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DIY Carpet Cleaning / flood restoration tips

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Despite your best efforts at cleanliness, your carpet will eventually become the victim of drops, spills, accidents, and whatever’s on the bottom of your shoes. To learn how professionals handle problem areas and keep carpets looking new, we spoke with cleaning expert Bob Williams, the owner of A+ Carpet Cleaning and Restoration 360-578-2439 Longview WA 98632 www.carpetcleaninglongview.com who has more than 15 years of experience.   1Blot Stains, Don’t Rub Them Dab stains with a cleaning solution and a clean cloth, paper towels, or a sponge. “The key is blotting. Blotting puts a small amount of pressure on the stain to soak it up,” Williams says. “Rubbing causes the particles to get ground into the carpet fibers, and this can lead to the premature breakdown of those fibers.” Always blot from the outside of the stain inward, as blotting outward can spread the stain   . 2The Club Soda Process You may have heard that club soda is effective against beer and wine stains. It’s true—if you use it correctly. Blot the area with the soda on a cloth. If that doesn’t work, mix one part white vinegar with one part water and pour it into a handheld sprayer. Spray the solution on the entire stained area and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes to soak in. Then press a clean sponge onto the area to soak up the solution and the stain. Williams says you may have to repeat this process to eradicate the stain. Once the stain is gone, rinse the spot with warm water. Use your hand to brush the carpet strands into their natural direction. Finally, lay white paper towels over the area and weigh them down with something heavy, like a phone book. The towels will absorb the dampness from the carpet. Leave the towels in place until the carpet is dry, usually about one day. 3Try Shaving Cream Williams says the best carpet cleaner for general stains is ordinary shaving cream—”It will remove just about every type of stain.” Apply the shaving cream directly to the stain and let it set for about 30 minutes, Williams says. Once the shaving cream has set, blot it away with a dry white cloth. Finish by spraying the area with one part vinegar mixed with one part water and then wiping away the solution with a cloth. ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW 4Freeze-Dried Gum You step in chewing gum out on the street but don’t realize it until you tracked that gross, sticky mess onto your carpet. To get it out, head to the freezer and grab a couple of ice cubes. “Freeze the gum with ice cubes for about 30 seconds.” Williams said. Once the gum is frozen solid, use a spoon to lift up the glob and cut the strands of carpet as close to the gum as possible. If you cut only a small amount of carpet, the spot shouldn’t be noticeable. 5Dishwasher Detergent vs Grease The best method against difficult-to-clean grease stains is to use a drop or two of a grease-cutting dishwashing detergent, such as Joy, in a cup of water. It’ll cut through the grease in the carpet just the way it does on your dishes. “Put the solution in a spray bottle and spray it on the stain,” Williams says. “Then blot it up.” Again, you may need to do this multiple times for larger stains. 6Heat Wax Burning candles in the house can result in wax dripping onto the carpet, where it quickly dries and gets embedded. Williams recommends heating it back up to remove it. Place a white cloth over your iron, then put the iron on top of the wax to warm it up. Finally, scrape off the wax with a butter knife. “When you are done doing that, lay a paper towel over the surface area and iron on the paper,” Williams said. “The wax is melting and binds to the paper, and the wax will be gone after a few more applications.” Important note: Don’t use the iron this way for more than...

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Carpet Cleaning Longview Washington 98632

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Carpet Cleaning Longview Washington 98632

How Do Professionals Use A Carpet Extractor? To extend the life of carpeting and keep it smelling fresh and looking brand new, professional cleaning services will often use a carpet extractor. But many wonder just how this method works. A cleaning solution is injected into the fibers via a wand. The solution then adheres to the dirt and soil, and the use of pressure and suction brings the soil to the surface. The machine then extracts the remaining water, solution and dirt. Professionals use a carpet extractor in conjunction with other methods for the most effective results. Dry extraction is a method in which a dry solution is used on the affected areas. The solution brings the dirt to the surface and then is removed through vacuuming. Dry foam cleaning involves adding a foam detergent to the affected areas. The foam is worked into the carpet fibers and is then extracted, trapping the dirt in the foam. Steam cleaning, also known as hot water cleaning, uses different rations of water and cleansing agents. Sometimes the carpet is preconditioned and then a cleaning wand applies the solution using high pressure to remove hard to reach dirt. The cleaning equipment then removes the water, solution mixture and the dirt. Any of these methods can benefit professionals because they produce effective and high-quality results. Using cleaning equipment with proper techniques and cleansing agents can extend the life of the carpet A+ Carpet Cleaning Longview WA 98632 360-578-2439 we service all of Cowlitz county including Longview WA Kalama WA Cathlamet WA Kelso WA Castlerock Rainier OR Woodland WA Clatskanie...

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Carpet Cleaning Longview / Kelso Washington

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Carpet Cleaning Longview / Kelso Washington

A+ Carpet & Furniture Cleaning   360-578-2439   We’ve all accidently spilled drinks on our carpets, or stained them by tracking dirt in from outside. What most of us haven’t done, however, is buy a professional carpet cleaning solution to use in these situations. Fortunately, you might not have to buy anything at all to get your carpet looking like new again. You can make your own homemade carpet cleaning solution with a few household items. Here are a few ways to get started:    Synthetic Carpet Cleaners Note: Dip a white cloth into these solutions and apply to the stain. Never pour the solutions directly onto carpeting.   Detergent solution: Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a translucent liquid dishwashing detergent, such as Dawn or Joy, into one cup of lukewarm water. Vinegar solution: Mix one cup of white vinegar with two cups of water. Solvent solution: Use an oil solvent. Or substitute nail-polish remover, such as Cutex Quick & Gentle non-acetone polish remover. Ammonia solution: Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with 1/2 cup of lukewarm water.   Other Solutions  Baking soda works to remove pet stains. Just sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the soiled section, and then let it sit for a couple hours before vacuuming. Club soda also works well, but may have to be applied with a cleaning solution several times before a stain is removed. Start by blotting the section before pouring the club soda over it. Once the solution has stopped fizzing, immediately blot the spot again, repeating as necessary. Diluted bleach can help too. Just use 10 parts water to one part bleach. Spray the solution on the stain, and then let it sit for 15 seconds before thoroughly rinsing the area with warm water. If you can still see the stain, repeat the process until the spot is gone. Considering these homemade stain remedies is a great way to save money!    If these solutions do not work for your stains or if you would be more comfortable allowing professionals to handle this for you, call us anytime!   You may not cry over spilled milk, but that could definitely change when a full glass of red wine is splattered all over your favorite oriental rug. What can you do to remove those deep red stains? Follow these steps in case of a wine emergency!  Right when the spill happens, take a wash cloth and dab the area in order to get the excess wine out of the rug. If you have it, reach for your favorite carpet shampoo or clothing stain remover, and clean as you would when removing dirt from your clothing.  There are wine stain solutions in stores such as “MacGyver” and “Wine Away” but you could even make your own by using everyday arsenal removers such as hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, soda ash, vinegar, club soda, salt, and white wine.  If red wine hits a light colored carpet, try to blot as much as possible, then spray the area with hydrogen peroxide and follow by sprinkling baking soda on it. Leave it on the stain for about 2-3 minutes and rinse with water.  Ironically enough, when red wine is spilled on a carpet, white wine can step in and be your true companion. White wine will neutralize the red wine, and that will make it easier to lift the redness out of your carpet. After you pour the white wine on the red wine, take a towel and blot (do not rub) the liquid up.  Adding salt or club soda can help to lift out the pigment in the stain. The salt will act as a buffer and will keep the stain from setting, while the carbonation in the club soda will help lift the stain from the fibers in the carpet.  Vinegar is also a useful resource when looking to neutralize the purple pigments in red wine stains. When combined with soap or club soda, it will become a stain-fighting force. Add laundry detergent to the vinegar, let it soak together for a few moments, and then apply it to the stain. Work from the...

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Carpet cleaning tips for stains Longview Kelso Washington

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Carpet cleaning tips for stains Longview Kelso Washington

A+ Carpet & Furniture Cleaning   360-578-2439   We’ve all accidently spilled drinks on our carpets, or stained them by tracking dirt in from outside. What most of us haven’t done, however, is buy a professional carpet cleaning solution to use in these situations. Fortunately, you might not have to buy anything at all to get your carpet looking like new again. You can make your own homemade carpet cleaning solution with a few household items. Here are a few ways to get started:    Synthetic Carpet Cleaners Note: Dip a white cloth into these solutions and apply to the stain. Never pour the solutions directly onto carpeting.   Detergent solution: Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a translucent liquid dishwashing detergent, such as Dawn or Joy, into one cup of lukewarm water. Vinegar solution: Mix one cup of white vinegar with two cups of water. Solvent solution: Use an oil solvent. Or substitute nail-polish remover, such as Cutex Quick & Gentle non-acetone polish remover. Ammonia solution: Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with 1/2 cup of lukewarm water.   Other Solutions  Baking soda works to remove pet stains. Just sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the soiled section, and then let it sit for a couple hours before vacuuming. Club soda also works well, but may have to be applied with a cleaning solution several times before a stain is removed. Start by blotting the section before pouring the club soda over it. Once the solution has stopped fizzing, immediately blot the spot again, repeating as necessary. Diluted bleach can help too. Just use 10 parts water to one part bleach. Spray the solution on the stain, and then let it sit for 15 seconds before thoroughly rinsing the area with warm water. If you can still see the stain, repeat the process until the spot is gone. Considering these homemade stain remedies is a great way to save money!    If these solutions do not work for your stains or if you would be more comfortable allowing professionals to handle this for you, call us anytime! You may not cry over spilled milk, but that could definitely change when a full glass of red wine is splattered all over your favorite oriental rug. What can you do to remove those deep red stains? Follow these steps in case of a wine emergency!  Right when the spill happens, take a wash cloth and dab the area in order to get the excess wine out of the rug. If you have it, reach for your favorite carpet shampoo or clothing stain remover, and clean as you would when removing dirt from your clothing.  There are wine stain solutions in stores such as “MacGyver” and “Wine Away” but you could even make your own by using everyday arsenal removers such as hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, soda ash, vinegar, club soda, salt, and white wine.  If red wine hits a light colored carpet, try to blot as much as possible, then spray the area with hydrogen peroxide and follow by sprinkling baking soda on it. Leave it on the stain for about 2-3 minutes and rinse with water.  Ironically enough, when red wine is spilled on a carpet, white wine can step in and be your true companion. White wine will neutralize the red wine, and that will make it easier to lift the redness out of your carpet. After you pour the white wine on the red wine, take a towel and blot (do not rub) the liquid up.  Adding salt or club soda can help to lift out the pigment in the stain. The salt will act as a buffer and will keep the stain from setting, while the carbonation in the club soda will help lift the stain from the fibers in the carpet.  Vinegar is also a useful resource when looking to neutralize the purple pigments in red wine stains. When combined with soap or club soda, it will become a stain-fighting force. Add laundry detergent to the vinegar, let it soak together for a few moments, and then apply it to the stain. Work from the outer...

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Carpet Cleaning

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Carpet Cleaning

A+ Carpet & Furniture Cleaning   360-578-2439   Whether it be from a pet, dirt, smoke, mildew, or other odor, you need to: Prevent it Identify it Fix it Before it’s too late! Rug and carpet odors can come from a variety of sources and often we might not notice them until they get unbearable and we don’t know what to do about it! Here are a few tips to prevent odors from developing, identify them if they occur and what steps to take in order to eliminate them. Prevent it: Sometimes it is inevitable, life happens and your rug ends up with a mysterious odor but taking steps to prevent it can save headaches later. Be careful for food or drinks on the counters and tables because a small spill can contribute to causing an odor on your rug or carpet. If there happens to be a spill make sure you clean it as soon as possible to avoid left over residue that could cause harmful bacteria to grow.  If you recently encountered water damage, a pipe leakage, indoor flooding or any type of water damage your rug or carpet can be severely affected if not cared for properly. You must take the necessary steps to ensure your rug is fully dried. Water left in the rug can cause bacteria to grow and can lead to mold or mildew. This is also true for snow this time of year – make sure that you are not leaving your rug or carpet wet from the snow that is coming in from the outside! If you have a pet they can cause many of the odors as well. A precaution you can take is to clean any mud or dirt that may be on your pet’s paws after outdoor activities. If your pet has had an accident, take the necessary steps to thoroughly clean the soiled areas to avoid bacteria growth which causes unwanted odors.  Identify it: It can be difficult to identify an odor, but through process of elimination, you can have an idea of what the odor might be. Ask yourselves these questions, to have an idea of what might be causing a certain odor. Do you have pets? Are they allowed around the carpeted area? After outdoor activities do they come in contact with a rug or carpet? Over time has your pet had accidents on the rug or carpet? No pets- Was there any food or beverage that spilled on the rug or carpet? How long was it there for? How well was it cleaned up? Do you have children who might walk into carpeted areas with their sneakers on? Was there any water or smoke damage that might have occurred near or on the rug or carpet? What was done to dry up the water? Fix it: Carpets and rugs capture odors and hold onto them. However, these odors can be removed, and the time and effort will depend largely on the type and intensity of the odor. If the odor is strong, be prepared to have an expert spend some time removing the odors from your carpet or rug. When possible, adding fresh air always helps to expedite the process. Tweeds Rug and Carpet Cleaning can gently and safely eliminate most offensive odors caused by mildew, pets, smoke and other causes. If your rugs have an odor problem, ask us about our cleaning and deodorizing processes.     A + Carpet & Furniture Cleaning 2431 Mcatee Drive Longview WA 98632   Serving Cowlitz county Washington Columbia county Oregon Kalama Kelso Castlerock Castle rock Vader Rose Valley Columbia Heights Toledo Lexington Rainier Cathlamet Clatskanie   www.carpetcleaninglongview.com  ...

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