FAQs

Commonly Asked Questions

Why Do I Need a Professional House Cleaning Service?

Over the past century man has produced over 70,000 new chemicals, many of which are toxic. Each year man produces over 2000 new chemicals! We track most contamination into our homes and businesses from outside on the soles of our shoes, our pets paws and on our clothing

Many contaminants come from cleaning products, insecticides, pesticides and other chemicals we use in and around our homes. Our appliances, furnishings and the construction byproducts also leave some contamination behind.

80% of pesticides are found indoors. We spend more time indoors than ever before. On average we spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors.

What Are Common Indoor Pollutants?

Common house dust is made up of natural contamination, such as human and pet dander, insects, their excrement and their dead matter, soil, food particles, bacteria, molds, etc… And more chemicals than a scientist can name. And the biggest problem is once these chemicals attach to indoor dust they can linger for decades!

Studies show Lead, Arsenic, pesticides, herbicides, fire retardants, Asbestos, and DDT (which was banned by the EPA 12.31.1972) as well as many other toxic chemicals in common house dust.

What Are the Affects on Children?

Small children are much more susceptible to this contamination because they play on the floor and routinely transfer things from their hands to their mouths. They absorb many compounds through their skin while crawling and sleeping. Their mouths are also much closer and receive higher concentrations of contamination from carpet, furniture and bedding.

Exposures to environmental pollutants may lead to the development of respiratory disease in children. Even low level exposure can intensify neurological problems, learning disabilities, asthma, cancer, aggressive behavior, immune system dysfunction and other adverse health effects.

On average, more than 200 industrial compounds, pollutants, and other chemicals are detected in the average Americans blood, fat, and urine.

Research has found an average of 200 chemicals in newborn babies. These toxins have been linked to many debilitating and life threatening illnesses, including Cancer, ALS, MS, reproductive issues and birth defects.

What about Asthma, Allergies, and Mold?

Asthma triggers are commonly found in homes, schools, and offices and include mold, dust mites, pollution, secondhand smoke, and pet dander. Mold can be growing in bathrooms, basements, or any damp area. Once mold begins growing it releases many more spores that float in the air. Dust mites and other insects leave their excrement everywhere they’ve been.

The asthma triggers are mostly found in bedding, carpeting, rugs, furniture, draperies or stuffed animals.

What Are the Best Methods for Effective Cleaning?

Begin with checking your furnace filter monthly and replace as necessary. Buy quality furnace filters or have an electronic air purification system installed.

Properly maintained carpet contributes to a reduction of indoor air pollution. Start with keeping your floors and other furnishings clean. Microfiber mops and dusters capture more dust and dirt than traditional fibers. Use damp mopping techniques that insure that you’re not making the dust airborne again. We don’t recommend feather dusters.

Vacuum often. We recommend using a Zero Emission, HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtering vacuum cleaner daily.

If you have allergies or asthma vacuuming 2-3 times per week is recommended. Whole house vacuum systems are the best if they vent outside.

Will a House Cleaning Service Vacuum Prior to Cleaning?

Vacuuming is a necessary step to get your carpet as clean as possible. After conducting a recent survey we found over 70% of carpet cleaners do not vacuum prior to cleaning. You want these contaminants trapped, rather than released back into the air to be breathed in. Most vacuums, even with HEPA filters allow small particulate to escape back into the air.

Does Chet’s Cleaning Use Products That Are Green and Hypoallergenic?

We want to protect our environment for generations to come, so our cleaning agents are Green and environmentally safe for YOU, your CHILDREN
and PETS. Some cleaners still use cleaners that are dangerous to the environment as well as us.

We also comply with EPA laws for the discharge of waste water extracted from your carpet and furnishings; this water is never deposited on your lawn,
street, driveway, or storm drain. It is always discharged into a sanitary sewer where it belongs.

What Temperatures Are Used and How is This Controlled? 

Synthetic fabrics can withstand temperatures of 220ºF, but wool should never be cleaned any hotter than 180ºF. Some delicate fabrics require cool temperatures.

How Long Will it Take My Carpets to Dry After Cleaning? 

6-24 hours is average depending on the season.