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Why is My House So Dusty?

Dust is not only a nuisance, but it is also one of the most common causes of allergies in the average person. From sneezing to cold-like symptoms, a dusty house can wreak havoc on your quality of life.

You vacuum and sweep the floors and wipe down surfaces. You have even dusted that high shelf that you never clean, yet it doesn’t appear to make a difference. You’ve done everything you can think of to cut down on dust in your house, but it keeps coming back. Let’s explore a few more strategies to significantly minimize the amount of dust that is in your home to help you live a healthy and happy life.

Walls and Ceilings Get Dusty Too!

Think about it… the circulating air that carries dust particles made up of pet hair, dead skin, and other debris in your house has nowhere else to go except settle on surfaces that get in the way. Most people notice dust on horizontal surfaces and wood or tile flooring, so they wipe down, sweep, and mop. But how many people do you know who actually wipe down their walls or ceilings?

Exactly…not many. It goes unnoticed and ends up collecting a lot of dust over time. Consider cleaning the walls and ceilings in your house a couple times a year, by using either a damp cloth or a vacuum with a hose attachment. Using a damp cloth may be a tedious task, but it will ensure the removal of dust without distributing more into the air. Using a vacuum with a hose is a quicker option but be aware that it can cause some dust disturbance.

Have You Checked Your Ceiling Fans?

Okay, but have you ever taken time to check just how much dust collects on the ceiling fans in your house? Just because the fan is moving fast doesn’t mean that dust does not collect. On the contrary, ceiling fans collect more dust than most areas in your home. And every time you turn it on, the fan is spreading that dust throughout the room.

So, get out your step ladder and a damp cloth and you will be amazed at how much dust your fan has been circulating for who knows how long!

Clean that Carpet!

You probably guessed this was coming, but carpet is like a sponge when it comes to dust collection. When dead skin, dust mites, and other particles settle deep into your carpet, vacuuming can only go so far. Vacuuming on a regular basis helps, but in order to really remove dust and dirt, the most effective thing to do is have the carpets in your house professionally cleaned.

Upholstery Traps Dust

We sit, sleep, and sometimes eat on our upholstered furniture, so it makes sense that it would collect considerable debris. You can alleviate the amount of dust in your furniture by using a vacuum with a wide hose attachment, but the most effective way is to hire a professional cleaning service like Sams to deep clean your furniture.

The Sams team is equipped to handle all upholstery care including steam cleaning and dry cleaning, depending on what’s appropriate for the material. Hiring a professional team to take care of furniture cleaning will minimize the risk of damage.

“Ahh…Dust is in the Air”

No, seriously.

Almost 60% of the dust in your home comes from the air outside. So, it’s important to clean the HVAC ducts of your home to cut down on the dust and dirt that you breathe daily. Alongside a range of other services, Sams offers air duct cleaning. Sams uses a powerful truck-mounted system that cleans out the walls of the ducts using a rotating brush. The debris is collected in a van outside, leaving your home clean and uncontaminated.

Sams is Here to Help

Although it can feel like a losing battle, with diligence and the right help, your house can be fresh and free of dust. We love creating satisfied customers and strive to deliver the best experience possible!

Contact Sams Carpet Service today to get your unfair advantage in the battle against dust.

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What are Healthy Buildings?

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors. The EPA also estimates that indoor pollutants cause hundreds of thousands of respiratory problems and thousands of cancer deaths each year. With that knowledge in mind, it’s important to understand what factors can influence indoor air quality and what steps building owners can take to reduce exposure and risk.

In this blog we want to explore the concept of healthy buildings, and detail some of the services Sams Carpet Service provides to help employers in the greater St. Louis area create a safer working environment for their team.

What Are Healthy Buildings?

Green building has become a buzz word in the construction industry over the past decade. Green buildings are structures that are designed, built, and operated in a manner that reduces or eliminates negative impacts on the natural environment and climate. Healthy buildings are really the next iteration of that concept. In addition to meeting the qualifications of a green building, healthy buildings take human well-being into account.

Buildings can be key contributors to the health and wellness of the people who occupy them. Specifically, healthy buildings are ones that account for:

  • Indoor air quality
  • Water quality
  • Safety and security
  • Lighting and view
  • Building design

Each of these factors plays a role in the health and safety of the people who occupy your building. But indoor air quality has become an especially big topic of conversation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s explore some of the services the Sams team provides that can improve the air quality in your building for employees or tenants.

How Sams Helps Make Buildings Healthier

Sams Carpet Service provides several services, specifically related to air quality, that help employers provide a healthier workplace for their teams.

Carpet Cleaning

If you’ve ever removed old carpeting from a building, you’ve likely been surprised at the amount of dust and dirt that was hiding in it. It may not have been visible until you began lifting the carpet from the floor, but it was there the whole time. Dust and dirt in carpet has the potential to go airborne with foot traffic and furniture moving. Regular vacuuming helps, but can only go so far. Having your carpets cleaned professionally is the best way to minimize the air pollutants hiding in the fibers and extend the life of the carpet so it doesn’t have to be replaced too soon.

Upholstery Furniture Cleaning

Your carpet isn’t the only place pollutants like to hide in plain sight. Upholstered furniture traps dust, dirt, grime, dead skin, mold spores and bacteria. Every time someone sits or lies on the furniture, these contaminants are released into the air. Having your upholstered furniture professionally cleaned is a great and effective way to improve air quality.

Air Duct and Vent Cleaning

When is the last time you took a good look inside the air ducts and vents of your building? You can’t imagine the amount of dirt and dust that can build up in your HVAC system. When your furnace or air conditioner is turned on, those pollutants are pushed into the air people breathe, leading to air quality issues and potential health problems. The Sams team uses a truck-mounted system with a rotating brush to remove debris from the walls of your ducts and collect it in the truck outside. The result is a clean HVAC system, and clean air to breathe.

Water Damage Services

If water damage isn’t properly taken care of it can lead to mold, mildew, and a wide variety of illnesses. Sams offers 24/7 emergency water damage restoration services. If your building suffers a plumbing mishap, storm damage, or any other catastrophe resulting in water damage, rely on the experienced team at Sams to respond quickly and get your facility back in working order. From initial inspection, to moisture removal, and mold prevention, we have the equipment and experience needed to make your building safe again. Our company is insured with an emphasis in Liability and Mold for your protection.

Is Your Facility a Healthy Building?

From having water tested to adding outdoor lighting, there are a number of steps you can take to create a healthier working and living environment. When it comes to improving air quality and cleanliness, the professionals at Sams are your partners in creating a healthier atmosphere. If it’s been a while since you’ve addressed carpets, upholstery, or your air ducts, reach out online or give us a call at 636-949-8229! Together we can determine a cleaning and maintenance schedule that will meet your needs. The Sams team will provide a detailed proposal to put you on the path to a healthy facility.

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Sams for your Whole Home!

If you’ve driven around the St. Louis area, chances are you’ve seen our bright yellow Sams vans.  We love our vans, and how bright and conspicuous they are.  For many, seeing the yellow van on your street means that your neighbor is getting their carpets cleaned.  However, what you may not realize is that carpet is only ONE of MANY SERVICES we offer.  We can take care of cleaning your home from top to bottom and really everything in between – we do it all.

Here is a comprehensive list of the services we offer:

  1. CARPET CLEANING – this is our most popular service. We use state of the art equipment and the latest methods to thoroughly clean your carpets to leave them looking like new.
  2. CARPET REPAIRS, SPOT and STAIN REMOVAL – if you have a tear or discoloration, spot or stain, do not give up on your carpet. We are able, in most cases, to repair and restore the carpet and save you money.  We can also take care of pet stains and odor control for your home.
  3. UPHOLSTERY FURNITURE CLEANING – a giant stain on your couch can send you into a panic, but with our services, we are able to do our best to remove the toughest of stains making your upholstered furniture beautiful once again.
  4. AREA/ORIENTAL RUG CLEANING – from hand-made to machine-made rugs, we have an area/oriental rug cleaning plant that cleans and repairs them all with our sister company FrenchTown Rug Cleaning Co., division of Sams Carpet Cleaning & Repairs. As Certified Master Rug Cleaners, we take every type of rug through a detailed cleaning and repair process.  Most often these rugs are heirlooms passed down from generation to generation and with that in mind, you can count on us to take care of them!
  5. AIR DUCT AND DRYER VENT CLEANING – having clean air ducts and dryer vents are both important for air quality but can also be important to prevent fires. This service can be set up to occur once a year or every 2 years depending on how often you change your filter, any new or remodeling construction happened in your home, allergies to dust, and so many other scenarios so that your family can breathe easier.
  6. TILE and GROUT CLEANING – sometimes you really don’t notice how dirty your tile and grout can be until you remove that area rug underneath your kitchen table. No worries…Sams is there to provide services that will leave your floors and other tiled areas spotless.
  7. 24 HOUR WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION SERVICES – nobody wants to be the recipient of water damage in their home. It can be a scary and overwhelming experience.  The Sams crew will put you at ease and return your home to a safe and clean state.  We are here for you, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in your time of emergency!

We would love to help you start the New Year off with a clean home.  We are a phone call away for any questions you have and we’re standing by to schedule you for one or more of our services.  It’s always a great day when the Yellow Sams Van shows up at your house!

 

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Environmentally Friendly Cleaning

These days, we’re told we have to eat better, sleep better, exercise better. So we choke down kale, get our eight hours of rest, and hop on the elliptical until we’re sweating like the pilot in Airplane! We’re told to do this so that we can be healthier.

So why do so many of us not feel healthier? Believe it or not, the answer might be right under your feet. When is the last time you had your carpet professionally cleaned? Go ahead and think about it. We’ll wait.

Now that you have an approximate guess, let us hit you with some knowledge. In order to keep your carpet in tiptop shape and free of allergens of all sorts, the suggested time period is 12-18 months for high traffic areas, with a two year time frame for your whole house. Of course, it all depends on factors like if you have pets, children or more people living in the house.

And we’re guessing from your reaction that it’s been quite a big longer. If that’s the case, think about what is in your carpet: dirt, dust, and all sorts of things to make your path to health and wellness seem like the road to nowhere.

And don’t get us started on your upholstery.

We get it; you take care of your house, and you vacuum your carpets regularly. But vacuuming is not enough. It takes a thorough cleaning to bring back not only the vibrancy of the carpet, but also the air quality you might be lacking.

At Sams Carpet Service, we use an environmentally friendly cleaning system. Using the latest removal technology available, we pre-treat your carpet for stains and smells. We then use our powerful extraction cleaning system, which allows us to thoroughly clean all sides of the carpet fiber. A fresh-water rinse is also applied to remove any residue. This helps to keep your carpet cleaner… longer.

By the time we leave your home, your carpets will not only be cleaner, but they’ll be free of many pollutants you didn’t even know were there.

And we can do the same for your upholstery, too!

You want to live a healthier life, and we’re here to help with your goal. No, we’re not going to bench press a single weight for you, we can’t make you not binge watch Netflix at 1am, and we can’t say we adore kale, but we can help with making your home a healthier environment.

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