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A Joke to End the Month!

  
  
  
  
  
Joke-- Sometimes cleaning is serious business. And sometimes it’s deliriously funny. Here are a few gems that will either get you in the mood to clean or laugh about not doing it at all.
  1. You never know what you have…until you clean your room.
  2. I love cleaning up messes I didn’t make. So I became a mom.
  3. My room is not dirty. I just have everything on display. Like a museum.
  4. A clean house is a sign of no Internet connection.
  5. My house was clean. Then the kids woke up.

Have you been looking for good excuses not to clean lately? Feel free to try this: Every time you get the urge to clean, watch Hoarders. It'll make you feel instantly cleaner!

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Breast Cancer has entered our life.

  
  
  
  
  

Hello,

Breast Cancer awareness month is October. 

Preparing for this has been much more meaningful.
This year my sister in law is having a double mastectomy.
Our family is going through all the fears of cancer and reality
that we are not guaranteed a healthy tomorrow. 
 
Please encourage your
Mothers
Wives
GrandMothers
Sisters
Aunts
Cousins
and
Friends
to all get screening regularly.
Early detection saves lives. 

Visit Susan G. Komen org for more info
 
We will continue offering
PINK world famous spot removers.
Each one comes with a $1 donation.

chemdry of richmond
 

Prayers welcome for Donna Groody Cowan.

Brian Curran Owner 
Chem-Dry of Richmond
804-620-3050
Chem-Dry of Williamsburg
757-220-9020
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Carpet cleaning improves indoor air quality

  
  
  
  
  

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Carpet often contains some of the worst allergens, germs and other hazardous materials in your home. What's worse, they often hide in plain sight, and can negatively affect indoor air quality. Regular vacuuming can help contain these contaminants, but sometimes, a more thorough carpet cleaning is necessary to improve the air you breathe.

What's hiding in your carpet?

Everything that lands on your carpet has the potential to stay, even if it's not an obvious stain.

Dust particles, hair, mold spores and pet dander — almost invisible to the naked eye — fall off your clothing and land on your floors. Walking over carpet grinds these small particles into the fibers and underlay, often leaving a carpet that looks clean but can negatively impact the air in your home.

Stains are also a problem. For example, stains caused from red wine or pet urine can actually provide a food source for bacteria living in your carpets.

Potential health risks from your carpet

Dirty carpets can pose a wide range of health risks. If you've had a flood, your carpets may have mold, even if you don't see or smell it. Mold spores can cause breathing problems, sneezing and, over the long term, permanent damage to the respiratory system.

Dust mites are also a major carpet issue; these tiny bugs burrow deep into carpet fibers and eat just about anything that comes their way. The waste produced by these mites — up to 200 times their body weight each day — can cause allergic reactions and breathing issues.

Common bacteria found in carpet include E.coli, salmonella and staphylococcus.

Getting rid of carpet culprits

Vacuuming is always the first step in removing contaminants from your carpeting. Make sure to vacuum one or two times per week, and use a newer vacuum with powerful suction and built-in HEPA filters for a better chance of pulling up mites, allergens and dirt. But even the best vacuum can't remove everything that hides in your carpet.

To deal with the bulk of the particles, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaning service. Most companies use steam cleaning or dry-cleaning techniques to eliminate contaminants and remove stubborn stains. Professional carpet cleaners recommend at least one cleaning per year, but high-traffic areas might require more frequent cleanings.

 

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Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning, Richmond VA

Professional Carpet, Rug, and Upholstery Cleaners

Not all Williamsburg and Richmond carpet cleaning companies are the same. Chem-Dry of Richmond stands apart from the crowd of carpet cleaners by offering highly effective green cleaning technology, truly professional cleaning services and a reputation for customer service that is second to none.

All of our carpet cleaning service appointments include Chem-Dry of Richmond’s exclusive Healthy Home Assurance process; a ten point quality assurance system that is guaranteed to leave you satisfied, just like the thousands of happy customers that we have serviced in over twenty years.

Call us at 804.302.4099 for more information

NCHH Research: Carpet and Healthy Homes

  
  
  
  
  

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National Center for Healthy Housing's article provides excellent factual information you should know  Read the entire article at: http://bit.ly/1pxmKFo

Carpets and Healthy Homes

The impact of carpeting in home environments on health and safety is an active area of scientific research. The current evidence shows that some aspects of carpets can benefit the health and safety of occupants, while other aspects can contribute to illness and injury. Based on the currently available data and professional judgment, the National Center for Healthy Housing offers the following recommendations regarding maintaining, cleaning, and replacing carpets to promote a healthy home environment:

Recommendations:

1) Avoid Wall-to-wall Carpets in Damp Areas and in Rooms of Individuals with Allergies or Asthma.

2) Select Less Toxic Materials and Installation Practices.

3) Maintain Carpets with Good Quality Vacuums, Preferably a HEPA Vacuum.

Limiting Wall-to-wall Carpet

It is estimated that about 40% of the population has been sensitized to allergens.5 According to the National Academy of Sciences, "The magnitude of the potential significance of carpeting as a source and reservoir of indoor allergens indicates that it should be given consideration as a serious problem."6 Carpets accumulate dust and dirt in the amount of approximately 5-25 grams per square meter of surface area, depending on type of material, foot traffic, and other factors,7 which is a far greater extent than hard flooring. People stir up a personal cloud of dust not visible to the naked eye through normal indoor activities (such as walking and cleaning), resulting in increased personal exposures to whatever is in the dust.8, 9, 10 One nationwide study showed an association between asthma severity and the total dust weight on floors, and showed that carpets had higher total dust weights than hard floors.11 Further research is underway to elucidate precisely how exposures to particulates in carpet occur. New varieties of carpeted floor coverings are needed that accumulate less dust and dirt during usage and are easier to clean.

Festival of Wine and Hops -- Petersburg Sept 27th

  
  
  
  
  
Come "Sip and Celebrate in History" in Old Towne Petersburg

    

Kick off the fall season and take a stroll through history at our 6th Annual Festival of Grapes & Hops in Old Towne Petersburg on September 27, 2014 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Our popular wine and beer festival returns this year – with a twist; a art show featuring PAAL (Petersburg Area Art League) artists!

 

  • 8 Virginia Wineries

  • 5 Virginia Breweries

  • Popular restaurants and food trucks 
     

Come out and sample a few tastings, buy a new favorite piece of art work, shop at our artisans and/or crafters booth spaces, enjoy the musical entertainment of the River City Katz and make September 27th at Petersburg Day. 

 

Tickets for tasters- $15 in advance / $20 at the gate
Tickets for non taster - $10 in advance / $15 at the gate
Kids 12 and under FREE

 

Ticket includes samples of wine and beer and a commemorative festival wine or beer glass.

Top 10 Professional Carpet Cleaning Advantages

  
  
  
  
  

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While renting a carpet cleaning machine may be cheaper than hiring a professional, there are many advantages to calling in the pros that will make the extra cost worthwhile. Not only do professional carpet cleaners save you time, they also ensure that your carpets are being cleaned safely and effectively. Here are the top 10 advantages of hiring a professional carpet cleaner.

1. Certified equipment and cleaning solutions – Look for a professional carpet cleaner who uses equipment and products certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute, which means it is a Seal of Approval company. Unlike machines you rent or buy, the portable steam cleaners or truck-mounted machines professionals use have a super strong suction that enable them to extract deeply embedded dirt and stubborn stains – more so than other machines. If you have small children or allergen sensitivities and are concerned about the application of carpet cleaning chemicals, find companies that se eco-friendly cleaning solutions that are plant-based and natural.

2. Industrial-strength vacuum power – Experienced professional cleaners know that vacuuming before proceeding with a deep cleaning is crucial to achieving the best results. For that reason, professional cleaners will vacuum the carpets with an industrial-strength vacuum to pick up dirt, dust, hair, and other dry contaminants.

3. Don't break your back – Another bonus is that professional cleaners will your furniture out of the room before cleaning. No need to break your back or rent a dolly. Plus, once the carpets are dry, the cleaner will move all of the furniture back to their original places. Just make sure moving furniture is part of the price you are quoted and not an extra fee.

4. Improve the air quality in your home – Regular vacuuming will only remove surface dirt and dust, leaving pounds of built-up grime embedded in your carpet fibers. It is recommended that you have your carpets professionally cleaned once a year – more frequently for larger households and areas with high traffic – to remove deeply layered dirt underneath your carpet. A professional carpet cleaner’s equipment is powerful enough to eliminate the unseen dry contaminants, improving the air quality inside your home.

5. Save you time – When you clean your carpets yourself, you have to move the furniture, vacuum all of the carpets, spot treat your carpet to remove stains, apply pre-treatment solution to your carpet, fill and empty the tanks, and carry and cleaning the equipment when you are done. Phew! Using a professional service means an experienced technician takes care of all of those tasks for, saving you time and a trip to the chiropractor.

6. Avoid mold and mildew – Mold and mildew are common carpet invaders. Often, they appear after someone attempts to clean their own carpets, leaving them excessively wet. Hiring a professional will ensure that your carpets do not become oversaturated and are properly extracted with industrial-strength suction power.

7. Restore to your carpet to its original beauty and quality – Aside from removing stubborn stains and embedded dirt, professional carpet cleaners also aim to restore carpet to its original beauty and quality. Maintaining your carpets with regular professional deep cleanings will help you extend the life of your carpet and will leave your carpets feeling and looking fresh and clean.

8. Protection – Professional carpet cleaners also aim to help you protect your carpets from future stains and accidents. Ask about having specially manufactured cleaning agents applied to your carpet to protect the fibers from wear and tear, as well as stains and spills.

9. Knowledge of different carpet types – An experienced carpet cleaning technician will have sufficient knowledge of the different types and brands of carpet, and will be able to suggest the best cleaning methods and products for your carpet. Instead of taking risk using a carpet cleaning rental or store-bought cleaning solution, protect your carpet from unintentional damage and let a pro expertly clean your carpet.

10. Guaranteed – Find a reputable carpet cleaner who will offer a 100% guarantee for his work. Reputable companies offer a standard 14- to 30- day guarantee, which includes a free follow-up cleaning if there are any problems with their work.

Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning, Richmond VA

Professional Carpet, Rug, and Upholstery Cleaners

Not all Williamsburg and Richmond carpet cleaning companies are the same. Chem-Dry of Richmond stands apart from the crowd of carpet cleaners by offering highly effective green cleaning technology, truly professional cleaning services and a reputation for customer service that is second to none.

All of our carpet cleaning service appointments include Chem-Dry of Richmond’s exclusive Healthy Home Assurance process; a ten point quality assurance system that is guaranteed to leave you satisfied, just like the thousands of happy customers that we have serviced in over twenty years.

Call us at 804.302.4099 for more information

Health Benefits to Carpet Cleaning

  
  
  
  
  

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Carpet cleaning can improve the appearance of your home and extend the life of your carpet, but perhaps the most valuable benefit from the process is improving you and your family’s health. According to the American Lung Association, if members of your household suffer from conditions that can affect their breathing, such as snoring or asthma, it’s especially crucial that you vacuum your carpets at least three times a week. Beyond vacuuming regularly, you may also benefit from having your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. If you’re not fully convinced of the benefits of professional carpet cleaning, consider the following top three ways the process leads to a healthier home:

1. Carpet cleaning eliminates trapped pollutants.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a dirty carpet can retain several sources of indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, cockroach allergens, lead, particle pollution, and everyday dirt and dust. Toxic airborne gases can adhere to these particles and also get trapped within the carpet. These toxic gases can be released through everyday activities such as vacuuming and walking across the carpet, which can cause them to contaminate the air in your home. Professional carpet cleaning services kills these bacteria through special shampooing formulas and can remove deeply trapped pollutants with high-powered vacuums.

2. Carpet cleaning can clear out dust mite infestations.

Many homes have dust mite infestations, yet most homeowners aren’t aware of the infestation, because the creatures are microscopic. Dust mites themselves aren’t allergens, but they often leave behind feces and body fragments which are. Because of the microscopic size of these particles, they can easily be inhaled when the area is disturbed, which can exacerbate allergies. Many professional carpet cleaning companies utilize a technique known as steam cleaning when performing carpet maintenance work, which exposes your carpet to high temperatures that dust mites can’t survive.

3. Carpet cleaning can help prevent mold growth.

Especially in areas with high humidity levels, dirty carpets are at a high risk of developing mold growth when exposed to moisture. In precipitous weather, moisture frequently gets tracked into the home and can sink deep in the carpet fibers if not dried and vacuumed immediately. Having your carpet cleaned regularly can prevent mold and mildew growth, because professional carpet cleaners have high-powered drying tools that annihilate moisture. By eliminating moisture, you can prevent mold growth that can be harmful to your health if ignored for too long.

 

Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning, Richmond VA

Professional Carpet, Rug, and Upholstery Cleaners

Not all Williamsburg and Richmond carpet cleaning companies are the same. Chem-Dry of Richmond stands apart from the crowd of carpet cleaners by offering highly effective green cleaning technology, truly professional cleaning services and a reputation for customer service that is second to none.

All of our carpet cleaning service appointments include Chem-Dry of Richmond’s exclusive Healthy Home Assurance process; a ten point quality assurance system that is guaranteed to leave you satisfied, just like the thousands of happy customers that we have serviced in over twenty years.

Call us at 804.302.4099 for more information

Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Carpet Cleaner

  
  
  
  
  

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1.  Truck Mount?

There is no doubt the right equipment can play a major role in Remarkable carpet cleaning.  Truck Mounts need to be able to sustain 230 degree heat (Most cannot). 

2.  Is your System Carpet & Rug institute Platinum Certified?;  is a great question.

The CRI scientifically tests equipment and systems for soil removal. 

        Platinum=A       Gold=B          Silver=C          Bronze =D. 

3.  Do you use a wand or an RX20 to clean my carpets?

Wands are the dinosaur of carpet cleaners.  The RX20 is the modern day
cleaning tool for a Remarkable cleaning.

 

Low Price

1. Bait and Switch

When you see a low price in carpet cleaners you have to think, if it costs less than if you rented a machine and did it yourself, there is a catch! 

2. Sub Contractors

Having employees (not sub-contractors), who work for you long term takes a lot of effort and investment.  Proper insurance and quality
service is only the start. 

3. Cheap Cleaning Agents

Be concerned with harsh cleaning agents and their harmful effects.  Most
carpet cleaners buy what’s on sale.

 

Guarantee

You should not have to settle for an inferior job when you pay hard earned money for it.  If a company has a satisfaction guarantee,
that’s too broad.  Ask for their guarantee in writing.  Carpet cleaning,
like cleaning clothes can’t get all stains out all the time, But it should have at least your money back so you can get it done right.

 

Reputation

Don’t just invite anyone into your house.  Make sure they have a great
reputation.  You can check on www.angieslist.com or  www.richmondbbb.com.

Chem-Dry of Richmond has a review page at www.richmondchemdry.com

Helpful Tips On Choosing Between Area Rugs and Carpeting

  
  
  
  
  

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Rugs:

Nobody can deny the beauty of an ornate Asian-style rug or the coziness of a thick fluffy bamboo fiber area rug. Rugs have chameleon abilities to meld with any area of the home and blend into any rearrangement, and you can also pick them up and take them with you if you move. But what else makes rugs special?

Pros:

Rugs are some of the most popular and traditional ways to cover floors. They have been used for centuries, and can be incredible pieces of art that will add a charm and elegance incomparable to carpeting. Here are some of their other benefits…

  • Deters mold and mildew growth by their ability to allow air flow underneath the fibers
  • Easily washed and dried when dirty
  • Helps to define a space
  • Ability to easily switch the color scheme and style of a room
  • A well-placed area rug can introduce structure to an open concept floor plan or link disparate furnishings
  • Better choice for those with dust allergies because rugs are more easily cleaned. Polypropylene or washable area rugs will be the best choice for such individuals.

In a way, floor rugs allow you to experience the best of both worlds—beautiful hardwood flooring, coupled with the cozy feel of soft fibers beneath your feet. Area rugs being placed over hardwood floors should have a special pad placed beneath them to help protect the wood and to keep the rug from ‘crawling’.

Cons:

While area rugs can make a wonderful accent to a room, those considering their use should realize that rugs have some negative qualities as well.

  • Rugs are more likely to allow people to slip or trip on their edges, even if they are slip resistant. This is a grave concern for the elderly who may be severely injured by a fall.
  • Rugs cannot create the same unified look that a wall to wall carpet may provide.
  • People who want to be able to walk about their whole home barefoot without experiencing the sudden flinching of treading upon cold hard floor should not choose an area rug.
  • Neutral colors aren’t the best choice for area rugs, and instead are better suited to wall to wall carpeting that can provide a fully unified look.

 

Wall-to-wall Carpets:

Wall-to-wall carpeting has been the floor covering of choice in the Pacific Northwest for decades. In recent years, the resurgence of hardwood flooring called into question whether or not carpets would continue to be the most common form of floor covering, but it continues to remain vastly popular for its ability to provide a snug and warm home.

Pros:

Wall to wall carpeting is one of the most commonly chosen ways to keep a home cozy.

Carpeting has many benefits. Here are just a few:

  • Carpeting is secured to the floor with glue, cement, or tacking, while also underlaid with cushion padding to increase the softness. Because of this, they are slip and trip resistant, making them a better choice in the homes of the elderly.
  • Carpeting can create unity throughout the color scheme and design of the home. This can be especially useful in homes with multiple small rooms.
  • Carpeting is usually found in neutral colors, allowing for a wide range of color schemes to be used in conjunction with it.
  • Wall to wall carpeting keeps the floor entirely covered. No cold toes or need to worry about the baby crawling across the icy hardwood floors!

Cons:

Wall to wall carpets, while cozy, are not always the best choice. Here are some of the reasons that a family may opt for a different floor covering than wall to wall carpeting:

  • Carpeting is known to have high levels of off-gassing (release of chemical by-products into the air following installation). It can sometimes take several months or more for the off-gassing to cease.
  • Carpeting is difficult and costly to clean.
  • Carpeting gets worn in areas with more traffic than others. When the carpeting is worn down in the hallway, homeowners will have to either install a new section of carpet in that area, or replace all the carpeting on that level of the home. This can create a ‘patched’ look to the carpeting.
  • Carpets shouldn’t be used in high humidity areas, as the moisture can get trapped in the fibers, causing mold to form, which releases toxic mycotoxins into the air.
  • Carpets are a poor choice for a family that has allergies, as dust and dust mites can accumulate in the fibers and padding, contributing to allergy symptoms.
  • Carpeting can damage the hardwood floor beneath because of the cement or glue and tacking used to secure them.
  • All investments made into wall-to-wall carpeting won’t be able to come with if you move. You will have to leave your investment behind for another family to enjoy.

 

Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning, Richmond VA

Professional Carpet, Rug, and Upholstery Cleaners

Not all Williamsburg and Richmond carpet cleaning companies are the same. Chem-Dry of Richmond stands apart from the crowd of carpet cleaners by offering highly effective green cleaning technology, truly professional cleaning services and a reputation for customer service that is second to none.

All of our carpet cleaning service appointments include Chem-Dry of Richmond’s exclusive Healthy Home Assurance process; a ten point quality assurance system that is guaranteed to leave you satisfied, just like the thousands of happy customers that we have serviced in over twenty years.

Call us at 804.302.4099 for more information

Battle of New Market Re-enactment

  
  
  
  
  

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One of the best re-enactments around.  For the whole family ages 12+.

Monday, September 29th starting at 6:30 AM and ending at 11:00 AM EDT. Tours of New Market Heights Battlefield in conjunction with Richmond National Battlefield on the 150th anniversary of the battle.

A ‘real time’ tour starts at 6:30 a.m. and a later tour starts at 11 a.m. This walking tour will trek over rugged terrain with long periods of standing and walking expected. 

Information: 652-3411. Four Mile Creek Parking Lot, 3300 New Market Road. Henrico, VA 23231

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