Serving Nampa ID & Surrounding Areas
08 Jul 2013

The importance of vacumming….AGAIN!

Vacuuming is the single most important thing you can do to maintain your carpet. Well all get busy, and we all neglect it from time to time. We recently had a cleaning appointment where we pre-vacuumed the carpet prior to cleaning, and this is what we found…

As you can see there was a lot of dry soil particulate. This dry soil damages the carpet over time and causes it to prematurely wear out. Soil and dirt have thousands of sharp edges that cut away the carpet fiber over time. We cannot stress enough how important vacuuming is to extend the life of your carpet in between professional carpet cleaning.

Vacuuming Checklist

In order for your vacuuming to be efficient there are a few things you will want to do…

  • Check Filters: If your vacuum has any filters you will want to clean them after every use, or at least regularly. This will ensure you have proper suction so the dry soil can be removed from the carpet.
  • Check Hoses: Check any hoses your vacuum may have for debris/lint/hair. This is simple to do – you can detach the hose and take it outside and flush water from your garden hose through it to remove any clogs. A metal coat hanger also helps remove any stuck debris as well.
  • Check Vacuum inlet: Underneath the vacuum near the beater bar there is a vacuum inlet port that carries the soil to the bag, or dirt cup. It tends to get clogged if larger debris is swept up, and a results loss in suction/vacuum occurs.

These three things are the most common issues with vacuums that we see. The vacuum doesn’t work properly, and many people go and buy new when it simply could just be a maintenance issue.

  • Check and Clean the beater bar: The beater bar becomes ridden with hair and lint over time. It is good to clean it periodically so that it brush off the soil from the carpet.
  • Check the power cord: For safety reasons you want to make sure there are no exposed wires or damage to the power cord. There are many cases in US every year where frayed and damage power cords cause fires. If you notice damage you will want to have it repaired, or buy a new vacuum.

As we mentioned before in a previous blog post the type of vacuum isn’t as important as to actually doing it regularly. A good rule of thumb is to vacuum common living areas 2-4 times a week depending on use, and amount of people living in your home. Living rooms, family rooms, dining rooms, hallways, and bedroom entry ways are what we consider to be common living areas. Studies have proven that regular vacuuming of your carpet will extend the life of it by 30-60%. The normal life expectancy of carpet we’ve experienced is 6-8 years, but we have clients with carpet 12-15 years old, and it is still in good or great condition.

Finally

Remember to have you carpet cleaned every 12-18 months as the manufacturer recommends. Some of clients require carpet cleaning every 6 months because of the amount of use. You can view videos of our work by clicking here. We also have some great before and after photos in our photo gallery.

As always we offer the following services & service areas:

Carpet Cleaning

Carpet cleaning – Nampa
Carpet Cleaning – Meridian
Carpet Cleaning – Caldwell

Tile & Grout Cleaning

Tile & Grout Cleaning Nampa
Tile & Grout Cleaning Boise

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27 Apr 2013

2013 Spring Carpet Cleaning Special

We are your #1 choice for carpet cleaning in Nampa, Boise, Meridian ID!

2013 Carpet Cleaning Special

Our spring special offer details are:

  • 3 Room + free hall for $95.00
  • 500 square feet maximum
  • Large area or combined rooms(L-Shaped Living & Dining rooms) may be considered two areas
  • Cannot be combined with other offers

Spring time is finally here, and we want to help clean up the winter mess. Take advantage of this offer while it lasts! We will do the best we can to accommodate your schedule, we do offer weekend and evening appointments! We promise to treat your home with respect, and you’ll receive the best carpet cleaning in Nampa, Boise, or Meridian ever!

We not only offer carpet cleaning, but we also offer tile and grout cleaning!

When you need clean, we are Able.

23 Apr 2013

Restaurant Carpet Cleaning Boise

We offer carpet cleaning in Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, and Meridian.

We not only clean residential carpet, but clean commercial carpet too! We have 20+ years of experience in the carpet cleaning industry.

Here is an example of a restaurant we recently cleaned.

 

As you can see carpet was heavily soiled which is normal for a restaurant environment. Restaurants should be maintained every 1-3 months depending on amount of traffic.

Regular maintenance of your restaurant or business carpet has many benefits:

  • Saves on the cost of replacement – It has been proven that having your carpet cleaned regularly can extend the life of your carpet by 50%.
  • Maintaining a professional appearance – When patrons enter your business they will notice the cleanliness of it, and having your carpet regularly maintained will ensure you’re projecting the image of your business that you want.
  • Less sick days – The carpet in your business or restaurant acts as a natural filter capture all of the dust, pollen, allergens, oil, grease and bacteria. Carpet cleaning regularly removes theses things from the carpet, and brings it back to a sanitary level. Our cleaning system produces water for hot water extraction (‘steam cleaning’) in excess of 200 degrees. The high temperature will NOT damage the carpet but aids in remove greasy oils, soil particulate, and sanitizing.

 

Able Carpet Care provides residential & commercial carpet cleaning in boise, Nampa, Caldwell, and Meridian.

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07 Feb 2013

Fabric Protection

Is Fabric Protection Necessary? You benefit by having us apply our carpet & fabric protection any time we clean your carpets, rugs, and furniture. Our protector makes it more difficult for spills, spots, and stains to PENETRATE to the interior of the fibers (where they cause permanent color change). The protector keeps messes on the surface where they can be more easily cleaned. Some fabrics have protector applied during the manufacturing process.

However, the protection degrades over time with use and cleaning. It must be refreshed from time to time. We don’t just clean carpets. Able Carpet Care’s carpet cleaning technicians are also experts in cleaning upholstery. We know the right cleaning methods for a particular fiber or fabric. Our steam-powered equipment will clean almost any sofa, love seat, chair or other piece of upholstered furniture.

Your home contains many pieces of furniture created from many different fibers, each with different characteristics. Cleaning these fibers properly takes experience and the correct cleaning methods. No one method cleans all upholstery fibers. So that expensive living room set, dining room chair cushion, or office ensemble you bought years ago doesn’t need to be replaced. Able Carpet Care will make it look like new again. So when you call us to have your carpets cleaned, don’t ignore your furniture. We can do both at the same time.

Use our website inquiry and we will protect one room you have cleaned for FREE!!

16 Oct 2012

Carpet Maintenance Tips

Carpet manufacturers recommend you have your carpet cleaned every 12-18 months to keep up with appearance and warranties. If your carpet receives a lot of traffic more frequent carpet cleaning may be needed. We are constantly asked what things can be done in between professional cleanings to keep the carpet in great shape.

Step 1

The easiest home maintenance action you can perform is vacuuming. Regular vacuuming will keep the carpet pile lifted to help from crushing and matting as well as remove dry soil particulate that is damaging to the carpet fibers. If you have a family of five we recommend you vacuum common areas at least every other day, if not every day. Bedrooms and less used areas can be vacuumed less frequently, but don’t forget to make a pass or two into your walk-in closets as well.

What vacuum is best ?

When purchasing a vacuum you want one that has a good beater bar, and has the ability to adjust its height based on the different pile heights. You want the beater bar to have some aggression to dig the fine particulate out, but you don’t want it to be digging too hard and damage the carpet. You will have to test different settings to find the happy medium. Some vacuums perform better than others, that is absolutely true, however the important thing to remember is to actually perform the vacuuming. For clients that have a budget using a less expensive vacuum more often will give similar results as a more expensive unit used less often. We recommend you don’t rely on a more powerful unit to vacuum less often because once the damage to the fiber is done, it cannot be reversed!

Dribbles, spots and spills OH MY!

Our most asked question is what to use when we have a dribble, spot, or spill. The answer is simple…

If you spill a liquid you want to BLOT BLOT BLOT, DO NOT RUB!

Using absorbent clean white terry towels soak up as much of the liquid as you possibly can. A lot of times this can actually solve the problem, and no cleaning solutions are needed.

For things such as pet urine, absorbing as much of the urine as possible is critical. When urine first comes out it is at a neutral pH, and as it dries it quickly turns alkaline. Once it turns alkaline it makes it harder to remove, and the smell tends to get stronger as well. After absorbing as much of it as possible spraying it moderately with a white vinegar solution(1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water) will help keep the urine closer to a neutral pH. Following the application of the solution, take a clean dry terry towel, and place something heavy on the spot. If the spot is wider, more terry towels may be needed. Placing something heavy on the spot will compress the carpet and pad, and allow the urine to wick into the towel. A lot of times this will also help prevent a spot from appearing after drying. Leave the compressed towel(s) on the area for several hours for best results. This can also be done for common spills and dribbles.

These spotting tips may not work 100%, but they will allow us to remove them easier with a higher rate of success when it comes time for professional cleaning. We do offer same day service for emergency spills. Things such as koolaid, and other liquids with dyes you should call us right away to treat as they will set quickly, and the chance of successful removal lessens.

15 Sep 2012

September & October Special Offer!!

We wanted to thank each and everyone one of our clients for supporting us these last 20 years! In celebrating of our 20th year in business we have this special offer for you!

 

 

Summer is winding to an end, and the kids are back in school. Let us help you get your carpets back to their soft, fresh, and clean selves! We thank you again for supporting a locally family owned and operated small business!

17 Apr 2012

Able Carpet Care Special Offer!

Special Offer! Able Carpet Care announces 20th Anniversary Celebration Special Offer in Nampa, Idaho. Receive a Free Room of Residential Carpet Cleaning! Have 2 rooms of carpet cleaned at our regular affordable price and receive a 3rd room of carpet cleaning absolutely FREE! Call 466-3223 to schedule today as this is a limited time offer. Free room to be equal or less value then paid rooms. Multi-use areas to be considered 2 rooms. Expires 4/30/2012.

17 Apr 2012

January 2012: 20 Year Celebration

Able Carpet Care a Carpet Cleaning and Tile & Grout Cleaning Company in Nampa Idaho is celebrating 20 years in business. John Bunn the founder of Able Carpet Care and the Able Carpet Care family of technicians have satisfied many customers in Nampa, Caldwell, Boise, Meridian and out lying areas of the Treasure Valley since 1992. The company is planning special promotions on Carpet Cleaning services to celebrate this milestone and show appreciation to the customers that have made it all possible.