Is carpet bad for people with allergies? No, multiple studies have not found any link between carpets, allergies or asthma attacks. Carpets actually act as a filter and trap allergens, keeping them out of the air. The carpet filters and traps dust mites, pet dander, dust, mold, dirt, pollen and other allergens. Just think of your carpet as a giant furnace filter. It needs to be cleaned regularly to get rid of the dirt and allergens and keep it working efficiently. Regular cleaning of your giant carpet “filter” can actually help.
Spring has arrived in Northern Virginia. In spite of the snowfall this week, the robins have returned and are busy building their nests. It is time to start thinking about spring cleaning.
Spring Clean Door Mats
It is time to give those door mats a thorough cleaning or even replace them if they are worn. They will continue to protect your floors during the spring showers and pollen season.
The March lion came roaring in. Weather forecasters predict the rest of this week to be below normal temperatures. Forecasters here in Northern Virginia say we will stay 5 to 10 degrees below normal for this week at least.
March Lion and Carpet Cleaning
People often ask if they should wait until better weather to have their carpets cleaned. People worry that the technicians will track in slush and road chemicals on their shoes and equipment.
It happens to us all. We have a clumsy day and spill something on our beautiful carpet. Here are a few quick guidelines for spot cleaning carpet spills. Fairfax Carpet Cleaning
Blot Liquid Carpet Spills
Do not rub on a spill! If you do, you push it further into the carpet and spread it, actually making it bigger and you can cause the carpet fibers to mat. Blot it. Quickly cover the spill with cloth or paper towels. Dab it, once the towel is wet, get a clean one and keep repeating this. If you aren’t getting anything up, press down on the clean towel. If you have a wet-dry vacuum you can use that first.
If high traffic areas on carpet are a point of frustration, there are some steps you can take to help.
Doormats for High Traffic Areas
The first step would be to place doormats at all entry points. The second, and most controversial, is to have a “no shoes allowed” rule. Shoes accumulate and carry all kinds of debris on them, so taking them off at the entry way before walking on the high traffic areas on carpet makes sense, but not everyone is comfortable without shoes. The doormat will at least help take some of it off. You can also use area rugs in high traffic areas to help.
Best Carpet Cleaner in Northern VA
Mighty Clean Carpet Care was thrilled to win this prestigious award from Angie’s List. Mighty Clean had previously received the Super Service Award for 2013, which made us eligible for the 2013 Best Contractors List. Angie’s List uses several different criteria to determine the candidates for this award. Our customers have consistently given us great reviews for both residential and commercial carpet cleaning, allowing us to achieve and maintain an overall rating of A grades. Our customers put us in the top 1 percent nationwide which made us eligible for Best Contractor Award.
Wool - A top choice of rug makers, great in high traffic areas, soft and comfortable underfoot. Although it can be found in a flatweave, it is usually a thicker rug than others. Wool raised in higher altitudes or New Zealand wool tends to be made with the strongest fibers. Wool must be professionally cleaned and is prone to shedding.
Cotton - Cotton rugs are usually braided or flatweaves. Cotton dyes easily so they offer a wide range of colors. It is a popular choice because it is more casual and more affordable. Though it is softer, it tends to be less durable than seagrass, jute, and sisal rugs. Most of the time cotton rugs are machine washable.
If you have light carpet, you have probably noticed the dark lines that appear on the edge of the carpet. These black edges are known as filtration soiling. This happens because as air passes through the carpet this microscopic soil is “filtered” out and left in the carpet (hence the name filtration). Over a significant period of time this soil builds up in areas where air is able to pass through the carpet, most commonly around the border of carpeted rooms and under doorways.
Vacuum for Carpet Maintenance
Vacuuming is one of the most important things to do to maintain your carpet. If the carpet is in a high traffic area it should be vacuumed daily. Other areas should be vacuumed one or two times a week. Vacuum slowly, giving the vacuum time to pick up the soils. Vacuum in different directions to allow the carpet to be approached from different angles.
If you or your kids ever dropped chewing gum on the carpet? If so, you know how quickly it can stick. With a little patience, these tips can help you resolve the issue and have your carpeting looking as good as new.
1) Fill a plastic bag that zips tightly with ice at least the size of the gum spot.
2) Make sure and seal the plastic bag all the way.