Carpet Cleaning Blog

September 7, 2017 - Chem-Dry vs. Steam Cleaning

Here at Green Mitten Chem-Dry, we do things differently. We take pride in being able to provide a natural, longer lasting carpet cleaning solution than traditional steam cleaning. Our unique Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) method provides you with the best clean possible.

Our HCE process differs drastically from that of steam cleaners, which simply douse your carpet in buckets of hot, soapy water, then attempt to suck it all back out. While this process does temporarily clean your carpets, it also leaves behind a layer of sticky residue which collects dirt quicker, in addition to leaving moisture at the base of your carpet. This excess of moisture causes the carpets to take longer to dry and allows for mold and bacteria to grow.

Keep scrolling to Learn more about how our process outperforms traditional steam cleaning.


July 6, 2017 - What To Do When Your Dog Has An Accident

Coming home after a long day at work and having your furry friend rush to the door to give you a proper welcome is one of the best perks of having a pet. You open the door and there’s a happy pup waiting there. You look forward to getting home, greeting your friend, and kicking off your shoes after a long day at work. However, when you kick off your shoes and step into something wet that happiness just melts away.

Whether you’re potty-training a brand new puppy or have an old dog that refuses to learn new tricks, your carpets are at risk. Check out this infographic and learn how to combat pet odors and accidents before they ruin your floors and your day. Or for more serious incidents call Green Mitten Chem-Dry and schedule your pet urine removal service.


April 29, 2016

Around 50 million Americans find out that spring doesn't only bring warm weather but also the start of allergy season. This is often a tough reality that most of us will face with the welcome warmer weather. The spring season brings a greater variety of allergens like pollen, which tend to find their way into your upholstery and carpets. Regular carpet cleaning to take out allergens and grout cleaning to keep your tiles free from molds are a critical part of keeping allergies under control.This will enable you to enjoy the warm weather better instead of suffering from watery eyes and a running nose. Below are some other tips that will help your home stay fresher, healthier, and allergy free!

 
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March 29, 2016

 

Spring is now here and what better method of getting your home ready than spring cleaning! We provided 5 tips about where many of the most important places to clean are. You will end up surprised with the amount of dust a home can collect! Also you will see just how important spring cleaning isn't only for your house but for your family’s health!

November 25, 2015

Tips on keeping your carpets clean this holiday season!

The holiday season is great! You are able to play catch up with relatives from far and near. Who doesn’t love celebratory toasts, tree trimming and in many cases the most important event of all, the annual holiday party you host? Your carpets probably don’t like it, with the annual wine spills, mud tracks and outside debris which will make its way in. Here’s the way to help keep the spills and stains to a minimum:

  • Hire a trained specialist such as Green Mitten Chem-Dry in order to apply a protectant on your carpet. Plan for the holiday season (and all sorts of spills and stains that are included in your holiday gatherings) with the help of Green Mitten Chem-Dry to apply a stain resistant treatment to your carpets that contains stain blockers so that soils have nowhere to soak in and allowing it to be easily rinsed out from the carpets. Call your local Green Mitten Chem-Dry, and have the professionals ready your most vulnerable and high traffic areas for success prior to when the food staining opportunities of this holiday season begin.

  • Notify your invited guests to leave their shoes near the door. Some of the quickest and easiest ways to stop mud, bacteria and dirt that lives outdoors from coming into your house is by making a shoe station inside the entrance. With those out-of-state family that could come for a visit, explain (with a smile) their shoes are safe inside the home by the front door. Surely they’ll know the pride you have for your carpets, and it's likely that, they’ll be more than content to oblige.

  • If weather conditions is warm enough, bring the party outdoors! Certain parts of the country are sufficiently lucky to have mild winter months. If you live in Texas, Arizona or California, there's a chance you're one of the few that could comfortably host a ‘winter wonderland’ themed party outdoors!

Get prepared for the holidays by contacting Green Mitten Chem-Dry, the cleaning experts you can depend on! They've got a ‘tough on stains, healthy for your own home’ carpet solution and protectant that will keep the spills and stains away-no matter the total visitors you end up with!

 

 

October 22, 2015
How to protect your carpet with the season changing

With the weather turning cooler and leaves are changing color, the autumnmonths are also bringing rain…and a great deal of it! While it usually isan excellent time for early evening walks and colorful foliage, it's not at all the prettiest time for your carpets! The rainy season often means wet, dirty, and muddy carpets. Not to fret…there are plenty ofactions you can taketo guard your carpets with the rainy weather that accompanies the autumn season.

Make surethat anyone who enters your home removes their shoes by yourentry way. This will alleviate a great deal of dirt and mud from being tracked within your home on people’s shoes. If you have pets, you should also wipe their paws before enabling them to enter your home.

Also, it is advisable to invest in rugs and door mats. By placing door mats at each of the entryways, you are ablelower the amount of grime that comesdirectly into the home. It is a good reminder for guests to wipe their feet. You can place decorative rugs in hallways, entryways, besides other high traffic areas. This is an easy and inexpensive way to protect your carpets from stains. Rugs aremuch easier to clean and can oftentimes be washed in the washing machine.

Another
root cause of soiling and stains is high humidity. When there's a high level of moisture in the air, it is more likely that soils and stains can set into your carpets. You can avoid this problem by using fans or air-conditioners to reduce the moist air in your home.


 

 

September 23, 2015
Fall is in the air!

As fall is upon us, don't forget the holidays will be quick to follow. The time of year that sneaks up on us quickly every year and we find ourselves completely busy with family and friends, we often times don't realize the increased traffic that our carpets get. Now is a great time to get your carpets cleaned for the fall and upcoming winter holidays. As fall comes in you will notice allergies can start up again. Our cleaning process combats allergens and can help with keeping your allergies at bay. Furthermore, our deep cleaning process can help keep you and your family healthy this cold and flu season. At Green Mitten Chem-Dry, we want you to breathe easier about the healthfulness of your home and your family. Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or you just want to provide the healthiest home for your family, Green Mitten Chem-Dry can help you remove the allergens and bacteria hiding in your home and improve your indoor air quality. Give us a call to ensure you are healthy this fall allergy season and then during cold and flu season.

 


 All the summer traffic got you thinking about getting your carpets cleaned? - July 20, 2015

 

Give our 100% non-toxic, natural, proprietary cleaner, The Natural®, a try. It is one of the purest carpet cleaning solutions available and is the heart of our cleaning process that Green Mitten Chem-Dry has to offer. The Natural® combines the perfect balance of Mother Nature’s ingredients with carbonating bubbles that lift the dirt up out of your carpet, providing you with carpets that are cleaned thoroughly and safely. And because it contains no soaps, detergents, solvents, enzymes or other harsh chemicals, you can rest easy with Green Mitten Chem-Dry’s Natural solution which is safe for your loved ones and the environment as well.


 

Filtration Lines - January 19 2015

Over time, the corners of the carpet along the wall become discolored. These areas are called filtration lines and they are especially prominent on light-colored carpet.

How did I get filtration lines?

It is true that the vacuum cannot reach the edges of the carpet well, but that is only one piece of the problem. Air flow is allowed through the small spaces between the boards and this is impossible to avoid even in the best built homes. Often, underneath walls and doors, air passes through these spaces due to a shift caused by temperature and pressure differences in the home. Any debris that the air may be carrying gets caught in the carpet as it passes through the boards, the carpet acting as a filter. The carpet becomes soiled over time when microscopic dirt, dust, oil, and other debris accumulate as time passes.

How can I get rid of filtration lines?

In order to eliminate the filtration lines, proper equipment is needed. The process required to eliminate the dark edges is one of deep cleaning, agitation, and the correct cleaning solution. The professionals at Green Mitten Chem-Dry have the correct training to rid your home of the filtration line problem. With our powerful, yet gentle, solution, we are able to break up the dirt, grime, and oils that are locked in the carpet and lift them to the surface where they can be removed permanently. Your home will be able to stay cleaner much longer because we stay away from solutions that will leave behind any dirt attracting residue.

The professionals at Green Mitten Chem-Dry can be trusted to provide your home or business with the most satisfactory cleaning service in the area. Call now to set up a carpet cleaning appointment with the experts!


 

7 Holiday GIFs Explain Choosing a Carpet Cleaner


The Holiday season is here! And with that comes the countless classic nuances we deal with every year. So, to commemorate the start of the annual festivities, we put together a few GIFs showing you how the holiday season relates to getting your carpets cleaned.



First, let’s be honest, the holidays can be great but they’re not perfect. There are some days you wake up and can just feel the chill from outside. Sometimes choosing a carpet cleaning company you trust can be hard and make you want to just sleep in.



It doesn’t help, either, when you finally go to clean your carpets and are met with a blizzard of dust and dirt that seems to have come over night.



So, when you do choose to get your carpets cleaned, remember one thing. Among the countless providers for carpet cleaning, there’s one that sticks out. One that will do tricks, even, to make you happy.




And even when the other companies are battling for your attention, know that the Chem-Dry process has proven itself over the years. We have a guarantee that has been tried and tested.



Because, after the dust has settled (outside of your house, of course), the last thing you want is to find out that what you really wanted turned out to be something different. With Green Mitten Chem-Dry you can rest assured that you will never be disappointed!



In fact, if you are surprised when you look it your carpets, it will be a good one.



You’ll dance all day long knowing that your carpets are clean, and that they came at a great price for you, your family, your wallet, and the environment!



 So while you’re spending time with family making new memories this year, allow us to brighten those memories just a little bit, by making them Drier, Cleaner and Healthier. Call Green Mitten Chem-Dry today for a free estimate!


 

November 10, 2014

The Top 5 Scariest Things Hiding in Your Carpet

Think about this: every day, you walk on your carpet, your pets play on it and your kids crawl on it. Just how safe do you think that is? Just in time for Halloween – or, just after Halloween – we’ve made a list of the 5 scariest things hiding in your carpet that a vacuum cleaner can’t get rid of.

5. Allergens.  If you’re like over half of the population in the United States, you suffer from allergies – and if you don’t, chances are that someone in your family does. Few people know that carpet virtually acts as an allergen storage unit, allowing them to be active in your home all year round and make you continually miserable.

4. Chemicals. You can’t even imagine how many harmful substances are lodged in your carpet fibers – and it doesn’t just happen over time. New carpets typically house formaldehyde, toluene, styrene, acetone and benzene, some of which are even considered to cause cancer by the EPA. Even the new carpet smell that everyone loves is caused by 4-PC, a chemical that is known to cause eye and respiratory problems.

3. Mold. Even though steam cleaning can potentially help your carpet in some ways, mold prevention is not one of them. During the steam cleaning process, gallons of water are dumped on to your carpet, pushing dirt and grime deep down into your padding and creating a breeding ground for mold and bacteria underneath your carpet.

2. Bacteria. If you can believe it, the bottom of your shoes carry more bacteria than a toilet seat. Do you wear your shoes when you’re walking on your carpet? If so, you’re tracking millions of kinds of bacteria, harmful or not, onto your carpet, not to mention what your kids and pets bring into the house on a daily basis. Yikes.

1. Dust Mites.  And you thought spiders were scary! Just look at that thing. There’s no wonder this tops our list of the scariest things living in your carpet. These things are what scientists call cosmopolitan pyroglyphidae, and they live in your carpet and survive on flakes of your skin. Aside from being incredibly creepy, they are a common cause of allergic and asthma symptoms throughout the world and can induce wheezing. Disgusting, huh?

Even though those are pretty scary things to have living in your home, there’s no reason to worry. Chem-Dry uses an all-natural process that is safe for your home and that reduces the risk of mold and bacteria, in addition to the fastest dry times on the market. Give us a call and let us help you get rid of what’s been hiding in your carpet.


 October 13, 2014

Chem-Dry's innovative solutions offer an unparalleled cleaning experience. We offer fast and effiecient cleaning solutions that will not inconvenience your daily life. The Chem-Dry solution rips the dirt from your carpet and dries in hours. Chem-Dry has set the bar for the carpet cleaning industry. We have created a unique process using millions of carbonating bubbles to bring your carpets back to life.

If you have ever poured a carbonated soda into a glass you have experienced the foundation of what Chem-Dry is. The carbonation in the soda naturally wants to rise to the top, when applied to your carpets the bubbles grab dirt and bring it to the surface to be taken away. Our incredible solutions remove all unwanted particles from your carpet completely, providing you with the most thorough – and the most satisfying clean – available anywhere.

Instead of using a specialized solution and technique, steam cleaners use immense amounts of water and high pressure as the key to their cleaning process. This method drives dirt and moisture down into your carpet, hiding the mess rather than cleaning it, and creates a breeding ground for mold and other bacteria. Because of the excessive water used in this process, your carpets also typically take 1-2 days to dry. Since Chem-Dry uses the least amount of water possible, however, your carpets will be dry within just 1-2 hours. That means in the time it takes for your carpets to dry once after a steam cleaning, they would have dried 24 times if cleaned the Chem-Dry way. That’s effective cleaning provided by Chem-Dry.

We are proud to offer you these amazing services at a price that will fit with your budget. To get the best carpet cleaning available, call us today!


 September 10, 2014

Even though having your carpets professionally cleaned is quick and helpful, it's also helpful to know when to call the cleaners. Most cleaners will tell you to use their service for every stain or spot, but many of these blemishes will come out using one of several simple home remedies. At Chem-Dry, however, you are our first priority. Here are a few things most carpet cleaning companies won't tell you.

Surprisingly, one of the best solutions to stains and spots is simply hot water and a white towel. Just dampen the stain and blot it with your cloth. If hot water doesn’t work, the next step is to try club soda. Because of its carbonated properties – which is the same principle behind the Chem-Dry solution – club soda also makes an excellent cleaner. Again, just dampen the carpet fiber and blot, checking for any transfer of the stain to your white towel.

If this doesn't provide any results, then it's a job for Chem-Dry. The groundbreaking techniques used by Chem-Dry remove particles from individual fibers and then lift them out of your carpet, making us the best choice for all stain removal. When home remedies don't work, call the professionals at Chem-Dry!


 

March 19, 2014

It’s important to stay informed about your carpet’s warranty. According to an article by Tom Wolfe from Impressions Carpet Services, “A percentage of what you paid for your carpet went to cover the anticipated costs to the manufacturer for warranty claims. [These] claims are more often than not the result of poor, or improper, maintenance. Over the last few years, carpet manufacturers have begun to tie warranties to required maintenance by the carpet purchaser.

This means that whether you are in the market for new carpet or not, you need to be aware that the requirements are become more strict for warranties. “The bottom line is that proper maintenance will help you get a greater return on your carpet investment, no matter when it was purchased,” the article goes on to say.

Some of the main issues that manufacturers are addressing fall into 4 categories:

1. The proper cleaning method.
Most carpet mills require the Hot-Water Extraction Cleaning process, which is the method that Chem-Dry uses to give your carpets a deep clean without damaging the carpet fibers.


2. The proper cleaning schedule.
As a general rule, all major manufacturers have a minimum requirement that carpets be cleaned every 1-2 years. (keep your receipts as proof)


3. The proper cleaning system.
Your carpets should be cleaned professionally by equipment that is tested and certified with the Carpet and Rug Institute. All Chem-Dry equipment is certified and rated GOLD with the CRI, providing your home with the best technicians and equipment to get your carpets cleaner than ever.


4. The proper cleaning technician.
The single most important aspect in proper cleaning is to get the right person to do the job. All Chem-Dry technicians are trained and certified to deliver amazing results, while maintaining efficiency and staying affordable.


Stick with these handy rules to stay up to date with your warranty and keep your carpet looking great – FOREVER!