Choosing the Right Commercial Carpet for Your Business

Choosing the Right Commercial Carpet for Your BusinessChoosing 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:

  • Suitability
  • Durability
  • Ease of Maintenance
  • Cost
  • Aesthetics

 

Suitability

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.

Durability

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.

Cost

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.

Aesthetics

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.

How to Remove Pet Stains and Odor for Good

How to Remove Pet Stains and Odor for GoodAt 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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

What’s Lurking in Your Carpet? A Spring Cleaning Guide

What’s Lurking in Your Carpet? A Spring Cleaning GuideIt’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.

Why You Should Hire A Professional Carpet Cleaning Company

Why You Should Hire A Professional Carpet Cleaning CompanyDirty 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!

Five Myths About Cleaning Your Carpet

Five Myths About Cleaning Your CarpetToday, 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!

Getting Out that Juice Spill in Your Carpet

Getting Out that Juice Spill in Your CarpetChildren are our greatest treasures, but if one gets loose with a glass of juice in a carpeted area, you may be left wondering about getting out that juice spill in your carpet. Today, ACME Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver would like to offer a little help if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation.

Getting a juice stain out of your carpet isn’t as difficult as you might think. It just takes a little patience and the right tools. If you can get to the stain when it is a fresh spill, that is even better, although we will also provide ways to deal with an old stain. An old stain is going to be a bit more difficult, but again, with a bit of extra patience and the right tools, you have a good chance of getting it out.

For a Fresh Spill

Step 1: Remove as much of the liquid as possible. A shop vac is best for this, but if you don’t have one start soaking it up with paper towels or rags.

Step 2: Add COLD water. Don’t use hot water or you could end up setting the stain more solidly. Use the shop vac again or soak up the water with paper towels. Repeat until you either can’t see the stain or no more color is coming out.

Step 3: If the stain persists, cover with salt and let it dry for several hours or overnight. Once completely dry, vacuum up the salt. There shouldn’t be any color left at this point, but if there is, you can move onto the following steps.

For a Dried Spill

Dried spills are a bit harder to remove but not impossible. Keep in mind that juice is acidic with most falling somewhere around 3-4 on the pH scale. Sometimes it is recommended to use vinegar to clean stains, but it is also acidic, and an alkaline cleaner such as ammonia will be most effective in this case. Just be sure to test a little on your carpet first to ensure that the ammonia won’t damage it.

Step 1: Mix 8 parts of water together with 1 part of ammonia. Soak a white rag in the solution and use it to blot (don’t scrub or rub) the stain. Also, don’t pour the solution into the carpet to avoid an excess of ammonia in your carpet.

Step 2: If there is still a stubborn bit of stain left, cover the area with a paste made of 1 part baking soda and three parts water and vacuum it up once it’s dry.

Step 3: Once the stain is gone, or you can’t remove any more color, rinse the carpet well with cold water, vacuuming or sopping up the water with paper towels or clean rags. Then cover the spot with paper towels and leave with a heavy object on top until it is dry.

If the carpet stain persists after all of this, feel free to give the friendly folks at ACME Clean in Denver a call. We are professionals at getting out that juice spill in your carpet and will leave it looking as good as new!

Did You Know Your Carpet is Bacteria’s Favorite Playground?

Did You Know Your Carpet is Bacteria’s Favorite Playground?We hate to break it to you, but did you know your carpet is bacteria’s favorite playground? Yep, it’s true. It might sound gross, and now you probably don’t want to stretch out on the floor again anytime soon, but here at Acme Clean, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver, we promise it’s better to know the risks, as well as what you can do about it.

To put things in perspective, an article in Men’s Health states that the average indoor carpet is around 4,000 times dirtier than the average toilet seat. Now, the next time that you wrestle with your kids on the floor, you’re going to be envisioning wrestling on a stack of 4,000 toilet seats. Actually, take a deep breath because you are not powerless. There’s something you can do about things – it’s not hard and won’t break the bank.  

But first, let’s get back to what dangers might be hiding in your carpet, just in case you still need more convincing that it is unhygienic.

Surprisingly enough, especially after what we just said about the toilet seats, the biggest problem with your carpet being dirty isn’t the possibility of catching a bacterial infection, but experiencing allergies. In fact, more and more people are being affected by respiratory issues. If someone in your household already has allergies or similar ailments, then a thoroughly cleaned carpet will go a long way.

Pet hair, dander, pollen, dust – all of these are easily trapped within the fibers of your carpet, having a grand old party down there. It wouldn’t be so bad if they would just stay put, but unfortunately, they don’t. Every time somebody walks through the carpet or you tussle with your kids on the floor, those particles get disturbed and released into the air for everyone to breath.

If you or someone in your household is always congested, stuffed up, or having minor sniffles, your carpet could be the culprit, and you don’t even know it. Knowing what is living deep down in your carpet explains a lot about those respiratory problems. The good thing is now that you know what the problem most likely is, there are easy ways of fixing it, and you can easily take advantage of them.

Having been inspired by what you are reading here you are probably running to grab the vacuum this instant and give it a good workout, but wait. Finish reading this article first. Vacuuming is a great way to stave off buildup, but it isn’t a perfect solution. It can only suck up particles that are close to the surface and easily dislodged when the vacuum passes over the surface. That still leaves behind a layer of unpleasantness trapped deep down within the fibers of your carpet.

Don’t get us wrong, vacuuming is a good way to maintain your home, so continue to do it at least once a week. If you have pets, you should be running the vacuum through their most highly trafficked areas every couple of days to actively get rid of more junk and further protect your family. This is an excellent way to keep your home clean and help prevent that bacteria and allergen build-up deep within the carpet. But, as we said, it’s not perfect.

You also can’t eliminate the introduction of new bacteria and allergens into your carpet every day. Every time a person or animal enters your home, they are introducing new particles from outside onto your carpet. Obviously, you can’t simply prohibit entrance to your home to keep it clean!

So, what’s the ultimate solution to ensure that your home is clean and your carpet is not harboring dangerous bacteria or allergens? We are so glad that you asked. It just so happens that we have the perfect solution for you.

This is where the friendly professional cleaners here at Acme Clean come in with friendly smiles and advanced equipment. We have been specially trained to ensure that once we finish with your carpet, it will be thoroughly cleaned, fresh, great looking and feeling amazing. Depending on the traffic that your home receives, you really should have it professionally cleaned every 6 months to a year.

Also, keep in mind that we’re talking about professional services here. Only certified carpet cleaning professionals can get your carpet as clean as it should be. If you’re thinking about economizing and going for an at-home cleaning system, be aware that you could end up causing more problems for yourself in the long run. Those systems often leave a layer of moisture that is a perfect breeding ground for mold and other unwelcome guests that will make your allergies worse.

It’s better to avoid those unpleasantries entirely by relying on our professional carpet services instead. We offer competitive, reasonable rates and our services are fast and friendly. When we are finished with your carpet, you will be amazed at how fresh your home smells and you’ll almost certainly see a dramatic drop in respiratory issues amongst your family members.

So, to recap, the best way to keep your home fresh and free of bacteria and allergens is to set up and follow a regular cleaning schedule. First, make sure to frequently vacuum, at least once a week and even more often in areas where you have pets coming and going regularly. Second, set up a regular carpet cleaning schedule. Whether once a year, once every 6 months, or somewhere in between, we will come and thoroughly remove anything that has gotten past your first line of defense.

As always if you have any questions about anything that we’ve talked about in this article, or what else you can do to ensure your home is always clean and fresh, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at Acme Clean. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and lay to rest any concerns. We have been in this business since 1967, and we’ve learned a thing or two over the years, to be of service to you.

While we didn’t mean to scare you by asking did you know your carpet is bacteria’s favorite playground, we do mean to keep your family’s health and well-being protected with clean carpets. If it’s been a while since your last professional carpet cleaning, give us a call today to set up an appointment!

Do Bacteria and other Dangers Lurk in Your Carpets?

Do Bacteria and other Dangers Lurk in Your Carpets?If you’re like most people, then you keep your house clean and try to keep things picked up. But, have you ever stopped and asked yourself, do bacteria and other dangers lurk in your carpets? At Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, we want people to be aware of dangerous bacteria that could be in their homes. For this reason, having your carpets professionally cleaned is such an important task.

Most people think that if carpeting looks clean, it is clean. However, that’s not always the case. Bacteria and viruses can be present in your carpet even if you vacuum regularly and it doesn’t look dirty. There are at least 3 dangers that carpet is known to harbor if not cleaned appropriately and consistently.

Salmonella

Most people have at least heard of salmonella and think that it only refers to food, but it can get tracked into a home on your shoes. This nasty pathogen is particularly dangerous to young kids and the elderly and can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever.

You can pick up salmonella on your shoes from streets, farms, veterinary clinics, and more. Tainted shoes easily contaminate your carpet, so it is a good idea never to eat food off the floor. Even if you’re at home where you think it’s clean, the 5-second rule does not apply to dropped food. Just toss it.

Norovirus

The Norovirus, also called Norwalk virus, is a nasty bug that causes the stomach flu and other digestive problems. This hardy pathogen can survive 4-6 weeks in carpet fibers, and each time someone walks through the carpet, there is a chance that the pathogen can become airborne.

Campylobacter

This little bug is responsible for causing campylobacteriosis, which brings diarrhea, cramps, fever, and pain. It is especially dangerous for people with lowered immune systems.

While this pathogen is also normally a foodborne illness, it can also make its home in damp carpets, particularly in the winter. A floor that has been flooded by river water is at the most risk of contamination by this pathogen. In fact, we highly recommend that you use our professional cleaning services if your home ever experiences a street flood or river water flood. Many pathogens can be brought in with river water and must be cleaned out properly to make your home safe again.

While the point of this article is not to scare you into thinking that your carpet carries disease, we think it’s important to educate you about the potential dangers. All it takes is a thorough professional cleaning a couple times a year plus your regular maintenance to keep your carpets safe.

Have you ever wondered do bacteria and other dangers lurk in your carpets? The answer from our Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning experts is a resounding yes. And if you have children, elderly family members, or anyone with a compromised immune system living in your home, it’s a good idea to have professional carpet cleaning completed more often. Talk to a friendly representative today if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

How to Get Gum and Sticky Candy Out of Carpet

How to Get Gum and Sticky Candy Out of CarpetWe all love our kids, but their shenanigans can certainly leave us shaking our heads. And sometimes the mischief can escalate into expensive, even irreparable mishaps. One catastrophe that homeowners and customers of Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning often experience is having food items ground into their carpet. Luckily, we’re here to share how to get gum and sticky candy out of carpet!

While it might seem impossible, it’s much easier than you might think, especially if you get to it early. And thankfully it doesn’t involve pulling out the scissors and resigning yourself to removing a few (or several) patches of your brand new carpet in a highly visible area of your living room.

All it takes are a few simple items that you probably already have lying around the house to erase the damage quickly and easily. You’ll be delighted that the mishap caused no permanent damage, and your child will be relieved that they won’t be paying for new carpet with a decade of surrendered allowance.

To work the magic, you will need the following “tools” of the gum removal trade:

  • Ice cubes
  • Ziploc bag
  • Scraping instrument
  • Vacuum
  • Sponge with soap
  • Towel or rag

See, you probably already have everything that you need on hand! Now you can use our five steps on how to get gum and sticky candy out of carpet quickly and more efficiently. Remember, the faster you get to the affected area, the easier it will be to successfully restore the carpet. So, let’s get to the five steps before handing out punishment for creating the mess:

  1. Fill a Ziploc bag with ice cubes and hold them against the affected area. The cold will harden the gum or candy and reduce its stickiness, making it easier to remove the biggest chunks.
  1. Use a scraping instrument, like the non-serrated side of a butter knife, to pick away at the hardened gum – remove and discard the larger pieces.
  1. Get out your vacuum and put it to work sucking up the rest of the small particles that have been scraped loose.
  1. Prep some warm, soapy water and using a sponge, massage the area in a circular motion until all remaining particles have been loosened and cleaned away.
  1. Pat the area dry with a clean towel or rag and leave it covered for a few minutes so that the towel can absorb any remaining moisture.

There you have it! An efficient and easy way of removing sticky gunk from your carpets, even your sofa upholstered in a lovely chenille. Now, if the gum is already old or ground in, this may not be enough. In that case, you can try a solvent based tar and adhesive remover like Goo Gone or repeat the steps.

If following our five steps on how to get gum and sticky candy out of carpet doesn’t work, or you simply don’t have the time to tackle the job yourself, you can always call the friendly pros at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. We help customers with kid catastrophes, pet pandemonium, as well as basic maintenance cleanings. No job is too big or too small!

Let A Carpet Cleaning Company Address Pet Urine Odor Problems

Let A Carpet Cleaning Company Address Pet Urine Odor Problems With a four-legged friend in your home, you surely know just how rewarding it is to own a pet. But you also know how frustrating it can be when your pet urinates on the carpet, and you can’t fully get the smell out. The best and easiest way to eliminate this frustration is to let a carpet cleaning company address pet urine odor problems. At Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, we have been specially trained and certified by the IICRC and will help you win the battle against unwanted pet odors.

Nobody likes to have a nasty smelling carpet and a lot of times home remedies or even commercial products just don’t have what it takes to clean it up for good. It may work for a while, but in time the smell or the stain tends to reappear stubbornly. Certified technicians have specialized equipment and methods for completely removing all the proteins and bacteria that are causing the smell, even if they have soaked deeply into the padding under your carpet and seem impossible to get out.

When the technicians come to your home, they will begin with an ultraviolet light that will help them determine exactly where your pet has urinated and which areas are in the most need of a deep and thorough cleaning. They will then perform a heavy duty power-vacuum. This usually gets rid of most problems right off the bat, but if there are areas that have been too deeply penetrated then a more aggressive spot-clean may be necessary.

The technician will then soak the affected area (or areas) with a treatment solution designed to thoroughly flush all the proteins and bacteria that are causing the bad smell from the carpet. It is then fully removed by a hot water extraction technique that leaves your carpet smelling fresh and even better than when it was new.

If the affected area is too contaminated even for this treatment, technicians have another, even more aggressive trick up their sleeves. They will pull up the carpet in that area and treat the surface beneath with a scent barrier to block any leftover smells from escaping into your home. Neutralizers are used to erase any remaining stains that might be visible and technicians will employ their specialized equipment to dry the carpet quickly and efficiently to leave your home usable almost immediately.

If you want to let a carpet cleaning company address pet urine odor problems, look no further than Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver. We offer fast, quality carpet cleaning services and of course our technicians are certified in odor control by the IICRC. You can rest easy knowing that clean, fresh carpets free of pet odors are just an easy phone call away. Call Acme today to receive a quote and to schedule an appointment. It’s time to say goodbye to those troublesome odors for good!