It’s time for some Spring Cleaning

Spring is coming up quickly! Is it time to start some weekend, spring cleaning? Instead of trying to squeeze it into one weekend, it is easier to spend a couple hours each Saturday. Here are some simple spring cleaning to-do’s that can be done relatively quickly:

Organize the Closets

Is your bedroom closet full of old shoes and clothes you never wear? What about the coat or linen closet? Take the time to throw out what you haven’t used in a year, store winter coats and wipe down the dust in the linen closet.

Dust the Lightbulbs

Here’s something we never think about! Instead of buying new lighting, simply remove and dust your lightbulbs with a damp, microfiber cloth. If you have recessed lighting, use a telescoping lamb’s wool duster. You’ll be surprised how much brighter things become.

Clean the Windows

Cleaning windows can sound like a real chore, but it is much easier when you use a rubber-edged squeegee. Fill a bucket with warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap. Wet windows with this solution and then run your squeegee from the top to the bottom – just like how you would clean your car windshield.

Wash Blinds

Ever thought about the dust on your blinds? Use a dry sponge with a couple drops of gentle wood cleaner to wipe down the wooden blinds. For aluminum blinds, take them outdoors and scrub with water and a simple, noncorrosive cleaner. Make sure you dry the blinds to prevent rust. If you have curtains, contact us for your yearly drapery and upholstery cleaning.

Clean the Carpet

After a winter’s worth of mud and dirt, your carpets may need more than a simple vacuum. Make sure to employ Rainbow International’s professional cleaning services Greeley to start spring off with clean, fresh carpets!

Little Known Facts About Structure Fires

With an unusually warm and dry winter, the potential of summer fires in Northern Colorado is getting higher and higher. While there are precautions to take while out hiking or camping, have you thought about what to do to prevent fires in your home?

Kitchen Fires

Kitchen fires are one of the top causes of home fires and fire injuries. It may seem basic, but make sure your oven and stovetop are off when you leave the house!

Space Heaters

The misuse of heating equipment is the second top cause of structure fires. Make sure your space heater is on the floor and kept away from clothing, drapes, bedding and other flammable materials. And never use a space heater to dry your clothes.

Smoking

Smoking not only causes fires but is the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths. Never smoke while lying down or relaxing and ensure that all smoking material is discarded properly in metal containers.

Fire Alarms

Did you know that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying from a home fire in half? Check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms routinely and replace batteries immediately when needed.

Fire Escape Plan

While we never want it to happen, it’s good to have a fire plan for your household. Determine a meeting spot that is outside the home, practice this plan and make sure you know how to contact your local emergency service system.

If this unfortunate event ever happens in your home, be sure to call Rainbow Restoration for your Fort Collins fire damage cleanup. Rest easy and let the experts carry out any water mitigation and restoration services needed. And in the meantime? Let’s hope for more precipitation to keep us fire-free this summer!

Struggling with what to get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day?

After years of roses, chocolates and cheesy cards, it’s time to re-vamp your gift giving! Why not do something different and practical for your special someone? Finishing that long overdue project will reward them a lot longer than a box of chocolates. You can use one of our ideas or shoot, if you’re really romantic, do all five!

Clean out the garage

Does your other half get stressed every time they enter that chaotic, box-filled garage? Lower their blood pressure by getting rid of the things you never use and organizing the remainder.

Re-organize the closet

Is your walk-in closet full of clothes and shoes that you never wear anymore? Do you and your sweetie a favor by cleaning out everything you haven’t worn in the last year and donating it. This will leave room to organize the remaining clothes by color and season. Trust us, it’ll make getting dressed in the morning much easier!

Get the carpet professionally cleaned

Is your sweetheart complaining about how dull the carpet looks, no matter how many times you vacuum? Wow her with Rainbow’s professional carpet cleaning! You’ll be shocked to see how our hot-water extraction method will remove all those years of dirt and grime, leaving you a brand-new looking carpet.

Buy a new wall hanging

A simple way to freshen up your living room’s look is to put something new on the walls. Surprise your significant other with a new painting or tapestry! A large piece of artwork covering up the majority of the wall also makes for easier dusting.

Get the air ducts cleaned

Have you both been sneezing and experiencing heightened allergies? Save yourself from the misery and have a Longmont professional air duct cleaning. What better gift than the gift of fresh air?

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.

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