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Carpet Cleaning is Just Like Exercise

​If you get into a routine and keep it up, you will see great results and feel better for it. And understanding the right way to clean carpet will help you save time by doing it correctly the first time with products that do the job right from the start. Not only will Seal of Approval cleaning products help keep your carpet looking great, they can also help meet the warranty requirements of the carpet manufacturer. Below are three simple steps to keeping your carpet clean and looking great:

  1. Vacuum at the right frequency with a CRI-approved vacuum.

  2. Clean spots and spills quickly with products that do not damage the carpet or cause it to resoil more quickly.

  3. Professionally deep clean your carpets every 12 to 18 months to remove embedded dirt and grime.

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What should you do if your pet urinates on your carpet?

If you are lucky enough to catch the animal in the act, you can pour salt liberally onto the deposit  while it is still wet. Use enough salt to completely cover the spot. The salt will absorb the urine. Let it dry and simply vacuum it away.

But most animals are secretive about peeing on the carpet; most of the time it is dry by the time you discover it. Single, light urine deposits may be treated by applying a neutral carpet cleaning agent, gentle agitation and a thorough rinse. Finish the job by placing a folded white towel on the area. Set a weight on it and leave overnight; the remaining moisture and residue will wick into the towel.


What Should I Do When I Spill Something On The Carpet?

Act quickly! Most carpet available today has been treated with a stain-resist treatment, so many spills can be removed if immediate action is taken. The longer the delay, the higher the probability of a spill becoming a permanent stain. Remember, many factors influence staining, and no carpet is entirely stain-proof.

Blot liquids with a dry, white, absorbent cloth or white paper toweling (no printing).

Do not scrub the area! Scrubbing may cause pile distortion in the affected area. Use a dry cloth or paper towel until the area is completely dry. For semi-solids, gently scrape them up with a rounded spoon. Solids should be broken up and vacuumed until completely removed. If the spot can be identified, locate the substance in the spot removal computer and follow the directions carefully.

Pretest any spot removal agent in an inconspicuous area to ensure the solution will not damage the fiber or the dye. After applying several drops to the testing area, hold a white cloth on the wet area for 10 seconds. Examine the carpet and cloth for color transfer, color change, or damage to the carpet. If a change occurs, another cleaning solution should be selected.

Apply a small amount of the selected cleaning solution to a white cloth and work in gently.

Work from the edges of the spill to the center to prevent the spill from spreading. Do not scrub! Blot to absorb as much as possible, and repeat if necessary.

Continue using the first cleaning solution if there is a spill transfer to the cloth. It is not necessary to use all of the cleaning solutions if the first solution removes the spill.

Be patient! Complete removal of the spill may require repeating the same step several times. After the spill has been completely removed, rinse the affected area thoroughly with cold water, and blot with a dry cloth until all of the solution has been removed.

Some cleaning solutions will cause rapid soiling if the solution is not entirely removed. Apply a one-half-inch layer of white paper towels to the affected area, and weigh down with a flat, heavy object. Continue to change paper towels as needed.

A dry, absorbent cleaning compound may be used as a substitute to accelerate drying time. Many fiber manufacturers provide a toll-free cleaning assistance and advice (consult your warranty). For more detailed information on a spill, please search on the pull-down menu at the right.


5 Reasons You Should Always Get Carpet Protector

  1. Reduces permanent stains – An ugly spot can ruin a great-looking carpet. Removing spots and spills more effectively allows you to avoid permanent staining. Unprotected carpet doesn’t repel spillage, as well as protected carpet.
  2. Helps save your traffic areas from destruction – Traffic area soil is very abrasive and cuts carpet yarns like a knife. This damaging soil can quickly bond to an unprotected carpet. By applying a protector, you will increase the life of your carpet dramatically. When you vacuum your protected carpet, the soil will release much more effectively from the carpet pile.
  3. Not using high-quality protectors – Discount protectors are not as effective and sometimes void the carpet warranty. Our company uses only the highest quality, recommended protectors.
  4. Makes your next professional cleaning more effective – Having a protector applied to your carpet will enhance your next cleaning. More soil will be removed the next time your carpeting is professionally cleaned.
  5. Helps avoid costly service calls – Although you want to call us to handle any spot you cannot remove immediately, a carpet protector helps you remove more spots than you could without a protector. You may save a minimum charge by removing the spot yourself. The result of having a protector applied to your carpet is that your carpet will look better and last longer.

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How Often Should I Clean My Rug?

A good rule of thumb is to get your rug cleaned every 6-12 months (depending on traffic, pets, and style of rug) as to avoid any permanent damage. Many times, clients wait until they visually see a rug dirty before they decide to get it cleaned. Even if a rug doesn’t look dirty, you should have it professionally cleaned. Vacuuming removes most top soils from the rug's surface but cannot reach the bottom. Millions of microscopic dust particles, soil, and bacteria settle at the bottom of the rug, which then starts causing damage from within. Think of it as sand between your fingers. It acts as sandpaper rubbing and grinding away at the fibers' base. You can always email us with pictures of your rug so we can quickly identify it as handmade, machine-made, or synthetic.  This will help you further understand what your rug needs are and what we can do to give it the proper cleaning.

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What Others Say

We have used Van's Carpet Cleaning service for both wall-to-wall carpet and area rugs. Both time they have given great results accompanied by great personal service. They treat your carpet as if it was their own. 
You can't go wrong with Van's Carpet Cleaning. 

Bill F.

High quality job very pleased with results, thought we would have to replace carpet before you cleaned!

Dawn @ Dibarco Bldg Corp, Wildwood Fl

Fabulous, top notch service with a smile! Goes the extra mile.

Karen Hamilton, The Villages

Rugs Came out beautiful, the gentleman's hard working
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Ricarda Henning, DeBary Fl

I am very impressed how all my carpets came so clean & smells just like new again. I had a dog very sick & even though I kept spot cleaning after her, the stains kept getting worse. I thought my carpet was ruined. Now, they are so clean, it looks like I’m moving in my house again. It’s wonderful! Thank you so very much!

Lisa Looper - Eustis, FL