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Tips and Tricks: Carpet Cleaning


We all overlook having our carpets cleaned. We think that since we vacuum all the time it should do the trick. Vacuuming at least once a week is great but you have to have your carpets cleaned at least once a year, more if you have pets and/or kids. Carpets harbor unseen bacteria, dirt, hair, and dust mites. Even using a HEPA vacuum will not get everything out. To put it simply, you need a professional to clean your carpets to get everything out.

Professionals start with pre-vacuuming. This primes the carpets for the deep cleaning that is about to happen. After, they put down a concentrated cleaner to break down the embedded dirt. Extra is applied to high traffic areas and places where there are noticeable stains. Deodorizer is also used to help your carpets smell nice and clean during this process. After all, who wouldn’t want their carpets to smell nice? Finally, they vacuum up everything. This will pick up all of the dirt, hair, bacteria, and dust mites that the cleaner has killed.

At Complete Care Systems we do not use a wet method, we use a low moisture system. Our encapsulation cleaner holds the dirt, hair, bacteria, and dust kites in to ensure that we get it all out. Your carpets will dry in a few hours rather than taking the entire day to dry with the wet methods.
Call Complete Care Systems today for all of your carpet cleaning needs. At Complete Care Systems we don’t cut corners, we clean them.


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Tips and Tricks: Tile and Grout Cleaning


Everyone want their tile and grout to look nice all year round, but not many actually look nice. Why is this? We scrub at them a couple times a week and they still have films or stains. Lets explore the reasons why our tiles do not always look their best.

1. Over time the dirt starts to cling to your tiles, especially in high traffic areas. This will start to age them slowly over time, which makes them start to look worse and worse the longer you have tiles.

2. The type of cleaner you buy plays a big roles in how your tiles look and feel. Most low end cleaners eventually leave a film (quite possibly a sticky film) that nobody wants in their home.

3. Take a good look at your grout lines. Most likely you will see small holes or cracks. These are the breeding ground for mold and bacteria. The mold and bacteria grow at a steady pace and could cause your whole family to become sick. Depending on the temperature in the room depends how fast the mold and bacteria will grow, but either way you do not want those silent killers in your home.

These three problems could easily be fixed with a yearly call to your local cleaning expert. If you live in the Tampa Bay Area then Complete Care Systems can help you with all of your tile and grout cleaning needs. We not only clean, but we also replace grout, color grout, and seal tile and grout.

HELPFUL HINT: In between yearly cleanings from a professional you will want to clean your tile and grout at least once a week. You will want to use a product that is mid range in price because it will not leave the unwanted residue that the other cleaners will leave. Just remember that after you use any product to rinse the floor with clean water to get any excess dirty up and to help take the harsh chemical off of the floor that you do not want your family to touch!


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Tips and Tricks: Upholstery Cleaning


Upholstery cleaning is something that Complete Care Systems loves to do! It is one of the major things that keeps your home happy and healthy. Why is that you ask? Well here are four reasons why this is one of the best things you could do for your home.

1. Appearance of your furniture. Nobody wants their upholstery to look dingy, gross, or worn down. The dirt in your upholstery makes your furniture look awful. Upholstery cleaning keeps your furniture looking nicer for a longer period of time, especially if it is new.

2. Extended wear on your furniture. Most people I know cannot afford to buy new furniture all the time, nor do they want to. Upholstery cleaning can help with the wear on your furniture by taking out all of the dirt and grime; making your furniture hold up through all of life’s adventures.

3. Family’s health. We love talking about how to be healthy in the comfort of your home! What stinks is that if you do not clean your upholstery your family’s health could be at risk. Think about what you do on your couch. From eating to sitting on it after a workout; your upholstery has a lot of bacteria in it from our everyday lives, which could cause your family to become sick. Did you ever think your kids could be getting sick from you and not from their friends? Yea, we didn’t either,

4.Good air quality. We all have excuses for why our air isn’t the cleanest. “We don’t have time to pay attention or the money for the machines” is something I always hear. Well did you know upholstery cleaning could help with the air quality in your home? Mold, dust, mildew, and even other allergens can live in your dirty upholstery. Getting it cleaned at least once a year can help your family breathe better.

As you can see upholstery cleaning has a lot of benefits to make your home happy and healthy. Call Complete Care Systems for all of your upholstery cleaning needs!





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Tips and Tricks: Homemade Cleaners

Homemade cleaners are the new fad. From people who want a healthier home to those with small kids, everyone wants an all-around safer home. Complete Care Systems took the initiative to test the best of the best web cleaners and compare them for you!

Our son is always in the bathroom taking care of the way he look for his girlfriend. This means that his mirror always has to be clean. We wanted to find something that was good for us since we use window cleaner almost as much as our all purpose cleaners. We found that you can use vinegar and dawn OR rubbing alcohol. Neither one sounded appealing to us. The smells were absolutely horrible, but on the plus side they did go away quickly. We decided that the vinegar and dawn mixture worked better. The mixture did soap up a little bit on the glass. A quick fix is to wipe it down twice. For the soap reason I give this one an A-


2 cups water
¼ cup white vinegar

½ teaspoon Dawn

-Mix in a bottle, spray on glass, and wipe away.


Toilets are always the grossest part of our house. My kids seem to have a hard time keeping theirs clean, especially the inside. Through our research we found most people recommended either using vinegar and baking soda OR baking soda and soap. So which one worked the best? With a little bit of elbow grease we found that vinegar and baking soda worked the best. It fizzed up a little and took off all of the stuff that was growing in my kids toilet. I give this one an A-


-Spritz inside of toilet thoroughly with vinegar.
-Let stand for a few minutes before sprinkling baking soda on top.
-Brush with toilet brush and flush.


Our tubs come in a close second when it comes to dirty. The soap scum is always the hardest to get rid of and we all hate the smell of the CLR that we have to use to get it off. We were excited when we found two cleaners that people on pinterest and various google sites swear by: vinegar and dawn VS baking soda and lemon juice. To our surprise the cleaner that worked the best was the baking soda and lemon juice. Although it didn’t clean our tiles like it said it would, it took all of the soap scum off of our fixtures in the tub and left them shiny. I give this one a B+


¾ cup baking soda
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons salt
½ cup vinegar
10 drops of essential oil (optional)
-Mix all ingredients in a bottle. When ready to use, shake well and pour onto a rag. Scrub then mix with water.


Finally we had all purpose cleaners. This is the cleaner that is used in every house so why not have it be healthy for your family? With homemade cleaners there is no need to rinse after you do your cleaning. There are two cleaners that are highly recommended by various all natural bloggers: apple cider vinegar AND borax. Both cleaned fairly well, but the apple cider vinegar solution smelled so horrible we could only clean half of the counter. So with that being said the borax solution wins with a grade of a solid A.


1 teaspoon borax

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon liquid soap

18 drops essential oil (optional)

2 cups warm water

-Mix in a squirt bottle and use.


With all of these cleaners you will want to use a little bit of elbow grease. Because there are no harsh chemicals the crust on some of our countertop may need an extra push. Tune in next week for more tips and tricks on how to keep your home healthy.









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Tips and Tricks: Garbage Disposal


If you are like my family then your garbage disposal is not up to par most of the time. Sometimes it smells, sometimes it make funny noises, and sometimes it takes a long time to crush what we put down there. We thought it would be a useful tips and tricks blog to talk about how to clean, eliminate odors, and maintain your garbage disposal.


1. Physically remove lodged objects. Please be careful that the disposal is off and DO NOT use your hands. Instead you should use tongs; just be sure that you do not damage the blades with the tongs.

2. Flush with water. Put a stop in the disposal, add a squirt of dish soap, run the hot water (letting the sink fill 2 to 4 inches), unstop the disposal, and run it. This will clear out all of the little pieces that haven’t been disposed of in a while.

3. Use ice cubes and salt. Everyone has heard of this useful trick, but not many use it. Pour 2 cups of ices cubes followed by 1 cup of rock salt. Run some cold water while it is all grinding. This will clean out the disposal and sharpen the blades.


1. Use citrus peels. Usually we use lemon, grapefruit, or lime. They smell the best, but you can use other peels as well. Grind about a handful in the disposal with some running water. The citric acid will make the disposal smell nice and it will clean the blades as well.

2.Use baking soda and vinegar. 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar on top of it. It will fizzle and bubble, which is normal. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse with boiling water while the disposal running. You can use hot water from the sink, but it will not have the same effect. The vinegar smell might stay around for an hour or 2.

3. Rinse with bleach. This is not our favorite method because using too much bleach will harden any grease that is in the disposal, but a small amount will kill any of the odors that are lingering.

4. Use Borax. Put 3 to 4 tablespoons in the disposal and allow it to sit for an hour. Rinse with hot or boiling water.


1. Only put biodegradable food items in your garbage disposal.

2. Run your garbage disposal a few seconds longer once the grinding stops. This will help eliminate the small leftover items.

3. Avoid getting grease in your drain. It can harden and damage the blades.

4. Cut large food items into smaller pieces. This will help grind the food down during the disposal process.

I hope this helped you clean, eliminate odors, and maintain your disposal. Check back with us next week for tips and tricks on homemade cleaners.


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Tips and Tricks: Dust Mites


Allergies are the number one reason why people suffer all year long; my family included. I cannot tell you how many allergy medications and sinus medications are in our kitchen cabinet for easy access. Our allergies have lessened since we learned about the effects of dust mites.

Dust mites are small arachnids that feed on skin cells. Personally, these might be worse than spiders and I am terrified of spiders. If your dust mite problem is big (like most home owners) they can produce allergens. You cannot fully get rid of your dust mite problem, but you can help lessen it with some of these helpful tips and tricks!

6. Remove all of the bedding in your house. Your bedrooms are the number one breeding ground for dust mites. You want to wash it in hot water (over 130 degrees Fahrenheit/54 degrees Celsius). After washing you will want to dry your bedding in a hot dryer; this will kill the duty mites that lived through the washing cycle. I would also consider covering your mattress, mattress pad, and pillows with allergenic covers. Use the plastic option if possible since dust mites cannot live in plastic.

5. Buy a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. This type of vacuum will actually pick up dust mite waste and eggs, while other types of vacuums will not. You will want to vacuum all areas of carpet several times a week depending on how many people live in your house and how many pets you have.

4. Learn about humidity levels. Certain places have high humidity and dust mites thrive in high humidity places. To help with this problem you will want to buy a dehumidifier and set it to less than 50 percent. At 35 percent dust mites will propagate less, but some people do not like humidity that low. Set it to what is comfortable for you and your family.

3. If your kids have bad allergies chances are their stuffed animals are a major cause. Dust mites love any sort of fabric. They also thrive in dirty places and lets face it our kids are not the cleanest. Take their stuffed animals and place them in a plastic bag. You will want to get out as much air as possible, making the bag as small as possible. Place them in the freezer for 48 hours. This can kill the dust mites.

2. Animals are the worst when it comes to dust mites. They just LOVE the pet dander. There are a few things you can do to help this problem. Brush your dog frequently. Brush with the hair and against the hair to get rid of the pet dander. You can also wipe your pet down with damp washcloth when they come inside. This will get rid of the dander as well. Vacuum areas where your pet likes to hang out frequently. Those are the places dust mites will hang out the most. Finally, keep your pets out of your room. I know we all like to cuddle with our dogs or cats, but they add more to the dust mite problem. The more humans and animals that are in the bedroom the more dust mite there will be.

1.The number one thing you can do is get your carpets cleaned by a professional. Most families can do this about once a year, however, if you have a lot of animals you may want to get them done twice a year.

 For all of your carpet cleaning needs make sure you check our Complete Care Systems.

“We don’t cut corners, we clean them!”


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Tips and Tricks: Permanent Marker


Our daughter is a preschool teacher which means there are tons of art supplies in our home. This includes the dreaded permanent marker. They used to be banned in our house, but now we know some awesome tips and tricks to get permanent marker out of anything and we would like to share them with you!


-To get permanent marker out of clothes you can used hand sanitizer. Put a little bit (about a quarter size drop) on the area and rub in. Rinse off the hand sanitizer and the marker should come right off.

-To get permanent marker off of your counters you can use rubbing alcohol. Put a small amount on a paper towel and wipe away the marker. This also works on most surfaces such as glass, wood,  and mason jar lids.

-To get permanent marker off of your walls you can use toothpaste or hairspray. Wipe the toothpaste/spray the hairspray and wipe off with a paper towel.

-To get permanent marker off of your dry erase board use a dry erase marker. Rub the marker over the permanent marker then wipe off with an eraser. This may have to be done more than once depending how bad the stain is.


We hope that these tips and tricks helped you with the fight against permanent markers in your household! Remember to call Complete Care Systems for all of the stains you are not able to get out. At Complete Care Systems we don’t cut corners, we clean them. Have a wonderful week and don’t forget to check back next week for more tips and tricks.