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Carpet cleaning and hiring a pro

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Carpet cleaning and hiring a pro

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Homeowners simply don’t ask professional carpet cleaners to their homes enough, as carpets need to be cleaned on an annual basis. This can feel like a tall order for many, especially homeowners who have been diligent about removing shoes and weekly vacuuming. Is it really worth the time and money to keep carpets in tip-top shape? These pros, cons, and costs will provide you with the many-angled answer to this question.

Carpet Cleaning: The Pros

All research indicates there are some very compelling reasons to drag all your furniture into the kitchen once a year and call in the cleaning professionals:

  • Maintaining Appearances—It’s recommended you clean your carpet every 6 to 12 months before you start to notice the spots and traffic lanes to keep it looking like new and to have it last a long time. Soil left in the carpet for too long can actually work its way into the fibers, making it almost impossible to remove.
  • Health Benefits—Your carpet works very much like the filter in your heating/AC system. It traps all kinds of bacteria, allergens, dust, pollens and other nasty things that are in the air. It gets filled up over time. The best way to keep the air you and your family breathe clean and safe is to clean your carpet regularly.
  • Longevity—Finally, cleaning your carpets regularly is the best way to ensure you’ll face a new carpet installation later rather than sooner. Functionally, your carpet will last 10 to 15 years, whether you clean it or not. Put off cleaning your carpet for 5 years, and the traffic lanes, stains and signs of general wear and tear will have you calling a carpet company for a new rug long before the warranty on your current carpet expires.
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Carpet Cleaning: The Cons

There aren’t a whole lot of reasons to avoid cleaning your carpet, but there are some approaches that can sabotage the health of your carpet and your pocketbook. Here are some of the ways in which unsuspecting homeowners can inadvertently turn their cleaning into a con.

  • Watch Out for Extras—The devil can be in the details when you hire a carpet cleaning service. By the time they charge you $10 extra for each of the stairs, the spot remover and any other extra they can think of, the $50 per room price has escalated to $100. Beware of hidden costs. For some carpet cleaners, these hidden costs are where the money is made.
  • Repair First, Clean Second—If you have older carpets that are showing sings of buckling, looseness, or wrinkling, repair your carpet first, then call in the pros for a cleaning. All of these common carpet problems are signs that your carpet needs to be restretched, and having your carpets cleaned before you take care of the issue is only going to make matters worse.
  • DIY Obstacles—Perhaps the biggest danger in getting carpets cleaned is the notion you can do it yourself. You can, just not nearly as well as the professionals can deliver. Many home improvement stores offer carpet cleaning rental units, but this piece of equipment is substantially inferior to commercial-grade portable steam cleaners and truck-mounted units. All too often, insufficient suction power and poor application will leave carpets damp and, ultimately, do more harm than good.

How much does it cost to rend a carpet cleaner? Consult our True Cost Guide for average prices and considerations.

Carpet Cleaning: Costs

So, just how much should you expect to spend to have your carpets professional cleaned? That depends on what you choose to have done. The average cost for carpet cleaning professionally ranges between $200 and $260 nationally, though it will vary on a local level and by how many rooms you need cleaned.

There’s no doubt that regular carpet cleaning is a good idea. It’s the best way to maintain better looking, healthier, and longer lasting carpets. However, it’s also important that you’re clear with your contractor about what exactly you want done, how much it’s going to cost, and what any additional charges might be, so that you can get the service you deserve without any undue surprises when it’s time to write the check.

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Carpet cleaning tips from the pro’s

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Carpet cleaning tips from the pro’s

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Maintenance and cleaning will help support a carpet’s durability and extend its beauty for many years. In some cases, regular and correct carpet cleaning is necessary to preserve the warranty on a carpet.

The homeowner is the first line of defense in carpet maintenance. Routine vacuuming coupled with rapid response to spots and spills is critical. Any spill is easier to address when it is fresh. Consult the website of the carpet manufacturer to get suggested treatments for various types of stains. For all carpet treatments, make sure you blot the spot; never scrub.

Even the most fastidious homeowners need professional help to keep carpet looking its best in the long term. For the pros, there are two effective types of carpet cleaning: hot water extraction (or “steam cleaning”) and low moisture (or “dry cleaning”).

Hot Water Extraction

Hot water extraction, sometimes called “steam cleaning,” involves injecting hot water and detergents into the carpet and then vacuuming out the water, detergent, and soils with a powerful suction system. Extraction systems can be either portable or truck mounted. 

Within the industry, truck-mounted systems are believed to offer the best results due to their superior vacuum strength; a truck-mounted system can recover up to 95 percent of the water used in the cleaning process. However, portable units are able to provide service to high-rise apartments and office buildings where truck-mounted units cannot go.

Pros:

  • Hot water extraction is recommended by all carpet manufacturers.
  • The heat used with hot water extraction equipment works well to kill harmful bacteria and fungi within the carpet.

 

Cons:

  • Overwetting of carpets can occur if a technician is not properly trained in the process.
  • Moisture left in carpets can encourage mold growth in climates with high humidity.
  • Drying times for carpets are between 12 and 24 hours.

 

Low Moisture

Dry carpet cleaning systems rely on a combination of dry compounds and application methods that allow for a faster drying time.

The Low Moisture Carpet Cleaners Association (LMCCA) defines Low Moisture Cleaning (LMC) on its website as follows:

LMC are methods and/or procedures that allow any fiber to dry to its natural state in two hours or less. For the purposes of standardizing criteria variables, we use 65% Rh and 70 degrees. This can be accomplished by using less moisture to clean, using absorbent mediums, using higher efficiency vacuums that efficiently extract water from the carpet, and by increasing the evaporation rate of the carpet by lowering the relative humidity of the environment where you are cleaning and by the use of air movers.

There are three types of processes professionals use that fall under the heading of dry cleaning methods for carpets.

Dry Foam

  1. Cleaning foam is sprayed over the carpet and may be brushed or scrubbed in with a machine.
  2. Carpet dirt is attracted to the foam.
  3. The foam is vacuumed up, carrying the dirt with it.
  4. The carpet is dry immediately.

 

Dry Powder

  1. Dry powder is mixed with a small amount of cleaning solution and sprinkled in a layer over the carpet.
  2. The mixture is scrubbed in with a stiff brush and allowed to sit to absorb dirt.
  3. Dry material is vacuumed up.
  4. The carpet is dry immediately.

 

Bonnet

  1. Club soda mixed with cleaning solution is misted onto the carpet surface.
  2. The surface is scrubbed witha round, absorbent buffer pad (or bonnet).
  3. The pad attracts soil and is rinsed or replaced repeatedly during treatment.
  4. The carpet requires a short drying time—only a few hours.

 

Pros:

  • Low moisture cleaning requires little to no drying time.
  • The cost for a low moisture procedure is usually much lower than hot water extraction.
  • Low moisture methods conserve water.

 

Cons:

  • Many low moisture methods only clean the top one-third of the carpet—they are generally recommended as interim cleaning methods.
  • Badly stained areas of carpet may not respond to low moisture methods.

 

Before Hiring a Pro

Hiring the right professional can help restore the beauty of your carpet and improve your home’s overall indoor air quality. It is important to hire professional cleaners with the equipment, training, and experience to serve your needs.

When looking for a cleaning professional:

  • Identify carpet cleaners with certification from a professional organization.
  • Check with your carpet’s manufacturer for suggested forms of treatment. Some stain treatments can void carpet warranties.
  • Walk the professional around the area of carpet to be cleaned and point out any and all spots that need special treatment, as they may affect the quoted price.

 

There are some standard questions you should ask before deciding on a carpet cleaning company:

  • “How long have you been in business?”
  • “Are all of your technicians certified individually?”
  • “Do you vacuum before deep cleaning the carpet?”
  • “Do you use Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval cleaning solutions and equipment?”

 

With regular maintenance and periodic professional cleaning, your home’s carpets can be a beautiful and functional focal point in your rooms for years.

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7 DIY carpet cleaner tips Longview Kelso WA

Posted by on Jun 11, 2018 in News | Comments Off on 7 DIY carpet cleaner tips Longview Kelso WA

We Tried 7 DIY Carpet-Cleaning Tricks. Here’s What Worked.

 

When faced with a stain, it’s tempting to bust out the sponge and start scrubbing. But do yourself a favor and take an extra two minutes to plan your attack, as the right strategy could mean the difference between a clean carpet and a stain that lingers forever.

There are indeed different methods to best clean different types of stains (see below). But before getting to the nitty-gritty, a few universal rules apply for carpet cleaning. 

  1. Clean the stain ASAP.

“The most important thing is to get to the stain before it has a chance to set,” says Bahram Shabahang, co-founder of carpet design house Orley Shabahang. Don’t let stains sit around. 

  1. Blot instead of scrub.

Before cleaning, absorb whatever goo or gunk you can with a cloth or sponge.”The goal is to pull out as much liquid as possible, to reduce the size and spread of the stain,” Shabahang adds. After that, always use a dabbing motion instead of rigorously scrubbing.

  1. Use as little product as possible.

 This reduces both the drying time and the risk of staining your carpet. For most stains, it’s ideal to use club soda or dish soap as a cleaning product. (See the guide below.)

  1. Dry it well. 

Blot thoroughly with a towel after you clean, as carpet that remains damp could grow mold. You can also use a fan or hair dryer to gently speed the process, Shabahang says.

After learning the basics of carpet stain removal, we wanted to see if DIY carpet-cleaning methods actually worked. So we made some stains and let them sit for 24 hours or more (‘cuz let’s face it, we do NOT always address our stains right away). We used Shabahang’s recommended cleaning methods, unless otherwise noted. Here’s how it went:

 

DARK-COLORED FOODS (LIKE CHOCOLATE)

Expert says: Scrape off what you can. Mix one part soap and four parts water, and apply with a sponge. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Did it work? Completely! 10 out of 10 stars. 

 

FATTY OR GREASY FOODS (LIKE PIZZA)

Expert says: Scrape off with a knife, then layer paper towels on top of the stain. Turn your iron on lowest heat, and iron the paper towels to lift the grease. Apply a mix of white vinegar, soap and lukewarm water, then rinse.

Did it work? Totally. 10 out of 10.

 

WINE, COFFEE & MOST OTHER FOODS 

Expert says: Blot the stain, and rinse with club soda. If needed, brush the spot with soapy water and rinse.

NAIL POLISH 

For this trial, we used advice from Into the Gloss.  

Expert says: Dip a rag in clear-colored acetone, and use it to blot the stain.  

Did it work? Yes, but not enough. There was plenty of nail polish on the rag but a LOT left on the carpet when we were done. 3 out of 10.

TIARA CHIARAMONTE

 

PET POOP

Expert says: Remove what you can, then rinse with club soda. If needed, brush the spot with soapy water and rinse.  

Did it work? Sort of. The stain improved, but not enough to pass as “clean.” However we did let the poop sit for 24 hours, which is not a typical scenario. 6 out of 10.

 

MAKEUP

We used advice from eHow.

Expert says: Dampen carpet, rub with dish soap, and pat dry. Dab lingering stains with three drops of dry-cleaning solvent.

Did it work? Dry-cleaning solvent is hard to find in grocery stores, so we used normal makeup remover instead. While it worked great, we can’t verify that our carpet fibers weren’t damaged from the remover. 10 out of 10 in the visual department.

HOW TO GET GUM OUT

Expert says: Wrap ice in a towel, and place it on the gum. Then scrape it off.

Did it work? Pretty well, considering we REALLY rubbed the gum into the carpet to make the stain. The stain was fresh when we cleaned it, but it didn’t totally disappear. 7 out of 10. 

 

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Carpet Cleaning, clean longview wa steam

Posted by on Apr 7, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Carpet Cleaning, clean longview wa steam

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Are you looking for a professional carpet cleaner? A+ Carpet Cleaning is your go-to-company. Set up a convenient appointment today for one of our professional service technicians to clean your dirty carpets. Our 2 step carpet cleaning process is Carpet & Rug Institute Platinum Certified and recommended by America’s largest carpet manufacturer. This means we remove the highest level of soil – leaving your carpets clean and fresh at an affordable cost.

 

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Whether the upholstery in your car or living room furniture is looking dirty, A+ Carpet Cleaning is here to help. Our service team is trained to clean almost any type of fabric to leave your upholstery looking great.

 

 

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DIY Carpet Cleaning / flood restoration tips

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in News | Comments Off on DIY Carpet Cleaning / flood restoration tips

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.

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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 30 seconds or you risk burning the carpet. And be sure to use a white cloth and white towels since colored ones can transfer the color onto the carpet when heated up, especially if you have a light-colored carpet.

Few carpet stains are as obvious as blood. But suffering a paper cut on your finger and getting a few drops on the carpet doesn’t mean your shag is ruined.

“Hydrogen peroxide will get out blood all day long,” Williams says. First, loosen up dried blood with water mixed with a mild detergent. Then scrape off as much blood from the fibers as you can. To get the remainder, apply hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain. The solution will immediately foam when it contacts the blood, so don’t be surprised. Then dab the hydrogen peroxide with towels to dry the carpet.

8Clean Pet Accidents Organically

Even well-trained pets can have an accident on the carpet. Williams prefers organic cleaners, which can costs about $10 for a spray bottle, rather than using chemicals. Spray the cleaner at the strain. “Some scrubbing will be necessary,” Williams says. Then wipe up the cleaner with a cloth or towels. Eco-Spot and similar cleaners can also be used to remove other types of stains, including coffee and sauces.

If you have kids in the house, it’s only a matter of time before candy ends up in the carpet. “Try to scrape it with a spotter brush or a butter knife,” Williams says. Then, using a sponge, apply water mixed with a mild soap. “It is important to get all of the sugar out of the area on the carpet,” he points out. “Failure to do so will result in that area attracting dirt and debris easily.” Once the candy is removed, dry the spot by blotting it with a cloth or towels.

Cleaning the carpet is essential to keeping it looking fresh and new. Steam cleaning involves using a cleaning solution under pressure injected deep into the carpet via water-jet nozzles. Then the machine extracts the solution along with the dirt and debris in the carpet. “The water will penetrate the fiber all the way down to the backing and loosen any embedded soil, remove oil and grease deposits, and get your carpet cleaner than it has ever been,” Williams says. He recommends deep cleaning every six months for a family of four.

Tips and Tricks for DIY Water Damage Cleanup

Every year, floods kill more people than lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. They can also wreak havoc on homes and businesses, requiring everything from new drywall and furnishings to completely new structures.

If your home or commercial property has been flooded, your first priority is safety. Stay away from the area until government officials say it’s safe to return. When you can go back, take emergency supplies and cash with you. If you can get to a phone, call your insurance company and, if necessary, a flood and water damage restoration contractor.

Then, you can get started on assessing the damage. Watch every step, because the risk of slips and falls is high. Also, be very cautious around appliances, gas lines and electrical equipment. Using them prematurely could cause electrical shocks and even explosions. And don’t forget that wet items can be very heavy. Don’t hurt yourself by overdoing it.

The Destruction Water Causes

Water gives us life, but it can also take life and ruin everything in its path. When it comes to your home or businesses, be aware of how the following items can be affected:

Wallboard and drywall: These porous materials act like a sponge and become fragile in a flood, and may remain contaminated even after they dry out.
Plaster: This thick material may not have to be replaced but it takes a very long time to dry. If it is severely cracked or warped, it will need to be replaced.
Insulation: Foam sheets of insulation just need to be hosed off and dried, but muddy fiberglass batts should be thrown out. Cellulose insulation, made of blown-in treated paper, will need to be removed and replaced.
Solid wood: Furniture and other solid wood items may warp and crack following a flood, but they can usually be saved when dried out completely.
Particle board and laminated wood: These materials may separate and weaken after getting wet and usually need to be replaced.
Wood studs and framing: These solid pillars are usually OK if they dry completely. They must be disinfected, but don’t usually have to be replaced. They are most often far from human contact, so risks of harm from any remaining contamination are low.
Floor coverings: Most carpets and laminated coverings will have to be thrown out after a flood, especially any with soaked foam rubber backing. A professional cleaner may be able to save small rugs and valuable carpets, which should be removed from the site immediately.
Pipes and electrical wiring: Floods can float or break pipes and strip electrical wiring. Unless you’re sure you know what you’re doing, work with a contractor if you see damage to these items.
Appliances: These can be shorted out during floods and can leak harmful and explosive gases into the air. They will need to be cleaned and checked by a professional before use.
HVAC: Heater and air conditioner units can become flooded, which can damage their internal electrical systems and douse pilot lights. They can also become muddy, and cleaning them will require professional cleaning. In addition, venting systems can flood and become contaminated. If that happens, they must be taken apart and hosed off piece by piece to prevent contamination from being blown through the air.

Dos and Don’ts of Flood and Water Damage Cleanup

Getting Ready

The first thing you will need to do after a flood is make sure that it’s safe for you and your family to be on the property.

  • DO beware of rodents, snakes and insects that might have come in with flood waters
  • DO smell for gas and look for damaged power and gas lines, foundation cracks and exterior damage
  • DO look for broken pilings, shifted stairs, slanted floors and walls
  • DO turn off water and power (unless you would have to do so while standing in water)
  • DON’T enter your home or business if you see major structural damage
  • DON’T walk on sagging floors or floors above sagging ceilings
  • DON’T use electrical appliances or turn on ceiling fans and lights if the ceilings are wet

First Steps

Once you’re ready to start the cleaning process, it’s important to prioritize. At this stage:

  • DO check that your running water is safe to drink and to use for cleaning
  • DO flush your toilet before you use it to check for clogs from mud and debris
  • DO check for cabinets and other items that may be ready to fall over
  • DO temporarily patch holes in the walls and roof with plastic wrap and repair floors and roof sections with 4X4s if you can do so safely
  • DO remove debris
  • DO remove water trapped in walls
  • DO open all the doors and windows to improve ventilation
  • DO use a wet vac, shop vac, fans, dehumidifiers and desiccants (materials that absorb moisture) to start drying out the property
  • DON’T drain a flooded basement too quickly, because rapid changes in pressure could cause the foundation to collapse
  • DON’T do structural or electrical work yourself
  • DON’T connect generators to the home’s power system, but plug in fans and appliances directly
  • DON’T use generators, grills, camp stoves or charcoal inside homes or within closed areas
  • DON’T use a household vacuum to remove water and mud
  • DON’T let garbage pile up, as it could exacerbate contamination and house pests
  • DON’T leave pools of standing water, which could become breeding grounds for mosquitoes

Putting it All Back Together

Once these major issues are handled, you can start on the water damage cleanup and flood restoration itself.

  • DO wear protective clothing, boots and rubber gloves
  • DO wash your hands often with soap and water
  • DO remove all wall coverings and throw them out, as they may harbor mold
  • DO remove drywall, finished ceilings and most insulation that’s been in contact with flood water
  • DO throw out permeable materials such as padded furniture and foam rubber
  • DO throw out all exposed food, beverages and medicine, including canned goods
  • DO disinfect dishes and other items with soap and hot water, but throw out all soft plastics
  • DO clean hard surfaces with hot water and soap or detergent
  • Do wipe down wooden items and, if possible, take them elsewhere to dry out
  • DO preserve items such as books, documents and photographs in re-sealable bags and freeze them to be cleaned later
  • DO place aluminum foil or wood blocks in between wet floors and the legs of furniture that can’t be moved
  • DO make a list of the damage and take photos or videos
  • DO keep a piece of damaged floor and wall coverings to show your insurance assessor
  • DO check with your mortgage holder before cashing home insurance checks, especially if the damage is extensive

Should You Call a Professional Restoration Service?

Cleaning up after a flood is a lot of work and it is possible to do much of it yourself. However, the costs in time, supplies and machinery rental escalate quickly. Furthermore, you may need professional contractors to do the work to be eligible for home and flood insurance reimbursements or to acquire building permits. If you would like expert help with your flood cleanup or simply want a second pair of eyes for safety, call A+ at 360-578-2439! Our nationwide network of flood and water damage cleanup professionals is available 24/7.

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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

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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

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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:   

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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! 

  1. Right when the spill happens, take a wash cloth and dab the area in order to get the excess wine out of the rug.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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. 
  7. 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 edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blot up with dry cloths frequently.
  8. While you try and figure out which method you’ll use to clean up the stain, immediately apply salt to the area in efforts to keep the wine from setting. 

 

 

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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

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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:   

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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! 

  1. Right when the spill happens, take a wash cloth and dab the area in order to get the excess wine out of the rug.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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. 
  7. 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 edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blot up with dry cloths frequently.
  8. While you try and figure out which method you’ll use to clean up the stain, immediately apply salt to the area in efforts to keep the wine from setting. 

 

 

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Carpet Cleaning

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

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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.

 

 

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Professional Carpet Steam Cleaning Longview and Kelso WA

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Professional Carpet Steam Cleaning Longview and Kelso WA

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Vacuuming is where most people start when maintaining their carpeting. That, then, is where we’ll start this article on carpet-cleaning tips. But it isn’t where the article will end. We’ll present all sorts of guidelines for cleaning, removing stains, and dealing with various other problems.

 

For now, though, we’ll get to the basics:

Carpets need to be vacuumed once a week and more often in areas of heavy traffic. Frequent vacuuming prolongs the life of your carpet by preventing a buildup of gritty particles that can cut carpet fibers. Every few weeks, take a little extra time and use your crevice tool for cleaning around baseboards and radiators and in other hard-to-reach places.

  • To vacuum wall-to-wall carpeting, divide the floor into quadrants and vacuum an entire quadrant before moving on to the next.
  • Take your time when you vacuum a carpet, especially a plush carpet in which dirt is sure to be deeply embedded. One pass with a high-powered upright is not enough. Go over each section of carpeting several times, and work slowly to allow the suction to remove all the ground-in dust and dirt.
  • Pay special attention to the areas where people sit and move their feet. Vacuum these areas of heavy traffic with a crisscross pattern of overlapping strokes.
  • Soil retardants can be applied to new carpets or to newly cleaned carpets. Follow manufacturers’ advice. Apply soil retardants only with professional equipment using the recommended application techniques.
  • Add baking soda to the bag in your vacuum to fight odors.

Odors are one thing — spots and spills are quite another. Spots and spills happen to just about every carpet and can be difficult to remove. In the next section, we’ll offer some pointers for getting rid of those blemishes.

 

Professional carpet steam cleaning by a licensed business with years of experience will yield best results.  Call A+ Carpet Cleaning located at 2431 Mcatee Drive Longview WA 98632. 360-578-2439 we serve Cowlitz county, Whakiakum county Clark county, Cathlamet WA Kalama WA Kelso WA Rainier OR Woodland WA and more