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Vacuum frequently and thoroughly.” (Or delegate this task to Maid Brigade! That’s what the experts say.) Most of the wear of carpeting is caused by dirt. At a microscopic level these particles are like nails and your shoes are like hammers. Thus the wearing effect of walking gets multiplied by the debris embedded in the carpets. Oily soils attract more oily soil and frequent vacuuming will reduce soil buildup. Pet Dander, Pollen and/or Mold Spores, Allergens can build up in your carpet over very short periods. High-traffic areas create electromagnetic static and pull particles from the air that then settle in your carpet instead of remaining in the air.


  1. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is also directly affected by how frequently you vacuum and how often your carpets receive a “deep cleaning”. The particles, dust, dander, pollen and dirt in and on your carpet can be “kicked up” thus affecting you ability to breathe. Read more about Indoor Air Quality. If you are like most people, your duct work is also a storage facility for such floating particles. See Duct Cleaning on this website for more information and a plan for better breathing.
  2. Get at stains quickly. 99% of all stains can be removed by one cleaning agent or another if they are cleaned in the first few days. The longer a stain chemically reacts with the carpet the harder it will be to remove it. Consult a professional should your initial try is unsuccessful.
  3. Test carpet before scrubbing, extracting or spotting. All carpets are different. Some carpets are very sensitive to acid type cleaners and will lose their color quickly. Other carpet dyes are sensitive to harsh alkalis. QUALCARE tests Persians and Oriental Rugs and Natural Fiber Carpets at the estimate stage to assure the homeowner our capability of careful cleaning.
  4. Spot cleaning. We do not use harsh spotting agents unless absolutely necessary and always neutralize high alkaline or high acid cleaners after use. It is best to utilize the services of a professional, but if you must do it yourself, we advise the use of only a small amount of grocery store or shelf detergents to TRY and remove the spots. In short, use appropriate spotters starting with the mildest. If it does not remove the spot, call a professional.
  5. Never dig or brush spots. The proper procedure is to scrape the spot towards the middle and then “tamp”, OR BRUSH the spot into the white towel or cloth using an appropriate tool. A meat tenderizer makes a great tamping tool. If you choose QUALCARE to clean your carpet, you can be assured of CONSISTENT CLEANING PRACTICES, SANITIZED EQUIPMENT and THE SAME SOLUTIONS every time we visit your home. If you change companies, you run the risk of chemicals that is used by one company being mixed with another.

    Mindful of this, at QUALCARE, we actually test the carpet before and after the application of our solutions to be sure that it is neutralized.
  6. Do not overuse detergents, shampoos or spotters. Too much detergent will result in residual left in the carpet that even thorough vacuuming may not remove.

    Important note
    : There are a number of reasons why you should consult a professional regarding, or research carpet cleaning – every year over 3,000+ consumers visit a hospital or urgent care facility after reporting that fumes have either irritated their skin or caused breathing problems. It has been found in many of these cases that consumers do not properly remove detergents or RINSE their carpets because they lack the proper equipment.
    An alarming trend has occurred linking the use of carpet cleaning solutions to childhood illness – even more important reason to USE THE Qualcare Cleaning and allow professionals to clean the carpet.

  7. Do not saturate carpet. Our carpet detergents are effective enough so they do not need a tremendous amount of wetting. Over-wetting can cause brownout, carpet shrinkage, adhesion problems and all other kinds of subsequent problems. Consumers attempting to mix or apply solutions can have detrimental effects.
  8. Extract residual if possible. Rotary scrubbing will clean the carpet fibers the best by encapsulating dirt and detergent residue, which powders off the carpet. Periodic extraction will flush out this dirt and other potentially harmful microbes deep in the carpet. QUALCARE uses the most state-of-the art equipment to extract any residual solutions or dirt located deep in the carpet fibers. We offer flexible scheduling and various programs. A QUALCARE representative will sit down with you to discuss a suitable cleaning plan for one of the most precious parts of your home.
  9. Never "coat" a dirty or spotty carpet. After scrubbing or extracting a dirty carpet, if you are not satisfied with the results, do not apply a coat of carpet protector as this will result in "gluing in the dirt" making it harder to remove it the next time. Either re-scrub or extract the carpet or leave the carpet until the next cleaning cycle before you coat. QUALCARE determines when the use of a sealant or protection agent is necessary and applies it only after the technicians have completed the final steps in rinsing and extracting. QualCare use a Dupont product called “Teflon® Advanced Carpet Protector.

    QualCare Cleaning recommends that you have a professional clean your carpet every 2-3 Months when pets reside in the home, or Every Month if you 1) care for an elderly family member; 2) live with members of the family who smoke; or 3) are exposed to allergens or pollutants that may be entering the carpet fibers by way of cooking, cleaning products, building materials, lack of dusting, fireplaces or poor ventilation, or every 6-12 Months, if none of the special circumstances sited above apply .

    For our repeat customers, QualCare Cleaning will return as often as you feel necessary to clean your high-traffic areas. We can also design a short-term maintenance cleaning plan for your carpets.
  10. Vacuum AGAIN. It is so important it deserves two recommendations. Vacuum frequently and thoroughly. YOUR HOME WILL APPRECIATE IT. Contact us regarding our housecleaning services through Maid Brigade at 866-528-2273.
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