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Holiday Quick Cleaning Tips

Holiday cleaning can be a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. If you are preparing for house guests this holiday season follow our quick holiday cleaning tips for a clean, festive, holiday home.

Holiday Cleaning Step 1 - Starting at the front door, walk through the house as though you are the guest and seeing your home for the first time. Make a list of everything you see that needs cleaned or touched up. Look at details like the door handles, welcome mat, baseboards, ceiling fixtures, pictures, pillows, upholstery, area rugs, etc. Once you have your list you can proceed to step 2.

Holiday Cleaning Step 2 – Go through each room one by one, pick up and put away any items that are out of place. Be sure to clean anything that was on your list as you go. As necessary, dust furniture, shelves, pictures, and fixtures. We will save vacuuming for the very end.

Holiday Cleaning Step 3 – Spend extra time in the restrooms wiping down the sinks, switches, counters, toilet, etc. Re-stock hand towels, toilet paper, tissues, etc.

After you have completed this list, spend a few minutes vacuuming the floors and area rugs and then you will be finished! If your carpets and upholstery need a refresh, give Sears Carpet Cleaning & Upholstery Cleaning a call and schedule an appointment that is convenient for you. Our two-step deep clean carpet cleaning process will ensure that all of your upholstery, carpets and area rugs are fresh and clean for the holiday season and all of your holiday guests.

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Indoor Air Quality: Your Home & Your Health

For most of us, once summer is here the home air conditioning is running, full force, all day and night. In some climates this is necessary to live comfortably in your home. What many people do not consider is the quality of the recycled air in their home and the negative impact on their health. Did you know that the EPA has stated that air in your home can be up to 70 times more polluted than the air outside? Modern homes are built air tight to be more “energy efficient” which means all of the dirty air in your home will be trapped and frequently re-circulated without the proper air cleaning or air purification systems.

Dust, dirt, debris, gases, animals, smoke, are often understood to cause the air to be dirty. But did you know that regular household products including, furniture, cleaning solutions, craft materials, and even air fresheners contain products that are not good for your health? It is true, technically referred to as Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC’s. VOC’s cannot be seen in the air like dust and other larger particulates. This means they can pass by the body’s natural filtration system and get into the lungs.

Sears Indoor Air Quality Specialist can assist you in choosing the best product for your home and family. We have a variety of products to choose from including, high efficient furnace filters, HEPA filters, air cleaning units and air purification units. Some can be plugged into an outlet whereas others are installed directly into your HVAC unit. The choice is yours but choose to breathe easier today, call Sears.

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Spring Cleaning Tips - Part 3

Family discussions, laughter, works of culinary art, grease splatters, dust bunnies, spills, and many other things happen in the kitchen and dining area. Some of those things are memories to keep, but spills and splatters that create tough and embarrassing stains are not to be cherished. Sears Carpet & Upholstery Care technicians are master magicians when it comes to deep down dirt. Trust Sears to help you with your Spring cleaning this year. Now you can focus on the knick-knacks and fixtures, and Sears can deep clean your tile and grout, upholstered dining room chairs, carpeting and area rugs.

Below you will find our 3rd edition to the Sears exclusive Spring Cleaning list. If you have missed any of the previous editions, don’t worry, you can simply scroll down and view them in our blog archive.

Kitchen/Dining Area
  • Do a quick pick-up and make sure that everything is in its place. (This will avoid distractions while deep-cleaning.) Identify any items that are no longer used that should be placed in donation box or thrown away.

  • Remove soiled towels, shower curtain, and other machine washables.

  • Clean Appliances – using appropriate cleaner for your appliance type, clean all appliances.

    • Refrigerator – empty refrigerator of contents, wipe down all shelves and drawers, and replace contents. Wipe down outside of refrigerator including handles, bins, and trays.

    • Clean stove top, removing burners as needed, wipe down front and sides as needed.

    • Dishwasher/trash compactor, wipe down front doors and handles.

  • Using furniture polish or multi-surface cleaner wipe down cabinet doors, kitchen table, legs, and chairs. (Quick Tip – If you have upholstered dining room chairs Sears Upholstery Cleaning can clean these for you.)

  • Clean windows and doors (Quick Tip – For your windows and glass many believe that using newspaper instead of paper towels when cleaning glass gives a streak and lint free finish.)

  • Clean light switches, door knobs, baseboards and any other surfaces with your multi-surface cleaner.

  • Clean countertops, back splash, canisters, spice rack, trash can, etc.

  • Clean floor (Quick Tip - Do you have tile flooring or area rugs in your kitchen and dining area? Ask Sears experts about cleaning these for you. Sears Tile & Grout cleaning process ensures that the dirty water is extracted from the floor, while do-it-yourself methods push dirt around and it settles into the porous grout.)

  • Empty trash can and make sure all cleaning supplies are placed back into your tote.

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Spring Cleaning Tips - Part 2

This is the second edition to Sears exclusive Spring Cleaning Tips. With this edition we will be focusing on the bathrooms, which may quite possibly be everyone’s least favorite. If you are checking in for the first time you will want to make sure you scroll down to review the first edition which covered how to get started spring cleaning tips and also provided a full “Bedroom” spring cleaning list.

Bathrooms
  • Do a quick pick-up and make sure that everything is in its place. (This will avoid distractions while deep-cleaning.)

  • Remove soiled towels, shower curtain, and other machine washable items. (Quick Tip – If you have washable curtains, simply wash, shake, and re-hang damp. This will give your room a fresh aroma and avoid additional drying time in the clothes dryer. Depending on the fabric, there should not be any wrinkles but if there are you can always take them down another day and iron.)

  • Using furniture polish or multi-surface cleaner wipe down cabinet doors.

  • Dust all light fixtures and replace any missing light bulbs.

  • If you’re using a bath tub cleaner which must be left on for a period of time go ahead and apply that now.

  • Using your bathroom or multi-purpose cleaner wipe down the sink area and toilet top to bottom and around the floor. Apply toilet bowl cleaner and scrub with toilet brush.

  • Clean glass surfaces, mirrors and windows (Quick Tip – Many believe that using newspaper instead of paper towels when cleaning glass gives a streak and lint free finish.)

  • Wipe down light switches, door knobs, baseboards and any other surfaces with your multi-surface cleaner.

  • Scrub bathtub or shower.

  • Clean floor (Quick Tip - If you have tile flooring in your bathroom ask Sears Tile & Grout cleaning experts about cleaning these floors for you. While it may seem easy to clean yourself, water, dirt, grime, and bacteria can get trapped in the porous grout. Overtime this can cause a foul odor and/or discoloration of the grout lines).

  • Restock toilet paper, tissues, towels, and hand soap.

  • Empty waste basket and make sure all cleaning supplies are placed back into your tote.

(Repeat for each of the bathrooms in your home)

Make sure to keep checking back for Spring Cleaning Tips for every room in your home.

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Spring Cleaning Tips - Part 1

Spring cleaning season is upon us. The days are getting longer and all of the sunlight pouring into your house is showing off all of your winter grime. Spring Cleaning can be a daunting task and you may be putting it off as long as you can, but pretty soon, you are going to buckle under the pressure. When you do, make sure you take along Sears Carpet & Air Duct Cleaning’s Spring Cleaning Tips.

  1. The first thing you will want to do is call Sears Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning and set up your carpet & upholstery cleaning appointment. Set your carpet & upholstery cleaning appointment for your target “Spring Cleaning” completion date. This will keep you motivated to stay on schedule. You want to have all of your other cleaning done before the Sears cleaning crew arrives.

  2. Determine how you would like to handle your cleaning schedule. One method is to identify how much time you have to spend on the project and divide that by the number of areas you must conquer in that time. In example if you have 8 hours and 7 areas, that is 480 minutes divided by 7, that gives you about an hour in each area. We have broken this down into different rooms so you can mark your calendar to do one section of the list below each week.

  3. Collect all of your home cleaning supplies and place together in a tote. Include – gloves, furniture polish, glass cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, bath cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, paper/regular towels, and newspaper. Whether you choose to do all at once or break into segments, we will save the vacuum for last so you will not need to carry that around.

  4. Label a box for donation and place in an accessible area.

Now you are ready to get started.

Bedrooms
  • Do a quick pick-up and make sure that everything is in its place. (This will avoid distractions while deep-cleaning.) Identify any items that are no longer used that should be placed in donation or thrown away.

  • Remove bed linens from the bed

  • Remove curtains, table covers, laundry and place inside of bed linens set outside of the bedroom door or take them to the laundry room. Replace with freshly washed linens. (Quick Tip – If you have washable curtains, simply wash, shake, and re-hang damp. This will give your room a fresh aroma and avoid additional drying time in the clothes dryer. Depending on the fabric, there shouldn’t be any wrinkles but if there are you can always take them down another day and iron.)

  • Dust all light fixtures and replace any missing light bulbs

  • Polish furniture – Make sure to include, picture frames, ornaments, etc.

  • Clean Glass- Clean all glass surfaces next don’t forget mirrors, picture glass, decorations, table tops, and windows. (Quick Tip – Many believe that using newspaper instead of paper towels when cleaning glass gives a streak and lint free finish.)

  • Use your multi-purpose cleaner and a towel to wipe down any remaining surfaces – light switches, door knobs, electrical plates, dusty walls, baseboards, etc.

  • Empty waste basket and make sure all cleaning supplies are placed back into your tote.

(Repeat for each of the bedrooms in your home)

Vacuum
  • Make sure that your vacuum is ready to go – check bag or canister and empty if needed.

  • Work your way through each area. Use attachments to clean cob webs from ceilings/walls, cold air returns, baseboards, stair steps, hard to reach crevices, cloth lamp shades, upholstered furniture, etc.

  • Take the extra time to move any furniture that may have dust and debris collecting beneath it such as tables, chairs, couches, etc.

We know that spring cleaning can be exhausting. Hopefully, Sears Spring Cleaning tips will help you face the challenge. Check back each week for more Spring Cleaning tips from Sears. We will cover all the rooms in your house one week at a time. Sears Carpet, Upholstery, and Air Duct Cleaning experts look forward to providing the following services to help with your spring cleaning - carpet, upholstery, tile & grout, hardwood floors, clothes dryer vent, and air duct cleaning. Call today to schedule an appointment that is convenient for you.

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Dingy, Dirty Tile & Grout

There is something about an older home that emits charm and warmth. Perhaps it is the thick woodwork or the many other handcrafted details. Unfortunately, years of built up dirt and debris from previous owners may not be so charming. One area where this is particularly noticeable is tiled floors. Often it isn’t even the tile, even if the color or texture of the tile is outdated. Usually it is the porous grout that runs between the tiles, ever-collecting dirt, grease, and grime. If you look closely, you will see that these porous joints resemble mortar joints in between brick. This material has many nooks and crevasses where dirt collects. It could be from years of basic traffic, poor cleaning habits, or wrong cleaning methods. Standard tile cleaning methods only move dirty water around on your floors, pushing more dirt and grime deeper into the grout pores. Sears professional Tile & Grout Cleaning technicians use high powered tile and grout cleaning brushes and vacuums that quickly extract the dirty water from your tile and grout. Leaving your floors as clean as possible.

However, depending on how long the floors have gone unmaintained, the grout may be stained and a regular grout cleaning may not be enough. If you want to give your tile floors a whole new look, don’t stop with Sears professional Tile & Grout Cleaning, ask your Sears Technician about our Grout re-coloring service. Grout re-coloring hides stubborn & deeply embedded stains to give your grout a beautiful new, clean, look. In addition, grout re-coloring seals the grout pores for easier, more effective, home cleaning. Choose from our wide selection of grout color seal options to get a grout color seal option that is best for your tile and décor. Grout re-coloring can give your tile and room a whole new look without the costly expense of replacing your tile. Besides, chances are, the tile isn’t even the problem. Call Sears Tile & Grout cleaning and re-coloring professionals to learn more about giving your tiled floors a makeover you can’t even imagine.

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Quick Holiday Cleaning Tips

Sears Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning is all about getting a "deep-clean". And we certainly recommend that you call Sears to take care of your deep-cleaning needs. This includes but is not limited to, stubborn carpet and upholstery stains or dirty, stained, tile and grout. Some customers prefer to have their carpeting steam cleaned prior to houseguests, while others wait until after the traffic has passed leaving behind their morsels of festive foods in the couch and carpeting. Whatever your preference, Sears Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning has convenient appointments to fit your schedule.

But we also know, for busy families like yours, sometimes “deep-cleaning” just isn’t an option. So our Sears Blue Crew Carpet & Upholstery cleaning team has put together a quick household cleaning tips list for you this holiday season. This list not only includes quick carpet & upholstery cleaning tips but cleaning tips for other areas of your home as well.

  1. First, determine the total amount of time you have to spend on your cleaning. Take that total number of minutes and divide it by the number of rooms in your house. In example, if you have 2 hours that is 120 minutes, divided by let’s say 7 rooms. That gives you approximately 17 minutes per room. Take a timer with you to help you stay focused in each room. Remember this is a quick pickup; we are not doing a deep dive.

  2. Whichever room your guests will enter through, make sure to use some of that time to step outside and quickly inspect what your guests will see while they are waiting to come in. You may want to clean glass on the door, remove cob webs, shoes, and clutter. Then walk into the house and look around what are the first things your guest will see? Remove piles of clutter and anything that has been stacked up, mail, keys, etc. Fluff pillows, broom sweep the entry, and wipe down any scuffs on the door, handles, and light switches. Don’t worry about vacuuming carpeted areas yet, we will do that last all at one time.

  3. Move from room to room and try to stay focused on the big stuff such as making beds, removing laundry and trash, wiping down switches, counters, etc. Of course if there is a dust science project growing on a piece of furniture, go ahead and do a quick wipe across it removing the biggest part of the dust. Avoid fussing over details like dusting picture frames and wiping down the nooks and crannies. Chances are your guest won’t notice that stuff and you will need any extra time you pick up along the way for the bathroom(s).

  4. Ah yes the bathrooms, this is an area where your guests are most likely to pay attention and so should you. Unless you have overnight guests you probably do not need focus on the showers. Do focus on scrubbing the toilet from the top all the way to the floor. Wipe down the counters and clean mirrors. Tuck toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes and the like in a cabinet or under the sink to remove clutter. Restock the toilet paper, hand soap, and hand towels. Make sure to wipe down light switches, handles, and give the floors a good cleaning. Lastly, remove all trash.

  5. Now for the kitchen/dining area. Treat these areas just like the rest of the rooms, focus on the big stuff and keep moving. You may want to take a seat at your dining table and look around. What will your guests see as they are sitting? Are their cobwebs around the room or smudges on the table and chairs? The day your guests are scheduled to arrive make sure the dishwasher is relatively empty so after dinner cleanup will be quick and easy. Set the coffee pot so with the quick press of a button a fresh pot will be ready to go. This will allow you to get back to the family fun much quicker.

  6. Spot-wash carpet & upholstered furniture. If you have upholstered dining chairs or other furniture, depending on the fabric, you can use either, a cloth lightly dampened with water and spot clean the fabric or for tougher spots, especially on your carpeted areas, use Sears Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning’s UltraCare™ Professional Spot Remover.

  7. Lastly, grab the vacuum cleaner and vacuum at least the main areas where people will gather. (In example, don’t vacuum the bedrooms if you have run out of time.) As you go through your house take a moment to vacuum under the throw rugs or use the vacuum attachments to grab a hard to reach cob web, clean the steps, and even visibly fuzzy air duct vent covers.

While just thinking about all of this is exhausting, if you set the timer and focus on the most visible messes, you will surely add a little shine to your home for the holidays. Everyone will think you spent days getting your home ready. At Sears Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning we hope you enjoy the holiday season. And don’t worry, even if everyone leaves their leftovers in your carpet and upholstery, Sears’s two-step deep clean process can get your home back together in no time.

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The Difference Between Interim & Deep Down Carpet Cleaning —
What You Need To Know

The long lasting beauty of your carpet depends in most part on your carpet cleaning methods. There are two phases of carpet cleaning –Interim carpet cleaning and deep down carpet cleaning.

Interim carpet cleaning consists of thoroughly vacuuming the carpet at least once a week-especially in high traffic areas. And spot cleaning the carpet as soon as possible after a spill occurs. It is best to use a clean white cloth along with a residential carpet spot removal product such as Sears Professional Spot Remover.

Deep down carpet cleaning means using a professional carpet cleaning company like Sears Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning to remove the embedded dirt and grime that accumulates with traffic over time. Most carpet manufacturers recommend the hot water extraction (steam Cleaning) method of carpet cleaning be used at least once every 12 to 24 months. Hot water extraction or Steam carpet cleaning may also be required by the carpet manufacturers to maintain the carpet warranty.

The carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has a Seal of Approval program which identifies carpet cleaning products, processes and companies that remove the most amount of dirt from carpet. Sears Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning has earned the Platinum Seal of Approval which is the highest possible CRI rating.

Sears Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning not only uses the hot water extraction, or steam cleaning, carpet cleaning process but also performs a second step. Using a PH balancing rinse to leave the carpet soft to the touch and helping it to stay cleaner longer (that’s because there is no residue left in the carpet to attract dirt).

So, proper interim carpet cleaning coupled with a periodic professional carpet cleaning from Sears Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning can prolong the life and beauty of your carpeting.

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Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week was established in 1922 and has been recognized as the Sunday-Saturday week which October 9th falls in. This is in recognition and remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire which started on October 8th and burned through October 9th, 1871. The Great Chicago Fire killed 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

The theme of the 2012 Fire Prevention Week as established by the National Fire Protection Association is “Have 2 Ways Out”. The purpose of this theme is to encourage families to establish two ways to exit their home in the event that the fire is blocking the main escape route. It is also recommended by NFPA that you check your smoke alarms and go over emergency exit plans with your family.

While there are many known causes of house fires such as cooking, candles, heating units, and poor wiring, many people do not realize the dangers of clothes dryer vent fires. Clothes dryer vent fires are responsible for almost 15,000 fires every year. Clothes dryer fire incidences increase in the fall and winter months and peak in January. The combination of heat, moisture, and lint can cause a buildup in your clothes dryer. Over time, it will not only take your clothes longer to dry but reduced or restricted air flow could eventually cause the lint to catch fire. Clothes dryer lint is extremely flammable and can get hot very fast. Once a fire begins it can quickly spread to other highly flammable items found in the laundry room, including clothes, detergents, baskets, and dry wall. According to the U.S Fire Administration, failure to clean accounts for 34% of all clothes dryer fires. Cleaning your clothes dryer vents annually can greatly reduce the risk of clothes dryer fire. Additionally, you can save energy, decrease dry time, and protect your appliance.

Another thing to consider is the Clothes Dryer Transition Hose. The transition hose is the flexible hose that stretches from the back of your dryer to the wall duct that carries the dryer exhaust out of the house. If your transition hose is too long, or becomes twisted, it can actually restrict airflow and increase the chances of a clothes dryer vent clog and the potential of a fire. Depending on the material of your clothes dryer transition hose the fire will either be resisted (contained) or accelerated. Plastic flex hoses will quickly catch fire and spread the fire to other objects. When choosing your transition hose make sure that you are getting a flame resistant semi-rigid aluminum flex hose. Regular compressed aluminum flex hoses not only narrow the diameter of the hose but also catch and spread the fire more rapidly.

Not sure if your clothes dryer is fire resistant and safe? Call Sears trusted Blue Crew for your annual clothes dryer vent cleaning. Sears trusted advisors will clean your entire exhaust from the back of your dryer to the outside of your home to insure that your clothes dryer exhaust is free of lint and debris. Sears can also install, at the customer’s request with purchase, a blockage indicator which will alert the customer if the air flow is obstructed.

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Sears Keeps Your Carpet Cleaner Longer — Guaranteed

When choosing your Carpet Cleaning & Upholstery Cleaning provider we know you have lots of things to consider. Typically, our carpet & upholstery cleaning customers are seeking convenient appointments, professional technicians, and getting the best results attainable. And the Sears Blue Crew is happy to deliver!

But how do you know you are getting the best results? What sets Sears Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning methods apart from the rest? Sears two-step, hot water extraction process, and our specially formulated cleaning solutions and fiber rinse are unlike most other carpet & upholstery cleaners. Some other carpet and upholstery cleaning companies offer carpet shampooing, dry cleaning, or carbonated/ "bonnet cleaning", methods. These methods have proven to leave behind dirt, dander, and even cleaning shampoo residue. When cleaning shampoo residue is left behind, it can act as a magnet to dirt and your carpet & upholstery can get dirty faster. Additionally, these methods have been recognized as more of a "topical" cleaning as they are only able to temporarily remove dirt from the carpet and upholstery surface. They are not considered "deep-cleaning" methods.

Like Sears, most carpet cleaning & upholstery cleaning companies today perform a warm/hot water extraction process or "steam cleaning" process. With the steam cleaning process, warm/hot water is used to loosen dirt embedded deep in the carpet fibers then it is quickly extracted with powerful vacuum equipment. Typically the dirt is then run through hoses out of the house to the truck mounted cleaning unit. Sears Carpet & Upholstery cleaning takes this cleaning process to the next level by adding a separate pH balance fiber rinse. Our second step, the Fiber Rinse, ensures that we have removed the most dirt and cleaning solution (residue) from your carpet so it will be soft, fresh and stay cleaner longer. Our carpet cleaning process is not only the process recommended by America’s largest carpet manufacturer, but the Sears 2-step deep cleaning process was also tested by the Carpet & Rug Institute and awarded the Platinum Seal of Approval for removing the most dirt from carpet. The Platinum Seal is the highest possible level of achievement. Below you will find an excerpt from The Carpet & Rug Institute that describes the stringent requirements to be awarded with the Platinum Seal of Approval.

Testing Criteria
  • Soil removal – CRI uses NASA-enhanced x-ray fluorescence technology to measure the precise amount of soil removed from the carpet, and soil removal efficiency is rated on four levels. Extractors that exceed average soil removal levels receive a Bronze Seal rating. Those achieving higher levels of soil removal receive a Silver or Gold rating. Extractors that remove the highest level of soil earn the CRI Platinum Seal of Approval.

  • Water removal – The extractor or system must remove most of the moisture resulting from a wet cleaning process. Dirty water that remains in the carpet could be a source of fungal growth and could prolong the drying process.

  • Fiber surface retention – The product must not harm the carpet pile.

If a system is being tested, additional test criteria are included and mirror those from the Cleaning Solutions protocol. These include:

  • Rate of resoiling – This ensures that the product does not attract dirt to the cleaned areas faster than the rest of the carpet.

  • pH – A more neutral pH ensures that carpet dyes and fibers are not adversely affected.

  • Optical brighteners – None is allowed, as optical brighteners can leave some patches of carpet lighter than the rest.

  • Colorfastness – Products must not be so aggressive that they cause a color change in the carpet.

Source – www.carpet-rug.org

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You’d Be Surprised What’s Lurking In Your Home’s Air Duct System

According to the National Air Duct Cleaner’s Association (NADCA), a typical six-room home creates over 40 pounds of dust annually through everyday living. In addition, the typical family generates a great deal of contaminants and air pollutants such as dander, dirt and chemicals. These contaminants are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated 50 to 70 times per day on average. Over time, this re-circulation can cause a build-up of contaminants in the air duct work.

There are a few things that the EPA recommends you do to keep your air duct system clean and free of contaminants:

  • Use a highest efficiency air filter

  • Change filters regularly

  • If your filters become clogged, change them more frequently

  • Be sure you do not have any missing filters and that air cannot bypass filters through gaps around the filter holder

  • Have your air coils and drained pans cleaned

  • During construction or renovation work that produces dust in your home, seal off supply and return registers and do not operate the heating and cooling system until after cleaning up the dust

  • Remove dust and vacuum your home regularly. (Use a high efficiency vacuum (HEPA) cleaner or the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take. Vacuuming can increase the amount of dust in the air during and after vacuuming as well as in your ducts)

  • If your heating system includes in-duct humidification equipment, be sure to operate and maintain the humidifier strictly as recommended by the manufacturer

Your home would be a candidate for Sears Air Duct Cleaning if:

  • You can visibly see built up dirt, dust or dander in your ducts or have never had them cleaned

  • a build-up of dirt at the registers

  • particulates / dust blowing out of your vents

  • unusual odors

  • a unit that runs longer than it used to

  • a coil that ices up

  • pets

  • smoking in the home

  • family members that suffer from indoor allergies

  • recently remodeled your home

Sears Indoor Air Quality & Air Duct Cleaning professionals are trained to thoroughly and correctly perform air duct cleaning as per the NADCA guidelines. Sears Air Duct Cleaning professionals will not clean partial systems. The EPA warns consumers not to hire air duct cleaning professionals who only partially clean the system. Air Duct Cleaning of only part of the system could result in the loss of the benefit of air duct cleaning as dust, debris, and dirt that is left behind will continue to circulate and re-contaminate your home’s air ducts. Sears Indoor Air Quality Specialists also offer HVAC system filters. Ask the Sears Air Duct Cleaning technician about our filter replacement program where you get several filters and an email reminder when it is time to change or clean your air filter. We also offer air cleaners, and air purification products, to help improve the indoor air quality in your home. Ask your Sears Indoor Air Quality Specialists what products would best fit your needs and the needs of your home or visit Sears Air Duct Cleaning to read more or view air duct cleaning pictures and videos.

Sources: EPA.gov, NADCA

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Carpet & Rug Institute — Carpet Cleaning Seal of Approval Program

The Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) is a not for profit trade association that represents the manufacturers of over 95% of the carpet made in the United States.

The CRI realizes that proper carpet cleaning is an integral factor in how long a carpet lasts and how well consumers enjoy their carpet. So, the CRI decided to scientifically test carpet cleaning products and carpet cleaning processes and then to rate them on how much dirt was removed from the carpet. In essence, this rating system helps consumers understand which products and processes clean carpet the best.

Their testing and rating system is called the CRI Seal of Approval Program. While some carpet cleaning products/processes do not pass, there are four (4) levels of approval based upon the percent of soil removed from carpeting:

  • 90% to 100% Removal = SOA Platinum

  • 80% to 89% Removal   = SOA Gold

  • 70% to 79% Removal   = SOA Sliver

  • 55% to 69% Removal   = SOA Bronze

Sears Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning was one of the first companies to receive the Platinum Seal of Approval for a deep-cleaning system. The carpet cleaning "system" is the combination of the carpet cleaning machine and a particular carpet cleaning solution, following a set procedure.

There are stringent cleaning standards that must be met in the following categories to receive the Seal of Approval awards:

  • Soil removal

  • Water removal

  • Texture retention

Other rating criteria that must be met are:

  • Rate of re-soiling (How quickly carpet becomes dirty again)

  • pH balancing (Neutralization of carpet after cleaning)

  • No optical brighteners (additives to detergent that make carpets "appear" clean)

  • Color fastness (Does not alter color of carpet or fabric)

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Sears Carpet Cleaning Service Visit — What To Expect

When you call Sears Home Services to schedule a carpet cleaning appointment, here is what you can expect:

Pre-Visit

Sears customer service representative will call the day before your appointment date to confirm the carpet cleaning technician’s arrival time. On the day of the appointment, Sears will call again to give advance notice that we are on our way and tell you what time we will arrive.

The homeowner should remove any breakable items (such as pictures or crystal) that are on the furniture they want moved – an example would be moving a delicate lamp that is sitting on an end table. Sears carpet cleaning technicians are happy to move any furniture that can be safely moved. If there is a China Cabinet, Credenza or other large item moved, they would have to be empty prior to the carpet cleaning crew’s arrival. Any small items (such as toys, newspapers & shoes) sitting on the carpeted area that is to be cleaned need to be picked up. Vacuuming of the area is recommended prior to carpet cleaning if there is a lot of debris.

During the Visit

When our professionally trained, background checked, and insured carpet cleaning technicians arrive, we will pre-inspect the areas to be cleaned identifying any special spots or heavily soiled areas and note any furniture that cannot be moved.

Next, we pre-treat any areas of concern to ensure the most thorough carpet cleaning. Then the Sears Two Step Deep Clean process goes to work to get the carpet as clean as it can be. Step #1 is a special heated carpet cleaning solution that is sprayed deep into the carpet fibers to loosen embedded dirt. This is followed by Step #2, which is a high powered extraction and pH-balancing fiber rinse to remove the dirt & carpet cleaning solution – leaving the carpet clean and soft to the touch.

After the carpet cleaning the Sears technician can apply a carpet protector or one of our carpet deodorizers at the customer’s request. Once the carpet cleaning service has been completed and any protector or deodorizer applied; we return all furniture to its original location, placing protective pads under the legs or edges.

At the end of each carpet cleaning service we thoroughly conduct a post inspection of the work that has been done with the customer. If there is something that needs needs cleaned again, we will re-clean it to the customer’s satisfaction. Complete customer satisfaction is our top priority.

After the Visit

Depending upon the carpet type and material as well as the humidity in the air, it could take 12 to 24 hours for the carpet to become completely dry, but you can walk on it right after cleaning if necessary, however please avoid wearing street shoes which could re-soil the carpet. Turning on your air conditioning or running fans in any of the rooms that were cleaned can speed the drying time. Remove any protective pads under the furniture when the carpet is completely dry.

Sears Satisfaction Guarantee – From the time the carpet cleaning service is scheduled, to the time the carpet cleaning technician is driving away, you will experience exceptional customer service! If you are not satisfied with the service, notify us within thirty (30) days and we will return to your home and do our best to make sure you are completely satisfied.

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How to Remove Spots & Stains from Your Carpet

It can happen at any time – usually when you least expect it – something gets spilled on your carpet and makes a big mess. What do you do? How can you minimize the possibility of your carpet getting stained?

First, act as quickly as you can while the spill is still wet. Cleaning a spill out of carpet is a lot more effective when it’s still wet. Use a dry white cloth towel to blot (don’t rub) the area. Rubbing the carpet will distort the fibers and even if you get the spot completely removed, you may create an area that is noticeable due to distortion of the carper fibers. Let the absorbency of the towel soak up the liquid by using new dry areas of the towel to continue to absorb the spill. Follow this procedure until you have absorbed most of the liquid and the stain stops transferring to the cloth.

Then treat the spot using a residential carpet spot removal product such as the Sears Professional Spot Remover or make your own spotter (using ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and one quart of warm water). Apply enough of the cleaning solution to thoroughly wet out the carpet fibers of the stained area and let it soak for about 5 minutes. Gently agitate the spot with a teaspoon, but do not scrub. Using a clean white cloth, proceed to blot the stain until it is removed from the carpet. Remember, don’t rub or scrub the stained area – this could damage the carpet or set the stain in.

Once the stain is as clean as you can get it, let it dry overnight. Then run your vacuum sweeper over the area to pick up any remaining dry residue and to loosen and groom the pile of the carpet.

If the spot still remains or if there is an odor from pet urine, you should call a professional carpet cleaner like Sears to specially treat the soiled area and to clean the carpet in the entire room.

This spot removal method is only recommended for occasional small spot removals between professional carpet cleanings. Since the detergent is not being properly "rinsed" from the carpet, the detergent residue may attract additional dirt. Sears professional two-step carpet cleaning process not only cleans your carpet but also rinses and thoroughly extracts the cleaning solutions.

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Carpet Manufacturers —
Recommended “Deep Cleaning” Methods for Carpet Cleaning

"Deep Cleaning" refers to carpet cleaning designed to thoroughly remove residues & trapped soils deep within the carpet fibers. Most "Do-it-Yourself" carpet cleaning methods just clean the top area of a carpet and leave a soapy residue behind. This residue will actually attract more dirt and your carpet gets dirtier quicker requiring another carpet cleaning.

Most carpet manufacturers recommend the Hot Water Extraction Carpet Cleaning (steam cleaning) method for the best carpet cleaning results. Here is a list of those carpet manufacturers:

Atlas Creston Mannington Tai Ping
Barrett Fortune Mohawk Tandus
Beaulieu J & J Industries Royalty Venture
Burtco Longhorne Shaw

In some cases, your carpet manufacturer may require a professional carpet cleaning as regular carpeting maintenance to protect your carpet warranty. Sears professional carpet cleaning technicians use the Hot Water Extraction method of carpet cleaning.

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