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The Holiday Party Cleaning Checklist

The secret to a clean home is a good plan along with a consistent schedule. Sometimes, especially around holiday season, even the best plans can go off course. With the addition of gatherings, gift-giving and holiday meals our day-to-day routines might need to be tweaked to be sure we enjoy the season as much as possible.

Is it your turn to host the big holiday event this year? Whether it’s Thanksgiving dinner for all your extended family or a Christmas Party for coworkers and friends you know that a clean home is your first priority. Staying focused on the out-of-the-ordinary details of creating a successful event can be complicated enough all by itself.  

Your list of things to do will grow quickly. How do you prioritize things like when to schedule a professional carpet cleaner or preparing rooms for overnight guests? Take a deep breath and know that we have your back. We’ve put together this helpful infographic that outlines a few simple strategies you can use in your holiday party preparations. This handy guide can help you pull off a great event and, more importantly, ensure you enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

The Holiday Cleaning Checklist Infographic by Chem-Dry

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7 Tips for Avoiding Fall Allergies

There are so many traditions, such a potent sense of serenity, and a wonderful combination of nostalgia and anticipation associated with the seasonal transition from summer to fall, that many people consider it to be their favorite time of year. What’s not to like about it? The weather settles into comfortably cool temperatures. A new school year and a new football season begin. Harvest festivals and Halloween parties fill our social calendars and the world seems to collectively relax a bit. But, for people who suffer from seasonal allergies, life isn’t quite so serene. For those with fall allergies, autumn is just another three-month stretch of allergy meds combined with an overall desire to avoid the outside beauty everyone else enjoys so much. However, there are a few things – like upgrading your furnace filter or bringing in a professional carpet cleaner – that can be done to minimize exposure to seasonal allergens and keep fall allergy symptoms manageable. Check out our infographic below for a few tips.

7 Tips for Avoiding Fall Allergies

 

Are You Allergic to Work?

 

Although Labor Day was made to appreciate and celebrate our dedicated workforce, it’s also become a marker that it’s time for the lazy days of summer to give way to the robust autumn and all the colors and wonders it brings...including, for those dedicated employees, returning to a regular work schedule.

Whether you spent the extra daylight hours at home or on vacation, it’s normal for people to feel a little sluggish when they return to their regular work schedule. If, however, you literally feel ill at work, you might be allergic to something in your office or working environment.

Caution: AllergensAccording to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 1 in 5 people suffer from allergies or asthma. Chances are, if you’ve been experiencing some discomfort, others have too. Everyone wants a healthy and productive environment, which requires being aware of these issues and finding ways to combat them as quickly as possible. If you've noticed itchy eyes and excessive sneezing, then you may be battling workplace allergens. 

Consider the following allergen sources that could be causing problems in your workplace.

Cleaning Supplies

Many people have allergic reactions to certain cleaning chemicals. If you or your coworkers are having an allergic reaction and you’ve had allergic reactions to cleansing products in the past, consider looking into the products used to clean toilets, windows and floors. If your goal is to find ways to make your life better in the workplace, maintaining a clean and healthy environment is a great start.

Carpeting and Upholstery

Professional carpet cleaners also make your office a safer, healthier place to be. Carpets, as well as area rugs and upholstered furniture, act as giant filters, trapping allergens, bacteria, dust, pollen and other unhealthy particles and keeping them out of the air we breathe. Regular vacuuming by a professional cleaning company is helpful, but, just like an air filter, carpets and other soft furnishings become full over time and must be deep cleaned to remain most effective at trapping particulates as they settle from the air.

It’s best to have carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture professionally cleaned regularly, depending on the level of traffic and the type of use they get. If they get mild use, twice a year might suffice. But if they get heavier use or are more prone to allergens and/or bacteria, it’s recommended to have them cleaned every few months or even once a month. Professional carpet cleaning helps everyone in the office stay healthy and productive. And don’t forget any customers and visitors, who will appreciate being in a cleaner, healthier environment as well.

A recent independent health study found that Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) process removes an average of 98% of common allergens from carpets and upholstery and, when a sanitizer is added, 89% of airborne bacteria, improving indoor air quality. Not only will the office carpets look cleaner and smell fresher, but cleaning will also improve the healthfulness of the overall environment, especially for any employees or visitors who suffer from allergies or asthma.

 

Air Filtration Systems

Air quality is especially important for people with asthma and airborne allergy symptoms. A lot of people have allergic reactions to tree, grass and weed pollen. If your place of work doesn't have an effective air filtration system, these people will suffer the greatest consequences. Standard recommended practice is to replace filters at the beginning of each allergy season. Keeping the air circulating through the workplace as clean and fresh as possible could make an immediate difference in improving the well-being of everyone in the office.

You do your best to create a healthy home. Given that the average employee spends approximately 25% of their week in the office, the healthfulness of your workplace is definitely important too. Allergies cause all kinds of problems in different work areas. Being aware of these common allergen culprits and how to combat them could help you and your coworkers maintain a healthier, more productive work environment year-round.

 

 

 

Summer is Out, School is In—and So Is the Dirt!

 

 

Congratulations, you’ve made it—summer is over and school is back in session! It’s the end of wondering how to keep your kids busy, and out of trouble day after day. But with back to school in full force, comes another predicament: how do you keep the dirt off of your carpet and out of your home? With some organization, and a little creativity, your home can be squeaky clean—and stay that way. Keep reading to find out how. Create a Shoe Organizer A dirty carpet can make you feel like you have a dirty home. In some ways, it’s true—because walking on a dirty, germ infested carpet affects your physical health. Does your teenager lie down on your living room carpet while watching his favorite show? Does your first grader rough house with his siblings in the hallway? You have a busy household to run, and filled with ‘precious cargo’, so you don’t have any time to worry about a dirty carpet. To minimize the dirt that’s dragged in from every old place your child has been all day, create a shoe organizer and place it by the front door. Head to your local department store, and purchase a shoe organizer (similar to what you use to hang up your shoes in your closet.) It won’t cost you more than $20 and you’ll instantly have an easy way for your children to organize their shoes and eliminate the ‘dirt factor’ when they come home from school. Purchase Door Mats and Rugs to Keep Dirt at Bay  As another smart ‘rule of thumb’ for keeping your carpet as clean as possible, welcome mats and area rugs can help preserve the life span of your flooring. Your kids are learning lots of new rules this time of year—when homework is due, what’s expected of them as a student, what school supplies they need to succeed—so give them an easy one to follow. Wipe those feet, please! With welcome mats, your children can play their part, so that your carpet lasts as long as possible. Empower Your Teenagers with Some Light Chores (and Reward Them for It) If there’s a golden rule of clean carpets, it’s vacuuming. Vacuum regularly and you’ll be able to suck up tiny specks of dirt you kids bring in, along with dog hair, germs, flea eggs, pollutants and spills. In other words, when you make vacuuming a priority (especially with school back in session) you can extend the life and quality of your carpet. Get your teenager involved (as well as any other young member of your family that could benefit from some responsibility) with a weekly vacuuming chore. Create a chart of who is responsible for vacuuming on each day, or every few days. Reward your children with an allowance, so they’ll be motivated to continue their enthusiasm to help out with the household work. Need extra help? Chem-Dry is the world’s leading carpet cleaning professionals, and when more dirt than usual is coming through your home, count on them to get the job done! They offer a clean and healthy carbonation formula to extract pollutants, mold, bacteria and dirt out of your carpets—which leaves you more ‘family time’.

 

Your Allergies and Your Carpet Can Co-Exist

 

 

carpet in your home, then you know many of its ‘perks’ already: it keeps your home warm during the winter months, its cushioning fabric feels great on bare feet and keeps your children protected, and it adds beauty to your home that other flooring cannot. In addition, did you know that your carpet can actually help relieve some of your uncomfortable, irritable allergy symptoms? While you may think carpet is a no-go for pollen allergies or hay fever, it’s true: your allergies and your carpet can co-exist. Read on to find out why.  

The Common Misconception About Carpets, Debunked

The common belief about allergies is that when it comes to flooring options, don’t do carpet. However, while a spaghetti or lipstick stain may become trapped in your carpets fibers when not treated, this is a good thing for the pollen that finds its way into your home this Spring and Summer. Think about it: would you rather have pollen become trapped into your carpet, or remain air born, thereby causing your sneezes, itchy eyes and coughing spells to go into overdrive?

Vacuum Frequently to Minimize the Pollen Influence in Your Home

Are you on of the 40 million Americans that struggle with seasonal allergies? Be a diligent DIY home cleaner, and studies have shown that your clean carpets can actually reduce dust borne allergens and have a lower level of allergens than those rooms with hard flooring surfaces.  Minimize the symptoms you experience in your home by vacuuming at least once or twice a week and have your carpets professionally cleaned every 3-4 months.

However, not all carpet cleaning services are alike. Chem-Dry commissioned a leading independent air quality laboratory to conduct a study using Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) process in multiple homes. The lab found that Chem-Dry removes an average of 98.1% of common household allergens from the carpets and upholstery we clean.*

Do you need some allergy relief? Talk with a local Chem-Dry carpet cleaning professional in your area and ask how they can help you create a healthier home environment where you and your family can breath easier.

What Allergens Are In Your Home and How To Combat Them

 You might think you are safe from the biggest allergy triggers once you are inside the safety of your home, but you would be wrong. The most common nasal allergy triggers are found right inside your home: pet dander, dust mite allergen, mold spores, and even pollen.Find out what pollutants and allergens are in your home and what you can do to provide a healthy home for your family with this easy tips for sustainable allergy relief.Not all carpet cleaning services are alike. To find out how big an impact an All Star Chem-Dry cleaning can have on your home health, view our Home Health Study page. At All Star Chem-Dry, we want you to breathe easier about the healthfulness of your home and your family. Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or you just want to provide the healthiest home for your family, a Chem-Dry carpet cleaning can help you remove the allergens and bacteria hiding in your home and improve your indoor air quality. Because All Star Chem-Dry cleans for your health like no one else, call All Star Chem-Dry carpet cleaner to ensure a safe and healthy home environment for your family.

 

Carpet Protectant Eliminates Spots and Worries!

 

 

You take pride in the appearance of your home. After all, it says a lot about you. And when carpet is a crucial part of your indoor space, its color, style, condition and cleanliness reflect upon you as an individual.

Protectant Gives You a Fighting Chance

Over time and with regular wear, factory-applied stain resistant treatments experience a reduction in effectiveness. Carpets that are left unprotected can absorb spills so quickly that even your best efforts to remove them are fruitless.

Chem-Dry’s unique protectant provides a "window of opportunity" for you to remove common household stains. Chem-Dry Protectant creates an invisible barrier that helps keep stains (like fruit punch) from becoming a permanent part of the carpet fiber. While no carpet is bulletproof, Chem-Dry Protectant gives you a fighting chance.

Why Chem-Dry’s Unique Co-Application Provides Better Coverage

Conclusive testing shows that Chem-Dry Protectant provides better soil protection than competing protectors because only Chem-Dry uses an innovative co-application process compared to our competitors who post-apply their protectors after cleaning.

Chem-Dry's co-application process gives you better stain fighting coverageWhen you choose to add protectant to your Chem-Dry carpet cleaning, the protectant is actually added directly to our cleaning solutions and applied as your carpet is being cleaned. This co-application process means it coats the entire carpet fiber, from the tip to the base, as your carpet is being cleaned, not just the tips like with our competitors.  

Plus, because the Protectant is added at the same time as cleaning, no additional moisture is required, so there is no additional dry time. Carpets are still dry within a couple of hours. All of our competitors post-apply their protectors, adding even more moisture to an already wet carpet, extending the dry time.

At Chem-Dry, we recognize the substantial investment you have made in your carpets and want to enhance your investment and ensure a longer carpet life. With Chem-Dry Protectant and regularly scheduled cleanings, spots and stains are not a problem and your home is left fresh, clean and healthy for your family.

 

 

 

 

Man's Best Friend, Carpets Biggest Foe

 

When we think of our pets we probably think of the joy, happiness, and companionship that they bring to our home. We consider them to be part of the family and love them like our children. What we might not think of however, is the germs and bacteria that they bring to our home as well. Every time our pet walks into our home, they are bringing a variety of dirt, allergens, waste, and other messes with them. Over time, this can be damaging to floors, carpets, and our health. Just as we love and care for our dog, we also take pride in our home as well. That’s why it is so important to keep our carpets clean and free of pet odors and dander. This infographic is a great resource to provide insight on what your dog is leaving behind in your carpet, as well as some solutions for maintaining a clean and healthy home.

 

 

 

Benefits of an Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning Company

 

 

When choosing a professional carpet cleaning service for your home, most people desire a company that provides excellent results at an affordable price.  However, what if you could get the results you are looking for, all while using eco-friendly products that are good for the environment and your family?  You can do just that by choosing an eco-friendly carpet cleaning service. 

Using a service that is eco-friendly is beneficial to customers for a number of reasons.  One of the best reasons for choosing green cleaning products is the fact that they do not contain harsh chemicals or toxic ingredients.  Rather, they are made from natural products that are free of phosphates and detergents and are safe for children and pets.  Not only do these products deliver excellent results for your carpets, but they promote a healthy home for you and your family.

Long before ‘going green’ was ever a deciding factor in choosing a carpet cleaning services, All Star Chem-Dry was working to reduce the impact of our products on people, pets, and the environment. Chem-Dry developed our proprietary carbonated cleaning solution, The Natural®, using ingredients taken straight from Mother Nature to make your carpets fresh and clean again. The Natural is green-certified with all incredients on the FDA G.R.A.S. (Generally Recognized as Safe) list. 

In addition to the health benefits of using natural products, All Star Chem-Dry's highly effective hot carbonation extraction method for removing dirt, germs, and bacteria from your carpets is an excellent way to ensure that your carpets are getting clean while using less water, 80% less water in fact than typical steam cleaning, which will help your carpets to dry faster and reduce the risk of mold and mildew growth. 

If you are looking to give your carpets a deep clean that is healthy and eco-friendly, choose  All Star Chem-Dry for a green carpet cleaning that will protect more than just your carpets.  You are protecting the health of your family.  

 

Tips to Celebrating Pet Adoption Month with a New Pet

 

June is the start of summer and is the official National Pet Adoption Month. What a better way than to start with adopting a pet. Pets can make a huge difference in your life, often improving your health, lifestyle and mood. They just make us happy.

However, having a dog or cat, like having a child, means your flooring stands to see increased traffic and possibly some stains over time. You can take steps to prevent stains, like house-training your animals from the time they arrive home. Here are some tips housetraining tips to help with integrating your new pet into your household:

1. Schedule your dog’s feedings

  • Get your dog on scheduled feedings rather than free feeding. Eating all day = pooping all day:
    • Your veterinarian can help you determine the appropriate amount of food your dog needs and the number of feedings per day.
    • Remove any uneaten food after 20 minutes.
    • Do not offer the dog more food until the next scheduled meal.
    • Stick to it! The dog should be eating on schedule within one to four meals.

2. Understand normal dog behavior

  • When an accident happens, never rub a dog’s nose in urine or feces, or punish a dog for an “accident.” This will teach your dog to fear you, and he may hide when he has to “go.”
  • It is not instinctive for dogs to relieve themselves outside; it is only natural for them to not go where they sleep. Everyplace else is fair game.
  • You must be patient. Regardless of whether you have recently adopted a puppy or an adult, the dog will not automatically understand the routine in your house or know where the door is. It is up to you to train your dog.

3. Clean up messes thoroughly

Even if you do everything right when you bring a new dog into your household, an occasional accident may still happen. It’s a lot of “new” – new family, new environment, new routine. If your new pet does have an accident, it’s important to remember a few things:

  • Dogs are attracted to return to spots where they urinated/defecated previously.
  • If you clean up just a little, the dog will be attracted to “refresh” the spot. If you clean thoroughly, there will be no attraction to go there again.
  • Pet urine is very difficult to get out, and standard household cleansers don’t cut it because it penetrates the fibers and contaminates both the carpet and the floor underneath. The good news is Chem-Dry specializes in pet urine removal. Chem-Dry can identify pet accidents in your home and eliminate pet urine odors from your carpets and rugs by applying our revolutionary cleaning product P.U.R.T.® (Pet Urine Removal Treatment).  P.U.R.T. contacts the source of the odor and then immediately begins a chemical reaction that destroys the urine odor. It’s shown excellent results on even the most severe urine damage.

4. How to prevent future accidents

Once you have handled getting any accidents cleaned professionally, how do you prevent future ones? It comes down to figuring out the why, really. There are a few reasons your pet could be having accidents:

  • They can smell past accidents, which makes it comfortable to continue having accidents.
  • They don’t have a personal space.
  • They’re left alone for too long or get nervous.
  • With older dogs, sometimes their bladders are not functioning as well as they used to.

You should do the best you can to keep an eye on your dogs and take them out for potty breaks regularly to avoid accidents. You can even install a doggy door and train them how to use it. Get your backyard fenced in so they can come in and out as they please. And of course, the more you train them to know where to go and where not to go, the less likely accidents will happen.

Keep Chem-Dry in mind when you bring your new pet home so you can love on your new family member and leave the pet accidents to us.

 

Kids home for the summer? Get them involved in caring for your home by making it fun

When most of us think of cleaning, the word “fun” doesn’t exactly come to mind.  However, cleaning can actually be a fun, exciting, and enjoyable chore for the whole family.  Including the children in the household cleaning when they are home for summer break will give you an extra set of hands and offer some great family bonding time. 

There are a number of simple and creative things you can do to get the kids involved in cleaning.  Children love pretending, so you can always use “pretend play” to make the job more exciting.  You can pretend that you are maids, butlers, or even Cinderella and get set for a fun and exciting cleaning experience.  You can even dress up to get yourselves more into character.  This is a great tool for engaging your littlest cleaners.  Not only will the children be eager to get in on the vacuuming and mopping, but they will have a great time doing it!

Another tip for making cleaning more fun is the use of competition.  Children love games and competition and this works well with children of all ages.  Make it a game by seeing who can get their room the cleanest.  A timer can also be used to see who can “race the clock” to get their chore done. Another idea is to turn cleaning into a scavenger hunt and ask your child to search for items as they clean.  For younger helpers, you can encourage them to pick up and sort items by color.  This is also a great educational activity.  You can even distribute ribbons to the child who is the most helpful and completes their chores on time. 

Take your child shopping and let them pick out some cleaning tools that are colorful and just their size.  Using kid-sized tools will definitely make for a more enthusiastic helper.  It will also make the process much easier for them, as they will be able to hold and manipulate the equipment much easier.  This is a great way to introduce children to a variety of different supplies and their uses. 

Nothing makes cleaning more fun than singing and dancing.  Get ready to turn up the music and have a blast while cleaning.  Your children will love getting to play their favorite songs while helping care for the home.  You should also set clear rewards for your child.  Consider using an incentive chart or plan a special activity for your child once they accomplish their task.  It will motivate your child to work hard and get the job done right. 

 In addition to these fun cleaning activities, it is important to establish a cleaning routine with your child. This will give your child an opportunity to become more responsible and understand the importance of caring for their home.  Your child will also love having some special time set aside just for your family.  Consider these tips to make cleaning your home more enjoyable.

Want a break from cleaning all together? Take your kids on a playdate and let Chem-Dry deep clean your carpets for clean, fresh carpets that are healthier for your family. Chem-Dry uses a green-certified solution that is safe and non-toxic for kids and pets and hot carbonating extraction to provide a deeper clean which allows surfaces to dry faster. So your carpets will dry in hours and your home will be healthier.

 

The Importance of Anti-Allergy Vacuum Cleaner

 

Professional carpet cleanings are the most effective solution to minimizing allergy symptons. However, the quarterly cleanings alone are not enough. You will want to find a reliable anti-allergy vacuum cleaner for your daily cleaning to help keep your allergy symptons at bay in between professional cleanings. You should also purchase household items that have anti-allergy materials, as well. The process will help make your home as comfortable as possible for those that suffer from seasonal and year-round allergies.

How to Choose the Best Vacuum Cleaners for Allergies

Allergies and breathing problems are common among people in the United States. Approximately 55 percent of the people in the U.S. have either asthma or allergies. Some of the most common allergies that people have are allergies to pet dander, dust mites and ragweed. Ragweed is commonly found outside, but pet dander and dust mites are household allergens.

Part of the solution to keeping one’s allergies at bay is purchasing equipment and products that can help keep allergens down to a minimum. A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter is one of the most important items that an allergic person can have in the home for their daily cleaning routine because it can reduce the number of allergens in the air significantly. Therefore, if you or someone in your household suffers from allergies, you will benefit from researching to find the best possible vacuum cleaner.

There are many different vacuum cleaners on the market, all with different features and prices. Determining your budget will be the first step in the process of narrowing down the choices. Allergy-friendly vacuum cleaners can be basic, or they can cost several hundred dollars. The qualities and features you would look for in a vacuum cleaner for allergies are as follows:

A HEPA Filter

The acronym HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. The HEPA filter is a microporous filter that traps small particles of dust, dander and debris. Vacuum cleaners that are unequipped with HEPA filters tend to circulate these particles back into the air. The HEPA filter can trap and store large amounts of the pesky particles so that they do not aggravate an allergic person’s immune system.   

Anti-Allergen Seals

Anti-allergen seals are a special technology that goes well with HEPA filters. They keep the canister locked tightly as to trap all the dust, debris and particles. A shopper will want to look for units that have the filters and good seals because the combination can decrease the number of asthmatic or allergic reactions.

Strong Suction Technology

The amount of suction that a vacuum cleaner has is highly important to its ability to lift the allergens from the carpet. You will want to look for a unit that has suction controls. Units with suction control usually have more power than ones that do not come with such a control. Another option is to read the description of many units and look for ones that boast about the suction strength. Manufacturers measure suction strength by Airwatts.

Low Emissions

You will want to search for a vacuum cleaner that has low emissions. This rating relates back to the HEPA filter and the seals. Emissions are the pollutants that come from a vacuum cleaner while the person is vacuuming. A unit must have tight craftsmanship and high-tech seals to reduce the amount of emissions that it produces.

Using a Comparison Tool to Choose a Vacuum Cleaner

A comparison tool is a website that offers a side-by-side look at several units. You can compare characteristics of a vacuum cleaner such as the price, consumer ratings, voltage, tools, exhaust filter, sizing, suction power and the like. Consumer ratings and reviews are important when evaluating a range of vacuum cleaners. You will want to pay close attention to any negative complaints and not purchase a unit that has several of them. Taking the time to explore and find the best unit for the job will keep the whole family healthier in the end.

Professional Carpet Cleaners for Allergic Reaction Deduction

While vacuuming regularly can help those with allergies, you will want your carpet cleaned by a reliable professional carpet cleaner to extract deeply embedded dirt, bacteria and allergens that regular vacuuming can’t reach. If you suffer from particularly bad allergies, consider cleaning your upholstered furniture, draperies and blinds also.

When choosing a professional carpet cleaner, it’s important to know that not all cleaning methods are the same or provide the same results in removing household allergens. Chem-Dry, for example, uses a proprietary Hot Carbonation Extraction cleaning process that has been independently tested by a leading air quality laboratory and proven to remove an average of 98% of common household allergens from the carpets and upholstery we clean. And when a sanitizer was added, Chem-Dry removed an average of 89% of the bacteria in the air.*

So for the best way to keep allergy symptons at bay, vacuum daily with a good quality anti-allergy vacuum cleaner and have your carpets professionally cleaned every 3-4 months. And remember, Chem-Dry's proprietary Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) cleaning process provides a deeper, longer-last clean for a healthier home.

 

 

Benefits of an Eco-Friendly Carpet Cleaning Company

 

When choosing a professional carpet cleaning service for your home, most people desire a company that provides excellent results at an affordable price.  However, what if you could get the results you are looking for, all while using eco-friendly products that are good for the environment and your family?  You can do just that by choosing an eco-friendly carpet cleaning service. 

Using a service that is eco-friendly is beneficial to customers for a number of reasons.  One of the best reasons for choosing green cleaning products is the fact that they do not contain harsh chemicals or toxic ingredients.  Rather, they are made from natural products that are free of phosphates and detergents and are safe for children and pets.  Not only do these products deliver excellent results for your carpets, but they promote a healthy home for you and your family.

Long before ‘going green’ was ever a deciding factor in choosing a carpet cleaning services, Chem-Dry was working to reduce the impact of our products on people, pets, and the environment. Chem-Dry developed our proprietary carbonated cleaning solution, The Natural®, using ingredients taken straight from Mother Nature to make your carpets fresh and clean again. The Natural is green-certified with all incredients on the FDA G.R.A.S. (Generally Recognized as Safe) list. 

In addition to the health benefits of using natural products, Chem-Dry's highly effective hot carbonation extraction method for removing dirt, germs, and bacteria from your carpets is an excellent way to ensure that your carpets are getting clean while using less water, 80% less water in fact than typical steam cleaning, which will help your carpets to dry faster and reduce the risk of mold and mildew growth. 

If you are looking to give your carpets a deep clean that is healthy and eco-friendly, choose Chem-Dry for a green carpet cleaning that will protect more than just your carpets.  You are protecting the health of your family.  

 

Do you have allergies? Make sure you clean this at home. 

 

Many of us are no strangers to allergies. But it’s not just the outdoors that trigger sneezing and watery eyes. The average U.S. home contains twice the levels of pollution than is found outdoors. Read on for some dirty secrets your home isn’t showing you, and how to get things under control.

The Culprit: Upholstery & Carpets We sit on our couches and chairs every day, but how often do we think of cleaning them? Dust and dirt particles settle on these surfaces, and get pushed deeper into the fibers, the longer we go without a proper clean. Quick Fix: Consider fabric protectant for furniture. The solution will prevent stains from attaching and setting deeper into the upholstery fibers. In addition, vacuum weekly and bring in a professional cleaning service at least once a year (or two to three times if you have pets or children). All Star Chem-Dry uses a proprietary Hot Carbonating Extraction process that is both green and proven to remove an average of 98.1 percent of common household allergens from carpets and upholstery. When combined with their sanitizer, it also removes an average of 89 percent of airborne bacteria.

The Culprit – Blinds & Ceiling Fans Because blinds are next to windows, they quickly collect dust and dirt particles. So do ceiling fans, and when we turn them on, the accumulated dust and dirt gets re-distributed around the house. Quick Fix: Develop a weekly habit of washing blinds and wiping off ceiling blades. For less maintenance, consider replacing blinds altogether with window shades.

The Culprit – Hardwood Floors & Area Rugs Many people wrongfully assume that bare floors are cleaner than carpet, but this is not so. Similar to ceiling fans, unhealthy particles settle on hard surfaces only to get stirred back into the air, and re-distributed throughout the house, when there is activity in the room. Quick Fix: Throw down an area rug or add a doormat. Especially in high traffic areas of the home, area rugs act like big filters, trapping dust and dirt particles in their fibers and keeping them in place until you vacuum. Nylon and wool are recommended to best withstand high traffic. Have your rugs professionally cleaned to remain most effective at trapping particulates as they settle from the air

The Culprit – Tile, Grout & Stone Over time, tile, grout and stone accumulate soil build up. In the bathroom, especially, moisture acts as a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Because grout is porous, it is also a hotspot for bacteria, fungus and mold. Quick Fix: Freshen the look and health of tile, grout and stone with sealant. It is generally recommended to reseal the rooms with most activity once a year, and other rooms (like guest bathrooms) every 4-5 years. All Star Chem-Dry utilizes specialized cleaning solutions and suction equipment to effectively clean tile, grout and stone, restoring its look and improving home health.

The Culprit – Heating & Air Conditioning Filters Home filters are designed to remove particulates like dust, pollen and bacteria from the air. Quick Fix: It is important to follow the directions on individual filters and replace them accordingly. This is especially essential after winter months.

 

Chem-Dry Steps Up Indoor Air Quality Education during Allergy Awareness Month

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month in May and Chem-Dry is out to educate everyone about the importance of maintaining indoor air quality as part of a clean, healthy home. A new indoor air quality study conducted by a leading indepenent air quality laboratory shows its Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) cleaning process significantly reduces the level of allergens and bacteria in the home. The study tested specific common household allergens such as cat and dog dander and dust mite allergens. After vigorous testing, results showed that Chem-Dry’s HCE process removes an average of 98.1 percent of common household allergens from carpets and upholstery. When the HCE process was combined with their sanitizer, Chem-Dry was also found to remove an average of 89 percent of airborne bacteria in the home. Now more than ever, maintaining indoor air quality is crucial for the 1 in 5 Americans who suffer from allergies and the 24 million Americans with asthma. Chem-Dry is making an extra effort to educate the public and share the results of our recent study, which shows that our proprietary HCE cleaning process can offer superior results in removing the allergens and bacteria from the home that worsen symptoms this season. Carpets, area rugs and upholstered furniture help indoor air quality by acting like giant filters that absorb dirt, allergens and bacteria. But these areas must be professionally cleaned to remain optimally effective. This study highlighted just how effectively Chem-Dry provides a deep clean that removes a high percentage of allergens in carpets and upholstery, as well as bacteria from the air, and how valuable it can be to creating healthier homes. While important year round, this is especially critical during peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers. In fact, without regular professional cleanings, bacteria and other unhealthy elements that have built up in the carpets get stirred up, become airborne and circulate throughout the home when there is activity in the room, triggering symptoms for the millions of Americans affected by allergies or asthma. Unlike other carpet and upholstery cleaning services in the market today, Chem-Dry’s HCE process harnesses the power of millions of microscopic bubbles to penetrate deep into carpet fibers, lifting particles to the surface so they can be easily extracted. The brand’s primary cleaning solution, The Natural®, is green-certified and doesn’t contain any detergents or harsh chemicals, making it safe and non-toxic for kids and pets. Additionally, Chem-Dry uses 80 percent less water than typical steam cleaning, so carpets dry in a couple of hours instead of a couple of days. While most steam cleaners use an excessive amount of water that often soaks through to the carpet backing and creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew, Chem-Dry’s low-moisture process doesn’t carry the same risk and offers a safer and more convenient solution. The result is a deeper clean, faster-drying carpets, and a healthier home. Contact a Chem-Dry carpet cleaner in your local area to ensure a safe and healthy home environment for your family.

 

9 ways to help clear up your childs allergies

 

For many parents of toddlers or young children, it may be easy to miss the signs of nasal allergies. After all, kids are exposed to lots of new germs, and lots of new germs can result in plenty of runny noses and sneezing.

While it’s true a constant runny nose or sneezing could be nothing more than another cold, allergies are also one of the most common diseases in children. Signs of nasal allergies in kids include:

  • Runny and itchy nose
  • Congestion
  • Frequent sneezing
  • Chronic cough
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Mouth breathing, especially while sleeping
  • Exhaustion due to poor sleep
  • Dark rings under the eyes (allergic “shiners”)
  • Symptoms that last longer than two weeks

Nasal allergies can actually be more than just a nuisance. The constant congestion can lead to frequent sinus and ear infections. If a child has too many ear infections, he or she might not be able to hear well, which can lead to developmental delays. Eczema and asthma are also linked to nasal allergies. In many kids, allergies begin with patches of eczema as infants, progress to nasal problems as preschoolers and develop into asthma later.

So what causes nasal allergies in kids? Children are often allergic to the same things as adults, such as dust mites, pet dander and pollen. Some kids also have food allergies, including cow’s milk, that can sometimes cause nasal problems. Fragrances in household products like shampoos, detergents and soap can cause or worsen symptoms as well.

Children have a higher risk of developing allergies if their parents had or have allergies. Outgrowing allergies is possible; however, early food allergies are usually the ones that are outgrown. Nasal allergies have a greater likelihood of persisting.

The 9 Things You Can Do

The key to treating allergies in kids is pinpointing the trigger. Allergy blood tests work well in kids 3 and older, but they aren’t as effective in younger children. When trying to find out what might be making your child have symptoms, ask yourself if his or her symptoms have changed:

At different times of the year? When your child has been out of daycare for a few days? When you’re away from home or your pets? After home renovations, or a leak or flood?

Taking notes regarding changes in your child’s symptoms can also be helpful for his or her health care provider. With food allergies, an elimination diet can be another way to identify possible causes. Once you determine the cause, controlling your child’s environment can be very beneficial. Here are some tips:

  1. Get rid of stuffed animals, or wash them regularly in hot water. Stuffed animals can be a haven for dust mites and other allergens.
  2. Cover your child’s mattress with a dust mite-proof cover. Wash bedding every week in hot water with an extra rinse cycle.
  3. Professionally clean carpets and heavy drapes. They trap dust and allergens and need to be cleaned to stay effective. Chem-Dry has been tested and proven to remove 98% of allergens from areas we clean.
  4. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
  5. Use air conditioners to filter allergens from the outside. Clean or replace filters often.
  6. Reduce your use of chemical cleaners with strong scents.
  7. Don’t allow smoking in the house.
  8. Keep pets out of your child’s bedroom or playroom.
  9. Consider an allergy medication. Go over the pros and cons with your child’s provider, as there are some safe and effective medications available. Never start using an over-the-counter drug without a pediatrician’s recommendation.

Remember, your goal doesn’t need to be an allergen-free home. Little ones with nasal allergies can handle some exposure to an allergen without symptoms. Making a few smart changes and decreasing your child’s overall exposure may be sufficient to eliminate his or her symptoms.

 

 

May is National Allergy Awareness Month

The most common allergy triggers are pet dander, dust mites, pollen, and mold spores. Eight out of 10 people in the U.S. are exposed to dust mites, and six out of 10 are exposed to dog or cat dander. It’s no wonder that the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.S. is allergies. A whopping one in five Americans suffers from either allergy or asthma symptoms.

It’s not a hopeless battle though. According to WebMD, there are some steps we can take to cut back on exposure to dirt and allergens in the home. Let’s talk about a few of them.

In the Bedroom:

Bedrooms are the most allergen prone room in the house according to WebMD to cut back on allergens in the bedroom start with the following:

  • Install hypoallergenic casings around mattresses, box springs and pillows.
  • Use only washable bedding instead of decorative bed covers that are rarely washed.
  • Put a reasonable limit to the number of plush toys stacked onto beds.
  • Depending of flooring, sweep or vacuum regularly and use a vacuum with a hepa filter.
  • Have carpets professionally cleaned a 2-3 times a year.

Living Room and Family Room

Perhaps not as allergen prone as bedrooms but similar precautions should be followed.

  • Choose smooth furniture like leather, vinyl, and ultrasuede over heavily upholstered pieces.
  • Limit the number of plush toys, and wash them regularly.
  • Vacuum regularly using a vacuum cleaner equipped with a hepa filter.
  • Have carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned 2-3 times a year.

Kitchen and Bathrooms:

Cockroaches can be a major trigger for allergies and asthma. So if you live in a place where cockroaches also reside, it is extremely important to keep kitchens and bathrooms clean.

  • Keep food stored in sealable containers.
  • Keep garbage cans covered and emptied regularly.
  • Use vent fans to clear the air of smoke or moisture after cooking or showering.
  • Check showers, sinks, and bathtubs for mold at least weekly and clean all surfaces regularly using a five percent bleach solution.
  • Regularly clean refrigerator drip pans.
  • Have your tile professionally cleaned in your kitchens and bathrooms 

Whole House Solutions:

According to WebMD the best way to keep allergens at bay inside the home to maintain a clean and dry environment include:

  • Have any leaks in roofing or pipes repaired immediately.
  • Keep papers and clothing away from damp areas to prevent them from absorbing some of the moisture.
  • Use dehumidifiers in areas where excess moisture tends to accumulate, but be sure to empty them regularly so their reservoirs don’t become another source of moisture.
  • Use a tracking mat at entryways instead of a cutesy welcome mat.

There you have it! Short of becoming bubble boy/girl, it may be impossible to completely eliminate exposure to dirt and allergens, but if you’re diligent in applying these tips you will greatly reduce pollution and allergens in the home, and turn it into the sanctuary from the outside world that should be.

And the good news is Chem-Dry eliminates the issue of allergens in your home as much as possible. Chem-Dry has been independently tested and proven to remove 98% allergens in the carpets and upholstery cleaned*. You will be able to breathe easier in your own home without experiencing those terrible allergy symptoms.

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Clean for the Holidays - October 13 2014

Chem-Dry's innovative solutions offer an unparalleled cleaning experience. We offer fast and effiecient cleaning solutions that will not inconvenience your daily life. The Chem-Dry solution rips the dirt from your carpet and dries in hours. Chem-Dry has set the bar for the carpet cleaning industry. We have created a unique process using millions of carbonating bubbles to bring your carpets back to life.

If you have ever poured a carbonated soda into a glass you have experienced the foundation of what Chem-Dry is. The carbonation in the soda naturally wants to rise to the top, when applied to your carpets the bubbles grab dirt and bring it to the surface to be taken away. Our incredible solutions remove all unwanted particles from your carpet completely, providing you with the most thorough – and the most satisfying clean – available anywhere.

Instead of using a specialized solution and technique, steam cleaners use immense amounts of water and high pressure as the key to their cleaning process. This method drives dirt and moisture down into your carpet, hiding the mess rather than cleaning it, and creates a breeding ground for mold and other bacteria. Because of the excessive water used in this process, your carpets also typically take 1-2 days to dry. Since Chem-Dry uses the least amount of water possible, however, your carpets will be dry within just 1-2 hours. That means in the time it takes for your carpets to dry once after a steam cleaning, they would have dried 24 times if cleaned the Chem-Dry way. That’s effective cleaning provided by Chem-Dry.

We are proud to offer you these amazing services at a price that will fit with your budget. To get the best carpet cleaning available, call us today!

Home Remedies - September 10 2014 

Even though having your carpets professionally cleaned is quick and helpful, it's also helpful to know when to call the cleaners. Most cleaners will tell you to use their service for every stain or spot, but many of these blemishes will come out using one of several simple home remedies. At Chem-Dry, however, you are our first priority. Here are a few things most carpet cleaning companies won't tell you.

Surprisingly, one of the best solutions to stains and spots is simply hot water and a white towel. Just dampen the stain and blot it with your cloth. If hot water doesn’t work, the next step is to try club soda. Because of its carbonated properties – which is the same principle behind the Chem-Dry solution – club soda also makes an excellent cleaner. Again, just dampen the carpet fiber and blot, checking for any transfer of the stain to your white towel.

If this doesn't provide any results, then it's a job for Chem-Dry. The groundbreaking techniques used by Chem-Dry remove particles from individual fibers and then lift them out of your carpet, making us the best choice for all stain removal. When home remedies don't work, call the professionals at Chem-Dry!

Back To School - August 19 2014

With summer coming to a close you've probably noticed the dirt, mud, and allergens that have been tracked in and left in its wake. But with school starting up again in the fall, all those messes will be minimized. With your house in chaos from months of summer fun, let us help restore it back to order with superior carpet and upholstery cleaning.

All Star Chem-Dry in Irvine provides a deeper clean and dry times in just one to two hours due to our unique process. The Chem-Dry process uses a carbonated water solution to get deep into the carpet fibers and bring the dirt molecules to the surface. We then extract the dirt, getting rid of the mess completely rather than hiding it. Since the carbonation bubbles are so effective at getting the dirt up, we are able to use 80% less water than most cleaners, giving you much quicker dry times! Put us to the test for all your cleaning needs.

Summer Time Sadness - July 18 2014

For people with allergies, summer can be more miserable than relaxing. In order to get rid of all the allergens that build up in your home during pollen season, it’s necessary to routinely and thoroughly clean your carpets and upholstery. By relying on Chem-Dry, you can make your home clean and safe from allergies when you most need it. Give All Star Chem-Dry a call we can remove those nasty allergens from your carpets and leave you with peace of mind.

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