Carpet Tips

Protecting your carpets

What is Teflon® Advanced Carpet Protector? Teflon® Advanced Repels Dirt and Stains. It’s always a pleasure to see how bright and clean your carpets look right after they’ve been professionally cleaned. Now you can keep them looking fresh and new longer by asking for Teflon® Advanced Carpet Protector. Teflon® Advanced forms an invisible shield around each fiber, which resists soil and stains. Teflon® Advanced uses new DuPont technology to provide more repellency than any other carpet protector. It repels most liquids, allowing spills to be removed before staining and wicking can occur. Dirt and stains cling to untreated carpet and quickly become embedded in the fibers.

Teflon® Advanced keeps dirt from sticking to the fibers, making carpets easier to care for. Teflon® Advanced must be professionally applied by your carpet cleaner. It is applied by spray application, dries quickly, and leaves no odor. It is non-toxic and safe to use around family and pets. It’s CFC – and solvent – free. DuPont recommends the application of Teflon® Advanced after each cleaning on all carpet fiber types. Even wool carpets can benefit from DuPont’s special formulation for wool carpets. With an application of DuPont Teflon® Advanced Carpet Protector, you have the assurance your carpet is protected with a premium quality product. The next time you have your carpets professionally cleaned, be sure to ask for Teflon® Advanced Carpet Protector.

Different Methods for Carpet Cleaning

No matter what method of cleaning you use, there is one universal recommendation: clean your carpet before it becomes too unsightly. The cleaning chore will be easier and more successful. There are several cleaning methods that produce satisfactory results, but each has limitations that should be considered. Here’s a handy reference to help you decide which cleaning method is right for you and your carpet: Dry Powder – Absorbent particles are worked into the pile with a machine and removed by vacuum. This method uses no water, little skill is required, and the carpet is ready for use immediately. This is a professional or do-it-yourself method. Limitations: It can be difficult to remove all chemical cleaning residue from deep pile. A hot water extraction method should be used to rinse and remove chemical residue build up. This method also is not very effective for heavily soiled or matted areas. Dry Foam and Absorbent Pad – Fluffy detergent foam is worked into pile by a variety of machines. Once dry, the residue is vacuumed out. This method uses little water, dries fast, and cleans the surface well.

Limitation: Over brushing can damage some carpets. This method is good for a quick “spruce up” clean. However residual chemical cleaning products can build up in the carpet and a hot water extraction method should be used to rinse and remove chemical residue. Steam Cleaning (Hot Water Extraction) – Extraction of the cleaning solution and soil leaves little residue and no pile damage. Recommended for all carpet types, this method is most effective when performed by a professional using an external hot water extraction unit. A rotary steam extraction machine can also be used in steam carpet cleaning. We use an RX20 rotary steam extractor. This method can be very effective in removing heavy soil and can also help to restore the pile/nap of the carpet. We have had great success for restoration cleaning with the RX20 rotary steam extractor. Limitations: Avoid using too much detergent. Follow up with plain water, but caution is required to prevent over wetting. Carpeting manufacturers recommend this method most. Please check with your warranty regarding which method is recommended. If you use the wrong method you could void your warranty, so be sure to check. Carpet pilating or grooming should be incorporated with all professional cleanings. It helps to lift the pile so that as it dries the pile/nap will stand and dry correctly. Caution: Methods and Products to Avoid – The rotary brush wet shampoo method is not recommended for residential carpet as damage may result. Moreover, some do-it-yourself products in aerosol cans may cause rapid re-soiling due to excessive residues. Test on a scrap of carpet first. If the dried product feels sticky, don’t use it. Also avoid all cleaning agents containing an optical brightener (fluorescence) such as those found in many laundry detergents and some carpet cleaning systems.

Pet Protector

Company info and services offered A-1 Integrity Services, Inc. Since 1983, A-1 Integrity Services, has been cleaning carpet, upholstery and tile and grout in Napa Valley. Offering the best care for your floor covering, we guarantee satisfaction by offering our best professional efforts to serve the people of this fine community. Family owned and operated, A-1 Integrity Services, is an IICRC certified firm which adheres to manufacturer’s cleaning recommendations to support and uphold the warranties on new carpets. We specialize in residential and commercial service in these areas of expertise:

    • Steam Carpet Cleaning
    • Steam Upholstery Cleaning
    • Steam Tile and Grout Cleaning/Sealing
    • Polishing and Honing of Natural Stone
    • Pet odor neutralization treatments
    • Carpet and Fabric Protectants

Be Quick When It Comes to Stain Removal

No carpet is stain proof. However, carpets treated to be stain resistant give you time to act. Remember, with spot and stain removal, speed is of the essence. After a stain or spill occurs, immediately scoop up solids and blot liquids as quickly as possible. Absorb as much liquid as possible with a paper towel, etc., replacing the towel as it becomes saturated. Never use a scrubbing motion—blot instead to prevent the carpet surface from fuzzing.

Stain Treatment

For effective spot cleaning, we recommend warm water on a clean rinsed/wrung out towel. Blot the area, checking your towel for soil removal and turning it to a clean area, repeat the process. For difficult spots, please feel free to call us for advice. While carpet spot cleaners are available at most stores, we find that our customers tend to overuse the cleaners and can cause permanent damage to their carpet. It’s best to give us a call and we’ll advise for free.

Cleaning and Vacuuming Preserve Your Carpet Investment

Karastan and other high quality craftsmanship is so valued, that some of our cleaning products have been passed down through carpet fiber generations. The key to maintaining the beauty of carpeting, is preservation and care. Proper carpet care extends the life and beauty of your carpet —and protects your investment. So clean your carpet regularly (1-2 times per year), and vacuum it frequently. A good upright vacuum with a rolling bar brush will help lift soil from your carpet, extending the life, nap and beauty of your carpet.

Why Cleaning Is So Important

Vacuuming removes most of the dry soil, but your carpet is exposed to other tough characters: the oily soil of cooking vapors, air pollution, and grime tracked in from the street. These other types of soil can build up on carpet fibers and gradually, over time, dull the look of delicate pastel colors. The color isn’t lost; it’s just hidden under a dirty film. But that’s not the whole story. If this type of soil is allowed to accumulate, it literally adheres the pile fiber together, resulting in matting, packing, or ridges. Even more worrisome, it begins to attract and hold dry soil. So clean your carpet regularly—before the luster of your carpet becomes dull looking and built up soil becomes tacky and difficult to remove. Keep your carpet healthy and beautiful so it can give you years of enjoyment.

Vacuuming Tips

Even in ordinary use, carpets receive a lot of abuse—pounding feet and pet paws; dirt, grit, and dust tramped in from the outdoors; oily cooking vapors; and spills of all descriptions. Frequent vacuuming with a good machine is your first defense—you can remove dry soils and prevent them from building up and damaging your carpet.

Here are some effective vacuuming tips:

  • In carpets with looped textures, vacuum with suction only to avoid damaging the loops. Up to three passes of the machine work well for light soiling, while five to seven passes are necessary for heavily soiled areas.
  • For rooms with light traffic, vacuum the traffic lanes twice weekly and the entire area once a week.
  • For areas of heavier traffic, vacuum the traffic lanes daily and the entire area twice weekly.
  • Make sure your vacuum’s belt is in good condition—and that the beater brush actually rotates when in contact with the carpet. Height adjustment is correct when the beater brush contacts the pile enough to lightly vibrate the carpet several inches away from the machine, but not enough to cause a significant slowing of the motor.
  • For better equipment efficiency, never allow the soil bag to become over half full.
  • Vacuum across the traffic pattern occasionally, rather than in the traffic direction, to prevent matting.

Protecting your carpets-What is Teflon® Advanced Carpet Protector?

Teflon® Advanced Repels Dirt and Stains It’s always a pleasure to see how bright and clean your carpets look right after they’ve been professionally cleaned. Now you can keep them looking fresh and new longer by asking for Teflon® Advanced Carpet Protector. Teflon® Advanced forms an invisible shield around each fiber, which resists soil and stains. Teflon® Advanced uses new DuPont technology to provide more repellency than any other carpet protector. It repels most liquids, allowing spills to be removed before staining and wicking can occur. Dirt and stains cling to untreated carpet and quickly become embedded in the fibers. Teflon® Advanced keeps dirt from sticking to the fibers, making carpets easier to care for. Teflon® Advanced must be professionally applied by your carpet cleaner. It is applied by spray application, dries quickly, and leaves no odor. It is non-toxic and safe to use around family and pets. It’s CFC- and solvent-free. DuPont recommends the application of Teflon® Advanced after each cleaning on all carpet fiber types. Even wool carpets can benefit from DuPont’s special formulation for wool carpets. With an application of DuPont Teflon® Advanced Carpet Protector, you have the assurance yourcarpet is protected with a premium quality product. The next time you have your carpets professionally cleaned, be sure to ask for Teflon® Advanced Carpet Protector.

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707.257.2411

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