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Keeping your Carpets Clean…

Posted by: Erin Meyer 4:13 pm

It is important to note that when carpet odors become noticeable the problem with your carpets may already be very serious and need immediate attention. The first step will be to carpet cleaning tampauncover and remove the source of the odor and then clean thoroughly and quickly. Once an odor has established itself in your carpet, routine cleaning won’t solve the problem because it will need a deep flushing of contaminants using hot water extraction using a sub-surface tool.

Once that has been done you may find that hot water extraction may not be enough for strong offensive odors, it will sometimes be necessary to apply a deodorizing agent or odor neutralizer. Deciding which neutralizer will be the next challenge because there are a broad spectrum of agents available designed for various specific types of odors such as mildew, food, human waste etc. It is critical that the professional commercial cleaning company technicians know the source of the odor before they use the wrong chemical.

Professional cleaners will test the chemical on a small piece of carpeting to see if the treatment will work before neutralizing the entire carpet. That will prevent a waste of time tampa carpet cleaningand money and make it more likely that you will have a successful cleaning. If the neutralizer works and alleviates the odor the entire carpet can then be treated. If the carpet is not glued down a cleaner will probably remove it or detach it and treat the carpet backing as well as the neutralizing agent to make contact with what is causing the odor. This process allows the team to access any odor issues in the sub floor and replace padding if necessary.

Again it is imperative to have your professional commercial cleaning company to do this work as it is necessary to use strong chemicals in the process and they have the knowledge and tools to complete the task quickly and successfully. Removing odors is a daunting challenge and the main goal is to eliminate odors not mask them as masking them will prolong the problem and doesn’t address the underlying cause. Sometimes the only solution is to remove the carpet but if you quickly get professional help chances are a more affordable solution will be successful.

If your in need of professional carpet cleaning services? Look no further than Gator Cleaning Solutions to provide high quality services that meet all of your needs. Carpetgreen cleaning cleaning, area rug cleaning, furniture upholstery cleaning, Tile and Grout cleaning and emergency restoration service requirements can all be met by our team of highly skilled professionals. Our industry-certified cleaners have the knowledge and skill to handle a job in any type of environment. Our areas of expertise include work in commercial, industrial or residential settings.


Cleaning Carpets and Ridding Odor

Posted by: Erin Meyer 3:47 pm

Knowing how important first impressions are to clients and customers, it’s no wonder thattampa carpet cleaning professional commercial cleaning companies go to great lengths to keep areas not only clean but fresh smelling as well. While most people associate odors with restrooms many time odors stem from neglected carpets or carpets that have been cleaned improperly. Although carpet odors are uncommon they are important because when someone comes into a facility they will judge the cleanliness of that facility with their nose. It is vital to keep odors neutralized as foul carpet odors can have an effect not only on customers but also on office and building occupants and custodial staff as well.

Carpets usually comprise the major portion of a surface area of a floor and proper care impacts the appearance, health and asset preservation in many significant ways. If you allow carpets to develop odors you are inevitably setting yourself up for a major capital outlay for replacement or serious indoor air quality problems that could lead to health related litigation. A professional commercial cleaning company will work with you to develop a strategy to protect your assets and maintain your carpets over time.

Carpets don’t smell bad but odors arise from what’s inside carpets. Food, soil, human or carpet cleaning new port richeyanimal waste and pollen became a source of odor if they get stuck over time in carpet fibers or backing material. In addition to these contaminants, moisture can be an issue. There are a whole host of issues that can produce moisture including floods or spills, over wetting during cleaning or high humidity. Wet carpets can produce mold or mildew which can quickly cause a stench.

Carpet is like a sponge soaking up water and like a sponge it’s often difficult to see that a sponge is full until too late. If the process you are using to clean the carpet is poor in quality it will exacerbate your problem. Poorly maintained vacuums or extractors can leave soil and dirt behind in carpets and insufficient or incorrect vacuuming or improper extraction can leave a layer of soap which will make your carpet more likely to become dirty in a short period of time. Also problematic are using the wrong cleaning chemicals, using too much water, inadequate ventilation or incomplete rinsing.

All in all, cleaning carpets is a daunting task and must be done correctly in order to preventcarpet cleaning trinity odors and preserve the life of your carpet. Carpet cleaning and odor removal is one of the most unique challenges in the cleaning industry. It is the only three dimensional surfaces that we clean on a daily basis. Trust your carpet cleaning and maintenance to your professional commercial cleaning company.

Gator Cleaning Solutions has been serving the Tampa Bay area with complete carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning and floor care services for more then 10 years.  We are a family owned and operated cleaning company that treats each customer with care and fairness.  Give us a call for a custom floor care quote!  813-929-1122

Maintaining your Floors Part 2

Posted by: Erin Meyer 10:09 am

In part two of the blog determining your  floor choices we will look at Laminate and Linoleum as possibilities for floor coverings and what they have to offer.


Laminate can be a cost effective option for commercial spaces. Laminate is durable, easy to install and is priced less than wood flooring and also requires less maintenance. floor cleaning tampaAccording to the World Floor Covering Association laminate contains melamine resin and aluminum oxide that help it resist gouges and stains and that adds to its life expectancy. Laminate can last 5 to 10 years if it is maintained correctly but installation is key to how well it ages.

Laminate installation methods can be different and there is always a concern that floors leave a space underneath and moisture can get in under it and could cause the floor to eventually discolor. Cleaning companies will need to work with the client to understand how to clean laminate correctly which means includes using water sparingly. You must use water but keep it from penetrating into the gaps. Once laminate floors are scratched or damaged they may need to be replaced because there is no way to correct damage to laminate floors as you can’t sand down and refinish laminate.


Linoleum is a durable material and may be a good choice for a commercial building. Linoleum is an all-natural, water resistant surface that is easy to clean. Having a schedule for periodic polishing or spray buffing will help to extend the floors life and appearance. Unfortunately, most commercial owners don’t do maintenance on a regular basis. Deep cleaning may require coating the floor with stripping solution, scrubbing it with machine and removing the stripping solution with a wet vacuum or mop before rinsing with clean water.

Office cleaning tampaCommercial floors may also require a yearly wax treatment depending on the condition of the floor and how much shine the client wants. The floors need to be stripped down to the original surface and three to five layers of wax are applied. If the floor isn’t stripped, new wax is just being put over old wax and will cause the floor to be discolored. If, however, the floor is properly maintained it is very resilient.

Linoleum is very economical whether you have a showroom, medical office or a school because maintenance will prolong the life of the floor.  Whereas carpet has to be cleaned a few times each year and eventually has to be torn out and replaced, Linoleum floors can last 50 or 60 years.

Doing your research will help you to zero in on your individual needs and make educated choices on the best flooring for your business. Each type of floor has advantages and disadvantages and if you consult your professional commercial cleaning company, together you can make the very best choice for your facility and business.

If you need a professional cleaning service or a free floor maintenance program quote give Gator Cleaning Solutions a call today at 813-929-1122!

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Keeping up with your Floor Care Maintenance Part 1

Posted by: Erin Meyer 10:03 am

If your business or office has an outdated floor due to wear and tear and can no longer be sufficiently cleaned it may be time to look at alternatives available in today’s market. Gator Cleaning Solutions correctly prices new job bids and avoids underestimating the materials you need.  It is important to have an understanding of commercial flooring materials and how those materials age. In addition, it will be beneficial to know how to keep your new floors from aging prematurely as well as the required maintenance that will be needed. Gator Cleaning Solutions understands what treatments will best restore a floor to avoid promising impossible results to new and existing clients. In this two part blog find out what special services are necessary to help keep carpet, wood, laminate and linoleum in great shape as they age and experience wear and tear. With this information you can make an educated decision about which floors offer the best possibility for your business.


Like all flooring, the life cycle of carpet is determined by the environment it is in.  Carpet in high-traffic areas and entryways will age faster but with the proper care can usually have acommercial carpet cleaning useable life span of 10 or more years, according to the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) a nonprofit carpet industry trade group. With carpet it will be necessary to do deep cleaning routinely, depending on what type of environment your facility is, for example a restaurant will need deep cleaning once a month where as a dentist’s office or doctor’s office may only need deep cleaning once a year. Whether your carpet will require monthly or yearly, deep cleaning is the key to keeping carpets looking good and prolonging their viability. Your cleaning company will want to stay ahead of any problems especially in high traffic areas to prevent permanent traffic lanes or fading. If you begin to see soil levels build up, you’ve waited too long.

Carpet treatments can vary quite a bit based of the material the carpet is made of from simple shampooing to using dry foam or a combination of products and methods. It is generally recommended using a hot water extraction process with a mild detergent or crystal clear carbonation solution. The idea is to remove the soil with a water based cleaning solution often after pre-conditioners are used  to soften up dirt. With this particular method, dirt is extracted using a rotating power device. The most important thing is to avoid leaving any residue on the carpet which will create a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. If clients are resistant to paying for regular cleaning treatments they may be open to treating certain parts of the carpet. If this is the client’s choice and regular maintenance workers spot-treat carpet in between deep cleanings, it is important to rinse the area thoroughly to avoid leaving a soapy residue which can cause area to become discolored.


Wood flooring can have an exceptional lifespan sometimes as long as 100 years or older according to Builder magazine. It is a very good choice for high traffic areas and requires regular sweeping, mopping and other cleaning methods. In addition, it needs to routinely undergo more intense procedures including refinishing and stripping when regular cleaning won’t restore its luster.

hardwood cleaningClients with wood floors usually redo the process every few years as sealers usually last more than a year but when it does become clear that it is time to refinish the floors, cleaning companies must be careful to approach the process very carefully. You must ensure the floor is dust and debris free after properly prepping it. If that is not done, the floor could be left with dimples when it dries and the job will have to be redone. If the floor is not prepped and the finish applied correctly it will need to be entirely redone. It is best to hire a professional company with experience in flooring to do this task when it needs to be done.

If scratches, nicks or other damage is done to the wood, it will need to be sanded down and refinished but with grime or other residue all you will need is a machine to clean and polish and remove scuffs and other marks. It will not be necessary to replace the whole floor for some small imperfections.

This all makes wood floors a truly great choice for clients that are looking for long term durability and easy maintenance .

If you or your business need a floor maintenance program that will help extend the life of your flooring please give Gator Cleaning Solutions a call at 813-929-1122!

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Keeping up with your Carpets!

Posted by: Erin Meyer 6:07 pm

Research extending back several decades shows that properly maintained carpets can be tampa carpet cleaningsafe and will have many desirable attributes, not the least of which are comforts and well-being. Any facility manager or office manager looking to find and hire a professional, commercial cleaning company will want to be sure that whatever company you hire they have the knowledge and expertise to understand your flooring and carpet needs. Carpet is not static but is a dynamic environmental system that conforms to the law of thermodynamics. If you have a new indoor carpet you realize the benefit it brings but as time passes carpet will seek a state of disorder and become a matter absorber that transfers and traps unwanted matter. In order to be maintained to optimum status, carpets must be cleaned regularly.

“Cleaning” is the process used to achieve a clean condition and effective cleaning is the process of extracting and removing unwanted matter to the greatest or optimum extent.  It will reduce exposure to unwanted matter and eliminate any adverse effects on humans, environmental and other valuable materials.

tampa carpet cleaningIt is obvious that unwanted matter gets deposited in carpet either by foot traffic or by air deposition. Large dense substances are normally tracked in through ground floor entrances and because carpet has a large irregular surface area it holds on to this substance. Because of this temporary containment carpet can help control indoor pollutants. This is known as the trap effect and is only temporary because sooner or later the unwanted matter transfers somewhere else.

Six different field experiments over the last 25 years indicate that a properly designed carpet cleaning schedule with an emphasis on extraction can keep unwanted matter loading in carpet at levels that will not adversely affect other parts of the environment, such as indoor air. The studies indicate 3 important components for carpet care:

  1. The use of soil barriers such as walk off mats at the building entrances
  2. Frequently scheduled vacuuming with a certified and tested vacuum
  3. Regularly scheduled extraction cleaning

Extracting pollutants from carpets enhances the quality of the indoor environment by reducing exposers and protecting health. Cleaning carpets is most beneficial to health when we extract all of the following:

  •                 Fine particles that are not controlled through normal housekeeping
  •                 Biological allergens of all types
  •                 Particles to which other pollutants are bound such as solids and gas-phase                     organic compounds
  •                 Heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, and arsenic found in outside soil dusts
  •                 Pesticides and herbicides used in and around the microenvironment
  •                 Combustion byproducts from cooking, wood smoke, candles and tobacco

Make sure your professional commercial cleaning company has the expertise to keep your commercial offices, medical facilities and schools carpeting at optimum condition through a well maintained plan to protect your carpet and extend its life over the years.

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Keeping your Floors looking New

Posted by: Erin Meyer 9:34 am

Carpet Cleaning (Steam Cleaning): At Gator Cleaning Solutions we carry the best carpet commercial carpet cleaningcleaning equipment available in the industry. The primary method of cleaning that we use is Truck Mounted Steam cleaning. We always pre-treat all areas and then clean at temperatures exceeding 200 degrees.

In addition, we extract using a rinse which neutralizes all the soaps, thereby eliminating dirt attracting residue. Finally, we understand that one of your primary concerns is dry time. That’s why we use as little water as possible and always perform extra dry strokes to extract as much water from your carpets as possible, as well as the soil and detergent.

Carpet Cleaning (Dry Cleaning): For those customers who prefer a dryer form of cleaning, we offer the Encapsulation System. This system can also do an incredible job, especially on berber carpets! We spray down an encapsulation formula, and then run the Cymex machine over your carpets. Within an hour or two, the formula crystalizes around each dirt particle preventing the dirt from reattaching to the carpet fibers. Then, the crystalized formula is merely vacuumed up during your next next scheduled vacuuming. There is no dirt attracting residue left in your carpets.

They immediately look beautiful and stay clean longer than any other method of cleaning. The formula is totally safe and considered a green form of cleaning. In addition, this method is less expensive than the steam cleaning.

Tile & Grout Cleaning: Customers are totally amazed at the before and after results of our tile and grout cleaningTile and Grout cleaning. Usually we hear something like this, “I had no idea that my tile and grout was that dirty!” The differences are usually DRAMATIC!

Upholstery Cleaning: We clean a wide range of synthetic upholstery, including Microfiber. We do not clean leather or upholstery made of natural fibers.

Give Gator Cleaning Solutions a call for your fee carpet cleaning estimate!


Maintaining the look and integrity of your carpet!

Posted by: Erin Meyer 1:49 pm

Many business owners, when faced with what kind of floor treatment to use in their facility, choose carpet. The appearance and feel of carpet can make the setting of your business carpet cleaninglook better while also being easy to maintain. When you install carpet, it is important to know how to properly maintain your carpeting and the best way to ensure quality care and maintenance is to hire a professional commercial cleaning company. Carpeting often is a first choice for restaurants, schools, office buildings and churches as well as parts of medical offices.  A professional commercial cleaning company will have the knowledge to tackle all the different types of carpets and will know how to keep the appearance looking fresh and clean and at the same time add longevity to the lifespan of your carpet.

There are some areas that you need to pay attention to in order to keep your carpets looking good for the duration of its life. Watch out for high traffic areas where customers, clients or workers travel more frequently. Areas from the entrance of your building to the receptionist desk and the waiting rooms will need more frequent attention. People carry in all sorts of soil and dirt on theirs shoes and even with proper welcoming mats there will be visible trails of dirt along the carpet. These are areas that will need attention when vacuuming.

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It is important to note that the downside of carpeting as a material is that it is a type of material that can be affected by heavy pieces of furniture and large objects that are paced on top of it for a long period of time. These indentations can be unsightly and ruin the look of your carpet and also contribute to the material looking dirty and worn out. It is recommended that you rearrange the furniture occasionally and place heavy objects or furniture on separate mats to save the carpet underneath.
Just remember soiling in the carpet is the process of dirt, soil and dust being trapped between the fibers of the carpet. Many times the dirt is so trapped even a vacuum cleaner cannot remove it so even if your carpet looks clean it should still be vacuumed every day. In addition, it is also important to pay attention to any odors that may emanate from your carpet. The last thing you want is a smelly carpet that causes your building to smell dirty. Since a carpet can hold a lot of dust particles and dirt, it should be part of your maintenance plan to deodorize regularly.
carpet cleaning tampaCarpets can be a practical and smart choice for a building manager or business owner especially if they can find a good fit with a local professional commercial cleaning company with expertise in cleaning and maintaining your carpets.  Gator Cleaning Solutions has been serving businesses and residences by keeping carpets clean for more then a decade and know first hand how maintaining your carpet can save you big bucks in the long run.  If you would like a free over the phone estimate please call Gator Cleaning Solutions at


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Professional Floor Care Saves $$$

Posted by: Erin Meyer 9:37 am

In the world of commercial cleaning one area that is often overlooked by business owners professional floor care tampais their hard surface floors. Some owners are under the impression that hard surface floors don’t require special maintenance. The truth is even the toughest flooring material still requires regular floor cleaning and treatment. Although concrete, vinyl and tile floors don’t collect dirt and debris as much as carpets, they do get dirty and require attention. Hard surface flooring can get scratched and even lose their finish and they have a tendency to buckle and crack under too much pressure.

In spite of these facts, many business owners neglect their flooring maintenance for long periods of time. Although they take time to sweep and mop their floors they don’t follow through with true flooring maintenance that will maximize long term durability and provide overall excellent appearance.

This is why a professional office cleaning service is there to provide the knowledge and expertise necessary to deal with all the issues facing your floors. They will know about the floor cleaning tamparight equipment, chemicals and floor cleaning methods to resolve any issues for your flooring and ensure the type of durability business owners are looking for with their floors. Commercial cleaning company experts have been trained specifically in hard surface flooring and the most up to date, state of the art techniques and products to use in maintaining quality flooring.

Most professional floor cleaning services will be able to take care of all your needs from stripping, sealing and refinishing floors to high-speed burnishing to sealing concrete. Whether your facility is a medical facility or a retail store or a restaurant you can expect to see many benefits from professional floor treatments.

The first thing you will notice is improved appearance, your floors will look brand new. This is a huge benefit if your business is in retail and even if you are not, it makes your space more professional and makes a good first impression to new clients.

Your next benefit will be in preventing long term damage by being proactive and lookingtampa floor cleaning for any potential problems before they become more costly to address. A professional office cleaning service will know what causes problems, how to solve problems and how to prevent them from occurring again.

Lastly, keeping floors up to date will prevent accidents like slips and falls that occur when employees or customers injure themselves. The average cost of a slip and fall accident in the U.S. is $22,800. By regularly treating floors, you can prevent those types of occurrences that come when you have slippery buildups and uneven floors.

Gator Cleaning Solutions has a full care floor cleaning service and we can treat any  hard surface floor in any type of facility. For more information and a free estimate give us a call.

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Communication helps Commercial Cleaning Business Succeed

Posted by: Erin Meyer 2:24 pm

In every industry, techniques, technologies, processes and procedures change rapidly andoffice cleaning service tampa dynamically over short periods of time. This is especially true in the commercial cleaning industry. There is no better way to keep up with changes than to share ideas with colleagues and counterparts. While there might be a reluctance to reach out to others in the industry because of a perception of weakness, it is a sign of strength. One must never assume their years of experience will provide all of the answers. Meeting regularly with others who are engaged in the same office cleaning businesses allows for an almost always productive encounter.

A problem shared is cut in half and there is a wealth of knowledge and new information available if you take the time to reach out. Trade shows, conference and trade journals are easy ways to gain new insights and ideas into the office cleaning and commercial cleaning industry. The cleaning industry has really evolved in sophistication over the last decade. New equipment, chemicals and software are being constantly developed. Although it might cost a little to join some organizations and attend conferences, there is much to be gained and little to lose.

Make contacts with colleagues and counterparts and meet to share specific problems. Whether it’s an informal lunch group or a trade association make sure you’re a part of a team. Not only will you gain exposure to new ideas, you will be able to share your expertise with others.

medical office cleaning tampaBe sure to consult with your employees as they are your boots on the ground and are very aware of issues and problems facing your company. Develop a culture of knowledge sharing between employees and supervisors and ask the right office cleaning questions. It may take a while for employees to feel comfortable doing this but you must find ways to let them know their input is valued.

Don’t forget to keep office cleaning clients in the loop. Keeping lines of communication open is essential to running a successful business. Don’t wait for a complaint. Be pro active with your office cleaning technicians and knowledge sharing with your clients can help you head off serious problems.

Lastly, don’t try to hide your problems or issues from others. In most cases you will find that they have experienced many of the same challenges and have either found solutions or will work with you to find solutions that will serve everyone’s best interests.

If your not satisfied with your current office cleaning service or looking to outsource your office cleaning, give Gator Cleaning Solutions a call.  We have been providing quality services since 2004 and pride ourselves in an unsurpassed level of customer service!


Keeping Carpets Clean and Odor Free

Posted by: Erin Meyer 2:06 pm

Usually when the office smells the fingers point towards the  restrooffice cleaning tampaoms or kitchen. Many times improper carpet maintenance can leave an office smelling foul and unkempt.  Office cleaning services can help keep dust and debris from piling up but scheduled carpet cleaning is a must in keeping optimal air quality.

Steam cleaning with professional extraction equipment has become the preferred technique of the industry for a number of reasons but the most important is that is leaves the carpet with little moisture. In the past shampooing carpet was the most popular but dry time was extensive and sometimes carpet would begin to mold if not properly cleaned.  Gator Cleaning Solutions uses a state of the art truck mounted steam/extraction technique which typically dries rather quickly reducing re-soiling and the potential for mold.

Top 5 Reasons to have your carpet professionally Cleaned Every 12 Months

  1.  Almost all carpet companies require you to professionally steam clean your carpet every 12 to 24 months, to keep your warranty valid.
  2. Indoor air quality can be eight to ten times worse than outdoor air quality, if you don’t clean your flooring, clean your drapes and let air inside regularly.
  3. Only professional carpet cleaning machines can truly extract all the steam’s carpet cleaning tampamoisture from the carpet when you’re done cleaning. The results of trying to do it yourself can lead to mold.
  4. To maintain the look and integrity of your carpet, vacuum twice weekly between professional carpet cleaning. Tip: Vacuuming slowly allows a vacuum cleaner to do its best work by vibrating carpet fibers and containing dust in the vacuum.
  5. Carpet lifespans range with quality — some well-made varieties are made to last up to 15 years if kept dust-free and maintained according to manufacturer.  Tip: Low pile, natural fiber such as wool will provide reduced level of care and longer lifespan.

Gator Cleaning Solutions has been providing floor care services to the Tampa Bay area for more then a decade.  We are proud of our level of service and each technician is professionally trained and certified to complete carpet cleaning services.  We guarantee our work and leave our customers more then satisfied! If you would like a free estimate on carpet care/ tile and grout cleaning or another floor care service please call Gator Cleaning Solutions at


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