Ways You Can Extend the Life of Area Rugs

vacuum-You have a number of area rugs in your house. You might have one underneath the dining room table. You may have a runner down the hall. You could have a couple of area rugs, maybe even a gorgeous Persian rug, along the floor of your living room, or other part of the house.

Vacuuming isn’t enough.

You vacuum those rugs, just like you do the wall-to-wall carpeting in your bedrooms and maybe even the family room. You figure that is enough.

However, over time, you will start to notice those rugs beginning to wear out. They don’t look as clean or as bright as they did when you first brought them into your house. There are ways you can extend the life of your area rugs to which could save you potentially thousands upon thousands of dollars by not having to replace them in four or five years.

Have them professionally cleaned.

Just as you should have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year, if not every six months, you should have those area rugs cleaned consistently, too. A professional carpet cleaning service can either do that in your house or take your area rugs away for a more thorough, deep cleaning and possibly basic repair, especially if you have valuable area rugs like Persian rugs.

Rotate them.

It’s a good idea to rotate your rugs, especially those that are in common walking areas. If you rotate them, they will not wear out in one spot quicker than anywhere else on the rug. This will extend the life expectancy for these area rugs.

Keep them out of direct sunlight.

Anything in the direct glare of the sun is going to be affected by the ultraviolet radiation. Those UV rays are going to fade the colors and make those rugs look less than optimal within a few short years. If you keep them out of direct sunlight, it can help extend the life expectancy for those rugs and other surfaces.

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What You Think Stays in the Bathroom … May Actually Follow You Out

home sized carpet cleanerWhat is lingering in your bathroom? Most people readily understand there are germs, bacteria, and other foreign contaminants you don’t really want to think about. Most of the time, we just assume those foreign materials are remaining where they are, in the bathroom, around the toilet, around the toilet seat, in the tub, and so on. However, sometimes (and often times) those foreign particulates get dragged out into the rest of the house.

It could be on your shoes. It could be on socks. It could be on slippers or bare feet. It could get caught in clothing. Where do you put your clean clothes when you go to take a shower? Most people might put it on the top of the toilet seat (the closed lid) or the sink. If any part of the clothing touches a dirty surface, it is collecting some of that bacteria, some of those germs. Suddenly all of those particulates are getting dragged out of the room and into the rest of the house.

It’s getting caught on carpeting and furniture.

That sounds disgusting, doesn’t it? However, that’s exactly what happens every single day. Most people just don’t want to think about it. However, even if you are vacuuming regularly, you vacuum and wash down your furniture (washing down the leather furniture and vacuuming the cloth material), it’s not getting everything up.

A lot of it will get stuck in the fibers, especially the carpet fibers. They get trapped in there and even the strongest residential vacuum cleaner cannot get it out. Then, when somebody walks on the surface of the carpet, they are kicking up some of that bacteria and germs into the air. Then, you and other people in your house, family or friends, are inhaling it.

Just because you think something is staying in the bathroom doesn’t mean it is. That’s why it’s so important to keep up with the cleanliness and to consider a professional carpet cleaning service at least annually to keep you and your family healthier and safer.

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Selling Your Home Doesn’t Mean You Can Ignore the Carpets

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Your about to put your home on the market. You’ve been getting things packed away, looking for a new house, or perhaps you’ve already purchased one. As you get your home ready for viewing, are you paying attention to the cleanliness of every component?

In other words, how do those carpets look?

You probably don’t really pay much attention to it. After all, your realtor has already told you that most homebuyers are going to want to replace the carpeting before they move in. This may very well be the case, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the carpets.

Dingy, dirty, old looking carpets will have an impact on the sale value.

It’s similar to having brand new, gorgeous windows in your house. New windows are going to attract attention. They are going to make people realize the homeowner who is selling it really took care of this house. They’re going to see those new windows and feel more inspired to want to make an offer.

That’s because with new windows, there’s going to be better clarity through those windows and allow more fresh sunlight inside. That increased abundance of sunlight coming into the house is going to create a warmer, more welcoming atmosphere.

If you have dirty, old looking carpets, it’s going to completely have the opposite effect. People are going to see the carpet and try to envision what the entire house will look like with new carpeting.

They’re not going to feel as comfortable. The atmosphere inside will not feel as welcoming. Some prospective buyers may even pass because they don’t get a good impression.

However, if you have those carpets professionally cleaned, consider it a small investment that can pay dividends on the sale of your house. A small investment of a few hundred dollars could actually bring you several thousand dollars more in offers and, ultimately, the sale price of your home. Yes, the new homebuyers may replace the carpets anyway, but it’s all about presentation and making your house look its best.

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A Few Helpful Tips to Get Teens Helping with Cleaning

dollar-signYou have teenagers in your house. Our sympathies go out to you. It can be extremely difficult to deal with teenage angst and attitudes, and trying to get them to help clean and keeping up with the regular cleanliness of your house can feel like herding cats.

Here are a few helpful tips that may just help with that. Keep in mind, though, that even if everything is going smoothly and you have your teenagers helping to vacuum, wash down the windows, do the dishes, and throw out the garbage, and more, it’s still a good idea to have your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year, if not every six months.

Now, let’s get to those helpful tips.

Tip #1: Make it a competition.

Teenagers are competitive by nature. If you have a couple of teenagers, and if they are extremely competitive, you can create a game out of the cleaning issues. They can earn tokens, points, and more every week. Keep the chart, like you might have when they were much younger, and they can boast or gloat to each other, if that’s what they want to do.

Tip #2: Offer a reward.

Allowance is one thing, and a token economy system is something else. If you want to inspire your teenagers to get involved in cleaning, you might want to offer a monetary reward, something they can measure quickly, receive right away, and spend however they wish.

Tip #3: Explain how a dirty environment affects their health.

Some teenagers get sick frequently. Others never seem to get sick at all. If your teenagers are like the latter part of this example, they may not care how dirty their room is, but when you explain that the majority of dust inside the house is actually dead skin cells, and how some of the other particulates can affect their health and allergies, they might actually become a bit more inspired to help you keep this house clean.

We hope some of these tips help because we know how difficult it can be to keep up with the cleanliness of the house when you have teenagers constantly running around and in and out.

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The Most Commonly Overlooked Aspects of Home Cleanliness Could Cause Carpets to Get Dirty

vacuum-How clean are your carpets? Maybe you vacuum once a week. All that work and it seems as though they just get dirtier and dirtier. You remember how your carpets looked when they were brand new. It felt great, the house smelled wonderful, but now, just a couple of years later, they are looking old. You wonder just how much longer you can tolerate it, and with such a significant investment, you expected them to last longer than this.

A professional carpet cleaning is recommended yearly.

In reality, in a perfect situation, homeowners would have their carpets professionally cleaned every six months. That would not only keep them looking their best, but it would also protect them and help them maximize longevity.

However, most people don’t do this, even though coming out of winter and then heading out of summer are some of the best times to get them done. Once a year, at a minimum, is going to help increase the life expectancy of most carpets.

Another thing that will help is to pay attention to commonly overlooked issues.

The most common issue many homeowners don’t realize is dust and dirt that collects on other surfaces. The most common areas that get overlooked are along the door frames, moldings, and baseboards, or heating and cooling areas.

If you have forced hot air, dust that collects in the registers is going to get pumped out every time the system turns on. If you don’t wipe down the moldings over your doors and windows, if you don’t wipe down the windowsills and other surfaces, even though you might not see the dust and debris building up on them, trust us, it’s there.

Every time a door is closed, a light breeze blows through, or the air is stirred up in any way, that dust and dirt will float up and then eventually settle back down, usually on your furniture and carpets. Over time, it’s going to get trapped in the fiber, work its way deeper, and begin to make your carpets look dirtier.

A simple wiping down of the surfaces every couple of weeks can help, but don’t overestimate how important a professional carpet cleaning can be.

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What Should You Start with When Cleaning Your Home?

springOver time your home is going to begin looking a bit haggard, dirty, and worn out. It would be the same if you went through your life, day after day, without taking a shower, without changing your clothes, and without doing your hair. Even if you take a quick shower but don’t use shampoo, don’t use soap, are you still going to be clean?

When you vacuum, that is not enough.

Most people think it’s more than enough, or adequate, for keeping the carpets and floor surfaces clean. However, over time, perhaps a couple of years, even brand-new carpeting will look incredibly old. They begin to wonder just how long they’re going to live with this dirty, dingy looking carpeting. They expected it would last at least 10 or 12 years, but at this rate, they won’t even make it five years before they have to replace it.

That’s because they didn’t clean their home properly.

When you start to clean your house, doing a thorough cleaning, which should be done at least every few months, if not once a month, it means you are cleaning every part of the house from top to bottom. And that is exactly where you start: at the top.

Take the vacuum cleaner, the telescoping wand, and the right attachments and begin vacuuming along the ceiling, where the ceiling meets the walls, and especially in the corners. There may be cobwebs or dust tickets trapped along here.

Next, begin wiping down with a dusting cloth or cleaning solutions, every surface. Start with entertainment cabins, shelving units, china cabinets, and more. Clean from the top down. Remove every item from each shelf, wiping each of them down, cleaning off the shelves, and replacing everything.

If you want to make sure everything goes back as it was, take pictures for a reference.

When you have finished, vacuum off all furniture. Wipe down end tables. Don’t forget the blinds, shutters, curtains, and other window treatments. Also dust the moldings around the doors, window frames, and windowsills. Clean those windows. Then, after everything has been cleaned, vacuum the floors, moving all the furniture out of the way to get every spot.

On top of all that, consider a professional carpet cleaning every six months and your home will look and feel great.

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The Attachments You Should Add When Buying a New Vacuum

vacuum-Purchasing a new vacuum cleaner for your house can sometimes be a bit exciting. It’s a new opportunity to try a newer model, something different, and maybe learn mistakes from your previous purchase. A lot of people try to save as much money as possible and go cheap, but they quickly realize that you really do get what you pay for when it comes to a new vacuum cleaner.

Whatever type of vacuum cleaner you are going to get, make sure you have the right attachments. There are five key attachments every homeowner should have for their vacuum cleaner that will help them not just keep their carpets and other floor surfaces cleaner, but make it easier to keep up with the cleanliness inside the house.

Make sure it has a brushroll/beater bar.

Believe it or not, not every vacuum cleaner has a beater bar. Some are specifically intended for hardwood or tile floor surfaces. A beater bar is essential for area rugs and carpeting. If you don’t get one with the beater bar, your carpets will not get clean.

Make sure it offers adjustable height.

Unless every room in your house has the same surface, such as all hardwood or tiled floors, you’ll want to have an adjustable height. You should adjust height for deep pile carpet, area rugs, and hardwood floor surfaces. Whatever is recommended for the specific surface, use those recommendations. Don’t try to vacuum at the same height because it just won’t produce good results.

Consider a telescoping wand.

This can help you get cobwebs along the ceiling and where the ceiling meets the walls, and also help you keep the drapery, blinds, and moldings clean.

A retractable cord.

If you have to constantly roll up the court manually, you will be far less likely to pull the vacuum cleaner out for a simple quick vacuum job in any room. That could lead to more dirt building up over time.

Consider a crevice tool.

Getting into those nooks and crannies throughout your house doesn’t have to be frustrating and challenging, at least when you have a crevice tool. When you consider these attachments, it will help you narrow your focus and ultimately help you keep your carpets a bit cleaner.

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Is Water Enough to Thoroughly Clean Carpets?

Spilling a Bottle of Water isn’t always ‘Harmless’ to CarpetingIt’s a common question that many homeowners have when they are considering hiring a carpet cleaning service. Most homeowners don’t contact a professional carpet cleaning company until they had their carpets for at least a few years and they begin showing signs of age.

Those carpets begin looking haggard and old.

They might have stains. They might look dirty. Even though the homeowner is vacuuming every week or even every couple of days, it doesn’t seem to be enough. The carpeting continues to collect dirt and dust and other particulates and even the most powerful residential vacuum cleaner is not strong enough to get them all out. The deeper they work into the carpet pile, getting caught in the fibers, the harder and more stubborn they become to remove.

So, these homeowners contacted a professional carpet cleaning service and if they have never had an experience with these providers before, they may be skeptical. After all, they assume that all this company is doing is using truck mounted equipment, spraying water along the carpet, and then sucking up whatever dust and dirt is absorbed into the water.

Is water enough?

In most cases, no. There will be stains and other issues that need to be cleaned with solutions. Most highly experienced professional carpet cleaning companies will provide options. They may have incredibly effective cleaning solutions that might not be considered environmentally safe. They will also have a wide range of environmentally sound and safe cleaning solutions that can also be incredibly effective.

What does this cleaning solutions do?

Mostly they attack the foreign contaminants, whether it’s pet urine, spaghetti sauce, grape juice, dirt, or anything else and begin to break it down, weakening it, and helping it to pull off of the carpet fibers. Then, the water, from an incredible suction off of truck mounted equipment, is pulled back out.

For those who are only interested in water and suction and want nothing to do with cleaning solutions, they will see an improvement, but it won’t be nearly as effective as if they had used some type of cleaning solution.

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When Vacuuming Never Seems to Be Enough

vacuum-It’s frustrating. We’ve all been there. You try to keep up with the cleanliness in your house, and whether you have children or not, dust and dirt always seem to build up. Maybe you live alone and can’t believe just how dusty the shelves, entertainment cabinet, and floors get within a week or two.

Keep in mind, most of the dust is not actually dirt.

It’s dead skin cells. In fact, more than 70 percent of the dust inside your house is dead skin cells. Your skin cells slough off every 7 to 10 days. They are so light they will float up into the air and ultimately settle down on just about any surface in your home, including your couch, tables, and more.

They also settle into your carpet fibers.

You vacuum. Perhaps you vacuum every couple of days. It certainly helps you feel better, but believe it or not even the most powerful residential vacuum cleaner is not strong enough to get all of the dust and dirt out of the carpet fibers. Some of that dust and dirt gets trapped and over time works its way deeper down.

That’s why a professional carpet cleaning service is important.

Never underestimate the value of a professional carpet cleaning service. When the company comes into your house and uses truck mounted equipment, they will apply cleaning solutions and use a high-powered system to wash and draw out the water, along with most of that dust and dirt, into those machines.

When you vacuum and clean regularly, you want your home to look, smell, and feel great. However, over time, your carpets and area rugs will begin to show their age if you don’t keep up with deep carpet cleaning regularly.

How often should this be done?

Ideally, to protect indoor air quality, maximize longevity of your carpets, and help them look their best, it is recommended that you have a professional carpet cleaning every six months. Once a year is okay, but when it’s important, rely on those recommendations.

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What One Thing Should You Look for with a Carpet Cleaning Service?

tips to help keep your house looking goodThe moment you decide to hire a carpet cleaning company to come into your home and evaluate the situation, clean some of the stains, and maybe even restore the carpet to as close to new condition as possible, you may not have a clue what to look for.

Below are several things you should consider when hiring any carpet cleaning company.

Experience.

Make no mistake about it, experience is essential. The more experience a company has, the more effective they will be at cleaning carpet, including getting many stubborn stains out. They will also likely understand the importance of toxic free chemicals and other solutions you might not want inside your house.

Equipment.

The type of carpet cleaning equipment the company has makes a difference. For example, if a relatively new company only uses consumer-type machines, they won’t be nearly as powerful as professional cleaning equipment. On top of that, if you aren’t certain whether these are machines they own or they rent them on a per diem basis, as they get work, you could do the same job by renting one of these machines at your local hardware or home improvement store.

Reviews.

Online reviews are extremely helpful at helping customers determine which companies would benefit them. Check out the reviews previous clients have left for any potential carpet cleaning company you want to hire. Avoid the reviews on their own website; these can be easily manipulated.

Instead, look to Google reviews, Yelp reviews, and other review sites.

When you begin looking at what previous clients have to say, it should give you an overall idea about whether they have the experience you want, whether they will provide the results you expect, and if they are worth the investment.

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