Carpet Cleaning Tips

Tips on Cleaning and Maintaing Your Carpets and Area Rugs

Humidity Levels

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Man’s Best Freind

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Man’s Best Freind

Did you know that man’s best friend can actually become your worst nightmare ? That’s right .  He’s cuddly, cute and you love him,  but sometimes he has a problem with” accidents ”  and pretty soon ,  you start to notice the … ummm….   odiferous situation .   Besides the obvious occasional accident from Fido,  his hair can als0 be an issue.  Once he shakes a bit off,  it goes into the carpet and furniture and sticks to it all and it can be quit a problem. Then you have the issue of “I want in.  I want out.  I want in ”  You know it…. Fido is always on the move and the constant going outside and then back inside brings in all kinds of dirt . What can you do about all this ? 1.  Clean messes up quickly.  Once you discover an ” accident ” ,  it’s important to grab a few paper towels and blot up the mess before it sinks down into the padding of the carpet .  A good enzyme deodorizer like you might get from the vet helps with lingering odors,  but of course it’s best to have a professional carpet cleaner come over to handle the problem .   2.  A hairy situation can be tamed by brushing your dog often.  Loose hair that’s about to go into the carpet and furniture can be easily pulled from Fido with a good grooming brush.  And guess what ?  He probably likes the attention .   3.  While you may not have the time to wipe off Fido’s muddy paws each time he wants back inside,  it is a good idea to place mats inside and outside the door.  When Fido want’s back inside,  let him beg a little bit on the outside mat because some off the dirt is definitely going to come off.   Do all of this and man’s best friend is going to be a dream to live with,  not a nightmare .  ...

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Stripping and waxing of vinyl composition tile

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Stripping and waxing of vinyl composition tile

The stripping and waxing process is used on Vinyl composition tile ( VCT )  which is found in most commercial business’s .  Vinyl tiles are typically waxed and buffed using special stripping products and cleaning agents along with floor machines . All older tile floors should have a good quality Sealer applied to the floor before wax is applied .  A Sealer will help the wax bond better to the floor and make the finish last longer if it is properly...

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2 Ways Factory Protector is Removed From Carpet

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2 Ways Factory Protector is Removed From Carpet

1.   Regular Foot Traffic.  Over a period of  six  months to two years,  depending on  traffic, a significant amount of protector is removed from traffic areas and protector needs to be reapplied.   2.  High Alkaline Cleaners.  Some carpet cleaners use harsh chemicals that strip the protector out.  If you notice your carpet getting dirtier after cleaning, this is likely the...

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Cleaning up Spills Isn’t Hard If you know what to do

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Cleaning up Spills Isn’t Hard If you know what to do

” Blotting ” and ” applying ” are the basic steps of any carpet cleanup.  Start by blotting up the spill using white absorbent materials like terry cloth or paper towels.  Work from the outer edge to the center.  Keep turning or replacing the towel so a fresh surface is always being applied to the carpet.  Gently scrape up solids with a spoon. While you work , keep an eye on the towel.  As long as you are getting the color of the spill on the towel you are making progress. Keep blotting until you are not getting any more transfer to the towel.  Never rub. Rubbing can fuzz or distort carpet fibers, as well as spread the stain. Before applying anything, try to identify the source of the stain. Different stains require different cleaning procedures.  Always pre-test in an inconspicuous spot any cleaning solution you are going to use. Without over-wetting , apply a retail spotting agent or the solutions we recommend here.  Use clean white unprinted materials. Never use all-purpose spray cleaners, bleach or alkaline detergents – You can damage your carpeting. When you have cleaned up and rinsed as best you can , get a thickness of fresh towels. Place them on the spot and put a weight on top of it,  like a glass or ceramic dish.  This will work as a poultice and help draw out more of the spot.    ...

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Leather Cleaning

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Leather Cleaning

In recent years , leather cleaning has moved from a specialty service offered by very few companies to a higher demand service that more cleaning and restoration professionals have had to include in the services they provide. Between 20 and 30% of the furniture sold in recent years has been leather.  Consumers purchased these products in the ( mistaken ) belief that leather is an “easy care”  product that requires no professional cleaning.  This belief created a great demand early on, and neglect during the first years of leather’s popularity.  As these years passed, more and more consumers are finding that they are not satisfied with the performance of their leather goods, and that they need the help of trained professionals. Leather types Furniture manufacturers use many ways to classify leather.  The classification most practical for professional cleaners are those that help separate the leather according to it’s durability and cleanability.  The three basic categories defined in this manner are Protected, Aniline, and Nubuck leather. Protected Leather :  Protected leather has A pigment coat over the surface of the leather itself.  This coating is sealed with a finish that leaves a fairly durable surface.  This durable finish material is susceptible to damage from prolonged exposure to body oils and improper cleaning agents.  Protected leather is by far the most common leather material used today. Aniline Leather :  Aniline leather is the most expensive and is considered to be the highest quality leather.  Aniline leather is dyed with ” transparent dyes ” .  This means that although the dye may change the color of the leather, the original natural characteristics of the leather are still visible.  Although protective finishes are sometimes applied, the lack of the durable protective coating that Protected leather has makes Aniline very difficult to clean and restore.  Aniline leather is also susceptible to color loss from improper cleaning agents and will fade quickly from environmental factors. Nubuck Leather : Like Aniline, Nubuck is an ” unprotected leather ” .  The main difference between Aniline and Nubuck is texture.  Nubuck leather is mechanically buffed to create a nap, much like brushed denim clothing.  This nap creates a soft almost velvet hand.  However, the larger, porous exposed surface is extremely absorbent to spills and body oils.  When body oils and spills absorb deeply into Nubuck, it is extremely time consuming to restore the original color and texture.  The popularity, but subsequent disappointments with Nubuck have created the growth of microfiber synthetic materials.        ...

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