While regular carpet cleaning by professionals is necessary to ensure your carpet leads a long and healthy life, additional care and maintenance on your part can go a long way. Proper care and maintenance of your carpet will extend its useful life and preserve its appearance longer. Failure to maintain proper care will result in premature wear. Additionally, clean carpets contribute to a healthy indoor environment.
Vacuum your carpets three times a week using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate) filter.
Remove stains and spills as promptly as possible. this is best achieved with Chem-Dry Professional Strength Spot Remover. Remove as much excess as possible, then apply and blot with a clean white cloth. DO NOT rub the spot as this might grind the stain in further.
Have your carpets cleaned and protected at least twice a year by Anna's Chem-Dry (210-690-8876), or more often if you have children or pets.
Traffic Lane Gray
Like all textiles, carpets will eventually show signs of wear. The wear creates an illusion of soiling, which often causes frustration and misunderstanding between the homeowners and carpet care experts. Even though a carpet has been cleaned, it does not mean the traffic areas will look clean. Traffic areas are those places where people are constantly walking or working. This situation creates what is called "Traffic Lane Gray".
While “Traffic Lane Gray” is an inevitable part of any carpet’s life, the process causing it can be slowed down. One way to prevent this is to rearrange the furniture in your home. By doing so, you will block old traffic areas and create new ones. By occasionally switching the flow of traffic you will distribute the effects of “Traffic Lane Gray”. You can also add area rugs to places where “Traffic Lane Gray” is unavoidable through rearranging furniture.
Trust Chem-Dry for Carpets that are Deep Cleaned
A common misconception of home owners is that carpets simply need routine vacuuming to be cleaned. While vacuuming may make your carpets appear spotless from your family's contribution of daily activity or mishap, you must also consider the dust and particles that lie beneath the surface. A carpet should receive an annual (some experts recommend as often as every six months - others suggest every 12-18 months) and thorough deep cleaning by a carpet cleaning professional.
Choosing an environmentally friendly process of clean-up should be a top priority. After all, your aim is to remove chemical residue, not introduce more. Many commercial carpet cleaners require gallons of water, in addition to toxic soaps which leave behind volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Your Anna's Chem-Dry professional uses the core cleaning solution, The Natural®, which puts the power of Mother Nature to work in cleaning your carpets. The Natural® is non-toxic and safe for kids and pets.
The kind of fiber used to make a carpet will determine its durability, appearance, stain resistance, and its price. Most carpet is made with synthetic materials that are simple to uphold, affordable, and can be used in a variety of styles. Commonly, materials used for making carpet are nylon, polyester, acrylic, and wool. As most synthetic fibers are resistant to water, keeping carpet clean is possible. Tightly woven or tufted fibers work together at keeping stains on the surface where you can quickly attend to them. Periodic deep cleansing removes dust and dander that settle over time. Anna's Chem-Dry's powerful Hot Carbonating Extraction process works deep for a phenomenal clean.
The amount of traffic your carpet receives will determine how often vacuuming is necessary. Vacuuming a few times per week reduces the dirt that is likely to end up in the roots of your carpet. Spot cleaning is also an essential part of keeping your floors clean. After vacuuming, apply a quick spray of Carpet Deodorizer (various scents available) for a pleasing fragrance, along with built-in stain resistance protection for your carpets.
Who hasn't spilled a glass of wine, milk, or soda? Anna's Chem-Dry offers various home products to lift spots. For difficult spots, a professional cleaning application may be required. Call Anna's Chem-Dry (210-690-8876) to ensure proper treatment.
Oriental Rug Care Tips
Every area rug requires special care to maximize the life and durability of the piece. When purchasing an area rug, be sure to note the fiber types and origins of the rug. This information may be helpful as your Anna's Chem-Dry technician offers a specialized cleaning plan to ensure longevity.
Avoid spills on your area rug. If a spill happens, quickly remove as much of the spot as possible using a dry white towel or wet suction extractor. Depending on the type of carpet fibers, hot water may damage your rug (consult with your Anna's Chem-Dry specialist on how to best handle your specific rug), just call Anna at 210-690-8876
Protect your area rug with Chem-Dry PowerGuard, Repel or Wool Protectant. Each formula is designed to match the needs of your carpet fibers to help minimize stains and make cleaning up spills easier. (Call Anna's Chem-Dry at 210-690-8876 to order your Chem-Dry PowerGuard, Repel or Wool Protectant)
Whether they are dribbles or disasters, food and beverage stains are part of everybody's life. However, you don't have to be stuck with them forever. Read through our tips and suggestions below to learn how best to rid your carpet of the worst stains. If your carpet has been treated with Anna'sChem-Dry'sProtectant, then you already have a huge advantage in removing stains.
Stain Removal Tips
Act Quickly - The longer the stain is allowed to remain, the more chance it has to set.
Know what kind of stain you are working on as well as the type of fabric or surface it is on so you can choose the best product. View the list below to see which product to use for water or oil based spots.
Remove as much excess stain as you can by blotting, scraping or brushing whatever will come off. DO NOT rub it in.