The Importance of a Clean Mattress

Beautiful mattress and bed set built for photography in the studSince we spend about one-third of our lives on our mattress, it’s important that our mattress remain clean and healthy. We have heard for years to rotate our mattress, but with the newer styles, “rotating” no longer applies. Rather we can turn our mattress every 3 months from head to toe, but the issue of cleaning still remains. Not only will a clean mattress last longer, the health benefits should also be considered to promote a more pleasant and productive night’s sleep.

According to Consumer’s Reports, you should clean your own mattress twice a year. Their five easy steps summarized:

  • Start by cleaning all sheets and bedding with the hottest water and use dry heat to dry the items. Cleaning the bed linens should be done more than twice a year.
  • Vacuum the mattress surface with your vacuum cleaner getting all the seams and crevices.
  • Spot clean stains with an appropriate cleaner.
  • Sprinkle baking soda over entire surface. For best results leave baking soda for 24 hours. This might need to be done while on an overnight trip or sleep elsewhere in your home
  • Vacuum surface again and use a mattress cover.

For the full Consumer Report’s article: http://www.consumerreports.org/mattresses/how-to-clean-a-mattress/ CMYK_Allergy_Icon_Vertical_Print_Outlines_V2

When you want your mattress professionally cleaned to rid the mattress of 98% of the allergens and 89% of the bacteria, call Chem-Dry of Michiana for a free estimate. It has been proven in a laboratory that when Chem-Dry cleans, we do make your home healthier! To learn more about our allergen study conducted by an outside laboratory: http://chemdrymichiana.com/home-health-study.php

 

FREEZE Warning-Tips for your Home

Freeze Warning Tips for Inside your HomeFrigid temperatures are coming to Michiana and with that can come some potential freeze damage inside your home. Frozen pipes, burst pipes, and water damage can be common problems when we hit the sub-freezing temperatures. Should you encounter any of these issues, contact us, your water damage experts. We will respond quickly and give you a free estimate.

To Help Prevent Pipes from Freezing:

  • With frigid temps, turn on hot and cold faucets near outside walls to a small trickle. This will keep water flowing and help prevent frozen pipes.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow the warm air from the house to flow around the plumbing.
  • Disconnect ALL outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems.
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Keep heat at 55 degrees F or higher even if you go out of town.
  • Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside wall, attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest.
  • Seal air leaks surrounding or near pipes.
  • Identify the locations of shutoff valves so that you are prepared to stop the flow of water quickly if a pipe does burst.

If Pipes Freeze:

  • Open all faucets
  • Remove insulation and wrap pipes in rags
  • Keep an eye on pipes as the weather warms up. That is when you may detect a leak.

If you find a leak and can’t shut off the water source, call a plumber!

If Pipes Burst:

  • Call Chem-Dry of Michiana at 574-255-8221 or 574-293-0994
  • Shut off water immediately to prevent additional damage.
  • Take proper precautions to avoid electrical shock from being in or near any standing water.
  • Take an inventory of any damaged property or possessions.
  • Stay calm-help is on the way!