Get $30 OFF* in January on all your carpet and rug cleaning needs!

The biggest carpet and rug cleaning sale of the year!  includes carpet cleaning, furniture cleaning and tile cleaning.


Spend over $150 on your carpet cleaning service and get the discount price.

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  • $150-$200 get $10 off

  • $200-$250 get $20 off

  • $250- & up get $30 off


What about oriental rugs?

Rugs are cleaned at our location and prices include pick up and delivery!

Plus for a limited time get another 15% off any rug cleaning over $100.*


Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Make sure to like us on Facebook as well!

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Foggs loses one of their own -James (Jay) Rankin

In Loving Memory of James (Jay) Rankin

January 20, 1974 to September 29, 2016

Jay was to everyone who knew him a good friend and for us here at Foggs he was family. After a tragic accident he had complications from the injuries and passed away September 29, 2016.

Jay is survived by his mother Beverly Peterson.

We are confident that Jay is in the best place possible, Gods memory. For us here at Foggs he was a joy to work with and will be greatly missed.

Jay Rankin - 2016

Jay Rankin - 2016

Featured carpet cleaning service area: Egg Harbor Township

Great Egg Harbor got its name from Dutch explorer Cornelius Jacobsen Mey. In 1614, Mey came upon the inlet to the Great Egg Harbor River. The meadows were so covered with shorebird and waterfowl eggs that he called it "Eieren Haven" (Egg Harbor).

The first residents of what would become Egg Harbor Township were the Lenni Lenape Native Americans, who would spend their summers on the elevated land around the cedar swamp that is now Bargaintown Lake, as well as along the banks of Patcong Creek, where they made use of the abundant fish, shellfish, wild berries, and bird's eggs in the area and collected shells that could be carved to make wampum.

Great Egg Harbor was originally part of Gloucester County. In 1694 a law was passed that read "forasmuch as there are families settled upon the Egg Harbor, and of right ought to be under some jurisdiction, be it enacted by the authority aforesaid that the inhabitants of the said Egg Harbor shall and do belong to the jurisdiction of Gloucester."

In 1710, by an Act of the Legislature, legal boundaries of Gloucester County were set from the Delaware River, along the Burlington County line to the sea and back up the Great Egg Harbor River to the Delaware River. At that time Great Egg Harbor encompassed all of present-day Atlantic County. In 1837, Atlantic County was set apart from Gloucester County and the Townships were Egg Harbor, Galloway, Hamilton and Weymouth.

Since 1837, ten municipalities have separated from the original Egg Harbor Township, including Atlantic City (1854), Absecon (1872), South Atlantic City (now Margate) (1885), Somers Point (1886), Pleasantville (1888), Linwood (1889), Longport (1898), Brigantine (1903), Ventnor (1903) and Northfield (1905).

The 177th Fighter Wing is located at the Atlantic City International Airport, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. The wing has been at this location since 1958.

The 177th Fighter Wing is located at the Atlantic City International Airport, Egg Harbor Township, NJ. The wing has been at this location since 1958.

Points of interest

  • The Atlantic County Bikeway stretches for 7.5 miles (12.1 km) from the Shore Mall to the Atlantic County Institute of Technology in Hamilton Township.
  • Storybook Land is a park for children on a site covering 20 acres (8.1 ha) that was opened in 1955, featuring storybook characters such as Mother Goose and the Three Little Pigs.
  • Jersey Shore Children's Museum provides an environment for children that stimulates creativity, imagination, and learning through interactive play.

Featured carpet cleaning service area: Linwood, NJ

Carpet, rug and furniture cleaning in Linwood, NJ

Carpet, rug and furniture cleaning in Linwood, NJ

Linwood was originally incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 20, 1889, from portions of Egg Harbor Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. Linwood was reincorporated as a city on April 27, 1931. The area had been called Leedsville until 1880, when a post office was being established. The United States Postal Service insisted that the name had to be changed as it conflicted with an existing post office elsewhere in the state. Among the names proposed and considered by local residents were "Brinola", "Geneva", "Pearville" and "Viola", with "Linwood" ultimately chosen.

Today we are happy to say that we have been cleaning carpets, furniture and rugs in Linwood for over 30 years. Our family has come to know this area as part of our home and we have many customers that have used us exclusively for years. This is why we chose to Linwood to be our featured service area of the month.

You can't not mentioned that Linwood has an excellent country club as well. Known as the 'Cheers' of local clubs where everyone knows your name. We are happy to work hard to service this neighborhood. 

Linwood Arboretum

Linwood Arboretum

Linwood has some great parks too. The City currently operates a park system with approximately 36 acres, in addition to a bicycle path system that includes nearly 33 acres. Numerous recreational and athletic facilities are located throughout the City. These include baseball, softball, football, and soccer fields, a hockey court, playgrounds, and a bicycle path. The City is also committed to providing passive recreation opportunities which includes the Linwood Arboretum, Hartshorne Park, the SJI Park, and a portion of the Krumm Farm Vineyard. Our favorite is the vineyard where the city owned section opens every year to families who would like to come pick grapes. 

If you need someone to help clean the grape juice spills when you get home make sure to contact us!

Linwood home to a city owned winery

Linwood home to a city owned winery

We are happy to serve this community and we would love to help in any way we can with your carpet, rug or furniture cleaning needs. 

Featured carpet cleaning service area: Margate, NJ

Foggs serves the Margate area with the best in carpet cleaning and restoration. We also have many long time customers that we clean and repair rugs for in the Margate area. Here is a little history and some facts about the Margate area in South Jersey.

Margate City was originally incorporated as the borough of South Atlantic City by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on September 7, 1885, from portions of Egg Harbor Township, based on the results of a referendum held on August 1, 1885. South Atlantic City was reincorporated as a city on April 23, 1897, and then reincorporated with the name Margate City on April 20, 1909. The city was named for Margate, England.

The city is located on Absecon Island, which stretches for 8.1 miles (13.0 km) and is also home of Atlantic City and Ventnor City to the northeast, and Longport on the southwest. The city stretches about eight blocks from the Atlantic Ocean to the bay at most points in town. Margate is a popular Jersey Shore destination, especially during the summer, and is the home of Lucy the Elephant, a 65-foot (20 m) wooden elephant, and of Marven Gardens, of Monopoly board game fame.

Beaches

Margate's beaches attract surfers, kayaking and hobie cat sailing.

Margate Beach

The Margate beaches are narrower than beaches at many other places at the Jersey Shore. There are few dunes and those that do exist are artificial, having been created to protect beaches from nor'easters and hurricanes. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Margate voters will consider a referendum that would allow the city to participate in a program operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers under which dunes would be constructed on the city's beaches, which would be intended to alleviate beach erosion and provide storm protection to Margate and to adjoining Ventnor City, which has already had a beach protection program in place for the past ten years, under which dunes have already been constructed.

Margate City Beach Patrol operates lifeguard stands and beach patrol operations for the Margate beaches. Lifeguards are on duty during summer months from 10 am to 6 pm, with more limited hours in the late Spring and early Autumn months.

FAST FACTS

The Margate Bridge

The Margate bridge is a privately owned and operated toll-bridge which connects Margate to the mainland.

Lucy the Elephant

Lucy the Margate Elephant

Margate is the home of Lucy the Elephant, the “largest elephant in the world” and is the oldest remaining example of zoomorphic architecture left in the United States. Over 130 years old, she has been painstakingly restored and is toured by thousands of fans each year.

Featured carpet cleaning service area: Vineland, NJ

Charles K. Landis purchased 30,000 acres (121 km2) of land in 1861 and another 23,000 acres (93 km2) in 1874, near Millville, New Jersey, and along the West Jersey railroad line with service between Camden and Cape May, to create his own alcohol-free utopian society based on agriculture and progressive thinking. The first houses were built in 1862, and train service was established to Philadelphia and New York City, with the population reaching 5,500 by 1865 and 11,000 by 1875.

Established as a Temperance Town, where the sale of alcohol was prohibited, Landis required that purchasers of land in Vineland had to build a house on the purchased property within a year of purchase, that 2 1⁄2 acres (10,000 m2) of the often-heavily wooded land had to be cleared and farmed each year, and that adequate space be placed between houses and roads to allow for planting of flowers and shade trees along the routes through town. Landis Avenue was constructed as a 100-foot (30 m) wide and about 1-mile (2 km) long road running east-west through the center of the community, with other, narrower roads connecting at right angles to each other.

After determining that the Vineland soil was well-suited for growing grapes (hence the name), Landis started advertising to attract Italian grape growers to Vineland, offering 20 acres (81,000 m2) of land that had to be cleared and used to grow grapes. Thomas Bramwell Welch founded Welch's Grape Juice, and purchased the locally grown grapes to make "unfermented wine" (or grape juice). The fertile ground also attracted the glass-making industry and was home to the Progresso soup company. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, most of the city was involved in the poultry industry, which led to the city being dubbed "The Egg Basket of America."

Vineland Poultry Laboratories (now Lohman Animal Health) was started by Arthur Goldhaft. Dr. Goldhaft is credited with putting "a chicken in every pot" after developing the fowl pox chicken vaccine that saved millions of chickens from death. Dr. Goldhaft's work at Vineland Poultry Laboratories in Vineland, helped protect the world's chicken supply from the fowl pox disease.

Vineland had New Jersey's first school for the intellectual disabled, the Vineland Developmental Center, which now has an east and west campus. These institutions housed mentally handicapped women in fully staffed cottages. Henry H. Goddard, an American psychologist, coined the term "Moron" while directing the Research Laboratory at the Training School for Backward and Feeble-minded Children in Vineland. This facility was so sufficiently well known that one American Prison Association pamphlet in 1955 heralded Vineland as "famous for its contributions to our knowledge of the feebleminded".

The city of Vineland celebrated its 150th birthday in 2011. Mayor Robert Romano initially ordered a custom cake from Buddy Valastro of Carlo's Bake Shop in Hoboken, the business featured in the TLC reality television series Cake Boss. After outcry from local business owners, the order was canceled and five Vineland bakeries were commissioned to create elaborate cakes for the event.

South NJ Craigslist? How can you trust who you hire: 5 tips

There are a million ways to find someone to do a service for you. But how can you be sure that you won't be stuck with problems afterwards? You want to find not just a carpet cleaning service that is priced right and who does a good job, you want to find a carpet cleaner in South New Jersey you can trust. Here are some tips for locating a reliable contractor for any service but especially for someone who is going to come inside your home. Don't be the next victim of a Craigslist scam! Protect your pets, your family and your things by choosing the right carpet and tile service company.

1. Ask friends who they recommend

Today this is easier than ever. With social networking the huge advantage is that you can quickly ask many people who they use. We mainly use Google+ and Twitter for our recommendations.

2. Are they insured and licensed?

This may seem like a no brainer but many today will run a carpet cleaning route with nothing more than a residential Home Depot carpet cleaner in the back of their truck. This is not going to get your carpets clean and without the proper water extraction it will also leave your carpet wet and damaged. He might be a nice guy but if something goes wrong and he doesn't use the right chemicals, he could do more damage than good to your carpets, rugs and furniture as well. Make sure that they are insured for peace of mind!

3. Are they locally and nationally certified?

Use someone who can be verified by a third party organization. We are a member of the IICRC and The Clean Trust. This will keep you clear of scammers and will also help to make sure you have someone safe working in your home.

4. Do they show up when they say they will?

We want to pick someone we can rely on. While things come up for everyone no matter how hard they try to be reliable. Ask: Is it the norm or the exception that they are there when they said they would be? This can signal a reliable quality company vs the alternative. 

5. Do other professionals recommend them?

Use someone others have used and trust. Don't use an unknown guy or company. 

Use someone others have used and trust. Don't use an unknown guy or company. 

We get calls all the time from customers that tell us someone else in the industry recommended they talk to us. We are flattered and love this. It really is one of the best signs that a company is trustworthy. Why? Because whoever recommended you just put their reputation on the line. They wouldn't do this unless they were sure you could be trusted. 

Get that tile and grout floor clean!

RESTORE TILE TO LIKE NEW CONDITION

Cleaning tile floors by hand is hard work. It’s messy, uncomfortable—and impossible to get the deep-clean results that come with professional tile and grout cleaning. That’s because grout, which is a porous material, collects dirt, grime and spills, often discoloring the surface. Regular mopping and spot cleaning don’t reach the hidden dirt that lies deep within the pores of your grout lines. Our professional tile and grout cleaning service restores the luster to your floors, making them look like new.

At Foggs, our floor tile cleaners achieve far better results than any hand cleaning could ever do. Our trained technicians begin by inspecting your floor to determine the best treatment process and the proper cleaning agent. Next, our state-of-the-art tile steam cleaners yield a high-pressure water and vacuum combination that extracts dirt from deep within the tile and the pores of your grout. Although it’s safe and gentle on your floors, our unique tile and grout cleaning wand is highly effective.

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SEAL THE DEAL

Once the tile is clean, a finishing coat of our clear sealant or color sealant protects your grout and keeps it looking great. Stanley Steemer’s clear sealant penetrates the grout surface to create a protective barrier against spills and permanent stains. It also ensures that future tile and grout cleanings yield the best possible results.

Like always, Foggs makes tile and grout cleaning easy and hassle-free. An average-size room (up to 300 square feet) takes only 30 to 60 minutes to clean. Times vary based on tile size, amount of soil in the grout lines, and room configuration. If you choose to include sealant, it typically takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete. We recommend waiting 30 minutes before walking on the floor so the sealant can dry properly. Because it takes 24 hours to cure completely, avoid any liquid from coming in contact with the sealant during that time.

TIPS FOR TILE AND GROUT CLEANING:

  • To ensure the lasting beauty of your tile floor and to preserve the life of sealants, use a specific Tile & Grout Cleaner.
  • Always vacuum/sweep before mopping to eliminate as much dry soil as possible.
  • Always rinse after you mop.
  • Avoid bleach and other harsh chemical cleaners that might break down sealants.

MAKE SURE TO CONTACT US TODAY!

Pet Stain and Odor Removal

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The Best Way To Approach Pet Odor Removal

For many dog and cat owners, pet odor removal from carpets is an unfortunate fact of life. Puppies and kittens have a tendency to mess up flooring quite a bit before they are properly trained, and by the time they’re going outside or in the litter box, the floor may resemble a warzone. There are, however, a few ways a homeowner can wipe out the smells and stains that animals leave behind. In some cases, a professional may be needed to handle a particularly difficult and soiled situation.

The first thing to do when attempting pet odor removal is to locate the problem area on the carpet. This is often easier said than done, as dark flooring can make the area practically invisible. If finding the spot is too hard to do with the naked eye, illuminate the area with a black light. This type of bulb will highlight areas where Fluffy or Spot have been doing their business and will make give a starting spot when it comes to tackling the problem. Another way to track down soiled spots is to watch how other animals track through the home. If there are multiple dogs or cats in the house, they will stop and thoroughly investigate and sniff any area where other animals have evacuated.  Cleaning these spots thoroughly can mitigate the problem.

It’s important to fix the issue as soon as it is detected, for a couple of reasons. Animals have a tendency to use the bathroom where they detect the scent of urine or feces, so the problem could snowball and training the pup or kitten will be that much more difficult. Pet odor removal must also be done immediately because if the soiled patch of carpet is allowed to sit for too long, it will require more dramatic methods to get rid of it. If the animals are allowed to soil the flooring for weeks at a time, and the fabric is not cleaned thoroughly every time, the carpet may need to be replaced, which is significantly more expensive and obnoxious than dealing with the issue in the first place.

The best way to approach pet odor removal is to clean from the outside of the stain in. Starting from the center may push the stain out further and deeper into the flooring. Scrub inward with a bristle brush and paper towels. Use the paper towels to absorb liquid, and don’t scrub with them, as they may tear and get intertwined with carpet fibers.

Natural pet odor removal substances include vinegar, baking soda, rubbing alcohol, lemon or club soda. Rubbing alcohol can be applied directly to the area and blotted up once it sits for a few minutes. Vinegar, baking soda or lemon juice mixed with water can also be applied this way. If the problem is more widespread or doesn’t respond to these gentle methods, consider purchasing an enzyme solution from the pet store. These solutions digest the proteins found in dog and cat urine and fecal matter.

However, even that is often not enough to neutralize the problem, especially with more potent feline urine. If the smell remains after a few attempts to clean it, hire a professional to sanitize the flooring. This is a solution that is cost effective and quick, and will leave the carpet immaculate.

credit: IICRC

South Jersey and Jersey Shore News for June

Professional Automotive Detailing - Cleaner Carpets - New Jersey - Foggs Carpet Cleaning

No car detail would be complete without having your car or truck carpets professional cleaned. 

CALL: 609-645-1799

Most automotive detailers do not have the equipment to properly clean your cars carpets and mats. Here is a good example of a typical "shampoo" done by a professional car detailer vs a professional carpet cleaner. What happens is they take a brush and soap and actually rub the dirt deeper into the carpets. With proper high pressure extraction and steam the dirt is literally lifted out of the deepest parts of the carpet fibers. 

LEFT: Most of the dirt has been left behind          RIGHT: With high temp steam and full water extraction the results are drastic.

LEFT: Most of the dirt has been left behind         

RIGHT: With high temp steam and full water extraction the results are drastic.

Many will go to Walmart or AutoZone to just get replacement mats but these mats are not custom cut to your car and are not proper replacements. Some can even be dangerous causing issues with interference to your pedals. This was learned the hard way for many Toyota drivers. 

To buy properly cut and designed original floor mats is very costly. For example take a 2011 Toyota 4runner the average cost to replace just the 4 main mats is about $120. This also does not address the rest of the cars carpets and the stains that are left around the edges of the mats. 

Areas that are not covered by the factory mats are often heavily stained.

Areas that are not covered by the factory mats are often heavily stained.

So for the most economical, safe and complete solution Foggs Carpet Cleaning for automotive carpets is ideal. We can come to your home or office at a time convenient for you. Call us today for a quote! As long as your car is parked in an area where we can easily open all the doors at the same time and have room to park our truck then we can meet you to have your carpets cleaned. 

CALL: 609-645-1799

Once the carpets have been cleaned we recommend running the AC fan on the floor settings for the next few days while driving to ensure that the carpets are as dry as possible. Also parking in the sun allowing the interior to get hot will speed up this process. 

Spring Cleaning Time! New Jersey's Best Deals on Carpet Cleaning Right Now.

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Spring time is here and this is the best time of the year to get your carpets cleaned!

Foggs Carpet Cleaning has the equipment and professional experience to make sure that you get the very best service. 

Don't let the kids play on nasty carpet that just survived one of the worst South Jersey Winters in some time. With all that salt and slop get them professionally cleaned today!

As one of the top carpets cleaning companies in New Jersey, Foggs will always make sure that you are satisfied with the work done. 

When you need tile and grout cleaned, oriental rugs or furniture make sure to call us first!

CALL: 609-645-1799

Winter Carpet Cleaning Tips: Road salt will wreck your carpet

Winter is in full force here in the South New Jersey area. Road salt is beneficial to drivers because it helps melt snow and ice that accumulates on the roads, but it can also wreak havoc on carpets.

Steve Fogg, owner of highly rated Foggs Carpet Cleaning in Dorothy, NJ, says road salt is one of the single biggest contributors to carpet stains and deterioration in the South Jersey and Shore areas this time of year.

The recent snowstorm hit several areas hard during its two-day stay, said the National Weather Service.

Among the hardest hit areas were Hamilton Square, N.J. (14.5 inches), Bear, Del. (12.7 inches), New Egypt, N.J. (13.5 inches), Furlong, Pa. (12.0 inches), West Chester, Pa. (11.6 inches) and Perkasie, Pa. (11.0 inches).

Overall, central New Jersey was hit the hardest, while Cape May County had the least snow.

The totals also reveal how some areas escaped a big snowfall by falling just south of the rain-snow dividing line that was near the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

In all, 36 towns had at least 10 inches of snow from the storm.

Road salt is easily tracked into the carpets of homes and automobiles due to its small, granular size. “Unfortunately, the salt mixes with snow and water. When the carpet dries, you’re left with unsightly white salt stains due to the magnesium and calcium chloride in the salt. The heaviest buildup will appear white and crusty on the carpet,” Fogg says.

However, road salt has a high alkaline content and it can cause more damage to carpets than simply leaving a stain.

“The salt needs to be removed as quickly as possible because, if left alone, over time it will eventually break down the fibers, permanently damaging the carpet,” Fogg says.

The best way to prevent damage from road salt is to keep it from coming in contact with your carpet in the first place. Having friends and family remove their shoes before entering your home can drastically reduce the amount of salt that gets tracked into the carpet.

Placing a bench and shoe rack by the primary entrance of your home will help encourage guests to remove their shoes. Regular vacuuming will also help to remove salt from the carpet’s surface.

If you have salt stains that need to be removed, hire a professional carpet cleaning service. Steve Fogg reminds us that “Removing the salt without chemical cleaners or the proper equipment can be difficult and is best left to the professionals.” Contact Foggs today for a quote on your next carpet cleaning. 

Drive safe out there this winter and keep the salt on the roads and not in your carpet!

5 Truths About Carpet Cleaning You Should Know

1: You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet

No. Dirt is an abrasive like sandpaper.  Every time you step on the carpet. you grind dirt into your carpet fibers. This cuts your carpet just as if you had used a knife, causing it to wear out faster. A dirty carpet will not last nearly as long as a clean carpet. And while  vacuuming helps by itself, it’s simply not enough.  The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned the more damage you do to your carpet and the faster it wears out.

2: The only reason to clean carpets is to get out the dirt.

No. As you probably know outdoor air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution cigarette smoke, car exhaust and hundreds of other chemicals.  When you and your  family members come into your home you carry those pollens , bacteria, and chemicals in your hair, on your skin, clothing, and shoes.  Not surprisingly all those chemicals, pollens and bacteria wind up, you guessed it, in your carpet because of gravity.

If you have allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems , one major source  of your problem could be the pollens, fungus, and or chemicals caught in your carpet.

If you’re sensitive to cigarette smoke, you also might find that you’ll breath easier after you hire  a company to get those harmful chemicals out of your carpet.  So in addition to getting rid of dirt., another important reason to clean your carpet is to get  rid of residue from tobacco smoke.  Since, as you may know, tobacco smoke contains over 4000 different chemical  compounds, 43 of which cause cancer. So even if you don’t smoke, but somebody in the house does, those chemicals get left in your carpet.

3: One method of carpet cleaning is as good as another.

No. You can choose from two primary methods: Dry cleaning or Hot water extraction. First I’ll explain dry cleaning. Many people believe that dry cleaning your carpet is like dry cleaning you clothing. It’s not the same. All carpet cleaning methods use some water one form or another.

Here are the three methods of dry cleaning carpet

1 ) Dry foam method. When a carpet cleaner uses dry foam, he applies shampoo to your carpet, allows it to dry, and then sucks the dried shampoo into a vacuum.  Can you imagine applying shampoo to your hair, allowing it to dry and then removing the shampoo from your head with a vacuum?  This method can leave a residue in your carpet, which is one reason dry foam is not very effective.

2 ) Dry-Chem method is similar to dry foam. The major difference is that when a  dry-chemical is used, the company sets a large cotton bonnet on your carpet. Using a machine, the bonnet spins form side to side, absorbing  the dirt in the carpet. After the bonnet is  saturated with dirt another cotton bonnet is applied.  Bonnet cleaning is like trying to use a large towel to rub the dirt out of your carpet.  Like dry foam, its not very effective for deep down restorative cleaning.

3 ) Dry-compound method spreads an absorbent mixture that looks like wet sawdust all over your carpeting. Then the machine brushes the mixture into the carpet, which in theory causes dirt to absorb in the mixture. When the mixture has dried, a vacuum cleaner sucks the material out of the carpeting. Because the carpet is not rinsed in any way, this method is not very effective.

The second carpet cleaning method is called hot water extraction.

This is a fancy way of saying that a hot water cleaning solution under high pressure is forced into the carpet and then extracted (sucked) immediately back out of the carpet. This method is also  referred to as steam cleaning even though steam is not used.

Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer, recommends hot water extraction, and you can choose from two different types,  Portable extraction. which is done with a small machine, or truck mount extraction which means the large cleaning machine is mounted in a truck or van.

Not surprisingly. the truck mount extraction cleans much better because it heats the water to a higher temperature and shoots the cleaning solution into the carpet at higher pressure which breaks up the dirt, bacteria and pollens.  Then the machine uses higher suction to draw the dirt out of the carpet. (This is the method  To The Rescue!  uses )

No question, the most effective way to clean carpeting is with a hot-water unit mounted in a truck. It’s the most powerful cleaning machine on the market and the only machine that thoroughly cleans your carpet and rids it of dirt, harmful bacteria, fungus. chemicals, pollens and tobacco residue.

Some people believe that hot water damages your carpet, but this isn’t true.  By washing and then rinsing your carpet with hot water we clean your carpet completely in the same way that the person who showers and then rinses off the dirt and soap will be much cleaner  than the person who takes only a sponge bath.

FACT: The CDC recommends steam cleaning for cleanup involving virus prevention and cleaning. This should be enough to tell you that the best way to clean your carpets is steam cleaning. Note too that in their typical recommendations they require the carpet to be cleaned at temperatures that a store rental carpet cleaning CAN NOT reach. However, our truck mounted machines can. 

4: Having the right equipment is all a company needs to clean your carpets properly.

Not true. Many companies own hot-water cleaners but a large number of employees don’t know how to use them. You probably know someone who bought the newest  computer on the market, but didn’t learn how to use it for a year or more.  The same is  true with carpet cleaning machines. The company may own good equipment, but the employees may not know how to use it correctly.  This is why it’s important that you choose your carpet cleaning technician carefully.

The best carpet cleaning companies are those that have been certified by the Institute of  Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, known as the IICRC. A carpet cleaning company cannot buy this certification.  The carpet cleaner must earn the certification through study, experience and the successful completion of  a formal, written examinations. Cleaners who are certified by the IICRC have in effect. earned a degree in carpet cleaning.

The IICRC provides written credentials to the companies it certifies. So before you choose  a carpet cleaner ask to see written proof of the company’s IICRC certification.

Then you’ll find other carpet cleaners, professionals like me who work hard to earn your trust and respect.

5: The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should  hire.

Here are two important points to consider;

Point #1: The price you see offered may not be for all the services you want performed.

Before you select a company, decide what you want to accomplish.  If you want the carpet cleaner to remove only some of the dirt, you can choose from hundreds of companies that use small shampooers or other cleaning methods. You can even rent a machine at the grocery store and do the job yourself.

On the other hand if you want your carpet thoroughly cleaned, if you want to remove the harmful dirt, bacteria, pollens, chemicals and tobacco residues, then you need to hire a company that uses a hot water cleaner mounted in a truck.  This is the only way to assure that your carpet remains healthy and free from dirt, disease-causing bacteria, and hurtful chemicals.  So remember that the price you see offered may not be for the services you want performed.

Point #2: The price you see advertised may not be the price you end up paying.

Many homeowners have found that the low price they saw advertised was not the amount  they were charged. If you’ve ever hired a carpet cleaner, you too may have been the victim of false or misleading advertising.  You may have learned the hard way that some carpet cleaners offer a cheap price usually between $9.95 and $12.95 per room and then pressure you into paying a lot more once they get inside your home. Some of them may even break the law by using illegal bait and switch tactics.

Give the gift of clean!

Sure the party was great and seeing the family was wonderful! But what a mess! We understand that this may not be the best for your carpet. Foggs Carpet Cleaning is here to help your family to recover from the mess. 

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Butter, dressing, wine and more can all ruin not only your party but also your floors. Don't let stains sit for too long on your floors. Not only can wine stain your carpet but it can also stain your grout and wood floors if left too long. 

We would also recommend calling and scheduling a cleaning now. Why? So that you can make sure that all that food and drink that made its way into your floors doesn't sit for long. Foggs can help you get things off to a good start for a new year. Contact us today!

Cleaning Tips: How to clean up that family holiday mess!

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1. Flush stain with cool water.

2. Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent with one quart of cool water. Soak in this solution for 15 minutes.

3. Rinse with water.

4. If the stain remains, sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol and rinse thoroughly.

5. Launder, using chlorine bleach, if safe for the fabric.

Upholstery

1. Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol. 

2. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the vinegar/alcohol solution.

3. Blot until the liquid is absorbed. 

4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

5. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

Carpet

1. Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water.

2. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.

3. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

5. If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of ammonia (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia - the resulting fumes are hazardous) with two cups of warm water.

6. Sponge the stain with the ammonia solution.

7. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

8. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

Stain Buster — Gravy

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Fabric

1. Scrape off excess gravy.

2. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover.

3. Launder, using the hottest water safe for the fabric.

Upholstery

1. Scrape off excess gravy.

2. Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, or other absorbent on the stain. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes, and then vacuum.

3. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.

4. Blot until the solvent is absorbed.

5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the stain

Carpet

1. Scrape off excess gravy. 

2. Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, or other absorbent on the stain. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes, and then vacuum.

3. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.

4. Blot until the solvent is absorbed.

5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

6. If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with this solution. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

7. Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent/vinegar solution.

Thanks to Good Housekeeping for these effective tips. If you still need help with your stains make sure to Foggs Carpet Cleaning!

Is Your Carpet Dirtier Than A Toilet Seat? YES!

Carpet is a great choice for your home but like anything it needs to be cleaned regularly. It adds warmth, comfort and feels good on bare feet. But because of all the traffic it encounters, it tends to get pretty dirty over time. In fact, according to Men's Health, it's a germ hotspot and can be 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat -- ew! "Rugs are botanical and zoological parks," microbiologist Dr. Philip Tierno told the magazine, and mentioned that they can have many different organisms living in them. 

So what's the best way to clean a carpet? Well, Men's Health suggests hiring a professional once a year for a deep steam-cleaning. But weekly maintenance is super important as well. TLC's How Stuff Works recommends vacuuming regularly and applying soil retardants and baking soda to the surface.

We knew this wall-to-wall textile could end up spotty, but we had no idea there could be so many creepy crawlers lingering in the fibers. So be sure to pay extra attention to your rugs this weekend if you're doing some spring cleaning. 

For more information, head on over to Men's Health and TLC. And be sure to contact Foggs today if you haven't had your carpets cleaned in a while. 

In the meantime check out these tips!

Wall-to wall carpeting is virtually impossible to clean thoroughly, but here are some tips to help:

  1. Encourage family members to remove shoes upon entrance into the home. Pesticides, pollutants and dirt come indoors on shoes and are tracked onto carpets. If going shoeless is not acceptable to family members, suggest that they wear house shoes (that don’t go outside), slippers or socks. 

  2. Vacuum two or more times per week. Frequent vacuuming helps reduce the level of dust mites, which trigger asthma and allergy attacks. It also means getting rid of surface dirt on carpets before it has a chance to get ground in. A vacuum cleaner with strong suction, rotating brushes and a HEPA filter, so the dirt and dust won’t get blown back out in the exhaust, is best. Go back and forth over the same spot several times, especially in high traffic areas, to get all of the dirt and dust!

  3. Clean up spills on carpets immediately to prevent stains. Soak up liquid spills by covering them with clean white (or light-colored) towels or paper towels. Scrape sticky substances off carpets with a spatula or spoon. Don’t rub the spill. That will damage carpet fibers and make the stain spread. To clean the stain, mix 1 cup warm water and 1/2 teaspoon mild liquid soap, such as dishwashing liquid or fine fabric detergent. Apply a small amount, blot by pressing a clean white towel into the carpet and lift. Then repeat the process until the stain is removed. Don’t scrub. Be patient. After stain is removed, rinse the area with a solution a few teaspoons of white vinegar to one cup water and blot with another clean towel. 

  4. Use baking soda to remove odor from carpets. Carpet deodorizers and fresheners often contain fragrances that merely mask the smell. Baking soda soaks up the odor. Just sprinkle baking soda over the surface of the carpet. Let it stand for 15 – 30 minutes. Then vacuum. 

  5. Ventilate well during and after carpet cleaning. To speed drying time and prevent mold growth, keep windows open and use fans. Avoid carpet cleaning on humid or damp days.