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The Secret to Keeping Carpet Beautiful

Last week we were in a client's home cleaning her eight-year-old white carpet.  The traffic lanes were beginning to look a little dull and ugly. 

We usually clean her carpet once every year.  Otherwise, such a light color of carpet may not last eight years.  I gave her a few recommendations on how she could make her carpet last a little longer.  

I told her to continue on her cleaning schedule, but also apply a Scotchgard type fabric protector.  We had recommended fabric protection to her many times before, but she always declined having it applied.

She gave me a puzzled look and said, "This carpet was supposed to have been Scotchgarded when I bought it.  But look at it.  It's starting to look ugly."

"You're right," I said.  "Your carpet was protected when it was new."   

"The problem is, the protector begins to wear out after a few years.  If your carpet never had Scotchgard applied, it wouldn't even look as good as it does now!"

She smiled and agreed.  We applied the protector that day with the hopes of helping her carpet last a few years longer.  Fabric protector not only helps resist spills and stains, but also keeps dirt from clinging to your traffic lanes so vacuuming is more efficient.  This greatly prevents premature wear on your traffic lanes.

What would your carpet, rugs, and furniture look like if a fabric protector was never applied?  Many pieces of upholstery are cotton, so let's take a white cotton t-shirt for example.  If you wore your t-shirt every day for 6 months, then washed it with the best detergent in the best washing machine, would it still be white?  

Absolutely NOT.

Your furniture, rugs, and carpet are the same fabric as your clothes.  The big difference is that fabric protector is applied at the mill.  Now, in all honesty we can't replicate the exact application process because the mill applies the protector and bakes it in.  But, the protection process we use is 75% as effective.  Every little bit of protection you can give your expensive textiles helps tremendously.

The Scotchgard and Dupont companies recommend their protector be reapplied every two years to keep your carpet stain resistant.  Unfortunately, there are many uneducated carpet cleaning companies in our area that either don't apply the right protector, or water the protector down so your textiles get very little benefit.  

In our rug cleaning shop we get many wool rugs that have never had protector applied.  Especially hand made rugs.  They don't use fabric protectors in the countries they are made in.  So, even simple stains can be permanent if they are not immediately removed.  We always recommend you have us apply a fabric protector to your rugs when they are cleaned.

For the small cost of applying a fabric protection, you can add years of life to your textiles.  A few dollars now can save you thousands in the long run.

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Very helpful on the phone. Ronald did a great job, really worked hard to get our chairs and carpet clean.
Very respectful and pleasant.

Peg Swingle, Leesburg Fl

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


Joanne Webb, The Villages Fl

Just this week had Vans come in to clean some cushions and pillows on our lanai furniture. We really appreciated the courtesy call the day before(we didn’t need reminding but were glad for the confirmation that we had not been forgotten). They arrived exactly on time and did a great job on our upholstery. I would not hesitate to have them back for any of the several services they offer; they will be our “first choice” in the future.


I want to recommend Van’s Carpet Cleaning Service for both carpet and tile. A small flood discolored part ofc my wall-to-wall carpet while I was out of town. It was particularly noticeable because there had been a dirty floor mat on top of that part of the rug. I chose Van’s because they do real steam cleaning and their IICRC certification which Consumer Report recommends using while selecting a carpet cleaner. Even before I committed to use them, Ernie came out to estimate the cost and sprayed something to start working on the stain. Now it is almost gone. I doubt anyone else would know it was ever stained. The whole carpet looks fantastic even the darker frequently walked paths into the mbr and kitchen are gone. The carpet only been vacuumed and never professionally cleaned since we moved in almost 7 years ago so the paths were quite visible.