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., .ur. W... _..._.._. Jim—AWN, ‘. r l 'l l l Mercer Island BUSINESS ? +1 Wednesday. April 29. I998 Islander makes a clean sweep of carpets , By DeAnn Rossetti Mercer Island Reporter e've all gotten the ads in the mail — the coupons for carpet cleaners-promising cheap rates and professional services completed by industry veterans. Unfortunately. the reality is often less than satisfactory. The company charges more than the coupon price for using quality carpet shampoo. for example, or they add on fees for any room over 200 square feet. Mercer Island Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning wants to change all that by pro— viding consumers with a ‘consumer awareness line‘ listing questions you should ask a carpet cleaner. publish— ing a newsletter with carpet cleaning in— formation, and spelling out all its pric— ing and service information, without hid— den fees or last-minute unwanted ad— ditions. “The market is saturated with car— pet cleaners." said Brent Rice, Island resident and owner of Mercer Island Carpet And Upholstery Cleaning. “For every one in the phone book. there are more that aren’t listed. The em- phasis has gotten away from service, toward price," he said. “My emphasis SPORTS CARD SUPERSHOW TOTEM LAKE MALL MAY 8i 3, 1998 Plus memorabilia, trading cards. hobby supplies, auto racing. comics. Beanie Babies, Starting Line-ups, big vintage card section more! Presented by Twin Oaks Sportsbows AZIIGG 0‘29 ‘There’s more to carpet than color and style.’ -— Brent Rice is on customer service and education, because an educated customer is a good customer." Rice, who is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC). licensed and bonded. can tell you almost anything you ever want- ed to know about carpeting, arid con- siders himself a floor—covering expert. “There‘s more to carpet than col- or and style." he said. "A carpet company may sell you a pad for a Berber carpet when you are installing plush, and then you wonder why the carpet and pad wear out too quickly.” ' Because there are so many types of carpeting with different cleaning needs. Rice does a “carpet audit" that lets the home owner know what kind of carpet they have, and what kind of cleaning and care will make it last the longest, which is not as easy as it sounds. N.D.C. PAINTING. INC INTERIOR & EXTERIOR ' ONE STORY $800 ' TWO STORY $1400 INCLUDE PRESSURE WASH. PREP 8- MATERIAL 253 850 0987 OFFICE 1 son 98 7 24HR 0rer Control Specialist urging 8. Tinting Damage Restoration I. Odor Removal “THE FIRST MISTAKE people make is not vacuuming enough with a decent upright vacuum." said Rice. A minimum l2 amp vacuum mo- tor is needed to pull out the dirt. hair and pollen in carpets, he said. He recom- mends that you vacuum each room per week as frequently as the number of people that use it. So if you have four people regularly inhabiting your living room, you should vacuum it Piano Tuning .0 Call For . Appointment 0 Prompt Service 0 Appraisals For Insurance, Value, Possible Needed Repairs. (Used Pianos Available) JACK FLAGLER’S g PIANO SERVICE 35 YEARS EXPERIENCE - 25 YEARS EASTSIDE Brent Rice, owner of Mercer Island Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, stands before his work truck recently. Matt Br . ears/Mercer Island Reporter four times a week. Then there are those little accidents. like the spilled wine at a party, or the neighbors‘ new puppy visiting that re— quire spot cleaning. 1 “Store-bought spot removers are very alkaline, and they don’t properly evaporate when sprayed on the spot.” said Rice. “They leave a soapy residue behind which attracts more dirt." And as for those piddling puppy dogs, blot with a towel and spot clean with white vinegar, then blot again, said Rice. And don‘t scrub. Scrubbing wears your carpet out, and with prop— er cleaning, there is no need to scrub, he explains. There is also no need for bleach. which will ruin most dyed carpeting, rather than remove a spot. Rice, who does 65 percent of his work on Mercer Island, has a power- ful, truck-mounted, hot water extrac— tion cleaning unit that allows him to Make More Money With Our-Indexed Money Market. 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Plus. the truck-mounted unit pro; vides more water pressure, to allow the unit to extract cleanly. “I have so much suction with my machine that I can get a carpet dry in an average of four hours to as little as 45 minutes.“ he said. "Carpet was de- signed to hide dirt. so you have to have power to clean out all the grunge that accumulates in it." Rice adds that because of the shape of carpet fibers. by the time you think your carpeting is dirty, its actually filthy. “If you put a white sheet in your hallway and walk on it for a week, you‘d be disgusted at how dirty it would be. Now imagine how much accumulates in your carpet after a few months.“ Rice’s company offers three pack- ages, from the budget package at 20 cents a square foot to the showcase package at 4l cents a square foot, and there are discounts for volume if you want to have a whole house~full of carpeting cleaned. Currently Rice does all the uphol— stery and carpet-cleaning work him— self, with his stepmother keeping the books in order. “I would like to hire an apprentice to work with me and become 'more ac- complished.” he said "but I don‘t see that happening for at least another year. After all. I don't need sleep — its over— rated!" I ' (Mercer Island Carpet and Upholstery C leaning’s' 24—hour free recorded message of carpeting infor- mation can be reached at (206) 382- 3014.) - Please recycle this newspaper. Wintermeyer to begin foreign service work Charles A. Wintermeyer Jr. of Mercer Island was recently sworn in as an American Foreign Service Officer. The ceremony. conducted in the B e nj a m i n F r a n k I i n D i p l o m a t i c Reception Room at the Department of S t a t e in Washington. DC. was h0sted by A m b a s s a d o r Thomas R. Pickering. the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Mr. Wintermeyer was one of four individuals commissioned. and his wife. Nazlihan. attended the cere— mony. Wintermeyer will be posted to the U.S. Embassy in Kigali. Rwanda. in November I998 as a Third Secretary after completion of language and General Services Officer training. Prior to joining the Foreign Service. Wintermeyer served as an Air Force Judge Advocate. He is a member of St. Monica‘s Parish. and helped teach the fifth grade FOCUS program until starting his State-Department training in January. Nazlihan is a member of the Mercer Island Women‘s Club. ' Their daughter. Eylul, graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1996 and is currently a sophomore at the University of Washington.‘ Sun joins Windermere Wintermeyer Nancy Sun has joined the Mercer Island office of Windermere Real Estate as a sales associate. Windermere has I77 offices and more than 4,700 agents who service Washington, Oregon and Idaho. 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