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More Things To Know About Your Carpet Cleaner

Welcome back to our two part series about finding the right carpet cleaner for your home. If you missed our first article on the subject, you can find it here. These are a few more tips on ways to vet potential carpet cleaners before hiring them and avoiding the mistake of hiring a cleaner that will do poor work. 1. Price Many people’s main consideration when looking for a service or product is the price. However, this is a dangerous game when it comes to carpet cleaners. If a company offers you a cheap price, you risk one of two problems by taking them up on it- they may do poor work, or they may end up added last minute fees to the original quote. Always ask the company if there are any additional fees you should know about before agreeing to have work done.   2. Cleaning Method Different companies will have different methods for cleaning your carpet, but at a bare minimum their method should include the five main principles of carpet cleaning as outlined by the IICRC.   Dry Soil Removal This is usually accomplished through vacuuming before other cleaning equipment is employed.   Soil Suspension This is the use of a pretreatment to “suspend” soils from the carpet fibers. Often the pretreatment is laid out, the carpet fibers are agitated to spread the treatment, and then the treatment is left to stand for a while so that the chemical reaction can be completed.   Soil Extraction After the soil has been suspended, it’s then extracted. There are a few ways of doing this, but the most common is through steam cleaning.   Grooming Grooming helps promote the continued performance of your [...]

By | May 31st, 2016|Carpet Care, Rug Cleaning|Comments Off on More Things To Know About Your Carpet Cleaner

Things You Should Know About Your Carpet Cleaner

Carpet cleaning companies are a dime a dozen, but they’re not all the same. Choosing the wrong company has left many homeowners disappointed, and in need of having the work redone. Make the right call the first time by finding out these three things about a carpet cleaner before you hire them.   1. Certifications Most professional carpet cleaners are professionally certified, and it’s worth asking if this is the case for all the cleaners your company of choice employs. Look for certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration- the most well known training school for these types of professionals. If the workers are not properly trained, it may show through in their quality of work. Don’t be afraid to move on if the answer to this question is no.   2. Licensure and/or Insurance Different states have different licensure requirements for carpet cleaners. Find out what your state requires, and then ask about whether or not the company you are thinking of hiring has the necessary license.   If your state does not require carpet cleaners to hold licenses, insurance can be a great tip off for the legitimacy of a company. Anyone you hire to work in your home should have appropriate insurance to protect themselves as well as their customers.   3. Reviews and Testimonials The best way to know if any company is good is to talk to someone that has worked with them. Reach out to friends, family or coworkers and ask about who they’ve hired to clean their carpets. Ask for their feelings about how the work was conducted, and if they liked the result.   Barring that, online reviews can give you some idea of a [...]

By | May 29th, 2016|Carpet Care, Rug Cleaning|Comments Off on Things You Should Know About Your Carpet Cleaner

Taking Good Care of Your Office Carpet

While commercial carpets are often much sturdier than residential carpet, they still need to be properly maintained in order to live a long, attractive life. Office carpets put up with a lot of abuse day in and day out, and this can take quite the toll on them if they are not being cleaned on a regular basis. The dirt trapped in your carpet is constantly agitating the carpet fibers with the help of all that foot traffic, which causes the carpet to wear more quickly than it otherwise would. So how do you prevent premature carpet wear? To prevent holey and balding carpeting, your office floor will need a bit more TLC than your carpets at home. Make sure that you are calling in professional cleaners at least every 6 months. If your office is particularly busy, you may need to clean them more often. As well, make sure that you’re taking good care of your carpets between carpet cleanings. Vacuuming every day will keep the dirt and grime at bay, and prevent surface dirt from becoming deeply embedded in your carpet fibers. In the long run, regular carpet cleanings will save you a lot of money on costly replacement carpet. Commercial carpeting is expensive! Don’t buy it sooner than you need to. Hire the professionals at Cleanville Carpetcare that know how to treat your carpet properly. We know what it takes to get the most life out of your carpets, and we go above and beyond the call of duty so that every customer is satisfied with their experience. You don’t cut corners in your business, so don’t hire carpet cleaners that do. Articles with this disclaimer may not represent the beliefs or core values [...]

By | May 27th, 2016|Carpet Care, Rug Cleaning|Comments Off on Taking Good Care of Your Office Carpet

5 Steps to Prevent Water Damage and Mold

Moisture. It’s the worst nemesis of most flooring types and an annoying (and costly) issue for many homeowners. It doesn’t take that much water for mold to start forming, and mold can be dangerous to your home and your health. Carpets can be particularly vulnerable and carpet mold can remain undetected for quite a while. So how can you and your family protect yourselves from mold and water related damage? Here are a few tips for dealing with moisture and keeping it out of your carpets.   1. Clean And Dry Water Damage Immediately When water damage strikes, it’s important to move quickly. Soak up as much of the water as possible with a wet/dry vacuum and absorbent towels. If you don’t have a vacuum that will work, you can often rent them from carpet cleaning companies. Put out fans to dry the affected area as quickly as possible. Large amounts of water damage may require scrubbing with carpet cleaner and bleach to remove mold that may be forming under the carpet.   2. Remove All Furniture from the Room Mold can form on or under your furniture, so be sure to clear the room of furniture and rugs after a flood. Check the condition of your rugs and furniture. Then clean them thoroughly to combat mold and remove any grime that may have been present in the water. Return furniture to the room only after the carpet has had time to dry.   3. Get a Dehumidifier A dehumidifier will help create an arid environment indoors that will allow the carpet to dry more quickly and prevent the formation of mold and mildew.   4. Steam Clean Your Carpet After excessive water damage has taken place, [...]

By | May 25th, 2016|Carpet Care, Rug Cleaning|Comments Off on 5 Steps to Prevent Water Damage and Mold

7 Steps to a Clean Rug: Part 2

Welcome back to our two part series on cleaning and maintaining your rugs. If you have not read our first article in this series, 7 Steps to a Clean Rug: Part 1, make sure you check out that page first. Here are the last 3 steps you need to know to properly clean your area rug at home. 5. Remove Excess Water Before you lay your rug out to dry, you should get as much water out of the rug as possible. A rubber window squeegee is a great tool to use for this. Carefully squeeze the water out of your carpet, always pulling with the rug’s nap, never against it. Once you no longer see water being forced out, you are done.   6. Lay Flat to Dry Once all excess water is removed, lay the rug out to dry, rotating once to make sure the front and back both dry fully. Do not replace the carpet until it has dried completely.   7. Gently Brush Out Fibers Once after a rug dries the fibers are left stiff and feeling different than they were before. If the fibers of your rug feel stiff, you can brush them out with a soft brush or vacuum it to loosen them again. Over time, the fibers will loosen (and soften) right up.   Once you’ve completed all these steps, return your rug to the appropriate room and enjoy how clean and vibrant it looks and feels again! For more helpful home cleaning tips, check out our other articles. Need help cleaning your carpets? Don’t have the time or the space to clean your rugs properly? For full service carpet and stone cleaning, contact Cleanville in Salt Lake [...]

By | May 21st, 2016|Carpet Care, Rug Cleaning|Comments Off on 7 Steps to a Clean Rug: Part 2

7 Steps to a Clean Rug: Part 1

It’s time for some spring cleaning, and there’s no better place to start than with your carpet. If you’ve got an area rug somewhere in your home, we’d like to show you how you can clean it yourself, and get a little bit of that nice feeling that comes from freshly shampooed carpets. While regular vacuuming is recommended to keep your rug clean and allergen free, you should only have to deep clean your rug every 12 to 18 months. Here are the first 4 steps to a clean rug and a cleaner home.     1. Vacuum and Prepare the Rug Start by removing all of the loose dirt and dust from your carpet. Vacuum it on both sides to prepare it for washing. Move the rug outside or to another area where you’ll be able to wash and rinse it without damaging nearby flooring.   2. Mix Your Cleaning Agent and Test It Whether you choose a professional carpet shampoo from the store or a simple mixture made with a mild household cleaning agent and cold water, always test it on a small piece of carpet before proceeding. Check for color fading and bleeding on your spot test. If it comes out without any negative side effects, it’s time to clean the carpet.   3. Scrub Using a soft brush or a firm sponge, scrub the cleaning agent deep into your carpet until you work it into a lather. Allow the rug to soak like this for a few minutes before rinsing.   4. Rinse Rinse the carpet thoroughly with a hose until the water runs clear.You’re not done yet! Make sure to check out 7 Steps to a Clean Rug: Part 2 of [...]

By | May 19th, 2016|Carpet Care, Rug Cleaning|Comments Off on 7 Steps to a Clean Rug: Part 1

How Often Should I Have My Carpet Professionally Cleaned?

Carpet cleaning is important not just for keeping your home feeling fresh and clean, but also for keeping your carpet in the best shape possible for the longest period of time. Improper maintenance of your carpet can actually cause you to need to replace it sooner, so it’s important to stay on top of it. But just how often do you need a professional deep clean? There are a few factors that go into knowing when it’s time to hire someone to clean your carpets. 1. Clean Your Carpets Before They Start Looking Gross Your carpets are dirtier than they appear, and by the time you can see the wear they're already overdue for a clean.   2. Clean Your Carpets as Often as Your Warranty Dictates If you have a warranty on your carpet, make sure to check how often you are required to have your carpet cleaned in order to maintain that warranty. Often, warranties will require you to have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year, but it may change from manufacturer to manufacturer.   3. Clean Your Carpets More Often if You Have and/or Pets If you have children or pets in your home, you’ll need to clean your carpets every 6 to 12 months to keep them well maintained.  Between cleanings, be sure that you are vacuuming frequently to deal with the hair and dander that your pets leave behind. If your pets are not yet house trained and have frequent accidents, you’ll need to have your carpets done even more frequently to prevent permanent damage and unpleasant odors.   4. Clean Your Carpets Based on Your Foot Traffic One of the best ways to know how frequently you [...]

By | May 15th, 2016|Carpet Care, Carpet Cleaning|Comments Off on How Often Should I Have My Carpet Professionally Cleaned?

Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tips: Part 2

In our last article, we discussed some of the preliminary steps of cleaning and maintaining your hardwood floors. In this article, we’ll talk about choosing the right cleaning method for your hardwood floors. Remember, if you are unsure about what type of flooring you have or concerned about damaging your floors with the wrong treatment, it’s always a good idea to hire a professional to avoid costly mistakes.     Like we discussed in our last article, the cleaning method that will work best for your hardwood floors depends primarily on what kind of treatment your flooring recieved when it was put down. These are some of the common treatments used on floors along with the recommended cleaning methods. 1. Well Finished Floors Well finished floors are often found in kitchens because their multiple coats of finish make them more water resistant than other types of hardwood. For this reason, water-based cleaners are safe and effective for use on these floors. If you live in a more humid environment, set out fans to speed up the drying process once you’ve cleaned your floors.   2. New Floor Finishes New floor finishes need to be handled with care so as to not fade or dull them over time. Use a mild PH neutral cleaner such as Wood Wash to get an excellent clean without damaging the finish.   3. Prefinished Floors Prefinished floors can be cleaned with the same cleaners as the previous two floors, but more care needs to be taken when cleaning them. Never wet mop a prefinished floor, as the liquid may get down into the seams on the finish and damage the wood. Instead, damp mop the floor and then quickly buff [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|Hardwood Floors|Comments Off on Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tips: Part 2

Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tips: Part 1

We love hardwood floors- they’re gorgeous, timeless, and durable. But cleaning them correctly can sometimes be confusing, and if you do it incorrectly it can have costly consequences. We’ve gathered a few tips to help guide you through the process of good hardwood floor care so that you can have clean flooring that will look great for years to come.   1. Prevent Water and Dirt From Coming Into Your Home The first step to cleaning your floors is to keep them clean! Water and dirt wreak all sorts of havoc on your hardwood floors. Water, of course, damages the flooring and weakens it. But dirt can have similar negative effects on your floor- tiny pieces of dirt will rub against and destroy your hardwood’s finish over time.   To prevent this, make sure you close windows and doors when you expect rain, and put doormats inside and outside of your home. The doormats will provide a place for people to dry and rub off their shoes before stepping onto the hardwood. If you are also able to, ask guests and your family members to remove their shoes inside of your home. This will help keep your floors clean and avoid potential damage.   2. Sweep, Damp Mop, or Vacuum Your Floors Regularly We’ve told you why dirt is bad news. The next step to keeping your hardwood floors clean and in great shape is regular light cleaning, including sweeping, vacuuming, or damp mopping. Make sure that you are doing this at least once a week to keep your hardwood floors clean and prevent wear caused by loose dirt. If you use a vacuum, use one that is safe for wood flooring (one that doesn’t [...]

By | May 11th, 2016|Hardwood Floors|Comments Off on Hardwood Floor Cleaning Tips: Part 1

Do It Yourself Carpet Cleaning Tips

You know you should be keeping your carpets clean because it’s good for your family’s health and the look and feel of your home. But did you know that proper cleaning can make your carpet last longer? Here are some tips on proper carpet care to ensure that you get the most out of your carpet.   1. Vacuuming is Your First Line of Defense Dirt can wreak havoc on the durability of your carpet. It gets under the fibers of your carpet, damages them, and causes them to lose their fullness. This makes it incredibly important to regularly and thoroughly vacuum your carpets. The amount of vacuuming your carpets need will be determined by the amount of traffic your carpets see- but it’s generally accepted that once a week is sufficient for most carpeted areas. Front halls and hallways will likely need to be cleaned more often.   2. Act Quickly On Stains There are some stains that will never come out if they’re allowed to dry, and you may not always be able to identify which stains these are. Regardless, all stains are harder to deal with if allowed to sit. So when a stain happens, act quickly.   3. Approach Stains Carefully Before you even touch the stain, make sure you test the cleaning agent you will be using on a small piece of carpet. Wait a few minutes after using the cleaning agent to check if there has been any discoloration, fading, or damage done to the carpet. If there is, try a different cleaning agent or call a professional carpet cleaner.   If the spot test turns out well, proceed to use the cleaning agent on the stain in question. [...]

By | May 9th, 2016|Carpet Care, Carpet Cleaning|Comments Off on Do It Yourself Carpet Cleaning Tips