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!

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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

 

3 Reasons NOT to Replace Your Carpet

There are many blogs and articles about reasons why you should replace your carpet. We find that a few of these reasons can be fixed instead of replaced, which saves the homeowner lots of money! Here are 3 things you should consider hiring a professional to do first before paying a lot more to replace the carpet in an entire room or home.

  1. Carpet Repair – So your carpet is ripped, burned, or bleached? Many professionals like us are able to repair a patch of your carpet to look like brand new again. Carpet repairs in Lawton, Oklahoma are incredibly more affordable than having new carpet installed. We recently saved this homeowner from replacing the carpet in a section of their home:carpet-repair-lawton-ok-before-after
  2. Deep-cleaning and/or Stain Removal – There are many times that carpet appears to be so dirty and stained that it can’t be saved. With the correct cleaning agents, equipment, and expertise, the right professional carpet cleaner will be able to deep clean your carpet back to new again! A picture is worth a thousand words, so here is a recent job we did showing stain removal and carpet cleaning before and after results:carpet-cleaning-before-after-lawton-ok
  3. Pet Odor and Urine Stain Removal – One of the top reasons for replacing carpet in homes is odor, usually from pet stains. Dog urine stains and odors are very difficult to remove. As you can see from the image below, stains typically stay in your carpet even when it appears to be clean. Most professional carpet cleaners offer pet odor and stain removal services and/or DIY cleaning products. In order to remove urine stains and odor, it takes a different cleaning agent and a more vigorous cleaning process. Some pet stains are set in too deep for too long to remove them completely. black-light-pet-urine-inspection-a-team-carpet-clean

Hopefully these tips save you a little money now or in the future. If you have any questions concerning carpet services, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

A Team Carpet Clean Lawton OK

Carpet Repair Before & After

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

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Fall Cleaning Checklist

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!

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Vacuum, mop, or steam clean floors regularly!

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
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Carpet cleaning will help rid your floors of dirt and allergens so you can breathe easier!

Deep Cleaning

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Having trouble cleaning out the garage? Have a garage sale!

Traditional Extras

  • 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.

Happy Fall!

A Team Carpet Clean Lawton OK

Not All Stains Are Created Equal

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.

Bleached stained carpet with hole requiring bonded insert services.
Bleached stained carpet with hole requiring bonded insert services.

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
  • iodine
  • insecticides
  • 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).

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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. 

pet spot remover A Team Carpet CleanA-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.

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