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!

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!

Cheers!

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

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Carpet Cleaning Company

If you’ve never hired a professional carpet cleaning service before, it may feel like you’re taking a shot in the dark when hiring one for the first time. Instead, equip yourself with the right knowledge and questions to ask your carpet cleaners with our Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Carpet Cleaning Company.

Are the technicians trained and certified?

Yes, there really is a certification program for carpet cleaning professionals! In order to ensure the work your carpet cleaning company knows their stuff, check to see if the technicians are certified and have completed hands-on training. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. Carpet cleaning technicians who are IICRC certified learn about different stains and their treatment methods and have been trained in the proper use of the chemicals and equipment they use.

Is the company bonded and insured?

Checking to see if your carpet cleaning company is bonded and insured is another step to verify that the company is a credible and established business that you can trust. A reliable cleaning service will also run background checks on their employees. Checking on these details will give you peace of mind when allowing someone from that company into your home.

Do they have experience and good reviews?

Quality work is a result of good education and experience. Looking into how long a company has been in business is a good practice to ensure you’re getting the best service. Reviews are another way to discover the level of work they do. Check out the company’s Facebook, Google page or Angie’s List profile to find reviews. While these online tools are very helpful, don’t forget about checking them out the old fashion way – ask your friends and neighbors! Chances are people in your community can give you first hand advice on the company you’re looking into.

Are the prices too good to be true?

Price is just one factor in choosing a the right carpet cleaning company. Usually, you get what you pay for. If a price seems too good to be true, chances are it is. Don’t get hung up on choosing a cleaning service just based on the price. Think of carpet cleaning as an investment. Sometimes, “cheaper” can be more expensive in the long run. Hiring true professionals can mean the difference between a clean carpet and having to spend thousands to replace your carpets. You don’t have to do it very often, so make sure you’re getting quality work that will last.  

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If you’re in the market for a carpet cleaning service now, give us a call! Or visit our website and make sure we check out first! If you have any more questions about our services or qualifications, we’d be happy to answer them for you.