Pacific Steam Carpet Cleaning Portland Oregon Blog
|Posted on February 2, 2016 at 6:30 PM|
Hi there! I hope 2016 is treating you well so far. Can you believe that January has already flown by already? It seems like each year is just passing by faster and faster.
Well, The reason for my post. You may or may not know, but we have reached the time of year us carpet cleaners call the dreaded “slow” time. It’s cold out, and having their carpets cleaned is usually the last thing on my client’s minds.
I have been brainstorming on how I can make my “slow” time be a GREAT time for my best clients (i.e. YOU) to use my services.
So this is what I came up with: If you book your carpet cleaning in the next two months (February – March) all of my additional services such as upholstery cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, and carpet protection I’ll be discounting by HALF! Now how great is that and pretty generous of me. : ) As an example, cleaning of a 8 ft. sofa would usually run $95. With my “Slow Season Incentive” it would be just $48!
Wow, this is the first time I’m actually really excited about my “slow” season! And remember, if you can’t take advantage of these great incentives; be sure to forward this email to family and friends to take advantage of this great winter special.
Your friendly neighborhood carpet cleaner, Nick Smith
P.S. If you’ve been putting off getting that sofa cleaned or adding carpet protection or tile cleaning,NOW is the time to get it for HALF off when you get your carpets cleaned!
Call or Text Today! 503-936-9817
|Posted on December 3, 2015 at 6:30 PM|
When customers call for a Carpet, Rug or Upholstery quote, one question I like to ask is "Do you have any pets?". It may seem like an odd question, but this is Portland, and residents of Portland are a very pet-friendly community.
So, with this in mind, Pacific Steam Carpet Cleaning take urine removal seriously and pride ourselves with our specialities. We use only the highest of quality, natural, certified enzymes, to break up the urine and unlock the odors. We liberally apply this enzyme and encapsulating product to all affected areas during our carpet cleaning process. This, with our standard spot-treating and deodorizing, guarantees to leaves your carpets and upholstery looking and smelling like new. Be sure to Call us Today! 503-936-9817
|Posted on July 2, 2015 at 7:25 PM|
We at Pacific Steam Carpet Cleaning highly recommend EncapuGuard GREEN Post Cleaning Protective Treatment employs the use of soil resistance, stain protection, wicking prevention, and residue neutralizing technology.
EncapuGuard GREEN brings the benefits of encapsulation cleaning to hot water extraction cleaning jobs. EncapuGuard GREEN is formulated in conjunction with guidelines established by the U.S. EPA Design for Environment Program. EncapuGuard GREEN replenishes the soil resistance and stain protection that came with your new carpet. It enhances "cleanability" and spot and stain removal with exclusive encapsulating polymer protection you won’t find in conventional carpet protectors. EncapuGuard GREEN will provide your customer with easier spot and spill clean-up. The carpet will last longer, as the protection reduces carpet wear from abrasive soling, especially in high traffic areas. Subsequent vacuuming will be easier, faster, and more efficient.
The encapsulating polymer additive will also virtually eliminate wicking of soil or spills after hot water extraction cleaning that often occurs on many carpets. It pH neutralizes any alkaline cleaning residues and protects against browning and yellowing. EncapuGuard GREEN will leave the carpet cleaner and fresher and is safer for children and pets when used and applied as directed.
Give us a Call today 503-665-1600
|Posted on March 11, 2015 at 7:25 PM|
For Immediate Release
Issued by: The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification
Vancouver, Washington (360) 693-5675
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is proud to announce that Andrew Windsor with Pacific Steam Carpet Cleaning in Portland Oregon recently has qualified by education and examination as a Certified Carpet Cleaning Technician. This Student has sacrificed many hours and a great deal of time and study to reach this level of certification.
Tom Hill, IICRC Executive Administrator, states Andrew Windsor is an example of the type of individual who cares about customers and their belongings as well as his industry. He has demonstrated the desire to provide customers with thorough, professional, and caring service.
The IICRC is a nonprofit certifying and standard-setting organization dedicated to raising industry standards through technical proficiency. By administering a strict process of certification, the IICRC provides a means by which consumers can receive the highest quality of service from trained, knowledgeable, professional technicians.
Andrew Windsor with Pacific Steam Carpet Cleaning Portland, Oregon joins the ranks of the true professionals within the cleaning, restoration, and inspection industry. The IICRC welcomes his participation and continuing education.
Pacific Steam Carpet Cleaning
2870 NE Hogan Dr E534
Gresham, OR 97030
|Posted on August 20, 2014 at 7:20 PM|
What does it cost for a carpet cleaning company to do a decent job cleaning your carpets?
There are many companies who offer DEALS for $9.99 per room or even $19.99 per area. Now at first this sounds like a great deal and who doesn’t like deals, right?
If Pacific Steam Carpet Care charged anything less than we currently do, we’d have cut our expenses. Liability insurance isn’t cheap.
Do you really want someone in your home who is getting paid $10 an hour? Do you think he’ll care for your belongings?
Do the math. If you are paying a cleaning company $99 to be in your home, where does the money go?
To do a decent job, a technician should be at your home for nearly two hours if he has a truck mounted machine. It may even be an hour longer if he has a portable machine. On average, it takes twenty minutes to locate your home on a map and drive there, and another twenty to drive from your home.
Do you want your carpet cleaning company to have clean equipment? It will take on average a technician 20 minutes per job cleaning his truck and maintaining his equipment.
You have to call and schedule your appointment. It takes an additional 20 minutes to take your call, gather your info and book your appointment. So the time from taking your call, getting to your home, cleaning your carpets and driving away would add up to THREE HOURS AND TWENTY MINUTES.
You’re thinking, well that’s $33 an hour. But wait, that doesn’t include all the expenses.
The techs have to get to your home. If you want them driving a vehicle that doesn’t leak oil on your driveway, that trip will cost $12.43. This is an average business cost according to the I.R.S. at $.56.5 per mile with an average of 22 miles driven for the round trip.
If you want the company to have liability insurance should they ruin your beautiful carpet, rug, or upholstery, it will cost about $3 per job.
If you want the company to have newer maintained equipment that does even a decent job, this breaks down to about $6 per job.
They’ll need telephones to book your appointment and communicate with you. The office phone and cell phone usage breaks down to about $2 per job.
Do you want the technician to be trained? If so, the cost associated with training averages out to about $1 per job.
If they use chemicals on your job, they will spend an average of $2 on decent chemicals. The sad part is, many companies skimp in this area and purchase the cheapest chemicals possible.
How did you hear about the company? The average carpet cleaning company spends $30-60 on advertising just to acquire ONE new client. This is why we strive to do everything possible to keep you as a client once you have us into your home.
Okay. Now we’re up to $56 of cost before labor (assuming they only spent $30 on advertising to acquire you as a client).
If the technician gets paid $10 an hour for the 3.33 hours it takes to book your appointment, do the paper work, maintain his equipment, clean your home, and drive to and from your home, he will get paid $33. Then, we have to add workman’s compensation and taxes to total $39.
Total cost with a technician getting paid $10 an hour=$95. If you pay $99, there is a net profit of $4.
But wait…what happens if you have spots return and you need the company to come back out? They can’t afford to return! This is why the cheap companies don’t have guarantees.
When you have a technician getting paid $10 an hour to clean your carpet, there’s a HUGE possibility something will go wrong. Believe me.
What if the tech gets paid a little more than $10 an hour? This means the company is cutting out another expense like insurance, chemicals, training, etc. Do the math. The company can’t stay in business otherwise.
So how does a company clean 5 rooms for $99?
If a company charges cheap prices they are either skimping on your service or they’re on their way out of business. There’s no other way to look at it.
Don’t trust a $10 an hour employee to your fine carpet, rug, tile, and upholstery. Call Pacific Steam Carpet Cleaning at 503-936-9817. One of the most reputable cleaning firms in Portland Oregon.
|Posted on May 27, 2014 at 7:20 PM|
Check out these household cleaning tips. Great way to save time.
Save Time and Clean These 8 Things in Your Washing Machine
On the days you just can't hand wash or spot clean another thing, remember that you have a major time-saving machine in your house. Lots of things, like these eight items, can be tossed in the washer. Just be sure to check any care tags or manufacturer guidelines first.
1. Stuffed animals
If your son's favorite teddy bear looks like he's been mud wrestling, give him a bath in the washing machine. Secure any loose strings, remove any "clothing," and place the toy in a mesh bag or pillowcase for added protection. Don't forget to check the care tag (it he has one). Certain furs might not be washable, and the same goes for a toy stuffed with small foam balls, like Beanie Babies.
Wash athletic shoes in cold water to prevent any warping, and throw in an old towel to prevent them from knocking around too much in the machine. Remove the insoles and laces if you can, and wash those separately.
Good news: If your pillows are down or fiberfill, you can clean them in the washing machine. Use a gentle cycle with warm water, but always read the care label first.
4. Backpacks or lunch bags
Although you might not think to check, some backpacks can be washed in a front-loading machine (and throw in your soccer star's stinky shin guards, too). Remove straps (or turn the bag inside out) and metal parts, and know that any bejeweled elements or decals might not withstand the spinning. Place the bag in a pillowcase to protect it, and wash on a gentle cycle.
5. Rubber-backed rugs
These no-skid mats get a lot of foot traffic, and can quickly become dirty instead of decorative. If your rug is made of cotton or synthetic fibers, you can throw it in the washing machine along with bath towels. Treat it with care -- the rubber backing can't withstand weekly trips to the laundry room.
Save yourself the chore of hand washing as you refresh your windows. Unless your curtains are made of a delicate material, they can likely be washed on a slow-spin cycle in cool water.
7. Chair pads
Bring your patio furniture out of hibernation. Wash one chair pad at a time, use the gentle cycle, and make sure your machine has enough space -- if you're forcing the pads to fit inside, you may have to wash them by hand.
8. Car mats
After months of carpooling, your mats need a thorough cleaning. Pretreat them with a stain remover, like Shout Advanced Gel, and wash them with your normal detergent.
|Posted on September 16, 2013 at 7:10 PM|
Rotary Extraction Carpet Cleaning Power Tool The Rotovac 360i has a Rotary Jet Carpet Cleaning Extraction Power Head that utilizes rotating vacuum heads and spray jets to thoroughly deep clean carpet with hundreds of multi-directional cleaning passes. The new and improved carpet cleaning head is equipped with 3 stainless steel shoes and three spray jets to create less overspray, more agitation and quicker dry times.
The advantages of the Rotovac 360 are:
- Can be used on a wide disparateness of carpet and tile for paramount cleaning performance
- More cleaning passes per minute than the standard wand used by most carpet cleaning companies
- It’s perhaps the best time to rely on the honorable upfront companies for carpet cleaning and you will never reproach oneself.
- Rotating head ensures cleaning from all directions
- Leaves the carpet 20 times droughty when compared to the wand cleaning system
- Better cleaning results for you!
|Posted on March 4, 2013 at 6:10 PM|
Pacific Steam Carpet Cleaning invites you to get your spring cleaning on! Winter has begun to melt awayand spring is beginning to blossom. This is the perfect time to start getting your home sparkling cleanand sanitized from the long winter months of hibernation. Below we have some few helpful hints ongetting your home ship shape:
- First and foremost create a realistic schedule
- Second decide your plan of attack (e.g. attic to basement, outside to in?)
- Third enlist the help of your family
- Fourth focus on one task at a time
Cleaning your carpets helps to make the whole house feel fresh and clean. Carpets should be cleanedprofessionally at least once a year to 1)sanitize, 2) remove dirt and grime, and 3) extend the life of thecarpet. Regular vacuuming should be done to rid the fibers of soil and debris carried in by foot traffic. Ifyou want to keep your carpets cleaner longer take your shoes off at the door but leave your socks on.Walking around barefoot leaves natural oils in the carpet that will attract dirt and soil. If you have spillsor stains immediately try to blot out the area with a terry cloth with warm water that has just a drop ofdish soap. Remember to rinse well and if the stain remains call in the professionals to do what they do best!
Happy Spring Cleaning from all of us at Pacific Steam Carpet Cleaning! Give us a call to help you makeyour home sparkle and shine! 503-936-9817
|Posted on September 2, 2012 at 7:05 PM|
Most of my carpet cleaning customers often ask about carpet spotters. What to use when you encounter a spill or accident on your floor.
The best home remedy for spotting your carpets is NOT I repeat NOT to use store bought spotters ie Resolve, Woolite, or Natures Miracle etc. These spotters often use harsh chemicals and optical brighteners which cause damage to your expensive rugs. Masking the problem or odor.
When using products its important to use CRI certified Seal of Approval products. For more info on this visit : http://www.carpet-rug.org/
What if you don’t have a CRI-approved carpet cleaner handy? Try one of these homemade remedies:
- -Use plain water. Surprisingly, water often works better than untested carpet cleaners do.
- -Use a detergent solution. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a clear (nonbleach, nonlanolin) dishwashing liquid with one cup of warm water. Never use laundry detergent; it may contain bleach or simply be too harsh.
- -Use a white vinegar solution. Mix one cup white (not red wine or cider) vinegar with 1 cup of water. White vinegar (5 percent acetic acid) is sometimes effective on tannins (weak vegetable dyes found in tea and coffee), and it leaves no residue. However, be careful because acids can set some other dye stains.
What about Pet urine and odor?
To treat urine-damaged areas, blot damp areas as soon as the urine is detected, with plain white paper toweling. Apply a solution of 1/4 teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent (non-bleach and non-lanolin) with one cup of lukewarm water. Do not use automatic dishwashing detergent or laundry detergent. Absorb the moisture with paper towel, rinse with warm water and repeat the application of detergent. Continue rinsing and blotting with the detergent solution and water as long as there is a transfer to the toweling or improvement in the spot. Follow the detergent application with a solution of two tablespoons of ammonia with one cup of water. Rinse with warm water and repeat. Blot dry. Blot the area with a solution of one cup white vinegar to two cups water, and blot dry. Apply a half-inch layer of paper towels to the affected area, and weigh down with a flat, heavy, non-fading object. Continue to change paper towels until completely dry.
|Posted on August 9, 2012 at 6:55 PM|
Your carpet was chosen with careful thought, and is a large investment for your home. Cleaning your carpet is very important for your health, by removing environmental pollutants such as smoke, smog, nicotine, exhaust fumes, and soil, which will make your carpet wear much faster.
Pacific Steam Carpet Cleaners exclusively uses Maxim Advanced Carpet Protector. Protecting your carpet with Maxim Advanced coating protects your investment and extends the life of your carpet and furnishings.
Maxim Advanced coats your carpet with a protective layer that reduces penetration and adhesion in four important ways:
- DRY SOIL – Soil is an abrasive and will damage carpet fibers, causing accelerated wear which will create a dingy appearance. Maxim Advanced allows for easier removal of soil in future cleanings.
- ACID DYES – Children’s drinks and other foods can attach permanently to carpet fibers, creating stains that are difficult or impossible to remove. Maxim Advanced helps to reduce this risk.
- LIQUID SPILLS –Coffee, tea, and soda can permanently stain your carpet. Maxim Advancedreduces penetration of these spills and allows the homeowner more time to spot clean.
- OTHER SOILS – Grease, tar, oil, etc. tracked in from kitchens, garages, and driveways will do serious damage to your carpet fibers. Maxim Advanced drastically reduces the likelihood of permanent damage.
These four reasons are why we recommend Maxim Advanced coating for your carpet, a service provided by Pacific Steam Carpet Cleaners. We hope this has been valuable information for you. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to ask your technician. We are here to help and be of assistance to you.
Use of Maxim Advanced Carpet Protection will not only insure that the carpets stay clean longer, but will allow you to clean up any future spills with less effort.