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The Six Benefits of Carpeting Your Business and Office

commercial1Have you ever noticed that most offices have carpeting? Hardly ever will you find wood or tile, and only occasionally will you find laminate flooring other than in the bathroom or kitchen.

There are many reasons why carpeting is a great option for business offices. If you’re looking to rent an office building, build your own, or redesign your current space, take a look at the top benefits of choosing carpet.

  1. More Options

Face it: nothing can beat the variety of carpeting. From styles to texture to colors and patterns, there’s a carpet out there for every type of business, company culture, and employee style. For a retro interior design business, you can go Mad Men-style and choose a bold shag carpet in a bright color. For a therapist’s office, choose a soothing color, like light blue.

  1. Better Safety

It’s bound to happen at just about every business: someone will fall or slip. Carpet provides the cushioning to protect someone during a fall and the person will likely not end up injured.

  1. Less Maintenance

Other than vacuuming, carpeting requires little maintenance as opposed to wood or tile, which can be easily scuffed by shoes and heels. Additionally, it’s easier to hide stains with carpeting and, if there is a spill, there’s no risk of someone slipping if there’s carpet.

  1. Less Noise

Whether your office is usually noisy and active or silent and still, no one wants to hear every single person’s every single footstep. Carpeting cushions a lot of noise, including the shuffling of feet and pitter-patter of heels.

  1. More Green-Friendly

While you would think flooring like bamboo would be considered the only green flooring option, there are actually many eco-friendly carpeting options. This is a big plus for businesses that want a LEED rating.

  1. Less Expensive

A huge consideration for every business is cost. With carpeting, you can save a lot of money in the long run, as carpeting is less likely to require professional cleaning or treatment and can last much longer than other flooring options.

For more information about carpeting or for commercial fire & smoke damage restoration in San Diego please feel free to give us a call 24/7 or email us directly at info@orange-restoration.com.

By |February 26th, 2015|Carpet|0 Comments

Finding the Right Carpeting For Your Home

buying-guide-xLooking to replace the old carpeting in your home? Changing out old wood flooring for carpet? Whether you’ve had carpet before or are purchasing for the first time, there are a few things you should know when choosing the best carpet for your home.

Research, Then Set a Budget (and Stick To It)
Carpet can cost more than a person expects. Thoroughly research the average costs of carpets, based on fiber type and style, before setting a budget. Once you determine a budget, stick to it. It can be tempting to pick the most luxurious, plush carpet, but remember a few extra cents a foot adds up quickly when you’re carpeting an entire house.

Find a Quality Provider
This may seem obvious, but many people on a budget may be tempted to go with a budget carpet supplier. When it comes to something as large and permanent (at least for 10 years or so) as carpeting, find a reputable provider with experience. Carpet is offered from a multitude of places, from department stores to flooring companies to online sites.

Choose a business that actually specializes in carpet and has experienced and trained professionals for the installation. A poor installation can make even the most expensive carpet look and feel horrible.

Understand the Maintenance
Different types of carpet require different amounts of care. Some are much more durable than others. Take into consideration the type of foot traffic your carpet will endure. Do you have pets? Children? A busy household? Allergies? Are you willing to frequently clean or would you rather just vacuum once a week? All of these will help you decide on the right carpet.

Don’t Skimp on Padding
Some people think they can save money by choosing a cheap carpet padding. While you may not see the padding, your carpet needs a good foundation. The padding provides support, strength, and cushioning. The better your padding, the longer your carpet can last. A carpet manufacturer can help you determine the best padding for your home and type of carpet you want.

Be Careful with Stairs
Whatever carpet you decide on for the rest of your house, stairs can only handle a few types of carpeting. Stairs not only get a lot of wear, but they also must easily bend of each step’s edge. You want a carpet that is dense and can stand up to frequent wear, but isn’t so thick that it looks bulky when it bends over edges. Take a professional’s opinion into consideration when it comes to carpeting stairs.

 

If you have any questions about carpeting or flood cleanup in San Diego, do not hesitate to give us a call or visit us online! (619) 376-6838

By |February 12th, 2015|Carpet|0 Comments

Eco-Friendly Carpets

indexDid you know that there are actually eco-friendly carpeting options? Or that standard, synthetic carpet contains a number of unhealthy chemicals that can affect your health? While carpeting options may have been more limited a few decades ago, now more and more green options are readily available.

Perhaps one of the biggest aspects of carpeting that people don’t realize is that your carpet and padding can affect your home’s air quality and even your health. Some carpets contain VOCs – volatile organic compounds – that emit as gas. These VOCs fill the air when new carpet is installed and it can take years for these chemicals to dissipate. Exposure to these gases can result in allergic skin reactions, headaches, dizziness, nausea, or other symptoms. Even worse, VOCs contain suspected carcinogens, like formaldehyde. Additionally, these VOCs emit a smell that most people simply describe as “new carpet smell.” Eco-friendly carpeting, on the other hand, doesn’t contain any VOCs.

The great thing about eco-friendly carpeting is that many of them are made from recycled materials, like water bottles, or organic materials, like wool, rather than fossil fuel byproducts like synthetic carpeting. If you’re looking for green carpet options, look for padding and carpeting that have the Carpet and Rug Institute “Green Label.” Many padding contains VOCs as well, so when searching for green carpeting, look for padding that is made from recycled materials.

Eco-friendly carpeting is sustainable and as durable as synthetic carpeting, making it an affordable option if you aren’t interested in other eco-friendly flooring options, like bamboo or eucalyptus wood flooring. With eco-friendly carpeting, your home will be free from dangerous pollutants from flooring.

There are green carpet options for every home – from carpet tiles to area rugs to installed carpeting – and, by choosing one, not only are you maintaining a healthy environment, but you’re also reducing your environmental impact.

For more information about eco-friendly carpeting and smoke and fire damage in San Diego please visit us online or give us a call 24/7! (619) 376-6838

By |February 3rd, 2015|Carpet|0 Comments

5 Crucial Things to Know Before Choosing Carpet For Your Home

san-diego-carpetAhh, carpeting. People either love it or hate it. Carpeting is a great flooring option for homes, especially those with children, as they are supportive, soft, and can handle wear and tear.

Most people underestimate just how complicated carpeting can be. Not only are there hundreds of colors, but there are also numerous fibers and styles from which to choose. Many of these decisions shouldn’t just be based on your personal aesthetic preferences; you also need to consider durability, maintenance, and more.

Before you choose a carpet, make sure you know these critical details:

#1: Know What Questions to Ask Yourself
Before you can make any decisions, you have to first ask (and answer!) the crucial questions:
– How will each carpeted room be used?
– Is there heavy or light foot traffic?
– Will pets and/or children be on the carpet?
– Does anyone in the house have allergies?
– Is my house style and design formal or casual?

Understanding these questions can best help you determine the type of carpet to choose.

#2: Know Your Carpet Fibers
The first thing you want to decide is the type of carpet fiber you want. Each type has its pluses and minuses and some will be more expensive than others. While some carpets are made of blends, most are one of six fibers—nylon, polyester, polypropylene, acrylic, wool, or cotton.

Each of these fibers has their own pluses and minuses. Some are more resilient while others easily absorb oils. Speak with a carpet professional or research each different fiber to determine which is best for your home.

#3: Know Your Carpet Styles
There are multiple different types of styles, but there are five predominant styles you’ll encounter—patterns, berber, plush, textured plush, and frieze (shag). Patterned carpets come in various, well, patterns, from texture-on-texture design to various color combinations. Berber is a common choice, as it’s low profile and casual looking. Textured plush carpeting is possibly the most versatile, as it complements any type of room or home style. Frieze is more commonly known as shag carpeting. Shag is for a very specific individual, as it is a more retro style. However, it’s very soft and bouncy making it great to walk on barefoot. Plush is the softest option. It’s thickness provides a lot of comfort.

#4: Know the Power of Padding
You may never see it, but padding is critical in providing the right foundation for your carpet. Padding not only provides additional comfort and support, but it also helps a carpet’s durability and strength. The primary purpose of padding is to absorb impact to help the carpet remain in good shape. One of the biggest mistakes people make is choosing padding that is either too soft or too dense. The goal is to find the middle ground.

#5: Know the Carpet Installation Process
There are actually several ways to install carpet, depending on where you live, what kind of carpet you choose, the structure of your home, and what carpet provider you purchase from. Most commonly, an installer will either utilize a stretch-in installation or glue-down installation. In determining a method, an installer will consider several factors, like humidity, the presence of rolling traffic or ramps, area size, intricate borders, etc.

For information about carpet cleaning and installation and any other water damage, mold cleanup, or other restoration questions please do not hesitate to give us a call! (619) 376-6838

By |January 21st, 2015|Carpet|0 Comments

We Want to Be on Your Emergency Speed Dial

Dear Property Manager,

This letter is specially written for you.

We at Orange Restoration want to be on your emergency speed dial.

Look at the list of things we specialize in:

1. Water Restoration

2. Mold Removal

3. Fire and Smoke Damage

4. Flood Remediation

5. Air Duct Cleaning

We are also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We want to make your job simpler. We want to do the legwork with the insurance company and make sure your claim goes through hassle free. Our many years of experience have allowed us to build relationships with insurance agents that we use to make life easier for you.

Ultimately, beyond our references, our excellent reputation, we can promise you prices that no one else can. We are affordable. We streamline our business practices to carry the savings to our customers. Give us a call, you won’t regret it!

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By |August 1st, 2011|Carpet, Fire, Flood, Mold|0 Comments

Oh Kitty! How could you? Cleaning the Smell of Cat Urine out of Your Carpet

Is this your cat?

Is your cat guilty of peeing on your carpet? First of all, our condolences. Cleaning the smell of cat urine out of your carpet will be a challenge.

Let’s learn a little bit about cat urine first. Your cat’s urine smells because of the protein it contains. The urine, when dry, forms crystals that create an intense odor that may drive you nuts. Many typical carpet cleaners will do a great job of masking the smell of the urine for a while until new moist conditions reactivate the smell. Please note that cat urine is ammonia based so avoid all cleaners that have ammonia in them – it will only result in your cats peeing in the same area again.

Many of the cat cleaning solutions on the market have a reputation with not working. We suggest the following steps to clean up cat urine:

General guidelines for cat urine removal:

  • Grab a handful of towels and press firmly to the spot. Avoid the urge to rub the stain, you will only increase the size of the urine stain.
  • Try to soak up as much urine as you can by firmly pressing into the spot with your towel.
  • This tip is probably obvious, dry the spot immediately. Do not let it soak.
  • Removing urine from your carpet/rug is imperative to prevent your cat from peeing in the same location. If you are unsuccessful with removing the smell, your cat will pee in the same spot.
If all else fails, get a professional to deal with the problem. Trust me, you don’t want to spend the next several weeks trying to fight this beast.

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By |July 26th, 2011|Carpet, Tricks and Tips|0 Comments

Did Your Honey Accidentally Spill Wax on the Rug?

You come home to a beautiful candlelight dinner. Your amazing husband slaved all day in the kitchen using every single pot and pan – including the ones in the garage. Dishes sway crowded in your kitchen sink. The sweet smell of meatballs and pasta assaults your senses. Two beautiful glasses of red wine twinkle under the lights. Dinner is served. You sit down and share a romantic meal with your husband. As you finish dinner, you both get up and start to clean up. Your hands brush and you look up with love at one another. Your husband picks up the candle, burns his finger, drops the candle on the ground and now you have wax all over your new carpet.

Romantic mood killed. Now you’re ready to kill your honey. What do you do? You can’t call a carpet cleaning company ten at night. You have to fix this mess before it becomes worse, before the kids wake up in the morning and pull at the wax destroying the carpet.

There are two techniques:

1. The Icing Method: This method requires ice or something frozen. You want to cover the wax with bags filled with ice until the wax is rock hard. Then take a BLUNT object (not something that will destroy the fibers of your carpet) and break up the wax. Follow up with a good vacuuming. Repeat process until you are satisfied. You may need to call a carpet expert to finish the job if necessary.

2. The Scraping Method: Prepare yourself. This method isn’t for the faint of heart. It involves an iron. This is assuming you own an iron or at least know where your iron is located. First scrape the rug and attempt to remove as much wax as you can. Then place a sheet of paper and then use a hot iron (so you want to plug in the iron beforehand) and move the iron back and forth on the paper until you feel the wax attaching itself. Then pull the paper and hopefully the wax has come off. Again, you may need to call a carpet expert to finish the job if necessary.

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By |July 24th, 2011|Carpet, Tricks and Tips|0 Comments

How to Vacuum Your Carpet

Does the topic of this post make you scoff?

Did you roll your eyes as you read the words?

Well, there are ways to vacuum a carpet and there are WAYS to vacuum a carpet.

My ideal way is to lay on the couch and watch the cleaning elves do their magic.

What? You don’t have magical cleaning elves? I’d recommend them, they are awesome.

For those of you lacking magical cleaning elves, here are some tips to extend the life of your carpet:

  • Try adding some baking soda to your vacuum’s bag to eliminate odors.
  • Vacuum your carpet once a week. And if the area is high traffic you may have to vacuum more frequently.
  • Even though vacuuming weekly can become an unwelcome chore, pat yourself on the back. You are adding years to your carpet’s life by eliminating gritty particles that can destroy carpet fibers.
  • Turn on some music and swing to the beat while vacuuming. Try to divide the floor into sections and do each section at a time.
  • You may have to go over a section several times to really pick up all the dirt embedded into the carpet.
  • And don’t forget to have your carpet cleaned by the professionals at Orange Restoration once every 6 months.

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By |July 7th, 2011|Carpet, Tricks and Tips|0 Comments

Did you know? Orange Restoration is a Green Business

At Orange Restoration we care about being earth friendly.

In today’s terms, that means running a green business.

Did you know we use a soap free, odor free, hypo-allergenic non-toxic cleaner with no VOCs or off-gassing to clean your carpets? This amazing product is called PROCYON and is made with all natural ingredients guaranteeing the safety of everyone in your home.

That’s our priority.

You deserve clean carpets that you can feel good about.

As you may already know, it’s important to have your carpets professionally cleaned once every 6 months and vacuumed once a week to prevent dust and dirt buildup.

Now you might be wondering what do you do about the occasional stain that is bound to happen. There are plenty of chemicals out in the market you can use to clean that stain. However, we at Orange Restoration want to encourage you to try a green approach.

Here are some green ideas to get rid of your carpet stain:

1. Grab an empty spray bottle and mix equal parts white vinegar and water. Spray directly on to the stain, allow several minutes to go by (this is a good time for a bathroom break, a drink, a snack) before using a brush or sponge to clean the spot with warm soapy water.

2. This one will surprise you. For fresh grease spots, sprinkle corn starch (whoever knew corn starch was more than just a way to thicken your soup) on the stain and wait 15 – 30 minutes before vacuuming. (For those times when you can’t keep a firm grip on that drumstick and it goes wheee out of your hand and on to that new white carpet! Quick, clean that mess before your mom/wife sees it.)

3. For a heavy duty carpet cleaner (this is the big gun, the top dog), mix 1/4 cup each of salt, borax and vinegar. Rub paste into carpet. (This would be a good time for a shower/bath/workout video.) Return in a few hours and vacuum the spot.

All of these are green ideas to keep your carpet looking good in-between your professional cleaning. It’s like getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist, but less painful.

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By |July 7th, 2011|Carpet|0 Comments

A Quick Guide To Common Carpet Cleaning Methods

If you’ve never cleaned a carpet yourself, you may not be aware that there are actually several different methods of carpet cleaning. Depending on the size of the area to be cleaned, the condition of the carpet, and the carpet type, your San Diego carpet may decide that one or more methods are best for them.

Foam Cleaning: Machines that clean carpets via foam work by spreading a highly concentrated foam carpet cleaning solution into the carpet and then removing it through high powered extraction.

Shampooing: Contrary to popular belief, carpet shampooing is a specific carpet cleaning technique, rather than a generic term for all types of carpet cleaning.  Using this method, a concentrated shampoo liquid or foam is spread evenly throughout the carpet, and then activated with hot water and removed via extraction.

Hot Water Extraction: This is the method that your San Diego carpet cleaning service likely prefers to use, and is the method most commonly used and recommended by professionals.  This method involves injecting the carpet with a solution of hot water and cleaning product and then extracting it directly out of the carpet once the dirt and debris has been absorbed.

Be sure to ask your San Diego carpet cleaning service which method is best for your carpet.

By |March 27th, 2011|Carpet|0 Comments