Archive for November 2020

How to Care for Your Upholstery

Rotate all loose cushions frequently to assure even wear. Vacuum dust and dirt from all fabric, cracks, and crevasses. By far, fabric protection is the best possible way to extend the life of the upholstery. 

-Vacuum often to reduce grit that can cause abrasion.

-Reverse loose cushions weekly for even wear.

-Protect from the sun. Ultraviolet light can cause deterioration

-Keep pets off furniture.  Pets body oils rub off and are very difficult to remove.

-Use caution with clothing such as blue jeans. Fabric dyes can transfer onto upholstered furniture.

 All upholstered furniture will become soiled through use. Most spills and soil on fabric protection treated upholstery will clean easily and quickly provided that the proper cleaning procedures are followed: 

1. Blot don’t rub!

2. Identify the cleaning code for your type of fabric. This is very important to determine the type of cleaner to use.

3. Always read and follow the instructions on the cleaning agent.

4. Use distilled water with the cleaning agent if the water is called for.

5. Pretest any cleaner on any fabric in a hidden area. Check for colorfastness and fabric compatibility.

6. Keep a small spill small. Work lightly, blotting from the center to the edges. “Feather” the edges by dampening edges irregularly and blotting quickly to avoid rings.

7. Quickly dry a cleaned spot using a small fan or blow dryer on low.

Basic Rug Care Tips

Rugs deserve the same care as wall-to-wall carpet and, in some cases, require special attention. Here are some basic rug tips for you:

  • Washing rugs — If your rug is small and the label says “machine washable,” shake the rug outside first and then put it in the washing machine at the recommended temperature. Use warm water (90 to 105 degrees) and a mild detergent. Tumble your rug dry at the lowest heat setting.
  • Beating larger rugs — If your larger rug is easy to pick up, shake it outside first; then put it over a clothesline and beat it. Next, take the rug inside and vacuum it. If the label says dry clean only, then roll it up and call us for a cleaning.
  • Vacuuming area rugs — Area rugs with fringe require special technique. Use gentle suction and start from the center of the carpet, vacuuming toward the fringe and being careful not to catch the strands in the beater bar. Lift the carpet edge to vacuum beneath the fringe.
  • Caring for Oriental, Turkish, Persian or heirloom-type rugs — Have us clean your imported and heirloom rugs so that we can make sure we are abiding by the carpet manufacturer’s specifications. Be gentle with fringe.

Having your rug cleaned in our plant allows us to give it several treatments for a more thorough cleaning, controlled drying, and the use of various tools that are not available on location. If you would like for us to give you a free consultation for one of your rugs, give us a call.

4 Tips for Tile Cleaning

  1. Don’t use acidic cleaners – Cleaners infused with acidic components may cause grout to lose its color or crumble out of grout joints. For long-lasting and durable color and surface, try using MARBLELIFE’s Marble and Travertine Cleaner. No damage and plenty of clean.
  2. Learn how to mop the RIGHT way – Scrubbing your tiles the old fashioned way with water, soap product, and a mop is a process of the past. Pushing muddy water around just for the dirt to collect in grout joints, defeats the entire purpose of cleaning. Use a “swiffer” type mop, MARBLELIFE’s Tile and Grout Cleaner, and terry towels to make the process easy and actually productive in fighting germs and maintaining quality.
  3. Seal your grout – sealing your grout will ultimately help you in your future cleaning endeavors. Grout can be sealed to help keep out germs, scum, and mold making your life easier and cleaner.
  4. Have your floors professionally cleaned OFTEN – You should have your tile and grout cleaned at least every 1-2 years by a reputable company such as Hansen Steam Way. We have been trained and certified to clean your floors.

How To Care For Your Carpet

Your carpet is a valuable investment. Any investment requires maintenance. You change the oil in your vehicle so that the engine will last longer and to avoid costly repairs. The same is true for your carpet, or any floor covering for that matter. By properly maintaining your carpet it will look better, last longer, and contribute to a healthier indoor environment.

When it comes to maintaining carpet, one of the most critical areas of focus is the traffic areas. If ground-in soil is not removed on a regular basis, the traffic areas will begin to wear excessively. The dirt is extremely abrasive against the fibers of the carpet as you walk back and forth on it. The second area of focus is spot removal. You must react to “danger” spots immediately. Red wine, red beverages, urine, blood, etc. can cause a permanent stain if not treated immediately. Listed below are the steps that you must take to properly maintain your carpeting. 

1. Check the Warranty Copies of specific warranties on your carpet purchase are available for you upon request. Stain-resistant warranties can vary from 5 to 20 years. All stain resistant warranties require regular cleaning and immediate spot removal! 

2. Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum! Vacuum your carpet often. Once or twice a week at least. Vacuuming removes the sharp soil that can cut and slice the fiber causing premature wear. Much of this soil is not visible to the eye. Vacuum before the carpet looks soiled. Remove any loose particles such as loose food, leaves, pieces of crayon, bugs, etc. as these items can cause a spot on the carpet. 

3. Professional Cleaning As a general rule, professional cleaning by a professional, certified firm, should take place about once a year. Many stain resistant warranties require professional cleaning every two years! If you have extremely heavy traffic areas, clean more often. Professional cleaning removes the damaging soil from the traffic areas that vacuuming has not been able to remove. A proper professional cleaning will not leave a sticky residue behind and be done as many times per year. 

4. Spot Removal Immediate spot removal is key to a clean carpet. Great care must also be taken in how spot cleaning is performed. When the carpet is new, it has sufficient protector on it, plain tap water will remove many spots. However, for those spots that will not move easily with water, you must use a spot cleaner. Select a spot cleaner that is recommended by your carpet retailer or your trained, certified professional cleaner. Apply spot cleaner sparingly to a white terry cloth and gently massage the spot causing it to transfer into the cloth. Never pour spot cleaner directly on the carpet. If the product that you are using seems to cause the spot to re-soil over a few weeks period, discontinue use. Any spot that you are not able to remove, and for pet urine and feces, call your professional cleaner immediately. 

5. Protective Coating Residential carpets are treated with stain-resistant properties and soil resistors. The soil resistor part is known as DuPont Teflon or 3M Scotchgard. After a period of two to three years, much of the soil resistor wears off, depending on traffic. At that point, you should consider having a professional carpet cleaner re-apply the treatment after professional cleaning. The soil resistor will help the soil slide off the carpet easier when vacuuming, spots will be easier to remove, and professional cleaning will be more effective the next time it is cleaned.

Area Rugs and Pet Contamination

Are you scared that your precious pet had an accident on your rug or carpet? Do you feel concerned about about odor or contamination? We love our pets, but pet urine can cause permanent damage to your office’s floors and fabrics. It can also create an unhealthy indoor environment. When urine is first deposited onto a floor or fabric, it has a pH of about 5 or 6, which is on the acid side of the pH Scale. It is easier to remove right then when it is fresh. Once it dries it turns into an “alkaline” or to a high pH between 10 to 12 on the scale and becomes more difficult to remove. The warm acid state of the urine offers a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which begin to flourish almost immediately.

Give your rug some TLC by giving it the most most thorough cleaning. Our rug spa has the most advanced equipment for cleaning your Oriental rugs safely.

Hand crafted area and Oriental rugs should be cleaned IN-Plant only.

Plus, your rugs are cleaned by a MASTER Certified Technician who has been seasoned in the craft for many years.