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Tips From Professional Carpet Cleaners Lawrenceville Relies Upon

ALLBRITE1102One of the more common questions about residential carpet cleaning Lawrenceville customers ask most has to do with pets, and whether it’s appropriate to let cats or dogs walk on freshly-cleaned carpet.

The truth is there’s no hard and fast rule; liquid remaining in a carpet still damp from cleaning might absorb any dirt or soil on a cat or dog’s paws, but it’s not likely to be any more significant than what you might see when the carpet is dry. More importantly, there is nothing in any of the products used in our professional carpet cleaning Lawrenceville homeowners should be concerned about in terms of pets’ health and safety. Even right after a full cleaning, the carpet can be safely walked upon by pets and barefoot children with no worries about the natural ingredients causing any problems.

Another popular question — one we hear from commercial customers as well — is how often we recommend a carpet be cleaned professionally. The answer really depends upon many factors, including the type of carpet and what color it is, and where in the house (or business) it’s located. Carpet in high-traffic areas like kitchens and main hallways sees more wear and tear than carpet in less used rooms such as guest rooms or closets. Also, it should come as no surprise that we’ll recommend more frequent professional cleaning for carpets that are exposed to pets — unless you have dogs who wipe their feet before coming inside!

In general terms, most people can tell a carpet needs professional cleaning when it doesn’t return to its “like new” look after just regular vacuuming. In addition, it’s important to schedule regular cleanings at least every six months to address ground-in soil that might not be visible, but can nonetheless be damaging to your carpet.

Professional Carpet Cleaning: Camden Business Offers Advice

ALLBRITE1101So you’ve made the choice to call a carpet cleaning service Camden home and business owners have been using for years — great! We’ve found our customers tend to ask a lot of the same questions before we arrive, so we’ve put together a few tips to help you get ready for your carpet cleaning — Camden customers should read on!

One of the more common questions is whether there’s a particular time of year you should choose for carpet cleaning; traditionally, there has been some reluctance to have a carpet cleaned during the winter months, due to fears that not being able to open a window or two will make the carpet stay damp for days or weeks after a good cleaning. Fortunately our state-of-the-art equipment leaves a clean carpet only slightly damp moments after we’re finished — and in nearly any environment, the carpet will be “go-ahead-and-walk-on-it-with-your-socks” dry in a matter of hours.

We also hear from homeowners in particular who ask whether they should clean their carpets themselves before we arrive, in an effort to get them really clean by the time we’re finished. The answer is, yes and no. There’s nothing wrong with picking up larger pieces of debris, and there’s never a time when it’s inappropriate for you to vacuum your carpet on your own; that said, we always begin our cleaning process with a vacuum process, so that’s covered.

Importantly, if there’s a stain you’d like us to remove, the best thing for you to do is to not start after it on your own; in most cases, attempts at scrubbing without the professional materials and techniques we employ will only make a stubborn stain worse! If you’ve got really tough stains, let us know; there may be pre-treat options we can employ for the best results.

Keeping Your Commercial Carpet Clean Longer

modern officeWhen a manufacturer describes their product as “for commercial use,” you generally know that means it’s built for business; everything takes more abuse when it’s in a commercial setting, so it needs to be made a little tougher to withstand the day-to-day needs of your enterprise.

Carpet is no different. Commercial carpet is designed with business in mind, manufactured to wear more slowly under more traffic than you’d ever expect in a residential setting. But that doesn’t mean you can simply neglect it; it may be tougher in a lot of ways, but the carpet manufacturer expects a business owner to care for it more than a homeowner as well.

Regular commercial carpet cleaning is a big part of keeping your commercial carpet looking its best for your customers — and your employees. But there are a few steps you can take as a business owner to prolong the “just cleaned” look, to help it last from one commercial carpet cleaning to the next.

The most obvious is vacuuming, of course. Make sure whoever is assigned vacuuming duty knows the high-traffic areas need to be cleaned at least twice a week, if not more — and that every inch of carpet should be vacuumed once a week at a minimum. And when big spills happen, get it cleaned up quickly; the sooner a staining agent is cleaned up, the less of a stain it will create.

If you have area rugs, be sure to vacuum underneath them from time to time, as dirt and grime can find its way beneath and cause additional damage to both the rug and floor. And if you are using rugs to protect high-traffic areas from carpet wear, consider plastic mats — they last longer, and are easier to clean.

For more information about carpet care or to schedule a cleaning, please contact us today!

Showing Off Your Home? Carpet Cleaning Is Just the Beginning

Lazy DogIf you’re getting ready to showcase your home to new people — whether you’re preparing the home for a real estate sales showing, offering the space as a rental, hosting the biggest party of the year or just preparing for the first visit from the in-laws — you need to put your best foot forward. And perhaps you’ve taken the usual steps already; you’ve picked up the clutter, you’ve run the vacuum around the house, you’ve scrubbed a few sinks and toilets and you’ve mowed the front lawn.

Now it’s time to get serious about cleaning, and for that, we’ve got the professional help you need. You may already know we offer the most comprehensive, effective and carpet-safe carpet cleaning in the industry, informed by years of experience and a high level of professional standards. But did you know carpet cleaning is just the beginning of the cleaning services we offer?

For example, our furniture cleaning process is one of the best in the industry, featuring the latest technology in the upholstery cleaning world. We use a high-temperature water extraction system that gets well into the fabric and pulls out deep, ground-in dirt and soil in ways you may not think possible — and with results you’ll appreciate.

We also offer a tile and grout cleaning service that can breathe new life into your bathrooms and kitchen, or anyplace where the white lines around your tile may no longer be as white as you remember. If you’re tired of harsh chemicals and scrubbing for the better part of a day with lackluster results, consider our service, offering state-of-the-art tile and grout cleaning without all the work for you.

For more information about tile and grout cleaning, furniture cleaning, carpet cleaning, or any of the services we provide, please feel free to contact us today!

Selecting a Carpet Cleaning Professional

CarpetCleanerYou’ve done your part; whether your carpet was installed at home or in a commercial setting, you’ve taken the time to maintain it with regular vacuuming and basic cleaning. But at some point you’re bound to feel your carpet is ready for professional help — maybe it’s suffered a serious stain or two, or there’s been a set of circumstances that has brought particularly high traffic to a specific area. Or maybe it’s just been about a year, and you’d like to incorporate carpet cleaning as part of a routine maintenance schedule (most carpet manufacturers actually recommend this, a professional carpet cleaning every 12 to 18 months!).

Regardless of why, your carpet doesn’t look as good as it did new; the good news is, a residential or commercial carpet cleaning professional can help! And while of course not all carpet cleaning companies are created equal, asking questions when choosing among them will help you find the right people for your job.

The first, of course, is “How long have you been in the carpet cleaning business?” It’s a good question to ask anyone you let into your home to do work, and if the carpet you need cleaned is in an office setting, commercial carpet cleaning companies especially should be able to provide references of other customers you could contact. Another good thing to find out is whether the carpet cleaning company’s employees receive any special training or certifications before they begin work.

Finally, ask for (and approve) a written estimate before any work begins. Professional residential and commercial carpet cleaning companies will perform an on-site inspection of your carpet and should provide a complete estimate for the work to be done. A written contract you can reference later will remove any doubts about which services (furniture removal, etc.) are included in the price.

BACTERIA THAT HIDES IN YOUR FLOORS

Carpet- cleaning- new-jerseyWhether carpet, hardwood, or tile, floors are magnets for the dirt and bacteria we think we’ve left behind with each step. Keeping your floors “clean enough to eat off of” is almost an impossibility, as bacteria thrives on floor surfaces.

Another fun fact about floor bound bacteria; Although these types of bacteria live on your floors, many of them quickly become airborne to increase their survival. This means floor based bacteria should be a concern for anyone coming into a home.

So which types of bacteria have most likely made their home on your floors? The short answer is a lot, but this article will overview two of the most common types of these household dangers:

Campylobacter – Campylobacter bacteria is a perfect example of an extremely common form of bacteria – that will make you want to indulge in carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, furniture cleaning, and everything else within your power. So what’s so bad about campylobacter? The campylobacter bacteria has been directly associated with diarrhea, inflammation of the body, cramps, and even blood in the stool.

Salmonella – Salmonella is another type of bacteria associated with cramps and stomach problems, but has the added danger of being connected with the Salmonella virus. This bacteria is particularly dangerous to the young and the elderly, people who have compromised (and developing) immune systems.

So what can you do about these types of bacteria? Work out a regular cleaning maintenance within the home. This means a combination cleaning routine. Too many people think that vacuuming is enough.

The truth is that vacuuming only takes care of some of your necessary carpet cleaning routine, and completely neglects your tile and grout cleaning needs. A good combination cleaning ring involves daily vacuuming, mopping, and regular carpet, tile and grout cleaning.  Be sure to also make furniture cleaning a part of your annual spring tidy.

For more information, see our blog post on maintaining your home.

WHY SHOULD I GET MY CARPETS CLEANED?

professional_carpet_cleaning_njA lot of people look at the cost of getting their carpet cleaned regularly and dismiss it as an expensive and unnecessary procedure. This is a critical mistake. When you clean your carpets, you benefit on several levels – from increased property value to the benefits of carpet cleaning for your health.

Regular residential carpet cleaning keeps your carpets looking clean and newer for longer. If you’ve ever tried to sell a house then you are likely aware that the newer things are, the better the price you’re going to get. Maintaining your carpets is a great way to ensure they will hold their value for longer, and in turn can increase property value for you.

However, that being said, carpet cleaning does not just help property values and appearances. Carpet cleaning helps the carpet to last longer, keeps things looking fresh and new, and ultimately maintains a tidy, well kept home.

If you have yet to read our blog on the bacteria that thrives in the fibres of your carpet, allow me to briefly recap – bacteria, viruses, mold, and more. Your carpet can be deceptive and, if left un-cleaned, can be a huge source of exposure to dangerous substances that you track into the house along with your family and guests.

These are just a few of the reasons that regular residential carpet cleaning is a great idea. From improving your health to increasing property value in your home, carpet cleaning is a vital part of carpet maintenance.