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Cleaning Can Save Your Life

Dear Francine, My husband and I are trying to schedule regular professional cleaning of our upholstery because it is so easy to lose track of our last cleaning. We use a small vacuum to take the odds and sods off our furniture, but is that enough? If I need to have my upholstery cleaned professionally, […]

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Maintaining That “Brand New” Look

Dear Francine, I’ve been enjoying your blog, but I’m curious about a few things and can’t seem to get a straight answer when I Google around. Do I need to have my brand new carpets and rugs cleaned, even if I have no children or pets? -Brand New Preserver   Thanks so much for your […]

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Dealing With Pet Stains

Dear Francine, It’s official! My husband and our two kids have just spent one year in our new home. Following through on a promise we have made to our children, we have elected to adopt our first dog: a husky pup we have named Sam. Sam is a sweet boy, but a little rambunctious. Also, […]

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Tips for Maintaining your Rug

Dear Francine, I have just moved in with my mother who, at the age of 89, needs a little more help around the house than usual. Since moving back home, I must have forgotten about her fondness for decorative rugs, as there are a number of rugs in my home and neither she nor I […]

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Don’t Sweat It

Dear Francine, I was caught somewhat by surprise in the recent upswing in temperature and humidity. If this is Spring, we may have a really warm Summer ahead of us. I tend to sweat more than most. My wife is pretty kind on the subject, but I would like to know what I could do […]

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Dry Foam vs Other Cleaning Methods

Dear Francine, What is the best cleaning method for each type of stain there is? I see on the Sparkling Clean website and blog that your company specializes with Dry Foam cleanings. Is Dry Foam recommended for all types of messes? Is Dry Foam limited to carpet and rug cleaning or can it be used […]

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Carpet Q&A

Dear Francine, My wife and I have moved into an older home. The carpets had been replaced just prior to our move in date. I have a few questions and I hope you can help me, Francine. How often should we have the carpets cleaned? What are the rules I should follow for cleanings? When […]

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Pinch Salt Off Your Carpets

Dear Francine, My house is essentially wall-to-wall carpets. It’s a lot of work to preserve them, but I love the way they look in my home. Now that it’s Winter and I’m regularly entertaining friends and family at my home. With that many people coming in and out of my house, how can I keep […]

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Grease Stains

Dear Francine, My family sometimes eats in the living room despite the many times I try to lay down the law about not having any sauces or other kinds of greasy foods near the carpets. I am terrified I am going to see grease stain in any corner of the living room any day now. […]

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