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Happy New Year! 2017 is Going to Be A Good One!

The New Year is almost here and that means resolutions are right around the corner! Some people have goals to lose weight and other have organization ones. Whatever your goal is, we can help a little. Here at Chem-Dry we can help clean your carpet and upholstery, giving you the boost to start your New Year. Check out these fun facts about the New Year Holiday, while you are getting ready for your party! Speaking of party, call Cadinal Chem-Dry to get your carpets looking sparkling clean for your guests!

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Call for the cleanest New Year you can have! Cardinal Chem-Dry is the cleaner for you!


Thanksgiving Brings Out the Best Food and the Spills

The Holidays are here, which means in-laws, cousins, and extended family are coming your way. Thanksgiving is a time for sitting around with family, eating yummy food and watching football! It is a time for laughing with long lost cousins and playing endless games with each other. It is also a time of spilling food and drinks.

family at thanksgivingWith a Holiday that has food as the "center of attention," there is bound to be a spill or two! This is where we come in hand. Whether you are looking for a cleaning to "spruce up" your place before the guests come or for a cleaning to fix spills after the guests leave, Chem-Dry is here to help. If your guests spill turkey gravy, wine or your grandma's favorite cranberry sauce, we are sure to get it out. Cardinal Chem-Dry can get out the harshest stains with ease. Make the call before the guests arrive or wait until they leave to get your home back in tip-top shape!

Prepare for the Spills

Chem-Dry offers protectant for all our customer's carpet and upholstery items. Chem-Dry's Protectant is applied to the whole carpet and upholstery fiber, making it repel stains and easier for you to clean up. When the Chem-Dry Protectant is applied it creates a barrier around the fibers in your carpets and upholstery items. With Protectant, stains and spills can be blotted up easier. Make sure your carpets and furniture look great year after year and can stand the chance during Thanksgiving dinner.

After the Spills

Don't fret if you forgot to clean before the guests arrive, we can come after the family leaves! Chem-Dry has amazing clean up cleaning powers too! Your family might have left a few spills and stains from Thanksgiving on your carpet and furniture, Chem-Dry is armed with the power of carbonation and many other cleaning agents. Our powerful carbonated cleaning process lifts up tough stains and spills, Greasy turkey, chocolate pie or the footsteps of the football team don't stand a chance with Chem-Dry.

Happy Thanksgiving from our Cardinal Chem-Dry family to yours!


Don't SCARE Your Guests!

Ghosts and pumpkins are making their debut, which means the kids are ready for trick-or-treating! Don't scare you family and friends with your dirty carpets! Let Cardinal Chem-Dry take care of all your carpet and upholstery cleaning needs! We have got the cleaning part covered, all you have to do is worry about the party! Below is a list of food and activities that can help with your Halloween party planning.

1. Spook up your front door! Have you ever thought of stringing orange Halloween lights on your front porch? This gives a fun, festive look to your front door decor! Hay stalks and pumpkins are a great, inexpensive way to decorate your front door too! Another great idea is to get a fun doormat! When you guests whip their feet off on the doormats it can help reduce the dirt and dust going into your home. You can also place a small sign on your door that reminds your guests to remove their shoes before entering your home.

2. Try painting your pumpkins this year! Are you tired of carving pumpkins? Or do you have littles in your home? Paint you pumpkins this year for a new twist! Acrylic paint is inexpensive and they designs are endless! Glitter and stencils can add even more dimension and fun to your pumpkins!

pumpkin cookies3. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe. You'll need a treat for your family and friends as they stop by to show off their costumes. Try these Fall cookies, they are so easy it is SCARY! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

What will you need?

{1} box of spice cake mix

{1} 15 oz can of pumpkin

{1} 12 oz bag of any chocolate chips (white, milk, dark)

Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together by hand or with a mixer. Place 1 1/2" balls onto a non-stick cookie sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes. *Stick toothpick into center and check to see if cookies are cooked all the way through. Add extra baking time if needed!

You will want to make these cookies over and over again, because they are so easy and SO yummy! They are an excellent treat for all the Holidays and everyday in between.

4. Spidery Craft. Halloween night is often cold, so bring the littles in for a fun craft.

What you will need:

  • Black paper plates
  • White yarn
  • Plastic fake spiders
  • Tape
  • A hole punch

All these things can be found at the dollar store. The first step is to take the plate and punch holes in the edge, about 1 to 2 inches apart. Then, cut a piece of yarn about 2 or 3 feet long. Tap one end of the yarn to the back of the plate. Now, thread the yarn in and out, though all the holes. Make a pattern that looks like a spider's web. Finally, place the plastics spiders in your creepy web! The best thing about this craft is that it is not only simple, but it is easy enough for the little ones to do too. Get kids motor skills running, while having a little Halloween fun!

Get the party started right with these great Halloween party ideas. They can even keep your kiddos away from all that candy! A good party begins with a clean house, so let Chem-Dry clean your carpets and upholstery items today! They can get your carpets and upholstery looking and feeling new again. Your guests will notice the cleanliness of your home and enjoy you party even more!

Happy Halloween from Cardinal Chem-Dry! We can take care of all your carpet cleaning needs.


Cuddle Up On Clean Couches

Fall is here, which means that you will be spending much more time indoors! It is much easier to "take a load off" and relax when you know that your home is healthy and clean. A clean home is just one way to provide comfort and peace of mind for homeowners. Deodorizing and sanitizing your home is a great way to keep your home clean and healthy for your family. Your home will be left smelling clean and fresh. women on couchOur added deodorizer and sanitizer will also extend the life of your upholstery items! Upholstered furniture traps bacteria and allergens much like carpet does. Many people forget or get too lazy and forget to vacuum their carpet.

We admit, it is much more time consuming to vacuum upholstery than carpet! A lot of times people don't know how to properly clean their upholstery either, but have no fear, Chem-Dry is here for you! It is very crucial that your upholstered items get cleaned on a regular basis. This will help to improve and maintain the look of the furniture, while also eliminating the bacteria and germs that are present in the fibers. There are many products out there that claim to clean upholstery, but when it comes to upholstery cleaning, that should be left to the trained professionals.

Our trained technicians take courses and are knowledgeable in cleaning upholstery. They take the time to understand and treat each type of upholstery with the correct care. In addition, they have special tools and machinery that are effective at cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing various types of upholstery. This is a great method for getting rid of unwanted pet odors, animal hair and dandruff, and even dust and dust mites.

Try our powerful sanitizer, to help keep your home free of bacteria and germs! Ease your mind by getting your upholstery sanitized, then curl up on your freshly cleaned couch with your family! With the help of a trained professional, this is possible. Make it a priority to clean and deodorize your upholstery at least twice a year. Keep your home and furniture healthy and protect your investments too!

If you are in the need of the best upholstery cleaning for this fall, call Cardinal Chem-Dry at 703-451-9086!


Back to School Carpet Cleaning

School bells are ringing and that means that your kids are going back to school soon!! It's time to get your carpets cleaned and take advantage of our carpet and upholstery cleaning. Your youngsters are back in school, which means that your upholstery and carpets are getting more attention from new visitors. And by visitors we mean dirt, germs, allergens and bacteria! Many people don't know that your carpet and upholstery act as a large filter for your home. Your carpets and upholstery collect dust and particles that are floating around in the area. Studies have actually proven that indoor air can be 10 times more polluted with allergens and bacteria than the air that is outside of your home! Filters need to be replaced or cleaned on a regular basis, which means that your carpets and upholstery need to be cleaned regularly too. back to school carpet cleaning

Cleaning Services

The Natural is the name of our main cleaning solution. Why is it called that, you ask? Chem-Dry uses a Green Certified solution that is also natural to clean your carpets and upholstery items. Ask your technician about using sanitizer with you cleaning during this time of year. When you add a sanitizer to our cleaning process it can eliminate 89% of airborne bacteria and 98% of allergens. New germs and allergens are tagging along with your kids and entering into your home. Now is the ideal time to get your carpets or upholstery cleaning WITH sanitizer! Who doesn't want a healthy, safe home for their kids to come home to. Let Chem-Dry help you achieve this deep clean for your home.

Our Cleaning Process

By using our hot carbonated extraction process your carpets will get a deep clean and won't be left soggy and wet. Your upholstered items won't be wet for too long either, you'll be able to sit on them in no time. When the carbonated solution is applied to your carpet or upholstery it will explode the dirt, grime, dust mites and grime to the surface where it more easily extracted. Ask about our extras, like sanitizer, dust mite anti allergen spray and more with your cleanings!

Give your children and family the best chance to stay safe this back to school season with a Cardinal Chem-Dry cleaning! Reach us at 703-451-9086.


Don’t Let your Business’ Floors Send a Negative Message

You won't ever get a second opportunity to create a good first impression. This saying rings even truer as a business owner looking to catch the attention of new clients and business. Having great customer support is the thing that clients are looking for, but they also review your business's cleanliness. Oftentimes, a customer’s first impression will depend on the look and appearance of the business or facility right down to the floor. It is very important to have your organization looking its very best when potential clients are walking in. It is very important keep your business tidy and organized with coordinating and professional-looking furnishings. By creating a space that is comfortable, clean, and inviting, you are helping to give customers a good attitude toward your company. Doing this is essential but it is 10 times more essential when you are in the food industry and own a restaurant. Be sure your company is extra clean and begin with your floors! The 1st step in creating a welcoming environment for customers, that is also clean. Not only should the workplace be well-organized and free of clutter, but the flooring and upholstered items ought to be clean as well. 

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If your business is carpeted, you should have them cleaned by professionals on a regular basis. Here at Cardinal Chem-Dry we suggest that your business's flooring be cleaned every 3-4 months. These cleanings will ensure that your carpets not only look their finest, but are free of unpleasant odors as well. Maintaining a brand new and clean environment begins with clean floors. Another essential step to maintaining your carpets clean is vacuuming them 3-4 times each week, or more depending on the level of traffic in your business. If your company has ceramic flooring, it too needs to be cleaned by professionals on a regular basis. It is also important to get ceramic floors waxed on regularly as well. This can add a sense of sparkle and shine to the floors, which makes them appear fresh and clean.

Upholstery Cleaning in the Office

As mentioned above, coordinating furnishings are another factor in a customer’s attitude toward your business. Fabric upholstery should be kept clean and free from any stains so that you can have a professional appearance. Our cleaning services offer a variety of services to keep upholstery looking and smelling its best. Every time a customer makes a judgment about your business, they are likely taking its appearance into consideration. By maintaining a clean and organized facility, you're making your business more desirable for customers. You want people to feel relaxed in your space because, after all, the longer they spend in your space the more money they are more likely to spend. The smartest decision you can make for your business is professional carpet and upholstery cleaning on a regular basis! Subsequently, this may boost client satisfaction and increase your customers’ eagerness to go back to your business.

Call Chem-Dry today at 703-451-9086 to schedule your commercial cleaning services!


5 Vacuuming Tips

Vacuuming may become repetitive and boring after a while. Don’t let this get to you. Your carpets need to be vacuumed at least once per week. It will help to maintain the dust and dirt out of them. Here are a couple vacuuming tips that may be useful!

vacuum1. Dust it Off! Before even thinking about vacuuming, dust your living space from the top-down. This means to get started dusting your ceiling fan and then work your way right down to the baseboards.

2. Move it! Be sure that small items are picked up off the floor. Don’t be lazy and try to vacuum around them! Also, look for small pieces which may be on your floor, like bobby pins or screws. This will damage your vacuum and who wants to fix that or invest in a new one? Not us!

3. Work Backwards. Begin in the back corner of the room and work your way out of the room. This also applies to stairs, start at the top and work down.

4. Check the bag often. Bags really should be changed once they are half-full. The vacuum becomes less efficient as the bag starts to fill up. It can also start to leave an odor in your home if your bag becomes too full.

5. Once a Week. Make sure that you are vacuuming all of your carpeted areas at least once per week. Despite the fact that you don’t ever go into your living room, make sure your vacuum it!

Stick to these simple actions and your carpets will be grateful for sure. If you wish to treat your carpets right, vacuum them twice a week! We all know that sometimes you might forget and your carpets may look somewhat dingy, but we can easily help.

Call Chem-Dry to professional clean your carpets when the vacuuming just won’t do!


Protect Your Furniture and Carpet

It may seem like a no brainer of why you should clean your carpets, but here are just a couple reasons why! Every single day you walk, lie down, and play with the kids on your carpets and sofas. Despite the occasional mud and dirt you pull in, your intent is similar: the cleaner your carpets are, the healthier your house is going to be. This is the same for your upholstery items too! We understand that couches and chairs can be very expensive, but they are a great investment that ought to last you for a long time. Let us show you how to keep your furniture looking its very best with our amazing Chem-Dry fabric protector.soda spill on carpet

Consider What You’re Working With

Over the months you might forget about cleaning the couches and chairs or maybe you might just think they don't need a cleaning. Well, you're wrong! A lot of people make the mistake of ignoring the upkeep needs of their furniture because they don’t think it has to be cleaned. Alternatively, they spot clean and vacuum their carpets, and commit to regularly Chem-Dry cleanings for their flooring. But did you think about the couch cushion with the set in spaghetti stain? How clean can your favorite lounge chair actually be when months (or possibly even years) of pet hair, dirt and food stains have built up and set in?

The Functionality of Fabric Protectant

Just like your carpet is an investment, so is your loveseat, couch and reclining chair. Do you recall when we would cover their couches with plastic to preserve them? Nowadays, we have a significantly better strategy to offer protection to your furniture than awkward, sticky plastic. Whether you’re prone to dropping your coffee cup on your upholstery from time to time, or simply just tracking in dirt from the outdoors, protectant can help you keep those undesirable stains and spots away. Our solution helps to prevent stains from seeping into the fibers of your upholstery and carpet fibers. This protectant helps stains from becoming permanent within your upholstery. Our Protectant allows a few more seconds for you to grab that towel and get the stain up a little better. Over time, it saves you money, by easily allowing you to remove stains whenever you spill or stain your furniture.

Protect Your Furniture From Tough Stains

While there are many easy do-it-yourself fabric protectant solutions out there, getting it done correctly the first time-by experienced professionals-can allow you to have the peace and mind of clean, stain resistant furniture once and for all! Chem-Dry’s fabric protectant is a breeze, proven and effective. Using a tough, stain resistant solution that is easy on the environment, your upholstery will stay cleaner longer.

Schedule your appointment with Cardinal Chem-Dry today!



5 Natural Cleaners You Should Be Using

People don't realize the harsh chemicals and toxins that are in cleaning supplies. Some are so harsh that they recommend avoiding contact with skin and eyes, which is scary! Using your own natural green cleaning products will give your house an eco-friendly cleaning that's ultra powerful as well as gentle. However, this list of cleaning products don't consist of toxic vapors and harsh chemicals. Listed below are five naturally organic products that may be found in almost any home that will a great job of cleaning without the chemicals. We've rounded them up in a list for you along with the best way to clean with them!Natural Carpet Cleaning Products

5- Vinegar

Vinegar is a great cleaning product that works well in the kitchen removing grease, but it also works great in bathrooms as well. Vinegar is known to breakdown grease build-up. Grease from cooking gets caked on stovetop, countertops and tables, but do not worry, vinegar is here! White vinegar is a strong cleaning agent due to its antibacterial effect and acidic nature. Research performed in Japan found that the bactericidal effects of vinegar was enhanced as the solution's temperature increased, therefore emphasizing the advantage of using warm, natural cleaning solutions.

4- Salt

It can be used for cleaning kitchen utensils and even clearing drains. When combined with baking soda, it can easily cut through grease too. Additionally, it can whiten discolored cutting boards if used with cool water as an everyday scrub as well as remove burn marks around dishware edges and stains from delicate chinaware. You didn't think that this cooking seasoning would help with cleaning, now did you!?

3- Lemon Juice

If you look at the components found in cleaners you will notice there is lemon in a number of them. Well there's a reason behind the lemon juice! Lemon juice can destroy mold and can breakdown grease as well. That is not all, lemon juice also won't leave behind streaks in your appliances and on your shower. Researchers in Nebraska took a closer look at lemon oil's ability to reduce the growth of mold by applying a coat of vinegar and lemon juice to roast beef. The study illustrated the prevention of mold spore germination and development. Combine natural lemon juice and vinegar and/or olive oil to create a tough cleaning solution that leaves a natural-smelling scent behind in the room.

2- Cream of Tarter

Cream of tartar is actually a by-product as a result of the winemaking process. When wine is made, a powder develops inside the wine barrels while fermenting. This powder stems from tartaric acid, which naturally occurs during winemaking. It's left behind in the barrels and then later can be used for baking. Cream of tartar can be used for a variety of household cleaning tasks such as cleaning bathtub tile, removing rust stains, renewing scratched dishes, and cleaning the gunk off your toaster. To get rid of rust follow these steps:

  1. Mix equal part cream of tarter, salt and water to make a paste.
  2. Rub paste on rusted pan or other item.
  3. Let dry.
  4. Polish with soft rag.

1- Baking Soda

Baking soda is a natural deodorizer while offering an abrasive quality that outperforms other toxic, powdered commercial cleansers. Apply it to a variety of surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom to effectively eliminate stains and even clean grimy ovens inside. Need an extra cleaning boost? Mix baking soda and salt with a little water to enhance that scrubbing power!

Many of these cleaning products can be found in your house. These five products don't leave behind chemicals or harmful toxins for you and your family. But when it concerns cleaning your carpet, upholstery and tile, call Cardinal Chem-Dry. Chem-Dry is all about healthy living and cleaning, that is why a lot of our products are Green Certified! Natural carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning agents are far better for both you and the environment. Consider using Chem-Dry to support the health of your loved ones.


Maintaining Your Rugs

There are a lot of people who choose to cover high traffic parts of their carpet with throw rugs to protect the look of the carpet. But, how do you protect the rugs from everyday wear and tear? Even though it may seem a impossible task, you will find some great tips for keeping your rugs looking their finest. Using the proper care and attention, you will be able to maintain the look of your rugs even in the high traffic areas.

Choose the Right Rug

Picking the right color for your area rug is a great idea, but just be sure you also think about the material that it is made out of. You want to choose a material that is definitely durable and sturdy. Particularly high traffic areas, the rug you choose can make a big difference in just how long it will last. Nylon and wool carpets may be good choices, since they offer a very durable material that can withstand heavy traffic from your family and pets.

Act Immediately 

Areas that have a lot of traffic may also be more prone to experience spills and accidents. Act quickly if a spill happens on your rug. If required, use stain or spot remover such as Chem-Dry’s World Famous Spot Remover to the impacted area. The faster you take action, the less likely the spill will soak into the rug leaving a stain. It's also best to have a professional protectant applied to your rugs too to make clean up a whole lot easier.

Plan Ahead

Protect your rugs by limiting how much moisture and dirt which comes in. Place walk-in doormats by doors, making sure that family and guests wipe off their shoes or remove them. This straightforward precautionary method can be a very efficient way to help keep your rugs clean. If possible, you may also consider removing your shoes by the front door to keep any dirt from entering into the house.

Vacuuming is Necessary

Frequent vacuuming is a crucial part of caring for your rugs and carpet, particularly in high traffic areas. Using your vacuum helps to lift the dirt and dust out of the carpet fibers. So, the more traffic an area endures, the more often it ought to be vacuumed. This can even mean vacuuming daily to keep dirt and soil to a minimum.

Call Cardinal Chem-Dry for all your area rug cleaning needs!


Valentine's Day is Around the Corner!

Have you thought about what you are going to get your significant other this year for Valentine's Day? There is usually one in a relationship that likes to have a clean tidy house more than the other. If you are not the cleaning type, call the experts in to clean your carpets. We just had the Holidays and winter storms came in hard and dirt and water may have been tracked into your home. Don't you worry, Chem-Dry can clean your carpets and get them looking new again without you having to be out of the house for hours on end. If you don't know, we use less water than other carpet cleaners, which means that there is a quicker dry time and there is less time for mold and mildew to grow inside your carpet. Our main Fairfax carpet cleaner is also Green Certified, that is why it is called, The Natural!

So if you are in need of a gift idea that will last for awhile, Fairfax carpet cleaning by Cardinal Chem-Dry is a good idea! Check out these fun facts while dialing our number to get your appointment scheduled for your lover!

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New Year and New Goals!

The new year is here and that means that you're thinking about adjusting up your lifestyle in more than just one way. You place goals for yourself and you are aware that you would like to keep them, therefore we have some guidelines to help you keep on track with your goals from your home to your health.

new years goals 2016Health/Body: We know that you would like to get fit, tone up or set an ambition to run a race but after a month or two that goal seems to get farther away. The toughest part about exercising is starting out. Just put on your gym sneakers, a great start, the hardest part is finished. For those who only have 10 minutes, make those Ten minutes matter and work your guts out and sweat hard! An alternate way to strengthen your body feel good would be to drink water. If you're a soft drink drinker, find a friend and have a contest to find out who will last the longest without drinking soda. It may well surprise you the way a little competitiveness can keep the soft drink away. Drink plenty of water, your entire body will thank you! Taking care of your body is essential but you also may have set a lifestyle goal. To keep your home cleaner or to help your kids learn to pick-up after themselves might be your goal and Chem-Dry is here to aid.

Home: Keeping your house clean is hard when there is snow or rain outside. The debris and water get tracked into your home and gets pressed into your carpets. Overtime this will cause dark lines where your family walks, we here at Chem-Dry call these Traffic Lines. To prevent these lines, have your family and guests take off their footwear off when coming into your home. Of course, if you already have these lines call Chem-Dry and then we can take care of them for you!

A completely new year means a brand new you! Adhere to your goals and you'll be glad you did in the long run. Cardinal Chem-Dry is rooting for you and can help with your carpet cleaning service needs! Call us today at (703) 451-9086!


Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

We want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Cardinal Chem-Dry! We know that spills and stains are going to happen and guests are going to track in dirty snow. But don't let this get you down. Cardinal Chem-Dry is here for you to get those tough Holiday stains out. Enjoy some fun facts about the Holidays as you wait for you guests to arrive. Some will suprise you!

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Maintaining Your House Clean with Pets

We all know that animal owners are always looking for ways to keep their residence smelling clean and fresh, the good news is your search has ended. While pets provide us with lots of companionship, they can also provide the house with undesired odors. The most effective ways to maintain a fresh and clean home is to keep your floors and carpets clean. Routine wetmopping and vacuuming is undoubtedly significant, but it's not sufficient when dealing with pet odors. The natural oils and fur from the pet’s skin can permeate deep within the carpet fibers, making it difficult for vacuuming alone to eliminate the odors. It is highly recommended to have your carpets professionally cleaned on a routine basis that will help eradicate these undesired smells. When selecting the ideal carpet cleaner for your home, be sure to take your pet’s health and safety into account.

We Clean with Safe Products

An individual wouldn’t imagine giving your four-legged friend food that is contaminated or washing them with soaps that contain unsafe chemicals, so why clean your carpets with soaps which contain these same contaminants? Your four-legged friend probably spends much of its time curled up on your carpet, so choose a carpet cleaner that you can feel better about. You will find professional carpet cleaning services, such as Chem-Dry, that supply “green cleaning” methods for your carpet. In addition to this process give a deep clean for your carpets, but it uses all natural products straight from Mother Nature which are safe and nontoxic for your family and pets. You don't have to fret that chemicals from your carpet cleaner are affecting your pet’s skin and all around health. Instead, you'll be able to relax acknowledging that your carpets are actually cleaned by using a product which is safe, healthy, and environmentally friendly. In case your pet wants to relax on the pieces of furniture, there's also natural products that may be used to safely clean your upholstery too. The health and safety of your family and your pets is priceless. Don’t risk it by using harsh cleaning products at home. It is possible to achieve the results you would like without the risk by staying with all-natural cleaning products that are nontoxic. You will not only have a refreshing, clean home…but more to the point you will have healthy home. That’s a little something to be satisfied with!


School is back in session and the kids are no longer you driving you crazy in your house. But with back to school comes, back to activities for all your children. May it be football, soccer, baseball, dance practice or something different, you schedule is full of going from this point to there everyday! We realize how hard of a hassle it is looking to get the kids out of our home on time and remembering all of their equipment. Don’t allow this to get to you or your home. We've got some helpful suggestions of keeping all your kid’s sports off the carpet and into the correct place. Save your carpet and follow these quick steps:

1. Put together a “Drop Space”

Regardless of whether you have a mud room, garage or entry way, have a designated spot or basket for your kids to set all their sports equipment into every time they return home coming from all their practices. This demonstrates to them to put things away in an orderly style. This actually also helps if you are late to practice and can’t seem to locate one cleat or that particular baseball glove. You'll be aware that it's there so you won’t be asking your children hundreds of times where they left it. It will keep the stressful days much easier to have all your kid’s stuff in one space. And your carpets will continue to be looking fresh without all the dirt and grim being dragged across them.

2. Make Your Kids Help

We know that some children feel qualified to receive everything and here is a method to ease them into the real life and help throughout the house too. Sustaining a clean, organised house needs to be a family affair. So don’t bear the load of the sweeping, mopping, vacuuming the carpets and dusting all by yourself? Delegating small tasks to each and every member of your family is often a win/win, as it allows your children to comprehend responsibility along with what being a team player is all about! The kids will appreciate you more, simply because they realize how hard it's to help keep the home looking in great shape.

3. Prepare for Tomorrow

Our last tip will be to have the kids get prepared for tomorrow after dinner and homework are finished. Help them to organize their next outfit all the way down to the shoes. Make certain their very own sports equipment is prepared to go and nothing is missing. This takes the stress amount of early morning way down and it helps you know that your kids have everything they need for the following day. Also, as they won’t be running in and out of the home to obtain forgotten items it is going to end up saving your carpet from more dirt and grim.

We realize that this is a demanding time and we here at Cardinal Chem-Dry wish to help you and your loved ones. Call to get your carpets cleaned by our professionals and you will be glad that you did. Happy Back to School!


Summer Cleaning Schedule

Regardless of whether you live with your significant other, or you run a busy household of kids and pets, it’s challenging to keep your place clean. The truth is, it can seem like a hopeless feat with beds which need to be made, floors that need to be mopped and dishes that ought to be done! Exactly why are you doing all the work yourself? Show your children to place some pride in their personal belongings and living space. Here’s how to do it in a few quick and simple steps-no ‘period of adjustment’ required.

Toddlers Can Clean Too

It is never to early to give your children responsibilities. Even if it just picking up one toy or shutting a drawer. No matter how quiet and serene or loud and hectic your house may be, the same rule applies: if you have a heathy home, you have a happy home. When you've got toddlers to clean up after, bedrooms can get messy and shared living spaces (living room, dining room, common area) can look like a disaster. Do you have a toddler who impersonates the Tasmania devil? Great! Use it to your benefit! Teach them to be accountable for one small chore, such as tidying up their bed or putting away their toys after having fun with them. Just implementing a ‘one small chore’ rule on a daily basis, and you’ll notice the time it saves you.

Have a Reward System

Whatever age you may be, everyone could use a reason to stay on track. Head to your local school supply store and buy some markers, stickers and a large sheet of cardboard or whiteboard or print this chart for each one of your family members. On Sunday make a list of the chores each week that you needs to be done before play time or hanging out with friends. Just be sure to keep the chores age appropriate. In the end, you want each child to feel good about themselves, not frustrated because the task at hand is too challenging to complete. Together, think of a reward for a week’s worth of chores accomplished. Would your kids like to head out to their favorite ice cream shoppe? Or, would everyone enjoy a round of miniature golf? Or, a night at the park with the whole family? Implement an incentive that will motivate your family to do a great job taking care of their personal belongings, and you’ll have a family that cleans together, sticks together, and makes happy memories, together! 

All this cleaning with keep your house looking clean and fresh, but when you want a really deep clean, call Cardinal Chem-Dry to clean your carpets and upholstery items!


Summertime FUN! getting out paint in your carpet

It is summer and the youngsters are out of school, which means lots and lots of messes. Being artistic is a talent, but when your child draws his latest masterpiece on your carpets, it can be a detriment. Some stains take time and effort to remove from carpets fibers, although some are relatively easy. If you have the occasional paint spill from your child’s artwork project, here’s some good news: paint is easier to remove than many other stains and spills out there. Here’s how to fix those paint and crayon spills to help make your carpets like new again:

Tricks for Treating Wet Paint

The overall principle for do-it-yourself stain removal is never to scrub, but to soak up its moisture (and with as much patience as possible!) The same approach comes into play when your child has scribbled their “artwork” on your beautiful living room carpet. Witnessing the splatter of a palate of finger paints can work you into a craze, but instead, run to the paper towels and calmly begin soaking up the maximum amount of paint as you can. Many people make the mistake of ‘blotting’ paint or another substance that has started to soak into their carpets fibers. This process can actually make things worse; instead, lay dry paper towels over the wet paint and give it a couple of seconds to soak up as much liquid as possible. Repeat until there’s no more moisture left. At this point, you’ll have removed the majority of the paint. What’s left will be some dry paint. Leave the remaining steps until the next morning!

How to Remove Dry Paint

There are numerous options you have to remove dry paint, and both require a razor or knife. Choose nail polish remover or WD-40-both work well as a ‘quick fix’ and get the job done until your professional cleaners can come in and thoroughly clean your carpet stains and spills.

• If you’re using nail polish remover…this do-it-yourself remedy is quick and fool proof. Lather up your nail polish brush into the solution and start to apply it onto your carpet. Working with a simple brushing motion (similar to how you’d brush nail color onto your nails) dab it with a fresh coat every other minute or so. The color of the paint will start to fade, and once it does, you can start to dab the affected region with some cold water and a rag. Vacuum your carpet as a last step, and if the stain hasn’t gone away, contact your trustworthy cleaning professional to discuss stain removal options.

wet paint in carpet• If you’re using WD-40…consider it a smart tool to have on hand in order to remove dried paint from the fibers of your carpet. It comes in the form of a spray lubricant and is excellent at breaking down certain spills such as paint. Generously spray the affected region of your carpet with WD-40 and let it sit for up to 25 minutes. Take a rag, and scrub the paint until you begin to see it come off in bits and pieces onto your rag. Scrub vigorously, and continue to do so until it’s come off on both sides of your rag, leaving very little residue on your carpet. Thoroughly vacuum your carpet, and if a stain persists, contact your local Cardinal Chem-Dry professional to effectively get the job done for you.

Happy, healthy and clean carpets are what you deserve…despite how cute that little Picasso of yours may be as he paints them to his heart’s content!



Allergy Awareness Month

There are 1 in 5 Americans that suffer from allergies and there are over 24 million people that have to deal with asthma. Chem-Dry wants to help you improve the quality of living healthy and found just the way to do that. Clean with Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonated Extraction (HCE) and you will see and feel an improvement in your home. An average of 98% of common household allergens will be removed when we clean with our HCE.

If this isn’t clean enough for you, follow these tips and you will be feeling extra clean and allergy free!

Clear the clutter: Clean off the stack of mail and bills from your counter. They also collect dust and other particle irritants on your desk. Take some time each week or day to straighten up your desk area by recycling unnecessary mail or bills. Even better – go paperless.

Add an air purifier: To keep the air in your home free of dust particles and allergens, try using an air purifier. The elderly and young children are prone to allergies because of their weaker body systems. Air purifiers provide cleaner air for them and improve their breathing.

No breezes: Make sure that your indoor air is kept free of outdoor air and allergens by closing your windows and shutting your doors when pollen counts are high! Also, make sure that add and constantly change out your air filters on your furnace and air conditioning units.


Living with your pet and their mess!

Pets are just like family and most of them spend their day roaming the house. Once an accident has happened, it is crucial that it be cleaned up as soon as possible. The more time a soiled area is left unattended, the more challenging it becomes to eliminate the stain and odor in the end.

dog urine removalSo what should you do if you find yourself in this predicament? Well, if the urine stain is still wet, it is essential to soak up as much of the urine as possible by blotting it up with a white towel. Once the urine has dried out, it will become much harder to remove the odor. The place should be extensively cleaned in advance allowing it to dry. If it is already dry, then give us a call here at Cardinal Chem-Dry and we can come and evaluate and clean it.

Tip: A good option for cleaning fresh pet urine spots is Chem-Dry’s Pet Odor Remover. Ask us how to get this product at your next cleaning or call today to get yourself a bottle. It’s uniquely formulated to lift and neutralize fresh, minor pet urine odors in carpets. But it’s most effective when you are able treat urine deposits immediately.


Home Health Study

Carpets in addition to area rugs and upholstered furniture behave as giantfilters, trapping allergens and bacteria and keeping them right out of the air we breathe. But, much like an air filter, carpets grow to be full as time passes and ought to be properly cleaned to be most beneficial at trapping particles when they settle from the air. Getting your carpets cleaned by Cardinal Chem-Dry will keep your carpets clean and you will enjoy the fresh scent of them after they have been clean by us.

This is particularly necessary for the 1 in 5 Americans (roughly 60 million) coping with allergies or asthma. You can ensure healthier indoor air at your residence by maintaining your carpets clean and in good shape through frequent vacuuming and getting your carpets, rugs and upholstery cleaned by professionals every 3 - 4 months to free your household of typical allergens and bacteria.

Are you due for a cleaning from Chem-Dry? We know that 3 - 4 months comes quickly, so schedule reoccurring appointments for the whole year and don’t worry about it. We will show up to clean and you can be on your way with your busy life!



Valentine’s Day is already here! Are you ready to spoil your partner with chocolate and gifts? If not, we have a perfect gift for you to give your love! Whether you will be out on the town or spending the evening at home with your darling, making your home look and feel clean is what you need. A clean home is fundamental when entertaining guests or trying to impress that special someone. Chem-Dry offers the cleanest and greenest carpet cleaning around. We are also affordable and have the fastest dry times!



You won’t have to spend time being off the carpeted areas or the couches, because with Chem-Dry our process allows much faster dry times than other steam cleaners. So call us today to get your appointment scheduled to give to you loved one for Valentine’s Day!


Are you Ready for 2015?

Here are some cleaning tips that will help keep your home healthy and happy in 2015.

Use door mats and small area rugs in your entry way. Where ever there is a door from the outside, there needs to be a place for people to wipe the bottom of their shoes off. If you can prevent the traffic areas from getting more dirt and grim, the cleaner your home will look.

Sanitize the touchy areas of your home. Those doorknobs, light switches and fridge door handle, get a lot of use during the day. Make sure that you are sanitizing these items at least once a week, if not more. Keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer by the door and make those who enter wash up. Kick those germs before they even enter your home!

Have a “landing place” for when you get home. Set up an area by your door for items coming into your home everyday. Instead of setting your coat on a chair and the mail on the counter, have a designated aree with table and hooks for it all when you walk in. This will help keep items in one place and you will always know where your keys are at!

Follow these 3 easy steps and you will find yourself in a cleaner and healthier home. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful 2015!


Chem-Dry uses a Green Certified process that is safe for your family. So on Christmas morning you won't have to worry about the germs that are in your carpets and furniture. We know that you are busy wrapping presents, being with your family, and eating all the yummy Holiday treats, so let Cardinal Chem-Dry take care of the cleaning. We use a lot less water than those other steam cleaners which allow the dry times to be quick. This quick dry time doesn't allow time for mold and mildew to grow on your precious carpets. Give us a call before it is too late at (703) 451-9086. Incase you didn't know...the HOLIDAYS are here!!!

We know that this is what you do when you get your carpets cleaned by Cardinal Chem-Dry!


5 Reasons to Choose the Experts at Chem-Dry

1. Values

Chem-Dry adheres to a set of core values that guide our thinking and lead to our decisions. These values help us accomplish our mission of providing the best possible service to every customer. Our values are summarized in 5 reasons why to choose Chem-Dry.

2. Quality

We are known for quality carpet care at a great value. As the largest carpet cleaning company in the nation, Chem-Dry is dedicated to the highest level of quality service. We combine the brand trust of a national system with local service. You know we'll work hard to take care of our community's cleaning service needs, because we live here too.

3. Expertise

We are experienced in servicing a variety of types of fabric, providing the appropriate care for even the finest carpets, rugs and upholstery. We are qualified and knowledgeable in a wide variety of carpet and upholstery cleaning services. We take ongoing opportunities to gain new experiences, add services and improve our tools as we always strive to stay on top of our industry.

4. Education

Chem-Dry believes in educating both our staff and our customers. By educating our Chem-Dry staff through annual training and required certification, we stay on the cutting edge of the carpet cleaning industry. By educating our customers, they become more knowledgeable about cleaning and caring for their floors, rugs and upholstery. This helps customers make better cleaning decisions and increases the long-lasting effect of Chem-Dry services. Ask us about our ongoing education to keep at the cutting edge of cleaning technology.

5. The Chem-Dry Brand Promise

Chem-Dry will delight our customers with the cleanest and fastest drying carpets and upholstery in the industry. Our products will be expertly applied so as to be gentle on carpets and property, safe for people and pets, and our services will be delivered by trustworthy, friendly professionals. Trust the Chem-Dry experts.

posted 11/16/2014

Chem-Dry VS Steam

There are many considerations to take into account when choosing a carpet cleaning company, but Chem-Dry's unique approach to carpet cleaning provides a Drier, Cleaner, Healthier experience for your home or business. In order to restore your carpets to their original glory, we have spent countless hours harnessing the unique power of carbonation to provide the most thorough clean possible.

Have you ever poured a carbonated drink and watched it bubbled at the top? This is because carbonation has natural “lifting” properties; these bubbles will always rise to the top of your glass. Going along with that, Chem-Dry's carbonated solution penetrates deep into carpets, obliterating stains at the source with millions of tiny bubbles. We have meticulously configured this reaction to gather all unnatural particles and lift these to the top of your carpet, where we can easily then extract them using our proprietary hot water extraction technique. Our proprietary solutions remove all unwanted particles from your carpet completely, leaving you with the most thorough, most healthy,  and the most satisfying clean available anywhere.

While on the other hand, most competitors use steam cleaning; a method where they dump harsh soaps and large amounts of water into your carpets only to try and suck them back out. Your carpets are clean, but not for long. While your carpets appear clean, the mess has actually just been pushed deeper down to be hidden and creates an even larger problem by growing mold and bacteria. Not to mention that all that water dumped into your carpet will mean they won't be dry for days to come. Our method only uses a fraction of that moisture, meaning with the Chem-Dry method your carpets will be dry in just 1-2 hours. In the time steam cleaning your carpets would take we can have you cleaned and back to your normal routine. Once you experience luxury without the price tag you'll never be satisfied with anyone else.

And at such convenient prices you won't be able to pass up the change to have a drier, cleaner, healthier home or business. We can help restore your dingy carpets, but only if you call today!

Posted 10/19/2014


Spot Removal Steps from Cardinal Chem-Dry

It’s always good to have your carpets cleaned, but it’s better to know when to call. Despite the fact that most carpet cleaners won't tell you this, most of your usual stains and spots will come out with a few easy home remedies. Because you are our first priority, here are a few of these tips the other guys won’t tell you about.

The first step is to use a white towel and warm water to blot out the spots and stains. When you're doing this, do not try to aggressively scrub or wipe the spot away – this can fray the fiber and will only serve to spread the stain around. By firmly but carefully blotting the stain, you can transfer the stain from the carpet to your towel. Your cloth will begin to darken with the stain as the spot "transfers" to your towel. Keep checking your towel to see if the stain is transferring. Stop the process if you can't see any darkening. Club Soda is the next agent to try if hot water didn't work. Because of its carbonated properties – which is the same principle behind the Chem-Dry solution – club soda also makes an excellent cleaner. Look often to see if the stain is transferring to your towel, just as you did when using warm water. If this doesn't get rid of it, then it's time to call in the pros.

Our innovative and unique method uses a solution to break down unwanted particles from individual fibers, making us the most thorough and best choice for stain removal. Call us today to get those tough stains out!

posted 9/15/2014


While kids and pets are almost always getting themselves and the house dirty, they are especially filthy during the summertime. We all know that kids and pets love to make a mess at home - especially during summer! Luckily, school starts again, making the mess manageable once more. What we can look forward to, though, is less of a mess due to school starting in the fall. Don’t let the mess be part of the stress of going back to school – let us worry about that.

There are many reasons to choose Chem-Dry like our ability to leave a deeper, longer-lasting clean. As compared to steam cleaners, which dump gallons of water into your carpet to hide dirt and other filth in your carpet fibers, Chem-Dry’s method uses carbonation to remove these unwanted particles from individual fibers and lift them to the surface, where they can be quickly and cleanly extracted with hot water. The best part is that with the small amounts of water being used, carpets cleaned by Chem-Dry are cleaner in only a few hours! Call us today for a cleaner, healthier home!

POSTED 8/14/2014


Sanitize to Reduce Allergens and Bacteria with Cardinal Chem-Dry

Does someone in your home suffer from allergies or asthma? Do you have children who love to roll around and play on the carpet? Unfortunately, carpets absorb and collect common allergens, dust,  and germs that can spread illness, cause allergies and make asthma symptoms worse for you and your family. Chem-Dry professional strength Deodorizer and Sanitizer reduces tough odors and allergens, leaving your carpets clean and healthy and your family safer.


  • Sanitizes home to eliminate unhealthy bacteria that can spread illness


  • Reduces common allergens from dust mites, pests, pet dander, mold, pollen and more


  • Special deodorizer reaches odors absorbed in your carpets so they aren’t just masked – they’re eliminated


Call Cardinal Chem-Dry and ask about how we can revitalize your home's carpets for a longer lasting, healthier clean with our basic, protectant or healthy home cleaning for your carpets today at (703) 451-9086.

posted 7/17/2014


Commercial Carpet Cleaning

Commercial CleaningCardinal Chem-Dry wants your commercial carpet cleaning business, and will make you three promises should you privilege us with the opportunity to provide our services for your facility. First, We will supply your company with the highest quality cleaning method made available through science and technology. Second, service will be provided with an absolute unyielding commitment to customer satisfaction. Third, whether we service one location or several, you and your employees will always be treated as if you are our single most important customer and partner.

Chem-Dry, carpet-cleaning specialists who have led the industry for over 35 years, have provided a superior carpet cleaning method to steam cleaning. Through chemistry, we’ve created a proprietary, non-toxic cleaning solution that cleans carpets naturally and effectively. Its drier, cleaner and healthier compared to steam or shampoo.


The Chem-Dry Advantage:

  • Superior cleaning technology using our proprietary non-toxic system
  • Green Certified
  • Low moisture – Dries in 1 to 2 hours, which helps you get back to business and prevents mold, mildew, and bacteria from forming
  • Safe, hypoallergenic, non-toxic cleaning solutions
  • Leaves no sticky or dirt attracting residue
  • Actually refreshes carpet fibers, so carpets look & smell better and wear longer

So, if you (or your managers) are tired of waiting for your carpets to dry, and would prefer they be cleaned more effectively by expert carpet technicians, we would be grateful for the opportunity to discuss with you a carpet cleaning program for your company. Your call will certainly be welcomed at Cardinal Chem-Dry should you need additional information.

 Posted 6/12/2014


Scheduling an Appointment?

Here are a few tips to help prepare for your Professional Carpet Cleaning appointment with Cardinal Chem-Dry.


  • Driveway - Please give our Chem-Dry Van access to your home in the driveway closest to the entry you want us to use.


  • We Can Move - upholstered furniture like sofas, loveseats, large chairs when possible. We will safely clean around everything else, like beds, dressers, computers, entertainment centers and fragile items.


  • Please Move in Advance - all the small items like knick-knacks, plants, toys, small tables, dining room chairs, breakables, or take off items of furniture that we will be moving then moving back. Please have all cords to electronics tucked away. Please tuck bed skirts and lift drapes so we can clean up to and under by hand. We will be cleaning every little detail we can in your home.


  • We Vacuum - all areas we are going to clean.


  • Please put all animals away in a safe place while we are cleaning with large equipment.


  • Pre-Inspection - Please let your Carpet Care Technician know of any spots, stains or areas of concern. They may require special cleaning techniques.


  • Reschedule or Cancellations - Please give at least 24 hours’ notice. Last minute cancellations hurt your Carpet Care Technician dearly.  He has you reserved so no one else can have that time slot.

Posted 5/152014


Chem-Dry Spring Cleaning

Cardinal Chem-Dry is primed and ready to partner with you for this year’s Spring Cleaning!

Clearing out unused items and cleaning up your home helps us feel better. But more importantly, a deep spring cleaning in your home can help your family stay healthy and allergy-free this summer.

Spring Cleaning Carpet CleaningMost households can easily have a buildup of dust and dirt that is tracked in during the winter months. In addition, germs from colds, flus and other illnesses stay stagnant in your home when the windows are closed. Opening your windows helps freshen the air, but it doesn’t help clear out the buildup of dust, dirt and germs that has built up in your carpets.

Spring and summer can also bring mild or extreme allergies for many people. Over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Doing a complete spring cleaning can decrease allergy symptoms by removing dust, mites, bacteria and other allergens hiding on indoor surfaces, carpets, and upholstery.

Cleaning all surfaces, including hard-to-reach and hidden areas can reduce the allergens in your home. Cleaning blinds and removing unused bedding and plush toys can help as well.

We can help your deep spring cleaning efforts by:
- Deep cleaning your carpets, rugs, and upholstery. Our services help remove the hidden allergens in your carpets, and furniture.
- Applying our Sanitizer and Dust Mite Allergen Treatment. These solvents can keep your carpet free of dust mites for an extended time.

Posted 4/11/2014



What You Need To Know about Your Carpet Warranty

A percentage of what you paid for your carpet went to cover the anticipated costs to the manufacturer for warranty claims.  Warranty claims cost carpet manufacturers millions of dollars every year. And their research shows that claims are more often than not the result of poor or improper maintenance.

So over the last few years carpet manufacturers have begun to tie warranties to required maintenance by the carpet purchaser. Now, just like when you buy a new car, carpet warranties require you to maintain your carpet within certain parameters.  Twenty years ago, carpet mills never talked about required maintenance or any maintenance at all.  It’s a different story now.  And this year the requirements are stricter than ever… and Cardinal Chem-Dry can help you meet these requirements.

But before we get into the new requirements you may be wondering “why is this important to me, I’m not buying new carpet?”  Well, it’s only important if you want to keep your carpet looking as good as possible for as long as possible.  Just because something wasn’t required by the manufacturer when you bought your carpet, it was probably recommended by the manufacturer. And if the new maintenance requirements are good for carpet purchased after January 2007, they’re probably good for carpet purchased before January 2007. And making use of the research that carpet mills have recently put into making carpet last longer, just makes sense.  So with that in mind let’s look at changes in warranty requirements over the last few years and at what is coming “down the road”.

Here are the main issues that the carpet warranties are addressing

1.     The proper cleaning method.

Virtually all major carpet mills require Hot-Water Extraction (Steam) Cleaning to prevent voiding carpet warranties.(this has been true for several years now)

2.     The proper cleaning schedule.

It varies, but as a general rule, all major manufacturers have a minimum requirement that your carpet be professionally cleaned every 12 to 24 months. (Keep your receipts as proof)

3.     The proper cleaning system.

The latest requirement is that you must have your carpets professionally cleaned with equipment tested by the Carpet and Rug Institute.  This is new, and all manufacturers will eventually have to be tested.  But from the limited results so far, the truck mounted systems that have been tested have all been rated GOLD.  Chem-Dry meets this Gold Certification. The portable units have generally been rated BRONZE or SILVER (lower).  Since not all manufacturers have had a chance to be tested, it’s hard to determine an advantage between truck mount manufacturers.  The only pattern that seems to be appearing is that truck mounted units do a better job than portable units (not exactly a surprise) since all the truck mounted units have been rated GOLD.

Cardinal Chem-Dry can help you to meet the necessary requirements to your carpet warranty and can help keep your carpet looking like new longer. The bottom line is that proper maintenance will help you get a greater return your carpet investment, no matter when it was purchased.

Posted 3/18/2014

Call us today for the area's most superior carpet cleaning service at (703)368-5658 or (703)777-1271.