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Removing the Top Ten Terrible Stains

When you can’t use a professional or you have tough spots and stains, here are some useful tips.

Rinse BLOOD quickly with cool water. Follow with an approved cleaning solution or a mix of 1/4 teaspoon clear (nonbleach, nonlanolin) dishwashing liquid with one cup cool water. Blot and dry quickly.

DYE and FOOD STAINS, such as beverages, medicines, cosmetic, foods, and other liquids containing dyes, should be absorbed first. Then try the liquid dishwashing solution described in the blood remedy. Blot, repeat and rinse with clear water on a clean, white towel or a white paper towel. Dry. Depending on the substance involved, it may require professional cleaning.

FINGERNAIL POLISH can be removed using a non-acetone fingernail polish remover. Apply a small amount of remover on a white cloth and work it in from the edges of the spill to the center. Blot the area using lukewarm tap water. Dry with a clean cloth.

Ink (ballpoint pen) comes off with rubbing alcohol (70 percent isopropyl) applied to a cloth or paper towel. Don’t pour rubbing alcohol directly on the spot.

PAINT (latex) responds to the detergent solution described in the blood remedy. Blot, repeat and dry. Other types of paint such as enamel or oil require other responses. Visit for more suggestions.

URINE or VOMIT, left unattended can damage carpet in several ways. Always clean these up immediately with paper towels.

For PET URINE, try a solution of one part white vinegar and one part water.

RUST nearly always requires professional services because of the chemicals involved. Attempting to remove these stains may not work and in some cases may make the stains worse.

WAX (paraffin from candles) responds best when medium heat from an iron is applied to a clean white cloth or paper towel, which is placed over the wax spill. Repair the heat application to the towel as the was is absorbed. Sometimes dyes in wax won’t come out, and fibers will have to be cut and the area replaced with a new carpet insert.

WINE comes out with the very same dishwashing detergent solution found in the blood remedy. Blot, repeat, and dry.

Call a professional if any of these stains persist.






Why is it important to keep your carpets clean?

Why is it so important to keep your carpets clean? Well, the obvious reason and answer is so they stay looking and smelling nice! But there are many other reasons it’s important to keep your carpets clean and have them professionally cleaned often. Have you ever noticed that only a few days after cleaning, you can see dust everywhere, settled on glass tabletops and furniture? Dust happens. Household dust carries bacteria, dander, mold spores, germs and pollen. To add to the flurry of grime, your family, friends, pets and even open windows bring in fresh dirt all the time. A lot of it is settling in your carpet.

Between longer work days, time-consuming commutes, and kids’ activities that keep the calendar full, who has time to worry about cleaning carpet? We are spending less time on household tasks yet expect excellent results. Luckily, carpet-cleaning products, methods and equipment are improving all the time. Cleaning carpet may seem like more of a chore than dusting a coffee table, but properly cleaning and maintain your carpet makes all the difference!


Preserving the Life and Beauty of Your Carpet

With their rich colors, textures, and intricate weaves, carpets and rugs can give any room a homelike feel. But the beauty and life of your carpet depends on the care it receives. Just how long should a well-cared for carpet last? It’s hard to say. You can find some 100-plus-year-old Oriental rugs still in use! But generally speaking, ten years is given as a guideline for quality carpets that are well-maintained. Use manufacturers’ warranties as a guide to how long you can anticipate a particular carpet to last. And look at those warranties carefully– large carpet manufacturers are linking their new carpet warranties to proper cleaning and maintenance with certified products.


Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Do you have allergies? Believe it or not, you can keep your carpet. Studies have shown that carpet is better at trapping allergens than hard flooring such as tile or hardwood. How can this be? Particles and allergens fall to the floor (out of the breathing zone) and onto the carpet. The fibers of the carpet trap allergens and particles, reducing their continued circulation in the air. Proper cleaning and vacuuming effectively sucks up the dust in the carpet, locks it in the machine, and keeps it out of the air. Allergic to carpet itself? Not likely. Much of today’s carpet is make from plastic fibers, which most people aren’t allergic to. Of course, if you have wool carpet, and are allergic to wool, you have a problem. In that case remove the wool carpet and replace it with a non allergen material.


Avoid Premature Replacement Costs and Disposal in Landfills

Proper cleaning helps protect your carpet investment and safeguards you from having to replace it before its time. Great news because it also keeps carpet out of the local dump. Maintaining your carpet protects your wallet; just keep in mind that spending money to keep your carpet in top shape is a small price to pay when compared to the cost of replacing it all together. And keeping post-consumer carpet out of landfills is an environmental goal benefiting us all. With more than 300 million Americans, and that number keeps growing, household waste is an environmental concern. Most school children today have learned the new “three R’s, ” which stand for reduce, reuse, and recycle. If spending a little extra effort and, yes, money, on your floor covering helps meet this environmental goal, you ma agree it’s worth it.


Just in time for Spring cleaning! During the month of April, we are offering the chance to win a free standard carpet cleaning package from Thomas’ Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Inc. to include three free standard rooms and a hallway, all with deodorizer. The contest will begin April 01, 2017 and we will draw the winner at random on April 30, 2017. To enter, like our Facebook page, then like, share and comment on the original contest post. Good luck!!


Hiring a A Cleaning Pro

Relax and let the professionals take care of cleaning your carpet. Sounds easy and convenient right? But first, you need to find out what to look for in a carpet cleaning professional to ensure you get the best service. To keep your carpet at peak performance, it is recommended to get your carpet professionally deep cleaned at least every 12 to 18 months.



Regular professional cleaning is just as important to your carpet as having a trained mechanic perform routine tune-ups on your car. Many of the Seal of Approval Service Providers have received special training from The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The combination of IICRC training with Seal of Approval Service Provider status is a surefire way to keep your carpet looking good.


Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Ask the cleaning representatives whether they vacuum before they clean. Then, ask what they do next and what equipment they use. They should apply a pre-spray following the manufacturer’s label, and agitate the carpet’s pile yarns to loosen and suspend soil. There should be a rinse and extraction procedure to remove soil and detergent residue from the carpet yarn. Find out how long the company has been in business in your community. Ask for client references or search the business on the internet and read reviews.


You shouldn’t always go strictly by television advertisements or newspaper ads or even jump to the lowest bid. Having a cleaning representative come to your home isn’t always necessary.  In some instances where they need to evaluate damages or severe stains, it may be needed, but many companies have pre-set charges and are happy to give you a price quote over the phone. Obtain a written agreement (usually these will be on the invoice they will provide you) and be aware of any extra charges for moving furniture, routine spot removal, deodorizing or preconditioning.  Most final estimates should be discussed with you when the technician arrives and pre-inspects the home.

TIP: SHOW the technician the problem areas and spots or pet stains that need special attention prior to them beginning.


As when cleaning carpet yourself, you must stay off the carpet until it is completely dry. And don’t move furniture back until you are sure it’s dry. If the furniture goes back too soon, rust or stains (from paint or finishes) could mar the carpet permanently.


Above all else, look for professional, clean, respectful and knowledgeable technicians and office staff.  They should be able and willing to ask you questions, answer your questions, book an appointment, be on time, respect your home and have the proper tools and skills to perform the service you ask for. Research the company you are interested in having come out to your home and make sure they are an accredited source. “Your cleaning and carpet decisions are decisions about your health, environment, and style.”




Removing Nasty Spots and Stains

With today’s stain resistant carpets, treating spots and stains has never been easier. With proper patience and prompt attention, most common household spills can be removed. Or, you could just avoid spilling on your carpet in the first place! (Realistic….right??)

Preventing soiling and spills is really all about planning in advance, whether for a party or for everyday living. But no matter how hard you try, spots and stains are bound to happen. What your carpet is made of will give you clues about which cleaning solution will work best. Natural fibers absorb more moisture than man-made fibers; therefore, drying takes much longer and the risk of tracking soil is far greater. Check the pH of the cleaning solution. Wool requires a neutral or slightly acidic pH. Man-made fiber can withstand more alkaline solutions, which cut grease and suspend soil faster. Check your manufacturer recommendations if you’re not sure what to use.

Removing Spots and Stains

Act quickly! Many spills can be removed when immediate action is taken. The longer you wait, the higher the probability that the spill will become a permanent stain. No carpet is completely stain proof. So to knock out spots, give them a one-two punch!

STEP ONE: Absorb the spill

Blot liquids with a dry, white absorbent cloth or plain white paper towels (no prints or colors) (Warning: Use of a printed or colored material may transfer ink or dye to your damp carpet!) Start at the outside of the spot and continue toward the center to prevent the stain from spreading. Blot until barely damp. Semi-solids like food spills may need scooping with a spoon. Solid, dried bits can be vacuumed up. (Warning: Do not scrub! Scrubbing can damage the carpet because fraying and texture change is the likely result. Use a soft white cloth to blot the spot.)

STEP TWO: Treat the spot or stain

Use a CRI Seal of Approval carpet cleaner. Make sure to add one to your shopping list before an emergency arises. Though these have been laboratory tested, make sure you have pretested any cleaner on a hidden area of your carpet.

Follow the product’s directions carefully. Generally speaking, apply a small amount of the cleaner to a white cloth and work in gently, from the edges to the center. Blot; don’t scrub. You may need to do this several times to remove the spot.

  • Use plain water: surprisingly, water often works better than untested carpet cleaners.
  • Use a detergent solution: Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a clear (nonbleach, nonlanolin) dishwashing liquid with 1 cup warm water. Try this on spilled wine and smeared chocolate. Never use laundry detergent; it may contain bleach or simply be too harsh. 
  • Use a white vinegar solution: Mix 1 cup white (not red wine or cider) vinegar with 1 cup water. White vinegar (5 percent acetic acid) is sometimes more effective on tannin (a weak vegetable dye found in tea and coffee), and it leaves no residue. However, be careful because acids can set some other dye stains.

Don’t overclean!

 Zealous people can get into trouble when trying to remove stains and spills from the carpet. Remember to:

  • Properly mix solutions so you don’t create too strong a concentration. In truth, more isn’t better
  • Use the right amount of water and don’t keep the carpet damp for long.
  • Use the right solution on the stain or spill.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s directions. In particular, test the product on a hidden spot of the carpet before applying it where all can see the results.


Question: What is one of the worst stains? Answer: Paint is high on the list. Don’t take chances. Use a drop cloth during any painting projects, covering every inch of carpet.

(credit: CRI carpet cleaning tips for dummies)




Ten Reasons to Have Carpets Cleaned Year Round

As the weather warms and people head outdoors, it is important that you don’t lose sight of what needs to be done inside. There are many reasons why carpets should not be neglected. Doug Berjer product manager for CFR, manufacturers of recycling portable carpet extractors, offers these top ten reasons to have carpets cleaned year round.
Properly cleaning and maintaining carpets:

1. Prolongs the life of carpeting. Regular carpet cleaning using the extraction method can increase the life of carpets significantly, protecting your floor-covering investment.

2. Protects indoor air quality. Carpets trap airborne pollutants; however, eventually those pollutants must be removed in order to protect the carpet and maintain indoor air quality.

3. Makes carpets easier to maintain. Most carpet soiling is made up of dry soils; when carpets are kept thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis, most dry soils can be removed with regular vacuuming.

4. Removes spots and stains. As with other soils, spots and stains can attract more soiling. Removing them promptly protects carpeting from damage.

5. Prevents buildup of allergens and bacteria. Moist soiling of carpets can result in the buildup of several unhealthy contaminants.

6. Enhances the appearance of any room. Clean, well-maintained carpets speak volumes about the overall cleanliness of a home or facility.

7. Improves worker morale. Workers feel better about their work environment when it is clean. This includes the carpeting.

8. Makes carpeting look and feel clean and fresh.

9. Removes dust mites and bedbugs that may have found a home in carpets.

10. Maintains the carpet’s warranty. Most carpet warranties require that carpets be cleaned using the extraction method within a specific amount of time, usually every 12 to 18 months.

What You Should Know About Pet Odor

For many dog and cat owners, pet odor removal from carpets is an unfortunate fact of life.

It’s important to fix the issue as soon as it is detected, for a couple of reasons. Animals have a tendency to use the bathroom where they detect the scent of urine or feces, so the problem could become much more difficult. Pet odor removal must also be done immediately because if the soiled patch of carpet is allowed to sit for too long, it will require more dramatic methods to get rid of it. If the animals are allowed to soil the flooring for weeks at a time, and the fabric is not cleaned thoroughly every time, the carpet may need to be replaced, which is significantly more expensive and obnoxious than dealing with the issue in the first place.One of the rules for carpet odor removal is to act promptly, because once the stain has set in it will be harder to extract the visual and olfactory traces of it. An often overlooked cause of unpleasant odor is mildew that has resulted from the floor covering or the padding beneath it getting overly wet and staying damp. The growth of bacteria is a side effect of allowing a spill or accident to settle into the carpet fibers, but it is also something that can easily be prevented.

When it comes to carpet odor removal, the do-it-yourself cleaning solutions pale in comparison to the work that can be done by a qualified professional service. They have worked with all sorts of stains, textile materials, brands, and carpet constructions, and can put that knowledge to good use when determining the best method of treatment. Experts have the machines and experience to handle floor coverings that have been roughly and routinely used. Usually, their cleaning solutions are stronger than those that can be bought over the counter. A spot that has been soiled repeatedly may have more than just dirty surface fibers, as the backing and the floor underneath may be contaminated too.
Even floor coverings that are not marred by stains or emanating smells require some routine maintenance to keep them at their best for longer. Regular care and upkeep results in a longer life expectancy of the floor covering, and provides an overall cleaner indoor environment. Although a professional may employ the same method of treatment for removing scents, the steam cleaner, their training and previous hands-on involvement usually yields a more satisfactory and thorough job than a DIY approach. (Credited article of the IICRC)
If you are looking for qualified professional carpet cleaning service in the Clarksville-Montgomery County, TN, Oak Grove, KY, Hopkinsville, KY, and Bowling Green, KY area, please give us a call at 931-552-7847.


We take pride in providing a large service radius to our customers. Not only do we service the entire Clarksville/Montgomery County area, but we also provide our carpet cleaning services in Oak Grove, Fort Campbell, Hopkinsville and are now happy to announce “Bowling Green Thursdays!” Our technicians will be available for cleaning services in Bowling Green, KY on certain Thursdays of every month.  Our office staff will be happy to schedule an appointment for you and let you know what days and times are available. Give us a call and let us show you why we are one of the top ranked Carpet Cleaners in the area! (931) 552-7847


Thank you Clarksville, Tn for a great 2009, it has been a pleasure handling your carpet and flooding needs. We look forward to serving you in 2010. Hope you have a prosperous 2010.

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