2019 November

Preparing for Winter in Utah – Carpets

November 27, 2019

Between the snow, salt, rain and mud, your carpets will take a comprehensive beating during winter. Prepare now to preserve your carpets during the colder months following our easy four-step guide.

 

1 Place New Interior & Exterior Mats at All Entryways

Your first line of defense against the damaging effects of salt, dirt and general dampitude is proper mats outside and inside each exterior door. Textured plastic scraper mats can be placed outside to remove larger salt crystals (no one likes treading on a giant lump of escaped salt in bare feet!) and prevent slipping, while indoor wiper mats help get the majority of the moisture off shoes. More is always better when it comes to mats – they will save a lot of seasonal damage to your carpets and save you’re a considerable amount of extra time vacuuming winter debris that escaped the rigors of your doorstep rituals.

 

2 Reduce Staining with Preventative Carpet Treatments

There are several different options for carpet treatments that help repel moisture and dirt. Any of our carpet cleaning experts at BCS Utah will be able to advise you in the best carpet treatment for you.

 

3 Increase Carpet Cleaning Frequencies

It stands to reason that in the winter, it would be necessary to increase the frequency of your carpet cleaning schedule to keep on top of the higher levels of moisture and dirt. Your cleaning frequency will depend on the number of high-traffic areas in your home and how frequently they are used. 

 

4 Stock Up on Both Spot & Deep Cleaners

Have plenty of spot cleaners and deep cleaning solutions on hand to deal with nasty messes quickly and avoid grinding dirt and moisture deeper into your carpets. A little preventative work now goes a long way in helping your carpets to last and stay looking as good as new.

Call the Park City and Draper carpet cleaning experts at BCS Utah today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your FREE Winter evaluation and to get your personalized Winter maintenance program moving.

Preparing for Winter in Utah – Windows

November 20, 2019

Between the snow, salt, rain and mud, your windows will take a comprehensive beating during winter, not to mention the fact that colder weather results in higher heating bills. Prepare now to preserve your windows and save money on utilities during the colder months following our easy seven-step guide.

1 Clear window sills of dirt and debris. Debris like sand, dirt or leaves can get caught in windowsills and moving parts of windows or doors. Clean these areas with a dry, firm-bristled paintbrush, to allow your windows to create the tight seal they were designed to and to enhance window and door performance.

2 Check weather stripping. Loose weather-stripping can let cold air in during the winter and out in the summer, which can vastly affect your energy efficiency. Re-attach or replace missing or worn weather stripping around windows and doors. 

3 Reapply caulk or sealant around windows and doors. Reseal the areas around windows and doors that may have been exposed to heavy weather or extreme sunlight (we get both in Utah), creating breaks in caulk or sealant, to help cut down on potential drafts and leaks.

4 Installing snap-in blinds or shades. Installing snap-in blinds or shades can help to insulate your home from cold exterior temperatures. 

5 Repair or replace damaged exterior surfaces. Water penetration can cause cracked or deteriorated wood, potentially allowing moisture or cold air to leak into your home. Go over your windows and sills carefully to look for signs of moisture leakage and then replace any damaged wood. BCS Utah can recommend a professional to help correct any roof or drainage problems around your home.

6 Install storm doors. Storm doors do just what they say on the tin, so to speak, adding an extra layer of protection and helping to reduce air and moisture leakage. Adding a storm door can reduce energy loss through entryways by as much as 45 percent – well worth looking into.

7 Replace old windows and doors with energy-efficient ones. If you have single-pane glass, clear glass, or older windows or doors, you may be paying more than you need to to heat your home in the winter and cool it in the summer. Replace old windows with energy-efficient, double or triple-pane glass versions made with insulating argon, or install new durable fiberglass doors to help save money and energy year-round.

The window-cleaning experts at BCS Cleaning Utah are standing by to help you get your windows Winter-ready. Give us a call today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your FREE window evaluation.

How Often Should Carpets Be Deep-Cleaned?

November 11, 2019

In the average household, a thorough vacuuming once a week should suffice to keep carpets looking good. 

However, if you want to extend the life of your carpet and keep it looking good and feeling soft underfoot, it’s worth scheduling a professional deep-clean once or twice a year. 

A professional deep-clean has several benefits – it removes deeply trodden-in dirt, removes stains, removes odors, restores the fluffy pile of the carpet and prevents in-ground dirt from slowly eating away at either the base or fibers of your carpet.

At BCS Cleaning Utah, we specialize in cleaning and restoring carpets in the Salt Lake Valley and Park City areas. We are very familiar with the issues connected to snow, salt, sand, mud, dust and dirt that are so prevalent in our beautiful mountainous state. Give us a call today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your FREE professional carpet cleaning consultation. 

How To Remove Goatheads From Carpet

November 6, 2019

Goatheads, aka Tribulus Terrestris (and quite the terrestris it is too!), are the plague of the Salt Lake Valley and Park City. They are a pain, literally and metaphorically. They get everywhere, stick to everything and poke holes in everything (usually in feet, their favorite). And heaven help you if they get into your carpet. Yikes, they’re like the devilish little villains in Disney movies who leap out and bite you when you least expect it. Only these particular little villains get lodged deeper into your carpet every time you tread on them, making it increasingly more difficult to extract them. 

So what to do? Is it possible to poke these little sneakies out of their cosy carpet-nests and give them the heave-ho (translation: get rid of them)? Why yes, it is!

If the nasty little pokies have been newly-tramped into your home on the feet of some unsuspecting guest, they will be at their easiest to remove right away. Grab a sticky de-linting roller or a long piece of very sticky tape and press it onto the goatheads to pick them up and throw them away easily. You can also chase them around on hands and knees with a pair of tweezers and a piece of kitchen paper, if you’re feeling particularly thorough.

If the little devils have nestled their way into your carpet fibers, it’ll be slightly trickier to pry them out.  If you know roughly where they are, you can ferret them out again with a pair of tweezers. Just be careful to only kneel on a patch of carpet you know to be safe, lest you end up with nasty knee pokies!

Once you’ve extracted what you believe to be all of them, run over the area slowly with a strong vacuum cleaner, making sure to run it over the same area from multiple angles to make sure you collect any spines that broke off the original goathead. 

If the goatheads are firmly entrenched or you just want to make extra sure they’re eradicated, it’s time to call in the professionals. Give BCS Cleaning Utah a call today on 801 561 1730 – our powerful carpet vacuums will suck the little suckers up in no time, restoring instant peace of mind (and flesh) to you and your feet.

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