August 2013 Newsletter
Issue: #79August 2013
In This Issue
How Often To Clean Your Carpet
Grandma's Goodies
Power Thoughts
Comedy Corner
Trivia Challenge
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Hope everyone has been enjoying their summer.
Upholstery Title 
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What's better than a late after noon nap on your favorite sofa? What's more enjoyable than reading a great book while snuggled in an overstuffed chair? Whether you are spending some quiet time alone or watching the big game with the whole gang, soft, comfortable upholstered furniture is usually the seating of choice.

Look under the cushions of a typical piece of upholstered furniture and you will usually find one or more tags. You probably don't give them much thought, but understanding one of them may save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

As with everything else in your home, upholstered furniture requires proper care and cleaning. Pollution, allergens, dander, sweat and body oils stick to fabric and spots and spills do happen. It's best to clean these fabrics before the soil builds up and spots become permanent stains.

Fortunately, most upholstered furniture will have a tag containing cleaning

recommendations. As part of this tag you
will find a cleaning code. Please note that
these tags and codes are a guide to assist
you in spot cleaning
only. Overall cleaning should be left to the professionals at Dad's Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning. According
to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), professional cleaning should be done every 12-24 months.

Many types of fabric are used to upholster furniture. Rarely will you find a tag that reveals the fiber content of the fabric covering the piece. This can create problems for consumers who want to know how best to care for the fabrics.

Fabrics are made from a variety of fibers including cotton, polyester, silk, rayon, nylon, polypropylene, acetate, acrylic, wool and blends thereof. Each fiber is different and has its own unique characteristics, including how they can be safely cleaned. There are unlimited combinations of dye methods, colors and patterns as well.  

A cleaning agent that works great on one

fabric may produce disastrous damage to another. Shrinkage, browning, dye bleed, color loss and even fiber deterioration can occur if improper cleaning agents or methods are used. This kind of damage is usually not correctable.

The cleaning recommendations tag
is designed to help choose the right cleaning and spotting methods to avoid bleeding, color-loss, shrinkage and browning. Regardless of what the cleaning label states, test all cleaners in an inconspicuous area first.

Here are the cleaning codes and their meanings:

W - Spot clean only with water-based shampoo or foam upholstery cleaner. Do not over wet. Do not use solvents.


- Spot clean only with a water-free
dry cleaning solvent. Pretest a small, inconspicuous area before proceeding. Do not saturate. DO NOT USE WATER.  


WS or SW - Spot clean with upholstery shampoo, foam from a mild detergent, or dry cleaning solvent.

X - Clean only by vacuuming or light brushing with a non-metallic, bristle brush. DO NOT USE ANY WATER- OR SOLVENT-BASED CLEANER.

When cleaning a spill, blot immediately to remove spilled material. Apply spotters sparingly so as not to over wet the spot. When cleaning spots or stains, work from the outside edge of the spot toward to the middle. This helps prevent spreading the spot.

When your upholstered furniture requires a full cleaning, call Dad's Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning. We will take the time to identify the safest and most effective method to clean your furnishings without risk of changing
the color, texture or finish. As a final step, we also recommend that we refresh the fabric protector to help maintain

the beauty of your upholstery for many years.



Thanks For your referrals


Rhonda Lusco, Joyce Watson, Mary-Lou Vonderau, Ashley Senn, Scott Boudreaux,Kathy Bains

, Kelly Drake, Burr Weatherly,  


Glenn Austin, Renee' LeCroy, Megan Mileski,  

David and Ashley Spurling, Tyler Martin, Brooke Latham,  

Leda Mims, Zak Thomas, Bill Wilson, Lisa White, Patti Pennino    

and Amy Kelly



Dad's Customer Comments



"Couldn't have been happier; you guys are great and we will definitely be using you again." 
- Laura Sauceda  



"I thought the cleaning was superb, the absolute best job I've ever had done. The technician got every stain out. I can't say enough good things about it."

- Ruth Bellenger  



"We were completely satisfied!" Your guys did a great job." 
- Job Marty



Linguine Pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes

Linguine Pasta with
Shrimp and Tomatoes


2 TBSP Olive oil

3 Cloves of garlic, minced

4 cups of diced tomatoes

1 cup of dry white wine

2 TBSP butter  

salt and pepper to taste
1 16oz package of linguine pasta

1 pound of peeled and deviened medium shrimp

1 tsp Cajun seasoning  


Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
Stir in the garlic; cook 2 minutes. add the tomatoes, and wine. Bring to a simmer and cook 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Once the tomatoes have simmered into a sauce, stir in the butter and season with salt and pepper.

Fill a large pot with lightly-salted water; bring to a rolling boil; stir in the linguine and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.

Season the shrimp with the Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the shrimp and cook until pink on the outside and no longer translucent in the center, about 5 minutes. Stir the shrimp into the pasta sauce, then stir the sauce into the linguine to serve.

recipe courtesy


Power Thoughts

"The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color."
~ Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

"Summertime is always the best of what might be."
~ Charles Bowden

"summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people. for those few months, you're not required to be who everyone thinks you are, and that cut-grass smell in the air and the chance to dive into the deep end of a pool give you a courage you don't have the rest of the year. you can be grateful and easy, with no eyes on you, and no past. summer just opens the door and lets you out."
~ Deb Caletti, Honey, Baby, Sweetheart

"Summer bachelors like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be."
~ Nora Ephron 

Comedy Corner
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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 

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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?:

  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 8/31/2013 
*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.