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Keep carpet and furniture protected during holidays.

The holidays are approaching quickly, and that means time for holiday parties and family gatherings! Decorating your home for this time of year to share with family and friends always holds special moments. But with all that traffic coming in and out of your home, some not so jolly accidents can happen. A spilled glass of wine on a newly steamed carpet, your cousin's heels scratching the flooring, water rings left on wood furniture, the list can go on and on! Here you'll see five ways to protect your carpet and furniture during the holidays. 

Keep carpet and furniture protected during holidays

1. Starting off with a clean floor is a good idea. Spend the time to get your floors deep cleaned before your visitors start coming and going. This will give the home a fresh, clean appearance and odor and will subconsciously keep guests from intentionally leaving any mess.

2. Use furniture mover pads. Those small foam and plastic discs easily slide under legs of furniture, making for easy transportation if they need to be moved to another room. Along with this, it also keeps the floor from becoming scratched and scuffed; same goes for the furniture legs. It also works for not leaving unsightly marks on a carpeted floor.

3. Keep a thick, rough material doormat right outside your front door. This will ensure that when your guests go to wipe their feet, it will get the excess of dirt off and not on your floors. Keeping other smaller mats throughout the house can keep floors cleaner longer as well. You can also take this a step further and enforce a "no shoe" rule, keeping a small shoe caddy near the front entrance.

4. Pull out the plastic! You may not want to go as far as being that relative/friend with the room full of plastic covered furniture no one is allowed to go in, but it couldn't hurt to use plastic coverings over certain items you just can't get messy.

5. Extra surfaces mean less clutter, which means less chance of accidental spills. Bring in a few extra flat surfaced items, such as fold up tables, during holiday parties. This ensures there will be plenty of room and won't make for a crowded dinnertime.

For help getting you home ready for the holidays contact Gator Clean for a free quote request.



Here's why your allergies are worse inside your home.

As we welcome Autumn, we also usher in the start of a new allergy season and all of the not so fun symptoms that come along with it. Allergy sufferers understand the struggle of itchy, watering eyes, sneezing, scratchy throats and stuffy noses. Medications to treat allergies fly off the shelves this time of year and it's time to consider taking a good look around your home to eliminate allergens that are the source of this incessant suffering. Why are allergies are worse inside your home?

First, find out what you're allergic to. This Old Home suggests: Visiting an allergist will help you focus your preventative measures. The most common offenders are dust mites, mold, pollens, and pet dander. "There's no point in making changes at home if you don't address your particular allergies," says Laurie Ross, editor of Allergy and Asthma Today. "Who knows, you might be allergic to cats, and here you are keeping your windows closed."

Next, take a good look around each room of your home - beginning with the bedroom. If dust is an issue or allergy trigger for you, schedule a professional cleaning of your mattress before covering your mattress and pillows with covers designed specifically to repel dust mites. A good night's sleep is crucial to combating everything we face in life - including allergy symptoms.

Avoid bringing the problem from the outside in by laying down doormats on both the inside and outside of entryways, and have friends and family remove their shoes as they come in, to avoid spreading the allergens throughout your home.

Schedule a professional floor cleaning service to address the irritants at the source on carpets, tiles, hardwood flooring or travertine surfaces. Following the cleaning, update your vacuum cleaner to one with a HEPA filter to maintain the fight against allergens in your home.

For help removing allergens from your home, contact the experts at Gator Clean! 


The Dos and Don'ts of Hardwood Floor Care.

There is just something about hardwood floors that can tie an entire room together. It holds a classic feel and compliments homes nicely. Maintenance for a hardwood floor is also surprisingly low and easy to maintain. Here you will find a few key examples of the dos and don'ts of up-keeping hardwood flooring in your home. Hardwood floors dos and don'ts.

  • DO maintain daily cleaning by sweeping or using a microfiber cloth to dust mop flooring
  • DON'T use a sopping wet towel or mop to clean floor. If exposed to excessive amounts of water, the flooring could warp. Make sure to dry wood immediately.
  • DO make sure to clean up any messes or spills immediately. Messes left uncleaned will soak into the flooring, leaving discoloration or a weakened spot.
  • DON'T use cleaners high in oil or alcohol on wood flooring. Exposure to these will leave wood discolored and dull.
  • DO trim your pet's nails! Keeping your pets groomed properly saves the hassle of them potentially getting hurt via a natural groove in the wood; it also keeps the flooring scratch free.
  • DON'T wear high-heeled/stiletto type shoes on a hardwood floor. This kind of footwear can leave some nasty little marks.
  • DO use cushioned pads to place under legs of various furniture placed along wood flooring. This makes it easier to move the furniture about without damaging it or the flooring.
  • DON'T use any steam cleaner on wood flooring.
  • DO use blinds or curtains in rooms with a lot of sunlight flowing through. Too much exposure to natural sunlight could cause the wood to bleach.
  • DON'T use wax over a urethane finish.
  • DO use a humidifier in winter to reduce wood shrinkage and humidity upwards of 55% (NWFA)

Having hardwood flooring is not too much to handle. In fact, the only real serious cleaning or coating only needs to be done roughly every 3 to 5 years, depending on the kind of traffic the flooring sees. Money put into properly installing hardwood flooring isdefinitely money well spent, especially for those who prefer a low maintenance interior!

As always the crew at Gator Clean can help you keep your hardwood floors sparkling for years to come! Fill out of handy free quote request to get started. 


Got pets? Here's how to make your house not smell like a pet store.

As any parent of fur babies knows, accidents happen. We all love our furry friends, but there's no mistaking the odor and stain left behind when our four legged pals can't make it outside in time. Cleaning up these accidents immediately helps treat the issue on a surface level. However, as all carpet cleaning professionals know, these spots must be adequately treated on a deeper level. If not, they become a breeding ground for bacteria. They also create a seriously unhealthy environment. How to make your house not smell like a pet store.

When you schedule a routine carpet cleaning, and pet stains are involved, a double process is required. Itcompletely eliminates the urine and bacteria from the surface. Further, it reaches down through the padding. Finally, it gets underneath the carpet at each spot. 

The reason? On the molecular level, pet urine is very sticky. It must be treated by breaking the spot down chemically. This causes it to detach and release itself from the fibers of your carpet. It also releases from the padding and flooring beneath the surface. A lot depends on the extent of the damage caused by the urine. We offer various options to treat the bacteria and odor.

If the extra cost is a concern for you, contact our office today to schedule a consultation and discuss the many options that are available to you for tackling this issue and restoring your home's flooring to its utmost condition.

You and your friends and family (whether on two legs or four) will be happier and healthier!


How can I prolong the life of my mattress?

Buying a new mattress is a significant purchase, so it only makes sense that taking specific actions to extend the life of your mattress is an excellent way to protect your investment and save money. How can I prolong the life of my mattress?

Below are just a few tips on how to give your mattress the longest life possible:

1. Use a Mattress Cover - Mattress covers are your final line of defense against messy spills or dust and dirt that invade the fibers of your mattress. Covers are available in a wide variety of both natural and synthetic materials including cotton, polyester, latex, and bamboo. Water resistant and waterproof mattress covers are made from materials like vinyl or plastic.
Mattress covers are the final line of defense against spills and dirt from invading the fibers of a mattress. They also help prevent abrasion on the mattress surface due to body movement.
2. Avoid Leaving Wet Towels on the Mattress - Over time, the mattress became stained and soiled when wet towels or other wet objects are left sitting on it.
3. Check for and Remove Stains Monthly - Closely inspect your mattress each month and remove any stains you find with a safe upholstery / mattress cleaner. Allow the cleansed area to dry completely. Then, using your vacuum cleaner's upholstery attachment, remove any excess or built up dirt from the mattress.
4. Hire a Professional for Mattress Cleaning Schedule - Every household has a unique need for a mattress cleaning schedule. How often your mattress should be professionally cleaned depends on a few factors that are unique to your home, like humidity levels, air quality, and personal lifestyle.

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