The Spots Were Just

The first thing you should understand about carpet constructed of synthetic yarns – nylon, polyester, acrylic, polypropylene (Olefin)-is that they are solidified chemicals. In other words, when you apply spot cleaning agents to such carpeting, you are literally applying a chemical to a chemical. If a chemical reaction occurs, permanent yarn discoloration may result, which…

Carpet Protectors

The most common question I hear is: Do they work? We recently cleaned carpet in a home that houses two adults, a teenager, and two dogs. The initial carpet cleaning took some work but when completed 3M Scotchgard was applied to protect the carpets. About a year later it was time to clean their carpets…

Low Price Cleaning

Why does low priced carpet cleaning leave you shortchanged? Low price carpet cleaning companies survive on two things: Volume – which means booking as many jobs as possible each day, get in and get out fast and hopefully complete all of the days bookings – if they show up on-time or show up at all;…

No Casters

Rolling wheels or casters of any type or size (from desk chairs to wheelchairs) over carpeting produces a rippling effect in the carpet backing. In time, repeating this practice will cause the backing to separate, ruining the carpeting. Additionally the wheels of the chair will pack down the carpet fibers and eventually flatten the area…

Ugly Traffic Lanes

Understanding Traffic Lanes and What Can Be Done About Them: It’s imperative not to forget that carpeting is a textile, just like our upholstery, linens and clothing. After about a year or so; we are not terribly upset when the seat and knees of our $50 jeans become threadbare. Why, on the other hand, do…

Value vs. Price

I spend a lot of my time finding out what my competitors’ do for the money they charge. This year there are well over 100 carpet cleaners in the yellow pages, and many more that are not; as a consumer you are faced with the daunting task of choosing one cleaner over another. So how…

So Many Things Can Happen To Carpeting

Germs, mold, fungus, bacteria and chemicals of all kinds can settle onto or be tracked into your carpeting. These biological microbes are alive and thriving in your carpets, and as long as it remains dirty, they will continue to breed and grow. Sticky residue from conventional shampoo, dry foam and dry-chemical methods of cleaning will…

A Short History of Rugs and Rug Making

Many centuries ago, shepherds began knotting wool into heavy woven cloth. These heavy cloths provided protection from the elements and eventually were developed into rugs. Whether the first rugs were made in the near East or Siberia is not clear; but over the centuries rug making changed from a necessity to a fine art form.…

Carpet Ripples After Cleaning

A carpet that ripples after a professional carpet cleaning is almost always a symptom of an underlying cause. The cause is due to the carpet not being installed correctly when it was new. Not installed correctly means that the carpet was cut to fit and knee-kicked only as opposed to the correct method of power…

Dust Isn’t Just Dust

Studies show that debris collected from the air filter in a ventilation system contains between 100 and 6,700 bacteria per gram of dust (approx 2,800 – 190,000 bacteria per ounce), from ventilation ducts contains between 50 and 50,000 bacteria per gram (approx 1,400 to 1,400,000 bacteria per ounce), and the floor debris contains similar numbers…