DIY Carpet Stain Removal Guide

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Life can be messy. One moment you’re enjoying a pizza slice with all the fixings when a piece of pepperoni falls on the carpet. Or your fur-legged family member decides he can’t wait a moment longer to relieve himself.

Next thing you know; you’re facing a carpet stain, which without quick action will become a permanent fixture in your life. With carpet stains, the faster you act, the better the results. Don’t despair – we can help you solve most any carpet stain.

DIY Carpet Cleaning Solutions


  • 6 CUPS Water
  • ¼ CUP Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 ½ TBSP White Vinegar
  • 1 ½ TBSP Dish Soap
  • ½ of a WHOLE Lemon


  • 3 CUPS Borax
  • 1 ½ TBSP Baking Soda


  • 2 CUPS Water
  • 3 TBSP White Vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Baking Soda

Carpet Stain Removal Steps

The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends the following stain removal steps:

Always pretest any new stain removal solution in an inconspicuous area. You want to be certain the solution won’t damage the carpet’s fibers or dye. After applying several drops to the testing area, hold a white cloth on the wet area for 10 seconds, minimum. If a change occurs, another cleaning solution should be used.

Act quickly to absorb spills. Most carpet today has been factory treated with a stain-resistant formula allowing spills to be effectively removed when immediate action is taken. The longer the delay, the higher the probability of a spill becoming a permanent stain. No carpet, however, is completely stain proof.

Apply a cleaning solution. Spray any remaining spills with a cleaning solution of your choosing. Use a store-bought formula or a homemade stain remover (see above). Take care not to oversaturate the area as this can damage the backing. Let sit for 10 minutes before proceeding to the next step.

Work from the outer edges of the spill, in. This will prevent the spill from spreading. Do not scrub! Scrubbing can cause pile distortion. You should always blot the spill, using a dry, white, absorbent cloth or white (no printing) paper towels, until liquids are completely absorbed. Repeat if necessary.

Be patient! Complete removal of the spill may require repeating the same step multiple times. After the spill has been completely removed, you should rinse the affected area thoroughly with cold water, and blot dry with a clean, white, non-patterned cloth until all of the solution has been removed. Change cloths as needed.

Carpet Stain Removal Guide

PAINT: If the paint stain is still wet, blot the spot with a wet paper towel until the paint is absorbed. If the paint has had a chance to dry, you’ll want to use a hot water mixed with a little bit of dish detergent. Let sit for a few minutes. Once the paint is softened, use a knife or metal spatula to scrape away the paint stain.

GREASE: Cleaning grease stains from your carpet doesn’t have to be challenging. Begin by thoroughly blotting the area using a clean cloth. Spray the stain using a spray bottle filled with white vinegar. Apply the solution and allow enough time for it to soak into the grease before wiping the stain clean with a towel soaked in hot water.

COFFEE: If you have light-colored carpet, you know there is nothing worse than a coffee stain. To effectively remove the stain, you will first want to blot the affected area with a paper towel to absorb as much of the liquid as possible. You will then want to take some liquid detergent and place directly onto a damp sponge. Gently rub the stain with the sponge in a circular motion. Remember to work from the outside, in.

PET STAINS: Pet related accidents happen. You will need white vinegar and baking soda to remove these stains. Pour enough vinegar to soak the stain and then add a small amount of baking soda. This combination cleans and deodorizes the stain. Allow sufficient time for the mixture to dry before vacuuming.

INK: There are several methods for removing ink stains including spraying the area with hair spray and mixing milk and cornstarch together to form a paste that can be applied to affected area. If using the milk/cornstarch concoction, allow sufficient time for it to dry, before sweeping it up and then vacuuming.

Time-Saving Cleaning Tips

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There’s no way around it – every home has to be cleaned. And the more active your home is, the more often it will need to be cleaned, which often leaves us without much time for anything else. If you feel that you have too many household chores and not enough time, then it’s time to fight back, especially because the time we get is precious. Check everything off your to-do list – your cleaning to-do list, that is – with these helpful time-saving cleaning tips. You can thank us later.

Tip #1: Incorporate a Simple Cleaning Routine

Heiton Buckley created an awesome infographic that breaks down how to clean every corner of your house without feeling overwhelmed. Check it out below.

Ultimate home cleaning routine
Courtesy of: Heiton Buckley

Tip #2: Gather All Supplies

Keep all of your cleaning tools and cleaners in a caddy. This allows you to easily grab them, carry them from room to room, and clean anytime. My must-have caddy tools? Microfiber cloths, lint roller, paper towels, all-purpose cleaner, disinfecting cleaner, dusting spray, antibacterial wipes, and window cleaner.

Tip #3: Use a Timer

Decide in advance how long you’re going to spend cleaning. There is no right or wrong answer; however, I think the you’ll find that the most realistic timeframe is 30 minutes. You can either spend that time on one area, such as a bathroom, or divide your time into blocks – for 30 minutes, do two 15 minute blocks.

Tip #4: Give Your Microwave a Steam Bath

Splashes and spatters in the microwave can get baked onto the interior surface, making it a monumental task to clean. Make it easier on yourself by boiling a cup of water in the microwave first. You can also use a cup of straight vinegar if you’d like. This will create a mini steam bath, softening stuck on food, and allowing for faster clean-up.

Tip #5: Dust Ceiling Fans Using a Pillowcase

Cleaning the blades of a ceiling fan can be a dirty job. But since it has to be done, why not make the chore easier? Keep the dust and grime controlled by using a pillow case as a cleaning rag. Simply slide the case over each blade in turn. When you pull it back off, all the dust and debris will fall into the case, rather than the floor or furnishings.

Tip #6: Work from the Top, Down

Dust settles downwards, so avoid making more work for yourself by working from the top, down. Vacuum and mop last. We also recommend using microfiber cloths made of synthetic materials when dusting hard surfaces. These cloths trap dirt far better than feather dusters which just move dirt around.

Tip #7: Quick Vacuum

If your floors need to be vacuumed, concentrate on high-traffic areas, corners and visible dust. A great way to cut down on dirt and grime from entering your home, which only serve to create more work, is to make a “no shoes inside the house” rule. A rule that you should strictly enforce. You should also have your carpets professionally steamed cleaned at least once a year.

Tip #8: Clean Your Cleaning Tools

Yes, really. If you don’t take the time to clean out your vacuum’s roller every now and then, they’ll be less efficient, causing you to spend more time cleaning one area of your home. Dirty cloths, mops, and full vacuum cleaners don’t pick up or remove dirt – period. Clean and/or replace your cleaning tools as needed.

Detox Your Home

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How is the air quality in your home? Fact: The average American home contains over 500 synthetic chemicals, many of which we cannot see, taste, or smell. And while the vast majority of these chemicals are undetectable, they are present in the air we breathe, which prevents its own set of health problems. In fact, the EPA reported that indoor air can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Thankfully, there is help! Detox your home with the following five steps; which should be among the first you take.

#1. House Plants: There are many health benefits to being near plants. Studies have shown us time and again that live plants help us to stay healthy, have fewer headaches, feel less fatigued, have fewer allergy symptoms, recover faster, feel less stressed, feel happier, and be more productive and creative. The key is to place houseplants in each and every one of your rooms. The best houseplants to use, include:

  • Boston Fern
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Kimberly Queen Fern
  • Peace Lily
  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Areca Palm
  • English Ivy
  • Dwarf Date Palm
  • Florist’s Mum

#2. Shoes Off: Research has shown that toxins, such as: coal tar and herbicides, can easily get tracked into your house on your shoes. They’re also a hot spot for harmful bacteria, including E.coli. Slipping your sneakers, heels, or sandals off as soon as you walk through the front door is a step you shouldn’t skip. Make “No shoes in the house!” a rule and stick to it.

#3. Go Green: Products with unfamiliar ingredients often have negative effects on our health – period. You can easily avoid ill health effects by purchasing cleaning products with ingredients you know like citrus oil, vinegar, beeswax, cleaning salt, coconut oil, baking soda and essential oils like lavender and rosemary, or make your own. There are plenty of DIY cleaning solution recipes to be found on Pinterest. Not only are these products better for your health, and safe to use around kids and pets, they’re also good for the environment.

#4. Vacuum Regularly: When you vacuum, you’re not simply cleaning your house for appearance’s sake, you’re also safeguarding the your and your family’s health. Regular and through vacuuming using a HEPA filter is a must. A HEPA filter does a good job of containing the finest particles of dirt. We recommend vacuuming your carpets and area rugs at least two times a week.

#5. Tile, Stone & Grout Cleaning: Grout, which is a porous material, collects dirt, grime, spills, and often bacteria. Regular mopping and spot cleaning doesn’t reach the dirt hidden in the nooks and crannies of your grout. Professional tile, stone and grout cleaning; however, is essential for good health. This service will also make you floors appear like they’re new.

And if all else fails, you can enlist us to help with your carpet cleaning needs. Find out more here!

Here’s to healthy homes!

Spring Cleaning Tips for Allergy Sufferers

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The sun is out, the birds are singing and warm weather is here, all of which translates to springtime – and allergy season. Achoo! It’s also time to throw open the shutters and tackle spring cleaning. Whether you dread this process or you find it strangely soothing (sheepishly raises hand), it’s got to be done, especially since your home isn’t just going to clean itself. Wouldn’t that be the dream life?

But if you happen to be one of the 50 million people that suffer from allergies each year, particularly during the spring season, then a thorough spring cleaning is vital to keeping sneezing, coughing, and wheezing fits at bay so that you can enjoy the warm weather and longer days. Here are a few spring cleaning tips to help keep your home clean and allergy free.

[1] Know What Trigger Your Allergies

First, and foremost, it’s important to know what triggers your allergies. Dust, pollen, and mold are three of the most common triggers of seasonal allergies. And while you may think you’re allergic to dust, other substances may be involved as well. It pays to contact an allergist, who can help you find the source of your suffering through allergy testing, so that you can avoid your triggers.

[2] Spring for HEPA Filters

Only use a vacuum that is equipped with a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for high-efficiency pollution air. These filters work by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps most microscopic allergens, such as pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. Vacuuming frequently (a minimum of once a week) with a HEPA filter is your best defense against allergies. You can find HEPA filters at most home improvement and big box stores.

[3] Replace Those HVAC Filters

Replacing your HVAC system’s filters goes a long way toward creating an allergy-free home. Quality electrostatic, pleated, HEPA, and activated carbon filters are all highly effective at minimizing the allergens in your home. Disposable filters should be changed once every three months. However, they may need to be changed more often, depending on your specific needs.

[4] Don’t Ignore Your Bedroom

Make your bedroom your sanctuary by making sure to wash its bedding (i.e. linens and comforters once a week. Using allergy-free pillows, pillowcases, and mattress covers are also highly recommended when trying to create an allergy-free home – or in this case, bedroom. Make sure your dresser tops, nightstands, and desks are free from clutter as cluttered surfaces seem to attract dust a lot quicker than non-cluttered surfaces.

[5] Steam Clean Those Carpets

To get rid of all that ails you, as well as make your carpets and upholstery look better and last longer, you should have them regularly steamed cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner every six months. For those of you without pets or severe allergies, you may be able to have your carpets cleaned annually, rather than semi-annually. Steam cleaning will leave you with not only a clean carpet, but a healthy one.


Game-Day Cleanup

game-day cleanup

This weekend, all of America will be keeping score during the big game, between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. Sports commentators will analyze every tackle, play, and rule as well as regale us with each player’s stats. Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars will entertain us during the halftime show, which at this point, is nearly as big as the game itself.

Family and friends will gather together to cheer on their favorite team, and try to predict which team will take the winning title for Super Bowl 50, while feasting on chicken wings, sliders, chips, and more. Fans…food…drinks. These are all reasons why game-day cleanup is hardly ever pretty. But you can host a killer party without spending the entire time playing defense to potential party fouls.

Before and After Game-Day Cleanup

  1. Clean the screen.

Since you’ll be taking breaks from your chip and dip to watch the game, or at least the halftime show, the last thing you want is any dust or smudges hampering your view. The day before the game, gently dust your screen with a microfiber cloth, until it provides a clear view. Using window cleaner is never recommended.

  1. Rearrange the furniture.

Since the focal point will be the TV screen, you may want to arrange your upholstered furniture, as to provide your guests with an optimal view. While you’re at it, you may also want to consider relocating anything breakable, such as family heirlooms and personal collections out of harm’s way.

  1. Stain-proof your carpets.

Stain-protection is a game changer…seriously! Chances are that someone is going to spill something during the excitement of a touchdown. Carpet protection, professionally applied, will protect your carpet and upholstery by resisting spills; thus preventing stains from setting in. It affords you more time to clean up any game-day mishaps.

  1. Professional Carpet & Tile/Grout Cleaning

This tip is for after the game. Since your floors may have taken a beating during the game, you may want to consider having your them professionally cleaned, so that they look like new – especially if you haven’t had them professionally cleaned in some time. Take the time to move your furniture for a thorough cleaning.

How To Remove Game-Day Stains

Wing Sauce: Dilute one tablespoon dishwashing liquid with two cups of warm water and apply to the stain (saturate it). Using a clean non-patterned cloth, blot – never wipe – the stain until it has disappeared. Repeat the process using cold water and then allow to dry. Repeat as necessary.

Cheese: If you happen to get cheese on your carpets or upholstery, make sure to soak it as quickly as possible, using the same technique for wing sauce removal. If the stain is relatively new, soaking it for half an hour should be sufficient, but if its older it may require more time.

Barbecue Sauce: Scrape off any excess barbeque sauce from carpet or fabric using a spoon for a fresh stain or a butter knife for an older one. Once you’ve done that, continuously apply cold water (not warm) to force the stain away, then once most of its out you can blot dishwashing liquid into it. Work your way from the outside of the stain to the middle to prevent it from spreading. Rinse and repeat as necessary.

Holiday Events in Phoenix to Attend

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December is a magical time of year! From family festivals, cultural performances, spectacular holiday light shows, outdoor fun, and artisan craft shows; you’ll find an abundance of holiday events and activities designed to get you and your loved ones into the holiday spirit this season. Here is a sampling of Carpet Cleaning Service AZ approved holiday events all throughout the Grand Canyon State.

A Christmas Carol, Gilbert

Date: December 3-24, 2015

Location: Hale Centre Theatre

50 West Page Avenue

Gilbert, AZ 85233

Details: Hale Centre Theatre continues its holiday tradition with its 13th annual production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” which runs through December 24, with traditional carols, stunning costumes, and memorable characters all guaranteed to enrich the holiday season for you and your family.

Admission: Ticket pricing for adults is $28; groups of 10+ $22; students with valid identification $22; children (5-12) $18.

Glendale Glitters, Glendale

Date: November 27, 2015 – January 9, 2016

  • Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights; December 4-5, 2015
  • Winter Wonderland Weekend; December 11-12, 2015
  • Spirit of Giving Weekend; December 18-19, 2015
  • Glendale Glitter & Glow Block Party; January 9, 2016

Location: Historic Downtown Glendale

58th Avenue and Glendale Avenue

Glendale, AZ

Details: This award-winning festival, now in its 23rd year, is one of the best-loves events for Arizona families. Visitors of all ages will delight in holiday entertainment, delectable food, hand-crafted holiday gifts, a children’s snow field and petting zoo, shopping, and visit from Jolly Ol’ St. Nick. This event also features a stunning display of 1.5 million lights illuminating sixteen blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale.

Admission: Complimentary

ZooLights, Phoenix

Date: November 23, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Location: Phoenix Zoo

455 North Galvin Parkway

Phoenix, AZ 85008

Details: ZooLights, powered by SRP EarthWise Energy, is a magical experience guaranteed to illuminate your holiday season. New this year are several 3D light sculptures, 2D butterflies and lion cubs, and Music in Motion light shows featuring music from the movie “Polar Express” and “Winter Palace” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Admission: General admission is $18 ($16 online); member admission is $16 ($14 online); good any night. Value tickets with date restrictions are $12 ($10 online) for general admission and $10 ($8 online) for member admission. Children two and under are free.

Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade, Tempe

Date: December 12, 2015 | 6pm

Location: Tempe Town Lake

Tempe, AZ 85281

Details: Be dazzled at the Valley of the Sun’s most unique holiday event – the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade, presented by SRP at Tempe Town Lake. The Boat Parade features as many as 50 festively lighted boats of all sizes, more than a thousand luminaries which illuminate the sidewalks and paths of Tempe Beach Park, a special display provided by Tempe South Rotary, fireworks, and Santa.

Admission: Complimentary

Festival of Cheer, Peoria

Date: December 12, 2015

Location: Peoria’s Centennial Plaza Park

8401 West Monroe Street

Peoria, AZ 85345

Details: Designed to bring together the community of Peoria’s residents and businesses, the annual Festival of Cheer, features fun for everyone regardless of culture, holiday preference, or background. There will be various countries and culture exhibits, vendors and entertainment set-up throughout the park including SantaLand – a magical land of holiday cheer, where the spirit is bright, and the photo’s are complimentary.

Admission: Complimentary

Rawhide’s Snowy Christmas at Wild Horse Pass, Chandler

Date: November 26, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Location: Rawhide

5700 West North Loop Road

Chandler, AZ 85226

Details: Join Santa for the nightly snow fall and tree lighting ceremony on Main Street. Lights, entertainment, holiday stunt shows, and Santa are all part of the celebration. Drop off your (or your children’s) letter to Santa at Rawhide’s “Delivery to the SW Pole” mail box. Every child who sends a letter will hear back from Ol’ Saint Nick. Photos with Santa.

Admission: Individual Attraction/Show Tickets are $4.95 and Town Pass Attraction/Show Wristbands are $14.95. As always admission and parking is complimentary.

Polar Express, Williams

Date: November, 2015 – January, 2016

Location: Grand Canyon Railway

233 North Grand Canyon Boulevard

Williams, AZ 86046

Details: “Does the bell still ring for you?”  The Polar Express Ride, presented by Grand Canyon Railway, has fast become a family tradition for many families all across the state. Children, young and young at heart, board The Polar Express in Williams, AZ for a delightful nighttime adventure to the North Pole and back. On the journey, travelers listen to the beloved Van Allsburg story, while enjoying hot cocoa and cookies. On the trip back, Santa walks through the carriages, gifting every boy and girl with their very own special silver bell.

Admission: Between $24 and $35. Overnight stay packages at the Grand Canyon Hotel are also available, starting at $304 for a family of four (two adults and two children), it includes train tickets.

North Pole Experience, Flagstaff

Date: November 20-December 28, 2015

Location: North Pole Express Portal

2515 East Butler Avenue

Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Details: Delight in the magic of the holiday season by visiting Santa’s enchanting 400-year-old workshop at the North Pole Experience in Flagstaff, AZ. Visitors tour Santa’s 8,500-square-foot workshop including Santa’s Toy Hall of Fame, Elf University, Santa’s Bakery, and more. Children even get to glimpse into Santa’s secret sleigh hanger, “Area 47”.

Admission: Between $42 and $59

Happy Holidays!

Carpet Cleaning for the Holidays

carpet cleaning for the holidays

The holidays are fast approaching. In fact, there are just 14 days until Thanksgiving, 16 days until Black Friday, 45 days until Christmas, and 51 days until New Years’ Eve. With the holidays also comes a full schedule: shopping, baking, cooking, cleaning, planning, and checking your Naughty and Nice list, not once, but twice.

The holidays provide the perfect opportunity for you to show off your beautifully decorated home. Of all the things on your to-do list, however, carpet cleaning is often the one that is overlooked. Yet getting your carpets cleaned now, in preparation for the magic of the season, can go a long way in making a great first impression on your guests.

  1. Stain Prevention – With more traffic – and large quantities of food – in your home this holiday season, the chance of accidental spills, and subsequent stains increases dramatically. Having your carpets professionally cleaned now, rather than after the guests leave, can protect party fouls from ruining your holiday cheer.
  2. Odor Removal – The holidays should be spent enjoying the company of family and friends, not dealing with pesky odors, and allergies caused by those odors. Hiring a carpet cleaning professional, skilled in odor removal, can ensure your home smells like the holidays rather than musty.
  3. Sanitation – Come Christmas morning, among all the excitement, there’s bound to be a good amount of sitting on the carpet – or crawling under the tree to gather up all the presents left under it the night before. Do we need to even ask: You want to ensure your carpets are clean and fresh for your guests, correct?
  4. Erase Seasons Past – Arizona’s summer months brings sand and dust while its fall months bring rain, mud, and leaves. All of which has a tendency of winding up where it doesn’t belong: your carpets. Start the holiday season off right with a clean slate by scheduling an appointment for carpet cleaning today.

Routine carpet cleaning is the first step in extending the life of your carpet and upholstered furniture. Recommended once every six months, carpet cleaning is best scheduled before the holidays, as chances are you’ll be opening your home to countless holiday visitors. Contact us today to make sure your home looks its best this holiday season.

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The Benefits of Carpet Protection


You spend thousands of dollars investing in new carpet and furniture to make your house a home, so why not spend just $20.00* a year to protect it so that you continue to enjoy these products for years to come. Among the many stain removal solutions currently available today, carpet protection truly stands out, as it aids in the cleaning of carpets, area rugs, mattresses, and upholstered furniture without leaving a sticky residue behind.

What is carpet protectant? I am glad you asked. Carpet protectant is a stain repellent and durable water repellent. These solutions protect fabric and carpet fibers by acting as a seal. Dirt, grime, and stains are no match for the defending power of carpet protectant solutions. It makes cleaning up most spills a breeze. Keep reading to see just how beneficial carpet protection can be for you.

There are several tangible benefits to having carpet protection applied including:

Protects Your Carpet and Upholstery

Carpet protection not only helps to prevent stains, it also helps to protect your carpet and upholstery from normal wear and tear, as it resists spills and soiling. It keeps these products looking like new and, because of its sealing properties, it is able to significantly extend the life of your carpet, area rugs, mattresses, and upholstered furnishings. It can even be applied to the interior of your vehicle, RV, or boat. The possibilities are endless.

Allows You to Enjoy Monetary Savings

Protection provides benefits that makes your carpet and furnishings to be less susceptible to stains, damage from abrasives, and premature wear. This in turn can save you a significant amount of money in the long run as it protects you from having to replace the entire thing. I think the choice between protecting your carpet and upholstery is an easy one, don’t you?

It is important to note that carpet protection can only be applied after professional steam cleaning has been performed. If you are looking for quality steam cleaning services, or, would like to learn more about the benefits of protecting your valuable possessions with carpet protectors please feel free to visit us at or contact us at (602) 633-2015.

*Per area

Air Duct Cleaning: Why You Should Consider It

professional air duct cleaning

Many homeowners believe that they spend far too much on electricity – especially in the summer and winter months. And they’re right! In fact, according to the Department of Energy, heating and cooling accounts for more than half of all residential energy consumption in the United States. And, as if that’s not bad enough, electrical bills are set to rise over the next few years in many parts of the country.

There are many simple, yet effective, energy-efficiency measures that homeowners can use to lower their heating and cooling costs. Adding weather stripping, checking the efficiency of your HVAC equipment, and/or professional air duct cleaning  and sealing can ease the burden of high electric bills. The more measures you enact, the better the energy, and monetary savings.

While most people enjoy a clean home, years can pass before the air ducts are cleaned, thus allowing dust and other contaminants to accumulate. Sealing leaks, repairing damages, and removing just four-tenths of an inch of dust from your duct work can reduce your monthly usage by upwards of 20 percent. This according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It also carries with it the following added benefits:

  • A healthier home environment
  • Longer equipment life
  • Increased monetary savings
  • Reduced energy consumption
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Protection for the environment

Professional air duct cleaning can be particularly important when you have an insect or rodent infestation, high summer and winter energy bills, rooms that are difficult to heat and cool, rooms that never seem to be comfortable; no matter the temperature, or there’s visible mold growth. For substantial energy savings, and a healthier home environment, consider having your air ducts professionally cleaned today.

*Air duct cleaning should be conducted once every five years.

Professional Carpet Cleaning Secrets You’ll Want To Know

Carpet Cleaning Secrets

Despite your best efforts, your carpet will eventually fall prey to everyday life’s wear and tear, as well as accidents – more quickly in homes where children and pets are present. The problem with this is that dirty carpets not only look bad, they’re loaded with pollutants, and who knows what else. These pollutants can decrease your home’s indoor air quality as well as cause your carpet fibers to break down more rapidly.

The best way to combat day to day life, and keep your carpets looking like new, is to regularly vacuum your carpets. We recommend vacuuming them s-l-o-w-l-y, in a back and forth motion, so that the lines intersect. Doing this two times a week can remove up to 83% of the dry soil embedded within the fibers of your carpet. When faced with bigger problems such as crushed in candy, tough grease stains, or a pet’s little accidents; the following tips can really come in handy. Regular professional carpet cleaning should be completed as well.

Blot Stains…Don’t Rub Them

Rubbing stains is a BIG no-no! Albeit a lengthier process, blotting is the key to removing any stain, before it gets the chance to set in. Blotting applies a little bit of pressure to the area, whereas, rubbing causes the particles to be ground into the fibers resulting in their premature breakdown. For the best results when blotting, always work from the outside, in.

Grab an Iron and Clean Cloth

Candlelight can have many calming effects – especially when it involves burning aromatherapy candles – but its wax is known for accidentally dripping onto carpets where it quickly dries. To remove spilled wax, simply place a white cloth over the spill, and iron over it to warm it back up (no more than 30 seconds at a time though). Once warmed, use a butter knife to scrape off the wax.

White Vinegar to the Rescue

Does Fido occasionally leave messes on the floor? Simply grab an empty spray bottle, some white vinegar, and baking soda. Using your spray bottle full of white vinegar liberally apply to soiled area(s). Follow with baking soda. Allow to dry. Once dry you can proceed to vacuum up the excess soda. Repeat as needed. This method actually pulls the odor out from your carpet fibers, rather than mask the smell, which can cause Fido to keep having accidents in that area.

Ice…Your New Best Friend

Yuck, you’ve got gum all of your shoes, and now your floor. To remove it from your carpet, gather ice cubes, and place into a resealable Ziploc bag. A frozen cold pack also works. Allow the ice pack to sit on the gum for about 30 minutes (the longer it sits, the easier it is to remove the gum). Once the gum is frozen solid, use a spatula to gently lift the gum off the carpet. Repeat as needed.