Welcome to the Connoisseur Carpet Cleaning blog.
How to get your home ready for our upcoming visit
1. Please arrange for a parking spot as close to your front door or cleaning project as possible. 2. We will need to hook up to a water source, either a garden faucet or a utility sink with a threaded faucet within 150″ feet of our truck. We do have adapters to work with bathroom or […]
Connoisseur places in our local Best Of Carson Valley contest..
It’s an honor for me (a part time cleaner and only a 6 year resident in the CV) to come in 2nd place to Carpet Cops, a multi-generational, 30 plus year company with a stellar reputation.
A collection of reviews for Connoisseur in Gardnerville Nevada
Tomi Hochgurtel- I asked Mike to clean my carpets and floors while I was on vacation. He got me on the schedule with short notice the week before thanksgiving (A busy time of year) he did a great job and we loved coming home to clean floors! I refer connoisseur to all my clients when […]
A serious problem when cleaning modern porcelain tile
It has come to Connoisseur Carpet, Tile & Upholstery Cleaning’s attention that there is an industry-wide problem with modern porcelain tiles manufactured from 2018 to present. Experts in the floor cleaning industry have identified that most porcelain tiles, especially the variety that mimic the appearance of stone or wood, are HIGHLY likely to be damaged […]
Expert Grout and Caulking repair for the Carson Valley/ Gardnerville, Minden, Genoa
We remove and replace failed grout and caulking with custom color matched high performance grout, RTV Silicone and epoxy products Call for a free estimate and restore your grouted surface to like new!
How to care for your shower stall & tub enclosure.
At Connoisseur we have been cleaning and restoring shower walls, floors, glass and fixtures for two decades. Over the years we’ve learned what works and what can make a real mess out of your investment Here are some helpful tips to keep your stall or enclosure looking great for years. If you live in […]
Microfiber flat mop system for all hard surface flooring types
Simple, effective, inexpensive and EASY! Sweep or dust the floor with a broom or a microfiber dust mop prior to wet cleaning. Use one 18” blue Microfiber flat mop head for every 100 square feet of hard surface flooring that you will be cleaning. Fill a bucket or sink with a gallon of warm water […]
Removing coffee and tea spills from carpet and textiles
Removing coffee and tea spills from carpet and textiles can vary in success based on a number of factors as explained below. When you consider that both coffee and tea are used in the Middle East to dye wool rugs, it’s understandable that complete removal from natural fibers can take considerable efforts. Depending on the […]
Dander and allergens in your home..
According to Wikipedia; Dander is material shed from the body of humans and other animals that have fur, hair, or feathers. The term is similar to dandruff, when an excess of flakes becomes visible. Skin flakes that come off the main body of an animal are dander, while the flakes of skin called dandruff come […]
We not only provide tile, stone and grout services, we teach it too….
Connoisseur owner Mike Pailliotet recently taught 24 fellow carpet cleaners from around the country how to improve their “Hard Surface” offerings in a 3 day class in Las Vegas at the IICRC Global Resource Center (the white house of carpet cleaning)…
Caulking taken to another level…
We offer customer color matched “speckled” RTV 100% Silicone for synthetic counter tops to create a seamless and long lasting appearance
Part of the story behind Connoisseur..
Mike Pailliotet transformed his professional career from working in a vegan restaurant to operating a successful carpet cleaning company, but along the way created some interesting and impactful programs for the industry. Here is his story.
a good example of what pet urine really does to your home…
What you see on the surface can be just the tip of the iceberg…. Attempting to remove the urine or “just” deodorize it is pointless. Connoisseur is one of very few carpet cleaning companies who wont lie to you and claim that their magic enzymes or sub surface extraction tools will fix problems like this. […]
The ULTIMATE Felt pad to protect your wood, stone or vinyl floors from furniture scratches
Our industrial felt adhesive pad is made with the same wool blend felt as the clear Flexi-Felt. Why is it different from the typical retail store pads? Well, we don’t use the cheap double face tape that everyone else uses. In fact we don’t use tape at all. We have a special patent pending process […]
Not SO Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring
CONSUMER ALERT! Considering Luxury Vinyl Plank for your next flooring project? Do yourself a HUGE favor and test a plank or two before you purchase it by scraping it with a key or a screwdriver across the grain to see how durable it is. I clean a LOT of this stuff and today I ran […]
Is natural Slate a good choice for a shower stall?
Two pictures are worth one word…. NO! If you love the look of slate, please consider using a Porcelain look-a-like […]
Voted “Best Carpet Cleaning” service in Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz’s most beloved Carpet Cleaning company! and probably Aptos’, Capitola’s, Scotts Valley’s, Felton’s and Watsonville’s too…
A near perfect “caulking” repair
We removed moldy, damaged silicone and replaced it with permanent, mold proof, low maintenance, Epoxy Based Grout for an incredible improvement..
Connoisseur offers a variety of tile, stone, grout and caulking repairs
No other service company in the Gardnerville, Minden, Carson City Nevada and the Santa Cruz, Aptos, Captiola and Scotts Valley California areas offer such an extensive list of services for tile, stone and grout repairs. Free on site estimates to survey your project, but we usually start with having the customer send a few photos […]
Our Low Moisture Process Works Wonders at Helping Carpets Stay and Looking Clean Longer
Due to advancements in science and chemistry and good ol’ American ingenuity, our Low Moisture Cleaning Methods help keep your carpet looking great and often for much longer than expected! Here is a photo from a senior living facility in Gardnerville, this shows the carpet half way through the cleaning process, this was taken back […]
Do Engineered Quartz Countertops Stain?
Do yourself a big favor and read this enlightening article before purchasing “Quartz” type countertops. We have had excellent luck and performance with ours but not all brands and varieties perform the same when it comes to stains and cleanability. Do Engineered Quartz Countertops Stain?
Suffering from dust, dander, dust mites and other allergens?
Connoisseur has a service that is sure to help you get relief from headaches, swollen eyes, poor sleep and other symptoms related to what is hiding under and in your bed.. We start with a very thorough vacuuming of your carpet or flooring, baseboards and headboard to remove your or your pet’s dried, sloughed skin, […]
No Hanging Chads…
The interesting fact about this year’s win, is NONE of us knew the contest was running so no hanging chads were to be found….
From Reno to Lee Vining!
As a HUGE and passionate fan of the Eastern Sierra and all it’s tiny communities, it’s our honor and privilege to offer our award winning Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning and Tile and Stone Cleaning services to the following areas: Topaz Ranch Estates Wellington Smith Valley Markleeville Coleville Walker Bridgeport* Lee Vining* *minimum charges apply, get […]
It would be one thing if these guys had only performed the miracles…
Joanna Doubleday It would be one thing if these guys had only performed the miracles that they did on my carpets, but to couple that with INCREDIBLE, accommodating service deserves more than 5 stars. We, shamefully, hadn’t gotten our carpets professionally cleaned for 5 years. I had assumed that the carpets in our rental were […]
Vinyl Floor Cleaning…
Our process for Vinyl Flooring, whether it be plank, tile or sheet is extremely effective at removing years worth of mop residue, cooking oils, pet residues and just plain “life”….
Connoisseur will be cleaning three RMHC’s in 2019
Connoisseur Cleaning’s owner, Mike Pailliotet organizes cleaners from around the country to come in and clean all the flooring, furnishings and counter tops at various Ronald McDonald Homes around the country. Las Vegas in January… Greenville SC in February and three locations in Phoenix in November
The People Have Spoken
Gardnerville and Minden Nevada residents Vote Connoisseur Carpet, Tile & Upholstery Cleaning the Best of Carson for the 3rd time
Just doing our part….
Connoisseur Carpet Cleaning is honored to be able to take part in this massive “Giving Back” project. Minneapolis Ronald McDonald House Recipient of Massive All-Day Cleaning Event Cleaning Professionals from Across the Country Donated Funds, Time and Materials to Clean 77,000 Square Foot Facility September 24, 2018; Minneapolis, MN – More than 100 […]
Granite Counter-top oil stain removal tips
I think the relatively simple tips in this video will work well most of the time. WARNING! Acetone is highly flammable, if you can not control flames, pilot lights, smokers or other sources you can substitute Dawn or Palmolive Dish washing detergent. Not quite as effective but MUCH safe.
If you have nothing better to do, can’t make ends meet and have rock hard abs, here is how to clean your own carpet…
Get a Shark Navigator vacuum or it’s equivalent (Dyson or the latest Hoover Dirt cup design) and vacuum all the carpet until no more soil comes up. Pay special attention to entry areas, in front of the TV and where the dog sleeps. Work it from at least 3 directions. Dry soil is a hundred […]
Connoisseur also cleans Musical Chairs…
We offer expert cleaning and fiber protection of your Classical, Blues, Opera, Easy Listening, Rap.. and possibly your Reggae upholstery..
Education is key..
Connoisseur is proud to announce that now all 4 of our team members are now graduates of the Jim Pemberton’s Fabric Pro Upholstery Specialist Course Javier and Stephen really enjoyed the 2 day class and are now loaded with with even more knowledge to handle the demands that we see on a daily basis when […]
Avoiding baseboard damage during your or our cleaning…
One of the first things we look at when inspecting a tile cleaning project are the baseboards and their condition. Most all homes these days are being built with low cost “MDF” baseboards, Medium Density Fiberboard is popular due to low cost and ease of use but is plagued with a curse.. The bottom […]
Helping the Pine Nut Mountains Wild Horses..
Connoisseur’s Nevada location ran this fund raiser on Facebook for January and February 2018. lll Little did I know that one of the home owners who took advantage of this special were owners of two adopted BLM […]
Custom Grout Repair is Our Specialty
With our unique Epoxy Fortified Grout system we can custom color match virtually any floor, counter or tub/shower install and provide a near perfect fix for cracks, holes or missing grout. The Ultimate Wet Area Repair! Fixes Shower Floors and Tub Showers Replaces Caulk, Silicone and Sealants Fights Mildew and Mold Damage Use Any Color […]
Our involvement with the Ronald McDonald Homes..
Our company is involved with the Ronald McDonald House organization by providing free cleanings of their floors and furnishings. St Petersburg Florida, Phoenix Arizona and Las Vegas Nevada are currently being helped and we’re currently looking into helping the Reno facility.We absolutely love helping out such a wonderful organization like the “RMHC”…
Connoisseur wins our 9th Good Times “Best Of” award!
A HUGE thanks goes out to all of our loyal fans who took time out to vote for us once again
The World’s Greatest Furniture Leg Felt Protector
Are you tired of those synthetic sticky felts that simply don’t work or don’t stay on? Well, with Flexi-Felt® you’ll never have that problem again. It’s literally impossible to remove these felts. The Flexi-Felt® Clear is covered by a lifetime felt warranty. We guarantee that the felt will never separate from the plastic sleeve. If […]
Up Close and Personal with our Cleaning Equipment
Many of our customers don’t realize just how much soil we are capable of flushing out of their carpet…
Here is our time proven recommendation on the best way to maintain your tile, stone, vinyl and wood floors
Using this system you’ll never smear dirty mop water around or leave a soil attracting film behind. Grout lines will stay cleaner MUCH longer and the grout sealer will last much longer as well. First you’ll need to pick up a gallon of a Neutral pH No Rinse Floor Cleaner such as ZEP . It’s a […]
“What is the best vacuum cleaner?”
As a “vacuuming professional” I often get asked to recommend THE BEST vacuum. My stock answer is “The one you enjoy using the most”. That being said, I do like Shark brand a lot. Keep in mind that they (and Dyson) are like Bic lighters, once they break, you just buy a new one as […]
No other method on God’s green earth cleans carpet as deeply as Rotary Extraction..
Proudly offered at both Santa Cruz and Carson Valley locations for extreme soiling situations