Here at Always Clean it is our dedication to provide you with cleaning services that keep your floors spotless in any room and whatever type of flooring you have. It’s only natural that we dedicate a post on our blog today to celebrating “National Clean Your Floors Day.”

Each year on August 3rd, homeowners everywhere spend the day mopping, scrubbing, soaking and getting the floors in their home clean. Sometimes that’s harder said than done. The dingy grout that won’t seem to come clean, that old stain in the carpet that’s settled in far too long.

To make the celebrations even better, we’re overviewing some of our top tips for keeping your floors clean and reminding you why professional services are best in many cases.

Carpet Cleaning Tips

If you’ve tried everything to get the carpets in your home looking bright and feeling soft like they used to, just vacuuming isn’t going to do it. You need agitation and high levels of hot water to help pull out stains and get the fibers but in good condition. Much like washing your hair, it needs to be rinsed, conditioned and dried properly to get it looking great. A professional cleaner has access to the equipment and technique required to finally get those carpets looking clean and feeling great again.

How to Safely Clean Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring has many risks when it comes to cleaning. It’s easier to damage if handled too roughly and getting older, worn vinyl to look clean can be really difficult. A professional cleaning will use a special neutralizing solution to balance the pH on the floor and use a sealer to restore it to a glossy look.

Hardwood Floors

Just short of having to go through a pricey buffing and resealing of your hardwood floors, there is hope for getting your floors clean again and looking great. The problem with floors that haven’t been cleaned thoroughly over time is that dirt and debris settle into the wood and lifting it won’t work with just an average surface cleaning. Professional hardwood floor cleaning equipment that gets deeper into the pores and lifts out dirt is necessary.

Tile & Grout

While hard tile flooring might seem easy to keep up with since you can mop with detergents frequently, you’ll notice over time that the floor still looks dingy, dully an even dirty along the grout lines. That’s because using the soap and mop method is only adding a layer of grime and film on top of the tiles. The only way to get this up is to use high heat and a massive amount of suction. We use a very powerful Turbo Cleaning Tool to clean and rinse your dirty tile and grout.

The technicians at Always Clean LLC are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration for carpet cleaning, commercial maintenance, upholstery and fabric cleaning, and water damage restoration. Our services can help homeowners, as well as businesses in Connecticut, get to the bottom of their messy floor issues. Contact us today to learn more!

Summer in Connecticut is here! It’s hotdog and hamburger season (with lots of ketchup!) It’s time for strawberry margaritas, blueberry pie, and smores. Unless you’re keeping your family and guests outdoors all summer, chances are many of these things will also wind up on your rugs and carpets. You may also find that since it’s barefoot season, your floor coverings have taken on the distinct odor of feet. Eww.

The following are some tips to help you keep your rugs and carpets clean, even through the busy, sometimes messy summer season.

Take your shoes off.

Many other cultures do it, but Americans are less likely to remove their shoes when they enter a house. It’s a wondrous way to keep carpets clean, however. When a majority of the people come through your home shoeless, it can greatly reduce the amount of grime, dirt, grass, allergens, germs, and moisture that gets tracked into your carpet fibers. Provide a selection of inexpensive slipper-socks for visitors. Make sure everyone in your family has a good pair of indoor-only slippers.

Regular vacuuming and spot-cleaning.

Regular vacuuming removes dust, dirt, and allergens from your rugs and prevents excessive wear on the carpet fibers. Occasionally sprinkle some baking soda onto the carpet before vacuuming. Vacuum at least once a week and more often if you’ve entertained recently, and use a spot cleaner to remove any dropped food, dirt or liquid.

Use area rugs and runners.

If you are getting a lot of traffic through your home in the summer, consider buying some runners for high-traffic areas to protect the carpet underneath. Runners in hallways year round can reduce carpet wear in this high traffic area. Putting doormats at entrances gives residents and visitors a place to wipe shoes off before they enter. (Though continue to hope that they’ll actually take their shoes OFF.)

Encourage kids to play outside.

They may be the Digital Generation, but outdoor play is important to their development. Encourage kids to spend more time outside, and make a rule that any messy toys or art projects must happen outdoors.

Hire a professional carpet cleaner.

While all these things can help, they’re no substitute for a professional carpet cleaning. Hire Always Clean to clean your carpets at least twice a year to keep them fresh, extend their lives, and protect their beauty. We service customers in New London, Middlesex, and New Haven counties. Contact us for an estimate!

If you think your bathroom needs a rip-and-replace update but you can’t afford it, there are things you can do for a “like new” look without spending the cash required to do it over. Look closely at your tile. Is it largely okay? It may simply be dirty, and the grout may be crumbling. That doesn’t mean you need to rip out the tile and start again. A thorough tile and grout cleaning could help.

Bathrooms Are Dirty Places

This shouldn’t be news, right?  Tile is more porous than you think, and, just like a napkin, it can absorb dirt, oil, bacteria, and grime. Over time, dirt, dust, oil and other substances dull the tile and discolor it, leading to a dirty appearance. Bathroom cleaners and substances like vinegar can help a little, but they may not be cleaning deeply enough to get the results you’d hoped for.

Tile and grout cleaning is a time-consuming and difficult process, and unfortunately, if you aren’t using the correct tools, you may even be making your problem worse. Mops and chemical soaps can contribute to worsening the sticky residue on your tiles and grout that gradually builds up over weeks, months, and even years, dulling the tile and grout and making them look dirty, despite how much time you spend on them.

Professional Cleaning Can Get Tile and Grout Really Clean

If nothing you’re doing at home is improving the situation, a professional can clean your tile and grout and restore them to like-new condition in a multistep process using specialized cleaners and tools.

Dry dirt removal. Before a cleaning, a professional tile and grout cleaner will carefully remove any dry debris or dirt on the tile and grout.

Specialized detergent. Next, an alkaline detergent solution is applied to remove any greases and oils that have built up in grout. The detergent and the much of the embedded dirt are then removed.

Scrubbing. Next, special tools will be used that are designed to get into the grout lines and remove all the stubborn stains in your dirty tile and grout.

Rinsing. Finally, a high-heat and high-pressure tool is used to remove all the detergent and embedded dirt, including the most stubborn stains, leaving the tile and grout clean and dry.

Finishing and sealing. After your tile and grout are thoroughly cleaned, a professional cleaning company can apply a grout sealer to the floor to help maintain the floor and make future cleaning easier.

Always Clean, LLC

Always Clean offers professional and residential cleaning services throughout the Connecticut area, including professional tile and grout cleaning. Contact us today (203-868-9814) to set up a free in-home consultation.

If you experience seasonal allergies in the form of hay fever or even hives, your allergist has probably already told you that it’s important that you rid your home of substances that will set off an attack. This may include anything that retains allergens such as dust, mold, pollen and pet dander. Unfortunately, rugs and carpets are some of the biggest repositories of allergy-causing materials (along with books and papers, knickknacks and clutter).

Since few of us want to live in a home with completely bare floors, the next-best thing to do is ensure that rugs and carpets are cleaned regularly to remove allergens.

How Do I Keep the Allergens at Bay?

The Mayo Clinic has some recommendations for allergy sufferers who have rugs and carpets in their homes. They include:

  • Use low-pile instead of high-pile carpeting. Deep carpeting pile collects more allergens.
  • Vacuum weekly with a vacuum cleaner that has a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
  • Shampoo the rugs and carpets regularly.
  • Wash area rugs and mats weekly in the washing machine.
  • Keep animals out of the bedroom to avoid animal hair and pet dander on carpets.
  • Use HEPA-rated air filtration systems throughout your home, and change the filters regularly.
  • Remove your shoes at the door and leave them on a mat. This way, you’ll track fewer outdoor allergens into the house.

Choose Hypoallergenic Rugs and Pads

Some people’s allergies are set off by chemicals called “volatile organic compounds,” or VOCs. If you’re one of those people, look for carpeting and padding that contains low levels of VOCs such as formaldehyde and benzene, which can get into the air and make you ill.

If you have mold allergies, choose carpet and rug pads that have been treated to fight microbial growth. Also pay attention to what the rugs are made out of when you purchase them. Nylon is one of the most effective allergy-controlling carpet fibers since it repels some allergens. Wool should be avoided because allergens and mold can thrive in it.

Call a Professional

It’s worth calling a professional carpet cleaning service to regularly come in and deep-clean rugs to remove allergy-causing substances. Professional rug and carpet cleaners like Always Clean have proprietary materials and processes that can remove allergy-causing pollen, mold, pet dander and other triggers from rugs and carpets.

Contact us today for a free in-home consultation.

It’s Easter egg season and – let’s face it – children aren’t often famous for their neatness when it comes to handling messy holiday projects. The vegetable dyes used in egg coloring can be surprisingly permanent: even kitchen counters aren’t immune to stains. Carpets and rugs, often the recipients of drips and spills, can become permanently stained. Improper or delayed cleaning can spread the stains and make them worse.

Act Immediately

If the egg coloring does find its way into your carpet, resist the temptation to wipe or scrub. Treat the stain immediately (the longer it sits, the more it will set) using the following steps:

  • Using a clean, dry cloth, blot the stain gently to absorb any excess liquid.
  • Mix one quarter teaspoon of some mild soap that does not contain dye — dishwashing liquid is a good choice — with a quarter teaspoon of white vinegar and one cup of warm water.
  • Using a light-colored cloth or paper towels, gently apply the liquid detergent mix to the stain. Allow the mixture to saturate the stain for a few minutes, then blot gently until the egg dye no longer transfers to the cloth.
  • Use a cloth and warm water to rinse the detergent from the carpet completely. You may need to repeat this step more than once to completely remove the stain.

If the Stain is Stubborn

If some remnant of the dye remains after the carpet has dried, moisten the spot with a little three percent hydrogen peroxide. Allow the peroxide to stand for about an hour. Blot and repeat as necessary. (Important tip: try this on a hidden part of the carpet before you apply it to the spot to ensure the peroxide won’t remove the color from the carpet).

Call a Professional

If the stain remains, or you’ve significantly cleaned one spot and the rest of the carpet now appears dirty by comparison (a common result of intensive spot cleaning), consider calling a professional carpet cleaner. At Always Clean, we have proprietary materials and processes that can remove even the toughest stains from rugs and carpets.

Winter is hard on everyone, but it can be particularly caustic to surfaces in your home. Snow and ice often means de-icing solutions on roads, driveways and pathways, and this material – which is mostly salt — is then tracked into your house where it comes into contact with your floor surfaces.

What’s That White Residue?

Everyone who lives in a northern climate is familiar with the crusty white road surface treatment that contains rock salt. (It’s like table salt, but unpurified for human consumption. Here’s a more detailed discussion of what it contains.) It often builds up and stains around entryways, floors and rugs. The problem is that regular cleaning processes won’t remove the rock salt or undo the damage it can cause. Rugs and carpets can be permanently stained by winter salt treatments if they’re not cleaned regularly.

How Can I Clean Salt Off Carpets?

To begin, wait until the site is dry and vacuum the rug or carpet thoroughly to lift any loose rock salt. Use a soft brush to loosen as much salt as possible, and vacuum again. Next, prepare a solution of one cup of vinegar to three gallons of warm water. Lightly apply the solution to a test area of the rug to ensure it won’t cause harm. If it passes the spot test, apply the solution with a spray bottle to the salt stained areas and let it permeate for 10 to 15 minutes. Next, blot the solution from the carpet using a clean dry sponge or towel. Do not scrub.

Use Heavy-Duty Floor Mats to Protect Rugs

Maintaining a household rule that boots and shoes remain near the front door during the winter can prevent stains, as can heavy-duty floor mats designed to knock debris off footwear before it gets tracked into the house. Frequently clean the mats using a wet/dry vacuum. Once the mats are dry, follow with a traditional vacuum.

Call the Professionals

Professional carpet cleaners have proprietary materials and processes that can neutralize salt and clean your stained rugs and carpets. It’s a good idea to have your rugs cleaned every year to extend their useful lives and protect home occupants (including pets) from the caustic substances in road deicer.

Get a free home inspection.

DOG ON CARPET

Pets and carpets can coexist together peacefully, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to maintaining your carpet.  Of course, removing carpet is an easy fix, but that’s not always an option, especially if you’re living on a tight budget or renting a home. How can you keep your carpets fresh while Fido or Fluffy live in your home?

Clean Up Messes As They Happen

Accidents will happen; it’s part of sharing our homes with pets. Cleaning up accidents right when they happen is the best way to keep your carpets clean, so wipe up debris before spraying any type of cleaner on your carpet. If your pet urinates or vomits on your carpet, wipe and dab up as much liquid as possible before spraying a cleaner.

A quick tip: grab an old towel or paper towels, place on top of the accident, and stand on the towel for a few seconds. Rotate the towel to absorb additional moisture until the towel is dry.

Blotting Is Best!

Believe it or not, scrubbing can actually spread the stain and untwist the carpet’s pile, making it look matted. Instead, blot using an absorbent cloth working from the outside of the stain inwards.  If you do need to do a little rubbing to loosen things, just gently agitate the surface of the carpet using your fingers, but make sure you use gloves to protect your skin.

Don’t Overuse Product

The dirtier the stain, the more we want to pour on the cleaning products, but you actually want to use the least amount of cleaning products as possible to get rid of your stain. It is actually better to use too little cleaner and have to repeat the process rather than overload on cleaning product the first time and be left with too much residue.  Too much chemical residue can actually attract more dirt in the future, so you just want to use what is actually needed to remove the stain.

Don’t Discount the Power of Water

Once the stain is gone, your work is not done!  Always finish with a good rinse with water to remove as much of the remaining cleaning product as possible.

For Tougher Stains, Call the Experts

A regular cleaning schedule by a professional is not only good for your carpet, it’s strongly recommended. Between professional cleanings, you can maintain the health and beauty of your carpet at home, but proper care and maintenance of your carpet will extend its useful life and preserve its appearance for years. Failure to take care of it will result in premature wear, and having pets only increases the wear and tear on your carpet.

For the toughest stains and messes, Always Clean can help remove pet stains and sanitize your carpets for a healthier, fresher appearance. Contact us for a free consultation.

Carpeting in the home is still a tried and true comfort. Not only does it provide a variety of style options, carpeting provides thermal resistance that saves energy and keeps air warmer longer, which is especially helpful during the frigid winter months. Of course, with a carpeted home comes the necessity of keeping it clean for your and your family’s health. While consumer carpet cleaners exist on the market, the best way to protect your investment is to rely on a professional carpet cleaner. Here’s what a professional service can offer.

A Clean Carpet Leaves a Lasting Impression

A first impression is a lasting impression, and appearance is everything when it comes to your home. A clean carpet can help your family feel better about their living space and otherwise improve morale.

Stains Are a Thing of the Past

Our homes are for living, and with the hustle and bustle of family life, carpets can and will get dirty. While a quick spot removal will help mitigate unsightly stains, a professional carpet cleaning company will have high-performance cleaning machines, which are optimal for getting out difficult stains, protecting your investment and keeping your floors beautiful

Professional Cleaning Means a Healthier Environment

Professional cleaning removes all the dirt, germs, bacteria and dander from the floor, leaving your home healthier for everyone in it. What’s more, mold and mildew are common carpet invaders, and cleaning carpets yourself can lead to over saturation. A professional cleaning will get the job done while ensuring all moisture is properly extracted while maintaining the integrity of your carpet.

It Restores Carpet To Its Original Beauty and Extends the Life of Your Carpet

Professional carpet cleaners can restore your carpet to its original quality. Maintaining your carpets with regular professional deep cleanings will help you extend the life of your carpet and will leave your carpets feeling and looking fresh and clean.

It is recommended that all carpets be professionally cleaned a minimum of every 12 to 18 months.

As professional carpet cleaners, Always Clean can help you protect your carpets from future stains and accidents.

Contact us today and let us help you preserve the beauty of your carpets.

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

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