Honored to help restore a 100 year old floor in Minden NV

Paula and I spent 12 solid hours at the old Douglas County Courthouse today. This 100 year old tile floor has been hiding under carpet for the past 20 years. We were hired to remove those glue residue and to steam clean the tile and grout..

There was a 1916 penny inserted into a tile when the building was first built. It had long since gone missing. I was able to track down a “new” penny and dig the hole a bit deeper to remount it below grade with epoxy.


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It was an honor to work with Leesa at her beautiful home in Los Gatos.

All day projects like her’s really keep us on our toes.



Thank you Leesa!!


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A great place to buy microfiber mops and related products.

I’d like to share this great website with you. The Microfiber mop heads are very high quality and 1/4 of the price of hardware and janitorial stores

I really like this mop head for cleaning honed or rough surface stone, wood and vinyl floors. The “scrub strips ” work wonders at dislodging soil.












For highly polished marble or wood floors you may not want to aggressiveness of the scrub strips so buy these.’










Their price on the mop itself can’t be beat..












For more information on how to use this sort of mop check out our blog HERE

All excellent products for cleaning your Marble, Travertine, Limestone, Slate, Concrete, Wood and Vinyl floors in Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Capitola, Aptos, Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe homes and businesses


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Now serving the Reno/Tahoe/Carson areas!

Connoisseur is proud to now offer our legendary great customer service and cleaning results in the Carson Valley, Lake Tahoe/Reno and surrounding areas




Services provided to Reno/Sparks, Carson Valley, Carson City, Minden, Gardnerville, Genoa, South Lake Tahoe, Stateline, Kingsbury, Virgina City, Dayton, Markleeville, Coleville, Walker and Bridgeport

 -Residential and Commercial Carpet Cleaning

-Upholstery Cleaning

Fine Fabric Protection  for Rugs and Upholstery

-Tile, Stone and Grout Cleaning and Sealing

-In home Area Rug Cleaning

Call (775)392 1275 for more information or check out www.carsonvalleycarpetcleaning.com


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Connoisseur’s Professional Fiber Protection



Fiber ProTector can be used to protect all textiles even the finest natural ones. Fiber ProTector does not affect natural properties such as breathability or surface texture and it does not affect other fabric treatments such as fire proofing or anti-static treatment.

Added benefits from treatment are the significant reduction of sun fading, static build-up and reduced dust in an indoor environment due to the improved efficiency of daily vacuuming.

Fiber ProTector can be applied on:

  • Oriental Rugswool
  • Wool Broadloom (wall to wall) Carpet
  • All Fabric Upholstery Types Including Leather
  • Tapestries
  • Fine Table Cloths and Linens
  • Clothing and Shoes

All carpets and upholstery protected whether new or not, will require maintenance. Fiber ProTector treatment provides easy stain removal and reduced intervals of deep cleaning; thereby achieving considerable savings in cleaning and refurbishment costs. The net effect is that the original appearance can be maintained by routine cleaning.

The treatment will not affect the natural properties of textiles either in appearance or by touch.


Environmentally Friendly

Fiber ProTector’s protectant is “non-toxic and non-allergenic.” Fiber ProTector is safe to use around children and pets. Fiber ProTector is biodegradable.

Fiber ProTector travles clear through to preventative-300x245the backing even moving horizontally one to five inches which allows it to penetrate every fiber regardless of fabric type. It actually helps strengthen fibers while remaining odorless and colorless.

The use of Fiber ProTector is an important contribution to a better indoor environment that is of great value for individuals with allergies and asthma. Fiber ProTector creates a molecular shield round every fiber that prevents the fabric attracting dust and dirt. The friction between the fibers decreases which results in a reduction in fluctuation of dust and fabric fibers.

Protects against bacteria, fungus and mold
Carpets and furniture can be “bacterial bombs.” New research shows that office chairs can contain more bacteria than a toilet seat. Damp carpets can create smells and an indoor environment hazardous to health because fungus and mold can develop under the carpet. Fiber ProTector delivers antibacterial treatment of carpets and fabrics to prevent the above as well as preventing the spread of bacteria, fungus and mold.

Preventive Maintenance

Fiber ProTector is specialized in preventative maintenance solutions. Not only will the carpet look like new for longer but it will also decrease yearly maintenance costs.

Having your textiles treated with Fiber ProTector reduces the unnecessary use of cleaning chemicals, water and electricity.

How is this possible?

Fiber ProTector has a revolutionary system that is able to encapsulate the microscopic holes within the carpets’ or fabrics’ fiber. Therefore the fiber keeps all stacks_image_3009-300x245it’s natural properties like breath-ability and looks and feel. Dirt doesn’t get the chance to attach and will be laying on the fiber.

Daily vacuuming does most of the job for you. It takes away the majority of the dirt and dust particles which otherwise would attach themselves to the fibers and cause poor air quality as well as development of unwanted germs and bacteria. Having your textiles treated requires less passes with the vacuum cleaner.

When cleaning the carpets, only the use of hot water is often enough to remove parts that have not been removed by the vacuum cleaner.

This is how we save and treat nature rightfully. Our products do not contain any dangerous or harmful components whilst Fiber ProTector has a long lasting effect, and therefore we are unique in our market.


Having your upholstery and carpets protected with Fiber ProTector will keep them looking like new for longer. It also prolongs the overall lifespan of upholstery and carpets as our protection reduces the need for excessive cleaning. The best product for the protection of upholstery and carpets is Fiber ProTector, because we specialize, innovate and care for your investment.

The main advantages of using Fiber ProTector products and services:

  • Provides easy stain release and removal
  • Prolongs the life of your upholstery and carpets
  • Effective shield against most oil and water based stain causing liquids
  • Protects against UV sun-fading
  • Reduces wear and tear
  • Makes vacuuming more effective
  • Improves indoor air quality
  • Prevents the spread of unwanted bacteria and germs
  • Improves professional deep cleaning, saving you time and money
  • Reduces necessary amount of chemicals and water needed for cleaning



Will my carpet or upholstery stiffen from using Fiber ProTector products?

No. Using Fiber ProTector does not change the look or feel of carpeting. Occasionally, slight over-application of Fiber ProTector or accelerated drying (with fans or heat) may cause treated particles to stiffen. Simply, vacuum the affected areas and the carpet will feel normal again.

Is this product safe to use on wool?

The product is safe for use on wool rugs. Our Fiber ProTector products are tested and approved by the WoolSafe organisation and therefore safe to use on wool. Having your rugs or fabric protected means the dirt repellency and clean-ability are improved.

How often do I reapply?

With wear from dirt and traffic, the protection wears away with time. The more traffic and/or dirt, the faster it wears. After deep cleaning, Fiber ProTector Products will be intact. If you are not sure about the strength of the protection, poor a bit of water over the fabric and see if it rolls of. Keep in mind, Fiber ProTector products are very long lasting! To be sure, apply the product every once in a while and you won’t experience any problems! Consult your Connoisseur professional for a recommendation on reapplication

How long does it take to dry?

Under average room temperature conditions (70 degrees F, 50% Humidity), most objects should be dry in 1 hour. Always be sure to check before wearing the treated areas. Longer dry times could occur under the following conditions: colder temperatures, more humid conditions, or heavy applications. Providing for proper ventilation for the product will also provide a quicker dry time in most conditions.
You can use it on rugs, residential or commercial carpeting, and automobile carpeting and matting. Always check for colorfastness first by testing in an inconspicuous area.

On what kind of materials can I use Fiber ProTector Fabric ProTector?

This product works great on most fabrics! Whether natural fabrics like cotton & wool, synthetic fabrics like polyester & nylon, or delicate fabrics like silk; you can use Fiber ProTector Fabric protector for fabrics & upholstery. (It is always good to test in an inconspicuous spot for color bleeding.) We do not recommend using on plastics or vinyl. On upholstery, check furniture manufacturer’s care and warranty information. Examples of usage include: sofa, chairs, auto upholstery, camper & rv’s, clothing, silk ties & blouses, delicate fabrics, wool, quilts, throw pillows, table linens, place mats, window treatments, crafts, canvas shoes, & more!

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Fiber ProTector is the most technically advanced and effective fiber protection system available in Santa Cruz, Los Gatos and Saratoga, or in the world for that matter!

For more information about Fiber ProTector please log on to http://www.fiberprotector.com/

Call Mike Pailliotet@ 831 588 9063 for more information and pricing


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We have your floors and walls protected!

 Lots of hoses and cords are an unfortunate and sometimes messy reality when it comes to getting your carpet cleaned. 

Rest assured that our conscientious technicians at Connoisseur will do everything they can to protect your hard floors and walls from scratches, moisture, cleaning agents and shoes..

 Along with our caring attitude, we bring a multitude of tarps, runners, corner guards to each and every job.





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Commercial Carpet and Maintenance Guide from Mohawk






I wanted to share this guide for our commercial clients. Lots of great advice for cleaning frequencies, methods, interim care, spotting help and more


















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