Tips on How to Choose a Professional Carpet Cleaning Company

There are many household ways by which you can maintain your carpets relatively clean for a long time. But these methods are ineffective in the long run, and if you want to have your carpets and rugs looking beautiful and stain free, then you must employ the services of a professional carpet cleaning company. This might be more expensive than the household techniques but is worth it as the results are visible and the effects last longer saving you from additional expenditure in the long run.

There are so many companies specializing in textile cleaning be it carpets, sofas or curtains. The important thing is to find out one company from the hundreds listed that will be able to do the job for you efficiently and cost effectively.

Professionalism

This is the single most important criteria for any good company; it is not just enough to own a few cleaning equipment and machines. The point is how professionally trained are the staff? In handling your requests. You must also find out if the company hires a third party to do your work; this means that the employees of the organization are not well trained and hence subcontracting is done.

Strictly observe the way the staff works right from the moment of taking your request to sending a team of cleaners to your home and payment after that. Also, find out if the technicians are approved by IICRC, which is an organization for training specialist and cleaners in this field. Personally, I hired a professional carpet cleaning company and had a really good experience with them.

Past Clientele

This is a crucial way of which you can find out if the company provides excellent service. Check the official website of the company for customer reviews and testimonials which will give you an idea of the work done. Most companies also have a complaint register which you can find at the reception desk. Give a cursory glance to see what other people think of the service offered by the technicians.

Damage and Replacement Policies

Find out about the safety policies that the technicians will employ while carrying out the cleaning services. Other cleaners come in wearing big boots which take so much dirt and end up soiling your carpet even more. So it is important that certain practices are followed to ensure that your property and belongings are not damaged in the process of carpet cleaning.

Also, enquire about the company’s replacement policies if the cleaners end up damaging your carpet in any way. Will they reimburse the costs involved in purchasing a similar carpet or will they take up the costs for extensive repair work if the damage is repairable?

Understand the Cleaning Process

Ask questions about the cleaning procedures undertaken and the chemicals and detergents that will be used on your carpet. You can also ask for an inspection of the cleaning systems that will be employed for the process to get an idea about the capability of the company in undertaking the task.

Sign a Written Agreement

It is always ideal to sign a written contract so that the company does not have a chance to change anything that they said earlier. Make sure the safety and damage policies and the total cost of the work is mentioned before signing the agreement.

This is from the Carpet cleaning show. Its interesting to see the crazy stains that they get out!

 

How To Transport A Horse Safely

Horses are beautiful, majestic creatures. There are many reasons you’d want to transport your horse from point A to B. Horses can be trained to do various pursuits and have proven to be fascinating animals. So, when transporting your steed, it’s imperative to handle them with care, so the ride is smooth.

There are multiple ways to move a horse to conveniently suit you and the animal. The common method of transportation is the trailer.

Using Trailer Transportation

Specialized horse trailers are made to make it easier for the horse and owner when traveling. Since in most cases, horse carriers are usually traveling long distances, it’s essential to make the right decisions for everyone’s safety. I found my horse trailer at lanchestertrailer.com. You can visit their site for a huge variety of trailers some of which I will describe below. 

The Gooseneck Trailer

This horse trailer type is used by many because it is usually made of a durable aluminum structure that can withstand wear. The main difference about this trailer compared to others is its unique connection to the bed of the truck. The connection is made by the gooseneck hitch and the hitch ball to hold it in place. Before using the trailer, be sure that it passes safety requirements. If your fuzzy with these requirements, you can have a specialized mechanic check your equipment. You can perform a safety check for rig attachments, tire pressure, and brake lights.

The Horse Trailer or Bumper Pull Trailer

These are trailers that vary in size along with the gooseneck trailer, but they typically are smaller. These types of containers or more common because most trucks aren’t equipped with the hitch ball needed to tow a the gooseneck trailer. Again, it is essential to run a safety check on your horse’s travel mechanism.

Traveling

Whatever you decide to use, make the trailer inviting for your horse. Horses can be claustrophobic so create a comfortable space for them. You can do this by making hay visible, and make sure you put comfortable bedding to protect against leg stress. Shipping boots and other types of body protection is also essential as it can prevent serious trauma while they are traveling.

Safety Tips

Be Prepared

When traveling, there’s nothing more annoying then getting that feeling you left something and then later finding out you did. Create a list of must-have items for your horse because it can impact the steeds health if you don’t. Horses can’t speak if they’re in pain. You should have a pre-prepared horse first aid kit equipped with essentials like a thermometer, antibiotic ointment, and bandages.

Monitoring Vital Signs

On long trips, it’s imperative to take rest stops. If you have a scheduled show to attend with your champion horse, you should plan accordingly and leave before time. Animals need care and checking vital signs at rest stops are essential to your horse’s health. Also, watch out for emotional stresses like depression and colic. This can be a sign that they are experiencing pain. Their respiratory rate should be 8-20 breaths/minutes, and a normal temperature is anywhere from 98 to 101 degrees. Owners should take these rest stops every two to three hours. The last thing you want is to stress your horse during the ride. Here is a link to more tips on keeping your horse happy.

Practicing

There are many fun things you can train your horse that can create a stronger bond. Why not teach them to enjoy the ride. In most cases, as long as you follow the guidelines to transport a horse safely, keep them well fed, and give them water, horses can have a stress-free ride. Take them on practice rides that are shorter so when the longer road trips happen, they can be used to it.

Conclusion

These are the ways you can protect your horse for a safer ride. Horses can also be transported in specialized trucks when they are in larger groups, but many of the same safety requirements apply. Happy travels.

Heres a quick video on how to load up your horse

 

Take Time to Destress

 

Stress is not good for you – it’s bad for your mood and its bad for your body. Stress release the hormone cortisol – sometimes called the hunger hormone. Continued stress can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or obesity. If you control your stress, you’re a healthier you.

Strategies to destress

  1. Take A Deep Breath. Literally. Focus on your breathing. Sit up straight; close your eyes; put your hand on your stomach. Now inhale slowly through your nose. Feel your breath starting with your stomach and feeling it rise to the top of your head. Now, reverse the process and exhale. Another breathing tip to calm you is four-square. Breath to a count of four; hold your breath to another 4-count. Now, exhale to a four count and hold breath again for a four count. Do it – you guessed it – four times. Another trick is to visualize your breathing. Think of positive emotions – joy, friendship, love – coming into you on the inhale and negative emotions like anger and stress leaving on the exhale.Experts claim that a good chuckle can ease muscles and send oxygen into your blood. Laughter also lowers your blood pressure.

Next time you feel tense read a funny book or watch a funny movie. I found that reading books helped me unwind best however I would always get a slight headache. It turns out I needed new glasses. I went to eyeweargallery.com to find the best pair for my needs. Laugh heartily for a few good minutes and call up a best friend

  1. Meditate. Put yourself in your favorite place. Imagine the ocean lapping at the sand or the feel of sitting on the grass in a beautiful meadow. It’s called guided imagery, and you can use audiotapes, self-help articles and books or a teacher to guide you to your happy spot and reduce your stress. You can find a more in depth explanation on this wiki page.
  1. There’s An App For That – and a website. The Mindfulness App available on iTunes or Relax Lite for Android are just two available apps. Just search and find one that works for you. Or, visit an easy website. Donothhingfor2minutes.com invites you to destress and just enjoy the tranquil seascape it provides.
  1. Be Present. Focus on your senses. Step outside and listen carefully – what do you hear? What do you smell? How does the air feel on your face? Taking a walk is a great idea (exercise helps) so concentrate on the feeling of your feet hitting the ground. Pick one behavior and concentrate on it for 5 minutes. Yoga is a great way to stay in tune with all your senses this Pinterest link shows some helpful tips on how to get started.
  1. Call a Friend – or family member. We’re not talking about going online; we’re talking face-to- face or, at least, voice-to-voice over the phone. Make sure you seek out a positive person to share your concerns with and one with a great sense of humor. You may come up with a solution to your current problem – or, at least, share a good laugh. Seriously, your social network is one of the best tools for handling stress.

If stress has already had a negative effect on your life, make a change. If stress has contributed to making you overweight or even obese – and, now, your weight and your health concerns are keeping you stressed, think about starting a diet at a medical weight loss center. You’ll have the advantage of professional support, medical supervision and a quick start that may make an immediate difference in your health and make you downright joyful.

Lastly, check out this video for some relaxing yoga tips.