Tag Archive for Carpet Cleaning

Dark Carpet in Front of Sofa

Dark Carpet

Dark Carpet in front of the sofa is a common problem. It looks darker or worn even after cleaning. What’s going on?

The area in front of furniture is one of the spots that gets the most foot traffic. Even if your family takes their shoes off before coming inside, you probably do not ask your guests to remove their shoes. Dark Carpet can result.

When you walk or sit at the same spot repeatedly, the shoes rub against the carpet fibers. This wears them down. Soil on shoes is abrasive and it grinds on the carpet. Repeatedly doing this will damage the carpet. The carpet seems darker in that area.

When you have your carpets clean and certain areas still look a bit darker you might wonder if they got all the soil.  Chances are the cleaners got it all; those areas are worn.  New carpet fibers reflect light. They are round and smooth. Continual wear and rubbing will grind away the smooth surface. Think of a shiny piece of plastic that has been sanded with sandpaper; the shine is gone and it no longer does the best job of reflecting the light. Your carpet is the same.

What can you do to prevent Dark Carpet spots?


Dark Carpet – Remove Shoes

Have the family remove the shoes when entering the home. Use light colored slippers or socks in the house. Fibers from socks and slippers wear down too and are left behind in your carpet or furniture, so light colors are the best choice.

Door Mats

It is practical to ask guests to remove their shoes. Make sure you have mats at the doors that will help trap some of the soil from the shoes.

Traffic Patterns

Change the traffic patterns Second move the furniture around. Everything will wear out over time but you can extend the life of your carpet by changing the high traffic areas.

Clean Carpets Regularly

Keep soiling from building up and further breaking down your carpet fibers by having it cleaning professionally on a regular basis. Give us a call for your carpet cleaning needs in Clifton, Virginia.


Chocolate and Carpets


Chocolate is very popular during the holidays. Everything seems to be covered in chocolate these days. Nothing is better than a cup of hot chocolate on a cold evening. Here are some tips in taking care of chocolate spills.

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Cranberry Sauce and Carpets

cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving dinner staple. No table is complete without it. Those gorgeous red berries add such a splash of color to holiday table. But what happens if someone makes a splash by spilling them on your carpet? No fear, with a bit of quick thinking and work you can get that carpet back to normal.

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Extend Your Carpet Life

Dark Carpet

There are several things you can do to extend your carpet life.

Keep dirt outside!

Have mats at all entrances to catch the dirt and moisture on your shoes. Shoes pick up everything. Place mats outside and inside the doorways. Be sure to clean the mats regular or they won’t be able to absorb anything.

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Carpet Cleaning and Health

Carpet Cleaning and Health

Carpet cleaning can be beneficial to your health. If you suffer from allergies to dust and mites, the effects are year round.

Carpet Cleaning and Health – Reduce Dust Mites

Dust builds up in only a few days. It is never ending. Dust is made up of dirt but also from the dead skin you and your pets naturally shed. Dust mites love it! They feast on the dead skin. You probably aren’t allergic to the dust mite, but to the fecal matter they drop. Thousands of dust mites can live in your furniture, carpet and bedding.

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DIY Carpet Cleaning Risks

Dark Carpet

Most of us are very interested in “Do It yourself”. DIY is everywhere. It can be great, but DIY Carpet Cleaning does have its risks.

It is very tempting to try to do it yourself. After all, you can rent the machines in so many places. You can even buy your own machine for fairly reasonable prices now.  It must be a good idea, right?

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Carpet Cleaning and Supermarket Products

carpet cleaning and supermarket products

When you spill something on your carpet, your first instincts are probably wrong! A typical response is to grab a towel and start rubbing it. Ouch! No! The next response is to get something from the grocery store or mega store to clean it. Again, ouch!

Never rub a spill.  Grabbing a clean white towel is good, but blot the spill, don’t rub it. If you rub it, you are probably spreading it and pushing it deeper into the carpet pile. Just blot it, letting the cloth absorb it.

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Vacuuming Mistakes

Vacuum Cleaner

Did you know you can make vacuuming mistakes? Most people are concerned when it comes to buying a vacuum. You read reviews and want the best you can get. Did you know that if make these mistakes, even the best rated vacuum cannot do the job properly?

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Ink on Carpet

ink on carpet

You have ink on carpet! Why does it seem it is always a dark color that is spilled on a light colored carpet?

Ink on Carpet – First Step

Always act quickly. Blot it with a dry cloth or paper towel.  Do not rub, just blot it and get as much up as you can that way.

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Kitty Litter on Carpet

Kitty Litter on Carpet

One of the most annoying parts of being a cat owner must be the litter box. My cat seems to take great pride in tracking the litter to the carpet and then shaking it off her feet. There must be a better way to deal with this. Here are some tips I’ve found.

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