Why is Carpet Protector Important?

Unfortunately, there is probably as much confusion in the carpet cleaning industry about carpet protectors as there is about cleaning. Uneducated, uninformed, and sometimes dishonest carpet cleaners cause a great deal of confusion by giving out false information or intentionally misrepresenting the product.

A nylon stain-resist carpet is made with two protective properties:

  1. Acid Dye Blocker – this is a clear dye that fills the extra dye sites in a fiber. This helps to keep “foreign” dyes (such as red dye in a beverage) from penetrating the carpet fiber.
  2. Fluorochemical – commonly known as 3M Scotchguard or DuPont Teflon. This treatment helps keep spillage from actually getting to the acid dye blocker, but its biggest job is to resist dry soil.

Making sure you have a sufficient amount of protector on your carpet will help keep the soil from bonding to the carpet, making it much easier for your vacuum to pick up. Once the soil bonds to the carpet, it acts like sandpaper on your traffic area. Once the traffic area yarns are broken down, there is no way to bring them back to their original state.

For longer carpet life and fewer permanent stains, be sure to have a professional carpet protector applied to your carpet.

When Buddy applies protectant to your whole carpet, you’ll receive a 12 month spot warranty and FREE bottle of spotter. Give our office a call to learn about how our protectant can keep your home!

4 Mistakes Other Cleaners Make In Applying Protector

  1. Not Using High Quality Protector: Discount protectors are not as effective and sometimes void the warranty of the carpet. Buddy’s carpet Care uses only the highest quality, recommended protectors.
  2. Not using a dedicated container. Using the same container for carpet protector as other cleaners can contaminate the carpet protector making it gummy and ineffective. Our vans have a dedicated container reserved only for carpet protector.
  3. Not applying the product properly. Some cleaners either under apply or over apply the protector. Under applying doesn’t allow for complete penetration on the carpet yarns. Over applying it causes the carpet to become overly stiff and crusty. Our technicians are diligently trained for proper application.
  4. Not grooming the carpet. For the best performance, the product should be groomed into the carpet for maximum penetration. This ensures contact with all surfaces of the carpet yarn and proper distribution and drying. Buddy’s Carpet Care thoroughly grooms the protector in the carpet pile.

Overtime, protectant can be removed from the carpet by:

1.Regular foot traffic. Over a period of 6 months to 2 years, depending on the traffic, a significant amount of protector can be removed from your traffic areas and need to be reapplied.

2. High alkaline cleaner. Uninformed and uneducated and sometimes dishonest carpet cleaners use harsh chemicals on the carpet that will strip its protection. If one of these rascals has been in your house, you may want to have the carpet re-protected.

Ask Buddy if you have any questions about your carpet or would like him to asses if it’s time to re-apply protectant today!

Can Pet Urine and Odor Be Removed?

When cleaning urine spots, there is a difference between cleaning the urine soiling and treating for odor. Cleaning existing urine spots may not remove any associated odor. In fact, it could increase the odor in the air space for a temporary period of time. If you are experiencing an odor problem, there are other treatments available.

Pet urine can cause permanent damage to your floors and fabrics. If can also create an unhealthy indoor environment. When urine is first deposited onto a floor or fabric, it is in an almost “neutral” state which means it is easier to remove when it’s fresh. Once it dries, it turns alkaline and becomes more difficult to remove. If left for days or weeks, depending on the fabric or floor type, it will permanently change the dye structure, therefore causing permanent staining. Even if the soluble deposits are removed, the damage to the dye structure may have already occurred. This means that no one can guarantee complete removal of all urine spots. Please consult with our technician if you have questionable urine spots on your carpet. Do not use over the counter, general spotters or extraction detergents.

How to Clean Fresh Urine 

  1. First blot the area with a white terry cloth towel or plain white paper towel until no moisture is transferred.
  2. Use an enzyme treatment to clean the area.
  3. Rinse and dry completely
  4. Use 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts water and massage (don’t rub!) the solution into the spot with a white terry cloth. Flush the area thoroughly.
  5. Both dry with a cloth until the area is dry to the touch.

*If you have a small extraction machine, flush with fresh water until spot is removed.

Pet Odor Removal Services

Buddy’s Carpet Care has a very thorough urine removal treatment. In this treatment we saturate the affected carpet and pad with an odor eating enzyme. This enzyme is left to work in the are before we extract and flood the area thoroughly with clean water. The area is then re-cleaned. Although this treatment can be very effective it is not guaranteed. The possibility of underlying flooring, wood trim and wall being affected may prevent total removal of urine odor.

Call us at 417.833.1732 for more information about urine removal services.

Wood Floor Rejuvenation

Wood floors are a natural element whose beauty can last for generations if taken are of properly. One of the greatest enemies of wood floor beauty is scratching. Scratching is any abrasion to the finish or wood itself. Some of the major causes of scratching are:

  • Sand/soiling
  • Animal claws
  • Sliding furniture with abrasive/hard bottoms
  • Extra heavy appliances/furniture

Sand/soiling can be controlled with frequent vacuuming, walkout mats, taking shoes off at doors (especially rubber-soled ribbed shoes that rocks can be trapped in). Animal claws can be trimmed to have less of an impact.

Furniture bases must have felt glued on any part that touches the floor. Heavy furniture must be carefully moved with non-scratching/marking wheels or sliders with felt. Denting of the wood can also occur and is permanent until the floor can be sanded and refinished.

Caring for your wood floors entails vacuuming, micro fiber push mops, use of non-residue cleaners, and minimum moisture.

Do not let pets urinate on wood floors as this will soak under the wood and cannot be treated. Do not ever use any acrylic finishes as these will peel and cloud with time. They have to be removed aggressively before any urethane coating can be added and is quite expensive. Acrylic finishes make the floor look like cheap plastic gloss shine.

If scratching or wood urethane wears down to the natural wood, the only option is to fave the wood floor sanded and resealed.

Our professional, deep-cleaning process will remove the toughest dirt and residue, both safely and effectively. Innovative equipment lifts away buildup and rejuvenates floors for a fraction of the cost to sand and refinish.

12 Step Carpet Cleaning Experience

Buddy’s Carpet Care operates the most advanced cleaning systems on the market. Our 12 step cleaning program will obtain maximum soil and spot removal without over-wetting your carpet or leaving a sticky residue behind. Using only the most advanced equipment, in combination with safe cleaning agents, we will bring your indoor fibers and fabrics to the cleanest and healthiest state.  We are committed to giving you the best service experience you have ever recieved.

12 Step Restorative Cleaning Process:

Step 1: Pre-Inspection

Our technician will walk through your home with you to visually inspect the carpet. He will identify potential permanent stains and give you an evaluation of expected results.

Step 2: Commercial Pre-vacuum

Dry soil is removed by through vacuuming. Removing dry soil is one of the most important steps in cleaning.

Step 3: Furniture Moving

Our regular pricing includes moving sofas, chairs, tables and smaller items. Beds, dressers, and heavier pieces are left in place under our regular pricing structure. One of our consultants can quote the exact cost of any heavier pieces.

Step 4: Pre-Spray

A preconditioning agent is applied to break down traffic area soil and general spots for more thorough cleaning.

Step 5: Pre-Spot

Difficult spots are pre-treated with special solutions to increase chances of removal.

Step 6: Pre-grooming

A professional carpet groomer is used to further loosen the soil when necessary.

Step 7: Soil Extraction and Rinse

The carpet that we cleaned is pH balanced so that there is no sticky residue left behind. This also leaves your carpet soft and fresh.

Step 9: Post Spot

Any spots or stains still remaining will get extra treatment with our many specialty spotting solutions.

*For longer carpet life and fewer permanent stain, be sure to have a professional carpet protector applied to your carpet!

Step 10: Post Groom

Your carpet is groomed with a professional groomer so that the pile of your carpet is standing tall when we leave. Post grooming helps the carpet pile dry faster and in the right position.

Step 11: Speed Dry

High velocity air movers are placed on the carpet when necessary, immediately after cleaning to promote faster drying.

Step 12: Post Cleaning Inspection

Our technician will walk through your home with you to point out the cleaning results to make sure that you are completely thrilled with the job.

Client Referral Rewards Program

Do you know about our client referral program?

At Buddy’s we don’t spend money on advertising because we believe that the best way to reach people is through word of mouth. We value our clients and realize that each household is different and deserves special, unique care. It is always our goal to leave our clients completely happy …so happy that they want to tell all their friends about us! To thank our loyal customers we developed our Referral Rewards Program to give back to every new client you send our way.

Earn 10% back on the amount your friends or family spend with us! For each NEW client we receive as a referral from you, we will send you a certificate worth 10% of what that client spends with us. Your referral certificate can be redeemed for CASH or SERVICES. Your choice.

Remember we offer a 100% money back guarantee, so you can be sure that we’ll take the absolute best care of your referrals!

3 Toxic Cleaners to Avoid

We all find ourselves cleaning more frequently these days. We’re sanitizing hands, washing counters and wiping down the furniture and floors. Just like food, it’s important to know what ingredients are in the cleaners you’re using. Not all products are safe. This is why it’s so important to read and understand the ingredients in your cleaners before you buy. Even “green” or “natural” cleaners can hide harmful toxins because of the lack of regulation behind those labels.

There are four main times when toxic products can affect you.

  1. If you get some on your skin while using them
  2. When you inhale the fumes while using them.
  3. When anyone sits or lies on the carpet and gets some on their skin
  4. Breathing in the air after cleaning while toxic fumes are still rising.

Children and pets are especially vulnerable because they are so much closer to the carpet and often roll around and lie with their faces buried in the pile. Not only do they inhale dust and carpet fibers, but the fumes from the latest cleaning products used on it. In addition, their lungs are smaller and they have a faster metabolism, so they can be far worse affected than adults.

Here’s the top 3 toxic cleaning ingredients you should be avoiding:

1. Phthalates

Found in: Many fragranced household products, such as air fresheners, dish soap, even toilet paper. Because of proprietary laws, companies don’t have to disclose what’s in their scents, so you won’t find phthalates on a label. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present.

Health Risks: Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors. Men with higher phthalate compounds in their blood had correspondingly reduced sperm counts, according to a 2003 study conducted by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Harvard School of Public Health. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps, which is a significant problem. Unlike the digestive system, the skin has no safeguards against toxins. Absorbed chemicals go straight to organs.

2. Perchloroethylene or “PERC”

Found in: Dry-cleaning solutions, spot removers, and carpet and upholstery cleaners.

Health Risks: Perc is a neurotoxin, according to the chief scientist of environmental protection for the New York Attorney General’s office. And the EPA classifies perc as a “possible carcinogen” as well. People who live in residential buildings where dry cleaners are located have reported dizziness, loss of coordination and other symptoms. The route of exposure is most often inhalation: that telltale smell on clothes when they return from the dry cleaner, or the fumes that linger after cleaning carpets.

3. Butoxyethanol

Found in: Common in household cleaners and all-purpose sprays

Health Risks: Short-term exposure to high levels in humans is associated with pulmonary edema and severe liver and kidney damage. Chronic exposure in humans is associated with neurological and blood effects, such as nausea, tremor, and anemia.  Animal studies have reported reproductive and developmental risks from inhalation exposure.

Here at Buddy’s Carpet Care we use green cleaners that will never put you or your household at risk. We are proud to have the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Seal of Approval which means that everything from our equipment to our cleaning solutions are safe for your family. Click here for a list of certified green cleaners from the CRI that you can trust! Never hesitate to call our office if you’ve got a question about how to clean a stain or material in your home. If Buddy can walk you through how to clean it yourself he’ll be more than happy to do so. We love helping our clients and offer free cleaning estimates – with no pressure or sales pitch. Whenever you’re ready, we’ll be here for you.