Archive for August 2021

3 Powerful Reasons to Maintain Your Floors

Reason #1: Your Floors and Fabrics Will Last Longer

Planned maintenance can dramatically increase the life of your floors and fabrics. Bonded traffic area soil that is not removed with vacuuming is just like sandpaper on your floor. It cuts and slices your floor until traffic areas look worn.

Reason #2: Your House Will Look and Smell Better

The appearance of floor coverings and fabrics in your home has a huge impact on how people feel about it. Whether it is a friend or family member, the appearance of your home will cause them to think a certain way about you. Whether it is intentional or not. Planned maintenance keeps your home top-notch at all times.

Reason #3: You Will Be More Productive

The appearance of your home also has an affect on your productivity. If the space is clean and appealing, you are naturally more productive. Do we dare mention Indoor Air Quality Issues or Sick Building Syndrome? Absences due to sickness are many times directly related to air quality issues. Regular maintenance keeps the contaminants out of your floors and fabrics. If a carpet is properly maintained it can serve as a wonderful filter. It captures and holds pollen, bacteria, and contaminants. Like a sink – when the sink becomes full it can no longer filter as well. The answer is NOT hard surface floors because hard surface floors don’t filter at all, so these contaminants become airborne much easier.

Six Reasons to Get Your Carpets Cleaned

  1. Events- Experience proves that more carpet cleaning is done especially around the holiday season, graduations or other special occasions because this creates an urgency that doesn’t exist otherwise.
  2. Visible Soil- Whether it is a spot or a traffic area, it just becomes unsightly. Many times waiting until your carpet is visibly soiled is waiting too late. Traffic area damage may have occurred, and spots may have become permanent.
  3. Maintenance- This is one of the best reasons to get a cleaning service. By properly caring for your carpet, you will dramatically increase the useful life of your carpet and it will look better all the time.
  4. Health- This is also a great reason to clean, especially now during our times this should be a priority. As your carpet does its job as a “sink” or a “filter” it eventually becomes full. It is catching pollens, bacteria, insecticides, asphalt and many other contaminants that need to be cleaned out.
  5. Problem Solving- Occasionally something happens to a textile that appears to be a defect, but can actually be corrected through professional cleaning. Usually carpet manufacturers will require your carpet to be serviced by a certified professional cleaning firm.
  6. Odor Problems- Pet odors, cooking orders, and others make their way into carpets, rugs, fabrics and floors. Get a complete evaluation from our consultant.

Why do white knots in oriental rugs occur?

Did you know that “white knots” is a term to describe a condition inherent in hand-knotted rugs, where light-colored spots appear over time, seemingly at random, in the body of the rug pile? They are sometimes called “rug freckles.” These spots are knots in the rug’s foundation that have worked their way through the rug pile and are showing through the pile yarns. 
When a hand-knotted rug is made, its foundation is made of warp and weft yarns. Warp yarns run the length of the rug and weft yarns span the rug’s width. Often the material the weaver has on hand is too short for the length needed, so shorter lengths are tied together until the necessary length is achieved. Also, in the weaving process, some warp yarns can break, and the loose ends have to be tied together, the knots used in all of these instances will eventually become white knots. When a rug is new and its pile is at full length, these knots can be hidden from view, but eventually, regular foot traffic will wear the pile length down and begin to expose them. Although the term “white knots” is used generally, their appearance reflects the material used in the foundation of a rug, so depending on the material used, your rug might have “blue knots” “gray knots” or others. It is important to understand when you begin to notice them that these knots do not indicate that there is a defect or lack of quality with a particular area rug, rather they simply reflect how your rug was made. They should never be cut as this will lead to a hole in the foundation of your rug. Through foot traffic and regular soiling, these knots can become darker and less noticeable. With a thorough cleaning, the soils and stains that help to hide the knots will be removed, and the knots will reappear or become more noticeable. This does not mean there is a problem with the cleaning, but again reflects one of the physical characteristics of hand-knotted rugs as they wear.

How to Get Pet Odor Out of Carpet

Pet odor is a very common problem. At Hansen Steam Way we can help you deal with your pet challenges. From minor problems to major headaches, Hansen Steam Way can help find the solution that works best for you.

The problem with pet odor is that it can be much deeper than it first appears. Pet urine can easily soak through the backing of the carpet into the padding underneath. In more severe cases the urine can penetrate into the sub-floor beneath the padding. This creates a problem that is multi-layered.

The urine also provides for the growth of bacteria. This, in turn, contributes to a worsening of the odor problem and can contribute to permanent color loss of the carpet fiber.

To eliminate this problem the urine must be removed or neutralized from each of the layers affected. If the contamination is limited to only the face yarn of the carpet, then the cleaning itself may effectively remove the odor. In more severe cases a urine neutralizer may be applied.

In the most severe cases, replacement of the carpet padding, treatment of the under-side of the carpet and the sub-floor may be required. Even replacement of the carpet, however, cannot guarantee complete removal of the odor.

Left untreated over a period of time pet odor can become absorbed into many of the porous materials in your home. Draperies, sheetrock, upholstered furniture, baseboards, even the concrete foundation are just a few of the materials that can absorb these odors.

At Hansen Steam Way we offer a range of solutions to help you with your pet odor problems. In the long run, however, it may be more a matter of proper maintenance instead of total elimination. After all, we love our pets and want to keep them a part of our family. Pet ownership adds to the challenge of maintaining a clean and healthy home. Hansen Steam Way can help you meet those challenges.