Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Extreme Carpet Cleaning Homeowner Tips

Bethany Richmond discusses extreme carpet cleaning

Extreme Carpet Cleaning Story Yields Real Homeowner Carpet Cleaning Tips

My friend Bethany Richmond from the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), recently posted an amazing carpet cleaning success story on the Carpet and Rug Institute Blog - about the Jet Stream Grill, a restaurant in Chattanooga, TN. Yes, it's about a commercial environment and not a residence. That means that it's the equivalent of an extreme carpet cleaning makeover situation and there are real lessons for home owners.

Carpet Cleaning Tips For Homeowners

More specifically,
  • Vacuum your carpet thoroughly and regularly and don't forget to check your vacuum bag on a regular basis. Be sure to replace it when it's full!
  • Don't just use any carpet cleaning product. Check out CRI's Seal of Approval (SOA) products which have earned that Seal of Approval by going through performance tests and meeting specific standards.
If you're interested in nitty gritty details, check out these two blogposts that Bethany wrote with more details on the Jet Stream Grill carpet cleaning project: Part 1 and Part 2.

And, here's the 6 minute video [Subscribers, click on this link to view the video.]

Since it's winter, you might also want to invest in Walk-Off Mats to Protect Carpet & Floors. I'm ready to reinstitute a 'no shoes inside' policy for my house.

Some of our previous posts about carpet cleaning, care and maintenance:
+ How to remove a carpet stain
+ Keeping Carpet Clean
+ Dog Day Afternoon

Thanks for reading!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Carpet, Flooring, iPhone Apps & Mohawk Me

Mohawk-ed Emma

Have You Mohawked Yourself?

Happy New Year 2010! This just in: a new iPhone app that links mohawk hair styles to carpet and flooring. Have you tried it?

It's called Mohawk Me and is available free via the iPhone App store.

For personal and professional reasons, I've been immersed in iPhone applications. From Benjamin Moore's app, to HappyTapper's Gratitude Journal, to CoPilot Live for turn-by-turn GPS navigation, and a few in between, I've been uncovering a fascinating world.

Imagine my delight, then, given my interest in flooring and carpet to learn that *finally* there's an app that relates!

Mohawk MeHere's the announcement: Mohawk Flooring Announces New iPhone App - Mohawk ME!

It's a quick download and you're off to mohawk yourself. I decided to mohawk my daughter - as you see above - and easily emailed a copy to myself as well as a TwitPic.

Mohawk Me is definitely fun [although I'm not sure my daughter will be too thrilled about looking like a boy in some of the other versions]!

You'll note in the upper corner some text. The program matches up a product profile with your image; it shows up in your final saved image. Most can be cropped out if you really love your mohawk self enough to issue formal portraits.

Of the eight profiles, 5 connect with carpet recommendations and the rest with hard surface flooring.

So, my question to you is: What do you think?

Of the application itself?

Of the message you get on your saved self with mohawk?

How likely are you to consider a Mohawk flooring purchase?

Happy mohawking!

PS: Check out the range of mohawk hairstyles. Did you know there were so many? I wonder how many can be turned into carpet styles?

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