Archive for May 2021

Got Urine damage?

Pet Odor Removal
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.

Other cleaners use pet odor to “gouge” customers. At Hansen Steam Way, odor treatment is included (for on-location carpet cleaning). This treatment is a minor odor treatment and is not guaranteed to remove the odor, however, in most cases, it will significantly reduce the odor. For more severe cases, you may consider having us do a more thorough treatment.

How to get folds out of your rug.

Oftentimes new rugs from the dealer or rugs that have been rolled or folded for storage may not return to their original intended shape when first laid (even over a pad). Many larger rugs have been barrel-rolled – a method of folding and rolling to make them more compact for easier handling and delivery.
These folds are caused by the foundation yarns being stretched while folded or rolled. Although most will release over time, there are ways to accelerate this process. And wrinkles in an area rug are not only an eyesore but can be a tripping hazard as well.

Here are 5 Suggestions to Get the Creases and Fold Marks Out of a Rug:
1. Back-roll or reverse roll the carpet. This is the easiest way to deal with a rug that does not lay flat. Fold the rug in the opposite direction it curls or creases. Be careful! If you hear cracking noises stop immediately. That means the backing is dry rotted!
2. Place heavy furniture or weight on the rug. This should accelerate the settling time at least twofold.
3. Wait for the rug to settle on its own. Allow the rug to sit open for several weeks and it should naturally release tension from a hard roll or fold especially in higher humidity environments.
4. Place the rug up-side-down outdoors under the sun on a clean, dry surface in temperatures between 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Direct sunlight for several hours should help the rug release tension naturally and at the very least make it more supple for reverse-rolling as noted in suggestion.
5. If all else fails above, call us to “steam” the rug with a steamer or truck mount and dry it on an air table.

Here are 3 easy tasks to help take care of your rug at home:

  • Rotation – To ensure even wear, your rug should be rotated once a year. Depending on the traffic, the rotation may vary from six months to two years.
  • Vacuuming – Oriental rugs, like most carpeting, should be vacuumed on a regular basis to remove dirt and restore life to the fibers. Be sure not to vacuum the fringe with your beater bar! Use the end of a vacuum hose from a canister vacuum.
  • Padding – A quality pad used under your rug helps protect it from dirt, wear, and slippage.