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How to clean carpet on stairs

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Wall-to-wall carpets have been popular for a long time, and there are quite a few reasons for that. In cold countries, carpeting helps to keep the house warm and insulate it from the outside weather. For households with children, wall-to-wall carpets prevent slipping on the floor and stairs, as well cushion the fall if such a slip does happen. Carpeting also has an acoustic advantage: it muffles noises and sounds within the house. Last but not least, carpeting can be a major factor in the house’s design: not only can it contribute color and texture and create the desired atmosphere – it can also be used to hide an unsightly floor or one that has damages and inconsistencies.

Cleaning carpeted stairs – is it really a hassle?

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Houses with more than one floor which have wall-to-wall carpets will usually also feature carpeting on the stairs. While that can look very nice, as well as prevent slipping on the stairs, carpeted stairs also pose problems. Regular stairs are difficult enough to clean, so how does one clean carpeted stairs properly? As it turns out, it isn’t as difficult as you might think. If you’ve always asked yourselves how to keep carpeted stairs clean, how to steam clean carpet stairs, how to clean stains off carpet when the carpet is attached to the stairs and so on – you might want to read the following tips.


Ways to clean carpeted stairs

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Here are some ways you can clean your carpeted stairs. As you’ll see, some of them are recommended day-to-day quick maintenance tips, while others address situations in which the stairs must be cleaned thoroughly. Generally, it is advised to use a mix of the following methods for optimal results.

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  • Use a stiff broom/brush to remove dust and debris – We all know stairs don’t usually get dirty all at once; they accumulate dust and stains over time, until their once bright color and strong fibers turn into something that looks like a faded rag. A simple trick that will help prevent most of that is regularly cleaning your stairs using a stiff broom or brush. To achieve maximum effect, sweep/brush the stairs from top to bottom, so that all the dust and particles from a pile on the bottom floor, where you can pick them up with a dustpan.

 

  • Clean individual stains by using carpet shampoo and a cloth – If you’ve been wondering how to clean carpet on stairs by hand if it gets stained, there’s an easy way to do that. Get a good carpet shampoo, and mix it with water. Then, use a brush to apply the mixture to the stain and work it in vigorously. At this point, use a cloth or a towel to blot out the water and shampoo. After drying, the stain will be gone.

 

  • For serious cleaning use a vacuum – Cleaning the carpet lightly on a regular basis is great, but from time to time it’s also necessary to clean it thoroughly. On these occasions, it is best to use a vacuum cleaner. The most effective vacuum for carpeted stairs is a lightweight vacuum (one that has a long cord) or a vacuum which is powered by batteries; this way you can move it around easily and not risk it falling over (or you fall over). First use a brush attachment for vigorous scrubbing, then use a hose attachment to suck up all the dust (as well as mold, bacteria, tiny bugs etc.) that is deeply entrenched within the fibers.

 

  • Use a steam cleaner for heavy-duty cleaning – a step beyond the vacuum is using a steam cleaner. You can get one at a hardware store or a home improvement store. Steam cleaners have many functions, such as pet hair collection, stain removal and extraction of embedded dirt, so they can be used to clean carpet stairs extremely thoroughly.

To sum it all up, you now have several handy methods of keeping your carpeted stairs clean. But if you don’t wish to bother with any of that, just ring up a professional carpet cleaners NYC company to do the work for you!

Carpet Repairs and Cleaning: How to Know When the Time is Right

We’re so busy every day that it’s hard to find the time for basic cleaning, let alone take care of major cleaning projects. The great part about Spring cleaning is that it reminds you when it’s time to get certain jobs done. Wall to wall carpeting needs to be cleaned often, but how do you know if your carpets need a good cleaning or is it time to make some carpet repairs?

Take a walk around your home, do your carpets have small bumps or ripples? As they age it’s common for carpets to start to ripple and wrinkle. These bumps are tripping hazarards which can be very dangerous for the elderly, or if they are located near stairs. Fortunately, carpet restretching is an easy enough project for do it yourself types and nearly all carpet cleaning companies offer professional carpet restretching services.

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Are there high traffic areas of the home where the carpeting is worn through to the floor, or do you have small burns in the carpet? Certain areas of a home get more traffic than others, often leaving the carpeting in certain areas looking messier than others. It’s easy enough to replace just the carpet in the hallway with spare carpet, making your whole house look as good as new.

After walking around the home, if you don’t notice any major damage to the structure of the carpet, then all you’ll need is an old fashioned carpet cleaning. Having the carpets cleaned at least twice a year will prevent the need for carpet replacement and repair in the future, and keep your home looking beautiful all year long.

How to Clean Air Conditioning Vents

Clean Air | Flat Rate Carpet BlogIndoor air pollution is a big issue in most homes, and dirty air vents are a major cause of allergy symptoms. All winter long dust and dirt collect in the home, contributing to allergy symptoms. Cleaning your air conditioning vents will not only extend the life of air conditioning units, but it will also make the air in your home more breathable and help prevent allergies.

To get started cleaning your air conditioning vents, take a regular broom and use it to brush dirt away from air vents in the ceiling and on the floor. You’ll be shocked at how much dust collects on the outside of the vents.

Next, remove the vent covers and vacuum inside the air ducts. This will remove the built up dirt and dust and keep it from being recirculated into the home.

Make sure to change the filters in all your vents at least once a year. Blocked filters prevent air conditioners and furnaces from working properly, wasting energy and increasing indoor air pollution.

If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned the air vents in your home, consider hiring a professional cleaning service that cleans air vents and ducts. Professionals have high powered vacuums and brushes that can quickly clean out even the dirtiest vent.

Keep your air vents clean and help your whole family breath easy.

Bed Bug Prevention

Bed bugs are extremely tiny pests that make a large mess inside of a home or building. If you live in, or are traveling to, an area that is affected by bed bugs it’s important to take certain measures to prevent bringing bed bugs into your home. Taking a few small steps in bed bug prevention is much easier than getting rid of the bugs once they have moved in.

Bedroom | Flat Rate Carpet BlogFinding furniture on the street used to be a great idea, however you may be bringing more than a sofa into your home. Bed bugs are not easily detected, so you have no way of knowing what you’re bringing home.

When purchasing used furniture take the time to deeply inspect all cracks and crevices for any signs of bed bugs. Using a magnifying class and a flashlight, look for blood spots, bug feces, or the bugs themselves deep in cracks and crevices of furniture.

Sometimes bed bugs wander into a home from a nearby apartment through small cracks in the walls, baseboards and other similar fixtures. To avoid this you can seal cracks and crevices in your home with caulk.

When traveling in areas well known for bed bugs be especially careful with your luggage, as bed bugs can hide in the seams and hitchhike home with you. Do not place suitcases on the bed or floor until you’ve inspected the mattresses for signs of bed bugs (tiny blood smears). Make sure to check the seams of your suitcase for hitchhikers before you leave.

If you think your clothing was exposed to bed bugs, wash and dry them in very hot temperatures to kill the bugs. Keep all clothing in a sealed, plastic bag until you can wash them in order to trap the bugs.

Identifying and getting rid of bed bugs is very difficult, which is why proper bed bug prevention is so important. Avoid expensive exterminations and sleepless nights by keeping bed bugs out of your home.

How to Clean a Microwave

Microwave Cleaning | Flat Rate Carpet BlogWhen it’s time to clean the microwave you might be tempted just to toss the whole thing in the garbage, or have it labeled as a toxic waste site. Tackling a messy microwave seems like a job that takes an entire day, but with the right technique cleaning your microwave is quick and painless.

All you need to get started is distilled, white vinegar, water and a microwavable bowl. Fill the bowl with water and add ¼ cup vinegar. Now pop the bowl in the microwave and microwave it on high for five minutes.

Remove the bowl from the microwave very carefully and begin cleaning right away. The steam from the bowl of water loosens and softens stuck on food inside of the microwave, making it easier to clean. Dip a sponge into the warm water from the bowl and you have a great cleaning solution already made!

If the first round of cleaning still leaves your microwave with stuck on gunk, just repeat the process again. For super dirty microwaves, heat the water for five minutes and then wait a few minutes before opening the door. This allows the steam to keep working away at the stuck on dirt.

Don’t stress when you open the door to your microwave, with this little trick you can clean your microwave in minutes.