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Purchasing New Carpet Tips

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Purchasing New Carpet

It’s not everyday that you find yourself purchasing new carpet so take it from a carpet cleaner, there’s a lot more to consider than simply cost. As the leading carpet cleaner in El Dorado County, we see many types of carpet on a daily basis. We know what holds up to heavy traffic, pet accidents, and the infamous “red dirt” in our area. Consider the retailer, the fiber and the pad. What your carpet is made from and its installation will have a significant effect on how it looks a year from now, and in years to come.

Carpet Retailers

As tempting as it seems, avoid the big box store when purchasing new carpet. They typically lure customers in with very low prices or free installation but there’s a catch. Big box stores don’t always sell a quality carpet or use the finest carpet installers, which will result in problems down the road. Stick with a smaller, local carpet retailer if possible because you’ll likely get a more informed salesperson and a qualified installer.

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Selecting Carpet Fiber

Opt for a 100% nylon fiber when purchasing new carpet. There are other synthetic carpet fibers, like olefin and polyester, but they don’t hold up to wear like nylon does. These cheaper synthetic carpets often end up with an irreversible “matted” look in a short period of time. Keep in mind that regular carpet cleaning will remove soil, but it doesn’t reverse wear.

Obviously, there are many factors to consider when making a new carpet purchase. If you’re looking for a lifetime, highest quality carpet you may want to look at a natural fiber carpet made of wool. If you own or manage some rental properties and know the carpet will be replaced every few years, the cheaper synthetics may be a better option for you. Generally speaking, 100% nylon carpet is a good balance between cost and quality.

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Purchasing Carpet Pad

Choose a 7 or 8 pound carpet pad to support your new carpet. Carpet pad is literally just that, the support system. A 8 pound pad may feel a bit stiff but it will hold up to traffic and extend the life of your carpet. If you choose something too soft, like 6 pound, it will breakdown prematurely and your carpet won’t be supported properly. In this type of situation, the carpet begins to fail shortly after the pad and you’ll end up replacing them again.
You’re best to select a carpet that feels soft, not the carpet padding.

Be sure to read this post if you are curious about Pet Proof Carpet Pad.

Carpet is a big purchase. Do your homework by researching the carpet retailer you intend to work with. Choose a quality nylon carpet and be sure to invest in a good pad. Then stretch out and enjoy your new carpet for years to come!

Simple DIY Carpet Cleaning Tips

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DIY carpet cleaning tips to remove make-up, wine and wax.

It’s easy to freshen up your home with these simple DIY carpet cleaning tips.  Below are three simple tips for removing some of the most common carpet stains, make-up, wine and wax.  You should always have a few clean, white cotton towels on hand for unexpected carpet spills.  Why white and why cotton?  Cotton is an excellent absorbing fiber and white towels won’t transfer color.

Remove Make-Up from Carpet

Ever spill liquid make-up on your carpet?  Here’s your first DIY carpet cleaning tip – blot, don’t rub.  Absorb as much of the liquid make-up as possible with a clean, white cotton towel by pressing down into the spill.  Don’t scrub the spill.  Scrubbing will certainly remove some of the make-up, but it will also spread the make-up around eventually making the spot larger.  Next, get the spot slightly damp with a moist towel.  Now apply some white foam shaving cream to the make-up stain.  White foam shaving cream has properties similar to soap, it’s foam will help lift away the spill without leaving a heavy residue.  Use the moist towel to rub the spot in a circular motion.  The shaving cream will help to break down stain.  Finally, 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.

Remove Red Wine from Carpet

Wine is one of the most common household spills.  Believe it or not, the best DIY carpet cleaning tips to remove red wine is to treat the spill with white wine.  Here it is again, use clean, white cotton towels to soak up as much of the liquid as possible.  You can even stand on the towel to help soak up more red wine.  Then open up a bottle of white wine.  Gently sprinkle the white wine over the spilled red wine.  How much white wine you will need depends on how much red wine was spilled, use your best judgement but don’t saturate the carpet with white wine.  Again, use your clean cotton towels to absorb the wine.  Try to blot with a section of dry, clean towel each time you press down.  The dry towel will pull the moisture out of the carpet, removing the wine in the process.

Remove Wax from Carpet

Candle spills happen.  If you spill wax on your carpet don’t panic.  The DIY carpet cleaning tip in this case is to let the wax cool and harden.  Once cool, pick away as much of the solid wax as you can.  Next, plug in your iron and grab the notorious clean, white cotton towel.  When your iron is hot, cover the wax spill with the towel and then press the hot iron over the towel.  The iron should re-melt the wax and the towel will absorb the freshly melted wax.  Repeat this step 2 to 3 times and then let the carpet come to a normal temperature again.  Most carpet is synthetic and it will actually melt if exposed to excessive heat.  You must watch closely to ensure you are removing wax and not melting carpet fiber.  Once most of the wax has been removed, any remain bits can be trimmed out with a pair of scissors.

Most of the time these simple DIY carpet cleaning tips will freshen up your carpet in between professional cleanings.  Be prepared for the unexpected and keep a supply of clean, white cotton towels on hand.  Vinegar is also a great, natural and neutral DIY carpet cleaning solution to use for small spots and stains.

Remove Toothpaste from Carpet

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Some toothpaste contains peroxide, and because of this you’ll want to remove toothpaste from carpet as quickly as possible. Peroxide can lighten carpet fibers and cause permanent discoloration.

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To remove toothpaste from carpet, use water and a clean towel. Pinch and lift the carpet fiber in an upward motion.

Remove Toothpaste From Carpet

To remove toothpaste from carpet, you will need clean white cloth or paper towels. You’ll also want to have a spoon and small bowl of water available. Begin by using a paper towel and pinch/lift motion to pull the toothpaste up and out of the carpet. This trick will keep the toothpaste spill contained to the smallest area possible. Do not rub the toothpaste spill. Rubbing the affected area will spread the toothpaste through the carpet fibers. Pinching the fibers and lifting in an upward motion will give you the best results when you are trying to remove toothpaste from carpet. You can also use a spoon to scoop up larger toothpaste spills.

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Tips to remove toothpaste from carpet.

No Carpet Spotter Needed

It’s important to avoid carpet spotters when possible. They can leave a soapy residue in your carpet fiber. The sticky residue will eventually attract soil, leaving you with a unsightly spot.

Most toothpaste tends to dissolve in water. You should not need to use a cleaning solution to remove toothpaste from carpet. Once the majority of the toothpaste has been removed by pinching and lifting in an upward motion, you’re ready to blot. To blot, get the small bowl of cool water and a clean cotton towel. Dip the towel in the water, squeeze out excess water and gently blot the toothpaste spill. If you’re dealing with a large spot, work on the outside edges and move toward the center of the spill to avoid spreading the stain. You can also use the pinch/lift method with a damp, clean towel to remove thicker toothpaste spills. Continue to work the stain by either blotting or pinching/lifting until the toothpaste has been removed from the carpet. Remember to use a clean and dry part of the cloth each time you blot.

Once you’ve removed the toothpaste from your carpet, let the area dry completely and then vacuum. Vacuuming will assist in removing dried toothpaste residue. It will also lift the carpet fibers.

Acting quickly is probably the most important thing when you remove toothpaste from carpet. There are many, many toothpaste varieties and they will all react with your carpet differently. The more quickly you can remove the toothpaste, the less chance of permanent discoloration. You should always consult your professional carpet cleaner for additional advice.

Guide To Homemade Cleaning Solutions Work

Do-It-Yourself solutions are all the rage at the moment.




A homemade cleaning solution can be a safe, easy to make, and a cost effective option for keeping your home clean. Here are a few things you should know about homemade cleaning solution before you dive in.

Homemade Cleaning Solutions Sanitize, but Don’t Disinfect.

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A homemade cleaning solution is not going to disinfect your hard surfaces.  Disinfection refers to killing all organisms and bacteria on a flat surface. To do a true disinfection you’re going to have to break out the bleach. There are no approved methods of disinfecting a three dimensional surface (like carpet or upholstery). A homemade cleaning solution will help to sanitize your hard surfaces, like tile, stainless steel and glass. This means the amount of bacteria, fungi and viruses will be reduced, not eliminated.

Homemade Cleaning Solution

There are a variety of recipes available to make your own homemade cleaning solution.  What you should know is that vinegar and/or citrus are the main “workhorses” in a homemade cleaning solution. Don’t exclude them in your recipe. They offer acid which helps remove food spills and other substances on your hard surfaces – eliminating the places for bacteria to live. Other ingredients like rosemary or lavender can offer a pleasing scent.

Making your own homemade cleaning solution may save you a small amount of money, but not a lot. A basic recipe may include vinegar and lemons, costing less than $3.00 for all the ingredients. A regular bottle of Windex or Clorox Clean-Up will typically set you back $5.

Make Sure To Test Spot

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Take the time to do a test spot. Generally speaking, a homemade cleaning solution is safe and non-toxic. However, you don’t always know how it will react with your hard surfaces. Always do a test spot in an inconspicuous location to ensure there will not be a reaction between your homemade cleaning solution and your hard surface.  Sometimes engineered wood or vinyl flooring may have a sealant coating that is sensitive to the acid in your cleaning solution. You should also know that natural stone can be permanently etched by acid. Always do a test spot. Always.

Carpet Cleaning and Homemade Cleaning Solution

A citrus-based homemade cleaning solution should NOT be used on upholstery or for carpet cleaning. In addition to acid, citrus also contains oil which will leave a residue in your carpet or upholstery. Try a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water for a homemade carpet cleaning solution.

Ready to make your own homemade cleaning solution? Try slicing up 2 lemons and 2 limes. Soak them in a large Mason jar for a month in a dark place.  After a month, strain the citrus out and pour the liquid into a spray bottle.  Throw a few chunks of the citrus into the garbage disposal to freshen it up. Remember, test spot first, then clean.

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Use remaining citrus to freshen up your garbage disposal.

Vacuum Cleaner Bag Deoderizer

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Use vacuum bag deodorizer tabs to keep vacuum exhaust fresh.

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This is a vacuum bag deodorizer tablet, about 2 inches in diameter.

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Crumble the vacuum bag deodorizer tab between your fingers and sprinkle onto the carpet.

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Vacuum up the crumbled vacuum bag deodorizer tablet.

A vacuum cleaner bag deodorizer is a relatively new concept for an age old problem.  For those of us who still use a vacuum that requires a bag, this may be the new trick to solve a old problem.  Over time, vacuum cleaner bags can develop a musty smell that fills the room when you turn on your vacuum.  A vacuum cleaner bag deodorizer is easy to use, inexpensive and effective.  Here’s more information if you’ve ever wondered about these tiny little disks of fresh air.

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Vacuum bag deodorizers are available at most retail locations that stock a variety of cleaning products, a vacuum repair shop and on-line. The deodorizers are individually wrapped, and sold in packs of 10 to 12 for around $10 per pack. Each tablet is designed to last the life of your vacuum cleaner bag under regular use.

The vacuum cleaner bag deodorizer itself is about 2 inches in diameter, and just a 1/8th of an inch thick. Do not open the individual package until ready for use. You can store the deodorizers in a cool, dry place like a closet.

It’s easy to use the vacuum cleaner bag deodorizer. Simply open on of the individually wrapped packs. You can either crumble the disk and vacuum it up, where it will remain until you change the vacuum bag. You can also insert the tab directly into the vacuum bag when you’re putting a new bag on the vacuum. Again, the deodorizer is designed to last the life of the bag under regular use.

Removing Ink from Carpet

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

Pollock Pines Carpet Cleaning

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Ask around and you’ll discover that Carter’s Carpet Restoration is the best choice for Pollock Pines Carpet Cleaning.  In 1989 Dean Carter opened the small carpet cleaning business to provide the residents of Pollock Pines with the highest quality carpet cleaning available.  Over the years, the business has grown, however quality cleaning and customer service continue to be the foundation.  Carter’s Carpet Restoration offers Pollock Pines Carpet Cleaning Monday through Saturday.

Pollock Pines Carpet Cleaning

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Snow and ice certainly won’t keep Carter’s from completing your Pollock Pines Carpet Cleaning!   Your appointment will begin with a walk-through and inspection.  This is your opportunity to show your carpet cleaner exactly what you want cleaned, what furniture to move and any areas of concern you may have.  After the inspection, your technician present you with the total price of the Pollock Pines Carpet Cleaning.  Once approved, he will begin cleaning.

First, corner guards in place around your home to protect walls and corners from the cleaning and steam hoses.  Next, pre-treatment is applied to your carpet.  This is a safe and non-toxic cleaning agent that helps to loosen the dust, dander and oil that can build up on your carpet fibers.

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Equipment used for carpet cleaning.

Now you are ready for your Pollock Pines Carpet Cleaning!  A rotary extractor is used to do the actual cleaning of your.  This extractor gives your carpet an intense agitation with steam.  At the same time all the steam, dirt, and oil are removed with extreme suction power.  You’re left with residue free, clean carpet!  Next, the technician will hand-groom your carpet with either a carpet brush or a carpet rake.  The grooming removes unsightly lines left by the rotary extractor.  Finally, high-tech air movers are placed through your home to help speed the drying time of your Pollock Pines Carpet Cleaning.  Your carpet will be dry to the touch before the technicians leave your home!

You can walk on your carpet immediately, just make sure you have on clean rubber-soled shoes.  To schedule your Pollock Pines Carpet Cleaning, just call 530-624-9003.  Dean and Karen will be happy to answer all your questions!

Placerville Carpet Cleaner

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Did you know Carter’s Carpet Restoration is continually voted Best Placerville Carpet Cleaner in multiple, local publications?  There are two reasons that you can trust Carter’s as your Placerville carpet cleaner – quality and customer service!

Best Placerville Carpet Cleaner

Carter’s is a local, family owned business offering the highest quality carpet cleaning available.  Carter’s has been serving the Placerville area and El Dorado County since 1989.  That’s over 20 years of carpet cleaning experience!  Local residents Dean and Karen Carter own and operate this small, family run business.  For decades, they have enjoyed living in this rural community and are currently their family in this great little town.  With 20+ years of experience and a focus on customer service, it’s easy to see why Carter’s is the best Placerville carpet cleaner!

Superior Carpet Cleaning in Placerville

Are you looking for the deepest carpet cleaning available?  Look no further, you’ll find it with Carter’s.  With a dry-steam carpet cleaning, your carpet will be dry to the touch when the technicians leave your home.  Carter’s uses state-of-the-art truck-mounted equipment.  The trucks really do make a difference with cleaning quality and dry time.  The over-sized trucks give you a true steam cleaning.  They have the strongest vacuum power available and remove quite a bit more moisture than the average carpet cleaner.  Additionally, the over sized trucks get the steam to a much higher temperature than regular cleaning vans or portable carpet cleaning machines.  Steam temperature is important, because the hotter you get something, the faster it will dry.  Carter’s is known for removing excess moisture and more soil than your average carpet cleaning van, you can’t beat these high-tech machines on a full-size service truck.
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Placerville Pet Odor Removal

Pet odor removal is one of Carter’s specialties.  We all love our pets and have probably experienced an occasional pet accident.  Fortunately Carter’s uses the best green carpet cleaning products, and your technician will know exactly how to deal with pet odor issues.  Carter’s can neutralize nearly any pet odor problem.  Often, Carter’s removes pet odor that other cleaners can’t.  Pet urine removal is an additional expense, on top of carpet cleaning alone.  If you suspect cat or dog urine in your carpet, please be sure to let your technician know prior to your carpet cleaning.  Your technician will inspect any urine damage, and give you treatment options.

Trust Placerville’s Original Carpet Cleaner

By popular vote, Carter’s is Placerville’s first choice in carpet cleaning.  If your carpet does not look as good as it should, call the Placerville Carpet Cleaner local residents trust most.  Call today to find out what Carter’s Carpet Restoration can do for your Placerville home!

How to Choose a Carpet Cleaner

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carpet cleaningThere are plenty of good, honest carpet cleaners who go above and beyond to provide you with clean carpet and outstanding customer service.  However, some have earned a less than favorable reputation for being “pushy” or “salesmen”.  While most people are inherently good, you still need to protect yourself, your home and your family.  Here are a few tips on how to choose a carpet cleaner you’ll be happy with.

How to Choose a Carpet Cleaner

First, ask around.  Find out who your friends, family and neighbors use to have their carpet cleaned.  Ask about their experience and how they found their carpet cleaner.  Just by asking, you’ll probably have 2 or 3 good leads – and 2 or 3 names to avoid.  If you’re new to an area and don’t have many connections yet, you can always check with your local Better Business Bureau.  They can let you know what businesses maintain a good rating, are licensed and how long they have been in business.  The BBB can also let you know if a business has had any complaints.  The internet is also a good resource for referrals.  Google, Yelp and Facebook all have review sites for local businesses.

Once you’ve found a few carpet cleaners to call, there are some basic questions you should ask.

Types of Carpet Cleaning

What type of carpet cleaning do you want or need?  Carpet manufacturers typically recommend a hot water extraction (HWE), commonly called a STEAM CLEANING.  A Steam cleaning is the most common type of carpet cleaning, however, you have other choices.  You may want to consider a shampoo, dry cleaning, encapsulation cleaning or a host dry cleaning.  Only you can determine which cleaning is right for you and your home. Be sure to do some research on the type of carpet cleaning you choose.  You’ll want to be certain that the cleaning doesn’t void your carpet warranty.

Types of Carpet Cleaning

Bonnet on the bottom of a rotary extractor used in Dry Carpet Cleaning.

Types of Carpet Cleaning

Absorbent Compound used in Host Carpet Cleaning.

What is the Cost?

Ask about pricing.  Do they charge by the square foot for carpet cleaning?  Or do they charge by the room?  When you pay for carpet cleaning by the square foot, you typically pay for the areas you have cleaned, like traffic areas.  If your cleaner charges by the room, make sure you ask if there is a maximum room size.  Large rooms can often count as 2 or 3 rooms.  It’s always better to ask questions before than to be surprised or over-charged later.

Are your carpets in bad shape?  If your carpet is heavily soiled or does it have pet stains?  Be sure to mention the condition before hand.  Some carpet cleaners charge extra for heavily soiled areas and some do not.  Most carpet cleaners do charge extra for pet urine removal so be sure to mention any pet urine that you’re aware of.

What type of guarantee does the carpet cleaner have?  A reputable cleaner typically offers some type of guarantee if you’re not satisfied with their work.  Most carpet cleaners offer to return at no charge if you have a spot or two resurface within a week or so.  Be sure to ask about the re-service policy.

Who will be in your home?

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Be sure to choose a carpet cleaner who you trust in your home.

Another thing to keep in mind is the actual carpet cleaner who will be in your home.  Has your carpet cleaner been background screened or drug tested?  You probably want to avoid a company who sends a sub-contractor to perform the work.  What about the quality of the cleaning products being used?  Are they high quality and safe for the environment or cheap and ineffective?  Finally, remember that not all carpet cleaners are created equal and their pricing will reflect that.  Just like a pair of shoes – you often get what you pay for.

If you’re looking for a quality carpet cleaning, just follow this basic advice as you choose a carpet cleaner.  You’ll be glad you did your research!

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