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…

Carpet Protectant

Why would I need carpet protectant applied to a stain resistant carpet? Our carpeting was brand new about 3 years ago. We purchased a stain resistant carpet and have followed the manufacturers’ guidelines and had the carpet cleaned annually to maintain our warranty. However each time the carpets were cleaned the technician asked me if…

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;…

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…

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…

How Often Is Normal

We are often asked, “How often should I have my carpets cleaned?” While we jokingly reply “once a week”, the truth is there is no set amount of time. Cleaning frequency really depends on the type of traffic you have on your carpet and how you maintain it. Some people can get by with professional…

This Carpet Is Hardly A Year Old

Within a year tuft fraying caused by friction, some methods of carpet cleaning, and by scrubbing action during spot removal procedures. Friction: Some people do not lift their feet high enough when they walk; and, as a result, their heels brush the surface of the carpet. Sometimes loose shoes, such as clogs, are the cause.…

I Had No Idea This Color Would Show

I had no idea this carpet color would show soil so badly. It was supposed to have been Scotchgarded at the mill. But, within a few months, the high traffic areas look terrible. The reason books, magazines, newspapers and such are printed on white paper is that black print upon it is easy to read,…

New Carpet Already Packing Down

Pile packing on new carpet is caused by the loss of yarn resilience. (Resilience is a yarn quality that causes it to spring back to its original position after having been stepped on and compressed under body weight.) The question: what causes yarn to loose resilience? Perhaps I should first point out that resilience varies…

Propagating that Old Wives Tale

An old tale indeed…Often new clients tell me that their carpet salesman (or a friend) told them not to clean their carpeting until you absolutely have to. “Once you clean your carpeting, it will get dirty faster,” they say. The truth is – Prior to the invention of steam cleaning carpets were generally shampooed only.…