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Cleaning Tips for Carpet, Wood, Tile & Upholstery

Water Wicking

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

Brown Spots on My Carpet After the Cleaner Leaves?

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

Why oh why does this happen? This is called wicking. What is wicking? The act of moving moisture by capillary action from the inside to the surface (the free dictionary). So what does this mean to you? Or me? So, your carpet is dirty (so is mine). Actually dirtier than you think. Way down deep,…

Carpet Color

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

Carpets warm a home by adding color, pattern, and texture. Regular vacuuming provides the first line of defense against dirt and grit that damages carpet fibers. But carpets also need regular cleaning to keep them looking their best. Plan to thoroughly clean your carpets every 12 to 18 months, more often in high-traffic areas. If…

How Often Should I Have My Carpets Cleaned?

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

To get the most life out of your carpet, you’ll want to have it cleaned BEFORE it starts to show signs of wear. Having your carpets cleaned is a chore that usually falls into the same category as spring cleaning: not very fun to do, but necessary, and should occur with at least the same…

Carpet Padding

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

Foam padding (urethane)  This type of pad is very inexpensive and lightweight. If a retail store tries to give you free pad with your carpet purchase, just say “No thank you”. This type of padding will not tolerate much traffic. It will soon become completely flat as a pancake after a year or so. This…

Carpet Grades Explained

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

There are at least, if not more; 3 grades of low-end carpets designed for apartments, rental property and is typically called “builders Grade” carpet. These low-cost carpets are only designed to last 3 to 5 years at best. The face weights are generally 22 ounces to 30 ounces. Prices range from $8 per square yard…

Different Types of Carpets

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

Easy Tips for Asthma and Allergy Friendly Carpet Cleaning

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

While watching TV, I noticed a new commercial for a national carpet cleaning company claiming to be the first asthma & allergy friendly™ certified carpet cleaner.  Based on these criteria it would appear that only the products and procedures, rather than the individual cleaning technicians performing the work, are receiving the certification.   The effectiveness of…

What is Hot Water Extraction?

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

In the hot water extraction method, hot water is essentially sprayed on the carpet and then sucked back into the machine, along with any dirt that was in the carpet. There is usually a cleaning solution added into the water to assist in the removal of stains. The primary method of carpet cleaning recommended by…

Filtration

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

There are black lines forming on my carpet along the walls, under doors, around air vents, and along the edges of my stairs, how come? You are likely having a problem known as filtration soiling. What causes it? Filtration soiling occurs because of air being forced into the room or space at a higher rate…

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