Monthly Archives: April 2015

Removing Nail Polish from Carpet

If you live with a woman–whether a wife, sister, mother, child, or friend–you run the risk of getting nail polish on your carpet. Even when being incredibly careful, accidents happen. At first, it might seem like a horrible spill that will be difficult to get out of the carpet, but I think you will be surprised by how easy it really is.

The first thing you will need is a non-acetone nail polish remover.  While it should not stain or damage your carpet, you should always do a spot test when using something other than water or vinegar on your carpets.  Choose a small area of the carpet out of the way (we like the inside corner of a closet) and apply a little of the nail polish remover.  Wait a few minutes and check the spot. If there is any sign of damage (like discoloration) to the carpet, do not use the nail polish remover on your carpets.  If there is no indication of damage, move on to the next step.

Take a white tissue or paper towel and apply some of the nail polish remover to the tissue. Then use the tissue to blot the nail polish. It will gradually come up. It will likely take 5-10 minutes of blotting, depending on the size of the spill, so be patient, and change out your tissue as needed. You will be done when no color is showing up on the tissue.

If you are having trouble, or just want to have a professional take care of it for you, call your Orlando carpet cleaning specialists–Perfect Pear Carpet Cleaning today!

Wax: A Carpet’s Nemesis

A lot of people enjoy candles, or wax warmers, but if you have carpets, you run a risk every time you use one.  Melted wax, if spilled on a carpet, creates a hard spot on the carpet the color of the wax. It is noticeable, and it takes some work to remove. The wax completely coats the carpet fibers it hits, so it is a deep “stain” and in order to get rid of that hard, waxy feel, you have to get as much of it up as possible. Here are some tips:

If you see the spill happen, grab something that you don’t mind throwing away (paper towel, rag, etc.) and get it on the spill immediately. Wax cools–and therefore hardens–quickly, so if you don’t get something on it right away, you aren’t going to get anything up that way.  When you are no longer getting anything up with the rag (just press on it, don’t scrub), get your iron out and get it heating up.

While it is heating up, gather some more paper towels and rags  that you are okay throwing away. Once they get waxy, they won’t be reusable.

Place a few layers of paper towels over the waxy area and then place the rage on top of them. Press the iron down onto the rag and hold it in place for about 10 seconds. Then move the iron to another spot and hold it in place for about 10 seconds. Keep moving the iron from one place to another until either you need to change paper towels or no more wax is getting absorbed by the paper towels.

You will need to be patient with this process–it is not a quick one. You are essentially reheating the wax and trying to absorb it into the paper towels as much as you can. Alternatively, you can call you Orlando carpet cleaners–Perfect Pear Carpet Cleaning to help tackle that stain for you!

They’re Done. Now What?

You scheduled the carpet cleaners to come out and clean your carpets, you prepared for them like you were supposed to, they came and did a great job and now they are gone. And you carpets are damp and you have foam blocks under the legs of your furniture and you do not know what you are supposed to do now. Do not worry—a lot of people find themselves in your position. They think through the carpet cleaning, but then realize they do not know what they are supposed to do afterward.

 

First, take a deep breath and breathe in that refreshing smell of clean carpets. Look around and enjoy the appearance of them. Then, and only then, start thinking about what you are supposed to post-cleaners:

  1. The dampness of your carpets is normal. I recommend going either barefoot or putting on a brand new pair of slippers or flip flops while they dry out. If you wear socks, they will be wet in no time and wet socks is one of the most miserable things I can think of. Be careful as you cross from a carpeted room to a non-carpeted room; the moisture will make if easier to slip. If you want to speed up the drying process, considering opening your windows and turning on the ceiling fans. If you have box fans, you can set those up as well.
  2. Keep those foam blocks in place until the carpet is dry. Once it is dry, you are free to remove them and throw them away.
  3. Consider ways to keep your carpet clean for as long as possible—now might be the time to implement that no-shoes policy or to make sure you have doormats by all of your doors.

 

To schedule your professional carpet cleaning (and to ask any questions you may have), call Perfect Pear Carpet Cleaning—your Orlando carpet cleaning specialists—today!

Upright Vacuums

Regular vacuuming is one of the best ways you can maintain your carpet between professional carpet cleanings. There are a lot of different types of vacuums to choose from, however. What kind you choose will depend on your particular needs. This post will introduce you to upright vacuums.

Upright vacuums are the most common type of vacuum seen in your local grocery and home goods stores—they are all-in-one units, where the motor and body are part of the same unit. You can find upright vacuums that have the ability to use a hose and various attachments, but the majority of the time, it is used without them. Upright vacuums do not offer the versatility of canister vacuums or smaller, spot cleaning vacuums, but the detachable hoses negate that disadvantage.

Upright vacuums will either use a vacuum bag to store the dirt and debris, or a removable container with a filter. These vacuums don’t take up a lot of space, but because the vertical handle does not retract or fold, it can invade the valuable closet space. The biggest disadvantage of the upright vacuum is the weight of it, but that is something that is getting better every day. Even now, there are featherweight models that are easy to carry up and down the stairs.

Give us a call when you are ready to have your carpets professionally cleaned. Until then, keep vacuuming!

Are You Expecting a Tax Refund?

“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” –Benjamin Franklin

Today is the last day to file your taxes, so if you have not done them yet, take the time to either get them in the mail, or file for an extension. Meanwhile, if you are expecting a refund, take some time to think about what you will use it for. Maybe a project around that house that you have been wanting to get done? Maybe a down payment on that new (or new-to-you) car? Maybe paying off one of your student loans? There are a lot of options. Another thing to consider is getting your carpets professionally cleaned!

Use a little bit of that refund and put it toward something that is frequently overlooked: a professional cleaning of your carpets. Regular professional cleaning is important for the maintenance and upkeep of your carpeting. Over time, dirt and debris build up in the carpet fibers, and a deep cleaning is important to get those things out, before they degrade the quality of the fibers. You can even splurge and get scotchguard protection to help prevent stains from forming the next time there is a spill.

Call Perfect Pear—your Orlando carpet cleaning specialist—to schedule an appointment today!

Canister Vacuums

Regular vacuuming is one of the best ways you can maintain your carpet between professional carpet cleanings. There are a lot of different types of vacuums to choose from, however. What kind you choose will depend on your particular needs. This post will introduce you to canister vacuums.

A canister vacuum is composed of a wheeled body with a hoze and nozzle attached to it. The user hold the nozzle, and the body is pulled behind they as they vacuum. Canister vacuums are incredibly versatile, and have a larger motor than most other types of vacuums. They are great for uncarpeted areas, suck as tile or hardwood floors, and are the go to resource for vacuuming your stairs.

Canister vacuums don’t take up a whole lot of spaces, as the hose and nozzle can sit on top of the canister. And clean up is easy—the dirt is pulled into the wheeled body, which can be opened and dumped into your trash can. There are no vacuum bags to deal with. Another benefit of canister vacuums is that you can get different attachments, for different purposes. You can get a small brush head for use on upholstered furniture; you can get a narrow nozzle to clean your windowsills; and there are so many more options.

Give us a call when you are ready to have your carpets professionally cleaned. Until then, keep vacuuming!

Stick Vacuums

Regular vacuuming is one of the best ways you can maintain your carpet between professional carpet cleanings. There are a lot of different types of vacuums to choose from, however. What kind you choose will depend on your particular needs. This post will introduce you to stick vacuums.

 

Stick vacuums are lightweight, small vacuums that are easy to store and perfect for light cleaning. They won’t replace your standard-sized vacuum, but it can replace your broom and dustpan. It is best on carpets and rugs with a low pile, or on non-carpeted surfaces. It is ideal for someone in an apartment or a small home, or who has spaces that need to be cleaned regularly, but don’t require a regular vacuum, such as the kitchen floor or under the kitchen or dining room table.

 

Stick vacuums, while smaller, are not necessarily less expensive. A number of different brands make them, and they vary in price as much as standard-sized vacuums do. Whether you choose the Hoover Presto or the Bissell PowerEdge Pet or the Dyson Digital Slim, you will not regret your purchase.

 

Give us a call when you are ready to have your carpets professionally cleaned. Until then, keep vacuuming!

Robotic Vacuums

Regular vacuuming is one of the best ways you can maintain your carpet between professional carpet cleanings. There are a lot of different types of vacuums to choose from, however. What kind you choose will depend on your particular needs. This post will introduce you to robotic vacuums.

 

Robotic vacuums are designed to run by themselves, sensing areas of the floor that need attention. These vacuums are ideal for people who have a hectic schedule, or who just struggle to get the vacuuming done. These vacuums come with a charging base and usually have at least one virtual wall. You use the virtual walls to section off an area for the vacuum to clean—it will not pass over the invisible wall created by the virtual wall. When it needs to charge, it then returns to the charging station. If you block it into an area where it cannot get to the charging base, it will just end up stopping in that room.

 

The people that I know who have a robotic vacuum choose a different room each day and then start the vacuum before leaving for work. When they return, the room has been vacuumed, and in the course of the week, the whole house has been vacuumed.

 

Give us a call when you are ready to have your carpets professionally cleaned. Until then, keep vacuuming!