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When you invest in tile flooring for your home, you want to make sure it looks great for a long time by maintaining its luster and shine. People like tile floors for many reasons: they stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They are durable, which extends the life of your investment and you can create any look you want with the endless styles and colors available. Tile floors are also quite easy to maintain. There are some things you need to be careful about though, otherwise you can hurt your tile and grout.

Ways to Keep Your Tile Floors Clean

• Seal your tile and grout after it has been professionally cleaned. This will extend the life of your floors and it will they will also look like they did when they were installed.
• Clean spills right away. Even though tile floors look impenetrable, they are porous, and spills can seep in, leading to odors and discoloration.
• Deep clean all year round. Tile floors need more than sweeping every few days. Hire professionals for a deep clean to ensure a thorough clean.
• Use soft cloths. Using soft cloths will ensure your tiles surfaces won’t get damaged.
• Ensure proper ventilation. If you are using chemical cleaners to clean grout in confined areas, you need to make sure that there is ventilation to avoid inhaling harmful chemicals. Open windows and use fans.
• Use bleach or ammonia. Grout can be damaged by using these chemicals to clean it and can cause the tile or grout to break down over time
• Use colored cleaners. Because tile and grout are porous they can absorb colors from cleaning solutions. To prevent discoloration, use clear cleaning solutions.
• Use too much water. Again, because tile is porous it will absorb too much water if excessive amounts are used. This can cause mold and mildew to develop beneath the surface.
• Use steel wool. Using steel wool to clean tile and grout will have a negative effect on the finish of the flooring. Don’t use any abrasive items to clean out tile floors.
• Stress. If your floors look messy, don’t stress! Hire professionals to clean them and handle any other cleaning needs you have.

Additional Tile Floor Cleaning Tips

Vacuum or dust at least once a week with a clean cloth and a dry dust mop. Neglecting this can cause fine sand, dirt and grit to scratch your tile and discolor your grout. Use mats or area rugs at entrances to decrease as much of this debris as you can from getting on your floors. At least twice a month, use a damp mop with a diluted solution of a mild cleaner to clean your floors.

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

Cleaning tile flooring can be hard on your knees. Hire the professionals at Carpet Care 2000 to do it. We have the best supplies, tools and methods of the trade to have your tile and grout floors look like new again. Even the worst tile and grout issues can be taken care of. Call us today if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment!

More and more homeowners are using natural stone for their kitchens, bathrooms, and other places throughout the home. Natural stone requires proper cleaning methods along with regular maintenance. For those who may be considering installing natural stone in their home, or if it is time to reseal your stone, Carpet Care 2000 will share how to reseal and care for natural stone in your home.

Why is Using a Natural Stone Sealer Important?

Natural stone requires the proper cleaners or the stone can actually begin to erode. If this happens, eventually your natural stone will be damaged beyond repair. Natural stone is both beautiful and expensive. This why it is essential to care for and clean natural stone correctly. In addition, natural stone requires a sealer to help protect the stone’s surface from erosion. Basic care for natural stone requires a distinct cleaning solution for the types of stone you have. With natural stone, you’ll always want to prevent moisture from sitting on the surface for long periods of time. Lastly, keep any acidic drink or food from coming into contact with the stone. Keep in mind that natural stone erodes very easily. Natural stone’s only defense is its sealer. This is why it important to know when and how to reseal natural stone. Most sealers are a simple task that should be done at least once a year.

How to Seal Natural Stone

If you want to do your own resealing, follow these basic steps or contact a professional.
Step 1. Clean the surface of the stone with the correct cleaner. With a soft cloth buff the surface of the stone until it’s clean. Some stone will darken due to pores. This means the stone is saturated. Before moving on to the next step, allow the stone to fully dry.
Step 2. Next you will want to pour the sealer into a bowl or container that you can dip a brush in. In the room or area where you’ll be using the sealer, open all the windows and turn off all the fans. Some sealers contains strong fumes
Step 3. Using a foam paintbrush, dip the brush into the sealer and begin applying the sealer. Use broad strokes and overlap each stroke. Work from the top to the bottom and work your way to the other side. This will help prevent dripping. Once complete, let the sealer set for about 10 minutes or until it’s dry.
Step 4. After the sealer has had time to dry, use a dry cloth to remove the remaining sealer that didn’t absorb. Make sure to remove the excess sealer. You must work quickly to remove the sealer or it will become sticky or uneven.
Note: If you’re using a color enhancing sealer, make sure to use an impregnating seal first. Color enhanced sealers don’t protect the stone, which is why you need the two coats of sealer.

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If natural stone becomes damaged due to neglect, it may require buffing and re-polishing by a professional. If you want your natural stone cared for and professionally cleaned, restored, and resealed, contact Carpet Care 2000. We provide a wide range of services that can benefit your home or business. Contact Carpet Care 2000 today.

Do you have girls that live in your house? Then you know that they are forever testing out their makeup, crafting and painting their nails. Nail polish is a paint that is used to spruce up your nails and is made to last for a few weeks. The problem is when it drips on your carpet. The polish can be hard to get off your nails without the right method and even harder to get off your carpet. The polish is in the paint family and often has clear coat built in as well as glitter and other additives. You want to make sure that you do what you can to prevent nail polish from being spilled but also having a solution for when it happens. The polish is easy to spill just by knocking it over while you are trying to place the brush back in. You want to make sure that you clean the stain with the right method.

Carpet Care 2000 Lists Steps Needed To Clean Nail Polish From Your Carpet.

How to Get Dried Nail Polish Out of Carpet: There are times that you won’t even realize that polish has been spilled. You might be cleaning your teenagers room and realize they must have forgotten to tell you that they dripped the polish days before. The polish will have time to dry and that makes the cleaning process different than if you were to find it fresh. You need to get a metal spoon and the vacuum to start the process. Use the spoon to scrape away the parts of the polish that is attached to the carpet fibers. You need to use caution when using this method so that it does not cause damage. Then run the vacuum over the area to clean up the bits that have been scraped off. Then use a cleaning solution that will help to break up the rest of the stain. You can use hair spray or window cleaner that most people already have in their home to treat the rest of the spot. Saturate the area and allow it to work in the spot for several minutes. Then use a clean cloth to dab at the spot and repeat as needed.
How to Remove Fresh Nail Polish from Carpet: If you are lucky enough to find the spill right when it happens you can use a better method to clean it. You can use the same metal spoon but you need to use it to gently scoop the excess paint that has not soaked into the fibers yet. Once you have the majority of the excess removed you can use a clean cloth to dab away. Then use hair spray, window cleaner or rubbing alcohol to treat the rest of the spot. Then use a fresh cloth to remove the stain.
Rinse Carpet After Treating: After you have treated the stain from your carpet whether it was dried up or fresh you need to clean the carpet after. This will help to remove the residue left from the solution that was used. Mix warm water and dish soap to clean the area with a clean cloth and remove the excess hair spray or window cleaner that was used.

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Carpet Care 2000 offers carpet stain & spot removal services and more. Call today to schedule your carpet cleaning service today.

Whether you have the “food never leaves the kitchen” or you are fairly lax about people eating or drinking in places where the carpet is installed, the odds of an accident is still likely. When it comes to jams and jellies, the biggest offenders are little toddlers that will use the delicious sticky substance as finger paints, coincidentally or deliberately, and smear it anywhere they happen to be. Other circumstances can naturally happen when these tasty substances end up tarnishing your carpets. In an effort to help to help you remove jelly and jam from the carpets before they become an indefinite stain, we at Carpet Care 2000 have listed a method to remove it.

How to Remove Jam & Jelly Stains from Carpet

1) Immediate Action. Any substance that makes contact with your carpet is easier removed when you treat it as quickly as possible; avoid letting it sit for any length of time. Use a butter knife, spoon, or blunt edge to lightly scrape the bulk of the jam/jelly and wipe it off on a paper towel.
2) Stain Removal Tips. When you treat spots, never use hot water, or it could set the dye into your carpet. Never scrub or rub, just blot and pat to avoid making the mess spread. Always perform a patch test in an inconspicuous spot, whether you use commercial carpet cleaner or DIY home remedy, to ensure the carpets color or integrity is compromised. To avoid the risk of transferring prints or dyes from cleaning tools, always use white paper towels, cloths, and towels during your procedure. If your carpet is specialized fiber, contact a professional.
3) Don’t Over Wet Carpet. Lightly dampen the marred area by misting it with a squirt bottle of warm water, or use a damp cloth to pat moisture on the spot.
4) Treat Stain. In a bucket or separate squirt bottle, mix ¼ tsp liquid dish soap with 1 liter of cool water; mix the solution well.
5) Blot, Don’t Rub Carpet Stain. Use a clean cloth to apply the treatment to blot the jelly/jam out of the carpet. Start your treatment on the outer edges and work your way to the center to contain the stain. Blot the stain or place the treat cloth over the top of the stain and use a spoon and lightly press the spoon, lifting the stain.
6) Repeat. Use a paper towel to absorb the moisture and repeat the treatment until the jelly/jam is completely removed.
7) Rinse Solution. Use a damp cloth to rinse the solution by blotting up the residue.
8) Dry Thoroughly. With a dry towel, continue to dry the area to the best of your ability.
9) Vacuum. Vacuum the carpet once it is fully dry to relax the fibers.

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Jam and jelly can be more of a challenge to remove if they had a chance to sit for more than a few hours. If the stains persist, call in the professionals of Carpet Care 2000 and let our skilled experts utilize their knowledge and top quality products and equipment to not only remove the stain, but to extract any compact dirt and debris to reveal clean and fresh carpets. Contact us today!

Spring time is just around the corner and the warm weather is making a comeback. Most of us are getting ready for some fun in the sun and getting active again. Are you ready to shake off the winter funk that has set in? After a few months of colder weather and spending a ton of time indoors your home likely needs some serious TLC! While we spend the majority of our time indoors during the winter, our homes take a beating. So when spring arrives it’s an all-out cleaning party in many homes! Opening of windows, wiping down everything organizing closets that have harbored the winter’s clutter … and moving furniture to prepare for a good steam carpet cleaning! There’s just something about freshly cleaned carpets that makes a house feel like a home again. It erases the unsightly stains and mystery odors, and gives us a fresh start. Between the messes that come with rearing children and all the muck your dogs may run in and out, quarterly steam cleans are a must. Do you have your favorite carpet guys, Carpet Care 2,000, on speed dial? You should!

Carpet & Allergies Studies

This time of year, the outdoors are starting to look alive again, the trees are waking up, the grass is rejuvenating itself, the flowers are blooming which means what? You guessed it! Allergies are in full swing. Nearly 50,000,000 people in the U.S. today suffer from common allergies. Some of the most common spring allergens here in California are Balsam Poplar trees, California Juniper trees, Alfalfa grass, Curly Dock, Rough Cockleburr and Stinging Nettle to name a few. As our time outdoors increases, the number of allergens we drag back into our homes with us doubles. Steam cleaning can safely and effectively remove nearly all of the dust, bacteria and allergens that linger around our home, getting kicked up as we move about ultimately making their way into our respiratory systems and wreaking havoc in our lives. No one can afford to get sick these days!

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Steam carpet cleaning doesn’t require the use of harsh chemicals to remove unsightly stains, odors, and irritants naked to the human eye. Carpet Care 2000 uses powerful, state of the art truck mounted steam cleaners to shoot hot water deep into the fibers of your carpets effectively killing bacteria and removing dust and allergens naturally using only hot water. These powerful steam cleaners then remove any access water that may be lingering, leaving your carpets much drier than a typical bulky carpet shampooer. If you are concerned about chemicals because you have young children and pets, you can rest easy knowing that steam cleaning is kid and pet safe, environmentally friendly, and effective in removing all the allergens and contaminants you don’t want in your home! If you are ready to kick off your Spring season feeling renewed with carpets so clean you’ll want to sleep on them; give Carpet Care 2000 a call today and schedule your spring cleaning!

The lily flower symbolizes purity and refined beauty. Lilies are one of the few flowers that will keep nicely indoors for quite some time. The only problem is that pollen drops as they age and the pollen from lilies can be difficult to remove. Lily pollen is dusty and should be avoided so it doesn’t stain your hands. The best way to avoid these stains is the remove the pollen-containing anthers from the stamen as soon as the lilies start to open. You can still remove the anthers as they start to produce pollen by using a tissue. Before they open completely they are rubbery enough to remove the anthers without damaging the flower. A trick you can try is to spray the anthers with hairspray, but this can shorten the life of the flowers. Avoid these stains in the first place and know how to remove them if your carpet gets stained.

Removing Wet Lily Pollen Stains from Carpet

1. Tape or a vacuum cleaner. Pollen is a dry substance, so use vacuum cleaner or sticky tape to lift off as much of the dusty pollen as possible. Make sure you don’t scrub, otherwise it will get into the fibers and the stain can spread.
2. Dry-cleaning solvent. Use a sponge and blot the stain until it’s gone.
3. Enzyme laundry product. These products can be very useful in removing lily pollen because these products cut into the pollen and pull it from the fibers. Just be sure to use it as directed.
4. Isopropyl alcohol. Use a clean cloth or paper towels to gently blot the stain, work from the edges towards the middle and allow the areas to dry.
5. Shaving foam. Spray the shaving foam on the stain and gently work the stain with an old toothbrush, rinse with cold water and let the area air dry.

More Tips to Remove Dusty Lily Pollen Stains from Carpet

Many stains are caused by liquids, but remember, pollen stains are caused by a dusty powder. Think of pollen stains like talcum powder or baking soda and then think of how you would clean it up. You wouldn’t pour water on it, so don’t do it with pollen. Lots of stains are easier to remove by adding water but when it comes to pollen stains you need to take a different approach. Adding water can come at the end of the cleaning process, when it’s time to rinse. If you add water right away, you’ll dissolve the powder and encourage the stain to spread. Do not use ammonia or products that contain ammonia because it can set the stain and make it almost impossible to remove.

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Knowing how to deal with lily pollen stains will make it easier to have these beautiful flowers in your home because you won’t have to stress about possible stains. Contact Carpet Care 2000 to schedule your spring deep steam carpet cleaning today!

Carpets act a lot like filters that trap all sorts of nasty debris like dust, dirt and allergens that can cause problems. You need professional carpet cleaning to remove this debris. Carpet fibers age and will wear down over time. When carpets get worn down, they won’t feel so soft on your feet anymore. The soil that becomes embedded in the fibers will make it feel like sandpaper and will continue to wear away at it every time you walk on it. There are some facts about carpet that can make cleaning them easier and more effective.

Carpet Cleaning Facts

1. Carpet Pretreatment. Pre-treating carpet is an important step if you’re cleaning your carpet yourself or hiring professionals. The process of pre-treating loosens and softens the dirt and debris that is trapped in your carpet. It’s easy for these to get embedded because we walk on our carets every day.
2. Less Carpet Cleaning Solution is Best. The idea that more is better doesn’t apply to carpet cleaning solutions. Using more cleaning solutions can be bad for your carpet. Leftover cleaning residue can cause your carpet to stain more easily because it attracts more dirt and debris. Foam solutions and powder detergents can be used but need to vacuumed out completely. Otherwise soil particles will bond to the chemicals, making stain worse.
3. PH Factor of Carpet Cleaners. The pH tolerance of cleaning solutions is important in cleaning carpets. When you hire professionals, they can determine the right pH for your carpet type and the condition it’s in. The fibers and the color of your carpet can be changed permanently if you use cleaning solutions that are too acidic or too alkali. Carpets that are stain resistant are even more sensitive to the wrong solutions.
4. Brush Carpet Stains Lightly. It makes sense that some stains will need a lot of scrubbing to remove them, but there isn’t really much scrubbing needed to remove spots and stains. Blotting is important along with working from the outside of the stain in. If you aren’t happy with the results after you have cleaned, it’s important not to use a carpet protector on the area. All this does is “glues the dirt in” and will make it even harder to remove in the future. Try to remove it again or call in the professionals.
5. Carpet Stain Protection. Even if your carpets are stain-resistant, these protectants will eventually wear down. The best way to keep your carpets looking their best is to use a stain protectant after each professional clearing or at least once a year. If you buy it yourself, remember to do a patch test to see if it affects your carpet.
6. Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solutions. If professional cleaning isn’t in your budget, there are some solutions you can mix up. Liquid detergent and cold water, white vinegar and cold water or vinegar, dishwashing detergent and baking soda.

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Hopefully these facts help you understand carpet cleaning better. Carpet Care 2000 is ready to professionally clean your carpets. Give us a call to schedule an appointment.

The last thing you want to find at the end of a remodel is flooring that has been ruined because it wasn’t properly protected during construction. There are many different ways to protect your flooring from the damage that can happen during a renovation. After all, you have invested a good amount of money into your flooring. Carpet Care 2000 is here to talk about some ways that you can protect your flooring from the effects of the renovation process.

Lay Out a Clear Path for Construction Workers

Whether you are handling this renovation on your own, or have hired a crew to take it on for you, you will want everyone to know where they are allowed to walk. Workers will be coming and going day in and day out. You will want to have a pathway clearly marked so you don’t end up with a clear trail of dirt and dust when the renovations are over. Carpeted surfaces need to be covered with puncture resistant covering. This will allow any tools or other supplies to fall without causing problems for your carpet. Another great option is sticky mats inside any doors leading to the outdoors. This will remove the dirt and debris before the crew even steps into your house in the first place.

Keep Clean Floors as Messes Happen

You want to make sure that your floors are getting cleaned at the end of each day. When workers complete the tasks for the day, make sure they are cleaning up their workspace. This includes your floors. Using a decent shop-vac and wet mop at the end of the day will go a long way in keeping your floors from damage.

Seal & Vent the Workspace

By making sure the workspace is properly sealed and vented, you will be protecting your entire house including the flooring. There are many noxious fumes and substances that eventually end up turning into fine dust. Using a fire retardant sheeting is the best option for any renovation.

Protection as Construction Wraps Up

As your renovation comes to an end, it will take some time to get the space cleaned up. As you start to remove the flooring protectors as well as the tarps sealing off the area, you may want to have some disposable booties available to the workers to slip on and off while they are wrapping things up. They will also be handy for anyone that is making deliveries to your home to furnish the space.

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After you have completed a renovation in your home or business, you may want to consider having your flooring cleaned. Your carpets will still see some accumulation of dirt and fine dust during the construction process regardless of how vigilant you are in containing the mess. The carpet experts at Carpet Care 2000 have the training and equipment to deliver pristine floors every time. Call us today to schedule your post construction carpet cleaning.

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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