Hosting a dinner gathering for Thanksgiving is equally bold and rewarding. This is the meal everyone looks forward to all year long. Its comfort foods, time spent with gratitude, and it’s the kick off to the holiday season.

As the host, you’ve got a lot to prepare. From planning the courses to cooking the bird just right and all those desserts. Then there’s the cleaning up your home for guests and setting the table and centerpiece décor. As we enter the month of November this is probably exactly what your list looks like.

The good news is that party planning in advance will help you to be relaxed and allow all of your guests to enjoy the day before they head out stuffed and ready to do some Black Friday shopping.

But what about the aftermath? Packing up all those leftovers, cleaning all the plates and then the floors.

…The carpets stained with pumpkin pie globs, the gravy dribbles or the soda that was spilled by an unattended toddler…

We’ve got you covered with tips for keeping Thanksgiving dinner off the floor.

Be Mindful During the Event

Small steps to clean up while the party is happening can go a long way in keeping things neat and no surprise messes on the floors. It’s not polite to just clean while everyone else is eating and enjoying conversation but it’s easy enough to clear away dirty plates quickly to the kitchen or remove glasses and other spill-friendly items if they are no longer being used. When an accident does occur or you witness something falling to the floor don’t brush it off and say “I’ll get it later.” Stains may set in and the high traffic throughout the day can embed the debris further into the flooring and cause damage. Instead, head over with a damp cloth or dustpan and quickly clean it up and go on with the day. You’ll thank yourself later.

Don’t Leave the Mess for Tomorrow

After a long day of cooking and entertaining you’ll likely want to crawl straight into bed once everyone leaves and worry about the mess in the morning. Not only will you wake up upset that you’ll now need to dedicate more of your time to a party that’s long ended, but you may miss important spills or other clean-up needs if you don’t at least clear away the dishes and sweep underneath the table. Plus you can sleep in and do what you’d like the following day.

Call in the Professionals

Even if you did everything right. You planned ahead, cooked the turkey to just the right moist texture and your homemade apple pie was a hit, and you cleaned up the night before, you might still realize someone managed to track in an unknown substance under their shoes and smear it into your floor. Or the coffee you quickly cleaned up following an accidental spill still seems to have left a visible mark, there is something you can do.  Professional carpet cleaners armed with tools and expertise to bring your flooring back to life can come in and assist so your home is looking great again before the next holiday party you host.

Always Clean offers weekly cleanings or monthly appointments to help homeowners and businesses in Connecticut maintain an immaculately clean space.  We steam clean carpets, deep clean hardwood floors, clean tile and grout as well as upholstery and so much more!

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The holiday season is fast approaching and for many homeowners that can evoke a mixed bag of emotions.

On one hand, you may love celebrating with guests at your home and cooking a meal for everyone to enjoy. Plus watching children open gifts will warm any heart. But then there’s the other side of the coin. The preparations. The cleaning and hosting side of things that, depending on how polite your mother is, may be closely monitored for perfectionism.

If your hosting holiday gatherings at your home this year you’ve likely started to clear out the guest rooms, prepare the bathrooms and slowly make your way through the messes that seem to have piled over the summer months. Even if you tidy up all the rooms and put out fresh linens and towels, there is an important step missing to get your home absolutely fresh and clean for guests: Clean floors.

Here are 3 reasons to get a professional carpet cleaning done before the holidays.

Lift Stains and Clean Buildup

You may think a quick sweep with a broom or light vacuum and pass over with the mop is enough to keep your home clean but its holiday season and that method just won’t cut it. In fact, there’s likely lots of loose debris, pet hair and other allergens laying right on your rugs, carpets and in the nooks and crannies of your flooring that you don’t even see.

A professional cleaning service is going to use special tools and techniques to lift out the stains you overlooked months ago and leave you with a floor that will make your mother-in-law proud.

Keep Allergies in Check

If you have guests with allergies, cleaning your floors is a terrific gesture to ensure they’re comfortable for their stay rather than sneezing and dealing with watery eyes the entire time.

Keep allergens at bay by regularly vacuuming, shampooing, and/or steam-cleaning carpets. You should also invest in a HEPA filter for your regular cleanings to trap allergens. A professional vapor steam that uses 221-degree water can kill bacteria in the carpet. As an added bonus you’ll also get rid of odors.

Wow Your Guests

Then there’s the simple fact that you want to wow guests and have them come to your home feeling terrific about the overall experience. A clean home that’s sparkling and pristine is going to give off that vibe no matter what.

Even if you don’t have carpets in your home and your floors are looking dull, scuffed or not as sparkling clean as you’d like, contact Always Clean for cleaning services that get the job done right.

Don’t let yourself get into a frantic rush before one of the happiest seasons of the year, rely on the expert and professional care needed to get your home and your carpets cleaned and looking terrific before your guests arrive.

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The decision to sell your home is likely not one you made hastily. Whether you’re moving to a bigger space or ready to downsize, getting the best return on your investment is key. To do so you’ll need to prep, clean and fix the home to undo years of use and wear.

Decluttered rooms, a fresh coat of paint and updated appliances and fixtures can all easily help increase the value of your home. However what good is moving furniture, updating the bathroom and staging the home for sale if the floors still look messy?

Here are just a few reasons to opt for a professional floor cleaning as you prepare your home for sale.

Assessing the Damage

The first thing you want to do before taking action is to assess the damage to your floors. Do you have beautiful hardwood that’s become dull and dingy? Is the grout in your bathroom tiles a sore sight? What about the carpets in the living room or bedroom? Do they have stains from years ago you didn’t even realize were still there? These factors are key considerations in how to move forward with floor cleaning. If the damage is beyond repair you may be looking at new flooring installation. But if you can avoid that cost, you may be able to get your floors looking brand new again with a professional cleaning.

Stick to Professionals

It’s important once you make the decision to have your floors cleaned that you choose a professional cleaning service. These companies are experienced not just in dealing with and treating stains but they also know the types of detergents, cleaners and methods to lift, brighten and add shine to floors and carpets without harming the textiles. As an added bonus, removal or old stains and set in odors will leave your home fresh for potential buyers who will feel like the investment in purchasing your home is worth it.

Always Clean offers cleaning services that leave homes and offices across Connecticut immaculately clean. We offer weekly cleanings and monthly appointments and have convenient, cost-effective packages to fit varied needs.  Contact us today!

Ask any allergist, and they’ll tell you: rugs and carpets are magnets for allergens like dust mites, pet dander, mold spores and other triggers.

Allergens are substances that provoke allergic reactions such as sneezing, coughing and wheezing in people with hypersensitive immune systems. Not everyone, however, wants to live in a home with bare floors, so how do you cope with allergies and carpets at the same time? For starters, buy the right type of rugs.

What Are the Best Rugs and Carpets for Allergy Sufferers?

When it comes to rugs and carpets, synthetic is better for allergy sufferers. Luckily, most fibers used in mass-produced rugs and carpets today are manmade materials like polyester and nylon. These synthetic blends are constructed out of lab-developed fibers that repel allergens, largely because they are nonorganic and offer an inhospitable climate for microscopic life forms like dust mites and mold. Nylon is the most effective allergy-controlling carpet fiber, while wool (which IS a good host for allergy-causing life forms) is the least optimal. Also be sure to choose carpets with tightly woven strands for the same reason.

Look for rugs and carpets that have been treated with special chemicals to neutralize or repel offending particles. Carpet labeled “low VOC” (volatile organic compound) is good: it limits the use of substances such as formaldehyde and benzene, which can “off-gas” over time and affect indoor air quality and exacerbate allergies. Also, remember to ask about allergy-reducing carpet pads.

Clean the Carpets Regularly

Even with manmade materials, some allergens will get trapped, so it’s important to get rid of them. Be sure to vacuum regularly, shampoo, and/or steam-clean carpets. Use a deep-cleaning vacuum or invest in a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, which traps allergens. (Some vacuums are even equipped with them.)

Use a Professional

The best mode for cleaning your whole carpet to reduce allergens is getting it vapor steamed, which heats the water to 221 degrees, destroying allergens and bacteria in the carpet. It’s necessary to do this frequently, as mold can begin to grow again very quickly.

Hire a professional company like Connecticut-based Always Clean to clean the carpets at least twice a year to keep them fresh, extend their lives, and protect their beauty. Located in Essex, Always Clean services customers in New London, Middlesex, and New Haven counties. Call 203-868-9814 for an estimate.

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.

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