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Simple Steps you can take to extend the Life of your Rugs

4 Feb

In the Northeast section of Pennsylvania the harsh snowy and wintery weather can wreak havoc on your Carpets, Fine Area Rugs, Furniture and Health. You have been closed up in the house with all the salt, ice melt, bacteria and other allergens that can cause damage to your valued possessions and trigger allergies.

Vacuuming carpets at least three times per week, if not daily, can aide in containing the mess until you start your SPRING CLEANING. Particulate soils can build up causing abrasion and an early demise to floor coverings. It’s best to use a HEPA filter vacuum to capture and prevent these contaminants from affecting your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

Proper entrance mats outside can assist in removing some of the slop from shoes prior to entering the home. Be sure and purchase a mat that is specifically designed for this purpose. Be sure to clean out the mat often.

Rotating your rugs frequently will allow area rugs to wear more evenly and prevent one area from becoming sun bleached. A good pad under the rugs is a good way to soften the blow from traffic too.

Mountaintop PA, Berwick PA, Hazleton PA and surrounding area residents can contact Services Etcetera Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, an “IICRC Certified Firm”, by visiting www.nepacarpetcleaning.com.

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.

What is “Batik” and how would you clean it?

11 Jun

I was reading a publication entitled Awake the other day and stumbled upon an article entitled, “Batik, Indonesia’s Fabulous Fabric”.   As a certified Journeyman Textile Cleaner, I’m always amazed by the construction and skill that goes into specialty and hand made fabrics, carpets and rugs.   I’m equally as curious on how to clean them.

Batik is a piece of cloth, usually cotton or silk, on which a craftsman draws intricate designs and patterns using liquid wax.   After the wax has dried, the fabric is dyed and the waxed areas keep their natural color.   At first, small copper tools were used to apply the wax but by the mid 19th century a copper stamp was being used.   Dyes are made from locally grown leaves, wood, bark and spices, although synthetic dyes are also used.   A brief video showing the stamping of fabric can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/12434053.

Nobody knows for sure when Batik was made for the first time but some fragments of Batik date back to 6th century C.E. in China.   In the 17th century there is evidence of Batik trade to and from Indonesia.  The fabrics are used in traditional garments and can be used for paintings, wall hangings, tablecloths, bedspreads, handbags, lampshades, sandals and more.

Before attempting to clean a piece of Batik I stress the importance of remembering the basics.   If possible, consult and follow the producers recommended cleaning instructions, gently vacuum away any dust or dry soils and pretest any cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous spot.   Since Batik can be made from cotton, silk, rayon or other material, it would be helpful to identify the type of fiber used in the construction of the fabric.

If the fabric is in a frame or a rack you should take a few reference photos prior to removing the piece from its mounting.   The pictures will come in handy when trying to remount.   Do not machine wash or tumble dry.   Hand wash and rinse items individually and avoid soaking for extended periods.   Use cool or lukewarm water with a mild detergent.   Never use bleach, chlorine or any type of brightener.   Specialty quilt and bedspread stores usually carry a less aggressive cleaning solution designed specifically for such applications.    When cleaning cotton and rayon you can add a tablespoon of vinegar to some lukewarm water in a basin and rinse first to help avoid color running.   Hang dry in the shade and avoid direct sunlight.   Note, some Batiks require them to be flat dried.

Be sure to consult my video on basic spotting tips and tools at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyZR8fhipK8&feature=plcp.   If you need assistance or have questions you can contact us through our website at http://www.procleaner.biz.

Remove Memorial Day Barbeque Sauce Stains

31 May

With Memorial Day come and gone the cookout season has officially begun and that means plenty of BBQ sauce stains in the carpet.   Before attempting any spot cleaning consult my short YouTube video for basic spotting tips.

If you can get to the spot while it’s still wet, you should wipe up as much as possible with a white absorbent towel.   If the stain is dry then use a spoon to gently scrape the excess away.

In a spray bottle mix a teaspoon of liquid dish detergent with 8 ounces of water and lightly moisten the area.  Use a white towel to blot the mess and see if you have any transfer of the sauce.   Continue to blot and moisten until the spot is removed or until there is no more transfer.

If the spot still remains sprinkle enough baking soda to cover the stain.   Using your spray bottle apply a small amount of white vinegar to produce a bubbling reaction.   Let the area work for a minute and try to blot again checking for transfer.

Rinse the area thoroughly by spraying on some plain water and blotting dry.   Always remember to pre test your cleaning solutions in an inconspicuous area first.   If the spot still refuses to move, call an IICRC certified carpet cleaner to asses the situation.