pet hair from truck filter june 2015These photos are from a "3 Dog" home.....As professional carpet cleaners, we see this often when we clean with our high heat, high powered truck mount cleaning system.  We come prepared to do the best possible carpet cleaning job.....We usually vacuum before we clean, but this particular home was vacuumed twice by two of our technicians, using two different hepa vacuum cleaners before we started cleaning and even though pet hair wasn't visible, the pet hair and debris seen here was trapped in our filter system within our truck mount cleaning system.....we remove the debris from your home and dispose of it properly...homeowners, take note...Some cleaning companies will come to your home in a pickup truck or SUV and proceed to clean your carpets using a small portable cleaning machine (similar to the ones you rent at the grocery stores--they are called "portables")....using your hot water (and when your hot water tank runs out of hot water, they are then cleaning with cold water!)....(and some cleaners do not even bring a vacuum cleaner with them in their arsenal of tools to clean your carpets)....but it gets worse....after cleaning a room, they then have to empty out their protable cleaning machine....dumping what you see in the photo...all the sand, pethair, trash into your commode, your sink basin, or your bathtub...Yuck! I have even had people tell me that the carpet cleaner "stopped up my bath tub" and we did not realize it until we started to use the bath tub later in the day!!! By that time, the cleaners in question were long gone, check cashed, and phone calls not returned..So if you want your carpets cleaned with the best equipment and best practices and BEST technicians, give All Pro Carpet Cleaners a call.....386 774 7441 in Volusia or 407 833 8888 in Seminole or Orange Counties  see video on our Facebook Page and LIKE us!

Preventing Pet Territory Marking.... A trick that seems to be extremely helpful...... in order to prevent your pet from marking its territory on your carpet or area rug, the pet has to lose interest in doing so. Using a non toxic, organic spice such as white pepper or black pepper seems to be very helpful because pets dislike the smell. If you sprinkle some on their favorite area, it will assist with preventing the pet from wanting to mark its territory. Of course applying this trick doesn't help if the carpet-rug isn't thoroughly cleaned. It is strongly suggested to have your carpet-area rug cleaned first then apply this trick. Sprinkle the pepper lightly onto their favorite area for about a month or so and your pet will eventually lose interest in trying to mark their territory so long as he/she is not a stubborn pet. If the carpet-rug is light colored it is best to use white pepper and if the it is dark colored use black All Pro Carpet Cleaners cat did it

2014 Study shows carpeting can be good for allergy sufferers.

In January 2014, a study was released in the United States that should put an end to any doubts cleaning professionals, carpet consumers in the residential environment, health care professionals, educational facilities, building owners, and facility managers have about carpeting and indoor air quality. According to Dr. Bruce Mitchell, chairman/CEO of Airmid Healthgroup (which conducted the study), the findings of this nearly 200-page report “Challenge the long-held belief that carpet adversely impacts indoor air quality (IAQ). [Instead], effectively cleaned carpets have the capacity to trap allergen and microbial particles,” Mitchell continued, “making these particulates less available to become airborne and thus maintaining [enhanced] indoor air quality.”


Mitchell goes on to add that these results will be very good news to the parents of children who suffer from respiratory ailments, including asthma. It is also good news for educational and other facilities that have long debated the benefits or drawbacks of carpeting as it relates to air quality, allergens, and health. In fact, this study’s conclusions may very well likely impact the flooring industry around the globe.

The History of the Debate

Sweden began removing carpets from government controlled facilities throughout the country more than 30 years ago. They believed that hard surfaces would contribute to a healthier indoor environment. Soon, the same thing happened in many areas of North America. Health Care, education and government facilities also began removing carpets, as did many other commercial facilities as well. Many websites and educational publications representing physicians and medical experts in the areas of allergy and asthma also took to the task of recommending carpets be removed from homes where children or immuno-compromised adults lived.

The reason behind the removal of carpets and the installation of hard surface floors was concerns that allergens of all types, including dust mites, molds, bacteria, germs, and other contaminants, would become lodged in the carpet’s fibers and are then released into the air as foot traffic occurs. In fact, in its recommendations on flooring and allergies, the Mayo clinic website still states: “Flooring. Remove carpeting and use hardwood or linoleum flooring or washable area rugs.”

However, follow-up studies by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) disputed these studies and stated that there was actually an “inverse relationship” between the installation of carpeting and an increased occurrence of allergic reactions. In fact, CRI had found that as carpeting is removed, allergic reactions among building users actually increase—hardly what you would expect if carpeting contributes to poor IAQ.

While CRI is certainly a respected organization, some parents and school administrators may have taken their findings with a grain of salt. After all, one of their key roles is to support the carpet manufacturing industry. However, it was not long before the Institute’s findings were backed up with some undeniable facts and figures. A Swedish study (and we must remember this was the same country that first began removing carpets from schools and other facilities) found that as carpet sales declined in Sweden and carpeting was replaced in many facilities with hard surfaces, the occurrence of allergic reactions dramatically increased.

This report, which was released by the Swedish Institute of Fiber and Polymer Research, found that in 1973 there were more than 15 million square meters (M2) of carpeting sold in Sweden and the number of people reportedly suffering allergy problems in the country amounted to about 1 million. By 1990, nearly 30 years later, only about 5 million M2 of carpeting were being sold in the country, yet the number of people reporting allergy problems had jumped to nearly 3.5 million.
Reviewing the 2014 Data

It can be hard to dispel misconceptions once they spread—especially if they involve children and their health. This has certainly been the case when it comes to carpeting and IAQ. While a variety of studies seemed to indicate that carpeting actually improves IAQ, the idea that carpeting led to increased risk of allergies among children appears to have had a life of its own.

Replacing Myths with Science

The results of a 2010 study conducted by Airmid Healthgroup, a leading research organization, were released earlier this year.**The study was termed a “definitive work” comparing the indoor health impacts of carpeted versus hard-surface flooring. Introducing the study, the Airmid researchers began by saying that historically, “many medical, educational, and patient bodies have arrived at the conclusion that carpets…represent a health hazard to individuals, especially those with asthma and allergic diseases.”

To see if this is true or not, the researchers built test facilities based on American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications that allow for complete control over all indoor environmental conditions. The tests involved nine different floor plans or rooms: one room with a hard floor surface and the others carpeted with different materials as well as carpeting of different weights and piles.

Allergen test dust was applied to all floor surfaces. The rooms were allowed to equilibrate overnight before testing began. Then, after normal room disturbances and cleaning, airborne particulate counts as well as surface and allergen measurements were undertaken for each room type.

After performing their tests, among the conclusions the researchers reached are the following:

  • Different floor coverings have a significant impact on airborne particle concentration (which can potentially cause allergic reactions).
  • In general, airborne particle concentrations were lower with carpet as opposed to the hard-surface floor.
  • The pile height of the carpet and carpet fiber composition influenced the particulate retention capacity of the carpets.
  • Carpet made of 100 percent nylon medium pile height broadloom consistently performed best in terms of low levels of airborne allergens.

The results tell us that the carpets, especially 100 percent nylon carpets which are a common type, acted as a reservoir, capturing and trapping allergens and reducing airborne allergen levels overall in the rooms when compared to the hard-surface floor. In other words, the carpets would help reduce allergic reactions, not cause them.

The Cleaning Connection

While the researchers concluded that carpets do help protect health overall, they added that in order for carpets to continue doing this, they must be properly maintained. According to the report, “the findings also reinforce the desirability (or need) of regular carpet maintenance. [This includes] frequent vacuum cleaning and intermittent use of steam or water-based cleaning systems.”

As to vacuuming, the recommendation is to use machines with advanced filtration capabilities. This means that a filter, such as a HEPA filter, has been placed over the machine’s exhaust, helping to prevent dust and potential pathogens from being released into the air.

As to the use of steam or water-based cleaning systems, the researchers suggest carpet extraction—and more specifically hot-water carpet extraction—is necessary to thoroughly clean carpets and remove deeply

embedded soils and contaminants, helping to prevent them from becoming airborne. According to the researchers, “results show that the proprietary hot water extraction cleaning process was highly effective in reducing allergen levels in carpets and soft furnishings. Surface levels of dust mite allergens on carpets, for example, were reduced by 91 percent, of cat allergen by 95 percent, and of dog allergen by 97 percent. The cleaning process also resulted in a marked reduction in airborne cat allergen exposure. The process also effectively reduced exposure to airborne mold.”

While most cleaning professionals and building owners/managers can understand why high-performance vacuum cleaners are necessary to keep carpets clean and healthy, fewer may understand why “hot water” carpet extraction is so essential. Studies going back more than 100 years have proved the importance and value of using heat when cleaning. Hotter cleaning solution increases the chemical molecular activity of the cleaning chemical you are using (including water). This basic chemistry concept can be confirmed in basic science concepts by the Argonne National labs ( . Increased chemical activity means you will need to use less chemical to clean. Dr. Michael Berry, author of the book Protecting the Built Environment: Cleaning for Health, found that heat simply improves cleaning’s effectiveness. “Even without soap, small amounts of grease will dissolve in water, [but] the amount increases in hot water, sometimes ten-fold,” he says.

Hotter cleaning solution contributes to a healthier indoor environment. Dr. Michael Berry and his associates, on behalf of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, did two groundbreaking studies measuring the impact of deep restorative carpet cleaning (utilizing hotter cleaning solution) in 1991 and 1994. The “Denver” Study in 1991 and the “Frank Porter Graham” Study in 1994 greatly advanced our understanding of the interaction between cleaning and the indoor environment. The “Denver” Study mainly looked at whether they could actually even measure particulates, gas phase organics, and biological contamination in carpeting before, during, and after carpet cleaning. The “Frank Porter Graham” Study was a collaborative effort that involved participants from the cleaning industry utilizing “best industry practices” and deep cleaning methods for on-going cleaning and maintenance in a Child Development Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Airborne dust contaminants were reduced by 52%. Total Volatile Organic Compounds decreased by 49%. Total bacterial was reduced by 40%, and total fungi declined by 61%

Other potential benefits of using hot water go beyond just cleaner carpets. Hotter cleaning solution also contributes to faster evaporation of residual moisture resulting in faster drying of the carpets and reducing “downtime.” Synthetic and wool carpet fibers tend to regain their original “fluff’ and “resilience” when a hot-water carpet extractor is used to clean the carpets. While this does not impact the health benefits of carpeting, the “like new” appearance of a carpet after it has been cleaned using a hot-water extractor is of great importance to many commercial and residential customers.

Time Will Tell

Only time will tell if this latest scientific study will help consumers and managers realize the key role carpets can play in keeping indoor air clean and healthy. It is undeniable that people are more concerned than ever about the health of the facilities in which they live, work, and play. With this in mind, more consumers and managers will realize there is little value in turning to myths when it comes to protecting human health, instead choosing proven science as their guide.

By Doyle Bloss and Robert Kravitz



In some countries and cultures, it’s scandalous to walk into a home with shoes on.  But in the U.S., most people do…

However, “Good Morning America” recently tested the bottoms of eight different people’s shoes, as well as two dogs’ paws, for bacteria.  According to Jonathon Sexton, a research assistant at the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health, “Good Morning America’s” test results were “dirtier than a toilet seat.”  “Toilet seats generally have 1,000 bacteria or less and these (shoes) are in the millions so there’s a lot more bacteria here.”  One of the tested shoes contained the most bacteria of all—66 million organisms!

Children under 2 are the most vulnerable to the germs we track into the house, because they play on the floor and put their hands in their mouths an average of 80 times an hour. "That means your child can be exposed to every single bacteria that you picked up on your shoe. all the bacteria from the park, the store, everywhere you went that day," Sexton said.

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Arizona found nine different species of bacteria on people's shoes These types of bacteria can cause infections in our stomachs, eyes and lungs. The study also found bacteria live longer on our shoes than in other places. As we walk, we constantly pick up new debris that feeds the growth of more bacteria.

Out of GMA's 10 test subjects, 9 contained coliform, a type of bacteria that comes mostly from human and animal waste. Scientists blame the floors of public restrooms and bird and dog droppings. The dogs in the test came in 5th and 9th place for the dirtiest soles. That doesn't mean dogs are cleaner than of the dogs had just been for a walk in the rain which probably cleaned his paws and the smaller size of paws carries fewer germs.

Researchers tested to see if bacteria on shoes would transfer to tile floors in a house. More than 90% of the time it did. So...while it's great to remove shoes, it isn't always practical and we hesitate to ask guests to remove shoes, so the next best thing is to....CALL ....ALL PRO CARPET CLEANERS 386 774 7441       407 833 8888.

You will have a better chance of keeping your carpet fresh and new looking when pets have accidents if you are able to treat it right away.   More and more people want home-made carpet cleaning solutions because of the fact that they are really inexpensive. An example would be the acetic acid present in vinegar. Common household white vinegar is effective in combatting odors from pet urine. This type of carpet cleaning solution is also non-toxic in nature & inexpensive;and will not harm your children or pets in any way. It is an excellent pet accident remedy. 
Homemade Stain remover
If you want to prepare homemade urine remedy, all you need is white vinegar, and a pistol grip spray bottle. Mix vinegar and water, 50/50 and mist on the area in question…..BLOT and repeat as necessary. Be sure not to rub vigorously as this may distort carpet fibers and while the odor may be gone, an unsightly area will remain. A larger accident (we have big dogs ourselves, so we know these kinds of accidents are rarely “small”)…..may require more vinegar solution as the urine has usually also soaked into the padding underneath. In this case, it is essential that you remove all the solution by blotting with white towels and then laying a towel down and weighting it with something heavy to help soak up the solution as it wicks to the surface. Of course you and I know that prevention is the best cure, but sometimes accidents happen. Prevention is the same case when it comes to the cleaning of carpets. If you vacuum your carpet daily, especially with pets in the home, you will find the indoor air quality is much more healthier and carpets will look and be cleaner longer. Check your vacuum cleaner belt often to insure peak performance.

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