What’s an area rug, anyway? The best definition we’ve found is that they’re movable carpets with finished edges. They’re smaller than carpeting, which means they’re often high quality and expensive Persian or Oriental area rugs. Your area rug can just as easily be made of inexpensive rayon—often used because of its silk-like appearance. They need special cleaning care, no matter what they’re made of.
Does the fabric on your furniture look dull or even like it’s worn? Microscopic dust particles are to blame. They have jagged edges—just like knives. They’re scratching the fibers of your upholstery. Having your furniture professionally cleaned at the same as your carpets isn’t an extra expense. It’s a wise investment.
Not all stains are created equal. To complicate things further substances that cause stains react differently to different kinds of fibers. Attempting to clean stains on your carpet, area rugs, or upholstery can cause even more damage if you don’t know what you’re doing. Many household cleaning products contain alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, or even bleach. If these are applied on certain fabrics, you can actually burn the fibers and ruin the color.
We have a love/hate relationship with grout. It has an important job. Grout locks tiles tight, and it prevents water and dirt from getting in between the tiles. Grout also makes floors stronger by binding the tiles together and preventing their edges from cracking or chipping. Unfortunately, grout is not easy to keep clean.
We love our pets, but sometimes they have indoor accidents. Pet stains on your carpet or on any kind of flooring are nasty to get rid of and even nastier if you don’t. The problem with a few pet accidents is that they hardly seem like a reason to call in a professional cleaner. The next thing you know, you’ve spent more trying to do it yourself.
The most important thing to know about water damage is that the sooner you bring in professionals, the less costly it’s doing to be. Water spreads fast. It’s absorbed into your carpet, and furniture as well as your floors and walls. The damage begins in less than an hour.
Carpets are soft and comfortable. Wood floors are beautiful and can be easier to keep free of the soil that can make carpets look dull. While wood floors may offer less cleaning time for you, they must be professionally cleaned if you want to maintain the beauty and luster that first attracted you to the look.
We’ve been in love with this type of flooring since the 1920s, when it was accidentally discovered by a scientist looking for a rubber substitute. Vinyl is also known as polyvinyl-chloride, or PVC. Vinyl flooring has largely replaced linoleum because it has a greater brightness and translucency. It’s also far less flammable. While it’s got a reputation for taking a beating and still looking great, you can extend the beauty of your vinyl floors by having them professionally cleaned and conditioned.