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Job Title:  Full Time Carpet Cleaner and Handy Man

 

Thomas’ Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Service is looking for a full time employee with the following qualifications:

  • EXCELLENT customer service skills.
  • Detail oriented
  • Positive attitude
  • Candidates should be able to bend, crawl, squat, push, pull, and kneel frequently over an eight hour or longer shift.
  • Candidates should be able to lift and carry 50 lbs.
  • A clean and well kept appearance is a must – we’re in the cleaning business!
  • A good driving record is a must.

Duties: Cleaning carpets, upholstery, area rugs, etc. with a truck mounted steam cleaner; interacting frequently with community members, some of whom are occasionally in situations of high stress (middle of a home move or house has flooded);  general cleaning and handy man activities when restoring properties after a flood or fire.

Hours are Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm in addition to rotating on-call nights and weekends.

Compensation: $10/hour with time and a half for over time and a yearly bonus.

This is a local, non-franchised company that takes an interest in its employees and work environment. Promotions and raises are available and earned through service. A high value is placed on personal integrity and a job well done. We will teach the skills necessary for this job for the right candidate.

**Apply in person** Please bring a resume with work history and references.

We are hiring!

Thomas’ Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Service is looking for a full time employee with the following qualifications:

• EXCELLENT customer service skills.
• Detail oriented
• Positive attitude
• Candidates should be able to bend, crawl, squat, push, pull, and kneel frequently over an eight hour or longer shift.
• Candidates MUST be able to lift and carry 50 lbs repeatedly.
• A clean and well kept appearance is a must — we’re in the cleaning business!
• A clean driving record is a MUST.

Duties: Cleaning carpets, upholstery, area rugs, etc. with a truck mounted steam cleaner; interacting frequently with community members, some of whom are occasionally in situations of high stress (middle of a home move or house has flooded); general cleaning and handy man activities when restoring properties after a flood or fire.

Hours are Monday-Friday 8am — 5pm in addition to rotating on-call nights and weekends.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience.

This is a local, non-franchised company that takes an interest in its employees and work environment.

Promotions and raises are available and earned through service. A high value is placed on personal integrity and a job well done. We will teach the skills necessary for this job for the right candidate.

**CANDIDATES MUST APPLY IN PERSON** Please bring a resume with work history and references to our office at 651 Crossland Avenue. The office is open 8:30-4:30.

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Carpet Cleaning Frequency

80% of the grime on shoes can transfer to your carpet after only five steps**. It is frighteningly easy to imagine the levels of allergens and infectious agents living in your home’s soft surfaces with people and pets walking on them day after day.

Vacuuming goes a long way in the daily maintenance of your home in terms of removing soils, pollen, and dust mites. However, pollutants like pesticides, lawn care chemicals, pet dander, bacteria, and viruses need a hot water extraction carpet cleaning to be effectively mitigated.

Depending on the level of use your areas see will dictate the frequency of which the carpets should be cleaned. A school’s carpets would need a much more frequent carpet cleaning schedule than a 9-5 work-a-day house with no kids to manage pollutant levels in the carpets.

clean-frequency-guideIn addition to vacuuming and hot water extraction cleaning, use welcome mats to wipe your shoes on or consider making your home a no shoes zone. Look for certified and tested vacuums to get the best results from your cleaning routine.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to call your locally owned and operated IICRC certified Thomas’ Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Service at 931-552-7847.

 

 

 

**Michael A Berry, Ph.D. “Factors Determining Carpet Cleaning Frequency.” The Journal of Cleaning, Restoration, & Inspection April 2015, Volume 2, Issue 2: pages 16-21 . Print.**

Too cold for carpet cleaning?

IMG_1067Just because it is cold outside, doesn’t mean it has to be cold inside! All of our technicians now carry door guards to keep your thermostat happy while the carpets are being cleaned.

 

Prevent Frozen Pipes

How to prevent frozen pipes:

  • Do not set your home’s thermostat lower than 55⁰ F.
  • If the temperature outside is going to drop extremely low, you may want to consider not dropping the temperature at all during the evening/early morning hours and setting the home to 68⁰ F until the cold weather passes.
  • Open cabinet doors below kitchen and bathroom sinks to let warm air circulate around the exposed pipes.
  • If a faucet is close to pipes with a high potential for freezing (pipes that run through crawl spaces, garages, or exterior walls) set it to a slow drip.
  • Insulate any pipes that are exposed to cold air such as in the crawl space, garage, or similarly non-heated areas.
  • Disconnect and drain garden hoses, turn off the exterior spigots’ shut-off valves, open the line, and insulate the spigot and/or shut-off valve.
  • Make sure all windows, doors, garage doors, chimney flues, attic vents, and crawl space vents are closed tight; you can even weather seal windows for added heat efficiency.

faucet-410171_1280If your pipes have only just frozen, you can thaw them with a hair dryer, warm wet towels, or a portable heating unit. You may have to open multiple faucets to find out where the blockage is. Do not blow torch or use open flames on your pipes. Always use common sense and precaution when operating blow dryers or portable heaters; follow manufactures instructions.

If your pipes burst, the first step is to turn off the water at your emergency shut-off valves. Locate these before the freeze so you can be prepared.

Tennessee doesn’t often have weather this cold so be proactive and your home will withstand the cold temps with no problems at all.

If you have any issues, don’t hesitate to call our 24-7 Emergency Line for water damage. We hope you all stay safe and warm out there!

Moisture Meters

After a leak, many people think the work is done when all the water that you see has been sucked up or when the carpet feels dry. However, standing water isn’t all there is to a leak. Water gets under tiles, under appliances, into the subfloor, behind baseboards, and into the sheetrock. Homes are full of porous surfaces where water can get trapped. If these areas are not dried correctly, the perfect environment for mold and rot is created.

395With the right training and tools though, a certified technician can help avoid damage and get things back to normal. One tool of the trade is a moisture meter. When used correctly, a moisture meter can tell where there are hidden areas of moisture. Is there water trapped behind the baseboard, under the vinyl flooring, around the wax ring of the toilet, or under the carpet pad? A moisture meter is just one of the many resources a certified water restoration technician will employ to make sure your home receives the most focused and effective techniques to mitigate damage.

Halloween Chocolate – A Carpet’s Nightmare

With Halloween just around the corner there is a strong chance that somewhere along the way you may end up with a chocolate stain on your carpet.

CandyHowever, a little melted chocolate shouldn’t be cause for a meltdown. Here are some steps you can try at home to get your carpets looking like new.

First, if the chocolate is dry, remove as much of the solid pieces as you can without damaging the carpet fiber.  Pick or scrape the chocolate off and then vacuum up the flakes that remain.  Don’t scrub at the chocolate as you’ll just push it deeper into the carpet fibers or damage the twist of your carpet fibers.

Next add a pea sized amount of dish detergent to hot water. Take a white cloth and carefully blot the stain with the mixture. You should test a hidden corner of the carpet for color fastness before applying the mixture to a more prominent area. Again do not rub the carpet, just blot until the cloth stops picking up the stain. After the stain is removed, leave the area to dry. You may wish to point a fan on the area to expedite the process.

Once the carpet is dry, you may choose to repeat the process with a water and vinegar mixture to remove any soap in the carpet – 1 tablespoon of vinegar to 2 cups warm water.

Once completely dry and clean, vacuum to restore nap and pile.

Happy Halloween!

 

9 Safe Cleaning with DIY Product Recipes During Pregnancy

September 2, 2014 No Comments » Uncategorized

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Conventional cleaning products can be loaded with unsafe chemicals. Unfortunately there’s no telling which ones are safe or unsafe, as their formulas are currently government protected as trade secrets. That’s why you won’t find ingredient lists on most bottles.Thankfully, they’re not your only option. Green cleaners made from non-toxic household staples are safe, cheap, and effective. And they’re easy to DIY.
1. All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix ½ teaspoon of washing soda (sodium carbonate), 2 teaspoons of borax**, ½ teaspoon of plant-based liquid soap, and two cups of hot water in a spray bottle. Shake well.
**Note that although washing soda and borax are natural minerals, they’re also caustic, and borax is toxic if swallowed. Keep them out of reach of children! If you prefer not to use them, try swapping them out for other natural ingredients. Or just omit.
2. Disinfecting Cleaner: Mix 2 teaspoons borax**, ¼ teaspoon liquid soap, 4 tablespoons white vinegar, and 3 cups hot water in a spray bottle.
If you want to skip the borax, look up a recipe for a hydrogen peroxide-based DIY cleaner.
**Note that although washing soda and borax are natural minerals, they’re also caustic, and borax is toxic if swallowed. Keep them out of reach of children! If you prefer not to use them, try swapping them out for other natural ingredients. Or just omit.
3. Safe Oven Cleaner: Combine 1 cup baking soda and ¼ cup of **washing soda with enough water to make a paste. Apply to oven surfaces and let sit overnight. Wipe and rinse.
If you’d prefer not to use washing soda, try making a paste with only baking soda.
**Note that although washing soda and borax are natural minerals, they’re also caustic, and borax is toxic if swallowed. Keep them out of reach of children! If you prefer not to use them, try swapping them out for other natural ingredients. Or just omit.
4. Tub and Tile Scrubber: Mix 1 ⅔ cups baking soda, ½ cup liquid soap, and ½ cup water. Mix thoroughly then add 2 tablespoons white vinegar.
Apply immediately, scrub, and wipe.
For a mildly abrasive scouring scrub, just blend baking soda and plant-based liquid soap to your preferred consistency.
5. Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Dump 1 cup of **borax and ¼ cup of white vinegar into the bowl.
Let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub and flush.
**Note that although washing soda and borax are natural minerals, they’re also caustic, and borax is toxic if swallowed. Keep them out of reach of children! If you prefer not to use them, try swapping them out for other natural ingredients. Or just omit.
6. Furniture Polish: Apply a 1:1 blend of olive oil and white vinegar, and polish with a soft cloth.
7. Glass and Window Cleaner: Combine a 1:1 mixture of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.
To remove the waxy buildup left behind by conventional glass cleaners, add ½ teaspoon of liquid soap to 1 cup each of water and white vinegar.
8. Mold and Mildew Cleaner: Mix 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil in a spray bottle, shake well, spray, and let stand a few hours before wiping.
Hydrogen peroxide will also work.
9. Floor Cleaner: Use ¼ cup washing soda, 1 tablespoon of liquid soap, 6 tablespoons of cornstarch, ¼ cup white vinegar, and 2 gallons of hot water for linoleum and no-wax floors.
For wood floors, use 1 cup of vinegar in a bucket of hot water.