Why It Is Important to Have Your Dryer Vent Cleaned
How long has it been since your Dryer Vent was cleaned?
Here are 3 reasons why it is important to have your dryer vent cleaned:
- Prevent Fire –Obstructed dryer vents are the source of hundreds of house fires every year. People often ignore or do not recognize the signs of a clogged dryer vent, and this seemingly small oversight can have disastrous results, including the loss of life and property. The best way to prevent house fires from starting in or around your dryer is to have your local Bolden’s Cleaning & Restoration service your dryer vents or ductwork.
- Save Time –As your dryer vent becomes clogged, drying time gradually increases. While you may not notice the extra few minutes at first, the drying cycle will continue to take longer as the vents become more clogged until you eventually have to run a second cycle in order to dry clothes completely. You can reclaim your time that would be lost to extended or repeated drying cycles by having your dryer vent cleaned.
- Increase Efficiency –If you are spending extra time to dry clothes completely due to a clogged dryer vent, you can bet you are also spending extra money on utilities. Extended or extra cycles also means your clothes will be subject to more wear and weathering. By having a dryer vent cleaning professional like Bolden’s, and shortening your drying time, you will use less power and save your clothes from excessive damage as well as your pocketbook from overspending.
Our thorough and professional dryer vent cleaning service leaves you with a safer, more effective, and more efficient dryer!
We also offer ductwork cleaning!!!
Are You Happy as We Are It Is Finally May?
The flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and life is starting to seem a little more joyful day by day!
While planting this season, keep I mind plants and herbs to enjoy that naturally repel mosquitos.
Here are 10 to start with:
- Lemon Balm
Tip #1 – Break the leaves of these plants and rub their oils directly onto your skin, this can amplify their positive effects on beating mosquitos.
Tip #2 – Bonus ~ all these plants will add beauty to your garden, with others providing additional cooking benefits!
Some of the most beautiful and valuable rugs on the market are made from silk. They are soft to the touch, have a slight shimmer and feel absolutely luxurious; but with all of that luxury comes a price tag that puts them out of reach for most of us.
Enter the knock off. We are familiar with “fake silk” fabrics from clothing. You would know it as Rayon.
However, in the rug industry, this is presented as Viscose, Bamboo Silk, Banana Silk, Rayon, or “Art” Silk. These rugs are blends of “regenerative cellulose” (wood pulp fibers and cotton by-products) and chemicals. Not only is the production of this textile toxic for the environment, but it also makes incredibly WEAK fibers. It is basically paper.
Just to give you an idea of how bad for the environment this manufacturing process is, the main by-products is Carbon Di-Sulfate – Toxic. Production has been banned in the United States and has moved to India, China, and Indonesia.
These terribly made but beautiful viscose rugs are popular because manufactures do not disclose information about this fiber and are not upfront about the durability. Instead, they tell people they are pet and child friendly, to immediately wipe up spills and simply have them professionally cleaned…um…right! Finding a professional who will clean it is a big challenge because most will run from that challenge.
Here are a few other redeeming qualities about viscose:
- They are highly flammable and burn very quickly
- Spilled water will cause a permanent stain
- They mildew very easily
- It is one of the weakest fibers on the market
- These rugs are considered disposable
Cleaning a viscose rug results in any combination of 4 possible outcomes:
- Yellowing – cellulose fibers turn yellow when wet, so any liquid that spills on viscose has the potential to turn the rug yellow. Try to clean the yellow, and you will just make it worse. Acid based detergents seem to give us the best results with very exhaustive drying attempts and variations.
- Shedding – Since the fibers making up the thread are weak and short, they break and shed. Normal wear and tear (vacuuming and walking on it) will pull lose strands and eventually make the rug look shaggy. Compare it to a sweater that pills. Washing/cleaning it just speeds up this process. You have to shave off the offending stragglers to keep the fabric looking good.
- Bleeding – Viscose just does not hold dye. Each time you clean it, you are removing some of the dye. Usually, it will fade a shade or two with each cleaning.
- Stiffening – The fibers of these fake silk rugs will never be as soft as they were initially before cleaning. They get hard and scratchy after cleaning.
So, the short version – these rugs are 4x as difficult to clean as a quality rug and come out looking worse despite the extra effort.
Moral of my story is this: Buy a wool rug, buy a lower quality silk rug, buy synthetic – buy anything else! Stay away from viscose, jute, cicle, “Art” silk, banana silk, bamboo silk, or rayon a.k.a. fake silk.