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Do It Yourself Tips

April 4th, 2019

When the new dog has just made a mess on the carpet, you don’t always have time to grab the phone and schedule a carpet cleaning appointment. Sometimes you need to take matters into your own hands before a small problem becomes a stain that won’t come out.

This guide aims to provide some easy solutions to common problems we face. Of course, if the particular issues you face aren’t listed here, feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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What do I need to know about over-the-counter spot removers? Are they safe? Are they effective?

Many over-the-counter spot removers are extremely effective. They aren’t always safe, however. I’m not going to single any product out, but I will say that using over the counter spot and stain removers comes with a certain risk.

Sometimes the risk you might face will only be quicker re-soiling of the affected area. This happens because of residue left behind from the spot remover. The residue attracts dirt and quickly becomes a dirty spot on the carpet.

Other times the risk you might face could be damage to the carpet. Many over-the-counter products are so concentrated that they can even damage the carpet. This damage might be in the form of color loss. It could also be in the form of fiber damage.

If you’d like to have a go at a completely safe over-the-counter product, try these steps:

  1. Mix a few drops of a basic dish soap into a cup of warm water.
  2. Stir the solution to ensure a good mix.
  3. Pour the solution onto the spot.
  4. Allow the solution to dwell for a few minutes.
  5. Use paper towels or an old rag to blot the area to remove the excess solution.
  6. After you have blotted as much up as you can, then you can scrub the spot dry.

This process is cheap, simple, safe, and extremely effective at removing nearly any fresh spot on the carpet.

What should I do about a fresh spot or stain on my carpet?

When a spill or an accident occurs, it’s important to deal with it as quickly as possible. The first thing you always want to do is to remove as much of the substance as possible.

After the bulk of the substance has been removed, apply the solution described in the section above generously to the spot. Follow the steps described in the section above to remove the spot from the carpet.

In nearly all situations, this will be enough to completely remove the spot from your carpet if you get to it quickly enough. In the event that this doesn’t work, give us a call and we can discuss it with you in more specific detail.

Is it worth using a store-bought carpet cleaning machine?

Absolutely. Anything you can do to maintain your carpets in between professional cleanings is a very good thing. We also recommend vacuuming often.

One thing of note is that some of the cleaners used in these carpet cleaning machines can leave residue behind. This will cause problems with re-soiling causing your carpets to get dirty quicker. In the event that the cleaner you’re using is causing this, simply try a new cleaning product.

Should I rent a Rug Doctor?

Probably not. The costs associated with renting a Rug Doctor can often begin to challenge the price of having your carpets professionally cleaned.

Once you’ve purchased the cleaning materials and rented the equipment, it’s not uncommon to have a significant amount of money tied up in the project. Then you’ll be spending a large part of the rest of your day cleaning the carpet.

Alternatively, having your carpets professionally cleaned typically only costs a bit more, is completed in a fraction of the time, and will be done to a much higher quality.

What can I do about pet odors?

Not much. Pet odors are notoriously difficult to deal with. The best way to deal with pet odors is to avoid them by dealing with pet accidents as soon as they happen.

This isn’t always practical, though. If you do have some lingering pet odors, there are a few things you can try.

  1. Air the room with the pet odors out as much as possible. Opening windows is a great way to do this.
  2. Apply baking soda to the source of the odor if you know where it is. This will be the place where the pet accident occurred. If you don’t know the location of the pet accident, a black light can help to locate it.
  3. Allow the baking soda to sit for a few hours at least before vacuuming it up.
  4. Repeat this process as needed.

If this isn’t cutting it and the pet spot is close to a wall, you can try pulling the carpet back to check for pet urine residue on the padding. If the padding has pet urine on it, it will probably need to be replaced.

If none of these steps are working for you, give us a call. We have some cheap solutions that are often effective at removing pet issues.

What can I do about water damage?

Water damage is especially dangerous because you might have to deal with mold issues too. Because of this, I always recommend calling a professional when you have water damage issues.

If you insist on trying to handle it yourself, then it’s imperative that you dry the carpet as quickly as possible.

This often requires pulling the carpet back away from the wall so the padding can dry. If you can get air flow across the carpet and padding, that will help too. Renting some snail fans from a local hardware store will make this process go much smoother.

If the humidity levels aren’t too high outside, open windows to allow the moisture to escape. This will allow the carpet to dry quicker. If it appears that the carpet is going to take more than three days to dry, you definitely need to seek professional help dealing with the problem. The longer that carpet remains wet, the greater the risk of mold forming.

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Our Standard Packages

Basic cleaning

  • Hot water extraction (steam cleaning)
  • Use of industry-standard wand tool
  • Basic spot/stain removal included
  • Moving of small/simple items included
  • 6 to 12 hour estimated drying time
  • Recommended in most situations

Low moisture cleaning

  • Very-low-moisture cleaning
  • Use of specialized equipment for drier cleaning
  • Basic spot/stain removal included
  • Moving of small/simple items included
  • 2 to 4 hour estimated drying time
  • Recommended when drying time is a concern

Deep cleaning

  • Hot water extraction (steam cleaning)
  • Use of specialized rotary scrubbing tool
  • Heavy traffic lane cleaning
  • Basic spot/stain removal included
  • Moving of small/simple items included
  • 6 to 12 hour estimated drying time
  • Recommended when the carpets are extra dirty or haven't been cleaned in several years

We also offer a green-clean package!

Our standard cleaners are very environmentally and pet friendly. In the situations where you want to be extra kind to the environment, however, we offer a green-clean package.

In this package, we use only environmental alternatives to our most popular cleaners. These cleaners substitute harsher ingredients for those that are milder alternatives. While our most popular cleaners are the strongest and best that we use, the environmental alternatives are extremely good as well. They can get the job done in all but the toughest situations.

We provide services for these fine companies (among others) as well as our residential clients.

We have the experience

With nearly 20 years of experience, we have been a leading provider of carpet cleaning services in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, Roanoke, Salem, and the rest of the New River Valley for some time.

If you open the phone book and look for carpet cleaners, you'll likely find more than a dozen available. Few of these have even half of the experience that we have dealing with the challenges that cleaners face.

Our experience has helped our ability to:

  • Thoroughly clean carpets without causing any damage to the sensitive fibers.
  • Remove tough stains that other cleaners leave behind.
  • Clean carpets fully without leaving them too wet.
  • Remove odors from the carpets leaving them smelling fresh and clean.
  • Remove allergens from the carpets helping you to breathe easier.

Check Out A Few Before / After Pictures

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Before / After

This berber carpet was quite filthy. By pre-treating it before cleaning, we were able to remove nearly all of the dirt in the carpet.

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Before / After

This is a different angle of the same carpet in the image before. This carpet was cleaned using our basic cleaning package.

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Before / After

See the difference in this carpet? This is a thick and cream colored nylon carpet. It looked like new after cleaning.

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Before / After

This was a large basement carpet that we cleaned. The outside edges of the picture are the areas we've already cleaned. Notice how much brighter the carpet looks.

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Before / After

This is a picture of our deluxe package on display. The swirl marks in the carpet are from the rotary machine. The dark traffic areas in this carpet are being completely removed.