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The Importance of Vacuuming

What is in my carpet?

What is in my carpet?

Many are going out and replacing their carpeting with some kind of hard surface flooring because they assume their carpeting is making them sick.  Carpeting creates a welcoming environment, it brings warmth to a room, it defines space (visually), but most importantly, it is our human filter!

Contaminated carpets contain dead human skin dust, outdoor soil, dead insects that have disintegrated in your carpeting, dust mite infestations and other harmful contaminants.  Did you know that about 70-75% of the harmful contaminants in your carpet can be removed by simply vacuuming?  Vacuuming your carpet is like changing the oil in a car in that it is an important part of regular maintenance and keeping it in tip-top shape for it to continue serving its purpose.

Only just a few weeks ago I personally invested in a professional vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter (see image attached) and I have already noticed the difference in the overall indoor air quality of my home.  This kind of vacuum cleaner differs from older vacuum cleaners in that they are capable of trapping extremely small micron-sized particles without redistributing harmful particles back into the air.  A HEPA vacuum cleaner can trap 99.97 perfect of all airborne particles!!!  The price range of these vacuums is about $150-$200; totally worth your investment!

VacuumIn a nutshell, your carpeting is making you sick because it is not properly maintained.  Vacuuming 2-4 times per week and professionally cleaning your carpeting by a company that is IICRC certified (2-3 times per year) will allow you to enjoy your health and the amazing benefits of your carpeting!

Upholstery Cleaning

Upholstery Cleaning

Upholstery Cleaning

Just like carpet, getting your furniture professionally cleaned often has also been proven to improve the air quality of your home or business. Aside from cleaning your home furnishings for health reasons, we can also help you completely restore that awesome craigslist find, dad’s favorite recliner chair or that dingy suede sectional sofa. Cleaning your upholstery furnishings is the next cheaper alternative than purchasing new ones. Better care, also extends the life of your investment.
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Upholstery Cleaning

Upholstery Cleaning

Are you a Property Manager?

Are you a Property Manager in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark or another Conejo Valley city looking for a full service carpet cleaning & restoration company to service your properties?

For Rent - Property Managers

For Rent – Property Managers

Are you tired of the “get it wet and go” mentality that other, so called “professional cleaning companies” demonstrate as they fly by through your units leaving stains and other carpet issues behind?

Fear no more! Give us a call, we are independently owned and operated and we have integrity in our work. We won’t over-promise and under deliver but we will promise to educate and make every effort to provide you with the best possible solution. Communicacion is a priority to us!! (805) 246-8338

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Spring Cleaning

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Wood Floor Deep Cleaning

Wood floors are beautiful in a home! Here’s the process we use and we repeat as needed (depending on the level of soil).
1. Clear the floor area of any furniture to get the most out of your cleaning.
2. Dry-mop or vacuum floor to get rid of all surface dust and dirt.
3. Mop floor, going with the grain.
4. Pre-spray floor with commercial wood floor cleaner.
5. Use commercial floor buffer along with cotton pad to spin and absorb the soil that is being extracted.

Last but not least: Apply floor sealer for a long lasting beautiful look!

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Before Pictures – Wood Floors

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After Pictures – Wood Floors

After - Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaning After - Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaning After - Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaning

Hard Surface Floor Cleaning

Aqua Dry goes beyond carpet and tile cleaning. Here’s a picture of hardwood floors we just cleaned a few days ago. Looking to clean your hard surface floors? Give us a call, we will let you know if that’s something we can help with! 805 246-8338 ‪

Hard Surface Floor Cleaning

Hard Surface Floor Cleaning

Are you ready for El Niño?

Water Damage Clean Up

Water Damage Clean Up

El Niño is supposed to be the storm California has been patiently waiting for. We had a little taste of it this past week but apparently, there is more to come! For those of you who know me, I normally would suggest to not worry and to let God do his thing but, let’s admit it, He helps those who help themselves. If the forecast is correct, California’s prayers will be answered and it doesn’t hurt to be prepared for pretty powerful rainstorms! For California, rainstorms are a blessing since we have been in a drought for some time now but let’s be careful what we wish for!

Getting into the nitty gritty, we know excess water can rapidly create problems. Preparing for this kid (El Niño) will put you ahead of the ball game! I wanted to share some tips on how to prepare for this upcoming rainy season.

  1. If you have gutters, check them to make sure they are clean. If you don’t have any, it would be a good idea to install some. Don’t worry, you don’t have to break your piggy bank; if you can’t make the expense now, look for other options. I have pavers in the back part of my house; I opted to install a drain for the excess water to escape. I’ll worry about the gutters later in the year.
  2. Check for any leaks inside and outside the home. Check your roof; the heat may have caused the structure of your home to shrink and to open up creating leak points. A roofer or a handyman can help determine if there is damage (estimates should be free of charge). The inside of your home should be checked as well. Seal any holes from cables and wires that go through to exterior walls.
  3. Check your windows/sills
  4. This is random but still helpful! Check for potential ant invasions. Water attracts ants inside your home and that can totally be upsetting and even embarrassing if you have guests over. Earlier this year I used Eli from Geopest; very knowledgeable and totally affordable!
  5. Store some sand bags. Your local fire station should have some at no charge. I have not made my trip over yet, but it’s definitely in my “to do list”!

Flooded Living Room

Flooded Living Room


If your property has been damaged by water that may have been caused by flooding, roof leaks because of “El Niño”, toilet or sink overflow, time is key! Here’s where Aqua Dry can help. Excess water causes serious structural damage to a property as well as mold growth if it’s not taken care of in a timely manner. Here is what we suggest you do:

  1. Emergency Service Call: Contact us right away! Whether it is at 11am, 5pm, even 3am, a delay of even just a few hours can increase the severity of the damage.
  2. Inspection and Damage Evaluation: We can help identify where the water is coming from if you have not yet; we identify the type of water (see below for the three different types of water damages).
  3. Water removal process. We do this by using the truck mount system vacuum. The extraction removes the majority of the water which in turn will reduce the drying time of your property. After the extraction, the carpet and padding under the carpet will be inspected to determine if it will need to be removed to protect the subfloor.
  4. Drying and Dehumidification: After we have extracted most of the water, your floors and walls may look dry but they are still damp to the touch. Drywall and wood are porous and will hold significant amounts of moisture. To avoid these from warping or growing mold, we will set up commercial blowers and dehumidifiers to remove the water that is retained in the building materials. We will then monitor the drying process.
  5. Cleaning and Sanitizing: This is the last step of the process. Here we can help with the cleaning and sanitizing of any belongings such as furniture, upholstery, and other items that can be restored.

As I mentioned in the “Inspection and Damage Evaluation”, there are three different types of water in order to assess the situation prior to clean up; clean, grey and black (note: “grey” and “black” are not necessarily the colors of the water that you will see!).

Clean
When a pipe bursts or an appliance breaks down, or there is a leak in your roof that allows rain water to enter your home, the water will be considered “clean.” This is the easiest type of water damage to handle, since there will not be too much bacteria living in the water. The biggest danger clean water presents is if the area that has been damaged is not cleaned and dried properly. This can result in mold and fungus growth. If the water has been standing in your home for over twenty-four hours make sure to let us know.

Gray
Gray water is water that is somewhat contaminated, either because of the nature of the source or because of neglect. For example, if water is left untreated for a long period of time, it can become “gray” water. When a toilet or washing machine overflows, the water would be considered gray because of its source.

Black
The most dangerous of the three types of water damage is “black” water. It is usually a result of natural disasters or sewage damage. Black water can include toxic materials such as bacterial diseases, chemicals, pesticides, microbes and more. If your home has suffered this type of damage, contacts us right away to begin the disinfecting process before you try to handle the problem on your own.
***If we find that you need more than what we can offer, trust that we will be upfront and honest with you. We will also help you connect with someone that will have the same integrity and values as ourselves***

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Gabby

Cost of Carpet Cleaning?

Cost of Carpet Cleaning? I get this over the phone on a daily basis!!! Because every home is different in size and the type and soil tracked in is different, there isn’t a “one size fits all” category for carpet cleaning pricing. At Aqua-Dry, there are two ways we determine the price. We charge per room for residential clients and per square foot for commercial clients.

Our average rate per room is $50 (if a room is larger than 300 sq. ft. it will priced as two separate areas). Additional charges apply to heavily soiled carpets, pet urine treatments (see “Pet Stains???” article for more details on that topic) and or any other type of stubborn stains.

For homes that only have 2 or less rooms, there is a minimum charge that is applied and that charge varies depending on the location of the home from our facility. Minimum charges range from $120-$150.

Here is an example:

For a home with 3 standard size rooms, 3 kids, and 2 indoor pets, the price range will look something like this: $150-$225. Since there isn’t a way to determine the level of soil over the phone, we are unable to figure out if we will or will not need heavy soil treatment. In this example with the amount of people and pets in the home, it is assumed that heavy soil treatment will be needed as kids and pets track in dirt, have more frequent spills and possibly more pet urine problems. At the time of our appointment, the technician will do a quick assessment of the carpet and will provide the exact price before he begins; usually within the price range quoted over the phone!

We admit our prices are not the lowest but they are still affordable. Remember: “You pay for what you get” and “cheaper isn’t always better”. As a husband and wife team, we take pride in the value our clients get from us when they chose us as their preferred carpet cleaning company. We answer the phone ourselves, we offer exceptional customer service, and we have implemented great follow through to ensure our customers are completely satisfied with our work.

We don’t over promise and under-deliver; we educate, we are sincere (even if what we have to say is painful!) and we do our very best, EVERY time!

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Pet Stains???

Pet Urine, Odor Removal and Stains

Urine in carpet is a severe problem that not only requires simple cleaning and treatment but also requires major restoration work. When urine is left on your carpets, it doesn’t just stay there. It is penetrated to the fibers and contaminates both the padding of the carpet and the flooring material below the carpet. Repeatedly, without you knowing, your four legged friends will have accidents and will continue to urinate in the same location. As their urine dries, the liquid will evaporate but the urine crystals will become more concentrated. Simple cleaning will not eliminate this odor. When our solution contacts the source of the odor, it immediately begins a chemical reaction that destroys the urine odor.

Pet Urine and Odor Removal Procedures:

We determine the source and severity of the odor.
We rinse the carpet and perform hot water extraction to remove the bulk of the urine crystals.
In severe cases, the carpet is pulled back in the suspected areas to reveal the extent of the damage. If necessary, the padding will be removed and replaced (additional charges based on your unique situation will apply for these services).

We will apply our solution to the carpet backing, the floor, and even the baseboards. It is important to apply this solution heavily enough to dampen all areas affected by the urine.

Over the next couple of days, the ingredients in our solution will react with the urine and will break down the odor causing components and stains.