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Recently we purchased a Hydroforce CX-15 carpet steam cleaning tool. This carpet cleaning tool is a revolutionary piece of equipment. It leaves carpets drier and cleaner in less time than ever before. We have always achieved amazing results with our trusty carpet steam cleaning wand, however sometimes on jobs with heavily soiled carpets, we would have to spend a lot of time going over the carpet again and again to remove embedded dirt. The CX-15 has been designed so that usually one pass is enough to remove the dirt.
Carpet steam cleaning with the revolutionary square head design
The head of the CX-15 is enclosed which means the heat is trapped in. This also means more heat which in turn, means greater cleaning power. Inside the head, the rotary jets spin so the carpet fibres are cleaned from all angles. The square, straight edged design of the CX-15 means that, unlike other rotary tools with rounded heads, we can clean close to walls and wood floors. The design of this head also allows air flow speed to be maximised. This means more water is extracted and carpets dry in less time.
Light as a feather!
The best part about the CX-15 is that it is light – only 9kg , compared to other motored rotary carpet steam cleaning tools which weigh about 36kg. This means I can easily move it around and up and down stairs without causing myself and injury! It also means I do not need additional cords and power outlets like you do for other electric rotary tools.
Commercial and Residential carpet steam cleaning – but not in tight spaces!
I have found the best use for this tool is steam cleaning commercial carpets and large empty residential properties. This is because it is can be a little tricky to maneuver in tight spaces. The hoses can be a bit of a problem if you don’t have a lot of room to turn around, so I don’t use the CX-15 for carpet steam cleaning in small properties like apartments and townhouses, especially if they are furnished. However if you are looking for end of lease carpet steam cleaning in Melbourne, for your house or office and would like to see the Hydroforce CX-15 in action, then please give me a call to arrange a booking.
As a carpet cleaner I have seen it all, the good, the bad and the ugly….
Over the years as a carpet cleaner, I have seen some pretty funny things put on carpet to try and remove stains. Some work and some are just plain, ridiculous and cause more damage than the original stain! There is plenty of information out there about what you should put on stains of all kinds. Some of it is good advice backed up by sound scientific principals and chemistry. Some, however, is complete fiction and could quite possibly have a horror story ending rather than the “happily ever after” most people are looking for! Here are the top five home remedies to be avoided if you want a happy ending to your red wine nightmare.
Why is it that whenever someone spills red wine, the first thing they do is reach for salt? This remedy has been passed down through the ages and probably had more to do with convenience than science. In the past (and present), both wine and salt were consumed with most meals. So salt was often the closest thing available to throw over a spill. The aim being to absorb as much of the liquid as possible. It sounds logical, until you consider the fact that salt is the ingredient we throw into dye baths to help bond dye to fabric fibres! By piling up a heap of salt on a wine stain, all you are doing is aiding the natural dyes in the wine to penetrate the carpet fibres. Thereby creating a permanent reminder of your clumsiness! The best first action for red wine is to absorb as much of the liquid as you can. The best way to do this is by using clean white towels or paper towels NOT salt! Do not panic – remember you can always call a professional carpet cleaner for advice.
2. White wine
We have all heard the one about pouring white wine over a red wine spill. I believe this also comes from the fact that where there is red wine, there is usually white wine. So if you spill the red, then try to dilute it with whatever is closest and not as colourful – white wine! There is some science behind this method. Both red and white wines are acidic and acids can be used to dissolve acids. However there are lots of other ingredients in white wine as well. So white wine is probably not the best first choice when it comes to stain removal. White wine probably will not cause any further staining, however it will be a very smelly mess and not nearly as effective as some other acids which are odourless when they evaporate, e.g. white vinegar.
The second step when dealing with red wine stains is to dilute the remaining liquid as much as possible without causing any further damage. I would suggest adding a little cold water (preferably misted on using a spray bottle) and dabbing with a clean dry white cloth. Repeat as often as necessary until there is no more colour transfer from the stain onto the cloth. You could also try adding 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts cold water to the spray bottle. If in doubt call a professional carpet cleaner for advice!
3. Baking Soda (Bi Carb Soda)
While baking soda is something that can be helpful in removing some stains, it can also leave behind a white powdery residue. This residue is very difficult to remove. I have read many blogs and articles that recommend using a a baking soda paste on food stains and pet stains. However not many mention that you also need to use an acid with the baking soda to create the right chemical reaction to remove the stains. When you combine an acid such as wine or vinegar and baking soda, you get a chemical reaction which creates carbon dioxide gas. It is this reaction that helps remove stains, the combination of a base and an acid dissolved in water. This process does work, however you have to let the paste react and then dry on the carpet. The dried paste attaches to the carpet fibres and can be very difficult to remove. Vacuuming is often not enough. You have to gently scrap the dried paste off the carpet with a blunt knife, without damaging the fibers. Is all the mess worth it when there are other carpet cleaner methods available that do not leave a residue?
4. Corn Flour (starch)
This is one of the more “out there” methods I have witnessed! Why anyone would apply corn flour to a wet carpet stain, I will never know. As with the baking soda, corn flour can be very messy and difficult to remove from carpet. Corn flour is very absorbent when it comes to greasy stains on leather furniture. This is because it is very fine and can get into tiny cracks and crevices that other products cannot. By all means use corn flour to remove grease, but don’t mix it up into a paste and lather it on your carpet. It is just too difficult to remove and there are many other remedies out there that do not require so much work! Because I am a qualified carpet cleaner, I had no trouble removing the ink stain for this customer, however the corn flour took a lot more effort!
5. Vanish and other supermarket “carpet stain removers”
I cannot say it strongly enough – never use these products on your carpet to remove stains, until you consult a professional carpet cleaner for advice. These products often contain bleach which can remove the stains. However, unfortunately, they also often remove the colour from your carpet fibres. So you’re left with light coloured patches all over your carpet. Professional carpet cleaners also used bleach, in some situations. However we know what strength bleach to use and how to rinse it from your carpet. The longer the Vanish type products stay on your carpet, the more damage they can do. There is no easy way to rinse them out of your carpet completely, without the right carpet cleaner equipment.
A final word of advice from your local carpet cleaner
Never panic! Always follow these 3 steps when dealing with most food and drink spills;
BLOT – remove as much liquid/solid as you can by blotting or scraping the spill immediately
DILUTE – Using a spray bottle filled with cold water, mist over the stain to dilute
BLOT – remove as much of the water as you can with a clean dry towell (always dab/blot – never rub!)
Lately, I have been called out to quite a few jobs where I have been asked how to get blood stains out of carpet. Now don’t get me wrong, they were not gruesome murder scenes or anything like what you see on TV these days. They were just your everyday, run of the mill nose bleed type situations and one was an unexpected home birth!! If you have pets or children, you will be very familiar with the types of accidents that result in blood staining your carpet. There is however no need to panic, blood is tricky, but can be removed provided you follow the right steps.
It can be difficult to get blood stains out of carpet
This is because, hemoglobin binds to the carpet fibres once it comes into contact with oxygen. The sooner you can attend to the stain, the better, as wet blood can be removed much more easily than blood that has been allowed to dry and bind firmly to the carpet fibres. I always recommend using a professional carpet cleaner to remove dried blood stains as the protein and enzyme spotters required to shift dried blood from carpet, can be hazardous if you are nor familiar with the correct safety procedures. Some, like ammonia can cause respiratory issues and should be used with extreme caution and in a well ventilated space, followed by thorough rinsing. Then there is also the possible bacteria and pathogens which needs to be considered and any anti microbial treatments used to sanitise your carpet, must be colour safe. Some contain bleach which will remove the colour from your carpet fibre and may cause more damage. Always wear disposable gloves when trying to get blood stains out of carpet.
The following is the first step I recommend to get blood stains out of carpet;
Cold Water:The first step is to dilute the blood as much as possible and the best way to do this is by filling a spray bottle with cold water and misting the water over the stain. It is very important to use cold water as hot/warm water can set the stain permanently into the carpet fibres.
Blot Gently:Take a clean dry cloth or towel and gently blot the stain. Do not rub or you may damage the carpet fibre and actually push the blood further down into the fibres and carpet backing. As the blood transfers onto the cloth fold it over so a fresh, clean piece of the cloth is in contact with the stain. Repeat, alternating the water spray and dabbing for as long as there is colour transfer onto the cloth.
Dry: The stain should now be much lighter in colour, if not completely removed. If you managed to get the blood stains out of carpet, dry the area as much as you can by using clean dry towels or even a wet dry vacuum if you have one. A small fan placed next to the stain will also help dry the area or you can place a dry towel over the spot and put something heavy like a glass or book on top and leave it overnight to help the towel absorb the water. Once the area is dry, vacuum the carpet to restore the natural look of the carpet nap.
What to try next….
Sometimes blood stains need a bit more of a push before they give up their hold on your carpet fibres. If you find you are left with a light stain after diluting the blood with the cold water method above, you can try something a bit stronger, depending on the type of carpet you have. Or you can call in a professional like Black Gold Carpet Cleaning, we have all the right chemicals, equipment and training to make sure you get the best result possible without any mess or fuss and we can usually get blood stains out of carpet without too much trouble.
Additional treatments to remove blood from synthetic and woolen carpets
can be spot treated with ammonia, which is a very good stain remover and a good choice when you want to get blood out of carpet. As previously mentioned ammonia produces strong fumes which can cause breathing difficulties, so always use caution, read the label, use in a well ventilated space and rinse thoroughly. Ammonia should also be avoided if you have pets (especially cats) as the smell of ammonia can cause them to urinate on the carpet. Mix a table spoon of ammonia with a cup of cold water in spray bottle and mist over the stain, then gently dab with a clean dry cloth. repeat until stain has been removed. Then rinse the area thoroughly with cold water and dry with a clean dry cloth. You can put a dry towel over the wet area and place something heavy like a glass or book on top to help the towel absorb the moisture, and leave for several hours or over night.
can be damaged by ammonia so we do not recommend you use any spotters containing ammonia on woolen carpet. Instead you can try, mixing 1 teaspoon of clear dish washing liquid with 2 cups of cold water in spray bottle and misting over the stain. Then either dab with a clean dry towel or gently agitate with an old toothbrush (do not rub or apply too much pressure or you may damage the carpet fibres and/or push the blood down further into the carpet backing & underlay). Rinse off thoroughly with a damp clean cloth and repeat if necessary. Dry with a clean dry towel. A fan placed next to the area will also help speed up the drying process.
If you cannot get blood stains out of carpet, using these methods or you would prefer to leave it to the experts, then please contact us at Black Gold Carpet Cleaning and we will be happy to help.
A few weeks ago I booked in a Caulfield carpet cleaning job for a lovely gentleman by the name of Rony in Caulfield North. I was unable to attend this job personally so I sent along a new guy who has started helping me out during this busy end of year period. All seemed fine, until we sent our our usual follow up text. We really do try to always do our best, so we want to know if our customers are happy or otherwise and relish any opportunity to rectify mistakes. It is also a good way to collect feedback for our Carpet Cleaning Review page on our website. I was really upset when I read Rony’s reply,
I am extremely disappointed, it is still not clean, now I need to call another company to finish the job…
After repeat cleaning by me
I called Rony straight away to find out what had happened. He explained that his carpet was heavily soiled and the guy who came to clean had removed some but not all of the dirt using standard carpet cleaning methods. I quickly apologised and arranged a time a few days later to come and take a look. I brought the original cleaner with me so I could show him a more thorough cleaning method for heavily soiled carpet. Heavily soiled carpets require very hot water and additional dwell time for the chemicals to work their magic. They also, often requiring agitation by a rotary machine or at least a lot of good old fashioned “elbow grease” by the carpet cleaner!
water after I re cleaned the “clean” carpet!
I love a happy ending!
By the time I had finished Rony was over the moon! Even my guy was impressed with the end result and more than a little embarrassed by his original attempt. He now knows what to do next time so it was a very valuable learning experience for him. I am so grateful that Rony gave me the opportunity to re clean his carpets. I just had to show both of them, the water from my machine: that is the water from the “cleaned” carpet, after my re clean!
In fact Rony was so happy with my service that he took to social media and he left the following carpet cleaning review,
5 stars plus! Yasser, I just want to say thank you for cleaning my carpet today! Last week one of your employees cleaned my carpet but I wasn’t completely satisfied. After we spoke over the phone, you came personally to make sure the carpet is clean and that we are satisfied. Let me just say that your care for your customers is beyond description. If anyone is searching for carpet cleaners like I did, then look no further, this is the right company, the customer service you’ll receive is like nothing you have experienced. Yasser, thanks again mate, with all honesty I didn’t think that people genuinely care anymore about customers. Much appreciated, Rony, Caulfield North
This would have to be one of the best carpet cleaning reviews I have ever received and it is even more special because it came from someone who could have just walked away and written us off as just another dodgy carpet cleaner! Second chances are like gold!
Please contact us to discuss your carpet cleaning requirements, and be assured we will not be happy until you are!
Why you should be aware of VOCs in carpet and how to deal with them.
Ahhh… love the smell of VOCs in carpet in the morning – said no one ever!
What are VOCs in Carpet? If you have ever bought a brand new, off the factory floor, never been owned before, car; then you will be familiar with that “new car smell”. Many people love this smell, there are even car deodourisers called “new car smell”! The same however, cannot be said for that “new carpet smell”. If you have ever had carpets installed in your home or office then you have probably experienced the “toxic” fumes otherwise known as VOCs that can be hazardous to your health. What causes the fumes and how can you minimise the impact on the health of you and your family? How do you deal with VOCs in carpet?
What are VOCs and why are they in my new carpet?
VOCs are Volatile Organic Compounds (chemical contaminants made up mainly of carbon and hydrogen) and are found in almost all manufactured products, including soft furnishings, cosmetics, clothing, plastic bottles, paint and other building materials, cars and clothing, just to name a few. At room temperature, these VOCs are released into the environment in the form of gas which evaporates into the air – this process is sometimes called off-gassing. In the case of synthetic carpets, most but not all of these VOCs are destroyed in the manufacturing process, as the carpet is “baked” at 150-170c in a finishing oven. Carpet is, therefore, the lowest emitter of VOCs of most common flooring options. When you install new carpet in your home however, there will still be some low level VOC emissions for a few days, especially when you add in the VOCs from the underlay and adhesives used in the installation process.
Are VOCs in carpet dangerous?
While there is no conclusive evidence that exposure to VOCs causes long term health issues, there is plenty of evidence pointing towards, short term effects experienced by people exposed to high levels of VOCs. These short term effects include, head aches, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, skin and throat irritations and so on. These effects vary depending on the type of chemicals, the concentration level of the VOCs and how long the person is exposed to them. A person’s age, gender, general health condition and exposure to other chemicals can all play a role determining the effects VOCs have on their health. People who experience asthma or other respiratory conditions or are particular sensitive to chemicals, should try to avoid exposure to VOCs.
Studies involving mice, have shown that long term exposure to high levels of VOCs can increase the risk of cancer, liver and kidney disease in animals and is thought to also affect humans in the same way. However there is not a lot of information on the long term health effects of low level household exposure from VOCs in carpet.
Scientists at organisations such as the EPA are still researching what are the specific chemicals released by carpets and whether or not they are dangerous for the average person. Generally the VOCs in carpets are low level and any short term effects go away once the person stops being exposed to the VOCs. However, until more is known about the impact on our health, the EPA recommends exposure to VOCs is kept at a minimum.
Has the Australian Government set standards for VOCs in carpets?
There are no specific regulations set for VOCs in carpets or even general indoor air quality by the Australian Government, except for regulations on some specific substances in the workplace. There is no single Australian Government authority to oversee indoor air quality in Australia as it would be difficult to regulate and enforce set standards in private homes. Individual state authorities and organisations, however are able to offer recommendations and guidelines based on information and research into air pollutants and their impact on our health. The Australian Carpet Institute is one such organisation, setting standards for carpet chemical emissions and carpet labeling. The Green Building Council of Australia is another organisation who sets standards and rating systems for low VOC emissions in building materials.
How can I minimise the health risks of VOCs in carpet?
To minimise the risks from VOCs in carpet, it is important to ensure good ventilation when using or installing products and materials which emit VOCs. Ventilation means bringing in air from outside to mix with the indoor air and can be as simple as opening lots of windows.
New carpet can emit VOCs in low levels, for several days after being installed, so it is worth asking your carpet supplier or installer if the carpet can be left unrolled for a few days at their warehouse before installation. This will allow some of the VOCs time to disappate before bringing the carpet into your home.
It is also important to run your ventilation system for at least 72 hours after carpet installation.
Where possible, open the windows and position fans next to the windows to blow in the fresh air.
Close the doors to the areas with new carpet and try to stay out of those rooms for a few days.
It could even be a good time to take a short holiday!
The Australian Carpet Institute, has developed a standard for carpet with low VOC emissions, called the Green Label Plus. These “green” carpets have lower VOC emissions than other synthetic carpets and are definitely worth considering. However you should make sure the underlay and adhesive used by the carpet installer are also “green” and have low VOC emissions, as often the glue can emit more VOCs than the carpet! Natural fibres such as wool and cotton with backing made from Jute or other grassy fibres are usually much longer lasting, and lower in VOCs than carpets made from synthetic fibres such as nylon or olefin which are usually backed with potentially harmful PVC plastic.
How do I maintain my new carpet and keep it VOC free?
Once you have installed your new carpet and aired out the rooms so there are no more VOC emissions, you need to ensure you vacuum your carpet regularly with a vacuum cleaner that has a filter and good, strong suction. Carpet is a great filter itself, as it traps VOCs, from other sources, as well as dirt and dust. However things like, poorly filtered vacuum cleaners or the kids playing on the carpet, cause agitation and the VOCs and dust can become air born again. It is important, therefore, to remove them with regular, well filtered, vacuum cleaning. The Australian Carpet Institute of also recommends hot water extraction using low emission VOC cleaning agents as the best method of cleaning carpets. Hot water extraction (often referred to as steam cleaning) uses heat and water to wash the carpet fibres and strong suction (extraction) the remove the VOCs and dirt.