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What to Do when your Roof is Leaking

Flood Damage in Summit County, Colorado
Roof leaks happen every spring in Summit County, CO. Here’s what to do when your home has a roof leak.

Spring has sprung in the high country. After months of around-the-clock freezing temps, we all relish this time of year, enjoying warmer daytimes while still being able to enjoy snow sports. However, the spring cycle of daytime warmth with overnight freezing can wreak havoc on one of the most important parts of our homes- the roof! Roof leaks are most likely to occur this time of year when the snow sitting on the rooftop begins to melt.

We’ve created a helpful list of the steps to take when a roof leak is spotted:

Flood Damage in Summit County, Colorado
Water damage from roof leaks is extremely common in the mountains. Here’s what to do when your roof is leaking.

Step 1. Contain the leak

If the leak is not too large, place buckets and pots under the stream or drip to prevent and minimize spread.

Step 2. Remove the source of the leak

Call someone who specializes in snow roof removal to remove ice dams and snow sitting on the roof.

Step 3. Dry all Exposed Materials

Once the leak is under control, all carpet, furniture, woodwork and anything else that was exposed to water needs to be thoroughly dried. Not only will water leave a stain, but mostly, you must prevent mold from growing in your home. If the carpet is soaked, pull it away from the padding and expose both sides of the rug and the pad to briskly circulating air. If the damage is extensive, call a professional water extraction company.

Step 4. Roof Inspection

Have a roofing contractor inspect your roof to see if repairs need to be made.

How We Can Help

We can provide all the assistance you need for step #3:
Water damage restoration: Water extraction from drywall and carpet to prevent further damage.
Upholstery and carpet cleaning: Removal of dirt and water stains and drying.
Mold removal: Water extraction and mold remediation.
Hardwood refinishing: Water extraction and hardwood finish.

There is nothing fun about roof leaks! Take away some of the stress by calling one company who can take care of multiple services – Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration. 970.668.1600

Tubing: Summit County’s Magic Carpets

Keeping  your carpet clean and looking new is one of the things we do best. Second homeowners, property management companies and locals alike all choose Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration for professional carpet cleaning services. We’re not magic, we just know the best methods and techniques to do our jobs the very best. 

But today we’re talking about an entirely different kind of carpet – the magic carpet! Magic carpet is the only kind of carpet we don’t clean and it’s one of the best ways to have fun in Summit County. Read on to learn about where to go in Summit County to ride up a magic carpet and then take a thrilling ride down the hill on a soft, bouncy tube. 

Second only to skiing and snowboarding, tubing is one of the most popular winter sports in Summit County. 

There are three official tubing hills in Summit County. By “official” we mean hills with individual lanes, professionally groomed, with natural and manmade snow, safety personnel, and of course the magic carpet for easy transport up the hill.  

Keystone Resort

Keystone’s tubing hill is perhaps the granddaddy of the Summit County tubing hills. A ride in the gondola up the mountain to the tubing hill is part of the fun.  The hill has lanes that vary in speed and bumpiness. The magic carpet is covered creating a “magic tunnel” that keeps guests out of the elements while awaiting transport for their next ride back down. Tubing sessions are an hour long and run daily through early evening hours under lights. Reservations are required.

Frisco Adventure Park

Centrally located and the closest tubing hill to Breckenridge, Frisco Adventure Park has a low-key, low-fuss tubing option that provides the same high altitude fun as the bigger hills. Sessions are one hour long and run through the early evening hours. The hill sits yards away from the cozy day lodge so that family members not participating can watch the fun while staying warm or having a snack.

Copper Mountain

Copper’s tubing hill is the most unique in Summit County with lanes that make a right angle turn rather than straight the entire way down.  On the western edge of county, Copper is a bit removed from the hustle and bustle of central Summit, making it a great option for wider availability in session times.

If you’re a frequent visitor to Summit County due to second home ownership, keep Exclusive Carpet and Restoration in mind for all of your home cleaning needs. Spend more time having fun and less time doing house chores like while in the mountains!

Call 970.668.1600 for professional carpet cleaning in Summit County!

How Often Should You Clean Your Carpet?

How often should I get my carpets cleaned?

Being long-time providers of excellent customer service, we enjoy answering our client’s questions. One of the most common questions we get asked is “How often should my carpet be professionally cleaned?” 

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Carpet in a typical household should be professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months depending upon the number of residents, amount and type of activity, and whether the carpet is light or dark in color.

Consider these factors when asking yourself,

“How often should I clean my carpets?”

Shoes worn indoors

Both seen and unseen dirt is carried into a household on shoes which can prematurely wear the carpet fibers. 

Children

A home with children increases the likelihood of spills, smears, and splatters, and foot traffic with no regards as to where they’ve been. Romping in the same part of the yard the pets might use as their favorite bathroom spot, for example. Additionally, children spend more time on the carpet. They’re not only getting it dirty, but causing concern for parents who want their children to have play spaces free of toxins and irritants. 

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Pets

Our four-legged family members undoubtedly have more hair that the legged ones. Because our pets shed on a constant basis and because their fur carries dander, along with dirt and bacteria brought in from outdoors, vacuuming even 3-4 times a week is in sufficient to keeping carpets clean. To prevent excess damage to carpet fibers, having pets in the home increases the need for professional cleaning. 

Allergies

Carpet fibers tend to collect dust and allergens floating in the air. These particles will build up over time and if allowed to accumulate will become airborne any time there is activity on the carpet, as little as someone walking through the room. These allergens need to be removed to maintain a healthy environment and limit the amount of irritants in the air for allergy sufferers. 

Color

The lighter the shade of carpet, the more often it will need to be clean to keep it’s room-brightening abilities. 

Warranty

Some carpet manufacturers require newly-installed carpet to be maintained per instructions in order to keep the warranty in full effect. Receipts may be required to show proof the cleanings were done following the regimented schedule. 

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The first-impression areas of a vacation home will need to be cleaned more often than traffic areas in the private home of a busy family who don’t often entertain. While cleanliness can be a big factor in reviews ratings of a luxury vacation property, it can be very low on the list of priorities for parents with a bustling household. 

Professional carpet cleaning services take the hassle out of owning and maintaining your carpets. Connect with Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration today for a free quote, We offer carpet cleaning services in Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon, Silverthorne, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Blue River. 

Ski season is coming… save 10% on carpet cleaning services!

Breckenridge ski season is coming, save on professional carpet cleaning

Ski season is coming… Save 10% on carpet cleaning services

Fall is in the air in Summit County, which means winter is right around the corner. Now through September 30, our customers can save 10% off professional carpet cleaning services in Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon, Blue River, Copper Mountain, and Keystone.

It’s recommended that carpets are professionally cleaned every 12 – 24 months, depending on traffic, pets, and warranty specifications. Professional cleanings extend the life if your carpets and protect your investment.

Schedule your next carpet or upholstery cleaning now and get 10% off when you mention this email. Call 970.668.1600 or email EST@ExclusiveCleaning.co for a free quote.

What causes carpets to ripple and wrinkle?

What causes carpets to ripple, wrinkle and buckle?

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Overtime, carpets may begin to wrinkle, fold or get a sagging look. There are several reasons that cause carpets to wrinkle, but only one way to fix them. Are your carpets in need of a repair, stretch of professional carpet cleaning? Give us a call and we’ll resolve all your carpet repair, stretching and restoration needs. 970.668.1600

 

Moisture or Humidity

High in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, humidity is likely not the culprit of your carpet ripples, but moisture tracked in from snow or rain just might be. This would have to be A LOT of moisture on the carpet to cause this or a leak getting underneath the rug. More than likely, if your carpet is wrinkled from moisture it’s because of an overly wet cleaning job not properly managed. This can be avoided with the help of a professional carpet cleaner.

Improper Installation

This is usually the most common reason for carpet ripples. When a new carpet is installed, it must be stretched properly to avoid loosening and developing future wrinkles. Proper install means using the right equipment and tools for the job – usually a power stretcher. Beware if an installer is only using a knee-kicker…. this could mean trouble!

Low Quality Padding

Before ordering and installing new carpets, check the manufacturers recommendations for padding. Padding is not where you want to save money, as adequate padding is necessary for life and longevity of your carpet. Selecting cheap or inadequate padding can void your warranty and create ripple effects down the road.

What Causes carpets to ripple

Heavy Dragging

We’re all guilty of this sometimes! Dragging heavy items like furniture across carpets can cause the carpet to catch, tug and ultimately stretch your carpet. If an item is too heavy to move by lifting, try using plywood to ‘scoot’ the furniture across the carpet – or if you can hire professional movers.

Delamination

Sometimes a carpet can separate from its backing, allowing it to move freely and shift around the room. Delamination will cause a carpet to ripple. If this happens on its own, you may be covered under the manufacturers warranty. This can also happen because of moisture or an overly wet carpet.

If your carpet has wrinkled or rippled, it should be re-stretched by a professional. You should not let this go for very long, as wrinkles tend to increase and get worse over time, complicated the job.If a carpet wrinkle becomes a crease or sharp peak in the carpet, it may need to be replaced. Give the experts at Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration a call for a complimentary quote on carpet repair and carpet stretching in Summit County, CO.

Maintaining Hardwood Floors Year Round

Maintaining Hardwood Floors Year Round

 

Hardwood is often the preferred flooring throughout homes, as it adds an elevated appearance and traps less dirt, dust and germs than carpet.  However, this elevated look can become tarnished over the years if hardwood is not properly maintained. To avoid the costly expense and inconvenience of sanding, refinishing, or even a complete replacement, Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration knows that maintaining hardwood floors year round is key. If you have hardwood flooring throughout your home, read on for our suggested at home maintenance and cleaning procedures.

Daily Cleaning

Okay – ‘daily’ might be a strong word, but if you have time to dust and sweep your hardwoods on a daily basis, this is your best defense against scratches and surface damage that comes with daily activities. We suggest conducting a quick sweep to pick up any larger items or loose dirt and dust, and then doubling back with a microfiber mop to efficiently pick up and trap remaining messes.

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Weekly Cleaning

Common misconception – vacuums are only for cleaning carpets. Not in our book! Busting out the vac at least once a week is great for cleaning those harder to reach places, such as corners, under bookshelves, and so on. Reminder: if your vacuum has wheels on it, be sure not to let them scrape along the hardwood in order to avoid scrapes and damage. And, if vacuuming isn’t your style, you can always wet mop, just remember that water and hardwood don’t mix! Lightly mist the surface with hardwood cleaner and wipe away impurities.

Monthly Cleaning

Polish, polish, polish. Polishing hardwood not only renews and refreshes the surface, but it also ensures that the finish is getting the most attentions, filling microscopic scratches and events out the surface with minimal effort. Simply purchase hardwood polish, spray, and buff out to reveal shiny, good-as-new floors.

Maintaining Hardwood Floors Year Round, Breckenridge hardwood floors

Yearly Cleaning

Like most items within the home, a deep clean once a year is a fantastic rule of thumb for maintaining quality. A deep scrub, finish or gloss will save you years before needing to sand, refinish or replace your hardwood flooring. Of course, if you aren’t keen on spending your spare time with another household chore, we’re here to help. Our professional three-step cleaning system will clean, re-coat, and refurbish your hardwood floors, reversing and preventing years of damage.

Learn about Exclusive cleaning and Restoration’s Hardwood Floor Cleaning & Refinishing services in Summit County.

Fall Activities in Summit County

Fall Festivals in Summit County, CO

Happy September, folks! Temps are dropping, leaves are changing color, the sun is setting earlier, and autumn is just around the corner. While we all know that dreaded feeling of being trapped inside on a beautiful day due to household chores and cleaning, Exclusive Cleaning & Restoration knows the value of Colorado’s changing seasons, and the importance of getting outside to experience them. So, instead of scrubbing floors and cleaning household items, we encourage you to get out and experience Summit County’s many fall-themed activities this season. Read below for a few of our favorites!

 

Fall Activities in Summit County, CO

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Breckenridge Oktoberfest

Didn’t make it to the Keystone Oktoberfest? Well, you’re in luck, because Breckenridge is putting on an Oktoberfest of their own from September 8-10. As the 23rd annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest, these guys know what they’re doing, and the Main Street Party is the largest Oktoberfest street party in all the Rocky Mountains! Events this year include Breckenridge Brewery’s Brunch, a Brewmaster Dinner, as well as a 5k Trail Run. With just under 50 genuine German brew and food vendors, you are sure to be satisfied. German-themed games, music and dancing will be the perfect activities to work off all that food and beer to make room for more! Check out additional info at: http://bit.ly/2wUVtYB

Frisco Fall Fest

Welcome fall to Fisco on September 9-10! Located on Frisco’s charming Main Street, attendees can expect a delightful weekend packed with local food and music at the base of Mount Royal. Relax in the German beer garden, sip on Fort Collins’ famous Coyote Gold “microbrew of margaritas,” or explore speciality dishes of 18 different restaurants – the possibilities are endless! The kiddos are sure to be entertained by face painting, arts and crafts and additional activities, to ensure heaps of fun for the entire family. Get the entire scoop at: http://bit.ly/2xPpky4

 

Fall activities in Summit County, Breckenridge wine classic

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Breckenridge Wine Classic

Calling all wine connoisseurs and self-proclaimed wine lovers – The Breckenridge Wine Classic from September 14-17 is a must! Sign up for an array of food and wine-influenced events, activities, tastings, cooking classes and seminars to experience over 100 food artisans’ domestic and international wine, beer and spirits. Plus, you can get outside and participate in mountain activities such as the Beerunch Hike, Pinot Passport Hike, and Hair of the Dog Fat Bike Ride. Explore the possibilities at: http://bit.ly/2groAfg

 

Pumpkin Fest

Gather up the family and head on over to Rainbow Park in Silverthorne on October 8 for an afternoon for family fun! Main attractions include barrel train rides, carriage rides, a petting zoo, cookie decorating, bounce houses, and an array of games. Oh, and of course, pumpkins! Every attending child gets to pick a free pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and bring it home to help kickoff the Halloween festivities. Kids can also design their very own jack-o-lantern face so that you can help them carve their pumpkin once arriving home. Get all the details at: http://bit.ly/2elD9fP

No matter what fall activities you choose to participate in with friends and family this year, we don’t want you to be distracted by what needs to be done at home. To ensure you enjoy the most of your fall in Summit County schedule cleaning or restoration services, or simple get a quote, by calling 970-668-1600, and we’ll take care of the rest!

 

Tile and Grout Cleaning 101

Tile and Grout Cleaning 101

 

Do you regularly clean tile and grout in your home? If you answered ‘no’, you’re not alone. Tile and grout, both indoors and outdoors, are often given a quick surface sweep to rid dirt and dust, but are rarely deep cleaned. The weathering of tile occurs over time, meaning that wear and tear may not be evident at first glance. However, it is important to deep clean tile surfaces, as well as tile grout, to scrub away months – and even years – of stubborn dirt and grim. Exclusive Cleaning & Restoration has the scoop on tile and grout cleaning at home, and also provides professional cleaning services in Breckenridge. Simply call for a quote, or to schedule your next cleaning, 970-668-1600.

 

Flooring

Grout is porous, meaning it absorbs dirt and spills, staining easily and trapping in germs. To clear away any surface debris, wipe down the grout with hot water and spray a cleaning solution, either store-bought or a homemade mixture of vinegar and water. Let the spray sit on the grout for at least five minutes, and them scrub with a soft brush or toothbrush. If the grout still appears visibly stained, you can mix baking soda with water and apply the paste to grout overnight. After about twelve hours, scrub with a brush and rinse with warm water to reveal shiny, new-looking grout.  

After the grout is looking good as new, the tile itself deserves some TLC as well. Vacuum or sweep the surface to begin, and then mop the entire floor is a mild cleaning detergent and clean, warm water. You can simply use a large rag or cloth is a mop is unavailable to you, however, ensure that you change the water once it becomes dirty, as dirty water equals cloudy tile floors. Let air dry and enjoy the sparkle you just put back into your home.

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Kitchen Counters

From dried food scraps, juice stains, and soapy residue, title kitchen counters house an entire new category of items that cause pesky grim. Ironically, the best way to remove food film and grime from tile counters is with…food. A mixture of lemon juice and water quickly cuts through thick film thanks to the acidity. Rinse with water and buff with a linen cloth to completely wipe away imperfections, as well as stickiness from the lemon juice. For a deeper clean, you can scrub kitchen tile grout with vinegar or baking soda, just as you would with tile flooring.

Showers and Bathtubs

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Bathroom tile can be separated from floor and kitchen tile thanks to everyone’s favorite friend – soap scum. Removing soap scum from bathroom tile is arguably one of the most difficult aspects of tile cleaning, and requires a decent amount of elbow grease with a brush or rough side of a sponge. This step should be done dry, without any water or additional cleaning solutions. Once the major layer of soap scum is removed, spray and soak the entire shower or tub surface with tub and tile cleaning of your choice. You can also use the classic baking soda and water mixture, and then spray with a layer of vinegar, as a substitute for store-bought cleaners. Take your brush or sponge and scrub the surface a second time, loosening mold and mildew. Feel free to pour a touch of hydrogen peroxide on especially stubborn areas while scrubbing. Finish by running clean, hot water over the tile to rinse the cleaning mixture and remove any remaining grim.

Tile Sealing

To ensure that your freshly cleaned tile and grout stays fresh and clean, it’s always a good idea to seal tile and grout to protect from future dirt and grim. You can do this at home with store-bought applicator kits, or leave to the pros at Exclusive Cleaning & Restoration. Our truck mounted cleaning systems are equipped to clean and seal a variety of tile and grout throughout your home to bring it back to its original condition, and ensure it withstands whatever you throw at it.

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Vote Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration for Best Carpet Cleaning Company in the 2017 Best of Summit

Vote Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration for Best Carpet Cleaning Company in the 2017 Best of Summit

Vote for Best Carpet Cleaning Company

 

Each year the Summit Daily hosts a Best of Summit campaign to recognize great local businesses in Summit County.

Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration is honored to have been nominated for Best Carpet Cleaning Company in Summit County for the Best of Summit 2017.

We need your votes to make this happen! Vote for Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration for Best Carpet Cleaning Company in the Services category.

 

Voting is open August 15 – September 15.

 

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Tips for Removing Summer Stains

Tips for Removing Summer Stains

As the summer months are quickly coming to an end, there are still a handful of warm-weather, outdoor activities that you may want to partake in before cooler temperatures hit. From hiking, boating, biking, hosting a gathering in your backyard, or simply taking your dog for a walk, keeping the outdoors -well, outdoors – can seem nearly impossible when you live in Summit County, Colorado. Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration has a variety of tips and tricks to clean mud, dirt and stains so that you can enjoy your last days of summer without stressing over the mess. Looking for a professional to handle your Breckenridge carpet cleaning and specialty floors? Give us a call to schedule your next cleaning, 970-668-1600.

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Carpet Cleaning

Muddy boots, feet, and paws are arguably the biggest culprit of carpet stains, especially in the summertime. Because these stains usually aren’t large in size, spot cleaning is a quick and efficient way to remove mud and dirt. A simple solution of white vinegar, dish soap and water in a spray bottle is a quick home remedy that requires only 5-10 minutes of soaking. Blot with a dry, clean towel and the stain should be lifted and removed from the carpet.

 

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First things first, let the mud dry completely. This will allow you to vacuum up as much as possible, leaving you to focus on the mud that has truly sunken in and stained the upholstery. Since upholstery is somewhat unforgiving, especially if it is light in color, we recommend pretreating with generic strain remove. Afterward, follow similar steps to spot treating your carpet by mixing liquid soap and cool water to soak into the stain. After letting the soap mixture soak, blot at the stain with a clean cloth. Repeat soaking and blotting until the mud stain disappears.

 

Water Damage Restoration

Mud is made up of dirt and water, meaning that besides the dirt stain itself, water damage might be your other enemy when mud gets tracked into the house. Whether the mud is on your carpet, upholstery, or other home furnishings, you want to ensure that you remove the water as quickly as possible. To do so, you can use a variety of tools such as fans, dehumidifiers, or even a steam cleaner. The faster the area is dry, the less water damage there will be.

 

Tile and Grout Cleaning

Another area of the home that is often overlooked is tile flooring, as a quick sweep or mopping is thought to suffice. However, as mud and dirt get tracked into the home over time, a more aggressive form of cleaning is suggested, especially at the end of the summer season. To target stubborn grim in tile grout, apply a generous layer of baking soda paste, spray down with diluted vinegar, and scrub with a brush (even a toothbrush will do!). Rinse, mop, and reveal you clean, shiny tile flooring.

 

At the end of the day, if your outdoor adventures have tracked in a stain just too large for these at-home remedies to conquer, professional cleaning is always a fantastic way to transition from one season to the next. Exclusive Cleaning and Restoration assesses your individual stain situation and develops a plan of action to best clean and restore your mud-riddled home, leaving more time for you to hit the outdoors and get on with your summer adventures.

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