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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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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.