Archive for November, 2013

Thanksgiving Carpet Stain Removal Tips

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Thanksgiving table

Happy Thanksgiving!

With all the good cheer and good food swirling around your home on Thanksgiving, it’s not uncommon to find yourself faced with varying Thanksgiving-related carpet stains the following day — from cranberry sauce to gravy to sticky apple pie.

This first article I found on Flooring Obsessions gives tips for removing cranberry sauce from your carpet. And, this step-by-step guide on ehow.com shows you how to remove gravy stains from your carpet. For apple pie and other Thanksgiving Day food items, please read my post on proper spot cleaning for additional advice and resources! (more…)

Carpet Cleaning: How to Get Rid of Carpet Odor

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

dog on carpet

As a carpet expert, I am often asked how to get rid of carpet odor.

Invisible odors are as much an annoyance as stains. They are caused by microorganisms living somewhere in the carpet or pad and signal a potential health hazard. Carpet fresheners and deodorizers do not help much, no matter how heavily they are advertised. Dumping perfumed baking soda on a smelly carpet won’t remove the odor-causing bacteria or fungus. Milk, urine, water, or any number of substances, are food for these organisms.

Deodorizers that are sprayed or sprinkled simply cover up the odors, but do not attack the source. The foreign substance must be removed to get rid of the odor-causing bacteria. Sometimes, as with severe mildew or saturation by urine, replacement of (more…)

Carpet Warranty: Read Carefully and Be Aware of Loopholes

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Hello, everyone!

As a carpet inspector for 40 years, I have looked at thousands of complaints. And, I had a complaint recently that I thought was interesting from a carpet warranty point of view.

When people buy new carpeting, they know that the carpet has a warranty. But how many of us actually see that warranty information and READ it?

Glenn Revere - Author of All About Carpets photoWarranties are carefully written. The marketing and legal departments are both involved in the final language that appears in the written warranty. Some warranties (very few) cover (more…)

Questions to Ask Professional Carpet Cleaning Companies

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Here’s a list of important questions to ask when shopping around for professional carpet cleaning services. Asking these questions will make it sound like you really know the carpet cleaning business, which is good when vetting companies to ensure you’re hiring the best service for your carpets. (more…)

Carpet Stain Removal: Recommended Spot Cleaners

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

In my last post, I shared proper spot cleaning methods for removing stains from your carpet.

If you still can’t get the spill out, go to the www.carpet-rug.org website. Look for their Spot Solver link (navigate to Residential >> Cleaning and Maintenance). There you will find a list of every conceivable thing that can possibly spot your carpet and ways to remove them. I would avoid commercial spot removers, if possible.

Oily stains can only be removed by solvents that dissolve the foreign substance from the carpet yarn. You can find familiar names such as Energine, Thuro, and Goddard’s dry-cleaning fluids. Dry cleaning fluids evaporate without leaving a ring and (more…)

How to Remove Stains from Carpet: Proper Spot Cleaning

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

It can be distressing to see a spot or stain appear on your carpet. I’m here to offer some advice on how to remove stains from carpet. The following is the proper technique for spot cleaning your carpets.

First blot up the excess spill with a terrycloth towel. Then use a trigger-type sprayer to apply warm water after the first blotting. How much water depends on the size of the spill and the thickness of the carpet. Do not soak the fabric. Try to work from the outside of the spill towards its center to keep the spot from getting bigger. Do not rub!Spray enough water so that the sugars dissolve. Blot again and feel the fabric. If it still feels sticky, repeat the above steps several times. Remember: blot, don’t rub. Rubbing untwists the yarn. The pile will look fuzzy when it dries. Rubbing also pulls individual fibers from the carpet backing. The area you’ve spot cleaned will look like it’s growing a beard.

If a water-based spill dries before you have a chance to remove it, you’ll have to (more…)

Inspection Safari: Causes of Carpet Stains and Spots

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

It’s really frustrating when spots show up on your carpet. Sometimes we know what caused the spots (that darn cat!). Sometimes, they just appear — like the Cheshire Cat. Today’s stain resistant carpets make spot removal pretty easy. But sometimes spots won’t come out. The reason could be that the carpet dye has been removed.

Almost all carpet sold today has some kind of stain warranty. A few of these warranties cover everything that can be spilled on a carpet. Most of the warranties have “fine print” that excludes certain types of damage. The following exclusions are typical of most carpet stain warranties:

…also specifically excluded from this warranty is damage or residual stains caused by… substances which destroy or change the color of carpets such as bleaches, acne medications, drain cleaners, plant food, vomit, urine other than pet (domestic dog or cat) urine and feces…

Many household cleaning products and medicines contain chemicals that react with carpet dye and destroy it. Some of these chemicals, like bleach, remove the color quickly. Some of them slowly remove the color. It might be days or weeks until you (more…)

Carpet Cleaners: Best Spot Cleaners for Carpet

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

I am often asked for recommendations on the best spot cleaners for carpet. The Carpet and Rug Institute has tested commercially available carpet spotting solutions and listed the safe ones on its website. You will find Spot Cleaners listed under Seal of Approval Products. So, if you’re shopping for a spot cleaner that has received a professional stamp of approval, this is your best resource.

Did You Know? You also have the compound needed to remove water-based spots right in your tap—that’s right, water! Plain water usually removes water-based spots such as soda, milk, and juice. The synthetic stain- resistant fibers will release most colors. It’s the sugar that causes spots to reappear after you’ve cleaned up the obvious spill. Sugar is sticky and attracts dirt. So you have to safely clean the sugar out of the carpet fiber.
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