Filtration Soiling. What is it?

Filtration Soiling.  What is it?

Most of us have seen dark lines form around the edges of our carpet as well as in the corners and edges of the stairs and wondered how they got there.   Did the vacuum not reach in the corner? What is it? Why won’t it vacuum up?

These are all common questions people find them selves thinking when they encounter filtration soiling.  This is especially common is colder climates like Portland, Oregon.

 You know that it’s dirt but how does it get there and how do we get rid of it?

 This is known as filtration soiling and it can be very difficult to get rid of.  The movement of air through out your house is what causes this naturally accruing phenomenon.  We all know that cold air falls as warm air rises; well, this is the same idea.  As your house heats up, the warm air is pushed to the top floor through any crack/crevice it can find and the cold air does the opposite and finds its way down.

With that air come miniscule particles of dirt and oily particles that travel though the carpet.  Since your carpet is the biggest air filter in you home, the oily particles get stuck in the carpet and trap more and more dirt as time passes, until you have a visible line of dirt.   The composition of this soiling is what makes it so hard to clean.  Since the particles are so tiny, they get entangled in the fibers of the carpet and the oily composition of the dirt makes a strong bond between the soiling and the carpet.

 Regular carpet cleaning can help battle this type of soiling.  If the carpets are cleaned every 6-12 months by a professional carpet cleaner, the soil does not have enough time to deposit deep into the carpet fibers.   However not everyone schedules regular carpet cleanings and the filtration soiling gets worse and worse.

To get rid of this deeply embedded dirt, our carpet cleaning technicians use the appropriate solutions as well as hot water and powerful suction.  However, in many situations even that is not enough.  In some cases where the filtration soiling has been there for a long time, it is necessary to encapsulate the dirt and break it away from the carpet fibers before extracting it.  This is done with the help of certain gels and solutions, some agitation and a few specific tools.

So don’t give up on those carpets just yet!  Give Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning a call to schedule a free estimate and get your home looking fresh and clean again!

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Clean Trust, IICRC Certification

Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning has officially been certified by the Clean Trust and Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.  This is an important step, many times over looked by carpet cleaning companies.

Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning LLC offers premium carpet cleaning services in the Portland Metro area and recieving this certification helps Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning’s employees offer the highest quality work for a reasonable fee.  Our experienced carpet cleaning technicians learn new things everyday and going through the IICRC certification class was one of the most informative and helpful ways to learn all about the latest techniques, products and equipment.

Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning looks forward to applying the new knowledge and techniques learned during this course to get your home or business looking the best it can.

Our company is dedicated to continuing education in the field and providing the best possible services for an affordable rate.  Give us a call for a free estimate.  We look forward to your business!

Hopes on the Slopes 2012 Charity Event

Hopes on the Slopes 2012 Charity Event

Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning is proud to be a sponsor of American Cancer Society’s Hopes on the Slopes Event. We are auctioning off one free house cleaning, with the proceeds going to sponsor our team on the mountain!! Visit the American Cancer Society‘s office website and to find out info about this event click here.

Hopes on the Slopes, is a charity even held at Mount Hood Ski Bowl, yearly. The idea of the event is to raise money for the American Cancer Society by snowboarding/skiing for 24 hours. Teams will recruit sponsors to donate money to the team and in return, the teams put in 24 hours of riding on the mountain. Teams with the most runs done after 24 hours win prizes donated by other sponsors.

So far this event has raised over $38,000 and we hope that our small donation will help them get even further. Luckily, this year’s weather is going to make for a fun and sunny 24 hours at the mountain so get up there if you can.

 

 

Red Wine Removal Tips

How to Remove Red Wine Stains

Everyone that drinks wine has, at one point, spilled some on their shirt, pants, dress or even on that nice white carpet.  Although it looks scary, it is not the end of the road for that article of clothing or carpet.  There are several ways to get that stain out with out too much trouble.

One of the most important things that you can do is not waste any time.  The sooner you can get the stain removed, the less likely it will leave a mark on your clothing or carpet.  If you are lucky enough to get to the spill quickly, here are some useful tips for removing wet red wine stains:

Removing WET red wine stains:

Blot the spot with a dry towel to extract as much of the liquid as possible.  Do not rub at the carpet because that can damage the fibers and cause more problems.

Once you have removed as much as possible of the stain by blotting, grab a towel and make a quick cleaning solution.  Some, on the go, cleaning solutions can include; hydrogen peroxide and soap. (dish soap is fine), warm water and vinegar, carpet cleaning shampoo., club soda and dish soap.  If none of those are available, hot water can work as well but might not remove the stain all the way.

(*if using hydrogen peroxide, make sure to follow it up with plenty of rinse/water to avoid bleaching.  Also test on small spot before applying to large area)

Spray or pour your cleaning solution on the spot.  Blot up with the towel until the stain comes up.  Repeat this step as much as needed or until no more progress is noticeable.

If you get to the stain fast enough, it should come out with the help of the cleaning solutions and the methods described.

Removing DRY red wine stains:

Dry red wine stains are much harder to remove.  There are a few common methods that can be tried to help get rid of the stain.  Here are a few ways to treat the dry wine stain.

Pour club soda over the stain.  After soaking the stain in club soda, mix baking soda and water into a paste like solution.  Apply this solution to the effected area.  Massage the paste into the fabric gently.

Leave the solution on the stain for a few hours.  Continue to add water to the stain to keep it wet.  After an hour or two clean the spot either with a carpet cleaning machine or hot water and towel until it is dry.

If that does not work, there are several products that can help you with removal of reed wine stains.  These products include:

Oxy Clean: http://www.oxiclean.com

Wine Away: http://www.wineaway.com/

Look for other helpful tips soon on the Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning website.

Portland Carpet Cleaning Tips

Top 10 Carpet Cleaning Tips:

Here are the top 10 tips that will help you keep your home clean and make your carpets last even longer!  Proper maintenance is key as well as reacting quickly.  Some stains will require a bit more attention and may end up needing a steam clean.  If so don’t hesitate to call a professional like Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning!

Carpet Cleaning Tips

  • Vacuum Regularly.  Proper maintenance is the best advice for keeping a clean carpet.
  • Keep a rag/towel by the door. This can be used to wipe pet’s paws and other messes brought in from the outside.
  • Blot. Do not rub the carpet. Rubbing may damage the fibers as well as set the stain further into the carpet.
  • Keep a doormat or floor rug by the door.
  • Have slippers for your guests. House slippers are a good way to keep  shoes and dirt away from your clean carpets.
  • Put a damp rag with a heavy object on the stain over night.  Some stains may come back after being treated because they go so deep into the pad. Using a heavy object will absorb as much of the stain as possible into the rag rather than the pad.
  • Act quickly. The faster you can get to the problem spot, the less likely it will become a long-term problem.  Using warm water and a damp towel will take care of most fresh spills.
  • Use light cleaning products. Try not to use heavy cleaning products that can damage your carpets.
  • Never use high heat.  High heat, like an iron or hair dryer, can set a stain permanently by dying the fibers of the carpet.
  • Call a professional carpet cleaner.  Doing regular, deep cleanings will increase the life of your carpet and make cleaning easier for you as well.  A regular steam clean is recommended about once every 6 months.

Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning Can Help!

We can help you create and maintain a healthy home for your family. Our professional carpet cleaning services will remove all the harmful pollutants and we can give you all the information you need to keep it that way! All of our Portland carpet cleaning services penetrate deep into the carpet fibers to remove all the soil, stains, allergens, bacteria, pollens, dust mites, chemicals and other contaminants that could endanger your families health. Contact us for a free no obligation quote and start living a healthier life!

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Can Dirty Carpets Make Me Sick?

The Truth About Dirty Carpets

Yes. Dirty carpets can make you sick. It is a proven fact that dirty carpets can negatively effect your health for many reasons, but it’s not the dirt that you can see that is the problem. The deep down dirt is what can be the problem, causing a variety of health issues such as allergies and asthma.

Clean Carpet, Air Quality & Healthy Living

Carpet Cleaning Portland OregonCarpeting can actually improve indoor air quality, if properly cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. This is because your carpet is much more than a soft floor covering. It is the largest air filter in your home. Carpet catches and holds soil, allergens, bacteria, pollens, dust mites, chemicals and other contaminants that would otherwise become airborne. The average American can spend up to 90% of their time indoors. Each time you walk into your home or office, you bring in pollutants of all kinds such as fertilizer from lawns or gardens, animal feces from dog parks or sidewalks and bacteria from public restroom floors. Now, can you imagine your child or grandchild crawling across that very same carpet, putting their hands in their mouth or eyes? This is just one more reason to have your carpets regularly cleaned, whether they look dirty or not!

What Do EPA Experts Say About Dirty Carpets?

Portland Carpet Cleaning ServiceDr. Michael Berry, Ph. D. is former director of the EPA Environmental Criteria and Assessment Office. In his book, “Protecting the Built Environment: Carpet Cleaning for Health”, Berry says that most indoor cleaning problems are related to dirty carpets, but this problem can be solved through proper maintenance and restoration. He compared carpets to a sink that collects pollutants of all kinds from indoors and out. As the sink gets filled up (the carpet gets polluted), it stores more and more soil, dust, and contaminants. When the sink gets full, it needs to be emptied. This is why proper carpet cleaning is a necessity.

You’ve heard the hype about indoor air being more polluted than the outdoor air. Well, it’s true. The main reason is because indoor air is trapped. Rarely does it get completely replaced. Outdoor air on the other hand gets blown away and new, cleaner air replaces it. Trapped indoor air gets pollutants in it from your carpet. You walk them in and they get lodged in your carpet. Then, when someone walks over them they get re-dispersed into your air and you and your family breathe them in. You can even see that when you look at a stream of sunlight and see all the dust floating around. You breathe the air over and over and that’s what makes the indoor air more polluted than the outdoor air.

If a carpet is not cleaned on a regular basis, it can become a breeding ground for bio-pollutants, says Berry. It is crucial to regularly empty the sink and make sure that your carpets are cleaned properly. Most people clean their carpets because they look dirty, although by the time you can see the dirt in the carpet, it is probably filthy. Proper vacuuming is helpful. The best vacuum, regardless of price, only picks 15% of the actual soil. The rest is left to collect all types of bacteria, allergens, and pollutants. Rarely do people clean their carpets in an effort to protect their health, Berry says, but cleaning carpet regularly will improve the indoor air quality of your home or business.

Portland Carpet Cleaning!

As Oregonians, we know what its like to enjoy the great outdoors. That is why its important for all of us to have our carpets cleaned regularly. Just think of all the germs that you track inside after every trip to Saturday market, the Rose Garden to watch a Blazer game or the outdoor hikes and excursions to Multnomah Falls. After a few months of fun and excitement, be sure to get your carpets cleaned by the best carpet cleaning service in Portland, Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning.

Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning Can Help!

We can help you create and maintain a healthy home for your family. Our professional carpet cleaning services will remove all the harmful pollutants and we can give you all the information you need to keep it that way! All of our Portland carpet cleaning services penetrate deep into the carpet fibers to remove all the soil, stains, allergens, bacteria, pollens, dust mites, chemicals and other contaminants that could endanger your families health. Contact us for a free no obligation quote and start living a healthier life!

Contact: 503-816-8585

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