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As a Certified Firm of the IICRC, Clean With Envy has worked hard to ensure it has the training, qualifications and commitment to be among the industry’s very best.

The IICRC is the industry’s global certification authority and using a Certified Firm such as Clean With Envy is your guarantee of a quality outcome, whether it is cleaning carpets, upholstry, tile & grout or other hard floor surfaces. Here is what the IICRC has to say…

IICRC Certified Firms have earned the right to display the IICRC logo as a symbol of quality. In order to achieve IICRC-certified status, firms must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise. All IICRC Certified Firms must:

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC actively has relationships with fibre producers, carpet and fabric mills, furnishing manufacturers and retailers, and others affiliated with the industry. The use of IICRC service professionals is specified in leading manufacturers’ maintenance brochures and warranties.

 

To book a no free, no obligation quote with the IICRC Certified Firm, Clean With Envy, call Peter now on 0430 671 474.


Carpet Cleaning Mornington – The dangers of dodgy carpet cleaners

Take a look at what I discovered hidden under the rug of a client whose carpets I went in to clean last week…

Having recently cleaned tile and grout at Kate’s Mornington home, she brought me back in to clean her carpets and living room rug.  First thing I did was move the rug so I could vacuum and this is what I discovered.  Her past carpet cleaner, let’s call him Mr Dodgy, had cleaned her rug sitting right where it was on the carpet.  She had gone out while he worked.  Clearly he has massively over-wet the rug.  He has then left it to sit damp on top of her carpet for days to dry.  She had no idea that the carpet underneath was being destroyed.  There is no way of solving this stain problem now.

Carpet Cleaning Mornington

The outcome when you use a dodgy carpet cleaner

So what are the lessons:

- pay a little more to use a qualified professional.  They should be IICRC trained and certified and should be able to prove it.  Better still, their firm should be IICRC Certified and then you know they really are serious about doing the job properly.  Just like you get when you use Clean With Envy.

- if your carpets in the past haven’t been dry in a period of hours that day, then you have probably been using Mr Dodgy or one of his mates.  You have too much invested in your home to allow these cowboys to come in and destroy things!

After the fact is too late – get it done right the first time and make sure you don’t suffer the same fate as Kate


August Newsletter – Save 15% – carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, tile & grout cleaning and more

There’s Still time to save $$$ in August on a Clean With Envy clean of carpets, upholstery, tile & grout  Check out our latest newsletter Clean With Envy August 2013 Newsletter


Rejuvenating tile & grout floors and vinyl floors on the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne South Eastern Suburbs

Has your tiled or vinyl floor seen better days?

At Clean With Envy, our hard floor solutions can rejuvenate your floors.  Healthier homes, more attractive homes and lots of value added.  So whether you are planning to live there or wanting to sell, Clean With Envy can help -

- Clean Tile & Grout

- Seal Tile & Grout

- Clean & re-seal Slate floors

- Clean, strip and re-seal vinyl floors

If you haven’t already seen it, check out the result we achieved recently, resealing a client’s slate floor.  The before and after pics tell the story.  You can check them out here –  http://www.cleanwithenvy.com.au/giving-new-life-to-slate-floors-on-the-mornington-peninsula/


Giving New Life to Slate Floors on the Mornington Peninsula

My clients recently moved from their Mt Eliza home to an older style house with slate floors on a magnificent block of land in Langwarrin South.

The slate floors in the living, dining, kitchen and service areas had seen better days.  The heavily worn original seal meant the slate was now tired, drab and lifeless.  They had the house looking great, but those floors really needed some work.

After a high pressure clean, I was able to apply new seal to the slate.  The before and after pictures tell the story!

This was how the kitchen slate tiles were looking before the Clean With Envy treatment

This was how the kitchen slate tiles were looking before the Clean With Envy treatment

And this is the result after a clean and seal by Clean With Envy
And this is the result after a clean and seal by Clean With Envy

And this was how the living space was looking…

This was the slate floor before

This was the slate floor before

 

And this was the result for the slate after - another satisfied client

And this was the result for the slate after – another satisfied client


Carpet Cleaning Quotes – What to look for

Carpet Cleaning Frankston.  Carpet Cleaning Frankston South.  Carpet Cleaning Mt Eliza.  Carpet Cleaning Mornington.  Carpet Cleaning Mt Martha.

The prices you will be quoted for carpet cleaning can vary dramatically – so unfortunately, do the outcomes.

Like most things in life, you get what you pay for.  Choice Magazine said it best, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

With the industry unregulated it is easy to be trapped into hiring an untrained operator, without the sort of equipment and methods that will deliver a quality cleaning outcome.  It is also very easy to be caught in the “bait & switch” tactics employed by too many of the shonky operators out there.  They quote a very low price over the phone, only to dramatically ramp it up when the operator arrives on site to do the work.

But there are some simple tips that can help protect you:

  1. Look for a firm that is a member of the Specialised Cleaning & Restoration Industry Association (SCRIA).  Members are listed on the website www.scria.org.au
  2. Look for a firm that carries “Certified Firm” status of the IICRC/Clean Trust – the one internationally recognised body for the industry.  All their operators must be trained and qualified through certified IICRC trainers – ask to see the operator’s card confirming this.  A certified firm will also be listed on the IICRC website at www.iicrc.org.au
  3. Expect the company to request a visit to provide you a free, no obligation written quote.  Then there will be no surprises for you or them later.
  4. Ask them about the process they will use:
    • They should insist on vacuuming the carpet themselves.  If they want you to do it first, alarm bells should be going off
    • Steam, or Hot Water Extraction as it is more formally known is the best method.
    • Have they discussed specific stains and how they intend to handle them.  Oil based stains require different approaches.  Pet stains are different again.  If the person quoting cannot confidently explain the processes they use and how they are going to specifically handle your situation, they aren’t the professional you need.
  5. Be very wary of websites offering to deliver you multiple quotes simply by filling out an online form.  The companies advertising on these sites tend to be very price driven.  Shop around for quotes by all means.  But do your own homework, understand what you are being quoted and select who you want to receive a quote from.

There are plenty of people with carpet cleaning horror stories.  The cheap price sounded like a good idea at the time.  You have plenty invested in your carpets.  Saving a few dollars on a clean can quickly lead to damaged carpets, a shortened carpet life, or at the very least, carpet that just isn’t clean and your money wasted.

Protect your investment.  Expect to pay a fair price by using a qualified and certified professional and enjoy the guarantee of service that accompanies these industry leaders.


Upholstery Cleaning Mt Eliza

Protect your furniture investment by professional upholstery cleaning

Your couches and dining room chairs get a real workout every day

Whether it is the oils and grease marks on the arms and backs of chairs, spills and accidents, or just the general dirt and grime of use, Clean With Envy can help freshen your furniture and often extend the life and appearance of them as well.

On new or well-maintained furniture, we can discuss the appropriateness of considering application of fabric protection.  We recently carried out fabric protection for a client on a couch that was some years old, but in good condition.  The very next week, a child’s accident with a pen was removed by the client with no permanent marking.  That was a relatively modest investment by the client that proved to be money, very well spent!

For an honest appraisal of what we can do to clean and possibly protect your furniture, give Peter a call on 0430 671 474 to book a no obligation consultation.

Upholstery Cleaning Frankston South.  Upholstery Cleaning Mt Eliza.  Upholstery Cleaning Mornington.  Upholstery Cleaning Mt Martha.


Carpet Cleaning Mornington – Don’t let winter stop you

With winter upon us, should I hold off getting my carpets steam cleaned?

Not if you are using Clean With Envy!
Our process ensures we don’t over-wet your carpets, and that we extract most of the moisture during our cleaning process.  We will also schedule your job for the morning to assist with drying time.

Over-wetting of carpets can be a real problem with many operators in this industry.  Not so with Clean With Envy and the time of year won’t make a difference to what we can achieve for your carpets – a cleaner and healthier home!

And don’t be fooled by dry-clean only operators.  At Clean With Envy, we are trained and equipped to do steam or dry.  But steam (properly known as ‘hot water extraction’), carried out by a properly trained professional, will give you a better result every time, every season.  If you want to understand more, give Peter a call on 0430 671 474


Tile & Grout Mt Eliza

Is your grout grotty?

You don’t have to live with grotty grout lines and dirty tiles.

You also don’t need to break your back and knees scrubbing them either.

Clean With Envy can work wonders on your grotty grout, often restoring them to an “as new” appearance.  We can also discuss whether sealing your grout (and in some cases your tiles) will make your weekly cleaning job easier.  Sealing isn’t always necessary or appropriate, but we will give you an honest recommendation every time.

Often we are told, “if only we had called you first”.  So don’t wear yourself out scrubbing and don’t keep living with those grotty grout lines.  Call Peter today on 0430 671 474, to arrange a free, no obligation quote.  Tile & Grout Cleaning Frankston South.  Tile & Grout Cleaning Mt Eliza.  Tile & Grout Cleaning Mornington.  Tile & Grout Cleaning Mt Martha.


Mt Martha Tile & Grout Cleaning

Have your Mt Martha Tile & Grout Cleaning looking as good as the day it was laid.

I was at a very nice house the other day on the border between Mt Martha and Mornington.  They had ceramic tiles in their entry, hallways, kitchen, through all their informal living areas and naturally in the service areas of their bathrooms and laundry.  Clearly the owners are very house proud and so they should be.  It was clear that these people like and enjoy a clean and tidy home.  What was driving them to distraction however, was the grout lines throughout the house.

They have used steamers, they’ve used mops of all imaginable shapes and materials and yet, like most people, their grout lines were dark and unsightly.  On the weekend before I arrived, they had spent hours on their knees, even resorting to a toothbrush, trying to attack their “grotty” grout lines.  Worst of all, the result was patchy at best and the area they covered wasn’t much more than 10% of the whole tiled area.  I’m not sure how much they were exaggerating, but they said they had spent the best part of a day and a half trying to get the grout lines cleaned!

After seeing the results I could achieve using our high pressure equipment, they had some mixed emotions…  great excitement that their floors and showers looked “as good as the day they were laid” on one hand, and just a little bit of irritation with themselves about having “lost a weekend we’ll never get back” on the other.

The key is, you don’t need to live with the unsightly mess of grotty grout lines and you don’t have to trash your knees and back trying to solve it.  Whether your tiles are ceramic or natural stone, Clean With Envy can provide the right advice on the cleaning solution for your Mt Martha Tile & Grout Cleaning.  We can also provide advice on the appropriateness of sealing your tile and grout for ease of future cleaning.


Don’t leave your Upholstery Cleaning Mornington till it’s too late

Your lounge suite or your favourite recliner chair or perhaps even your dining chairs represent a significant investment for most houses.  So giving them some care and attention makes sense if you are going to keep them looking good and extending their life.

With even the best of intention, areas like headrests and armrests can very quickly be impacted by the natural oils in your hair and skin.  That is before you have to contend with the inevitable accidents and spills.  But there are things you can do to protect your investment:

  • Taking delivery of a new couch, think about having Clean With Envy protect your fabric before you use it.  Protection isn’t a guarantee against staining, but it is a great “first line of defence” and can really improve your chance of solving spills and stains when they do occur
  • If your couch is still in good condition, but could do with a clean, then discuss the appropriateness of applying fabric protection after cleaning
  • The results you will see on your upholstery clean in Mornington will be affected principally by 3 factors:
    • The type of stain
    • The type of fabric it has landed on
    • The quality & talents of the operator you choose to carry out the work – look for his training, certifications and industry membership – you want a guarantee of quality workmanship
  • Don’t wait until the decision point is do we clean it or do we throw it away.  An annual or bi-annual clean will extend the life of your furniture, saving you money.  If you fork out for fabric protection then you will be able to extend the period between cleans.

It is impossible to say exactly how often you should get your Upholstery Cleaning Mornington cleaned.  Factors like level of use, the colour and type of fabric, the nature of the way they are used are all things that come into play.  You can get a free, no obligation quote from Clean With Envy to better assess how our upholstery cleaning services can help improve the appearance and life of your furniture.


Carpet Cleaning Mt Eliza

Finding a reliable and quality focused carpet cleaner Mt Eliza can be a real hit and miss affair.  There are a few tips that can help ensure you aren’t caught out by one of the industry’s notorious “cowboy” operators.

  • Look for a member of the Specialised Cleaning & Restoration Industry Association (SCRIA) and a firm that is Certified by the internationally recognised certification body, the IICRC, also known as The Clean Trust.  These operators are committed to standards of operation and performance, they are properly trained in the services they provide and they guarantee their work.
  • Take a look at how they present themselves – is their van in good condition, a business name clearly visible and do they wear a uniform that suggests a pride in their business?
  • Do they only want to give you a quick quote over the phone or would they prefer to visit your property and provide a free, no obligation quote based on properly knowing the job requirements?  Beware the phone quotes as you can quickly find yourself caught up in a “bait and switch” tactic – a price you accept over the phone, only to have the operator justify all manner of increases when they arrive on site – this is a major issue in this industry across the country.
  • Do they ask questions that ensure they fully understand your requirements and can they talk knowledgeably about solutions?
  • Ask them to tell you about the process they use – if they don’t tell you that they will vacuum as part of their process before commencing the clean, don’t let them in your front door – it is vital to get as much loose dirt and soils out before any treatments are applied to the carpet or you will not get the solution you are looking for
  • A steam clean, if done to industry standards, will give you by far the best results.  Done properly, it is vastly better than dry cleaning.  Done badly by a cowboy operator, your carpets will be over wet, will have residual dirt left in them that migrates to the surface as the carpets suffer their extended drying and in some cases will suffer irreparable damage.
  • If it sounds too cheap to be true – it is!  The carpet cleaner that markets their business on price is motivated by one thing.  Get out as quick as you can and move on to your next job.  You want a Carpet Cleaner that is prepared to offer you a fair quote that will allow them the time to commit to delivering a proper result for your carpets.

Clean With Envy delivers quality carpet cleaning Mt Eliza and other services across the Mornington Peninsula and beyond.  Whether you are in Mornington and Mt Martha , Mt Eliza or Frankston, Dromana or Rosebud or the surrounding areas, you can access the services of a Carpet Cleaner that cares about your property as if it was their own.  Carpet cleaning, stain removal, odour removal, flood extraction.