carpet cleaning

In my hour of need…

Dear Homeowner,

 

Our love began on the day that you chose me.

You walked through the store, stopped and looked proudly.

You stroked my pile and oohed and aahed!

Coloured beige and priced by the yard.

The pain of my fitting, the gripper and glue!

A now distant memory, I lie fluffy and new.

Regularly vacuumed and walked on with care.

You’d check me for spills, admire and stare.

But as the years passed, I became grubby and stained.

You’d leave on your shoes, the dirt now ingrained.

And in my hour of need, when I needed your care…

I grew dusty and frayed, and worsened by wear.

If only you’d called…but you left it too late!!!

I could have been saved, now resigned to my fate.

Edwards Jeffery were ready, to come to my rescue…

But you dillied and dallied, and pondered the value.

As I land in the skip, you’re full of regret…

With a bill for new carpet, you’d rather forget.

 

Love,

Your old lounge carpet.

 

P.S.  Here’s the number, again, for Edwards Jeffery: 07530 532208 (I hope you treat your new carpet a little better…)

 

How much does professional carpet cleaning cost?

How much does professional carpet cleaning cost?

Like many other homeowners thinking about getting their carpets cleaned, you’ve probably wondered…”how much does professional carpet cleaning cost?”

Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer…

Several factors can influence the cost of professional carpet and upholstery cleaning. An obvious one is the size of the rooms being cleaned; it’s logical that a larger room will cost more than a smaller room.

Stain Removal

The number and type of stains can also be a factor (although we don’t think it should be!). Some companies may charge extra for individual stain removal despite having already agreed a price to clean the whole room. (Most companies have a basic call out charge and so it’s often worth having the whole room cleaned if you are already paying for stain removal – it may work out to a similar price!)

 

Cost of equipment

Another factor that will influence price is the quality of machinery operated by the company (and therefore results!) Part-time operators are generally restricted by a small budget due to not having the large number of customers of a full-time professional company. Therefore, they rarely generate the income necessary to fund and maintain the best equipment and so results are compromised and it must be accounted for in their prices!

Insurance & Training

Does your carpet cleaner have full insurance and recognised industry approved training? The cowboys in the industry invariably need to cut costs in order to keep their prices low enough to secure at least a few jobs per month. And, insurance is often the first expense deemed non essential by unscrupulous companies.

*** If you do receive a surprisingly cheap quote for carpet or upholstery cleaning, make sure to check that the individual or company is fully insured. Otherwise, if your carpets are damaged, you will be footing the bill!!!***

How much does professional carpet cleaning cost?

But I can rent a rug doctor for £30 and clean my whole house!!!

In theory you could. But not in reality.

If you were to only hire the machine and none of the recommended chemicals, then perhaps it would only cost you about £30-£40 if you shopped around.

But the results attained do not compare to a professional machine and you are risking all sorts of potential problems that would leave you uninsured. And that’s without the costs you’ll incur if the machine breaks down.

Also, once you add the cost of their branded chemicals, the real price becomes apparent and is no longer so appealing…

I covered some of the risks and costs in a recent blog post here.

But I’ve had so many different quotes!!!

Every company will have their own pricing policy and it will often depend on their experience, ability, overheads, quality of machinery and level of business.

If they are an established and respected company, with years of positive results and reviews, then they will most likely be in high demand for their services.

Conversely, a part-time operator who’s hired a rental machine and thrown it in the back of his boot with a handful of cheap chemicals is going to be able to keep his price at rock bottom.

Value for money…

If you’re not being over-charged for fictitious “extras” (cleaning chemicals should be included in your price!) and it represents a significant saving on replacing your carpets then that’s always a good start.

If you then follow this up with a good check of their online reviews and photos, you’re then in a good position to decide whether the prices you’ve been quoted represent good value to you…

 

If you’d like a free same day quotation for carpet or upholstery cleaning in South Wales, I’m more than happy to talk through any concerns you may have and give you a realistic idea of results: Melissa 07530 532208

 

 

 

 

 

How to clean your rugs at home

How to clean your rugs at home

Rugs can add warmth and style to your home, but if you want to keep them in tip-top condition and ensure they last for years, you’ll want to check out our tips on how to clean your rugs at home…

There comes a time when despite your best efforts of caring for your rugs, you’ll need them professionally cleaned. You can, however, take steps that will prolong the intervals between professional cleaning.

The easiest way to prolong the life and appearance of your rugs is to……

You guessed it…..

Vacuum!

Ideally, vacuum your rugs at least once per week; preferably twice. If you have an upholstery or stair attachment on your vacuum, all the better. You want to catch any dust and soil before it gets worked into the base of the rug.

Ingrained soil works as an abrasive that will wear and break down the fibres over time!

If you don’t have an upholstery attachment, then vacuum your rug side to side in order to avoid sucking up the tassles!

An important tip is to turn over the rug every month or two on a clean surface and vacuum the back of the rug. Remember to turn over again and complete the front once finished.

How to clean your rugs at home

Give it a shake!

If you have enough space and your rugs are easy to handle (and your neighbors aren’t downwind!) then it’s a good idea to occasionally take your rugs into the garden and give them a good shake. You’ll be surprised how much soil will come out!

Re-position your rugs to avoid uneven wear

As well as turning your rugs to vacuum the back of them, I recommend turning them 180 degrees once or twice year. Foot traffic and the sun can wear your rugs, and turning them will even out the wear.

Professional Cleaning

Due to the differing fibres and colouring of some rugs, it is advisable to call a professional rug cleaning company for stain removal advice. DON’T be tempted to use shop bought carpet cleaning detergents or scrub away with hot water!!!

I advise that quality rugs be professionally cleaned at least every 2 years, and if you have a busy family home, every 12 months to ensure they maintain their composition and appearance.

For FREE stain removal advice, don’t hesitate to call me on 07530 532208.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to remove common stains from your carpet

How to remove common stains from your carpet

Spillages are inevitable, but it’s important you know how to remove common stains from your carpet without causing further damage…

When a spill occurs and lands on a carpet, most peoples first reaction is to grab a cloth or sponge and scrub vigorously before applying washing up liquid or some kind of shop bought carpet detergent and scrubbing away again. This is the worst thing you could do!

Despite many products being labelled as “safe for carpets & upholstery” it very often isn’t the case. Some of these products are very harsh and are not suitable for use with certain fibers or specific stains.

We are often called to homes where customers have first attempted to remove a stain with these products. Common problems include colour loss, sticky carpet and stains that have been “set” by use of an inappropriate chemical; Once a stain has been “set” there is little chance of effective removal!

How to remove common stains from your carpet

Don’t panic!

Accidents will always happen, and most stains can be removed, if not by yourself, then with the help of a professional carpet cleaner. (Check for approved TACCA members in your local area)

Here’s are the do’s and dont’s for dealing with stains and spills:

  • Use a clean white cloth or towel
  • Never scrub the carpet
  • Scrape or blot any excess prior to treatment
  • Do not use too much water and over-wet the carpet
  • Always test any cleaning product on a small hidden area of carpet to test reaction
  • Do not use washing up liquid, washing powders, bleach or disinfectant
  • Work from the outside of the stain inward to avoid spreading the stain
  • Apply the cleaning product to the cloth and not directly onto the carpet or upholstery
  • Encourage quick drying and keep the carpet of fabric as dry as possible
  • Deal with the stain immediately

Putting it into practice

Applying these rules to common spills such as alcohol, tea & coffee, here is how you would deal with these stains safely and effectively:

  • Blot up as much of spillage as possible with clean white cloth
  • Use a Vinegar Solution, a small amount at a time (working out to in!)
  • Continue to blot the stain with dry cloths until most of stain is removed
  • Then, mix water and white vinegar at a ratio of 4:1
  • Pour mixture into a spray bottle and spray over the area
  • Blot area again to remove excess moisture
  • Spread kitchen towels over the area and place a weight on top of the towels
  • Leave for a couple of hours

This procedure can be repeated a couple of times if necessary.

If you would like emergency advice on stain removal, then please feel free to give us a call. We do not charge for stain removal advice. 

 

 

 

Why hire a professional carpet cleaner?

Why hire a professional carpet cleaner?

If you’ve been thinking about getting your carpets cleaned, you may have asked yourself the question… “why hire a professional carpet cleaner when I can do it myself?”

Carpet adds warmth and style to a home, but understanding how best to clean and maintain your carpets can be confusing at the best of times as there is so much conflicting information out there!

Here are some points to consider when thinking about getting your carpets cleaned…

The health risks of a dirty carpet

A dirty carpet is not just an eyesore – it also poses a health risk. Carpet can store allergens that over time will affect the health of you and your family. Dust, pollen and pet hair can all be trapped in the carpet and then released into the atmosphere every time you vacuum or walk on it.

DIY carpet cleaning machines don’t come close to the effectiveness of a professional machine in removing soiling and stains. A professional carpet cleaning company will ensure a thorough deep clean that will minimize potential allergens.

Allergens – Dust Mites

Many people have a dust mite infestation without even realizing it. Dust mite allergies are associated with eczema, asthma and rhinitis.

A shop bought carpet cleaning detergent and under-powered machine will not effectively remove mites. Professional hot water extraction cleaning (steam cleaning) is necessary to ensure the effective removal of dust mites.

Many carpet cleaning companies will also offer a dust mite spray treatment that can be used to kill the mites.

Why hire a professional carpet cleaner?

All carpets, rugs and upholstery are different and are made up of different fibers. A professional carpet cleaner will know how to treat each type and the appropriate solutions to use for specific stains and spots.

Hiring a machine and attempting to remove stains from an expensive carpet can prove disastrous. Possible damage includes shrinkage of carpets, browning, setting of stains and lingering odours caused by over-wetting.

Regularly hiring a professional cleaner (every 6-18 months depending on soiling) will reduce allergens, improve your health and help prolong the life of your expensive carpets and upholstery.

Finally, the reason most people book a professional is due to the results they can achieve.

After-all, when was the last time you saw a rental machine achieve results like this???

Why hire a professional carpet cleaner?

 

P.S. If you do decide to deal with a stain or spillage yourself, then take a look at the tips provided by the NCCA for dealing with common spills and stains.