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Professional Carpet Cleaner or DIY

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We are a big believer in doing it yourself, however there really are some things that should be left to the professionals.

My carpet is only a year old, it is not even dirty.

Why should I clean it? If you wait until your carpet looks dirty, your carpet might be damaged. The microscopic soil on the carpet that your vacuum doesn’t get to is ground into the fibers of your carpet just by walking on it. The grinding will wear down the carpet fibers.  Also, microscopic pollen and dust mites build up in the carpet as well. Just for you own respiratory health the EPA recommends that a two person non-smoking household has the carpet cleaned every 6-12 months. If you have smokers or more family members, than it should be cleaned even more often.

I’ll just do it myself.

You can rent a machine at grocery stores and hardware stores. These days you can even buy your own.  However, like most things, this comes with risk. These machines put out a lot of water, and it is easy to over wet the carpet. The machine just cannot extract enough water back out. This increases your drying time and could damage the backing of the carpet and possibly allow mold and mildew to grow.

The cleaning solutions and stain removers they sell can also be risky. Some of them are too harsh and are very hard to rinse. Leaving cleaning solution behind will actually make the carpet soil quicker.  You’ll find your times between cleanings could get shorter and shorter.

Using Carpet Deodorizers

It has become common in the stores to sell powdered carpet deodorizers. It looks so simple. A sprinkle here, a sprinkle there. The problem here is that they usually contain talcum powder and it is impossible to vacuum it all up. It clings to the carpet fibers and it does not dissolve in water. When you clean your carpets again with water, you can leave behind a paste of white stains.

When to Call a Profession Carpet Cleaner or when to DIY

Heavy Cleaning

Leave the regular normal cleaning to the professional carpet cleaners. Their equipment is more powerful and they are trained. They will not over wet the carpet and their equipment extracts a lot more water out of the carpet. They have specialized cleaning heads and wands to do a better job of getting out the dirt and leave your carpet feeling and looking its best.

Spot and Spills

For spot cleaning, we do suggest using a small wet vacuum to remove liquid from the carpet surface. This helps especially with pet accidents. Usually you can get small spills up quickly and take care of them yourself. See our Spot and Stain guide. However, there are times when the spill is just too big or stubborn and will not come up. Do you best to blot it up and call in the professional carpet cleaner in Mclean, Virginia.

Pumpkins and Carpets


Pumpkins are everywhere right now! Maybe even on your carpet.  It is the season and if you have not carved a pumpkin yet, you probably will soon.  What happens if your toddler gets a bit too enthusiastic and spreads some seeds and fibrous stands on the carpet? We all know a toddler can out run the fastest parent alive, but do not let it spoil the fun.

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Fireplace and Carpet

fireplace and carpet

Fireplace safety is something to think about now, before you build your first fire of the season and snuggle down in front of it. You should do an inspection of the fireplace yourself and call a pro to get that chimney cleaned. They can do a proper inspection and make sure it is in proper working order for the fall and winter seasons.

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Fall Leaves Tracking in the House

Fall Leaves

I had a friend ask me the other day, “How do I get the husband and kids to stop tracking the fall leaves in the house and on the floors?” Sadly, there is no magic fix but there are some steps you can take to help.

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Winterize Your Outdoor Faucet

outdoor faucet

Your outdoor faucet is one of the things you should think about inspecting and winterizing now. As autumn has arrived in Northern Virginia, so have the cooler nights and a hard freeze is surely just around the corner.

Your outdoor faucet can be called by various names.  It can be called a hose bib, a sill cock or a wall hydrant as well as a faucet and as my momma says, “Spigot”.

Some of today’s newer homes come with new “freeze proof” faucets. These faucets extend farther back inside the house where it is warmer and therefore should not freeze. However, even these faucets can benefit from some easy maintenance.

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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.

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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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