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How to Remove Food Stains from Carpet

food stains on carpetStains, particularly food stains, can ruin a good carpet. While most food stains are not visible, some are quite obvious and unsightly. Truth be told, it is impossible to completely avoid messing up our carpets with food stains no matter how much we wish we could. Fortunately, there are various ways of removing food stains from carpets.

 

  1. Remove the food

 

The first move in rescuing your carpet from the stain is to remove the food right away. You should put away the food from the carpet as soon as possible before the stain gets stuck to it. Remove it by hand or use the vacuum, in cases where removing by hand does not work. If it the food stain is already stuck, you can scrape it with a ruler or a knife.

 

  1. Blot the stain with a wet cloth

 

Water-based stains like soda, milk, alcoholic beverages, and food dyes are the easiest to remove. They can be washed easily when they are wet and blot. To remove water-based stains, just dab the damp cloth with warm water. This should be done right away before the stain dries up on the carpet.

 

  1. Apply warm water on stained area

 

Warm water is the most common remedy of ordinary stain problems. If you are dealing with a water-based stain, you can simply rinse it with warm water. Keep applying the warm water on the carpet until the stain is completely removed.

 

  1. Combine vinegar and water to form a homemade compound

 

Stir the vinegar and water together in a container. With that combination, you will have a compound suitable for stain problems.

 

Get a new damp cloth, dip it unto the solution, and dab it to the stained area. Let it rest for a while until you are sure that carpet has absorbed the solution. To make this process easier, place a spoon to cloth to apply pressure. It is a good trick for easy absorption of the homemade compound.

 

  1. Make a baking soda paste

 

This remedy is for serious stain problems. You can make a paste by mixing baking soda and water. Rub the paste unto the affected area and let it rest for up to 20 minutes. Afterwards, you can remove the stain with a cloth. When it is all dried up, vacuum the remaining baking soda paste.

 

  1. Blot again, but this time with a paper towel

 

After you blot the carpet with a wet cloth and solution, you can use a paper towel to blot the mess further. The solution may have worked effectively. Nonetheless, blotting for the second time will help to remove any remaining stains.

 

Conclusion

 

This procedure is simple and easy to follow. However, do not fret if you will not be successful in getting rid of the stains completely. There are some stains that are difficult to remove especially if you did not act right away. If this is the case, it is recommendable to hire professional cleaners to get rid of the food stain on your carpet.

Upholstery Cleaning Tips

Upholstery cleaning pic

Using a vacuum tool to clean sofa

Furniture should be cleaned at least twice a year to maintain a healthy home. Dirt and stains are common in every home, and spills may occur at any time. When cleaning upholstery, it is important to know how to handle different fabrics. There are mainly three types: leather, fabric and synthetic. Most couches have coded tags with instructions for cleaning each.

See our Upholstery Cleaning Service for more info.

 

What you need to clean upholstery

For cleaning upholstery, cleaners can be used or homemade cleaners. The latter are cheaper than store-bought cleaners. In case you are using homemade cleaning solution, you will need baking soda, water, liquid dish soap and vinegar. Other equipment includes handheld upholstery vacuum, brush, spray bottle, and a handheld garment cleaner.

 

General cleaning of the upholstery  

  • Always test any cleaner in a hidden area of the fabric first. A handheld garment steamer or steam iron can be used to kill dust mites if needed. In the absence of either, a handheld vacuum can be used.
  • Using a vacuum cleaner, go over the whole couch, taking off any removable cushion fabric as far back as you can reach. Then go along the seams, buttons, and frills if any.

Invest in the Right Fabric Cleaner

Moreover, invest in a fabric cleaner meant specifically for your type of upholstery. This ensures that all the stain and dirt is removed. Avoid fabric softeners and opt for air drying to obtain better results. Use free and clear detergents that contain no dye and scents.

 

Air the Fibers

Next, to remove smoke and scents from pets, air the fibers out for a few days first. Then, sprinkle some baking soda and let it sit for an hour. Vacuum clean it off totally then use a steam mop to help you lift out the stains. You can repeat this for several rounds for tough smells and stains.

 

Removing different stains

To begin with, avoid rubbing the stains, more so when the liquid is colored. Instead, use absorbent materials on the surface. Some types of fabrics are too sensitive to be heavily scrubbed. Dust and vacuum furniture often. This prevents dirt from sticking on the surfaces. Also, vacuuming often ensures that the upholstery does not have patches of worn-out fabric.

 

Dealing with food stains

To deal with food stains effectively, follow these steps:

  • Mix one tablespoon of dish soap or laundry detergent in one cup of cold water.
  • Blot the stain with a cloth soaked in the solution.
  • Soak up excess grease stains by pouring baking soda on the surface.
  • After 20 minutes, wipe off everything and remove any remains using a toothbrush and a small amount of dishwashing liquid. Alternatively, you can use salt instead of baking soda.

 

If you are dealing with marker stains, use alcohol to remove them. Rub the alcohol and let it set in for about 30 minutes then dab from the edges moving into the middle.

 

For bloody cases, cold water or ice can be used to get rid of it. Afterward, use ordinary laundry detergent in a washing machine to remove remaining stains.

 

Removing food crumbs and pet hair

Remove pet hair, grit and food crumbs using tape. This can be done by wrapping the tape around your hand like a glove with the adhesive side out. Gently tap the spot and the above will stick on the tape.

 

Conclusion

These are just a few of the ways you can keep your upholstery clean for a longer period. Also, the quality of air in your living room area will improve. Your home will be dust and allergen-free. Therefore, you will not have to worry about any upper respiratory diseases in your home.

The Secret to Removing a Pet Stain on Carpet

Pet stain removal tipsCarpets, unlike hardwood, vinyl, tile, or any hard-surfaced doors, keep your pets from slip and slides. Also, carpeting is noise muffling and your pet will appreciate the soft and cozy place it provides for a snooze.

See our  Pet Stain Removal page for more info.

The only thing is that you will never keep your carpet free from carpet stains all the time. Accidents and spills cannot be avoided by most pet owners. Good thing there are secrets to removing pet stains on your carpet.

Without further due, here are tips for you to have a clean and comfortable carpet while living with your pets. It is effective and no sweat at all.

Materials you will need

  • Baking soda (to help reduce some of the bad smell)
  • Paper towels
  • White water and white vinegar
  • Vacuum

Steps to follow

  1. Blot, do not rub

As much as possible, clean the pee or spill of your pet as early as you can. This stops the liquid from soaking the carpet all the way to the base. Once the liquid is absorbed, it will be more challenging to clean.

Pat the liquid with a paper towel and never rub it because the stain will get wider. When the paper towel is soaked, replace it with a new one to minimize the spread. Ensure to pat the spill or stain until dry.

  1. Use the vinegar

First, add a mixture of 50% water and 50% vinegar in a water bucket or spray bottle. For the strong smell of pet stains, add the volume of vinegar and lessen the water. You may also use pure vinegar.

Second, scrub the carpet to get rid of any lingering pet urine up to the base of the fabric.

The purpose of this is for the vinegar to lift off the bad-smelling stain from the base of the carpet. Plus, the vinegar is good at neutralizing the ammonia from a pet’s urine, thus eliminating the bad smell.

  1. Pour the baking soda and let it sit

Mix a solution of vinegar and baking soda again and apply it while the area is still wet.

Expect a fizzling of the mixture on the carpet as it is working on elevating the urine of the carpet. The carpet will absorb more mixture if you use your hand to scrub and have the carpet absorb it deeper. Then let it sit until the mixture is dry.

  1. Vacuum

Once the mixture is completely dry, which usually happens overnight, vacuum the dried baking soda.

 

Conclusion

There you go! Your carpet must be as fresh and clean as new. The materials mentioned above are purely natural and proven effective. Manufactured cleaners contain chemicals that can be harmful to our pets and, of course, humans. Therefore, the more we substitute it, the better. It is possible to enjoy carpets while bonding with a pet at home by following all the steps revealed above. After all, we wouldn’t mind having to clean more frequently as long as we keep our furry friends around.

 

Tips in Cleaning Up Baby Food on the Carpet

Baby food removed with carpet cleaning tipsBabies are such a joy to have in our lives. They are just so cute and they bring a lot of happiness and smiles to any household. Taking care of a baby can be tough but it is well worth it once you see his or her beautiful smile.

One of the challenges in taking care of a baby is that you have to constantly have to clean up after them. Babies can be really messy and oftentimes you end up facing spills and stains in your home because of them. Spilling baby food on your carpet can be one of the more common situations that homeowners face and this can indeed be tough for any inexperienced carpet owner.

If you are one of these homeowners who are not that good in cleaning baby food spills on your carpet, take a read at the useful guide below to help you in restoring the condition and appearance of your carpet in no time.

  1. Using a clean spoon, try to slowly extract the spilled baby food on the carpet. Do this slowly so that you will avoid spreading the spill over a wider area on the carpet. Also take some paper towels and blot the affected area to help remove the liquid particles which cannot be removed using the spoon.
  2. Take a teaspoon of white vinegar and then add it to a cup of warm water in order to prepare a cleaning agent that will help you to get rid of the baby food stain. Place this in an empty spray bottle and then take it with you to where you accidentally spilled the baby food.
  3. Use the spray bottle to apply some of the cleaning solution you have made on the baby food stain on your carpet. Allow a few seconds to let the cleaning solution soak the stain and then use a clean white cloth to again blot the stained area repeatedly.
  4. Repeat the previous step as often as necessary until you are able to completely eliminate the ugly baby food stain. This is going to take several attempts but soon your carpet will be nice and clean once more.
  5. To finish off the job rinse the area where the baby food stain used to be using a cup of room temperature water to help remove the residue that could stay behind. Dry it off using a clean towel and then you’re done.

 

Tips to Keeping Your Tile Floors Clean

Tile Cleaning ProsTile flooring is a preferred choice for areas at home that has a high tendency to get wet from time to time like bathrooms, kitchens, etc. With proper maintenance and care, these floors can last a lifetime. You just need to clean and maintain it regularly to keep its lustrous look. Here are some tips to keep your tile floors clean.

 

  1. Clean stains and spill as soon as possible

 

Floors do get dirty from time to time. Stains and spills happen and food crumbs get stuck too. And the worst thing is, stains and spills get worse when not cleaned immediately. Thus, it is important to clean it as soon as you notice any spills or stains on your tile floors to prevent leaving a permanent stain, or worse, collect more dirt that sticks. Sweep and mop your tile floors regularly. The more you do it, the easier the task will be because the stain and dirt won’t stick around.

 

  1. Use mats

 

Place mats in strategic locations or in areas where stains and spills usually take place. Mats are good at catching spills, stains, and dirt that gets on your tile floors. Go for a mat that is easy to wash and clean.

 

  1. Sweep before you mop

 

Before you start mopping or scrubbing, sweep or vacuum your tile floor first. Using a mop or scrubbing the floor without sweeping first could encourage dirt to stick on the floor. Clean your floor first with a vacuum or broom, whatever works for you.

 

  1. Dry the floors after scrubbing or mopping

 

To prevent dirt from sticking on your floor after scrubbing or mopping, dry the floors with a towel. You can also wear socks when cleaning the floors to prevent leaving dirt stains behind.

 

  1. Avoid using harsh chemicals

 

Bleach or other cleaner contains harsh chemicals that may tarnish your tile floors. As much as possible, avoid using them in cleaning your floors. You can use warm water or a small amount of dish soap to clean the floor.

 

  1. Clean the floor regularly

 

Clean the floor using a broom or a vacuum cleaner regularly. This will help remove debris, dirt, and dust from drying or sticking on the tile, especially in areas with heavy foot traffic. You should at least do it at least twice a week, or if your time permits, do it on a daily basis.

 

How to clean your tile floors?

 

After learning some tips on how to keep your tile floors clean, let us now learn more about how to do basic tile floor cleaning.

 

Equipment

  • Vacuum or broom and dustpan
  • Dry cloth
  • Bucket
  • Mop or rag

Materials

  • Warm Water
  • Mild dish soap or all-purpose cleaner

Step 1: Clean the floors using a vacuum cleaner or a broom, paying attention to every nook and cranny.

Step 2: Mop the floor using warm water. If there are no visible or tough stains, running a damp rag or mop would be enough. Otherwise, use mild dish soap or an all-purpose cleaner and mix it with water. For tougher stains, use disinfectant; however, limit it to the area on the tough stain to avoid degrading or discoloring your tile floor.

Step 3: Dry the floor with a clean cloth after mopping or running with a damp rag to avoid dirt or dust from sticking on your newly cleaned floor.

 

So, you see, cleaning and keeping your tile floors is as easy as 123. There is no wonder why tile floors are still in demand up to now because of its aesthetics and hassle-free maintenance. Clean and scrub that dirt away.

 

 

How to Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaning Company

Fresh carpet cleaningCarpets accumulate dirt and debris over time that can be harmful to your health which is why cleaning it is important, not just to maintain its appearance but also to ensure you maintain your health. Nevertheless, carpets are known to be notoriously hard to clean, and vacuuming them often isn’t enough to ensure its clean state – even if you vacuum them every day.

However, deep-cleaning your carpet yourself isn’t recommended as you may end up doing more harm than good. As such, it’s better to hire professionals to do the job as they have the knowledge and expertise, as well as the tools and equipment, to give your carpeted floors a good cleaning.

The question now lies with how to hire a professional carpet cleaning company. To help you with this, highlighted below are some tips on choosing the right carpet cleaning company for your needs.

 

  1. Use referrals.

This can be in the form of online recommendations or from family and friends. Through this method, you can have some peace of mind as the company has been tested by someone and received favorable reviews.

  1. Inquire

Once you have your candidates, the next step you should be doing is inquiring about their services. Think of it as an interview of sorts. This involves learning about the extent of their professional experience, how long they have been in the industry and their credentials as a company.

You need to be as thorough as possible and each answer should be consistent as this can help determine their trustworthiness and reliability.

  1. Ask for an assessment.

Before committing to one company’s services, ask if they can send a representative to assess the service needed for your space’s carpeted floors. Discuss in detail what needs to be done and how much it will cost.

Don’t forget to have it in a written agreement to ensure that what has been quoted will be the actual cost of the job.

  1. Contract signing.

Once all the details have been agreed upon, it’s time to sign the contract or invoice. This will have a breakdown of all the services involved. Make sure to thoroughly check the details as this will serve as your proof in case an issue comes up.

Choosing a professional carpet cleaning company should be done carefully as poor quality service can result in the unnecessary replacement of your carpets. With the right professional carpet cleaners, you won’t just be able to restore your carpet to its former glory but ensure it doesn’t cause you health problems as well.

How We Do Upholstery Cleaning

If you have upholstered fabrics in your home or office, they get dirty and they need cleaning.  Can you imagine, sitting on the same fabric for years without cleaning it?  YUCK.

But upholstery must be cleaned safely.  A lot of cleaning methods with water can harm upholstery if it’s not done right.  Many sofas, recliners, sectional couches, and chairs have rayon, cotton, and other fabrics that are delicate.  They “can” be cleaned with water, but only if it’s done with a lower PH and low moisture.

A few pieces of fine upholstery may need to be dry cleaned.  We always perform a clean-ability test before we clean so we can see the best method of cleaning.  We’re as safe as possible with your delicate fabrics.

Upholstery is where the family and pets spend most of the time relaxing or watching TV, making it a prime target for collecting body oils, dust, pet dander and food stains.  Cleaning your upholstery will greatly improve your home or business indoor air quality.  Upholstery is not all the same and may need different methods of cleaning depending on the material.  For example, some may require a low moisture product. Being certified and trained by the IICRC give us the knowledge to choose the correct method

1- Upholstery is pre-inspected for any damage and fabric identification

2- Upholstery is dry vaccuumed to remove most dry particle soils

3- Pre-spray the upholstery and work it in with a soft horsehair brush, to help loosen soil and body oils

4- Steam clean with our state of the art truck-mounted cleaning machine and low moisture upholstery tool, leaves upholstery clean and almost completely dry

5- Dry with our rapid dry system air-path fans

6- We apply odor eliminator that destroys odor causing bacteria and leaves a fresh scent

7- Fabric protector is great for preventing wear and tear and making stains easier to remove during cleaning – an additional charge applies

When we finish cleaning, we always make sure the upholstery is set up so that it will dry quickly after we leave.  And you’ll want to turn on any fans and air conditioning is possible.  This will help the drying too.

 

 

 

 

Ways to Remove Hair Gel from Carpet

Remove hair gel from carpetHair gel is one of the commonly used hair products by both men and women across the country. It can help you style your hair in any way that you want and make you look beautiful and appealing. Hair gel is a really wonderful product since it can really make a big difference in helping you look attractive.

While hair gel is great for your hair, one place where you would never want to find it is accidentally spilled on your carpet. Inadvertently spilling hair gel on your carpet fibers can be a really tough situation as it can cause the latter to become sticky and clumped together. It can also cause spots and marks which make it look ugly and dirty.

Cleaning up hair gel on the carpet can be very tough but there are ways that you can try to get rid of it completely and effectively. Try the following steps below to help you in removing the hair gel spill on your carpet with ease.

  1. Try to remove as much of the hair gel spilled on the carpet as you can immediately after the spill has occurred. This is important so that you can avoid the spill from spreading and affected other parts of the carpet. You can use a dull knife or a spoon to scoop up the hair gel but you have to be very careful when doing this task.
  2. Get some dry cleaning fluid like Carbona or rubbing alcohol, which you will use to help remove the hair gel on your carpet. Before using it though, you must make sure that it is safe to use. Try it out first by adding a few drops of the fluid onto a piece of clean white cloth and using the latter on an unnoticeable portion of the carpet. If no harm is done then you can proceed to the next step.
  3. Pour some of the dry cleaning fluid onto a clean white cloth and then use this to slowly dab the affected area of the carpet. The fluid will help in breaking down the hair gel on the carpet so that it can be removed. Blotting will slowly cause the hair gel to transfer from the surface of the carpet onto the cloth which is why you must continue to do so until you are able to clean up the mess completely.
  4. The last thing that you have to do is to rinse the area where the hair gel was spilled with a glass of water. This is to get rid of any unwanted residue that could get left behind on the carpet fibers. After rinsing the area, use a wet/dry vac or some clean rags to dry it completely before using it again.

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Household Items That You Can Use to Clean Your Carpet

household items for cleaningCleaning the carpet is a very important task for any homeowner. It needs to be done regularly and properly if you want to have the chance to keep your carpet clean and in proper condition. Sadly, there are times when cleaning accidents can happen on your carpet and you do not have the necessary cleaning materials and products to properly deal with it.

If this happens to you, you should never give up. You must always keep your head in check and find ways in order to still be able to clean up the mess on your carpet. There are indeed ways that you can still clean up any cleaning problem on your carpet using ordinary items you can get inside your home. Here is a list of some common materials that you can make use of in cleaning your carpet.

Salt – Salt is not something that many people realize that they could use in carpet cleaning but it really can be quite helpful in certain situations. If you are dealing with mud stains on the carpet, salt can be used to help get rid of it on the carpet. For mud tracks, you must allow it to dry first before trying anything to remove it. This is where salt can be used. When the mud tracks have already dried up, apply a handful of salt on it. Then, use it to rub the hardened mud in order to chip it off and remove it. Then, you can use your vacuum cleaner to suck the loose mud chips on the carpet.

Water – Water is surely one of the most essential materials that can be used to remove stains and spots on the carpet yet many homeowners sometimes forget this. A lot of people just rely on cleaning products that they buy in stores and sometimes if they don’t have this available they do not realize that simply using water or utilizing it together with other homemade products can be used. Water helps in diluting stains on your carpet and it can be combined with clear ammonia or vinegar to create a cleaning solution that will help remove stains and spots. The next time you have a mess on your carpet and don’t have any name-brand cleaning solution available, try using water to help get your carpet clean and spotless.

If you find yourself dealing with a carpet cleaning problem in your home, check out the two items above to help you clean your carpet with ease.

Top 8 Tips for Carpet Care and Maintenance

A fresh new carpet can provide several benefits for your home. They can add to the overall appearance, having a modern touch. It also gives you a feeling of warmth and comfort when you have a carpet in your home. But as time goes by, the carpet’s appearance will ultimately change. Carpets inevitably change because of the elements that they endure. As a matter of fact, based on the care or the lack of care of our carpets, some will last longer than others.

Carpets that are not maintained efficiently do not live up to their potential. This is why all carpet owners need to have a maintenance strategy in order to keep it looking fresh and clean for longer. This strategy includes daily care and important considerations. Here are some important things that you must adhere to in order to have your carpet last you for a very long time while continuing to look fresh.

Do Not Wear Shoes on Your Carpet

Never wear your shoes on the carpet. Leave your shoes at a central area before you walk on the carpet and keep this as a policy within your home. Wearing shoes on your carpet is one of the most common ways that you can cause damage, they can easily cause wear and tear. Not only can they sometimes be rough but they facilitate the movement of dust and dirt particles from one placed to the next. Since the carpet will easily capture these particles, this leads to a dusty, dirty, tattered carpet. To avoid this, just maintain a no-shoes policy at all times.

Use Door Mats to Protect Your Carpet

If you insist on wearing shoes on your carpet then you need to have a mat to remove particles from it first. Many things that are carried from other places can cause your carpet to be filthy. Having mats help to prevent these things from getting to the carpet. A mat that is placed right at the door removes elements that come directly from outside. Additionally, mats that are strategically placed at other places in the house help to prevent liquid and other particles from being transferred to the carpet.

Clean Your Carpet Daily

Your carpet is very delicate and needs to be tended to each day. Carpets are susceptible to several elements and this causes it to look dusty and dirty over time. It would be ideal to vacuum the carpet each and every day. It also helps to spray some solution on it to keep it smelling fresh and clean. Your solution could be as simple as a homemade solution made of white vinegar infused with essential oil or a specific carpet freshener.

Never Ignore Carpet Spots and Stains

If spots or stains happen, clean them immediately. Do not wipe spots or stains. You should spray it with a cleaning solution and, just use a clean and soft material to blot the area. Stains cause your carpet to change color so you do not want to leave it without treatment as you will diminish the quality of the carpet.

Do Not Eat or Drink on Your Carpet

One important strategy for carpet care is the avoidance of spills on your prized possession. Food and drink particles are a danger to your carpet. They can stain your carpet and make it dirty, as well as lead to the introduction of insects and anything else that is attracted to food. Food can get stuck in the carpet easily and you do not want this. Therefore, It is important to take preventative measures where this is concerned and this means, maintaining a household policy of never eating or drinking on your carpet.

Be Gentle with Carpet Snags

Carpet snags will happen here or there and sometimes we are tempted to just pull them out. But this makes the problem worse. Do not pull out carpet snags. This is a quick way to ruin the look of your carpet. Clip them whenever you see them. Pulling the snags out leaves a very unsightly spot on the carpet and the more often you pull them out the more of these spots will be left.

Have The Best Carpet Cleaning Tools On Hand

One of the most important strategies in carpet maintenance is the use of the most effective materials to clean up. These must always be readily accessible. Whenever you have a spill or a stain to clean you do not want to wait to go and retrieve the right materials to deal with them. They must be dealt with immediately. When you have the right tools on hand it helps to prevent things from getting out of hand. Always have the right stain cleaner to grab quickly in case of a spill. This helps you to keep your carpet cleaning in check.

Get A Professional For Carpet Cleaning and Repair

It might seem like a breeze to clean or repair your carpet and so you might want to do it yourself. However, it is always best to allow a specialized cleaner to handle the job. The correct cleaning methods make a world of a difference in preserving your carpet and a specialist knows this. They will have all the best tools and materials to conduct the process. Your carpet needs a deep cleaning every few months and a professional is the best bet for this task. Many might consider the cost to hire an outside source. However, it can save money in the long run and leave you with a healthy-looking carpet for a much longer period of time.

Your carpet is an essential part of the overall look and feel of your home. Therefore, it is safe to say that the maintenance of your carpet is very necessary for upholding the aesthetics of your home. This is why all carpet maintenance tips must be considered and enforced. Preventative measures will always be more effective than corrective methods in preserving any prized possession. But if you must take corrective measures, you should also always be prepared to do so.

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