Archive for September, 2011

Tips for Fall: Leaves!

Categories: Green Carpet Cleaning

Fall is just starting, and with so many jobs, projects to finish, and events to plan, we here at Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning want to help. So we’re going to share with you a few guides with helpful tips and tricks, and we’re going to start with leaves, specifically, what to do with them? Here are three great ways to get rid of that pile of leaves in your yard.

Leaves!

Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning and Leaves!

1. Community Pick Up/Drop Off:

Some communities have a fall leaf pickup service, and if you’re lucky enough to live in one of those towns, problem solved. Unfortunately, that service isn’t available everywhere, but don’t give up. Call your community center and ask if they have a community compost pile or a community garden in need of mulch. You can also call local gardening stores or nurseries to see if they need leaves for composting or mulching purposes.

2. Mulching

Here’s a tip you’ll probably like – don’t rake up your leaves. Instead, simply mow your lawn and the fallen leaves together. This will break up the leaves and work them into the grass, allowing them to rapidly decompose and enrich your soil. There are, though, a few things you should know:

A. Multi-Mowing: You may have to make several passes to ensure that the leaves are nicely broken up.

B. Too Much Mulch: Too many leaves can make mulching difficult, as both the mower and lawn can’t handle them all. If your yard is utterly inundated with leaves, you’ll need to do some raking before you mulch.

C. Lawn Hog: Don’t let the grass get all the leaves. Use the mulched leaves in flower beds and gardens to both cover the soil for winter and to add rich nutrients.

3. Composting

One of the greenest things you can do with your leaves is compost them – and as a green carpet cleaner, we love green! There are two “types” of composting: passive and managed. In passive composting, you make a pile of materials and let it decompose; in managed composting, you have to balance the types of materials, aerate the soil, and perform other tasks. Passive composting can take about a year before you see usable compost; managed composting can give you soil in 3 to 4 weeks. To learn more about the details of each method, go to Howtocompost.org and CompostGuide.com. Those excellent sites can answer your questions on the details of composting better than we can.

Of course, leaves are only one of Fall’s challenges. Look for our next Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning post for more great Fall tips!

Thanks to Howtocompost.org, compostguide.com, and lovingnaturesgarden.com for the ideas and tips.

Oxi Fresh on YouTube!

Categories: Oxi Fresh News, The Oxi Fresh Team

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? And a video is, when you think about it, just a series of still images played rapidly to create the illusion of movement. So if videos play at about 18 to 24 frames per second, that means every second of video is worth, let’s say, 20,000 words. That means our new YouTube video is worth about 6,060,000 words. Give or take. Continue Reading post – Oxi Fresh on YouTube!

Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning Awarded Inc. Magazine’s Top 100

Categories: Oxi Fresh News

Every year, the team at Inc. magazine puts together an important issue of their publication – the Inc. 500|5000 issue. There they rank, based on three year revenue reports, the fastest growing, privately held companies in the United States. Given that about seven million companies match that criteria, getting on this list isn’t easy.

That’s why we’re proud to announce that Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning was included in the 2011 Inc. 500|5000. Over the past three years, our revenue has increased by 182%, and so we were recognized as one of the top 100 companies for Consumer Products and Services. We were also ranked in the top 50 companies in Denver and had an overall ranking of 1525! To be included among so many prestigious companies is an honor, and to us, it’s a sign that we’re on our way to becoming the world’s best carpet cleaning company.

This is our first time in the Inc. 500|5000, but not the first time we’ve been recognized by a national publication. In 2011, Entrepreneur ranked us #63 for Fastest Growing Franchises, #26 for Low Cost Franchises, #3 for Top New Franchises, and #126 overall. We’ve also been recognized by Franchise Times as one of their Fast55, by the Franchise Business Review for our high levels of franchisee satisfaction, and by AllBusiness.com for our growth and web visibility ratings.

Follow the link if you’d like to learn more about starting an Oxi Fresh Franchise. If you’d like to know more about our new ranking, click here.

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