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7 Holiday Cleaning Tips
As December brings 2015 to an end, you may be planning to have more friends and family over. The holidays can be a messy time for your home. While nothing replaces a good cleaning before and after having everyone over, these tips can help! 1. Get an (Extra-Large) Tree SkirtA tree skirt isn’t good just to cover that unsightly base at the bottom of your tree. It also...
Whether your or your family members are dressing up as zombies, ghosts, fairies, or pumpkins, it is likely that someone will be using face paint or grease makeup.  If someone accidentally gets their makeup on upholstery or clothing, it can be a pain to remove.  Halloween makeup tends to be heavily pigmented and oily, not a good combination.  Here are our best tips for...
The childhood tradition of dumping all your Halloween candy on the carpet and sorting out your favorite candies endures.  While your child is categorizing the Snickers and the Smarties, it is likely that sticky fingers will cause some stains.  When there are chocolate smudges on the rug, don’t worry.  You can usually get chocolate out of the carpet. Before trying any of...
Jack-o’-lanterns are supposed to be scary, but not so scary that they cause bloodshed.  Unfortunately, carving a pumpkin can be quite dangerous.  Pumpkins have a very hard rind.  Even the sharpest kitchen knives require a lot of force to get through the rind and start cutting.  If the knife slips, you are at risk for a serious cut. There is a safer way to carve a pumpkin...
Have you switched on the heater yet this year? When the heater is turned on for the first time in months, it is quite common to smell musty, dusty, or burning odors. While these burning odors are not necessarily a fire hazard, they are unpleasant and can be irritating to people with asthma or allergies. Where Does the Burning Smell Come From? The burning scent is usually...
pros and cons of carpet
Hardwood floors get all the love. From home blogs to design shows, homeowners love to wax poetic about their white oak or antique hickory floors.  Even humble pine is celebrated.  Likewise, it is easy to admire a gleaming marble or Saltillo tile dining room.  But what about carpet?  Is carpet out? We say, “no.”Here are the pros and cons of carpet.  We still love carpet.  ...
how to get marker stains out of carpet
With school in session, there will be many projects.  From homecoming signs to science fair projects, it is time to break out the markers.  Colorful and sometimes pleasant smelling markers are inexpensive and easy to use.  Markers are also much less messy then paint, though accidents do happen.  If someone gets a little too frisky and drops a marker on the carpet, you’ll...
fall home maintenance checklist | COIT
Early autumn is an excellent time to take care of critical home maintenance tasks before the weather turns too wet and chilly.  Make sure your home will be warm, cozy, and safe for the winter. Here is a fall home maintenance checklist that our experts have created: Clean Gutters and Downspouts- Gutters and downspouts are critical for directing water away from your home.  ...
How Hot Water Extraction Cleaning Works
Our customers often use the terms “steam cleaning” and “hot water extraction” interchangeably, but the two processes are quite different. COIT uses the hot water extraction method to get carpets super clean. So how hot water extraction cleaning works?  What is Hot Water Extraction? Hot water extraction carpet cleaning is easy to understand. First, a powerful machine heats...
carpet cleaning secrets | COIT
At COIT, we know carpets.  We really know carpets; we’ve been in the 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 first...