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Buying a secondhand mattress can be risky. Soft surfaces can trap allergens like cigarette smoke and pet dander and there are other activities that take place on a mattress that you might not want to know about. But if you’re on a budget, it may be your only option and that’s okay because there are steps you can take to get it clean.

Avoid Mattresses with Yellow Pee, Sweat & Other Bodily Fluid Stains

Avoid mattresses that have stains on them. Stains are almost impossible to remove and may have hazardous pathogens in them. Not to mention the yuck factor that goes along with stains on a mattress. Urine odors are almost always permanent, and breastmilk or blood can spoil and lead to worse odors. The only time you should let a stain slide is if you trust the person you get the mattress from and can assure you that the stain isn’t a bodily fluid but rather a stain from wine or soda, for example.

Vacuum Mattress

Use a hand-held vacuum to pick up any dust dirt skin hair, etc.

Spritz Mattress with Disinfectant Spray

Spray the entire mattress with a disinfectant spray. Make sure the surface of the mattress feels slightly damp and allow it to dry. You can use a fan to speed the process up or let the mattress sit in the sun if it’s hot and dry out. Turn the mattress over and repeat on the other side.

Febreze Fabric Refresher for Mattress

Turn the mattress back and use a fabric refresher like Febreze and then do the same on the other side. Use a fan or the sun to get it to dry faster. After the mattress is completely dry, cover it with a mattress pad. This will ensure that you’re not in contact with any icky material that may be left lingering.

Deodorize Mattress

Another way to deodorize a mattress is to sprinkle some baking soda over the entire surface. If it’s the first time you’re cleaning your mattress then don’t be afraid to use an entire 1-pound box. Let the baking soda sit for 24 hours for the best results. Placing the mattress close to a window allows the sunlight to add to the sanitizing process. Use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner to go over the mattress. Adding a mattress pad between the cover and the bottom sheet is a great way to absorb moisture.

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

Your mattress is the dirtiest object that you come in close contact with and needs to be deep cleaned on a regular basis. Cleaning your mattress, a couple of times a year can help keep your bedroom fresh. You will sleep more pleasantly and productively by doing so. When a mattress is well taken care of it will last longer and can help prevent nasty and expensive pest infestations. Your mattress may look clean but can be very soiled and potentially dangerous to your health. This goes for a mattress that is only a few months old to one that is several years old. Professional mattress cleaning uses a powerful deep-cleaning process to thoroughly clean and sanitize your mattress and ensures a good night’s sleep. Call Carpet Care 2000 for professional mattress cleaning.

Imagine waking up from a restful night of deep sleep and walking out of your room only to feel water under your feet from a water leak. Not quite the dream you were hoping for? Unfortunately millions of Americans each year live out this nightmare when they are wide awake. No one can prepare you for the overwhelming feeling of having to clean up the mess created from water damage in your home. At Carpet Care 2000 our goal is to help remove the dreadful feeling of complete despair and to help you put your house back in order as quickly and safely as possible.

My House Flooded; What Do I Do?

The first step you should take is to turn off the water in your home so that the flooding doesn’t continue to worsen. Many people think that the next step is to immediately clean up all of the water themselves and just can’t bring themselves to even begin the process. We have good news for you – we are here to help you! Once the water is turned off call us immediately at 209-834-1232 and we will send a skilled professional out as soon as possible. While you are waiting for us to get there you can remove electrical items away from the flooded area and remove any breakable or valuable items from the areas affected by the water.

Carpet Water Extraction Services

When our employee arrives at your house they will assess the damaged areas immediately. After we know what we are dealing with we will start the process of extracting the water using high quality equipment made just for water extraction. Our machines will extract the water quicker and more effectively than any of the tools that are available to the average homeowner. Ensuring that all of the water is successfully extracted is a step that is critical to restoring your home back into a safe environment for your family. If all of the water is not removed from the floor it can begin to seep into your dry wall and sheet rock. Water left in the walls will mold and will start infesting the inside of your walls and spread throughout your home. Breathing in mold can cause serious health problems. Chronic sinus problems, nosebleeds, inflammation of the lungs, mold-induced asthma, skin infections, rashes, fatigue, aches and pains, watery eyes, sore throat, and nausea and vomiting are all symptoms of prolonged mold exposure.

Drying Carpet After Water Damage

When the water extraction process is completed we will begin drying all of the affected areas including carpet, carpet padding, walls, and furniture. Using the proper equipment we will ensure that all of the water dries so that your family doesn’t run the risk of mold beginning to grow in your home. Once the affected areas have been dried out effectively we will clean and deodorize your carpets and upholstery leaving your home clean and fresh for your comfort and pleasure.

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

So if you find yourself waking up to the nightmare of flooding inside your home, there is no need to panic! Just call Carpet Care 2000 today and we will be right over to give you the professional assistance that you need to get your home back to normal.

While houseplants add an organic beauty to your home, they can also cause problems as well. They carry a risk of carpet damage no matter how beautiful they are. However, there are many steps you can take to safeguard your carpet against the damage that houseplants can cause to your flooring. Carpet Care 2000 is here to share some tips that will help you keep your carpets free from the damage caused by those beautiful houseplants.

Saucer for Plant Pots

One of the best ways to keep your carpets free from the damage caused by watering your houseplant is to put the plant in a saucer that has no risk of leaking. If you have a shallow dish or saucer beneath the plant to catch any excess water that the plant doesn’t need.

Avoid Overfilling Your Plant with Potting Soil

When you put too much soil in your houseplant, it can overflow and stain your carpet. During the potting process, you should leave about one inch above the soil and the top of the pot to avoid staining due to too much soil.

Don’t Wait to Clean Up Carpet Spills

Having several potted plants in your home means that you are likely to have some sort of spillage at some point. The key to keeping your carpet safe is to clean up these spills right away. The longer they are left on your carpet, the more likely permanent staining will take place as the stain soaks into the fibers.

Choose the Right Size Pot for Your Plant

Choosing the right pot for your plant is crucial in successfully growing anything. It also plays a big part in keeping your flooring protected as well. You should choose pots that are stable and not likely to tip over if they are bumped. Choose a pot that is low to the ground and wide to avoid this problem.

Be Careful with Plant Stands

Along the same lines as the right pot, you plant stand can make your houseplant more prone to tipping over. The best stands to use are multi-pot stands that are more stable. With the weight of several plants, it is less likely to tip over.

Choose Plants that Don’t Need Soil

There are many plants that don’t require any dirt to grow. If you are struggling with keeping your carpet clean, but you want to have a splash of green in your home, choose a plant that doesn’t require dirt to thrive.

Use Plastic Flower Pots

Ceramic pots may look pretty, but when they are tipped over, there is a higher chance that they will break and spill dirt all over your floor. When you choose plastic pots, you don’t run that risk.

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

If you have houseplants that have damaged your carpet, there isn’t a better company to remove any trace of houseplant staining than Carpet Care 2000. We have the experience and training to remove even the toughest stains. Call us today!

Most people want to keep their house clean and smelling fresh. There are several ways to do that including adding scented candles and oils and cleaning the floors, carpet and changing out the air filters. These are all great ways to keep your house smelling fresh. There is one area of the house that can lead to odors that you may not even realize. The couches, chairs and other upholstery can hold in odors and stains from your family and pets. The pets leave behind pet hair and dander as well as an occasional accident. You want to make sure that you keep the upholstery clean and if you don’t do it right you can cause damage to the upholstery. It is best to know what to avoid and what you need to know about cleaning the upholstery.

Carpet Care 2000 Lists Tips for How to Clean Upholstery

Couch Cleaner Sprays: When you go to clean just about anything there is a right cleaner or solution for the job. You would not use hand soap in your washing machine and you wouldn’t use window cleaner on your clothes. That is why it is important to know what the right solution is and what you want to avoid. One way to do that is to call the manufacturer of the item or look for any tags that indicate what they recommend. The best way to keep your upholstery cleaned and the right cleaning solution used is to have a professional company come out. There are some chemicals that are too harsh to use on many fabrics.
Spot Clean Sofa Stains: When you have found a cleaning solution that you want to use it is a great idea to test it out first. You need to use a spot on the couch that is not seen and test the solution. Allow it some time to work to see if there is a reaction that you do not want to occur. If there is a reaction that is damaging you want to stop using it right away and test another option. This will prevent the couch from being damaged when you attempt to clean it.
Fabric Upholstery Types: Not all upholstery is the same and there are many fabrics that can be used. They can range from suede to microfiber to cotton blend and they each require a method that works best for the particular type. You need to take that into account when you are ready to tackle cleaning your own upholstery.
Don’t Use Too Much Water when Cleaning: The other issue that people come across is how much water to use. You need to be careful about how much water you use because too much moisture can lead to mold and mildew. The fabric is usually covering stuffing that will soak in the water and this is the exact environment that mold and mildew need. Be sure to use the water or any moisture sparingly to prevent this from happening.

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

Carpet Care 2000 offers cleaning services to keep your upholster cleaned. Call us today to make your appointment.

When you get hot sauce on your carpets it is important to react quickly to get the stain out. Since most hot sauce is most made from red tomatoes, the natural coloring can become difficult to get out of the carpet completely. However, Carpet Care 2000 will share a few methods on how to get hot sauce stains out of your carpet using regular household mixtures.

Treat Hot Sauce Stains with Vinegar & Water

Once you have first discovered the stain caused by hot sauce, quickly get a clean cloth or paper towel and press firmly on top of the stain. Using the fresh cloth or paper towel, place it of the stain and press down on top of the stain by standing on it. The cloth or paper will help draw out a major portion of the hot sauce that was spilled on the carpet. Using a spray bottle, mix together an equal quantity of water and white wine vinegar. Spray the stain with the mixture. The vinegar will help break up the hot sauce left behind after you blotted up as much of the stain as possible. Once again use a clean cloth or, if available, a clean spot of your cloth or paper towel. Press down firmly with your hand or even by standing on top of it. Then continue to spray the vinegar water mixture on the stain and blot until the stain is dissolved. Avoid using dirty parts of the clean cloth to prevent the stain from spreading. Make sure you use a white cleaning cloth throughout the process. The vinegar can loosen the dye in cloth and spread the dye into the carpet.

How to Remove Liquid Dish Soap & Water

This next method uses regular liquid dish soap which is a common cleaner in almost every home. Again, as soon as the hot sauce stain occurs, or is discovered, you will want to rush to remove the stain. Using the same method as before, take a clean white cloth or paper towel and begin pressing firmly on the stain to begin lifting the hot sauce out of the carpet. Continue blotting at the hot sauce until most of the hot sauce is completely out. In a bowl or cleaning bucket, mix together one tablespoon of liquid dish soap and two cups of warm water. Use a clean cloth or sponge and dip it into the mixture and apply the mixture with continuous pressure to help damp and loosen up the hot sauce. Continue applying the mixture and blot at the stain until it dissolves. Once the stain is gone you will want to rinse the area with clean water. Dip and clean the cloth in the water and blot at the affected area to remove all of the soap. Let the carpet dry and vacuum the area to restore the carpet’s pile.

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It is important to react quickly to completely remove the stain. These methods will work on most tomato based items such as salsa, taco sauce, pasta, and pizza sauce. If you find you can’t get the entire stain out of your carpet, or you need your carpet deep cleaned, contact Carpet Care 2000 today.

Spills happen more frequently than we like. When substances land on our carpets, quite a few people turn to online research to find solutions to getting the spots and stains out. Where some of the concoctions people recommend are effective, most come up short and many people are only frustrated that their efforts were not a success. Typically, the ingredients for the DIY solutions are household items and we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to discuss the fundamentals of the common ingredients so you can use them more effectively.

Problems with Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solutions

Dish Soap: The grease and grime created from cooking and left behind on dishes, cookware, and such is what dish soap is made to cut through the clean and then efficiently rinsed away. When greasy spills occur on carpets, many home remedy solutions call for liquid dish soap. The problem is either use too much or they do not rinse the residue away after treatment, or both. When you use too much, it is beyond difficult to completely remove the soapy residue away and any amount left behind will collect any dust and contaminates, quickly making a brown spot appear in addition to other potential damage. If the occasion calls for it, use sparingly and always ensure all the residue are cleaned off of the carpet.
Ammonia: Ammonia is prescribed as a last resort frequently for the tougher stains. In mild doses, it can be effective, however, if misused it can make breathing difficult for the user because it is a high alkaline chemical and if too much is used, it can permanently damage the carpets. If you are willing to take the risk, use extreme caution.
Water: Water is definitely something people should try first, especially when tending to fresh spills. The issue is that people will use it in excess, along with any other solutions really. Excessive moisture will cause water damage and potential mold growth to carpets, padding, and subfloor. Use only to dampen the area, if multiple applications are needed, always use a dry towel in between to control the volume. Additionally, club soda or seltzer water is optimal for removing spots and stains.
Vinegar: One of the most common ingredients to treat spills, spots, and stains but the kicker is that vinegar doesn’t remove actual spots and stains. It is a natural disinfectant, so it is very effective at killing off germs and destroying odors, but not very effective removing coloration. It is also commonly encouraged to be mixed with baking soda, but that will result in peracetic acid, making breathing difficult and cause skin irritation. If you are treating odors and germs, vinegar is useful, but for stains and spots, consider alternatives.
Hairspray: Hairspray is designed to hold hair in place as a sticky substance. What makes people turn to hairspray is the rubbing alcohol content. Rubbing alcohol can often help remove fresh ink stains and stuff of that nature out of carpet, so when you do not have rubbing alcohol available, the hairspray may due in a pinch. The issue though is that being sticky, people don’t remove the residue and the dirt and contaminates will attach to that area; causing brown spots and other damage.

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Though it is not a remedy to stains and spots it is worth mentioning. Vacuuming your carpets daily is crucial. Carpets will not be damaged no matter how often you vacuum, in fact the more vacuum the better your carpets will be. But trying to treat spills on filthy carpets often creates a bigger mess. When your carpets are defiled stains and spots, call Carpet Care 2000 and let our specialists restore your carpets safely and effectively.

Carpet does a lot to make your home more comfortable. It also adds to the way it looks and feels. You can make a statement with the color and texture you choose. But when carpets get damaged, it can very quickly affect the design of a room or your home.

12 Ways to Protect Carpet from Damage

1. Keep food in the kitchen. The best way to keep your carpets safe is to keep food in the kitchen. This will prevent spills on your carpet and is very important if you have children in your home. Children are just more likely to have food and drink accidents on the carpets.
2. Potty train pets to avoid accidents on carpet. Pets pose potential risk to your carpets. They have potty accidents, they scratch, they and they chew. This can all damage your carpet. Train your pets, and if you’re not totally confident with your pets on carpet, keep them off carpeted areas.
3. Use entry mats and doormats. Doormats placed at entrances to the home are a great way to cut back on the dirt that gets tracked onto carpet. Doormats are a subtle way to encourage people to wipe their shoes before they come into your home.
4. Remove shoes when walking on carpet. A further step to keep tracked dirt, mud and other debris off carpet is to take shoes off at the door. Making your home a no shoe zone shoes means cleaner and better protected carpet.
5. Use area rugs in high traffic areas. High-traffic areas can are better protected with the use of area rugs. Choose area rugs that are durable and affordable, so they can be replaced. Area rugs are also easier to clean than carpets.
6. Use coasters to prevent furniture indentations on carpet. Heavy furniture can damage your carpet, so a good solution is to use coasters, Coasters will prevent carpet fibers from getting smashed and damaged.
7. Don’t drag heavy items across carpet. Carpets can get ripped or torn when heavy objects are dragged across them. Use tarps when moving heavy furniture or get help to lift the furniture rather than drag it.
8. Install curtains or blinds to protect carpet from sun damage. Window coverings will protect your carpets from sun damage because extended periods of direct sunlight can cause carpets to fade and look dull.
9. Use protective coatings such as scotchguard carpet protector. There are products formulated to help you carpet withstand dirt and stains. Your carpet will look better for longer, but it will need to be reapplied.
10. Change filters. The filters in your HVAC system are there to keep dust, dirt, pollen and debris out of your home. Dirty filters will not be able to keep the air clean and the debris will end up on your carpet.
11. Cover carpet when painting. Even though you think you’ll be careful, it’s easy for paint spills to occur. Use drop clothes to protect your carpet and make sure the paint is totally dry before removing them.
12. Professional carpet cleaning. Accidents happen and despite your best cleaning efforts there might be a stain left behind. To get stains removed completely, call the professionals so you won’t damage your carpet.

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

Take steps to avoid damaging your carpet and contact Carpet Care 2000 for all your carpet care needs.

With summer fast approaching, most are thinking about the family vacations they can take with the kids out of school, the incredible activities the warm days and long daylight hours can bring, and the summer fun that is had. Few think about how the summer months impact our carpets. But if you can know how the summer affects your carpet ahead of time, you can prevent the potential harm the summer months can do to your carpets. We at Carpet Care 2000 would like to share some of the most impactful aspects dangers the summer months bring to carpets.

How Summer Affects Carpets

1) Summer Sunlight. Most enjoy the extra hours of day the summer brings, but the sunlight being so potent during the summer causes an increase in color fading on your carpets. When the color fades, it makes the carpets look worn and even dingy. The UV rays damage the carpets and they eventually lose their color. It is a gradual effect and most don’t even notice the transition until months or even later when they move furniture around to see the comparison. To avoid the carpet’s color from fading as well as the UV damage keep your windows cover during the hours the sun is directly shining through. Utilize blinds, curtains, UV film covers, and/or drapes to offer the carpets more protection. Additionally, every 6-12 months consider rearranging the furniture around to even out the wear from the sunlight exposure.
2) Excessive Foot Traffic. The summer months often increases the foot traffic traipsing across the carpets. The kids are home all day and you are likely to get more guests. With the additional foot traffic, the carpet is taking on more abuse in the summer than it does the rest of the year. With the kids home or grandkids over more often, the to and fro adds up. To help manage the dirt and debris being tracked in, place a walk-off mat at the entry and exit points and encourage everyone to wipe their feet. Periodically, clean these mats off. Place an indoor mat on the inside of these entry points as well and likewise, keep them clean often. Vacuum more frequently and consider enforcing the “no shoes” rule on the carpets.
3) Potential Mold Growth. Summer heat and humidity, even in the dry climates, produced from rainstorms, can encourage the microscopic mold spores to take seed and grow. Mold can grow easier during the summer months and the carpets often host microbes such as bacteria, mold spores, and mildew. Whether kids playing in the pool or even the sprinklers, the summer rain, or the natural humid climates introduce enough moisture to the carpets, the mold and mildew can spread. Unfortunately, mold also prefers the dark, so the likelihood of it growing beneath carpet is high, giving it opportunity to cause excessive damage before it is discovered. Contain the moisture the best you can. Make the little ones stay outside until they are dry or immediately up to the showers after water activities. If any water makes contact with the carpets, promptly do what you can to absorb as much as the liquid as possible with a dry towel and be sure the windows are completely closed when the summer storms move in.
4) Allergy Agents and Insects. The summer months frequently motivate the insect life to be most active the allergens are often at their peak. The carpets can easily harbor allergens and tiny insects that are inadvertently brought in on the bottom of shoes, on our pets, and so many other circumstances. To minimize the unwanted guests, keep the carpets vacuumed and the walk-off mats in place. Ensure the air filters are changed frequently, the landscaping is well manicured, and you inspect the pest regularly.

Move In & Out Carpet Cleaning Services & More in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California

Keeping your carpets gorgeous is no easy feat, but with Carpet Care 200 readily available to give your carpets a deep comprehensive carpet cleaning, your carpets can survive the summer months. Call us today to schedule your carpet cleaning to ensure the carpets are free from mold, allergens, soil, insect life, and stains.

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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