Here in the South, mold and mildew can grow during any season, and dirt and grime build up throughout the year. If you live along the coast, salt and sand will accumulate and can damage the exterior of your home - even in winter. When the cold weather arrives, there is no reason to put a pause on your home’s maintenance. Good Jacksonville pressure washing companies can work even when it’s cold!
First Coast Home Pros is the best pressure washing service Jacksonville homeowners call on year-round. Our technicians are well trained in the best pressure washing techniques, and know how to work in all types of weather. We use a combination of the safest low pressure cleaning techniques along with mild but effective cleaning solutions to give your home the most thorough pressure cleaning job possible. We can pressure wash any area of your property that is exposed to the elements, including:
House exteriors, including brick, cedar shake, vinyl siding, and even coquina
Driveways, sidewalks, and walkways
Patios and decks
Pool decks, screened enclosures, and lanais
Concrete, brick, pavers, and almost any type of stone
Your home, patio, walkways, and driveway deserve to be kept clean and looking great all year long, and with the help of a great pressure washer, it’s possible.
At First Coast Home Pros, we offer year-round, award-winning service to Fernandina Beach, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra, and throughout the Jacksonville area. Let our team of highly trained professional pressure washers keep your home’s exterior looking beautiful all winter long!
There are several misconceptions and myths circulating about carpet cleaning. Let us set the record straight!
MYTH: Carpet cleaning makes carpets soggy.
Stepping onto wet carpet is a terrible feeling. Fortunately, if you hire one of the best carpet cleaning companies in town, you won’t experience that feeling. Great carpet cleaners use the double extraction technique, which means the water and cleaning solutions that are injected into the carpet to clean it are then vacuumed out TWICE in order to be sure all carpet is left soft, clean, and quick-to-dry.
MYTH: It doesn’t matter what carpet cleaning method I choose for my carpet.
Discerning homeowners and carpet manufacturers agree: the best method of carpet cleaning is the hot water extraction method. This method combines extremely hot water, extremely strong suction, and the right cleaning solutions to get carpets thoroughly clean. Foam extraction, rotary shampoo, and absorbent pad cleaning will not make your carpets as clean as hot water extraction will. For the best carpet cleaning job, find the best carpet cleaners in your area who train their employees in the steam cleaning method and use the best cleaning solutions on the market.
MYTH: Carpet only needs to be professionally cleaned if it has stains.
Certain styles, colors, and types of carpet are great at hiding dirt and stains. However, this doesn’t mean that the dirt and stains aren’t there. You track in all kinds of dust, bacteria, debris, hair, sand, and other such matter, which gets ground into your carpet fibers. Routine vacuuming does a good job of keeping this dirt and debris somewhat under control, but household vacuum cleaners cannot remove nearly as much dust, debris, dander, etc. as a great professional carpet cleaning team can.
MYTH: DIY carpet cleaning is the same as professional carpet cleaning.
Buying or renting a DIY carpet cleaning machine is appealing to some. However, most machines can’t provide the suction power that professional-grade carpet cleaning machines provide. Without the right suction power, your carpet will be left wet, which is not only unappealing to walk on, but can also lead to mildew growth and other major problems. Inadequate suction can also leave a residue behind on your carpet fibers. It’s best to leave carpet cleaning to the professionals and leave the DIY carpet cleaning machinery there at the store.
MYTH: All carpet cleaning companies are the same.
There are great carpet cleaning companies out there and then there are those that want to rip you off or do a poor quality job on your carpet. Good professional carpet cleaners have been trained to know the perfect amount of water and cleaning solution to get your carpet extremely clean. Just as importantly, they know how to extract as much moisture as possible from your carpet so that it dries quickly and completely. Find the carpet cleaning company that invests in high quality machinery, is bonded and insured, hires great people, and provides them with the training they need.
First Coast Home Pros is the best Jacksonville FL carpet cleaning company, serving Riverside Avondale, Ortega, Fleming Island, Ponte Vedra Beach, and more. Carpet cleaning is our expertise, and it shows: our technicians are highly trained and experienced, and our truckmount carpet cleaning machinery is the best there is. We never over-wet carpet, and we carefully double extract every area we clean, leaving your carpet soft and clean and able to dry quickly and evenly. Call on us and your carpets will be looking and feeling great in no time!
First of all, spring cleaning does not have to be an afterthought. In addition and although it is hard to believe, Spring is headed this way! Therefore, get yourself ready for warm weather by remembering what spring is all about -- with its bare pavement, blooming trees, blue skies, open windows letting the air into your home and bare feet. Don't let a musty house spoil it. Give all your home's trouble spots like
your rugs, carpets, tile & grout, hardwood floors and more a quick refresh with these pro tips highlighted by
First Coast Home Pros.
Furthermore, spring cleaning can be made easier and maybe even fun! Most noteworthy, here are eight tips for giving the season the welcome it deserves:
The dryer vent in an average, single-family home should be cleaned about once per year. This average can fluctuate, however, based on certain variables, such as:
Family size - If you have a large family, you likely run a lot of loads of wash to keep up with the need, and would need to have your dryer vent cleaned more frequently.
Young children - Believe it or not, the ages of your children can affect the frequency with which you need to clean your dryer vent. If you have young children in the house, you’ll need to buy clothes more often to keep up with your quickly-growing kids, and new clothes produce more lint than clothes that have been laundered innumerable times.
Pets - Pets shed and their fur and hair makes it onto our clothes, and in turn, into the lint trap and dryer vent, causing it to clog earlier than it might for a pet-free home.
Type of laundry - If you launder a lot of towels, blankets, fleece clothing, and other such items, your dryer vent will fill up much faster than if you primarily launder more “standard” clothing and material.
The best thing you can do for your dryer vent is to watch for warning signs that your dryer vent needs to be cleaned. These warnings signs can include:
Slow dry times - If it takes a long time for your clothes to dry, this is a sure sign of a clogged vent. Clogged vents trap moist air inside the dryer, causing you to need to run the dry cycle multiple times, which is inefficient and costly.
Warm air in the laundry room - If the temperature in the laundry room rises when you run the dryer, or if the dryer is hot to the touch after use, these are signs that a clogged vent might be preventing the dryer from exhausting properly. This wastes energy and also causes your machine to wear out faster than it would if the vent were clear.
Higher electric bills - If you notice an increase in the electric bill, this can indicate that the dryer is working too hard to dry the clothes, most likely due to a clogged dryer vent.
It’s been over a year since the vent was cleaned - Stay on the safe side and schedule a dryer vent appointment if it has been a year or more since the last cleaning. Dryer vent cleaning is an inexpensive service that can truly be lifesaving. (Remember that a clogged dryer vent is a fire hazard!) Instead of waiting for one of the warning signs to appear, be proactive, call the professionals, and rest assured that your dryer is not costing you any excess money or risk.
Whether your dryer vent is clogged, or whether you just want to be on the safe side and have a routine cleaning, be sure to find a highly rated dryer vent cleaning service that will do a thorough job. The best dryer vent cleaners will clean your vent twice -- once from the inside of the house and once from the outside of the house, to make sure all lint and debris is cleared all the way out of the system.
The best dryer vent cleaning service Jacksonville FL homeowners choose is First Coast Home Pros. Our clients throughout Riverside, Fleming Island, Ponte Vedra, and all around Jacksonville love our thorough work, and call on us for clogged dryer vents as well as routine cleaning. Our technicians use the best equipment in the field, ensuring your system will be clear and running as efficiently as possible. Call on the dryer vent cleaning pros for your dryer… you’ll love the results!
The holidays are the perfect time to host parties, have out-of-town guests, and visit with friends and family that we don’t get to see very often. When the parties are over and the guests leave, however, the dreaded post-holiday cleanup has to happen. This year, call on a great professional maid service to take care of the cleanup for you!
Here are some examples of what a good house cleaning service can provide:
Kitchens - Sanitizing counters and appliances and other food preparation surfaces, cleaning the microwave and oven, scrubbing the sink, and cleaning the floors.
Bathrooms - Scrubbing and sanitizing the sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets, cleaning the floors, and wiping all mirrors and surfaces.
Living Room & Dining Room - Dusting and cleaning all surfaces, vacuuming the floors, polishing the furniture, vacuuming the draperies and upholstered furniture, and folding the throws.
Bedrooms & Guest Rooms - Making the beds with fresh linens, vacuuming the floors, dusting picture frames, and getting the rooms ready for the night.
General Cleanup - In all rooms, shelving and picture frames and surfaces are dusted, surfaces are wiped down and sanitized, floors are cleaned, and baseboards, vents, and other forgotten areas are cleaned, when needed.
When you hire a high-quality house cleaning service, you’ll find that it’s never been easier to recover from the holidays. For a truly clean home, including deep cleaning needs and post-holiday cleanup, First Coast Home Pros is the best maid service Jacksonville FL homeowners call on. Many of our clients depend on us for weekly or monthly cleanings, as well as cleaning up after a big event, such as a holiday party. We keep homeowners happy in downtown Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Ortega, and all over Northeast Florida, and we’d love to provide the best possible clean for you and your home as well. Give us a call today!
The holidays are right around the corner, and your to-do list might already be getting long. Use our tips to get your home ready for the guests and celebrations the season brings!
Make a list. Take the time to make a thorough list of the chores that need to be done and the areas that need to be cleaned. Once everything is accounted for, it’s easier to check each item off the list one by one.
Don’t procrastinate. There are presents to buy, cards to send, and plenty to do around the holidays. Plus, you want to be able to take time and enjoy the holidays for what they are! Don’t save the cleaning for the last minute. Instead, make your list early on and stick to it.
Divide and conquer. Split up your to-dos and hand a few to every member of the house. Even young kids can take part in the tidying up!
Focus on the kitchen and bathrooms. The kitchen always ends up being a place where people congregate, and this can be especially true during the holidays. Likewise, the bathrooms can see a lot of traffic, especially if you throw a large party or have out-of-town company staying with you. Make sure these rooms are scrubbed, polished, and sanitized for your family and guests.
Enter as a guest. When everything has been cleaned and sorted, take the time to head outside and then enter from the front door, as your guests will. First impressions are important, so put yourself in your guests’ shoes and try to imagine what they’ll notice when they first enter your home. This can help you notice those last few finishing touches or final items to polish or put away before your home is officially holiday-ready.
Call the pros! The best thing you can do to get ready for the holidays is to hire help! If the pre-holiday task lists have you feeling overwhelmed, find a highly rated cleaning company and let the professionals clean your house top to bottom, inside out.
First Coast Home Pros is the best cleaning company Jacksonville FL homeowners rely on for the holidays and for every day! Our highly rated maid service knows what it takes to get the house ready for the holidays. There are many great Jacksonville FL house cleaners with highly trained technicians, but our teams set themselves above the rest. Discerning homeowners along Fernandina Beach, Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine, Riverside Avondale, and Ortega love the meticulous touch and attention to detail that our house cleaners provide, as well as their friendly, positive attitude. Give us a call and take the stress out of the holiday prep!
Want to add a splash of color to the interior of your home? An Oriental rug can complete the look of a room and draw your decor together into one seamless space. With styles hailing from Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Tibet, Pakistan and Turkey, one can find something completely marvelous, mysterious and bring far east culture right into your living room. With some extra attention and professional oriental rug care, your treasure will last a lifetime.
An Oriental rug's story begins with its rich history from the exotic country the rug was expertly handmade in. Take a flying carpet ride into the past and journey through a world that cannot be re-created.
When you bring an Oriental rug into your home, it adds culture, texture and a bit of the old world. Furthermore, it can also add an aesthetic appeal that most other decor cannot. Oriental rugs are an investment that can last generations to come. They will become treasured pieces when added to your collection.
When it is time to have your rug properly cleaned and given to a professional for expert oriental rug care, give First Coast Home Pros a call and schedule an appointment. (904) 383-7721
As the days and nights begin to get cooler, these temperatures - combined with our damp Florida climate - create the perfect environment for mildew to grow. Dirt and grime appear anywhere and everywhere, including on your roof and the siding of your house, and mold accumulates between the bricks or pavers on your porch and driveway. The best way to stay on top of these problems is with regular pressure washing!
Pressure washing can generally be categorized into two categories: high pressure cleaning or low pressure cleaning. Both techniques use a combination of pressurized water and cleaning solutions to clean the surface. The difference, of course, is the level of pressure used.
High Pressure - The high pressure cleaning technique typically utilizes 2500 PSI (pounds per square inch) or more, which is great for getting many common stains out of concrete, brick, and most other types of masonry. However, this high pressure washing also has the capacity to cause irreparable damage to softer surfaces. Pressure washing at these levels of PSI can remove paint from wood siding, strip the asphalt from roof shingles, dent vinyl, and destroy window screens. As the Jacksonville FL pressure washing experts, we only recommend high pressure cleaning for concrete driveways and sidewalks, patio pavers, and other such hard surfaces.
Low Pressure - The low pressure cleaning technique is sometimes called “soft wash,” because it uses significantly lower pressure to clean - usually less than 1000 PSI. Instead, this cleaning method relies more heavily on the appropriate cleaning solutions and other techniques, such as allowing the cleaning solution to dwell for the right amount of time before rinsing it. This method is safe and effective on nearly any exterior surface around your house, and we especially recommend it for cleaning wood and cedar shake siding, vinyl siding, wood fences and decks and pergolas, stucco, and coquina.
For the best results in pressure washing, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of the appropriate pressure to use, the best equipment to use, the specific cleaning solution to use, and the surface itself that is being cleaned. As such, pressure washing can often be a risky DIY project. Without the right knowledge and equipment, the results can be disastrous. Most homeowners choose to skip the risks and call on a highly rated pressure washing service instead.
First Coast Home Pros is the best Jacksonville FL pressure washing company for homeowners in downtown Jacksonville, Riverside Avondale, Ortega, San Marco, Fernandina Beach, and throughout Northeast Florida. We specialize in removing mildew, mold, algae, and general dirt and grime from the surfaces on and around your home, including wood decks and fences, pavers, brick and vinyl siding, and more. Call today and let us get to work on your home!
Finding the right house cleaner for your home is a big decision. Some homeowners choose to hire an individual worker to clean the house, while many other homeowners rely on a team of professional cleaners to do the work. All homeowners want the same result - a clean home - but depending on whether you hire an individual or a team of professionals to clean your house, you may have very different experiences.
Here are some things to consider when deciding who to hire to clean your home.
Training: Training is an area where you’ll find significant differences between an individual cleaner and a team of professional cleaners. A great house cleaning company will send its employees through a rigorous training program to make sure each employee understands all types of cleaning solutions, knows which to use on what surfaces and which would damage a certain surface, how to apply them, and methods for cleaning a room quickly and thoroughly. A good cleaning company will ensure its workers are knowledgeable and skilled before sending them into a customer’s home. On the other hand, an individual cleaner might have to learn these methods on the fly. Many individual house cleaners use the client's’ own cleaning supplies. If the individual has never used a certain kind of cleaner, or worked on a unique type of surface, he or she will need to learn how to, perhaps at your expense.
Cost: An individual house cleaner almost always costs less than a professional cleaning company. Often, this difference in cost is the allure of hiring an individual. However, just as it is with many other services and goods, the cheaper option can come at a “cost” to you. An individual cleaner is often able to charge less by foregoing insurance, licensure, or other such requirements, and using the cleaning supplies of the homeowner, rather than stocking his or her own. A great professional cleaning company might cost more, but you’ll be paying for the security, skill and training, insurance, and assurance of a job well done.
Legal Issues: If you choose to hire an individual cleaner, you may be seen by the IRS as that person’s employer and would need to provide an I-9 form, or Employment Eligibility Verification Form. You may also need to supply a Publication 926, according to the Household Employer’s Tax Guide. These situations can become complicated for an unsuspecting homeowner. For instance, you may be required to withhold and pay your cleaner’s Federal Income, Social Security, and more. If this is a worry to you, hire a professional house cleaning service, whose employees are protected under their W-2 status. The employer will have performed a background check for each employee and will have the correct strictures in place regarding income, withholding, and the other issues a homeowner should not have to worry about.
Insurance Issues: Professional cleaning companies are structured to be able to protect both the employees and the customers in case personal possessions are damaged, in case a cleaner is injured on your property, etc. It’s hard to know if an individual cleaner would be able to cover the cost of repairing or replacing a personal belonging, and if he or she were injured on the job, your insurance may be liable.
Quality of Work: A professional housekeeping service provides the structured training, hours of earned experience, organization and accountability, and protection for both the homeowner and the employee. These things culminate in high quality cleaning, and service you can depend on. After all, a house cleaning company can send a backup if your regular cleaner is sick when you need a cleaning the day before a big party. If your cleaning individual gets sick, your house might not get cleaned, and if complications arise with the legal employment issues, you may have a large scale issue on your hands, when all you wanted was a clean house.
First Coast Home Pros is the best Jacksonville FL house cleaning company, and our award-winning housekeeping team will make your home look truly amazing! We specialize in both deep cleaning maintenance cleaning, so whether your home needs an intense, top-to-bottom clean, or just a touch-up, we are the best cleaning service for you. There are many great Jacksonville FL house cleaners with highly trained technicians, but we set ourselves above the crowd. Discerning homeowners along Fernandina Beach, Ponte Vedra, and St. Augustine, in downtown Jacksonville, Riverside Avondale, and Ortega love the meticulous touch and attention to detail that our house cleaners provide, as well as their friendly, positive attitude. If you’re ready to finally find your house cleaning team, give us a call and get on the schedule!
It can be tough to find a responsible, reliable, and overall great carpet cleaning company. You want to be sure that your carpet is getting the best possible clean, that you can trust the technicians working in your home, and that you are paying a fair price for the work that you agreed to have done. There are some great carpet cleaning companies, some that are downright unscrupulous, and everything in between.
Use our tips to be sure you find a good carpet cleaner you can trust!
The right training: A carpet cleaning technician should receive training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, or IICRC. With a certificate from the IICRC, you can rest assured your carpet cleaning technicians are trained in the best methods and techniques, and can be trusted to get your carpet as clean as it can be.
The right cleaning method: For truly clean carpets, you want to find a company that uses the hot water extraction method, or steam cleaning. Any other method, including dry cleaning methods, will not get your carpet fully clean, and will actually leave behind residue that will attract dirt, making your carpet even dirtier than before. It is also important that your technicians double extract your carpet, going over the carpet twice with the extraction wand so that as much water and cleaning agents are suctioned out as possible.
The right equipment: Great professional carpet cleaning companies know they cannot skimp on tools and materials. That includes cleaning solutions, cleaning and extraction tools, and the truck itself.
The right pricing: The best way to avoid falling victim to a bait-and-switch trick is to request an in-home estimate and a firm price before the carpet cleaning team begins working. Remember that if a price sounds too good to be true, it probably is; that’s how the hard-sell scams work. If you choose a carpet cleaner based on price alone, you’ll likely be disappointed.
Bonded & insured employees: Your carpet cleaners should be bonded and insured, so be sure to ask the company if it provides these features. It is also a good idea to ask if they require background checks for their employees.
Guaranteed work: Find a carpet cleaning service that guarantees its work. This will allow you to make sure you’re happy with the job that was done. Any spots that were only temporarily removed would resurface within a few days, and this would allow you to have the company come back and fix its mistake.
First Coast Home Pros is the best carpet cleaning service and the trustworthy choice for homeowners in Northeast Florida, from Fleming Island to San Marco to Mandarin to St. Augustine. We pride ourselves in providing the best possible carpet cleaning service for our clients. That begins with free in-home and face-to-face estimates, so you’ll know exactly what the service will cost before our technicians even begin work. Our technicians are trained and certified by the IICRC, and have experience removing even the toughest stains from carpet. We specialize in leaving carpets clean, soft, and able to dry within just a few hours.
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