Monthly Archives: July 2014

The importance of mattress cleaning

Mattress cleaning is often an overlooked task when people are cleaning their homes. Stains and discoloration aren’t a huge worry for people, simply because they will be covered with sheets and blankets. However, stains are not the only thing to worry about on your mattress.

Each night, a person will sweat about half a liter. Sweat levels can rise if you consider the humidity in Orlando, especially during the summer. Sweat and skin cells remain on your mattress for a long time, providing an ideal breeding ground for dust mites and bacteria. Even though people use a sheet, skin cells and fluids will make it down to the mattress. Just because we can’t see it doesn’t mean it is not there.

Many allergies are caused by a soiled bed, with a common allergen for humans being dust mite feces. Allergies can also be triggered by bacterial and fungal spores, which have no natural enemies in their environment. This means they will reproduce very quickly. The average bed will harbor more than a million dust mites at any given time. Sometimes, the amount of dust mites will be so high that the weight of the bed will increase.

Having your mattress deep cleaned by a professional cleaning service will eliminate these pests. Maintaining your mattress can even eliminate stains and odors caused by them. Cleaning technology has drastically improved over the years, allowing cleaners to eliminate more than 95 percent of dust mites and their waste material in a single treatment. This can be particularly helpful during the holiday season, when more people than usual will stay in a single home. This increases the amount of skin and sweat that will build up on a mattress.

If you get your mattress regularly cleaned by a professional cleaning service, any family members that stay in your home won’t have to worry about their allergies acting up. Small children and the elderly are at a higher risk because their immune systems aren’t as strong, which is why it’s so important to have your mattresses properly cleaned.

If a homeowner does not maintain his or her mattress, the home will be infected by dust mites, bacterial and fungal spores. This will impact the health of the homeowner and their loved ones. Professional cleanings will prevent dust mites from affecting people’s allergies.

It is recommended that people change their mattress once every 10 years. If it is consistently cleaned by a professional service, your mattress may be able to hold up longer. People should get their mattresses cleaned at least once a year. If you have small children that aren’t fully potty trained, you may have to get the mattress cleaned more often.

Mattress cleaning isn’t the easiest process. It can become soaked in the steam and have to be thrown out from the mildew. For your annual mattress cleaning, hire an Orlando cleaning service. The professionals at Perfect Pear will ensure that your mattress gets properly cleaned without damaging it. For more information about Orlando cleaning services, contact 407.688.2121.

Carpet cleaning service: upholstery

Sometimes your furniture may get dirty and you won’t have time to hire a professional. Here are a few tips to cleaning your upholstered furniture in between professional cleanings.

First you need to remove all pillows and cushions from your couch. Then use the detachable hose to clean the inside of the couch. The hose will allow you to easily reach all the crevices in your couch. With the hose, go over the cushions individually to ensure all the dust has been lifted. If they cushions cannot be removed from your couch, use the hose to reach in between and around each cushion.

Before returning the cushions to the couch, thoroughly inspect them to check for any spots or stains. If you see any, you need to treat them right away. This can be done using a small dab of white shaving cream and a wet wash cloth. Gently dab the stain until you see it diminishing. Once it has completely faded, get a fresh cloth and go clean off the residue. If you are nervous about putting shaving cream on your upholstery, text a small spot in an easily hidden place. This can ensure that it won’t ruin the entire cushion.

After you have returned the cushions to the couch, you will want to freshen up your throw pillows. Toss them in the dryer for a few minutes to fluff them up.

If you are sitting on your couch and happen to spill something, act quickly. It is important that you stop the spill from causing a big or permanent mess. Do not scrub. Gently blot the spill until it lifts from the upholstery. Scrubbing can cause the stain to grow and leave a bigger mess behind.

If your upholstery is old and an antique, do not clean it yourself. Hire a professional to ensure that it is being cleaned properly.

There are different tags that you will find attached to your upholstered furniture. The letter on the tag will tell you what type of cleaning solution can be used on the furniture. A “W” means you can use a water based detergent. An “S” means not to use a water product. You will need a dry cleaning solvent. A “WS” means you can use either a water based product or a dry solvent. An “X” means that you should only get it professionally cleaned. You can still use a vacuum on “X” upholstery to clean off the dust.

If you do not see a tag on your upholstery, then you should test a tiny spot first. If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning yourself, professionally carpet cleaners can get the job done correctly.

Perfect Pear is a quality carpet cleaning service in Orlando. The staff has been well-trained and will ensure that your upholstery and carpet is properly cleaned. They offer a variety of services at an affordable price. For more information about carpet cleaners in Orlando, contact 407.688.2121.

Carpet cleaning: Grout

Grout is necessary for any tile areas in your home. It is a mixture of cement, sand and water. Combined together, this mixture can hold together tiles. Grout is an interesting material. One that can be hard to keep clean. It is supposed to be white in most cases to match the tile in your home. Dirt and other foreign mess stick to it and can be hard to get out. What do you do when you grout gets too dirty? In severe cases, if the grout won’t come up at all, you may need to seek the professional help from Perfect Pear to do the job. First try this home remedies that may be able to keep your tile clean.

First you need to simply do your normal cleaning routine. Whether it’s sweeping, mopping or swiffering your floors, this will get the top layer of dirt off. Next you need to create a cleaning solution. Mix together water, baking soda, ammonia, and vinegar. If you have an empty spray bottle, this can make the cleaning process much quicker. If not, that is okay, it just might take a bit longer to clean.

Spray the cleaning solution over a small area. Spray enough that the grout becomes damp. Leave the cleaning solution on the grout for about five minutes. This will let it sink in. After you have waited, you need to scrub the area. This can be done with a bristle brush, toothbrush or magic eraser. Check the grout as you are scrubbing. If it appears that the dirt is loosening then you are doing it right. If the grout still appears just as dirty as before, you may need to scrub a bit harder. Once you have effectively scrubbed the dirt off the grout, wipe it down with a rag and water. You should finish the cleaning process with a final mop down to ensure all dirt has been captured.

The process for cleaning grout is the same but you can use different cleaning solutions. You can use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. You can also use oxygen bleach. All work just as effectively.

The best option is to simply avoid dirty grout in the first place. It is fairly easy to avoid. Don’t wear shoes on your tile floor. You will track in dirt if you do. If anything gets spilled on the tile, clean it up immediately. This will ensure that the mess is not settling into the grout. Even if you do keep up your grout, small stains are still likely to occur. These can be treated with white toothpaste. Simply apply a dab of toothpaste to the dirty area and scrub. For really small stains, a pencil eraser can take away the dirt.

If you are having a hard time maintain clean grout in your home, Orlando carpet cleaning professionals can help you. It can be hard keeping up a clean home. Everyone lives busy lives and can’t consistently be cleaning up after themselves. Contact Perfect Pear at 407.688.2121 for all your carpet cleaning needs.

Tips for home carpet cleaning

 

You will likely have to deal with pesky stains on your carpet. Whether it is from you dog, a wild party you threw, or your kids playing and making a mess. There are a few easy tips to getting up stains from your carpet. If you are in between professional carpet cleaning, these tips can help you maintain a spotless carpet with simple home remedies.

Blot the spot. Do not scrub the stain. This will only cause the mess to spread further and damage more of your carpet. Blotting the stain ensures that you are only lifting up the mess and not moving it around. If you do scrub the stain you run the risk of it going through the carpet pad.

There are also a variety of different solutions you can use that are always available in your home. Water mixed with a dash of detergent can get out many stains such as cola, berries, washable ink, jelly and food dyes.

For tougher stains like blood, wine or coffee you need to mix water with a tablespoon of ammonia. This will help lift the mess from your carpet. If you use bleach on your carpet, you run the risk of leaving bleach stains on it. For a guarantee clean up and nothing left behind, use ammonia.

For fat or wax that sticks in the carpet fiber, you are going to need a warm paper towel. To do this, simply place the paper towel over the mess than iron on warm on top of the paper towel. This should cause the fat to remove from the carpet then stick to the paper towel.

Cigarette burns get a little bit trickier. Burns are different from stains because it isn’t just a mess, the carpet has been burned off. First, you need to remove the cigarette ash by vacuuming the area. Next you need to cut out the burned part of the carpet. Then you need to gather some strand of carpet fibers. You can get these if you have extra in you storage or cut in from another part of your carpet that isn’t as easily seen. Finally you need to use a dab of hot glue and cover the burn up.

To clean up urine stains, you first need to soak up as much of the liquid as possible. Use multiple paper towels if you need to. Vinegar and water mixed together works wonders for the remaining stain left in your carpet. This will eliminate the stain as well as the smell.

Luckily, if your carpet gets too bad with stains for you to maintain, there are professionals that can help. Perfect Pear Orlando carpet cleaning offers a variety of different cleaning methods to ensure that your carpet looks brand new again. They have been serving Orlando residents for over six years. In addition to carpet cleaning, Perfect Pear also offers wood cleaning and upholstery. For more information about services and pricing, contact 407.688.2121.