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Patio furniture can be severely impacted by the elements, especially the dirt and the sun. The sunlight fades and dries out the fabric, causing it to deteriorate faster. Minimizing the sun damage as well as maintaining the cleanliness and condition, will extend the life of the furniture as well as keep it in mint condition. Today, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to share some tips to protect your patio furniture from the sun’s harmful rays.

UV Blocker Patio Umbrella

To protect all of the patio furniture, an umbrella is ideal. Not only do the umbrellas protect furniture, the umbrella makes an excellent accessory for your patio as it is available in a number of different colors, shapes, and styles. Umbrellas help protect some of the more sensitive pieces of patio furniture from the sun’s rays while it provide shades for those looking to enjoy fresh air without over exposure and reduce the heat.

How to Clean & Protect Different Outdoor Furniture Materials

Wood Patio Furniture: Invest in UV Stain resistant furniture. If you currently have wood patio furnishings and you are unsure, applying a coat of UV resistant stain finishing can help significantly. Not only will the stain protect the wood from sun damage, but also offer it more protection from the natural effects of decay and wood rot. Refinishing your wood patio furniture every couple of years will increase the aesthetics as well.
Metal Patio Furniture: Metal patio furnishings can be treated with an exterior polish designed to protect it from the sun’s UV rays as well as water and other natural damages caused by climate and weather conditions. These chemicals, much like the wooden finishes, can be applied every few years. Check manufacturer’s recommendations and directions. Ensure that the protective agent you are applying is efficiently covered; getting in the nooks and crannies throughout the intricate parts to avoid rust, fading, and deterioration. Water-resistant oil will help protect your furniture in damp environments is optimally applied in spring.
Upholstery Patio Furniture: Not invincible to the elements, the cloth cushions for chairs and couches are not indestructible and can quickly decay under the sun’s rays. Apply an exterior upholstery protection agent to the upholstery to prevent fading, drying, staining, molds, mildew and repel moisture.

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Make sure to bring your patio furniture inside for storage at the end of the season in your garage, basement, storage shed, and etc to avoid the harsh winter. Do not store fabric cushions or upholstered outdoor furniture in plastic bags. In the air tight bag, fabric cannot breathe and the environment that is created is ideal for mildew and mold. High-grade polyester helps prevent mildew and perspiration buildup while in storage, but common outdoor furniture and cushion covers are generally made with synthetic materials. When the temperatures reach peak heat, store or throw some furniture covers over the pieces to protect them. If you need help cleaning the upholstery, contact Carpet Care 2000 and let our experts get your upholstery clean, fresh, and vibrant. Our experts are fully trained and experienced to take care of the patio upholstery. Contact us for your floor and upholstered furniture cleaning needs.

Nearly every homeowner has experienced the chronic stain, or even the phantom stain, whichever name you prefer. These stains have a nasty habit of reappearing after you diligently try every method in the book to remove them. You spend time, money, and sweat on these nasty little spots; after you think you have conquered them you walk away feeling victorious, only to have them reappear a day or two later. Well you are not alone in this nightmare; it is a very common phenomenon and there a few things that can dispel the curse and allow your carpets to be fresh, clean and stain free. We at Carpet Care 2000 would like to share some tips and advice on how to handle the chronic stains that seems to reappear.

Recurring Carpet Wicking Stains

What is happening when the stain reappears is what is called wicking. When a liquid spill hits your carpet it immediately starts soaking through, penetrating your carpets, absorbing into the carpet backing and even through the carpet pad. Tending to the stain is only removing the spot on the surface; where in fact the offending fluid continues to lurk below the fibers out of sight. Within only a few hours or up to a few days, they fluid that are trapped in the carpet backing and carpet pad resurfaces to the top side, staining the fibers once again. If you have seen an oil lamp, the same effect is taking place that occurs when the wick stays saturated. Though this is frustrating there are a few steps to prevent the reappearing stain from delivering an encore performance.

How to Prevent Carpet Wicking that Keep Coming Back

1) When treating spots or stains, use the minimal amount of water possible. Always absorb as much of the moisture as possible with pressure blotting and paper towels. Apply your cleaner in small intervals, patting up the moisture before reapplying more cleanser if needed.
2) To prevent the fluid from penetrating deep into the carpet backing and carpet pad, tend to spills as quickly as possible, do not let them linger.
3) In order to help draw up the moisture into the towel instead of allowing it to rest on the carpet surface; place an old towel over the spot, and weigh it down with a heavy object for several hours or even overnight following the treatment of the stain.
4) If the stain is large and still continues to manifest, you need professional assistance as there is a deeper problem. With professional services, the powerful extracting equipment can remove the deep rooted stains and any lingering moisture that might be pooling on the subfloor.

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Carpet Care 2000 has the experience and expertise to remove even the most stubborn stains. Our trained experts can utilize our state-of-the-art equipment and high quality cleaners to clear away the stains, any attached odors, and pull up any moisture that is residing below the surface. For your challenging stains, call Carpet Care 2000 today and let us do the rest!

Have you noticed bald spots on your carpet where the fibers are missing revealing the bottom or pile of the carpet? You may wonder why your carpet is suddenly going bald, especially when it seems your carpet is either brand new or not really that old. Today Carpet Care 2000 will reveal the disturbing truth as to why your carpet is going bald and what can be done to stop it.

Carpet Moth Larvae & Beetle Damage

You may wonder why your carpet is balding without any signs of those fibers lying around. The malady is due to carpet pests. Yes, little tiny insects or bugs are feeding on your carpet. Some of the most common pests found feasting on carpets are carpet moths or more precisely their larva, and carpet beetles. Some may wonder why their carpets may be infested with pests. Is it due to the fact that their homes are dirty? Well the answer to that question is no. The condition of your home has no affect on whether or not carpet pests are present in your home. Both carpet beetles and carpet moths feed on natural fibers such as wool or silk. Carpets or rugs that are made of either of these materials will draw these pests into your home. Even carpets with different blends of materials that contain wool or silk will be affected along with some other natural materials.

What Else Causes Carpet Beetles?

Another way your carpets become victim to a carpet beetle or cloth moth attack is high moisture and dirt built up in your carpets. Often in areas where moisture is constantly assaulting the carpet you might find damage; areas such as around vents or near laundry rooms, kitchens, or bathrooms. Additionally carpet isn’t the only victim of these carpet pests. They will often feed on linens such as curtains, bedding, and even furniture with natural fibers. All can be a breeding ground for these pests.

How Do You Prevent & Get Rid of Carpet Beetles?

Once carpet beetles and pests are found in your home or carpets, you will need to treat them. You will want to thoroughly vacuum your carpets and then treat your carpets with a pest carpet cleaning agent. A natural cleaner for killing pests is vinegar. However a professional carpet cleaner will also have disinfectants that can kill any pest or eggs left behind after vacuuming. To prevent these carpet pests you should regularly wash curtains and exposed linens and of course, regularly vacuum your carpets and rugs. You will especially want to vacuum the edges of carpets, which most must admit, can get neglected from time to time. Having your carpets steam cleaned is another additional, effective, and inexpensive way to prevent carpet pests from damaging your carpets and rugs.

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If your carpets seem to be balding, especially where the carpet is exposed to moisture, it is most likely due to these carpet dwelling pests. To prevent these pests from feeding on your carpets, Carpet Care 2000 can deep clean your carpets and extract any of them that might be lurking underneath your carpets fibers. Contact Carpet Care 2000 day to prevent pests from feasting on and destroying your carpet. Damaged areas will most likely need to be repaired. Make an appointment and have your carpet professionally cleaned and repaired today.

There isn’t one single factor that makes an area rug valuable. Many times, you will hear people talk about the number of knots per square inch but this isn’t even the most important factor when an appraiser looks at it and determines a value. There are considerations when it comes to the way quality and value will be determined. While the knot size and type are one factor in determining the quality of the rug’s construction, there are others and many questions can’t be answered just by looking at the number of knots per square inch.

What Determines the Value of an Area Rug?

1. The main consideration in determining the value of a rug is the age of it relative to its condition. There is a limited number of old and one-of-a-kind handmade rugs. This is the reason this is an important consideration when a rug is appraised. If the rug is old and in good condition, it will be high in value. Even if a rug is in need of some repair or restoration, they can still hold a great deal of value and are worth the investment.
2. The country where the rug originated is another consideration when looking at new and antique rugs. There are areas and regions that are well known for their craftsmanship or the way they look during the time it was made. Some areas in Turkey have been weaving carpets for hundreds of years.
3. Another important consideration is the craftsmanship and the materials used. These will both determine the quality of construction and the aesthetic appeal of the carpet. Area rugs are typically made of wool, silk, cotton, metal threads, camel hair and goat hair. Some rugs use silks like banana silk and cactus silk. It should be known that not all wool is the same. You can see and feel the differences in the grade of wool used and the way it is spun before it is woven. Even the elevations that sheep are raised at will affect the wool and hand spun wool is softer than wool spun by a machine.
4. When it comes to natural beauty it’s better to purchase a rug that has used natural dyes instead of synthetic chromium dyes. Carpets that are dyed with natural dyes look less intense and saturated. They are more valuable because they are more complicated to make and need someone with expert knowledge than a rug dyed with synthetic dyes. With the added labor and the limited numbers of these experts, it adds value to the rug.
5. When it comes to Oriental rugs, the weaving patterns and methods have been passed down within a family from mother to daughter. Knot size is an important consideration but not as important as the density of the wool and how the knots are tied. You can test to see how durable a rug is by handling the rug. Loosely woven rugs are flimsy and won’t last as long. Look for one that is sturdier.

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There’s a combination of factors that will determine the value of an area rug. Taking care of it the right way will have you enjoying it for years to come. When you need to have it professionally cleaned, you can trust the experts at Carpet Care 2000 to care for it the right way.

The summer is the time of year that kids are off from school and there are swimming parties and lots of fun in the sun. Summer is a long awaited time of the year that people love for many reasons. The problem is that there will be more and more foot traffic coming in and out of your home with the open schedules. The foot traffic adds dirt and grime not only to your home but your carpets and floors as well. That means that you are stuck cleaning more often and trying to keep up with the dirt that follows kids around. There are some great tips to help with a big part of the dirt that comes in contact with your carpets.

Carpet Care 2000 Offers Tips On How To Keep Your Carpets Clean this Summer

Shoes Off the Carpet Rule: One of the most common ways that dirt is tracked into the house is on shoes. The shoes are worn outdoors in the yard, street and sidewalk where they are picking up dirt, debris and other messes. Then someone comes in the house and brings all that same amount of mess on the carpet. If you want to eliminate the dirt that comes in on shoes, have everyone take off their shoes when they enter your home. It’s a great idea to set a bin outside the front door so that people have a place to set their shoes when they arrive. You can also have a shoe rack if you want a more organized way to keep the shoes. You also can add some signage so people are aware that you want them to remove their shoes.
Runner Rugs & Doormats: The next thing that you can do to keep the dirt out of your house and off the carpets is to set up a mat by the door. You don’t want to just set one up near the front door but the back and the garage as well. These are all ways that people will use to come in and out of the house. Even if you have people take off their shoes you might still have some stragglers as well as pets that come in and out. The mats or rugs will help to collect the dirt and debris on their feet, shoes and paws. Be sure that you shake out the rugs or clean them often to remove as much dirt as possible.
Clean the Carpets Often: You want to be sure that you run the vacuum as often as possible so that you can remove as much dirt as you can. The longer the dirt is allowed to sit the more damaged the carpet can become. Be sure you have a good vacuum that is maintained to keep it working well. You then want to have a professional come out and clean the carpets as well.

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When it comes to the professional carpet cleaning that deeply removes dirt and debris, extracts stains and neutralizes odors. There are many who have been lead to believe the different myths associated with this beneficial service and other carpet treatments. We at Carpet Care 2000 would like set the record straight on these myths.

Busting Carpet Cleaning Myths

Myth: Over vacuuming causes premature wear of carpets.
Fact: No amount of vacuuming can cause your carpets to decay. However, allowing the dirt and grit to fester is what deteriorates carpet.
Myth: Carpet shampooers available for public consumers are equal to professional grade equipment.
Fact: The shampooers available on the market are generally adequately equipped to disperse water in your carpet and extracting some of the water, however, is not as efficient which often leads to mold and water damage. Professionals have access to industrial strength, powerful state-of-the-art truck mounted equipment that is designed for excessive use and reliable, effective cleaning treatments.
Myth: You save cash opting for cheaper carpet.
Fact: You get what you pay for when it comes to the carpeting. Carpet that is inexpensive is so because of the low quality fibers and poor manufacturing. Cheap carpet deteriorates rapidly, requiring carpet replacement sooner. High quality carpets are a better investment for long term use.
Myth: Professional carpet cleaning is an expensive commodity that you don’t necessarily need.
Fact: Professional carpet cleaning is a very common service and a competitive industry; making professional carpet cleaning very affordable. Getting the carpets professionally cleaned 1-2 times a year or more so if needed, will prolong the carpet’s lifespan, improve the indoor air quality, control allergen contaminants, reduces bacteria exposure, and keeps the carpets looking pristine and in optimal condition.
Myth: Hard surface floors are more ideal for chronic allergy sufferers.
Fact: Hard surface floors will continually kick up the allergy causing elements into the air as it settles on the surface by the foot traffic. Easily retracted by regular vacuuming, the carpet fibers trap allergy components.
Myth: Steam cleaning damages and ruins carpets.
Fact: In the professional cleaning process, a popular method is steam cleaning; using hot water to push the filth up and extract the dirty water. A trained technician is well versed in the equipment and process that removes the underlying dirt, stains, and odors that leave carpets clean, deodorized, and sanitized without inflicting any damage to carpets. When the untrained user attempts to utilize the equipment incorrectly, carpets can be ruined.
Myth: Carpets that appear clean do not need their annual cleaning.
Fact: Some carpets can camouflage the dirt better than other. Over time the dirt, bacteria, and debris builds up and if it is not removed, the carpets can be negatively impacted.
Myth: Carpets installed less than two years ago do not require professional cleaning.
Fact: From day one of installation the dirt and soil starts to deposit beneath surface. The damage the debris causes carpet has been sent into action far before the time you can see the dirt. A preventative approach is to get a professional carpet cleaning about a year after installation to extend the life and vibrancy of your fresh new carpet.
Myth: Carpet deodorizer powder keeps carpet fresh and clean for long periods of time.
Fact: These products are a temporary fix and overused scented carpet powders cause unnecessary damage. It is impossible for the vacuum to collect all the powder, and the residue left behind only creates additional abrasive related damages.
Myth: Carpets get filthier fast following a professional cleaning.
Fact: Maybe applicable in the early years of professional carpet cleaning, as the carpet shampoo would leave a residue behind that dirt clung to. But modernly speaking, the technological advances and improved detergents no longer have that effect.

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Carpets that acquire stains and become dirty over time can be cleaned either by the homeowner or a professional carpet cleaning company. It is recommended to attend to any stain when it first occurs and to have your carpets cleaned as needed. By cleaning your carpets regularly, you will improve the carpets appearance and of course, its cleanliness. However when pets or kids have their various accidents, cleaning the top of the carpet can only go so far. To successfully remove nasty smells or kill any bacteria that may be left behind you must clean the carpet padding as well. Carpet Care 2000 will share the proper steps to clean the under padding of your carpets.

Cleaning Carpet Padding

Keep in mind that it is not easy to clean carpet padding, nor is it something that needs to be done very often. In most cases it is best to just change out the padding. However sometimes that is just not in the budget. If you have attempted many times to clean your carpet, yet the nasty odor remains, it might mean the source of the smell is in the padding of the carpet. If you’re on a tight budget yet still want to cure your home of the odor emitting from your carpets, follow these steps to properly clean carpet padding.
Step 1. Start by removing the carpet. Do this by going to one corner of the room and lift the carpet upwards. Remove the entire edge and begin to roll the carpet toward the other edge of the room. If you only need to clean one area of the carpet, only expose or remove the needed amount of carpet.
Step 2. While using cold water, take a cloth and blot at the area of the padding that requires cleaning. Don’t over soak the padding. All that is first needed is to lightly dampen the padding.
Step 3. Next, mix together ½ cup of vinegar with 1 quart of warm water in a bucket or bowl. Use a sponge to spread the mixture. It is safe to be liberal when applying the cleaning agent on the stain or soiled areas that require cleaning. After applying the mixture on the needed areas allow it to soak on the padding for 30 minutes.
Step 4. For more stubborn areas, use liquid dish soap in warm water and scrub at the affected area.
Step 5. Afterwards you will need to rinse the padding down. Do this by using straight cold water. You can use a sponge or cloth and dab or blot at the area until the content is removed.
Step 6. After rinsing the carpet, allow it to fully dry. You can use a fan to help speed up this process.
Step 7. To make sure the odor is completely gone liberally sprinkle baking soda on the padding and put the carpet back in place.

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Carpet Care 2000 knows that odor can be a difficult thing to remove out of carpets. Often it is due to the padding. If you find you need help cleaning and removing the odor out of your carpet, contact Carpet Care 2000 today.

The only time that you can really stop and say my carpets are clean are two different times. One is the moment that your carpets were installed and no one has yet walked on them. The other time is after they can have been professionally cleaned. The problem is that once you start every day life and you are using the carpets even with no shoes on they are getting dirty. The days that pass only soil them more and more and they need to be cleaned. To put a bit of perspective on the situation of clean carpets is if you were to use the same pair of socks without washing them for several months, would you assume them to be clean? Of course you would not! What if you only stayed indoors with those same socks? Still not okay, well the same goes for your carpet. If you are waiting for your carpets to actually “look” dirty you are way too late. That means the amount of dirt and debris is pretty substantial. Your carpets don’t actually have to have the appearance of being soiled for them to actually be dirty. The carpet fibers are actually manufactured to stop soil from standing out. Each strand of yarn or textile will actually help to hide the dirt and other debris that is sure to be on the carpets from every day use.

Carpet Care 2000 Lists Reasons That Your Carpets Are Dirty Even Though They Appear to Be Clean

Carpet Hides Soil: When synthetic carpet fibers were first used the problem that was occurring was that they were not able to hide the dirt. The bigger problem was that the carpets used to look dirty even though they were soiled very minimally. The shape that is used now and has been modified to help with endurance of the carpet is able to hide the look of the soil. The biggest issue now is that the carpets hide the soiling so well that people assume they don’t need to have the carpets cleaned. The soiling is not only making the floors dirty but the more dirt there is, the more damage your fibers are suffering from. Worse than a dirty carpet is a carpet that is being damaged irreparably.
Air in Your Home is Dirty: The air that you have in your home flowing through the air conditioning unit is being filtered in most homes. Even if you are sure to remove and replace your filters on a regular basis you will still have dust and other particles in the air. The contaminants that are part of your air can be pollen, dust, fungus, bacteria, skin cells, and even dust mites. These are all hanging in the air but need to stop somewhere. That place happens to be on your carpets. The carpets can be full of these microscopic particles without making too much of a change in the appearance. That is why the rooms in your home that see little to no action still need to have the carpets cleaned.

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Area rugs are used to add beauty and color in a space. The variety of choices in front of you can make choosing the right one overwhelming. If this is the first time you have bought an area rug, you may not know where to even start. Carpet Care 2000 is here to share some tips to help you in choosing the right area rug for your home.

How to Choose an Area Rug Color

Color is a huge part of choosing the right area rug. It is often a starting point, since you want the rug to fit in with the rest of your décor. You most likely have other furnishings for the room and a color scheme you are looking for. When you are purchasing an area rug, this is an opportunity to go bold in your color choice. You can easily get away with choosing a bold pattern and bright colors with an area rug. It may be easier to choose your area rug first when designing a room and then you can accessorize with colors that are pulled from the rug rather than the other way around.

Choosing the Right Area Rug Sizes

A common mistake made by homeowners is choosing a rug that is the wrong size for your room. When you have an area rug in a room, all the furniture should rest on the area rug. The front legs of all the seating should be on the rug or it will look too small for your room. If you are choosing a rug for the dining area, you want the rug to be large enough that the chairs legs are still on it when pulled out for guests to sit on it. You don’t, however, want the rug to take up the entire room. A well-proportioned rug will add beauty to any space.

Rug Materials & Textures

Choosing the right texture in your area rug is often overlooked by homeowners. The most common area rug purchased is looped or pile rugs, but the possibilities are endless when it comes to texture. You may want a hard rug like sisal or one that offers comfort like velvet. For a high level of comfort, consider a high pile rug for added cushion under your feet. When choosing the right texture in an area rug, take into consideration what you will be using it for. If you have kids or pets, you may want to choose a rug that is more durable that an oriental rug and can be cleaned easily. Throwing different textures into your design will add appeal to your space in a way that you can’t achieve elsewhere.

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No matter what area rug you choose for your home, properly caring for it is important. Just like your carpet, area rugs need to be professionally cleaned at least twice a year to keep them protected from the damage of dirt and debris. The professional carpet cleaners at Carpet Care 2000 can help you care for your area rugs and extend their life. 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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