On the Road Again Cruising the Gut

Mike Morris loved cars long before he and his wife, Kim, started Morris Carpet Cleaning. As a child, Mike sat outside of the restaurant his parents owned in McMinnville to watch cars drive by and point out the ones he wanted.

Mike has owned up to eight Porsches at once but currently owns three. His gray 1970 911T Porsche is the most valuable to him, but not just in a monetary sense. This particular car has had two owners before him, all friends near nad dear to the Morris Family.

Delane and Sandy Smith, longtime McMinnville residents and original owners of Smith & Co. Painting, bought the 911T Porsche when it was brand new in 1970 for $7,800. In the early 1980s, Mike was working for a fire restoration company that contracted with what was then called Smith Painting. His friendship with Delane and Sandy began there, as did his appreciation for their Porsche when he first saw it in their garage.

In 1981, the Smiths sold the Porsche with 70,000 miles on the odometer for $10,500 to David Yamasaki, a friend living in Portland. Mike and David were also good friends because the two often ran together and participated in the Hood to Coast race. Although David owned the car for about 20 years, he didn’t drive it a lot and decided to sell it back to the Smiths in 2001 with only 75,000 miles.

In 2006, after more than two decades of admiring from afar, it was finally Mike’s chance to buy the Porsche with 76,400 miles for $22,000. Mike drove the car occasionally, careful to never to do so while it was raining. However, in the last five years, the value of the care has skyrocketed, deterring Mike from driving it as often.

“I love owning it but hate driving it because it makes me nervous,” Mike said. “partly because of the nostalgic element and the friendship I have with those guys [the previous owners].” The other reason Mike hesitates to drive the Porsche is because it is entirely original. From the seats to the radio, nothing in the car has ever been restored. It also has an air-cooled engine, a part Porsche stopped installing on its cars in 1999.

However, Mike usually takes his Porsche out of the garage once a year. Every August, during the annual Drag the Gut celebration in downtown McMinnville, Mike drives his Porsche on Third Street with his grandkids and other family members in the seats beside him. Drag the Gut has become a sort of reunion for Mike’s friends and family, and this year they had their biggest party yet.

Back to School: Studying Students Need Clean Carpets

You know that nagging feeling that keeps you from getting anything done when you’re surrounded by a mess? Well, kids can get that feeling, too! Good study habits aren’t just about getting homework done on time. They also involve having the perfect study space to stimulate productivity. Here’s how clean carpets can actually help your young scholars do better in school:

Cleaner carpets, fewer distractions

A good study spot helps someone concentrate better. Of course, what this area looks like may differ from student to student. For example, one child may want an iPod and headphones for background music. Another child may need complete silence to think. On thing is constant, though, all studying students benefit from a clean space. Clean carpets eliminate the distraction of noticing a spot or stain in the middle of a tough math equation.

Spread that project out

No matter how big a study spot is, desk space will always be limited. You’d be amazed by how fast a major project can take over every surface! Sometimes, the carpet is just a better place to dive in and complete a project or get comfy with a reading assignment. But this can only happen if your carpets and floors are clean. After all, you don’t want your child to turn in dirty homework! It’s also important to protect the carpet so remind your young Picasso to put down some newspaper before starting anything with paint or glue.

There’s no time for sneezing

Back-to-school season is often back-to-extracurriculars season as well. That means soccer practice, football games and band rehearsals are in full swing again. All this activity means your family is tracking more inside the house, bring outside allergens in with them. Dust mites and ragweed are common allergens in the fall that can often get trapped in carpet fibers. In this busy season, your student-athlete-musician can’t afford to start sneezing! Makes sure to get your carpet deep cleaned to get rid of all distracting allergens.

A clean carpet can’t guarantee straight a’s, but it can help your students get on the right track! Call us today for a thorough professional carpet cleaning so your kids can start hitting the books!

5 Reasons You Need a Pro to Clean Your Floor Grout and Tile

Have you noticed your kitchen floor grout and tile looking dirty? Before you get out your trusty sponge and bucket of water, consider calling a professional to clean your floors. Hiring a professional will save you time. It can also ensure your floor grout and tiles are thoroughly clean without any extra damage.

1. Pros use the proper cleaning solutions

We’re going to let you in on a little secret: using the proper cleaning solutions for grout is the best way to clean it. This means the all-purpose cleaner from the store won’t do the job well enough and your grout won’t be cleaned properly. Professionals know which cleaning solutions will truly clean your floor.

2. Pros don’t just use bleach

Bleach is a whitening agent. It might make your floor grout and tile look nice but it won’t clean anything. So while your floor may be presentable, the bacteria and dirt is still there. Getting your floor properly cleaned solves the problem, instead of just masking it.

3. Pros know the newest products

So many cleaning products are acidic, which can eventually break down your tile sealers. Professional cleaners, though, know about neutral floor cleaners. These are low on the pH scale and won’t cause any damage to your floor grout and tile. They also contain degreasing agents to help break down dirt and grease without harming the grout.

4. Pros will get rid of mold and mildew

You probably don’t want  mold and mildew in your kitchen, bathroom or anywhere else in your house. When you’re cleaning on your own, you might miss a few spots. Leave it to professionals to get every inch of mold and mildew out of your home.

5. Pros won’t damage your floors

Bleach and oxyclean cannot get rid of any bacteria, dirt, mold or mildew. What they can do is potentially harm your floors. They can break down the sealers and slowly cause your grout to disintegrate. Hiring a professional who knows the right products to use keeps your floor tile and grout in better condition for longer.

A dingy, discolored and dirty floor doesn’t have to be your reality. Hiring a professional cleaner will save your time and save your floors from harmful products. Your tile will be shining by the end of the summer if you call Morris Carpet Cleaning todayGet 10% off in the month of August!

4 Reasons Carpets Are Dirtier in the Summer

It’s summertime and the living is easy, but your carpet sure is dirtier. With all the constant summer activities, your carpet takes a lot more traffic than the rest of the year. Here are the top four reasons why carpets are dirtier in the summer – and how you can take care of it:

  1. The kids are home for summer.
    School’s out and the kids are running in and out of the house all day. Your home, and your carpet, just don’t get the same break as during the school year. Have you already started to notice more melted popsicle stains on the carpet? All that dirt from camp is probably transferring into the family room, too. It’s ok, more activity naturally leads to more traffic and distress on your carpets.
  2. Rural areas are kicking up dust.
    Have you ever noticed summer just feels dustier, especially in the country? The nicer the weather, the less rain on rural roads. Whether you live outside town or take weekend trips to Yamhill Valley wineries, you’re bound to get some dust on your shoes and into your house which will settle into the carpet.
  3. Allergies are back.
    There’s just something about summer that makes you want to roll down a grassy hill. Unfortunately for anyone suffering through a particularly harsh Willamette Valley allergy season, you’re probably picking up more pollen and other irritants than you’d like. The second you get home, you’re transferring those allergens onto every surface in your house. Short of building a decontamination chamber in your garage, there’s no way to keep all allergens out of your carpet.
  4. It’s remodel season.
    ‘Tis the season for a new kitchen addition. While a remodel brings an exciting new phase and look to your home, it can also bring dirty work shoes and lots of dust. A professional construction crew should always clean up before they leave. Even with the best intentions though, they’re not professional carpet cleaners. As soon as your new kitchen, bathroom or addition is done, make a thorough carpet cleaning your next priority.

It’s summer and you need a vacation.
The best part of summer is always vacation. You’ve waited all year and truly deserve it. Instead of coming back from the beach or Disneyland to a messy house (one of the top ten worst post-vacation feelings), why not get your carpets cleaned? While you’re doing all you can to keep your carpets clean during your day-to-day life, a deep clean is definitely needed. It’s important to choose trusted professionals like Morris Carpet Cleaning. You don’t want to let just anyone off Craigslist into your home! Make sure the company is licensed, bonded and insured with criminal background checks. A truly professional carpet cleaning company should be able to give you positive references from past customers, so don’t forget to ask!

This summer, don’t worry about the extra dirt, allergens and dust. Trust your carpets, and your peace of mind, with McMinnville’s professional carpet cleaners, Morris Carpet Cleaning. Schedule an appointment today and give us a call!

Don’t Worry, You Can Keep Your Carpets Clean During Summer

Summer’s finally here! That means the kids are out of school and your days are filled with activities both in and out of the home. With all of the neighborhood barbecues, graduation parties and family get-togethers over the next three months, it’s important to keep your carpet in tip-top shape. In between professional carpet cleanings, here’s how you can keep your carpets clean during summer vacation:

Take your shoes off (and ask others to do the same)

This is really the easiest thing you can do to keep dirt, allergens and any other “outside world” contamination out of your house. Just by taking off your shoes, you can make your home cleaner and healthier, especially for those dealing with allergies right now. It’ll also preserve the life of your carpet.

Don’t hesitate to ask your guests to remove their shoes as well! Chances are, most of them do it in their own house, too, and are more than happy to oblige. Just remember not to push it if anyone is especially attached to their sneakers.

Mats can mean more than “welcome”

If socks and barefeet are a step too far for you, consider adding more mats in your doorways. Whenever people see a welcome mat, they’re first instinct is to wipe their feet. This significantly cuts down on the grime they’re tracking inside. A great trick for maximum effect is to add a mat outside your front door along with one immediately inside. Double the mats equal double the clean! Plus, if anyone does want to take their shoes off, mats provide an excellent gathering place for them.

Vacuum regularly

Vacuuming is like brushing your teeth, the more you do it, the better. By vacuuming at least once a week, you’re refreshing your home on a regular basis. Trying sprinkling some baking soda before vacuuming each spot for an extra clean carpet.

Leave the heavy lifting to the pros

Of course, vacuuming alone won’t keep your carpet clean, just as you can’t brush alone without ever seeing the dentist. For a truly thorough clean, you should get a professional carpet cleaning every six months. Renting a carpet cleaner machine may seem like a simple fix (and a way to cut costs) but the hidden fees rack up quickly. Not only do you assume risk of the machine breaking down, but they can cause significant damage to your carpet if used incorrectly. Hiring a professional carpet cleaner comes with peace of mind, along with an amazingly clean carpet!

How are you keeping summer dirt out of your house? If you’re due for a professional carpet clean, contact us today!

McMinnville Family Business Cleans Up Historic Landmark

From candy shop to car storage to carpet cleaning business, the Morris Carpet Cleaning building has been transformed time and time again. Morris Carpet Cleaning of Oregon – a locally-owned family business who specializes in residential and commercial carpet cleaning in McMinnville, OR – details the history behind their business’s building and how they cleaned up shop to make room for their headquarters.

Morris Carpet Cleaning of Oregon, owned by the Morris family, is a locally-owned business that has been operating in the McMinnville community since 1988, specializing in residential and commercial carpet cleaning. The Morris family business currently occupies 3600 square foot, wood-framed building located on the east side of McMinnville, one block north of Riverside Drive on Lafayette Ave. However, this building hasn’t always been the headquarters for the Morris Carpet Cleaning team.

This building was built in the 1930s and served as a depot along the railroad tracks. It was originally South of its current location and turned 90 degrees facing the railroad. In the early 1950s, the building was moved to its current location, 1405 NE Lafayette Ave., and underwent a large renovation that doubled its square footage. At this time and into the 1960s, the building served as a wholesale candy distributor. “I remember going down to the store with my parents to buy candy to sell in their restaurant, Marty’s Cafe,” Mike Morris reminisces.

In the 1970s, the building stored cars for Terry Tindle and some friends. Then in 1986, Ken Wright started Panther Creek Cellars and occupied this space until 1989. Finally, the Morris family bought the building in 1990 to expand their carpet cleaning business. They performed a renovation at that time to bring the building up to industry standards. During this process, they filled a dumpster full of sawdust that was being used as insulation in the cold storage room.

In 2001, the city of McMinnville changed the section of 14th St. that passed in front of the Morris building, closing off that section to angle the road to line up with the intersection of Riverside Drive and Lafayette Ave. This new road construction helped to expand the plot of land that the Morris building occupies. In 2005, the Morris family expanded the building once again, adding on 5,000 square feet of leasable space. To this day, Lincare has resided in this space, next to Morris Design, Inc. and Morris Carpet Cleaning of Oregon.

Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpet in 3 Easy Steps

We are incredibly lucky to live and work in McMinnville, OR. In addition to the beautiful town and wonderful community, we’re right in the middle of Oregon Wine Country! Being surrounded by some of the world’s best wine means we know a lot about Pinot and how to get unsightly red wine stains from carpet. Afterall, you can’t truly enjoy good wine if you’re worried about tiny spills. Don’t let red wine stains ruin your fun, especially during Oregon Wine Month! Follow these three easy steps to spot clean and remove red wine stains from your carpet.

Note: As with any potential stain, the faster you can start cleaning, the less likely the spill will cause any permanent damage.

Step One: Blot Away

This is an incredibly important step for preventing stains on an area rug or carpet, no matter the cause! It absorbs any excess moisture from the spill, meaning you’ll have less to clean up! Make sure you’re blotting the red wine spill, rather than wiping it. Wiping your spill only spreads the wine around. Instead, blot the wine and soak up as much as you can.

Step Two: Dilute the Wine

Being from the heart of Oregon Wine Country, we know a thing or two about good wine and we would never suggest diluting red wine. However, when the wine is on your carpet, adding a bit of cold water is a great idea! Pour just enough to cover the carpet stain. This makes your continued blotting much easier.

Step Three: Make a Paste

Here’s our secret recipe to remove red wine stains from carpet: mix three parts water to one part baking soda. Once the ingredients are mixed together, cover the spot on your carpet. Now, let the paste dry. This is a hard part because we usually want to keep working until everything is cleaned up, but you need to let it sit for a bit. Once the spot is dry, vacuum it up. You’ll be amazed to see the red wine stain disappear!

We firmly believe every true wine lover should be able to enjoy a nice glass of Pinot noir from McMinnville and Yamhill County without stressing over little spills. This Oregon Wine Month, you can relax knowing your carpet won’t be permanently damaged from a red wine stain. If a small spot turns into a bigger mess, or you’d like to start over with a newly cleaned carpet, contact the professionals at Morris Carpet Cleaning today!


6 Reasons Why Getting Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned Matters

Though it may seem like vacuuming is enough, getting a professional carpet cleaning for your home is important for more reasons than you think. Children, animals and shoes track in more from the outside world than you realize. Professionally cleaning your carpets every year may be needed to minimize the damage that’s caused for the following reasons:

  1. Carpets trap more dirt, allergens, and dust than any other place in your home. Though your carpets might appear clean, under the surface your carpet could be containing the dust and pollen that is making your allergies even worse.
  2. Vacuuming already dirty carpets doesn’t clean them. Instead, the vacuum will recirculate the dirt and allergens that are already under the surface.

  3. You might not notice the smell. Remember how Febreze failed to first sell their product when they introduced it to the market? It was due to people’s inability to smell odors in their home that they had become accustomed to. A pet’s odor can get stuck in your carpet and though you might not notice it, your guest will. Professional carpet cleaning is one way to ensure your carpets don’t smell.

  4. It can lengthen the life of your carpet. When your carpet is in a high traffic area in your home, dirt can be ground into the carpet. Every time another person walks over this dirt, it can wear the carpet down and shorten its life.

  5. Aesthetics. Getting your carpet professionally cleaned can remove troublesome spots and stains that you might currently be hiding. Getting rid of these stains will help the room, and the rest of your home, feel cleaner. If you have an area rug with some wear, this can be cleaned as well.

  6. It might be in the warranty. Some carpet companies put in their warranty that a professional carpet cleaning is needed every 12-24 months in order to keep the warranty. Without a professional carpet cleaning your carpet might not be legally protected.

For more tips on how to clean carpets or to get your carpets professionally cleaned, contact us.

This Month’s Top Stories From Happy Morris Carpet Cleaning Customers (aka #humblebrags)

Here at Morris Carpet Cleaning of Oregon, when we see our happy customers bragging about us on Facebook, we can’t help but feel warm and fuzzy. We love happy customers! So this month we’re doing a little (humble) bragging ourselves…

The first #humblebrag comes from Larissa. She says:

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Why, yes, we do clean linoleum too! Thanks for asking. 😉 We also clean upholstery, air ducts, windows, hardwood floors and more! Check out all of our services here. Now, back to bragging about our customers’ bragging about us… (ahem).

Next up is the lovely Tona:

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You’re very welcome, Tona!

And last, but certainly not least, we have this amazing story from Jocela:

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Breathing is the best, Jocela! And nothing beats being able to actually live and sleep in your own home! Seriously though, allergens can not only inhibit good, clean air, but can also create serious health issues. Regular carpet cleaning helps immensely! If you have hay fever or allergic asthma vacuum weekly with a vacuum cleaner that has a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Have your area rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting cleaned often (at the start of each new season is ideal). Another quick tip is to choose an air filter that has a small-particle or HEPA filter. Try adjusting your air filter so that it directs clean air toward your head when you sleep.

Want to see more wonderful testimonials? There are dozens more over on our Facebook page here. Have a great experience to share about your experience with us? We love it! Comment below or post to our Facebook page and be sure to share with your friends. When you brag about us it’s the best compliment you can give us!

Find out how Morris Carpet Cleaning of Oregon can help you keep your indoor air, rug, and living quality at its cleanest. Just give us a call today! Or visit our website.


Annual Morris Carpet Cleaning Area Rug Cleaning Sale — 30% Off!

morris carpet cleaning of mcminnville area rug saleApril showers bring May flowers. April showers also bring mud, dirt and debris into the house–especially here in the Pacific Northwest!  Area rugs are no exception. We love cleaning area rugs. That’s why once a year we offer our Annual Morris Carpet Cleaning Area Rug Sale!

To keep your area rugs looking clean and fresh, we recommend a professional cleaning at least once a year. Cleaning your area rugs not only removes dirt and grime but helps reduce allergens like pet hair and dust mites which become trapped in the fibers. Proper cleaning methods using gentle cleaning agents will insure years of beauty and long life for your rugs.

Taking advantage of Area Rug Cleaning in our McMinnville, Oregon “Rug Spa” is easy. Just bring in your area rug(s) to our McMinnville facility and receive 30% off all month long!

Try Morris Carpet Cleaning this April and see the difference! Our office is open weekdays from 9am – 5pm. Questions? Call (503) 472-3889 or visit our website at www.MorrisCleaning.com