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New Member Spotlight

LMCCA New Member Spotlight:
Stan Valadzko and SV Professional Cleaning

Stan Valadzko is one of LMCCA’s newest members. He owns and operates SV Professional Cleaning https://www.sv-carpetcleaning.com/ in Alexandria, Va.

Stan entered the carpet cleaning profession in an unusual way—as a customer. He was having his carpets cleaned when the crew encouraged him to apply for an opening on their team.

Experiencing carpet cleaning first as a service recipient and then as a service provider inspired his customer-first philosophy. He’s committed to making the cleaning process a positive, convenient, easy one from the customer’s perspective. That means arriving during a shorter than average window and maximizing customers’ time by providing multiple cleanings simultaneously—carpet, upholstery, tile and ducts. It also means offering only high quality, low moisture carpet cleaning.

“My clients don’t understand all the ins and outs of cleaning carpet,” said Stan. “They may not realize that excess moisture left in their carpets can increase the risk for slips or falls or, over time, lead to health concerns like allergies. They trust me to look out for them. They expect me to an expert.”

Stan learned a lot in his first carpet cleaning position and then launched his own professional cleaning business. He’s excited to now be able to connect with like-minded peers in his industry through LMCCA.

“I went from having a lot of co-workers as an employee to being, initially, a one-man show as a business owner. I have a team to help me now, but because of the nature of our work, there’s not a lot of time for camaraderie. We’re often working in the same house, but in different rooms. It will be a privilege to connect with other LMCCA members,” said Stan.

Stan also appreciates his LMCCA membership because it connects him to learning opportunities.

“Being an expert service provider requires constantly learning and improving, but the time I spend researching industry developments is not billable. It’s an investment I make in myself and the future of my business and I need for it to be efficient and effective. LMCCA offers training opportunities and a chance to network with industry partners including carpet mills, distributors and equipment and chemical manufacturers. That’s an opportunity I’ve never had before and I look forward to networking with them and broadening my understanding of the industry,” Stan said.

Stan sees another benefit of membership as the chance to use the association’s widely recognized water drip logo in his marketing materials, as well as being listed on the website and findable in using their search tool.

“People who understand the benefits of low moisture cleaning, look for providers who are committed to that method,” Stan explained. “The logo, and my association with LMCCA, allow potential customers to quickly recognize that I’m the type of cleaner they want to work with.”

Aside from the benefits of membership, Stan is thrilled to be part of an international association that promotes high industry standards.

“I’m excited to be a member of LMCCA,” said Stan. “It stands for all the things I believe in and aspire to–cleaning standards, business ethics, ongoing education and a client-first philosophy.”

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Yellow Carpet Cleaning

Yellowing can describe a number of conditions. Fortunately, most of these conditions can be corrected by the same process. The yellow color is normally only on the tips of carpet tufts or the surface of an upholstery fabric. The intensity may range from a pale yellow to a dark brownish yellow. Most often the yellowing is light and is noticed on light colored fibers.

Yellowing Carpet

July 21, 2017 / by / in
Wool Carpet Cleaning

Wool is a natural fiber that comes from the fleece of sheep or
lambs. It is found in higher-end carpet in homes or commercial
properties, and can be in tufted or woven construction. Wool
is a very strong and durable fiber but has some limitations in
cleaning. You must control your moisture, pH and drying time
to avoid problems such as bleeding, browning, wicking and
shrinkage (woven carpets).

Wool Cleaning

July 21, 2017 / by / in
Wool Area Rug Cleaning

Wool is an amazing fiber and is one of the finest face yarns available for carpet. It has excellent soil-hiding and release characteristics. Wool holds dye to the core of its fiber, and you may see rugs in museums with brilliant colors, which are well over a hundred years old. This bond with dye also explains the difficulty of removing any stains with dye additives. Wool is also sensitive to alkaline chemicals over 9.5 pH after prolonged exposure. Wool organizations recommend that a pH of 4.5 to 8.5 be used when cleaning wool fibers.

Wool Area Rug Cleaning

July 21, 2017 / by / in
Water Restoration – Water Extraction

Water extraction is one of the most important steps in a water damage restoration project. You must remove the water both quickly and as thoroughly in order to mitigate the loss. Proper extraction can remove as much as 97% of the water present in carpet and cushion. But, without proper extraction procedures the drying process will be slowed. In this Technical Guide we will discuss the principles of water extraction and some of the most efficient tools needed to perform the work.

Water Restoration Water Extraction

July 21, 2017 / by / in
Water Restoration – Top Down Drying

The “top down” drying method for carpet and pad is an “in-place” method that is usually done in conjunction with structural drying of clean-water floods. This is a system that will allow you to completely and safely dry the structure, carpet and pad, often in three to four days without removing pad/carpet from the structure. This could save the property owner and the insurance company a lot of time, mess and inconvenience, and could increase your profit by more than 20% compared to pulling pad.

NOTE –This brochure is a guideline only and is not a comprehensive approach to “top down” or “in-place” drying. It is imperative you attend an applied structural drying class to learn more about this service.

Water Restoration Top Down Drying

July 21, 2017 / by / in
Water Restoration – Structural Drying

Drying the structure is an extremely important aspect in handling a water loss. This involves much more than drying carpet and pad. You will need to locate and dry all affect materials. If the structure is not dried appropriately the damage can progress to include secondary damage and possibly amplification of mold and bacteria. Proper drying procedures can save the property owner and the insurance company thousands of dollars in replacement costs.

This brochure is a guideline only and is not a comprehensive approach to structural drying. It is imperative you attend a water restoration course or an applied structural drying class to learn more about this service.

Water Restoration Structural Drying


July 21, 2017 / by / in
Water Restoration – Dehumidification

Dehumidification is the process of removing moisture from the air. Once moisture has evaporated from the structure and contents, it must be removed from the air by exhausting to the outside or by use of dehumidifiers. Failure to properly dehumidify the air can result in substantial secondary damage and pose a health risk due to the likelihood of increased microbial growth.

Dehumidification may be accomplished by means of an open (AKA natural) system or using a closed (AKA mechanical) system. The open system uses outside air to replace humid air in the affected area. The closed system uses Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers or sometimes desiccant dehumidifiers. Combination systems are also used.

Water Restoration Dehumidication

July 21, 2017 / by / in
Water Restoration – Category Three

Category 3 (black water) floods contain pathogenic agents and are grossly unsanitary. These are typically from rising water such as river flooding or sewage back-flows but can come from other sources such as a Category 2 flood that has not been removed promptly. Toilet back-flows that originate from beyond the toilet trap are considered black water contamination regardless of visible content, color or odor. Technicians performing gray or black water restoration must be trained in microbiology, biocide use, psychrometry, and health and safety equipment use.

Water Restoration Category 3 Black Water

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