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Carpet cleaning tips for spring
Carpet Cleaning Tips for Spring

Spring Carpet Cleaning Tips

Carpet cleaning tips for spring, even though, I can barely feel my fingers as they hit the keyboard (someone turn up the heating!).  I do believe that spring has arrived in Melbourne! Looking out the window at this cold, grey, rainy Melbourne day you would swear it is still winter, but apparently not.  Very soon (I hope) the sun will start shining again and the chill in the air will be replaced with a gentle warmth that thaws the bones and lifts the spirits.  To me, spring means flowers, sunshine, swooping magpies and most importantly, spring cleaning! This guide will provide you with a checklist for spring cleaning your carpet and maintaining your beautiful floor coverings right through spring and summer.

Carpet cleaning Tips for spring:

Vacuum Cleaning spring vacuum carpet cleaning tips

Regular vacuum cleaning is my number one carpet cleaning tip for keeping your carpet looking its best and maintaining carpet over time.  It is not just good for removing the dirt and dust you can see, but more importantly the dirt and debris you cannot see.  Dirt which is left to become embedded in the carpet pile, can cause damage by scratching the carpet fibres.  This makes them appear dull and discoloured.  This is why high traffic areas often look different to other areas of the carpet not walked on as often.  By regular vacuum cleaning, I mean at least once or twice a week, depending on the amount of foot traffic.  Kids and pets shed an awful lot of hair, dirt and dust as they run, play, sleep, eat, roll, crawl on the carpet, so if you have either or both, then you may need to vacuum more often than a single person or a couple.

Choosing a vacuum Cleaner

Cylinder or Upright?

My spring cleaning tips start with choosing a good vacuum cleaner.  It is very important to choose wisely when buying a new vacuum cleaner.   Vacuum cleaners are usually either cylinder or upright.  Cylinder vacuum cleaners are easy to maneuver and good to use on stairs, upholstery and curtains.  Whereas upright vacuums are better suited to larger carpeted areas.  Wattage is important for cylinder vacuums as the dirt has further to travel through the vacuum hose.

Bagged or Bagless?

Then there is the choice of bagged or bagless vacuum cleaners.  Bagless vacuum cleaners are usually slightly more expensive.  However you do save money on the long run as you do not have to buy replacement bags.   Bagged vacuums trap the dust inside a bag and are less messy to empty.  Whichever type you choose, make sure you buy one with dust storage capacity to suit the size of your home.  You do not want to stop and empty the canister or change the bag half way through the job.  Having said that, it is important that you do empty the canister or bag before  it is completely full.  If you do not, then you may lose suction.

Filters

The filtration system on your vacuum cleaner, is vital for home health and hygiene.  There is no point vacuuming and just redistributing the fine dust particles all over the house.  Make sure your vacuum has a good filtration system to trap all the dust particles.  A HEPA  (high-efficiency particulate air) filtration system is important if you or your family members have allergies to dust or asthma. To be a true HEPA filter, it must be certified to remove 99.97% of particles.  There are also HEPA type filters which remove 80-90% of particles.  Vacuum cleaners with these HEPA type filters are usually less expensive and good for those who do not suffer from asthma and allergies.

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When you have chosen the right vacuum cleaner for your carpet and budget, make sure you use it correctly.  Take your time to move the vacuum over the carpet slowly, allowing time for the vacuum to agitate and extract the dirt.   You should make several forwards and backwards passes, slowly over the same spot before moving on to the next section of carpet.  To maximise dirt extraction, you should vacuum in all directions.  For example, once you finish vacuuming in a North-South direction you should then go back and vacuum East-West.  Remember – don’t rush, take your time.

Attachments and Maintenance

A final tip is to use the crevice tools and other attachments, that come with your vacuum cleaner.  Cleaning along the skirting boards and other hard to reach places will help prevent the build up of dust.  Dust build up in these areas can cause black lines called filtration soiling. Filtration soiling is very difficult to remove so prevention is better than cure! Vacuum cleaners do need regular maintenance, especially filter replacements.  Check with your warranty details for information on how often your vacuum cleaner should be serviced.  Vacuum cleaning is the first step in carpet cleaning tips guide, next is stain removal.

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Stain removal is another of my carpet cleaning tips for spring cleaning.  It is important to try and tackle any stains when they first happen.   Firstly, there are 3 golden rules;

  1. Do not leave stains on the carpet for extended periods, as they may cause further damage and even become permanent.  Mud is an exception however, as it is best left to dry then scraped off with a firm brush.
  2. Do not use over the counter stain removers from the supermarket.  Many of these products contain strong chemicals and bleach which can further damage your carpet.
  3. Do not “Google” DIY stain removal solutions

Most food based stains are acidic and therefore can be removed using another acidic solution such as white vinegar.  White vinegar is good because it does not add colour to the stain and it is odourless once it dries.  Always dilute the vinegar with water and mist over the stain rather than saturating the carpet.  A few drops of dish washing liquid mixed in with the vinegar and water can also be helpful for these types of stains.  Always work your way from the outside of the stain, in towards the center. Dab gently with a clean dry cloth (preferably white so there is no colour transfer), never rub the carpet.  Use as little moisture as possible and dry the area as quickly as you can with a cloth, so that you do not cause water damage as well!

Stains such as blood, red wine, rust, ink, paint and oil usually need professional carpet cleaning and specialty stain removal treatments.  I would not recommend attempting to remove these types of stains without seeking professional advice.  Which brings me to the third of my carpet cleaning tips.

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We recommend cleaning carpet in residential homes, at least 1-2 times per year.  Although it really does depend on the number of occupants and pets.  A single person or couple may only need professional carpet cleaning once a year, however a family with several small children and pets, may need carpet cleaning every three to four months. Spring is a good time to book in a professional carpet clean.  For information on Professional Carpet Cleaning please read Professional Carpet Cleaning – what is it? or for information on how to choose a Professional carpet cleaner, please refer to my previous blog Finding the best carpet cleaner – Top 5 questions to ask

Steam Cleaning

Carpet steam cleaning (Hot Water Extraction) is probably the most effective and thorough method of carpet cleaning and the one we mostly recommend for residential carpet. This is a process where a solution is sprayed onto the carpet to loosen and trap dirt and debris, sometimes some form of agitation is used to enhance this process.  Next a hot water extraction machine (either a portable unit or truck mounted system) is used to apply  heat, water and suction to extract the dirt and solution and rinse the carpet.  Usually carpet is dry within 4-5 hours.

Dry Cleaning

There are a few different methods referred to as “dry’ Cleaning.  Bonnet dry cleaning is a low moisture method where solution is sprayed onto the carpet and then wiped off with a buffing machine with an absorbent pad attached.  This type of cleaning will dry within 2-3 hours and is good for lightly soiled carpet and as a maintenance clean between carpet steam cleans.  However, we do not recommend it as a complete replacement for steam cleaning.  Another method is dry compound cleaning. This process uses a machine to spread dry compound material over the carpet.  The compound attracts and absorbs the dirt and both are then vacuumed away leaving the carpet clean and dry.  This method is good for general carpet cleaning but will not remove some stains.  If you want to use this system, make sure the operator uses organic compounds not polymers.

Professional carpet cleaning is not a cheap option, however when you consider that carpet costs thousands of dollars to replace, it is a very worthwhile investment.  I would not recommend going cheap in this instance as it may cost your dearly in the long run! Now the carpets are clean, my next carpet cleaning tips are more about maintenance.

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Nothing says spring more than the smell of flowers and nothing says clean carpet more than a beautiful fresh, clean scent. Some carpet cleaners use chemical deodourisers after they clean your carpet.  These can cause respiratory issues in some people who are sensitive to perfumes and the scent usually disappears after a couple hours.  We prefer to use natural products to deodourise your carpet after cleaning.  To replicate this scent you can make your own carpet deodouriser.  Mix 1 cup of sifted bi carb soda (baking soda) with 20-30 drops of your favourite essential oil.  Place in a container with a tight fitting lid and shake well for a minute or so to combine.  Then all you need to do is sprinkle the Bi carb lightly over your carpet using a container with a lid that has medium sized holes (e.g. a spice bottle or chocolate shaker).  Wait 20-30 minutes before vacuuming up the bi carb soda and enjoy the beautiful natural fragrance! Bi carb soda is good because it will also help absorb any unpleasant odours.

Carpet Indentationscarpet cleaning tips for indentations

No doubt spring will bring on a sense of new beginnings and possibilities, which may lead to wanting a whole new look for your rooms.  Moving furniture around into different positions is a very easy way to change the look and feel of a room.  However sometimes indentations occur where heavy furniture has been in place for a long time on the carpet.  To restore the carpet to its usually fluffy state and get rid of these indentations is not always easy.  One of the best carpet cleaning tips I have picked up over the years, is to fill the indentation with ice blocks and leave them to slowly melt over several hours.  Then blot up the excess moisture and gently fluff up the carpet pile with your fingers or a spoon. The moisture will cause the carpet fibres to swell making them easier to fluff up back to their natural state.

Prevention

All of the above carpet cleaning tips lose their effectiveness, if you do not also find ways to prevent re-soiling. Barriers such as mats and rugs are important for minimising the amount of dirt brought into the house.  Spring is a good time to spruce up the front door mat.  Wash it or brush it to remove any mud or dirt build up from the wetter weather.  This one tip will make your front step look so much more welcoming.  Keeping your front path well swept and clear of leaves and dirt will also help nature from finding its way into your home of ruining all your hard work!

Carpet cleaning Tips for MaintenanceWhat are your best spring carpet cleaning tips? Please feel free to leave your ideas in the comments section below.
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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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When hiring a carpet steam cleaner – you get what you pay for!

pay steam cleaner peanutsLately I have received a lot of calls from customers who have hired a budget carpet steam cleaner for their end of lease carpet cleaning.  They call me because, the carpet steam cleaner they hired, did not do a very good job.  I usually ask them, “why don’t you call the cleaner back and ask them to come back and do a better job?” The customer inevitably says something like, ” oh they were just someone I found on Gumtree and they were really cheap so I don’t think they will be able to fix this” or “I did call them but they said it was the best they could do and wouldn’t come back”.
Let me make this very clear – you get what you pay for! Carpet cleaning and stain removal in particular is a science, you need training, experience and the right chemicals and equipment.

Steam cleaner certificateWhat is IICRC?

Anyone can go out and buy themselves a carpet cleaning machine and call themselves a carpet steam cleaner.  The Government does not regulate the carpet cleaning industry, unlike many other trades,.  This does not mean, however that there is no training or certification available for carpet cleaners.  The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) is the organisation that sets worldwide standards for businesses and individuals operating within the cleaning and restoration industry.

To obtain certification, one must complete intensive training courses.  Then sit and pass exams at the end of the training.  They must also agree to abide by a code of ethics.  As well as  having current public liability insurance and continuing to update their skills and training on a regular basis.  Each of the standards set by the IICRC take years to develop. These standards are reviewed every 5 years to ensure they stay up to date with scientific and manufacturing developments. Jena Dyco International is Australasia’s premier training facility for the cleaning and restoration industry. They provide  IICRC approved courses and examinations as well as other workshops, seminars  and training.  Carpet cleaners who have completed Jena Dyco training courses, are well equipped with the skills and knowledge needed in any on the job situation.

Keeping training and equipment up to date, involves significant costs.  These costs, along with having the appropriate level of insurance and staff, to deliver professional carpet steam cleaning are factored into the pricing. This is something most people are not aware of when they ask “how much to clean….”.  A business charging less than it costs to hire a machine from the supermarket, must be cutting corners somewhere!  I would venture a guess and say that they are using low cost cleaning products and quite possibly do not have any training and very little experience.  They may not even have public liability insurance!  This is frightening considering the cost of replacing carpet or furniture should anything go wrong or even worse if you or a family member are injured as a result of unsafe work practices.

Carpet Steam Cleaner PricingCost of Carpet Steam Cleaner

Customers always ask me why there is such a big price difference when it comes to carpet cleaning.  I tell them that it really depends on the level of service and results you are expecting.  In my opinion, someone who charges very low prices, is usually inexperienced and may not have the equipment and knowledge to remove dirt and stains.  They may even damage the carpets through over wetting or bleaching.

The use of low quality (and low cost) cleaning products or heavily diluting them are ways to cut costs.  This means the cleaning results will also be low quality.  Then there are the carpet steam cleaners we all love to hate. The ones who quote low to get their foot in the door and then bump up the price once they are there.  Usually, because the rooms are “bigger than standard” or the carpet is “dirtier than standard”.  Sometimes without even telling you until after the job!  It is important to weigh up the pros and cons when choosing between low cost Vs professional carpet cleaning.

Professional carpet steam cleaners will have insurance, completed training courses and have certification. They have the experience and knowledge to deal with all types of carpet and stains.  Accordingly, they will have well maintained equipment and high quality, environmentally friendly cleaning products. A professional carpet cleaner, will walk through the job with you before they start and point out any issues they feel may affect the result.  Always, they will give you a clear indication of the best expected outcome and the total price BEFORE they start work. If there are any issues after cleaning, they will return at no extra charge to re clean a spot or whatever the issue may be. Finally, they will confidently offer a satisfaction guarantee with no fine print! Surprisingly, they may even follow up with you a few days after the job to make sure you are happy.

Hiring the right carpet steam cleaner to get your bond back.

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These stains were all left behind by a low budget cleaner and the customer was facing bond forfeiture.

If you are moving out of a property and you want your bond back then it is worth hiring a carpet steam cleaner who guarantees their work.  They may charge a little more but they offer peace of mind and it means less hassles with the Property Manager or Landlord.  Security deposits are usually in the $1000’s, so spending a little extra to make sure you get all your bond back is well worth it.

We recently helped one of our customers in Bentleigh.  She  was fighting to get her bond returned after she vacated a property.  The Property Manager was dissatisfied with the carpet cleaning, even though we had explained that the house cleaner had been through after us and left some dust behind – nothing a good vacuum wouldn’t fix.  We offered to go back and re clean the carpets just to help out our client.  Instead the Property Manager tried to take the customer’s entire bond!  This matter went to a Tribunal hearing. Luckily this particular customer, had used us to clean her carpet every 3-6 months of her tenancy.  Therefore, she provided the judge with the receipts of carpet cleaning as well as a report from us.  Needless to say, the judge ordered the Property Manager to pay her bond back in full!!

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We are very good at removing stains.  However once another carpet steam cleaner applies chemicals to a stain, it alters the Ph level.  This makes our job more difficult and sometimes even impossible! I hate seeing carpet ruined by inexperience.  Especially when I know I would have removed the stain if I was the first one called.  Professional carpet cleaning is a science and requires skill.  It does come at a cost, but no where near as much as the cost of carpet replacement!

We are always happy to offer help and advice so please contact us next time you need help.  We can offer advice on stain removal, end of lease carpet or general carpet cleaning.

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Merry Christmas from BGCC: Local carpet cleaners Melbourne

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It seems to be that time of year again, where we celebrate with family and friends and marvel at how the year has passed so quickly.

It is a time for rituals and traditions, some old and some new. We are local carpet cleaners Melbourne and with three young children, Local carpet cleaners Melbournewe really enjoy the wonder and magic that this time of year brings and we are enjoying creating our own special Christmas traditions. In our family we don’t have a traditional Christmas tree, instead we choose interesting branches found on our walks to and from our local Melbourne school.  We decorate these branches with hand Local carpet cleaners Melbournemade ornaments made by my wife and children over the past few years. Each child so proud of their own unique creation.

If you do happen to have a living tree, make sure you lay some plastic or protective fabric on the floor under the tree to protect your carpet from spills. Also make sure the tree is secure in a bucket of water filled with small rocks or a Christmas tree cradle so it doesn’t tip over and cause water damage to your carpet. If you do have an accident with the water make sure you soak up as much of the water as possible with old towels and try to dry the area with a fan or heater.  Do not stand on the area as this will force the water down into the underlay. If you have a large spill make sure you phone us, your local carpet cleaners in Melbourne, to extract the water and apply the necessary treatments to stop mould and discolouration.

Papier Mache Magic!

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Another favourite tradition of ours is the ChristmLocal carpet cleaners Melbourneas Pinata! We make a pinata every year from a balloon and papier mache. The kids love getting hands on with the flour paste glue, they enjoy the creative process and it takes a week or so to get all the layers on and painted. My wife however does not enjoy the clean up afterwards, but we grin and bear it when we see the look pure joy on their faces and to be honest we love to see them working co-cooperatively rather than the usual sibling bickering. If the kids get creative with your carpet or upholstery, don’t panic and don’t go crazy with store bought cleaners, call Black Gold, your local carpet cleaners Melbourne for advice. We can usually suggest the appropriate method for your spill or stain and often it is something you can do your self using products you already have in your kitchen/laundry/bathroom cupboard. If not, we are always happy to come out and clean the stain for you.

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Another tradition is to thank all those who have been made our year special, friends, family, teachers, coaches, suppliers and YOU! Thank you to all of our wonderful customers.  Thank you for your loyalty, thank you for giving us a go, thank you for leaving a review, thank you for recommending us to your friends and families, thank you for welcoming us into your homes and offices and thank you for choosing us to be your preferred Melbourne local carpet cleaners.  We have enjoyed meeting each and everyone of you and look forward to seeing you again next year! Speaking of next year….once the Christmas and New Years festivities have finished and your floors could do with special attention, please call us.

We are working throughout January!!