Keeping your carpet Clean

What all carpets have in common is the fact that you need to keep them clean somehow. Regardless of the fabric or the material that they are made of they all require some maintenance. You need to do your best as cleaning your carpet just isn’t the same as wiping your tiles or other sort of hard floor. Let’s assume you know your carpet well and that you have already realised what shouldn’t be done to it. A few special tips by the experts at.

The most common method of cleaning your carpet is by vacuuming it. This type of maintenance should be done regularly even when there’s nothing wrong visibly with the carpet. Most rugs have a great function – they keep your air cleaner. This is achieved by them trapping dust in the fabric. But of course that goes to show you that you will need to regularly vacuum it. Especially if you live in a city the dust levels will always be greater and thus your rugs will require a little more attention. You should gently vacuum them without scratching the surface with the plastic pieces of the vacuum cleaner. Sometimes you might have to be more persistent and push a little in case there is some dirt that is entangled in there but again – be very cautious not to ruin your carpet.

Accidental spills require quick reactions. These events can be treated as emergencies and you need to act swiftly and yet again with great care. You should apply some soap water to a soft cloth and rub gently. If there is a lot of liquid trapped on the surface then you can also use a spoon or a sponge to gather the majority of the material before proceeding to wiping. While there are detergents that might help you should be absolutely sure you got the right stuff before putting it on your carpet.

This takes us to the third point – hiring professional help. People who are in this business know what to use on all sorts of carpets and the solutions that they use are usually different than the ones that you can buy from the supermarket. Also they know exactly how to tackle the issues and will preserve the fabric.

Beating your rug shouldn’t be overlooked too. Even though we have very advanced vacuum cleaners nowadays taking your carpet out and hanging it on a piece of iron is also useful. While the act of beating doesn’t suggest a lot of caution you still should approach this matter carefully by first inspecting your beater for some pieces of plastic or iron that are hanging. This might ravage your carpet and you perhaps don’t want that.

Lastly you can simply try to keep dirt out of the room in general. There has to be some control over mud tracking. People should take shoes off at the door and kids should be watched over as well.

Deciding if the room is close to a door leading out or maybe a bathroom also plays a role on what might fall on the fabric.

Lifting Latex Paint Stain from Carpet

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Most people would be right to point out that ninety nine precent of all paint stains never, ever come out. Indeed paint is hard to remove, after all that’s its purpose. Latex paint spills and spots are quite common, especially if you did one of those DIY redecoration projects.

Water based paint can actually be removed from the carpet, as long as the timing and method are correct. In all instances, speedy action is the make or break aspect of the stain removal process. Once the paint has dried up, then you are better off replacing the affected section of the carpet.

Here is a three-step latex paint removal scheme that works well on both natural and synthetic fibre carpets:

STEP 1 – Sponging the stain with cold water

-use a regular sponge to blot out as much paint as possible from the stained area;

-optionally, you can use an absorbent dry cloth;

-now soak the sponge in cold water, wring it and continue blotting the leftover paint;

Blotting paint is a meticulous, even painstaking process so be patient and take your time, it is for the best. When you decide that you have blotted as much paint as possible, move on to step two, explained below.

STEP 2 – Application of Soap or Paint Remover

Carpet Cleaningmix one cup of lukewarm water with a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent;

use a mild detergent in order to avoid damage to the carpet, paint will come off even when using a mild detergent;

-soak a sponge in the solution and dab away at the stain, remember to blot NOT rub;

-continue blotting until the paint has completely disappeared;

Alternatively, you can purchase a specially formulated latex paint remover which will definitely do the trick, keep in mind though that these chemicals are quite potent and will require you to use gloves, even goggles and a face mask.

STEP 3 – Soaking the Stain

Soaking the stain is a method used to lift larger amounts of latex paint from the carpet. This technique will only work if the stain is still wet. STEP 3 will require you to use an industrial grade wet/dry vacuum cleaner.

-while the stain is still wet, pour a large amount of fresh water over the stain; latex is a water based paint system so it will dilute.

-get someone to help you with pouring the water, or doing the vacuuming.

-pour water and vacuum the diluted paint as many times as necessary, in due time you will get the required results.

Window Cleaning – The Advice You Really Need

Window cleaning is hard work and takes a lot of effort to yield the required results and is a hard task for end of tenancy cleans.
 Some useful advice though should go a long way, and make your window cleaning experience a better one.

When cleaning your windows consider the following:

Window Cleaning-never wash windows with the sun shining on them because panes will dry too quickly and leave water streaks.

-when polishing windows, use horizontal strokes on one side of the pane and vertical strokes on the other side of the pane, this way you will know if one side needs extra buffing.

-when polishing window panes, use lint-free soft cloths or a chamois cloth, natural linen towel is also an option.

-if you are not allergic to newspaper ink, use crumpled newspapers to polish window panes, newspapers leave no lint and provide for more dust resistance.

Easy made window cleaning solutions:

-When windows are soiled and greasy, mix a quarter cup of ammonia to two litres of warm water and apply directly on to the pane.

-When windows are lime scaled and soiled, dilute a quarter cup of white vinegar in two litres of warm water and apply directly to the glass pane.

-When windows are heavily soiled and greased, mix half cup of ammonia with two cups of rubbing alcohol, dilute in one gallon of warm water and apply directly.

Technical cleaning advice:

Window CleaningWhen washing windows, wash the sills and cross pieces first;

For cleaning touch ups, keep one of the above solutions in a spray bottle, ready to use;

-Use white vinegar in order to avoid water streaks, for scaling use undiluted vinegar;

Cut glass can be cleaned using baking soda sprinkled directly on a towel, wash window with fresh water afterwards;

Seamless repairs you can do yourself:

Window panes do get scratched, scratches can be somewhat hard to see, but when they become visible they are a real nuisance. One of the relatively easy ways to touch up small scratches (not gouges) on the window pane is to use toothpaste.

Use the creamy type toothpaste, gel type toothpaste does not have the same properties and will not work.

Equip yourself with a microfiber cloth and put a small amount of toothpaste on it. Apply the paste directly on to the scratched area, working the cloth in circular motions.

Circular strokes ensure that particles in toothpaste fill the scratch from all directions. When you are satisfied with the result, remove excess toothpaste using dry rag and polish the treated area with a soft, no-lint cloth.