Professional Or Do It Yourself Carpet Cleaning

Cleaning tips for your carpet

It is bound to happen that one accidentally spills or drops something sticky on a carpet. The important thing to do then, is to deal with the stain or the spillage immediately. If not action is taken, the stain will penetrate into the carpet and make it harder to be removed.

things to keep in mind if an accident occurs:

Deal with the stain immediately.

Ladle fluids carefully with a spoon.

Dilute with cold water if necessary.

Dab away – do not rub – fluids and other spillage with paper towels or a clean cotton cloth.

Work from the edge towards the middle of the spillage.

Use a very small amount of detergent and cold water, but only if necessary.

Brush lightly with a clothes brush if needed.

Repeat from step 2 if necessary.

It might be necessary to dry the wet area with a fan or a hair drier at low speed.

Finish the work by restoring the pile with a clothes brush (in the direction of the pile).

If you want to be on the safe side, it is a good idea to have a gentle and powerful stain remover at home.By acting quickly you increase the chance ofsaving your carpet and completely removing the stain without having to take it to a carpet cleaner.Keep in mind that a stain remover should be gentle on fabrics so as to not damage the fibers.

Some examples of common stains and how to remove them:

Asphalt: Carefully scrape off as much of the stain as possible with a spoon. Dampen a colourless cotton cloth with a mild solvent and dab it gently. Repeat until the stain is gone. Dab/wipe it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Beer: Absorb as much of the stain as possible with colourless kitchen paper or a colourless cotton cloth. Add a little mild detergent and dab gently. If the stain remains, try a mild vinegar solution and dab again. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Blood: Absorb as much of the stain as possible with colourless kitchen paper or a colourless cotton cloth. Dilute any remaining stain with tepid water and absorb the remaining stain. Add a little tepid water and washing-up liquid to a cloth and dab gently. If the stain remains, try a mild ammonia solution and dab again. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry. NOTE! If the blood is still fresh, use cold water.

Burn mark: Examine the burn to see how deep it is, it may be possible to carefully trim away the burnt section of the carpet’s pile with nail scissors.

Candlewax: Lay ice cubes on the wax until it hardens enough for you to be able to break it. Then use a stain remover if required to remove any remaining traces of the wax.

Chewinggum: Lay ice cubes on the chewing gum until it hardens enough for you to be able to break it. Then use a stain remover if required to remove any remaining traces of the chewing gum.

Chocolate: Carefully scrape off as much of the stain as possible with a spoon. Dampen a colourless cotton cloth with a mild detergent and dab it gently. If the stain remains, try a mild ammonia solution and dab again. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Coca-Cola: Absorb as much of the stain as possible with colourless kitchen paper or a colourless cotton cloth. If the stain remains, try a mild ammonia solution and dab again, follow up with a mild vinegar solution if the stain has not been removed. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Coffee: Absorb as much of the stain as possible with colourless kitchen paper or a colourless cotton cloth. If the stain remains, try a mild ammonia solution and dab again. Repeat until the stain is gone. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Cookingfat: Carefully scrape off as much of the stain as possible with a spoon. Dampen a colourless cotton cloth with a mild detergent and dab it gently. If the stain remains, try a mild ammonia solution and dab again. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Glue: Wet the entire stain with a colourless cotton cloth soaked in vinegar or alcohol. Then carefully dab and dry.

Grease: Carefully scrape off as much of the stain as possible with a spoon. Dampen a colourless cotton cloth with a mild detergent and dab it gently. If the stain remains, try a mild vinegar solution and dab again. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Ice-cream: Carefully scrape off as much of the stain as possible with a spoon. If the stain remains, try dampening a colourless cotton cloth with a mild ammonia solution and dab again, follow up with a mild vinegar solution if the stain has not been removed. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Ink: Coat the stain in hairspray and leave it to dry, then carefully brush the stain away with a solution of water and vinegar.

Juice: Absorb as much of the stain as possible with colourless kitchen paper or a colourless cotton cloth. If the stain remains, try a mild ammonia solution and dab again, follow up with a mild vinegar solution if the stain has not been removed. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Ketchup: Carefully scrape off as much of the stain as possible with a spoon. Dampen a colourless cotton cloth with a mild detergent and dab it gently. If the stain remains, try a mild ammonia solution and dab agoved. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Lipstick: Carefully scrape off as much of the stain as possible with a spoon. If the stain remains, try dampening a colourless cotton cloth with a mild ammonia solution and dab again, follow up with a mild vinegar solution if the stain has not been removed. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Liquor: Absorb as much of the stain as possible with colourless kitchen paper or a colourless cotton cloth. If the stain remains, try a mild ammonia solution and dab again. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Milk: Absorb as much of the stain as possible with colourless kitchen paper or a colourless cotton cloth. Dampen a colourless cotton cloth with a mild detergent and dab it gently. If the stain remains, try a mild ammonia solution and dab again. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Mustard: Carefully scrape off as much of the stain as possible with a spoon. Dampen a colourless cotton cloth with a mild detergent and dab it gently. If the stain remains, try a mild ammonia solution and dab again. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Nailvarnish: Carefully scrape off as much of the stain as possible with a spoon. Use a colourless cotton cloth and carefully dab with a little nail varnish remover. If the stain remains, add a little detergent, dab gently and follow up with a mild ammonia solution and then a mild vinegar solution if the stain has not been removed. ##Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Oil: Carefully scrape off as much of the stain as possible with a spoon. Dampen a colourless cotton cloth with a mild detergent and dab it gently. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Paint: Carefully scrape off as much of the stain as possible with a spoon. Dampen a colourless cotton cloth with a mild detergent and dab it gently. If the stain remains, try a mild ammonia solution and dab again, follow up with a mild vinegar solution if the stain has not been removed. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Shoe polish: Carefully scrape off as much of the stain as possible with a spoon. Dampen a colourless cotton cloth with a mild detergent and dab it gently. If the stain remains, try a mild ammonia solution and dab again, follow up with a mild vinegar solution if the stain has not been removed. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Soft drinks: Absorb as much of the stain as possible with colourless kitchen paper or a colourless cotton cloth. If the stain remains, try a mild ammonia solution and dab again, follow up with a mild vinegar solution if the stain has not been removed. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Soot: Carefully vacuum up the soot and avoid dragging the nozzle across the carpet.

Tea: Absorb as much of the stain as possible with colourless kitchen paper or a colourless cotton cloth. If the stain remains, try a mild vinegar solution and dab gently. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Urine/excrement: Absorb as much of the stain as possible with colourless kitchen paper or a colourless cotton cloth, alternatively carefully scrape off as much of the stain as possible with a spoon. Then rinse the stain with a mix of water and distilled white vinegar, approx. one tablespoon per 20 cl water. Then carefully wipe off as much as possible from the carpet. If the urine stain is dry when you discover it, still act fast, and take the carpet to a carpet cleaner specialising in oriental carpets. NOTE! Do not use urine remover as this damages the wool in the carpet.

Vomit: Carefully scrape off as much of the stain as possible with a spoon. Dampen a colourless cotton cloth with a mild detergent and dab it gently. If the stain remains, try a mild vinegar solution and dab again. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Wax: Lay blotting paper or a brown paper bag on the stain. Use a warm iron across the blotting paper/paper bag until the wax is absorbed. It is important that you keep the iron moving to avoid burning the carpet.

Wine: Absorb as much of the stain as possible with colourless kitchen paper or a colourless cotton cloth. If the stain remains, try a mild vinegar solution and dab gently. Dab it with a dry cloth until it is dry.

Carpet Cleaning Secrets of the Pros to Try at Home

Never Rub the Stain!

The most common mistake people do when dealing with a stain is to rub it. Professional carpet cleaners say this is the worst thing you can do because it will embed the dirt deeper into the carpet fibres. No doubt this is an instant reaction due to panic, but the first thing you should do is to blot the spill with an absorbent paper towel or napkin, applying gentle pressure.

The professionals advise us to have these essential items available in your home at all times:

Club soda: great for removing beer and wine stains

White distilled vinegar: a mixture of water and vinegar can help you deal with juice stains

Dishwashing liquid: If you don’t have specialised carpet cleaner or are not sure of detergent to use, make a solution of warm water mixed with two drops of dishwashing liquid.

Ammonia: this is a cheap, all-purpose substance for cleaning a wide variety of stains

Wet wipes: use them to blot light stains on your carpet

Remove Chewing Gum with Ice

If you have kids, you have probably already battled with chewing gums stuck to everything in the house, including carpets and upholstery. To remove it, get a few ice cubes and put them on the gum for at least 1 minute. Gum will freeze quickly, and you can get rid of it by scraping it off the carpet with a butter knife or a spoon. You may have to cut a few fibres to save your rug, but it won’t be noticeable, especially after the next deep carpet cleaning.

Dealing with Wax Stains

We all like to use aromatic candles to give the house a pleasant scent. But accidents do happen and it can end with a puddle of wax on the carpet. The best way to clean the stain is to melt the wax.

Importance of Clean Furnishings with Professional Rug and Carpet Cleaning Services

Of all the furnishings in a home, your rug and carpet experience the most direct traffic which contributes to dirt accumulation and general wear and tear. It is important to keep your rugs and carpet clean and well maintained to not only keep it looking new, but also to increase its longevity.

Rid Your Home of Harmful Allergens and Bacteria

Your carpet and area rugs serve an important purpose in the home. They also trap allergens, bacteria, and other particles by acting as giant filters. This keeps harmful contaminants in your carpets and rugs and out of the air you breathe.

But here’s the catch—just like with any filter, your carpet and area rugs become full. If not cleaned regularly, your furnishings can actually be breeding grounds for bacteria. As a result, this can contribute to asthma and chronic allergies. Yikes!

Carpet & Rug Cleaning Can Help Prevent Mold Growth

Especially in areas with high humidity levels, dirty carpets and rugs are at high risk of developing mold growth. In precipitous weather, moisture frequently gets tracked into the home. Therefore, this can sink deep in the carpet fibers if not dried and vacuumed immediately.

Having your carpets and area rugs cleaned regularly can prevent mold and mildew growth, because professional rug and carpet cleaners have high-powered drying tools that annihilate moisture. By eliminating moisture, you can prevent mold growth that can be harmful to your health if ignored for too long.

Things to Look For In Carpet Cleaning Services

If your carpet looks dirty, people might assume that your entire facility is dirty. Foot traffic, soil and spills can quickly age the appearance of your carpet and damage the professional image your facility projects

Some of us would just look up for a name of carpet cleaning companies in the telephone dictionary or online whichever comes first on the list and just hire them without having enough knowledge about the company. Lot of times this would result in bad hire, it is important to understand that not all companies provide the same services. Below is the list of some important questions which should be asked before contracting work to any business.

How long has the company been in business?

An established business will have experience of several years; well established businesses demonstrate knowledge, well trained labor, trust and reliability.

Is business bonded or insured?

A professional business will always have insurance bond that covers them and others in case of damages during work in your building. It demonstrates duty of care towards its employees and safety of your company’s possessions. It also insures legal and good hiring practices of employees.

Do you provide trial services?

Some companies might offer you a free trial of their services to prove you that their methods, equipment and staff both meet your requirements and exceed your expectations.

Finding the best carpet cleaner

The best carpet cleaner is not necessarily the first one!

Most people go straight to the internet when looking for service people in their local area.  You spill something on the carpet or you have family coming over for the holidays.  Suddenly you are in desperate need of the best carpet cleaner you can find.

Naturally, the first thing you do is a search online. You are then confronted with an often confusing array of businesses all vying for your attention. We have all been there, right?  How do you choose? There are some simple questions you can ask to find the best carpet cleaner for your needs and budget.

Search Results: Who do I call to get the best carpet cleaner?

Paid listings

Your first instinct is probably to go with the first three businesses listed in the search results.  However, it may not give you the quality results you are looking for.  Usually in the search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing, the first 3-4 listings are paid advertising.  This does not mean these businesses are not worth considering, but just keep in mind that it may mean that they are paid listings and they will therefore have a large marketing budget and usually these costs are passed on to the consumer through carpet cleaning pricing.

Local listings

Next there are the local search results that take into consideration your search location.  These results will usually give you the contact details for carpet cleaners in your local area.  This is great because often local businesses can come at short notice or even often a local discount as they do not have to factor in travel costs.  However make sure you verify where they are based.  Some of the larger carpet cleaning businesses claim to be from every suburb in a wide area, meaning they probably sub contract out to cleaners in many different areas.  This means you may not get the business you thought you were hiring.

Organic listings

Finally there are pages and pages of free or organic listings.  This is were you can usually find the good, the bad and the ugly! I would recommend considering the businesses listed on the first page and narrow your search down the three or four of these listings to call for a quote.  Keep in mind however that in larger cities where there is a lot of competition, the top three are not necessarily the best carpet cleaners.  They may be on top because they are the best at marketing and SEO rather than carpet cleaning!