February 18th, 2019
Effective Ways to Keep your Carpet Clean
Carpets can get dirty very easily if they are not cleaned regularly. Vacuuming regularly can only get the noticeable dirt off, but what are some good tips to keep them clean all the time? Making a ‘no shoes’ rule can reduce outside contaminants from entering your home. Asking visitors, friends and family to leave their shoes by the front door is a great tip to keep your carpets cleaned, especially during cold winter months. If you have pets and they go to the bathroom on your carpets, treat them immediately, don’t let it sit for a long period of time. Treat any type of stain immediately, that includes food spills and coffee stains. The longer the stains are not treated, the more problematic it is to get out. Another tip on keeping your carpet clean is to protect your floors and carpeting by placing a doormat next to each entrance. During the winter, snow, salt, and slush can get tracked in your home and make a huge mess. Having two doormats (one outside and one inside) can keep your carpets from getting dirty (one outside to wipe your shoes on, one inside to take them off). If you have pets, wiping off their paws from a rainy or snowy day can prevent wet mud from the rain or slush from snow tracking all over your home. Washing your dog on occasion also is an easy way to keep your carpets cleaned. It prevents dirt tracking room to room where your dogs like to play and sleep. Getting your carpets professionally cleaned can remove all of the bacteria, dirt, allergens and dog stains leaving your carpet fresh and clean. Give us a call at Mark’s Cleaning Service for a free estimate on your next carpet cleaning!
February 05th, 2019
Avoid winter water damage with these easy tips.
At Mark’s Cleaning Service, we want our customers to know the dangers of the bitter cold weather. When water freezes, it expands by about 9%. This causes increased pressure in your home’s pipes, which can lead to pipes cracking or bursting. The tiniest crack in a pipe can spill up to 250 gallons of water a day. There are several ways to prevent frozen pipes from damaging your home. One way is to insulate pipes by any crawlspaces, and exterior walls of your home. These are the areas where pipes are more likely to burst. An easy way to insulate pipes near your crawl space is to install snap-on foam insulation or UL approved heat tape. If you plan on being away from your home during bitter cold winter days, we recommend turning up the furnace and thermostat. This will prevent frozen pipes as warm air circulates throughout your home. Against your better judgement it can be a good idea to leave water running by turning on any cold water faucets near the exterior walls of your home. During extremely cold days, this will keep the water running and moving through your pipes relieving pressure. According to www.redcross.org Stagnant, motionless water is more susceptible to freezing than running water. As a worst case scenario, if your pipes freeze, give us a call at Mark’s Cleaning Service and we will dry out your home as soon as possible!