Tile cleaning

You have been trying to clean your tile and grout but the grout lines just keeps getting darker becoming a eye soar you can’t live with anymore.Time to call in a professional. One of the main reasons it has reached this point is improper cleaning. You may be mopping the floor but you are actually moving the dirt around by not changing your cleaning water as it becomes soiled the water evaporates but the dirt is left behind slowly building up. What you should be doing is cleaning with a neutral floor cleaner changing out the water as it becomes soiled then rinsing the floor with clean water finally drying the floor with a towel to remove any remaining water and soil. Also stay away from using floor finish or mop and glow type products on your tile floors. Once you have the floors professionally cleaned make sure that the grout lines are sealed to help make clean up easier. At Pilgards Quality cleaning we also offer a color sealant that makes cleanup a breeze as it leaves a protective coating on top of the grout lines.and you may also change the grouts color giving your floors a new look at a affordable cost.

Before cleaning

Before cleaning

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Why have your carpets cleaned.

Most homeowners change out there furnace filters on a regular basis when they become dirty from catching dust and other air pollutants as it passes through the filter.  Now how many of us clean the biggest filter in our home  on a regular basis. I,m talking about the carpets in our home or office. your carpets are trapping the allergens, dander, dirt, dust, dust mites, oils and whatever else is in the air as it passes through your carpets.

Do we really want our selves or are children crawling or laying on that. What to do?  Vacuum with regularity and have them cleaned professionally periodically will go along way to prolonging the life of the carpets, protecting that investment if you haven’t priced out carpeting it is quite expensive to replace.

Keeeping the carpets cleaned will also improve the air quality that you breathe. Preventing the buildup of allergens and bacteria and other unhealthy contaminants that are being trapped in the carpeting.

If you have replaced the carpet recently you need to have them professionally cleaned every  12 to 18 months in order to maintain the carpet warranty. Finally clean carpeting changes the appearance of the room and will make you feel better about your home knowing they are clean and healthy.  Don’t wait until you have those ugly darkened traffic patterns give Pilgard’s Quality Cleaning a call to schedule your appointment, 815-355-2483

Breathe Easy: Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality

We tend to think of air pollution as something outside — smog, ozone, or haze hanging in the air, especially in summer. But the truth is, the air inside homes, offices, and other buildings can be more polluted than the air outside. The air inside your home may be polluted by lead (in house dust), formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, even volatile chemicals from fragrances used in conventional cleaners. Some pollutants are tracked into the home. Some arrive via a new mattress or furniture, carpet cleaners, or a coat of paint on the walls.

In that mix, you’ll also find microscopic dust mites — a major allergen — plus mold and heaps of pet dander, says David Lang, MD, head of Allergy/Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic. “Even if you don’t have pets, you’ve probably got pet dander,” he tells WebMD. “It’s become what we call a community allergen. Pet owners carry it around on their clothes and shed it throughout the day. You can’t get away from it.”

Children, people with asthma, and the elderly may be especially sensitive to indoor pollutants, but other effects on health may appear years later, after repeated exposure.

Indoor allergens and irritants have become much more important in recent decades because we’re spending more time indoors, Lang says. And because modern homes are airtight, these irritants can’t easily escape. “We’re all exposed to a greater degree than we were three or four decades ago,” he says.

 Keep your floors fresh.

  • Suck it up. Chemicals and allergens can accumulate in household dust for decades. By using a vacuum with a HEPA filter you can reduce concentrations of lead in your home. You can also get rid of other toxins, like brominated fire-retardant chemicals (PBDEs) as well as allergens like pollen, pet dander, and dust mites.

Using a vacuum cleaner that has strong suction, rotating brushes, and a HEPA filter ensures that dust and dirt won’t get blown back out in the exhaust. In high traffic areas, vacuum the same spot several times. Don’t forget walls, carpet edges, and upholstered furniture, where dust accumulates. For best results, vacuum two or more times each week and wash out your filter regularly.

  • Mop it up. Mopping picks up the dust that vacuuming leaves behind. You can skip the soaps and cleaners and just use plain water to capture any lingering dust or allergens. New microfiber mops (and dust cloths) reportedly capture more dust and dirt than traditional fibers and don’t require any cleaning solutions whatsoever.
  • Keep it out. Put a large floor mat at every door.People track in all sorts of chemicals via the dirt on their shoes. A door mat reduces the amount of dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants from getting into your home. If the mat is big enough, even those who don’t wipe their shoes will leave most pollutants on the mat — not the floors in your home.

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WebMD Feature provided in collaboration with Healthy Child Healthy World