Cleaning and Health Tips from Carpet Cleaning Langley
way to keep carpets clean is to place doormats at all entrances in your
homes. Encourage family members and guests to wipe their feet
upon entering. Large mats cover that two or three strides and will help ensure
that even those who refuse to wipe their feet will leave most of the
dirt clinging to their shoes on the mat rather than your carpet.
A more ideal solution of course, is to encourage family members and guests to remove their shoes upon entrance into your home. Pesticides, pollutants, and dirt come indoors on shoes and are tracked onto carpets. If going shoeless is unacceptable for your family members, suggest they wear house shoes (that they would not wear outside), slippers or socks. In fact, bare feet can deposit natural skin oils on carpet. Natural skin oils may attract further dirt or soiling.
Next, it is wise to vacuum your carpet two or more
times per week. Frequent vacuuming helps reduce the level of dust mites.
Dust mites trigger and increase chances of asthma and other allergy problems.
It also means getting rid of surface dirt on carpets before it has a
chance to soak or filter into carpets. Using a vacuum cleaner with strong suction,
rotating brushes and a HEPA filter prevents dirt from being blown out from the device's exhaust and will work the best to maintain your home's cleanliness. In order to retrieve all of the dirt and dust,
it is best to go back and forth over the same spot several times,
particularly in high traffic areas.
In order to prevent stains on carpets, clean up spills immediately. Liquid spills may be cleaned by covering them with clean white (or light-coloured) towel or paper towel. Sticky substances are cleaned by using a hot cloth. Do not rub a spill because it may damage carpet fibres and is almost guaranteed to spread the stain further.
To clean carpet stains, mix 1 cup warm water and ½ teaspoon mild liquid soap such as dish washing liquid or fine fabric detergent. Apply a small amount of solution, blot by pressing a clean white towel into the carpet, and lift the towel. Repeat this process until the stain is removed or lessened as best it can be. Be patient and do not scrub the carpet.
Once a stain is removed, rinse with a solution of a few
teaspoons of white vinegar to 1 cup water and blot with another clean
Household ingredients are also great to clean carpet stains. For example, club soda removes red wine stains, ice cubes can remove hardened gum and candle wax. Sprinkles of baking soda, corn starch or corn meal can remove greasy stains. Allow dry substances to stand 6 hours overnight and then vacuum. Vinegar can also clean stains. Mix 1/3 cup vinegar with 2/3 cups warm water and apply to stain. Blot clean with a clean towel and repeat until the stain comes clean.
Carpet stain removers should be used as a last resort. First, test on a hidden spot on the carpet. Stain removers may lighten or bleach your carpet or upholstery. Apply a small amount to stain, blot with a clean towel. Repeat until the stain is gone.
Baking soda may help remove odours from carpets and upholstery. Where carpet deodorizers and fresheners often contain fragrances that merely mask the smell, baking soda can actually soak up the odour. Sprinkle baking soda over the surface of the carpet. Let it stand for 15-30 minutes and then vacuum. While applying baking soda, ensure that kids and pets are kept away so they can't inhale it or eat it by accident.
Carpets should be steam-cleaned using plain water and not detergent when using at home devices. Use water and operate the machine as directed. The hot water will remove considerable amount of dirt without detergent. Alternatively, use a mixture of 1 cup white vinegar and 2 1/2 gallons of water. For a stronger solution add an additional cup of vinegar. This is an effective way to remove any shampoo residues from earlier cleaning attempts. However, if it is necessary to use soap or detergent, use a mixture of no more than 3-4 tablespoons of mild liquid soap or detergent with at least one gallon of water. Mix solution slowly and gently to prevent any suds that may clog the machine. It is always best to use less soap from the start. You can always add more if need be.
Ventilate well during and after carpet cleaning. In order to speed up drying time, use fans and keep windows open. Do not turn your heating up. Cool air always drys faster than warm.
Know Your Soiling...
TWO: Oil and dirt are deposited on your carpet every day. These sticky residues attract other types of dirt, locking them onto the carpet fibres. If you have your carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned on a regular basis, these high soil build-ups can be removed, before soil permanently damages the fibres.
THREE: Your soft furnishings, unlike hard floors, act as a filter trapping dirt and pollutants. Professionally cleaning maintains good indoor air quality and help improve your family's health, especially those members of the household who suffer from airborne allergies, like those with hay fever or asthma. Clean every six months to a year and your carpets and upholstery will last longer, and you will have a healthier home too!
Our Process Ensures Clean, Fresh, Healthy Carpet and Upholstery
STEP 1: Moving large furniture. We will move large furniture such as sofas, chairs and tables, and place them back in position on foil or plastic protectors while the carpet dries. However for insurance reasons we ask you to remove smaller items such as ornaments, before we arrive. We may refuse to move certain pieces on our own if they appear fragile, excessively heavy, or particularly valuable. In general, we do not move beds, or any pieces that do not allow air to flow underneath them — furniture with flat bottoms prevent that carpet from drying after cleaned and may cause mildew if unable to breathe when the piece is replaced.
STEP 2: Pre-spray difficult stains. We will inspect and pre-spray your carpets and upholstery for difficult stains. We will use specialist stain removal techniques on stains prior to our main cleaning to ensure a full depth of stain removal.
STEP 3: Heavy duty pre-conditioner. A heavier duty solution may be applied to particularly soiled traffic areas to ensure deep extraction. This will dissolve greasy, oily dirts and pollutants from your carpet fibres, making them ready for easier extraction.
STEP 4: We use truck mounted, high pressure, hot water soil extraction machinery for homes and offices with ground level access, as well as robust portable systems for condos or locations where distance to the truck proves difficult. Both of these systems cleans by injecting a high-temperature cleaning water-based solution into the carpet at high pressure. This quickly breaks up the dirt, bacteria and pollens in the carpet. A high-volume vacuum suction then draws the dirt, chemicals and bacteria out of your carpet, leaving it nearly dry and residue free.
STEP 5: When we are finished cleaning, we will groom your carpets, leaving them in the best aesthetic condition possible.
STEP 6: Protective furniture tabs. Furniture is replaced with protective tabs under the legs. Why? Because dye, dirt and rust from furniture legs can sometimes stain wet carpets.
STEP 7: Quick drying assistance may be deployed.We will ensure adequate ventilation and if necessary introduce rapid drying equipment to reduce drying times.