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If you’ve been reading our blog, you know that the best way to prevent a spill from causing stains is to tackle it right away.  Acting quickly can prevent spills from being absorbed into carpet fibers, which makes them much harder to clean.  Our online Spot Removal Guide reveals how to handle different types of staining quickly and effectively. Despite your best efforts,...
Upholstered furniture adds softness, comfort, beauty and style to any home.  But because upholstery is susceptible to staining and collecting dust, it is important to care and maintain it properly.  COIT offers both professional Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Services, but there’s a lot you can do to care for your upholstery in between professional cleanings. About.com...
Draperies are often the finishing touch that adds beauty and a sense of luxury to a room.  A wide variety of drapery fabrics are available, along with different weights and styles.  But no matter how much care you take in choosing a versatile, sturdy fabric for that special room in your home, draperies are at risk for damage. Draperies, as an inherent part of their...
In addition to regularly scheduled professional cleanings, carpets and rugs require ongoing care. Proper maintenance will maintain their original color and style for many years to come. Let’s face it -- both the beauty and durability of most fabrics depends on their cleanliness.  Dirty carpets or rugs can change the entire look of a room, and make everything around them...
Few people are fans of housecleaning, and when a mess or stain gets in our way, it’s tempting to use the strongest chemicals available to just make the problem go away.  But there are many ways to keep a clean home that will avoid, or minimize, the need to use toxic substances. A good, simple rule of thumb is to clean your house regularly.  Prevent dust build-up and old...
Many Americans take advantage of summer vacation time to travel near and far.  Whether you’re planning a camping trip an hour away, taking a cruise, or flying to a country on another continent, you’ll have a better time if you stay healthy.  That means avoiding vacation habits that might compromise how you feel, or endanger your health in a more serious way.  Keep the...
Draperies are highly specialized window treatments.  Installing the right colors, fabrics, and styles for your home takes both time and money.  And they are much more than window coverings; draperies serve as air filters that trap dust, allergens and other contaminants that circulate through your home.  As a result, they require maintenance. Properly caring for your...
Most of us vacuum our carpets to clean up a mess or freshen their look.  But carpets can actually collect mold spores and allergens, and in some cases can be reservoirs of bacteria or viruses – so cleaning them serves an important health function.  You’d be surprised at what might be lurking between carpet fibers, especially if you don’t vacuum often or schedule regular...
Are you prepared for a spill emergency?  How well you are able to clean a mess on your hard surfaces may depend on your preparation.  Having the right cleaning tools assembled in-advance may mean the difference between an easy clean-up and having permanent damage to your flooring. To prevent problems in the first place, have plenty of coasters or placemats on-hand,...
In many cultures, especially in Asia, people always remove their shoes before entering a home.  In Japan, for example, it is considered poor form to wear shoes inside a house, and even in some businesses.  But in the United States, people rarely remove their footwear before they step inside. According to eHow.com, the tradition of removing shoes in Japan could be related...