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Carpet and Upholstery cleaning intervals

How often should I clean my carpets and Couches?

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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.

 

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!!!

before cleaning really dirty carpets

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

 

we remove bubble gum and chewing gum

Saving Expensive Rug After a Chewing Gum Nightmare Using Peanut Butter or Ice!

 we remove bubble gum and chewing gum

We will quickly tell you how to remove chewing gum from your carpet.

Knowing how some people  do not care when and where they leave their chewing gum it will inevitably be left on an expensive rug or fitted carpet.

Two sure fire ways I have personally used to remove chewing or bubble gum is with ice and with peanut butter. Being a professional carpet cleaner using peanut butter I found it far easier to use because I can extract the oily peanut butter with our carpet shampoo and upholstery cleaning tool easily.

How to use the Peanut butter to remove the gum:

Take a tea spoon of the peanut butter and work it into the gum and leave it for 5 minutes or so. Take the back of a knife and remove as much of the peanut butter and gum as you can. If there is still some stubborn gum left,  work some more peanut butter in and repeat the process.

When you have removed all the mix you can with the knife take some warm soapy water and wash the area working inward so not to spread any of the oils from the peanut butter to the rest of the surrounding carpet.

How to use the ice method to remove bubble gum:

Get a good sized piece of ice and a blunt object. Place the ice on the gum and leave it there for a minute or so. After that take the back of your knife or whichever object you prefer and smash the gum this should break the gum up and pick it up. You will most likely have to repeat this a couple of times as sometimes the gum is really thick or very well worked into the carpet’s fibers.

Why do these Methods work in removing the gum?

To answer that we have to look a bit into the way gum is made or rather what it is made of.

Chewing gum was originally made using the latex sap also known as chicle from the sapodilla tree which is found natively in Central America. This latex sap was used up to and during World War 2.

After that scientists found ways of replacing the naturally found rubber artificially created with for example polyethylene or polyvinyl acetate .

Because of the reason that the gum base is made of  rubber the ice causes it to become brittle and the combination of the extreme cold and blunt force applied the bubble gum breaks up.

Chewing or bubble gum in addition to the rubber base contains softeners . These softeners  are usually in the form of vegetable oil or glycerin that is used to blend all the ingredients together and make the gum soft and pliable .

Gum is a hydrophobic  material and what this means is that it does not mix with water and that is why when adding the peanut oil to the mix helps to break it down and remove it. The same thing as using Turpentine to remove oil based paints form other objects.

The fact that the oil is in the peanut butter helps us control where we want to apply it and keep the rest of the carpet or rug from getting soaked in oil.

We can remove even old gum from your carpets so calls us to do this dirty job here in Port Elizabeth.

Reasons to have carpets installed

7 Benefits of Carpets

Reasons to have carpets installed

Carpets makes your home feel like home.

Carpets helps give your home that warm and fuzzy feeling be it a fitted carpet or just a inexpensive loose rug or Persian one. There is something about carpets that just speaks to all of us and expresses our personal and unique tastes and likes.

Carpets reduces Noise.

In our busy lives we have so much noise in and out of our homes that reducing it is definitely a plus and we all know how a bit of carpet can help in a space with little of no furniture.

Carpets Improves Air Quality.

Carpets act as passive air filters trapping dust and pollen in the fibres reducing the effects of the weather on asthma and allergy sufferers. Add to this a good cleaning routine like regular deep cleaning and a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter then your life can be a lot easier sinus wise.

Carpets Lasts a long time

Carpets can give you many years of good service provided you look after them correctly and choose the right type for your particular need.

 Easy to clean.

Carpets only need a vacuum cleaner to clean them a couple of times a week  and professionally deep cleaned as little as once a year,  where as your hard flooring needs to be vacuumed and mopped as well a couple of times a week.

Help protect with falls and slips.

Carpets are great for the very young and elderly where it does add a bit of extra cushioning with falls. Also they are non-slip by nature which helps prevent  dangerous miss haps.

Carpets are a great insulator of heat.

Studies have shown that carpeted rooms are on average 2 degrees  warmer  in winter than hard-flooring thus it saves on heating.