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.

A Quick Guide to Keeping Your Home Carpets Clean

Just like rugs, hardwood, and tile flooring carpet will become dirty over time. How long you can go between professional carpet cleaning depends on your treatment of your floors and your cleaning habits.

Professional carpet cleaners are a necessity, especially if you have thick or lightly-colored carpets in your home. The fibers can become stained, worn, or tamped down by the constant foot traffic throughout your home. This goes double if you have pets going in and out.

With a bit of effort, your carpets can stay clean longer, and you can relax and simply schedule a routine cleaning by the Dry Guys once a year. To avoid letting your carpets become too dingy, here are a few tips on how to maintain them in between cleanings:

  • Establish a “no-shoes” rule. Invest in a shoe rack, and politely instruct guests and family members to remove their shoes at the door. This is a cultural norm in many places, so you won’t look odd for asking.
  • Move your furniture often. Regularly adjusting your furniture just a few inches from its original location can prevent people from wearing tracks into the carpet. This small change can significantly improve the lifespan and appearance of your carpets.
  • Vacuum regularly. Vacuuming removes dirt, fluffs carpet fibers, and leaves your floor looking clean and rejuvenated. If you leave dirt in the carpet fibers for too long, foot traffic can grind it farther into the carpet. It’s better to vacuum weekly and keep your floors fresh.
  • Spot-check. You can ask The Dry Guys about safe, reliable carpet cleaning products for your carpet style. Keep a bottle and rag on hand in case there’s an accident, and tackle stains before they can ruin your carpet. Remember – blot, don’t scrub!
  • Arrange for regular cleanings by The Dry Guys at least every six months. If you live in a home with pets or kids, you might need to make this call more often.
  • Only use carpet cleaners with the latest equipment. The Dry Guys use HOST cleaning system, which removes dirt, grime, and stains and leaves your carpets fresh, fluffy, and dry enough to walk on after only a few hours.

Regular carpet cleaning and dedicated upkeep between cleanings can extend the life of your carpeting and keep your home looking beautiful. Call the Dry Guys for an evaluation today, and don’t forget to ask about our spot cleaning kit.

Staying Safe When Your Home is Flooded

Water damage can strike at any time, whether it’s from storms, flooding, or broken pipes in your home. When your belongings are at risk, it’s important to remember these safety tips and to call for expert help. The Dry Guys offer professional water damage services to help you recover from any type of water damage.

Water damage can have serious, long-lasting effects. Residual dampness can lead to a host of other issues, and cost you thousands in upholstery, flooring, and home repair. Standing water in your home can also be a safety and health risk, so it’s recommended that you follow these basic guidelines when dealing with water damage and call the Dry Guys (262-605-1290) to thoroughly dry out your home.

DO:

  • Vacate children and pets from the area.
  • Locate where the water is coming from and try to stem the flow. If there is a broken pipe, turn off the pipe’s water supply or cut off water from the entire house.
  • Try to remove documents or precious items if the water is safe (uncontaminated) and has not reached the height of wall outlets or plugs.
  • Prepare to vacate the premises if necessary. Call friends or family, pack clothing, and book a hotel room for a few nights.
  • Call a reliable water remediation expert. Even if you think you can handle the issue on your own, it advisable to get a professional opinion.

DON’T

  • Enter the water if you believe it is from a contaminated source. This includes floodwater.
  • Mess with any electrical cords, plugs, or outlets that have been touched by the water. Water conducts electricity, and you could be risking your life.
  • Assume the water will just dry up on its own. Even if you do manage to dry out your belongings, there’s still the risk of mold, mildew, and other contaminants.
  • Avoid calling water remediation professionals. You will cut more losses if you just call an expert to assess the damage. The Dry Guys can give you a realistic outlook on the damage, an estimate to clean up your home, and the qualified help you need.

While you might feel tempted to skip a water damage remediation assessment altogether, it would be better for you if you didn’t. If you don’t get water out of your home quickly, issues will be more difficult and more expensive to fix.

You could end up having to replace entire carpets, floors, and items of furniture due to mildew and mold, and the risk of respiratory problem is increased in homes which have been flooded and had no remediation done.

Keep Your Upholstered Furniture and Carpets Fall Fresh All Autumn Long

Fall is a busy time of year. If you have children, school is starting — which means extracurriculars, sports, and a flurry of activity. If you have pets, it means that they’ll be tracking in crushed leaves and dirt every time they come inside. Even you will track in something from time to time, so it’s important to stay on top of your carpet’s cleanliness.

Luckily, this is easy with The Dry Guys. With our Dry Foam Extraction System, we can thoroughly clean carpets in Wisconsin, and get them prepared for the autumn months. The process is fast, non-toxic, and leaves your carpets and furniture nice and dry. No water, dampness, or soap residue is left behind, and you can walk on your carpets and sit on your furniture usually the same day.

Once your carpets and upholstery are fresh and clean, you can begin taking measures to keep them that way. We want you to enjoy your clean carpet as long as possible, so you don’t have to place another call until you’re ready. Here’s some tips to keep every fiber in your home fresh over fall.

  • Move your furniture often. From time to time, make sure to inch your furniture one way or another. While this may mean you bump your shins as you adjust, it also keeps track-marks from ending up on your carpets.
  • Establish a shoes-off rule. Sock-feet are much less likely to track dirt than shoes. Invest in a shoe-rack for your entry-way and ask guests and housemates to take off their shoes at the door. This will reduce the amount of dirt being tracked into the house.
  • Spot-clean! If there’s spills, accidents, or disasters, make sure to handle the problem quickly. Ask The Dry Guys about carpet-safe cleaning products or one of our Spot Removal Kits, and try researching different stain removal methods online.
  • Protect your furniture. Decorative blankets and arm coverings do more than look cozy; they protect your upholstery from grimy hands, sweat, and other sources of mess. Unlike your furniture, they can get tossed in the wash if they get dirty.

With proper maintenance, your carpets and upholstery will look better and last longer. You can enjoy the look, smell, and feel of clean furniture and flooring for months, and when the time comes, The Dry Guys are just a call away. Give your carpets and furniture a new lease on life and pick up the phone to schedule a visit from our qualified team of professionals today.

Rejuvenate Your Floors With Tile and Grout Cleaning

Unlike hardwood and laminate flooring, tile is a versatile, durable, and gorgeous option for your home. It handles humidity better than laminate or hardwood, doesn’t damage easily, and can be repaired with ease. It’s also resistant to rot and easily maintained, so you don’t have to worry about tile degrading over time.

That doesn’t mean tile doesn’t require some upkeep. If left neglected, it can collect a layer of dirt and grime. With frequent exposure to dirt and oil, your grout lines can become stained or dull. If you have lighter-colored tile our grout, this can ruin the appearance of your tile. While mopping helps prevent this, a deep cleaning is necessary from time to time.

However, this doesn’t mean you have to get down on your hands and knees with a scrub-brush. Professional tile cleaners have machines that can get the job faster and more efficiently and knowing who to call can simplify the process even further. Luckily, The Dry Guys are just a phone call away.

We work by using a series of simple steps. By applying an alkaline cleaning solution, we’re able to dislodge any debris. This loosens the grime from the floor, making it easier to scrub away. Once the solution has had time to work, we bring in special equipment. Several rotary brushes gentle scrub the tile’s surface. The grout lines are also cleaned, leaving them several shades lighter.

From there, the dirty solution is vacuumed up, leaving your floor clean and dry. We also offer an added round of sealant, which safely blocks the pores in your grout and prevents stains. Sealing your tile floors also makes them easier to clean, as the dirt doesn’t get ground into the surface of the tile. It stays on top of the sealant and can be easily wiped up or mopped away.

Getting down on your knees with a toothbrush is frustrating, exhausting and time-consuming. With The Dry Guys you don’t have to dread getting your floors clean. Don’t give yourself sore knees, and don’t bother with heavy chemicals like bleach or ammonia. Take it easy and call us at 262-605-1290 for a true cleaning.

With some help and a regular mopping schedule, your floors can stay clean and shiny for the entire season. If you’re interested in getting a full-scale house cleaning, ask about carpet and upholstery cleaning too. You deserve a house that looks, smells and feels spic and span!

Keeping Area Rugs, Carpets and Other Flooring Clean

Flooring flaws tend to draw the eye, whether it’s a scratch in the hardwood, a sun-faded rug, or a carpet that’s been trampled by muddy paws and shoes. You can extend the life of your floor coverings by following a few simple guidelines – and call The Dry Guys when dirt and grime collect to the point that things start to look dingy. 

Take Off Shoes 

Simply taking off shoes when you enter your home can cut down on tracking in dirt, mud, and grime by up to 80% or more. Investing in house slippers for everyone and a shoe rack for the foyer can save your floors and reduce the amount of frequency of cleaning required.  

Use Area Rugs 

Area rugs can help protect hardwood or carpet, reduce chances of slipping on tile or wood flooring. They can be easily cleaned by a professional service, and provide stability for tables, chair, couches, and end or coffee tables. Use a rug pad underneath to prevent slippage and protect your floors. 

Redirect Traffic 

Moving your furniture can redirect foot traffic in your home and prevent carpet, hall rugs, or hardwood from getting a worn or trafficked appearance. You don’t have to rearrange your entire house, just shift key furniture pieces a few inches every month or so and slide hall runners to the right or left a fraction to subtly adjust traffic routes and save your floors. 

Clean Regularly 

Call The Dry Guys to clean your carpets, area rugs, or tile and grout on a regular basis. Proper maintenance will extend the life of your floor covering and keep your home looking fresh, clean, and newer in appearance. 

Provide Protection  

The sun rays can cause flooring damage, so consider treating windows with a UV protective coating to block damaging rays. You can also rotate area rugs to allow any fading to occur more evenly, and use sheers, blinds, or drapes to minimize sun damage.   

Making sure your flooring is installed correctly in the first place, then providing regular maintenance paired with preventive care can help keep your floors looking great for years to come. If you have any questions about floor care, need a spot cleaning kit for carpets, don’t know how to care for your area rug, or feel your tile and grout is dirty, call The Dry Guys for help.  

Moisture Control is the Key to Mold Control

When water leaks or spills occur indoors, you must act quickly to help prevent the growth of mold.  If wet or damp materials or areas are dried within 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, mold can generally be prevented, and complete drying with no growth can be achieved. 

If a leak happens, call The Dry Guys immediately for water remediation. Getting your home dried out quickly is key to prevent or minimize mold growth. 

Ways to prevent leaks around your house include the following: 

  • Clean and repair roof gutters annually. This prevents buildup of wet debris which causes wood to decay and allows water to drip down interior walls. 
  • Make sure the ground around your home slopes away from the building foundation. This prevents water from collecting around or draining under the foundation. 
  • Keep air conditioning drip pans clean and ensure that all drain lines are unobstructed and flowing properly. This prevents constant damp around your AC. 
  • Keep indoor humidity below 60 percent relative humidity if possible. You can check humidity with an inexpensive handheld moisture reader, available at most hardware stores. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity, so watch for wet glass on windows or doors and wipe down as needed. 

Even if there are no leaks in your home, mold can still find moist or damp areas to grow. Bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms and kitchens are prime places for mold thanks to steam or condensation.  

If you do find mold, you can call The Dry Guys for mold remediation services. Getting rid of mold completely and taking steps to minimize your home’s relative humidity can help prevent the return of mold. 

Ways to reduce humidity around your house include: 

  • Using air conditioners, fans, and/or de-humidifiers when needed and as seasonally appropriate. 
  • Properly venting appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers and stoves.   
  • Running the bathroom fan or opening the window when showering.
  • Turning on exhaust fans or opening windows in the kitchen when cooking or washing dishes by hand or in a machine. 
  • Covering cold water pipes with insulation. (Rust is a sign that condensation is occurring on a pipe.) 

If you find mold in your home, call The Dry Guys at 262-605-1290 if you worry it might be toxic. We can help determine what kind of mold is present, how to deal with it, and if you or your family are in any danger from toxic mold.  

Clean Tile and Grout – No Elbow Grease Required

Tile can take a lot more wear and tear than hardwood, which requires a bit more attention than most flooring options. However, that doesn’t mean that tile doesn’t need some TLC from time to time! Tile flooring, especially when it’s lighter in color, will pick up stains. These stains can settle into the grout lines, or even sit in the pores of the tile itself.

Stain-heavy places can include kitchens, bathrooms, and walkways. These areas receive heavy traffic and are popular locations for spills. Overturned bowls, muddy feet, and humid bathrooms are some of the worst contributors to tile stains. However, you don’t have to pick up the scrub brush just yet. There are other ways to solve tile and grout stains, and they don’t require old toothbrushes.

Your first option is to replace the tile entirely. Expensive and time consuming, this isn’t the first option you should decide on. Replacing tile floors requires enlisting outside help, buying materials, and barring off your kitchen and bathroom until the job is finished. Unless the tile is extremely deteriorated, this may not be the wisest option at your disposal.

A better, more cost-efficient option is to give the tile a deep clean. This doesn’t mean hiring a maid service or getting out the mop, however. The Dry Guys are specialists when it comes to lifting stains from tile floors, and they can give your floor the makeover it needs. With special equipment, cleaners, and handlers, they can have your floor spotless by the end of the session.

Once your floor is cleaned, look into having it re-sealed. Sealing your floors can protect the porous surfaces from picking up more stains and lengthen the time in between professional cleans. Annual, professional cleans can keep your floors sparkling, and a simple broom and mop should tide you over in the meantime.

Between cleanings, consider going over your floor with a weak mix of hot water and vinegar from time to time. This can help cut down on soap sum and lighten stains. Check by mop[ping a hidden area first to see if the mix changes grout color after it dries.

Don’t settle for dingy floors and grimy grout, call The Dry Guys in Wisconsin for a tile and grout cleaning consultation. We’re here to help, and you’d be surprised by how much better your floors will look afterwards. It sure beats tearing up floors and replacing expensive tile every 5-10 years!

Don’t Let Upholstery Spots or Stains Ruin Your Furniture

It’s easy to forget how much grime our furniture collects, and many of us prefer to leave that information in the back of our brains. Between pets, children, and just regular use, our couches and armchairs can pick up quite a bit of dirt. Did you know that use can also cause sweat and dander buildup in the creases and fibers of your upholstery?

Even if you have strict policies about keeping the furniture clean, accidents inevitably happen. Ripped-open chip bags, spilled drinks, and food messes are common, especially when you frequently host guests or like to snack in front of the television.

However, sofas and armchairs are expensive, especially when you opt for nicer furniture. Between buying, transporting, and placing new furniture, you’ll have wasted both time and money replacing a dingy couch. Why spend thousands on new furniture when you can just spruce up the stuff you already own?

The Dry Guys specialize in breathing new life into old furniture. After a thorough clean, almost any couch can look (and smell) ten times better than before. Not only that, but with the Von Schrader Dry Foam Extraction System, your couches get clean and dry quickly with no risk of mildew growth.

There are a few ways to check if you need a cleaning. To see if your upholstery is grimy, wet a white cloth and wring it out. Once it’s damp, rub it along the back and arms of your couch. If the cloth comes away grimy, it might be time for a clean. Putting black cloth on the end of your vacuum hose can help you check for dander buildup. If you find white debris when you finish vacuuming the couch, it’s a sign that you have an excess amount of skin cells in your furniture.

To lengthen the time between cleanings, consider putting blankets or throws on your couches and chairs. Don’t let your pets or children sit on the couch unless there’s a blanket. Quilts and other blankets are easier to wash than entire couches, prevent outdoor dust and leaf debris from collecting on your furniture in the summer, and they make for great snuggle centers in the wintertime.

You don’t have to settle for unsightly, slightly smelly furniture. The Dry Guys can help with quality Wisconsin upholstery cleaning! Once you’ve established a cleaning schedule that works, you can enjoy a clean couch every day of the year.

 

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