<![CDATA[ELK GROVE CARPET CLEANING - CALL US NOW FOR A FREE ESTIMATE! - Blog]]>Tue, 18 Feb 2020 12:03:21 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Is professional carpet cleaning better than doing it yourself?]]>Tue, 18 Feb 2020 13:01:02 GMThttps://herschelcarpet.com/blog/is-professional-carpet-cleaning-better-than-doing-it-yourselfIs it better to hire a carpet cleaner to do the cleaning or should you be cleaning your own? In this article I will tell you why professional carpet cleaning is better than doing it yourself. Why is professional carpet cleaning more cost effective? And most importantly, what are the advantages and disadvantages of doing it yourself versus hiring someone to do it for you?

One of the first advantages of doing it yourself is that it is cheap. The average price of a professional cleaner is around $20 an hour. Not many people can afford that, even if they can afford their weekly shopping budget! So it is far more cost effective to do it yourself. Not only will you be able to save some money, but it is also a great way to get started on your own cleaning schedule, even if you don't have any experience.
In addition to saving money, cleaning your own carpet is also the best way to avoid some of the disadvantages of hiring someone to do it for you. It is cheaper to hire someone to do it than doing it yourself. And the most obvious disadvantage is that you will not have any say in what the cleaning agent does with your carpet.

There are also some disadvantages to cleaning your own carpet, however. First, you will not have access to some of the equipment and chemicals that are available in professional cleaners. These include vacuums, rollers, dusters, blow dryers, and much more.

The second advantage of doing it yourself is that you will be doing it in your own home. When you hire someone to do it for you, you may have to leave your home for the day and not be able to work. Also, you may have to pay for damage to your home or clothes that you've worn while cleaning. Again, hiring someone can be much more expensive.

And the third disadvantage of cleaning your own carpet is that you will have to change your way of life. Not everyone has the time or patience to clean their own carpet. It can take several days to do it yourself. It can also take several trips to the cleaning company, and you will have to pay for gas and travel expenses. This is especially true for businesses who need commercial carpet cleaning services.

The bottom line is that if you need to clean your own carpet, the advantages are just too good to pass up. If you just don't want to change your ways and don't have the time to clean your own carpet, then going with a professional cleaner may be your best option. But if you don't mind doing it yourself and can find someone to do it for you, then there are few disadvantages to doing it yourself.

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<![CDATA[How do you make old carpet look new?]]>Tue, 18 Feb 2020 12:13:46 GMThttps://herschelcarpet.com/blog/how-do-you-make-old-carpet-look-newHave you been searching for an old carpet or rug to give a new look to your home? When your current rug is worn out and it no longer matches your house or decor, here are some tips on how to make old carpet look new. Read on for a few tips.

First, if you have old carpet you want to give a new look, you should first clean the area thoroughly. This will make it easier for you to pick out the right colors. If you have a larger rug, it may be difficult to pick out all the different colors. If you do not have the time to go through all the rugs you have then try to get one that has the same design as yours, so that you can compare how the colors are grouped together.

Clean the area around the rug with a damp cloth to get any stains off. Once you are ready, begin to shampoo the area using a mild solution that will not damage the rug. Rubbing alcohol or bleach will not work as well. Make sure you use a brush to collect the wax or paint that is left behind and not use a vacuum.

After you have shampooed the area, you can now begin to apply a colored polish to the old carpet. Try to use a light color, but make sure that the color you choose will match your current rug. Once you have applied the polish to the rug, you will want to leave it to dry.

To apply the new paint, you will need to spray the rug and go over it in several coats. Once you have applied the paint, place the rug on top of the flooring and let it dry. Take care not to allow the polish to drip off the rug, but instead leave it to dry completely. While you wait for the polish to dry, you can remove the old color from the carpet by applying a few coats of paint thinner.

Once the polish has dried, use a sponge to rub the new paint evenly to the carpet. Allow the paint to dry and then begin to remove the new paint with a soft rag. You can then seal the entire rug by using a polyurethane-based paint. This will protect the rug from future wear and tear.

These steps are only a few tips on how to make old carpet look new, however if you follow them you should be able to find the perfect rugs to match your home decor. Remember that you can also choose to create a special design for your rugs by using stencils. Whatever you choose, your house should reflect the style of your home.

Herschel Carpet is your go to Elk Grove, CA carpet cleaners!
<![CDATA[How do professional carpet cleaners clean carpets?]]>Sat, 15 Feb 2020 19:31:45 GMThttps://herschelcarpet.com/blog/how-do-professional-carpet-cleaners-clean-carpetsIt is key to know what is going to proceed before your carpets get professionally cleaned - from the prices to the procedures that technicians will proceed with in your own home.

First, professionals will come in and asses the rug or carpet that is being called on to be cleaned or repaired.  Furniture may be rearranged so that technicians can appropriately reach the stain.

Most carpet cleaners will then put down a solution that will initially loosen up and dirt, soot or grime that is currently stuck in your carpet or rug.  

Our cleaners at Herschel Carpet will be using a steam cleaning method. This means that we will use hot water that will activate the detergent - there are other methods like hot water extraction.

The finished product is a mixture of water and solution into a tank to get the dirty air out of your home resulting in a clean, dry carpet. The other ways to go about cleaning your carpet is through hot water extraction that is similar to steam cleaning but differs in that there is hot water that gets pumped through a powerful hose system. This hose is hooked up to a hot water pump that can sometimes be over 200 degrees in temperature. this allows the water to really get into any tough stains. At the end of the day we recommend using the steam cleaning for its efficiency and affordable cost. 

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<![CDATA[What can you use in place of carpet shampoo?]]>Tue, 11 Feb 2020 05:35:54 GMThttps://herschelcarpet.com/blog/what-can-you-use-in-place-of-carpet-shampooMost carpet or rugs need a good cleaning every other week. The greatest determinate of how often it should get cleaned is by how much foot traffic the area receives. High foot traffic areas should be cleaned every week with smaller traffic areas being cleaned more infrequently. Carpet cleaning can sometimes be too expensive for a regular joe and homemade solutions are a fun creative way to save some money and keep your house looking clean.

 Instead of using carpet shampoo there are plenty of other remedies you can use to clean your carpet. 

There are three different kinds of solutions: 

Detergent solutions are great ones to use.
Take 1/4 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent into a cup of warm water 
Another solution is using vinegar, take a cup of white vinegar with a few cups of water.
Nail polish remover can also serve as a great substitute. 

Next Steps: take a white paper towel and dip it into the cloth. Make sure to dab at the stain until the solution is throughly mixed into the carpet or rug. Wait a 20-25 minutes so that your solution is completely dried up and then take your vacuum to dry up the remainder of the carpet.  

Repeat these steps until the stain is completely gone. 

There are different solutions that work best on different carpet materials. For dirt and mud make sure that you vacuum your carpet first then dab the carpet with the cleaning solution mentioned above.  Take a look at some quality carpet cleaning vacuums to help you clean your home.
<![CDATA[What is the best homemade carpet cleaning solution?]]>Tue, 11 Feb 2020 05:08:46 GMThttps://herschelcarpet.com/blog/what-is-the-best-homemade-carpet-cleaning-solutionThe best way to jumpstart the professional carpet cleaning process is by taking action. Give us a call, but first be sure to check out all that we offer and then take action as soon as possible!  

Once you identify a stain on your carpet create your own carpet cleaning solution. Many people differ on what they believe is the best mix but we recommend using laundry detergent and hot water in a bowl. Also make sure to grab a rag or a sponge. Pour one half cup of detergent as well as a two cups of water in along with some lemon to leave a clean scent on your rug and or carpet.  

Why this works? There is no harsh chemicals or long term pesticides that will affect you or your loved ones. This is a great first step to take when you identify a stain.  For tougher stains, like wine or chocolate we recommend following a different procedure. 

Take a full cup or white vinegar soda and baking soda and mix them finely together, then add water.  Use a brush to then ease the solution into the carpet. Allow the paste to dry and then vacuum the solution up! We will be on our way shortly.

Overall, homemade carpet cleaning solutions can get rid of more mellow stains but they are not permanent remedies to the situation. It is more similar to putting a bandaid on a wound than taking a full look at the real issues causing the problem.]]>
<![CDATA[Do Professional Carpet Cleaners Vacuum first?]]>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 03:07:29 GMThttps://herschelcarpet.com/blog/do-professional-carpet-cleaners-vacuum-firstMost professional cleaning companies would prefer for the home owner to vacuum before they arrive to remove the first layer of dirt enabling them to get deep into the real dirt. The process takes much less time and allows our professionals to expedite the process, saving you money in the long term as our crew will have to be there for less time. Herschel Carpet will take care of it if you have not already done so with your rug. 

In general, vacuuming is such a key part of the cleaning ritual because it increases the longevity of your carpets.  Carpets are often viewed by home owners as an "investment piece" and should therefore be treated as one.  As more and more foot traffic comes by your residential or commercial carpet and or rug the lifespan subsequently gets reduced. Dirt builds up and those particles start to decay your investment slowly but surely. Even with out heavy foot traffic and constant abuse your carpet is still collecting dirt and particles that the naked eye cannot detect.  This can ultimately lead to allergies and unwanted health issues for your loved ones. A key part of the puzzle is also getting the right vacuum for your house. Do not go cheap and opt for the lower option as you will most likely "pay" for it in the long run. At Herschel Carpet we aim for quality over quantity and this is one area where you should be prioritizing the quality.  

Not only should you be vacuuming, as we recommend at least once a week, but we will make sure that the carpet is prepped and ready to go before our arrival. For our green carpet cleaning we will take a different approach than our standard carpet clean. For more info, check out carpet cleaning wikipedia here. ]]>
<![CDATA[How Much Does it Cost to have a Carpet Cleaned?]]>Thu, 23 Jan 2020 03:00:19 GMThttps://herschelcarpet.com/blog/how-much-does-it-cost-to-have-a-carpet-cleanedCarpet cleaning is so important for ones home or office that price really should not be a big issue. However, we know that most consumers are price conscious and what we say to that is that our rates are some of the most competitive in the Elk Grove, CA area. Most carpet cleaning services typically charge based on the square footage of your house. Costs can vary from $80 - +$450. We offer different rates for commercial and residential properties. 

When you hire our team you are avoiding 3 main things: dirt, mold and allergens.  We serve a 25 mile radius around our office and are eager and excited to give you an affordable quote. To get an accurate price and cost estimate from us please visit our cost calculator page. We will get back to as soon as possible. 

For rough averages, the national average for carpet cleaning is around $55 while the typical range will probably be around $30-$55. Carpet cleaning costs can also increase in certain situations because of difficult to reach places on the floor such as an awkwardly place staircase or jut in the wall. This may cause someone from our team to use another method to clean the carpet such as a hand equipment. 

To keep your costs down and the amount of professional cleans that you need down make sure that you have an entrance mat on your front door or foyer.  This will reduce the amount of total dirt and germs that eventually reach your carpet. Make sure that if you accidentally do get a stain to treat that stain in the proper cleaning way. For an area rug you can clean under your rug so that dirt cannot build up from the bottom up.  

Our tile & grout cleaning is a bit more expensive and would be a less affordable cost. Feel free to give us a ring at 916-584-9568. We are looking forward to hearing from you and always remember that no job is too tough for us to complete.]]>