How to Remove Odors From Carpet

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

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

The following tips we found on howtocleanstuff.net:

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

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

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

 

 

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How To Get Blood Out Of Carpet

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

Soak Up Excess

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

Hot vs. Cold Water

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

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

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

You can reach them at:

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

What is Steam Cleaning?

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

Whats the difference?

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

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

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

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

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

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How To Get Mud Out of Carpet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Winter Care: Cleaning Up Snow, Ice, Salt & Mud from Your Floor

Everyone can appreciate waking up to a beautiful blanket of winter snow covering the outdoors during the chilly season. Our natural first instinct is to partake in winter fun whether its snowball fights, sledding, snow angels or a breathtaking winter hike.

But when it’s time to come back indoors and warm up with some hearty soup and sweet hot chocolate, our kids (and us grown-ups!) can often track the winter mix of snow, ice, salt and mud indoors across our clean floors. How do we protect our soft carpet and dazzling hardwood planks from this unique mix of debris from the cold months?

The proper prevention and clean-up means your family can enjoy the winter wonderland outside without damaging the pristine household inside!

Here are great winter floor care guidelines:

Carpet Care:

  • Snow, ice and debris essentially turn into water and mud. Keep these mess-makers at bay from the start by placing area mats at all entrances of the house.
  • In addition to keeping carpets free of salt-based ice-melt agents, rubber backing on mats will prevent mud and moisture from seeping into carpet.
  • Vacuum daily to pick up any visible particles, but also to eliminate any dampness.
  • If mud does get on your carpet, allow it to dry completely. Shatter the dried mud with the handle of a knife, then vacuum up as normal. Blot any dirt spots with a small amount of detergent solution (1/4 teaspoon detergent per 1 qt. of water) and a white paper towel to work the affected area. Continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is removed. Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle and blot to remove excess moisture.

Hardwood Care: Did we mention how important it is to place mats at every entryway?

  • In addition to the dirt particles, salt from ice-melting compounds can be especially unkind to wood surfaces. Vacuum or sweep your hardwood floors with a soft-bristle broom every day during winter to prevent scratches. It’s important to do this step before using any floor cleaners.
  • Wipe up spots immediately with Mohawk FloorCare Essentials Hardwood & Laminate Flooring Cleaner applied directly to a clean white cloth. Wipe area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth.

Read the full article here: http://creativehome.mohawkflooring.com/winter-floor-care-cleaning-snow-ice-salt-mud/