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Homemade carpet freshener

Homemade Carpet Freshener

Here’s an idea for making homemade carpet freshener:

  • 1 cup crushed, dried herbs (rosemary, southernwood, and lavender are good choices)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Combine ingredients, and sprinkle over carpet. Allow to sit for a few minutes, then vacuum.

Here are a couple variations of that mixture:

  • Mix 1 small box baking soda with your favorite potpourri oil, using just a few drops, and sprinkle on as carpet freshener. Leave on a carpet 10 to 20 minutes, then vacuum.
  • Use 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup cornstarch, and 15 drops essential oil fragrance. Leave on carpet 10 to 20 minutes, then vacuum. Store mixture in a glass jar or airtight container.

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It is truly a hassle to keep your carpet clean. Whether it’s the kids, the dog, or just an accidental spill, it always seems like we can never keep our lovely carpet clean! See how the atlanta upholstery specialist take care of tough grime.

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What Are Those Black Stains On The Roof?

By Chris Callas

Are the stains permanent?  Will they damage the roof?  Can they be cleaned?  Living in the Southeast you may have found yourself asking these questions.  Just drive through any neighborhood and you’re bound to see roofs with black streaks, or perhaps totally covered in black crud.

So what is it?  The simple answer is Roof Algae.  The scientific name is “Gloeocapsa Magma”, a very hardy algae.  The streaks and discoloration you are seeing is an accumulation of their dead, dark colored cells. While this algae can grow just about anywhere in the continental US, it really likes humid environments. The algae were deposited on your roof by wind and/or wildlife.  Not only is it ugly, but left untreated it will shorten the life of your roof.

Roof Algae will cause damage to your roof by destroying the inorganic materials found in the shingles.  These inorganic materials are what hold the shingles together. Over time this Roof Algae will loosen up the ceramic granules that are providing ultraviolet protection for your roof.  The ceramic roofing granules will begin to fall away much faster than they should, reducing the expected life of your roofing shingles.  The dark growth also draws in more heat than the clean spots on the roof, which reduces the life of the shingle and increases air conditioning costs. In addition, roof algae are very infectious, meaning it will transfer from one side of your roof to the other; or even from one house to another.  The more algae there is the faster it will grow.  This is all the more reason to have it removed from your roof and to encourage your neighbors to do the same.

The good news is that there is a safe, low cost treatment to remove roof algae that is far less expensive than replacing the entire roof.  The roof can actually be cleaned!  There are non toxic, non bleach solutions that are designed specifically to remove roof algae without any damage to surrounding plant life but they must be properly applied and rinsed with special low pressure equipment to prevent damage to the roofing shingles.  This is not a job for the everyday pressure washer.   Special roof cleaning equipment, designed specifically for residential roofs, should be used in order to apply the correct rinsing pressure and minimize foot traffic on the roof.  A technician that is properly trained and has the correct equipment will clean the roof from the ground or from the very top of the roof with minimal disruption (i.e., wear) to the roofing shingles.

Homeowners are always amazed when they see their newly cleaned roof that seemed permanently scarred and stained just hours before.  So if you have Roof Algae, call a roof cleaning specialist – it will improve your home’s curb appeal, extend the life of your roof and may even reduce your air conditioning costs.

Chris Callas is President of Q Care, Inc. QCare is a full service cleaning company specializing is carpet & upholstery cleaning, hardwood floor refinishing, window cleaning and pressure washing. Chris can be reached at (770)594-1836 or on the web at www.qcare.com