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Why Does My Carpet Have Dark Pathways?

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Traffic Lanes- What are they? Have you ever noticed how in the areas you walk most in your house, it seems like there are large dark pathways on the carpet? The most common spots for this are the main entrance to your home, the path from the living room to the master bedroom, going into the master bathroom and where your feet sit when you sit on your favorite couch or chair. Basically they are the areas of the house that have the highest concentration of soil and traffic. We call these areas traffic lanes. What happens is through everyday use of the carpet, concentrations of dirt and soil pile up inside the carpet and this alone causes the areas to begin to look dark. Over time, however, these areas can begin to wear down because of the excessive foot traffic in these areas. These two factors combined begin to actually cause abrasion of the fibers over a relatively short period of time, causing the area to begin to look even darker and cause irreparable damage to your carpet. This can cause the carpet to appear matted in areas. You may also notice a bit of a shadowing effect because…

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What Do I Do Once My Carpets are Cleaned?

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What To Do After Your Carpet Cleaning Service Now that your CARPETS are clean, here are a few important things to keep in mind. Following these tips will help keep your carpets looking fresh and prevent any adverse effects after cleaning your carpets.  Airflow is Key The first and most important thing to make sure of after cleaning your carpets is to make sure they dry properly. Start by turning on any ceiling fans in the house and placing any standing fans you have in the rooms that were cleaned. If the weather permits, you can open any windows in the house as well, but living in the Houston area this can be a bit unpredictable. You can set your HVAC system to “Heat” to help reduce drying times. The system can be set to any temperature to whatever you like, as long as the fan is running.  Minimizing Traffic Try to minimize traffic through areas of carpet that have been cleaned as much as possible until it is completely dry. Even a small amount of water can loosen soil from feet, shoes and paws, re-soiling the carpets. When you must walk on damp carpet, make sure it is without…

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How Often Should I Clean My Carpet?

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How Often Should I Clean my Carpet?  Perhaps the most important thing you can do to maintain and extend the life of your carpet is to have it professionally cleaned on a regular basis. The question we hear most often from customers is “How often should I clean my carpets?”. The answer is actually a little more nuanced than you might think and depends on several different factors including the material of the carpet, how often you vacuum (see our article on How to Vacuum Properly ), and how many residents and pets are in the house.  A general rule of thumb answer is every 12 to 18 months under normal circumstances. However, you may notice your carpet becoming soiled more frequently than this. If that is the case, you may want to consider a more regular maintenance plan that includes two or four cleanings per year (or more in commercial environments). Why should I clean my carpets so often? It is important to get started on a maintenance plan before your carpet becomes visibly dirty. The reason for this is that carpets begin to hold dirt and soils deep in the base of the fibers before the carpet begins…

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How To Vacuum Carpet Properly

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How to Properly Vacuum Carpet If you’re wondering how to vacuum your carpet like a professional, this post is for you. Vacuuming is a very important and sometimes overlooked part of the carpet cleaning and maintenance process. Proper vacuuming can (and should!!) be done at home between regular carpet cleanings to keep your carpet looking great all year! Knowing how to vacuum properly is quite possibly the most important thing you can do at home to keep your carpet cleaner and help your carpet last longer. So, Why should you vacuum? Your carpet is a filter.  It traps the dust that blows around in your house that would otherwise be loose or airborne. Vacuuming helps remove remove everyday soils, pet hair and pet dander, dust, spores, pollen, and other gross stuff that gets walked, carried, or blown in from outside or created inside your home. These indoor air pollutants contribute to sinus problems and many other health issues.  Like any filter, it should be emptied or cleaned on occasion to continue working properly. Indoor air quality starts with proper vacuuming. Vacuuming also helps keep the carpet looking fresh longer by separating and standing up the fibers and removing the soil….

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7 Secrets to Keeping Your Tile Floor Looking Fantastic

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If you’ve been struggling to get your tile floor clean, you are not alone. Many of our Houston area customers call us because they are frustrated with their tile and grout cleaning efforts. It seems you mop and scrub but never get the grout clean. You may even have a film on the tile that you can’t remove. Well, there’s some science to tile cleaning and we’re going to share a few tips.

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Cleaning Fresh Pet Pee From Carpet

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If you are animal lover like we are, you may experience the occasional urine issue.  Sometimes you notice the urine soon after it happened, and cleaning fresh pet pee from carpet is easier than dealing with old stains.  If you are working with dog urine, you’re a bit more fortunate.  Dog pee is water based and easier to break down and remove than cat pee.  The reason cat urine is hard to remove is because it is oil based.

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Cleaning Old Pet Stains From Carpet

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If you are a pet lover like we are, you may experience the occasional pet pee problem.  Cleaning old pet stains from carpet is sometimes necessary when you did not catch the problem right away. Sometimes you find the pee because of the odor you (or your guests!) experience. Treating a fresh urine spot is usually easier, but there is hope for older stains.

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