Tag Archives: carpet cleaning

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.

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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.

How To Remove Paint from your Carpet or Rug

15 Aug

As a professional carpet cleaner from Hazleton, Pennsylvania I often hear the statement, “but it’s only water based paint”.   Once paint dries, in terms of how easy it is to clean, there really is no difference in my opinion.

Using techniques similar to those in a video demonstrating “removing nail polish” you can safely attempt this task.   I highly suggest watching this step by step process for succesful results.

Depending on the size of the spot, consider using a pair of ‘duck bill” scissors to trim the tips of the individual fibers.   For spots about the size of a pencil eraser or larger use a citrus gel type product to break down the spot with dwell time and a little agitation.   Rinse the area with mild soap and water. Blot the area dry with a white towel and then blot the area with denatured alcohol to remove any residue.

For wet paint determine whether the paint is water or oil based.   In either case use a white towel to soak up the bulk of the mess by blotting.   Use as many towels as necessary and continue until there is minimal transfer of paint into the towel.   Do not pour any spot cleaner directly on the carpet and always pretest the spotting agent in an inconspicuous location before attempting any cleaning.

When cleaning water based paint spills use 2 tablespoons of a mild liquid laundry detergent with 16 ounces of water.   Moisten the area using a spray bottle and continue blotting. Repeat until the paint is removed and rinse with plain water.   Blot with denatured alcohol to remove any residues.

Oil based paints require solvent type spotting cleaners.   Blot the spill with denatured alcohol using a white cloth. Continue blotting until there is no more transfer of paint into the towel.   If paint still remains use a solution of water and liquid laundry detergent. Rinse by blotting with denatured alcohol.

Finish the job by grooming the carpet gently with a large tooth hair comb.   This will assist in drying and restore the lay of the carpet.   For a free estimate and more information visit us on the web at www.procleaner.biz or consult an IICRC Certified carpet cleaning company in your area at www.iicrc.org

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.

Would You Remove Fingernail Polish from the Carpet with a Blowtorch?

20 May

This week I took a look at some internet sources for cleaning dry fingernail polish spots from carpets and I was horrified.   In 5 out of the 6 sets of instructions they tell you to pour and rub, rub and rub harder.   I’ll show you an easy way to do it with Hair Gel. 

Here is what you need.    An all purpose spotter that claims to remove oil and grease, a teaspoon, white towel, spray bottle with clean water and hair gel.

Carpet Cleaning 101 folks, never pour and never rub.   Blot and be gentle!  I can burn the nail polish out with a blowtorch too but you will always see the spot.   To see an actual demonstration please visit this video by Services Etcetera Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning in Hazleton, PA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcgCf_lkokE.

The option to pouring is a gel type cleaner the professionals use for spots that require some dwell time.    Pouring liquids directly onto your carpet can result in damage to the backing adhesive and more.   A gel will allow the cleaning solution time to work and still remain toward the surface.

In a small bowl, mix up a teaspoon of your all purpose spotter with a heaping tablespoon of hair gel.   After mixing the 2 very well you have a gel you can apply to your spot.   Using the back of a teaspoon tamp some of the goop into the problem area and make sure the spot is covered.   Let this set for about 5 minutes and try to gently try to scrape the outside edge toward the center.

Look to see if the polish is starting to break down by blotting with your white towel.   You should continue to blot and scrape as long as you see transfer.   You can also introduce a little water into the mix with a spray bottle.   This may help some of the dye to flow into your towel.

After the spot is removed you can apply some denatured alcohol to a clean towel and blot over the area to remove any residue you may have left behind.   If the spot refuses to move you may need to call a knowledgeable carpet cleaner.

How to Remove Ink from Carpet

13 May

Removing ink from a carpet can be accomplished with a little time, patience and preparation.   It’s a good idea to have a few items on hand before starting.   Gather up a teaspoon, a few white cotton or absorbent towels, lighter fluid or denatured alcohol, white vinegar and some liquid laundry detergent.

Before putting anything on the carpet its best to pre test for potential damage or discoloration in a small inconspicuous area.   Ink can be water or solvent based and I find it best to try and attack the stain with a dry cleaning solution first.

If you are using lighter fluid apply a few drops to the spot using the tip provided on the container.   If you are using denatured alcohol apply a half teaspoon to a small area.   It’s important to watch for the ink to disperse or start to spread.   Also blot the fluid up with a white towel and check for any transfer of the ink.   Continue the process applying and blotting until there is no more transfer.   Blot up as much of the solvent as you can and let dry.

If the solvent has little or no affect you can treat the ink as a water base spot.   In a small bowl mix up 2 ounces of water, a quarter teaspoon of laundry detergent and 2 ounces of white vinegar.

Moisten the area with the mixture by using the teaspoon to avoid over wetting.   It’s important to watch for the ink to disperse or start to spread.   Some dwell time may be needed and you can use a hair comb to gently work the detergent into the carpet yarns.  Again blot the liquid up with a white towel and check for any transfer of the ink.   Continue the process until there is no more transfer.   Blot up as much of the cleaning agent as you can.

Rinse the area with some plain water and blot dry.   If you require the assistance of a professional carpet cleaner the www.iicrc.org is a great resource for locating qualified firms in your area.