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Getting Stains Out Of Tile and Grout In Ventura County

Hard-surface flooring is a popular choice and is replacing wall-to-wall carpet as the leading seller in new flooring, in the United States. It is a really good choice when combined with soft textures such as wall-to wall carpet, area or Oriental rugs and sofas, which all need professional cleaning annually. But does tile and natural stone tile such as travertine or marble need professional cleaning? If so, how often? Who should you select to do the job, and what credentials should they carry?

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The grout needs professional care after several years of normal use. Of you have pets maybe sooner. If the grout lines are much darker where you walk than they are near walls and/or under furniture or area rugs, then you need professional service.

The best system used cleaning tile and grout or natural stone- (which is different from honing and polishing)-

  • Your tile and grout is pre-treated with a special cleaning agent to break down oils and to brighten your grout. Then we use either a hand- brush or rotary brush machine to work it in or to pre-clean soiled tile surfaces.
  • Your tile is rinsed with very hot water which is pressurized to 100 PSI through a special rotary tool. This will extract all of the water into a recovery tank in our truck-mounted machine. Nothing sprays outside of the machine- there is no mess in your home.
  • This professional tile cleaning system removes ALL soil, greasy oils, and normal residues that have built up or soaked into the grout. If you have a grout stain or tile soil problem, this cleaning system will give amazing results. However, after cleaning there may be some permanent stains in the grout or the tile, or imperfections in the grout from when the grout was installed. We do highly recommend that you have the grout sealed as part of the job, after cleaning. Our grout sealer is superior to ones found in stores because it protects for years against that porous material soaking up soiled water during mopping, and oils from animals’ fur and feet.

NOTE: DO NOT EVER APPLY GROUT SEALER YOURSELF WITHOUT THOROUGHLY CLEANING THE GROUT.

NATURAL STONE

Travertine, marble and other natural stones can be professionally cleaned with this same system. Also- our polishing process goes way beyond a cleaning to actually remove scratches and bring back the original shine with diamond pads and powders.

 

Finally, make sure that the company you hire is reputable, local, and a certified firm with the IICRC because you should not trust their training of their technicians if they are not an IICRC Certified Firm.

 

 

At Four Seasons Rug and Upholstery Care Camarillo, we have well- trained and industry- certified professionals in ceramic tile and grout cleaning AND Natural Stone polishing for Ventura County, including Oxnard, Ventura, Camarillo, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Santa Barbara and Malibu. Call 805-985-6031 for a quick estimate

Get Your Area Rugs Cleaned In The Spring

Rug Cleaning Is Important Every Year

Did you know that moths swarm in the Springtime?  Yes, and these moths love to lay eggs in your area rugs. When they hatch, the larva  often feed on the wool and other natural fibers, causing a loss of  your favorite rugs an a mess in your home.

Get Them Cleaned At a facility, Not At Your Home

Thorough cleaning and washing cannot be done at your home. We at Four Seasons Rug and Upholstery Care offer the best, guaranteed service in Ventura County with full pick- up and delivery services available.

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How often should area rugs be cleaned?

Carpet and rug manufacturers pretty much all concur that carpets and rugs should be cleaned annually. Our advice- for area rugs in a high- traffic area of your home or office- – every two years at a minimum. This will make them last longer while always looking beautiful.

In- between, vacuum at least weekly and don’t let a beater bar run over fringes or edges.

Finding Local Carpet Cleaning In Camarillo

 Do carpets and rugs need cleaning?

As a homeowner, renter, or business owner, you maybe wondering “do carpets and rugs need professional cleaning?” If so, how often? Who should I hire for the job? What credentials should the company be able to easily provide? What kind of systems, cleaning products and equipment?

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After reading, please call (805) 642-4784  or just click our home page above.

 

What does the carpet mill industry say?

The makers of carpet (Stainmaster, Shaw Floors and Mohawk)  all concur that professional cleaning should be done annually, even if you use your own machine to clean the carpet in- between. And, you must have it done at least every two years to keep the carpet under warranty.

This is because abrasion will occur if you don’t hire a certified pro carpet cleaner to remove the film of soil that collects on each fiber after 12 months. This abrasion will make your traffic lanes look dark- because it’s  not reflecting and passing light normally.

 

Who should I hire?

Stainmaster says only a company who is listed as certified by the IICRC, (who can be contacted by phone) should be trusted. This is because of the extensive training and skill that a firm certified by that organization will have.

What kind of systems should be used?

The top method recommended most by carpet makers for wall to wall carpet, is hot water extraction. That is the same as “steam cleaning.” Again, never hire a cleaner who is not certified by the IICRC to do this, or your carpet may be harmed by getting over-wetted.

TO GET A QUICK BALLPARK QUOTE ON THIS KIND OF LOCAL, TRUSTWORTHY  SERVICE IN CAMARILLO OR ANYWHERE IN VENTURA COUNTY OR MALIBU  CALL 805-642-4784 OR USE THE ONLINE FORM TO THE RIGHT OF THE WEB PAGE

Camarillo Carpet Cleaning Expert Dan Traub

Author Dan Traub is a Certified Carpet Cleaner With 27 Years Experience

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What’s Different About Four Seasons Rug, Carpet and Upholstery  Cleaning

We are looking for a certain kind of client. That person is not a “price shopper” who goes down the list to decide on a cleaning company based on price. They have already heard of or have been directly victimized by uneducated, unethical carpet cleaners.

Four Seasons is at the opposite end of the spectrum from that kind of cleaning company.

Firstly, our company mission is “To provide The Most Outstanding Service Experience Ever.”

The way we deliver that, every time, is through our five values:

l) our REPUTATION– we serve many prominent citizens and celebrities

2) our EXPERIENCE–we have vast experience for any cleaning situation we may encounter

3) our EDUCATION and TRAINING–we send our techs to special schools as IICRC certified cleaners, and we are also authorized by Stainmaster because of that certified firm status.

4) our SYSTEMS–we follow a 12-step system of carpet cleaning for MAXIMUM SOIL AND SPOT REMOVAL WITHOUT EVER OVERWETTING THE CARPET

5) our GUARANTEE–we always deliver on our company mission so we are confident enough to offer a MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE

Why Does Carpet Get Ripples?

Many consumers know that carpet looks its best during the first few years, typically. I have written in previous articles about the importance of regular vacuuming, and regular professional carpet cleaning by an IICRC certified firm.

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Carpet That Needs Restretching In Camarillo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With regard to the ripples that carpet sometimes develops over time, that can be caused by several things. Most wall-to-wall carpet has what is known as “action-back” on the back side. It is made of two plastic mesh pieces, glued together. They are called the primary and secondary backings. Sometimes that backing simply stretches out with traffic and use. Sometimes those ripples can be inherent to the carpet itself, that is to say; a product problem.  It simply tends to stretch out over time and needs to be re-stretched. Soft-back carpet costs more but has less instances of unnatural stretching.

Another cause is poor installation in which the carpet installers did not stretch the carpet in with a tool called a “power stretcher.” To avoid this, always buy carpeting from a reputable, local dealer.

Sometimes, the stretching has been caused by “de-lamination.” De-lamination is where the primary and secondary backing have separated and the adhesive has come apart. This can be caused by flooding (water damage), or sometimes by carpet cleaning done by an amateur or uneducated cleaning professional. To avoid this, always hire a cleaning firm who is currently an “IICRC Certified Firm.”

And finally, sometimes action back carpet can get temporary ripples in it directly after a carpet cleaning job. These are caused by the adhesive in the primary and secondary backings being too absorbent, and they swell up temporarily. As long as the carpet cleaning professional has followed industry standards and has good equipment, and the carpet was never over-wetted, this will correct itself in 72 hours.

How to Correct Rippling

To correct this, the carpet must be re-stretched with a power stretcher or, in a small room, a knee-kicker tool will suffice. Do not try this yourself, hire a professional. Your trusted local carpet cleaning firm can do this for you, and in many cases restore the look of your carpet so that you can get more years out of it.

Summary

So, to summarize, do the following to ensure that your installed carpet will last years and always look great:

Implement regular vacuuming, and hire regular professional carpet cleaning by an IICRC certified firm at least every 12-18 months. If you have pets, more frequent professional cleaning may be necessary.

Always buy carpeting from a reputable, local dealer. Make sure they have a good longstanding relationship with the installer and a guarantee on installation for at least one year. Also, soft-back carpet costs more but has less instances of unnatural stretching.

Looking for Budget Carpet Cleaning?

As  a veteran carpet cleaning business owner, and certified carpet rug and upholstery cleaner, many people tell me that they need to save money on carpet cleaning these days. They need their carpet cleaned and they want to find an affordable price. They use phrases to describe the prices they have been quoted such as “that’s a large chuck of change,”  and words like “exorbitant.”

I tell them that all carpet cleaners are not the same, there are good and bad, and “you get what you pay for.” Then I try to provide them with information to help them reassess their conclusions.

Firstly, it’s important to understand carpet, why it needs to be cleaned and how.

Wall-to wall carpet is usually made of nylon or polyester, or wool, with a polypropylene backing.  The backing doesn’t need to be cleaned and should not ever get wet as the result of carpet cleaning. Carpet makers tell us that we MUST get our carpets professionally cleaned at least every two years, and by an IICRC Certified firm  (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification). If we do that, the carpet remains fully under warranty for about seven years, depending on the terms of your particular carpet warranty.

Folks, carpet cleaning may cost you around three to five-hundred bucks for a house every one to two years, if you vacuum regularly. But the cost of replacing carpet is about ten to twenty times that much!

So let’s not get too hung up on finding the cheapest price.

Here are some of the things people have shared with me, that have happened to them as a result of hiring “bargain” carpet cleaners:

The company doesn’t have reputable, well-serviced equipment and if fails, or in some cases damages the carpet.

The company sends out employees who look scary and don’t have a good appearance.

The company sends out employees who cannot speak English.

The company sends out employees who have an attitude.

The company never shows up.  This is common on smaller carpet cleaning jobs, because if they get a bigger job that day they will just “blow you off.”

The carpet dries slowly, sometimes taking days and days. By that time there are water marks and a bad smell (mildew).

The company sends out employees who don’t honor the original quote given on the phone and  want to charge much, much more for a full “deep” cleaning.  This is called “Bait and Switch.”

By the way, all carpet cleaning jobs should be “deep” cleaning.

There is only two ways to do a carpet cleaning job, the right way and the wrong way. Any carpet cleaning job should be a thorough cleaning with all pre-conditioning included. This will deliver a thorough result, totally clean, without returning spots. That way you get your money’s worth, and you won’t need the service for about another year.

I do recommend ordering “Scotch Guard” or “Dupont Teflon” being applied as well. It will cost a little more but it is well worth it. Just be sure your carpet cleaning professional is IICRC Certified, to ensure they are selling you the service using the best products. You can check this at the IICRC website. Just search in Google for  ”IICRC,” or “certified carpet cleaner”.

Also, make sure the company has a great guarantee. What often happens is this: a consumer does a bunch of price-shopping on the phone, and believes they got a  great bargain on carpet cleaning. The job is done, but when the carpet dries it looks bad, and the customer calls the company back they get voice-mail—and no reply to their calls.

Four Seasons Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning offers a thirty-day guarantee against returning spots. Our motto is “if the spots come back, we come back.” You should not accept less. And, we do feature monthly speciuals on  blog page of our site (News and Monthly Specials).

Now you may be reading this article and wondering “how will I know if I am being overcharged?” Well, what I recommend is to call two or three previous clients of the company you are going to hire, and just ask them if they recommend the company. The company should provide you with references, if you ask.

You may have been looking for affordable carpet cleaning. What I am suggesting is that whether you own your home, or you are renting a house and you need a carpet cleaning after you move out, who can afford to get ripped off? It’s really well worth it to hire a company with a great reputation in the area, and one who can demonstrate real credentials.