Cleaning Hard to Remove Carpet Stains

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Carpet Cleaning, Cleaning Products, Cleaning Services | 0 comments

Hard to clean carpet stains

Stains on the carpet are pretty much unavoidable in daily life. Drinks get spilled, foods get dropped, mud gets tracked in by the pets, etc. Now, I am a stay at home mother of four, which is exhausting enough already. But I also happen to be a freelance artist in my spare time, even as little as that is. One morning a few years ago, when my kids were still all very young, I woke up to all four of them hurling my $40 acrylic paint at each other in the living room. My only comfort as I sat on my hands and knees scrubbing the expensive rainbow liquids from my eggshell carpet was that the oldest of my wonderful brood had just enough common sense to take off everyone’s pajamas first.

Unfortunately, this was not the only time this kind of thing has happened, and I’m confident it won’t be the last. Life is just messy like that, especially when you have kids or pets. Or a goofball for a husband like me.

Thankfully, this is where professional carpet cleaning agencies come in. I am in no way recommending this for every mishap or just for daily maintenance, but hiring a professional for deep cleaning every few months might be a fantastic idea.

What Is the Cost of Getting Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned?

Pricing will vary widely among companies, and it might seem like they cost more up front, but think of all the time and money you will be saving by having someone else do the work for you. Just trying to find the right shampoo for your carpet can be time-consuming and a waste of money with how many different types and brands there are to choose from, and don’t get me started on how you actually use them.

Hiring a professional can eliminate a lot of stress. They have access to much more powerful equipment and cleaning products, and they are already trained on how to use them. They can typically lift unsightly stains and annoying odors much easier and faster.

If you’re considering hiring a carpet cleaning company, here are a few things you might want to do beforehand:

Carpet Cleaning Pro ServicesTake a few minutes to go over any baseboards and HVAC registers quickly. It won’t necessarily hinder their work but clearing these areas of any debris will help make sure your carpet doesn’t immediately get dirty again with the air flow.

Move furniture if you can. Most companies will move couches and tables and other things at no cost (generally excluding more valuable things such as beds, electronics, china cabinets, etc.), while others will charge a fee, and some will ultimately refuse to move anything. Always be sure to ask about furniture when scheduling an appointment.

Move fragile or expensive items to a safe space, such as in a locked room or your car. Quality carpet cleaning agencies will thoroughly vet their employees, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Try to pin up in bedspreads or drapes with clothespins so that they are not touching the floor and in the cleaner’s way.

One last thing to keep in mind is pointing out areas of concern, such as high traffic spots, any existing stains or smelly areas of the carpet so that they aren’t missed.

Overall, if you can’t find the time or energy deep clean your carpets due to work or familial duties, hiring a professional carpet cleaning service might be a good idea for you.

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Eliminate Streaks from Traditional Mops by Using a Steam Mop

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Cleaning Products, Mold and Mildew | 0 comments

Bissell Steam MopsWe all remember the dark ages of having to pull out the buckets of hot water, add soap, and wring out the old-fashioned string mop; these were not fun times. Technology is a beautiful thing and has brought us the wonderful thing known as a steam mop. Having a steam mop in your home is wonderful, especially if you have tile or hardwood flooring.

Most steam mops advertise that they get their water to 200 degrees to clean your floors. This means that just using water alone is killing more germs and mildew than your old-fashioned string mop because most water heaters in our houses only get water up to 120 degrees.

After moving the water from the sink to the bucket, and then getting that water on the floor, you are usually working with water that is only 100 degrees. Everyone wants to kill as many germs as possible, so having a steam mop that promises to heat the water to 200 degrees is absolutely an upside over the old mop.

What Type of Floors Can You Use Steam Mops On?

Manufacturers of these steam mops claim that their products are safe on sealed wood, tiles, various types of hard flooring and vinyl. Make sure though that before you use your steam mop on your flooring that you check the directions to ensure that it is safe. Also remember that if you have old hardwood floors that you will want to make sure that there are no cracks in your flooring where water could get in and damage your flooring. Furthermore, these steam mops should not be used on carpeted flooring.

Symphony Bissell Steam-MopWhen it comes to cleaning your pads from your steam mop, most require that you empty the reservoir of water first. You will need to remove the pads before they become too dirty, because after a while you will just be pushing dirt and grime around your floors, and let’s be honest here, that is doing no good to anyone.

The trickiest part of owning a steam mop is washing these pads that collect the dirt from your floors. If you are like me, you will not want to put them in the washer with the rest of your laundry, but the idea of standing over the sink and hand-washing them doesn’t seem overly appealing either. So you will have a decision to make; wash your pads by themselves, wash them with other laundry, or hand wash them in your sink.

There are many different models out there to choose from when it comes to deciding which steam mop to buy. If you want something that can reach into small areas, you will want to consider purchasing one that has a removable head so that you can use it as a handheld steamer. If you are more concerned with longevity, you will want to look into getting one that has a larger tank so that you can clean bigger areas at a time.

Whatever the reason for purchasing a steam mop buy the one that fits your needs the best. I myself love my Bissell steam mop, which I bought based on theĀ bissel symphony review. However, if you find that another brand is better suited for your needs then go that route. Either way, steam mops are an excellent addition to your home cleaning needs. Below is a video of 2016’s best steam mops.

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