Archive | March, 2012

How to Remove Tar from Carpet

30 Mar

With the summer heat approaching, Hazleton area residents will once again have to deal with fresh tar being tracked into their homes.   Winter has done its damage with pothole patching and crack sealing to soon commence.

Tar is a sticky subject and can be very tricky to remove.   Usually a dry cleaning solvent such as mineral spirits or denatured alcohol can be used to break down the mess.  Never pour the cleaning agent directly on your rug.

Apply some of the spot cleaner on a white towel.   Blotting the spot with a white towel, not rubbing, will aide in the cleanup process.   Your local carpet cleaner carries a professional dry spotting agent if you need assistance

So if you’re passing through Northeast PA, beware of the potholes.   If they don’t get you the tar will.


Pet Odor Removal From Carpets and Rugs

22 Mar

Hello everyone!   I just got done going some gardening and realized that the summer humidity is coming to stir up nasty pet smells soon. Up here in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania we will be receiving many calls concerning  all types of foul-smelling odors during the summer months.

It’s important to understand that each odor is individual and this brief post will be concerned with the proper removal of pet urine odors.   Understanding the nature of the source, in this case urine, is the key to how to best approach the problem.

Pet urine starts off as an acid but quickly changes PH to an alkaline state.   A common alkaline household product is ammonia and that is partially why urine sometime smells like ammonia.   A common household acid is vinegar and this can be used to quickly neutralize some of your pet accident problems.

Using clear vinegar mixed half and half with water in a spray bottle, lightly mist a small inconspicuous area of the carpet or rug being treated.  Using a white towel for reasons mentioned in my earlier posts, check the area for dye transfer to prevent further damage.   If there is a transfer of dye, continue blotting until dry and consult a professional carpet cleaner.   Contact me through and I’ll be happy to make referrals or answer questions.

If you have no fugitive dye transfer then proceed to spray the affected area until moist.   You can use a hair comb to lightly stand up the pile for better penetration.   Allow the solution to dwell for about 5 or 10 minutes and then blot with your white towel.   Rinse the area by spraying with plain water and blot until you are no longer absorbing liquid.   Repeat if necessary.

Remember that some urine may have penetrated into the padding and or sub-floor.   In these cases more extreme measures need be taken and you should consider calling a professional.   Thanks for reading and check back for frequent updates.

A White Towel Can Be your Best Friend

15 Mar

Hello everyone and thanks for looking.   I’m new to blogging please bear with me.   Lots of useful info to come.

A liquid spill on your fine oriental, persian, turkish or treasured area rug can turn disastrous quickly.   When spot cleaning liquid spills on carpets and area rugs with a wool face yarn a white towel can be your best friend.  Here are some tips and tricks to help prevent further damage.

Fold a white towel in half and then in half again.    A white towel is best because there are no dyes that can transfer from the towel into the rug and cause discoloration.   The white towel can also show fugitive dyes the may be bleeding from the rug itself.

Simply blot, don’t rub, observing the color of the towel.   Keep blotting until most liquid is absorbed and there is no color transfer into the towel.   Fold a clean dry white towel and cover the affected area.   Place a stack of books or similar weight on the towel and allow the remainder of the liquid to be absorbed.   A few hours should be sufficient for smaller sized spills.

Please continue to look fo more tips.   Visit for help with specific questions.   I’ll be more than happy to answer your questions.