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Dan Dan the Carpet Man - Our Coronavirus Procedures We Put in Place for Your Protection!
Do not schedule any cleaning with us if you have (i.) been exposed to someone that has the virus or (ii.) you or a member of your household have tested positive for the virus, or (iii.) you are currently self-isolating or quarantined.
At Dan Dan the Carpet Man, the health and safety of our staff and customers is always our priority! As grandparents, parents, siblings, and friends ourselves, we continue to monitor the rapidly evolving news related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how this pandemic will affect our community.
Because our business involves cleaning and sanitizing multiple homes in succession each day, we are mindful of the procedures for protection and prevention recommended by the CDC to. Our standard procedures already specify a common sense approach to preclude cross-contamination and maintain a safe workplace, but recently we have enhanced our procedures and provided additional training to our staff members.
As per CDC Recommendations for cleaning soft (porous) surfaces such as carpeted floors and rugs … we remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces.
We wanted to share some of the precautions we take in the field on behalf our customers and technicians:
Before we leave our facility:
- Fog service vehicle with hospital-grade, antiviral, anti-bacteria agent (labeled to kill 99% of microbial activity).
- Inventory freshly-laundered towels and paper disposables
Before we enter your home:
- Install a new bag in our vacuum cleaners on each new job
- Clean and sanitize our equipment before each job ( wands, machine heads, and other tools)
Before we “steam clean” your carpet:
- Apply and rake-in a powerful pre-spray (emulsifier, disinfectant/oxidizing cleaning booster, and deodorizer)
- Wear disposable gloves, booties, and any required personal protective equipment (PPE)
After we clean:
- Wipe down banisters/knobs/surfaces touched during cleaning (using EPA-registered household disinfectants)
- Wash hands with anti-bacterial soap / no hand shaking
Before we leave your home:
- Fog HVAC system with hospital-grade, antiviral, anti-bacterial, agent (labeled to kill 99% of microbial activity)
- Use Hand Sanitizer after retracting, cleaning, and storing equipment
Even though you may be tempted to clean tile and grout by yourself, it’s always a better idea to let the professionals at Dan Dan the Carpet Man handle it. In this blog, we will let you know why it’s better to get professional tile and grout cleaning. (more…)
Here’s why. (more…)
In an ideal world, your carpeting would stay pristine, but carpets get dirty and stained with time. It’s unavoidable. With every spill, your carpet gets one step closer to becoming dingy and shabby.
Fortunately, there are some tips you can follow and some strategies you can implement to keep your carpet looking and smelling like new for a more extended period.
Let’s take a closer look. (more…)
Carpets can provide the ideal environment for mold to grow in. If your carpets get damp and stay damp for longer periods, mold can set in. The problem here, though, is that it’s usually in the underlying layers. You may not even see it.
Fortunately, as the premier carpet cleaners in Orlando, we know what to look out for. In this post, we’ll tell you how to detect mold in your carpets.
A Musty Smell
A musty odor is a sure sign that something is out of whack. As it isn’t a particularly nasty smell, it’s not likely to bother you that much. If you’ve lived with it for a while, you might even get used to it.
Visitors, however, will usually be able to pick it up quickly. (more…)
If you’re a dog or cat parent, it can be a challenge to keep your carpet clean. Pets can chew up your carpet and leave stains. Furthermore, they can leave hair, which can build up in your carpet. Fortunately, Dan Dan the Carpet Man is here to tell you, you don’t have to give up your pet to keep your carpet clean. Here are a few tips every pet owner can use to keep their carpet looking fresh.
Purchase Stain Resistant Carpet
Stain resistant carpet is always an excellent option. If you’re replacing the carpet, stain resistant is typically more resilient, and it can last much longer than normal carpet. Stain resistant carpet gives you a protective factor that is part of the fibers. In addition, it’s a great idea to have your professional carpet cleaner apply a protectant, such as DuPont Teflon carpet protectant, at each cleaning.
Scotch Guard or Dupont-Teflon(and the like)
If your carpet is a few years old, then it’s probably in your best interest to protect your carpet with a soil and stain repellant. This puts a protective guard on your carpet that will need to be repeated after a while. Reapplying the protectant with each cleaning helps the fibers maintain their structure and keeps additional stains from ruining your carpet. This process should always be done by a professional to make sure every fiber is treated properly.
Cleaning Pet Urine
Pet urine is one of the most frustrating things to battle when it comes to your carpet care. If you’re trying to get urine spots out of your carpet, it’s best to catch them as soon as possible. When you first see a spot, get several paper towels or a cloth and blot bystepping on the spot through the cloth. Then liberally apply 3% hydrogen peroxide (man-made fibers will NOT be harmed by this), and blot again. Repeat when dry as many times as needed. This allows you to pull up the urine, while waiting for your professional carpet cleaners to perform a cleaning.
Keep your Pet’s Nails Trimmed
Depending on the length of your pet’s nails they can cause damage to your carpet. When your pet gets excited and starts doing zoomies across your carpets, it can snag the strands of your carpet. Although it’s super cute when your pet does it, it creates an unraveling effect that leaves spots of your carpet bare. It’s also important to know when you’re trimming your pet’s nails; you use a pet file on them. Not only does trimming your pet’s nails protect your carpet, but it protects your hardwood floor as well. Dan, owner of Dan Dan the Carpet Man, has his animals (the kids left home, but their animals didn’t!) taken to the salon or vet since he is ever worried about that scary issue of cutting the nails too close and making them bleed.
Vacuum often, at least 2x weekly
Even if your pet doesn’t shed a lot, there will still be dander in your carpet. Dander can cause your carpet to get weighed down and have an odor to it. To prevent this from happening, you need to vacuum often. If you have high pile carpet, you need to use a vacuum for high pile carpet to ensure you get all the dirt and dander out. Then, at least every other time you should move furniture to ensure you’re vacuuming every spot of your carpet. This will also prolong the carpet’s life by removing particulates that damage the fibers by grinding them as they are walked on.
Steam Clean often
Getting your carpets steam cleaned often helps to disinfect and deodorize the carpet and cleans any dander, hair, or pet saliva that might have gotten embedded into the carpet. This also prevents premature wear of the carpet by removing contaminates that can break down the fibers if left present.Having your carpets professionally cleaned by a reputable company is the best route. Portable carpet cleaners should be avoided if truck mounted equipment can be used, based on the access of the property.
When you have pets, there are several steps in taking care of your carpet that can be implemented. Maintaining your carpet shows a reflection of your home and the pride you take in how clean it is. A clean carpet shows your guests how you take care of every aspect of your house and creates a happier and safer environment you, your family, and your pets.