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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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Vacuum bag deodorizer tabs

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.

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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.

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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!

Carpet Clean Up Tips that may Save your Thanksgiving

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With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, it’s a good idea to have a few carpet clean up tips in your back pocket. Everyone loves a festive holiday gathering, but the clean up . . . not so much. And let’s face it, a Thanksgiving feast can do a number on your carpet. Here are a few carpet clean up tips to keep in mind as this messy holiday draws near.

Be prepared to tackle a variety of Thanksgiving spills by keeping some basic carpet cleaning supplies on hand. Here’s a simple list that should cover most spills. Remember, avoid over-the-counter carpet cleaning products, like Resolve. This type of cleaning product leaves a soapy residue in your carpet that will certainly attract dust and dander. Eventually, you’ll end up with a dark spot and a bunch of soap in your carpet.

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Have a basket of cleaning supplies on hand prior to big events. This way you’ll be prepared for any type of carpet clean up that may be required.

Carpet Clean Up Tips Supply List

Clean, White Cotton Towels
Dawn Dish Soap
White Vinegar
White Wine
Spray Bottle

How to Remove Cranberry Sauce from Carpet

Any type of cranberry spill (cranberry juice or cranberry sauce) is one that you’ll want to address immediately. First, mix one tablespoon of Dawn liquid dish soap with two cups of cool water. Then, using a clean white cotton cloth, sponge the stain with the solution. Blot until the liquid is absorbed. Continue sponging and blotting until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

How to Remove Gravy from Carpet

Remove as much of the gravy as possible from your carpet, using a spoon or other tool. Next, sprinkle cornstarch onto the spilled gravy, and let it soak up the gravy for approximately 15 minutes. Next, vacuum or sweep up the cornstarch, which should have absorbed some of the gravy and grease. Depending on the size of the spill, you may need to repeat the cornstarch application and removal process a time or two. Next, use a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water to cleaning the remaining spot. Fill your spray bottle with 1/2 a cup of white vinegar and 1/2 a cup of cool water. Evenly mist the spot, and use a clean cotton towel to absorb the mixture and the spot. HINT: Stand on the towel to absorb more of the spill and cleaning solution. Repeat 2-3 times.

How to Remove Red Wine from Carpet

Believe it or not, the best way to clean RED WINE out of carpet is with a splash of white wine! First, absorb as much of the red wine from your carpet by placing a clean, white cotton towel over the spill and standing on it. The full weight of your body will apply more pressure to the stain and absorb more of the wine. Next, put some white wine in the spray bottle and lightly mist the white wine over the red wine stain. Again, use the white cotton towel and stand on the spill. Repeat several times. Eventually, the red wine spill should lift from your carpet.

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Hopefully, you don’t need to know any of these carpet clean up tips shared here but if you do, keep one thing in mind – it’s best to clean up any spills on your carpeting as quickly as possible. The longer the spill remains on your carpet fiber, the higher the risk that it won’t be completely removed. Here’s to a spill-free and stain-free holiday season!

Folsom Carpet Cleaning

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Folsom carpet cleaning by Carter’s Carpet Restoration is Folsom’s first choice for a local, family-owned carpet cleaning business. They are experts in carpet cleaning, tile & grout cleaning, wood floor cleaning, and even upholstery cleaning. Also, Carter’s has been providing the 95630 and 95763 Folsom areas top-shelf service for nearly two decades.

Carter’s guarantees every Folsom carpet cleaning 100%. Additionally, Folsom residents just voted them Style Magazine’s Readers’ Choice. El Dorado County also voted them Mt. Democrat’s Best of the Best! So, call Folsom’s best carpet cleaning choice, because your family and your home are worth the Best of the Best!

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Folsom Carpet Cleaning

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Carter’s delivers the area’s highest-quality Folsom carpet cleaning, from Granite Bay to El Dorado Hills, all around Folsom Lake, and beyond! Dean and Karen Carter happily take your call and personally schedule your appointment. Call (916) 933-7807 today to find out what Carter’s can do for your home!

Carpet Cleaning with Green Products

With Carter’s, you always get green cleaning products. They use only the best cleaning equipment, from oversized cleaning trucks to high-tech air movers.  They do the job right, because your satisfaction is their top priority. What’s more, if you’re not satisfied, they’ll re-clean your carpet.

Certified Folsom Carpet Cleaning Technicians

Carter’s believes well-educated, well-trained, and dedicated employees are the keys to satisfied customers. First, every Folsom carpet cleaning technician passes a thorough background screening. Next, Carter’s techs set themselves apart through training, experience, and comprehensive examination. Finally, they earn IICRC certification. As a result, they rank at the top of the industries’ most skilled and dedicated technicians. Trust Carter’s to provide your Folsom home the highest quality technicians delivering the very best carpet cleaning.

Voted Folsom’s #1 Carpet Cleaner

Year after year, residents in Folsom, El Dorado Hills, and El Dorado County vote Carter’s their favorite carpet cleaner. From Style Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards to the Folsom Telegraph’s Best of the Best, Carter’s is happy and proud to return to the stage, accepting award after award. As of November 10, 2016, Carter’s had received Style Magazine‘s Readers’ Choice Awards 7 years running. They even earned another Hall of Fame Award this year! Also in 2016, Folsom homeowners voted Carter’s Carpet Restoration the Best Folsom Carpet Cleaner in the Folsom Telegraph and the Village Life!

Do you live in beautiful Folsom, CA? Does your carpet need cleaning? Call (916) 933-7807 today! Learn what a difference a Folsom carpet cleaning by Carter’s Carpet Restoration can do for your home.

Best Cameron Park Carpet Cleaning

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Carter’s Carpet Restoration provides the best Cameron Park carpet cleaning!  There isn’t better carpet cleaning service in Cameron Park, guaranteed! With Carter’s, you always get the deepest green carpet cleaning and the fastest dry time available!  Carter’s uses state of the art carpet cleaning technology, superior VORTEX truck mounts, and rotary extractors to give you the best Cameron Park carpet cleaning available.

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Cameron Park Carpet Cleaning by the Square Foot

There’s no doubt about it: Carter’s delivers the Best Cameron Park carpet cleaning.  You will experience the best customer service from your technicians. In turn, they deliver the best results from superior carpet cleaning technology.  Plus, Carter’s charges by the square foot; not by the room. So, you only pay for what we clean.  Remember, Pet Odor Removal uses a special carpet cleaning technique and treatments. As you might expect, this involves a separate and reasonable fee.  Do you have pet odor concerns? If so, please call or read more about your pet odor removal and treatment options.

Cameron Park Carpet Cleaning Professionals

First, uniformed technicians meet you at your door.  They wear name badges, and they arrive in a large carpet cleaning truck.  You can trust that all Carter’s technicians passed their thorough background screen. Further, the IICRC certifies each tech in carpet cleaning.  Before they begin, your technicians measure your target carpet cleaning area. Next, they offer treatments and provide you an exact price. At this point, you may consider options or simply approve the cost. At this point, your technicians go to work!

Carpet Cleaning – Your Satisfaction Guaranteed!

The best Cameron Park carpet cleaning begins with pre-treatment.  First, the techs apply a cleaning agent to your carpet to help loosen dirt, dander, and soil from the carpet fiber.  Second, they may agitate the pre-treat with a carpet brush, gently working the solution through the carpet’s fiber. Next, they will clean your carpet with a HOSS-700 rotary extractor.  By connecting the extractor to the truck, your techs access the highest-temperature steam and deepest vacuum power available in Cameron Park.

Meanwhile, the truck supporting your carpet cleaning may seem loud.  After the cleaning, your techs hand groom your carpet to give it a lush look and feel of nearly-new carpet.  In addition, they may place large air movers to help speed the drying time.  Finally, your technicians ask that you walk through your home with them. This way, they can make sure you are satisfied with the best Cameron Park Carpet Cleaning!

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