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Back To School Tips - August 2, 2017

As summer comes to and end and the back-to-school season approaches, it can be hard to get back into the swing of all things school. With a new school year comes a lot of changes: new teachers, new schedule, new responsibilities, and maybe even a new school. The biggest trick to tackle the back-to-school blues is to plan ahead. Below are 20 ways that you can help you, and your children, prepare for the fresh school year.


1. Set your kids’ alarms to ‘School Time’ two weeks before the first day.
2. Discuss what your kids can expect on their first day, so they can feel more prepared.
3. Have your kids set realistic goals for the school year.
4. Go through your children’s clothing to determine what they have overgrown. This will make room for their new back-to-school clothes.
5. Obtain a class list of things your children will need this school year.
6. Let your kids tag along during back-to-school shopping. Allow them to pick out their own items.
7. Shop for supplies and clothes early, you’ll want to avoid the rush.
8. Replace old backpacks for newer, more ergonomically correct ones.
9. Do something fun with your kids to end the summer season.
10. Take them to their school to allow them to get comfortable with the layout and locations of important rooms such as their classroom, bathrooms, lunchroom, etc.
11. Sign your children up for after school programs to keep them active.
12. Set and enforce specific school friendly bed-times.
13. Encourage your kids to layout their clothes before they go to bed.
14. Meet the teachers your children will have this year.
15. Call us to get a fresh feeling home before the craziness of the school year ensues.


Allergens In The Home - May 3, 2017

Did you know that allergens are the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.S.? Many Americans suffer from allergies during the Spring season, and one of the number one places allergens hide is in your home.

So what exactly are you living with? What lies beneath might surprise you. Did you know that eight out of 10 people in the U.S. are exposed to dust mites daily? That’s because 2,000 dust mites can live on one ounce of carpet dust. Six out of 10 are exposed to dog or cat dander and pet dander is more potent in causing allergic reactions than the animal’s fur or hair. That’s really rough for the 5-10% of Americans that are allergic to pet dander. And just because you are inside does not mean you are safe from pollen. It is carried inside on your clothes, hair, pets, open windows and doors.

Americans pay $1.3 billion for allergy-related doctor visits and over $11 billion for allergy medications annually. Wouldn’t it be great if you could do something to help control your allergies and keep some of your hard earned cash in your pocket? It’s not a hopeless battle. There are several things you can do to cut back on dirt and allergens in your home which can trigger an attack:

  • Dust to control mites. By dusting surfaces and washing bedding often, you can control the amount of dust mites in your home.
  • Vacuum often. Vacuuming once or twice a week will reduce the surface dust mites and animal dander in your home. Use a high quality 3 stage HEPA filter type vacuum.
  • Professionally clean your carpets and upholstery. Every 3-4 months, have Chem-Dry deep clean your carpets and upholstery to remove 98% of common allergens*.
  • Reduce pet dander. Wash house pets weekly to cut down on the amount of allergens in your home. In between baths, wipe down pets when they return from outdoors.
  • Shut out pollen. Keep windows and doors closed to keep pollen out. Use an air filter and change it regularly.
  • Limit dirt intrusion. Put out a durable entrance mat for people to wipe off their feet before entering your home. Then require everyone to take off their shoes so less dirt is tracked inside.

For further information on the amount of dirt, bacteria, and allergens that infiltrate our living spaces, check out the infographic below and make sure and share it with your friends.


Spring Cleaning Hot Spots - April 4, 2016

Did you know that Americans spending approximately 90 percent of their time indoors? With that being said, spring cleaning becomes even more essential to create a safe and healthy living space. Spring cleaning can be quite a daunting task with the amount of cleaning there is to be done. The experts here at Great American Chem-Dry recommend that you don’t miss the following overlooked germ hotspots in your home. Cleaning these several areas help minimize germs and reduce allergens this season.

  • Tile. Porous grout, tile and stone can act like a magnet for dirt, dust and grimy particles such as mold spores. As undesirable particles gather on stone and tile surfaces, they can easily become a breeding ground for disease-causing bacteria in addition to masking the original color of the tile. For tile and grout cleaning in the bathroom and kitchen, it’s best to use a neutral pH tile cleaner in order to protect any previously applied sealers. Luckily for you, Great American Chem-Dry offers professional tile and stone cleaning, so you don’t have to do it yourself!
  • Upholstery. Upholstered furniture including sofas, love seats, recliners and dining room chairs provide a cozy haven for dust mites and dead skin. To reduce dust and dead skin build-up, thoroughly vacuum fabric-covered furniture and wash removable upholstery covers in hot water, letting them air dry.
  • Carpets, Rugs and Mats. Carpeting, rugs and mats accumulate dust and can become a feeding ground for microscopic dust mites. They pick up everything from pet urine to toenails and can hold approximately 200,000 bacteria per square inch. Bacteria and germs hiding in carpet fibers are not killed by vacuuming alone. So it’s absolutely vital to deep clean the area underneath rugs and mats as well. In fact, the EPA recommends homeowners have their carpets, rugs, and mats professionally cleaned two to three times a year.

  • Curtains and Blinds. Window curtains and blinds collect dust and dirt easily. Remove dust build-up by shutting blinds and dusting with a microfiber cloth. Next, close blinds in the opposite direction for a quick, thorough wipe-down using a non-toxic window cleaner and clean cloth.
  • Mattress. The average bed holds up to 10,000 dust mites, which can cause hay fever, asthma and allergies. Mattresses are a dust mite’s paradise as people sweat up to a half pint of moisture each night and shed up to nine pounds of skin each year while they sleep. Vacuum the mattress thoroughly and turn it over. Mattresses should be vacuumed at least once a month and turned over every six months to reduce dust mites.
  • Behind Stove and Refrigerator. Over time, crumbs, grease and other unwanted particles accumulate in these areas, providing a food source for insects and other pests. If possible, move the appliance out from the wall and unplug. Using a long-handled, slightly damp sponge, mop the back of the appliance to lift dust from the surface and then wipe the floor and walls with hot soapy water.

Don’t procrastinate your spring cleaning this year! Need help tackling your spring cleaning this year? Give Great American Chem-Dry a call. We would be more than happy to ease the burden that comes along with this warmer season!


Holiday Savings - December 9, 2016

With the December holidays vastly approaching, it's time to think about getting your home deep cleaned. Nobody wants company, including family, to come over during the holidays to find a home in complete disarray. Luckily for you, Great American Chem-Dry is offering several specials to soften the holiday expense blow. Check out the discounts they are offering, and take advantage of them today!

Great American Chem-Dry wishes you a happy holiday season!


Cleaning Up For Company - November 4, 2016

There is so much to accomplish in advance of the big holiday at the end of this month. Cleaning your residence might be last on your list of preparations. But there is a lot to be done! You will want to dust, vaccum, deep clean the bathrooms, prepare those extra bedrooms for your loved ones, give your kitchen some much needed love, and so much more. A lot of the time, getting your carpets deep cleaned gets forgotten in the havoc that is preparing for company to come over for the holidays. Don't forget about your carpets this year. It'll leave your home feeling fresh, like it never has before! Feel at ease this holiday season, let us do all of your tough cleaning.


Don't worry, though! There is still plenty of time. Get your deep clean done now. Give us a call for all of your carpet, upholstery and tile cleaning needs!

Great American Chem-Dry | (800) 287-0771


A Spooky Good Clean - October 7, 2016

We go throughout our lives knowing that we need to be regularly cleaning things such as our toilets and sinks, but what about all of the other things in our house that are regularly neglected? The following items need a spooky good cleaning in your home this Halloween season.

Your Mattress
After a long day at work, you can’t wait to crawl into bed and enjoy your favorite TV show. Then you remember what your local Chem-Dry told you about your mattress. Your mattress is filled with pounds of dead skin, gallons of sweat, and millions of dust mites. Sounds like a nightmare doesn’t it?

Your Carpet
If you aren’t getting your carpet regularly cleaned, you should. Your carpet is a magnet for hair, dust, pet fur, dead skin cells, allergens, and so much more. Not only that, if you aren’t getting your carpet professionally cleaned, you have the potential of mold collecting underneath that soft cushioning underneath your feet. Also, your carpet contains 4,000 times more bacteria than your toilet. Think about that disturbing fact next time you’re lying on your carpet.

Your Remote Control
We bet you didn’t know that the thing that you touch multiple times a day is one of the dirtiest items in your house. Your remote is sneezed on, spilled on, and covered with spills and messes daily. It give us the heebie-jeebies just thinking about all of the bacteria that accumulates on your TV remote daily.

Your Couches
We eat, we lounge, we watch TV, and so much more on our couches, but couches are known for their disgusting manner. There’s crumbs and change in the cracks, there’s bacteria on your couch (just as much as what is on your toilet seat), and disease causing bacteria survives on soft surfaces for 24 hours. Do yourself a favor, get your couches professionally cleaned before it’s too late!

Your Kitchen Sponge
Just like it was mentioned in some of our other items on this list, your kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat. We are washing our dishes with something that is dirtier than our toilet? Not to mention that some organisms from our food get lodged into the nooks and crannies of our, so called, cleaning device. Now that is eerie.
Don’t let the inside of your home be as spooky as the decorations outside it.

Happy Halloween from Great American Chem-Dry!


Chem-Dry Cares - September 7, 2016

Great American Chem-Dry is committed to supporting families keep a happy, healthy home. That determination stretches to all family members, including pets. Chem-Dry is very pleased to provide an assortment of outstanding cleaning services - including our impressive Pet Urine Removal Treatment (P.U.R.T.) - that aid pet owners sustain a clean, safe and healthy house equally for their two-legged and their four-legged loved ones.
As an expansion to this commitment, Chem-Dry is raising finances for Best Friends Animal Society® to encourage pet adoption and support no-kill animal shelters around the country.

Every day, more than 9,000 dogs and cats are killed in shelters all-around the United States because they don’t have a home. This sad simple fact can be conquered by pushing people to adopt pets and by utilizing spay/neuter programs that minimize the quantity of animals going into shelters.

Best Friends Animal Society has been developing successful programs to save animals for over 30 years. Just before they started out, practically 17 million animals had been killed in shelters yearly. Now, that number is down to about 4 million. Best Friends is fully commited to making an effort every day right up until that number actually gets to zero. To learn more with regards to Best Friends Animal Society click here.

Make sure you join us in sustaining this valuable and crucial cause. Your contributions go straight to Best Friends Animal Society® and their SaveThem All® network of over 1,500 no-kill shelters in the united states.

Click right here to donate today!


Back to School - August 3, 2016

It’s time to get your carpets cleaned since it’s time to go back to school. What does school have to do with carpets you inquire? Well the response might astonish you. The carpets in your residence behave as huge air filters that capture dust and bacteria which were at some time hanging in the air near you. In fact, independent studies clearly show that the air inside your home can be 10 times more contaminated with allergens and bacteria than the air just outside your doors. When you clean your carpets you clean a massive filter that can now go to work once again reeling in those tiny bugs you don’t prefer floating all around this time of year.

Our carpet cleaning technique uses natural green accredited products that when used with our sanitizers can eliminate 89% of airborne bacteria and 98% of allergens. Considering the fact that back to school time ordinarily means kids brining home bugs they grabbed from peers, doesn’t it make perfect sense to clean the most significant air filters in your home, your carpets?

We know you would like a healthy home and can help you acquire that by using our hot carbonating extraction method to clean your carpets, upholstery and more. This process uses the power of carbonation to lift dirt, allergens, dust mites, bacteria, and a lot more from the carpet fibers and we use significantly less water than our opposition leaving your carpets cleaner, dryer and healthier.

Provide your children, and family, the very best chance to stay protected this back to school season with Great American Chem-Dry.


Moving Out? - June 1, 2016

Moving out could possibly be one troublesome endeavor. Between packing, cleaning and boxing up your things, moving may possibly bring about massive stress and anxiety in your life. We made the decision to create this blog to help take a little bit of your moving burdons off of your shoulders.

packing up your belongings can either be a trip down memory lane or a excursion down stressful street. We are hoping that the following recommendations will lead the way for memory lane. First, have a yard sale to eliminate of all of your seldom used or excess items. Yes, that includes the shirt in the rear of your closet that you haven't put on in two years. The less you need to pack, the better! Next, color coordinate your boxes with duct tape. This way you can quickly find what boxes go to what room. Third, shop for and sell moving materials on Craigslist or your local classifieds. Saving money is always a great thing! Lastly, pack smaller items in larger sized ones to help you save space!

Once you've boxed up your personal belongings, the real fun will begin - cleaning. What your landlords would like you to understand is that they like you to leave your rental pristine. This includes the basebords, interior and exterior of the refridgerator, behind the refridgerator, the outside and inside of the windows really should be cleaned, and so much more. However, many people do not know that property managers expect to have all of the carpets in your rental to be expertly cleaned. Remember to schedule an appointment with a professional carpet cleaner, like us, four weeks before your move-out date!

Just below is a totally free printable checklist to help sort out the insanity that is moving out!


Tips to Get Rid of Pesky Spots - May 3, 2016

Whether it's dribbles or downright calamities, food and drink discolorations certainly are a part of everybody's life. Even so, you shouldn't have to be stuck with them indefinitely. You have come to the right place if you're in need of vital guidance on how to remove of life's irritating stains. Below we touch on some straight forward steps on treating these unsightly spots in your home. Don't forget, though, that some of life's challenging stains may need a Specialty Stain Removal assessment from us, your local Chem-Dry carpet and upholstery cleaner.
1. Act quickly - the more time the stain sits, the more it sets.
2. Blot, scrape, or brush the stain. DO NOT rub it in.
3. Work from the outside of the stain in. This will keep the stain from scattering.
4. Find out what kind of stain you are working with, so you can select the perfect type of cleaner to eradicate it.

  


5. Call us for expert stain and spot removal if the above efforts are not successful.

* For water based stains use Chem-Dry's Professional Strength Spot Remover
* For oil based stains use Chem-Dry's Grease and Oil Remover


Six Spring Cleaning Tips - April 5, 2016

Spring is the season that produces April showers and May flowers! In addition to the switch in temperature, this season triggers a whole beast of it's own - Spring cleaning. At Chem-Dry we know that Spring cleaning can be a bothersome task, but we are here to supply you with a couple pieces of advice that will make your cleaning a lot less excruciating!

1. Know your allergy triggers
All of us have several microscropic debris that set off our allergy symptoms. Some of the most frequent triggers are pet dander, tree pollen, mold spores, and dust mites. Once you find out what your allergy triggers are, guide your Spring cleaning towards removing of those bothersome particles!

2. Get rid of standing water sources
Not only are standing water sources a mating ground for mosquitos, but it is also a reproduction ground for molds - among the list of most frequent allergy triggers! Make sure to dump out any standing water you have surrounding your household during your Spring cleaning cleanse.

3. Don't just move dust around - trap it
If you're utilizing a feather duster to do the dusting around your home, you might want to change your method of dusting. Feather dusters don't actually get rid of the unwanted dust on the surfaces in your dwelling, they just transfer the dust around. Instead of using that method of dusting, try using a moist washcloth or papertowel. They will actually trap the undesired dust, instead of just moving it around.

4. Keep your house cool and dry
Keeping your abode at a decreased temperature and humidity will minimize the chances of dust mites and mold spores making an appearance in your dwelling this Spring.

5. Wash or replace moldy shower curtains
Make it a point this season to substitute that outdated moldy shower curtain that's been hanging up for years! Our shower curtains are a breeding ground for mold. Not to mention that the mold can take a trip to other parts of our home in the hotter months of the year!

6. Remove trapped allergens
As an element of your Spring routine, you should be getting your carpet, upholstery, and rugs professionally cleaned. They act as air filters in your home, so if allergens are trapped in your carpet or upholstery you're at hazard to breathing them in!


Bear in mind these six tips and tricks from your local Chem-Dry while your doing your Spring cleaning this year, and every year after!


What's Your New Year's Resolution? - January 6, 2016

With the New Year arrived, the time is right for a brand-new list of resolutions! Resolutions can range from burning off a couple of pounds to budgeting your money better. Many could even have the very simple resolution to maintain a cleaner household this new year! If you're among those people, you have came to the right place! Great American Chem-Dry gives a variety of unique services such as upholstery cleaning, pet urine removal, tile and grout cleaning, carpet cleaning, and much more! Simply click the buttons down below to find out more about each of our services we offer!

    


Keeping your home clean the Chem-Dry way lowers the number of allergens in your home by 98% as well as gets rid of 89% of airbone bacteria in your home. This will keep your family, and guests, far healthier than ever before! If you haven't considered keeping a cleaner home as your New Year's resolution, you most certainly should! It will be a resolution you won't be sorry for.


Happy Holidays - December 3, 2015

Here at Great American Chem-Dry, we desire to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays with your loved ones! We hope that it is full of laughter and cheer. Make sure you remember to give us a call to have your home start fresh this New Year! Until then, enjoy this list of enjoyable facts! We bet you are not aware of all of them!


Thankful for a Clean Home - November 4, 2015

With Thanksgiving coming up in the next couple of weeks, you don't want your home looking drab for all of your company to see. Lucky for you, Great American Chem-Dry offers several different services to freshen up your home this holiday season!


The first, and most popular service we offer is carpet cleaning. But why should you pick us to clean up your carpet for the holidays? Chem-Dry's method is unique to our competitors. Unlike other carpet cleaners in your area, our methods leave your carpets clean and virtually dry in about 1-2 hours. Instead of having your home out of commission, like you would with our competition, with Great American Chem-Dry you can get back to preparing for your festivities! To learn more about our carpet cleaning process click here.


We also offer upholstery cleaning - at an affordable price! Not to mention the high quality of upholstery cleaning we supply. We have an array of stain and grime-fighting solutions without the harsh chemicals included in competitor cleaning brands. Whether its food or paint, sweat or dirt, our master technicians are equipped for your holiday emergency. To learn more about our upholstery cleaning services click here.


Keeping your area rugs looking fresh is very important, especially at this time of the year. An area rug is the center of attention as you walk into a room. Don't let your guests gasp in horror at the state of your rugs. Chem-Dry offers a variety of products and services that help prevent and take care of dark splotches from heavy foot traffic, as well as most spills and stains on your rugs. Give your area rugs a refresher, and your guests will be marveling at your great taste.


We understand that your furry little friends are a part of your family, too. We also know that sometimes those same friends can have an accident from time to time. The stench alone can be atrocious. Don't make your guests suffer through that this holiday season. Great American Chem-Dry can help you out with the stench and the stain with our revolutionary P.U.R.T process. To learn more about this revolutionary process click here.


At this time of the year, we reflect on the things we are thankful for. Let a clean home be one of them. Give Great American Chem-Dry a call today!


Back To School - August 3, 2015

August represents the start of a new school year for your family. This leaves you with a dwelling in shambles, and with the potential summertime stains that are absurdly rough to get out of your carpet or upholstery. Plus you have no support to help scrub it up! Don't fuss, that's what we are here for. Great American Chem-Dry is a professional in getting those resilient stains out of your carpet and upholstery. Don't believe us? Keep scrolling!



Unsightly spots left behind on your carpet? We can correct that. With our hot carbonating extraction, we penetrate your carpet and get rid of undesirable substances from your carpet. From there, those particles are simply swept away with water! The most effective part about using Great American Chem-Dry, though, is that your carpet will be free of moisture within 1-2 hours, so you can get back to your living.



We comprehend that life can get crazy sometimes, but don't let your upholstery reflect that mayhem! Great American Chem-Dry can give your upholstery the attention it needs after a long summer vacation.

This month begins a fresh start for your fresh students: new friends, new teachers, or maybe even a new school! Let your house get hold of a fresh start too, with a scrub the Chem-Dry way from Great American Chem-Dry.