Fireplace safety is something to think about now, before you build your first fire of the season and snuggle down in front of it. You should do an inspection of the fireplace yourself and call a pro to get that chimney cleaned. They can do a proper inspection and make sure it is in proper working order for the fall and winter seasons.
We have all seen those crazy sitcoms or old cartoons where someone attempts to clean the chimney and the inside of the home is covered in soot! No one wants that. When you choose a company to clean the fireplace, be sure to ask if they are CSIA certified. This means they have been trained and are certified in in chimney care. Just like choosing a carpet cleaning professional that is certified by the IICRC you want to pick the best. You want to be assured they know what they are doing. A professional should take steps to assure your furnishings and flooring do not become soiled in the cleaning process.
Fireplace Hearths and Carpets
Most fireplaces have a stone hearth so if sparks happen to pop out, they land on the hearth and quickly die down. The hearth should be at least 16 inches in front of the fireplace and extend 8 inches to each side for a small fireplace. Larger fireplaces need larger hearths. Your carpet or rug come right to the hearth and there should be no danger of sparks hitting it. It is best to speak to a professional to make sure you have the right size.
Fireplace and Carpet Soiling
Things do happen. Bits of wood drop off as you carry it into the house. You spill a bit of ash or soot on the carpet when you clean it out.
For bits of wood, twigs, leaves, just pick them up. For the ash or soot, first understand that this is considered a dry spill. Grab your vacuum cleaner and get to work. Move slowly and repeat the process until you have it all removed. Do not wet it! If it just is not coming up, then call in the professional carpet cleaning company located here in Manassas, Virginia.
If you happen to build the fire too big and sparks do hit the carpet or if you happen to drop some hot ash on the carpet (it’s always best to let the ashes cool before cleaning it out), you might need to have a patch to fix it. If a small hole has been burned into the carpet, a professional carpet company can do a small patch and bring back the beauty of your carpet.
I had a friend ask me the other day, “How do I get the husband and kids to stop tracking the fall leaves in the house and on the floors?” Sadly, there is no magic fix but there are some steps you can take to help.
Your outdoor faucet is one of the things you should think about inspecting and winterizing now. As autumn has arrived in Northern Virginia, so have the cooler nights and a hard freeze is surely just around the corner.
Your outdoor faucet can be called by various names. It can be called a hose bib, a sill cock or a wall hydrant as well as a faucet and as my momma says, “Spigot”.
Some of today’s newer homes come with new “freeze proof” faucets. These faucets extend farther back inside the house where it is warmer and therefore should not freeze. However, even these faucets can benefit from some easy maintenance.
Pet vomit will stain quickly so clean it up as soon as you notice it. It is not a pleasant subject, but no matter how careful you are, pets do get sick or eat something they should not. The favorite spot to get rid of it always seems to be the carpet. When this happens, try to take care of it as soon as possible.
For some of us, autumn is the allergy season. Forget about spring. We find all sorts of things are upsetting our respiratory systems at this time of year. The most common causes for allergies this time of year are mold, ragweed and dust mites.
Filtration Soiling – What is it?
Those ugly dark lines along the edges of the carpet, what is it? You’ve vacuumed regularly. You have even paid special attention to the baseboard and the edges of the carpet, but the edges still look dirty or discolored. It is not your fault. It is natural process that happens over time.
Back to school means different things to people. No matter who you are, the beginning of a new school year brings various emotions. One thing everyone will have in common is the new cleaning challenges that back to school will bring.
Spilled wax on carpets isn’t fun for anyone. As summer winds down and autumn nears the stores are bringing out candles in harvest scents. It is hard to resist the comforting fragrance and glow of candlelight. What do you do when you happen to spill some wax on your carpet though?
VOC: What is it?
If you have been shopping for new carpet you may have seen tags saying “low VOC” or something similar. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. If you are like me, when you see the word “organic” you think it means good things. In this case it doesn’t mean healthy food. This has to do with air quality. Everything gives off gases naturally or “organically”. The higher the VOC, the more gases are given off. The new car smell is from VOC and so is the new carpet smell, adhesive smells etc.
Berber Carpet – What is is?
Berber carpet is one of the most popular carpets on the market today. It is made by looping the yarns through the carpet backing. It is very durable and spill resistant. It can be made of nylon, olefin, polyester or wool. The wool and nylon versions have a cushiony feel and are comfortable.