Important Upholstery Care Tips

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Follow these easy suggestions to help keep your upholstered furniture looking brand new.
• To avoid fraying and faded colors, place all upholstered furniture away from sunlight.
• Vacuum upholstered furniture at least once a week, daily is best. If your upholstery doesn’t recieve much use, the abrasive movement of dirt and dust particles can break the fibers of your upholstery. For most upholstered furniture, it is a good idea to beat the cushions and then vacuum and rotate them once a week.
• Use protective arm and head rests to prevent the accumulation of oily dirty. This dirt can be difficult to remove and may require a professional to remove.
• Avoid setting newspapers on your furniture as the ink will bleed onto the furniture.
• Never drape your upholstery with dark colored sheets, the dyes will bleed onto your upholstery.
• Do not use dyes, inks, paint or nail polish on your upholstery, since these chemicals can and will change the color of your upholstery resulting in a stain or discoloration.
• Never remove cushion upholstery for washing, even though they have zippers. They will fade or become damaged.
• Quarterly scheduled professional cleaning will greatly extend the life of your upholstery.
Emergency Stain On Upholstery
1. If you spill something act quickly and soak up the area before it stains!
For a liquid spills:
Cover the area with paper towels. Increase the pressure and use multiple paper towels until no more liquid can be absorbed. DO NOT SCRUB! If the spill remains call a professional today to have the residue completely removed.
For solid (Food):
Quickly lift the food from off the floor making sure no solids remain. Treat any wet stain as mentioned above.
For dry spills (such as ashes or dry cosmetics):
Adding any liquid solution to a dry material, such as ashes or dry cosmetics, will create a wet stain that is very difficult to remove. Vacuum, beat the area with a stick or your fist, vacuum again, and then use the sticky side of duct tape to remove any surface residue. If the dirt remains then call a professional to properly remove the stain.
2. Check with your manufacturer for any cleaning specifications and look for a universal fabric cleaning code on any tags.
The following are the universal fabric cleaning codes used by all furniture manufacturers. Use these codes to conclude what type of cleaning method is best for your particular fabric.
W Use water-based cleaning solutions only, S Use mild (water-free) cleaning solvent, WS Use water-based cleaning solution, or use mild (water-free) cleaning solvent, X means clean by vacuuming ONLY
3. Always test water or a cleaning agent by applying to an inconspicuous area of the fabric. Allow to dry entirely, then check how it alters the fabric if any.
4. Apply water or a cleaning solution in small applications to avoid spreading the stain or causing a ring. Be persistent and repeat the process as necessary.
5. DO NOT RUB and DO NOT SCRUB a fabric; rubbing and scrubbing may result in damage to the nap, loss of color, or spreading of the stain.
6. Maintain the look of the fabric by brushing lightly before the area completely dries.
7. To avoid water spots, use a household fan to speed up the drying time. Dry from the outer edge of the affected area towards the center.
8. If the stain remains then it is best left to a professional, call the Home Pros to solve any stain.

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How To Prepare for Professional Carpet Cleaning

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Manufacturers say that you should have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. Carpets trap large amounts of dirt and debris that are harmful to inhale. The more foot traffic on the carpet the more dirt and debris that is released into your air. Professional carpet cleaners ensure that your carpet is free of all dirt and debris. Being prepared for a professional cleaner can help reduce cleaning time and ensure no dirt is missed.

Here are some tips on how to prepare for a professional carpet cleaner:

Try to be present the day of the cleaning if possible. Directly talking with the cleaner may benefit both parties as any questions can be answered. This is also a great time to inform the cleaners of any special requests or priority areas.

Make sure that all pets are in a kennel or a comfortable area with their food and water available to them. This is for your pet’s own protection as well as your peace of mind. This ensures that the animals won’t be able to escape the property, and ensures the animal does not bother the cleaners. Most animals do not like the sound of vacuuming and are best to be off the property if possible.

Try to move all furniture and other items in rooms that will not be cleaned. Our cleaners will move any furniture if necessary but moving them ahead of time will save the cleaner time and energy. The less clutter, the easier it is to properly clean a room. Less furniture and items also ensures that nothing can be knocked over or damaged. Cleaners will be cautious around any breakables, and cautious can be time consuming. Try to have all breakables in a safe place.

Try to vacuum the floors thoroughly before the carpet cleaners arrive. Any additional dirt and fibers in your carpet makes our job more difficult. Our method of cleaning your carpet will involve water which means the surface dirt becomes mud inside the carpet. It is always easier to vacuum surface dirt rather than washing it away. Vacuuming the floors will also help you and our cleaners identify the high priority areas: stains in your carpet where there is the most foot traffic.

Try to collect any coupons that the our business may be offering. If you don’t see any in the local news paper or flyers, call us directly and ask what our current specials are and our staff will be happy to provide you with all the details. We always offer cleaning specials on our website and even offer bundle saving packages. Write down future appointments and keep them near your checkbook. Paying by check ensures that all payments are made on time and all information is properly organized.

Take a before photo of all your carpets before our cleaners arrive. We stand by our methods and employees and guarantee that we will transform your old musty carpet into a virtually new carpet. If you compare the before and after photos and you are not impressed, let us know and we will make it right. We guarantee that you will be happy that you chose our service rather than buying a new floor.

Once the cleaners have finished it is essential for no foot traffic on the wet carpet. We recommend staying off the carpet for at least 12 hours to let it properly clean. Foot traffic not only adds dirt to the wet carpet, it also creates foot indents that make your carpet look worn and take away from the cleaning. This is a good chance to have a night away from your home. Maybe go have dinner and see a movie, or visit with friends. When you return home avoid all carpet as best as you can.

When you wake up the next day you will be greeted by your fresh and clean carpet. Regular scheduled carpet cleaning will ensure that your carpet looks brand new no matter what walks over it.

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Tips For Better Home Security

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According to authorities, a break and enter occurs every 15 seconds in North America resulting in an average $1,725 worth of property stolen and robs the people who live there of peace of mind for years.
It happens all to often and most if not all of those victims thought their home was properly secure. They had locks, lights, neighbors, dogs, alarm system and/or window bars. So how did a burglar still get in?
The sad fact is, it’s actually not that hard to get into the average house. The risk of being seen breaking in is more of a deterrent than a typical door lock, and since most home invasions happen in daylight, that risk is apparently not an overwhelming one. The dilemma is that most houses have weak points, and experienced thieves are extremely great at locating them.
Some weak points are obvious: For example an open door screams “everything must go!” A tree house within walking distance from an upstairs window is probably not a great idea. A window left open on a hot summer night is a criminals dream. The majority of people are much more careful than that, yet burglary is still relatively common.

We will begin with one of the most common security additions: the ever-popular, easily operated, and often helpful residential alarm system.

Home Alarm Systems
Alarm companies portray their product as a cure-all; an impenetrable force field that takes the uncertainty out of home security. In fact, it doesn’t really stop anyone from breaking in. However it will make your home a less than ideal target if you use it the correct way.
Alarms seem pretty foolproof. Install. Activate. Always turn on when leaving. Trusted persons get the pass-code, others trigger the blaring. The problem with alarms though, is that the blaring happens after the the criminal has already gained access. Somebody has already broken into your home, and has already taken whatever valuables were closest to the door and has gotten away by the time the alarm company alerts police and the cops arrive.
In this way, an alarm is mostly about peace of mind; if something does happen, help will be on the way quickly. An alarm is also effective by just simply placing a sticker on your window informing others that the house is protected by an alarm system. That means displaying that large notice with the alarm company’s name on it, and displaying it front and centre, outside the building. When people keep it hidden so as not to disturb their homes aesthetics, potential thieves don’t know the home is any less desirable than the house next door, and the alarm is only an after-the-fact security feature.
The lesson? Alarms are most effective when they’re most obvious.

Be Cautious on Social Media
If we’ve learned anything in the last decade, it’s that the Internet does not discriminate by intention. Pedophiles, hackers, and burglars get access like everybody else.
Sketchy Web-users are a fact of modern life that most of us only have to deal with in a peripheral way — unless we’re too open with sensitive information. And unless we’re unaware of which information is sensitive.
Like our vacation plans.
It all seems so harmless to update our Facebook status to let our friends know we’ve arrived in Europe for a week. We Tweet our intention to meet up for a day of hiking through the woods. We post real-time photos of our roadtrip on Instagram. We love to share our location and activities.
The issue with sharing is we can’t be entirely sure with whom we are sharing with. It’s not hard to eavesdrop on social-networking, so a robber holding a black ski mask and lock pick could be finding out we’re in Europe, on a mountain or driving cross-country; realizing he or she could break in with no chance of being caught.
Unless the neighbors are unusually alert and actively involved in your affairs. So keep your location off the social networks and on your neighbors’ radar.

Proper Hiding Places
Maybe the doormat or door frame were great places to hide a key at one time but the times have changed. Fake rocks revolutionized hiding places until thieves were aware of them and actively search for them. The fact is burglars are more intelligent and advanced in this day and age than ever before and the same old tricks just don’t work anymore.
When you hide your house key in an obvious place, you may be lowering your inconvenience in the case that you lock yourself out or need a friend to stop by when you are away, but you are increasing the chance you’ll find yourself in the much more inconvenient position of being robbed blind.
It is best not to have an extra key anywhere on your property; the best place for a spare key is with a trusted neighbor or friend.
If you must hide one, be creative. If your peers can guess your hiding place easily then find a new place.
If you are locking yourself out regularly, you might to invest in a keypad or fingerprint door lock instead of a tradition key.

Make Your Property Noticeable
The number one objective for a burglar is: Do not get caught. The first step to avoiding capture is avoiding detection in the first place.
While a large number of burglaries take place during the day, nighttime darkness is still a perfect cover for a criminal. When looking to make your house less attractive to a criminal, one of the most effective fixes is lighting, for both outdoor and indoor. It’s partly about minimizing the look of vacancy inside the house (which burglars notice), and partly about shedding light on would-be intruders outside the house.
Inside, what you need is to establish a routine and stick with it. Lots of burglars will study a target to pinpoint weak points, such as the occupants going out of town. Get a electrical timer and set the lights to go on at specific times in the morning and off at a certain time at night. That way, it’ll be harder to tell when you’re gone, whether you’re on a trip or just working late.
Outdoors, it’s all about visibility. The area immediately outside your home is the first barrier to thieves. Yard lights are great, but the solar kinds are much too faint to do much in the way of security. The non-solar 120-volt models are much better, and should be placed at specific points such as pathways and entry points. Any hiding spots, like bunches of trees or freestanding buildings, should also be very well lit. If you’re concerned about light pollution and energy being wasted, most of these lights can be hooked up to motion detectors so they only turn on when they are needed.

Invest in Strong Doors and Locks
If a thief makes it past your lighting system without giving up, you pretty much have one last chance to stop the break-in; at the point of entry.
That’s typically a door or window. For windows, locks are crucial, and burglar-proof glass is a possible upgrade.
Doors and door locks can get a little more complex. A burglar can gain entry either by kicking in the door or disabling the lock, so you want to address both of those possibilities with the equipment you choose:
The door should be made of solid wood or metal, so it withstands pressure.
The strike plate should be a heavy-duty variety, secured with 4 long screws (3 inch).
The lock should be a quality deadbolt or a knob-in-lock with a dead latch.
Do NOT try to save money on your doors and locks. Doors and locks are not something to be taken for granted, and are worth investing in purchasing expensive locks. Even if the thief learns online that you’re in Europe, ignores the alarm sign in your yard and makes it to your door without being seen, a sturdy expensive lock and a burly door can still keep him or her on the outside.

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Maid Service

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Maid Service in Fort McMurray

Need a maid service in Fort McMurray to help you deal with the stress of cleaning your home or business and focus more on the important things like spending time with your friends and family? Do you want to finally say goodbye to spending too much of your time off buffing floors, scrubbing countertops and polishing furniture?

Now you can spend more quality time with your family members and loved ones (as well as some alone time for yourself) when you let the Home Pros deal with the labor intensive chore of cleaning. Our cleaning specialists are focused on bringing the sparkle back to your home, and are backed by the Home Pros knowledge of cleaning experience and the latest technology – including our environmentally safe cleaning products. Turn to the professional fully bonded and insured cleaners from Home Pros, for a job well done.

Cleaning in Fort McMurray that is Thorough

The Home Pros Group works within your schedule and specific cleaning needs. Choose to arrange weekly, bi-weekly or monthly visits, or even just a onetime thorough clean, we will be there to do the job right.

We know better than anyone that each building requires a different level of tender love and care, that’s why our friendly Home Pros representative will ensure you get what you need from our professional cleaners.

Cleaning with Added Value

We take initiative when we clean our customers’ homes by going through our cleaning routine and applying extra tasks to ensure health and cleanliness throughout.  In addition, we also offer the following special house cleaning services:

•             Oven cleaning

•             Refrigerator cleaning

•             Packing & unpacking

•             Wall washing

•             Cabinet cleaning

•             Furniture Treatment

Find the most effective and efficient cleaning solutions in Fort McMurray.

Our other services:

•             Maids

•             Housekeepers

•             House Cleaning Service

•             Housekeeping Service

•             Cleaning Company

Home Pros is a full service cleaning company, which means our cleaning services include:

•             Dusting

•             Cobweb removal

•             Vacuuming

•             Emptying and cleaning of garbage cans

•             Completely clean all your bathroom appliances and fixtures

•             Scrub and sanitize vanities and toilets

•             Clean all mirrors

•             Polish chrome to a shine

•             Wash floors and tile walls

•             Deodorize

•             Cleaning of all appliances, counters, cabinets, chairs and tables

•             Cleaning of all kitchen counter-tops and back-splashes

•             Clean, scrub and sanitize sinks

•             Clean the range top and refrigerator top and exterior

•             Clean microwave inside and out

•             Wash floors

Save time. Save money. Call Home Pros today.

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HVAC Air Duct Cleaning

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Professional air duct cleaning is one of the best things you can do for your home or business. Forced air ventilation systems are often the biggest cause of substandard indoor air quality. You should make it a top priority to inspect your air ducts at work and your home and have them cleaned as needed. If your HVAC has been operating for some time without any attention, it may be circulating odors, dust and other contaminants. When you clean and remove the dust out of your heating and cooling system, you minimize the debris circulating throughout your home, at the same time removing allergy causing pollutants like mildew, mold and bacteria. Home Pros Group thoroughly inspects the heating and air conditioning units ensuring they are clean. This will extend the life of the equipment; saving you money and give you cleaner air.

Some of the benefits of cleaning your HVAC unit include:

Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.

May help to eliminate offensive odors.

Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

 

A clean HVAC and air flow system keeps your energy costs down and prolongs the life of the unit. Let Home Pros Group take the mystery out of air duct cleaning. Home Pros Group’s experienced technicians work their way through your air duct system using our powerful equipment to completely extract dust, pollen, mold & allergens that may trigger allergies and asthma. Our service equipment only uses HEPA filtration.

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If you need more information about our air duct cleaning services, or to learn how to keep your air ducts clean, please give us a call at 780-747-1275. Contact Us Today!

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Reasons for Regular Chimney Cleaning

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People love fireplaces. Few things can compare with the warm comfort of a roaring fire on a chilly eve. But a fireplace can also be a potential source of danger. There are important reasons that you need a clean chimney. Fire prevention experts say that many lives are tragically lost annually and millions of dollars in property damage sustained due to chimney fires. These deadly and costly fires could have been prevented if the owner had their chimney routinely serviced.

 

The importance of a clean chimney can’t be taken for granted; the chimney and the flue inside it are responsible for transporting the smoke away from the fireplace and out of the house. There are two main benefits of a clean chimney; it helps the fireplace to function properly and efficiently and it helps prevents the buildup of highly flammable creosote debris.

 

A Clean Chimney is a Safe Chimney

 

One of the byproducts of that crackling fire homeowners enjoy is creosote which is carried by smoke into the chimney. Some of the creosote builds up on the walls of the chimney. If the creosote becomes too great, it will catch fire. Chimney fires can silently spread to other parts of the home in a very short period of time. Heavy creosote buildup can also constrict the flow of carbon monoxide (which is a toxic, odorless gas) through the chimney and outside the home. We all know that carbon monoxide is a great threat to the well being of all occupants within a structure.

 

A clean chimney will also ensure that your fireplace is operating at its most efficient, which will provide homeowners the most heat while also reducing the amount of smoke that gets into the house.

 

Now that you know the reasons you need a clean chimney, a rational question would be: How often should I my chimney cleaned?

 

Many experts advise having the chimney inspected and cleaned every year. There are also some red flags or warning signs that homeowners should not ignore: a buildup of soot on the damper or chimney walls; smoke inside the home when fires are burned; a burning smell even when the fireplace is not ignited.

 

Finally, home owners must decided if they are able to do the job right? or should they contact a professional chimney cleaning service?

 

That decision is for the homeowner to make. But be careful: amateur chimney cleaning is a messy job that requires the strength for climbing and heavy breathing. In addition to keeping the chimney clean, a professional chimney cleaning technician, typically known as a chimney sweep, is also able to detect potentially dangerous flaws that need immediate repair.

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Why You Should Clean Carpet

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A Clean Carpet Looks New

This may be a given, but sometimes it’s easy to overlook just how much better clean carpet looks, and what benefits it provides. Clean, attractive carpet speaks well of your home or business. It creates more of a positive experience for your family or customers. For a business a clean carpet creates a better working environment for your employees which increases morale and overall productivity. Overall a clean carpet provides your business with a fresh, professional look. We pride ourselves in just how great we can make your carpets look.

 

Clean Carpet Saves You Money

If your carpet looks dirty, you have already waited far too long to get it professionally cleaned. Proper maintenance is key in preserving the look and extending the life of your carpets fabric. Poorly maintained carpet can quickly show the wear caused by continuous foot traffic. If your carpet goes for more than two years without being properly cleaned, the fabrics appearance will drop to 50% or lower, which should be unacceptable. Four years later, it drops to 30%! By getting on a carpet maintenance program, you will greatly extend the life and look of your carpet. After four years, your properly maintained carpet will retain its appearance level above 90%. Letting our trained professionals maintain your carpet will greatly extend its life, thus saving you big in the long run.

 

Clean Carpet Is Healthy

A carpet acts as a filter; collecting all of the dust, debris and allergens that naturally occur in the air. These allergens, if left to buildup, will be reintroduced into air when someone walks on the carpet fibers. Like any other filter eventually it will fill up and will need to be cleaned out. This is exactly why keeping your carpets clean is so essential to maintaining a clean atmosphere. We can flush all of the debris, dust and allergens out of your carpet, providing your home and business with aclean fresh, healthy atmosphere.

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Dryer Vent Cleaning

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How often do vents need cleaning?                       The stronger a dryer vent blows, the less likely lint will build up in the vent. Smaller vents blow better than large vents. Full size dryers blow better than smaller stack dryers or older dryer units. Vents with a lot of turns and elbows blow worse and build up more lint particles. Very short vents connected to full size dryers may never need cleaning! Yet the majority of vents need cleaning every two to three years, depending on the layout and dimensions of the vents.

 

Are dirty vents a fire hazard?                     A plugged vent will certainly cause a dryer to run hotter and increase the chance that something may ignite. A dirty vent, however, is only one small ingredient in a recipe for a potential fire. Other causes include: thermostat failure and limit switches in the dryer unit, lint particles within the dryer, a missing or damaged lint screen, and a punctured hose behind the dryer. Some of our competitors use “scare tactics” and reprint newspaper articles about devastating fires caused by dryers. Even though fire hazards may be exaggerated by our competition, many fire departments and insurance companies do require that dryer vents be inspected and cleaned regularly.

 

Bird Problems

 

What can be done to keep birds out?

 

Bird Problems in Dryer Vents:

Any device to keep birds out can also become clogged with lint particles. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is the best rule for dryer vents with no previous bird issues. If your vents are attracting birds, we highly recommend a three-stage approach to solve the problem:

Stage 1: Install Deflecto (brand) louvered vent cover. It is very durable. Flaps stay shut.

Stage 2: Install Deflecto bird resistant vent cover. It has a bar between each flap. But difficult to see if bars become clogged.

Stage 3: Install Deflecto Universal Bird Guard over the vent cover. The large plastic cage may or may not self-clean in wind and rain but it is easy to remove and clean if it is plugged.

 

The majority of vent covers come in brown or white and are able to be painted.

 

 

 

Bird Problems in Other Vents:

We recommend that all other vents, (kitchen fans, bathroom fans, etc.) be screened with hardware cloth to keep birds out.

 

 

Vent Repairs                     Typical vent repairs that we perform include: Replacing or repairing venting in attics or crawl spaces; removing small sections of drywall in laundry closets to repair or replace venting; and drilling holes in walls to run new venting. We cannot “finish” the drywall. We cannot puncture holes through flat roofs. (We can arrange for professional roofers to add vent covers through roofs.) Labor costs, parts and trip expenses make the average vent repair cost between $150 and $250.

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Flood & Fire Restoration Companies

 

Fire RestoationHave you just gone through a devastating home fire? Choosing a fire restoration company can be a difficult choice but time is of the essence. Dealing with the aftermath of a house fire is both devastating and traumatic, trying to coup with losing so many personal belonging and trying to salvage what remains is a tough job. The best thing you can do is act quickly, choosing the fire restoration company quickly can save you huge amounts of money and sometimes restore personal belongings if they haven’t been sitting to long.

 

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Home Security on a Budget

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Home Security – Smoke and Mirrors Work

 

Home SecurityDo you have a home security system? Do you have a Home security plan? The home protection industry is one of the fastest growing industries on the planet today but it can be very expensive. Can you create a safer home for your family without breaking the bank? The answer is yes!

 

Grass Roots Home Security

Home security is not only about have a security system installed and monitored by a professional company. Home security can be much more grass roots then that, making your home less of a target when compared to other homes in the same area is a great start. Here are a few basics that can make your home less attractive to criminals

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