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!

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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.