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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.

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A Lesson Learned About Wool and Reducers

10 May

Everyday there is something new to learn and this week I learned a valuable lesson.   While cleaning a gorgeous oriental wool rug of unknown origin I applied a reducing agent onto a what looked like a coffee stain.

And yes I did pre test and I monitored the spot for just over three hours checking for fugitive dye and adverse reactions.   Everything seemed OK until I went to the shop the next day.   I had plenty of white residue from the reducer which I did anticipate but there was a violet/purple hue around the area I moistened. Oh no, a carpet cleaners worst nightmare.

After vacuuming the residue it was apparent that the halo was still there.   I knew the product I used was acidic, somewhere around a PH of 5, but I decided to use a mild acidic rinse to flush the area with my extractor.   I then called the best guy in the industry I know, Jim Pemberton.    I’ve had the pleasure of being his student for several IICRC courses and miscellaneous functions.

Jim instructed me to try a peroxide solution and possibly reverse the effects of the reducing agent.   The rinse I performed did remove about 75% of the purple nightmare and the peroxide spotting did the rest.   That plus a little ink.

The lesson learned is that reducing agents work over time and this was more than 3 hours after the application.   Thankfully I was able to correct the problem I caused.   Unfortunately the customer rubbed the stain when they attempted spot cleaning and there was irreversible pile distortion.