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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.

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How To Remove Pet Hair

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The easiest way to remove hair from carpet, furniture, drapes, and even clothing, is with a lint roller. Just roll away the hair and dispose of the stickers once they are hairy and ineffective.

You can also use rubber or latex gloves, or a rubber sponge. Wipe over furniture and carpet edges with gloves or sponges and watch how the hair just pulls away. You can also moisten the gloves or the sponge with a little bit of water, which helps in eliminating static electricity and will help it cling better so you can ball it up easier.

If you are in a pinch, you can even rub a blown up balloon on the pet hair! The pet hair will cling to the balloon due to static electricity, and then you can wipe the hair from the balloon into the trash.

After using any of the methods above, vacuum the carpet and upholstery to remove any remaining pet hair. Make sure your vacuum cleaner is at the proper setting for your carpet. When you are vacuuming carpet, make sure to vacuum in different directions (“cross vacuuming”) to ensure you are vacuuming each side of the carpet yarn.

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.

Professional Upholstery Cleaning – A Step-by-Step Process

upholsterycleaningBelow is a step-by-step process and what you should expect from a good, professional carpet cleaning company when they clean your furniture upholstery:

 

 

  1. Fabric Testing
    Your fabric should be tested for dye stability (colorfastness) and for fiber type.
  2. Area prep
    The upholstery to be cleaned should be prepared to protect the surrounding areas.

  3. Pre-Vacuum
    Dry soil should be removed before cleaning.

  4. Pre-Treat
    Depending upon the type of fabric, a pretreatment should be applied to suspend bonded and hard to remove soil.

  5. Pre-Spot
    Some potentially difficult spots may be pre-treated with special solutions to increase the chance of removal.

  6. Pre-Grooming
    The fabric should be gently groomed by hand to loosen soil.

  7. Soil Extraction
    The soil should be gently extracted with a quality organic cleaning solution and a pH conditioner to ensure pH balance, resulting in a soft fresh feel.

  8. Post-Spot
    Any remaining spots should be treated with a special stain removal process.

  9. Cleanup
    The area should be cleaned up and left like it was before cleaning.

  10. Post Cleaning Inspection
    The cleaning results should be inspected to ensure that your expectations have been met or exceeded.

As you can see, upholstery cleaning is a long, detailed process. If the carpet and upholstery cleaning company you hire skips any of these steps, then you’re not getting your money’s worth, the job was not completely finished, and you may not be happy with the work.

Customer Service

DVCC (Delaware Valley Carpet Cleaning) began in 1987 as a family owned business in the heart of South Jersey. After expanding the company with many employees and multiple trucks on the road, I realized it was difficult to stay with original mission of:

  • Personalized customer service
  • Hassle-free cleaning services
  • Competitive prices
  • Organic and green cleaning products
  • “Cleaning your carpets more effectively, utilizing safer greener technology with personal service”

In the early 1990’s I decided to downsize the company so every client could have the benefit of personalized service with the owner of the company. So since 1994, I, Joe Stark (the owner) have done all the cleaning myself, and have not outsourced any cleaning to subcontractors or employees since then.

My goal is to utilize my 20+ years of cleaning and practical knowledge with newer updated state-of-the-art technology to bring to the customer the most informed carpet cleaning company and to ensure clear and precise communication with the client.

With all clients I perform a free no-charge carpet evaluation and an estimate. This is done to ensure that there is clear communication between the customer and me to provide the optimum personalized attention to detail and complete satisfaction for the customer.

All the work I perform is completely 100% guaranteed for the client’s satisfaction.

Once a client uses my company I consider them a client for life, making myself available to all my clients for free advice on cleaning and fabric care for the future.

You can always contact me by phone or text at 609-458-1973, through our website at http://www.delawarevalleycarpetcleaning.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DelawareValleyCarpetCleaning (please be sure to like our page), or by email.

Removing Pet Hair from Carpet

pet hairPet hair can be difficult to remove from fabric, especially carpeted steps, upholstery and clothing. People use many things to remove per hair such as tape, lint rollers, sponges, and brushes. Not only are some of these items quite expensive, but some lint rollers and tape may leave sticky residue behind that actually attract hair and dust even more.

The secret to removing pet hair from carpet is: rubber or latex gloves!

Put on a pair of rubber or latex gloves and brush or rub our hands in a circular motion on the carpet. You will be surprised to see how easily you can remove the hair from carpets and furniture, draperies, and clothing!

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