Carpet Cleaning Tips

DID YOU KNOW:

Carpets need to be vacuumed once a week and more often in areas of heavy traffic. Frequent vacuuming prolongs the life of your carpet by preventing a buildup of gritty particles that can cut carpet fibers. Every few weeks, take a little extra time and use your crevice tool for cleaning around baseboards and radiators and in other hard-to-reach places.

STAIN REMOVAL

BLOT….DON’T SCRUB: Never aggressively scrub a carpet as it will distort the fiber. BEST PRACTICE: Blot the spill with a white towel or cloth….then apply the cleaning solution to a clean white cloth/towel and blot the stain, thereby transferring it to the cloth/towel. Reposition the cloth/towel to a clean spot and repeat until the stain is completely transferred.

HELPFUL HINT

Never use bleach to try and remove stains from carpet. Yes, it will take the color out of your carpet and not always the stain. If you have any doubts or questions in regards to stains on your carpet call our office for FREE advice over the phone. Our number is 925-833-0408

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5 Health Benefits of Keeping Your Home Clean

A clean home isn’t just nice to look at and pleasant to be in, it can also directly benefit your health as well. While we often think of threats to our health coming from outside the home, even the Environmental Protection Agency agrees that indoor air can be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. We might not normally associate carpet with improved indoor air quality, but it does have a very positive effect. Gravity cause common household particles, such as dust, pollen and pet and insect dander, to fall to the floor. Carpet fibers trap the particles, removing them from the breathing zone and reducing their airborne circulation. Frequent vacuuming and professional cleaning effectively removes dust and allergens from the carpet and helps keep them out of the air we breathe.

Other benefits to keeping the floor surfaces (carpet, hardwood, stone /tile) of your home professionally cleaned include:

Reducing Allergies

A misconception is that people with asthma and allergies should avoid carpet in the home. Actually, the opposite is true. Allergies can range from being inconvenient to debilitating, causing breathing issues and cold and flu like symptoms when the allergy is triggered. Some of the major triggers of allergies are found around the home – namely dust mites and pet dander. Dust mites are found in almost every home, in the carpet, upholstery, curtains and bedding, while pet dander is commonly encountered if you have pets at home that live indoors with you.  Studies have shown that properly cleaned carpet helps reduce symptoms. Frequent vacuuming can help to eliminate these allergens in the short term, but a thorough professional carpet cleaning once every 6 months to one year can help to control allergen levels more effectively. Hot water extraction cleaning can be particularly effective for dust mites.

Improving Breathing

Dust mites and pet dander are also a major trigger for asthma, another good reason to conduct regular carpet cleaning. In fact, even people without allergies or asthma will experience some breathing difficulties in a very dusty environment. A common trigger that can affect breathing is mold in the home. Mold can build up on the roof and in tiles and grout, in any room that is high in moisture and humidity and low in ventilation. Keeping an eye out for mold in the bathroom or kitchen will help you to target the problem early.

Decreases Stress

While we think of a clean home benefiting our physical health, a neat and tidy environment positively influences our mental health too. Having a clean and organized home makes moving through the house and finding things easier. It also helps to keep you prepared in case unexpected guests turn up, and certainly makes it easier to find your car keys in a hurry!

Reduced Infections

It’s no secret that we share our home with billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other germs that can cause disease. Germs like Salmonella, E. coli and Staphylococcus lurk in most homes, and regular cleaning targets these germs preventing food poisoning and infections. In some cases, we share our space with bigger creatures as well. Pests such as mice, rats, cockroaches, insects and weevils can contaminate food sources and damage the home. Keeping your home clean of crumbs and food scraps and sealing bins discourages these pests from setting foot in your home and maintains a healthier and more hygienic environment.

Did you know- Mold and VOC misperceptions :

When carpet is kept clean and dry, mold simply cannot grow on synthetic fibers. Mold requires a food source, such as wood or cellulous debris, and moisture to grow. Carpet is recognized by the Carpet and Rug Institute as one of the lowest emitters of volatile organic compounds among various flooring choices and interior finishes.

Knowing the health benefits of a clean and tidy home helps you to maintain the right balance of daily maintenance and professional cleaning for a safer, healthier living space.

 

How Long to Dry?

DID YOU KNOW that when you have your carpet professionally cleaned it can take as little as one hour to dry — and, according to some reports, as long as THREE DAYS to dry? Carpet Cleaning dry time has a lot of factors but cleaning method and experience are critical factors.

According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, the certifying body for professional carpet cleaners, carpet should take about six to eight hours to dry, and never longer than 24 hours to dry because after that amount of time, microbial growth (like mold and mildew) can begin to grow.

 No one wants that!

This is why you need a complete carpet cleaning system that guarantees your carpet is dry fast. How fast? It depends on the carpet type you have and also the weather conditions the day you have your carpet cleaned.

 Sad to say, some experience really long drying times when they have their carpet cleaned. Who knows why this happens, except that it never should happen!

 One thing is for sure, having your carpet cleaned should be a pleasant experience and after it is clean, you should be able to get back onto the carpet and back to a normal family routine quickly. Some companies don’t have the powerful cleaning machines necessary for doing the best work, and some don’t have the training they should.

 When you have your carpet cleaned, or your furniture or hard floors like wood, granite, marble and all the different surfaces you may have, you deserve complete satisfaction and the best cleaning you will ever see.

 Remember: Clean and dry – that’s the goal! The carpet cleaning method and the experience of the cleaning company can make all the difference.

Always Do This When Cleaning

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Taking care of cleaning chores around the house is something Bay Area homeowners have engaged in since houses were invented. Not much thought goes into it other than it just needs done. Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration is here to make it easy for you.

However, some specialized tasks, such as removing a spot from a carpet, getting rid of an irritating pet odor from the family dog or trying to find the best cleaning solution for the toughest jobs can actually end up causing more harm than good.

Spot removal

When we find a spot on the carpet, there are two things people tend to do. The first is to put way too much cleaning solution on the spot, saturating it and even getting the padding wet. This just spreads the spot and causes trouble in the future. The second is we tend to scrub way too long and way too hard. This can fray the fibers and you can’t fix that. So when you get a spot, put some solution on a white towel and blot. Never scrub or rub. This is very important. Should the problem persist, contact your Bay Area carpet cleaning specialists at Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration.

Odor removal

The biggest question when Fido or Fluffy does their thing on the carpet is “How do I get it out?” That’s not always easy unless you get to it right away. Urine will penetrate into the carpet, the padding and even the subfloor, and when it dries, over time it becomes sticky and smelly.

People will sometimes put powdered carpet deodorizers on those spots, which only gums up the carpet and creates a residue very difficult to remove. Like with spot removal, blotting the area quickly is usually the best remedy for the do-it-yourself types. If you are unsure or the issue continues, contact the Bay Area pet stain and pet odor specialists at Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration.

Using Products

When one product works well and you find another one works well, too, the tendency is to mix them. Remember, never mix ammonia and bleach. Both are effective products on their own, but mixed together, they become deadly. Other products on your shelf could, if mixed together, create toxic fumes that can cause harm to your family. Always follow directions.

How can you avoid all these problems and challenges? It’s simple: Call Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration today at 925.833.0408. We’ll be right over to save the day.

Man’s Best Friend – Pet Accident

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DID YOU KNOW that man’s best friend can actually become your worst nightmare?

That’s right. He’s cuddly, cute and you love him, but sometimes he has a problem with “accidents” and pretty soon, you start to notice the… ummm… odiferous situation in your Bay Area home.

Besides the obvious occasional accident from Fido, his hair can also be an issue. Once he shakes a bit off, it goes into the carpet and furniture and sticks to it all and it can be quite a problem. This may not be noticeable at first if Fido has short hair, but you’ll notice it building up over time.

Then you have the issue of “I want in. I want out. I want in.” You know it… Fido is always on the move and the constant going outside and then back inside brings in all kinds of dirt.

What can you do about all this?

1. Clean messes up quickly. Once you discover an “accident,” it’s important to grab a few paper towels and blot up the mess before it sinks down into the padding of the carpet. A good enzyme deodorizer like you might get from the vet helps with lingering odors, but of course it’s best to have a professional carpet cleaner near you come over to handle these odor challenges. They are best equipped to tackle the accidents that have seeped deeper than the first layer.

2. Brush your dog frequently. A hairy situation can be tamed by brushing your dog often. Loose hair that’s about to go into the carpet and furniture can be easily pulled from Fido with a good grooming brush. And guess what? He probably likes the attention!

3. Use mats. While you may not have the time to wipe off Fido’s muddy paws each time he wants back inside, it is a good idea to place mats inside and outside the door. When Fido want’s back inside, let him beg a little bit on the outside mat because some of that dirt is definitely going to come off.

Do all of this and man’s best friend is going to be a dream to live with, not a nightmare!

Whether you have a dog, cat, or other pet, let the carpet cleaning specialists at Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration take care of any pet stains or odor removal needs by calling them at 925-833-0408.

Removing Blood and Biological Spots and Stains

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It’s not a pleasant task, but it’s one that must be handled, and quickly. Removing blood, vomit, urine, feces, and other biological spots and stains is a fairly easy chore if the issue is caught quickly. But allow the substance to dry, and your job becomes much more difficult.

What impacts the success of removing blood and biological substance is what it is on. If on carpet or upholstery, the removal is much more challenging as flushing out the contaminant can actually cause irreversible damage to the fabric. But if on clothing or other washable material, the job can be handled easily.

Here are some tips to remove biological contaminants from clothing and other washable fabrics.

Don’t delay
Once you discover there is a biological substance on the fabric, scrap away any excess you can and get it into the washing machine.

Remember, something fresh is probably just a “spot” — which is on the outside of the fiber. Give it time, or don’t remove all the substance when cleaning, and that spot becomes a “stain” — which is inside the fiber, and very challenging to remove.

Pretreat the area
You do this all the time. Pretreating spots means easier removal during washing. For biological substances, this is important. A quality preconditioning product worked into the fabric, and allowed to dwell for several minutes, means the washing cycle will be more effective.

Control the temperature
You might have heard that hot water can “set the stain.” Not always true. The problem is using hot water opens up the fibers and allows staining substances to penetrate. Incomplete cleaning does this as well. To be safe, keep the temperature warm or cold when washing fabrics with biological spots or stains.

Don’t dry
After washing, you may notice the spot or stain is gone. Don’t assume that is 100% true. When wet, the fabric may be hiding the spot or stain. Allow it to air dry. Do not put it into the drier. Hot air during the drying process can set any remaining spots or stains. Once dry, inspect carefully. If you see any remaining spots or stains, launder the item again.

As with all cleaning chores, there comes a time when it is time to throw in the towel and call the professionals at Diablo Carpet & Floor Restoration. After all, it pays to call a pro!

Carpet and Floor Cleaning: Should You DIY or Hire a Professional?

If dirty, soiled and stained carpets, or scuffed and marked hardwood floors are detracting from your home environment, you may need a deep floor cleaning. The question is, should you hire a professional floor cleaning company, or try a do-it-yourself method to get your floors clean again? Each option has different benefits and drawbacks, and the choice depends on your cleaning needs and desired result. With professional carpet cleaning you are always assured a deep clean and high quality result. But how does DIY compare? Here we compare both professional and DIY floor and carpet cleaning.

The Procedure

Professional carpet and floor cleaners use a number of different expert methods to deep clean your carpet, hardwood floors, tiles and grout. For carpet, professional cleaners can choose from 4 different methods depending on your specific needs, including bonnet cleaning, steam cleaning, pre-spray hot water extraction, and shampoo scrub.

The hardwood floor and tile cleaning methods used by professional flooring cleaners are gentle enough to protect your floors while thorough enough to deeply clean and draw out dust and dirt from cracks and grout.

DIY floor cleaning methods usually involve using a detergent, along with a wet carpet cleaning method like hot water extraction. A homeowner can hire a carpet cleaning machine to use on their own home for a day and then return after the cleaning is completed.

The Depth of Cleaning Needed

There’s no doubt that professional floor cleaning is much deeper and more thorough than DIY hired machines. Professional carpet cleaners know how to target stains and heavily soiled areas, and maneuver the carpet cleaning machine in the most effective way to really get your carpets and floors fully clean. For DIY machines, the result is usually less effective, and is often heavily dependent on your technique while using the machine.

The Cost

Professional carpet cleaning can be very cost effective and great value for the outstanding result it produces. However you are likely to save a few dollars by hiring a machine and doing the hard work yourself. It’s important to know how to use the home machine effectively if you want to do it yourself, as incorrect usage can easily cause water soaking, wet carpets and the conditions for mold growth, which can be very costly to fix.

The Result

Professional carpet cleaning delivers an excellent carpet cleaning result with carpets that can be walked on straight away for ‘dry’ cleaning methods. For the deeper ‘wet’ cleaning methods, some drying time will be required, although for professional carpet cleaning this is usually reduced due to the use of powerful and effective machines. The effects of professional hardwood floor cleaning and professional tile floor cleaning methods are immediate, and the floors can be used immediately.

DIY carpet and floor cleaning machines often use wet methods, however they are less powerful than professional machines. This can mean your carpet takes longer to dry. It’s important to take care while using a home cleaning machine to ensure as much water and detergent is removed from the carpet. If not, chemical residues may be left in the carpet or the carpet may go musty or moldy. It’s also important to maneuver the machine to get into corners in order to pick up as much dirt and residue as possible.

For a cleaner, safer and higher quality finish, professional floor and carpet cleaning is always the best choice to preserve the comfort and beauty of your floors.

Fabric Protection that Really Works

DID YOU KNOW that one of the best ‘feel good’ experiences you can enjoy is having freshly-cleaned carpet or furniture? This is hard without fabric protection.

And one of the most frustrating experiences you won’t enjoy is when, within just a few days, something like red wine, coffee or tea is spilled on that freshly-cleaned carpet or furniture.

This is not good!

So you feverishly apply all kinds of household cleaning products and scrub in desperation. That spot does look a little better but it is still there. You have an important appointment so you give up. When coming home a few hours later… it has grown! (This is another mystery and you might want to ask your carpet cleaning pro why this happens.)

Fabric Protection

All of this drama could have been avoided if you had asked for fabric protection when you had your carpet or furniture cleaned. You know, like Scotchgard or Teflon or some of the other products available to consumers.

Yes, fabric protection does cost a little bit more but… it’s worth it!

How does it work?

Fabric protection is quite a mystery to many, but basically what it does is act as a kind of invisible shield that repels most substances that are spilled.

You might compare this to waxing a car. You are providing protection to your paint job by applying an invisible shield, and you know it is working because you can see water beading up on the surface.

Carpet and furniture fabrics need the same type of protection.

Besides the obvious immediate benefit of cleaning up fresh spills, you can rest assured that a protected carpet or piece of furniture is going to last longer because when something is clean, it performs better and increases the lifetime of the fabric.

This doesn’t mean you can skip regular cleaning. Anything that is dirty will wear out prematurely. Fabric protection enhances a good cleaning. It’s an added step that you want for your carpet and furniture in your home.

So you want peace of mind? The next time you have your carpet or furniture cleaned, ask for protection. You will like it… and so will your carpet and furniture.

4 Tips to Keep Your Carpet Looking Fresh and Clean for Longer

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Vacuum Regularly

Regular home maintenance of your carpet, including weekly vacuuming is an essential way to keep your carpets healthy and clean. Vacuuming removes weekly dirt and dust build up in the upper layer of the carpet, and can help to reduce dust mite levels. Vacuum all areas of the carpet, including under furniture and area rugs. This helps to keep the buildup of dust and dirt low and maintains your carpet’s cleanliness and hygiene.

Treat Stains Quickly

Promptly treating spills and marks can mean the difference between getting your carpets back to normal and being left with a permanent stain. By understanding the qualities of the substance that was spilled on your carpet, you can treat the stain most effectively. For example, a different stain removal method will be required to lift a fresh red wine stain compared to an oil stain. Calling a professional carpet cleaner for emergency stain removal service can be beneficial for more tricky stains, or if you can’t completely remove the stain on your first try at home.

Prevention is Better Than Cure

Of course, keeping your carpets as clean as possible also means preventing them becoming dirty in the first place. Placing doormats at each entrance of your home, or asking family and visitors to remove their shoes before entering can help to keep your carpets clean. It may also be beneficial to keep some areas of your home off limits to children and pets in order to minimize staining and ‘accidents’. However, your home is meant to be lived in and enjoyed, and so you can’t always prevent dirt and stains. That’s where professional carpet cleaning can help make your carpets look and feel like new again.

Schedule Professional Cleaning

Scheduling professional carpet cleaning once a year is the ideal way to keep your carpets fresh, clean and hygienic. Professional cleaning can pick up the dust, dirt and stains you’ve missed, and reach deeper into the carpet layers to help extract odors and ingrained dirt. Professional carpet cleaning also helps to minimize dust and dust mite levels as much as possible, helping those with allergies breathe easier. Scheduling carpet cleaning means that you never forget to book a clean and your carpet stays fresh and beautiful year after year.

Clean carpets not only help to clean your home looking beautiful, they are also safer and more hygienic for your guests and family. Don’t put up with dirty and stained carpet. Keeping your carpets always looking fresh and clean is easy with regular attention and a structured cleaning schedule to lift out stains and renew your carpets.

3 Facts You Didn’t Know About Cleaning an Area Rug

With hardwood floors being a common feature of many homes, many homeowners have placed area rugs on their floors to add warmth and comfort, as well as style and atmosphere. Area rugs can be valuable and beautiful additions to your home, but it can also be difficult to know how to clean your area rugs according to their specific needs.

There are so many stunning area rugs available to homeowners today – Persian rugs, Afghan rugs, Pakistani rugs, Wilton rugs and Chinese rugs – and all of them require specific and detailed care in order to maintain their integrity and beauty. Here we look at 3 factors you need to consider when performing area rug cleaning in order to protect your investment and bring life back to your area rugs.

Material Matters

Many homeowners know that effective and specific oriental rug cleaning is important to keep valuable area rugs clean and in good condition. Unfortunately, many homeowners often don’t know what type of area rug they have or what cleaning method is most beneficial. Area rugs can be sourced from a variety of locations such as discount stores, department stores, online, from catalogs, furniture stores, carpet retailers, and fine Oriental rugs dealers, and the care instructions you receive when purchasing can vary. Area rugs area also made from a rage of different materials, including both natural and synthetic fibers and a combination of both.

Before cleaning your area rug, ask yourself whether you know exactly how to appropriately care for your specific type of rug. The best carpet cleaner knows how to identify each type of area rug, and what specific care is needed for each rug type. A professional carpet cleaner knows that blue weft yarns in Persian rugs can bleed, that Afghan rugs shrink like crazy, that many Pakistani rugs have post production side cords that can tear off during cleaning, that Stark wire Wilton rugs must be blocked because the jute foundation yarns shrink, and spot cleaning chemically washed 90-line Chinese rugs can cause color damage. Not being aware of any one of these carpet cleaning factors could spell disaster for your area rugs.

Inspection is Critical

As discussed above, the details that go into effectively cleaning each type of area rug often require the experience of a professional rug cleaner. In fact, carpet cleaning services will often require that the area rug undergoes a professional carpet inspection before rug cleaning is conducted so that the safest and most effective cleaning method can be applied.

Carpet inspections can provide crucial information when it comes to caring for your rugs. Not only can a professional quickly identify your type of rug and the best cleaning method for the rug, they can also diagnose any specific issues your rug may have and apply the best repairs and solutions for your rug’s needs.

Professional Is Best

Because of the amount of work and detail that goes into cleaning an area rug correctly, seeking the assistance of a professional carpet cleaner to clean your area rugs is often the best solution, particularly for heavy duty or in-depth area rug cleaning. While regular maintenance and vacuuming can easily be done at home, more thorough cleaning is best left to the professionals, especially for those more sensitive or precious carpets.

With these tips you can keep your area rugs clean and beautiful, while protecting your investment and creating a more attractive, fresh and healthy environment in your home.