Beware: Rock Salt or Other Ice Melting Products Can Hurt Your Floors

Beware: Rock Salt or Other Ice Melting Products Can Hurt Your Floors

Did you know that rock salt or other ice melting products can damage your floors inside your home? If you are using ice melting products on your walkway, driveway or porch, it is imperative to limit as much as possible the exposure of these products to your home’s carpets, rugs, and floors, including hardwood and vinyl. Rock salt and “ice melt” is easily tracked into your home from the out-of-doors. This can ruin carpet fibers and markedly increase wear on your carpet. It is grimy and makes your carpets and rugs look dirty, as well! In addition, these gritty substances can scratch and nick your hardwood and other flooring. To avoid damage: Have people take off their shoes before tracking in your house! Place a special mat or even a couple of old towels for family and guests to place their shoes upon entering your house. Place doormats at all of your entrances right inside the door and vacuum them frequently. Honestly, it’s a good idea to have a couple of inexpensive replacement mats during the winter. Vacuum your area rugs and carpets often — salt product particles can very quickly penetrate deep into the carpet fibers. If you have any questions or carpet cleaning needs, as always feel free to contact Cincinnati...
Don’t Neglect Your Furniture

Don’t Neglect Your Furniture

We talk all the time about your carpets and floors being one of your home’s largest investments. But, your furniture is, too! Don’t neglect cleaning your furniture upholstery! We at Cincinnati Maintenance recommend professionally cleaning upholstery every 8-12 months, sometimes even more often if you have small children or pets. Your couches and comfy chairs can get dirty pretty quickly. Food particles, drink spills, perspiration, dog and cat dander, fur, etc.,….in many ways, your upholstery can end up being even dirtier than your floors – mostly because it is not in the forefront of people’s minds to have their furniture professionally cleaned periodically. Families sit on their furniture just as often as they walk on the carpets and rugs – but which gets cleaned and vacuumed more often? Something to think about… Add your furniture to your vacuuming schedule and have your upholstery professionally cleaned a minimum of once per year.  You’ll be amazed at the results when you give your upholstery a little...
Low Moisture or Encapsulation Cleaning is Best

Low Moisture or Encapsulation Cleaning is Best

There are different methods of professional carpet cleaning. We at Cincinnati Maintenance prefer low-moisture encapsulation. Why? Because Low Moisture or Encapsulation cleaning is the most safe and advanced way to clean and maintain carpet. It dries fast; it’s PH balanced; and there is no chemical residue – therefore is wayyyyyy better for the environment AND for your own home or business. However, whether you choose hot water extraction or encapsulation cleaning, please consider the following: Pre-vacuuming should be required by the technician. If you hire a professional and they do not begin by dry vacuuming first, send them on their way before they do anything more. Seriously. Request non-toxic, “green” pre-sprays and cleaners. Cincinnati Maintenance often uses Procyon Brand carpet and tile cleaning products to produce amazing cleaning results.  These cleaners are soap free and derived from various plant based ingredients. This helps eliminate any type of chemical exposure whatsoever. Carpet grooming: The crimp and twist of the carpet is set at the mills with either a wet or dry heat.  When professionals clean with heat, the setting from the mills can be disrupted.  Post Grooming can help prevent harming the carpet fibers. Cincinnati Maintenance is dedicated to staying current on all of the best products and best practices to help keep your home and business clean AND...
Don’t Let Your Carpets Make You Sick

Don’t Let Your Carpets Make You Sick

Flu and cold season is about here – a topic we like to address this time of year. The kids are in school, probably around more children than usual and therefore more germs. It’s naturally flu season anyway. The change of seasons sometimes seem to bring on colds and whatnot. There’s not a lot you can do about any of that, BUT you can take measures to help keep your carpets from making you sick. Use an entryway mat. We have talked about this before. Entryway doormats are a place where grit, grime, and, yes, even some germs can be halted before it all reaches your home’s carpets. The trick here is to really, really have that doormat on a good vacuuming and cleaning schedule! And, hey, it’s a doormat – replace them as needed. Vacuum! Just do it. And, a vacuum with a good filter – preferably HEPA filter – is definitely best. Clean up spills and food crumbs immediately. The goal here is to reduce bacteria growth from organic material. Same goes for any pet accidents: get it cleaned asap. Deep, professional cleaning on a regular schedule (once per year or twice per year, even) is always a good idea. More often if you have pets or toddlers in that crawling-around stage. Minor illnesses, especially during “the season,” can’t be completely avoided, but taking care of your carpets properly is just one more step in taking care of you and your family. Contact us! Cincinnati Maintenance – (513) 827-6150....
Ewwww….What’s in YOUR Carpet?

Ewwww….What’s in YOUR Carpet?

What’s in YOUR Carpet? Carpeting can harbor some pretty unpleasant stuff. Of course there is your everyday dirt and grit that gets tracked in your home or office, but did you know….. Your family and employees spill crumbs, bits of food, drinks, etc., in your carpets and even if the spill is blotted up, smaller particles and sticky residue likely remains. Bacteria – yep, bacteria grows from the aforementioned spilled food particles and spilled beverages. Mold – and other ick. Yes, if you have had damp or wet carpets for any reason, deep down mold and mildew can grow if the carpet isn’t properly cleaned. This also means that viruses can live for a period of time if the carpet pad got wet or if your carpet remained damp for a period of time. No homeowner nor employer wants something like norovirus living in your carpet or rugs. If you have pets, naturally your carpet grabs onto pet fur. But, that’s not the only hair in there – your family’s hair or that of your employees and clients is in your carpet, too. And, if there is pet dander (which there is), then, guess what, there are human skin “flakes,” too. Unfortunately, I could go on and on about what’s in carpet that you would really wish you didn’t know about, but luckily there are solutions. Vacuum, people! Keep your carpets vacuumed  – that’s your first line of defense. Make sure spills and other wet occurrences are thoroughly cleaned and dried. Periodic professional deep cleaning is actually more than a recommendation; we consider it a necessity. Call Cincinnati Maintenance...
What to Do if Your Basement Floods

What to Do if Your Basement Floods

It happens. It just does. No one wants to think about it, but knowing what to do if your basement floods and your carpet is soaked might come in handy some day. We usually don’t say this as a first resort, but when something big – okay, this could be near-catastrophic to some – like this happens, give Cincinnati Maintenance a call. We will talk you through the initial steps you can take. First and foremost, safety first! Be absolutely positive there is no risk of electrical shock before heading down into your flooded basement. If the water has risen above the electrical sockets, call a professional right away. Now, to negate the damage: get the water out. You can try a shop-vac and get your sump pump going again, but the water has got to come out. If you have standing water, call Cincinnati Maintenance immediately. Next, air flow is key. Use a dehumidifier and also get some fans going down there. Get a hold of the best/biggest you can. The main thing to remember is to move fast to get that carpet drying to try to salvage it and to avoid mold. Don’t “wait until morning.” You may think raising the temperature will make the carpet dry quicker, but this is not a good idea: higher heat will promote bacteria growth. Keeping the temperature at or below 75 degrees is best. Again, these are a few emergency initial steps for you to take if your basement floods. In a case like this, please also give Cincinnati Maintenance a call, (513) 827-6150. We will provide the help you will...

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