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Carpet in the home provides a great level of comfort and appeal to home owners. Not only does it create a warm and welcoming environment, but it also provides a comfortable walking surface for bare feet. Carpet is a great flooring option because it can last for year when it is properly cleaned and cared for. Some carpet may need a little extra care and attention after years of use including needing to be stretched. Carpet is commonly held down to your home’s subfloor by tack strips along the floor’s edge. Through regular everyday wear and tear, these tack strips can get worn and the carpet can pull loose. This is a great time to call a professional to come look at your carpet and find out what your options are for proper repair methods.

Carpet Cuts

One of the more common carpet issues that require your carpet to be stretched is a carpet cut. It is possible that your carpet has experienced a cut or other type of damage to the base structure. If the carpet’s base is damaged in a large area, then the surrounding carpet will most likely become loose. Searching your carpet for any cuts may seem like a never ending task, but if you have carpet that appears to be loose, begin looking in that area. A flashlight sometimes comes in handy to look deep into your carpets pile when searching for any cuts.

Lumps & Wrinkles in Carpet

Another common sign your carpet will give you that it is in need of stretching are any visible lumps or wrinkles. Years of use will sometimes result in a lump or wrinkle on your carpet’s surface, these areas are usually very easy to spot. Even if you are not looking at your carpet, you may know of an area that you get tripped up on or stumble across from time to time because the carpet is slightly raised in a particular area of your home. Lumps and wrinkles can occur when heavy pieces of furniture are pulled or dragged across your floor. Heavy traffic areas in your home can also result in carpet lumps and wrinkles.

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Inspect the edges of your carpet throughout your home; the carpet’s edges should appear to be affixed to the room’s edges. If there are small gaps between the room’s edge and the edge of your carpet, then it is time to contact a professional and have your carpet stretched and repaired. Carpet Care 2000 is skilled and experienced when it comes to carpet stretching. Contact Carpet Care 2000 today to have your carpet looking like new again.

The fall season is the time of year that we start the celebrations. The start to the fun is in the month of October and it is Halloween. This is a time that is one of the most fun moments in a child’s life. They get to dress up in a fun or scary costume and go around to each house collecting pieces of candy. Families have a great time coming up with costumes for each member and some of them even get a theme that all the member’s use. The best way to really make the costume stand out is the addition of makeup or face paint. You can add a mustache or beard if you are a cowboy. You can add some white to the face when you dress as a clown and black around the eyes to make the zombie costume even scarier. If you are a vampire you will need some red to make the blood look real. Kids love being able to add the face makeup, but because they are not used to it being on their face, they may not be very careful with it. When they are waiting for the time to start trick or treating, they might rub there face and then touch the carpet. They could lay on the couch to sort some early candy and leave a face paint mark on the carpet. This is not a fun kind of stain to clean.

Carpet Care 2000 has the best way to get this make up out of your carpets!

The first thing that you need to do when it really comes to any kind of stain is to start to remove the paint that is in excess. This can be done with your fingers, or a rag and you need to carefully pickup any pieces. After you have done that, you need to find a rag that is white to be sure that the chemicals in the makeup don’t react with the colored rag and make the stain even worse. The white rag needs to be soaked in cleaner. You can use a dry cleaner fluid to soak the rag, or you can use a carpet cleaner that you have already tested on your carpets previously. After you have soaked the rag make sure that you lay the soaked rag on the spot and let it sit of up to five minutes. After the five minutes you can move the rag and use it to dab at the spot. After the spot has been blotted clean you can use a fresh rag with clean water to rinse the area.

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If the above steps do not remove the makeup or face paint stains or you just don’t want to tackle this messy yourself, contact Carpet Care 2000!

Restaurants are like no other business when it comes to the heavy task of keeping floors clean. Restaurants can have every type of flooring installed, whether it is tile, carpet, wood or concrete, they all endure the day to day grind of restaurant life with heavy foot traffic and food spills occurring all of the time. Carpet has great traction, acoustical factors and aesthetic appeal but can get dirty and sticky. It is important for tiled kitchen, restroom and wet bar areas to be free from slip hazard spills. Of course every restaurant patron expects to be eating at a place that is clean and if the floor appears to be dirty then it leads customers thinking what else around the place is not up to the cleanliness par. Running a restaurant takes a great deal of time and energy, and keeping the floors clean is a big part of running a clean and successful establishment.

Cleaning Grease & Soil Buildup from Restaurant Floors

Restaurants have more grease and soil floating around than any other type of business. With food and drinks everywhere added to the heavy foot traffic that is moving in and out all day long, the grease and soil build up can happen so quickly and make your restaurant floor appear to be filthy in a very short amount of time. Installing quality walk off mats at strategic locations will ensure that most dirt does not get tracked all over the restaurant.

Daily Mopping & Vacuuming Restaurant Floors

Restaurant tile floors should be mopped every night after closing to provide the cleanest and most sanitary environment. One common mistake that restaurant employees make when mopping is not using clean water throughout the entire mopping process. If you are not mopping your floor with clean water, then you are only spreading the grease, soil and dirt around the floor, instead of cleaning it off of the floor’s surface. Changing out the water during the mopping process is essential to having a clean floor for the next day of business. The best way to keep your restaurant’s floor spotless, sanitary and pleasing to your customer’s eye is to hire a professional to get the job done right.

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When a restaurant fails to clean its floors properly, grease and soil can build up very quickly. Old grease, dirt and food particles will eventually collect and stick together. This creates a disgusting black lump of buildup that is spread across the floor of your restaurant. This black gunk that builds up from all of the materials that are floating around the restaurant can get stuck in your grout, carpet, cracks and next to the restaurant’s baseboards. Cleaning your restaurant floors regularly will help to prevent this build up and keep your patrons from wondering what it is that is growing on the floor. Contact Carpet Care 2000 to clean your restaurant’s floor and keep it looking like new every day.

When you go furniture shopping, you can spend weeks looking for the perfect sofa, chair or other piece that will fit into your home perfectly and satisfy your taste in décor. Furniture is a big part of providing comfort to your home and creating a welcoming environment. The perfect sofa can be a place to relax and watch the game, take a nap or enjoy a movie. At the same time you want your furniture to appear fresh, clean and new. With the everyday wear and tear that your furniture endures, it can be difficult to keep it looking clean. Keeping your upholstery free from food spills, dust and pet dander can be difficult if you do not know what you are doing.

Carpet Care 2000 has prepared some simple steps you can take to keep your upholstered furniture in good shape and last much longer.


Follow Manufacturers Guidelines to Clean Upholstery

There are common mistakes that home owners often make when it comes to cleaning their upholstery. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines that are normally listed on a tag that is attached to the piece of furniture. Take the time to locate this tag and read it very carefully. You may learn that specific types of cleaners can actually damage your furniture’s upholstery. Using your own methods before doing any type of research may end up doing more harm than good.

Proper Upholstery Cleaning Products

Using the proper cleaning products is very important when it comes to upholstery cleaning. Every sofa is different, and every upholstery contains different materials that can stand up to certain cleaners and at the same time may be damaged from other cleaners. It is most important to be sure you have purchased the correct type of cleaner before you use it on your furniture. Before you begin to clean your upholstery, perform a test on a small patch of your furniture, this will allow you to see how effective the cleaner is. If it causes any type of damage and how much you need to use. Always test your cleaners first.

Professional Sofa, Couch & Upholstery Cleaning in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House & Danville California

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to properly cleaning their upholstery is not hiring a professional like Carpet Care 2000 to do the job. We can easily get the spots, stains, water damage or fire damage out of your upholstery. Not only will we get your furniture completely clean, but we will do it in less time that it would take you, saving you much time and energy with a much greater result. If your upholstery is in need of cleaning, contact Carpet Care 2000 today.

If you are just looking at your carpet can you tell if you have carpet beetles? You actually cannot. They are not easily seen if you were to just look but there are some small hints that you may have a carpet beetle infestation. A carpet beetle is a small beetle that is usually black or brown. They are known as a carpet beetle because they feed on carpet fibers, but they also feed on clothes and furniture too.

Carpet Care 2000 has a list of signs you have carpet beetles and how to get rid of them.

Bald Spots: This is a serious sign that you have an infestation of these little critters. You may notice in a corner or a darker spot on the carpet that the fibers are starting to look a little thin and maybe even bald. This is because the beetles have been feasting away on the fibers. They are able to digest the fibers as part of their diet. They usually want a part of the carpet that may have some moisture. If you live somewhere that has some humidity you may be having a run in with these critters at some point.
Wood Like Shavings: If you start to notice a small pile of shavings that look a lot like wood pieces you could have a new infestation of carpet beetles. These shaving are actually the casing that the larvae emerges from when they hatch. They will come out of their egg and leave the casing usually on top of the carpet. They are all born around the same time so you usually will see several of them at once. They are most likely to be found under a piece of furniture.

Professional Carpet Beetle Infestation Removal & Carpet Shampoo Cleaning in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House & Danville California

What can you do? If you have found that you are indeed infested with carpet beetles then you need to act fast. The problem that occurs if you leave them alone is that they will immediately cause damage to your carpet fibers that cannot be reversed. The best method to treat carpet beetles and have them removed from your home is to hire a professional carpet cleaner like Carpet Care 2000 to come out and use their professional grade tools. The suction that is offered on our powerful truck mounted equipment can remove carpet beetles as well as their casings and larvae. If you have caught them too late and there is already damage done to the carpet you may need to have the carpet repaired by having it patched. In addition to quality floor and upholstery cleaning, Carpet Care 2000 also offers expert carpet repairs and restoration services. Contact us today!

When a child is woken in the night with a stomach ache they may not be able to make it to a toilet to vomit. This is a stain and mess that no one wants the task of cleaning up. Most of the time when someone vomits, the mess is not cleaned immediately and is usually second to tending the child, person or pet that has gotten sick. As with any stain or spill the longer it sits on the carpet the harder the stain is to remove.

Vomit has a two part process when it comes to cleaning it and Carpet Care 2000 has prepared a guide on what those are and how to clean it up.

Cleaning Unknown Stains from Carpet, Upholstery & Mattresses: When it comes to cleaning vomit you are up against an unknown substance. You know it is vomit, but each time it the contents could be something else. Whatever the person has had in their stomach is now what is on the carpet. It could be red juice or any type of food that could be very acidic and cause some damage to the carpet fibers. The first part of vomit is that it is a stain that usually has sat for a small amount of time. This is bad for just about any kind of stain including vomit. The second part of the cleanup process is the odor that comes with vomit.
Removing Vomit from Carpet, Upholstery & Mattresses: Here is what you can do to help treat the vomit from your carpet or fabric surface. The worst part is that you need to clear up any excess vomit that is laying on the carpet. This means that you will need to use something like a dust pan to pick up what you can. After you have removed the excess vomit off the ground you can start to treat the actual spot. The best way to start is to take a pile of rags or towels that are old and you can blot the area. Do not scrub at the area because you want to be sure you are not pushing the stain deeper. You should then start with the treatment of the odor. You can do this by adding a coat of baking soda or cornstarch. This will remove any excess liquid that is being soaked into the fibers and padding. It is best to let the area sit for 10 – 15 minutes to allow it to work all the way. After the allotted time you can run the vacuum over the area to remove the excess cornstarch or baking soda. You should then start to clean the actual stain with whatever kind of cleaner you use normally.

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If you find that this is not enough to remove the stain you will need to contact a professional carpet cleaner like Carpet Care 2000 for help.

With school back in session and the kids coming into contact with all sorts of germs, it is important to take a concentrated effort on washing hands and keeping bacteria, viruses and other germs as far away from your home as possible. While clean hands are a great start to keeping harmful germs away from you and your family, there are other areas that you should concern yourself with keeping clean. Your carpet can be one of the biggest hosts to a large amount of bacteria that is settling into your home. While vacuuming and dusting are great daily chores to fight against dirt build up, your carpet requires extra TLC to avoid bacteria sinking into your home.

Norovirus Bacteria in Carpet

There are a few common types of bacteria that are great at hiding out on the surface of your carpet and can cause a great deal of discomfort to you and your family. Norovirus is probably the most common bacteria that linger on the surface of carpet in homes today. Norovirus, also known as the Norwalk Virus, causes symptoms that are similar to food poisoning and the stomach flu. The Norovirus can survive on the surface of your carpet for four to six weeks, and it becomes airborne as people walk or roll across it.

Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteria on Carpets & Matresses

One of the stronger bacteria that can strongly survive on the surface of your carpet is the staphylococcus aureus bacteria. These bacteria can withstand penicillin and can run rampant on the surface of your carpet or even on your mattress. If you have an athlete in the home, then the chances of this bacteria showing up in your home are quite high. Staph bacteria can be brought home in a gym bag or on the surface of athletic shoes. This bacterium can cause red bumps all over the skin that are extremely painful, which can grow into a more severe rash and cause fever.

Professional Carpet Cleaning to Remove Bacteria & Mold in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House & Danville California

Not only can your carpet fall victim to many different types of bacteria, but it can also be invaded by mold and fungi. When moisture is tracked into your home and forced into your carpet, mold will grow and can spread quickly if not cleaned properly. To lessen the amount of bacteria that sinks into your carpet, place rugs over high traffic areas throughout your home. Most importantly, have your carpets cleaned by a professional at least twice a year. Contact Carpet Care 2000 for professional carpet cleaning service that will leave your carpet clean and bacteria free.

When you wake up or come home and find that your water heater has malfunctioned, or a storm has flooded your street you start thinking quickly about your most valuable possessions. This is probably photos, books and furniture that are hard to replace. After the chaos of a flood hits and you start to settle down you start to think about getting your house back to what it was. One of the things in a home that is usually damaged the most and seems to be a total lost cause is the carpets.

Carpet Care 2000 has answers for you when deciding if your carpet can be saved.

What kind of water damaged your carpet?

This is the first thing that you need to think about. There are several types of water that can contaminate your carpets. One type is a clean type of water that has little to no contamination in it. Then there is a second level of contamination that includes water that has come from a storm and has dirt and debris from outside. This can carry more bacteria that can start to fester and grow on your carpets. Then there is even worse level of contamination and that is usually when a toilet or sewer backs up and spills out onto the carpeting. This usually will be infested with lots of bacteria that can be hard to recover from.

Can my Carpet be Fixed?

As long as your carpet has been flooded by one of the first two types of water damage you can still save the carpet. If the carpet has been flooded by the last level of water you may still be able to save it but a professional will have to come out and determine it for certain.

How to Fix Carpet?

A professional will need to come out and look at the amount of damage. The carpet can be saved the sooner it starts to get worked on, so be sure that you call someone right away. The professional carpet cleaner will come and remove the excess water with a powerful vacuum and leave large fans that can help to dry the rest of the carpet. Once it is dry, it will need to be processed with a specialized cleaning and deodorizing program.

Professional Water & Flood Damage Restoration; Water Extraction, Drying, Carpet Cleaning & Deodorizing in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House & Danville California

If you have a flood or water damage in your home and want to save your carpets call Carpet Care 2000 today for an appointment.

Carpet & Rug Cleaning

There are two categories of carpet cleaning methods. There is Steam Cleaning or Hot Water Extraction and there is the Low Moisture method often called Dry Cleaning. We offer both services but we prefer Steam Cleaning which is the most recommended by carpet manufacturers. Truck Mounted Steam Cleaning also removes the most soil and leaves the carpet the cleanest.

Oriental Rug Cleaning

Oriental rugs are beautiful works of art which should not trust just any one to clean. Just as art restoration is a science so too is the meticulous cleaning of Oriental rug restoration. So careful is the process that we need to bring in these beautifully woven masterpieces to our shop to ensure proper care. We will come to your home, carefully remove the antique rug from the premises and expertly transport it to our facility.

Upholstery Cleaning

Carpet Care 2000 is well equipped to handle all your upholstery cleaning needs. Usually performed on site in your home or office we come with all the equipment needed to take care of your fabric covered furniture. We place blankets on the floor to protect your furnishings and clean the furniture in place or set it outside on a deck, porch or garage when advantageous.

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