Question 18- Is there anything I can do to remove furniture indentations in my carpet?
Answer – If you have ever re-arranged your furniture, you probably wondered what to do with the indentations that remained in the carpet. In some cases, when the carpet backings and pile get re-acclimated, the situation can correct itself. However, for those without patience, some light brushing and vacuuming may help resurrect the crushed fiber. Alternatively, the indent may be eliminated using heat (cover with a damp towel and apply steam from an iron, then brushing while still warm).
Tip: Nylon carpet pile (about 70% of residential carpet) responds particularly well to proper procedures for removing furniture indentations from carpet.
Service Fact: We have found that the mechanical action of a Rotovac® cleaning (uses motor-propelled rotary motion) is more effective at reducing or eliminating furniture indentations in carpet than a standard “wand” cleaning (uses 1-axis manual back-and-forth motion). Select our Level 2 or Level 3 service where Rotovac® cleaning is included.
Question 19 – What are those ugly black lines around the base-boards and under doorways?
Answer – If you have light colored carpet, you may have experienced dark lines that appear at the carpet’s edge. This phenomenon called “filtration soiling” is created when forced air (primarily from “unbalanced” HVAC systems) passes through the gap between the carpet and the baseboard (or under a closed door). As the air passes through the edge of the carpet pile, microscopic soiling is deposited (hence the term filtration soiling). This occurs over a long time period and generally not noticed until a significant build-up has occurred. This type of soiling is difficult to remove because the soil particles are so fine that they penetrate deep into the carpet pile, sometimes into the backing of the carpet.
Tip: “Filtration Soiling” can often be removed using a specifically-designed cleaning solution (a proprietary product available by order) and a special wand attachment. It takes a lot of time and effort, but a reasonable result can be achieved with some attention to detail. To help prevent the build-up of filtration soiling, vacuum the edges of the carpeting and wipe the baseboard on a regular basis. Be careful around the trackstrip on the edge of the carpeting as sharp edges could nick your fingers!
Question 20 – Can you get the pet odor out of my carpet?
Answer – Pet odor is a very common problem. And, the problem with pet odor is that it can be much deeper than it first appears. Pet urine can easily soak through the backing of the carpet into the padding underneath. In more severe cases the urine can penetrate into the sub-floor beneath the padding. This creates a problem that is multi-layered. The urine also provides for the growth of bacteria. This, in turn, contributes to a worsening of the odor problem and can contribute to permanent color loss of the carpet fiber.
To eliminate this problem the urine must be removed or neutralized from each of the layers effected. If the contamination is limited to only the face yarn of the carpet then the cleaning itself may effectively remove the odor. In more severe cases a urine neutralizer may be applied.
In the most severe cases, replacement of the carpet padding, treatment of the under-side of the carpet and the sub-floor may be required. Even replacement of the carpet, however, cannot guarantee complete removal of odor. Left untreated over a period of time pet odor can become absorbed into many of the porous materials in your home. Draperies, sheet rock, upholstered furniture, base-boards, even the concrete foundation are just a few of the materials that can absorb these odors.
Service Fact: Without specialized chemicals and hot water extraction equipment that professionals use, consumers are relegated to treating pet issues in their carpet using “off-the-shelf” products that can only provide temporary relief. Professionals have access to powerful chemical solutions that act directly on the source of the urine order (enzymes, deodorants, oxidizers, etc.) encapsulating, digesting, or destroying the odor-causing protein and/or bacteria. Post-treatment, professionals can use commercial-grade extraction equipment to rinse and remove suspended materials or dissolved residues from the carpet.
Tip: Dan, Dan the Carpet Man can help you deal with your pet challenges. Chemical technology for eliminating pet odor in carpeting has dramatically improved over the last few years. From minor problems to major headaches, we can find the solution that works best for you.
Question 21 – Do I need to get my carpets cleaned after water damage?
Yes! After you have experienced any sort of water damage, getting your carpets cleaned and disinfected is crucial. Not only do you want to ensure you are preventing mold from developing, depending on how long the water was in your carpet, you may have bacterial growth. In order to keep your family healthy, cleaning your carpets after experiencing water damage is crucial. In addition, even after water has been removed, odors and stains can show up days or even weeks later if your carpets were not cleaned afterwards.