Upholstery Cleaner

Caring for your leather furniture helps it hold up

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What a difference some cleaning makes! This sofa is halfway clean. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Hale C. of Pasadena, Calif.)
What a difference some cleaning makes! This sofa is halfway clean. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Hale C. of Pasadena, Calif.)

Quality leather furniture can last decades, but like almost any investment, it needs proper care and routine maintenance to hold up well.

When to hire a professional upholstery cleaner

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Consider some basic factors before deciding whether to clean your upholstery yourself or hire a pro.
Consider some basic factors before deciding whether to clean your upholstery yourself or hire a pro.

A professional cleaner isn't necessary for every kind of furniture mess or soiling, but there are times when it's the best choice. Here's what to consider before you hire a professional upholstery cleaner.

5 DIY tips for furniture upholstery cleaning

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Upholstery can be cleaned at home or by a professional. Know the type of fabric and its needs before starting any cleaning process. (Photo by Patrick Dennison)
Upholstery can be cleaned at home or by a professional. Know the type of fabric and its needs before starting any cleaning process. (Photo by Patrick Dennison)

Find out how to clean upholstery and furniture before calling in a pro. Check out these DIY upholstery cleaning tips that may just save you time and money.

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Vacuum Cleaner

Worst Las Vegas Contractors of 2012

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Las Vegas resident Ryan Law says he received $4,422 from the NSCB’s residential recovery fund for his incomplete pool. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Law)
Las Vegas resident Ryan Law says he received $4,422 from the NSCB’s residential recovery fund for his incomplete pool. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Law)

Angie's List names the Worst Las Vegas Contractors of 2012

Eliminate pet hair with a central vaccum

Angie's List founder Angie Hicks recommends a central vacuum to a homeowner struggling with a pet hair dilemma.

Premium vacuums help Chicago consumers keep it clean

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Best Vacuum’s Mark Davis says a more expensive machine typically means a longer life — 15 to 20 years compared with the average vacuum life of two to five years. Here, Phil Myers shows off key features.
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Best Vacuum’s Mark Davis says a more expensive machine typically means a longer life — 15 to 20 years compared with the average vacuum life of two to five years. Here, Phil Myers shows off key features. Photos by Jay Madden

Chicago experts advise homeowners on what to look for when investing in a quality vacuum.

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Window Cleaning

Hiring a professional window cleaner? 4 tasks to do first

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Cleaning second floor-windows can be a dangerous job. A window cleaner will know the techniques and have the tools, including a tall ladder.

A professional window washer can save you time, and potentially handle other odd jobs for you. Before hiring a window cleaning company consider these 4 tips.

How to clean windows and make them shine

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Is your view obstructed by dirty glass? (Photo by member John V. of Houston)
Is your view obstructed by dirty glass? (Photo by member John V. of Houston)

Do your windows need a good cleaning? Angie Hicks provides DIY window-cleaning tips, explains how to make homemade window cleaner and gives hiring tips.

5 reasons to hire a professional window cleaner

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A professional window cleaner can extend the life of your home's windows by applying special treatments and cleaning products, says Volkart. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Melanie C. of New Orleans)
A professional window cleaner can extend the life of your home's windows by applying special treatments and cleaning products, says Volkart. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Melanie C. of New Orleans)

Everyone appreciates clean windows for enhancing the esthetics of a home. FInd out how a professional can provide you with cleaner windows and a safer home.

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Boat Seats

Professional tips for removing stains from auto upholstery

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Many businesses provide detailed interior and exterior cleaning. Others specialize in repairing or replacing carpet and upholstery, and can fix or upgrade seats, trim, sagging or loose headliners, convertible tops, vinyl roof covers, dashboards, door panels and other vehicle elements. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member James B. of San Diego)

Need to clean your car's upholstery? Angie Hicks explains how to remove tough stains from auto upholstery and provides tips for hiring an upholstery cleaner.

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Animal Removal Service

Play it safe at animal crossing areas

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Even small animals entering the roadway can cause potential danger for drivers, says Garvin (Photo Courtesy of Mary C. of Libertyville, Illinois)

For your safety, watch the roads for animals. Animal collisions are very common in many areas; beware of the damage they can cause to your car and safety.

Animal removal hero answers call of the wild

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Gregg Granger removes wildlife large and small from residential and commercial properties. (Photo courtesy of Gregg Granger)
Gregg Granger removes wildlife large and small from residential and commercial properties. (Photo courtesy of Gregg Granger)

Former paratrooper Gregg Granger, owner of Wildlife Ranger in Orlando, Florida, removes bats, traps raccoons and other animals that ruffle customers’ feathers.

Signs that your home is infested with rats or mice

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Pay close attention to any sounds that may be coming from your attic. This indicates rodent movement and the time when they are building their nesting areas, says Dorfman. (Photo by Mike Smith)
Pay close attention to any sounds that may be coming from your attic. This indicates rodent movement and the time when they are building their nesting areas, says Dorfman. (Photo by Mike Smith)

Rats are active pests all year round and can cause serious problems in your home. One highly rated provider explains how to tell if your home is infested.

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Polishing Service

Bamboo Flooring and more Green Flooring Options

Sustainable, beautiful green flooring options are available for every room in your home, in a variety of materials, including cork, bamboo and recycled glass.

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Floor Cleaner

3 tips to keep your floor from wearing out

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A living room with a white couch, white rug, and hardwood floors.
Direct sun can damage your hardwood, carpet, rugs and upholstery, says Edwards. (Photo Courtesy of Ayoub Carpet Services)

Protecting your floors and lengthening their life is a great investment for your home. Follow these three simple steps for beautiful, long-lasting floors.

How to care for your hardwood floor

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Knowing the difference between finished and unfinished hardwood floor can help you know the proper cleaning technique to use, says Pelletier. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Carly P. of Medford, Ore.)
Knowing the difference between finished and unfinished hardwood floor can help you know the proper cleaning technique to use, says Pelletier. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Carly P. of Medford, Ore.)

Hardwood floors can add class and style to homes, but caring for your wood floors properly is an integral part to keeping them looking nice for years to come.

How to keep a tile floor clean

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Regular cleaning and maintenance will help your tile floors stay in top shape.
Regular cleaning and maintenance will help your tile floors stay in top shape.

Many homes feature tile floors because tile is attractive and more durable than other flooring options. In order to maintain the appearance of tile flooring, it's important to keep it clean. Try these cleaning tips to keep your tile looking like new.

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Mini Blind Cleaners

The benefits of ultra-sonic cleaning for your blinds or window treatments

Ultra-sonic cleaning for your home's blinds or window treatments can help combat the dust and grime that tends to build up over time.

Charlotte HVAC, homeowner resolve billing issue

Charlotte HVAC complaint | Homeowner claims she was billed incorrectly. Contractor resolves the issue.

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Duct Cleaning Service

Dryer vent cleaners warn of home fires

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Angie's List member Jorge C. of Fresno, Calif, submitted this photo of the debris a cleaner removed from his dryer vent.

Have you cleaned your dryer vent lately? Cleaning pros say clogged dryer vents cause thousands of house fire each year. See how to protect your home.

4 common dryer vent cleaning questions

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Having an annual dryer vent inspection can help reduce the risk of structural fires and reduce energy costs in your home, says Ferrari. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Thomas J. of Denison, Texas)
Having an annual dryer vent inspection can help reduce the risk of structural fires and reduce energy costs in your home, says Ferrari. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Thomas J. of Denison, Texas)

One highly rated provider answers common questions associated with dryer vent cleaning and explains the benefits that this service can provide.

How to avoid a dryer fire

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An excessive build-up of lint in your home's dryer vent line can increase the potential for a dryer vent fire. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Gregory T. of Glenside, Pa.)
An excessive build-up of lint in your home's dryer vent line can increase the potential for a dryer vent fire. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Gregory T. of Glenside, Pa.)

More than 15,000 house fires start due to faulty or clogged clothes dryers, according the Consumer Product Safety Commission. A highly rated Boise dryer vent cleaning company explains how to lower your risk of a dryer fire.

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Carpet Cleaner

Cleaning house after a cigarette smoker moves out

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Cigarette smoke permeates porous surfaces, including carpet, drapes, furniture and walls. Your cleaning plan will depend on the extent of the smoker's habit. (Photo by Steve Mitchell)
Cigarette smoke permeates porous surfaces, including carpet, drapes, furniture and walls. Your cleaning plan will depend on the extent of the smoker's habit. (Photo by Steve Mitchell)

Removing cigarette smoke smell and nicotine stains isn't an easy task. Depending on the extent of the smoker's habit, your best approach will vary.

3 tips to keep your floor from wearing out

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A living room with a white couch, white rug, and hardwood floors.
Direct sun can damage your hardwood, carpet, rugs and upholstery, says Edwards. (Photo Courtesy of Ayoub Carpet Services)

Protecting your floors and lengthening their life is a great investment for your home. Follow these three simple steps for beautiful, long-lasting floors.

Which carpet cleaning method is best for my floor?

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Hot water extraction entails using a powerful machine that injects a solution of very hot water and detergent into the carpet, says Edwards. (Photo courtesy of Ayoub Carpet Service)
Hot water extraction entails using a powerful machine that injects a solution of very hot water and detergent into the carpet, says Edwards. (Photo courtesy of Ayoub Carpet Service)

Is your carpet looking a little dirty? Before you rent a machine, one highly rated breaks down the pros and cons of five different carpet cleaning methods.

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Biohazard Cleanup

Help! I spilled mercury on my carpet

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The EPA responds to many large mercury spills, including spills that occur inside schools, residential homes and businesses. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Do you know what to do if mercury or a different hazardous substance spills in your home? Angie Hicks provides tips for removing mercury from carpet.

What should I do if mercury spills in my house?

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The EPA responds to many large mercury spills, including spills that occur inside schools, residential homes and businesses. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

You need to take immediate action if mercury spills in your home. Get tips for cleaning mercury from carpet, and learn what to do in the event of a major spill.

Biohazard remediation: When to make the call

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A biohazard cleaner seals contaminated material in a box for disposal. (Photo courtesy of Sharp Bioclean)

Biohazard remediation professionals specialize in the safe removal of biohazardous waste, often from the scene of a crime, animal infestation or accident.

Worst Dallas-Fort Worth Contractors of 2012

Angie's List names the Worst Dallas-Fort Worth Contractors of 2012.

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Drapery Cleaner

How to effectively use window treatments

Professionals give tips on choosing the best kind of drapery to accentuate a room.

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Rug Cleaning Service

8 unique ways to use an oriental rug in your home

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An oriental rug can bring in a huge burst of color to your room, change its “mood,” and otherwise change a room’s “look", says Tavakolian (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jerry D. of Houston, TX)

Do you think oriental rugs are just for living rooms? Get creative with these innovative tips for ways to use oriental rugs to enliven your entire house.

Does an oriental rug work with every type of décor?

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A wooden fireplace with an Oriental rug and clear glass table.
If you love the pattern of your rug and want to show it off, a room that’s mostly white in tone allows the rug to be the center of attention, says Tavakolian. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ali P. of Dayton, Ohio)

Oriental rugs are a beautiful and classic interior decorating choice. Use these creative tips to incorporate one of these classic rugs into your personal style.

2 mistakes every oriental rug owner should avoid

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If you can’t answer questions about the history of your rug, you’re missing out on the best part of owning a hand woven rug, says Bagha. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Zoran D. of Chicago)
If you can’t answer questions about the history of your rug, you’re missing out on the best part of owning a hand woven rug, says Bagha. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Zoran D. of Chicago)

For many homeowners, owning an oriental rug can be a rewarding experience, but there are some mistakes to avoid. One highly rated provider explains.

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Cleaning Service

Charlotte couple invents hands-free home automation with paper towel dispenser

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The Innovia Automatic Paper Towel Dispenser takes technology often seen in businesses and makes it work for residential kitchens. (Photo courtesy of Johana Troutman/Innovia)

These Charlotte inventors bring home automation into the kitchen with a smart-sensor paper towel dispenser that helps prevent cross-contamination in kitchens.

Cleaning house after a cigarette smoker moves out

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Cigarette smoke permeates porous surfaces, including carpet, drapes, furniture and walls. Your cleaning plan will depend on the extent of the smoker's habit. (Photo by Steve Mitchell)
Cigarette smoke permeates porous surfaces, including carpet, drapes, furniture and walls. Your cleaning plan will depend on the extent of the smoker's habit. (Photo by Steve Mitchell)

Removing cigarette smoke smell and nicotine stains isn't an easy task. Depending on the extent of the smoker's habit, your best approach will vary.

Ask Angie: How to clean eggshell paint walls

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Some paint finishes are easier to clean than others. It's always a good idea to test a small area first. (Photo courtesy of Timothy M. of Wakefield, North Carolina)
Some paint finishes are easier to clean than others. It's always a good idea to test a small area first. (Photo courtesy of Timothy M. of Wakefield, North Carolina)

Eggshell-painted walls clean up pretty easily if you’re fairly gentle in your approach. Don’t scrub overly hard, or you may create discolored or faded areas.

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Cleaning Service

What makes a dry cleaners green? Va. shop goes beyond "organic" label

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Presto Valet dry cleaners in Alexandria (Photo by Jason Hargraves)
An employee at Presto Valet in Alexandria prepares a dress shirt for pressing at the environmentally friendly dry cleaners. (Photo by Jason Hargraves)

Washington, D.C, dry cleaners may say they're organic, but that's not the same as being environmentally friendly. One Alexandria cleaner explains the difference.

Cleaner reveals how Chicago's 'Bean' maintains its shiny surface

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Cloud Gate stands as the the center piece of Chicago's Millennium Park, which opened 10 years ago this month. (Photo courtesy of the City of Chicago)
Cloud Gate stands as the the center piece of Chicago's Millennium Park, which opened 10 years ago this month. (Photo courtesy of the City of Chicago)

We asked the cleaning company that cleans Chicago's iconic Millennium Park mirror-like sculpture, Cloud Gate (aka: The Bean), how they keep it clean.

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