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!
- 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!
To the lower right is a picture of a rag area rug we cleaned last week. In the picture it is safely on the drying platform, colors intact, no dye migration, no worries. Directly above it is a picture of the cotton rag we used to test the dye stability of the area rug. As you can see, the rug failed the dye stability test in fantastic fashion! Every color in the rug bled – almost instantaneously!
What to do when faced with this predicament? It’s a rag area rug, so it desperately needs a full immersion bath in the “rug spa”, yet it bleeds when in the presence of moisture. The answer is to treat it with a special chemical which helps to keep migrant dyes from fixing themselves on the surrounding fibers. This process effectively adds a day to the processing of the rug, but it allows us to wet wash area rugs that we otherwise couldn’t. Careful testing for dye stability is crucial for successful cleaning of tricky area rugs!
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