DVCC (Delaware Valley Carpet Cleaning) began in 1987 as a family owned business in the heart of South Jersey. After expanding the company with many employees and multiple trucks on the road, I realized it was difficult to stay with original mission of:
- Personalized customer service
- Hassle-free cleaning services
- Competitive prices
- Organic and green cleaning products
- “Cleaning your carpets more effectively, utilizing safer greener technology with personal service”
In the early 1990’s I decided to downsize the company so every client could have the benefit of personalized service with the owner of the company. So since 1994, I, Joe Stark (the owner) have done all the cleaning myself, and have not outsourced any cleaning to subcontractors or employees since then.
My goal is to utilize my 20+ years of cleaning and practical knowledge with newer updated state-of-the-art technology to bring to the customer the most informed carpet cleaning company and to ensure clear and precise communication with the client.
With all clients I perform a free no-charge carpet evaluation and an estimate. This is done to ensure that there is clear communication between the customer and me to provide the optimum personalized attention to detail and complete satisfaction for the customer.
All the work I perform is completely 100% guaranteed for the client’s satisfaction.
Once a client uses my company I consider them a client for life, making myself available to all my clients for free advice on cleaning and fabric care for the future.
You can always contact me by phone or text at 609-458-1973, through our website at http://www.delawarevalleycarpetcleaning.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DelawareValleyCarpetCleaning (please be sure to like our page), or by email.
Most carpets today have been treated with some type of fabric protectant or sealant, but that does not mean your carpet is completely dirt or spill proof. You will have better results removing the stain if you attempt to remove it when it happens, rather than waiting. The longer you wait, the higher the possibility that the stain will become permanent.
- Always pre-test the fabric you are cleaning to ensure that it is colorfast. Pre-testing can be done simply by applying the cleaning agent to a part of the carpet where you can’t see it, and blot for 30 seconds. Make sure there is no damage to the yarn, loss of color, or color transfer.
- You should always use a dry white terry cloth towel or plain white paper towel to remove stains (never use a colored towel or printed paper towels as the color from the towel can seep into the carpet).
- Start by blotting up the wet stain carefully until almost dry. If it is a dry spill or if the liquid spill has some solids to it, gently scrape off the carpet and vacuum any amount you can with a Shop-Vac or a dry/wet vac.
- Don’t be aggressive and never scrub the carpet, as you risk distorting the yarn permanently which will create a wear mark where you are cleaning.
- Put some of the cleaning agent on the white towel and work it in onto the stain.
- Repeat continuously but gently until the stain has been removed. You need to be patient, as it could take several minutes or longer to remove the stain.
- Once the stain has been removed, lightly rinse the spot with cold water to remove as much as the cleaning agent as possible.
- Please note that although many cleaning chemicals may be safe for carpets, if they are not completely removed they will attract dirt very quickly to the spot.
Here are some tips to a greener and healthier method of cleaning your carpets.
- Vacuum your carpet thoroughly and frequently. Cross vacuuming is important (vacuuming in different directions to ensure all sides of the yarn is vacuumed correctly).
- Make sure the vacuum is on the proper height setting.
- Change the vacuum cleaner bag when it is no more than 75% full.
- Always use a vacuum cleaner with a multi filter and/or HEPA filtration bag and/or filters.
- Always use Green cleaning products when spot cleaning the carpet and never use any sprays or powders on carpet or upholstery. Many of these products can break down and attract more dirt and dust in the future.
- All cleaning solutions used on your carpet should be neutral based pH (not alkaline or acidic).
- Spot clean spots as soon as you can to prevent the spots from attracting dirt.
- Have your carpets professionally cleaned on a consistent schedule every 6-12 months. Choose a carpet cleaning company that uses a low moisture cleaning system and that utilizes green and or organic cleaning products. If you’re in the Southern New Jersey area, visit our website at http://www.delawarevalleycarpetcleaning.com for information about our organic carpet cleaning services.
- Never over wet the carpets when cleaning. Make sure the carpets are dry within 4-6 hours to avoid any problems such as mold growth and floor damage.
A carpet filled with dirt and dust can have a negative health effect in your home or office. Keeping your carpets as clean as possible will add to a healthier environment.
Pet hair can be difficult to remove from fabric, especially carpeted steps, upholstery and clothing. People use many things to remove per hair such as tape, lint rollers, sponges, and brushes. Not only are some of these items quite expensive, but some lint rollers and tape may leave sticky residue behind that actually attract hair and dust even more.
The secret to removing pet hair from carpet is: rubber or latex gloves!
Put on a pair of rubber or latex gloves and brush or rub our hands in a circular motion on the carpet. You will be surprised to see how easily you can remove the hair from carpets and furniture, draperies, and clothing!
Most popular fabric sprays for carpet and fabric are advertised to remove odors without cleaning the fabric. Does this really make sense, spraying something that smells bad with a truly magical product that removes the odor? This is a true testament to the power of intense, convincing, targeted marketing.
The reality is that most of these products “seem” to get rid of the odor, but they actually make the problem worse. Most of these sprays have two parts: fragrance and plastic.
The plastic parts are very tiny molecules that surrounds and “encapsulates” the odor molecules, preventing you from smelling the odor. The fragrance of course adds the benefit of having a clean smell take its place.
But the hidden secret is that is works temporarily; once theses sprays start to break down on the fabric, they attract dirt at a very quick rate, which creates more odor and the need to spray more of this product on the fabric. I find that the homes that use these products smell much worse than the homes that do not use them.
The solution for odor problems in your carpet, upholstery, or other fabric is simply this: It needs to cleaned, washed or replaced.
If you have any questions, please contact your local carpet cleaning professional to get more tips and information on getting rid of odors in your carpet and fabric.
Urine contains hydrochloric acid, urea acid, and ammonia, and it can be very difficult to safely remove the stain and odor from fabrics. Untreated, pet urine can take five years to break down and the smell to go away completely, which is why many homeowners have difficulty in removing it themselves.
Most store bought products that are made for pet stains either mask the odor and stain temporarily, and can actually make the problem worse in the long run. When the customer doesn’t get the results they want, they buy different products and combine several products on the pet stain. This usually leads to a chemical experiment on the carpet, permanent discoloration in the fabric, and odors that never completely go away.
You should never combine different cleaning products on the same spot, never use a spot cleaner unless you know it is a green (environmentally friendly) and/or organic product, and that it is completely biodegradable.
Never apply deodorizing powders or sprays on carpet or fabric. They can make the stain look worse by attracting dirt, permanently damaging the color of the carpet, and changing the pH balance of the fabric. Once these products are used it is hard to reverse the negative effects.
I recommend contacting your local carpet cleaning technician on advice on how to successfully clean and treat pet urine stains without additional damage to the fabric.
Most carpet powders that are manufactured to freshen up your carpet and fabric may, in the long run, do more harm than good.
Most powders are made to make the carpets smell betters and to supposedly get rid of odors (by deodorizing) in the carpet and other fabric in your home. In most cases these powders don’t always completely disappear from the carpet when you vacuum. They are also not completely biodegradable or pH balanced. If the carpet powder is not pH balanced at 6.0pH, it can actually void your carpet warranty as well as remove or lessen the effectiveness of any protectants already on the carpet. Since the carpet powders are not biodegradable, they can actually attract dirt in the long run, resulting in a larger stain and possibly more odor, creating a vicious cycle.
My advice is to never use fabric or carpet powders on your carpet, upholstery, or any other fabric, unless the powder is pH balanced and completely biodegradable. The powder should also be eco-friendly and organic, for safety reasons and to help the environment. If fabric in your home smells bad, then clean, wash or replace it, but avoid carpet powders.