July 2013 Newsletter
Issue: #78July /2013
In This Issue
How Often To Clean Your Carpet
Grandma's Goodies
Power Thoughts
Comedy Corner
Trivia Challenge
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Everyone here at DAD'S wants to wish Everyone a Happy and Safe Fourth of July. Thanks for choosing us this to serve you.

In order to be really good at a job, a person must first understand the fundamentals of that profession. That's why DAD'S Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning puts so much emphasis on training. Did you know that carpet cleaning is a profession based on scientific principles of chemistry and physics? It's true. The ability to effectively clean anything -not just carpet- requires an understanding of the four basic principles of soil suspension; chemical action, heat, agitation and time. We remember these fundamentals by the acronym CHAT.



The first of the fundamentals is chemical action. Water is used in cleaning because of how it reacts with many soils. In fact, water does the majority of the work in cleaning. However, water alone is not very effective on oily or greasy soils. We need specialty cleaning agents to dissolve some of the more difficult soils like food grease and petroleum oils found in things like makeup, shoe polish and ink.These soils would be difficult or impossible to remove with plain water.


It's amazing is how little of these cleaning agents we need to get great results. When
we dilute our products, we are actually using about 99.9% water! If you find this hard to believe, consider how bubble bath you need to make a whole tub full of suds. It's not much is it?
Similarly, we use just enough cleaning solution to break down soils and no

more. This assures that we leave no unwanted residue.  


Many uneducated cleaners subscribe to the "more is better" mentality, so they overuse cheap harsh detergents and leave a residue. This is one reason why carpets get dirty quickly after untrained carpet cleaners do the job.   


The second principle of soil suspension is heat. Heat helps cleaning agents work better and faster. Applying a heated cleaning solution makes cleaning more efficient, so we use less detergent. Heat also helps liquefy oily, greasy and sticky soils, suspending them into the cleaning solution for effective removal.


Agitation is the third principle of soil suspension. It makes cleaning more efficient by helping distribute cleaning agents for better penetration. By agitating the cleaning solution into your carpet, we suspend soils and lift matted carpet yarns for better cleaning.   


Time is the fourth principle of cleaning and soils suspension. This is one area where many carpet cleaners drop the ball. In order for a cleaning agent to work well, it needs "dwell time" to penetrate into the carpet yarns and break down stubborn soils. When untrained cleaners rush this process, cleaning results suffer. We make sure that we allow the product to work so that soils are completely dissolved for removal.  



All of this is why after DAD'S Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning visits, you can expect fluffy, fresh-smelling carpets that stay cleaner longer. Once the carpets are completely cleaned, we can apply a carpet protector to help prevent stains and maintain that fresh, clean look even longer.



We have provided a cleaning frequency chart that you can use to determine when services are needed. If you have questions about carpet cleaning or any other services offered by Dad's Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, just call us. We're happy to help.  

Cleaning Frequency Chart  



Thanks For your referrals

Dana Lester, Tiffany Horne, George Lawton, Michael albritton, Pam Real, Kelli Gunnels, alicia Glenn, Chace Strickland, Reida Underwood, Brian Hammonds, Joe Cooper


Dad's Customer Comments


"No one can beat the job you did! Mike Leonard and James are carpet cleaning experts. i was so impressed with their professionalism and the quality of the cleaning that i had to call the office and tell them how pleased i am!" 
- Mr. Hudson


"Thank you for your quick response to our cleaning needs. You certainly did exceed our expectations in every way. Mike was very courteous and professional and went above and beyond his job duties. I look forward to using your services again."

- Charlie Thompson


"Our carpet cleaning experience with Dad's was superior to any
past cleaning services we have experienced. The technicians were friendly and very pleasant and represented the company well. They took their time and we couldn't have been more pleased. We will definitely be using them again!!!"

- Cindy L Steig


Chicken Kabobs

Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs   


1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes

2 cloves garlic
5 small onions, cut into 2 inch pieces

2 red bell peppers, cut into 2 inch pieces



in a large bowl, whisk together oil, honey, soy sauce, and pepper. Before adding chicken, reserve a small amount of marinade to brush onto kabobs while cooking. Place the chicken, garlic, onions and peppers in the bowl, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 2 hours (the longer the better).

Preheat the grill for high heat.

Drain marinade from the chicken and vegetables, and discard marinade. Thread chicken and vegetables alternately onto the skewers.

Lightly oil the grill grate. Place the skewers on the grill. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, until chicken juices run clear. Turn and brush with reserved marinade frequently.

recipe courtesy


Power Thoughts
  July 4th

"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation and freedom in all just pursuits."
Thomas Jefferson

"On life's journey
Faith is nourishment,
Virtuous deeds are a shelter,
Wisdom is the light by day and
Right mindfulness is the protection by night.
If a man lives a pure life nothing can destroy him;
If he has conquered greed nothing can limit his freedom."

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. 
~Thomas Paine

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. 
~Elmer Davis

The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.
 ~Woodrow Wilson

Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have. 
~Harry Emerson Fosdick

Let freedom never perish in your hands. 
~Joseph Addison

Comedy Corner
Focus on a local business.
Vestavia Residents, wanna look sharp?
Go to Sharp Cleaners.

Sharp Cleaners
I have some really great news for our clients in the Vestavia Hills area. It will now be easier than ever to bring your rugs to us.

A few months ago we met Jim Sharp who owns Sharp Cleaners in Vestavia on hwy 31. We got to talking about area rug cleaning and Jim said that he would love to be able to offer that service to his clients. So we invited Jim down to our facility in Pelham and demonstrated what we do to get area rugs so incredibly clean. He was impressed and we have worked out arrangements for his clients and ours to just drop off their rugs at his place for cleaning and receive the exact same pricing as if they dropped them off at our shop. They are really easy to find, as they are right across the street from The Rave theater.  Also, Jim mentioned that anyone that brings a rug in for cleaning will receive a free tie or scarf cleaning!  
Stop by there with your rugs and Jim will take great care of you. Feel free to call him if you have any questions. 205-822-4686 

Three Rooms And A Hall For Three Great Prices!

We have three different packages all designed to fit any budget. Whether you want all the bells and whistles or whether you want just fantastic cleaning but no extras we have a package to fit your budget. Keep in mind that these specials cannot be combined with any other offers, coupons or discounts. ThanksSmile

Packages Start As Low As $159.95 for 3 Rooms and a Hall, up to 550 sq. ft. total! Click Here

Trivia Challenge
Win a gift card for FREE Car Washes at Marc's in
Pelham, Hoover or Chelsea 
This is one of our favorite parts of the newsletter. Each issue, we'll give you a new trivia question. Read this edition of our newsletter to find the answer.
Which statement is correct?:

Most manufacturer's carpet warranties
require professional cleaning
  1. every 12-24 months  
  2. every 18-36 months 
  3. every2-4 years
  4. only when you get a nice tax return   
  Email your answer to or call our office at 205-664-5559. We will draw from the correct answers and someone will win a $25.00 gift card*! Expires 7/31/2013 
*Come by and pick up at 3186 Lee St. 
Thanks again for another great year. We have enjoyed serving you and your family. As always, if there is anything we can ever do for you, please don't hesitate to call.