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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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Tip Sheet: Five Ways to Maximize Your Carpet’s Lifespan

A new carpet is an expensive investment: one that requires ongoing maintenance to sustain both its appearance and performance. That’s why Matt Cole of Cole’s Carpet & Upholstery Company suggests taking proactive steps to protect your carpet from premature wear and tear. Here are Matt’s top five carpet care tips: Continue reading “Tip Sheet: Five Ways to Maximize Your Carpet’s Lifespan” »

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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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Party on the Patio: How to Get Your Yard Set for Summer Fun


With summer fast approaching, you’ll want to prepare your outdoor living space for optimum enjoyment of the warm, sunny weather. Photo: Hansen Landscape Contractor (2015)

If you’re like most Bay Area residents, as the long days and balmy evenings of summer set in, you’ll want to be spending as much time as possible outside. An outdoor living space can serve a variety of functions, whether an ambient setting to entertain guests or a relaxing oasis for lounging during your annual staycation. In order to get the most enjoyment out of your space, however, you’ll first need to get it clean and functional again after having sat unused all winter. Here are a few aspects likely to require your attention:


Proper swimming pool maintenance consists of two essential aspects: cleaning and sanitation. Photo: Royal Pools of Santa Clara, Inc. (2015)

Swimming Pool
Following its winter dormancy, your swimming pool needs a bit of maintenance to get it ready for summer use. According to John Pittman of Roger’s Pool and Spa Service, Inc., it’s best to start by getting the pool and its filter cleaned. You can clean the filter by disassembling it and using a garden hose to wash off the individual parts. You’ll also need to adjust your filter’s run time, from the minimal off-season setting up to 6-8 hours a day during the summer. Continue reading “Party on the Patio: How to Get Your Yard Set for Summer Fun” »

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Clean Up Pet Stains Right Away

When my Black Labrador got up in years, she would occasionally have accidents inside the house on the wall-to-wall carpeting. Don’t procrastinate when your pet accidentally urinates on your carpets—the crystals in the urine can create an alkaline stain, which can give off a bad odor, discolor your carpets and even damage your hardwood floors.

Here’s what to do: Blot up the urine contamination with a wet terry cloth towel until all the yellow comes up (you can also use paper towels). You don’t want it to spread further, so remember to blot, not rub. A 20/80 mixture of white vinegar and water can be applied to break up the urine crystals and absorb more of the stain.

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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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Spot Clean Your Carpet to Save Time, Money and Hassle

Treat carpet spots quickly before they become permanent stains. (Photo courtesy of AMRO Carpet Cleaning Services)

The key to treating carpet spots and stains is to act quickly—the longer you wait, the higher the probability that a spill will become a permanent stain. Large stains should always be handled by a professional, but to effectively deal with minor spots and stains, consider the following tips:


  • Blot liquids with a dry, absorbent cloth or plain paper towels (printed or colored material may transfer ink or dye to your damp carpet). Continue until the area is barely damp.
  • Start at the outside of the spot and continue toward the center to prevent the stain from spreading. Semi-solid spills, like food, may need to be scooped up with a spoon. Solid, dried bits can be vacuumed. Don’t scrub or use a brush—it can fray the carpet and change the texture.


  • Use a carpet cleaning product that has a seal of approval from the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI). Though these products have been laboratory tested, you should still pre-test any cleaner on an extra scrap of carpet or a hidden area of your own carpet.
  • Apply a small amount of the cleaner to a white cloth and gently work from the edges to the center. Blot, don’t scrub, and never use a brush. You may need to repeat this step several times to completely remove the spot.
  • Don’t be overzealous—mix the cleaning solution according to the directions. Don’t use too much water; try to keep the carpet as dry as possible.

If you don’t have a CRI-approved carpet cleaner, you can try using one of the following homemade remedies: Continue reading “Spot Clean Your Carpet to Save Time, Money and Hassle” »

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