Sensitive to Mold and Other Allergens?

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DID YOU KNOW that even the healthiest of individuals can still feel negative effects in the presence of some common things around the house?

It’s not something that necessarily has to start growing in the basement of your house after a flood. It’s something that can “just happen” and it’s not good news. But it can be easily fixed.

First of all, what are we talking about?

New old stuff brought in

There are some items that can come into your home that can trigger your allergies or other sensitivities. These can include cardboard boxes, packages and other items sent or brought to you. The worse of these would be old stuff, things that have been around a while, gathering allergens.

Old ‘normal’ stuff

We’ve all been to a library and sniffed old books. OK, maybe not all of us, but those that remember books and libraries can relate. These old books and documents can be allergen triggers, so be sure to remember this before checking them out or taking them into your home.

Old decorations

Sure, the holidays are a time when you use ornaments and stuff, and this is just a few times a year… but you have to store them, right? Remember that they can bring in allergens. It might be best to give them at least a wipe-down, if not a complete cleaning, before putting them into the attic.

Old mattresses

Ick. This is a tough one, and sometimes a sensitive issue. Sure, it’s OK to pass on mattresses from one generation to another (what is family for?), but what are you getting when you inherit an old mattress or other bedding from someone not close to you? And don’t be tempted by that new-looking mattress at your neighbor’s garage sale. You just don’t know what you are getting into. Did you know that everymattress has dust mites?

Old rugs and carpet

Rugs and carpet are very important to you, but be sure to have them inspected by your carpet cleaning pro before bringing them into your home. These are items that can collect all types of allergens and other contaminants that can affect you and your family.

Don’t be afraid to throw old stuff out. Remember, it’s your home and your family’s health. Protect it!

Just make sure that what you bring into your home is safe for any allergy or asthma issues you or your family may have. 

Dust Mites and You

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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.

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.

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.

Why Odor Removal is so Important: Studies Show How Scent Influences Us

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Smell is one of the senses that is most closely connected to our emotional state. Have you ever smelled a scent or an odor that reminded you of something and contacting it again takes you right back to where you first noticed it? Scent can have a powerful effect on our feelings and behaviors. Recent research has found that 75% of the emotions that we have on a daily basis are affected by smell. Scent is powerfully connected to our memory and emotions. So, what are the scents and odors in your home saying to you? Here we look at how powerful scent can be and why it’s important to effectively remove odors from your home.

The Benefits Of Positive Scent

Positive smells have been shown to improve people’s emotions, encourage people to stay in an area longer and even to boost revenues in commercial spaces.

  • Positive mood – Studies have shown that pleasant smells improve the mood of those exposed to them more effectively than placebos (unscented sprays). Positive smells can give a higher attractiveness rating to people and environments, while bad odors can detract from our perception of the environment. Creating a pleasant odor in your home can make your home seem more attractive, stylish, and appealing.
  • Attraction and retention – Pleasant smells cannot only draw people into your space, they can help people stay longer as well. In a study by SMI and C. Russell Brumfield, researchers found that floral and citrus scents can influence people to linger as much is 25 to 40% longer in stores[1]. Creating positive odors in your home could help people feel more welcome and make your home a more inviting environment.
  • Increase value and revenue – Creating positive smells is not just important for homes, it’s crucial for businesses as well. In a 1995 study conducted by Dr. Alan Hirsch, it was found that pleasant ambient scent in one area of a casino was related to 45% more revenue when compared to a non-scented area. Because positive smells draw people in and encourage them to stay, creating an inviting odor can improve business appeal and revenue.

How Bad Odors Detract From Your Space

Bad odors can quickly accumulate in your home and settle in carpet and soft furnishings to linger in your home. Some of the most common sources of bad odors include –

  • Dirty or wet pets
  • Pet hair
  • Pet urine or droppings
  • Cooking smells
  • Cleaning or maintenance chemicals
  • Mold, mildew or must
  • Smoke

Removing these odors can be tricky, especially once they’ve settled fully into carpets, area rugs and soft furnishings. Deep professional carpet cleaning, area rug cleaning, and upholstery cleaning can reach deep into soft furnishing fibers and completely remove odor particles. When it comes to preventing and removing odors due to pet accidents and stains, it’s important to act fast to prevent the spill reaching the deep layers of padding and settling there. When spills reach this deep level, odors can be harder to remove so it’s important to catch these spills early to remove odors more effectively. Emergency carpet cleaning and stain removal can help to address spills and stains quickly to prevent lasting issues.

Creating an inviting and appealing home or work environment starts with removing unpleasant odors and cultivating more pleasant scents. Talk to us today about expert odor removal to help make your space more pleasant and welcoming.

[1] http://www.exhibitoronline.com/topics/article.asp?ID=688

How To Make A Better First Impression With Office and Reception Cleaning

The lobby or reception area of your business is where your clients and visitors get their first impression of your business. Studies have shown that within 12 seconds of observation, people establish a conclusion about another person or a place. An unclean reception with musty upholstery and stained carpets is unwelcoming and unpleasant, and presents a negative first impression of your business. Maintaining a spotless, hygienic and flawless environment in your reception and office area helps to create a better first impression for your clients and a healthier environment for your employees. Here we look at how to create a better first impression with a cleaner office environment and more beautiful lobby and reception area.

A Spotless Entrance

The entrance and reception area of your business is where your clients and visitors are most likely to receive their first impression of your business. However, the entrance is also the highest traffic area and most prone to wear, staining and soiling. Regular commercial carpet cleaning and stain removal for this busy area is essential to keep it clean and spotless.

Your entrance area should be inviting as well as clean, with clear signage indicating the reception area and welcome desk. A clean and tidy environment assists traffic flow and creates a welcoming reception and efficient workplace

Clean And Comfortable Reception

Before your clients and visitors go on to their appointment in your offices, they will be spending most of their time in the reception area. Because this area receives so many visitors, it’s essential that your reception area is clean, tidy and hygienic. Thorough carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning can help to remove dirt, grease and stains from the surfaces and soft furnishings in your reception, so your office always looks great and your guests are comfortable. Professional commercial cleaning helps to extract deeply ingrained grease and dirt from reception carpet and furnishings, creating the fresh and renewed atmosphere that’s ideal for a welcoming reception area.

An Inviting Layout

While you may only have limited control of the structural design of your reception area, implementing stunning interior design and creating the most appealing layout helps to make your business reception more inviting and attractive. Recruit the assistance of an interior designer to bring your space to life or get inspiration from other welcoming and comfortable corporate reception designs.

Up To Date Amenities

In order to ensure your reception area is most comfortable for your visitors, ensure the amenities and facilities available to them are sufficient. Clean bathrooms are a must, along with adequate comfortable seating. Beverages on hand provides extra comfort and a welcome for your guests. If you don’t have time to maintain a spotless reception area, a commercial cleaning service can provide professional carpet and upholstery cleaning, as well as tile and grout cleaning for a flawless guest bathroom. Providing the amenities and resources to keep your visitors comfortable is an essential component of the ideal reception area.

Commercial carpet cleaning and professional upholstery maintenance can make your reception area look and feel more appealing and welcoming for employees, clients and visitors. Create the perfect first impression and make your visitors comfortable with a clean, attractive and well-designed lobby area and office space.

The Number One Method To Make Carpet Bleach Spots Disappear

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.

 

4 Reasons Your Carpets or Area Rugs Need Professional Inspection

Your carpet is an investment in your home’s value and comfort, and so it’s important to protect your carpet with regular cleaning, maintenance and care. But how do you know the right type of care for your carpet? And what should you do about issues such as stains, worn patches and carpet replacement? This is where carpet inspection by a professional who knows all the details of carpet care and cleaning can be a critical part of preserving your carpet.

A carpet inspection can help you identify and diagnose issues with your carpet and determine the right treatment to optimize your carpet’s condition and give you the best results. Here are 4 reasons why you might need a carpet inspection, and how a professional carpet inspection can benefit you.

Carpet Cleaning or Stain Removal

If you are considering a professional carpet cleaning or you have a number of stains or bleach spots on your carpet that need removal, a carpet inspection should be an integral part of preparing for your carpet cleaning. A carpet inspection allows the cleaning professional to check the current condition of the carpet in order to recommend the correct mode of cleaning. The carpet inspection evaluates how old the carpet is, the pattern of wear, how well it has been maintained, and the type of fiber the carpet is composed of. This information allows the professional carpet cleaner to determine the most appropriate and safe mode of cleaning.

When it comes to carpet stain removal, you want stains to completely disappear, without leaving any residue or trace of the stain removal process. Bleach spots are even more difficult to correct because the carpet color needs to be correctly matched and added back in, or otherwise the carpet must be patched. Before these intricate and difficult processes to correct your carpet are undertaken, your carpet professional should provide a detailed carpet inspection.

Area Rug Cleaning

Area rugs are popular in houses with hardwood or tiled floors, in order to add warmth and comfort to the home. But cleaning area rugs can be tricky, as there are so many variations in the types of area rugs, the composition, the dye and the fringing, that expert attention needs to be paid to correctly inspecting and recommending a treatment for these rugs.

Cleaning an area rug incorrectly can lead to the dye bleeding, colors fading and even irreversible physical damage, which can lead to the loss of your valued rug. Many expert carpet cleaners offer complimentary carpet inspection before they conduct area rug cleaning in order to determine the most appropriate and safe methods of cleaning and handling.

Buying A New Home

If you are buying a new home with carpet, you want to ensure that the carpet is worth investing in. Repairing or replacing damaged carpet can cost thousands of dollars, and you don’t want to find out that you need this kind of expensive work on your prospective home’s carpet when it’s too late. If you are thinking of purchasing a new home that has carpet, call your local carpet care company to join you on a carpet inspection of your new home before you decide to buy.

Replacing Your Flooring

Carpet inspection can also be useful when you are thinking of replacing the flooring in your existing home. You may think your carpet is too stained or worn out and has to go, but an expert carpet inspection can help you understand whether it’s time to replace or whether you can simply repair.

A flooring inspection can also help you decide whether carpet, tiled or hardwood flooring would be best for your home if you do decide to replace, by inspecting the current condition of your flooring, evaluating your flooring use and taking into account your family’s lifestyle.

Carpet inspection is often neglected, but can be an extremely important aspect of caring for your flooring and help you to save money on floor replacement and repair in the long run.