Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cleaning your office carpets! What are the benefits to you?

 Cleaning your office indoor environment can be challenging. There is a lot of planning to be done.

- Time it can be done
- How long are you inconvenienced 
- What is the best way
- How do I benefit?







           It is important to remember why the carpets and upholstery should be regularly maintained and cleaned. The carpet is like a large sink that soil, spills, spots, cold/Flu germs, etc. You can ignore until the carpet is thread bare or just looks grotty but the important factor is how healthy is you office environment?
           Your office is a warm controlled environment which extracts the moisture from the air through heating and air conditioning units, the bacteria and fungus thrives in these environments and it is only with regular vacuuming, spot cleaning, disinfecting and general cleaning a buildup does not become a toxic haven in your work station. Carpet and Upholstery cleaning of areas Monthly, Bi Monthly, Quarterly, Half yearly and Yearly will assist to control the growth of these particles.

        Creating a safe work environment for you and your co workers. Your work chair absorbs odours from you body, drink and food spills. When you regularly clean upholstery you will feel cleaner and happier in your workplace. Cleaning carpet will lift you mood in a happier healthier indoor environment. The correct carpet and Upholstery cleaning method is paramount to achieve a healthy indoor environment.  

         A dry cleaning method will clean the tips  of the fibre and it dries fast but regular hot water extraction is required to clean the carpet properly, extract the build up of soil/stains and germs from the carpets and upholstery. Cleaning all the fibres during cold and flu season(winter) them followup in the H/traffic areas 6-8 weeks later with assist to ensure you have a clean carpet / upholstery and healthier environment.



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

PET RUGS and Cleaning

Do you have a rug made with PET fiber, P.E.T. is -

Polyethylene terephthalate

Supplied by WIKIPEDIA 

The fibre is from the polyester family of man made fibres. 

A rug made from P.E.T is versatile and can be used in outdoor and indoor areas. 


These rugs can be cleaned and deodorised, it is important the fibre is dried correctly on a clean surface.


We have cleaned many of these rugs and returned their colours, I would suggest to not leave out in extreme cold or heat for many days the rug may get a cloudy white spots. 
These are great rugs, regular maintenance by cleaning every 6 -12 months will keep these rugs looking their best.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Rug Cleaning Challenges and Drying

Cleaning your rugs is a specialized service, it is offered by many but there are only a few specialized rug cleaning companies in Australia who can provide the correct service.

A correct drying facility to lift rugs and dry both sides and allow further close up treatment and inspection .



Dust removal is a critical process to ensure your fibres are not being worn away through traffic.

Choice Magazine  Recommends you choose a reputable company who cleans the Australian Standard, a member of an association and has a code of conduct. 
Able Carpet Care ticks all these boxes.






Why is vacuuming important in your home or work with a HEPA filtration vacuum.

To properly vacuum your carpets,rugs, curtains and soft furniture you should use a H.E.P.A. vacuum  

 The HEPA vacuum will trap the particulate matter you extract from the fibres and trap it in a filter.

REF: HEPA

High-efficiency particulate arrestance (HEPA),[1][2] also sometimes called high-efficiency particulate arresting or high-efficiency particulate air, is a type of air filter. Filters meeting the HEPA standard have many applications, including use in medical facilities, automobiles, aircraft and homes. The filter must satisfy certain standards of efficiency such as those set by the United States Department of Energy (DOE). To qualify as HEPA by US government standards, an air filter must remove (from the air that passes through) 99.97% of particles that have a size of 0.3 ┬Ám.[3]


HEPA Vacuum Mold

HEPA Vacuum Cleaners and Mold


HEPA Vacuum
Regularly vacuuming your home with a HEPA vacuum cleaner helps to prevent mold. The HEPA filters in HEPA vacuums trap very small particles like mold spores and other allergens. This also means the air in your home will be cleaner and you will suffer less from allergies or mold symptoms. It's best to vacuum your home at least once a week with a HEPA vacuum cleaner.

HEPA vacuuming also helps if you are removing mold growth in your home. Once you've removed the mold you should vacuum your house with a HEPA vacuum to remove any mold spores that were stirred up.

Non-HEPA Vacuum Cleaners and Mold

Non-HEPA vacuum cleaners don't help with mold problems. Mold spores are too small to be trapped by the filters in non-HEPA vacuums. Most mold spores simply end up passing through the vacuum, out the exhaust and into the air.

This can even make things worse since mold spores that were on the floor get blown into the air. This is why many people's allergic reactions actually increase after vacuuming with non-HEPA vacuum cleaners. Make sure especially to never vacuum over mold growth with a non-HEPA vacuum.

One exception where vacuuming with a non-HEPA portable vacuum cleaner can help is if the vacuum exhausts its air outside the home. Central vacuuming systems that exhaust the air outside also remove mold spores from the home.

HEPA Vacuum to Prevent Mold

HEPA vacuum cleaners remove mold spores from the home and the less mold spores there are inside the less likely it is that mold will grow. Vacuuming at least once a week minimizes mold spores and greatly reduce the chances of mold starting to grow in your home.

HEPA Vacuum to Decrease Allergies and Mold Symptoms

Vacuuming up mold spores with a HEPA vacuum prevents them from being stirred up into the air and triggering allergies. HEPA vacuums also remove household dust and other allergens which cause allergic reactions and can trigger asthma.

The same HEPA filters in HEPA vacuums are even used in indoor air filter units to remove allergenic particles from the air and improve indoor air quality.

For a description of the symptoms that mold causes visit the Mold Symptoms page.

HEPA Vacuuming Carpet

You will never be able to remove every single mold spore from carpet. However lab tests of carpet samples under the microscope show that HEPA vacuuming significantly reduces the amount of microscopic particles in carpet.

Again, vacuuming at least once a week will improve your home's air. Even if you don't have mold, HEPA vacuuming still helps since it removes dust and other allergens.

You can also use a carpet washer to remove even more allergens, mold spores, dirt and other particles from your carpet. Carpet washers can be hired from places like supermarkets.

If you still find your allergies are sensitive you can remove the carpet in your home altogether. Having hard floors in the home instead of carpet is much better for people who suffer allergies.

HEPA Vacuum During Mold Removal and Remediation

HEPA vacuuming is an important part of mold removal and remediation. Mold removal professionals use powerful HEPA vacuums when they are removing mold.

If you have to remove mold in your home yourself you should also use a HEPA vacuum. It's a good idea to start the mold removal process by HEPA vacuuming the room. This will remove the mold spores in the surrounding area.

Once you've cleaned away the mold with a mold killing product such as vinegar, bleach or borax, you should then HEPA vacuum again once the surface is completely dry. HEPA vacuuming the surface and all surrounding surfaces will remove any mold spores which were stirred up during the mold removal process. This is part of the final clean up stage of mold removal.

Besides the floor, even walls, ceiling, shelves and other surfaces should be vacuumed if possible. Also vacuum any furniture that was around the mold. The brush attachment for your HEPA vacuum helps when vacuuming furniture and other items.

This is a great "dog and cat" vacuum. I use this in my home.


Thursday, August 06, 2015

Cleaning - RUG and CARPET CARE

RUG and CARPET CARE 


Carpet & Rug Care

Detail of carpet, 1860 - 1880. Museum no. T.402-1910

Wear and tear is probably responsible for most of the damage done to antique carpets and rugs. The best way to avoid this is not to walk on them. Alternatively, try and limit the amount of traffic they have to endure, for example, by placing rugs to one side of a room and not putting them in front of doorways. Rotate (turn or replace carpets) to distribute wear. Carpet protectors, made from plastic strips or heavy woven canvas, can be useful if you need to protect a carpet from heavy wear, but they are not always appropriate as they can be a tripping hazard.
Stiletto heels can do a lot of damage because they can pierce holes right through the carpet. Heavy furniture can also cause damage by leaving permanent indentations where the fibres have been crushed. You can avoid this by repositioning your furniture every now and again, and by using Castor cups to spread the weight. Damage to a carpet or rug, such as holes, tears, loose fringing or side finish, should be treated as soon as possible by a textile conservator.
Use a synthetic underlay, such as poly felt, beneath carpets and rugs if they would otherwise lie on stone or floorboards. This protects them from abrasion and from being stained by floor finishes (e.g. wax) and also reduces the risk of insect infestation. Traditional woollen under felt is very attractive to moths and carpet beetles and can harbour infestation.
Antique carpets are usually made from wool or silk and are susceptible to insect attack.
To prevent this, check under your carpets and rugs once or twice a year. Look for signs of insect activity such as holes, webbing, casts and frass (powdery insect droppings). If you find any, thoroughly vacuum both sides of the carpet. Use the upholstery attachment and cover the nozzle with a piece of stocking. Repeat weekly until at least six weeks after the last signs of infestation were seen. You will also need to check other areas of the house.

Hanging carpets

A conserved carpet with cotton lining and Velcro attached ready for hanging.
A conserved carpet with cotton lining and Velcro attached ready for hanging.
Some carpets and rugs are simply not in good enough condition to withstand the wear and tear caused by use. Others are vulnerable to damage because of the way they were originally made. Kelims, for example, are a type of flat woven carpet that doesn't have a pile. They have long slits where the weaver changed colour, which are easy to snag and tear. It is best to hang kelims for display.
Rugs and carpets can be hung using the Velcro method. This is suitable for medium and heavy weight textiles such as quilts, tapestries or rugs because the weight of the textile is supported evenly along the whole of the top edge. The soft or looped side of the Velcro is machine stitched to cotton tape, which is in turn hand stitched to the top edge at the back of the lined textile. The width of Velcro tape depends on the size and weight of the textile. The hard or hook side of the Velcro is stapled (using stainless steel staples) to a batten which is in turn fixed to the wall. A loose lining can also be attached to the batten to help protect the reverse side of the textile.
If the rug is very large or heavy it may be necessary to adapt flat mounting techniques. Whether they are hung on a wall or laid on the floor, damage can be reduced by placing carpets and rugs out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources such as radiators. 
Cats and dogs can cause a lot of damage to antique carpets and rugs. Removing pet hair, for example, usually requires vigorous vacuuming. If your carpet or rug is very valuable, you may need to keep it in a room that your pets don't use, otherwise you will have to accept the damage they cause. Flea infestation is best treated by first focusing on the source of the fleas, that is, your pet. Unfortunately, 95% of a flea population consists of eggs, larvae and pupae. The larvae live in undisturbed areas and feed on the dirt left by adult fleas, dead skin, etc. As with other pests, the best way to remove fleas, eggs, larvae and their food sources from carpets and rugs is by thorough, regular and gentle vacuuming.

Cleaning rugs

Firstly, size permitting, turn your carpet or rug upside down onto a clean sheet and gently tap the back to remove loose dirt and grit. Repeat this process until all the loose dirt has been removed. Gently vacuum both sides of the carpet or rug, as well as the under felt or lining. Use moderate suction and a covered nozzle, and vacuum in the direction of the pile.
Washing, dry cleaning and commercial carpet cleaning are not usually appropriate for antique carpets and rugs. Trying to clean the surface with a damp cloth or proprietary carpet cleaner can cause damage because it deposits wet dirt at the base of the knot or weave. Once dried, this can be very difficult to remove. If vacuuming is not enough, consult a specialist. If you are careful about how you display, store and use your carpets and rugs, they may only need cleaning by a specialist every 25 years or so. 

Accidental spills

All spills, such as food and drink, water damage from a leaking pipe or radiator, or urine should be dealt with straight away. Blot off excess water with white towels or white kitchen paper to absorb as much moisture as possible, repeating the process with clean towels or paper until all the moisture has been removed. If the dyes are not running, you can lightly sponge the area with cold water and then blot it dry again. Don't make it sopping wet and resist the temptation to press down hard or rub the surface of the carpet or rug. When you have blotted it so that it is as dry as possible, you need to get cool air circulating to dry it off and to prevent mould growth. Support the damp area slightly above the floor if possible.
Remember, textiles are much weaker and more easily damaged when wet, so handle them gently. If the spill has caused colours to run, or if this treatment is not effective, contact a specialist immediately.

Handling & storage

The best way to handle and store carpets and rugs is to roll them. Some of the worst damage to carpets and rugs is done when they are folded up, tied tightly with string, and dumped under the bed, or into an attic or basement. They should be wrapped for storage in clean cotton sheets and tied off with cotton tape. They should be wrapped for storage in clean cotton sheets and tied off with cotton tape.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

How to Vacuum a rug or carpet. Using the right tools







How to Vacuum a rug or carpet fibre ?

This can be easy with the right equipment and fibre. Your fibre will determine the vacuum you buy.
Check out this list to decide which features or functions are must-haves for your new vacuum.

Power head or turbo head

A power head replaces the standard cleaning head and has an inbuilt motor that operates the brush. Using one generally improves dirt removal from carpets, whereas a turbo head (which uses airflow to operate the extra brush) is usually less effective. These attachments are designed to boost cleaning performance but tend to make vacuums bulkier and/or heavier and they may not be as easy to use or manoeuvre.

Tools

Tools such as a crevice nozzle (for narrow corners and around chair cushions), an upholstery brush (for curtains and soft furnishings) and a dusting brush can be very handy. Check whether these tools are supplied with the vacuum cleaner or if they're optional extras.

Telescopic wand

This lets you adjust the wand to suit your height, so you can vacuum without bending your back too much. If you're tall, try to test the model in-store to ensure it's long enough for you.

Adjustable head height

This feature's useful if you have carpets with different pile heights, and also for wooden or tiled floors.

Variable suction/power

A control on the wand that allows you to vary the suction for more delicate jobs, such as cleaning curtains.

Dustbag-full indicator

This handy feature lets you know when the dust collector is full without having to open the vacuum.

Blower

A vacuum that can reverse the airflow to blow air continuously is a godsend when it's time to blow up the airbed!

Onboard storage for accessories

Handy when you are cleaning edges and upholstery, and/or dusting furniture whilst vacuuming.

Wand storage

Allows the wand to be attached neatly to the cleaner when storing. This is useful for keeping all the bits together.

Retractable cord

This is much easier than winding up the cord manually! Uprights don't have this feature, but you can wind the cord around two hooks to keep it tidy.

HEPA filter

This stands for high-efficiency particulate air filtration. It's an international standard for filters that trap minute particles. This type of filter can help if you have asthma or a dust allergy or sensitivity, but you have to clean or replace it regularly (about once a year) to ensure it works efficiently - which may mean more ongoing costs. Given that vacuums with a HEPA filter are usually more expensive, do you really need one? If you have asthma, a dust allergy or are simply sensitive to dust, it can help, though for asthma sufferers it's not likely to be the complete answer to house dirt. Read more about HEPA filters, asthma and allergies here.


My Pets both Dog and Cat vomiting on carpet rug curtain and chair. What do I do?

My Pets are vomiting on my precious fibres WHY?


 





The four types of dog vomit

It’s an oldie but a goodie. I don’t know the original source of this but it’s pretty well known to dog lovers.

YELLOW URKA-GURKA

Dog runs around the house and hides under furniture while making a prolonged ‘uuuuurka-guuuuurka, uuurka-guurka’ noise. (This noise is the only thing guaranteed to wake up a true dog lover who is hung over from a post dog-show celebration at 3:30 a.m.) After mad scrambling to capture the dog and drag him outside, the episode ends with an inaudible ten yard slimy yellow froth from the living room rug to the back door.

BLAP DISEASE

Dog exercises hard and (a) eats large mouthfuls of snow (winter Blap Disease) or (b) drinks a bucket of water (Summer Blap Disease). Within two minutes of returning inside, the dog spews out large amounts of clear slimy liquid while making a distinctive ‘blap’ sound and a sharp percussive noise as it hits the linoleum.

GARKS

Dog suddenly clears his throat with loud and dramatic ‘gggaark, gggark’ noises generally followed by prolonged ‘iiiksss’ and then loud satisfied smacking noises. There is nothing on the rug. Don’t investigate, you don’t want to know.

RALFS

Apropos of nothing, the dog strolls into the dining room and waits till the innocent dinner guests are all watching him. Then, with a single deep gut wrenching ‘raaaalff’ dislodges the entire weeks’ contents of his stomach on the dining room rug.
Your Dog or Cat may have an allergy 

Dog with allergies
Marley, a Springer Spaniel, was always licking and chewing at her feet. Her owner, Lin, didn't know what to do about it, but she knew it was driving her 3-year-old dog crazy (not to mention turning Marley's snow-white feet dark burgundy). Lin decided to take her suffering spaniel to her veterinarian for some answers.
Lin had guessed Marley chewed at her feet because they itched so much. Was Marley having a reaction to something she stepped in? Did she have bug bites? What Lin didn't know until she saw her veterinarian was that itchy feet is actually a classic symptom her pet is suffering from an allergy to pollen.
Like Lin, many animal lovers don't know the signs of pet allergies because dogs and cats show different reactions to some of the same things we're allergic to. Grass pollen, for example, made Lin sneeze and her eyes water. That same pollen, it turns out, made her spaniel's feet itch.
Depending on the type of allergy, your pet may exhibit different symptoms. Although pets occasionally exhibit watery eyes and some sneezing, the most common reaction is scratching. Constant scratching may lead to raised infected welts, open sores, and loss of hair. Ear infections are also common in dogs with allergies.
Pets who are affected by allergies may suffer their entire lives; typically symptoms worsen as they get older. We can help alleviate some of that suffering by knowing the signs of allergies and finding the right type of product relief for the symptoms.
Types of Allergies That Affect Pets
There are many types of allergies that can affect your pet. Allergens that are inhaled or come into contact with the skin can cause allergies known as atopy. Common sources are pollens, molds, and dust mites. Allergies that result from flea-bites are referred to as flea allergy dermatitis. Certain allergies occur from items your pet ingests, and are typically called food allergiesContact allergies are caused by something your pet comes in direct contact with, such as carpet fibers, plastics, and other things. Contact allergies are far less common than atopy and flea allergy dermatitis in pets.
Atopy
Atopy is the most common form of allergy in dogs and cats. Atopy is often seasonal. If a pet is allergic to ragweed, symptoms occur in the fall. Pets who are allergic to spring tree pollen will show signs in April and May. If a pet is allergic to dust mites, the symptoms may be most dramatic in the winter, when more time is spent inside. Signs of atopy include:
  • Chewing at the feet
  • Constant licking of the flank (side) and groin area
  • Rubbing of the face
  • Inflamed ears or recurrent ear infections
  • Recurrent hot spots in dogs and pinpoint facial scabbing in cats
  • Asthma-like wheezing and respiratory problems (more likely in cats)
Common signs of allergies
Call Able Carpet Care to clean your fibres 

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