Boston carpet cleaner shares stain removal tips
Boston carpet expert
Rick Taylor, president
The Red Carpet Company Inc.
Rick Taylor got into the carpet cleaning business in 1978. He and his business partner, Ed Driscoll, formed The Red Carpet Company Inc. in 1994, servicing Eastern Massachusetts and greater Rhode Island.
The company, which also provides air duct, upholstery, drapery, tile and grout cleaning services, has been honored with the Super Service Award seven times since 2001.
By Leslie Benson
Assuming regular wear and tear, how often should I have my carpet cleaned?
It depends on the amount of foot traffic and type of carpet.
We recommend cleaning your carpets once a year on average, but if they get heavy use, you should have them professionally cleaned twice a year to prevent wear and discoloration.
We specialize in Oriental rugs and area carpets, charging by the square foot. We prevacuum to loosen and extract embedded soil, which most companies don't do, and use foam to coat and get deep into carpet fibers, but we don't steam clean.
Our carpets dry within three to five hours, rather than two to three days. We prefer you move toys, breakables or knickknacks off the floor before our arrival, but we'll move some furniture.
Carpet fabric can eventually change into the color of its stain; while the abrasiveness of sand can cause traffic lane patterns of wear.
On pet and beverage stains, we use a protein-based stain spotter. The toughest carpets to clean are Berber rugs, which have tight weaving. If you don't clean them correctly, it can cause streaking.
Copy machine toner and the red dye in Kool-Aid are the most brutal on carpets. The longer the stain sits, the harder it is to remove. Most people wait too long. But if you call us in a timely manner, we have had success removing such harsh stains as red wine.