What is Carpet Browning?

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We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to not let carpet get too wet or be too wet for too long. We rarely think of water as anything but harmless when it comes to the water we use for cleaning or cooking or in our home but water on carpet is very damaging. The most common side effect of wet carpet is what we call “carpet browning”.

There are several reasons for wet carpet. A leaky roof or windows can lead to dripping that can go unnoticed and eventually lead to water damage and saturated carpet. This can also occur from faulty plumbing in your home too. We often see several cases of saturated carpet from extreme weather conditions and storms. Then there is another reason for wet carpet that is far too common and can be prevented …

At Absolutely Chem-Dry, we often receive complains from customers who recently used a different local carpet cleaning service about how brown stains are appearing and returning after the appointment. The reason for this is that the other carpet cleaning companies used too much water in their service. This is common in steam cleaning.

The process of steam cleaning carpet requires a technician to douse the carpet fibers and pad with soap and cleaning chemicals able to attract and pull dirt from under the carpet to the surface. Then the steam cleaner uses gallons and gallons of water in order to attempt to rinse all of the dirt from the carpet and the soap and chemicals too. The service is mostly successful in removing the dirt but it rarely is able to remove all of the water from the carpet.

Then what happens is the steam cleaner leaves your home and your carpet is still wet, and still wet and still wet until eventually the water rests in the carpet pad and deep in the fibers. Then through natural evaporation, the water pulls deep dirt from the pad to the surface where brown spots will then appear.

The reason the spots return even after you clean the spot or stain is because there is still water in the pad ready to evaporate and lift more dirt from the pad to the surface. The process will continue to repeat itself until the water is removed from the carpet pad. This can’t be done with a vacuum cleaner or retail products. You will need to hire another carpet cleaning company with powerful equipment able to extract the water from the carpet pad.

Absolutely Chem-Dry has the extraction equipment powerful to remove the water from the pad and deep in the carpet fibers and eliminate the carpet browning too. We use 80% less water than steam cleaning too so there is no chance of leaving behind water to repeat the damage.

You will find that your carpet is cleaner and drier after an appointment with us and because we offer a deeper, longer-lasting clean, there is less need to hire a professional carpet cleaning company as often.

You can contact us online with our form for more questions about our carpet cleaning service. You can also learn more about carpet browning from another Chem-Dry franchise: glchemdry.com

Improve Your Home’s Air Quality Today!

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The air in your home is not as clean as you would like to believe. Toxins enter your home and your air from the outdoors as well as from the products you use in your house and from several other sources.

Over time, your home’s air becomes full of toxins, dust, allergens and odors. These particles in the air can lead to headaches and respiratory issues or produce allergy symptoms for anyone in your home that suffers from hay fever or seasonal allergies.

You can improve the air quality of your home with these tips:

#1. Routine Cleaning

If you clean your home on a routine basis it will help reduce the contaminants in the air in your home. This means you should vacuum your carpet, wash down counters and tabletops and dust other surfaces in your home multiple times every week.

#2. Circulation

Better air circulation and ventilation will help with your home’s air quality too. During warmer months, run the air conditioner as well as ceiling fans and floor fans in your home. From time to time it is OK to open your doors and windows too if you have a screen in place.

#3. HEPA Air Filter

You should install a good air filter in the vents in your home. We recommend a HEPA air filter to trap allergens and other contaminants. Once the allergens are trapped in the filter there is no longer the risk of breathing them in.

#4. Remove Your Shoes

The bottom of shoes is one of the main sources of contaminants and toxins that enter a home. Shoe bottoms collect toxins from asphalt and concrete as well as pet feces and other dirt and debris. You have no idea what your shoe bottoms collect during trips to the mall or grocery store or public restrooms. If you remove your shoes before you enter your home you will prevent a large number of contaminants and toxins from entering the air in your home.

#5. Carpet Cleaning

Professional carpet cleaning from Absolutely Chem-Dry is able to remove over 98% of common allergens from carpet. The Natural® and Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) combine to eliminate dust, dust mites, pet dander and other allergens from the air and the carpet in your home.