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.

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Win FREE Rugs for Mothers Day

Free Rugs Competition

This is a quick post to make everyone aware that we are running a competition to win a choice of 5 beautiful rugs!

As well as running Edwards Jeffery, I also own a carpet shop supplying and fitting carpets and rugs.

To enter the competition, simply go to the Facebook Page, LIKE the page and SHARE the competition post.

There will be 2 names drawn out of the hat.

Closing date for entry is 9pm Monday 24th March!

 

Good luck!

Rugs

 

2014 Local and Loved Awards

Local and Loved Awards 2014: Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

We’ve placed 4th in the UK in the 2014  Local and Loved carpet and upholstery cleaning category!

This year we entered into the Local and Loved awards run by “The Best Of“.

Local and Loved is an annual competition that enables small businesses to get some well deserved recognition for the services they provide.

We love the work that “The Best Of” do on behalf of local businesses. Whether providing free social media seminars, spreading word of mouth about a great local business or helping with marketing, they are passionate about helping you succeed.

They do some great work promoting local companies and the ratings and reviews on their websites are completely transparent as they are filled in by customers and verified before posting on-line.

We were aiming for top 3 (obviously!) but are pleased with 4th and hope to improve further in 2015!!!

Many thanks to all our customers who voted for us and congratulations to all the local businesses who have received recognition for their work.

 

 

 

 

Beware the Cost of the Lowest Price

If you think a good, professional carpet cleaning company is expensive, you should look at the cost of hiring a bad carpet cleaner..

Let’s imagine for a moment you’ve decided that you need your carpets and upholstery cleaned…

There are 2 immediately apparent options: You can either rent a supermarket machine (no names mentioned!) or search the internet for a professional company that will do the work for you and (hopefully!?) obtain better results.

Upon ringing around various companies, you find that there are differences in prices. In fact, there seems to be 2 distinct pricing camps; Fair or very cheap!

There is a usually a good reason for this…

 

Let’s take a look at what every conscientous carpet cleaning company should be able to demonstrate as standard:

Full insurance (to protect you against accidental damage!)

Valid 100% guarantee

Top of the range, expensive machinery and equipment 

Safe and effective premium products

In depth knowledge of specialist stain removal

Training in carpet fibre identification

Fully trained and qualified staff

There is always someone who will do it cheaper…

As I’m sure you can appreciate there are costs associated with maintaining these standards and obtaining results you just can’t get from a rental machine or a company employing cheap labour and using sub-standard equipment.

Carpet cleaning as an industry has a low barrier of entry. After all, anybody can hire a mchine from their local shop, throw it in the boot of a car, print some cheap leaflets and, hey presto, they are in business!!!

But, is this the type of company you want to clean your carpets and upholstery???

Skilled and effective carpet and upholstery cleaning can save thousands of pounds in alternative replacements. It can even prolong the lifespan of your expensive investments…

Why would you risk losing these benefits – or even worse – damaging your expensive furnishings, all for the sake of saving a very small amount of money?

It is worth remembering the old adage: “Beware the cost of the lowest price”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Carpet Cleaning Video

Check Out Our Professional Carpet Cleaning Animated Video!

Rather than make a factual and technical carpet cleaning video that would only bore you with specifications…

We thought we’d have a little fun whilst aiming to convey the benefits of our services!

Our animated video can be viewed below:

Professional Carpet Cleaning in Cardiff and throughout South Wales

 

Carpet Cleaning & Allergens In The Home

Allergies

In recent years there has been a significant increase in reported allergies.

The symptoms can range from mildly blocked sinuses to swelling and redness of the eyes. Some symptoms of allergies can be very distressing and uncomfortable and some of the major causes can be found in our homes…

Pets

You may love them, but your cat or dog can be one of the more obvious causes for that runny or blocked nose you just can’t seem to shake off.

Skin particles (dander) and hair that has not been sufficiently vacuumed can often be problematic.

Dust Mites

Invisible to the naked eye, these scary looking critters are found lurking in carpets, sofas and mattresses; there are between 2 to 3 million that reside in the average mattress!!

Dust mites feed off skin particles and are the cause of many allergies; most asthma sufferers react to them.

How can I reduce allergens and mites in the home?

Control Humidity

Dust mites love high humidity. Open your windows regularly and do not over-heat your home.

Bathing (Quality time with the dog or cat!)

Bathe and groom your pets to reduce dander and improve hygiene.

Bed Linen

Your mattress is the dust mites favourite home. Wash your linen at 60 degrees to kill off the mites!

Professional Cleaning

Regular professional upholstery and carpet cleaning (steam, not dry carpet cleaning!)  will significantly reduce the amount of allergens in your home and alleviate family symptoms.

 

 

 

 

Rental Machines vs Professional Carpet Cleaning

Rental Machines vs Professional Carpet Cleaning

We were recently carpet cleaning in Swansea and a new customer asked us a common question…

“What is the difference between hiring a rental machine and using a professional carpet cleaning company?”

There are many differences…

You may be able to hire a rental machine for £25-£50 but when you consider that some professional machines cost over £10,000, it should be obvious that the results of the clean will be worlds apart!

Low price rarely equates to good value…

Apart from the huge difference in power and the effectiveness of the machines, a good carpet cleaning company will be skilled in stain identification and the use of specialist products.

It is also worth considering the potential damage that cheap or harsh chemicals can cause to some fabrics and carpets. The chemicals supplied with some machines (and often used by part-time cowboys!) are often inadequate or unsuitable for the job in hand.

We believe that you are far better off simply vacuuming your carpets regularly and hiring a professional carpet & upholstery cleaning company every 12-18 months. Otherwise you risk your cheap rental machine leaving you with carpets that have been over-wet (shrinkage) or harbouring sticky residue.

 

All professional carpet cleaning companies should be following a thorough and safe process and not taking any short-cuts…

Our Cleaning Process:

Step 1: Pre- Inspection – We carry out a thorough pre-inspection that involves checking the fibre and construction of the carpets and identify unique and possible permanent stains.

Step 2: Furniture Moving – Our pricing includes the careful moving of any items of furniture when necessary.

Step 3: Commercial Vacuum – We use a powerful industrial vacuum cleaner that removes any dry soiling.

Step 4: Pre-spray and Pre-spot – A pre-conditioning agent is applied to break down the general and traffic area soiling. Individual stains are treated with the appropriate solutions to give the best chance of removal.

Step 5: Soil Extraction and Rinse – Using steam at up to 225 degrees Fahrenheit our powerful machine will simultaneously extract soil particles and moisture, avoiding any potential for over wetting.

Step 6: Post-Spot – We inspect the carpet again and if any stubborn stains remain, they will receive extra treatment with specialist solutions to ensure the best chance of removal.

Step 7: Carpet Groom – The carpets are groomed with a professional groomer. This process lifts the carpet pile and aids fast drying. It also leaves your carpets looking fantastic!

Step 8: Turbo Dry – If deemed necessary, a turbo dryer will be used to remove any excess moisture from the carpet.

Step 9: Final Inspection – We will inspect the carpets on completion of the work and check that you are thrilled with the results! Your carpets will be left soft and fresh! If you have asked for Scotchgard protection to be applied to your carpets, we will apply it at this stage. Although an optional extra, it does prolong the life of carpets and furnishings and minimises the likelihood of any future permanent stains.