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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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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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