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Avoidable Holiday Home Malfunctions

 

Dear Homeowners,

There are many preparations that need to be completed in the run-up to the festive period: cards need to be mailed, gifts need to be purchased and dinners need to be planned. But amidst all the mayhem, don’t forget to prep your home too.

With all the extra guests arriving for Holiday parties, that means extra strain on your appliances… you don’t want your heating to malfunction on Christmas day and be left in the cold! Here’s our guide to preparing your home for the Holidays if you’re expecting guests.

 

Winterize Your House

If it gets cold or wet where you live, you need to prepare now before the really bad weather arrives. Avoidable holiday home malfunctions are easier to deal with if you get ahead of the ball! So let us get started. Check or change your air filters to keep your inside air fresh and your system in peak condition. If you want to avoid unnecessary filter changes or clogs, install new filters and be sure to check your system – it is time to act. Also, check window and door seals for air leakage and seal them up. Lastly, ensure the exterior is prepared by maintaining clean gutters – have salt on hand for walkways and stairs to prevent slips and falls. Remember that before winter fully sets in, it might be a good occasion to have your air duct system professionally cleaned before you are couped up all winter long in a stuffy allergy-ridden household!

Inspect Your Heating

Festive parties should be warm and cozy, so make sure your heating unit is in great working order. As well as timely air filter replacement, duct cleaning is an important step to take. To clean your ducts, contact Wiz Team, Inc. for a free in-home consultation. During our consultations we take a look at your system, ensure it is performing at its peak, as well as, assess the time, access, and cost of cleaning your system. A well-tuned, clean heating system operates much more efficiently, is better for the environment and will save you money this Holiday season. That’s more dollars for eggnog and pecan pie!

Check Your Plumbing

Though it might not be polite to mention, more guests means your bathroom gets some extra use…Avoid embarrassing situations with timely preventative maintenance and repairs. Drains should be checked to ensure they are clear – try plunging some water through. For most, minor blockages and a plumber’s snake will do the job. If you can’t seem to get the water flowing right, it may be time to call a plumber. Wiz Team, Inc. only works with the most respectable, timely, and honest plumbing companies. If you need assistance finding a dependable plumber, contact us – we are happy to provide referrals for great home services.

Prep Your Garbage Disposal

Another unit that’s going to get some extra use this Holiday is your garbage disposal. As with all things, prevention is the best cure so give everyone in your household a refresher on what doesn’t go in there. The worst offenders for blocking the garbage disposal are bones, grease, fruit pits, and even potato peel! Be careful if you are going to try and clear a blockage yourself – never put your hand in there! Make sure the unit is switched off and then use a wooden spoon or tongs to loosen or extract the offending item. Remember this article is about avoidable holiday home malfunctions – we want to help you avoid them before they ruin holiday plans.

Post Holiday Clean-Up

If the in-laws and all the extended family have left your beautiful home in somewhat of a disarray – it might be time to call for back-up. Wiz Team, Inc. offers a wide array of home care services such as; 7Ph Carpet Cleaning, Hardwood Floor Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, among many other services that you may benefit from. Give our office a call and let us help you take care of the carpet full of crumbs, or perhaps let’s clean those area rugs that had a little too much wine during dinner, or maybe its the hardwood floors that need a bit of TLC after being trampled by all the guests. Whatever your home care cleaning needs may be – we are here to help keep your home beautiful and lovely. Remember, all of our in-home consultations are completely free!

 

From all of us here at Wiz Team, Inc, we wish you have a Happy and Malfunction Free Holiday Season!

Things You Didn’t Know About Your Whole House Humidifier

This particular post reflects on a common issue we find most homeowners are completely unaware is lurking in your home. Proper maintenance and a little effort on your part as the homeowner can save you thousands of dollars before it is too late. Check out this fantastic write up on how to maintain the health of your home humidifier filter.

Hardwood Floor Care

 

 

 

Hardwood floor care can seem like a daunting task. Fear not, because, with a few simple steps you will soon be mastering the art of maintaining your hardwood flooring throughout your home. Knowledge is power. Being more knowledgable about the nature of hardwood floor care in-home is key to understanding how to keep your floors looking brand new for many years to come.

 

Daily  Task – Hardwood Floor Dust/Sweep

You may not realize, however, fine dust and dirt can wear down your beautiful hardwood floor over time. Acting like sandpaper with every step dirt can grind away at the surface of your floors, resulting in a dull and worn out look of your hardwood flooring. We recommend a proper dusting utilizing microfiber mop or cloth as your surefire defensive approach to maintaining and keep your hardwood floor gorgeous for years to come.

In our professional experience, hardwood floor care with homeowners who make dusting their floors to collect micro dirt and debris part of their cleaning routine really reap the rewards. The nature of the microfiber cleaning pad is that it naturally has a buildup of static electricity within in the fibers.

This attraction to static makes dusting he floors a breeze by pulling particulates, hair, and dust bunnies to the fiber and locking on to all the unwanted contaminants lingering on your floors and in crevices. Brooms may be an effective way of collecting dirt and dust into one localized area – however, they do a poor job of trapping dirt. Furthermore, simply sweeping may actually cause microscopic scratches which over time become more and more evident with each time you choose to sweep versus dust properly.

The best way to dust is to have your microfiber pad to the ground surface and avoid erratic swinging or the mop head or lifting the mop until you have fully completed and area. This helps avoid tossing dirt and dust from a freshly cleaned area to another part of your home. In turn, you trap dust where you want it – on the mop head and nowhere else in your home.

 

Weekly  Task – Hardwood Floor Vacuum/Mop

A weekly maintenance approach will help you tackle the more difficult areas of the home which daily dusting cannot reach (spaces between wood boards, small crevices, and all the other nooks and crannies). By utilizing your vacuum (with soft brush attachments) and using the appropriate wet cleaning methods you can have your floors spic and span in no time. These tools are most ideal for getting into the deep spaces between floorboards and into all those pesky corners of the rooms.

Be aware that caution should be exercised as to not cause damage to your floors when operating a vacuum on hard surfaces as such. Note, if your vacuum has a beater bar built-in – first ensure that the height setting is optimal for your hardwood floors before you begin. The key here is to set it high enough so as to not to have the beater bar beating on the wood floor as you make your passes during vacuuming. Also, note the condition of the wheels on your vacuum. You may want to consider how this will impact the flooring finish. If you find you have severely rough or hard wheels on your vacuum, consider replacing them or the vacuum for one with more hardwood floor-friendly design in mind.

In regard to mopping your flooring do not forget that water and wood are not allies in any fashion. Bearing this in mind know that you do NOT want to over-wet your flooring. This may cause cupping and even buckling of floorboards over time. The best method is to use A. appropriately designated cleaning product, such as BONA hardwood floor cleaner and B. apply it in the form of a light misting after completing your dusting and vacuuming and it should result in a beautiful clean. Lastly, note that there is no need to be overly aggressive with your mopping technique. As dry soil removal is step one in any and all cleaning processes – mopping should be done gently as the last step to removal of any grime that may be stuck onto the flooring. Easy does it!

 

 

Monthly  Task – Hardwood Floor Polishing

Set up a routine where you show your hardwood floors a little extra love once a month – by polishing the hardwood flooring. Polishing floors will help boost the radiance and luster that lives inside your wood floors.

Polishes fill in the microscopic scratches which are highlighted when they are not properly maintained or have been cleaned but not polished. To boast it adds a nice protective finish to your hardwood floors.

Polishing should not be a daunting task; simply after your dusting, vacuuming, mopping and allowing for drying time – mist a fine polish onto your floors and using a clean microfiber pad gently buff the polish onto the floors. Tadaa! Protected and looking beautiful. Look at you, home maintenance superhero!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Hardwood Floor Tips

  • Invest in the proper tools. Every hardwood floor cleaning kit should include the following: A machine-washable Microfiber pad for dusting and cleaning. The electrostatic nature of a microfiber pad will do half the work for you as it attracts loose dirt, dust, and hair to the pad and stays put. This also helps eliminate any pesky allergens that may be lingering on your hardwood floors that we drag in from outdoors.

 

  • Keep away from the old school water and vinegar method of cleaning the hardwood floor! Although it does clean well, it is not good for the long term health of your wood flooring. Vinegar, being acidic in nature, even diluted, will inevitably etch away at the finish of your floors over time. This will result in dull and lackluster looking floors that will take a lot more time, effort, and money to fix once the damage is done. On the other hand, soap and wax leave a residual buildup – residue buildup will not only damage your flooring but will also be a dirt magnet!

 

  • Avoid steaming your flooring at all cost! Steaming cleaning mops/wands put an excessive amount of moisture onto your floor but they also force that steam in-between and under floorboards. This can very quickly result in wavy floors that are no longer uniform – known as buckling or cupping of hardwood flooring. This method of cleaning can also irreversibly damage the stain and finish on your floors! Not to mention the potential for causing mold beneath of your floorboards. Again, avoid this at all costs.

 

  • Dusting is really the secret to the long life of the beauty of hardwood flooring. Dry soil removal will prolong the life and appearance of your hardwood floors as the dry soil is the most culpable culprit to microscopic scratches and damage that can ruin the finish.

 

  • Furniture protection – for a few bucks you can easily protect all the furniture which comes into direct contact with your wood floors. With a wide array of choices ranging from plastics to rubber, to fine felt – protect high use areas so that the legs and feet of couches, sofas, bar stools, chairs, and other furniture do not cause high-pressure abrasion directly to your wood flooring.

 

  • Lastly, consider a professional deep cleaning service every 3~5 years. With all the traffic and family moments our hardwood floors are faced with every day, month, and year, after a while some outside reinforcements can certainly make keeping and maintaining the life of your hardwood floors. Wiz Team, Inc. strictly uses BONA’s Deep Hardwood Floor cleaning system to clean your floors deeply and thoroughly, while helping the longevity of your floors. Prolonging the time between having to refinish your floors with those messy and stinky floor refinishing procedures. In the long term, this saves you thousands of dollars as your floors are impeccably clean and if the above recommendations are followed may extend the life of your hardwood floors by decades!

 

Call Wiz Team, Inc. or email us for a free in-home consultation for your hardwood floor cleaning and maintenance needs. Or simply call for advice!

Finding the best way to clean hardwood floors can be difficult. But with some time and patience along with the proper tools and proven techniques, you’ll be able to keep your floors looking their best, longer. Remember that the time you spend maintaining your floors pales in comparison to how much time you’ll spend making memories with your floors beneath you, every step of the way.

 

How to clean Bakhshayesh Rugs

Persian Rugs – Bakhshayesh

Bakhshayesh rugs are one of the categories of Persian rugs and are considered by collectors, to be the best rugs in the world. The quality and artistry that is involved in the creation of Bakhshayesh rugs ensure that they can last through several generations. It is easy to recognize why these rugs can become heirlooms because they are not only enjoyable to look at, as they enhance any area, while the value appreciates. 

When decorating your home, or even your offices, it can be a very wise decision to include Bakhshayesh rugs, notably, during more robust economic climates, as they may be obtained at lower prices, and they almost always increase in value over time. The name ‘Bakhshayesh rug’ is derived from a beautiful city Bukhshayesh that is located in North West Persia in the East Azerbaijan Province, just southwest of the city of Heriz.

Origins of the Bukhshayesh Rug

The Bukhshayesh rug is one of the most effective and pivotal components that display the central theme of Bukhshayesh art and culture. Crafting of artistic Carpets had always been one of the salient manifestations for the Bukhshayesh artistes.

Delving deep into the issue and spanning back to the Bronze age several thousands of years back; it can be easily understood that carpets that were crafted during those period used to provide the aesthetic and magnificent flavor of royalty.

 

The rugs of the present times have changed a lot. But the inspirational flavor of the classical royalty can still be found in the Bukhshayesh rugs with some beautiful blend of modern artistic concept. This is one of the salient features of the great Persian rugs while some of the other worth mentioning features still do exist.

 

 

True Criterion of Bukhshayesh Rugs

The art in case of the Bukhshayesh rugs are significantly based on Persian culture, and hence a galore of beauty synchronized with classical style are the true criterion of the beautiful art. Wools and cotton are the most common materials used in case of the Bukhshayesh rugs just like the Persian rugs. This tends to give a unique textured look.

Bakhshayesh rugs are generally crafted with the high degree of dexterity and hence turn out to be much more hardy and durable. The rugs have initially been hand-knotted, by nomadic tribes-people for protection from the cold, and as time evolved, they become highly prized objects d’art. They appear to be coveted, not only for the insulation qualities, but they can also add a feeling of warmth and coziness, to any colder environment.

In the beginning, Bakhshayesh rugs were created to be functional, but as time progressed, the Persian weavers began to include some form of cultural expression. The mats were used to tell stories and covered much of the images of folklore and tradition.

 

Bakhshayesh Designs

Bakhshayesh rug designs may be rectilinear or curvilinear; the latter is the more complex of the two. Traditional rug weavers commit the designs to memory. In a more recent method, intricate designs are developed on graph paper and drawn to scale using actual colors. Since each square of the graph corresponds to a weaver’s knot, the outcome is exactly like the design. Computerized designs have now replaced the manually drawn ones on a graph.

Classic Bakhshayesh rugs designs include motifs or patterns that are mapped out within a border or some borders. The motif is placed within the confines of the border – either all-over or in the middle or to one side. Adaptations include the repeat medallion in which the central medallion pattern is repeated in a column or grid formation. Gabbeh rugs and Kelims are examples of unsymmetrical designs of Persian rugs.

With time, the motifs became popular, and one can now find a mix of the motifs in a single rug. But the ancient patterns remain as main patterns, and the variations form the subpatterns.

 

Bakshaish Carpet Sizes

Bakshaish (Bakhshaish or Bakhshayesh) carpets are in a class by themselves among the oversized rugs made in Persia.

Bakshaish carpets were the product of the Persian home craft, often woven in room size (typically 9ft x 11ft to 11ft x 14ft) on a loom attached to the outside wall of the weaver’s home. Area size Bakshaish rugs (normally 4ft 6in x 6ft 6in and sometimes as small as 2ft x 4ft) are only occasionally seen, the best of which are highly prized by serious collectors. Rare examples of these magnificent Bakhshayesh rugs can occasionally be found in sizes ranging from 11×15 to 12×18. Extremely seldom seen in this style are sizes larger than 12×18, runners, or keleges (corridor rugs).

All-over field designs of over-scale emblematic or stylized floral patterns offer striking graphic artistry. Bakshaish rug weavers are renowned for creating carpets featuring the age-old Tree of Life motif. They fit perfectly into contemporary or casual decors and brilliantly enhance the casual, organic ambiance of mountainside homes.

 

How to Care for Bakhshayesh Rugs

Inadequate cleaning can ruin your valuable Persian rug. It can damage the fibers, bleed out the colors, and leave a messy residue.

When it comes to Master Rug Cleaning, we’re simple to best! We know the value of your Bakhshayesh rug, and we promise never to hurt your heirloom.

For any questions about your Bakhshayesh Rugs or any kinds of Rug, feel free to contact us. We’re experts in the rug world. 

The Importance of Clean Carpet in the Nursery in Hoffman Estates

Carpeting is a great choice for a nursery. It adds warmth, comfort and style; and it provides a nice, soft place for your baby to crawl on. But carpeting does get dirty.

In fact, if you don’t keep your carpeting clean — especially in a nursery — it can become a hotspot for germs and a harbor for dirt. Are you wondering what can be hidden in your nursery carpeting? Read on.

Dirt

Even if you have a no-shoes policy in your home, dirt finds its way into carpeting from clothing, pets and most any item you bring in from the outside.

Dust

Most people think of dust accumulating on their furniture surfaces. The fact is that once you dust — no matter how carefully — some of the dust can fall on your carpeting.

Dander

If you have pets in your home, you know how much they can shed. Not only dog hair but also their microscopic dander can fall into the carpeting.

Food and drink

Inevitably someone will bring some edibles into the nursery. Food and drink are one of the biggest culprits of carpet stains.

Mold and mildew

If water and dirt get into your carpeting and sit for a period of time, they can create an ideal environment for mold and mildew.

Keeping the carpeting in your home clean is important, and even more so in the nursery. You don’t want your little bundle of joy crawling around on germs. Take the following precautions to keep your nursery carpeting clean:

  • Be sure to vacuum on a regular basis
  • Clean up any spills or stains that may happen right away
  • Try to keep food out of the nursery
  • To keep dirt at a minimum, keep slippers by your entryway door and insist on a no-shoes policy in the nursery
  • You should also have your carpets cleaned on a regular basis Choose a company that specializes in residential carpet cleaning

We are happy to provide you with carpet care tips for your nursery and every other room in your home.

With our all natural carpet cleaning, you can rest assured that our process is safe for your baby. Visit our website to learn about all of our eco-friendly cleaning services.

The Wiz Team is a full service carpet cleaning and restoration service. We service Lake Forest, Highland Park, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette Glenview, Northbrook, Deerfield, Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights, Palantine, Lake Zurich, Barrington, Mundelein, and more. Contact us today for your cleaning and restoration needs.

DIY Carpet Cleaning vs. Professional Carpet Cleaning Services – Highland Park, IL

If you are like many American homeowners, you know that spring is coming up soon and it’s time to think about spring-cleaning. One of the key priorities in spring-cleaning should be your flooring.

Winter brings in slush, sleet and dirt; and most of it winds up beneath our feet. Are you wondering the best route to go when getting your carpets cleaned, whether it’s prudent to hire a professional or try to tackle this task on your own? Here are some pros and cons of both.

Doing it yourself

One of the conveniences of cleaning your own carpeting is being able to do it during your own time. You can decide when it’s best for you to clean your carpets and what rooms you want to clean and when. This gives you some flexibility so you don’t have to get the job done all at once. You may also be the type of person that feels better when they do the job themselves. If you are that type, you may want to consider cleaning your carpets on your own.

Hiring a Pro

One of the benefits of hiring a professional residential carpet cleaning company is that you will get – of course – professionals. You don’t have to worry about moving large pieces of furniture, spending hours on a stubborn stain or questioning whether you are using the right products for your carpeting. It also frees up time for you to do other things around the house by having the pros come in and clean your carpet.

Before you consider hiring any professional carpet cleaning company, be sure they have the experience to get the job done. The Wiz Team has been serving the Highland Park area for more than 18 years.

 

The Wiz Team is a full service carpet cleaning and restoration service. We service Lake Forest, Highland Park, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette Glenview, Northbrook, Deerfield, Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights, Palantine, Lake Zurich, Barrington, Mundelein, and more. Contact us today for your cleaning and restoration needs.

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