How often should I get my carpet professionally cleaned?
Q: What’s the proper (SAFE) way
to use cleaning agents on carpeting and upholstered
Q: What’s the best way to treat
liquid spills, spots and stains?
Q: What’s the best way to treat
solid built up spills, spots and stains?
Q: How do I remove chewing gum from carpet?
often should I get my carpet professionally cleaned?
A: Aside from the obvious answer, "when
it looks dirty," chances are that if you
wait until your carpet looks dirty to clean it, you've
waited too long. Carpet fibers hide dirt and pollutants
deep in the pile. Just because you can't see
it doesn't mean it's not there.
Damaging dirt particles measure 1-3 microns. 500-micron
particles begin to be visible to the naked human eye.
the proper (SAFE) way to use cleaning agents on carpeting
and upholstered furniture?
test the solution you plan on using to remove a spill
on carpet or fabric in an inconspicuous area (under
a sofa cushion, on an area of carpet under or behind
a piece of furniture or in a closet – near the
wall perhaps). Apply several drops of solution
on the carpet or furniture and rub gently with a clean,
white towel. If any color transfers to the cloth or
a color change occurs, a professional cleaner (Steve
Hagopian & Co.) should be consulted. If
no color is transferred, apply the solution again and
wait for ½ - 1 hour to see if any there is any
color changes to the fabric. If not, it should be safe
to treat the spot with this solution.
the best way to treat liquid spills, spots and stains?
A: It’s always better
to treat all liquid spills should be treated immediately.
The longer a spill remains on the carpet the harder
it will be to remove.
The secret is to BLOT, BLOT, BLOT with
a clean, dry, white towel. Never rub!
The rubbing motion will bend the fibers which in turn
will change the appearance of the carpet in that area
even after cleaning. Rubbing also forces the spill to
work its way down the fibers and into the backing. The
trick is to absorb most of the spill as quickly as possible.
Then get another clean white towel and cover the area,
place a book over it, so that it can absorb remaining
moisture. The clean towel will "draw up" the
moisture and minimize discoloration.
Depending on the liquid, artificially
colored drinks are notoriously difficult to remove.
These stains are called acid stains; the color or dye
has been added to the beverage instead of being naturally
present. Beverages with natural dyes, such as wine,
apple or orange juice, are called direct stains and
usually respond better to removal procedures. A professional
cleaner will use Dye Remover for acid stains and knows
to do it so it doesn't remove the color of the carpet
along with it.
the best way to treat solid built up spills, spots and
always better to treat the solid built up spills immediately.
Just like liquid spills, the longer it remains on the
carpet the harder it will be to remove. The build up
should be removed using a rounded tablespoon, spatula
or the DULL edge of a knife. Be very careful not to
cut yourself with the sharp side of the knife.
Q: How do I remove chewing
gum from carpet?
A: The secret is
to harden the gum with an ice cube until it is brittle
enough to scrape off with a dull knife or spatula.
It’s always better to let a professional handle
removing you spills, spots and stains. Always use extreme
caution when attempting these suggested remedies. Steve
Hagopian & Co. cannot accept responsibility for
negative results from using one or all of these suggestions.
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