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The Story Of The Mystery Stain.

One fine day, you find a remarkable stain on your carpet. You look closer, touch it, even smell it. You cannot identify what exactly the substance is. You interrogate every member of the household, but no one owns up to it.

As the primary person tasked with cleaning the carpet in the house, there would be minimum fuss if only you knew the cause of that perplexing eyesore on your carpet. Years of research and experience have armed you with knowledge of the many different ways of dealing with a variety of carpet cleaning issues. But, when there is an unidentified stain in your carpet, what do you do?

Stain Removal Process

According to the National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA), the key is to act immediately upon discovery. Is the stain still wet or moist? If so, good. This will give you the chance to blot any excess liquid, or scrape up any solids. Use absorbent towels, cloths, or sponges. Next, you will need a cleaning solution. Apply it to the stain then rinse off with clean, lukewarm water. Get more towels or a clean cloth to blot the area dry. If the stain is still visible, treat it either with detergent or a detergent/vinegar solution. Once again, blot the area dry.

The last step would be the final rinse procedure, which is recommended for all stain removal processes. You will need to combine one part white vinegar and four parts water in a spray bottle. Shake well to form a solution.

You will also require clean white towels or cloths. Test the solution first on a small, unseen area of the carpet. If all is well, then spray the solution over the stained area. Start around the edges working towards the center. Then, remove excess moisture by dabbing the dampened area with your towels or cloth.

Next, get more kitchen towels or another cloth and spread over the area. Stack the towels 6 to 8 inches deep. Secure the towels by placing a heavy object (i.e. a thick book) on top. Leave the arrangement overnight.

Repeat this process if necessary. When cleaning the carpet, just dab or blot. Do not scrub or rub as this will not only cause wear and tear on the carpet; it will also push the stain further into the carpet. Also, never, ever over-wet!

Take note however that the procedures mentioned above may not be effective 100% of the time.

If further treatment is needed, contact a professional carpet cleaner.

3 Reasons To Get Your Carpet Cleaned By A Professional.

1. Your Home will Look Beautiful. 

You can keep an environment your family and friends will enjoy being in. Your carpets strongly reflects your entire home. Half of the first impressions is based on the appearance of your carpets and floors. Stain-free carpet leaves a great first impression. 

2. You Will Save Money By Your Carpet Lasting Longer. 

Maintenance is always cheaper than replacement. Carpet and rug manufactures recommend professional cleaning at least every 12 months. In fact most carpet warrantees demand professional cleaning at least every 24 months or you warrantee is void. Proper cleaning makes carpet last much longer. 

3. You Will Have A Healthier Home. 

The EPA (environment protection agency) recommend that houses with children or pet have there carpets cleaned every 6-12 months. Proper cleaning improves the air quality in your home by removing pollen, mold spores, dander, pollutants, and soils. 

Won’t carpet get dirty quicker after it’s cleaned?

This IS TRUE…if carpet isn’t cleaned properly. Have you ever heard someone say, “After my carpet was cleaned, it just seemed to get dirty again really fast”? This is also true if too much detergent or the wrong detergent was used. As well, cleaning your carpet with improper techniques will leave residue behind that makes it get dirty quick. Some “Professionals” don’t even clean carpet right.

Another problem with waiting too long to have your carpet cleaned is that the soil builds up. If the carpet is excessively soiled, some of the deep soil may rise to the top and require a second or third cleaning to get the appearance up to par.

So why else does carpet get so dirty?

Every time you walk inside, your shoes track in soil. Oil from the driveway, fertilizer from the lawn, pollen in the grass, and everything you step upon gets tracked in on your carpet. Furthermore, every time you cook in your kitchen, oils get airborne that eventually land in your carpet.

Even if your carpet “looks” clean, it may not be clean. Regular, professional cleaning is necessary to keep your carpet looking its best and lasting the longest. And perhaps most important, regular cleaning promotes a healthier home.

Why Your Carpet & Rugs Get So Dirty

Here’s something about carpet soiling you probably didn’t know. This is the stuff you never hear a carpet cleaner or carpet salesman say.

First, it’s important to remember carpet is a fabric. It’s the most miraculous fabric commonly used by man. You walk on it every day and it holds up for years, right? If it were any other fabric, like bed sheets, what would carpet look like after it was walked on for six months?

What do experts recommend?

Like the sheets on your bed, carpet needs regular cleaning. Even the U.S. Environment Protection Agency recommends that homes with carpet have cleaning done at least every 1 – 2 years to maintain a healthy indoor environment. Carpet makers recommend professional cleaning every 1 -2 years even if the carpet doesn’t appear dirty. Carpet can look clean but hold up to 10 lbs of dry soil in a one square foot area.

In fact, the BEST time to clean carpet is BEFORE it appears soiled. You don’t wash the sheets on your bed when they look dirty. You clean them because you know they need regular cleaning. If you wait until the fabric appears soiled, cleaning will help, but there could be residual staining.

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Clean, Cozy Carpet and Rugs During the Holidays

You love the warmth of your cozy home. You’ve spent weeks getting your home ready for this joyous season. Everything you’ve done has been time well spent. Joy is in the air. There’s something extra special about a beautifully kept home this time of year. Laying on fresh, clean carpet and rugs or walking on sparkling clean tile makes the holidays even more special.

When we get ready for the holidays we not only make sure our home is clean but that it stays that way and that we are able to maintain the good condition of our house. The part of our home that will probably get the most wear in terms of usage will be our floors. It will also experience the most soiling and spills. During parties or guest visits the floor will definitely have its share of action so the following are tips to remember when these accidents do happen.

Chocolate spills on a carpet

Act immediately by scrapping as much of the chocolate off the area as possible. Utilizing a clean white rag apply dry cleaning liquid on the spot and blot. If after that a stain is still present use a mixture of one cup warm water with a teaspoon of gentle dish washing detergent on it. Blotting the mixture from the outer portion of the stain toward the center, then follow on with rinsing the spot with water. Always blot with paper towels and do not use too much solution or water, do not soak the carpet. Dry the area by blotting it with dry towels and applying pressure. Repeat until it is as dry as you can make it then let it air dry or use a hair dryer. 

Ashes on the carpet

Dust the area with cornstarch or baking soda then let it sit for about an hour and vacuum. Spray a dry cleaning solvent on a clean rag and use this to blot the area on the carpet with the stain. Keep blotting till the solvent is absorbed and the stain fades away. Afterward, dab the carpet with a water moistened rag to take out the solvent then dry the area by blotting it with dry paper towels.

Melted wax on a carpeted floor

Opposite to most techniques for stain removal you have to wait till the wax hardens before you remove it. Once the wax cools, with a dull knife scrape off as much residue as you can. Next, cover the area with 2 sheets of paper towels one on top of the other and with a warm iron press on it. Be careful not to set the iron too hot as it might scorch the carpet fibers. Remove the paper towels and repeat the procedure with new towels until all the wax is removed. Should any wax still remain use some dry-cleaning solvent then blot off.

Christmas is a great time for getting your carpet cleaned.

Don’t forget to consider the hiring of a professional carpet cleaning company every year. Carpet maker’s recommend yearly cleaning to keep your carpet maintained so it doesn’t get too soiled.

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What Does Scotchgard Do?

When your carpet was new, it had a coating usually 3M Scotchgard or Dupont Teflon which had a protector called “flourechemical”. This treatment prevents spills and dry soils from bonding to the fibers.  

2 Ways Factory Protector is Removed From Carpet. 

  1. Regular foot traffic.  Over a period of six months to two years, depending on traffic, a significant amount of protector is removed from traffic areas and protector needs to be reapplied. 
  2. High alkaline cleaner. Some carpet Cleaners use harsh chemicals that strip the protector out. If you notice your carpets getting dirtier after cleaning, this is likely the reason. 

4 Reasons to Get Fabric Protector  Re-applied After cleaning. 

  1. Reduces permanent stains. Unprotected carpet and rugs will easily absorb spills even if cleaned up immediately. 
  2. Helps save traffic areas from being destroyed. Traffic area soil cuts your carpet like a knife and causes ugly traffic lanes. Protector makes vacuuming more efficient. 
  3. Makes spots easier to remove for you and the next time your carpet is cleaned. 
  4. Helps avoid costly service calls. For minor spots, you are more likely to be able to remove a stain yourself if the carpet is protected. 

The result of having protector applied to your carpet and rugs is that it will look better and last much longer. 

Clean Your Carpets For your Allergies

Allergies are more than just a nuisance — they can be incredibly harmful to your health and potentially ruin your day. But depending on what you’re sensitive to, allergies can take a lot of work to reduce within your home. Allergies tend to operate on a tipping point scale; you may be fine with a certain amount of dust and pollen in your house, but the moment that it exceeds that amount, you can start having a serious allergic reaction. The only way to manage these allergic reactions is to make sure that your house is kept as clean as possible.


Allergies are caused by variety of things: dust, pollen, and dander. Depending on your allergies, you may be sensitive to particular things, such as grasses or animals. Regardless, allergies usually only occur if you’re directly exposed, either through air or skin contact. As long as you can keep your environment clean, you should be able to reduce many of your allergic symptoms. This often includes duct cleaning, changing your air filters, and dusting and cleaning.


Carpets serve a vital role in allergy management. They collect allergens in a single place. Without carpeting, all of the dust and dander throughout your home will end up in your air and on other hard surfaces. Every time you and your family members move in your house, the dust will become unsettled. It will also enter into your ducts and filtration systems and be circulated by fans. Carpets eliminate this problem.

But because carpets collect all of this dirt and dander, they also need to be cleaned. Vacuuming alone usually isn’t enough to get the dirt and dust particles out from a carpet, though they can be enough on a day-to-day basis. Regular professional carpet cleaning is necessary to get down inside of the carpet and to remove the dirt that has become wedged into the strands. Without regular carpet cleaning, carpets will collect enough dust and debris that they will start putting dust out into the environment and will not be as good at collecting it.


Cleaning the dust and dirt from your carpet has to be done with professional machines, which are able to go deep down into the strands of your carpeting to bring them back to looking like new. But carpet cleaning isn’t just about reducing the allergens in your home. Carpet cleaning also makes your carpet last longer. As dust collects within your carpeting, it will also start fraying the strands that make up your carpet, increasing wear. Over time, this will make your carpet retain dust more, even when you vacuum.

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With the right allergy maintenance, you’ll find that you can keep you and your family’s allergic symptoms to a minimum even if you have pets. Carpet cleaning can make it much easier for you to reduce your allergies, while carpet itself will keep allergens from getting into your air. Additionally, you can work to reduce the amount of allergens introduced into your home and kept within your home, with a comprehensive cleaning strategy. 

Spotting Tips

Most Spots: Avoid high residue spotters like resolve. 

Grease or oils: For greasy spots, apply rubbing alcohol to a cloth and gently  dab the spot. Never pour it directly on your carpet. 

Wax: Melt the wax onto a paper bag with a steam iron. Place the paper bag over the wax. Do not allow the iron to directly touch the carpet. 

Disclaimer:  Use the techniques in this post at your own risk. If you feel unsure about removing the stain, call a professional right away to prevent damage. 

How to treat pet stains on carpet.

Pet stains
  1. Use a wet vac to remove as much of the liquid and soil up instead of pushing it down into the backing of the carpet. 
  2. After you remove the liquid and soil. Treat the spot with a quality enzyme cleaner.
  3. If the spot remains. Pour a glass of water on the area to rinse. Extract the water with the wet vac. 

How often should you have your carpet cleaned?


Regular vacuuming is the first and best defense to keeping carpets and rugs clean but you also need to do it the right way. The best way to vacuum is to vacuum slowly in back and forth repetitive strokes, allowing vacuum cleaner to vibrate carpet fibers and containing dust in the vacuum. This removes most of the dust that tend to be abrasive and give your carpet a dull look.

Professionally Cleaned

Of course you vacuum your carpets and rugs regularly, but is that really getting them clean? Who knows what’s living deep within those fibers. If not, how often should you steam clean them? There isn’t one-size fits all answer to how often you should have your carpets professionally cleaned. It all depends on individual household and its occupants. Taking good care of your carpeting with deep cleaning extends the life of the flooring. Generally it is recommended to have it professionally cleaned at least once a year.

Carpet warranties

Almost all carpet manufacturers require you to professionally clean your carpet every 12 to 24 months, to keep your warranty valid. Be sure to keep records of your professional cleanings. Most manufacturers recommend steam cleaning method. This penetrates deep into the fibers and lifts out the dirt and the many pollutants.