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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 17:48

Deep-clean regularly

Cleaning the carpet is essential to keeping it looking fresh and new. Steam cleaning involves using a cleaning solution under pressure injected deep into the carpet via water-jet nozzles. Then the machine extracts the solution along with the dirt and debris in the carpet. “The water will penetrate the fiber all the way down to the backing and loosen any embedded soil, remove oil and grease deposits, and get your carpet cleaner than it has ever been”. He recommends deep cleaning every six months for a family of four.

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Monday, 25 January 2016 17:48

Clean pet accidents organically

Even well-trained pets can have an accident on the carpet. Tarbox prefers organic cleaners, which can costs about $10 for a spray bottle, rather than using chemicals. Spray the cleaner at the strain. “Some scrubbing will be necessary,” Tarbox says. Then wipe up the cleaner with a cloth or towels. Eco-Spot and similar cleaners can also be used to remove other types of stains, including coffee and sauces.

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Sunday, 24 January 2016 17:48

Freeze-dried gum

You step in chewing gum out on the street but don’t realize it until you tracked that gross, sticky mess onto your carpet. To get it out, head to the freezer and grab a couple of ice cubes. “Freeze the gum with ice cubes for about 30 seconds.” Once the gum is frozen solid, use a spoon to lift up the glob and cut the strands of carpet as close to the gum as possible. If you cut only a small amount of carpet, the spot shouldn’t be noticeable.

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Friday, 22 January 2016 17:48

All about berber

The popularity of berber carpet has risen drastically over the last decade. Once relegated to basements and home offices, it is now a popular choice for all areas of the home, including more formal areas such as living rooms.

Berber Defined

Traditionally speaking, the term berber referred to carpet that was light in color with flecks of darker colors in it (usually brown or gray). This was in reference to the style of weaving done by the Berber tribes of North Africa.

Typically, the berber fleck was found most often in looped styles of carpeting, and the term berber began to be associated with looped carpet. As looped styles became more popular, the color choices became more varied, so that instead of being offered only in flecked or multi-colors, looped carpet came to be available in solid colors as well.

However, the name berber stuck, and so today the word most commonly refers to the looped style and not the color.


There are several reasons that berber has become a popular choice in home fashion. The first reason is that, in general, berber is less expensive than cut pile carpet. That is not to say that all berber is cheap quality; rather, berber tends to offer more ‘bang for your buck’ compared to other styles of carpet. There are several reasons for this.

The first reason is that many berbers are made from olefin (also known as polypropylene) fiber. Olefin is much less costly than other fibers such as nylon or wool. It is also less resilient, which is why it is most often found in looped styles such as berber and commercial carpets, which offer increased durability.

Another reason that berbers tend to be lower priced than their cut pile counterparts is that they are less expensive to manufacture. All carpets begin as looped styles. To achieve cut piles such as saxonies and friezes, the top of the loops are sheared off. Obviously, berbers stay looped, so this part of the manufacturing process can therefore be skipped.


Another reason for berber’s popularity is the belief that berber is more durable than other styles of residential carpet. It is true that a looped style is very durable, but beware of generalizing. A lower-quality berber is not going to be as durable as a mid-quality saxony. As with anything else, in order to truly compare the value of a berber to another style of residential carpet, you must be comparing two products of the same level. However, as mentioned above, you will usually be able to get better durability for the same money.


In addition to the relatively low cost, a big advantage of berber carpet is that it is fairly easy to clean. Because of the looped construction, spills tend to sit on top of the pile, so if you can get to them early, you will likely be able to prevent them from sinking into the fiber. Many berbers are multi-colored or have the traditional flecked look, which makes them great for hiding soiling and any stains that do occur.


One disadvantage of berber is its susceptibility to snagging and/or running. With a loop construction, it is possible for things to get caught in the loop and pull it out. It does require a fair bit of force to actually snag a berber. It could happen by dragging a piece of furniture across the carpet; it is not likely to happen by driving a toy car on the carpet.

Berber and Pets

The biggest concern I hear is whether pets’ claws will damage the carpet, or whether the carpet will hurt the pet by catching its claws. I wouldn’t worry about the carpet hurting the pet; it is highly improbable that an animal running across the carpet will snag its claw in a loop. However, if you have a cat that loves to sharpen its claws, it may find the berber texture appealing, and can very definitely cause some damage by repeatedly kneading the carpet. If your cat tends to look for places to scratch and doesn’t use a scratching post or board reliably, you may want to reconsider a berber.

Many wonder whether, in the event that something does snag a loop, it will cause a ‘run’ in the berber and cause the carpet to unravel. This will be partly determined by the quality of the carpet, but generally, this scenario is not too likely. As mentioned above, it takes a lot of force to tear out one loop, never mind an entire row. One instance in which this could actually happen is the use of a powerhead or beater bar vacuum on a berber carpet. If there is already a snag in the carpet, the powerhead could easily get hold of the strand and wrap it around the rotating bar, and is powerful enough to cause the strand to unravel. For this reason, beater bar attachments should not be used when vacuuming berbers. Your vacuum will likely have an option to replace the vacuum head or simply turn off the beater bar.

Another drawback of berber is that it’s just not as soft on your feet as a cut pile carpet. Some berbers, especially those made from olefin, can even be rough. Manufacturers have been working hard to remedy this problem. Look for softer fibers such as those found in Mohawk SmartStrand for a much more comfortable feel.


Berber has definitely moved out of the basement and is now commonly found in all areas of the home. For more formal areas such as living rooms, consider using a solid color to lessen the otherwise casual impact that berber can have. Berber can even be used on stairs and around railing posts; when properly installed you should not be able to see between the rows of loops as it bends around the edge of the stairs.

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Thursday, 21 January 2016 17:53

How to remove carpet stains

Obviously, the best time to treat a stain is as soon as possible, before it has a chance to really soak into the carpet. Of course, sometimes this isn’t possible – perhaps you arrive home and find that your pet had an accidentwhile you were out, or you discover a spill long after the party guests have left. Don’t be dismayed; while it may be a bit more difficult to treat a stain that is not fresh, it is still possible to remove it.

What You Will Need:

  • White towels and/or paper towels
  • ¼ cup plus 1 cup lukewarm water
  • Clear dish-washing liquid (the type used to wash dishes by hand)
  • ¼ cup cool water


First,scoop off any solid matter left on the carpet from the spill (food, pet accident, vomit, etc.). Then, using a plain white towel or paper towels, blot up as much of the stain as you can. Place the towel on the stain and put pressure on it to absorb the spill. When the towel is saturated, move to a clean spot on the towel and blot again. Repeat this process until there is no more transfer of the stain to the towel (i.e., when you can no longer see any trace of the stain on the towel).


Before applying a cleaning solution, try first pouring a small amount (depending on the size of your stain, but likely no more than ¼ cup) of lukewarm water on the area. This will help to release some of the spill, especially if it has been sitting for a while; it could even be all that is required, depending on the nature of the spill and the type of fiber. Blot this water up using a white towel or paper towel until there is no more transfer to the towel. If the stain remains on the carpet, proceed as below.


Mix one cup of lukewarm water with 2-3 drops of clear dish-washing liquid. Do not add more dish soap than this! Adding too much will result in a residue left behind on your carpet. Tip the bottle of dish soap and squeeze very gently until a single drop comes out; repeat once or twice only. It is very important that you use a clear liquid soap; any color additives could potentially stain the carpet. I find that clear Dawn is a good option, but you can use any brand, so long as it is colorless.


Dip a clean white towel or paper towel into the water/soap mixture, and gently blot at the stain with it. Start at the outside of the spot and work towards the center, to prevent spreading the stain. Dab at the stain using gentle pressure, but do not scrub. While it may be tempting to scour the carpet, this will seriously damage your carpet. Scrubbing will cause the fibers of the carpet to untwist. In both looped and cut pile carpets, this will create a fuzzy, worn out appearance, which will leave your carpet looking worse than it did with the stain. For this reason, do not use a scrub brush or toothbrush to clean your carpet. Continue to carefully rub the spot with the towel. If you are finding that you are unable to reach the deepest part of the carpet, use your fingers to gently agitate the fibers and coat them in the cleaning solution.

Blot Again

When you have finished treating the spot, use a dry white towel or paper towels to blot up as much of the cleaning solution as possible (follow the above instructions for blotting again).

Rinse Again

Finish off your treatment by pouring some cool plain water on the spot to rinse off any soap left behind (approximately ¼ cup). Again, blot up this water until the carpet is just about dry. If the stain reappears, it may have soaked further into the carpet backing or underpad, and caused wicking. Repeat cleaning procedure as necessary.

Spot Treatment Products

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, a stronger cleaning product is needed to fully remove the stain.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:48

…but don’t go bare foot

This tip comes as a surprise to many, I know. “But my feet are clean!” you say. I’m sure they are. However, they also carry the natural oils found in your skin (and yes, everyone’s skin contains oils). These oils transfer to your carpet from your bare feet, and leave behind a small amount of oily residue. This residue can lead to soiling, which occurs when the residue becomes slightly sticky and attracts dirt particles, giving the carpet a soiled or dirty look.

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Friday, 15 January 2016 19:48

Everything you might not want to know!

Just thinking of these dust mites living in your pillow by the millions, eating your dead skin and hair is enough to make you sick (literally and figuratively). The are a major cause of asthma and allergies; especially in vulnerable individuals, such as children and the elderly. The harmful allergen they create comes from their fecal pellets and body fragments. Dust mites are nearly everywhere; roughly four out of five homes have detectable levels of dust mite allergen in at least one bed.” Don’t you feel better now, know they don’t bite or sting; and your allergic reaction is only due to burying your face in a pillow full of their feces?

“Dust mites like to eat dead skin from pets and humans. You probably shed enough skin a day to feed a million dust mites.”

In the spring, pollen aggravates allergies, and dustmite infestations make it worse. The Fall and Winter months are a particular problem, as we close up our houses and the concentrations of dust mites and their feces increases inside. And with dustmites at their multiplying peak during warm, wet weather, read on to find out what you can do about dust mites!

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About 33% of your life is spent in bed. And when we’re not sweating and rolling around in it, dust, dander, and bugs collect. Not to mention the bacteria, lice, fungal spores, harmful organisms and…well, you get the point. Those are not things you want to share your bed with. Even regularly washed sheets and hypoallergenic mattresses don’t stop it on their own. So, keep it clean! Using our natural soap-free orange oil cleaners, we will remove the build-up of microscopic dust mites and filth that can trigger allergic reactions and respiratory problems. Call us today and sleep easy with our chemical-free treatment.

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