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Are you suffering already? Here's the latest picture of the pollen mold count. What does carpet cleaning have to do with anything? Did you know, A-List is not only a carpet and upholstery cleaner but also trained in Indoor Environmental Air Quality? Also, did you know there is a topical spray available to help ease your indoor suffering? We blogged about this last year.

To find out more on this topic, check out our posts the under “Anti-Allergen” blog section at www.alistcarpetcleaning.com.

Your questions are always welcome here on the blog, or you can email me direct at kevin@alistcarpetcleaning.com.

Kevin R. Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning LLC
(339) 613-7565

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I just got called out to a job that was just recently cleaned by another very well known reputable company. Her complaint was, that the carpet looked good for 2-3 weeks than these stains started growing out of her carpet and came back bigger than they originally were.

There are a couple reasons this could happen.

First, some times with a spill for instance, it enters the carpet and gravity pulls it straight down to the back of the carpet, where it then begins to wick sideways along the carpet backing. The spill can often wick sideways twice the size of the visible stained area on the surface of the fibers. Then when a carpet cleaner comes in and cleans it, and doesn't rinse out the entire stain, within a few hours to the next day or two, the stain can reappear, often larger than what looked like the original stain. And I hear this all the time "they made it worse!" This is what's know as wicking.

Second, it can be re-soiling. And this is usually when a stain is gone, then seems to slowly grow out of the carpet getting darker and darker over a period of several weeks. What can cause re-soiling, can either be, something oily in the original stain that has wicked back up yet invisible, until soil starts sticking to it. Or it can be from a spot cleaner that wasn't rinsed properly and causing a residual that is attracting soil as well.

I am well aware of both of these two situations and always spent extra time to resolve these two issues. I will then thoroughly explain to you the process I used along with the results to expect. I will also follow up on the situation to make sure your 100% satisfied and not left with one of these haunting scenarios.

Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, LLC
(339) 613-7565

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I would like to invite everyone to check out my personal website, www.kevinrhoule.com. We will be blogging on that site about all kinds of unique, creative and luxurious interior designing ideas, products, tips, and jaw dropping amazing pictures! While on my business site, www.alistcarpetcleaning.com, we'll be blogging more about technical and detailed information on how to remove stains and other interesting tricks.

Spring is finally starting to shine through all this snow! We have a few great deals going on right now. If you would like additional information, an estimate, or to see what we can do for you please contact us at: kevin@alistcarpetcleaning.com. Happy spring cleaning everyone!

Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, LLC
(339) 613-7565

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The water table is rising as the ground is saturated from all the melting snow. I recommend taking a quick peak at your sump pump, if you have one, and making sure it's working to prevent basement water damage. Here's some easy steps on what to do.

Instructions:

1.) Locate the exit pipe, also called an outlet pipe, on the exterior of your home through which your sump pump directs the water from your basement. Inspect the outlet pipe for damage. Verify that the pipe has no clogs made of debris or ice, depending upon the current weather conditions. Make sure that the outlet pipe is clear and will direct water away from the foundation of your house. Remove any clogs or move the outlet pipe if necessary.

2.) Look over the sump pump in the basement of your home. You can usually find it near the interior walls of the foundation, typically in an unfinished area of the basement. Verify that the electrical cord for your sump pump is plugged into an outlet. Remove the lid to the sump pump, if your pump has a lid. Using a flashlight, inspect the interior of the basin for any clogs or debris. Remove any debris that you find.

3.) Pour approximately 5 gallons of water into the basin of your sump pump. Pour slowly (at approximately the same speed that water might flow into the basin from the basement) until the sump pump turns on and begins to pump out water. Do not pour in more water than the basin will hold. Expect the sump pump to begin pumping out water when the water level reaches approximately 8 to 12 inches below the surface of the basement floor.

5.) Look for a float on the sump pump. (Your sump pump may not include a float.) Verify that the float functions correctly and does not catch against the lid or basin, as its proper operation ensures that the sump pump turns on when the water level reaches the correct height.

6.) Make any necessary repairs based on your test of your basement sump pump. Continue to test your sump pump regularly (every few months) and replace your pump if needed.

Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, LLC
(339) 613-7565

 

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I've been working for days updating our website and changing our forum into a blog. I finally updated the site and we're live. I still have a few small kinks to smooth out but in the mean time, come take a peak at out new blog and feel free to join the conversation, leave a post, ask a question, or just say hello.

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Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, LLC
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A-List, cleaning one of its client's indoor pool upholstery as they are preparing for more snow. We also clean outdoor furniture too. Spring will be here before you know it. So have A-List pick up your cushions now and clean them so they are ready for spring!

Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, LLC
(339) 613-7565

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