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. 

What to do When a Pet has an Accident on Your Rug

If your pet has an accident on a valuable or heirloom area rug, the initial reaction may be despair – but all hope is not lost. Whether it was your cat, bird, pet lizard, hamster, bunny or miniature horse who accidentally soiled your area rug, the Dry Guys can help you, and following these six guidelines can result in a restored rug that looks, feels, and smells fresh as a daisy.

Remove Your Pet from the Scene

You should take your pet away from the area rug so they don’t track their mess around. Don’t punish them by swatting them or shoving their nose in the accident – this doesn’t work and will only make them anxious and more likely to have another accident.

Solid Waste

Solid feces are easiest to deal with, as they can be carefully picked up with a bag over the hand and disposed of or grasped with a small handful of tissue and flushed down the toilet. Small spots of discoloration an often be handled with club soda as described below.

Small Wet Spots

A small bit of Urine can be blotted (not scrubbed!) carefully with a clean white cotton towel. Once as much liquid as possible is absorbed, test an inconspicuous area of the rug with club soda to check for color bleed, and if none is present, you can apply it and dab carefully to remove soaked in urine. If color bleed is present, pack both sides of the rug with baking soda and call the Dry Guys immediately.

Large Wet Spots

Use a larger cotton towel under the rug and another on top and apply pressure to soak out as much urine as possible. Use the club soda as directed above, unless there is color bleed. You’ll probably want to call the Dry Guys for significant urine damage, but if you feel you have gotten all urine out, you can prop the rug up before aiming a fan at it to dry the upper and lower sides. Check it for odor after it is dry.

Liquid Waste

For loose stools, carefully picking up as much as possible without smearing or spreading the waste is best. If the rug is tightly woven, you may be able to let the stool dry and then lift the entire section free. Club soda can be used if applicable to lift small stains, but an area rug contaminated with liquid stool often requires a professional cleaning.

Call the Dry Guys

If your rug smells or has visible stains, call The Dry Guys and have a professional rug cleaning done. You can also ask us for a spot cleaning kit, which can aid you if there are future mishaps. A pet’s accident doesn’t have to be the end of your area rug – it just needs a little TLC.

Top Five Winter Mold Prevention Tips

Mold and mildew (which is just mold’s early stage) are particularly problematic in winter in many areas, due to moisture levels being high and warmth from various heat sources providing the perfect growing environment for mold.

Mold can cause health issues for some people, ranging from eye, nose, and throat irritation and sinus congestion to respiratory problems and headaches. Infants, children, pregnant women, elderly individuals, and people with existing respiratory conditions have a higher risk for severe health problems caused by mold.

These tips can help you prevent mold form finding a foothold in your home.

Look for Dampness

Check all areas of your home where unexpected dampness might be spreading, This can mean attics, basements, crawl spaces, behind heavy drapes where they touch the wall or inside cabinets below a sink. Mildew and mold can grow on wood, ceramic tile, wallpaper, carpet, drywall, insulation, fabrics and more. 

Upgrade Bathrooms

Bathrooms are favored places for mold to grow, thanks to the heat and damp that accompany showers. Installing a vent fan and running it for 30 minutes after a shower or bath can make all the difference in the world when it comes to lowering humidity levels.

Check the Laundry Room

The laundry room is another area where mold can become a problem. Ensure the room is properly ventilated, and that hot moist air form the dryer is going outside where it belongs, Also check for leaks in the washing machine hoses and for clearance space around both units.

Stock Supplies

Having a dedicated stack of old rags you can use to clean up mildew and mold then throw away is a place to start when it comes to assembling a mold fighting kit. Add protective gloves, non-ammonia cleaning products, bleach, disposable sponges, and a bucket and brush and you are ready to wage war on mold.

Fight Humidity

Use fans to help circulate air in your home. Invest in a dehumidifier which can be moved from room to room as needed. Open windows in winter when possible to air out your home and release excess humidity. Check your pipes regularly and insulate them for freezing weather. Have your gutters checked as well to ensure no rainwater is seeping between the siding and the walls of your home.

If you do find mold in your home, call The Dry Guys for professional mold remediation services, they can rid your home of mold and give you more tips on how to keep old away for good.