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Reducing Indoor Allergens With Regular Carpet Cleaning

Without proper cleaning, your carpet and home or office interior can become a breeding ground for allergens, including mold, mildew, dust, pet dander, and pollen.  A San Diego carpet cleaning service can provide the regular maintenance and periodic deep cleaning services required to help keep your carpet, and your indoor spaces allergen free.

When you consider that the average office worker spends approximately 90 percent of their day indoors, and that indoor air quality is often much worse than outdoor air quality, even in highly polluted and urban areas, it is easy to  see how indoor air pollution can quickly become the contributing, or even primary cause of a person’s allergies while indoors.

A San Diego carpet cleaning service technician is also trained to spot problems that the average person may not recognize. Tell-tale signs of mold, for example, including musty odors and discoloration, may be overlooked by the homeowner or property manager, leading to a worsening of the problem.

When choosing a carpet cleaning professional, make sure that you find a company that is insured and licensed and is staffed by knowledgeable professionals who take the time to answer any questions and address any concerns that you may have.  Is your carpet harboring allergens that are making you and those around you sick? Don’t take chances with your health. Contact a professional service today.

By |March 23rd, 2011|Carpet|0 Comments

Hiring A Carpet Cleaning Service

As the leading San Diego carpet cleaning company, we know that no matter how expensive or powerful your vacuum cleaner is, simply vacuuming your carpet on a regular basis isn’t enough to truly keep it clean.  Ground-in dirt and stains can soak through the carpet into the actual carpet padding, making them difficult to remove and giving your floors a dirty, shabby appearance.

When choosing a professional carpet cleaning service, follow these tips:
Get a personalized quote. Companies that charge a flat rate are inexperienced. Why? Because every room is a different size. A professional company will take the time to provide you with a personalized quote, based on the size and the number of carpet rooms to be cleaned.

Ask for references. Any reputable company will be able to provide you with references and recommendations from past clients. Check these references, and research the company to find out how long they have been in business and which types of professional affiliations, such as membership in the Better Business Bureau, that they may have.

Get it in writing. If possible, ask the company to come to your house to perform a pre-cleaning inspection to identify stains and problem areas in advance. Make sure that the service contract that you sign specifically states what will and will not be included and a break down of all costs.

Regular carpet cleanings can help your carpet to remain beautiful, last longer, and create a healthier environment for your family.

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By |February 12th, 2011|Carpet|0 Comments

Carpet And Upholstery Cleaning Facts

When it comes to carpets and upholstery, many things can affect their longevity. Carpets and upholstery in high-traffic areas like living rooms and dens and waiting rooms can quickly become dirty and worn if not properly maintained.  When carpets and upholstered furnishings become dirty, they can also become a breeding ground for mold, bacteria, and allergens. It is important to know these simple carpet and upholstery cleaning facts.

Studies have shown that in many cases, indoor air quality in a given space is actually much worse than outdoor air quality.  This is largely due to the build-up in indoor spaces of allergens, bacteria, mold, dust, and other substances that reduce overall air quality.

Most furniture and carpet manufacturers recommend that carpets be professionally cleaned every six months and that upholstery should be professionally cleaned every year.  Using spot cleaners can be an effective way to remove small stains if the product is applied soon after the spill or stain occurs, but on a larger scale, upholstery and carpets in particular need to be deep cleaned.

The reason for this has to do with the way that carpets and upholstery are manufactured.  Underneath the surface of both is padding, designed to cushion and reduce friction. If stains and spills soak into the padding, non-commercial cleaning methods can’t remove them. This means that even if stains appear to be temporarily removed, they can still reappear once the carpet or upholstery dries completely after cleaning and adheres more closely to the padding.

These are just some of the many reasons why it is important to have your carpets and upholstery commercially cleaned according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

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By |January 12th, 2011|Carpet|Comments Off on Carpet And Upholstery Cleaning Facts

Truck Mount Carpet Cleaning

This is no new idea but rather an additional type of service to consider when choosing your carpet cleaning method. When you consider this type of service be sure that it is functional to your home. Typically truck mount carpet cleaning is used in a house/apartment/condo that is two stories high, since the machine is stationary in the vehicle while being used. When using this system there is an extraction machine that is very large and heavy, it is left in the vehicle and is operated with a long hose. Truck mount carpet cleaning has been used for over 20 years and has been very successful for home owners. The benefits that are gained while using a truck mount carpet cleaning system are extensive. The power of the motor is much stronger than the typical portable carpet cleaning system; in turn the strength of the suction of the dirt out of your rug will be much more efficient.

Furthermore, the water pressure is much stronger and the water temperature is higher reaching between 180-245 degrees F. With the high temperature and the heat of the water, the cleaning product that is used is dramatically more effective, hence the removal of the soil from your rug is much more substantial and beneficial. Portable machines do not reach the same level of heavy duty type cleaning at the same temperature or energy; therefore they do not share the same cleaning advantages. Your carpets will receive a deeper cleaning due to the strength and power while getting rid of any impurities that can threaten your home environment and health.
When considering the type of carpet cleaning system, ask your friendly Orange Carpet technician for any further information about any system to assure that you get the best service and results for your home.

By |June 29th, 2010|Carpet|0 Comments

Removing Pet Odor with Carpet Cleaning

The process in which we treat pet odor is that we use an enzyme that digests the smell causing bacteria and the protein that the bacteria digest. If you have pet urine on your carpet you should call a carpet cleaning service immediately.

When it’s hot and humid the odor is stronger than in cooler weather. The reason there is an odor is due to bacteria that is in the urine/feces; the bacteria needs moisture and heat to “work” most efficiently, subsequently when it’s a warmer season there tends to be more of an odor. This bacteria feed’s on protein and releases an odor as it’s by product. For this reason pet odor is even stronger after people spill something on the carpet, or in situations when one gets the carpet’s steam cleaned without proper treatment for the pet odor. The moisture feeds the bacteria, which leads to a stronger odor in the area.

For the most part, urine is harder to clean than feces or vomit because urine is absorbed better in the carpet pad and subfloor. The smaller the animal the higher alkalinity of the urine, the harder it is to clean – a cat’s urine much harder to clean than that of a St. Bernard’s. Female cats tend to go along the edges of the room, which makes it much harder to clean because they can affect the wall and baseboards. Dogs and male cats will just go anywhere, mostly in the center of the room.

If the marked area is too severe to clean, the pad and maybe even the carpet will have to be replaced. The process is such that the pad is cut and replaced and the backing of the carpet and the subfloor are sealed so that the urine will not seep into the new pad. Be sure to tell your helpful Orange Carpet technician where you pet has soiled in order to treat the area and get rid of the odor!

By |June 24th, 2010|Carpet|Comments Off on Removing Pet Odor with Carpet Cleaning

Green Eco Friendly & Safe Carpet Cleaning

As our company is diving deeper into providing excellent professional carpet cleaning services for our customers, I am diving deeper into exploring green and eco friendly techniques to improve the way we do business. As you are probably well aware, there are two distinct possibilities for cleaning your carpets. Our company offers both depending on what a customer desires. It’s really hard to determine who is right in the ongoing argument on which technique is better, since each does have its pros and cons. I will give you the information for both below and allow you to judge for yourself!

1.Dry Carpet Cleaning

“Dry” cleaning uses a minimal amount of liquid and a blend of compounds. This process uses a homogenized blend of solvents, including a cleaning agent, rinsing agent, and neutralizing agent, heated to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit and applied to the carpet. The application is done with an electric rotary machine with a towel like bonnet that buffs the carpet, and collects the dirt that is brought to the surface with agitation.

2.Truck Mount Carpet Cleaning

Steam extraction is most commonly used for carpet cleaning. This truck-mounted system uses antimicrobial, urine and odor treatment chemicals. This process uses the same chemicals used in “dry” cleaning, but the rinsing agent is blended in the truck-mount, and more water is used in rinsing. The wand handled by the technician has a physical connection to the truck mount and it simultaneously shoots steam into the carpet, and sucks it back up along with any dirt.

Both methods use the same chemicals and roughly the same course of action in cleaning. While dry cleaning is less wasteful of gas (since work is done by a rotary machine manually manipulated and plugged in to the electrical outlet of the house), the steam cleaning method is more time effective for the most part.

I provided you with information about both methods, but in this article I will focus specifically on the more common steam cleaning method.


We ask all of our customers to use their best vacuum to try and pick up as much as possible of the “easy” dirt off of the carpets. Vacuuming removes most particulate soil.

When the technician arrives on site, after protecting doors, corners and other valuables, as well as moving any small items out of the way, technician will apply the pretreatment and conditioning to loosen soil with a mild solvent cleaner that is sprayed on.

Using the wand of the truck mounted steam cleaner, technician will use the extraction method to rinse away the cleaning solvent.

What we call “nap setting” is the process of drying that takes place immediately after the cleaning. Depending on different conditions it could take between 4-6 hours to dry. This time allows the remaining solvent to vaporize and dry and any remaining particles to crystallize.

As long as these procedures (standardized and enforced by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) are exactly followed, your indoor air quality should no longer pose a health concern both for the cleaner and those at the residence or business.


My reading showed that many products used by professional carpet cleaners contain the infamous dry cleaning agent, perchloroethylene (perc) or naphthalene, a possibly carcinogenic solvent linked to red blood cell damage.

Beyond the potential cancer-causing risks of both perc and naphthalene, many people report dizziness, nausea and irritation from the fumes. Pets are equally affected. Neither substance has any place in a healthy home.

Orange Carpets has chosen to use Soap Free Procyon for all of our carpet cleaning projects. It is non toxic, detergent free, odor free, hypo-allergenic, uses all natural ingredients, and has no enzymes that eat protein (such as human skin). It is made of all natural degreasers and water softeners that dissolve and emulsify dirt. The particles that are not rinsed out by the steam cleaner, will dry to a crystallized form that will allow them to be easily picked up the next time you vacuum your carpet.

The higher temperature available through our methods of cleaning (up to 260 degrees Fahrenheit) can allow for milder chemical agents to reach excellent results!

The Soap Free Procyon meets the Green Seal environmental standard for industrial and institutional cleaners based on its reduced human and environmental toxicity and reduced volatile organic compound content. This makes it ideal for application in schools, hospitals, restaurants and other sensitive spaces – and why should we use any less than that in regular homes?

What do we do with wastewater?

Untreated wastewater, such as the water that is the result of a carpet cleaning project (the water that is mixed up with cleaning solution, and other substances and dirt, picked up from your carpet) is unsafe for disposal just anywhere. Irresponsible disposal of such waste water could result in contaminating water bodies where storm drains ultimately lead water to. Our policy dictates the water that is sucked up from the carpet cleaning in each job must be stored in a holding tank inside the truck mount in the carpet cleaning van for later disposal. At the end of the day the water from all jobs is disposed into a sanitary sewer ensuring it goes to municipal treatment facilities and not directly into our beautiful San Diego Bay.  Our goal is to keep you up to date on all the latest San Diego carpet cleaning updates and news.


Keep it clean!!

Keep it clean!!

By |April 27th, 2010|Carpet|0 Comments