Sharing is Caring, Especially When It Comes to Cleaning

How often should I be cleaning my carpet?

It’s the big question – should you get in professionals regularly or try and do as much of the cleaning as you can yourself?  The general view, in the industry, is that using a company with the right know-how and expertise is the way to go.  As pros, we’ve seen a dirty few carpets in our time, and many of them ended up just like that because they were left until they couldn’t be left a day longer.

The truth is that trying to clean a carpet that’s in such a state is hard work – and it’s also going to be a costly job for the client.  Manufacturers, overall, take the view that your carpet needs professional cleaning every 12-18 months, and more if it sees heavy traffic.  This is really the only way to make sure that grime and dirt are removed effectively.  The good news, is, however that once you’ve invested in the service, subsequent cleanings are going to be easier, because the carpet won’t soil as easily.

So spend a few nickels, and the dimes will take care of themselves…

Blood Stains

Blood stains are some of the toughest stains to remove – because they’re organic.  And once they have set in, especially if they’ve been exposed to heat, they often become permanent.  So what do can you do if you see blood on your carpet?

As a rule of thumb the best thing to do is blot away as much blood as you can, as quickly as possible.  Don’t delay!   One good idea is to mix half a cup of water with a tablespoon of ammonia.  This will neutralize the stain.  Then dab it lightly with a laundry pre-treatment remover (hydrogen peroxide, salt, or even PH neutral detergent).

Blot carefully (don’t scrub) until the stain comes away, then spray with some water.  Finally, cover it with a paper towel and leave it to dry.

Good luck!

Green Carpet Cleaning Tips

Carpet remains the American public’s first choice of flooring – but many people argue that it’s not a healthy or environmentally-friendly kind of flooring. Admittedly, tiles or hardwood are easier to clean, and don’t pick up the dust, mites, and dander carpet does. But you don’t have to give up on carpet, particularly if you adopt a ‘green’ approach…

  • When buying a new carpet, choose one made of a natural fiber (wool, jute etc) – it’s more eco-friendly.
  • Make sure the carpet is tacked down with tack strips (not adhesives) – you’ll be cutting down on VOC emissions.
  • Ask the company installing your carpet if they will recycle it, at the end of its lifespan. This will save energy, oil and landfill waste.
  • Always use environmentally-friendly products when cleaning your carpet. These are free from toxic chemicals, as well as leaving behind no sticky residues.
  • When your carpet has been installed, air out the room for 48-72 hours, by leaving windows open and run the a/c. This will help get rid of the chemical vapors in the air.