Spots vs. stains

Posted by on Jun 5, 2019 in News | Comments Off on Spots vs. stains

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

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

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

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Pro tips for Carpet Cleaning stains

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Pro tips for Carpet Cleaning stains

A+ Carpet & Furniture cleaning 360-578-2439 Longview, WA   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. ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW 4Freeze-Dried Gum You step in chewing gum out on the street but don’t realize it until you tracked that gross, sticky mess onto your carpet. To get it out, head to the freezer and grab a couple of ice cubes. “Freeze the gum with ice cubes for about 30 seconds.” 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...

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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

A+ Carpet Cleaning Longview WA 360-578-2439   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. NEED TO FIND A PRO FOR YOUR CARPET CLEANING? Find Pros 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,...

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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

A+ Carpet Cleaning 360-578-2439 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 Cleaning foam is sprayed over the carpet and may be brushed or scrubbed in with a machine. Carpet dirt is attracted to the foam. The foam is vacuumed up, carrying the dirt with it. The carpet is dry immediately.   Dry Powder Dry powder is mixed with a small amount of cleaning solution and sprinkled in a layer over the carpet. The mixture is scrubbed in with a stiff brush and allowed to sit to absorb dirt. Dry material is vacuumed up. The carpet is dry immediately.   Bonnet Club soda mixed with cleaning solution is misted onto the carpet surface. The surface is scrubbed witha round, absorbent buffer pad (or bonnet). The pad attracts soil and is rinsed or replaced repeatedly during treatment. 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...

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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.  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.  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. 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.) 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.    For professional carpet or furniture steam cleaning call A+ Carpet Cleaning Longview WA serving all of Cowlitz County Kalama, Kelso, Cathlamet, Castlerock, Woodland,...

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