How to Deal with a Flooded Carpet: 5 Essential Tips

A stack of carpet patches dripping water.

Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder (source)

Maybe you’ve had a pipe burst. Maybe ice dams have caused a slow leak into your basement. Maybe an aquarium got knocked over. Maybe heavy rains have caused flash flooding. No matter what the cause, if you’ve got a waterlogged carpet, it’s time to act fast!

Water soaked carpets become water-damaged carpets in the blink of an eye—and water-damaged carpets need to be replaced ASAP. The alternative is bad odors, mold, and even damage to the house itself.

So how can you deal with wet, flooded carpets or other water damage? Keep reading to find out. Read more

7 Holiday House Cleaning Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Guests

holiday table place settingHere in Connecticut the leaves have already turned and the weather is getting chillier every day. That means it’s time to break out the rakes and winter coats—not to mention that the holidays are just around the corner!

For many, the holidays are a time for visiting family and friends. That’s one reason the season is so beloved, but it can also mean quite a bit of stress for those who play host.

Getting your home ready for guests is almost never an easy task, but during the holidays it can be even tougher. (We all have a loved one whose standards for cleanliness are well beyond our own.)

With that in mind, here’s a list of holiday house cleaning tips for anyone expecting guests—or even anyone who wants to get a jump start on their spring cleaning! Read more

Fall Cleaning Checklist: Getting Your Home Ready for Autumn & Winter

When it comes to seasonal cleaning, spring is usually what most people will summon to mind. But the fact of the matter is, cleaning is a year-round obligation, and every season has its own set of essential chores. Fall is no exception, especially here in Connecticut.

Labor Day has long passed and it’s now officially autumn. That means it’s time to start thinking about fall cleaning!

Not sure what fall cleaning entails? Don’t worry! Here’s a fall cleaning checklist to get you started on the path to a happy, healthy home that’s more than ready for autumn—and the winter that follows. Read more

What Is Upholstery Cleaning?

A man reclined on his sofa with a magazine

Our home’s upholstery is something that we come into contact with every single day. Yet for many of us, upholstery cleaning is something we never think to do.

Why is that?

One reason may be simple ignorance—we avoid upholstery cleaning because we don’t know what it is. Here at Always Clean LLC, we take upholstery cleaning seriously. If you’re not certain what upholstery cleaning entails or if it’s right for you, we’ve got all the answers you need. Read on. Read more

Professional Carpet Cleaning vs. DIY: Why You Need to Hire Pros

A closeup of gray carpeting

How long has it been since you last cleaned your home’s carpets? If it’s approaching a year or longer, it’s time to do something about it—sooner, rather than later. (And if it’s been that long, odds are you don’t need us to tell you that!)

When it comes to deep carpet cleaning, there are two ways to go: hiring a professional carpet cleaning service or opting for a more DIY approach.

While DIY carpet cleaning might seem tempting to some homeowners, it’s nearly always wiser to simply hire a professional. Keep reading to find out why. Read more

How Often Should You Have Your Carpets Cleaned?

A carpet being cleaned.

Like most homeowners, you probably like to think that you keep your carpets pretty clean. You vacuum regularly, manage to keep spills to a minimum, and do a thorough spot clean when the occasion calls for it.

But how often do you have your carpets professionally cleaned?

The fact of the matter is that professional carpet cleaning is a necessary part of maintaining your home. Vacuuming and spot cleaning are good for getting at the surface, but without regular deep cleaning by a professional carpet cleaning company, you’re doing yourself, your family, and your home a disservice. Read more

Can Oriental Rugs Be Cleaned At Home?

If you’ve got an Oriental rug in your home, odds are it’s one of your most cherished possessions. Oriental and Persian rugs are timelessly stylish, soften our floors, and tie our rooms together. There’s nothing quite like having one underfoot to make a house feel like a home.

Like anything else worth cherishing, Oriental and Persian rugs need regular maintenance and care. They get walked on, spilled on, and more every single day. Overtime, even routine use can take its toll on a good Oriental rug. Regular cleaning is key.

So—can you clean your favorite Oriental rug at home, or do you need a professional?

It depends. Read more

Recognition and Prevention of Carpet Mold from Water Damage

Wet Vac vacuuming up water on carpetingWater damage to carpeting is always troublesome. Even the smallest amount of moisture should be cause for concern when it comes to your flooring and your home’s environment. It doesn’t take much for mold to form and grow into an enormous problem.  Mold can wreak havoc not only with property damage, but also with your family’s health. Read more

Spring Allergies in Connecticut: Causes & Remedies

flowers in springtime

Spring is here in Connecticut!

That means rainy days, baseball, budding trees—and for many the start of allergy season.

Allergies in Connecticut can be a minor annoyance or a major affliction depending on how severe they are. That will vary from person to person and year to year, but there are usually common causes and solutions to springtime allergies.

If you’re an allergy sufferer in the Nutmeg State, learn more about common causes and remedies with Always Clean, LLC. Read more

How to Arrange an Area Rug & Other Area Rug Tips for Your Home

Area rugs are a wonderful addition to almost any home, especially those with wood or tile floors.

Area rugs dampen noise, are softer and more comfortable on the feet than cold tile or wood, provide an added layer of insulation, and help to improve a room’s décor by amplifying or complementing its color and design schemes.

As with anything else, though, area rugs can be used well or poorly. Getting the wrong size or color for your room can end up creating an effect other than the one you hoped for—no small matter considering how expensive area rugs are. In addition, improper placement of area rugs can lead to their getting worn out before their time.

If you’re curious about area rugs for your home, take a look at these tips to help you make an informed decision for your needs and those of your home. You’ll be glad you did! Read more