Glorious Spring!

 


Rug cleaning in Spring!

Springtime has sprung at Pro Care Cleaning!

This is the view out the front of my rug cleaning shop.  After a long, long, long winter…this just puts a silly grin on my face!  Sometime in February, every year, carpet cleaners in the northern climes start to question their vocation.  They wonder…”should I have listened more carefully to Mom, or perhaps my seventh grade English teacher?”  We ponder these imponderables until Spring arrives, at which point we say,

“We will not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. (My apologies to Dylan Thomas for this wretched misappropriation of his beautiful poem!)

…or something like that!  Let’s just say Spring has a special meaning to those of us who work with water, pumps and brass fittings!

Carpet Cleaning In Lincoln NE – Pro Care Cleaning

 

Carpet cleaning in Lincoln, NE

Corner Guards!

One thing we take very seriously when we’re working in your home is the idea of stewardship. You’ve placed your trust in us and allowed us to come into your home to work. We want to leave everything better than when we arrived. Towards that end, we utilize tools like door wraps (to keep the extreme hot and cold out of your home while we work) and corner guards (to keep your corners looking like…well, corners! Corners aren’t supposed to be round! I can just hear someone out there saying “my corners are rounded!” Yes…we still use corner guards on rounded corners because we don’t want the hoses rubbing on that contact point. So, round or straight, we’ll treat your corners right!  And the rest of your home as well.

 

How Do You Get The Pet Urine Out Of My Area Rug?

Pet Urine Seeping Out Of Area Rug

Yep! That's Pet Urine Seeping Out Of The Area Rug!

I’m afraid that brown/yellow stuff is exactly what you think it is!  Many times people will have their carpet cleaner try to “clean up” the rug as it lays in the home.  As you can see from this picture that kind of approach is doomed to failure.  No matter how hard the carpet cleaner works on the rug he’ll never get all the urine out – and your nose will testify to that truth!  If you have a rug that you love that has urine damage from a pet you also love, the only way to solve that problem is call us at Pro Care Cleaning and schedule a visit for your rug to our “rug spa”.  We’d love to have the chance to serve you!

Pet Urine On Your Rug! How Do You Get It Out?

My Dog Brandy
Brandy hanging out on her favorite rug!

That’s my West Highland Terrier, Brandy.  That rug sits in our Dining Room.  She’s a very good dog and rarely has any accidents or problems, but when she does it frequently happens on the Dining Room rug.

It’s not unusual for us to get a panicked call from a homeowner whose pet has had an accident on their rug.  What can you do at home to remediate such an accident?

First, blot, don’t scrub!  We can’t undo permanent fiber damage to your rug.  Next, place a white cotton towel over the spot, folded up into quarters and place plastic wrap over the towel and place a book over the plastic wrap.  Leave this for 24 hours.  The residual moisture will wick up into the towel and out of the rug.  This is your best procedure short of bringing a rug in for professional cleaning.  If you start treating the rug with spotters, enzymes and other specialty products you could do damage to the rug.  This damage can come in the form of permanent staining , color migration or loss, or browning of cellulosic materials.
At the risk of shameless self-promotion, if your rug has been or is being used by your pet as an inside the home toilet area you need to have a professional wash that rug.  Only a thorough professional rug cleaning is going to get rid of all that mess and unwanted bacterial activity.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Jared cleaning out the waste tank – with a smile on his face!

Did you ever wonder

Jonathan cleaning out the back of the truck and detailing the equipment!
what carpet and rug cleaners do on Christmas Eve day?  We get ready for the new year.  Because for some reason, people just aren’t focused on textile cleaning this time of year!  Hard to believe, isn’t it?!
Well, 2012 has been a fantastic year for Pro Care Cleaning!  We added a new truck, a new office/bay, a new employee and many great new clients!  Thanks so much for your patronage!  We look forward to serving you in 2013!  From all of us (Jeff, Tracy, Jonathan, Jared and Brandy the Wonder-Dog), we wish you all the happiness and prosperity you richly deserve in the new year!  See you soon!

The Importance of Testing For Dye Transfer!

Wool Rug That Bled
A Gabbeh with urine damage that bled.

This beautiful rug came to me with heavy dog urine deposits.  It’s hard to see in the picture but there were literally dozens of separate deposits.  When I tested the rug for possible dye transfer, also known as bleeding, everything tested out fine until I got to the reds.  The red dye bled on contact!  It was immediate!  This always presents us with a conundrum.  A rug with any kind of instant dye transfer is a rug you generally don’t want to get real wet, for obvious reasons!  But this rug had to washed! It was, after all, full of pee.  We decided to treat it with a dye-set product and then move forward with a full wash.  The rug cleaned up beautifully with no dye transfer of any kind.  This really highlights the importance of testing every color in a rug before it’s cleaned.  Getting lazy about this just once can cause very real damage.  At Pro Care Cleaning we test every rug that comes into our shop.  Not only every rug, but every color in that rug! That way the only surprises we encounter are of the pleasant variety!

Don Aslett’s Museum of Clean!

Don Aslett's museum of clean

Don Aslett's museum of clean

In November of 2011 Aslett officially opened his Museum of Clean.  The museum is housed in a converted warehouse designed to meet LEED-EBOM Platinum standards.  It took five years of preparation to get everything ready for opening day.  The museum showcases the past, present and future of cleaning.  “Anything that cleans, we display it” says Aslett.  There’s artwork, sculptures, hands on displays and Kid’s Clean World – a three-story sphere filled with activities that show kids how to clean.  Aslett says “I’m sold on the word “clean” and I think sometimes in our industry we overlook how valuable clean is.  Things unclean depreciate…Clean has huge power.

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Patio Furniture Cleaning – Yes, It Can Be Cleaned!

Patio Furniture Cleaning
Patio Furniture Cleaning – Jonathan Hard At Work!

Jonathan is hard at work in this picture on 14 outdoor patio furniture cushions that we brought back to the bay to clean.  Patio furniture upholstery is always quite a challenge to clean well, but it can be done.  Jonathan spent roughly three hours working on getting these cushions looking their best!

Cleaning Campers – Is It Spiderman?

Cleaning A Camper - Spiderman!
Is It Spiderman? Nope, just Jonathan my lead technician demonstrating dedication to his job!

Cleaning a camper can be difficult work!  Tight spaces combined with heavy use always makes for a challenge!  Jonathan is not going to be deterred!  Even when you have a somewhat unusual cleaning need, we’d love to have the opportunity to visit with you about it!

Our New Office!

Pro Care Cleaning Office
This is where we have all the fun!
Pro Care Cleaning Offices
Signs Now did a great job on our door! Thanks Jana!

This is a picture of the front of our new location at 1438 S 1st.  We’re super excited to be here and we’ve just about got everything moved in and situated.  We officially moved in March 1st.  Carpeting was replaced, tile was replaced, Tracy and I repainted, had the door and windows tinted and last but not least we had Signs Now come out and letter the door for us.  We’re very pleased with how that turned out!  We’ll post some pictures of the inside next.  I know…we’re a lot more excited about this than you are, but hey….that’s what a blog’s for, right?  Thanks to this new location along with some new equipment we can now get your rug turned around in one week flat!