carpet care tips

One Important Reason Not to Use Over the Counter Spotters

We warn about the dangers of using over the counter spotters quite frequently on our blog and social media posts due to the potential for color loss to your carpet. We see color loss often as carpet cleaners but it might not sound like that big of a deal if you haven't personally dealt with the disappointment of realizing you inadvertently ruined your carpet. This carpet had quite a few areas of color loss. Since color loss can't be fixed with cleaning (cleaning makes no improvement as the dye has already been removed from the carpet), the only ways to "fix" color loss are to have the carpet dyed (depending on the carpet fiber) or to replace the carpeting. The best preventative measures you can take to avoid this is to refrain from using over the counter spotters and keeping products that remove color (think bleach, benzoyl peroxide, Resolve, etc.) away from your carpet.

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Tips to Keep Your Carpet Clean During the Summer ☀️

1️⃣ Have a shoes off policy. The simple task of removing shoes before entering your home can go a long way in keeping the dirt, grass, and grime outside where they belong. 👞👢👡

2️⃣ Protect your carpet. When hosting an event where many guests are walking in and out of the home, consider placing mats, rugs, or runners throughout your home to protect the carpet and reduce wear. Don't forget a mat by the door!

3️⃣ Vacuum regularly. Vacuuming once a week is a great way to regularly maintain your carpet. It prevents dust and dirt from embedding in carpet fibers.

4️⃣ Spend time outdoors. Getting out of the house and doing outdoor activities is a great way to prolong the life of your carpet.

5️⃣ The best way to keep your carpet at its very best is to have it professionally cleaned. We can can help with that! Give us a call if it's time to freshen up your carpet. ☀️📞

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Carpet Care Tip: Wear Slippers or Socks Indoors

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If you’re a big fan of walking around barefoot, you may want to re-consider. Your skin naturally releases moisture which comes out as oils or sweats, which when you walk around barefoot transfers from your foot to the surface of your carpet fibers.  This moisture attracts dust, dirt, and dander and over time it can build up and become noticeable. Wearing your shoes indoors isn’t the answer as that can track in far more contaminants. The best option is to wear socks inside or to have special indoor-only slippers by your front door to put on when you make the transition from outside to inside your home.