Carpet Cleaning Tips

Carpet Cleaner Cameron Park

Carter’s Carpet Restoration proudly serves the Cameron Park area and is consistently voted Best Carpet Cleaner Cameron Park!   Carter’s is known throughout the Western Slope for their quality steam cleaning services.  If you’re looking for the best, it’s time you give Carter’s a try.  Call today, you’ll be glad you did.  916-933-7807

Carpet Cleaner Cameron Park

If you’re looking for the best Carpet Cleaner Cameron Park, look no further!  Carter’s offers the deepest cleaning and the fastest dry-time to Cameron Park and the surrounding areas.  There are 2 things that elevate Carter’s above the other cleaners.  First is customer service.  Dean and Karen Carter are the owners of this small family business.  They run the day to day operations of the business, and are often the voices you’ll hear over the phone.  They truly care about this community and the service you receive from their business.


Dean hires the most professional technicians in the area, they are highly trained and thoroughly background screened before they arrive at your home.  From  your initial phone call to the completion of your cleaning, you will be treated with kindness and respect from every member of the Carter Team.

Voted Best Local Carpet Cleaning

Voted Best Local Carpet Cleaning

Technology is the other component that allows Carter’s to offer such incredible steam cleaning.  First, you get the largest cleaning machine made – it comes in the form of an Aerotech Truck.  Carter’s runs a fleet of these incredible trucks and they offer you amazing cleaning power.  Second, you get the best cleaning products on the market.  All safe and green, these cleaning products do the job right!  And finally, your carpet will be dry to the touch when the technicians leave your home thanks to high-tech air movers that speed dry your carpet.

For the best Carpet Cleaner Cameron Park and the surrounding areas, call Carter’s Carpet Restoration.  916-933-7807.  You’ll be glad you did!

How Often Should Carpet Be Cleaned Professionally?

how often should carpet be cleanedHow often should carpet be cleaned?  Probably not something you think about on a regular basis.  If you do find yourself pondering your carpet and it’s cleaning frequency, there are 3 things to consider.

The time frames mentioned below are suggestions based on keeping your carpet looking it’s best, for the longest time possible.  To get the most life out of your carpet, you’ll want to have it cleaned BEFORE it starts to show signs of soiling.  Over time, soil settles into your carpet fibers and can cause your carpet to break-down prematurely.  This is why carpet manufacturers recommend annual steam cleanings.  Professional cleanings remove the soil that you can’t see, eliminating unnecessary wear through proper maintenance.  The soil acts like sandpaper, and grinds away at the carpet fiber, eventually causing wear.  A good way to think of professional carpet cleaning is like preventative maintenance.  Take good care of your carpet and it will last longer and look better.

Carpet Warranty?

#1 –  Do you have a carpet warranty that you want to keep valid?  If yes, check your warranty paperwork.  Most carpet manufactures require that you have a professional steam cleaning (technically named a hot water extraction) once a year.

No carpet warranty?  Then the decision to clean your carpet professionally is entirely up to you.  Think about the following variables before you call a professional.  You are completely in control of how often should carpet be cleaned!

How often Should Carpet be Cleaned

#2 – Think about the traffic your carpet gets?  More people means more traffic.  Generally speaking, a family of 8 should have the carpet cleaned more often than a couple or someone living alone.  A home with minimal traffic can go 2 or more years between professional carpet cleanings.  On the contrast, a large family may decide to have the carpet cleaned every 9 months.  Do you have children in the home?  On average, a professional cleaning every 9-12 months is a good idea when you have children running through the home.  There’s no telling what they may have tracked in!

#3 – What about fur-babies?  A home with indoor pets should have the carpet professionally cleaned every 6 to 12 months.  More frequently if your pet has accidents.  More frequent cleanings are recommended for homes with pets because animals typically shed dander and fur on your carpet fibers.  Frequent vacuuming can extend the time needed between professional cleanings, but frequent vacuuming means three times a week or more!  Your carpet cleaner may be able to offer you an “every 6 month” schedule.

Each home is different, and there isn’t a science to the length of time that should pass between professional carpet cleanings.  UNLESS, you have a carpet warranty to adhere to.  In that case, follow the instructions stated in the warranty and be sure to keep records of your professional cleanings.  Otherwise, use your best judgement to determine when you should have your carpet professionally cleaned.  Remember to consider traffic and who is contributing to the traffic – people or pets, or both?  Just remember, when your carpet begins to look soiled, it’s probably time to have it cleaned.

how often should carpet be cleaned

Removing Ink from Carpet

removing ink from carpet

Ink is typically a permanent stain, but if you get to it quickly you may have success with removing ink from carpet. There are three different DIY remedies that you can try to remove ink from your carpet. Hopefully, you’ve got one of these three household items around. Start by looking for either hairspray, Goof-Off (spray or aerosol version), or WD-40. These products all have some type of oil or lubricant and that’s what will be helpful in removing ink from carpet.

removing ink from carpet

Please be aware that ink removal can be difficult, even for professional carpet cleaners. You’re likely to have greater success if you get to the ink stain immediately. This cleaning advice is intended for the average homeowner removing a small amount of ink from carpet, spots about the size of a quarter or smaller.

removing ink from carpet

Several different household products can be used to remove ink from carept.

Note that the carpet cleaning process is the same for each household product mentioned. Begin by spraying the spot lightly with the product. Next, using a clean white towel and squeeze the carpet fibers in an upward motion to remove the ink. It should feel like you are pinching the carpet between your fingers and lifting upward at the same time. If the ink is transferring onto the cloth, you can repeat the process until all the ink is removed or ink no longer transfers onto the cloth.

removing the cleaning product

After removing ink from your carpet, you’ll want to remove the cleaning product from your carpet too. Otherwise, the spot will attract dust and become an unsightly brown spot. To remove the cleaning product you used, start by dipping a sponge into a fresh solution of 1 quart warm water and 1 teaspoon of blue Dawn liquid dish soap. Apply this sparingly to the area. Again, use a clean white towel, squeeze the carpet fibers in an upward motion to remove both the cleaning product and the cleaning solution.

A bit of advice when removing ink from carpet, use small amounts of the cleaning product AND the cleaning solution. Using too much water or cleaning product will wash the ink deeper into the carpet fibers.

If you need advice on removing ink from other types of fabric, check out this recent article by the They address several ink stain situations and offer additional advice.

How to Remove Mud from Carpet

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The winter months are in full swing, and that can mean a little extra work to keep your carpet looking its best!  You may find yourself wondering how to remove mud from carpet?   If you have a four-legged friend or a fur-baby, you’ve probably had muddy paw-prints on your carpet.  Even if you don’t have a four-legged friend muddy prints are bound to happen, especially with an extra wet winter.  Here are quick and easy instructions on how to remove mud from carpet.

How to Remove Mud From Carpet

First, (and probably the most difficult part of removing mud) is to walk away.  That’s right, just walk away.  The trick to removing mud and dirty paw prints from your carpet is to let the mud dry, so it becomes dry soil.  Dry soil can easily be vacuumed up without spreading the muddy soil around.  Be sure to contain the mud area while it’s drying so others don’t walk through it and track it even deeper into your home.

After the mud has completely dried, pull your vacuum out and vacuum the area slowly – take your time!  By slowing down, you allow the vacuum to do its job more effectively.  People often assume that because they can’t see the soil that it isn’t there.  Not true.  Slow down and try to double your vacuum time – your carpet will thank you.

Even after you finish with the vacuum, you’ll still have a few dirty spots remaining.  Simply spot treat these with a spray bottle of white vinegar and water (a 50/50 mix is the perfect cleaner to keep on hand for many carpet spills) and a white cotton towel.  Another great at-home spot cleaner to use on carpet is clear Windex – just make sure it’s the CLEAR vinegar variety.  Lightly spray the soiled spot with the vinegar and water mixture then press down with a clean, white cotton towel.  The towel will absorb the moisture and bring any remaining soil along with it.  This method leaves your carpet residue-free, unlike many spot cleaners which can end up attracting soil.  Again, take your time and don’t be tempted to scrub.  Scrubbing moves the soil back and forth, while blotting or pressing down helps to lift the moisture and soil up into the towel.
removing mud


Is it better to wear shoes or go barefoot on carpet?

UPDATE:  This article has been updated from it’s original version.  Originally, it stated that your feet have oil glands and the oil left behind on your carpet would attract soil.  This is not true!  It was brought to our attention by a reader that the soles of your feet do not have oil glands.  BUT they do have sweat glands.  The end result being similar.

is it better to wear shoes or have barefeet on carpet

Many people think that going barefoot on carpet is best.  Not true – you’re better off in socks or clean, rubber soled shoes, here’s why:

Your skin naturally releases moisture in the form of sweat or oils.  That moisture or sweat will transfer from your foot to the carpet, leaving trace amounts across the surface of your carpet fibers.

Body moisture on your carpet, even in tiny amounts, is not good.  It will attract dust, dirt and dander.  So when you go barefoot in your home, you’re leaving sweat on the surface of the carpet then soil is attracted to it.  You certainly won’t notice a difference immediately, however, over time the soils will build up.

Wear Shoes or Socks

Wear your shoes or socks – your shoes will track in dust, dander and even mud.  But shoes will typically leave behind dry soil that can be vacuumed up.  Ideally, a pair of clean slippers at the front door will keep your carpet looking it’s best.  Just slip off the out-door shoes, and put on the indoor slippers when you make the transition from outside to in.

So to answer the timeless question; is it better to wear shoes or go barefoot on carpet?  The answer is socks or clean, rubber-soled shoes.