What are the signs that you might need a dryer vent cleaning?

  • Clothes take too much time to dry or requires more than one cycle to dry.
  • When you clean out the lint trap there is no lint in it. (After every load there should be some lint.)
  • The dryer overheat sensor comes on. (Some of  the newer models of dryers have a sensor to let you know if you need to check the dryer vent for blockage.)
  • Clothes are very hot after the dryer cycle ends, which is a warning that the dryer is working extra hard, and may not be venting air properly.
  • The top of the dryer is hotter than normal when in use. (Most dryers should be warm or cool to the touch.)

Binding up a Rug

So you have some extra carpet laying around and you not sure what to do with it?

Have the edges bound to give it that “Finished” look and use them as traffic area protectors or as a floor mats for muddy feet.

You have a handmade rug that the sides and/or ends are showing wear, and you want to protect it from coming apart?

Have it rebound or reserged to protect the rug from coming apart, and to give it some new life.

Do you have space on the wood floor that could use throw rug or two, but you can’t find one you like or the color is all wrong?

Find a piece of carpet that you like or use up some of that left over carpet. Let us cut it to the size you like or need  and we can Bind or Serge it for you.

Binding is the process of securing the edge of  a rug or carpet with polyester or cotton binding tape so that it doesn’t unravel.  It also give the rug or carpet a nice finished looking edge.

Serging is the process of  loop stitch around the edge of a rug using 100% Cotton yarn. It is most commonly used on Hand Made Rugs, to give it a more finished look.

How often should I get my carpets cleaned?

Frequently used carpet should be professionally cleaned by a qualified technician at least annually – perhaps a little longer interval for infrequently used carpet and even sooner for carpet in homes occupied by respiratory sensitive or allergic persons; or in homes with indoor pets.

 Below is a list that Professional Carpet Technicians use on frequency of vacuuming and carpet cleaning:

Light Soil:
Vacuum once a per week /Carpet cleaning traffic areas only every 12 to 18 months.

Normal Soil  (families with children or elderly):
Vacuum once a per week /Carpet cleaning traffic areas only every 6 to 12 months.

Heavy Soil (families with pets or smoking):
Vacuum once a per week /Carpet cleaning traffic areas only every 3 to 6 months.

When water goes BAD!

Mold under a sink

After water damage has occurred you must act quickly to prevent mold from growing.

Mold spores can be found almost anywhere. They can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, rugs, upholstery, foods, and insulation.

 When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth can often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed.

Mold on a Ceiling

It is impossible to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

 At Culbertson’s Cleaning Service we can help you with this problem.  We have powerful truck mount units to extract excess water out of carpets and floors. We have air movers to help speed up the drying process. We can also use dehumidifiers to help remove moisture out of the air.

Dry Vent Maintance

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 1998, clothes dryers were associated with 15,600 fires, which resulted in 20 deaths and 370 injuries. Fires can occur when lint builds up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct. Lint can block the flow of air, cause excessive heat build-up, and result in a fire in some dryers.

To help prevent fires:

  •  Clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of clothes.

If clothing is still damp at the end of a typical drying cycle or drying requires longer times than normal, this may be a sign that the lint screen or the exhaust duct is blocked.

  • Replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct.

Most manufacturers specify the use of a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct, which provides maximum airflow. The flexible plastic or foil type duct can more easily trap lint and is more susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can greatly reduce the airflow.

  • Take special care when drying clothes that have been soiled with volatile chemicals.

An example of such things is gasoline, cooking oils, cleaning agents, and finishing oils.  If possible, wash the clothing more than once to minimize the amount of volatile chemicals on the clothes and, preferably, hang the clothes to dry. If using a dryer, use the lowest heat setting and a drying cycle that has a cool-down period at the end of the cycle. To prevent clothes from igniting after drying, do not leave the dried clothes in the dryer or piled in a laundry basket.

  • Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct periodically.

Check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is operating to make sure exhaust air is escaping. If it is not, the vent or the exhaust duct may be blocked. To remove a blockage in the exhaust path, it may be necessary to disconnect the exhaust duct from the dryer. Remember to reconnect the ducting to the dryer and outside vent before using the dryer again.

  • Clean behind the dryer, where lint can build up.

Have a qualified service person clean the interior of the dryer chassis periodically to minimize the amount of lint accumulation. Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of clutter.

Carpet Raking and Grooming

A grooming rake can be used for more than just grooming.

A grooming rake is a great tool for cleaning your carpets with your vacuum cleaner.
By brushing and grooming your carpets first you can:

  • Breakup up dirt for ease of vacuuming.
  • Break loose dirt from carpet fibers for a better clean.
  • Loosen pet hairs that maybe embedded in the carpet fibers, so that it can be vacuumed off more easily.

All these things will improve carpet life and the feel of the carpet under your feet, as well as keeping it cleaner than just vacuuming alone.

We carry these brushes at are office for purchase.  Stop by and pick one up.

Why Soil Retardent is important!

Keep your home cleaner, fresher, brighter … longer

• Helps protect against both oil and water based stains.
• Helps carpet fibers resist soiling.
• Gives you time to blot up spills, before they become stains.
• Helps stains release more easily when carpet and upholstery is cleaned.
• Helps carpet and upholstery stay cleaner longer.

It is well worth the investment.

Beware of the use of spotters!

 A lot of spotters on the market have the word “OXY” in them.

Be cautious when using these kinds of spotters, as they may contain bleach, which can discolor and/or damage your loose rugs or upholstery. (This includes handmade rugs, oriental rugs, and silk rugs just to name a few)

The safest method to clean any upholstery or loose rugs is to call Culbertson’s for direction and guidance.

How to prevent Moth damage in area rugs.

A moth infestation can be easily deterred by a few housecleaning tips:

•Have your area rug professionally cleaned. Once a year in recommended.

•Vacuum the entire rug, especially areas under furniture. Once a month is best.

•Rotate the area rug, this always helps the area rug wear evenly. Twice a year if possible.

•Get your air ducts cleaned once a year. Moths love undisturbed areas.

•Before storing your area rug get it professionally cleaned and properly wrapped for storage.

Call us today and let us help you prevent this.

Upholstery Tip of the Week

To get the maximum life out of your sofa, chairs or cushions, rotate them once a week.

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