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Carpet cleaner - for upstairs - kiddo safe
We have a 5-year-old and a baby who will be crawling before
we know it and our carpets are in desperate need of
cleaning. So far, we've had two negative carpet- cleaning
experiences: one stole from us, the other was rude to us and
didn't want to clean on a rainy day (didn't have portable
equipment). We live in a building that is shared with a
catering biz (we are on second floor), so whoever cleans our
carpets cannot have a big van parked in the back lot (where
there catering biz needs space.) And also, I wouldn't want
harsh/toxic chemicals when we'll have a baby crawling around
soon. Any family-friendly/apartment-friendly recommendations
would be great!! Thank you so much! carpeted
I had gotten Larry's Extreme Clean name from BPN & I just
had my WW's cleaned a month ago by Larry. I highly
recommend using his services. He is reasonably priced, nice
to have working in the house & did a really caring job on my
light blue carpets. I had quite a stubborn stain in the TV
room & Larry really worked on it & I couldn't believe that
he really did make it disappear, though he honestly told me
he may not be able to get it all out. He uses oderless, non
toxic products & came to my house right on time. I'll use
his carpet cleaning services again, when the time comes. He
told me he has a band & he'll play at weddings too - a
really nice guy. Larry's Extreme Clean 510.215.7664 Liza
You should contact Larry at (510) 215-7664
http://larrys-extremeclean.com/. We have had him clean our
carpets (and upholstery) a few times now and he is awesome!
His equipment is all portable (he just needs to get hot
water from a sink or bathtub) and he uses green methods.
There is no bad chemical smell when he's done--just clean
rugs. I don't think he is the cheapest out there, but the
price is reasonable and so worth it for peace of mind. He
is completely reliable and trustworthy. happy customer
I'd recommend doing it yourself. Safeway rents out steam
cleaners, and they're easy to use. I used one once a month
when I was in college and house-training my puppy on
wall-to-wall carpet...You rent the machine (on wheels, and
not too heavy) and buy the soap. The directions are on the
machine and easy to follow. Cheaper and safer than hiring a
I highly recommend Sonny with Bay Area Dry Master (check out
the amazing reviews on Yelp) - (510) 334-8630. He is
amazingly nice and pleasant to work with. He'll vacuum
before doing the cleaning, so you don't have to worry about
that. The carpets will take a little while to dry, I think 4
hours?, so it's great if you can take the kids out for the
day. I didn't detect any unpleasant odors after it was done,
and I have sensitive skin and never had any skin irritation,
nor did my crawling child. Hope this helps! happy Bay Area
Dry Master customer
Non-toxic cleaning of wall to wall carpet?
We had wall to wall carpet put in our house three years ago,
and unfortunately picked a light color. It is now
desperately in need of a deep cleaning, especially as we
just wrapped up a dust generating bathroom remodel.
I was going to just call Stanley Steemer, but then became
concerned about the chemicals used. We have a toddler and I
am in the first trimester of a new pregnancy and so am both
smell sensitive and concerned about the effects of chemical
cleaner residues on both my little ones.
Can anyone recommend a Berkeley/El Cerrito area carpet
cleaning service that uses non-toxic, eco-friendly
I've used SurfClean a number of times and have been very
happy with their work. They are extremely thorough and
guarantee their work. Victor uses a hot water extraction
method. They also do upholstery and other surfaces. I'm
planning to have them clean my couch next month as I've been
so pleased with the carpet jobs.The website is
www.surfcleaners.com and the phone number is 383 3563. And
they also have terrific Yelp reviews. Sydney
Jillian Brorby of Natural Care for Carpets has many years'
experience doing completely non-toxic carpet cleaning and
she is terrific both as a professional and as a person. I
can't recommend her highly enough. Her number is
Check out http://www.mothernaturescarpetcleaning.com/ they
are in El Cerrito. I contacted them after reading a
recommendation on BPN, and was happy with their work. The
job they did for me was an interior shampoo of my car (done
in my own driveway!) so I can't comment on experience with
cleaning wall-to-wall carpet, which, as a carpet cleaning
company, they also can do. They say they use natural and
chemical-free products, but unfortunately, they are not any
more specific than that (after all, many safe cleaning
solutions are technically chemicals, and there are things in
nature that are harmful). I was happy with their result,
though - clean without any perfumey smell.
Know a good carpet clearner
My carpet is about 7 years old and is light in color. I
need a carpet cleaner who will clean around the edges as
well as the main surface. I live in Alameda. Any
Give Mother Nature carpet Cleaning a call at 510-776-8115.
Amazing people and amazing results! Not to mention their
prices....They are local (El Cerrito)and green. I'm
confident that you'll be absolutely happy with them. BTW,
they also specialize in green upholstery cleaning. Idit.
Carpet cleaning machine
Any recommendations for a decent carpet cleaning machine?
Have dog, and this rainy/muddy season is killing me. If I
called Coit, they would be here every other day. Not Martha
I did a lot of online research and decided on the Hoover
SteamVac with Clean Surge. I've only tried it on large area
rugs so far, but it was fantastic. My rugs were filthy and
the steam vac pulled up all the dirt and mud -- you could
see it in the water tank. I got mine at Amazon.com
(currently about $135 with free shipping). Have muddy paws
Carpet Cleaners for Pet Stains
Can anyone recommend a carpet cleaner who is particularly
good at getting out pet stains? We have a 13-yr old dog
who is having all sorts of accidents on our carpets.
Carpet Cleaning Wizards (925) 525-5202 are fantastic! They
go all over the Bay Area and are the best by far for getting
out stains of any kind. They also clean upholstery , tile,
and do the dust free hardwood floor refinishing.
We know for a fact that they do a great job with pet stains.
Our 15 year old dog recently passed on and had a 6 month
daily incontinence problem. These folks came in several
times and did a wonderful job. Prior to her incontinence
issue, they also miraculously maintained over 3000sq ft of
WHITE tile and carpet from toddler and muddy paw abuse.
AND they are remarkably affordable.
We once lost the magnet that they gave us and accidently
called a competitor. Not even close to being as good. From
then on, every time they come we get more magnets and keep
them in strategic places so if the kid runs off with the one
on the fridge we won't be SOL when the time comes.
Yes, the stains will come out with the right cleaner guy
Need to get large rag rug cleaned
We have a large area rug that is a ''rag'' rug. (Meaning its made
of small fabric strips tied to its warp and weft.) It is in
desperate need of someone to take it away and clean it thoroughly
- but gently. It is my daughters rug and she loves it but is
allergic to the dust that it collects. Any suggestions for
professional, reputable, and hopefully eco-friendly services that
will do this? Thanks!
Google ''Larry's Extreme Clean'' in El Cerrito. He has amazing
reviews on Yelp. He is very into eco-friendly products, and does
a great job. He himself is the one that does the job. He does
not send an employee---and he is totally trust-worthy. Just on
the side, he is also a great musician. That probably won't help
your carpets much, but he's a dynamic and reliable carpet
cleaner. . . and an all around fun guy.
Can anyone recommend an eco-friendly carpet cleaning service that
uses products safe for babies and toddlers? I have inherited a
beautiful oriental rug that unfortunately was soiled by cat
urine. I also have recently moved into an apartment with brand
new carpeting that smells of chemicals and I'd like to get rid of
the smell somehow, maybe by steam cleaning? Any suggestions for
one or both of these problems?
got carpet issues
Jillian Brorby of Natural Care for Carpets has many years'
experience doing completely non-toxic carpet cleaning and she is
terrific both as a professional and as a person. I can't
recommend her highly enough. Her number is 510.237.3777.
If it's a genuine oriental carpet, you must take it to a place
that specializes in oriental rugs or your rug will be ruined.
Take it to Emmet Eiland, they are the best. And it's eco-
friendly too -- they just use mild soaps.
For wall to wall carpet, try Organic Choice.
Magic Carpet Rider
I am in need of recommendations for a good professional carpet
you have used someone that you recommend, can you please let me
know? Thanks very much.
With kids, you want to go with a green cleaner. So, I recommend
Leon Cross of
He is a kick - you'll really enjoy meeting him, and he uses only
Berkeley Home Owner
We recently used Larry's Extreme Clean (www.larrys-extremeclean.com)
for our sofa and large area rug based on his overwhelmingly positive
reviews on yelp. They sure were right - Larry was on time, is very
nice, and knows his business. He uses relatively mild detergents and
he went over stubborn stains three or more times to try to get them
out. Our rug was still stained with food and puppy pee after sending
it to a rug store for cleaning and Larry made it look (and smell) a
whole lot better. (A total bonus - as revealed on the yelp site, Larry
was an 80s rock star, so he'll share stories like about his hotel stay
with Springsteen - but only if you ask him!) We would definitely use
him again if the need arose.
I use Pristine Carpet Cleaning. They're from Brentwood or
Antioch or something, but they come out to Oakland for my
house. It's a family-owned and run company, so it's always the
same two guys that come. They're very friendly and neat and I
usually leave them at the house and just have them drop the key
in the door when they're done. I think for my 2,000 square
feet plus stairs, it's usually close to $200. Here's their
website, I'd call, I haven't had luck with their online form.
We have been using Dale from Streamline Carpet Cleaning for
years and have always been pleased. We have tried others but
always find our way back to Dale. His number is 925-788-8407 or
When Dale has been too busy for an emergency we used Gary Rains
of GR8 Carpet Cleaning and were also very pleased. His number
I use Leon Cross regularly for my apartment and my office. He
uses green materials, is reliable and inexpensive. Here is his
Can anyone recommend a good local carpet cleaner? Ideally
organic. We used one of the companies recommended on BPN
recently and didn't have a great experience (when they plugged
their equipment in they blew a fuse and damaged 4 outlets). I
was hoping for more recent experiences than what is currently
I have tried various carpet cleaners and have found that my
local Stanley Steamer is the best overall. They have their own
generator and do a really thorough cleaning. The workers are
courteous and professional and well trained by the company.
It isn't organic per se but really excellent.
By the way, I have tried various types of cleaning in the past
including more organic and supposedly superiour types and the
Stanley Steamer Steam Cleaning rules.
We had good luck with both Fremont Carpet Cleaner's in Fremont
and Zero Rez. I always try Fremont's first, but they are often
booked far in advance. They are happy to come to
I've been using Crosstown Carpet for several years for both my
home and my office. They are a green company, and owner, Leon
Cross, when he came to my house, asked if we had used bleach,
and I said ''no.'' He sleuthed me out when I produced a bad-for-
environ can of stuff that had bleach. He cleaned everything
using green materials, and I use him regularly.
I'm looking for a great home carpet cleaning company, preferably
one that uses non-toxic products. We have a houseful of beige
carpeting and two toddlers - not a good combination! I checked
previous recommendations, but they're not very recent.
SunClean Carpet Care is non-toxic, organic and the only Green
Certified carpet cleaner in Alameda County. Also, very friendly
Check them out @ http://www.suncleancarpetcare.com
or call 510-263-0321
Jillian Brorby does wonderful non-toxic carpet cleaning (as well
as space clearing, feng shui, and face reading). She's very
knowledgeable, professional, delightful to have in your home, and
reasonably priced. 510.910.6886
I highly recommend Larry's Extreme Clean for Carpets, Upholstery,
etc. Larry has done good work for me in the past, but today what
he did was simply astounding. Two days ago my mother had a
ruptured varicose vein and bled all over her apartment before the
paramedics arrived. It looked like a crime scene! Fortunately,
she is OK now. But yesterday I got a call from her apartment
manager saying that the place was ''un-inhabitable''. Evidently,
they were intending to remove all the carpeting - at tremendous
expense - and meanwhile my mother would have no place to live. I
hired Larry. He went over and in 3 hours he removed all traces of
blood from the carpet. His price was amazingly low, considering
how much work was involved, and especially considering how much
replacing the carpet and putting my mom in a hotel would have
cost. The phone number for Larry's Extreme Clean is (510) 215-7664.
I have wall to wall carpet with lots of pet stains due to an ill,
incontinent dog who is no longer with us. I would like to try to
remove the stains before having to replace the carpet. Any
recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
best there is, orientals and walltowall. great service and
I have been using Advantage Carpet Cleaners at (510) 235-3487
for the past couple of years. The owner comes out and does all
of the work himself. He's a nice, honest guy, very
knowledgeable and he steam cleaned my microfiber sofa where as
one other company would only dry clean it. I've got two little
kids who have managed to have accidents of all sorts on this
sofa and the results were amazing! He also has a young child
and is in tune with that sort of thing. In addition to the
sofa, he's done our area rugs as well. We will continue to use
Is it better to clean carpet by having it professionally done (chem-dry) or do it yourself with a steam cleaner? Has anyone actually bought a steam cleaner? What brand?
dirty carpet owner
If you need a professional carpet cleaner, I highly recommend David Skuse of Organic
Choice Carpet Cleaning (www.organic-choice.com). I found him here on the BPN and wanted
to update the information on him. He cleaned our carpet yesterday and did a great job.
Plus he was very reasonably priced - and gives discounts to clients from the Berkeley
Parents Network. He runs his own business and does all the jobs himself. And, best of
all, his products are all organic and not harmful to the environment or to our kids.
Can anyone suggest an ecological /eco-friendly/non-toxic carpet cleaning service? Want the kids to be able to roll around on the ground without ingesting chemical cleaning ingredients...Thanks, Sarah
My good friend and housecleaner of many years has set up a new carpet cleaning business using only Bi-o-Kleen products made of grapefruit seed extract. He cleaned 2 heavily trafficked rugs (kitchen, livingroom)for me. They came out beatiful, smelled nice and won't harm my little ones or the environment. Mark Has really done his homework on the products he uses and is probably one of the nicest people to work with.
His companty is called SunClean Carpet Care.
For the "green" carpet cleaning option, contact David Skuse of Organic Choice Carpet Cleaning. - http://www.organic-choice.com
Replying to the person wanting ecological carpet cleaner: Call Leon Cross at Jan Pro Cleaning, 510-475-6024. I was impressed because before he even started to clean our carpet, he said he smelled bleach. So he checked his equipment to make sure the previous employee didn't use any. Then I confessed that we had used a bottled stain remover. Ask for Leon and mention my name and ask about their ecology consideration.
I do not recommend Carpet Master Chem Dry of Oakland. I recently used them for a toilet overflow that soaked my hallway carpet. They responded promptly and extracted the water and removed the ruined pad, but the service took a deep dive after the first visit. They showed up twice without necessary material and equipment, each time requiring another visit. They missed 2 appointments and were 90 minutes late to another. The dispatcher was very rude, telling me it was my fault the technician made an appointment and didn't tell the dispatcher. The carpet was badly reinstalled, rippled and not attached to tack strips in some places, the technician was unable to correct. It took a total of 4 visits to complete this disaster at an outrageous price. I will now have to have a carpet installer to correctly reinstall the carpet. The owner has yet to return my call and it's been a week. I've used other Chem Dry cleaners before and been pleased.
Does anyone have a recommendation for an affordable area rug cleaning service? The cost for a 9x12 rug at our local dry cleaner is $179 which is more than half the original cost of the rug! But, with a dog and twins, our dear rug is in desperate need of cleaning.
Appleby Cleaning has been cleaning my carpets for years. My children are allergic to most everything. They do a second step fresh water rinse or just clean with hot water if I ask. No problems since. They show up when they say they will and are very professional. More $ than some, but worth it. They clean my upholstery too.
I have a 4x6 area rug that needs cleaning. Given its size, I
can easily take it to a rug cleaner. All the recommendations in
the archives are for services that come to one's home. Can
anyone recommend a good rug cleaning place? It's mostly pet
hair and rug fuzz that my vaccuum can't get rid of.
I have used Imperial Rug Cleaning Co.
1716 San Pable Ave. slightly north of University in Berkeley.
I have used them for years on my area rugs, couch cushions and futon covers. They
are a family owned business, do not use any chemicals, just soap and warm water, a
good suction vaccuum, and are VERY reasonably priced. They also pick up and
deliver for large rugs. They do most work at their facility where they have good air
drying facilities. They also come to your home to shampoo your wall-to-wall rugs.
I have used all of their services for years and have always been very satisfied.
I hope you give them a try.
Appleby's Rug Cleaning in San Leandro is great - pull right up
and they will help you get the rug inside (although sounds like
you won't need help). Not sure if it is officially ''female
run'', but I've only encountered women when I've gone, which was
a nice surprise. It's located just west of the 880 past Davis
St. - http://www.applebycleaning.com/
I noticed that a lot of people on this group recommend Stanley Steemer and I wanted to share my experience with their San Leandro branch.
On Monday, April 4 2005, I witnessed Stanley Steemer employees dumping wastewater from one of their jobs onto park property in very close proximity to a creek.
This is highly illegal so I called the City of Oakland Environmental Services and informed them of the situation.
A warning was issued to the employees and they were forced to immediately abate.
When I called their San Leandro office, I was told that the incident had been " complete farce" and that "it never happened". I was also given a story that their truck is equipped with a special machine that turns the waste water into "the same ingredients as macaroni & cheese" and that it is "good fertilizer for plants".
After doing some online research on Stanley Steemer, I found out that they have been in trouble before with the County for dumping wastewater.
I thought people on this list should know that while they may do a good job cleaning carpets, they appear to be violating City and County ordinances by improperly disposing of their wastewater.
If you call them they will adamantly deny that this is going on. If you are lucky, you may even get the "macaroni & cheese" story.
Here is a link to a photo of the incident which they deny happened:
I just had an incredibly great experience using Stanley
Steemer in San Leandro for upholstery cleaning. I read some
of the positive postings about them on this network, and
decided to give them a try, and also called 3 other
companies to compare. I called to make an appointment, told
them I had two FILTHY cream-colored couches, one 9' and one
6' that needed cleaning, and they gave me a quote of
$150.00, when other companies said that they would have to
see ''just how filthy'' they were to give an estimate. They
gave me an appointment with a 3 hour window, and called 30
minutes before they arrived to let me know that they were
coming. When they arrived they looked at the couches, and
got to work. I fully expected them to tell me that ''we
needed this special kind of deep cleaning that would be an
additional $100,'' like most of the carpet cleaning
companies we've used in the past have done, but they didn't
say a thing. They set to work, and were done in an hour.
They were efficient, professional, and very friendly. It was
a really pleasant experience, and I will definitely use them
again and again.
Request Joe Bayluy to do your
I would like to highly recommend IMPERIAL RUB CLEANING
COMPANY. They just delivered all of my area rugs (all 8 -
12 ft in dim) and they look and smell terrific! I have
been using them for years, and call them every 18 - 24
months. They use only mild soap, no chemicals, and warm
water, have good drying rooms and pick up and deliver the
rugs for a very small fee. All of my rugs cost between
$80 - $120 each to clean, and I have them back within a
week to 10 days. My boys spend most of their time with
their faces on the floor, driving their trucks or playing
with their trains, so clean rugs are improtant to me. I
cannot recommend this place more highly. They are located
at 1716 San Pablo Ave. a few blocks north of University.
Does anyone have suggestions for a safe carpet cleaning product
for the nursery? Two years of use have left the low, tight-
weave, woolen carpet dirty in the the most heavily used spots.
Any suggestions on products that are safe to use? Thanks.
I have rented the industrial-type machines from Hertz (there's
one in San Pablo, and maybe one in Berkeley? Check the phone
book) and filled it up with a mix of vinegar and water -- about
1 part vinegar to 5 or 6 water. I get the vinegar by the gallon
at Costco. The machine rental is about $30 and the vinegar (two
gallons) about $3. It works great and is non-toxic. There may
still be some solvent left in the tank, so if you are very
concerned about that you could rinse the machine out before use.
You may also want to bring a big strong friend with you to carry
the machine if you live in an upstairs apartment, like we do --
gosh, it's heavy!
We had great luck having someone come in to clean rugs--all
organically. I've heard that a lot of the chemicals in other
systems are pretty scary--especially for a baby's room.
We used David Skuse at Organic Choice Carpet Cleaning. 866/522-
2876 also at organic-choice.com. Not too expensive. He also did
some furniture and everything came out very well. Dried
quickly, and best of all--no fumes.
We need a recommendation for a professional carpet cleaner
(wall to wall and an area rug) that uses a non-toxic
process (if one exists) that is, of course, also effective
and not too expensive. The two rooms that we need cleaned
are the rooms our babies crawl around in the most and I
would prefer to use as few chemicals in there as possible. Does
anyone have someone they can recommend?
Steve Bohnert wtih Everclean does a great job cleaning
carpets. He is reasonable and uses gentle cleansers.
I live in the Alameda area and am looking for suggestions
for a carpet shampooing service. I want someone who isn't
expensive but who does a good job. I'm renting a place,
and my lease requires that the carpet be shampooed before
we move out. Thanks for your advice!
I'm assuming that the carpets in your rented residence are
a manmade fiber (polyester, nylon, etc) and not wool or
some other special fiber. If so, then don't waste your
money on carpet cleaning companies. You can do the job
yourself using one of those rented carpet shampoo machines
(avail at places like Home Depot, certain grocery stores).
Pretreat any badly soiled areas with ''Resolve'' or another
carpet stain remover, removing as much of the stain as
possible. Then vacuum the carpet before cleaning it. Then
clean it using the machine. When you fill the machine with
water, be sure it is very hot water (I boil the water on
the stove in a large pot) -- extremely hot water works so
much better than warm water -- it's the secret to success
with this process! Be sure to use a carpet cleaning soap
(not laundry detergent or dishwashing liquid, which will
overdo it!) -- available for purchase wherever you rent the
machine-- and I always use a little LESS than the
recommended amount to avoid over-soaping. Follow the
instructions on the machine -- it's easy. I helped my
brother clean the carpet in his condo rental & he was
amazed at how it cleaned up. I've hired professional
cleaning companies before to do my carpets, but now find
that I can do the job myself for A LOT less money. The
machines rent for approx $28/day, and you can sometimes get
a half-day rental rate good for 4 hours. Good luck.
Saved $$ / Did it Myself
Looking for a recommedation for natural carpet cleaners for
wall to wall carpets. Somebody who is ecologically minded
and uses non-toxic materials.
I use The Carpet Marshall for cleaning carpet. He
specializes in cleaning things for people with chemical
sensitivities. He has cleaned offices at my work and home
and cleaned our van that we bought used and I had to get
the detailing chemicals out. He's listed in the phone book.
The owner's name is David.
We have 3 young kids and beige carpet in our den, which gets
dirty often. Rather than having the capets cleaned
regularly professionally, I am thinking about purchasing a
carpet cleaner. Can anyone recommend a model that is easy
to use and cleans well, including stains? I'd also like it
to be gentle to the carpet.
Thanks very much,
We are in a similar situation -- light-colored berber
carpet, 2 dogs, a toddler. We bought a Hoover SteamVac
Deluxe 1600 model and I've used it now about 15 times over
the last 10 months. It was about $300 if I recall. It is
shaped like an upright vacuum cleaner but is heavier. It
comes with a hose and special heads for cleaning steps and
upholstery, both of which we use. It works GREAT on flat
carpets and upholstery, but I'm unimpressed with the step
attachment, though it's adequate. I have used the ones you
rent at Safeway many times and find this easier with the
tank of water lasting much longer before you have to add
water and change out the dirty water. So buying it was a
smart decision based on how much we've used it -- I can
clean the carpets in the morning (you MUST vacuum first all
over) and everything will be dry on a warm day by dinner
time (i.e. we can have guests over without cringing about
filthy carpets). I worry about the rainy season with the
dogs...not knowing how long it will take to dry during damp
weather. But all in all, I think we got a good tool and it
will work for us. Another note: I'm pregnant, and once I
reached the 3rd trimester, this thing got a bit heavy to
push around. Not impossible, but it has to be a pretty good,
energetic day for me to think about tackling the carpets. I
purchased it at Berkeley Vacuum shop on Berkeley Way between
Oxford and Shattuck. They took the time to show me how to
use it, but I can't say as I shopped around for the best
price -- I think I was in a panic to clean and just bought it.
This is my second plea for a competent carpet cleaning
company/outfit that services the Berkeley area.
Furthermore, if anyone has an opinion about the chem-dry
process versus steam cleaning, I would hugely appreciate
Dirtier and Dirtier Carpets
I have used both Chem-Dry and steaming for cleaning
carpets. My best experience was with Stanley Steamer.
They came out when they said they would, took lots of
measures to lift furniture so they could clean underneath
and generally seemed to get better cleaning results. I
don't have their number to hand, but am sure they must be
in the book. The drying took a little longer, but probably
not a problem in the summer months.
For the person asking about Chem Dry cleaning. I have used
this method twice, the second time because I was so unhappy
with the result the first time. It looked great for a
couple of days, but somehow all the old stains appeared
again soon after that. Even the second time did not produce
a clean carpet, so I gave up.
I can highly recommend Appleby Carpet Cleaning - they are
very good and very professional. That being said, we have
two small children and our carpets seemed to be dirty two
weeks after they were cleaned. We finally broke down and
bought a carpet cleaner - it's not inexpensive, but pays for
itself in 2-3 uses and you can clean as often as you want.
(It was about $275-$300) We bought a high end Hoover from
Sears (I think Target has them a little cheaper) It is
amazing! Very easy to use and you will be shocked how dirty
your carpets are/were! We are self cleaning converts now,
and believe me we're not the do it yourself types! Good luck!
We had a good experience with Appleby Carpet Cleaners:
3025 Teagarden St
San Leandro, CA 94577
I would say they are at least worth a try.
I've had great luck with Skyline Chem-Dry. I've used them several
times with no complaints. They are very courteous and have been
able to clean most of my carpets well. I did have problems with
spots they couldn't get out of an all-wool light-colored carpet, but I
think that was a problem with the particular carpet.
I am looking for a good, child safe, rug cleaner for a light
Thanks in advance.
Never tried, but I heard shaving cream is a good carpet
cleaner. Also, oxyclean mixed in water and rubbed into
carpet works for organic stains.
I recommend Heavenly Horsetail All Purpose Cleaner.
Infinity Herbal Products makes it. They may have a
website by now if you can't find it in a store.
I also like Dr. Bronner's Castile liquid soap, with a 1/4
cup soap + 1/4 baking soda to 5 gallons of hot water, then
rinsing with 1/4 cup vinegar + 1 tablespoon lemon juice
for better smell in 5 gallons of water afterwards. The
vinegar smell evaporates. Rinsing always helps to get rid
of soap residues which attrack dirt.
Club soda works to get rid of many stains prior to
shampooing. Carpet de-stainers often contain very harsh
chemicals such as volatile organic compounds, and is not
reccommended for homes with children.
I need to have my carpets and couch cleaned. Last time I
used Coit but it always feels like I could have gotten a
better deal if I negotiated it, so I don't really know how
much the going rate is. I am concerned about safety too.
We have an excellent, friendly, family owned carpet
cleaner company to recommend. Gary Figuerido of
Hy-Vac will make your carpets and
rugs look and smell brand new!
I would like to recommend Stanley Steemer in San Leandro
for cleaning of upholstery and carpets.
We have a toddler who trails his meals all over the house
and have had them come to our house and steam clean the
carpets and upholstery for two years now. They are always
prompt and very professional, and we have had excellent
results with the cleaning. We also had them do a protective
coating on carpets and furniture that allows stains to just
be cleaned with water and lasted for about a year (though
only promised for 6 months) on our light colored carpet. I
was about to reupholster two badly dirtied chairs as well,
but they cleaned up very well, except where nap of fabric
was physically worn (arm ends). It is way cheaper to clean
than to reupholster, so I'd try cleaning before committing
to redo upholstered furniture. The cleaners were very
honest with me when they came about whether or not the
damage could be cleaned, and the results exceeded my
Can anyone recommend a good company to clean our carpets or
a place that rents steam cleaners? Also, is it advisable
to buy a steam cleaner? Any good brands/models? Places to
About a year ago I rented one of those steam cleaners from the grocery store and our beige
carpets turned sort of pink striped. I just used Stanley Steamer in San Leandro. They gave
me a quote over the phone, came the same day, were in and out very quickly and did a great
I recently used a carpet cleaning company called Hurtado Carpet Cleaners. They were great,
affordable, and very professional. I had my light cream colored carpet cleaned (son's
bedroom, stairs, hallway, and living room) for $70. My carpets look great again! Their
offices are in Hayward, and can be reached at 783- 3358. One of the owners, who
accompanied the person cleaning my carpets, also mentioned that they also provided
services as movers. The moving company is called AAA Service, and can be contacted at
538-8761. I totally recommend them.
I assume that it makes more economic sense to buy a rug
shampooer/steamer/whatever they're called, as opposed to renting one.
But do they do an adequate job (as opposed to hiring a commercial rug
I love our rug cleaner, a Hoover. If you clean it deeply enough the spots
don't seem to return like they do with many of the commercial cleaners.
The only commercial cleaner I've been satisfied with is Coit and they cost
a fortune. With two little kids and a large dog and off white carpets
(bought, not chosen) I will swear by the cleaner.
I'm surprised this isn't in the archives yet! Does anyone have a
recommendation on where to take a 5x8 rug to be cleaned? It's not delicate or
antique or anything, it's just a wool rug. Thanks!
I like Imperial Rug Cleaners at 1716 San Pablo, Berkeley. For a
small charge they'll pick up and deliver. They wash rugs by hand (do a lot
of oriental rugs) and do a great job. It cost $100 to pick up, clean and
deliver my 9x11 wool rug.
We have been getting our rugs cleaned by Cooperative Cleaning Company in
Berkeley (849-0695) for years. I think they are great. About once a year
they come and clean several area rugs in our house at one time. They use a
dry, natural method of cleaning that I much prefer to the wet chemical smell
of other cleaners. When we first started using them, my kids were babies and
I liked that they could crawl on them right away. I don't know their prices
offhand, but they seem to be quite reasonable when I first priced them and
the staff is very pleasant to deal with.
We desperately need our carpets cleaned after our male cat got a UTI and left
inappropriate messages on them. We looked at the previous recommendations and
called Golden Bear for our needs. Alas, they botched the scheduling up twice
and will not return my phone calls. Anyone have another good company to
recommend? We have some wall-to-wall and some similar type not nailed down that
needs sme serious attention. Thanks!
I recommend Bailey's Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners here in Berkeley.
I've used "Stanley Steemers" (San Leandro) in the past and have been
satisfied with their services. They seem reasonably priced ($149 for five
"areas") and were considerate about scheduling. Lisa
I can give you a recommendation of who not to use. I
have used a company in Richmond called Chem-Dry. I think there are
several franchise companies under this name. They use some chemical to
clean the carpets, but whatever they used, it made it worse. I too
have white carpet, and for about a week it looked spotless. But after
that, all the same stains resurfaced. The carpet looked worse than
before, because the chemical they sprayed on left it very vulnerable
to new stains. Every time I even spill as much as a drop of milk, it
leaves a stain that becomes darker and darker over time. It is as if
there is some kind of glue on the carpet that attracts dirt. I had
them come out twice to redo the carpet, but within a very short time,
it was back to the old dirty carpet.
I have used the Cooperative Cleaning Company in Berkeley for years to
clean my carpets and I highly recommend them. I originally chose them
when my son was a baby and crawling around because they use a dry
cleaning method (with ground corn husks or something like that) and
therefore there were no wet chemicals on my carpets. You can walk on
them immediately after they leave. They were, as I remember, about the
same price as traditional methods and the people I deal with on the
phone and who come to do the work have always been friendly and
reliable. I am sure their number is in the book.
I have tried several carpet cleaners from wet to dry cleaning. I have found
the chem dry does not work. It looks good when they leave but the same
stains come back up. I use Fresh n Clean. They only charge 25 cents per
square foot. I have a large dog who constantly gets the carpet muddy and
had problems being potty trained. I have had the best results with Fresh N
Clean. Very nice people too.
For wall-to-wall carpet cleaning I recommend Golden Bear Carpet Cleaning.
Steam cleaning is 20 cents per square foot and I believe
there is a $60 minimum. It is a one man operation and I have used him
twice. The instructions that came with my carpet say I should use someone
who is IIRC (or something like that) certified--and that narrowed the
field considerably. He measured the area first and gave a quote and it
was OK with him if I only had certain areas of a room cleaned. (Some
cleaners charge by the room and you end up getting cheated). According to
the instructions that came with my carpet, it is essential to get up every
last bit of soap or the residue will attract more dirt than if the carpet
had not been cleaned, and most equiptment that people use to do the job
themselves simply isn't powerful enough. For this reason it is better to
use a professional cleaner.
I have used Look Carpet Clearners for the last several years.
It is a small family business who does the best job I have come across.
They are very good with pet stains and spots. They are a steam cleaners
with the machine in their truck. Their work is terrific.
I had 390 square feet of
rather filthy carpeting done for $117.00 by Jillian
Brorby of Natural Care for Carpets. Jillian uses nontoxic cleaners (dry
extraction method, for what that's worth), ARRIVED ON TIME (!!!!!!!!!),
and was efficient and personable. She's in Richmond.
I'm looking for a good solution to keeping a play-rug clean. Our preschool kids like
to play (as in roll, lay, and sit) on the area rug (8' x 8') in our living room. What's the
cleanest way to keep it clean....really clean....besides daily vacuuming, rug
shampooing, and asking everyone to remove their shoes. Is there an alternative to
shampooing? Spots never really get eliminated...they always come back. And
shampooing relies on chemical cleaning solutions, don't they?
I recommend not using a bunch of chemicals or doing a lot of shampooing.
Vacuum it when it needs it, and get used to the spots. Minimize new
spots by having a differnt palce for the kids do their art projects and
eat. If the rug spots are really driving you nuts, get a new or used
rug with a wild pattern that has a dominant color similar to the current
stains, or get rid of the rug altogether Mom
Not sure if they will do just an area rug but we had our carpets cleaned
by "Heaven's Best." No chemicals, only water, and I was ASTOUNDED by how
clean the carpets got. The only smell was wet wool smell which
disappeared, of course, as the carpet dried. For spots, I use "Foley's"
which works really well. The only way to keep a rug clean, however, is
not to use it.
Because of kids and dog, there are already stains on our
relatively new carpets. Does anyone know the best way to remove
them? I'm considering buying a small wet vacuum as it seems more
affordable than renting one. Thanks for any suggestions
Best carpet cleaner I've used is Folex. You can get it at most hardware
I recently found the best carpet spot remover at Target. It is called
Folex, and it comes in a really basic looking spray bottle. I figured it
had to be good to have such palin looking packaging and it is! It has no
odor and the stains seems to disappear magically. The only problem is
that the carpet around where the stain was looks a bit dingy compared to
the clean spot.
It's relatively cheap too, at about $5 for a big bottle. Lori
Before you rent a carpet steam cleaner (which you can do easily at most
supermarkets for $30 or less), I'd buy a bottle of Resolve Carpet
Cleaner (also easily available at supermarkets.). It's not expensive,
and has removed EVERY spot we've ever had in our 10-year old carpet.
Just follow the instructions on the bottle. You could follow up with
the steam cleaner for overall cleaning, but I'd use the Resolve for
spots first. Heidi
Help! I've got a stubborn red (now pink) gatorade stain on
my light beige carpeting, in a very obvious spot. I've
tried all the usual things: steam cleaning, the assortment
of grocery store products... nothing seems to get rid of it
all. Now I'm left with a light pink stain about 10 inches
in diameter. I'm trying to avoid having to replace the
entire room of carpeting, and the spot is in a very central
location, so covering it with a chair, etc. isn't an
option. Your advice is greatly appreciated!
Don't even like Gatorade...
This works for wine on fabric - maybe for Gatorade on
Mix approximately equal parts hydrogen peroxide and liquid
dishwashing detergent or woolite. Spead on the stain and
wait a while. Keep an eye on it, and keep it moist until
the stain disappears. As always, try on an inconspicuous
spot first. I guess you'd then have to clean up the
I'd encourage you to try Folex carpet stain remover. It's the most amazing
stuff. It seems gentle and yet it works like a charm. I've purchased it at
Piedmont Grocery as well as at Draeger's.
Have you tried Folex? It's available at the supermarket,
but I had never heard of it before a friend of mine
recommended it. It has worked great on old red wine stains
on carpet, baby formula spit up, and all kinds of other
domestic disasters. Wine Away also works really well,
though I've only tried it on clothing, not carpet. Good
Can anyone recommend a dry cleaner that will clean my genuine
lambskin rug (4x6) for a reasonable price (what is a reasonable
price?)? The only quote I've been able to get was close to how
much I originally paid for the rug. Thank you.
My own lambskin rug comes out beautifully after going through
the washer and dryer. Yes, this is a geuine skin. I use
Woolite and a gentle, lukewarm wash cycle.
I wash mine myself in the bath tub! The only thing is that the
rug becomes very heavy once it gets wet, so you have to be
strong to do this. You can remove dust and stain, and texture
improves so much! My friend suggested I brush it after drying,
but it was not needed. Good luck!
I rescued a lambskin rug about half the size of yours that was
being thrown out. It was filthy and matted. I worked a little
shampoo into the fur and washed it in the washing machine on
gentle cycle, then worked some hair conditioner in and rinsed it
again. While it was still damp, I rubbed the leather side with
shoe-leather conditioner (different brands are sold at shoe stores
with names like ''leather lotion'' -- look for one with lots of oily
or lanolin and minimal petrochemicals). The hard part followed,
brushing out the fur, which took maybe an hour. (I'm glad I'm not
in the poodle-grooming business!)
Our cat sleeps on the rug for a month or so every winter, so I
have to rewash it in the spring, and it always comes out great.
The first washing was the only really time-consuming one.
I recently had to deal with a red wine stain on a Persian carpet.
The ''Cadillac'' shop is:
Talisman Restoration, Inc. in Santa Cruz
$4.75/square foot for cleaning.
Spotting is hourly rate: $68/hour.
They pick up rugs every Wednesday at Emmet Eilands in Berkeley
(see below) for evaluation and cleaning.
Talisman's local contact is Emmett Eiland's Oriental Rug Company
on Ninth at Gilman has pickups. 1326 9th Street, 10-5 M-Sat, 12-5
Sunday; 510-526-1087 Richard Pratt
Great guy! Super helpful and generous.
Another specialist: Farajian Rug Cleaners: Robert. (925) 283-8899
74 Clear Water Ct, el Sobrante, CA 94803. Wine has natural die in
it. When it goes into carpet, once completely dry, it sets on
wool. Probably can get most of it out. Must be washed by hand,
soaked in water, washed, then through ringer to remove water,
then dry. Soap and water. For the spot, they work on it before
with chemicals to get most of it out. Not chlorine, but a mild
chemical. Then the soapy water washes and rinses it out.
Found these helpful:
And a really helpful, nice guy for general rug cleaning:
Leon Cross at Jan Pro Cleaning, 510-475-6024. 510-475-7511.
He's a generalist, not a specialist, with Persian rug cleaning.
Can anyone recommend a person or service that would clean a
large Oriental rug? I can bring the rug to that
person/business location for cleaning. Thank you
We've used Emmett Eiland's Oriental Rug Company. Their prices are competitive and
they will pick up a large rug. They don't clean the rug on site, but send it to a
company they trust-- I think in the LA area. We've had most of our rugs cleaned
through them-- even our antiques. Wouldn't trust anyone else. -
antique persian rug collector
We've got a persian tabriz rug, wool, that would cost about $350
to take to the dry cleaners. The Rug Doctor people tell me that
I can't steam clean it with one of their rental machines. Does
anyone have any other ideas for how to get it clean? We've got a
dog, a hairy one, and it needs something more intensive that
weekly vacuuming. Thank you!!
grateful for any suggestions
I grew up with orientals littering my folks floors, as well as
dogs and kids littering the floor. They too found that sending
the rugs out was rather expensive and not necessary pleasing -
the rugs were often still dirty upon return. Then then found an
honest rug guy (yes he does exist!) who suggested they clean
Here's what I've now introduced my new hubby to: pick a warm
day. pull the rug to be washed out onto the clean driveway.
soak with water. mix mild laundry detergent with warm water.
use scrub brush and suds up the rug. rinse. rinse. rinse.
squeeze as much water as you can out of the rug - we used a
large rectangular tuperware, weighted it, and squished water to
the edges. elevate the rug on e.g. plastic chairs or fence or
railing to let air circulate and help dry, make sure you move
what part of teh rug is taking teh weight or you might stretch
it. be patient. It will take a good 48 hours with two sunny
days to dry - if you got most of the water squeezed out. but
Voila! a clean rug.
the neighbors may look at you funny, but it's cheap and it
really does the job!
on hands and knees
If it is a good rug, don't steam clean it-- you will wind up
with a big mess, a ruined rug, and out the $40 it costs to rent
the steam cleaner. Our 70 lb. dog and old cat are frequent
barfers on our persian rug, and if you quickly get up the mess,
blot with paper towels, and then use an enzyme cleaner
like ''Nature's Miracle'' on any stain your rug can go a good 5
years between professional cleanings. The enzyme cleaners are at
all the pet supply stores, test it on a small spot on your rug
first. They work well for wine and coffee too. Also, because our
dog has short, constantly shedding, barbed fur that goes
everywhere, we ended up investing in a Dyson vacuum (Best Buy or
Amazon.com carries them) that blows away any other vacuum I have
ever used. I could spend 30 minutes vacuuming the rug with our
old vacuum, and there would still be tons of fur embedded in the
rug fibers. But with the Dyson, the rug looks and stays cleaner
all the time with barely any time spent vacuuming it. I also
take the rug outside in spring and then fall, and hang it over a
sturdy fence and beat it with a broom to get the deep dust out
and let the sun give it some UV rays to kill surface junk. This
has worked out well, and you just have to bite the bullet every
once in a while to have it professionally cleaned. Dogs and rugs
can live in harmony with some extra work.- Lou.
I have been very happy with the cleaning, service and prices at
Imperial Rug Cleaning at 1716 San Pablo (on the west side of
the street, north of University Ave.) Rigo Gonzalez picked up
the rug for me and trimmed a pad that did not quite fit the
rug. No charge as I recall.
We need to find a place to have our very large kilim cleaned. It is also
fraying at the edges. Does anyone have a good recommendation for
cleaning and repairing a kilim?
I have been extremely impressed by the work of Farajian
Rug Cleaners. They have taken great care of our kilims.
They are very professional and trustworthy. Also, they do
pickup and delivery. Ask for Robert.
Imperial Rug Cleaning does a great job with oriental or other valuable
rugs. It's a family owned business and they will pick up and deliver your
rug and will come and spot it between cleanings. I've had only good
experiences with them.
If your rug has either monetary or sentimental value, I would recommend
Talisman rug cleaners. They are based in Santa Cruz but do weekly
pick-ups around the Bay Area. Claremont Rug Company, which is a very
high-end store, recommended them to me. Talisman did a great job on my
oriental rug - it cost about $115 to clean a 5 x 8 rug. Rather than
have Talisman pick up the rug from your house, which costs extra, you
can take it to Emmett Eiland's Oriental Rug Company on Ninth at Gilman,
and they include it in their weekly pick-up.
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