Common Allergy Triggers That Exist in Your Home

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If you’re one of the millions of Americans who struggle with allergies or asthma, you may think that avoiding the great outdoors and all of its allergy triggers will relieve your suffering. But unfortunately, the inside of your home can host just as many or MORE allergens than the air outside of your home. As you and your family (and pets) come in and out, allergens tag along and become trapped in your home, affecting the air quality and your respiratory health. Learn about these common household allergy triggers and what to do about them to improve the air quality in your home.

Dust mites

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Dust mites are microscopic insects and are the most common allergy trigger, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. They like warm and humid areas, like beds, couches, or anywhere else people reside because they feed off of (brace yourself) human skin flakes. While that thought is disgusting enough, dust mites don’t bite like bed bugs do, but cause respiratory irritation, especially in those with allergies and asthma.

To ward off these invisible pests, regular vacuuming and carpet cleaning is absolutely essential. Additionally, cleaning your bedding regularly and protecting it with allergen-proof casings can also keep the dust mites at bay. They also like stuffed animals, so washing your children’s toys or freezing them for a few hours can kill any dust mites inhabiting them.

Pet hair and dander

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Even low or non-shedding pets can trigger allergic reactions because of their dander. But dogs that shed significantly especially cause problems as their hair that falls around the house and circulates in the air, causing problems to those with allergy or respiratory issues.

To keep the pet hair and dander at bay, keep your pets in designated areas so their allergens can’t invade the house. Brush and groom them regularly, and clean your carpets frequently to avoid hair and dander buildup.

Pollen

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Pollen is not just an outdoor problem. You can bring it in when you spend time outdoors, and so can your pets. Although this may be a seasonal allergy trigger for some, without taking preventative measures those affected will have no place of refuge from their allergy woes. To combat pollen that finds its way inside, get an air purifier with a HEPA filter, change your clothes after you spend time outside, and brush or wipe off your pets when you let them inside.

For more information about keeping your home and carpets clean and allergy-free, consult with the professionals at Zerorez today.

Does having thick carpet make it harder to clean professionally?

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Whether you prefer thick and luscious carpet, or thin and dense carpet, it’s important that you know how to maintain your flooring to keep it clean and well-maintained. Here are some of the basics about carpet cleaning based on carpet thickness.

What constitutes thick carpet?

Thicker carpet usually refers to the length of the fibers, meaning the fibers of thick carpet are longer. This usually creates a more plush, soft carpet surface. But thick carpet also tends to become matted and flattened with time and traffic. As a result, more dirt and debris can become trapped within the fibers of thick carpet, making cleaning more difficult and time-consuming.

What is the process of carpet cleaning?

On a basic level, the process of carpet cleaning involves the removal of all of the dirt, debris, and contaminants from the carpet by thoroughly flushing the fibers. If the carpet cleaner quickly moves across a thick-carpeted area, less time will be allotted to each fiber, and the carpet will only be clean on the surface.

To thoroughly clean thick carpet, the cleaning technician must go slower than he/she would on thinner carpet in order to allow the cleaning solution to get deep into the thick fibers. They may also be able to use a higher pressure to more deeply penetrate the carpet and reach each fiber. As a result of this more tedious process that requires more time and more cleaning solution, a homeowner with thicker carpet may find themselves with a higher cleaning bill than those with thin carpet.

To ensure that your thick carpet is getting the thorough cleaning it needs, don’t hesitate to ask your technician about the pressure and solution that will be used. On average, the pressure used to clean most carpet is approximately 500psi, and thick carpet will require more around 700psi.
Fortunately, the professionals at Zerorez can make sure that your carpet, whether thick or thin, is cleaned thoroughly and kept looking beautiful. Contact your local Zerorez today to learn more.

July Is National Carpet Cleaning Month!

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July is National Carpet Cleaning Month, which is meant to bring awareness to the carpets and rugs of your home and the germs and bacteria harbored in their fabrics. Let the cleaning technology of Empowered Water from Zerorez do the hard work of removing embedded soils from your carpets while you enjoy these facts in honor of National Carpet Cleaning Month:

All About Carpets

  • Carpets were made from unraveled “plucked” fabric giving it the name “carpet” which was derived from the latin “carpere” meaning “to pluck”.
  • Aladdin technically rode on a flying rug. According to the American floor covering industry, any piece smaller than 40 square feet is considered a rug while anything larger is a carpet.
  • Carpets date back to before the time of Christ. Nomads in the heart of Central Asia weaved rugs to insulate their tents.
  • The Pazyryk carpet dating 2,000 years old is the oldest surviving carpet. It was found in a Scythian tomb in Southern Siberia in the 1940s.
  • Oriental carpets are rich with symbolism. Floral designs known as palmettes are fashioned after the lotus or peony. Large Persian carpets present small-scale visions of Heaven and Earth, while others feature an “X” or an eight-petaled flower representing the Four Directions.

Lurking in Your Carpets

  • Several pounds of soil can accumulate in and under carpets each year and bacteria can live in your carpet beyond four weeks.
  • Most of the 1.5 million skin flakes we shed each hour become embedded in our carpets. About 2,000 dust mites, which eat human skin cells, can house themselves on one ounce of dust within a carpet and cause airborne allergies.
  • Bed bugs, which can crawl more than 100 feet per night seeking food (aka you) can also live in carpet fibers and even in wooden floorboards.
  • Carpets made from knotted wool attract beetle grubs or “wooly bears” like Cotton Candy due to their special stomach chemicals which convert the wool into sugar.
  • “Firebrats” have a long flexible body, eat almost anything, and may be nesting in the warm carpet in front of your fireplace.

Carpet Cleaning Tips

  • Vacuuming isn’t enough and may even be spreading airborne bacteria and allergens. All carpets should be professionally cleaned at a minimum every year.
  • Chemicals such as Naphthalene can be found in common carpet cleaners and is a carcinogen toxic to breathe causing an array of symptoms. Some toxic carpet cleaning chemicals are even suspected to cause illness like the rare Kawasaki Syndrome.
  • By using a Zerorez Cleaning System, there will be no harsh chemicals or soaps with potential harm to you or your family. The patented technology of Empowered Water removes embedded germs and soils via high-pressure spray which leaves no residue.
  • Club soda is an effective carpet stain remover. Just pour it on and sponge it off.
  • Remove candle wax by placing a brown paper bag over the wax topped by a hot iron. The wax will absorb into the bag and be removed from the carpet. Hot irons can also be used to steam and fluff heavy furniture indentations in carpet by holding it above the indent.
  • Use ice cubes to remove gum from carpets by making the gum cold and brittle enough to break off.

 

Whether you have wall-to-wall carpets or rugs littering your hardwood floors, trust in the advanced technology of Zerorez to clean your fabrics in honor of National Carpet Cleaning Month. If you are interested in giving others the opportunity to keep their family safe from carpet bugs and airborne allergies, visit Zerorez for more information about opening a carpet cleaning franchise.

Carpet Cleaning Tips for All Types of Spills

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Even the cleanest people find themselves with carpet stains. Despite your best efforts, you will probably step in gum or something else unpleasant, have company who is less-than-careful with food and drink, or find that your furry friend isn’t as diligent about staying clean as you wish.

When you find yourself needing a quick fix to clean your carpet, use one of these tips from the pros at Zerorez to keep your carpet looking good as new.

Techniques and Products

Blotting versus rubbing

First of all, lose your tendency to rub and scrub those stains, as they can cause it to not only spread, but to also become deeper embedded into the fibers. Instead, use a damp cloth, sponge, or towel with your chosen cleaning solution and blot from the outside in, allowing the spill to be absorbed into your cleaning tool rather than into the carpet.

Shaving cream

One of the least expensive and most effective carpet cleaners to keep on hand is none other than your general shaving cream. Simply apply it directly to any stain and allow it to sit for about 30 minutes, and then wipe it away with a damp cloth. If necessary, you can blot the spot with a solution of white vinegar and water to ensure there is no residual stain.

Common Tough Stains

Gum

There’s nothing quite like the unpleasant surprise of finding sticky gum stuck to your shoe, and then carpet, and then hardwood, etc. While it may seem hopeless, there is an easy trick for getting gum out of your carpets. Simply get some ice,and hold it against the gum until it freezes. Once it’s frozen, use a spoon, or even tweezers to lift out as much gum as possible, and then use scissors to cut the individual fibers right at the gum line. Make sure to cut individual fibers so that they are not noticeable when they blend in with the surrounding carpet.

Grease

Cleaning grease from your carpet is as easy as cleaning it from your dishes. Use a solution of dish soap and water to lift the grease from your carpet. Spray or drop the stain with the solution, and then use a dry towel or rag to blot the stain away. You may need to repeat the cleaning a few times to get the stain out.

Blood

Perhaps one of the most unsightly stains is blood, but you can easily remove blood with hydrogen peroxide. Once you’ve moistened it with some water and scraped off as much as you can, spray it with hydrogen peroxide and then dab away.
The best way to keep your carpets clean and fresh is to have them cleaned professionally. Contact the pros at Zerorez today to schedule your next professional cleaning.

Used Furniture: 5 Tips for Disinfecting Your New Find

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For some people, hunting garage sales and second-hand stores has become almost a sport. If you are one of these people, you know how exhilarating it is to find that perfect vintage piece of furniture that has so much potential, but is in need of a little TLC.

Once you find that amazing piece of furniture you can’t live without, there are a few steps you should take to get it ready for use in your home. Here are 5 tips that will help you get started and spruce up your newest find.  

1. Take Inventory of the Piece

Regardless of how clean a piece of furniture may appear, if it’s been previously owned, you need to inspect it closely prior to purchase. Pull out all of the cushions, flip the piece over, pull out drawers, and inspect every inch of the item, paying extra attention to dark places that are the most difficult to access. At this point, you’re searching for any signs of bugs, since used furniture is notorious for transporting bed bugs, fleas, and other undesirable pests from home to home.

2. Get Rid of Any Bugs

When bugs are present on a piece, it is possible to get rid of them, but it can be a difficult process. If you’d prefer to use a method that requires fewer chemicals than dousing the piece in bug spray, you’re in luck, as there are more environmentally-friendly methods.

Steam kills almost anything, and having the piece of furniture steam cleaned may be enough to kill any bugs present. Another idea is to encase the piece in a large furniture-sized plastic bag, add in some diatomaceous earth, seal the bag tightly, then leave it outdoors for several days. This should kill any infestation present.

3. Clean and Disinfect the Piece

Once you’re confident the furniture is bug-free, it’s time to get it disinfected. This step can be completed simply with the use of disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, and even steam cleaning. Whatever method you choose, wipe down the piece until you feel confident it is clean.

4. Kill the Smell

It’s common to notice a musty, moldy smell in many old pieces of furniture. Thankfully, this smell is relatively easy to get rid of. Sprinkle baking soda on any upholstered portions of the furniture, let it sit for a few hours and then vacuum it up. Vinegar can also be used on other surfaces to kill the bacteria that are causing the musty smell.

5. Remove Stains

Finally, it’s time to remove any stains that are tarnishing your furniture. Rust is easily removed with lemon juice and salt, ink will typically come out with rubbing alcohol, and WD40 is excellent at removing crayon. When you encounter a particularly difficult stain, the professionals at Zerorez can help.

Contact Zerorez Today

Cleaning and disinfecting used furniture is a process, but it is possible to do. When you want to be sure it’s cleaned right the first time, learn more about how the professionals at Zerorez can help!

5 Tips for Keeping Your House Clean This Summer

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Between the kids running in and out and any planned vacations, the last thing you want to be worried about this summer is how to keep your house clean and organized. Here are five simple and easy tips for keeping your house clean during the chaos of summer, as well as how to keep your family safe from toxic chemicals by using Zerorez products.

  1. Purge

  2. All that time spent indoors a;; winter allowed for plenty of time to accumulate clothing, toys, and junk. Utilize the warmer air to really dig in and start simplifying each space. Go through the kids’ rooms to donate clothes, toys, books, and furniture they have grown out of. Go through accumulated junk mail and paperwork in the office and do a good fridge and pantry cleanout to eliminate old holiday leftovers and other expired goods.

  3. Spread the Wealth

  4. Parents are not the only members of the household that should be cleaning. Share the load by delegating age-appropriate cleaning tasks to children. Give each child 3 tasks that must be completed before viewing cartoons or playing outside, such as making the bed, putting away toys, loading/emptying dishwasher, vacuuming, dusting, picking up their room, etc. Getting everyone involved and on a schedule will allow for everyday cleaning and a consistently clean home.

  5. Clean the Carpets and the Air

  6. A lot of the germs in your house and pollution in the air are caused by bacteria, mold, and allergens that are caught in the fibers of your carpets. Don’t be tempted to rent a carpet shampooer from your local market. These machines often carry germs from house to house and use harsh chemicals to oversaturate your carpet. Go pro and go green with Zerorez for cleaner, safer carpets and air for your family. Our patented process removes more soils, stains, and pollutants than any other carpet cleaning. We only use Empowered Water free from harsh chemicals, which can be used on carpet and hard surfaces.

  7. Get Outside

  8. Get the family outdoors and away from making messes indoors. Plan for activities in the backyard or at a park, cook on the BBQ, and even make it a fun event to eat meals outdoors to avoid crumbs and spills inside.

  9. Stop Dirt at the Door

Help your carpet stay clean by stopping dirt at the door. Make a designated zone where outdoor shoes and toys need to be wiped or left before entering the home. If you have a proper shaded area outdoors, leave pets outside (making sure they don’t get overheated), or consider using that drop station to wipe down wet dogs or brush out fur before entering the house.  

Don’t let summer keep you from a clean house. Kill two birds with one stone and clean your carpet and improve the air quality of your home by utilizing the Zerorez patented carpet cleaning process. We shun harsh chemicals that are dangerous to both the humans and animals in your home.

If you love Zerorez products and would like to get involved with sharing this technology, join the cleaning revolution and the Zerorez family today.