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carpet cleaning ink stain

All jobs are “BIG” jobs for Black Gold Carpet Cleaning

Carpet cleaning MelbourneFrom little things big things grow….

Do you treat small jobs like big jobs? At Black Gold Carpet Cleaning Melbourne, we strive to maintain consistently exceptional customer service, no matter the size of the job. One thing I have learned from life experience, is to apply the same enthusiasm and passion to each and every job, no matter how big or small, no matter how profitable, all leads are good leads and all carpet cleaning customers have potential for repeat business.

Carpet cleaning can be unpredictable….

A few days ago, I had a free morning and was looking forward to a bit of a sleep in and a lazy start to the day. You know that delicious feeling of not having to be anywhere in particular after a frantic week of work? Just as I was pouring my morning coffee, I received a call from a distressed carpet cleaning customer in Brighton. She had spilled a couple of drops of ink on her valuable cream coloured wool rug and wanted to know if I could come right away. This was a new customer who had found me via an internet search for “Melbourne Carpet cleaning” so while I was a little disappointed to be called out, I was glad to know my marketing was starting to work.

I admit, at first, I was tempted to pass on the job as it was a lot of effort for very little return and I was really looking forward to my coffee and catching up on the news. However the Brighton customer was quite panicked and kept asking me what she could do to remove the stain herself. Knowing how difficult it is to remove ink, I advised her not to touch it and I would be there shortly. Ink is one of those stains that can be made much worse if you don’t have the right knowledge and equipment. You should always call a professional carpet cleaner to remove ink stains.

On with the job……

Reluctantly I climbed into my van and headed out to the customer’s Brighton address. As predicted it was a very small job and I managed to remove the stain in about five minutes. It took me longer to set up and pack up than to remove the actual stain. The customer was so happy with the result, it was worth missing my coffee just to see her reaction. Carpet CleaningThis also reinforced for me that in Melbourne, carpet cleaning is very competitive, so I am grateful for all work that comes my way.

Small steps to big rewards……

The biggest surprise for me was still to come. Once I had removed the stain, the customer asked me to quote on cleaning her seven seater fabric lounge suite, five seater leather couch, three rugs, seven rooms of carpet and a staircase! I provided her with my quote and she accepted on the spot and booked me in for next week.

You never know where a job will lead and the referrals it can provide. It is important to  give consistent, quality service and results every time, no matter who the customer or how small or large the job. This Melbourne carpet cleaning job started out as a minimum charge call out and ended up landing me one of the biggest residential jobs I have booked so far this year.

At Black Gold Carpet Cleaning Melbourne, we love our job and you will too.

red wine on carpet

How to remove red wine on carpet

How to remove red wine on carpet

Oh no! Not on the carpet!Red wine on carpet

You will be familiar with that phrase if you have ever spilt something, especially red wine on carpet. It is a question we get asked quite often. Read on to find out how we showed Nicole from Canterbury how to remove red wine on carpet.

Unfortunately for her, Nicole is all too familiar with the above scenario.  Yesterday when I went to steam clean her carpets, she showed me a red wine stain, that had happened about a year ago.  She had come home from a hard day at the office and sat down at the computer after dinner with a nice glass of Merlot in hand.  Next thing you know, she got a little too exuberant with the mouse and knocked the half full glass of red wine off the desk. Red wine on carpet – Disaster! Or so she thought! Sound familiar?

Luckily for me, Nicole hadn’t tried to remove the stain with any chemicals, she had just blotted it with water and a cloth.  If she had used an over the counter product, then I might of had a bit more of a fight on my hands to remove the stain.  The fact that her carpets are synthetic rather than made from wool, also helped.  Woolen carpets tend to absorb liquid into the fibre and are less stain resistant then man made carpet fibres like polypropylene or nylon.

Nicole was sure I wouldn’t have much success removing the stain as it had been there for quite sometime.  I told her to stand back and watch a magician at work.  I treated the red wine stain with “magic potion” I concocted for such stains, then cleaned the carpet with my magic wand.  Before you could say abracadabra, the stain was all but gone! You would be amazed, just like Nicole!

How to remove red wine on carpetHow to remove red wine on carpet

“Yasser manged to remove a red wine stain on our carpet that was 12 months old. FANTASTIC! Would use Black Gold Carpet Cleaning again and I have recommended them to my friends.” Nicole, Canterbury, Vic, July 2013

It is important to remember that although I can make most stains disappear as if by magic, successful stain removal depends on many factors including;

  1. The age of the stain – most fresh stains can be removed by using the appropriate chemical or stain remover.  Unfortunately however, it is more often the case that the stain is left untreated for an extended periods before a carpet technician is called to resolve the problem.  This gives the liquid time to be absorbed into the carpet fibre and it sets on the fibre. Whatever you do, do not leave a stain unattended for long periods of time.
  2. The type of fibre and the construction of the carpet – natural fibres tend to absorb more liquid than synthetic fibres and are more prone to pile damage when cleaned too vigourously.
  3. The type of stain – It is very important to identify the type of stain in order to determine the best treatment. Trained technicians should be able to identify a variety of stains by sight, touch and smell if the stains are of unknown origins.
  4. Other removal attempts – Stain removal is a chemical process and all stains have different Ph levels.  A professional carpet cleaner will know the correct stain remover for each Ph level and situation.  Remember, whatever you put on the stain will alter the Ph level. Sometimes this makes stain removal almost impossible to remove, as the cleaner will have to estimate the altered Ph level and adjust his removal process accordingly.

Just remember, it is important to act quickly, you can blot up the excess liquid and dab with a clean damp cloth but do not rub. Please call Black Gold Carpet Cleaning soon as possible if the stain remains.  Our technicians will be able to discuss and identify the stain with you and give you a fairly good idea of the expected outcome.  If we believe we can remove the stain, however fail to do so, we do not charge extra for the stain removal.