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"I think of carpet cleaning
as a fine craft and an essential service —
not just a job."
~ Josh Almanza, owner

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Helping You Care for your Carpet

Serving Houston and Spring TX neighborhoods
SINCE 2004

As your professional partner in carpet care, I want to help you to keep your carpet in great shape between professional deep cleanings.

Josh Almanza, expert carpet cleaner

I constantly stay up-to-date on the craft and science of carpet cleaning and spot removal, and I attend annual conferences with other top experts in the carpet cleaning industry from across the country. I receive a lot of fantastic information, and I want to pass it on to my clients!

I've been hired by other carpet cleaners in Houston to conduct teaching workshops, and I think the best way to pass on helpful information to my clients is through my website. I hope you'll visit these pages often!

I will periodically update this page to reflect advancements in the science and innovations in the industry — from the carpet cleaning industry experts to the popular carpet manufacturer's recommendations.

From properly handling spills right away — to using the best practices for vacuuming, my goal is for you to get the best outcomes — long-lasting carpet that continues to perform well and look great — but most importantly — to help you maintain a healthy home for you and your family — free from mold, dust mites, allergens, and other health hazards that come from dirty carpets.

I want to help you before, during, and after professional deep cleanings.

I hope you'll see me as your trusted partner in the care of your carpeting (and Upholstery and Tile and Grout, too).

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"He understands the science of stain removal..."

Laurie P. from Google Reviews
First Step:

Know Your Carpet Type

What are your carpets made of?

To get the best cleaning results, it's important to know what kind of carpet you have.

(for example: wool, nylon, olefin, etc.)

If you need help, let me know. I can help you identify the material your carpet is made of.

There are three ways to identify carpet fibers:

1. Visual and Touch Identification — I've seen tens of thousands of carpets, and I can often tell just by looking.
2. Burn Testing — more accurate than visual, and most commonly used.
3. Chemical Testing — most accurate, but not very practical.

Over ninety percent of all of the carpet made today is made up of synthetic fiber — like nylon, polypropylene (olefin), or polyester.
The rest is often a natural fiber — most commonly wool.

 

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"Burn testing!?"

 
Yes! We burn your carpet.
But don't worry!

We simply take a single stray fiber of your carpet from the very edge of the room — or better yet — from a remnant, if you have one. Then we light a match to it.

We can identify your carpet material by the behavior of this tiny fiber as it burns; and by the smoke it gives off; and even by the smell.

 

Be Prepared for
ANY Spill

Here's a shopping list of items you'll need, so you will be prepared for any spill or stain on your carpet. You can think of these items as a "carpet first-aid kit" for any type of spill.

  • A Mild Detergent : We recommend a clear, non-bleach liquid dishwashing detergent such as Dawn, Joy, or clear Ivory. (Do not use detergents that are cloudy or creamy because they may leave sticky residues in carpeting.
  • White Vinegar
  • Clean White Rags and Paper Towels
  • Non-oily Nail Polish Remover
  • Chewing Gum Remover
  • Special Spot Removers ones specifically for grease, oil, or tar, such as Carbona or Energine.
  • Ice Cubes
  • Protective gloves
  • Spray Bottle
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Blunt Scraper, like a butter knife

Nice to Have

  • Wet Vac
  • Black light — to find pet pee

Be Careful!

  • Household Bleach
  • Household Ammonia
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Purely White Rags and Towels

It's important that the rags and paper towels you use to clean up spills are purely white —
— no colorful rags
— and no paper towels with pretty, decorative designs printed on them.

This will make sure that absolutely no colored dyes are transferred to your carpet fibers.

Blot Spills, don't Scrub!!

When you spill something on your carpet, I understand how tempting it can be to want to scrub it out. But please don't. Gentle rubbing is ok. But scrubbing carpet can cause damage to the fibers, especially if you use hard-bristled brushes. Scrubbing can untwists the fibers causing the carpet to fray or "bloom".

Scrubbing can also push spills deeper into the carpeting, making the spill harder to remove.

The magic word is BLOT. All types of spills on carpets should be blotted using a clean white cloth or paper towels. If the spill isn't coming up, please don't be tempted to start scrubbing. We have advice for specific spills on your carpet on this page, but if in doubt, please feel free to call My Pro Cleaner for help.

When blotting a spill, work from the outer edge of the spill in toward the center to avoid spreading the spill.

"If there is a simple household fix that you can do yourself, he will show you. He’s knowledgeable and understands the chemistry behind the stains ... "

Emily M. from Google Reviews

General Advice

1. Prompt attention to spots and spills is important! Don't wait! Please!
No carpet is completely stain-proof, although many are stain resistant. Stain resistant carpet allows a little extra time to handle a spill.

2. If you spill food on carpet, remove as much of the solids as possible by gently scraping with a dull knife from the outside towards the center.

3. Absorb any wet spills as quickly as possible by blotting repeatedly with clean white paper towels or rags. You can apply the cloth or towels, and then stand on them to help apply pressure and absorb the liquid.

4. After cleaning, always follow up with water to remove detergent residue that may become sticky and cause rapid re-soiling.

5. Draw out any remaining moisture by placing several layers of white towels over the spot and weigh them down with a heavy object such as a plastic jug, that will not transfer color through the paper to the carpet.

6. For help with almost any specific type of spill, please visit this page on carpet spots and spills. There, you can find your spill on the chart, which will lead to general instructions for handling that type of spill.

"He takes time to explain his process on what he will do. Wants to educate you on why stains are occurring and how to prevent you from having those issues."

Deana J. from Google Reviews

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Did you know!?!

There are several different methods of professional carpet cleaning.

You may have seen commercials for other methods that claim to be special or better.

But a nearly unanimous opinion — from the actual carpet manufacturer's themselves — is that Hot Water Extraction is the best method for a deep cleaning &mash; resulting in healthy, clean, beautiful, and long-lasting carpet.

In fact, most of the popular carpet manufacturers and sellers require regular Hot Water Extraction, specifically, in order to maintain their new carpet warranties.

Also, just because a professional has a truck-mounted cleaning system does not mean that they will give you a superior clean. Some carpet cleaners use equipment that is weaker and cheaper, or very outdated.

My equipment is "the darling of the industry". And I add optional equipment that enhances the cleaning power and drying power of the machine.

With superior Hot Water Extraction equipment, residue is not a problem.

You can read about my professional carpet cleaning equipment in this article.

 

Help with Specific Problems and Spills

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Ask Me Anything!

Contact My Pro Cleaner for Help

"Josh is very knowledgeable in what he does."

Jesse C. from Google Reviews