Archive for December, 2010

All Year Round

Categories: Residential Carpet Cleaning

One thing most of us are used to at this point is round the clock service for, well, just about everything. Many of our grocery store chains are open twenty-four seven, Wal-Marts almost never close their doors, fast food restaurants are either open at all hours or are open so late that they’re practically open 24/7. And even if a store isn’t open at all hours, generally they’ll close pretty late in the day, giving you more than enough time to get what you need done. This, of course, isn’t true of every business. Carpet cleaners generally don’t schedule 2 AM carpet cleanings.

But even though Oxi Fresh isn’t doing around the clock carpet cleanings, it does do cleanings all year round. Okay, maybe that doesn’t sound terribly impressive. It’s sounds a bit like saying, “Not only does my car have wheels, but it goes too.” So let me clarify: Oxi Fresh cleans year round, giving you that fast drying carpet cleaning even in the dead of winter. Ah, now that makes the difference. Continue Reading post – All Year Round

Out with the Old, In with the New, Left with the Current, Right with the Passe

Categories: Carpet Cleaning Tips

Welcome in the New Year with an Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning!

Or at least that’s how I assume the phrase is supposed to go. But as you’re moving the old out and bring the new this New Year, you need to spend some time in contemplation. No, not on your life, your good or bad deeds, who you’ve loved and who you’ve slighted.

Those all are secondary to the most important consideration of all – your carpets. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating. Still, your carpet is an important investment and making plans to take care of it in the New Year can end up saving you quite a bit. How so? Well, it’s cheaper to maintain a carpet then it is to replace it and if you don’t care for your carpet, you’ll cut down it’s lifespan by years.

In order to help  your carpet throughout 2011, there are several things you need to do: Continue Reading post – Out with the Old, In with the New, Left with the Current, Right with the Passe

In the Green

Categories: Oxi Fresh News

In case we haven’t made it clear, Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning is all about being green. It starts with our emphasis on water conservation. Unlike many carpet cleaners, our cleaning system is not dependent on using large amounts of water; generally we use about two gallons to clean an average home. How can we do that? Because it is not the water that is doing most of the cleaning, but rather our oxygenated, safe cleaning solutions. This, in conjunction with our machines, leads to a cleaning that is not only extremely effective but also saves between 38-58 gallons of water per home (compared to traditional hot water extraction methods/steam cleaning).

Then there’s our energy conservation practices. You see, since we don’t have to pump in, extract, or drive around with lots of water, and that means we don’t have to use nearly as much energy than others. Plus, most cleaners have to leave their car on in order to power their equipment, and that means a lot of wasted gas. All Oxi Fresh needs is a wall outlet. And as an added bonus, our low moisture system means you don’t have to leave windows or doors open to help with drying. Your carpets will be dry after about an hour.

But, as I said earlier, we’ve already made it clear how our green carpet cleaning works – so why bring it up? Well, because Entrepreneur magazine published their list of important franchising trends for 2011 and, like last year, “Green” was one of their trends. They also cited a few examples of franchises who exemplify this trend and Oxi Fresh was one of them! This is actually the second year in a row we’ve been cited by Entrepreneur as an example, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. You can read more by heading over to this press release.

Happy Holidays!

6 Things You Don’t Know About Carpets

Categories: Oxi Fresh News

You walk on them every day, spill your food on them, call Oxi Fresh for carpet cleaning to make them look good, and spend significant amounts of money replacing them. Yet despite all the time you spend with carpets, how much do you know about them? Probably not too much – after all, the history of carpet cleaning doesn’t usually interest people. After all, there are a lot more interesting subjects, but I dug down deep and managed to scrounge a few fun facts out of the rather dry history of carpets:

The World's Oldest Pile Carpet

The Pazyryk Carpet

1. The World’s Oldest Pile Carpet

Where modern carpets can last over 10,000 years in landfills, the total number of truly ancient carpets out there is very small. That really shouldn’t besurprising, though, since they were made of materials they easily degrade. Amazingly, though, a carpet that’s two and half millennia old has survived. The Pazyryk carpet was found in a funeral mound in the the 1940′s and is, despite it’s age, remarkably well preserved. Normally we recommend carpet protector, but this one doesn’t seem to need it. Continue Reading post – 6 Things You Don’t Know About Carpets

Picking Your Carpet – The Padding

Categories: Oxi Fresh News

The time has come to talk of carpet replacement. Over many years with your carpet, through countless spills, stains, and accidents, you’ll one day feel like that it’s time for a new carpet. Yes, you’ve had Oxi Fresh come out for many carpet cleanings – and we’ve done a good job with our fast drying carpet cleaning – but the carpet just looks and feels worn. But where do you begin when it comes to getting a carpet replaced and what should you do to help make your carpet last longer?

Well, besides regular, green carpet cleanings and carpet protector, choosing the right kind of carpeting and padding will make all the difference. But before we delve into the various carpet types available to you, let’s focus on the often ignored carpet pad.  The carpet pad is designed to absorb footfalls, make the carpets feel softer, and decrease stress on people’s feet and back while walking. Without one, the carpet itself would be set on the hard floors – something not even the cushiest of carpets could hide. Continue Reading post – Picking Your Carpet – The Padding

Combat Entropy through Carpet Cleaning

Categories: Oxi Fresh News

The second law of thermodynamics deals with entropy – namely that “In any closed system the entropy of the system will either remain constant or increase.” In layman’s terms, entropy is a measure of disorder. The higher the entropy, the higher the disorder. This means the second law says that, unless maintained, things inevitably fall apart.

Depressing, isn’t it? Well the same idea of entropy can be applied to our own lives. If you don’t put energy into your life, it will fall apart. Dishes pile up, dirt gathers, jobs are lost, and things become a mess. If you put energy into your life, though, things are maintained and can even be improved. The same is true of your carpet. If you don’t put any effort into maintaining it -  getting Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleanings, vacuuming, etc. – it’ll fall apart. If you do work at keeping it healthy, it will last much longer. Continue Reading post – Combat Entropy through Carpet Cleaning

In the Doghouse

Categories: Carpet Cleaning Tips, Oxi Fresh News

Who's Awesome?  You're Awesome.

"After me, you'll need a carpet cleaning!"

In our last post about training your puppy, we had talked about setting up a schedule and picking the places where the puppy is supposed to go. Both of these actions will help prevent your puppy from marking your carpets and, consequently, make you pay for a carpet cleaning. But establishing times and areas are only part of the solution. The next step comes with the inevitable accidents your puppy will have. You’ll decide to let him play on the carpet, you’re walking him to the back door, or he just follows you onto the carpet and one moment later, he’s made an addition to your sparkling home.

Your response at this moment is very important. You need to make it clear to the pooch that you are not pleased, so firmly tell them that you are not happy. The people at Dog Chat Forum – who’s article is guiding this post, suggested saying “No, don’t pee there” in an unhappy voice if you catch the pup in the act. The goal here is not to punish or scare the puppy -  your displeasure needs to be obvious, but anger should be avoided otherwise the pup will just try to his business where you can’t catch him. Try to lift the puppy up and take them to a newspaper or outside so they can finish eliminating there, where you can praise him for going in the right place.

If you do miss the mistake entirely and come upon it later, take the pup over to and make her look at it while pointing to the stain and saying “No, bad place.” This will make the pup uncomfortable with the stain, which is the goal. Then blot up the mess or pick up the poop and put it on one of the “Good” places while saying “Good place.” This will help them associate the right feelings with the right places (putting the feces or some of the urine on the newspaper will also help the pup realize that it’s supposed to go there.

As you keep doing this for a few weeks, the pup will figure out where it’s allowed to go and will become house trained, despite the occasional relapse. Congratulations! But now what do you do with all of those accidents your pup had? Well hopefully you blotted them up as soon as they happened and that can help with prevent stains from forming. Even if you can’t see the stains, though, you have to consider odor. Dog’s are often eager to resoil areas they’ve already marked and they often find those places by smell.

Oxi Fresh can, of course, get rid of pet stains. Our fast drying carpet cleaning will make them vanish quickly and we have products available that will actually kill the bacteria that are causing the odor. But if you’re between cleanings, here’s a tip for you that can trick your dogs into forgetting where the spots are. After getting rid of much as the stain as possible, you can kill lingering odors by using just a few – one to two – drops of vanilla extract on the carpet. After that, the pup won’t be able to find that spot. Honestly, though, if you’re dealing with a strong smell, getting carpet odor removal from Oxi Fresh may be your best bet.

Hopefully this guide will help you house train your puppy and, after the inevitable spots and accidents, Oxi Fresh can take care of carpet stain removal and any smells you might have. Good luck and Happy Holidays! And thanks to Dog Chat Forums and BarkBytes.com for the great information.

Oxi Fresh, Subway, and 7-11: What Do They Have in Common?

Categories: Oxi Fresh News

Franchise Freddy

Roll the Dice and Play the Game with Franchise Freddy!

What does the world’s largest sub-sandwich chain, a major convenience store franchise, and the World’s Greenest Carpet Cleaner(R) have in common? You can find them all withing about six inches of each other! No, we’re not announcing some weird hybrid store or a merger, but rather that all three of us along with a dozen other franchising companies have been included on a board game Franchi$it! What game is that? Well, we can’t blame you for asking, as it’ll be pretty new, but don’t worry, we’ll fill you in and show you how much fun Franchi$it can be.

The game itself is similar to other property based games – buy areas, build them up, control them entirely, and so on. What’ makes this game stand out, though, is that it doesn’t leave the strategy at “buy as much as you can.” Since the game is based on franchising, you not only receive profit  from the areas you own but you also have to pay royalty fees to whoever owns the most of that property. That means bartering and competition for controlling the majority of a franchise becomes vital. You have to consider if you want to own three properties out of the five available with each franchise – thus maximizing the royalty fees others have to pay your – or if you want to buy it outright. Do you buy into a franchise if there’s another player who has the majority, or do you pass and miss out not only on royalty fees, but profit as well? Continue Reading post – Oxi Fresh, Subway, and 7-11: What Do They Have in Common?

Going to the Dogs with Oxi Fresh

Categories: Carpet Cleaning Tips

Cuddling Good, Peeng Bad

Let Oxi Fresh help with your pup!

There are a lot of things Oxi Fresh can do for your carpet, but the one that many people are most appreciative of is our ability to get rid of pet stains. Our green carpet cleaning method can get rid of most stains, but people are always thrilled when pet stains disappear! Unfortunately, we can’t really prevent stains, though, but no carpet cleaning company can. We can apply a carpet protector to help you combat stains, but there’s no product available that will prevent a determined puppy from using the inside as the outside. So here’s the first part of a potty training guide to help you with your pups and your carpet.

Set Up A Schedule

Generally, it’s best to take your pup out about once an hour, when they wake up from sleeping, and shortly after eating. This may seem like a lot, but they have very small bladders and an even smaller control of when to go. Continue Reading post – Going to the Dogs with Oxi Fresh

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