As you carpet ages, you might notice a seam that is rather noticeable. You may also have small burn marks or stains in the carpeting that will not come out no matter how hard you have tried. There could even be certain areas of the carpet where it starting to buckle or the edges have become noticeable and appear to be fraying.
Your initial response to any of the above issues might be to just replace the entire carpeting with brand new. However, depending on the extent of the problems and their locations, there can be several benefits to exploring your option using carpet repair and stretching services, first.
1. Costs Less – The most obvious benefit is for minor staining, burn marks, holes, noticeable seams, and buckling, having these problems repaired or the carpet re-stretched cost significantly less than replacing the entire piece of carpeting.
2. Extends the Life of the Existing Carpeting – Addressing issues as they occur will extend the life of the carpeting and translate to fewer replacements. For instance, if the carpet is buckling and you notice wrinkles in main walkways, and do nothing, not only are tripping risks increased, but also the likelihood of creating rips and holes in the carpeting when it is vacuumed. By getting the carpet re-stretched, you avoid these other related problems and ensure to get the maximum life out of the carpeting.
3. Professional Patching Makes Repairs Hard to Notice – Most people have scraps of carpeting left over for easy colour matching, and if not, professional patching companies keep a stock of a wide variety of colours and brands for repairs. After your carpet has been professionally patched, no one will be able to tell you had it repaired.
4. Professional Repairs Last for Years – The repairs you have made to your carpeting by a professional provide for years of enjoyment. Depending on the age of your existing carpeting, repairs could last just as long as, and sometimes even longer than the remaining life left in the original carpeting.
Why You Should Avoid DIY Carpet Repairs
There are several DIY carpet repair products on the market that say they can provide a professional finishing without the use of an experienced carpet repair service. However, what many people do not realize is carpet repair is a detailed and complex process. The direction of the carpet fibres, stitching, and seams all must be matched and repaired correctly.
Most of these products fail to mention this and only provide a short-term solution. Furthermore, most people, who have attempted to use a DIY solution, end up causing more damage to their carpeting. In the end, they end up having to call a professional anyway and end up paying more to get the carpet fixed, than if they had called a professional initially.
For professional carpet repairs and stretching services in Toronto and the GTA for your home or business, please feel free to contact Dr. Carpet at 647.800.5199 today! We offer a variety of services to help you maintain the look and appearance of your carpeting.
With spring officially here, now is the time to start sprucing up your home and give it a well-deserved deep cleaning to get rid of wintertime dust and dirt. While you might want to jump head-first into tackling your carpeting and upholstery, since these items are the most noticed, they are not the best places to start your spring cleaning.
Why? Quite simply because you will only make them dirty again and need to repeat cleaning processes. Rather you want to start by spring cleaning from the top of the room down towards the floors. Dust and cobwebs need to be wiped away from ceilings, crown molding, and ceiling fans and light fixtures first. During the dusting process, no matter how hard we try, some of the dust and dirt is going to fall onto our furniture and the carpeting.
Next, dust off pictures, shelving, entertainment centres, and other furniture. If you have a fireplace in the room, this is a great time to clean it out, too and wipe down the mantle. Once you have all the other areas and items in the room cleaned, now you are ready to deep clean the carpeting and upholstery.
Deep cleaning requires several specific steps and processes to ensure the best cleaning as follows:
1. Vacuum the upholstery. Remove cushions and remember to get underneath and down the sides.
2. Remove the furniture from the room. If you want to best results, you need to take everything out of the room. People are often surprised to find tears, rips, stains, and other such messes in their carpeting that were hiding under their furniture.
3. Vacuum the carpeting. Once the room has been cleared, vacuum the entire room. If you had bigger pieces you were not able to remove, vacuum around them and then slide them out of the way to get underneath.
4. Have tears, rips, and stains repaired. Depending on the age of your carpeting and volume of traffic – most last on average around ten years – you will want to get these types of damages fixed to extend the life of the carpeting.
5. Have the carpet professionally cleaned. Your vacuum cleaner only gets out so much dirt, dust, pet dander, and allergens. Professional cleaners have the equipment needed to get down deep into the carpeting and released trapped dirt, stains, and debris for the best results, as well as the equipment to work with a wide array of different types of carpeting.
6. Have the upholstery professionally repaired/cleaned. Just like your carpeting, it is a good idea to enlist the help of a professional to deal with snags, tears, and rips in the upholstery and also give it a deep cleaning.
Once the carpeting and upholstery are dry, you are free to put items back into the room. This may also be a great time to rearrange the room and give it a new appearance! For further information about carpet repairs, cleaning, and stretching services, as well as upholstery cleaning services, contact the carpeting and upholstery experts at Dr. Carpet by calling 647.800.5199 today!
Restaurants are one type of commercial business that sees a much higher volume of carpet traffic, compared to the carpeting found in a private office or even the carpeting within your home. Even though restaurants use durable, high traffic carpets designed to last, the problem is they do get dirtier faster from your customers, employees, and vendors, requiring more frequent cleanings.
How often do restaurant carpets need cleaned? Part of this is based upon several different factors as follows:
Maintenance of restaurant carpets should be just like any other maintenance you perform on a regular and daily basis. Carpets need to be vacuumed every day. You should not neglect the areas under chairs and tables, and these should be moved to ensure all food, dirt, and debris is removed. Customers and employees will also have accidents, where food and beverages can get spilled, so these need to be cleaned up right away, too, otherwise staining can occur.
If you notice signs where carpeting appears worn, looks thin, or is starting to fray, these areas of the carpeting need to be repaired immediately to avoid accidental slips, trips, and falls, which could result in personal injuries.
Frequency of Cleaning
At the very minimum, restaurants should have their carpeting cleaned by a professional service at least once every six months. Although, there are always exceptions, such as:
- The volume of carpet traffic. For higher volume restaurants, dirt and debris will accumulate faster, so cleanings should be more often.
- The time of year. The winter months can be extremely hard on carpeting with salt, sand, and water being tracked inside. If we have an excessive amount of snow, carpets could require cleaning every month or two just during the wintertime.
- Carpet manufacturer warranty recommendations/requirements. Most carpet manufacturers require carpets be cleaned at specific intervals to maintain the warranty.
- The frequency of spot cleaning and vacuuming. If you are not keeping up on regular spot cleaning and vacuuming, carpets should be cleaned more often to avoid damaging the fibres.
Due to these variations, most restaurants follow a schedule where they have their carpets cleaned every three to four months, and make adjustments based upon the above factors, as needed.
One beneficial option that can help extend the life of carpeting and reduce the frequency of cleanings is using high quality and durable mats in different locations inside the restaurant. For instance, you will want entry mats outside the doorway and inside the entrance to the restaurant. You may also want to have mats placed in locations where employees enter and leave the kitchen to catch some of the grease and debris and prevent it from getting into the carpets. Floor mats should be cleaned daily and changed out on a regular basis. If you use carpeted mats, have these professionally cleaned on a monthly basis.
If you need your restaurant’s carpets cleaned or need carpeting repaired, please feel free to call Dr. Carpet at 647.800.5199 today!