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The Benefits of Carpet Grooming

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Never heard of grooming your carpet?  You may be surprised to know that carpet grooming is done for a variety of reasons.

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What is Carpet Grooming?

Basically, carpet grooming is the act of using a carpet rake or a carpet brush to move carpet fiber back and forth.  Carpet grooming resets the fiber nap back to it’s original state.  When carpet is groomed following a professional cleaning, it can help to speed the dry time.  A carpet cleaner may also use a carpet brush or a rake to loosen soils deposits during a cleaning, or to agitate a cleaning solution that has been applied your the carpet fiber.  Simply put, carpet grooming manipulates the nap or lay of your carpet fibers.

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Carpet Brush

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Carpet Rake

Should you be grooming your carpet between professional cleaning?  Possibly, here’s why:

Benefits of Carpet Grooming

Regular carpet grooming can extend the life and look of your carpet.  Using a carpet rake or a carpet brush (pictured above) on a regular basis keeps your carpet fibers from matting down.  Over time, regular carpet grooming can delay or even prevent traffic patterns and carpet wear.  Carpet grooming is done by running the carpet brush or rake over your carpet fibers with a bit of pressure.  It actually requires more effort than you might think.  When carpet grooming is done prior to vacuuming, it helps to loosen soil and pet hair which results in a more thorough cleaning.  Grooming after vacuuming can eliminate the lines that a vacuum cleaner leaves on your floors.

Carpet grooming is done with a carpet rake or a carpet brush.  How do you know which groomer if best for your carpet?  Softer and loaded with dense bristles, a carpet brush is used for brushing a low-pile carpet nap.  A carpet rake has fewer bristles but they are longer and more firm.  A carpet rake is used to groom a shag-style, or longer nap carpet.  Both can be purchased at a local janitorial supply company or on-line.

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Carpet grooming takes some effort, but it will certainly extend the life and beauty of your carpet.

How to Remove Makeup from Carpet

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Every girl has spilled some makeup once or twice.  Hopefully, the spill was on a bathroom counter or tile floor.  If not, you probably know how difficult it can be to remove makeup from carpet.  Makeup can be one of those very challenging products to remove from carpet.

Here’s the first bit of advice to remove makeup from carpet.  First, DO NOT RUB.  Second, keep some WHITE FOAM SHAVING CREAM on hand to remove makeup from carpet.

Basically, foam shaving cream is an air-filled soap.  When used for stain removal it has the benefits of soap without the concentration.  Foam style shaving cream is a lot easier to rinse out than other over the counter cleaning products, meaning it leaves less residue than most cleaning products.  Residue in terms associated with carpet cleaning is the remains of the cleaning product.   It will eventually attract dust and soil, so keeping residue to a minimum is best for your carpet.

Remove Makeup from Carpet

If you spilled a liquid type makeup, cover the spot with the cotton towel and stand on it.  The pressure will assist you in removing more of the spill.  Next, get the spill damp with a moist towel.  Then spray some white, foam shaving cream over the spot.  Use the moist towel to rub the spot in a circular motion.  The shaving cream will break down stain.  Next, mist the spot with a spray bottle of water or simply wipe the area with a damp towel.  You can repeat this process until the spot is removed or until you are no longer making progress.  Unfortunately, some makeup spill will require a professional to remove them.

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If you happened to spill a powder type makeup, start with the vacuum to remove makeup from carpet.  First, use the vacuum to suck up as much of the powder as possible.  Avoid getting the powder makeup wet, until you’ve removed as much as you can with the vacuum.  If any color remains on the carpet fiber, then go ahead and use the shaving cream method to help remove makeup from carpet.

 

What Exactly is Carpet Wear?

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Is your carpet is beginning to look dingy in the high-traffic areas? Maybe professional cleanings don’t bring your carpet back life like they used to?   Find yourself wondering what’s going on and is there anything you can do to fix this problem?

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The first thing you should know is that carpet wear is a gradual process that happens over an extended period of time.  It is the breaking down of the carpet fiber, carpet backing, or carpet pad on a microscopic level.  Carpet wear typically happens when there is an increased combination of foot traffic and soil deposits.  Carpet wear is visible in several forms such as matted carpet and/or dingy or discolored carpeting in specific areas.

Carpet wear is usually seen in areas that have repetitive traffic, like a hallway, stairs, or the entrance to a room.    Walking by shuffling the feet is certain to cause carpet wear.  Look for carpet wear in areas where a direction change takes place – like making a right turn each time you enter a room.  Carpet wear can also happen in transition areas, or areas where the flooring changes from a hard surface, like tile, to carpet.  A good example of this would be the transition from the kitchen to the living area.  Soil will sit on top of the hard surface, just waiting to be tracked onto the carpet.  Each time you walk from the tile to the carpet, the soil deposits fall from your shoes down into the carpeting.  Even with regular vacuuming and professional cleanings, you will always have soil deposits in your carpet.

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Visible carpet wear, identifying transition area.

These little pieces of soil and dirt can act like sandpaper on your carpet fiber.  Each time you step, twist or turn, those little pieces of soil move too. They gently grind away on carpet fibers and your carpet backing.  Think of it like the jeans of a 5 year old little boy – they eventually wear out, not because you don’t wash them, but because the fabric is worn down from soil and use.

You can’t stop carpet wear, but you can certainly slow it down.  Obviously, regular vacuuming and an annual, professional carpet cleaning will extend the life of your carpet.  Read these Carpet Care Tips for more information on how to vacuum and spot clean correctly.  In addition to the obvious, you may want to consider changing your main walking paths by re-arranging your furniture.  Throw rugs can also prevent increased carpet wear by taking the brunt of the soil in a transition area.   Some people avoid carpet wear by removing their shoes before they enter their home.  If your home is prone to increased soil from kids and pets, you may want to speak with your professional carpet cleaner about carpet protection in those high traffic areas.

 

Does carpet really need to be cleaned once a year?

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Does carpet really need to be cleaned once a year?

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Does carpet really need to be cleaned once a year?

The quick answer, YES. And sometimes even more often than once a year.

Here’s why . . . It’s a fact, soil and oil build up on your carpet fiber. Sometimes you can see it, when spills or accidents happen. For many of us, it’s gradual and you don’t really notice it. For others it all comes at once, when the dog runs through with muddy paws! No matter what happens in your home; soil, dust and dander settle on your carpet. Even in the rooms that are rarely used. For example, the formal living room or the guest bedroom get minimal traffic but dust is everywhere and it settles nicely into your carpet fibers.

On a side note – this is why carpet can actually be better for people with severe allergies than hard surface flooring. The dust settles into the carpet and isn’t floating around. On a hard surface like tile or wood, the dust is easily disturbed and remains more present in the air.

Anyway, if the soils and oils are not removed, they gradually settle deeper causing friction and wear. The tiny pieces of soil rub on the delicate carpet fiber and cause it to break down or make tiny cuts in it. Think of it like a piece of sand in your shoe – an irritant. This process is not immediate, in some cases it can take years to wear down a good quality carpet. In other cases, damage can be done quickly. But if you let your carpet get to the point where you’re seeing soil then it’s probably overdue and ready for a steam cleaning.

Most carpet manufacturers recommend a steam cleaning or hot water extraction once a year. So, does carpet really need to be cleaned once a year? The answer is yes, if you’re looking to get the most life out of your carpet then take good care of it before it begins to show signs of soil and wear. And vacuum often!

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Does carpet really need to be cleaned once a year?

Save Your Carpet From Winter Weather

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How to save your carpet from winter weather.

Wondering how to save your carpet from winter weather this year?  Two simple household items will do more than you know to protect your carpet from winter weather.  All you need is a throw rug and a basket.  Yep, that’s it.

A SHOE BASKET:  If you (and the other members of your home) are disciplined enough, a shoe basket will help save your carpet from winter weather.  Just place a large basket next to the door (inside or out) as a reminder to remove shoes when entering the home.  A large basket also contains the mess of many shoes.  Remember to keep socks on – oil from your bare feet can build up on carpet fiber.  But seriously, most of us don’t take the time to remove our shoes – it’s just not always practical.  Which is why a throw rug can be your best bet through the winter months.

A THROW RUG:  The first absorbent thing your shoes touch when you step into the house typically gets the brunt of soil and moisture on the soles of your shoes.  Putting down a throw rug on top of the carpet in your “transition area” will keep the majority of the soil and moisture off your carpet.  The transition area is where the walk path in your home changes from a hard, solid surface (like tile or wood) to carpet.  The part of the carpet that gets your first step or two is notorious for having the most soil deposited in the carpet fibers.   A throw rug is a simple way to catch this immediate soil and moisture and save your carpet from winter weather.  Plus, it’s easy to wash.

REMEMBER:

Check the back of the throw rug before putting it on your carpet – a bath mat with a rubber backing or an actual carpet remnant can do damage to your existing carpet because the rough backing can cause excessive wear on your carpet.  It’s best to find a soft rug with no backing.  Again, it’s easier to wash.

Choose a throw rug that is a similar color to your carpet.  It won’t transfer color and it’s more likely to blend in, making it less noticeable.

And stay warm this winter!

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Save your carpet from winter weather!