Your Couch is Dirty

You may not realize it, but your couch is the usually the dirtiest piece of furniture in your home. Upholstery is a keeper of dirt, grime, bacteria, body oils, and possibly even mold! Just think about everything your couch goes through:

  • Daily encounters with bottoms of humans
  • The drippings of meals and snacks that sneak into the cracks
  • Dogs and cats shedding their hair and dirt all over
  • Family and friends crashing on it with possible drool and other stuff that sneaks out at night

Ok, we’re done grossing you out. Since your beloved spot on the couch is where you spend the most time vegging out, you should probably have your upholstery professionally deep-cleaned as often as you do the carpet. It probably doesn’t even look dirty to you, but that’s what these clients thought until after we deep-cleaned them with specially designed tools and cleaning solutions to gently clean folds and crevices:

If the pictures don’t convince you then don’t take our word for it! Here’s a Facebook review from a satisfied client of our upholstery and carpet cleaning services in Lawton, Oklahoma:

“A-Team is fantastic!!! They are professional, personable and courteous. They came in and took care of my carpets and upholstery. Did I mention they got stains out of our carpets and couch I never thought would come out? This is my second time to use them, first was a hot water tank clean up. Definitely USE THIS COMPANY!!” – April S.

Your couch is always there for you, so be sure to take good care of it. It will not only look good and last longer, it will also be healthier and cleaner. 

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Reasons to Clean Carpets Often

For many folks, carpet cleaning is a task to leave for another day until weeks or even months pass. But carpet cleaning procrastination can cause a lot more problems than you might think. The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends that carpet be cleaned a minimum of every 12 or 18 months, before it shows soiling. Daily vacuuming is the most important cleaning activity, but deep Hot Water Extraction cleaning must be performed to remove stubborn or embedded soil.  You might be surprised to find out exactly what happens when you delay cleaning your carpets and upholstery. Some ignored problems can actually become harmful to your health. After reading this blog, you’ll have plenty of reasons to clean on a regular basis.

  • woman with allergiesMoisture in carpets can cause asthma. Moisture is an enemy of everything indoors, especially carpets. Under the right conditions one may experience respiratory problems when molds, microbial growth, and other nearly invisible life begin to breed inside your carpets. If left uncleaned, the end result is a major health hazard.
  • Dirty carpets attract and breed dust mites. Dust mites are nasty little bugs just waiting to sink their teeth into anything they can. They feed on stuff that finds its way down to ground level on carpet; such as bacteria, fungi, human skin flakes, hair and more gross stuff. When dust mites die, their bodies stay in the carpet until they are walked upon, which causes them to float in the air and where people can end up inhaling them. Doing so can cause the unpleasant symptoms we know all too well; rashes, nose and eye irritation, and more allergic reactions.
  • Molded carpet is hazardous to your health.
    Molded carpet is hazardous to your health.

    Mold loves dirty carpets. Mold has not exactly been linked to asthma attacks, however it definitely has unpleasant effects on people. The bacteria present in mold can easily buildup on carpets and then find their way not only into the respiratory system, but also in your mouth. When mold is ingested it will affect the body if allergies are present. If your immune system is already weakened by another condition, infection by mold spores can occur very easily. If you are experiencing the typical flu-like symptoms even on a warm summer day after spending time indoors, this may be a big sign that your carpet and upholstery is in dire need of professional cleaning.

  • Mycotoxins are dangerous. Your body can shut down completely if exposed to and affected by mycotoxins, such as the highly toxic black mold. The results can be anything from infections of the stomach to respiratory problems, increased irritability, and even death. The immune system will begin to shut down as the body becomes more infected, allowing further worsening of the infection. Mycotoxins are no joke.
  • Athlete’s foot in carpet. Athlete’s foot is just gross, but it’s unfortunately very common and easy to get. Dirty carpet is typically a carrier of the micro-organisms that cause athlete’s foot. These life forms would love to find their way into any cuts or bruises on your foot and infect it. This reason alone is worth keeping your carpets clean.

In most of the cases described in this blog, deep and proper cleaning can only be done by using powerful equipment which most people do not have available on hand. This can be alleviated through using the services of professional carpet cleaning companies instead. The price for carpet cleaning is worth avoiding the risk you take in allowing your home to sink in dust and mold.

Cleaning Tips to Curb Fall Allergies

Ahhh the festive fall season is here, which means cooler weather, snuggling by the fire, changing of the leaves, football, pumpkin-everything, and allergies! Indoor allergy season is on the way this fall and A-Team is here to help your family with some tips on removing fall allergy triggers from your home.

Regular cleaning from a professional carpet cleaner will rid your floors of dirt and allergens!
Regular carpet cleanings from a pro will rid your floors of dirt and allergens!
  • Clean your Carpet Consistently: Research shows that properly maintained carpet promotes improved indoor air quality for you and your family. Your carpet is the biggest air filter in your home; all those dust mites, ragweed, pollen, and other allergens are cozying up in your carpet’s fibers. Vacuum frequently. Whether you have wall-to-wall carpeting, tile or hardwood floors, it’s important to eliminate dust and dirt. Vacuum, mop, or steam clean flooring regularly. Regular cleanings from a professional carpet or tile and grout cleaner such as A-Team Carpet Clean can help rid your floors of dirt and allergens, which helps you to breathe easier.
  • Clean your Soft Stuff: Upholstery, bedding, throws, and rugs can accumulate the same allergens your carpet does. Wash your bedding, throws, and small rugs in hot water to help control dust mites. In order to remove all particles and dust, your upholstery should be professionally cleaned with specially designed tools and cleaning solutions to clean folds and crevices.
  • Dust like it’s your Job: Frequently dust your home with a damp cloth in order to trap any loose particles that may float in the air. This will clean your house effectively and help prevent indoor allergies from lingering.
  • Keep Humidity Down: Since mold is a problem in the fall, you’ll want to control the humidity in your house as much as possible. Make sure to run ventilation fans in your bathroom and kitchen. If necessary, you also might want to run a whole house dehumidifier on the fall days when humidity is still high.
  • Check for Mold: Moisture breeds mold, so make sure to scan the inside of dishwashers, clothes washers, under the fridge in the water pan, and in the sink and bath drains. Change water dispensers and icemaker filters on a regular basis. A licensed professional, such as A-Team Carpet Clean, can test for air-borne mold in your home.
  • baths-catsDon’t Forget the Furball: You regularly wash your linens and clothes, so do the same for your pet! While we love our furry friends, they can carry around some pesky allergens and maybe even suffer from the allergy symptoms that we do. Give your dog (or cat if you dare!) a bath and clean their bedding and cloth-covered toys regularly. Visit your veterinarian if you have a pet that suffers from allergy symptoms.

By implementing these tips into your cleaning routine, you can help prevent allergens from entering or remaining in your home. If allergy problems persist, you should visit your physician or allergy specialist to address individual circumstances. For professional carpet, upholstery, tile and grout cleaning and more, A-Team Carpet Clean will get the job done right (if you live in Comanche County of Oklahoma that is…). Happy Fall!

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