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.

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!