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Do you really have to call in a professional service to treat that stain? Learn some DIY tips and tricks, and discover what to loo…
Do you really have to call in a professional service to treat that stain? Learn some DIY tips and tricks, and discover what to loo…
A&W Flooring made a major improvement to our home this weekend. We waited almost 20 years to replace our carpet so we did some serious research to find just the right firm…Angel and his Team was the answer to our prayers! They were very professional from the moment we contacted them. They consulted with us to select just the right carpet for our needs, they kept us updated on the arrival of our order and they scheduled a great time for the installation. On Install Day, the team arrived on time and went right to work. They were very courteous and hard working! In fact, they did not stop until everything was done as promised – 5 hours later – and left everything spotless when they were finished. Finally, before our rooms were ready for the big reveal, both Angel and his Team Leader inspected everything to ensure that everything was delivered as promised. We are very happy that we chose A&W Flooring and we can honestly say that the wait was worth it!
Great Experience I just had my carpets done and wanted to tell everyone about my exprience. I found this company on Half Off Depot and chose it based on its reviews. The previous clients were right-on about Dan. The first positive sign was that even though I made a last minute appointment, she was able to squeeze me in. I got a courtesy call the next day and she even offered to come early since she finished another job. What can I say? I wish she had taken "before and after" pictues because my living room carpet had been assaulted by a very active toddler! The attempts at cleaning it ourselves actually made it worse because of the soap residue that was left. Krystle took care of all the stains and now I'm in a "let's wait and see" pattern on if they return. Hopefully not! Based on what I've seen so far, I recommend the service.
Great service, great price Our first time using this service was top notch from the scheduling phone call to the actual service. Steve, the tech who came to our house, was very helpful and explained exactly what he was going to do, how long it would take and what the results were likely to be. He was correct on all points. We have a light colored carpet that has some very heavy soiled areas and when Steve was done they looked so much better. He explained that subsequent cleanings would make the areas look better and better. I highly recommend using them over the guy the neighbor's friend knows!
Courtesy Cleaners is a wonderful local dry cleaners. It is family owned and the staff is so nice and helpful. I like that they have a drive up window so I never have to lug my pile of clothes out of the car. I just hand it over! They also deliver!!! Courtesy Cleaners has a quick turnaround and will give you a discount if you pay in cash. They're eco-friendly too! Was very impressed by how hard they worked to get stains out of my tablecloth after Thanksgiving. I use Courtesy Cleaners for all my dry cleaning. Wonderful staff and generous to the local community.
I absolutely love Daron's work. We were planning to have our carpet pulled up this year but after Daron finished with my carpet, I'm definite it'll be around for another year or two. In addition to having my carpet cleaned, Daron brought two of my sofa's back to life. This has to be the least expensive makeover you can give your home. I certainly recommend Champion Professional Services and I look forward to being serviced by Daron again in the future.
This is the dry cleaner I use when I need something fast, or want it treated extra special. They are super convenient for me, and the service is incredible. They are super friendly and even call if they notice a stain or a repair needed and want permission to wet clean or make the repair. I love that they are paying attention. Highly recommend.
I had a get together saturday night and someone spilled white wine on my white area rug. Sunday afternoon I called Russell and he came over and made it look as good as new. It took a little while, but he explained red wine on white carpet is almost a carpet cleaner's worse scenario and after treating the spot several times - SUCCESS!!!
Last time the house was such a mess after the ceiling contractor finished with the insulation. The maids finished the job for just a couple of ours. If I had to do the cleaning it would have taken me at least 4 or 5 days. I don't even have a clue how did they succeed to finish with the job in such a short notice.
These guys did a really great job. They are very professional looking, knowledgeable, and very courteous. The carpets look better than they have ever been compared to others I've had clean them. They weren't kidding when they said it dries fast too. I will be using them again the next time around.
This installation was great! A&W Flooring does quality installations at a reasonable price. The installers are quick and efficient. The owner, Angel, dropped by on install day to make sure we were happy. This was great customer service. We would definitely use them for all of our carpet needs.
Mistakes happen, and when it comes to owning a carpet or rug, mistakes usually mean stains. The plush softness of carpet and rugs comes with a price: the time and care required to clean them. Cleaning your carpet or rugs can require some extra work and special techniques that differ from typical hardwood or tile floors. In some cases, you may even need to hire a professional to get the best results.
For minor stains or routine cleaning, it's possible to effectively treat a carpet or rug yourself. If a thorough vacuuming doesn't get rid of dirt in certain areas, here's how to tackle them on your own.
A number of liquids can stain carpet or rug materials, including wine, coffee, nail polish, or blood, to name a few. Depending on what caused the stain, the carpet or rug's material, and how long it's been there, you may need to use different techniques or cleaning supplies to get rid of it. In general, though, keep the following ground rules in mind for stain removal:
Take these steps to remove a stain as soon as possible to prevent drying.
Some stains may come out with little more than water or a mild soap. More serious stains may require a solvent to make removal easier. The best solvent to use depends on what caused the stain.
-Water-soluble stains: These include berries, cola, food dye, jelly, mud, washable ink, or wet paint. Mix a solution of 1/4-teaspoon nonbleach detergent (or white vinegar) with 32 ounces of water.
-Dark water-soluble stains: Chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, wine, and bodily fluids often stain much more readily than other water-soluble materials and need a different solvent. Use 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed in 1 cup of water first. If this doesn't work, try combining one part chlorine bleach with five parts water. These solvents may remove color from certain fabrics like wool, so check with the manufacturer for the best cleaning method.
-Oils and waxes: This would include glue, gum, nail polish, and cigarette residue. The best way to clean each of these varies - some may need to be simply scraped off or, if possible, frozen to make it brittle and then chipped away. Most glue can be dissolved and removed using a solvent like rubbing alcohol. Nail polish may also be dissolved using rubbing alcohol or with nail polish remover containing acetone.
Unfortunately, some stains may prove difficult to remove using household products. In any case, vacuuming and spot cleaning may not be enough to get your carpet or rug looking like new again. That's why many homeowners opt to hire a professional carpet cleaning service on a regular basis, around once every 12 to 18 months.
When it comes to heavy-duty carpet cleaning, you have many options to pick from. The two most common methods for cleaning carpets are steam cleaning and dry cleaning.
Steam cleaning is a common method for professional carpet cleaning, but the name is somewhat misleading. Steam-cleaning services use machines that utilize hot (but not boiling) water in combination with a vacuum. The water is heated inside the machine and sometimes mixed with detergent before being sprayed directly onto the carpet. At the same time, a vacuum sucks up the water almost immediately after hitting the fabric. The hot water extracts far more dirt and stains than would be possible by hand.
Cleaning machines using hot water extraction can be purchased or rented for home use, but they aren't always as powerful as what professional cleaning services use. Improperly drying the carpet may also cause bacteria or mold growth. Professional cleaners also employ a number of other methods to pre-treat the carpet and ensure adequate drying. For these reasons, professional carpet cleaning may be preferable to do-it-yourself methods.
Carpets or rugs can also be thoroughly cleaned using a dry-cleaning method. As the name suggests, there is much less water involved in dry cleaning, which means the carpet can be ready to use in less time. Using powerful solvents to break down dirt and stains, dry cleaning puts less physical stress on the carpet, and thus might be better in the long run. However, dry cleaning is usually more expensive than hot-water cleaning services. In addition, the chemicals used to dry clean carpets might irritate pets, people with sensitive skin, or anyone sensitive to strong odors.
Before choosing a professional carpet cleaning service, make sure you will be getting what you paid for by asking the right questions and doing your homework.
Again, there are pros and cons involved in using a hot-water-based cleaning service or dry cleaning. Take into consideration not only cost, but how long the process will take from start to finish, including drying time. Also take note of the material your carpet is made from, and consult the manufacturer if possible to learn about the best ways to clean it. If you or your family is sensitive to any chemicals, be sure to keep this in mind and ask about what chemicals are used.
You can find reviews of most professional carpet-cleaning services online, as well as information about a company's specific process, the chemicals used, and cost. It's also wise to ask friends and family members about services they've used in the past to get a recommendation. Don't always go with the service offering the lowest price, or hire a service who advertises door-to-door or over the phone, unless you have done thorough research on them.
Carpet cleaning services will be entering your home, potentially while you aren't there, so you want to feel comfortable with the business you trust with this responsibility. Ask if the company conducts background checks on employees, as well as if they are insured in your state. Without liability insurance, a mistake that results in damage to your home or furniture may be your responsibility to pay for.
If you've found a carpet-cleaning service you can trust, ask to get a quote. This may involve specifying exactly what services you would like performed, as well as the size of your home's carpeted area. Make sure you understand exactly what is included in a quoted price. Some businesses may charge extra to move furniture, clean stairs, or use special treatment methods. It's also common for businesses to sell customers on products and services they don't need. Don't hesitate to ask questions if any detail about the quote is unclear.
If you instead want to rent or buy a carpet-cleaning machine to use yourself, you have many options to pick from.
Since heavy-duty carpet cleaning isn't a frequent activity for most homeowners, many choose to simply rent one of these machines. Of course, renting is usually much cheaper than owning a machine or hiring a service, which is the biggest advantage in this situation. But not all rental units perform equally, and some might require extra drying time or the use of special solvents that will cost more. There's also the time and effort that goes into carpet cleaning - renting a unit means you must also move furniture yourself and pay close attention to ensure you're operating the unit correctly. Making a mistake could mean damaging your carpet or the unit itself. Also, improperly drying carpet could allow harmful bacteria and mold to grow. Before renting a carpet cleaner, make sure you're up for the task at hand.
Homeowners can purchase carpet cleaners ranging from compact units to full-size industrial-strength machines. Besides price, take note of the features of a unit and compare them to what you most need from a carpet cleaner. Some models specialize in removing allergens from pet hair, while others may work better on tough stains, for example. Another key consideration: Make sure you have room for it. Some carpet cleaners can be bulky and require ample storage space.
Other features you may want to look for in a cleaning unit include:
Make the right choice in carpet cleaners by considering all the options available to you and how they fit into your needs and budget.