Blog 2018-12-26T12:16:22+00:00

5 Important Reasons to Keep your Dryer Vent Clean

December 27th, 2018|

Nowadays, we tend to take for granted the convenience that comes with owning a clothes dryer. These modern marvels are relatively dependable and work tirelessly in the background to deliver clean clothes on demand. Unfortunately, many homeowners neglect basic dryer maintenance until something breaks. Regularly cleaning the dryer vent is the easiest way to avoid mechanical failure. More importantly, doing so will will help you to sidestep the following problems. Moldy, Lint-Ridden Clothing A clothes dryer with a dirty vent will impact the quality of your drying experience in several ways. First off, a dryer with a clogged vent is going to take longer to dry fabrics. As a result, a load that's set for an hour will be damp when the cycle is over. Furthermore, a backed-up vent will result in greater lint accumulation regardless of how often you clean the lint trap. Premature Equipment Failure If you don't clean...

Keep Your Carpet Clean as We Head Into Fall

December 27th, 2018|

While your goal is to keep the carpet clean, spills will happen eventually. From the dirt on your shoes to spilled coffee, your carpet can take a beating. A few precautionary measures and cleaning techniques can help reduce the damage done to your carpet. When these are not enough, you can always hire a professional carpet cleaner to get your floors looking like new again. Shoes and Floor Mats Are Your Best Friends When it comes to protecting your carpet, floor mats and taking off your shoes are the best things that you can do. You may not be able to prevent accidental spills, but you can make sure that everyone removes their shoes before they enter the home. Floor mats at each door will also help to pick up any dirt particles that would otherwise be tracked inside. Baking Soda for Odors If your carpets have started to smell, baking...

Don’t wait until fall to get your air duct cleaned

December 27th, 2018|

Keeping your air ducts clean is of the utmost importance, but most people aren't aware of the telltale evidence that dirt has accumulated in their ducts. If you pay close attention to the following signs, then you'll be more knowledgeable than the vast majority of the population—and you'll be able to keep your air ducts pristine. Can you see dust actually on the vent? Right when you turn the system on, are there tiny dust clouds coming out of the duct work? Be brave and take off a vent cover. Look inside, inspecting the area for any dirt. If you see human hair, pet hair or anything that resembles pieces of dry skin, they you'll know it's time for a professional cleaning. The Affect It Has On Your Home Dirty air ducts can have a negative impact on your home life, so the ideal course of action is to take care...

5 Benefits of Cleaning Your Tile and Grout

December 27th, 2018|

With a properly installed and sealed ceramic tile floor or shower wall, you might expect it to look polished and clean for as long as you maintain it. Though ceramic tile has a protective glaze, it's still prone to stains and grime buildup. Even the grout, which is porous by nature, collects dirt and grime continuously over the years, leading to dark spots and an overall unsightly appearance. What Causes Perpetually Dirty Tiles? A little water and vinegar can help you clean and maintain your tiles once a week. However, for some people, their tiles look dirty again the next day. One such cause could be a thin, nearly invisible grout layer over the tile. Though you can wash the dirt off the tiles, it appears easily again once they have dried. Dirty tiles can also occur due to soap scum, which may form if you fail to rinse off the...

Keep Your Carpets Clean for Summer Events

December 27th, 2018|

Hosting parties for birthdays, graduations, holidays, weddings and other events is fun to do during the summer. One of the biggest parts of preparing for summer parties is ensuring that your carpets are clean, and this is also an important part of the after-party cleanup. Learn about the most common causes of ruined carpets, why you should hire a professional carpet cleaner and how to keep your carpets clean in between with numerous people walking through your house. What Ruins Carpet? Two primary causes of ruined carpets are heavy foot traffic and not vacuuming enough. Heavy foot traffic most often occurs in entryways or hallways. The carpet will start to show signs of wear in these areas over time, which is normal. Shampooing these walkways is important for keeping the carpet looking fresh and new for as long as possible. Between cleanings, dirt and bacteria build up. Leaving this for too...

Window Washing Does More than Clean Windows… It Protects Them

December 27th, 2018|

It's an old joke that has been around for a long time. People who claim to do any type of work around a house, but they "don't do windows." Perhaps it's because the process requires a tedious nature and a discerning eye, or maybe it has to do with the huge amount of windows most homes have. Anyway that you look at it, window washing is never high on the list of chores a homeowner has. But if you ask us to help, we'll never say no to washing some windows. Here's why your home needs a professional window cleaning: - Results that you can see, so you can trust the work. Have you ever finished cleaning your windows, and as soon as the light hits it the right way, streaks appear everywhere? With professional window washing, your windows will always be shiny, clean, and beautiful, with no more streaks. - Windows last longer...

Enjoy Less Dusting When You Take Advantage of Air Duct Cleaning

December 27th, 2018|

Although your air duct could have a variety of problems, one of the main issues that you are likely to experience is a dusty air duct that spreads dust particles throughout your entire home. While dust is somewhat easy to remove, you do not want to live in a home that requires dusting on a daily basis. To fix this problem, you need to get professional assistance in the form of air duct cleaning. Dust Buildup Is Inevitable Over time, your air ducts will collect dust and it will get dispersed around your home. Fortunately, you do not have to worry about dealing with a substantial amount of dust when you get your air ducts cleaned. It will eventually come back and you will have to get your ducts cleaned again, but after a professional cleaning, you can enjoy a primarily dust-free home for an extremely long time. Dust Is Troublesome If...

Allergic Reactions Can Be Caused By Dirty Air Ducts

December 27th, 2018|

People often ignore air duct cleaning when they do their chores: this is a major mistake. Dirty air ducts can potentially lead to dangerous allergic reactions. These reactions may be life-threatening and need to be avoided as much as possible. When you let your air ducts stay dirty, they remain a breeding ground for mold, bacteria, and other dangerous allergic items. And those items will get quickly dispersed through your home when your heater or air conditioner runs through your air duct. Soon, your allergies will heat up and you'll find it difficult to breathe. For many people, this will simply mean a stuffy nose and a nasty cough. They'll likely blame it on the "allergy season" and leave their air ducts dirty and filled with dangerous items. However, other people may actually suffer severe allergic reactions. These items can cause your throat to completely close, may cause hives, and can even create...

Carpet Cleaning for Sticklers: See Firsthand What Bane-Clene Means

December 27th, 2018|

Carpet cleaning is like other domestic chores. Everyone goes about it in their own way. For some, rubbing a spot here and there with a bit of soap is sufficient whereas others expect a deep, down clean. So they rely on techniques endorsed by the Professional Cleaners Association. Consequently, no two carpet cleaning companies are likely to offer the same services. At Hydro Clean and Certified Restoration, we’re sticklers when it comes to carpet cleaning. We want the fibers to be perfectly clean from the top of the tuft straight down to the tightly woven backing. As such, there is only one method that we trust to give our customers the clean carpets they deserve. It’s called the Bane-Clene method. Would you like to know what makes it our top, carpet cleaning method? Okay, we’ll share the highlights Have you ever washed your hands with a cheap bar of soap and felt a...

Smoke and Fire Damage Remediation: Why You Need a Professional Clean Up

December 27th, 2018|

Smoke and fire damage remediation isn't something that most people want to do, nor have the ability to do effectively. After the fire department leaves the scene, what's left can sometimes be a horrific sight. The water they use to douse the fire may have saved the structure, but if you don't act fast, it can also cause further, irreparable damage. Here are several reasons that you should contact a professional for clean-up as soon as possible after a fire. Dust and Debris The air is often rife with toxic materials after a fire. Without proper equipment, like masks and protective suits, you stand a chance of hurting your respiratory system during cleanup. A professional with years of experience can get your home back to normal without worry. Floors and Walls If the fire and smoke weren't enough, the water the fire departments used will take it to the next level of dirty and destroyed....

Three signs that your home needs professional water damage remediation

December 27th, 2018|

Although some homeowners feel that they can handle a little water damage remediation on their own, it's important to recognize when the need for professional remediation arises. Here are three sure signs that you should call in a professional. 1. Dirty or contaminated water A spilled glass of drinking water on the rug is one thing, but dirty water such as a dishwasher leak is a totally different problem. Dirty water not only presents a health risk, but also encourages the growth of mold and mildew and other unwelcome infestations that are hard to get rid of. In addition, contaminated water can infiltrate porous materials such as textiles, walls, and wood floors, and can infuse them with unpleasant smells that you will have great difficulty removing. If you have a water damage problem that involves dirty water, professional remediation is your best option. 2. Mold or mildew Mold can not only leave unsightly...

Three ways fire damage remediation can protect your health

December 27th, 2018|

If you're considering calling a fire damage remediation professional to restore your home after a fire, you may winder just what part damage remediation professionals play in restoring your life to pre-fire normalcy. You'll be pleased to find that damage remediation not only cares for your home but also protects your health and safety in these three ways. 1. Smoke removal Smoke can be detrimental to your health. Not only can it irritate your respiratory system, but it can also trigger or aggravate previously existing respiratory conditions such as asthma. Fire damage remediation include the removal of smoke and smoke smells to protect you from the respiratory effects and toxic chemicals associated with smoke. 2. Water cleanup Firefighters often leave a lot of water in your home after putting out a fire. This is why fire damage remediation often includes water cleanup and remediation as well. Because mold can grow quickly if water remains...

5 Reasons to Have Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned For the Holidays

December 27th, 2018|

Though Thanksgiving is upon us, there's a very good chance that you and your family have started planning your holiday gatherings, including Christmas. So as December slowly comes into light, the month will soon be a whirlwind of events, parties, and special family occasions. Will your home be ready? To keep your home looking the absolute best, and your carpets a shining beacon and testament to your hard work, here's why a professional carpet cleaning is best for your home. 1. A professional carpet cleaning ensures that your carpets are at their immaculate best. Guests, family, and friends can bask in the glory of clean smelling carpets. 2. A clean carpet means that there are no bacteria in the entire house. A professional carpet cleaning company always leaves your home's carpet clean and free of germs. 3. Hiring a professional to clean your carpet gives you back valuable time. During the holiday season,...

3 Benefits of Having Your Air Ducts Cleaned

December 27th, 2018|

Having the air ducts cleaned is not something that most people give much thought to, until there piled with dust. There are benefits to having your air ducts cleaned, we will discuss three benefits below. 1. Improve indoor air quality: according to this article, "In a typical six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through everyday living". Although there are not any health benefits associated with having your ducts cleaned, there must be some kind of benefit. Think about it, 40 pounds of dust, and you are breathing in every bit of it; that can't possibly be good for your lungs. 2. Energy savings: according to the U.S. Department of Energy, "25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted". When your air ducts are piled with 40 pounds of dust, your AC system has to work harder to keep your home cool. With clean air ducts...

The Facts About Water Damage Remediation

December 27th, 2018|

When water damage is an issue, time is of the essence. The sooner you initiate water damage remediation, the greater the chance you'll have at saving the material that has come into contact with the water, whether carpet, wood, drywall, or flooring of any kind. Water damage remediation saves properties from mold, mildew, and further damage. So to ensure that you don't let water damage ruin your property, here are some facts about water damage remediation. - Water damage remediation restores property back to pre-loss condition. Many standards are employed when remediation takes place, as set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). - Water damage remediation also works to prevent future water problems. It does so through quick and appropriate action that stops water in its tracks. - Materials that absorb water are at higher risk than solid surfaces. Carpets, drywall, and fibrous materials can hold water longer, and...

Schedule Carpet Cleaning Services for Fall to Prevent Indoor Allergies in Winter

December 27th, 2018|

With warm weather soon on its way out, early fall is the right time to schedule carpet cleaning services in your home or business. Getting the job done before the weather turns to cold is an important benefit for you and your carpet. Interested in learning more? Here are just a few of the benefits from getting your carpet cleaned this fall. Eliminate allergens before they have time to affect those who suffer from indoor, seasonal allergies. Steam-cleaning carpets traps all dirt and allergens that are trapped in the fibers, which, by proxy, also cleans the air. It's a win-win. Remove pet dander and fur so that your home is fresh and clean all winter long. In the colder months here in Baltimore, smells can be more obvious in your home or business. A clean carpet in fall stops those bad smells in their tracks, and blocks all bad odors that might rise up in...

Increase the Natural Light in Your Home with Routine Window Washing

December 27th, 2018|

Brightening up any room in your home can be an easier task when you focus on natural lighting through your windows. Instead of resorting to artificial light, take the time to consider what kinds of changes can be made to your windows to increase the lighting indoors. The easiest way to do this is by hiring professionals for routine window washing. While window washing may seem like a task you can handle on your own, you may run into problems due to the height, number of, and size of the windows. With the amount of time and effort required for thorough window cleaning, it’s best to leave this task to professionals. Professional window cleaners have all the necessary tools and equipment to visit your home, reach windows on the second story, and all within a timely manner. It’s easy to schedule routine cleanings as well, making your windows sparkle all year long....

Air Duct Cleaning: A Great Way to Show Love for the Human Heart

December 27th, 2018|

When most residents in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area think about their hearts, air duct cleaning doesn’t even register a beep on their radar. Our team members, on the other hand, firmly believe that it should come to mind and we’d like to share why we feel that way. Let’s start with some very important, scientific findings. Earlier this year, the American College of Cardiology released a study that examined the correlation between heart health and air pollution. In June 2015, they released another study that took a closer at indoor air quality and it was in line with the findings of a 2013 study whose results appeared in Science of the Total Environment. Guess what all three research projects revealed. Dirty air, whether it’s coming from outside or inside of the home, has the potential to seriously harm the heart. And if that’s not enough to make your ticker skip a beat, there’s more. Over time, exposure may...

Basement Water Damage Remediation: Why Acting Fast Matters Most

December 27th, 2018|

During the summer months, heavy rains and flooding is a concern for all homeowners. Because, even if you think your basement is safe from flooding, water can always find a way into your home. The same goes for after a fire. Firefighters use a large amount of water to douse a fire and stop it from spreading. This water can and does move throughout the home, working itself into every nook and cranny possible, where it can cause further damage if left unmanaged. That's why a professional water damage remediation company is important in saving your property and preventing future damage from water. Here are some additional benefits of acting fast when it comes to water damage remediation. - Brings your home back from the brink. Specialists with years of experience can restore your home quickly, elevating it back to the standard you once had. The key here, though, is to act fast for optimum results. - Prevention of...

5 Solid Benefits from a Professional Carpet Cleaning

December 27th, 2018|

Carpets get dirty. Even if you are careful, remove your shoes, and don't own pets, as time passes, grit and grime works itself down inside the carpet fibers and eventually requires a deep, professional carpet cleaning. So when it comes time for you to schedule a professional carpet cleaning, here are several of the benefits you can expect. 1. Expert advice and tips. When a professional is on the job, you can look forward to learning more about how to extend the life of your carpet, and the type of cleaning that's best based on the type you have. It's knowledge you can't beat. 2. Clean and treat tough stains. That stain you've had for what seems likes years? You can wave goodbye to it. With a professional carpet cleaning service, treating and cleaning tough stains is part of the job. 3. Remove allergens and contaminants. Dust, soil, pollen, and other allergens accumulate in a...

Stay safe during water damage remediation

December 27th, 2018|

During a water damage remediation process, you might find your home more hazardous than you're used to. Whether you're doing all you can to help salvage your belongings and assess the damage (so the damage remediation team knows what to expect) or whether you're taking a more hands-off approach, don't put yourself in danger. Here are four important points to consider regarding your safety during the process. 1. Don't wait. It's important to get all damaged materials cleaned and dried as quickly as possible to prevent mold and other hazardous growths from forming. In addition, water trapped within the structure of your house can continue to cause damage as long as it's there. Even if you've hired professionals, they'll probably encourage you to start hanging wet clothing and textiles to dry, getting rid of any remaining water from surfaces in your home, and removing colorful objects from wet rugs. 2. Be cautious of structural...

Create a Summertime Haven with Certified Air Duct Cleaning and Proven Methods

December 27th, 2018|

Have you ever looked up while brushing your teeth and noticed dark circles under your eyes? Were they accompanied by swollen adenoids, nasal creases and lots of unexplained tears? If so, sounds like you’ve got summer allergies. They’re often caused by tree pollen, mold spores, weeds, corn crops and warm weather grasses. And unfortunately, it is common for those very same allergens to end up in a home’s air ducts too. For quick relief, air duct cleaning is advised. It will help make your home a haven during peak times.Studies have shown that these peak periods change throughout the summer months. Consequently, it pays to always have a place where allergens are in short supply. At Hydro Clean Certified Restoration, we’ve been helping Maryland families create their own allergen-free havens for 29 years but there’s more. We are certified by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association and Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration. Plus,...

Providing Certified Smoke and Fire Damage Remediation in Greater Baltimore Since 1986

December 27th, 2018|

At Hydro Clean, we understand how important it is for you to get back into your home or business after a fire. Our technicians are highly trained and certified smoke and fire damage remediation specialists who will take the necessary steps to clean and restore your property to its original beauty. Providing reliable fire and smoke remediation in the greater Baltimore area for almost thirty years, we have the experience, workforce and equipment to get the job done quickly and correctly. Our remediation specialists adhere to strict industry standards and are trained by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification to ensure everything from the proper use of chemicals to the integrity of the repaired structure. Some of our smoke and fire remediation services include: Interior and exterior restorations Smoke damage cleanup and repair Water damage cleanup and repair Furniture, carpet and upholstery cleaning Pressure washing Removal and storage of contents during...

Carpet Cleaning Can Help Your Home Sell Quickly

December 27th, 2018|

When it comes time to selling your home, you have a few priorities. You want to find the best buyer possible, get a great price and sell your home quickly. Your real estate agent will be full of tips and advice to make that happen. They will help you set an asking price that gets you the most money possible while ensuring it sells. One of the things you can do to help sell your home faster is a thorough carpet cleaning. Here are some ways a carpet cleaning will impress prospective buyers. Looks Like New A good carpet cleaning will revitalize your carpet. It will help get rid of or tone down stains caused by normal wear and pets. It will give your home a fresh and clean appearance. A buyer might be turned off from making an offer on your home if they think they need to replace the carpet...

Get Professional Carpet Cleaning to Extend the Life of Carpeting in Your Rental Home

December 27th, 2018|

While it is in your best interest to find a suitable candidate for tenancy in your rental home, you never know exactly how a tenant will treat your home, especially the carpeting. It is expected for the carpeting to develop some wear-and-tear, especially if the tenants rented your place for several years, but having to replace the carpet completely is a huge expense that can noticeably reduce your net income. Fortunately, you can get professional carpet cleaning to breathe new life into the carpet. Ideal during Tenant Vacancy The best time to get your carpet cleaned is during a tenant vacancy. If you try to do it during a tenancy, you will still need professional service as soon as they leave to get the property ready for listing. Enjoy Long-term Savings When you get to avoid replacing your carpet, you can save a lot of money. So, even if the carpeting looks like it...

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