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Mar
29

Stage Your Home To Sell

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Are you preparing to sell your home? If so, it is important to know that there are many things you can do to appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers! All you have to do is stage your home in a way that draws attention and shows off the best qualities of your home, and consider a professional carpet cleaning in Vancouver WA.

Consider staging your home with these staging tips in mind:

Bright day light coming into living room with burning fireplace, grand piano and white leather sofa.

Bright day light coming into living room with burning fireplace, grand piano and white leather sofa.

Get rid of clutter: To begin removing every day clutter, make a house rule that for every time something new comes in, something has to leave. Take the first step by asking yourself what you can live without!

Organize your furniture into groupings: Take the time to furnish your space by floating furniture away from walls and positioning them into cozy conversational groups. Plan your pieces so that the way traffic flows in a room makes sense. This will make your space user friendly and open up the space so buyers can see themselves living there.

Transform rooms to add value: Prospective buyers love seeing space for a guest room, workout room, or home office! So take the time to transform extra rooms to fit those roles!

Pay attention to lighting: One thing that makes your staged home look welcoming, is using lighting in a smart way. One extra tip is to increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures to improve lighted areas. Stylists recommend that you have three types of lighting in each space including: ambient (which means general or overhead), task (this can be a pendant, under-cabinet or reading light) and accent (either a table and wall mount).

And last but most important: Have your carpets professionally cleaned!

New homebuyers might first show interest in your home because of its location, size, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and etc, but whether they make an offer might depend on the carpets.

Homebuyers will see dirty or dingy carpets as a project they have to take on before moving in, and that is not good!

If you are concerned about the condition of your carpets and are considering replacement, you may be surprised at how much difference a professional carpet cleaning can make!

Cleaning your carpets will also help remove odors from your home, especially if you have pets. This will make the home show better once you put it up for sale.

So if you are preparing to sell and are looking for the professional convenience of carpet cleaning in Vancouver WA, contact us at Xtra Touch Carpet Care today!

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If you own a pet, you simply know that when a dog’s gotta go, a dog’s gotta go! Their “go outside” schedule does not follow yours, so sometimes they will have to go outside even when it’s raining!

Xtra Touch Carpet Care Photo of Dog with Rainboots OnOnce they’re done, you have to let them back inside, even if they spent some recreational time digging, stomping in puddles, or rolling around in the mud! This dilemma has you facing the possibility of muddy paw prints all over your carpet and having to schedule a carpet cleaning in Vancouver WA!

To make your life just a little bit easier, here are a few tips that to keep those muddy paws off your carpet:

Invest in absorbent mats: Many homeowners see these mats as a life savior when it comes to soaking the water from their pet’s paws. Putting one mat just outside the entrance of your home and another on the inside can reduce the amount of moisture that enters your home.

Consider wiping their paws: To further protect your carpets, wipe your dog’s paws while they are still standing on the mat. An old towel will do the job just perfectly. Once their paws are clean and dry, they can be allowed to come into the house.

Try dry dog shampoo: A towel will get the job done, but to ensure dry and clean paws, you can apply dry dog shampoo.

Consider dog booties: Avoid cleaning your pet dog’s muddy paws after every outing by giving your pet booties, preventing their paws from getting muddy and wet, and save you lots of time.

Keeping your pet’s paws clean this rainy season is a feat in and of itself, but it is well worth it to protect the carpet in your home.  To provide further protection, schedule a cleaning with our professionals at Xtra Touch Carpet Care today!

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Jan
19

How To Restore Your Water Damaged Carpets

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Carpet Cleaning and Stain Removal

Whether your home has been flooded due to a burst pipe or inclement weather, water can cause major problems with your carpet! The good news is that with quick action and proper procedures, it is possible to save your carpet! That is, if you bring in a professional carpet cleaner in Vancouver WA!

Here’s why…

If your carpets become water damaged, a professional possess the correct tools, skills and expertise to properly clean and restore them back to original condition, free of smells or stains.

It is important to realize that there are several different types of water damage, and they need to be treated differently. Water that contains raw sewage and could pose a significant risk to your health is known as “black” water. If it not properly cleaned up using the correct methods, the carpet will be destroyed, and even worse, your family’s health could suffer.

It is also important to remember that water can cause damage that is far beyond what you can actually see on the surface. Your experts at Xtra Touch Carpet Care understand this and will be able to implement effective cleaning procedures. We will be able to let you know whether or not the water-damaged carpet can be restored or salvaged.

If you have a carpet with water staining, here are the steps you can expect from a professional:

  1.  The water will first be extracted from the carpet and underlay using a powerful water extraction vacuum.
  2.  Drying equipment will be installed to thoroughly dry the affected area.
  3.  The air will be dehumidified in order to prevent further damage.
  4.  Once the carpet has been completely dried, it can then be deep cleaned using appropriate cleaning solutions.
  5.  Finally, further treatment may be applied to prevent the build-up of fungi.

For more information on carpet cleaning in Vancouver WA or to hear about our services, contact Xtra Touch Carpet Care, your local specialist today!

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clean-carpetSometimes, what you hear is not always true. You may find yourself stressing over information that is completely not accurate.

When it comes to carpet cleaning, there are many myths that you should consider ignoring! Understanding these myths will allow you to do a better job at keeping your carpet clean.

Myth #1: I don’t need to hire a carpet cleaning professional because my carpets don’t look dirty!

It is important to regularly clean and vacuum your carpets even if they don’t appear dirty! Waiting until the carpeting looks obviously dirty before beginning any cleaning efforts, can actually damage the carpet because this gives the dirt and grime longer to sink in. Surprisingly, some experts say that just one square foot of the average nylon wall-to-wall carpeting can hold more than a pound of dirt, allergens, and dust, and tan and brown carpet can hide it very well!

Myth #2: It’s ok to clean it yourself at home!

Carpet and moisture are 2 things that do not mix well! For this reason, many carpet manufacturers do not recommend store bought, carpet cleaning machines. In many cases, they soak your carpet, which can lead to mold growth! Instead, consider regular professional carpet cleaning services, at least once a year.

Myth #3: I have a carpet protectant, I don’t need to worry about or address spills and stains!

The scotch guard on your carpet is only meant to add a level of protection. Stains can still cause damage, and while they won’t soak in as quickly, they should still be addressed right away!

When it comes to carpet myths, don’t always believe everything you hear! If you stumble upon any questions or you want to be sure of a rumor you have heard, click here to contact your carpet professionals in Vancouver WA today!

Click here to read about our carpet care services!

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clean-carpetAs the weather turns colder, the winter season will bring rain and snow that will not be nice to your carpets. While it may be an exciting and cozy time of year, it is important to pay attention to what is being tracked inside and onto your floors.

This time of year can mean dirty, muddy, and wet carpets! Don’t fret, there are plenty of things you can do to protect your carpets from the rainy weather that blows in this time of year.

  • The most important way you can protect your carpets is to make sure that everyone who enters your home removes their shoes by the front door.  This small thing will alleviate all of the mud from being tracked into your home on the bottom of shoes.
  • Removing shoes can also save you a lot of time spent vacuuming and sweeping leaves and dirt off the ground.
  • If you have family pets, you should consider wiping their paws before allowing them inside.
  • You can also invest in rugs and doormats, you can reduce the amount of grime that comes into your home.
  • You can also place decorative rugs in hallways, entryways, and other high-traffic areas, to protect your carpets from stains.
  • Lastly, you can have your carpet cleaning professional in Vancouver, WA help you keep all of your carpets looking great year round! Contact Xtra Touch Carpet Care today to discuss all of your carpet cleaning needs!

Click here to read about how we can get you through the cold and rainy season!

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After Cleaning

Adding upholstered furnishings to your home can offer a touch of style and function. Over time, your couches, chairs, and other upholstered furnishings will begin to experience wear and tear. With a reliable and experienced carpet cleaning company in Vancouver WA, you can easily have your upholstered furniture restored to a beautiful condition.

Whether you are in need of couch cleaning, chair restoration, or other furniture cleaning services, here are the benefits of seeking professional upholstery cleaning:

It can extend the lifespan of your furniture: One of the top benefits of using a professional for your upholstery cleaning is that you will extend the lifespan of your furniture. When your couch or stuffed chair becomes dirty and stained, chances are that you will want to replace it. That said, with the amazing cleaning power that we offer at Xtra Touch Carpet Care, you can restore your furniture to like new condition.

It can improve the quality of the air inside your home: Along with the benefit of extending the lifespan of your furniture, professional upholstery cleaning can also improve your indoor air quality. Having your upholstery professionally cleaned, can help ensure that you and your family are breathing the cleanest air possible.

It will help you remove unsightly stains and spots: Whether you have a coffee stain or red wine stain on your couch, or have been noticing other spots and stains that are bothering you, you might want to consider scheduling professional upholstery cleaning. With the advanced cleaning technology, we can completely eliminate any unsightly stains on your upholstery.

After your professional upholstery cleaning with Xtra Touch Carpet Care in Vancouver WA has been completed, you will be able to love your beautiful upholstered furnishings again!

Click here to read about our upholstery cleaning services!

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family-petWe have all experienced pet urine on carpet at one point at one time or another…. Obviously it usually is an accident, usually through the animal being a baby or from being kept inside for too long.

If you are a pet owner who believes that your cherished pet could never do any wrong, remember that even the best trained animal can have an accident now and then.

Depending on your unique situation, this scenario could lead to a full range of odors. Every animal is different and so is their odor.   Regardless of this, having your carpet or upholstery cleaned on a regular basis can help catch the problem early and reduce your chances for permanent damage.

Waiting too long to tend to the pet urine can lead to your carpet needing to be lifted, because urine can travel down and penetrate the underlay, or even the floor boards!

So if you have a pet and suspect that the carpets or upholstery are harboring urine deposits, contact a carpet cleaning professionals at Xtra Touch Carpet Care in Vancouver WA.

Click here to read more about pet spot removal in Vancouver WA today.

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carpet-stains-removedMany people think that carpet spots and stains are the same thing, but in carpet cleaning lingo, they are completely different things!

So what is the difference between a spot and a stain?

  • Spots occur when things spill onto the carpet but do not chemically bond to the fibers. An example of a spot might be the dirt from heavy traffic areas, food, or spills
  • Stains on the other hand are spills that can actually cause real damage to the carpet or change it in one way or another. Things that might cause this to happen are motor oil, grease, or other hard to remove liquids or materials

The biggest difference between spots and stains is that sports are organic, and stains are not. In some cases, a stain might not even be visible to the naked eye. If the soiling agent is transparent like oil, dust will cling to the agent, and when you vacuum or clean the carpets, the dust on the stain will remain.

In some cases, washing the carpets can actually reveal a stain that was being covered by dust or debris.

So how do you tell the difference between a stain and a spot?   The answer is pretty simple, a “stain” changes the tint or hue of the carpet, it is actually a stain, but if the color is completely different than the rug, then it is most likely a spot.

For help determining spots from stains, or to enlist a carpet cleaning professional in Vancouver WA, click here!

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color repairHomeowners will often choose frieze carpet for its superior comfort and durability, but it can sometimes be more difficult to clean than your other options.

Frieze carpet is designed with a deep pile and twisted fibers that lie flat, while other carpets will stand up. Since frieze carpets lie flat, they will resist compression much better than other textiles. With regular grooming, this carpet selection can last years or even decades without deteriorating.

One great way to maintain your frieze carpet is to have them professionally cleaned on a regular basis.

The positive and negative part about frieze carpet is that it tends to hide solid debris and can be tough to deal with when stained. The random textile fiber pattern causes stains to spread out in an unpredictable way. Keeping your frieze carpet clean might mean regular maintenance and an occasional professional cleaning. When you hire a professional, they will dry vacuum the flooring several times to loosens up solid debris and make it easier for the vacuum to pick it up. Once the carpet is clear, they can be cleaned in an appropriate method.

As long as your carpets are groomed on a regular basis, they can last a long time and remain soft and beautiful. Click here to contact us for professional carpet cleaning in Vancouver WA.

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cleaning-carpetsAre you nervous about hosting guests in your home due to the smell of your carpet? You might even find yourself walking into your home and wondering where that foul odor is coming from. Unfortunately, carpet odors do not go away on their own, so you must take action.

Here are some easy-to-follow steps for getting rid of carpet odors in your home:

Air it out: Fresh air is a great start for improving the stuffy and musty smell in your home. Consider opening windows, and making sure that your screens are in place. You can air your home out for a few hours each day. You can also try tuning on a fan or two around the home as well.

Vacuuming: To keep your carpet clean and high quality, regular vacuuming is a must. This can help you eradicate many of your odors quickly and effectively.

Rely on a cleaning deodorizer: An all-in-one deodorizer can help to cover up many smells that might be lingering in your carpet, from mold and mildew to smoke smells.

Call a professional: If you are noticing that the odor in your carpet is just not improving after using these techniques, it might be time to hire a professional that specializes in home carpet cleaning. In many cases, they will have special services tat might include carpet protection and pet-odor cleaning.

At Xtra Touch Carpet Cleaning, we pride ourselves in helping homeowners keep their carpeting odor-free and looking great. Our process is fast drying, meaning you can walk on your carpeting in about two hours. Click here to learn more about removing odors from your carpet today.

 

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Residential

  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Carpet Sales and Repairs
  • Carpet Installation
  • Color Repairs
  • Carpet Re-Stretching
  • Rug Cleaning
  • Upholstery Cleaning
  • Odor Removal
  • Spot and Stain Removal
  • Hard Surface Floor Cleaning
  • Referral Program

Commercial

  • Commercial Carpet Cleaning
  • Commercial Carpet Repairs
  • Commercial Carpet Installations
  • Office Upholstery Cleaning
  • Color Repairs
  • Carpet Re-Stretching
  • Other carpet Damages Repaired
  • Odor Removal
  • Tile and Grout Cleaning
  • Referral Program

The Xtra Touch Referral Program

You can earn FREE MONEY OR SERVICES with our REFERRAL PROGRAM! For every new customer you refer, we will automatically send you a referral certificate, which is valid for one year. It is just as good as cash, and it can be used for any of our services.
If you want to take advantage of our Referral Program, just call our office today to get some FREE TRIAL OFFER certificates. This is a risk-free way to have your contacts try our services, while you get money-saving certificates to use on your next cleaning.