<![CDATA[CARPETCLEANINGAIRDRIE.CA - Blog]]>Wed, 01 Sep 2021 14:01:05 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Creative ways to get Coffee stains out of carpet]]>Tue, 25 May 2021 07:00:00 GMThttps://carpetcleaningairdrie.ca/blog/creative-ways-to-get-coffee-stains-out-of-carpet

Coffee stains - how to get them out of your carpet?

Coffee stain
Coffee, a favorite wake-me-up beverage for many people. Particularly tired parents of young children, or busy people. Regardless of who you are, or how tired you may be, accidents will and do happen. 

​When you spill your cup o’ Joe on your carpet, especially if it’s light coloured carpet, it’s definitely not going to make your day, but here are some tips that will make it easier.

Fresh stains are the easiest to deal with, so once you spill, be sure to deal with it right away, even if you have screaming toddlers vying for your attention, you’ll want to at least blot it and then try to deal with it as soon as you can.

Of course, nothing beats just getting a professional carpet cleaning company to come in and deal with the stains for you, but how realistic would it be to call a professional every time you get a small stain? 

So, let’s give you some practical, do-it-yourself steps that you can take to at least minimize the stains as best you can until you can get the pros to come in. (Which, by the way, you should do every 6 months or so anyway)

Let’s begin:
1. Blot out as much liquid as you can. The key is to BLOT, not rub, as this can make it worse.  Grab a paper towel or towel and absorb as much as you can.

2. Dilute the stain by pouring a very tiny amount of cold water on top of the stain. You definitely don’t want to soak the carpet here, the goal is just to dilute the coffee. Take a fresh towel and blot the remaining moisture up. Repeat steps 1 and 2 a few times if needed to get most of the stain out.
Dilute stain
3. If water doesn’t do the trick, it’s time to go a step further; applying some stain remover. Be sure to test it on an inconspicuous spot of carpet before you apply in case it discolours your carpets. 

Once you determine the stain remover is safe for your carpets, spray a little over the stain. Be sure not to soak it. Rinse with water and then try to blot out the remaining liquid with a fresh towel.

4. Let the carpet dry out completely. Turn on some fans to get it dry as quickly as possible. The last thing you want is some mold or mildew growing as a result of moisture staying in the carpet.

5. Vacuum after the carpet is dry

Now, there are some other methods that you could try if the stain remover in step 3 doesn’t work:

For wool carpets (or wool blends):
Put a few drops of dishwashing detergent with a cup of water. Mix then dab your towel in and sponge over the stain on the carpet. Let it sit for a few minutes before you try to blot out the remaining liquid
cleaning carpet
For Non-wool carpets:
Try mixing 1 Tbs of ammonia with 1 cup of water. Again, be sure to test this on an unnoticeable piece of carpet just to ensure discolouration doesn’t occur. After about 20 minutes, if the test patch doesn’t change, then go ahead and sponge the mixture into the stain. 

Let the solution sit for a few minutes, then take 2 towels and alternate between drying and blotting with plain water until the solution is rinsed out of the carpet

The above solutions all work well if the coffee you spilled was just pure black coffee. But, what if you had creamer and sugar in there?! Don’t worry, here are some tips that can help with that too!

Instead of using any kind of generic carpet stain remover in step 3 above, be sure to get one that is an enzyme based stain remover. The reason you want to do this is because there is protein in cream and that could cause odors and bacteria. Pet stain removers work remarkably well too.

If you’re worried about some toxic chemicals that might be in some stain removers, here are some alternative/natural solutions you could try instead:

1. Lemon Juice mixed with water. Lemon acts as a bleaching agent on it’s own and it’s great at removing stains from clothes, upholstery and carpets. In fact, it’s such a great bleaching agent, that you should probably only use it if you have white carpets.  Squeeze about a quarter cups’ worth of juice mixed with 2 cups of warm water. Pour it into a spray bottle and spritz onto the stain in your carpet.
2. Club soda poured into a spray bottle and lightly sprayed on the stain, is another alternative

3. Dishwashing detergent (1 Tbs) mixed with Vinegar (1 Tbs) with 2 cups of warm water, poured into a spray bottle, is also an effective alternative

4. Beer might seem like a strange alternative, but it does work on coffee stains! Try pouring a small amount on top of the stain (remember, not to soak it!) then gently blot until the stains are gone

Now, we know coffee smells great in a cup, but it definitely doesn’t smell good when it’s left in your carpets. Especially if you added creamer to it. So break out the good ol’ baking soda and make it work for you!
Baking soda
Be sure to vacuum the stained spot after it’s dry to remove any other dirt. Then pour some baking soda on top and leave it for a couple of hours (or overnight). Baking soda is great because it will neutralize the odours and once it’s done working, all you have to do is vacuum it up!

If, after you’ve tried all the tricks above and you still find you’re left with some unsightly stains, then it’s definitely time to call in the professional carpet cleaners. 

We atCarpet Cleaning Airdrie Pros have the expertise and equipment to know how to deal with all different types of carpets, and we have the knowledge to know what kinds of stain removers to use. You can also be rest assured that all products we use are non-toxic so you and your family/pets stay safe. 

​Give us a call today!
Phone: 403-800-1135
<![CDATA[How to get rid of old stains in your carpet]]>Thu, 15 Apr 2021 07:00:00 GMThttps://carpetcleaningairdrie.ca/blog/how-to-get-rid-of-old-stains-in-your-carpet

Tips and tricks for removing old carpet stains for good!

carpet stain
It’s common sense that when stains happen in your carpets or upholstery, that they need to be dealt with as soon as they happen, or it gets pretty difficult to take them out.

But, what if your eyes aren’t as keen as they used to be and you missed a spot? Or, what if you’ve just moved to a new house and you discover some stains that were never dealt with?

What do you do? And how do you deal with them?!
What if you have no idea what caused the stain or how old they are, and don’t know what kind of carpet cleaner to use to best get rid of those stains?

Fear not! This article will provide you with some tried and true techniques that have worked for us. Read on for some common tips on how to get rid of those stubborn old carpet stains.

The main thing to note is that you’ll want to rehydrate the stains to bring them back to life and then use a compatible carpet cleaner to remove it. (Assuming you know what type of stain it is)

1. Identify the Stain

wine stain
The first step to getting rid of stains is to identify what caused the stain.

If you’re not sure what kind of stain it is, use your best judgement and most likely you’ll probably be right. If the problem still persists, then that’s when you’ll probably want to bring in the big guns! (aka, call your local professional carpet cleaning company to come in and do the job right)

But, let’s try and see if we can resolve the issue for you here first. You can pretty much narrow the stains down to 3 categories: 

  • Water soluble stains: are any stains that can dissolve in water. Some include things like urine, mud, ice cream, food dyes, juices, soft drinks, latex paint, milk

  • Grease stains: from food or oil spills

  • All other stains: will need a chemical cleaning agent that can break down the components of the stain. These include things like blood, wine, chocolate, vomit, and coffee

2. Plan your mode of attack

carpet cleaning
Now that you’ve identified what type of stain it is. You’ll want to gather the relevant cleaning solutions and other cleaning arsenal together:

Mask - Some stains (like vomit or urine) will give off offending odours, so you’ll definitely want to mask up to block the airborne pathogens that will be released into the air as soon as you rehydrate the stains

Latex gloves - you definitely don’t want to be touching the nasty stains with your bare hands, so protect yourself by using gloves or even a plastic bag over your hands as you clean

Spray bottle - the amount of cleaning agent you use shouldn’t be a whole lot. You definitely don’t want to saturate your carpets with it. You also don’t want to be using too much to rehydrate the stains either. Using a spray bottle will help you maintain control over how much cleaning solution you get on the carpet. 

​The last thing you want is for the carpet's padding to get soaked through which can become a breeding ground for mold.

Microfibre cloth - you’ll need this to blot out the stains as you’re cleaning. When dealing with stains or other messes in your carpets, it’s always best to blot, never to scrub! Scrubbing your carpets could lead to damaging and fraying your carpets.

3. Decide which cleaning agents to use

Water soluble stains - use a cleaning solution mixture of 1 part water and 1 part vinegar in a spray bottle. The vinegar works particularly well at fighting the ammonia in urine.  For particularly tough stains, you may want to add a few drops of dish detergent to the mixture as well.

Grease stains - sprinkle baking soda over the stain, then spray with a cleaning solution consisting of 1 cup white vinegar, ½ cup hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of Dawn dish soap

All other stains - mix 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of ammonia. However, if you have wool carpets, then use a mixture of 1 part bleach to 5 parts water. One thing to note, NEVER mix bleach with anything other than water; it can mix with other chemicals and become toxic.  

4. Get rid of the stains

Start by rehydrating the stain by spraying the spot with your choice of cleaner from step 3 above. Use a decent amount, but just be sure your carpet isn’t soaking wet!

Let the cleaning solution sit on the stain for a few minutes (approx 20 minutes)
Dip your microfibre cloth into some warm water and start blotting up the damp spot on your carpet.

Use a dry towel to blot up the rest of the moisture and get the carpet as dry as possible. Use a vacuum if you need to get it even more dry.

If the stain remains, spray more cleaning solution and again blot out the stains with a damp cloth, followed by a dry towel to get the spot dry. You’ll want to make sure it’s dry before adding more cleaning solution because you don’t want the spot to get too watered down.

5. Try steaming your carpet yourself

steam cleaning
If, after all your cleaning attempts in the step above fail, then you could try “steaming” the spot yourself. All you need is a regular steam iron and some vinegar and water.
  • Set your iron to medium heat.
  • Mix a solution of 1 part water and 1 part vinegar. Spray the stain and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Place a damp cloth over the stain
  • Run your hot iron over the cloth. The stain should transfer onto your cloth
  • Use the cloth to blot out any further stains
  • Use a dry cloth to blot out the rest of the moisture

6. Call in the professionals

Now if the stains persist even after all your best efforts, then it may be time to call in the professionals. 

Sometimes, this might even be your first step in dealing with stains. Professional carpet cleaning companies have the expertise and experience in dealing with all kinds of stains. They will also have the right equipment and cleaning solutions and will know best how to handle the toughest stains.gg

It’s a good idea to get all your carpets and upholstery cleaned every 6 months anyway to maintain the look and longevity of your carpets. Not to mention, you’ll feel so much better after each clean, knowing that your carpets have that deep clean and no nasty build-up of dirt is hidden in the fibres. The quality of your air will be improved too!

We, at Carpet Cleaning Airdrie Pros are always ready to take your call. We have the expertise to deal with all types of carpets and upholstery. We also use non-toxic cleaning solutions to ensure you and your family and pets are safe! Contact us today!
Call 403-800-1135
<![CDATA[Give your carpets some love this Valentines Day]]>Sun, 14 Feb 2021 08:00:00 GMThttps://carpetcleaningairdrie.ca/blog/give-your-carpets-some-love-this-valentines-day

Valentines Day stains - how to get them out?

Valentines day
Valentines is the season of love and you’ve probably got something grand planned for your special someone!  Perhaps some wine, candles, a delicious meal and of course who can forget, chocolates?!
But, have you ever had a time where things didn’t quite turn out the way you had planned?
Maybe you had a few too many drinks and ended up spilling some wine on your favorite armchair or carpeting. 

Maybe you accidentally knocked over some candles as you were nervously setting the dinner plates for your sweetheart and now you have some candle wax stuck on your table cloth or floors? 

Or perhaps you have some rambunctious kids who got into your chocolate stash and then ran their sticky fingers all over your furniture.

Whatever the scenario, here are some tips to turn those disastrous stains into a forgotten thing of the past.

Removing chocolate stains from carpet:
Like all stains, it’s best to deal with chocolate stains as quickly as possible. The reason is that these kinds of stains set with time and heat and can be very difficult to remove if left too long.

The first thing you want to do is remove as much excess chocolate as you can with a dull knife. Next, place an ice cube over the stain to harden the remaining residue to make it easier to remove. 

Then take a damp cloth with a little bit of dish soap and blot it into the stain. Try not to rub too hard, but you do want the soap to get worked into the fibres a bit. Leave for 5 minutes, then take a clean damp cloth and gently blot away until all detergent and chocolate have been wiped away.

Be sure not to leave any soap behind as it can actually attract more soil to the area. Let it dry completely, and then vacuum over the area.

How to remove chocolate stains from upholstery:
The same steps apply for removing chocolate stains from upholstery, as it is for carpets. You’ll want to take off as much excess as you can with a dull knife, then go through the same steps of using a damp cloth with a little bit of dish soap to blot out the stains. Be sure to work from the outside of the stain to the centre.

How to remove wine stains from carpet:
Wine Stains
Nothing is worse than having to deal with dark red wine stains on your carpets, especially if you have light coloured carpets or furniture!

As long as you can deal with the stains immediately, you’ll probably be in good shape to get most, if not all, of it out.

Blot the stain immediately with a damp cloth and try to soak up as much of the wine as you can.

Mix 2 parts hydrogen peroxide to 1 part dish soap and dip your cloth into this mixture. Before you apply it on the carpet, be sure to test it on a small section of carpet that’s not typically seen (like in your closet) to make sure it won’t discolour the fabrics of your carpet.

If you’re good to go, then start blotting the stain with this solution until the stain is gone.

If the mixture does happen to discolour your carpets, then try mixing some water with baking soda to make a paste. Leave that paste on the stain for a couple of hours and then blot away with a damp cloth.

How to remove candle wax from carpet:
Luckily, there are a couple methods you can use to get candle wax out of carpeting. The first method involves placing a damp towel over the wax then using an iron (on high setting) on top of the towel for a few seconds. 

The heat should draw the wax slowly out of your carpet so you can then scrape it off with a dull knife or spoon. If there’s any residue left behind, you can take a cloth with some rubbing alcohol to blot it out. Be sure to test it on a small section of carpet to ensure it doesn’t discolour your carpets first.

The other method is to freeze the wax. You can place some icecubes in a bag and hold it over the wax until it hardens. Then break it apart with a blunt object.

One thing we do advise is to make sure you get your carpets cleaned at least once a year by a professional carpet cleaner. You’ll see a world of difference when you have that annual deep clean done on your carpets and upholstery, especially if you weren’t completely successful at getting rid of all the above stains!

We hope you have a Happy Valentines Day and that you won’t have to deal with any of the above mishaps!

<![CDATA[Post holiday cleanups]]>Mon, 18 Jan 2021 08:00:00 GMThttps://carpetcleaningairdrie.ca/blog/post-holiday-cleanups

Post holiday/party carpet cleaning tips

Christmas family on carpet
Christmas holidays are one of the best times of the year. Lots of parties and get-togethers (well, pre-covid anyway) which means lots of food and merriment shared in your home. However, with all the people traipsing through, you’re bound to be left with some kind of mess to clean up afterwards.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to prevent some of the messes, or at least make them easier to clean up afterwards. Here are 6 tips to making your holiday season cleanup a little less stressful.

1. Prepare in advance: You know you’ll be having a lot of guests coming over, so there are some things you can do to make cleanups less messy
  • Ask people to remove their shoes prior to entering your home
  • Vacuum your carpets regularly to prevent build-up of dirt
  • Put rugs around high traffic areas like hallways so all you have to do is throw them in the washing machine after the party
  • If you have a live Christmas tree, be sure to put a mat under the tree to catch any sticky sap that comes off
2. Deal with stains immediately: If someone spills a drink or a pet/child has an accident on your carpet, be sure to deal with them immediately so the stains don’t set in and become harder to deal with later.  You can see our stain removal blog for more tips on how to deal with common stains
dog on carpet

3. Buy disposable/plastic mats to protect your carpets: If you’re expecting a lot of food to spill on the floors (from people walking around while eating, or from messy toddlers), you can get some plastic disposable floor covers to protect your floors while your guests are over, and then throw it out for a quick and easy clean-up after the party.

4. Hang coats and umbrellas in a designated area: Have your guests hang their coats on a coat rack or closet and leave their umbrellas in a designated bucket before entering the main area of your house. This will prevent water droplets from dropping on your carpets on cold and rainy days. The last thing you want to deal with is unsightly water stains after your party!

5. Vacuum after all guests are gone: You’ll want to vacuum your carpets after every party. This will help prevent the buildup of dirt and other debris left in your carpets from previous guests. Also, this will help keep your home looking clean for the next guests who arrive to visit!

6. Hire a professional carpet cleaner: It’s a good idea to hire a professional carpet cleaner at least once a year to give your whole home that deep clean. Not only will it help get rid of those stubborn stains you can’t get out, it will also help improve the quality of air in your home! 

Since you’re not likely to have a lot of guests like you do during the holidays, why not have them cleaned professionally right after Christmas? Also, don’t forget about getting your upholstery professionally cleaned as well!

The holidays should be a time of cheer and fond memories. Don’t make a nightmare cleanup one of those memories. Hiring a professional carpet cleaner to come after the holidays will take all the stress out of dealing with grime and stains.

​Getting your carpets and upholstery deep cleaned after Christmas will give you a great fresh start to the new year, and who doesn’t want that?!
<![CDATA[How to increase the value of your home or office]]>Mon, 14 Dec 2020 08:00:00 GMThttps://carpetcleaningairdrie.ca/blog/how-to-increase-the-value-of-your-home-or-office

How to increase the value of your home or office with a professional carpet cleaning service

First impressions are everything, and that includes your home and office as well. When people first step into your space, they will form an opinion almost instantaneously based on the appearance of your house or business. 
Bedroom carpet
Having a clean and tidy office space and uncluttered home generally leaves people with a good impression. So isn’t it worth investing in a good carpet cleaner to make sure you’re giving off the right impression?
That means, hiring a professional to come in and make sure you get that deep clean in your home at least twice a year, or in high traffic places, like offices, a weekly cleaning is usually standard.

There are several reasons why you should consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner to come and clean your carpets and upholstery. Here are a few:

Improved Air Quality - Anyone searching for a new property will definitely be turned off if the carpets are dirty or if the place smells bad. Getting your carpets deep cleaned will help with the quality of the air you breathe. 

Positive first impressions - If an office environment appears clean, potential clients walking in will have a much more positive impression of your business. Likewise, people who come into a home that looks fresh and clean will leave with a lasting good impression. 

If you’re trying to sell your house, having good looking carpets will go a long way to selling it quickly because it will add to the marketability of your home.

Knowledge & equipment -  Professional carpet cleaners have the knowledge and equipment to be able to do the job right and get all the dirt and germs out of your carpet fibres. The last thing you want to do is try to steam clean your own carpets, only to end up damaging them because you used the wrong shampoo, or too much water.

If you have pets, it’s often difficult to get odours and other contaminants they bring into the house, out of the carpets. Professional carpet cleaners are trained to deal with all kinds of stains and odours and will know exactly what methods to use for different carpet fibres.

So, if you’re thinking of selling your home, or you want to give your clients a good impression about your business, be sure to book regular professional carpet cleaning services.  Because remember, first impressions are everything when it comes to perceived value of your home or business.

<![CDATA[Help! I have fleas in my house!]]>Mon, 16 Nov 2020 08:00:00 GMThttps://carpetcleaningairdrie.ca/blog/help-i-have-fleas-in-my-house

How to get rid of fleas in your carpet and upholstery

dog with fleas
It’s never fun when your pets end up with fleas, and even less fun when you know they’ve brought the fleas into your home and now it’s all over your carpets and upholstery! So, how do you get rid of fleas in your carpets/upholstery?

Here are 5 simple steps you can do that will work most of the time:
1. The first thing you should do is vacuum your carpet thoroughly. You may have to vacuum for about a week, consecutively, in order to get rid of heavy infestations of these pests. Be sure to focus on areas your pet likes to frequent as well as high traffic areas like entryways and hallways. You should also pay particular attention to the area near your baseboards and under your furniture.

2. Since fleas can jump, it’s also a good idea to vacuum your furniture as well because these fleas can jump right back down to that carpet area you just cleaned.

3. After vacuuming, it’s a good idea to throw the vacuum cleaner bag outside your house to prevent any fleas from getting back inside your home. If your vacuum cleaner uses a canister, empty the contents into a plastic bag and throw that bag outside. Be sure to tie the bag up tightly.

4. Once you’ve finished vacuuming your carpets and furniture, you should seriously consider steam cleaning over those same areas. The steam will kill both the fleas and their eggs. If you don’t have a steam cleaner, you can either rent one, or call in a professional carpet cleaner as they will have the equipment and expertise to get rid of these pesky fleas.

5. The last thing you should do is clean your pet’s bedding. Throw them into your washing machine on a sanitary cycle if you have it, then into the dryer at the hottest setting. You may have to do this daily until all signs of fleas are gone
dog bedding
Some other home remedies to try, if you still find you have a flea problem, include:

1. Dish soap - create a flea trap with a dish of soap and water.  The solution acts like glue to trap the fleas as they jump into the dish or bowl.  The contents of the dish should be dumped and refreshed each day.  It's good to do this overnight as fleas are nocturnal

2. Baking soda - sprinkle some baking soda over the tops of your carpet and furniture then brush it into the fabric/carpet. Leave it on for a few minutes, then vacuum thoroughly and remember to empty the contents of your vacuum into a plastic bag and throw it outside your home

3. Salt - finely ground salt works best and acts as a dehydration agent to get rid of adult fleas. Sprinkle liberally over your carpets and furniture, then leave it to rest for one or 2 days before vacuuming up

4. Lemon - slice some lemon and boil with a pint of water, then pour into a spray bottle and let sit overnight before using. Then, the next day, spray over your furniture and carpets. Be sure not to soak anything

5. Plants that repel fleas - there are certain plants that fleas like to avoid. These include Penny Royal, Lavender, Spearmint and Chrysanthemums. You can place these plants throughout your house as a great natural way to repel fleas from your home

The main thing you want to do when you find out you have a flea infestation in your home, is to remedy it as quickly as possible. Generally, fleas can live in your carpets for an average of 3 months! So, you definitely want to get rid of them as soon as possible. If you don’t do anything, fleas can stay indefinitely because they’ll have you and your pets to continuously feed off of - something nobody really wants!

If you really want to be sure that you’re rid of these pests, the best thing to do is give your professional carpet cleaner a call. They will have the specialized equipment and knowledge of how to get rid of them quickly! We, at Carpet Cleaning Airdrie Pros operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so give us a call and we can get a technician out as soon as possible.​
<![CDATA[The best and most gentle way to remove coffee stains from carpet]]>Mon, 19 Oct 2020 07:00:00 GMThttps://carpetcleaningairdrie.ca/blog/the-best-and-most-gentle-way-to-remove-coffee-stains-from-carpet8149895

How to remove coffee stains in carpet

Coffee stains can be really stubborn and annoying, especially if you had that coffee spill on your carpet early in the day and don't see it until you come home in the evening. By that time, the stain has set in and now stubbornly refuses to come out. So, what do you do?
The reason coffee stains can be so deeply set is due to the tannins within, which are traditionally used for treating leather by being absorbed into the leather’s protein structure. Likewise, coffee stains can literally bond into your clothes’ fibres. 

These are the same tannins that will stain your teeth with regular coffee drinking.

If it is a fresh stain and the tannins are still wet, it can be easily washed with cold water. However, if the tannins have set in, here is what to do:
Firstly, try to rehydrate the stain to get as much of the coffee out as possible. Most of the spill will still be soluble so lets get rid of the easy stuff first and leave just the tannin stain.

Once that is out the way, start with the most gentle method to essentially change the chemical structure of the tannins and discolor it. It can be very difficult to remove it entirely once it has bonded to the fibres of your carpet so this is the best alternative. 

If you can’t see the coffee tannins anymore, it’s gone right? 

So the first step is to match the pH of the stain and see if it properly discolors it to colorless. Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of white vinegar to make a solution with a pH of 4.5, the same pH as coffee. Lightly soak the stain with the solution, wait a minute then blot it out with a clean rag. Repeat if the stain lightens. 

If the stain remains stubborn, add two tablespoons of laundry detergent and repeat the above method, letting the solution sit for no more than 1 minute. The detergent is to dissolve any oil-solution tannins that have fused with your carpet. 

Now you may ask, if we are trying to discolor the tannins, why are we matching the pH. Should we not use Bleach or Peroxide-type solutions like Oxiclean that has a pH of 11 to 14? Yes, that is true. It is more effective in coffee stain removal but such a drastic change in pH is more harsh on your carpet. This is especially true if you have a natural fibre carpet like wool. 

So vinegar with a similar pH to coffee is the better and more gentle solution to start with, then work your way towards the harsher chemicals.

As always with any stains, test the solution first on a part of your carpet that is hidden away, in case of the color discoloration or color run. 

If you have pets, you can mistake the stain for a forgotten pet pee stain. The initial method to remove both are the same. If it is a pee stain, the distinct smell of uric acid will be obvious as the vinegar dissolves it and releases ammonia gas. Then proceed with the tips given here for pet stains.

And don't forget, it's important to book a professional carpet cleaner to clean your carpets at least once a year to maintain its appearance and lifespan!
<![CDATA[How do you get cat pee smell out of carpet?]]>Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMThttps://carpetcleaningairdrie.ca/blog/how-do-you-get-cat-pee-smell-out-of-carpet

How to deal with Cat Urine in Carpet

Cat lovers, you’ve come to the right place! There are so many benefits to having one of these loveable animals as your pet. They’re soft and fluffy, quiet, pretty independent and relatively low maintenance. But, once in a while, accidents can (and do) happen!

So what do you do when your cat pees on your carpet or upholstery and you just can’t get rid of the smell?

First of all, why does cat urine, in particular, leave such a stench for months (or even years) in your carpets and upholstery? The reason is because their urine contains uric acid which gives off that bad odour, and if it gets absorbed into the carpet padding underneath or subflooring, then you’re going to need more than elbow grease to get rid of it.

The best way to deal with cat urine accidents, is to clean it up as soon as possible. The longer it sits, the worse the smell gets over time. Particularly, once it dries, you may not be able to see it and may miss some spots, and the smell will haunt you at the most inopportune times.

Also, cats have a keen sense of smell and if the urine smell remains, it could entice the cat for a return visit! Something you definitely don’t want!

But, sometimes the most challenging part of dealing with cat urine, is actually figuring out where they peed because sometimes the stains are invisible. Cats tend to pee in hidden areas, corners or against borders so check the perimeters and see if you can locate the source of the smell. You might also want to invest in a black light to find those invisible stains and deal with them right away.

There are several things you can use to clean up these messes. We’ll go through some of the most common ones here. But first thing to note, do not use any cleaning products that contain chlorine bleach! The ammonia in cat urine can mix with the bleach and create some dangerous gasses.

Another thing to avoid are products containing ammonia. Ammonia could end up setting the stain instead of removing it, and also, if cats smell ammonia, they’re more likely to go back to that spot and use it again since cat urine contains ammonia. Something you definitely want to avoid!
Cat on windowsill
Ways to get rid of Cat Urine smells

Baking Soda mixed with Vinegar:
Mix a solution of one part vinegar to one part baking soda and use it to clean the walls and floors - The acid in vinegar helps to neutralize the alkaline salts formed in dried urine stains

Baking Soda and Club Soda
Soak up any excess urine and then pour a little bit of club soda on top of the carpet and blot the liquid away with a rag. Let it dry then sprinkle some baking soda around the area and let it soak up any other odors (leave it for about an hour) before vacuuming it up 

Enzyme based cleaners
Use an enzyme based cleaner to break down the acid in cat urine. Multiple applications may be needed until the odours are completely eliminated

Steam Clean your carpets
If after trying all the methods mentioned above, you STILL have lingering smells, it probably means you’ve missed a spot or that the urine has soaked through to the subflooring. You can try a steam cleaner to treat the entire room or call a professional carpet cleaner and be sure to mention that you have cats so they can recommend and use the best pet odour removal techniques

If you suspect that the urine has soaked through the carpet padding and down to the subflooring, you will probably have to replace the padding and carpet of that area and use an oil-based stain blocking primer on the subfloor beneath that patch of carpet

As you’re cleaning out these stains, you also need to think about how to prevent your cat from returning to the area while it’s drying. One way is to place a piece of aluminum foil over the area and cover it with an upside down bucket or laundry basket.

Hope these tips help! And if in doubt, please call your local professional carpet cleaner.

We at Carpet Cleaning Airdrie Pros have the equipment and know how to deal with these kinds of things and are more than happy to take your call!
<![CDATA[Best way to remove blood stains from carpet]]>Mon, 17 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMThttps://carpetcleaningairdrie.ca/blog/best-way-to-remove-blood-stains-from-carpet

How to get rid of blood stains in carpet

Blood stained carpet
Blood stains can be the worst to deal with! It could be in the aftermath of an accident and other times it could be your child simply waking up to a nosebleed overnight and now you have a bloody trail from bed to bathroom. 

​Whatever the situation might be, blood stains are best dealt with immediately.
This is due to the nature of red blood cells being easily absorbed into the fibres of your carpet and starts to form a very strong bond. 

Haemoglobin, the main component in blood, is made out of Iron which gives its characteristic red color. When exposed to air, it oxidizes to an iron oxide, which is basically rust. You want to remove blood before it reaches this stage. Otherwise there are a few additional steps you’ll need to do to fully remove the stain.

Let’s get into it!

Firstly, only use cold water to remove blood stains. Hot water can easily “cook” the blood proteins, changing them while they are inside your carpet fibres and making it far more difficult to remove. 

Blood is water soluble so use this to your advantage. Liberally wet the blood stain with plain cold water, and use a rag to soak it up. Do not rub as you will drive the blood deeper into your carpet and spread it out.

Just soak and blot it back out with a rag. Repeat as much as needed till the blood spill lightens. You have a pale red, almost yellowish stain left. 

That pale yellow is the actual liquid part of blood called plasma. If only the yellow stain remains, that’s great as most of the red blood cells will have been removed. Now we can use a white vinegar solution to discolor the plasma stain and make it disappear. 

Simply mix one part of white vinegar with one part of cold tap water to make a solution of roughly 4 pH. 
You want to remove all if not most of the red blood cells as we do not want them to change shape (denature) within your carpet fibres and be stuck within. It is more difficult to discolor iron-based red blood proteins than it is to discolor pale yellow plasma. 
Vinegar cleaning solution
Soak the blood stain spill with the vinegar solution and you can see the yellow spot actually disappear. Allow the solution to sit for about 1 minute before blotting it away with a rag. Remember, do not rub. Rather, with a pinching motion, pull the edges of the spill towards the centre and lift. Almost like you are picking up loose cereal pieces rather than a wet mess.

When most of the spill’s liquid is removed, repeat till the stain is gone.

This works great when we simply have blood plasma to deal with. However, if the blood stain is old and the red blood cells have already hardened and changed shape, it can be trickier. 

First step is to rehydrate the red blood cells with plain cold water. This takes time so be patient and do not rush it and try to use dish soap, vinegar or other cleaning products. You want to be able to extract as much of the red blood proteins without changing its protein shape.

Soak, wait for a few minutes, pinch inwards and pull the stain out with a rag and repeat. Get as much of the possible then repeat the process with the vinegar solution. 

How much of the stain you remove will depend greatly on the type of fibre that your carpet is made of. Natural fibre carpets will readily absorb blood and once within, it can be very difficult to coax back out. It might take several soaks to fully extract so take your time. 

You want to prolong this stage of stain removal and get as much out of it as possible to remove as much of the red blood proteins. The yellow plasma of the blood stain will have already been removed.

If the stain remains, that means the iron-rich red blood proteins are firmly bonded to the carpet fibres and need to be oxidized out. This is what most carpet cleaning solutions are made off. 

While they work quickly and get results, oxidations actually change the shape and chemical makeup of these proteins to make them water soluble and thus be removable. 

The issue is, especially with natural fibres, the protein within the carpet fibres will also be changed and can weaken them. Worse, it can also release the color dyes within the carpet fibres and you can have color run. 
Basically you have replaced your blood stain for another “stain” as a discolored carpet. 

Which is why you have to be careful with most carpet cleaning solutions and always test on an obscure piece of carpet (like in a closet or corner of a room) to test for color run. and not let it stand on the stain for too long. 

If you see slight bubbling as you use the cleaning product, do not let it sit too long as the chemical reaction is quite vigorous. Quickly pinch inwards with a rag and soak the stain with cool clean water to dilute the oxidising cleaner to stop the reaction. The stain should be noticeably lighter. 

Check that there is no color run from your carpet. This can be difficult to tell when the carpet is wet so wet a patch of carpet close to the stain to see its natural color when wet for comparison. Repeat as necessary till the blood stain is gone!

If this still does not get the blood stain out and you absolutely need it gone, now is the time to call your local carpet cleaning professionals. And you could get the whole home’s carpet deep cleaned at the same time. Bonus!
<![CDATA[Best way to clean different kinds of rugs]]>Tue, 21 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMThttps://carpetcleaningairdrie.ca/blog/best-way-to-clean-different-kinds-of-rugs

How do you clean different types of rugs?

People often underestimate how much dirt, dust and other gunk get stuck inside their rugs and carpets. It is literally pounds and pounds of the stuff (those with a central vacuum system are often surprised at how much and how quickly that central collection drum fills up). 

Certain types of rugs are even worse offenders for hiding dirt, especially natural wool rugs, and overtime these debris can permanently damage them. Beyond simple vacuuming, here are some tips and tricks on how to keep your various rugs in tip top condition!
Just remember, it’s still good to call in aprofessional carpet cleaner at least every 12 months to ensure they get that deep-clean and maintain their optimal appearance. Call to book your appointment today!
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Small Natural or Synthetic Rugs

Small area rugs are often used to add colour or style to a room. Sometimes they’re also used to serve a more functional purpose; like for those high traffic hallway areas - an area rug can save the underlying carpet from a lot of wear and tear.

But, like all furnishings and flooring in your home or office, you need to clean it once in a while! So, what’s the best way to clean a small natural-fibre rug? Unless the label specifically says to dry clean the rug, most rugs can be washed by hand or thrown into the laundry machine.
​Follow these steps to safely wash your rug:

1. Test for colorfastness - before you wash your rug for the first time, be sure to test it for colourfastness to ensure none of the dyes get transferred to your other clothes if you’re mixing it with your other laundry. You can easily test this by wetting a small spot on the rug and rubbing it with a white rag or cotton swab. If any of the colours get on the rag or swab, then the dyes will probably bleed when you wash it. 

If you want a quick and easy way to set the fabric dye in the cloth so it doesn’t bleed out colours, you can soak the rug in water with ¼ cup of salt or 1 cup of vinegar to naturally lock the colour into the fabric. Agitate the water for about 5 minutes so the salt or vinegar gets evenly distributed throughout the rug and then let it soak for 15 minutes. Take the rug out and wring the excess water out and proceed to the next step of cleaning your rug.

Inspect for stains - if food or greasy spots appear on the rug, it’s best to treat them before washing the rug. If you know what caused the stain, you can use the correct stain removal techniques we outline in our “How to deal with Carpet Stains & Odours” blog post.

3. Wash the rug - if you’re washing by hand, use a mild detergent and scrub gently with a brush or sponge. Then, rinse and roll it in a thick towel to remove as much water as you can. 

​If you’re using a washing machine, wash in cold water and a mild detergent. Try to wash a couple of rugs together or with some towels for best results so your load is well balanced. 

 4. Dry your rug - Rugs should be air dried as heat from a dryer can damage the rug or cause it to shrink. Hang dry it so it dries as quickly as possible. Be careful of hanging it in direct sunlight though as sunlight acts like bleach and can dull the colours of your carpet.

Rubber backed rugs

Rugs with rubber backings are popular for kitchens or bathrooms because they don’t skid. But rugs with rubber backings have limited lifespans as the rubber can crumble or even come off, with time. So, just be careful not to wash them too often or the rubber will deteriorate faster and could tear.

These types of rugs can still be washed in the washing machine though, especially those made out of cotton or synthetic fibres. Wash them on a gentle cycle in cold water with a couple of towels (Do not wash with your clothes).  The rug needs plenty of space to move freely in the wash.

There are also a couple of extra precautions to take with rubber backed rugs:
  • Rubber will flake off if you use a chlorine bleach to disinfect the rug. Use an oxygen bleach, or all-fabric bleach instead to remove stains or whiten the rug. 
  • To disinfect rugs from bacterial or viral infections, use a product that contains 80% pine oil, like pine-sol or lysol pine action.
  • The heat can deteriorate the rubber, so never dry them in a dryer or use an iron

Larger Area Rugs

Larger area rugs are typically used to accent large living spaces. It’s important to maintain them by vacuuming regularly and dealing with spills as soon as they occur. To get a true deep-clean, it’s best to hire a professional carpet cleaner every few months. 

When spills happen, sop up the mess as soon as possible and blot the stain off with a cloth or sponge dipped in some seltzer. Use as little water as possible and remove any excess water with a towel. If the rug isn’t colourfast though, then instead of seltzer, use a mixture of 4 parts cold water and one part white vinegar to blot out the stain. 

You can also sprinkle baking soda on your rug and let it sit before vacuuming to help deodorize your rug. This can be done every 3 or 4 months.

Be sure to also flip the area rug over and vacuum the underside and if you have pets, you can brush any pet hair off with a stiff brush. 

Oriental Rugs

Oriental rugs require special care and attention as they’re often antiques or quite old. It’s advisable to place a nylon screen over these rugs and then vacuum over the screens to protect them from any damage.

​It is best to call in the pros to handle these types of rugs as they would have the expertise and machinery to know how to keep them safe while giving them a deep clean.

Sheepskin Rugs

Talcum powder is your best friend when it comes to cleaning your sheepskin rugs. Sprinkle some powder on top of the rug and let it sit overnight, then shake the rug outside to loosen out any dirt the talcum powder has adhered to

Wool Rugs

Wool rugs tend to accumulate a lot of dust in a small span of time. It’s important to vacuum them at least twice a month and shake them out weekly to remove the dirt and dust that has piled up. 

Cleaning your rugs is important to help them stay in good condition. Also, calling a professional carpet cleaner to give your home that deep clean goes a long way to making your carpet and rug investments last a long time! We at Carpet Cleaning Airdrie Pros have the expertise and years of experience to know how to deal with all kinds of carpet types. Give us a call today for your free, no obligation quote!
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