What is Probiotic Sanitizing?

What is Probiotic Sanitizing?

What is probiotic sanitizing?

We believe that the use of probiotics is the future of the cleaning industry, and we’re the first and only residential carpet cleaning company in The Bay Area to offer them to you. There’s so much to know to understand the use of probiotics in carpet cleaning, but the basics are:

  • Not only safe, but BENEFICIAL to your environment
  • They minimize the presence of harmful bacteria, allergens and odors.
  • They’re the only cleaning solutions that continue working for days – disinfectant lasts seconds!
  • Probiotics do not promote bacterial resistance, like disinfectants and harmful chemicals do.
  • To achieve the maximum and lasting benefits, they should be used regularly throughout the home on all surfaces you clean.

Disinfecting is much like using antibiotics. It kills ALL the living organisms in an area. This may be necessary in certain cases, but it comes with a price. When you kill all bacteria on a surface, you’re not able to remove all those cells, and you’ve left behind a buffet table of dead bacterial cells. New growth comes within minutes, feeding on the dead cells and hiding behind biofilms that quickly develop resistances, rendering disinfectants useless.

Bacteria continually monitor their population size, and when the population is too large for the food supply, they will STOP reproducing.  It’s impossible to stop harmful bacteria from contacting our surfaces, but probiotic sanitizing immediately STOPS the growth of the population, preventing it from reaching a level that can harm us.    This is probiotic sanitizing, and it’s much more effective than using disinfectants. When you treat a surface with probiotics, you aren’t killing anything, you’re just overpopulating that surface with healthy beneficial bacteria that will stop unhealthy bacteria from populating. Salmonella and other harmful bacteria can only infect a human when the population size has grown immensely. Controlling the population size protects your family’s health.  Mother Nature knows BEST!

If you would like to order some probiotic cleaning supplies for your home, go to chrisalusa.com. Enter “CitrusPlus” at check out to receive a 25% discount.

Cleaning with Probiotics: Why Citrus Plus is Your Best Health Choice

Cleaning with Probiotics: Why Citrus Plus is Your Best Health Choice

Disinfecting can be BAD!

Why? Because when you disinfect, you kill ALL bacteria on a surface, including the BENEFICIAL BACTERIA.

Bacteria are all over and inside us. In fact, in terms of cell count, humans are 90% bacteria, and only 10% human cells! Beneficial bacteria play a vital role in our lives, our ecosystem, and yes, even in carpet cleaning. When you disinfect, and kill bacteria, you set the stage for harmful bacteria to populate, feed on the remains left behind, and flourish.

By utilizing probiotics in carpet cleaning, or cleaning of any nature, you ADD beneficial bacteria, tip the scales in their favor, and stop the reproduction of the harmful ones. Additionally, these beneficial bacteria produce enzymes to break down contaminants, biofilm, allergens, and by reducing or removing the non beneficial bacteria, you remove the odor they create!

It’s an amazing use of science, and by working in conjunction with Mother Nature, rather than against (disinfecting), you improve your environment.

Citrus Plus is the only floor and furniture cleaner in The Bay Area offering probiotic sanitizing with carpet cleaning or upholstery cleaning service!

We offer upholstery cleaning, tile cleaning, and carpet cleaning in Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Atherton, Menlo Park, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, San Jose, and the greater Bay Area. If you don’t see your area, just ask. For more information, give us a call. We’d love to talk to you.

Reduce Your Allergies Naturally, For Free!

Reduce Your Allergies Naturally, For Free!

Most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors.  Indoor air is full of harmful pollutants that are invisible to the human eye, but are very apparent to the lungs.  The levels of pollutants may be 200% to 500% higher indoors than outdoors! Someone with allergies can be tremendously affected by the air quality in their home and not even know it.

Every time someone walks across the carpet, pollutants are released into the air.  These pollutants can stay airborne for over an hour. In an average home this will always occur, but the amount of pollutants can be reduced by the condition of the carpet.  Carpet cleaning is foremost a health issue, and secondarily an appearance issue. Citrus Plus creates a neutralizing barrier between those allergens in the carpet and the clean air you should be breathing.  The EPA lists indoor air quality as the 4th largest environmental threat to our country.

Things You Can Do:
1. Reduce the humidity in your home
Dust mites cannot drink, so they can only live in humidity higher than 50%, and they thrive in humidity over 70%.
2. Clean your bed linens often
Use hot water, and wash them at least once a week.
3. Vacuum your kitchen and hard surface floors at least once a week
Use a high quality vacuum with a HEPA air filter to prevent dust from running through the vacuum and back in to your home.
4. Change your furnace filter often
Save energy and your lungs! The quality of your recirculating air is greatly influenced by the quality and cleanliness of your furnace filter.
5. Clean the air ducts and registers in your home
6. Consider an air purification system for your heating and cooling system
Consult with an HVAC professional contractor
7. Groom and bathe your pets often outdoors
Remove excess hair and dander, and maintain a healthy coat and skin.

How Citrus Plus Can Help:
When your carpets are cleaned using the Citrus Plus Cleaning Process, they are more than just clean. Cleaning your carpet and upholstery will greatly reduce dust mites and many other problematic household allergens from the environment. Furthermore, sanitizing with probiotics will add beneficial bacteria to the environment, who will continue to consume allergens and biofilm, create enzymes to break down contaminants, and drastically reduce harmful bacteria and their odors. We can even apply this beneficial probiotic throughout the house, and are happy to provide you with resources and information on safe, natural, beneficial probiotic products you can use going forward in your every day cleaning routines.

The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America also states that one in every 5 adults and children suffer from allergies. Learning how to control your household environment and reducing allergen levels is important in managing these increasingly common conditions.  Having your carpets professionally cleaned by Citrus Plus is an important step towards reducing these allergens.

Carpet Cleaning for a Spill

Carpet Cleaning for a Spill

It’s happened to many of us.  You just had Citrus Plus, your trusted Palo Alto carpet cleaner by to make things spiffy, and BAM, someone knocks over a glass of juice on your freshly cleaned carpet.  You panic and wonder what to do.  I thought a quick entry on the topic was worthwhile, because I see so many people do the wrong thing in this instance, and I’ve seen it all.  Baking soda, white wine, cover with paper towel and hope it goes away, bleach, soap, etc.  Don’t do any of that!

The most important thing you can do for a carpet cleaning spill is act quickly in trying to remove as much as possible.  Place a thick towel on the spill and absorb up any standing liquid. Next, place a dry section of towel on the spot and stand on it.  Bounce. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.  If you have a wet / dry vac (aka Shop Vac) pour some warm water on it, and vacuum out as much as you can. If you don’t have one, consider buying one for $50 – they’re super handy!

Finally, once you’ve REMOVED as much of the spill as possible, you can treat the area with your bottle of Citrus Plus Carpet Cleaning fluid.   Shake, spray moderately, and blot out as much as possible.  If you think you’ll need a professional carpet cleaner, call Citrus Plus, schedule an appointment, and try to keep the area damp until then.

You should note that no matter what you do, SOME stains may be permanent.  Many things determine this, like what the stain is, what the temperature of the spill was (hot is bad), if food coloring was present (in that double caramel mocha latte’), any residual chemicals in the carpet, the chemistry of an offending pet, etc etc.  Red dye and food and beverage colorings, sharpie or highlighter pens, food with turmeric, and hot tea and coffee left to dry are usually the most problematic.

Citrus Plus provides carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and tile cleaning services to Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City,

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