Saturday, January 13, 2018

"Carpets won't dry fast...."

Let’s play Mythbusters! We know that our unique 7-step Steam Cleaning process gets carpet and upholstery fibers clean and recovers 95% of the moisture used during the high heat, low moisture, high vacuum process, using the best truck-mounted machines and cleaning solutions. However, clients can be reluctant to use these services when the weather is cold and wet outside, usually stating that it will take too long for the materials to dry. The myth says “Carpets won’t dry fast because it is cold and wet outside”.

The trick to drying anything is this: Force the humidity into a lower humidity environment. For this situation it is relatively easy. Set the forced air heating in the home or office between 76-78 degrees after the cleaning and use any/all ceiling fans (or small box fans on floor if you don’t have ceiling fixtures). Humidity wants to rise off the floors and into the warm, dry air you are providing, just keep it moving. If the humidity is high outside, then keep it a closed system. If the humidity is low and temps are high outside, then open some ventilation points.

Now, each type of fiber has a different reaction to moisture, which will affect dry time no matter what environment you create. Wool and some modern polymers (Olefin, Polypropylene, Microfiber, etc.) can hold onto moisture much longer than cotton or nylon. Those types of fibers will need more time to dry, usually at least 24 hours, sometimes twice as much.

Finally, when dealing with an empty home or office having no Heat/AC available, it will take longer to dry unless adequate ventilation is provided with the right temperature. Plan on more time than a day if a closed empty home has been cleaned with temps of lower than 70 degrees and zero ventilation. It will simply take longer for the moisture to evaporate out of the fabric.

Finally, during hot, humid, monsoon type weather, fabrics can also take a little longer to dry because the air might be above 82 degrees and higher than 25% humidity. In that case, it is best to use the AC to lower temps into the 76-78 degree range, closing the home or office to the higher humidity outside, still using as many fans as available to circulate air within.

There! Hopefully now you can see that no matter the ambient temperature and humidity, there are easy solutions to drying those materials fast. However, always call us right away if you have water damage in an area, because materials such as walls, subfloors, padding, and insulation require very specific forced air drying or even removal and replacement, depending on the source and extent of the water damage.

Remember, Old West is the Best, Just put us to the Test!

Friday, October 13, 2017

7 Step Steam Cleaning Process Explained



If steam-cleaning products, such as the ones in the link below, are so available at a low price, usually around $100.00, why do homeowners need professionals?

Great Question!  Note how each product is marketed so smoothly with sparkling floors and perfect homemakers?  It looks so effortless to keep everything spotless, just buy the advertised cleaning unit.  However, many things keep these cute little tools from being truly effective.  Our best customers have clean homes to start with and we still see drastic results when using professional cleaning methods.  

Have you ever wondered why a professional would be willing to invest $30K-100K in equipment and in depth training to clean for customers?  Trust us, it’s not just for those who “can’t clean for themselves”.  The steam cleaning we use at Old West Cleaning is a unique 7-step process and requires powerful equipment, specific chemistry and intensive training.

STEAM CLEAN THESE SURFACES:  Carpets, Upholstery, Ceramic Tile & Grout, Saltillo or Terrazzo Tile & Grout or even Travertine and Stone Tiles.

1. Pre-treat
2. Agitate
3. Steam Clean/Extraction
4. Agitate trouble areas with specific solutions for each type of problem
5. Steam Clean/Extraction
6. Drying Extraction/Vacuum
7. Groom Carpets (except for looped nap), apply fabric protectant.  On Tile & Grout apply grout sealer or tile sealer depending on the need.

NOTE:  Restoration cleanings require additional steps.  All cleanings are done under the assumption that the client has already performed the regular vacuuming, however we can arrange professional vacuum before steam cleaning when necessary at a small additional charge.

WE DO NOT USE STEAM TO CLEAN:  Wood, Vinyl and Laminate

At Old West Cleaning, we use all biodegradable products, mostly made from citrus and low moisture, low volume, high pressure, high heat and high extraction with the right chemistry at the right moment to accomplish our professional results.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Simple Steps for Proper Carpet Cleaning

Carpet cleaning is just like exercise! If you get into a routine and keep it up, you will see great results and feel better for it. Products that rate highly on CRI's Seal of Approval (SOA) program are your assurance that you will clean correctly the first time (more on the SOA program below). Here are four simple steps to keep your carpet clean and looking great!

1. Vacuum high traffic areas daily and everywhere according to vacuuming schedule, using an SOA/Green Label-approved vacuum. 
2. Clean spots and spills quickly with products that do not damage the carpet or cause it to re-soil more quickly. TRY OUR PRO-SPOTTER!
3. Professionally deep clean your carpets every 12 to 18 months to remove embedded dirt and grime. WHO TO CALL? Old West! 417-1881
4. Stop dirt at the door by using mats outside and in, taking your shoes off when you enter the house and changing your air filters to reduce airborne dust particles.
What about Upholstery?  Again, vacuum.  However, a lint roller can do wonders between vacuuming and may be necessary with some pets.  Or, sometimes a horsehair brush can do the trick as well.  Be sure to lift up and vacuum under the pillows, flipping them around regularly if have the same pattern, etc.  Also lift sitting furniture off the floor and sweep or vacuum underneath.
Tile and Grout?  Sweep or vacuum daily.  Mop regularly, minimum once per week, more for families over 2-3 people.  It is best to mop with a proper mixture of a cleaning solution in hot water.  Then come back and rinse, for best results rinse with a white vinegar and hot water mixture.  Be sure to agitate the grout lines and any textured tile areas when mopping with your cleaner-that’s where grease & oils are dissolved.  The rinse takes away any film left by cleaning products.  Dry quickly with fans if possible.

Friday, September 29, 2017


We are Shane & Justin with Old West Cleaning, serving Cochise County for over 25 years. We specialize in Steam Cleaning Carpet, Upholstery, Tile & Grout. 

We have several ways for you to contact us! 
Call us for a free phone estimate! Our phone number is (520) 417-1881. That's easy to remember, since 1881 is the year Wyatt Earp came to Tombstone. 

You can also book an appointment at our website at 

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With 25 years of experience we'll show you that Old West is the Best, just put us to the Test!