Kitchen Carpet Spill
A spill on the kitchen carpet can be anything from
a child's cup falling off the table to muddy footprints
around the room. Properly dealing with the kitchen
spill is what seperates the professionals from everyone
With a little bit of common knowledge, many of the
spills that occur can be cleaned up and corrected fast
and easily. Knowing how to react to spills in the
kitchen are what makes things easier than ever.
The first thing to do, is use a bit of common sense.
Its important for you to take very quick action and
be smart about the first steps you take in cleaning
up your kitchen carpet spill. To put it in other
terms - don't let the spill sit.
The longer the spill or product sits on your carpet,
the deeper in it will go. A larger spill that has
time to seep into the carpet and into the padding
and reaches the floor boards is one type of spill
that will need extensive cleaning. Therefore, you'll
need to move quickly and effectively.
You can take different steps to remove spills from
your kitchen carpet. One thing that remains the
same throughout every spill you encounter is that
you shouldn't rub them. Most often, rubbing the
spill will rub them into the fibers of the carpet.
This will make them less likely to come off. Instead
of rubbing, you should consider blotting. Blotting
puts small amounts of pressure on the stain to
allow the cloth or paper towels to soak it up. This
doesn't work the stain deeper into the carpet.
As far as getting the spill out of the carpet, you
can use several methods. First, you should try
and remove as much debris from the floor as possible,
wiping as much as you can up. Then, there are
several routes that you can take.
If you own a carpet cleaner, this will be your
best option. Last, there are several products on
the market that you can use. This will help when
it comes to difficult spills. Unless you have
them on hand, waiting isn't an option. Spills in
the kitchen needs to be handled in a quick and
Since the kitchen spill happens in one of the most
used rooms of the home, you'll need to make sure
that you do a great job in cleaning it up. Because
spills can happen frequently, it is important
that you do a complete cleaning of the carpet on
a regular basis.
Even though kitchen carpet spills are nearly
impossible to prevent, you can protect yourself and
your carpet by knowing what to do. If you keep
your carpet clean, you'll have no problems cleaning
up spills as they occur.
Choosing The Right Carpet Cleaner
Choosing an effective carpet cleaner is easier said
than done. There are many carpet cleaning companies
out there, each one claiming to be the best. With
each one claiming to be the best, it can be very
hard deciding which one is the best for you. If
follow the tips below, you'll have no problems finding
your ideal carpet cleaner.
First of all, you should know what your choices are
in cleaning methods and you should also know which
one is the one you'll want to choose, as there are
several available to choose from. A dry extraction
type of cleaning will use a compound that contains
detergents what will free stains and dirt which will
then allow them to be vacuumed up.
Dry foam on the other hand may be used by applying
foam to the carpet and then vacuuming it up with a
wet vacuum. You can also choose a vacuum that uses
stronger chemicals and a stronger suction to get
dirt up. For your needs, you should choose the
Once you know your options, talk to family and
friends for their recommendations. There are several
places on the internet that offer reviews for
local as well as nationwide carpet cleaners.
You can also get estimates as well. Find out
what the professionals charge and what is considered
to be extra. You should also find out what
chemicals are going to be used, how long the
process will take, and whether or not they plan to
move any furniture.
You'll want to make sure that chemicals used are
going to be safe for you, your children, and
also your pets. If you are using a professional
company, you'll want to let them know what type of
carpet you have. If you don't let them know and
you have a type of carpet that will shrink or
change color during cleaning, you'll probably be
Probably the most important thing, is to know who
is coming to your home. You should always make
sure that you know the history of the carpet
cleaner as well as inquire if background checks
are performed by the company. These steps will
help to keep you and those you love safe.
Follow the above tips, and you'll have no problems
with finding the right carpet cleaner. There are
many types to choose from, as well as professional
If you are considering whether or not to use a
professional carpet cleaner, you should consider
the alternatives as well. First, spot removal
isn't the only necessary carpet cleaning that you
need to do, nor is the vacuuming.
Even home carpet cleaning machines won't do as
good of a job as a pro can do. When you use these
types of carpet cleaners, you can help to preserve
your carpeting for years and years to come.
Last, professional cleaning can help many people
who have allergies to feel better once they have
clean carpet. If you have allergies, a professional
cleaning may be the ideal way to solve just about
all of your carpet problems.
In a nutshell, it makes the most sense to have your
carpet professionally cleaned. It doesn't really
cost a lot of money, yet it will give you the
peace of mind in knowing that your carpet is very
If you've been looking to clean your carpet or
have it cleaned, professional is without a doubt
the way to go. You don't have to bother with it
yourself, yet you'll know that your carpet is going
to be cleaned right - by someone who knows exactly
what they are doing.
How often you need to repair your carpet depends on
you. There are instances such as burns, crushing,
fading, furniture, bleeding, sprouting, and carpet
beetles where you'll want to take action. Most of
the time, you can finish a repair job without needing
a professional, although there will be times when
you will need professional assistance.
Burns occur when a cigarette butt or flame comes
in contact with the carpet. If the burn is small,
the burnt fibers of the carpet can be cut out with
scissors. If the burn is large, you'll need to
replace the area with a new piece of carpet. You
can do this yourself if you know how, or have an
installer do it.
This occurs when loose fibers come out on the edges
of the carpet. To fix this, simply cut the fibers
that are sticking out.
Heavy furniture can result in indentations being
left on the carpet. To get rid of these nasty
marks, you should sprinkle your carpet with some
club soda, place a towel over the area, then iron
it. Do this a couple of times and you will see
your carpet begin to re-fluff.
Shading, crushing, and matting
A lot of traffic on the surface of the carpet will
cause it to flatten, which may give some types of
carpet a shaded appearance. If this happens, you
should brush and vacuum the area. If you can't
fix the problem, you may need to hire a professional,
as this can sometimes be very tricky.
Shedding and snagging
Shedding is a problem of usage, as the fibers will
surface on the carpet. This isn't a defect in
manufacturing, but a normal problem. To fix it,
you'll need to vacuum the area. The snags on
the other hand are tufts that have pulled out of
the surface of the carpet. They will occur more
often with loop pile than cut pile carpets. You
should never pull them off, but instead cut them
off neatly with a pair of scissors.
A carpet is known to have sprouts only when there
are tufts on it, which are longer than the rest.
As pulling on them will only damage the carpet
more, you should trim them off with scissors and
level them down to the rest of the pile.
This depends on the carpet material, construction,
and padding. Humidity will play an important role
as the moisture in the air is absorbed by the
carpet fibers. A humidifier will help to retain
moisture, and you can also spray the surface of
the carpet with an anti static agent.
The best way to deal with carpet beetles is with
a strong vacuum suction. You should always avoid
spillage and keep the surface of the carpet clean
of food. The carpet beetles are quite annoying,
as they feed on wool, hair, hides, fur, grain,
seeds, and flour. If the carpet is infested bad,
you professional cleaner is the way to go.
Bleeding or crocking
Bleeding of the carpet is the loss or transfer
of the color from one section to another. Good
underlayments can help to prevent bleeding to
a certain degree. Crocking on the other hand is
the loss of the carpets color when it is rubbed.
To avoid this, simply avoid getting your carpet
A carpet installation job that is one right can
help you reduce your repair worries to quite
an amazing degree. You can always call a pro as
well, as their services will often end up being
much cheaper than if you were to go ahead and
replace the entire carpet.
Picking Out A Carpet
Carpets are available in many different styles and
colors, although when you shop for your carpet, you
should try to buy the best quality carpet you can
get for the money. Even if you happen to be on a
very strict budget, you shouldn't skimp on your
carpeting or your carpet pad, as quality products
will tend to last longer, wear better, and even save
you quite a bit of money in the long run.
Almost all modern carpets are made from either nylon,
polyester, or olefin. Nylon is the strongest type
of material and also the most widely used. Even
though nylon will never wear down to the treads, it
can fade and get very scrubby in appearance. Buying
the proper padding for your carpet and having it
treated with a stain resistant treatment will help
to make it last a lot longer.
When you pick out a carpet, you need to know how
to tell if carpet is good enough quality. One easy
way to test is by looking at the density of the
carpet. This means the thickness and closeness of
the pile, or each specific strand of fiber.
The closer the fibers are to each other, the better
the overall quality will be. You should stick your
fingers into the rub or bend it to see if you can
feel or see the mesh. The less you feel or see,
the better the quality of the carpet. Another
factor with quality carpet is the twist level or
the number of twists in 1 inch length of fiber - as
the more twists you see, the better.
The density of the pile will affect how the carpet
will wear, while the cut of the pile will affect
how the carpet looks. A plush cut carpet looks like
a field of velvet with even color and it's great
for a formal look.
The saxony cut carpet has irregular cuts of pile,
and provides a great everyday look. Frieze is a
very nubby twisted pile, with a less formal look
although the wear it offers is very good.
When you buy carpet, you shouldn't ignore the
carpet pad. Along with going for the best quality
of carpet you can afford, you should also buy the
best quality of pad as well. The padding will cut
down on noise, and also help to act as a cushion
so it's very important - almost as important as
By taking your time and knowing what to look for,
you won't have any problems picking out your
next carpet. Quality and durability are the keys
to great carpet and pad, which is why you don't
want to rush this process.
Selecting Carpet For Your Lifestyle
Whenever you select carpet, you have to consider many
aesthetic as well as technical areas. With well over
a hundred thousands styles and colors being released
every year, selecting the right carpet to match your
needs can be a very challenging task indeed.
Carpet is available in several different textures,
constructions, colors, and designs - which will open
the doors to virtually any interior design that you
can imagine. The combination of texture and color
will complement the look of both formal and casual
environments, while helping to bring continuity to
the overall room designs.
The most important thing to consider when you shop
for carpet is the amount of traffic that will be
on the carpet that is going to be installed as well
as the area you hope to use it in. The construction
and the texture are both key aspects when you
select a carpet for a specified area and use.
Nylon, polyester, and olefin are the mosty widely
used fibers with carpet manufacturing, with each
one displaying qualities that make themselves great
with specific applications and uses. Even though
nylon is the most expensive type of fiber, it is
also the softest and most resilient, which makes
it great for any room in your home, including those
areas that have a high level of traffic.
Polyester fabric is less resilient than nylon,
although it more cost efficient and offers a
high level of resistance to stains, which makes it
a great choice for areas such as bedrooms or dining
rooms that are not subjet to a lot of traffic.
The fiber olefin is solution dyed, which results
in a highly resistant stain carpet that can be
cleaned easily using a water and beach solution -
without any loss to the color.
Unlike the other types of fibers, olefin is fade,
mildew, and mold resistant, which results in a
carpet that performs well indoors and outdoors.
Keep in mind however, that olefin isn't very
resilient and as a result, it should only be
considered with berber construction.
You can get carpets in either plush or berber
construction. The berber type of carpets are well
constructed with a continuous level loop, while
plush carpets are constructed of loops that have
been sheared, which results in the strands standing
Berber construction carpets don't crush or matt,
due to their high level loops. They are however
harder underfoot, uncomfortable to sit on or lay
down on, and they can easily become damaged by
pets with long nails. Berber carpets are well
suited for high traffic areas, which include walk
ways, living rooms, and entrance areas. They aren't
popular with bedrooms, as their hard texture makes
them a less than attractive option.
The plush type carpets are much softer to walk or
lay on and they offer better sound and thermal
insulation. They tend to crush and matt though
when they are subjected to high levels of foot
The use of nylon fiber paired with a tight low pile
construction will help to limit the amount of pile
and matt crushing, due to the high resilient nature
of the nylon fiber and the added support that is
gained from tight construction.
The warranties for carpet ranges from 5 - 30 years,
with the general rule being that you don't cover
the stairs. Most carpet warranties will require
the installation of new carpet padding as well at
the time of installation in order for the warranty
to become valid.
Steam Carpet Cleaning
The process of steam cleaning your carpet involves
hot water being fed to a spray extraction tool or
wand, coupled to a pump vacuum power unit. The
cleaning solution is injected under pressure deep
into the carpet through water jet nozzles.
The water will then penetrate the fiber all the way
down to the backing. This action will loosen any
embedded soil, remove oil and grease deposits, and
get your carpet cleaner than it has ever been.
There are many types and makes of steam carpet
cleaners available on the market, ranging from small
portables to the large and very powerful truck
mounted units. The principle is the same no matter
what model you pick.
The models that are truck mounted are designed so
that only the hose and the wand are taken into the
area being cleaned. These units are very powerful,
delivering hot water and generating a high vacuum
recovery that can be powered by diesel fuel, gas,
propane, or even by the motor of the truck.
Most carpet manufacturers, fiber producers, and
professional cleaners endorse this process for
achieving soil removal efficiency. With the present
state of art equipment and technology, we are more
than capable of high production and cleaning of
The real disadvantage to steam carpet cleaning are
the problems that are associated with over wetting
and longer drying times. These can be eliminated
however, by a skilled operator who uses equipment
that is well maintained and in good overall
Currently, there are two methods being used with
steam carpet cleaning.
1. This method involves a traffic
lane cleaner being sprayed onto the traffic lanes
and then agitated into the fibers. The entire
area is then cleaned by using a hot water extractor
that has a cleaning solution being injected into
the fibers through the wand.
2. The second method involves a free
rinse emulsifying pre-spray being sprayed onto the
entire carpet, then agitated into the fibers.
Steam cleaning procedures
1. Prepare the equipment and supplies. In
a pump or power sprayer you should mix the free
rinsing pre-spray. In the solution tank of the
extractor, mix the rinsing agent.
2. If you have a lot of furniture to move,
make yourself a floor plan.
3. If the area being cleaned has furniture,
you should remove as much as possible.
4. Thoroughly vacuum the carpet. If the
pile is crushed or matted, use a pile brush to
loosen the soils which will make vacuuming more
5. Pre-spray a good amount of the pre-spray.
6. Using a grooming tool, agitate the pre
spray deep into the fibers then let it sit for 10 -
15 minutes, making sure that it doesn't dry out.
7. Extract the area using a portable, truck
mounted, or automatic carpet cleaner.
8. Repeat steps 5 through 7 until the
entire area has been cleaned.
9. Groom the cleaned area, replace all
furniture that was removed, then clean all equipment
that you used.
Antique type carpets help to add a touch of grandeur
and glamour to your home or office, speaking greatly
about your rich and extravagant tastes. Antique
carpets are beautiful home furnishings and solid
art investments. They aren't just decorative items,
but pieces of tradition, ethniticity, and true class
that dates back thousands of years.
Antique carpets represent enormous range in motifs
and color harmonies and you'll simply lose yourself
seeing the diverse combinations of rich antique
colors and heavy intricate weaving.
The diverse range of antique carpet pieces that you'll
encounter while shopping for them are mostly Oriental
carpets and rugs that portray the mystery and legend
of the far off lands of the Orient.
Antique carpets and rugs are imported mostly from China,
Persia, India, Afghanistan, Caucasus, and Turkey.
Some of the famous weaving areas of such antique carpets
include Kashan, Agra, and many other locations.
Antique carpets have a more artistic integrity, as
they are exclusively hand woven. They are sold all
over the world, with clients more than willing to pay
whatever they have to in order to redefine their home and
decorate in style.
If you are looking to add luster and glamour to your
home or office and are ready to spend a fortune on the
exquisite pieces of art, then you shouldn't wait a single
The first thing to do, is contact one of the several
reliable, knowledgeable, and genuine art dealers
and galleries who deal in antique carpets and
have profound knowledge about the various aspects
of a good and genuine antique carpet. They can
guide you in selecting the best one per your
budget and tastes.
You've got a bit of work to do as well. You should
visit a lot of dealers and educate yourself
about dyes, wools, design quality, and the many
styles of weaving as well. Touch the carpet and
scrutinize them carefully. Beware of the machine
made synthetic carpets that some dealers will
tell you are antique carpets.
Below, are some tips to help you when buying
1. You have to remain careful and thoughtful
while analyzing each piece of antique carpet.
2. You'll also need to try and understand
the age and origin of the carpet that will in
turn give you a much better insight about the
overall quality of the carpet.
3. You'll also need to look and see if
the edge and borders are there in the antique
carpet you intend to buy, as the end and edge
borders are sometimes lost or even cut out on
purpose. Keep in mind that the borders will
determine the overall value of your carpet.
4. Keep an eye out for holes and moth
attacks that are both common when dealing with
antique carpets. These problems must be attended
to before you buy the carpet.
5. You should always deal with dealers who
have the prices marked on the carpet. See to it
that your dealer sticks to that price.
Removing Pet Stains
There are many different products available on the
market that will help you to remove almost all types
of stains. The ideal solution in minimizing or totally
removing stains is by simply cleaning the spills
and dirt the moment they crop up. Cleaning them up
won't even require you to leave your home just to
rush out and buy the expensive types of cleaning
There are several ways to clean up stains simply by
using products already available in your home which
you use on a regular basis, such as detergents,
rubbing alcohol, vinegar, lemon juice, etc. Its
simply a matter of knowing how to use these common
household products and the procedures involved to
clean up stains. Below, you'll find some tips on
how to clean up pet stains and some other types of
common carpet stains.
For your first option you can use one teaspoon of
clear, household type ammonia to a half cup of
cold water. You can use this solution in a spray
bottle or apply it to the carpet directly. It is
very important not to wet the carpets backing when
you apply the solution. After you have applied
the solution, use paper towels to blot then allow
it to dry completely.
For a second option, you can use detergent solution
made of hand soap or dish soap. The combination
is one quarter of a teaspoon detergent to one quart
of water. You should always make sure the soap
doesn't contain bleach or lanolin.
The third and best option, is to use water, it
can re-hydrate the stain to help with removal. Most
types of pet stains can be cleaned up by using a
steam cleaner. Once you have finished, be sure
to dry the area as thoroughly as possible.
1. You can purchase isopropyl rubbing
alcohol at your local department or grocery store.
2. You can apply it by pouring some onto a
clean white towel or cloth. You can use paper
towels as well, as long as they are white.
3. Blot the stain as much as possible
until it is removed.
4. Make sure you be careful, because if the
stain is small, you need to blot in one direction
only so you don't spread the stain.
Beer and wine stains
1. Mix a solution with one part white
vinegar and one part water.
2. Apply the mixture to the stain using a
spray bottle to saturate.
3. You should allow the stain to sit around
ten to fifteen minutes.
4. Use a sponge and clean in a rubbing
5. Rinse the area with warm water.
6. Brush the carpet pile back into the
natural direction it has.
7. By using layers of white paper towels,
place paper towels on top of the area, then something
with weight on the paper towels. Allow everything
time to sit like this until the area has dried.
Todays Carpet Trends
Going beyond beige
Long ago, when the choices of carpet were limited
to basic beige, the designers tended to treat it
more often than not as a neutral background for
rooms. These days, with numerous patterns, textures,
and colors to choose from, the carpet is quickly
emerging as the focal point in many interior
Although you may think the need for neutral carpet
has faded away, it hasn't, as Berber is still an
excellent choice. Unlike the plain choices of the
early 1990s, the versions of today offer more
pattern and texture. Even the traditional types
of Berber carpet offer more visual interest with
more extreme differences in pile being cut thicker,
with deeper loop textures.
Color being sprinkled against a neutral background
will add interest and dimension while helping to
mask spots and spills. The flecks of color are
now appearing against tan, beige, and cream type
backgrounds as well as in other neutrals as well.
Colors and textures
The major shift in new products is going towards
layered color and softer texture in carpet. The
combination of pattern and texture will always
be a popular choice simply because it minimizes
soil and vacuum marks. The other advantage here
is that the color and texture offer a more
distinct styling and plenty of fashion appeal
The new products are rapidly changing the
perception of carpet as not only being a
background to showcase other furnishings to
the possibility that the carpet can become a
focus for design as well.
The new manufacturing capabilities have produced
several new looks with carpets that are constructed
with cut and loop yarns. Some examples include
bows, swirls, lattices, plaids, pin dots, and
By taking advantage of these choices, you can add
a great deal of interest to the room and in
sequence with the florals, stripes, and other
patterns on windows and furniture. The carpet
pattern and texture will also increase the
perception of quality and value in the carpet,
and will add a much broader element to the
surroundings as well.
These days, carpets can do more than just protect
your sub floor. They can add a new level of
comfort and warmth to your home, with literally
thousands of choices available. Carpet is
easier than ever to clean as well, making it
more than worth worthy of being in your home.
With several different trends and new and exciting
colors to choose from, the carpets of today
can make your house come alive. The carpets
will add new meaning to your rooms, making you
appreciate your home even more. If you have
older carpet in your home now, you shouldn't
wait another minute to upgrade. Once you take
a look at all of the choices you have, you'll
want to get that new carpet in now - as your
floor with want to thank you as well!
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