Coronavirus in Your Ducts?!

coronavirus in your ducts

Just kidding. But I got your attention. And you got mine this weekend at the St. Louis Homeshow. 

“What is the difference between how you clean ducts and how like a Stanley Steamer cleans ducts?”

If we heard this question once, we heard it 100 times between Thursday and Sunday. The difference is that your companies who are shooting you a price lower than $300 are typically just trying to get their foot in the door. They are either going to: 

  1. Up sale you on an air filtration system.
  2. Up sale you on sanitizer.
  3. Not clean the entire system. 
  4. Do a horrible job. 

In fact, we love number 4. Usually they do a horrible job, and we come in and do it right. The crappy part is you end up paying us both. So lesson one, read reviews and realize a duct job generally takes 3 or more hours to complete with 2 guys. Meaning if they make $15 an hour, the company is paying $90 just to pay the team before overhead and they can just forget about any profit. See where we are going with this? I thought so. 

“What is the difference between having you guys do it and an HVAC technician?”

Have you had your furnace fixed lately? A/C? These guys charge a lot per hour so a 3 hour duct cleaning out of them could be anywhere from $300-$900! 

And why would they waste their valuable skill set on wiping down your air ducts? Some don’t. Some call companies like ours that are specialized and have great reviews/before and after photos to come in and do it for them. Meaning they charge you an arm and a leg – sometimes in the upwards of thousands – and pay us our normal rate we would charge you with a bit of a finder’s fee for themselves. 

Lesson two, if it sounds like a lot… It probably is.

“But you said Coronavirus!”

I did. And not only to get your attention. Bacteria, allergens, etc. live in your duct work. These things can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to the flu, the coronavirus, and all sorts of other issues. So when all of these illnesses and stuff are floating around, it’s a great time to get your ducts cleaned! 

PSA: Wash your hands always and keep good hygiene. But this also helps ward off diseases. You knew that though because you are smart!

“When do I need to get my ducts cleaned?”

Did you just move in? Do it.

About to have a baby? Do it.

Getting ready to sell? Do it. 

Never had it done? Do it. 

Animals or kids? Do it.

Your house was built yesterday? Good, start with a fresh system as well. 

We find things in vents from cheerios to soda cans to receipts on down the line. And sometimes in brand new houses! It never hurts to do a system flush on your body, so think of this as a system flush for your home. You will breathe easier. You will feel cleaner. You will be starting with a clean slate. And guess what? You only need to see us every 5-7 years after that.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is we clean your system start to finish with before and after pictures to show you the difference between what you were breathing before and what you are going to be breathing when we leave. You always hear “the proof is in the pudding.” Well my friends, the difference is in your ducts. 

Give us a chance! Mention this blog for $50 off your FIRST duct cleaning. 

Talk at you next week, 

Team Midwest

10 Reasons Why – (Coupon Included)

You know you should get your carpet’s cleaned before Aunt Karen shows up for Easter, but who do you use?

We of course want you to use us; however shop around with these 10 points before you make your decision:

carpet cleaning

1. Carpet cleaners should do a pre-vacuum at the start of the job to lift dirt and dust.

This includes edging around the room at your baseboards or where the wall meets the carpets. You miss this spot every time.. You know that one behind the couch?

2. Stains should be pre-treated…

I mean, makes sense right? You pre-treat stains before you do laundry… But clothes and carpet are not made of the same fibers, so you need the good stuff… We got the good stuff.

3. Not all carpet cleanings require harsh chemicals.

In fact, many of our cleaning agents are just that – cleaning agents. They are plant based instead of chemical base meaning they are less harsh on your carpet. BUT a cleaning agent has to be used… I cannot think of one cleaner out there able to clean your carpets with just water. 

4. We are not created equal.

That’s how we are supposed to treat people, and the two should not be confused! Some carpet cleaners are better than others because of skill level, training, their attention to detail, etc. as well as having better equipment than the next guy. But you know as well as I do that having the best of the best running shoes doesn’t take you from a couch potato to a marathon winner… Those personal qualities are where the real talent kicks in. 

5. People are not certified and do not have to be in this business.

However, if you care about a certification, it’s good to look for a firm that has the IICRC backing them. We do all of our training through Jon Don in St. Charles, and boy do they know their stuff! 

6. Smelly carpet after a cleaning is not because you don’t clean enough

Nor is it because Fido needs to learn to sleep on the hardwood. It’s because of the sulfur in the wool of the fibers of the carpet. It’s called off-gassing. Yes, smelly like your husbands and dissipates shortly after when the carpets dry like his also. 

7. Stain protection from the manufacturer is not removed by carpet cleaning.

It’s broken down by wear and tear which running a wand over is part of, BUT if you have a Scotchgard provider like ourselves in your home, we can fix you right up before we leave. 

8. “Fans” are a must when drying.

We are not only carpet cleaners, but we clean up after floods too. And one thing Water Mitigation Training tauch us was to place air movers (that’s the fancy name!) on the carpet to create a tornado effect because it helps to:

  • Dry the pad and prevent mildew and mold under the carpet. 
  • Get the fibers to lay correctly (think personal hair stylists for your carpet).
  • Prevent wet socks.

9. We are legally obligated (also we want to) fix our work.

If you aren’t happy, give Charlie a call back, and we will make it right. No if, and, or buts – this is the law. If someone else doesn’t do this for you – Call the Office of Fair Trading or equivalent in your state. 

10. Regular cleanings does not only look nice – It’s healthy for the carpet and helps it live longer.

It is the apple a day of carpet life. Also it keeps you healthy because bacteria and dirt and all their little by-products really love to live in carpet. They find it warm and cozy as well. 

Well, that’s it ladies and gents! 10 reasons we do what we do! And why you should let us do it for you! 10% off on carpet and/or area rug cleanings if you mention this blog before easter.

Talk at you next week, 

Team Midwest

Happy #2020!!!

“Another year over, and a new one just begun!”

John Winston Lennon / Yoko Ono

Welcome back, Friends!

Happy to kick off the start of the year with our first blog of 2020! We are so happy to be back at it and looking forward to another year with you all and maybe to meet a few of your friends too.

Midwest is Offering New Services in 2020.

We have started some advancing into other fields, and this year we are making a lot of changes! Of course, we will still be offering #CarpetCleaning and #DuctCleaning, but we have other services as well… Here’s a list!

So stay current with us… We have many other opportunities in store! (Including a gift card store!)

Follow us on #Facebook .

We know we have some dedicated users of our services, but in 2020, we will be running some great online deals, renovating our website, finishing up a punch card app, and many many other good deals. So follow us on Facebook to stay up on the latest!

Also we post some helpful things like this one here. This calendar has 30 days of tasks to do to start the year off fresh!

Do you have mold in your home?

Do you have mold in your home?

Having mold in your home is not the end of the world, but it could be the end of your health… for a little while. Exposure to damp and moldy environments can cause a variety of health effects:

  • Nasal Stuffiness
  • Throat Irritation
  • Coughing and Wheezing
  • Eye Irritation/Skin Irritation

Or you can be perfectly healthy and still have mold in your home.

Midwest and Mold.

Midwest Carpet and Duct Cleaning has found a multitude of houses (old and new) with mold in them in and around St. Louis, Missouri. Especially in areas with older homes like Webster Groves, Missouri and Belleville, Illinois. Alton, where the river is running along the edge and most of the basements are stone, is a huge mold area. We have recently started a mold restoration segment of our company and added a Mold Expert to our team.

Before now, we would find the mold and were able to use negative air equipment to basically “freeze” the spores while we clean. Then we would have another company we worked with come in and do the restoration work. Well, going into 2018 we decided that we wanted to have someone on our crew that is trained to assist in removing the mold right then and there when we find it to give our customers the peace of mind they need.

If you are curious about having mold in your home, we would love to come out and assess your home or workplace. Matt, our expert, can show you where the mold is and how we would go about removing it.

Beware: if you have ever had a flooded basement or water line bust, mold could be lurking in your home. It could be the reason for your child’s asthma or why you have felt so stuffed up with no relief. Let’s get it cleaned!

Happy St. Nick’s Day! Midwest Referral Program

Midwest Referral Program

Happy St. Nick’s Day! Midwest proudly introduces the Midwest Referral Program!!

We are happy to announce that just in time for the holidays we are introducing a Midwest Referral Program! With this referral program, we are giving you an automatic $40 off your next service within a year. Additionally, you are awarded 4 cards to hand out to friends giving them $40 off a cleaning of their choice! Perfect for the holidays! 
Midwest Referral Program
Stocking Stuffers? Complementary with a gift card? It’s a gift that keeps on giving!

We do not want you to confuse receiving the Midwest Referral Program coupons from a friend as insult! Absolutely not. They are not saying your home is dirty or that it smells funny. They are giving the Midwest Referral Program to you because we did such a great job for them… They want to share the wealth!

Bet you can guess what me and all of the other employees are handing out this year! *Wink!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Eric, Charlie, Zach, Spencer, Ian, Ryan, Monte, Chris, and Jamie

Don’t forget! If you use your referral program up, call us and get a new set… This is going to be an ongoing affair for years and years to come!

Follow us on Facebook for Coupons!

Follow us on Facebook 

Every day, we go in to families’ homes and people’s workplaces and make them cleaner than ever before. Why not follow us and see some of our work?

Coupons and Specials

Of course, our estimates are always given to meet your needs and to fit your budget. However, wouldn’t it be nice to see what our specials are ahead of time?

Now until the end of July we are doing carpet cleaning deals, but we are also combining those with duct and tile cleanings also. Even outdoor cleaning! How is your siding looking today?