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We only use the highest quality equipment on the market. This ensures your home looks spotless and cleaner then ever before! We also only use chemicals that we have tons of experience with, making sure to keep any of your carpets from potential damage. You can hire A Nu-Look with confidence: we will take better care of your home then any other company, guaranteed! Thank you for reading our archives, and feel free to email us with suggestions or comments about future topics! We love hearing from our faithful and new clients alike!

The Four Best Carpet Cleaning Tips

4 STEPS TO A FRESH, CLEAN, HEALTHY CARPET

Hi! This is Chad Gardner, owner of A Nu-Look Cleaning & Restoration of Post Falls. I’ve lived in the Post Falls area all my life. I’m an IICRC certified Master Cleaner, Indoor Air Quality Professional, and have provided a number of cleaning services in Post Falls for the last 20 years. In that time, I’ve found out that there are a lot of unethical cleaning companies in Post Falls as well as misconceptions about carpet cleaning. I’m here to hopefully help you make an educated decision next time you need it done.

If you’re thinking about having your carpets cleaned, we encourage you to follow these four steps:

Commit

Make a commitment to yourself to get your carpets cleaned. The longer they remain dirty, the sooner they’ll wear out. Plus, while you wait, you’ll be breathing in all the pollens, fungus, and chemicals that hide in your carpet.

List

List your objectives. Do you want only the dirt removed? That’s something you could do with a rented shampooer. Or do you want all the bacteria, fungus, chemicals, and dust mites removed? This will require an IICRC certified hot water truck-mount cleaner like we use. Do you want to work with an honest and reputable company, or are you willing to risk working with the company that offers you the lowest price knowing that the company might not be in business tomorrow.

Ask

Ask questions. The way you learn about a company is to ask specific questions and listen carefully to the answers. Here are seven tough questions to ask a carpet cleaner before you invite them to your home:

1. What method of carpet cleaning do you recommend? Answer: Only IICRC certified truck mounted hot water extraction cleaning systems are the best.

2. What type of equipment do you use to clean carpet?   Answer: IICRC Certified Green Cleaning Solutions and Truck/van mounted units.

3. What will your equipment remove from my carpet?  Answer: Dirt, oils, odors, bacteria, fungus, chemicals, pollens, and tobacco products to name a few.

4. How often should I get my carpets cleaned?    Answer: To keep carpet warranties up to date you need to have it cleaned by a IICRC certified firm every 18-24 months. To get the most time out of your flooring investment I recommend cleaning high traffic areas every 10-12 months.

5. What training have you had in cleaning carpets?    Answer: IICRC training is available in every state and required updated training every year. Also, on the job experience makes a big difference.

6. Are you a member of any trade associations?     Answer: Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Cert.,  Carpet Rug Institute, Indoor Air Quality Association to name a few.

7. Is your company and technicians certified by the IICRC?  Answer: By law you do not have to be, however if the firm and technician is not certified I can guarantee your carpet will not be cleaned properly which leads to residue left in carpet, long dry times and spots coming back.

Quote

Once you’re satisfied that you’re working with an honest and competent professional, invite him into your home and ask for a specific quotation in writing. A written quote gives you the assurance that you know exactly what your job will cost; no surprises.

By following these four steps, you’ll gather all the information you need to make an informed and intelligent decision. If you want a quick and cheap carpet cleaning job, many companies in the phone book can help you. Or you can rent a shampooer from the grocery store and do it yourself.

If you want your cleaning to completely and healthfully remove the bacteria, fungus, chemicals, pollens, and tobacco products from your carpet, then we invite you call us.

We’ll be happy to answer your questions, provide you a cost estimate over the telephone, or come into your home and give you a free written quotation without cost or obligation of any kind. To reach us, call (208) 667-4984 (Coeur d’Alene) or (509) 342-5388(Spokane)

THANKS AGAIN!

…for reviewing our CONSUMER’S GUIDE TO CARPET CLEANING. I hope you found this information helpful.

P.S. Add an 8th question to that list. Do you guarantee your work? You will be surprised how many companies don’t. If they don’t or if they make up a bunch of reason not to…..DON’T HIRE THEM.

We’ve dedicated our business to consumer education and service. We’ll be pleased to help you in every way and look forward to your call.

Thanks!

Chad Gardner

A Nu-Look Carpet Cleaning & Restoration, INC.

The 3 Hardest To Remove Carpet Stains

We’ve all heard the horror stories of spilling wine or grape juice on the carpet. But what are the actual 3 worst carpet stains you can make? These are going to be the big ones, the stains that you either clean up immediately or call in a professional. These aren’t in any particular order, but do know that any of these 3 are going to be a thorn in your side. Let’s start.

 Wine

Wine is a classic. The worst part is that the simple act of consuming more wine makes it more likely that you’ll be spilling. When a party is good enough that it goes on for a few hours, the attendees may get a little tipsy. One knocked table or quick turn around, and suddenly everyone gasps. Whoever is hosting, though, is already on the way to the cabinet for a towel. Make sure not to scrub it in, that just guarantees you need to hire someone. Blotting at the carpet stains and maybe putting a little salt in to absorb the liquid is the right way to go.

Blood Stains

It’s pretty unlikely that any of our houses will be the scene of a major crime. However, bloodstains can stem from the most innocuous sources. Maybe someone fell outside or got a bit too fancy when chopping vegetables for dinner. Regardless of how it happens, cleaning blood from the carpet while it’s still fresh is very import. After making sure the injury isn’t serious, of course.

Coffee Stains

People drink coffee everywhere. At home, at work, on the commute between the two. As they should, too, coffee is delicious. But it also stains carpets almost instantaneously. Coffee leaves unfortunate brownish/yellowish stains and you’ll need to act quickly to stop it from being permanent. If you have dish detergent or vinegar handy, you may be able to prevent some of the damage.

 

If any of these liquids make their way into your carpet, worry not! You can call us and we’ll get rid of it no problem.

 

 

 

Hiding Carpet Stains Until The Pros Arrive

It’s time. Your carpet has been accruing small stains over the course of basically forever. You’ve cleaned up what you can but it’s time to use the big guns. You’ve called in the carpet cleaning company. We’ve all been there, but the hard part is when your professional carpet cleaners can’t show up right away. Now when you have anyone over during the next week you’ll be worried about those stains, right? No need to worry any longer. We’ve got a couple of temporary solutions for hiding those until we get there to solve the problem for good.

I Love That New Rug

Sometimes, the best method of hiding a stain is just tucking it away out of view. Rugs of any size can honestly add a certain something to any room of the house. It’s also a pretty inexpensive way to alter the mood of a room. Who knows? You might even like it and keep it after we get the stain out from under it

Along those same lines, a dirty carpet waiting to be cleaned may just signal a furniture rearrangement. Moving the couch forward a little bit can conveniently take care of that grape juice. Or putting the armchair on the other side of the table can make it look like that bloody nose never happened. Perhaps you just really need that coffee table to be oriented the other way. Whatever the reason, reorganized furniture is a great and potentially creative way to hide a stain until we come take care of it for you.

We’ll Iron Out The Details

A little bit of DIY never hurt either. Some stains are all but impossible to take care of yourself if they’ve been there a while. You can maybe lighten the stain, at least. A combination of baking soda and mild vinegar can go a long way. Just lay a damp cloth over the spot and lightly iron it. A portion of the stain should be transferred to the cloth. Even if this doesn’t get rid of the entire stain, it may escape easy notice for the short period of time before the pros get there

However you feel like doing it, stains can definitely be hidden for a short (or long, if you really feel like it) period of time. The lesson here may just be to call us before it gets too late! This carpet cleaning company knows how to make everything look as good as new!

How To Clean Different Carpet Types

The common knock against having carpet flooring, as opposed to hardwood, is how difficult it can be to clean. Kids and pets can dirty up a carpet in no time, even if you’ve just cleaned or vacuumed it. Don’t worry, though, we’ve got you. At A Nu-Look we know a thing or two about professional carpet cleaning and can offer you some tips when it comes to managing those comfy floors of yours.

Different carpet styles can show or hide dirt differently. They also need different kinds of attention paid to them. We’ll start easy.

Berber Carpet

Berber Carpet has relatively large loops when it comes to different carpet types. These large loops actually help us keep it cleaner more often. Berber will show dirt very easily, and some commonly cited advice is to just “clean it when it looks dirty.” Vacuuming every once in a while and giving it a deeper cleaning when it looks like it needs it will keep your Berber carpet looking new.

Frieze Carpet

On the other hand, Frieze carpets are capable of hiding a lot more dirt. This makes them look cleaner but they may end up being far dirtier in actuality. The dense nature of the carpet makes simply vacuuming a slightly less viable maintenance path. A dry cleaning or steam cleaning may be the best way to get the dirt out from under your feet.

At the end of the day, removing any kind of stain from your carpet requires time, patience, and diligence. When something falls and spills, it is always best to immediately wipe it up. Once a stain settles into the carpet your life gets harder. As long as messes are cleaned up immediately, you’ll avoid most permanent stains. But hey, even if you let something sink in and you can’t get it out yourself, we’ve got you. Our professional carpet cleaning is exactly how carpet cleaning should go. At the end of the day, there’s always something you can do to clean.

Why Carpet Is Best For Your Floor

When building or renovating a home, it is tempting to lay down wood flooring throughout most of your home. There are many reasons to skip the splinters and choose carpet to use in your home.

 

Aesthetically, modern carpet looks much better than the gaudy, overly patterned, and thick rugs of decades past. Carpeting can be any color to match the furniture or walls of your home, unlike the limited palette of wood. With lower installation and product costs, it can be easier to choose specific colors for each room rather than buy a large quantity of similar wood to keep unit cost lower. Wood paneling is generally harder to replace than carpeting, and requires more difficult upkeep like lacquer and stain if the wood is authentic.

 

Anyone who has lived in an apartment has known the difficulty of living below loud people. Carpet helps reduce this problem by acting as a soundproofing or buffer between different parts of the home or building. In an apartment complex, heating costs tend to be lower, especially for sandwiched middle floor rooms. But for houses on their own, having a carpet keeps a little more heat trapped for your feet in winter.

 

Some people cite cleaning as a reason not to get carpeting. In reality, most carpets can be cleaned of almost anything that spills on them. If done immediately, almost any stain can be removed with modern cleaning products and chemical solvents. The best part is that you don’t need to look any further for quality carpet cleaning information and professionals! We’ve got you. Wood, of course, is more likely to become scratched or have pieces break off. Anyone with dogs should get carpet to avoid nail scratches throughout their home. Carpet also keeps floors safer for young children, who fall constantly in their first years of life.

 

If you want your floor softer, warmer, cozier, easier to take care of and more aesthetically versatile, then a carpet floor might just be for you.

How To Kid-Proof Your Floors

Kids are destructive in nature. That’s why parents have to be so diligent preparing for a child in their home. It’s easy to remember some things. Locking away chemicals and medicine is a good start. But, it can be difficult to prepare for the many ways children try to destroy their own home.

 

While scribbled walls take the brunt of children’s creative outlet, floors can take a beating from kids too. One of the best ways to prepare is just to simply have all the cleaning materials you would need for the most obvious problems before they happen. That will help you keep a cool head and not make the mistake into an upsetting memory. Markers, food, gum, and waste will get everywhere in your time as a parent, so be ready. Basic surface cleaners, as well as children safe chemicals you can get at your local supermarket. When things get beyond your ability to handle, you can always call us at A Nu Look to take care of it for you!

 

One way that people forget to kid-proof their home is to think about the space from a toddler’s perspective. Objects that might be a pain in your shin could be a real hazard to a 3-foot tall child. Watch out for sharp corners on tables, chairs, and other furniture. Any delicate, fragile, or irreplaceable items should probably not be anywhere near your kid. Carpeting and rugs are a great way to cut down on accidents, since hardwood and tile can be very slick when wet and hard to keep steady for new walkers. Just throwing down a few rugs where your child will be playing can do wonders.

 

Remember that high traffic areas are going to be hurt most. Wherever a pair of muddy feet, or snow covered boots enter the home are going to have to put up with a lot more than anywhere else in the home. Creating a space that can handle these messes better is a good idea: train your children to leave the most unclean things in the doorway and not to make a mess throughout the house.

 

How To Select A Quality Carpet Cleaner

How To Select A Quality Carpet Cleaner

When it’s time to clean your carpets, you don’t want to be stuck with a company that will do a poor job. You’ll want a company that is affordable and that will get the job done. Here are some tips that will help you find an acceptable company that can clean your carpets.

The first step is to prepare your carpet for cleaning. Thoroughly vacuum the area to be cleaned before starting. It is important to remove loose soil and debris prior to cleaning the carpet. For best results, any problem areas should be pre-treated with an appropriate cleaning product before you use the carpet cleaner.

Secure a contract in writing from your carpet cleaning company. This contract is your binding agreement that specifies exactly what services will be done, what the cost will be and what warranty on the finished product the company offers. Without it, you are left with no protection if things should go wrong.

If you want to maintain the look and quality of your carpet you must tackle stains when they occur. The longer that they sit, the harder it will be to get them out. Keep a trusted carpet cleaning solution on hand so that you are not at risk of having a stain remain for the life of the carpet.

Which type of carpet you have will play a huge role in which style of carpet cleaning company you choose. For example, natural carpet textiles have to be kept dry to avoid discoloration or shrinkage. In these cases, a dry chemical compound is your best choice, so research your options.

Ask for an estimate before you have any carpet cleaning done in your home. Some companies run specials, but may have a fine print clause. Some companies clean by room size. Talk to any company you are considering and find out all the costs involved so you do not get a surprise when it comes time to pay.

Always ask a potential cleaning company how long they have been operational. Obviously, it is better to select a company that has some level of experience cleaning carpets. Not only are they more likely to know what they are doing, but you will be able to check with former customers to gauge their level of satisfaction with the company.

As stated before, you’ll need a good company to clean your carpets. Anything less means that your carpets won’t be cleaned at all, or even worse, they’ll be made dirtier, all while you have to pay. The tips from this article were made to help you, so use them and happy hiring!

Great Advice For Getting Your Carpet Clean

Great Advice For Getting Your Carpet Clean

It is time to clean your carpets, and you’re not sure where to turn. You need to know how to select a good carpet cleaning service and what all is involved in the process. Keep reading to find out more about how there is a world of difference when you choose a great carpet cleaning service.

Never agree to do business with a carpet cleaning company that has an unfavorable reputation. There are quite a few companies to choose from, and there are those that you can depend on more than others. Talk to your friends and family to get some references and also look for reviews online. This will help you determine which company will best suit your needs.

Do not believe everything that you read about carpet cleaning. Many companies offer great deals in their ads, but you are not getting what you expect in most cases. Be sure to ask hard questions before you have them come to service you. Chances are those prices are just to use water.

Avoid hiring a cleaning company that you’ve only seen in an ad on television. Many times, these companies are very inexperienced, but they are trying to attract people using flashy advertisements. You need to meet with all prospective cleaning companies in person and you should “interview” several before hiring one.

If you have any real problem spots in your carpet, show them to your cleaning professional. Spot cleaning often requires different chemicals and methods, but the professionals are ready to deal with these concerns. If you specifically point them out, you can make sure your cleaning service takes care of them in a way so that they disappear and do not come back once the carpet is dry.

When thinking of hiring a cleaning company to clean the carpets in your home, check to make sure they have a valid business license. Some companies believe that because carpet cleaning is unskilled labor, they do not have to have a license to operate a business. This can come back to haunt you if there is an issue with the work they do in your home.

Hopefully now you realize you have what it takes to choose the right carpet cleaning service for your needs. In order to make that well-informed decision, you need the proper knowledge, and you have it now. Remember the helpful advice that you’ve read, and you will be smiling with clean carpets in no time.

Solid Advice For Dealing With Professional Carpet Cleaners

Solid Advice For Dealing With Professional Carpet Cleaners

You need to have clean carpets to have a clean home, right? How do you find a great company to get the job done? This article is your first step towards knowing what it takes, so read on to find many tips, tricks and hints which will lead you to the right firm.

If your carpets are looking really worn down, it might be time to call in a professional carpet cleaning company. With so many choices it can be hard to know which company is best. Asking friends and family members for referrals is usually a great way to find a company you can be happy with.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the number of different carpet cleaning companies in your area, look to the Internet for some guidance. Look up the names of a few companies that you are interested in, and see what kind of information you can find. Former customer reviews can be extremely helpful.

Inquire about the fees they charge to move furniture. Many companies will not tell you this right away, but many of them charge fees if they have to move your furniture in order to clean your carpet. It would save you a bit of money if you remove all of the furniture yourself before they get there.

For quick cleaning, use distilled white vinegar. But, it is often the smart choice to hire a profession carpet cleaner to do the best job. Apply the solution to a hidden part of the carpet to make sure it is safe.

Do not clean your carpet more than once every week. You must set restrictions for cleaning, as too much cleaning can wear down the material. This will force you to get a new one, which will cost you unnecessary time and money in the long run. Stick to one cleaning session per week unless there is an unexpected spill.

When talking to a carpet cleaning company, ask for referrals. If they are unable to give you names of people that were happy with their service, you may want to look elsewhere. If you get quite a few names of people that were satisfied with the work done by the company, you might have a winner.

Locating a great company to clean your carpets should be easy now that you know what to expect. You understand the process, what to look for and what they offer. Take this knowledge to the next level by using it to hire someone so your carpets can be clean and lovely again.

Look Here For Great Tips About Carpet Cleaning

Look Here For Great Tips About Carpet Cleaning

If you need a better way to get your home carpeting clean, why not consider turning to the professionals? The following article will introduce you to the possibilities and the best method of obtaining the most qualified professionals to take care of the carpets in your home. Read on and then give it a try!

Are you having a hard time getting rid of bad odors trapped in your carpet? Instead of spending your money on an expensive odor remover, you should sprinkle a small quantity of baking soda on your carpet before using your vacuum cleaner. Repeat every time you vacuum your carpet if necessary.

Don’t fall for scams by companies who try and solicit your business over the phone or quote you by-the-room prices. A room can be any size, and prices should take that into account. Usually prices are based on the size of the room when they are professional.

Check customer reviews of local cleaning companies. Even some well-established companies may not live up to expectations. To know whether or not a company takes care of their customers and provides great service, you’re going to have to do some research.

Using your vacuum cleaner on a regular basis is the best way to keep your carpet clean. Plan on vacuuming your home at least once a week and replace the filter of your vacuum cleaner at least once a month. If possible, invest in a quality vacuum cleaner for better results.

Never accept a carpet cleaning quote over the phone. The best way for a company to give you an estimate is to look at the size of the room and how soiled your carpets are. Anyone who gives you a phone quote is pulling a number out of the air.

Secure a contract in writing from your carpet cleaning company. This contract is your binding agreement that specifies exactly what services will be done, what the cost will be and what warranty on the finished product the company offers. Without it, you are left with no protection if things should go wrong.

Hopefully, the next time your carpeting needs a good cleaning, you will try a professional company. That should be all it takes to convince you to stop doing it yourself, get more thorough results and put an end to your aching back. Use the tips from this article to find the best company for the job in your home.