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How To Remove Pesky Red Wine Stains From Carpets

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 22:09:07 +0000

How To Remove Pesky Red Wine Stains From Carpets was originally seen on: Refresh Rug Cleaning Blog


Accidents happen. You may be hosting a small party or dinner for your family, and someone spills red wine on your clean carpet. Red wine is hard to get out of clothing, but it is much more difficult to get out of a carpet. To remove red wine stains, you will need to make a cleaning paste using baking soda. You need to blot the stain and be careful not to rub it. Try to get as much of the wine off with paper towels before trying any of the methods mentioned below.

When the guests are gone, there are some steps that must be taken right away. The longer the stain sits, the harder it will be to remove.

How to Remove Red Wine From Carpets

  1. Immediately blot the stain. Use a white cloth to remove as much wine as possible.
  2. Add some water to the area that is stained. Put the water over the stain and continue to blot it. The water will help dilute the color. Only pour a small amount of water at a time on the stain. When your cloth gets too wet, change it for a dry one. Continue blotting until no more wine is coming up.
  3. Make DIY carpet cleaning paste using baking soda. Use a 3 to one ratio when mixing baking soda with water. Put the paste on the stained area. Allow it to dry completely. Vacuum up the dry paste.
  4. After using the baking soda mixture, use a carpet stain cleaner. Follow the instructions that it comes with. Most will want you to wait until they are dry to then vacuum them up.

Stain Removal Tips

Be sure to test the stain removal products before using them on your carpet. This way you can check how they work.

If you have a white carpet, you can mix clean dishwashing liquid with hydrogen peroxide instead of using a store-bought stain remover. Sponge the mixture on, blot it, and rinse the area well. Do not use this on colored carpets. It can cause damage to the coloring. This will make the carpet look worse.

If you are in the middle of a party and do not want to freak out about the stain, after blotting it, sprinkle salt on the stain. The salt will absorb the wine and can be vacuumed up later. Afterwards, follow the steps that have been mentioned above. You will need to use these methods to make sure the stain comes out and the carpet is cleaned. You should do this as soon as the guests leave.

If you did not notice the wine stain until it was already dried, it can be more difficult to remove. Cover the affected area with hot water and apply a pretreatment stain removal product. Apply your favorite carpet cleaning product and then allow it to sit for two to 10 hours.

If none of these methods are working, you may need to call a professional carpet washer. They have industrial strength products that can get the red wine stains out and allow the carpet to look great once again.

Cleaning A Tile Floor: Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 21:39:05 +0000

The following post Cleaning A Tile Floor: Mistakes & How To Avoid Them was first published on: Refresh Carpet Clean Blog Bleach and Ammonia Based Cleaners Do not use bleach cleaners on your tile floor. There are plenty of better cleaners that are milder and will get the floor clean. Bleach and ammonia products will discolor the grout. This will happen slowly, but it will be noticeable over time. Try an all-purpose cleaner and use as suggested by the manufacturer. This is much gentler on the floor, and they will still become cleaned. Scrubbing the Tile and the Grout Do not scrub with steel wool, scrubbing powders, or other scrubbing materials. Your tile has a special finish on it that can be damaged by these scrubbing products. A soft scrubbing cloth, as well as mops, can do the job. They can remove the dirt without removing the finish from the tile. Spills Do not leave spills on the floor for a long period of time. The same stains that can affect clothing will affect your tile floor. Stains that are oil based, tomato stains, and strains from drinks can ruin the floor so be sure to clean them up quickly. Do not allow them to sit for more than a few minutes at the most. Furniture and the Floor Tile can withstand a lot of wear and tear, but it can crack or chip with enough force. Use furniture protectors on the bottom of the tables and chairs. When moving furniture across the tile floor be as careful as possible. Potted plants need protectors on the underside of them as well. Vacuum Beater Bar Do not use this on the tile floor. It can scratch the surface. Many vacuums can turn off the beater bars and have special settings for cleaning tile floors. Sweeping and Mopping Dirt can ruin the tile floor. Floors need to be swept and cleaned often, so they do not get damaged. A light sweeping or a light mopping daily can extend the life of the tile floor.   Sealing Tile surface that will be around water is going to have to be caulked. Inspect the caulk every so often to make sure it does not begin to peel. Proper sealing will be able to protect the floor from wear and tear. It will also help keep the tile and the grout from becoming stained. Be sure to read the instructions on the sealing products. Do some research to find the sealer that you need for your floor. Oil Based Cleaners and Glazed Tile If you have tile that has been glazed, you may have noticed that it can become slippery. Do not use oil-based cleaners on the tile that is glazed or tile that has a shiny appearance. This can make it even more slippery. Door Mats Many people bring dirt into their home on their feet. Be sure that there is a doormat outside of the entrance way of the home and inside each entry point of the home. This will trap most of the dirt so that it does not even reach the tile floor. [...]

Simple Tips For Removing Loose Dirt & Grass From Carpets

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:40:46 +0000

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Mud and dirt are not uncommon in a household, especially in homes with children. Children may enter the home with the same shoes they wore to gym class or their sports practice. Do not let their messy habits ruin your carpet. Here are (image) some tips to remove dirt and grass stains from your precious carpet.

You are going to need to remove as much of the loose dirt or mud from the surface of the carpet as you can. Do not wipe the dirt with too much force. Too much pressure can push the mud deep into the carpet. Use a broom to sweep up the dirt. Be gentle, so it does not sink into the carpet.

If there is a small spot of dirt, use a spot cleaner on the more minor stains. They are effective at removing dirt. Just blot the stain with this cleaner. Use a rag that is a neutral color, so it will not leave behind a stain. A paper towel that does not have printed designs will also work well. Once blotted allow the cleaner to set in. They will need time to break down the dirt. Do not combine spot cleaners with other cleaning products.

Grass stains are more of a challenge to remove. You may have read online that a mixture of laundry detergent and a cleaner that is ammonia based will remove the grass stain. Do not use this method! It will leave a larger mess to deal with than what you started with. Laundry detergent is for clothing, not grass stains. You should try and use the same methods as you used for cleaning dirt from the carpet. If the stain does not go away, you may want to call a professional carpet cleaner. They have the tools and the experience needed to remove tough stains, and they will not damage the carpet in the process. They can remove stubborn stains that most people cannot.

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Professional Upholstrey Cleaning: How Much Does It Cost?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:23:45 +0000

The following post Professional Upholstrey Cleaning: How Much Does It Cost? was first published to: On average homeowners spend around $158 on professional upholstery cleaners. Since most services are provided on a per-piece basis, the costs largely depend on the number of pieces you are having cleaned. Pricing also takes into consideration the size of furniture and material composition because more substantial materials require special care. Professionals will review special cleaning instructions so as not to damage your furniture, and it often helps if you are aware of these instructions too. Be mindful of the fact that reclining items are typically more expensive because of the complexity of moving the seat around to get underneath it. Therefore, they usually have an additional charge. Professional Couch Cleaning Costs Average costs for sofa cleaning range between $50 and $200 depending on size. More large couches will be more expensive to clean because of the timing factor. Unique materials like suede and leather will also cost more because of the tools and solutions required. Fragile cleaning processes are involved with individual chemicals, so the costs are higher. Be sure to consult a cleaning service with regards to what they charge for; you want to check if their rates are hourly or based on item numbers. You also want to ask about accessory charges. A typical quote will include Time and materials, expected equipment costs, labor and transportation costs. Check rates with several different companies to get the best rate and consult with the chosen service before starting, to ensure there are no surprise charges when you get the bill. Clean Furniture Project Cost   View more Cleaning Services cost guides or View all home projects How and When to Clean? Dust and stains love couches forcing them to require cleaning on a semi-regular basis. This helps to prevent fibers from breaking down and the formation of holes that will need patching up. Depending on the type of furniture, cleaning does not have to be expensive, and you can do a lot of upkeep yourself to limit the need for frequent professional services. You can wash any removable covers in the laundry every six months or so. Vacuum and wipe down permanent covers or leather to remove surface dust and dirt. Any deeply embedded stains will need stringer supplies or professional work. Cleaning Fabric Upholstery Couches and love seats seem to get the most use, so they need to be cleaned more frequently to prevent holes and damage. You can help by vacuuming crevices and surfaces regularly and clean removable covers if you have them. Be sure to care for any wood detailing with a specialized wood cleaner. Call the manufacturer, if your furniture is under warranty to get the recommended timing and supplies for your item. They will be aware of what will work best for the material you have. Be sure to always check the tags for cleaning codes because these will inform you and any professional how to clean the item. Code W: these are man-made fabrics that can be cleaned with water-based solutions (polyester, nylon, acetate) Code S: organic fabrics that require solvent-based products (cotton, rayon, linen, silk, wool) Code W/S: a mixture of man-made and organic that can use either water-based or solvent solution. Code X: fabric that must be professionally cleaned. You can vacuum and brush it down but will need to hire cleaning services and cannot use solutions. Spot Cleaning If you carefully spot clean your furniture regularly, you can avoid getting a professional. You will, however, risk the stains expanding and settling into the fabric permanently. Spot cleaning is only useful when done immediately after a spill. The following steps are the best for removing stains after a spill: First, test a small area to make sure nothing happens to the fabric before proceeding. Use a small amount of solution and with a cloth blot the stain, making sure you use a new sec[...]

Simple Upholstery Cleaning Tips For Everyday Homeowners

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 23:03:45 +0000

The following post Simple Upholstery Cleaning Tips For Everyday Homeowners was originally seen on: Refresh Carpet Clean Everyone enjoys the look and feel of upholstered furniture, but cleaning it is another story. Dirt and filth like to cling to upholstery making it look unpleasant and less alluring. The natural bright colors can become dull and dingy, and clouds of dust float up each time you sit down. Not thoughts that you want when you are trying to sit and relax. It is difficult to keep dirt away from upholstered furniture and ends up being a task that becomes many people’s worst nightmare. Even when care is taken not to spill anything on the couch or chairs, dirt and dust will always settle there. There is no need to get rid of your expensive couch because there are a few tested and approved ways that efficiently clean your furniture. These upholstery cleaning tips below can be utilized by just about anyone in any home. 1. The type of fabric: Cleaning processes vary according to fabric type. The upholstery of a current store chair will be different than that of an antique heirloom. If you are not sure what kind of fabric has been used, it is advised to check with the manufacturer to discuss cleaning methods. Most pieces of furniture do come with letters on them to decode the cleaning methods required. A ‘W’ usually means water-based cleaning products have to be used. An ‘S’ coding requires cleaning by a professional only. When ‘WS’ codes are used, then you have a choice to clean it yourself or use a professional. A code of ‘X” is necessary because it means you can only use vacuums and no detergents or solvents. 2. Vacuum before cleaning: The best thing to do before any cleaning is to vacuum, this moves a significant portion of settled dirt and dust. When dirt is left to settle for long periods of time, it can damage the material once it gets wet. Most vacuums have upholstery attachments to make it easy to reach all the crevices in your furniture. 3. Time is of the essence: When it comes to fresh spills, time is critical. Before letting a spill spread and soak into the fabric, it should be dealt with as soon as possible. If left unattended, it will be harder to clean. Use a cloth to blot at the surface of the spill which will help to keep the spill under control and easier to clean. It is important to remember never to scrub the cloth as this could damage the material and push the liquid further in. 4. Seek professional help: Many people only do not have the time or skills to appropriately clean upholstery. There is a lot of information to know; extensive selections of available solvents and cleaners combined with the number of possible fabrics make it hard for the average person know how to clean. The best solution is to avoid a headache and potential damage to your furniture and consult a professional upholstery cleaning company for advice or to just do the job for you. [...]