• Could Your Carpets be Making You Sick?

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    Many people spend a lot of money to fill their homes with carpets. They're beautiful, comfortable, easy to care for and quite practical. But there can be a downside. Could your carpets be making you sick? Let's take a look at what you might not know that could be affecting you every day.

    What’s in Your Carpet?

    Your carpet is an intricate weave of fibers; that's what makes your flooring so soft and comfy. They're also what can trap the things that could be making you sick. It's not just dust and dirt that gets tracked into your carpet, but so many other things. Here are a few examples:

    • Dust mites are one of the most common culprits when it comes to compromising your well-being. These can be hugely irritating to most people, but especially people with respiratory issues, including asthma.
    • Viruses and bacteria can thrive in your carpeting. Even Norovirus, the cause of that hideous stomach bug that goes around in the winter, can live in your carpet for weeks.
    • Mold and mildew are allergens that can cause a variety of different health problems. They often thrive in the fibers of your carpet. Everything from headaches and congestion to fatigue and respiratory issues can result from exposure to mold.

    What Can You Do?

    The best way to combat carpet contaminants is with regular professional cleaning. Professional carpet cleaning can get rid of everything living in your carpet that ails you. Call in the experts every 12-18 months to keep your flooring clean and your health in check.

    Don't let the pollutants in your rugs get you down. Call in the team at Whitehall Carpet Cleaning for the best carpet cleaning for your health and well-being.

    By: Matt Lashway Tuesday, April 25, 2017
  • Increasing Your Curb Appeal with Professional Pressure Washing

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    Did you know one of the easiest ways to increase your home’s curb appeal is with something as simple as pressure washing? It's spring, and we're spending more time outside, which means more time looking at the exterior of our home. If you're like most, you might notice your house isn't looking as bright and fresh as it once did. Maybe it needs paint? New landscaping? Perhaps new patio furniture? Nope. All it needs is pressure washing. Here's what you need to know.

    Homes Get Dirty on the Outside Too

    We spend so much time focusing on cleaning the inside of our home we often forget that the outside gets dirty too. All the winter weather, moisture, precipitation, dust, dirt, wind -- you name it; it's going to make the exterior of your house look a little dingy. Instead of spending a fortune to repaint your house, just schedule professional power washing. It will blast off the dirt, debris and layered build-up, without damaging the paint or siding.

    Pressure Wash, But Don’t Do It Yourself

    Lots of people have home pressure washers they use for sidewalks or washing the car. They're super convenient! However, don't try to power wash the outside of your home yourself. First of all, you probably won't be able to reach the upper levels, and then you'll have a half-clean-half-dirty house. Second, pressure washing is an art. To do it right, do it well, and not break anything (including yourself), it takes the right tools, the right equipment, and the right experience.

    Working on your home's curb appeal this spring? Get ready for summer with professional pressure washing by our team at Whitehall Carpet Cleaners.

    By: Matt Lashway Tuesday, April 18, 2017
  • Spring Cleaning Checklist: Carpets and Rugs

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    How are your carpets and rugs looking this spring? If you’re like most people, your flooring is looking a little dingy after a long winter. Though most homeowners get the spring cleaning bug around this time of year, not everyone remembers to include carpets and rugs on their cleaning checklist. Here’s why you should.

    Rug Beating Is a Thing of the Past

    It’s more common these days for homes to have all hard flooring with area rugs instead of wall-to-wall carpeting. In the days of old, area rugs got cleaned by hauling them outside and beating the life out of them. Now, we have the convenience of professional rug cleaning. It’s much easier on your rugs and on you, not to mention much more thorough.

    What’s Down in the Rugs and Carpets Anyway?

    Beating rugs just got out the dust and some of the dirt that was near the surface. What you'll find deep down in the fibers of your carpet is much worse.

    We have to deal with the usual dirt, dust, dust mites, pet hair and dander, pollen and maybe some mildew. On top of those things that have been around forever, we now have chemicals that can work their way down into our rugs and carpets. This includes cleaning products and other home maintenance toxins, fertilizer and petroleum products that come into the house on the feet of human and pet traffic, and other pollutants that can take a toll on your flooring.

    The things that come into your home on a regular basis are why floor cleaning should be on the top of your list when it comes to spring cleaning. For carpet and rug cleaning that will make your home feel like new, contact our friendly team at Whitehall Carpet Cleaners.

    By: Matt Lashway Tuesday, April 11, 2017
  • Upholstery Cleaning Tips for Homeowners

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    Do you dread upholstery cleaning but fret about stains and spills? Instead of letting it be a nightmare, follow some simple upholstery cleaning tips you can use between professional cleanings.

    Tip #1: The Vacuum Is Your Couch’s Friend

    The vacuum isn't just for carpets and rugs. It's also an excellent way to keep your upholstery clean. Pet hair, dander, dust, and other dirt can work its way down into the fibers of the fabric. Not only do they make your furniture look dirty and dingy, but they can take a toll on the fabric, causing it to break down and weaken.

    One way to combat this is with regular vacuuming. When you clean the floor, use the handheld attachment and vacuum your upholstered furniture too. It can help keep the dust and dirt out of the upholstery.

    Tip #2: Treat Stains and Spills Quickly

    If there is a spill or spot on your furniture, don’t sit on it and wait for it to go away. Treat stains and spills quickly, as soon as they happen. Use a soft, white cloth to soak up any liquid and a clean cloth and gentle detergent to clean it. A good choice is a vinegar and water solution. It can help clean the spot and is a natural disinfectant as well.

    Tip #3: Don’t Neglect Professional Cleaning

    Regular maintenance is essential to keep your upholstery clean, but nothing is better than regular professional cleaning. Just like your carpets need cleaning at least once a year, so does your furniture. It will keep it looking like new and extend its life.

    Ready for your couch and chairs to start looking like new? For upholstery cleaning you can count on, contact our expert team at Whitehall Carpet Cleaners.

    By: Matt Lashway Tuesday, April 04, 2017
  • Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation

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    Help! I think I might have bed bugs! What should I do?

    Nothing sounds worse when it comes to your home than a bed bug infestation. We’ve all heard the horror stories! How can you tell if you’re the victim of bed bugs? Here are some things you should know.

    What to Look For

    Many people think that bites on their skin are the first indicator of bed bugs, but that isn't entirely accurate. A better clue that you might have bed bugs are reddish or rust colored stains on your sheets and linens. These indicate dead bed bugs squished into the fabric. You might also see strange dark spots that look like a spot from a marker or pen; this is probably bed bug excrement. Keep an eye out for their tiny eggs and also for their shed skin, which can look like yellow husks or shells.

    And finally, keep your eyes peeled for the live bugs themselves. They like to hide in the seams of upholstered furniture, along the edges of mattresses, and even in the joints of your drawers.

    Catching It Early Is Critical

    The best way to beat a bed bug infestation is by catching it early. If you notice the signs before they become established, you have a much better chance of getting rid of them easily before the infestation becomes widespread. Small pockets of the pesky bugs are tough to spot, but if you can catch them early, it will mean a minor inconvenience instead of a huge cleanup project.

    What to Do if You Find Them

    The best way to get rid of bed bugs is with professional treatment. A reliable carpet cleaning company has the tools and products to safely rid your home of these hideous pests by thoroughly cleaning and treating your mattresses, furniture and flooring.

    If you have an inkling that bed bugs are making themselves at home in your house, don’t wait to contact the pros at Whitehall Carpet Cleaners.

    By: Matt Lashway Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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