How to Remove Blood Spots from Carpet and Furniture

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Blood spots on your carpet or on your furniture… what a terrible thing! These spots can come from a family member or pet. Hopefully when it happens, it’s not from a very serious accident.

But when it does happen, you must remove it quickly. Blood spots can be removed fairly easily if you get to it quick enough.

Of course, if there is a fair amount of blood, more than just a few spots, it’s best not to do anything except call a professional carpet cleaner.

For a small amount of blood, though, you should be able to handle the task of removing the spot if you follow some simple, safe procedures.

Removing Fresh Blood from Your Carpet

1. Blot.

When you have a fresh blood spot, get a white absorbent and disposable towel (like a paper towel without print on it) and blot up as much as you can. Never rub or scrub. That can damage the color and/or texture of the fabric, especially furniture fabric.

2. Wet blot.

There is probably still a spot remaining, even with a lot of blotting. So take about a quart of luke-warm water in a bowl, and add a drop of dish soap to it. Just a drop, you don’t want to leave any sticky residue behind. Dip a fresh, white absorbent and disposable towel into the solution and carefully blot the blood again. What you are trying to do is use the detergent solution to release the blood from the fibers into the towel.

3. Peroxide.

After that, if there is still some light blood staining remaining, use a fresh, white, absorbent and disposable towel to apply a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide, the same strength you purchase at a drug store. But remember, hydrogen peroxide is a “bleach” and you must be careful with colors, especially on furniture fabrics. It’s best to test an area like on the back, bottom skirting to make sure the colors aren’t affected.

Phew! That’s a lot of work. And it might do the trick, but it might not. You could set the blood and it could become a difficult stain if you aren’t careful.

So if you don’t like to live dangerously and would rather play it safe… your favorite carpet and furniture cleaning company, Diablo Carpet & Floor Restoration can help you. They know exactly what to do for your East Bay home. They have the tools and cleaning solutions to do it right!

If you have questions or need our assistance, contact our stain removal specialists at Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration at 925-833-0408 to help keep your flooring beautiful.

Taking the Haze off of your Hardwood

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You scrub and scrub and clean your hardwood but you notice that there is this haze or cloudiness on the hardwood in the living room. The source of this issue is usually a result of the chemicals and liquids used or spilled on the ground. This is taking away from the beauty and clean lines of hardwood flooring. So what can you do to fix the haze on your hardwood floors?

The following is one approach that could help remove the issue:

Step 1

Use your vacuum or broom to sweep the hardwood floor around the area of the haze. Should your vacuum have a brush head, we recommend using this as this can help dig deep and remove the residue on the floor. This step helps remove the stuff that would be making the floor dirty.

Step 2

The next step is to create a solution to clean the area by combining a ½ cup of ammonia and a gallon of warm water.

Step 3

Use the above formula with a soft cloth mop (i.e. terry cloth) to clean the impacted area.

Step 4

After you’ve mopped the area, you should remove the solution using a microfiber cleaning cloth. This should be followed by buffing the dry floor through circular motions, applying moderate pressure on the hazy areas.

Step 5

Upon completion, let the floor recover by not walking on it for 1 hour.

Lastly, if the problem persists, repeat the above process until the haziness leaves. The following are some additional tips to maintaining your hardwood flooring:

  • On a weekly basis, you should be vacuuming the area with a brush head and using a damp mop. You can even use some mild water with microfiber cleaning cloth.
  • Place hardwood designed floor mats in high traffic areas and have them shaken off each week.

If you are still unsuccessful in getting haze off the floor, contact Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration where we offer professional hardwood cleaning throughout the East Bay.

Making your Tile like New

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Do you remember when you moved into your Lafayette home or remodeled that Walnut Creek house? Do you recall how beautiful the tile and grout looked in there. It’s now been several years and all you can see is brown, black, and other grime in between the tiles. Tile floors and surfaces lose their shine and luster. Scrubbing and mopping do not fully clean the area. Grout absorbs almost all dirt and debris. Weekly cleaning does not bring out the gunk absorbed in the grout. What can you do to return the luster?

Grout and Tile Cleaning Options

You have a few options. The most draconian of these options is to just tear the tile out and move to a different/new material that is clean and devoid of all the residue. This is very drastic and would not be recommended unless there are other reasons to go this route.

Many people take the choice of getting a chemical from the store, some commercial gloves, and brush. They then can spend hours or even days scrubbing like crazy to get all the little crevices clean and free of dirt. This solution can be cost effective but it may not be thorough enough and could waste a lot of your precious time.

Lastly and the best recommendation is to hire a professional tile cleaner to come and restore your tile to “like new” condition. These professionals have commercial level equipment, high quality solutions, and experience in doing detailed cleaning. In addition, professional cleaners are usually qualified to place a sealant on the tile and grout to protect against future soiling of the area.

By having your tile and grout professionally cleaned, you are extending the life of your flooring and avoiding the necessity of spending large amounts of money for new tile. Thus, contact your tile flooring specialist today at Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration at 1-925-833-0408.

What Should You Ask Before Hiring a Professional Carpet Cleaner?

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Most of us know that you should get your carpet professionally cleaned periodically. What questions should you ask before hiring a company near you to clean your carpet?

  1. How long have you been doing professional carpet cleaning?

This question is important because being able to clean carpets is not enough. With experience comes the ability to recognize solutions and dangers. Certain flooring may require special treatment or a less common method of cleaning. There are multiple ways to clean carpets and get rid of stains. While some of this can be “book learned”, quite a bit of it comes through the experience of using and trying several methods through the course of business.

  1. What do your services include?

Many shoppers look at the quoted price and compare them as if they are equal. This usually isn’t the case. Some carpet cleaning companies will charge incidentals like travel, stain removal, extra room charges, etc. The best professional carpet cleaning companies will actually come do a free estimate and give you a final price that won’t be changed once you’ve hired them.

  1. Will you be able to remove the stain?

Families will most often call to have the carpets professional cleaned in two scenarios:

  • it’s time for their regular cleaning
  • they need a stain removed

Stain removal can be very tricky and is most effective if the call is made right away. Find out what techniques the cleaner uses to clean stains (pre-spray is usually recommended) and also ask them about the likelihood of the stain coming completely off. Do not be misled into paying hundreds of dollars for service that doesn’t solve the stain issue.

  1. What is your response time?

It’s important to know a company’s response time, because how quickly they can address a recent stain us very important. Plus you’ll want to know how long you’ll have to wait for your appointment. If they give you a four hour window, this can impact your daily schedule. Make sure you know how attentive the carpet cleaning company is to your needs.

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 it professionally cleaned.

Why Buy an Area Rug?

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Over the past twenty years, Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration has noticed a big shift throughout San Ramon, Danville, Pleasanton, Dublin, and Blackhawk communities.  Homes have been getting rid of carpet and replacing it with hardwood, laminate, or luxury vinyl tile.  These types of flooring are beautiful and can bring a lot of class to home.  Many families still consider and often purchase an area rug for a variety of reasons.  If you are considering purchasing an area rug, here are some factors that lead many to buy one:

Feeling of Warmth

Historically, carpet has always felt and been a warmer form of flooring.  It has brought a sense of calm and comfort to many when they enter a carpeted area.  Similarly, many families long for this feeling.  An area rug can bring some of the warmth that a traditional carpeted area has.

Decorative

Many hard floorings have a very monotone look to them or they can seem expansive in a big room.  An area rug brings a level of décor and distinction.  It breaks apart a room and can add an accent décor to the whole room and home.

Noise Buffer

Similar to carpeted rooms, an area rug can have a cushioning effect.  Hardwood surfaces tend to have sound bounce off of them in a more dramatic fashion.  Thus, an area rug can shield the sound and provide a buffer.  This results in a quieter environment through the use of area rugs.

Allergens Filter

Carpets can often capture various allergens which would normally float around the room.  In a hardwood area, these allergens would not have anything to grapple to.  An area rug provides such an outlet.  Allergens would get drawn to the area rugs and so long as they are cleaned regularly, they can provide a good filter and limit the allergic reactions as a result of your home

Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration has been keeping your home flooring professionally cleaned and in good condition. Please contact us today if you have any questions about area rugs or need to have one professionally cleaned.

Flooring Trends for the 2018 New Year

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As we clean flooring throughout San Ramon, Danville, and Blackhawk, Diablo Carpet & Floor Restoration customers are starting to ask where to expect flooring trends to go. This is particularly true for homes where the flooring is outdated or those looking to renovate.

 

Gray Colored Flooring

2017 saw a big push towards gray colored flooring.  It looks modern, fresh, and is easily compatible with multiple interior design styles. This flooring tends to come in various patterns and can be carpet, vinyl, tile, and even some stained hardwood flooring.  The coming year will see gray flooring get even more popular, it’s just getting started!

 

Textural Color

While grays have been in, variety of looks and colors has also exploded.  What does this mean?  Solid browns, whites, and other traditional solid colors are out.  Dappled, streaky, and patterned colors are in.  Companies are utilizing a variety of materials, prints, and designs to expand upon what a floor can be in a home.  Families are now bringing more of their personality out through flooring color choices.  Check out a local flooring store and see all the unique styles that have taken hold.

 

Dent Resistant

Do items somehow get dropped in your home? Have you been frustrated by a dent in your floor? One of the newest flooring trends emerging is the development of dent resistant flooring.  We are seeing this mostly in luxury vinyl tile but it’s expanding into laminate flooring too.  If you have kids or tend to be clumsy, this could be a great option for flooring.

 

Waterproof Flooring

Bigger than dents, a floors biggest enemy is water.  Manufacturers have been working for years to find a way to limit the impact of water on floors.  When you spill that glass of water, your flooring could get moldy or it could become discolored. In the past, this has led many homeowners to replace their flooring.  However, 2018 may see this problem evaporate.  Beautiful hardwood flooring, vinyl tile, and carpet are already being released that is water resistant or waterproof.  While this will not remove the need to getting your flooring professionally cleaned by your local carpet cleaner or hardwood floor cleaner, it will reduce the need to get flooring replaced due to water damage.

 

Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration has been keeping Bay Area home flooring professionally clean and in good condition. Please contact us today if you have any questions about flooring trends, floor care, or would like us to connect you with a local flooring provider.

How to Care for Your Area Rug

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As hardwood floors have risen to equal popularity as home carpeting, area rug cleaning has become a more common need.  We all know to vacuum our carpets but what should we do to keep our area rugs clean?  Some are old, and made of finer materials than carpets.  Others utilize newer materials that have special cleaning requirements.

Always read the manufacturers cleaning requirements.  Following those guidelines will usually put you on the right track. If you don’t have instructions or can’t adhere to them, here are some tips for cleaning area rugs.

 

Oriental Rugs

Oriental rugs, especially traditional ones, are usually handmade, older, and need careful care.  A normal vacuum’s brushes are generally too harsh and can damage these rugs.  You can use an older vacuum with a beater bar and work with the vacuum attachments to avoid sucking up the fringes of the rug.  A common practice is to use a covering over the hose attachment to prevent sucking it up.  Nylon hosiery or a sheer cloth is usually the best type.

 

Alternatively, if your area rug is on the smaller side, you could utilize an old fashioned but effective method: hanging it outdoors and using a soft brush to clean it off.  Even if you do this, we recommend running a vacuum over the back of the rug as it can gather debris, and won’t be damaged by the vacuum.  It is recommended that you have the rug professionally cleaned annually, or every year and a half if it’s in a low traffic area.

 

Flat-Woven Rugs

These area rugs are usually very similar to carpeting.  It’s recommended that you clean the rug as often as you would vacuum other areas of your home.  You can hang it outdoors and clean it with a soft brush for smaller rugs, or even shake the dust outside if the rug is small enough.  A select few types of flat-woven rugs can be washed.  Read the manufacturer’s instructions, some may require you to hand wash them or put them in a bag when using a washing machine. It’s important to professionally clean flat-woven area rugs approximately annually or depending on the traffic volume.

 

Pile Rugs

If a pile rug is made of wool, then wet cleaning is preferred.  If your area rug is made of silk, then it should be washed with a dry method.  A simple technique to check if you’ll lose color while cleaning is to take a damp cloth and run it gently over the area rug.  If color transfers to the cloth then you know the area rug will lose color if you wet-clean it.

 

Shag Rugs

If you have a shag area rug then a canister vacuum works best.  Traditional upright vacuums will likely damage the shag loops.  Another effective tool for maintaining these area rugs is a carpet rake, as it could help detangle them.

 

Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration has been keeping Bay Area home flooring professionally clean and in beautiful condition. Please contact us today if you have any questions or would like us to professionally clean your area rug anywhere in San Ramon, Danville, Blackhawk, Alamo, Dublin, Pleasanton, or Walnut Creek.

Robot Vacuums for Carpet, Hardwood, and Area Rug Cleaning

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As technology takes over our lives, robot vacuums are appearing in more and more homes.  They go around your home and handle things without you having to bend, crawl, or move items.  How can this impact your floor cleaning?

Regular Cleaning

These vacuums allow you to have your floors cleaned on a regular, consistent schedule.  While you may have previously vacuumed your home on a weekly or more infrequent basis, you can now have your floors cleaned daily, perhaps while you sleep. To make this system work, you will now have to empty and maintenance the robot vacuum cleaner every day or few days.

Hard to Reach Spots

Beyond the more consistent schedule, these vacuums are generally smaller and able to go into hard to reach spots.  Think about the last time you vacuumed, did you actually lift your couch to clean underneath it?

Spot Cleaning

Some of these robot vacuums have a mode for handling a spill or mess in one area.  This allows the vacuum to focus on that section of the home and clean it up, although not all the robot cleaners come with this setting.

Mop Replacement

While not all robot vacuums have it, a few of them have an option for it to mop or “wet clean” certain types of floors too.  This is a nice feature but the technology is still evolving, and they have extremely limited scrubbing power. This is not at a level that should be used as a regular replacement to mopping just yet.

Technology Limitations

Some of these vacuums are now wifi-connected, so you can trigger it through an app on your phone or computer. Things are still a little behind though, as with the mop feature, much this technology is still evolving.  The battery can be limited, the bin size maybe too small to handle more than one cleaning worth of dirt, or the device may fall down stairs, get stuck on area rugs, or have trouble finding its way back to the charging station.

Vacuum-Proof the Home

Having these devices doesn’t mean you can leave it and forget it.  You need to clean up the surrounding areas as small toys, socks, or other small items could get stuck in it and break it.

In fact, this can be a big issue with pets, especially if they are not toilet trained.  Recently, one of our clients had severe damage to the device and their flooring when the robot vacuum spread a puppy’s accident all over their home.  We were able to completely clean and sanitize their flooring but the vacuum had tremendous damage.

Doesn’t Fully Replace Vacuuming

While this helps keep the house somewhat cleaner, these devices are not as powerful or effective as traditional vacuums. It is recommended that you still vacuum regularly and use a robotic vacuum for home maintenance in between more familiar methods of floor cleaning. A recent robot vacuum review found that the upright traditional vacuum is still far more effective that the best bots.

While robot vacuums promise to be one of the next wave of useful technologies, we still have a long ways to go.  Regular vacuuming and even professional carpet, hardwood, or area rug cleaning are still essential.  Please contact us with any questions or if you’d like to schedule your professional cleaning today.

Carpet Repair: 4 Most Common Carpet Injuries that are Fixable

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Your carpet is a significant part of your home. It creates the foundation of your interior design. And your carpet can get a lot of wear and tear. You can vacuum, spot clean, and have it professionally cleaned to keep it looking well maintained. Despite your efforts, your carpet may sometimes sustain an injury that requires repair. Here are the 4 most common carpet injuries and the steps you can take for repairing them.

Stains, Spills, And Burns

The normal routines of life – dinner parties, feeding kids, having indoor pets – can all result in spills. Some spills are easily cleaned. Others, such as those from adhesives or candle wax may be harder to remove. Some adhesives will require a special solvent. Candle wax can sometimes be removed by placing a cloth over it and then ironing the spot. As you iron, the wax may loosen and transfer to the towel. If you try it, remember: we didn’t advise you to do that. 🙂

Most carpet stains are removable, especially with many of the new products on the market. Anything from red wine to pet urine can be removed. However, occasionally a stain is especially stubborn to remove. This is more likely happen if the stain sets too long.

A burn to your carpet may be the most challenging to repair. If the burn is just at the top of the fibers, you may just be able to carefully trim them away with scissors. If the burn is severe, you may need a more drastic plan. You may need to remove that patch of carpet and replace it seamlessly with a remnant. Not only can carpet patching be performed by your professional carpet repair professional, but the professionals do tend to make a much more hidden patch, with fewer differences in color, shape, and texture or direction of fibers.

Furniture Indentations 

When you have had furniture in the same spot for years and then move it, you may be frustrated by the deep carpet indentations left behind. You may vacuum and hope that loosens the fibers. You’ll find that it’s often not quite enough.

One solution is to dampen the spot with some sprays of water and then blow-dry the area, while fluffing the fibers. Another solution is to use steam to remove the dents, by placing a damp cloth over the area and ironing on the cloth. A third solution is to have your carpets professionally and deeply steam cleaned. This will loosen the fibers and reduce or eliminate the indentations.

Cuts And Tears

A cut or tear to your carpet can occur during furniture and appliance moves. This damage is harder to repair than a stain or dent. You might be able to use heat-activated carpet tape and a steam iron to repair the carpet. This will work for a small tear that has matching seams that come together. If the tear is particularly jagged or large, you may need to have a bit of the carpet removed and replaced with a matching remnant by your professional carpet repair specialist.

Bleach Stains

Bleach stains are like the inverse of a regular spill or stain. Bleach permanently removes pigment from the carpet making it almost impossible to return to it’s usual appearance. At Diablo Carpet, our expert carpet technicians can create an identical match pigment to dye bleach stains, returning bleach injured carpet to it’s original color.

If your carpet has been damaged or injured, call Diablo Carpet for an expert carpet repair assessment and the best service for a high quality fix.