Monday, May 13, 2019

Do It Yourself Spot Cleaning

Children, pets, parties and such can tend to create accidents on your carpets and rugs. It is wise to clean them and remove any spots as quickly as possible to prevent stains. I have found that many people will use products purchased from the store to try and remove these accidents. As a cleaning professional, I do not recommend that approach for the following reasons. Consumers assume that if a little bit of something works well, than a whole lot of it should work even better. This philosophy is bad in the spot cleaning world. The reason is that store bought cleaners will leave a residue. The amount of residue left is based on how much cleaning product was applied to the spot and how good of a job the consumer did trying to remove the cleaner after application.
The problem is that the residue left on the carpet will then attract dirt. Also, some of the store bought cleaning products can utilize harsh products to address spot removal. If these type cleaners do not remove the spot, they tend to make it a permanent stain.
So what do you do? First, removal of the initial insult is top of the list. For liquid spills, use a dry
clean white cloth or towel. Put it on the spill and apply pressure. The liquid will migrate from the carpet/rug onto the towel. Keep moving the towel so a dry area is over the spill and keep this up until no more liquid is transferred to the towel.
     For any solid particles, scrap them off with a spoon or dull object. If a spot is still visible, we recommend starting with clean water. If the water does not work, Put in a spritz bottle 1/3 cup white vinegar to 2/3 cup of water. Using this bottle, spray the spot with the cleaner but do not over wet the spot. Then blot it up as described above.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019


Parties are fun but they provide an increased chance of spills. Kids are a blessing but they typically raise the chances for a spilled drink here and there and life in general creates spills. When there is a spill, removal is the first best approach and blotting the spill with a dry towel will move the liquid from the carpet, rug or upholstery to the dry towel. The sooner the better.

However, it seems you can never find a towel when you need it. So here is a trick to solve that problem. Find some old towels and put them under your sofa seat cushions and chair seat cushions. If you fold them neatly, no one will know they are there and then, when the spill happens, a towel is nearby ready for use. Just reach under the nearest seat cushion, pull the towel out and stand on it to blot up and remove the spill. Periodically move the towel so a non-wet portion of it is on the spill. Keep this up until you do not see liquid transferring to the towel. Try it, you will thank me.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Carpet and Premature Wear

Vacuuming is always very important in prolonging the life and appearance of carpet. However, in every home there are areas of high use that will show wear faster than other carpeted areas. Examples are transitions from hard surfaces to a carpeted area and traffic paths going through a room.

People tend to drag their feet when they walk. This creates wear when going from a hard surface to a carpet because the carpet is typically higher than the hard surface. Also, we tend to go the same way through a room. The walking and the dragging of our feet create wear. This becomes very apparent in rooms with lots of activities such as dens. Another factor
that contributes to premature wear is dirt in your carpet. When we walk, the dirt grinds against the sides of the carpet fibers like sand paper and weakens the fibers. The result, at these high use areas, is that the carpet fibers get physically worn away and create a dull appearance. Also, because the fibers are frayed, they will absorb dirt, spills and such easier than the non-worn fibers.

We live in our homes and carpet wear is natural. However, there are things that can be done to help reduce the affect. You can look at buying higher grades of carpet which have a higher fiber count (more material per square inch just like “thread count” in linen). This can actually be a cost savings in the long run if you properly maintain the carpets. They will maintain their appearance and last longer than a lesser grade carpet. Also, avoid textured carpets in high use areas. While they look beautiful
new, the textured carpets have high and low spots. The high spots will wear away quicker because there is less material to support them. The result is that traffic patterns stand out sooner. Finally, non slip walk off mats at entrances to carpets help by capturing dirt before it hits the carpet. Also, remember to vacuum because more than 70% of dirt in a residential setting is dry particle dirt.

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