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How to Identify and Eliminate Odors in Your Home

Every house has its own smell. You’ve likely noticed it when visiting someone’s home for the first time or returning to a family member’s home you haven’t visited in years. You may have even noticed it upon returning to your own home after a vacation or long business trip. That smell of a home is really a combination of the odors of everything in the house. In most cases, its pleasant and familiar. But when its not, you want it fixed fast.

An unpleasant smell in your home can be caused by mildew, pets, smoke, cooking, and untold other sources. But you don’t just have to live with it. In this article, we will break down how to identify the cause of the odor invading your home, how the Sams team can help you eliminate it, and how to prevent future problems.

My House Stinks: Identifying the Source of the Odor
You may already know what’s causing the unpleasant smell in your home. If that’s the case, you can skip to the next section on odor elimination. But if you haven’t yet figured out what’s causing your home to smell, here’s how to identify it.

Step 1: Approach it with a Fresh Nose
Your senses can play tricks on you. Reset your sense of smell by stepping outside for a few minutes before returning to the house to track down the odor.

Step 2: Isolate the Source of the Smell
If the smell is pervasive enough to be present in every room, this can be tricky. But with patience, you should be able to move through the house and identify which room or part of the home the smell is strongest in.

Step 3: Investigate and Eliminate the Cause
Once you have the scent cornered, it’s time to dive deep. Is there a pet accident that’s gone undetected? Is there a water leak? Has a teenager been stashing food or dirty dishes? Are shoes or sweaty clothing the culprit? Some of these causes are a bigger deal than others. But once you’ve identified what’s causing the scent, mitigate the cause. In some cases, throwing out the source of the smell will eliminate the odor on its own. But sometimes, the damage is done and the odor lingers.

Eliminating Odors in Your Home
Depending on the type of odor you’re dealing with, Sams Carpet Cleaning & Repairs has several tools at our disposal to help you eliminate it. Here’s how we use our three most powerful ones to stop odor at the source:

Thermo Fog: Fine particles of fog penetrate contaminated surfaces and reach into cracks, crevices, and voids to neutralize smoke, food, pet, and other odors. This treatment is incredibly effective, and treated areas need to be vacated for 2-4 hours after the process is completed.

Ozone Machines: These machines don’t simply mask or filter the air in your home. They change it. We use ozone machines to convert normal oxygen (O2) to ozone or activated oxygen (O3) that breaks down odors at the source instead of just temporarily covering them up. You’ll need to leave your home while the machine is running.

Dehumidifiers: for smells with a root cause related to moisture, we turn to powerful dehumidifiers to reduce humidity and create an environment where mold and mildew are less likely to grow and cause problems.

Preventing Future Odors
Once the smell is gone from your home, you can turn your attention toward preventing future issues. We suggest these six tips for avoiding future home odor situations:

Avoid anyone smoking inside your home. Create an atmosphere that is comfortable outside for those who choose to smoke.

  • Avoid anyone smoking inside your home. Create an atmosphere outside that is comfortable for those who choose to smoke.
  • Clean regularly. A clean home smells better and will help you identify odor causes sooner.
  • Have your air ducts professionally cleaned. You would be surprised what we can find in Air Ducts!
  • Have your upholstery furniture and carpets professionally cleaned regularly.
  • Clean your walls, cabinets, and ceiling. Detailed cleaning of hard services in your home will also give it a fresh new look!
  • Address pet accidents quickly to minimize damage and scent.

Home is supposed to be your happy place. If a pervasive odor is preventing that, call the experts at Sams Carpet Cleaning and Repairs. Our technicians will help stop the smell at its source.

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That Stinks! The Impact of Pet Urine

Ew! Did Fluffy and Fido leave their mark on your carpet again? We love our furry friends, but we don’t like the stains that they leave behind on our carpets. Once the smell sinks into the carpet, the chances of your pet going back to the same spot are very high. Pet urine can be diverse, depending on the makeup of the urine. Depending on your pet’s health, diet and reproductive cycle, the variations are the deciding factors if you’ll be able to remove stains or not. At Sams, we know that pet damage is more than what you see on the surface. With a proper inspection, the Sams team will identify the best course of action to clean the stains and remove the odor.

Although all accidents will leave permanent stains, urine still has the power to affect the dyes used in carpet. Dyes may change colors immediately after contact with urine, while others may take weeks or months before experiencing a reaction. Stains can soon become permanent spots after it develops slowly and time starts to pass. After the deposit, many times, the moisture can weaken the bond between the layers of the carpet, separating the layers and seams.

Another problem to consider, is cat urine. All urine is bad, but cat pee isn’t just disgusting, it’s also dangerous. Urine from your cat can harm your health, and the waste that these pets carry could cause illness. Would you want to come home to the smell of urine? We think the smell of cinnamon rolls, crispy bacon or a field of fresh, wild flowers sounds a little nicer. Not only will the urine smell have an effect on your mood, but if you have a respiratory condition the strong odor can irritate and harm your lungs. It’s important that you’re not exposed to the frequency of the odor in your household.

In order to locate all urine-saturated spots, you have to be mindful and understand that all stains aren’t on the surface but some may have seeped underneath the carpet. Sams is aware of the impact of accidents seeping its way down to the padding and passing on the subfloor. When it comes to cleaning, focusing on the surface doesn’t solve the problem. Whether the damage is minimal or not, Sams will evaluate the many possibilities of how the carpet is damaged.

If it’s a minor impact, our trained technicians will perform regular cleaning duties and use enzymes to remove the odor, which will do the trick for minor causes. For repeat offenders, we will conduct a thorough inspection to assess the severity of damage done. We will use a special light on questionable areas. The Sams team might even pull the carpet and pad back to identify what damage has been done. We offer services that eliminates odors from your home. Whether is pets or cigarette smoke, Sams doesn’t mask the odors, but we look to eliminate them.

When you hire the Sams team, you’re hiring trained technicians who care. These technicians will make sure you have the information needed to make educated decisions on when an appropriate job is done right. We’re committed to excellence, professionalism and respect that raises the bar of carpet repair, carpet cleaning and much more.

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Rescuing Your Upholstered Furniture

When you invest in your furniture do you consider the future? Whether your pieces are expensive or not, the goal is to expand the life of the furniture, particularly your upholstered pieces. Wear and tear contribute to the diminishing of the appearance and quality of these items. The secret to enhancing the life of upholstery modern furniture is preventative maintenance and professional assistance. Of course, Sams has suggestions to make your furniture last. However, upholstery collects dirt, fade colors and look worn over time with use. It doesn’t matter how well you take care of it, daily routine will still wear on your pieces. What matters is the preventative measures you take and the assistance you utilize for proper upkeep. Sams understands that all furniture is different and some pieces come with different types of fabric, colors and construction techniques. With that in mind, we’re giving you the secrets to saving your upholstery.

Pre-Treat

As far as we consider maintenance, this is at the top of our list. As part of our steam cleaning process, not only will we pre-treat and clean the fabric, but we will protect your piece with the appropriate fabric protector. Our detailed process ensures you that we will apply fabric protection where it’s appropriate. Sure, there are several products out there for furniture protection, however, you should consult with a trained technician about which products can be used for the best results. We would like to make sure your small spills don’t turn into big problems in the future.

Vacuum

The kids crashing on the couches and leaving crumbs behind can cause damage and create stains. We recommend vacuuming for fabrics that can’t be exposed to water, particularly with pet hair. Since upholstery has to be handled with care, regular maintenance is very important to us. Set a schedule for vacuuming (or make an appointment with us) to prolong the life of your pieces for your kids play parties. We utilize particular methods that allow our technicians to pay special attention to the given problem areas with your furniture so we are assured the best removal techniques.

Professional Assistance

Just like many things in the world, Sams understand when it comes to upholstery all products aren’t created equal. In minutes, our service technicians can have your furniture looking just as sleek when you first saw it. To make sure of this, we like to first inspect your furniture to determine the appropriate method that will serve the best benefit. After choosing the method, we move forward with a detail process to clean your furniture. Preventative products can be purchased, but without proper consultation or knowledge of materials you may not achieve quality results. Our proven process includes everything from color testing to dry cleaning with oil based solvents, assuring our customer of real results.

We care about our customers, and we only want to see the quality and life of your furniture reach its highest potential. If those furniture accidents ever happen in the future, remember that our intent is not only to satisfy our community and customers, but it’s to restore, repair and refinish your pieces.

If you’re ready to repair that dusty and dingy couch, please feel free to contact us.

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Sams Carpet: The BEST Carpet Cleaning Company in St. Charles County

It’s official, we were voted the Best Carpet Cleaning Company in St. Charles for the 20th year in a row!

TWENTY YEARS! Can you believe it? We’re still in shock. That is 2 decades!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and votes! We wouldn’t have won this honor if it wasn’t for your support.

 

We attend the Best of St. Charles County event at the Foundry Art Centre on December 13th and what a wonderful event! It was a great opportunity to socialize with other award winning companies and meet businesses in the St. Charles Community. Thank you to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Suburban Journal for putting on this great event.

 

You can see the full Best of St. Charles County list HERE.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for your support year after year, for jumping online to vote for us, for recommending our services to your friends and families and for being such great customers. It means so much to us to build relationships with our customers, and we consider each and every one of you our friend.

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Announcing a New Division of Sams Carpet Cleaning & Repairs

Announcing a new division of Sams Carpet Cleaning & Repair – FrenchTown Rug Cleaning Company. Recent company relocation has fostered a state-of-the-art atmosphere by adding a new element of technology to our rug cleaning process. The addition of facility and equipment will provide our rug cleaning technicians the most up-to-date process to clean and preserve customer rug investments. With this in mind, Jeff Sams, President, decided to add a new subsidiary company and dedicated staff to concentrate on cleaning all types of machine and hand-made rugs. As we progress in this new adventure, we will keep you abreast of our progress and improvements.

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