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May 16, 2017
Choosing the Right Commercial Carpet for Your Business
Choosing the right commercial carpet for your business is not always easy. Today, Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver has a few tips to help get you on the right track. The floor is a large surface in your place of business and as such reflects a great deal on your business’ appearance. It might not get the attention of a well-designed accent piece, in fact, it shouldn’t pull the eye too much, but a poor choice in carpeting will definitely attract the eye and leave an impression you want to avoid.
There are five basic areas that you should keep in mind when choosing the right commercial carpeting for your business. These are:
- Ease of Maintenance
How do you determine if a commercial carpet is suitable for your business? First, for safety, know about fire ratings. There are two fire ratings that you should be aware of. The first is the NBS Smoke Chamber Test. More people are killed or injured by smoke inhalation than by the actual fire so using materials that keep down the smoke level during a fire can potentially save lives. All carpets, whether made for commercial or residential purposes must pass this test with a 450 or less. If the carpet company you are considering buying from is reputable, they will only sell carpet compliant with this regulation as any carpet that cannot pass this test is illegal. However, it is a good item to check.
Next, you need to consider any special considerations for your particular place of business. This would be best to talk over with a professional to think about what kinds of things your carpet will need to be able to withstand. A few examples include:
- If the floor will get wet frequently
- Potential chemical exposure (such as bathing suits dripping chlorine)
- The amount of traffic the floor will receive
- If there will be rolling traffic or light vehicles
- Weather exposure
This list is not exhaustive, but a professional can help you determine what considerations are important. From there they can also help you choose the right type of carpet for your needs.
In general, a commercial establishment receives a lot more traffic than most people’s homes and so requires a durable carpet that will last well. There is a class of carpet, conveniently called commercial carpet, that is designed to meet the heavy traffic needs of a business. However, there is a bit of variety within this class. The three most important factors to consider when determining the durability of a carpet are density, color, and pattern.
Density is measured in ounces per cubic yard. You can find density in the product specifications, and it should be a number somewhere between 2000 and 10,000. The higher the number, the denser the carpet and thereby more durable. Commercial carpet numbers start around 4000, but if your business receives a lot of traffic, you should be looking at carpets around the higher end of the spectrum.
Be aware that these numbers are not accurate for all types of carpets. For example, if you are considering cut-pile carpet you should add about 500 to these figures. Also, be aware that “high traffic” is a somewhat subjective term. A professional can help you to determine how dense your carpet should be to get a reasonable life expectancy out of your new carpet.
Your initial thought when choosing the right commercial carpet for your business might be that color belongs under aesthetics, but it plays a part in how well your carpet holds up. Think about choosing a dense carpet rated for heavy traffic areas--in white. How quickly is your carpet going to look like a disaster? Right, so think about what color would do best to hide the dirt in your area. If the soil is really sandy, you might choose a lighter hue, but if the soil is dark and loamy, a darker hue will stay looking fresh longer.
Also, pay attention to the hue your soil leaves behind. Dark, rich soil often imparts a somewhat yellowish hue that will turn your carpet ugly quickly if you have the wrong color. Browns, tans or a rust color would work well with this. To be different, you can use a shade of green. Green already has yellow undertones so won’t show the stains as much.
The pattern also plays a role in how clean your carpet appears. Many patterns are very effective at hiding stains--or making them more obvious, so choose wisely.
Ease of Maintenance
Practically speaking, no business will have an employee solely dedicated to keeping the carpet in tip top shape. There really is no need for it. As long as you do your research and talk to the right professionals, your carpet will remain looking good for years with simply vacuuming and commercial carpet cleaning from Acme Clean. We can keep them looking brand new.
Whatever type of carpet you choose, the cost will always be a major factor. If you need to be careful with your budget, that’s where choosing the correct density comes in handy. Generally speaking, the denser the carpet, the more expensive it is. Therefore, if you have a small shop that only receives a handful of customers a day, it would be excessive to splurge on a high-density carpet.
Also, take a look at the style of carpet that you are choosing. Patterns are typically more expensive than solid-colored or heathered looks and may not be entirely necessary.
So we’ve already talked about how choosing the right color and pattern can keep your carpet looking new. However, you also want to choose something that is attractive and doesn’t detract from the overall look of your business. In the past, business owners generally had to buy ugly brown carpet, and all choices were limited. Now, however, there are hundreds of colors and styles to choose from, so you can find the carpet that is the perfect fit for your business.
We hope these tips will help you when choosing the right commercial carpet for your business. Also, periodic professional cleanings will help your carpet last longer and keep it looking its best for a long time, so be sure to give us a call here at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning.
April 14, 2017
How to Remove Pet Stains and Odor for Good
At Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver, our pet-owning customers often ask how to remove pet stains and odor for good. We’ve seen that our furry friends can cause quite a bit of damage, even if it is not at first apparent to the eye – or nose. But we also know that with the proper care on the part of the homeowner, there are ways to prevent excessive damage when pet accidents happen.
What’s the Big Deal, Anyway?
In case you’re wondering why pet urine is such a problem let’s talk about what happens when your pet urinates on the carpet. When you notice your pet freshly urinating on the carpet, you might think that sopping it up with a paper towel and putting a little disinfectant on it is sufficient. Immediate action like that is, of course, desirable but not always.
One step further. What about when you don’t catch it right away? That little spot that you find in your carpet might not look that bad, but that’s because the urine has already mostly soaked into the padding underneath the carpet and spread out. On average, you can expect a wet spot in the padding about three times the size of the one in the carpet.
You might be thinking, well even that doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. As long as the pet isn’t urinating on the carpet all the time, eventually the moisture will have a chance to dry naturally. A little disinfectant on top to keep the germs and bacteria down and just let evaporation take care of the rest.
Trust us when we say that we wish it were that easy!
The trouble is that pet urine stains contain these pesky little crystals of a substance called uric acid. If you don’t adequately combat that uric acid and eliminate it completely, it is impossible to remove the stain fully, and the odor it leaves behind.
Plus, finding all the spots can be a challenge. If your pet spends any time at home alone, he has ample chance to relieve himself without you even realizing when or where he did. Even when you are home, you’re probably not watching every second.
Plus, some dogs get excited and pee a little when a new person comes over or something scares them and you won’t necessarily see them squat or lift a leg and make a big production out of peeing. It can be hard to find every last one of these little spots, and use of a black light helps immensely in this process.
When you do see where they go there are home remedies that can at least provide immediate relief but over time that uric acid will continue to build up and start causing problems. Even many soaps and commercial cleaners aren’t fully equipped to thoroughly clean the carpet as they don’t have the proper compounds for breaking down and eliminating uric acid.
That’s where professional carpet cleaners come into play. We have both professional products designed to thoroughly combat uric acid, and everything else that comes along with pet waste, as well as deep-cleaning techniques and methods that work.
What You Can Do Between Cleanings
Now that you understand why pet urine is such a headache, let’s talk about what you can do to reduce pet stains and carpet odors in between professional cleanings. It isn’t necessarily difficult to clean up the spots, but the right product and method should be used in order to obtain satisfactory results.
Two points to note. First, choosing an enzymatic cleaner will help to deal with the uric acid problem, but be sure to read the label and use the soap according to its particular recommendations. They aren’t all the same. You might pay a little bit more for it, but in the long run, you will thank yourself. Second, attacking that urine when it is as fresh as possible is the best way to eliminate it as much as possible.
So, let’s get to step-by-step instructions to show a proper pet urine cleaning process. However, as we mentioned, be sure to read the label on your cleaner and follow the specific instructions you find there.
- If there is any solid waste, gently pick that up first. Be sure not to rub the carpet fibers as that can cause a stain to set at this point in the process.
- Next, apply a few layers of paper towels and thoroughly blot the spot to get out as much of the liquid as possible. Again, don’t rub, just apply pressure and let the towels perform their absorbing action.
- Once you’ve got out as much liquid as possible, thoroughly soak the area with cleaner. This is a step that many homeowners don’t get right; they don’t put enough cleaner on the spot. Remember that the spot in the padding underneath the carpet is about 3 times as big, so you have to add enough cleaner to soak that entire area thoroughly.
- Now you can leave it to sit for a while and let the cleaner do its thing. Check the cleaner’s label for the recommended amount of time for your particular product. Cover the spot with a piece of cardboard to protect it from traffic while the cleaner works.
- After the recommended time has passed, come back with more paper towels and blot up the moisture. You can put a piece of newspaper over the top of the paper towels to help with absorption and just change out the paper towels as they become saturated. Depending on the size of the accident and the amount of cleaner uses, you may have to do this multiple times.
This is a good fix for the short term. Eventually, you will need to call in the professionals, particularly if you have a lot of old stains or your pet keeps having accidents. Remember, the only way to effectively remove pet stains and odor for good is with professional products, methods, and know-how.
Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, we make the process as painless as possible for customers and know how to remove pet stains and odor for good. Our friendly staff will come out to your home at your convenience and work quickly to leave your home smelling fresh, clean, and free of pet stains.
March 15, 2017
What’s Lurking in Your Carpet? A Spring Cleaning Guide
It’s that time of year. Time to clear out all that stuff you’ve stockpiled and clean house. To help you out, Acme Clean presents: What’s Lurking in Your Carpet? A Spring Cleaning Guide. An often overlooked, but necessary step in spring cleaning are your carpets. Today, let’s discuss what’s in your carpet, why getting them cleaned should be on your to-do list, and what steps you should take next.
So, What is Lurking in Your Carpet?
Your carpet might not necessarily look dirty, or you might figure that it's vacuumed every week, so it should be just fine. However, carpets are often the perfect environment for bacteria and mold to live, breed, and propagate their nastiness out of sight, but unfortunately not out of reach of your family. Maybe you’ve come down with a strange cold you can’t seem to shake or notice you’ve been having trouble breathing. The culprit could be lurking deep in your carpeting.
Whenever you walk into your home, your shoes bring in small particles of whatever you’ve stepped in outside, and some of it gets left behind in the carpet. That means you can have pollen and dust trapped in your carpet, which could be causing those allergy flare-ups. Now here’s a gross thought, you stepped in a little leftover dog poop at the park and now have that nastiness in your carpet. You could even have something serious like E. Coli hanging out in your carpet fibers and not even know it.
That’s not even mentioning the millions of skins cells you and your family shed and are leaving in your carpet on a daily basis. These cells provide the perfect food for dust mites. With a food supply, these little buggers will happily stick around and even start breeding. In short, no matter how clean you might think your carpets might be, they are probably not as clean as they seem. Remember, all this nasty stuff is microscopic, so your carpet doesn’t necessarily have to look dirty to be dirty.
Your Carpet vs. Your Toilet Seat
So, let’s put things into a little perspective. According to a study by microbiologist and immunologist Philip Tierno Jr., Ph.D., at New York University Langone Medical Center and discussed in Men’s Health magazine, your carpet is actually about 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat.
Did you get that? 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat!
Chances are that you would ever think about stretching out and taking a nap on your toilet seat, but you might lie on the floor in front of the TV for a few hours now and again. Now, think about that the next time you get down on the floor to roll around and play with your kids! Grossed out enough yet?
Sure, you might say that those statistics were taken from all kinds of homes where people have all sorts of different cleanliness standards. And in your home, you vacuum weekly or even every couple of days so your carpets must be cleaner than those carpets that they studied. While you should be commended for keeping on top of things, there’s still a lot of bacteria trapped in your carpet’s fibers.
The fact remains. Regular vacuuming cuts down on a number of bacteria and other allergens present in your carpet by sucking up the loose stuff on the top. But once it gets ground into the carpet a little by people or pets walking across, the vacuum can’t get rid of them completely. A regular vacuum cleaner just simply isn’t strong enough to pull all that gunk out when it’s nestled deep in your carpet fibers.
So are you convinced yet? Are you now understanding just how nasty carpets can get and the strange dangers that can be lurking there, trapped between the fibers? You might be ready to rip it all out as fast as you can and install all hardwood or tile floors, but before you undertake a time-consuming and expensive home remodel, let’s first talk about what you can do about it!
What to Do? Spring Cleaning and Beyond.
For starters, don’t give up on the vacuum. While it can’t thoroughly remove everything, it does greatly slow the build up process and help to keep those allergens and other dangerous bacteria to a minimum.
Next, be sure to hire a professional carpet cleaner every so often to thoroughly clean out your carpets and get them looking and smelling fresh, and, most importantly, actually clean. The frequency with which you will need to do this depends on your situation. The average household can generally expect to need a thorough cleaning about twice a year. Perfect to add to your spring cleaning list and then once more before the holidays to get ready for your houseful of guests!
However, if your home is highly-trafficked than naturally, you might need a more regular schedule and even some help with stains or pet odors. Another reason you may need a more frequent schedule is if you have someone with allergies or respiratory issues living in your home. Plus, it also depends on how diligent you are about getting that vacuum and keeping the floor clean.
Professional cleaning also has other benefits. We know, you’re already happy with the fact that you will have a fresh, clean home. But as a great side benefit, regularly cleaned carpets last longer than those that are not. That’s because the dirt and particles that get trapped down in the carpet fibers can have an abrasive effect on your carpet as you walk across it. Over time this wears down the fibers faster and in turn, wears the carpet out faster. Getting all that gunk regularly out of there could end up saving you a significant amount of money in the long run.
Now that you’ve read: What’s Lurking in Your Carpet? A Spring Cleaning Guide and have a better idea of what you’re facing, give us a call here at Acme Clean to schedule a carpet cleaning today! Your carpets and your respiratory tract will thoroughly thank you, and our friendly, efficient professionals make the whole process easy and stress-free from start to finish.
February 15, 2017
Why You Should Hire A Professional Carpet Cleaning Company
Dirty carpet can pose a risk to the investment you made in them, as well as become a significant health hazard. Today’s article from Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning will cover four reasons why you should hire a professional carpet cleaning company to maintain your carpets properly.
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your carpet. As long as it’s there and it looks good, you’re happy! However, proper care is important and here’s why…
Protecting your carpet is protecting your investment
In many homes, the carpeting is a significant investment, particularly if your entire house is carpeted, or you purchased a more luxurious type of carpet. That means that it is in your best interest to care for that carpet and help it to last as long as possible. Paying for professional services once a year might sound like a waste of money when you vacuum all the time, but professional services are important and will save you a lot of money in the long run.
You might be wondering how professional carpet cleaning saves you money. Every time that someone enters your home they are bringing small particles of dirt and other debris and depositing them on your carpet. Those particles then act like sandpaper on your carpet every time someone passes over them. The dirtier the carpet, the faster the degradation.
Typical household vacuums will remove some of those particles, particularly if you vacuum very regularly before things get ground in too much, but they simply can’t get it all out. The industrial strength machines used by professionals have deep cleaning power designed to extract everything from the carpet fibers, of course without damaging the carpet itself.
Protecting your family from respiratory issues
For those households in which someone lives with asthma or some other type of respiratory problem, why you should hire a professional carpet cleaning company is pretty clear. You may know that mold and other kinds of bacteria thrive in damp, dark environments – like underneath your carpeting. Once your carpet is dampened by a spill or walking across it after having been out in the rain, it is difficult for it to fully dry, and thus mold and bacteria begin to take root and flourish.
This stuff lives and breeds in the deepest, darkest parts of your carpet and household vacuum cleaners simply do not have the capacity to suck it all out of the carpet fibers. Even some professional machines don’t pull it all out well. A reputable carpet cleaner will first use organic cleaning solutions on your carpet to kill and loosen mold and bacteria followed by a good scrubbing. Then they will use high-powered vacuum machines to ensure that all particles are removed.
Steam cleaning is not always an adequate replacement for professional cleaning
Some folks understand the importance of deep cleaning their carpets once in a while but think that renting a steam cleaning machine and doing it themselves is an effective replacement. Unfortunately, steam cleaning gone wrong can worsen the mold and bacteria problem. As a homeowner, you may not even be aware that you actually make your carpet more dangerous after you “clean” it.
Why does this happen? The average homeowner is not a carpet cleaning expert. A very common mistake is either soaking the carpet with too much hot water or not getting it vacuumed back up quickly enough. Water ends up soaking down into the carpet padding, and from there it is virtually impossible to remove, especially if you don’t realize it is there and don’t even try to remove it.
So now there is a bacteria breeding factory living under your carpets and filling them full of dangerous mold and bacteria. Obviously, that presents a problem for respiratory issues amongst your family members. If you have hardwood floors under your carpets, it can leave them stained and unusable. If you were ever thinking of pulling up that carpet and using the hardwood underneath, now you will have a lot of work to get it looking beautiful again or potentially even have to replace the floor.
Another common mistake in home carpet cleaning is that homeowners use the wrong type of cleaning solution for their carpet. If you don’t take the prudent step of testing the cleaner on a small area, you could end up staining it and ruin a significant portion of your carpet, completely annihilating the savings you thought you were gaining.
Professionals protect your carpets with special coatings
The last step that professional carpet cleaning companies will take is to cover your carpet with a protective layer. This coating helps to keep the carpet clean for a longer period. Without it, the next time someone spills their drink or comes in from the rain, moisture gets back down into the fibers and bacteria begins to grow again and you’re right back where you started!
Sure, there is fewer bacteria, and it will take time to repopulate to the extent that it was before, but it is much better to prevent the moisture from getting down there so quickly in the first place. The coating also conveniently keeps spills at bay for longer, so you have time to get them cleaned up and with less likely chance of staining. This will help, not only with bacteria but also with preserving your carpet and helping it to last longer in general.
We hope that after reading these four reasons why you should hire a professional carpet cleaning company you have a better understanding of the importance of cleaning your carpet. Of course, if you have any further questions, you can always talk to one of our experts here at Acme Clean.
We have been serving the community of Denver since 1967, and our work speaks for itself. Just talk to any of our customers or check out the testimonials on our website to hear about the quality of the work that we do and the standard of customer service that we keep. When we leave a home, the carpets are looking, feeling, and smelling so much cleaner and fresher, you can rest easy knowing that your family is protected from all that dangerous bacteria.
Call us here at Acme Clean today for an appointment or quote and find out how quick and easy it is to get great smelling, clean carpets today! Say goodbye to damaging dirt and particles, slowly destroying your carpets and all that nasty bacteria that is messing with your respiratory system today!
January 27, 2017
Five Myths About Cleaning Your Carpet
Today, ACME Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver would like to debunk five myths about cleaning your carpet. Some are old wives’ tales and knowledge handed down from earlier generations. Unfortunately, not everything that our mothers taught us is entirely scientifically correct, much less have an effect on how to go about cleaning your carpet.
Read on to find out about the things you should (or shouldn’t) be worried about!
Myth #1: Intensive cleaning will end up shrinking my carpet.
Properly cleaning your carpet will never cause it to shrink. If you try to do it on your own and leave it too wet, there is a possibility that it will shrink, but a proper professional will never leave your carpet wet enough to shrink when they are finished. If you still feel nervous, just check how dry the carpet is before they leave and discuss your concerns with the technician.
Myth #2: New carpet shouldn’t be cleaned until it is a few years old at least.
While new carpet may take longer to visibly look dirty, it is still getting dirty. In all actuality, leaving carpet dirty can cause it to wear out faster because any dirt trapped in your carpet is abrasive. Also, just because you might not be able to see it yet doesn’t mean that allergens aren’t accumulating in the fibers. This can lead to potentially serious health hazards for you and your family, especially if someone already has allergies or other breathing-related health issues.
Myth #3: Professional carpet cleaning is only necessary if my carpet is ugly and stained.
Going back to myth #2, just because you can’t see the dirt and allergens, doesn’t mean they aren’t there. We recommend having your carpets cleaned professionally at least once a year, particularly if you have small children or pets in your home.
Myth #4: I can clean my carpet just as well with my home machine as with a professional one.
Home machines are perfect for spot cleaning, getting out spills or stains and routine house cleaning. However, they are not nearly as powerful as professional machines and with less suction they can leave behind residue that a professional machine would most surely clean.
Myth #5: All carpet cleaners do the same thing, the cheapest one is best.
As with any service company, there are good professional carpet cleaners, and there are those that cut corners trying to make an extra buck. Don’t go with a lowball offer to save yourself a few dollars. In the end, this could end up costing you a whole lot more in repairs if they damage your carpet!
ACME Clean has been around since 1967, and our reputation speaks for itself. You don’t have to worry about anything bad happening to your carpets in our capable hands! So, get past these 5 myths about cleaning your carpet and give us a call today. We will leave your carpet looking, feeling, and smelling so good you will wonder why you didn’t give us a call sooner!
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