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At COIT, we know carpets.  We really know carpets; we’ve been in the carpet cleaning business since 1950.  We often get asked what our secrets are for getting carpets really clean and prolonging the life of carpets.  We are happy to share our carpet cleaning secrets. Secret #1: Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum Hot water extraction looks cool and it gets all the attention, but the...
Oven cleaners are notoriously smelly and toxic. But cleaning the oven often seems like such a tough task, it is easy to reach for the harsh stuff. Do not despair; you can have a clean oven without harsh chemicals. Just reach for your two trustiest non-toxic cleaning friends, baking soda and vinegar. Yes, baking soda and vinegar. Start this job when dinner is over, or...
Back to school.  Some kids dread going back to school, while most parents love it. No matter which camp your family is in on the back to school issue, make the transition a little easier by planning ahead.  A smooth transition into the school year requires a couple basic steps. Scheduling Parent teacher conferences.  Soccer practice, band practice, recitals, dances,...
How to Get Kool-Aid Stains Out of Carpet
Summertime evokes childhood memories of lazy, hot days. Summer means chlorine, coconut sunscreen, fresh cut grass, sunglasses, beach towels, and pitchers of Kool-Aid. If the summer fun gets too rowdy and Kool-Aid spills on the carpet, how can you get the stain out?  We’ve already covered removing grass and mud stains.  This week: let’s get Kool-Aid stains out of carpet....
how to deep green clean your carpets
So Fresh And So Clean The best thing you can do for your house and health is to switch to green cleaning products. Cleaning supplies that are loaded with toxic chemicals can take a toll on your health as well as children's and pets’. The most natural cleaners you can use are vinegar, lemons, borax, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, liquid Castile soap, and essential oils...
Best Family Activities in San Antonio
Hey, San Antonio Families! You love your children, yes? I bet you also love your home nice and clean, right? Of course you do! Sometimes, though, you can’t have both at the same time. While COIT Cleaning and Restoration cleans your house, why not treat your kids to the sights and charms of the Alamo City. Take the family out to show them something to remember!   Natural...
how to wash windows
Windows.  Nobody really LIKES cleaning them.  You can spend hours scrubbing away and still have spots and streaks.  There is a secret to getting clear, clean, and streak free windows.  Wash your windows on a cloud day.This seems really simple, but it works.  When you wash windows on a hot, sunny day, the windows dry very fast.  Fast drying gives you streaks.  Washing...
How to Deep Clean Carpets
Carpets have a way of getting grungy, especially if you wear shoes in the house.  You think you are staying on top of cleaning with weekly vacuuming.  Then one day you look down at the carpet is a few shades darker.  It is time for a deep cleaning. How to Deep Clean Carpets You’ll need: A good vacuum Spot cleaning tools- brush, clean cloths A steam cleaner Vinegar Pick a...
how to keep your house cool in summer
Summertime sunshine can get old when your house feels like an oven.  If you are trying to avoid using the air conditioner and save money on energy bills or you live in a city like San Francisco or Seattle where air conditioners are scarce, you can still keep your home cool and comfortable.  Here are our eight best tricks on how to keep your house cool in summer without...
how to get grass stains out of carpet
Summertime is when we plan picnics, camping trips, and urge the kids to get outdoors.  What is more relaxing then laying on the grass on a sunny summer day? With all the summer outdoor activity, it can be difficult to leave the great outdoors outside where it belongs.  Grass stains have a way to sneaking inside.  We have covered how to get mud out of carpet.  This week,...