Thursday, July 31, 2014

Brown marks on carpet or upholstery - Clean a Brown Mark

Browning of a fibre can happen for a number of reasons.\

- Coffee Spill
- Dog
- Cellulose browning from the backing of a rug after cleaning
- Water damage
- Sweating 
- Chemicals in correctly used

What ever the situation most of these can be reversed or cleaned out. A professional technician will be able to clean the fiber and return it to its former appearance.



Able Carpet Care has been in business since 1956, we are professionally trained, use professional solutions to maintain your precious fiber assets. Curtains Rugs Carpets Upholstery we clean the lot. Call us now on 9562-7565 to restore your home or office.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Carpet Repairs or re stretching

Do you have ripples or bubbles in your carpet?

Able Carpet Care can re Stretch your carpet making it even and look new again cal 03 9562-7565 to arrange an appointment today!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Urine - Pet Stains - A Dog or Cat on Carpet or a lounge suite

Removing Pet Stains and Odors

Accidents happen; here's how to clean up
You know how it goes: The minute you turn your back, your pet decides that your new carpet's the perfect place to relieve himself.
You clean and clean, but you can't get rid of that smell. What can you do?

Where'd it happen?

You need to find which areas are soiled, and then re-train your pet to avoid eliminating in those areas. And to do that, you'll have to clean those areas, and clean them well.
Here are the steps you'll need to take:
  • Use your nose and eyes to find soiled areas. You might want to use a black light, which you can purchase at a home supply store. A black light will usually show even old urine stains. Turn out all of the lights in the room; use the black light to identify soiled areas, and lightly outline the areas with chalk.
  • Clean the soiled areas to remove the odors.
  • Visit your veterinarian to rule out medical causes for the behavior.

Cleaning up

Make the "accident zone" unattractive and/or unavailable to your pet and the appropriate "bathroom" area attractive as a way to retrain your pet. Then use positive reinforcement techniques to show him the appropriate place to eliminate. To do this successfully, follow our recommendations for retraining your pet.
To be successful, you need to follow all of these steps. If you fail to completely clean the area, your re-training efforts will be useless.
As long as your pet can smell his personal scent, he'll continue to return to the "accident zone." Even if you can't smell traces of urine, your pet can. Your most important chore is to follow these steps to remove (neutralize) that odor:

To clean washable items

Machine wash as usual, adding a one-pound box of baking soda to your regular detergent. It's best to air dry these items if possible. If you can still see the stain or smell the urine, machine wash the item again..

To clean carpeted areas and upholstery

For "new" stains (those that are still wet):
  • Soak up as much of the urine as possible with a combination of newspaper and paper towels. The more fresh urine you can remove before it dries, especially from carpet, the easier it will be to remove the odor. Place a thick layer of paper towels on the wet spot, and cover that with a thick layer of newspaper. If possible, put newspaper under the soiled area as well. Stand on this padding for about a minute. Remove the padding, and repeat the process until the area is barely damp.
  • If possible, put the fresh, urine-soaked paper towel in the area where it belongs—your cat's litter box or your dog's designated outdoor "bathroom area." This will help remind your pet that eliminating isn't a "bad" behavior as long as it's done in the right place.
  • Rinse the "accident zone" thoroughly with clean, cool water. After rinsing, remove as much of the water as possible by blotting or by using a wet vac.
  • Call A professional - Able Carpet Care to remove staining and odours - 03-9562-7565
For stains that have already set:
  • Use a high-quality pet odor neutralizer once the area is really clean (available at pet supply stores). Be sure to read and follow the cleaner's directions for use, including testing the cleaner on a small, hidden portion of fabric first to be sure it doesn't stain.
  • Try any good carpet stain remover if the area still looks stained after it's completely dry from extracting and neutralizing.
  • Avoid using cleaning chemicals, especially those with strong odors such as ammonia. From your pet's perspective, these don't effectively eliminate or cover the urine odor and may actually encourage your pet to reinforce the urine scent mark in that area.
  • Neutralizing cleaners won't work until you've rinsed every trace of the old cleaner from the carpet if you've previously used cleaners or chemicals of any kind on the area. Even if you haven't used chemicals recently, any trace of a non-protein-based substance will weaken the effect of the enzymatic cleaner. The cleaner will use up its "energy" on the old cleaners, instead of on the protein stains you want removed.
  • Your job will be more difficult if urine has soaked down into the padding underneath your carpet. In some cases, you may need to take the drastic step of removing and replacing that portion of the carpet and padding.

To clean floors and walls

If the wood on your furniture, walls, baseboard or floor is discolored, the varnish or paint has reacted to the acid in the urine. You may need to remove and replace the layer of varnish or paint. If you do so, make sure the new product is safe for pets.
Employees at your local hardware or home improvement store can help you identify and match your needs with appropriate removers and replacements.
Washable enamel paints and some washable wallpapers may respond favorably to enzymatic cleaners. Read the instructions before you use these products. You should also test them in an invisible area.

Re-train your pet

Finally, along with cleaning, teach your pet where you want him to eliminate. To do this, make the "accident zone" unattractive and the appropriate "bathroom" area attractive. For help, check these links:

Friday, July 04, 2014

Clean your carpet A guide to clean spots stains and general vacuuming from Cavalier Bremworth carpets


The following is based on advice from Wools of New Zealand. There are a number of cleaning treatments that can be used. However, BEFORE you use any of them, do make sure you have blotted up any excess liquid spills and scraped up any solids. In the event of a very large stain, put a towel down and stand on it to firmly remove as much liquid as you can before applying any stain treatment. And remember - NEVER rub wet carpet. Simply cross reference the type of treatment with the specific stain in the table below.
1. Lukewarm water OR Cavalier Bremworth Carpet Stain Remover for Wet Stains**
2. One teaspooon of wool detergent with one teaspoon of white vinegar in one litre of warm water
3. Clear household disinfectant
4. Cavalier Bremworth Dry Stain Remover. Use only on dry stains.
5. Chill with ice cubes in a plastic bag. Pick or scrape off solids.
6. Mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of water.
7. Warm water
8. Nail polish remover (should not contain lanolin)
9. Surgical alcohol
10. Place absorbent paper over wax or paper towel and apply hot iron to paper. Wax will melt and be absorbed by paper.
11. Vacuum clean
12. Mineral turpentine
13. Seek assistance from a professional carpet cleaner.
** available for puchase online from Ecomist along with our Dry Stain Remover.
Wine, beer, spirits12
Candle Wax104
Chewing Gum54
Cola & soft drinks12
Cooking oil42
Floor wax42
Fruit juice12
Furniture polish42
Gravy & sauces72
Ink - ballpoint92
Ink - felt tip42
Nail polish84
Oil & grease42
Paint (oil based)4
Paint (acrylic)12
Salad dressing24
Shoe polish42
Tomato sauce12
Urine (fresh)123
Urine (old stain)13
** Please ensure you have blotted up as much excess moisture as possible before gently squeezing any water onto a stain and then blotting up.

Red Wine Spills

Red Wine Spill? Don’t Panic.

Imagine that you are hosting a party for some of your best friends. The atmosphere is bubbling with the excitement of everyone chatting and mingling with each other, when all of a sudden you hear a crashing sound and see the sight that every host prays will never happen; a glass of red wine has taken a swan dive and landed not on your tile floor where it is easy to clean up but on to your very embarrassed guest and all over your furniture. It would appear that Murphy’s Law has struck again, but don’t panic, it is possible to get red wine stains out!
The first thing to do (aside from not panicking) when cleaning red wine spills is to remove the excess spillage. If the wine has been spilled on a couch or carpet take an absorbent cloth (something you don’t mind being stained) or paper towel and blot the excess wine, do not rub in any way! The point of blotting it to remove the wine without working it further into the fabric. If it was a piece of clothing that has been spilled on, remove the article and blot in the same manner.
Once the excess wine has been removed it is very important to rinse the carpet, furniture or clothing to dilute the wine before it has a chance to set in. The best method for this is going to vary on what exactly where the spill is. For clothing or other items that are easily removed, pour cold water from the backside. For items such as carpets and sofas pouring water directly onto the stain and blotting with an absorbent cloth immediately works best.
There is a good chance that this will not take the stain out completely. A Carpet and furniture cleaner very well may need to be used, call Able Carpet Care for advice 9562 7565.