Month: September 2019

The Dos and Don’ts of Upholstery Cleaning

When you work with a Littleton company like A Personal Touch Carpet Cleaning, you get the kind of top-flight expertise that only comes with decades of experience. Keeping your upholstery spotless is one goal of our cleaning company serving Englewood, and our expert team adheres to a specific set of dos and don’ts.

Do: Vacuum Frequently

Don’t wait until crumbs, dust, dirt, and other particulate is heavily entrenched in your couch, loveseat, or easy chair. Instead, vacuum frequently – daily, if necessary – and ensure that your furniture’s arms, cushions, and crevices are crud-free. Left unaddressed, these materials can cause discoloration and foul odors, yet another reason to keep your vacuum handy. You can also count on our local furniture cleaners to apply the latest, eco-friendliest protective polishes and stain preventers.

Do: Spot-Treat and Clean Stains Immediately

All of us have spilled something at some point in our lives, and some of these substances have been acidic furniture-damagers like wine and coffee. It’s important to spot-clean these spills right when they happen in order to avoid permanent damage to your furniture. An off-the-shelf cleaning product should be enough to stem the tide (depending on what was spilled, and how much) until our team reaches your house and can assess the issue first-hand. For large stains and/or stains made by a highly acidic or toxic product, we’ll address the problem with professional-grade cleaning solutions and high-powered stain removal equipment.

Don’t: Saturate Upholstery With Water

It’s natural for a homeowner to want to attack a stain or spill with water, especially when the spill is made of something notorious for causing long-term damage. However, using too much water can lead to its own set of problems. When excess water soaks furniture, the moisture seeping into the upholstery often causes ripples and/or buckling in the fabric, which can be hard to remedy. In fact, extreme cases might necessitate replacing the item with a new piece of furniture.

If the spill affects your furniture and the surrounding carpet, it’s equally important not to soak the carpet. Too much water can cause wicking, which happens when moisture penetrates deep into the carpet and then rises back to the top, carrying with it any deep-rooted soil and spill residue. But the “wick” is akin to an iceberg, with the surface-visible residue connected to unseen detritus nestled deeper in the carpet.

Carpet wicking, as well as upholstery ripples and buckling is best avoided by using a gentle, low-water approach to cleaning.

Don’t: Ignore Fading Colors

Sunlight, usage, and airborne/product-based chemicals all contribute to furniture losing its color. Fading begins gradually, but soon you’ll see that one area of your couch isn’t as “colorful” as another. Although this is a natural byproduct of furniture ownership, it doesn’t mean your only recourse is to let the fading continue. Our local cleaning company has the expertise to restore the original colors to your furniture and upholstery. At the very least, we recommend consulting us anytime you think it’s time to replace a faded piece of furniture with something new.

Trust Our Experts To Keep Your Upholstery Clean

For professional upholstery cleaning near Englewood, trust A Personal Touch Carpet Cleaning. With our help, your furniture will remain clean, vibrant, and stain-free for years to come. Remember at A Personal Touch, “We don’t cut corners, we clean them.”

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Fall Flooring Trends to Look Forward To!

A new season means new home design trends. This fall, there are plenty of flooring trends to look forward to. Learn more about the top fall flooring trends by reading on.

The first flooring trend is black flooring. Black is a classic and sophisticated color. If you are interested in high-class and luxurious home design, opt for black flooring. Black is also a versatile color, which you can easily match to your furniture and home decor.

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The second fall flooring trend is bamboo. Bamboo is an eco-friendly flooring material that is perfect for the environmentally conscious home-owner. Bamboo is also affordable and pleasing to look at. Bamboo flooring is a twist on traditional hardwood, allowing you to stand out, without taking too big of a home design risk.

Gray is an iconic color when it comes to home design. Recently, gray has been a huge trend in the interior design community. Not only can you find gray furniture and paint for your home, but you can also find gray flooring.

Cork is one of the latest flooring trends. Not only is cork cool to look at, but it’s comfortable to walk on. Cork flooring is more padded than other flooring options, making it a top choice for kitchens and other rooms where home-owners are likely to spend long amounts of time standing.

Exotic hardwoods are a luxurious flooring trend that you can make your own. Opt for vibrant colors and unique wood grains for flooring that matches your personality and your interior design style to a T.

Another luxurious flooring trend for fall is luxury vinyl. Vinyl used to be a considerably cheap flooring option, but the new customizations and creative patterns that vinyl is available in have risen the value of this flooring option.

Shop for the perfect hardwood flooring for your home at We have the top flooring trends for fall available on our website, so check out our selection today If you’d like to speak with us, call 800-689-9006!

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Herringbone LVT – New 2019 Range

New for 2019, our Herringbone LVT flooring (Luxury Vinyl Tiles) range combines style and character with practicality and function, while remaining at a low price. This new range of flooring replicates the look and feel of real wood Herringbone Flooring, with the added benefits of LVT flooring.

We’ve perfectly replicated the look and feel of wooden herringbone, with all of the benefits of luxury vinyl tiles. Our Herringbone LVT features a range of different tones and colours; choices vary from warm, darker colours, such as Golden Oak, to light grey tones, such as White Rustic Oak.


A closer look at the Herringbone LVT flooring range

The Herringbone LVT range is practical, tough and durable; a great choice for any busy home. Below is a list of features that our Herringbone LVT includes.

  • 2.5mm tile thickness
  • 1.25m² coverage per pack
  • 0.55mm wear layer
  • 613mm tile length
  • 102mm tile width
  • 20 year residential warranty
  • 10 year commercial warranty
  • Water resistant 
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Real wood feel textured surface
  • Suitable with underfloor heating


Light Grey Herringbone LVT



With the wide range of colours available, our Herringbone LVT Tiles will fit into your style of home easily. Herringbone flooring is one of the most popular interior trends for 2019, and now you can have it in your home with all of the great benefits of LVT.

Golden Oak

This particular shade of Herringbone LVT brings warmth and character to any room, with authentic looking wood grains and knots. This particular shade highlights the dark coloured patterns and lines, Each with their own unique style, creating a real wood effect.

“All we can say is wow. When our fitter had finished we were thrilled to say the least. It looks fantastic and feels warm to walk on.” – Sharon K.

Grey Oak

Grey Oak Herringbone Vinyl Tiles bring distinctive character and style into modern living spaces, offering numerous advantages that only the highest quality floors can provide. An ashy finish covers the flooring, with dark and distinctive patterns sprawling through each section of tile.

Light Grey Oak

A lighter tone compared to Grey Oak, Light Grey Herringbone LVT flooring is highly detailed, while defining its realistic wood knots and patterns. This makes for a great alternative to real wood flooring.

Natural Oak

The perfect tone between a rustic feel and a neutral tone, Natural Oak Herringbone LVT offers an extremely realistic look and feel, with a textured surface to recreate the feel of real wood.

Vintage Oak

A perfect choice if you are looking for a dark, rustic looking wood, Vintage Oak Herringbone Vinyl Tiles offer a striking and bold appearance, while providing a real wood look and feel.

White Rustic Oak

The lightest option of Herringbone LVT flooring we offer. White Rustic Oak is perfect for light, neutral coloured rooms. Darker wood patterns and knots create a beautiful contrast against the light tone of the rest of the flooring.


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Where can Herringbone Luxury Vinyl Tiles be fitted? 

Our Herringbone LVT Tiles can be fitted in most areas of your home as it is resilient, water-resistant and easy to clean. However, it is not suitable for areas of your house where the temperature can exceed 27°C, therefore we recommend you don’t lay Herringbone LVT in conservatories.


How does it compare to a herringbone wood floor?

Compared to herringbone wood flooring, there are a range of both advantages and disadvantages. These can be a bigger factor depending on what room in the house you are placing the flooring in, as well as how busy your home can get.


Advantages compared to Herringbone Wood Flooring

  • LVT Flooring is water resistant, which makes it perfect for areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Luxury Vinyl Tiles are considerably cheaper when compared to real wood, this makes them more accessible due to its budget-friendly price tag.
  • As one of the toughest flooring options out there, LVT flooring is a great option for busy family homes where there is a lot of foot traffic.
  • Unlike solid wood flooring, LVT is suitable for use with underfloor heating.


Disadvantages compared to Herringbone Wood Flooring

  • You will not have the completely authentic wood feel, which is available only with real wood flooring.
  • You don’t have the option to sand and refinish LVT flooring.


Natural Herringbone LVT


How to fit Herringbone LVT Tiles

This particular range of LVT flooring is glue down, which means an appropriate adhesive is required to lay this flooring.

Before laying your Herringbone LVT flooring, we advise you to leave them in the room for 72 hours prior to installation. This gives the flooring time to adjust to the room’s temperature and humidity levels

Make sure your subfloor is level and dry, this is to ensure your flooring is even, and has a solid surface to be laid on. When laying Herringbone Vinyl Tiles, place each tile at a 90-degree angle, with the tiles pointing towards the middle of the room and work your way from the centre outwards. 

Be sure that you are applying the adhesive to the subfloor and no the tile itself. Also, be sure to Score and snap tiles in order to cut them to size.

Dark Herringbone LVT Flooring with feature strips

You also have the option to enhance the look of your flooring using feature strips, which creates a border around your room or between individual planks. 

While click LVT flooring fits together using a click-lock system, glue down vinyl tiles need to be adhered directly to the subfloor.

Click is ordinarily fitted as a floating floor, and can be used with underlay.

Our Herringbone vinyl tiles are glue down due to their distinct pattern, giving you more control over the design of your flooring.


Why choose herringbone vinyl tiles?

LVT flooring, in general, is very durable and much more budget-friendly. Our Herringbone LVT flooring has numerous beneficial factorswhich make them many people’s preference over real wood.


The average price of LVT is cost-effective and a fantastic alternative to real wood. Luxury vinyl tiles are especially effective if you are looking to lay flooring in your kitchen or bathroom, as LVT has the additional benefit of being water-resistant.



Our new range of Herringbone LVT offers strength and water resistance. As well as this, the wide variety of colours can fit in nicely with any room in your home. This is a fantastic option if your looking for the appearance of wooden flooring, but wanting more functionality and benefits. 

To find out more about our new range, be sure to head over to our product page where we go more in-depth on every option that we provide. Click here to view the range and order your free samples.

Additionally, if you’re looking for a beautiful herringbone flooring, but in laminate instead of LVT, our range of Herringbone Laminate Flooring has you covered.

If you have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 03308 088 777.

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10 creative Ideas for Wood Pallets

Have you got some leftover wood pallets? Don’t throw them out! There are so many creative things you can do with just some simple pallets, in this blog we will give you a few ideas for wood pallets that might motivate you to try it for yourself!


When ordering wood flooring, many people keep their leftover planks for spares in the future. They sometimes even find creative uses for them. But what do you do with the pallets your flooring is delivered on? Although they may be conceived as scrap, wooden pallets have the potential to be pretty much anything you want (within reason of course), such as wood pallet furniture-think nightstands, bed frames or benches.


Idea 1: Plant holder

pallet wood plant holder

A plant holder is a more common option when thinking of wood pallet ideas. A wooden plant holder makes for a very natural and attractive piece in anyone’s back garden. Additionally, you can personalise your creation with any range of our osmo oils!

This will definitely get your neighbours jealous, and you can have the pride of knowing you made it all yourself.


Idea 2: Shelving

Pallet shelves provide a rustic look while keeping costs to a bare minimum. If a minimalist aesthetic is what you’re going for, look no further.

If a homemade shelving unit doesn’t quite fit in with your interior, you can always make it shorter and make a coffee table.


Idea 3: Table

Wooden Pallet Table

Using some wooden pallets and a little ingenuity, you can make a beautiful table. Whether it’s being used for decorative purposes, or being used as a dinner table, it will look right at home with the rest of your interior. If you add the correct varnish, you can even make it waterproof and have an outdoor table; perfect for use in the summertime!


Idea 4: Outdoor Shelving

Outdoor Shelving

Outdoor shelving is one of the more popular choices for most people when thinking of ideas for wood pallets. 

It doesn’t require much work to make, and it results in a very attractive looking piece of shelving for your garden. This is a perfect example of how to make an outdoor storage area for plants.


Idea 5: Outdoor Bench 

Wooden Pallet Outdoor Bench

You may not realise just how much money can be spent on outdoor furniture and other garden features. Wood pallet furniture, more specifically outdoor benches, will look perfect in your garden and could save you money compared to buying outdoor furniture from a store. What’s more, it can add a rustic theme to your garden. 

For an extra bit of comfort, you can always add cushions in nice weather, just remember to take them in if it rains!


Idea 6: Outdoor Dining Seats and Tables

Outdoor Dining Seats and Tables - Wood Pallet Furniture

If you’re longing for a relaxing place to eat outside on a hot evening, then this is a great option to consider, especially with the price of the assembly being so low. 

To add a little more colour to your wood pallet furniture, there is always the option to paint the pallets to whatever colour you want. a thin coat of paint will give it that worn and rustic look.


Idea 7: Headboard 

Wood Pallet Headboard - Ideas for wood pallets

A simple yet effective way to give your bedroom a natural and farmhouse-style design. We love how this wooden pallet has been re-purposed to create this stylish headboard. You could also separate and stain the separate planks from your wooden pallet, giving the headboard a multi-tone finish.


Idea 8: containers


A simple pallet container can save you a lot of room in your house, and puts your pallets to a more practical use. In addition, this adds a natural and raw aesthetic to your home.

Containers like these can be found for upwards of £20 in furniture shops, while you can have yours for nothing!


Idea 9: Hand Painted Sign

Hand Painted Sign

You can never go wrong with a personalised ornament to hang on your wall, and what better one to have than a handmade one.

This is a great idea if you can’t find the sign you want. The rough look of the wood planks can also add a little character to your home.

This example is one of an endless amount of ideas, you can use to truly make your interior your own.


Idea 10: Levitating Bookshelf

Levitating Bookshelf - Wood Pallet Ideas

Your wooden pallets are more than capable of holding up your books. Using wood stain would be a great idea here, as it can tone the wood to exactly how you like it.

A bookshelf like this would look fantastic in a bedroom or living room; you’ll be sure to get endless compliments!




With all of these ideas for wood pallets, it may not be as useless as you once thought. You can truly personalise your home or garden to look exactly how you want, and you can do it all using leftover wood! From creative storage solutions to personalised messages, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. If you have any leftover wood flooring, check out these creative uses for herringbone flooring.


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Three Health Benefits Of Clean Carpets

Want to ensure a healthy home environment for the people and pets sharing your abode? A consistently clean carpet is a big step in the right direction. It’s not uncommon for a homeowner to put carpet maintenance on the back-burner, but periodic professional carpet cleaning from A Personal Touch Carpet Cleaning makes a huge difference.

Why Is It Important To Have Clean Carpets?

Here’s a telling fact: simply vacuuming your carpet at least three times a week significantly benefits anyone in your home with a breathing condition, i.e. asthma or snoring. This information comes straight from the American Lung Association, and it’s proof that even a little bit of carpet maintenance goes a long way. But why stop at a thrice-weekly vacuuming regiment when you can reap the substantial benefits that come with a yearly or twice-yearly professional carpet cleaning? Benefits include:

Mold-Growth Prevention

The dirtier a carpet is, the more susceptible it is to mold growth. This is especially true on rainy days when moisture, dirt, and grime are tracked into a home. Left unattended (in other words, not vacuumed or dried immediately), these particulates waste little time in penetrating deep into the carpet’s fibers, and the more they accumulate, the higher the chances are of mold taking root. Everyone knows just how harmful mold can be to a person’s respiratory system, which is why it’s best to supplement the vacuum-and-dry step with periodic professional carpet cleaning. Our local carpet cleaning company employs state-of-the-art tools that eliminate moisture, even in hard-to-reach spots, and ensure mold is never given a chance to grow.

Pollutant Removal

Another agency that knows a thing or two about the importance of cleanliness is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The average person wouldn’t normally equate the EPA to household carpeting, but believe it or not a dirty carpet often serves as a retention area for several indoor pollutants. These include everyday substances like pet dander and dust, along with more obscure irritants like lead and cockroach allergen. All of these substances harbor toxic gases which can become airborne after being vacuumed or walked over, quickly contaminating the air in your home. Since vacuuming is actually a “trigger” for this problem, a professional carpet cleaning is the answer. Our combination of powerful vacuums and pro-grade carpet shampoo is needed to confirm that all pollutants are removed from the carpet and killed.

Dust Mite Deterrence

Dust mites are microscopic and virtually impossible to detect with the human eye – and for this reason, many homeowners are unaware that their house has a dust mite problem. These diminutive pests enjoy the soft, warm surroundings offered by carpet, and before long they’ll generate a large amount of feces and other detritus that’s bothersome to all residents, especially allergy sufferers. The longer dust mites are allowed to roam freely in your carpet, the more easily their droppings are disturbed and injected into the airstream. A professional carpet cleaning eliminates this problem with a thorough steam-clean, generating high temperatures that kill dust mites on the spot.

Count On Us To Keep Your Carpets Clean

Our carpet cleaning company brings decades of carpet-cleaning experience to homeowners throughout Englewood and Denver. Contact us today for a free quote, and optimize your home’s air and the health of its occupants. Remember at A Personal Touch, “We don’t cut corners, we clean them.”

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What Do You Do with Your Furniture When Getting New Floors?

One of the hardest parts of having any kind of work done to your floors is figuring out exactly what to do with your furniture to keep it safe and out of the way. While this may not be as much of a hassle when you are just performing a thorough cleaning or even having a few tiles or a section replaced as you can just rearrange it off into a corner and out of the way, it is an entirely different story when you are having completely new flooring laid.

Hardwood and Furniture

What it mainly comes down to is how much money are you willing to spend on moving and storage, or how much effort are you willing to put into the process yourself? Some flooring companies will move the furniture for you, although it is not a standard service and will usually cost more money. If you prefer, you can pay an outside company to move it to a temporary storage location for you and then back again once the installation is finished, but this too will cost more money.

It also depends on whether this is a one-room or multi-room project. If it’s one room then you and a friend could probably get by with just shifting it to another room. If it’s a multi-room job, a garage or even a covered patio would work fine. Regardless of the scope of the job, all you really need to do is consider what would be the most convenient and least expensive way to deal with your furniture.

So if you are getting ready to redo the flooring in your home or office space and you need the services of helpful experts who can offer high-quality products at competitive prices, give the professionals at a call today. You can reach us at at 800-689-9006 or of course you can visit us online at Get in touch with us today and learn what we can do for you!

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Protecting Your Home’s Carpet From Furniture

As a leading provider of professional carpet cleaning services in Englewood, A Personal Touch Carpet Cleaning fields plenty of carpet-care questions from customers. One of the most popular is, “What are some things I can do to protect my carpet from furniture?” Here are a few tips from our experts.

Use Furniture Coasters

Sometimes simple objects are the most useful – for example, furniture coasters. These are nothing more than small discs placed under the legs of heavy furniture, everything from beds and armoires to entertainment consoles and couches. It may seem surprising, but coasters actually minimize the chances of furniture making permanent dents in the carpet beneath. The discs absorb and redistribute the furniture’s weight, thus preventing the furniture from pushing directly into the carpet’s pile.

Rotate Your Furniture

While it’s true that using carpet coasters will reduce the frequency at which you should rotate your furniture, we highly recommend continuing a periodic rotation. Doing so goes a long way towards ensuring your living room is free of spots where the furniture has permanently crushed the carpet/pile into the nap. Of course, the fact that carpet manufacturers nowadays can make carpets with different “crush resistance” is something that shouldn’t be discounted – but even if you’ve invested in carpet with a high crush resistance, rotating your furniture still offers plenty of peace of mind.

Rearranging the furniture can seem like a pain, but it’s something you only need to do once every year or two. An annual rotation can extend your carpet’s lifespan by a factor of years, and it’s also a good opportunity to give your room a fresh look.

Choosing The Right Padding

Even though nobody sees a carpet’s padding, it’s still a vital component for reasons such as sound insulation, cleaning, and comfort. The padding also matters in terms of a carpet’s “dent potential” – specifically, a thin, firm pad is better at preventing carpet dents than a thicker, softer pad. On the flipside, the latter type of padding delivers superior noise-reduction and underfoot comfort. So it’s a matter of personal preference, as long as you remember that a thick-padded carpet will require more diligence on your part in terms of furniture coasters and rotating.

Consider Caster Caps

Caster caps serve a function similar to that of furniture coasters, but with a different approach to the dent problem. One side of the cap is a rubber circle that attaches to the feet of the furniture. The other side is comprised of numerous small “spikes” that separate the carpet strands, instead of indenting. Like coasters, very heavy furniture may still leave dents in the carpet, but vacuuming over the dents will restore the carpet to its original look.

All Of Your Carpet Questions, Answered

Whether you have questions about carpet cleaning, carpet repair, or new carpet installation, A Personal Touch Carpet Cleaning has the answers. And along with helping you get the most out of your carpet, we also assist with upholstery cleaning, spot removal, and much more. Remember at A Personal Touch, “We don’t cut corners, we clean them.”

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