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No matter who you are, no matter where you live, you never sleep alone.
But don’t panic…those sleeping with you are somewhat peaceful. And not really that noticeable, until the “Welcome” sign goes up and they start inviting a bunch of guests over. Once the invitation goes out, there can be millions that end up in one mattress alone!
Yes, we are speaking of dust mites, those super-tiny eight-legged creatures that live in every house and take up residence in virtually every pillow, mattress and other comfortable abodes in the world.
Commonly called the “house dust mite,” (there are a couple of different types known to inhabit various parts of the world) this little creature feeds on flakes of shed human and animal skin and known to be a cause of asthma and allergic reactions.
Dust mite feces contain a powerful digestive enzyme that causes all kinds of breathing problems — if there are enough of the creatures in your home.
Some people are highly sensitive to dust mites, while others never have a reaction.
What can you do?
First of all, like we already said, don’t panic. Dust mites are everywhere, and there’s nothing you can do about that.
What you can do is keep things clean. Dust mites reproduce quickly in mattresses, beddings, pillows and other areas because these absorbent items take up moisture, such as saliva, perspiration and blood, from body contact. Dust mites prefer those warm, moist environments created by sleeping bodies.
Besides moisture, they need food. Dust mites are like any living creature. They need to eat. The skin flakes, dander and other protein sources are food for dust mites, so regular vacuuming is smart, especially using one with HEPA filtering. And running an air cleaner in your home with HEPA filtering will help, too.
Professional cleaning is a good investment for your home. Deep cleaning all fabrics on a regular basis means you are taking food away from these unwanted tenants. Logically, this equates to fewer dust mites coming over to party at your house.
So be a smart homeowner. Keep things clean and keep some of the pests away! Contact Diablo Carpet today.
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 This is particularly true for homes where the flooring is outdated or those looking to renovate.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!
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
When it comes to cleaning interiors, one area that goes forgotten is the upholstered furniture, or soft furnishings. They’re difficult to thoroughly clean yourself at home, so we get in the habit of skipping over them.
Good news: professional upholstery cleaning provides the ideal solution to deeply cleanse and safely rinse all upholstery. Here are 5 clear signs that it’s time for professional upholstery cleaning for the health and beauty of your home.
- You Can See Stains
Visible stains are a sure sign you should have your upholstery cleaned. It’s probably been a long time since the last thorough cleaning, if there ever has been one. Spills that stain are particularly difficult to remove from upholstery because they settle into the fabric and padding quickly, becoming set before you can properly clean the spill. Professional upholstery cleaners have the tools and machinery to safely deep clean and spot treat upholstery to fully lift and remove even stubborn stains, as well as the filth you can’t as readily see.
- You’ve Noticed More Sneezing and Allergies
An increase in sneezing, allergies and asthma in your home is a reliable sign you would benefit from thorough upholstery cleaning. Just like carpets, upholstery fibers can harbor dust, dust mites and pet dander – all allergens that can set off your symptoms. While regular vacuuming of soft furnishings helps, it takes professional upholstery cleaning equipment to remove these allergens on the deepest level to keep you healthy.
- Your Upholstery Has an Odor
Upholstery, carpets and other soft surfaces in your home can be magnets for odors. Whether it’s cooking odors, pet odors, smoke, or just a musty odor, dirty upholstery often has a distinctive ‘smell’ to it. The solution to preventing upholstery odors is to remove the source of the odor – ventilate while cooking, only smoke outside, and don’t allow pets on the couch. But if the odors are already there, professional upholstery cleaning is the only way to really get them out.
- Upholstered Furniture Fabric Looks Dull and Oily
Over time, upholstery fabric absorbs grease, oil and dirt from our bodies as we use our couches and sofas. You’ll find this most prominent in the areas we repeatedly touch the furnishings with our skin, like where our hands, heads, or necks rest. This is a very unflattering effect on upholstery, making it look much older, grubbier and dirtier than it has to look. Professional upholstery cleaning lifts away grease, oil, grime and skin flakes that may have collected in your couch over the years through prolonged use.
- Hair, Fur, Dust and Dirt Are Stuck To Your Upholstery
The soft fabric surface of upholstery easily collects pet hair, dust and dirt as humans and pets pass by. Unlike smaller bits of dirt and dust, these larger hairs are more visible to your family and visitors. Dust and dirt can turn into dark marks and wear over time with repeated use. Upholstery cleaning removes visible hairs, fur and grime for cleaner looking upholstery.
With professional cleaning you can make the upholstered furniture in your home cleaner, better smelling, and newer looking. Talk to a professional carpet cleaner about the options they have for upholstery cleaning to renew your upholstered pillows, chairs, sofas, benches, and couches for a fresher, cleaner, more hygienic home.
We spend a large portion of our weekdays inside our office or business premises. Because of the use we get from our office spaces, they can quickly become stained and dirty. However, a clean, tidy and hygienic office space is better for business and the health of your clients and employees. Regular commercial cleaning offers the ideal solution to keep your office or business space clean and hygienic. However, you may also need additional spot treatment for some of the more stubborn stains on your office carpet. Here we look at 4 of the most common office carpet stains and how you can remove them to maintain flawless office carpet.
Many people enjoy a cup of coffee to get the work day started, and a few more throughout the day for good measure. But sooner or later, spilled coffee ends up as a stain on the office carpet. Often these stains are not found until after they have dried and set. In this case, you will need the professional help of commercial cleaners to remove the coffee staina.
But if you have just spilt your coffee on the office carpet there are a few steps you can take to minimize staining. Blot the carpet with a clean white cloth to remove the coffee. You can then lightly blot the stain away with a diluted white vinegar solution. If in doubt, call your local commercial carpet cleaners for expert stain removal.
Lunch breaks at work can mean greasy food stains on the office carpet. These can be tricky to remove on your own, but there are a few steps you can take to minimize damage. Remove any excess food particles, and blot the stain with a solution of a 1/4 tsp of clear dish soap in 1 cup of warm water. This should loosen the grease and help to lift the stain.
Be careful to blot the stain, not to rub as this can spread the stain or damage carpet fibers. Call your local commercial carpet cleaner for professional oil stain removal service if your food grease stains won’t budge.
Ink stains are all too common in the office, with leaky pens, toner cartridges and stamp pads a feature of most business spaces. Ink stains can be particularly difficult to remove, and there’s no good DIY solution. Your best bet with ink stains is to call a professional commercial carpet cleaner straight away. You can carefully blot away excess ink of the stain is fresh, then await professional stain removal for exceptional results.
Even something as seemingly harmless as spilled water can leave a stain on office carpet. These watermarks are almost impossible to get rid of without a complete commercial carpet clean. Call your local commercial carpet cleaning company to conduct thorough steam cleaning and rid your office carpet of water stains.
With this guide to tackling the 4 most common office carpet stains, and the professional assistance of your local commercial carpet cleaning company, you can ensure your office stays clean, comfortable and hygienic.
If you have a professional office or commercial business, you might not invest much time or thought into the cleanliness of your flooring. However, the commercial flooring in your office, shop or warehouse will be noticed by your clients, customers and employees, and should reflect the high quality and cleanliness you desire for your business. Here we look at some of the reasons why commercial carpet cleaning and floor maintenance is so essential for professional offices and businesses, and the many advantages it can offer your business.
A Professional Appearance
When you are running a business or a professional office, a polished and clean appearance is essential for maintaining the professionalism and appeal of your business. Dirty, stained carpets, scuffed and scratched floors, and old, smelly area rugs can heavily detract from the impression of a commercial or corporate space, and make your business less appealing to customers and workers. Contracting a commercial floor cleaning company to professionally clean your carpets or flooring on a regular basis helps to maintain a professional appearance without you having to worry about cleaning.
Cleanliness and Hygiene
Nobody wants to attend a doctor’s or dentist’s office where the carpet is not regularly cleaned and could be hosting thousands of different germs. Likewise, unclean floors in any office setting detract from the hygiene and cleanliness of the entire space and can lead to increased illness and allergies.
Professional commercial carpet cleaning deeps cleans carpets to remove germs, dirt and contaminants, for safer, healthier and more hygienic floors for your customers and clients.
Workplace Health and Safety
Unkempt and dirty flooring could become a health and safety hazard in the workplace without regular professional cleaning. Oily residues, mold and slime can build up on smooth flooring like laminate and tiles, increasing the risk of slips, trips and falls. Commercial tile and grout cleaning can clean deeper than any DIY method, removing deeply ingrained dirt and mold and improving the appearance and safety of your floors.
Improved Interior Air Quality
The carpet in professional offices and shops is subject to a huge amount of traffic every day. Shoes can bring in dirt, dust, allergens, pollutants and chemicals that get dislodged in carpet fibers. During vacuuming or foot traffic these particles can be stirred up again, diminishing air quality and increasing the risk of allergies being triggered. Regular commercial carpet cleaning reduces particle build up in your office carpet and maintains a higher indoor air quality.
Greater Employee and Customer Satisfaction
Healthy customers and employees are happier customers and employees. By professionally cleaning the carpets in your offices or shop on a regular basis, you improve the health and safety of your professional space and make it a more appealing location to visit and work in. This helps to boost business and make your professional space one that clients are happy to visit again and again.
Commercial carpet cleaning and floor cleaning in Walnut Creek and the entire East Bay allows professional offices and stores to create a more beautiful, safe and healthy environment that can be enjoyed by clients, customers and employees alike.
Carpet bleach spots are one of the most intimidating and difficult imperfections to remove from your carpet. While regular carpet stain removal involves extracting and removing staining pigments and discoloration from your carpet, in the case of a bleach stain, all the pigment from your carpet has been removed and needs to be added back in. You may think it’s impossible to add the color back to your carpet bleach stains, but in fact professional carpet cleaners can use the number one method to make bleach spots disappear at a fraction of the cost of new carpet installation.
Carpet Bleach Spot Dyeing
Carpet bleach spot dyeing or color correction is the ideal way to re-pigment your bleach stained carpets and remove all traces of carpet bleach spots, so your carpets look like new again. Unlike unsightly carpet patching or expensive carpet replacement, carpet color correction offers the most accurate and cost effective method for matching the bleach stained areas of your carpet to the original areas, so that all traces of the bleach spot disappear. If you need to remove a carpet bleach spot, expert color correction offers the most effective and impressive result short of replacing the entire carpet.
How Does Carpet Color Correction Work?
In the process of carpet dyeing, a carpet cleaning technician begins by carefully analysing and examining the carpet fiber in order to apply the right technique and achieve the best results. The carpet fiber is tested to see if it can be dyed, and to establish what kind of result can be expected. Natural carpet fibers and nylon carpets respond well to color correction, however some synthetic fibers such as olefin and polypropylene carpets cannot be successfully dyed.
The rug or carpet to be dyed should undergo professional carpet cleaning to remove any dirt or discoloration beforehand to ascertain an accurate color match. The technician will then neutralize the bleach spot to prevent further damage, and apply layers of transparent, permanent dye to the carpet fibers, matching the original carpet color as closely as possible. Multiple dye colors are blended and layered in order to achieve the most accurate color result. In most cases, the results of carpet dyeing color correction are truly amazing, achieving an over 85% color match, which means that an unsuspecting person will not notice the previously bleach stained area.
Benefits of Carpet Dyeing for Bleach Spots
While carpet patching is often the ‘go to’ method for repairing a bleach spill on carpet, patching is often obvious and unsightly, due to the need to create a seam where the carpet patch is sewn in. A carpet patch can often be noticed even by the casual observer, and it creates a ‘weak spot’ in your carpet where it may be prone to unravel or fray. Although the costs for carpet patching and color correction carpet dyeing are similar, carpet dyeing produces a much more effective and unnoticeable result that is preferred by most customers.
If you require perfect carpet bleach spot repair, you may need to replace your carpet entirely. However, this can be a much more expensive and involved job, and most clients would prefer an accurate and cost effective color correction for bleach spots before carpet replacement.
With the assistance of an expert color correction technician with your specialist carpet cleaner Walnut Creek, you can understand how effective carpet dyeing can be to remove the bleach spots from your carpet, helping to return your carpet to an almost perfect condition at a fraction of the price of carpet replacement.
While carpet, area rugs, hardwood floors and ceramic tile flooring have traditionally been some of the favorite flooring choices for homes and businesses, it’s clear that the trend for flooring is moving to a new and different kind of flooring. This move is demonstrated in the announcement from Shaw Industries, one of the largest carpet and rug manufacturers in the world, that they are moving away from area rug production to invest over $100 million in luxury vinyl tile (LVT) floors. Shaw Industries CEO Vance Bell says “The economics of the rug business today simply does not allow for future growth or encourage future investment,” indicating that the money in the flooring business has shifted from soft floor coverings, to cost efficient and appealing luxury vinyl tiles. But what are luxury vinyl floor tiles and what is the importance of these luxury tiles for homeowners and businesses?
What Are Luxury Vinyl Tiles?
Luxury vinyl tiles are resilient, hardworking and truly beautiful, however, they are not a premium product in the way stone, marble or granite flooring would be considered premium. In essence, LVT floors are imitators, designed to impersonate with a high level of accuracy the look and feel of a luxurious stone, marble, granite or wood floor, while actually being composed of vinyl.
Luxury vinyl tiles are the result of advanced computer technology that allows the production of a vinyl flooring that very closely matches not only the look, but the feeling of premium flooring choices like stone, marble and granite. The production of these vinyl tile squares involves a computer “seeing” and copying what real marble or granite luxury floor tiles look like, and then making a photographic replication of that image onto the vinyl floor tiles. This results in an incredibly realistic product, of much higher quality than flooring imitators of the past.
How Are Luxury Vinyl Tiles Used?
The quality of luxury vinyl tiles can vary depending on the compositions and the manufacturing country (manufacturers in Asia, the United States and Europe all have their own manufacturing procedures and technologies). Luxury Vinyl Tiles that are composed of 100% vinyl are often used in commercial flooring, and have an additional protective layer (the mil layer) added to the vinyl to enhance the durability in commercial settings.
Luxury vinyl floor tiles used in residential settings may not be 100% vinyl and may not have an extra mil layer. However, it’s important to ensure your vinyl tile floor has a sufficient mil layer in order to make it more durable and easy to clean.
How To Care for Luxury Vinyl Tile Floors?
LVT floors do not need to be sealed or finished and many manufacturers strongly recommend against this. LVT floors are resistant to spots, stains and moisture, and sealants and finishes will merely end up peeling off the floor with wear.
Luxury vinyl tile floors are prone to soiling over time however, and need targeted care to maintain their finish and beauty. A professional floor cleaner is best able to remove soiling and staining from luxury vinyl floors using a neutral cleaning solution and a wet/vac system to remove all moisture along with the soiling and dirt.
Of course when it comes to cleaning floors, prevention is better than cure, so using a ‘high-performance’ matting system to help keep LVT floors looking great can be very effective. These ‘high-performance’ mats last for many years and are more effective and durable than conventional mats. Having the right matting and seeking professional floor cleaning care for your luxury vinyl floors helps to retain their appearance and functionality.
For more information on luxury vinyl floor tiles and their care, contact Diablo Carpet and Floor Restoration.