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Steam Cleaning Melbourne: Top Stain Removal Mistakes

Steam Cleaning Melbourne Stain removal Tips

We have all experienced the frustration of spilling something like red wine or soft drink on the carpet. This especially applies if you have kids or pets or both! First comes the disbelief and then comes the panic!  When that panic sets in, try taking deep breaths and may be even walk away for a few minutes to restore calm to the situation.  What you do or don’t do during those first panicked minutes, can save your carpet or destroy it!  Most people in this situation either go straight to Google and see what the Internet “experts” have to say about removing stains or they rummage through their kitchen/laundry cupboard and grab anything that vaguely resembles a cleaning product.  In these emergency situations who has time to read instruction labels or warnings about spot testing first? Right? With great haste you spray, pour, scrub, sprinkle, vacuum and pray until you have enough chemical concoctions on the carpet, to write a science paper! But has it fixed the problem or just made a bad situation a whole lot worse?

In this article I will explain why some stain removal, home remedies are best used with caution.  Also, why sometimes it is best to call in a professional carpet steam cleaning Melbourne service rather than tackle the stain yourself.

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Vinegar

When it comes to most food and drink stains, vinegar is king! Vinegar is an acid and most food and beverages contain acid as well.  This is why vinegar works so well on these types of stains. Acids break down other acids.  However not all vinegars are equal! Only white vinegar is suitable for using as a stain remover.  Other vinegars such as balsamic, red wine or apple cider vinegar can leave stains of their own on carpet. Ironically you can use white vinegar to remove these other vinegar stains!

Adding a few drops of dish washing liquid to a spray bottle with vinegar diluted by water, adds extra oomph to the cleaning power of vinegar.

There are 3 important steps to remember when using vinegar as a stain remover on your carpet.

  1. Dilute the vinegar with water and mist it over the stain rather than pouring it on.
  2. Always do a spot test somewhere inconspicuous before spraying it all over your carpet.
  3. Be sure to rinse the vinegar thoroughly from your carpet with water

Vinegar can cause discolouration on some types of carpet fibres, especially if it is used in large quantities and left on the carpet for long periods of time.  These photos below show what happens to carpet when vinegar is used excessively and then not rinsed properly. Luckily this customer called us at Black Gold Carpet steam cleaning Melbourne for help fixing this mess.

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Bi Carb Soda (Baking Soda)

If Vinegar is king, then bi carb soda is queen!  This white powder can be sprinkled over wet stains to absorb liquid and odour.  If you sprinkle it over a stain moistened with vinegar then you will really see cleaning power in action!  This combination causes a chemical reaction which releases carbon dioxide.  Leave the stain until the mixture stops bubbling and allow it to draw the stain out of the carpet.  Then wipe or vacuum it away. The order you use here is very important.  Always vinegar first then bi carb soda.  If you do it the other way around you could end up with a huge volcanic like mess!

The main problem with using bicarb or baking soda, is the mess it leaves behind.  If you use too much and leave it for too long the paste becomes a hard chalk like substance stuck firmly to your carpet fibre.  It can be very difficult to remove! Vacuuming alternated with a light, gentle brushing of the carpet, helps.  Rinsing with warm water, then drying the area thoroughly, should remove the remaining residue.  However if you find there is still bi carb soda visible, then you may need to call in Black Gold Steam cleaning Melbourne for help and advice.

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Oxi Sprays

You can purchase over the counter carpet stain removers from most supermarkets.  I would always err on the side of caution when using a product like this.  Read the instruction label and always, always, test it on an inconspicuous spot first! The main ingredient in these sprays is hydrogen peroxide. There are different strengths of hydrogen peroxide and it is recommended that not more than a 3% solution is used on carpet, unless you are a professional carpet cleaner.  Stronger solutions, higher than 3%, may result in colour loss or bleaching of carpet fibres.  Professional carpet cleaners are trained to be able to identify different carpet fibres and know what is safe to use.  They also have high powered equipment capable of rinsing all of the hydrogen peroxide away.

The biggest problem aside from the bleaching, is removing all of the residue.  Often these spray on cleaners are difficult to remove without professional equipment and therefore the residue attracts dirt.  The other chemicals mixed in with the hydrogen peroxide are usually preservatives and stabilisers as well as a lot of water.   It would be much cheaper (and safer) to just buy some 3% hydrogen peroxide and dilute it your self in a spray bottle with some warm water ( 1:2).  You could also add a few drops of dish washing liquid to help with the cleaning process.  Make sure you do not rub the fibre and always rinse and dry the spot.

To avoid any potential problems and save yourself a whole lot of effort and stress, I would recommend you call a professional like Black Gold carpet steam cleaning Melbourne to remove the stain or at least offer the right advice.

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A final word of advice

I am all for natural cleaning remedies and products.  In fact most of our cleaning products are natural citrus based detergents and spotters.  We also use essential oils for their natural antibacterial properties.  However just because it is “natural” doesn’t mean it is always safe to use on every stain and every carpet type. There is actually quite a lot of science involved in carpet cleaning and it takes training and experience to understand what works best in each unique situation.  There is not “a one size fits all” when it comes to carpet steam cleaning and stain removalAlways seek professional advice before reaching into the cupboard.

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Melbourne Carpet Recycling

How do I dispose of my old carpet?

Melbourne carpet recycling is not as simple as you would think.  In this day and age, everyone seems to be aware of environmental issues such as global warming and the need to reduce our carbon foot print.  Given that the average life cycle of carpet is 5-10 years, many new home openers and renovators are opting for more sustainable flooring options.  We recycle glass, plastics, paper, garden waste, wood, rubber tyres and so on.  However when it comes to old carpet there are fewer options, for recycling.

Business studies in Australia,  have shown an overall decrease in carpet manufacturing over the past five years.  However the boom in the property market has created a higher demand for carpet, from the housing construction sector.  Particularly for multi – unit apartment and townhouse developments.  Which makes me wonder where is all that carpet going to go in 5-10 years time when it needs replacing?  What happens to the carpet in the properties when they are demolished to make way for these new developments?  Given that about 70% of all floor covering sales in the developed world, are for carpet, what options are available for Melbourne carpet recycling?

carpet recycling MelbourneOptions for Melbourne carpet recycling.

1. Disposal is the least preferred option.  Used carpet is now one of the top 10 landfill items.  Synthetic carpets do not break down over time and woolen carpets do decompose but they produce methane gas during this process.  Methane is a dangerous green house gas, which is the unfortunate by product of landfill decomposition.  Disposal of old carpets at the local tip will incur fees.

2. Reuse old carpet for many different purposes, such as;

  • weed matting in the garden
  • floor mats for your car, home, shed or workshop
  • lining and insulation for the kids cubby house or your work shed
  • pets bedding
  • donate to a charity
  • freecycle
  • donate to family members or friends
  • If your carpet is in good condition you may be able to sell it privately or to a recycling business.  In most major Australian cities there are businesses who buy good quality, used carpet, clean it and resell it.

3. Recycle your old carpets depending on their age, composition and condition.  According to Planet Ark, there is currently no commercial recycling plants for carpet in Australia, even though, most carpet fibres are recyclable. Consumers have become more environmentally aware, therefore, carpet manufacturers are becoming more conscious of their responsibilities. However, we still have a long way to go here in Australia.  Carpet manufacturers such as Ontera, Interface and Caviler Bramworth, do offer a “take back” system for carpet they have manufactured.  However, only carpet tiles are recycled into new carpet. There is no recycling for broadloom carpet.  Shaw, have a range of carpet made from recycled materials, called Ecoworx.  They offer a guarantee that, when it is time to change the carpet, Shaw, will pick up your old carpet, and recycle it.

Can Melbourne carpet be recycled?

Currently these carpet recycling systems, are only for nylon carpet.  New carpet is made by recycling nylon into yarn, and then reusing it to make new carpet.  Interface, have devMelbourne carpet reuseeloped a new carpet recycling facility, which is the first of its kind in Australia.  Previously they had to send carpet to the USA for processing.  Infra red scanners are now available in Australia and are  used to identify carpet tile fibres.  If nylon is the main fibre, then the tiles are be broken down into their individual components and the nylon is removed and used to make nylon yarn.

The backing is also recycled, however it still needs to be sent to the USA for processing.  Interface are hoping to have a new facility to process the backing, here in Australia by 2017.  Interface, estimates that they will be able to process around 500-600 tonnes of carpet per year.

There are signs that the industry is looking for new ways of manufacturing carpets so that are sustainable and recyclable.  Cradle to Cradle accreditation is one such way of ensuring manufacturers examine the whole life cycle of a carpet; from source materials to manufacturing, installation and end of life recycling. In the meantime however, we need to make sure we get the most out of our carpets and maintain them for maximum life span.  Regular, professional carpet cleaning is the best way to maintain your carpet and keep it looking good for years to come.  Please contact us for a booking or any carpet cleaning inquiries.

Good carpet cleaning maintence starts with a front door mat

Carpet Cleaning Maintenance

Prevention is better than Cure!

Carpet cleaning maintenance is something many people neglect. You have just had your carpets professionally cleaned, what now?  How do you keep them looking this good for as long as possible? Probably the least talked about step when it comes to carpet care and cleaning, is soil management.  However, this step is arguably, the most important step of all!  Carpet cleaning removes dirt and stains.  You can apply protective products to slow down re soiling.  The best way to maintain your carpet fibre, however, is to prevent the amount of soil coming into your home or office in the first place.  There are many measures you can take to stop oily and abrasive soils from coming into your home or business.  Below I have listed a few easy steps you can take to protect your carpet.

Carpet cleaning Maintenance1. Soil Prevention

Regularly sweep paths, parking areas and walkways to keep them free from soils and debris.  Additionally, regular pressure washing of these areas, will prevent a build up of of dirt and oils.  This type of prevention is a very important first step in carpet cleaning maintenance.

 

 

dry soil removal for carpet cleaning Maintenance2. Soil Barriers

An easy and cost effective way to make sure that dirt and oils do not enter your home of office, is to use soil barriers. Mats make good barriers and should be placed at at entrance points.  For high foot traffic areas and in businesses, it is a good idea to use both exterior and interior mats at all entrances and exits.  Exterior mats should have a thick, rough texture so that dirt and mud can be scraped off the soles of shoes.  Once deposited on the mat, the soil should fall away, not sit on the surface, or it will re soil the next person’s shoes. Interior mats should be softer and more like carpet.  These mats wipe and dry the soles of the shoes, and are especially important during the wetter months of the year. Inside the home or office, high traffic areas and wet areas, will also benefit from floor mats to stop the spread of dirt and oils.  Mats used as soil barriers require much more frequent cleaning than standard carpet.

3. Vacuumingprofessional carpet cleaning dry soil vacuum

I cannot stress strongly enough, how important regular vacuuming is for carpet cleaning maintenance! A vacuum with a good HEPA filter and strong suction will remove most dry dirt and particles.  The aim of vacuuming is to remove both visible and invisible dirt particles, with out damaging the fibre or redistributing the particles into the air. Unvacuumed carpet may look clean.  However dirt and dust particles left on the carpet can cause damage by scratching the surface fibres.  This makes the carpets appear dull.  The frequency of vacuuming depends on the amount of foot traffic.  For most households I would recommend at least once or twice a week. A machine such as a pile lifter will lift crushed fibres in high traffic areas and aid the removal of ingrained dirt.

4. Maintenance ProgramsCarpet Cleaning Maintenance

A planned maintenance program is something many commercial properties employ, but is also something residential property owners should consider.  A maintenance plan should take into consideration, the number of occupants, their budget, types of floor coverings, and the types of soils.  A planned carpet cleaning maintenance program will allow time frames to be set for cleaning.  These time frames depend on the properties usage and needs.  A maintenance program will help ensure carpets are maintained year round and prevent premature wear or aging of floor coverings. It is an investment in the longevity of your carpet.  A carpet maintenance professional will ensure the above three steps are taken care of on a regular basis.  They will also include carpet cleaning at least once a year and spot cleaning as often as needed.

Contact us for Carpet Cleaning Maintenance

If you would like to discus soil management or arrange a carpet clean maintenance program, please contact us at Black Gold Carpet Cleaning.  We are always available to help answer your questions or arrange a booking.  When was the last time you had your carpets professionally cleaned?

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Professional Carpet Cleaning – what is it?

What is professional carpet cleaning?Progessional carpet cleaning badge

Professional carpet cleaning, aims to maximise soil removal, while minimising damage to the textile floor covering. A professional carpet cleaner will have the knowledge, training and experience to both achieve both of these aims.  Professional carpet cleaning requires training and accreditation by an industry recognised training facility. The most respected training organisations in the Australian Cleaning and Restoration Industry, are Jena Dyco and  IICRC. Carpet cleaners who complete these courses will be able to determine what type of carpet you have and the best method for your carpet. What you should ask is,  “are you a professional, carpet cleaner?”, rather than just asking about price and method.  Carpet cleaners differ depending on their training, experience and equipment, this is why results, can vary so much.

Which method is best?

Professional carpet cleaners do not have a “one size fits all” approach.  A professional will  recognise the unique qualities of each job and adjust their methods and techniques accordingly. A series of questions are asked at the time of booking.  These questions help to determine a rough quote based on the details you give over the phone. Once on site, the cleaner will then walk through the property with you before they set up.  During this pre inspection, the cleaner will examine they type of carpet you have, its construction, use, condition and amount of soiling. This is when the cleaner makes a  final decision regarding the best cleaning system for your carpet. A cleaning professional must employ the five main principles of carpet cleaning to ensure maximum soil removal and prevent damage.

1. Dry Soil Removalprofessional carpewt cleaning dry soil vacuum

Vacuuming is the very important first step in any carpet cleaning and maintenance system. Crushed or flattened pile needs to be lifted with a brush or grooming rake, before vacuuming, . You can then maximise dry soil removal. When vacuuming, make sure;

  • the collection chamber is not full
  • the air is flowing freely and not obstructed
  • the drive belt is in good condition (service your vacuum every 6-12 months)
  • the beater brush is in good condition

2. Soil Suspensionprofessional carpet cleaning pre spray

The aim of soil suspension is to remove the soil left behind by dry vacuuming, by breaking the adhesion between the soil and the carpet fibre.   In order to achieve this there are four key elements;

  • Chemical activity: After vacuuming a pre spray is applied. Professional carpet cleaners will try to use bio degradable detergents where ever possible.  They will know which product is best suited to the fiber and the method they have chosen.  Professional cleaners follow label instructions so that they use the correct quantities.
  • Heat/Temperature: Generally speaking, the more heat used, the greater the cleaning efficiency.  The power of the pre spray is increased by heat, which often means less chemical is needed to achieve maximum results. Less chemicals means less residue. However heat in inexperienced hands can result in fiber damage and dye loss.
  • Agitation: This process can be done by hand using a brush, a motorised rotary or water pressure. Agitation distributes the cleaning agents so that they can separate soils from carpet fibres.  This process speeds up the soil suspension and is an important step, especially for heavily soiled carpets.
  • Time: Soil suspension does not happen immediately.  Chemicals need time to dwell on the carpet to maximise their efficiency.

3. Suspended Soil Removal professional carpet cleaning steam cleaning

The next step is to remove suspended soils from the carpet.  There are several different methods of removal, however, the method we use the most is hot water extraction.  Other methods include;

  • absorption either by using a dry compound or absorbent pad (bonnet method)
  • wet vacuuming –  carpet shampoo
  • flushing – the immersion method used to clean rugs
  • dry residue vacuuming – a dry compound or foam distributed over the carpet to attract the suspended soil, then vacuumed away.

4. Pile Setting/GroomingProfessional carpet cleaning carpet grooming

This step does not actually aid in the removal of soil, however it does help the next step, which is drying.  A professional carpet cleaner knows that grooming the carpet after cleaning, helps maintain the look of the carpet fibres.  Grooming also aids in the distribution of deodourisers and fabric protection.  This step also helps with evaporation, which speeds up drying time.

5. DryingProfessional carpet cleaning blowers

Professional cleaners will always ensure they take steps to minimise drying times. Wet carpet left for an extended period, can result in a few different problems. The first being, carpet which takes more than a few hours to dry is a major inconvenience for the customer.  It also increases the chances of re-soiling from foot traffic.  The increased potential for slip and fall incidents is another  very serious consequence when moving from wet carpet to hard floors. Finally, there are issues such as mould, odour, browning and dye bleeds or transfer.

To reduce drying times, professional carpet cleaners usually employ a few different strategies, including;

  • ensuring their equipment is well maintained and operating efficiently
  • ensuring there is adequate ventilation or air flow through the property (e.g. run air conditioning/heating/open windows/ceiling fans)
  • make sure to do dry passes with their wand, after wet/rinse passes, so that maximum water is extracted
  • use hot water which aids evapouration
  • use drying equipment such as air movers

The cleaner will employ some of these methods, but not necessarily all of them.

How long will it take for my carpet to dry?

A professional carpet cleaner will always do his best to ensure carpet dries in the shortest amount of time possible.  Drying times vary depending on a few different factors.  These include, inside and outside atmospheric conditions, air movement, the type of fibre, the pile density, the amount of soiling (heavily soiled carpet requires more cleaning solution) and the application of protectors and deodourants.  Other factors that can greatly affect drying times are the experience of the cleaner, the performance of their equipment and the method of cleaning they use.  Carpets cleaned by hot water extraction are usually dry within a 4-5 hours, where as dry cleaning methods like bonnet cleaning can be dry in as little as 1-2 hours and dry compound cleaning leaves carpet dry immediately.  Regardless of the method used, the drying time should be a matter of minutes or hours not days!!

Where can I find a Professional Carpet Cleaning service?

You now have the facts to confidently ask the questions necessary to ensure you hire a professional carpet cleaning service.  Trained and qualified carpet cleaners generally display their Steam cleaner certificatequalifications and affiliations on their websites. The IICRC issue ID cards to cleaners who have passed their certification exams. You can always ask to see the cleaners card as proof of their qualifications. A good place to locate a professional carpet cleaning service in your area is on the IICRC website.   Finally, do not base your decision purely on price, ask questions and use your knowledge to determine whether or not the answers you receive are accurate. Black Gold Carpet Cleaning is a IICRC Certified firm, so please contact us to arrange a booking.

 

Carpet cleaning service may not be necessary with new technology

Carpet Cleaning Service to become obsolete in near future?

You may never have to use a carpet cleaning service again!

Self Cleaning Carpet: Is it a possibility or just science fiction?

Have you ever wished there was an easier way to clean your carpet?  Not just the endless vacuuming, but also the hassle of  having to find a good carpet cleaning service for your annual spring clean? Who do you hire, who do your trust, how much do you pay, will they do a good job…?  Just imagine yourself living in a home with self cleaning carpet!  Just imagine a quick once over with a light bulb and away you go – no more stains, no more wet carpet, no more stress!  What? A light bulb? Yes, that’s right, this might be the way of the future and it might not be as far fetched as it sounds.  Keep reading to find out how a light bulb and nanotechnology might one day revolutionise carpet cleaning service.

self cleaning carpet cleaning serviceThe Research

Researchers at Melbourne’s RMIT University are currently developing a technology which might well do away with the household washing machine.  They are working on creating fabric for clothing, which is self cleaning.  The researchers have found that by growing nanostructures on fabric, they can create textiles that self clean.  The nanostructures, when exposed to light, release a burst of energy which then destroys organic matter such as stains.  The idea is, that if you spill something on your clothing, you can just hang it out in the sunshine or under a light to remove the stain.  Dr Rajesh Ramanathan, is one of the lead researchers in the Nanotechnology Research Facility at RMIT.  His team has found the copper and silver based nanostructures are the best at absorbing light.  When they absorb light, energy is created and this in turn degrades organic matter such as stains.

So far the testing has only been on small amounts of fabric and certain organic stains.  Currently the team is working on testing theCarpet Cleaning Service technology on more consumer related stains such as red wine and food to work out what quantities of nanostructures are required.  According to Dr Ramanathan,

“We have some understanding, but we will need more understanding of the system [and] how it works, and once we have that understanding hopefully in the near future we should be able to have self-cleaning textiles, so we can throw the washing machine of the house,”

In the future this type of technology could also be used to destroy super bugs which are currently resistant to most known anti bacterial treatments.  They have begun testing on super bugs and so far the results have been promising.

The future carpet cleaning service?

To date, the research has focused purely on stain resistant clothing textiles, however why stop there?  One day, nano structures could be grown onto carpet fibres and carpets could become self cleaning.  All you would need then, is a light emitting machine to go over the carpet and BAM! No more stains!  How revolutionary would that be?  This is definitely some research to watch, and who knows, what other uses it might have!

In the meantime, you will still need to vacuum your carpet regularly and have them professionally cleaned at least once a year, so contact us for a quote (before we become extinct!)

carpet steam cleaning cx15

Carpet Steam Cleaning New CX-15

Carpet steam cleaning CX-15Recently 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 designcarpet steam cleaning

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 desigCarpet steam cleaning CX-15 headn 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.

 

 

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Carpet Cleaner Top 5 Don’ts

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.

1. SaltCarpet Cleaner salt on red wine

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 wineCarpet cleaner - white wine on red 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)Carpet cleaner - baking soda on red wine

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)Carpet cleaner - corn flour on stain

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”Carpet Cleaner - vanish on red wine

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;

  1. BLOT – remove as much liquid/solid as you can by blotting or scraping the spill immediately
  2. DILUTE – Using a spray bottle filled with cold water, mist over the stain to dilute
  3. BLOT – remove as much of the water as you can with a clean dry towell (always dab/blot – never rub!)

If the stain remains then call a professional carpet cleaner, such as Black Gold Carpet Cleaning.  We can offer advice and quotes over the phone, any time, day or night!

VOCs in carpet

How to deal with VOCs in carpet

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!

VOCs in carpetWhat 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.

VOCs in Carpet AustraliaHas 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? Vocs in carpet green cleaning

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.VOCs in carpet after carpet cleaning Melbourne

For more information on cleaning and maintaining your new carpet, please contact Black Gold Carpet Cleaning on 0403 254 080

 

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Carpet Cleaner Melbourne: Budget Double Trouble

Tales from a Carpet Cleaner in Melbourne and Beyond

So a funny thing happened to me at work today……

Carpet cleaner Melbourne callLast Monday morning I took a call from a customer who was very upset.  She had hired a budget carpet cleaner Melbourne, who had destroyed her carpets (over wetting by the sounds of things) and she wanted to know if I would come and have a look. I told her not to worry, I was sure I would be able to help her and make the carpets look a whole lot better.  Without seeing the carpet and the damage the other carpet cleaner  had done, I couldn’t really quote over the phone, but I gave her a ball park figure, she was happy and I arrange to see her on Wednesday morning.

The following day……

On Tuesday morning she phoned me to say she had been called into work unexpectedly on Wednesday and wouldn’t be available.  She apologised and said she would call to reschedule in a couple of days.  Nothing unusual about that – it happens. Although I was a little disappointed as I was dying to see what damage had been done and I always like being given the opportunity to educate my customers on the difference between a budget carpet cleaner Melbourne and professional carpet cleaner Melbourne.

 Keep calm and check your insurance policy!

This mCarpet Cleaner Melbourneorning I received a call from a very agitated customer, who was sounding very upset.  She proceeded to accuse me of destroying her carpets last Tuesday.  She said she had called me to fix the mess another carpet cleaner made and now I had destroyed her carpets even more. My blood ran cold, a thousand questions ran through my head, I took a deep breath, trying to stay calm and wondering if my insurance would cover it.  I had never been in this situation before!

 

 

Which carpet cleaner Melbourne is this?

I quickly checked my booking schedule for last week and saw that I had a commercial booking last Tuesday morning. That was odd she was insisting it was me and all my fault. When I could get a word in, I finally got her address details and realised that she was the one who had cancelled the booking I had made for her on Wednesday.  Then the penny dropped and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.  This customer had booked a budget carpet cleaner who destroyed her carpets and then decided I was going to charge too much to fix the damage so she called another budget carpet cleaner to fix the damage of the last one! Now she was probably going to have to replace the carpet altogether!  Once I explained to her that she had called the wrong carpet cleaner Melbourne and she realised who I was, she very quickly hung up the phone with a horrified “I’m sorry, wrong person!”

You get what you pay for! Carpet cleaner Melbourne

I have said it before and I will say it again, if you are going to go for budget carpet cleaning, then you need to take into account the hidden costs and not just the carpet cleaning price. Carpet is very expensive to replace, so you must consider this outcome when choosing a carpet cleaner in Melbourne based on price alone.  I am not being alarmist, I have seen it first hand time and time again – carpets ruined and bond deposits lost due to inadequate training, experience and equipment. Not all budget carpet cleaners are bad, but any professional carpet cleaner, who has invested in training, industry certification, good quality equipment and chemicals, Health and Safety compliance and so on, cannot possibly offer the bargain basement pricing of these budget carpet cleaners.

Carpet Cleaner MelbourneIf this is a risk you are willing to take, then by all means go for it.  If you want high quality carpet cleaning by a professional with a satisfaction guarantee then contact Black Gold Carpet Cleaning, your local carpet cleaner Melbourne.  Granted our service costs a little more than the budget guys, but it isn’t a huge amount more and that extra $50 or so is well worth it for the peace of mind, first class service and unbeatable results – guaranteed!

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Do you review? Reviews of your local Melbourne carpet cleaner can make a difference.

Melbourne carpet cleanerMelbourne Carpet Cleaner : Our mission…

At Black gold Carpet Cleaning and we pride ourselves on giving the best customer service possible.  Our mission is, to always exceed customer expectations with our friendly, professional, affordable guaranteed cleaning results. Hopefully by now you would have seen some of our reviews on our website or on social media such as Facebook or Google Plus.  We take a lot of pride in these Melbourne carpet cleaner reviews and very much appreciate our customers taking the time to leave them.

Melbourne carpet cleaner reviewPower of the Melbourne carpet cleaner review

Did you know that on average, most customers read about 2-10 reviews before making up their mind about a business? We have quite a few more than that and think that our carpet cleaning reviews are exceptional.  Having said that we assume that other Melbourne carpet cleaners probably have similar reviews.  However not a lot of Melbourne carpet cleaners have multiple reviews on multiple review sites.  Upon investigation it seems that, reviews are not at all easy to come by.  So much so that there is a thriving black market where you can buy testimonials for your business!! Reviews are powerful, they can make or break a business.  How many times have you checked Urban Spoon or Yelp before choosing a restaurant and been swayed by the experiences of past customers reported in their reviews? Many of our customers tell us that when searching “Melbourne carpet cleaner”, they chose Black Gold Carpet Cleaning, because of the testimonials on our website. In fact some studies have shown that 52% of consumers agree that positive reviews made them more likely to chose a business, as opposed to 28% who chose a business based on location or price.

What to look out for when reading reviewsTestimonilas for melbourne carpet cleaner

While it is not always the only indicator, reviews can give you a fairly good idea about a business.  52% of consumers say they trust on line reviews almost as much as recommendations from friends and family – as long as the reviews seem to real.  Some businesses will do anything to get in front of the competition, including buying fake reviews or testimonials. Things to look out for and be wary of, are lots of short one word “great job” type reviews or reviews in lots of different languages.  This may indicate reviews have been purchased.  Most customers who take the time to leave a review, do so because they have something important to say and share, they will leave at least a few lines. Also make sure that the owners of the business have actually taken the time to respond to reviews by their customers, especially any negative ones.  The way a business owner/manager responds is a pretty good indication about their business and their attitude to customer service.

Melbourne carpet cleaner reviewsIt’s up to you!

As a customer your opinion counts and feedback is essential for any business to ensure they are meeting (or exceeding!) their customers expectations. Not only do these reviews of Melbourne carpet cleaners, help with marketing and search engine ranking, they also give Melbourne businesses unique feedback on areas they are performing well in and those that could do with some improvement. There is a old saying, ” a happy customer will tell 2-3 people about their experience, however an unhappy customer will tell 8-10 people.” So next time you hire a carpet cleaner in Melbourne, make sure you leave them some feedback**, it will help them and their future customers. I do however ask that if you have a negative experience, please try to leave a constructive review, rather than an angry rant, or better still give the business a call and at least afford them the opportunity to rectify the issue first. If they don’t grab this opportunity to fix their mistake, then perhaps a written review is in order.  Just remember your online review is online forever.

One of my favourite reviews…this one was left by a customer on holidays in Vietnam.  We cleaned the carpets in her Malvern home before she went away. At the first internet cafe she found, she wrote this review.  Now that is dedication! More reviews can be found on our website or on our Black Gold Carpet Cleaning Google Local Page

The dream team! Therese and Yasser are not only super lovely people but are a pair of true professionals. A friendly chat and very modest quote from Therese over the phone was followed by great service on the day by Yasser that made the characteristically stressful event of moving house that little bit easier. Our rental property was old, so the carpets were, as Yasser put it, quite ‘dead’. Nevertheless, the carpets looked great afterward, and we almost couldn’t recognise it. Thanks again for your great service and we look forward to booking you guys again sometime. All the best, Nelle & Dit”

**Reviews can be emailed directly to the business, left on social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus (you may need an account to leave reviews on these platforms) or on third party review sites such as True Local, Yelp, Start Local, Service Seeking, Hot Frog, etc.

Did you know…….

customer service facts from Kana Research

  • 68% of customers defect from a business because they feel they have been poorly treated.
  • For every customer who complains another 26 unhappy customers remain silent
  • It takes about 12 positive experiences/reviews to make up for one bad one
  • About 20% of “wronged” customers will tell more than 20 people about their experience.
  • 91% of unhappy customers will not do business with you again
  • 95% of unhappy customers who complain will do business with you again if you resolve the issue immediately.
  • It costs about 5-6 times more to win a new customer than it does to keep an old one

 

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