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Carpet Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

carpet stainsYou might panic when red wine spills on your brand new carpet or your new puppy has an accident on the berber rug, but make sure to avoid these carpet cleaning mistakes:

• Not taking immediate action

Liquid spills sink into the carpet quickly, so if you don’t act fast, the liquid can seep into the padding and even through to the floor, causing mold and damage. Make sure to act quickly to clean up liquid spills.

• Using the wrong cleaning product

There are many types of cleaning products you can use for carpet cleaning, but you must read the directions thoroughly. Avoid products that have soap, shampoos, and detergents in them, as they may be too harsh and can do more damage than the spot you are trying to remove.

• Not doing a test patch before using harsh products

If you care about your carpet, before cleaning the carpet it’s always advised to pre-test a spot in an inconspicuous location to make sure it won’t damage the carpet.

• Using a deodorizing powder to clean

All powders do not clean; they just help with smells in the carpet. Most vacuum cleaners are not strong enough to vacuum out the powder, so it stays behind and attracts dirt, ultimately making the smell worse.

• You clean you carpet every week

It’s important to keep your carpet looking good, but do not clean your carpet every week. Doing so can damage the yarn in the carpet, and you might be applying chemicals that are too harsh or that work their way into the carpet, attaching themselves and attracting even more dirt than before.

• Never hiring a professional to clean your carpets

A professional carpet cleaning company can do a thorough job of cleaning, sanitizing, and protecting carpets better than you can on your own, and often more safely if the company uses organic products.

Steps to a Healthy Carpet

Healthy CarpetThe longer your carpets remain dirty, the sooner they’ll wear out… and the longer you and your family will be breathing in any dirt, dust mites, allergens, mold spores, chemicals, and pet oil and dander hidden in your carpet! What are some steps you can take to make your carpet clean and healthy?


List Your Objectives

If you just want the surface dirt removed, you can rent a cleaner from your local Shop Rite! But if you want all the bacteria, fungus, dust mists, and chemicals removed, you’ll want to hire a professional carpet cleaning company that uses a safe, non-toxic, organic, “green” cleaning system.

Ask Questions

You can learn a lot from a carpet cleaning company by asking these questions:

1. What method of cleaning do you use?
2. Are your cleaning solutions pH balanced, green, organic, and biodegradable?
3. Does the owner do the cleaning, or is it the cleaning at least supervised by the owner of the company?
4. What type of equipment do you use to clean the carpet?
5. What type of practical and technical training do you and your cleaning technicians have?
6. How often should I get my carpets cleaned?
7. What will be removed out of the carpet when they are cleaned?

Ask for an Onsite Written Quote

Once you have picked out which company you feel you are comfortable with, have them come out to your home or business to give you a written quote. This will ensure there won’t be any miscommunication with the job scope or the price.

Non Organic Carpet Cleaners vs. Organic Carpet Cleaners

We use only green, organic, eco-friendly carpet cleaning products

We use only organic
eco-friendly carpet cleaning products

Most of the common carpet cleaners that are now sold in the supermarket for consumers are made with chemical solvents similar to the ones used by dry cleaners. Many of these cleaners give off very strong chemical fumes which can irritate the eyes and respiratory system of the person who is using the cleaner.

Many carpet cleaning products currently on the market may contain lye, insecticides, acids, formaldehyde, alcohol, and sodium hydroxide. These products usually don’t biodegrade easily and they end up in our streams, lakes, oceans and water supply, as well as polluting the air inside your home. These toxic cleaners have a large impact on our environment whether they’re dumped, rinsed, washed, sprayed or poured. It is important to your family and our community that you stop or at least reduce the usage of these chemicals.

Although there are many carpet cleaning companies that are now using green and organic products, many are still using the old-fashioned chemicals, primarily because of the cheap cost of mass production. These chemicals generally leave a vapor hanging in the air which may contribute to indoor air pollution. Indoor air pollution may cause headaches, nausea, sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, fatigue, congestion, and other allergy symptoms.

If you are concerned about this issue and would like to use products that are healthier, consider switching to a carpet cleaner that uses organic and green cleaning products. Most organic carpet cleaners are generally less harmful to the environment than traditional carpet cleaners. The best organic carpet cleaners use non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning solutions that have a neutral and balanced pH.

Customer Service

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.

Corn Carpet

Corn CarpetCorn Carpet is made from corn. It has stain resistant properties already built into each individual fiber. Compared to most other carpets, the durability of corn carpet is also superior.

Corn Carpet comes from inedible corn which is converted into corn starch. Then by adding special ingredients the corn is polymerized into a bio-plastic. The material is then pushed into an extruder and spun into yarn. Although most carpet is plastic, what makes corn carpet special is that the plastic is bio based (although the backing and sticking is plastic, and there is glue used to assemble the carpet).

Corn Carpet is very resistant to most common stains such as food, oil, dirt, grease, etc. Some types of stains (such as urine, paint thinner, etc.) can damage the backing but not the surface fibers. These stains would normally not do damage to the carpet, but in a larger quantity or if allowed to sit for an extended period of time it could break down the latex in the backing.

When comparing different carpet fibers we have found that Perlon ™ Corn Polymers allow for wear resistance that is superior to a similarly constructed nylon. We have found that it has a performance level of a wool fiber without the problems associated with wool.

It takes a tremendous amount of corn to create this textile, and there is some controversy in the marketplace about using our food sources for carpet. This is similar to oil companies using corn for new types of fuel, which in the long run may add to the higher costs of fuel, textiles and corn based foods.

Fabric Sprays for Carpet and Upholstery

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.

Treating Pet Urine Stains on Carpet and Fabric

Pet StainsUrine 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.

Carpet Powders

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.

Choosing a Vacuum Cleaner

Carpet Cleaning Vacuum CleanerHow do you choose the best vacuum cleaner for your needs?

There are two main types of vacuum cleaners: upright and canister.

Canister vacuum cleaners are mostly used for industrial or commercial applications. They are not very popular for residential uses, as they can be hard to maneuver because the tank stands still and the actual vacuum portion is attached to the tank with a very long hose.

Upright vacuum cleaners are the most common types of vacuum cleaners, and are also much better.

There are two main types of upright vacuum cleaners: bag and bagless.

Bagless vacuum cleaners (or ones with a dust cup) were very popular for awhile, due to the novelty of being able to actually see the dirt and hair being vacuumed out of the carpet. The lure is purely psychological; since you can see the dirt in the clear plastic cup, you know the carpets are getting cleaned. However, dust cup vacuum cleaners generally lose suction strength when the dust cup gets filled up with dirt.

I find the best upright vacuum cleaners are, instead, the ones with cloth bags. With newer technology, vacuum cleaners now have stronger suction and do a better job of trapping dirt, dust, hair, and other debris into the bag. The bag also acts likes a second filter to the air coming back out of the vacuum cleaner. Bags are easier to replace and less messy than dust cups when changing them.

Most vacuum cleaners offer additional HEPA filtration on the disposable vacuum cleaner bags, which helps to filter out dust and other allergens.

Check out Consumer Reports listings for vacuum cleaners and visit your local Vac/Sew center to discuss your vacuum cleaner needs. Many vacuum cleaners have many sizes and many different options. Some have attachment such as brushes and crevice tools for vacuuming corners and edges in your home.

Carpet Cleaning Methods – Part 2

Choosing a carpet cleaner can be frustrating because there are many cleaning systems to choose from. In our last blog we discussed the common, “outdated” methods of cleaning carpets. In this blog we will discuss a better, newer carpet cleaning technology, one that is safe, environmentally friendly, effective, and does not cause stains to reappear after cleaning.

As we discussed previously, most other carpet cleaning methods use some type of soap, shampoo, detergents, or solvent and sometimes can over wet and over-saturate the carpet. It is virtually impossible to remove all the soap and shampoo out of a carpet after it has been cleaned this way, so the carpet feels stiff, sticky, and attracts dirt faster. This means you will have to clean your carpets more frequently.

The best carpet cleaning system is one that is both safe (for you, your family and pets, and of course, your carpet!) and effective. The safest cleaning solutions are organic, pH balanced, biodegradable, and environmentally and eco-friendly (“green”). The most effective cleaning solutions do not use any type of soap, shampoo, detergents, or surfactants, as these types of cleaning compounds are difficult to remove from the carpet and actually attract dirt more quickly. Also using a low moisture cleaning system will ensure that the carpets dry within a few hours. This is much better than archaic methods where copious amounts of water are flooded into the carpet, which can take days to dry and can cause mold, odors, and water damage to your floors.

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