Making Better Decisions Buying Carpet

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Imagine…

You are shopping for new carpet, perhaps just a few rooms. Two of the rooms are bedrooms, which don’t get as much foot traffic as the entryway, living room and hallway you also need to replace. It’s been nearly 10 years since buying carpet.

You go to a local carpet retail store. The carpet salesman has a great deal for you: A virtually stain-proof carpet with vibrant colors and also soft to the touch. You put your fingers into the carpet pile and love how it feels. You order the carpet for all the rooms you need to replace.

In a week or two, on the scheduled installation day, you remove all the furniture from the rooms and the installation pros show up and remove the old carpet and pad and put in the new.

It looks great!

A year later, when you decide it’s time to have the carpet cleaned, your carpet cleaning pros show up and do a great job removing the dirt. Even the spots come right out! However, there is a “worn” area in the living room and down the hallway, but not in the bedrooms. You ask your carpet cleaning pro why that is.

He performs a fiber identification test and informs you that you purchased polyester carpet. Polyester tends to matt down and look somewhat soiled just because of wear. He then kindly informs you that if you had purchased nylon, a more durable carpet fiber, this likely wouldn’t have happened.

You are upset. Don’t you hate it when you purchase something and it doesn’t perform as promised? But remember, carpet salespeople may not be your best consultant when buying carpet.

So before you go looking for new carpet or furniture, give your carpet and furniture cleaning pro a call. Ask which fiber is best for each application in your home. Yes, polyester may be soft and colorful, but it may be best to keep it in the bedrooms. Try durable fibers like nylon and wool (which is expensive), in the high trafficked areas of your home.

Three Steps to a Cleaner Home

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It’s a never-ending chore, tasks that must be done each day, each week, each month, each year…

That’s right — keeping your house nice and clean and healthy for your family.

Keeping your home clean is much easier if you have an easy-to-keep schedule. Especially if you concentrate on “preventative maintenance.” If you think ahead and plan your cleaning tasks appropriately, you will find you aren’t stuck an entire weekend playing catch-up with house cleaning chores.

Here are a few tips to an always-clean home.

1: Keep the dirt outside

Be sure to have quality welcome/walk-off mats outside your front door and any other entry door you frequently use. A small — but polite — sign that asks visitors to remove their shoes is a huge step to keeping dirt and grime outside (or at least at the front door.)

2: Stop the stacking

In the kitchen, that is. It’s easy to let dishes and other mealtime items to pile and stack up, with dirty dishes slowly taking over the kitchen sink and nearby countertops. Instead, make it a habit that after mealtimes or snacks that everything is washed, cleaned and put away immediately. If you use it, you clean it.

3: Team effort

It can be challenging, especially when everyone is running all over the place trying to get to work and school, but if the entire family pitches in and spends just a few minutes on making beds, tidying up bedrooms, cleaning up after themselves, first thing in the morning… then the house is much cleaner for the entire day. Plan a short amount of time each week where the family all works together to “speed clean” the home. Pick up and put away items lying around, dust, vacuum, sweep and more together.

Your Rug Deserves Some Pampering

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DID YOU KNOW that a valuable area rug in your home is virtually crying out for some comfort?

When people start installing more hard floors in homes, the first thing many of them do is cover those floors with soft area rugs. Some of these rugs cost thousands of dollars, and they need their own special protection.

A rug pad designed and sized specially for your area rug (or rugs, if you are fortunate enough to have several in your home) is the protection they need and deserve.

Why go with a quality rug pad? Because they:

1.    Add cushioning and comfort for you

2.    Can add years to the life of a rug

3.    Protects the flooring beneath the rug

4.    Prevents the rug from slipping and you from falling!

Besides a rug pad, your area rug needs regular cleaning.

Don’t wait for your rug to cry out, “Please help!” It needs a pad of its own, right now. Give it the protection it needs, and enjoy that rug for many years to come. Contact Diablo Carpet and Flooring Restoration to have your rugs repaired or cleaned. 925-833-0408

3 Tips For Cleaning Your Flooring

3 Tips for Cleaning Your Floors Contra Costa Carpet Cleaner

People are always looking for the latest (and hopefully best) cleaning technique for their carpet, hardwood, tile, or area rug. What options are organic? How can I ensure the cleaner is safe for my kids? Safe for my pets? What should I do to make sure it doesn’t ruin my flooring?

  1. Read the Manufacturers Recommendations

Despite all the fancy new cleaners and techniques, it’s still important to start with the flooring manufacturer’s recommendations. This can be hard since most of us aren’t the original owners of our flooring. If you can, ask the person you bought your home from if they know the original builder or flooring manufacturer. If not, you should talk to a professional flooring cleaner to come evaluate your floors to see the best cleaning techniques.

  1. Don’t be the Guinea Pig

It is easy to see a demo at the store or watch an infomercial and want the latest trend in cleaning. You really don’t want to jump on the bandwagon to become one of the first users, though. It’s important to talk to professional, speak to the manufacturer, or at least test it on an extra piece of flooring. The last thing you want to do is use a new cleaner on your floors and discover that it caused discoloration or didn’t take care of the original problem.

  1. Read the Ingredients

While most of us are not scientists, almost all of us can read the list of ingredients. We can research any ingredients we don’t know and find out their effects on humans and pets along with their effectiveness in floor cleaning.

Even after all that, make sure there has been professional testing done on any new chemical or technique. Read through reviews and information. If in doubt, speak to a professional floor cleaner and do not use it until you are certain you won’t cause permanent harm to the interior of your home or business.

Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration has been keeping home flooring professionally cleaned and in great condition for over twenty years. Please contact us today if you have any questions about carpets or need to have yours professionally cleaned.

Why Are Household Odors So Hard To Remove?

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Removing stubborn household odors is one of the greatest challenges facing the cleaning industry. Odors from cooking, smoke, pet odor, urine, spills, mold and dust can linger in your home long after the source of the odor has been removed. Scented candles, air fresheners, and deodorizers may do little to counteract or cover the smell. Here we look at what makes removing home and pet odor so difficult and how professional cleaning can help.

Why Removing Stubborn Odors Is So Difficult

Lingering odors and unpleasant smells are a common problem in many homes. The reason that removing odors is so difficult is that airborne odors are often quickly absorbed into the furnishings and structure of the home. Once this happens it is difficult to target the source of the odor and remove it completely. Odors such as from cooking, smoke, or mold are rapidly absorbed into carpet, soft furnishings, upholstery and even the walls of your home.

On the other hand, urine, vomit, and pet odor originating from other spills can soak deep into carpet layers where the odor remains long after the stain is removed. Addressing the source of rapidly and professionally is clearly essential to avoid odors settling into your home.

How To Make Odors Easier To Remove –

Identify The Source

The most essential aspect of lasting odor removal is identifying and mitigating the source of odors. If you are aware of the source of your home’s odors, take action to reduce their impact. For example, you could request that any smokers in your home only smoke outside. When cooking, make sure your kitchen and home are well ventilated to remove cooking smells.

If the source of odor in your home is an old spill or stain, have a professional carpet cleaning company inspect the stain and provide professional stain removal. If you notice a bad odor in your home but can’t identify the source, it could be helpful to have a professional cleaning company inspect your home. Odors like mold and must are sometimes difficult to pinpoint to a particular source, but may actually be within the walls or under the flooring. An inspection can help you appropriately identify the source of the odor and counteract it directly.

Target Spills Rapidly

Any spills in your home particularly those of strong smelling liquids like urine, need to be rapidly cleaned up to prevent those pet odors pervading your home. If the strong-smelling liquids are allowed to penetrate the carpet or upholstery, they could reach the deep padding where they are very difficult to remove. As soon as a spill occurs on your carpet or soft furnishings, blot off the excess immediately and call your carpet cleaner to provide expert stain removal.

Conduct Professional Deep Cleaning

Airborne odors can absorb into soft furnishings and carpet over time, causing smells to linger in your home long after the source is gone. Professional carpet cleaning and professional upholstery cleaning deep clean the absorbent fibers of these furnishings to remove odor particles and freshen your home. Professional odor removal can help you target any particularly stained or smelly areas in your soft furnishings.

Wash Or Refinish Hard Surfaces

Tiles, hard surfaces, walls, and windows can also host odors if not cleaned regularly. Absorbent grout in tiles can particularly be a source of odor accumulation. Professional tile and grout cleaning can deep clean grout, while deep hardwood cleaning can also assist odor removal from wooden floors.

Shifting stubborn orders can be frustrating as they seem to linger no matter what you do. But with a professional approach to deep household cleaning you can target odors at their source for lasting odor removal and a fresher scent in your home.

The Basics of Spot Removal

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It’s a good feeling. You have a beautiful home, you spend time keeping it in perfect shape, and your brand-new carpet is the icing on the cake. It’s soft, comfortable and clean.

Then one day, you notice (gasp) a spot right in the middle of the living room. There’s no way you can live with that eyesore. It has got to go. What do you do?

Here are a few tips to basic spot removal. Don’t forget that a spot can really be a stain, which needs professional attention.

Identify

Do your best to visually identify the spot. Some spots are easy to figure out; others are pretty tough. It’s not always possible to identify the spotting substance in the carpet. Yet, a little sleuthing on your part can get you close. Where is the spot? Is it near the dining room or where those in the family might eat? Odds are, it’s food related, and you might find success with a spotting solution for sticky residues. Is it in a bedroom? Could be cosmetic, shoe polish or other substance common to getting ready for the day, and you might find success with a dry solvent spotter.

Apply product

When you have figured out as best you can the type of spot you have, choose a reputable product for that particular spot. Some of the best spotting solutions can be obtained from your carpet cleaning company. Ask them what they recommend.

Blot

Next comes removal. Carefully blot the spot. Do not scrub. You will damage the tips of the fibers and there’s nothing short of replacement to fix that. Keep applying and blotting product until the spot is gone.

Remember, if you do your own spot removal, there is some danger of removing original fabric color and causing other damage. Take your time and do it right. Pretesting fiber and solution compatibility is always recommended.

And when in doubt (or when a spot stumps you) always do the very best thing: Call Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration right away!

Should You Wash Cushion Covers?

It’s a very easy thing to do… you notice your sofa cushion covers are a little dingy, which is perfectly normal with kids, pets and normal usage.

So you decide to do-it-yourself and wash the cushion covers. They come out looking nice. But you also notice a little problem. The colors aren’t as bright as they used to be, and it takes a lot of effort to get the covers back over the foam cushions themselves. In fact, for one cushion, you can’t even get it zipped up all the way.

The reason is that these casings are not designed to be washed like normal laundry. “But it has zippers!” you exclaim. Well, that’s for the convenience of the furniture manufacturing company or the upholsterer.

Keep these points in mind if you’re tempted to wash cushion covers:

  1. When you wash the cushion covers, there is some danger in fabric shrinkage and dye loss. If this happens, not much you can do to fix it.
  2. Shrinkage typically occurs in the drier, so if you are tempted to wash your own cushion covers, hang them to dry (but remember there is always risk).
  3. Dyes are funny things. The dyes on your favorite t-shirts are pretty tough and durable and last a long time, but on upholstery they can bleed or fade. 
  4. Putting cushion covers in the laundry can also cause problems with the integrity of the fabric, such as any latex backing that could be present; delamination, or the separation of the face fiber and backing, can occur.

So while you may do this, remove your covers for laundering, keep these points in mind and be very careful with your valuable furnishings! Do your furniture and all upholstery fabric a huge favor: Call Diablo Carpet & Flooring Restoration, your upholstery cleaning professionals, today!

Cleaning The Shower: Fast, Cheap and Easy

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The job of your shower or bathtub is to keep you and your family clean… yet you might have noticed that the shower or bathtub themselves are in need of attention from time to time.

The problem is a common one. You combine soap residue with hard water and the resulting challenge is a build-up on the walls of the shower, the fixtures and more. It can be an ugly, difficult-to-clean mess! Sometimes, the shower and bath seem to be dirtier than you…

The solution is also a common one, pretty easy to accomplish, if you have the right tools.

A somewhat misleading concoction some think works for cleaning shower stalls and bath fixtures is to mix vinegar with ammonia and add a few other ingredients. The problem with that is the vinegar and ammonia cancel each other out because of their respective acidity and alkalinity. Remember that the “crud” on the tile and tub need acidity to remove… thus the idea of using a vinegar or acidic solution.

Use This for Cleaning the Shower

Create your own cleaning agent using vinegar, a drop of Dawn Dish Soap (or similar product) with super-hot water. You will need a trigger sprayer or small pump-up sprayer. Apply the home-made concoction liberally over all the areas that need to be cleaned. Allow at least 5 minutes of contact time (the more the better) and then rinse.  You may need to repeat the application of vinegar, dish soap and hot water.

Using vinegar is safe. Don’t use a harsh acid (such as a rust removing product) in place of vinegar. The chemical reaction and resulting residue from using a strong acid can be harmful to your skin or the skin of your family.

Don’t forget that a little elbow grease may be necessary to get the job done right. The soap scum and mineral deposits can be very tough to remove. But with the right amount of cleaning solutions along with your own scrubbing efforts, your shower dilemma will be over.

Of course, for all your cleaning needs, from carpet to upholstery to tile floors and more, call your Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration!

Cleaning Wool Carpet and Rug: Good News? Or Baaaad?

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DID YOU KNOW that choosing a wool carpet or rug for your home is both good news… and sometimes bad?

The good news is choosing wool, which is a high quality fiber but not really that popular because of the higher price, means your carpet or rug will last longer, look better and retain value.

The bad news is choosing wool means you won’t see as much dirt on it, and so you may not vacuum or clean it that often — which means your nice, wool carpet or rug may prematurely wear out.

Why is that?

Most consumers base their cleaning frequencies on appearance. That can be dangerous for any carpet or rug, or any surface, for that matter. With wool, the physical makeup of the fiber has the characteristic of hiding dirt, especially those tiny, gritty particles that wear on the fibers. You might compare this to putting sand on a piece of Plexiglas and walking on it. The sand will act as an abrasive, damaging the surface.

While wool fibers won’t damage as quickly as other fibers, such as nylon, polyester or olefin, any type of dirt or soil on them isn’t good news at all.

What you should do is talk to a cleaning professional about cleaning based on frequency, not appearance. Get your cleaning scheduled on a regular basis, and remember that not every situation is the same. Your home may not need as frequent cleaning as another; that’s why a professional opinion is smart.

Yes, wool is good… or baaaad… depending on how you treat it.

Floor Cleaning Basics

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Floors. You can’t avoid walking on them. You can’t avoid looking at them, either.

The condition of your floors really affects the appearance of your entire home. When you have visitors, they notice … whether your floors are clean and tidy and in good condition, and if they are soiled and dirty and in need of repair.

There are all types of flooring in homes today, from carpet and rugs to ceramic tile, luxury vinyl tile, natural stone, wood and more.

Carpet

It’s generally accepted by most that carpet and rugs are easy to care for, regarding routine maintenance. Regular vacuuming does the trick. As a basic rule, vacuum your heavy-use areas once per week per occupant. Yes, your pets count as occupants. That means if you have a family of five with a dog and a cat, you would vacuum every day. Not the entire house, so don’t panic, but perhaps the living room and any other common-use areas that are trafficked each day. The other rooms can be vacuumed perhaps twice per week.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is also easy to maintain. It needs swept and mopped frequently to avoid soil build-up. Use neutral cleaners and follow directions. If you notice any streaking after you clean, follow your normal cleaning with a clear water mopping and get it as dry as you can.

Luxury Vinyl Tile

Luxury vinyl tile, or LVT, can be cleaned like ceramic tile, but consider a two-bucket system. One with neutral detergent and another with clear water.

Wood Flooring

Wood flooring is another matter. Be safe and obtain an approved wood cleaning product from the manufacturer, or you can inquire of your favorite cleaning service as to what you should use. After cleaning, you may need to do a light buffing with a soft cloth, especially high traffic areas. Wood is a bit more sensitive than other flooring types, but small surface scratches can often be buffed out. Larger scratches and damage might need to be professional repaired.

There are other flooring types, of course, and each one will respond well to proper cleaning. Floor cleaning can be challenging, as well as hard work. Why not leave it to the pros and spend your valuable time doing something else you enjoy?

Call Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration today.  After all, it pays to call a pro!​