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A Word On “Bait And Switch” Advertising

Unfortunately, some companies participate in the practice of bait and switch advertising.  You’ve seen them.  They’re pretty obvious.  They are the companies that advertise “Whole House Air Duct Cleaning $49.95”.  Or “Steam Clean Any Size Room For $4.95”.  Like they say: If it looks too good to be true,  it’s usually because it is.  Here’s how it works:

When the company responds and arrives at your home, they will always discover that the service you requested is less than the service that you “need”.  Perhaps you have “heavily soiled” areas that require a special, more expensive “procedure”.  Perhaps you have a “delicate” or special textile that requires a different procedure than the “basic price” provides.  Perhaps you need to purchase up-sell items and add-ons to achieve your desired result.  Either way, the end game is to make you pay more than you had intended to pay when you initially called them on the lower price.  They bait with a low priced service that doesn’t meet your need, then switch you to a more expensive version.

Sometimes the companies deliberately invent problems to try to force you to spend more.  This is particularly true of low-priced air duct cleaning companies.  Their “switch” is to “discover a mold problem”.  Some companies actually train their technicians to “always find mold” on whatever job they are on.  The video below is an Inside Edition news exposé about this practice, and shows actual video of this training:

               

This is most insidious because it preys upon making the homeowner frightened about a fictional danger.  The truth is that actual instances of toxic mold are extremely rare.  Also, when discovered, mold requires the services of a separate, licensed mold remediator according to Florida law.

At Consumer’s Choice we pride ourselves on matching the right service, to the right client at the right price.  We are a State Licensed HVAC Contractor.  We carry all IICRC Cleaning Certifications.  We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau, are family owned and operated  and have been serving South Florida for over 20 years. 

Get the air ducts and HVAC system in your home properly cleaned.  Call Consumer’s Choice Specialty Cleaning in Broward and Palm Beach for a guaranteed price by phone.

Broward: 954-942-5760
Palm Beach: 561-738-7877

Or contact us by email for Air Duct Cleaning Information

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We Give Guaranteed Cleaning Prices Over The Phone

At  Consumers Choice Specialty Cleaning, it is always our goal to genuinely help the customer and to assist them in making the best decisions to suit their service interests.  We have a community mindset, which holds that when the consumer can readily achieve their best interests, everyone benefits.

When we provide you with a quote for any of our cleaning services, we try to do so over the phone.  This heightens convenience, and also lowers cost for the consumer because the man hours of an additional trip to ‘bid” are always factored into costs besides requiring additional time.  For this reason, we offer guaranteed cleaning prices over the phone for our carpet cleaning service, air duct cleaning service, our tile and grout cleaning service as well as our dryer vent cleaning service and  upholstered furniture cleaning.

Establishing the cost of any specialty cleaning service is never that complicated.  There should be a clear connection between quantity, size and price, and this relationship should be transparent and predictable.

To do this accurately, we will simply ask a few easy questions over the phone to determine the size of the areas to be cleaned and the type of specialty cleaning service required. We are very adept at this process, and it is sometimes even entertaining and educational for the consumer.

So give us a call.  We can step you through selecting the correct cleaning process for your tile, carpet, air ducts, air-conditioning systems, dryer vents, upholstery and furniture. We can also quickly establish the size and number of the areas which require cleaning and arrive at your guaranteed price.

It’s just one of the reason’s we’re proudly called “Consumer’s Choice”.

Get your guaranteed cleaning service price by phone.  Call Consumer’s Choice Air Duct Cleaning in Broward and Palm Beach.

Broward: 954-942-5760
Palm Beach: 561-738-7877

Or contact us by e-mail  with any questions you may have.

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Air Duct Cleaning Methods – Consumer’s Choice AC Duct Cleaning

HVAC Air Duct Cleaning.  Choosing The Right Method...

The right method for cleaning your air conditioning ducts is always determined by their construction, or the material they are made from.  Round and square aluminum ducts are insulated on the outside, so the inside is smooth, hard nonporous aluminum and will withstand contact from high-speed spinning brushes.  Likewise, Mylar flex duct,  which is typically used in apartments and condominiums, is firm and impermeable and will also withstand softer, smaller brush cleaning.

Fibrous duct board, however, will not withstand a spinning brush of any kind and will break apart if one is used in the duct cleaning process. This duct material must instead be “scrubbed” using jets of compressed air, directed at the surfaces in a steady stream, while also under high CFM negative airflow.  This negative air flow is provided by the large, negative air machine. This is to whisk away the  dust and contaminants loosened and blasted free by the air jets.  This is the safest and most effective duct cleaning method for fibrous duct board material.  It is often referred to the “Push-Pull Method”, because the compressor jets are the “push” and the negative air machine provides the “pull”.

Fibrous duct board  material is very porous and resembles fiberglass insulation.  I looks almost like air filter material. So not only is this material delicate, but it is also very prone to trapping airborne contaminants within its fibers on the exposed fibrous surface inside the duct itself. While many residential a/c duct runs are made  entirely out of  fibrous duct board material, even mylar flex ducts and aluminum duct systems often employ fibrous duct board to build the junction boxes within the HVAC system.  And this is where much of the contaminants in the systems will be trapped.  So if a spinning brush is used in the cleaning process, it could not be used on the junction boxes, which are key areas to be sure and clean.

Therefore, any fibrous duct board junctions would require being “scrubbed” with compressed air as a very important component of the duct cleaning process.  This is the case with most South Florida HVAC air duct systems.

Get your guaranteed cleaning service price by phone.  Call Consumer’s Choice Air Duct Cleaning in Broward and Palm Beach.

Broward: 954-942-5760
Palm Beach: 561-738-7877

Or contact us by e-mail  with any questions you may have.

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Kool Aid Stain Removal. Removing Juice Stains from Carpet – Fort Lauderdale Carpet Cleaning

Kool aid removal and other colored food stains like popsicle and fruit juice stains are considered indelible and cannot be removed by most of our competitors. But the truth is that these stains CAN be removed, however it requires a special process. This process is a special heat activated chemical that “heat transfers” the stain out of the carpet.

Kool Aid and fruit juices bond to the carpet because they have vitamin C, or citric acid in them. Anything acidic will bond to the carpet fiber and create a stain. You can tell if a food is acid by the way it tastes. Sour, tart, hot, and citrus flavors all contain acid. These items will most likely stain your carpet and will only be removed by the heat transfer method in this video.

Get the stains in your carpet professionally cleaned. Call Consumer’s Choice Carpet Cleaning in Broward and Palm Beach.

Broward: 954-942-5760
Palm Beach: 561-738-7877

Or contact us by email for a Quote to Remove Stains from your Carpet

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Carpet Restoration and Carpet Repairs – South Florida Carpet Cleaning

At Consumer’s Choice Carpet Cleaning, when you call us to clean your carpet, we can take care of almost anything we run into. We can repair and replace large stains, flood damage, plant stains and furniture stains, no matter how indelible or permanent, by installing a patch or by re-laying the section of your carpet that is damaged.

This video shows the process of doing a carpet section relay correctly so that it is undetectable. But you must not try this at home. We use a special process to make seams invisible that heats the yarn fiber of the pile so that it is soft, but does not melt. This requires a specific temperature and control. Once they are hot, blending the fibers with a carpet tractor to hide the seam will set the fibers permanently where the tractor places them which covers the seam and makes the final repair undetectable.

PLEASE NOTE: Carpet from the closet must be used for this process because the dye lot of the carpet in the closet is the EXACT same as in the room itself, and will blend perfectly if the correct procedure is followed. You cannot order the “exact same carpet” if you are repairing carpet more than six months old, even if ordered from the same store, as it will be from a different “dye lot” and likely will not match. We instead order carpet to replace the closet you use for the repair. Also, we do not provide any patch or seam that must be placed in a high traffic area. If the traffic area carpet is faded, even slightly, the replacement piece will not match, and the seams will reveal themselves from being walked on.

For Carpet Cleaning, Restoration and Repairs in Broward and Palm Beach call us at:

Broward: 954-942-5760
Palm Beach: 561-738-7877

Or contact us by email for a Quote to Restore or Repair your Carpet

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Cleaning Mexican Tile – Fort Lauderdale Tile Cleaning

The cleaning of Mexican Tile requires a neutral cleaner because the glaze on mexican tile is deliberately incomplete or “blotchy”, leaving unglazed portions of the tile’s surface that could have adverse reactions to acidic cleaners.

The video demonstrates the care and simple equipment which must be employed to safely move furniture without damaging the furniture or the tile. The video also demonstrates the application of tile cleaning chemical to the mexican tile’s surface, including the grout lines, and the process for scrubbing the grout and grout lines to achieve effective grout cleaning.

The final phase is truck mounted tile and grout cleaning, or tile pressure washing. This is achieved indoors by use of a high-pressure “Spinner” that blasts the tile with 600PSI but contains and controls the spray within a vacuum recovery dome that recovers all of the moisture and dirt and vacuums it away outside to the truck, leaving grout that is squeaky clean and grout lines as dirt-free as the day they were installed.

For the most affordable and thorough Mexican Tile Cleaning in Broward and Palm Beach call us at:

Broward: 954-942-5760
Palm Beach: 561-738-7877

Or contact us by email for a Quote to Clean your Mexican Tile

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Air Duct Cleaning Fort Lauderdale (Equipment Part 2)

This video is the second in a two part series explaining the required performance parameters of equipment used in HVAC air duct cleaning. Only specific machines are capable of maintaining the constant high-volume air flow required to air scrub the interior of your ducts.

There are two primary mechanical components that provide this air flow:

1) The Negative Air Machine, and

2) The High Speed Compressor.

Each of the two videos address these primary components separately. This is equipment is complimented by rotary cleaning brushes (which should NEVER be used on delicate fibrous duct board material), anti-microbial fogs, vacuum extensions and chemical treatments for mold, mildew, smoke, cooking and pet odors.

This second video describes the the High Speed Compressor.

The High Speed Compressor

It is called a “High Speed” because it cycles very quickly to replace lost pressure once expended, maintaining high pressure at 175PSI in all directions from the cleaning whip. This flow of air scrubs the inside of your ducts delicately without damaging the delicate fibrous ductboard materials in most systems. The cleaning whips knock loose and dislodge the contaminants and toxins or allergens from your system by hitting them directly with a 175PSI continuous blast, sustained through each movement and resetting of the whip. The Negative Air Machine vacuums out and captures the debris and contaminants that the cleaning whips loosen and dislodge in this fashion.

For the most affordable and thorough Air Duct Cleaning in Broward and Palm Beach call us at:

Broward: 954-942-5760
Palm Beach: 561-738-7877

Or contact us by email for an Air Duct Cleaning Quote

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Air Duct Cleaning Fort Lauderdale (Equipment Part 1)

This video is the first in a two part series explaining the required performance parameters of equipment used in HVAC air duct cleaning. Only specific machines are capable of maintaining the constant high-volume air flow required to air scrub the interior of your ducts.

There are two primary mechanical components that provide this air flow:

  1. The Negative Air Machine, and
  2. The High Speed Compressor.

Each of the two videos address these primary components separately. This is equipment is complimented by rotary cleaning brushes (which should NEVER be used on delicate fibrous duct board material), anti-microbial fogs, vacuum extensions and chemical treatments for mold, mildew, smoke, cooking and pet odors.

This first video describes the negative air machine. It is called a “negative air machine” because it reverses the flow of air on your system, literally vacuuming out the contaminants and toxins or allergens from your system by reversing and tripling (x3) the normal air flow and thus the reversing the energy that caused the contaminants to become lodged and trapped in your system in the first place. This machine also captures the debris and contaminants that the cleaning whips loosen and dislodge (which are powered by the compressor – see part 2) in the same fashion.

For the most affordable and thorough Air Duct Cleaning in Broward and Palm Beach call us at:

Broward: 954-942-5760
Palm Beach: 561-738-7877

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The Correct Air Duct Cleaning Service For Homes – Air Duct Cleaning Fort Lauderdale

Air duct cleaning and vent cleaning requires the most powerful negative air machines to vacuum and  clean the air ducts in your home.  Powerful “Sidewinder” whips push a cone of air towards the negative air unit dislodging and completely removing all contaminants and allergens trapped within your ducts.

In the video below, Bruce White, from Consumer’s Choice, describes the correct way to clean AC Ducts.

For additional information or to contact Consumer’s Choice click on Air Duct Cleaning Fort Lauderdale

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Can I Clean My Furniture With Water? Furniture Cleaning Fort Lauderdale

Bruce White, Consumer’s Choice Carpet Cleaning owner shows you ways that you can clean your furniture and upholstery. Sometimes cleaning you furniture can be a challenge resulting in water marks and damage to your upholstery fabric. Bruce shows you how Consumer’s Choice trained professionals test the fabric first in order to clean your furniture effectively.

Consumer’s Choice Carpet Cleaning has been serving the Fort Lauderdale area for the past 20 years.

Call 954-913-6486 today for your Guaranteed Quote to clean your furniture.

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