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Dec
10
2018

Carpet Cleaning in Winter? Really?

Carpet Cleaning in Winter

This is the time of the year when you may wonder if it makes sense to get your carpets cleaned.  Great question! But first, let’s think about this... Does it make sense to clean your wood or tile floors in the winter? Does it make sense to clean your bed linens in winter? Of course.

For some reason, many people treat their carpet differently. It’s as if the carpet was somehow magically immune to soiling because the weather is cool. Logically, this is not true.

It’s what you can’t see that is the problem. Modern carpets do a great job of hiding soil. This may lead you to think you only need to clean your carpets once a year or when they “look” dirty. But according to the EPA, most households should clean carpets at least twice a year, maybe more depending on lifestyle and other factors.

This may surprise you until you think about all of the soils, allergens, oils, pollutants and contaminants that carpet traps.

In most homes, carpet is the largest filter, trapping soils, pollutants and pet and human dander (dead skin cells, which we shed by the millions every day and dust mites live for).

The fact is that winter is a great time to get your carpets cleaned. Here are a few reasons why.

You’re worth it. One reason for cleaning your carpets in the winter is that you want your home to look great for visiting friends and relatives during the Holidays. Nothing makes your home feel clean and inviting quite like freshly cleaned carpets. Even if you don’t expect guests, you will be spending more time at home in the winter, so you want it to look nice for you, too.

Of course, there are far more important reasons to clean your carpet than appearance. In fact, if you wait until your carpets look dirty before you clean them, you have waited too long. Soil damages carpet, dramatically reducing its usable life. Can you imagine waiting until your clothes look dirty before laundering them? Of
course not. That would be unhealthy and they would probably begin to smell before they looked dirty. Carpet is no different.

During the summer, pollen and other pollutants enter your home and become trapped in the carpets. In the fall, mold spores are more prevalent, again, becoming trapped in your carpet fibers. All of this just in time for you to close things up for the winter and spend more time inside... Not a pretty picture is it?

It’s bad enough that winter is the time when people suffer from cold and flu without adding poor indoor air quality to aggravate conditions such as asthma and allergies.

Carpets tend to dry faster in the winter because the humidity is lower and most of us are using our furnaces. Warm, dry air is great for drying carpets! Clean the winter blues away. Remember that in winter, days are shorter. Darkness comes earlier and lasts longer. A clean, fresh, healthy carpet is a great way to help fight off the winter doldrums. A clean, neat home just makes you feel better.

Van’s Carpet Cleaning is usually busiest during the Holidays; everyone wants a clean house for family and guests. Call now to book your cleaning before the big rush!

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Oct
19
2018

How to Care for Your Oriental Rug

Rotation – To ensure even wear, your rug should be rotated once a year. Depending on the traffic, the rotation may vary from six months to two years.

Vacuuming – Oriental rugs, like most carpeting, should be vacuumed on a regular basis to remove dirt and restore life to the fibers. Be sure not to vacuum the fringe with your beater bar! Use the end of a vacuum hose from a canister vacuum.

Padding – A quality pad used under your rug helps protect it from dirt, wear, and slippage.

Spot and Spill Procedures – Make sure that you safely and immediately clean up spots and spills before they set.

  1. First, soak up the excess liquid by blotting with a clean absorbent material. Do not brush or rub the stain.
  2. Then spot-clean with a mild detergent-white vinegar-water solution. Do not over wet.
  3. Rinse area thoroughly with water and a small amount of vinegar. Avoid wetting the rug’s backing.
  4. Blot dry until most of the moisture has been absorbed.
  5. Allow to air dry. A fan or cool hair dryer can be used to hasten the drying process.
  6. For stains that do not come out using these methods, ask our cleaning specialists
Sep
13
2018

Remove Spots Immediately

Spots that are not immediately removed can turn into permanent stains very easily. When a carpet is new or has sufficient protector on it, plain tap water will remove many spots. However, for those spots that will not move easily with water, you must use a spot cleaner. Select a spot cleaner that is recommended by the carpet manufacturer or your trained, certified professional cleaner. Most spot removers that are purchased over the counter leave too much soap residue and can cause yellowing. Avoid using foam carpet cleaners or any product that is not made specifically for carpet. 

Apply spot cleaner sparingly to white terry cloth and gently massage spot causing it to transfer into the cloth. Never pour spot cleaner directly on carpet. If the product that you are using seems to cause the spot to re-soil over a few week period, discontinue use. Any spot that you are not able to remove, and for pet urine or feces, call your professional cleaner immediately.

Aug
21
2018

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Aug
01
2018

Spot and Spill Procedures

Make sure that you safely and immediately clean up spots and spills before they set.

Scoop up or scrape the solids off of the carpet or rug.

Soak or blot up the excess liquid by blotting with a clean absorbent material. Do not brush or scrub the stain.

Always work from the edge of the spot inwards.

Then spot clean with a WoolSafe-approved spotter www.woolsafeusa.
org/consumer products or mild liquid laundry detergent solution mixed 1/2 teaspoon with 1-quart water. Apply small quantities at a time, applied to a cloth, NOT directly to the spot; work into the spot with a small brush or sponge.

Do not over wet. Blot dry until most of the moisture has been absorbed and color is no longer visible on the towel.

Rinse area thoroughly with a mixture of 6-parts water to one part white distilled vinegar. Avoid wetting the rug’s backing.

Dry completely. A fan or cool hair dryer can be used to speed up the drying process.

Some stains or animal contamination you may find impossible to remove completely in which case the assistance of a professional may be required.

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What Others Say

I couldnt be happier with Ernie and Ivy. My Tile looks new. Vans carpet cleaning has been cleaning our carpets and tile for many years. Always wonderful, always on time. Its nice to have such nice people to deal with. Its so nice to have such a trustworthy company to work with. We are very happy with results!

Claudette G. -- Eustis, FL

I love to have Vans Carpet Cleaners come into my home and take care of the cleaning. They not only clean my carpets but my couch and my husband’s recliner. Ernie is always so friendly and any thing I can’t do, which is about everything, he takes care of moving. Ivy in the office is also always sweet. I love talking to her to set up my appointment. They both are so helpful. No matter what I’ve needed they have been there. Like the time our water heater broke an leaked, he came and took care of everything. He made it so much easier.

Miriam Stephens - Fruitland Park, FL

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