Why Should You Have Your Tile & Grout Cleaned?

There are many reasons that you should regularly clean your tile and grout on a regular basis. Many people think that the reason for doing this is because it is simply to make it look better, hopefully getting it to an appearance similar to its original state. Unfortunately, the real reason that you want to clean your tile and grout is to prevent the development of bacteria and germs that can develop, especially that which is in the bathroom area. There are many different chemicals and treatments that you can use, some of which are effective and others that are not. Here are a few of the top cleansers you can use that are probably at your household, and also why you should hire a professional to do this from time to time.
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Reasons To Clean Tile & Grout

As time passes, and your tile is exposed to water and soil, especially in the bathroom and shower area, it will become discolored, somewhat filmy, and you will want to have this cleaned regularly. The problem with doing this on your own is that you may not know what cleaning solutions to use in order to do the best job. For cleaning tile, you will want to start with baking soda which can easily remove stains from grout, especially if it was not originally sealed. Using a toothbrush, or a larger brush, after spending a few hours, you can get all of this cleaned. That’s why hiring a professional might be something you would prefer doing to save yourself time during the day. Mold and mildew can form very easily unless you clean your tile’s regularly, as well as germs, so do this on a regular basis.

Best Choices For Cleansers

To use products that you already have at home, three of the top choices are going to be vinegar, bleach and ammonia. Never mix bleach and ammonia as this can cause hydrochloric acid fumes which can be lethal, especially within the closed in area. You can also buy products at the store which are designed for removing mold and mildew if you prefer. However, if you want to go the natural route, even if you want to create a no scrub bathroom tile and grout cleaner, simply using dish soap, salt, water and white vinegar will do the trick.

Learning How Dirt Affects Carpet Fibers

Carpets really act like filters in our homes for dirt. Most of the time we concentrate on what is on the surface of our carpets, but the real culprits are down deep. Carpets house dirt, grit, small hairs, animal dander, dust, dust mites, and all kinds of debris.
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We can vacuum our carpet, which we should do once or twice a week, but it doesn’t get everything. Dirt will wear down the carpet fibers when we walk across the carpet. It acts like a grinder on the fibers and it will wear them out. So the more often we do vacuum, the better our carpet will wear, and the longer it will last.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, our carpets also retains lots of indoor air pollutants too, such as cockroach allergens, pet dander, lead, particle pollution. Toxic gasses can adhere to some of these particles, and should be vacuumed up regularly.

It is also a good idea to have a professional carpet cleaning company come into your home on a periodic basis and steam clean your carpets. This will not only get rid of much of the allergens, but it will sterilize your carpet and kill all the mold and bacteria that builds up over time.

Just think of all the crazy things that we bring in from the outside, that sticks and stays in our carpets. Anything that we walk in ends up in our carpeting, so all of that adds up over time.

If you have toddlers or small children, you will want to pay particular attention to keeping your carpets extra clean. Babies put everything into their mouths, and that includes their toys which are left on the carpet.

Studies have shown that periodically cleaning your carpets will add to a healthy lifestyle just by keeping harmful elements at bay that accumulate and grow in our carpets.

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How To Get Pet Urine Out of Your Carpet

Getting rid of pet urine is not easy. It is best to act quickly but there are cleaning methods that work even if the stain has had enough time to set in the carpet.Pet Urine Odor Removal Orange County CA
Use a paper towel or a rag to dab over the urine. Absorb as much as possible to prevent the urine from setting into the carpet. Do not rub over the stain or you will cause the urine to set deeper into the carpet. Dab until the stain feels dry.
Prepare a solution with warm water and white vinegar. White vinegar is the best way to get rid of urine smell without using chemicals. Spray the solution over the urine stain and wait a few minutes. Dab the spot with warm water and let it dry.
You can also clean a urine stain with baking soda if you managed to absorb most of the urine with a paper towel or a rag. Sprinkle baking soda over the spot and wait for fifteen minutes for the baking soda to absorb the smell. Vacuum the baking soda and the stain should be completely gone.
Tougher stains can be removed with a mix of hydrogen peroxide and dish detergent. Mix half a cup of a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution with a spoonful of dish detergent and add warm water. Spray the solution on the stain and rub with a soft brush or a sponge. Rinse with warm water and wait for the spot to dry.
These are the best methods you should use to remove a urine stain from your carpet. If nothing else works, rent a steam cleaning machine or contact a professional carpet cleaner to get rid of the stain. You should also use an indoor urine deterrent spray if you have a hard time with house breaking your pet.

Method To Remove Red Wine From Your Carpet

One of the most horrifying experiences is to have a glass of red wine slip out of your hand and onto your white carpet. Never fear, the solution is at hand. The first thing to do as quickly as possible is to take a clean cloth and dab the stain while it is still wet to get the excess wine out of the carpet.  Perform a blotting motion, don’t rub it, but let the liquid blot into the cloth.

Next, you can try using a good carpet shampoo, or a quality stain remover just as you would on a piece of clothing and see how that works.

Or you can try any of these tried and true solutions to get the wine out of the carpet. Try spraying hydrogen peroxide onto the stain. You can use any type of spray bottle, but spraying gets it on evenly without rubbing. Once you have done that, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda onto the area. Let the concoction sit for two to three minutes, then rinse with clear water.
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Believe it or not, if you spill red wine onto the carpet, try pouring some white wine onto the stained area. The white wine helps to neutralize the red wine and makes it easier to blot up. Blot the area with a thick towel, but don’t rub it because that will force the wine into the fibers. If the stain still persists, add some soda or salt which will help to lift out the stain.

Vinegar will neutralize the red stain and the pigment of the wine, and you can combine it with soap or club soda, which helps to lift out the stain with its carbonation.

Try these tips if you ever spill your red wine, and you’ll be surprised with the result.

Red Wine Stains

Spilling red wine on the carpet is very stressful and it almost seems impossible to get out. Two things you need to stay away from doing is one don’t put bleach on it and two do not scrub it at all.  Scrubbing it will rub it in more and make matters worse.  Putting bleach on it will be ineffective because it will actually eat your carpet.  WineSpill-300x200

First you want to start blotting up as much as possible.  Use a paper towel or a white rag to do this.  Then you can put salt on it and this will bring up more of the stain.  Keep blotting…

Club Soda is another good thing to help bring anything up and out.  Put a little on and blot some more.  The key thing is blotting and you may not get out the entire stain to be honest.  Stains come out the best when you catch them immediately, however if you wait too long it can set in.  You can always call us for a carpet cleaning and point out the trouble spots and with that you will get out any left over stains in the home.  Good luck!  And call us for a free estimate when you’d like to get a cleaning.