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Information concerning Non-Polio Enterovirus D-68 in Colorado

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Non-Polio Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68) in Colorado

Colorado is experiencing a rash of Non-Polio Enterovirus D-68 respiratory infections which I and many other parents are very concerned about this year.  This illness is spread when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or touches a surface which is then touched by another person.  Colorado has had many children in the hospital which is why I am writing this article at this time.  The CDC has the newest information at the following site which you can check on a frequent basis to see the latest methods on how to protect your families here in Colorado and the rest of the nation.  Here is a link to the site: .

Here is a map of the areas in the U.S.A. where the outbreak has been reported:

Here is an up-to-date link to the States where the virus has been located:

What cleaning companies can do to minimize transmission:

According to the CDC:  Cleaning companies should use a hospital-grade disinfectant with an EPA label claim for several non-enveloped viruses (e.g. Norovirus, Poliovirus, Adenovirus, and Rhinovirus).

Two cleaning agents which All Phase Cleaning Services and All Phase Carpet and Upholstery use which are known to be effective against non-enveloped viruses such as Enterovirus D68 are Microban Germicidal Cleaner Concentrate and Microban BotaniClean.

This link from the CDC shows you various links to more information:

Thanks for all of your Referrals and stay safe

We hope you have a great beautiful Fall season here in Colorado.

Thanks to all of our clients and stay safe!

Ed and Cathy Dillon

Boulderflood -Flood Relief And Resources #Cowx

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Phillip Monette of the Flagstaff House Restaurant restoring a Synagogue in Boulder during the Boulder Flood

All of us here at All Phase Carpet and Upholstery of Boulder hope and pray that all of you are safe and dry after undergoing one of the most traumatic flooding experiences in recent Boulder and Colorado front range history- The Boulder Flood.  We normally do Carpet Cleaning in Boulder and Carpet Cleaning in Niwot and the rest of Boulder County for all of our wonderful clients who we have served for over 20 years.  During this time of emergency we have suspended Carpet Cleaning in Boulder so we can respond to numerous emergencies our clients are experiencing during this unprecedented weather event in Colorado.  I have been putting together a list of resources, but just received several emails and Twitter notices which should fulfill quite a bit of your needs- I will add to this blog as I find new sources of flood resource and rebuilding information- so come back and check on a regular basis:)  We are praying for all of you and know that if we all work together we know that Colorado will come through this weather event stronger than before.

Here are the Boulder Flood Resources I and others have located for you so far:

Here is a link to a partial list of businesses and organizations that are providing help to victims of the Colorado floods:

SBA opening business recovery centers in Boulder County:

This is information from an organization I belong to (IICRC) concerning mold and mold remediation

Be very careful of out of town remediators who tell you  that mold is a huge problem in your home or business- verify the problem with several companies before doing mold remediation in Colorado.

News Boulder Flood:

Road Closures in Boulder, East County and Surrounding Area:

Boulder flood Info website:

Boulder Office of Emergency Management–  Locations for trash receptacles for flood debris:

Map of Where to take trash in Boulder:

Boulder, Boulder County to provide trash receptacles for flood debris at various community locations

One of our BNI members (Lisa Louise Lindsey) has given us a great resource for new carpet and flooring which she has used many times and trusts- she says: “They have a huge crew of installers, estimators and an enormous selection. And do very nice work.”

Scott and Monica Graham
Graham’s Carpet Network
451 Denver Avenue
Loveland, CO

And a wonderful list compiled by another one of our BNI members- Brian Hellwig of Re/Max of Boulder has put together a comprehensive list of Flood Relief and Resources which you can find here:


The #1 RE/MAX Office in the USA!

RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc.

2425 Canyon Blvd. Ste. 110

Boulder, CO 80302

303-441-5664 direct

1-800-825-7000 toll free

303-818-6592 cell

Voted 5280 Magazine Five Star Agent 2010-2013

Flood Relief and Resources

With the recent flooding and severe weather, I wanted to share some information that may be helpful if you were affected by this storm. If you have immediate needs for food, water or shelter, you should contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or the United Way by dialing 2-1-1 from a landline phone.

Boulder County has received the major disaster declaration. Individuals in Boulder County may qualify for FEMA aid for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help in your recovery. If you would like to apply for federal assistance, you can do so online by visiting or by calling 1-800-621-3362. Operators are taking calls between 7 am and 10 pm, seven days a week. FEMA also recommends that you contact your insurance agent if you have not already done so. You will need to have the below information ready to apply.

  • You social Security Number
  • Current and pre-disaster address
  • A telephone number where you can be contacted
  • Insurance Information
  • Total household annual income
  • A description of your losses caused by the disaster

For a map of statewide shelters, pet shelters and activated emergency command centers, click here.

If you were not impacted by the flooding but are wondering how you can help, the following agencies are all accepting donations to aid in the recovery.

Salvation Army
Visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Floods.” You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.* Donations by mail may be designated “Colorado Floods” and sent to:
The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 60006
Prescott, AZ 86304

Red Cross
Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be made by visiting

United Way
Foothills United Way has established the Foothills Flood Relief Fund to be able to respond to the effects of these storms. Organizers expect to use this fund for immediate relief as well as longer-term recovery in Boulder and Broomfield counties. The Fund is accessible online at

Fema Information: 13 Sep

Affected by ? Register yourself Safe & Well. Search for loved ones as well.

Map of Boulder 100 and 500 year flood plains:

Boulder disaster assistance center opens at 55th and Arapahoe:

Boulder’s Four Mile Creek in Palo Park subsiding- finally! Boulder Flood

Carpet Cleaning in Boulder- satisfaction guaranteed

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Thank you Boulder students!!  August is the busiest month of the year for All Phase Carpet and Upholstery and we have had a lot of fun cleaning student rentals this month.  Going into a unit that has not been cleaned for an entire year that smells like stale beer and transforming it into a nice, clean, fresh smelling unit is wonderful- the landlord and new tenants are always happy when we accomplish our magic.  Normally we clean two regular homes per day, but in August we clean up to 20 rental units per day.  Our people love the challenge and always learn new methods of stain and odor removal.  Since we are experts in all phases of the move-out clean- kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, blinds. floors, and all the carpet cleaning, we have developed systems over 18+ years that help us keep the cost down for the landlord and the tenant-everybody wins!

Now that rental season is over,  we look forward to cleaning your carpet, oriental rugs, carpet, tile and grout, or upholstery.  Give us a call at (303) 938-1793 to make an appointment today:)

A fire was averted in this picture- thank you so much for keeping us safe this year Boulder fire fighters and emergency workers:)


Carpet Cleaning in Boulder is essential!

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

It is spring again in Boulder, CO and after a long windy winter it is time to clean your oriental rugs, tile and grout, carpets, upholstery, and every other horizontal surface where the dust settled all winter.  All Phase Carpet and Upholstery has been in business for over 18 years and we have the latest training, the most powerful equipment, and the friendliest employees to assure your satisfaction.  Give us a call at (303) 938-1793 so you can spend your time planting flowers, hiking, biking, and anything else other than cleaning- let us care about the details so you don’t have to.  People call us all the time asking how often they should be cleaning their carpets, rugs, and upholstery- here is a nice general guideline which assumes that you are vacuuming on a regular basis:

How Often Should I Get My Carpets Cleaned?

Cleaning Schedule

1-2 Working Adults: Every 12-18 Months

2 Adults & 2Children: Every 6-12 Months

Household of 5 or more: Every 3-6 Months

Household of 5+ with at least one pet: Every 3 months

College Students on the Hill: Every Monday after the weekend party :)


Have a fantastic day and we’ll see you around town and in the Bolder Boulder soon.

Ed and Cathy Dillon


Free room of Carpet cleaning!

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Hello all- I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving holiday and are working hard over the next few weeks to afford presents for all of your friends and loved one’s.  I know that this year has been very difficult for many people here in Boulder County, and have been trying to find a way to help my neighbors keep their carpets clean while still having funds to give the important people in their life presents or who would rather give their money to help people in our community who are homeless or who are undergoing hard times.

This is what I have come up with to accomplish  both of our goals:

One free room of carpet cleaning (up to a $115 value in Boulder County) to the first 10 homeowners who call us at (303) 938-1793 and make an appointment to have the room cleaned before December 18, 2009.  We will be doing one free room per day until the 18th (M-F).  If you rent your apartment and want to take part in this opportunity- just have your landlord contact us at (303) 938-1793. (Sorry- no mountain jobs available)  We will be taking appointments on a first come- first served basis- so call as soon as you can to reserve your space.

Thank you and have a great holiday season!

 From All Phase Cleaning Services to you.

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It’s almost Thanksgiving! Is your carpet and upholstery, and your oriental and area rugs, and your tile and grout clean enough to show your family?

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

You have been working hard during this fabulous Fall- we all have!  If you have been as busy as our family since Summer, you are ready for a break where you can just enjoy being with family and friends.  With all the great weather we had, we spent a lot of time hiking, biking, and traveling throughout Colorado with our dog and kids.  I just wanted to share all the great pictures I was able to take this season with all of you- enjoy:

From the changing leaves on the Peak-to-Peak highway       


To beautiful sunsets above Boulder:

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From pretty flowers:

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To unique views of the flatirons:

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From the wonderful views from an outlook on the way to Goldhill:



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To the Flatirons covered with new snow and enshrouded in wispy clouds: 



From the cliffs above Ouray in all their glory:

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This was a wonderful Fall, and we love living in the best area in the world!  I hope you have been able to enjoy the phenomenal area that we live in and give thanks during the holidays for all the gifts we have been given.








 From All Phase Carpet

and Upholstery!

If you wish to make your carpet, tile, upholstery, area rugs, or office as beautiful as they can be just call (303) 938-1793 to make an appointment today….

Free Carpet Cleaning Estimates in Boulder?

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Are “‘FREE ESTIMATES” really free?

This weekend one of our new clients here in Boulder, Colorado  asked us why we do not come to their home to give them a free estimate as so many other carpet cleaning companies do.  I wrote this little article to explain why- enjoy!

Sixteen years ago, we decided to run our business differently from almost every other carpet cleaning company in our area, because we did not like how many of the other companies did certain aspects of the business.  Going to every home and meeting with a new client takes a considerable amount of time and is not free- the salesperson has to be paid- with your hard earned money.  The way we give our free estimate is to give a ball park figure over the phone, so you know approximately how much the total will be.  Then, when our technician arrives to do the cleaning, all the areas of your home are measured and carefully added up so an exact figure can be provided to  you before the job begins.

We have found that giving you an exact price at the time of cleaning saves a considerable amount of time- time which we use to thoroughly clean your carpet, tile, or upholstery much better than a company which has chosen to pay a salesperson a significant portion of the proceeds.  We would rather pay our technician who is actually doing the work a higher wage and give him all the time he needs to do the very best cleaning possible. Our long term clients agree that they prefer this use of their hard earned money rather than sharing quite a bit of it with a salesperson who is not cleaning anything.

I hope this small article helped you understand this topic.  If you have any other questions about this or any other cleaning topic, please call us at (303) 938-1793 during regular business hours. Thanks, and have an incredible day :)

Spilled Great Wine in Boulder, Niwot, Superior, or Broomfield lately?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Here are the culprits and their names: Chateau Mouton Rothschild-Pauillac 1982, 1981; Charles Krug 1966-Cabernet Sauvignon; Inglenook 1970- Cabernet Sauvignon;  Opus One 1981,1980-Red table wine; Perrier Jouet  Fleur De champagne- 2000

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Here is the solution to your problems. All Phase Carpet and Upholstery (303) 938-1793 to the rescue!


Here is the challenge- one of these bottles of excellent wine will be sacrificed for this demonstration.  We flipped a coin and the winner is: Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon-1966.


OK- your best friend just spilled wine on your carpet.  How are you going to get it out?

Make sure you wear protective eye wear, and any other protective items you feel you need to do this process safely. Some of these products contain oxidizers and may pull the natural color out of the carpeting- test in an inconspicuous spot before using or attempting any of these procedures.  If you feel you can not do this process in a safe and effective manner- call All Phase Carpet and Upholstery at (303) 938-1793 to arrange an appointment.

Here is the Wine Spotting Guide.

First- blot the spot

Keep pressing down until you can not remove any more of the color- keep on turning the towel so a fresh new area is exposed until no more of the wine transfers to the towel. Never rub- just press down hard.

Please do not skip this extremely important step:


Keep on blotting.


You are almost done!




OK- you have blotted every last drop that will transfer- now on to the next step.

Second-Apply spotter to the entire area affected by the wine spill.


Now brush it in- gently- do not go back and forth, but brush in one direction at a time.


Keep on brushing in the spotter until you have finished the entire area.


Third step: Use a spotting machine.

Extract (vacuum) up all the spotting solution- make sure you keep going until you do not see any more of the solution being picked up by the tool. (Do not use the emulsifier supplied with many home spotting machines- they will only cause you problems in later steps- use hot water only.) Perform multiple dry strokes (no water flowing) to make sure you do not over wet the carpet.


Keep on extracting……


Fourth step: Red dye stain remover

Now you can mix up your red dye stain remover:


Mix 1/2 ounce of Red Dye stain Remover with 2 ounces of sudsy household ammonia and 2 ounces of water.  Mix well and use quickly for best results.


Spray until entire area is saturated.


Gently Brush in the solution.


Place a wall paper steamer or similar tool on top of the spot for 10 minutes, or until the spot disappears. If the spot is still visible- repeat the process. Check frequently to make sure that no carpet dye loss is occurring.


If a yellow residue still remains- apply red stain remover to the area and gently brush in the spotter.


Place a damp towel over the area and place a non-Teflon coated steam iron set on medium to high heat on top of the towel.  Press down on the iron with a moderate amount of pressure for 40-60 seconds or until bubbling subsides on the sides of the iron.  Lift iron, inspect towel and stain and repeat process until no more stain is visible or no more wine transfer occurs. Stop immediately if you notice any dye transfer occurring from the carpet fibers- the only thing you want to remove is the wine.   Stay with the iron the entire time it is on the towel.  Remember- steam is hot- be very careful. 


Here is a picture of the area after all of the steps were followed. I still notice a bit of a stain, so I will do one final step- wear gloves and eye protection when using this product.


In this step, I am using a product called StainZone that will oxidize the remaining wine color from the fibers.  Fill a sprayer with the ready to use product and spray the area until saturated.  Allow the spotter to dwell for 5 to 10 minutes and then gently brush the area.  Blot with a clean white towel. Rinse and extract the area to remove as much of the stain and moisture as possible.


If any residual stain remains, apply StainZone again and follow the same procedure.  Allow to dry completely.  


When the area is totally dry- extract remaining residue from the surface before you let anybody use the area. You are finished!

Here is a picture of the affected area after all of these steps:


There is a still slight tint of the dye remaining, but the first rule in removal of spots is to do no harm- if I keep going, I risk removal of the carpet fiber dye, which would leave a white spot on the carpet that would be very noticeable for the life of the carpet.

I hope you have learned how to remove red wine from carpet or at least that your cleaning professional has to know a lot more than you imagined to do the job required of a Master IICRC Certified Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner.

Have a wonderful day!

Coffee Stain Removal in Your Home or Office in Boulder and Broomfield County

Thursday, March 19th, 2009



Coffee Stains, Coffee Spots, Coffee Spills in your Office or Home in Boulder, Superior, or Broomfield?


Here is the enemy!


Here is the Solution to your problems! All Phase Carpet and Upholstery to the rescue! (303) 938-1793


Have your employees or husbands ever done this to your beautiful carpet or upholstery?


According to our excellent employees in our Janitorial division, All Phase Cleaning Services (303) 938-1793, Coffee spills are one of the most common spills that occur in the office environment.  They are also one of the most difficult spots to manually remove, mainly because our clients try to remove them by themselves during the day when the coffee spill occurs.  If the spot is not removed properly, (at least blotted immediately), it can become a coffee stain- which is a horrible permanent eye sore, usually located right at the entrance to the conference room, office, or kitchen area.  Wicking of the spot on commercial carpet is also a huge concern. Wicking normally occurs when the person cleaning up the spot does not know what they are doing- it occurs when the components of the coffee just keep on coming up again and again from the backing of the carpet to the surface of the carpet- this can be very frustrating- especially when the Chairman of the Board is visiting the office in a few days!  If you are not able to clean the spot in a proper manner when the accident occurs, a thorough blotting and application of a powder called “Stain Absorb” can minimize wicking problems later. Call us if you have questions about this procedure at the above phone number.

Coffee Spills in the home

Oh no- not on the white pillow!


 Of course, both sides are affected.


  Coffee Spills are also a large factor in the home. One of our neighbors called four days ago in tears and asked if I could please come over and try to clean up a cup of coffee that she had spilled on her beautiful near new off-white nylon carpet a few hours before.  She was almost frantic, as she was hosting a dinner party the next day which she had been planning for over a month.   I asked why she had not called right when it happened, and she admitted that she had tried to remove the spot by herself first with a store bought all purpose cleaner and a scrub brush.  I rushed over to her home and was confronted with a very large spot that had obviously been scrubbed to death.  The spot was at least 3 times larger then it had been originally.  Using all the things I had been taught in IICRC classes, and in the field for 15 years, I was able to clean, and remove the coffee spill and all the residue.  I was able to reduce the effects of the scrubbing most of the way, but not 100% as vigorous back and forth scrubbing can permanently damage carpet fibers.

Coffee Spotting Guide

That brings up why I decided to write this little coffee spotting guide- to help you the office owner, or you the homeowner when a coffee spill occurs in your home or office.  Make sure you bookmark this site so if this happens to you, you will be able to find it again! Make sure you apply a protector such as Maxim, or Scotchguard to the area after you have removed the spot. Enjoy!

First things first- Blotting.

Every time a spill occurs, make sure you gently blot up the spot using a clean white towel.  Keep on blotting and folding the towel until no more of the fluid transfers to the towel- use as many towels as it takes to do so.  This is a very important step- so don’t try to save time by skipping ahead.



Keep going! Do this step until nothing is transferring to the towel.


 Second- Determining the type of coffee and additives, and extraction of the spot.

Attempting the removal of a decaffeinated coffee spill can be very different from the process of the removal of a caffeinated coffee spill because, in some cases, the decaf process changes the coffee in many important ways.  Decaf coffee- depending upon which method was used to decaffeinate the beans, may have a brown dye added after the decaf process as the color can be removed along with the caffeine. The brown dye makes the spot more difficult to remove, as an extra step may be needed to remove the dye.  Many people also add sugar, milk, cream, or flavorings to the coffee.  Each additional substance added to the coffee may require additional steps and procedures to remove the entire spot.  Heat is another huge factor.  The hotter the coffee, the more difficult it will be to remove the spot.  The heat enables the dyes to penetrate into the carpet or upholstery fibers much easier. Once you determine the source and ingredients in the coffee, you can attempt removal of the spot with a spotting machine or call a professional to do so- as soon as possible is best. Apply a safe spotter (make sure the PH of the spotter is appropriate for the type of effected fiber- especially on upholstery or wool carpet- the label on a good spotting agent will tell you if it is the right spotter for the fibers you are cleaning) to the entire area and use a gentle brush to agitate the affected area:

Apply spotter to entire effected area:


 Brush gently in one direction only- never scrub.


When you are finished with the application of the spotter and brushing it in, use the machine to begin extracting everything that can be extracted at this point. In a hand spotter machine, I use hot water, or hot water mixed with an acidic rinse agent to extract the coffee and all the spotting solution applied. I never use the emulsifier that comes with the machines- most cause more problems than they solve.


Keep on extracting until you do not notice any more change in the color of the spot. Make sure to use frequent dry passes (no water from the machine- just vacuum) to minimize over-wetting.



On upholstery, make sure you clean the entire piece that is effected to eliminate the chance of watermarks.


If possible, take the cover off the pillow so you can remove any moisture from the pillow filling, and so you will be able to extract the pillowcase on a flat surface. Make sure to place the cover back on before it dries- some fibers tend to shrink, and it will be very difficult to place the pillow back in the case after it has dried.


Third- you will want to apply a spotter typically known as coffee stain remover. 

You will have to mix the coffee stain remover according to directions- make sure the water is as hot as possible to maximize it’s effectiveness.


Spray the mixed solution on the stained area until it is saturated.


 Lightly brush the area:



Follow the directions on the spotter you choose- exactly.  Spray directly on the surface until completely moistened. The chemical will begin working immediately, but make sure to let it dry completely. If the spot still remains, re-apply. Vacuum and extract the area after the treatment has completely dried. If there is still a bit of color remaining, we have found that applying urine stain remover is effective for removing the final stain color- make sure you extract the urine stain remover after the area has dried. The use of an absorbent powder may also be needed if wicking from the cushion occurs. The wicking process is one reason why you see spots return again and again- that is why proper blotting, extraction, and removal of all cleaning agents is so critical.

If decaffeinated coffee is the cause of the spot, then a professional such as, All Phase Carpet and Upholstery- (303) 938-1793 should be called in to remove the dye that is still visible as another extensive step is involved.

Here are a few pictures of the results obtained by following each step in this article.  I hope you learned how to resolve a catastrophic situation that occurs on a regular basis in Boulder, and Broomfield Counties.  Remember, this article is only a general guide- if you are not comfortable performing any of these procedures- call a professional company in to do the job. Use gloves and eye protection when handling any of these chemicals.

Here is a picture of the finished carpet- even the areas that were not extracted look pretty good! We only blotted, and extracted the middle, but applied the coffee stain remover to the entire area!


 Both sides of the cotton pillow turned out very well.




I hope this article was helpful to you.  If you like what you have learned here- come back again, as I will be posting again on different topics.  If you have a spotting problem you need to ask about- just call us at (303) 938-1793.   Have a great day!




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Free Carpet, Upholstery, Tile and Grout Cleaning, and Janitorial in Boulder, Superior, Broomfield, or Erie!

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Free Cleaning for referrals! 

One of our most popular programs is our referral program where you can receive cash or free cleaning for referring your friends and neighbors to us.  You can receive either cash, or a referral certificate which entitles you to free carpet, upholstery, tile and grout cleaning, or janitorial services in the amount of the referral certificate.  Here is how it works!

For each new client you refer to All Phase Carpet and Upholstery, or All Phase Cleaning Services, we will send you a 10% Referral Bonus Certificate when the new client pays their invoice.  How many times have you referred a friend to a great movie and received a referral certificate from the theater?  Never?  Same here, and I refer my friends to many companies and individuals each day who have never sent me a thank you card, much less a certificate.  Our business has been growing for over 15 years- mainly due to referrals from very satisfied clients- that is why we set up this program- to reward all of our clients for having faith in our ability to do the best cleaning in Boulder County.  The more work you refer to us, the more cash or free cleaning you can receive!  If you wish to learn more, please call us at (303) 938-1793.  

No Risk Trial Offer 

Remember- we are also offering a “100 square foot free No Risk Trial Offer” in the month of April for all new clients who own their own home so your friends and neighbors can see for themselves the fantastic cleaning job we do compared to any other company in Boulder County.   If you wish to learn more, please call All Phase Carpet and Upholstery at (303) 938-1793 today!

I hope all of you are having a great spring.  Ed.