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St. Louis Carpet Repair Experts Explain the Dangers of Torn Carpet

“OUCH!” That’s the sound of your guest tripping over a tear or unsecured edge in your carpet. You may not realize it, but carpet damages like this act as an environmental hazard that can contribute to falls. When you think of hazards on the ground, you may consider wet floors, exposed wires and dangerous debris that may cause you to slip or trip. However, damaged carpeting can pose a number of threats to visitors if not properly treated. Sams is here to help you rethink these dangers, and provide the fix you need to help ensure a safe environment.

Why Torn Carpets are a Major Hazard?

Torn carpets create an uneven area on the ground. Although guests may not notice the snagged areas, there are chances a foot could get caught in the seams, resulting in a fall and potential injuries. We at Sams Carpet Cleaning & Repairs always stress the importance of carpet preventative maintenance so that further unexpected situations like tripping on the carpet, doesn’t happen and that no one gets hurt. Safety first, everyone!

What Causes Torn Carpet?

It doesn’t take much for carpet to unravel at your residence or place of business. There are a few things that contribute to the tearing process:

Pet Damage

You thinking about locking Fluffy and Fido in the bedroom again? Yes, you want your four-legged friends to settle down when the company arrive, but leaving them locked in a room may lead your pet to digging their way out of there. The clawing at your carpet isn’t the only thing that will cause ripples on your floors. Let’s just say, the other thing is nasty and will lead to the destruction of your floor’s padding. Not only will pet urine stink, the deposit will weaken the carpet and eventually separate it.

Vacuuming

Vacuuming is an essential part of proper maintenance, right? You want to practice vacuuming your carpet in high traffic areas regularly, but when doing so, make sure you pay attention to the material on the floor. Running a vacuum over a softer surface can create snags on your carpet and rip out fibers. Fibers are subject to wear and tear, one of the most common causes of torn carpet, and the vacuum help remove them when it’s not treated properly.

Poor Installation

Poor maintenance and lack of attention contributes to the destruction of your floor. If your carpet wasn’t properly installed, expect subtle changes to appear, such as rips and tears, if objects are dragged over the surface. This will potentially lead to additional holes in different section and cause ripples in the carpet. It’s important for the carpet installer to powerstretch the carpet tight for best performance!

Humidity

Humidity is one of the biggest issues of carpet buckling and causing more damage to your carpet. Missouri is known for our humid weather. Due to the constant change of seasons in Missouri and high humid climate, the moisture in the air penetrates the carpet and causes it to expand. Carpet may lay flat again without needing to do a repair once the moisture levels in the air return back to normal. If not, this will cause further damage to carpet if not repaired right away and will tear.

Delamination

Delamination is caused when the secondary back of the carpet separates from the primary backing that is holding everything together and latex adhesive is breaking down. The carpet is now more movable, can buckle and tear. Much older carpets are more likely to have this happen over time or the carpet is defective. If defective, contact retailor or carpet manufacturer who will likely send an inspector to look at the issue.

What Can You Do to Prevent or Repair a Torn Carpet Situation?

There are a few ways you can remedy your carpet:

Properly installed carpet – Speaking of improper installation, carpet should be placed properly by skilled professionals to ensure that it does not snag, catch or become damaged too soon. Sure, your first inclination may be to fix it yourself or replace it, but that’s what we’re here for! For some people, they’d rather repair the carpet then to have the high cost to replace it.

Regularly inspect your carpet – As a homeowner or business owner, walk throughout the premises to check for potential tears to ensure you get it fixed as soon as possible. At Sams, we will come to your home or business, free of charge, to inspect damaged carpet and determine the best solution to restore your floors.

Call the professionals at Sams – If you notice a tear-in-progress, block off the area to prevent visitors from interacting with it and call us! Sams is the St. Louis area’s premiere carpet repair company. We offer a variety of options to restore and extend the life of your carpet including patching, stretching and re-seaming. When you call us, you are assured that you’ll receive a satisfactory experience from our best trained technicians.

At Sams, it’s not just about fixing carpet, it’s about making your home or business whole again. Invite us in so we can help you preserve the special moments your residence or business offers with the best restoration process we have to offer.

 

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Carpet Stain Removal Tips from the St. Louis Area’s Carpet Cleaning Pros

“Darn it!” If you’ve ever spilled a glass of red wine or watched one of the kids sends a tumbler full of Kool-Aid cascading onto the carpet, those words have likely crossed your lips. While many things might be running through your mind in that moment, you have to focus on the best way to address the colored spot that now adorns your carpet. There are a number of things you should do, and a couple you definitely shouldn’t. The Sams Carpet Cleaning and Repair team has you covered! We’ve assembled this list of actions to take immediately to help ensure that stain doesn’t stick around.

Tip #1: Act Quickly to Remove Liquid

The first step is to extract as much liquid as possible out of the carpet. To do that, blot the affected area with a white or light-colored cloth. Apply pressure with the heel of your hand to absorb as much of the liquid as you possibly can. Remember, you only want to blot the area. Do not rub! The more it seeps into your carpet, the more time it will have to adhere to the carpet fibers, increasing the likelihood of permanent damage. Also, avoid using colored or printed towels on the spill. The dye from the material may transfer onto your carpet, leaving you with an even bigger mess than you started with.

Tip #2: Be Careful Using Over The Counter Cleaners

Stains and spills are always unexpected and obviously never welcome, so your first instinct might be to reach for a bottle of anything that could take care of the mess. But you might be inviting bigger problems. Before using any over the counter spot removers, which may contain certain ingredients that may cause more problems than they fix, try using warm water in a spray bottle and a white rag. Commercially available cleaning products are typically low quality, and most contain oil, petroleum, silica, or other chemicals. These can leave residue on your carpet, break down fibers, and ultimately, attract more dirt. You might also find different remedies for specific stains online. But be careful what you use on the carpet, because we have seen many customers left with a permanent stain that could have been avoided. If you are using an over-the-counter product, start by applying it in a very small area to see if it works. If not, set it aside and call a professional!

Tip #3: Use Quality Products Formulated for Carpet

If you’re a past customer of Sams, you received a free bottle of our “Outta Sight” spot remover. Outta Sight is trusted by homeowners throughout the St. Louis area, because it is specifically formulated to help you combat colorful spills without damaging your carpet or leaving residue behind. If you do not have a bottle of our Outta Sight spot remover, we recommend avoiding the DIY route completely. Using a product that isn’t made specifically for carpets could cause more damage. And that’s the last thing we want!

Tip #4: Bring in a Carpet Stain Professional

Ultimately, the best preventive action you can take is calling in a professional. We know the impact that different spills can have on carpet, and can create a solution to address the spot without damaging your carpet fibers. Going it alone and using improper chemicals and techniques can have negative long-term effects on your carpet. We want to help you avoid that. The Sams team cares about protecting your investment, and is committed to helping you eradicate unsightly stains.

Next time the red wine or Kool-Aid spills on your carpet, avoid the panic. Know that Sams is on your side! If you’re in the St. Louis region and you have a spot or stain you’re not quite sure how to handle, call the Sams team! We’ll assess the situation and deploy a solution tailored to overcoming your carpet stain.

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The Top Four DIY Carpet Cleaning Mistakes People Make

Are you the type of person who finds the idea of rolling up your sleeves and tackling a weekend project around the house appealing? We applaud you! If that means planting some flowers or trying out a new paint technique you learned on Pinterest, making a mistake or two along the way isn’t that big of an issue. But that’s not the case with do-it-yourself carpet cleaning. The truth is, there are a number of carpet cleaning mistakes we routinely see novices make. In this article, we’ll detail four really good reasons to trust your carpet cleaning to the pros.

Over-Shampooing Leaves Residue Behind

That’s right, folks. You can do too much of a good thing. And in this case, we’re talking about the shampoo (soap) applied to your carpet. We’ve found that many DIYers make this rookie mistake. Not only do they apply too much shampoo during the cleaning process, but they also don’t properly rinse out what they do apply. The chemicals left behind can damage your carpet, and will leave a residue that will transform your carpet into a dirt magnet. At Sams, we use the appropriate product for your specific carpet, in the right amount. And we properly rinse the area ensuring the only thing left behind is fresh, clean carpet fibers.

Over-Wetting Invites Mold, Mildew, and Damage

Since we’re on the topic of rinsing, soaking your carpet in water isn’t the solution to getting a clean surface. If too much water is applied, you run the risk of inviting mold and mildew problems into your home. That excess moisture will lie beneath the surface for a long time before it dries out! You also may see your carpet shrink and begin to tear from the edges or seams. Sams uses a proper rinsing technique that will remove residue and ensure the carpet dries promptly – typically after about a half day. To assist with dry time, depending on the outside conditions, air conditioning or heat, we employ a variety of strategies to ensure continuous air flow, which helps shorten the duration of the drying process.

Overuse of Deodorizers Makes Your Carpet Look Worse

In addition to getting your carpet clean, you want it to smell its best for guests. We get it. You don’t want your floor to smell like Fluffy and Fido rolled around on it after a playdate. Deodorizing your carpet may mask smells, but it’s not a long-term solution or substitute for cleaning. The powder will get stuck in your carpet fibers resulting in a messy, dull-looking carpet. Using too much of this powder can create buildup that can’t be removed with your vacuum.

Cleaning Carpet Yourself May Void Your Warranty

Many carpet manufacturers’ warranties require that the carpet is professional cleaned to keep it validated. Be sure to check your specific manufacturer warranties before you go and do it yourself. When in doubt, contact a professional. It could save you a LOT of money in the long haul!

Avoid the Carpet Cleaning Mistakes with One Call to Sams

Next time you’re considering renting a machine or rolling out all of your over-the-counter carpet cleaning products, consider giving us a call. The Sams team is passionate about providing our customers with the best experience, and making your home a place you can relax and take comfort. As part of our commitment to excellence, we utilize the latest cleaning technology on your carpet for stains or smells, and even bring those high traffic areas back to life with an advanced extraction cleaning system. When we’re done, we will conduct a thorough final inspection to make sure you’re satisfied. Let Sams take the work, and the worry, out of cleaning your carpets!

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Three Carpet Cleaning Myths Debunked

“If there’s a stain on your carpet, who you gonna call?” Sams Carpet!

You probably were expecting the next line in our tune to be ghostbusters, but that myth ends here and the solution to professional carpet cleaning begins. There are a lot of theories circulating around carpets and how you should clean them. Sorry to inform you, but a lot of those so called “facts” are indeed carpet cleaning myths. At Sams, our favorite myth is probably “I have my own carpet-cleaning machine, so I don’t need to hire a professional.” While your home machine may work, it won’t have the same suction power professional machines do.

So, who you gonna to call? That’s right. Us! Here is a list of carpet cleaning myths you may have heard, the reasons they’re false, and the truths you can carry going forward.

Carpet Cleaning Myth #1: Wait as long as possible before cleaning new carpet.

This myth suggests that cleaning your carpets will permanently change the appearance of your floor coverings. We’re here to tell you it’s simply not true. If you wait too long to clean your carpet, there will be damage done to the fibers. Many people believe this myth due to prior experiences with carpet cleaners who leave the carpet too wet or full of residue. At Sams, we do a proper analysis of your carpet prior to cleaning it to ensure you receive the best method tailored to your carpet and environment. When we’re done cleaning your carpet, we work to extract and remove all residues and dry your carpet before moving furniture back in.

Carpet Cleaning Myth #2: You can clean your carpet too often. 

You can’t bathe too often. You can’t wash your hands too often. And you can’t clean your carpets too often. The more often a carpet is cleaned, the longer it will maintain its original appearance. A lot of people aren’t aware that many carpet manufacturers recommend professional cleaning to maintain your warranty. At Sams, our trained technicians provide proper maintenance, cleaning and care to extend the lifecycle of your carpet and preserve its appearance.

Carpet Cleaning Myth #3: Over-The-Counter Stain Removal Products Are Professional-Grade

Over-the-counter stain removers are formulated to treat many types of carpet stains. As a result, these products are made from many different solutions in order to work efficiently with a wide range of stains. These products do more damage to your carpet, and contribute to discoloration. In contrast, a properly formulated, fiber-specific stain remover, such as Sams “Outta Sight” doesn’t reduce the lifespan of carpet. All of our customers receive a free refillable bottle of “Outta Sight” to help with spot regulation in between visits.

Carpet Cleaning Fact: Sams Delivers Smiles and Clean Carpet

Turning dirty, spotted carpet into something you can be proud of is only part of what we do every day at Sams. We are committed to exceeding the expectations of our customers every time we show up for a scheduled cleaning. We utilize a process, specifically geared towards your carpet, to ensure we get to the root of the problem. Not only will our team examine high traffic areas, but they will groom your carpet to assist in the drying process and reduce the appearance of matting and crushing. We do a final inspection of the work because we care, and want to make sure you are fully satisfied. Some stains are permanent and we offer carpet repair services to address those as well. Our professional and skilled technicians will evaluate and determine the best method to approach removing the stain.

“We can’t hear you. Who you gonna call?” If you’re over those myths, and want to treat your home to some professional carpet cleaning it so deserves, give Sams a call!

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Ready for the upcoming Holidays?

Fall is OFFICIALLY upon us, and that means many things: pumpkin spice everything, leaves falling, cooler temperatures and of course, preparations for holiday parties! That’s right, it’s never too soon! There are countless events, holidays and get togethers this time of year and we want to help you stay on top of them and feel prepared!

Halloween is right around the corner, and if you’re someone who likes to throw a haunted house party, there’s nothing scarier than dirty carpets. Thanksgiving is all about being thankful, and this year you can be thankful for stain-free carpets. Christmas is all about family, and the last thing you need is your Aunt Mary calling you out on your dinghy floors. The holidays aren’t meant for embarrassing dirty floors but gathering with family and friends celebrating togetherness!

Now, let’s get into the fun part of the holidays… decorating! We know everyone loves to decorate their home for the holidays (raise your hand if you have a holiday decor closet/self in your house) and of course you want your carpets and floors looking clean and refreshed as well as clean air in your home to be that final touch.  Sams Carpet Cleaning & Repairs is right there with you.  So lets work together to make your home fresh and clean for the holidays that enhances your holiday decor.  From carpet cleaning, carpet repairs, tile and grout cleaning, upholstery cleaning, air duct cleaning to many more services to assist to making your home beautiful for the holidays.  Check out our full list of services HERE.

The feeling of stress and anxiety when it comes to the holiday season is not what we want to feel with the preparations, the food, the where to seat the in-laws question, the cleaning… it’s overwhelming! Let us take something off your plate and help ease the stress. Don’t wait to schedule because you might get that last minute phone call that your family is coming in and staying with you for the holidays (we’ve experienced it, trust us, it’s not fun).

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Employee Spotlight: Phil and Nik Carrino

You don’t often hear about siblings working together, and we have a feeling if you know of any, it might not be the friendliest of relationships or very long lasting. That’s not the case with our favorite brothers at Sams Carpet Cleaning and Repairs, Phil and Nik Carrino. These brothers have worked together for over 11 years at Sams and they still like each other!

To celebrate family, we decided for this month’s employee spotlight to highlight Phil and Nik and learn what it’s like for siblings to work together for so many years.

 

Q: How did you guys end up at Sams, how long have you been here and what are your job title/roles?

Nik: I’ve been here for 14 years, I saw a Sams Van in my apartment buildings parking lot all the time and knew that they did good work. I reached out to them to see if they were hiring and lucky for me, they were! I am the Water Restoration Manager and I often work with the Insurance Companies to help families quickly get their homes back into shape. If you ever have water damage or flooding, I’m your guy!

Phil: I’ve worked here for 11 years. I saw how happy my brother was working here so when I found out they were hiring, I jumped on it. I started out as a Technician, but I am now the Training Manager and Technician Specialist.

Q: Why Sams? What is about Sams that makes us different and special?

Nik: It really does feel like a family, and I’m not just saying that because I work with my brother every day. We look out for each other, we have the support of the other employees and we care for our customers as though they were family. For customers, I believe they really feel that difference and know they can trust us. Customer satisfaction is huge, we go above and beyond to make sure each customer is happy and taken care of to the best of our capabilities.

Phil: It’s not a big, faceless organization. Jeff and Susan get to know all of the employees on a personal level, which I think is pretty unusual. They even attended my wedding last year, and it was wonderful to have them there to celebrate with us!

Q: What do you enjoy most about working at Sams?

Phil: Definitely the people. It’s a fun work environment, relaxed and culture is huge. I also love the Sams commitment to the community and organizations that are important to employees.

Nik: I agree 100%, Jeff and Susan sponsor me at Bike MS each year and I’m extremely grateful for their support. We have fun coming to work every day and it feels laid back and comfortable, we can be ourselves and know that we have the support of everyone we work with. We enjoy coming to work, which is something we know not everyone outside of Sams can say about their jobs.

Q: Any favorite or memorable client stories?

Nik: There’s too many over the years. I love getting to know our customers, some of them have been using Sams for years and have known my brother and I since we started. We’ve even had several ladies make us cakes and snacks when we come out to their house because they’re happy to see us and that we came out to help.

Phil: It’s always my favorite when I see a homeowner’s reaction when they see their freshly cleaned carpet that they thought was beyond repair. Knowing that we helped them and possibly saved them the headache and giant bill of getting new carpet is amazing.

Q: So, the ultimate question. What’s it like working together as brothers?

Nik: Well, it’s certainly had its ups and downs. We used to live together AND work together, and we got tired of each other pretty quick. Once we moved out and lived separately, it was awesome! We get to hang out and catch up every day in small doses, which is the perfect amount.

Phil: I have to look at his face everyday… that can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it. But really, it’s pretty cool to work with your brother and know you have his support.

 

So there you have it, a closer look at our favorite brothers. Thank you to Phil and Nik for taking the time to talk to us and give us an inside look their lives at Sams Carpet Cleaning and Repairs. Stay tuned for our next employee spotlight!

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Back to School, Back to Clean Carpets!

It’s always nice having your kids home for the summer, being able to spend more time together as a family, going on vacations and little road trips and having some help around the house. However… kids in the house for several months straight can mean that your house has become a disaster zone! Think about all the dirty shoes and feed tromping through the house, the snacks eaten in front of the TV and the number of times they’ve rolled around on the carpet playing with the dog. Yeah, after a summer of children in the house, there’s no better time to do a deep cleaning!

Now’s the time to treat yourself. You’ve survived the summer without any major melt downs, and that’s an accomplishment. You’ve entertained children, planned fun activities and been the mediator between sibling arguments. Buy yourself a nice pair of shoes, go to a movie you want to watch and sit back and let the professionals clean your carpets and floors. You’ve done enough this summer, let us take this task off your list!

So why is clean carpet so important? When kids go back to school, they typically get a nice, fresh haircut, a new backpack, some new shoes and clothes and are looking fresh and ready for the new school year. Why not get your house in that same, tip-top, back to school shape? Not only will your carpet look great, smell fresh and feel brand new, but you’re also protecting it and helping it last longer. Who wouldn’t want that?

As your back to school reward, give us a call today to schedule your cleaning. We look forward to helping you celebrate the new school year!

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How to Choose a Carpet Repair or Cleaning Company

While you’re staring at the ripped seams and the stains that won’t remove themselves, you should be contemplating the carpet cleaning or repair company that will be best to contact. If you don’t take anything else from Sams, remember this remedy – utilizing a good, professional carpet repair service company is the care and commitment your carpet needs. There are a few reputable recommendations that you should look for when determining what carpet service to use. At Sams, we give you assurance that you’ll be fully satisfied with a job well done. We are committed to technical excellence and friendly professionalism. Very often, it’s difficult for a homeowner to determine if a professional has the ability to do a proper job. For this reason, Sams recommends only hiring trained technicians to ensure satisfactory service. To further assist in the selection process, Sams has put together a list to aid you through your home’s restoration period.

Choose a Company That Fights Health Hazards

Don’t just pick up the phone when your kids decide to drop their popsicles on the floor, but schedule routine visits with your cleaning service to prevent airborne pollutants from becoming a problem. Good carpet cleaning doesn’t just do away with stains, but good cleaning rids your carpet of contaminants to help with your breathing and overall home health. Sams understands that sometimes it’s the things you can’t see that causes problems in your home. More dirt than you can imagine builds up and interferes with your air circulation. Look for a company that employs experienced technicians that cater to the importance of designation and how to attain it.

Consider the Carpet Cleaning Process

As a homeowner, you have several options when choosing the type of carpet cleaning method you feel is suitable for your space. Some cleaning companies utilize particular cleaning patterns, such as steam cleaning treatments, that call for a drying time. Other companies may use a dry treatment that allows you to walk on the carpet when the process is done. At Sams, we apply the latest technology to make sure that your carpet is pre-treated for stains or smells. We perform a water rinse to remove residue to ensure that your carpet stays cleaner longer. Before our team leaves, we will groom the carpet pile to assist in the drying process. Choose a company that accommodates your family during the process.

Hire Certified, Trained and Skilled Technicians to Treat Your Home

Your home is a significant investment and you want to hire a company with a qualified trained team to make sure your warranties and life of your flooring is good for many years to come. But you also want convenience that you can count on, and that’s exactly what you’ll receive when you call Sams. We only ask for one thing when you contact us: allow us to take the responsibility and stress off your shoulders. The company you use should supply you with a skilled team to get the job done and get it done right! At Sams, we are committed to excellence and professionalism with every visit that is scheduled. Not only are we equipped with the best equipment and techniques, but we are covered. We are Insured and Bonded, and a Certificate of Insurance is available upon request. Call around and get quotes from several companies, and inquire about whether they’re insured or not.

Now that your search is over, we encourage you to give us a call. Sams can ensure you ease when using our services. We don’t just care about your carpet, we care about our people and your home. We take invitations to our customers’ homes or businesses seriously, because we understand home is where the heart is.

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Did Fido Damage Your Carpet? Help is Here!

If you have any pets, it’s safe to say that your home has probably suffered from a few battle scars. Our four-legged friends are part of the family, and just like family, pets can become a pain. Humans are very hard on carpets as well, but pets tend to participate in the damage at times. Dogs can dig or chew holes in carpets, and cats use their claws on carpets and furniture to create the perfect scratch pad. The results of a scuffed surface are visible on carpets and furniture, but there are ways to repair without spending much time, effort and money. Lucky for you, there are a few options for repair.

Cut that Carpet

This is our go-to method for carpet repair. We will completely cut out the section of the carpet and replace it with a piece of donor carpet. Ideally, we would utilize leftover carpet cuts from your builder if possible. You can always source the carpet from the back of a closet or inconspicuous space that closely resembles the carpet that’s being replaced. This also works for holes, burns, stains (you know, potty stains, hair balls, etc.) and fading.

No Potty on the Pad

Going potty can become a problem when it’s the carpet that’s being utilized instead of the outdoors. Pets are creatures of habit, and if their owners aren’t aware of their pets routines, this can ruin the property. When these accidents happen many times on the carpet, the urine is absorbed through the surface and saturates underneath the pad. This tends to happens when your pet continues to go in the same spot. If the stain is still wet, cover the spot with paper towels or white cotton towel under the soiled area. Stand on this area until it’s barely damp then rinse clean with water and blotting dry. Follow up with our Sams “Outta Sight” Spot Remover and you’ll forget the stain ever existed! If the stain is already dried, we can detect pet areas using ulv lights to identify pet stains and determine what method will best remove that stubborn stain. Do you have a repeat offender of accidents in the house? We can go in, pull up the carpet to clean/seal  the subfloor, replace padding and clean and treat carpet as well as backing, and then restretch carpet.

Re-Seam

If your pet is one of those “diggers” trying to bury his bone or dig a hole to China, you might notice that the carpet is coming apart at the seam. We have a process that will bond the carpet seams back together! This will save you money on new carpet and will get your damaged carpet back together in no-time. That digging might be good exercise for your pet, but we don’t enjoy it happening on our carpet and furniture!

Get Rid of the Stink
You might get the carpet spotless, but notice that there is still a distinct odor. This just might be one of the most frustrating things! What you might not know is that we have several odor control services that will get your house smelling like a daisy (or at least not like we dog). We offer Enzyme treatments , which will quickly hunt down and kill odors in your home. We also use an Ozone machine that purifies the air in your home. Filters alone can’t stop many indoor pollutants for goodness sake, put down that can of air freshener.

Although these are useful tips, as always, Sams is here to help with any questions or concerns. Our team consists of trained technicians who performs proper inspections to identify the best course of action to clean stains, remove odors and repair the carpet. We are committed to excellence and professionalism, and we want you to have all the information you need to make educated decisions for your home. We’re here to help restore the value in your home, and we’re starting at the surface.

Feel Free to contact us at any time. Don’t let Fido’s accidents ruin your day, we can help!

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Extending the Life of Your Carpet

Whether your carpet is new or old, you should know how to properly take care of it.  There are a number of simple things you can do to help keep your carpet looking fresh and new.

  • Vacuum: To prevent normal wear and tear, you should vacuum your carpets at least once a week. Vacuum daily if you have pets or high traffic areas.
  • Shoes: Take them off when coming inside.  When you walk around outside, your shoes pick up soil and residue that will then be transferred onto your carpet.  Not wearing your shoes on the carpet will help your carpet stay clean and therefore live a longer life.
  • Furniture: Move it around on a regular basis. Rotating your furniture so that you’re not always walking on the same area will keep an even amount of traffic across your carpet.
  • Air Ducts: Keep them clean. If there is dirt and debris in your air ducts, it will eventually make its way to your carpet where it will then live until the next vacuuming.
  • Mats: Use walk off mats a few steps before entering a room. They will help get the loose dirt off your shoes before walking on the carpet.  Have a more aggressive mat by outside doors to better agitate your shoes and rid them of as much dirt as possible.
  • Steam Clean: We recommend having your carpets steam cleaned at least once a year by a professional. A fresh water rinse will be applied to your carpet after the cleaning to ensure that there is no sticky residue left over.  This will keep your carpet cleaner, longer!
  • Products: Make sure everything you use on your carpet is made for carpet, especially spot removers. All Sams customers receive a free bottle of our Outta Sight Spotter, which should be used in small amounts and the spot should be blotted from the outer edges inward.   If you are using an over-the-counter store bought product, we recommend that you test it out in a small, inconspicuous area first.  Always make sure your carpets are thoroughly rinsed so there is no residue left behind.
  • Protection: Adding a carpet protection will help extend the life of your carpet. Sealant-based products will seal the fibers of your carpet so they won’t hold in soil.  Your carpet will still get dirty but it will be much easier to clean up.
  • Padding: A good padding underneath your carpet will help protect it from shock and therefore live longer. Padding is more durable now than it has been in the past so it won’t break down near as easily.

As a side note, we also do not recommend putting rugs directly on top of carpet.  This can cause the carpet fibers to crush much quicker because you will be putting constant pressure on the carpet.  Having rugs on top of carpet could also cause discoloration on the carpet underneath.  However, if you want to have a rug on top of carpet for decorative purposes and plan on leaving the rug there indefinitely, then go for it!

As you can see, there are many things you can do to help extend the life of your carpet.  If you have any questions or concerns about how to care for your carpet, contact us today and we will be happy to help!

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