Carpet Cleaning Tips: What to do About Pet Odors and Stains

DOG ON CARPET

Pets and carpets can coexist together peacefully, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to maintaining your carpet.  Of course, removing carpet is an easy fix, but that’s not always an option, especially if you’re living on a tight budget or renting a home. How can you keep your carpets fresh while Fido or Fluffy live in your home?

Clean Up Messes As They Happen

Accidents will happen; it’s part of sharing our homes with pets. Cleaning up accidents right when they happen is the best way to keep your carpets clean, so wipe up debris before spraying any type of cleaner on your carpet. If your pet urinates or vomits on your carpet, wipe and dab up as much liquid as possible before spraying a cleaner.

A quick tip: grab an old towel or paper towels, place on top of the accident, and stand on the towel for a few seconds. Rotate the towel to absorb additional moisture until the towel is dry.

Blotting Is Best!

Believe it or not, scrubbing can actually spread the stain and untwist the carpet’s pile, making it look matted. Instead, blot using an absorbent cloth working from the outside of the stain inwards.  If you do need to do a little rubbing to loosen things, just gently agitate the surface of the carpet using your fingers, but make sure you use gloves to protect your skin.

Don’t Overuse Product

The dirtier the stain, the more we want to pour on the cleaning products, but you actually want to use the least amount of cleaning products as possible to get rid of your stain. It is actually better to use too little cleaner and have to repeat the process rather than overload on cleaning product the first time and be left with too much residue.  Too much chemical residue can actually attract more dirt in the future, so you just want to use what is actually needed to remove the stain.

Don’t Discount the Power of Water

Once the stain is gone, your work is not done!  Always finish with a good rinse with water to remove as much of the remaining cleaning product as possible.

For Tougher Stains, Call the Experts

A regular cleaning schedule by a professional is not only good for your carpet, it’s strongly recommended. Between professional cleanings, you can maintain the health and beauty of your carpet at home, but proper care and maintenance of your carpet will extend its useful life and preserve its appearance for years. Failure to take care of it will result in premature wear, and having pets only increases the wear and tear on your carpet.

For the toughest stains and messes, Always Clean can help remove pet stains and sanitize your carpets for a healthier, fresher appearance. Contact us for a free consultation.

Why You Need Professional Carpet Cleaning

Carpeting in the home is still a tried and true comfort. Not only does it provide a variety of style options, carpeting provides thermal resistance that saves energy and keeps air warmer longer, which is especially helpful during the frigid winter months. Of course, with a carpeted home comes the necessity of keeping it clean for your and your family’s health. While consumer carpet cleaners exist on the market, the best way to protect your investment is to rely on a professional carpet cleaner. Here’s what a professional service can offer.

A Clean Carpet Leaves a Lasting Impression

A first impression is a lasting impression, and appearance is everything when it comes to your home. A clean carpet can help your family feel better about their living space and otherwise improve morale.

Stains Are a Thing of the Past

Our homes are for living, and with the hustle and bustle of family life, carpets can and will get dirty. While a quick spot removal will help mitigate unsightly stains, a professional carpet cleaning company will have high-performance cleaning machines, which are optimal for getting out difficult stains, protecting your investment and keeping your floors beautiful

Professional Cleaning Means a Healthier Environment

Professional cleaning removes all the dirt, germs, bacteria and dander from the floor, leaving your home healthier for everyone in it. What’s more, mold and mildew are common carpet invaders, and cleaning carpets yourself can lead to over saturation. A professional cleaning will get the job done while ensuring all moisture is properly extracted while maintaining the integrity of your carpet.

It Restores Carpet To Its Original Beauty and Extends the Life of Your Carpet

Professional carpet cleaners can restore your carpet to its original quality. Maintaining your carpets with regular professional deep cleanings will help you extend the life of your carpet and will leave your carpets feeling and looking fresh and clean.

It is recommended that all carpets be professionally cleaned a minimum of every 12 to 18 months.

As professional carpet cleaners, Always Clean can help you protect your carpets from future stains and accidents.

Contact us today and let us help you preserve the beauty of your carpets.

How to Deal with a Flooded Carpet: 5 Essential Tips

A stack of carpet patches dripping water.

Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jonathan Snyder (source)

Maybe you’ve had a pipe burst. Maybe ice dams have caused a slow leak into your basement. Maybe an aquarium got knocked over. Maybe heavy rains have caused flash flooding. No matter what the cause, if you’ve got a waterlogged carpet, it’s time to act fast!

Water soaked carpets become water-damaged carpets in the blink of an eye—and water-damaged carpets need to be replaced ASAP. The alternative is bad odors, mold, and even damage to the house itself.

So how can you deal with wet, flooded carpets or other water damage? Keep reading to find out. Read more

7 Holiday House Cleaning Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Guests

holiday table place settingHere in Connecticut the leaves have already turned and the weather is getting chillier every day. That means it’s time to break out the rakes and winter coats—not to mention that the holidays are just around the corner!

For many, the holidays are a time for visiting family and friends. That’s one reason the season is so beloved, but it can also mean quite a bit of stress for those who play host.

Getting your home ready for guests is almost never an easy task, but during the holidays it can be even tougher. (We all have a loved one whose standards for cleanliness are well beyond our own.)

With that in mind, here’s a list of holiday house cleaning tips for anyone expecting guests—or even anyone who wants to get a jump start on their spring cleaning! Read more

Fall Cleaning Checklist: Getting Your Home Ready for Autumn & Winter

When it comes to seasonal cleaning, spring is usually what most people will summon to mind. But the fact of the matter is, cleaning is a year-round obligation, and every season has its own set of essential chores. Fall is no exception, especially here in Connecticut.

Labor Day has long passed and it’s now officially autumn. That means it’s time to start thinking about fall cleaning!

Not sure what fall cleaning entails? Don’t worry! Here’s a fall cleaning checklist to get you started on the path to a happy, healthy home that’s more than ready for autumn—and the winter that follows. Read more

What Is Upholstery Cleaning?

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Our home’s upholstery is something that we come into contact with every single day. Yet for many of us, upholstery cleaning is something we never think to do.

Why is that?

One reason may be simple ignorance—we avoid upholstery cleaning because we don’t know what it is. Here at Always Clean LLC, we take upholstery cleaning seriously. If you’re not certain what upholstery cleaning entails or if it’s right for you, we’ve got all the answers you need. Read on. Read more

Professional Carpet Cleaning vs. DIY: Why You Need to Hire Pros

A closeup of gray carpeting

How long has it been since you last cleaned your home’s carpets? If it’s approaching a year or longer, it’s time to do something about it—sooner, rather than later. (And if it’s been that long, odds are you don’t need us to tell you that!)

When it comes to deep carpet cleaning, there are two ways to go: hiring a professional carpet cleaning service or opting for a more DIY approach.

While DIY carpet cleaning might seem tempting to some homeowners, it’s nearly always wiser to simply hire a professional. Keep reading to find out why. Read more

How Often Should You Have Your Carpets Cleaned?

A carpet being cleaned.

Like most homeowners, you probably like to think that you keep your carpets pretty clean. You vacuum regularly, manage to keep spills to a minimum, and do a thorough spot clean when the occasion calls for it.

But how often do you have your carpets professionally cleaned?

The fact of the matter is that professional carpet cleaning is a necessary part of maintaining your home. Vacuuming and spot cleaning are good for getting at the surface, but without regular deep cleaning by a professional carpet cleaning company, you’re doing yourself, your family, and your home a disservice. Read more

Can Oriental Rugs Be Cleaned At Home?

If you’ve got an Oriental rug in your home, odds are it’s one of your most cherished possessions. Oriental and Persian rugs are timelessly stylish, soften our floors, and tie our rooms together. There’s nothing quite like having one underfoot to make a house feel like a home.

Like anything else worth cherishing, Oriental and Persian rugs need regular maintenance and care. They get walked on, spilled on, and more every single day. Overtime, even routine use can take its toll on a good Oriental rug. Regular cleaning is key.

So—can you clean your favorite Oriental rug at home, or do you need a professional?

It depends. Read more

Recognition and Prevention of Carpet Mold from Water Damage

Wet Vac vacuuming up water on carpetingWater damage to carpeting is always troublesome. Even the smallest amount of moisture should be cause for concern when it comes to your flooring and your home’s environment. It doesn’t take much for mold to form and grow into an enormous problem.  Mold can wreak havoc not only with property damage, but also with your family’s health. Read more