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As many manufacturers recommend, carpets should be professionally deep cleaned one or two times a year. Being the demand is high across the nation, there are many carpet cleaning companies that are offer services. With your routine maintenance in conjunction with deep cleaning from a professional, your carpets are in better health, condition, and look good for far longer than neglected maintenance. Today, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to answer the most common of the frequently asked questions regarding consumer carpet cleaning services.
 

Is Professional Carpet Cleaning Pricey?

Most reputable carpet cleaning companies offer affordable rates, as this is a competitive industry. In comparison to having to replace the carpets with neglected maintenance, carpet cleaning once or twice a year is not much.
 

How Long Does Professional Carpet Cleaning Take?

There are many factors that detail the length of time it takes to clean carpets, so it is not a definitive answer; the size of the area needing to be cleaned, the method used, and how dirty the carpets are a few examples. Your technician can estimate the time it takes after evaluating the project.
 

Will Carpet Cleaning Interfere with Family Daily Activities?

Daily routine can be minimally interfered with as the technicians clean and you have to wait until the carpets are dried to resume foot traffic. However, most companies are flexible and will come for the service according to your convenient schedule.
 

How Often Should Professional Carpet Cleaning Be Done?

Carpet manufacturers recommend every 6 to 12 months to clean the carpets professionally, and those in the industry agree to keep the carpets in optimal condition. Additionally, in order to validate the warranty, many times scheduled professional cleaning is mandatory.
 

How Long After Carpet Cleaning Can Furniture Be Put Back?

No one should be on the carpet for 6-8 hours; as long as it takes to dry and experts recommend waiting 48 hours to replace any heavy furniture.
 

What to Do Before the Carpet Cleaning Crew Arrive?

In any room getting a carpet cleaning, clear any fragile items off the furniture surfaces and ensure all the objects are removed, like rugs, dog beds, toys, and so on. Pre-vacuuming before hand can expedite the process and increase results. For maximum results, removing the furniture is also encouraged. Few companies will move heavy furniture, others will move lighter furniture, checking with the company before hand is ideal.
 

Will Professional Carpet Cleaning Remove Pet Odors?

Combating pet odors is ultimately better suited for professional carpet cleaning, however, depending on the severity of the pet accidents and the extent of the damage, caused more so by urine, most professionals cannot guarantee the removal of pet odors.
 

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

When your carpets need or are due for a carpet cleaning in Tracy, Ripon, San Ramon, Pleasanton and the tri-city area of Livermore, Dublin and Danville, CA, call Carpet Care 2000 and let our experts take care of your carpets.

There are some areas of the house that you will need to clean with a particular method. The inside of your oven is one and the stains on your carpet are another. You want to make sure that the area you are cleaning is getting clean and not making the problem worse. That is why it is a great idea to have some tricks on the best way to keep them clean. When it comes to flooring there are specific ways to clean each type but tile is a two part process. You need to clean the actual tile. That is the more simple part of the process in general. Many people will use a mop to clean the tile and let it dry out. This is great but it will leave the second area a mess. The grout is the second part of the tile and needs to be cleaned on its own to ensure that it is being cleaned properly. The grout lays lower then the rest of the tile and therefor it will pick up more of the dirt and the debris. Having tips on ways you can get it clean is a great way to tackle this cleaning project.
 

Carpet Care 2000 Outlines Some Homemade Tile Floor Grout Cleaners

Lemon Juice, Vinegar & Baking Soda Grout Cleaner: You want to treat the grout in a particular way so that it is clean but not damaged. The grout is much more porous than the actual tile and that is why you need to use caution when cleaning it. There are several ways to clean the grout that include making your own cleaning concoction. The first one that you can try is mixing together some lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda and hot water. This can be poured in a spray bottle and used along with a toothbrush. This is a harsher cleaner and that is why you need to scrub as you spray. Spray the area you are cleaning then follow up with a scrub. Then wipe away with a clean cloth after you have scrubbed. If you allow this type of cleaner to sit on the grout it can eat away at the grout and cause cracks and chips.
Cleaning Grout with Baking Soda & Hot Water: If you are worried about using vinegar and lemon juice there is another option you can use. You want to use the same hot water but keep it separate. Have your baking soda and toothbrush ready to go. You want to work in a grid to get each area well. Start by spraying an area with the hot water then pouring some baking soda on the space. Allow it to sit on the grout for several minutes then start scrubbing with the toothbrush. You want to wash it off with a clean cloth after you have washed the area.
Hot Water Grout Scrub: Lastly if you want to keep everything off the tile and grout and they are not too dirty you can use a hot water scrub. This is exactly what it sounds like and that is spray with hot water and follow with a toothbrush. Scrub the grout to get the top layer of dirt off the grout then dry it off. This may be enough to keep it looking good until you have a professional out to do a good deep cleaning.
 

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

Carpet Care 2000 has the tools and equipment to get your tile and grout clean while you relax. Call us today to have a technician sent to your house.

A polypropylene rug, sometimes also known as a synthetic Persian rug, is a popular area rug often used to protect wood floors, as runners and even used outside. These rugs are very durable and easy to maintain. However, when stains occur, it can be difficult to remove and clean the soiled area. Carpet Care 2000 will share how to clean, step by step, a 100% polypropylene area rug and how to remove difficult stains.
 

How to Clean an Olefin Area Rug

Step 1. Vacuuming: Before cleaning a polypropylene area rug, it is important to first vacuum the surface as thoroughly as possible. You will want to make sure all of the dust and debris are off the surface of the rug before you begin cleaning the rug. You want as much of the dirt and debris out of the rug as possible or you can cause a bigger mess when you try to wash or clean the rug.
Step 2. Spot Clean: The more severe stains you will want to clean next. For hard dried stains, use a butter knife or flat dull object to scrape up the stain and loosen the rugs fiber. Vacuum up any of the residue off of the carpet. Using a mixture of two tablespoons of liquid dish soap and a cup of cold water. Using a sponge, soak the stained areas. Allow the mixture to set on top of the stains for a few minutes to help soften them up. Begin blotting at the stain until they dissolve. For more stubborn stains, you may need a carpet or rug cleaning solvent that helps bring the dirt and stains up out of the carpet.
Step 3. Wash the Rug: If the entire rug requires a deep cleaning, find a cleaning area. If you have a porch or patio or a large concrete surface outside, this would be ideal for cleaning the rest of the rug. Make sure the surface is clean before laying the rug on top of it. Vacuum the rug once more to ensure all of the dirt is out of the rug. You can use a liquid dish soap mixed with water or a commercial rug cleaner. Spray the cleaner on top of the rug and let it set for a few minutes. With a garden hose wet down the rug. Spray the rug starting from the top and push the dirt down as you work the dirt and stains out of the rug. Continue to rinse all of the soap and cleaners out of the rug. You may need to flip the rug over and help push the dirt deep inside out, make sure to rinse the top after you do the bottom.
Step 4. Dry the Rug: After the rug has been rinsed and cleaned, you will want to dry the rug out. If you have a shop vacuum cleaner, remove the filter and then begin sucking out the water from the rug. Be as thorough as possible. The shop vacuum should remove most of the moisture inside the rug. Place a few fans by the rug to help dry the rug out faster. You don’t want water sitting inside the rug for too long or mold can begin to set in.
 

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

Once the rug is dry you can return the rug to its place on the floor. If you lack the tools, experience or time, you can contact Carpet Care 2000. We provide area rug cleaning services and can clean any type of rug including 100% polypropylene or synthetic Persian rugs. To schedule our services, contact Carpet Care 2000 today!

Carpets can hold in odors and can make the entire home unpleasant. There are many simple ways to combat odor in your carpet. However, it will depend on the type of odor when it comes to how you will want to remove them. Determine what’s causing the odor and if it is localized to a specific area or if it’s in the entire carpet. This will help in your quest to remove the offensive smell. Carpet Care 2000 will share a few methods on removing odors and how you can locate the odor’s source.
 

Locate the Source of Carpet Smells

Odors can easily get trapped in carpet. For those who are smokers, cigarette smoke gets trapped in carpet and other fabric becoming very difficult to remove. When the entire carpet smells due to this type of source then the entire carpet will need to be treated. More localized odors such as urine can make your entire home smell bad. However only a small section of the carpet will need to be treated. Pet urine and other body fluids can be found by using a UV black light. Get a black flashlight and turn off the light and look for the areas of the carpet that have been affected. This will help ensure you treat the correct or the primary source of the carpet.
 

How to Neutralize Odors in Carpet with Homemade Deodorizers

Baking Soda: Baking soda is well known for its power to absorb bad odors and moisture in carpet. However, what many fail to do is use any baking soda to absorb all of the odors. Make sure to sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the affected areas. Allow the baking soda to set on the carpet over night to give the baking soda plenty of time to absorb the odors from out of the carpet. Afterward thoroughly vacuum the carpet and remove all of the baking soda and odor with it.
Baking Soda-Based Deodorizers: Another recommended way to deodorize carpet is by mixing together ½ cup of baking soda, ½ cup of borax and a teaspoon of your choice of ground spices. Cinnamon is a common favorite. Best used on small sites where carpets have been affected, sprinkle the mixture on the odor site and leave it for 30 to 60 minutes. Then vacuum thoroughly. On lighter colored carpets, don’t use spice. Substitute with essential oils instead to prevent staining. This method works real well on pet odors.
White Wine Vinegar: Many believe vinegar is used for cleaning carpet when its actual purpose is to deodorize. Vinegar should be used to remove bacteria based odors. Vinegar can kill bacteria in carpet and remove the odors. Pet urine is full of bacteria, so is mold, mildew, food stains and spills. Mix solution using ½ water with ½ white wine vinegar, then pour the mixture on top of the stain. Allow the mixture to set on the affected areas for 30 minutes. Afterward, suck the vinegar out using a shop vacuum, then rinse and remove with cold water. You can also put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray the surface generously and then allow the vinegar to dry. Vinegar does smell unpleasant. However, the vinegar smell will go away after a few hours.
Vodka: Vodka works well to remove stains and odor. Similar to vinegar, vodka kills bacteria in the carpet. Pour vodka in a spray bottle and spray the effective area. Best used for urine stains, allow the vodka to set on the carpet for 30 minutes. With a dry white paper towel pat the vodka. The paper towel will absorb the odors and moisture out of the carpet.
 

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

If you need help combating stain and odors or deep cleaning your carpet, contact Carpet Care 2000 and schedule our services today!

For those who have recently invested in installing slate stone on their floors, you may be wondering how to properly clean and care for slate. This is a good question as many people can completely ruin slate floors if they are not taken care of properly. Carpet Care 2000 will help answer how to care for Slate flooring properly to make it a long lasting investment.
 

Properties of Slate Stone

Slate is a natural stone that is a mixture of clay and small slit particles that are tightly bonded together during a time when the two materials came together under a lot of heat and pressure. Slate stone has a natural smooth surface and due to the tough bonding, slate stone is more resistant to water or moisture penetrating through. Due to the natural resilience of slate it is often used for flooring.
 

Slate Colors & Textures

Slate also comes in a wide variety of colors and textures. You can easily find black, greens, red, grays and brown colored slates. Since there are various impurities during formation, slate has many different textures as well. You will find smooth to rough textured slates. Many people like the rougher textures in bathrooms as flooring to provide a less slippery surface.
 

How to Clean Slate Floors

Keeping slate floors clean is highly recommended instead of waiting for them to get dirty where major scrubbing is evolved. When sealing slate you will want to pick a high quality sealer. A good sealer will help prolong the slate’s longevity and with frequent cleaning will make slate last forever. When applying a sealer you will want to use multiple coats and always allow 30 minutes of drying time in between each coat. This will make a cleaner and smoother sealer on the surface of your slate floor. Rugs are also recommended to help protect those high traffic areas. To properly clean slate floors, follow these basic steps.
Step 1. Sweep the floor often. As soon as dirt and debris can be seen, sweep the floor clean to help protect the sealer longer. You can also use a vacuum clean with a soft hard floor attachment.
Step 2. Before you clean slate floors always make sure the surface is clean before it gets wet. Again sweep, vacuum or even use a dust mop to remove all of the dirt and debris on the floor.
Step 3. Using a mop and bucket mix about two gallons of warm water and with slate floor cleaner or even liquid dish soap (no more than a ¼ cup). If the floor is only mildly dirty, plain water can do the trick as well.
Step 4. Mop the floor. Don’t over soak the mop. Make sure to use lightly dampened mop to help prevent the water from spreading dirt. Work your way out of the room and not into a corner.
Step 5. If a cleaning agent was used make sure to rinse the floor with plain water. You don’t want to leave a soapy residue on the floor or it may become slippery and the soap can erode the sealer faster.
Step 6. Allow the floor to completely dry before walking on it or putting back rug and furniture that you may have moved out of the way.
 

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

Caring for slate floor is easy and it is recommended you do it often to properly maintain your slate floor. If you need help cleaning your slate floors, contact Carpet Care 2000. We provide natural floor cleaning. To schedule our services, contact Carpet Care 2000 today!

BBQs are in full swing during the summertime. With the 4th of July behind us, many families banded together for a BBQ, fireworks and fun. With the likelihood of having more BBQs this summer, whether it was recent or one later down the road, having your carpets stricken with grease is at a high risk. We at Carpet Care 2000 would like to share a method on removing the grease from food off of your carpets.
 

Equipment Needed to Clean Carpets

You will need the following (note the appropriate cleaner for your carpet type):
– Cleaning Solution:
• Oriental – In a spray bottle, combine 1 part white vinegar with 2 parts cold water.
• Wool – Use a dry-cleaning solvent for carpets and follow the instructions.
• Synthetic – Mix 1 tbsp ammonia, 4 cups cold water, and ¼ tsp of mild liquid dish soap in a squirt bottle.
– Several plain white, clean rags or paper towels.
– Only cold water in a spray bottle.
– Weights or heavy objects.
– Plain white, dry towel.
– Vacuum.
Note: A patch test is strongly recommended no matter if you use a DIY remedy or a commercial carpet cleaning product to make sure the carpet will not be damaged, lightened, or discolored. Be sure to select an inconspicuous area to perform the test.
 

Steps to Remove Grease Stains from Carpet

1) With a paper towel or a clean rag, blot up as much of the excess grease as possible. Work the outer edges first and then towards the center to keep the grease from spreading out and never scrub or rub, only blot.
2) Do not over saturate the ever but apply the appropriate cleaner to the grease stain and for 5 minutes, let it sit.
3) You will likely need multiple paper towels or rags to blot the stain. Once the implement has absorbed the solution and grease to capacity, use a new one and only blot the area. Repeat the application and blotting until grease is removed.
4) After the grease is removed, rinse the area to keep the solution’s residues from lingering, which can attract dust and dirt, resulting in a brown spot. Squirt the area moderately with the plain water and use a dry rag or towel to blot the moisture.
5) Once the excess moisture is removed, place a dry towel on the damp area and weight it down so the moisture beneath the carpet can be absorbed. Let this setup stay in place for several hours or overnight.
6) Vacuum the are to return the fibers to their form only after the area is completely dry.
 

Additional Carpet Cleaning & Stain Removal Tips

1) Never use hot water, only use cold water to prevent the grease from setting into the fibers.
2) Stay clear of bleach, it will permanently lighten the carpet. Do not substitute with dishwasher detergent or laundry detergent, both will cause damage to your carpet. Do not use ammonia on wool.
3) Synthetic carpets can be treated with the following applied to a cotton ball and used sparingly: rubbing alcohol, mineral spirits, lighter fluid, or paint thinner. Bear in mind that these remedies are highly flammable, use at your own risk.
 

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

When treating grease stains on your carpets, they can be tricky to efficiently lift. To ensure these stains are effectively dissolved safely, call Carpet Care 2000 and let the professionals handle the spots.

Whether you have children, or your inner child craves a popsicle, the summer time is the season for a refreshing cool treat. Where these spots on your carpet can be unsightly and even cringe worthy, these little popsicle stains on your carpet are not too labor intensive, especially with quick action, you beat these stains. With that in mind, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to take the opportunity to list a couple of methods you can choose from to remove the popsicle stains from the carpet. Note: No matter if you use any of the below homemade remedies or a store-bought carpet cleaner, it is always recommended you do a patch test in an inconspicuous location to ensure the color or integrity of the carpet is not compromised.
 

How to Remove Popsicle Stains with Hydrogen Peroxide

You will need a few paper towels, cloths, and one towel (make sure they are plain white, or you risk transferring dye or print onto carpet). Spray bottle, equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water. Note that peroxide has the ability to lighten color and though it is diluted water and should not impact the carpets, use it at your own risk and do not skip the patch test.
1) In a spray bottle, add equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water; shake well. Keep in mind that it will fizz some, so leave enough room in the bottle to allow the fizz.
2) Given the nature of this mixture, only lightly mist the area so the surface is damp; do not over saturate the carpet. Let the mixture sit (10-15 min for minor popsicle spots, no more than 30 minutes for larger stains).
3) Lightly mist plain water on the spot or use a damp cloth to lightly moisten the inflicted area. The stain should be noticeably lighter.
4) With a white cloth, blot the excess moisture out along with the popsicle residues. If the cloth becomes over encumbered with popsicle, rinse the cloth out or use a new one.
5) Dry the treated area with a white, dry towel by blotting the moisture out. Once the area is fully dried, vacuum the area to return the fibers back to their natural texture.
 

Oxi-Clean Popsicle Stain Removal

Avoid Oxi-clean with bleach as that can potentially lighten your carpet and do not skip the patch test. Grab a squirt bottle ½ cup Oxi-clean 16 oz. water (scale according to the size of the squirt bottle if necessary). Clean, white paper towels, cloths, and a towel.
1) Mix ½ cup Oxi-clean and 16 oz. water in a spray bottle and shake well.
2) Apply the mixture to the various spots and leave it on the surface for 5-15 minutes.
3) Lightly mist the area with pure water or use a damp a cloth to blot the area. Be sure to rinse the cloth as needed or use a fresh cloth.
4) Use your clean, dry towel to blot with more pressure the remaining moisture from the carpet.
5) Dry the area to relax the fibers after the carpet is completely dry.
 

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

If you are still having a challenge removing the popsicle stains from your carpet, or any other stains for that matter, call Carpet Care 2000 and let our professionals combat that stubborn stains to restore them to their beauty.

Today there are hundreds of do it yourself tutorials available on thousands of different topics. When the time comes for home improvement projects many homeowners start searching through those tutorials trying to determine if they can indeed do it themselves. The main advantage of doing projects yourself is saving the money that you would have paid for someone else to complete the project for you. While some projects do not require much prior knowledge or expertise, others are harder to navigate on your own without that knowledge and expertise. One project you may be thinking of doing on your own is installing your own carpet. We recommend that you read the information below to help you determine if installing your own carpet is a wise choice or if you should hire one our professional installers here at Carpet Care 2000.
 

Tools to Stretch Carpet

When installing carpet there are specialty tools that are required. You will need a knee kicker and a power stretcher to properly install your carpet. Many home improvement and tool rental stores do rent the tools needed for carpet installation. The knowledge and skill required to use these skills may not be as easy as you think. Make sure that you research properly ahead of time on how to use the tools if you choose to install the carpet yourself.
 

Installing Carpet Padding

In addition to needing the proper tools for installing carpet, you will also need to understand how to properly complete the steps for carpet and padding installation. The padding is installed before the carpet. Carpet padding provides extra cushioning on your feet as you walk on your carpet. Padding is an integral part of your carpet. Though it may seem easy to just unroll the padding and lay it on the ground, there is more to it than that. If the padding is not installed correctly there could be bumps in the padding. Any bumps in the padding will be noticeable on the carpet once it is laid. You will also need to be able to cut around any heating and cooling registers that may be found on your floor.
 

Laying Carpet

Once the padding is laid you will need to lay your carpet. You will want to consider the shape and size of your room when debating about whether or not to try this project on your own. Odd corners or lines in your room will complicate the installation process. Large rooms will typically result in seams that need to be pushed together during installation. If you have ever been in a house where carpet was poorly installed you may have noticed the seam in the carpet. No one wants to purchase beautiful new carpet just to have seams that are easily seen in it.
After the padding and carpet are in you will also need to install baseboards. Installing baseboards will require some additional tools as well. Baseboard installation is definitely easier than carpet installation but if you do not have the tools, you will want to think about the tool rental costs when deciding if this option is best for you or not.
 

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

No matter who the carpet installation is performed by we want you to be happy with your new carpet purchase for years to come. Once the installation is complete get your quarterly carpet cleaning scheduled with Carpet Care 2000 to help your carpet stay nice and beautiful for as long as possible!

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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