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!
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).
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.
There is carpet cleaner and then there is carpet protector (we prefer Scotchgard® Brand Protectant). What is the difference, and are they both necessary when looking for professional carpet cleaning services? If you want to extend the life of your carpet, keep it looking new, and clean up spills easily, protect your investment after your carpets have been professionally cleaned with carpet protectant. Be aware that many cleaning companies have the ability to offer carpet protector with carpet cleanings, but some choose not to. When looking for a professional carpet cleaning company, stay away from companies that do not offer all of the services needed to truly clean and maintain your carpets. Here are many reasons why you need a carpet protector such as Scotchgard® in addition to a professional cleaning:
Protect – Scotchgard® will form a protective seal around each carpet fiber to keep spills from soaking in, keeping them on the surface until they can be blotted up. Not all spills can be prevented from staining, so be sure to use a household stain remover that is recommended or made by a professional such as our Spot Out Stain Removal or Pet Urine Stain Remover.
Revive – Protectants lighten up and protect high traffic areas that are most affected by soil and stains.
Reduce – With regular vacuuming, protectants help carpet fibers resist soiling, helping damaging debris to stay away from the fibers.
Schedule – Your carpet was initially treated with a protectant by the manufacturer. Protectants such as Scotchgard® should last for a year, but will be worn down over time or be removed due to pet urine. The IICRC recommends a professional carpet cleaning every 12-18 months depending on household and pets, which is also perfect timing for a reapplication of protectant.
Warranty – To keep the carpet warranty in effect, many manufacturers require that carpets are cleaned regularly and applied with protectant each time.
You’ve made a big investment in your carpet. Because carpets “ugly out” before they wear out, we recommend the combination of professional carpet cleaning and Scotchgard® protectant in order to extend the life of your carpet and protect your investment. For more information on carpet cleaning services, please visit our website at www.ateamcarpetclean.com.
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)
For many folks, carpet cleaning is a task to leave for another day until weeks or even months pass. But carpet cleaning procrastination can cause a lot more problems than you might think. The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends that carpet be cleaned a minimum of every 12 or 18 months, before it shows soiling. Daily vacuuming is the most important cleaning activity, but deep Hot Water Extraction cleaning must be performed to remove stubborn or embedded soil. You might be surprised to find out exactly what happens when you delay cleaning your carpets and upholstery. Some ignored problems can actually become harmful to your health. After reading this blog, you’ll have plenty of reasons to clean on a regular basis.
Moisture in carpets can cause asthma. Moisture is an enemy of everything indoors, especially carpets. Under the right conditions one may experience respiratory problems when molds, microbial growth, and other nearly invisible life begin to breed inside your carpets. If left uncleaned, the end result is a major health hazard.
Dirty carpets attract and breed dust mites.Dust mites are nasty little bugs just waiting to sink their teeth into anything they can. They feed on stuff that finds its way down to ground level on carpet; such as bacteria, fungi, human skin flakes, hair and more gross stuff. When dust mites die, their bodies stay in the carpet until they are walked upon, which causes them to float in the air and where people can end up inhaling them. Doing so can cause the unpleasant symptoms we know all too well; rashes, nose and eye irritation, and more allergic reactions.
Mold loves dirty carpets. Mold has not exactly been linked to asthma attacks, however it definitely has unpleasant effects on people. The bacteria present in mold can easily buildup on carpets and then find their way not only into the respiratory system, but also in your mouth. When mold is ingested it will affect the body if allergies are present. If your immune system is already weakened by another condition, infection by mold spores can occur very easily. If you are experiencing the typical flu-like symptoms even on a warm summer day after spending time indoors, this may be a big sign that your carpet and upholstery is in dire need of professional cleaning.
Mycotoxins are dangerous. Your body can shut down completely if exposed to and affected by mycotoxins, such as the highly toxic black mold. The results can be anything from infections of the stomach to respiratory problems, increased irritability, and even death. The immune system will begin to shut down as the body becomes more infected, allowing further worsening of the infection. Mycotoxins are no joke.
Athlete’s foot in carpet. Athlete’s foot is just gross, but it’s unfortunately very common and easy to get. Dirty carpet is typically a carrier of the micro-organisms that cause athlete’s foot. These life forms would love to find their way into any cuts or bruises on your foot and infect it. This reason alone is worth keeping your carpets clean.
In most of the cases described in this blog, deep and proper cleaning can only be done by using powerful equipment which most people do not have available on hand. This can be alleviated through using the services of professional carpet cleaning companies instead. The price for carpet cleaning is worth avoiding the risk you take in allowing your home to sink in dust and mold.