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THE BASICS OF SPOT REMOVAL

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THE BASICS OF SPOT REMOVAL

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 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. Identify Do your best to visually identify the spot.  Some spots are easy;  others are pretty tough.  It’ 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, its food related, and you might find sucess with a spotting solution for sticky residues.  Is it in the bedroom?  Could be cosmetic, shoe polish or other substances common to getting ready for the day,  and you might find sucess with a dry solvent spotter. Apply product When you have figured out as best the type off spot you have,  choose a reputable product for that particular spot.  Some of the best spotting solutions can be obtained from your local cleaning company. Blot 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 until the spot is gone. Remember, if you do own your own spot remover, 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 local cleaning professional right...

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SHOULD YOU WASH CUSHION COVERS

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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 furniture manufacturing or the upholsterer. Keep these points in mind if you are tempted to wash your cushion covers. 1.  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. 2.  Shrinkage typically happens in the drier,  so if you are tempted to wash your cushion covers ,  hang them to dry ( but remember there is always risk.) 3.  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. 4.  Putting  cushion covers in the laundry can also cause problems with the integity of the fabric,  such as any latex backing that can be present,  delamination,  or the seperation 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 upholstery a huge favor.  Call your cleaning professionals today !        ...

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MAINTENANCE OF FINISHED WOOD FLOORS

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MAINTENANCE OF FINISHED WOOD FLOORS

You work hard to ensure your hardwood floors look their best,  but over time ,  the finish is slowly removed by the friction of daily foot traffic ,  If you do not take the necessary steps to proprely maintain them ,  eventually bare wood will be exsposed and could lead to a necessary refinish or permanent damage,  which resuls in replacement of your hardwood floors. That is why regular maintenance is so important.  Now your floors can be Deep Cleaned to remove that ground – in- dirt and contaminants on your hardwood floors with the new Bona Deep Clean System . It is simple there is no need To vacate your home Cleans 500 square feet in under 1 hour Furniture can be replaced immediately or cleaned around Safe no harsh chemicals Made specifically for hardwood floors Affordable Keeps floors looking there best  ...

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Three Steps to a Cleaner Home

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Three Steps to a Cleaner Home

It’s a never ending chore,  Tasks that must be done each day,  each week,  each month,  each year… That’s right —  Keeping your house nice and clean and healthy for you family. Keeping your home clean is much easier if you have an easy- to- keep schedule,  especially if you concentrate on “preventative maintenence”.  If you think ahead and plan your cleaning tasks appropriately,  you will find you aren’t stuck an entire weekend playing catch-up with house cleaning chores. Here are a few tips to an always clean home. #1:  Keep the dirt outside Be sure to have quality walk-off mats outside your front door and any other entry door you frequently use .  A small – but polite- sign that asks visitors to remove their shoes ia a huge step to keeping dirt and grime outside ( or at least at the front door.) #2:  Stop the stacking In the kitchen, that is.  It’s easy to let dishes and other mealtime items to pile up and stack up,  with dirty dishes slowly taking over the kitchen sink and nearby countertops.  Instead,  make it a habit that after mealtime or snacks that everything is washed, cleaned and put away immediately.  If you use it , you clean it. #3:  Team Effort It can be challenging, especially when everyone is trying to get to work and school,  but if the entire family pitches in and spends just a few minutes on making beds, tidying up bedrooms,  cleaning up after themselves,  first thing in the morning…  then the house is much cleaner for the entire day.  In addition,  plan a short amount of time each week where the family all works together to “speed clean”  the home,  picking up and putting away items  laying around,  dusting,  vacuuming,  sweeping and more....

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Tossing in the Towel

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Tossing in the Towel

It happens all the time in a typical household .  You grab a paper towel – or two, or three- to wipe up a mess when something is spilled.  That’s what paper towels are for , right ? But something else you might have experienced using paper towels is for polishing your nice granite countertops , rubbing and scrubbing but still seeing streaks on the surface.  Yoy keep going until you have exhausted not only your stock of paper towels, but your own energy as well . And what about the mirrors and windows in your home ?  Have you ever sprayed them with window cleaner and no matter how much you rubbed and scrubbed with a paper towel,  you still saw those little swirly marks ? Of course .  Happens all the time ! We have nothing against paper towels .  We all use them and need them .  But there is a better choice when it comes to cleaning many of the surfaces in your home . What’s that better choice ?  A ” microfiber ” cloth or towel ,  and it solves all kinds of cleaning challenges . Microfibers are amazing things .  They are normally made from polyester ,  sometimes with other fibers added ,  and can be reused again and again and again  .  (Just don’t use fabric softener as that leaves a residue on the towel ) The word ” micro is key ” ;  Tiny filaments that act like thirsty grime – seeking sponges .  Microfibers are soft and eagerly grab dirt , spills and more.  leaving the surface sparkling clean.  Those shiny surfaces in you home are perfect for microfibers . Bonus ;  Anyone who believes in cleaning ” green ”  and recycling should consider using microfibers.  They are enviromentally  superior choice.  You can purchase them from virtually any store that sells cleaning products.   Try them out. So toss in the towel – the paper one anyway.        ...

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CARPET: IT’S JUST GOOD FOR YOU

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CARPET:  IT’S JUST GOOD FOR YOU

Everyone is concerned about better health.  We shop for healthy foods.  We take our vitamins.  We visit our doctor on a regular basis.  We drink filtered water.  What we might not appreciate is the value of filtered air. How do you effectively filter the air in your home?  You are right… changing the filters in your furnace system on a regular , scheduled basis.  If you wait to long, you know it because the filter is just so darned dirty.  It makes a mess when you change it.  So you vow to do it more often. and maybe you even put it on your wall calenderso you don’t forget.  You might even pick up a better quality filter, such as tthe one that uses HEPA standards. But what about the biggest filter in your home?  Wonder what it is?  Just look down… if you have carpet, that’s the filter that often gets ignored.  If you don;t have much carpet,  odds are you have area rugs covering those hard floors.  Those area rugs are filters , too Carpet in a home is protection for you, because it traps all kinds of allergens that can bt the bane of allergy sufferers.  Carpet is a filter and ,  like all filters.  has to be either  cleaned or changed .  It’s not practical to change your carpet every year or so  ( heck no one can afford that )  but you can– and should have it cleaned. Remember allergens are very light and float in the air, and are respiratory concerns, especially for allergy sufferers.  Carpet helps to keep those particulates to a minimum. There are many documented studies about how homes and facilities, such as schools , are healthier because of carpet and regular cleaning schedules. So  enjoy you carpet… and have it cleaned by your favorite cleaning pro!  ...

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