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!

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!

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.

7 Benefits of Professional Carpet Cleaning


How often do you think about the condition of your carpets? Probably not as often as you ought to. We walk across them, our animals sleep on them, our kids play on them — think about how much dirt, dander and grime accumulates underneath the surface! While frequent vacuuming helps to maintain a clean carpet, there are some benefits that only professional carpet cleaning can provide.

Maintain a Healthy Home

  • Rid your carpet of dust mites. Your carpet is a playground for these microscopic creatures. You often share your home with them without even knowing. Unfortunately, vacuuming isn’t enough to evacuate these little visitors. However, a professional carpet cleaner has the equipment to steam clean your carpet — killing and ridding your home of your unwanted guests.
  • Extract trapped pollutants. Dirty carpets harbor several sources of indoor air pollutants, including dust, pet dander, aerosol remnants, and smoke residue. Frequent traffic on your carpet will agitate these pollutants releasing them into the air. Using cleaning agents, professional carpet cleaners will cleanse your carpet and remove deeply trapped pollutants.
  • Prevent mold growth. Carpets that are exposed to frequent moisture either through high humidity or recurring spills are highly susceptible to mold growth. If not properly dried, the moisture will sink into the carpet fibers where mold and mildew will gladly make their home. Prevent mold and mildew growth with the help of a professional carpet cleaner and their high-powered cleaners and dryers.

Avoid Causing Unintentional Damage

  • Don’t fray your fibers. These days, there’s always a DIY option. People love to save money and find a way to do it themselves. However, as an inexperienced carpet cleaner, you can often do harm to your carpet by inadvertently tearing and sucking up fibers. A professional has higher quality equipment and experience to avoid this damage.
  • Dodge discoloration. When cleaning carpet yourself, it’s common to be inconsistent with your cleaning patterns. Cleaning one area more quickly than another can cause discoloration and an uneven overall pattern when dried. A well trained technician knows how to avoid this.

Help Your Carpets Last Longer

  • Don’t let dirt sit. Allowing dirt, sand and other particles from the outdoors to sit in your carpet will accelerate its deterioration. Frequent vacuuming along with occasional visits from a carpet cleaning service will ensure that your carpets will look new and remain fresh.
  • Treat stains appropriately. Stains can be very tricky to treat. Depending on the substance spilled, the home remedy solution or supermarket cleaners may not do the job properly. A professional carpet cleaning service has experience with all types of stains and has access to the solutions that will best treat your stain.

A clean carpet is important in maintaining a healthy home. We know that it’s not always easy to care for your carpets when you’re busy with work and family and other priorities. So take the pressure off yourself and schedule a professional carpet cleaning appointment with Morris Carpet Cleaning of Oregon.