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Gobble, Gobble

The in-laws and extended family will be coming in no time, the Holidays are here! Thanksgiving is a time for sitting around with family, eating yummy food and watching football! It is a time for laughing with long lost cousins and playing endless games with each other. It is also a time of spilling food and drinks. When food is the center of attention for a day, you are bound to have a spill or two. This is where we come in hand. Whether you need the help from Chem-Dry before the guests arrive or after they leave when the mess has been made, we can get your carpet and upholstery clean. If your guests spill turkey gravy, wine or your grandma's favorite cranberry sauce, we are sure to get it out. Chem-Dry can get out the harshest stains with ease. So, prepare yourself for the mess or call us after it has been made.

Prepare for the Spills

little boy leaning over chair at thanksgiving dinner

Chem-Dry offers protectant for all our customer's carpet and upholstery items. Chem-Dry's Protectant is applied to the whole carpet and upholstery fiber, making it repel stains and easier for you to clean up. Let our expert technicians apply this powerful barrier on your carpet and upholstery. With Protectant, stains and spills can be blotted up easier. Give you carpets and upholstery items a chance this Thanksgiving with a Chem-Dry cleaning and protecting.

After the Spills

Don't fret if you forgot to clean before the guests arrive, we can come after the family leaves! Chem-Dry does an amazing job at cleaning up after the party is gone too! Your guests may have made a mess of your home and have left a few spills and stains around. Chem-Dry is armed with the power of carbonation and many other cleaning agents. Our powerful carbonated cleaning process lifts up tough stains and spills, So don't let a greasy turkey stains or the football stampede on your carpet get you down, call Chem-Dry today!

Happy Thanksgiving from our Chem-Dry on the Shore family to yours!

11/19/16


Boo!! Don't Be Scared of Dirty Carpets

Ghosts and pumpkins are making their debut, which means the kids are ready for trick-or-treating! Dirty carpets can scare your guests away, but don't let it! Chem-Dry is here for all your carpet and upholstery cleaning needs! Let us worry about the dirty carpets and you can take care of the fun stuff, like planning a Halloween shindig! Below is a list of food and activities that can help with your Halloween party planning.

1. Spook up your front door! Orange string lights make your house feel spooky, but also give more light for guests coming. Hay stalks and pumpkins are a great, inexpensive way to decorate your front door too! Get a fun Halloween door mat to put at your front door! This will help reduce the dirt and dust that is being tracked into your home. Ask your guests to remove their shoes as well.

2. Paint your pumpkins. Try painting your pumpkins this year! Are you tired of carving pumpkins? Or do you have littles in your home? Paint you pumpkins this year for a new twist! Acrylic paint is inexpensive and they designs are endless! Glitter and stencils can add even more dimension and fun to your pumpkins!

pumpkin cookies3. Pumpkin cookies! You'll need a treat for your family and friends as they stop by to show off their costumes. Don't let this recipe scare you, it is super easy. Turn your oven to 350 degrees to get it ready for baking!

You will need:

1 box of spice cake mix

1 15 oz can of pumpkin

1 12 oz bag of chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together. Use a non stick pan and place 1 1/2" dough balls onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes. *May require extra baking time if center is still gooey! You will want to make these cookies over and over again, because they are so easy and SO yummy! They are an excellent treat for all the Holidays and everyday in between.

4. Crafting Time. It may be a bit chilly on Halloween night, so bring your little ones in to make a craft!

You will need:

  • Black paper plates
  • White yarn
  • Plastic fake spiders
  • Tape
  • A hole punch

All these things can be found at the dollar store. First, punch holes on the edge of the paper plate about 1 or 2 inches apart. Then, get a piece of yarn about 2 or 3 feet long. Take one end of the yarn and tape it to the back of the plate. Now, weave the yarn in and out of the holes, making a web looking design! Lastly, take your fake spiders and strategically place them into your web! The best thing about this craft is that it is not only simple, but it is easy enough for the little ones to do too. Get kid's motor skills running, while having a little Halloween fun!

Get the party started right with these great Halloween party ideas. They can even keep your kiddos away from all that candy! Let Chem-Dry help with your party preparations. They can get your carpets and upholstery looking and feeling new again. Your guests will notice the cleanliness of your home and enjoy you party even more!

Call Chem-Dry on the Shore at 410-221-0097 for all your Halloween carpet cleaning needs!

10/17/16


Cozy Up this Fall – On Clean Couches!

Fall is here, which means that you will be spending much more time indoors! Make sure that your home is healthy, safe place for your family to be and relax in. A clean home is just one way to provide comfort and peace of mind for homeowners. One way to help ensure that your home is clean and healthy is by deodorizing and sanitizing the upholstery in your home. Your home will be left smelling clean and fresh. Our added deodorizer and sanitizer will also extend the life of your upholstery items!

Allergens and bacteria get trapped in your upholstery, just like they do in carpet. While most people vacuum their carpets on a regular basis, the upholstery in the home oftentimes goes without being cleaned. A lot of times people don't know how to properly clean their upholstery either, but have no fear; Chem-Dry is here for you!

lady reading on couchFurniture Cleaning and Sanitizing

Like carpet, it is important to have your upholstery cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis. This will help to improve and maintain the look of the furniture, while also eliminating the bacteria and germs that are present in the fibers. There are many products out there that claim to clean upholstery, but when it comes to upholstery cleaning, that should be left to the trained professionals. Our trained technicians take courses and are knowledgeable in cleaning upholstery. They take the time to understand and treat each type of upholstery with the correct care. At Chem-Dry, we have special tools and machinery that clean your upholstery items while sanitizing and deodorizing. We also offer Pet Urine Odor Removal and Dust Mite Anti-Allergen, so ask your local Chem-Dry technician today!

Sanitizing your upholstery will also help to keep harmful germs and bacteria out of your home. Ease your mind by getting your upholstery sanitized, then curl up on your freshly cleaned couch with your family! This is doable, with a help of a Chem-Dry professional!. Make sure that you get your upholstery cleaned at least twice a year, along with your carpets! This is an excellent way to protect your investments, as well as the health of your home.

Make sure your couches and chairs are cleaned and sanitized before your cozy up on them! Fall is here! Call Chem-Dry on the Shore today at 410-221-0097!

 9/23/16


Back to School Carpet Cleaning

School bells are ringing and that means that your kids are going back to school soon! It's time to get your carpets cleaned and take advantage of our carpet and upholstery cleaning. Your youngsters are back in school, which means that your upholstery and carpets are getting more attention from new visitors. And by visitors we mean dirt, germs, allergens and bacteria! Many people don't know that your carpet and upholstery act as a large filter for your home. They capture dust and particles that float in the air. In fact, independent studies have shown that indoor air can be 10 times more polluted with allergens and bacteria than the air outside your door. So, cleaning your upholstery and especially your carpet is like cleaning a filter in your home. 

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The Natural is the name of our main cleaning solution. Why is it called that, you ask? Chem-Dry uses a Green Certified solution that is also natural to clean your carpets and upholstery items. There is no better time to sanitize your home, so ask your technician about it at your next cleaning. When you add a sanitizer to our cleaning process it can eliminate 89% of airborne bacteria and 98% of allergens. Because kids are tracking in new germs and allergens from their new classes, it is the ideal time for you to get your carpets cleaned WITH sanitizer! We know that you want a healthy home for your kids to come home to and for your whole family to live in, so let Chem-Dry help you achieve that.

Keeping Your Home Healthy

We use a hot carbonated extraction process to clean and this process allows us to get down deep to clean each fiber. Your carpets won't be left soggy and wet. Your upholstered items won't be wet for too long either, you'll be able to sit on them in no time. Our carbonated cleaning will explode the dirt, grime, dust mites, bacteria and more from the carpet and upholstery fibers, leaving you with clean carpets and upholstery items. Ask about our extras, like sanitizer, dust mite anti allergen spray and more with your cleanings!

Give your children and family the best chance to stay safe this back to school season with a Chem-Dry on the Shore cleaning!

8/23/16


Don’t Let your Business’ Flooring Send a negative Message

You never get a second chance to create a great first impression. This saying rings even truer if you're a business owner trying to appeal to new customers and business. Having great customer service is the thing that customers are looking for, they also take a look at business's cleanliness. Oftentimes, a customer’s first impression will depend on the look and appearance of the business or facility all the way down to the floor. It is super important to have your organization looking its very best when prospective customers are walking in.

A Clean Workplace

It is important to keep your business tidy and arranged with coordinating and professional-looking furnishings. By developing a space that is comfy, clean, and inviting, you are helping to give customers a positive attitude toward your company. All of this is very important but it's 10 times more essential when you're in the food industry and own a restaurant. Be sure your business is extra clean and start with your floors! The first thing in creating a welcoming environment for customers, that is also clean. Not only should the workplace be well-organized and free of clutter, but the flooring and upholstered items should be clean as well.

Regular Scheduled Cleanings

If your company is carpeted, you ought to have them cleaned by professionals on a regular basis. Here at Chem-Dry we suggest that your business's floors be cleaned every 3-4 months. These cleanings will office lobby areamake sure that your carpets not only look their finest, but are free of uncomfortable odors as well. Maintaining a brand new and clean environment begins with clean floors. Another significant key to keeping your carpets clean is vacuuming them 3-4 times per week, or more depending on the volume of traffic within your business. If your company has ceramic flooring, it too should be cleaned by professionals on a regular basis. It is also beneficial to get ceramic floors waxed on regularly as well. This can give a sense of sparkle and shine to the floors, making them appear fresh and clean. As mentioned above, coordinating furnishings are another factor in a customer’s attitude toward your business. Fabric upholstery should be kept clean and free of any stains in order to maintain a professional appearance. Our cleaning services give you a number of services to keep upholstery looking and smelling its best.

The Best for Your Customers and Employees

Every time a customer makes a judgment concerning your business, they're likely taking its appearance into consideration. By maintaining a clean and organized facility, you are making your business more desirable for customers. You want customers to feel relaxed in your space because, all things considered, the more time they spend in your space the more money they're likely to spend. The wisest decision you can make for your business is professional carpet and upholstery cleaning on a regular basis! Subsequently, this will boost client satisfaction and increase your customers’ eagerness to go back to your business.

Call Chem-Dry on the Shore today at 410) 221-0097 to schedule your commercial cleaning services!

7/26/16


5 Vacuuming Tips

Vacuuming can be repetitive and boring after some time. Don’t allow this to get to you. Your carpets should be vacuumed at least once per week. This helps to keep the dust and dirt out of them. Here are a couple vacuuming tips which could come in handy!

vacuum1. Dust it Off! Before you begin vacuuming, dust your room from the top-down. What this means is to begin dusting your ceiling fan and then work your way down to the baseboards.

2. Move it! Make sure that small items are picked up off the floor. Don’t be lazy and attempt to vacuum around them! Also, check for small pieces which may be on your floor, like bobby pins or screws. This will damage your vacuum and who wishes to fix that or purchase a brand new one? Not us!

3. Work Backwards. Begin in the rear corner of the room and work your way out of the room. This also goes for stairs, start at the very top and work down.

4. Check the bag often. Bags ought to be changed once they are half-full. The vacuum becomes less efficient as the bag begins to fill up. It may additionally begin to leave a smell in your home if your bag becomes too full.

5. Once per week. Make sure that you are vacuuming all of your carpeted areas at least one time per week. Even when you don’t ever go into your living room area, ensure that your vacuum it!

Follow these simple actions and your carpets will thank you for sure. If you wish to treat your carpets right, vacuum them a few times a week! We all know that sometimes you may forget and your carpets may look a little dingy, but we are able to help.

Call Chem-Dry on the Shore to professional clean your carpets when the vacuuming just won’t do!

6/27/16


Why You Should Protect Your Carpet and Upholstery

It may seem like a no brainer of why you should clean your carpets, but here are just a few explanations why! On a daily basis you walk, lie down, and play with the kids on your carpets and couches. Regardless of the occasional mud and dirt you pull in, your intention is the same: the cleaner your carpets are, the healthier your home is going to be. This is the same for the upholstery items too! We understand that couches and chairs are very pricey; however they are a great investment that should last you for years. Let us provide you with how you can keep your furniture looking its very best with our amazing Chem-Dry fabric protector.

Consider What You’re Dealing Withprotectant

Over the months you could overlook cleaning the couches and chairs or maybe you may just think they don't really need a cleaning. Well, you're wrong! The majority make the mistake of neglecting the upkeep needs of their furniture because they don’t think it needs to be cleaned. Alternatively, they spot clean and vacuum their carpets, and commit to regularly Chem-Dry cleanings for their flooring. But what happens to your microfiber couch cushions after that spaghetti stain sets in? How clean can your favorite lounge chair actually be when months (or possibly even years) of pet hair, dirt and food stains have built up and set in?

The Functionality of Fabric Protectant

Just as your carpet is an investment, so is your loveseat, couch and reclining chair. Do you recall when folks would cover their couches with clear plastic to preserve them? These days, you will find there's a far better method to offer protection to your furniture than awkward, sticky plastic. Whether you’re more likely to drop your coffee cup on your upholstery every once in awhile, or simply tracking in dirt from the outdoors, protectant will help you keep those undesirable stains and spots at bay. Our solution helps to prevent stains from seeping into the fibers of your carpet and upholstery fibers. This protectant helps stains from becoming long lasting in your upholstery. Our Protectant allows a few more seconds so that you can grab that towel and get the stain up a little better. Ultimately, it saves you money, by easily helping you to get rid of stains each time you spill or stain your furniture.

Protect From Difficult Stains

While there are several easy do-it-yourself fabric protectant solutions on the market, getting it done correctly the first time-by knowledgeable professionals-can provide you with the peace and mind of clean, stain resistant furniture once and for all! Chem-Dry’s fabric protectant is a breeze, proven and effective. By using a tough, stain resistant solution that is easy on the environment, your upholstery will remain cleaner longer.

Schedule your appointment with Chem-Dry on the Shore today at 410-221-0097!

5/23/16


Home Cleaning with 5 Natural Products

Most people don't realize the harsh chemicals and toxins that are in your cleaning supplies. Some are so harsh that they recommend avoiding contact with skin and eyes, which is scary! Using your own natural green cleaning products can give your house an eco-friendly cleaning that's ultra powerful as well as gentle. However, this list of cleaning products don't consist of toxic vapors and harsh chemicals. Here are five naturally organic products that are available in nearly every home that do a great job of cleaning without the presence of chemicals. We have rounded them up in a list for you along with the best way to clean with them!

5- Vinegar

This cleaning product is best used in the kitchen, but the bathroom is another place you can use this great cleaner. Vinegar is known to breakdown grease build-up. Grease from cooking gets caked on stovetop, countertops and tables, but have no fear, vinegar is here! White vinegar is a strong cleaning agent due to its anti-bacterial effect and acidic nature. Research performed in Japan found that the bactericidal effects of vinegar was enhanced as the solution's temperature increased, therefore emphasizing the benefit of using warm, natural cleaning solutions.cleaning with natural products

4- Salt

You can use it for cleaning kitchen utensils and even clearing drains. When coupled with baking soda, it can cut through grease too. It can also whiten discolored cutting boards if used with cool water as an everyday scrub and even remove burn marks around dishware edges and stains from delicate chinaware. You didn't think that this cooking seasoning would help with cleaning, now did you!?

3- Lemon Juice

For those who look at the components found in cleaners you will note there is lemon in a number of them. Well there is a reason behind the lemon juice! Lemon juice can eliminate mold and can breakdown grease as well. That isn't all, lemon juice also won't leave behind streaks in your appliances and on your shower. Researchers in Nebraska took a closer look at lemon oil's power to reduce the growth of mold by applying a coat of vinegar and lemon juice to roast beef. The study illustrated the prevention of mold spore germination and development. Combine natural lemon juice and vinegar and/or olive oil to produce a tough cleaning solution that leaves a natural-smelling scent behind in the room.

2- Cream of Tarter

Cream of tartar is actually a by-product as a result of the winemaking process. Inside the barrels of wine, there is a white powder that is made while it is fermenting. This powder stems from tartaric acid, which naturally occurs during winemaking. It's left behind in the barrels and then later can be used for baking. Cream of tartar may be used for a variety of household cleaning tasks such as cleaning bathtub tile, removing rust stains, renewing scratched dishes, and cleaning the gunk off your toaster. To eliminate rust follow these steps:

  1. Mix equal part cream of tarter, salt and water to create a paste.
  2. Rub paste on rusted pan or other item.
  3. Let dry.
  4. Polish with soft rag.

1- Baking Soda

Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and offers an abrasive quality that outperforms other toxic, powdered commercial cleansers. Apply it to a variety of surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom to effectively eliminate stains and even clean grimy ovens inside. Need an extra cleaning boost? Mix baking soda and salt with a little water to enhance that scrubbing power!

Most of these cleaning products can be found in your house. These 5 products don't leave behind chemicals or harmful toxins for you and your family. But when it comes to cleaning your carpet, upholstery and tile, call Chem-Dry. Chem-Dry is all about healthy living and cleaning, that is why a lot of our products are Green Certified! Natural carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning agents are far better for both you and the environment. Consider using Chem-Dry to support the health of your loved ones.

4/18/16


Maintaining Your Area Rugs

Lots of people choose to cover high traffic areas of their carpet with throw area rugs to shield the look of the carpet. On the other hand, how do you shield the rugs from wear and tear? Although it may seem a hopeless task, you will find some good tips for keeping your rugs looking their best. With the proper attention and care, you are able to maintain the look of your rugs even in those high traffic areas.

Choose the Right Rug

Choosing the right color for your area rug is a good idea, but be sure that you also think about the material that it is made out of. You would like to choose a material that is durable and long lasting. Particularly in high traffic areas, the kind of rug you choose can make a huge difference in how long it will last. Nylon and wool carpets can be good choices, as they offer a very durable material that may withstand heavy traffic from your family and pets.

Plan Ahead area rug

Protect your rugs by limiting the amount of moisture and dirt that comes in. Place walk-in doormats by doors, making sure that family and guests wipe off their shoes or remove them. This straightforward precautionary method can be a very effective way to help keep your rugs clean. When possible, you might even consider removing your shoes by the front door to keep any soil from entering the home.

Vacuuming is Crucial

Frequent vacuuming is a crucial part of caring for your rugs and carpet, specifically in high traffic areas. Vacuuming helps to lift the dirt out of the carpet fiber before it settles in and ruins the rug. So, the more traffic an area endures, the more often it should be vacuumed. This could even mean vacuuming daily to help keep dirt and soil to a minimum.

Take Immediate Action

Areas that are susceptible to a lot of traffic are also more prone to experience spills and accidents. Act immediately if a spill happens on your rug. If necessary, apply stain or spot remover such as Chem-Dry’s World Famous Spot Remover to the affected area. The sooner you take action, the less likely the spill will soak into the rug and leave a stain. It is also good to have a professional protectant applied to your rugs as well to make clean up even easier.

Call Chem-Dry on the Shore for all your area rug cleaning needs and you will be glad you did! Call us 410-221-0097!

3/14/16

Valentine's Day is Around the Corner!
Have you thought about what you are going to get your significant other this year for Valentine's Day? There is usually one in a relationship that likes to have a clean tidy house more than the other. If you are not the cleaning type, call the experts in to clean your carpets. We just had the Holidays and winter storms came in hard and dirt and water may have been tracked into your home. Don't you worry, Chem-Dry can clean your carpets and get them looking new again without you having to be out of the house for hours on end. If you don't know, we use less water than other carpet cleaners, which means that there is a quicker dry time and there is less time for mold and mildew to grow inside your carpet. Our main Kent Island carpet cleaner is also Green Certified, that is why it is called, The Natural!

So if you are in need of a gift idea that will last for awhile, Kent Island carpet cleaning by Chem-Dry on the Shore is a good idea! Check out these fun facts while dialing our number to get your appointment scheduled for your lover!

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2/8/16

The New YOU and the New Year!

The brand new year has arrived and this means you are thinking about switching up your way of life in more than just one way. You set goals for yourself and you understand that you would like to keep them, so we incorporate some ideas to help you stay on track with your goals from your home to your health.

new years goals 2016Health/Body: We all know that you would like to get fit, tone up or set a goal to run a race but after a month or two that goal appears to get further away. The most difficult part about getting some exercise is getting going. Just put on your gym shoes, this is a great start, the hardest part is finished. Should you just have 10 minutes, make those 10 minutes count and work your guts out and also sweat hard! A different way to strengthen your body feel great would be to drink plenty of water. If you're a soft drink drinker, choose a friend and have a competition to find out who will last the longest without drinking soda. It might surprise you the way a little competitiveness will keep the soda pop away. Drink plenty of water, your body will thank you! Caring for your body is very important but you also may have set a lifestyle goal. To keep your home cleaner or to help your kids learn to pick-up after themselves may be your ultimate goal and Chem-Dry is here to help.

Home: Keeping your house clean is difficult when there is snow or rain outside. The soil and water get tracked into the home and gets forced into your carpets. Overtime this will cause dark lines where your family members walks, we here at Chem-Dry call these Traffic Lines. To stop these lines, have you and your family and guests take off their shoes off when entering your house. Of course, if you already have these lines call Chem-Dry and then we can take care of them for you!

A completely new year means a new you! Stick to your goals and you'll be glad that you did in the long run. Chem-Dry is rooting for you and may help with your carpet cleaning service needs! Call us 410-221-0097!

1/25/16


Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

We want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Chem-Dry on the Shore! We know that spills and stains are going to happen and guests are going to track in dirty snow. But don't let this get you down. Chem-Dry on the Shore is here for you to get those tough Holiday stains out. Enjoy some fun facts about the Holidays as you wait for you guests to arrive. Some will suprise you!

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12/6/15


Carpet Cleaning is a Holiday Tradition!

As the holidays approaches, many people will probably be busy with parties, decorating, shopping, and cooking. With the commotion of this busy season, it's a challenge to find time for cleaning and refreshing your home. This is the ideal time to consider having your carpets cleaned by professionals. Not only will your home be fresh, clean, and prepared for entertaining, but you can leave all the work to experts and take your time enjoying the holiday seasons. Getting your carpets professionally cleaned is effective for various reasons. For starters, it becomes an excellent way to present a clean, spotless home. While it is certainly imperative that you vacuum your carpets on a regular basis, vacuuming alone isn't enough to remove the dirt and grime that will get tracked into the home. This could be very true for homeowners with pets and youngsters.

family over for holiday dinnerCleaning Tips for your Home

Over time, your carpets can begin to seem grubby. A professional carpet cleaning service like Chem-Dry is equipped with special equipment and products that can supply a deep clean for your carpets, leaving them vivid and clean. As well as the appeal of professionally cleaned carpets, it may also help to sanitize your home, freeing it of unwanted germs and bacteria. If you are planning to have a home that's not only clean but sanitary as well, then take into account Chem-Dry’s Healthy Home cleaning bundle. With the use of products created specifically to wipe out bacteria and germs, you can be sure your home will probably be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. This is another special benefit for those who experience allergies, as Chem-Dry’s Healthy Home carpet cleaning can greatly reduce the things that trigger allergies from dust mites, pet dander, mold, pollen plus more in your house. In addition, a professional cleaning is especially effective at removing stains and undesirable odors.

If you are looking to entertain this holiday season, you don’t wish to be embarrassed by unsightly stains or agonizing odors. With the help of Chem-Dry professionals, you are able to welcome guests and start feeling confident that your particular carpets can look and smell their finest. This holiday season, treat yourself to the gift of a clean and beautiful home from Chem-Dry. Not only will you be enjoying the benefits of a fresh, clean, healthy home, but you'll be helping to improve the life and quality of your carpets. After all, there is no place like home for the holidays!

Treat your carpets this year with a sweet, clean gift. Call for an appointment today!

11/16/15


The Scariest, Dirtiest Things In Your Home happy halloween blog

BOO! Halloween is here now and while your watching scary movies and getting ready for trick or treaters, it may seem that there is nothing that could scare you! WRONG! You can find scary things lurking around your home which you have not even considered plus they are much more frightening than any scary Halloween movie! We're counting down the most terrifying, grossest things in your home and just what you can do to prevent or help your home remain clean!

Pillows You may be thinking that your bed is really a safe, comfy place to sleep, but there are dust mites that feed off your dead skin flakes. Gross! It's advocated that you should change your pillow every 18 months to 2 years. That does not mean to place it in the guest room, it implies dump it!

Reusable Shopping Bags This really is one which you won't ever think of but there are millions of germs, bacteria and in many cases E Coli crawling around within the fabric. Disgusting! So to help in keeping bacteria and cross contamination at a minimal, just be sure you are washing them in very hot hot water and soap. Also, make certain you are keeping bags segregated from the ones that carry fresh produce and ones that hold meats.

Steering Wheel This item most likely are not inside your home, but definitely on your garage and is normally tracked straight into your house. The steering wheel is coated in bacteria and can be worse when compared to a toilet seat (eew!) if you do not sterilize it regularly. One or more times per month, wipe down your vehicle with disinfecting wipes and vacuum it out too.

Window and Door Tracks If you have ever looked over your windows and have noticed how gross they can get, you can even observe how much dust collects there. Dust might cause allergic reactions, sniffling and sneezing! Aachoo! To clean these up make certain you vacuum out your tracks after which work with a toothbrush and cleaning soap to completely clean out the crud!

Light Switches Walking in and out of the restroom and home, flipping on and off lights, you don't ever understand simply how much you touch the switches. Mix one portion rubbing alcohol and one portion water and wipe down each and every switch and door knob while your at it!

Most of these things are easy to clean and can create a massive difference in the cleanliness of your home. Take these easy steps to clean and disinfect your home!

Happy Halloween from Chem-Dry on the Shore!

10/20/15


Maintaining Your House Clean with Pets

We understand that pet owners are invariably searching for ways to keep their home smelling clean and fresh, but now your quest has expired. While pets give us a lot of lasting love, they can also provide the house with undesired odors. The most effective ways to maintain a clean and fresh home is to preserve your floors and carpets clean. Routine wetmopping and vacuuming is undoubtedly important, however it is not enough when dealing with pet odors. The natural skin oils and fur from your pet’s skin can penetrate deep in your carpet fibers, making it difficult for vacuum-cleaning alone to eliminate the smells. It is highly recommended to have your carpets cleaned professionally on a routine basis to help eradicate these undesired odors. When selecting the right carpet cleaner for your residence, be sure to take your pet’s safety into account.

How to keep things clean while cleaning

An individual wouldn’t think of giving your four-legged friend food that is contaminated or cleaning them with soaps that contain unsafe chemicals, so just why clean your carpets with soaps that contain these same contaminants? The family pet probably spends a lot of its time curled up on your carpet, so choose a carpet cleaner that you'll feel good about. There are actually professional carpet cleaning services, such as Chem-Dry, that offer “green cleaning” methods for your carpet. In addition this process give you a deep clean for your carpets, but it uses all-natural products directly from Mother Nature which can be safe and nontoxic for your family and pets. There's no need to be concerned that chemicals from your carpet cleaner are affecting your pet’s skin and all-around health. Rather, it is possible to relax acknowledging that your carpets are actually cleaned using a product that is safe, healthy, and beneficial to our environment. If your pet loves to relax on the furniture, there's also natural products that may be used to safely clean your upholstery on top of that. The health and safety of your family plus your pets is priceless. Don’t risk it by using harsh cleaning products at home. You could achieve the results you want without the risk by staying with all-natural cleaning products that are nontoxic. You will not only have a fresh new, clean home…but most importantly you'll have healthy house. That’s something to be happy with!

Call Chem-Dry on the Shore for all your cleaning needs, but especially if you have pets running around in your home! Call us at (410) 221-0097!

9/22/15


Back to School Activities

School is back in session and the kids are no longer driving you crazy at home. But with back to school comes, back to activities for all your children. Whether it's football, soccer, baseball, dance practice or anything else, your schedule is packed with going from here to there everyday! We realize how hard of a hassle it is planning to get the kids out your front door punctually and remembering all their equipment. Don’t let this get to you or your home. We've got some helpful pointers of keeping your kid’s sports off of the carpet and into the correct place. Maintain your carpet and follow these quick steps:

cleaning carpets back to schoool1. Come up with a “Drop Space”

Whether you have a mud room, garage or entry way, come up with a designated spot or basket for your children to put all their sports equipment into whenever they return home from all of their practices. This teaches them to put things away in an tidy style. This helps when you're late to practice and can’t seem to find one cleat or that one baseball glove. You will know that it's there and also you won’t be asking your children one hundred times where they left it. It will keep your stressful days less stressful to have all your kid’s stuff in one space. And your carpets will remain looking fresh without the dirt and grim being dragged all around them.

2. Make The Kids Help

We all know that some children feel qualified to receive everything and here is an effective way to ease them into the real world and help in your home too. Preserving a clean, neat house need to be a family affair. So don’t bear the burden of the sweeping, mopping, vacuuming the carpets and dusting without help? Delegating small tasks to every member of your family is often a win/win, as it allows your children to be aware of responsibility along with what becoming a team player is all about! Your young ones will even appreciate you more, given that they realize how hard it truly is to keep your house looking in good shape.

3. Plan for Tomorrow

Our last tip is to always have the kids plan for day after today after supper and homework are completed. Help them to organize their next outfit all the way down to the shoes. Ensure all of their sports gear is prepared to go and absolutely nothing is missing. This takes the anxiety amount of morning way down and it helps you realize that the kids have everything they need for the next day. Also, since they won’t be running into and out of the home to obtain overlooked items it will save your carpet from more dirt and grim. We all know that this is a demanding time and we here at Chem-Dry want to help you and your household. Call today to get your carpets cleaned by our professionals and you will be glad you did. Happy Back to School!

8/26/15


Summer Cleaning Schedule

Regardless of whether you live with your significant other, or you run a busy household of kids and pets, it’s challenging to keep your place clean. The truth is, it can seem like a hopeless feat with beds which need to be made, floors that need to be mopped and dishes that ought to be done! Exactly why are you doing all the work yourself? Show your children to place some pride in their personal belongings and living space. Here’s how to do it in a few quick and simple steps-no ‘period of adjustment’ required.

Toddlers Can Clean Too

It is never to early to give your children responsibilities. Even if it just picking up one toy or shutting a drawer. No matter how quiet and serene or loud and hectic your house may be, the same rule applies: if you have a heathy home, you have a happy home. When you've got toddlers to clean up after, bedrooms can get messy and shared living spaces (living room, dining room, common area) can look like a disaster. Do you have a toddler who impersonates the Tasmania devil? Great! Use it to your benefit! Teach them to be accountable for one small chore, such as tidying up their bed or putting away their toys after having fun with them. Just implementing a ‘one small chore’ rule on a daily basis, and you’ll notice the time it saves you.

Have a Reward System

Whatever age you may be, everyone could use a reason to stay on track. Head to your local school supply store and buy some markers, stickers and a large sheet of cardboard or whiteboard or print this chart for each one of your family members. On Sunday make a list of the chores each week that you needs to be done before play time or hanging out with friends. Just be sure to keep the chores age appropriate. In the end, you want each child to feel good about themselves, not frustrated because the task at hand is too challenging to complete. Together, think of a reward for a week’s worth of chores accomplished. Would your kids like to head out to their favorite ice cream shoppe? Or, would everyone enjoy a round of miniature golf? Or, a night at the park with the whole family? Implement an incentive that will motivate your family to do a great job taking care of their personal belongings, and you’ll have a family that cleans together, sticks together, and makes happy memories, together! 

All this cleaning with keep your house looking clean and fresh, but when you want a really deep clean, call Chem-Dry on the Shore to clean your carpets and upholstery items!

7/14/15


Summertime FUN! getting out paint in your carpet

It is summer and the youngsters are out of school, which means lots and lots of messes. Being artistic is a talent, but when your child draws his latest masterpiece on your carpets, it can be a detriment. Some stains take time and effort to remove from carpets fibers, although some are relatively easy. If you have the occasional paint spill from your child’s artwork project, here’s some good news: paint is easier to remove than many other stains and spills out there. Here’s how to fix those paint and crayon spills to help make your carpets like new again:

Tricks for Treating Wet Paint

The overall principle for do-it-yourself stain removal is never to scrub, but to soak up its moisture (and with as much patience as possible!) The same approach comes into play when your child has scribbled their “artwork” on your beautiful living room carpet. Witnessing the splatter of a palate of finger paints can work you into a craze, but instead, run to the paper towels and calmly begin soaking up the maximum amount of paint as you can. Many people make the mistake of ‘blotting’ paint or another substance that has started to soak into their carpets fibers. This process can actually make things worse; instead, lay dry paper towels over the wet paint and give it a couple of seconds to soak up as much liquid as possible. Repeat until there’s no more moisture left. At this point, you’ll have removed the majority of the paint. What’s left will be some dry paint. Leave the remaining steps until the next morning!

How to Remove Dry Paint

There are numerous options you have to remove dry paint, and both require a razor or knife. Choose nail polish remover or WD-40-both work well as a ‘quick fix’ and get the job done until your professional cleaners can come in and thoroughly clean your carpet stains and spills.

• If you’re using nail polish remover…this do-it-yourself remedy is quick and fool proof. Lather up your nail polish brush into the solution and start to apply it onto your carpet. Working with a simple brushing motion (similar to how you’d brush nail color onto your nails) dab it with a fresh coat every other minute or so. The color of the paint will start to fade, and once it does, you can start to dab the affected region with some cold water and a rag. Vacuum your carpet as a last step, and if the stain hasn’t gone away, contact your trustworthy cleaning professional to discuss stain removal options.

• If you’re using WD-40…consider it a smart tool to have on hand in order to remove dried paint from the fibers of your carpet. It comes in the form of a spray lubricant and is excellent at breaking down certain spills such as paint. Generously spray the affected region of your carpet with WD-40 and let it sit for up to 25 minutes. Take a rag, and scrub the paint until you begin to see it come off in bits and pieces onto your rag. Scrub vigorously, and continue to do so until it’s come off on both sides of your rag, leaving very little residue on your carpet. Thoroughly vacuum your carpet, and if a stain persists, contact your local Chem-Dry on the Shore professional to effectively get the job done for you.

Happy, healthy and clean carpets are what you deserve…despite how cute that little Picasso of yours may be as he paints them to his heart’s content!

6/29/15


 

Allergy Awareness Month

There are 1 in 5 Americans that suffer from allergies and there are over 24 million people that have to deal with asthma. Chem-Dry wants to help you improve the quality of living healthy and found just the way to do that. Clean with Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonated Extraction (HCE) and you will see and feel an improvement in your home. An average of 98% of common household allergens will be removed when we clean with our HCE.

If this isn’t clean enough for you, follow these tips and you will be feeling extra clean and allergy free!

Clear the clutter: Clean off the stack of mail and bills from your counter. They also collect dust and other particle irritants on your desk. Take some time each week or day to straighten up your desk area by recycling unnecessary mail or bills. Even better – go paperless.

Add an air purifier: To keep the air in your home free of dust particles and allergens, try using an air purifier. The elderly and young children are prone to allergies because of their weaker body systems. Air purifiers provide cleaner air for them and improve their breathing.

No breezes: Make sure that your indoor air is kept free of outdoor air and allergens by closing your windows and shutting your doors when pollen counts are high! Also, make sure that add and constantly change out your air filters on your furnace and air conditioning units.

5/12/15  


Living with your pet and their mess!

Pets are just like family and most of them spend their day roaming the house. Once an accident has happened, it is crucial that it be cleaned up as soon as possible. The more time a soiled area is left unattended, the more challenging it becomes to eliminate the stain and odor in the end.

dog urine removalSo what should you do if you find yourself in this predicament? Well, if the urine stain is still wet, it is essential to soak up as much of the urine as possible by blotting it up with a white towel. Once the urine has dried out, it will become much harder to remove the odor. The place should be extensively cleaned in advance allowing it to dry. If it is already dry, then give us a call here at Chem-Dry of Manhattan and we can come and evaluate and clean it.

Tip: A good option for cleaning fresh pet urine spots is Chem-Dry’s Pet Odor Remover. Ask us how to get this product at your next cleaning or call today to get yourself a bottle. It’s uniquely formulated to lift and neutralize fresh, minor pet urine odors in carpets. But it’s most effective when you are able treat urine deposits immediately.

4/14/15


Home Health Study

Carpets in addition to area rugs and upholstered furniture behave as giantfilters, trapping allergens and bacteria and keeping them right out of the air we breathe. But, much like an air filter, carpets grow to be full as time passes and ought to be properly cleaned to be most beneficial at trapping particles when they settle from the air. Getting your carpets cleaned by Clawson Chem-Dry will keep your carpets clean and you will enjoy the fresh scent of them after they have been clean by us.

This is particularly necessary for the 1 in 5 Americans (roughly 60 million) coping with allergies or asthma. You can ensure healthier indoor air at your residence by maintaining your carpets clean and in good shape through frequent vacuuming and getting your carpets, rugs and upholstery cleaned by professionals every 3 - 4 months to free your household of typical allergens and bacteria.

Are you due for a cleaning from Chem-Dry? We know that 3 - 4 months comes quickly, so schedule reoccurring appointments for the whole year and don’t worry about it. We will show up to clean and you can be on your way with your busy life!

3/17/15


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Valentine’s Day is already here! Are you ready to spoil your partner with chocolate and gifts? If not, we have a perfect gift for you to give your love! Whether you will be out on the town or spending the evening at home with your darling, making your home look and feel clean is what you need. A clean home is fundamental when entertaining guests or trying to impress that special someone. Chem-Dry offers the cleanest and greenest carpet cleaning around. We are also affordable and have the fastest dry times!

You won’t have to spend time being off the carpeted areas or the couches, because with Chem-Dry our process allows much faster dry times than other steam cleaners. So call us today to get your appointment scheduled to give to you loved one for Valentine’s Day!

2/10/15


Are you Ready for 2015?

Here are some cleaning tips that will help keep your home healthy and happy in 2015.

Use door mats and small area rugs in your entry way. Where ever there is a door from the outside, there needs to be a place for people to wipe the bottom of their shoes off. If you can prevent the traffic areas from getting more dirt and grim, the cleaner your home will look.

Sanitize the touchy areas of your home. Those doorknobs, light switches and fridge door handle, get a lot of use during the day. Make sure that you are sanitizing these items at least once a week, if not more. Keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer by the door and make those who enter wash up. Kick those germs before they even enter your home!

Have a “landing place” for when you get home. Set up an area by your door for items coming into your home everyday. Instead of setting your coat on a chair and the mail on the counter, have a designated aree with table and hooks for it all when you walk in. This will help keep items in one place and you will always know where your keys are at!

new year cleaning

Follow these 3 easy steps and you will find yourself in a cleaner and healthier home. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful 2015!

1/12/14


HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Chem-Dry uses a Green Certified process that is safe for your family. So on Christmas morning you won't have to worry about the germs that are in your carpets and furniture. We know that you are busy wrapping presents, being with your family, and eating all the yummy Holiday treats, so let Chem-Dry on the Shore take care of the cleaning. We use a lot less water than those other steam cleaners which allow the dry times to be quick. This quick dry time doesn't allow time for mold and mildew to grow on your precious carpets. Give us a call before it is too late at (410) 221-0097. Incase you didn't know...the HOLIDAYS are here!!!

We know that this is what you do when you get your carpets cleaned by Chem-Dry on the Shore!

12/14/2014


Professional Tile and Grout Cleaning with Chem-Dry

Rely on us to clean and refresh the look of your floors, countertops, showers, patios and foyers. Our professional technicians use specialized cleaning solutions and powerful suction equipment to remove dirt and grime that has built up over the years. Stop spending hours on your knees scrubbing and cleaning. Allow us to renew the shine to your tile, stone and grout throughout your home or business.

Keep Germs Out By Sealing Your Grout

As a part of every cleaning, your certified Chem-Dry professional will apply a coat of durable sealant to your grout. When our trained staff applies the sealant, a barrier is created, minimizing the amount of dirt that is able to seep into the grout pores. This helps your grout stay cleaner, longer and maintenance is simple because dirt doesn't penetrate deep into the cracks.

Tile Cleaned By Chem-Dry Looks Better and Lasts Longer

It is recommended that your tile, stone and grout be cleaned every 12-18 months to ensure long-lasting protection. Sparkling, clean, sanitized tile and stone looks better and is healthier for people and pets. Chem-Dry's service is perfect for many varieties of tile and stone such as Saltillo, ceramic, porcelain, slate, granite and travertine. Also ask about our grout color restoration service to rejuvenate existing grout joints.

posted 11/16/2014


Chem-Dry VS Steam

There are many considerations to take into account when choosing a carpet cleaning company, but Chem-Dry's unique approach to carpet cleaning provides a Drier, Cleaner, Healthier experience for your home or business. In order to restore your carpets to their original glory, we have spent countless hours harnessing the unique power of carbonation to provide the most thorough clean possible.

Have you ever poured a carbonated drink and watched it bubbled at the top? This is because carbonation has natural “lifting” properties; these bubbles will always rise to the top of your glass. Going along with that, Chem-Dry's carbonated solution penetrates deep into carpets, obliterating stains at the source with millions of tiny bubbles. We have meticulously configured this reaction to gather all unnatural particles and lift these to the top of your carpet, where we can easily then extract them using our proprietary hot water extraction technique. Our proprietary solutions remove all unwanted particles from your carpet completely, leaving you with the most thorough, most healthy,  and the most satisfying clean available anywhere.

While on the other hand, most competitors use steam cleaning; a method where they dump harsh soaps and large amounts of water into your carpets only to try and suck them back out. Your carpets are clean, but not for long. While your carpets appear clean, the mess has actually just been pushed deeper down to be hidden and creates an even larger problem by growing mold and bacteria. Not to mention that all that water dumped into your carpet will mean they won't be dry for days to come. Our method only uses a fraction of that moisture, meaning with the Chem-Dry method your carpets will be dry in just 1-2 hours. In the time steam cleaning your carpets would take we can have you cleaned and back to your normal routine. Once you experience luxury without the price tag you'll never be satisfied with anyone else.

And at such convenient prices you won't be able to pass up the change to have a drier, cleaner, healthier home or business. We can help restore your dingy carpets, but only if you call today!

Posted 10/19/2014

 


Spot Removal Steps from Chem-Dry on the Shore

Your carpets could most always benefit from a good cleaning, and knowing when to call a professional carpet cleaner is wise. Many spots and spills are easily remedied using simple techniques anyone can master. Most carpet cleaners won't tell you about them because they don't make any money that way! At Chem-Dry we put our customers first, and we're happy to give you a few tips to save you some money and help you get the stains out easily on your own.

You might think this remedy too simple, but many spots and stains just need to be dampened and blotted with a clean, white towel. Scrubbing and wiping are things to avoid when doing this. Being aggressive with your carpet will only worsen the spot and possibly unravel your carpet fibers. By firmly but carefully blotting the stain, you can transfer the stain from the carpet to your towel. If this is working, your towel will darken as the stain "transfers" from the carpet. Look often for this transfer. If you don't see the stain picking up, don't continue blotting. Replacing the water with club soda is the next technique to try if water alone couldn't lift the stain. Club soda is a great cleaning agent because of its carbonated properties, which is the same idea behind Chem-Dry's solutions. Check frequently for transfer of the stain to your towel as you blot the stain. You should be using the exact same process as you did for water. If you don't notice a difference in the stain, you'll know it is time to call the professionals at Chem-Dry.

We clean with some of the best solutions in the industry, leaving your carpets looking just as good as the day you got them. When home remedies don't work, call the professionals at Chem-Dry!

posted 9/15/2014


GET YOUR HOME READY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL!

Ketchup, jelly, chocolate, soda, honey, punch... Have you noticed these things on your carpet more this summer with the kids at home? Luckily, the time is finally here to send those kids and their mess back to school! Your list of things to do is probably growing longer by the minute as school gets closer. Let us help  check one task off as we clean up the summer mess.

At Chem-Dry we will give your carpets a deeper clean and have them dry in just a couple of hours. Chem-Dry's approach to cleaning carpets is better than the competition. While steam cleaners pump water into carpet and attempt to suck it back out, we know this may not always work so well. Instead, we use a hot carbonating extraction system, which is a drier method, meaning less water is used. The best part is that with the small amounts of water being used, carpets cleaned by Chem-Dry are cleaner in only a few hours!

Call now for a drier, cleaner, healthier home!

Posted 8/18/2014

 


Sanitize to Reduce Allergens and Bacteria with Chem-Dry on the Shore

Does someone in your home suffer from allergies or asthma? Do you have children who love to roll around and play on the carpet? Unfortunately, carpets absorb and collect common allergens, dust,  and germs that can spread illness, cause allergies and make asthma symptoms worse for you and your family. Chem-Dry professional strength Deodorizer and Sanitizer reduces tough odors and allergens, leaving your carpets clean and healthy and your family safer.

 

  • Sanitizes home to eliminate unhealthy bacteria that can spread illness

 

  • Reduces common allergens from dust mites, pests, pet dander, mold, pollen and more

 

  • Special deodorizer reaches odors absorbed in your carpets so they aren’t just masked – they’re eliminated

 

Call Chem-Dry on the Shore and ask about how we can revitalize your home's carpets for a longer lasting, healthier clean with our basic, protectant or healthy home cleaning for your carpets today at (410) 221-0097.

 

 

posted 7/17/2014

 


Scheduling an Appointment?

Here are a few tips to help prepare for your Professional Carpet Cleaning appointment with Chem-Dry on the Shore.

 

  • Prepare for your appointmentDriveway - Please give our Chem-Dry Van access to your home in the driveway closest to the entry you want us to use.

 

  • We Can Move - upholstered furniture like sofas, loveseats, large chairs when possible. We will safely clean around everything else, like beds, dressers, computers, entertainment centers and fragile items.

 

  • Please Move in Advance - all the small items like knick-knacks, plants, toys, small tables, dining room chairs, breakables, or take off items of furniture that we will be moving then moving back. Please have all cords to electronics tucked away. Please tuck bed skirts and lift drapes so we can clean up to and under by hand. We will be cleaning every little detail we can in your home.

 

  • We Vacuum - all areas we are going to clean.

 

  • Please put all animals away in a safe place while we are cleaning with large equipment.

 

  • Pre-Inspection - Please let your Carpet Care Technician know of any spots, stains or areas of concern. They may require special cleaning techniques.

 

  • Reschedule or Cancellations - Please give at least 24 hours’ notice. Last minute cancellations hurt your Carpet Care Technician dearly.  He has you reserved so no one else can have that time slot.



Posted 5/152014


 

Chem-Dry Spring Cleaning

Chem-Dry on the Shore is primed and ready to partner with you for this year’s Spring Cleaning!

Clearing out unused items and cleaning up your home helps us feel better. But more importantly, a deep spring cleaning in your home can help your family stay healthy and allergy-free this summer.

Spring Cleaning Carpet CleaningMost households can easily have a buildup of dust and dirt that is tracked in during the winter months. In addition, germs from colds, flus and other illnesses stay stagnant in your home when the windows are closed. Opening your windows helps freshen the air, but it doesn’t help clear out the buildup of dust, dirt and germs that has built up in your carpets.

Spring and summer can also bring mild or extreme allergies for many people. Over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Doing a complete spring cleaning can decrease allergy symptoms by removing dust, mites, bacteria and other allergens hiding on indoor surfaces, carpets, and upholstery.

Cleaning all surfaces, including hard-to-reach and hidden areas can reduce the allergens in your home. Cleaning blinds and removing unused bedding and plush toys can help as well.

We can help your deep spring cleaning efforts by:
- Deep cleaning your carpets, rugs, and upholstery. Our services help remove the hidden allergens in your carpets, and furniture.
- Applying our Sanitizer and Dust Mite Allergen Treatment. These solvents can keep your carpet free of dust mites for an extended time.

Posted 4/11/2014

 

 What You Need To Know about Your Carpet Warranty

A percentage of what you paid for your carpet went to cover the anticipated costs to the manufacturer for warranty claims.  Warranty claims cost carpet manufacturers millions of dollars every year. And their research shows that claims are more often than not the result of poor or improper maintenance.

So over the last few years carpet manufacturers have begun to tie warranties to required maintenance by the carpet purchaser. Now, just like when you buy a new car, carpet warranties require you to maintain your carpet within certain parameters.  Twenty years ago, carpet mills never talked about required maintenance or any maintenance at all.  It’s a different story now.  And this year the requirements are stricter than ever… and Chem-Dry on the Shore can help you meet these requirements.

But before we get into the new requirements you may be wondering “why is this important to me, I’m not buying new carpet?”  Well, it’s only important if you want to keep your carpet looking as good as possible for as long as possible.  Just because something wasn’t required by the manufacturer when you bought your carpet, it was probably recommended by the manufacturer. And if the new maintenance requirements are good for carpet purchased after January 2007, they’re probably good for carpet purchased before January 2007. And making use of the research that carpet mills have recently put into making carpet last longer, just makes sense.  So with that in mind let’s look at changes in warranty requirements over the last few years and at what is coming “down the road”.

Here are the main issues that the carpet warranties are addressing

1.     The proper cleaning method.

Virtually all major carpet mills require Hot-Water Extraction (Steam) Cleaning to prevent voiding carpet warranties.(this has been true for several years now)

2.     The proper cleaning schedule.

It varies, but as a general rule, all major manufacturers have a minimum requirement that your carpet be professionally cleaned every 12 to 24 months. (Keep your receipts as proof)

3.     The proper cleaning system.

CRI GOLDThe latest requirement is that you must have your carpets professionally cleaned with equipment tested by the Carpet and Rug Institute.  This is new, and all manufacturers will eventually have to be tested.  But from the limited results so far, the truck mounted systems that have been tested have all been rated GOLD.  Chem-Dry meets this Gold Certification. The portable units have generally been rated BRONZE or SILVER (lower).  Since not all manufacturers have had a chance to be tested, it’s hard to determine an advantage between truck mount manufacturers.  The only pattern that seems to be appearing is that truck mounted units do a better job than portable units (not exactly a surprise) since all the truck mounted units have been rated GOLD.

Chem-Dry on the Shore can help you to meet the necessary requirements to your carpet warranty and can help keep your carpet looking like new longer. The bottom line is that proper maintenance will help you get a greater return your carpet investment, no matter when it was purchased.

Posted 3/19/2014