Carpet Cleaning Tip: Try Using Water First

If something spills on your carpet it can be easy to panic and grab the most concentrated spotter but that’s not always the best move. It’s important to first remove as much of the spill as possible by placing a clean, dry, white cloth over the spill to absorb the moisture. Repeat until the cloth is no longer soaking up moisture. At that point using a clean, damp, white towel, blot the spot until the spill is gone, changing cloths as necessary. If the spot/spill is still visible, you’ll want to move on to plan B, whether that’s using the spotter we provided when we cleaned your carpet, utilizing another cleaning solution like a mix of white vinegar and water, or calling out a professional (the best option will depend on what spilled and your carpet fiber). If you spilled something on your carpet and could use some help, let us know. That’s what we’re here for!

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Carpet Care Tips: Keep Carpet Looking Its Best With a Kitty In The Home

  1. Provide your kitty with plenty of things to do and stuff to scratch, such as cardboard, wood, or rope.

  2. Make scratching posts more appealing to your cat by spraying them with a bit of catnip (you'll want to do this outdoors or over hard surface to avoid getting the catnip on the carpet).

  3. Cover any carpeted areas that have been scratched by your cat with flat, heavy objects (ceramic tiles or rubber mats work well) for a few weeks with the hope that breaking the habit of tearing up a particular area will make your pet "forget" about it.

  4. Lightly spray your cat's favorite area to scratch with a spray bottle of water mixed with a few drops of citrus oil. Cats hate the smell of citrus so this could be a good deterrent.

  5. Block access to rooms that you think your kitty cat may cause problems in, especially when you're gone. Just be sure to give your cat plenty of things to do while you're away to keep him/her out of trouble.

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A Surprising Reason to Have Carpet Cleaned

Experts recommend a deep cleaning every 6 months in homes with young children but not because kids tend to track more into dirt into the home. It’s actually for safety reasons backed up by the American Lung Association. Carpets trap bacteria, mold spores, dust, and other unwanted particles that pose more of a risk to children because of the amount of time they tend to spend on the floor playing. Having your carpets professionally cleaned on a regular basis is a key way to maintain a safe play space for your loved ones.

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Vacuuming 101

Vacuum Tips

Time is precious so here are 5 ways to make the most of your time when vacuuming:

1. Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter. These filters are very efficient at removing pollutants for the carpet. They are especially helpful for people who have allergies and/or pets.

2. Vacuum regularly, at least once a week, or twice a week (if not more) if you have kids or pets in the home.

3. Before you start vacuuming, make sure that the bag/canister is empty. Starting with a full bag/canister will impede the effectiveness of the vacuum. It is also advantageous to replace the filter when needed.

4. Don't forget the corners when you are vacuuming. Pollutants like dirt, dust, pet dander, and other debris like to hide in corners that are hard to reach. If your vacuum has attachments, this would be the perfect opportunity to make use of them!

5. When you are vacuuming, it can be helpful to go over the areas multiple times in different directions. This makes it possible for the vacuum cleaner to pull hidden particles out of the carpet that may have been trapped underneath the fibers.

How do you maintain carpet?

Frequently Asked Questions

THERE ARE A FEW KEY COMPONENTS OF CARPET MAINTENANCE:

  1. VACUUM YOU CARPET THOROUGHLY & REGULARLY, AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK (TWICE IF YOU HAVE KIDS OR PETS).

  2. CLEAN UP SPILLS IMMEDIATELY.

  3. SCHEDULE A PROFESSIONAL CLEANING EVERY 6-18 MONTHS.

  4. AVOID UNSAFE SPOTTERS.

  5. USE A DOORMAT.

  6. HAVE FABRIC PROTECTOR PROFESSIONALLY APPLIED.

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Carpet Cleaning Lingo: Traffic Areas

Traffic Areas Defined

When you call to make a carpet cleaning appointment, you'll likely hear the term "traffic areas." You'll see that phrase used frequently in online articles about carpet care as well. These areas tend to show soil and wear more quickly because they are used the most often. If you're ready to freshen up the traffic areas of your home, let us know. We can help!

Carpet Care Tip: Avoid DIY Carpet Cleaning Machines

Carpet Care Tip Avoid DIY Machines

DIY (Do it yourself) carpet cleaning machines bring to mind the saying “if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Advertisements make them look easy to use and more economical but in reality they oftentimes cause more harm than good. Home carpet cleaning machines lack the power truck mounted units provide, and with limited extraction ability, the carpet can easily be left too wet and full of solution. This can be disastrous as carpet that is overwet can mildew, grow mold, and the damage can permeate the padding and into the subfloor as well, which would result in the need for replacement (which costs $$$). Other issues lie with the products used in conjunction with the machine and the human error when using it. Carpet cleaning is a science that heavily relies on chemistry. Using the wrong chemical or mixing chemicals can result in permanent discolorations caused by the cleaning processes and set in stains that would have been able to be removed by a cleaning professional. They’re also time consuming to use so they’re not as economical as they appear to be when you factor that in. If you’ve had a mishap from a home carpet cleaning machine or want to save yourself the time/money/effort/panic by booking a professional cleaning, let us know. We can help!