Don’t Worry, You Can Keep Your Carpets Clean During Summer

Summer’s finally here! That means the kids are out of school and your days are filled with activities both in and out of the home. With all of the neighborhood barbecues, graduation parties and family get-togethers over the next three months, it’s important to keep your carpet in tip-top shape. In between professional carpet cleanings, here’s how you can keep your carpets clean during summer vacation:

Take your shoes off (and ask others to do the same)

This is really the easiest thing you can do to keep dirt, allergens and any other “outside world” contamination out of your house. Just by taking off your shoes, you can make your home cleaner and healthier, especially for those dealing with allergies right now. It’ll also preserve the life of your carpet.

Don’t hesitate to ask your guests to remove their shoes as well! Chances are, most of them do it in their own house, too, and are more than happy to oblige. Just remember not to push it if anyone is especially attached to their sneakers.

Mats can mean more than “welcome”

If socks and barefeet are a step too far for you, consider adding more mats in your doorways. Whenever people see a welcome mat, they’re first instinct is to wipe their feet. This significantly cuts down on the grime they’re tracking inside. A great trick for maximum effect is to add a mat outside your front door along with one immediately inside. Double the mats equal double the clean! Plus, if anyone does want to take their shoes off, mats provide an excellent gathering place for them.

Vacuum regularly

Vacuuming is like brushing your teeth, the more you do it, the better. By vacuuming at least once a week, you’re refreshing your home on a regular basis. Trying sprinkling some baking soda before vacuuming each spot for an extra clean carpet.

Leave the heavy lifting to the pros

Of course, vacuuming alone won’t keep your carpet clean, just as you can’t brush alone without ever seeing the dentist. For a truly thorough clean, you should get a professional carpet cleaning every six months. Renting a carpet cleaner machine may seem like a simple fix (and a way to cut costs) but the hidden fees rack up quickly. Not only do you assume risk of the machine breaking down, but they can cause significant damage to your carpet if used incorrectly. Hiring a professional carpet cleaner comes with peace of mind, along with an amazingly clean carpet!

How are you keeping summer dirt out of your house? If you’re due for a professional carpet clean, contact us today!

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Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpet in 3 Easy Steps

We are incredibly lucky to live and work in McMinnville, OR. In addition to the beautiful town and wonderful community, we’re right in the middle of Oregon Wine Country! Being surrounded by some of the world’s best wine means we know a lot about Pinot and how to get unsightly red wine stains from carpet. Afterall, you can’t truly enjoy good wine if you’re worried about tiny spills. Don’t let red wine stains ruin your fun, especially during Oregon Wine Month! Follow these three easy steps to spot clean and remove red wine stains from your carpet.

Note: As with any potential stain, the faster you can start cleaning, the less likely the spill will cause any permanent damage.

Step One: Blot Away

This is an incredibly important step for preventing stains on an area rug or carpet, no matter the cause! It absorbs any excess moisture from the spill, meaning you’ll have less to clean up! Make sure you’re blotting the red wine spill, rather than wiping it. Wiping your spill only spreads the wine around. Instead, blot the wine and soak up as much as you can.

Step Two: Dilute the Wine

Being from the heart of Oregon Wine Country, we know a thing or two about good wine and we would never suggest diluting red wine. However, when the wine is on your carpet, adding a bit of cold water is a great idea! Pour just enough to cover the carpet stain. This makes your continued blotting much easier.

Step Three: Make a Paste

Here’s our secret recipe to remove red wine stains from carpet: mix three parts water to one part baking soda. Once the ingredients are mixed together, cover the spot on your carpet. Now, let the paste dry. This is a hard part because we usually want to keep working until everything is cleaned up, but you need to let it sit for a bit. Once the spot is dry, vacuum it up. You’ll be amazed to see the red wine stain disappear!

We firmly believe every true wine lover should be able to enjoy a nice glass of Pinot noir from McMinnville and Yamhill County without stressing over little spills. This Oregon Wine Month, you can relax knowing your carpet won’t be permanently damaged from a red wine stain. If a small spot turns into a bigger mess, or you’d like to start over with a newly cleaned carpet, contact the professionals at Morris Carpet Cleaning today!

Cheers!

7 Benefits of Professional Carpet Cleaning

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How often do you think about the condition of your carpets? Probably not as often as you ought to. We walk across them, our animals sleep on them, our kids play on them — think about how much dirt, dander and grime accumulates underneath the surface! While frequent vacuuming helps to maintain a clean carpet, there are some benefits that only professional carpet cleaning can provide.

Maintain a Healthy Home

  • Rid your carpet of dust mites. Your carpet is a playground for these microscopic creatures. You often share your home with them without even knowing. Unfortunately, vacuuming isn’t enough to evacuate these little visitors. However, a professional carpet cleaner has the equipment to steam clean your carpet — killing and ridding your home of your unwanted guests.
  • Extract trapped pollutants. Dirty carpets harbor several sources of indoor air pollutants, including dust, pet dander, aerosol remnants, and smoke residue. Frequent traffic on your carpet will agitate these pollutants releasing them into the air. Using cleaning agents, professional carpet cleaners will cleanse your carpet and remove deeply trapped pollutants.
  • Prevent mold growth. Carpets that are exposed to frequent moisture either through high humidity or recurring spills are highly susceptible to mold growth. If not properly dried, the moisture will sink into the carpet fibers where mold and mildew will gladly make their home. Prevent mold and mildew growth with the help of a professional carpet cleaner and their high-powered cleaners and dryers.

Avoid Causing Unintentional Damage

  • Don’t fray your fibers. These days, there’s always a DIY option. People love to save money and find a way to do it themselves. However, as an inexperienced carpet cleaner, you can often do harm to your carpet by inadvertently tearing and sucking up fibers. A professional has higher quality equipment and experience to avoid this damage.
  • Dodge discoloration. When cleaning carpet yourself, it’s common to be inconsistent with your cleaning patterns. Cleaning one area more quickly than another can cause discoloration and an uneven overall pattern when dried. A well trained technician knows how to avoid this.

Help Your Carpets Last Longer

  • Don’t let dirt sit. Allowing dirt, sand and other particles from the outdoors to sit in your carpet will accelerate its deterioration. Frequent vacuuming along with occasional visits from a carpet cleaning service will ensure that your carpets will look new and remain fresh.
  • Treat stains appropriately. Stains can be very tricky to treat. Depending on the substance spilled, the home remedy solution or supermarket cleaners may not do the job properly. A professional carpet cleaning service has experience with all types of stains and has access to the solutions that will best treat your stain.

A clean carpet is important in maintaining a healthy home. We know that it’s not always easy to care for your carpets when you’re busy with work and family and other priorities. So take the pressure off yourself and schedule a professional carpet cleaning appointment with Morris Carpet Cleaning of Oregon.