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Odor? Call us over!

Odor? Call us over!

Steam Action Removes Offensive Odors From Your Home

It’s a fairly common situation for homeowners; you walk into a room and an unidentifiable odor singes the tip of your nose. Reactions to this situation are also similar; you go to the nearest convenience store and stock up on Febreze, Lysol, and Air Wick in hopes of masking that offensive odor—and your embarrassment.

But the reality of this “masking” process is that you will not be helping your cause—except maybe your nose—because the real problem could be getting worse as you hide it with Sweet Pea Petals, Moonlit Lavender, and Warm Milk & Honey. Often, odors are deeply rooted in carpet, upholstery, and other areas, and can be highly difficult to pinpoint with the naked eye. Without knowing the source of these odors and simply hiding them with fragrances, you are essentially wasting money and allowing time for mold and mildew to grow, and for bacteria to spread. When an unidentifiable odor presents itself, it’s time to call in the professionals.

Carpet Layer

Liquid wastes often seep down into the base layer of carpets, resulting in mold growth and offensive odors.

Most cleaning companies simply spray a topical solution on areas that they believe to be the source of the odors. This is ineffective for two reasons: a) because many odors work their way into carpet fibers, backings, paddings, and ultimately the ground floor—topical sprays only treat the face fibers while the bottom layers are left to grow mold and bacteria; and b) because there is no guarantee that the area being sprayed is the actual location of the odor, or that the entire odor-causing location is attended to. Topical solutions, which are often touted as the “cheapest” solutions, are only estimated to be about 20-30 percent effective.

Odor Deodorization Process

At Steam Action, we have many odor deodorization services to ensure that no odor-causing problems are left untreated. All of them involve a process that very few companies in the

Odor Deodorization

By utilizing UV Technology, we can eliminate odors at the source.

industry have implemented into their services: Ultra Violet Technology. As we stated before, many odor-causing areas are invisible to the naked eye. As our trained technicians make their way around the dark room, the UV Technology brings those problem areas to light.

The first of these methods is to “recreate the scene.” Essentially, when liquids or wastes seep into a carpet, there is a path that they take as they travel through the carpet layers. What we do is estimate the amount of waste in the material, and mirror that with an equal amount of our deodorizer solution. We then inject this solution in a similar fashion to the way the waste entered the carpet or upholstery. As this solution travels through the carpet backing the same way the waste did, the enzymes in the solution feed on the odor-causing bacteria. Once the solution has made its way down to the base floor, we extract it similarly to our carpet cleaning processes and allow the area to dry.

Carpet Padding Replacemtn

We can eliminate deeply-rooted odors by replacing the carpet padding and sealing the base floor.

The next method involves a more in-depth process. When an odor has made its way down to the base floor and has been left to sit for too long, we will identify the problem areas, pull the carpet back, and cut out the affected padding. We then thoroughly clean both sides of the carpet, seal the base floor to prevent future odor gases, and replace the old padding with entirely new padding. This method is virtually 100 percent effective.

 

Through our systems, we can successfully prolong the life of your carpet and furniture by eliminating specific odors such as:

  • Biological Waste Produced by Pets
  • Fire or Cigarette Smoke
  • Moldy, musty smells

Our Odor Deodorization processes will effectively save you money by eliminating odors at the source, and taking preventative measures to ensure that mold and mildew cannot prolong the odor. If you’ve been troubled by an offensive odor in your home or business, call Steam Action today!

 

 

 

Steam Clean Your Carpets for Spring

For Clean Carpets, Steam’s a Dream…

Steam cleaning reduces the amount of dangerous bacteria and viruses in your carpet.

Steam cleaning reduces the amount of dangerous bacteria and viruses in your carpet.

Did you know that the human body sheds about 1.5 MILLION dead skin flakes every hour? Yuck! What’s worse is that those flakes make up about 90% of what we call “dust.”

Add that to the dirt, animal dander, food, and random odors that get trapped inside carpets during the winter, and you’ve got a pretty good reason to seriously consider getting your carpet steam cleaned this spring…because it sure needs it!

Why steam clean your carpet?

For starters, it cleans deeper than your vacuum ever will. Vacuuming helps eliminate some surface dirt, but it won’t put a dent in the stuff embedded deep in there…not to mention any number of microscopic dust mites feasting off your debris.

Steam cleaning your carpet will also greatly improve your indoor air quality. It reduces the amount of dangerous bacteria and viruses in your carpet, which harbors about 200,000 bacteria per square inch. For a point of reference, that makes it 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat.

It will also protect your carpet and ensure it has a nice, long life. Dirt is very abrasive and will scratch your carpet’s fibers as well as your delicate upholstery fabrics. Over time, the dirt will change your carpet’s color and degrade the fibers, leading to premature wear.

What about other cleaning methods?

There are many ways to clean a carpet, but some don’t clean as well as steam, nor are they as gentle on your carpet. Simply put, steam cleaning is the ONLY method that will give you a true deep cleaning.

Steam cleaning uses hot water extraction that works great on stains, offers the best penetration, and can kill most germs and viruses. The water reaches a minimum temperature of 130°F, which can rejuvenate the carpet fibers and return some spring and curl to your carpet. Compare this to some other methods:

  • Dry foam machines have rotating brushes that may damage your carpet fibers and leave behind residue from the cleaning chemicals.
  • Dry compounds are absorbent mixtures that work well as a supplemental cleaning, but don’t penetrate near as well as steam cleaning.
  • Like dry foam, bonnet cleaning is highly labor intensive, but isn’t as damaging to your carpets. The downside is the fact that it gets down to only the top third of the carpet material, leaving the deeply embedded mold, mites, dirt, and germs to fester.
  • Shampooing is still around despite the popularity of steam cleaning because it’s economical. While it cleans deeper than the dry cleaning methods, shampooing uses a ton of water and, if the carpet isn’t rinsed correctly, can leave behind shampoo residue. If you’re cleaning by hand, it can be difficult to remove all of the water, leaving wet surfaces under your carpet that can lead to mold and rot. And if you don’t use a special formula shampoo, you’re guaranteed to leave behind residue that will attract new dirt.

If there’s a downside to steam cleaning, it’s that the carpets can take up to 24 hours to dry completely. However, Steam Action Carpet Cleaning uses special dryers to speed the drying process. In most cases, your freshly cleaned carpets will be dried before we leave.

Now that it’s staying warm and sunny outside, there’s no better time to get those carpets cleaned. Call Steam Action today and let us improve your indoor air quality, maintain your carpet’s integrity, and get you on your way to enjoying clean, beautiful carpets all summer long!