8 Signs You Need to Clean Your Dryer Vent

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Diligently emptying the lint out of your dryer isn’t enough to keep your home safe and energy efficient. Sometimes, you need to clean beyond the removable trap. There are several signs lint has traveled into your vents, which increases the risk of a house fire and can cause higher than normal utility bills.

1. Clothes take longer than normal to dry.

How long does it take to dry your clothes? If you’ve noticed a considerable slowdown, and you’re clothes are still damp after 45 minutes or longer for an average load, then it might be time to call in the professionals. This is often the first sign of lint build up in your vents.It’s inconvenient if you need something dry in a hurry. More importantly, it can significantly increase your utility bills. So, when you go grab you clothes and their moist and hot, then consider scheduling your annual vent cleaning.

2. Clothes are unusually hot to the touch.

Ouch! The clothes in your dryer shouldn’t be too hot. The most common reason for a dryer overheating is restricted air flow. The first step is cleaning your lint trap, but if your dryer is still too hot it might mean you have lint in the duct. Check this problem by going outside and seeing if you feel air coming from the vent when the dryer is running.

3. The room is warmer than normal when the dryer is running.

Similar to hot clothes, an extra hot laundry room when you run the dryer could be signs of lint trapped in your system causing the dryer to overheat.

4. You’ve noticed burning smells.

What does your laundry room smell like? Dirty socks is fine, but burning smells is a serious symptom of lint stuck in your dryer vent. The most significant issue with dirty dryer vents is the increased fire risk. Lint is flammable, and dryers are hot. It’s a recipe for disaster.

5. The lint flap isn’t opening.

When you’re using your dryer, the lint flap outside should open. If it doesn’t, it could mean you have restricted air flow, and the main culprit is usually lint stuck in the vent. It’s also important you take notice of any lint coming outside through this vent.

6. The dryer tells you there’s a problem.

Some more sophisticated dryers might tell you there is a problem. There could be a warning light or an error code informing you the system isn’t working efficiently. If you have this type of message from your dryer, don’t ignore it.

7. The dryer stops working.

Sometimes, a dryer will automatically shut off if it detects too much heat. This could be a safety mechanism built into the dryer. If this happens, consider cleaning the dryer vent to see if it solves the problem before you leave and buy a new appliance.

8. It’s been more than a year since cleaning the vent.

Lint will make it into your dryer vent. No matter how diligently you clean your lint filter, it’ll eventually make its way into the vent and start clogging your system. At a minimum, you should hire professionals to clean your dryer vent annually. Choose a good time of the year where you’ll remember to complete this chore. Spring cleaning is a perfect opportunity. If you can’t answer the question, “when’s the last you cleaned your dryer vent,” then you should contact us today. Schedule your dryer vent cleaning with us by calling 405-329-8999.

We Can Help You Dominate Your Spring Cleaning To-Do List! Here’s How.

Spring Cleaning Carpet Services

Spring Cleaning Carpet Services

Take a deep breath, it's that time of year again.  Spring cleaning is the perfect time to open up your home and let in the fresh air. Dusting shelves, washing windows, scrubbing the refrigerator and cleaning out the attic before it gets too hot can take up a lot of time. We can help you knock out your to do list so you can spend more time enjoying the warmer weather.

Carpet Cleaning Services

Heavy foot traffic all winter long can grind the dirt into your carpets.  Simply vacuuming isn’t enough to get the dirt that is deep down in the fibers. A good carpet cleaning gets the grime out and makes it look new. If you are finding ripples in your carpet or little bubbles in the middle, you may need your carpet stretched. Over time, ripples and bubbles can cause damage to the carpet fibers creating premature wear and creases. You’re definitely going to want a professional to assist with this chore.

Rug Cleaning Services

You don’t need to put on a dust mask and hang your rugs on a clothesline to beat them.This arduous task isn’t the best for your fine rugs since it can cause damage and creases to the structure.Instead, our dry dirt removal leaves the rug flat on the ground to get the debris out of the fibers.  Our professional vacuums pull any remaining surface dust off. If your rug has any special requirements, we tailor our cleaning methods to best suit the material.  The best part about this chore is you just have to call us, we’ll pickup and deliver the fine rug for you.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Sure, you diligently clean out the lint from your dryer before every load. Good enough, right?  Well, not really. Some lint makes it past the first stop and ends up in the hose going outside. The lint in there will continue to build up and heat up each time you turn on the dryer. If left unchecked, this can become a serious fire hazard. That being said, with the right equipment, it is a simple fix and relatively easy to clean.  While simple tools are available, a professional clean will ensure the entire system is taken care of, leaving you with peace of mind and some extra energy savings as well.

Air Duct Cleaning

If you are fighting a losing battle with dust in your home, it may be time to take your dusting to the next level. Your air ducts run around your home dumping warm or cool air and keeping you comfortable throughout the year.  Over time, dirt and dust can settle in the vents, blowing out it out every time it comes on. A professional cleaning will consist of removing dust from both the grille you see and the main unit. A vacuum is used to keep contaminants under wraps while the system is cleaned out.  This means an easier cleanup with no dust left behind. We look to clean your system through and through, giving you a chance to breathe easy.

Chimney Cleaning

Warm weather means less fireplace usage. Spring cleaning usually meanings removing the ash and getting it ready for next winter. If you haven’t had the chimney cleaned in awhile, it’s even more important you tackle this chore.  Everything you burn in the fireplace has to go up and out of your home, but some of it remains as residue inside the chimney.  This residue can build up over time, and it is flammable. Keeping your family warm and safe in the winter is a simple and affordable service. Give us a call, and we will do a 14-point chimney inspection. We want to ensure that your chimney is clean and functional.

Water Restoration

Did you notice any water damage while you were doing your spring cleaning?  Standing water anywhere in your home is something that needs to be addressed immediately. Waiting is never a good idea. We offer water restoration services for your home.  Water extraction, drying and dehumidifying for all parts of your home.  We even go inside your walls to make sure nothing sinister remains.

Do you have a mold emergency?

One of the dangers of water damage is mold growth.  If you are facing more allergies inside your home than out, you may need to get your home checked. There is a chance of water damage somewhere in the home that you don’t know about.  Mold loves dark, damp areas and will grow exponentially, making you, your family and pets sick. If you come across mold while doing your spring cleaning, don’t panic. Give us a call, and we can evaluate what is needed to make your home clean again.Having some extra help will make your annual cleaning a breeze. Best of all, when you bundle several of our services, we’ll give you a discount! Call us today for your custom quote at 405-329-8999.

Mold is in the House, Now What?

Mold removal

Mold removal

Most people work hard to keep their home free from pests of all sorts, especially mold. But, we have bad news. Mold is the fungus among us, and you might be wondering “does my home have mold?” Yes, it probably does. In fact, a 2003 University of Arizona study found that 100 percent of homes have mold (just not the dangerous kinds). Take a deep breath, don’t panic, just because your home has a little mold somewhere doesn’t mean you need to call in the experts. However, you need to know when to act on the moldy incursion.

Recognize the symptoms

There are countless types of molds, some bad, and others not so much.  Each one will react differently in your home and will affect you differently.  Knowing the signs and symptoms is an excellent way to know if bad mold is actively attacking your house. 

Symptom 1: Coughing and Sneezing

If it’s allergy season, then don’t fret if you’re sneezing. The problem should only raise concerns if it’s not allergies or if your symptoms always get better when you leave the house. While these signs don’t directly point to a mold invasion, it may be worthwhile to take a second look at your home. 

Symptom 2: Suspicious Smells

Does your home have a lingering smell?  It’s a musky, damp odor that seems to permeate everything.  It’s time to investigate. Start looking in common places mold likes to hide like in traditionally damp rooms (i.e., bathroom, washroom, and kitchen). 

Symptom 3: Visible Mold

The most obvious symptom is seeing mold on your walls, under a rug or on the floor. Look for signs of discoloration in the wood around your home.  If you had water damage at any point, look for places where wood and paint have warped or bubbled up.  If you can see it, you may just be seeing the tip of the iceberg as there may be much more that you can’t see. This is the symptom that should prompt calling the experts. 

Don’t Panic

If you have mold, then it’s time to act. Ignoring it won’t make the problem go away. So it’s time to call in the experts to assess the situation. Most importantly make fixing the issue a priority. The longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

 Call a tester

A mold tester might check the air, the surface or both. The most common method to test the air is using a "spore trap,” which work by having a known volume of air impact a sticky surface to trap and test the spores. Samples of a surface might include physically removing the sampled area and sending it for testing, swabbing the surface or using tape to pull spores from the surface. 

Call your insurance

You’ll need to report a suspected mold infestation quickly to your insurance company to start a claim. Record all the conversations and take notes. Also take photos, videos and spend some time reviewing your insurance policy. You also need to provide your insurance company with detailed information as to damages, what happened, and what prevention and clean-up you've done. 

Call mold removal

Here’s where we come into the picture. Sooner Cleaning + Restoration is trained and ready to find the source of the water feeding the mold and remediate the mold in your home or business. 

Future Proof Your Home From Mold

Here are some steps you can take in the future to prevent any moldy outbreaks. 

  • Clean any moldy surfaces as soon as you spot them.

  • Make sure your carpets are clean.

  • Have your heating/cooling systems professionally cleaned regularly.

  • Use a dehumidifier or Air Conditioner.

  • Make sure bathroom fans and dryers are properly vented to the outside.

  • Try to avoid carpeting bathroom and basement areas.

  • Regularly clean moist areas.

  • Remove any moist spots.

 Keep Our Number Nearby

We do more than just mold removal.  We offer several services to keep your home or office clean and safe like water restoration, dryer vent cleaning, air duct cleaning, chimney cleaning and carpet and rug cleaning. Are you worried about mold in your home? Give us a call at 405-329-8999, so we can put your mind at ease with a plan to tackle the problem.   

How to care for your oriental rug

How to care for oriental rugs

How to care for oriental rugs

Oriental rugs can be the centerpiece of a room. The walls might be painted neutral colors, but it’s the rug that brings personality to the space. Oriental rugs are usually chosen with care because they often require a hefty investment. How can you care for your oriental rug to prolong its life?We know it's important you keep your favorite rug fresh and clean. These tips should help you maintain it for decades. 

1.  Dab spills. Don’t smear them.

The most important carpet cleaning hack is knowing how to clean when there is a new mess on your oriental rug.We all have the occasional accident, especially, if you have young children at home or visiting grandchildren. The saying goes “don’t cry over spilled milk.” It’s true. The carpet isn’t ruined if you spill your drink, but you’ll have to move quickly.In an emergency, take a lightly dampened cloth and dab at the spill.  Start from the edges of the spill and move inward.  Elevate the rug or the portion of the rug with the spill, and provide adequate ventilation to dry the spot.Avoid using chemical cleaning solutions, because it might start loosening the fibers of your favorite rug. For more difficult spills, use a light solution of water, mild soap and plain white vinegar.  Rinse the spot again thoroughly with water and allow the rug to dry for up to two days.Dry to the touch isn’t always enough. Lingering moisture can cause just as much damage as the spill, so make sure it can adequately dry. 

2. Plants- just not near your rug.

It’s best to keep plants off of your rug.  Dirt and debris from the pot can spill over staining it. Even worse, the dirt provides a perfect place for microorganisms to grow. You also don’t want to inadvertently water your rug. Even if there is a leak-proof container to hold extra water, condensation can still form on the other side and drip down.You also don’t want the pressure of a potted plant on your rug because it can damage the fibers.Side note, if you do keep something heavy on your rug. Move the item around instead of keeping it in one spot.  It will help prevent compression spots from becoming a permanent feature of your oriental rug.  A pad under the rug or a furniture cup can also help alleviate any compression induced stress. 

3. Inspect for insects.

Keeping plants off your rug is a good way to avoid insect damage, but some bugs will still find a way.  Certain moths and beetles prefer to lay their eggs in the fibers of your rug.  They’ll form their cocoons in your beautiful filaments.These bugs will seek out less traveled areas and dark corners.  Keep an eye out for any moths flying in your home as this may be an indication of a bigger problem.  Look for bare spots, sand-like particles, cocoons and webs on the rug for evidence of creepy crawling critters.Suction vacuuming once a month can help remove any eggs and larva from your rug.  If there is any part of your rug that is covered with furniture, specific insecticides can prevent any damage from a bug infestation.  If you’re storing your rug, a cedar trunk helps for short-term storage.We recommend calling the professionals for long-term storage of your favorite rugs. 

4. Vacuum the rug often.

When vacuuming your rug, it is best to use suction only.  The power brush head on a standard vacuum cleaner can tear the weaves and fibers in your rug.  Vacuuming up debris and dust is a good way to keep it healthy throughout the year. If there is heavy traffic, you should be vacuuming it multiple times a week.You should take the rug outside and beat the rug twice a year.  This will knock out any embedded dust and dirt from the fibers.  Take a vacuum and suction any additional dirt from the rug and give the floor a thorough cleaning.The exception to the rule is for very old rugs and fringes.  It’s best to avoid any vacuum on the edges of a rug, as it may shred the fibers and undo the weave at the edge.  For older rugs, this is of particular concern as any damage is more difficult to repair. 

5. Rotate your favorite rugs throughout your house.

You can actually rotate your rugs in two ways. First, turning the rug end to end can help evenly distribute the wear it normally receives.  A rug is best used on a hard, flat surface.  However, if it is on an uneven surface, regular rotations can help keep the integrity of the rug for longer.The second rotation technique is trading the rug with another rug in the home.  A seasonal change can help alter the look of a room, keeping not only your home looking fresh but your rugs as well.  A spare rug can also keep a room looking just the way you like while professionals are cleaning it. 

6. Hire professional cleaners.

Some rugs have significant meaning, especially if it is passed down through the family. If it is expensive and old, of course, you want to care of it. Professional cleaners know the right strategies to extend the life of your rug, and they can clean it without causing any damage. In fact, cleaning these rugs is almost as much of an art as the rugs themselves.Are you in need of professional cleaning? One of our specialties is oriental rugs, so let’s chat. Call us at (405) 329-8999 to schedule a cleaning.  

The Most Common Asked Questions about Carpet and Rug Cleaning

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If you just cleaned your carpet or you are thinking about hiring a cleaner, then you will most likely have a few questions about the process. Hopefully, our answers to some of the most common questions with carpet and rug cleaning will help you. 

When will it be dry?

Carpets can take anywhere from 8 to 24 hours to fully dry.  If it is humid outside, it may take longer.  Fans may help expedite the drying process by moving air around and wicking the moisture away.  If you can open the windows in your house that too can help speed up the process, but only if you are in a very dry climate. 

How soon can I walk on it?

As long as you aren't wearing shoes, almost immediately after the floors are cleaned.  It is recommended that heavy foot traffic be diverted around the cleaned floors until they are dry.  Flat bottomed slippers or booties are the best if you need to cross the floors right after cleaning.  Caution is needed when transitioning from a wet area to tile or wood.  The bottoms of your feet could be very slick. 

Will heating the house speed up drying?

Unless it is cold outside and you need to run your furnace anyway, it is not necessary.  In the summer you can run your air conditioning. If you are having problems with your air conditioner, have ambrose air come check it out. What matters is humidity and airflow when it comes to drying your floors.  Keep the temperature in your home at a comfortable level and turn on the fans.  Running the unit on the fan will not alter the temperature but will create air movement throughout the home and improve dry time. 

What do I need to do before getting them cleaned?

Generally, you should pick up loose items off the floor.  Toys, books and remotes should be put away before the cleaning crews arrive. Items that might not react well to moisture (stack of magazines, wood- footed coffee table) should be put up on other furniture or moved away from the cleaning area.  Vacuuming right before cleaning is always helpful. Call ahead and find out if you need to vacuum your floors or what you should do about your furniture.  You usually save money when the cleaners work primarily in the open areas. 

Will cleaning my floors make them dirtier faster?

This is a myth.  Proper cleaning removes all cleaning agents and detergents from the fibers.  As long as all residual cleaning solutions are removed, and the floors don't get dirty any sooner than they would normally with heavy foot traffic One thing to consider is re-applying a protector to the carpet.  Over time and with cleaning, the protector is removed.  These products really make a difference in the life of the carpet and the re-soiling. 

Help!  My carpet developed a bubble in it right after cleaning!

Carpet ripples or “bubbles” happens if a carpet isn't stretched properly.  It should go back down after drying.  Similarly, your carpets should not shrink due to cleaning either.  If you notice these things in the days following your cleaning, please contact the cleaning company who performed the service. 

My old rug has knots showing. Can those be trimmed to make it look new again?

No, don't cut the surface knots.  It is common to see those on an old handmade rug.  It is a part of the process to tie the two ends of the fabric together when it is in the loom.  When it was new, those knots were hidden away but time and traffic can bring them out.  Don’t trim them as doing so can damage your rug.  Instead, be happy that your rug has withstood the test of time.  A good cleaning though may restore some of the color and luster it once had. 

How can I maintain my floors after they have been cleaned?

It is best to use a good, quality vacuum to pull dirt and dust out of the carpet fibers. The frequency of vacuuming is so important.  It keeps fibers from crushing and removes the dirt and dust before it settles in the base of the carpet and the carpet pad Blot any spills with a towel or rag.  Never rub or scrub spills! Just like when you remove dirt from the wall, it is generally a good idea to refrain from using chemical spot removers, especially when cleaning accidents on rugs.  A 50/50 solution of water and vinegar and blotting with a towel or rag should be enough to prevent staining from spills and accidents. Ready for a cleaning? Great! Call us at 405-329-8999 and we can answer any other questions you may have and schedule a time that works best for you.

5 Signs It’s Time to Clean Your Air Ducts

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Air Duct Cleaning Norman

 It’s nice to take a deep breath of fresh air, but those dirty air ducts could make your home stuffy, dusty and smelly. For the most part, your air ducts probably go unnoticed, but if you are experiencing one or more of these seven signs it’s time to get them cleaned.  

Sign 1: You’re fighting stubborn smells

Gross, what’s that smell? It might be mold, mildew, smoke or a dead animal.If you or a previous owner smoked in the home, the fumes can be pulled into the evaporator coil. The odor permeates the coil and air blasts into your home every time you run your HVAC. Here are 3 things you should know about indoor air quality.A rotten garbage smell is a sign you might have a dead animal somewhere decomposing in your ventilation. It might be a mouse who crawled in for warmth or an injured bird that made it’s home inside.Mildew and mold can build up in a venting system because it is a moist and dark area making it conducive for growth. Even a dirty filter can grow mold. If you are smelling mildew or standing water, it’s time to clean the vents. 

Sign 2: Dust is clearly visible.

Open the vent covers and peek inside. Do you see matted dust and debris piling up? If so, then it is time to call out the professionals to clean inside the system. If it is dirty where you can see, then it is definitely dirty beyond your line of sight. 

Sign 3: Your allergies are persistent.

Are you tired of sneezing? Maybe you are waking up every morning with itchy eyes and a sore throat. It could just be run-of-the-mill seasonal allergies. However, your air ducts could be the real problem.If allergy season comes and goes, but your allergies are still working overtime, then it might be time to clean your air ducts. The vents might have collected all the allergens and distributes it every time you run your air. 

Sign 4: You have a pet.

Your furry family member is tough on air ducts. Excessive shedding and dander can quickly clog up your filters and line your air ducts.If they like to go out a lot, they can bring the outside indoors which also adds to the mess.  If you have friends or family with pet allergies, it may be a good idea to have your air ducts cleaned out to help alleviate any symptoms due to your furry friend. 

Sign 5: You haven’t done it before.

How long has it been since you cleaned your air ducts? If you’ve lived in your home for 20 years and can’t answer the question, then it might be time to clean them.Dirt and dust will limit the efficiency of heating and air-conditioning units. In addition to making the units work harder and potentially limiting their lifespan, you could also be increasing your electric bills each month.The best way to keep your air ducts clean moving forward is to use high-quality filters and change them often. The filters will always be your first line of defense.The Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t suggest there are any health hazards stemming from mild dust accumulation in the duct. However, the EPA does recommend cleaning air ducts if there is a mold growth problem or any evidence of a rodent or insect infestation.Do you need to clean your air ducts, but you don’t have the time or the tools? Give us a call at  (405) 329-8999 Sooner Carpet Cleaning, and we’d be happy to help you with the job.

How to Clean Your Fireplace this Fall

How to Clean Your Fireplace this Fall

How to Clean Your Fireplace this Fall

Every day is a little cooler and winter is right around the corner, which means in a few short weeks you might be chopping wood or scooping your pellet stove insert into your fireplace to stay warm. Now is the right time to clean the chimney to make sure it is safe to use.How do you know it is time for cleaning? The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) says fireplaces need cleaning when the inside of the chimney or flue system has 1/8″ of soot buildup.The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages homeowners to clean and inspect their fireplaces at least once a year even if it isn’t used often. It isn’t uncommon for animals to makes nests in the area, and when they do, it is unsafe to start a fire below.You might be looking to clean your chimney, or maybe you just want to know more about the process. Either way, here are the steps needed to ensure your chimney is ready to keep you cozy warm during the cold winter. 

Step 1: Inspect the buildup

Start by making sure there isn’t a downdraft, and if you feel air flow open a window in the same room as the chimney to stop it. Next, put on goggles and a dust mask. Grab a good flashlight and a fireplace poker. Scratch the surface of the smoke chamber.If the groove is ⅛ inch thick, then it is time to schedule cleaning. If it is ¼ inch thick or more, then don’t start another fire until a cleaning is completed.Also check for creosote at the top of the firebox, in the smoke chamber, the damper and the flue. 

Step 2: Limit the mess

Cleaning a chimney is a dirty job. It’s best to start by controlling the mess. Grab a roll of duct tape, lay canvas tarp over the hearth and seal it up around the entire opening of the chimney. Put the hose of a shop vacuum behind the seal of the opening to grab the dust and soot.It helps to use extra hoses so you can place the vacuum outside, so when you dump it or clean it, you are not releasing all of the ash in your home. Furthermore, many shop vacuum filters don’t trap the fine soot and will blow right out the exhaust port. This step will save you extra clean up. 

Step 3: Top to bottom brushing

It’s time to jump on the roof with your chimney brush, but first, turn on the shop vacuum, so it is ready to grab what you are throwing down. Ram the cleaning brush down the flue and move it up and down several times in one small section.Use a good flashlight to inspect your work before going to the next section. Continue down the fireplace until you reach the smoke box. The rest of the work needs to be completed from the inside.Peel back a part of the sheeting sealing off the fireplace. Then, use a long-handled brush and noodle brush to remove the soot from the smoke shelf and firebox. 

Step 4: Finish the job carefully.

Before you remove the shop vacuum, use it to remove the remaining soot. When you are finished, carefully remove the seal from the fireplace. Wrap up the canvas and throw it away, so you don’t spread the soot around your home.Cleaning a chimney requires quite a few tools including several different types of chimney brushes. If you don’t have the equipment, time or experience give Sooner Carpet a call at (405) 329-8999, and we'll make sure you have a safe chimney. We want to give you peace of mind while you depend on its warmth this winter.

9 Vacuuming Mistakes You Might be Making

9 Vacuuming Mistakes You Might be Making

9 Vacuuming Mistakes You Might be Making

It’s unlikely you evaluate your vacuuming skills on a regular basis. In most circumstances, it is a pretty thoughtless task. However, you can’t keep your carpet looking great for years to come without the right technique. My vacuum just went out and I bought a new one from bluemountainvacuum.ca, it sucks up everything.If you correct the common vacuuming errors most people make, you will love the results and the long-term savings.

1.   Making the task a race

And they’re off, like a herd of turtles!It’s a busy world, and you probably do not want to spend more time than absolutely on household chores.Most people will turn on their vacuum and start power walking around the house until the surface looks sufficiently clean. This, however, is not as effective as you think.When you move too fast, you don’t give the vacuum enough time to pick up debris from below the surface. This means your carpet will lose its newness and shine quickly. Instead, move slowly and repeat the same motion several times.This technique will remove up to 85 percent of dust and allergens, while also making high-traffic patterns less noticeable.

2.   Not vacuuming enough

How often should you vacuum?The right answer: every day.Realistically, this won’t happen. Instead, consider at least sweeping the high traffic areas near the doorways and hallways several times a week. Then, vacuum the floors at least once a week. Finally, try to get under furniture and do a more thorough job at least once a month.

3.   Waiting too long to empty the bag

Nobody enjoys changing a vacuum bag. It involves trying to not spill several weeks of dust on the floor. Ignoring this chore is like not changing your car’s oil on the right schedule.Not changing the bag will make your vacuuming efforts less effective, but more importantly, you will damage the motor.If possible, try to clean the vacuum outside to eliminate any concerns about dropping debris back into your home.Go the extra mile: clean the “brush roll” or “beater roll.”

4.   Not vacuuming in both directions

Many people will vacuum in one direction only. The problem with this technique is you only grab half of the dirt and dust. If you look closely at your carpet, you will notice fibers are twisted together and require multiple directions to clean the surface properly.

5.   Ignoring the attachments

Stop bashing your vacuuming against the baseboards hoping to get the dirt. Your vacuum has attachments for a reason.Get familiar with the different tools on your vacuum, and use them in your vacuuming routine. It’s worth it because getting closer to the baseboards and in those hard to reach places will further reduce allergens in your home.

6.   Dusting the furniture after you vacuum

Sometimes, there is a right and wrong order to clean in your home. You shouldn’t dust your furniture after you vacuum your floor because it would be counterproductive.Before you dig the vacuum out from the back of your closet, grab your dusting supplies and clean off the tables, baseboards and ceiling fans in a room.

7.   Never moving the furniture

If it looks clean it is clean, right?Just because you can’t see underneath the furniture in your home, it doesn’t mean it isn’t dirty and in need of a thorough vacuuming. Furthermore, leaving your furniture in one place for extended periods of time is really hard on your carpet and will limit the lifespan of the surface.

8.   Vacuuming over hard objects

It’s easy to just zoom over a small rock or other hard objects. It seems like it won’t cause any problems, but it is highly advisable not to get into this habit. Pick up all the visible hard objects on the floor before vacuuming, because you could do damage to the inside of your vacuum cleaner. If you have invested in the best hardwood floor vacuums, it is better to sweep your floors before passing the vacuum. Really, it only takes vacuuming a hard object once to land you in a repair shop or worse, replacing a vacuum.

9.   Operating with the wrong settings

Some vacuums allow you to adjust the height, and choosing the wrong setting could make be damaging to the vacuum or simply make your efforts ineffective. The best strategy is to listen to your vacuum. Does it sound like it is working properly? If not, adjust the height until it is a better fit for the surface.Don’t forget, even with the best vacuuming technique, you will need get professional commercial maid services in Melbourne once and a while to deep clean your carpet to ensure it stays fresh and clean. At Sooner Carpet we believe nothing works better than the hot water extraction method (steam cleaning).Call us at 405-329-8999 for a free estimate on carpet cleaning services for your home or business.

7 Tips to Keep Your New Carpet Looking Grand

7 Tips to Keep Your New Carpet Looking Grand

7 Tips to Keep Your New Carpet Looking Grand

The installation of your new carpet is complete, and you couldn’t be happier. The rooms in your home have new life because of the fresh and clean floor. Now, you are left wondering how long it will last.We all make those promises. After buying a new car, you swear the kids will never eat in it. When you purchase a new shirt, you strengthen your resolve not to spill coffee or drop mustard during lunch. When you get a new carpet, you commit to vacuuming every day. Those ambitions are quickly doused by a dose of reality. A two-year-old demanding their starving and you hand them a chicken nugget because you really need to focus on driving. The speed bump that tips your sip of coffee down the front of your shirt and a busy month goes by with the vacuuming gathering dust in the back of a closet.We have all been there. It happens, but right now you need to know exactly how to keep your carpet pristine for decades to come, and there are seven ways to reach your goal. 

1. Vacuum (not every day, but often)

We feel a bit like a broken record with this tip, but it is so important. Don’t let your carpet become a home for dust and dirt. Create a vacuuming schedule by dropping an alert in your calendar, so you don’t forget. Always remember it is not a race. Moving the vacuum slowly rather than quickly it time to really grab the dirt below the surface. Once is not enough. Run the vacuum horizontally over a room, and then vacuum again by running it vertically over the room. Use the attachments to grab dirt and dust from hard to reach places in corners or up against the baseboards. 

2. Welcome mats keep out unwanted guests

The hard-bristled mat outside of your front door offers more than a clever catchphrase. It is the first line of defense to prevent dirt from entering your home. The fibers latch on to debris stuck to the bottom of a shoe to keep the mess outside.Be diligent about taking off your shoes, and ask guests to do the same. This further prevents tracking mud or dust across you clean carpet.

3. Avoid powder carpet fresheners

Carpet powder is one way to make a room smell fresh! However, without proper vacuuming techniques, it is possible to leave behind residue in the carpet.  If you use it excessively, it is more likely to cause more problems than it solves. It can even result in white stains on the surface. 

4. Trim the snags you are destined to discover

Snags will eventually happen, especially if you have kids or pets. The most important thing to remember is to never pull a snag because it will just make it worse by tearing the carpet away from the backing. The best strategy is to use a pair of scissors and trim it at the base to prevent further damage.The best strategy is to use a pair of scissors and trim it at the base to prevent further damage.

5. Potty train your furry family member

It is challenging to keep carpets clean and fresh with a pet, especially if he or she isn’t house trained yet. Train fast and early to limit excessive damage to your carpet. Clean up those inevitable accidents quickly. Treat the area with cleaners that are safe for your pet and will eliminate the odor. Even the slightest smell might encourage your pet to repeat the accident in the same area. Treat the area with cleaners that are safe for your pet and will eliminate the odor. Even the slightest smell might encourage your pet to repeat the accident in the same area.Vacuuming regularly will keep their fur out of the fibers of your carpet, and wiping their paws will eliminate some dust and dirt they could track in from outside.

6. Don’t engage in habits that result in spills

It only takes one trip to cause an accident. While a spill won’t result in an entirely ruined carpet, multiple messes over time will cause stains that are really hard to remove or hide.Encourage the young children in your house to eat and drink somewhere kid-friendly, like at a table with placemats or somewhere that has tile.Don’t live life on the edge, scoot your wine glasses and other liquids to the center of an end table to prevent it from dropping to the floor.Serve dinner at the table in the dining room rather than eating on the couch in front of the TV. All of these habits can result in a mess.No matter how hard you try, it is highly likely there will be an accident on your carpet, but don’t sweat the spills, that is why we are here!

7. Hire the professionals

Your carpet is new, so you don’t need a professional clean anytime soon right? Wrong, you need to professionally clean your carpet twice a year regardless of the age of the floor. In fact, if your goal is to keep the carpet looking new, then the sooner, the better. If you have a water leak or other types of major damage, then a professional can provide quality restoration. We have experience cleaning up all types of messes, so call Sooner Carpet Cleaning at 405-329-8999 for an estimate.

Answers to your carpet stretching questions.

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An affordable and comfortable flooring option is carpet. However, If you decide to use carpet in your home it won’t have the same lifespan as hardwood or stained concrete, but before you decide it is time to replace it, consider the benefits of carpet stretching to repair it. You should employ this strategy when you notice small ripples or areas of the carpet bunched together, not only because it is unsightly but also because it is a tripping hazard.

What causes carpet bunching or ripples?

Normal carpet wear, sliding around heavy furniture, playing with a pet or exceptionally high foot traffic can cause a carpet to bunch in some places or ripple. Installation or manufacturing mistakes can also result in these flaws. Carpet is made of four layers.The first layer is the yarn that you walk on. The second layer is the primary backing. The third layer is a secondary backing, and each layer is held together by a latex adhesive. Since the adhesive generally contains a type of clay made out of marble dust, it absorbs moisture and expands. When this happens, the expansion will cause a buckle. Applying new carpet in the winter can also increase the risk of ripples. When it is cold, the carpet backing is stiff and difficult to stretch. When the warm summer months approach, the backing will relax, and then bubbles will appear in the carpet. While the problem seems minor, if it is not addressed it can cause more extensive rippling and eventually need replacement.

Why consider carpet stretching

Carpet stretching can solve many issues with minimal expense. Stretching will help the carpet look flush again. It will also make the cleaning process more effective because quality cleaners and vacuums will pull the loose fabric causing more damage to the flooring.  Stretching will lengthen the lifespan because it pulls the underlying warp and it redistributes the patterns of wear. The process is fairly simple, and homeowners usually don’t need to remove all the furniture from a room.

How does it work?

Carpet cleaning professionals use a power stretcher for most of the work. A smaller stretcher, also known as a knee kicker, is used for tight corners. The padding tack boards are replaced to create a new base. After the excess carpet is removed, the flooring is secured against the wall with a staple gun. During the stretching process, it is possible to patch stains or holes in the carpet.

Who can help?

While it is possible to DIY a carpet stretching project, we recommend hiring a professional who has experience and the necessary tools that reduce the likelihood of mistakes, such as broken seams or additional damage to the material. If you have any other questions, Sooner Cleaning + Restoration can answer them, or hire us to tackle the project for you.

10 tips to maintain your carpet like an expert!

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Want to know how we would keep our carpets looking new and fresh? Here are ten tips that really make your carpet stay in great shape. It’s not as hard as you think.

1. Vacuum often, vacuum rightA clean carpet begins with vacuuming regularly. That means more than just running a Hoover over the carpet once or twice a month. Use the crevice attachments to get dirt and dust from around the room. Vacuum the entire space horizontally, and then again vertically. The more times you run it over the surface, the more dirt it removes. Don’t let the bag get more than half full or it won’t work as efficiently. It’s also not a race. Vacuum slowly so it has the chance to pick up all the dirt embedded below the surface to the carpet. Finally, adjust the height, so it works just right for your floor.

2. An extra layer helps your carpet go the extra mileThose high foot traffic areas in your home take a beating on a daily basis. Consider laying down a decorative rug to prevent premature wear on your carpet. Area rugs are a great way to brighten a room and display your unique style. You can purchase a new beautiful rug from https://www.southwesternrugsdepot.com/decor/. They can also help you cover up a worn spot and prolong your need to install a new carpet. Heavier rugs are less likely to bunch and create tripping hazards. Using a carpet pad can also help keep your new rug in place. 

3. Have a spill? Clean it quick.Time is crucial when it comes to cleaning up a mess. Don’t waste a minute when something spills onto your carpet. The secret is to dab, not scrub, believe these can help. Rubbing the spill just pushes the particles down further into the carpet threads. Each type of mess requires a different strategy. Know what works best for your current problem. It might be hydrogen peroxide, dish soap or other types of cleaning supplies. We also share our strategies to help you attack the most stubborn stains.

4. Wipe your feet and take off those shoesTake your shoes off at the door. Any dirt trapped in the sole of your shoes will be ground into the fibers of your carpet. Your shoes can also be very abrasive and breakdown the surface. Furthermore, shoes pick up all sorts of different substances that you certainly don’t want in your home and stuck in your carpet.

5. Conduct the occasional room redesignPlush carpets are great for filling a room with warmth and comfort. However, when you move your sofa after a few years, the damage is done. Rearranging a room takes time, effort and planning, but it protects your carpet from indentations that are impossible to remove. Rugs can also help with any major dents from heavy furniture.

6. Stretch it out.In addition to being unsightly, those ripples in the carpet can limit the lifespan of the surface. Humidity, moving heavy furniture or even an incorrect installation can cause your carpet to buckle. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. In fact, it will only get worse over time and may lead to your carpet creasing. The good news is SoonerCarpet can stretch it back out. into place.  Have questions about this process? We can answer them. (linking back to stretching blog).

7. Apply stain resistant productsNo surface is truly stain resistant, but some products can help you clean up messes a bit easier. Some carpets are created to be stain resistant, but that factory protection diminishes over time and especially in the traffic areas.  There are also protectants, which can be applied to all carpets at any time. for regular carpets. Carpet protectors like Scotchgard help prevent dirt and liquids from absorbing into the fibers as quickly. It can also prevent fading from sunlight. This is a good option to help you prevent long term damage to your carpet.

8. Install curtains or blindsWe are in the midst of a hot summer, and the sunlight can do more than just warm up your house. The carpet may be your favorite color, but those UV rays can cause it to fade in splotchy areas around your windows. Install curtains that block the sunlight during the morning and evening hours to protect the surface from direct light. You can also use window tinting that blocks any UV rays.

9. Change out the air filtersThe fibers in your carpet grab all the dust and dirt near it. If your air filter isn’t working the way hospital-grade air purifiers work, then your carpet will work overtime. That means it is bad for your air quality and your carpet. Change your air filters often to keep dust and dirt out of your floor.

10. Take time for a deep clean or just call us!Nothing quite does the job like a good deep clean. It is possible to rent equipment and do the job yourself, but hiring a professional has its perks.Our experience and superior equipment makes our cleaning ability much greater. We treat your carpet like our carpet every time we visit. Call us at 405.329.8999 to ask us how we can help your carpet look like new.

Stubborn Carpet Stains and How to Clean Them

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Life happens. If you have kids, pets or host parties, accidents and spills are inevitable. The good news is with a little time and a couple of strategies, there’s no reason to fret over messes that cause those stubborn carpet stains. 

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Maybe you’re running late for a big event or settling in for a relaxing evening. Either way, you decide to paint your nails. Despite taking several precautions, such as laying down a towel, the bottle tips over and the colorful liquid pours out onto the carpet. The new stain seems permanent, but taking quick action can remove the spill entirely.

Here is what you need:

· Soft cloth

· Rubbing alcohol

· Hairspray

· Hydrogen peroxide

· Nail polish remover

· Water

· Carpet cleaner

Take action:

Start by keeping the area damp with water, and begin blotting the spill without scrubbing or spreading it. Apply nail polish remover to a small portion of carpet under a piece of furniture or in the back of a closet to ensure it doesn’t remove the color. If it doesn’t damage the carpet then apply nail polish remover to the soft cloth and begin blotting it into the stain.

Apply rubbing alcohol or hairspray to the area to further help the stain removal process. Alcohol-based products act as a degreasing agent, effectively removing several ink stains. But, use it lightly – as it can cause colors to fade.

If the carpet is white, then hydrogen peroxide can help bleach the area. Once all the polish is removed, clean the area with mild soap or carpet shampoo, and press out the water.

Synthetic-Red Stains

Kool-Aid, tomato juice, red wine or other types of synthetic red stains are difficult, but not impossible to remove. These stains generally occur as accidents while hosting parties or when the kids get home from school. It’s important to know when this type of mess occurs, time is important.

Here is what you need:

· Soft cloth

· Salt or baking soda

· Hydrogen peroxide

· Carpet cleaner

· Soft soap

Take action:

Begin by blotting up the liquid, and then add cold water to dilute the liquid further. Apply baking soda or salt to the area to help absorb more liquid. Vacuum the stain and repeat until removing the entire stain. Using gentle soap or carpet cleaner can also help you clean.

Pet stains

Pets are members of the family, but new and untrained animals can unintentionally cause damage to carpets and the mess creates unpleasant odors too. So, what do you do when your puppy or kitten has an accident on the floor?

Here is what you will need:

· Paper towels

· Newspapers

· odor eliminator

· Cool water and carpet cleaner

Take action:

Soak up as much of the urine as possible with a thick layer of paper towels, and lay something heavy on top of the paper towels for added weight. The Humane Society explains that it’s important to neutralize the pet odor after the area is clean because the pet may make a habit of returning to the accident area.

Avoid using steam cleaners because the heat will ingrain the stain and odor by bonding the protein to fibers. Also avoid cleaning with strong chemicals, because it could encourage the animal to remark the area.

Consult the professionals

Removing stains immediately after they occur is important, but so is consulting professionals and maintaining the area with regular deep cleaning. Sooner Cleaning + Restoration provides customers water extraction services, water drying and carpet cleaning services. For a consultation or to schedule a cleaning, call 405-329-8999.

Prepare for the Season With a Deep Spring Clean

Now that the weather is warming up and you can comfortably walk outside without a jacket, you may be feeling the urge – or the guilt – to spring clean. Whether you look forward to it or dread it each year, it’s no surprise the time-honored, albeit grueling tradition has its advantages, and there are several interesting theories of how it originated.

Some speculate it began during a time when people heated their home all winter with wood-burning stoves or fireplaces. By the time things outside started to thaw and you were able to open your windows, your home was coated in a thick layer of soot and grime and needed a good scrubbing. Others say the spring cleaning tradition is rooted in ancient cultures preparing for Passover or Chinese New Year.   

Whether you’re preparing for company, cleaning the leftover soot off your walls from your fireplace or just get the itch every spring to vacuum the coils under your refrigerator, there are quite a few health benefits of getting your home in order each spring that Sooner Carpet Cleaning can help with.

Save your allergies: Removing allergens from the home is always a good idea, but is especially helpful during the peak of allergy season. Removing the dust, dirt and allergens from your furniture, rugs, carpet and even air ducts can significantly improve the air quality in your home.

Increase productivity: Clutter can make you feel tense, of all the productivity measurements, visual clutter ranks among the most important, as far as impeding your mental state from reaching the flow. Letting go of the things you don’t need and organizing the things you do use can save you time and overall frustration, making you more productive.

Reduce stress: Getting your home in order can boost your emotional health and make you feel ready for the upcoming season of family gatherings, dinner parties and outdoor barbecues. You want to be sure your home is set and ready for whatever you need.

Boost your mood: Studies show the act of cleaning can provide a sense of satisfaction and put you in a better mood. Try playing some uplifting music while you clean!

Remember, we’re here to make your spring cleaning easier. Call Sooner Cleaning + Restoration today at 405.329.8999.

Spring Cleaning: Room by Room

Spring is finally here and there’s never been a better time to clean up around the house. It can be intimating working with a mass amount of square space, but don’t worry. Our team here at Sooner Cleaning + Restoration is here to help.

We believe that with a few basic tricks, you’ll be able to transform your chaotic house into a relaxing space to enjoy with family and friends. It’s all a matter of conquering it in smaller, digestible pieces. Keep reading to learn how you can dominate spring cleaning, room by room.

Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

Wipe walls and floorboards

Wipe down cabinetry and counters

Clean mirrors and windows

Spray and soak the tub

Spray and scrub the toilet

Wash bath mats

Sweep and mop floors

Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

Wipe walls and floorboards

Dust ceiling fans, furniture and other surfaces

Wash bedding, sheets and other linens

Clean windows and window treatments

Vacuum carpets and rugs, or sweep and mop floors

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

Wipe down cabinetry and counters

Clean the fridge and freezer

Clean and prime cooking appliances

Wipe down the stove top, oven and microwave

Vacuum rugs, sweep and mop floors

Living Room Cleaning Checklist

Wipe walls and floorboards

Dust ceiling fans, furniture and other services

Clean windows and window treatments

Clean furniture upholstery and pillows

Clean and dust electronics

Vacuum carpets and rugs, or sweep and mop floors

Laundry Room Cleaning List

Wipe down the outside of each appliance

Run white vinegar through the washer to sanitize (provided you get the washer repair on time, if required)

Empty dryer lint trap

Wipe interior walls of the dryer

Check dryer vent for lint build up

Launder rugs, sweep and mop floors

Sooner Carpet Cleaning Tips and Tricks

1. Wipe walls and floorboards

You’d be surprised how much dirt, grime and scuff collect over the course of a year. To avoid damaging the paint on your walls, use a slightly damp sponge and baking soda for mild exfoliation. On tougher marks along the floorboards, you can use a more abrasive tool like a Magic Eraser.

2. Wipe down cabinetry and counters

Noticing some buildup around your cabinet and counter handles? There are two ways you can mitigate the grime. One, dampen a clean cloth with vinegar and wipe down. Second, create a mixture of vegetable oil and baking side and exfoliate in circles around the discolored area.

3. Clean mirrors and windows

Streaks are the worst, aren’t they? We recommend using a microfiber cloth to clean mirrors and windows. And if you’re still stuck with swipe marks, take a crumbled piece of newspaper and apply it in circular motions.

4. Dust ceiling fans, furniture and other surfaces

Ceiling fans can be tricky to reach. To save yourself some trouble, grab a cheap pillowcase and let’s go to work. Slide the pillowcase around each blade at a time and wipe. All the gunk will be confined inside. Then, you can simply shake the pillowcase clean outdoors and throw into the wash!

5. Vacuum carpets and rugs

Vacuums and brooms can remove debris for the most part, but did you know there’s an easier way to enjoy freshly cleaned carpeting and rugs? We use a special steam cleaning method, also known as hot water extraction — which is recommended by leading carpet manufacturers.

For all your spring cleaning needs, you don’t have to go at it alone. Tackle your home, room by room, give our team a call at (405) 329-8999 and we’ll take care of the rest!

5 Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes

With winter finally here, it’s time to start prepping your home for the 2017 (and the unpredictable weather). One of the biggest risks you run with dropping temperatures is freezing pipes. Our team here at Sooner Cleaning + Restoration has gathered five ways to prevent frozen pipes so that you and your family can stay cozy all season long!

1. Your water is running. No need to catch it.

Whether you’ve lost power or simply experiencing freezing temperatures in your area, it’s important to keep water running – even if it’s a small trickle. Make sure to flip the faucet towards the hot side, though!

2. You’ve got to crawl before you can walk.

Remember that crawl space that collects cobwebs? What about that basement downstairs? If you have any plumbing in these areas, make sure your AC repair is up to date or else you will need to keep a heat lamp focused near the pipes and/or drain to ensure nothing freezes.

3. Don’t forget the great outdoors.

When anticipating severe winter weather, be sure to disconnect your water hose from the outdoor faucet. While you’re doing this, take a moment to inspect the spigot for any leaks. This will help you save a little extra money on your utility bills.

4. Shut the front door! But, keep the cabinet open.

In your kitchen and bathroom areas, keep your cabinet doors open whenever possible. This will give your pipes some room to breathe (and thaw). We recommend keeping high traffic area doors open while closing off closets and unused spaces. This will keep the warm air circulating in the spaces you reside.

5. Share in the warmth.

You can wrap heater tape around your pipes to keep them insulated. Most heater tape works by a built-in thermostat or includes a system of cables. Please note, though. It’s always best practice to follow the manufacturer’s instructions in the packaging.

Is your home ready for the cold season ahead? If not, don’t worry. Whether it’s chimney cleaning or water restoration needs, you can always count on Sooner Cleaning + Restoration to be there and ready to tackle the toughest of problems. (405) 329-8999

It's Time to Get Your Chimney Cleaned!

9-r-oct-25Fireplaces are a cool weather luxury that we enjoy here in Oklahoma, but periodic cleaning and maintenance is necessary in order to keep your family and home safe. While the frequency of cleaning a chimney can depend on different factors such as usage of the fireplace, types of products burned in the fireplace and the age of the home/fireplace, it is important that your fireplace is inspected at least once per year. This is the 14-Point Chimney Inspection that our experts will complete on your chimney:

  1. What year was your home built?
  2. How often do you have a fire during the cold months?
  3. When is the last time you changed the batteries in your smoke detectors?
  4. Do you ever notice smoke escaping from your fireplace when you first start a fire?
  5. Is the Damper difficult to open?
  6. Do you have a Carbon Monoxide Detector in the home?
  7. Do you ever hear animal noises in your chimney?
  8. Firebox:  All embers removed.  Checked all sides for cracks or loose mortar.
  9. Damper:  Inspected with flashlight for proper opening and closing and checked for rust and cracks.
  10. Smoke Shelf:  Thoroughly Cleaned
  11. Flue:  Cleaned and inspected for creosote.
  12. Chimney Cap:  Checked for damage from storms.  Checked for loose or missing screws
  13. Chimney Flashing:  Checked to see if securely attached.
  14. Chimney Crown:  Checked for cracks or loose mortar

Carpet Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

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Having clean carpet is one of the most important parts of having a tidy, healthy home. Here are top five carpet cleaning mistakes you should avoid to achieve the cleanest carpet possible.

1. Waiting to Clean up the Spill

As soon as the dreaded spill or splat happens, move quickly to clean it up. Spills sink immediately into the fibers, making them more difficult to remove. If the spill is acidic, it could even eat away at the carpet fibers. While if the stain is left unattended for too long, the spill can seep into the carpet padding.

2. Not Testing Cleaning Products Prior to Use

In order to avoid potentially ruining your carpet, you should test the cleaning products in a discrete area. Before using them for the first time, take some time and apply them in the corner of the room or under a couch or rug. This simple, extra step can help avoid an even larger, unwanted stain in the middle of your room.

3. Never Hiring Professional Carpet Cleaners

If your carpets are well worn with frequent stains from children or pets, or if you are trying to get your home ready for an open house, a professional carpet cleaning could do the trick. Professional maids in Spring TX will remove most of the pesky little stain remnants, pet hair, and long lasting odors when cleaning.

4. Using Deodorizing Powder to Clean Spills

We all want our carpets and rugs to smell clean and fresh, but one common mistake that people make is using deodorizing powders to clean up spills. Deodorizing powders aren’t designed to clean up spills, so it is best to use it after the stain is removed. Make sure you don’t use the powder too often because vacuums aren't strong enough to pull out all of the powder from the carpet fibers and this can result in buildup in the carpet fibers.

5. Scrubbing Spills out of the Carpet

When the time comes to remove the dreaded stain out of your carpet, we all have a tendency to scrub the stains out as hard and as fast as we can. Even though you may be removing the stain, scrubbing your carpet untwists and fades the carpet fibers which causes permanent damage. The best way to remove a stain is to start by scraping up what you can with a spoon and then blot the stain with a towel. After the moisture is absorbed, use a stain remover.For more valuable information on cleaning your carpets, check out this rug cleaning guide from NW Rugs

Why Cleaning Your Air Ducts Is Helpful to Your Health

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 Why Cleaning Your Air Ducts Is Helpful to Your Health

Cleaning air ducts is not a favored task in anyone’s home, but after reading up on the health benefits, we may have changed our minds!Your air ducts will inevitably become dirty thanks to many different contributions, but the key factor in keeping them fairly clean is to regularly change your air filters every 3 months, and every 2 months if you have pets. They keep pet hair, dust, and other pollutants from getting into the air duct.By doing this, you will reap the benefits of duct cleaning!

1.Reduces dust allergensIf you’re constantly rubbing your eyes and coughing, dust built up in your air ducts may be what the cause is. Keep you and your family safe and pick up that dust!

2. Easy air flowEasy air flow = lower electricity bills. When air ducts are clean, air moves easier, allowing you to control the temp without wondering if you’re turned it down, or up, too much. A lot of built up pollutants can make it hard for air to get through, and tampering it.

3. Good for the asthma65% of asthma cases in younger children could be prevented by controlled indoor allergens. Meaning your little ones may suffer from the dust, mold, dirt, and animal dander a little more than an adult. Keep everyone safe and happy by planning to get them cleaned once a month.

The importance of giving back

Big Band DinnerWe feel that giving back to our community is an important aspect for the staff here at Sooner Carpet Cleaning. In life where everything happens so quickly, we try to slow down a little and see how we contribute to our community. This is why we volunteer and donate our time and money to several great causes in Norman and the metro area. We have greatly enjoyed our time this year volunteering throughout the Norman public school district. There were several events that happened this year that are dear to our hearts. "Fundraising for Norman High's Big Band Dinner and setting up a booth at Alcott Middle School to help the PTA. It was such a great feeling to help grow the arts within our local schools. We would like to say thanks to all of our teachers and faculty members during this school year and that we appreciate all you do for our children and community!PTA  

Water Damage Restoration

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Water damage restoration is the process of restoring a property back to pre-loss condition after sustaining any level of water damage. A water damage restoration service is the kind of professional that no one wants to call, but when they are needed, it is very important not to delay. Moisture is everywhere, and it's a home's number one enemy due to its capability to penetrate into just about any space. No matter how moisture gets into the building, the actions taken should be the same…calling a professional.

Though the water seepage will stop once the source has been identified and repaired, the problem doesn't end there. It's of the utmost importance to determine the appropriate water extraction method to be applied. Once this is completed, the professionals then proceed to a drying and dehumidification stage. This phase is essential as sometimes affected surfaces and areas appear dry once the water is extracted and removed, but hidden moisture remains. The areas most often affected include walls, carpets, and flooring. Each of these requires professional attention to successful remove traces of water, dry surfaces out, clean the area thoroughly, and disinfect.

If you or someone you know finds themselves in this unwanted position, make sure to find a trusted professional immediately. This will ensure that you and your loved ones can return to a safe home without fear of growing  deadly pathogens.