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Hazards Associated With DIY Carpet Cleaning

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You may be one of the most independent, autonomous, self-sustaining individuals in your social circle. But if you stain your carpet at some unfortunate moment, don’t take it as a blow on your ego if you’re not able to remove it yourself. Professional cleaners are in business to serve such needs and offer their services when they’re most needed. In most cases, you can call a commercial carpet maintenance company urgently, and they will come and clean your carpet at once.

DIY tricks are great for discovering new ways to recycle plastic bottles and old jeans, but not particularly when it comes to stain removal. Here’s all that can go wrong if you take it on yourself to clean stained carpets.

Excessive Shampoo Usage

shampoo bubblesThe shock you get when you see a mug of steaming hot coffee spill over your favorite rug is enough to give you a heart attack. The stains are so stubborn that the thought of spending hours bent over the stain, with an assortment of all cleaners you could find in the bathroom is tiring. You might get impulsive and empty an entire bottle of shampoo on the stain but that might not be the best move to make. It’s best to sit back, relax and think rationally: what’s the best antidote to coffee stains?

Shampoo isn’t a good choice of chemical to use. Certain stains require specific chemicals. However, attempting to remove a spill can set the stain causing it to become permanent. Just use a towel to absorb it. It’s better to hire a professional.

Watering Down Your Carpet

water carpet cleaningYou’re often told that it’s best to act fast and rinse out the staining substance ASAP using water. But over-wetting is also a problem that can dampen the bottom of the carpet and that can lead to discoloration, in some cases. Your carpet fiber may also shrink when it is wet and that’ll mess up the fitting of wall-to-wall carpets.

You may get successful with removing the stain but at the cost of other, more serious problems. One such disaster is when the backing material of your carpet and the pad get wet and take days to dry completely. Leaving the carpet wet from underneath is also a health hazard because not only does the moisture catch more dirt but also runs the risk of mold and mildew. The water temperature also matters and can affect the results of your stain-removing attempts. Since you can’t assess all these factors rationally right after seeing your carpet get soiled, it’s best to let an expert handle it.

Surrounding Furniture Being Dampened

carpet furnitureIt’s easier to clean stains from smaller area rugs because they’re not in contact with the walls or the furniture. The real deal is to wash out stains from carpets that extend from end to end and are laid beneath all the furniture.

This is because you can’t take the carpet to a safe area to clean the stain and wetting it in that spot can cause more damage than good.

Some types of wooden furniture release dyes when moistened and that can stain your carpet from parts where they’re touching it. Wood is not the only problem, because couches also have metal feet which can rust on top of a wet carpet and release the crimson rust onto the carpet.

For commercial carpet cleaning needs contact Southwestern Building Maintenance today to schedule an appointment.

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Construction Clean Up in the Winter

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Construction clean up services Tucson is an important process that must adapt to changing seasonal weather. The approach to cleaning will differ between the hot summer days and the colder, wetter winter months. The following explains the process for winter cleaning and what it means for a business owner.

Focus Area

The main difference between summer and winter cleanup is a shift in the focus area. Warmer weather means keeping the outside of the construction site clean and in working order. As temperatures cool and crews begin working on indoor tasks, the main objective is the interior space and keeping it accessible and useful to workers. Having people and equipment operating in a smaller space creates clutter and hazards, making cleaning and safety top priorities.

Equipment and Tools

construction equipmentAnother difference between seasons is the equipment and tools that are used. When cold weather arrives, so does frost and ice. This creates a layer of moisture on machinery, tools, sidewalks and buildings. A professional clean-up crew will de-ice needed equipment before the work day begins by utilizing heaters, shovels and rock salt. This procedure should be an integral part of any wintertime construction site.

Effort and Time

It requires more effort and time to clean up a construction site in winter than it does when the weather is warm. Workers become cold and must stop periodically to warm up their feet and hands. It is also important for them to eat and drink enough water to stay hydrated. Cold weather also requires extra layers of clothing. This means the clean-up crew will have to work much harder to complete their duties while trying to keep warm.

Other Precautions

Winter outdoorsWinter means mud, ice and snow, all of which can be tracked indoors, making the areas around doors extra hazardous. This means sweeping and mopping these locations several times per day to remove mud, rock salt, water and other debris to prevent slips and falls. In addition to being proactive about safety, cleaners should ensure that workers are wearing non-slip footwear and there are extra layers of clothes available for a winter weather emergency. They should also be able to arrange transportation in case there are vehicle problems in the cold weather.

Southwestern Building Maintenance has the personnel and experience to handle cold-weather construction clean up needs. Call 520-790-6200 or visit the website for more information.

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Post-Construction Cleaning Services

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If you have just finished building a home or ended an extensive renovation, you will require a construction cleanup services Tucson company. Construction work leaves a great deal of dust and debris that is unsightly and unhealthy. The leftover mess often creeps into every crack and crevice, which requires a sharp eye to spot and get clean. Southwestern Building Maintenance has extensive experience in post-construction clean up.

Customized Quotes
While all construction leaves a mess, not all jobs are the same. Whether it is a large home or a small apartment, Southwestern Building Maintenance will create a quote specifically for your circumstances. You can choose a cleaning package that provides a certain set of services, or you can customize the service to work just right for you. You will not pay for more work than you need.

Developer Services
If you are a developer who has just finished with new houses or apartments, you will want each home or unit to look its best for potential buyers or renters. Southwestern Building Maintenance offers the options to “clean as you go” or to have a full, thorough cleanup at the conclusion of your project. This gives you the flexibility to show properties before build-out and have money coming in faster.

Remodel and Renovation Services
Remodeling a home is an exciting project. You watch the construction each day and think about how wonderful everything will look when it is all done. Renovation requires measuring, cutting, sawing, knocking down or moving walls and installing new doors, cabinets and lighting. This creates a large and dusty mess that is difficult to completely clean up. When you call Southwestern Building Maintenance for a post-construction cleaning, you can rest assured that the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and living areas will be given a detailed cleaning. You can then enjoy the space with your family without worry.

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The Cleaning Process
The biggest challenge of post-construction cleaning is dust. It comes from many different sources and settles everywhere, even into areas you cannot see with the naked eye. The expert cleaning crew from Southwestern Building Maintenance will come into your home and perform the following tasks to remove dust and debris:

Vacuum. This includes walls, cabinets, doors, floors and furniture, if applicable.

Stainless steel polishing. Fixtures are often handled a great deal during the construction phase, resulting in fingerprints and water stains in addition to the dust layer. Polishing the stainless steel will make it gleam and add shine to each room.

Bathroom and kitchen sanitizing. This step ensures that each room is not only clean but also healthy for you and your family to use.

Light fixture and vent cleaning. Dust often settles into these areas, and they are neglected because of their height or other factors. Construction dust in vents can cause respiratory distress, which is why it is so important to clean them regardless of location.

Window sill dusting. Sills are often the biggest collectors of dust during construction or renovation. With this step, the sills are dusted and then wiped clean for the best results.

When your new home or renovation job is finished, Southwestern Building Maintenance is standing by to assist you with your post-construction cleaning needs. Visit the website or call 520-790-6200 for an appointment.