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As mentioned in a previous post, we at Carpet Care 2000 recently published part 1 of our mattress stain removal guide to help you beat the common stains that develop on your mattress. Below you will find part 2 of 2 of our mattress stain removal guide.

How to Clean Dried Pet Urine Stains from a Mattress

Use a specially formulated for pet stains enzyme-based upholstery cleaner. Use paper towels to absorb as much liquid as possible, after words, place a fresh, dry towel on top of the stain and put weight on top of it, such as books, and let it absorb more moisture for another 10 minutes or so. If necessary, blot again with dry rags or paper towels to ensure all of the excess moisture is gone. Dab a damp cloth on the area and then administer the enzyme cleaner and let it sit for 15 minutes, or according to the directions on the label. Repeat if necessary. Once satisfied the stain is gone, be sure to dry it be either setting in the sun or increase the air circulation in the room by opening the doors, windows, and using fans.

Vomit Stain & Odor Removal from Mattress

Enzyme-based cleaner and baking soda. Clear off any chucks with a blunt edged tool, like a spatula or spoon. Use dry paper towels or rags to begin blotting as much moisture as possible. Cover the area generously with the baking soda and give it 15-30 minutes to absorb lingering moisture and odors. Use the vacuum to thoroughly remove the particles. Apply the enzyme-based cleaner and let it 15 minutes or longer according the label. Rinse the area with a cool-dampen cloth and dabbing it clean. Allow to dry with increased circulation or setting outside.

How to Remove Spilled Coffee from Mattress

The basic solution (3/4 cup warm water, ¼ cup vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap mixed in a squirt bottle or bucket. Immediately blot the liquid with dry towel or paper towels. If the stain is dry, lightly dampen the area with warm water. Starting on the outer edges and working towards the center, blot with a dry cloth. Continue until the brown continue to transfer to the cloth. Use the solution to treat a cloth and use it to dab the stain until it is removed. Be sure to dry using accelerating methods.

Mattress Wine Stain Remover

Use cold water and salt or a product designed specifically to remove wine. This works well with red stains in generally including, juice, cough syrup, and spaghetti sauce. Blot as much liquid as possible using a dry towel. If using a wine removal product, follow the directions on the label. Using the salt, use a cold water-dampen cloth to blot the stain. Sprinkle the damp area with salt and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Use cold water to dampen a cloth and work it in the stain. Blot dry and repeat as necessary. Be sure to finalize the procedure by flipping on fans and opening the doors and windows for increased airflow to accelerate the drying.

Getting Oily Food or Lotion Stains Out of Carpet

Dish soap and baking soda works well. Remove the bulk as with a flat, un-sharpen straight edge, such as a credit card. Generously sprinkle baking soda on the area and let it sit for 20 minutes, afterwards, be sure to thoroughly vacuum the other. If a residue remains, use direct dish soap, a few drops, on a warm-water damp cloth and work out the residue. Use a clean, damp cloth to remove the soap, dry thoroughly with blotting and airflow acceleration.

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Should you have a challenge working out the stains, or are due for a mattress cleaning, recommended every year or so, call in the experts of Carpet Care 2000 and let our professionals take care of the rest.

There are many substances that lead to staining on the mattress, and they can be obnoxious to see when it comes time to wash the bedding. Additionally, stains on the mattress can void a warranty as well. Today, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to share a mattress stain removal guide in two parts, below being part one of two to help you better combat these challenging stains.

Basic Mattress Stain Removal

Be sure to always check the label for the manufacturer recommendations or cautions before diving into tackling any stain. No matter what, never over saturate the stain with water, a product, or homemade solutions. Mattresses do no dry out quickly and if they stay wet and/or damp for too long they can start to develop odors and mold. If you have to repeat applications, always blot the area in between each use and only light lightly use the cleaning formula. When it comes to the mattress, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, laundry detergent, rubbing alcohol, dish soap, and citrus-based household cleaners are safe and effective to use on the mattress when used appropriately. According to experts, the most effective solution to tackle basic stains is ¼ cup vinegar, ¾ cup warm water, and one tablespoon of a liquid dish soap all blended well together in a squirt bottle.

How to Remove Various Stains from Mattress

1) For wet stains, be sure to use a dry towel to blot as much moisture as possible. Do not scrub or rub as it will only make the mess worse. Remove as much excess moisture as possible before treating the stain. For dry stains on the mattress, be sure use a blunt edge, like a spatula or spoon, to scrape up the residues and use the vacuum to remove the debris. Use a lightly dampen cloth to moisten the stain.
2) Lightly mist the stain with the solution of your choice. In most cases, allowing the solution to sit for 10-15 minutes will help remove the stain more effectively.
3) Use dry paper towels or a cloth to blot the treated area and continue until excess moisture is lifted and repeat as necessary.
4) If possible, put the mattress in the sun to expedite the drying process, otherwise do what you can to increase the air circulation lie flipping on the ceiling or floor fan, opening a window and door, and so on. It can take several hours to dry.
5) If you want to take the time to deodorize, once the mattress is dry, sprinkle baking soda on the surface and vacuum the particles after they have set for 30 minutes or more.
Below are a few of the most common stains that affect the mattress and how to remove them.

How to Remove Blood Stains from Mattress

Use white vinegar or 3% hydrogen peroxide. Pour amount of your choice, vinegar or peroxide, onto the mattress directly. For vinegar; allow it sit for 10 minutes and use a dry cloth to blot until all excess moisture is removed and repeat if necessary. For peroxide; the hydrogen peroxide will make the blood foam up a bit, simply blot away the foam once it has stopped and let it soak in for 5 minutes. Use a paper towel dampen with cool water to rinse both the vinegar and blood away. Be sure to follow the blotting and drying steps mentioned in basic stain removal.

How to Clean Urine from a Mattress

To break down the odor and stain causing protein, use an enzyme-based upholstery cleaner. Use a dry towel or paper towels to absorb as much liquid as possible. Apply the enzyme cleaner to the spot and let it set for 15 minutes, or if the direction indicates longer, be sure to follow the instructions. Use a cool-water dampen cloth to blot he cleaner and stain away. Be sure to dry according to the basic steps.

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We hope this helps combat the mattress stains, be sure to check out part two of our mattress cleaning guide that lists pet urine, vomit, coffee, wine, and oil foods or lotions. If the stains are tough to beat, trust in Carpet Care 2000 to get them out!

In every home there are some rooms that get used more frequently than others. What rooms get used the most vary from house to house depending on the family and their daily routines. Two rooms that get used more across the board though are kitchens and bathrooms. Keeping frequently used rooms clean can be a tough task for even the most dedicated of homeowners. If you have tile countertops and backsplashes in your kitchens and bathrooms you may be finding it even harder to keep these types of rooms clean. Today Carpet Care 2000 has some tips to share with you on how to keep your tile countertops and backsplashes nice and clean.

Clean Tile Counters & Backsplashes Often

You will want to make sure that your tile countertops and backsplashes get cleaned on a regular basis. Once bacteria and stains have had a chance to start building up they are definitely harder to get rid of. For many homeowners the floors, sinks, tubs, counters, and toilets get cleaned regularly but their backsplashes just do not seem to get cleaned as often. Make sure that cleaning your backsplashes is included in your list of chores that is completed on a routine basis.

Best Tile Cleaner Solution

When you do regular cleaning of your tile countertops and backsplashes you will want to use an all-purpose cleaner and degreaser. Make sure that the cleaner does not have any abrasives in it that may scratch the tile while you are cleaning it. You will want to spray the cleaner onto the tile and then let it soak in for about 20 minutes. You can clean other areas of your kitchen or bathroom as you let it sink in. After it has set in you will want to use a soft, non-abrasive rag to wipe your countertops or backsplashes. We do not recommend that you use a sponge. Sponges harbor bacteria that can then seep into the grout in your tile. Plus some sponges have abrasive surfaces on parts of them that may scratch your tile. Once you have cleaned your tile you will want to use a clean, wet rag to wipe the tile one last time to help get any residue from your cleaning product off the tile.

Deep Cleaning of Tile Countertops

In addition to regular cleaning with an all-purpose cleaner you will want to sporadically do a deeper cleaning of your tile countertops and backsplashes. For this we recommend getting some baking soda. Get a wet cloth and sprinkle it with some baking soda. Use the rag to rinse your tile surfaces. You will want to really take the time to scrub well. When you are done you will want to rinse the tile off with warm water and a dry it with a soft cloth.

How to Remove Grease Stains from Countertops

Sometimes you will get grease spots or stains that just will not clean off with the methods mentioned above. To get those tough grease stains off make a paste with ¼ cup baking soda, 1 tablespoon borax, and 2 tablespoons of mild dish soap. Get your tiles wet with some warm water. Then take the baking soda mixture and put it on your stained spot. Scrub the mixture in nice and hard. When you are done wipe off the baking soda mixture thoroughly with a wet cloth. Some people recommend using a mixture of one part lemon juice to two parts vinegar. Mix those together well and then add two parts baking soda to make it into a paste. Sometimes adding that lemon juice and vinegar help break through those extra tough stains.

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By taking the time to routinely clean your tile countertops and backsplashes you should be able to keep your kitchen and bathrooms looking nice and clean. A deep clean once a year from our professionals here at Carpet Care 2000 is also a great idea. We have the right tools and experience to help you get all of that grime off of your tile and grout. Contact us today!

With the Easter Season upon us, many homes are using Easter Egg Dye. Whether they are doing the project themselves or keeping the kids busy with some creative crafting time, it is not unheard of for the dye to land on a number of surfaces, such as walls, tile and grout, wood flooring, carpets, rugs, upholstery and so on. In most cases, immediately blotting the dye spill can likely be enough to remove the Easter Egg Dye before it becomes a troublesome stain. However, there are times where it requires a little more effort and we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to further elaborate on how you can remove the Easter Egg dye with a multi-surface method.

How to Remove Dye Stains from Carpet & Upholstery

1) No matter which surface you are treating, be sure perform a patch test in an inconspicuous area. The Easter Egg dye can usually be safely removed with hydrogen peroxide, however, it is a natural lightening agent and if applied in strong enough doses and for any length of time, it can potentially lighten the original color of the surface you are treating, such as the carpets or upholstery. Make certain that the peroxide will not compromise the color by testing in an inconspicuous area.
2) To offer more control, pour 3% hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and moderately mist the areas that have been inflicted by the egg dye, such as carpet, rugs, upholstery tile, wood, linoleum, walls, and so on.
3) Let the peroxide soak in for about five minutes. Be cautious on surfaces that is susceptible to moisture damage and areas that is not sealed.
4) With a toothbrush to brush and better reach the crevices, textured areas and walls are easier cleaned. After the dye is transferred onto the original washing cloth or toothbrush, be sure to use a water-damp cloth to wipe away residual peroxide and dye to rinse the surface.
5) To ensure the peroxide is completely removed from the more porous surfaces, such as grout, upholstery, rugs, and carpets, treat a cloth in soapy water and lightly wipe the area and follow up wit a water-damp cloth to rinse the soapy water residue.
6) Use dry towels to remove the moisture and dry the area well.
7) Repeat as needed until the Easter Egg dye is fully removed.

Additional Stain Removal Tips

1) You may be required a bit of sanding with fine grit paper until the dye is gone, followed by staining and finishing of hardwood flooring was not sealed. To avoid reskin damage, you can contact a professional for assistance.
2) To avoid water marks on hardwood floors, be sure wipe up the Easter egg dye by pre-dampening a clean cloth with water and then lightly adding peroxide on the damp cloth. Be sure to use different corners of the cloth as the dye is transferred to the cloth. Be sure the wood floor is dry thoroughly after the dye is removed.
3) Err on the side of caution when determining how long you should leave the peroxide on the treated area. Too little time will simply call for a reapplication whereas if you leave it on too long, you can permanently lighten the surface.
4) Never scrub or rub the dye as you treat carpets, rugs, and upholstery, only blot. Never over saturate with water or peroxide to avoid moisture damage. Do not use hot water, and stick to white paper towels, rags, and towels.

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If you are combating Easter Egg dye stains on your carpet, upholstery or hardwood floors etc, call in the experts of Carpet Care 2000 and let us do the rest.

Natural stone refers to a number of products quarried from the earth and has been used for over thousands of years as building materials and decorative enhancements. These products include marble, granite, travertine, limestone, quartzite, slate, sandstone and onyx, and others. Natural stone is a wonderful investment but requires the right care to keep it looking beautiful. While natural stone is very durable, it is not indestructible, and neglecting it can lead to damage.

Common Mistakes in Caring for Natural Stone

1. Never using vinegar or bleach to clean natural stone. It is important to only use cleaners that are appropriate for natural stone and make sure that any company you hire does the same. Cleaners that are made for natural stone have the correct pH level, which is 7. This is a neutral pH and won’t damage the stone. Vinegar should not be used on natural stone as it is acidic and stones like marble, limestone or travertine will react adversely to it because of its acidity. Bleach is also a no-no as it can etch or burn the surface of the stone. Even if it doesn’t look like the stone has been damaged, it can break down sealants and open the stone up for stains and damage. You will find yourself having to seal it more often or paying someone to do it.
2. Avoid using abrasive tools on natural stone. Using a scrubbing pad to try and remove etching or stains just makes the problem worse. Scrubbing pads are very abrasive to natural stone and the harder you scrub, the more damage there will be. Use a soft cloth for daily cleaning and call professionals in if you have a spot that needs to be “buffed out”. Stone that has been etched needs to be honed and restored.
3. Skipping the dust mop on natural stone floors is a mistake. The dust and debris that sits on top of your stone can be abrasive when walked on. To avoid this, use a dust mop daily or every other day. When natural stone is polished it looks smooth and reflects light. Scratches will refract light making it look dull and scuffed. Clean your natural stone with a neutral cleaner after you use a dust mop. You can also use a vacuum cleaner to pick up dust and debris.
4. Not protecting high traffic areas is an error. The best way to protect high-traffic areas is to use rugs. Placing mats at entry points of the home also helps keep more dirt outside instead of getting tracked into the home where it can mar the surface.
5. You will regret failing to seal natural stone regularly. It is recommended to seal your natural stone but many homeowners neglect doing it regularly. It is best to have it done by professionals to get the best results. Natural stone should be sealed every three to five years. Higher traffic areas may need to be sealed more often. If you want to seal your stone yourself, use a solvent-based impregnating sealer to repel water and stains and to help prevent etching.

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Proper maintenance of your natural stone surfaces will allow you to enjoy them for years to come. Contact Carpet Care 2000 to have your natural stone cleaned today!

Have you been living with old carpet stains that have been around forever? When spills or other stains occur you will want to quickly clean them up. If stains are left untended the stain may never go away. However, depending on what caused the stain, some stains still can be removed. If you have old stains that you have failed to remove, Carpet Care 2000 will share how you can deal with even the oldest stains and reclaim clean stain free carpets.

Treat Carpet Stains Right Away

The longer a spill or contaminate sits inside carpet, the harder it becomes to remove. Stains are easier to prevent if they are cleaned when they first occur. Some stains are, unfortunately, permanent such as bleach stains which strips out the color in the carpet. However you can reduce the effects of bleach if you remove or clean the bleach quickly enough. Most stains that are cause by contaminants such as food, drink, ink and etc. can be removed even though that may have been sitting in the carpet for a long time. To remove old set-in stains you will need baking soda and vinegar in a spray bottle.

How To Remove Old Set In Carpet Stains with Baking Soda & Vinegar

To remove old set-in stains you will want to cover the site or sites with baking soda to form a thin blanket over the stain. With a spray bottle full of white wine vinegar, spray the baking soda thoroughly with the vinegar. After a few hours grab a scrub brush and scrub the baking soda and vinegar to loosen the baking soda that has hardened. Lastly, vacuum up the baking soda to reveal a stain free carpet. For those who may not know why baking soda is sprayed with vinegar help remove even the oldest stains, the idea behind it is simple. Baking soda is a powder that seeps deep inside the fibers of the carpet and goes deep enough to reach the stain particles inside the fiber of the carpet. When the vinegar is applied to the baking soda, a chemical reaction occurs causing the baking soda to bubble and fizz. This loosens and lifts out the contaminates inside the carpet that caused the stain. After a few hours, the fizz and bubbling will stop and the remaining baking soda will harden. The brush breaks up the baking soda along with the contaminates and it gets sucked away.

Carpet Bleach Spots VS Other Related Stains

Stains that are created with a dye such as drinks that used food dyes for coloration can be more difficult to remove. In some cases, faint color of the dye will remain in the carpet. Depending on the type of dye it may not be removed. Often the dye can be removed just enough that it is faint but may never be fully removed. Bleach spots are also impossible to remove. Bleach and other similar chemicals like chlorine actually strips the color out of carpet, which results in a permanent stains. Luckily bleach spots can be recovered with bleach spot repair services where the blemish is dyed to match the rest of the carpet.

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If you have stubborn stains and you can’t seem to remove them, contact Carpet Care 2000. We can help remove some of the most stubborn stains and help restore your home carpets. To schedule one or more of our many services, contact Carpet Care 2000 today.

There are times through the year that you will have guests invited to your home for a get together, party or celebration. This can be anything from a child’s birthday party to an adults sit down dinner date. You want to make sure you are ready for the celebration and there are lots of aspects to that. Of course the food and the activities are a main part of the day but you must also consider what you need to do to protect your home. You want to be able to have a good time as well as the rest of your guests while not being so worried about the house. There are lots of ways that you can protect your carpets, floors and furniture during parties.

Carpet Care 2000 Outlines How to Protect Carpet During a Party

Prevent Access to Rooms During a House Party: One of the things you can do when you are ready to host your next party is to have areas that you want to keep private. This can be a great way to help protect some of the areas so that you will not have to worry about spills and stains. You can do this by moving pieces of furniture as well as decorations that can be stretched across the hallway or the stairs. This will help let your guests know that you want to keep them in certain rooms of the house.
Area Rugs Carpet Protector: Most people want to have their guests over and not have to keep an eye on everyone walking around with a glass of red wine. The drinks and the food that people are eating at your event can easily be dropped on the floors as well as furniture. That is why you want to create pathways that you know many people will be walking on and cover them with area rugs. You can place rugs on the ground to protect your carpets and other flooring. That way if there is a spill you can clean it up and it there is any major damage you can remove it and still have your carpets protected. The area rugs are a great way to also let people know that they are in the right area. You can then have these rugs cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner.
Cover Your Upholstery: You want to make sure that your home has plenty of places to sit as well as places to eat their meal. The problem is that most people are not stocked with enough chairs that they can pull out and use so the couches, chairs and other upholstered pieces are going to be used. You want to make sure that you have covers that you can use on your chairs so that if people are sitting on them they are covered and somewhat protected. Then when the party is over you can remove the covers and throw them through the wash.

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Be sure that if you have a party or celebration planed you call and make your appointment to have the carpets and the upholstery cleaned. That way we can come out as soon as possible to take care of the general cleaning as well as treat for stains. This is the best way to ensure that your carpets and upholstery are clean. Carpet Care 2000 can come out to your home and treat your carpets and more after a party or get together. Call us today to make an appointment.

The couches, chairs and other upholstered pieces of furniture are there as part of the homes décor. It is also there as a place to sit and relax after a long day. You would never keep wearing the same pair of socks over and over without washing them so why overlook the upholstery. You are using the couches, loveseats and chairs whether you are clean and showered or if you are a mess and just walked in the door. The upholstery is taking on messes that you may not even realize and that is why it is a good idea to have them cleaned. This is best done by a professional that has the tools and ability to clean them.

Carpet Care 2000 Outlines the Importance of Upholstery Cleaning

Get Rid of Pet Hair, Dander & Urine on Couches: Some of the unpleasant substances that you may start to notice on your couches is pet hair, dander and urine. If you have a pet you know that they want to be where you are and where it is comfortable. This means they are rolled up on the couch. The problem is that the pet will leave hair and fur on the couch that will cause a mess on your clothes and your friend’s clothes as well. This can also cause the air quality in the house to decrease because as you move around on the upholstery it will get in the air. You can have your dog or cat debris removed from the couches and loveseat when you have them cleaned.
Germs & Bacteria on a Fabric Sofa: If you end up with the flu or a cold you usually stay home. This means you are at home trying to get comfortable and give your body time to feel better and heal. The problem is that as you are hanging around the house the germs that caused you to get sick will linger around. The germs can live on the couches and cause other members of your home to be sick as well. It is a good idea to have your upholstery cleaned professionally to keep your house from getting sick.
Sweat & Saliva on Microfiber Upholstery: If you think about it you are sitting on your couches relaxing. This can be after your workout or even after a shower. The debris that you have on your body is going to be soaked into the surface of the upholstery. This can be sweat or saliva to name a few of the most common. You want to make sure that your couches and chairs are sanitary and that means removing any bodily fluids that you and your family might be leaving behind.
Dirt & Dust on Upholstered Furniture: You also will usually run the vacuum on your floors to remove dirt and dust that might be on the floors. That same dirt and dust can be found on your upholstery as well. You usually will not run the vacuum on the couches so in order to remove the dirt and dust you want to have them cleaned professionally.

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Carpet Care 2000 can come out to your home and clean your upholstery as well as carpets. 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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