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2602, 2015

The Six Benefits of Carpeting Your Business and Office

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

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.

1202, 2015

Finding the Right Carpeting For Your Home

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

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

302, 2015

Eco-Friendly Carpets

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

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

2101, 2015

5 Crucial Things to Know Before Choosing Carpet For Your Home

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

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

2011, 2014

5 Crucial Things to Know Before Choosing Carpet For Your Home

By |November 20th, 2014|Tricks and Tips|0 Comments

1325750175Ahh, 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 plusses 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 plusses 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 more information about carpet cleaning and other San Diego damage restoration tips visit us online or give us a call! (619) 376-6838

1711, 2014

How to Fireproof Your Home: Interior

By |November 17th, 2014|Fire|0 Comments

Fireproofing-Your-HomeWhile it’s crucial that you fireproof the exterior of your home in order to prevent wildfires from damaging your home, it’s just as important that you fireproof the inside of your home to protect from other types of fires. Fires cause billions of dollars in damage every year; by making simple adjustments to the interior of your home, you can lower your home’s risk of fire and fire damage.

1. Test your smoke alarms
Everyone has smoke detectors installed in their home. But those alarms are of no use if they don’t properly work. Every three to four months, check your smoke alarms. If any batteries are weak, replace them. Many fire insurance policies require that you have smoke detectors in your home or offer a reduction in your premium if you install them.

2. Don’t forget carbon monoxide detectors
While many people have smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors aren’t as popularly used—even though they should be. Carbon monoxide is created by the incomplete burning of fossil fuels. In homes, this is usually gas. Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous, as it does not release a smell, taste, or color. If you leave a stove burner on, carbon monoxide is released into the atmosphere, filling your house. A carbon monoxide detector will notify you when this happens so you can look for the source of burning fuels, which can start a fire if not taken care of.

3. Fireproof your carpet and furniture
You can easily have your furniture coated with a fireproof chemical, either at a furniture store or at home by purchasing a fireproof spray. This will protect your furniture from setting fire as easily. If your home contains wool or synthetic carpeting, consider replacing them with fire resistant carpeting. Wool and synthetic carpets burn easily and the fire can spread quickly. Fire resistant carpeting will prevent fires from attacking your entire home.

4. Take it easy with electrical wiring
One of the most common causes of fires in the house is an electrical short circuit. This happens from overloading your wiring with devices that require significant electricity or from having old wiring in your home. Hire a licensed electrician to check your wiring and ensure the wires are not frayed (or eaten away at from rodents) and that you don’t have too many appliances running on one outlet. Never mess with electrical wiring on your own; not only can you electrocute yourself, but you could also end up causing a fire.

5. Load up with fire extinguishers
Your home should have fire extinguishers readily available and in every room. While you should certainly have extinguishers in your kitchen and garage, consider storing one in other rooms as well, especially near fireplaces, attics, basements, and any rooms that run appliances requiring excessive electricity.

If you have recently experienced a fire in your home or business and are in the process of finding a reliable fire damage restoration company in San Diego, give Orange Restoration a call today! (619) 376-6838

1111, 2014

How to Fireproof Your Home: Exterior

By |November 11th, 2014|Fire|0 Comments

smokealarmIf you live in southern California, you’re well aware of how vulnerable your home is to fire damage. This year, fires damaged thousands of homes; yet some nearby suffered little more than singed yards. Firefighters and scientists agree that by fireproofing your home, you can help defend your home from future, permanent damage. Making the smallest of adjustments, like cleaning out your gutters, can make a big difference.

  1. Install screens over attic vents

While vents in attics help circulate air and keep your attic cool, adding a screen helps prevent against fire damage. If a neighboring home is on fire, debris from that fire could fly into your attic through the vent, setting your home on fire. Protect against debris (as well as wildlife) from getting into your attic by installing a screen.

  1. Clean out your gutters

Pine needles and dead leaves can be very flammable. On a regular basis, clean out your gutters and other areas where stray pine needles and leaves build up

  1. Trim trees and bushes regularly

Trees and oversized shrubs should be regularly cleaned to remove any dead branches. Dead plants are brittle and more flammable. Keep your large plants alive and healthy and make sure no branches hang over the roof of your home.

  1. Water your lawn

A dead, brittle lawn can put your home in significant danger during fire season. A well-watered lawn can act as a barrier between the fire and your home. Since California is experiencing a severe drought, don’t drown or over water your lawn. Instead, water a couple times a week to keep it from drying out and keep the grass short. If your lawn is completely dry and you are unable to maintain it, consider removing it entirely and replacing it with rocks.

  1. Improve your roof

If your roof is made from wood, consider replacing it with more fire-resistant options, like ceramic tiles, slates, composition shingles, or metal sheets.

For more information about San Diego fire damage restoration feel free to visit us online or give us a call 24/7 for emergency services! (619) 376-6838

711, 2014

Restoring Your Home After a Fire

By |November 7th, 2014|Fire|0 Comments

Fire-Damage-1It’s awful enough when a fire damages your home. But the nightmare isn’t over once the flames burn out; restoring your home and eliminating fire and smoke damage can require extensive work. Before you start cleaning and repairing your home, it’s important that you first know what fire and smoke damage entails, how it affects your home, and how your home can be restored.

After the fire, your home can continue to be damaged by the resulting two types of smoke damage created by fire—soot and invisible odor. Soot is the black and grey chalky residue and the invisible odor is the result of burned plastics and wood. Usually, smoke damage can only be fully removed by a professional. However, there are ways you can start rebuilding your home.

First, work with your insurance agent to determine the best course of action, whether that’s filing a claim or paying out of pocket. Next, you should immediately contact a certified fire and water damage restoration company. Ask the company about their background and experience and determine the next steps. Often, the company can advise you on what you can do to clean up before and after the company comes out. The professional can also provide tips on steps to take to prevent a fire in the future.

Until you’ve spoken with a professional, don’t attempt to clean or remove any damaged items in your home. There’s a chance you could actually cause further damage. Instead, dry anything that’s wet to prevent mold buildup. Hang up wet clothing and rugs and use fans and dehumidifiers for heavy furniture and carpeting. Open your windows for ventilation and cover any clean items with plastic to prevent them from getting dirty or damaged.

When the hired professional arrives, he or she will know how to remove soot and all odors. He or she can also determine if your home is suffering from water damage (as a result of the firefighters fighting the fire) and requires water restoration.

While a fire is a traumatizing ordeal, you can pick up the pieces and restore your home. By working with a trained San Diego fire damage professional, you can return to your home confident that any damage has been fixed and that you and your family are safe.

2410, 2014

Go Green With These Cleaning Supplies

By |October 24th, 2014|Green|0 Comments

bigstock_Dirty_Work_1349339One of the easiest ways to become more environmentally friendly is to use green cleaning supplies. With so many eco-friendly brands on the market—that are available at friendly-priced retailers like Target and grocery stores—you can easily find a line of green cleaning supplies that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

The following are a few of the most popular green cleaning supply brands:

What makes these brands “green” as opposed to other brands? Many use more natural ingredients, don’t test on animals, and don’t use chemicals with toxicities. This means that these products are not only good for the environment, but also good for you and your family’s health and safety.

Contrary to past perceptions, many modern green cleaning supplies can handle tougher stains and dirt just as well as a heavy-duty chemical.

If you aren’t quite ready to make the full transition to green cleaning supplies, there are a few types you should definitely use in your household:

  1. Dishwashing soap
    Dishwashers have a habit of occasionally leaving soap residue on dishes. If the soap you use contains chemicals, you can potentially ingest those chemicals. By using an eco-friendly option, you can make sure your dishes are safe to eat of off.
  2. Laundry detergent
    Many people don’t realize that laundry detergent can easily cause skin ailments, like itchiness, or allergies. They experience these symptoms but don’t realize it could potentially be coming from the detergent being used. A green laundry detergent cuts out the chemicals and possible skin irritants.
  3. All-purpose cleaner
    Most people clean their kitchen counters, tables, and other surfaces several times a week. And every time you spray the cleaner, you’re inhaling the chemicals. With a green all-purpose cleaner, you can safely clean your kitchen and other surfaces without breathing in harmful toxins.
  4. Bathroom cleaner
    For the same reasons as all-purpose cleaner, a green bathroom cleaner should be used to avoid inhaling chemicals.
  5. Cleaning wipes
    If you’re going to use any kind of cleaning wipes, green cleaning wipes (like Green Works Cleaning Wipes) are biodegradable and compostable, so you don’t have to feel guilty about tossing away wipe after wipe.
  6. Floor cleaner
    A green floor cleaner gets rid of bacteria without using severe chemicals. Many products, like Dave by Eco-Me All Floor Cleaner can be used on several different flooring, including tile, wood, and vinyl.

For more information about green cleaning and damage restoration in San Diego, please give us a call or visit us online!

1010, 2014

The Health Benefits of Using Green Cleaning Supplies

By |October 10th, 2014|Green, News|0 Comments

green_cleaning_productsThere are countless benefits to using green cleaning products. Over the years, eco-friendly cleaning supplies have significantly evolved and grown so much so that for every chemical product, there’s a green counterpart available. Some people assume that the only benefit of using a green cleaning product is that it uses fewer ingredients or less artificial ingredients. However, that’s not the case. Take a look at just a few of the benefits of going green with your cleaning supplies:

Baby and Child-Friendly

Babies and children have a habit of licking surfaces and putting things in their mouth. When you have a small child, you’re likely cleaning your house much more often. However, if you use toxic products, your child is ingesting those chemicals. By using a green product, your child or baby won’t ingest any toxins or artificial ingredients.

Healthy Bodies

Did you know that frequently using cleaning spray increases the risk of developing asthma? Or that your skin can absorb chemicals from cleaning sprays? Cleaning sprays are known to linger in the air long after they’ve been sprayed. By using green cleaning supplies, you can avoid chemicals from sitting on your skin and finding their way into your lungs.

Cleaner Environment

When you use cleaning supplies—even non-spray products—chemicals and toxins are released into the air. This hurts both the environment and your home’s air. By using green products, you can reduce pollution, diminish your impact on ozone depletion, and minimize your impact on global climate change. Additionally, since many green products use recyclable packing, you can minimize waste.

Risk-Free

Standard cleaning products pose several risks and aren’t safe to use. It’s common for someone to accidentally get product into the skin or eyes, which can cause chemical burns. Eco-friendly supplies, on the other hand, are required by law to meet specific standards regarding toxicity levels.

Antibacterial-free

Wait; don’t you want to use antibacterials? Don’t they get rid of bacteria that cause illnesses? Recent studies have shown that antibacterial ingredients aren’t necessary in soap, as soap itself cleans. Additionally, using antibacterial products too often can actually cause your body to build a bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Triclosan, a commonly used antibacterial agent, can even hurt your thyroid and hormonal system. Antibacterial ingredients are often found in standard cleaning supplies, but aren’t present in green products.