Carpet Cleaning Tips

Tips on Cleaning and Maintaing Your Carpets and Area Rugs

Cleaning of Extremely Delicate Upholstery Fabrics

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Cleaning of Extremely Delicate Upholstery Fabrics

Upholstery fabrics are usually looked upon as “delicate” in comparison with carpeting. In the field of upholstery cleaning however, there are some fabrics that are considered extremely delicate even for upholstery use ! ( this means easily damaged by cleaning or consumer usage. ) Examples of very delicate upholstery constructions are : Chenille, Boucle, and Crewel. Chenille can be recognized as a fabric woven with yarns that resemble ” hairy caterpillars ” or ” pipe cleaners “. Boucle fabrics have the appearance of loosely or knitted yarns with irregular loops covering the entire surface of the fabric. Crewel fabrics have a tightly woven base with loosely twisted yarns ( often wool ) embroidered into the surface. These yarns are easily damaged by abrasion, and may not be...

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Why Area Rugs are not Cleaned in the Home.

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Why Area Rugs are not Cleaned in the Home.

The recommended cleaning method for wool and specialty rugs , is washing them. For as long as rugs have been woven, they have also been washed. But before the washing even begins the dusting needs to be done. Rugs – especially wool rugs- have a capacity to hold a large amount of soil in them. A wool rug can hold pounds of soil in it and still not look especially dirty. The dirt is hiding, and not just dirt and soil, but a whole host of contaminants. There are several reasons why cleaning rugs requires them to be removed from the home. The big one of course the removal of this soil before cleaning, and then the actual washing of the rug itself, which simply cannot be done with standard carpet cleaning machines ( portable or truckmount ) Those are considered surface cleaning not...

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Methods of Carpet Cleaning

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Methods of Carpet Cleaning

There are several methods of carpet cleaning that can be used inside a home or business. Each has merits as well as potential problems. Overall, the industry seems to be divided as to the best method of removing dirt and stains from carpets. Choosing a professional company to complete the task may be the most important decision. Regardless of the method used, the technician may begin by using a pile brush attached to a machine. This brush removes soil and lifts the fibers. A high- powered vacuum helps to remove loose materials from the fibers. Finally, the fibers are washed using steam, foam, wet shampooing or a dry absorbent. The steam method was developed in Canada. It can damage materials from the high temperatures used. Others may shrink due to the heat. The company sprays water heated to 150 degrees along with a detergent, forcing it into the pile. Almost immediately, the solution is removed using a powerful wet-dry vacuum. Foam absorption uses a machine to produce foam. The foam may be applied manually or using a machine. It is worked into the pile to loosen dirt and then remove using sponges and vacuuming. It is less likely to cause shrinkage as carpets are not soaked. Wet shampooing is the traditional method of removing dirt. Detergent solutions are applied with a rotary scrubber. The dirty water is removed using vacuums. Critics claim the loosened dirt is driven deeper into the pile and works its way back to the top later. The dry absorbent is made to bind dirt from the fibers. It is applied to the surface and worked into the pile. Both dirt and the absorbent powder are then vacuumed from the rug. Regular carpet cleaning can improve the life of floor covering. Regular removal of dirt helps to prevent damage to fibers by its abrasive action. The process can make carpets look new...

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Prevent Water Damage to a Rug

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Prevent Water Damage to a Rug

With the number of home floods escalating due to the severe weather, a number of rugs will be exposed to flood water. While some may say ‘It’s just a rug‘, others know that their oriental rug is an investment meant to last generations. The longer a rug remains wet the more likely it is to have dye migration that is not correctible. Rugs that are not washed properly and dried thoroughly can end up with mildew and dry rot problems. Both of these can potentially damage a oriental rug beyond professional repair. Wool and silk oriental rugs can take months, sometimes years to weave by hand! If you have investment textiles you want to protect from a flood that has affected your home, simply follow these guidelines and you can lessen the risk of permanent damage to your rugs due to extended exposure to water. Tips to minimize the damage to rugs involved in floods Extract the water as soon as possible using a wet vacuum or having your restoration company extract with their professional equipment. Make sure you extract With the direction of the rug’s fiber nap, instead of against it ( this minimizes rug damage) If you are unable to have the rugs thoroughly washed right away, then it’s important to get the rugs dry as possible to stop the damage risks. Dry them and wash them later. When transporting to a facility to be cleaned. wrap in towels or sheets to prevent dye from bleeding from rug to another. Do not hang rugs to dry Do not dry in direct sunlight. Most contemporary rugs are sensitive to sunlight fading. If you must dry in sunlight, lay the rugs face down so fading occurs on the backside only until the rugs are taken to a facility.   Gatesway Cleaning & Restoration holds a Textile Pro™ Certification in specialty rug and fabric care knowledge. Our technicians are able to pick your water damaged rug up at your home or you may drop it off at our Warren location. We’ll assess the damage and inform you of what we can do to keep your investment in your family for...

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Benefits of Carpet Grooming

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Benefits of Carpet Grooming

Carpet grooming is just as important to cleaning and extending the life of fabric floor covering as vacuuming and shampooing. A groom is a brush, comb or rake with a long handle and is effective for separating and lifting the fibers to create a smooth uniform surface. Many professional cleaners groom before and after shampooing the rug to loosen debris and enhance the appearance. Using the groom during a routine maintenance schedule makes occasional deep cleaning more effective. Before vacuuming or shampooing, the groom lifts the pile and loosens any ground in soil making it easier to remove. After deep cleaning, it aerates the carpeting allowing it to dry quickly. When used between cleanings, it lifts any matted areas and prevents pathways from developing in high traffic areas. A groom is useful for agitating carpeting to distribute pre-sprays and pre-conditioners evenly across the surface. It is also a good tool for applying vacuum enhancers, which coat the fibers and prevent soil from adhering to them. Some cleaners will use it to agitate the fabric after encapsulating agents are applied. This topical treatment causes soil to clump together for easy removal and using a groom increases its effectiveness. Most floor coverings will attract allergens and trap them, which keeps them from circulating through the room and decreasing indoor air quality. Groomed carpeting will hold more allergens. This improves air quality and is helpful for occupants suffering from asthma, allergies and other upper respiratory ailments. Most types of carpet will benefit from using a groomer but Berber is one kind that should not be groomed to avoid damage. Consumers can purchase an affordable groom at any store that carries cleaning equipment and supplies. Carpet grooming is a simple task that can improve the looks of any floor covering and extend its life by...

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How to Spot Clean Carpet

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How to Spot Clean Carpet

If you are having trouble spot cleaning your carpet or you have stubborn pet stains, please do not hesitate to call us for more information or to schedule an appointment for professional carpet cleaning in your Chautauqua, Jamestown, or Warren home There will come a time when you will spill something on your rug, and the question will come to mind – “what should I do?” Rug fibers, especially wool, are very resilient to spills but they are also very reactive to harsh chemicals. So you want to keep your spill system quick, simple, and safe for the variety of rug and carpet fibers in your home in order to remove carpet stains naturally. Carpet and Rug Cleaning First-Aid Tools   Club Soda Cotton Towels HomePro by Design Products HomePro by Design MicroFiber Towels How to Remove Spots from an Area Rug   1. Liquid Spill : Immediately blot the spot with a cotton towel. Do not scrub the fibers or you’ll distort and potentially damage them. Non-liquid Spill : Immediately scrap up material with spoon and blot the spot with a cotton towel.   Look at the towel for two things: Is the spill absorbing into the towel? Are any of the rug’s dyes absorbing into the towel?   2. If the rug’s dyes are absorbing into the towel, blog a bit more and then stop . No more work can be done to this area without causing the rug dyes to bleed together. This type of damage can devalue your area rug, so you want to stop before you make it worse. You can pack the area with corn starch to help absorb more. 3. If the rug’s dyes are not absorbing into the towel, then place a folded towel underneath the affected area of the area rug. Take a bowl of club soda and then use a sponge or towel to get the location of the spill wet again – not soaking wet, just enough so the fibers are damp.   4. Take a new towel and blot the spot to continue pulling out the spill from the fibers. The club soda helps to keep the spill suspended so you can grab it with the cotton towel when you blot the spot.   5. When no more spill material is visible on the towel, create a sandwich with a folded towel under the spill and one on top, and either stand on this area or put a heavy book on it for about 10 minutes. Perfect use for those thick phonebooks!   How to Clean Pet Urine In addition to the above first-aid tools you’ll want to add the following to your carpet first-aid tools: Vinegar HomePro Pet Spotter Of all the possible spills to happen to your rugs, pet urine and pet vomit are the worst. Since they are acidic and warm going on they set themselves quickly. You need to follow the spill steps in the previous section (blot, rinse, blot). If the rug has dyes that show up in the towel in the first blotting step, then substitute a 50/50 vinegar and water mixture for the club soda and get the area only slightly damp – NOT wet. For pet feces, you must pick up as much as you can before you begin the club soda process. As far as the odors associated with all of these pet ’emergencies’, misting PureAyre® on the areas helps to remove some of the odor-causing bacteria. Resist the urge to saturate the rug with this because pouring any product on a rug is never a good idea. With pet urine, if it is a substantial amount then it has (because it’s hot and acidic) penetrated the wool or silk fibers and has been absorbed into the rug’s cotton foundation. In this case, the only way you will be able to remove the odor will be to have the area rug washed and soaked completely in an enzyme or deodorizing solution. Old Pet Stains Always take care of a pet stain as soon as you notice it. So...

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