Dec 192013

Our final post on helping you and your soft furnishings survive the upcoming Yuletide season.

Christmas Dinner

The most important meal of the year and probably the biggest with family and friends invited, lots of laughing and joking, and almost certainly someones going to have an accident. Try using trays to carry the food to the table, they are a lot more stable than slippery hot bowls. For the children put some carpet offcuts or plastic sheets under their chairs to stop spills onto the carpet. If despite these precautions simething does get trodden into the carpet use a blunt knife to remove as much as possible, before using a detergent solution, rinsing and blotting dry. Please remember DO NOT RUB as this may damage the carpet fibres.

Dark Patches On The Sofas and Chairs

Along with chocolates, that we mentioned in a previous post, crisps and nuts are passed around on Christmas day. These snacks tend to leave an oily residue on fingers and this residue has a habit of being passed onto upholstery as your guests move around on your sofas and chairs. This oily residue soon attracts soiling onto the fabric causing dark patches to appear on your upholstery.You can try leaving “wet wipes” around for people to clean their hands with, although that can appear a bit Scroogelike, or use a damp cloth to wipe the cushions and arms of your sofas and chairs after your family and friends have left.

Finally I hope you find these posts useful and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Dec 132013

Welcome to our second post on how to help your carpet and upholstery survive the Christmas season intact and more importantly helping you to enjoy a stress free holiday.

Spilt Drinks

If the kids get a carried away with Christmas excitement and juice and pop glasses go flying, resist the temptation to say oh nevermind its Christmas I’ll sort it out later, because the longer you leave it the bigger the problem could become later. Jump on it straight away, grab a cotton towel or kitchen towel, and blot the spill. Make sure you blot the spill and don’t rub, just to make sure, DON’T RUB, as this could damage the fibres and not be repairable. If the stain doesn’t come out completely with blotting, use a little datergent solution, ( some warm water in a bowl with a few drops of washing up liquid ), applied by means of a soft cloth, then use some clean water to rinse and then blot dry again.

Chocolate Fingers

 Everyone loves chocolate at Christmas, in fact Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the box of chocolates been passed round, however when chocolate smudges into the carpet or sofa it can be a problem. Start by scraping off as much as possible with a blunt knife, apply some detergent solution and then tamp it with a soft brush. Tamping is the action of raising the brush and then letting it fall under its own weight to agitate the detergent solution. Finally rinse with clean water and blot dry.

Dec 042013

Christmas can be a stressful time, but hopefully some of the tips below and in the other posts can help stop accidents happening and if the worst does happen stop an accident becoming a crisis.

Christmas Tree Base Covers

If you are thinking of using a Christmas Tree base cover to disguise the wooden base of the tree, take care. Some are made from crepe paper and if you spill any water on them, when watering the tree to keep it green and help to slow up needle drop, some of the dye may run from the paper onto the carpet. This type of stain is very difficult, if not impossible to remove. The best course of action is to create a barrier between the paper cover and the carpet, this can be done by using a plastic dish under the tree, with a plastic sheet under that to catch any water that may spill. If you feel this looks a bit ugly put a piece of off cut carpet on top of the plastic sheet to cover it up.

Welcome Smokers to Your Home

While in this day and age many smokers are happy to step outside to have a cigarette, in the middle of winter the cold and wet is not that inviting and you may let your smoking friends enjoy a smoke inside. This can create two problems, firstly ash and burns and secondly the smoke. To combat the first have plenty of ashtrays and make sure everybody knows they are there. While to deal with second, there are two natural methods available bowls of water or scented candles. If you use the candle method be careful not to spill the candle wax and never leave lighted candles overnight.

The next part in our Christmas survival kit will be out next week.

Furniture Impressions in Carpets

 Posted by on April 24, 2012
Apr 242012

If you have a cut pile carpet carpet in your home you will eventually come across impressions and flattened areas in the carpet. These impressions occur where the weight of a piece of furniture or other household object is concentrated into a small area, so a chair will leave four little leg impressions in your carpet after you sit
on it for a while.

Usually in situations where the item is not very heavy or is moved quite often, particularly in a wool rich carpet or rug, the impressions will disappear on their own. But for heavy items such as sofas, raised caster cups can be bought from furniture and DIY stores, which lift the furniture above the carpet pile and so protect against impressions.

If you have some impressions in your carpet that you want to remove yourself it is possible to brush the pile with a stiff brush to lift the fibres, please ensure that you
take great care doing this so that the pile is not damaged. If you use a vacuum cleaner at the same time, with the narrow crevice tool, this will help to lift
the pile.

If you don’t want to try this yourself or if you have and the results are not what you hoped for, professional carpet cleaning equipment, not only gives great cleaning results but due to the flushing action of the water rinse and large vacuum motors
lifting the pile, can remove many carpet impressions. However if a heavy item has
been sitting in one place for a long long time even professional carpet cleaning equipment cannot restore the carpet to its original state.


Apr 182012

When a Protection Treatment is applied to a carpet or piece of upholstery, either as part of the manufacturing process or after it has been made, it forms an invisible odourless coating to each individual fibre. This coating has outstanding dry-soil resistance, along with resistance to wet soil, water-based stains and oil-based soils. Your carpet and upholstery will stay cleaner and brighter approximately 20% longer with the application of a protection treatment.
Dirt or soil tends to remain on top of items treated with a protector and can usually be vacuumed away. Treated items will give an opportunity to remove spills before they are absorbed. A liquid spill on a treated item is more easily removed if spotted immediately. If thisis not done, then the treatment will make the spot easier to remove at a later date. Soil release is much improved when cleaning carpets or upholstery treated with a protection treatment.

Some protection treatments also include an acid dye resistor. This is a compound that acts almost as a clear dye, filling the remaining dye sites after the normal dye procedures. Filling all the dye sites renders the fibre resistant to acid dyes that can attach to vacant dye sites and causing permanent stains.

Protection Treatments are subject to wear and a reduction in effectiveness over time. Most of the manufacturers recommend cleaning every 12-18 months and that a protector is reapplied between 3 and 5 years depending on the usage of the carpet or upholstery. Also, even when the carpet is at its peak, it is not resistant to some stains. Some insecticides will stain nylon carpet, as will bleaches and products containing Benzoyl Peroxide.

Dark Marks on Carpets

 Posted by on April 4, 2012
Apr 042012

Sometimes especially on light coloured carpets, you can see a dark line against the skirting board, or a rectangular mark just in from the edge of the carpet, a dark line under a doorway or in line with the floorboards. These marks are known as draught marks and are caused by small particles of dust working there way through the carpet from underneath the floor and been trapped by the fibres in the carpet.

Carpet cleaning can be effective in removing them from the carpet fibres, however in some cases it may not be possible to remove them completely, and unless action is taken to stop the soiling moving from underneath the floor through the carpet the draught marks will return.

Action that can be taken includes sealing the area under the skirting board with a flexible filler and placing a paper barrier underneath the underlay these measures will form a barrier to prevent the fine particles moving to the surface of the carpet
causing draught marks to appear

Carpet Cleaning Drying Times

 Posted by on March 28, 2012
Mar 282012

“How long will it take for my carpet to dry”? This is by far and away the most common question I’m asked by new clients when carrying a Survey and Quotation. Unfortunately there isn’t an easy answer as a number of factors can influence drying times.

Firstly, the fibres in the carpet, a wool carpet can absorb up to ten times more water than a synthetic carpet, such as polypropylene, and so takes longer to dry.

Second, the air in the room. If the carpets are cleaned on a warm dry day with a breeze coming through an open window the carpets will dry very quickly. The same as clothes on a washing line on a warm breezy day dry quickly. If the outside weather is cold and wet turning on the house heating will help dry the carpets but a window must be left open to allow the moisture from the carpet to vent outside.

Finally, the equipment used. Modern professional carpet cleaning equipment have powerful vacuum motors which leave much less moisture in the carpet then DIY or Hire machines and so reduce the time taken to dry the carpets.

As you can see there are a number of factors that influence the time taken for a carpet to dry but as an average I would say about 4 to 5 hours is normal.

Rippled Carpets

 Posted by on March 20, 2012
Mar 202012

Sometimes when we clean carpets, as we are cleaning or a short while after, carpets can
ripple. This happens mostly with older tufted carpets in areas of high wear,
such as walkways and in front of sofas and chairs. The cause of this is due to
the warm rinse water causing the backing of the carpet to expand and because
the edges of the carpet are fixed ripples result. Fortunately as the carpet
dries the backing contracts and the carpet returns to its normal shape, usually
within 24 hours.

Unfortunately it is impossible to identify which carpets will ripple and which will not, and
only a relatively small amount will ripple, say
one in fifty, and of those only one in a hundred will not go back to its
original shape and require a carpet fitter to restretch it.

I have put this post on our blog to assure our clients that if rippling occurs it is not a
major problem the vast majority of carpets as they dry will go back flat and
the small number that don’t we can arrange for a carpet fitter to restretch the

Nov 302011

Quite often we are asked by our clients how often and how
they should vacuum their carpets to help maintain their carpets.

When vacuuming move the vacuum slowly back and forth
overlapping the strokes and also at different angles to ensure that the pile is
opened to remove as much dry soiling as possible. A quick run over the carpet
doesn’t really help. But make sure you don’t make too many passes over the same
spot as this may damage the carpet if repeated over time. Also remember to
vacuum corners and areas where dust builds up such as behind the TV and sofa.

How often to vacuum really depends on the amount of use the
carpet gets the more footfall across the carpet the more you need to vacuum.
For areas of heavy footfall or where there are pets daily vacuuming  is recommended, where there is a medium level
of foot traffic probably twice a week and for light foot traffic areas once a

Remember to keep your vacuum cleaner in good repair to
ensure its best possible performance. Keep the brushes clean, make sure to
remove tangled hair, and replace them when they are worn. Ensure hoses do not
develop cracks and holes that will lose suction. Change the bag when it becomes
two thirds full to maintain effective vacuum.

Hello world!

 Posted by on June 15, 2011
Jun 152011

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Eddie Rhone

Cleaning Specialists