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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.


Urine and Your Floors

urine removal carpet orlandoWhile not to the most exciting topic to discuss, pet urine and human urine are issues that everyday people face - from our furry family members to our human babies, children, and anyone suffering from incontinence - tackling the problem of urine cleanup requires specific techniques designed to address each type at their core.

It’s easy (and common) to assume that humans and pets have similar urine compositions - but the two are quite different and require different methods for removal.

Human urine is an aqueous solution (meaning that it consists of 95% water) that also contains some other less commonly known ingredients including urea, chloride, sodium, potassium, creatinine, dissolved ions, inorganic and organic compounds and uric acid. Dog urine contains urea, creatinine, uric acid, carbohydrates, enzymes, fatty acids, hormones, sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium, calcium, and ammonia. Cat urine contains urea, creatinine, uric acid, sodium and other electrolytes. Because cats do not drink much water, their urine is highly concentrated, and the uric acid is less diluted.

So, why are both pet and human urine so difficult to remove?

Well, the simplest explanation behind the challenge of urine removal lies in the composition of the each type of urine. The solubility (or water content) of human urine may typically be easier to clean on a surface level using general cleaning products, but the difficulty lies within the non-soluble salt crystals (that you don’t see) contained in the uric acid. Put just, even when it appears that all traces of urine have been removed with a general cleaning, the salt crystals left behind make it difficult, if not impossible to efficiently and entirely remove the urine. 

What happens when urine is left untreated?

Any moisture or humidity reactivates the crystals we mentioned earlier which allows unpleasant urine odors to resurface. Urine odors and stains are not just unpleasant to see and smell but are also more problematic than you realize. Left untreated, urine poses a health risk and the ability to damage carpets, fabrics, flooring, and furniture. Over time, uric acid crystals will permanently change the dye structure of carpet and fabrics, and burn the tannins in wood, causing black stains around the affected areas.

Why don’t general cleaning products work?

Even with claims of unmatched grease, dirt, and anti-bacterial removal properties, general cleaning products are not designed or equipped with what it takes to truly break down the uric acid crystals formed by urine. Similarly, home remedies like vinegar, baking soda, dishwashing detergent, bleach, and ammonia are unable to effectively remove urine because they do not contain enzymes.

Left untreated by a professional, urine odors (whether from pets or humans) become demoralizing.  Also, the odors pose behavioral risks in animals by encouraging them to repeatedly “mark” the same spot.

While general, household cleaning products may make extravagant claims of their ability to truly eliminate pet odors, these products only mask the odor, encapsulate the urine, or dry out the uric acid crystals. The effects of these products are reversed when moisture is present, meaning that your time and money are spent in vain.


Buyer beware of low cost unlicensed carpet cleaners.

You wouldn't hire an unlicensed doctor and trust him with your health, and you wouldn't hire an unlicensed tax preparer and trust her with your money - so why risk hiring an unlicensed or uninsured carpet, flooring or furniture cleaner and trust them with the safety of your home and family? buyer beware of low cost carpet cleaners.

When you need to hire a carpet, flooring or furniture cleaning contractor for a project in your home, you might ask yourself if it really does matter whether or not your contractor is licensed, and you may be receiving what appears to be an economical offer to complete your cleaning project from a contractor not playing by the rules. But, beware, the risk you are taking in hiring the unlicensed carpet cleaning contractor could end up hurting you financially and putting your safety at risk in the long run.

Licensing and insurance requirements for contractors vary from state to state. Some states require a license and insurance; some don't. The rules can get confusing for you as the homeowner, and for some contractors, they get confusing too.

Contractors pay quite a hefty sum to be properly licensed and insured, which can make it difficult to compete with those who don't - yet, homeowners pay the ultimate price for choosing a contractor that is not licensed or insured.

If an unlicensed or uninsured contractor is trying to pull a scam on a homeowner, he could charge less for the project on the front end, slip and fall on your property and hurt himself and legally sue your insurance on the back end. You will end up footing the bill for his medical costs and lost wages - and still, have a project left undone.

Licensing proves that your carpet and flooring contractor has the knowledge and knows his trade. The last thing you want to deal with is mistakes made or things broken in your home after choosing an unlicensed contractor. The damage could mean needing to completely replace your flooring or furniture, or even misuse of dangerous chemicals causing future harm to your family's health.

If you need your floor cleaned contact the licensed professionals at Gator Clean. 


4 Easy tips to keep upholstery clean between deep cleanings.

Of all the surfaces in your home that require routine, professional deep cleanings, your upholstery is the one that demands the most upkeep. Easy tips to keep upholstery clean between deep cleanings.Upholstered furniture typically doesn't get as much attention as it needs, but it should. Here are a few helpful tips to keep your upholstery as clean as possible in between your professional, deep cleanings: 

  1. Become proactive with your vacuum cleaning - Without routine vacuum cleaning, dirt, germs, and pet hair soil your beautifully upholstered furniture before you know it. Regardless of the type of upholstery your furniture is made from, regular upkeep keeps it in the best condition possible between deep cleanings. Thorough, daily vacuum cleaning with a detachable brush to reach crevasses will help keep these pesky issues at bay.
  2. Spot check and treat spills daily - no matter how careful you are, spills happen. As long as they are treated immediately, you can typically avoid expensive cleaning for one spill. Everyday household products quickly get the job done. Mix one quart of warm water with a teaspoon of household vinegar, a teaspoon of ammonia and ¼ cup of liquid or powdered laundry detergent. Apply only enough to cover the spot, then allow it to soak the affected area and blot with a moist towel. Be sure to avoid the area until it is allowed to dry.
  3. Utilize protective solutions like slip covers and armrests - If spills are a common occurrence in your home, slipcovers and armrest covers are perfect for protecting the quality and life of your upholstery. Quickly tossed into the washer and dryer after use, these options are kid and traffic proof while keeping your upholstery protected every day.
  4. Toss throw pillows into the dryer - This quick and easy tip keeps your beautiful accent and throw pillows looking their best. Commonly, throw pillows, and accent pillows are ignored for concentrating solely on the furniture's cushions. A quick toss into the dryer not only quickly cleans them and eliminates dust, but also gets them to their bust, fluffy state!

These tips will help your furniture go longer between cleanings, but when you do need them professionally cleaned contact Gator Clean. 


Why can't I get the cigarette smell out of my house?

The same nicotine in tobacco that stains your skin and teeth leaves dingy yellow stains on your walls, furniture, and carpet. Homes and apartments inhabited by indoor smokers often have brown or yellow stains and streaks on walls and furniture from the buildup of years of cigarette smoke. These homes often require the professional services of a specialty cleaning company to remove them completely rather than just cover them up. How to get rid of cigarette smells.

Cigarette smoke permeates every surface of a home. Smokers usually don't even notice the odor, while non-smoking guests are bombarded with the smell the moment they walk through the door. While many "do it yourself" remedies exist that tackle the problem at a surface level, nicotine stains are a unique issue - to completely rid a home of this very thick and set-in greasy type of stain, a specialized professional method is the only correct solution.

Professional methods include specific techniques and specialized professional products to clean your carpet, draperies, hard surfaces, furniture and walls and ceilings. After the thorough cleansing, a stain-blocking product is applied to prevent further toxic stain buildup.

If you have tried everything and still can't get the smell of cigarettes out of your house, Gator Clean can help! Find out more about our Nicotine Removal and Restoration service. 

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