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September 19, 2017

Tips for Longer Lasting Carpets

Tips for Longer Lasting Carpets Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in DenverIn 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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Booties

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 CarpetSteps 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:

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

Common Myths About Professional Carpet CleaningThere 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!

July 13, 2017

Does Stain Resistant Carpet Need Cleaning?

Does Stain Resistant Carpet Need Cleaning?Today Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery answers the question does stain resistant carpet need cleaning? This is a question we hear a lot, as people often equate the idea of ‘stain resistant’ with ‘dirt resistant.' Or at the very least, most people wonder if they can get away with less frequent professional cleanings because they have this particular type of carpet.

Well, the short answer is yes, even stain resistant carpet needs cleaning. It needs just as much routine maintenance as other types of carpet, and to really be clean and safe for the people living in your home, they will need professional attention periodically just like other types of carpet.  To understand why it is necessary to comprehend what stain resistant means.

Stain resistant carpets are made with a special coating called PTFE/Teflon. This substance coats the fibers in your carpet and repels whatever you might spill on the floor, therefore not allowing the fiber to soak up colors. For example, when someone spills colored fruit juice or red wine on the floor the fibers are resistant to soaking up the colors, making it much easier to clean a carpet stain without leaving behind a trace that it ever happened.

When it comes to dirt and other particles, this coating only serves to keep ground in dirt from leaving behind any color, but it can’t magically make that dirt disappear. For a carpet to be actually clean, dirt and other particles need to be removed either through regular maintenance such as vacuuming or a professional deep clean.

The frequency of which you should have your carpet professionally cleaned has little to do with the type of carpet you have and everything to do with how much traffic your carpet sustains. For example, a home with only one or two occupants, no pets or children, and in an area like a city where there are more sidewalks and asphalt than exposed dirt surrounding the home will need less frequent cleaning.

But if you’ve got pets and children running in and out all the time, leaving behind pet dander and tracking dirt from the garden into your house your carpet will require more frequent cleanings.

Other factors affecting the frequency with which you will want to clean your carpet includes the type of people living in your home. Elderly folks and small children are more affected by allergens and pathogens in the carpet. Plus, if you or a family member has allergies and is more affected than the average person more frequent cleanings will be necessary.

In general, if your home has relatively ideal conditions you should only need a professional carpet cleaning once every 12-18 months. But if many of these other factors that we’ve discussed are present, you may need cleanings as frequently as every 4-6 months.

We hope this article has been helpful for answering the question does stain resistant carpet need cleaning? As always, the friendly staff here at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning is available for any questions you have or to schedule a carpet cleaning!

June 26, 2017

How to Remove Common Carpet Stains

How to Remove Common Carpet Stains Like CoffeeAre you wondering how to remove common carpet stains? The friendly folks at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver offer this great resource. Accidents and spills are part of daily life, but you don’t have to worry if it happens to you. All is not lost with these great tips on how to remove common carpet stains.

Kool-Aid

Kool-Aid may be a favorite drink for your little ones, but it is a parent’s nightmare if any of the brightly colored flavors end up splattered on your carpet. You don’t have to give up entirely, though, even with white carpet because there are several good ways to get it out.

The first rule of thumb, blot up the excess liquid with a white cloth and never scrub or rub as you could grind the stain more firmly into the carpet. Mix ¼ white vinegar with 1 Tbsp. Dawn dish soap in a spray bottle with water. Thoroughly soak the area with this mixture and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Blot up the liquid with your cloth.

You may have to repeat a couple of times to get all signs of color out of the carpet. For particularly stubborn stains you can try a commercial stain remover in addition to the vinegar mixture but always test on a small, unobtrusive area of carpet first to ensure it doesn’t damage it. If all else fails, contact Acme Clean for help and a deep cleaning.

Pet Stains

Furry friends can sometimes have accidents where they shouldn’t and while the initial mess is usually easy to clean, sometimes the odor left behind is a bit more stubborn. You can try ¼ vinegar mixed with water. Soak the spot and blot up the liquid. Again, you might need to do it a few times. You can also try with laundry detergent and water for especially stubborn spots. Just always be sure to blot up the water and don’t rub to grind the pet stain in any further.

Coffee Stains

Coffee leaves behind an ugly stain that no one wants in their carpet. Just like with the other types, start blotting up the liquid with a white towel as quickly as possible. Make sure to switch to a fresh towel if it gets soaked because you could spread the color even further by reusing the same towel.

Once you get the liquid up, you can try vinegar and water with a bit of non-bleach detergent in the manner that we’ve already described. You can also use commercial products specifically manufactured for coffee stains but always do a spot test first in an inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn’t damage your carpet.

Of course, if these tips on how to remove common carpet stains don’t end up working as well as you’d like, or you have several stains that you want to get rid of, don’t hesitate to call the professionals here at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver. Having been in business since 1967, we have plenty of experience dealing with stubborn stains and dirty carpets. We will make sure that your carpet looks and smells super clean and get rid of any pesky stains that are stubbornly hanging around.

 

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