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When you have new carpets installed in your home most people set some ground rules. They might not allow shoes to be worn on the fresh carpet. They also may decide that food and drinks are not to cross over from the tile or hardwood to the carpeted area. These are all great ways to keep your carpets from suffering from high traffic areas that occur from constant walking in the same area. The other thing is that you are sure to have less spills on the carpet which means you will not be dealing with as many spots and stains. These are all great ways to extend the life of your new carpets but there is one way that they are being damaged immediately. The light that your carpets are exposed to are a problem and should be prevented and treated right away. When you notice areas that have spots of natural light coming through the blinds it is time to take action.

Carpet Care 2000 Has How Natural & Artificial Light Might Be Damaging Your Carpets

What Types of Light Cause Carpet to Fade?: The most common type of light that can cause damage to your carpet is ultraviolet light. This is the light that comes from the sun and usually is found streaming in through the windows of your home. The UV light causes about 40% of what causes your carpets to fade. The solar heat and indoor light also contribute to the amount of fading on your carpets. The light that you are using in your home can cause the carpet to fade and that is why you want to know what you can do to prevent it from occurring.
How Does Fading Damage Your Carpet?: The main problem with light on your carpet is that the carpets will fade. The color can change and start to lighten the look of the carpet over time. The fading is really only part of the problem. The secondary issue is that the carpet can also become dry and rotted; meaning the carpet can start to be brittle and break down. That results in you having to replace the carpets more often. The fading and damage will start immediately in your home so be ready to combat it right away.
How To Prevent Carpet Fading: Just because it is a cool and cloudy day does not mean that the UV lights are not causing damage. The climate you are in does not change the fact that your carpets will be damaged by the light. The first step is to understand where the sun seems to land on your carpets. These areas need to be checked often and you want to stop the light from seeping through. This can be done with blinds that you keep pulled down when the sun is coming in that particular window. You can also turn lights off in the rooms that you are not going to be in. This is a great habit to have not only to prevent carpet fading but also to save on energy consumption.

Best Sunlight Fade Resistance Carpet Types

Wool – Poor. But if protected from ultraviolet rays, carpet degradation does not occur as quickly.
Polyester – Good. Although may weaken with prolonged exposure.
Nylon – Good. Special dyes can be used in construction to inhibit sun damage.
Polypropylene Olefin – Good. Can be chemically modified to resist sunlight damage.
Acrylic Modacrylic’ – Excellent. Although prolonged exposure may cause deterioration in some pieces.

Carpet Installation, Repair, Cleaning & More in Tracy, Livermore, Sam Ramon, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California

Carpet Care 2000 truly is a full service carpet cleaning company. We not only offer pretty much every carpet service available from installation, repair and stretching to cleaning and stain removal including bleach spots; but we also offer many other cleaning and restoration services as well. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment.

Now that the summer is here most people are spending more time outdoors. This can be due to summer time activity or a sports team. Whatever the reason is the amount of sweat that you are sure to release will increase. The problem that occurs when you sweat too much is that you lose necessary electrolytes. The electrolytes that are in your body are there to help with the electrically charged ions that aid in energy. There are some other minerals that help with the electrolytes and they are sodium, potassium and calcium. When these levels are diminished due to over exertion or working out, you feel tired and sluggish. The sports drinks that you find in stores are a great way to balance these levels back out and have you feeling pumped again. The problem is when someone spills one of these drinks on your carpet. The sports drinks are usually a bright, neon color that can be a real problem when it is on the carpet. It can create a stain on the carpet that will need to be cleaned a particular way to get remove it.

Carpet Care 2000 Outlines the Steps Needed to Remove a Sports Drink Spill on Your Carpet

Dab Away at the Carpet Stain: One of the most important ways to remove any kind of spill on your carpet is to use the right technique. The very most important thing you need to do is to stay away from ever scrubbing the spot. The spot when it is scrubbed can spread the stain out to a larger area and will deepen it in to the carpet, backing and padding. That will then make the stain even harder to remove. That is why you need to use the dabbing technique. You want to apply pressure with a cloth so that you can pull the excess moisture out of the carpet without spreading it out. You may need to redo this process many times to get all the moisture out of the carpet.
Use The Right Carpet Stain Removal Tools & Cleaners: You also need to be prepared to clean a stain from a sports drink or many other types of spills. Be sure that you have on hand several items so that you can get to the stain quickly since that is key to any stain removal. You need to have several white wash clothes. The reason you want to use white is to avoid transferring any color from the rag on your carpets. You can have a bag of them that are strictly used for carpet cleaning. Then have a good alkaline cleaning solution that can be easily made at home. Use warm water and liquid dish soap. Start with about a quart of warm water into a bucket and add a tablespoon of soap and mix together. This can be applied to the stain and dabbed to pull away the color from the drink. Be sure to use the measurements that are given so that you don’t cause damage to your carpet when you try and remove a stain.

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

Carpet Care 2000 understands that sometimes, no matter what you do, those stains just won’t come out. Or perhaps you just aren’t able to get down on your hands and knees to to treat them. Sometimes, carpet stains can appear too intimidating so that you don’t even want to try to remove them for fear you’ll make it worse. Carpet Care 2000 offers expert carpet cleaning and stain removal services. We have powerful truck mounted equipment, effective cleaning solutions as well as the necessary knowledge and experience to clean your carpets and leave them looking as good as new! Don’t live with those stains and odors that mar the beauty and contentment of your carpet. Contact us today.

The average person spends approximately a third of their life in bed. In the time dirt and debris layers on the surface, sweat gets absorbed, skin cells get left behind, and then there is the possibility of additional bodily fluids, pet dander, fur, and all the other particles and contaminants that inflict your mattress. When you put that kind of perspective on it, spending a third of your life in bed seems unsanitary. With that in mind, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to share a method and advice on how you can keep your mattress cleaned beyond changing the sheets every week or two, and in between your annual professional cleaning.

Mattress Cleaning Tips

1. Vacuum Mattress. Let’s start the process by stripping your bed down. Using your vacuum’s hose and upholstery attachments, thoroughly remove the surface layer of debris. Utilize grid patterns to ensure a detailed clean by starting at the top of the mattress down to the foot of the bed by rows, this ensures thoroughness. Overlap the rows until you have completely vacuumed the top of the mattress and all four sides, skip the bottom right now, we will get there in a methodical approach.
2. Deodorize Mattress. Whether you can detect the odors from your mattress or have grown accustomed to them, mattresses will eventually begin to omit harsh smells, typically due to sweat. To prevent odors from evolving, or to get them neutralized, sprinkle baking soda generously over the entire top of the mattress and work it in with a medium firm scrub brush. If you like to enhance your bedroom with fragrances, add a few drops of essential oils to the baking soda. After you work the baking soda in, allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
3. Repeat Vacuuming of Mattress. After you have allowed the baking soda to absorb the odors, repeat the thorough vacuum method to make certain you have removed all of the baking soda.
4. Mattress Stain Removal. Mattresses do not usually get stained, but when they do the three most common stains on mattresses are blood, urine, and additional bodily fluids. It’s always optimal to treat stains immediately, but sometimes they are unnoticed. Do not use hot water as it can set in stains. Below are specific stain removal tips.
– Dried blood: Mix together ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide, 1 TBS liquid dish soap, and 1 TBS salt until you have made a thick paste. With light pressure, rub the paste into the stains and allow it to dry. Once dried, scrape the crust off and disposed of it properly. If blood stain residues persist, dip a white cloth into pure hydrogen peroxide and blot out the remaining blood.
– Urine: Urine is can be a challenge, but still possible to remove. Dissolve 3 TBS baking soda in 8 oz (1 Cup) of hydrogen peroxide and add 1-2 drops of liquid dish soap. Do not over saturate your mattress, but sponge the formula onto the stain and blot it out.
– Additional body fluids (vomit, slobber, etc): Prop a window up to help with ventilation and blot the stain with concentrated and unscented household ammonia. Do not over saturate your mattress. Rinse with a clean, damp cloth and sprinkle baking soda to remove the excess moisture, and vacuum the area once it is dry.
5. Flip Mattress. Flip the mattress on the back side and rotate the mattress, repeat the cleaning and deodorizing steps, and if needed the stain removal.
6. Additional Protection. For additional protection against stains and buildup, invest in a mattress treated to repel water is it makes mattress cleaning far more simple.

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

When your mattress is due for a cleaning, contact Carpet Care 2000 and let our experts utilize high-powered equipment and strong and effective detergents to get your mattress clean, sanitized and deodorized.

Many homes have a rule that kids cannot chew gum inside the house. The problem is that often times children forget that they have gum in their mouth and fall asleep or spit it out. The gum is very sticky and once it gets attached to a fabric it is hard to get it to come out. The gum is not only a problem when it is chewed but even before it is chewed as well. If you ever have stepped on a piece of chewed gum outside you know that when it is stuck it is really stuck. If you step on it you can track the gum around to more areas of the home as well. Working quickly to remove any stains and spots is the best way to get it out. The same goes for gum that might be stuck in the carpet. There are some very specific methods that you can try to get the gum out of your carpet.

Carpet Care 2000 Offers Several Ways to Remove Gum From Your Carpets

Remove Gum on Carpet with Heat: If you come across a piece of gum that is stuck in the carpet and has started to dry out, you may need to use a heat method. If you have a blow dryer and a paper sack you can use this process to pull the gum out of the carpet. Apply the paper sack to the area that has the gum stuck and plug in your blow dryer. Set it to heat and use the heated air to heat up the gum but be sure you don’t over heat it. If you do you run the risk of potentially melting or burning the carpet fibers. Use the paper sack to pull up the gum as it softens. You can apply this method over and over to get the gum all the way out. The last bits can sometimes be treated with soap and warm water, and a clean cloth.
Freeze Gum to Remove from Carpet: If you want to try a different method especially if the gum is fresh then ice is your best option. Get a bag that zips shut so that it won’t leak and apply it to the gum that is on the carpet. You need to let it sit for some time to allow the gum to harden. This can take up to 30 minutes but you want to keep an eye on it. You then can use your fingernails of a dull hard plastic like a credit card to pick the pieces off. Don’t tug on the fibers and do your best to pull just the gum off the carpet. As it starts to soften you may need to apply the treatment again to get it all off. Just like the heating method you need to be ready to follow up with warm water and soap to treat the remnants.

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

Carpet Care 2000 offers carpet care installation, repair, stretching and cleaning services and more include gum and other stain removal. Contact us to schedule your next appointment today.

After you had fresh carpets installed you may find you have some usable sizes of remnant carpet pieces left over. Many suggest using your remnant carpet pieces to make rugs with, but most don’t know how to turn a piece of carpet into a usable rug. Carpet Care 2000 will walk you through some simple steps on how you can create a beautiful rug with your leftover carpet remnants.

How to Make a DIY No Sew Area Rug at Home from Carpet Remnants

Step 1. First you need to measure and cut the piece of carpet you want from your remnant pieces. You may not have a large enough piece for what you truly want and will then have to make do with a smaller piece. If so, you may be able to skip this step.
Step 2. Unroll your chosen pieces facing down so the underside is facing you. With a black marker, use a long ruler or straight tool to mark your lines. You’ll want to cut out a straight line for your rugs. Use a carpet or utility knife to then cut out your size and shape of rug. You may want another person to hold the two edges tight for cleaner and straighter cuts.
Step 3. Next, flip the piece of carpet over so the top side is facing up. Use a fabric adhesive strip and cut it to the length of each of the four sides of the carpet. Apply one adhesive strip at a time. Make sure to place the middle of the adhesive strip on the edge of the carpet so one half of the strip is on the top of the carpet and the other is on the back side. Make sure you keep pulling the strips so that it remains tight as you apply it on the edges of the carpet to prevent any bulges in the strips.
Step 4. To help seal the corners of the fabric adhesive strips, or bind them together, cut the excess material off of the corners then flip the carpet upside down. With the fabric adhesive, cut out an “L” or corner shape piece and apply one to each corner of the back side of the carpet to help hold down the jointed areas and maintain the rugs shape. You may find that the adhesive does not stick in some spots. If you run into this problem, you can use a hot glue gun to help seal the edges of the pieces down.

DIY Rug Binding & Finishing Ideas

Some people also like to use a piece of cardboard for the backing for extra strength. For those who may want to add this to your rug, you will want to cut out a slightly smaller piece where it doesn’t quite touch the edge of the carpet but the adhesive fabric strips will fold over on top of it. Afterward, glue it to the back of the carpet with a hot glue gun before applying the fabric adhesive or your rug’s edgings. For those who want to reuse their leftover carpet pieces and make matching rugs this is a simple way anyone can achieve it. There is no need for sewing machines or the need for a professional. This method doesn’t require expensive tools, just a little bit of time.

Area Rug Cleaning & More in Tracy, Livermore, Sam Ramon, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California

Carpet Care 2000 provides many services that can benefit your home or businesses. If you find the need for our services, contact Carpet Care 2000 today.

The upholstery to your furniture completes the overall look and if the upholstery is covered in grit, grime, dirt, stains, and emits odors, it can bring the aesthetics of the piece down as well as make any immaculate room look filthy and unkempt. Upholstery neglected of maintenance not only loses its appeal, but the indoor air quality is lowered, early deterioration occurs, and the expected lifespan of that upholstery dwindles. Taking care of the upholstery has a number of advantages, and we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to share some tips and advice on what you can to reap those benefits as well as, most importantly, extend the lifespan of your invested upholstery.

Upholstery Cleaning & Care Tips to Extend the Life of Your Sofas & Couches

Information on Upholstery Material. There are many fabrics that comprise material used for your upholstery and all upholstery needs to be cleaned and cared for differently. Reading the labels on the upholstery will give you the information you need to properly maintain it; helping you know what to do as well as what not to do. With different options as to how to clean spills, daily cleaning, as well as preventative treatments to resist stains and such.
Upholstery Cleaning. Daily cleaning, deep cleaning and being attentive to spills are part of the cleaning of your upholstery. The daily cleaning of your upholstery consists of regular vacuuming to remove the dust and debris and avoid it from settling below the surface. In fast paced life styles, you may not have the time to vacuum the upholstery, but it is imperative that you do it as much as possible. Upholstery will quickly deteriorate the longer dirt is allowed to fester. Dirt, being a natural abrasive that when it builds up, along with use, creates friction that breaks down the composition, dries it out, and dulls the appearance of the fabric. When vacuuming, use the appropriate attachments to thoroughly vacuum the upholstery from top to bottom and under cushions. Always immediately wipe up spills and remove spots as you notice them to avoid stubborn stains from setting
Keep Pets off Sofas. Our beloved pets will often use the upholstered furniture to increase their comfort, even without your permission when your back is turned. Keeping pets off is the optimal choice to preserve the upholstery, as their fur/hair, dander, and contaminants they bring in contributes to the decay. If they are invited guests, consider utilizing a blanket or throw to act as a barrier. If the pets manage to add more mess to the upholstery, be sure to clean it more often.
Couch Rotation. There are many different aspects to rotating the upholstered furniture. Cushions or pads that are able should be flipped once a week as you perform one of the vacuuming tasks. This will prevent the divots and grooves from becoming permanent fixtures on your sofas and chairs for quite some time as well as allow the fibers a chance to relax, keeping your fabric looking young. Direct sunlight should also be avoided whenever possible. Along with applying drapes or curtains, blinds, and UV film, rearranging the furnishings once a year can contribute to the preservation. Sunlight dries out fabrics, and causes the colors to fade.
Professional Upholstery Cleaning Services. To further extend the life of your upholstery, manufacturers recommend professional cleaning annually or more frequently if needed. Professionals can also recommend preventative treatments to help you combat common issues you face. Experts use quality products and equipment to effectively remove blemishes, extract the deeply rooted dirt and debris as well as those on the surface and neutralize any offending odors that may have developed.

Sofa, Couch, Upholstery Cleaning & More in Tracy, Livermore, Sam Ramon, Dublin, Ripon, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California

If the upholstery in your home or business throughout the Tracey, California and surrounding areas is need of a professional cleaning, contact Carpet Care 2000 to efficiently clean, sanitize and deodorize your upholstery to restore the vibrancy and freshness.

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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