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Removing Blood Stains from a Sofa

Cleaning Bood Stains - Before

Blood Stains on a Sofa – Upper West Side

 

People don’t tend to think about cleaning blood from our sofas until they face this scene. It usually comes as a side-effect of another stressful situation: an accident at home, a medical condition (nosebleeds are very common among children) or a female dog in heat. With more important things on your mind, it’s quite common to start cleaning after the blood is absorbed and you’re facing an ugly stain.

 

Why Should I Call a Professional?

Cleaning Bood Stains - After

Upper West Side Sofa – After Cleaning

While blood type does not affect stain removal methods, it is crucial to know how your cleaning method impacts the type of your upholstery. A common cleaning agent may work perfectly with some fabrics and turn out to be destructive for other upholstery materials. This is why when doing-it-yourself you must check your detergent on a hidden spot.

 

Doing it Professionally

With more than 18 years cleaning upholstery, we have the capabilities to beat every spot and stain around. With blood stains, our cleaning method in hot water extraction. Our professional-grade heavy-duty machines are accurate and powerful, and our technician are seasoned enough to eliminate blood spots and stains without damaging your upholstery.

 

The Matter of Chemicals

Before Sofa Cleaning

Before Sofa Cleaning

It is important to keep in mind that household cleaning agents are chemicals nonetheless. Some of them are as strong as professional grade detergents. Do not use a cleaning solution if you don’t know its effects on your and your family’s health. Don’t mix cleaning agents, as they might not react well with one another. When in doubt, call a professional.

 

Going Green: a Better Deal for Everyone

After Sofa Cleaning

After Sofa Cleaning

Health issues aside, another downside of using chemicals for cleaning your home is the damage to the environment. Chemicals that go down the drain are a major polluter. This is why we only use non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning materials, assuring that both your family and our planet are safe and healthy. Look at this sofa we cleaned at an apartment at the Upper West Side and judge for yourself.

 

How to Get Rid of Blood Stains

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Make Your Own Green Cleaners

Green Cleaners | Flat Rate Carpet BlogMany of us would like to make the switch to a totally green and organic home, but are limited by the high cost of green cleaning products. By making your own green cleaning products, it’s easy to keep your house spotless and free of chemicals. All you need are these five simple household items to make your own green cleaner for almost everything in the home.

  • Distilled Vinegar- Vinegar is the king of green cleaners. Vinegar kills most bacterias and molds, wipes out odors and makes surfaces shine.
  • Liquid Castile Soap- What vinegar can’t clean, a good castile soap like Dr Bronner’s can. A little bit of liquid castile soap mixed with water is perfect for cleaning dishes, marble, floors and even yourself!
  • Baking Soda- Baking soda wipes out odors and makes the perfect whitener or scouring agent for any surface. Sprinkle baking soda on a stinky rug or inside shoes, and smells disappear. Mix baking soda with vinegar and make your whole house shine.
  • Essential Oils- Adding a few drops of tea tree or lemon essential oils not only makes your house smell fresh and clean, but it also adds a powerful antibacterial punch to any cleaner.
  • Cleaning Rags- Green cleaning isn’t just about what you clean with, it’s also about how your cleaning impacts the world. No matter what kind of cleaner you use, you can save money and the world by switching from paper towels to cleaning rags. Either purchase a few microfiber cleaning rags, or rip up some old t-shirts or towels to make your own cleaning rags.

Green cleaning doesn’t mean choosing between your values and your wallet. Make 2013 the year you start making your own all natural green cleaning products.

Move Over White Vinegar

We all know the wonderful cleaning and green power of baking soda, distilled white vinegar, and lemons. All of these products offer so many amazing cleaning options in all parts of your home and everyday life.

But, lurking in the medicine cabinet stands another super powerful and green cleaning product—hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide provides a useful alternative to most major commercial chemical-based cleaning products.

Hydrogen peroxide, chemically-speaking, features the same make-up as water, just with one extra hydrogen molecule. This gives the product strong oxidizing properties.

While many forms of hydrogen peroxide exist, the safest for domestic use comes in a 3% solution available at all drugstores. With this solution you can enjoy a cleaner, brighter, and healthier home.

Use hydrogen peroxide in the following ways and enjoy the benefits for days:

  • Pour your bottle of hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and use it as an all-purpose cleanser for your sinks, counter tops, and tubs.
  • Pour a couple of tablespoons into your white laundry load for a brighter white.
  • Disinfect cutting boards, sponges, and toothbrushes by soaking them all in straight hydrogen peroxide. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water once properly soaked.
  • Use it to kill mold and mildew spores. Mix together one part water and one part hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle then spray the affect areas. Let stand for at least ten minutes, and then scrub clean with fresh water.

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Make Your Own Dishwashing Detergent

Dish Soap | Flat Rate Carpet BlogMaking your own cleaning supplies is simple, easy and inexpensive. With just baking soda, borax and white vinegar you can clean and disinfect nearly everything in your home! This non-toxic home made dishwashing detergent is easy to make, and really works!

In a sealable plastic container, mix equal parts borax and baking soda. If you have hard water then just double the amount of baking soda so that the ratio is two parts baking soda, one part borax. Shake the mixture well, and you’re all done! Use two tablespoons of the mix in each load.

Use white vinegar in the rinse cycle. Not only will white vinegar keep your dishes sparkling but it will also help clean and disinfect your dishwasher!

Making your own dishwashing detergent is as simple as 1, 2, 3!

All Natural Hair Highlights

Lemons | Flat Rate Carpet BlogIf you’re looking to spice up your hairstyle without spending a ton at the salon, then do some at home highlights with all natural ingredients. With just a few ingredients from the kitchen, you’ll have a hot new look in no time.

For beautifully lightened locks lemon juice is the way to go. Mix ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice with ¾ cup water. Spray the mixture lightly onto your hair before going out into the sun. Make sure that you don’t get lemon juice on your skin or scalp, as it will cause you to burn and blister, however it’s totally safe for your hair. Leave the lemon juice on your hair for at least two hours, and make sure that you get plenty of sun. When you’re done condition your hair very well to avoid major drying.

If your hair is already dry, and you want lovely light locks without turning your head into a broom, use olive oil to lighten your hair. By combing copious amounts of olive oil into your hair and spending an hour in the sun, you’ll have naturally lightened hair that’s also soft and silky. Results aren’t as instant as with lemon, so use olive oil in your hair at least three times a week until you get the shade that you’re looking for.

Brunettes can lighten up their hair easily with a bit of chamomile tea. Make a big pot of chamomile tea and let it cool down to room temperature. Rinse your hair with the tea until it’s totally soaked in, and then hang out in the sun for at least half an hour. Unlike lemon juice or olive oil, chamomile tea is the least noticeable treatment, and it’s super easy on your hair. Use chamomile tea treatments every other day until you get the highlights you love.

No need to buy expensive products or soak your hair in damaging peroxide. Lighten your hair naturally with these three common kitchen items, and get a gorgeous summer look – naturally!