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!