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How to Keep Carpets Cleaner; Longer. A 7-Step Guide.

Keeping your carpets clean is a crucial part of maintaining a beautiful and healthy home. Dirty carpets are not only unsightly, but they also can hold enormous amounts of dirt, insects, and allergens.

Properly caring for your carpets will not only keep them clean, but it will also keep allergens out of the air that you breathe every day.

About us

For those who don’t know, we are a cleaning company that has been serving the New River Valley and Roanoke areas for 20 years.

We specialize in restoration of very dirty carpets, tile, and upholstery. We also specialize in outstanding customer service and providing the best value service in the area.

Below, we give a 7-step guide (and one bonus item) to helping you care for your carpets and keep them cleaner over a longer timeframe.

  1. Use a mat or rug at every home entrance. Many homes have welcome mats outside their front door. But you should also have a mat or a rug inside the front door. Furthermore, you should have mats or rugs inside and outside of every entrance to your home. This prevents the dirt from your shoes from transferring to the carpet. Instead, the dirt will transfer to the mat or rug; which is much easier to clean.
  2. Take your shoes off before walking on the carpet. Many people wear shoes in their homes. While this might be very comfortable, it’s very bad for your carpet. Even when you think your shoes are clean, they are probably still hiding some dirt. The more you wear shoes while walking on your carpet, the more dirt will transfer into your carpet. To avoid this problem, take your shoes off immediately after entering your home.
  3. Vacuum daily. Yes, you read that right. Vacuum every single day. Very few people do this. Most vacuum only once a week. That’s not enough to keep your carpets dirt-free. Not only will vacuuming daily keep more dirt out of your carpet, but it will also help improve the lifespan of your carpet. Abrasion--the scarring of carpet fibers--is mostly caused by walking on dirty carpet and is the primary cause of carpets beginning to look “worn out.”
  4. Vacuum correctly. Don’t speed through the vacuuming process. The entire carpet should be vacuumed. This includes rooms that are never used and low-traffic areas. Dirt will get into your carpets whether you walk on it or not. When vacuuming over high-traffic areas, make sure to empty the canister (for bagless vacuums), replace the bag when it is half full (for bagged vacuums), and start with a clean filter. Also vacuum over high traffic areas twice and do it slowly.
  5. Change the position of your furniture every few months. This will change the wear patterns in your carpet to help it last longer. It will also help prevent the furniture indentations from becoming permanent.
  6. Professionally clean carpets once a year. Vacuuming will only do so much when it comes to dirt removal. Professional carpet cleaning will get out what is left behind. It can also greatly help at removing pet hair, pet odors, pet stains, allergens, insects, and other contaminants in your carpet.
  7. Avoid harsh cleaners and stain removers. Sometimes, the mild stuff won’t do the trick. In that case, you might have little choice but to turn to a harsh cleaner. But if these cleaners--such as Resolve--can be avoided, it will be better. Many cleaners leave residue behind in the carpet that can be very difficult to remove. Some might even discolor or damage your carpet. These should be used as a last resort only.

Bonus: Prefer nylon carpet over olefin, polypropylene, or polyester. This may not be an option for you since you probably already have carpet in your home. In the event that you are installing or replacing carpet, however, don’t be talked into one of these budget carpet types. They simply aren’t as good, don’t last as long, and don’t respond to cleaning as well.

See What Our Clients Are Saying About Us

I had very little expectation that this carpet could even look halfway decent. I was getting it cleaned to help with a mold issue in this old house we are renting. I had to be gone for a day or so and during this time they came in to clean the carpet. When I got back and opened the door, I thought I was at the wrong house. It was amazing. They got things out of the carpet that I thought were permanent. Amazing results!

Anonymous

Very quick response to our request. Technician showed up exactly on time; was very knowledgable, professional, and pleasant. Work done quickly and looks great. Price very reasonable - and how it was priced was clearly explained before service contract agreed and at the time of payment.

Harris J.

Great Service! We were worked into a busy schedule on short notice and the carpets looked great. Also very well priced.

Jason W.

Since I moved to northern Virginia I cannot find a carpet company as good as you. Do you know of a good company near Alexandria? I still own a townhouse in Christiansburg and use your services every year. I appreciate the excellent results! It is so hard to find a quality and honest company.

Melissa

I needed a large room with wall to wall carpeting cleaned, also an area rug and a set of stairs. In addition, they took away a wool area rug to be cleaned at their place of business.

Very well. I was very happy with the results. I felt that the fee was reasonable, though I don't remember exactly what I paid at the time. The person I talked to when I made the appointment, Michael, was very helpful and answered my questions and concerns regarding pet odor on the wall to wall carpeting. I will call them again when the carpets need cleaning.

Anonymous

Sci-Tech saved me thousands on carpet replacement. Who would have thought that purple nail polish could come out of white carpet. I thank you and my daughter thanks you.

Nancy

Our Standard Packages

Basic cleaning

  • Hot water extraction (steam cleaning)
  • Use of industry-standard wand tool
  • Basic spot/stain removal included
  • Moving of small/simple items included
  • 6 to 12 hour estimated drying time
  • Recommended in most situations

Low moisture cleaning

  • Very-low-moisture cleaning
  • Use of specialized equipment for drier cleaning
  • Basic spot/stain removal included
  • Moving of small/simple items included
  • 2 to 4 hour estimated drying time
  • Recommended when drying time is a concern

Deep cleaning

  • Hot water extraction (steam cleaning)
  • Use of specialized rotary scrubbing tool
  • Heavy traffic lane cleaning
  • Basic spot/stain removal included
  • Moving of small/simple items included
  • 6 to 12 hour estimated drying time
  • Recommended when the carpets are extra dirty or haven't been cleaned in several years

We also offer a green-clean package!

Our standard cleaners are very environmentally and pet friendly. In the situations where you want to be extra kind to the environment, however, we offer a green-clean package.

In this package, we use only environmental alternatives to our most popular cleaners. These cleaners substitute harsher ingredients for those that are milder alternatives. While our most popular cleaners are the strongest and best that we use, the environmental alternatives are extremely good as well. They can get the job done in all but the toughest situations.

We provide services for these fine companies (among others) as well as our residential clients.

We have the experience

With nearly 20 years of experience, we have been a leading provider of carpet cleaning services in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, Roanoke, Salem, and the rest of the New River Valley for some time.

If you open the phone book and look for carpet cleaners, you'll likely find more than a dozen available. Few of these have even half of the experience that we have dealing with the challenges that cleaners face.

Our experience has helped our ability to:

  • Thoroughly clean carpets without causing any damage to the sensitive fibers.
  • Remove tough stains that other cleaners leave behind.
  • Clean carpets fully without leaving them too wet.
  • Remove odors from the carpets leaving them smelling fresh and clean.
  • Remove allergens from the carpets helping you to breathe easier.

Check Out A Few Before / After Pictures

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Before / After

This berber carpet was quite filthy. By pre-treating it before cleaning, we were able to remove nearly all of the dirt in the carpet.

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Before / After

This is a different angle of the same carpet in the image before. This carpet was cleaned using our basic cleaning package.

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See the difference in this carpet? This is a thick and cream colored nylon carpet. It looked like new after cleaning.

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This was a large basement carpet that we cleaned. The outside edges of the picture are the areas we've already cleaned. Notice how much brighter the carpet looks.

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This is a picture of our deluxe package on display. The swirl marks in the carpet are from the rotary machine. The dark traffic areas in this carpet are being completely removed.