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Pet Vomit on Carpet

Pet Vomit

Pet vomit will stain quickly so clean it up as soon as you notice it. It is not a pleasant subject, but no matter how careful you are, pets do get sick or eat something they should not. The favorite spot to get rid of it always seems to be the carpet.  When this happens, try to take care of it as soon as possible.

Pet Vomit – What to Do

Gently scrape up as much as possible using a dust pan or something with a dull edge. Using something sharp could damage your carpet. If small bits are stuck to the carpet, add a little bit of water to loosen them and scoop them up as well.

Once you have the solid mess picked up, try to blot up as much of the liquid as possible.  Do not rub it, just keep blotting it with a clean paper towel or white cloth until nothing else comes up.

Now cover the remaining pet vomit with backing soda and let it sit for about 15 minutes. The baking soda will absorb more of the surface liquid. Vacuum up the baking soda and repeat the process if needed.

If you just can’t get it clean then call in the professionals here in Northern Virginia. 

If your dog or cat vomits often be sure to consult your vet.

Pet Vomit – What Not to Do

Do not use force when blotting or scraping the mess up. You could damage the carpet fibers.

Some people recommend using Oxy products to clean vomit stains. We do not as it can actually bleach the carpet and does not help with the odors.

Do not use vinegar. There is a lot of talk about the wonders of vinegar and it certainly deserves it. However, do not use vinegar on a fresh stain. Vinegar can set the stain in the carpet, similar to how it sets the dye on Easter eggs.

Some Notes

Using a wet vacuum may remove liquid from the surface, but not deep down. Wetting the carpet will make it spread even more.

We do suggest using baking soda but it will only absorb what is on the surface, a larger percentage of the liquid is down in the carpet and possibly the padding. It is still good to use to absorb the top layer.

Call a professional carpet cleaner in Northern Virginia to get your carpet thoroughly cleaned.

Fall Allergy Season

Fall allergy season

For some of us, autumn is the allergy season. Forget about spring. We find all sorts of things are upsetting our respiratory systems at this time of year. The most common causes for allergies this time of year are mold, ragweed and dust mites.

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Filtration Soiling

filtration soiling

Filtration Soiling – What is it?

Those ugly dark lines along the edges of the carpet, what is it? You’ve vacuumed regularly.  You have even paid special attention to the baseboard and the edges of the carpet, but the edges still look dirty or discolored. It is not your fault. It is natural process that happens over time.

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Back to School Carpet Tips

Back to School Carpet Cleaning Tips

Back to school means different things to people. No matter who you are, the beginning of a new school year brings various emotions. One thing everyone will have in common is the new cleaning challenges that back to school will bring.

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Wax on Carpet

Wax on Carpet

Spilled wax on carpets isn’t fun for anyone. As summer winds down and autumn nears the stores are bringing out candles in harvest scents. It is hard to resist the comforting fragrance and glow of candlelight. What do you do when you happen to spill some wax on your carpet though?

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VOC and Carpets

Air Quality - VOC

VOC: What is it?

If you have been shopping for new carpet you may have seen tags saying “low VOC” or something similar. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds.  If you are like me, when you see the word “organic” you think it means good things. In this case it doesn’t mean healthy food. This has to do with air quality. Everything gives off gases naturally or “organically”. The higher the VOC, the more gases are given off. The new car smell is from VOC and so is the new carpet smell, adhesive smells etc.

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Berber Carpet

Berber Carpet

Berber Carpet – What is is?

Berber carpet is one of the most popular carpets on the market today.  It is made by looping the yarns through the carpet backing. It is very durable and spill resistant. It can be made of nylon, olefin, polyester or wool. The wool and nylon versions have a cushiony feel and are comfortable.

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Wet Carpet

Rain and Wet Carpet

Yesterday’s rain here in Northern Virginia had people reaching for umbrellas and listening to flash flood alerts. For some, it also meant a wet carpet.  While prevention is the best thing to do, sometimes things happen that are out of our control.

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Frieze Carpet – What is it?

frieze carpet

Frieze is a style of carpet. The fiber strands are highly twisted and curl on themselves. It can be one solid color or have specks for color.

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Paint Spills on Carpet

paint spill on carpet

I have a paint spill!

This is the time of year when people like to paint. A lot of people relocate in the summer months and that means painting the current home and the new home. Whether the home owner is doing the painting or they have hired a professional, accidents still happen.

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