Posts Tagged ‘carpet cleaning’


5 Ways to Slow Carpet Wear

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Have you ever walked into a home where you could literally see the path that is most traveled? Wear patterns are something that eventually will happen to ever carpet over time. However, there are some simple things that you can do to help slow down the formation of these wear patterns.

  1. Wear house shoes.

We all know that wearing street shoes on the carpet is not the best of ideas. Wearing socks does help, but house shoes will give added protection against oils that migrate from our feet, through our socks, and onto the carpet. Oils act like a dirt magnet, and just like a magnet, oils don’t like to let go of the dirt gravitating towards it.

  1. Vacuum regularly.

Vacuuming your carpet once a week is a great way to help keep the carpets looking great longer.

  1. Brush your carpets

Brushing the carpet helps to break loose dirt that is stuck to carpet fibers, and allows your vacuum to be more effective as well. It also lifts the nap of the carpet and makes it look pretty. This should be done once a month.

  1. Rotate your furniture

By changing the placement of your furniture every 6 months, you also change the location of where foot traffic falls in a room. This will cause the carpet to wear more evenly. Just like rotating your mattress helps it to last longer, so does rotating your furniture. *Make sure not to drag heavy furniture across carpet. This can loosen the carpet, and my result in a need to have it stretched.

  1. Regular Cleanings.

Every house hold has a different amount of traffic, and wear and tear that occurs over time. If you are noticing darkening in the walk areas, the carpet starting to mat down, or spots that aren’t coming up with general spot cleaning. It is time to clean. Carpet manufactures recommend cleaning a minimum of every two years. On average the standard may look like this:

  • Pet Owners with Kids – every 6 months to a year.
  • Family with kids – every year to year and a half
  • Family with light traffic – once every year and a half to two years.

A Carpet Cleaning Adventure

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Have you ever worried that your carpets are the worst that your cleaner has ever seen? We are happy to share that your home is likely just well lived in. We have seen many things over the years. Some would make you cringe, and others will leave you shaking your head in laughter. In fact we’d love to share some of the funny stories with you.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be posting interviews with our staff about funny and interesting things they have run across in homes. We hope that you enjoy some of these wonderful stories, and that they will bring a smile to your face.

Video Transcript

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Joni: So, tell me the funniest or the strangest thing you have ever seen in a customer’s house.

Ginger: So I went with my husband Ed one day to clean carpets in Idaho.  I was vacuuming and brushing the carpet and I ran into some cat poop that was on the floor. So I said to the lady, “Oh there is some cat poop here,” because she had mentioned that sometimes the cat pooped on the carpet. So I told her “There is some cat poop here.” So she ran over and she grabbed her fork, and her bowl. Her special fork and bowl, and she said “Here you can use this, just pick it up with the fork, and put it in the bowl. That’s what I do all the time!”

[Laughter]

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5 Reasons Cats Stop Using the Litter Box

Monday, September 5th, 2016

CatA few years ago my litter box trained cat stopped using her litter box. I couldn’t figure it out. She had been using the box since I brought her home as a kitten, and the only time she had ever had an accident was when she was accidentally locked in a bedroom.
This new bad behavior was frustrating. She was peeing on towels and clothes, in a corner of the closet, and most frustrating was that she was frequently peeing on my bed. It got so bad that we were doing laundry almost daily, and my husband finally said that if we couldn’t get her to stop we would have to rehome her.  Desperate for answers I called our vet and made an appointment. What I found out would completely change things for my entire family, and my precious little fur ball.

Surprising Findings

Summer wasn’t behaving badly. She was sick. Most cats with well-established litter box habits that stop using their boxes are telling you something is wrong. In Summer’s case, she had a urinary tract infection. For a cat, this is a serious condition, and untreated it can be life threatening. Our vet loaded us up with antibiotics, and a plan to help get our loveable fur ball back on track. Before we knew it she was back to her normal routine.

Here are 5 reasons your cat may have stopped using its box, and some tips to help re-establish good habits.

There are many reasons why a cat stops using the litter box. If your cat is in this boat here are a list of things to look into while helping your cat reestablish its healthy litter habits.

  1. Health related issues. Visit your vet. If you cat does have a urinary tract infection switch to wet food until the infection has subsided, and make sure she has plenty of water. Other issues such as kidney disease may require a specialized diet.
  2. Take the lid off the box. Some cats are claustrophobic.
  3. Add more boxes. Sometimes cats with health problems or who are getting older don’t have the ability to hold it. Getting to a box on the opposite end of the house might be too difficult for her. Make sure there is at least one box on each level, and possibly more than one box on opposite ends of the house.
  4. Have you recently changed to a different brand of litter? Change back. Cats can be very picky.
  5. Is your cat declawed? The granules may hurt her paws. Find a litter that is softer or easier on the paws.

By employing some of these tips you may help your kitty to start making it back to the box.

If you have a pet that is having accidents in the house it is important to have a cleaning plan in place to maintain your items, but also protect your health. There are a ton of products on the market that claim to help clean up pet messes. Unfortunately, some can actually set stains. Check out our emergency spot tips at www.pristinecarpetcleaning-co.com/emergency-spot-tips for what to use while working to get your pet back on track.