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The New Year is just around the corner and many homes have already begun to put their holiday decorations away and prepare for another year. This time of year is great for making New Year’s resolutions and goals to start anew, with determination and focus on everything a new year has to offer. One obstacle that will stand in the way of accomplishing these new goals is getting sick. Flu season is in full swing and if you haven’t had it yet, you are probably nervously anticipating the first person in your home to mention they are not feeling well.

Professional Carpet Cleaning Helps Prevent the Flu!

Flu season does motivate families to do all they can to keep safe and as far away from any illness as possible. Getting flu shots and encouraging the kids to wash their hands as often as they can remember to, are both ways to avoid the flu; however, they are not full proof. Nothing really is, but there are additional steps to take that you may not have considered when keeping your family healthy throughout the flu season. One of the best ways to prevent the flu from lingering within your home is to have your carpets professionally cleaned.

Deep Carpet Steam Cleaning Removes Bacteria & Germs

While having your carpets cleaned may at first sound like a crazy way to keep you and your family healthy this time of year, consider these few facts about your carpet and the types of bacteria that can thrive within its fibers. Many types of viruses, bacteria and allergens can live in your carpet fibers. One of the most prevalent viruses that live in carpets is the Norovirus. The Norovirus is the type of virus responsible for the stomach flu. The Norovirus can survive in your carpet for over a month, becoming air borne when people walk across the carpet. One of the most frustrating experiences is to have your family just getting over the stomach flu and then having it resurface once again for another round of vomiting and frequent bathroom visits.

Professional Deep Steam Carpet Cleaning, Stain, Contaminant & Allergen Removal in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Ripon & Mountain House California.

Contact Carpet Care 2000 to come to your home and professionally clean your carpets, removing bacteria, viruses and allergens that will harm you or your family. Not only is Norovirus a popular enemy to find in carpet fibers, but also Micrococcus, Campylobacter, mold and fungus are other offenders to your family’s health and well being. Keep your family healthy and prepare for a successful New Year by having Carpet Care 2000 clean your carpets and eliminate harmful bacteria from your home.

Carpet is the most common floor covering that home owners choose when deciding what type of floor to install. Carpet provides comfort and comes in a variety of colors, textures and lengths. Carpet is not only the most popular flooring option but it is also one of the most difficult flooring options to take care of. Keeping your carpet looking like new can be quite a challenge, especially if you have kids and pets running around at home. Carpet takes a beating from every day foot traffic, spills and accidents. If you do not take care of your carpet properly, it will not last very long and will become a giant eye sore that has stains, damage and other unsightly aspects.

Carpet Repair VS Replacement

When carpet spills or accidents do occur, most home owners are quick to clean the area that was affected to avoid any type of lasting stain. Unfortunately not all accidents or spills are so easily cleaned and can unfortunately indeed become permanent. Some home owners immediately jump to the solution of replacing their entire flooring before they consider any type of carpet repair. Carpet repair is becoming a lost art, which is unfortunate because it saves a great deal of money when compared to replacing your entire floor. Luckily, carpet repair isn’t a lost art to Carpet Care 2000. We offer almost invisible carpet patching so others would never know a repair had been done!

Carpet Patching Repairs

Carpet repair can take care of issues like water damage, permanent stains, carpet burns, fuzzing, shedding, rippling and tears. Repairing a small area of carpet that has been damaged is much more affordable than ripping out every piece of carpet in your home and replacing it with new flooring. Home owners that have a permanent stain on their carpet may think that there is nothing that can be done to remove it, but it is important to remember that a professional carpet cleaning service uses cleaning solutions and tools that you cannot buy at your local market. Never hesitate to contact Carpet Care 2000 about any carpet stain that you have. You may be surprised at how easily a professional like Carpet Care 2000 can remove those stubborn carpet stains.

Carpet Stretching to Remove Wrinkles & Ripples

If your carpet has begun to ripple in some areas or has become a tripping hazard, your carpet is in need of repair. Carpet Care 2000 can fix this problem without replacing or ripping out your existing carpet. We specialize in carpet stretching and will repair any ripples or wrinkles that your carpet has.

Contact Carpet Care 2000 today to get your carpet looking like new and repairing any problems that your carpet is experiencing in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Ripon & Mountain House California.

Carpets can really add to a room. With bright, fresh and clean carpets; it offers elegance, comfort and charm to your home. When they are dingy, drab or riddled with stains, it can make any room look sloppy, filthy and distasteful. Keeping carpets at their best is hard to do, especially with little ones in the house. When we notice the blemishes on our carpets, it brings a feeling of dread, wondering whether the stain can be lifted successfully from the carpeted fibers. But when those bright reds, oranges, purples and blues pop out from a Kool-aid spill, panic sets in. Some carpet cleaners can lighten the stain, but none seems to be up to the task.

Hire Carpet Care 2000 to get that carpet stain out efficiently! Before we get there, immediate action is required. Follow these tips to treat the stain before it sinks in.

Before we begin, always conduct a patch test, whether it be homemade remedies, or store bought cleaners, test the solution in an inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn’t compromise the integrity or color of your carpet.
1. Blot the liquid from the carpet as soon as possible with a clean, white towel or cloth. Extinct screams at you to rub and scrub but do NOT do this. You could push the stain deeper in to the carpet, or spread it out wider. Sop up the Kool-aid working your way from the exterior of the spill in. Apply pressure firmly to blot up as much liquid as you can.
2. Rinse the carpet stain. We want to dilute the dyed liquid by sponging on clean, warm water. Do not soak the carpet. If needed, blot with a clean, white cloth, and rinse a little more.
3. Once you are satisfied you can no longer rinse and blot the liquid, prepare your carpet spot cleaning solution. In a clean bucket, mix equal parts ammonia and water, and stir together well with a wooden spoon. If you do not keep ammonia around, use a window cleaner, but only if it clear. (Blue window cleaners can set in a blue tone to your carpet.)
4. Do not over soak the stained area, but cautiously pour the solution onto the carpet stain. Add little bit at a time to avoid over doing it. Once the area is moistened with the solution, place a white towel on top. Obviously, do not use your good towels on this, as your towel will carry the stain once the treatment is over. With your iron set to the hottest setting safe for cotton fabric, using steam can also help it along, place the iron over the dry towel for approximately 10 seconds, or you hear a sizzling sound. Move the iron around the towel, and absorb the Kool-aid, repeating the ironing step until the stain is lifted.
5. After stain has been successfully removed, allow the area to dry before allowing regular traffic flow. This method can be tricky, and only recommended if professional treatment cannot be attained.

Professional Carpet Cleaning, Stain & Odor Removal in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Ripon & Mountain House California

For your carpet cleaning needs call upon the skilled professionals at Carpet Care 2000, call today to schedule your appointment!

Keeping your tile floors clean this time of year can make you feel defeated some days, with all of the dust, dirt and mud that is tracked into your home throughout the winter. While tile is a sturdy and durable floor surface to have, it can take quite a beating from heavy foot traffic, pets and accidental spills that occur. However, no matter how filthy your tile floor gets, you must commit to keeping it clean, to give your home a feeling of comfort and cleanliness. With the holiday season upon us, you probably have relatives or friends coming to stay, so a clean tile floor is a must.

Cleaning Tile & Grout with a Traditional Mop & Bucket

When washing your tile floor, there are two ways to go when discussing cleaning methods. One way and the oldest way, is to grab a bucket and a mop and start your workout. Cleaning your tile floor with a traditional mop can be quite a task to take on. You must make sure that the water in your bucket is rotated out once it reaches a certain level of filthiness and you also must make sure that you have the appropriate amount of time and energy to take on such a job. One common mistake that occurs with mop cleaning, is not cleaning the mop itself. Over years of use, a mop will retain a large amount of the filth that it has cleaned up, and if your mop is not cleaned on a regular basis, then chances are your floor has not been thoroughly cleaned either. Mold and bacteria can grow and linger within the fibers of your mop, and when you go to clean your tile floors, instead of picking up dangerous bacteria, you will be spreading it around your entire floor. While mopping your floor can be effective, you must be sure that you are using a clean mop, rotating out your bucket water and using the appropriate cleanser to clean your tile.

Professional Steam Cleaning of Tile & Grout, Carpets, Rugs, Upholstery & Mattresses in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Ripon & Mountain House California

The best way to clean your tile floors is to have them steam cleaned by a professional. Steam cleaning provides so many more benefits than any other floor cleaning option. Steam cleaning is environmentally friendly and does not expose you, your family or your floor to any harmful or potentially harmful chemicals. Steam cleaning will help to remove invisible bacteria that traditional mopping cannot. Drying time is much faster with steam cleaning, as it uses a great deal less of water. Contact Carpet Care 2000 today to have your tile floors steam cleaned and left looking like new.

After the rush of Halloween the kids usually come home and dump out their loot. The next step is trading the items you don’t want with a friend or sibling. Then you get to eat away! The problem is that enjoying treats isn’t a once a year occurrence. Lots of treats children (or the young at heart) eat is composed of sticky candy and gum. These items if dropped, immediately stick to the fibers of your carpet or your upholstery. If you see this happen you probably think there is no hope or may think you will need to go get the scissors and cut it out. This can leave your carpet damaged and in need of carpet repair or replacement.

Carpet Care 2000 has a set of steps that should get the sticky mess out without causing damage to your carpet or upholstery.

Make sure that you work quickly when you see the sticky mess, since the longer that it sits in the fibers and gets mashed in the harder it will be to remove. The best thing about following this gum removal option is that all the items needed are already in your home. That means no mad rush to the store before you can start. In fact, you should be able to start right away!

Gum Removal from Carpet – Step One: The first step is to head to the kitchen and open the freezer. You want to grab a handful of ice cubes and place them in a plastic zip lock baggie. Seal the bag up tightly and go place it directly on the spot. This can be on the couch or on the carpet or rugs and it will still work. The ice will freeze the candy or gum making it easier to remove from the fibers. If you skip this step you will be scraping and pulling away at the spot only to find that you just can’t get it all off.

Gum Removal from Carpet – Step Two: This step requires you to go find an object that you can use to scrape away at the offending gum or sticky candy. Take a butter knife or a plastic lid that you can get a grip on and head over to the spot. You want to be sure that the spot is in fact frozen before you begin. Once the candy or gum is frozen, remove the bag of ice and start to scrape away at the hard spot. This should enable you to remove the spot entirely. Then run the vacuum over the area to remove any loose pieces that may be left behind.

Gum Removal from Carpet – Step Three: The candy should be gone at this point but you may see some residue or color left behind. This will require you getting a wash cloth and soap and warm water to blot away at the rest of the stain. Once you have dabbed away the color, you can use a dry rag to soak up any remaining moisture and leave the spot as dry as possible.

For Professional Carpet, Rug & Upholstery Cleaning, Spot & Stain Removal & Other Cleaning, Repair & Restoration Services, call Carpet Care 2000 in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House & Danville California

Area rugs can add so much to a wood or tiled floor. It adds style, comfort and charm. But sometimes, especially in a busy, full house, the area rugs can accumulate stains and show signs of premature wear and tear.

Carpet Care 2000 would like to offer you some tips and advice on regular area rug care and maintenance as well stain removal.

Area Rug Cleaning & Preventive Maintenance

1. Vacuuming Area Rugs. Vacuuming your area rug daily, or as often as needed, goes without saying. Ensuring dust, debris and any pet dander or hair is important not only for allergy sufferers, but keeping your rug clean also extends its vibrancy and lifespan. But what you may not realize, is once a month or so, you want to flip your area rug upside down, thoroughly vacuum the carpets bottom, flip it back over and vacuum well. Avoid vacuuming any fringes or tassels, as this could fray or damage the delicate fibers.
2. Rotating Area Rugs. To deter the high traffic pattern wear and tear, and fading as a result of sunlight, it is a clever idea to rotate your rugs periodically.
3. Storage of Area Rugs. If you are in need of storing your area rugs, roll them up and lay them down instead of stood up. This will help prevent creases from compromising the integrity of your rugs.
4. Area Rug Vibrancy. To help extend the vibrancy and shine, give your rug a vinegar treatment. Here’s how: Mix 1 part white vinegar, and 3 parts water. This chore is better accomplished on a cloudy day or in the evening, as sun could potentially lighten the rugs coloring. Once your mixture is ready to go, use a clean sponge, make sure it is rung out well, and gently pat the rug. This treatment only calls for a slightly damp rug, do not soak your rug.

Area Rug Stain Removal

* Note: Whether you choose to utilize homemade mixtures, or pre-made detergents off the shelf, always conduct a patch test in an inconspicuous area to ensure the cleaner will not compromise the fibers in any way. Always check the label on your rug, and follow manufacturer’s directions on cleaning methods.
– It is always best to tend to spills and accidents as they occur. The sooner you clean up, the less likely stains will endure.
– Always blot up the excess liquids or scrape up solids. Never rub vigorously as this can push staining agents deeper in to the fibers.
– Never use hot water when tending to spills as this could cause the stain to set in. The possibility of removing the stain will be slim to none.
– For valuable or antique rugs, seek professional assistance.
– If you have experienced any flooding, and your area rug was submerged in water for a period of time, get professional care involved as well.
– For minor cleanups, mix a few squirts of liquid dish soap into 2 cups of water and gently blot the stain with the cloth and some cleaner applied to the cloth.
– To neutralize odors use 1 part vinegar, 3 parts water and blot the area with the mixture on a clean cloth.

Professional Carpet, Area Rug, Upholstery, Mattress, Tile & Grout Cleaning, Water Damage Restoration, Carpet Repair & Stretching Services in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House & Danville California

For professional cleaning and treatments on your area rugs, call Carpet Care 2000 today. We have experts trained to use state of the art equipment and top of the line detergents.

When it comes to the longevity and integrity of your carpets, the professional cleaning often goes overlooked. Many believe that a routine vacuuming, immediately tending to spills and messes, and wearing only socks on the carpet will preserve it. Where this is true, having a scheduled carpet cleaning by a professional is just as crucial.

Carpet Care 2000 would like to relate a few of those benefits to help you understand how we can contribute to a longer lifespan of your carpets and a healthier day to day living.

1. Time Management & Carpet Cleaning Results. Whether you may already own a carpet steam cleaner or shampooer, or decide to rent one, cleaning the carpets can take the untrained amateur far longer than the trained professional. Instead of trying to fit it in your busy day, hire a pro to get the job done right. The department store purchases or rental units is in no way up to par with the state of the art machinery professionals use. The high quality and intense power used in operation outshines any model a consumer can purchase.
2. Simplicity and Efficiency. It could prove to be a daunting task to shampoo and sanitize carpets in clear rooms. Moving heavy furniture could be next to impossible to do, especially if you are alone in the endeavor.
3. Commercial Grade Carpet Cleaners. Professionals also have access to the top of the line detergents that are safe and efficient for your carpet.
4. Healthier Carpets, People and Pets. The professional has the capability to remove the bacteria, fungus, dirt, and filth and perhaps any mold festering deep within the fibers. Allergy sufferers can benefit from animal dander, pollens and dust mites being removed in the process. Hiring a professional to remove all that debris can improve health and deter illness caused by these issues.
4. Carpet Odor Removal. Most over the counter products only mask odor or in the best case scenario, dull the smell. The professional’s detergents can destroy odors emanating from your carpet. Pet odors, food or drink smells, or even the mildew odor if your carpet sustained minimal water damage can be eliminated.
5. Carpet Life is Improved. Investing in a routine professional carpet cleaning, along with day to day care and maintenance, can enhance the lifespan of your carpet.
6. Less stress. Where having a professional carpet cleaning can’t fix relationships or improve working conditions, it can help make you feel more comfortable when relaxing. It is proven that people naturally feel more at ease in a clean home and a fresh professional cleaning can contribute to comfort.
7. Home’s Carpet and Appearance is Improved. Dingy, dull carpets can make a home appear drab and unattractive. Clean carpets that have a professional’s touch, can make your home aesthetically pleasing.
8. Get Clean Carpets Effectively Without Repeat Attempts. When tackling stubborn stains, or even the heavy foot traffic dark trail, it will often take repeat procedures to remove them, and sometimes you need the professional to get the job done. Skipping the unnecessary scrubbing steps can improve the quality of your carpet.

Professional Rug & Carpet Cleaning, Stain & Odor Removal in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House & Danville California

This are just a few of the benefits of hiring the experts from Carpet Care 2000 to clean your carpets, call us today for a consultation.

There are many places found within a home that can be covered with variations of tile and grout. Some area are harder to clean than others but tile and grout all have the same general idea. Grout is an extremely porous material, and it can be difficult to conduct a deep tile and grout cleaning on your own. More often than not, all you are accomplishing is a thorough surface clean. For a deeper, more meticulous cleaning, it is better to call upon a professional to get the job done. Just like carpets needing a deep clean from time to time, so does your grout and tile!

Carpet Care 2000 has a few tips on cleaning your grout and tile in between professional deep cleans.

Gather the following to begin your tile and grout cleaning quest:

– Vinegar
– Spray bottle
– Hydrogen peroxide
– Baking soda
– Small bowl or mixing bucket
– Grout or scrub brush
– Extra toothbrush dedicated for cleaning your home and not your teeth

Cleaning Tile & Grout with Vinegar

– With your spray bottle, mix equal parts of vinegar and water, and mix solution well.
– Generously spray your solution, focusing on the grout and allow to sit approximately 5 minutes. Depending on how much tile and grout is found in your bathroom, it might be an easier and more efficient task to section off your cleaning. Spray the solution on a section. Before tending to it, spray the next section. While solution is setting in, go back to the previous area for scrubbing and so on until finished.
– Scrub the grout primarily in circular patterns, using your brush. Any kind of brushes work. Toothbrushes are awesome for corners.
– After the section of grout is finished, hit the tile and rinse with warm water.

Cleaning Tile & Grout with Baking Soda

– In your bowl or bucket, mix water and baking soda together to create a paste.
– Dip your preferred scrubbing brush in the paste and apply it to the grout.
– Work the grout in with your brush.
– Before rinsing, spray the vinegar solution over the top.
– Allow the bubbling to carry on a couple of minutes, then scrub the buildup out of your grout.
– Rinse well with warm water.

Hydrogen Peroxide Tile & Grout Cleaning Method for Tough Stain Removal

On really tough stains, hydrogen peroxide could get the job done, use caution and test patch as it can lighten the grout.
– Spray on the hydrogen peroxide and allow to sit for approximately 10 minutes.
– Select your scrubbing brush, and use firm circular motion to scrub the stains.
– Repeat until stain is dissolved.
– If after a few repeat attempts, if the stain persists, make a paste using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and follow the baking soda method steps.
– Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Tile & Grout Cleaning Preventive Maintenance

Once your professional cleaning has been performed, you can get in the habit of doing a few easy steps to help prevent major build up and help make the scrubbing cleaning days a lot easier.
– It is recommended to spray down your tile and grout with the equal water and vinegar solution three times a week or as often as you like.
– It is best to have the spray bottle clearly labeled to avert mishaps.

Professional Tile & Grout Cleaning, Polishing & Sealing in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House & Danville California

For your professional tile and grout cleaning, hire the experts at Carpet Care 2000. We have trained technicians with state of the art equipment, and top of the line detergents to do a deep clean among our many services.
Call us today for an appointment!

There are many projects around the home that you are more than capable of completing yourself especially with the right tools, equipment and easy to read instructions. DIY can save you a ton of money. But is carpet repair one of those projects? It seems simple enough to rent the tools you need to do it on your own, but is it really worth it?

The experts at Carpet Care 2000 have provided the following information to help you make an informed decision regarding the true cost of repairing your carpets vs hiring the professionals at Carpet Care 2000 to do the job for you.

The Cost of Carpet Repair Tools & Kits

Just like most things in life, the price of tools to successfully repair your carpets can vary, and the old adage “you get what you pay for” is certainly true when it comes to repairing your carpeting. At the very least you will need a power stretcher and a toolbox that is equipped with a glue gun, a straight edged knife and other tools. When you consider the cost of purchasing or renting equipment, you might end up spending more than it would cost to hire a professional carpet repair company.

Time to Complete Carpet Repairs

Another consideration is the amount of time it will take you to complete your carpet repairs. If you can rent the equipment and get everything completed in one day it may be worth your while but if you hire the professional services of a reputable Company, like Carpet Care 2000, your repairs can be professionally completed in a few hours. Your skill level and how quickly you can complete the repairs will determine the amount of money you will actually be saving. You may have heard the phrase “Time is money!” and this is certainly true when it comes to DIY carpet repairs vs. the professionals. If your carpet repair takes you more than a day to complete it is definitely in your best interest to hire a professional who can have the repairs completed in a minimum amount of time.

How Difficult is it to Repair Carpet?

The answer to this question is a complex one. Repairing you carpet will depend on your skill level and construction experience combined with the level of repair that needs to be done to your carpet. For simple repairs you can DIY but keep in mind that there are often a variety of unknown factors that may not be immediately noticeable until you attempt your repair and reach a point of no return. Plus there is a concern that you may end up causing more damage to the section on your carpet that you were trying to repair in the first place. Professional carpet cleaners, like the experts at Carpet Care 2000 understand carpets and are trained in repairs including natural and synthetic fibers as well as one-of-a-kind handmade heirlooms and obtain perfect results every time with their level of skill and expertise.

Professional Carpet Repairs, Cleaning & Restoration in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House & Danville California

The bottom line is that you have many things to take into consideration before DIY carpet repairs. If you believe that you are capable of doing the repairs yourself and have access to the necessary equipment without taking up a lot of your time or money then DIY carpet repairs may be the way to go. If you believe that DIY carpet repair it is too much of an undertaking and you want a professional finish to your carpet repairs, contact the experienced carpet repair specialists at Carpet Care 2000 today to schedule an appointment to get your carpets back to looking just like new.

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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