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Emergency Christmas Carpet Cleaning Tips

Emergency Christmas and New Year Cleaning Home Remedies

From the accidental Christmas chocolates trodden into the carpet, to those clumsy red wine spills that happen on New Year’s Eve, we’ve got the best cleaning home remedies for ridding your carpets of the most common Christmas and New Year’s stains.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but for our carpets it’s a completely different story. From the accidental Christmas chocolates that are dropped and trodden into the carpet in the frenzy that is Christmas morning, to those clumsy red wine spills that happen on New Year’s Eve or even just the increase in foot traffic around the house. Chances are your carpets are going to experience some heavy use  over the holiday period.

For those unexpected spills where there isn’t a cleaner on hand and the shops aren’t open, we’ve got the best cleaning home remedies for ridding your carpets of the most common Christmas and New Year’s stains.

Cranberry Sauce 

Sometimes our beloved favourites can escape the plate and end up on the carpet. However, your carpets needn’t suffer. For a simple home remedy all you’ll need is a tablespoon of hand dishwasher liquid mixed together with two cups of water. With a clean white cloth, simply wet cloth in the mixture and gently blot the stain until all the liquid is absorbed. Repeat until the stain has disappeared.

Red/Mulled Wine 

Christmas is a time for celebration and many enjoy a glass of red wine, or even mulled wine since it is the season, but when our drinks end up hitting the carpet instead of our mouths it can be a bit less cheery. Not to worry though, we’ve got a cleaning hack that will help remove that stain as much as possible. Begin by grabbing a white dish cloth or paper towel and start blotting the carpet to remove as much of the wine as you can. After you’ve got out as much of the liquid as you can, pour a little bit of cold water onto the stain, this will help dilute the stain and make the blotting easier. Once it appears that no more wine will come up, create a baking soda paste by mixing a ratio of three to one water to baking soda ration and applying it to the area. After the paste has dried all you’ll need to do is vacuum the stain.

Chocolate
 Chocolate treats are a tradition in many a household over the festive period, and one too many times carpets see their fair share of these goodies also. If you find yourself in this predicament over Christmas then there’s no need to worry. First, grab a butter knife and try and scrape the chocolate off the carpet. Once the chocolate has been removed apply a mixture of ¼ teaspoon of mild white detergent and one cup of room temperature water, then with a white cloth work your way from the outer edge of the stain to the middle, blotting not rubbing.

Beer 

If beer is more your beverage of choice over the holiday period, we’ve got a cleaning tip  for getting those stains out of the carpet too. Once you’ve got a clean white paper towel or cloth, begin blotting up as much of the spilled beer as possible. Then, use two cups of plain warm water mixed with a tablespoon of hand dishwasher liquid and a table spoon of white vinegar to blot the stain away.

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Red Wine Spill On Carpet

Using Salt To Help With Wine Stains on Carpet

We found this great article on WikiHow to help remove red wine stains spilled on carpets.

Salt – the 3 step solution to cleaning carpet spills

Pour salt over the stain while it’s still wet. A good dabbing job will take most of the wine out of the carpet, but usually not all of it. To help get the rest out, try covering the stained spot with a generous portion of salt. The salt granules will gradually draw the moisture in the stain out of the carpet over the next few hours.

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    Since the salt works by absorbing the stain’s moisture, this is much less effective for dried stains. If your stain is getting dry, pour a little water on it first before adding the salt.

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    Let the salt sit. As it absorbs the wine, the salt will gradually turn pinkish. You’re ready to proceed when the stain seems almost completely dry. However, longer treatments aren’t going to make things worse, so if you have time to spare, feel free to let the salt sit overnight.
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    Discard the excess salt and vacuum up the carpet. Scoop away the loose salt with a spoon and throw it out. Use a vacuum to suck up the fine particles that remain and get your carpet looking brand-new again. The stain should be gone or at least greatly diminished.

    If a salty residue remains after the first vacuuming, just dampen the area with a little cool water and vacuum again to restore its natural texture. Read the original article here.

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6 Top Tips For Carpet Cleaning

6 Top Tips For Carpet Cleaning

This month Andy brings you 6 common misconceptions about carpet cleaning, plus a solution for each case.

 

Carpet Cleaning Misconception 1

You should wait as long as possible before cleaning your carpet.

Dirt is abrasive like sandpaper. Every time you step on your carpet you grind dirt into the carpet fibers. This cuts your carpet just as if you had used a knife. This cutting causes your carpet to wear out faster. A dirty carpet will not last as long as a clean carpet, and while vacuuming helps-by itself, it’s simply not enough. The longer you wait to have your carpet cleaned, the more damage you do to your carpet and the faster it wears out. Consider an annual steam treatment as part of your home spring clean routine.

 

Carpet Cleaning Misconception 2

The only reason to clean carpets is to remove the dirt.

As you probably know, outdoor air contains pollens, fungus, bacteria, air pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust and hundreds of other chemicals. Each time you enter your home, you carry those pollens, bacteria, and chemicals in your hair and on your skin, clothing, and shoes. Not surprisingly, all those chemicals and toxins wind up in your carpet.

If you have allergies, asthma, emphysema, or other breathing problems. One major source of your problem could be the pollens, fungus, smoke, and chemicals in your carpet. Call us to arrange a free health assessment for your property and we will provide the best recommended actions to reduce the problems allergens will cause.

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Carpet Cleaning Misconception 3

One method of carpet cleaning is as good as another.

The dry-cleaning methods-which are dry foam, dry chemicals, and dry compound, do not rinse your carpet in anyway. Instead, they leave a dirty residue. You might say they clean your carpet only halfway. The most effective cleaning method is hot water extraction.

Hot water extraction means a hot water cleaning solution, under high pressure, is forced into your carpet and then sucked out of your carpet. Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer, recommends hot water extraction as the primary method of cleaning carpets, along with an IICRC approved firm.

Carpet cleaners use one of two types of hot water extraction. If they use a large unit that operates from a van or truck outside your facility, it’s called truck-mounted extraction. If they use a small unit that can be brought inside, it’s called portable extraction. Shaw’s first choice is the truck-mounted they recommend the small portable unit only in areas where the truck-mounted unit won’t reach.

The CrawfordsPRC truck-mounted extraction cleans much better because it heats the water to a higher temperature-which breaks up the dirt, bacteria, chemicals, and pollens in the carpet. Then, the machine uses high suction to draw the dirt and chemicals out of your carpet.

 

Carpet Cleaning Misconception 4

Having the right equipment is all a company needs to clean your carpets properly.

Many companies own hot-water cleaners, but very few companies teach their employees how to use them properly. This is why it’s important that you choose your carpet cleaner carefully. The best cleaning companies are those that have been certified and registered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification or National Carpet Cleaning Association, known as the IICRC & NCCA. Before you choose a carpet cleaner, ask to see written proof of the company’s IICRC or NCCA certification, If they don’t have written proof then reconsider.

IIRCRC

CrawfordsPRC IIRCRC

 

Carpet Cleaning Misconception 5

The company that offers the lowest price is the company you should hire.

This is our favourite. I’ve seen so many problems arise from lowest-bid companies that I suggest you reconsider hiring the the company that quotes the cheapest price. The two most common problems are:

1. The price may not be for services you want performed. The company may be equipped to remove only the dirt from your carpet, however you may want bacteria, fungus, pollens, dust mites and tobacco residues removed as well.

2. The price you see advertised may not be the price you pay. Many homeowners have learned that the low price they say advertised lasted only until the carpet cleaner got into their home. Then they were pressured into paying a lot more for a variety of add-ons.

 

Carpet Cleaning Misconception 6

Any honest carpet cleaning company should be able to give you an exact price quote over the telephone.

I wish this was true! Honest, reputable carpet cleaning companies almost never price carpet cleaning over the phone unless absolutely necessary and high costs to visit and inspect are envisaged as this can ultimately reflect in the carpet cleaning costs. Instead, carpet cleaning is usually priced after inspection is carried out and the service you require is agreed.

To give you an idea of how we estimate the cost of cleaning, here are the three areas we consider.

1. The type of carpet. Certain types of carpet are harder to clean than other types.

2. The amount of soiling. Carpet that hasn’t been cleaned for ten years will take longer to clean than carpet that we cleaned within the last six months.
3. The areas to be cleaned and size. Furniture moving, treatments, accessabillity are discussed on site with our trained technicians.

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See ‘before and after’ examples from pubs where the high volume of foot traffic grinds in dirt over the years. You can call or text us or email using the Contact Form.