Why KleenRite's Professional Rug Cleaning is a Dream Come True!

In today’s blog post we discuss why our professional rug cleaning is the best solution to lift away spots and remove stains. Read on to learn more.

 

Professional Rug Cleaning a Dream Come True

Have you ever fallen in love with an area rug that just makes your room look amazing? Have you ever been heartbroken when you find that there is a stain or spot in your favorite rug? It’s okay, KleenRite can help make your rug look brand new again.

 

The KleenRite Way

Our gentle methods lift away spots and remove ground-in dirt from your rug’s delicate fiber. We can clean your natural or synthetic area and oriental rugs. We take the upmost care in handling, cleaning, transporting and storing your valuable and sometime heirloom pieces.

 

We do a thorough vacuuming process on each rug that is brought in to ensure we remove as much debris, pet hair, dirt and soil as possible before the cleaning process takes place. Although we do a thorough vacuuming, it is sometimes almost impossible to remove all pet hair from the rugs. All rugs are vacuumed before and after the cleaning so we can make sure we have removed as much debris as we possibly can.

 

We then clean your rug with the most appropriate method for the individual rug. Your rug could be steam extracted, or dependent on the rug, it may also be hand cleaned, dry bonnet-ed or rotary extracted. If applicable, fringe will be cleaned with a tool specifically made for cleaning delicate fringe. From this point on, the rugs are cleaned as many times as needed until an optimal clean is reached. They are then dried, rolled, tied and wrapped if requested.

 

KleenRite offers the following rug cleaning services:

  • Synthetic materials
  • Fine Orientals
  • Wool
  • Natural and Synthetic braids
  • Loop pile
  • Berber
  • Fringe Cleaning
  • Pet Treatments
  • Wrapping
  • Scotchgard™
  • Some braided rug repair (this depends on the severity of the repair needed)

 

NOTE: There is an extra charge for all of the above, except for fringe cleaning and wrapping. We do not bind rugs or repair most fringes.

 

We can come to you to clean your rugs or you can come to us. You can drop off your rugs at your facility during normal working days and hours (Monday through Friday, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.). Please make sure to call prior to your visit, we want to make sure that someone will be available to receive your rugs.

 

We hope this blog post was able to give you more information on the KleenRite way we clean rugs. If you have any questions regarding your rugs and our services, call KleenRite today at (217) 351-4930.

What Does the KleenRite Carpet Service Include?

In today’s blog post, we discuss what exactly happens during the KleenRite Carpet Service. Read on to learn more about this exciting service.

 

At KleenRite, we use only the state-of-the-art equipment and employ only trained professionals. And we guarantee our service for each and every customer: your carpets will be cleaned right every time.

 

For each home or business that KleenRite services, we perform a complete 12-step carpet cleaning process. This is how it is broken down:

  1. We inspect your carpet and determine your needs.
  2. All carpet is vacuumed using a Hepa Filtration System which prevents allergens and pollutants from being released back in the air.
  3. Walk-off traps are used during carpet to floor transitions to ensure safety and to protect your hard surface flooring.
  4. We pre-treat all spots to maximize cleaning efficiency.
  5. We apply an emulsifier to separate and suspend the soils.
  6. We agitate the carpet nap to accelerate the action of the emulsifier.
  7. At this point, we allow “dwell time.” (This is where the real cleaning takes place.)
  8. Once the soils have been separated from the carpet fibers, we use hot water extraction to remove the soils and cleaning agents. This residue-free cleaning helps retard soiling.
  9. After the carpet is free of soils, we apply a protective coating. This includes our Six-Month Spot and Soil Warranty (Based on package option).
  10. We use high-velocity air movers to speed drying (Optional Step).
  11. We groom the carpet nap to promote drying and enhance appearance (Based on package option).
  12. Our office will do a follow-up call with you to ensure that the cleaning performed meets your expectations and to ensure you are 100% satisfied with the cleaning job.

 

This concludes the KleenRite 12-Step Carpet Cleaning Service. We hope this post has given you more insight into what goes into cleaning your carpets. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions, call us today at (217) 351-4930. We offer both affordable carpet cleaning and disaster services.

 

Understanding the Role of Humidity in Your Home

Understanding the Role of Humidity in Your Home

Water covers 70 percent of Earth’s surface. We’ve known that since grade school. Water exists underground, on top of mountains as snow, in glaciers as ice, in the sky as clouds, in our bodies and even on other planets. Water is all around us, but we rarely think about the water that is in the air.

 

Water exists in the air in the form of water vapor. The amount of water vapor present is referred to as humidity. Humidity can be measured several ways, but the most commonly used measurement is relative humidity or RH. Relative humidity is a measurement of the amount of water vapor in the air compared to the amount of water that could be suspended in the air at that temperature. RH is always expressed as a percentage. At 100% relative humidity, air can hold no more water vapor at that temperature. At 50% RH, the air is holding half the amount of water vapor that it could suspend at that temperature.

 

High relative humidity can create problems in your home. You should try to keep humidity levels between 30-50% RH for optimal comfort and health. If humidity is too low, say below 20%, your skin, eyes and hair will feel dry and uncomfortable. Certain materials like leather and wood will also begin to dry out. High humidity- 60% or above- for extended periods can cause many problems, including health issues and damage to structural materials, in addition to increased potential for mold and other microbial growth. Signs of high humidity are: a sticky or clammy feeling; wood floors that are “cupped”; sticking doors; condensation on widows, air conditioning vents or walls; musty odors and mold growth on interior surfaces and furnishings.

 

High humidity can be a sign that there is a leak in the structure, problems with the air conditioning and ventilation system, building envelope or foundation issues. If you have a basement or crawlspace, a damp musty odor is an indication that there is a moisture or humidity problem. Musty odors are more than a nuisance. They could be an indicator of wood rot, mold growth or other microbial growth that can cause property damage. Microbes can also pose a health risk to occupants of the structure.

 

Warm air can hold more water vapor than cool air. For example, if the RH is 50% at 80° and you cooled the air down to 60°, the RH would rise to about 100%, just by changing air temperature. Why? Because the cooler air has less capacity to hold water vapor than the warmer air.

 

Think of the two temperatures as two different buckets. The 80° air is like a two-gallon bucket containing one gallon of water. It’s only 50% full. The 60° air is like a one-gallon bucket with the same one gallon of water in it, but it is 100% full. So as air cools, RH goes up. As air warms, RH goes down. This is why condensation occurs on cold surfaces. As air comes into contact with the cold surface, the air gets cooler, and the RH increases. If the surface is cold enough, RH reaches 100%. Since the air can no longer hold all of the water vapor, condensation forms on the surface of the cooler material. We call this the dew point temperature. When water condenses on surfaces, it provides all the moisture needed for mold to grow.

 

If you have a basement, sun room or unfinished area that is sometimes cooler than the rest of your house, temperature variations can lead to excessive humidity, condensation and all of the associated problems. In these areas, it may be necessary to use a dehumidifier to control moisture in the air. Remember, if the air is damp, so is the structure.

 

Keeping humidity under control is one step toward making your home a healthier place to live. High humidity is a sign that something is wrong with a structure. If you suspect you have any kind of water damage from a leak, condensation, poor construction or foundation issues, call KleenRite. We’ll find the cause and help you solve it before it becomes a much bigger problem.

 

Understanding the role of humidity in your home

 

Water covers 70 percent of Earth’s surface. We’ve known that since grade school. Water exists underground, on top of mountains as snow, in glaciers as ice, in the sky as clouds, in our bodies and even on other planets. Water is all around us, but we rarely think about the water that is in the air. Water exists in the air in the form of water vapor. The amount of water vapor present is referred to as humidity. Humidity can be measured several ways, but the most commonly used measurement is relative humidity or RH.

 

Relative humidity is a measurement of the amount of water vapor in the air compared to the amount of water that could be suspended in the air at that temperature. RH is always expressed as a percentage. At 100% relative humidity, air can hold no more water vapor at that temperature. At 50% RH, the air is holding half the amount of water vapor that it could suspend at that temperature.

 

High relative humidity can create problems in your home. You should try to keep humidity levels between 30-50% RH for optimal comfort and health. If humidity is too low, say below 20%, your skin, eyes and hair will feel dry and uncomfortable. Certain materials like leather and wood will also begin to dry out. High humidity- 60% or above- for extended periods can cause many problems, including health issues and damage to structural materials, in addition to increased potential for mold and other microbial growth.

 

Signs of high humidity are: a sticky or clammy feeling; wood floors that are “cupped”; sticking doors; condensation on widows, air conditioning vents or walls; musty odors and mold growth on interior surfaces and furnishings. High humidity can be a sign that there is a leak in the structure, problems with the air conditioning and ventilation system, building envelope or foundation issues. If you have a basement or crawlspace, a damp musty odor is an indication that there is a moisture or humidity problem. Musty odors are more than a nuisance. They could be an indicator of wood rot, mold growth or other microbial growth that can cause property damage. Microbes can also pose a health risk to occupants of the structure.

 

Warm air can hold more water vapor than cool air. For example, if the RH is 50% at 80° and you cooled the air down to 60°, the RH would rise to about 100%, just by changing air temperature. Why? Because the cooler air has less capacity to hold water vapor than the warmer air.

 

Think of the two temperatures as two different buckets. The 80° air is like a two-gallon bucket containing one gallon of water. It’s only 50% full. The 60° air is like a one-gallon bucket with the same one gallon of water in it, but it is 100% full. So as air cools, RH goes up. As air warms, RH goes down. This is why condensation occurs on cold surfaces. As air comes into contact with the cold surface, the air gets cooler, and the RH increases. If the surface is cold enough, RH reaches 100%. Since the air can no longer hold all of the water vapor, condensation forms on the surface of the cooler material. We call this the dew point temperature. When water condenses on surfaces, it provides all the moisture needed for mold to grow.

 

If you have a basement, sun room or unfinished area that is sometimes cooler than the rest of your house, temperature variations can lead to excessive humidity, condensation and all of the associated problems. In these areas, it may be necessary to use a dehumidifier to control moisture in the air. Remember, if the air is damp, so is the structure.

 

Keeping humidity under control is one step toward making your home a healthier place to live. High humidity is a sign that something is wrong with a structure.

 

If you suspect you have any kind of water damage from a leak, condensation, poor construction or foundation issues, call KleenRite. We’ll find the cause and help you solve it before it becomes a much bigger problem such as water and mold damage. Call us today at (217) 351-4930.

 

Understanding Tough Spots & Stains

stain In today's blog post, we discuss the differences between spots and stains. As well as understadning them. Read on to learn more.

 

Your carpet endures all kinds of abuse. Daily traffic, food spills, pet accidents, tracked in grease and oil and other soils can cause spots on your carpet. Or are they stains? What's the difference?

 

A SPOT is soil that has bonded to carpet fibers. Spots can sometimes change the texture of the carpet, and may be sticky, oily, gummy, waxy, crusty, etc. Spots can usually be removed with normal cleaning or spot treatments.

 

A STAIN is unwanted color added to a fiber. It is often a discoloration left behind after cleaning or spot removal. Stains do not have texture, are generally considered permanent and far more difficult to remove than spots. Stain removal usually involves application of specialized techniques, professional experience and more aggressive chemistry.

 

At KleenRite, we understand the various factors involved, so we have a high rate of success with spot and stain treatment. In order to achieve successful spot and stain removal we need to categorize the source.

 

There are three basic categories: Organic, Mineral and Synthetic.

  • Organic spots and stains are derived from plant or animal sources. This category includes things like mustard, coffee, chocolate, grass, flowers, mold, fruit juices, wine, urine, feces, vomit and blood.
  • Mineral spots and stains are caused by sources like earth, carbon, metals, red clay, used motor oil, charcoal and rust.
  • Synthetic spots and stains come from sources like make-up, paint pigments, furniture, inks, crayons and artificial colors (food dyes).

 

We also classify spots as water-soluble, solvent-soluble, or non-soluble. This further assists us in developing a plan of attack. Other factors may also determine whether a stain can be removed. Is it near a window or strong light source? How old is the carpet? How has the carpet been maintained in the past? Has the carpet been protected in the past? What kind of fiber is the carpet?

 

Urine and pet related stains are another challenging source to remove from carpet fibers. Urine is made up of a variety of chemicals that differs depending on the age, gender, species, and health of the animal it came from. Since contamination such as blood, urine, vomit and feces can harbor bacteria and viruses, our primary concern is source removal and sanitation. Once this has been achieved, we can address any residual stains.

 

Professional assistance is always your best choice for treatment, but sometimes in a desperate attempt to remove a spot, a well-meaning homeowner may decide to take matters into her own hands. Quick response is important, but care must be taken not to do anything to set a stain. So what should you do if you get a spot or stain? Scoop or scrape up the excess. Then use a clean white towel to blot up any liquid. Place a weight, such as a phone book on the towel to get spot to soak into the towel. Then call KleenRite at (217) 351-4930. We will tell you what to do depending on your specific situation or, if necessary send a technician to take care of it for you.

Holiday Tip: Welcoming Your Guests

welcome In today's blog post, we discuss some holiday tips for welcoming your guests. Read on to learn more.

 

If you have guests coming to stay with you this holiday season, you’ll want them to feel right at home. Take a few moments to look around your home as you prepare for company. Here are some holiday tips that might be helpful. 

  • If you will be offering your guests a spare room, make sure that there are some extra pillows and blankets available.
  • Clear knick-knacks off of end tables and dresser tops, and make sure there is ample lighting in the room.
  • Provide a place for a coat, umbrella, purse, and keys, like a small table or sturdy chair.
  • Your guests will need some drawer space and some empty hangers in the closet.
  • Place a small empty basket in the bathroom to allow your guests to leave some of their personal items there.
  • Consider leaving your guests other practical items as well.
  • Fill a small box or basket with a pad of paper, a pen, scissors, tape, and stamps.
  • Place a box of tissues by the bed. If possible, leave an ironing board and iron in the closet.
  • Adding an alarm clock and a phone, if possible, are conveniences that your guests will appreciate.
  • Pamper them with some bottled water, fresh fruit, and candies, along with some magazines or a newspaper.

We hope these tips are helpful for welcoming your guests this holiday season. From our family to yours, we here at KleenRite wish you a safe and wonderful holiday.