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Carpet Stain Removal Tips from the St. Louis Area’s Carpet Cleaning Pros

“Darn it!” If you’ve ever spilled a glass of red wine or watched one of the kids sends a tumbler full of Kool-Aid cascading onto the carpet, those words have likely crossed your lips. While many things might be running through your mind in that moment, you have to focus on the best way to address the colored spot that now adorns your carpet. There are a number of things you should do, and a couple you definitely shouldn’t. The Sams Carpet Cleaning and Repair team has you covered! We’ve assembled this list of actions to take immediately to help ensure that stain doesn’t stick around.

Tip #1: Act Quickly to Remove Liquid

The first step is to extract as much liquid as possible out of the carpet. To do that, blot the affected area with a white or light-colored cloth. Apply pressure with the heel of your hand to absorb as much of the liquid as you possibly can. Remember, you only want to blot the area. Do not rub! The more it seeps into your carpet, the more time it will have to adhere to the carpet fibers, increasing the likelihood of permanent damage. Also, avoid using colored or printed towels on the spill. The dye from the material may transfer onto your carpet, leaving you with an even bigger mess than you started with.

Tip #2: Be Careful Using Over The Counter Cleaners

Stains and spills are always unexpected and obviously never welcome, so your first instinct might be to reach for a bottle of anything that could take care of the mess. But you might be inviting bigger problems. Before using any over the counter spot removers, which may contain certain ingredients that may cause more problems than they fix, try using warm water in a spray bottle and a white rag. Commercially available cleaning products are typically low quality, and most contain oil, petroleum, silica, or other chemicals. These can leave residue on your carpet, break down fibers, and ultimately, attract more dirt. You might also find different remedies for specific stains online. But be careful what you use on the carpet, because we have seen many customers left with a permanent stain that could have been avoided. If you are using an over-the-counter product, start by applying it in a very small area to see if it works. If not, set it aside and call a professional!

Tip #3: Use Quality Products Formulated for Carpet

If you’re a past customer of Sams, you received a free bottle of our “Outta Sight” spot remover. Outta Sight is trusted by homeowners throughout the St. Louis area, because it is specifically formulated to help you combat colorful spills without damaging your carpet or leaving residue behind. If you do not have a bottle of our Outta Sight spot remover, we recommend avoiding the DIY route completely. Using a product that isn’t made specifically for carpets could cause more damage. And that’s the last thing we want!

Tip #4: Bring in a Carpet Stain Professional

Ultimately, the best preventive action you can take is calling in a professional. We know the impact that different spills can have on carpet, and can create a solution to address the spot without damaging your carpet fibers. Going it alone and using improper chemicals and techniques can have negative long-term effects on your carpet. We want to help you avoid that. The Sams team cares about protecting your investment, and is committed to helping you eradicate unsightly stains.

Next time the red wine or Kool-Aid spills on your carpet, avoid the panic. Know that Sams is on your side! If you’re in the St. Louis region and you have a spot or stain you’re not quite sure how to handle, call the Sams team! We’ll assess the situation and deploy a solution tailored to overcoming your carpet stain.

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The Top Four DIY Carpet Cleaning Mistakes People Make

Are you the type of person who finds the idea of rolling up your sleeves and tackling a weekend project around the house appealing? We applaud you! If that means planting some flowers or trying out a new paint technique you learned on Pinterest, making a mistake or two along the way isn’t that big of an issue. But that’s not the case with do-it-yourself carpet cleaning. The truth is, there are a number of carpet cleaning mistakes we routinely see novices make. In this article, we’ll detail four really good reasons to trust your carpet cleaning to the pros.

Over-Shampooing Leaves Residue Behind

That’s right, folks. You can do too much of a good thing. And in this case, we’re talking about the shampoo (soap) applied to your carpet. We’ve found that many DIYers make this rookie mistake. Not only do they apply too much shampoo during the cleaning process, but they also don’t properly rinse out what they do apply. The chemicals left behind can damage your carpet, and will leave a residue that will transform your carpet into a dirt magnet. At Sams, we use the appropriate product for your specific carpet, in the right amount. And we properly rinse the area ensuring the only thing left behind is fresh, clean carpet fibers.

Over-Wetting Invites Mold, Mildew, and Damage

Since we’re on the topic of rinsing, soaking your carpet in water isn’t the solution to getting a clean surface. If too much water is applied, you run the risk of inviting mold and mildew problems into your home. That excess moisture will lie beneath the surface for a long time before it dries out! You also may see your carpet shrink and begin to tear from the edges or seams. Sams uses a proper rinsing technique that will remove residue and ensure the carpet dries promptly – typically after about a half day. To assist with dry time, depending on the outside conditions, air conditioning or heat, we employ a variety of strategies to ensure continuous air flow, which helps shorten the duration of the drying process.

Overuse of Deodorizers Makes Your Carpet Look Worse

In addition to getting your carpet clean, you want it to smell its best for guests. We get it. You don’t want your floor to smell like Fluffy and Fido rolled around on it after a playdate. Deodorizing your carpet may mask smells, but it’s not a long-term solution or substitute for cleaning. The powder will get stuck in your carpet fibers resulting in a messy, dull-looking carpet. Using too much of this powder can create buildup that can’t be removed with your vacuum.

Cleaning Carpet Yourself May Void Your Warranty

Many carpet manufacturers’ warranties require that the carpet is professional cleaned to keep it validated. Be sure to check your specific manufacturer warranties before you go and do it yourself. When in doubt, contact a professional. It could save you a LOT of money in the long haul!

Avoid the Carpet Cleaning Mistakes with One Call to Sams

Next time you’re considering renting a machine or rolling out all of your over-the-counter carpet cleaning products, consider giving us a call. The Sams team is passionate about providing our customers with the best experience, and making your home a place you can relax and take comfort. As part of our commitment to excellence, we utilize the latest cleaning technology on your carpet for stains or smells, and even bring those high traffic areas back to life with an advanced extraction cleaning system. When we’re done, we will conduct a thorough final inspection to make sure you’re satisfied. Let Sams take the work, and the worry, out of cleaning your carpets!

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Three Carpet Cleaning Myths Debunked

“If there’s a stain on your carpet, who you gonna call?” Sams Carpet!

You probably were expecting the next line in our tune to be ghostbusters, but that myth ends here and the solution to professional carpet cleaning begins. There are a lot of theories circulating around carpets and how you should clean them. Sorry to inform you, but a lot of those so called “facts” are indeed carpet cleaning myths. At Sams, our favorite myth is probably “I have my own carpet-cleaning machine, so I don’t need to hire a professional.” While your home machine may work, it won’t have the same suction power professional machines do.

So, who you gonna to call? That’s right. Us! Here is a list of carpet cleaning myths you may have heard, the reasons they’re false, and the truths you can carry going forward.

Carpet Cleaning Myth #1: Wait as long as possible before cleaning new carpet.

This myth suggests that cleaning your carpets will permanently change the appearance of your floor coverings. We’re here to tell you it’s simply not true. If you wait too long to clean your carpet, there will be damage done to the fibers. Many people believe this myth due to prior experiences with carpet cleaners who leave the carpet too wet or full of residue. At Sams, we do a proper analysis of your carpet prior to cleaning it to ensure you receive the best method tailored to your carpet and environment. When we’re done cleaning your carpet, we work to extract and remove all residues and dry your carpet before moving furniture back in.

Carpet Cleaning Myth #2: You can clean your carpet too often. 

You can’t bathe too often. You can’t wash your hands too often. And you can’t clean your carpets too often. The more often a carpet is cleaned, the longer it will maintain its original appearance. A lot of people aren’t aware that many carpet manufacturers recommend professional cleaning to maintain your warranty. At Sams, our trained technicians provide proper maintenance, cleaning and care to extend the lifecycle of your carpet and preserve its appearance.

Carpet Cleaning Myth #3: Over-The-Counter Stain Removal Products Are Professional-Grade

Over-the-counter stain removers are formulated to treat many types of carpet stains. As a result, these products are made from many different solutions in order to work efficiently with a wide range of stains. These products do more damage to your carpet, and contribute to discoloration. In contrast, a properly formulated, fiber-specific stain remover, such as Sams “Outta Sight” doesn’t reduce the lifespan of carpet. All of our customers receive a free refillable bottle of “Outta Sight” to help with spot regulation in between visits.

Carpet Cleaning Fact: Sams Delivers Smiles and Clean Carpet

Turning dirty, spotted carpet into something you can be proud of is only part of what we do every day at Sams. We are committed to exceeding the expectations of our customers every time we show up for a scheduled cleaning. We utilize a process, specifically geared towards your carpet, to ensure we get to the root of the problem. Not only will our team examine high traffic areas, but they will groom your carpet to assist in the drying process and reduce the appearance of matting and crushing. We do a final inspection of the work because we care, and want to make sure you are fully satisfied. Some stains are permanent and we offer carpet repair services to address those as well. Our professional and skilled technicians will evaluate and determine the best method to approach removing the stain.

“We can’t hear you. Who you gonna call?” If you’re over those myths, and want to treat your home to some professional carpet cleaning it so deserves, give Sams a call!

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Carpet Cleaning Jobs in St. Louis: It’s a Great Day to Start Your Career at Sams

For over 30 thirty years the Sams team has been proud to serve the St. Louis area with professional services like carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, carpet repair, duct cleaning, and so much more. We have been able to grow due to our amazing employees and their high level of commitment to their jobs and the community.  At the heart of everything we do is our desire to build strong relationships between our employees and our customers. We want our employees to feel empowered and excited to do their job each day. We understand that a job environment where you feel supported, are allowed a level of independence, are part of a community, and feel proud of what you do will lead to future success. How do we build this? We have created a family environment, and we hear this is true from our employees on a regular basis.

Our employees love to come to work because each day presents something new and unique. Each job allows our employees to make a difference in the lives of our customers and gives us all pride.

St. Louis Carpet Cleaning Jobs at Sams – 5 Competencies

Sams is truly a place where you can grow a career. We offer on-the-job training, seminars, and certifications to ensure our team has the skills and confidence necessary to provide an excellent experience for customers and become a successful team member. Here are the 5 core competencies we look for when hiring new team members:

  • Professionalism: We’re looking for people who conduct themselves professionally on the job, ensuring the culture of the Sams team is reflected on every job.
  • Responsiveness: Are you the kind of person who’s always ready to roll up their sleeves and work with the team to get the job done? You’d be a great fit at Sams!
  • Positive Attitude: People who approach problems with a solutions mindset excel in careers at Sams.
  • Team Player: We work together to tackle the task at hand. If you enjoy being part of a supportive team, Sams provides that environment.
  • Driven to Excel:  “Good enough” isn’t in our vocabulary. We bring the best to every job and serve our customers with an unrivaled level of support.

What Sams Carpet Cleaning & Repairs Employees Have to Say

Don’t just take our word for it! Sams team members will happily tell you what they love about their jobs, and what it’s like to work here!

For the last 4 years, John T. has worked for Sams as an area rug specialist. What does he love about working at Sams?

“One thing that really stands out is how close everyone is at Sams. It’s like a family, … and the first job I’ve ever had that I like going to every day. I feel blessed, and on top of that it pays my bills”.

And John is not alone in this, Jake T., who has worked at Sams for over ten years is another fabulous employee. Jake is a technician and loves the feeling of helping customers revitalize their living space. As Jake puts it:

“I’ve always enjoyed art and creating things, so I like how at Sams we make something nice out of something which may not have been so nice. There’s a lot of the satisfaction in leaving a place looking great”.

From technicians to the main office, our employees say the same thing: Sams is a family. Kim, our job controller put it best:

“We’re family here, with each other and with our customers. We treat our customers like family because that’s how we would want to be treated. We pride ourselves on customer service, and always go above and beyond to make sure our customers are completely satisfied with our service”.

Want to be a part of the Sams family? We’re always looking to grow our team. From technician jobs cleaning and repairing carpet in the field to administrative and mechanic positions, Sams has your next opportunity. Check out current positions or call us at 636-949-8229.

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The St. Louis Area’s Pet Stain Removal and Carpet Damage Repair Team

We all love Fido, and we know Fido loves us. But sometimes we don’t love the wear and tear Fido can have on our home. Being animal lovers ourselves, we fully understand the cocktail of emotions pet ownership can put you through. If you’ve come home to a mess thanks to Fido, the Sams team has your back. In this article, we’ll detail the services we offer to help homeowners overcome pet stains and damage.

Pet Urine Stain Removal

Pet urine is tricky because it doesn’t always just affect the surface of your carpet. If a stain is bad enough, it can soak all the way down to your subfloor. We recommend pet owners commit to a regular regimen of carpet cleaning to prevent extensive damage. Our cleaning process utilizes enzymes to destroy odor from minor mishaps on an ongoing basis. If your pet has a favorite spot, we can also inspect the area to determine if there’s been further damage, and how significant it is. We can also help with pet urine stains on your upholstered furniture.

Pet Carpet Damage Repair

You know Fido. Always curious and exploring the world around him with his teeth and claws. Pets can make quite an impact on your carpet. They have an uncanny knack for finding loose strands and turning little problems into great big ones. Sams deploys an entire arsenal of carpet repair strategies for our customers in St. Louis and St. Charles County. We can repair seams that are separating, snags that are inviting a tug, and much more. Even if Fido hasn’t yet found a carpet blemish to exploit, it’s a good idea to get the Sams team involved in repairing it before he does. Call us for a free inspection to determine the best course of action.

Other Pet Stain Removal

Whether it was from an accident, or your pet got into something he shouldn’t have and tracked it all around the house, trying to remove the stains yourself can spread them around or even make them permanent. At Sams, we’ve seen it all, and know what it takes to get the stains out! But the best time to call is right when you discover a stain. With immediate attention, most stains can be removed. If we can’t remove the stain, we can often patch or even dye your carpet so no one will know the difference.

Pet Odor Control

The smell of your home is a product of all the people, animals, and things that are in it. And sometimes Fido creates odors even without having an accident. Pets can leave lingering and unpleasant smells in specific rooms or throughout your home. We can clean your carpets to remove all the odors caused by pets and make them smell fresh again. We also have several odor control solutions to freshen up the air your family breathes.

We know you love Fido, even when he does something to color your vocabulary with words we won’t repeat here. When that happens, we’ve got your back. Call the Sams team to get your carpet and furniture in ship shape in no time.

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Frozen Pipes: What to Do and How to Prevent

The thought of pipes freezing may seem a bit melodramatic, but it isn’t far-fetched. In fact, it happens more often than you probably realize. Water that freezes during the winter in an unprotected pipe expands, and that expansion can rupture. And we all know how our St. Louis weather can be unpredictable, so it’s smart to be prepared. We’ll cover prevention later. But if you’re reading this article, you’ve likely already discovered a frozen pipe and are looking for a solution.

What to Do if Your Pipes are Frozen

STEP 1: Apply Heat

Adding heat to a frozen pipe helps speeds up the process of melting the ice. Try wrapping a heating pad around it, blowing an electric hair dryer on it, or plugging in a space heater nearby to achieve the quickest results.

STEP 2: Open Your Faucets

To thaw a pipe, you can start near your faucet. In order to do this, you want to make sure your faucet is still on. Identify the frozen water supply pipe, and from there, you will be able to locate the blocked area. As you begin to treat the pipe, the water will help melt ice in the pipe as it passes by.

STEP 3: Turn Up the Heat

Turn up the thermostat in your home to impact pipes hiding behind the walls. Many people like to lower their thermostat when they’re out of town, but be sure to keep your house at around 60 degrees or higher to ensure the pipes don’t freeze.

As the pipe begins to thaw and water begins to flow from the faucet, allow the faucet to stay open for a few minutes. Make sure that all the ice is clear from the pipe. Once everything is all clear, cut off the faucet and check the line for leaks. From there, you will be able to decide if you need to replace or repair the pipe.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Taking preventative measures before the wicked winter weather hits, allows you to reduce and eliminate all cold-weather threats. Some pipes are more prone to freeze over others. Pipes that are against exterior walls have little or no insulation and are subject to freezing. As your thermometer starts descending, make sure you pay close attention to the condition of your pipes. Being prepared may help you avoid the messy and costly expenses that frozen pipes can bring. To that end Sams has a few suggestions on how to prevent water pipes from freezing and how to thaw them if they do.

Draining – Taking instructions from manufacturers or installers, drain all water from the swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines. Do the same for hoses and store them indoors. Make sure to keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.

Inspection – Check around your home for other areas where water supply lines may be located, particularly in unheated areas. Pipe insulation can happen in the basement, attic, garage, kitchen and unexpected spaces. You want to check for hot and cold pipes. Low temperatures can affect all pipes in your home.

Installation – Heat tape and heat cable can go a long way toward preventing exposed pipes from freezing. These materials can be applied directly to pipes and provide significant protection from cold weather. They can be used to keep your pipes warm in areas that don’t have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.

Prevention– During cold snaps (below 32 degrees) allow a faucet to drip slowly, moving water will keep the pipe from becoming blocked with ice and freezing. Also leave cabinets doors under sinks open to allow the warmer temperatures in your home to reach those pipes and keep them at a reasonable temperature.

When disconnecting your water/garden hose, make sure to cover all the outside faucets. If you plan on being away for a while, shut off your water supply that connects to you washer. Lastly, close all windows, to prevent combined wind drafts and freezing temperatures from freezing your pipes faster.

What to Do if a Pipe has Burst

The best solution for frozen pipe burst clean-up is to hire experienced and trained water damage restoration technicians. Water damage that seeps into the floors and drywall causes moisture that will rot the wood on walls and floors. At Sams, our water extraction and anti-microbial application techniques is incredibly effective at minimizing future mold and mildew problems.

If you’re ready for a proper inspection and assessment, contact us today. If you experience a water disaster, don’t fear. We can help.

 

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Super Bowl Party Prep: Get Your Home Ready for the Big Game

It’s that time of year again! The Super Bowl should probably be considered a national holiday, especially with all of the planning we put into the big game! We invite friends over, make snacks, stock up on beverages, all to hang out with friends and family and watch the game (or commercials). There’s something for everyone with the Super Bowl!

This year, the game will be held on February 13th, and we’re all counting down the days to the pinnacle of the NFL season.

Home Super Bowl Party Prep

If you’re planning to host a Super Bowl party, you’ve likely already begun preparing. The snacks, the beverages, the party favors- they’re all important. But so is providing a clean and comfortable backdrop when you invite friends and family over for the game. Let’s face it- after the crazy holiday season and the sloppy winter weather, your floors and furniture might not be big-game-ready. That’s where the Sams team comes in. Don’t wait until the day before the game. Reach out now to enlist the help of the Sams team to get your home in football shape.

You don’t have to complete your Super Bowl party prep alone. We’re best known for our carpet cleaning services. That’s because when our trademark yellow vans show up at your home, you know you’re getting the St. Louis area’s most experienced team of carpet cleaning professionals using today’s latest state-of-the art equipment to breathe new life into your carpets. If your dealing with stains, tears, runs, or any other damage, the Sams team also offers repair services to restore the look and condition of your carpet.

We also specialize in tile and grout cleaning. If your tile and grout is dingy or unsightly, we have a winning game plan for removing soaked in grime that can’t be matched with conventional over-the-counter cleaning products. Sams is also the area’s all star provider of upholstered furniture cleaning. We can extend the life of your upholstered furniture and have it looking good as new.

Post-Party Cleanup to Prepare for the Offseason

Maybe you’re thinking ahead to the post-game. We all know that one guy (we’re looking at you, Uncle George) who can get a little too excited for the big game. If you’re left with stains and spills following your Super Bowl party, Sams is the teammate you need. We’re a phone call away when you’re ready to clean up the after effects of the entire football season, the holidays, and the big game. Kick off your spring cleaning with a call to the pros at Sams Carpet Cleaning & Repairs.

Whether it’s the on-field action, the halftime show, the unpredictable commercials, or the food and beverages you enjoy most, we hope you enjoy this year’s Super Bowl. We’re rooting for you, and a clean house all year long.

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Avoid Floor Water Damage in Your Facility with these Winter Maintenance Tips

This time of year, our feet can be a real problem for the look and longevity of the floors in your business. With regular foot traffic of customers and employees, it’s easy to not notice we’re tracking in snow, dirt, sand, and salt from outside until it’s too late. And all that extra moisture from the snow ends up on your floors.  You need to be extra cautious to take proper care of your floors and keep up with the cleaning so that winter grime doesn’t affect the life of your carpet.

To help with the winter blues, we’ve put together these three tips for business owners and commercial facility managers to prevent water and contaminant damage to floors this winter:

Tip 1: Use Entry Mats to Prevent Floor Water Damage

Commercial entry mats are an excellent way to trap and absorb moisture and dirt. They put a layer of protection between wet and dirty footwear, and your flooring. It’s important to continuously change and clean the mats as well, to ensure they’re always ready to absorb the next wave of traffic. You could also consider hanging a “Please wipe your shoes” sign as a friendly reminder to guests and staff.

Tip 2: Vacuum More Frequently

With icy sidewalks and parking lots there is a lot of sand and salt put down. Of course, salt and sand prevents slips and falls, but it also ends up tracking into your building which can damage the fibers of the carpet, causing frayed ends and other damage over time. The best solution is to increase frequency of vacuuming to remove the small particles that threaten your floors.

Tip 3: Regular Cleaning for Carpets and Hard Floors

In addition to the slush, sands, and salt that make their way into the building, the moisture of the snow will leave a chalky, white residue behind the floors once the water evaporates.  If left untreated, these white stains can be permanent. Flooring is a significant investment, so take care of it with regular carpet cleaning from Sams Carpet Cleaning & Repairs. Our trained professionals can thoroughly and safely remove that winter mixture residue.

As always, Sams Carpet Cleaning & Repairs can help you with a routine Winter Maintenance to keep your environment safe and fresh, and extend the lifespan of your flooring.

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Sams Team Helps the Show Go on at Stifel Theatre in St. Louis

The Sams team recently had the opportunity to put our expertise to work in a legendary live performance venue, the Stifel Theatre in downtown St. Louis. The 3,100-seat main theatre was completed in 1934 as an opera house component of the larger Municipal Auditorium complex, including the 9,300-seat Convention Hall that later became known as Kiel Auditorium. Today, the Stifel Theatre opera house is all that remains of the original complex.

Shuttered in May 1991, the opera house sat vacant for two decades. A historic $78.7 million renovation restored it to its original splendor and added state-of-the-art upgrades in 2011. Having welcomed legendary names like Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling stones through the years, today the opera house still attracts some of the biggest and brightest stars in music, theatre, and comedy.

Stifel Theatre view of the stage from the gallery

 

While closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Stifel Theatre management reached out to The Sams team to perform a thorough steam cleaning using our truck-mounted units and apply SCOTCHGARD for future protection. In addition, while not being used, the theatre had become home to some moths we needed to remove and prevent from returning.

Everything that makes a building like the Stifel Theatre grand and spectacular- particularly its size and age, also present some challenges when cleaning. In addition to the main theatre, the Stifel theatre gallery view from the stagebuilding boasts numerous other spaces where they host weddings and corporate events. In a building this size, it’s important that everyone knows what areas they’re responsible for, so nothing gets missed. The theatre also has wool carpet, which needs to be treated differently than a standard synthetic carpet. Precautions must be taken with the heat and the soap we use to prevent the carpet from buckling or sustaining any damage.

Sams deployed a crew of 12, with six van-mounted carpet cleaning machines for this commercial carpet cleaning project. We worked hand-in-hand in partnership with Stifel Theatre’s management and maintenance team. With a project of this size, it takes a team effort to ensure every detail is attended to and the client’s expectations are met. In total, the crew spent five days on site. We treated spots and stains, thoroughly cleaned every inch of carpet in the theatre as well as some of the seats, and did a moth repellent treatment to remove eggs and prevent moths from returning.

Our team was able to come in and systematically approach the job, recognizing and treating areas that needed additional attention to remove stains as we went. We take an immense amount of pride in our work every day. But to be trusted on a job like this is extra special. The Stifel Theatre is a place where our team goes throughout the year to make memories with family and friends. It’s a building with a million intricate details, designed to inspire awe and wonder when you walk through the door. Helping them maintain its beauty was a true privilege and honor for the Sams team.

Sams vans at Stifel theatre with the gateway arch in the background

 

From ornate and historical landmarks to office buildings in business parks, Sams Carpet Service is the first number to call for your commercial carpet and upholstery cleaning needs, as well as specialty services like air duct cleaning. Our services are tailored to the unique needs of you and your space. Call us today to get started!

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Allergies at Work: How to Reduce Allergens in the Workplace

“It’s just allergies.”

It’s a familiar refrain this time of year as those who suffer with seasonal allergies explain away our sneezing fits, tired eyes, and tissue hoarding to concerned coworkers. But just allergies probably isn’t the right way to explain something that can lead to miserable days and sleepless nights for weeks at a time. While not contagious, allergy symptoms can be every bit as disruptive and insufferable as a cold to the person experiencing them.

So what can you do to create a healthier workplace environment? These four tips can help to keep your workplace cleaner and your team in tip top shape.

Make it Easy for Employees to Keep Personal Workspaces Clean

Minimizing allergens in the workplace starts with ensuring each employee takes the responsibility to keep their immediate workspace clean at all times. Make sure employees are reminded of this responsibility and have wipes and other cleaning supplies readily available for them to use. One of the most typical office allergens is dust. Regularly committing time to wiping down surfaces and equipment at least once a week can make a big difference.

Help Your HVAC Filter Do Its Job

Airflow is essential to removing allergens and pollutants from the air. Air that is stagnant never makes it to the filter in your HVAC system. Make sure your building’s vents are open and unobstructed by furniture or boxes. Creating an environment where air can flow freely will help the filter in your HVAC system do its job.
While airflow is a good thing, it depends on where the air is coming from. Open windows will increase airflow, but they also introduce pollen into the air inside your building. Your best bet for using air circulation to minimize allergens is a clean and unobstructed HVAC system.

Clean What Can’t Be Seen

Speaking of your HVAC system, when is the last time you took a close look at the vents and air ducts in your building? You wouldn’t believe the amount of dust and dirt that builds up over time, restricting airflow and leading to a constant and steady stream of airborne allergens. Sams has a high-powered, truck-mounted system designed to completely clear dust and debris from your vents. Using a rotating brush to scrub the vents, the system removes any build up as well. Best of all? There’s no cleanup required when we’re done. The system pulls the dirt out of your building to a collection container in the truck outside.

Professionally Clean Carpet and Upholstery

The carpet and upholstered furniture in your office acts like a trap for dust and all sorts of other airborne pollutants. It’s important that the carpeted floors be vacuumed regularly, but that’s not enough. The vacuum won’t pick up all the allergens, and in some cases will only agitate them.

In addition to helping your workplace look its best, professional carpet and upholstery cleaning is also a great solution for ridding your building of pollutants that activate employees’ allergies. The Sams team uses the latest technology and techniques and skilled professional technicians to hit the reset button on allergens, dirt, and grime in your company’s carpet.

Sams is Your Partner in the Fight Against Allergens

You don’t have to go it alone in your fight to minimize allergens from your workplace. The Sams team has a history of helping companies in the St. Louis area provide a safe, clean environment for their employees, and we can help you too. Contact us today to talk through strategies for keeping your workplace looking its best and your team feeling healthy and productive.

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