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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.


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