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Is your Carpet Making you Sick?

October 15th, 2014 by Rainbow International

Is your carpet making you sick?

Keeping your carpet clean is not only important for aesthetic reasons, but also a way to keep your family healthy.

Although there are times when carpets are obviously dirty, nobody wants their beautiful, posh, expensive carpet to be called dirty when it’s clearly not – I mean, just look at it. It’s flawless! The truth is, however, carpets and rugs can look clean to the naked eye while harboring dirt, dander, bacteria, and other irritants. When these irritants make it into the air you breathe, and eventually into your lungs, they can cause issues.

Once carpet has accumulated irritants, it may be causing problems such as respiratory issues, skin problems, and potential mold growth. It’s important that it is cleaned professionally to ensure proper care, but there are ways to slow down the accumulation of irritants like those in your carpets.

Rainbow International offers the following suggestions on how to help prevent your carpet from making your family sick:

Try to avoid placing wall-to-wall carpeting in certain areas.
Damp areas are breeding grounds for mold. Instead of wall-to-wall carpeting, choose an area rug for the areas in your home that potentially hold a lot of moisture, such as the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, or basement. Also, try to avoid placing wall-to-wall carpeting in the rooms of people with allergies or asthma. They may be susceptible to reactions if affected by the irritants.

Use a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) vacuum.
The National Center for Healthy Housing recommends vacuuming carpet weekly or at least every other week. Depending on the type of carpet and its thickness, it is recommended that you pass the vacuum over the carpet multiple times, or at least one minute per square yard. HEPA vacuums have filters that help reduce dust so be sure to replace as directed for the best results.

Take notice of unusual smells in the home.
A musty, unpleasant odor around your house could be a sign of mold.  Mold can live in walls, basements, insulation… and under carpets. Indoor mold has the potential to create health problems. If you suspect mold issues, take action immediately to have it checked by a mold expert so you can take steps to protect your family’s health.

Replace heavily soiled or worn carpet in the home.
Irritants build up on carpets through the years and replacing them with new, low-pile carpet is a good option for many homeowners. When removing the old carpet, be sure to use special care if the home was built before 1978 in case lead dust is under or in the carpeting or padding. After removal, clean the walls and floor surfaces before adding new carpet. Request the carpet installers to use low-emission adhesives to install the new carpet or consider tacking it down instead of gluing.

Carpet Spot and Stain Removal Tips

Rainbow International offers the following do-it-yourself tips on removing spots and stains that have found their way onto your carpet.

Refrain from rubbing the stain.
Rubbing the stain excessively may end up causing the stain to be driven further into the carpet. This would make it even more difficult to remove the stain. You could also possibly damage the carpet’s material.

Start around the edges.
Instead of starting from the center, which is often the most obvious or damaged spot, start from the outside of the stain and move towards the center. If you start from the center, you risk spreading the stain more.

Don’t use hot water.
Using hot water may seem harmless, but hot water can cause the structure of the stain to change. This can allow it to bond with the surface of your carpet.

Avoid harsh cleaning solutions.
Always try using mild solutions first. Harsh solutions may cause damage to your carpet, and these kinds of situations can often be fixed with the milder alternatives. Particularly bad stains should be taken care of by a professional. Contact your local Rainbow International when you need your carpet cleaned.

Accidents call for quick reactions and the accumulation of irritants over time calls for preventative actions as well. While you cannot completely avoid these things, it’s important to know what you can do about them. When it’s time for a thorough cleaning or evaluation of your carpets, contact the experts at Rainbow International to help you restore your carpeting.

Check out these related articles for more information about your health at home:

How to Prevent Mold in the Most Likely Places

5 Natural Air Fresheners that Eliminate Household Odors

Types of Mold you Need to Know About


Rainbow International Celebrates Female Business Owners for Women’s History Month – Tammy Kimble Finds Success in a Male-Dominated Industry

March 15th, 2013 by Rainbow International

One hundred years ago, more than 5,000 women marched on Washington, D.C. to bring attention to the gross misrepresentation of women in our society. Today, women are heralded as the leaders of tomorrow in education, business and politics. Rainbow International celebrates March and Women’s History Month by recognizing Tammy Kimble, owner of Rainbow International of Alamance County.

Kimble has been the proud owner of Rainbow International for nearly five years, achieving both personal and professional goals. “I think every business you go into is about how you build it and the relationships you build in the process. Every business is about the communication with customers and how you represent the business. Once you start listening to your customer or client, you’ll connect with them.”

Kimble has worked in multiple areas of business, from owning a carpet cleaning business to owning a daycare center. Kimble is an entrepreneur.

“Tammy is a rising star,” Rainbow International President Rob White said. “No matter the situation, she has risen to the challenge. We are proud to have her on our team.”

Women, like Kimble, who have embraced the opportunities afforded them and overcome the obstacles, are paving the path for future generations of women to proudly walk.

“Something I would share with young ladies trying to find their way in this industry is to take on everything you can,” Kimble said. “Learn. Get in every open door you can. Take everything with you into your next experience.”


Rainbow International of Sacramento Supports RMHC With TLC

September 27th, 2012 by Rainbow International

Rainbow International® of Sacramento came out to the Ronald McDonald House® of Sacramento to help clean the rooms and furniture for families residing there.

The Ronald McDonald House provides a temporary “home-away-from-home” for families who have children age 0-18 being treated in one of the five Sacramento-area hospitals. Since 1998, the 20-bedroom facility has provided comfort, care, love and support for approximately 13,000 families.

The global office of Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) supports RMHC Chapters through grants, as well as in-kind goods and services. However, each Chapter relies on the generosity of individuals and businesses in its own community to provide additional funds, goods and services in order to operate its programs.

“We had a day of upholstery cleaning in the lobby, offices and all of the living areas.  Our technicians Blake and Anthony cleaned all the sofas, loveseats and chairs, leaving all of the furniture clean and fresh for the precious kids and their families,” said Robin Schecker, Customer Service Representative at Rainbow International.

“The services Rainbow International provided were absolutely amazing. They did a terrific job. Our furniture hadn’t been cleaned in a long time and now it looks and smells great,” said Lois Polaschek, Ronald McDonald House manager.

For more information on how to get involved or donate to the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House Charity visit


Rainbow International of The Wiregrass Donates Time and Labor to Build Church

June 29th, 2012 by Rainbow International

For the first time in months a Dothan church is having its services in an actual building, thanks to $100,000 in donations from a Wiregrass business and volunteers.

Last year, the Clio Community Church was under construction when a storm and strong winds came through the town, destroying the entire structure. During the construction and after the heartbreaking setback, the congregation continued to hold their services under tents that hardly sheltered them from the sweltering southern heat.

Service professionals from the restoration and cleaning company Rainbow International® and other volunteers have spent more than two months building the congregation a brand new church.

Jason Cheshire, Jeff Mills and Justin Tolbert, co-owners of Rainbow International of the Wiregrass, saw their story in the news and wanted to help. Cheshire contacted Pastor Melvin White about reconstructing the church and enlisted more than 30 volunteers to take the remnants of the old church down and build it back.

“Pastor White just broke down in tears,” Cheshire said. “He couldn’t even continue the conversation on the phone.”

The pastor was in awe of the people who came to his church’s rescue.

“They didn’t even know us, and they came to help,” White said. “Numerous volunteers just showed up with saws, hammers, nails and other materials. They worked as long as we could come up with the material, and even donated some of it themselves.”

The crew worked sun up to sun down 10 Saturdays in a row without any pay for their manual labor. While most of the materials and supplies were resourced through insurance, the donated time and labor from Rainbow International and other volunteers would have cost more than $100,000 dollars.

“I know God had his hand in it, but if it weren’t for Jason I don’t know what we would have done,” White said. “I was almost ready to give up. We are so blessed to be where we are.”

While the congregation is having services in their new building, the inside is not yet finished. More donations and materials are needed for air conditioning, bathrooms and sheetrock.

The church is accepting donations, which can be sent to Clio Community Church P.O. Box 9941 Dothan, AL. 36304.


Simple Ways to Save Money On Your Electric Bill This Summer

June 21st, 2012 by Rainbow International

Today is the official first day of Summer, and we all know that the warmer months ahead bring higher electricity bills.

If the weather is going to be anything like last year we can expect soaring temperatures in some parts of the U.S.

There are several simple steps you can take to stay cool and save money:

  • Program the thermostat. Give the air conditioner a break during the work day. Shifting the settings to allow higher daytime temperatures could cut the average electric bill by $180 a year.
  • Clean, clean, clean. Clean air filters monthly for central air and individual window or wall units. Dirt and dust hinder air flow, reducing efficiency.
  • Close the blinds. Rooms get hotter without shades or curtains to block the sunlight, especially with south- and west-facing windows.
  • Use fans. A breeze makes the room feel a few degrees cooler. Just make sure to turn it off when you leave the room.
  • Avoid chores during the day. The hotter the space, the harder an air conditioner must work to keep things cool. Limit the use of appliances like the oven, dishwasher and clothes dryer when temperatures outside are hottest.

For more information on energy saving solutions, visit our sister company Mr. Electric’s website.


The Biggest Hazard in Your Backyard: BBQ Fires

June 14th, 2012 by Rainbow International

Backyard grills and patio fireplaces are popular focal points in landscape and outdoor decorating schemes. Grills are the center for outdoor living during the warmer months, and are a great way to entertain guests during the weekends.

When you prepare your home for the Spring and Summer months it is important to do a safety check and tune-up all the gear you’ll be using during the new season.

During the warmer season people tend to use their outdoor patios and living areas up to 20 times a month; therefore, the risk for accidents highly increases. Most home fires that happen in the time between March and May are due to patio appliances not being properly inspected.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,200 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year. These 8,200 fires caused an annual average of 15 civilian deaths, 120 civilian injuries and $75 million in direct property damage.

Here are some simple tips to make sure you are preventing a home fire:

  • Check grill for safety hazards. Gas connections should be checked for leaks by applying a soapy water solution. When applied, bubbles will form if gas is escaping.
  • Barbecue in an open outdoor space for ventilation purposes and always keep a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Don’t allow an accumulation of grease to occur by keeping your grill and burners clean – this greatly reduces the chances of a grease fire.
  • Never fight a grease fire with water – this will only cause the flames to flare up.

Following these important safety tips can ensure you an enjoyable, fire-free grilling season.


Summer Swimming Pool Safety

May 31st, 2012 by Rainbow International

This summer is going to be another warm one, and what better way is there to beat the heat than by splashing around in the pool?

Small children require extra care and attention around water, and by following these tips you can help ensure their safety.

  • Secure fencing and a locked entrance around the entire pool and deck to prevent unsupervised children from entering
  • Keep toys away from the pool when it is not in use
  • Keep chemicals stored in safety containers away from the pool area
  • Place plenty of lifesaving equipment nearby, including life preservers and a rescue hook
  • Install a loud sounding pool alarm to alert you if someone were to suddenly fall in the pool
  • Consider an automatic pool cover to cover the entire pool so that a child can’t slip under them

*On average 390 children ages 0-14 die in pool and spa drownings each year. About 5,200 more are treated for injuries in emergency rooms.


Rainbow International Named 2012 Military Friendly Franchise by G.I. Jobs Magazine

May 15th, 2012 by Rainbow International

Rainbow International has been named a 2012 Military Friendly Franchise® by G.I. Jobs Magazine. The company is ranked in the top 10 percent of all franchises nationwide for benefits to veterans.

It is an honor to be recognized as a Military Friendly Franchise again,” Rainbow International President Rob White said.

The cleaning and restoration company honors military veterans all year round by offering service members a discount of 25% off the franchise fee, allowing veterans to use their training and operational skills in a new civilian career.

“The Military Friendly Franchises® list was created three years ago out of demand from military veterans, many of whom want to start or own their own business but are unclear where to begin,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs.  “Being selected as a Military Friendly Franchise places Rainbow International in this elite group, and is testimony to Rainbow International’s world class programs and policies that support military veterans interested franchise opportunities”.

Rainbow International is also a member of IFA’s VetFran strategic iniative, which includes more than 400 IFA franchisor member companies offering financial incentives, training and mentoring to veterans interested in small business ownership and/or a career path in franchising. VetFran was founded by the IFA in 1991 in an effort led by The Dwyer Group® founder Don Dwyer, Sr., to support veterans returning from the Gulf War transition to the civilian economy.


It’s National Pet Month – What Better Time to Get Rid of Carpet Odor?

May 7th, 2012 by Rainbow International

We all love our fuzzy friends like part of the family, but all pets have accidents every now and then. If you don’t clean them thoroughly, chances are your pet may return for another trip to that spot.

Today’s carpets have built-in protection against most spots and stains, making cleanup easy and quick, but as a carpet ages, this protection wears off, making removal of stains more difficult.

Pet urine can break through the protective finishes on brand new carpets, causing stains that are tough to get out.

The majority of odors that we are asked to remove are a result of pets that stay indoors. Today, it seems that homeowners leave their pets inside more then ever before.

The severity of these odors is often overlooked because homeowners become somewhat desensitized to the smell over time. However on humid days or when there is an attempt to sell the home, the odor may become very apparent.

Over-the-counter products that are sprayed or sprinkled onto the carpet will usually only mask the smell for a short period of time. These odors can successfully be removed; however, it takes professional-strength products to counteract the odor. In severe cases, the backing of the carpet has to be treated along with the sub floor.

Rainbow International has the training and the products for proper odor removal, oftentimes at a substantial savings over carpet replacement.


Helping Your Family “Go Green” for Earth Day

April 20th, 2012 by Rainbow International

It is becoming more and more important for us to reduce pollution and help save our environment. Read these tips and tricks to help your family get started on a new eco-friendly lifestyle!

  • Save water by decreasing your shower time – or take a bath. It uses less water.
  • Brush your teeth with the water off.
  • Recycle – most things can be recycled now days including junk mail, cell phones, paper products, plastic, etc.
  • Switch from paper and plastic bags to reusable bags and totes.
  • Forget the electric or gas dryer, and air dry your clothing.
  • Unplug your appliances when you leave the house to save energy (and prevent a fire hazard).
  • Use refillable beverage containers instead of disposable water bottles.
  • Opt for direct deposit, online banking, and paperless statements to reduce paper use.
  • Purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, instead of jarred, canned, or frozen.

Don’t forget, Earth Day is this coming Sunday, April 22nd. But with these tips you can make everyday Earth Day!