November 2018 Client Newsletter

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Food Spills on Carpet.

A Few Do’s and Don’ts

You vacuum twice a week, like clockwork. You ask everyone to take their shoes off at the door, leave your muddy shoes on the garage stoop, and toss your throw rugs in the washer every weekend. You do your level best to keep dirt outside where it belongs and pollutants inside your home to a minimum.

But no family is perfect.

Despite your best efforts at keeping spaghetti in the kitchen and dirt in the garden, no matter how careful you are, sooner or later it will happen. Someone will spill food or drink onto your carpet. You may see it the second it happens, or you may not spot it until it has dried and set. Either way, you will panic. You will fear that your beautiful carpet is ruined forever.

And you will wonder what to do.

What you need to know is that whether a simple spill comes out or becomes a permanent stain depends just as much on what you don’t do as what you do. Here are a few recommendations to help increase your chances of a successful stain treating outcome:

DO NOT rub or scrub the carpet with a towel or brush. This will distort the face yarns and cause permanent damage to the surface, which will only amplify the look of any stain.

DO pick up any chunks and then remove the excess liquid by gently blotting or scraping up as much of the spill as you can. If it is a liquid, such as coffee, wine or soda, use a white towel and blot up as much of the spill as possible. Keep blotting until your towel stops absorbing liquid.

DO NOT spread the spot. When scraping up thick spills, such as spaghetti sauce, work gently from the outside edges of the spot toward the middle. Scrape up as much as possible before using any spot cleaners.

DO call a reputable professional cleaning company as soon as possible. Experienced carpet cleaners will have a specialty spotter for just about any type of spill. In addition, they will have the equipment to promptly remove the stain and flush it with fresh water. Prompt professional attention is your best chance to remove spills without damaging the color or texture of your carpet.

DO NOT use cleaning agents from the grocery store. Most often, these products are low quality and ineffective. But even high quality products still need to be used carefully. A cleaning product must be carefully chosen for the type of spot and the kind of fabric that your carpet is made from. If you try to use the wrong product, or use it incorrectly, you may make the spill more difficult or even impossible for even the most experienced professional to remove.

While nobody can guarantee that every spot and stain will come out, by following these tips you will make cleaning up spots and spills much easier. You will be more likely to remove the stain completely, leaving your carpet looking good and helping your carpet to look good for years to come.

 

October 2018 Client Newsletter

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Water Damage

An absorbing subject

Water intrusion into your home or business can quickly cause significant damage from water absorption into structural materials, furnishings, cabinetry, and woodwork. Act fast and call Professional Carpet Systems if your home or business should suffer a water intrusion. Waiting only increases the severity of the damage and expense.

One of the first things we do when we arrive is to remove as much water as we can. After removing bulk water, our focus turns to drying wet structural materials and contents. This requires an understanding of how water affects different materials.

Concrete, ceramic tile and stone are examples of materials that can remain wet indefinitely without damage. Other materials like structural wood framing and wood subfloors can be saturated for hours or even a few days without permanent damage if they are properly dried and cleaned.

Hardwood floors will show signs of swelling and damage within the first few hours of a water intrusion. If not addressed quickly and properly, hardwood floors begin to swell, cup and eventually buckle, requiring replacement or expensive repairs.

The rate at which building materials absorb and hold moisture depends on porosity and permeability.

Porosity is a measure of how much open space there is within a material. These open spaces can be large and visible, such as in a sponge, or much smaller such as in a piece of wood. Even granite and marble are somewhat porous, so water can pass into and through these seemingly impenetrable materials.

Permeability is a measure of how easily moisture or water vapor can be absorbed into materials. Highly permeable materials like drywall absorb water quickly. Semi-permeable materials like wood studs and floors take longer to absorb water. Low permeance materials such as concrete, hardwoods and natural stone resist moisture absorption the longest.

Generally, highly permeable materials that readily absorb moisture can be dried quickly and easily. Low permeance materials like marble and granite absorb moisture slowly, but once they do, it is much harder to remove absorbed moisture.

Drywall is very absorbent due its high permeability and porosity. Water on the floor can wick up two feet or more into drywall through capillary action. Absorbed water reduces the integrity of drywall making it soft and easily damaged.

Mold is another concern. Most drywall has a layer of thick paper on the outside. When drywall remains moist for an extended period, mold grows on the surface and inside wall cavities, creating a health risk to occupants in the building.

Structural wood can absorb up to 30% of its weight in water. If this water is removed quickly and properly, damage is minimal. Mold will begin to grow on wood that remains abnormally moist for an extended period. Drying materials as quickly as is practical minimizes damage and prevents mold growth.

Hardwood floors, cabinets and woodwork require special care.

Permanent damage such as shrinking, cracking and warping will occur if hardwood materials are dried too rapidly. We use specialized drying equipment and methods to remove moisture from these deeply saturated, low-permeance materials to avoid causing additional damage.

The trick in managing all of these drying challenges lies in understanding the different materials and how water affects and moves through them. We use electronic moisture meters to monitor material moisture content, surface temperatures, humidity levels and air temperature along with professional drying equipment. This level of expertise enables Professional Carpet Systems to dry structures and contents effectively, saving expensive replacement and rebuilding costs. That’s why we should be your first call if your home or business ever suffers a water intrusion.

 

September 2018 Client Newsletter

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How to enjoy better air quality at home

Fall is a glorious time of year. The weather is getting a bit cooler and the days a bit shorter. If you are like most Americans, your family is spending more time indoors as the outdoor activities of summer wind down. That’s why right now is a great time to think about your indoor air quality.

Air pollution is a major concern in the U.S., especially near heavily populated areas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that indoor air is often 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. How can this be? And can you do anything to help?

The amount of air pollution in your home is affected by several factors and there are many sources of pollution. Some of these sources come from outside your home. Other sources come from inside. Some you can control; others you can’t.

Outdoor pollutants and allergens enter your home by infiltration and ventilation, directly affecting the air in your home. Pollutants like car exhaust, pollen, smoke, insecticides, fertilizers and mold spores hitch a ride into your home on air currents, your clothing, shoes, hair, and pets.

When these pollutants settle on surfaces outside, wind, rain, and sunshine combine to neutralize, sweep and wash them away. Unfortunately, this is not the case inside your home. These same pollutants tend to accumulate inside your house on doors, furnishings, surfaces and in the air.

Because we live, eat, sleep, play and often work in our homes, we generate a significant amount of allergens and pollutants from inside our homes too. Did you know that you shed around a million dead skin cells every day? These dead cells are a food source for dust mites as well as other microbial life forms. Dust mite feces and dead dust mites are potent allergens and every home has millions of them. Housepets also contribute to indoor air quality issues.

Then there are the sticky and oily residues from cooking gases that eventually settle on surfaces. Certain types of furniture, plastics, and textiles also release gases that can affect indoor air quality. If you have a furnace that burns fuel such as gas, oil, or wood, by-products of combustion add to the problem.

After all of this, you may wonder if it is safe to stay in your home. Don’t be alarmed. There is a lot you can do to improve indoor air quality. Invest high-quality air filters for your HVAC (heat, ventilation, air-conditioning) system. These lters are rated based on their e ciency at trapping tiny particles. The rating is called MERV. The higher the MERV rating, the more e ective the lter.

Professional duct cleaning helps to remove contaminants that accumulate on the inner surfaces of your HVAC system.
Use a vacuum cleaner equipped with HEPA ltration. HEPA lters trap the smallest particles including dust mite feces, dead skin, pollen and mold spores. Other vacuum cleaners simply spew these tiny particles back into the air, making matters worse.

Use bathroom exhaust fans and range hoods to remove excessive humidity and cooking gases that can contribute to indoor air pollution. High humidity encourages bacteria and mold growth.

Cleaning carpets, upholstery, and area rugs returns them to a healthful condition and improves indoor air quality by removing pollutants and allergens that bond to these surfaces.

Cleaning your carpets, rugs and upholstery right now makes perfect sense. You are going to be spending more time indoors. You and your family deserve a clean, healthy home. If you have guests visiting for the holidays, your home will look, smell and feel fresh and clean.

Call Professional Carpet Systems today to schedule your fall cleaning. You and your family will breathe easier.

January 2018 Client Newsletter

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Understanding Your Carpet and How to Solve Problems

When selecting carpet, choosing the right color is often the most difficult part of the process. Most people make relatively neutral choices, picking colors such as beige, taupe, gray and even off white because they blend well with just about any decor. Yet, carpets in bold colors like burgundy, deep, rich browns, regal blues and purples, soothing greens and even multi-colored patterns are not uncommon either. The interesting thing is that the color itself is not what protects a carpet from stains. Rather, it’s how the color is dyed that matters. When you know how your carpet was colored you can make more informed cleaning and spot treatment choices.

Extrusion and Coloration

Many carpets, such as polyester and Olefin, are created through extrusion. This is the process of melting plastic balls of certain colors, then extruding the liquid through small holes to create strands. In this way the color goes all through the thread; it’s called “solution dyeing.” This creates the most colorfast carpets, fibers which are highly resistant to fading and bleaching because the color goes all the way through. These carpets are most often found in commercial applications, but they can be in private homes as well. One such extruded fiber, Olefin, is common in Berber style carpets. Olefin fibers are not very absorbent, so they are highly stain resistant.

Fiber & Yarn Dyeing

Sometimes, the material is extruded or otherwise turned into rough fibers before color is applied. Then, various methods are used to apply dye to these fibers before they are spun into yarn. This type of dyeing provides great color penetration, but it is expensive and rarely used on carpets; it’s more common on wool and other high end fabrics. If the fiber is spun into yarn, then dyed, this is yarn dyeing, a common way that multiple colors of fibers are then woven into the carpet to make a variety of patterns, as is common in hotels and office buildings.

Print Dyeing

In print dyeing the carpet is made without color variety. Then, dyes are sprayed or painted on the carpet using stencils. This is common on novelty carpets such as playrooms, daycare centers and movie theaters.

The most common dyeing technique is the continuous dye method. After the yarns have been stitched into the backing material, the carpet passes through jets that spray hot dye into the face yarns. This is the fastest and most cost-effective way to dye carpet. Chances are, if you have a light to medium solid-color carpet, it was dyed in this way.

Keeping Carpet Looking Good

The dyeing process of a carpet determines how it resists color loss, fading and bleaching. An experienced cleaning company will know what chemicals and processes to use in order to get the best cleaning and maintenance results from a particular carpet. Using the wrong cleaning agents or processes could result in fading, loss of luster and other issues, so be sure to have your carpets cleaned at least semi-annually by Professional Carpet Systems.

Tile Cleaning at Its Best

Regardless of the remarkable versatility, attractiveness, and beauty of tile floors, their low-maintenance requirement makes them a favorite. It’s not easy to keep tile floors in great shape. This difficulty occurs due to the permeability of grout.

Grout has a “bad” habit of absorbing dirt and grime that usually build up between the tiles. As time goes by, the grout may start to look black. When this occurs, it’s an indication that the grout needs to be cleaned.

Solely sweeping your floors from day to day won’t keep dirt and dust away. They will more likely accumulate between the tiles, given that the grout lines go deeper than the tile surface. You may even pass over spots while wiping.

Luckily, you can keep your grout looking healthy and clean by employing certain household products. Boost your tile-cleaning regime with these amazing cleaning tips. Let’s go!

Practical Cleaning Methods for Tile Floors

Both organic and commercial products can be used to clean tile floors, but first, you need to wipe the area with a wet cloth or rag before using any cleaning product.

Water and baking make a hell of a cleaner for dirty grout. In truth, it is one of the most effective cleaners for cleaning certain flooring materials.

  • Combine equal parts of water and baking soda in a container.
  • Apply the solution to the grout lines, then scrub with a firmbrush or an old toothbrush.
  • Thoroughly clean grout lines.
  • Use fresh water to rinse.

Steps for cleaning discolored or stained grout:

  • Combine vinegar and baking soda in a small container, making sure that it doesn’t foam over.
  • Apply the solution to the grout lines and allow it to soak for several minutes before scrubbing.
  • Rinse thoroughly.

If you wish to use the vinegar and baking soda solution on your marble tiles, you must first test it on a small, hidden section. Keep in mind that vinegar is acidic, which may stain your floors. Instead, you can use Hydrogen Peroxide.

  • Create a mixture of Hydrogen Peroxide and baking soda in a 1-to-2 ratio.
  • Apply the mixture to the grout lines, then scrub thoroughly.
  • Rinse well.

NOTE: It’s crucial to let your grout dry for a few hours, then apply a premium grout cleaner for that magic!

Verdict

The permeability of grout makes tile floors very challenging to maintain. Grout absorbs dirt and dust that have accumulated over time, causing the grout to look black. To prevent this, always pay attention to your tile floors, and clean them regularly.

 

 

Cleaning Linoleum Floors – The Ultimate Cleaning Guide

While linoleum and vinyl floors may have their similarities, there are several major differences between the two. Linoleum is usually costlier and typically requires a low level of maintenance.

As a type of flooring material, linoleum is flexible and very powerful. The prime drawback to this type of flooring material is the level of durability that it offers. As a result, great care and persistence must be observed during maintenance.

No need to worry, though. I’ve got you covered! Below, I’ll give you some tips on how to clean your linoleum floors to keep them looking and smelling fresh and clean.

Tips for Cleaning Linoleum Floors

  • Clean your linoleum floors with vinegar and water.
  • Pour 4-5 drops of vinegar in a bucket of water (about 10 liters).
  • Mop the linoleum with the mixture.
  • Allow the floor to dry.

NOTE: Perform this procedure at least two times a week for the best results. Using these substances (water and vinegar) continuously will help to keep your linoleum floors in pristine condition.

In addition, vinegar helps to prevent the accumulation of wax.

  • Expose your linoleum floors to sunlight by opening up a few windows. When linoleum floors lack exposure to sunlight, they may develop a yellow-looking color.

As a result, you need to regularly open up a few windows to allow the sunlight to beam through.

  • Use bleach and water to remove stains. Bleach is a very powerful substance that can help to remove difficult stains. By mixing it with water, you can create an effective and powerful solution.
  • Combine 1 part bleach and 4 parts water.
  • Scrub the floors with the solution. (Using a sponge or mop is ideal.)
  • Re-wipe with vinegar to reduce the corrosiveness of the bleach. Keep in mind that bleach can affect persons with sensitive skin.

Also, be mindful that it’s vital to mop or sweep the linoleum beforehand.

  • Use vinegar and warm water to get rid of scuff markings.
  • Add a few drops of vinegar to a bucket of warm water.
  • Wipe the floor with the solution, making sure to wring before you wipe.

Verdict

Cleaning linoleum floors is one of the easiest tasks you’ll ever perform. As long as you carefully follow the steps and use the right equipment, you’re good to go!

The most powerful solutions for cleaning linoleum floors are water and vinegar and water and bleach. Don’t use too much bleach, though. Skin-sensitive persons may be negatively impacted by its harshness.

Cleaning your linoleum floors has become so easy! Now, you have no excuse for not keeping your home clean and fresh!

Cleaning Upholstery

Introduction

While furniture can be really expensive, the major headache is getting them professionally cleaned. Your sofa may seem to be getting a little worn out or shabby, but buying new furniture should be at the bottom of your priority list. Sometimes all it needs is just some proper maintenance. Like, seriously.

Professional services can cost you a lot. We’re talking about $150 for cleaning a regular 8-foot-long sofa. For the degree of proficiency that you’ll be acquiring, that may be worthy of the extra cash.

Nevertheless, you may consider freshening up your furniture and save money by trying out these Do-It-Yourself (DIY) upholstery cleaning tips. I’ll be your guide for this wonderful cleaning journey!

DIY Tips for Cleaning Upholstery

 

Learning how to cleaning your upholstery (by yourself) can help to keep your home fresh without dipping into your pockets whenever upholstery cleaning is required.

Follow these easy furniture upholstery cleaning tips to get started:

  • Firstly, you need to test to see if the colors of the material on the upholstery can be washed out or become faded out before actually cleaning. Use any suitable cleaning chemical as the testing agent on a small area that cannot be easily discovered.
  • If you decide to steer clear of store-bought cleaners, there’s a simple way of making your own water-based, eco-friendly and non-corrosive upholstery cleaner. Here’s how:
  • Combine ¼ cup of dishwashing soap and 1 cup of warm water in a mixing container.
  • Use an electric mixer to beat until the liquid becomes really foamy.
  • Take off the furniture cushions.
  • Use a vacuum attachment to thoroughly vacuum the surfaces. Vacuuming helps to eliminate any dirt that may be present. Just imagine that the water comes into contact with the dirt. That would be a very displeasing situation.
  • Use a soft brush to push the soap mixture onto the material.
  • Using a spatula, remove the foam.
  • If there are leftover suds, use a damp piece of cloth to wipe those away.
  • Don’t use too much water as this may cause shrinkage. This is where fibers become changed upon washing and/or drying.
  • Leave it there to dry. Depending on the fabric, this may take up to an hour to be dried properly.

 

Verdict

Whether you decide to clean your upholstery by yourself or turn to professional cleaning services, cleaning your upholstery is very important. Professional cleaning may, at times, be expensive but performing your own cleaning routine can save you a lot of money.

Tiles and Grout Maintenance Tips

Tiles are usually beautiful, long-lasting and easily cleaned, but removing grout? That is a whole different topic. Due to its commonly light colors, and permeable structure, grout is susceptible to causing stains.

In an Entry and Mudroom area that is tiled, grime and dirt usually present a major problem. However, in places such as the kitchen, the culprits are usually spills. Cleaning grout in bathroom tiles is generally a demanding task, due to the mildew, mold, and soap that accumulate from time to time.

Thankfully, in cleaning grout in the most effective way possible, you may utilize traditional household products along with a small amount of elbow grease.

When you opt to conduct a cleaning routine, it’s usually more preferable to start with the gentlest solution. If it happens that you’re doubtful of a certain cleaning agent, try it on a less visible spot (For e.g. Underneath your couch).

 

 

 

Here are some tips:

  • Start off by using a hard brush and fresh water. Just spray the warm water on the grout lines, then scrub in a hoop-like motion. After that, leave it to dry.
  • For situations where you have a larger amount of mild stains and dirt, use vinegar. Create an even mixture of warm water and vinegar and top up a spray bottle. Spray the grout with the mixture and leave it for around 4 minutes. Next, use a hard brush to scrub it.
  • In order to bring about extra cleaning power, make a puree using water and baking soda. Spread across the grout lines with the puree and shower on the vinegar compound. As soon as the foaming stops, rinse with fresh water after using a brush to scrub it.
  • If there exist stains that are not that harsh, you can employ the use of Hydrogen Peroxide. This can be obtained in several drug stores. Beyond that, you may use this product directly on the tiles or create a pulp with Hydrogen Peroxide and baking soda.
  • For stains that are extremely hard to remove, and really filthy grout, I recommend employing Oxygen bleach. They come in certain brands like OxiClean and Clorox OxiMagic. Also, make sure to abide by the directions that come with it. Just spread Oxygen bleach across the floor and let it stay for about 10 to 20 minutesbefore you rinse. Never use unclean water to rinse as this may cause dirt to retract into the grout lines.
  • To keep grout free from dirt and stains, I really suggest that you sprinkle some vinegar and use a soft cloth to wipe it at least one time per week.

Tiles and grout need to be cleaned on a regular basis to keep your building looking fresh and clean. There are several ways to do this but you have to be willing to spend the time to do it well. Don’t hesitate to go out and start your cleaning today!

Cleaning Up Fresh Egg Spills on the Rug

Eggs is probably one food which is always a big favorite all over the world. It is really delicious to eat on its own and it is also used widely in creating terrific dishes and recipes. The kitchen simply is not complete without having eggs which is why there is probably some eggs in everyone’s fridge all of the time.

Eggs though can be very fragile and slippery as well. If you are not careful when handling the eggs it can break and cause quite a mess. It is okay if you make the mess in the kitchen as it is easy to clean it there but if it occurs in some other place in the house then it can be pretty frustrating.

One area where you never want to spill fresh eggs is on your rug as this will cause a very big stain that will be very hard to remove. If you do not want your rug to remain stained because of the fresh egg spill, follow the instructions below on what you should do if ever you are faced with this type of situation.

• Immediately getting rid of the spilled egg is always the first thing that you must do. Use your fingers to carefully extract the pieces of egg shell on the rug. For the liquid portions, get a clean paper towel and then start to use it on the affected area by blotting the spill.
• After removing the spill on the rug, the next thing you must do is to dilute the stain so that it does not set quickly. Try to add a few drops of room temperature water on the fresh egg stain and then dab it a few times using a paper towel.
• Get some dry cleaning fluid and then pour a small amount of it on an absorbent pad. You should then use the pad to carefully blot the egg stain on your rug.
• If after a few tries the stain is still there, pour a considerable amount of the fluid on a clean side of the pad and then put it over the stained area of the rug. Then get a heavy object and put it over the pad. Leave it there for an hour or so before removing it and surely the stain will be no more.
• Rinse the spot that was previously affected by the stain using a cup of water and then dry it completely with a clean rag. This is to avoid any residue from staying on the rug fibers.

Easily Cleaning Up Spilled Garlic Dip on the Carpet

Potato chips, fries, and other food items are great to eat but they become even better if you have some dip to enjoy them with. Garlic dip is one kind of dip which many people just love to eat. It makes the food tastier and full of flavor which is why it is always a hit among food lovers.

Garlic dip is very easy to make and there is also ready-made dip available if you do not want to bother creating your own. The thing with garlic dip though is that you must be very cautious not to spill it on your carpet as this is one predicament you never want to face.

Spilling garlic dip on your carpet though is sometimes unavoidable and if you are facing this type of problem in your home you should not panic. Just try out the steps I have shared below to see just how easy it can be to clean up this kind of mess on your carpet.

• You should start by removing as much of the garlic dip on your carpet as possible. Try to grab some paper towels and blot the spot where the garlic dip was spilled. Repeat this again and again until the excess dip is eliminated from the carpet fibers.
• Use some of the household items you may have lying around to create an effective cleaning solution for the garlic dip stain. You can use one teaspoon of clear ammonia mixed with one cup of warm water as a great substitute to commercial carpet cleaning products. Use this on the stain by applying a small amount to the affected area and leaving it there for a couple of minutes.
• Utilize a clean white cloth to blot the garlic dip stain on the carpet continuously until you start to see that the stain is transferring onto the surface of the cloth. Repeat this as often as needed until there is no more stain left on your carpet.
• Wrap things up by using a cup of clean water to rinse the area where the garlic dip stain used to be to remove potential residue that could get left behind. Then simply blot the area afterwards using some clean rags to thoroughly dry it.

Removing the garlic dip stains on your carpet may be a headache but it needs to be done. To help make things easier for you, be sure you follow the advice above to restore your carpet without any hassles.