Carpet and Upholstery cleaning intervals

How often should I clean my carpets and Couches?

how-often-should-i-clean-my-couch-or-carpet

This is one of the questions we hear on almost a daily basis. Our answer is nearly always the same. For carpets manufacturers suggest that it should be done once every 6 months to 18 months.

OK, so maybe your carpets still look great after lets say 2 years. The thing is that although they may look great they may be filthy from all the dirt build up even if you do vacuum twice a week. We have seen this type of thing many times. We get to the clients house and the carpets look wonderful and clean with no apparent dirt in sight. But boy, when we start cleaning it is a whole different story. We then find that the dirt and dust is so uniformly distributed over the carpet that it all looks the same.

When we have completed the cleaning the carpet turns out to be a different colour all together. One place we cleaned the client have never had the carpets cleaned in 25 years. Now you may think it was just in a horrible state but compared to some other places we have seen it was child’s play to clean. The carpets was vacuumed so often and no shoes warn in the house that the carpets will easily last another 10-15 years.

In other cases we found that the carpet needed cleaning every three months as the dust from the nearby road just made it a nightmare to keep clean for any period longer than that.

So to summarize about the carpets. It is best to rather just have it cleaned twice a year and if there is low to no traffic once a year. This type of cleaning regime will keep your caprpets going for many years to come.

With couch cleaning we also suggest cleaning it once a year. If you have Masterguard applied to your couches it will prolong the periods between cleaning quite a bit.

Things that will indicate your couch needs a good clean :

  • Arm and head rests darkening
  • Obviously when your kid has spilled something you could not blot out
  • When your couches start smelling bad.
  • When you see a lot of dust coming out of your couch when giving it a good smack

Remember that a dirty couch will aggravate allergies and asthma conditions.

 

Removing sticker glue off “Just about anything”

We have all had that problem where removing sticker glue has been a pain. Moving house or just getting rid of old stickers that was thought to be cute at one time just need to go. You know the pain of the glue getting left behind and trying to clean it with water and soap just smears the sticky gunk around.

Having to clean houses, offices and shops. We have to be able to do it quickly and without damaging paint, glass coatings and furniture.

Through personal trial and error of many chemicals and many stickers we found that using plain old furniture polish does the best job at clearing off sticker glue.

Here are the easy to follow steps:

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We all know this sight all too well.

plug with glue on before cleaning

Spray the area that has the glue with furniture polish and let it sit for a minute or two depending on the amount of dirt.

plug full of glue sprayed with furniture polish

Spray some furniture polish onto a lint free cloth.

applying furniture polish to a cloth

Rub the area with the glue on with the cloth.

cleaning the plug with cloth

As with this instance we had to apply a bit more furniture polish and just rub it a bit more.

glue almost removed

And the end result as you can see is a sticky free surface.

all glue removed from surface

This method can also be used on walls but the furniture polish may leave a bit of a mark on the paint and usually just washing that piece of wall with mild soap should have your walls looking awesome again.

Feel free to contact us for your cleaning needs!!!

Never Spring Clean Your House Again!!!

Your Guide to Never Spring Cleaning  Ever Again

This guide has been developed for you to help you keep your house clean and cut back on cleaning costs by not having to get people in to do your spring clean for you.

Follow this routine and you only need to spend a minimal amount of time cleaning every week and always have your home looking sparkly clean.

We will be breaking down all the work that needs to be done over the course of a couple of weeks.

Once you have completed the cycle you will see that keeping your home clean will become more manageable as the dirt build up will be much less.

Week 1

Monday

  • Dusting all Cornices walls and all other hard surfaces.
  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floor.

Tuesday

  • Cleaning of doors and handles this should take about 3-5 min per door (We suggest using Handy Andy or whichever cleaning product you choose to use, we use this as it cuts through grime and grease build up the easiest and use a scotch-bright pad to clean really nasty dirt build up, do not overdo it though as it may damage the paint on the door.)

Wednesday

  • Today is allocated to cleaning Mirrors and shower doors and windows as they can be very dirty. (Normal window cleaner should suffice but for really dirty muck on the shower door use Handy Andy and let it sit for a while before cleaning)
  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping and washing of floors and/or vacuuming of carpets.

Thursday

  • Cleaning of windows inside your house(If your house is really big do only how many you can and add the other half or so to another day)

Friday

  • Because you are geared for the week-end just clean the toilets and basin and sweep and vacuum your floors.

 

Week 2

This week will be a bit more work than week one as the walls will need to be cleaned. The best is to do one room per day to minimize time spent cleaning every day and also save your back from much strain.

Monday

As you can see we added moving of all the furniture to this day so this will take longer than usual but luckily it is not done so often so strain on your back is for only a little while.

  • Dusting all Cornices walls and all other hard surfaces.
  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floor.
  • Cleaning of walls. (Use a mild detergent and wipe the walls with a damp cloth or use a car cleaning sponge)
    • Moving of all furniture and cleaning and vacuuming as required we are also doing this with the walls as you will be moving the furniture in any case to make space for cleaning the walls.

 

Tuesday

  • Cleaning of walls. (Use a mild detergent and wipe the walls with a damp cloth or use a car cleaning sponge)
    • Moving of all furniture and cleaning and vacuuming as required we are also doing this with the walls as you will be moving the furniture in any case to make space for cleaning the walls.

 

Wednesday

  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping and washing of floors and/or vacuuming of carpets.
  • Cleaning of walls. (Use a mild detergent and wipe the walls with a damp cloth or use a car cleaning sponge)
    • Moving of all furniture and cleaning and vacuuming as required we are also doing this with the walls as you will be moving the furniture in any case to make space for cleaning the walls.

 

Thursday

You should be finishing of your wall cleaning today luckily this you will only be doing in another three to four months’ time.

  • Cleaning of walls. (Use a mild detergent and wipe the walls with a damp cloth or use a car cleaning sponge)
    • Moving of all furniture and cleaning and vacuuming as required we are also doing this with the walls as you will be moving the furniture in any case to make space for cleaning the walls.

 

Friday

Hooray!!! It is week-end and you are almost ready to relax.

  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floor.

 

Week 3

This week we will be tackling the kitchen and the cupboards in your house. As it usually takes a while to unpack and repack them we suggest you break down your cupboard cleaning routine to a room a day.

Monday

  • Dusting all Cornices walls and all other hard surfaces.
  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floor.

Tuesday

  • Cleaning of the oven should be done today this task will take some time but also no need to fret after this clean you will only need to do it again after a couple of weeks. (Spray your oven cleaner and leave it to work while you continue to clean your kitchen cupboards inside and out.

Wednesday

  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floor.
  • Cleaning of Cupboards in one or more rooms in the house.
  • Also clean your mirrors and shower/bath surfaces.

Thursday

  • Cleaning of Cupboards in one or more rooms in the house.
  • Cleaning of light fixtures.

Friday

  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floor.

Now that you have your home into a great looking standard proceed to this routine and only rotate to the first cycle every 3 – 4 months depending on your particular lifestyle and see no more spring clean.

Monday

  • Dusting all Cornices walls and all other hard surfaces.
  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floor.

Tuesday

  • Wiping off and polishing (Mr Minn) of hard surfaces.
  • Wiping off of scuff marks on walls or doors.

Wednesday

  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floors.
  • Thorough cleaning/wiping off of kitchen surfaces.

Thursday

Walk through your house and check what might need extra attention. Seeing as you just completed your 3 week cleaning routine there should not be much to do so have a cup of coffee.

Friday

  • Cleaning of your Toilet/s and Hand wash basin/s.
  • General Sweeping or vacuuming of floor.

 

And do not forget to call us in every now and again to clean your carpets and upholstery you will need this even though you never have to spring clean again!!!

Cleaning Crazy Dirty Carpets In Port Elizabeth

We are always up for a challenge and this month really put us to the test with some incredibly dirty carpets we had to clean.

It makes you wonder how people actually get them that dirty. The answer is usually that the carpets do not get their yearly or in some cases their 6 month clean and you end up with filthy carpets you are ready to rip out and replace and who has the money to just replace the carpets every two or three years.

Our suggestion is vacuum your carpets regularly (and for some of you student’s out there once every two weeks is not enough). You should also have your carpets deep cleaned every year or so even if the carpets are still looking great. Cleaning them before they start looking dirty is one of the best ways to keep your carpets looking great.

So without further ado let us continue to show you what carpets we had to contend with this month.

These office carpets took a while to get clean. The dirt was packed on about 3 mm thick.

before cleaning really dirty carpets

As you can see it really took some scrubbing to get the dirt out of these carpets.

carpets in the process of being cleaned in port elizabeth

And the end result is….

carpets after being cleaned by true clean in port elizabeth

The Following carpets also looked pretty horrible.

filthy carpets cleaned in port elizabeth

 

Some more horror to behold.

industrial carpets cleaned in port elizabeth

 

And here we just had a bit of fun because who said work has to be boring.

True clean having fun cleaning carpets

 

Once Off Cleaning Done In Port Elizabeth

One of the rental companies we regularly do work for asked us to do another once of cleaning for them this past week and boy this one was a real shocker.

The Place was absolutely filthy. Scuff marks on the walls greasy spots as well the person that lived there never cleaned and it just leaves you in awe at how unclean people can go around living in. I was just left wondering if they have no self respect that they can not be bothered to make their surroundings a bit more habitable for themselves.

Here is a picture of the stove and some of the cupboards in the kitchen. We spent hours cleaning the kitchen area and I am very proud of the results that we have achieved. Please note the scratches on the front panel of the oven was not made by our cleaning. We always take utmost care not to damage anything on the property we work at. We use strong cleaning agents to destroy the dirt.

dirty oven before we cleaned it

oven after being cleaned by true clean

 

The bathroom was just as bad and the grout looked awe full and if I did not know any better I would have thought that the shower divider was actually frosted glass. The bathroom walls and bath that we cleaned was just as covered in months of much that had to be scrubbed off. Once again our hard work paid off and It looks brilliant.

filthy bathroom bathroom after being cleaned by true clean port elizabeth

Unfortunately as always I did not take enough pictures before and after as getting the job done was top priority and we could only start late in the afternoon. We started cleaning at 14:30 (OK maybe not that late ha ha) and finished up at 19:30 that night.

So if you need a great once off cleaning for your office or home give us a call!