Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Carpet Cleaning ; Christmas Upholstery Cleaning

Chocolate hands
Chocolate hands
With the Christmas holidays upon us, the carpet cleaning experts at ServiceMaster Clean offer some simple advice on how to deal with the inevitable spills and stains that follow kids around.
We all know that sticky fingers get wiped on carpets and furniture, and the next masterpiece usually misses the canvas and hits the floor. With chocolate treats in continuous supply and little ones putting pen to paper for their homemade cards, marks and stains can be the cause of much angst for parents and grandparents.
1. No matter what the spill, the first tip is to blot, don't rub. Plain white kitchen towel is best, and the sooner you act, the better. For fruit juices, rinse with cold water then dab with warm water containing a small amount of washing powder, then rinse again. A towel is good for this.
2. If that selection box has been shared with the carpet, don't panic. Scrape away any excess chocolate before following the steps above. If the stain remains, use a white vinegar solution instead of detergent. Once rinsed, place a white cloth over the stain and weigh it down until dry.
3. With bikes and scooters top of many Christmas lists this year, a few bumps and scrapes are probably par for the course. Cuts and grazes can easily leave marks on your floors and upholstery and here biological washing powder in warm water is your friend in helping to remove the worst of a blood stain. Dab, don't rub, and make sure you rinse as the soap solution could attract dirt if not cleaned away.
4. For a stubborn stain you can keep it damp (not wet) for several hours with a damp towel weighted down by a heavy book, wrapped in cling film to protect it. This is like soaking your pans in the sink.
5. If all else fails you can turn to the Christmas tipple. Both Vodka and Gin work well on many stains, including felt tip pen and some glue. However, glue can be a real challenge and might need professional help.
In order to tackle those little, unexpected accidents, here are ServiceMaster Clean's top seven items you should have in your cleaning kit.
1. A clean cloth - or plain white paper towels for dabbing up spills.
2. Vodka - a dab of vodka works well on most stains, dab and blot until the stain is reduced or removed.
3. Bi-carbonate of Soda - this is great for removing or reducing odours. Sprinkle over your carpet and gently work in. Leave for a day and then thoroughly vacuum away.
4. Soap flakes and plain soap - with a little water this will gently remove various stains including mud.
5. White vinegar - handy for removing all kinds of stains and odours. Most things in nature are acidic and it’s gentler to remove marks in the same pH level, therefore it’s often safer to try a little white vinegar first before moving onto something stronger such as…
6. Household ammonia - great for all kinds of stains where mild alkalinity helps. Always dilute according to the instructions on the bottle and ALWAYS rinse afterwards.
7. A small soft brush - perfect for loosening dirt or gently Cleaning a tile floor.


Read more: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/parenting/parenting+advice+Hints+and+Tips+to+Tackle+Spills+and+Stains+at+Christmas-271155.html#ixzz2ng7KAFyq

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Persian Rug Cleaning - A must watch Video

video
Persian Rug Cleaning
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIcpvXoJQMg
This Persian Rug has been turn upside down, we are power vacuuming , the soil is being beaten by the vacuum. The soil is coming from the center to the edge and onto the concrete. The soil has been there for a long time, it has absorbed the rug colour(red) . This is a must watch video.


There is about 400grams of soil in this Picture 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

What is Wool Fiber Cleaning carpet and upholstery (lounge suite)

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Wool: The Wonder Fiber

Wool has some unique properties that make it one of nature's most amazing fibers. Firstly, wool is resistant to fire. It will burn if it's held to an intense fire, but when it's removed from the flame, it will self-extinguish. The reason is that each and every wool fiber contains moisture. It's also an incredibly flexible and durable fiber; one fiber can be bent back more than 20,000 times without breaking and is said to be comparatively stronger than steel [source:American Sheep Industry Association]. To put this in perspective, a cotton fiber can only be bent 3,000 times before it breaks. Its natural elasticity makes it resistant to tearing as well. Wool fibers can be stretched as much as 50 percent of their original length when it's wet and about 30 percent when dry [source: American Sheep Industry Association].
Wool is also a pretty smart insulator. Think of it like a thermos for your body -- it can keep you warm or cool depending on your needs. It keeps you warm without overheating your body and in the Sahara Desert, Bedouins wear thin wool to keep them cool in the searing heat. The secret to both of these facts are the tiny pockets of air within each wool fiber that provide both insulation and breathability (we'll get into this little more on the next page). If that's not enough, it's also resistant to mold and mildew. It's no wonder humans domesticated the sheep in 8000 B.C.
Wool is also able to soak up as much as 30 percent of its own weight in moisture without feeling wet, which is one of the reasons it can still keep you warm even in the rain [source: American Sheep Industry Association]. The fibers have a natural crimp that helps to wick moisture away from the body. Getting this moisture off your bare skin is a key element to keeping warm in wet conditions. 
Check the link below :

How to wash Wool 
Wool can easily lose its shape and become less defined if washed without care, and worst of all, it can shrink on you, becoming quite a few sizes smaller. Indeed, it is not unknown to pull out a child's sweater after putting in an adult's one! If you're not seeking such a transformation of your woolen garments, it makes sense to follow these instructions.



Dust mites - Cleaning - Carpet Cleaning - Rug Cleaning

DUST MITES

Summary

The house dust mite has been associated with a range of respiratory and dermatological allergies, such as asthma and eczema. The main component of dust is shed skin flakes, which is the mite's preferred food source. Areas around the home that are heavily used, such as beds and upholstered furniture, will have higher mite populations.

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The most common type of dust mite found in Australian homes is Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, which tends to prefer coastal rather than inland areas. This mite has been associated with dermatological and respiratory allergies in humans, such as eczema and asthma. However, there is no single, definitive sign that house dust mites trigger a person’s allergy symptoms. Asthma, for example, can be triggered by a range of other indoor allergens such as fungi (moulds) or animal dander (dander is fluff from hair, fur or feathers).

Symptoms of allergic reaction to house dust mites


House dust mites can trigger respiratory or dermatological conditions including asthma and eczema. Symptoms can include:
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Breathlessness
  • A tight feeling in the chest
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Itchy skin
  • Skin rashes.

Physical characteristics of the house dust mite


The characteristics of a house dust mite include:
  • Less than half a millimetre in length, which makes it hard to see with the naked eye
  • Wingless
  • Oval-shaped body
  • Light coloured body with fine stripes
  • Life span of around two months or so, depending on the conditions.

The allergic reaction


Unlike other common household bugs (fleas, for example), dust mites don’t bite. Their bodies, secretions and faeces contain particular proteins that can trigger allergic symptoms in susceptible people.

Common hiding spots


The diet of the house dust mite includes shed skin flakes, pollen and fungal spores. It prefers warm, humid and dark environments. Common hiding spots around the home include:
  • Mattresses and bed linen
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Shag-pile or long-fibred carpets
  • Soft toys.

Diagnosis and treatment for dust mite allergies


Allergy testing can find out whether house dust mites trigger your respiratory or dermatological symptoms. See your doctor for further information and advice.

If tests show that you are allergic to house dust mites, there are ways to reduce your immune system response. For example, you could undergo immunotherapy, which involves deliberately exposing you to dust mite extracts to ‘train’ your immune system not to overreact. Measures designed to reduce your household’s dust mite population may also be helpful.

You need to reduce the dust mites in your home


It is impossible to destroy your entire dust mite population, but you can dramatically reduce their numbers. Allergic reactions are dose-related, so the fewer dust mites you have in your home, the less you may be troubled by respiratory or dermatological symptoms. It is important to remember that the droppings of dead dust mites continue to provoke allergic reactions. You must not only reduce your dust mite population, but also take steps to remove their dead bodies and faeces from your home.

Tips to reduce house dust mites in your home


Strategies include:
  • Cover mattress, pillow and quilt with dust mite resistant covers. The covers must be washed every two months. Some health funds may provide a rebate for these items.
  • Wash sheets and pillowcases weekly in water hotter than 55°C. Alternatively, if washing in cold water, use a commercial product containing essential oils, like eucalyptus or tea tree oil.
  • Hot tumble dry (for half an hour after dry) or dry clean household items – this will kill house dust mites, but not the allergen they produce.
  • Wash blankets and non-encased doonas every two months.
  • Use synthetic rather than feather pillows and doonas, as these tolerate regular washing.
  • Remove sheepskin or woollen underlays and any other sheepskin products.
  • Remove all soft toys from the bedroom and replace with wooden or plastic toys, which can be washed. Or, if a soft toy is allowed, it should be washed weekly using the same method used for sheets. (Freezing soft toys overnight does not work, because it doesn’t remove allergen).
  • Damp dust or use electrostatic cloths to clean hard surfaces weekly, rather than a feather duster.
  • Reduce humidity – have a dry and well-ventilated house. Have adequate floor and wall insulation and avoid evaporative coolers.
  • Avoid upholstered furniture – leather, vinyl, plastic and wood are best.
  • Windows – Venetian blinds or flat blinds are better than heavy curtains. Washable curtains or external shutters are other options.
  • Wash clothing before use if it has been stored for a long time
  • Wash rugs and mats regularly and dry them outside in full sunshine (if possible).
  • Vacuum weekly, including the seams of mattresses and upholstered furniture. Vacuuming causes house dust mite allergens to become airborne for up to 20 minutes, so if you are allergic to dust mites, you should wear a mask or ask someone else to vacuum. You may air the house for an hour or so after vacuum cleaning to help clear the air.

Dubious house remedies


Some treatments that claim to reduce dust mite populations have little or no benefit. Treatments that won’t help include:
  • Chemical sprays
  • Air filters
  • Electric blankets
  • Negative ion generators
  • Allergen-free products.

Where to get help

  • Your doctor
  • Asthma Victoria Tel. 1800 645 130

Things to remember

  • The house dust mite gets its name from its habitat – household dust.
  • The house dust mite has been associated with a range of respiratory and dermatological allergies.
  • If you are allergic to house dust mites, it may help to reduce their population, and remove their dead bodies and faeces from your home as much as possible.
  • You may also need to consider dealing with other allergens in your home to which you may be sensitive. For example, pet owners may need to keep their pets out of doors.

Friday, November 29, 2013

What is wool fiber - How does it work . carpet and upholsterry cleaning

Wool filament up close


Wool: The Wonder Fiber

Wool has some unique properties that make it one of nature's most amazing fibers. Firstly, wool is resistant to fire. It will burn if it's held to an intense fire, but when it's removed from the flame, it will self-extinguish. The reason is that each and every wool fiber contains moisture. It's also an incredibly flexible and durable fiber; one fiber can be bent back more than 20,000 times without breaking and is said to be comparatively stronger than steel [source:American Sheep Industry Association]. To put this in perspective, a cotton fiber can only be bent 3,000 times before it breaks. Its natural elasticity makes it resistant to tearing as well. Wool fibers can be stretched as much as 50 percent of their original length when it's wet and about 30 percent when dry [source: American Sheep Industry Association].
Wool is also a pretty smart insulator. Think of it like a thermos for your body -- it can keep you warm or cool depending on your needs. It keeps you warm without overheating your body and in the Sahara Desert, Bedouins wear thin wool to keep them cool in the searing heat. The secret to both of these facts are the tiny pockets of air within each wool fiber that provide both insulation and breathability (we'll get into this little more on the next page). If that's not enough, it's also resistant to mold and mildew. It's no wonder humans domesticated the sheep in 8000 B.C.
Wool is also able to soak up as much as 30 percent of its own weight in moisture without feeling wet, which is one of the reasons it can still keep you warm even in the rain [source: American Sheep Industry Association]. The fibers have a natural crimp that helps to wick moisture away from the body. Getting this moisture off your bare skin is a key element to keeping warm in wet conditions. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Vacuum your carpet reduces the carpets life - carpet cleaning

Reducing Vacuuming Ruins Carpets




“Uglying out”
For some time, building service contractors have been sounding the alarm about their mounting concerns related to reducing cleaning frequencies, sometimes known as skip cleaning. During the recession many companies and schools, in an effort to cut costs, skimped on cleaning, especially vacuuming. As the economy shows signs of rebounding, now is the time to increase vacuuming frequencies back to pre-recession levels, before irreversible damage is done. 

Science explains why those who are responsible for the indoor environment — contractors, building managers and occupants — do have something to worry about. As skip-cleaning schedules become more prevalent, especially as proper and consistent vacuuming frequencies are reduced, the indoor environment suffers. Reducing the vacuum frequencies from five days to every other day or less may, on the surface, seem like an easy way to save a dollar and trim a budget. However, the unintended consequence of such a decision lays hidden in the carpet pile. As the frequencies are reduced so are the carpet’s appearance and its life. 

Commercial carpet is a textile, similar to pantyhose. The most popular commercial carpet is made of synthetic fibers such as nylon, olefin or polyester. In fact, nylon is most often specified by architects and designers for commercial installations. It is frequently referred to as the durable fiber. Synthetic fibers don’t usually wear out (except on stairs); instead, they “ugly out.”

Uglying out is when a carpet shows visible signs of graying in traffic areas, heavily walked-on areas, and pivot points (points where turns are made, grinding dirt, soil and grit into the carpet). Graying occurs when the fibers are crushed, matted down or flattened out. The carpet fibers also may be abraded or scratched. 

Fiber has come a long way since nylon was invented in the 1930s. According to the Carpet & Rug Institute, “Today’s carpets are designed to hide dirt and resist soiling and staining. But that’s no excuse to skip regular vacuuming. Soil can damage fibers if it remains in the pile.” 
Carpet may be more stain-resistant and resilient than in the past, but it is still susceptible to matting, crushing or flattening. And as carpet flattens out, it can also become more porous, abraded or damaged. All are factors of uglying out brought on by improper maintenance.

Wear and abrasion ruins carpet



Just like other textiles — for instance, a favorite pair of broken in blue jeans faded with washings and worn knees — carpet will show wear over time and without proper maintenance. A combination of factors will cause premature wear, including embedded soil in the carpet. Infrequent vacuuming and poor matting are the main reasons carpets show signs of premature wear. Major traffic lanes need to be vacuumed daily. 

Shoes track in most of the dirt, grit and soil that end up in carpets. Other factors also contributing to soiling include dust, airborne pollutants and food or drink spills. 

When vacuuming is skipped, dirt, grit and soil become embedded in the carpet. It will be harder to remove them later. Embedded soil particles are abrasive like sandpaper. Dirt and grit damage the carpet fiber by rubbing, or abrading, the carpet fiber. Imagine repeatedly rubbing sandpaper over glass. Quickly the glass becomes scratched, dull and faded. With repeated abrasion, the scratched glass is weakened. Abrasive soil does the same thing to carpet fiber. The fiber becomes pitted and scratched creating a dull, faded appearance; the carpet looks worn. Regular vacuuming prevents the deep abrasion that ruins carpets.

Dulling is caused by all types of soils and will actually change the original carpet color’s appearance. A light blue carpet can take on a gray-green tint, and rose carpet can appear more taupe. The original color isn’t lost; it’s hidden under a layer of soil. It’s important to note some carpet may actually absorb the soil causing the carpet color to permanently change. Frequently this happens with oily soils. Oily soils can be absorbed and the carpet will take on a yellow cast. Entry mats can trap soil, and combined with routine vacuuming, this problem can be avoided. 

The pile underneath the carpet fibers will break down if the dirt is left in. It also creates a breeding ground for dust mites and bacteria. 
Frequent vacuuming not only keeps the carpet cleaner, it significantly reduces wear and tear especially in traffic areas. 

Reducing frequencies will ultimately cost facilities more money in the future. Janitors will have to make additional passes to remove soil in heavily embedded areas and eventually the carpet will require an expensive deep or restorative cleaning. Or worse, ultimately the carpet pre-maturely wears out and requires replacement.

Reduced frequencies may have met the short-term budget needs of the present, but they shouldn’t compromise the future. It’s easier to skip some tasks over others, but reduced vacuuming isn’t one of them. To ensure longer life and maintain appearance, carpet requires regular vacuuming. Facility managers and building owners should never underestimate the effect frequent vacuuming has on carpet. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Why dose my carpet and rugs wear out? Common carpet cleaning concerns

Troubleshooting Common Carpet Issues

Information for Maintaining Carpet Appearance

TEXTURE SURFACE RETENTION

Carpet in heavily traveled areas receives the most wear. For better appearance and longer carpet life, try to reduce the amount of traffic on these areas or use small rugs in front of heavily used chairs or furniture. Remove and clean these rugs while vacuuming the primary carpet or rug. You should occasionally move furniture and reverse area rugs. Although some change will eventually occur in the texture of your carpet, reducing the wear on paths and in front of furniture will slow this change.

CRUSHING

Crushing is the loss of pile thickness because of foot traffic. Crushing is not considered a manufacturing defect unless it is specifically cited in the manufacturer’s warranty. Regular vacuuming may help reduce crushing that results from traffic. Manufacturers’ definitions of crushing may vary.

DEPRESSIONS OR INDENTATIONS

The weight of heavy pieces of furniture can cause indentations in carpet. Some depressions may be permanent. Use furniture glides or cups under the legs of heavy pieces, or move your furniture a few inches backward or sideways so that the weight is not concentrated in one place. To remedy depressions, work the carpet pile back into place with your fingertips or the edge of a spoon, then, dampen the area and heat it with a hair dryer, working the fibers with your fingers or a spoon.

FADING OR COLOR LOSS

Give your carpet the normal protection from direct sunlight that you would give to any colored fabric. Emissions from heating systems or chemicals, such as pesticides, household cleaning agents and other household items, can also result in color loss.

FILTRATION SOIL

Filtration soil may appear as dark or grayish lines on carpet along walls, stairways and under doors. It is caused by airflow over and through carpet, allowing fine soils to settle on the surface. It is often caused by an improperly balanced ventilation system, when the volume of air entering a room exceeds the system’s capacity to remove air from the room. Excess air then seeks exit sources in gaps along walls and stairways. Prevent the airflow through carpet and carpet edges by sealing openings through the carpet and under doors and baseboards. Keeping the air in the area clean and using good filtration in your heating and cooling systems and vacuum cleaners can help. Filtration soils may require special cleaning treatment for effective removal. Contact a carpet-cleaning professional for assistance.

FLUFFING AND SHEDDING

The balls of fluff, or loose fibers, found on carpet or in the vacuum cleaner bag are the normal result of fiber left in the carpet from the manufacturing process. Removing these loose fibers does not affect carpet life or appearance. Because of their large size, these fibers are too big to become airborne or to be breathed in. With proper vacuuming and using a quality vacuum cleaner, most shedding gradually disappears within the first year after installation.

MATTING

Manufacturers’ definitions of matting may vary. Matting is usually the result of the untwisting of the yarn and the intermingling of the yarn tips through foot traffic. Matting may be caused by various factors, including an improperly specified cushion, cushion failure, or improper maintenance. Matting is not considered a manufacturing defect unless it is specifically cited in the manufacturer’s warranty.

MOTH, BEETLE AND FLEA CONTROL

Most wool and wool-blend carpet made in the United States is permanently treated to prevent moth damage. Carpet and rugs of manufactured (synthetic) fibers are naturally resistant to insects, because such fibers are not a food source and are resistant to beetles, commonly called carpet beetles. However, beetles already in the home may lay eggs in the carpet pile and hatch in 8 to 15 days. Pet owners also may find fleas on their carpet. Fleas will not damage the carpet and will die there, unless they find another animal to sustain them.  Frequent vacuuming aids in the control of fleas on carpet; just be sure to change the vacuum bag often. For assistance in removing beetles or other insects, contact a professional pest control specialist.

ODOR

During and immediately following the installation of your new carpet, there may be a slight odor, which may result from the removal of your old carpet and cushion or from the new carpet, cushion, adhesives or seaming tape. Ventilation with fresh air is recommended. Ideally, windows and doors should be opened, and the HVAC system should be operated at maximum capacity for 48 to 72 hours.

SOILING

Maintain the beauty of your carpet by cleaning it regularly before it becomes excessively soiled. Dirty, airborne particles may be deposited on carpet, causing dulling.  Dulling is caused by the deposits of all types of soil.  For example, a delicate rose color may gradually become a neutral taupe because of soil, while light blue may take on a dull, gray-green hue. Red clay soil also can cause a pronounced change in some colors.  In spite of such phenomena, the original color of a carpet is not lost; it is still present under the soil. Oily soil may be very difficult to remove after it has been on the carpet for a long time, and it may be actually absorbed into the fiber, causing the carpet to have a yellow cast.  Frequent cleanings are important to avoid this problem.  Entry mats at doorways trap soil, and combined with routine cleaning and vacuuming, provide extra protection for all floor coverings.

SPROUTING

Occasionally, a yarn tuft will rise above the pile surface of a carpet. Just snip off these tufts to the level of the other tufts. DO NOT PULL THEM OUT. If this problem persists in a localized area, contact your flooring contractor or manufacturer’s representative.

STAIN-RESISTANT CARPET

Almost all carpet manufactured today has finishes that make it more stain- and soil-resistant, but no carpet is entirely stainproof. It still requires care. Remove spots and spills promptly. If spills or soils are allowed to remain, they may become permanent. Call the phone number normally found on the carpet warranty to obtain specific information about cleaning the carpet.

TOPICAL TREATMENTS

Topical treatments include soil retardants, stain repellents, anti-static treatments and deodorizers. The use of after-market, topical treatments without the express approval of the carpet manufacturer prior to application may void applicable warranties.

WEAR

Most carpet manufacturers offer “wear” warranties of various time lengths. According to these warranties, “wear” is defined as the loss of pile weight or pile fiber (usually 10 percent) due to abrasive loss of fiber by weight. What appears to be wear, or pile fiber loss, may actually be matting, crushing or permanent fiber damage caused by soiling rather than loss of fiber. There is seldom actual loss of pile fiber. (See also Matting, Crushing.)

WRINKLES, RIPPLES AND BUCKLES

Wrinkles, ripples and buckles in carpet are most often caused by a failure to stretch the carpet correctly using a power stretcher, the use of an incorrect or failed cushion, or excessive temperature and/or humidity. Ripples can be caused by a combination of any of the above. If ripples or buckles develop, consult your carpet retailer. Generally, the problem can be corrected by a qualified carpet installer who re-installs the carpet with a power stretcher.  

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Is your rug Clean or dirty ?



I would firstly look at the rug, is there darkness in traffic areas? Are there any spills? Is there a wear mark appearing? 


A test for you!

The best way to keep a rug clean is to keep it from getting dirty in the first place. Removing outdoor shoes when entering the house (as people do in most rug-weaving countries) is a good idea if this accords with your lifestyle. Bare-foot or sock-foot traffic is much gentler to a rug than a hard outdoor-shoe sole (or spike heel), and leaving your outdoor shoes at the entrance to the house tracks in much less dirt.
Have your rug cleaned only when it really needs it. For rugs in some areas this will mean a yearly cleaning. Rugs in other areas can go several years and more without needing professional cleaning.
To judge how dirty a rug is, try one of these methods:
  1. Pick up a corner of the rug and while holding it, kick the back of the rug sharply. If a cloud of dirt flies out of the pile, the rug is dirty and needs cleaning. NOTE: some dust and wool fibers are normal!
  2. Kneel down on the rug and rub the pile vigorously with your hand in a short arc for 5 to 10 seconds. Look at your fingers and palm: if your hand is dirty, the rug needs cleaning.
  3. With the pile facing UP fold part of the rug back upon itself so that the pile opens along a line of knots. Look down into the base of the pile at the foundation of the rug. If the warp and weft look dirty, there is dirt deep in the pile where a home vacuum cleaner cannot reach it. The rug needs cleaning.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Cleaning your lounge suite or couch will save you money $$$$$$

Able Carpet Care has been cleaning lounge suites, dining chairs, couches and all other upholstery for over 23 years. Your precious fabrics can be rejuvenated call micahel on 9562-7565 to have your fabric professionally cleaned and deodorised - Lovely and fresh.  

Couch cleaning tips

First, look at the manufacturer’s label to identify the fabric content. (If necessary, ask your retailer or check with the manufacturer). If the fabric is a natural/synthetic blend, however, use caution and test a small, hidden patch first. If the upholstery is more than 50% cotton, professional cleaning may be your best bet if the stain is large, dark or in a very noticeable area.
The easiest upholstery stains to clean are those that are treated while they are still fresh. The hardest to clean are grease and oil. Any very large stain may be best left to a professional

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Curtain Cleaning - Spring clean



How to Clean, Wash and Dry Curtains

Curtains are an elegant addition to homes but are often neglected.
They look so lovely when you first put them up but you really don't realize how much dust and dirt they collect until, years later, you whisk them open to let the sun in and a cloud of dust circles the air. Now you are faced with two decisions: wash or replace.
These days, draperies are inexpensive, and people change home decor themes often. When the curtains begin to look dingy, they simply buy new ones – usually as an excuse to redecorate.
While we’d never discourage redecorating, there are plenty of reasons to clean your curtains more often than you do now.
Curtains are usually filthy, and with good reason. They are the barrier between outside and inside.
  • When your windows are open, the curtains absorb moisture and attract dirt from the outside.
  • When your windows are closed, there are cracks and drafts. If air can get through, so can tiny dirt particles.
  • Draperies are also the places where dust and dirt from ceiling fans and air vents settle.
  • Even normal dusting and vacuuming causes dust and debris to circulate further into the air. A number of those particles will settle onto your curtains.
When you take all of this into consideration, you can see why it’s so important to clean your curtains on a regular basis! Call Able Carpet Care to professionally clean your curtains on 9562-7565 

General Dusting: Keeping ahead of Dirt and Grime

No matter how dirty and dusty your curtains get, it would be way too much work to wash them or have them cleaned every week. It would also ruin your drapes.
You can, however, get a lot of the dirt and dust off the surface of your curtains by dusting or vacuuming them every week as part of your general household cleaning. You can use a feather duster, static duster, dusting cloths, a damp cloth, or a dusting attachment that fits onto your vacuum cleaner.
Whichever method you choose, there are a few tips to remember:
  • Start at the top of your curtains and work your way down so the dust falls onto parts you haven’t dusted yet.
  • Concentrate on dusting hems and folds as most of the dust accumulates in those areas.
  • If you use a damp cloth, make sure you dust or vacuum the curtains firstto avoid smearing in dirt.
  • It’s best not to use a damp cloth on lightly colored curtains.
  • It’s easier to leave your curtains hanging when you dust them. Consider getting a more secure curtain rod if you aren’t able to hold the curtains taught to vacuum or dust them.
  • Be sure to dust or vacuum both sides of your curtains. Dust and debris collects on the sides facing windows as well, and it can fall onto your floor, cause odor, or cause particles to become airborne allergens.
  • Call Able Carpet Care to Profeesionaly Clean your curtain on 9562-7565

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Cleaning your home improves your indoor air quality

When winter is over it is best to clean your home. 

Cleaning your home improves your indoor air quality and removes soil, dirt and dust that has built with the rainy conditions and change of seasons. 

Cleaning carpets in your bedroom , Lounge, Dining , hallway , family room will remove spots , stains improving the carpet appearance. The carpet will last longer as the soil that cuts at the fibers has been substantially reduced . 


Professional trained technicians will also assist to remove mould spores that are in dark areas of your carpet , rugs , couch , dining chair or curtain. A yearly clean of you home will assist to remove these pollutants that cause sneezing, itching , coughing and help you to breathe easier. The health of your home is important!
  Please check out the lung association website below.



Care of Old Carpets
  • Keep carpets clean and dry. Regular vacuuming can keep your carpet relatively dry and clean. If you're in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, you could get one with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filter, which removes over 99% of dust on vacuumed surfaces. A central vacuum system is also highly effective.
  • When cleaning, use only nontoxic carpet cleaners and follow the manufacturer's directions carefully. If the product label includes a caution or toxic symbol, or if the odour is strong, choose another product. Allow carpet to dry fully after wet cleaning.
  • Think before shampooing your carpet. People who misread or fail to follow directions for diluting carpet shampoo may expose themselves and others to respiratory problems from soap dust. Soap dust will lead to coughing, dry throat, breathing difficulties, nasal congestion and headaches. Vacuuming will not remove the dust. Steam cleaning is the only effective means to remove the dust and solve the problem.
  • Clean spills promptly and thoroughly.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

We clean all type of Rugs

We clean:      

       Antique
       Afghan
       Modern
       Kelim
       Persian
       Silk
       Tapestries

Professionally cleaned and dried. We can come on site and clean or you can drop off to factory.













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