Using and Caring for Area Rugs in Your Home

Area rugs can be a way to display heirlooms handed down from generation to generation, or as a pleasant reminder of an exotic vacation. However, there are many other benefits to having area rugs in your home, including:

Floor Protection

An area rug can help protect flooring like hardwood, laminate, or tile. You can also use one on carpet in high-traffic areas, such as a runner down a hallway or a rectangular rug in front of a couch or under a table. It’s even en vogue to place an area rug on top of wall-to-wall carpeting!

Décor

Area rugs can also add splashes of color and accent a room beautifully, by either complementing your furnishings and art or by serving as a focal point around which a room can be decorated.

Warmth

When it’s cold, an area rug can allow you to enjoy being barefoot even in a hard-floored room. The nice thing about an area rug is that you can put one down in the winter and store it in the summer.

Comfort

Area rugs are also more comfortable to walk on than tile or hardwood if you have a “no shoes in the house” rule or if your feet or knees are sensitive to hard surfaces. A small area rug in areas where you walk or stand a lot, like in front of the kitchen sink, can make a big difference.

Noise Reduction

An area rug, like carpeting, can significantly muffle sound, reducing echoes and making a room feel cozier. Hard surface floors let noise bounce from floor to ceiling, while rugs help absorb sound.   

Feng Shui

If you like your home to have a positive flow of energy, an area rug can help set the stage by slowing movement and providing a sense of calm. It can also “ground” the room when used in the center with pieces of furniture touching it. This lessens the feeling that a living room is “floating” in empty space.

Allergies

Non-carpeted rooms and rooms without rugs mean dust keeps bouncing around, carrying allergens. A carpet or area rug can help collect dust and pet dander, which can then be vacuumed out or – better yet – cleaned by The Dry Guys.

Area Rug Care

Your area rugs should be cleaned by a professional rug service such as The Dry Guys. We can clean your area rugs, upholstered furniture, and carpets as part of your annual cleaning process. Contact us today for more information or a complimentary estimate.

Avoid Mold in Your House This Spring

With Wisconsin finally emerging from a long, frigid winter season, the next challenge for homeowners is mold. Since warmer spring weather increases humidity and encourages optimal growing temperatures, mold spores find a foothold and multiply quickly.

Warning signs of mold in your home

Some warning signs and situations that may point to an issue with mold in your home:

  • Strong, musty, or sour odors
  • Visible mold (may be white, grey, brown, green, black, yellow or orange)
  • Poor ventilation in humid areas (bathrooms, laundry room, kitchen)
  • Bowing or discolored wood or drywall
  • History of flooding, a leaky roof, or cracked pipes

Don’t forget to look in the attic or crawl space if you suspect mold. Many problems start out of sight and don’t appear until they have grown much larger.

Where to check in your home for mold

Wherever moisture builds up, mold can develop. It only takes a small amount of dampness and warmth to encourage springtime mold to grow. As part of your spring clean, check places like:

  • Under sinks in the bathrooms and kitchen
  • Around appliances in the basement or laundry room
  • Behind and under the refrigerator and freezer
  • On baseboards in laundry rooms and bathrooms
  • Near hoses or vents for HVAC units or clothes dryers

Any part of your home that is warm and damp is the ideal hiding place for mold, so check such rooms frequently and use fans or dehumidifiers to dry out suspect areas.

Health issues associated with mold

Mold growth can cause health problems or make health problems worse. If your household includes people with allergies or asthma, mold should be a big concern. Mold can also cause:

  • Sore throat
  • Chronic cough
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Respiratory infections
  • Headaches
  • Skin rashes

Other more serious conditions can arise through long term exposure to mold, even if it isn’t what is commonly referred to as “toxic mold” or “black mold”.

Mold Remediation for Racine or Kenosha

Keeping a vigilant watch out for mold can help you swiftly identify and eradicate spores when they appear. Some household cleaning products can ward-off mold on surfaces. But note that mold growing on porous surfaces can hide and then explode into sight in a heavy bloom. In many cases, cleaning surfaces yourself will not always get rid of mold! 

The Dry Guys can help determine the severity and extent of the mold growth, perform expert mold remediation to completely clear your home of mold. Please call us if you suspect mold is in your home, if your family has symptoms associated with mold spores, or you can smell or see mold growing in your house.  

Are Your Carpets Showing Wear from Wintertime? It’s Spring, and that Means it’s Time for a Cleaning

After a long, wet, snowy and icy winter, your carpets may be showing the strain.  Now that it’s sunny and the flowers and grass are growing, you will want to start thinking about your spring cleaning. High on the list are all of your carpets and rugs. 

Your carpet often bears most of the traffic throughout your home. From the living room and hallway to all the bedrooms, they may not look as good as they did before the onset of winter. Dirt, mud and even icy sludge were likely tracked in over the last several months.

Properly caring for your carpet and having it professionally cleaned on a regular basis can extend the life of the carpet. Thinking of putting your house on the market this summer?  A deep, thorough carpet cleaning may be something important to consider.

  1. Our top quality service begins as soon as you call The Dry Guys. We will schedule your appointment for a specific arrival time (not a 2 to 4 hour “window”) and give you an approximate cost estimate over the phone. Upon arrival, trained technicians will take accurate measurements of the areas to be cleaned, review any areas of concern with you, and give you an exact price before any cleaning begins.
  2. A thorough vacuuming of the carpet is the first step to remove all dry and loose dust, dirt, and soil from the carpeting.
  3. The HOST Sponges Cleaner is applied and worked into the carpet fibers with counter-rotating brushes, which allows them to dissolve and absorb the remaining soil and contaminants in the carpet. It is then vacuumed away, leaving your carpet clean, dry and ready for immediate use.
  4. We proudly use Green Seal Certified products, which means they are non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and completely safe for your carpet, family and pets. “HOST® Dry Carpet Cleaner meets the Green Seal® Standard for Cleaning Products for Industrial and Institutional Use, GS-37, based on its reduced human and environmental toxicity and reduced volatile organic compound content.”

Call us and book early to get a jump start on your spring cleaning. Our carpet cleaning experts at The Dry Guys will make sure your carpets look (and smell) their best, putting your floors back to a state you can be proud of.

Storm Water Remediation is the Solution to Excessive April Showers

Spring showers can be beneficial to the flowers growing outside, but they can also cause flooding problems if you live near a flood plain. Unexpected storms may result in flash flooding, raising the water table and allowing water to seep into your basement.

When you experience large amounts of rainfall and your property floods, you’ll have several inches of water or more inside your basement or even the ground level of your home. Floodwater can cause visible and invisible damage that should be dealt with as soon as you possibly can.

If you live in an area that’s vulnerable to flash floods, you may need an emergency water damage remediation service. The Dry Guys are experts in water remediation and we are the perfect professionals to help you get that water out of your house. 

You may be wondering, “But why can’t I do it myself? Can’t things just dry naturally?” You may want to consult professionals for several reasons:

  1. Once you get floodwater in your home, you, your home and your family could be at risk for several hazards. Depending on where the floodwater came from, it may contain dangerous bacteria, putting you and your family at increased risk for bacterial illnesses.
  2. Even after the water has receded or been removed from your home, the structure must be properly and completely dried to prevent future development of mold. Water remediation experts can check for mold growth, which is even more important in homes that flood periodically.
  3. Your possessions may not  simply “just dry out.” The key to salvaging carpet, upholstery, and other affected items in your home is drying them as soon as possible to avoid permanent damage.
  4. Does your homeowner’s insurance include flood damage? It is always better to find out ahead of time, rather than during an emergency. Even if you do have flood insurance, you have the right to choose your restoration professional.

If you don’t call in a professional that has the right equipment to remove all traces of water, you could be dealing with the long-lasting effects of that “April shower.” Don’t leave your home vulnerable to the aftereffects of that flooding. Call the experts in professional water remediation and take advantage of everything The Dry Guys can offer.

How to Know When Your Upholstery Needs Cleaning

If you regularly use your furniture, you might be able to tell when it’s in need of a good clean. Off smells, unpleasant texture, and other factors might lead you to avoid sitting on your couch, or preferring to throw blankets or covers over it. But you don’t have to suffer with a dingy couch or armchair.

Upholstery cleaning significantly lengthens the lifespan of your furniture, and makes it more enjoyable to sit on. If you’re not sure how often to schedule your furniture cleanings, here’s a few ways to know when you need to place a call to the upholstery cleaners.

Consider Your Home and Lifestyle

Do you have pets? Children? Frequently entertain guests? If you belong to any of these three groups, you might need to schedule furniture cleanings more often than those with 1-2 person households.

Children can spread messes onto your furniture, and pets can carry dander, dirt, and fur. There’s also accidents to consider. If you regularly enjoy meals or eat on the couch, your furniture might be more at risk of getting dirty.

For people without children or pets, or those with strict rules about their furniture, a yearly cleaning might be enough to keep things nice until next time. Those with different living situations might want to schedule 2-4 visits per year.

Regardless, your cleaning schedule is for you to decide. If you don’t want to commit to a schedule, you can decide on a case-by-case basis.

Check Your Furniture’s Cleanliness With These Hacks

Many people don’t like to establish schedules when it comes to furniture cleaning. They might need it earlier or later than the schedule allows. In these cases, they might need methods to “tell” when their furniture needs a clean.

  • Vacuum method. If you have pets, you might prefer this one. By attaching a black cloth to the end of your vacuum nozzle, you can run it across your furniture and locate dander, which appears as white debris on the cloth. If you see a lot of dander in your furniture, getting a professional clean might reduce odors and allergies.
  • White cloth method. If you wet a clean white rag and run it over the backs and arms of your furniture, you can determine whether the upholstery is dirty. If the cloth comes back grey or brown, your furniture is in need of some TLC.

Regardless of how you decide to clean your furniture, knowing who to call can make the actual process a lot easier. The Dry Guys are experts at upholstery cleaning, and use a special method to leave your furniture clean and dry by the end of the visit. No excess water, and no chance of mildew or mold!

Dirty Tile and Grout? Call the Dry Guys

If you’ve ever gotten down and scrubbed a tile floor, you know that this can be downright unpleasant. In many cases, scrubbing and mopping might not even be enough to clean the floor fully. To save energy and frustration, many people have begun turning to professionals to handle their deep-cleans.

With the proper equipment, cleaning tile and restoring it to its former glory is possible. However, before we discuss best method to clean grout and tile, let’s go over why tile and grout are so difficult to clean in the first place.

The Issue With Tile Floors

While tile is hardy, versatile, and aesthetically appealing, it can be a pain to clean. Hardwood and carpet are more of a hassle, but that doesn’t mean tile is completely stress-free. For one, tile (and especially grout) are naturally porous. If you spill something on it, or spend a lot of time walking over it, it will begin to collect oil and dirt like a sponge.

Once the grime is ground into the tile and grout, it can be immensely difficult to remove. While sealants can help you avoid this issue, they can wear down over time and leave the tile defenseless again. Once this happens, you’ll need a deep clean before you can seal again.

Common Problem Areas

Funnily enough, the most common places for tile are also the most dangerous. Places like kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and entryways aren’t great locations for hardwood or carpet, as water and humidity can cause rot and mildew.

However, while tile can withstand these conditions, they’re not immune to general wear and dirt. Kitchens are the sites of grease spatter, spills, and general messes. Bathrooms floors can collect soap residue, toilet and shower water, and dirt. Entryways are prime locations for dirt and snow to enter your home. To keep these areas clean, you have to figure out how to clean them properly. Luckily, there’s a better alternative to using your toothbrush and a mop.

Take It Easy – Try The Dry Guys

The Dry Guys are floor-cleaning specialists. With leading edge equipment, several tile floors take half the time as one. When you don’t have to get down on your hands and knees to scrub at the grout lines, the process becomes much easier. If your carpets, furniture, or rugs need some attention, we can handle that too. The best part is that we leave everything clean and dry, so you can begin enjoying your clean house immediately after we leave.  

Caring for Different Types of Area Rugs in Your Home

Area rugs can make an incredible floor covering while simultaneously protecting your carpet, hardwood, or tile. They are soft and warm underfoot during the winter, eliminate chances of skidding for little paws or feet, and can add vibrancy, color, and beauty to your home.

Entryway rugs are usually sturdy, washable, and able to withstand tracked in dirt and grime with ease. They can be square, rectangular, round, or oval, and selected to fit the shape of your entry or foyer.

Large area floor rugs can cover a large space in your home, even wall to wall. They can be used to protect hardwood from furniture legs, such as a dining room table and chairs, a living room suite, or a bedroom dresser and chaise lounge.

Smaller area rugs go perfectly as accents under a coffee table, in front of the hearth, besides a bed, or elsewhere in your home. Runners can be purchased to prevent wear and tear in the carpet down the center of your hallways.

Small rag rugs and worked rugs are usually made from a blend of fabrics and may be safe to simply toss in a washing machine and then line dry. However, larger rugs are made with a variety of “not washer safe” materials, and also have synthetic backings that are prone to warping or curling if not properly handled.

The rug manufacturing process can vary as well; rugs may be carefully and lovingly handmade, woven, tufted, braided, or machine produced using a variety of processes. If the rug is similar to traditional carpeting, it may be cleaned using regular carpet cleaning methods.

However, rugs of unusual shape or size, or those that have anything other than a tightly bound edge, such as tassels, fringe, or knotted edges, can experience warping and stretching or shrinking without special handling.

If you aren’t sure about your rug type, you can look for a tag or marking that can tell you if it is made of wool, cotton, silk, or synthetic blends. You can also ask The Dry Guys to examine your rug and give you advice on its care.

Take care of your area rugs year-round by airing them out once in a while, promptly attending to any spills or stains, and having rugs cleaned every year or so by a professional service like The Dry Guys.  

Preventing Mold in Cold, Wet Weather

Wet cold winter months can quickly lead to mold growth. Anywhere there is a water source in your home can provide a breeding ground for mold, and this includes more than just anywhere with a faucet or pipes – warm humidity and steam can allow mold spores to multiple rapidly.

If not removed, mold can damage the surface on which it is growing, causing it to require replacement. Many surfaces are difficult to clean by anyone except a mold professional, while some mold is surface only, many molds go deep into the material they are growing n and you are only seeing the very tip of the problem.

Large mold spore numbers can also be hazardous to your health, and even cleaning up mold can expose you to mold which can make it difficult to breathe and trigger allergies or asthma reactions. Some types of mold are very hazardous, and if you think you have black mold or another dangerous mold it’s best to call the Dry Guys to check things out.

The preferred way to keep mold at bay is by practicing mold prevention. General home and building maintenance should include the following, to reduce the chances of mold finding a suitable breeding ground in your home:

  • Clean regularly. Wipe down exposed surfaces as well as mopping floors and cleaning the walls regularly.
  • Heat and dry. Too much cold and damp encourages mold. Try increasing the temperature and running a dehumidifier.
  • Circulate air. An exhaust fan can help in humid areas like the bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen. You can also open a window when showering, cooking, or washing the dishes or clothing.
  • Check window and door seals. Keep moist air from outside where it belongs.
  • Insulate your pipes. Freezing temperatures mean you should wrap or cover inside and outdoor pipes to cut down on the chance they will crack and/or burst.
  • Turn off water. Unused faucets, pipes or appliances can have water to them turned off to prevent a leak providing a place for mold to grow.
  • Stop seepage. Replace broken or cracked mortar in damp basements to minimize the chances of mold.
  • Use moisture barriers. Place barriers in attics over untreated wood, and over the soil in any crawl spaces. Install fans to blow humid air from under your home, or to vent attic spaces.
  • Check gutters. Overflowing roof gutters can cause water to drip down the sides of the house. This provides a perfect breeding ground for mold that will ruin your siding. 

After heavy rains or flooding, always call in a mold remediation service like The Dry Guys. They can help you clean and disinfect your home safely.

How to Prevent Carpet Stains During Winter Weather

Dirty floors don’t help cold weather blues. If you’re drowning in mud, slush, and snow, you might be wondering how you can save your floors from the same fate. Luckily, The Dry Guys have perfected our method for keeping floors clean in Kenosha, Racine and beyond, every day of the year.

Here are our helpful tips:

●      Use your mudroom/garage and invest in a shoe-rack. The best way to avoid dirty floors is to practice prevention. Enter through your mudroom or garage, take off your shoes at the door, and keep them on a shoe rack to keep the mud and snow away from carpeted areas.

●      Monitor children and pets. Little kids and dogs are the worst culprits when it comes to tracking in mud. If you use a doggy door, make sure there’s a mat by the opening, and try to keep the entry-way closed off. Then, you’ll have time to wipe your puppy’s paws before they come inside. For kids, make sure they stomp their feet outside before entering and wipe their feet on the mat before removing shoes and storing them neatly.

●      Place area rugs or cut and bound pieces of carpet to serve as awesome carpet-protectors. Situate them by doors, in hallways, and in any other areas that receive a fair amount of foot-traffic. This will avoid wear and tear as well as grime buildup, saving you from tracked-up and dirtied carpeting

●      Sweep, mop, and vacuum regularly. If you have hardwood floors or tile, simply sweeping your floor can work miracles. If you do this on a daily to bi-weekly basis, you’ll definitely see improvement. While mopping is a pain during the winter months, running a damp rag over the floor can work wonders. You can vacuum the most-trafficked areas of your house daily and less used rooms bi-weekly.

●      Keep a spot-clean kit on hand. Accidents happen — be prepared! Keep clean cotton toweling and approved carpet spot cleaning products on-hand for when there’s an incident. You can ask The Dry Guys about carpet safe solutions.

●      Place a call to The Dry Guys once the worst of winter is over. We can help you with your spring Racine carpet cleaning, taking care of your carpeted floors, tile, hardwood, area rugs and upholstery.

These tips can help you maintain a clean home over the winter, and The Dry Guys can help you spring forward with a sparkling household when the deep freeze breaks at last.

What Should You Do If Your Pipes Burst?

Busted pipes in WI are a reality that could happen to any of us, especially if you live in an area that experiences extreme cold. However, it can be hard to know what to do, especially when you’re caught off guard. This simple guide will help you limit the damage, find help, and protect your family from danger. Whether this is the first time your pipes have burst or the tenth, knowing what actions to take can save time, money, and stress for everyone involved.

  1. Stop the water flow. It’s important to stop the water before doing anything else. Otherwise, the water will keep leaking, which can cause more damage to your home and property. If you cannot find a localized water valve near the leaking pipe, you might need to turn off the water to your entire home.
  2. Identify the issue. How many pipes have burst? Can you find the pipe? Having a detailed account of what’s wrong can help with damage control, water rehabilitation, and paperwork.
  3. Assess the damage & danger. Has the water flooded your basement? If so, you might need to turn off electricity in that area. Otherwise, you need to determine what kind of pipe has burst. Is the water safe, or do you need to evacuate until the contaminated water has been cleaned up?
  4. Call your insurance company. Once you’ve gotten a clear idea of the situation, you can begin making calls. If you have homeowners insurance, make sure to place a call to your insurance company. Companies like The Dry Guys will work together with them to make sure that you’re not paying for everything out-of-pocket.

Once the pipe is fixed, it might feel like the end of the issue. However, water damage can wreak lasting havoc on your home if not properly handled. The Dry Guys are prepared to help you in every way we can.

We have the proper training and equipment to restore your home, from your carpets to your upholstery, and a stellar track record for handling water damage, whether it’s from a flood or a frozen pipe. Don’t give mold or mildew time to set in — give us a call and our water remediation team will be on their way to help you come out the other side of your burst pipe experience as good as new.