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Carpet Cleaning Longview / Kelso WA 98632

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Updated: March 29, 2019

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Steam cleaning carpets is a good practice to remove dirt and debris stuck deep in the carpet fibers. It requires a steam cleaning machine, soap, and water. Wait for a good time to do it, when foot traffic will be low and the weather is warm and dry so you can open up windows to dry out the carpet when you’re done. Be sure to clear the room out and vacuum thoroughly before steam cleaning. Fill the machine with hot water and the appropriate amount of soap. Your machine may work whether it is pushed or pulled, but make sure you read the operating instructions carefully. Start in a corner and cross the room back and forth making long strips. Allow plenty of drying time and use fans to dry the carpet.

Part1Cleaning the Room

  1. 1Remove everything from the room. Steam cleaning is most effective when you remove all toys, papers, and general clutter from the floor. Move all tables, chairs, and furniture out of the room. Clear as much of the floor space as you can.
    • If some furniture is too heavy to move, place squares of wax paper, foil, wood blocks, or plastic film under the legs to protect them from the moisture of the steam cleaner. You can’t clean the carpet completely if you leave furniture in the room.
    • If you don’t have room to move the furniture to another room, move it all to half of the room and do the room in two separate sections. Let the carpet dry before you move furniture back to the already cleaned half.
  2. 2Dust the baseboards. As you run the steam cleaner, you might knock dust off the baseboards if you don’t dust them beforehand. Use a dust cloth with wood polish or a long handled duster to remove as much of the dust as you can.
    • Dust ceiling fans and corners of the ceiling to prevent extra dust from falling on the carpet after you have steam cleaned them.
  3. 3Vacuum the entire carpet carefully. Steam cleaners are meant to pull up small dirt particles that are down in the fibers of the carpet. They are not for removing hair and larger dirt pieces. Vacuum the entire room more slowly than you usually would. It is best to go over the room twice to get as much of the larger debris as possible. The second time, go over the room in the opposite direction to pick up more dirt.[1]
    • For extra cleaning, use a nozzle attachment to get right up to the baseboards and edges of the room.
    • Vacuuming also fluffs up the carpet so that the steamer can clean the fibers more effectively.
  4. 4Use stain remover on specific bad spots. Steamers can’t always lift deep, set-in stains, so it’s always helpful to treat stains before steaming the carpet. Use a carpet stain remover, or other natural solutions if you prefer. Blot the stain remover up with a cloth or leave it to be sucked up by the machine.[2]
    • When you do this, dab at the stains with a cloth. Never scrub at stains as this can cause them to work deeper into the carpet.

Part2Filling the Steam Cleaner

  1. 1Fill the steam cleaner with hot water. Most machines have a heating mechanism for the water, but using hot water helps. Use water that is as hot as possible without actually being boiling. Only put as much water as the machine directs so that you don’t overfill the water tank. Look for a max fill line on the water tank.[3]
    • Some natural fiber carpet can shrink from hot water or be harmed by detergent, so always be aware of what type of carpet you are planning to steam clean.[4]
  2. 2Add soap as directed. Steam cleaners usually use a detergent of some kind, so make sure to check the machine’s instructions to use the right kind. Only use the amount directed, as using too much soap will cause it to stay in the carpet.
    • Some machines will have a specific compartment where the soap goes, and others might direct you to mix the soap into the water.
  3. 3Opt for vinegar over detergent. Steam is not actually what cleans the carpet, a detergent or cleaner is. If you are sensitive to chemicals or want a natural option, vinegar is great for cleaning. Mix a 50/50 solution of vinegar with the hot water.[5]

Part3Steaming the Entire Carpet

  1. 1Start in a corner. Find the corner that is diagonal from the door or entrance of the room. Start cleaning in the corner and slowly work yourself out of the room. If the room has an open concept or more than one entrance, you have more freedom regarding where to start. Wherever you start, don’t walk on the parts that have already been cleaned.[6]
    • If your steamer is one that you pull backward, put the head as close to the corner as you can. If you push the machine forward, clean a small area in the corner and then walk along the wall out of that area.
  2. 2Push or pull the machine as directed. Steam cleaners put hot water on the carpet and then immediately suck up the dirty water. Some are meant to be pushed to lay water and pulled back to suck it up. Others work only by pushing or only by pulling. It is important to read the directions for your machine before you use it.[7]
    • However the machine works, make sure that you don’t walk on the carpet you have just cleaned. If you must walk behind the steamer on the wet carpet, do so with bare feet so your shoes don’t leave marks.
  3. 3Walk the machine in long lines across the room. Steamers are most effective when you make long passes from wall to wall. Walk from the corner to the opposite wall and back. Pass over the same line twice if your steamer lays the soapy water going forward and sucks it up going backward. Don’t use short, back and forth strokes as you would with a vacuum.
    • When you start each new line, slightly overlap the line before it to make sure you don’t leave any lines of uncleaned carpet.
  4. 4Move the machine slowly to allow it work. Steam cleaners work slower than vacuums, so moderate your speed. Pulling the machine too fast will not give it time to suck up the water, leaving your carpets wetter than they should be. It’s better to go too slow than too fast. Going too fast means you might be leaving moisture behind which could cause mold or mildew later on.
    • As you walk in lines, a good rate is taking one step about every 2 seconds. This allows the machine plenty of time to work.
    • If you have more time and want to clean your carpet even better, go over the area a second time, but with just warm water or a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water to remove any leftover soap.
  5. 5Allow the carpet to dry completely. Most carpet takes six to eight hours to dry all the way, but some may take 12-24 hours. Make sure you don’t walk on the carpet during this time. If you absolutely have to, put plastic bags over your feet so you don’t track any dirt onto the wet carpet.[8]
    • Place a sign at the entrance of the room to deter people from walking on it while it is wet.
    • You can also turn on the air conditioner and ceiling fans, as well as place standing fans or floor blowers in the room to dry the carpet out faster. Alternatively, if it is relatively warm and dry outside, open up all your windows to increase air circulation.

Community Q&A

  • QuestionAre steam machines hot enough to kill bed bugs?Michelle DriscollFounder, Mulberry MaidsExpert AnswerUnfortunately bed bugs are very tough and resilient. Steam cleaning should help to reduce the problem temporarily, but it may not eliminate the problem. Bed bugs and their eggs hide in many places throughout your home. However, if you do plan on using a steam cleaner, be sure that your steamer reaches at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit. You will also want to play close attention to cracks and crevices and be very careful to clean them all thoroughly.Not Helpful 0Helpful 2
  • QuestionIs it safe to steam clean carpets?Michelle DriscollFounder, Mulberry MaidsExpert AnswerSteam cleaning can be very safe. It is recommended to read the instruction manual and know what type of carpet fibers you are wanting to steam clean. If you are worried about the chemicals in the steam cleaning solution, you can always opt for a 50/50 vinegar and hot water mixture instead. You should always ventilate the area when you are steam cleaning and allow the carpet to dry completely.Not Helpful 1Helpful 2
  • QuestionShould you vacuum the carpet prior to steam cleaning?Community AnswerYes. Pick up all items that would be challenging for a vacuum cleaner to pick up, then vacuum well. Use the steam cleaner as the final step. The result is a much cleaner carpet.Not Helpful 3Helpful 8
  • QuestionHow many times do I need to pass over a path on the carpet with cleaner, and how many times should I pass over the same path with rinse water?Community AnswerOn lightly soiled carpet, we go over it twice with cleaner, twice with rinse water and thrice with the extractor. If moderately soiled, we go over it at least thrice with both cleaner and clear water rinse. We also repeat with the extractor at least three trips, touching to ensure that we have left it sufficiently dry. Heavily soiled areas may require even more work to get outstanding results, but we have been rewarded with like-new carpet for all the effort.Not Helpful 0Helpful 2
  • QuestionWhat’s the best way I can get a heavy traffic area clean with a steam cleaner?Community AnswerWash with a solution specially made for high traffic areas, rinse, and let it dry.Not Helpful 5Helpful 8
  • QuestionIs the use of a cleaning solution necessary for a carpet to be sanitized?Community AnswerYes, carpets won’t be sanitized unless you use a cleaner.Not Helpful 3Helpful 5
  • QuestionI cleaned my carpets properly but now they smell like mildew. What do I do?Community AnswerYour carpets may not have dried out all the way or dried out too slowly. Try turning on the air conditioner and some fans to air the carpet out more thoroughly.Not Helpful 5Helpful 5
  • QuestionCan a steam cleaner vacuum be used on an area rug?Community AnswerMost likely, yes, it can be used on most kinds of rugs, depending on the material.Not Helpful 1Helpful 2
  • QuestionHow do I turn on a steam vacuum cleaner?Community AnswerThere should be a power button on the bottom of the steam cleaner, or sometimes at the top, depending on the brand. The button will probably have a circle with an “I” in the middle of it. It may be red.Not Helpful 9Helpful 5

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  • The best practices that keep carpets clean longer are to place doormats at every entrance, vacuum at least twice a week and to take off shoes before walking on the carpet.

Spots vs. stains

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Nothing in a facility says you have let your floors go like spots that inevitably appear in the most high profile of places. As a facility manager, your proficiency in spotting is essential. In this article we are going to talk about some of the basics you will need to get the job done. 

One of the first things you will need is an understanding of what constitutes a “spot” versus a “stain.” While we may use the words spot and stain interchangeably, there is an important difference between the two. According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) R100 Reference Guide for Professional Cleaning of Textile Floor Coverings, a spot is defined as “the result of a material adding substance or texture to a fabric or surface,” while a stain is “the result of a material adding color (without texture) to a fabric or surface.”

Understanding the difference between a spot and a stain is significant because it may be easy to remove a spot from a carpet fiber, but stains become part of the structure of the filament since the color is absorbed. To further complicate stain removal, the dyes found in most common spots and spills are acid dyes that are the same type of dyes used to color many commercial carpets. Therefore, spotting agents designed to remove color must be used with care and patience to prevent color loss.

Identification

One of the most common mistakes when attempting to clean a spot or stain is not identifying what type of problem it is or the correct detergent for treatment.

There are multiple ways to identify a spot or a stain. One way is by appearance. If the appearance is shiny, it could be oil based, or if the appearance is dull and crusty, it could be sugar based. Another way to identify the type of mess you have on your hands is to feel the spot or stain while wearing gloves. If you can’t feel any difference in texture compared to the rest of the carpet, there’s a high possibility it’s a material that added color, making it a stain. If it has a texture to it that you can feel, then most likely you are dealing with a spot.

Where to Start

It’s impossible to address every combination of spot and spotter in a few pages; however, let’s start with this basic understanding: You must use formulated dry solvents or d-limonene-based spotters to remove oil-based spots. Water-based spotters will not remove oily substances from carpet because water and oil do not mix. Dry solvents are liquids with no water in them. Although you would never use gasoline to clean carpet, it is an example of a familiar dry solvent. It is a liquid that contains no water.

Common Removal Problems

The most common problems for carpets are spots that reappear within 24-48 hours, which is also known as “wicking.” Wicking is the result of soil migrating from within the pile of the carpet through capillary action. Generally, we only remove the spot on the surface of the carpet that we can see, which means there is more to our problem than typically meets the eye.

Consider a spot on the carpet the size of a baseball that you physically see with your eyes. If we were to pull the carpet up and look at the backing, the spot could be the size of a bowling ball. This is caused by the spill spreading out when it hits the backing of the carpet, thus creating a much larger spot than we usually see on the surface.

The best way to avoid spots appearing through wicking is to blot or extract the carpet as dry as possible during the spotting process and then use air movers to finish the drying. The faster you dry the carpet, the less chance you have of spots wicking back to the surface.

The most effective method for rinsing and removing residue from a spot is through the use of a spotting extractor since you’re able to clean the spotted area more thoroughly. Extraction will also reduce the wicking effect because you can recover water, detergent, and soil more effectively. Spotting extractors are small and portable, allowing for the cleaning professional to get effective and efficient results.

It’s All About Perception

As we have discussed, perception is vital in commercial establishments, and very little gives people the impression that your facility is dirty like stains or spots in your carpet. But now that you understand the difference between a spot and stain, along with the correct process and tools needed for cleaning, you can maintain your carpet’s appearance efficiently and effectively. cept-Encoding: gzip, deflate, sdch Accept-Language: en-US,en;q=0.8

A+ Carpet & Furniture Cleaning 2431 Mcatee Drive Longview Washington 98632 360-578-2439

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Carpet cleaning can improve the appearance of your home and extend the life of your carpet, but perhaps the most valuable benefit from the process is improving you and your family’s health. According to the American Lung Association, if members of your household suffer from conditions that can affect their breathing, such as snoring or asthma, it’s especially crucial that you vacuum your carpets at least three times a week. Beyond vacuuming regularly, you may also benefit from having your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. If you’re not fully convinced of the benefits of professional carpet cleaning, consider the following top three ways the process leads to a healthier home:

1. Carpet cleaning eliminates trapped pollutants.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a dirty carpet can retain several sources of indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, cockroach allergens, lead, particle pollution, and everyday dirt and dust. Toxic airborne gases can adhere to these particles and also get trapped within the carpet. These toxic gases can be released through everyday activities such as vacuuming and walking across the carpet, which can cause them to contaminate the air in your home. Professional carpet cleaning services kills these bacteria through special shampooing formulas and can remove deeply trapped pollutants with high-powered vacuums.

2. Carpet cleaning can clear out dust mite infestations.

Many homes have dust mite infestations, yet most homeowners aren’t aware of the infestation, because the creatures are microscopic. Dust mites themselves aren’t allergens, but they often leave behind feces and body fragments which are. Because of the microscopic size of these particles, they can easily be inhaled when the area is disturbed, which can exacerbate allergies. Many professional carpet cleaning companies utilize a technique known as steam cleaning when performing carpet maintenance work, which exposes your carpet to high temperatures that dust mites can’t survive.

3. Carpet cleaning can help prevent mold growth.

Especially in areas with high humidity levels, dirty carpets are at a high risk of developing mold growth when exposed to moisture. In precipitous weather, moisture frequently gets tracked into the home and can sink deep in the carpet fibers if not dried and vacuumed immediately. Having your carpet cleaned regularly can prevent mold and mildew growth, because professional carpet cleaners have high-powered drying tools that annihilate moisture. By eliminating moisture, you can prevent mold growth that can be harmful to your health if ignored for too long.

Pro tips for Carpet Cleaning stains

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10 Carpet-Cleaning Secrets From the Pros

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. Learn the secrets to keep carpets looking new.

Jun 20, 2017

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 owner of A+ Carpet & Furniture Cleaning in Longview, Washington, who has more than 16 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,”. “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. 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

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. 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.” 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,. “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. We recommend 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,”. “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.

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7Hydrogen Peroxide to the Rescue

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,” 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

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Even well-trained pets can have an accident on the carpet. We prefer 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. 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.

9Candy Crushed

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,” 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.

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10Deep-Clean Regularly

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,” He recommends deep cleaning every six months for a family of four.

 

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

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

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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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