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April 11, 2018 - Spring Cleaning Tips from Professionals

This spring, make your house a safer, healthier place to live. The tips below not only get your home back in shape for the spring and summer, but they help make your home a healthier place to live by minimizing germs and reducing allergens.

Professionally clean rugs, carpets and upholstery. If you really want to deep clean your carpets, rugs and upholstery and eliminate the dirt and germs that have accumulated over the winter months, call the experts at Chem-Dry. Chem-Dry uses a green-certified solution that's safe and non-toxic for kids and pets and a low-water, carbonating cleaning process that will give your surfaces and your home a deep-down, healthier clean. And be sure to ask about our premium Healthy Home package, which includes sanitizing your carpets and upholstery to reduce the unhealthy bacteria that may have collected. Since Chem-Dry uses 80% less water than typical steam cleaning, you'll love the convenience of our speedy dry times - just a couple of hour rather than a couple of days - and not having the mold and mildew growth that can come from the excessive water used by steam cleaners.

Thoroughly dust your home and clean or replace air conditioning and heating filters; clean all ducts and vents to decrease your exposure to pollen and other airborne allergens.

Remove mold and mildew in moist areas of the home. Mold is a fungus that can spark allergic reactions for many people and spring is a tough time of year for anyone with allergies of any kind. Use non-toxic cleaning products and make sure bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens are free of unhealthy mold.

Don't forget the tile, stone and grout. High traffic areas collect months of winter dirt and germs, and most weekly cleanings don't do the job when it comes to giving these surfaces a thorough, healthy cleaning. The grout between tiles and stone can be the toughest to get clean. While Chem-Dry is taking care of your carpets, area rugs and upholstery, ask them to also give your tile, stone and grout a professional cleaning to eliminate stains and bacteria from these extremely porous surfaces and start spring off on a healthier foot. 

This spring, celebrate the start of nicer weather by making your home a cleaner, safer, healthier place to live and enjoy. And you can trust the professionals at Chem-Dry to make this more manageable and to be sure your family gets the healthier home makeover you want.

February 8, 2018 - Give Your Rugs Some Love

Rugs can be a beautiful addition to any room, but because they often reside in high traffic areas maintaining them can often be a challenge. Many people don't know what area and oriental rugs act as air filters in your home, and they trap dirt, allergens, and bacteria. Much like carpets and upholstery, rugs should be cleaned often.

The good news is that maintaining a rug can be easier than you think. See the info-graphic below to learn exactly what the expert technicians at Green Mitten Chem-Dry recommend. Or for more serious issues contact your local technician today for a professional rug cleaning.


January 17, 2017 - New Year Resolutions for a Clean Home

It’s that time to flip the calendar and prepare for a new year. For many of us, the new year represents an opportunity to remedy past mistakes and start things anew with a clean slate.
Many take this new year as a chance to create better habits and an opportunity to set goals that promote change and growth. As you plan out your New Year’s resolutions this year, your home deserves a spot (or several) near the top of the list. Here are a few ideas we’ve thought up to keep in mind for your 2018 New Year’s resolutions:

Create a steady maintenance routine for your floors and walls.


Your walls should be cleaned about once a month, as necessary, depending on your climate and weather. If you tend to keep your windows open during the warmer months of the year, that number could be higher due to pollen. Children with sticky fingers warrant regular spot checks of your walls. Pay particular attention to corners, ceiling, and floors to remove cobwebs. PRO TIP: wrap adhesive tape around an old paint roller to help get rid of cobwebs.
Hardwood and tile floors should be swept weekly to prevent dirt accumulation. Likewise, carpets and rugs should be vacuumed every week. Don’t forget to get your carpets/rugs professionally cleaned every 3 to 6 months to get rid of the allergens and bacteria trapped inside them. PRO TIP: call Chem-Dry for all of your carpet/rug cleaning needs.

Don’t disregard your living room.

One of the easiest ways to ensure your living room will become a mess is to slowly let clutter accumulate. It all starts with one pair of shoes or socks, but in a blink of an eye that one pair of shoes turns into a full on pile of junk. This year, make a point to remove anything that doesn’t belong ASAP.
Do not neglect dusting or cleaning your upholstered furniture. Dust, like shoes, accumulates quickly. Even if you think dust isn’t there, it is. Don’t forget to dust behind furniture and large electronics. Finally, it is recommended to have your upholstered cleaned once or twice a year. PRO TIP: call Chem-Dry for all of your upholstery cleaning needs.

Clean your kitchen at least twice a month.


This room is the culprit for some of the biggest messes in your home, but proper maintenance can easily prevent the messes from getting out of hand. Be sure to handle spills as soon as they happen. Food/liquid spills can result in permanent stains and bacterial growth.
Don’t forget the floors in your kitchen. They should be mopped every two weeks. If you have children or furry friends, you may need to do this more frequently. If you have stone tiles, maintain them with more regular mopping. However, you should schedule a professional cleaning every few months to keep those areas free of dirt and grime.

Deep clean your bathroom weekly.

Along with the kitchen, your bathroom can be one of the biggest areas in your home that is prone to messes. Every few days, check the sink for any build-up and clean any reside. PRO TIP: use a paper town or damp cloth to check/clean the residue.

Be sure to give your toilet a quick scrub once a week to prevent it from becoming a huge mess. Mop the floors every week, if possible. Finally, be sure to swap out your towels for new ones on a regular basis to stop bacterial growth in it’s tracks.

By starting the new year off properly, you can keep your home looking fresh without a lot of heavy effort. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By resolving to perform proper maintenance, you can prevent yourself from getting stuck doing much more intense cleaning work in the future. If you ask us, that’s a resolution worth making.


The Perfect Holiday Gift - December 12, 2017

Still looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones this holiday season? You've come to the right place! Give the gift of a stress-free clean home this season. We offer several different cleaning services to ensure you find the perfect fit for your loved one! Keep scrolling for four of our recommendations for the perfect gift from you, and us!
1. 3 Room Carpet Cleaning
We offer drier and healthier carpet cleaning. Our methods are safe for your loved ones family, because we do not use any harmful chemicals. This is the perfect gift for those who haven't have their carpet cleaned in quite some time!
2. Sofa/Love-seat Upholstery Cleaning
Our sofas and love-seats receive a lot of attention in our homes, so what better gift to give than an upholstery cleaning to make their couch look brand new?
3. Area Rug Cleaning
Did you know that your area rugs act as air filters that trap dirt, allergens, and bacteria? Give the gift of a clean rug to your loved one this year!
4. P.U.R.T. Treatment
Does your loved one have furry friends in their home? The gift of P.U.R.T. treatment would be perfect for them! Our methods remove 99.9% of pet urine odors from carpets - that's unbeatable!
Most importantly, we wish you a happy, and safe, holiday season surrounded by friends and family!


The Holiday Party Cleaning Checklist - November 8, 2017

The secret to a clean home is a good plan along with a consistent schedule. Sometimes, especially around holiday season, even the best plans can go off course. With the addition of gatherings, gift-giving and holiday meals our day-to-day routines might need to be tweaked to be sure we enjoy the season as much as possible.

Is it your turn to host the big holiday event this year? Whether it’s Thanksgiving dinner for all your extended family or a Christmas Party for coworkers and friends you know that a clean home is your first priority. Staying focused on the out-of-the-ordinary details of creating a successful event can be complicated enough all by itself.

Your list of things to do will grow quickly. How do you prioritize things like when to schedule a professional carpet cleaner or preparing rooms for overnight guests? Take a deep breath and know that we have your back. We’ve put together this helpful infographic that outlines a few simple strategies you can use in your holiday party preparations. This handy guide can help you pull off a great event and, more importantly, ensure you enjoy the holidays with family and friends.


13 Spooky Good Cleaning Tips - October 5, 2017

As Halloween approaches, people all around the US are reflecting upon what creepy costumes and outrageous decorations they can use the holiday. However, have you given a thought to all of the stomach-churning messes in your home? We have! So, here are 13 spooky good cleaning tips to keep your home clean this Halloween season:

  1. Have marker stains on your wood? Use toothpaste to scrub off those pesky stains.
  2. De-stink your garbage disposal by running a few lemon rinds through it with cold water.
  3. Rub a cut lemon over your cutting board to remove stains and smells. For a little extra cleaning, sprinkle it with baking soda first.
  4. Use microfiber cloths instead of paper towels. They’re reusable and more inexpensive than paper towels.
  5. When vacuuming, start in the farthest corner and work toward the door. Be sure to use slow, repetitive front-to-back motions in an overlapping sequence.
  6. Make a lost and found for your home. Use a lidded storage container to stash stray buttons, lost game pieces, and other similar items.
  7. Use a lint roller to remove pet hair and cobwebs from your screen doors.
  8. Put a few splashes of Pine-Sol in the bottom of your toilet brush container. This will keep your bathroom smelling fresh, and it acts as a disinfecting cleaner for your brush.
  9. Fill a sandwich bag with white vinegar and place it on your shower head. Leave it on overnight. In the morning, your shower head will be free of dirt and grime.
  10. Does your drain move slower than tar? Mix ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup vinegar and pour it in the drain. Cover the drain with a wet cloth, let it sit for five minutes, and then flush with steaming-hot water.
  11. Use a 4-in plastic putty knife to scrape off scum on the tile in your showers and tubs. The trick is to wait until the surface is dry.
  12. To clean the top of your ceiling fan, wrap a dryer sheet around a painting roller and dust away.
  13. Call Green Mitten Chem-Dry for all of your carpet and upholstery cleaning needs.

Back To School Tips - August 4, 2017

As summer comes to and end and the back-to-school season approaches, it can be hard to get back into the swing of all things school. With a new school year comes a lot of changes: new teachers, new schedule, new responsibilities, and maybe even a new school. The biggest trick to tackle the back-to-school blues is to plan ahead. Below are 20 ways that you can help you, and your children, prepare for the fresh school year.

  1. Set your kids’ alarms to ‘School Time’ two weeks before the first day.
  2. Discuss what your kids can expect on their first day, so they can feel more prepared.
  3. Have your kids set realistic goals for the school year.
  4. Go through your children’s clothing to determine what they have overgrown. This will make room for their new back-to-school clothes.
  5. Obtain a class list of things your children will need this school year.
  6. Let your kids tag along during back-to-school shopping. Allow them to pick out their own items.
  7. Shop for supplies and clothes early, you’ll want to avoid the rush.
  8. Replace old backpacks for newer, more ergonomically correct ones.
  9. Do something fun with your kids to end the summer season.
  10. Take them to their school to allow them to get comfortable with the layout and locations of important rooms such as their classroom, bathrooms, lunchroom, etc.
  11. Sign your children up for after school programs to keep them active.
  12. Set and enforce specific school friendly bed-times.
  13. Encourage your kids to layout their clothes before they go to bed.
  14. Meet the teachers your children will have this year.
  15. Call us to get a fresh feeling home before the craziness of the school year ensues.

Allergens In The Home - June 7, 2017

Did you know that allergens are the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.S.? Many Americans suffer from allergies during the Spring and Summer season, and one of the number one places allergens hide is in your home.

So what exactly are you living with? What lies beneath might surprise you. Did you know that eight out of 10 people in the U.S. are exposed to dust mites daily? That’s because 2,000 dust mites can live on one ounce of carpet dust. Six out of 10 are exposed to dog or cat dander and pet dander is more potent in causing allergic reactions than the animal’s fur or hair. That’s really rough for the 5-10% of Americans that are allergic to pet dander. And just because you are inside does not mean you are safe from pollen. It is carried inside on your clothes, hair, pets, open windows and doors.

Americans pay $1.3 billion for allergy-related doctor visits and over $11 billion for allergy medications annually. Wouldn’t it be great if you could do something to help control your allergies and keep some of your hard earned cash in your pocket? It’s not a hopeless battle. There are several things you can do to cut back on dirt and allergens in your home which can trigger an attack:

  • Dust to control mites. By dusting surfaces and washing bedding often, you can control the amount of dust mites in your home.
  • Vacuum often. Vacuuming once or twice a week will reduce the surface dust mites and animal dander in your home. Use a high quality 3 stage HEPA filter type vacuum.
  • Professionally clean your carpets and upholstery. Every 3-4 months, have Chem-Dry deep clean your carpets and upholstery to remove 98% of common allergens*.
  • Reduce pet dander. Wash house pets weekly to cut down on the amount of allergens in your home. In between baths, wipe down pets when they return from outdoors.
  • Shut out pollen. Keep windows and doors closed to keep pollen out. Use an air filter and change it regularly.
  • Limit dirt intrusion. Put out a durable entrance mat for people to wipe off their feet before entering your home. Then require everyone to take off their shoes so less dirt is tracked inside.
  • For further information on the amount of dirt, bacteria, and allergens that infiltrate our living spaces, check out the infographic below and make sure and share it with your friends.


Jan. 22, 2016


NEW YEAR, NEW CARPET! We at Green Mitten Chem-Dy Carpet Cleaning are excited for this great new year and hope you are too! We'd like to wish everyone a happy New Year and hope that we can all reach our New Year’s resolution. For this New Year why not start it off right with renewing your carpet to be fresh and clean. I realize for one that occasionally we look down at our carpet and ask what happened last year? Where is the wonderful white or purest color of my carpet gone to? We at Green Mitten Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning know how that feels and really want to make sure that your carpet looks brand new again. Below are some great reasons why you should renew your carpet this month. We thank you again for your great and never ending business. We wish you the very best for your New Year!
 
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 December 31, 2015

Cleaning Suggestions toMake Your Home Healthier with the New Year


1.
Clean countertops on the regular basis. Countertops aren't only where meals are prepared, but it’s also where dirt, dust, bacteria and allergen particles floating in the air often settle. For those who have a countertop with granite or tile, it’s recommended to opt for a mild cleaner and preferably one that will refresh the sealer. It is advisable to keep sealer fresh to avoid bacteria from entering into the porous areas of the stone.

2. Keep carpets and rugs clean. Vacuuming and routine cleaning are beneficial in maintaining cleaner carpets,
but aren't really enough. As a result, the EPA recommends getting carpets cleaned by professionals at least one time every year. Homes with pets and/or children, it is recommended to get a cleaning service, such as Chem-Dry, two or three times a year. For homeowners with pets, it’s wise to choose a professional cleaning service which has a highly effective urine detection and removal process. To eliminate absolutely the most germs from your own own carpets and rugs, request adding a sanitizer right into the cleaning approach to kill off and eliminate bacteria and a protectant, which puts a protective coating to your carpet fibers and makes it much easier which will keep carpets cleaner for a longer period of time.

3. Don’t
neglect your upholstered furniture. Vacuuming upholstered furnishings are nearly as easy is equally as important as carpets, particularly in the high-traffic areas like family rooms. It’s recommended to vacuum the upholstery in your home once every other week and have it cleaned by professionalsonce per year.

4. Sanitize high touch points
of your home, including door knobs, toilet handles, faucets and switches. Spending several minutes sanitizing those areas, particularly pre and post guests come into your house, could go a long way toward minimizing multiplication of germs. More preventive ways to minimizing the spread of germs include being vigilant about washing your hands regularly all day long and putting a bottle of hand sanitizer in the high-traffic areas of the home, allowing it to be convenient and easy to keep your hands clean and germ-free.

5. Use door mats or area rugs in entry ways and high-traffic areas,
these may do a fantastic job of trapping dirt and allergens before they get into the heart of your house. The reality is that carpets and rugs turn into filters that capture and trap dirt, dust and allergens and stop them from getting in the air and spreading all around the home. On hard surfaces, these particles simply settle then are stirred into the air next time there will be traffic and activity in the area. Using door mats and area rugs is an efficient and inexpensive strategy to prevent unwanted and unhealthy particles from getting deeper within your home or from staying in the air where they might spread more easily to members of your family.

6. Check and replace your heating and air conditioning filters. While furnaces
are needed to keeping homes warm through the colder months, it’s important tochange the furnace air filter at regular intervals to prevent dirt, dust and other unhealthy particles from being distributed around the house. Follow the recommended replacement timing for each and every filter which is located on the package. To remember when it’s time to change the filter, write the date that you’re performing the replacement on the outer edge of the new filter that you’re installing to make it easy to know whenever your next one is due.

 

Don't allergies get you down this summer! - June 15, 2015

 

To maximize your cleaning efforts to reduce allergens, here are some additional simple things you can do to manage allergies at home:

  • Dust to control mites. By dusting surface and washing bedding often, you can control the amount of dust mites in your home.
  • Vacuum often. Vacuuming once or twice a week will reduce the surface dust mites and animal dander in your home. Use a high quality 3 stage HEPA filter type vacuum.
  • Reduce pet dander. Wash house pets weekly to cut down on the amount of allergens in your home. In between baths, wipe down pets when they return from outdoors.
  • Shut out pollen. Keep windows and doors closed to keep pollen out. Use an air filter and change it regularly.
  • Limit dirt intrusion. Put out a durable entrance mat for people to wipe off their feet before entering your home. Then require everyone to take off their shoes so less dirt is tracked inside.
  • Dust to control mites. By dusting surface and washing bedding often, you can control the amount of dust mites in your home.
  • Vacuum often. Vacuuming once or twice a week will reduce the surface dust mites and animal dander in your home. Use a high quality 3 stage HEPA filter type vacuum.
  • Reduce pet dander. Wash house pets weekly to cut down on the amount of allergens in your home. In between baths, wipe down pets when they return from outdoors.
  • Shut out pollen. Keep windows and doors closed to keep pollen out. Use an air filter and change it regularly.
  • Limit dirt intrusion. Put out a durable entrance mat for people to wipe off their feet before entering your home. Then require everyone to take off their shoes so less dirt is tracked inside.

 

 


 

Bacteria - February 6, 2015


What kinds of bacteria have been brought into your house?

We hope you have not had any critters coming in through your pet's entry, but it's improbable to keep a record of exactly what has come in contact with your household. It is critical to sanitize your upholstery and carpets frequently. It's particularly advocated to sanitize property with little ones and domestic pets. We don’t suppose you should want your young child, who likes to crawl on carpets and upholstery, to be rolling around in bacteria and dangerous allergens.

Sanitization is an essential factor to help reduce allergens and bacteria, making your house the very best it could be for you and your loved ones. The materials of upholstery and carpets will quickly gather and lock in various allergens and germs. These particles can spread sickness and upset allergies or asthma. The normal irritants that are generated by dust mites, pet dander, pollen, mold, and pests will be cut down tremendously by using the sanitizing option that we proudly offer to our customers.

With our deodorizer, we will be equipped to help our customers that are conscious of an odor on their carpets or upholstery. Our technicians are educated in a protectant to defend against upcoming spills and stains. We have a terrific product to reduce pet urine and pet odors. With so many regions of specialty training, we'd like our customers to discover their house is in great hands.

Call Chem-Dry to explore making the home the healthiest it can be!


 

August 19, 2014

With summer coming to a close you've probably noticed the dirt, mud, and allergens that have been tracked in and left in its wake. But with school starting up again in the fall, all those messes will be minimized. With your house in chaos from months of summer fun, let us help restore it back to order with superior carpet and upholstery cleaning.

Green Mitten Chem-Dry in Michigan provides a deeper clean and dry times in just one to two hours due to our unique process. The Chem-Dry process uses a carbonated water solution to get deep into the carpet fibers and bring the dirt molecules to the surface. We then extract the dirt, getting rid of the mess completely rather than hiding it. Since the carbonation bubbles are so effective at getting the dirt up, we are able to use 80% less water than most cleaners, giving you much quicker dry times! Put us to the test for all your cleaning needs.


 

May 1, 2014

Green Mitten Chem-Dry is primed and ready to partner with you for this year’s Spring Cleaning! Clearing out unused items and cleaning up your home helps us feel better. But more importantly, a deep spring cleaning in your home can help your family stay healthy and allergy-free this summer.

Most households can easily have a buildup of dust and dirt that are tracked in during the winter months. In addition, germs from colds, flu viruses and other illnesses stay stagnant in your home when the windows are closed. Opening your windows helps freshen the air, but it doesn’t help clear out the buildup of dust, dirt and germs that has built up in your carpets. Spring and summer can also bring mild or extreme allergies for many people. Over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Doing a complete spring cleaning can decrease allergy symptoms by removing dust, mites, bacteria and other allergens hiding on indoor surfaces, carpets, and upholstery.

Cleaning all surfaces, including hard-to-reach and hidden areas can reduce the allergens in your home. Cleaning blinds and removing unused bedding and plush toys can help as well.

We can help your deep spring cleaning efforts by:
- Deep cleaning your carpets, rugs, and upholstery. Our services help remove the hidden allergens in your carpets, and furniture.
- Applying our Sanitizer and Dust Mite Allergen Treatment. These products can keep your carpet free of dust mites for an extended time.

Please contact us so that we can create a custom plan for your cleaning needs!


 

April 2, 2014

You may have a big family, or live alone. Either way, you have many more roommates than you can see.  Every time you leave your home, you track bacteria from outside into your carpets and onto your furniture. While this is just part of life, there are precautions that you can take to stop the spreading of these germs from your couch or your area rug to a dropped cookie or the fingers of a small child.

Chem-Dry uses a carbonated cleaning technique that is minimally invasive to your carpet fibers. We use 80% less water than our competitors, yet our powerful equipment extracts way more dirt and grime than any other carpet cleaning company out there. Also, our process provides you with a deeper clean, while maintaining a shorter drying time. That means there is less time for the bacteria and mold growing deep in your carpets and furniture to multiply and thrive on the moisture.

No one likes a roommate that skips out on rent. Don’t fall victim to the nasty mold stains or bacteria-filled carpets that could creep up on your before you know it!

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