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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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