Preventive Maintenance

In the past I have conveyed maintenance tips and information about carpets being a filter for your indoor environment. The purpose of the filter is to collect the pollutants from within your home and trap them within the carpet fibers. This filtering effect means that you breathe in less harmful airborne contaminants, such as pollen…

Tips for Extending Carpet Life

Carpet life is directly related to the amount of soil within it. Normal household dirt and dust is abrasive to your carpet. Frequent vacuuming not only keeps your carpet cleaner, it significantly reduces wear and tear (cause by abrasive soils) in traffic areas. A quality, well maintained vacuum cleaner can make this job a snap.…

My Carpeting Seems To Soil Very Quickly

Carpeting of all types and styles are subjected to a variety of soiling problems. The leading causes of rapid soiling problems are: Life styles, Carpet yarn type, Yarn abrasion and Improper cleaning. Life styles: most people periodically wear street shoes on their carpeting, consume foodstuffs over it, and keep house pets that are not house…

Control Indoor Mold

A 1999 Mayo Clinic study attributed nearly all the chronic sinus infections afflicting nearly 37 million people to mold. Recent studies have also linked molds as a contributing factor in the tripling of the asthma rate over the past two decades. Mold thrives and grows in warm humid areas of our homes, including damp basements,…

Vacuuming Tips

Proper vacuuming is contingent to proper airflow and agitation – the key ingredients when it comes to selecting a proper vacuum for your home or office carpet. Maximizing airflow is a function of the motor, which should be a bypass motor (dirt and debris do not pass directly through the motor). Look for a motor…

Microfiber Fabric

In the furniture industry Microfiber was initially introduced with two names; micro-suede and ultra-suede™. As the names suggest, you could buy the look of suede or leather without the high cost. Microfiber is made using a variety of fiber types and is used in a multitude of products but when it comes to furniture the…

Upholstery – white cotton

Five years ago we bought a very expensive sofa and love-seat – in hindsight we probably shouldn’t have bought white upholstery. We now have 2 kids and a dog. Needless to say but the fabric is no longer white. In my infinite wisdom I decided to borrow a home steam cleaner from my neighbor and clean…

Carpet Cleaning Machines

I see TV commercials for home carpet cleaning machines; with 3 kids and 2 dogs my carpets really take a beating. My husband says we should buy one to keep our carpets clean. Do they really work that well? Carpet cleaning machines sold on TV can do a fair job; but I consider them more…

Upholstery zippers

Our upholstery has gotten quite soiled from everyday use. I noticed that they have zippers on them. Is it okay to take the cushion covers off and wash them in the washing machine?   Cushions are made with zippers for ease of manufacture and to ensure proper fabric tension once stuffed with foam. Upholstered fabric is…