Why Choose a Professional for Your Carpet Cleaning Needs
Having a clean carpet is more than just healthy, other benefits include: Less odors in your home, prolonging the life of your carpet, and adding value to your property by keeping it well maintained.
From the benefit of my Ten years experience, here are my top ten tips you need to know when having your office and home carpets cleaned.
How to Clean and Remove Stains From Upholstery
- – ” Prevention is better than the cure” you have heard this many times, and it applies to clean carpets also. Try to vacuum your carpets daily, using a machine that is capable of doing a good job. Vacuum in different directions for the best results. Keeping your vacuum cleaner maintained is important, you should regularly change bags and containers, and ensure that the filters are clean.
- – This one is a must: Have a good entrance mat. Ideally one inside and one outside the door. Shake these mat’s clean once a week for optimum benefit.
- – The application of carpet protector is a good choice for busy households, especially those with pets. When carpets are new, they often have a protective film built in, however this does wear off and it is best to have it re-applied approximately every 3-5 years. The benefits of this are: It makes vacuuming easier, and it helps to repel spillages until you reach for a cloth, thus preventing stains.
- – Spills will always occur, when they do, take care of them quickly. Firstly blot up the spillage with a dry towel, then, gently pour a little water over the area before blotting again. If this has not removed the spill, use a specific product that is recommended for the item spilt. Rinsing any products thoroughly using the water and blotting method will stop dust and dirt from being attracted to that spot. Keeping on top of spillages and stains prolongs the time before you require your office and home carpets cleaned.
- – The choice of any carpet cleaning product that you apply to your carpet is important. As much as possible, use the mildest ones available. Harsher ones are sometimes needed on more stubborn stains. Always read the label of the product to make sure it is suitably matched with your specific spillage, then, test it on an area of carpet that won’t be seen to make sure it does not discolor the carpet.
- – Pet odor in carpets is one of the main reasons people have their home and office carpets cleaned. Finding the source of the odor can be a problem in itself. Sometimes is the case that your pet has visited a corner of the house unknown to you.
- – When the time has come for your office and home carpets to be cleaned, it is best to use a professional. There is a difference in the way some types of carpets are cleaned. A professional should recognize your carpet type and know which cleaning method is most suitable.
- – The traditional, and still most popular method of cleaning carpets is the Hot Water Extraction method. The stages of this method are; Pre vacuum carpet, Spray all areas with a pre- spray (this helps to break down the soil particles), Brush in the pre-spray with a pile brush. Move over the carpet slowly with the extraction machine, penetrating the carpet with a hot solution and immediately vacuuming out the soiled water in the same action. The carpet should be brushed to set the pile before leaving to dry.
- – There are also dry cleaning methods available when it comes to having your office and home carpets cleaned, one of these methods is called Dry fusion. Dry Fusion claims to be the only carpet cleaning system that hot cleans, deodorizes, stain protects and then heat dries the carpet. The stages of this method are;
- – Thoroughly pre-vacuum the carpet, Spray the first section of carpet with the dry fusion solution that contains a cleaning agent, a DuPont fluorocarbon resin, and natural orange and vanilla extracts to deodorize. Then the professional attaches a pre-soaked pad to his dry fusion rotary machine, (this is a small machine that heats up to 90 degrees, and spins around fast). As the heat contacts the pad, it reacts with the solution, and the soiling from the carpet rises in to the pad. Using this method, your carpet can be completely dry in 30 minutes.
Upholstery Cleaning The Natural Way
You would be surprised at so many highly unlikely things one could use while removing stains from carpet. Most of these are available in your bathrooms and kitchens. Some stains, however, may be a bit more stubborn, but there are quite a few specialized stain removers out there that can make removing stains from carpet a no hassles job.
Firstly, it is important to understand types of stains. Stains can generally be classified as water-based (juices, alcohol, vomit, milk, clay, cologne, Latex paints, fruits, beer or blood,); oil based (ink, crayons, cosmetics, grease, gravy) and a category called special water based stains (coffee, tea and urine). The last category is called so since these are difficult stains to remove in terms of their color and odor. Generally the same product or method can be used for removing stains from carpet from the same category.
There are quite a lot of things that you use daily which can also come in quite handy while removing stains from carpet. For example:
o Shaving cream/lotion: Foaming shaving lotion or cream can come in quite handy while removing mud stains from a carpet. It also works quite well on most other types of stains - water based and oil based.
o Vaseline: Oil based stains from cosmetics - especially lipsticks-can be 'loosened' by rubbing Vaseline or petroleum jelly. When you feel satisfied, scoop up the jelly and wash the spot with a solution of dishwashing detergent and water.
o WD40: This is quite a cure-all for removing stains from carpet. If you get chewing gum, tar or wax on the carpet, dab some WD40 and out it comes. It takes a few applications, but is much faster than any other method.
o Neutrogena shampoo: This might seem expensive, but it's a good way to take off stains made by pastel chalks, crayons and possibly other oil based colors too.
o Baby wipes or diapers: In the process of removing stains from carpet, if the carpet gets quite wet, then use baby diapers to blot up the dampness. They're super absorbent, and make less of a mess than regular blotting paper. Ensure you keep a little weight on the diaper to help it do its job.