How to Remove Odors From Carpet

Do you have an upcoming special occasion in your home? Maybe an open house, special holiday gathering, of just want to get you house into shape and are embarrassed about the odor coming from your carpet? Whether its the kids spilled milk, Fido’s dirty dog smell, or even pet urine, you need to get the problem taken carpet of the right way the first time. Thats why we’re here today to offer some tips for removing those unpleasant odors.

Being on big filter, your carpeting seems to grab and hold onto those nasty odors. Getting rid of them will be a challenge, and will depend largely on the type and intensity of the odor. One thing that will always help is fresh air. Open some windows, get some fans going and give the odor some space and a chance to air out.

The following tips we found on howtocleanstuff.net:

  1. Baking soda is well known for removing odors. It’s easy to use and effective for removing odors from carpeting.
  2. Sprinkle the area liberally with baking soda. For odors that go beyond the surface, brush the area lightly with a broom to work the baking soda down into the fibers.
  3. Sprinkle an additional layer of baking soda on top of the carpet. Thin layers of baking soda will not work as effectively. Do not be afraid to use enough to get rid of the odor.
  4. Allow the baking soda to set at least overnight on the affected area. Two days is even better, if possible.
  5. After 1-2 days have passed, sweep the top layer of baking soda into the dustpan with a stiff broom. If the baking soda was placed on a rug, it can be shaken off outdoors.
  6. Vacuum the remaining baking soda from the carpet with a strong vacuum. Do not vacuum the top layer first, as this can damage the vacuum.
  7. Smell the area to see if there is improvement. If there is, reapply another layer of baking soda and repeat the process. Baking soda does not damage the carpeting, so the process can be repeated as often as necessary.
  8. If the odor is not removed, vinegar can be applied to the carpet. It can be sprayed on the surface or blotted on with a soft cloth. If the odor is from a liquid that has been absorbed by the carpet, it will be necessary to apply enough vinegar to reach the source of the odor (keep in mind that it may have soaked into the padding as well), but avoid saturating the carpet.
  9. Allow the vinegar to set on the carpet for 15 minutes or so. The acid in the vinegar can work through the odor-causing bacteria in the carpet.
  10. Blot with a clean cloth to remove.
  11. Rinse by spraying and/or blotting the area with clean water.
  12. Press with a clean cloth to absorb any remaining water.
  13. Allow to air dry completely.
  14. Repeat as necessary until the stain is removed.

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Removing odors from carpet can be a tough job, especially if they are serious odors such as pet stains. If this is the case, you may want to consider hiring a professional to take on the job. Friendly Cleaning Services offers carpet cleaning in Kansas City and can help you with getting your carpet clean and odor free.

Friendly Cleaning Services
22 Drake Cir
Kansas City, MO 64119
(816) 590-6433

 

 

What is Steam Cleaning?

Out of all the carpet cleaning methods, Steam Cleaning is the most common. But what exactly is “steam cleaning”? Most people don’t realize that steam carpet cleaning doesn’t actually use pure steam to clean. In fact, the technical term for this method is called hot water extraction. This is because hot water is used to clean the carpet fibers, not steam. The problem with the idea of using actual steam to clean is that there is no rinsing of the fibers, which is crucial for removing soil. Also, the heat from pure steam can be enough to damage certain types of fibers. In particular, berber carpet fibers are easily melted. So really using steam to clean is not the best idea.

Whats the difference?

The difference really just comes down to water temperature. Using the hot water extraction method allows a “flushing” action that cannot be attained using just steam. While its true that a certain amount of steam is produced with hot water extraction due to the high water temperatures, the steam is not whats cleaning the fibers. Keep in mind that most carpet cleaners first apply an emulsifier to break up the dirt deep in the fibers. Its important that these cleaning detergents are removed using a clean rinse step.

Some additional info on the difference between steam cleaning and hot water extraction taken from a carpet cleaning blog:

Most carpet manufacturers recommend that their products be cleaned with hot water extraction. Natural fibers are cleaned with hot water extraction to prevent shrinkage, as is upholstery. It can be used to treat stains as well, unlike steam cleaning, which is avoided because it can actually set stains permanently. Steam cleaning is often used with synthetic carpet, and some people believe the higher level of heat will improve the cleanliness of their carpet.

However, homeowners should beware of renting or buying products like extractors and steamers to use at home. Inexperience and subpar equipment could lead to soaking of your carpet and a large amount of detergent residue, while inadequate ventilation could cause mold growth.

If you use a professional cleaner, the hot water extraction method will work well if they avoid high levels of detergent and detergent residue, which attracts dirt and can quickly make your carpet dirty again. This is ideal if you or your family are concerned about exposure to volatile chemical compounds. Professionals will also make sure that most of the water sprayed on the carpet is removed. The process doesn’t take long and usually involves four simple steps. They’ll start with an inspection of the area, then they’ll apply an emulsifier or detergent, next they will rinse the carpet clean with water, and finally they will vacuum out nearly all of the water. Within a couple of hours, your carpet will be dry again and ready for use. – Taken from the article Hot Water Extraction Vs Steam Cleaning

How To Get Mud Out of Carpet

This time of year is a bad time for keeping the carpeting clean in your home. With the snow comes mud and slush, and its nearly impossible to keep it all on the outside. Especially if you have kids that like to get out and play in the snow. In this post we are going to cover some carpet cleaning tips on what to do when you have muddy footprints on the carpet.

The following steps are from an article on cleanipedia.com:
” The first thing you need to do is forget everything you thought you knew about stain removal. We’re always told to tackle stains right away, before they have chance to soak into the fibres and become more difficult to remove. However, for muddy footprints, you actually want the mud to dry. If you try to clean wet mud, you’ll find that it spreads and dirties even more of your floor. By allowing it to dry, you prevent spreading the stain.

Once the mud is completely dry (you can speed up the process by placing a portable fan in front of the area), you can start to remove the mud. The best way to do this is by using a vacuum cleaner, preferably with the hose attachment so you can really focus upon the muddy area. Don’t rush this – move the hose around slowly so you can be sure you’re picking up as much dirt as possible.

Some bits of soil will probably still be stuck to the fibres of your carpet after vacuuming, so you’ll need to scrape away the mud to loosen it. To do this, use an object such as a spoon and gently scrape the carpet, being careful not to cause any damage. Once you’ve loosened more soil, vacuum once more. Continue scraping and vacuuming until all of the dried mud has been removed.”

You can read the full article here: https://www.cleanipedia.com/gb/floor-carpets/guy-fawkes-night-clean-footprints

The most important step here is to be sure and let the mud completely dry before trying to clean it up. The worst thing you can do is try cleaning up mud with spot cleaners while the mud is still fresh, you are more likely to make it worse. In fact, most of the time once the mud has had a chance to dry, it will come out with just a dry vacuuming.

Hopefully you found the carpet cleaning tips in this article to be useful. If you have applied the steps and still need additional help, call a professional carpet cleaning service to take care of the problem.

How Often Should You Have Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned?

Lets face it, your carpet endures a lot of abuse. Heavy traffic from half wiped muddy shoes, traffic from your pets, and the occasional traffic that results in someone spilling their drink all over the carpet. You’ve tried everything from vacuuming, carpet spot and stain removal products, even using your own home steam carpet cleaner. But it seems like your carpet is determined to hold on to that grime. It’s going to take a miracle to get your carpet looking new again!

Don’t wait until it is almost impossible to get your carpet back into shape. To maintain one of the biggest investments in your home you should schedule a professional carpet cleaner to clean your carpets regularly. The goal is to have your carpet cleaned before obvious signs of aging and wear are evident. If you ignore the problem, dirt can actually shorten the lifespan of your carpet.

How Does Dirt Ruin Carpet?

When your kids, the dog and your spouse forget to wipe their feet, they are introducing your carpet to more dirt and soil than normal. This speeds up the time in between professionally carpet cleanings, because dirt eventually becomes attached to your carpet fibers. As a result, your carpet begins to wear prematurely. 

How Often Should You Have Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned?

The average person without a lot of traffic and less dirt can get away with getting their carpet cleaned only once a year. If you live alone, you can go up to 2 years without a professional cleaning. Of course regular vacuuming is very important in between professional cleanings.

The more people you have in your home the more often you will need to have your carpet cleaned. If you have children, you should get your carpet professionally cleaned every 6 to 9 months. Do not forget to vacuum the most trafficked areas twice a week and the rest of the house once a week.

If you have children and pets, your timetable is moved up to around 3 to 6 months between carpet cleaning. That is with the addition of vacuuming 2 to 4 times every week. If you have a large family that includes many adults, children and multiple pets, vacuuming is a daily chore and you should call a carpet cleaning service that has the equipment to provide professional results. You might want to have the job done every 2 to 3 months.

Vacuuming of course is very important, but can never take the place of a deep professional carpet cleaning. And replacing your carpet can be very expensive. If you want to help extend the life of your carpet, hire a professional carpet cleaning company.  If you are looking for carpet cleaning company that uses professional equipment and can handle tough jobs, call SteamPro Carpet Cleaning of Jefferson City MO.

For more info Contact:

SteamPro Carpet Cleaning
3941 Dewberry Drive #101a
Jefferson City, MO 65109
573-690-1205

How To Get Blood Out Of Carpet

At some point you are bound to get some blood on your carpet. Hopefully it as a result of something minor like a cut or nosebleed and not something more serious! Blood can be very difficult to remove, especially if it sets in. That’s why you want to act fast (assuming you don’t need to make a trip to the hospital first). In this guide we will be going over some steps to get a blood stain out of carpet.

Soak Up Excess

Using paper towels or an absorbent towel, blot up as much as you can, Make sure you start around the edges and work your way in as not to spread the blood to other areas of the carpet. If the blood is already dry, use a dull knife or brush to break it up. Be sure not to damage the carpet.

Hot vs. Cold Water

It is very important to note that you should use cold water to clean a blood spot and not hot water. Hot water could actually set the stain in which we definitely do not want to happen. Instead, try mixing up some cold water and ammonia. Add on teaspoon of ammonia to half a cup of water. You can also add a little bit of dish-washing detergent or some non-bleach laundry detergent to boost your mixed cleaning solution. Next, dip a white absorbent cloth or towel into your solution and start blotting the areas, being careful not to scrub too hard. Make sure you start around the edges first. Continue blotting and moving on to a clean area of cloth until you don’t see anymore of the blood.

Once you have removed all the blood, you want to get the area dry as quickly as possible. Use a towel to soak up as much moisture as you can, then put a fan on the spot to speed up the drying process. If after you have gone through these steps there is still some remaining staining, try misting on some 3% Hydrogen Peroxide on to the stain. The Hydrogen Peroxide should take care of the rest, but may need to be applied a few more times over the next couple of days.

If you are have tried the suggestions above and are still having trouble removing the stain from the carpet, contact a professional carpet cleaner like Steampro Carpet Cleaning in Osage Beach MO. For more information  about Steampro go to steamprocarpet.com

You can reach them at:

SteamPro Carpet Cleaning
2500 Bay Point Dr
Osage Beach, MO 65065
573-348-1995

How Often Should You Vacuum Your Carpets?

Your carpets are one of your biggest assets. You want them to look good, feel good and smell good. When your carpets look dirty, dingy and have an unpleasant odor, it is not only unwelcoming to you and your guests, but it can actually decrease the value of your home.

Maintaining Your Carpets

Maintaining your carpets is important. In order to give your carpets every advantage of having a long life so that you don’t incur the added expense of having to replace them before you should, you will want to take good care of them which means good carpet maintenance.

  • Regular vacuuming:

One of the best things you can do for your carpet is to vacuum it regularly. The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends vacuuming at least twice a week. Many people think that an occasional, or even just spot-vacuuming is enough. In order to thoroughly clean your carpet, you should vacuum your carpet, thoroughly, at least once a week. This includes moving furniture where dirt, dust and debris can hide.

  • Vacuum thoroughly:

Lots of things can get under furniture that you don’t see, including fleas, bed bugs, bacteria, among other things. If you don’t move pieces of furniture, you miss the opportunity to get many things that can be damaging to your carpet and carpet fibers. They are things that can age your carpet, discolor, and contaminate.

  • Spot Vacuum:

In between your weekly thorough and regular vacuums, you should also spot vacuum as needed. When you see a spill or dirt being tracked in from out of doors, be quick to vacuum it up before it has the chance to settle into the carpet or be traipsed on and pushed deep into the fibers where it will be hard to excavate.

  • Steam Cleaning:

Steam cleaning is also important to maintaining your carpets and should also be done regularly. In order to keep your carpet fibers soft, flexible and intact, plan to have your carpets professionally cleaned a couple times a year. Remove spots immediately in between steam cleans, to prevent stains from permanently settling in. Click here to learn about how to get blood out of carpet.

7 Steps to Remove Candle Wax from Carpet

If you’re reading this, you’ve committed the common error of burning candles and spilling wax onto your carpet or rug. So now that you’re done slapping your forehead, let’s fix the problem!

7 easy steps to remove wax from your carpet.

Note: If it’s a valuable, handmade wool or silk rug, follow steps 1 and 2, then take the rug immediately to a professional carpet cleaner.

 


This how-to is intended for ordinary household carpets.
1. As soon as possible, place a cold pack (or a zip lock bag full of ice cubes) on the affected area to harden the wax. (about 10 minutes)

2. When the wax is hard (not gummy) use a butter knife to scrape away as much of the hardened wax as you can from the carpet. Try to do this gently so that the bigger chunks do break into little pieces.

3.Throw away the bigger pieces of wax and use your best vacuum cleaner to suck up all the bits of loosened wax.

4. Now place a thick, quality paper towel or brown paper bag (no print, please) on the area.

5. Use your iron on a low setting (lower for man-made fibers than for wool), and iron the area through the paper. As you see the paper absorbing wax, move it to a fresh spot, being careful not to get any of the now-waxy paper on the carpet. Repeat until you see that no more wax is absorbing into the paper.

6. A stain may remain from colored candles. Apply rubbing alcohol to the spot, blotting gently. If there is still some staining, iron the spot on a low setting through another fresh cloth. The cloth should absorb most if not all of the stain. Use carpet solvent to remove any shadow of stain, and continue to blot, taking care to follow directions on the bottle.

7. Vacuum the area several times to raise the nap of the carpet, and cover with a clean towel while it dries. If you are still having trouble removing all of the wax or there is still a remaining carpet stain, call a professional carpet cleaning company. Click here to learn how often you should have your carpet cleaned by a professional cleaning company.