true clean with a great view over port elizabeth from south end

Views of Port Elizabeth From Your Local Carpet Cleaners

One of the great benefits of being professional carpet and upholstery cleaners is that we get to travel in and around Port Elizabeth on a daily basis. We get to see and experience the different sights and sounds that P.E. and the surrounding areas have to offer.

We would just like to share some of the great pictures we took.

 A view from South End, Port Elizabeth 

true clean with a great view over port elizabeth from south end

A view from one of the apartments we cleaned

early morning view of port elizabeth before a carpet cleaning job

We were waiting for Eskom to turn the power back on in Seaview so we took some Photos

taking a break from carpet and upholstery cleaning at seaview

true clean taking a break from carpet cleaning in seaviw

Just a great looking post box, looks like something out of a fairy tale 

saw beautifull old post box while handing out carpet and upholstery cleaning flyers

And Finally a “Hi” from us at True Clean. We would love to meet you so call us for your next carpet cleaning appointment!

true clean Professional carpet cleaners selfie

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.


Large Corporations Implement this to Further Their Success – Do You and Your SME?


Clean upholstery and carpets speak worlds and so do dirty ones.

We will be taking a look at why every business should have their carpets and upholstery cleaned regularly.

What impact does it have on  your clients:

How many times have you walked into a accountant’s office a lawyer’s or any other professional’s place of business and thought wow this place looks great  all neat, tidy, clean and they must be good at what they do.

This is the perception your client’s build of your personal or professional brand while just waiting to see you.

Now think what impact it makes when you come in and have to sit on dirty, grubby looking chairs with faded colours and stained and dull looking carpets. We all know the type I am talking about. The ones you are afraid of sitting down on because you are afraid of getting your clothes dirty.

Others will avoid sitting all together for hygiene reasons and being afraid of getting bitten by something.

What is “Dirty” saying about your company to your clients?

  • They lack courtesy towards their clients and feels nothing for their well being.
  • Wow, these guys are pinch pennies and can not even pay to give their carpets or upholstery a good clean.
  • What kind of service can I expect from people that let their things get so run down?
  • Is the business struggling and will they be able to cope with my order?
  • Unwelcome, please just leave as soon as you can.

 What is “Clean” saying about your company to your clients?

  • Up to date.
  • Care about what we do.
  • We want you to have a great experience.
  • You are welcome here and we want to know more about you.

What impact it has on your personnel :

We as carpet and upholstery cleaners have  seen much appreciation and relief form workers when hearing that their carpets and chairs are going to be cleaned. This happens more than you may think.

We have spoken to countless office managers that when asked “How long ago have your carpets been cleaned?” and the response of more than 2 years ago comes up very regularly.

This should be an unacceptable response.

What does “Dirty” say about your company and how does it make your employees feel.

  • They really do not care about us even though we spend most of our lives at work.
  • There are more important things than our well-being on managements mind. (Which is true. But happy people are more likely to work harder.)
  • This also contributes causes to your employees to have a no care stance. Management does not care so why should I.
  • Who likes to work in a place that permanently smells dusty and stuffy. Yes dirty carpets and upholstery contributes to this problem.

  What does “Clean” say about your company and how does it make your employees feel.

  • They do care about us.
  • Nice to work in a clean environment.
  • A place that smells good has a positive effect on your employees mental state.
  • People do tell their family and friends that “Our office chairs and carpets got cleaned today!” this results in a positive brand building experience.

As you can see even your carpet or upholstery state can and does tell a story about you or your business. Are you losing money because of a faded image? Is this another stone in the road to Success for your SME?

Call us today to have them cleaned!

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.



These 5 Calls Made Us Question – Is there someone home?


Over the years having True Clean we have had some very interesting carpet cleaning and sometimes not carpet cleaning related phone calls.

Some, you may think has been made up but as they say truth is stranger than fiction.

Bloody Carpet Mess

We got a call late in the evening one Saturday where a person asked if we could come out immediately to come and clean the carpets as it was an emergency. When we enquired to what the cause of the emergency was the person said it was a crime scene and someone had been stabbed and they wanted us to come and clean the blood before the police arrived. We declined with much vigour.

Are You Serious?

A rather frequent question is “Who does your carpet cleaning?” really?

Changed My Mind

We had this call a long time ago the lady did not like the colour of her carpets and wanted them dyed another colour.

Split Personality

Another person asked if they could rent our company name for a month. To do what with I do not know but if you ask me nothing good I am sure.

In Case Of Emergency

This is another interesting one. We had people phone us to know if we did sleep in carpet cleaning on weekends for in case the geyser exploded or leaked or any other unfortunate event that may damage the carpets.

We will add new funny incidents as we remember them and surely some funny phone calls will happen in  future so we will keep you updated.