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November 17, 2017
How to Tackle Cleaning Your Area Rugs
Ever wondered how to tackle cleaning your area rugs? Here’s a how-to from the friendly folks at Acme Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver. Although, after you read through all this, you might start thinking it will be easier just to give us a call and have the professionals handle it!
Let’s dig in, and you can decide for yourself.
First of all, how do you know when it’s time for a deep cleaning? You’ll first start to see some stubborn stains, and you might even notice there’s a lot of dust and dirt trapped in the cracks. For big area rugs, how to tackle cleaning your area rugs may require a few pairs of hands to help. Most people don’t realize how heavy those rugs can be.
Pick a Spot Outside
Deep cleaning an area rug can get messy, so it’s best to pick a spot outside. Since it is winter right now, that may prove to be difficult. You might get lucky though, and find a beautiful day. If not, try to find a covered area where you can keep dry if it rains. An option might be to pull your car out of the garage and do it in there. That way it will be a little warmer too.
Before heading outside with your area rug, be sure to give it a good vacuuming. Use slow strokes and be very thorough. Once you’re happy with the top, flip it over and vacuum the back side too. This will help to clean out any lingering dust. Then roll it up and get your helpers to help you haul it outside. If your outside station is in the garage, don’t take it in there just yet. The first step outdoors can get pretty messy.
Have you ever heard how they used to clean rugs before vacuums? They would hang them up and beat them with a broom or something similar to knock the dust out. Give it a try and see how much dirt comes billowing out of your “thoroughly vacuumed” rug.
Test the Shampoo
Even though carpet shampoos are supposed to be safe for cleaning area rugs, there can still be reactions. Be sure to buy a type that is made especially for your carpet material. We also don’t recommend trying to make your own shampoo. Different carpets and fibers react differently to various chemicals. You don’t want to destroy your beautiful area rug because the shampoo was incompatible.
Even if you buy the right type, double-check it, and test an inconspicuous spot first. Apply a bit of shampoo with a little water and let it sit for several hours. Then, after rinsing off the spot, thoroughly examine the area to be sure there is no color fading or damage. If everything still looks the way it should, you’re good to go.
Shampoo the Carpet
This is the not so fun part of how to tackle cleaning your area rugs. Get out your garden hose to thoroughly soak down your rug. Using a sturdy brush, you’re going to have to get down on your hands and knees and scrub that carpet! This is the part that can be downright miserable this time of year. The water from your garden hose is going to be pretty chilly, and that means your fingers will be very unhappy. Not to mention you’ll probably end up pretty damp from the knees down since you’ll be crawling all over the rug while you scrub.
Take special note of any ugly stains. It’s probably going to take a fair amount of elbow grease, but you should be able to get at least most of it out.
Rinse the Carpet
Be sure to check the instructions on your shampoo as to how long you should leave it soaking on the carpet. You don’t want to go to all this effort and then not take full advantage of the shampoo’s rug cleaning abilities. Once you’ve waited the recommended time, rinse down the rug with a garden hose. Be thorough, you don’t want to leave behind any shampoo residue.
Dry the Rug
Drying an area rug, as you can imagine, takes a long time. Start by wringing out as much water as you can. You can try using a squeegee to get out even more water. Then you’ll need to hang it up somewhere out of the rain and snow so it can drip dry. You might be able to clear a spot in the garage or laundry room for this step. Be prepared for it to take a couple of days to dry out thoroughly. You’ll know it’s dry when you squeeze it, and it doesn’t even feel damp. Most rugs will be a bit stiff as well, which is another good indication.
Another good vacuum is not so much for cleaning as it is for perking up the fibers. All that scrubbing and rinsing and wringing flattens down most carpet materials and makes them look a bit sad. Vacuuming can help pull those fibers back up again, so your area rug looks fresh, clean and new!
We hope this information on how to tackle cleaning your area rugs has been helpful to you. As you can see, cleaning your area rugs is a pretty big task, and in the wintertime, it’s a pretty unpleasant one. Calling the professionals at Acme Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning to take care of this task for you sounds like a pretty good idea, doesn’t it?
Our staff is knowledgeable about how to tackle cleaning your area rugs, including using the right techniques to get your area rug looking, smelling and feeling as good as new! The best part is that you won’t have to freeze your fingers off to make it happen. Give us a call today. Our staff is happy to answer questions. Once you’ve set your appointment and we’ve completed cleaning your area rugs, we can guarantee that you’ll be coming back again.
October 12, 2017
When to Clean Home and Commercial Carpets
Wondering when to clean home and commercial carpets? The team at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver have a few suggestions for you, though there’s no definitive answer for every home or business. The frequency with which carpets should be cleaned varies greatly depending on your location, soil type, foot traffic, and exposure to certain contaminants.
The biggest differentiator affecting when to clean home and commercial carpets is foot traffic. Obviously, businesses receive a great more deal wear and tear than most residences, and the type of business will affect both the amount of foot traffic and the variety of contaminants.
Let’s take a look at businesses first. Remember these are just estimations! If you find that your floors are getting dirty or becoming damaged faster, you may want to up the frequency of your commercial carpet cleaning. One of our Acme experts can also recommend a cleaning schedule to help you with when to clean home and commercial carpets.
A retail business typically receives a steady flow of traffic each day. Their carpets should be cleaned and protected once every 3 to 6 months. We know that’s a pretty broad range, but it depends on the amount of foot traffic, as well as other factors such as the cleanliness of the parking area outside and the time of year.
While a restaurant or bar will probably receive less traffic than a retail store, they still need a deep, commercial carpet cleaning every 3 months. Between frequent of food and beverage spills, as well as grease being tracked out from the kitchen and standard foot traffic, waiting longer than a few months can turn off customers and reduce the lifespan of your carpets.
A typical office building generally doesn’t receive as much traffic as the two types of businesses already mentioned, although it does depend on the number of employees moving about. If you definitely have less traffic, cleanings are required less often, perhaps once every 6 months.
For automotive and trucking companies, there is a lot of oil involved with these types of businesses. Oil is a killer for carpet cleanliness as it attracts dirt and causes the carpet to get dirty and look old and stained much faster. If commercial carpet cleanings are put off too long, the oil builds up and can even begin to cause damage to the carpet that if left unattended will require replacement sooner than usual. So, depending again on the amount of traffic, these types of companies should clean their carpet anywhere from every 3 to 6 months.
In general, churches receive heavy traffic only one or two days a week and can get away with cleaning and protecting the carpets only once a year. Depending on size it may be necessary to complement that lenient schedule with a concentrated cleaning of high-traffic areas like the foyer on a more frequent basis, such as every 3-6 months.
Industrial companies often just throw in the towel and figure it isn’t worth it to try and keep the carpet clean. They’ll just buy new carpet when the time comes. However, even though the carpet may still be discolored, cleanings every 3 months will help keep the fibers from becoming damaged and give the carpet longer life. Commercial carpet cleaning is far cheaper than replacing it, so you’ll get a better return on your investment.
Talk to several people about how often to clean residential carpets, and you will get answers anywhere from once a month to hardly ever. While there is no “right” answer for everybody, there are a few guidelines you can go by in determining the right schedule for your home. First of all, carpets should never go more than a year without being cleaned. Allergens and mold can build up in carpets regardless of the amount of traffic and can cause health issues, particularly for children and the elderly.
More considerations as to when to clean home and commercial carpets:
- Color: White, off-white and lighter colored carpets will require more frequent cleanings than darker colored carpets. For most “normal” homes with light colored carpet, it is recommended to clean 1 or 2 times a year. Darker-colored carpets will generally start to look lighter in high-traffic areas rather than darker and just based on how dirty the carpet looks you can get away with cleaning the carpet only once every couple of years. However, the carpet won’t actually be clean, and for the health reasons we mentioned earlier, it’s probably better to do it once a year at least.
- Shoes: Not wearing shoes in your home can greatly extend the life of your carpet, as well as the time it remains looking clean. If you wear shoes in your home, it is recommended to have your home carpet cleaned at least twice a year as shoes grind dirt into the carpet faster and can damage the fibers quicker.
- Assistive Devices: Walkers and wheelchairs are hard on carpets, even more so than shoes. If you have a person in your household that requires one of these options for mobility support, clean your carpets at a minimum of twice a year.
- Sun: The sun’s rays have a powerful bleaching effect on everything they come into contact with, including your carpet. As a result, over time the portions of your carpet that see the sun will begin to look lighter. You may notice this more when you move furniture and see that the carpet underneath your couch looks darker than the surrounding carpet.
As you can see, there are many variables that come into play when talking about when to clean home and commercial carpets. Some may be a bit surprising, so if you’re ever in doubt, talk to one of our knowledgeable professionals here at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver. We can help you take into account all the factors that impact your particular home or business and recommend a cleaning schedule that will keep your carpets healthy and clean.
September 19, 2017
Tips for Longer Lasting Carpets
In this article, the team here at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver, Colorado offer our tips for longer lasting carpets. Carpets and other types of flooring are an expensive investment, and these tips can be used to help you get the most out of that investment. These are practical, inexpensive ways to lengthen the life of your carpet and have a clean, fresh smelling home to enjoy as a bonus.
So let’s get down to it. Here are our top 7 tips for longer lasting carpets:
- Vacuum your carpets
This is remarkably practical advice. Some of you might even wonder why we need to add it to the list. Doesn’t everyone vacuum their carpets? Well, most people probably do, but they probably don’t do it as frequently as they should.
So how often should you vacuum? Well, it depends on the amount of traffic that your carpets receive. A standard piece of advice is to vacuum all the carpets once a week and hit the high traffic areas twice. But that is a bit too simplistic. Not every home receives the same amount of traffic and will have different carpet cleaning requirements. For instance, if you have kids or pets you should bump that up to 2 to 3 times a week. If you have both kids and pets, vacuum about 3 to 4 times a week.
- Vacuum properly
Again, this might sound a bit simplistic but not everyone knows how to vacuum properly and it does make a difference for how clean you are able to get your carpets. When vacuuming large areas, always overlap your back and forth strokes by half. With this technique, each part of the carpet is essentially vacuumed twice, one time in each direction.
Also, don’t forget about your handheld extension. It is a useful tool for thorough vacuuming. The main part of the vacuum can never fully clean the edges and obviously, any areas where the vacuum head doesn’t fit.
Stairs are a high traffic area of your home and require a different technique to clean thoroughly and keep them looking nice. If your vacuum is light enough to manage, start with vacuuming each stair. Pay particular attention to the center where people most often walk. Take a second pass with the handheld extension and a flat head attachment. Be sure to get all the edges and go over the lip of the stair several times to pull up the fibers. Pulling up the fibers helps keep the carpet looking fresh and new, and not dirty and matted down.
- Don’t wear shoes in the house
One of the tips for longer lasting carpets is to not to get them dirty in the first place. By simply having everyone remove their shoes before entering your home you can cut down on a whole lot of dirt coming into contact with your carpet. You can make it fun by getting a cleverly worded remove your shoes sign from a craft fair or a website that sells crafty items like Etsy.com. Or you can get a fancy or creatively built shoe rack to store your shoes by the entrance.
This might be one of our more unusual tips for longer lasting carpets, but it works. If you don’t want to have to ask people to remove their shoes, you can get booties they can easily slip over their shoes. This is a great option if you have workmen or contractors coming into your home as they often use lace-up work boots that would be a pain to remove. With booties, they don’t have to go through the work of removing their shoes, but your carpets are still protected.
- Get a proper doormat
This is a simple, hassle-free way to cut down on dirt coming into your home, creating a mess or even carpet stains. However, make sure that you get the right kind of mat. The best ones are made of rubber with layers of looped fibers that are good at trapping dirt. Clean it easily with a garden hose. To take it one step further, use a rubber one outside the door and a softer more absorbent mat just inside to soak up water on a rainy or snowy day.
- Regular professional cleanings
Vacuuming is great, but no amount of vacuuming can make up for thorough cleanings performed by competent professionals like those here at ACME Clean. Professional equipment and techniques can get far more dirt, allergens, and bacteria out of your carpets than any household vacuum ever can. The average home can significantly benefit from two thorough professional carpet cleanings per year, but if you have other factors such as pets or someone in your home has allergies, more times per year may be necessary.
- Immediately clean up stains
As soon as something gets spilled or you notice a stain, clean it up. The longer a stain is allowed to sit on the carpet, the harder it will be to get it out. If you don’t know how to clean a particular substance, get online or call a professional and ask how to do it right away. Many times with quick action and the right cleaning products/method you can remove stubborn stains like red wine or grape juice. But that is only possible with quick action, so don’t wait.
We hope that you have found these tips for longer lasting carpets useful. They don’t require that much extra effort and the payoff is significant when it comes to keeping your carpet looking and smelling nice for many years to come. Following these tips certainly comes out cheaper in the long run when you don’t have to replace your carpet as often.
Be sure to keep us here at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in mind when it comes time for a professional cleaning. Our prices are reasonable, our staff is knowledgeable, and we can provide you with even more tips for longer lasting carpets. Give us a call today to set up an appointment or to ask us any questions. We are happy to help in any way that we can.
August 9, 2017
Steps for Installing New Carpet
Steps for installing new carpet are relatively simple. This guide provided by the team at Acme Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver outlines the basic process. DIY carpet installation can be a great way to save money when you decide that it’s time to replace your carpet. However, don’t ever underestimate the value of hiring a professional in order to ensure a faster installation and job done right.
Before you begin, it’s a good idea to gather the tools and materials that you will need to complete the steps for installing new carpet. There are a few particular tools you will need that the average person may not have sitting around their garage, but you can usually rent them at a tool rental outlet without having to purchase something you will only use once.
Here is a list of things you will want to have on hand before you begin:
- Work gloves
- Safety glasses
- Chalk line
- Measuring tape
- Seam tape
- Seam cutter
- Seaming iron
- Seam roller (or you can use a rolling pin)
- Knee pads
- Knee kicker
- Wall trimmer
- Door edge strip
- Utility knife
- Tackless strips
- Duct tape
- Power stretcher
- Stair tool
Step 1: Acclimate Your New Carpet
Wall-to-wall carpet will shrink and expand with temperature and climate changes. You might not think that is a big deal, but when your carpet shrinks away from the tackless strips or expands and buckles up in the middle, you’ll realize how big of a deal it is. To avoid this, bring the carpet into the room 24 hours before you install it to allow the carpet to first adjust to the conditions of the space.
Step 2: Get Rid of the Old Carpet
First things first, you need to get rid of the old carpet so that you can bring in the new. It’s a good idea to vacuum the carpet thoroughly before you begin to reduce the amount of dust stirred up by the removal process. Start by taking off the doors and the moldings at the base of the walls. Use the utility knife to cut the carpet into strips 1 ½ to 2 feet wide and then just roll it up. Of course, you’ll have to pull it off the existing tackless strips and pull those up as well. Underneath you’ll find the old underlay which in most cases you should also remove as it is probably just as worn out as the carpet you are removing.
Take a moment to examine the subfloor and if there are areas that you have noticed squeaking you can use this opportunity to eliminate those noises. Just get some 1 ½ inch screws and securely fasten the offending floorboards to the floor joists underneath.
Tackless strips are deceptively named in that they are strips filled with 2 or 3 rows of very sharp tacks. They get their name from the fact that you don’t have to tack the carpet down. Leaving about half an inch of space between the strip and the wall, lay the strips around the room. Just don’t put them in the doorway!
Step 3: Install the Underlay
You don’t want any gaps in the underlay so be sure to overlap the strips of carpet padding on top of the tackless strips. Also, butt each new padding strip against the previous one. Staple the underlay down and then trim off the excess underlay along the inside edge of the tackless strip. You can use duct tape to seal the seams.
Step 4: Measure and Cut the Carpet
One of the most important steps for installing new carpet is to properly measure it. Leave 4 to 6 inches of play, so measure the room and add 6 inches. Measure the carpet and mark the back at each edge. You can use a chalk line to give yourself a guide line between the two marks. Utilizing a straight edge and a utility knife, cut along the chalk line. It’s a good idea to put a piece of scrap wood under where you are cutting to prevent cutting something underneath the carpet that you don’t want to cut!
Step 5: Create Seams
Many times, carpet doesn’t come large enough to lay just one piece in a room. If that is the case, you will need to take care with the seams so that they aren’t glaringly obvious. Measure your second piece using the same method described above. Don’t forget to add 4 to 6 inches of space to the length, and also 4 to 6 inches of overlap over the first piece. Also, ensure that you cut the piece so that the carpet pile lies in the same direction or your seam will be glaringly obvious.
Lay the carpet overlapping where the seam will be. With a utility knife (or seam cutter) cut through both pieces of carpet at the same time. This will ensure that the seam matches exactly. Once your carpet is cut, lay a piece of seaming tape on the floor along where the seam will go with the adhesive side up. Use the seaming iron directly on top of the tape to activate the adhesive and then lay the edges of the carpet together over the top. Use a carpet roller (or rolling pin) to seal the carpet firmly to the tape.
Step 6: Attach the Carpet to the Tackless Strips
Using a knee kicker (a metal tool with spikes on one side to grab the carpet and a padded “butt” on the other for you to hit with your knee) jam the carpet against the wall and let the tackless strips grab the carpet firmly. Once you’ve finished with the knee kicker, finish attaching the carpet with a carpet stretcher, and trim off any excess carpet with your utility knife.
Step 7: The Finishing Touches
Now we’re to the final steps for installing new carpet. With a stair tool, tuck the edges of the carpet down in the ½ gap you left between the tackless strips and the wall. Trim the carpet to be centered under the close door and replace the door and moldings. Finally, cut out any vent openings.
We hope these steps for installing new carpet have been helpful. Don’t forget to establish a regular and professional cleaning schedule with us at Acme Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. We’ll protect your investment (and hard work) by helping keep your carpet looking fresh and new for many years to come.
July 26, 2017
Common Myths About Professional Carpet Cleaning
There are a few common myths about professional carpet cleaning and today, Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery in Denver is going to clear them up. Just as with any industry, there is misinformation that gets circulated by well-meaning parties. This article is to help our customers be properly informed about the best ways to keep the carpets in their homes and businesses clean.
Stretch It as Long as Possible Between Cleanings
Sometimes people think that to get the most out of their money or the most benefit from a professional carpet cleaning, they should let as much time go by between cleanings as possible. However, while the drastic difference after a clean may make you feel like you got a lot for your money, this isn’t the best way to maintain your carpets.
Letting so much dirt and pathogens build up could result in dangerous levels for sensitive individuals. Plus, there is more chance that ground in dirt and particles can cause damage or stain the carpet so badly that they can become set or impossible to erase. Regular cleanings are a better way to go.
New Carpets Don’t Need Professional Cleaning
You might think that regular vacuuming is enough for new carpets because you can’t see the influence of the dirt that much yet. However, the best way to lengthen the clean look and the life of your carpet, have it professionally cleaned regularly right from the start.
Every Carpet Cleaning Method and Company is the Same
This isn’t true in any industry and carpet cleaning is no different. There are carpet cleaning methods that work better in different situations. And as for the company, who you hire to clean your carpets makes all the difference in the world. Choosing a reputable carpet cleaning company with knowledgeable technicians that know how to use their equipment properly will mean the difference between fresh, clean carpet and carpet that looks dingy and dirty again within a couple of weeks.
Renting a Carpet Cleaner is Just as Effective as Hiring a Professional
While renting a carpet cleaner and doing the work yourself may sound like a great option for saving money and still having clean carpets, it isn’t ideal. The equipment used by professionals is much more powerful, and their expertise is invaluable. You could actually end up damaging your carpet if you don’t do it properly and replacement carpet costs much more than a professional cleaner.
Don’t Call a Professional Until You Start to See Dirt and Stain
Lots of pathogens and disease-causing bacteria can be lurking in your carpet long before you begin to see signs of it. Stick with a regular cleaning schedule and don’t wait until your carpet is visibly dirty or stained to call in the professionals.
We hope this information about common myths about professional carpet cleaning has been helpful to you. If it’s about time to get your carpets cleaned, then give us a call here at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery in Denver today to schedule your appointment. Our experts will have your carpet fresh and clean in no time!
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