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Cleaning Tips for Carpet, Wood, Tile & Upholstery

Some Stains

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

Some stains even a professional carpet cleaner cannot remove because they permanently alter the carpet’s color and/or pH balance. These stains include: acid toilet bowl cleaners acne medication alkaline drain cleaners chlorinated bleaches hair dyes iodine insecticides mustard with turmeric plant fertilizers A minimum of one professional cleaning every 18 months is required for most carpet warranties.

Carpet or Hardwood

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

Carpet or hardwood?  Here are some thoughts on why carpet…. #1. The softness. While nylon carpet fibers have long held a well-deserved reputation for stain resistance, the sixth-generation nylons, known as Nylon 6 and Nylon 6.6, are the softest yet. They’re made using an increased number of smaller-diameter, toe-coddling fibers per square inch. They’re tough,…

Why Do Manufactures’ Warranties Also Require Annual Deep Cleaning?

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

Why do manufactures’ warranties also require annual deep cleaning by a professional carpet cleaner?  That’s because of two destructive forces that normally affect every carpet — “Soiling” and loss of “texture.”  Soiling is the build-up of dirt particles and other similar materials that cling to your carpet’s fibers. Despite regular vacuuming, particles and materials accumulate…

Proper Vacuuming Technique

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

It is no secret that carpets and rugs should be vacuumed on a regular basis to lift excessive dust, dirt and food particles and other pieces of debris. Vacuuming is the easiest and most effective way to keep your carpet clean.   However, it may come as a surprise that something as simple as regular vacuuming…

7 Gross Things that Lurk in Your Carpet

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

OMG, 7 gross things that lurk in your carpet! Skin Cells – we know who the culprit is here, and there is no way around this one Pesticides – carpets have been tested to contain levels of propoxur, chlorpyrifos,diazinon, permethrin, and chlordane; after all, you do want that lovely shade of green on your lawn. …

Carpet Cleaning Scams: How to Avoid Them

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

Should I Have My Carpet Cleaned or Just Replace it?

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

Should I have my carpet cleaned or just replace it?  I talk to people about this issue everyday.  You can restore the fresh look and smell of your carpet by having it professionally cleaned if it is less than 15 years old. However, at some point, your carpet begins to look worn and old, and not even…

Extraction (Truck Mount Steam Clean) Cleaning

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

Extraction (truck mount steam clean) cleaning refers to a carpet cleaning process in which a hot (220*), water-based cleaning solution is injected into and extracted from the carpet, taking with it the loosened soil. A heated detergent solution is pumped through a pressure hose to a wand where spray jets force it into the carpet…

The Chemicals We Use

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

At least once a day, someone wants to know what chemicals we use to clean carpets.  Is it safe, biodegradable and kid friendly?  Yes it is! Black Out Removes black filtration lines from carpet edges, under doors and around heating and air conditioning vents. It suspends back carbon and other pollutants for easy, thorough extraction.…

When Can I Walk on My Carpet?

By Lisa Shultz | August 31, 2016

Can we walk on the carpet right after it’s been cleaned?   This seems to be a huge question..and this is what I tell my customers…Yes, however it WILL be damp. We recommend that after your carpet is cleaned you wear socks walking on it so that you do not transfer oils from feet to…