How to Get Slime Out of Carpet

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Here’s How to Get Slime Out of Carpet

Removing Slime From Your Carpet Safely Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult

Uh oh. Slime! Everywhere we look, kids are obsessed with Slime.

It’s fun the play with, we don’t blame them. But now, as a parent, it’s a little bit less fun because the stuff gets everywhere and you’ve got to figure out how to clean it up!

Is Slime Your Worst Carpet Cleaning Nightmare!?!

Someone spilled some slime on your carpet and now you’ve got to figure out how to remove it. Don’t fret, it’s probably not as big a deal as you think. You’re not going to have to rip up your carpet. Even if you need to remove dried slime from the carpet, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Let’s First Dissect What Slime is Made From

Slime is typically going to be a mixture of:

  • glue
  • food coloring
  • water
  • starch
  • glitter

Fun to play with, not as fun to clean up. The glue is going to bond to your carpet fibers and food coloring is going to initially stain them. So, you need something that’s going to break down the glue, first and foremost, as well as to remove the pigment from the food coloring.

First Things First, Let’s Tackle the Glue

You’ve got a lot of choices when it comes to solvents (which is what you’re going to need to break down the adhesive glue). You could use vinegar, rubbing alcohol, Goo Gone (or something like it), etc. There are plenty of other things that would dissolve the glue as well that you DON’T want to use. Like gasoline or WD40. We recommend vinegar as a safe solvent that’s easy to work with. It won’t potentially damage your carpet backing (like a Goo Gone type product could). Besides, you probably already have it in your kitchen. Before we move on… a quick but important tip on why you don’t want to use WD40!

A Quick Note On WD40 Before We Move On

WD40 seems to be all the rage for the magic all-in-one carpet cleaning miracle if you ask Pinterest or a number of online blogs. Take it from a carpet cleaner; you don’t want to put this stuff on your carpet!

We get calls all the time from people who “cleaned their carpet spots with WD40 and now have a stain.

Here’s the issue: while WD40 does a good job of removing some spots, it leaves behind an oily residue (the SDS sheets show that approximately 25% of the makeup of WD40 is mineral oil). This residue is going to attract dirt like a magnet and your “clean” spot is now going to be a permanent dirt magnet until someone professionally cleans the very hard to rinse oil spot. Choose a solvent without oil in it to clean your carpet spots, or you’re going to just trade one problem for another!

 

Oil Can

Step by Step Guide on How to Get Slime Out of Carpet

Step 1 – Carefully Scrape Away Any Excess Slime

Take a spoon or similar blunt edged scraper and remove as much of the slime as you can. Be careful not to be too aggressive so as not to rip up the carpet fibers.

Metal spoon to be used as a scraping tool

Step 2 – Apply Vinegar

Take your standard white vinegar and apply it liberally to the slime spot. You don’t need to drown it, but we’re not talking a few drops here either. Your goal is to remove the slime from the carpet, so get after it! Allow the vinegar do it’s thing for 3 minutes or so.

Vinegar in a Beaker

Step 3 – Agitate and Remove Excess With a Scraper… A Spoon Works Well

Whenever you’re dealing with carpet spotting and stains, you don’t want to aggressively scrub the carpet. Your goal is to gently remove the substance from the carpet. This time is no different. Using a metal spoon, gently scrape the vinegar slime mixture to one side of the slime spot. Pick up the slop and wipe it off on a paper towel or white rag. Repeat until you’ve picked it all up.

Metal spoon to be used as a scraping tool

Step 4 – Rinse With Hot Water

Apply hot water to the slimed area and blot up the remainder. Use a clean white towel or even paper towels. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat as needed.

Pouring hot water out of a glass

Step 5 – Repeat if Needed

If there is still slime after the rinsing, go back to step one and repeat the process again.

Step 6 – Tackle the Food Coloring (if Needed)

If color remains on the carpet from the food coloring, you have to tackle that. If there isn’t any color left, skip this step.

What to Use to Remove Color

Option 1

If you’ve got some of our Home Pro Spotter that we hand out to our customers for free, this is the right stuff to use. As an alternative, Spray and walk away works pretty well too. Apply the solution, agitate into the carpet, blot with a towel and rinse. Blot the rinsed area with a clean towel, then put a fan next to it to help the spot dry.

Option 2

If you don’t have Home Pro Spotter and don’t want to buy it/wait for it to arrive, you can use your standard carpet cleaning solution spray available at the store. Resolve, Oxi, whatever… with this one caveat… RINSE IT OUT. As much as these companies claim their solution will not bleach out your carpet or leave a residue, if you leave the solution in your carpet without thoroughly rinsing it out, it may. We’ve seen it. Frequently. Also, when you do go to clean your carpets, that dried residue foams like crazy and your carpet cleaning company is going to be really annoyed. So when you use these products, apply, blot, and then rinse it out a few times. If you’ve got a little handheld spot cleaner, like one of these this is probably a good choice for this project. If this doesn’t work, jump to the next step. If not, go to step 8.

Step 7 – Try Rubbing Alcohol if Color Remains

Try rubbing alcohol. Use a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a cloth. Rinse with water after each application of alcohol.

Bottle of rubbing alcohol

Step 8 – Give Hydrogen Peroxide a Shot

If the alcohol doesn’t work, you can try hydrogen peroxide. Be very careful and test a discrete area for colorfastness. Hydrogen peroxide can occasionally bleach certain carpets. If you’ve got a wool carpet, for example, don’t even think about putting peroxide or anything “oxi” on it. Apply the hydrogen peroxide and let it sit for 10 minutes or so. Blot with a clean cloth. Rinse with warm water, repeat.

Bottle of hydrogen peroxide

Step 9 – Give that Former Slime Spot Some Air

Set up a fan next to the area you cleaned to help it dry. Leave it there for 12-24 hours. There’s no point in leaving your carpet and carpet pad soaked for days. Besides, you don’t want to invite mildew or mold, right? Then you’d have a much bigger problem to address than removing slime from your carpet!

Bottle of hydrogen peroxide

None of This Worked / It Sort of Worked But I Still Need Help!

If this process didn’t work, it’s probably time to call in a professional carpet cleaning company. Likely this won’t be necessary, but who knows… Maybe your kid made slime with construction adhesive or something instead of Elmers Glue (somewhat kidding here, but we’ve seen some crazy things so I won’t count this out!).

Professional Carpet Cleaners have more tools and solutions at their disposal than you could ever imagine. We’ve been able to remove spots and stains from carpet that people never thought would come out. Furthermore, for those things that can’t come out, we can always cut out damaged areas and perform a carpet repair using carpet from another area or a spare piece of carpet. Carpet repairs are nearly invisible and will no doubt look far better than a bunch of glittery, colored glue spots all over your carpet.

Removing Dog Urine From Carpet

Dog sitting on carpet

Help! I Can’t Get Dog Urine Smell Out of My Carpet

Here’s why you, and the carpet cleaner you already hired, can’t get the dog urine smell in your carpet to go away

Internet Pet Urine Remedies

The internet is full of ideas on how to remove dog urine from carpet. Hand-held steam cleaners. Vinegar. Ammonia. Various pet enzymes. Magical promises of DIY solutions all over Pinterest… you name it.

Perhaps you’ve tried some of these techniques, or perhaps not. If you have, and they haven’t worked, you’re looking for another solution. This should involve bringing in a professional carpet cleaning company. Here’s what you should know in order to make an informed decision for getting dog urine out of your carpet. Read this before you hire a company that doesn’t know what they’re doing.

Unscrupulous or Otherwise Clueless Carpet Cleaning Companies

Unfortunately, the carpet cleaning industry has become somewhat synonymous with unscrupulous business practices and sketchy companies. These companies are, frankly, unqualified to be selling the services they sell. Never is this more apparent than with treating pet stains.

Out of the Loop

Many carpet cleaning companies really don’t know what they are doing. They haven’t kept up with the major technological improvements in solutions, techniques and applied principles surrounding pet urine removal. Further, many companies try to cheap out by applying mediocre or poor pet treatment solutions. These are in every way inferior to the solutions used by those of us doing the job right.

This article should help you understand the right way to treat pet urine (dog urine specifically in this article) in your carpets.

The Consumer Pet Urine Treatment Industry

There is an entire industry built on selling deodorizers and pet enzyme products to consumers. And that’s fine. Some of them even work reasonably well. Deoderizers can cover up the smell of pet urine long enough that you forget about it. Enzymes can actually consume the pet urine and help to remedy the issue somewhat. Once it gets warm and sunny and the house heats up though, there it is again… the smell of dog urine. Gross.

 

MSS Cleaning dog, Steve, who was responsible for many dog urine stains

I’ve Been There – My Dog Urine Story

Before I got into the carpet cleaning business, my wife and I went away on a trip for a few weeks and left our dogs in the care of a friend.

Well, you know how this story goes.

We came home to find the carpeted rec room covered in dog urine spots. We tried everything we could to clean the urine from the carpet., including:

  • The home remedies and Pinterest solutions
  • Renting a rug doctor with the pet specific pet urine treatment
  • Doused the spots beyond liberally with Nature’s Miracle
  • Rented the rug doctor again and tried a different detergent.

It didn’t work. It got a bit better, but it was still driving us crazy.

 

We Hired a Carpet Cleaner to Help

Failing to remove the dog urine ourselves, we hired a company to clean the carpets. They really didn’t know what they were doing, in retrospect. That didn’t work either. We hired them to come back and replace portions of the carpet pad. That helped, but it didn’t fully solve the problem. Oh, and they also installed a different density and thickness of carpet pad. This made it noticeable walking from one area to another.

Wow, was that whole experience was frustrating.

So we lived with it until, well, I bought a carpet cleaning business. Yes, this experience actually helped lead me to buy a carpet cleaning business. Is that hard-headed, or what?

You’ve Already Tried Removing the Pet Urine Yourself

Chances are, like most of our customers (and like me from some years ago), you’ve already tried the commonly available products and home remedies. You rented a rug doctor. Then you tried applying Nature’s Miracle. You’ve probably thrown a whole lot of time, energy, and money at this problem. And you’re still frustrated.

At this point, you may have even hired a carpet cleaning company to clean up the pet mess. But if you did, and you’re here… they didn’t know what they were doing and now you’re reading this article.

A surprising number of carpet cleaning companies can’t treat dog urine correctly. The rest of this article will hopefully share some insights on this problem. It should help you figure out what you need to do from here and who you need to hire to get it done right.

So, What Actually Removes Dog Urine Odor From Carpet?

As I previously alluded to, the carpet isn’t the big problem. Pet urine can be cleaned from most standard carpet relatively easily. The issue is actually the carpet pad and the subfloor. Carpet pad is basically a giant sponge that traps and holds on to dog urine until it dries, leaving a nasty, stinky mess.

Furthermore, the specific treatment regimen is going to depend on whether we’re talking about a cat or a dog. Cat urine is (believe it or not from my story above) actually harder to remove from carpet than dog urine. Let’s keep this post to dog urine, but I’ll leave a handy link here for what we recommend for getting cat urine smell out of carpet. Check out our pet stains and odor page.

Removing Dog Urine from Carpet

The first thing you need to do is to identify the dog urine spots with a black light or by peeling the carpet off of the tack strips and looking at the underside. If you are trying to DIY the blacklight, you probably will need to wait until its dusk/dark. This will be needed to see the spots since you need a pretty powerful blacklight to show the spots during they day. When feasible, we prefer to pull back the carpet. It really allows you to look at the carpet pad and very obviously shows the dog urine stains on the backing of the carpet.

 

Dog urine stains showing through on the back of a piece of pulled back carpet

Next, after the carpeted areas affected by the urine have been identified, it’s time to make a judgement call on the carpet pad.

 

Applying topical dog urine treatment to carpet with a power sprayer

Topical Treatment

If the spots are not too severe, a professional grade topical treatment can be applied. This will break down the dog urine and allow for extraction. A plastic coated carpet pad like a Stain Master pad can also afford some added pad protection. The carpet and the pad can both be treated topically. If price is an issue, topical dog urine treatment is typically the way to go. Topical pet treatment does an OK (but still far better than you could do yourself) job of cleaning the carpet, but there are certainly more advanced options.

If a topical treatment isn’t going to cut it, the carpet is going to need either a flood treatment or it’s going to need a new piece of pad seamed in.

Advanced dog urine removal treatment using a carpet flood extractor

Advanced Pet Urine Treatment – Carpet Flooding

In recent years, someone in the carpet cleaning industry discovered an effective way to rinse both the carpet and the pad. This technique is called “flooding”. The idea is to apply a whole lot of neutralizing solution to the affected urine area. Sometimes this could be up to a half gallon or a gallon of solution.

This solution saturates the pet urine stain, breaking down the urea and urine salts in the carpet and the carpet pad to allow for extraction. The pad is particularly important because it’s basically a big foam sponge and it holds liquid (hint: dog urine).

Allow it Time to Work

Once the solution has been applied, it needs to sit for 30 minutes or so. This allows it time to do its thing and break everything down. Once the time is up, a flood extractor is used to suck up all the solution from through the pad, through the carpet and then out to the truck for eventual disposal. The area is then thoroughly rinsed and a post treatment is applied.

The vast majority of time, flooding works great. After the urine spot dries, typically you can put your nose right down next to it and you won’t be able to detect a urine odor.

Replacing carpet pad in an area affected by dog urine

Carpet Pad Replacement

We recommend carpet pad replacement as a final step or when pet urine damage is so widespread that it would end up costing more to flood many spots than to just replace the carpet pad in the room. A good carpet cleaning company should have a pretty good feel for when this is going to be necessary. We’ve done more than enough of these jobs to know before we even begin the work what we should recommend to our customers.

How to Replace the Damaged Carpet Pad

Replacing carpet pad is a bit of a headache. All the furniture must be removed, then the carpet must be taken off the pad and set aside. The old carpet pad is thrown out. If the subfloor is damaged by urine, we strongly recommend sealing the subfloor with Kilz or an odor blocking oil-based paint. There is a fire and water restoration paint that also works amazingly, though it’s costlier and not necessary. New pad is then installed as well as new tack strip in any areas where the tack strip has been compromised by the dog urine.

We’ve actually been to jobs where the subfloor has been so saturated with urine that it has rotted, and we’ve had to call in a carpenter to repair the area before we could do our carpet cleaning work.

New pad is installed and then the carpet needs to be cleaned, both on the front of the carpet as well as the backing of the carpet. Once all of this has been completed, the carpet can be stretched back in and reinstalled after it’s dried out.

 

What Can I Do Myself?

We understand that our customers probably don’t have a stack of $100 bills in the closet and that sometimes people like to DIY whatever they can. Some things can be DIY and some really can’t. As you may have already experienced, home products and rented machines just don’t cut it. Nothing beats a powerful truck mounted machine, like the ones we use. Our equipment generates far more suction, pressure and heat than anything not purpose-built, and it’s necessary to remove dog urine from carpet properly.

We’re Happy to Save you Money

But, if you want to save some money, we’re happy to help you do that. When it comes to pad replacement, we’re happy to let you move furniture, pull back the carpet, remove and dispose of the pad, rip up damaged tack strips and paint the subfloor yourself. These are all easy tasks that we don’t need to charge you labor to do. Of course, we’re happy to do it for you as well, but if you’re trying to save some money, we’re happy to work with you.

Is This Approach to Removing Dog Urine from Carpet Foolproof?

The only method for removing dog urine from carpet that’s truly foolproof is going to be a carpet pad replacement and floor sealing service. With that said, we do many, many dog urine carpet cleaning jobs each week and have very rarely ever been called back on any carpet flooding work. We always recommend flooding treatment if you can afford it because of its effectiveness. Topical dog urine treatment is even generally effective when done in the right circumstances for minor pet urine issues, it just doesn’t do quite as good of a job since the pad isn’t fully saturated and rinsed.

We Hope This Helped!

We know that removing pet urine odors and stains from carpet is not an easy task. Hopefully this information has been helpful for you, whether you live in the Denver area and would like to hire us to help you with your carpet dog urine woes, or if you live elsewhere and can use this information to find a reputable carpet cleaning company in your area that knows what they are doing with removing dog urine from carpeting. If you do live along the Colorado Front Range and need out help, feel free to either schedule online or give us a call. We’d love to hear from you.

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Carpet Cleaning and Stretching Denver

Carpet cleaning and stretching in Denver, CO

Carpet Cleaning and Stretching in Denver

Get your carpets stretched and cleaned in the same day!

Here’s the problem – Your carpet needs to be stretched and cleaned. You’d prefer to not have to hire two companies, but you want the job done right. Fortunately, at MSS Cleaning, we provide both expert carpet cleaning services as well as top-notch carpet stretching and repair services. Save yourself the hassle and hire MSS to solve your carpet cleaning and stretching needs. We service the Greater Denver Area, reaching from Castle Rock all the way to Boulder.

MSS Cleaning did a thorough job cleaning and stretching my carpets. They went out of their way to ensure that I was happy. I highly recommend MSS Cleaning!

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Stretch and Clean Carpets in the Same Appointment

For most jobs, we can both stretch and clean your carpets in the same appointment, on the same day. First we want to stretch the carpet and perform any repairs. Next, we’ll clean the carpets using our industry leading MSS Clean carpet cleaning process. The result? Clean carpets that are free of wrinkles or damage, all in one day. No need to book two appointments, no need to work with two different companies.

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Carpet Stretching

There are two primary causes for wrinkled or bunched up carpet

The carpet was installed incorrectly

It takes a little longer to install carpet correctly, using a power stretcher. Because of this, some companies don’t follow the right carpet stretching process. The use what is called a knee kicker to do the whole job. A knee kicker is supposed to assist with placing the carpet onto tack strips. It can also be used in small rooms or closets where there isn’t a lot of stretching needed. A power stretcher really should be used in anything but the smallest rooms.

When a power stretcher isn’t used, the carpet is not fully taut. Pretty quickly, wrinkles and buckling start to appear. Lately we’ve been seeing this with homes built only a year or so ago, or when someone gets “carpet installed for free when you spend $699” type offers.

The carpet is old and has stretched out over time

Over time, the latex backing in carpet begins to relax. When this happens, the carpet starts to bunch and buckle. Really old carpet may not be worth stretching and may instead be a candidate for replacement. Most wrinkled carpet, however, can benefit from stretching and live out the rest of it’s useful life happy and wrinkle free. If you are on the fence about whether to replace your wrinkled carpet or to re-stretch it, we’re happy to have a look at or talk to you about it and let you know what we think.

Carpet Cleaning

After we’ve stretched and/or repaired your carpet, it’s time for cleaning. You want to stretch and then clean the carpet. In almost every situation, it makes more sense to stretch the carpet prior to cleaning it. This is because the heat and water used in carpet cleaning can relax the backing of the carpet. If the carpet is stretched while wet, when it dries, the backing and contract. When this happens, the carpet can pull off of the tack strips holding it in place. It also can pull at any seams in the carpet, potentially splitting them.

So, once the carpet has been reinstalled, it’s ready to be cleaned almost immediately. We use a top of the line, Kool Glide machine instead of the older hot glue seam method. This allows carpet seams and repairs to be ready to clean and to go back into service almost immediately.

Read more about our MSS Clean carpet cleaning process.

 

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Professional Quality Carpet Cleaning and Stretching Denver Services

When hiring for either a carpet cleaning or carpet stretching services, there are a number of potential pitfalls. Bad cleaning or stretching jobs are both obvious for different reasons. With carpet stretching or repairs, you are left with visible seams, corners that don’t line up, obvious lines where carpet repairs were made etc. With carpet cleaning, traffic lanes are still visible, spots were not treated or lifted and the carpet still looks and/or smells dirty.

The Right Experience

To avoid these issues, the first thing to look for is experience. When you hire any service company, you want to make sure they know what they are doing. Our technicians have many years of experience both in carpet cleaning and in carpet stretching or repairs. We’ve stretched and cleaned carpets for everything from one room in a small home, to 8-10 areas on high end carpet in multi-million dollar homes in Cherry Hills and Castle Pines. We have IICRC certified technicians in both carpet cleaning and carpet repair with years of experience. This gives us the confidence, and certainly the ability to do incredible work, regardless of the size or scope of your project.

 

The Best Equipment

Ever have someone you hired show up in a 30 year old rusted out van and unload a bunch of equipment that looks to be about as old? In our line of work, we see this all the time. Old, worn out equipment that can no longer perform it’s function adequately. That’s definitely not the case when you hire MSS.

We use only top of the line equipment that’s at most a few years old. We use state of the art, top of the line carpet cleaning and carpet stretching equipment. This ensures your job is done right, the first time.

Carpet cleaning van with carpet cleaning equipment and carpet stretching equipment loaded aboard.

The Bottom Line

Whether you need carpet stretching in Littleton, carpet cleaning in Castle Pines, or carpet repair and stretching in Denver, we’ve got you covered. With the right technicians the right equipment and the best customer service in town. Give us a call or book an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Deep Carpet Cleaning in Denver

A lot of companies say they can provide deep carpet cleaning services. The truth is, at least by our quality standards, they can’t. Restorative, deep carpet cleaning requires more than showing up with a van (or worse, something better resembling a station wagon) and spraying some water on the ground and sucking. This, or using only a brush machine or bonnet machine does not provide restoration carpet cleaning. They may make your carpets look better, but they won’t make them look great. We aim to make them look great, regardless of the condition they are in when we start.

restoratation carpet cleaning is needed for heavily soiled areas like this one. Jobs like these call for a deep carpet cleaning that isn't just simply a basic hot water extraction

Restoration Carpet Cleaning Process

True restoration carpet cleaning requires a more complete process and a few really important pieces that many skip. In our view, the first step for deep carpet cleaning is a thorough vacuuming with a high powered, commercial vacuum, equipped with a beater bar. Some estimates put the quantity of dry soil in the carpet as high as 74-79%. We want to remove that instead of adding water and turning it to mud. After we vacuum, we move on to the hot water extraction process.

The Hot Water Extraction Deep Soil Removal Process

Here are the four major components of a restoration carpet cleaning, hot water extraction process that most companies only partially complete. These are specifically mentioned by the IICRC. As an IICRC Certified firm, we involve all of these important pieces to do the job right. Chemical, Agitation, Temperature and Time.4 components needed to properly deep clean carpets

A Practical Example of How These Components Work Together

If you have a greasy pot, you fill it full of hot water (temperature), you add dish soap (chemical), you let it soak (time). Usually this does a decent job of loosening and removing things. However, if this was enough, no one would own a sponge or a scrubber pad, right? That final step of agitation is vital to getting things as clean as they need to be. If any of the 4 components are skipped, the cleaning is not going to be as effective. Let’s look at each deep cleaning component individually.

Temperature

The proper temperature is important for proper deep carpet cleaning. When you clean your dishes, you use hot water. When you clean your laundry, you prefer to use hot water. Chemical reactions increase dramatically with greater heat. This means that the restoration carpet cleaning solutions we apply to your carpet will work better when they applied hot and removed hot. They don’t call it hot water extraction for nothing! At the same time, certain carpets suffer under too much heat, so careful regulation is important. To have adequate hot water and a consistent temperature, a powerful truck mounted carpet cleaning system is important. This article doesn’t touch on what we think of dry cleaning, but if you’re interested, read more about the general ineffectiveness of dry carpet cleaning here.

Chemical

We have a wide variety of different detergents and solutions that we carry on our truck. We custom formulate our solutions at each job depending on what we see. If you have white carpets, we may apply a certain booster. If you have pet stains or odor, certain different solutions and techniques can be applied. Heavy traffic lanes, or carpet that’s covered in grease, different solutions still. Then we get to the topic of spotting and the myriad solutions we can apply to treat everything from rust to tar to ink to kool aid and paint. For restoration carpet cleaning, you need a company (and technician!) with a deep understanding of the proper chemistry of which solutions to apply to which carpet types and in which situations.

In general, a mid to high pH solution is applied to the carpets, agitated in, allowed time to dwell, and then extracted with a mildly acidic solution to neutralize the fibers and return them to their natural, slightly acidic, state. Here’s a dirty little industry secret: many companies do not even apply a pre-spray or they rinse the carpet during the extraction phase using only water in order to save money.

Agitation

Agitation is also really important for deep carpet cleaning. For a lightly soiled carpet, this step may not be entirely necessary, but with deep carpet cleaning, it absolutely is. After the pre-spray has been applied, it needs to be deeply scrubbed into the carpet. Back to the dish washing example: if you take a greasy pot and put dish soap in it and rinse it out, it’ll get you most of the way there, but there are still bits of food and grime that didn’t come out. Its for this same reason that carpet restoration cleaning requires agitation to do the best job.

How is This Carpet Agitation Achieved?

Glad you asked. There are a number of different pieces of equipment that provide agitation. Recently, you have probably started to see companies advertise “restorative carpet cleaning with a rotary machine” or something like that. These machines have spinning water jets (unlike the fixed jets on most wands) and some provide a mechanical scrubbing action to the carpet as well as they turn. The purpose of these machines is to provide, you guessed it, agitation.

What do We Prefer for Agitating Carpet? The Counter Rotating Brush Machine!

We own a machine called the RX-20 that most consider the grand daddy of the rotary machines, and still one of the best available. You know what? It sits in the shop unused. The reason? We’ve thoroughly tested it against our counter rotating brush machine and the counter rotating brush is hands down the better deep carpet cleaning tool! The gist of this tool is that it contains two 20” brushes that rotate towards each other five times a second. This provides a deep carpet scrubbing action as well as it has the added benefit of lifting up hair, pet hair, and deeply embedded soil. Some companies use this machine alone for their cleaning (the aforementioned vehicles that look like a station wagon… this is probably what’s in it). But alone, it’s not enough to do a thorough, deep carpet cleaning.

Counter Rotating Brush Machine is Vital to the Deep Carpet Cleaning Process

Time

Also often overlooked in a carpet cleaning process is time. Assuming all of the other steps have been followed, dwell time is really important for deep carpet cleaning. I hate to keep beating the dish washing example to death, but after you apply soap and hot water to a heavily soiled pan, what do you do? You let it soak! Similarly, carpet cleaning solutions need a bit of time to work. Certainly not overnight like your greasy pan, but 10-15 minutes is usually a good idea. Too long of a soak and the solutions can actually lose their effectiveness. When you are talking about restorative carpet cleaning, you really want to maximize every cleaning power you’ve got. Immediately rinsing after applying solution or waiting 30 minutes or an hour after rinsing for the pre-spray to dry doesn’t do the carpet cleaning technician (or your carpets) any favors.

Our Deep Carpet Cleaning Process

So, after this lengthy discussion, what is our process for restoration carpet cleaning?

  • Pre-vacuum with a commercial vacuum equipped with a properly adjusted beater bar
  • Pre-spray all areas with a high pH solution
  • Apply spot/stain pre-treatments to anything that looks like it needs it
  • Agitate pre-sprayed areas with a counter rotating brush machine
  • Allow adequate dwell time for solutions to work
  • Perform hot water extraction with hot water of the appropriate temperature for the carpet type
  • Re-address and spots or stains that did not come out during the hot water extraction phase
  • Place plastic or Styrofoam tabs underneath legs of furniture (steel, urethane coated wood, etc.) that pose a risk for bleeding into the carpet
  • Speed dry with fans
  • Apply carpet protectant (Scotchgard, Maxim, etc.) or additional deodorizer as desired by customer
  • Groom carpet to remove any impressions and align carpet fibers

 

Final Thoughts

As far as we’re concerned, the details above provide the right way to perform a deep carpet cleaning restoration service. It takes a bit more time than a lot of other companies are willing to spend, but seeing the smiling faces of our customers when we’re done is more than worth it. At MSS Cleaning, we deep clean carpets right!

All About Carpet Protectors and Why Scotchgard or Maxim is a Great Idea

Applying Scotchgard ™ or Other Carpet Protectors and Why They’re Important

We recommend each customer apply Scotchgard ™ or a similar carpet protector product after a professional carpet cleaning. It’s a smart idea to keep your carpets looking their best. There are a number of different carpet protector products available to protect your carpets and upholstery. The most well-known of these is Scotchgard ™.

A carpet protector or upholstery protector like Scotchgard can help avoid stains on carpet or upholstery like the wine spill in this image

Why Use Scotchgard ™ or Another Carpet Protector?

Most carpets these days come from the factory with some kind of protective coating. You probably have noticed that new carpets are more resistant to spills, stains and soiling than those with a few years on them. Over time, carpet protection fades away. When this happens, the coating needs to be restored. In addition to the benefits of added soil and stain resistance, you will also experience faster and easier dry soil removal with your vacuum. The result is that your carpets will stay looking better, longer.

How Upholstery Protector and Carpet Protector Works

Different carpet protectant manufacturers claim different methods of action. Scotchgard ™ claims to “force liquids to the surface where they bead up for easy cleanup” Effectively, it surrounds carpets and upholstery fibers with an invisible barrier to protect against oil and water based stains. This allows for more time to clean up the spill before it penetrates the fiber and causes a stain. Meanwhile, products like Maxim Advanced claim to “coat the fibers with a stain barrier to protect them from difficult dye stains ‘from the inside out’.” Both products are considered environmentally friendly.

Which Carpet Protector Do We Recommend?

We apply either Scotchgard ™ and Maxim Advanced ™ products depending on a customer’s preference or brand loyalty. In general, we prefer the Maxim Advanced product, but we’re happy to apply Scotchgard ™ instead if you like. We have positive experiences with the Maxim Advanced solution. It also both Shaw Approved and also meets Wool Balance standards. Either product can be applied to nylon carpets or to wool carpets.

Can These Products Provide Upholstery Protection too?

They absolutely can! Upholstery protectors work great and will mitigate damage caused by spots or spills. They also allow for easier cleaning and maintenance. This means your upholstery will stay looking its best and not dirty or worn. After a professional upholstery cleaning, we apply different products, still from Scotchgard™ or Maxim™ than we use for carpet. The reason for this is that fabrics need to stretch and flex, while carpet does not. Specific solutions, therefore, need to be used to make sure they are flexible and won’t come off prematurely.

an application of upholstery protector helps keep couches like this one from being damaged or stained

How Do We Professionally Apply Carpet or Upholstery Protector?

The best time to apply carpet protector is after the carpet or upholstery has been professionally cleaned. We use a power sprayer to apply the solution to the surface carefully and evenly. Of course, we are careful to ensure we cover all areas. For carpet, we then use a carpet grooming rake to work the solution into the fibers to ensure even and deep coverage.

To Sum Up

Applying carpet or upholstery protectors after cleaning is a great idea. It will keep your carpets and upholstery looking better, longer. It will also help avoid the panic immediately after a spill occurs since you’ll both have more time to clean it up and you’ll know that anything remaining from the spill can be more easily cleaned the next time we clean your carpets or upholstery. 

10 Helpful Carpet Cleaning Tips When Moving In or Out

Moving presents a rare opportunity to fully clean a living space without furniture being in the way. Whether you need a move out carpet cleaning or a move in carpet cleaning, scheduling a home carpet cleaning is the best move.

10 Helpful Tips for Move Out Carpet Cleaning and Move in Carpet Cleaning

1.) Hire a Certified Carpet Cleaner: 

Hire an IICRC Certified firm that uses modern, truck mounted equipment for your move out carpet cleaning. This will help ensure you hire a reputable company that knows what they are doing. These firms should also have the equipment to do the job well. Check the status of any firm here:iicrc certified carpet cleaning company seal

2.) Ask for Hot Water Extraction:

While there are many ways to clean carpet, hot water extraction (AKA Steam Cleaning) is regarded as the most thorough method and provides a deep, restorative carpet cleaning. Whether you are moving out, or you want move in carpet cleaning prior to taking occupancy, you want hot water extraction for a thorough, deep clean.

3.) Schedule your Carpet Cleaning Properly to Coincide with the Movers:

If you are moving out, schedule your move out carpet cleaning once the movers have finished their work. If you are moving in, schedule your move in carpet cleaning for the day before the move. This will ensure the carpets are fully dry by the time to movers arrive to bring in your furniture. Cleaning carpets in empty rooms is easier and more thorough than trying to clean around furniture. Whether you need Denver carpet cleaning or cleaning elsewhere, get it scheduled properly.

4.) Dealing With Carpet Pet Stains and Odor When Moving:

If you have carpet pet stains or odors that you can’t pinpoint, the last thing you want to do is put furniture on top of them. Pets often mark areas along walls. You don’t want to move a couch or a dresser on top of that odor and then always wonder where the smell is coming from. Odors become far more intense in warm months, so you won’t realize there are pet odors until it gets hot outside. A professional carpet cleaner will have many tools at his/her disposal to diagnose pet issues (such as a black light and well-trained eye) as well as to treat them. Treatment can be as basic as a topical enzyme treatment or as severe as needing to treat the subfloor and replace the carpet pad. All of this is easier (and less costly) without furniture being in the way. Carpet cleaning when moving is a great time to tackle pet stains and odor.Pet stained carpet is best cleaned during move in carpet cleaning or move out carpet cleaning when there isn't any furniture on it

5.) The Carpet Has a Wrinkle That Needs to be Stretched or a Repair to be Done:

Over time, carpets can develop wrinkles or bubbles in them as the carpet ages, or due to poor installation. This can usually be fixed by stretching the carpet. You can’t do a good job of stretching carpet when it has furniture weighing it down. The room needs to be empty to do the job right. When are you otherwise going to have the opportunity to have a completely empty room but when you are moving in or moving out and rooms are empty?

repair damaged carpet during move in carpet cleaning

6.) The Furniture Left Impressions On the Carpet: 

We’ve all seen it; once all of the furniture is moved out of a space, there are little depressions everywhere. Table legs, chairs, dressers, beds etc. leave impressions on the carpet. Hot water extraction often removes or lessens these depressions. Another great trick that often helps is to leave an ice cube in each depression. As the ice melts, it can help pop the depressions back up.

7.) You’re Moving Out and the Carpet Traffic Lanes are Trashed:

Once all that furniture is out of the way, dark, dirty traffic lanes can become really obvious. Look for a company that has a counter rotating brush machine or a rotary extractor. While a standard carpet wand in the right hands can do a great job, these heavy duty machines really help go the extra mile to bring a carpet back to life when restorative work is needed.

move out carpet cleaning traffic lanes

8.) Apply Carpet Protection After Move In Carpet Cleaning:

While the home is empty without any furniture, it’s the best time to apply carpet protection. Applying Scotchgard, Teflon, Maxim or other quality protectants will keep your carpets clean and looking great. Following a move in carpet cleaning is a great time to apply protectan, while the carpet is still damp and there is nothing on the carpet. When you inevitably spill that soda or glass of red wine, clean up will be easier and the carpet will be far less likely to have any permanent stain.

9.) Choose the Right Vacuum and Use it Regularly:

For ongoing Maintenance, get a quality vacuum cleaner with an electronically driven brush (also referred to as a beater bar). This is especially vital for homeowners with pets. Adjust the vacuum so that it doesn’t grab or pull on the carpet, but still makes contact with the carpet fibers.

10.) Schedule Periodic Carpet Cleaning:

For most households, getting an annual carpet cleaning is adequate to keep your carpets looking great and to extend the life of the carpet. Most carpet manufacturers require a carpet cleaning every 12-18 months in order to uphold a warranty as well. After we’ve done your initial move in carpet cleaning, it’s time to set up a periodic scheduled carpet cleaning for the future.

Follow these move in carpet cleaning and move out carpet cleaning tips to get your carpets looking great and help keep them that way!

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