<![CDATA[CARPETCLEANINGAIRDRIE.CA - Blog]]>Sat, 17 Apr 2021 10:01:25 -0700Weebly<![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

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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
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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.​
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<![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?
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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!
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<![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

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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!
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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!
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<![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

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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. 
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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!
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<![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
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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.
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​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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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<![CDATA[9 ways to deal with carpet stains & odours]]>Mon, 08 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMThttps://carpetcleaningairdrie.ca/blog/9-ways-to-deal-with-carpet-stains-odours

How to Deal with Carpet Stains & Odours

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Tips & Tricks to deal with Stains and Odours in your carpets

The best way to keep your carpets clean and looking fresh is to have them professionally deep cleaned every 6-12 months.

The frequency should be increased if you have kids or pets or entertain a lot in your home.


In between regular deep cleanings, there are some tips and tricks that can help you when you come across those inevitable spills and stains on your carpets or upholstery. 
​Please take note though, that any cleaning solution you try below should first be tested on a small section of your carpet to ensure no damage will be caused from the solutions.

For those really tough stains and odours though, it would be best to wait for a professional carpet cleaner to help you as they would know the best techniques and cleaning solutions for your carpet type.
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1. General Carpet or upholstery Stains

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Remove stains with Vinegar and a hot iron:

Many stains can be removed with a simple solution of water and vinegar (use a 3:1 ratio).

Let the mixture sit on the stain for a few minutes. After the solution has settled into the stain for a few minutes, BLOT the stain and place a towel on top of the spot. 

​Then, use a heated iron to iron on the towel over the spot. The heat will cause the stain to transfer onto the towel.


Remember to dab or blot the stain, and not rub it. Rubbing can cause stains to spread.

2. Blood Stains

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Hydrogen peroxide to remove blood stains:

​Loosen dried up blood with water mixed with some detergent. Then scrape off as much blood from the fibers as possible with a butter knife.

To remove the residual blood stains, apply hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stain. You should expect to see it bubble and foam when it contacts the blood.

​After a few minutes, blot up the stain with some towels.

3. Oil Stains & Pet Odours

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Baking Soda to mask pet odours and get rid of oil stains:

When you get oils in your carpets, simply dabbing the stain with water won’t get rid of them.

​Apply baking soda liberally to the area, allow it to absorb and dry, then vacuum it up. You’ll be left with a lighter stain at which point you can then blot the stain with the vinegar/water solution mentioned in the first point above.


 Baking soda also helps mask odors from pet accidents. Treat the same way you would oil stains.

4. Nail Polish

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Remove Nail polish with Rubbing Alcohol:

​Wait until the nail polish dries and chip off as much as you can with a blunt tool like a butter knife.

​Then gently dab the spot with a towel soaked with some rubbing alcohol until the nail polish dissolves.

5. Skid or Dirt Marks

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Shaving cream gets rid of skid or dirt marks:

​It’s easy to see dirt patches or skid marks on lighter carpets or high traffic areas. An easy way to get rid of these is to use shaving cream. Any kind will do.

​Just let it sit on the stains for a few minutes, then use a sponge to blot it out

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6. Stuck Gum & Carpet Impressions from Furniture

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Ice cube trick on carpet impressions and gum:

​Are you moving heavy furniture around? Do you see the indents in your carpets and don’t know how to get carpet to fluff back up?

Place a regular ice cube in these dents and let them melt. Afterwards, blot the excess water then place a towel on top and iron it until it’s dry.

​Once the fibres are almost dry, you can fluff them by hand.


Ice cubes are also a great way to help get rid of gum on carpets. Soft sticky gum on carpets are hard to deal with. Harden it first with ice, then scrape it off with a spoon. 

7. Wine Stains

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Wine stains gone with club soda and vinegar:

​Club soda can help remove wine and beer stains from carpets.

First pour club soda onto a towel and blot the stain. If the stain persists, then spray a solution of white vinegar and water (1:1 ratio) onto the stain and let it soak in for about 15 minutes.

​Then use a sponge and dab the area until the stain is gone. Once the stain is gone, brush the carpet then lay paper towels over the spot overnight and weigh them down with something heavy so the towels absorb all the moisture from the carpet.

8. Hairs & Crumbs in carpet

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Use a Lint roller:

​Ever feel like your vacuum cleaner just isn’t good enough?

Does it seem like there’s always stray hairs or crumbs that are still left or caught in the carpet fibres after you’ve cleaned?

​A simple solution is to take out your lint roller and grab those things up in a matter of minutes and will save you the headache of going over the same areas over and over with that vacuum that just doesn’t seem powerful enough.

​9. Pet Hair

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Squeegee your sofas:

​Do you have pets that shed a lot? A Squeegee is great for gathering all the hairs on your sofa quickly.

​Wet your squeegee and go over the surface of your sofas as you would a window. It will collect the small hairs that you can quickly gather and throw away.


At Carpet Cleaning Airdrie Pros, we’ve seen all kinds of stains, and dealt with all kinds of odours. Give us a call today and book yourself a professional clean by one of our friendly and knowledgeable carpet cleaning technicians.

We are available 24/7 and will come at a time that’s most convenient for you. You can check out some of our carpet cleaning specials and we also provide free quotes over the phone!
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<![CDATA[5 best Cleaning Methods]]>Tue, 05 May 2020 07:00:00 GMThttps://carpetcleaningairdrie.ca/blog/cleaning-methods

Carpet Cleaning Methods

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What carpet cleaning method is best?

Carpets, rugs, upholstery and other fabrics and textiles come in all different types and sizes. Each material has special properties that require unique cleaning techniques and solutions.

Our professional carpet cleaners have the expertise, years of experience and advanced equipment to know what would work best for your home or office. Our pros know how to handle all kinds of situations from tough stains to odours to water damage.
We also have specialized tools like UV lights to spot pet stains or other non-visible stains. You know you’ll be in good hands when you hire one of our technicians at Carpet Cleaning Airdrie Pros

Our number one priority is you, the customer. We work hard to ensure that you can see and smell a significant difference in your air quality and cleanliness of your carpets and upholstery after we leave.
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Carpet cleaning has evolved over the years and there are various water-based and dry cleaning methods available. There are advantages and disadvantages to all techniques used, and the choice of service would depend on your carpet type, budget and types of stains.

​The most recommended is wet carpet cleaning as it removes the most stubborn stains and provides a deeper cleaning.
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1. Steam Cleaning Carpet:

Hot water soil extraction, or more commonly referred to as Steam Cleaning, is the most effective at removing over 90% of dirt and bacteria that get embedded into your carpet and upholstery fibers.

It is the most common professional carpet cleaning technique used. So what is involved with steam cleaning carpets?

Contrary to what the name implies, it doesn’t actually involve steam. This cleaning technique involves high pressured hot water being pumped through a powerful hose system to agitate the carpet and dissolve the dirt that gets embedded deep in your carpet fibers.

The hot water also kills bacteria, dust mites and fungus, the leading cause of allergens in your home.


What to expect when your carpets are steam cleaned:
Our pros will apply a cleaning agent on the soiled surface to pre-condition the carpets in order to loosen dirt and stains. Some agitation of the carpet with a brush may occur for the particularly tough stains, followed by rinsing. 

A high-pressured hose that is hooked up to the truck outside will spray extremely hot water to rinse away the dirt, bacteria and residue. Immediately after, they will extract the mixture of water and cleaning solution from the carpets with a vacuum into a holding tank back in the truck.

​The exhaust and dirty air will also be sucked out of your home, leaving nothing behind but a clean fresh carpet that will dry in a few hours.


We would advise scheduling your carpets to be cleaned late in the afternoons so that the carpets can be left to dry overnight.

2. Dry Cleaning Carpet: 

Dry extraction carpet cleaning is an effective cleaning method that uses a cleaning compound or powder to absorb and dissolve dirt in the carpets so they can be easily vacuumed up and removed at the end of the cleaning process.

It is a convenient carpet cleaning method because it doesn’t require drying time and is usually recommended for commercial offices that need to operate 24 hours a day with minimal disruptions.


​What to expect when your carpets are cleaned using the dry method:
Chemical mixtures or compounds are sprayed onto the carpets to bond with dirt and grime. A motorized counter rotating brush machine is used to thoroughly open up the carpet fibres so that the compounds can absorb the dirt stuck deep in the carpets.

​The compound will turn into a crystalized powder which is then vacuumed up. This method allows you to immediately walk on your carpets as no drying time is needed after it’s been cleaned.

3. Bonnet cleaning:

This carpet cleaning process only cleans the top part of the carpet fibres. It is a popular quick fix solution for high traffic public areas like hotel lobbies because it cleans without much moisture and dries quickly so as not to cause too much inconvenience to people in these high-use areas.

Bonnet cleaning is considered an interim maintenance method as it does not provide a deep clean that all carpets still need to undergo at least once every 6-12 months.

What to expect when your carpets are bonnet cleaned:
A rotary shampoo machine with a cleaning pad that’s been soaked in a cleaning solution is used to buff or polish the carpeted areas.  The carpet is agitated by the movement of the machine and dirt is dislodged and is grabbed by the cleaning pad. 

4. Foam Encapsulation:

Encapsulation (or encap as it’s commonly referred to) is a low moisture method of carpet cleaning that uses a special encap detergent that is typically run through a scrubbing machine and scrubbed into the carpet. Once the solution dries, it will crystalize into a powder which can then be vacuumed up.

Encapsulation, like bonnet cleaning, is considered an interim maintenance technique as the technology is limited in its ability to give a really deep clean like you would get with the hot water extraction method.​​

5. Shampooing carpet:

This is the most popular do-it-yourself (DIY) method for home owners who want to do their own “deep clean” of their carpets. 

There are a variety of different carpet shampoos available in the market. You should select one that is most suitable for your type of carpet and be sure to use the right amount and follow the directions on the label.

Using the wrong shampoo or the wrong amount could result in discolouring your carpets, or at worst, damaging them beyond repair. 


What to expect when your carpets are shampooed:
Shampoo is applied directly to the carpet to form a foaming substance. Dirt is attracted to the foam and once the solution dries it becomes brittle and is easily vacuumed up with a regular vacuum cleaner.

​This is the easiest method to do yourself because it does not require a professional to come to your house. However, if not done right, you could encounter things like too much wet foam that takes a long time to dry, or a sticky residue left on your carpet because no rinsing was done after the shampoo. 

Our professional staff are trained and educated in all kinds of carpet types and will be able to advise you on which method is best suited for your requirements.

​Our focus is on what you need. We offer free, no obligation quotes, so give us a call today!
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