Carpet Cleaning Tips

Tips on Cleaning and Maintaing Your Carpets and Area Rugs

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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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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Keeping a Professional Cleaner On-Call

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There are many wonderful cleaning products on the market today. We recommend the Home Pro by Design products for use in between your regular seasonal professional carpet cleaning. However, there are times that an emergency or accident will occur that requires a professional cleaning. Gatesway Cleaning & Restoration is available on-call all hours of the day for when disaster strikes through water and fire damage. Other times that may warrant a un-scheduled professional carpet cleaning could be before a baby is born, the new puppy is finally trained, or the kids science project exploded all over the expensive oriental rug. Do you have a time when a professional cleaner has rescued...

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Removing Skunk Odors from your Pets

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Removing Skunk Odors from your Pets

Humans rarely get sprayed by skunk but this time of the year is when they start to become more active so watch your pets so they do not encounter this small animal  , but if they do here is a good mixture to use.  So if Fido gets sprayed leave him outside for a while and in 24 hours the smell should subside dramatically.  It takes a lot longer than that fork the smell to disappear completely ,  so you’ll have to wash the stink out.  But before you go and buy a lot of expensive shampoos , try this recipe. “Mix a quart of hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup of baking soda and a teaspoon of liquid dish soap Bathe the dog in it and rinse it out”  Wear gloves to avoid smelling like a skunk...

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Tile and Grout

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Tile and Grout

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