Red, White, and Blue Stains

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As Independence Day nears, we are feeling very patriotic at A-Team Carpet Clean. We would like to share our favorite red, white, and blue stain removals and color restorations that we’ve done over the years. Different techniques were used in removing each stain pictured below including stain removal, color restoration, and carpet repair.

You might be wondering what the difference is between stain removal and color restoration:

  • Stain Removal – Some stains can be removed by a professional carpet cleaning with an additional spot treatment applied to the stain before and after cleaning. Check out our blog to help hire a true professional, How to Hire a Good Carpet Cleaner.
  • Color Restoration – If your carpet has been discolored by a set-in stain or harsh chemical such as bleach, carpet color restoration can help you restore your carpet’s hue. Small spots treated with color restoration are very hard to detect, and the process is less expensive than replacing your entire carpet. Sometimes it may involve replacing a small section of the carpet with a new piece as seen in some of the color restoration pictures below.

Red Stain Removal Before and After:

 

 

 

 

White Stain Removal Before and After:

 

 

 

 

Blue Stain Removal Before and After:

 

 

 

 

Please visit ateamcarpetclean.com for more information about stain removal or color restoration or to schedule carpet cleaning for residents and businesses in Lawton, Oklahoma and surrounding areas. We hope you all have a fun and safe 4th of July!

PCS Move-Out Season Tips

PCS moveout season tipsPermanent Change of Station (PCS) move-out season is here for military families, which is typically from the end of May to the beginning of September because the military tends to try to have the families move after school is out for the summer. This can be an exciting time but also requires lots of planning to move out of your home and into another. Since we have Fort Sill Military Base in our city of Lawton, Oklahoma, we have the privilege of assisting military families with offering our deep cleaning services with their homes in preparation of moving out, so we’d like to pass on some tips that we’ve learned along the way.

Concerning deep-cleaning of your home and deposits, there are 2 different ways to go about the move out process with Corvias Military Living in Fort Sill Lawton, Oklahoma:

Option #1– A tenant does nothing and just has Corvias take care of everything related to cleaning and repairs before moving out for one lump sum. We do not know what their policy is in regards to giving deposits back or if they even have to put down a deposit when living on base, but we bring it up so tenants are aware to ask about deposit policies, especially with Voluntary Intra-Base Moves and Off-Post Moves where the service member is responsible for all costs related to moving.

Option #2 –If you choose to take care of the deep-cleaning process of your home in order to move out and ensure your deposit is returned, then follow this helpful checklist:

  • The tenant on Ft. Sill would get their PCS date.
  • Next they would schedule for a moving company to come and pack and/or get their belongings to be shipped to the new base.
  • Then the tenant would try to fix any damages accrued from pets, children, etc.
  • Then the tenant would perform what is called “a move out clean” on the property. For a complete list of what this entails, visit the Corvias Move-Out Guide.
  • Then after the “move out clean” is done, if needed the tenant would have A-Team Carpet Clean come out to the property to take care of multiple services for them with a military discount applied:
    • PCS moveout season tipsClean floor tile and grout
    • Stretch the carpet if there are ripples in the carpet
    • Repair any damages to the carpet
    • Perform a Basic Cleaning or Deep Cleaning to all carpet in the house
    • Remove any red stains (RED REMOVAL PROCESS) that did not come out with the original cleaning & spot treatment
    • Dye (COLOR CORRECTION) any areas on the carpet that have been bleached out from cleaners or spills
    • Provide the tenant/customer with a receipt via email after payment
    • Make sure the tenant/customer is happy with their services

With the second option, the tenant can shop around for vendors and choose what they are going to spend for a service if the service is needed. We hope you find our PCS move-out season tips helpful. All of us at A-Team Carpet Clean would like to thank all active and retired military for their service to our country! 

Summer Specials

If you live in Comanche County of Oklahoma, we hope you take advantage of our summer specials for carpet cleaning, carpet repair, and tile and grout cleaning!

Your family and friends spend more time outdoors during the summertime, which means more of the outdoors comes back inside with them. Your carpet and tiled floors receive more dirty traffic in the summer which means more cleaning! Instead of spending your time cleaning floors all summer, spend it with your loved ones while we do the dirty work. The best part is that you will be saving money by taking advantage of our summer specials available only for folks in Lawton, Oklahoma and surrounding areas of Comanche County.

CLICK HERE for more details about our 3 room move-out special, 4 room deep-clean special, carpet repair special, and tile and grout cleaning special! Hurry because these specials won’t last long. Check out some before and after pics of our work before you go. Happy summer!

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Carpet Cleaning Before and After
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Tile & Grout Cleaning Before and After
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Carpet Repair Before & After

 

Best Rated Vacuum Cleaners of 2017

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.

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Professional carpet cleaning will get dirt and soil out that vacuuming can’t.

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3 Reasons To Clean Your Carpet This Month

  1. Change of Season – The best time to have your carpet cleaned is between seasons, especially after “dirty” ones like summer. Fall will be here shortly, so this month is the perfect time to hire a professional to deep clean your carpet.
  2. Back To School – Your kids and pets have been tracking in dirt and grime during the summer break. Once they return to school, it’s time to give your carpet a professional deep cleaning to be ready for the evenings spent doing homework on the floor.back to school carpet cleaning
  3. Carpet Warranty – Most carpet manufacturers require regular professional cleanings in order to maintain the warranty. Now is the time to check yours and make sure you are on schedule!

“Maintain your carpet according to Mohawk requirements including having a minimum of one (1) professional cleaning every 18 months using cleaning products, equipment, systems and services specified/certified with the CRI Seal of Approval. (Visit www.carpet-rug.org for a complete list of certified products.) You must show proof of cleanings in the form of a bill, invoice or statement for cleaning services.”  – quoted from the downloadable brochure located on the Carpet Warranty page of MohawkFlooring.com

In addition to these 3 reasons, the most important reason is for cleanliness and good health. Research shows that properly maintained carpet promotes improved indoor air quality for you and your family. Your carpet acts as a sponge capturing unwanted dust, soil, pollen, dander, food particles, and a host of other contaminants.

As professional carpet cleaners we agree with the IICRC and recommend that carpets be cleaned a minimum of every 12 or 18 months, before it shows soiling. Contact us for more information or to schedule a carpet cleaning for your home or business within Comanche County of Oklahoma.

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Pet Stain Removal & Prevention

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Black lights show pet urine stains beyond what the eye can see.

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.

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Pet Expert – Dr. Catrina Black, D.V.M.

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

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Professional grade stain removers actually work!

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.

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We LOVE our furry mascot, Axel!

Is Carpet Protector Really Needed?

scotchgard protected carpetThere 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.DIY carpet cleaners
  • 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.

PicMonkey CollageYou’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.