Shag rugs are different from traditional rugs. Besides the fact that they are attractive and comfy for our foot to rest on, they do also need extra care to maintain its looks specially its soft and long fibers. And those same fibers are the ones that can easily capture dirt and dust particles quickly. Regardless if it made from wool or synthetic fibers, they will still require more frequent conscientious cleaning. It is a standard rule that shag rugs do require additional care if you will vacuum or deep clean it. And this sounds that shag rugs will require professional cleaning but do not worry, the procedures that we will be providing to you can be done by yourself. Shag rug maintenance doesn’t need to be expensive.
D.I.Y shag cleaning will require the following:
- Plain white vinegar
- White microfiber cloth
- Mop or broom
- Vacuum cleaner (hand held preferred)
- Vacuum cleaner upholstery attachment
- Dry carpet shampoo (optional)
Then we proceed on some of the procedures below depending on the shag rug’s situation.
This procedure is applicable for spills before it has the chance to set in. But you can still try this even if the spill dries out. Mix equal parts of plain white vinegar and room temperature water and pour it directly on the affected area. For stain caused by small amounts (like few tablespoons) of liquid or food, you can start by having half a cup of each ingredient to form the mixture, making more if needed. Work the solution into the stain using the white microfiber cloth (we are using microfiber cloth because it does not stain or leave traces of lint). Use elbow grease to release the stain from the fibers. Once the stain is gone, hang the clean shag rug in a well-ventilated area to dry.
To remove dirt
Take the dry rug outside the house on where you can shake it vigorously enough to remove loose dirt and dust.
If the shag rug is small enough (like 3-4 feet wide), fold it in half, face down, over a clean porch railing or a back of the chair. This is where we will use the mop or broom handle (not its other end) to whack the rug from its back side to release deep stubborn dirt from it. Just whack the shag rug enough to loosen the dirt and be careful not to damage it.
Using vacuum to clean a shag rug
We at Able’s Carpet Cleaning Pueblo Colorado do advise that using a vacuum cleaner to clean the shag rug can possibly damage it because its suction might break the long fibers. But there’s a workaround for it. You can turn the shag rug face down and vacuum its back side, keeping its fibers safe while the vacuum is doing its job to remove the dirt that got settled deep down. This same procedure will also redistribute the tendrils from behind to be fluff again. You may use the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner which offers a stronger suction in a concentrated area.
Using a dry carpet shampoo
You will only use this method if the previous procedures above is not enough to clean the shag rug. But please exercise extreme care while doing this. First, you need to make sure that the dry carpet shampoo that you will use is safe for its content (because some shampoos are better for wool while others are suitable for synthetics and follow the package instruction to the letter). Then shake or spray a small amount onto the least-visible area of the shag rug. Then use a vacuum to carefully vacuum over the shampooed portion of the rug. Be extra careful when doing this. That is why it is preferred that a hand held vacuum cleaner should be used for this because it gives you complete control of it. If any fibers do break off then that’s the time you can call us to take care of it.
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A matted carpet not only looks messy, but it may be bearing extra dust, dirt and debris that shouldn’t be on your carpet. Do not worry, we simply need a bit of moisture, a clothes iron or a carpet rake among others to re-fluff your carpet.
Before we proceed on re-fluffing your carpet, you need to vacuum it thoroughly. This will remove loose dirt like pet dander and dust. This also helps re-fluff your carpet back up a bit, making it easier to notice which areas will need more attention to re-fluff.
Below are some ways on how to re-fluff a matted carpet.
Use carpet rake or brush.
This helps to refresh a carpet that looks old, matted down and unkempt. Use a carpet rake for carpets with long or tall nap, such as the traditional shag carpet. While a carpet brush can be used for short napped floor coverings. Run the carpet rake or brush through the carpet to help free up the debris and remove pet hair. Then vacuum it again to fluff the carpet up. Then rake or comb the entire carpet for it to be re-fluffed. To save time, focus on areas where the cause of the matting is from high traffic.
Using the moisture method
Using ice cube or spray of water can help re-fluff carpet fibers that are much more matted than the surrounding fibers. Put an ice cube on a small dent that’s caused by a chair leg. As the ice cube melts, run a stiff nylon brush to the area to straighten the carpet fibers. For larger areas, spray lukewarm water onto the fibers. Just be careful not to soak through the floor. Then run the carpet using a nylon brush to straighten the carpet fibers. You may also use your fingers or even the edge of a spoon bowl.
Using water-based DIY carpet cleaners can also be used on this technique as well. Mixing equal parts of water and vinegar instead of water only also helps revitalize the fibers and also removes inherent odors.
This is where you will use a cloth iron and works really well for areas that has very high foot traffic. Wet a white, lint free cloth, wringing out excess moisture. Turn on the clothes iron and select medium heat setting. Place the cloth on top of the matted area. Then iron the cloth gently to fluff up the matted carpet fibers. You may need to use large lint free cotton towel for re-fluffing large areas. Just be aware that you may need to moisten the cloth or towel again if you are indeed working in a large area. If the carpet fibers still look a bit matted then run your fingers or use a clean nylon-bristled brush such as nail brush through them.
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Carpets in office buildings are often taken for granted. The daily abuse that they take are obviously greater than the ones you have at home. Besides the foot traffic that they endure, you will also have to think about the dust, dirt and soil that they bring along.
Letting your office carpet cleaned by professionals has its advantages. The more you take care of your carpets, the more you’ll get out of your office as a whole.
Below are the advantages of getting your carpets cleaned by commercial carpet cleaners.
1. Less worries about sanitation.
Other than the usual dirt that your office carpets have to face every day every time your staff steps their foot upon it, the same foot traffic also carries bacteria, molds and germs with them and unfortunately, they can also be trapped on the carpet. If left unchecked, they will sink in to the carpets, resulting in allergens and some illness that will affect your staff.
Commercial carpet cleaners are equipped with the proper tools and knowledge on how to sanitize your office carpet properly. Not only you’ll be having a bacteria, germs or mold free carpet, but you’ll have one less sanitation concern to worry about by letting them deep clean and sanitize your office carpets.
2. Prolonging the life of your carpets.
Anything that is being used will eventually worn out someday and this concept also goes with your carpets. Obviously, the abuse that your office carpet has will always be greater rather than the carpets that you have at home. Instances of accidental spills that will cause a stain or any damage that might cause your carpet to look dirty and worn out will always be there.
With that in mind, this is where professional commercial carpet cleaners come in handy because they know the best ways to keep up with your carpets and making sure that it stays clean and attractive. Your carpets. In return, this will make your carpets look beautiful and for you not to worry for your carpet to fall apart too early.
3. Helps your staff breathe easier.
As we have mentioned earlier, bacteria, germs, molds and dirt do get trapped on your carpets. And once these culprits get off in the air then they can also be the cause of your office air quality to get poor. You also need to consider that indoor air quality is important especially for those employees that have allergies or breathing issues.
Once again, commercial carpet cleaners know the best practices on how to clean and sanitize your office carpets. It will really help if your office carpets get sanitized so you will have one less work, health and safety concern to worry about.
4. Makes your carpet look more attractive.
Traditional cleaning techniques to clean your carpet will never be enough for your carpet to stay beautiful and attractive. Remember that commercial carpet cleaners thoroughly know their work. And with their knowledge, experience and equipment, they will know that to do for any type of carpet to keep its look for longer. In return, this creates a great vibe and experience to your staff and for the other people working within your office building.
5. It’s essential specially if your office gets unusually higher foot traffic.
If your office staff numbers do grow bit by bit then this also increases the chances of your carpet getting more dirtier on a shorter period of time. Hiring commercial carpet cleaners will help you get preventive care and spot treating that will make your carpet look at its best again, no matter how big your foot traffic you have in your office
And some tips on how to get the best out of commercial carpet cleaners.
1. Set the best schedule for them to clean your carpet.
It might be best for your chosen commercial carpet cleaner to clean your carpet at least once a year or upwards of six times a year depending on the flow of foot traffic that you have in your office. Also, make sure that you receive a deep clean that gets deep into your office carpet fibers and for them to sanitize your office carpet. In between these cleaning schedules, you should let your office carpets be vacuumed either daily or at least three times per week. Taking care of your carpets on a regular basis will make it easier for you to preserve and maintain them.
2. Consider your budget to setup the best carpet cleaning service.
This does not mean you have to look for the cheapest commercial carpet cleaners around. Remember that the concept of “you get what you paid for” applies to carpet cleaners too. What we are saying is do your homework when looking up for the best prices and deals that commercial carpet cleaners provide. You will also need to look for commercial carpet cleaners that can do your work on a regular basis.
Paying for long term service from them could possibly give you a more affordable price. Shop between three to four different carpet cleaning companies and try to compare them from one another so that you are sure that you’re getting quality work that is cost efficient.
3. Search for commercial carpet cleaners that have positive reviews.
Sometimes, a license and experience will not be enough when hiring a professional service – same goes with carpet cleaners. Good and positive reviews from previous customers are a testament that a professional carpet cleaner does know their job and can also make a customer satisfied with their service. You can look for carpet cleaners online and check for any customer feedback from them. From there, you can see if a professional carpet cleaner is worth a try.
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Black mold is common in areas on where were there is high humidity or in areas with moisture. Usually, they do show up on bathroom shower tiles, grout or floors and even on kitchen backsplashes. Initially, they will start showing up as small spots. But if you left them untreated, they will spread out.
Molds when left for granted do provide health risks at home. They are known to be associated with respiratory response like chronic coughing and sneezing. Other side effects are irritation to the eyes, mucus membranes of the nose and throat, rashes, chronic fatigue and persistent headaches.
Tiles and grout do really look unpleasant when black mold does show up, especially if your tiles and grout are using light colored tones. And unfortunately, some commercial products available on the market to remove them uses strong chemicals that could have potential side effects that can harm our health and also damage your tiles and grout when used too much.
Here at Able’s Carpet Cleaning Pueblo Colorado, we will give you a guide on how to create your own D.I.Y. mold remover that comes from combining bleach, baking soda and water. You will also need a scrub sponge and abrasive scouring pad.
For you to create the solution, you simply have to mix half a litter of water with a teaspoon of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of bleach.
After mixing the solution, use the scrub sponge and apply the solution on the areas on where the black mold is abundant. Wait for a few minutes then rub it with the abrasive pad.
Once done, rinse the area with water to finally remove the black mold.
We hope that this can lessen your tile and grout cleaning worries.
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Body lotions like Vaseline has many uses. In fact, body lotions are widely used that almost every bedroom or bathroom has it. But there are times that spills from this type of products do happen on a carpet. And often times when this happens, we’ll be running within our house to get a paper towel or worse, a toilet paper to scoop up the body lotion then leave the remainder of it on the carpet. Next thing you know is that you have a carpet stain already.
Here in Able’s Carpet Cleaning Pueblo Colorado, we don’t mind giving DIY tips to people. Because like you, we also have the burden to maintain the cleanliness of our home with little effort and spending as much as possible.
So below are the things you will need to clean you carpet from body lotion stains.
Here are the steps to do it
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