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Deep Cleaning Your Carpets And Upholstery To Help Limit Spread Of The Flu Virus 

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Great time to Clean and Sanitize your Home

Pesky Germs can hide anywhere in your home. The Carpets, Rugs, hard surface countertops, doorknobs, and even upholstery are capable of housing germs, bacteria, and allergens. If there are things that get used a lot in your home, you should clean those things daily. During the flu season, consider having your carpets and tile floors cleaned by a professional company such as Pacific Steam Carpet Cleaning. We use Hot water between 200-240 degrees which may help kill and sanitize your home surfaces. Temperatures between 167-212° F, according to the CDC, are required to kill the flu virus.

What Kills Influenza Virus?

Influenza virus is destroyed by heat (167-212°F [75-100°C]). In addition, several chemical germicides, including chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents (soap), iodophors (iodine-based antiseptics), and alcohols are effective against human influenza viruses if used in proper concentration for a sufficient length of time.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Helps Prevent Spread of Sickness

We recommend you vacuum the carpet in your home 2-3 times each week and once a day for high-traffic areas. Vacuuming will help to remove some of the germs, dust, and allergens on the surface of the carpet. However, there are germs and soil deeper in the carpet fibers that require professional carpet steam cleaning services for removal.


Too often our carpeting, bedding, and other soft fabrics go unnoticed when cleaning and sanitizing to limit the spread or clean up after influenza (flu) or other cold and stomach bugs come into our lives. Much of the time hard surfaces like countertops, hard surface flooring, and hard surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens are the first to see cleaning and disinfecting. But, this is not the time to lose sight of the importance of cleaning our carpets, rugs, mattresses, and fine fabric upholstery. Do not let your carpets and upholstery be hiding spots for pesky problematic bacteria and germs that can find their way to others in the home.  

Follow these tips to remove germs, pathogens, and allergens from your home’s soft surfaces:

  • The best thing you can do is Vacuum using a strong sealed HEPA vacuum to remove debris, dust, and airborne particles that can cause problems in the home. Professional Carpet Cleaning is a great way to be proactive in removing lingering pathogens on your surfaces.
  • Schedule your upholstery cleaning by Pacific Steam Professionals. This can help remove any lingering germs and pathogens from surfaces that someone with the Flu or Cold may have slept on or has rested on.    

Cleaning to Prevent the Spread of Cold & Flu Viruses in Your Home

CDC Recommendations for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

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How your home can be kept clean and free from cold and flu virus

  • It is important to wash your hands with water and soap before laying hands on anything in your home.
  • The safest method of preventing cold and Flu viruses from your home is by keeping your home clean. Why some might feel that keeping the home clean doesn’t entirely keep the virus away, it helps to greatly rid our home of these viruses and limit its spread.

Your Go-To Carpet Cleaning Experts

Located in the beautiful place of Northwest Portland, Oregon, we are Pacific Steam Carpet Cleaning, a company offering safe, non-toxic, zero-residue carpet, rug, and upholstery cleaning solutions. We believe that any home, regardless of its size, can benefit from having clean carpets. Our services are available to clients all over Portland, Clackamas County, and Washington County.

Whether you want to get rid of allergens, harmful bacteria, pet urine, or stains, we are here to help you. We can remove grime, extract deep-seated dirt and soil, and restore high-traffic areas. Our free neutralizing rinse is always included in our services to guarantee the very best, most long-lasting cleaning experience for you.

Our green carpet cleaners are fully trained and certified by the Clean Trust or the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our green carpet deep cleaning process leaves zero residue, complies with all major carpet requirements, and even covers stain-resistant carpeting.

Pacific Steam Carpet Cleaning Portland uses the industry’s most advanced Prochem truck mount carpet cleaning systems. This means your carpets are being treated with the proper care and attention you would expect from a professional.

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We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the most excellent hot water extraction carpet, rug, and upholstery cleaning in Portland, Gresham, and Milwaukie. Our team also handles floors, tiles, and grout.

Choosing an environment-friendly carpet cleaner is an educated choice for any home owner. Not all companies are created equal – many establishments use poor-quality chemicals when cleaning carpets and upholstery, and doing so can leave a sticky residue. This residue ends up attracting soil and other particles that can work their way deep into your carpets.

Carpet Cleaning with the industry's most advanced equipment using Eco-Friendly

cleaning supplies, leaving Zero Residue. Serving the Tri-County, Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington county. We utilize a non toxic Eco-friendly family save approach to our cleaning methods. 

Our cleaning products are from Prochem, Biokleen, Bridgepoint, and Pro's Choice. They, along with our state-of-the-art equipment and methods, will not result in a sticky residue.

How to Remove Filtration Soil Lines from Carpet

Your carpet is the biggest filter in your home. Just like your furnace and air conditioning filter that filters out airborne soils that pass through it, your carpet does the same thing.

Air circulation causes the carpet to act like a filter, trapping small airborne dirt, oil, dust and carbon between the wall and carpet or under doorways. You will typically see these lines along the perimeter of the room and near floor registers.

We can make no guarantees or promises about complete removal of any virus or bacteria. We only promote the cleaning and sanitizing recommended by the cdc and public health organizations to help limit the spread of any Flu, Pathogens, Bacteria or Virus.

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