Do You Know About Hard Surface Cleaning?

Hard surface flooring like wood, stone, laminate and ceramic tile are becoming increasingly popular. One of its’ top selling points is that it is easy to clean and lasts longer. However, just because hard surface cleaning is easier doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be cleaned at all.  Repetitive use can still grind dirt into hard surfaces and high traffic areas will still become scuffed, dirty and dull.

Sweeping every other day and mopping once a week are a good way to maintain your hardwood floors or tile. But what about the deep stains in your grout? Or does it seem like the sealant you bought at your local Home Depot doesn’t seem to be doing its job?

Because of the many new materials on the market, hard surface cleaning can be more complex than you think. A cleaner your great-aunt used for her hardwood floors may not be ideal for your grout and tile cleaning job. Some maintenance tricks using ammonia or vinegar can actually have a negative effect on certain sealants.

Hiring a professional will not only provide the proper maintenance of waxing, stripping, burnishing, buffing and scrubbing, but also a wealth of knowledge on hard surface cleaning. They will be able to tell you what products to use and what to avoid.

Rainbow International’s experts are IIRC certified! Give us a call today to get your Greeley grout and tile cleaning done.

Loveland Water Damage Restoration – not a DIY project!

Broken water pipes, clogged tubs or toilets, split washing machine or dishwasher hoses and backed up sewer systems are common causes of water damage in your home. You may have the best of intentions in cleaning it yourself but you can cause further damage, miss wet areas that will breed mold and worse yet, risk electrical shock. There are items that can be restored within the first 48 hours but since water damage is progressive, it’s likely your carpet, drapes and electronics won’t be restorable if you wait any longer. If this unfortunate event happens to you, we strongly urge you to call Rainbow International’s 24/7 Emergency number immediately. Our trained professionals will be there as soon as possible to start the water mitigation whether you’re in Laramie, Greeley, Cheyenne, Loveland or Fort Collins.

 

This is what you can do to prepare for our arrival:

  • Turn off the water source
  • Turn the breaker off and proceed to unplug and remove all electronics
  • Remove loose items (books, shoes, clothing, plants, etc.) from the carpet
  • Place wood blocks or aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Lift drapes away from the wet carpet
  • Avoid walking on the carpet to prevent further soiling

These tips are good to keep in mind but we sincerely hope this never happens to you. Here’s to a safe, fiasco-free start to 2015!

 

Don’t Forget About the Drapes!

You’ve cleaned your carpets and air ducts, the guest bedrooms are ready and the tile is even re-grouted! What else is left to prepare for your holiday guests?

Drapery and upholstery cleaning is usually overlooked during housecleaning. This is because window treatments appear clean despite the fact that they have been hanging for years (or decades)! Dust, oil, smoke, pollution, pollen, bacteria and heating fumes are just some of what is hidden in the fibers of your drapery.

To extend the life of your drapery and upholstery, we recommend daily care. This is as simple as gently shaking the drapes when you close them in the evenings. This helps dirt and dust from lodging in the fabric. Rotating your seat cushions and general dusting and brushing of your furniture and drapes also help. Maintaining your furniture and drapes will give you the best results from professional cleaning.

Professional drapery and upholstery cleaning is recommended every 1-3 years. This will extend the life of your investment and provide a safer, cleaner and more pleasant environment for your family. It can also refresh the colors and preserve the drapes’ texture.  Rainbow’s team is IICRC certified to clean your carpets, draperies and upholstery. Call us today to finish up your cleaning for 2014!

Frozen Pipes

Winter has barely begun for us in Northern Colorado and one thing that should be on everyone’s winterize list is preventing frozen pipes. Waking up or coming home to a flooded house in the dead of winter is never ideal!

Here are some tips to help prevent frozen pipes:

  • Drain water from the water sprinkler supply lines and remove, drain and store any outdoor hoses.
  • Close the inside valves supplying the outdoor hose and open the outside hose bibs. Opening these bibs will allow expanding water to drain without making the pipe break.
  • Insulate both cold and hot water pipes that are located around the house in unheated areas. You can find insulation like a pipe sleeve, heat tape, heat cable or other similar products at your local hardware store.

During extreme cold you can take further preventative action by:

  • Opening cabinet doors, allowing the warm air from the house to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Leaving the faucets on to let a trickle of water run through the exposed pipes. This constant movement helps prevent the pipes from freezing.
  • Keeping the thermostat at the same temperature during the day and night. While this will raise your heating bill, it will save you from an even more costly repair job of burst pipes.
  • Leaving the heat on at a minimum of 55F while you are out of town.

In the unfortunate event of water damage due to a burst pipe in your home, don’t wait! Call Rainbow International‘s 24/7 Emergency number and we will quickly come to your aid wherever you are in Northern Colorado.

Carpet Cleaning – just in time for the holidays

The leaves have fallen, the temperature is dropping, the kids just finished their Halloween candy and the holidays are just around the corner! As you plan your family gatherings and dinner parties, don’t forget to add carpet cleaning to your list.

Regular vacuuming with a well-functioning and properly-filtered vacuum is necessary (insert vacuuming blog) but after a summer of children, pets and guests traipsing through the house, the fibers of your carpet have inevitably become soiled, resulting in a dull appearance. At Rainbow Restoration, we can help keep your carpet looking crisp and fresh through our hot water extraction carpet cleaning method. This cleaning will remove what a regular vacuuming cannot and what you can’t see as well as maintain a fresh, beautiful carpet. A clean carpet will also be healthier by having fewer allergens that can affect your household. In addition to this, many carpet warranties may be void if you don’t have proof of having your carpet cleaned by hot water extraction by a professional cleaning service.

Our IICRC certified carpet technicians will pre-treat your carpet with a chemical-free, alkaline pre-treatment from our truck mounted system. It will work on the carpet and then rinse it out with a highly heated acidic rinse which sucks the water and dirt back into the tank. This method of carpet cleaning is more pure and lasts longer than most chemical processes.
You can learn more about this process by checking out this page on our website, or call us to schedule your Fort Collins carpet cleaning now before our schedule fills up. We wish you the best of holidays!

Northern Colorado air duct cleaning – a necessity before winter sets!

Have you been to the mountains to view the beautiful, Northern Coloradan fall colors? The brilliant gold foliage is a sign that winter is approaching and we can expect that as the temperature drops, everyone will be spending more time inside. Now is a great time to get your air-handling system professionally cleaned to ensure the best air quality!

Did you know that in a typical six-room home, it is estimated that up to 40 pounds of dust is created every year through everyday living? This air is re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day through the HVAC system and can contain airborne contaminants from fungi, dust and bacteria. While a little dust in the air is normal, excessive amounts will create a build-up of contaminants in the air ducts and can aggravate allergies, asthma and migraines.

Here are some signs that your ductwork needs to be cleaned:

  • Lines along the walls at the edge of the carpet
  • Evidence of animals or nesting in ductwork
  • Dusty furnishings even after just dusting
  • Visible mold growth in ductwork
  • A line on the carpet underneath a door that is usually closed
  • A hike in your energy bill
  • Increased allergies or headaches
  • If you recently renovated and they failed to seal of air ducts

Cleaning your home’s air ducts can also lower your energy bills. Since contaminants in your heating and cooling system make the system work harder, the life of your air-handling system will be shortened. When you get your system cleaned regularly, this will lead to less energy being used and overall, a more cost-effective heating and cooling system.

If your air-handling system is relatively new, here are some great ways to prevent dirt from entering into the system and maintain its’ energy efficiency:

Check for Mold During Your Cleaning.

In between hiking trips, yard work, and all of that excessive sun-worshiping that we Northern Coloradans like to take part in, you are probably trying to accomplish some cleaning. As you clean, those of us at Rainbow International would like you to keep an eye out for one problematic home invader – mold. Here is what you need to watch for:

The most obvious sign of mold is the growing mold itself. It often shows up in grey and white crystal-like formations on walls, cabinets, floors, and many other surfaces in your home. As you clean, watch for these, as well as grayish clouds in your windowpanes. It is a smart idea to check for soft spots in your drywall, flooring, and other hard surfaces, as there could be mold growing underneath. Also, take note of your family’s respiratory condition; if your allergies are giving you more trouble than normal, it very well could be mold. Last, but not least, make sure you do an extra thorough once-over of your basement, attic, kitchen, and all bathrooms, as these are the most common places mold occurs.

There are also things you can do to actively prevent mold. These include making sure there are no leaks or drips in your plumbing, keeping your home dry and condensation-free, and improving airflow throughout the building.

If you do find mold, there is no need to panic. Rainbow International has a revolutionary new system that kills almost all mold on contact. This is a vast improvement over older methods, which would force you to remove and replace the surfaces in the infected area. Our method also kills the airborne spores that fill your house, allowing you to return to your home less than 24 hours after our trucks arrive. So keep you and your home protected and worry-free; prevent, watch for, and treat mold problems now.

Clean Conscience and Cleaner Carpets: Hot Water Extraction Carpet Cleaning From Rainbow International of Northern Colorado.

Many homeowners rack their brains as they face a challenging ethical dilemma, “How do I get something clean, and yet still keep my home safe for my kids, pets, and the environment?” The answer is hot water extraction carpet cleaning from Rainbow International. Not only will your clean carpets wow all of your friends when they come to your spring parties and summer BBQs, you can also rest easy knowing the process is safe, eco-friendly, and improves the life of your carpet.

Why You Should Add Hot Water Extraction Carpet Cleaning to Your Cleaning Regimen.

If it is bright and sunny outside but your carpet is still hanging onto the dingy grey gloom of winter, it is time to get it cleaned. Per many carpet manufacturers, regular hot water extraction carpet cleaning is also required to maintain the warranty on most carpets.
Unlike many other treatments, which just apply a dry chemical shampoo, we go above and beyond. Rainbow’s hot water extraction applies an alkaline pre-treatment to increase cleaning power, works it into the carpet, and then rinses it out with a highly heated acidic rinse, sucking the water and dirt back into the tank.

This process keeps your carpet cleaner for longer as using the acidic rinse returns your carpet fibers back to a neutral pH, preventing dirt from sticking into the fibers in the future. This gets deep down and removes all unwanted dirt, so you can wave good-bye to the gunk as our trucks drive away.

Call Rainbow International of Northern Colorado now, and set up your Fort Collins carpet cleaning before our schedule fills up. And be sure to have a happy and colorful summer!

Flood Insurance Basics

The one-year anniversary of last year’s horrific floods is almost upon us. For many Coloradans, it was an experience that taught us that anything could happen. Everything from horrible property damage to extreme kindness and heroism from our neighbors and friends happened right before our eyes. It also made many of our customers more aware of the need for flood insurance. Before you go out and purchase a policy, we thought we would lay out the basics for you to consider.

 What Do You Need?

Where are several different types of insurance. These include dwelling insurance, which is for residential and other small properties; and general property insurance, which covers rental properties, small businesses, and larger homes. There are also special policies for larger companies and industrial businesses.
In addition, you should look into where you sit on the flood map. Many Coloradans qualify for preferred-risk policies, which have low premiums because you are not in a high-risk area. You may also qualify for these policies if your home has been built or retrofitted to be more resilient against floodwaters.

 

Understanding Your Coverage

Your coverage goes into effect 30 days after you purchase it. Thus, if it is not a good idea to buy a plan when the snow starts melting; instead, buy it before the runoff begins or the rainy season starts.

With any type of insurance or preventative measure, being proactive is key. There is no such thing as a dumb question. Asking your insurance agent to explain your coverage and the claims process is essential to keeping you, your property, and those you love safe in a time of crisis.

We hope you never need to call us for a flood damage claim, but just in case you do, our compassionate staff is here to help you clean up the water damage and get back to your life.

 

The Homeowner’s Vacuuming Almanac

We know, we know, the last thing you want to be reading about is vacuuming. In fact, it is quite possible that you have begged, pleaded, and even threatened your family to help you stay on top of it. No matter how challenging it is, here are just a few reasons you should be fighting the good fight and vacuuming at least twice a week.

1. It Keeps Your Carpet Prettier, Longer.

Carpets do not usually wear out like our clothes; they get dirty, dingy, and downright ugly instead. This happens because regular foot traffic, along with accumulated dirt and grime, creates friction and eats away at the fibers of your carpet. Over time, this friction dulls the shine, softness, and color in your carpet. Regular vacuuming removes this grime and keeps your carpet looking beautiful.

2. Dust Mites Are Gross!

Regular vacuuming does way more than improve the longevity of your carpet; it also removes many truly disgusting household pests and irritants. These include pet and human dander and hair, dirt, dust, pollen, and even dust mites and other bugs. Vacuuming can cut down on allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems, but make sure you do it regularly for it to be most effective.

3. Your Family Is Causing the Problem.

We serve properties in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, often in rural areas or occupied by people with busy families. If you have pets, live in the country, experience a lot of dust buildup, have indoor pets, entertain often, or have many teens and kids running around your house, then vacuuming your carpet regularly is a must! Trust us, that wear and tear really takes a toll.
Along with your vacuuming regimen, make sure you get your carpets professionally cleaned and spot treated at least once a year. From all of us at Rainbow International of Northern Colorado, keep up the good work!