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.
Upholstery Cleaning - Tips to Keep Your Furniture Cleaner
- – ” 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.
Carpet Cleaning, the Things You Need to Know
Furniture can be very expensive - especially if it's upholstered. If you have a chair, loveseat or sofa that's dirty, don't just resign yourself to buying a slipcover to hide all the stains. By cleaning the upholstery carefully and with the proper techniques, you can keep your upholstered furniture looking brand new. Read on for upholstery cleaning tips and guidelines.
You want your home to always look its cleanest, but that can seem like an insurmountable task when family and friends are constantly spilling food and drinks on the sofa, putting their dirty shoes on your ottoman, or wearing-and-tearing your loveseat. It isn't impossible to keep your upholstered furniture clean between professional carpet cleanings, however.
Check the Fabric
The first step in cleaning any furniture (or any carpet or piece of clothing) is to check what kind of fabric it's made from. If it's made from a synthetic fabric such as polyester, nylon, or acrylic, it should be safe to clean. However, if the fabric is a natural fabric or synthetic/natural blend, such as poly/cotton, you will want to do a spot test first. This means testing a small hidden patch of the fabric first (such as the backside of a cushion) to ensure whatever type of cleaning product or technique you will be using doesn't bleach, smear, or ruin the fabric. If the fabric of your furniture is made of more than 50% cotton, professional upholstery cleaning may be your best bet - especially if you are dealing with an especially large stain or all-over filth.
The easiest stains to clean are those that are treated while they are still fresh, so it's important to act fast when cleaning your upholstery. The longer you leave a stain to sit, the harder it will be to remove. Remember that moisture is not your friend when cleaning carpet or upholstery, so use as little water or cleaner as possible for the best results. Baby wipes or sanitary wipes are often the best tool for cleaning stains because they offer just the right amount of water and soap and evaporate quickly.
As much as you might hate vacuuming, it's important to vacuum the cushions and backs of your furniture on a regular basis. Use a soft brush that's safe for use on fabrics to remove loose soil; your vacuum cleaner may also come with special upholstery attachments that make it easy to reach small corners and creases in furniture. Vacuuming regularly will reduce overall grime and soiling of your upholstered furniture and is especially beneficial if you have animals or someone in your household has allergies.
Oil and Grease Stains
You may be saying you don't have oil or grease stains, but check again. Your monthly movie night may be leaving greasy butter stains all over your furniture. For oil and grease stains sprinkle salt, baby powder, or cornstarch on the spot as soon as you discover the stain, and rub it in carefully to absorb as much of the grease as possible. Once dry, brush off the grease and powder (into a dustpan) and wipe with a damp cloth.
We've all had a pen in our pockets burst or mark the sofa or chair we're sitting on, but how do you remove the ink? Spray hairspray onto a clean towel and dab at the stain. Dry and next blot the stain with a towel dipped in rubbing alcohol. Next dry and apply acetone or nail polish remover with another clean towel. If the stain still remains, blot it with a clean towel and spirits of turpentine.
There are many other kinds of stains obviously, but grease and ink stains are the hardest to remove. Just remember the key with cleaning upholstered furniture is choosing the appropriate type of cleaning method. For example, cleaning a store-bought chair from 2005 is much different than cleaning a hand-embroidered antique sofa. Always check the fabric, and if you have any doubts about cleaning a particular piece of furniture, don't hesitate to call your local carpet cleaning company.