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Our Services

SAFE & EFFECTIVE ALLERGY RELIEF

Marshall Cleaning Service uses the MasterBlend ResponsibleCare line of products which are all hypoallergenic, non-toxic, dye and perfume free.  MasterBlend contains no volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), phosphates or other hazardous materials, contain no benzyl benzoate and is not a pesticide or mitacide, and are biodegradable and environmentally safe. ResponsibleCare Anti-Allergen PreSpray contains no solvents, phosphates, or perfumes, and are environmentally safe; has a ph level of 10.0; and are safe for stain-resistant carpet. ResponsibleCare Allergy Relief Treatment is a highly effectve safely control dust mite allergens; made from naturally occurring extracts; has a ph level of 2.5. ResponsibleCare Anti-Allergen Deodorizer is specifically formulated for residential applcatons; eliminates odors without the use of heavy perfumes; has a ph level of 9.0; and is safe for stain-resistant carpet. If you are ready for a healthy home, you can count on the professionals at Marshall Cleaning Service to provide you with the very best state-of-the-art services to make your home a healthy one.

INDOOR ALLERGENS

Effective Treatment for Indoor Allergens Exposure to dust mite and pet allergens are widely accepted to be the most important causes of indoor allergies.  Now, Marshall Cleaning Service offers special cleaning and Allergy Relief Treatment services which can reduce allergens in your home by 90% or more. Allergy Relief in Your Bedrooms According to the Center for Disease Control, a mattress can have between 10,000 and 10 million dust mites in it. These microscopic pests contain an antigen which can trigger allergy and asthma attacks. On average, we spend about one third of our time in bed. Keeping your sleeping area clean and allergen free is essential for your health.  Marshall Cleaning Service recommends that you clean all the fabric surfaces in your bedrooms, including mattresses, carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture. Our powerful steam cleaning process uses hot water to effectively kill and remove most dust mites and other allergens such as pet hair and dander.

WHOLE HOUSE TREATMENT

Whole House Allergy Treatment Other areas of particular interest for controlling indoor allergies are the carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture in the living areas of your home.  If you have indoor pets, chances are very good that the entire house should be cleaned and treated. Whole House Cleaning in conjunction with an Allergy Relief Treatment offers the greatest potential benefits for allergy sufferers.  Our field team members use a hot water extraction method (also called steam cleaning), the preferred carpet cleaning method recommended by most carpet manufacturers to remove pollutants and allergens from your carpets and fabric upholstery.  Fine rugs can be cleaned off site at a special rug cleaning facility. Turnaround time is typically 7 days.

ALLERGY RELIEF

AREA RUG CLEANING

AREA RUG CLEANING

A clean and beautiful rug can literally transform the look of a room, demanding attention and providing an amazing tie to the rest of your furnishings.  A dirty rug, however, does exactly the opposite, bringing the look and appeal of the entire room down. Marshall Cleaning Service is the best in the industry.  A gentle and effective rug cleaning is one of the best steps you can take towards a healthy and vital home.  Rugs are generally in the highest traffic areas of your home; therefore, they have a higher content of grime and allergens. You will be amazed by the results of Marshall Cleaning Service;  the look and luster once provided by your rug will be restored and bring a sense of comfort and familiarity to your home. Most of the time, your area rugs will need to be cleaned off site.

SCOTCHGUARD PROTECTION

Once your area rug is professionally cleaned, you might think everything is good until the next time you call Marshall Cleaning Service to handle your high traffic areas. While we do appreciate the business, we also recommend taking the time to have your carpets protected in addition to cleaned to ensure optimal results for prevention of ground in dirt and grime. Marshall Cleaning Service uses the highest quality carpet protection.  Scotchgard will provide protection to maintain that clean look and prevent future spills and stains from setting. We strongly suggest this service for the continued maintenance of your area rugs. This protection helps repel ground-in dirt and tough stains from surfacing again.  Protect your investment and live healthier.

CARPET CLEANING

Marshall Cleaning Service provides excellent, professional service.  Marshall’s strong reputation has given them the right to be called Knoxville’s #1 Carpet Cleaning Company.   Marshall has a great track record of serving both residential and commercial clients.  Marshall uses the very best state-of-the-art truck mounted carpet cleaning equipment; the most proven techniques and the the highest training standards for all of our team members. Marshall provides each of their customers with a 100% satisfaction GUARANTEE!   Marshall stands behind their work and you’ll never be disappointed! Before your carpet is cleaned, please remove breakables and items from tables and other furniture that will be moved by our technicians.  Remove all small items such as toys, boxes, magazines, shoes, etc. in the areas to be cleaned.  Also, arrange for pets and children to be away from the areas where we will be cleaning.

 

Same Day Service Available – Just Ask!

Did you just realize you have guests coming over?  Are you suffering from allergies?  Did you just have a big spill that you can’t remove?  Then our  Same Service Day Service is just for you! Marshall Cleaning Service can provide you with quick and reliable SAME DAY service.  Simply call Marshall at 865-414-9537 to make your  Same Day reservation.

  • Knoxville’s #1 Carpet Cleaner
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Affordable (price match reputable local companies)
  • Professional service by a trained technician
  • All services and warranties are 100% GUARANTEED!
  • Receive a FREE bottle of spotter for all services over $129

Call 865-414-9537 and ask about today’s SAME DAY deals!

WHAT TO EXPECT

When a Marshall Cleaning Service technician arrives at your home or business, the following steps are followed to ensure the absolute best results.

 

  1. Pre-Inspection: Every great carpet cleaning experience starts with a proper pre-inspection. Our service technician will inspect your particular areas of concern as well as noting carpet construction and soiling conditions. He will also advise you of any possible permanent staining.
  2. Commercial pre-vacuum
: Your carpet will be thoroughly vacuumed to remove dry soil. Dry soil is removed by a thorough vacuuming. Removing dry soil is one of the most important steps in the cleaning process.
  3. Furniture Moving
: If you have selected a package that includes furniture moving, your sofas, chairs and tables will be carefully moved. Larger pieces (beds, china cabinets and dressers) are left in place under our regular pricing structure. Furniture will be protected with disposable blocks and tabs.
  4. Pre-spray & Pre-spot: 
All traffic areas and spots are pretreated for more effective soil and spot removal.
  5. Pre-Groom: 
Your carpet will be pre-groomed with a carpet groomer to further loosen traffic area soil.
  6. Extract & Rinse
: Once the soil has been loosened, our state-of-the-art, truck-mounted hot water extraction process will thoroughly flush the carpet pile. Pressure and heat are regulated so that carpet is not over-wet. We clean with water temperature between 200°F – 220°F, depending on your carpet.
  7. Neutralize: 
Every carpet that we clean is pH balanced so that there is no sticky residue left behind. This treatment is used as a rinse or applied after the rinse depending on soiling condition, improving air quality by removing pollens, dust mites, etc.  This also helps keep your carpet clean not allowing soil buildup as quickly.
  8. Post-spot Treatment: 
If any spots are not removed during the cleaning process, specialty spotting techniques are employed. Note: Permanent stains identified by our service technician may not be removed.  Depending on the package that you select, additional charges may be incurred.
  9. Speed Dry: 
Depending on the package that you select, high velocity air movers are placed on the carpet to speed dry your carpet.
  10. Post Grooming
: The carpet pile is set in one direction for faster drying and visual appeal.

Post Inspection
: Please walk through your home or business to inspect our work.  Your satisfaction is our guarantee!

SCOTCHGUARD PROTECTION

Once your carpet is professionally cleaned, you might think everything is good until the next time you call Marshall Cleaning Service to handle your high traffic areas. While we do appreciate the business, we also recommend taking the time to have your carpets protected in addition to cleaned to ensure optimal results for prevention of ground in dirt and grime.Marshall Cleaning Service uses the highest quality carpet protection and floor sealants, including 3M ScotchgardTM Carpet Protection and DuPont Teflon® Protection to maintain that clean look and prevent future spills and stains from setting. We strongly suggest this service for the continued maintenance of your carpet and floors. This protection helps repel ground-in dirt and tough stains from surfacing again. We are a leading company in the Knoxville area in carpet cleaning, and provide professional, courteous service.  Service GUARANTEED each and every time.

AFTER YOUR CARPET IS CLEANED

After your carpet has been cleaned, these simple steps can be a big help.

 

  • Wear your booties over your feet.  Marshall Cleaning Service will provide you with at least one pair.  It’s a good idea to wear them so you don’t track dirt onto your carpet while it is drying.
  • Be careful walking from your carpet to hard surfaces.  Floors can be slippery.
  • Keep pets and children off carpet for at least 4-6 hours.
  • Remove blocks and tabs from underneath your furniture 24 hours after carpet is cleaned.
  • Vacuum carpet any time after the first 24 hours.
  • Enjoy your carpet.
  • Tell all of your friends about your experience with Marshall Cleaning Service.

CARPET CLEANING

GUTTER CLEANING

GUTTER CLEANING

At Marshall Cleaning Service, we are committed to providing you with the most thorough and efficient gutter cleaning services in the Knoxville area.  Cleaning out gutters may seem like a simple process, but if not done properly, it can create even more problems for you as a homeowner. Upon arriving at your home, our certified crew will conduct an extensive evaluation of your gutter system. This allows us to keep you informed about any issues that we may feel need to be addressed regarding your gutter system. We will begin our service by clearing away any loose debris, leaves, straw and other foliage that may find its way on your roof or in the gutter system. By starting at the top, we ensure a complete and thorough clean up. Gutter cleaning with Marshall begins with the use of powerful pressure washing or blowers that remove various forms of debris from the gutters and downspouts. In some instances, a large cluster of leaves, straw or other loose particles may become lodged in the track, which our standard cleaning technique may not be able to dislodge. Because we pride ourselves on complete, total cleaning, we will manually remove any large obstructions that become too tough manually. Our team will also check your downspouts to check for clogs or jams that may have been missed during our work. Problems with the downspouts can arise if gutter cleaning has been neglected or delayed for an extended period of time. In these situations, we will disassemble the downspout, ensuring it that is clean and clear of any obstructions. Then we’ll properly and securely reassemble the system. Such serious clogs are not common and are usually the result of maintenance negligence or overabundance of loose debris in the area. After we clean the gutters, we’ll clean up after ourselves so the only thing that you’re left with is 100% satisfaction. At Marshall Cleaning Service, we strive to be the most professional and thorough gutter cleaning company in the Knoxville area. We never take shortcuts and will always ensure your complete satisfaction before we call it a day. Give our office a call today at 865-414-9537 to learn more about our services, receive a free estimate or to schedule service.

GUTTER & DOWNSPOUT CLEANING

Includes the following for one flat rate. Our crew will work from your roof, using a very effective technique to ensure the cleanliness of your home:

 

  1. Roof Clean – We will remove all debris off the roofing, out of the valleys, and clean all those areas on your roofing that collect debris such as behind your chimneys, vent pipes, etc.
  2. Gutter Cleaning – Clean out all of your gutters (including underneath most types of guards)
  3. Downspout Cleaning – Check and clear all your downspouts.
  4. Ground Clean-up – When completed, we will perform a thorough cleanup of all the areas where debris might have fallen during the cleaning. If neglected, gutter cleaning can be a messy task, but our goal is always that your property will be left at least as clean, or cleaner than it was when we arrived.

***Upon request, we may provide any of the following services: (at an additional cost)*** Check underground drains: Once checked, some may require jetting or other repairs. Additional fees apply.  Marshall can coordinate all additional work with local vendors if required. Install Gutter Protection: We offer several effective types. Trimming tree branches which are near or touching the roof. We can cut them back from the house to prevent damage to the shingles. We do not haul the branches away, and will need to place them somewhere in the yard. Change flood lights: We can change any flood lights which you may want changed. We will provide the bulbs (Quality Philips 90W Flood halogen bulbs, rated at 2000 hrs) and install them, or you can supply your own bulbs. Please specify the bulbs to be changed or leave the lights turned on when we arrive, so we can clearly see which bulbs need replacing. Replace a few missing guards: We stock most basic types of gutter guards and can replace missing or damaged (missing clips) guards with new ones. Please note that if you are missing a few screens, your screens in general are likely in a state of disarray. It may be worth considering a better quality gutter cover. Seal leaky seams: Seams need to be cleaned, dried, and scraped to properly seal the seam. We do not warranty that this re-sealing of the old seam will last, as there are many factors which may prevent the sealing of an existing / old seam from lasting. General Roof / Gutter Repairs:  We make most all roof repairs at the same time as gutter cleaning. Replace Worn, Leaking, or Damaged Vent Boots and much more.

ISSUES CAUSED BY CLOGGED GUTTERS
  • Leaking Basements and Cracked Foundations: Did you know that clogged gutters are the number one cause of basement water leaks? Did you also know that most home insurance policies do not cover water damage caused by leaking roofs or clogged gutters? If your gutters do not move water away from your foundation, the puddling water will just be standing there against your foundation, causing it to weaken and eventually crack. We know homeowners who have spent thousands of dollars to repair flood damage caused by clogged gutters.
  • Rotted Wood: When gutters are filled to the top with debris, the debris acts as a wick, and continually draws moisture up to the wood fascia boards and even up to the roof sheathing and framing boards. The result is rotting wood, sometimes visible, but frequently hidden from view until the roof starts leaking or the gutters start to sag or fall off.
  • Breeding Ground for Insects, Plants and Critters: Debris left in a gutter can create a dam, causing ponds of water inside your gutters. These conditions are ideal for breeding mosquitoes and other insects. Some critters such as mice and birds also like to make their homes in clogged gutters. Some gutters have been clogged so long that plants and trees start growing in them.
  • Sagging Driveways and Walkways: When clogged gutters overflow, the water can settle near driveways, walkways, and foundations, instead of being diverted away from your house. Over time, this water can get under the concrete and wash some of the soil away, causing sagging and cracking.
GUTTER CLEANING FAQS

If you are looking for a gutter cleaning company in the Knoxville area, you already know how important it is to keep your gutters clean. What you may not understand is how the process works and what to expect from a professional gutter cleaning. Here at Marshall Cleaning Service, we believe an informed customer is a happy customer and we strive to make sure you understand the process and what is involved. Here are a few commonly asked questions about gutter cleaning in the Knoxville area and the services we provide. Do I Need To Be Home For Cleaning Services? No, it is not necessary that you rearrange your schedule to be home when our cleaning crew arrives. Since all of our work is done outside, there is no need to enter your home so no one needs to be there to let the crew in. Insurance regulations strictly prohibit homeowners handling our equipment or helping in any way, so there is absolutely no reason for homeowners to feel obligated to be home while we work. Will There Be Lots Of Clean Up For Me To Do After The Cleaning? Usually, there is very little clean up for the homeowner to do after a professional gutter cleaning. Our crew is usually able to clear away debris from patios, driveways and decks and blend the rest of the debris into the landscaping. For highly manicured and cultivated lawns and gardens, blending the debris into the landscaping may be harder and require special clean up from the homeowner after the crew leaves. It is our intention to leave your landscaping looking as good if not better than it was before we arrived, and will do everything possible to keep your clean up work load light.  It’s important that any vehicles be moved away from the home during the cleaning process to eliminate any possibility of debris. What Do You Use To Clear The Gutters and Downspouts? Is It Safe? We use a pressure washer to clean and clear your gutters and downspouts. This is a safe, effective way to clear out debris and clogs and requires the use of no harsh chemicals. We understand you may have more questions than the few addressed here and invite you to call us at 865-414-9537 to learn more about our services and how we can help you. Proudly serving the Knoxville, TN area, Marshall Cleaning Service will help you understand the process, provide you with an estimate and help you clean and maintain your gutters all year round.

HARDWOOD FLOORING SERVICES
  • Due to the texture and attractiveness of hardwood, homes with hardwood floors actually have higher value than those that don’t. Despite the beauty and reliability of hardwood floors, they are prone to collecting unhealthy dust and sometimes suffer unsightly stains.
  • Over time, even well-tended hardwood will become dingy and grimy
  • because of daily wear and tear. Contaminants such as dust, dirt, dander, and even mold spores build up on the surface and between the cracks of your hardwood floors, ruining their natural sheen and fostering the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Many people already know that Marshall is Knoxville’s top professional home cleaning service, leading the industry in carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, tile & grout cleaning, and mattress cleaning. But did you know that we also offer state-of-the-art Dust-Free Hardwood Floor Cleaning? We absolutely do! Our high-tech cleaning process will remove all the built-up dirt in and under your hardwood, leaving your hardwood floors glistening with their best shine.
  • If pet stains, water marks or collected dirt are soiling your hardwood, call the highly-trained technicians at Marshall. We will work efficiently to thoroughly cleanse your hardwood floors, and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all services performed by Marshall.
WHY CHOOSE MARSHALL FOR PROFESSIONAL HARDWOOD FLOOR CLEANING?
  • Hardwood floor cleaning can be completed in a few short hours, allowing you to maintain your daily activities with no prolonged furniture displacement. Be back to normal in just one day!
  • Our powerful hardwood floor cleaning system removes all unsightly and unhealthy dirt and stains – and afterwards, we professionally finish your wood!
  • Utilizes the industry’s latest technology for hardwood floor cleaning and stain removal.
  • Our quick but powerful three step process will restore your hardwood in no time. Clean, Rinse and Finish!
  • We use a state-of-the-art self-contained extraction system, deeply cleaning your hardwood without any damages.
PROCESS

Our Hardwood Floor Cleaning Process Our methodical, state-of-the-art cleaning process features advanced tools and cleaning products. The specially-trained hardwood floor cleaning crew at Marshall starts by preparing the area for cleaning. Then, we use a three-step process to clean, rinse and finish your hardwood floor. Our team uses a power-driven rotary brush and advanced extraction technology to remove loose particles and achieve a deep clean without making a mess. We then repeat the cleaning process to work out any stubborn pollutants. Then, we apply a neutralizer to restore Hardwood floors add character and beauty to any room. Because of the rich the pH of the wood. Finally, we apply a coat of satin or gloss to bring out the natural shine of your floor. After it dries, you are free to return furniture to its proper place and enjoy the fresh look and feel of your home!

RESTORATION

Fast and Easy Hardwood Floor Restoration While other company’s processes can take up to two weeks and leave your home in disarray, Marshall’s contemporary approach only takes a few hours and is virtually dust-free. You’re free to place furniture back in the room after only 24 hours! Imagine that – cleaner, more beautiful hardwood floors in only one day! Call the professional hardwood floor cleaning technicians at Marshall right now to bring out the potential of your hardwood floors, and be sure to check out our online money-saving coupons!

HARDWOOD FLOORING SERVICES

MATTRESS CLEANING

MATTRESS CLEANING

Effective Allergy Relief Treatment On average, we spend about one third of our time in bed. Up to 60% of the dust mites found in your home are actually living in your bed!The piece of furniture in which people spend 8 hours on every day could be the dirtiest item in your home!!! According to the Center for Disease Control, a mattress can have anywhere between 10,000 to 10 million dust mites in it. Dust mites don’t bite, but they can make life pretty uncomfortable for you or any of your family members who suffer from allergies or asthma. If you wake up with a stuffy head or have a hard time getting a good night’s sleep, it’s time to think about cleaning your bed, and it goes deeper than flipping the mattress or washing the sheets. Marshall Cleaning Service can help you clean your mattress to eliminate dust mites and neutralize the allergens that they produce. Mattresses are a perfect breeding ground for dust mites. Scientific evidence indicates that Guanine (which could be present in your mattress), a combination of dust mites’ excrement, and saliva, is a leading cause of allergies.  Confidence that you’re your mattress is as clean as your linens should give you piece of mind for a better night’s sleep. Mattresses are a big investment, so choosing a professional mattress cleaning service is no small decision. Marshall’s technicians are highly trained in the care of all fabric and mattress types, even the most delicate. Marshall uses specially designed tools to gently clean folds and crevices. Marshall also recommends that you clean the bedroom carpets, draperies, air ducts and any upholstered furniture pieces on a regular basis.  Having your mattress cleaned professionally by Marshall can reduce levels of dust mite and pet allergens by 90% or more. You and your family will breathe easier and enjoy a great night of well deserved sleep.

PROCESS

Marshall will carefully inspect your mattress for trouble areas.

 

  • We will use our two-step cleaning process to get your mattress thoroughly cleaned and smelling like new again.
  • We will apply an optional protector or deodorizer (additional charges apply).
  • Marshall will carefully inspect the work we’ve done and back it with a strong satisfaction guarantee – each and every time.
PET STAINS & ODORS

Not sure there is much worse than the smell of pet urine in your carpet and upholstery.  It penetrates the fibers and contaminates both the backing of the carpet and flooring material as well.  If you have ever tried cleaning and removing it yourself, you know it’s quite the challange to completely clean up and remove using standard cleaning products. Pet Urine Can Cause Major Damage Often, without your knowing, pets will urinate continually in the same spot, continually worsening the damage being done at an exponential rate.  Pet urine will eventually eat its way through your carpeting and flooring (from cement to wood) and ultimately spread its way into the framework and walls of your home.  If neglected long enough, the damage becomes severe enough to require major restoration work (including new carpeting) to completely rid your home of that lingering smell of pet urine. Marshall’s Technicians Are Trained And Ready To Serve You Because animals don’t always follow the rules and take care of business outside or in the litter box, you need a solution.  Marshall Cleaning Service technicians are trained to provide several pet urine deodorization treatments as well as pet urine stain removal techniques. The difference between Marshall Cleaning Service Pet Treatments and over-the-counter solutions are BIG. Over-the-counter odor and stain removers can sometimes do more harm than good. Most store bought products need to be spread liberally on the carpet which can result in mold, and even make the stain worse due to over-saturation.  Marshall Cleaning Service utilize specially formulated solution in our guaranteed pet odor removal service.  Experience the Marshall difference today!

STAIN REMOVAL

Marshall Cleaning Service first locates the urine crystals and then uses a powerful formula to remove pet urine and odors.  When Marshall’s high powered formula reaches contact with your pet’s urine, it immediately begins a chemical reaction that destroys it for good. Pet stains can be some of the most stubborn due to special dyes in your pet’s food.  At Marshall Cleaning Service, we use a special cleaning solution with a high pH level to release the dye from your carpet. The spot is then thoroughly rinsed.  

 

  • The source and severity of the odor are determined. Then the carpet will be rinsed and extracted with a hot water rinse to remove the bulk of the urine crystals.
  • In worst cases, the carpet is pulled back in the suspected areas to reveal the extent of the damage.
  • If necessary, the pad will be removed and replaced.
  • An odor-blocking protectant may also applied to the subfloor if the damage is severe enough.
  • Marshall’s high powered pet urine formula will then be applied heavily to the tack strip, flooring, baseboards and carpet backing. It is necessary to thouroughly apply it enough to dampen all areas affected by your pet’s urine for maximum effectiveness.
  • If necessary, the carpet pad will be removed and replaced.
  • Over the next 24 to 36 hours, the ingredients of Marshall’s high powered formula will oxidize the urine crystals and eliminates the odor.
  • Satisfaction is Guaranteed – 100% of the time.
ODOR REMOVAL

Once urine soaks beneath the carpet to the padding and the floor beneath, the pet odor is considered to be multi-layered. In these severe cases, the pet urine smell can affect the whole house. Our expert technicians use a sub-surface extraction method and special neutralizers to effectively eliminate pet urine and pet odor from your carpet.

PET STAINS & ODORS

PRESSURE WASHING

PRESSURE WASHING

Marshall Cleaning Service is Knoxville’s premier pressure washing and power washing company. Marshall offers the highest quality exterior cleaning services available. We provide specialized, affordably-priced pressure washing and power washing in Knoxville, Alcoa, Maryville, Oak Ridge and the surrounding areas. What do we clean? Our services include house washing, commercial pressure washing, hot water concrete cleaning, as well as large power washing projects for schools, apartments, office buildings, strip malls and industrial applications. Do you have an outdoor cleaning project that you’re not sure how to handle? Chances are, Marshall Cleaning Service can help!  We specialize in the following types of cleaning projects:

 

  • Private homes
  • Rental houses
  • Restaurants
  • Retail stores
  • Gas stations
  • Office complexes
  • Driveways
  • Sidewalks
  • Concrete steps
  • Dumpster pads
  • Drive-thrus
  • Parking lots
  • Patios
  • Pool decks
  • Residential fences
  • Decorative columns and more!

Don’t see your project type on the list? Call us today at 865-414-9537 to secure a risk-free assessment! Why choose Marshall Cleaning Service? Experience and expertise There is a big difference between a handyman with a pressure washer and a professional pressure washing service. A pressure washer in the hands of an inexperienced person can cause irreparable damage to your property. In other words, it is very wise consult with a professional before attempting to tackle a pressure washing project yourself. At Marshall Cleaning Service, we have the experience required to select just the right pressure, chemicals and techniques for your property’s needs. We have the capability to perform virtually any pressure washing project, and we provide cleaning services for both residential and commercial properties. From simple house washing to complex commercial pressure washing projects, our goal is to put the handcuffs on dirt and keep the Knoxville area clean. Our commitment to customer satisfaction At Marshall Cleaning Service, your complete satisfaction is our #1 goal. Marshall Cleaning Service is a family-run business that was founded on creating lasting customer relationships. By consistently exceeding customer expectations, we have developed a professional reputation that is simply unrivaled in our industry. We have always been committed to keeping our residential and commercial customers informed about the specific cleaning processes we use on the jobsite. That means we’ll always be around to address your questions or concerns. Because of our dedication to earning and maintaining the trust of our current and future customers, referrals are our #1 source of business. Risk-free assessments and competitive rates If you own or manage a house, building or property that could benefit from thorough pressure washing, take advantage of our zero-obligation estimates and consulting. We are always happy to visit your property and thoroughly assess any materials in need of professional cleaning. Our customers appreciate our recommendations about the pressure level best suited for a given cleaning project. Call us today at 865-414-9537 for a free assessment on your exterior cleaning project. Service Area    All of our services are provided to the greater Knoxville, Alcoa, Maryville area.

MARSHALL CLEANING SERVICE - ARRESTING DIRT!

House Washing Have you noticed green or black mildew on your home’s siding? What about those awful, black streaks on your gutters? Is your vinyl siding chalky or dirty? At Marshall Cleaning Service, we have a long history of eliminating the embarrassing streaks and discolorations that can keep your house from looking its best. How are we different from other companies offering pressure washing in our service area? By selecting Marshall for your pressure washing needs, you can be confident that our safe, guarantee-backed cleaning methods will restore your home to its former beauty without the risk of damaging your house or landscaping.  We utilize hot water cleaning methods to ensure the best possible cleaning for your home. Clean your home the safe way. Did you know that most pressure washing companies in our area clean their customers’ homes at pressure levels much higher than is required? At Marshall Cleaning Service, we know that it does not take 4000 psi to remove dirt and mildew from houses. In fact, such high-pressure streams of water can cause SEVERE damage to your home. We understand that almost any surface can be properly cleaned with little more than garden hose pressure. So how do we remove those embarrassing house stains? The key to low pressure house washing is using the safest, most appropriate chemicals. Our house washing detergents are applied to the home with a low pressure nozzle and allowed to dwell for 5-15 minutes. During this time the bleach that is in the mixture turns any green or black mold to a light brown color.  Other debris like spider webs, dust, small insects and bird droppings are suspended in the foamy mixture.  Then we thoroughly rinse the home with low pressure clean water which removes all of the dust and debris as well as the dead organic material. What type of chemicals will be used on a home? Our standard house washing solution consists of water, 12.5% Sodium Hypochlorite, and various other additives. Sodium Hypochlorite is the active ingredient in household bleach, although household bleach contains about 6% and the industrial version we use contains about 12%. Bleach is a very safe and eco-friendly chemical when used properly. We use the absolute minimum amount of chemicals possible in order to provide outstanding results.  When our solution is injected into the water stream, it becomes diluted with water to around a 10:1 ratio.  Some of the other various additives would be foaming agents, surfactants, rinse aids, penetrators, and mold inhibitors.  Our house washing solutions are blended on site according to the type of debris found on your home. Choose the company with a guarantee. If you are like many of our customers, you take great pride in your home’s carefully planned landscaping. We know that you spend substantial amounts of time and money to make sure your home is beautifully landscaped throughout the year. That’s why we GUARANTEE that Marshall Cleaning Service will never damage your home’s valuable landscaping. This commitment to 100% safe pressure washing in Knoxville and the surrounding area truly sets us apart from other alternatives. How do we make sure that your landscaping is never damaged?  We keep chemical use to a minimum and Marshall Cleaning technicians thoroughly soak all vegetation that may come into contact with our cleaning solutions. We saturate landscaped areas before and after our house washing processes. Often, we use plastic sheeting to cover delicate foliage such as roses, annual flowers and ornamental trees in order to ensure that your landscaping stays safe.

BENEFITS OF SOFT WASHING

Posted on September 29, 2014 by C.J. Pierce

 

Over the last several years, the exterior cleaning industry has adopted a relatively new practice for removing organic and atmospherical debris from vinyl, brick, stucco and almost any other surface.
Since the invention of the high pressure pump system we all know as “the pressure washer”, the standard practice has been to spray a concentrated stream of water at a given surface to remove contaminants and restore the surface to its original condition. This method does work sometimes, however it is VERY labor intensive and requires the operator of the pressure washer to be close to the surface being cleaned. To put that statement into perspective let’s use a common 2 story brick and vinyl siding house as an example. The lower sections of the home can be easily cleaned with high pressure spray. Even the gutters can be pressure washed by using wand extensions, but what about the peaks on either end of the house or the rear gutter, which is 25’ from the ground? To finish the job completely, ladders or scaffolding would have to be used to reach the higher areas of the residence. Accessing the high areas is only one drawback to the “high pressure” approach to house washing. Water alone, no matter how high the pressure is, sometimes is not enough to remove stains that are commonly found on the exterior of a house. Discolored trim, siding, gutters and window frames may not come clean with high pressure water alone. Another drawback to house washing with the “high pressure” method is the risk of damaging the surface being cleaned. ANY building material can be damaged if too much pressure is used. Now that you are familiar with the process of cleaning with high pressure, let’s take a look at the process and benefits of cleaning with the “SOFT WASH” method. Soft washing is the process of applying cleaning detergents at low pressure and rinsing the solution and any contaminants off the surface with a low pressure stream of clean water. Typically, a cleaning solution for residential house washing will include Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach) and a surfactant or foaming agent. Sodium Hypochlorite is very safe and effective when used properly. It is used in the treatment of drinking water, to disinfect swimming pools and many other sanitary applications. By the time the cleaning solution is mixed with water and applied to the surface of the house, the bleach content is just a tad more than a swimming pools normal operating level. When the foamy mixture is applied to the exterior of the home, the bleach dissolves any mold, mildew or algae. Dust, dirt, spider webs, and other debris are suspended in this foamy mixture which allows the debris to be rinsed away easily with a low pressure water stream. When soft washing a home, the water stream should always be weak enough to place your hand directly in front of the spray nozzle without causing any pain whatsoever. This is probably the biggest advantage over the high pressure method because the likelihood of damaging the exterior surface of the home is dramatically decreased. Another big advantage to low pressure soft washing is that the entire home can be cleaned from ground level. A professional cleaning contractor will have the right equipment to spray the cleaning solution and clean water to heights of up to 50 feet from the ground. This reduces the overall time spent on the project and reduces the likelihood of the home being adversely affected by ladders and wobbly extension poles. Due to the properties of the cleaning solution being used, the end result of the cleaning is often superior to the end result of cleaning with high pressure water alone. There are several scenarios where organic growth on certain materials WILL NOT be removed without the use of a sodium hypochlorite cleaning solution, no matter how much pressure is applied. Take a look at some of the key reasons why the SOFT WASH method is far superior to the HIGH PRESSURE approach to cleaning homes and buildings. SOFT WASHING BENEFITS:
  • LOW PRESSURE REDUCES CHANCES FOR DAMAGE AND WATER PENETRATION INTO THE STRUCTURE.
  • A CLEANER END PRODUCT DUE TO THE CLEANING AGENTS.
  • COST EFFICIANCY-REDUCED LABOR AND SETUP TIMES BY ELIMINATING THE NEED FOR LADDERS OR SCAFFOLDING.
  • ALGAE, MILDEW AND MOLD ARE KILLED AT A MOLECULAR LEVEL, WHICH ALLOWS THE HOME TO STAY CLEANER LONGER.
  • THE STRUCTURES EXTERIOR IS DISINFECTED AS WELL AS CLEANED.
  • REQUIRES LESS WATER THAN CLEANING WITH HIGH PRESSURE.

  Marshall Cleaning Service utilizes state of the art equipment to deep clean concrete and exposed aggregate surfaces. Our process yields superior results time after time.  We use rotary surface cleaners instead of wands so that concrete is cleaned in a uniform, consistent pattern. Our high flow/high pressure machines, paired with 24″ surface cleaners allow us to clean very large areas quickly and thoroughly.  You will never see those hideous “wand marks” when you contract with Marshall Cleaning Service.    Call us today at 865-414-9537 for a free quote on your:

  • GAS STATIONS
  • PARKING LOTS
  • DRIVEWAYS
  • STOREFRONTS
  • WAREHOUSE FLOORS
  • DUMPSTER PADS
  • POOL DECKS
  • SIDEWALKS 
  • RETAINING WALLS
  • AND MORE…                                                                    

Pressure washing concrete with ultra high temperature water allows us to remove stains that can not be removed with cold water alone. Our hot water pressure washers can melt away chewing gum and cut through oil, grease and other hard to remove stains.   Hot water, along with the proper cleaning agents can drastically improve the look and traction of any concrete surface. One of the most important parts of cleaning flat surfaces like driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, and patios is what we call the “CUT IN”. The “CUT IN” is anywhere that our surface cleaners cannot reach. Corners, under railings, against walls, under benches, and around columns. These are the little details people notice.  At Marshall Cleaning Service, attention to detail is what sets us apart time after time.

WHAT SETS MARSHALL APART?

What sets us apart from other companies? Our experience!  We understand and are prepared for the typical issues that arise on both residential or commercial job sites. Leaking windows, parking, loose siding, foot traffic, fire alarms and items left on balconies or porches are just a few of the challenges that are presented.  All of these little details combined make the process Easier for our customers, and provide Superior end Results. What type of equipment do we have?  We use small, compact trailers and trucks.  All of our pressure washing machines are commercial grade hot water units capable of producing 200° hot water.  These high flow machines apply massive amounts of water onto the surface, allowing us to clean quickly and thoroughly.  Using the best equipment available allows us to clean up to 2.5 stories from ground level. We have multiple equipment setups so that a breakdown typically will not stop productivity.

WHAT DOES OUR SERVICE MEAN FOR YOU?
  • Our process removes the dirt, grime, oil, and bacteria
  • Restores your floors to a like-new appearance
  • We use EPA and environmentally friendly solutions
  • Licensed and insured
  • We specialize in floor care, all work guaranteed
  • Highly Trained Experts
  • 100% Customer Satisfaction
  • Patented Technology

TILE CLEANING THAT HAS REVOLUTIONIZED THE WAY PEOPLE SEE CLEAN. OUR PROCESS RESTORES YOUR FLOORS BACK TO THEIR NATURAL BEAUTY! Marshall Cleaning Service is committed to providing the best service along with the most advanced technology in tile & grout cleaning to every customer. We are passionate about clean floors as well as redefining what our customers see as clean. Many first time customers are amazed at the level of clean our equipment can provide. Our trained technicians convey our passion for excellence to every job and to every customer. We look forward to being of service to you!

TILE & GROUT CLEANING

Did you know that  tile and other hard surfaces are becoming increasingly commonplace in many homes today?  The Marshall  tile cleaning process extracts the dirt from your tile floors, removing it from deep within the pores of the grout. In almost no time, we clean, restore and protect your tired-looking tiles, eliminating the expense that comes with total replacement. First, Marshall inspects your floors to determine the best treatment plan. Then our trained technicians use a proprietary high-pressure rotary tool with dual rotating jets to clean your tile and grout. We utilize this tool with our state-of-the-art truck-mounted system.  Then we apply specific cleaners that strip away any waxy buildup and extract the dirt from deep within the tile and pores of your grout. It’s no secret that traffic can be heavy at certain times of the day and on special occasions. Spills and stains appear quickly, transforming your tile floors from beautiful to not so beautiful. Our trained technicians use state-of-the-art equipment to create a high-pressure water and vacuum combination that suctions the dirt from deep within the tile and grout. The entire process takes about 25 to 50 minutes for an average-size room, but homes with large tiled areas should allow for additional time. There are several factors to consider when deciding how often Marshall tile cleaning should take place. But cleaning frequency is directly related to the amount of traffic your home consumes. However, routine maintenance affects how often your tile and grout needs to be professionally cleaned. The Marshall tile cleaning process may be gentle on your floors, but it is highly effective at getting the dirt out. Allow Marshall tile cleaning to arrest your dirt – giving your tile the fresh start its needed. Arrest your dirt today and keep your Tile & Grout looking new by calling Marshall at 865-414-9537.

TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOME TILE LOOKING NEW

Your home is no exception.  On any given day, your house takes on a substantial amount of foot traffic. Add bad weather and special occasions to the mix, and it’s easy to understand how floors get dirty. You already know that regular cleanings are necessary to maintain a clean look and to extend the life of your investment, but there’s more that can be done. In fact, Marshall recommends that you share these Marshall tile care tips with your family or roommates.

 

  • Avoid scratches and scrapes from things like chairs and furniture, whenever possible. Scratches and cracks provide an easy opening for dirt to enter. Placing protective mats under chairs and furniture helps to minimize the problem.
  • Wash tile regularly with a neutral cleaner and remove water as soon as possible.
  • Vacuum regularly.
  • We caution you against using wax on your tile floors.
  • Avoid using ammonia-based cleaners and bleach that can discolor your grout.
  • Ask for the help of everyone in your home by asking them to clean up spills quickly. This will help to avoid discoloration from possible chemicals in the liquid.

Marshall tile care helps to keep your home looking its best. Guests and family members appreciate the clean, well-kept atmosphere, and you get the added benefit of long-term protection of your investment.

SEALING

Marshall sealing for tile & grout provides you with quality and reliability against future spills and stains. Once the tile is clean, a finishing coat of our clear sealant protects your grout and keeps it looking incredible. Marshall’s clear sealant penetrates the grout surface to create a protective barrier against spills and permanent stains. It also ensures that future tile and grout cleanings yield the best possible results. We recommend waiting 30 minutes before walking on the floor so the sealant can dry properly. Because it takes 24 hours to cure completely, avoid any liquid from coming in contact with the sealant during that time.

Marshall makes tile and grout cleaning easy and hassle-free. An average-size room (up to 300 square feet) takes up to an hour to clean. Times vary based on tile size, amount of soil in the grout lines, and room configuration. If you choose to include sealant, it typically takes about a total of 2 to 3 hours to complete.

WHY SEAL GROUT

Sealer is going to reduce the appearance of any stains that could accumulate on the grout and on the tile. Moisture is going to become more difficult to build up in and around the surface with sealing as well. In rooms that have a lot of steam and humidity, a lot of moisture can get into the grout and destroy the tiles.

Grout that is sealed is a lot easier to clean than unsealed grout. Once the grout has been sealed, it should be cleaned and maintained with a ph neutral cleaner. By properly cleaning the grout you will notice that the grout will stay in better condition for a longer period of time.

The overall cost is going to be more efficient with a sealer over the grout. Grout tends to wear away more quickly when it is not sealed, so it will crack and become hard to manage. This will force you to replace it more often than if it was sealed, leading to higher costs overall. By adding a sealer, you are ensuring the grout will benefit your floor for a longer period of time. 

TILE & GROUT CLEANING

UPHOLSTERY CLEANING

UPHOLSTERY CLEANING

Don’t toss your favorite sofa just because it’s lost its luster over time.  Marshall Cleaning Service offers a thorough upholstery cleaning service that can restore your favorite chair or couch to its original luster. Getting your upholstery professionally cleaned by Marshall can even extend the life of your furniture. Upholstery Cleaning Process Whether your upholstered furniture is natural or synthetic, our upholstery cleaning process can help revive and extend the life your couch or loveseat.  First, our technicians test the fabric for colorfastness and fiber type.  We use a pH balanced pre-conditioner to loosen soil and dirt. Our commercial quality extraction methods use proper suction, heat and rinse pressure to produce the best results. All fabric is pre-vacuumed, pre-treated, and rinsed with our very low moisture method (typically dry in 2 hrs).  All of our Marshall trucks carry a wide verity of pre-conditioners and the speciality tools needed to perform the proper cleaning. Amazing Dri-Steam, New Patented Technology!

DRI-STEAM

DRI-STEAM UPHOLSTERY TOOL Our upholstery cleaning tool is nothing short of amazing! High Flow/Low Moisture super-cleaning for fabrics that in the past could only be dry-cleaned is now a reality. Using a hypervelocity fluid stream, this new tool shears away soil without over-wetting or any overspray. High flow Jetless Cleaning Technology leaves the fabric cleaner and 50% drier. Your fabrics will be dry in 1-2 hours!

SCOTCHGUARD PROTECTION

Once your carpet is professionally cleaned, you might think everything is good until the next time you call Marshall Cleaning Service to handle your high traffic areas. While we do appreciate the business, we also recommend taking the time to have your carpets protected in addition to cleaned to ensure optimal results for prevention of ground in dirt and grime. Marshall Cleaning Service uses the highest quality carpet protection and floor sealants, including 3M ScotchgardTM Carpet Protection and DuPont Teflon® Protection to maintain that clean look and prevent future spills and stains from setting. We strongly suggest this service for the continued maintenance of your carpet and floors. This protection helps repel ground-in dirt and tough stains from surfacing again. We are a leading company in the Knoxville area in carpet cleaning, and provide professional, courteous service.  Service GUARANTEED each and every time.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Why is dryer vent cleaning important?

Clogged dryer vents can be costly to your home or business. Dryer vent cleaning is extremely important for the following reasons:

◦ According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers.  Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer vent, reducing air flow to the dryer, backing up dryer exhaust gases, creating a fire hazard.
◦  If the dryer vent is not clean, it will hinder the dryer’s ability to properly dry your clothing. You may have to use multiple cycles to get your clothes dry which uses more energy and makes your dryer work harder.

Marshall’s dryer vent cleaning in Knoxville, TN will cleanse the dryer vent system, removing all debris that has attached to the walls of the ductwork and built up over time. Dryer vent cleaning is an often overlooked, but important, step in maintaining your home or building

What is dryer vent cleaning?

Every homeowner should be aware of the last time their dryer vent was cleaned out. When you hire a professional to take care of it, you can rest assured knowing they will clean out all lint and other debris in your dryer’s venting system that could become jammed and lead to potentially deadly fires.

At Marshall we utilize special tools and equipment to force air inside your vent, carefully cleaning out your venting system without leaving any mess behind. Depending on how often you use your dryer, inspection and vent cleaning may be recommended anywhere from every month to every year. When you call on Marshall, we diagnose your appliance and provide you with a safe service plan.

Why do I need dryer vent cleaning?

As with most households, you likely use your dryer on a frequent basis. Even when you clean your lint trap regularly, that doesn’t mean all the lint from your laundry has been removed. In fact, only around 25% of the lint from your clothes is collected by the lint trap in your dryer. That means the rest is building up in the dryer vent system, restricting airflow and causing your dryer to work harder. As a result, this can cost you more in monthly energy bills, and as mentioned before, become a threat for fire.
vent cleaning can be very helpful, leading to:
• Shorter dryer times for clothes, including heavier materials
• Elimination of damp or extremely hot clothes at the end of a drying cycle
• Increased safety as outdoor flap properly opens during operation
• Savings back in your pocket thanks to lower energy usage
• Extended appliance lifespan by preventing break downs or other damage
• Prevention of fires, carbon monoxide backup, and other damage
• Compliance with insurance inspection requirements

Whether you need to schedule dryer cleaning for safety purposes, monthly savings, or as a part of manufacturer-recommended routine maintenance, Marshall Cleaning Service is ready to help.

Safety Concerns

Lint and debris can build up in the clothes dryer vent blocking air flow and creating potentially hazardous conditions including the possibility for an exhaust fire or carbon monoxide intrusion (gas clothes dryers). According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, “more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers resulting in 15 deaths and 300 injuries, and 88 million dollars in property loss.”  Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer vent, reducing air flow to the dryer, backing up dryer exhaust gases, creating a fire hazard.

Along with the water vapor evaporated from the wet clothes, the exhaust stream carries lint – highly flammable particles of clothing made of cotton and polyester – through the ventilation duct. Lint can accumulate in the exhaust duct, reducing the dryer’s ability to expel the heated water vapor, which then accumulates as heat energy within the machine. As the dryer overheats, mechanical failures (thermostat, limit switch, damaged screen, or crushed hose) can trigger sparks which cause the lint trapped in the dryer vent to burst into flames.

Dryer Efficiency & Energy Savings

A restricted dryer vent reduces air flow and causes your dryer to run hotter and longer, substantially impacting energy efficiency. Excess heat created by poor air flow can ruin your clothes, add dollars to your home’s energy bill and increase the wear and tear on your appliance. If your dryer takes twice as long to dry clothes as it should, the number of loads that it will dry in its lifetime is substantially reduced. Having your dryer vent cleaned helps reduce energy consumption, operating costs and the possibility of a fire.

Dryer vents are often made from flexible plastic or metal duct, which may be easily kinked or crushed where they exit the dryer and enter the wall or floor. Ducts made of flexible plastic or foil are likely to sag and let lint build up at low points. Ridges can also trap lint. Screens may be present at the duct termination and can accumulate lint and restrict air flow.

Indoor Air Quality

A clogged dryer vent does not allow for the clothes dryer to exhaust properly. Gas clothes dryers that become clogged have the potential to cause Carbon Monoxide to back fill into your home. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is very dangerous and can be fatal with prolonged exposure.

The complex construction of new homes built today tends to have dryers located away from an outside wall. This means dryers tend to be vented longer distances creating more bends in the vent run to accommodate the extended path they must take through the home. The additional length create more places for lint to collect or for animals and birds to hide.

Marshall Cleaning Service removes lint, debris, and clogs from dryer vents to ensure proper airflow through the venting system. Our high quality dryer vent cleaning services protect your home from a dangerous fire hazard while saving you time and money.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Benefits

◦ Save time – Clean dryer vents allow air and moisture to properly escape, decreasing the time it takes to dry a load of laundry.
◦ Save money – A clean vent allows your clothes dryer to work efficiently, which results in decreased drying time and saves on dryer utility costs. As an additional bonus your clothing will spend less time tumbling, meaning decreased wear and tear, so they will last longer, saving you additional money.
◦ Improve fire safety – Each year there are over 15,000 dryer vent fires in the U.S. alone; removing trapped lint and debris greatly reduces the chance of a dryer fire.
◦ Decrease health risks – Removing debris, including rodent and bird nests, from vents decreases the occurrence of molds, fungi, bacteria, and viruses that can cause a variety of health problems.

Advantages of Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning
While you can easily clean and maintain some areas of your dryer vent yourself, such as the lint catcher and tailpipe, professional attention to other areas of your dryer’s venting system such as pipes running through walls or ceilings is strongly recommended. The innovative technology used by Marshall Cleaning Service allows our professionals to clean your entire dryer vent in as little as 30 minutes. In fact, in we can clean your dryer vent from the outside of your home in most cases, without ever stepping foot in your home.

Dryer vent cleaning facts

Professional Service – Quality, Dependable Results
Did you know that thousands of structural fires occur every year due to clothes dryers? In connection with those fires, it is estimated that more than one hundred millions dollars in property loss is incurred each year. That is in addition to dozens of tragic deaths and hundreds of terrible injuries. These fires all occur due to dryer vent clogs that could be prevented with proper and regular cleaning.

Why is dryer vent cleaning important?

Clogged dryer vents can be costly to your home or business. Dryer vent cleaning is extremely important for the following reasons:

◦ According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires are sparked every year by clothes dryers.  Lint and other debris can build up in your dryer vent, reducing air flow to the dryer, backing up dryer exhaust gases, creating a fire hazard.
◦  If the dryer vent is not clean, it will hinder the dryer’s ability to properly dry your clothing. You may have to use multiple cycles to get your clothes dry which uses more energy and makes your dryer work harder.

Marshall’s dryer vent cleaning in Knoxville, TN will cleanse the dryer vent system, removing all debris that has attached to the walls of the ductwork and built up over time. Dryer vent cleaning is an often overlooked, but important, step in maintaining your home or building

Dryer vent cleaning facts:
When a dryer vent is clogged, it reduces airflow and forces the dryer to work harder, which can cause:
◦ Internal temperature of the dryer to increase dramatically
◦ Accelerated thermostat failure
◦ Higher energy consumption
◦ Reduction in the lifespan of your appliance

Signs you need your dryer vent cleaned:
◦  It takes more than one cycle to dry one load of laundry
◦ The dryer is hot to the touch indicating it is overheating
◦ You see an increase in energy bills (dryer has to run longer and work harder to dry clothes)
◦ Clothes smell “musty” after being in the dryer

Clean dryer vents:
◦ Keep your home safe
◦ Enable the dryer to perform properly
◦ Allow clothes to dry more quickly and evenly
◦ Can save $18-$24 on monthly power bills
◦ Create peace of mind by eliminating a potential fire hazard
◦ Limit mold, mildew and other bacteria on your clothes and in your home

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Information For Commonly Asked Questions

FILTRATION SOILING

(Those ugly black lines around the baseboards and under doorways) filtrationsoiling1 filtrationsoiling2 If you have light colored carpet, you may have experienced these dark lines that appear on the carpet. This soiling is called filtration soiling because it comes from air passing through the carpet as it is attempting to get through the crack between the carpet and the baseboard or under a closed door. As the air passes through the edge of the carpet pile, this microscopic soiling is deposited there (hence the term filtration soiling). This occurs over a significant period of time and is not noticed until a build up has occurred. This type of soiling is difficult to remove because the soil particles are so fine that they penetrate deep into the carpet pile, sometimes into the backing of the carpet. Can it be removed? Sometimes. With special products, time and effort, reasonable results can sometimes be achieved. To help prevent filtration soiling, vacuum and wipe the edges of the carpeting on a regular basis. Be careful around the tack strip on the edge of the carpeting, it could nick your fingers!

UNDERSTANDING URINE DAMAGE

Pet urine can cause permanent damage to your floors and fabrics. It can also create an unhealthy indoor environment. When urine is first deposited onto a floor or fabric, it has a pH of about 5 or 6, which is on the acid side of the pH Scale. It is easier to remove right then when it is fresh. Once it dries it turns “alkaline” or to a high pH between 10 to 12 on the scale and becomes more difficult to remove. The warm acid state of the urine offers a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which begin to flourish almost immediately. In this original acid state the urine begins to oxidize and react with the carpet to create a color change, which will become permanent if the urine is not removed immediately. Some of this color change can be attributed to the strong ammonia that forms as the urine passes through bacterial and chemical change. If left for days or weeks, depending on the fabric or floor type, it will change the dye structure, therefore causing permanent staining. Even if the soluble deposits are removed, the damage to the dye structure may already be done. There are two sources of odors associated with urine. The first comes from bacteria that grow abundantly in dark warm places with a never-ending food source. A pet can feed the bacteria daily! This bacteria growth and breakdown of the urine creates amino acids. These complex organic compounds will often work deep into the fibers to a point of becoming part of the fiber. This can present a challenging situation. The waste materials and gases from the decomposing urine create an unpleasant odor. When dried urine is remoistened, it gives off an ammonia gas. If smelled once it is seldom forgotten. The second source of odor is chemical odor that is present even when the bacteria have been killed. This explains the reason that more than sanitizing is necessary to neutralize odors from urine. Urine also presents additional odor problems when the relative humidity is high. The salts and crystals that are left behind as the urine dries are hydrophilic and draw water to them. Dried urine is often easy to smell in the humid months because the salts attract the moisture, the moisture evaporates putting out a greater proportion of odorous ammonia gas. You must get rid of the urine salts in and under the carpet to get rid of the odor. That’s why cleaning existing urine spots WILL NOT remove any associated odor. In fact, it could INCREASE the odor in the air space for a temporary period of time. The Best Cleaning Agents For Urine Enzymes are the best cleaning agent for urine, vomit and feces. An enzyme is the only cleaning agent that actually eats up the bad bacteria. For the best results use an enzyme spotter after you have rinsed the carpet, especially if the spot is not a fresh one. We recommend Nature’s Miracle, which can be purchased at any local pet store. Always read the directions before use! Products to Avoid Try to stay away from products with high pH such as ammonia, Resolve and oxygen bleaches. These products will leave the carpet with a residue and in a high pH state, which will enable the carpet to attract dirt like a magnet. In some instances the use of the wrong product can cause the urine stain to be permanent.

THREE STEPS FOR PROPER CARPET CARE

Carpet cleaning is just like exercise! If you get into a routine and keep it up, you will see great results and feel better for it. And understanding the right way to clean carpet will help you save time by doing it correctly the first time with products that do the job right from the start. Not only will Seal of Approval cleaning products help keep your carpet looking great, they can also help meet the warranty requirements of the carpet manufacturer. Below are three simple steps to keeping your carpet clean and looking great:

 

  1. Vacuum at the right frequency with a CRI-approved vacuum.
  2. Clean spots and spills quickly with products that do not damage the carpet or cause it to resoil more quickly.
  3. Professionally deep clean your carpets every 12 to 18 months to remove embedded dirt and grime.

Stop dirt at the door  Preventing dirt and grime from getting on the carpet in the first place is a great way to start keeping it clean. The following helpful hints can stop dirt in its tracks.

  • Use mats — Outdoor and indoor mats or runners can reduce the amount of dirt that enters the house.
  • Take off your shoes — You can save wear and tear on carpet by asking everyone to take their shoes off before entering your home.
  • Change your air filters — Change air filters in your heating and air-conditioning systems as recommended by the manufacturer’s directions. The more dust and particles removed by the filter, the fewer that fall onto the carpet.
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