4 Reasons Carpets Are Dirtier in the Summer

It’s summertime and the living is easy, but your carpet sure is dirtier. With all the constant summer activities, your carpet takes a lot more traffic than the rest of the year. Here are the top four reasons why carpets are dirtier in the summer – and how you can take care of it:

  1. The kids are home for summer.
    School’s out and the kids are running in and out of the house all day. Your home, and your carpet, just don’t get the same break as during the school year. Have you already started to notice more melted popsicle stains on the carpet? All that dirt from camp is probably transferring into the family room, too. It’s ok, more activity naturally leads to more traffic and distress on your carpets.
  2. Rural areas are kicking up dust.
    Have you ever noticed summer just feels dustier, especially in the country? The nicer the weather, the less rain on rural roads. Whether you live outside town or take weekend trips to Yamhill Valley wineries, you’re bound to get some dust on your shoes and into your house which will settle into the carpet.
  3. Allergies are back.
    There’s just something about summer that makes you want to roll down a grassy hill. Unfortunately for anyone suffering through a particularly harsh Willamette Valley allergy season, you’re probably picking up more pollen and other irritants than you’d like. The second you get home, you’re transferring those allergens onto every surface in your house. Short of building a decontamination chamber in your garage, there’s no way to keep all allergens out of your carpet.
  4. It’s remodel season.
    ‘Tis the season for a new kitchen addition. While a remodel brings an exciting new phase and look to your home, it can also bring dirty work shoes and lots of dust. A professional construction crew should always clean up before they leave. Even with the best intentions though, they’re not professional carpet cleaners. As soon as your new kitchen, bathroom or addition is done, make a thorough carpet cleaning your next priority.

It’s summer and you need a vacation.
The best part of summer is always vacation. You’ve waited all year and truly deserve it. Instead of coming back from the beach or Disneyland to a messy house (one of the top ten worst post-vacation feelings), why not get your carpets cleaned? While you’re doing all you can to keep your carpets clean during your day-to-day life, a deep clean is definitely needed. It’s important to choose trusted professionals like Morris Carpet Cleaning. You don’t want to let just anyone off Craigslist into your home! Make sure the company is licensed, bonded and insured with criminal background checks. A truly professional carpet cleaning company should be able to give you positive references from past customers, so don’t forget to ask!

This summer, don’t worry about the extra dirt, allergens and dust. Trust your carpets, and your peace of mind, with McMinnville’s professional carpet cleaners, Morris Carpet Cleaning. Schedule an appointment today and give us a call!

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!

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!

Don’t Neglect Your Area Rug

Area rugs are beautiful works of art. If you had an expensive painting that got scratched, you wouldn’t just leave it, you’d find someone to repair it and take care of it. The same goes for your rug. Yes, this particular piece of art is meant to endure a certain amount of wear and tear (so don’t try to protect it from normal traffic) but by all means don’t neglect it either. Cleaning and maintenance for your area rug is highly important to prolong its life.

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Area Rug Maintenance

  • Rotate your rug – One best practice for area rugs is frequent (annual) rotation. Depending on how you have your rug placed, some areas may see a lot more traffic or sunlight than others. To even out the wear and tear and avoid over-fading, rotate your rug yearly.
  • Protect with padding – Some rugs require extra padding to be placed beneath it to stabilize and protect it. Check with your retailer to see if your rug will benefit from this extra support.
  • Safely store – Before sending your rug into storage, vacuum it thoroughly or get it professionally cleaned. When storing your area rug, never fold it — always roll it. Ensure that it’s stored in a dry location. Packing it with mothballs is a good precaution against insect damage if your rug is made from natural fibers.

Cleaning Your Area Rug

  • Vacuum frequently – Vacuuming your area rug is just as important as vacuuming your wall-to-wall carpeting to remove dirt, dust, dander and whatever else may be sinking into its fibers. Handmade area rugs often allow for dirt to filter through it, so lift up your rug and be sure to vacuum underneath too! Just make sure to avoid sucking up any fringe with your vacuum!
  • Damage control – If something spills on your rug, the quicker you act, the safer your rug will be. Even just a water spill should be dried quickly using paper towels and a hair dryer. Don’t forget to dry the underside also. With other stains and spills blot up what you can immediately, then consult a professional for further stain removal steps. Trying to clean it yourself could make it worse.
  • Regular cleaning – When the time comes, most area rugs should be professionally cleaned, especially if it’s handmade. If it’s a machine-made rug, check the label for cleaning instructions.

If your area rug is in need of some tender loving care, give Morris Carpet Cleaning a call for a professional cleaning. We can pick-up, clean, and deliver it to your house or you can take advantage of our cash and carry discount (20% off) by dropping off and picking up at our facility.

Presidents’ Day Sale – 20% OFF!

Celebrate Presidents’ Day with us and receive 20% off on all wall to wall carpet cleaning from February 15 through March 15. Take advantage of a great discount on a service that your carpet really needs this time of year.

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Morris Carpet Cleaning of Oregon, owned by the Morris family, is a locally-owned family business. We have been working in the McMinnville community since 1988. We are specialists in residential and commercial carpet cleaning, serving areas including Yamhill County, Portland Metro counties, Salem, and Coastal Communities.

Not only do we clean carpets, but our team’s expertise extends to area rugs, upholstery, HVAC, duct cleaning, window washing and hardwood floor cleaning. Over the years, we’ve grown in order to accommodate more homes and businesses. With the recent addition of our new technician, Mike Miller, the Morris Carpet Cleaning team can now accommodate our customer’s schedules even better.

Winter in the Willamette Valley brings a lot of rain, and mud can often be tracked into your house. At this point, your carpet has probably accumulated more dirt than you want to live with. From holiday visitors to pets and kids, that carpet has seen better days.

Getting your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year is very beneficial for your home and business. Not only do they look great, but clean carpets help maintain a healthier indoor environment for your family and customers. Dirty carpets containing dust mites, animal dander, dirt and fungi spores can pollute your air quality, cause respiratory issues, lead to skin irritation and infection, and aggravate allergies.

Residential cleanings can be scheduled for weekdays between 7:30am – 4pm. Commercial cleanings occur in the evenings by the Morris Carpet Cleaning night crew. Our office is open weekdays from 9am – 5pm. To schedule an appointment call (503) 472-3889.

This Presidents’ day, give your carpets (and your pocketbooks) the “Presidential Treatment” with 20% off all wall to wall carpet cleaning with Morris Carpet Cleaning of Oregon.

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.