Expert Tips For Maintaining Clean Commercial Carpets

If you own or manage a business, then you probably know a little bit about proper maintenance for your building, and that includes proper care for your commercial carpets as well.

Keeping your commercial carpets clean can be a real challenge. If you’re in an office setting you’ve probably had a fair amount of coffee and other drink spills, maybe even some food spills, and definitely some dirt from consistent heavy foot traffic. All of these little accidents can add up to a decrease in the life of your commercial carpet. However, there are some maintenance practices which can actually extend the life of your carpet, and we’ll go over those practices below.

Vacuum Maintenance

  • Vacuum with a high horsepower vacuum as commercial carpets tend to get a lot more heavy foot traffic, and this usually means the vacuum is more powerful than others.
  • Vacuum daily. Dirt, sand, grit, and debris have jagged edges and these abrasive materials are tough on carpets. Regular vacuuming makes it easier to perform regular deep cleans and will preserve your carpets in the long run.
  • Replace your vacuum bag when it is half full. If you allow the vacuum bag to get too full, the vacuum has to work harder to suction up the debris, and can decrease the life of your vacuum. 
  • Take your time vacuuming. You might like to get this task over with as quickly as possible. However, slower passes mean more powerful suction. Vacuum high traffic areas with two slow passes to ensure maximum removal of debris.

Stains & Spills Maintenance

  • Don’t wait to treat stains. Old carpet stains are much harder to treat than new carpet stains. So don’t wait to tackle carpet stains and soiling.
  • Know your spots. Some spills come up with little effort while others require a little extra elbow grease. Bookmark a few online resources to serve as quick guides when you have to deal with an unexpected spill.
  • Less is more. You don’t want to oversaturate the carpet with water or your cleaning solution of choice, as this could cause the stain to penetrate deeper into the carpet fibers.
  • Resist Scrubbing. Scrubbing also pushes the spill deeper into the carpet fibers. The best method for stain removal is to use a blotting action from the outer edge of the stain and work your way in, using an absorbent cloth. Switch out your cloth as many times as needed until you no longer see the spill transfer on the cloth.
  • Ditch the harsh chemicals. Some chemicals can set the spot in, causing a permanent stain. Instead, opt for mild or natural cleaning solutions such as vinegar or baking soda for example (depending on the stain). Again, we recommend bookmarking a few online resources to serve as quick guides when you have to deal with an unexpected spill.

Carpet Cleaning Maintenance

  • Invest in a professional. We can’t stress this enough. The professionals have the knowledge, techniques, top of the line cleaning products and the proper cleaning equipment with powerful extraction for better quality cleaning and quicker drying. 
  • Choose the right carpet cleaning company. Your carpet cleaning needs may fluctuate based on traffic patterns but an effective, experienced professional can help you determine a program of cleaning that is specifically tailored to your building. Look for a commercial carpet cleaning company with a long history of sound business practices, great teams, up to date, well maintained equipment and clear pricing. Carpet is a costly asset and far too important to trust to some fly by night operation.
  • Don’t skip cleanings. You should be on a regular carpet cleaning schedule every 6 months or more often in particular business settings such as daycares and preschools. You may be tempted to skip a scheduled cleaning simply because the carpets aren’t as dirty as the last time. However, this is exactly the point of hiring a professional carpet cleaner for regular carpet cleaning maintenance. You want to maintain clean carpets, so don’t wait until your carpets are in bad shape before you call in the professionals. 

Keeping commercial carpets clean can be quite a task, but it’s absolutely necessary to get the most life out of your carpets. After all, commercial carpeting is a big investment. Now that you’re on the right track to give your carpeting the quality of care it deserves, complement your efforts with regular commercial carpet cleanings from our professionals at Indy Carpet Cleaning. Our specialists will add years of extra life and performance to your commercial carpets.

We offer commercial carpet cleaning services for every type of business, so give us a call or submit your estimate request today. 

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Importance Of Using Safe Carpet Cleaning Chemicals For Pets And Humans

Carpet cleaning is essential for removing bacteria and other harmful substances from your carpet. However, many household cleaning products on the market today are just not safe for people or pets, which is why it’s important to check ingredients before applying any cleaning product to your carpet. In addition, it is absolutely okay to ask a professional cleaner what chemicals their products contain. 

It’s vital to ensure that any carpet cleaning chemicals used in your home are not just human-safe but also harmless to your pets. After all, they are 100% exposed to whatever compounds are used.

The experts advise that it’s best if all cleaners are free from the following:


A dry cleaning chemical known to cause nausea, dizziness and fatigue, and has also been believed to cause kidney and liver damage.


A cleaning chemical derived from coal tar and is also commonly used as a pesticide to kill moths and other small insects. Exposure to Naphthalene has been known to cause confusion, nausea, vomiting and liver damage.


A cleaning chemical which can enter your body by both breathing it in and by it coming in direct contact with your skin. This chemical has been believed to cause liver, and kidney damage.


A popular cleaning chemical that is toxic and the fumes can cause respiratory issues and headaches if inhaled for too long.

Unfortunately, there are many other toxic cleaning chemicals on the market, so it’s beneficial to do your own research so that you can check ingredients for any cleaning product that you plan to use in your home.

At Indy Carpet Cleaning. We use products that have been tested rigorously, and are safe for people and pets. Additionally, our professional carpet cleaning and other cleaning services far exceed just the appearance of cleanliness. 

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DIY Pet Stain & Odor Removal For Upholstery

There’s nothing quite like relaxing and cuddling on your sofa with your pet. However, with pets come accidents. Pet stains and odors can be difficult to remove, and residues left behind from dog and cat cat urine can damage upholstery fabric over time. It’s important to treat the pet stains as quickly as possible, with the right products and the right approach. We have two DIY solutions for removing pet stains and odors, depending on which household products you have on hand. 

First and foremost, before starting either one of the steps below, blot the stained area with a towel you can dispose of after use. If you happen to have a shop-vac, this is a great time to use it on the stain to lift any remaining urine

Cleaning Pet Stains With Vinegar And Baking Soda

Step #1: Pour a generous amount of vinegar directly onto the pet stain. Be sure to thoroughly soak the stain.

Step #2: Next, pour a much smaller amount of baking soda onto the stain.

Step #3: Let the stained area dry for 1-2 days.

Step #4: After 1-2 days have passed, vacuum your upholstery to get rid of excess baking soda or wipe down the affected area using a clean towel.

Cleaning Pet Stains With Liquid Dishwashing Detergent

Step #1: Mix 1 cup of warm water with about ¼ teaspoon of whatever dishwashing liquid you have (note: laundry detergent and hand soap will not work).

Step #2: Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the affected area.

Step #3: Allow the mixture to soak into the stain for a few minutes.To remove excess moisture, use a clean cotton cloth or a shop-vac.

Step #4: Rinse the area with warm water and repeat steps 1 through 4 until the stain is no longer visible.

For the most stubborn pet stains and odors you can call in the professionals at Indy Carpet Cleaning to give your upholstery the treatment it deserves! 

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How To Make A Great Impression If You’re Hosting Guests For Christmas

The holidays are coming. Are you ready for the festivities? As you get prepared for holiday happenings, consider prepping your home if you’re hosting guests. This means paying close attention to details and making the home feel as welcoming as possible to make a great impression. 

Whether you’re limiting the number of people over for the holidays or hosting close friends and family, you’re definitely going to want to make sure your home is clean and germ-free. Not only will properly cleaning your home make you and your guests feel more comfortable, but it will also make your home look sparkling clean and spotless. 

Clean Carpets 

If you have a big family, there may not be enough seating for everyone to sit around the Christmas tree. Kids naturally like to sit on the floor to play with their toys and will most likely sit on the floor to open their Christmas presents. 

To keep this area clean and free of bacteria, you’ll need more than just vacuuming. If you have a shampooer, this is a great way to freshen up your carpets and maintain cleaner carpets until your next professional cleaning. 

For heavily soiled carpets we recommend to call-in a professional. This is because a high-temperature solution penetrates all the way through the carpet and is then virtually entirely removed by superior suction. This translates into less time to have the job performed, faster drying times, and removes residue left over in your carpets from your shampooer.

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Treat Odors

When we host Christmas gatherings, we want our guests to feel comfortable and settled. This is something that’s much easier to achieve when the carpet is looking clean and smelling fresh. You may vacuum regularly, but over time, carpets can absorb odors from dirt, spills and pet accidents. The smell of pet urine on Christmas Day just doesn’t quite live up to the expectations of fresh pies, baked cookies and mistletoe. 

To freshen up your carpets you’ll want to apply a generous amount of baking soda over the carpet and let it sit for 1-2 hours before vacuuming up. 

For deep odors such as pet urine we recommend to call-in a professional with the expertise, knowledge and products required to completely eliminate pet urine odors.

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Clean Tile & Grout

Knowing that you’ve reduced bacteria and germs with professional tile and grout cleaning can make you feel like a responsible host, but scrubbing grout can be time consuming. You have enough other things to do getting ready for the holidays, so call on a professional to take care of this task for you. 

At Indy Carpet Cleaning, we use an effective technique for tile and grout cleaning that will make your tile look great and reduce bacteria.

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Clean Upholstery

Removing stains, spots and build up of allergens will not only make you feel more comfortable in your own home, but your guests will feel more welcome also. You didn’t spend all that time decorating your beautiful home just to have a stained or worn-looking sofa take away from the festive ambiance.

As with carpet cleaning, shampooers with attachments are great at freshening up your upholstery fibers and removing surface stains. 

For a deeper cleaning, Indy Carpet Cleaning has the tools and equipment required to remove deeply set-in stains and bacteria, leaving your furniture fresh and inviting for you and your guests.

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Clean Rugs

When you’re entertaining for the holidays, chances are high that you’ll have something get spilled on your rug. Even area rugs that appear to be clean can be filled with bacteria, allergens, dander, odors, and pet urine. Since rugs made of natural fibers can be more delicate than most carpet fibers, we recommend cleaning solutions and techniques that can only come from a professional. 

Professional cleaning removes pre existing bacteria and can include protective finishes that repel spills and stains. This can help you enjoy your time with family and friends without worry about what may or may not get spilled. 

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The Benefits Of Carpet Protection

Perhaps one of the most important things you should do to maintain your carpet is to use a carpet protectant. If you have ever wondered if carpet protectant actually works, the answer is yes. Carpet protectant helps to repel water and resist soiling.  When used properly, adding carpet protectant to your carpets the next time you get them professionally cleaned provides some great benefits. 

Prevents Stains From Spills

The purpose of a carpet protectant is to provide short-term water resistance, allowing you more time to clean up a spill.  Once applied, these protectants adhere to the carpet fibers and help to repel spills and soiling. Basically, it acts as an invisible shield for your carpet. It gives homeowners more time to clean up a spill before it causes a permanent stain.  

Extends The Life Of Carpet

Carpet protection also allows for dry spills to be picked up more easily through vacuuming. In turn, this helps to eliminate abrasion on the carpet, which is a major cause for carpet to deteriorate. In addition, it provides long-term benefits as well because it helps to keep dirt from settling into your carpet. Carpet protectants certainly do not act as a cure-all, but they do assist in vacuuming up dry messes.

Enhances The Look Of Your Carpet

Carpets face a lot of foot traffic every day, it may not take long for the high traffic areas to show a dirty appearance. Carpet protector not only repels stains from your carpet, but it will also protect the look of your carpet and preserve its color by keeping soiling at the surface, allowing you to vacuum away much of the soiling that normally penetrates the carpets fibers.

Prevents Odors

Stains from carpet can have the entire room smelling bad and odors can be left behind even after you clean them. Carpet protection repels the odor causing stain from penetrating your carpets fibers which prevents the odor from going deeper, allowing easier removal of the odor.

How Often Should Carpet Protection Be Applied To Your Carpet?

Carpet protection should be applied to your carpets every 18-24 months. While the product does not necessarily quit working, it does tend to wear off over time. Areas with high traffic will need to be treated more frequently, while low traffic areas should need less frequent treatment. 

Carpeting is an expensive investment in your home. Keep your carpet looking it’s best through routine and proper maintenance of professional carpet cleaning and carpet protection.