If your memory had faded, if the pleasant days of summer and a thankfully long fall season had made the impact of winter an uncertain factor on your home, then the recent storms will have brought you back to reality. Winter is messy in Minnesota, and Mankato is no different. The household winter drill is upon us: the snow-covered boots, the wet shoes, the salt tracked in from the walks and roadways, not to mention any remnants of the holidays lingering on your carpets. Take a moment to stand at the entrance to your living room and look at your carpet. Kneel on the carpet in two separate areas face downward and inhale. If you don’t like what you see or smell, give us a call at ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for the best in professional residential carpet cleaning in any season.
Carpets can be harboring so many things that can create odors, whether you can see them or not: organic matter, bits of food, dust mites, drink spills and sauces from dinners and parties, pet droppings and urine, and dust blown in from a less-than-clean HVAC system. But as this is winter, we’d like to focus on the damage that salt can do to your wall-to-wall or area carpets and rugs.
According to the Carpet Institute of America, salt—no matter what kind—is bad for your carpets. Some people will use salt in an attempt to get rid of pet urine odors, or in some climates even use it to kill fleas in the carpets. In Mankato, salt is most likely to be dissolved in the melted snow that is tracked into the house on footwear and on the paws of pets. Once on the carpet, it might be visible when dry as a white powder. But even when it dries, it might not be visible as the moisture may have been absorbed deeper into the pile.
When that happens, salt stays hidden and is ground further into the fibers, breaking them down every time someone walks over the area. Short of small gravel and other small, sharp abrasives, nothing does as much damage on carpet fiber as salt. Chemicals can damage carpet, yes, but salt is both a crystal and a chemical. It can fade colors and react with other solutions in your carpet when dissolved and tear it up when in a dry form.
For winter residential carpet cleaning and care in Mankato or nearby communities, contact ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca throughout the winter season and the rest of the year.
The fictional detective Sherlock Holmes maintained that he could pick up any type of soil and identify which section of London it came from. He said that all soil is unique to its origins in formation and color. That skill often led to the apprehension of a criminal in his stories. Now, London is a large city, but it’s much smaller than the area around Mankato and Waseca that your family may traverse in a day or a week. What would Sherlock Holmes find in your carpet? Our job isn’t to analyze dirt beyond what we need to know to get rid of it. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca can handle any kind of residential or commercial carpet cleaning with the right skills and equipment to remove the grime and make your home or office clean, fresh, and ready for winter.
In Victorian times, a stroll down the street might have been treacherous as horse carriages were still the main conveyance and the motorized street cleaner had yet to be invented. It was not uncommon to see boot scrapers near doorways and an ample supply of doormats. When you think about it, times haven’t changed all that much. We still have mud, sand, gravel, and dust in every roadway, and even more in rural areas. We also have flyaway organics from fall harvesting and airborne pollen and insects that enter your home as it gets cold. The variable weather also creates a cycling pattern in what people are tracking onto your floors. One week it may be wet leaves, the next muddy smudges or even petroleum-based dirt from driveways or garage floors. That mixture, combined with the higher humidity that leaves your carpets slightly damp through the day, can produce unpleasant odors that don’t require a nose like Holmes’ to notice. And Dr. Watson would be the first to advise that carpets at the change of season can be a breeding ground for mold spores and bacteria.
Now is a great time to let us accomplish your carpet cleaning before you encounter the winds of winter when you have other environmental factors to occupy your time. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is your best choice for residential and commercial carpet cleaning and deodorizing. As in Holmes’ days, people still have a mixture of hardwood floors and area rugs. We can take care of those as well. With our professionally trained technicians and materials it’s, well, elementary.
As you begin to close windows and spend more time indoors along with your pets, you may notice odors from pet accidents that had been masked by other smells or in areas you hadn’t frequented. It’s also quite possible that your cat or dog is now spending more time inside and has greater chances to have an accident. Whatever the case, and whether you live in Mankato, Waseca, St. Peter, or surrounding areas, ServiceMaster is your best choice for residential carpet cleaning to eliminate not just the odor, but the chemicals causing the nasty smell.
The chemical mixture in pet stains depends a lot on the individual animal’s diet. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, the concentration of certain types of proteins can affect the acid content of urine, especially in cats, making it damaging to carpet and harder to get out. Urine can seep into the backing of carpets, cause deterioration of the materials, and actually combine with other chemicals to create a more potent mixture. Depending on heat and other conditions, the urine can damage the fibers of the carpet, as well as permanently stain the color. The Institute says that unless the urine can be completely removed, the odor won’t completely go away.
It’s best to treat animal stains immediately after they occur. Either a commercial pet stain product or a little non-lanolin dish liquid in a cup of water and then blotted with a series of white paper towels will work. If odors persist, you can try a similar solution with a cap of white vinegar substituted for the soap, and blot again until dry.
Given the cost of new carpeting and installation, cleaning your carpets regularly is your best bet to limit the potential damage of pet urine and of dirt in general. It won’t be long before you have guests coming over for holiday meals and festivities. To protect your investment and keep your home smelling great, contact ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for quality professional home carpet cleaning and odor removal.
Why would you want to clean your carpets just before school starts? The real questions is: why wouldn’t you? You’ve just experienced one of the most active twelve week periods of the year. Both people and pets spend much of their time outdoors in the dust, dirt and mud, and then bring a portion of that grime into your home. And you’ll be having people over for activities during the school year. Your home should look its best. A professional residential carpet cleaning service is what you need and that means ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.
Summer takes its toll on carpets. You’ve been looking at the rooms in question and, short of a very obvious spill or stain, you may think things aren’t that bad. Consider your family and pets. No matter where they’ve been, they end up back in the house every night and what they bring in isn’t always obvious. A percentage of the dirt enters on their body, not just their feet. It’s the dirt you can’t immediately see, but it builds up, settling as grit and dust at the base of the carpet fibers. Then, as people walk across the carpet, they grind the dirt against the threads, damaging your investment.
All that enters the house is not simply soil. Minnesota summers are known for their insects, and the bugs that don’t enter on their own may hitch rides on pets or on clothing if people have been in the woods or on the farm. That organic matter also falls into the carpet unnoticed and deteriorates. Pollen enters a home as well and provides food for insects that manage to survive. Add to that any residual pet or food stains that you’ve done your best to clean up. There’s always something left behind.
You don’t want that combination to stay in your carpet through the fall and winter months. Make sure your home is completely clean and ready for fall activities and hospitality. Call ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca for the most thorough home carpet cleaning. Then look at your carpet after the job is done. You’ll see the difference.
The woman waited at the door with a bucket of warm water and a rag as her two spaniels approached from their morning round. The spring mud appeared plentiful on each of the eight paws, but she was ready. The dogs sat dutifully as each was washed and dried before they were allowed to pass through the mudroom into the house. If that scenario is rare, wishful thinking, or pure fantasy at your house, then your carpets may well bear the traces of pets and people who have brought the outdoors into your home. Whether your yard is primarily sand, clay, gravel, or rich black loam, you need home carpet cleaning by ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca to handle those carpet stains.
There’s only so much you can do during the messy months to keep soil and grit off your residential floors. Put multiple mats by the doors, set out trays for boots and shoes, and vacuum regularly. Even when guests think they’ve effectively wiped their feet, they often don’t. After several weeks your carpets reflect not only the muddy spring, but also what remains after a long winter’s accumulation that includes splatters and spills from parties or family gatherings. Add to that any pet stains and it’s probably time for a professional carpet cleaning service.
If you live in a rural area, on a farm or acreage, you may have even more potential for having dirt tracked onto your carpeting. We can remove the smallest particles of dirt that have filtered to the bottom of your carpets and may be damaging the fibers. We’ll remove the dried mud and dirt before it turns into dust that recirculates in your HVAC system. And we’ll spot treat the problem areas with the right solutions based on the type of stain. There’s no guesswork involved. Let our highly trained technicians get your home and its carpets and rugs smelling like spring instead of like mud. For the best in home carpet cleaning, contact ServiceMaster today. We serve all of Waseca and Blue Earth counties, including Mankato, Waseca, and St. Peter, MN.
If you’re one of the roughly 12,000 people in St. Peter, MN who may be wondering whom to call to clean your carpets, call ServiceMaster of Mankato. We’ve provided great service to St. Peter and Nicollet County for years. Our trained and experienced professional service technicians utilize the best in carpet cleaning methods and equipment. The “City of Governors” deserves the best Minnesota has to offer when it comes to quality workmanship and know-how. That’s why your wisest value and best investment in keeping your carpets stain free – whether in your home or business – is ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca.
Frequency of cleaning is important when it comes to carpets as winter’s dirt can cause permanent damage to you carpet’s fibers. Over the course of the winter, salt, sand, and small bits of gravel and dirt get tracked in from the yard, driveway or roadways. This debris sinks to the base of the carpeting and becomes deeply embedded. Once there, this filth becomes harder to remove with regular vacuuming. It works like tiny grindstones, scraping and chewing against the fibers with every step taken across the carpet.
As these particles rip and tear at the fibers, traffic across the carpeting helps release clouds of dust and irritants into the indoor environment. And if that doesn’t sound bad enough, you have to consider the nasty mix of bio-debris that lives in your carpeting which includes bacteria, mold spores, dust mites, and even viruses. Top this off with spills, stains, pet accidents and other stuff that can be stuck to the bottom of a shoe…well, it’s just not a pretty picture! The result may be allergies, frequent colds, or aggravated pre-existing illnesses. It’s especially bad on babies and small children who spend their time closer to the floor and anyone with pulmonary or breathing problems. Think back on the illnesses in your business or home. Could they have been made worse by these factors?
And there you have it – so many great reasons for regular home carpet cleaning or commercial carpet cleaning in St. Peter. And there’s one great solution to achieve thorough, efficient and the best in carpeting cleaning for your home or business – call ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca today at 507.935.4799!
De-Icers are Great for Roads, but Not So Great for Your Carpets
The good news about salt and other mineral de-icers used by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is that they are utilizing these chemicals in a more targeted fashion. Road treatments begin before storms hit, making for a more effective and efficient approach. The bad news is that the salt that gets tracked into your home and onto your carpet is still a big problem. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca is ready to help solve that problem for you with expert carpet cleaning professionals using the latest equipment.
Other than the materials applied to highways and roads, the salt and chemicals in your carpet are from deicers spread on sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways. Some of it may be what you spread yourself to keep people from slipping or falling. It can be carried in on shoes or boots or by your pets, in either solid form or dissolved in the melted snow or ice. In any case, it can damage your carpet fibers and cause colors to fade. The white residue it leaves on the surface is just the visible part of the problem. The granules can cause physical damage as they’re ground in by daily foot traffic. The salt itself may carry other minerals with it – either as an anti-clumping agent or from limited refining – that may interact and cause further damage. Vacuuming, while a good idea, will not remove everything, especially the chemicals that arrived in solution and have saturated the lower levels of the carpet fiber. The problem is worse if your carpet is not treated or if it’s older.
The prevention for salt damage is straightforward. Have everyone remove their shoes and boots at the door, and keep pets off your carpet if they go outside. That’s not always easy, and in businesses or some homes it’s not possible. That’s where we come in. Carpet cleaning services by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca can provide a strong defense against the chemical risks of winter in Minnesota. Call us today to schedule regular cleaning for your floor coverings, rugs and carpets. We’ll make the season a little easier for you and your home or business.
ServiceMaster of Mankato/Waseca provides winter carpet cleaning services.
Airflow is important in a home, whether to keep it cool in the summer or well heated in the winter. To help make your home more energy efficient you may have had your utility come out to check for leaks in your walls, ceilings, and windows. Perhaps you “winterized” by caulking around windows and doors and adding weather stripping. That special effort is great when you’re trying to save on heating bills, but let’s go back to the air that’s already in your home. If you’re going to spend three, four, or five months indoors with that same air circulating, you want to ensure that it’s clean. You can clean your furnace and ducts, but what about your carpets? It’s time for a professional carpet cleaning by ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca, before you close up your house for the winter!
Plenty of bacteria, spores, and pollen can be resting in your carpets, not counting any of the smallest insects that you can’t easily see that may have already entered the house to avoid the cold outside. Add to that the food spills from parties and meals over the last few months and any kind of dust or dirt that the kids and your visitors have tracked in. Your regular cleaning, no matter how diligent you may be, doesn’t capture everything. Also lingering in the carpet may be dander and hair from pets as well as residue from pet accidents. The chemicals, organics, inorganics, and dust may interact with each other, causing further deterioration and damage to your carpet. Now consider what all that may be doing to the air inside your home. That’s not something you want your family inhaling for weeks on end. And, if anyone in the house has an allergy, it’s probably going to get worse.
Take the time now, when there’s not any snow on the ground, to have a thorough, professional carpet cleaning in your Mankato or Waseca, MN home. Trust us, as you breathe easier, you’ll be glad you did! For a winter carpet cleaning that will last you until spring, call us today!
SerivceMaster of Mankato/Waseca provides Home Carpet Cleaning in Mankato, MN and surrounding areas
Is the residue of summer weighing on your carpet? Stains, smears, drips, spills from food, other organics, oil and chemicals all take their toll during a busy summer. You’ve been on the go to events, the beach, or the woods, and everything you’ve come into contact with has left a little souvenir on your floor covering. Now is the best time to make a clean break with summer and what it left behind. ServiceMaster of Mankato and Waseca will pretreat, clean and help preserve your home’s carpets and rugs in time for fall.
The change in season and activities will bring family, visitors, and perhaps business colleagues into your home. They won’t be outside around the picnic table, but inside around the dining table. Fall is a continuous string of events and holidays with activities and preparations that may be headquartered in your home. Things are picking up at church and with your civic groups. With a clean carpet, you can volunteer your living room for small group gatherings or brainstorming sessions. Don’t let the other person do all the hosting. You’ll feel more willing and confident to do your part with a clean home!
Now is a great time to schedule before the pre-holiday bookings begin to fill up. No matter what style or age your carpeting may be, we will treat it as if it were in our own home. From pet stains and odors to unsightly food pigments you weren’t able to remove on your own, ServiceMaster professionals will make your carpet and rugs like new again. Call us today for the best value in Mankato, Waseca and surrounding communities.
ServiceMaster of Mankato offers professional carpet cleaning in Mankato, MN and surrounding areas.
When you are preparing to sell or rent a home, there is one thing that can leave a terrible impression with potential buyers and renters: dirty and stained carpets. Often overlooked on a daily basis, your high traffic areas of carpet probably require a thorough professional carpet cleaning. If you have carpets that need cleaning, call Service Master of Mankato, MN and they will ensure your carpet is professionally and meticulously cleaned and restored.
It is very important to properly remove all dirt and oils from your carpet, otherwise you could be just pushing the filth deeper into the fibers and severely diminishing the lifespan of your carpet. A professional carpet cleaning will guarantee that your carpet is systematically cleaned, leaving no dirt, oil, or stains behind. Carpet cleaning is quite affordable and it could be the solution to selling or renting faster, as it gives your home a new carpet look without the high cost of replacement.
Carpet cleaning can also lengthen the life of your carpet. Ignoring proper and timely carpet cleaning will result in premature wear, untreatable stains, and permanent damage requiring costly replacement. Maybe you own an apartment building or duplex and continually have new yearly tenants. You can extend the life of your carpets by making sure they are properly cleaned and restored by the professionals at ServiceMaster of Mankato.
Are you in need of carpet cleaning in Mankato, MN? Do you want your carpets to look new and refreshed? Then please, call ServiceMaster of Mankato today!