How To Vacuum… Seriously. How To Vacuum.

Can we get home economics classes back in schools?  Because nobody knows how to do anything anymore, and that includes vacuuming carpet.

As a carpet enthusiast, I watch you, dear residents of Central Indiana, as you haplessly vacuum your carpet.  I see the disorganized hither-and-yon patterns, I see the overfilled vacuum bags, I see the clogged hoses, and–worst of all–I see how stinkin’ fast you go.

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Do You Trust Your Carpet Cleaner?

Can I brag?  I’m gonna brag.

Today, I cleaned a new customer’s carpet while he was not home.  He told me what he wanted cleaned and he told me how to get inside his house.  And the only reason he trusted me to do this was based solely on my reputation. 

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Why Does My Carpet Get Dirty Faster After It’s Been Cleaned?

Yes, your carpet gets dirty faster after it’s been cleaned.  But why?  And does that mean you should wait as long as possible before cleaning it?

It’s funny, if you research this topic on Google, you’ll find page after page of articles claiming it’s a myth carpet gets dirty faster once it’s been cleaned. 

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How Often Should I Have My Carpet Cleaned?

The industry recommendation is to have your carpet cleaned about twice a year.  But your mileage may vary.

If you have six kids, three Rottweilers and a stray cat that sneaks inside and pees in your houseplants, you may need to have your carpet cleaned more often.

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How To Remove Cat Urine From Carpet

I’ve got good news, and I’ve got bad news.

As I’m sure you know, cats are scientifically proven to be massive jerks.   Sure, they’re cute and stuff.  But when they decide to start peeing on your living room carpet, you just want to wring their little necks.

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How To Remove Wine Stains From Carpet

Wine is actually one of the easiest stains to remove from carpet.  Here’s how…

First, please don’t use white wine to try to remove a red wine stain.  It will just spread the stain out and make it bigger.

Also, the following steps work only on synthetic carpet, which you probably have. 

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How To Patch Carpet Stains

Some carpet stains can’t be removed.  The only way to get them out is with a patch.  Here’s how to do it…

Tools You Need (And Substitutes If You Don’t Have Them)

 

 

1. Flat screwdriver.

Used to separate carpet fibers, which leads to cleaner cuts.

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How To Remove Rust Stains From Carpet

I’m about to tell you how to use a chemical that’s so insidious, so dangerous, so profoundly EVIL… you must double-dog pinky-swear that you won’t kill yourself using it.  Or, at the very least, lose a finger.  Or an eye.

If you’ve ever tried to get a rust stain out of your carpet, you know it’s impossible. 

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Is Carpet Cleaning Safe?

Dangerous chemicals.  Scalding hot water.  Carbon monoxide poisoning.  These are just a few of the ways carpet cleaning might KILL YOU!

Maybe I’m exaggerating… but not much.

Here are the three biggest dangers when it comes to using a professional carpet cleaning service, and how to avoid them.

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How To Remove Carpet Stains With Ammonia

Ammonia is a fantastic carpet stain remover, and I’m about to teach you exactly how to use it.

But first, realize it only works on synthetic stains like artificial food dye.  Think Gatorade or Kool-Aid.  These drinks are full of red, yellow and blue dye to “enhance their appeal”. 

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