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As kids, one of our favorite pranks is to drag our feet on the floor causing an electric charge, then go zap our closest victim. As this was fun as kids, it can become quite annoying when you grow up and you keep shocking yourself and others around you. Carpet Care 2000 will share a few tips on how you can treat your carpets to prevent static from building up in the fibers.

What Causes Static Electricity in Carpets?

First of all, there many reason why carpets will build up an electric charge as people walk on them. The main reasons are the type of carpet fibers and padding used in the home. Some carpets just have that knack for building up an electric charge, especially when people have the tendency to drag their feet first thing in the morning. You will find that carpets made of nylon will generate way more electricity than carpets made of polyester or wool fiber. So what can be done to avoid the buildup of static electricity?

How to Prevent Static Electricity on Carpets

Why Am I Generating So Much Static Electricity? Don’t Drag Your Feet! One major factor is the way people walk. Try not to drag your feet.
Humidity & Electrostatic Charge. Next is adding moisture to the air. Static electricity develops when the air is dry or has low humidity. When the air is humid with high moisture content, the water can collect on the surface to all the material it comes in contact with. This adds a protective layer that prevents the buildup of an electrical charge. If your home or a room of the house has lower humidity, put in a humidifier. This will help reduce the electrical buildup.
Anti Static Spray for Carpets. There are products on today’s markets that helps add this protective layer and prevent that electric charge from building up. You can get spray-on anti-static agents such as ACL Staticide or Shadow FX, as well as many other products. However keep in mind these spray on products aren’t a one time cure. You will need to reapply as the effects wear off. There is a down side to using some of these products however. Many of these anti-static agents can be a little sticky causing dirt build up and will require regular carpet cleaning to keep carpets clean. That is why sometimes the best solution is just using a humidifier and opening a window for better air circulation.
Homemade Remedies to Get Rid of Static. There are homemade remedies you can use that will eliminate the static charge and not have the sticky problem. Start by using one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, one tablespoon of fabric softener, and 8oz. of water in a spray bottle. The alcohol is used to make the fluid evaporate quicker so you don’t have that sticky problem and the fabric softener makes everything mildly conductive, much like it would your laundry. This is a great solution to apply after your carpets have been cleaned or installing new carpet because they hold the most charge when freshly installed.

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Even though it was fun playing a prank on those around with a little shock from time to time, it is not too cool when you become the victim. Carpet Care 2000 hopes this will help you when seeking answers to this problem. If you are need in of any floor or furniture cleaning services, Carpet Care 2000 is just a phone call away.

You thought you would be very careful when painting your living room and you didn’t take the time to properly cover the carpet for protection, only to clean up after and see paint on the carpet. Or your children have decided to paint without asking you first and spilled the paint on the carpet. Paint spills and stains can happen for a variety of reasons and the quicker you can attend to them the better!

How to Remove Wet Paint from Carpet

Never scrub a stain of any kind. If the paint is wet, you’ll need to soak up the moisture first. Try not to panic but work quickly. Grab some plain white paper towels and soak up as much of the paint as you can. Try not to put pressure on it and lay the paper towel on the stain to allow it to soak into the paper towel on its own. Do this until the stain no longer feels wet. Most of the paint should be gone anyway, and as strange as it may sound, the next step is to let the remaining paint dry overnight.

Dried Paint Removal from Carpet

There are two approaches you can take to remove dry paint. You’ll need a sharp knife or razor for both. Grab some nail polish remover or WD-40 and go onto the next step. This may not completely remove the stain but it’s a great first step before the professionals can take over. With nail polish remover, you’ll also need a nail brush or an old toothbrush. Pour the nail polish remover onto the stain and gently brush, adding more every other minute or so. As you notice the color starting to fade, blot the area with cold water and a cloth. Once most of the paint has been removed, vacuum the carpet. WD-40 is a lubricant that will breakdown the components of the spilled paint. Saturate the affected area and allow it to sit for 25-30 minutes. The next step is to use a rag and scrub the paint until you see pieces of the paint coming off onto the rag and scrub until there only a little amount of moisture remaining in the carpet and vacuum.

How to Remove Different Kinds of Paint

There are different methods to try with different kinds of paint. With dried paint, use hot water to saturate and dissolve the paint to soften it. Lay a clean rag with hot water over the spot and leave it for a few minutes. Blot the moisture and continue adding hot water until you no longer see any paint or try a solution of one cup of lukewarm water with a teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent and work from the outside in while blotting gently. If the paint is water-based, try taking a clean rag and blotting up as much of the paint as possible. Then use a clean wet rag and DO NOT scrub. If the paint is dry, you’ll need something to scrape the paint and then use hot water and detergent to clean it up. If the paint is dry just add a bit of water and dish detergent. Keep adding solution as you scrape. Hand held steamers may work for more difficult stains. For dry oil-based paint you’ll need a steamer to soften the stain. Apply it directly to the stain while picking at the stain with a needle to break it up. Keep doing this until the stain is removed but not to the extent of damaging the fibers.

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If a paint stain is still hanging on after these attempts, you’ll need the professionals at Carpet Care 2000 to help you out. Call us today!

You may have just experienced a nasty flood which left your floor and carpets soaking wet. Not only do you have to clean up this awful mess, you then have to worry about harmful mold and mildew setting inside your carpets. Leaving moisture on your rugs and carpet causes long term damages and future health concerns. Carpet Care 2000 will talk about the essential steps that must be taken to prevent mildew and harmful molds from setting into your carpets.

How to Dry Wet Carpet & Avoid Mold Dangers

Step 1. Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove as much water as possible. Do this quickly or just as soon as you discovered the leak. Remember, time is key. You can rent a wet/dry vacuum or call a professional company to help you with this crisis.
Step 2. After you have removed the water, you will need to dry out the floor and carpet as fast as you can. Use a fan in the room until dried if possible. This can take days if not a week depending on how soaked the floor got and how large the room is. You can rent a high powered fan to help dry it faster. If possible open windows that are in the room. This is important to help circulate air in the room and blow any air born partials in the air, out.
Step 3. Use a dehumidifier to help remove any moisture left in the room. This will also help keep the room cooler which makes mold more difficult to grow. The first three steps are the most important when it comes to fighting against molds and mildews.
Step 4. Steam clean your carpets. You may need to replace your carpet padding. Steam clean your carpet before you replace the padding then again after. While the carpet is up off the ground and before your new padding is laid down, bleach the bottom of the floor. This will kill any molds that may be growing on the concrete and in its pores.
Step 5. Sanitize with bleach all of the surrounding areas like the concrete. Also do baseboards, walls, and other surface areas that were exposed by the water. Especially if the water damage was caused by rain or stormy weather because a lot of outside particle are now inside your home. This is known to cause quicker mold growth.
Step 6. Finally your carpets are clean and mostly safe from molds but there is one more issue to deal with. Any furniture that was exposed to the water also needs to be dried and cleaned properly or you can bring infected furniture back in your home and on top of your carpet that you have worked so hard to protect. Wash and dry anything that is washable. Take everything else outside to dry and clean with diluted bleach if possible. Couches will need upholstery cleaning after they are dried.

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Flooding inside your home can become a major project to deal with once it occurs. Carpet Care 2000 can help lighten the burden. We are experienced in flood and water damage, upholstery cleaning and steam cleaning carpet from flood and water damages. If you find you need help, Carpet Care 2000 is just a phone call away.

Most of us aren’t too thrilled when it’s time to clean the house. There’s just so much other fun stuff to do! Vacuuming your carpets on a regular basis has many benefits. Carpets provide a place for airborne contaminants to stay until they are physically removed, reducing the chance you’ll inhale them. Your house looks so much cleaner when you’ve finished vacuuming and doing it will make your carpet last longer and help keep your family healthy too.

Health & Other Benefits of Vacuuming Your Carpet

When you empty a vacuum bag after vacuuming your house you might be surprised at how full it is. We lose almost 1,000,000 skin particles every day and up to 50-100 strands of hair and allergens that are attached to our pets can stay strong for months. So many tiny microbes just floating around all the time that lead to many problems with people that have asthma and inhalant-related allergies like hay fever. Wheezing is caused by bacteria, dust mites and mold making it hard to breathe and hay fever causes cold-like symptoms and if you have pets these microbes increase. If you aren’t vacuuming properly or infrequently, these reactions can be more bothersome than they need to be. All those microbes that are floating around will inevitably land on your carpet and because it’s impossible to sanitize your carpets completely, regular vacuuming will help eliminate these pollutants and contaminants. Research shows that people with a clean house are more likely to be healthier and more active, making regular vacuuming physically beneficial. Vacuuming has you exercising and getting rid of embedded microbes at the same time and you can be happy with yourself knowing you are taking an active part in keeping those family members healthier that have issues with allergies. Freshly vacuumed carpet also gives you the sense of accomplishment. Seeing a difference in how clean your carpet is and looks will be a mood-booster. When you vacuum your carpets on a regular basis you will save money because they last longer when maintained properly, preventing you from replacing it sooner than needed. Dirty carpets can make you sick and cause you to miss work and your family will stay healthier, reducing the money you spend on doctor visits.

How Often Should I Vacuum My Carpets with Pets?

Frequent vacuuming removes more dirt that won’t get ground into the carpet and harder to get next time you have them cleaned by a professional. Dirt will become attached to the carpet fibers if it’s not cleaned on a regular basis and ground-in soil is hard to clean. It can actually cause the carpet to become discolored eventually. Recommendation on how often carpets should be vacuumed will vary depending on your situation but many experts suggest that your carpets be vacuumed twice a week. High-traffic areas should be done more often and having pets mean you may have to vacuum daily to remove dirt, hair, dander and allergens.

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Vacuuming your carpets on a regular basis will have them looking their best, keep your family healthy and will also make professional carpet cleaning more effective. When it’s time to have your carpets cleaned, contact Carpet Care 2000!

Potted plants add an earthy beauty to any home, and that’s why so many people choose to have them in their house. There are several potted plants that are even said to help improve the air quality in your home. One thing homeowners may not think about before putting their potted plant in their home, is the fact that it can damage your carpet if you aren’t careful. Carpet Care 2000 tells you how to prevent and remove carpet stains caused by potted plants.

How to Prevent Carpet Stains Caused by Potted House Plants

When you have potted plants sitting on your carpet, there is a good chance that some moisture has leaked out of them at some point. Here are some tips to keep your plant from causing stains to your carpet:
Place a Large Drainage Saucer Underneath the Plant– The pots that your plant is planted in most likely allows excess moisture drain out the bottom. While many of these pots come with a saucer they sit in, they aren’t usually very big and don’t hold a lot of water. It is best to place your potted plant in a saucer that will not allow moisture to leak out of it when you water your plant too much.
Don’t Overfill Your Potted Plant to Prevent Spilling on Carpet– When you are planting, don’t over-fill the pot with soil. If you have it completely full of soil, the chance of water spilling over is greater than if you would have left about an inch of the pot unfilled.
Pick the Right Plant Stand– Rather than using a plant stand that is slender and narrow, choose one that is bulkier and sturdy. When you have a slender stand, you run a greater risk of it tipping over, leaving a mess behind.
Use a Sturdy Plant Pot– When picking out the pot, choose one that is made out of plastic rather than ceramic or clay. This way, if it does tip over or fall off the stand it won’t break and leave a pile of soil on your floor. It is also best to choose a plant pot that is shallow and wide to avoid it tipping as easily.
Choose a Different Air Plant– If you don’t want the mess, but still want the greenery, choose a house plant that doesn’t require soil. These plants are known as air plants and can be grown in water or gravel without the use of soil.

How to Get Out a Carpet Stain Caused by Potted Plants

If you move your potted plant only to find that you have a stain, here is how you remove it.
• Clean up soil spills right after they happen, without waiting until later.
• Mix equal parts water and white vinegar and saturate the stain.
• Soak up access solution and repeat as long as you can see it is working.

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If after you follow these steps and you still have a stubborn stain left behind, Carpet Care 2000 can help. Our trained technicians have the right equipment to get any damage caused by potted plants removed from your carpet. Call us today!

With the holiday season right around the corner and the imminent arrival of weekend and holiday guests fast approaching, you may be feeling the pressure of getting your home in shape to receive your guests. If you are hosting this year’s thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and preparing your home for the arrival of family consider this list of helpful tips!

How to Prepare for Visiting Holiday Dinner & Overnight House Guests

Declutter your home checklist: Extra family or guests in the house means you are going to need more room. The best way to accomplish this is with the help of a close friend to help you organize and declutter to create some addition space. Guests typically congregate in common areas of the home including the living room, dining room and kitchen. Store any furniture that isn’t being used and sort through stacks of old magazines, pieces of mail and books etc. Organize the stacks into three piles, those to keep, those to recycle and those items to be thrown away.
Spring cleaning in the fall: Even though fall is a different season, spring cleaning before the holidays is the perfect time to get your home in order. Contact your Carpet Care 2000 experts to arrange a professional service to deep clean your carpets, rugs, upholstery, mattresses, and clean and sanitize your tile and grout. With the help of our knowledgeable cleaning technicians, your home will be spotless and ready for guests in next to no time.
Complete any remaining home repairs: If you have a small plumbing issue like a leaky tap or a toilet with an annoying drip you should get it repaired before your guests arrive. Not only will your guest feel welcome, you are also creating a space that is safe and comfortable for you and your family as well as and your weekend or holiday house guests.
Setting up the guest room: If you have a guest room that only gets used once or twice a year, chances are the room is going to require some attention. Contact your Carpet Care 2000 cleaning specialists to professionally clean your mattress and carpet. Be sure to use freshly laundered linens and provide a selection of fresh towels and bath supplies. If you have a sitting area, make the area as comfortable as possible so your guest can read, surf the internet or lounge if the mood should take them.
Made ahead Christmas & holiday meals: Let’s be honest, who wants to spend time alone in the kitchen when your family members and house guests are relaxing and having lots of fun? Why not try cooking ahead and freezing some meals for lunch and dinner. Make sure that your kitchen and pantry are stocked with a simple selection of breakfast food items such as cereal, yogurt and fresh fruit. Lunch items should include artisan bread, cold-cuts and a variety of cheese. Keep a selection of menus available to help guests with the restaurant choices available in the area in case you decide to eat out instead.
Take a deep breath and relax: Entertaining guests is not an easy task and for many people the holidays can be both a ton of fun and stressful at the same time. Before the arrival of guests, take the time to do something just for you. A walk in the park or a manicure can do wonders and help prepare you for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

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For professional Carpet, Rug, Upholstery, Mattress, Stain Removal and Tile & Grout and Natural Stone cleaning services, contact the knowledgeable cleaning specialists at Carpet Care 2000 today.

Nothing pulls a room together quite like an area rug can. They look great on carpet in high traffic and seating areas. If you have hardwood floors or other hard flooring, area rugs add a certain level of comfort as well. The problem that people run into with rugs, is curling corners. When the corners of your area rug start to curl up, it ruins the look of the rug and also becomes a safety hazard. Someone can easily trip on a rug with the corners curled up. Carpet Care 2000 is here to talk about things you can try to get those corners to lay flat.

Ironing the Corners of a Rug Can Help Flatten Them

When you iron your area rug, you want to follow certain steps to make sure you don’t end up ruining it. Before you iron, dampen the corners of your rug with water and cover the surface with a towel. Turn your iron on and set it at a medium heat. You don’t want the iron too hot or it can damage the rug. Make sure you leave the towel on the rug as you iron it to create a barrier and avoid hurting the area rug.

Steam Cleaners Can Stop a Rug from Curling Up on Carpet

You can also try using a steam cleaner if you have one handy. Running the steam cleaner over the curling corners can help them lay flat again. This happens when the moisture from the steam loosens the fibers and allows the corners to lay flat. Hopefully, as the rug dries it doesn’t start to curl again. Luckily, there are still some tricks up our sleeve to help you out.

Heavy Books Can Get a Rolled Rug to Lay Flat

If you have some heavy books lying around your house, this is the perfect time to pull them out and use them. Gather several heavy books that you won’t need to use for several days and put them on the corners of your rug once you have it lying flat the way you want it. Leave them there for several days and when you take them off, you should see an improvement.

Use Furniture or Your Mattress to Solve Curling Corners

If the books didn’t seem heavy enough, you can move your furniture over to the area that needs some assistance. This may not be the way your room would normally look, but it will only be temporary and hopefully solve the problem for you. If none of these options work, you can place the rug between your mattress and box spring for at least a week to do the trick. Make sure the rug is lying flat as can be before you place your mattress on top of it.

Rug Adhesives, Pins & Anchors for the Corners

If you have hard surfaced flooring, you can also purchase adhesives that can be placed on the corners of your area rugs and actually stick to the floor to solve the problem. They are usually stickers that adhere to your rug and then stick to the floor to keep it from curling up.

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If you have area rugs in your home, you need to have them professionally cleaned just like your carpet in order to extend their life and keep them beautiful. Carpet Care 2000 can help you maintain your area rugs to keep their colors vibrant. Call us today!

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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