Archives: July 2017

All the things we do to decorate our homes has purpose and meaning and this includes the floors. Our floors are the first thing people see when they walk in our home and first impressions are important. Installing hardwood floors is a beautiful way to express our individual style, but it can be hard to decide which pattern to use. Some patterns can make a space look larger and some can do the opposite.

Common Hardwood Flooring Patterns

1. Straight pattern. This is the most common way hardwood floors are installed and is simple and effective. The boards will be laid down from wall to wall and side by side. Along the longest wall in the room is the way to lay the boards down. This will make the room look longer.
2. Diagonal pattern. This pattern is the same as the straight pattern but is laid diagonally from one corner of the room to the other. More skill is needed to install flooring this way to make sure it is done correctly.
3. Random pattern. When using this pattern, you’ll have a consistent pattern with the width of the blocks varying in each row. Foe example, 4-inch then 7 and then 5. The only thing different is the size of the boards. It can be done straight or diagonally and will make the space appear larger. Installation should be parallel to the longest wall in the room.
4. Brick pattern. After installation, it will resemble traditional brickwork. It can be installed throughout the space or just in an area and can be surrounded by a border. It can be used to highlight and area or complement another pattern.
5. Herringbone pattern. Ancient Romans used this pattern on their roads and just proves the quality of this pattern. Herringbone seems to be the most popular one today but it isn’t a good choice for smaller rooms because it can make the space feel smaller than it is. It does allow for a lot of stability because the boards are pushed up against each other and limits the movement of the floor. It can be installed parallel and diagonal.
6. Chevron pattern. Very similar to herringbone but should be confused with it. They both use the same sized blocks arranged in a zig-zag pattern. The chevron pattern is produced when the blocks are cut on an angle and form a straight line where each piece meets the end of another. The herringbone pattern is produced when the pieces are cut in rectangles and laid in a way where the ends of each plank are laid to the side of another.
7. Basket weave pattern. This pattern looks like it is woven after installation and is great in any space big or small. It’s usually made up of oak and maple and can be laid either parallel or diagonal to the wall. Most times the wood used is lighter in color, but darker colors like walnut can be used to make the pattern stand out
8. Parquet pattern. This pattern is unique because it uses multiple pieces of wood. It uses geometric shapes to create a mosaic and gives a custom design that will be unique to your home. When you choose a parquet pattern the possibilities are endless.

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Have you ever been walking on your nice soft carpet and come across a crunchy spot? This could be many different things like a cookie left behind, a piece of trash or worse. There are times that you or other members of your family might drop glue! Glue is meant to be applied and left to dry so that it stays. A drip of glue left untreated will dry and become hard and crunchy meaning your soft plush carpet is no more. Glue can be spilled from an arts and crafts project, school supplies, repairing something and more. Whatever the reason for the spill the process to clean it will include swift movement. You want to get to any stain or spill including glue as soon as you possibly can. The longer any stain sits the harder it can be to remove. There are some stains and spills that require a particular method to get it to come off the carpet and glue spills is one of them. Using the right method is a great way to get the entire glue spot off the carpet.

Leading Carpet Cleaning Lists Ways to Get Glue Spots Out Of Your Carpet

Heat Method to Remove Glue from Carpet: If you are dealing with a hot glue situation that has dried you might want to try the heat method. This method will also work on other glues but works best with hot glue. You will need to collect several items to do this which will include a clean cloth and an iron used for clothes. Once you are ready to go you want to lay the cloth on the spot that needs to be treated. Then heat up the iron to a hot setting but be sure that there is no steam. Once the iron is heated thoroughly you need to go over the cloth several times to heat the whole area. The glue will heat up and soften which will allow the glue to attach to the cloth you placed over the spot. You may need to reapply this method a few times to get all the glue off the carpeting.
Pick Glue Off Carpet: If you have a piece of glue on the carpet that is hard and dry you may need to pick off the glue. The glue will be attached to the carpet fibers and you can use a hard object like a butter knife to get it off. When you use this method there is a large chance that you can damage the fivers so be sure that you work with a very small area at a time. This will stop fraying the fibers while still picking the hard glue off. Once you have picked what you can off the fibers be sure that you follow up with a good vacuum. This will remove the remnants.
Hire A Professional Carpet Cleaner: If you are concerned about the glue on your carpet you can use a professional carpet cleaning company. We will be able to assess the stain as well as offer treatment and services to clean the area off. We can use our specialized equipment and cleaning solutions to ensure that the spots are cleaned off as well as the rest of the carpet.

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If you have tile floors whether they are natural stone or ceramic tile there is going to be grout used. The grout is part of the tile installation that is necessary to secure the tile and protect it from potential water damage. The tile is installed in the rooms that you want then the spaces that are in-between will have grout used to seal them all together. The grout is one way to secure the tiles in their place along with the adhesive that is used under each tile. The grout also stops moisture and debris from getting under the tile. If moisture gets under the tile it can lead to mold and mildew growth that may require the tile to be removed to clear it out. The debris will start to break down the adhesive that can start to loosen up the tile and cause them to even lift up. The grout is an important part of your tile flooring system so caring for it is just as important if not more than cleaning the tile. The problem is that the cleaning process that you will use to clean the grout is a arduous task.

Leading Carpet Cleaning Lists The Steps Needed to Clean Your Grout & Why You Should Hire A Professional

Tile Cleaners: You can probably go to the store and look for a product that says it is good for cleaning grout and take your chances or you can use a few household items to make your own. Your own cleaning solutions will cost less and you also know what you are getting. Start with a water bottle that has vinegar diluted with water. Then you want to use a paste that will work as an abrasive and cleaner. It is made from baking soda mixed with water until you get the consistency that you want.
How to Clean Tile Grout: When you are ready to start you will need to have a soft bristle brush, wash cloth and clean bucket of water. Start with the spray bottle of vinegar and water and spritz the area that you want to start with. You will need to start with a small area so you are able to reach each spot as you go. Once the vinegar solution has sat for about a minute you want to use your brush as paste to scrub each line. You will need to brush the paste on the line then wipe it away with a wash cloth and clean water. Then move to the next area that you want to clean. This process can take a long time depending on the amount of tile you have in your home.
Hire a Professional Tile Cleaner: If you want to have your grout cleaned and you don’t have the means to do it yourself you may want to hire a professional. The great thing about hiring a professional is that we have the cleaning solutions as well as the tools to clean the grout in a much faster time. We can come and save you time and the pain of trying to clean the grout on your own.

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Your air ducts are responsible for circulating conditioned air throughout your home. However, many fail to consider having them cleaned regularly to maintain good quality air and a more efficient HVAC unit. You might be surprised to find out how much dirt, dead human skin, hair, outer covering shed by pests as well as their feces that might be inside your air ducts. Leading Carpet Cleaning will share a few benefits of having your air ducts and dyer vents cleaned.

Create a Cleaner Living Environment

One benefit is to create a cleaner environment inside your home. By cleaning the inside of your air ducts you will minimize the amount of dust that gets circulated throughout your home when your HVAC unit is running. This means less dust falling on your floors and furniture daily. This helps reduce the amount of cleaning and dusting required inside your homes.

Air Duct Cleaning Reduces Indoor Allergies

There is a surprising amount of harmful contaminants and micro-organisms such as pet dander, pollen, mildew, mold, bacteria, spores and other related toxins inside your ducts that cause people to suffer from allergies and other respiratory problems. By cleaning these contaminants out of your air ducts, you will limit the amount of indoor air pollutants which helps to reduce those that suffer from airborne maladies.

Cleaning Air Ducts Improves Breathing

Too much dirt in the air can make one feel short of breath, because in a sense you are. Dust and pollutants in the air doesn’t just affect those with allergies and respiratory problems but it can also cause other problems. As the dust fills your lungs and passes through your nose the pollutants can cause sinus infections and bronchial congestion. For those who seem to get cold like symptoms often, it may be due to dirty ducts.

Cleaning Helps Removes Odors from Air Ducts & Vents

Many odors will circulate through your air ducts and remain. Odor from smoking, pet dander, cleaning agents, along with nasty stale smells can get stuck inside your air ducts. Any time your furnace or air conditioner is running it will suck up these smells and with all the dirt, hair and other particles inside will make your home unpleasant. When your air ducts are cleaned these smelly particles are removed giving your home the chance to smell fresher and better.

Air Duct Cleaning Improves HVAC Efficiency

When your air ducts are cleaned you will improve your air circulation which improves air flow. This also means your HVAC unit works less to either heat or cool the interior of the building. You may find by cleaning your air ducts you can save anywhere from 5% to 10% on your power bill which at first may not seem like a lot but over time it can add up to great savings. Many homeowners are always looking for ways to reduce the power bill each month and clean air ducts can help in that endeavor.

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Leading Carpet Cleaning provides many services and air duct cleaning is one of them. We want to encourage those who may suffer to help reduce the amount of indoor air pollutants that you breathe in daily. If you are noticing an increase in dust or more allergy attacks while you’re inside your home, as well as an increasing power bills, it is most likely time to have your air ducts cleaned professionally. If it is time to have your air ducts cleaned, contact Leading Carpet Cleaning today to schedule an appointment today.

Cat owners love their cats. Many people will get cats as pets because they hear how naturally clean they are. However this may not always be the case. Sometimes there are medical or behavioral problems that lead to the cat spraying what they consider their territory inside your house. This leaves your house smelling of cat urine. Regardless of the reasons why your cat or cats began spraying in your home, you will need to attend to the stains and the smell it leaves behind. Leading Carpet Cleaning will share how you should clean cat urine stains and how you can effectively remove the smell from your carpets.

Use an Enzymatic Cleaner to Treat Cat Urine

First you will want to use a paper towel and blot up as much of the urine as possible. A white cloth will also work in this case. It’s up to you whether you want to wash the cloth or throw away the soiled paper towels. Make sure to first blot at the urine spot and then slowly add more pressure to soak up as much of the urine as you can. If you have discovered an old and dried urine spot, then use cold water and once again use a paper towel or cloth to blot the urine stain. As a side note, never use any cleaning agent with ammonia inside it. Ammonia is a trigger that will keep your cat spraying in that spot. You can either use a commercial pet cleaning solution, and in that case follow the directions on the container for proper use, or you can use you own homemade cleaning solution.

Using Vinegar to Clean Cat Urine Stains & Smells

If you prefer to use a natural cleaner, here is a great homemade cleaner made from vinegar and water. Vinegar is great for killing the bacteria that is in the urine. Mix together 1 1/2 cups of warm water with ½ cup of vinegar (white wine or apple cider both work the same). Pour the mixture directly on the soiled spot and let it soak for 5 minutes. The water/vinegar solution will work on both fresh and dried urine stains. Once again use a paper towel to absorb the vinegar from out of the carpet and then allow it to dry. After it is completely dried, use a lot of baking soda and sprinkle it on the area. Let that set for an hour. Some will even let it set overnight just to give the baking soda plenty of time to absorb the urine scent from out of their carpets.

How to Stop Cat from Peeing on Carpet

Fully removing the odor will greatly help in getting your cat to stop spraying in the home. However, your cat may be urinating due to a health issue or even a stress related issue. Some cats begin to stress over new pets or even a new baby in the home. Sometimes when you’re gone from the home, the cat feels abandoned. This could trigger spraying. However finding the trigger will be up to the homeowner. There are times scent mechanisms will release an odor to discourage your cat from marking. It all eventually will depend on your cat.

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To all the cat owners out there, Leading Carpet Cleaning wants you to know that even with these pets, you still can have clean, fresh smelling carpets. If you need help removing pet odors in your home, contact Leading Carpet Cleaning today and schedule your carpet cleaning.

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