As professional carpet cleaners, we know how important it is for your home to be clean and healthy. A healthy home starts from the ground up with clean carpet. Research shows that properly maintained carpet promotes improved indoor air quality for you and your family. In addition to having your carpet professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months to remove embedded soil, we recommend daily vacuuming as the most important cleaning activity to extend the life of your carpet and enjoy a clean, healthy home.
Carpets take a lot of wear, tear, rips, and stains. Sometimes the damage is repairable, and other times it has to be replaced. You would be surprised at what a carpet repair or color restoration specialist can do to save your carpet. Carpet repair is a more affordable option than replacing your entire carpet, so check with a professional to see if your damage can be repaired. Here are some before and after pictures of carpet repair, carpet stretching, color restoration, and spot removal done by the specialists at A-Team Carpet Clean in Lawton, Oklahoma. Keep scrolling for some DIY carpet repair tips!
Carpet Stretching & Carpet Repair
Before & After Pics
DIY Carpet Repair Tips from the professionals at A-Team Carpet Clean in Lawton, OK to keep that damaged spot from getting worse:
- Never pull any strings and always cut with scissors or a razor.
- If you see a tear in the carpet try to cover the area with a rug, runner, or anything so that it gets little foot traffic. This will slow down the rate that the fibers come loose from the primary backing.
- Be careful when vaccuming because the rotary rollers can do more damage to the loose fibers.
- If you are in need of professional carpet repair services, please check for carpet remnates in closets or attics with the same style and color of carpet. If none is avalabile a closet may be the next choice to remove carpet from. Most reputable carpet repair businesses such as A-Team Carpet Clean offer a replacement remnant for closets (one standard style and color which is not guaranteed to match carpet in closet).
Color Restoration & Spot Removal
Before & After Pics
Pet stains are not only gross, they are damaging to your carpet and floors. As professional carpet cleaners, we have seen pet urine stains and smells that are so bad they cannot be removed, which leads to expensive carpet replacement. “Pet urine stains is among the top reasons we replace carpets in homes.” said Marc Holt spokesperson for 651 Carpets. We love our pets and want to share our home with dogs and cats without having to spend money to clean up after them all the time. Following are some things you can do to prevent pet urine stains and our tips for pet stain removal.
Pet Stain Prevention
Prevention is the key to keeping your carpets free from pet urine stains through proper house training techniques, signs of pet illness, and applying carpet protector regularly.
House Training Tips from Dr. Black – We are experts on carpets, not dogs or cats. So we asked a local veterinarian to share her tips on proper house training techniques in order to prevent accidents from happening. Dr. Catrina Black, D.V.M. of Midtown Animal Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma says:
For dogs, I think the best way to potty train is with positive reinforcement. Start with small puppy pads too. Some of them have pheromones to attract the puppies to urinate on them. When they are used to a pad you just start slowly moving it toward the door then outside. A lot of dogs will learn from other dogs too especially if you have a doggy door. Also, reward them after they do their business outside with a treat. Any accidents need to be cleaned and sanitized immediately so the area doesn’t smell like a good place to urinate in the future.
Cats will naturally want a litter box. It needs to be cleaned or scooped several times a day. Leaving poop or urine in a litter box is like not flushing the toilet. Nobody thinks it’s cool to lift the lid and see a gross surprise. Keep the litter deep and it is easier to keep cleaned. There should be a litter box per cat plus one. So a house with 3 cats needs 4 litter boxes. These boxes should also be placed in quiet low traffic areas where they feel safe to go. Most inappropriate elimination issues with cats are behavioral such as the cat not liking the dirty box, not enough boxes, or a stressor in-house like a new puppy not letting your cat get to the box.
Pet Urination Problems – Again, we asked Dr. Black, D.V.M. how to know if something is medically wrong with your cat or dog or if it’s just house training woe. She advised when to see a veterinarian:
- If they are constantly having inappropriate elimination issues, have your vet rule out infections or other diseases first.
- You should seek medical attention for any animal that is not producing urine. They could have a urinalysis blockage. That is an emergency. Cats, especially neutered males, can have a buildup in the urethra that can block them. Both dogs and cats can have urinary stones called uroliths.
- Bloody urine, super dark urine, or large amounts of urine also needs to be checked out. The animal could have anything from a urinary tract infection to diabetes.
- Even normal animals should have a urinalysis done every 6 months to identify and remedy any problems that may arise. Spending $40 every six months is better than $1000 for a urinary issue. An ounce of prevention is work 10 lbs. of cure.
Protect your Carpet – Carpet Protectors such as Scotchgard will form a protective seal around each carpet fiber to prevent spills from soaking in immediately, keeping them on the surface until they can be blotted up. Carpet protectors will not prevent pet urine from creating a stain, however the stain will not soak in immediately and give you time to clean it up without immediate damage. Most professional carpet cleaning companies recommend your carpets to have Scotchgard re-applied after a deep clean. A deep carpet clean removes the protector along with the soil in the fibers leaving it a neutral ph.
Pet Stain Removal
We would like to say there is a DIY pet urine removal trick that actually works, but the key is to remove the urine quickly and with a professional product.
Carpet Cleaning Products – Most carpet cleaning companies will recommend a quality stain remover to purchase for use at home in-between professional cleanings. Sometimes they will even make their own pet stain removal product, such as A-Team Carpet Clean’s Urine Stain Remover. Carpet cleaning products sold in stores are not professional grade and do not remove the urine or the odor, so the extra cost for a professional cleaner is worth the price.
Professional Deep Carpet Cleaning & Stain Removal – Your carpets should be professionally deep cleaned a minimum of once a year, but more often if you have pets that live in the home. A professional cleaner has the equipment and products necessary to remove not only dirt and grime, but also pet hair and possibly urine stains. If a professional is not able to remove a pet urine stain, then it cannot be done and your carpets will need to be repaired or completely replaced.
We hope you find these tips helpful in maintaining a clean home for you and your pets.
Did you know that water damage is among the top 3 reasons that homeowners in Lawton, Oklahoma filed an insurance claim in 2015 (according to a handy little tool on Allstate.com)? Reduce the risk of incurring water damage in your home with these preventative tips.
Common Winter Issues
From our experience in water extraction services, the most common leak prone areas during the winter months are bathroom sinks, outside water faucets, hot water tanks, and attics with plumbing. Recommendations for water damage prevention:
Bathrooms – When the temperature falls below freezing, keep bathroom cabinet doors open and leave hot and cold faucets at a steady low stream. These tips are good for all faucets within your home.
- Outside faucets – Protect outside faucets with an insulated cover. Try not to use outside faucets during the winter. This helps reduce the risk of frozen pipes. If you have a crawlspace under your home, be sure to close vents and ensure pipes are properly insulated during the winter.
Hot water tanks – The average life expectancy of a water heater is 8-12 years, dependent on many different factors. Tanks that are never drained tend to leak earlier. Click here for more tips from Lowe’s about when to replace a water heater.
- Attic plumbing – Attic pipes are more prone to freeze. This can cause a major flood in your home. If your plumbing is in the attic, it needs to be properly insulated in order to prevent freezing and bursting.
When Prevention Does Not Work
So you tried to prevent water damage to your home but the elements had another idea? Sometimes the best preventative methods cannot stop a catastrophe from happening. If a flood occurs in your home or business, immediately call a professional cleaning company to perform proper water extraction services. Don’t try to clean up the water damage on your own; mold and bacteria can form in your carpets and walls within hours. Only professional cleaning equipment can safely and completely remove water damage in your home. A Team Carpet Clean offers 24/7 emergency water extraction services to residents and businesses of Comanche County in Oklahoma.
Time is flying by because the holiday season is here! Thanksgiving is this week, then comes Christmas, and 2016 will be upon us before you know it. Holidays mean friends and family come together to celebrate the season – is your home ready for guests?
A-Team Carpet Clean’s holiday newsletter will help you prepare for the hustle and bustle with cleaning tips, SPECIALS, and much more. Happy Holidays!
The Holidays are Coming & so are the Inlaws!
Is your home ready for holiday guests? A clean home not only looks good, but is also important for your health. Check out our house cleaning tips in Home for the Holidays: How to Clean your House for Guests and our other cleaning-related blogs. For your deep cleaning needs, contact your local professional cleaning company or if you live in Comanche County of Oklahoma then give us a call at 580-713-1018 to clean your carpet, upholstery, and tile floors.
Local Carpet Cleaning Specials
Most local professional cleaning companies run holiday cleaning specials so take advantage of those now while at a discounted rate. For example, we at A-Team Carpet Clean in Lawton, Oklahoma are offering a Holiday Carpet Cleaning Special. Clients will receive a low moisture maintenance cleaning at $55 for the first room and only $10 for each additional room. A low moisture maintenance cleaning is ideal for brightening up high traffic areas and removing some spots, plus your carpets are dry within an hour or two! This special does not apply to rental move-outs that require a deep cleaning in order to get a deposit back. If you live in Comanche County of Oklahoma, contact A-Team today and schedule your cleaning before your holiday guests arrive!
Like most local professional cleaning companies A-Team is available 24/7 for flood emergency services; including water extraction and water damage repair. Every winter we respond to calls concerning flooding and water damage due to busted, frozen pipes. Check out our Water Damage Testing Tips so you know how to test for moisture in your home in the event of a flood. Contact us for professional water extraction services in Comanche County of Oklahoma and your home will be clean and dry within 24 hours.
Happy Holidays from our Family to Yours
Here at A-Team, we are not just co-workers. We are family and would like for you to get to know us better from our new website biographies coming soon.
We know there are other options available in Lawton, OK and are honored to be your choice in professional cleaning services. Thank you for being such loyal customers and friends! From our family to yours, we wish you the warmest greetings of the season and best wishes for happiness in the New Year. ~ Chris Collins, Owner of A-Team
Preparing your home for the fall season doesn’t have to be such a chore. We made a fall cleaning checklist that is broken down into different areas of…let’s say motivation. You can start with the Basic Cleaning – these things absolutely should be done when cleaning your house. The Deep Cleaning and Traditional Extras are recommended for a thorough house cleaning for cosmetic and health related reasons. So turn on some music and get your clean on!
Basic Cleaning (remember to work from top to bottom)
- Wipe down ceiling fans and lights
- Dust tops of doors and door frames
- Dust all surfaces
- Dust corners, edges, and windowsills
- Disinfect door knobs and switches
- Oil wood furniture
- Launder all bedding
- Wash bathroom counters
- Scrub bathtubs and showers
- Disinfect kitchen counter
- Clean appliances
- Vacuum floors and edges
- Mop floors and wash baseboards
- Wash throw rugs
- Clean doors
- Clean A/C intake vent screen and replace filter
- Clean under appliances
- Clean washer and dryer
- Touch up paint where needed
- Wash windows
- Vacuum lampshades
- Clean blinds
- Empty and wash cupboards
- Bathe the dog and cat
- Hire a professional for the following chores:
- Rotate and/or flip mattress
- Repair holes in carpet
- Clean out gutters
- Switch out clothing
- Clean out garage
- Clean porch and/or patio
- Yard clean-up
- Clean outdoor lights
- Wash window screens
We hope our fall cleaning checklist makes your house cleaning easier and faster. Please comment with any tips you would like to add to our list.
As a professional carpet cleaning company, A-Team Carpet Clean strives to try and remove every stain that may fall in your home. However not every stain is removable, regardless of what chemicals are used or how many times it is cleaned. Most stains are removeable, but if not properly treated quickly the carpet will leave a permanent stain. Since this is not common knowledge among our customers, we feel that education is necessary to avoid false expectations for cleaning results. This blog will inform you about carpet stains that absolutely cannot be removed at all or unless treated quickly, and the options for taking care of these permanent stain situations.
Stains That Cannot Be Removed
Important – Always read and follow the care instructions and any warnings provided by your carpet manufacturer. Rugs and carpets with natural fibers and/or certain dyes may require special treatment. If in doubt, contact a cleaning professional for advice and service.
If not treated quickly, the following items will leave stains in your carpet and cannot be removed by a professional cleaning company (much less DIY stain removal techniques) as they will permanently ALTER THE CARPET’S COLOR AND FIBER:
- Acid toilet bowl cleaners
- acne medication
- alkaline drain cleaners
- chlorinated bleach (as pictured here)
- hair dyes
- mustard with turmeric
- plant fertilizers
- long term pet urine stains
The reason that certain chemicals will alter the carpet’s color and fiber is that nylon has dye sites that take color, much like human hair. Along with synthetic fibers that are colored, carpet is also made up of plastic which is made from products similar to plastic water bottles that can be easily physically altered by the wrong chemicals. Call a professional to assess your stains for potential removal or to see if bonded insert services are needed. Most likely the only solution is to insert carpet from a closet, or some other area into the area where the spot is cut out (as seen in this before and after picture).
Professional Stain Removal & Cleaning Benefits
Your best bet to save your carpet is to call a professional carpet cleaner immediately before trying to get the stain out with the thousands of DIY techniques you can find on the internet these days. Some of the DIY techniques will damage your carpet even further, requiring it to be removed when it could have been cleaned properly by a professional with the correct chemicals and cleaning techniques. Carpet cleaning services are much more affordable than bonded insert or complete replacement! We see this scenario play out so many times, so please know that it will save you money in the long run to call a professional before trying to remove stains yourself.
A-Team Carpet Clean offers professional strength pet treatments and spot removers for sale to use in your home. These products are safe for use on your carpets, upholstery, and tough laundry stains. They are designed to remove spots and safely assist in maintaining your carpet between professional yearly cleanings. Contact A-Team for more information on how to purchase these at-home pet treatment or spot remover products.
Another benefit to having a professional clean your carpet is that if any spots are not removed during the initial cleaning process, a legitimate company should employ specialty spotting techniques in order to remove the stains as shown in the before and after picture below. Your carpet should also be treated with Scotchgard Brand Protector to prevent future spots and soiling. Professional cleaning isn’t just for carpet that looks and smells good, it is for preventative purposes and extending the life of your carpet.
Please do not hesitate to contact A-Team Carpet Clean for more information concerning proper stain removal techniques and carpet repair services.