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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Travertine Tiles And Their Everlasting Appeal in Your Palm Harbor, Florida Home


There are several natural stone tiles available in the market. However, travertine tiles have emerged as a popular choice due to its high-end utility and durable surface that lasts for a long time.

Home improvement project requires a huge monetary investment. People make sure that the durables are cost -effective and long lasting. They tend to go through home magazines to find the best material for them. While reading through the home magazines, you will definitely come across travertine tiles. These tiles are quite popular among homemakers and builders.

Travertine is a natural stone, made up of calcium carbonate. These tiles are made from minerals that get deposited on the earth surface due to natural springs, geysers etc. This natural make gives it a distinct look. These tiles are strong and durable which makes them a popular choice. They can be installed in your Palm Harbor, Florida home as cladding, back splash, counter top, flooring, shower tile etc.

They are extremely attractive addition for a household project. There is some kind of magic in travertine tiles. Their color, shape and texture are way above other tile surfaces. Moreover, they are available in polished, tumbled, honed and brushed look. Each of these tiles has a unique texture, which makes them suitable for versatile applications in your Palm Harbor, Florida home.

The travertine tiles also have certain considerations. These tiles are high on utility scale. You can install them in household as well as commercials. However, when it comes to cleaning, then you should avoid cleaners with acid content. These cleaners can react with the stone and deteriorate them. You should avoid spilling of vinegar, orange or lemon juice on the tile surface.

Hence, you should clean the spillage in your Palm Harbor, Florida home as soon as it occurs. Take a mop and wipe the floor with warm water. You can conduct the process travertine tiles. However, these maintenance issues are nothing in comparison with the beauty and grandeur of travertine.

So, don't run after artificial tiles, buy travertine tiles and revamp your Palm Harbor, Florida home with its effervescent beauty.

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"Ross of Green Tech Carpet Cleaning did a great job with our older tile floors. We had not had them since we moved in for fear the cost would be prohibitive. Ross was very affordable and he did an excellent job. We highly recommend Green Tech's services."
Maria and Ernest G, Palm Harbor, FL 34683
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Republished with permission: Keith Wroblewski is an IICRC Master Carpet Cleaner who has been in the cleaning industry for 20 years.

Cleaning Wool Carpets in Your Palm Harbor, Florida Home


This guide is written to help you maintain your wall to wall wool carpet. It is not meant for wool Oriental rugs. These rugs may have loose dye that will bleed or crock. I recommend that you have these rugs taken to a professional carpet cleaner or rug plant that specializes in wool rugs. Oriental rugs should never be cleaned at your home since the dies may bleed. If you do decide to spot clean your Oriental rug, make sure you test every color separately for color fastness. You may have 10 colors in your rug and only one bleeds. You test for color fastness by taking a white cotton towel that has been dipped with a small amount of wool safe cleaner, and then clamping the towel on each color separately.

If you have recently purchased a wool carpet for your Palm Harbor, Florida home, please go to your pantry which holds all your carpet cleaning spotters and throw them away. Never use a soap or carpet cleaning chemical on wool carpet unless it has a PH between 4.5 and 8.5. To be completely safe you could stay below a PH of 7 (neutral and will not cause the dyes to bleed). Be especially careful of using bleach products near your wool carpet. Bleach will actually dissolve wool carpet and leave you with a giant hole. Now that we have discussed what not to do, we can establish how to better maintain your wool carpet.

Vacuum as often as you can in your Palm Harbor, Florida home. This is akin to washing your hair. How many days a week do you skip washing your hair? Only use low PH cleaners. Using over the counter products on wool carpets is like using Tide on your hair! High PH cleaners will break down the cuticle or hard scaly surface that holds the fiber together. Breaking down the cuticle would leave us with a fuzzy mess. When using a wool safe product - blot. Scrubbing will also cause the fiber to fuzz out. I also recommend that you blot up the wool safe spotter with an acidic rinse ( 1 part white vinegar 3 part water). This will remove any residue and leave the wool fiber slightly acidic which will help maintain the wools softness. You also want to speed dry your wool carpet. If the carpet takes too long to dry it can turn yellow or brown. Using too high a PH cleaner on your wool carpet can also turn the fibers brown or yellow. We call this PH browning.

In conclusion vacuum as often as you can. Spot clean with wool safe products. Blot rinse with an acidic rinse and never use bleach (causes wool to dissolve) or products with a high PH. Have your carpets cleaned at least once a year by a professional carpet cleaner who uses wool safe products. If you follow the above advice, your wool carpets in your Palm Harbor, Florida home will reward you with many years of use and look great while doing so!

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"Ross, the owner of Green Tech Carpet and Tile Cleaning, beautifully cleaned our Oriental rugs. He picked them up at our convenience and promptly returned them within a few days. Our Orientals are bright and clean. We are very happy our friend recommended Ross.".
Roberta H., Palm Harbor, FL 34683
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Republished with permission: Keith Wroblewski is an IICRC Master Carpet Cleaner who has been in the cleaning industry for 20 years.

Carpet Cleaning Can Relieve Allergies in your Palm Harbor, Florida Home


People who suffer from allergies have many things to worry about in their environment. When they step out of the house they are typically inundated with many allergens that will vary with the season. This can lead to all sorts of miserable side effects such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and other such symptoms that can make day-to-day existence quite miserable. This is why it is very important that at a minimum an allergy sufferer is able to get some relief and comfort when they are in their Palm Harbor, Florida home.

Unfortunately, however, the home is not immune to the allergens that are out there in the environment. This is because homes are not perfectly insulated from these allergens. In addition, often when people and pets come in and out of the home, they often bring a great deal of allergens with them. Once in the home, these allergens will likely stay there and worsen the allergy sufferers symptoms.

Therefore, if you are suffering from allergies and you want to get better, you can't just take medication to relieve the suffering, you have to do something else. It is absolutely paramount that you clean your carpets in your Palm Harbor, Florida home on a regular basis. In this report, we will discuss household allergens, places they hide, why they hide in carpet, why vacuuming is rather ineffective for removing them and why it is important to use more comprehensive cleaning to remove these allergens and experience relief from symptoms. Are you ready? Let's get started.

First of all, we will discuss how your Palm Harbor, Florida home's ventilation system works and the role it plays on allergens. In a house, the typical ventilation system circulates harmful particles around. This leads to an even coat of harmful particles that are penetrated when the system is in cooling (or heating) mode. All this blowing of allergens causes a variety of symptom to home dwellers with allergies.

In addition, many of these allergens tend to hide within carpets and other fabrics and removing them is vitally important. This is because carpet has material that is both soft and the fibers within carpet and the depth of the carpet make it the ideal resting spot for allergens such as dust and plant matter to gather. In addition, as humans, we shed skin that forms dust and such dust falls to the carpet as well. So, as you might guess, we also track in a great number of other allergens from the environment this means that carpet is teaming with such allergens ready to set off allergy symptoms. The ventilation system will further flow these allergens around. Therefore, if you don't clean your carpet you have an even coating of allergens throughout the carpeted areas in your Palm Harbor, Florida home.

Now that we understand this, we now explain why vacuuming doesn't work. Second, some people believe that vacuuming will be sufficient to get out such allergens but this couldn't be further from the truth. Vacuums tend to be efficient at removing the large pieces of debris from carpets but they are incredibly poor at removing the minute particles that make up the majority of allergens. In fact, they actually can make things worse by further spreading out the allergens and the allergens that get stuck to your vacuum's cleaning surface can actually be moved to another room by your vacuum thus ensuring your whole home is an allergen zone.

So, if vacuuming does not work so well for removing these allergens, what does work? Well, a solution does exist to this problem and it is called professional carpet cleaning. Not only does professional carpet cleaning manage to get stains out of your carpet but it also does an effective job at removing allergens in your Palm Harbor, Florida home. Wetting down the carpet and using detergent actually traps the allergens down via the first step of carpet cleaning. The subsequent step will easily sop up the allergens, as they will adhere to the soapsuds as professional carpet cleaning soap has properties that attract the allergens to bond with the soap molecules. This will allow the professional carpet technician to remove most of the allergens from your home Palm Harbor, Florida home.

In conclusion, dust particles are harmful to everyone and so most people should clean their carpets thoroughly but if you suffer from allergies this is absolutely paramount to better health. By doing so, you can return your home to the sanctuary it should be instead of the allergen causing zone that makes your allergies worse. Good luck!



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"We use Green Tech Carpet and Tile Cleaning because of their efficient green products. My daughter and I both suffer from allergies and Ross' products and cleaning really help".
Lauren J., Palm Harbor, FL 34683
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Republished with permission: Jim Thornton has been cleaning carpets for over 30 years.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Use Ceramic Tiles To Enhance The Look Of Your Home

Putting in ceramic tile is one of the many ways to improve the feel and overall look of your home. In addition to providing a fresh, clean look, they also come in a variety of colors and designs to compliment your home. While the kitchen is the most popular place to find ceramic tile, the bathroom is also a common area. Either way, the ceramic tile will provide color and sophistication. 

Selecting The Right Ceramic Tiles For Your House
It is important that you look around and do some comparative shopping. You will want to do this because there are so many different colors, patterns, textures, materials and sizes available. You don't want to get the wrong tile for you room. Unlike carpet, if you don't get quite the right color, it will be costly and difficult to change your mind once installed. You want to make sure you strike the right balance for your room. The wrong tile could completely throw off the whole room and redecoration project. 

Size is a very important factor in selecting tiles for your room. A lot will depend on the size of the room itself. Smaller spaces do better with smaller tile. Mosaics will do well in a more confined space such as bathroom, while larger rooms can handle a 12"x12" tile. Also, you can choose a theme to go with the decor, such as ducks or fish for your bathroom. Others may use flowers. Still others will stay with a solid color and may opt to add a couple of accent pieces. 

The kitchen is also a great place to carry a theme. Apples or geese are generally used to convey a sense of home and tradition. You can use utensil designs and have accent pieces that would be forks, knifes, spoon, pots, pans and the like. Again, you may also choose to stay with a solid color and maybe put in a couple of accent pieces.

Ceramic Tiles Installation
After you have picked out and purchased your ceramic tiles, the next very important step is to make sure it gets installed properly. Doing otherwise will be a waste of money, time and effort. It will inherently lead to disappointment. When your tile arrives at the job-site, open every box. You are checking to make sure the tiles are flawless and undamaged. 

Also, check the tile, box to box, for matching dye lots. Because ceramic tiles are done in lots and are dyed, you may get differing colors and patterns. Generally speaking, as long as the dye lots are only up to six numbers different, you should be fine. For example, if the first dye lot is AO-619, than AO-620 to AO-615 should be ok. But AO-746 may not be.

Also, make sure they are all the size you ordered.

After you have determined the tiles are suitable, the area you are installing will have to be prepped and leveled. This means you will need to have an under layer that is designed for tile. Do not use wood or gypsum board for this as they allow moisture to get in under the tile and the job will never be quite 'right'. This is a very common mistake.

After the floor has been leveled and prepped, you are ready to install. Pick out a corner and start laying down tile. Mark the areas to make sure you are putting them in the right place, this is especially important when adding accent pieces. Now you are ready to start placing the tiles.

Use spacers to ensure even spaces throughout the job. You don't want to have a ?" joint width on one tile only to have a ?" joint on another. If you are laying very small tiles or some boarders, they will come on webbing so you can just lay them, without worrying about the joint. 

A tool that you are going to want with you on the job is a pair of snipers. This will be for when you are going under counters or other areas where you will not be using a full piece of tile. 

Once the ceramic tiles are placed, you will need to wait for the mortar to set. Refer to the instructions on the bucket. This will usually take 12-18 hours. After the mortar has dried and the tiles are set, it is time to grout. If this is your fist tile job, make sure you get enough grout for the whole job. Again, gout comes in dye lots and you don't want to start with one shade of gray and end with another. 

All you need to do is apply the grout according to the manufacturer's directions. Be very liberal with your application. You can always take off if there is too much, but it is very difficult to go back and add more. Be sure you wipe off any grout that gets on the tile while it is moist, before it has a chance to harden. Trying to remove dried grout may damage the ceramic tiles.

Where Can You Buy Ceramic Tiles 
It is recommended that you take your time when you purchase your ceramic tiles. Make sure you are buying from a reliable source. Also, be sure to order all your materials at the start of the job. It is better to buy too much than not enough. Make sure there is a fair return policy just in case you have WAY too much for your job. Ask the store to direct you to the correct ceramic tile for your application. If you are putting tiles in the bathroom, maybe you want something with a non-skid finish. 

Summary
When it comes to adding a clean style to your home, ceramic tile is one of the most cost effective options. With a wide variety of styles, shapes, colors and designs, there is something for everyone.
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Reprinted with permission: Brooke Hayles | http://www.ceramictilevault.com

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tips To Help You With Cleaning Carpet Stains

Tips To Help You With Cleaning Carpet Stains

Cleaning carpet stains can sometimes be a very difficult task. Part of the reason is because when a stain first occurs, your first reaction is to pour every chemical on it that you have in your house to try to get it out. However, this can actually be counterproductive. You want to be careful what you apply to your carpet as different types of carpets have different carpet cleaning needs.

Cleaning carpet stains doesn't have to be difficult. For simple stains, such as dirt, you can usually get the stain out with a good soap based cleaner. However, if the stain is stronger than that, say, pet stains, ketchup, wine, or ink, you may have to either rent a steam cleaning machine or call a professional carpet cleaning company to come and do the job for you.

A professional will usually steam clean your carpet. Steam cleaning carpet stains breaks the stain up by using very hot water. The drawback to cleaningcarpet stains this way is that it leaves your carpet damp afterwards. This usually means that you can't walk on it for some time. You also run the risk ofmold and mildew developing in your house if it isn't the correct temperature. Some people just don't want to take this risk, so they choose to have their carpets cleaned using "dry" cleaning methods. 

The dry chemical cleaning method uses certain chemicals, usually packed with certain enzymes, that break the stain up without having to get the carpet wet. The drawback to this method is that you can ruin your carpet if you don't know what you're doing. It's best, if you're going to use this method, to find the help of a professional so that you don't do permanent 
damage to your carpet.

Cleaning carpet stains doesn't have to be an activity that causes a lot ofanxiety. It all depends on what kind of stain you have. Any stain, be it pet stains or ink stains, can be removed. The trick is to apply whatever method you choose as soon as you can so that the substance doesn't have time to reach the padding underneath, which is the reason most stains become permanent. Don't worry if something hits your carpet, there's a method out there that will get that stain out so that you don't have to find a new piece of furniture to cover it up. You can keep your carpet looking great for as long as you have it.

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Reposted from: http://www.CleanestCarpeting.com

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tile and Grout Cleaning, New Port Richy, FL

Green Tech Carpet and Tile Cleaning recently completed a Tile and Grout Cleaning for a residential customer in New Port Richey, FL 34653

We used our high pressure and high heat truck mounted system to clean away years of dirt deep within the grout lines of this ceramic tile.

In the process of cleaning this tile we use the markets best product, Viper Venom available from Interlink Supply.

The customer explained that after living in their home for 12 years they never had their tile and grout professionally cleaned. They were amazed by the results as you can see from the photos below.

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Results of Recent Carpet Cleaning in Holiday, FL 34691

Below are the results of a recent carpet cleaning in Holiday, FL 34691.

Green Tech Carpet and Tile Cleaning achieved these results using our truck-mounted hot water extraction system, commonly referred to as "Steam Cleaning".

The results of using a quality green pre-spray.

Professional result in Holiday, FL

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