Odors 101

If you are home owner, you have probably smelled a few strange things around the house.  If you are a pet owner, your noses has probably gotten a whiff of the strange and varied bouquet of stenches that even the best pets can bring into the house.  If you are trying to deodorize the carpet in your home, business, or rental property we have a couple of tips to try:

Pet Urine

Pet urine is both an unmistakable and disgusting smell. If let to dry and sit, pet urine can also grow bacteria and exceptional difficult to get out. So it is imperative to both your health and the longevity of the carpet to get it treated as soon as possible. We recommend dabbing the stain with one part vinegar and one part water. Use a wet paper towel and lay it over the top of the stain to sit o draw the rest of it to the surface.

Old Meat Trash and other organic smells

The smell of old rotting food can leave us all on the verge of losing our lunch, and if it is in your carpet it can seem downright impossible to get rid of.  However there are a few basics you can do to cut down on the smell.  First try gently spreading baking soda over the area and let it sit undisturbed for a couple of days, then sweep up the majority of it and go over the rest with a vacuum to get the rest up.  The vinegar above can be as a great next step.

Tobacco Smoke

Walking in to a rental unit and discovering that a tenant smoked in it can be upsetting and expensive. However you should defiantly try doing what you can to rehab the carpet before you replace it.  We recommend using a granular cleaner that disperses as you vacuum and the above tips will also help you get your house smelling fresh.

All of these odors can be headache and we recommend not going at it alone.  Rainbow international has some of the best carpet cleaners in the industry our techs can really make your carpets shine once more. So if your DIY doesn’t get you very far, call us we can help.

The Importance of Indoor Air Quality In Your Home

Though we often hear about outdoor air quality issues such as high-smog days and allergens, it isn’t often that we stop to think about the air we’re breathing in our very own homes. Although the interior of your home is often a refuge from things like car exhaust and smog, there may be other indoor air quality issues that affect your comfort and safety.

Dander, Dust, and Pollen

One issue with indoor air quality that you don’t often encounter outside of the home is the level of dust and other airborne particulates that collect in air circulation systems. Through every-day activities, your home can start to fill with micro-particles of dirt, skin cells, fibers from your clothing, and many other bits and pieces that make up ‘dust.’ Eventually, this dust can collect in the vents and air systems of your house, distributing it and decreasing the quality of your home’s air.

There are many issues that come from the collection of these particles in a home. These range from the simple, such as covering your drapes and upholstery in a hard-to-clean coat of dust, to complications with health through exposure to allergens causing bronchial irritation and the possible consequences thereof. At worst, dust can be made of silica or other construction materials that can damage lung tissue, possibly progressing to bronchitis and emphysema.

Radon Gas and Carbon Monoxide

Though uncommon, it is possible for your home to contain gasses that may be harmful to you and your family. Through the breakdown of naturally occurring uranium in the soil surrounding your basement, you might become exposed to Radon-222, which is a radioactive gas that has been linked to a number of health problems across the country. Likewise, a malfunctioning furnace may release carbon monoxide, which is potentially dangerous.

Fortunately, there are a [number of resources] available to learn more about the mitigation of dangerous gasses in your home. If you have any questions, please visit [these websites] for more information.

Mold and Toxins

We here at Rainbow International have decades of experience dealing with dangerous mold, and we have to say–there are few indoor air quality issues more pernicious and long-lasting than mold spores.

The presence of mold in a home can be a serious issue. Even though the mold growth is removed, it’s possible that the spores have taken root elsewhere. Much like the dust and allergens, the mold spores can collect in the circulation systems, only to be distributed throughout your house the next time you turn on your air conditioner.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to deal with issues with your indoor air quality. The first step is to clean your air system thoroughly–Rainbow International can help manage your indoor air quality and eliminate the threats. Visit our site for more information.

Hazardous Clean-Up: 3 Things to Keep You Safe

Though most clean-up operations don’t require more than the standard safety protocols—such as eyewear, gloves, and so on—there are times when the basic precautions just aren’t enough. Although Rainbow International specializes in difficult and hazardous clean-up situations, we realize that there are situations in which you may be exposed to hazardous conditions. Until professional cleaning specialists respond to the situation, here are a few tips to keep you and your loved ones safe:

Identify your symptoms

Depending on the hazardous situation, there will be different signs of trouble. Pay attention for signs of chemical or biological irritants such as coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or headaches and dizziness; these are your first warning signs.

It is important to remember that seeking out the source of these symptoms should not be a priority. The goal is to limit the exposure to these potentially harmful situations, not to eliminate them with little experience or proper equipment.

Seek ventilation

If you suspect a hazardous spill or clean-up situation, it is essential to remove yourself from the source of contamination. Ideally, seek out the nearest exit—the area with the lowest concentration of contaminants is often the open air. If that is not a possibility, go to the nearest area with high air-flow, open windows, or powerful ventilation equipment.

Vacating the area during a hazardous chemical or biological contamination is the most important step in handling the situation. Limiting exposure should be your priority. Without the proper knowledge or equipment to deal with a hazardous situation, any attempt to handle the problem could lead to increased risk of harm.

Contact the Authorities

If the situation is severe, remember to contact emergency personnel. This includes situations in which there has been any concern for the well-being of you or your loved ones; your health and safety is the utmost priority in any hazardous situation. Call 911, and alert them to the situation. Remember to include as much detail as possible, including people and contaminants involved.

If it is not an emergency, contact Rainbow International. Our technicians have the equipment and knowledge to handle any hazardous clean-up situation, within OSHA standards of safety and disposal. If you have a hazardous clean-up situation on your hands, don’t wait—give us a call today.

Keep your Carpet Looking Great

After the holidays, your home can look a little worn out. There isn’t much worse for carpets than a crowd of people tramping snow, dirt, and magnesium chloride into the carpet threads, then eating a meal and leaving the crumbs and debris all over. Not to mention the spills, the pine needles, and whatever else your holiday crowd left behind.

Your carpets deserve better.

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It’s important—now more than ever—to consider getting your carpets cleaned. If left untended, all of this dirt, foot, and build-up can become ground into the threading of your carpet, making it harder and harder to remove effectively. Not only that, but leaving your carpet uncleaned can reduce its overall lifespan by a surprising amount.

At Rainbow International, we’ve got carpet cleaning and restoration down to a science. Due to the specific requirements of cleaning carpets in Northern Colorado, our staff are trained with hot-water extraction systems that not only pull the dirt, dust, and holiday debris out of your carpet, but it leaves your home without a cleaning chemical residue.

If you’re home is looking a little worse for the wear and the holiday traffic, don’t wait until spring cleaning to treat your carpet right. Our professional technicians can get it back to normal. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to schedule a carpet cleaning, please feel free to contact our technicians here.

Happy Holidays!

It’s Gross, it’s Grimy, and it Needs to be Taken Care Of Now.

The last thing anyone wants to think about is the ever-existing, growing mold making its way along the corners of your bathroom and possibly under the sink. The longer you leave mold untreated, the worse it gets for the house and your health. Colder weather is also just around the corner and that means more time spent indoors with those airborne mold sports. We know removing mold can be a tough job but it is absolutely necessary!

A home with high levels of condensation (appearing on your windows or metal pipes) means there is a lot of moisture going on. Rusty pipes can also be a sign of this as well. Have you noticed any of these signs lately? Most people think they can treat the mold they see with bleach and water but this will not get to the source of the mold problem. It also doesn’t touch the unseen mold. Proper mold remediation means that the mold is removed correctly to eliminate the spreading of mold spores to other areas of the house.

At Rainbow International Restoration, our trained mold experts are Certified Goldmorr Master Technicians who will get to the root of your mold problems. Our system can even remove the mold from the drywall without actually needing to remove the drywall. If you suspect mold in your house, don’t wait any longer! Call our Northern Colorado professional cleaning services (http://911rainbow.com/services/mold-remediation/) to setup a free, on-site consultation.

Fall Cleaning? Already?

Summer is nearing to a close and the kids are heading back to school! Whatever will you do with all your extra time? We’re sure you have a list going but have you thought about doing some fall cleaning? With winter coming, you and your family will be spending a lot more time indoors with the windows and doors closed so you want to make sure it is as clean as possible! We know it is early yet, but why not make your job easier and spread it out across the next few months?

Deep clean all upholstery

If you haven’t already, launder or clean all the bedding – including those mattress pads and pillows. After a spring and summer full of pollen and kids trekking in and out with their shoes and dripping bathing suits, it may be a good idea to get your carpets, drapes and upholstery professionally cleaned. Professional cleaning will accomplish far more than a simple vacuum and will keep those fabrics looking fresh and new.

Clear out the clutter

The changing of seasons is a great time to go through the bedroom and hallway closets, pantry and even the kitchen cupboards. You can start storing all that summer clutter and clear out what you haven’t used in a while. Clearing out the kitchen cupboards and getting rid of the old Tupperware and pans will also give you more room for your holiday cooking!

Get those air ducts cleaned!

If it has been a while since your air ducts have been professionally cleaned, you definitely don’t want your family to be breathing all those contaminants all winter long. Check out this blog (http://911rainbow.com/northern-colorado-air-duct-cleaning-a-necessity-before-winter-sets/) to learn more about the necessity of air duct cleaning and give Rainbow Restoration a call!

Professional Biohazard Decontamination

Cleaning up after biological mishaps or tragedies may be a hard topic to broach, but someone has to do it. Loveland professional cleaning companies are trained in cleaning up safely and properly after people, so here are a few reasons why you should leave Loveland biohazard decontamination to the professionals:

  1. Biohazards can pose threats to untrained individuals.

If you don’t know what you’re up against, how can you expect to emerge the victor? Trained cleaning professionals know which chemical agents to use in battling surface contamination, bacteria, and disease.

  1. Certain microorganisms resist typical cleaning supplies.

Would you happen to know off the top of your head which microorganisms present the most resistance to chemical disinfectants? Probably not, which is why Northern Colorado professional cleaning services offer you a better chance of ridding domestic or corporate surfaces of prions, bacterial spores, and protozoan oocytes.

  1. Cleanup requires special tools.

Spills associated with agents transmitted by inhalation such as tuberculosis call for desperate measures of evacuating the area, sealing the entrance, removing contaminated clothing, and washing exposed skin while waiting for a biosafety officer to arrive. For other spills, you’ll need disinfectants strong enough to use on biological substances, shoe covers, safety goggles, squeegees, forceps, and biohazard bags. Unless you usually store these in your medicine cabinet, you might be better off hiring someone to do it for you.

  1. Accidents happen.

Getting stuck with a needle by a doctor on purpose isn’t fun, so imagine if it happened by accident. If this should happen, you’ll want the cut to bleed out and then gently wash with soap and water for 15 minutes. For contact with the eyes or mouth, make sure to flush out with water, also for 15 minutes.

  1. When in doubt, call for help.

Spills or accidents involving biohazardous wastes are traumatic enough without worrying about the cleanup afterward, so why not put one less thing on your plate to worry about? For Fort Collins biohazard clean up or Laramie biological clean up, call on Rainbow International for assistance (http://911rainbow.com/services/biological-clean-up/). We’ll help return your home to normal in no time at all so you can move on with other responsibilities of life.

Keep Our Firefighters Safe This 4th of July

Looking at our past causes us to consider those who enabled us to arrive (and remain) where we are today. With the Fourth of July right around the corner, we not only remember the early heroes who fought for our freedom and rights, but we also honor the silent men and women who face danger every day to provide us with a safe present and future. Often without our knowing it, firefighters and other servicemen have made the world a safer place, and, like our early fathers, they risk their independence to ensure ours.

As a tribute to these brave men and women, we’d like to share some things that you probably didn’t know about firefighters:

  1. They are human, too.

Some of us have a superhero conception of firefighters who barrel into blazing fires and jump back out unscathed, but the truth is, the constant stress of survival wears on their physical bodies. Not only do they experience intestinal issues due to fight-or-flight hormones suppressing their digestive systems, but they also endure muscular and skeletal pain from intense adrenaline reactions, even when no injuries exist. As EMTs, they encounter contagious diseases on a regular basis, and over periods of time, firefighters are several times more likely to contract various kinds of cancer due to smoke inhalation and skin absorption.

  1. They emotionally react to trauma.

No firefighter likes to receive a call about a five-car pile-up on the freeway. Medical emergencies weigh on them physically and emotionally, and they often experience psychological repercussions, especially difficulty sleeping.

  1. They need exercise and lots of water.

While most of society realizes they should exercise, for firefighters it is absolutely crucial in order to burn off extra adrenaline. Without that stress release, firefighters cannot calm down. Foot massages and water also help them relax.

The above points barely skim the surface of everything firefighters face daily. This 4th of July, how about helping them out for a change? Keep them safe by taking extra strict precautions with fireworks and barbecues. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby and ready at all times, and clear all fire-pit areas of hazards.

If you do experience smoke or fire damage this upcoming holiday, call Rainbow International Restoration once the firefighters have done their jobs; then we’ll do ours. You can visit our website for more information about our Fort Collins fire damage cleanup. 

 

In’s & Out’s of Professional Carpet Cleaning

Sometimes the simplest fixes in life are the ones right under our noses. Take allergies or asthma, for instance. Instead of investing thousands of dollars on fancy breathing equipment, you could alleviate the problem by hiring a professional carpet cleaner to maintain your home every year.

Why Hire a Professional?

According to the American Lung Association, carpets and rugs harbor major dust accumulations which can create discomfort for people sensitive to such allergens. Other pollutants housed by carpets include lead, cockroach allergens, pet dander, dirt, dust mite fragments, mold, and even toxic airborne gases.

Vacuuming your carpet in an attempt to keep your home clean often makes matters worse as it stirs up particles trapped underneath and within your carpet. Professional carpet cleaners, on the other hand, remove these bacteria by using special shampoos and high-powered appliances.

Methods of Professional Carpet Cleaning

 

  1. Carpet shampooing:  This original method involves circular scrubbing and elbow grease with strong shampoos to remove soil from tightly-woven carpets
  1. Steam cleaning: Gradually replacing carpet shampooing as the method of choice, this hot water extraction method blasts boiling water into the carpet to loosen and simultaneously slough off dirt, bacteria, odors, dust mites, and moisture.
  1. Carpet dry cleaning: As its name entails, carpet dry cleaning uses no water but instead applies absorbent powder to break up the soil, which then gets sucked up through a commercial vacuum cleaner.
  1. Bonnet cleaning: Similar to dry-cleaning, the bonnet method runs a mist of cleaning product over the carpet, buffering the soil in rotating circles until the first layer of dirt washes away. However, this is generally a temporary solution, so opt for this method in between deeper cleanings.

When choosing your Northern Colorado professional cleaning services, call Rainbow International’s carpet care expert in Laramie. Our carpet cleaning company in Northern Colorado is sure to meet your needs, so contact us today (http://www.911rainbow.com/).

Removing Soot’s Footprint from Your Home

When fire scorches a building, it really leaves its mark. Homeowners who have faced one will indelibly recall the crackling sound of flames blazing through objects in a trail of heat. Unfortunately, those memories aren’t something you can wipe clean, but some fire damage to your home can be erased.

In an ideal situation, brave men and women of the nearest fire department arrive on scene before the whole house bursts into flames. That means there are generally a few rooms left with less destruction. While smoke damage certainly lingers, either visibly or invisibly, there are ways to remove the stench.

First Things First

 To begin with, you’ll want to contact your insurance company and/or landlord. Getting the paperwork started as soon as possible will save you headaches down the road, and you can also seek their advice for how to best move forward.

Call for Backup

 Next, track down a reputable fire damage restoration professional in your area. Your best chance to fully rid your home of odors and soot is to hire professional cleaners. Until they arrive, however, there are steps you can take:

Cover the Basics

  1.  Don’t try to clean any household textiles yourself. This generally rubs the soot further into the fabric and worsens the problem.
  2.  Hang drenched carpets, curtains, clothes, etc. to dry as soon as possible, either outside or in front of fans and dehumidifiers. Also, open windows to allow for ventilation.
  3.  To guard against rust staining your wet carpet, place aluminum foil or wooden blocks between furniture legs and the carpet.
  4.  Use plastic covers to protect functional items while the rest of the house is being restored.

 What to Expect

When your professional restoration crew arrives, they will most likely deodorize your property using a special ozone treatment, which breaks up smoke molecules to banish odors. After that, restorers will tackle the structure of your home, removing smoke odor from pores in the walls, ducts, and vents.

In your search for the best carpet cleaning company in Southern Wyoming and Northern Colorado, call Rainbow International. Our fire and water damage restoration in Cheyenne and surrounding regions guarantees expert care in removing every last trace of fire damage from your home.

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