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The Shower Dilemma!


The Shower Dilemma!

The job of your shower or bathtub is to keep you and your family clean… yet you might have noticed that the shower or bathtub themselves are in need of attention from time to time.

The problem is a common one. You combine soap residue with hard water and the resulting challenge is a build-up on the walls of the shower, the fixtures and more. It can be an ugly, difficult-to- clean mess! Sometimes, the shower and bath seem to be dirtier than you…

The solution is also a common one, pretty easy to accomplish, if you have the right tools.

A somewhat misleading concoction some think works for cleaning shower stalls and bath fixtures is to mix vinegar with ammonia and add a few other ingredients. The problem with that is the vinegar and ammonia cancel each other out in regards to the acidity and alkalinity of the products. Remember that the “crud” on the tile and tub need acidity to remove them… thus the idea of using a vinegar or acidic solution.

The solution? Create your own cleaning agent using vinegar, a drop of Dawn Dish Soap (or similar product) with super-hot water. You will need a trigger sprayer or small pump-up sprayer. Apply the home-made concoction liberally over all the areas that need to be cleaned. Allow at least 5 minutes of contact time (the more the better) and then rinse.  You may need to repeat the application of the vinegar, dish soap and hot water.

Using vinegar is safe. Don’t use a harsh acid (such as a rust removing product) in place of vinegar. The chemical reaction and resulting residue from using a strong acid can be harmful to your skin or the skin of your family.


Of course, for all your cleaning needs, from carpet to upholstery to tile floors and more,
call SPECTRUM CARPET CLEANING @ 301-662- 8200

Handling Humidity

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We are in the thick of summer and it’s HOT! With the Holiday weekend coming, here are some reminders about humidity that you don’t want to miss…

Run exhaust fans or ventilators if you have them—especially in kitchens and bathrooms where there is more moisture. If you do not have ventilators than cracking a window can help too
INCREASE INDOOR TEMP-warm air can hold more moisture
RUN AC– if no other cost efficient options
USE HOUSE PLANTS-Plants release moisture vapor into the air (English Ivy, Peace Lily, Reed Palm, Boston Ferns, & Tillandsia
USE DEHUMIDIFIERS– Best used away from walls and furniture

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Flood Damage

Flood Damage

Tips before the Spectrum team arrives


Until Help Arrives…
There are many steps you can take as a responsible homeowner when flooding occurs in your home, whether from an overflowing toilet or a failed sump pump.

First of all, keep it safe. Do not do anything that can cause physical harm to yourself or your family, which can mean working in areas with electricity that have water damage issues.

Pick things up. When water intrudes, picking up smaller items and placing them out of harm’s way is important.

For objects you value, normally smaller items, and can get to without danger to yourself, start wiping them off and getting them dry. Although your water damage pro will handle the final cleaning and restoring of valuable objects, you can do much to help the process.

Some materials are sensitive, and need special attention. These can include wood furniture, fabrics, upholstery, rugs, art and other valuable items. If you can remove these from flooded areas and wipe them off and allow them to dry, you might assist the drying and restoration process. Especially pick up and allow to hang in a safe place items such as valuable rugs.

As a general rule, get things up off the floor. These would be especially larger, more valuable items, such as sofas, chairs, tables, etc. Most water damage situations are just a few inches deep, so putting these items up could be possible and very helpful to preserve their value.


Happy Birthday, Jim!

Happy Birthday, Jim!balloons

You have worked so hard to make Spectrum what it is today. We appreciate you and hope you have a wonderful day!
All Our Love,
Your Spectrum Family


Help us celebrate Jim’s Birthday (June 11) by calling into Spectrum and scheduling your next carpet cleaning. Mention you are calling to wish Jim a Happy Birthday and receive FREE Scotchgard treatment in one room.

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Congratulations Graduates!

Our family at Spectrum wishes you all the best in your future endeavors.

We want to celebrate our graduates with 10% off your cleaning from 5/27-6/5.
Call today and mention you saw our Blog to redeem this special offer.

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Area Rugs on Spotlight

rugThis week we are chatting about area rugs and why it is so important to treat them like gold! Spectrum understands the importance of keeping these beauties clean as they can be a nesting ground for so many various kinds of bacteria and allergy inducing germs and mold.

Spectrum offers free pick up and delivery within 5-7 days. Check out the short video we paired with our blog on area rugs and call Spectrum to get a quote on your rug today.



Mamas! This promotion is for YOU. We value and appreciate all the hard work you do to keep your home all in one piece. Your family at Spectrum wants to celebrate all of your efforts by making it a little easier on you this Mother’s Day. Call Spectrum and book your next cleaning by May 15th and we will offer you TWO FREE rooms of Scotchgard. This treatment literally wicks away any water or liquid spills and creates a barrier for when disaster strikes and your little one (or your significant other!) create a mess. Don’t hesitate—CALL TODAY!


Happy Earth Day!


Happy Earth Day from our family at Spectrum! We want to remind our customers that we use only quality and SAFE cleaning agents in your home. We are continuing to educate ourselves on the ingredients used in all of our products and strive to offer you services that provide a clean AND safe environment for your family.

As a professional cleaning company, we invite you to take a look at some of our DIY GREEN cleaning recipes. These are great ways to buy you a little bit of time before you make the call to Spectrum to finish the job. Enjoy!

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Vacuuming Does NOT Count As Carpet Cleaning… Seriously.

We like to think we can keep our carpets clean on our own, thank you very much. We just need to vacuum every month or so and blot when there’s a stain… right?

Wrong. What you’re likely forgetting (or, if you’re like us, what you never knew) is that almost all carpet companies require you to professionally steam clean your carpet every 12 to 24 months, to keep your warranty valid.

In other words, vacuuming is not enough. Neither is steaming carpets yourself. Professional steaming is, like it or not, legally the only way to protect your carpet in most cases. And it’s also a way to protect your health.

“Indoor air quality can be eight to ten times worse than outdoor air quality, if you don’t clean your flooring, clean your drapes and let air inside regularly,” says interior designer Robin Wilson, who specializes in allergy-free housekeeping. When millions of Americans suffer from indoor allergies, air quality is a huge issue.

Wilson — and the other experts we spoke with — says that to keep the air in your home clean, it’s important to follow a few carpet-cleaning rules. Namely:

Call professionals to steam your carpet, more often than you think you should.

Many carpet companies won’t honor your warranty unless you hire professional cleaners every 12 to 18 months, says Carolyn Forte, a director at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. In some cases the requirement may be 24 months — check your carpet’s warranty for specifics.

Wilson, meanwhile, recommends even more frequent steamings in the interest of a dust-free home: she says to call in professional steamers every six months, and every four to six WEEKS if you have a pet. (Keep in mind this applies to carpets, not area rugs).

Regardless of how often you choose to use them, our experts agree that professional steam cleaners are hands-down necessary — you shouldn’t attempt to steam carpets yourself. Only steam can effectively lift dust from deep within your carpet, Wilson says — if left there, it will wear down and rip the carpet’s fibers. But only professional machines can truly zap all the steam’s moisture from the carpet when you’re done cleaning. The results of trying to do it yourself can be sickening.

“I’ve been on job sites where you pull up the carpet and see a mold patch,” Wilson says. When you steam clean yourself, “you turn your house into an incubator for mold growth,” Wilson adds.

Between steams, vacuum at least weekly (or much more often with pets).

Of course, vacuuming remains the easiest way to keep carpets and area rugs clean between steams — our experts recommend vacuuming once per week, to keep those abrasive dust particles out of carpet fibers. Ramp up the frequency in high-traffic areas or if you have pets — these spots might need daily vacuuming depending on how much debris you notice, according to Merry Maids Training Manager Debra Johnson.

And take area rugs out for spring and fall cleaning sessions.

Area rugs vary in their care instructions, so check yours for its ideal cleaning schedule. Generally, Wilson says, you should vacuum rugs with the same frequency as carpets, then deep-clean them every six months with a good old-fashioned broom-beating. Take rugs outside, shake them out, beat them with an actual broom (ideally while wearing a mask to protect your face), and let them air outside for a day.

Many area rugs can also be steam cleaned — if yours allows, you might steam it once per year, Wilson advises.

Another secret? Vacuum slowly.

“One of the most common errors people make when vacuuming is that they do it too fast,” Johnson says. “Vacuuming slowly allows a vacuum cleaner to do its best work by vibrating carpet fibers and containing dust in the vacuum.”

Blot carpet spills immediately — do NOT wait.

Rubbing a stain will spread goo around and can distort the carpet’s pile, or fluffy shape. And waiting to clean a stain lets moisture seep deeper — Forte recommends cleaning spills the instant they happen.

Spray carpet cleaner on a cloth and dab the stain, working from the outside to its center. Rinse with a clean cloth the same way, and then blot dry. To absorb leftover moisture, pile on a stack of paper towels and place a heavy pot or vase on top. Leaving it there overnight will ensure all wetness is fully zapped.

Pick a carpet that’s not a dust magnet in the first place.

To prevent dust buildup in the first place, choose a low pile, Wilson says. This means picking a carpet or area rug with short fibers — high layers of fluff or shag will trap more dust (not to mention mite carcasses… ew). Wilson recommends natural, durable materials like wool instead of synthetic ones like nylon. Carpet tiles are a stellar alternative to wall-to-wall carpets, she says — when there’s a spill, you can pull up the tile and clean it on its own, and you can remove them completely when you’re ready for a scene change back to hardwood floors.

…and if you keep it clean, you can keep it forever! (Well, almost.)

“You can keep a rug for a lifetime, if you keep it clean,” Wilson says. Carpet lifespans, however, range with quality — some well-made varieties are made to last up to 15 years if kept dust-free, she adds.

…It’s just a little more motivation to summon the steam machine.


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