It is used and abused on a daily basis but is often overlooked at house cleaning time. Furniture is a major financial investment and should be a priority when it comes to routine household maintenance. Retain the new appearance and extend the life of your furniture with minimal effort and a schedule of regular preventative care. Remember to always review the manufacturer’s care instructions before attempting any cleaning method. Here are a few tried, tested, and proven methods of keeping that couch looking brand new. [Read more…] about Best Ways to Clean Furniture
In a previous post, we discussed a few questions that anyone searching for a reputable carpet cleaning business should be asking. One of those was whether the company and its technicians are certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspections, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification). In this instalment, we?ll highlight some of the ways you can benefit from using an IICRC certified carpet cleaning business like Aquamist Carpet Cleaners.
As our industry?s primary standards developing organization, the IICRC has literally written the books (not to mention manuals and reference materials) that guide the best companies and technicians in our field. Plus, these standards are regularly reviewed and revised, ensuring they incorporate the very latest in scientific knowledge and the best industry practices. That means certified carpet cleaning businesses and their employees are using only the safest and most effective tools and techniques.
The IICRC also certifies individual technicians in everything from upholstery cleaning to microbial remediation. To earn certification, technicians must complete rigorous coursework and pass written exams; to maintain certification, the IICRC requires additional continuing education credits. Although British Columbia does not require technicians to be certified, we hold ourselves to a high standard: Aquamist technicians have earned an array of IICRC certifications, including master-level certification in textile cleaning, smoke and fire restoration, and water damage restoration.
At Aquamist, we?ve been doing business the right way for over 25 years, something our customers genuinely appreciate. Like us, the IICRC also takes that dedication to ethics seriously. For example, the IICRC will only certify businesses that have a strong commitment to transparency and honest dealing. Also, businesses certified by the IICRC must carry liability insurance, protecting customers? financial well-being in case of an accident. Finally, all certified carpet care businesses must adopt a written complaint policy, submit to arbitration or a similar dispute resolution system, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of the arbiter. So when you see the IICRC seal of approval, you know that you?ve found a carpet care company you can trust.
Aquamist clients know that we believe every project, no matter how big or small, deserves the very best. That?s why we guarantee that an experienced IRCRC certified technician, who is focused on extending the life of your flooring and ensuring your home is a safe, clean, and healthy environment, is present at every job.
If you?d like to know more about Aquamist?s IICRC certification, or want to schedule one of our great services, give us a call today!
Whether caused by Mother Nature or a burst pipe, dealing with a flooded home can be a stressful and disheartening experience. Here are the first three things you should do to protect your property and your loved ones:
Play It Safe
Entering a building that?s been flooded can be dangerous: water can weaken the structural integrity of your home and wreak havoc on the electrical system. That?s why it?s best to stay clear until your house can be examined by an expert. If, however, you decide to go in beforehand, make safety your top priority. First, check the outside of the building, looking for signs of structural damage such as cracked foundations, missing overhead supports, or exposed gas lines. If any of these are present, stay away. If it does appear safe, proceed inside cautiously, with turning off the electricity at the main breaker or fuse box being your primary goal. Until you?ve done so, avoid standing water as it poses a serious risk of electrocution.
Just remember that if at any point you feel uncertain of what to do next, or whether you can do it safely, don?t take a chance: call in a licensed professional for help.
Once you are able to safely enter your home, seek out any irreplaceable items, such as cash, jewelry, family heirlooms, and important documents. Try to resist the urge to clean whatever you pick up. At this stage, it?s best to focus on protecting your home, minimizing damage, and planning your next move. Once you?ve secured your valuables, get in touch with your insurance provider. The sooner you do, the sooner a claim can be filed and an adjuster can begin assessing the damage. Be sure to take lots of photos or videos of any affected areas and create a list of damaged items; doing so will help ensure your claim is processed quickly and that you get maximum compensation. Also, don?t forget to inquire about what professional clean-up services your policy covers and how you?ll be reimbursed.
Get Professional Assistance
Cleaning up after a flood can be a massive, not to mention dangerous, job. That?s why it?s best to contact an experienced emergency water damage and flood restoration team right away. At Aquamist, our licensed technicians will quickly and efficiently remove moisture from your home, help you determine what can be salvaged, and remove anything that can present a hazard to you and your family. And we?ll do it right the first time.
If you?ve experienced flooding, Aquamist is here to help, 24 hours a day. Call us now!