Monthly Archives: April 2014

Choosing the Right Carpet for Your Space, Part 2

When choosing the right carpet for your new space, it is important to consider all the factors that may be involved. You’re not just looking for beauty, you should also be considering durability and cleanability. Luckily, there are types of carpets that can accomplish all of these ideals! Today, we have some more options for choosing the right carpet for your space. Read on to find out more.

Textural Stripe

Wall-to-wall textural stripe carpet is a great choice for introducing a subtle yet graphic pattern to a space. Depending on the orientation of your carpet, the textural contrast can be played up or down. The key to playing it up is to run it parallel to a room’s entry.

Hemp and Sisal

These natural fibers are a great carpet alternative if you want to give your space a casual, coastal vibe. These are loved by designers and homeowners for their massage-like feel and their organic look. However, these carpets stain very easily and are not the best choice for homes with small children or pets. To use this effectively, stick with landings, bedrooms, or hallways.

Large-Scale Geometric

This is the best type of flooring for homeowners with bold taste. Used by designers to add high-energy impact to spaces lacking architectural detail or a real focal point, the boldness of these patterns can be played up or down depending on the chosen contrast. One of the biggest mistakes made when installing this type of carpet is cutting off the pattern when installing it in a small space. This is best used in an oversized room.

Small-Scale Geometric

These smaller patterns are more subdued than large-scale geometrics and may read as a slight textural contrast from afar. However, closeup, the pattern’s effect is clearly visible. When it is used in large rooms, small-scale geometric carpet can looked cluttered and busy, making this flooring a better choice for small areas such as bedrooms, landings, hallways, and staircases.

Mohair

This type of carpet is intended for homes that need an extra layer of warmth, particularly those in cold or harsh climates. It is ideal for making a space feel cozy and warm, but it is known for its tendency to shed, which will require frequent vacuuming using a carpet brush. Before considering wall-to-wall mohair, test its itchiness by holding it up to arms, legs, and necks to see if your skin has a negative reaction.

Tone-on-Tone Pattern

This carpet is known for longevity. While many patterns achieve their effect through contrast in color, tone-on-tone patterns will rely on the carpet’s weave and texture. To get the most out of your money, stick with neutral colors that are likely to coordinate well with a variety of different palates. A few colors to consider: blue-gray, mossy green, dark brown, or taupe.

All of these carpets have pros and cons, but understanding them before you install them in your home is the best way to ensure that you get the best deal in your home. If you are concerned about cleaning your carpets, talk to our specialists today.

 

 

Choosing the Right Carpet for Your Space, Part 1

When building a new home, it  may be difficult to decide what type of carpet you would like in your space. If you have pets or lots of children, you may want to consider getting a carpet that is easier to clean. If you’re going for a modern look, you may want brighter carpets, while if you’re going for a more classic look, you  may want floral rugs. This article will give you some advice on choosing the right carpet for you.

Shag

This term refers to carpet that has a deep pile, which results in a “shaggy” appearance. This was made popular in the 1970s, and used to only be available in earth tones such as avacado green, brown, and burnt orange. This carpet was reintroduced in the 2000s which much more up-to-date colors. It may not be a smart choice for areas geared toward eating, but it is ideal for private spaces like bedrooms. Its thick texture hides flaws and makes it extra comfortable for lounging on, making it great for kids and pets.

Solid cut pile

This is the most popular choice for builders and contractors. The term “cut pile” refers to the carpet’s flat look that results from looped fibers being cut to the same height to create a flat surface underneath. Cut pile is also prized for its soft appearance, which makes it attractive to families with young children. Since this tends to be very dense, it provides a cushony feel without open loops for things to get snagged on.

Cut and Loop

This is almost as popular as cut pile, and it is a better fit for homeowners who are interested in subtle patterns. Cut and loop carpets achieve sculptural looks through varied levels of sheared top loops and uncut low loops. Patterns may appear to have been cut directly into it, and made with contrasting colors from the same palette. This camouflages everyday wear and tear.

Modular tiles

Modular carpet tiles are known to be the most durable of any type of carpet. This may be the best choice for active families as well. It is available in hundreds of colors, patterns, textures, and styles, and these tiles are easy for DIYers to install. If a tile becomes soiled, you can just take it up, rinse it in the sink, and then replace it once it’s dry! If a tile becomes permanently damaged, you can just put a new one in its place. While these tiles are beautiful and easy to clean, consider that they don’t have as much padding, so aren’t as soft underfoot.

These options are all great ones to consider when putting carpet in your home. If you have any questions about carpet cleaning in Orlando, contact us today! We can help you understand how best to not just clean your carpet, but to restore it to its original state! Contact us today.

Come back tomorrow for more carpet ideas for your home or new space.

 

Tips for Cleaning Tile

A carpet cleaning business isn’t just about cleaning your carpets. Our company specializes in other types of flooring, too! We have a lot of insider tips on how best to keep your flooring clean, as long as you do it in the right way. Read on to find out how best to clean your tile! You may have seen that your grout gets dirty quite easily, or other problems that crop up quickly. We have all your tips right here.

Ammonia

Wax can build up on you flooring and cause it to yellow over time. Remove these layers and freshen up your floor by washing it with a mixture of ammonia and water. Make sure it’s 1/2 cup ammonia to every gallon of water. Let the solution sit on your floor for three to five minutes, and then scrub with a nylon or plastic scouring pad to remove the wax. Wipe away leftover residue with a clean cloth or sponge, then give the floor a thorough rinsing.

Kill mildew on your bathroom tiles by sponging them with a 1/4 cup of ammonia in 1 gallon of water.

Pencil erasers

Those new shoes have left black streak marks all over the kitchen floor, and you’re not sure what to do with them? An eraser will actually remove them in no time.

Steel wool

Those black marks that rubber soles leave behind don’t just come off with your mop. To rid your vinyl floor of unsightly smudges, rub the surface with a steel wool pad that has been moistened. When the mark is gone, wipe the floor clean with a damp sponge.

Tea

Tea is actually great for cleaning furniture and floors made of wood. Boil a few tea bags in a liter of water and then let it cool. Dip a soft cloth in the tea, and wring out the excess. Use it to wipe away dirt. Dry it with a clean, soft cloth.

Vinegar

If water spots or soap scum have dulled the ceramic tiles in your bathroom, bring back the brightness by scrubbing them with vinegar. Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup ammonia, and 1/4 cup borax with 1 gallon of water. Rinse very well with cool water and then let air-dry.

WD-40

Sometimes a new coat of wax can make your floors look too shiny. To tone down the brightness, spray some WD-40 onto a soft cloth and wipe up the floor with it.

Using all of these techniques will help you get your flooring looking like new before you know it. Carpet isn’t the only thing that needs to be cleaned and restored constantly. You will see that if you do these things, your flooring will be beautiful and you will love it for years to come. If you have any questions about the proper techniques for cleaning your floor, contact us today! We have all your tips and tricks and will help you get on your way to a beautiful floor. Our Orlando Carpet Cleaning specialists are here for you.

Carpet Cleaning Secrets, Part 2

If you have a pesky stain on your carpet, and you are stuck with how to remove it, we have your secrets! Read on for part two of our carpet cleaning secrets:

Dishwasher Detergent

The best method for grease stains is to use a drop or two of a grease-cutting dishwashing detergent in a cup of water. It will cut through the grease in the carpet just the way it does on your dishes. Put it in a spray bottle and spray right on the stain. Blot it up. You may need to repeat for large stains.

Heat Wax

Burning in candles in your home can result in drippings of wax onto the carpet, where it dries and gets embedded. To remove it? Simply heat it back up! Place a white cloth over your iron, then put the iron on top of the wax to warm it up. Scrape the wax with a butter knife. When you’re done with this, lay a paper towel over the surface and iron on the paper. The wax will be melting and will bind to the paper. It will be gone after a few applications.

Don’t use the iron for more than 30 seconds or you could risk burning the carpet. Using a white cloth is vital because colored ones may transfer their color when heated up, especially on light-colored carpet.

Organic Pet Cleanup

Even the most well-trained pets can (and probably will) have an accident on your carpet. You may prefer organic cleaners, which cost about $10 a bottle, rather than using chemicals. Spray the cleaner at the stain. Some scrubbing will then be necessary. Following this, wipe up the cleaner with a cloth or towels.

Crushed Candy

If you have children in your home, it’s only a matter of time before sticky candy ends up on your carpet. Try to scrape it with a spotter brush or a butter knife. Then, use a sponge and apply water mixed in with a very mild soap. It is important to get all of the sugar out of the carpet. Failure to do so will result in that area attracting dirt and debris more easily. Once candy is removed, dry the spot by blotting it with towel or cloths.

Regular Deep Cleans

Cleaning your carpets regularly is essential to keeping it looking new and fresh. Steam cleaning involves solution under pressure injected deep into the carpet. Then the machine extracts the solution along with debris in the carpet. The water will penetrate the fibers and loosen the dirt. It is recommended to deep clean every six months.

These are all tips on the best ways to keep your carpets clean. If you have any questions about pesky stains, contact our Orlando Carpet Cleaning Company for more information. We have all the requirements needed to get your carpets back to the most beautiful look possible. Contact us today!

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Carpet Cleaning Secrets, Part 1

Cleaning Carpets is sometimes a difficult process. If you wish to clean your carpets well and properly, we have some carpet cleaning secrets for you today! These will help you get rid of pesky stains, and keep your carpets looking fresh and new for as long as possible.  Read on to find out more.

Blot stains, don’t rub them

Dabbing stains with a cleaning solution and a clean cloth, sponge, or paper towels is the best way to get rid of them. Blotting puts a small amount of pressure on the stain that will soak it up. Rubbing causes the particles to get ground into the carpet fibers. This can also lead to the premature breakdown of the fibers. Always blot from the stain and inward. If you blot outward, you may spread the stain.

Club Soda

You may have heard that club soda is effective against wine and beer stains, and its true! As long as you do it correctly.

Start by blotting the area with soda on a cloth. If that doesn’t work initially, mix one part white vinegar with one part water, an pour it into a handheld sprayer. Spray the solution on the entire stained area and let it sit for 15 minutes while it completely soaks in. Following this, press a clean sponge onto the area to soak up the solution. You may need to repeat the process in order to fully remove the stain.

Once the stain has been removed, rinse the spot with warm water. Use your hadn to brush the carpet strands back to their natural direction. After this, lay white paper towels over the area and weigh them down with something heavy – like a phone book. This will also absorb the dampness from the carpet. Leave the towels in place until the carpet is dry. This will happen in about a day.

Shaving Cream

The best cleaner for ordinary stains is shaving cream. It will remove just about every type of stain. Apply the shaving cream directly to the stain and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Once the shaving cream has been sitting on the stain, blot it away with a dry cloth. Finish by spraying the area with vinegar mixed with water and wipe away the solution with a cloth.

Freeze-Dried Gum

If you step in chewing gum on the street, you may not notice it until you’ve tracked it across your carpet. To get it out, head to your freezer and grab some ice cubes. Freeze the gum with ice cubes for about 30 seconds. Once the gum is completely frozen, use a spoon to lift up the glob and cut the strands of carpet as close to the gum as possible. If you only cut a small amount, it shouldn’t be noticeable.

Using these tips will help you get pesky stains and problems out of your carpet with out much hassle! If you have problems, contact Orlando Carpet Cleaning Company for more information. Call us today!

Homemade Carpet Stain Removers

Find yourself with a big stain on your carpet right before you have company coming over? We have some quick fixes for you to get that stain out of your carpet.

1. Beer. Yes, you might be surprised to know that beer will lift coffee or tea stains out of your rug. Pour a bit of beer lightly into the material, then rub it in gently. You may have to repeat the process a few times to remove all traces of the stain.

2. Ammonia. Lift stains from your carpet or upholstery by sponging them with 1 cup of clear ammonia in a half gallon of warm water. Let it dry thoroughly, and then repeat if needed.

3. Vinegar. This is the superhero of stain removal. Try this formula to remove a variety of common stains. Rub light carpet stains with a mixture of 2 tablespoons salt dissolved in 1/2 cup white vinegar. Let the solution dry, and then vacuum. For larger or darker stains, add 2 tablespoons of borax to the mixture and use it in the same way.

4. Shaving Cream. Your child may be sorry for spilling a little juice on the carpet, but you can make it better with some shaving cream on the spot. Blot the stain, pat it with a wet sponge, and squirt some shaving cream on it. Then, wipe it clean with a damp sponge. Shaving cream also works great on grease and oil stains. Simply work the cream into the stain, let it dry, and rub it off with a damp soft cloth.

5. Cornstarch. Oh no! You got ink on the carpet! In this case, a little spilled milk might save you from crying. Mix the milk with cornstarch to make a paste. Apply the past to the stain, allow it to dry, then brush off the residue and vacuum it up. Cornstarch is also great for soaking up grease and oil stains. Sprinkle the spots liberally, let it sit for several hours, and vacuum it up.

6. Salt. If you’ve spilled red whine on your white carpet, don’t panic. While the red wine is still wet, pour some white wine on it to dilute the color. Then, clean the spot with a sponge and cold water. Sprinkle the area with salt and wait for about 10 minutes. Now, vacuum up the mess.

7. Hydrogen Peroxide. Can’t tell what the stain is, but still want to remove it? Try this sure-fire homemade remover: mix a teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a little cream of tartar or a dab of non-gel toothpaste. Rub the paste on the stain with a soft cloth. Rinse. The stain, whatever it was, should be gone in no time!

Of course, the best way to rid your home of stains is to call carpet cleaning specialists in Orlando. We can help you get your carpet looking like new before you know it! Contact us today for the best rates and options on clean carpets. You’ll love our service.