Posted by grimefighters February 11, 2020
We take pride in keeping a beautiful home. We spend time and effort on keeping it looking perfect. A soft new carpet adds the finishing touch to your warm and cosy home.
The day comes when you notice a spot in the centre of your living room. You can’t possibly live with such an eyesore, it needs to go. Where do you start?
Here are some tips for successful spot removal. Remember there is a difference between a spot and a stain. A stain it will require professional assistance.
To the best of your ability, try to visually identify the spot. You will find it easy to identify some spots, whilst others are quite tough. However it won’t always be possible to effectively identify the offending substance in the carpet. A spot in the carpet might be difficult to identify, but a little detective work can help narrow it down. The position of the spot and what room it’s in? Is it a room where family members would eat? It’s likely food-related, and as a result a general purpose spotting solution for sticky residue might e successful. Is it in a bedroom where makeup or shoe polish could be the cause and therefore a dry solvent spotter could work.
Once you have come to a decision on the type of spot it is, you’ll need to choose an appropriate product. Your carpet cleaning company can likely help you obtain the best quality spotting solutions. Ask for their recommendations.
Removing the spot is he next step. Carefully, blot your spot and don’t scrub. Scrubbing causes damage to the tips of the fibers and nothing short of replacement will fix that. Continue applying and blotting the product until your spot is gone.
In addition, there is always a risk of removing the fabrics original color or causing further damage when doing your own spot removal. Above all take your time and do it right. We strongly recommended pretesting your solution in an inconspicuous area to make sure it is compatible with the fiber doesn’t cause any damage.
In conclusion, if your having doubts (or a spot just has you beat) the best thing you can do is, call your professional cleaner right away!
Posted by grimefighters September 25, 2019
With children, pets and the rigours of everyday use, it’s not surprising that the cushion covers are getting a little grubby and need a wash.
So, you make the decision to clean them yourself. They come out of the wash looking nice and clean, but you also notice some problems. The colours are not as bright as they were before, and it’s a real effort to get the covers back on the foam cushions. On some cushions, you’re no longer able to do the zipper up all the way.
This is not an uncommon mistake. Cushion covers aren’t made to withstand normal laundry washing. “But why do they have zippers?” They are only there as a convenience for the furniture manufacturer or upholsterer.
Points to keep in mind before attempting to wash your cushion covers:
- Whenever you wash cushion covers yourself, there is a danger of the fabric shrinking and possible dye loss. When this occurs, the effects will be irreversible.
- Shrinking regularly occurs when items are dried in the drier. If you decide to wash your dirty cushion covers yourself, hang them up to dry, in an area out of direct sunlight. Remember there is always a risk.
- Dyes are unpredictable things. Dyes on your T-shirts are tough, durable and normally last a long time, but dyes on upholstery can often bleed or fade.
- Cleaning your cushion covers like normal laundry can also cause problems to arise with the fabric integrity, such as the face fibres separating from a latex backing that may be present (delamination).
While you contemplate, removing your cushion covers and washing them in the laundry, keep these points in mind. Use extra caution with valuable furnishings! Do yourself and your upholstered furnishings all a huge favour and call your professional cleaner today!
Posted by grimefighters November 7, 2018
A tiled floor makes an attractive addition to a home or commercial property, and where you have tile, grout is normally part of the installation. Grout lines give it all a uniform appearance with nice straight lines.
Sadly, these straight lines don’t always appear totally… clean. Dirt, grime and a range of other contaminants can accumulate through the passage of time and turn a once beautiful floor into one that looks downright ugly. Grout is particularly vulnerable to soil and staining.
As with any surface cleaning, a tile and grout floor needs special attention. Keeping it clean after routine maintenance, can help you avoid dealing with heavy-duty issues like restorative cleaning.
The following are a few useful tips that can help you keep your tile and grout flooring in excellent shape.
Sweep or Vacuum
First of all, is regular sweeping or vacuuming with a hard-floor tool. Performing this on a daily basis will remove debris, dust and contaminants that eventually become built-up soil.
Cleaning and maintaining tile floors are very easy when done properly. Use an approved detergent and a clean mop when cleaning the floor. Some like using the flat sponge mops. The type of tool you choose doesn’t matter as long as it’s used properly and with quality products.
Some people recommend using chlorine bleach, which is also a disinfectant. The problem is, bleach can leave a lot of residues that might cause other issues. Apart from being a slip hazard, residues can be tracked across neighbouring carpets, causing colour loss. Use caution, when using bleach of any kind.
The most difficult part of Tile & Grout Cleaning is the grout. Grout is porous and even sealed grout lines essentially a little gully where soils settle, get trapped, build up and become an eyesore. Use a quality grout cleaning product from your local tile supplier and be sure to follow the directions. It helps to have a grout brush or stiff brush with long bristles, like a deck brush. Don’t rush, it takes time to do the job right. Apply the product to the grout and let it sit for the recommended dwell time, then scrub – scrub – scrub! If required repeat the process. Continue working carefully until the grout looks great again.
When all the hard work is done, make sure you rinse the surface with water or a neutral floor cleaner. Let the floor dry and inspect your work. If you find any areas that require more attention… get back to work!
Tile and grout cleaning is no easy task, especially areas that are heavily soiled. When you find your task too much to handle, do the smart thing. Call a Professional Tile & Grout Cleaning Company. After all, it pays to call a pro!
Posted by grimefighters May 6, 2018
Yuck! What’s that smell?
Most of us have uttered these words or had this thought before. Maybe because of pet urine in the carpet or clothing from a baby or toddler who had an accident.
When these accidents go unnoticed or untreated is when the problems arise. Often, the first time we notice the issue is with our nose.
On carpets or surfaces throughout the home, the most difficult step in removing urine odour is often the first. Trying to pinpoint the actual location of the odour. Using your sense of smell can help you find some spots. Likewise, keeping a close eye on the offender until they lead you to their favourite spot can also help. Professionals, like your favourite carpet cleaner, have devices that can detect and locate the exact position of the urine contamination.
Your next step is to treat and clean the area. Small spotting machines or absorbent towels with water and a little detergent can remove what’s in the carpet pile. Unfortunately, it won’t remove urine from the carpet backing and underlay where a larger part of the urine often penetrates. This is only something a professional can do. Therefore, any time you can get to a urine spot when it is still damp and blot it up with some paper towel is a great Tip For Removing Urine Odour. After the urine has dried it becomes much harder to remove.
If left untreated, particularly when the pet continues the behaviour and more and more urine is absorbed by the carpet, it never really dries out. Urine crystallises and turns into a salt-like substance that attracts moisture from the air. Therefore, urine odours tend to be more noticeable in summer or humid days than they are in winter because winter air is drier.
What about affected clothing?
When fresh, normal machine washing should do the trick. You may want to wash them separate from your other garments. If colourfastness is a concern wash with cold water but remember, hot water does clean better.
Occasionally, urine odours can remain in clothing due to the contamination age or some other factor. If this happens, pre-soaking will be necessary. Place the contaminated items in a laundry sink, tub or bucket and fill with hot water. Mix a ¼ cup of white vinegar to every 2.5 litres of water you use. Soak for at least two hours. The acidic properties of vinegar will counteract any urine salts that have built up.
The bottom line?
Urine contamination whether in carpet or clothing while still fresh, is the easiest to remove. Get to it quickly. On carpet, blot, rinse and extract with a spotting machine or absorbent paper towel. Do not apply products to the area it will likely make things worse, warm water should be sufficient. Don’t get tempted by the products you see in the supermarket. When it comes to clothing, put it straight in the laundry and wash straight away.
If odours persist or urine stains and smells are ruining your day, then it’s time for professional help. Don’t delay! Contact your cleaning experts on 1300 399 999 today. After all, it pays to call a pro!
Posted by grimefighters May 6, 2018
DID YOU KNOW selecting wool carpet or rugs to furnish your home can be good news… and in some cases, baaad?
The Good News…
Wool itself is a very high-quality fibre so wool carpet and rugs last longer, look better and retain their value. Some customers are less inclined to choose wool due to its higher price tag.
The Bad News!
With wool, the majority of dirt on it won’t be visible, and as a result, you may be inclined not to vacuum and clean it as often. This means your lovely, wool carpet or rugs may wear out prematurely.
Why is this?
Many consumers set their cleaning frequency based on appearance. This can be very dangerous for a carpet or rug, or all surfaces for that matter. The natural makeup of a wool fibre contains physical characteristics that make it perfect for hiding dirt, particularly the minute, gritty particles that wear out the fibres. You could explain this as setting sand on a sheet of Perspex and walking over it. The sand works like tiny little pieces of glass, damaging the surface.
True, wool fibres won’t show damage as fast as other fibres like nylon, polyester or polypropylene. Any kind of dirt or grit on those fibres is bad news.
You should discuss with a professional cleaner a plan for frequency based cleaning, not appearance based. Schedule cleaning on a regular basis, and keep in mind that every situation is different. Your home might not need cleaning as frequently as another. This why a professional advice is a wise choice.