Three Things To Look For In The Ideal Green Carpet Cleaning Company

If one of your resolutions for this year is to improve the environmental friendliness of your business, you need to consider the impact other businesses can have on yours. If you hire cleaning services, the materials and methods they use and the environmental impact of their practices is now the responsibility of your business. But it can be difficult to find all new cleaning services with eco-friendly practices. Here are three of the most important criteria to look for when you’re trying to find a green carpet cleaning company to hire.

1. Green cleaning substances

Truly eco-friendly cleaning companies don’t just use the conventional cleaners that other companies use. They investigate the market, looking for eco-friendly cleaners to replace whichever cleaning substances are the norm. They may look for products with eco-friendly packaging, products made by environmentally active nonprofits, or products whose makers try to offset their carbon emissions. But the most important thing as far as your business is concerned is the ingredients used in the cleaner itself. Green cleaning companies favor natural cleaning products, and you can probably find out a lot about the ingredients used just by asking what type of cleaning solutions they offer. Plant-based cleaners are a good way to avoid an abundance of harsh chemicals.

2. Eco-friendly techniques

Some eco-friendly techniques that cleaning companies can espouse include things like using bubbles to clean (substituting carbonation for chemicals) and using less water per square foot. It’s also important to ask what the company does with waste water after the cleaning process is complete. Sometimes water can be filtered and recycled before being disposed of. Speaking of waste water, some companies go cold turkey on the water by using a green dry cleaning method that cleans your carpets with a gentle, eco-friendly cleaner and no water at all. This has the added advantage of not leaving you with a wet carpet.

3. Efficient machines

One of the ways carpet cleaning machines have become more efficient is that some of the machines available now can clean with just a fraction of the water, one of the techniques mentioned above. But it’s equally important to use machines that require little electricity to run. Because carpet cleaning companies often use large vehicles to transport personnel and cleaning machines, the transportation should be taken into consideration as well. An environmentally conscious company should attempt to use energy-efficient vehicles such as hybrid cars or biodiesel-powered trucks.

These three considerations can help you choose a green carpet cleaning company that’s serious about helping the environment. Not only will this improve your eco-friendly business practices, but it will also protect your customers and employees from toxic cleaning chemicals! For more information about green carpet cleaning, contact a business such as Magic Wand Cleaning and Restoration Services.   

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How To Distinguish Between Two Frequent Causes Of A Flooded Basement

Few things can be quite as fear-inducing as the sight of a flooded basement. What makes this situation even worse is that it can often be difficult to determine the source of the problem. If you would like to learn more about identifying the cause of a wet basement, read on. This article will teach you how to distinguish between two common causes of a wet basement. 


The Problem

Runoff flooding is caused by excessive moisture retention in the ground around your home. This problem is most often observed after heavy rain or once snow has begun to melt in the spring. When such water isn’t properly diverted, it builds up around the walls of your foundation. There, hydrostatic pressure will eventually cause it to seep into your basement.


The key to combating runoff-related flooding is to accurately diagnose the specific problem area. Once you’ve got a good idea of the cause, you may need to call in a landscaping contractor to help minimize the problem. In almost all cases, however, the first step is to take a little stroll around the exterior of your home.

Begin by evaluating the soil. Take note of whether it is level or has a slope. If sloping, is it angling toward your home, or away from it? The soil around a well-landscaped home should slope away from the house, with a minimum grade of at least 6 inches in the first 10 feet. Anything less than this can cause water to pool–and basements to flood.

Next, plan to take a look at your gutters and downspouts. If you’re comfortable with it, get up on a ladder to check that your gutters aren’t clogged with leaves or other debris–this can cause then to back up, sending water straight down into the soil around your walls. Ensure that all downspouts are attached securely and that there are no leaks.

Subsurface Seepage

As its name would imply, subsurface seepage is caused by excessive amounts of water in the soil beneath your home. In some cases, this is the result of building in a low-lying area. In others, it is the result of soil with a high clay content–and thus a high degree of water retention. Finally, it may simply be that your city or town is situated on an especially high water table.


Subsurface seepage can be difficult to identify because its symptoms often resemble those of runoff: water penetrating through thin cracks in the walls and floor and even moving slowly through porous layers of concrete. The difference is that runoff usually only manifests after periods of increased precipitation. Subsurface seepage, on the other hand, can happen seemingly anytime.

Combating subsurface seepage is much more involved than combating runoff. There are two main options: either the installation of an exterior drainage system, such as a French drain, or the installation of a sump pump in the floor of your basement. For more advice, speak with a water damage restoration expert.

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Last year was the first time that I ever had to deal with any kind of damage to my home. Unfortunately, last year, we had a severe storm blow through and in a few short hours, my house went from perfect to seriously damaged. The tree that I used to love reading my books under had been blown into the side of my home. I thought my house was going to need torn down and rebuilt, but after hiring a professional damage contractor, I found that the house was salvageable. Visit my blog to read my story and learn what has to be done to a home after a tree falls through it.

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