Thursday, January 29, 2009

Just when you thought it was safe......

About the time we thought the flood rugs had come to an end, we had an inundation (literally) of rugs from folks that have finally gotten around to checking on their self storage units and found that things have been wet now for about two weeks. These are mildewing, moldy, partly wet/ partly dry, discolored and SMELLING like something else again. Depending on the degree of damage some are still salvageable and some are sadly, not.
Don't try to correct this problem at home, this is best done by experienced professionals, a lot like those car ads on TV where they drive in improbable situations and get out smiling...........
Other than that, not a very eventful day. Just trying to help the accountants get 2008 closed,
last quarters tax filings, closing January (glad it's over!)......I noticed leaving for work at 6 am that it's already getting light earlier and I've realized that I'm ready for Spring.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Blog 0 Rama - keeping busy in an economic slowdown

Well! I never thought that I would be complaining about being too busy, especially now, but the horrid weather of December is the savior of January.

Rugs started coming in on Friday night, we worked on just getting the water out of rugs and drying them all day Saturday, Sunday and finished up on Monday. Barry was a great help as we needed all the hands we could muster. They all still need to be cleaned, but now we're waiting on insurance adjusters.
SO between regular work and dealing with wet soggy rugs, el-bloggo has been neglected and I need to get back on track.
That's all for now, back to rug cleaning here in Seattle.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


No that's not just SNOW on the TV screen, guess what little weather surprise came back this afternoon? You guessed it, SNOW. It's coming down right now like a fiend with up to six inch accumulations expected, POSSIBLY turning to rain by tomorrow (that also menas possibly NOT!). Ummmmmm. We're still digging out in our neighborhood, with lots of trees the old snow has been lingering.

Too bad, work had finally started get back to normal after New Years.

Friday and Saturday saw a steady stream of things coming in for cleaning, which is good.

If the bad weather keeps you inside, brighten your day by cruising the Iran National Carpet Center's pages.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Kawasaki Syndrome, carpet cleaning and media hype....

Happy New Years all, I hope that this finds you healthy and moving into the New Year with renewed vigor. This is a really poor segue into a touchy and controversial subject, but one that needs to be addressed and rather promptly. I'll most likely fail, but I hope to be reasonably sensitive to the feelings of others.

I was saddened to hear yesterday of the loss of Jett Travolta. He had suffered for many years with a condition known as Kawasaki Syndrome amongst other things.

Years ago Kawasaki Syndrome somehow became associated with carpet cleaning and this morning, a long time client phoned sweating bullets about whether having the carpet cleaned was a bigger risk to her new grandbaby than the dog feces tracked in from the bad weather. HHmmmm. Dog poop or carpet cleaning........

We all have legitimate concerns about the health of our loved ones. The best we can do in this world is to try to make informed decisions based on real information, not knee jerk reactions fueled by the media playing on our emotions. The Carpet & Rug Institute based in Dalton Georgia is an independent, science based organization well respected throughout the industry as a research and testing entity. If you want to know about carpet and rugs, this is a great place to get information. I would like to share with you their research regarding Kawasaki Syndrome and carpet cleaning.

If nothing else, I hope this will spur you to find out more about this rare condition.

Another excellent resource is the Restoration Industry Association and the well respected researcher Dr Steven Spivak who is on their staff.

I hope this helps.