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One of the most beloved types of home flooring is carpet. From soft fibers to cozy warmth in the winter, carpet is hard to beat for the relaxing and comfortable home environment it creates. However, these plush floors also deal with their fair share of damage. Carpet constantly gets stepped on by your family, stained by coffee and other beverages, and pummeled by your pets. To help maintain your carpet’s functionality and looks, avoid the common carpet maintenance mistakes below.

Scrubbing or rubbing carpet vigorously

Many homeowners believe rubbing or scrubbing their carpets will help to remove stains. However, this is often actually not the case—in reality, scrubbing your carpet with a scrub brush or rag will push the molecules further down, exacerbating damage to the fibers. Put down the brush and try gently blotting your carpet with a white towel instead.

Not purchasing walk-off mats, runners, or area rugs
Dirt, snow, salt, leaves, and water are common outside elements that can easily get dragged into your home. Help protect the carpet inside with a simple mat or area rug. A mat or rug will stop large dirt and debris at the door, so that it doesn’t get tracked inside where it will tarnish your clean carpets. The most efficient spots to put mats, runners, or area rugs are high-use areas where your home gets the most foot traffic—these areas could be by your doors, stairs, hallways, kitchen, you name it. With the help of a simple walk off mat, runner, or area rug, you can dramatically increase the lifetime of your carpets.

Vacuuming too much or too little
Although vacuuming can be a tedious task, too much or too little can become an issue for your carpets. We recommend that you vacuum your carpets at least once a week, and if your home has pets or children, consider vacuuming every other day. Don’t let appearances fool you—not all dirt is visible to the naked eye. Between your carpet fibers are billions of oil, dust, and dirt particles that can stay hidden for months. Regular carpet cleaning and vacuuming will help your carpet maintain its healthy fibers and natural color over the long haul.

Trying to “DIY” carpet cleaning
When it comes time to deep clean your carpet, we highly recommend contacting a professional. Although the do-it-yourself approach is one many homeowners take, be aware that if you over shampoo, over wet, or fail to protect your wet carpet from furniture, you may cause more harm than good. There are several common errors people make when trying to deep clean their own carpets:

  • Over-shampooing: This leads to soapy residue build-up that will turn your carpet into a dirt magnet.
  • Over-wetting: Over-wetting creates discoloration, shrinking, mold, and mildew issues.
  • Failing to remove furniture: Leaving furniture on wet carpet can result in the formation of stains from the dyes used on the furniture.
  • Using the wrong carpet deodorizer: Many store bought carpet deodorizers work to mask the smell of dirty carpets, but few, if any, can actually remove it at the source. In addition to not addressing the source of the smell, carpet deodorizers often leave behind residue that is nearly impossible to remove with just standard vacuuming. These residues can attract dust, dirt, and even more odors to your carpet.

Your carpet does a lot for your home. Be sure to avoid common mistakes in regular maintenance to properly care for it and ensure the most optimal outcomes. When the need arises for a more advanced clean, working with a professional will be your best bet. A local professional carpet cleaner will know what products to use or not use on your carpet, and will have the tools and equipment needed to execute the job correctly.

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Carpet is one of the many things that can make a house feel like a home. Carpet floors are plush, comfortable, and warmer than tile or hardwood during the cold winter months. Although virtually every homeowner loves carpet for its soft feel and noise-reducing capabilities, pets, children, and everyday mishaps can take a toll on your carpet and leave it looking dull and dirty over time. Learn the most common types of stains and how to treat them, and you will have the knowledge to keep your carpets just as clean and vibrant as it was the day you installed them.

Pet Stains

We all love our four-legged best friends. Whether you have a dog, cat, or hamster, you know first-hand the joy and happiness that pets can bring to a family. However, mistakes can happen, and it’s important to be prepared for when problems arise. Knowing the proper steps can keep long-term damage from pet poop, vomit and urine to a minimum.

Step one is to pick up the mess quickly after the incident occurs. This includes immediately scooping up any poop and blotting any urine. As you do this, be careful to not scrub the stains. This can push them further into the carpet, making them larger and harder to remove later on. Once all the large debris is cleaned up, use a vinegar solution to clean and blot out the rest.

Coffee Stains

Everyone enjoys a warm cup of Joe in the morning, but very few appreciate the mess it leaves behind when spilled all over their carpet. No matter the size of the mishap, it’s important to be prepared if you want to minimize the damage.

Before you clean, start by consulting the cleaning instructions from the carpet manufacturer. These instructions will help you determine what solutions to use and how to use them. Remember to not scrub your carpet. Instead, blot it out with a towel. Once the remnants of the coffee spill have been removed, use an equal parts white vinegar and water solution, and depending on how light your carpet is, feel free to also use a non-bleach detergent.

Blood Stains

Cuts and scrapes happen all the time with children, pets, and adults, especially in the summer months when outdoor work and play are more common. If blood happens to land on your carpet, here are some actionable steps you can take to mitigate the damage.

Immediately, take cold water and spray it onto the stain. Do not use warm water, as blood solidifies with heat. Create a solution with Dawn or any gentle grease-fighting dishwashing detergent and mix together with cold water, then blot out the stain until it is dry. Repeat this process until the stain gradually disappears.

Ink Stains

Ink stains are some of the most difficult to remove from carpets, especially if the carpet is made of natural fibers like wool or seagrass. But don’t worry just yet—if you act fast enough, you should be able to get those tough ink stains out before they cause permanent damage. As always, make sure you consult the carpet manufacturer’s guidelines before using any at-home solutions.

First, start by spraying the stained area with rubbing alcohol. If you don’t have any, you can also use a nail polish remover or hairspray as an alternative. Keep the solution on your carpet for about an hour and when the hour is up, gently blot the area with a microfiber cloth. Then, blot out the moisture with a clean paper towel or a hair dryer.

With these simple and easy tips, you will have everything you need to keep your carpet protected from the most common types of stains. When the problems get too tough for DIY fixes, reach out to your local carpet cleaning professionals for a more advanced solution.

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How Often Should You Have Your North Carolina Carpets Cleaned?

We recommend that your carpets are professionally cleaned by one of our qualified carpet cleaning technicians every 12-18 months. Carpets should be cleaned on a regular basis and before they become heavily soiled. Allowing soil to build up will significantly reduce the life of a carpet.

Vacuuming is simply not enough, all carpets should be deep cleaned at least every twelve months. This can double the life expectancy of your carpet.

A thorough deep cleaning will not only rejuvenate the look of your carpet, leaving it smelling fresh and clean, it can also reduce wear to the pile and thereby extends its life. Your carpet can hide as much as 1lb (0.5kg) of dirt per sq.yd (1 sq.m).

The damaging effects of dirt

Carpet are damaged more so by what you cannot see rather than what you can. Vacuuming alone only clears the top layer of dirt and grime away. The deep down grit and dirt wear away any stain-resistance and cuts at carpet fibers when they are walked on or in those areas of high use, particularly where children play. High-traffic paths in your home, as you are probably aware, will flatten and mat over time because of this fibre abrasion. If not taken care of, this can eventually lead to fiber loss. Having your carpet professionally cleaned can prolong the life of your carpet.

Regular cleaning for your home and for your health

For most carpets, the best cleaning comes from hot water extraction. It is the method recommended by most major carpet manufacturers and used by professional carpet cleaning services like Raleigh Chem-Dry. Continued, regular deep-cleaning not only removes allergens, dirt, and grime but can add years of life to your carpet by removing the abrasive grit that harms carpet fibers. General household vacuum cleaners DO NOT clean as deep as professional carpet cleaners can, even household carpet cleaners won’t clean as deep as we can. We use our own truck mounted carpet cleaning system as well as our own water supply to provide the deepest clean for your carpets.

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When we think about air pollution, most of us probably think of car emissions, smoke from fires, and pollution from industrial factories. We are all aware of the link between breathing polluted air and increased respiratory symptoms, but what most people are not aware of is that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside. Indoor air pollutants are the leading causes of asthma and breathing problems. Understanding and controlling common indoor pollutants can help reduce your risk of indoor health concerns.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

Many factors contribute to indoor air pollution. The air in our home is heavily contaminated with particles such as pollen, food, dust mites, bacteria, and dead skin cells. All these pollutants get trapped around the home in items such as fabrics, linen, and carpets and can cause serious health problems, especially to children, the elderly and those already at risk of respiratory conditions. These particles float around the air in your home and seriously aggravate allergies, irritate your throat, eyes, and nose, as well as weaken your immune system leading to further cold and cases of flu while leaving you feeling lethargic.

We are encouraged more and more now to seal up our homes from the outside elements. Thicker door seals, triple glazing, super insulation, cavity wall filling and so on. This leads to poor ventilation within homes, limiting the amount of fresh air that can enter a property. Leaving windows and doors open to allow the flow of fresh air isn’t always an option. Securing your property nowadays is serious business. Making sure that you do everything to deter wannabe thieves is high on the priority list. No insurance company is going to have much sympathy if you leave a window open and allow someone to enter your home so easily. This being said, if maintained and cleaned properly, your home-based carpet can actually improve your family’s health.

Whether you’re a stay at home mom, or you work in an office, chances are you spend more than 90% of your time indoors. That’s a huge amount of time to be shut inside even the most comfortable of spaces! So how can a carpet help? Well, it stands to reason that most particles end up on the floor, those that do not will find a home on a shelf or ledge of some kind. A clean and well-maintained carpet can actually trap allergens and particles in its fibers to prevent them from escaping into the air and being inhaled. Carpets act as air filters to trap dust, pollen, and potentially dangerous particles to improve indoor air quality and overall breathing.

There are significant health benefits to maintaining clean carpets, especially in homes with young children as they are deemed as being the most at risk. This is because young children spend a lot of time close to the floor and because their immune system is not as robust as that of an adult. Respiratory complications, like asthma, can be triggered by poor indoor air quality, which is why most homeowners notice improved health following a thorough cleaning of their carpet.

What are the benefits of having clean carpets in your home?

Carpets are big business nowadays. They are the most popular kind of house flooring. Given their softness & warmth, they add a sense of luxury and comfort that hard floor surfaces simply cannot offer. As previously mentioned, carpets act as filters within the home but they can also act as a placemat for food crumbs and spilled drinks. They collect dirt, debris, and bacteria from daily life. All sounds great, right? Sure but like all filters, it would need emptying at some stage right?

A clean carpet is the foundation of a cozy, comfortable home. However, a badly kept carpet can be the cause of untold health issues. Regular carpet cleaning, aside from improving the appearance of your home and extending the life of your carpets & rugs, as you can probably tell it has numerous health benefits, which include:

Helping prevent unhealthy mold growths
The risk of mold and other unhealthy growths developing in dirty carpets is greatly increased in areas of high humidity where the carpet is exposed to moisture. Areas around large pieces of furniture where airflow is reduced can also provide a perfect environment. When it’s raining moisture can track indoors, this moisture sinks into carpets where it promotes mildew and mold growth. Studies have shown that mold is actually more harmful than smoking cigarettes as it produces spores on the lungs leading to serious health and respiratory diseases

Preventing dust mites
Dust mites are microscopic. They share our homes and most of us are probably not even aware of their existence. With this in mind, when an infestation occurs, most of us are probably not even aware of its happening. It’s the feces of dust mites left behind which cause allergic reactions. The microscopic particles are easily inhaled when an infested area is disturbed. Sounds disgusting right? Well, consider this. To put this problem into perspective, about half a teaspoon of dust may contain up to 20,000 dust mites. Then consider how big your carpet space is, even in the smallest room in your home.

Promoting good air quality
When you vacuum your carpet it removes dirty elements from the carpet surface. Some vacuum cleaners may suggest a deep clean but most will ultimately clean the surface layer of the carpet pile. Without getting deep into the pile, these contaminants are left to penetrate deep into the carpet. Deep cleaning your carpets is probably not something you would immediately associate with improved indoor air quality but it does have a very positive effect. Dust and allergens accumulated by not deep cleaning the carpet can circulate in the air when disturbed and can affect the health of asthma patients and ultimately, anyone in the room.

Elimination of harmful pollutants
As we have mentioned, carpets retain sources of indoor pollutants. Apart from everyday dust and dirt, carpets contain pollutants, allergens, and pet dander. Toxic airborne gasses adhere to the particulate matter and become trapped in the carpet. When we vacuum or disturb the carpet, these toxic gasses are released into the air, starting the cycle all over again. Using state of the art equipment, here at Raleigh Chem-Dry we use high-powered cleaning techniques to remove these deeply trapped pollutants.

Benefits of keeping our carpets clean
It stands to reason that by keeping our carpets clean will as a consequence improve indoor air quality which can be beneficial to the home. This shows in the following ways:

Reduced odors
Whether you cook a lot, have children or pets, smoke or live nearby sources of smells, odors are always a potential problem in the household. Bad smells do have a very unpleasant effect on your mood, thoughts, and behaviors. Bad odors can leave you uncharacteristically grumpy and irritable. Smells can be absorbed into your carpet and released when walking on them.

Balanced humidity
Good indoor air quality brings about a good balance of humidity. Humidity (measured as the amount of water in the air) affects all aspects of your environment. Too much makes breathing feel heavy and also makes your home feel stuffy and moist. The extra moisture, as already mentioned, causes mold growth and increased dust mite populations while also attracting pests.

Better sleep
Our respiratory rate changes when we’re asleep such that our breathing rate decreases and becomes much steadier. So as important as air is when you’re awake, it’s just as important when you’re asleep. Consider that you probably spend around 6-8 hours a day asleep in your bedroom, that’s 8 hours in one room every day, a third of your day!

Easy breathing
Breathing is naturally an unconscious action. You do it without thinking much about it, but if your home’s air quality is low, breathing can feel terrible. Surviving on shallow breaths puts a lot of stress on your body, especially your heart and lungs, making even climbing a flight of stairs a physically tiring task. Ever felt fatigued in your home? It might not just be because you are tired, your home might just be making you lethargic.

What to do:
Normal vacuuming is rarely enough as it only removes loose dirt from the top layer of your carpets, to obtain the health benefits from having a carpet you should both vacuum and have your carpets deep cleaned and treated by a professional cleaner such as Raleigh Chem-Dry. Why not contact us today and see how we can improve the internal environment of your home by providing a deep clean on your carpets.

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Let’s face it… life is busy in Raleigh, North Carolina and we aren’t always thinking about our carpets and the effect they could have on our families’ health. Keeping carpets clean is important for many reasons, not only for you and your families health but also for the appearance and cleanliness of your home.

Your carpet is under your feet and everything in the home eventually settles there. Vacuum cleaners pick up only a fraction of what is settling into your carpet pile.

Did you know that nearly 85% of the dirt the carpet holds is buried deep within the carpet pile? Carpet can actually trap its own weight or more in dirt, grime, and soil and an average living area can contain as much as 150 lbs of dirt lying deep within the carpet.

Regular Professional Carpet Cleaning for Your Raleigh Home Can Ensure:

Increased Life Expectancy
Regular professional carpet cleaning can help to increase their life expectancy beyond that of what it would have been without.

A Healthier Environment
Professionally cleaned carpets can mean complete removal of general dust, dander, soil and accumulated debris, leaving them as good as new.

Elimination of Mites & Bacteria
Professional cleaning helps to reduce the risk of allergies, mold and many other potential problems and ultimately make your home safer to live in.

Stain Removal
Professional carpet cleaning can ensure the removal of most stubborn stains and dried in spills leaving your carpet in like new condition and fresh and clean.

Improved Appearance
Even the oldest of carpets and furniture can look brand new leaving you with that new fresh feeling again.

Most odors can be eliminated by general professional cleaning. We offer special treatments to ensure fresh, clean smelling carpets.

Vacuuming is Not Enough
Regular vacuuming is a necessity to keep your Raleigh carpets clean and hygienic, but this only cleans the surface of your carpet, the bit that you can visually see.

Some of you may use other equipment to help maintain and preserve your carpets, like rented shampoo and steam cleaning machines. Most domestic vacuum cleaners, shampooers and steamers (even the more powerful ones) still don’t have enough power to get rid of the deep-down dirt and germs. Here at Raleigh Chem-Dry we have professional equipment and trained technicians with years of experience and know how, when and where to use the right carpet cleaning procedure for the job.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Use a Professional Carpet Cleaner in Raleigh?

Have you ever cleaned your own carpets?

We are not talking vacuuming, but actually attempting to use solutions to remove stains?

It can be a difficult process and is never as easy or effective as professional carpet cleaners make it look, like many things in life. With so many products, both hardware and solutions, on the market, many argue the reason for hiring a professional when you can do it yourself. We have compiled a list of the top ten reasons to hire Raleigh Chem-Dry professional carpet cleaners.

1. Time Saving
First of all the amount of time you save when you hire Raleigh Chem-Dry is reason enough for most people to choose hiring someone to clean their carpets rather than to do it themselves. It takes a considerable amount of time to clean a house of any considerable size, and with an already busy day and life, it’s much more realistic for most people to hire someone. Raleigh Chem-Dry in Raleigh is your local, trusted, professional carpet cleaning partner.

2. Ease and Simplicity
It’s incredibly easy when you hire someone to do the job for you. First and foremost, Raleigh Chem-Dry are experts in carpet cleaning. If you decide to clean your carpets yourself, you have to deal with moving all the furniture, renting a carpet cleaner, cleaning the carpet and then returning the carpet cleaner back to the store you rented it from. These machines are often heavy and cumbersome too. All of this to achieve a cleaner carpet which even once you have finished cannot come close to matching the results of what a professional carpet cleaning company like Raleigh Chem-Dry can produce.

3. Health Conditions
Just like most things in life, a professional will always do a better job than an amateur. Professional carpet cleaners will always do a better job than an amateur with a hired machine. One of the most attractive reasons to hire a pro is the health benefits that arise from a professionally cleaned carpet. One of the biggest reasons for hiring a professional carpet cleaning company like Raleigh Chem-Dry of North Carolina is that we will get down deep and dirty and hit all the spots you probably wouldn’t when doing it yourself. Vacuuming alone only removes the top layer of dirt, however powerful your vacuum is. Within the carpet fibers and backing is an area of which doesn’t get touched. This is the bit that Raleigh Chem-Dry can get to. Here breeds mold & fungus, mites, dust and any other number of unwanted health hazards can be found. Raleigh Chem-Dry is able to eliminate these health hazards for you, leaving your carpets fresh and clean.

4. Odors and Smells
Carpets can smell. They are at the bottom of each an every room in your home and as such, everything settles here. With regular traffic, all those crumbs, spills, dirt and dust simply disappear into the pile. With our superior carpet cleaning knowledge, we can get rid of all the nasty smells which arise from a dirty carpet. Things like pet stains and food spill, as well as general wear and tear all, add to the odor problem which occurs within the carpet and just cleaning them doesn’t solve the problem. All the scrubbing in the world or off the shelf cleaning products will not get rid of these nasty smells. The majority of products you see in retail stores will only mask the smell for a very short period of time whereas Raleigh Chem-Dry in Raleigh, North Carolina can eliminate them all together with a combination of high powered cleaning technology and solutions.

5. Extend the Life of Your Carpet
Through routine cleaning and maintenance, you can count on the life of your carpet being extended for any number of years depending on the quality and frequency of cleanings. The carpet in your home is just as much of an asset as the paint on your walls, if not more so given the constant traffic.

6. Improve Your Comfort
You probably know the feeling you get when your house is freshly cleaned from top to bottom. It’s much more comfortable when you have a clean house and carpet. A clean carpet smells fresh and leaves the house with that new house smell and feeling. A freshly cleaned carpet feels so much better to walk on with bare feet. Once cleaned, it’s up to you to take care of the vacuuming and keep that smell and freshness alive as long as possible.

7. Increase the Aesthetics of Your Home
There is nothing worse than walking into a home with a dirty and unkept carpet. It looks bad and can smell bad too. Having your carpets professionally cleaned by Raleigh Chem-Dry can give your carpets that ‘like new’ look and feel again.

8. Get the Job Done Right the First Time
One of the major concerns with cleaning a carpet yourself is that it rarely gets done right the first time. We often encounter scenarios where a person cleans their carpet only to contact us to professionally clean the same carpet a week later. You can avoid this and get the job done right the first time. Save yourself the time and money that you could spend on low quality rented cleaners which don’t do anything else than wet the carpet.

9. Eliminate Stains and Maintain Appearance
If your carpet is stained heavily you can count that a professional will get a high percentage of the stains out where as a DIY clean probably won’t. Here at Raleigh Chem-Dry we have years of experience in dealing with stains and can identify and adapt our cleaning techniques to suit your specific scenario. Carpet cleaning is more complex than what most people realize. If you are not careful and use the wrong type of product on a stain you could very well end up ruining your carpet and cause more damage.

10. Relax Knowing That Your Carpet is In Good Hands
Sit back and relax while Raleigh Chem-Dry takes care of the job for you. There is nothing better than knowing that a professional is doing a job that a rental cleaner simply cannot match.

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