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Removing Candle Wax from Carpet

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Removing candle wax from carpet can be tricky, but not impossible. You should only attempt to remove wax from synthetic carpet, never from upholstery or any type of natural fibers such as cotton, wool, or silk (contact a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner for these types of fabric).

You will need water, an iron, and thick white cotton towel.

  1. Dampen the towel until it is almost soaking wet.
  2. Place the towel on the wax.
  3. Plug in the iron and adjust the temperature to the LOWEST setting.
  4. Place the iron on top of the wet towel on the carpet.
  5. After 10 seconds remove the towel and iron, and check to see if the wax has melted.
  6. If the wax has not melted, raise the temperature of the iron a VERY small amount and repeat steps 4. and 5.
  7. Repeat steps 5. and 6. until the temperature of the iron reaches the melting point of the wax.
  8. Once the wax melts, it should easily transfer onto the wet towel that has been placed on top of it.

Keep in mind that dye from candle wax may never come out completely, but at least you will have removed the actual wax embedded in the carpet.

How to Remove Paint from Carpet

paint on carpetFor paint spills, as with all liquid spills, ACT FAST. Once the pain dries, it will usually stain the carpet permanently.

First, contain the wet paint and absorb with paper towels or napkin or rags that you don’t mind throwing out. Before you apply any chemicals or solvents, test them in an inconspicuous area of the carpet to make sure it won’t damage the carpet.

For Acrylic Paint
Apply glycerin to the stain and blot it up. Then remove the residue with rubbing alcohol and go over the remaining stain with a mild detergent and water using a sponge or rag.

For Oil Based Paint
Oil based paint will definitely damage the carpet if it sits for too long. Use turpentine or mineral spirits to remove the paint, then blot with rubbing alcohol and finally use a mild detergent and water with a sponge or rag.

For Latex Paint
Blot up as much as possible, then apply a mixture of 1 tablespoon of mild detergent with 1 cup of warm water. Repeat as necessary.

For Water Based Paint
Blot up as much as possible, then continue to blot with vinegar, and finally blot with a mild detergent and water and a sponge.

Dry Paint
Scrape away as much paint as you can, then apply WD-40. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then blot the area clean using a mild detergent and water. Repeat as necessary.

Carpet Cleaning Mistakes to Avoid

carpet stainsYou might panic when red wine spills on your brand new carpet or your new puppy has an accident on the berber rug, but make sure to avoid these carpet cleaning mistakes:

• Not taking immediate action

Liquid spills sink into the carpet quickly, so if you don’t act fast, the liquid can seep into the padding and even through to the floor, causing mold and damage. Make sure to act quickly to clean up liquid spills.

• Using the wrong cleaning product

There are many types of cleaning products you can use for carpet cleaning, but you must read the directions thoroughly. Avoid products that have soap, shampoos, and detergents in them, as they may be too harsh and can do more damage than the spot you are trying to remove.

• Not doing a test patch before using harsh products

If you care about your carpet, before cleaning the carpet it’s always advised to pre-test a spot in an inconspicuous location to make sure it won’t damage the carpet.

• Using a deodorizing powder to clean

All powders do not clean; they just help with smells in the carpet. Most vacuum cleaners are not strong enough to vacuum out the powder, so it stays behind and attracts dirt, ultimately making the smell worse.

• You clean you carpet every week

It’s important to keep your carpet looking good, but do not clean your carpet every week. Doing so can damage the yarn in the carpet, and you might be applying chemicals that are too harsh or that work their way into the carpet, attaching themselves and attracting even more dirt than before.

• Never hiring a professional to clean your carpets

A professional carpet cleaning company can do a thorough job of cleaning, sanitizing, and protecting carpets better than you can on your own, and often more safely if the company uses organic products.

How To Remove Tomato Sauce from Carpet

tomato sauce on carpetVery simply: Act Fast, Blot, Do Not Rub!

The longer you wait, the more the tomato sauce will cling to the carpet fibers. It’s always a good idea to keep some cleaning products on hand so you don’t have to waste a timely trip to the store when you have a spill. You should have: dishwashing detergent, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and club soda on hand.

  1. Remove as much excess sauce as possible, and using a spoon or the blunt side of a knife, scoop or scrape off the tomatoe sauce. Start out from the furthest part of the stain and work inward so as not to spread the stain.
  2. Apply a little club soda and blot the spot, and use a paper towel to dry the area as much as possible.
  3. After that, mix a tablespoon of liquid dish detergent with 2 cups of cool water.
  4. Blot the stain and rinse with cold water, and blot with napkins when done.

If the above instructions do not work, try this:

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with a 1/2 cup of cool water (Warning! Be careful handling ammonia. Use gloves, and never mix ammonia with bleach!)
  2. Do a test area spot to ensure it’s safe for the colorfastness of the carpet.
  3. Apply the ammonia solution and blot the sauce stain, then rinse with cool water and blot dry with paper towels.

If the stain still isn’t gone after using the ammonia solution, try this:

  1. Create a hydrogen peroxide solution with 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and 3 tablespoons of cool water.
  2. Do a test area spot to ensure it’s safe for the colorfastness of the carpet.
  3. Cover with a towel and keep the sunlight off the spot for 30 minutes. (Warning! Be careful handling hydrogen peroxide, and use gloves!)
  4. After 30 minutes blot, rinse with water, and blot with paper towels.

How To Remove Coffee Stains from Carpet

coffee on carpet As with all stains, the best thing to do is to quickly blot up coffee stains with white paper towels or napkins and soak up as much as the liquid as possible. Avoid rubbing, as rubbing can push the coffee further into the carpet fibers.

If the carpet is an antique carpet or natural fiber carpet (wool, cotton, silk) it would be best to call a professional carpet cleaner to ensure the carpet won’t be damaged.

  1. Mix 2/3 cup of warm water with 1/3 white vinegar (or a teaspoon of dishwasher detergent)
  2. If the coffee contained milk, cream, or sugar, use a little enzyme laundry detergent as well.
  3. As with any carpet stain, apply the cleaning solution to an inconspicuous spot before you move on to visible areas
  4. With a spray bottle, spray the solution on the carpet and then blot it up.
  5. If the spot comes out, rinse the area with water and blot to try to remove the vinegar and detergent.
  6. If the spot is very wet, put some paper towels or a white cotton towel on the spot and put a couple of very heavy books over the towels to soak up as much of the liquid as possible.

If you are not able to remove the coffee stains you may try a safe pH balanced spot cleaner from the store, or better yet, call your local carpet cleaning company.

How to Get Urine Out of Carpet

petstainsUrine is made up primarily make up of hydrochloric acid, urea acid and ammonia. There are many variables that will determine your success in completely removing the urine. It takes 5 years for urine to break down naturally. Following the procedure below can be a big help in removing urine stains and odors. With high acid content of urine you may some permanently yellowing or bleaching of the carpet.

If the urine is still wet:

  1. Use paper towels to soak up as much as the urine as possible.
  2. Pile up a few layers and place them on stain, weighing them down with something heavy like a brick.
  3. Keep the paper towels pressed down for several minutes, and repeat as needed.
  4. When the area is barely damp, rinse it with cool water (not hot) and then blot up the remaining liquid.
  5. Then you need to use a basic carpet cleaning solution, following the directions on the bottle. Try to use an organic and/or “green” eco-friendly cleaning solution to effectively clean the urine spot.
  6. Then use a high quality pet odor neutralizer to completely remove the odor (read next week’s blog on “How to Remove Carpet Odor”).

If the stain is dry:

  1. Rinse stain with room temperature water and a Shop Vac. Don’t over-wet, as this could push the urine into the backing.
  2. Then clean the urine spots as described above.

AVOID using the following:

  • Cleaning chemicals that have strong chemical odors.
  • Ammonia based products or vinegar (these products can make the odor worse and the high acid pH will combine with the acid from the urine and can permanently damage the carpet).
  • Hot water or steam cleaners, which can attach the urine molecules to the carpet fibers rather than remove them.

The Benefits of Scotchgarding (Fabric Protecting)

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Scotchgarding is a process that is used on fabric, carpets, and upholstered furniture to protect it from staining. It also helps keep grime and dirt from attaching to the fibers by acting like a protective seal, and is often used after furniture or carpet cleaning to prolong the benefits of these services. Fabric has tiny “dye sites” that hold the coloring of the fabric, and the Scotchgard or Teflon protectant fill those open dye sites and put a small microscopic protective seal on the top of fabric.

Scotchgarding is very beneficial for several reasons:

  • It protects the carpet and furniture.
  • It protects the life of your carpet and furniture.
  • It saves you money (you need to have the fabric cleaned less frequency as compared to fabric that is not protected).
  • It makes your job easier when you are spot cleaning the fabric.
  • It prolongs the “freshly cleaned” look after carpet and upholstery cleaning.

Scotchgard was discovered by accident by a lab technician who was working on a project and spilled a drop of Scotchgard on her tennis sneakers. After some time she noticed a clean spot on her now dirty shoes, thus the invention of Scotchgard.

Although most companies don’t use actual Scotchgard and Teflon protectants, they are considered generic terms like “Kleenex” or “Coke”. Many protectants are safer and greener than the original kind developed in the 1950’s. There are solvent based and water based protectants. The solvent based ones are a type of “fluorochemical polymers” and the water based ones are just water based protectants. There are benefits and drawbacks to both kinds.

Come back next week to read our blog about the History of Scotchgard.

Steps to a Healthy Carpet

Healthy CarpetThe longer your carpets remain dirty, the sooner they’ll wear out… and the longer you and your family will be breathing in any dirt, dust mites, allergens, mold spores, chemicals, and pet oil and dander hidden in your carpet! What are some steps you can take to make your carpet clean and healthy?


List Your Objectives

If you just want the surface dirt removed, you can rent a cleaner from your local Shop Rite! But if you want all the bacteria, fungus, dust mists, and chemicals removed, you’ll want to hire a professional carpet cleaning company that uses a safe, non-toxic, organic, “green” cleaning system.

Ask Questions

You can learn a lot from a carpet cleaning company by asking these questions:

1. What method of cleaning do you use?
2. Are your cleaning solutions pH balanced, green, organic, and biodegradable?
3. Does the owner do the cleaning, or is it the cleaning at least supervised by the owner of the company?
4. What type of equipment do you use to clean the carpet?
5. What type of practical and technical training do you and your cleaning technicians have?
6. How often should I get my carpets cleaned?
7. What will be removed out of the carpet when they are cleaned?

Ask for an Onsite Written Quote

Once you have picked out which company you feel you are comfortable with, have them come out to your home or business to give you a written quote. This will ensure there won’t be any miscommunication with the job scope or the price.

Outdated Carpet Cleaning Methods

There used to be only three main types of Carpet Cleaning methods: Hot Water (Steam Cleaning, also called “Hot Water Extraction”), Dry Cleaning, and Shampooing. These methods are still used today, and are very common. Most of these systems may clean sufficiently, but most have drawbacks, and in some cases can actually damage the fabric being cleaned.

Steam Cleaning utilizes soap or shampoo added to hot water. This mixture is injected heavily onto the carpet, then immediately extracted out with a suction unit. There are various complaints with this method. The carpets tend to feel stiff or crunchy after it’s dried. This is because the hot temperatures used can remove the natural oils from the carpet. Also, dirt and spots may reappear more rapidly after the carpet has been cleaned. This is because not all of the soap, shampoo, and detergents can be removed, and the chemical residue left behind attracts dirt.

outdatedcarpetShampooing generally uses many different types of cleaning equipment, but the same result is the same. Shampoo cannot be completely removed from the carpet, causing the same problem with residue that attracts dirt more quickly.

Dry Cleaning is the least popular and is not used as often these days. However, the many different types of archaic cleaning equipment all use a type of dry cleaning solvents in the cleaning process, similar to those used to dry clean clothes. This system is not very thorough and may leave residue behind that attracts dirt.

The best carpet cleaning system is one that is both safe (for you, your family and pets, and of course, your carpet!) and effective. The safest cleaning solutions are organic, pH balanced, biodegradable, and environmentally and eco-friendly (“green”). The most effective cleaning solutions do not use any type of soap, shampoo, detergents, or surfactants, as these types of cleaning compounds are difficult to remove from the carpet and actually attract dirt more quickly. Also using a low moisture cleaning system will ensure that the carpets dry within a few hours. This is much better than archaic methods where copious amounts of water are flooded into the carpet, which can take days to dry and can cause mold, odors, and water damage to your floors.

Delaware Valley Carpet Cleaning at http://www.delawarevalleycarpetcleaning.com utilizes up-to-date, safe, organic, pH balanced, environmentally friendly carpet and upholstery cleaning methods.

Dry Compound and Encapsulation Carpet Cleaning Methods

drycompoundMany companies have developed different types of an absorbent dry cleaning compounds that get evenly spread onto the carpet, brushed and then scrubbed in, then vacuumed off. These dry chemicals are usually some type of surfactant or solvent. The theory is that these dry cleaning compounds, once worked into the carpet, attract the dirt which is then sucked, vacuumed or absorbed off. The main benefit when cleaning with dry compounds is that the carpet is not wet. The main drawback is that for moderately to heavily soiled carpets, this method does not clean thoroughly, and if you are not using an organic product you are sometimes left with chemicals in your carpet that later attract dirt.

Encapsulation was developed as an option for cleaning with no moisture, but a deeper more thorough cleaning job than the dry compound methods mentioned above. Encapsulation carpet cleaning uses polymers that literally encapsulate (crystallizing) dirt and soil particles into a dry residue that can be extracted or vacuumed off the carpet. The encapsulating solution is sprayed onto the carpet, brushed in, then vacuumed out immediately along with the dirty particles. Some cleaning machines do all this at one time while others have different machines to do each individual step. This method is very dry and you also avoid all the pitfalls of other wet cleaning methods. More and more companies are using this type of carpet cleaning technology as it is becoming more perfected.

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