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.

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:

  • Vacuum
  • Underlay
  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Chalk line
  • Measuring tape
  • Seam tape
  • Seam cutter
  • Seaming iron
  • Seam roller (or you can use a rolling pin)
  • Knee pads
  • Knee kicker
  • Wall trimmer
  • Door edge strip
  • Utility knife
  • Tackless strips
  • Duct tape
  • Stapler
  • Power stretcher
  • Stair tool 

Step 1: Acclimate Your New Carpet

Wall-to-wall carpet will shrink and expand with temperature and climate changes. You might not think that is a big deal, but when your carpet shrinks away from the tackless strips or expands and buckles up in the middle, you’ll realize how big of a deal it is. To avoid this, bring the carpet into the room 24 hours before you install it to allow the carpet to first adjust to the conditions of the space. 

Step 2: Get Rid of the Old Carpet

First things first, you need to get rid of the old carpet so that you can bring in the new. It’s a good idea to vacuum the carpet thoroughly before you begin to reduce the amount of dust stirred up by the removal process. Start by taking off the doors and the moldings at the base of the walls. Use the utility knife to cut the carpet into strips 1 ½ to 2 feet wide and then just roll it up. Of course, you’ll have to pull it off the existing tackless strips and pull those up as well. Underneath you’ll find the old underlay which in most cases you should also remove as it is probably just as worn out as the carpet you are removing.

Take a moment to examine the subfloor and if there are areas that you have noticed squeaking you can use this opportunity to eliminate those noises. Just get some 1 ½ inch screws and securely fasten the offending floorboards to the floor joists underneath.

Tackless strips are deceptively named in that they are strips filled with 2 or 3 rows of very sharp tacks. They get their name from the fact that you don’t have to tack the carpet down. Leaving about half an inch of space between the strip and the wall, lay the strips around the room. Just don’t put them in the doorway! 

Step 3: Install the Underlay

You don’t want any gaps in the underlay so be sure to overlap the strips of carpet padding on top of the tackless strips. Also, butt each new padding strip against the previous one. Staple the underlay down and then trim off the excess underlay along the inside edge of the tackless strip. You can use duct tape to seal the seams. 

Step 4: Measure and Cut the Carpet

One of the most important steps for installing new carpet is to properly measure it. Leave 4 to 6 inches of play, so measure the room and add 6 inches. Measure the carpet and mark the back at each edge. You can use a chalk line to give yourself a guide line between the two marks. Utilizing a straight edge and a utility knife, cut along the chalk line. It’s a good idea to put a piece of scrap wood under where you are cutting to prevent cutting something underneath the carpet that you don’t want to cut! 

Step 5: Create Seams

Many times, carpet doesn’t come large enough to lay just one piece in a room. If that is the case, you will need to take care with the seams so that they aren’t glaringly obvious. Measure your second piece using the same method described above. Don’t forget to add 4 to 6 inches of space to the length, and also 4 to 6 inches of overlap over the first piece. Also, ensure that you cut the piece so that the carpet pile lies in the same direction or your seam will be glaringly obvious.

Lay the carpet overlapping where the seam will be. With a utility knife (or seam cutter) cut through both pieces of carpet at the same time. This will ensure that the seam matches exactly. Once your carpet is cut, lay a piece of seaming tape on the floor along where the seam will go with the adhesive side up. Use the seaming iron directly on top of the tape to activate the adhesive and then lay the edges of the carpet together over the top. Use a carpet roller (or rolling pin) to seal the carpet firmly to the tape. 

Step 6: Attach the Carpet to the Tackless Strips

Using a knee kicker (a metal tool with spikes on one side to grab the carpet and a padded “butt” on the other for you to hit with your knee) jam the carpet against the wall and let the tackless strips grab the carpet firmly. Once you’ve finished with the knee kicker, finish attaching the carpet with a carpet stretcher, and trim off any excess carpet with your utility knife. 

Step 7: The Finishing Touches

Now we’re to the final steps for installing new carpet. With a stair tool, tuck the edges of the carpet down in the ½ gap you left between the tackless strips and the wall. Trim the carpet to be centered under the close door and replace the door and moldings. Finally, cut out any vent openings.

We hope these steps for installing new carpet have been helpful. Don’t forget to establish a regular and professional cleaning schedule with us at Acme Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. We’ll protect your investment (and hard work) by helping keep your carpet looking fresh and new for many years to come.

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!

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!

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.

Carpet Cleaning Scams and How to Spot Them

Carpet Cleaning Scams and How to Spot ThemTo help keep you safe, here at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver we want you to be aware of common carpet cleaning scams and how to spot them. We know there is nothing worse than wanting to do a good thing for your family by keeping the carpets clean and safe and then getting scammed in the process. Now your carpets aren’t clean as you wanted and you’re out some hard-earned cash.

Our Unbelievable Prices!

When it comes to carpet cleaning scams and how to spot them, this is the big one. If the prices are unbelievable, that’s probably because they aren’t real, especially if a door-to-door salesman presents them. Sometimes they’ll even show you competitors’ fliers to “prove” that their prices are the best. If you agree to their prices, a cleaner comes a few days later to perform the work.

Suddenly the price starts going up because the size of your rooms is weird, the carpet is unusual, there are “extremely stubborn” carpet stains, etc. They’re just looking for something that can sound like a legitimate excuse to jack the price up. To avoid this, don’t talk to a door-to-door salesman and don’t ever let salespeople talk you into agreeing because the offer is only good for an extremely limited time.

We Only Use the “Best Method”

There are two primary ways of cleaning carpets. Steam cleaning mixes hot water with a chemical detergent which then gets injected into the carpet. A vacuum then sucks back out the dirty water. Dry cleaning uses a minuscule amount of water mixed with special chemicals to refresh the fibers and lift stains from your carpet. Neither method is necessarily better than the other, it simply depends on the type of carpet you have and how dirty it is. 

The scam works by the company claiming to use the “best method” available and attaching a premium price tag for this so-called special quality treatment. If you ask a technician what their method is and they don’t want to or can’t explain it, or seem offended that you asked, you should go with a different company. 

They Only Did a “Surface Clean”

This one is hard because it only shows up after the fact. When you first come back to your house you think everything is okay but then the same stains start showing up and the carpet doesn’t really seem that clean within a few days.

It can be tricky because sometimes even reputable companies can accidentally do this. It can be that their equipment was going bad and they didn’t realize it, or they did it on purpose to cut their operating costs. Just be sure to research companies beforehand to see if they have a history of this or not. 

We hope that this information on carpet cleaning scams and how to spot them has been helpful. You can always talk more in-depth with one of our representatives here at Acme Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver if you have more questions. Of course, we are always available to set up an appointment, and with our track record, you can rest assured that we are an honest and reputable company.

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!