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General Carpet Cleaning Information / Know your Carpets
« on: March 06, 2017, 05:30:55 PM »
                                  Before you go off trying that latest DIY tip on your carpets, having the
                                                right information about your carpets will save you time and lots of money.
                                                                 
                                                               In order to take the most efficient steps you should first know what you’re dealing with.

                                                                             
                                                                            Most homes have one of the four following types of fabric for their carpets:


                                                                                          1.   Synthetic- 99% of fibers used in the U.S carpet industry - A PH of 10 or more is ok
                                                                                                                           A.   Nylon-  one of the most popular – pricy & not eco-friendly
                                                                                                                                B.   Polypropylene (Olefin)- second most popular- cheapest cost wise & stain resistance 
                                                                                                                                   C.   Acrylic & Polyester-  not made to last more than  a few years, esp. in traffic areas
                                                                                          2.   Wool-  the elite of carpets- 100% natural
                                                                                          3.   Cotton
                                                                                          4.   Smart-strand- latest trending type but, not  new to the carpet industry, eco-friendly & stain resistance


                                                        So that’s the fabric end. Now there’s the cut style to consider too.

                     1.   Berber- Loops are uncut (Loop Pile)  usually from wool, nylon or olefin
                       2.   Plush- Loops are cut (Cut Pile/Saxony)  usually smooth, texture, twist or shag (Frieze)
                         3.   Pattern- Loops uncut but, have multiple heights, patterned looped
                           4.   Cut & Looped- Loops are cut and uncut creating a type of pattern


   Now that we've narrowed down you’re options, Knowing when and how are just as important:
                                                  This isn’t a “how to”  or step by step instructions to follow but, simply some basic info on carpets to help you find
                                                    what the best solutions or steps would be for your specific situation and remember if ever in doubt call the experts, we're here to help!


                    1.   Have your bedrooms professionally steam cleaned every 9-14 months.
                              *Less-trafficked areas about 1-2 times a year.
                                        *High traffic areas 3-4 times a year, but once you notice your carpets are dirty,
                                                       we’d suggest having them professionally cleaned for health issues.
                    2.   Never Rub, Rubbing can alter the appearance of carpets as well as its texture.
                    3.   Over- wetting is a big concern and can lead to bigger problems later.
                                                         * To limit microbial growth, suitable drying with-in 6-8 hours must occur.
                    4. For Olefin carpets using a product without d’ limonene or any oily solvents will make cleaning much easier and quicker.
                    5. Carpets can act like passive air filters, trapping dust and dirt. Heavy traffic areas should be vacuumed once a week or every three (3) days,
                       depending on the daily amount of traffic through those areas. Having a good vacuum is the key.


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 Please Note, with regards to carpets, none are absolutely stain proof. Some carpets have stain resistant treatments to improve your ability to clean stains.
 Carpets with soil resistant treatments reduce the rate of soiling, but all carpets require regular care and maintenance.
 This carpet cleaning guide is intended for informational purposes only. The customer assumes all responsibility in following any cleaning procedure herein.
 If the below carpet cleaning guide does not assist you to fully remove your carpet stains, call us to have your carpet professionally cleaned (888) 430-9334.
 

 Alcohol

1. Squirt with warm tap water or soda water.
2. Blot dry. (Carpet shampoo may also be effective.)
 


 Animal Stains

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon clear ammonia to one-half cup water.
 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Apply dish detergent solution and blot.
 2. Apply ammonia solution. Blot again.
 3. Rinse with tap water and blot.
 4. Apply white vinegar solution. Blot again.
 5. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.
 6. To eliminate odors, call 1 800 988-8307 and ask about our deodorizer services.
 


 Artificial Colors

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.
 Laundry Solution: One teaspoon laundry detergent to one cup water.
 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Apply dish detergent solution and blot.
 2. Apply white vinegar solution and blot.
 3. Rinse with tap water and blot.
 4. Apply laundry detergent solution and blot.
 5. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.
 

 
 If this carpet cleaning guide does not assist you in removing your carpet stains, call us to have your carpet stains professionally removed (888) 430-9334.
 


 Beer

1. Squirt with warm tap water or soda water.
2. Blot dry. (Carpet shampoo may also be effective.)



 Blood

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon clear ammonia to one-half cup water.
 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.
 Laundry Solution: One teaspoon laundry detergent to one cup water.

 1. Apply cool dish detergent solution and blot.
 2. Apply cool ammonia solution and blot.
 3. Apply laundry detergent solution.
 4. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.
 


 Burns

1. Add one teaspoon of white distilled vinegar to carpet shampoo.
2. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.
3. Trim burned fibers with scissors. If damage is extensive, call us for help.
 


 Chocolate

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon clear ammonia to one-half cup water.
 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.
 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Apply cool dish detergent solution and blot.
 2. Apply ammonia solution and blot.
 3. Rinse with tap water. Blot again.
 4. Apply white vinegar solution.
 5. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.



 Coffee

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Flush with cold tap water or soda water.
 2. Apply white vinegar solution and blot.
 3. Rinse with water and blot dry.
 
 

 If this carpet cleaning guide does not assist you in removing your carpet stains, call us to have your carpet stains professionally removed (888) 430-9334.
 


 Cola

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Flush with cold tap water or soda water.
 2. Apply white vinegar solution and blot.
 3. Rinse with water and blot dry.
 


 Crayons

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.
 Dry Cleaning Solution: Use a commercial product available at most hardware stores and supermarkets.

 1. Apply dry cleaning solution and blot.
 2. Repeat until stain fades.
 3. Apply dish detergent solution. Blot again.
 4. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.



 Feces

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon clear ammonia to one-half cup water.
 Laundry Solution: One teaspoon laundry detergent to one cup water.
 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Apply laundry detergent solution. Blot.
 2. Apply ammonia solution and blot.
 3. Rinse with tap water. Blot again.
 4. Apply white vinegar solution and blot.
 5. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.
 6. To eliminate odors, call (888) 905-0492 and ask about our deodorizer services.
 


 Flood Damage

Flood damage usually creates a situation where you should consult the professionals, please call for further assistance (888) 430-9334.



 Fruit

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.
 Laundry Solution: One teaspoon laundry detergent to one cup water.
 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Apply dish detergent solution and blot.
 2. Apply white vinegar solution and blot.
 3. Rinse with tap water and blot.
 4. Apply laundry detergent solution and blot.
 5. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.



 Glue

Cleaning methods vary depending on the type of glue. Many commercial products have special solvents available from the Manufacturer.
 Follow instructions carefully If stains prove to be indelible, trim affected fibers.



 Grass

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon clear ammonia to one-half cup water.
 Laundry Solution: One teaspoon laundry detergent to one cup water.
 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Apply laundry detergent solution and blot.
 2. Rinse with tap water. Blot again.
 3. Apply ammonia solution and blot.
 4. Apply white vinegar solution and blot.
 5. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.
 


 Gravy

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.
 Laundry Solution: One teaspoon laundry detergent to one cup water.
 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Apply dish detergent solution and blot.
 2. Apply white vinegar solution and blot.
 3. Apply laundry detergent solution and blot.
 4. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.



 Grease

Apply a dry cleaning solution or carpet shampoo.



 If this carpet cleaning guide does not assist you in removing your carpet stains, call us to have your carpet stains professionally removed (888) 430-9334.



 Gum

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Dry Cleaning Solution: Use a commercial product available at most hardware stores and supermarkets.

 1. Chill with ice cubes.
 2. Scrape off as much of the gum as possible.
 3. Apply dry cleaning solution and blot.
 


 Ink (Ball Point)

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Dry Cleaning Solution: Use a commercial product available at most hardware stores and supermarkets.
 Apply dry cleaning solution.
 

 Ink (Fountain Pen or Felt Tip)

If the below guide does not remove your stains call us to have it professionally removed (888) 430-9334.



 Jelly

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.
 Laundry Solution: One teaspoon laundry detergent to one cup water.
 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Apply dish detergent solution and blot.
 2. Apply white vinegar solution and blot.
 3. Rinse with tap water and blot.
 4. Apply laundry detergent solution and blot.
 5. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.



 Juice

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.
 Laundry Solution: One teaspoon laundry detergent to one cup water.
 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Apply dish detergent solution and blot.
 2. Apply white vinegar solution and blot.
 3. Rinse with tap water and blot.
 4. Apply laundry detergent solution and blot.
 5. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.



 Ketchup

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.
 Laundry Solution: One teaspoon laundry detergent to one cup water.
 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Apply dish detergent solution and blot.
 2. Apply white vinegar solution and blot.
 3. Apply laundry detergent solution and blot.
 4. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.
 
 

 If this carpet cleaning guide does not assist you in removing your carpet stains, call us to have your carpet stains professionally removed (888) 430-9334.
 


 Lipstick

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.
 Dry Cleaning Solution: Use a commercial product available at most hardware stores and supermarkets.

 1. Apply dry cleaning solution and blot.
 2. Repeat until stain fades.
 3. Apply dish detergent solution. Blot again.
 4. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.



 Milk

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon clear ammonia to one-half cup water.
 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.

 1. Apply warm water or soda water and blot.
 2. Apply dish detergent solution and blot.
 3. Apply ammonia solution and blot again.
 4. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.



 Mud

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.

 1. Let dry.
 2. Brush, scrape or vacuum off as much possible.
 3. Apply dish detergent solution.
 4. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.



 Nail Polish

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Dry Cleaning Solution: Use a commercial product available at most hardware stores and supermarkets.

 1. Apply dry cleaning solution. Blot.
 2. Apply a non-oily nail polish remover.
 (Note: Nail polish remover may dissolve some fibers. PRE-TEST FIRST!)
 3. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.



 If this carpet cleaning guide does not assist you in removing your carpet stains, call us to have your carpet stains professionally removed (888) 430-9334.
 


 Oil

Apply a dry cleaning solution or carpet shampoo.



 Paint (Oil or Water Based)

It's best not to try this on your own. It's very risky. When a paint spill occurs, call us for professional help.



 Rust

While commercial rust removers may be used, we don't recommend it. They are both dangerous and expensive. It's advisable to let experts handle the job.
 


 Clear Salad Dressing

Apply a dry cleaning solution or carpet shampoo.



 Shoe Polish

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon clear ammonia to one-half cup water.
 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.
 Dry Cleaning Solution: Use a commercial product available at most hardware stores and supermarkets.

 1. Apply a dry cleaning solution. Blot.
 2. Repeat until stain fades.
 3. Apply dish detergent solution.
 4. Rinse with tap water and blot.
 5. Apply ammonia solution.
 6. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.



 If this carpet cleaning guide does not assist you in removing your carpet stains, call us to have your carpet stains professionally removed (888) 430-9334.



 Soda

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.
 Laundry Solution: One teaspoon laundry detergent to one cup water.
 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Apply dish detergent solution and blot.
 2. Apply white vinegar solution and blot.
 3. Rinse with tap water and blot.
 4. Apply laundry detergent solution and blot.
 5. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.



 Tar

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon clear ammonia to one-half cup water.
 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.
 Dry Cleaning Solution: Use a commercial product available at most hardware stores and supermarkets.

 1. Apply a dry cleaning solution. Blot.
 2. Repeat until stain fades.
 3. Apply dish detergent solution.
 4. Rinse with tap water and blot.
 5. Apply ammonia solution.
 6. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.
 
 
 
 If this carpet cleaning guide does not assist you in removing your carpet stains, call us to have your carpet stains professionally removed (888) 430-9334.



 Tea

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Flush with cold tap water or soda water.
 2. Apply white vinegar solution and blot.
 3. Rinse with water and blot dry.



 Urine

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon clear ammonia to one-half cup water.
 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Apply dish detergent solution and blot.
 2. Apply ammonia solution. Blot again.
 3. Rinse with tap water and blot.
 4. Apply white vinegar solution. Blot again.
 5. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.
 6. To eliminate odors, call (888) 905-0492 and ask about our deodorizer services.



 Vomit

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon clear ammonia to one-half cup water.
 Laundry Solution: One teaspoon laundry detergent to one cup water.
 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Apply laundry detergent solution. Blot.
 2. Apply ammonia solution and blot.
 3. Rinse with tap water. Blot again.
 4. Apply white vinegar solution and blot.
 5. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.
 6. To eliminate odors, call (888) 905-0492 and ask about our deodorizer services.
 
 
 
 If this carpet cleaning guide does not assist you in removing your carpet stains, call us to have your carpet stains professionally removed (888) 430-9334.



 Wax

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.
 Dry Cleaning Solution: Use a commercial product available at most hardware stores and supermarkets.

 1. Apply dry cleaning solution and blot.
 2. Repeat until stain fades.
 3. Apply dish detergent solution. Blot again.
 4. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.



 Whiskey

1. Squirt with warm tap water or soda water.
2. Blot dry. (Carpet shampoo may also be effective.)



 Wine

To remove this stain, mix the following spot remover(s) and then follow the process below.

 Ammonia Solution: One tablespoon clear ammonia to one-half cup water.
 Dish Detergent Solution: One teaspoon mild dish detergent to one cup water.
 White Vinegar Solution: One-third cup white distilled vinegar to two-thirds cup water.

 1. Apply dish detergent solution. Blot.
 2. Apply white vinegar solution and blot.
 3. Rinse with tap water. Blot again.
 4. Apply ammonia solution.
 5. Rinse with tap water and blot dry.


 This carpet cleaning guide is intended for informational purposes only. The customer assumes all responsibility in following any cleaning procedure herein.
 If the above carpet cleaning guide does not assist you in removing your carpet stains, call us to have your carpet stains professionally removed (888) 430-9334.

 

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Tips on How to Clean Grout and Tiles / Tips for Cleaning Grout Lines
« on: December 06, 2015, 07:52:54 PM »
Tips for Cleaning Grout Lines

Tile is beautiful, durable, and generally easy to clean, but cleaning grout? That’s a different story.
Because of its (typically) light coloring and porous composition, grout is prone to staining. In a tiled entry or mudroom, dirt and grime are the usual culprits, while in the kitchen, spills are more likely to blame. Soap, mold, and mildew meanwhile make it difficult to maintain clean grout in bathrooms. Fortunately, cleaning grout effectively is possible using only common household products and a bit of elbow grease.

With any cleaning project, it’s always best to start off with the mildest cleaning solution. When in doubt about a cleanser, test it in a hidden spot—behind or under an appliance, for example.

The following suggestions for cleaning grout are ranked from the mildest to the strongest:
  • The best way to begin is with plain water and a stiff-bristled brush; most home centers and hardware stores carry an assortment of brushes specifically designed for this purpose. Simply spray warm water on the grout lines and scrub in a circular motion, then let dry.
  • For heavier dirt and mild stains, turn to that trusty old standby, vinegar. Fill a spray bottle with a half-and-half solution of vinegar and warm water. Spray on the grout, let it stand for five minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush.
  • To bring even more cleaning power to the party, make a paste of baking soda and water, cover the grout lines with the paste, then spray on the vinegar solution. Once the mixture stops foaming, scrub with a brush and rinse with plain water.
  • For moderate stains, you may want to use hydrogen peroxide, which is available in most drug stores. You can use the product straight or make a paste with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
  • For tougher stains and really grimy grout, try using oxygen bleach (most often sold in powdered form). Some common brands include OxiClean, Clorex OxiMagic, and Biokleen Oxygen Bleach Plus. Read and follow the manufacturer’s directions, and make sure the area is well-ventilated. Generally, you will want to let the oxygen bleach solution work for 10 or 15 minutes before rinsing. Always rinse with clean water so that the dirt doesn’t resettle into the grout lines.
  • Chlorine bleach and commercial cleansers can be used sparingly in extreme cases. One of my go-to products when all else fails is Clorox Clean-Up spray. Long-term use of caustic cleaners will erode grout, so these products should be used on a limited basis.
  • Steam cleaners can be an effective and environmentally-friendly method of cleaning grout—or for that matter, many other surfaces around the house. Bissell, Oreck, Ladybug and Hoover all make steam cleaners for residential use.

To keep your grout clean and stain-free, it’s a good idea to spray it with vinegar and wipe it down once a week. You can also wipe grout with alcohol to keep mold and mildew at bay. In any case, just a few sprays and wipes a week can save you a lot of time and effort cleaning, preserving the attractive appearance of your home in the process.





Don't forget, professional tile and grout cleaning in Los Angeles is just one phone call away! Call (888) 430-9334 or schedule a callback for service or quote online.


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Tips on How to Clean Grout and Tiles / How to Clean Tile Grout
« on: December 06, 2015, 07:46:21 PM »
How to Clean Tile Grout

Whether you've got tile floors or kitchen back splashes, the grout between tiles can get pretty grimy, and it can be tough to know exactly how to clean grout. However, with the right cleaning solution and a bit of elbow grease, you can get your grout looking fresh and brand new.

How Does Grout Get So Grimy?
Understanding how tile grout gets dirty in the first place can be useful when picking the best grout cleaner. In the bathroom for example, it's usually mold or mildew causing the grout stains. In the kitchen it could be a combination of food stains, general household traffic, and mildew. No matter what the cause of the staining, start off with the simplest and least acidic cleaning solution first, moving up to harsher chemical cleaners if you are unsuccessful in getting the grout completely clean.

Know Your Options
Depending on your type of stain, you may be able to get away with household products. Tougher stains and mildew may need heavier chemicals. Know your options before you get started.

Household Solutions
For some stains, simple household items like vinegar or baking soda can be effective cleaners. Try either a solutions of equal parts vinegar and water or a paste of baking soda and a bit of water to clean the grout.

Spray or dab the cleaner onto a small length of grout and scrub with a stiff brush. Scrub in small circles rather than straight up and down to remove more debris from the grout. Rinse well with water, and mop up any remaining moisture with a sponge or paper towels.

Generic Grout Cleaners
Generic household cleaners such as Mr. Clean, Lysol, or powder-based cleaners can also work on tile grout. Use as directed above for vinegar or baking soda, and make sure to rinse the grout well after cleaning. Alternatively, if you own or have access to a steam cleaner, try using it on your grout work. The pressure of the steam cleaner can loosen debris and stains that cleaners can't dissolve on their own.

Commercial Tile Cleaning Products
If your grout hasn't come completely clean, the next step is to try a commercial tile and grout cleaner. These are available wherever home cleaning products are sold. Try to find a cleanser that is pH balanced so that the chemicals in the product won't erode the grout with continued use. To get the best result from a commercial cleaner, spray it on and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing. Follow the directions on the label of the product to clean effectively.

Heavy Duty Grout Cleaners
For heavy duty stains, use even stronger products such as oxygen bleach powder, hydrogen peroxide, or chlorine bleach. These products should be diluted before use. You can also find heavy duty cleaners at hardware stores or janitorial supply outlets.

If you go this route, you will need to read labels carefully and follow directions to the letter.

Never use bleach on colored grout, as it will discolor the grout. Overusing bleach these heavy duty cleaners can damage your grout over time. They are only recommended for tough stains, not for regular upkeep.

If you're using commercial cleaners, bleach, or other chemicals, make sure the room you're working in is well-ventilated. Remember, this is the strong stuff, so you need to use gloves and protective eye wear when working with any chemical-based cleaners, and never mix cleaners together. Chemical reactions can cause noxious fumes or burns if the mixture touches the skin.

Tips for Any Tile in Any Room
Regardless of what cleaning solution you choose, use a stiff brush for scrubbing. Old toothbrushes will be too soft, so even small spaces will require a heavy duty brush. Also avoid using metal bristles, as they will wear away the grout.
Make sure to test your grout cleaner on a small, inconspicuous area of tile first to make sure it won't erode or damage your grout work. This is especially necessary if your
tile grout is old or damaged.

Keep Your Grout Cleaner for Longer
When your tile grout is completely clean, keep it looking fresh and new by applying a coat or two of grout sealer. There are various types of grout sealers available for different uses, such as floors or bathroom tile. Make sure you purchase the correct type for the room you'll be applying it to. Reapply the grout sealer at least once a year, or as necessary.





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Tips for Cleaning Hardwood Floors / How to sand and polish a wood floor
« on: December 06, 2015, 02:40:48 PM »
How to sand and polish a wood floor

When you decide to polish or repolish an old wood floor, an essential part of the process is to sand the wood floor first. However, if the wood floor is still in good condition, you may be able to just buff it before re-coating.

Tools you will need:
  • Large floor sander with abrasive papers
  • Edging sander with abrasive papers
  • Wood filler to fill-in crevices left behind after removing nails or staples that held down carpet trim.
  • Floor sealer
  • Roller with short nap and extension handle
  • Nail punch
  • Turpentine
  • Scraper
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • Disposable gloves
  • Dust mask
   

Follow these steps to sand and polish a floor:

Step 1:
Clear out the room entirely, and if there is any carpet, remove it and its underlay padding as well, including any tacks and staples. Check floor for protruding nails or nails at the surface. Use a nail punch and hammer to sink nails 3mm below floorboard surface, so you won’t see any nail heads when coated.



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Step 2:
If floor has been sanded and coated before, it probably doesn't need leveling. Fill nail holes with a matching timber filler. Floors that are sanded for the first time should have their nail holes filled after an initial coarse sanding.

Step 3
Seal any doors to other parts of house by taping plastic over them, to protect against dust. This floor is close to level as it has been sanded before, so just needs the combination stain/finish removed. Start with a medium-grit paper in the large sander. Align the machine diagonally across the floor, start it with the drum raised and when it reaches full speed, start moving, then sanding. This will smooth any irregularities and remove the old finish. Keep moving, and when you reach a wall, lift the drum before stopping. Never let the drum rest on the floor while the machine is on, as it will sand a depression into the floor

Step 4:
With the diagonal sanding done, repeat, but this time parallel with the floorboards. Sand as little as will do the job, because over the life of a floor, you can only sand it about 3 times before it gets too thin.

Step 5:
The large drum sander cannot get close to walls or skirting, so you need the smaller edge sander to work up against the skirting. Sand down to same level as large machine, and keep the machine moving. This will still not get into corners, so you'll need a scraper used along the grain to remove the finish and scrape and sand timber to level of rest of floor (another reason for not sanding too much).

Step 6:
Give floor, including edges, a final sand with a fine paper, then sweep up the dust and discard. Let any dust in the air settle, then vacuum floor thoroughly. Apply first coat of finish, which in this case will act as a sealer. Start by brushing around the edges.

Step 7:
Switch to the roller with an extension handle fitted to the frame. Roll in direction of timber and you will suddenly see the color of the wood jump out at you.

Step 8:
Once the first coat is dry, apply 2 more coats, allowing finish to dry between coats. The floor will be suitable for light traffic the next day, and normal traffic after about a week.



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Tips for Cleaning Hardwood Floors / 7 Tips for Cleaning Hardwood Floors
« on: December 06, 2015, 12:50:03 PM »
7 Tips for Cleaning Hardwood Floors

1. Vacuum your floor every week. You probably do this already, but it always bears repeating. The reason: underfoot, the fine grit in dust is just like sandpaper and will slowly but surely wear through your wood floor’s finish. So a good vacuuming protects the finish as well as keeps up its appearance. Use an attachment with a brush or a felt surface that runs along the floor. Attachments with rotating brushes or a beater bar can scratch the finish. Disengage the beater bar on an upright. If you don’t feel like hauling out the vacuum, a dust mop or one of the newer microfiber sweepers (such as Swiffer) will work just as well.


2. Watch the hairspray and the furniture polish. Both of them can cloud your floor’s finish. Wipe them up immediately with a damp cloth. For a more thorough cleanup, spray with non-ammonia window cleaner.


3. Keep out the rain. Water can not only ruin the finish on a hardwood floor but can penetrate deep into the wood and stain it. Close windows when you’re expecting rain. Put trays under potted plants and, of course, immediately wipe up any water you see.


4. Remove residue with no-wax wood floor cleaner. Keep it in the hall closet or another convenient location so that you can get to it quickly to clean up small problems before they become big ones. Wipe up spills and dirt immediately; then use the cleaner to remove the residue. Dirt can damage the finish or get ground in. Liquids can damage the finish or stain the floor.

5. Know the rules about using waxes and restorers. You can rejuvenate a wax finish with more wax. But never use wax on a surface finish such as shellac, varnish, or polyurethane. It not only makes the floor far too slippery, it also interferes with subsequent finishes. If the finish is polyurethane, use a polish made for polyurethane. If it’s another type of surface finish, get a general-purpose floor restorer, test the restorer on an inconspicuous area to make sure it won’t peel off.

6. Use an extra-long “walk-off ” doormat. Doormats, inside and out, earn their keep and then some. While vacuuming and spot-cleaning are great, keeping the dirt out in the first place is even better. Get a 4- to 6-foot-long “walk-off ” mat for the front door. The longer the mat leading up to the door, the more people will rub dirt and moisture off their shoes as they walk in, even if they don’t stop to wipe them.

7. Protect high-traffic zones with area rugs. Walking across an area several times a day eventually wears down a wood floor’s finish. Nice-looking throw rugs are the easiest way to reduce the wear. But make sure they don’t have a backing. Vinyl or rubber backing traps humidity, which can ruin your floor’s finish and stain or damage the wood.




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How to Use a Floor Buffer or Floor Polishing Machine

Buffers thoroughly clean, polish, shine and wax floors.

They do a excellent job giving additional shine and polish almost every floor type.

Buffer machines tend to be heavy. However once you've got the basics down they will definitely make your floors look good.

Professional floor cleaners use buffing and polishing machines because they do the job a lot better than hand scrubbing and polishing.

You should always use safety goggles when you use a buffer machine or polisher.

Floor Buffers vs Orbital Polishers

The two main kinds of buffing machines: floor buffers and orbital polishers.

A floor buffer is a kind of sander with a polishing pad. It's a durable unit and often used commercially.

Orbital polishers are less powerful but they are lighter and easier to use, much less costly and so more suited for home use.

When you're finished buffing and polishing your floors, remove the buffer pad or scrubbing brush from your equipment.

You should clean the pads and brushes right away before the cleaner dries in the pads and ruins it.

Don't leave the pads or brushes on the machine because the dampness and the weight of the machine will damage them.

Pads:

There are two kinds of pads: cutting pads & polishing pads. Cutting pads are more abrasive and effective, but harder to use. Cutting pads made of natural fibers such as wool.
Polishing pads are used for finishing the floor. They are much less abrasive and made of foam rubber.

Buffing:

To begin, look at the scrub brush or polishing pad to make sure it is clean and free of any dirt or debris.
  • Buff the floor beginning with the back of the room working your way around to the front.
  • Spread the polish evenly and consistently across the floor.
  • Start buffing and keep the buffer moving slowly while you do the job.
  • Check the polishing pad periodically to make sure it doesn't become excessively dirty.
  • Buff just one area each time, beginning with the smallest amount of abrasive cleaning polish that's effective.
  • Buffers turn clockwise, which means you need to clean from the left to right too. (clockwise) This helps prevent buffer burns.
   
Polishing:

High turning speed and the cleaners generate heat. This creates a glossy shine on the floor.
When you use a polisher, follow these steps to get a better cleaning and high shine on the floors.
Different floors and grime need different cleaners.

Ask yourself these questions before you start:
  • What kind of floor? - Is it vinyl, linoleum, polyurethane, wood, stone, etc.
  • What type of dirt? - Oil, grease, varnish, glue, food, spilled liquid, etc.
  • What type of cleaning product? - Acidic cleaners, alkaline, ph neutral, disinfectant, etc.
   

How To Polish:
  • Scrub from right to left to keep the cleaning solution around the entire area to be polish
  • Work backwards from the back of the room to the front to prevent walking on the already cleaned area
  • Work in a straight line and overlap by approx. one third of the machine width
  • Work sideways when polishing from left to right.




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Tips for Marble Floor Polishing / Marble Floor Polishing Tips
« on: December 06, 2015, 12:07:02 PM »
Marble Floor Polishing Tips

Marble floor polishing is a chore that most do not want to do, but one they can't escape. There are plenty of marble polish products on the market but these can cause more damage than they are worth. Here are 4 tips for marble floor polishing:

1. Beware Using Acidic Cleaners

Marble is, in essence, a fossil. As crustaceans die, their shells sink to the sea floor. This process happens for millions of years having layers and layers of sea shells constantly compressing. When it's all said and done you are left with calcium carbonate, or marble. Any cleaner that contains acid will damage and destroy marble. This includes using lemon or lime juice and vinegar, all of which are great all-natural cleaning products - except when it comes to marble floor polishing.

2. Make Your Own Cleaner

Sometimes the best cleaning solution is the one you make yourself. This is not only safe for marble floor polishing, but is easy to make and inexpensive. The recipe is as simple as mixing 3 tablespoons of baking soda to one quart of warm water. That's all you need to use. Dip a rag in the solution, remove the excess water and then scrub the marble floor. Let the marble floor air dry completely and then wipe down with regular warm water. Use a chamois to wipe up the rinsing water.

3. Avoid Abrasive Cleaners

Never use a floor cleaner unless they are made specifically as a marble floor polishing product. These chemicals are very abrasive and will literally eat away at the marble floor. Instead of turning to these products you can use your own homemade cleaner and marble floor polisher. All you need is a stick of plain white chalk, a rag and some water. Take the chalk and crush it into a very fine powder. Put the rag in some water and wring out the excess so that it is just damp, then dip it into the crushed chalk. Rub the chalk on the marble. Be sure that you apply it smoothly and overlap each stroke. Let the chalk dry a few minutes before rinsing it off with a wet rag that has been wrung out. Let the marble floor air dry completely.

4. On the Spot Cleaning

The process of cleaning your marble floor will also polish them up assuming you haven't seriously damaged them. When a spill occurs you need to get to it quickly. Sugar is easily removed by using a sponge, warm water and a drop of dish soap. Oil and tomato is removed with a sponge, warm soapy water and a little hydrogen peroxide. Scrub, rinse with water and then buff with a chamois to polish.



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Tips on How to Clean Grout and Tiles / 7 Tips for Cleaning Floors and Tile
« on: December 06, 2015, 11:58:06 AM »
7 Tips for Cleaning Floors and Tile

Ammonia
  • Wax buildup on resilient flooring causes it to yellow in time. Remove old wax layers and freshen up your floor by washing it with a mixture of 1 cup ammonia in 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Let the solution sit for three to five minutes, then scrub with a nylon or plastic scouring pad to remove the old wax. Wipe away leftover residue with a clean cloth or sponge, then give the floor a thorough rinsing.
  • Make bathroom tiles sparkle again — and kill mildew on them — by sponging them with 1/4 cup ammonia in 1 gallon (3.7 liters) water.

Lighter Fluid

You don’t have to scrub to remove those black heel marks on the kitchen floor. Just pour a little lighter fluid on a paper towel and the marks will wipe right off.

Pencil Erasers

Those new shoes of your husband’s have left black streak marks all over the kitchen floor. An eraser will take them off in no time. Give him the eraser and have him do it.

Steel Wool

Those black marks that rubber soles leave behind just don’t come off with a mop, no matter how long you try. To rid a vinyl floor of unsightly smudges, gently rub the surface with a moistened steel wool soap pad. When the heel mark is gone, wipe the floor clean with a damp sponge.

Tea

Freshly brewed tea is great for cleaning wood furniture and floors. Just boil a couple of tea bags in a quart (liter) of water and let it cool. Dip a soft cloth in the tea, wring out the excess, and use it to wipe away dirt and grime. Buff dry with a clean, soft cloth.

WD-40

A new coat of polyurethane can sometimes make a wood floor look a little too shiny. To tone down the shine and cut the glare, spray some WD-40 onto a soft cloth and wipe up the floor with it.




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Tips on How to Clean an Area Rug / Stain-Removal Guide for Rugs
« on: December 06, 2015, 11:46:52 AM »
Stain-Removal Guide for Rugs

Time is of the essence when your rug becomes stained. Remember to blot -- not rub -- the stain and remove moisture from spills as quickly as possible.
  • Alcohol and soft drinks: Use a solution of 1 teaspoon liquid dish detergent, 1 quart of warm water, and 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar. Apply to the stain, rinse, then blot dry.
  • Coffee or tea: Using the detergent mix above, apply to stain, rinse, and blot. If a stain remains, use a commercial spot carpet cleaner.
  • Fat-based stains: For foods such as butter, margarine, or gravy, use a dry-solvent spot carpet cleaner.
  • Gum: Peel off what you can, then put ice cubes in a plastic bag and harden the gum, scraping the gum off with a spoon or dull knife. Vacuum and use a dry-solvent spot cleaner if needed-
  • Paint: For acrylic and latex paint, while the stain is still wet, spot-clean with the detergent solution. If color remains, dab with rubbing alcohol. For oil-base paint, sponge with odorless mineral spirits, being careful not to soak through to the backing-
  • Tomato sauce: Sponge with cool water, dab with detergent solution or a citrus-oxygen cleaner. Rinse with a solution of 1 cup white vinegar and 2 cups of water and blot until dry.
  • Urine, feces, and vomit: Apply detergent solution or a citrus-oxygen cleaner, rinse, and blot until dry.
  • Melted wax: Use the same treatment as gum, hardening it with ice cubes in a plastic bag and scraping. Dampen a clean white cloth or cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and blot to remove any remaining wax.



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Tips on How to Clean an Area Rug / How to Clean an Area Rug
« on: December 06, 2015, 11:43:36 AM »
How to Clean an Area Rug

Keep your area rugs looking their best by following these simple tips for basic care, deep cleaning, and stain removal. Plus, learn how to properly treat specific types of area rugs.

Rug care is determined by size, construction, and material. Care for large-size area rugs as you would wall-to-wall carpet.

Vacuum large rugs to remove dirt. As with carpet, the most important thing you can do for larger area rugs is to vacuum them regularly. If a rug is reversible, vacuum both sides. This removes grit and grime that can wear out your rug prematurely. Take care to not vacuum the fringe of your rug.

Brush out pet hair. A vacuum will sometimes leave pet hair behind. Use a stiff brush to remove the hair, brushing in the direction of the nap of the rug.

Turn rugs every year. Foot traffic and sun can put extra stress on area rugs. Turn them once or twice a year to even out the wear.

Shake small area rugs. If the rug is small enough, you can take it outside and shake it or beat it vigorously to remove dirt and grit. Some areas have ordinances about shaking rugs outdoors, so check your local codes.

Cleaning Special Types of Rugs

Special types of rugs require special cleaning care. Keeping care tags on the rug or in a file can save you from costly mistakes. Follow these tips for taking care of specialty rugs.
  • Woven or braided rugs: Check rugs for stitching breaks before and after cleaning. Check labels to determine whether small braided rugs are washable. If they are, place them in a zippered pillowcase or mesh laundry bag. Wash in cool water on a gentle cycle, rinsing thoroughly. Tumble dry on a low setting. Place large braided rugs on a vinyl or concrete floor or place an old blanket beneath them. Sponge commercial carpet-cleaning foam over the surface and rub it in according to the product directions. Finish by rinsing or vacuuming. Dry thoroughly before replacing the rug on the floor.
  • Handmade, hand-knotted, antique, and Oriental rugs: Vacuum a new Oriental rug as you would carpet and wool area rugs. Use special care with delicate vintage or antique rugs. Protect them from the vacuum by placing a piece of nylon screen over the rug and weighting it down with books or bricks. Vacuum over the screen. Or, tie a piece of nylon mesh over the vacuum attachment and change the mesh frequently as dirt accumulates. Have these rugs professionally cleaned once a year. Rotate rugs to ensure even wear; direct exposure to sun will cause fading.

    Note: When buying antique rugs, learn as much as you can from the seller about the rug's fiber content and construction. Ask for care tips.
  • Coir, sisal, rush, and grass rugs: Rugs made from these natural fibers feature an open weave that allows dirt to sift through to the floor beneath. Vacuum frequently, removing the rug occasionally to vacuum the floor, as well. Many of these rugs are reversible; if so, flip every time you vacuum for even wear.
     
    To clean stains or discolorations on a room-size natural-fiber rug, leave it in place. Protect the floor beneath it with a plastic drop cloth and towel. Scrub the stains with a soft brush dipped in soapy water. Rinse with clear water. Place a towel over the wet area. Blot the cleaned spot as dry as possible. Use a portable fan or hair dryer to speed drying. Move small rugs to a protected table or counter to clean. Water weakens the fibers, so work quickly and dry thoroughly to extend the life of these rugs.

    Some natural-fiber rugs are constructed in squares that are sewn together. Buy a few extra squares or a smaller size of the same rug. If a rug square becomes irrevocably stained, clip the threads that hold it in place and replace with a new square. Hand-stitch it in place with heavy-duty carpet thread.
  • Fur, sheepskin, and hair-on hides: Shake unscented talcum powder on fur, sheepskin, and hair-on hide rugs and leave for several hours. Brush the talcum powder through the hair, then shake it out. Repeat this process several times, depending on the length of the fur.
    To clean the back of such a rug, use a clean cotton cloth dipped in lukewarm soapy water. Wipe off any dirt or spills. Rinse with a cloth dipped in clean water and allow to dry completely before putting back in place.

About Deep Cleaning

Washing and drying small rugs. Consult care labels for small rugs to determine whether they should be dry-cleaned, spot-cleaned, or laundered. A dry-cleaning-only label might indicate that a rug is not colorfast. Test before spot-cleaning.

When you determine that a rug is washable, machine-wash it on the delicate cycle. To reduce the risk of tangling long fringe, divide the fringe into several hanks and wrap each one with white string. Place the rug in a mesh laundry bag or zippered pillowcase to protect it from the agitator, and wash in cold water on the gentle cycle.

Hang wet rugs over a clothes-drying rack, a slatted picnic table, or several bricks stacked on a porch, patio, or breezeway. Hanging a wet rug over a single clothesline will distort the shape of the rug as it dries. Small rugs made from synthetic fibers similar to carpeting can be laid to dry on a small worktable or counter that is protected by a drop cloth, old sheets, or towels.

Area rugs will benefit from a deep cleaning every 12" -18 months. When using commercial cleaning products for the first time, test a small area of the rug to ensure that it is colorfast and not otherwise damaged by the product. To thoroughly clean a large rug, place it on a vinyl or concrete surface and apply carpet-cleaning foam and rub in according to directions. Finish by rinsing or vacuuming. Make sure the rug is dry before replacing it.

Dry-cleaning might also be an option for small- to mid-size rugs -- check the labels for care instructions.






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Tips on How to Clean an Area Rug / How to Clean a Rug
« on: December 05, 2015, 09:08:48 PM »
How to Clean a Rug

Rugs can really tie a room together, but they can be expensive and at times delicate. By understanding how to clean rugs, you will also be able to preserve your investment. Maintenance and regular vacuuming, removal of dust, insects, and prompt treatment of stains and spills are all essential parts of rug care. For extensive damage or treatment of more valuable and delicate rugs made of wool or that are hand-knotted, a rug and carpet care professional will likely be necessary. Most maintenance can be handled at home though, done as apparently necessary.

Maintaining a Clean Rug

Vacuum your rug regularly. To maintain an area rug, at least once a month flip it upside down and vacuum the back of the rug. Vacuuming the back with the beater bar/rotating brush helps push dirt trapped deep down toward the top of the rug. Flip it right side up and vacuum the dirt. Use only suction on the front of wool rugs, for synthetic rugs you can use the beater bar/rotating brush on the front and back.
  • Do not vacuum fringe or tassels. They are delicate material, and easily tangled in the vacuum’s beater bar or ripped by the suction. Fluffing them by hand is all they need. Anything else can cause damage to them.

Rotate the rug to even out wear and tear. Foot traffic patterns can beat tracks into the pattern and fibers of a rug. This can be prevented by rotating your area rug regularly so as to avoid the formation of this unsightly wear. If your furniture is resting on a rug, consider moving your furniture regularly to avoid impressions or uneven fading on the rug.

Roll rugs for moving and storage. This prevents creases and folds from forming in the rug. It is also significantly easier to break down, move, and store the rug when it is rolled. If you are transporting the rug for steam cleaning or dry cleaning you will need to roll the rug beforehand.

Use dilute white vinegar to restore carpet color and shine. Dilute the vinegar, 1 part to 3 parts water, and blot slowly and in the direction of the carpet pile with a sponge. Do not soak the carpet, merely damp it. Allow it to air dry, avoiding exposure to the sun, which can bleach colors.

Sprinkle borax on the rug to remove any insect infestation. Steam cleaning and shampooing are ineffective at controlling insect colonies. Borax naturally coats and degrades the exoskeletons of insects and destroys larvae and eggs. Sprinkle on the rug, wait approximately 20 minutes, and vacuum. Make sure there are no pets near the rug that could potentially inhale the borax, which is a mildly toxic irritant

Treating Spots and Stains

Clean spots or stains as soon as they appear. Always test your rug with a damp white cotton towel to make sure the colors will not run or bleed. Never allow your rug to dry on the floor, as this can cause damage to the floor and lead to permanent water damage.
  • Avoid carpet shampoo on wool rugs. Carpet shampoos are usually made for synthetic wall to wall carpet and not wool area rugs. Always check the label before using any spot cleaners or rug shampoos. After using a spotter or shampoo make sure you rinse it all out. If there is any soap residue left in the rug it will attract dirt.

Blot the spillage and remove any solid debris by scraping. Blot using a clean white 100% cotton dry towel. Press down very hard from the outside towards the middle. Do this repeatedly, turning the folded towel over and over until you have absorbed as much moisture as possible. When you blot the spot move the towel in straight lines. Do not rub in a circle, as this can damage the fibers and construction of the rug.

Treat the rug according to the spill. Mud and mild stains can be treated simply by blotting dry and vacuuming. More complicated or serious stains require some chemical intervention, normally in the form of a mild acid to remove the dyes staining the carpet, a light detergent to remove any debris and disinfect, and ammonia in non-wool rugs to the same effect.
  • If the rug is soaked, dry it as best as possible and take it to a cleaner’s. Water damage cannot be reversed or treated at home without significant expertise, care, and hardware.
  • If the spillage is perishable, care must be taken to rinse the area thoroughly with mild detergent and water to prevent souring of the residue. Using liquid dish soap diluted 2:1 with water will help remove and disinfect the spillage. Apply to a white cotton towel and blot until as much of the spill as possible is absorbed.
  • For stains that require treatment with ammonia, take valuable rugs to a professional. Do not use ammonia or harsh detergents on wool rugs as the fibers will shrink and degrade with every water treatment. Take your rug to a professional cleaner to minimize cleaning-associated damage.
  • For spills of perishable items, do not use hot water. Blot with a sponge, and treat with three parts acid, one part mild detergent, and one part water. If the rug is not wool, add a part of ammonia for disinfecting and cleaning.
  • Neutralize odors from urine accidents and remove stains by mixing 1 part white vinegar with 3 parts water and 1/3 part detergent and blot with white towel or clean sponge. Repeat the treatment for stains if the rug is discolored.

Use a fan to dry the rug. Expose as much of the affected area as possible to the air stream to aid in evaporating moisture. Do not allow the rug to dry in the open sun, as photobleaching can ruin the colors in the rug and cause degradation of fibers. Do not allow the rug to dry on the floor, and major water damage, again, is cause for seeking professional help







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Tips for Furniture Upholstery Cleaning / Hiring an upholstery cleaner
« on: December 03, 2015, 12:32:17 AM »
Hiring an upholstery cleaner

The chief reason you would hire a professional upholstery cleaner is that there are many stains you can't remove yourself.

Furniture is commonly upholstered with specific fabrics that do not respond well to normal cleaning methods. Special chemicals are needed to clean this upholstery — chemicals that most homeowners do not possess. Professional upholstery cleaners have expertise in using these chemicals to clean all kinds of furniture.

Also, the unique shapes of upholstered furniture call for special tools to clean all the nooks and crannies found on furniture such as couches, sectionals and loveseats. It's not cost effective for most homeowners to buy these tools. It is far more efficient to hire a professional upholstery cleaner instead.

Cleaning companies will come to your home and clean the furniture wherever it is located. In rare circumstances, a professional upholstery cleaner may have to take your furniture to another location for a special cleaning. This will only happen in the case that the furniture is particularly soiled or when it is made from an extremely unusual fabric.

Most of the chemicals that professional upholstery cleaners use are similar to the chemicals used in the dry cleaning of clothes. As a rule, these chemicals are generally safe for people and animals once they have dried. At the same time, they can cause respiratory issues, so it is important for upholstery cleaning to always take place in a well-ventilated area.

The most dangerous upholstery cleaning chemicals are those that contain volatile organic compounds. These chemicals are still safe once they have dried, but they can lead to respiratory problems if they are inhaled. To prevent these difficulties, make sure to properly ventilate the room in which the furniture is cleaned. Those who are particularly concerned about these chemicals can hire a professional upholstery cleaner that uses chemicals with low levels of volatile organic compounds. There are also many professional upholstery cleaners that use green chemicals, which are chemicals that are not harmful to people, animals or the natural environment.



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Caring for Your Leather Furniture Helps it Hold Up

Quality leather furniture can last decades, but like almost any investment, it needs proper care and routine maintenance to hold up well.

“If you spend $3,000-$4,000 on a sofa, it’s like a car. And you would maintain your car,” said Michael, manager of American Carpet Cleaning in Los Angeles. “Leather upholstery lasting you 20 years isn’t abnormal if it’s taken care of.”

Anthony and Kyle of American Carpet Cleaning in Los Angeles, a carpet cleaning service that services Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Ventura County and many Southern California cities — both recommend a professional cleaning at least once a year. Oils from skin and hair can break down the finish and be absorbed into leather upholstery, which could lead to permanent staining, usually indicated by black spots on the furniture. A professional cleaning can cost anywhere from $150-$300, depending on the size and type of the leather. The furniture is cleaned on site and immediately available to use afterward.

“A big problem we run into is people over-condition,” Anthony said. “When you buy leather, all the salesman knows to do is give you a conditioner. But if the pores are clogged (with oils), the conditioner can’t get to the leather.”

If not properly maintained, leather will become dry and brittle, leading to cracking and fading, Anthony said. Neglected leather can eventually be restored, but it will take time and patience.

“The problem with leather that most people don’t understand is that it will actually dry out just sitting in a room, especially this time of year, when (most houses are) abnormally dry,” Anthony said. “Once that piece dries out, the leather becomes more brittle. That’s when you run into issues. All those problems can be avoided if you just maintain it.”

Kyle recommends cleaning small spills with a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth. For major stains, like ink or permanent stains, call a upholstery cleaning professional before attempting the job yourself. Avoid using household remedies like hairspray, rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover or other cleaning products, which can permanently damage the finish.

Most upholstery and furniture cleaning can be done on site, though Anthony said in rare occasions he must take furniture to the shop for a deeper cleaning process when it has been extensively damaged, for example, from urine or other deep soil that will require a lengthier cleaning process.

“The main thing is before people work on something, call a professional,” Kyle said. “The reason we can’t get something out is because the homeowners got crazy with it.”





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Tips for Furniture Upholstery Cleaning / How to clean a leather couch
« on: December 02, 2015, 11:53:50 PM »
How to clean a leather couch

Leather upholstery is even easier to clean because you don't have to wait for it to dry.

Make your own leather cleaner by adding a few drops of moisturizing soap to a slightly damp washcloth. Gently wipe off a section of the leather upholstery, use another slightly damp washcloth to remove the soap, then buff with a dry washcloth. Repeat this process over the entire upholstered area.

In between cleanings, vacuum leather upholstery thoroughly every two weeks and treat stains immediately.

If spills are wet, blot the moisture first with paper towels and then spot-treat with a cleaner. If the spill involves solids such as food, scoop it off with a spatula and then treat with a stain-remover. Avoid rubbing staining agents into the upholstery. The water-based cleaner suggested above will lift stains out instead.




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