How to remove the 3 most common carpet stains

We all know that carpet stains are a pain. And in a mad panic to mop up a spill, we can easily make carpet stains worse. Properly removing stains from your carpet requires a bit of know-how. Not all carpet stains should be treated the same. Depending on what has caused the offending stain, you will need to choose an appropriate cleaning method and an appropriate cleaning material. You’ll also need to consider the material composition of your carpet.

It’s no surprise to learn that the 3 most common carpet stains involve red wine, coffee and pet urine. We’ve put together a quick guide for cleaning each of the 3 most common stains from your carpets, including emergency tips to follow at the time of the spill.

Cleaning up red wine carpet stains

Red wine

Whether you are hosting a dinner party, a get together or simply enjoying a glass of your favourite tipple in front of the TV, a spillage of red wine at some time or another is inevitable. If you are busy hosting, spending adequate time to ensure you don’t end up with an ugly stain on your carpet often goes by the wayside. The best you can muster is to throw an old tea towel over the area and mop up the excess. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Carefully blot the stain immediately using alternate clean parts of a white cloth.
  2. Add a little water to the area and continue to blot. Switch to a dry cloth as many times as you need to.
  3. Make a baking soda paste (three parts baking soda, to one part water). Apply to stain and leave to dry, before hoovering up.
  4. If any stain remains, apply a carpet stain remover according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Coffee

Coffee stains are notorious for spreading as you treat them. Cleaning up the spill immediately with the right know-how will minimise the risk of a permanent stain. Here’s how:

  1. Use a clean white cloth to blot up as much of the coffee as possible. ALWAYS work gently from the outside of the stain towards the centre to prevent the stain spreading, or bleeding out. DO NOT RUB or SCRUB. This will damage carpet fibres and spread the stain.
  2. Pour a small amount of cold water onto the stain and blot again (with another dry cloth). You may need to repeat this one more time. In this step you are diluting the coffee and soaking it up. Don’t use too much water.
  3. Use a carpet stain remover as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Pet stains

Cleaning up after your pet

When a pet urinates or has another unpleasant accident on the carpet there’s both a stain and an odour problem to remove. No matter how well-trained your pet is, accidents will inevitably happen. If at all possible you need to clean up the stain quickly as urine can leave a nasty odour that is difficult to erase once it sets into carpet fibres. Pet urine can also bleach carpet fibres. Here’s what to do:

  1. Place a towel on the spot to absorb the urine. Stand on the towel or put pressure on it so it absorbs as much urine as possible.
  2. Make a solution of white vinegar, water and baking soda (2 cups vinegar, 2 cups warm water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda). Place in a spray bottle and spritz directly onto the stain. Leave for 10 minutes and then blot with a soft dry cloth.
  3. If the stain is stubborn, or particularly strong-smelling sprinkle baking soda directly onto the stain, then apply a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar. Leave for 5 minutes and then blot with a soft dry cloth.

If you have really old, stubborn stains that won’t come out, why not try our excellent carpet cleaning service? We can help give your tired carpet a new lease of life.

When is your home renovation finished? 3 things you still need to do

Home renovations are a costly and stressful process, but are usually worth it and will add value to your property. So now the builders have gone, is your renovation project finally over? After all the upheaval you can’t wait to enjoy your new-look home and get back to a normal routine. But, don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Here are 3 hoops you’ll still need to jump through after the builders clear out.

 

1 – The clean-up

Once the builders have left and the dust has settled, many underestimate the enormity of the post-renovation clean-up. It’s a huge job! Here are some tips, but if you can’t face the enormity of the big clean-up, hire a professional cleaning company to clear up for you. It’s a cost worth budgeting for.

  • You will need plenty of rags and hoover bags if applicable
  • Remove any stickers left by the workmen
  • Remove any remaining trash and debris
  • Sweep and vacuum all surfaces, including ceilings and walls
  • Vacuum and mop all floors, or vacuum carpets several times
  • Wipe down doors, woodwork, door knobs, handles and insides and outsides of closets and cupboards, plus clean any shelving
  • Dust, vacuum and clean windows and window frames and sills
  • Clean all ducts, vents, blinds and light fittings
  • Vacuum and clean any upholstery that has been covered during the renovation

2 – The finishing touches

The finishing touches can make all the difference to your renovation project. With your eyes held firmly on the enormity of the building work, it’s easy to overlook the last-minute details. Losing your will at the end of the renovation and passing responsibility of the fine details to the hired workmen will invariably disappoint. Make sure you get all of the small details spot on as the renovation draws to a close, then you won’t be left with any loose ends.

3 – Resolve problems with any work

Hardly a renovation goes by without there being one small snag or another. Small problems will inevitably crop up in the months following the renovation. If you used a main contractor for all the work, hold on to a small percentage (usually 2-5 per cent) of the payment until the dust has settled and you’ve had time to properly inspect all of the work.

If you discover any problems, call the relevant contractor back straight away. Be aware that if the problem wasn’t as a result of anything the contractor has done wrong, you may have to pay to get a problem fixed (i.e cracked plaster). If the problem caused is a direct result of their workmanship, they should do the work at no cost. You may want to seek the advice of a legal professional if you find yourself in a building dispute.

Why the office spring clean is good for business

The annual spring clean shouldn’t just be confined to the home. There’s no reason why spring can’t also signal the perfect time to get your office in order and brush away the cobwebs in all of those hard-to-reach places. It may not be high on the business list of priorities, but ignore the deep clean and you could be hurting your business more than you think. An orderly, clean and tidy workspace has been proven to increase productivity, boost morale and reduce absenteeism. In fact, there are many hidden advantages to having a clean and tidy office. Here are some of them:

Reduces stress

A clean office increases happiness and satisfaction. Clutter creates stress. Stress leads to a number of health problems including depression and fatigue. It’s draining working in an untidy and dirty working environment.

Improves health

Cleanliness impacts on employees’ health, and it should be no surprise to learn that a clean environment promotes better health. Dirt and dust can be a trigger for allergies and dirty desks and keyboards harbour germs. The average office keyboard has around 7,500 bacteria on it! Keeping the office clean has a beneficial effect on staff absenteeism.

Increases focus

Dirt and mess is a continual distraction. A clean office increases employee focus and hence productivity. Research shows that a lot of worktime is lost when employees search for things not in reach. Organisation is key and that’s much more achievable in a clean environment. With a clean and organised office space employees can focus on business matters.

Boosts office morale

A clean and tidy environment boosts office morale and has a positive impact on productivity. A clean office makes you feel good about where you work and that rubs off.

Protects building assets

Taking care of the office environment with regular cleaning and an annual or 6-monthly deep clean is a great way to prevent excessive wear and tear.

Impresses clients

A sparkling office creates a great first impression when clients are visiting, and is imperative if you are thinking of selling or part-leasing your building. A welcoming environment that looks clean and organised will definitely impress.

The office spring clean may not be the most pressing issue for business owners, but keeping staff focused and productive, and happy about where they work, will ultimately be good for business. Don’t overlook the annual spring clean. It’s a chance to get maintenance jobs up to date, carpets cleaned and all those hard-to-reach places properly taken care of.

How to tackle your spring clean like a pro

There’s no better time of year to tackle the winter dust build-up than spring. As the sun starts to make an appearance, the spring light shines ominously on all of those areas that escape the weekly clean. There’s no time like the present to make your home and your office sparkle like never before.

Here’s how to tackle your spring clean like a pro. Focus on the major tasks. It’s all about following the list and not giving up. Get those windows open and get cleaning.

  1. Clean your hoover and get all of your cleaning equipment ready. Make sure you have rubber gloves, cleaning cloths, liquid cleaner, floor cleaner, bathroom cleaner, furniture polish, window cleaning fluid and upholstery cleaner.
  2. Descale and clean your kettle, coffeemaker, water filter jug, dishwasher and washing machine.
  3. Clean oven.
  4. Wash or dry-clean curtains.
  5. Clean windows outside and in (call in a specialist if windows are high).
  6. Dust light fittings and ceiling fans.
  7. Dust book shelves, furniture and skirting boards.
  8. Hoover vents.
  9. Wash rugs.
  10. Wash all bedding, including duvets and pillows.
  11. Hoover mattresses.
  12. Clean fridge and defrost freezer.
  13. De-grease kitchen cabinets.
  14. Declutter kitchen cupboards – throw away out-of-date food.
  15. Deep clean upholstery.
  16. Deep clean carpets. Use a rented cleaner or cleaning service.
  17. Wash wood floors and wipe dry.
  18. Deep clean bathroom, including grout, and wash shower curtain.
  19. Recycle and shred old documents.
  20. Switch out your winter wardrobe for your summer one.

Tips for cleaning your dishwasher:

  • Remove filter and rinse any old food away
  • Put two cups of vinegar in the bottom of your machine and turn cycle on – switch off for 20 minutes mid cycle and then turn back on again. Wipe out machine when cycle finished.

Tips for cleaning your washing machine:

  • Remove filter and clean.
  • Run cycle empty using a descaler.
  • Wipe the rubber door gasket.
  • Pull out the washing powder drawer and clean.

Tips for cleaning your oven:

  • Make a paste with baking soda. Spray a light mist of water inside oven. Apply baking soda paste for a few hours. Wipe clean with a damp cloth, rinsing the cloth between uses.

And if it’s all too much bother contact us, and we’ll do your whole spring clean for you.

Happy cleaning!

6 top tips for the all-important end of tenancy clean

If you are moving out of a rented property then you’ll have to make sure it’s just as clean as when you moved in to stand a chance of getting your deposit back. The chances are you haven’t been doing a deep clean every week, so there’s bound to be a bit of dust and grime that’s built up. Landlords are notorious for deducting sums from deposits to cover the clean-up of things you may have missed.

If you are determined to get your deposit back then you’ll need to make sure everything is sparkling clean. We can of course do it for you if you are worried about doing a thorough enough job. Our cleaning team are experts at end of tenancy cleans and will ensure your landlord is delighted with the cleanliness of the home you are about to leave.

Before you start cleaning, contact your landlord to get a copy of the final inspection checklist. If you’re doing the clean yourself, here’s our 6 top tips to help you pass the final inspection.

1 – The Kitchen

Empty all the cupboards and shelves and wipe clean, clearing any crumbs or deposits. Wipe the insides and outsides of the cupboard doors too. Do your best to pull out appliances and clean behind them as well as the floor underneath them. Wipe dust from the back of appliances with a dry cloth. Don’t forget to clean the fridge inside and out. Pull shelves out so you can clean all the grooves and the shelves too. Defrost the freezer and wipe out if you have one. Clean the microwave thoroughly too.

2 – The Oven and Hob

There’s nothing worse than cleaning the grime off an oven and hob that hasn’t seen a clean in months. Burnt food deposits and thick grime can build up and makes one of the worst cleaning jobs in the kitchen. Put some extra effort into cleaning the oven, trays, rack and hobs until its sparkling. It’s one of the first things to be inspected at the end of tenancies.

3 – Kitchen and Bathroom Limescale

Limescale builds up over time around taps, in baths, sinks, toilets and showers, as well as on tiles and inside your kettle. The good news is it’s not as impossible to remove as you may think.

Various store cupboard ingredients can be effective for removing limescale. A solution of equal parts white vinegar and water, for example, is handy for descaling a kettle. Specially formulated cleaning products are also available to tackle limescale problems in the kitchen and bathroom. Leave whatever limescale remover you are using on for up to an hour (or follow instructions on particular product).

4 – The Bathroom

The bathroom is another rigorous checking point for landlords. You need to leave the bathroom spotless. Descale limescale build up and clean taps, tiles, bath, shower and toilet until they are sparkling!

5 – Windows and Window Treatments

Thoroughly clean windows on the inside (and outside if that is also the tenant’s responsibility). Dust blinds and be meticulous with venetian blinds; wipe carefully. Get curtains professionally cleaned.

6 – The Carpets

Carpets are another notorious sticking point, especially if there are any spills or stains. It could be wise to hire a proper carpet cleaner or get a professional to clean carpets for you. At the very least hoover thoroughly and use a carpet shampoo to lift any marks or stains.

Good luck with your end of tenancy clean!

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When it comes to Post Builders Cleans and Sparkle Cleans we at Supreme Cleaning (Kent Ltd) work with our clients to ensure they are happy with the end result whilst  priding ourselves on our experience and flexibility to enable to achieve that result. We know that circumstances change and that unknown territory often results in sliding timescales and priorities which we have demonstrated we are able to accommodate.  We have worked on small and large projects including schools, colleges and hotels as well as large and small domestic dwellings with many happy clients and testimonials to prove this. We provide excellent customer service, value for money and  expertise to ensure that your clients are delighted when you hand over the building to them.

We also understand the need and importance of Health and Safety on site and will ensure our clients H&S requirements are met in full. We have our own Health and Safety and Environmental policy which we take seriously and all members of our team including sub contractors are made aware of our requirements through induction, refresher training and the use of method statements and  risk assessments. Everybody working within the construction side of our business holds a valid CSCS card and we are currently working towards our CHAS accreditation. We are appropriately insured with £10,000,000 employers liability insurance, £5,000,000 public liability and £5,000,000 products liability insurance.

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