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Understanding Carpet Cleaning Methods

Due to the variety of carpet cleaning methods in use today, it’s important to know what you’re getting when you hire a professional. Photo: Precision Cleaning Services (2016)

It’s often assumed that all carpet cleaning companies use the same cleaning techniques, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that today’s carpet cleaners employ a wide range of methodologies, each of which utilizes different concepts, sciences and machinery. That’s why, prior to calling a carpet cleaner, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the different cleaning methods out there so you can make an informed choice. Here are the four most common carpet cleaning techniques being used by professionals today:

Hot Water Extraction (Steam Cleaning)
The most prevalent method in professional use today, hot water extraction relies on heavy-duty machinery to provide a deep, powerful cleaning. Continue reading “Understanding Carpet Cleaning Methods” »

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Low-Impact Floors, Part 2: Recycled Flooring Options

Photo: Baila Floors (2016)

By cutting down on both landfill waste and resource consumption, recycled flooring is as Green as it gets. Photo: Baila Floors (2016)

In the previous installment of our “Low-Impact Floors” series, we talked about flooring made from sustainably sourced materials. In this second half, we’ll cover an even more eco-friendly option: recycled flooring. If sustainable flooring ensures that harvesting and manufacturing are performed in an ecologically sound manner, recycled flooring takes things a step further by eschewing the consumption of new materials in favor of reusing existing ones. Here are a few of the top recycled flooring options: Continue reading “Low-Impact Floors, Part 2: Recycled Flooring Options” »

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Diamond Certified Experts: Carpet Cleaning How-Tos

Everyone knows how to use a vacuum cleaner, but other aspects of carpet care aren’t always so straightforward. Photo: Start Fresh Restoration & Carpet Connoisseurs (2016)

Everyone knows how to use a vacuum cleaner, but other aspects of carpet care aren’t always so straightforward. Photo: Start Fresh Restoration & Carpet Connoisseurs (2016)

Most homeowners know routine vacuuming and periodic professional cleanings are important for maintaining carpet. However, some aspects of carpet care aren’t always as clear-cut, and they often require specific, painstaking techniques. To gain further insight, we’ve asked four Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to provide a few helpful how-tos regarding carpet maintenance. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Carpet Cleaning How-Tos” »

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Diamond Certified Experts: Basic Flooring Maintenance Tips

In addition to distinctive aesthetic attributes, different flooring styles require specific kinds of maintenance. Photo: LPC Enterprises (2015)

In addition to distinctive aesthetic attributes, different flooring styles require specific kinds of maintenance. Photo: LPC Enterprises (2015)

You probably know the importance of having a roof over your head, but another crucial consideration is what’s under your feet. Preferences vary when it comes to flooring, which is reflected in the vast array of products available. From the sleek sheen of hardwood to the natural coarseness of stone to the soft pile of carpet, there’s no shortage of options for consumers with sensitive soles. Along with distinctive aesthetic attributes, however, different flooring styles require different kinds of maintenance, which is why we’ve asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to give their tips on proper floor care.

Hardwood floors
There may not be one right way to clean a hardwood floor, but according to Roy Nelson of Roy’s Woodcraft Flooring, Inc., there are certainly a few wrong ways. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Basic Flooring Maintenance Tips” »

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Diamond Certified Experts: Home Maintenance How-Tos

While some aspects of home maintenance are best left to a professional, there are many you can address yourself. Photo: Duncan Plumbing Ent., Inc. (2015)

While some aspects of home maintenance are best left to a professional, there are many you can address yourself. Photo: Duncan Plumbing Ent., Inc. (2015)

Owning a home requires a fair amount of maintenance to keep things looking and functioning optimally. While some maintenance tasks are best handled by professionals, there are plenty of others you can perform yourself, even if you’ve never done them before. To highlight a few of these, we asked four Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to share their tips on DIY home maintenance.

How to fix a swinging door: Dennis Thompson of Thompson Construction
If a door in your home tends to swing open or closed, you might be surprised to learn that a simple adjustment can make a huge difference. First, remove a pin from one of the door’s hinges. Place it on a hard surface and hit it with a hammer to give it a slight bend in the middle. When you return the pin to its hinge, its bent angle should create enough resistance to keep the door from swinging. Be aware that you may have to repeat this step with two or even all three pins to completely resolve the problem. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Home Maintenance How-Tos” »

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Putting the Freeze on Fleas: A Basic Tutorial

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When fleas occupy your home, you’ll need to act fast to mount a successful resistance. Photo: Killroy Pest Control (2014)

So your dog went out back to do its usual business, but this time, when it returned, it brought along some uninvited guests. That’s right: fleas have dropped in for a surprise visit, and they just might end up staying for dinner. Before you know it, you’re scratching and slapping at these nearly imperceptible pests. A barrage of questions storm through your mind: Will I have to vacate my house? Are chemical treatments my only option? Will Fido have to go to the vet? Relax: the answer to all of these questions is a resounding “no.” Take a deep breath and follow these simple steps:

1. Decontaminate the host. Since your pet is the one who started this mess (albeit unwittingly), it should be the first to get treated. Start by washing your pet in warm, soapy water; as a supplementary measure, add a cup of white vinegar to the water and use a citrus-scented soap (fleas hate both). Following bath time, use a flea brush to excise the hardier fleas who survived the deluge. Continue reading “Putting the Freeze on Fleas: A Basic Tutorial” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Carpet and Floor Maintenance

Watch this video for some helpful tips about cleaning and maintaining carpet, rugs and floors.

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Choosing an Eco-Friendly Carpet Cushion

When choosing a carpet, the average consumer tends to focus on the fibers while often neglecting to consider what’s beneath the surface. A carpet’s cushion (also known as the “backing” or “padding”) is an equally integral component, both prolonging the life of the carpet and providing additional benefits of insulation, noise reduction, and underfoot comfort. In the same way that many are unaware of the cushion’s vital role in a carpet’s performance, environmentally-conscious consumers tend to concentrate their scrutiny on the carpet’s face, even though such concerns apply just as much to the backing. Fortunately, there’s a wide variety of cushion options available for the discerning consumer. Continue reading “Choosing an Eco-Friendly Carpet Cushion” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Carpet Spill


Do you know what to do when you spill food or drink on your carpet? Watch this video for some helpful tips.

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Spill Something? Be Sure to Blot, Not Rub

The worst thing you can do when you spill something on your carpeting? Grab an off-the-shelf spot remover and start rubbing. Charlene Locke, an expert at Sequoia Cleaning & Restoration, Inc., a Diamond Certified company, says this can just make your problem worse. “The right way is to first remove any solid matter with a spatula. Then, fold a towel into a tight square; place it on top of the spilled area and then step on it — using your whole weight. And keep on turning this folded square towel until the spill is fully absorbed.” Ms. Locke says next, pour one cup of cold water onto the spill. Get another towel, and keep blotting as before, until you are no longer getting any color transfer. If you can’t get all of the stain out, put a damp cloth on the area and leave it there until your professional carpet cleaner comes out to complete the job.

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