Saturday, July 19, 2014
What Can YOU Do To Maintain Your Carpets?
9:01 am edt
I spent a number of years working for a very large carpet company. The nature of the job I had required me to become involved
with any and all problems associated wity the installation and then customer satisfaction after the installation. The one
thing and the best thing you can do to maintain your carpets is to vacuum them frequently. Carpet manufacturers will actually
promote the THREE best things you can do for your carpets is 1) Vacuum 2) Vacuum and 3) Vacuum.
Frequency depends on
your usage. If it's just a couple of adults who never wear shoes in the house once a week is plenty. You might think iunder
those circumstances you wouldn't need to cacuum even once a week but dust is everywhere and even microscopic dust particles
act as tiny razor blades on the carpet fibers. Each time you walk across the carpet you have the potential to create microscopic
tears. You can't see them but over time that's what eventually wears out your carpet.
If you have children and pets
once a week would be a bare minimum but at least twice a week would be preferred. And heavy traffic areas would need additional
care. If you just don't have that kind of time stick to the more heavy traffic areas in family rooms living rooms and dining
rooms. Entry ways into the home and in front of furniture are areas that typically will show dirt and wear first. And don't
forget your crevice tool once a month or so.
The more you vacuum the longer your carpets will last and the less frequently
you will need to have them professionally cleaned.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Who is best?
12:41 pm est
Who is the best carpet cleaner? What method is the best for cleaning my carpets? Is it better to clean with a lot of water
or better to clean with less? Most cleaners will try and convince you that they have the best method and equipment. And in
all honesty they are right.... sometimes.
If everyone had the exact same carpet or furniture fabric then there would
be one best way to do it. But not everyone has the same carpet or fabric right? There really is no one absolute best way to
clean carpets in every situation or circumstance. That's just common sense.
At Air Fresh Cleaning Systems we are
more committed to finding a way to clean your carpets and furniture the best way possible then to convincing you our equipment
is the best. There is no one best way to clean all carpets but there IS a best way to clean YOURS.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Why Airfresh Carpet Cleaning Over Other Cleaners?
8:47 am edt
Most professional carpet cleaners believe they are the best. And my response is that yes... sometimes they are right. What
I mean by that is there is no one single cleaning method that is the best in all situations or at all times. They all have
strengths and weaknesses. As I tell my customers all the time if there was one absolute best cleaning method EVERYONE would
be using it. No one wants to be 2nd best.
Since most carpet cleaning companies are committed to only one method they
will have the best method for cleaning your carpets only by chance. Otherwise you're not getting an opportunity to get your
carpets as clean as they can be.
What we've done here at Air Fresh Cleaning Systems is incorporate all the cleaning
methods into our business model so when we arrive at your house we can assess what you have and decide on the job which one
would be best for you. There's a very important distinction between one absolute best cleaning method and what's best for
you. There IS no one absolute best cleaning method but there is an absolute best way to clean YOUR carpets.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Why Start Your Own Business?
5:27 pm edt
In the past few days while reading the newspaper (yes I still run the pages through my fingers) I've read several articles
about entrepreneurs and their motivations for starting their businesses. I've always understood the existence of businesses
to provide goods and services that people need or want. The people who own those businesses have various motivations
for creating them. They range anywhere from completely altruistic to simple greed. My experience tells me most are somewhere
in between. Maybe you have an idea for a product or service that is completely different and it solves some societal problem.
You can be motivated by both an altruistic desire to serve AND a desire to earn a high income. They're not mutually exclusive.
Maybe the economy is kicking your butt and you believe you have enough knowledge and experience in your career to sell
you expertise on the open market. Maybe you know how to make an existing product better. Maybe you just feel unfulfilled in
your current job and would like to do something on your own and feel that would provide more satisfaction.
In my own
case I had been working in the carpet industry for many years dealing with and solving customer problems and complaints as
a credit manager with a large carpet installation company. If a customer wasn't completely happy they rightfully didn't want
to pay. It was there that I learned about carpets. How they're made, dyed, installed and repaired. It was also there that
I learned all the different ways there are to CLEAN carpets. I began to learn that there was a need for alternative ways of
cleaning carpets. I won't list them all here because there are links on my website for that but it was back then that I began
to contemplate starting my own business.
When doing my research I learned that one of the biggest reasons for people
becoming self employed was a desire to be their own boss. That and increasing feeling of being unfulfilled in my career were
my biggest motivation. But I have to say that it didn't take long before another motivation began to replace those. My customer
reactions after seeing the results have been and continue to be priceless. So often when I get to someone's home they say
something like "I don't expect you to get this totally clean but do your best". When we're finished and they come
back and see it exceeded their expectations they are extremely happy. I'd be lying if I said we can accomplish that every
single time but I CAN say we wouldn't still be in business 25 years later if we didn't accomplish it far more often then not.
a service that meets people's needs in a way that improves their lives is what motivates me now. Seeing happy smiles or getting
a call from one of their friends, neighbors or family members is extremely fulfilling. Getting calls year after year
from the same customers, watching their children grow up and even moving with them from house to house is as good as it gets.
Thank you to all who do business with us. Keep your expectations high and we will do everything in our power to meet and even
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Soil and Stain Protection
Customers ask me all the time whether they should apply soil and stain protection commonly referred to as "scotch guard".
My answer is usually yes. Soil and stain protection will allow us to be able to bring your appearance level closer to what
it was when it was new or what it was the last time you had it cleaned. It also allows you to be able to clean spots and spills
that happen between the time we leave and the next time we come back. The idea behind stain protection is to put a coating
on the carpet that acts as a barrier between your carpet fiber and the soil or stains that occur over time so they don't penetrate
the fiber itself. This allows us to be able to clean it more effectively then we ordinarily would be able to. There is a misperception
that the carpets will not get dirty. That's not true. Your usage will determine whether or how badly it begins to get dirty.
What the protection does is allow more of the dirt to be cleaned when the time comes. Is it worth it? If you're planning to
keep your carpet for a long time ... yes. If ypu're planning to replace your carpet soon... probably not.
4:00 pm est
Monday, January 14, 2013
Visit us on Facebook
We have recently added a Facebook link on the top of our home page. Feel free to visit us there. Your feedback is always welcome
and Facebook would be a great place for you to leave us your thoughts. Whether you have suggestions on how our web site might
be more helpful or just wish to comment on the work performed we are happy to hear from you. We look forward to serving you
in the coming year.
11:05 am est
Monday, October 22, 2012
Do you have a question or comment?
I periodically respond to some of our customers most frequently asked questions here on our front page. Feel free to comment
on some of my previous blogs or ask your own questions. We're happy to respond even if it means giving you advice on how to
clean or deal with a stain or spot on your own. Many food and drink spills can be effectively cleaned without spending your
hard earned money on a professional cleaning. It saves you the expense until you're ready to have the whole carpet or upholstery
12:49 pm edt
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Carpet cleaning tips to keep your carpets fresh and clean
9:08 am edt
As the summer begins to come to a close and you spend more time indoors you may be noticing your
carpets are looking a bit shabby. Keeping carpets clean may seem like a daunting task but with the right advice it's not as
bad as you might think.
Many people decide wood floors offer an easier to maintain floor surface.
While that may be true there are advantages to carpeting your floors. It provides good traction, absorbs noises, and in the
northeast especially it saves money because it naturally insulates a room. And contrary to popular misconceptions, carpet
that is cleaned regularly is fine for people with allergies, and even asthma. Many of my customers have expressed they had
a noticeable relief of symptoms long after they had the carpets cleaned. The best practice of keeping the carpets clean is
having a regular maintenance routine.
Create a regular vacuum schedule. Does vacuuming really make a difference? Removing
soil when it's on the surface, before it gets embedded is the first and most important step in carpet maintenance.
often do you need to vacuum? The answer may surprise you. Generally once a week is a good place to start, but depending on
how frequently the area is used you may want to do it more often. A high traffic area with pets and kids should probably be
vacuumed daily. Medium traffic areas twice a week while light traffic areas once a week. Even though dust particles are very
small they act as very tiny razor blades on your carpet. Imperceptible in the moment but over time and many footsteps will
eventually begin to show wear and tear in your carpet fibers.
Treat stains that occur properly. A huge majority of carpet
being installed today is stain resistant. But try as you might little Johnnie will spill a drink or drip an ice cream cone
and fido will eat something that doesn't quite agree with him. Satain resistant doesn't mean stains won't occur. It only helps
make those stains less likely to become permanent. I have a link on my site that goes into great detail. Click on the link
titled "carpet Cleaning Tips" to see more. If it's not there feel free to call me and I'll be happy to give you
advice over the phone.
And don't forget to call in the professionals. You may brush and floss your teeth regularly but
still take the time to get your teeth cleaned at the dentist office once or twice a year. And don't be afraid to ask a lot
of questions before you choose a professional cleaning company. We also have a link titled "Evaluating Cleaning Specials"
that may be helpful in determining some of the questions you might want to ask.
The recommendation from the carpet manufacturers
is to get a professional cleaning once every 12 to 18 months. That's a good place to start but I always answer the question
of how often should I get my carpets cleaned by saying it depends on your usage. If you have 3 kids and 2 pets maybe every
6 months would be good. If you're childless with no pets and you vacuum regularly and don't wear shoes in the house maybe
you could go 3 or 4 years without needing a professional cleaning. Again depending on your usage. A family room with an outdoor
entry where you do a lot of entertaining will track into your home no matter how often you vacuum. And some stains are time
sensitive. The longer you leave them there the less effective you will be at removing them.
If you've never had your
carpets professionally cleaned now id a good time to start to think about it. With the holiday season just around the corner
you don't want to wait too long before scheduling an appointment.
Whether you want to get in a better habit with routine
maintenance or simply want to refresh your carpet for the change of seasons or a special event, these tips will keep your
carpet and home looking wonderful today and long into the future.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Do you price your carpet cleaning by the room or area?
No we do not. We charge by the square foot. Generally speaking room and area pricing can lead to extra charges and "up
selling" Have you ever agreed to have a company come and clean your carpets and after they started you found out the
price was much higher then you anticipated? That can easily happen when the rooms you have are bigger then the size the cleaner
established as a room or area. For instance if your room is 12x16 and the room size the company has listed in the fine print
is 12x15. They may consider your room to be "2 rooms". So instead of 12 extra feet for a $3 additional charge for
square foot pricing the room price just doubled. I'm not saying that everyone who uses room or area pricing is dishonest.
Just be careful that what you THINK you're getting for the price you discussed is what you'll actually get when they get there.
Or make sure the final price is established BEFORE they get started so you're not surprised at the end. We always measure
and discuss our price before we start the work.
5:23 pm edt
Monday, July 16, 2012
Is there an absolute best cleaning method for your carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning?
The answer to that question is... well... yes and no. The short answer is no. All the carpet cleaning methods have strengths
and weaknesses. They are very good at certain things and not so good at others. Every carpet cleaner is likely to tell you
that their cleaning method or equipment is the best. Sometimes they're right and sometimes they're not. If there was one absolute
best cleaning method that everyone agreed was the best for cleaning your carpets and furniture then there would be no need
for any other method. Makes sense right? Well the truth is they all have strengths and weaknesses. They work well at some
things and not so well at others. Everyone has their own unique set of circumstances. What works best for your neighbor isn't
necessarily what works best for you and vice versa. There are Berber, cut pile, level loop, commercial, wool, nylon, polypropylene
and any number of combinations or even blends. With upholstery it's even more diverse. A one size fits all approach
just isn't necessarily going to be able to accommodate your needs. So... is there an absolute best cleaning method? No. But
there IS a best method that's right for you.
1:39 pm edt