Debunking Carpet Cleaning Myths


It’s a fact that there is a lot of untrue information about carpet cleaning out there that people receive and others believe without even finding out if it’s true or not.

What’s worrying is that these lies influence decisions and one might end up doing what they would not have done if they knew the truth. Consult a local carpet cleaning service or this blog for correct information instead of online sources. Here are five more carpet cleaning myths, you should keep off:

#1: A Cleaned Carpet Attracts Dirt Faster

You should never worry about your carpet attracting dirt after cleaning it. So if you had such a belief, it’s time you got the truth. All you must ensure is that your carpet is cleaned professionally, using the right equipment and cleaning agents. With that, your carpet won’t get soiled faster after the cleaning. Still unsure? Click here.

#2: DIY vs Professionals

While it is good to have your cleaning machine, doing the cleaning yourself could even cause harm to your carpet. Aside from that, the chances are that you haven’t received any training on how to clean a carpet.

Therefore, only own a machine if you know how to use it to clean your carpet. Otherwise, you need the help of pros to keep your carpet clean and safe for use at your home or office.

#3: Using Deodorizers Keeps Your Carpet Fresh and Clean

It’s untrue. The fact is that scented powders that some people like using to clean their carpets can be harmful and will tend to create dust you don’t need at home. While vacuuming can help remove them, the truth is that it’s impossible to remove everything, and as a result, some of these powders will be left in the carpet.

#4: Steam Cleaning Ruins Carpets

The truth is that when done professionally, steam cleaning cleanses thoroughly and removes all unwanted dirt from the carpet. In fact, leading manufacturers of carpets in the world recommend this method of cleaning carpets.

However, when you prefer to use it, ensure that the cleaners you hire are experienced individuals who know the art of steam cleaning. Otherwise, untrained cleaners can cause unwanted problems.

#5: Buying a Cheap Carpet Saves Your Money

Untrue! You won’t save much. In fact, you will even spend more because cheap carpets do not last longer. You will thus be forced to buy new carpets often because cheap ones get damaged easily. So to save money, invest in a long-lasting carpet.

Though they are a little bit expensive, they usually last longer and spare you the cost of constantly buying carpets. If you also leave with pets and have kids as well, be careful to get the right carpet that will withstand the traffic and last longer.

All these are misleading, and many people still believe them even when some of them seem to be too obvious to be untrue. As a carpet owner, you need to get the right information. When in doubt, seek help from carpet cleaning professionals and manufacturers. Having the right information is very vital.

Hardwood or Carpet for Rental Properties

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Landlords have two primary goals when it comes to their rental properties. A landlord wants the property to attract dependable tenants and a landlord wants a property to be relatively easy to care for and maintain.

Therefore, when it comes time to choose a type of flooring for a rental property, which type of floor is best for a landlord to choose? The two most popular options are carpet and hardwood floor.

In our opinion, the best type of floor for a rental property is a hardwood floor. Here is why …


In 2017, hardwood floor is the most popular choice for younger homeowners and renters. More often than not, tenants will be younger couples or single men or women unable to afford a monthly mortgage and home ownership costs. Therefore, you want your rental property to appeal to millennials and younger generations and hardwood floor accomplishes that.


The best part of hardwood floor is that if you purchase a quality material it will last the entire lifetime of your rental property. We do recommend you prevent tenants from letting a large dog live in the apartment and you should require that a cat be declawed. If you are able to prevent scratches in hardwood floor it will remain beautiful for many years to come.

If you choose carpet, you should plan on installing new carpet every 5-10 years if your tenants are careful about vacuuming and caring for it. However, a particularly dirty or careless tenant could result in needing new carpet very fast.

You do have to pay for the durability upfront in the cost of materials and installation but if the hardwood floor helps to attract new tenants and requires minimal future investment throughout the years you will earn your money back very fast.


Another amazing benefit of hardwood floor is that it is very easy to care for and maintain from a short-term and long-term basis. Short-term, the tenants will just need to sweep and wipe down the floor perhaps one or two times in a week in order for it to maintain a clean appearance in their home.

For a landlord, you shouldn’t have to invest any effort into the hardwood floor unless it needs to be refinished after a decade or so. This is much different than carpet in which a landlord will need to hire a professional carpet cleaning service in Chicago one time each year and every time a new tenant rents the property. I use Arevalo Bros Chem-Dry in Chicago for the apartments I own that have carpet but I prefer the properties I own with hardwood floor as they require no attention from me each year.

This post illustrates several reasons why landlords should install hardwood floor if possible and avoid carpet in their rental properties. The many benefits of hardwood floor outweigh the initial cost investment and you will never regret the decision after you finish paying off the initial cost.

How to Repair a Shower Valve

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Last post we provided broad ideas on how to repair a bathroom but today’s post specifically focuses on the shower valve.

Shower valves help in controlling the temperature and flow of water and if the valves have a problem then it leads to leaky showers.

We understand that it is annoying, wasteful and also increases your water bills. Shower valves which leak inside the wall are more concerning as they can cause rot, mould and structural problems.

The common reasons for the valve to leak or slow down the pressure of water are wearing down of inner seals and parts or clogging due to hard water deposits.

The rubber seals which control all this get worn down due to time and use causing the water to drip out!

If your shower faucet is dripping then you don’t need to replace it, it can be repaired single handed with the help of basic tools in less than an hour!

This post is to guide how can you repair valve of your shower and say bye-bye to the old and worn parts of the faucet!

Turn off water to the shower: You need to turn down the supply of water to the shower as you can repair the valve when water is still dripping. If you are unable to find the valve which supplies water to the shower then it is fine to turn off the water supply for the entire house for some time!

Reach till the valve: Valve cartridges uses O shaped rubber rings to control the flow of water, hence the next step is to reach to the valve.

You need to locate for the screw which might be situated under the handle or the cap which you can loosen using screw drivers and pliers to reach the valve.

You might have faucet with single handle, two handles or even three handles. But the basic rule remains the same and you need to pull out the handle to reach the valve.

Replacement of cartridge: The faucets with single handle have cartridge and O-shaped ring which is slipped over the cartridge. Once you remove the retainer clip placed at the top of cartridge housing, you would see this cartridge.

You just have to replace this cartridge with the new one (make sure you buy the one which is specific to the mode of your faucet) and then replace the retainer clip and re-assemble your faucet.

The faucets which are have two or three handles also have washer which also needs to be replaced along with the O-ring.

You first need to replace the washer and then swap the O-ring with the new one.

Make sure both the washer and O-ring are coated with petroleum jelly before application.

Re-assemble everything: After replacing the cartridge and tightening the locknut again with pliers, it’s time to re-assemble everything with the screws provided. A

ttach back the handle to the valve and tighten it up. Release the water supply and turn on all the taps so as to force out the air that may have rested inside because of stoppage of water supply.

Bingo! You did it!

Repair a Bathroom to Rent

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This is the first in a line of posts on rooms to repair in order to entice tenants to rent a living space at your rental property.

This post will focus on one of the most important rooms in a home, the bathroom.

Popular opinion is that the kitchen and the bathroom are the two most important rooms for selling a home and the same is true for renting a home.

You don’t have to go overboard in your repairs and remodel, unless the current condition of the bathroom is very poor. Just a few minor updates and upgrades will be enough to offer an appealing bathroom to potential tenants.

5 Steps to Repair a Bathroom to Rent

1) Toilet

The bare minimum repair for the toilet is to replace the toilet seat. You can purchase a new toilet seat at the hardware store for only a few dollars and assemble and attach it in just a few minutes. This minor upgrade can really change the look of an old toilet.

If the toilet has rust or foundation damage or is not working correctly, I recommend replacing the entire toilet. A new toilet is relatively inexpensive. If you can install it yourself, it will be even cheaper but it might be smart to hire a plumber if you have no previous plumbing experience.

You can find several tutorials and videos on how to install a toilet online or watch the video below:

2) Shower & Bathtub

A new shower and/or bathtub is a significant financial investment. Avoid this upgrade if possible and instead deep clean the tile grout and the basin.

You can replace faucets and showerheads too for a minor update that provides a little shine. A new faucet and showerhead shouldn’t cost more than $50 combined and both can be installed easily without the assistance of a professional.

Learn how to install showerheads and faucets.

3) Sink & Vanity

I recommend updating the vanity as it is a minor cost and will modernize the bathroom and appeal to younger renters.

If you can afford a dual sink vanity and there is space in the bathroom, this type of vanity is a very popular choice in 2017.

Similar to the shower, replace the faucet on the bathroom sink. The repair is a similar process.

4) Lighting

Install modern lighting in the bathroom and upgrade the lightbulbs to LED for superior lighting. LED bulbs are energy-efficient too which will reduce utility costs for you and the tenant.

If you have no previous experience with electrical installations and repairs, hire an electrician to install the new lighting fixtures. The potential injuries from electrocution are too dangerous to risk.

5) Ventilation

There needs to be ventilation in the bathroom either in the form of a fan or a window. Installing ventilation or a window are significant costs. Hopefully both are in place already but if not you will need to consult a contractor or HVAC service in order to ensure the bathroom is up to code.

If you complete these repairs your bathroom will be ready to show to tenants and you will increase the chance of finding a new renter quickly!