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If you have kids they are likely on summer break. Having this time off of school gives your kids a long summer break from their hard studying and extra curricular activities. There are wonderful things that come with summertime. Being able to spend time hanging out with your kids, going on vacations, and relaxing are all benefits of summer break. Along with all the fun come more messes to clean up though. Some of the items that kids spill on your carpet are not that hard to get out as long as you work on them right away. Other things are not quite as easy to get out of your carpet though. One thing that you might need to know how to clean up this summer is red Kool-Aid. The good news is that Carpet Care 2000 has some excellent tips for you on how to get Kool-Aid out of your carpet.

Treat Kool Aid Carpet Spill Right Away

One of the most important things that you need to do is make sure that you get moving right away once the Kool-Aid is spilled. The longer that the Kool-Aid sits on your carpet the harder the stain is to get out. Make sure that your kids always know that they need to come and get you as soon as they have any spills. Immediately take some paper towels and soak up as much Kool-Aid as possible. Then move on to one of the following methods.

Remove Kool Aid Stains from Carpet with Carbonated Club Soda

There are several different things that you can try to get that Kool-Aid stain out. One option that frequently works well is club soda. Simply take the club soda and pour it onto the stain area. You will want to pour a pretty decent amount onto the area. You will want to make sure that your club soda is not flat. Part of what makes this method work is the fizz from the carbonation. Let the club soda sit on the stain and fizz for a few minutes. Then get a clean dry towel and blot the stain up. You will want to repeat this step until the stain is completely gone.

Get Kool Aid Stains Out of Carpet with Dishwashing Liquid

If you do not have club soda sitting around you can try this next method. Get one cup of warm water and mix it with ½ teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent. Grab a clean white cloth and use it to apply the solution to the affected area. You will want to blot it onto your carpet instead of rubbing it. Rubbing the carpeted area will only make the stain sink deeper into the carpet. Repeat this process with a new cloth until the stain is gone.
Sometimes we are not fortunate enough to catch the spill right away. If the Kool-Aid has time to set in you will probably have to use a more aggressive method. You can try some water and vinegar. Mix 2 cups of water with 1 cup of white vinegar. Just like with the water and liquid dishwashing detergent you will want to take a clean white cloth and bot the mixture onto the stain. Repeat as necessary.

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Kool aid is tricky to get all the way out of your carpet. You will want to just be patient and keep working to see if you can get the stain out. If you do not have any lucky you will want to give us a call here at Carpet Care 2000. We can send one of our technicians out and get the stain out for you with our equipment and expertise. Contact us today!

Millions of people across the United States own one or more pets. For many families pets are such an integral part of their family that they are included in their family Christmas photos. There are many emotional benefits from owning a pet. Many people claim that their dog is truly their best friend. If you have pets you may experience some of these emotions as well. One of the problems that come along with pets is that they can make your flooring dirty. So how do you keep your floor clean if you have pets?

Dog Paw Cleaning

There are many different things you can do to help your floors stay nice and clean if you have pets. If you have pets with paws you will want to keep their paws clean at all times. Much of the dirt that pets bring into your home comes in on their paws. You will want to keep their paws as clean as you can. You can keep a towel near your door to gently wipe their paws each time they come in your home from outside.

Tile Flooring Entryway with Pets

Many homeowners will install tile flooring near doorways and pet entryways. When your pets come inside onto a tile floor their paws will get clean on the tile. As pets wipe their paws on tile it is super easy to clean it up off a tile floor. If they come into your house and step onto carpeted flooring first it is not nearly as easy to get off of your floor. Paw prints on carpet get ground in and stain your carpet.

Area Rugs Help Keep Floors Clean

We also recommend that you use rugs to help you catch the dirt that your sweet pets bring into your home. Having rugs by your doorways will help right when your pets come inside the house. In areas of your house that your pets frequently walk on you will want to consider are rugs or runners. Replacing area rugs is much easier and cheaper than replacing your carpet.

Mop, Vacuum & Clean Floors Often

You will want to clean your floors on a regular basis when you have pets. You will want to vacuum extremely regularly to clean up the hair that your pets leave behind. In addition to cleaning up pet hair with your vacuum you will also want to mop your tile and wood floors to clean up any stains from dirt, urine, or feces. Carpet Care 2000 can come out and help you clean your carpets, rugs, tile floors, upholstery, and natural stone floors as well. We have the tools and expertise to get up some pet stains that your regular cleaning just will not be able to reach.

Clean Up Dog & Cat Urine & Poop Right Away

With pets it is inevitable that your pets are going to have accidents. If you have a young pet accidents will occur more often until they are house trained. Once they are house trained even the best of pets will have accidents occasionally. As soon as you see an accident you will want to get moving quickly to get it cleaned up. The longer the urine or poop sits on your flooring the harder it is to get off. Many pet owners will invest in a handheld steam cleaner that they use in these cases.

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If you follow all of these steps you will be able to have pets in your house AND maintain clean flooring. Here at Carpet Care 2000 we want to help your house look amazing at all times. Give us a call today!

Tile is a great flooring material. It is affordable, durable, easily cleaned and can last decades. However, one minor drawback is maintaining a clean tile floor. Tile is a solid surface where dirt, pet hair and debris can quickly accumulate. As tile can be difficult to maintain, there are a few ways you can have cleaner tile floors longer with a few simple tricks. Carpet Care 2000 will share how you can keep your tile floors cleaner longer.

Dirt Trapping Door Mats

Dirt and debris is often brought inside the home by household members and pets. As they enter in the home, dirt comes in with them, sprinkling it all over your tile floor. To help reduce the amount of dirt and debris that falls on your home’s tile floors, consider investing in a few door mats. For best results, have a mat on both sides of exterior doors. This way shoes can be wiped off before entering inside the home. You will find less dirt on your tile simply by adding mats in front of your doors.

Ask Family & Guests to Remove Shoes Inside

Shoes drag in a quite a bit of dirt and of debris. One way to reduce tracking in less dirt onto your tile is by implementing a “no shoes” rule. Have every household member take their shoes off as they enter into the home. You can have a shoes rack with a door mat at the front, garage, and back door to encourage the “no shoes” rule.

Weekly Tile & Grout Cleaning

To maintain clean tile floors, it is recommended to sweep or vacuum, and mop your tile floors once a week. Even when floors may not look spotted or have much dirt, you can have spotless floors with regular cleaning. Tile floors that have been sealed are also better maintained with weekly cleanings. The dirt can rub the sealer away. Additionally if a spill occurs, clean it as soon as it happens. Don’t leave it sit for too long. Not only do spills make for a dirty floor, it also can have an effect on tile sealer.

Tile Sealing

Most tiles do not come sealed and is therefore an option. However, it is strongly recommended to have your tile sealed. A sealer often makes your tile floor look shinier and cleaner. A sealer can also help protect the tile from moisture and small organisms from entering into the small pores in the tile such as mold and mildew. Additionally, a sealer also helps to protect grout. Grout is super grainy and will hold in dirt, grease and other contaminates. This is why grout often looks dirtier than the tile. A sealer puts a layer between the surface and the grout which prevents the grout from getting so dirty.

Keep House Pets Clean

Easier said than done, right? However, by keeping your pets clean you can help reduce the amount of dirt they track inside the home. Brush out your pet once a week and bathe them at least monthly. This will help reduce dirt and removes the hair they will shed from accumulating inside your home.

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With these basic tips you can have cleaner tile floors in your home. For quality carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, tile/natural stone cleaning and more, contact Carpet Care 2000 and schedule our services today.

Though very similar, area rugs are different from carpets in the home. They offer unique patterns, texture, and color to your designs to any room, but area rugs require special care. Today, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to share the basics of area rug cleaning and the optimal and effective methods for removing spots and stains. No matter their size or material, below you will find the standard steps and tips to keeping your area rug looking glorious.

Vacuum Area Rugs Often

Contrary to popular belief, the dirt and debris wear the fibers of the rugs down quicker than vacuuming does. To help extend the life of your rugs, vacuuming on regular basis can reduce the wear. Be sure to turn down the setting before vacuuming shag rug and avoid vacuuming any edge fringe.

Remove Pet Hair from Rugs with a Brush

Some vacuums are not highly effective at removing pet hair from the area rug; and reducing the volume is better on the vacuum regardless. Once a week use a stiff brush to gently remove pet hair as a more efficient alternative.
Periodically throughout the year, rotate the area rugs. Instead of keeping the wear from foot traffic concentrated in one area or path, every few months, rotate the area rug to help make sure that the rug wears and fades evenly by distributing the foot traffic and sun exposure.

Shake Out the Debris from Your Area Rugs

Once every week or two, or more often if you can spare the time; the more the better, take the rugs outside and shake them vigorously. Also, use a paddle or tennis racket to loosen and remove dirt and particles that wear your rugs out faster, making the vacuuming process even more effective.

Deep Cleaning Area Rug

For starters, look for the label on your rug to see if there are any special care instructions or warnings. In some instances, there are area rugs that require dry-cleaning or spot cleaning only.

Machine Washable Rugs

Place the small machine-washable rugs in a mesh bag and wash them on a delicate cycle. Do not use warm water unless otherwise instructed from the label’s instructions and do not put them in the dryer as they can shrink and set in any tough stains. Wash your rugs on cold then hang them to dry in a well-ventilated area, outside is optimal if weather permits.

Stain Removal for Area Rug

Because you will only force the substance in the fibers deeper in the fibers, never scrub or rub. Gently blot away any moisture first. Use your choice of homemade solution or a store-bought stain remover to treat the residual stains. A multi-stain remover is mixing 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent, 4 cups of warm water, and ¼ teaspoon white vinegar in a spray bottle. Be sure to conduct a patch test in a small, inconspicuous area to ensure it is used safely without compromising the rug or color.

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For professional rug cleaning, call Carpet Care 2000 and let our specialists ensure your rugs are cleaned and sanitized for a vibrant, fresh result.

Do you have ripples in your carpet? Is your carpet loose? The most common reason that your carpets become start to ripple or become loose in as little as one to three years is due to poor installation. Correct installation requires the use of a power stretcher. Many installers will skip this step and use a knee kicker instead to get the job done faster. If an installer gets paid by how many square feet they can get done in a day, they are more concerned with getting the job done as quickly as possible, not how well they do the job. Unfortunately, this means youll notice loose and rippled carpet shortly after. Many homeowners will find themselves in a battle with the installation company to repair these issues and end up giving up. Improper carpet installation can also void the warranty of your carpet as well.

Humidity & Moisture Causes Carpet Bulging

High humidity levels and moisture can also cause carpets to become loose and rippled. Carpet is made with layers of backing that are held together with latex. The latex can start to absorb moisture and expand. Carpets that are not installed tightly will start to ripple and moisture from the carpet cleaning process can also cause carpets to bubble. This is not the carpet cleaner’s fault, it’s because the carpet wasn’t installed tightly in the first place. Most of the time the bubbles will disappear when the carpet dries, if not you may need to have it stretched.

Carpet Delamination

Delamination occurs when the latex that is holding the backing of your carpet together starts to breakdown. It can happen with heavy foot traffic, when harsh solutions are used to clean the carpet or when carpets stay too wet for too long. Cat and dog urine can also dissolve the latex in carpet backing if it’s not extracted adequately.

Heavy Furniture & Carpet Tack Strips

Moving heavy furniture around can create wrinkles in your carpet. It can also damage it and the padding beneath it. Always try and pick furniture up to move it or use sliders. Carpets are installed with the use of tack strips that help keep the carpet tight. When they become loose, the carpet will become loose. You can reinforce the tack strips and have the carpet stretched.

Commercial Carpet Installation Problems

Carpets in commercial settings is usually glued down and doesn’t have padding or tack strips. Bubbles will start to show up if the carpet wasn’t installed properly or there wasn’t enough glue used. It can also occur if the sub floor has a high alkaline level. High alkaline levels can make it harder for the glue to adhere to it. The installation company should always test the sub floor water.

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

Do you have loose carpet in your home? Always hire an experienced company to repair or stretch your carpet. Contact Carpet Care 2000 to determine why its’s happening and take steps to fix the problem. Call us today to take care of all your flooring needs.

The carpets in your home experience a lot of direct traffic. This leads to the dirt accumulation and general wear and tear. Keeping your carpets well maintained keeps them looking great and lasting longer. Carpets should be professionally cleaned at least once a year, twice if it gets a lot of foot traffic. It’s also important to vacuum them at least once a week between cleanings. Carpet Care 2000 outlines some of the perks you can expect from annual professional carpet cleaning.

Benefits of Professional Carpet Cleaning

1. Clean carpet will last longer. The biggest benefit of professional carpet cleaning is that it extends the life of your carpet. Dust, dirt, allergens and other debris become embedded in the carpet fibers and cause the fibers to breakdown. Plus, dirt and debris are more likely to stick to a dirty carpet. Hot water extraction is an effective way to remove debris from deep in the carpet fibers.
2. Your home will be healthier with clean carpets. The dust and debris that gets trapped in carpet fibers can also become airborne. This can be problematic for those with respiratory problems, allergies and other health issues. Hot water extraction kills the allergens that are creating problems and leaves a clean and fully sanitized carpet behind.
3. Carpet cleaning removes dirt and bacteria. Vacuuming only removes surface dirt. All the debris that has embedded itself deep in the fibers will stay there until you have the carpets cleaned professionally. Again, the longer debris sits in the carpet, the faster it will breakdown. Bacteria is a leading cause of foul odors in carpet and can also cause health problems.
4. Eliminate stains with carpet cleaning. Tough stains are no match for professional carpet cleaning. The hot water extraction method of carpet cleaning allows professionals to remove dirt and mud, coffee stains, ink stains, red wine and pet stains. The spots will be gone, won’t come back and future stains will be easier to clean.
5. Steam carpet cleaning leaves no residue. Some methods of carpet cleaning will leave residue behind. This leads to re-soiling because residue attracts dirt and debris. Hot water extraction delivers the best results, leaving the carpets free of debris and stains.
6. Carpet cleaning cares for high traffic lane areas. Carpet fibers in areas with a lot of foot traffic will breakdown faster than others. High traffic areas constantly have dirt tracked over them and become darker than the rest of the carpet. Professional carpet cleaning slows the effect of traffic lanes by removing the dark areas and restoring the carpet fibers.
7. Improve the overall look of your home with carpet cleaning. Not only is carpeting the largest furnishing in your home, it also gets the most use. The dirt and debris that gets tracked onto it affects it over time, making it dated. Professional cleaning removes the dirt and debris, restores the carpet fibers and improves the look of your home.

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Maintaining your carpets and having them professionally cleaned will have them looking great, lasting longer and it will make your home a healthier place to live. Spring is an ideal time to have your carpets cleaned. Contact Carpet Care 2000 to schedule an appointment!

So many kids love playing with playdough, slime and silly putty … and why not? It is soft, squishy, and brightly colored. While your kids play with their playdough creating their own works of art, they often get it stuck in the rug or carpet. Unless you pick the playdough up quickly, often you find it later dried and squished in the carpet or rug. Many people will attempt to remove the playdough by pulling it out which actually creates a bigger problem as you’ll often pull the carpet fibers out with the playdough. This damages the carpet. Carpet Care 2000 will share how you can remove playdough safely from your carpets.

How to Clean & Remove Playdough from Carpets & Rugs

Step 1. Any stain or substance that falls on carpet or rug it is generally always best to clean the mess as soon as it happens (there are some exceptions such as mud). However, sometimes you may notice your kids got playdough all over your carpet when it is too late. If the playdough is still damp, try to remove it by vacuuming it up.
Step 2. If the playdough remains stuck in the carpet your next step is to get a bucket or bowl and fill it with hot water. It the playdough is dry or hard the hot water will help soften it. Use a damp cloth and begin blotting at the clay. Blot with a dry rag to help absorb some of the moisture out of the carpet. With the carpet slightly damp, use the vacuum to suck out more of the playdough.
Step 3. Another approach when the playdough is still dry is to use a stiff cleaning brush to scrub a small piece away and suck up the piece with the vacuum. However if you can’t remove all of the playdough with this method, use the hot water method to remove the remaining playdough out of the carpet.
Step 4. After removing the playdough there may be some discoloration in the carpet. Removing a stain from playdough can be tricky since dyes are used to color it. Removing the dye can be difficult, but usually not impossible. To remove the stain start by pouring hydrogen peroxide over the stain. Next, get a damp cloth and lay it over the stain. Use a clothing iron with medium heat and hold the iron on top of the stain for about 60 seconds and then remove the iron and cloth. Note: it is important to use a white cloth to prevent the dye in the cloth bleeding into the carpet. This step should remove most of the dye out of the carpet. However, if any dye remains, use a carpet cleaner to help remove the rest of the stain.
Step 5. Make sure you rinse the area after treating the stain with hydrogen peroxide with straight water. Use regular tap water to rinse the area. Pour the water over the hydrogen peroxide and use a white dry cloth. Press down over the water to draw it out and into the cloth. You will need to repeat the dry cloth press until the carpet is dry.

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For quality carpet and rug cleaning services, contact Carpet Care 2000. We provide many quality services, so call us and schedule Carpet Care 2000 services today.

Micro suede fabric has a beautiful and unique texture that is aesthetically pleasing to many people. The velvety material adds depth and contrast to any room. It gives a luxurious feeling without breaking the bank. One of the greatest selling points of a microfiber sofa, is their superior stain resistant fabric. Not only do these couches look great, they are fairly simple to care for. They hold up well against the inevitable accidents that come with having pets in the home, or young children. After a few years of wear and tear, these comfy couches can take a real beating. Just because they are stain-resistant, doesn’t mean that stains can’t occur. When a microfiber couch begins to look like it’s been through the wringer, it can be a real eyesore. Proper care and maintenance for these couches are vital in order to keep them looking new for years to come. Carpet Care 2000 is here today to give some helpful hints on how to maintain these beautiful couches.

Keep Your Sofa Fabric Clean

Make it a habit to vacuum your couches as often as you clean the floors around them. Do this with a soft brush attachment. Vacuum the whole couch, including under and in between couch cushions to remove crumbs, dirt or anything else that may be hiding in the cracks. If pet hair gets onto the couch, you can use a lint roller or other like item to remove the pet hair.

Clean Spills on Upholstery Right Away

It’s not easy to clean every spill right after it happens, especially with kids in the house. Let’s face it, our kids don’t always tell us right away when a spill occurs. Just do your best, if you can get to a spill right away, you have a better chance of removing the liquid without a stain occurring. Unlike other couch materials, micro suede material is stain resistant and therefore smaller spills will bead up upon contact, leaving you enough time to soak up the spill before a stain sets in. Grab some paper towels or a clean cloth/rag and soak up the spill, including between the couch cushions and in the cracks.

To Spot Clean Sofa, Follow Upholstery Cleaning Codes

Every couch has a tag that contains cleaning labels on it. If your micro suede couch has a “W” label, that indicates it is safe to use water and high temperatures to clean. If the label shows a “S”, you can use manufacturer recommended solvents to spot clean the couch, when needed. If there is an “X” on the label, you will need to consult with a professional cleaning company for advice on the best care. After a spot cleaning, if the material feels stiff, you can use a fine-toothed comb to re-fluff the fabric.

Best Steam Cleaner for Couch

Most microfiber couches are safe to steam clean. You will want to have your couches professionally steam cleaned about once a year, or more in high traffic households. Spot cleaning works well for small spills, but eventually runs the risk of leaving your couch discolored from too much cleaning. Steam cleaning is a safe alternative that effectively removes stains, fluffs the fabric and removes 99% of bacteria and germs from the surface of the couch.

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

Carpet Care 2000 offers upholstery cleaning on all types of couch material. If you have further questions about caring for or steam cleaning your micro suede couches, give us a call.

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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