Posts Tagged ‘carpet care’

Carpet Shedding: How Much Shedding is Normal?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Shedding is common to all new carpet, especially cut-pile carpet. Some fuzz is produced by the shearing process and remains in the pile. Both continuous filament and staple yarns shed fuzz and fluff when new. You must vacuum out this excess fiber. It takes anywhere from two weeks to three months to remove most of the fuzz. It may appear that a lot of fiber is disappearing into the vacuum bag, but compared to the overall weight of the carpet face yarn, it isn’t much at all.

One advantage of carpet made with continuous filament yarn is that once the initial fuzz is gone, the fabric stops shedding entirely. Staple yarns always shed, at least a little. Cheaper plush carpets sometimes are made with short staple-spun yarns that can shed a lot throughout the life of the carpet. Sometimes shedding is not normal. If the filaments that are spun together (more…)

What’s the Best Way to Clean Carpet?

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

empty living room

Q: What’s the best way to clean carpet?

A truck mounted hot water extraction system, also known as steam cleaning, is probably the best way to clean carpet. As I wrote about earlier, most major carpet producers require regular extraction cleaning if you want to keep your carpet warranties in effect.

The vacuums in these units are so strong that over 90 percent of the water (and the suspended soils) is removed during cleaning. Some cleaners use a drying agent in the rinse water and high-speed carpet fans to increase drying times. When carpets dry quickly, there is less chance that (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 Care: Professional Carpet Cleaning Methods

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Professional cleaners use four methods to clean residential carpeting: Shampoo, Dry Foam, Dry Clean and Hot Water Extraction. They seem similar to the do-it-yourself methods, but the equipment and chemicals professionals use are so much more efficient and thorough than rental equipment there is just no comparison. Plus, a professional brings specialized training and an understanding of your expensive carpeting. Certified Carpet Cleaners often perform a walk-through, or “audit,” of your carpet before they begin the work. They will check for weak seams, look for unusual stains, evaluate the wear patterns in the various rooms, possibly check your vacuum, and generally evaluate the overall installation.

Professional cleaners know you clean your carpets to keep them looking good and to maintain their warranties. They know that deep- cleaning carpets also protects your health. Carpet is actually a huge filter in your home. It traps not only dirt, but allergens like pet dander and pollen. It also holds dust mites. Professional cleaners know how to remove these contaminants. (more…)

Carpet Care: Is it Time to Get Your Carpets Cleaned?

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Take a long look at your carpet when you think about cleaning it. Check the color. Does it look dull or gray? Look at the face pile. Are the tufts stuck together? Is soil visible? Is the nap badly crushed? Are there spots you couldn’t get out? Professional cleaning should take care of all these problems.

There are reasons why the mills want their carpets cleaned on a regular basis. Cleaning extends the life of the carpet. Light colors or high-traffic areas need regular attention. You should not wait until the traffic areas are so dirty that they look like a path through the woods. Soil and spots are harder to remove once they’ve been in the fabric a long time. And spots that would have come out fairly easily when relatively fresh-set are sometimes impossible to remove after several months have passed. So don’t wait—call your carpet cleaner as needed to keep your carpet looking good for the longest possible time.

To learn more about carpet buying, carpet care, carpet styles, carpet warranties and more, please subscribe to this blog and check out my book, All About Carpets: Everything You Need to Know. (more…)

Carpet Care: Why Professional Carpet Cleaning Is Important

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Most carpet warranties today require a cleaning every 12 to 24 months in order to keep the warranty in effect. This is no different from a car manufacturer requiring you to change the oil every so many miles or so many months. Some warranties specify the type of cleaning, too. Most mills require professional hot-water extraction cleaning. If you put in a claim, you must show your cleaning receipt.

Professional cleaners will have chemicals and equipment that are not available to the average homeowner. They will also have specialized training and a lot of experience dealing with different types of soiled carpeting. And the results are usually a lot better than doing it yourself. Sure, there are a lot of horror stories about this cleaner who soaked a carpet so badly that it was wet for three days, or that cleaner who left so much residue in the carpet that it was dirty again in three weeks. But these stories are like the evening news. You only hear about the bad stuff. The good stuff seldom makes the news. Carpet cleaners are like everyone else. Most are good. Some are truly excellent at their craft. Using a professional cleaner to help maintain your expensive carpeting is just plain smart. (more…)

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…)

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…)

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…)