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Now that you have figured out the right tile for your home, you need to make another decision. What type of grout do you want to use? There are different types of grout that are used with different types of tile. Not only are there different types, but different colors as well. Some work better for certain areas in your home than others will. Carpet Care 2000 is here to talk about your options when it comes to grout. Hopefully you will be able to make a better educated decision when we are done!

Difference Between Sanded and Non-Sanded Grout

The biggest difference between these grouts is obviously the presence of sand. Unsanded grout is a Portland cement based substance with powdered pigments and water. There are also grouts made from epoxy that consist of a resin and hardener. Sanded cement based grouts are very similar to the ones mentioned above, they just have sand mixed in with them.

When to Use Non-Sanded Grout

Whether you are using cement based or epoxy grout, they can both have the presence of sand if that is recommended. When using unsanded grout, you need to have joints that are less than 1/8 inch wide. This type of grout works well for vertical surfaces like walls. It clings well to surfaces and that makes it a great choice for wall tiles.

When to Use Sanded Grout

Sanded grout can be used on wall tiles, but the biggest thing that will make you decide on sanded grout is the size of the joints. If the joints are more than 1/8 inch wide, you will want to use a sanded grout. This grout is a great option because it resists shrinkage and cracking. It can be used for smaller joints, but because it is a bulkier grout, it can be difficult to avoid pinholes in the finished product. If your joints are more than 3/8 inch wide, you will need a grout that is heavily sanded. This is usually known and labeled as a wide-joint mixture.

How to Choose Grout to Match Tile

When choosing your grout, a big factor is the joint size, but the type of tile you are choosing also needs to be taken into consideration. If you are using tile that has a very smooth, polished surface like marble, you will want to avoid sanded grout because it can scratch the tile surface. You want to make sure you are choosing the right grout for whatever tile choice you have made.

Tile & Grout Cleaning & Sealing in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California

A big part of safeguarding the investment you make in your tile floor is proper cleaning. You should have them cleaned professionally one to two times a year. This will keep your floor in the same condition it was in the day it was installed. Having Carpet Care 2000 professionally clean your tile and grout will extend the life of your tile floor. Call us today to set up an appointment to clean your tile floor.

Everyone wants to save money but there are some areas that you really don’t want to cut corners. When it comes to carpet cleaning you want to always use a professional. If you make a mistake cleaning the carpets you can end up ruining them and needing to replace the entire area. That is a very costly mistake since it is not cheap to install new carpet. A professional carpet cleaning company has the tools and experience to clean the carpets, remove the stains and set in odors.

Carpet Care 2000 Lists the Dangers When Trying to Clean Your Own Carpets.

Carpet Not Clean: If you decide that you are going to try your hand at carpet cleaning you may end up renting a machine that claims to be a professional grade but it is far from. It also comes with some very vague instructions to tell you what you need to do to use the machine. The issue is that if you are not trained with the machine you are not going to end up cleaning the carpets and you will end up with dirty carpets.
Wet Carpets: When you hire a professional to come out and clean your carpets we are trained to have them cleaned and leave them dry to very slightly damp. The problem that you will come across when renting a machine is that you are spraying the right amount of water but the suction is severely lacking so there is too much moisture left in the carpet. When there is water left on the carpet it can end up lasting several days and could cause an odor that is similar to mildew. It can also cause more dirt to get on the carpet fibers as people walk across the wet carpets.
Re-Soiling of Carpet: This is what happens when the carpets become dirty much faster than you may have anticipated. A rental carpet cleaner does not have the capability to wet the carpet then follow up and remove the wetness fully. That leaves the carpet damp as well as the soap or cleaner that you used to settle in the fibers. Then when you walk past the area the fibers will grab onto the dirt from your shoes, clothes and out of the air and attach. This will make the carpets look and feel dirty much faster. A professional is able to come out and leave the carpet fresh, clean and dry so that you can go back to living your life.
Carpet Feels Grimy: This is when the cleaning solution is put on the carpet to potentially clean them but it has to be removed. If the cleaner is not removed the carpet can start to look mashed down and it will feel thick and grimy with the residual soap from the rented cleaning machine. A professional can clean the carpets and remove all the cleaner off the fibers.

Professional Carpet Cleaning In Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & The East Bay of California.

Call Carpet Care 2000 for all your carpet cleaning needs and related services.

Carpet Care 2000 provides many services, including mattress cleaning. Through our experience, we see that some will wait until the mattress is pretty bad before calling a professional cleaning service. In time most mattresses will require a deep cleaning. However Carpet Care 2000 wants to give you some tips that you can do at home to have a cleaner mattress between professional deep mattress cleanings.

Vacuum Mattress

First remove all bed linens and have them washed. Now that your mattress is bare begin by vacuuming from top to bottom, going in a straight line. For a thorough vacuuming, you may want to over lap your lines to make sure you go over the entire mattress.

How to Deodorize A Mattress with Baking Soda

Deodorizing the mattress is an option. Even though we might not smell any odor from the mattress it can hold smells from sweat and other funky aromas. If you have little ones making accidents those smells can be trapped in the mattress as well. To remove odors from mattresses use baking soda. Spread the baking soda over the entire mattress; rub it in so it penetrates deep into the mattress. Allow the baking soda to sit for 10 minutes and vacuum up as much as possible. If any moisture is in your mattress the soda will pull it out when vacuuming, helping you to remove odors. (Some like to add essential oils like lavender, peppermints and winter green however you can use your preferred scent).

Mattress Urine, Blood, Vomit & Sweat Stain Removal

Mattresses will encounter stains. The most common are urine, blood, vomit, sweat and other bodily fluids. It’s much easier to clean stains as they happen but sometimes we don’t get to them. So removing old stains may take some effort.
Mattress Urine Stain Removal. Create a cleaning solution using 8 oz. hydrogen peroxide. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda then a drop or two of liquid dish soap. You can dab or use a spray bottle to put the solution on the stain. Don’t over soak it or you can pull the urine deeper into your mattress. Allow the area to dry then vacuum again.
How Do You Get Blood Out of Mattress. These can be a major pain to remove but they aren’t impossible. Start making the cleaning solution. (This will look like a paste). Use 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide, add a tablespoon of liquid dish soap and another tablespoon of salt. Once the mixture is done rub it into the stain. There should be some residue. Let it dry and scrape the residue away. Lightly soak a white cloth with hydrogen peroxide and dab at the stain. This should lift the remainder of the stain up. (Do not use color cloths as the dye can run into your mattress).
How to Clean Vomit, Sweat or Other Bodily Mattress Stains. Remove vomit, sweat or other bodily fluids with straight unscented ammonia. Blot the stain using a damped cloth of ammonia. Again don’t soak or drench your mattress. Sprinkle some baking soda over the stain to remove any smells and let it dry. Vacuum the area removing thoroughly. Flip the mattress over and repeat on the other side.

Mattress Cleaning, Stain & Odor Removal in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California

Mattresses should be cleaned regularly and deep cleaned at lease once a year. Mattresses can hold some bacteria, and and other contaminants and pollutants such as dust mites if not kept cleaned. Carpet Care 2000 knows that a mattress is an investment. Having it properly cared for will extend your mattresses lifetime. Contact us to make an appointment today!

Keeping a nice clean home is a huge task and takes time every day to ensure that it looks taken care of and clean. You probably spend time washing counters, cleaning dishes and mopping floors. These are all ways that someone keeps a clean home but when it comes to your carpets, vacuuming is just not enough. A standard home vacuum is able to pick up some of the dust and debris that is littered on the floors but not all of it. There will be dust, dirt, grime, skin cells and even dust mites left behind because the suction is just not enough to pull it all out of the carpet fibers. Over time all of these foreign bodies will keep getting more and more compacted in the carpets that will lead to premature carpet replacement. If you want your carpets to last you need to have them professionally cleaned on a regular basis.

Carpet Care 2000 Lists the Top Three Reasons to Have the Carpets Cleaned in Your Home.

Carpets Look, Smell & Feel Clean: This is the most obvious and one of the best reasons to have your carpets cleaned. Although you probably take time to clean up spills and vacuum them on a regular basis, nothing is as good as a professional carpet cleaning job. The great thing about the professional carpet cleaning is that we are able to use high pressure sprayers and suction to get deep down in the carpet and remove all that built up dirt. This leaves them looking really amazing and even better they smell and feel great. They will feel nice and plush and that is a great benefit. We also will treat any spots and stains that you have not been able to remove on your own and clean out those high traffic areas that get dirty faster than the rest of the carpeting.
Carpet Cleaning Increases Air Quality: Although a beautiful and clean looking carpet is great, an even better benefit is the increase in air quality. The dust and dirt that is on the carpets does not just stay on the carpet and is usually disturbed when a person walks on them. This can send the particles of dust and dirt flying in the air and that can cause people that struggle with asthma and allergies to suffer. Dust mites are another allergen that will cause trouble if they are not removed from the carpets. This can be done when your carpets are cleaned by a professional on a regular basis.
Carpet Cleaning Extends The Life Of The Carpet: Everyone likes to save money and having your carpets cleaned on a regular basis is a great way to save. You may be wondering how paying for carpet cleaning saves you money. When you have your carpets cleaned on a regular basis the fibers structure is kept intact and that will extend the life of the carpet. When the carpet is not cleaned regularly it will start to look smashed and damaged and will need to be replaced before it is necessary.

Professional Carpet Cleaning, Stain Removal & Deodorizing in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California.

If you want to have your carpets professionally cleaned, call Carpet Care 2000 today!

When you see someone spill on your carpet or upholstery you know that it can send a bit of panic! The spill is either a stain or a spot. They are each a different kind of spill and will interact with your carpet differently. No matter what type of spill you are up against the best thing that you can do is to start to treat it as soon as possible. There are different types of treatments that can be used depending on what the spill is. You want to use the right treatment so that you do not damage your carpets. The best way to ensure that this is done is to hire a professional carpet cleaning company that can come out and pre-treat the spill and potentially remove it. One of the ways that you can be sure that you are treating the spill correctly is to know what it is that you are dealing with. You may know what the spill consist of but do you know whether it is a spot or a stain?

Carpet Care 2000 Explains the Difference Between a Carpet Stain & Carpet Spot.

What Is A Carpet Spot: If you want to know what you are working with, you need to know what you are dealing with! A carpet spot is very different from a stain but you can tell them apart easily. A spot can be felt on the surface of the carpet and will most of the time not soak in. The spot has to be treated as soon as possible so that the spill does not dry on the fibers. A spot is usually from substances such as feces, nail polish and gum but can be any kind of debris that sit on top of the carpet fibers but can still leave a mark. These are many times easier to clean up since they don’t tend to soak in the fibers. If you are unsure what type of method to use to clean it up call a carpet cleaning company that has skill in spot removal.
What Is A Carpet Stain: The biggest problem with a carpet stain is that the spill will actually have a chemical reaction to the carpet fibers and will start to cause damage. The reaction can leave the stain looking much worse. The stain will soak in the the fibers and will need to be cleaned as soon as possible. This can be done starting with a dry clean cloth and dabbing away at the spill to help remove the excess liquid. This will stop the spill from spreading any further and can allow the cleaning to come about a bit easier. A spill from bleach, coffee, red wine and tea can be harsh on your carpets and will become a stain.

Carpet, Rug, Upholstery & Mattress Spot & Stain Removal in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & The East Bay of California.

If you have a carpet stain or a carpet spot that needs to be cleaned and treated call a professional carpet cleaning company like Carpet Care 2000 to come out and take care of it for you.

Natural Stone makes any countertop, backsplash, floor and walls such as your bath and shower surround a beautiful addition to your home or business and an investment that will last for years to come. Carpet Care 2000 has a few tips on how to care and extend the life and look of your natural stone.

General Care of Natural Stone Tile

When it comes to natural stone, you should avoid using vinegar, lemon juice and other cleaners with a high acid content such as bathroom, tub, and grout cleaner. Avoid mixing chemicals together unless directed otherwise. These types of cleaners can damage the stone and may not be able to be repaired. Dust and sand should be cleaned daily. clean up spills immediately as natural stone can stain very easily. Using a non-slip mat at entryways to remove dirt from shoes keeps the dirt to a minimum and is suggested by some. Frequently dust and mop to remove dirt and grime that can build up in the stone. When mopping use a damp mop with a vegetable base soap and water solution or a natural stone cleaner. Be sure to double check that it’s safe for natural stone and contains no acid. Light daily cleaning is strongly recommended and a deep cleaning done as needed.

Natural Stone Floor Sealing

Due to the nature of floors, they get a lot of wear and tear from normal use. Protect your stone floor with a sealer or waxes. Sealers will not change the look of your floor and will hide nicks and scratches that may appear over time. Sealer will need to be reapplied about every six months but will protect the stone from wear and overuse. Waxing helps to repair those nicks and scratches. Waxing needs to be applied more frequently to obtain that glossy surface.
Natural Stone Countertops such as Soapstone, Quartz, Granite, Travertine & Slate

Countertops are prone to spills and stains. When spills occur be quick to wipe them away. Juice, coke and other liquids that contain high acidic minerals, when in contact with soft stones or stones high in calcium like marble, limestone, travertine, and onyx can slowly deteriorate the stone finish over time. A lot of your beverages and food contain acids. Use coasters and trays when placing drinks and food on countertops to help protect stone from spills. Hot plates and other cook wear can scorch the surface, so avoid direct contact from your stone countertops. Cleaning, and sealing your countertops often will protect and give your stone longer life and maintain that beautiful gloss finish.

Natural Stone Bathroom Cleaner

Soap scum is a never ending problem in the bathroom and can corrode your stone over time. After a bath or shower, wipe away the water with a soft sponge to help prevent soap scum building up. Avoid using a sponge that is too rough as it can strip away the stone’s protected surfaces. It’s important to keep your stone sealed in high saturated areas of your home or business. If water gets into unprotected stone it will deteriorate your stone and will need to be replaced. Monitor the grout line. If it shows signs of opening, fix it immediately to prevent water getting in and causing damage from inside your walls and the stone’s back side. When shopping for soap scum cleaner make sure it’s safe to be used on your stone. Don’t use your everyday bathroom cleaners as some can damage natural stone.

Natural Stone Cleaning & Sealing in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California

Natural stone is a worthwhile investment, but requires a lot of care in maintaining that polished look. Regularly professional cleaning and sealing the stone, and with proper daily care, will help the stone last a life time. When picking your choice of cleaning and polishing cleaners double check to see if it’s safe to use and in the right area of the house. Carpet Care 2000 wants to help you care for your natural stone and keep it beautiful and last forever. Contact us today to make your next appointment!

Spilling bleach on your carpet can be very upsetting. Bleach stains can actually remove the color from your carpet. Bleach is not a “color“, rather bleach is a color-stripper or solvent that removes the tint by basically eating it away. Keeping this in mind, you cannot “remove bleach” the same way you cannot put nail polish remover onto your polish then expect the polish to re-appear. Any repair you try will be trial and error. Don’t use RIT dye as the color will not match and it is very hard to control.

How to Get Rid of Bleach Stains on Carpet

It is smart to always do a spot removal test on an area of carpet that is normally not visible before attempting stain removal.
Bleach Stain Removal Method #1– As soon as you notice the stain, you should immediately blot it with water and paper towel. Take care not to scrub or rub the bleach as this could worsen the stain and actually damage the carpet by literally ripping it out. The next step is to mix ¼ tsp of mild soap with 1 cup of warm water and pour the solution over the bleach stain and let it set for about 5 minutes. When the stain has dried, take a cloth or sponge and working from the outside in so you don’t spread the stain. The final step is to rinse with cold water and dry.
Bleach Spot Removal Method #2– Begin by mixing 4 cups or warm water with 2 Tbsp. of white vinegar and pour the solution over the affected area of the carpet. Let it soak for about five minutes and blot the stain with a cloth or sponge. The bleach stain should begin to gradually disappear. If the stain is still visible, repeat until you no longer see it. The final step is to rinse the area with cold water. The smell of vinegar will eventually disappear.
Bleach Stain Repair Method #3– Blot the area with water and paper towel as soon as you discover the bleach. Then you will find a crayon that closely matches the color of your carpet. The next step is to begin coloring the spot with the crayon making sure it is absorbed. Then take a wet paper towel and gently blend the color into the carpet.

Professional Bleach Stain Carpet Dyeing

The best option for repairing bleach stained carpet is to hire a professional that specializes in this service. Carpet Care 2000 can reintroduce color back onto the spot by matching the exact hue of your carpet. To put it simply; we dye the spot back to its original glory. Depending on the severity of the bleach dispersion, a simple spot dyeing may be all that’s necessary. In more serious bleach spills, an entire section carpet dyeing service may be called for in regards to your carpet.

Bleach Stain Removal & Carpet Repair in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California

If you’ve had an unfortunate accident and spilled bleach on your carpet, call the professionals at Carpet Care 2000 to remove the stain or repair the area.

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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