Dog damaged carpet

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Did your pet decide to chew on the carpet? Are you now afraid that you will lose your security deposit? Are you trying to sell your home? If you live in Meridian, Idaho and you have pet damaged carpet, we can help. We have been repairing carpet for over 12 years.  We have the tools and the experience to get the job done right. Take a look at some of the carpet repairs in Eagle Idaho that we have done.

Carpet is what we specialize in and we can help you save money by repairing and cleaning it. Carpet is a big investment and if it is cared for and maintained, it will last a long time. We can take a remnant piece of carpet and use it to replace the damaged areas. If you do not have a remnant piece, we can take some from an inconspicuous place like a closet and perform the repair. If you want it done right, then give us a call.

We are your Boise carpet repair specialists!


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Tile Cleaning

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We have just recently added tile cleaning in Boise Idaho to our list of services that we offer. Tile can be a source of headaches for the homeowner. If you have ever tried to clean your grout yourself, then you know what I am talking about.

Grout is a very porous surface that absorbs dirt and oil and does not like to let go of it. Understanding the chemistry of cleaning will help the removal of the dirt and oil. A cleaning chemical that works on the kitchen tile will not always work in the bathroom. This is because of the elements that are bonding the dirt with the surface. For example: Dirt and oil that is on the kitchen floor will be removed easily with a high pH (high alkaline) cleaning chemical. In the bathroom, the dirt and oil is most likely bonded to the grout with water deposits. Water deposits usually are the result of hard water (this causes the spots on your glasses). Hard water needs to be removed with a low pH (acid based) cleaner.

This might sound confusing to you, but when you understand what chemical works where, then you can save a lot of time and money when cleaning.

Let me give you some examples:

Kaboom- this is an acid based cleaner that is excellent in bathrooms. It dissolves hard water build up and helps separate the stubborn dirt and oil from the bathroom surfaces. Most products that are labeled as bathroom, shower, or toilet cleaners are acid based.

Oxiclean- I hesitate telling people to use this product because it is an oxygen bleacher. I see bleach spots in carpets all of the time from Oxiclean. Oxiclean is made with Sodium Per-carbonate. Please do not put this stuff on your carpet. If you did, and it did not bleach it, then you got lucky. I see this ALL of the time. Trust me on this! For hard surfaces, it works great. It is a high pH cleaner. Dirt in itself is an acid, so using an alkaline based cleaner will remove it. Pine-sol, Windex, dish soap are all examples of alkaline cleaners.

Over the counter products have their limitations. These products are sold to average homeowners that have no training with cleaning products. Therefore they have to be safe. Professional products are stronger and are for professionals that have had some training and know how to use them. So when the tile and grout in your home needs some professional TLC, then call Carpet Geek!

I hope this posts helps with some cleaning headaches, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call!



Carpet Cleaning Frequency

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I’m often asked “how frequently should I get my carpets cleaned?” This question has quite a few variables to consider to be able to answer it.

First is the age of the carpet. As carpet gets older and worn, it looses it’s ability to repel dirt and spills. This is mostly because the factory applied stain-guard gets worn off. It can be very beneficial to have a protector re-applied after getting your carpet professionally cleaned. The technician will have the knowledge and the products to ensure that the protector is applied properly. Over the counter products are not professional grade products and are not as high of quality as the ones that a professional carpet cleaner has on their truck.

The second variable is the amount of traffic that the carpet experiences. An older couple with no pets or kids in the house can go a year between cleanings. Add in children and pets and the frequency goes up. Kids like to eat in the family room (even though they’re not supposed to) and the dog likes to chew on their favorite toy on the carpet too. In addition to this the kids play outside and drag in dirt and mud every time they come inside. It seems like a loosing battle, so carpet cleaning needs to be done more often.

Another factor is the climate you live in. Wet winters tend to be harsher on the carpet as the snow and rain gets tracked in. Dusty climates bring in lots of dirt that gets embedded deep into the carpet fibers. These elements need to be removed by a professional that has the equipment and products to do the job right.

I personally would never go more that a year between professional cleanings. In fact, the major carpet manufactures recommend getting your carpet cleaned at least once a year, using the hot water extraction (steam cleaning) method. Carpet is a germ magnet and a catch all for everything that gravity brings its way. Professional cleaning will kill all germs and remove the soil that gets deep into the carpet. Add in the variables that I have described and the need for cleaning goes up. In my home we have four children and a dog. I try to clean my carpet every six months.

One important thing to remember is that dirt is abrasive. As it sits in the carpet, it scratches the carpet fibers and dulls their appearance. Once the carpet gets scratched up, the dirt becomes harder to remove and can bond permanently with the fibers. Getting the soil removed will increase the life of your carpet and protect your investment.

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