It’s a good feeling. You have a beautiful home, you spend time keeping it in perfect shape, and your brand-new carpet is the icing on the cake. It’s soft, comfortable and clean.
Then one day, you notice (gasp) a spot right in the middle of the living room. There’s no way you can live with that eyesore. It has got to go. What do you do?
Here are a few tips to basic spot removal. Don’t forget that a spot can really be a stain, which needs professional attention.
Do your best to visually identify the spot. Some spots are easy; others are pretty tough. It’s not always possible to identify the spotting substance in the carpet. Yet, a little sleuthing on your part can get you close. Where is the spot? Is it near the dining room or where those in the family might eat? Odds are, it’s food related, and you might find success with a spotting solution for sticky residues. Is it in a bedroom? Could be cosmetic, shoe polish or other substance common to getting ready for the day, and you might find success with a dry solvent spotter.
When you have figured out as best you can the type of spot you have, choose a reputable product for that particular spot. Some of the best spotting solutions can be obtained from your carpet cleaning company. Ask them what they recommend.
Next comes removal. Carefully blot the spot. Do not scrub. You will damage the tips of the fibers and there’s nothing short of replacement to fix that. Keep applying and blotting product until the spot is gone.
Remember, if you do your own spot removal, there is some danger of removing original fabric color and causing other damage. Take your time and do it right. Pretesting fiber and solution compatibility is always recommended.
And when in doubt (or when a spot stumps you) always do the very best thing: Call your cleaning professional right away!
Cleaning Wool Carpet and Rug: Good News? Or Baaaad?
DID YOU KNOW that choosing a wool carpet or rug for your home is both good news… and sometimes bad?
The good news is choosing wool, which is a high quality fiber but not really that popular because of the higher price, means your carpet or rug will last longer, look better and retain value.
The bad news is choosing wool means you won’t see as much dirt on it, and so you may not vacuum or clean it that often — which means your nice, wool carpet or rug may prematurely wear out.
Why is that?
Most consumers base their cleaning frequencies on appearance. That can be dangerous for any carpet or rug, or any surface, for that matter. With wool, the physical makeup of the fiber has the characteristic of hiding dirt, especially those tiny, gritty particles that wear on the fibers. You might compare this to putting sand on a piece of Plexiglas and walking on it. The sand will act as an abrasive, damaging the surface.
While wool fibers won’t damage as quickly as other fibers, such as nylon, polyester or olefin, any type of dirt or soil on them isn’t good news at all.
What you should do is talk to a cleaning professional about cleaning based on frequency, not appearance. Get your cleaning scheduled on a regular basis, and remember that not every situation is the same. Your home may not need as frequent cleaning as another; that’s why a professional opinion is smart.
Yes, wool is good… or baaaad… depending on how you treat it.
Making Better Decisions
You are shopping for new carpet, perhaps just a few rooms. Two of the rooms are bedrooms, which don’t get as much foot traffic as the entryway, living room and hallway you also need to replace. It’s been nearly 10 years since you had new carpet.
You go to a local carpet retail store. The carpet salesman has a great deal for you: A virtually stain-proof carpet with vibrant colors and also soft to the touch. You put your fingers into the carpet pile and love how it feels. You order the carpet for all the rooms you need to replace.In a week or two, on the scheduled installation day, you remove all the furniture from the rooms and the installation pros show up and remove the old carpet and pad and put in the new.It looks great!
A year later, when you decide it’s time to have the carpet cleaned, your carpet cleaning pros show up and do a great job removing the dirt. Even the spots come right out! However, there is a “worn” area in the living room and down the hallway, but not in the bedrooms. You ask your carpet cleaning pro why that is. He performs a fiber identification test and informs you that you purchased polyester carpet, which tends to matt down and look somewhat soiled just because of wear. He then kindly informs you that if you had purchased nylon, a more durable carpet fiber, this likely wouldn’t have happened.
You are upset. Don’t you hate it when you purchase something and it doesn’t perform as promised? But remember, carpet salespeople may not be your best consultant when it comes to fibers.
So before you go looking for new carpet or furniture, give your carpet and furniture cleaning pro a call. Ask which fiber is best for each application in your home. Yes, polyester may be soft and colorful, but it may be best to keep it in the bedrooms and use durable fibers, like nylon and wool (which is expensive), in the high trafficked areas of your home.
Should You Wash Cushion Covers?
It’s a very easy thing to do… you notice your sofa cushions are a little dingy, which is perfectly normal with kids, pets and normal usage.
So you decide to do-it-yourself and wash the cushion covers. They come out looking nice. But you also notice a little problem. The colors aren’t as bright as they used to be, and it takes a lot of effort to get the covers back over the foam cushions themselves. In fact, for one cushion, you can’t even get it zipped up all the way.
The reason is that cushion covers are not designed to be washed like normal laundry. “But it has zippers!” you exclaim. That’s for the convenience of the furniture manufacturing company or the upholsterer.
Keep these points in mind if you are tempted to wash your cushion covers:
- When you wash the cushion covers, there is some danger in fabric shrinkage and dye loss. If this happens, not much you can do to fix it.
- Shrinkage typically occurs in the drier, so if you are tempted to wash your own cushion covers, hang them to dry (but remember there is always risk).
- Dyes are funny things. The dyes on your favorite t-shirts are pretty tough and durable and last a long time, but on upholstery they can bleed or fade.
- Putting cushion covers in the laundry can also cause problems with the integrity of the fabric, such as any latex backing that could be present; delamination, or the separation of the face fiber and backing, can occur.
So while you may do this, remove your cushion covers for laundering, keep these points in mind and be very careful with your valuable furnishings! Do your furniture and all upholstery fabric a huge favor: Call your cleaning professionals today!
How to Take Care of Your Outdoor Grill. Share Advanced Tile and Carpet Cleaning Services of Allentown, PA.
There’s nothing more enjoyable to food lovers everywhere than firing up the gas grill and creating some delicious meals, whether steaks, burgers, bratwursts or healthy home-grown vegetables.
Keeping that gas grill in good shape is, therefore, paramount to happy outdoor barbecues and family gatherings.
And here’s something we all know: Outdoor gas grills don’t clean or take care of themselves. It takes determination on your part to keep them working for you, meal after meal after meal.
Here are a few easy steps to keeping your gas grill in good shape.
Step 1: After cooking your favorite treat on the grill (after removing all the food to a platter, of course) keep the grill on. In fact, turn it up a bit, and let all the bits of meat and drippings burn to a crisp so after everything cools you can scrape them off the grill grate. If you don’t do this, the next time you fire up the grill means you will be dealing with the remnants of the previous meal. That’s not tasty.
Step 2: Look underneath… no matter the quality of your grill, if you have a storage area for pans, spatulas and the propane tank, food drippings and debris can quickly create a problem. Clean out that storage area on a regular basis, keeping everything neat and ready for the next meal.
Step 3: Don’t ignore the exterior of the grill. Washing the outside of the grill with warm, soapy water keeps grime from building up.
Step 4: When not in use, keep everything covered up. Some feel that with warmer weather, they can leave the grill exposed to the elements. Hey, it’s meant to be outside, right? Yet keeping the grill under a quality grill cover can add years of life to your trusty outdoor cooking partner.
Of course, with outdoor grilling comes greasy spills that can spot and stain your carpet. Nearly everyone has dropped a burger or a hot dog on the floor when bringing the food inside. Even worse is when your tasty treat is covered with mustard or ketchup. Do your carpet a favor and call your professional carpet cleaning company when that happens.
Carpet cleaning may not seem to be a difficult task to do, but can present a number of challenges when the efforts you’ve put-in went in vain. It’s important to know that sometimes, you get caught in the middle of situation whereby, despite your best efforts at cleaning your carpet; yet the carpet will still become friends with spills, drops, dust, as well as whatever’s on the bathroom slippers. This situation can be annoying and frustrating especially if you’re the type that takes personal hygiene seriously. However, we have here, 5 amazing secrets for you, so that you can professionally handle the problem and give your carpet a new look.
1. Don’t Rub Stains, Instead Blot Them
Almost everyone is guilty of this, but there’s actually nothing wrong with rubbing your carpet if you are 100% sure of best result while cleaning stains through rubbing the carpet. However, professionally-wise, you are not advised to rub the stains, instead blot them. Experts suggest that, in carpet cleaning, you don’t rub stains, because rubbing is said to cause the particles to force down the ground and find their ways into the carpet fibers, and this may eventually lead to the premature breakdown of the carpet. Therefore, blotting is always considered the best way of cleaning stains, as it done only by pressing a piece of cloth on the affected area.
2. Shaving Cream Is A Perfect Remover Of Stains
Not too many people know about this, that is why we’re sharing it here. For example, if you are a resident of Allentown Pa. and you are looking for a perfect tip to clean your carpets, you can simply buy a shaving cream and apply it directly on the affected area, while allowing it to dry for at least 30 minutes. After that, get a piece of fine cloth to blot the stains, and it will completely vanish without any hassle. However, if you’re skeptical about trying this, you can contact us to handle that for you.
3. Use Dishwasher Detergent To Clean Grease-Stains
This may sound unbelievable but it actually does a great job when you do it carefully. In carpet cleaning, there are tips that may not seem to work but they actually do, and using dishwasher detergent like “Joy” to clean grease-stains off your rug or leather carpet has been proven effective. All you need to do is, get a dishwasher detergent, and split some pieces in a cup or a bowl; stir the solution very well with water and put it in a spray bottle. Simply spray it on the affected and area and blot the stains away.
4. Use Heat Wax To Remove Candle Wax From A Carpet
As the saying goes “the best way to catch a thief is to behave like one.” That is just what we’re trying to point out here, by using a heat wax to remove a candle wax from your carpet. We suggest that, since sometimes, burning candle in the house can lead to dripping of the wax on the carpet and eventually got dried up; you are to make use of a pressing iron and place a clothing material beneath it before finally and gently pressing the iron (for not more than 25 seconds) on the candle wax to heat it. After that, use a knife to remove the particles and sweep the area with broom.
5. Use Hydrogen Peroxide To Remove Bloodstains
Sometimes our hands, fingers, etc may get cut and blood will drop into the carpet. Some carpets may hide the stains while others will vividly show it. And now, studies have shown that hydrogen peroxide is highly effective in removing bloodstain from the carpet. Therefore, you are to loosen the dried blood using mild detergent and then scrape off the amount of particles you can, before applying the hydrogen directly on the area. The mixture will form mild foam to tell you that the hydrogen has worked it out, and then use a towel or a hard cloth to dap the surface. It is as simple as ABCD.
These are some of the carpet cleaning secrets you should know. Thank you for reading.
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