Properly Cleaning Carpets, a Step by Step Process for Homeowners

Properly cleaning carpet in a home or office involves several steps to complete the job correctly to maintain the value and look of all of your carpets. Without following these steps, or hiring a professional carpet cleaning company to do them for you means that you are just risking the worsening of the condition of your carpets.

Care and Maintenance of Leather Furniture

Leather furniture is a popular choice because of it’s durability and sleek sophisticated appearance for home or office. The question that often arises is, “how to I care for my beautiful leather furniture, couch, chair or ottoman” etc…

How to deal with furniture dents in the carpet. – Cleaning Tips – Sept. 9th 2011

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Ever move your furniture around just to find that your carpet looks like it now has dimples?

Most of the time our technicians are the ones to deal with that. If you like to rearrange your own furniture but hate the way the carpet looks with dents, here are a couple of tips you can try. Fill a spray bottle with water and spritz it over the dents. Then use a blow-dryer to blow hot air over any moistened areas. The heat helps the carpet rebound, just be careful not to melt the fibers. Fluff up fibers with your fingers.

Or try to steam away dents by placing a clean, damp cloth over them, then hold an iron, on medium heat, on the wet cloth for about 30 to 60 seconds. Don’t let the iron touch the carpet directly — it could burn! Again, fluff up fibers with your fingers. These processes usually work well with most carpets. However, Berber and tight weave carpets can hold on to the dents for a longer time so patience is going to have to prevail here. You may need to repeat the process several times. You can place clear furniture “coasters” under small legs to distribute the weight more evenly and hopefully prevent future dents. Most home improvement stores or local hardware stores carry them.

For larger pieces, just ask our techs for some furniture foam blocks the next time we visit your home to clean your carpet, upholstery or tile. We would be happy to leave some with you. Give American Dream Carpet Cleaning a call! We look forward to hearing from you.

Truck Mounted Carpet Cleaning Machines – What Are They and How do They Work?

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A Truck mounted carpet cleaner is a carpet and upholstery cleaning unit that is usually mounted to the floor of a van or trailer. Its cleaning method is hot water extraction. The operator at American Dream Carpet Cleaning will park the truck near the premises of the home or office and connect the vacuum hose and solution line hose into the machine, bring the hoses into the building and connect a carpet cleaning wand to the end of the hoses. Many of the other pieces of portable equipment used in Carpet and floor or Upholstery Cleaning is also carried on our fleet of Modern and clean trucks.

Benefits to the client
Typical small machines start off at 16 horse power and range up to 60 horse power Van powered P.T.O. units, the power this provides offers the very best extraction possible.

Truck Mounted units heat their water by one of two methods:
Heat Exchanger: This heating method uses heat naturally generated by the normal operation of the engine and in some cases, vacuum pump components of the system. Typically, water is routed through a “heat exchanger”, which consists of two separate sections. In one section, the heat is routed. In the second section, the water passes through. The two sections share two sides of common surfaces inside the exchanger and therefore heat is transferred from the “heat side” section with higher temperature to the “solution side” section with lower temperature.

Fossil Fuel:  This heating method uses a separate water heater that uses either propane or heating oil as the fuel source to generate heat. This type of unit is usually less expensive to purchase but ultimately more expensive due to the weekly cost of a secondary fuel.

Traditionally, Truck mounted carpet cleaning machines have been more powerful than portable carpet cleaning units. Recent changes in technology have allowed portable manufacturers to approach the previously unsurpassed power of a truck mounted carpet cleaning machines.  The quick setup and relatively easy use of the truck mount makes it the preferred method of carpet and tile cleaning among most professional cleaners. Regrettably the cost, usually between $10,000.00 to $35,000.00 US, makes it cost prohibitive for many professionals. Currently it is estimated that only 28% of professional carpet cleaners use Truck Mounted Carpet Cleaning Machines. American Dream Carpet Cleaning uses Truck Mounted Machines in Pinellas County.

Main components of the machine
A gasoline or diesel engine powers a high pressure pump and vacuum blower by direct drive. The engine will generally have a starter motor fitted alone with a pull starter and an alternator that charges the battery and supplies 12 volt DC current to all the electrical components. An on demand electrical fuel pump is bolted to the fuel tank or the machine and supplies the carburetor or injectors on the engine with a fuel tank that is normally fitted to the chase of the van to supply the fuel pump. The vacuum blower lifts the dirty water from the carpet and pumps it back to a storage tank on the truck where it is later disposed of in and environmentally proper way.  The high pressure water pump pumps heated water and chemical onto the carpet Heat exchanges or a water heater are fitted to the machine that heat the water up through the exhaust manifold system Or as opposed to a heat exchange some machines have a thermostat controlled boiler that runs on LPG.

A chemical injection system is in place that injects carpet cleaning chemical into the solution line ever on the low pressure or high pressure side depending upon the model of the machine. Most machines have a mixer tank/water box which is a holding tank that store water for the high pressure pump on demand.  Some machines have a magnetic water softener fitted to prevent build up of minerals to protect the pluming components Some systems in America fit a de-ionizer to the plumbing to purify the water to protect the plumbing components and to give greater cleaning effect. A waste tank is fitted to the floor of the van that holds dirty water picked up by the suction hose powered by the vacuum blower Vacuum hoses connect to the carpet cleaning wand that delivers the dirty water to the waste tank and a solution hose that pumps high pressure water and chemical from the high pressure system to the carpet cleaning wand.

Accessories for the machine
Cleaning tools connect to the vacuum and solution hose. Cleaning attachments such as upholstery tools for upholstery cleaning, and power heads and rotary tools for carpet can also be used to further increase productivity and enhanced results on certain carpet types and soil conditions. The attachments to the machine are also an important factor in delivering the right amount of solution and also the extraction of the solution. A well equipped operator will often have a large percentage of the cost of the machine invested in accessories, in order to achieve optimum results. Some of the attachments and a video of one can be seen at
A hose reel can be bolted to the floor of the van for storing the vacuum and solution hoses on. Recently, electric rewind hose reels have been introduced to allow for quicker storage of the hoses.
A main water tank is often fitted to the floor of the van that holds fresh water that supplies water directly to the high pressure pump or the mixer tank. When such a water tank is installed, an on demand supply pump is bolted to the main water tank supplies water to the mixer tank or high pressure pump.

Why is all of this information important to the consumer?

Carpet cleaning professionals like American Dream Carpet Cleaning show a high level of investment in the technology and equipment we use to clean your carpet and flooring surfaces. We are dedicated to bring the very best equipment and therefore service to your door.  The quality of our equipment brings to you the confidence of knowing that our professional staff of technicians has the training and experience to use this equipment with the utmost of care.  We have been cleaning carpets and flooring in the Tampa Bay and Pinellas County area for many years and we think that our services is the very best and most reliable in the area.

Please call us today to get a no obligation quote or to simply ask about the carpet and flooring cleaning and refinishing services we offer.

Clean Carpets in Tampa Bay – Best methods and How to Find a Carpet Cleaner!

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You know its time.  Even though you have been religious about vacuuming your carpets, quickly attending to spots and spills, and varying traffic patterns to reduce soiling and wear, your carpets are ready for a freshening, and you have decided to hire a professional to give your carpets a deep cleaning.

Did you know that all carpets should be deep cleaned every twelve to eighteen months; a thorough cleaning not only revitalizes the look of your carpeting, it also reduces wear, extends its life and may be required in the terms of your warranty.  Here in Tampa Bay, American Dream Carpet Cleaning recommends an even more aggressive schedule of carpet cleaning due to the moisture in our air, the sometimes salty environment and the frequent tracking of sandy dirty into the home or office. But just how should your carpet be cleaned?  There are five accepted methods for cleaning carpets, and one is right for you.

In most new carpets, your carpet manufacturer or retailer will recommend the best cleaning procedure for deep cleaning your carpets.  Always follow these recommendations.  And make sure that if you do hire a professional carpet cleaner like American Dream Carpet Cleaning of Pinellas County, that you ask them if they know the specific requirements that should be met for cleaning your particular type of carpeting.  If you are attempting the deep cleaning yourself, chose a carpet shampoo or cleaning and follow the directions for application and dilution to the letter.  Never use soap, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent or other household cleaners intended for use on other flooring surfaces.  For the best results, be certain to vacuum the carpet thoroughly before cleaning, and apply a preconditioning solution before the deep cleaning process.  These pre-cleaning solutions are mild detergents that begin loosening soil before the actual cleaning begins. Be aware that not following all directions can lead to a significantly shortened lifespan for your very expensive carpeting investment.

There are several ways to find the best professional for your job. You may simply ask for referrals from friends, family or even carpet stores or you may use the Internet to do your own search. American Dream Carpet Cleaning has been in the business here in Pinellas County for many years and we can always happily supply any new customer with a list of satisfied clients that use us year in and year out… Don’t be shy about checking references of your carpet cleaning professionals, American Dream’s employees are always happy to give our customers any information they need to make the right decision about the care and maintenance of their carpet, upholstery or tile flooring.   No matter which means you use to research your carpet and flooring cleaner, be aware of the five basic methods professionals use to clean carpets.  Each has its advantages and disadvantages; discuss with a professional which is best for your carpets before you begin deep cleaning your carpets.

Dry extraction cleaning uses an absorbent compound containing special detergents and solvents that is infused in and around the carpet fibers with specially-designed machines and brushes.  The compound acts as a tiny magnet, attracting dirt, oils and soil in the carpet fibers, and then both the soil and the compound are removed by vacuuming.  This method is recommended for sturdy fibers, including most synthetics, and is especially appropriate for natural fibers like wool and cotton that should not be exposed to excessive moisture.

The dry foam extraction method applies a special detergent solution that has been fluffed into a foam, and then applied to the carpet.  This foam, which is less dense and much drier than a wet solution, is worked into the carpet by specially designed machines, and then removed by wet vacuuming.  Some dry foam machines have their own extraction capabilities, while others need a thorough vacuuming after the carpet is dry.

The hot water extraction method, or “steam cleaning,” as it is sometimes called, is the most common method for do-it-yourselfers and mobile professional cleaners.  After preconditioning carpet areas that have experienced heavy use, the carpet cleaner uses hot water extraction equipment to infuse a pressurized cleaning solution into the carpet.  Suspended soil and the cleaning solution are immediately extracted.  Use caution with the hot water extraction system so that carpets do not become saturated, and accelerate drying in any way possible – using fans, air conditioners, dehumidifiers or additional drying strokes – to avoid possible damage and discoloration resulting from the moisture.

The rotary shampoo method is the classic home carpet cleaning technique.  A machine with rotary brushes injects a cleaning solution into the carpet, and then removes the loosened soil and cleaning solution.  And as with steam cleaning, be certain you carpet dries as quickly as possible.  Never use a machine intended for hard surface flooring to shampoo your carpets – pile distortion and untwisting of fibers can occur, causing permanent damage to your carpet.

The absorbent pad method should be used only by a trained cleaning professional.  In the absorbent pad method, a special machine similar to a floor buffer with an absorbent spin pad is used to remove the soil.  The pad absorbs soil on the carpet, and the soil is then rinsed off of the pad.  The pad must remain saturated with the cleaning solution or damage to the carpet pile may occur.  And regularly change the pad to prevent returning the soil back to the carpet face.

When choosing a deep cleaning method for your carpets, always check the recommendations of the carpet manufacturer, the equipment manufacturer, and your carpet cleaning professional.  The match between your carpet and the right deep cleaning method will give your carpets added years of beauty and wear.

In Tampa Bay, we know that you have a large selection of carpet cleaning professionals to consider for your nest home or office cleaning project and thats why we at American Dream Carpet Cleaning want you to have as much information as you need to make the right decision. Please give us a call if you have any questions, we are always happy to help!

Tile

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As with all flooring, the best care is regular care.  Sweep or vacuum your ceramic tile floors at least once a week, more often if it gets regular use.  Dust and lint can evolve into grime if they are not promptly removed, especially in areas where there is moisture.

Since ceramic tile is often used in “wet” areas of the home, it is likely that it will be subject to different spills and spots.  Simple washing or mopping with hot water and a mild household detergent should wipe away anything that finds its way to your ceramic floors.  The hot water helps loosen any dirt that collects in the spill, and the detergent lifts any oily substance on the floor.  If a “once-over” is not enough to remove all of the spill, try a second pass over the floor with a sponge or mop.  If the spill remains stubborn, you can use a soft brush or synthetic scouring pad to loosen the spot, but do not use steel wool or a metal brush, as these may scratch the surface of the tiles.

After washing a ceramic tile floor, be sure to thoroughly rinse the floor with clean water.  This will remove any detergent residue from setting and attracting more dirt to your floor.

Occasionally, a tough stain will appear on a ceramic tile floor, especially floors with unglazed tiles, but these stains can also be easily removed sometimes with professional help from American Dream Carpet Cleaning.  If you are tired of scrubbing and mopping to never ever get the floor any cleaner, just give us a call, we will surprise you with the extensive capabilities of American Dream Carpet Cleaning equipment and our professional crews.

Even in the tidiest homes, mildew frequently finds its way, especially in bathrooms, spa areas and pool decks.  Some mildew, especially here on the West Coast of Florida is very hard to get rid of. We have special procedures and cleaners that are used to clean the tile and grout in your home or business to rid it of all of the mildew and the unsightly stains it leaves.

Even rust stains can be easily removed from ceramic tile.

The incidence of difficult stains on ceramic tiles is rare; its durability and imperviousness to stains is one of its great appeals, and regular cleaning will eliminate most of the stains on your floor.  But should your tile or grout become a tougher cleaning problem, Call American Dream Carpet Cleaning to bring new life to your floor!.

The importance of regular vacuuming

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Frequent vacuuming is your best defense in caring for your carpet.

The majority of dirt, dust, sand, pet hair and pet dander can be removed by you, with your own vacuum.  We recommend a once or twice weekly, thorough vacuuming with a good quality upright vacuum.

An inexpensive vacuum might remove the top soil but will not be effective in removing the hidden dirt particles deep in the pile.  Make slow over-lapping strokes, moving slightly to the left or right about every four strokes.

Be sure to replace or empty vacuum bags when they are half to two-thirds full and clean with soap and water any washable dirt containers.  If your vacuum has air filters, clean or replace them every four to six months.

Frequent vacuuming with a clean air filter can also have a positive impact on the air quality in your home.

Emergency Water Damage Restoration

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When disaster strikes your home or business you might feel helpless or devastated.  You need a team of professionals that can step in immediately and take charge of the situation.  You need the professionals at American Dream Carpet Cleaning.

We have been providing emergency water extraction services for Pinellas County since 1981.  Whether your water damage is the result of pipe breakage, sewage backup, flood, roof leak or hurricane.

American Dream can handle any size job with 24 hour/7 day availability and response.   When water damage occurs, immediate response is imperative to prevent potential damages such as mold growthStructural drying must begin immediately after water damage is discovered to reduce possible reconstruction costs.  We will work directly with insurance agents and adjusters to assure that you have prompt attention to your needs.

At American Dream you’ll find state-of-the-art equipment to handle your flood emergency from removal to completion of the drying process:

  • Powerful truck mounted extraction systems
  • Infrared thermal imaging cameras for moisture detection
  • Turbo fans
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air Scrubbers to clean the air
  • Wall injector systems to dry out walls to help avoid mold growth

American Dream Carpet Cleaning has the knowledge, experience, highly skilled personnel and the finest equipment to handle your water damage restoration. When your next emergency happens, “Who you gonna call?”

Call the professionals at American Dream!