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Darryl Dutcher of K.A. Dutcher Paint and Carpet, points out samples of the new fiber product carpeting, called Smartstrand, which are more durable and cleanable than older carpeting. Dutcher recommends professional steam cleaning to remove the winter dirt and grit.

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Protecting carpets from cinder and salt damage

Carpets in homes are often unrecognized casualties of snow and ice storms. The moisture from snow and ice on the shoes and boots is not good for a carpet, but it does not do nearly the damage which can be done by cinders and salt. According to Darrel Dutcher, K.A. Dutcher Paint and Carpet, even "inconsistant temperatures" are tough on the newer type carpets. Read more of this story and others like it in this week's California Democrat

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