Do It Yourself Carpet Cleaning

This video provides a good description of using the carpet cleaning machines that are available for rent throughout the Bay Area.

 

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.

Spring Cleaning – Simplified

 

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Spring is the season of new and fresh starts. It is often looked upon as a time to declutter and cleanse your house of all the grub. However, this process can become overwhelming and subject to eternal procrastination. Thus, Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration has simplified it into a few steps to make the process fun and less daunting.

Organizing the Project

If we sit down and write down every cleaning task we’d like to do, we would have the list that will never die. Instead, we always recommend the rule of 3. This means that you do not need to do everything but stick to the most important. Thus, start with creating a to do list and put the top three items that need to be done in the house. Subsequently, put a list of the top three items in each room in the house beyond those initial ones. A key provision to all of this is that each of these items must be very specific. Do not simply put “Clean the Bedroom”. Specify things like “Organize the Closet” or “Go through all the Toys”. Once you have your detailed list, you should then split up the list among all family members and set two to three weekends to get the job done.

Plan Ahead

While you will do each set of tasks over a period of time, it is important to plan ahead for each weekend of activities. Beyond having the list of what you have to complete this Spring, take the time to break down the tasks needed to do the specific cleaning. For instance, if one of the items is to get the carpets professionally cleaned, then you need to research and contact companies in advance so they come on the day you are prepared to accept them and allow them to clean everything. Along the same thought process, if one of the cleaning tasks is to move all your boxes from one room to the garage, you should plan to do this before having professional carpet cleaning. Otherwise, you’ve wasted the professional carpet cleaning of your Bay Area home.

Make it Fun

Spring cleaning can be very taxing and often emotional, especially for the little kids. The children rarely want to give up their long held toys, even if they haven’t been touched in years. Thus, you can make a game out of the whole affair. For instance, you can give them incentive by letting them keep any monies they receive for them. Alternatively, you could show them how those items could benefit those who are less fortunate. Another option could be to create a scavenger hunt game out of the decluttering so the kids have fun and forget about the impact the loss is having on them.

Thus, contact your carpet cleaning specialist today at Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration at 925-833-0408 to make your spring cleaning a breeze.

Waterproof Flooring (Next Generation)

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For years Bay Area homeowners have struggled through the challenges of keeping their flooring new and beautiful. They’ve been told to vacuum or mop it regularly. In addition, some floorings have been required to be sealed every year or two. Finally, professional carpet cleaning and hardwood cleaning is also recommended on an annual or more frequent basis. However, despite all of this, the unknown spill or pet stain has always loomed as a potential added expense or unknown factor that could ruin the flooring.

Things are changing. In the past six months, many major manufacturers have come out with new waterproof flooring. While this doesn’t take the odor away and is not full proof for everything, it does add a layer of protection which can keep the unexpected away. The flooring has taken on several forms.

Waterproof Carpeting

A few months ago, Shaw Floors, a leading manufacturer, came out with “Life Guard”. This carpeting has waterproof backing and can withstand up to 25,000 pounds of water. A kid’s accident will not penetrate this very easily. Additionally, pet accidents are better protected, although the bacterial infections have to be considered. Thus, the carpet is protecting you from many of life’s spills and accidents. This can help alleviate some of the worry and leave you with just your usual professional carpet cleaning needs.

Waterproof Hardwood Flooring

Carpet is not the only type of flooring getting a fresh approach. Shaw and other manufacturers are also coming out with waterproof hardwood flooring. These types of flooring usually involve a waterproof core. This keeps the liquid from seeping beyond the first layer of flooring. As a result and similar to the carpet, kids and pet stains become less prominent and the unexpected no longer needs to worry a Bay Area homeowner.

Styling Included

A big concern homeowners may have is how stylish is this flooring. The answer is that it’s very nice. However, this is a relatively new product so it doesn’t have the vast diversity of product lines. As a result, it will take some time for the amount of options grows to a reasonable level.

Whether you have this latest style or maintain the traditional flooring, contact your hardwood and carpet cleaning specialists today at Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration at 925-833-0408 to help keep your flooring beautiful.

Bringing Color Back to Your Carpet

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Over the course of time, many pollutants, chemical, or just nature can damage carpet.  The biggest harm is getting carpet discoloration.  Some of this occurs through observing darker, soiled areas in high traffic locations.  Others become visible where a spill occurred of a food, drink, chemical, or pollutant.  For instance, bleach spots can remove the color off carpet or fertilizer sometimes has bleach in it which has the same effect.  These spills may not always be visible right away.  They may become noticeable over time or if you clean the remaining carpet then this affected area stands out.  However, once any of these carpet discolorations become noticeable, it is clear that the carpet is damaged.  So what are the solutions?

1: Remnant Patching

If you have remnants of your original carpet, some people will use it to replace the impacted area.  This is a very drastic option but one of the most commonly used ones.  People find it easy and many individuals keep extras of their original carpet.  The cost of this method can be high and depending on the size and location, the replaced area may be noticeable.

2: Hiding It

Hiding the area is another option.  Some people will try to conceal the problem spot by purchasing an area rug or other furniture.  The cost of this can be high but the bigger issue is that these bleach spots or other discoloration are usually not in an area that can be easily hidden.

3: Dye it Yourself

There are several DIY (Do it Yourself) options to bring back the color or restore your carpet color.  These solutions are things like dye pens, carpet dyes, or our favorite, using a close in color crayon and coloring in the carpet fibers.  These solutions are very inexpensive and the look of it can show that.  While some are successful in making the carpet look presentable, most can cause further harm to their carpets like in the image here.

4: Professional Dye Matching

The best option is to contact a professional carpet restoration specialist as soon as you discover the issue.  Professionals in this area like Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration know how to color match and get that carpet back to its original look.  Most of the times these problem areas are in high traffic locations where a cheap solution would be noticeable and distracting.  Carpet bleach spot dying can make the carpet of your Danville, Pleasanton, or Walnut Creek home like new.

Thus, contact your carpet restoration specialist today at Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration at 925-833-0408.

 

My Pet Peed On The Carpet, What Do I Do?

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It can happen in an instant, but once it does, it’s too late. Your pet has had an accident on the carpet or the tiles, and now you have to act fast to clean it up. Unlike a food or drink stain, the smell of urine on your carpet is difficult to mask with air fresheners.

It can be frustrating to call a professional every time your pet pees on the carpet, especially if they do it often.  There are many DIY strategies you can try at home before calling a professional.

Today we’ll go through the cleaning process step-by-step.

If You’re Nearby During The Accident, Take Action Immediately

Use a clean white cloth to clean up the excess, using a blotting motion. Move the cloth to a fresh area regularly and perhaps switch to a paper towel for the final stages. Blot up as much as you can, and as quickly as you can, to prevent downward absorption. It can help to stand or place a heavy object on the towel to apply pressure and lift more liquid.

If you’ve collected the excess and the stain remains or if the stain is older, you’ll need to take additional steps to lift the stain and smell from your flooring.

Use Baking Soda And Vinegar

There are a few ways to use these ingredients to lift stains and odors from your floors.

For carpets, baking soda can be a natural odor lifting treatment. After the excess liquid has been soaked up, you can sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the stain. Allow the powder to absorb for up to a few hours to overnight. Thoroughly vacuum the baking soda to remove the powder and lift odors away.

For hard floors and tiles, you can use a diluted solution of white vinegar and water to naturally clean and remove odors.

We recommend combining the ingredients in a spray bottle or using a mop or cloth to gently clean to affected area.

Invest In A Pet Stain Remover

While pricier than home-made products, a commercial pet stain remover can be a handy go-to when accidents happen. Pet stain and odor removers are sold nearly everywhere and typically come with their own instructions.

Some clients have complained about “strong citrus smells” or otherwise, claiming that the liquid solution is too perfumed. Thankfully, there are a few odorless options sold online and in department stores.

Create A Pet Accident Emergency Kit

If your pet is still being trained and accidents are a regular occurrence, it might be worthwhile to put together a pet accident emergency kit to help you quickly take action in the future. Include clean white cloth for blotting, and your home preferred stain removal solution or a commercial pet stain remover.

Call A Professional

If these solutions don’t work out quite the way you’d hoped, call a professional. Effective pet accident removal is essential to prevent problems occurring again and again. Even the slightest remaining odor can encourage pets to use the same place again. Diablo Carpet offers effective and professional stain and odor removal services to help your pets learn the right place to go to the bathroom while keeping your carpets fresh and clean.

The Steps You Should Take When You Get A Stain On Your Carpet

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1) Blot, Never Scrub – if the spill is still fresh, blot up the excess using a clean, white cloth. If there is solid matter, pick or scoop it up without spreading it around. When used with a blotting motion, the white cloth or towel will pick up the liquid component of the stain from the carpet and transfer it to the cloth. Once you’ve blotted one area of the stain, choose a fresh area of the cloth and blot the next area. Scrubbing stains on carpet damages the carpet fibers and potentially pushes the stain further into the carpet padding.

2) Choose The Right Cleaning Solution – Whether your stain is old or new, using a cleaning solution to remove all trace of the stain is the best next step. However, it’s important to choose the right cleaning solution at this step to ensure that you don’t end up simply doing more damage to your carpet. This is why it’s often best to choose a professional carpet cleaner to provide expert stain removal for your carpets. Check with your carpet manufacturer or leading carpet authorities as to which stain removal solutions are safe for your carpet.

3) Homemade Cleaning Solutions – Gentle stain removal solutions you can make at home include a dilution of clear Dawn liquid soap (not dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent or bleach as these can affect carpet color and dyes) or a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and water. Always avoid bleach, as this can leave your carpet with a bleach stain that’s even harder to remove.

4) Gently Remove Stains – If you plan trying to remove your own stains, test any carpet cleaning solution you plan to use on an inconspicuous area out of plain sight first. Use a clean cloth in a blotting motion once again to work from the edge of the stain to the center, to avoid the stain spreading.  You may need to allow the spotting solution to sit for up to 10 minutes to work on the stain before blotting it up.

5) Repeat Stain Removal – It’s important to be patient at this stage to ensure you can completely remove all traces of the stain. The above steps may need to be repeated to achieve complete stain removal.

6) Allow to Dry – Carpet needs to dry fully before you can observe the effects of your stain removal efforts. Carpet that’s too wet can fail to dry properly, and this can lead to mold growth. Avoid using too much water in the stain removal process, and use fans to assist carpet drying if necessary.

7) Call A Professional Carpet Cleaner – If you’re dealing with a particularly large stain, a difficult stain, an older stain or a bleach stain you will most likely need to call your local professional carpet cleaner. With controlled and advanced techniques for expert stain removal, your professional carpet cleaner can help lift even the toughest stains from your carpet. It may be worthwhile to get professional assistance when you’re dealing with multiple stains as well. If you have more than 2-3 stains in a room, calling a carpet professional can produce a more complete stain removal result with greater effectiveness and in less time than doing it yourself. Professional carpet stain removal can produce results that are so good they even surprise you, returning your carpet to a newer and more flawless look than you believed possible.

When a stain next appears on your carpet, don’t delay! Act fast to remove the stain as best as you can, or call your local carpet cleaner for quick professional service.

5 Things Every Home With Pets Needs

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Our pets can bring so much joy to our lives – wagging tails, furry cuddles and licked faces. You love your pet’s company, but you need to look after the cleanliness and hygiene of your home as well. Any pet owner will know that pets can also bring dirt, hair, dander, odors and pet accidents into the home. Choosing the right tools to keep your home clean can keep your pet comfortable and your home beautiful and safe as well. If you have a pet at home, ensure you have these 5 things  to keep your home clean and hygienic.

  1. Pet Hair Vacuum Cleaner

A pet hair vacuum cleaner is specially designed to pick up those stray pet hairs that can cover your carpets, area rugs and upholstery. Pet hair can contain allergens such as pet dander mites, as well as being unsightly. Regular vacuuming is one of the most important things you can do for your floors and furniture if you have pet. Pet hair vacuum cleaners are capable of dealing with large volume of pet hair and removing it effectively from different surfaces. Having a powerful vacuum cleaner on hand is essential for households with pets.

  1. Pet Accident Clean Up Kit

Pet accidents can happen so fast, and if you don’t act quickly you could be left with permanent stains and odors. Put together your own pet accident clean up kit, with clean light colored blotting cloths, natural cleaning solution (such as diluted white vinegar and water), scrapers and rubber gloves to remove debris, and if necessary, a stronger pet stain removal agent. Always check with your professional carpet cleaner before using chemicals on your carpet, to ensure they are safe for your carpet, your pets and your family.

  1. Professional Floor and Upholstery Cleaning

If you have a pet at home, regular professional carpet cleaning, area rug cleaning and upholstery cleaning is absolutely essential. Aim to have professional cleaning done at least once a year to remove tracked in dirt, hair, dander mites, odors and stains from your floors and furnishings. A professional carpet cleaner can provide expert stain removal for those hard to shift pet accident stains. Professional carpet cleaning also reaches deeper into the carpet layers to remove all traces of stains and odors for fresher, healthier carpets.

  1. Automatic Pet Feeder

Leaving pet food out all day can attract pests and vermin to the food bowl and your home. Not only could you end up with a dirtier home, you might even foster a pest invasion! An automatic pet feeder reduces the amount of time your pet’s food sits out for, and there are a number of other advantages too. Automatic pet feeders take the pressure off you remembering to feed your pets every day, while ensuring your pets get just the right portion for their needs.

  1. Pet Grooming Tools

Keeping your pet well-groomed and washed also helps to reduce dirt levels, odor and pet hair in your home. This is especially true for dogs who don’t groom themselves. Washing and grooming your pet once a week can help to limit the dirt levels in your home and reduce the amount of dropped pet hair as well.

Pets make our homes better by providing love, company and security. Take care of your home and your pet with these 5 essentials for every pet owner.

5 Most Common Misconceptions About Professional Carpet Cleaning

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Professional carpet cleaning can refresh and renew carpets and soft furnishings more effectively than any other cleaning method. However, there are some common misunderstandings about professional carpet cleaning that can cause confusion for both home owners and businesses that want to maintain the cleanest environments possible. Here we bust 5 of the most common myths and misunderstandings about professional carpet cleaning.

It’s Best To Wait As Long As Possible Between Carpet Cleanings

Many business and home owners think that it’s best to wait as long as possible between carpet cleanings to ensure the maximum amount of dirt and dust is picked up with every professional clean. However, unfortunately this misunderstanding couldn’t be more incorrect, because the dirtier your carpet gets, the harder it actually is to clean. Leaving longer times in between carpet cleanings allows dirt to build up and seep deeper into the carpet layers. It also allows stains to become set into carpet, making complete stain removal impossible. Grainy dirt and dust particles can damage and mat and tangle carpet fibers over time, while stains can leave marks that permanently damage the appearance of an entire room. Regular carpet cleaning, such as once a year, can help keep dirt levels minimal and control staining for more flawless carpets.

New Carpet Doesn’t Need Professional Cleaning

As soon as carpet starts being used and walked on, dirt, dust and pathogens start building up. Once dirt becomes lodged in the carpet fibers, it accelerates wear and damage on the carpet, causing it to age more quickly. No matter how new your carpet is, professional carpet cleaners strongly recommend that you clean your carpets yearly. This helps to prevent dirt and stain build-up, and ensures your carpet keeps it’s ‘as new’ look for longer.

All Carpet Cleaning Methods and Companies Do The Same Thing

Not all carpet cleaning methods are equal and neither are carpet cleaning companies. Dry carpet cleaning is quicker because it requires no drying time, but it can leave a residue on your carpet and dry cleaning isn’t as powerful as ‘wet’ or steam carpet cleaning. Hot water extraction using powerful truck mounted machinery is the most effective carpet cleaning method to remove ingrained dirt and stains. The effectiveness of your professional carpet clean also depends on the skill and training of your carpet cleaner. Just because a cleaner has the machinery, doesn’t mean they know how to use it safely and effectively. Choose a highly-rated carpet cleaner who has varied experience, and knows how to handle your unique of carpet composition and type.

DIY Carpet Cleaning Machines Do The Same Job As Professional Cleaners

While it seems like they do the same job, DIY rental carpet cleaning machines are nowhere near as powerful as professional carpet cleaning technology. Professional carpet cleaning equipment is more powerful and effective. Additionally, for the best carpet cleaning result, you need more than just a carpet cleaning machine. Professional level carpet cleaning requires training and skill with the machinery in order to ensure an effective clean that doesn’t deposit too much water in the carpet, or wear the carpet out. Given the cost of hiring a carpet cleaning machine and the potential damage improper use could cause, choosing a professional for your carpet cleaning is always the better choice.

Carpets Don’t Need Professional Cleaning Until You Can See Dirt and Stains

Just because your carpet is not visibly stained or dirty, doesn’t mean that it isn’t in need of professional cleaning. While not visible to the naked eye, pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and fungi, as well as allergens like dust mites, pet dander and roach droppings can all be lurking in your carpet fibers. Even without a single stain you can see, your carpet can be full of disease causing compounds. Regular carpet cleaning at least once yearly minimizes these disease causing pathogens in your carpet and keeps your home healthy and fresh.

Breaking through these common misconceptions about carpet cleaning makes it clear how important regular professional carpet cleaning is. Talk to your local carpet cleaning company about setting up a regular carpet cleaning schedule to ensure your carpets are always spotless and healthy.

5 Questions To Ask Before Refinishing Hardwood Floors

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Refinishing hardwood floors can help to reveal the beauty hiding under old, worn and damaged hardwood floors. After about 20 years of use, beautiful hardwood floors can end up looking tired under scratches, staining, discoloration and wear. Refinishing your floors can reinvigorate them to look like new, bringing them up to date with the latest style. However, refinishing your hardwood floors can be an involved process and there are some important questions you need to ask before beginning the process.

Do You Need Refinishing or Just Deep Cleaning?

Hardwood floors have the option for sanding and refinishing built in, with most full, natural hardwood floors being able to be sanded and refinished 3-4 times. If floors only have light wear, they can be sanded to a lesser extent (a process called ‘screening’), and the floor may be refinished numerous times in this way. However, some floors may not need to be refinished at all, and professional hardwood floor cleaning may be enough to refresh and renew floors. This is especially true for antique wood floors and hard to replace wood stains. If the floors are still in good condition, it’s worthwhile investing in deep professional hardwood floor cleaning to get your hardwood floors clean and shiny, without spoiling the classic stain, or trying to replace a dark stain.

What Type of Wood Floor Do You Have?

Some types of wood floors can be refinished while others can’t. Natural hardwood floors in every wood type can generally be sanded and refinished but it can always be helpful to check with a flooring expert.

On the other hand, engineered wood floors may or may not be able to be refinished, depending on the composition of the floors. Engineered wood floors are designed with a layer of hardwood on top of a base of plywood. The thickness of the wood layer will determine whether or not an engineered floor can be refinished. It’s best to consult your engineered flooring manufacturer for advice or ask a flooring expert. You can also get professional floor cleaning for laminate and luxury vinyl tile floors, but these can’t be refinished.

How Damaged or Dirty Are Your Wood Floors?

The level of dirt, damage and wear on your floors will determine the intensity of treatment needed. Heavily scuffed and gouged floors may need a full refinishing service, whereas only lightly marked floors will look good as new after being ‘screened’ and coated with a new finish. For other floors, a thorough professional hardwood floor cleaning may be enough. Talk to your floor cleaning professional for more advice on the treatment needed for your floor.

Who’s the Right Contractor to Refinish Your Floors?

Once you’ve decided to refinish your floors, finding the right contractor for the job is essential. Industrial floor sanding tools can be very powerful, and improper use can lead to uneven results and an irregular flooring surface. It’s essential to choose an experienced professional to work on your floors and to also check a number of references before hiring.

Can You Move Out During Floor Refinishing?

Floor refinishing can be a loud, dusty and very messy job. The dust released from floor sanding can be bad for you, and living in your home with the noise of the industrial sander can be highly disruptive. While you may be able to stay in your home during some floor refinishing jobs, for more extensive work it will be compulsory to move out at least while the finish dries. Ensure you can take the time to be out of the house during the floor refinishing before you start the job.

Hardwood floor refinishing can completely refresh and rejuvenate your home. Talk to your local floor professional about what kind of floor refinishing or hardwood floor cleaning is right for your floors.