Water damage to your home is never pleasant. But sewage water restoration creates a unique set of challenges.
I arrived at a home in Boulder today expecting to cut out a small piece of sewage damaged carpet from a sewage backup that occurred last week. The carpets were completely dry and we had to determine how far the sewage reached into the room. [It should be noted, a family member was hospitalized with respiratory issues unrelated to the sewage backup. This complex situation was a determining factor in the ultimate treatment of their carpet.] The homeowner wished to piece together some carpet scraps and replace the areas that he thought the sewage had reached. We had some very tough decisions to make and I wanted our solution to be cost effective, considering the stress and worry he was already under with child in the hospital. His wife showed me where (more…)
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I land in pee virtually every day. It isn’t something that I anticipate, however it pays for my children’s pitching lessons, sports costs as well as places a roof over my head. Perhaps I shouldn’t teach people how to eliminate a problem that effectively pays my bills, but I’d like to give help where it is needed. Getting a dog is a brilliant inspiration where we leap without so much as a clear thought. What was a thought, becomes an action– and before we know it we are home with our new furry friend. Obviously, I am a professional carpet cleaner and I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable about pet stains. Through osmosis I’ve learned a few things on training dogs to go outside too! (more…)
Every day I come across carpets loaded with debris and soil, and sometimes I wonder how they get so dirty! When I ask the client if they own a vacuum, the answer is generally yes. Even still, there are a number of homes and apartments which haven’t seen a vacuum in many years, if ever. More frequently than not, the customer has a vacuum and it merely does not function well or the vacuum bag is full. I have periodically unclogged many vacuums for numerous customers. I use the the Dyson Pet Vacuum as my personal choice, and can give an honest evaluation to you of what I like and dislike about it.
Shaw (one of the biggest carpet manufacturers on the planet) suggests you vacuum high traffic locations everyday and areas with average traffic at least twice per week. Thorough vacuuming reduces the quantity of particulate soil and (more…)
Pets are one of the biggest reasons Colorado Carpet Masters is in business. They endure themselves to our hearts and become a very special part of our families. We spend thousands on vet bills, obedience schools, and our very favorite, carpet cleaning. We see some of our clients several times a year for urine odor and stain removal. Some people will wait years before the pet odors become so bad that they must finally do something about it. Why clean the carpets when you know the pet will start all over the very next day? If we wait too long before cleaning up the pet urine and pet odor, it will saturate our carpet pad and subfloor which will result in a very costly removal of all the carpet pad, cleaning and sealing of the sub floor. Periodic truck mount steam cleaning of the carpets is a must. What can you do between carpet cleanings?
Do not use soap on urine stains. It tends to set the urine stain and does not help with the pet odors. Blot fresh urine stains with paper towels to remove as much as possible. Use an enzyme bacteria product which will eat and breakdown the urine stain. Keep the enzyme wet for at least a 24 hour period and do not scrub the stain. For a deeper look at pet odor and pet stain removal.
At Colorado Carpet Masters we want you to have a pleasant carpet cleaning experience even if you are using a Rug Doctor. We often get calls from people who have made their rugs much worse after renting a portable cleaner simply because they did not know the proper methodology for cleaning carpets. After reading this article you should be able to use a Rug Doctor effectively.
The first step to any carpet cleaning is a thorough vacuuming of the carpet prior to the carpet getting wet. An average 9 x 12 rug can hold an amazing 85 pounds of dry soil! Once the carpets are thoroughly vacuumed we need to pre-treat the fibers with a soap designed to loosen the soils and stains that are attached to the carpet fibers. The soap needs to dwell (more…)
Colorado Carpet Masters had a client this week that ran into problems while using a Rug Doctor to clean up a few dog urine stains over the weekend. When we arrived at their home we found a white Berber carpet that had huge yellow stains everywhere. Upon talking to our new client we discovered that she rented a Rug Doctor and cleaned the carpet herself. When she woke up the next day she discovered twice as many stains as the day before. She thought that she was pulling up old urine stains from a previous owner and decided to keep the Rug Doctor an extra day. The second cleaning went even worse than the first and she thought that the carpets were ruined. She finally called us to try and fix the problem. (more…)
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All year we live with our pets and their odors without a second thought. Our dogs and cats pee, throw up and do their business on a daily basis and we give in to those cute little faces and clean up the messes the best we can. It is only when our Mother-in-law is visiting for the Holidays or if we are chosen to host the office party that we notice that particular pet odor that emanates from our carpets. What can we do? Here is some pet odor removal advice: (more…)
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Should I Clean My Carpets This Winter? We get that question often. Many of us shy away from carpet cleaning during the winter months. The idea of having the front door open when it is 20 degrees outside just seems like a very cold and crazy idea. In Colorado, we see snow more often than most, so dirty carpets are a reality. Why clean when it might snow again next week? Just a few of the reasons we all wait until spring before we clean. Very few people know that carpet is the biggest filter we have in our homes to capture allergens, soils, pollutants, germs and bacteria. This filter becomes full after six months of use and all the things that used to be (more…)