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When I'm not running the most exciting and extraordinary cleaning company in the universe, you will find me organic farming, practicing Hangul (Korean), and studying history.

What is the Best Carpet Cleaning Method?

Is there a Best Carpet Cleaning Method? With so many different ways to clean carpets, what is the best way? The answer: It depends. I know, I know, not the answer you want to hear. But we’ll go over all of the methods and let you decide. There’s five methods of cleaning, some of them overlap, but we’ll go through the five and tell you what we use at the end. The first four we are going to cover are considered “maintenance” type of cleaning. According to...

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How Often Should I Get My Carpets Cleaned?

I know that I am guilty of saying this all the time.   Do the dishes – I’ll wait until later Clean out my car – I’ll wait until later Vacuum the floors – I’ll wait until later… Get my carpet cleaned – I’ll wait until later… And a few days pass, a few weeks pass even months…and then panic sets in.   We hear this frequently from our clients about scheduling for their yearly maintenance of rug cleaning, carpet cleaning,...

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The High Cost of Cheap Rugs

Every now and then we will receive an inquiry about cleaning a cheap rug that was purchased from Home Depot,, Costco, etc. While we can absolutely clean these rugs, there is a common misconception that because they were inexpensive, that they should be a low cost to clean. It is quite the opposite. Unfortunately, cheap rugs today are not built with quality in mind. In order to cut the cost to the consumer, they must cut corners to create the product. Many times these issues...

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How are we certified? Who certifies us?

Recently we received this great question: Who and what makes us “certified” to be a professional cleaner? With my answer, rather than looking only at certifications I’ll cover equal, and in many cases more important subjects. Before I begin, it’s imperative to know that carpet cleaning is not a licensed trade, like say a builder’s license. Many states require a business license, but none require a cleaning or restoration-specific trade license. This is important because...

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Does Carpet Cause Allergies?

A popular myth, but is it true? Ever since I became a carpet cleaner in 1994, one popular myth continues to stick around; installed carpeting increased asthma and allergies in humans and pets. We’ve looked high and low for scientific evidence to prove these “facts”, but have come up short. What I’ve found is completely on the contrary over the years. And we clean many surfaces, so we’re not here to sell you carpet and tell you that’s the end all be all...

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Viscose Rugs – A Big Problem

Here at Rendall’s, we receive a wide variety of types of area rugs. Recently, there is one type in particular that has made us internally scream. Judging from the title of the blog post, you can probably guess which one! Yep, Viscose rugs. And there are many aliases for it too. It is also named “banana silk”, “art silk” (A/S), or “rayon”. They’re all the same, just different marketing names. Before we go any further, you might be wondering...

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Reappearing Carpet Spots

Have you had carpet spots reappear after you’ve cleaned them? It could be due to a condition called “wicking” which causes soil to move to the surface as carpet dries. What are Reappearing Carpet Spots? There are several layers to your indoor installed residential carpeting: the carpet pile, the backing (2 backings, actually – the primary and the secondary), the padding, and the subfloor. When a spill occurs, gravity pulls the spill down through the carpet fibers...

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What does CRI Seal of Approval mean?

CRI Seal of Approval for Spot Cleaners You may have noticed that our new product Stain Fu (formerly known as Rendall’s Certified Carpet Spot Remover) is “CRI Approved”. You may be wondering what that means, and why it matters? What is the Carpet Spotter Seal of Approval? If you are one of the many millions of people in the world who have carpeting, you may have purchased a spot cleaner for spills and stains. However, not many people know that a lot of those typical grocery...

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Avoid Using Powdered Carpet Deodorizers

Why should you avoid using Powdered Carpet Deodorizers? The carpet powder deodorizer instructions say, “sprinkle on carpet and simply vacuum it up!” However, sprinkle deodorizers can not only set stains, they can also cause wicking, crocking, and even potentially ruin your carpet or rugs. What are Powdered Carpet Deodorizers? You may have seen these little cans in stores called “Carpet Deodorizer” that instructs you to sprinkle this powder onto your carpet wherever there...

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