at your carpet.

To schedule your summer cleaning, give us a call today!  Otherwise, check back every Tuesday and Thursday for more carpet care tips!

Pet Stain Removal

7-5-16.jpgIt’s a weekday morning, you wake up, walk into the living room, and see that your pet has left a nice surprise for you on the carpet.  While we love our pets, they can cause some headaches and heartaches from time to time.  Thankfully, there are some easy, in-home remedies that are sure to get that stain out of your carpet— quick enough to get you out the door on time, and powerful enough to get the stain out, no matter how bad it seems.

An age-old method to get out pet stains in carpet is to use a vinegar-baking soda solution, which will lift the stain while leaving your carpet smelling fresh.  Simply add 2 cups of vinegar, 2 cups of lukewarm water, and 4 tablespoons of baking soda into a spray bottle.  Now, wipe up or pick up what you can, and then generously spray the area with the solution.  Let it sit for a solid 5 minutes, then come back with a dry cloth and dab the area dry.  After you finish, you should have your carpet looking normal again, and smelling fresh.

If the stain still persists after your in-home solution, you can try commercial products, but just be aware that they will do just about the same as the baking soda-vinegar solution.  The best thing to do when a stain still persists is to call in the professionals, and have us remove it the right way.  We offer spot-cleaning in addition to our whole home cleaning, so you can pay for what you need, when you need it.  Not only that, but with a money-back guarantee, you can be assured that you are getting the best cleaning possible.

No stain is too big for Bayside Carpet Cleaning.  Feel free to call us in for all your carpet cleaning needs!