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6 Reasons You Need Entrance Mats At Every Door

Entrance mats can help create an appealing and attractive welcome to your home, but do they really have any effectiveness besides simply looking nice? In fact, entrance mats can help to defend your tile, carpet or wooden flooring from unsightly and unhealthy contaminants and keep your flooring looking clean and spotless for longer. Here we look at 6 of the most important reason you should have entrance mats at every door to your home.

placemats at each door protects your carpet from mudDefends your Carpets Against Mud, Dirt and Water

Of course, one of the clearest benefits of placing entrance mats at each door in your home is to encourage your family and visitors to wipe their feet and prevent mud and dirt being tracked into your home. As much as 75% of the dirt and grime in carpet is tracked in on the bottom of shoes. While all kinds of foreign particles, dirt, dust and mud can collect on the bottom of shoes and be brought inside to carpet and tiled floors, entrance mats provide the first level of protection to dirt and dust getting into your home.

Protect Your Carpets From Germs and Contaminants

Dirt, dust and mud inside your home isn’t just unsightly, it’s also a potential source of germs, contaminants and disease causing particles. These germs and contaminants can become lodged within the fibers of your carpet or absorbed into the grout of your tiles and require thorough professional carpet cleaning or grout cleaning to remove. Entrance mats help to remove layers of dirt and grime from you shoes that otherwise could carry germs into your home.

Reduce Carpet Maintenance

Excess dirt and dust being brought into your home on visitor’s shoes could mean that you need to vacuum, spot clean and deep clean your carpets, tiles or floorboards more frequently in order to create clean, safe and healthy conditions within your home. Professional carpet cleaning and tile cleaning is normally recommended twice per year, however failing to use entrance mats at your doors could boost the need for professional floor cleaning to as much as 4 times per year.


One of the greatest advantages of entrance mats in your home is increasing the safety of your home and diminishing the risk of slips and falls. Rainy wet weather outside can mean that water gets tracked into your home, and water combined with tiles or hardwood floors in your home can mean an increased risk of slips, trips, falls and injuries. Entrance mats help to collect water and mud before it enters your home, reducing your risk of falls and keeping your home clean and beautiful.

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Entrance mats can add a decorative touch to your home as well as providing added safety and cleanliness. An attractively designed entrance mat integrated with the style of your home complements your entrance way and provides the perfect welcome to your home.

Preserving Indoor Air Quality

With dirt, dust, chemicals, pesticides, and contaminants being tracked in on shoes and trapped in carpet and floor cracks, these particles can cause issues for indoor air quality. Dust, chemicals and contaminants can be stirred up during regular traffic or vacuuming, elevating levels of indoor pollution and causing issues for those with asthma, allergies and sensitivities. Entrance mats can help to catch these contaminants and prevent them affecting the air quality in your home.

Entrance mats help to create the ideal welcome to your home, making your floors safer, cleaner and healthier, and promote the longer lasting benefits of professional carpet cleaning and professional floor cleaning for a cleaner and more beautiful home environment.

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The Best and Worst of Tile and Grout Cleaning Methods

While fresh white grout and clean tiles can look stunning when first installed in your home, grout often becomes discolored and even moldy over time. No matter how much cleaning or mopping you do on your tiled surfaces, you can never seem to get them quite as bright and shining as they were before. While getting your grout and tiles perfectly clean again can be difficult, here we have compiled some of the most popular and effective methods of tile and grout cleaning.

Homemade Cleaning Solutions

Natural and homemade cleaning solutions like vinegar and baking soda are popular choices for routine cleaning of your tiles and grout. Combining a paste of baking soda and applying it to your grout, then spraying vinegar over your tiles can create an effervescent cleaner that lifts minor stains. A combination of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda applied to grout, then washed off with dish soap can help to remove minor discoloration and bring the whiteness back to your tiles. While these homemade treatments are not so invasive, they can often fail to lift the deeper stains and stronger discolorations, and more intense grout cleaning methods need to be sought.

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There are a range of commercial chemical-based solutions on the market that claim to deep clean grout or bleach grout to return it to its original color. While these commercial solutions can be occasionally effective, they can also end up damaging tiles and surfaces in the bathroom kitchen where they’re used. Try to review all cleaning solution choices with your local tile flooring professional before using on your floors.


As a method to remove heavy duty stains and mold from grout, bleach is often turned to as the ‘sledgehammer’ option to conquer even the toughest stains. Bleaches can include oxygen bleach, chlorine bleach and undiluted hydrogen peroxide. While strong bleaches may seem effective, they can actually weaken and destroy grout more quickly, causing grout to crack or crumble away. If you have mold in your grout, bleaching will only remove the color of the mold, and won’t actually get rid of the mold itself, making it appear as though you’ve solved the problem when you’ve really only covered it up. Bleach is best used only extremely sparingly and diluted on problem areas when it comes to tiles and grout.


While scrubbing is touted as a popular and chemical free way to remove stains and mold, what is actually happening when you scrub your grout is that you’re wearing away the uppermost layers of the grout. This can weaken your grout over time and is once again best used only sparingly.

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Professional tile and grout cleaning remains the gold standard for getting your tiles and grout clean and white again. Professional tile cleaning using a combination of gentle yet effective deep steam cleaning, targeted cleaning solutions and expert techniques, to help make your tiles and grout shine again, with minimal damage to your surfaces.

While getting your tiles and grout back to pristine condition can be a challenge, professional tile and grout cleaning can bring new life to your tiled floors. Maintain the effectiveness of professional tile and grout cleaning with regular routine maintenance using safe cleaners and gentle techniques to maintain strong and clean grout

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A Guide To The 5 Most Common Carpet Stain Removals

Carpet stains don’t just look bad, they can gradually detract from the overall atmosphere and appearance of your home, and even damage your home value. It’s essential to maintain your home’s carpet with regular upkeep such as vacuuming, as well as biannual professional carpet cleaning conducted by a carpet cleaning company to remove deep set dirt and stains.

But what can you do to prevent stains setting and treat some of the most common stains in an emergency while they’re still ‘fresh’? Here we take a look at 5 of the most common carpet stains and what you can do to save your carpets and maintain their beauty.

Wine Stains

Drinks like juice, Kool aid, and soda are easily spilled in the home, but nothing stains quite like red wine. If you have a spill with wine or another staining liquid, the most important thing to do is blot up as much of the excess that you can as soon as possible. Be careful not to scrub. Use a clean, white cloth and a CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) approved cleaner, or otherwise a 1:1 solution of water and white vinegar to gently blot and clean away the stain. Contact your local carpet cleaner as soon as possible for professional stain removal service if there is any stain remnant left.

Coffee Stains

Many of us enjoy a cup of coffee at least once a day, but coffee spills are another source of difficult-to-remove and unsightly carpet stains. Use the same method as above for treating liquid spills and removing fresh stains. Do not use bleach as this can cause permanent damage to carpet and require carpet patching or carpet dyeing to repair.

Blood Stains

Grazed knees and cuts can happen when playing outside or working around the house, but blood stains are the last thing you want on your carpet. Stop bleeding from the source as soon as you can, and treat the stains as quickly as possible too. Use one cup of cold water (not warm or hot water as this coagulates blood and sets it) mixed with ¼ tsp of a grease-fighting gentle detergent like Dawn to help gently remove the carpet stains.

Ink Stains

Ink stains can wreak havoc on carpet and upholstery, and great care needs to be taken when treating these stains to prevent them spreading and worsening. Ink stains can be very hard to remove, so the best idea would be to blot up excess ink very carefully using a clean dry cloth, then contact your local carpet cleaning company to help you remove the stain safely.

Pet Stains

We love our pets, but we may not always love what they do to our carpets. Pets can leave behind urine, vomit or worse on our carpets, not only staining them but leaving distinctive and unpleasant pet odors as well. For the best stain and pet odor removal, clean up messes as soon as possible, carefully removing debris, and blotting up excess fluid. Then work on removing the pet stains and pet odors by blotting with a vinegar solution and cloth for liquid stains, alternating with the detergent based solution for heavier stains.

Always patch test any cleaning solution you are using on your carpet in an inconspicuous area first, in order to protect your carpet and get the best results.

If you still have stubborn stains and odors, get a professional carpet cleaning company to come and take a look at your carpet and provide expert carpet stain removal, odor removal and upholstery treatment to protect the investment in your carpet and furnishings and keep your home looking spotless.

5 tips for cleaner, fresher carpets after this summer break

5 Tips For Cleaner, Fresher Carpets After The Summer Vacation

With more entertaining spills and stains, kids playing outside and coming home with dirty shoes or rooms shut up for the vacation getting musty, summer can be a time that’s hard on your carpets. With the hot, dry summer we have had, dust levels are elevated and chances are your carpets have accumulated plenty of dirt even without you even knowing it.

The good news is, the end of summer is one of the best times to get your carpet clean and fresh for the rest of the year to come. Here are 5 tips for carpet cleaning to restore your carpets to a healthy and hygienic condition for the rest of the year.

Deep Cleaning

If your carpet hasn’t had a thorough, professional clean in over a year, or if you’ve faced a particularly dirty and dusty summer, you may need professional help to restore your carpet’s cleanliness. Professional carpet cleaners from your local carpet cleaning company can use powerful deep cleaning machinery to draw out dirt, dust and impurities from your carpet that conventional cleaning and vacuuming just can’t reach. Cleaning your carpets while the weather is still warm gives them a better chance to dry out after professional cleaning as well.

Wipe Feet And Shoes Off

As much as 75% of the dirt and dust lodged in your carpet and rugs comes in to your home on the bottom of your shoes. After deep cleaning or as a general rule, simply place a mat in front of doorways for your family or guests to wipe their feet before they enter. You can also ask your children to remove shoes they’ve been playing in outside. Doing this can quickly reduce the amount of dirt and mud entering your home.

Regular Vacuuming

Of course regular vacuuming can help to restore and keep your dirt and dust levels under control after summer and as the dry weather continues as well. Choose a high quality vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to pick up all the fine particles of dust and filter them out as you go, rather than simply stirring them into the air. If you’re vacuuming schedule has gotten a little off track this summer, you may be looking for a deeper carpet and rug clean than your vacuum cleaner can allow and will need the services of a professional carpet cleaner.

Rapid Stain Treatment

Having kids around during the summer and more entertaining at home could mean more spills and stains have accumulated on your carpet throughout summer. There’s no doubt that saving your carpet and rugs from long term stains relies on you treating stains as quickly as possible. Quickly take care of spot removal by blotting the area of a spill using a clean absorbent cloth. After this it’s best to call in the professionals. Home stain removal methods often do more harm than good. Professional carpet cleaners offer expert carpet stain removal to remove even the toughest stains. Call your local carpet cleaning company as soon as possible after a spill before a stain sets, in order to have the best chance of removal.

Don’t Bring Your Vacation Home With You

If you enjoyed a holiday to a tropical beach or a wild forest destination, you want to be careful about what you bring home in your clothes, luggage and shoes. Kids in particular are susceptible to bringing home half a beach worth of sand after a holiday in dirty clothes, and muddy boots that are not quickly cleaned could continue to spread dirt around the house. Make sure your first stop after arriving home from a holiday is the washing machine!

Save the memories of summer but wash away the dirt, sand and stains with these tips for cleaner carpets.

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7 Ways to Make Your Carpet Last Longer

7 Ways to Make Your Carpet Last Longer

If you’ve just installed a brand new carpet, you’re probably wondering how you can make it last as long as possible. We all know that installing a brand new carpet can be expensive – that’s why we’ve compiled a list of 7 ways to make your carpet last longer.

Take Off Your Shoes

You might think that people who enforce this rule in their household are just being uptight – but there’s actually good reason for this rule. Wearing your shoes on your carpet means tracking in dirt and debris, and also more wear and tear on the carpet fibers themselves. Save yourself some spot cleaning and add a few extra years of life onto your carpet by having guests take off their shoes when they come in the house.

Vacuum Often

You can’t really vacuum too often, especially if areas of your home see lots of foot traffic. You should be vacuuming at least once a week, if not more, to remove dirt and gunk that can otherwise adhere to your carpet and cause permanent damages.

Remove Stains Fast

If you’ve dropped food on the dining room carpet, don’t wait until after the meal (and definitely not the next morning) to remove the stain. The longer a stain sits,the more likely it will become irreversible. When spot cleaning, make sure to avoid rubbing or scrubbing (this will damage the carpet fibers), and instead dab or blot at the spot.

Get Creative With Your Furniture

Moving your furniture around is not only fun, but it’s also good for your carpet. By moving couches and chairs, you’re also altering the normal pattern of foot traffic. A new look for your living room also means taking stress off of the more worn out areas of your carpet, distributing wear evenly throughout the entire space.

Call in the Professionals

It’s true that many carpet warranties require professional cleaning every 18-24 months. If you have an area of your home that sees a lot of use or is frequently muddied up by pets, kids, or dirty work boots, then you should be cleaning that area more often. We recommend having a professional carpet cleaning service clean your carpets and upholstery so as to ensure maximum longevity.

Invest in High Quality Equipment

Not only is the frequency of your vacuuming important, but it’s better to have a vacuum that is high enough quality to ensure a deep, thorough cleaning. Make sure your vacuum chamber is clean to allow maximum airflow, and that your fan belt and brushes are clean and able to turn freely. While cordless stick vacuums boast great prices and no annoying cords, they also don’t have the suction power of a traditional vacuum cleaner.

Know the Right Way to Vacuum

Vacuuming doesn’t just involve going over an area of your carpet willy nilly – it involves a bit of technique, too. Make sure to vacuum over tough spots more slowly, and to go make multiple passes in different directions. Most vacuums also come with a height adjustment feature, allowing you to raise or lower the suction head so that it gets close enough to suction up the most dirt.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our 7 ways to make your carpet last longer. Did we leave something out? If you have a personal favorite carpet cleaning tip, comment below to share.

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The Ultimate Guide to Carpet Stain Removal

There’s nothing worse than having a carpet stain in your clean, tidy room.  The entire appearance and atmosphere of an otherwise clean room can be spoiled by the unwanted appearance of a stains on the carpet. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to prevent stains in most households, especially those with children and pets, but there are still a number of steps you can take to get complete carpet stain removal for old, ingrained stains or minimize damage from new stains when they happen. Here we look at a guide to effectively remove a whole range of stains from your carpet, for fresher, cleaner and more appealing carpets in your home.

Consult A Professional

If you are dealing with old stains, or you really want to make sure you remove any new stains for good, the gold standard is always going to be calling in a carpet stain removal specialist to provide professional stain removal results on your carpets. A professional carpet cleaner will focus part of their service on spot removal, along with pre-spray treatment to lift out more stains and get better results. When your carpet has more than 2-3 significant spots or stains per room and needs a complete overhaul, call in the professionals for the best results.

Identify the Stain

If you just want to remove a few stains at home by yourself, or you need instant damage control for a recent stain on your carpet, there are a few important initial questions you need to ask. You need to know what material your carpet is made of, what substance caused the stain, and how new or old the stain is. If your carpet came with care or cleaning information, consult this information before stain removal. This knowledge will allow you to treat each stain correctly in order to get the best results.

Water Based Stains

Water based stains include most food and drinks, including jelly, milk, food dye, soda, alcoholic drinks, berries, ice cream and gravy, mud, latex paint, ink, and wet or water based paint. The goal is to remove these stains as quickly as possible, blotting with a clean towel and then using a pre tested stain removal solution or vinegar solution to blot as much of the stain away as possible.

Coffee and Wine

These two water based stains can be tougher to remove than the others. Using a solution of mild dish washing detergent and gently blotting (never scrubbing!) these stains, can help to remove them.

Children and Pet Stains

Children and pets can often be responsible for some very interesting stains on your carpet, and they’re mostly protein based. Getting a hold of these ones quickly is key, removing excess matter and blotting the stain with a special pet stain removal solution. Blotting with a vinegar solution can also help to remove nasty smells.

Oil Based Stains

On the opposite spectrum to water based stains are the oil based stains including peanut butter, oil, lipstick, grease, crayons, makeup, car oil and margarine. Using water won’t work on these stains, because oil and water don’t mix. Your best bet is to try soaking up the oil with baking soda or cornstarch, then vacuuming up residue. If in doubt, leaving this type of stain to the professionals is strongly advised, because they have a higher level of resources, equipment and know-how to handle this type of stain.

No one wants to see stains on their carpets, but with these tips for complete carpet stain removal and a call to your local carpet cleaners, your carpets and entire home will look as good as new in no time.

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What to Look for When Buying Carpet: 5 Tips for Savvy Shoppers

If your carpet has seen better days and you’re looking to install a brand new carpet, there are a few things you should know first. Carpet buying requires making a lot of decisions about the color, fiber, type, and cost of your new carpet. We’ll help you remember what to look for when buying carpet so that you’ll be happy with your purchase for years and years to come.
Color is an important thing to consider when buying a new carpet. Will it hide stains well? Will it match your furniture and walls? It’s a great idea to get carpet samples from Home Depot or your local carpet store so you can see how the color goes with your home’s interior. Keep in mind that a carpet can brighten or darken the look and feel of a room, so set the samples down and think about it for a few days before deciding.
The quality of your new carpet will affect both the cost and the ease of cleaning. A higher twist count lends longer lifespans to your carpet, which is especially important if you have an area with heavy traffic. Nylon fibers are durable and resistant to mold and mildew, whereas polyester is stain resistant. Whether you choose nylon, polyester, acrylic, wool, or other synthetic fibers, you need to weigh out the pros and cons of each.
Make sure to investigate the warranty offered by your chosen carpet. Many companies offer stain resistance, fade resistance, soil resistance, and abrasive wear warranties that can range from 10 years to a lifetime. Know what each covers so you can handle any mishaps accordingly.
Carpet padding and cushion are important to ensure a comfortable carpet. Cushioning helps to lessen noise and insulate your flooring. Test out your carpet samples with different levels of cushioning underneath for a more realistic idea of what the final carpet will feel like underfoot.
In order to avoid scams, improper fitting, and overpriced installation fees, always go with a trusted professional carpet installation company. They’ll usually offer workmanship warranties and affordable installation fees, so you can ensure a smooth transition from old carpet to new.

Last but not least, make sure that you invest in regular carpet cleaning in Dublin to help your new carpet last longer and look better.
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Do you have experience shopping for a new carpet? Leave a comment and share your tips on what to look for when buying carpet for your home or business.

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When to Get Commercial Carpet Cleaning?

An important part of running a successful business is showing your clients and employees that you care about and take pride in what you do. The first step to achieve this is to maintain a clean, safe working environment so that clients are left with a positive impression of your company.

One major element of workplace cleanliness and appearances is in the quality of your carpets. If a client walks into a room and notices your stained, smelly carpets, you’re probably going to lose the sale. But if a client walks into a room and feels welcomed and undistracted, then you’ve done something right. Read more

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5 Eco Friendly Carpet Cleaning Solutions

5 Eco Friendly Carpet Cleaning Solutions

As leaders in the carpet cleaning industry, we often get asked by our customers about eco friendly carpet cleaning solutions they can use around the home. Luckily for them, we have several favorite green cleaning solutions that we’ve found to work effectively. Read more

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There are so many types of carpet cleaning solutions. Which ones work and which ones are bad for  you carpet?

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