Posts Tagged ‘carpet and rug institute’

How to Find the Best Vacuum Cleaner

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

There are a lot of variables to selecting the “right” vacuum. You can’t buy a vacuum based on price alone. So, how do you find a vacuum that works well with your carpet?

The independent Carpet and Rug Institute tests all types of vacuums. The CRI does not accept money from vacuum manufacturers. Their only aim is to independently help you find the correct vacuum for your needs. You can go to their home page at www.carpet-rug.org. Then click on Residential Customers, then Cleaning and Maintenance, then Seal of Approval Products, and select Vacuums. The Institute has a long list of approved, efficient machines with links to the manufacturers’ websites.

In general, the Institute has found that upright vacuums outperform tank-type or canisters, even when (more…)

Emergency Carpet Care: Carpet Stain Removal Tips

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Your dog threw up on your carpet. What do you do now? While no carpet is stain proof, all of today’s synthetic carpet fibers are stain resistant. Here’s what to do to keep a spot from becoming a permanent stain.

If your carpet warranty includes spotting instructions, now is the time to find them. Many warranties include instructions for removing specific types of spots. Follow the instructions exactly. If you can’t find the paperwork, try going to the manufacturer’s website. These instructions are often found online.

If you didn’t purchase the carpet in your home or don’t know who made it, try the following: (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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