Dos and Don’ts of Carpet Cleaning (Tough Stains)

Carpet Cleaning Do’s and Don’ts

Tough carpet stains happen and if you haven’t come across any on your carpet yet, just wait. Carpet cleaning definitely isn’t difficult to do on your own but sometimes we let stains set in so long that you have to call the professionals to help you out. Facing tough carpet stains gets a little easier when you keep the following tips in mind.

Carpet Stain DO’s

  • Do work from the outside of a stain toward the middle. Don’t help spread the stain by starting centrally.
  • Do be tough on tough stains. Use towels, rags, brushes, your fingers, even your toes to work cleaning chemicals into tough stains.
  • Do let your carpet breathe. Leaving treatments or chemicals on a tough carpet stain for a period of 15-30 minutes can increase their effectiveness.

Carpet Stain Don’ts

  • Don’t wipe carpet stains. If you’re at the scene of the crime right when it happens, blot the stain with a paper towel. If you find it later, pour cold water over the stain to loosen it up.
  • Don’t forget household remedies. Using small amounts of household chemicals or cleaners like ammonia, dishwasher detergent, hydrogen peroxide, bleach, or vinegar with water can help you tackle tough stains.
  • Don’t use ammonia with coffee or tea stains. Using cleaning solutions that contain ammonia will only make coffee or tea stains worse.

A Pro Stain Remover Checklist
When should you fight tough stains on your own, and when should you call a pro? Home carpet care products can be very effective with basic stains, but sometimes even the best and most aggressive cleaners among us need some help.

If you encounter tough carpet stains like the following, it can be best to leave them to the professionals:

  • Ink
  • Oil
  • Paint (Some paints are water based, but the oil-based paints are harder to fight).
  • Dangerous chemicals

When elbow grease and home remedies don’t work, calling a pro can also a great way to learn new tips from the pros. Chat them up when they’re in your home. Knowledge is free, and you should be better prepared for your next tough carpet stain battle! Plus, quite a few cleaning companies actually offer do it yourself tips on their websites where you can search by the type of stain you have and see step by step how to eliminate it. There is no reason why some tough stains on our carpets should control us and how we go about our daily lives. 


In Home Drapery Cleaning

Drapery Cleaning in Home Services

We all fall guilty of not cleaning our drapes enough but while we assume we have to take them in to get dry cleaned, a lot of them can actually be cleaned right in your home. Even the biggest and heaviest drapes can be cleaned in home even if you do not call for professional drapery cleaning services.

Drapes unfortunately can house quite a bit of allergens and dust that you don’t want to build up in your home. You can help keep these harmful particles to a minimum simply by taking a vacuum hose or handheld vacuum to the drapes once every two weeks at least. If your vacuum cleaner doesn’t already come with one, there are upholstery brush additions you can get which will make at home drape cleaning much easier. Here are a few steps you should follow if you plan to do the in home drapery cleaning yourself.

1.      Once your upholstery brush has been applied to your vacuum hose then you should always start at the top of the drapes and work your way down.

2.      After you finish with the upholstery brush take a lint roller and do the same thing, starting at the top trying to remove all of the left behind debris, dirt and dust.

3.      Get a spray bottle and fill it up with one regular squirt of dish soap and the rest with warm water and shake it up. This solution should be sprayed on any spots you may see on your drapes that need to be cleaned up.

4.      After you spray the solution on the areas, blot it with a rag or sponge and then rinse it the same way. Using a dry rag afterwards to help soak up any moisture is also a good idea.

5.      If you have a garment steamer this can be used to keep the shape of your drapes while you are drying them. This is especially good for those pleated drapes that you often see in offices and hotel rooms.

In home drapery cleaning is not difficult to do and if you keep up regularly then you won’t have to deep clean them that often. However, if you find that cleaning your drapes is not your thing you can also call the professionals to do it for you. 


Why is Furniture/Upholstery Cleaning Important?

The Importance of Furniture and Upholstery Cleaning

It doesn’t matter if you are responsible for furniture and upholstery cleaning in your own home, office or even in a hotel as long as the job is getting done. While a lot of people are unaware of the importance of furniture cleaning they may be shocked to learn just how much money is spent each year just for replacing furniture. You can make your furniture and upholstery last much longer if you just clean it on a regular basis and keep it out of harm’s way.

One of the biggest reasons cleaning your upholstery is so important is because it improves the overall scent of your furnishings. If you have pets in the home this is even more important because even the best trained pets have accidents and can sometimes have just a distinctive odor that isn’t pleasant for upholstery.

When you are properly cleaning your furniture you also just have better looking upholstery in general and the better your furniture, the better your home looks overall. Stain filled fabrics do not invite anyone to come sit on the sofa so when your furniture looks better it is more appealing to your visitors.

Another reason there is such a huge importance of furniture cleaning is the reduction of allergens. Every day allergens are everywhere but when you allow them to build up in your home and on your furniture it could affect a lot of things. Not only will it affect your air quality but also the overall cleanliness of your furniture and upholstery. Instead of thinking about the tiny little creatures living in your furniture you could clean them or have them cleaned regularly to eliminate those thoughts.

Probably the most profound reason for keeping your upholstery cleaned is that it simply makes it last longer. We spend so much time shopping around for our furniture why wouldn’t you want to do everything you could to make it last longer. Plus, furniture typically isn’t cheap so you should always protect your investment. Now that you realize the importance of furniture cleaning you can take the steps to do it yourself or hire a professional to come out and get the job done right for you. 


What is Move In Cleaning?

What is Move In Cleaning?

Quite a few cleaning companies are now offering a services referred to as move in cleaning but what exactly is that? Well simply enough, it is exactly what it sounds like. When you plan to move into a new home, apartment or office that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is clean. Even when these places appear to be clean they could have some underlying issues you can’t see with first glance. What these cleaning companies are offering is basically a way to move into a genuinely clean house so that way you don’t waste all that time unpacking just to find something that needs to be deep cleaned.

For New Homes (newly constructed)

The truth is that just because a home was built for you brand new, doesn’t mean it was cleaned for you the way you want it. The reason why move in cleaning is becoming so popular is because not everyone’s standard of clean is the same. Even the newest homes can have dirty air ducts, dirt, dust mites and debris that can get into carpets and furniture.

When a professional cleaning company comes in to provide a move in cleanup they cover just about every area of the home. Carpets, shower stalls, air ducts, tile, air filters, and any furniture, drapes and curtains that may be in the house upon their arrival. At least you can guarantee yourself that your new home is getting really cleaned and the best part is you don’t have to put in the time and effort to do all of the work.

If you are planning to move into a new place anytime soon then you should definitely check out any move in cleaning services offered in your area because it is a great way to ensure yourself you are moving into a truly clean home.



Water Damage Restoration

Water Damage Restoration

When a flood surprises you in your home you may not know what steps to take towards water damage restoration, but luckily there are plenty of professional companies out there who can help. Floods can occur from pipes busting inside your home or even from hurricanes if you live in the coastal areas. The reason why it is so important to clean up water damage after any kind of flood is because moisture is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. While mildew and some kinds of mold can be easily cleaned up, if your mold problem gets too severe it can be extremely costly to remove.

Many homeowners attempt to do their own water damage restoration and while you can do a lot on your own, you still may not be able to do it all. Using a shop vacuum to soak up any and all water you can, will definitely help but if you do not have to proper tools, products and materials then you may find yourself at a standstill. So what is it that a cleaning company does to ensure everything is properly cleaned and disinfected? Here are the things that a professional cleaning company will do anytime you call them out for water damage restoration services:

1.      Inspect the affected areas, probe the walls and move the furniture

2.      Extract the water from the carpet and padding or flooring

3.      Disinfect all affected areas to prevent mold and mildew

4.      Setup drying equipment, such as air movers and dehumidifiers

5.      Monitor the affected areas on a daily basis and with follow ups

6.      Complete the process with the replacement of padding and the re-installation of carpet

When you use the services of a professional company you often get their guarantee to back up things in case something isn’t done to your liking. Not every company out there offers water or flood damage restoration though so check your local listings in order to find the best fit for you. If they do offer these services though you can bet that all of their technicians are properly trained and the company should be advertising that either on their website or when you go to set up the appointment. Even though flood damage can make you feel overwhelmed and backed into a corner there are water damage restoration services out there than can get your home or office back to the way it was.



How to Clean your Drapes

In my experience I did not realize until I had my own apartment that you had to look at getting your draped cleaned but while I was talking on the phone with a friend, pacing my kitchen, I noticed how dirty my window drapes were. This was beyond just lent rolling them and I honestly had no clue how to clean them. Through trial and error, and speaking to a professional cleaning company on the phone, I was able to get them cleaned and hopefully they work just as well for you.

What should I NOT do?

DO NOT wash your drapes yourself if you do not see a tag anywhere on them that actually says it is machine washable! I learned the hard way that this is not the way to get your drapes cleaned. Also if your drapes seemed damaged in anyway (to color, texture, appearance, etc) then you should not wash them either.

Small or Thin Drapes/Curtains

If your drapes are small enough you should always hand wash them to keep them at their best color and condition and when you go to dry them never throw them in the dryer! Putting them out on a line where they aren’t being beaten by the sun is the best way but you can also just hang them in an area of the house that may work better. Either way, just make sure you are keeping them out of harm’s way. However, from experience I put my drapes in the dryer in a low temp tumble and pulled them out as soon as they were done and they were fine.

Stain still there?

In the end if you have some pretty tough stains or damaged drapes you may want to just hire a professional. My mother did that and a company came out and had vacuum looking cleaners so she didn’t even have to take her drapes at all to get her drapes cleaned. That, to me, seems like the all-around safest and best options for get your drapes the cleanest they can be.

In my experience there are many different ways to clean your drapes yourself but in most cases it is always safer to have a professional clean them. If you live in the Jupiter, FL area you can seek out more free advice like this from Sun Coast Cleaning & Restoration on their website. If you want your drapes cleaned by a professional they can help in that department as well. 


How to Remove Cigarette Burns

Even though most people assume once the cigarette burn has happened, there is nothing more to be done, you can actually return your carpet like it was before. With a few easy steps your carpet or furniture could be good as new. 

1.) If the burn is slight, rub with dry steel wool or if you feel confident, trim the damaged tufts
2.) If the burn is bad, take a razor blade and scrape some fibers from a hidden area and use super glue to patch the burn with the fibers

*Please test all of them in an inconspicuous area first


Removing Ink Stains

1.) Sponge with detergent solution
2.) Rinse
3.) If stain remains, saturate with cheap hair spray and blot

4.) Always work from the outside in to avoid making the spot bigger

*Please test all of them in an inconspicuous area first

If this doesn’t work you may need to call in the professionals. SC Carpet Cleaners is always ready and willing to clean up even the biggest messes! for more info 


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