Archive for September, 2010

“Water, Water, Everywhere”

Categories: Green Carpet Cleaning

Most everyone knows that the earth’s surface is seventy percent water (largely undrinkable), humans are 70% water, and that (surprise, surprise) clean drinking water is always in demand. These are pretty basic facts that even most schoolkids could tell you.  But something most people don’t realize is just how much water we can end up wasting on a daily basis if we’re not careful. Running the sink while we brush our teeth, letting the shower run a minute or two before we get in, washing dishes using running water rather than filling up the sink basin a little. All of these things lead to a loss of clean water.

And a big perpetrator of excess water use – and consequent waste – are carpet cleaning companies.  The traditional carpet cleaning method most people know as “steam cleaning” is actually more accurately described as hot water extraction. The cleaners will use around 60 gallons of water in order to clean a normal home. Quite a bit of that water is left in carpet, and the rest, when pulled out, is considered gray water. It’s full of chemicals, dirt, and contaminants. Generally this has to be disposed of, which means a lot of water is wasted. Continue Reading post – “Water, Water, Everywhere”

Three Witnesses and an Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning

Categories: Oxi Fresh News

No, this isn’t a bad sitcom title – though it’s name is close enough to some of the ones television producers have forced us to endure. Actually, what’s being referenced is quite a bit older than situational comedies. What I’m talking about is the ancient Hebrew law requiring at least two witnesses, whose stories matched up, in order to prosecute someone  for murder. One person wouldn’t be enough to convict someone in cases that severe, two was the minimum and three was better. So why am I mentioning this? Well, from this concept we can learn that before making an important decision, it’s always good to get advice and evidence from multiple sources.

That’s why it’s great that Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning has three different kinds of testimonials on our site – residential customer testimonialscommercial client testimonials, and franchisee testimonials.  We wanted to provide all of these in case a person, business, or potential investor wanted to know about us rather than some other carpet cleaning companies.  After all, if you’re making a decision about an important part of your home (your carpets), we want to provide you with the best information possible. Continue Reading post – Three Witnesses and an Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning

Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning – A Proud Parent

Categories: Oxi Fresh News

Most parents love showing off their kids. Whether their bragging about John’s game winning hit, Jane’s amazing performance, or something else, they generally won’t shut up. But who can blame them? They love their kids and are genuinely proud of what they’ve done. Likewise, here at Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning, we sometimes get that proud parent syndrome where we have to brag about our company – and there’s quite a bit to brag about.  Admittedly, we haven’t won a soccer game recently or performed well in a play, but we have won multiple franchise awards.

Let’s start by looking at a ranking most new franchising companies, carpet cleaning companies especially, would like to have – The Fast 55. Every year, the Franchise Times, in conjunction with FranData, puts together a list of the 55 fastest growing new franchises. Given the huge number of  new franchises out there, to even make it on this list – anywhere on this list – is a feat. Oxi Fresh was #9 for their 2010 rankings, with a growth rate of over 650%. That’s pretty darn good, isn’t it? Imagine a parents giddiness when they see their child beating their opponents by a margin of 65o%.

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Getting to Know You . . . Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning

Categories: Oxi Fresh News

There are also a lot of bad ways to get to know someone – only learning about them through gossip, being told what to think about them, or hearing about their arrest over the radio. None of those things are great ways to get to know someone. Thankfully, there are a lot of good ways to get to know someone. Having a conversation over coffee, going to see a movie and discussing it afterward, or just by observing him or her in day to day life. These sort of actions can give you true insight into someone and their personality.  So how do you get to know your carpet cleaning company?

Well, obviously Oxi Fresh and you can’t meet for coffee (we’re trying to limit our caffeine intake) and we don’t see a lot of movies, I guess we’ll have to come up with some better options. We’ll, there’s always the blog we’re on right now. Here, you can ask any questions you have about our post or just questions about us, carpet cleaning services, or any other subject. Plus, we’re always trying to post useful, fun articles that are easy to read and helpful!

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@oxifresh is Giving $150 Carpet Cleaning Gift Cert. to 75th RT! RT Now! #contest

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Yes, you heard it correctly. Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning is running a contest on Twitter, and it is so easy to enter!

The 75th person to retweet this tweet will win:

@oxifresh is giving $150 Carpet Cleaning Gift Cert. to 75th RT! RT now to Win! #contest

Simply retweet the tweet above for your chance to win! To retweet this post you can either copy and paste the text into your Twitter account or click the Tweet button below.

If you happen to be the 75th person to retweet this post you will receive $150 worth of carpet cleaning for your residence or business!

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Keep your eye on the @oxifresh Twitter account for more special promotions and industry expert information getting out the toughest stains!

Keep your house, carpets and furniture clean with Oxi Fresh!

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The Fall of Carpet Cleaning

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Fall is beautiful . . . and messy.

Carpet Cleaning and the Fall

No, I’m not actually talking about the end of carpet cleaning as we know it – I’m talking about Fall, aka Autumn.  Fall is fast approaching, with it’s “official start date” being on September 22nd, the Autumnal Equinox.  Soon, the leaves will start changing colors and falling, making brightly colored messes all over our lawns. Of course, some areas will see the changes sooner than others, some may see very little change, but one thing is fairly universal across the board: Fall is bad news for carpets.

But why would such a beautiful season be so damaging to your favorite floors? Well, let’s start by looking at the weather.  Everyone knows that Fall means lower temperatures, less sunlight, and more moisture – or rather, moisture that isn’t immediately evaporated by the Summer heat. These three things by themselves are not great for carpets.  Getting your carpets wet due to foot-traffic, and then having the carpets not getting as much heat and sunlight means there is an increased chance of mold and mildew forming. That’s something not even a carpet cleaning company wants to deal with, much less you. Continue Reading post – The Fall of Carpet Cleaning

Design for the Environment

Categories: Green Carpet Cleaning, Oxi Fresh News

A few days ago, we shared with you how one of Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning‘s core cleaning products received the Design for the Environment Label from the Environmental Protection Agency. As we said before, this is quite an achievement, given the rigorous testing the EPA’s teams performed on the product. Of course, Oxi Fresh isn’t the only company with a cleaning product that has earned this label. There’s around 2,000 products out there with this label, which may seem like a lot – but it’s actually a very small selection of all the possible cleaning products available.

And, as a green carpet cleaning company, we recommend using those DfE products. Why? Well, obviously you want to protect your family by using products that have been thoroughly tested for any potential problems – whether the problem is the result of just one chemical, a negative synergy, or a hidden product, the EPA finds it and has the manufacturer fix it. Then there’s the environmental aspect, the major goal of the whole EPA process is to make sure it’s safe as possible for the environment. After all, it is the Design for the Environment Label. : ) Continue Reading post – Design for the Environment

Carpe Diem with Carpet Cleaning

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Carpe Diem means, “Seize the day.” The phrase was immortalized by Horace, a Roman poet, and this important idea, so simply stated, has been repeated endlessly. But, despite our best efforts, there are events and duties which interrupt and upset our efforts to seize the day. An unexpected injury that prevents a trip, a meeting that interrupts an important task you wanted to complete, a pipe bursts and the weekend is suddenly gone. Given all of the things that can prevent you from pursuing your goals and desires, why would you intentionally loose more time with a carpet cleaning?

Actually, you can loose an entire day to many cleaners.  Let’s begin by considering their “window appointments.” Rather than giving you a specific time, some carpet cleaning companies will instead tell you that they’ll be there between 10:00 and 12:00 or 12:00 to 3:00.  That leaves you stuck just waiting for the appointment to start – wasting hours of your time.  When they do show up, the situation doesn’t really improve much if you’ve picked a steam cleaner (or, more accurately, a hot-water extractor.) They begin by soaking your carpets and then they try to suck up the dirt and water together. Unfortunately, they leave a lot of water in the carpets.

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Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning and the EPA

Categories: Green Carpet Cleaning, Oxi Fresh News

Oxi Fresh is proud to use this logo on our Encapsulator

The EPA's Design for the Environment Certification

Since it was founded in 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency has been working hard to combat the effects and spread of pollution, while at the same

time trying to educate all of us about how we can positively or negatively affect the world around us with our daily actions. One of the programs they’ve began is called Design for the Environment, and its goal is to stringently research commercial and household cleaning products and, if they meet the strictest requirements for environmental and consumer safety, they are approved for the EPA’s DfE Certification.

This is not an easy process by any stretch of the imagination – it’s distinctly arduous as a matter of fact. A team of scientist from the Environmental Protection Agency examines each chemical, the amounts used, and the way various chemicals will interact. They also look for masked chemicals, consider the safety of materials used, and much more. Each of these factors are considered in order to determine if the product is as safe for the environment and families as it possibly could be while still being effective.  There are over 2,000 cleaning products with this Certificate – a remarkably small number when considering the sheer number of products out there, and Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning has now joined those elite ranks! Continue Reading post – Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning and the EPA

Beyond Carpet Cleaning

Categories: Oxi Fresh News

The Value of an Upholstery Cleaning

Oxi Fresh doesn't just clean carpet!

A and B the C of D. Or, as the phrase is more commonly known, “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.” Of course, the abbreviation is a bit more light-hearted, so for this post, we’ll stick with that. Now, Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning obviously goes A and B the C of D with it’s fast dry time, commitment to being green, and providing a world class cleaning – but when it comes to helping customers, we didn’t want to stop at carpet cleaning. After all, there’s a lot more we know that we could do with our fantastic cleaning system.

So, we started out by figuring out what would be practical for us to clean. Obviously things like air duct and dusting wouldn’t really make sense, so we thought about how our cleaning system, with some modifications, could be used to clean other surfaces – namely upholstery. After all, everyone uses couches and recliners everyday, getting dirt and oils into the fabric or spilling on the cushions, but getting an upholstery cleaning is a rare occurrence. But if you want to keep your upholstery looking good and to make sure you have it longer – cleanings make sense. Continue Reading post – Beyond Carpet Cleaning

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