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Old wives tales about carpet cleaning debunked.

Many old wives tales and myths crop up all over the internet.  It's hard sometimes to know which advice to take seriously and which to take with a grain of salt, especially when it comes to cleaning your carpet. 

If you take the advice of some online myths, you may be doing more harm than good to your carpet. Here are some carpet cleaning myths that you need to stop believing:

Myth 1: You shouldn't vacuum every day because it will damage the rug.

This is false, Vacuuming lifts dirt out and prolongs the life of your carpet. Dirt and grim will break down carpet fibers faster if not removed as much as possible. Vacuuming keeps the carpet looking and feeling new for much longer. It is also recommended to vacuum the underside of your carpet at least one time a week. 

Myth 2:  You don't need professional carpet cleaning.

This is not good advice because at home cleaning products and equipment do not adequately remove deep down dirt, bacteria, allergens, pet urine, and dust mites. Some products can discolor or damage carpet fiber. Professional carpet cleaners are expert at making sure the carpet is entirely down to the bottom layer with cleaning products that do not damage carpet fibers.  

Myth 3: If you purchase built-in stain resistant carpet you don’t have to clean it often.

This is false, stain resistant carpet is more resistant to stains but is not immune to dust, danger, allergens, mildew, and mold. It is recommended to have all types of carpet cleaned regularly. 

Myth 4: Professional carpet cleaning is too costly.

Having your carpets cleaned regularly will help you get more years out of your carpet and you won't need to replace it as often. Trying to clean it yourself can become costly: from renting a machine to purchasing the solutions, to any damage that may occur during cleaning. 

These are just a few online myths that people believe to be true. Carpets should always be cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning expert like Gator Clean. Contact our team today for a free quote request.



Can your carpet be saved from pet urine?

Even the best-trained pets occasionally encounter accidents, like pet urine and even worse. How to remove pet urine from carpet. Often, the urine is not discovered until long after the accident. It is best to address these stains as soon as possible. Here are the most concerning the effects of pet urine on your area rug home’s carpets and rugs.

If not appropriately treated, the odor from pet accidents can travel through your entire home and impact your family’s health, happiness, and comfort. As the urine dries, the liquid evaporates, but urine crystals become even more concentrated and pungent when reactivated with moisture, such as humidity or dampness. You have probably observed urine odor return stronger on some days than others. That’s the pet urine crystals reactivating.

Because animals are enticed to continue urinating in the same area over and over, the smell emitted from an accident area will often lead to repeat incidents in the same area until it is adequately eliminated. Once the problem begins, if left untreated, it just becomes bigger and bigger. In the worst cases, the flooring and even the underlayment will need to be removed and replaced.

Dye Bleeding & Fiber Damage
Pet urine can affect the dyes used in carpeting and rugs by creating a break in the dye bond to the wool or other material. It can also make colorfast carpeting and rugs bleed; a darker color will often run into a lighter area. Pet urine can also cause the dyes to react and go through a chemical change resulting in a change in color, usually a red, orange, or yellowing color.

Key to the success of removing or restoring these discolorations by a professional rug cleaner is dependent upon the content of the pet urine, the type of dyes, the fiber type of the carpet or rug, and the time elapsed after the accident. Some of these reactions may be immediately noticeable, while others may take weeks or months for a reaction. Long term or repeat pet urine exposure can lead to mildew and dry rot of the carpet or rug.

To avoid damage and repeat accidents, tackle the accident as quickly as possible. Blot the area with white towels until no more moisture can be soaked up. Then apply a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar to the area with another clean white towel. Continue to apply then blot until you are no longer blotting up urine. Your carpet or rug may still require specialized professional cleaning well beyond just a simple cleaning and treating to avert permanent damage.

The best way to eliminate pet urine completely from your carpet is to have a professional carpet cleaner, like Gator Clean, deep clean them for you. Contact us today to schedule a cleaning. 


Is your home clean from the inside out?

First impressions are made from the exterior of your home. Is your home clean from the inside out. Pressure washing Small steps in caring for your home help create a stunning impact for all who pass by.

If you want to make a stunning impression for everybody who passes you have to make sure that the first thing they see is clean. Before you even walk into a house, you see the exterior of your home. That is where the first impression is going to be made.

Over time the exterior of your home may collect mold, mildew and other grime from the environment. Even for a house that was newly constructed it only takes a couple of years for the exterior of your home to become dirty. You may see mold, mildew, dirt and other foreign debris begin to collect on your exterior walls, garage, driveway, and sidewalk.

Renting a pressure washer becomes expensive and time-consuming, not to mention it can be incredibly messy.

Did you know Gator Clean does not just clean carpets, but we also tackle the task of cleaning the exterior of your home as well? We have the right equipment and experience to bring your home to its former glory!

Keeping your home clean on the outside also keeps you and your family safe and healthy on the inside. By cleaning the exterior walls, we eliminate the chance that harmful contaminants will enter into your home and air and heating units.

We use our trusted techniques of manipulating high pressured water and environmentally friendly chemicals to blast grime, mildew and mold away. It works on walls, garages, stone pavers, patios and more. You will see beautiful results right away! Contact Gator Clean today for a free quote, and get a clean house from the inside out. 


Start the new year out with clean floors!

The New Year will be here before we know it and one of the best ways to ring it in is with a sparkling clean house! Get clean floors for 2019. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming to think of deep cleaning the ENTIRE house, so let's start with the floors! Deep cleaning from the bottom up can be almost therapeutic, especially when you can see the results immediately. We can have your floors looking like they were just installed this new year!

Depending on the type of flooring you have, it will need a certain specific style of cleaning required. You wouldn't treat a wood floor the way you would a linoleum floor, and mainly not the same as a carpeted floor. Our cleaning experts take great care and precision in cleaning every nook and cranny of your flooring.

Throughout the year, regular maintenance is critical in keeping your floors looking fresh well after a new year deep cleaning. With non-carpeted flooring, a microfiber cloth can easily attract dust and get the dust out of hard to reach creases and corners. Wet mopping makes a big difference too, but be sure to stay away from combinations of water and vinegar or soap-based cleansers (except on some carpet) as these can be too rough on the flooring. This can be especially true for wood flooring - but the upkeep on them is very simple. Microfiber cloth to wipe away the dust and debris and a wipe down with a wood cleaner will keep it looking pristine. Carpeted floors are quite a bit different, but the most popular option for deep cleaning them is to have them steamed. This gets all the dirt and gunk from the fibers in the carpet loose and eventually washed away in the cleaner.

So whether you want to get those floors deep cleaned after all the festivities are done, make sure to contact Gator Clean. We'll make your floors look brand new again in no time!


Holiday Plants that are Toxic to Pets.

The holidays always bring good cheer, but there are few things pet owners should be aware of.Holiday Plants that are Toxic to Your Pets. While we love traditional holiday plants, some can be toxic to our furry little friends. Pets are generally curious about new things popping up all over the house, especially ones that they could potentially turn into a meal.

Some plants can do more harm than others to our pets. Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are moderately toxic if ingested but could leave a rash on an animal's sensitive skin.

Mistletoe, on the other hand, could do some harm to a dog or cat. When ingested they could have gastrointestinal upset, as well as a slow heartbeat, changes in mental function, and have a hard time breathing. It is recommended to keep these plants far out of reach of curious pets.

The Holly berry has been known to cause diarrhea, vomiting, apathy and upset stomach. If your pet has ingested one of these berries, they should be seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Two other plants to avoid around your pets are Amaryllis and Daffodils. These can cause a variety of undesirable symptoms including vomiting, loss of appetite, acting depressed and upset stomach.

Gator Clean wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

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