Think Vacuuming Keeps Your Floors Tidy? Think Again!

I don’t know about you, but I was a filthy slob when I was a kid. Hell, I was a filthy slob into my mid-twenties, if I’m really being honest about it. I just didn’t give a rat’s you know what about keeping a clean house. For one, I didn’t really spend much time at my house unless I was playing video games or sleeping, etc., so who was I to care if the dishes weren’t done, there was a beer stain on the couch or the carpet hadn’t been cleaned in months. I had video game bad guys to kill and sleep to get!

Cut to today… I’m older now (mid-thirties) and I do care about being clean. I’m not saying I’m an old man or anal retentive or anything, but yeah, I’ll admit it, there’s something peaceful about a nice, clean house. It’s relaxing. It makes me feel calm and collected. Most of all, in a life with many things I can’t control, having a clean house is something I can control. l guess that’s the meat of the issue, if I’m being honest.

Also, I like to read. Add these two things together, and occasionally I find myself reading articles or how-to blogs on cleaning. I know it’s kind of stupid, but I think if you’re going to do things right, you should be informed. My theory is that if you know the right way to do something, you’ll do it faster and save way more time and headaches in the end.

So anyway, that’s a pretty long winded intro to the whole point of this rant. I was surfing over at HuffPo the other day when I came across this post about how you can vacuum your carpets as much as you like, but it really isn’t same as a good, old fashioned carpet cleaning.

I’ll let you read the article for yourself, ’cause it has all sorts of good information in there, from how you could void the warranty on your carpet if you don’t get it cleaned, to the fact that you need to act super duper fast if you spill something on the rug.

It’s a pretty good article all things considered, though I do wish it had a section on how to handle upholstery cleaning. That would have made it a bit more comprehensive. It’s cool, I can go read another blog or something about that I guess.

In the meantime, I’m going to give the carpet cleaners a call. I don’t think I’ve ever, ever had a thorough cleaning on it, and I’ve been living in my pad for about 3 years now. I can only imagine what kind of dust, dirt and other gunk might be hiding there….

Talk to y’alls later!

Kill Those Dust Mites By Cleaning Your Carpets!

Do you have a runny nose, itchy eyes or sneeze all the time like it’s nobody’s business? If you’re like me, you probably chalk this up to having a common cold, and move on with your life. Sure enough, the symptoms go away for a while, and you think the cold is gone. Then when it comes back a few weeks or a month later, you think “Oh, man, I got a cold again. Bummer!” Well, you could have a common cold, but if you don’t clean your carpet, upholstery, furniture or other items in your house enough, it might be microscopic, nasty old dust mites causing your grief.

Dust mites are nasty and live everywhere! They live in the fibers of just about anything in your house that has fibers, and though they’re microscopic, they do macroscopic damage. Dust mite allergies can be so bad that you might have to take prescription drugs to deal with them, left unchecked. No one wants to give pharmaceutical companies more money, so that’s just stupid. The best thing you can do to keep dust mites at bay is to give your house a thorough carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning once every six months or so. You may not think it’s a big deal, but if you’re chronically experiencing nasal drip, coughing, watery eyes or sneezing, then yeah, it’s a big deal.

You could even have a dust mite allergy and not even know it, or have been told you have hay fever or some such nonsense. Heck, I don’t know, you might indeed have hay fever. But if you have allergies all throughout the year, especially if you have allergies when pollen really isn’t an issue, then it might be must mites causing that allergy. The FDA even says so.

If you do have an allergy to dust mites, or any other sort of allergy that seems to persist even during the cold months, carpet cleaners can probably help. Aside from dust mites, other things that can cause mold are nasty things like mold, mildew and pet dander. Think about it: all of those things go away with a good, freshly minted clean house.

Allergies suck. Not all of the things that cause allergies suck (I think flowers are rad, and I don’t give a rat’s you know what who knows it!), but a lot of them do. Dust mites belong in that latter category – they suck. Mold sucks too. Where I live in Fort Collins, Colorado we have a lot of dust, but we also have floods and stuff, so we have a lot of moisture. Dust mites and mold, all over the place, so lots of different ways to get allergies.  If you’re like me, do yourself a favor and get your s#*t together and call the carpet cleaner, like I did just a while ago.

Bonus: My toes feel like brand new toes walking on this cushy carpet.

How to Score Big with a Golden Carpet Cleaning Company

You know what’s surprisingly golden? Carpet cleaning companies. I know, I know, it sounds boring as hell, right? Well, just because something is boring, doesn’t mean that it isn’t golden and can’t help you to score BIG.

These guys must make bank. Not Diddy bank or anything, but definitely enough bank to have a sweet ride and a huge house, at least. Think about it – everyone needs their carpets cleaned. Houses, restaurants, movie theaters, hotels – they all have carpet, and all need them cleaned. Think about how much flooring there is in a Macy’s or Nordstrom or something like that. Those stores all want their customers walking on cushy, comfortable, clean material. I bet there’s enough rug in one of those department stores to make a couple of football fields if you laid it out the right way. I bet if the Broncos played Seattle in a department store carpet stadium, they’d finally figure out a way to beat those bastards.

Anyways, where was I? Oh right. You know who has carpet? People with kids do. Just imagine having three kids running around on hardwood or tile floors. Accident. Waiting. To. Happen. Having cushy, soft carpeting softens the blow when one kid dive bombs the other kid from the couch and hits his elbow on the floor. No one wants to see a kid with a broken arm, especially their parents.

Know what happens when you put kids and carpet together? Stains happen. Lots and lots of stains. Don’t get me wrong, most parents will try to clean up those stains by themselves and will do a decent job of it for a while, but eventually those kids will spill something super dark or track enough mud in that the parents finally buckle and will call the good old, trusty professionals for help. And then, bam! Dinero in your pocket. Once those parents see how new and fresh their family rooms floor looks and smells after that first cleaning, they’re sure to book repeat appointments over and over again.

Like I said before, businesses will need your services too, even more than homes. Some large businesses see thousands upon thousands of customers per year, and they have more motivation than even parents to keep their carpets looking good as new. Ever walk into a store with old, shabby dirty floors? Even if you didn’t realize it at the time, I bet you didn’t buy anything, or at least didn’t buy as much stuff as you would have if the ground was spic and span. If you take my advice and open a carpet cleaning business, you should really try to focus on commercial cleaning more than residential cleaning, because that’s where the big bucks are.

I have no idea what the overhead is like for starting this kind of business, but it really can’t be all that much. You probably need a few state of the art cleaning machines and then some good cleaning products. I would recommend using all natural products for residential cleaning, as you want to appeal to the moms and dads who shop in the all-natural, gluten free aisles at Whole Foods. For restaurants and hotels and such, you can probably get away with more industrial cleaning products though. The customers just want to see clean carpets in those places, and most likely couldn’t care less about what went into making them clean.

So, do yourself a favor and think about opening a carpet cleaning business. If you want to start a golden business and score it big, it’s probably a good thing to do.

Come back and visit my site in the future for more stuff that’s golden and can help you score big!