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Keeping Your Carpets, Furniture, Tile & Grout, and Air Ducts Clean

If you are like many people, you are feeling excited as summer approaches, but when the weather gets warm, you will also want to consider keeping your home clean and in top shape. The condition of your heating and cooling system, carpet, tiles and air ducts can impact your health and energy bill more than you might think. You can take many steps to prevent dirt and grime from building up, but every home still needs the care of a professional on occasion. When you enlist the services of Hydro-Clean, we will get the job done right. Carpet Cleaning As you decide whether or not you want to opt for our expert cleaning service, learning about the benefits of having clean carpet is a good starting point. When you and your family come inside, you will bring in dirt, moisture and pollen that will get into your carpet. Vacuuming twice a...
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Prepare The House For Your Memorial Day BBQ

If you're planning a big barbecue party for your Memorial Day gathering, it's time to start cleaning your house so that it will shine for your guests. Starting early and getting the essentials, such as your floors, professionally cleaned can make a big difference in the cleanliness of your home. Focusing on the areas that will see the most traffic, including the bathroom and kitchen, is a good way to efficiently prepare. Eliminate Clutter Piles of clutter scattered throughout your home can hide the true beauty of your house. With a garbage bag in one hand, cut through your clutter to help your guests see your home decorations. Items that you no longer want can be donated to your local thrift store, and belongings that are broken can be thrown away. Once you're done removing clutter, simply dust your home's surfaces to finish. Deep Clean Your Floor Your floor endures foot...
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April Showers Bring Water Damage

Spring bears the promise of improved weather, but for homeowners, it also brings the risk of flooding. Marylanders may be particularly vulnerable due to their proximity to waterways and shorelines. With state government models estimating that 100-year floodplains account for almost one-seventh of Maryland’s area, those who reside here need to plan ahead to survive potential water damage. Understanding Springtime Flooding When the weather warms up, water that was formerly bound in ice melts. As this liquid drains into rivers and streams, their water levels rise, which can impact artificial waterways. Storm drain channels, culverts and other human-made management systems may become overloaded by the sheer amount of moisture that they suddenly have to handle. These problems also occur on a local scale in neighborhoods and cities. When the storm drains near your home get backed up, the water has to go somewhere. Your building’s basement and other low-level floors might...
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Cleaning Up After the Winter Thaw Out

While most of us welcome the end of winter because it means no more icy roads and freezing temperatures, the change of seasons can also bring some unexpected water damage to your home. Even if you survived the winter without any frozen or burst pipes, you may find that you have mold or water damage to contend with. The way that most mold forms during the change of seasons is that water remains frozen in colder temperatures throughout the perimeter and on the roof of a home. When the temperatures begin to warm, the begins to melt and leaves small puddles of standing water behind. The longer this water is left in one place, the more likely it is to cause serious damage to the structure, including mold and structural damage. In addition, ice dams are a common result of winter thaw out. These occur when ice accumulates on the roof...
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Getting ready for Spring Cleaning

Getting ready for Spring Cleaning Spring brings not just flowers and lush greenery but also the promise of renewal. It's only natural to experience the fresh hope of a new year as melting snow makes way for emerging flower buds. Make sure your home is part of the transformation with professional cleaning services in Baltimore MD. Clear the Air Spring cleaning is good for the soul, but it's also essential to keeping your family healthy. Deep cleaning keeps harmful allergens and irritants at bay, helping to ensure household members' short-term comfort and long-term well-being. The same well-sealed windows and doors that prevent the cold from entering also trap dust and airborne particles indoors. A Deeper Clean Carpets are a great place to begin when refreshing your house for spring. Go beyond vacuuming with a spring carpet cleaning that gets below the surface for truly clean floors. Eliminate any lingering odors from...
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Make Sure Your Home Is Spotless For The Super Bowl

Make Sure Your Home Is Spotless For The Super Bowl As the year comes to an end and holiday festivities wind down, the excitement of the Super Bowl is just warming up. If you are planning your first big Super Bowl party or you host a regular party hot spot each year for the big event, making your home spotless in advance is important. Why You Should Hire A Cleaning Professional Most people who host Super Bowl parties also host holiday parties. When the holidays end, many homeowners are too caught up with planning a Super Bowl gathering that they do not realize hidden messes and problems. Some glitter or pine needles from a tree may be easy to whisk away with a broom. However, there are other cleanliness issues that are not so easy to overcome, and we address them with our professional services. Our Cleaning Services Our goal is...
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Call Hydro Clean To Clean Up After The Holidays

Call Hydro Clean To Clean Up After The Holidays When the holidays and the festivities that come with them are over, you are often left with a mess in your home. Glitter or pine needles from trees and decorations may be scattered everywhere. However, these are the smallest cleaning tasks that need to be addressed. There are more serious issues that can lead to home damage or health risks. Dirty Air Ducts The air ducts of your home are responsible for circulating the warm air needed to keep your holiday gatherings comfortable. If you have not cleaned them this year or in several years, you and your guests are breathing in an abundance of allergens and spores that can worsen existing health problems or create new ones. Also, dirty air ducts can pipe in unpleasant odors that may not be masked with candles and air fresheners. Wet Carpets If your house...
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5 Important Reasons to Keep your Dryer Vent Clean

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...
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Keep Your Carpet Clean as We Head Into Fall

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...
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Don't wait until fall to get your air duct cleaned

Air Duct CleaningKeeping 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...
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5 Benefits of Cleaning Your Tile and Grout

Bucket with SuppliesWith 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...
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Keep Your Carpets Clean for Summer Events

Steam Cleaning the Living RoomHosting 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...
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Window Washing Does More than Clean Windows... It Protects Them

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...
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Enjoy Less Dusting When You Take Advantage of Air Duct Cleaning

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...
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Allergic Reactions Can Be Caused By Dirty Air Ducts

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

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

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....
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Three signs that your home needs professional water damage remediation

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...
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Three ways fire damage remediation can protect your health

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...
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5 Reasons to Have Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned For the Holidays

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,...
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