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Five Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Carpet

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5 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your CarpetYour carpet is an investment in your home. Most homeowners choose a carpet because they like the way it looks and feels. A great carpet is warm and inviting to your bare feet. Incorporating certain carpet cleaning practices can help you protect your investment and extend the life of the carpet.

Here are five ways to prolong the life of your carpet:

  1. Take Off Your Shoes

Taking your shoes off and leaving them at the door can go a long way for the life of your carpet. Tests have shown that it takes up to 17 steps for all of the dirt from outside to come off of your shoes. That means the first 17 steps you take into your home you are tracking dirt onto the carpet. Leaving the shoes off helps to keep your carpet free of dirt and debris from outside and leaves your carpet looking new.

  1. Vacuum Regularly

It can be easy to forget to vacuum if your carpet does not look dirty. It is recommended for an active family household to vacuum two to three times a week. During those times you should be making four to six passes in high traffic areas and two to three in low traffic.

The bag or bagless cylinder should be less than half full when you begin vacuuming. Check the brushes of the vacuum and make sure they are not worn or full of hair and lint. Run the vacuum over the entire surface of the carpet, not just the areas where you can see crumbs or dirt.

  1. Clean Spots Right Away

It is important to clean spot stains on the carpet as soon as they happen. Spot cleaning will help to keep the life and appearance of the carpet intact. For liquid spills, blot the spot with a clean white towel. This should remove the liquid before causing a carpet stain.

  1. Schedule a Regular Cleaning

A professional carpet cleaning every one to two years can extend its life. Professional Surface Restoration’s carpet cleaning process gets deep into the carpet and removes more soil and stains than a typical steam cleaning.

  1. Rearrange the Furniture

Heavy furniture can be tough on the carpet. If you keep your furniture in the same place for the life of your carpet, the areas where they have been sitting will be damaged. If the size of your room allows, move the furniture regularly.

Create a Plan

Build a plan that will work best for your family from the above recommendations. It is important to schedule regular vacuuming and carpet cleaning into your routine, so it becomes a habit. Keep an eye on areas below furniture to make sure they are not weathering unevenly. These easy steps can help save you time and money in the long run.

Professional Surface Restoration’s patented process cleans hard surfaces including but not limited to, tile and grout, brick, block, concrete, granite, and marble Terrazzo. Our unique process for hard surface cleaning is revolutionizing the way you restore and maintain all floors back to their natural beauty, including carpet! Call us today at (419) 705-8693 to request a FREE demo.

5 Carpet Care Tips for Pet Owners

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Carpet Care Tips for Pet Owners

Our fluffy family members bring us joy, humor, and a lot of love – but they don’t share those sentiments with our carpet. Between dirty paws and bathroom accidents, pet owners can become easily frustrated with trying to keep their carpets clean and fresh. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to mitigate permanent damage to your carpets and keep them looking new. Keep reading for 5 carpet care tips for pet owners.

  1. Clean Carpet ASAP. While many stains won’t have a time limit (such as dirt), others, such as canine urine, can permanently alter the dye of your carpet if not addressed immediately. Try soaking up the stain with paper towels or an old rag before using any cleaners.
  2. Clean Carpet Thoroughly. Compared to humans, pets have significantly stronger senses of smell and can detect the pheromones from a previous accident long after it fades from their master’s noses. When cleaning, keep your pet’s sense of smell in mind and be as thorough as possible.
  3. Make the Carpet Unattractive (to your pet). Part of the reason for so thoroughly cleaning previous accident sites is to prevent your pet from using them again. If you eliminate their scent and make the area unappealing – while simultaneously making the desired bathroom area more appealing – you’re much more likely to change future behavior. To combat the remnant scent, look for enzymatic cleaners at your local pet store or supermarket and follow all bottle directions.
  4. Purchase a Small Steam Cleaner. Larger steam cleaners can do wonders for your carpet, but they’re both expensive to rent and inconveniently bulky to address every stain or accident. To take care of stains quickly and easily, consider purchasing a smaller, hand-held type steam cleaner that can be easily stored and retrieved as you need it.
  5. Win the War Against Pet Hair. Rounding out our list is pet hair’s nefarious ability to get on everything dark on your house. To limit the spread of pet hair, consider offering your pet a designated bed or play area. Lint rollers can be a great option for cleaning pet hair from carpet and furniture. This remedy may become expensive to maintain if you have multiple pets. For a DIY alternative, buy a roll of double-sided packing tape and wrap it around something cylindrical like the cardboard tube from a paper towel roll. Add layers of tape once the current layer loses stickiness.

Professional Surface Restoration’s patented process cleans hard surfaces including but not limited to, tile and grout, brick, block, concrete, granite, and marble Terrazzo. Our unique process for hard surface cleaning is revolutionizing the way you restore and maintain all floors back to their natural beauty, including carpet! Call us today at (419) 705-8693 to request a FREE demo.

3 Reasons to Have Your Carpet Cleaned by a Professional

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3 Reasons to Have Your Carpet Cleaned by a ProfessionalYou can find countless articles offering do-it-yourself solutions and “life hacks” for common problems around the house (i.e. carpet cleaning hacks), but some things are best left to the experts. Carpet cleaning is certainly one of those things. While you may be able to get your carpet looking acceptable again with a bit of elbow grease and the right tools, a professional carpet cleaning service offers a much more thorough carpet cleaning than you can do on your own.

#1 – The Pros Have Heavy Equipment for Tough Jobs

 You can purchase a consumer grade carpet cleaner at most department stores, but these devices only offer short-term solutions to dirty carpets. While you may see some success using one of these vacuum cleaner-like machines, commercial-grade cleaning equipment used by professional cleaners will achieve a much deeper clean.

Standard carpet cleaners may be able to restore the top of your carpet’s fibers, but they won’t reach the deeper roots. Eventually, the lowest section of your carpet may start to accumulate potential harmful things like mold and dust mites.

#2 – Professional Cleaning Keeps You Healthy

Commercial-grade cleaning equipment will clean the entirety of your carpet fibers. Regular professional cleaning not only ensures you’re keeping your carpets as clean as possible, but also as healthy as possible. Deep cleaning dislodges and removes allergen and dirt buildup in the lowest parts of the carpet.

Professional Surface Restoration’s deep cleaning process pulls all the dirt, dust mites, etc. from the base of your carpet fibers. If the dirt down deep is not removed it will start to wear out your carpet. As people walk on the carpet the dirt granules work like sand paper and breaks carpet fibers down, which accelerates the wear-and-tear of your carpet.

Regular professional cleanings also make your carpet easier to maintain. Most of the dirt you’ll be cleaning out of your carpet is dry. Regular vacuuming will help remove most of the dry dirt accumulation, and deep cleaning with professional grade equipment will make it easier for your vacuum to do its job.

#3 – Professional Cleaning Improves Indoor Air Quality

A great deal of the dirt and debris that becomes trapped in your carpet contains bacteria and allergens as well. Thorough removal helps prevent your carpet from degrading your indoor air quality, which will help you and your family breathe easier. Indoor air quality tends to be worse than the outdoor air quality, so regular cleanings and circulating outdoor air through your home helps prevent indoor allergens, bacteria, and mold spores from proliferating.

You may not be able to do as thorough a job as a professional carpet cleaner, but a professional cleaning will certainly make your own maintenance routine easier. Regular cleanings help you maintain your carpet better just by vacuuming, saving you time and stress. Hire a professional cleaning service for deep cleaning and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with better indoor air quality and cleaner carpets.

Professional Surface Restoration’s patented process cleans hard surfaces including but not limited to, tile and grout, brick, block, concrete, granite, and marble Terrazzo. Our unique process for hard surface cleaning is revolutionizing the way you restore and maintain all floors back to their natural beauty, including carpet! Call us today at (419) 705-8693 to request a FREE demo.

Top 5 Carpet Cleaning Hacks

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carpet cleaning hacksYour carpet acts as the biggest filter in your home. Over time, it traps pet dander, dust, and other allergen-producing particles. Even though it’s important to keep up with regular professional cleanings, there are several tricks to help keep your carpet clean and fresh. Below are our top 5 advanced carpet cleaning hacks in between professional carpet cleanings.

  1. Deep Clean Carpet Cleaner. Making your own deep-clean carpet cleaner gives you more control over the chemicals brought into your home. This deep cleaner can be used in your rug-cleaning machine. It is made of ¾ cup of hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup white vinegar, 2 tablespoons dish soap, 5 drops of essential oils, 2 tablespoons of fabric softener, and one gallon of hot water.
  2. Baking Soda and Vinegar. This hack works wonders for spot treatments. If you have a small spill that does not require cleaning the entire carpet, use baking soda and vinegar. When you mix these products together, they produce carbon dioxide, creating lots of cleaning bubbles.
  3. Lemon Juice and Hydrogen Peroxide. This carpet cleaner is very easy to make. Mix some drops of lemon juice with hydrogen peroxide. This mixture can loosen and remove tough stains while leaving a fresh lemon scent.
  4. Remove Stains with an Iron. Vacuum your carpets first to ensure there are no particles of dirt sitting on the carpet. Dampen the stained spots with a towel moistened with one part vinegar and three parts water. Place the towel over the stain and heat it up using your iron. Slowly move the iron over the stain and it will start to lift into the towel.
  5. Baking Soda and Essential Oils. If you notice an odor to your carpet or it needs refreshing, this mixture can deodorize and give you a fresh scent. Add 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil scent to a 16-ounce box of baking soda. Mix together until the baking soda absorbs the oil. Spread the mixture over your carpet and let it sit for about five minutes. Vacuum up the powder and leave your carpet fresher.

No matter which of the above carpet cleaning hacks you try, your carpets will be clean and fresh. These tips can help you save money on pricey, do-it-yourself carpet cleaners and give you peace-of-mind knowing exactly what products you are putting on your carpet.

Have a carpet situation that the hacks above can’t fix? Give us a call at (419) 705-8693 and we’ll come out and take a look.