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A Few Tips to Prepare Yourself for those Holiday Carpet Spots and Spills

12 Nov

Thanksgiving is upon us and on behalf of the staff at Services Etcetera Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning I would like to wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season.   Preparation is the key to staying safe and enjoying the many functions you’ll be hosting and or attending this highly celebrated season, especially in the mountainous regions of Berwick and Mountain Top, Pennsylvania.

Keeping some blankets and a flashlight in your car, making sure your cell phone is charged and carrying some ashes in your trunk can be the difference between a long cold night and making it home.   Having a few simple household items on hand in the event of spill or splash on your carpet or furniture can be the difference between a minor inconvenience and a permanent stain.

In my opinion, the best cleaning tool you can have handy is an absorbent white towel.   Gently blot fresh spills to absorb as much of the liquid as possible.   Placing a folded dry white towel over the area and then placing a heavy object such as a stack of books on top will help remove the remaining moisture.

In the event you have a food spill you should use a spoon to carefully remove as much solid material as possible.   Use a spray bottle mixed with water and a slight amount of degreasing type liquid dish detergent along with your white blotting towel to remove the remainder of the spot.   Remember to blot and never rub.   Heavy agitation of the area will cause irreversible pile damage.   Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyZR8fhipK8&feature=plcp for basic spotting procedures.

Consult www.procleaner.biz for a list of “DIY” YouTube videos and more specific spotting tips.   Learn how to remove food stains, grease, ink and other carpet spots yourself just like the professionals.   If you need a true professional, Services Etcetera Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning   offers free internet and phone estimates.   Have your concerns addressed by a certified Journeyman Textile Cleaner.

Rug Maintenance Tips for the Winter Season

24 Sep

With the winter season approaching, there are a few simple things you can do to improve the life, look and health of your fine area rug or carpet.

Carpets are much like a big kitchen sink.   All the garbage collects at the lowest point, usually the drain.   So you now have summers soils, air pollution and other nasty junk nesting in your carpet but no drain.   And now you are closing the house for the winter!   Mountain Top and Berwick, PA residents know this all too well.

Vacuuming regularly is the most effective way to maintain your expensive investment and control the air quality in your home.   This can be very important for asthma and allergy sufferers.   There carpet protector applications available for wool carpets that can make vacuuming more effective.   Contact your trusted professional carpet cleaner for more information

Vacuum your rugs and upholstery at least once per week.   If your area rugs are used more for walk off mats rather than interior design then vacuuming once every day or two is a good idea.   Removing the dry particulate soil will keep your floor coverings looking brighter and newer while adding years of life.   Your lungs will thank you too as studies have shown the air in your home is more toxic than outside.

In addition, rotating your rugs once every month or so will keep a more uniform look as the rugs age.   Traffic, sunlight and air movement can all create unsightly wear patterns over time.  This can become especially noticeable on fringes.

Take care when using ice melting products as they may contain caustic and destructive materials such as salt, brine, corn, liquid magnesium, alcohol and chlorides.   The nature of these products can cause color loss, distorted color, color bleeding, rot and other undesirable reactions.   There are neutral PH products available but prevention is the best option.