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How does good carpet padding extend the life of carpet?

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Most people pay more attention to carpet than they do to the carpet padding underneath. But did you know that padding can play an integral part in the appearance and life expectancy of your carpet?

What’s wrong with cheap padding?

Carpet padding acts as a shock absorber — and not just for your feet. It eases stress from foot traffic on the carpet’s fibers and backing, helping protect them from premature wear. Cheap padding works like a charm when it is first installed, but it quickly becomes compressed or breaks apart, resulting in premature wear of the carpet. Poorly-manufactured padding can also cause a carpet to wrinkle, buckle, and even void the carpet manufacturer’s warranty.

How to Select Quality Carpet Padding

Check your carpet manufacturers’ warranties, which come with specific recommendations for padding, because the most appropriate padding for one carpet may not be suitable for another type of carpet. For example, the industry standard for padding thickness is 1/2 inch for residential carpet padding, but low-pile carpets, such as Berber, or commercial carpeting for high-traffic should be no more than 3/8 of an inch.

It is also best to look for padding with a moisture barrier and anti-microbial protection to inhibit mold, mildew, and bacteria.

The Key to Long-Lasting Carpet and Padding

Regular vacuuming and periodic professional carpet cleaning will help preserve the life of your carpet and padding. When spills or pet accidents occur, use paper towels or a white absorbent cloth towel to soak up the moisture from carpeting before it has a chance to move into the padding. Otherwise, that portion of the padding may need to be replaced.

A consistent maintenance routine will not only keep your carpet looking its best for a longer period of time, but it will help protect your investment and save you money in the long run.

Reasons to Eschew the Shoe

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Have you ever considered how much easier it would be to keep your carpets clean if family, friends, and guests removed their shoes before entering your home? Once thought to be the purview of people suffering from severe germophobia, indoor shoe bans are becoming a more socially acceptable practice — and for good reason.

In addition to prolonging the life of your carpet, removing your shoes indoors can prevent exposure to many pathogens. This is particularly important if you have babies and children playing on the carpets because germs and toxins are easily transferred from their hands to their mouths. People who do yoga and pilates on their floors also have reasons to eschew the shoe. According to a scientific study at the University of Arizona, the soles of shoes may contain numerous pathogens sourced from fecal colioform bacteria (derived from human and animal feces) that can cause meningitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and gastrointestinal illnesses.

Walking barefoot on carpets is not recommended either due to the sweat glands on the soles of the feet transferring skin oils and sweat into carpet fibers. Many families choose to keep socks or slippers by the front door for this purpose, including some for guests.

Even with a no-shoe rule, regular vacuuming and spot cleaning, augmented by periodic professional deep-cleaning will be necessary to remove your dust and other contaminants that naturally occur in any living space. If your guests are uncomfortable with a no-shoe rule, you’ll just have to vacuum, spot clean, and schedule professional services more often.

What to do about fleas?

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If fleas have set up residence in your home, what can you do? Let’s face it. Flea infestations aren’t fun. Fleas carry pathogens that can harm humans and pets, such as plague, cat scratch disease, tapeworms, and haemobartonellosis, a parasitic blood disease. Flea larvae in soil can easily be tracked inside your home by your own pets, visiting pets, people, or contaminated items. Once they find their way in, they can easily infest your carpets.

Here are some steps you can take to get rid of fleas.

If you have a pet, use year-round flea treatments to prevent infestations.
Sweep and mop regularly.
Wash pet bedding.
Have your carpets & upholstery professionally cleaned.

*Please note, regular professional carpet cleaning alone is unlikely to eradicate the infestation, because some fleas can survive this process, but it will definitely help.
Vacuum often. Your vacuum is your best line of defense. Don’t just vacuum your carpeting, vacuum upholstery and drapery, too. According to an experiment conducted by Ohio State University, vacuuming effectively kills fleas, eggs, and larvae residing in carpets. If you want to be extra cautious, empty vacuum cleaner canisters or bags into an outside trash receptacle in case any fleas survived the vacuuming process.
Use Borax. More tenacious infestations may require sprinkling Borax into the carpet and along floorboards, working it in with a brush, and leaving it in overnight before vacuuming it up. Test an inconspicuous area first, to make sure this will not discolor your carpets. Borax penetrates the exoskeleton of fleas and dehydrates them. Take care to use goggles, gloves, and a dust mask if you go this route, because although Borax is considered non-toxic, it can still cause eye, skin, and respiratory irritation. After the infestation is resolved, professional carpet cleaning & upholstery cleaning can remove any Borax residue remaining in your carpet. We’d be happy to help if you give us a call.

Do you Know When it’s Time to Clean your Carpets?

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Time has a way of flying by with our busy schedules and things like having our carpets cleaned can fall by the wayside, especially if they aren’t so dirty appearing yet that you can live with it for a little longer. But there are compelling reasons to have your carpets cleaned sooner than later.

Because carpeting can be the biggest filter in your home, trapping dirt, dust and allergens, periodic professional cleaning is the only way to keep your carpets clean and fresh —and your home or office healthy. While regular vacuuming is important, vacuuming dirty, neglected carpets will simply recirculate germs and allergens.

Here’s a guide to when you should have your carpets professionally cleaned:

  • After a home improvement project. Even if you are just painting the walls, dust and dirt that is stirred up will eventually end up in your carpeting.
  • Following any renovation. Your vacuum will be busy until the job is done; that’s a given. But when the contractor finally packs away the tools, it’s time to call your carpet cleaner.
  • After a large gathering, such as a party or holiday celebration. Let’s face it: Something will get tracked into the home and onto your carpet, and, yes, someone will spill a drink or drop one of those acclaimed appetizers.
  • When a pet smell is evident. We love our pets, but they can make a house take on an unpleasant odor. A lot of that odor is coming from your carpeting where pets spend a majority of their time.
  • For a home with 2 people, every six months to a year under normal day-to-day circumstances; more often if you have pets and/or children. The more traffic, the more ground-in dirt, which needs to be removed by professional cleaning methods so your carpet does not overly wear and shorten its life span.

If you have questions about the carpeting in your home or business, contact us today.

Five Reasons You Must Have Your Carpets Cleaned

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Carpeting can be a fabulous and practical design element, creating both elegance and coziness at once. However, having carpets cleaned seems to land low on the list of a homeowner’s or building manager’s to-do list. The reality is, carpets are the largest filters in your home or business, collecting dust, dirt, dander, bacteria and allergens.

Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health, according to the EPA, and there has been an increase in the number of children with severe allergies and asthma. An EPA study found that the average American spends about 90 percent of their time inside, and dirty carpets could spell trouble.

The Dirty Truths

1. An average of 40 pounds of dust accumulates in a six-room home each year—and a lot of that can end up in carpeting.
2. A known allergen, an estimated 100,000 dust mites can be found in just one square yard of carpet.
3. Cooking grease is easily and invisibly tracked through the home from the kitchen and onto carpets by people and pets—and cannot be vacuumed away.
4. The highly contagious Norovirus has been known to survive on surfaces, such as carpeting, for weeks. Plus, it can become airborne as people walk or play on the carpeting.
5. Vacuuming dirty, neglected carpets can do more harm than good by recirculating nasty germs. A University of Arizona study discovered half of the vacuum cleaner brushes they examined tested positive for fecal bacteria, including 13 percent with E. coli.

The Clean Solutions

1. If you have an old vacuum cleaner (you know if you do), replace it. Your new vacuum should have a HEPA filter to stop the spread of allergens. Some vacuums are now being designed to kill dust mites.
2. Vacuum regularly; daily if you have a pet, otherwise twice a week.
3. Have your carpets cleaned by a professional, reputable carpet and floor cleaning company.
4. Create a schedule with your professional carpet cleaning company to keep you on track. Life is busy—they can send you reminders when it’s time.
5. Place rugs and mats at all entryways to trap some of the grit and dirt before it ends up on your carpeting. (And while it may be uncomfortable to ask visitors to remove their shoes when they enter your home, you could convince your family to do so.)

Let’s face it, carpeting is continuously traipsed on by people and pets with dirty shoes and paws. Carpets that are not regularly cleaned will end up looking the part, and even worse, could make people sick.

If you have questions about the carpeting in your home or business, contact us today.

Excerpt: Carpets are huge filters that trap dirt, bacteria and grease; regular cleaning will keep the carpeting fresh and your family healthy.