Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Made Easy

 

When it comes to carpet and upholstery cleaning, prevention is going to be your best option. You need to keep your carpet and upholstery clean to reduce wear and tear. These tips can save you money on a professional cleaning service.

The easiest way to keep your carpet clean is by not allowing shoes to be worn indoors. Obviously, you don’t have this luxury in every scenario. Floor mats are another great way to extend the life of your carpet. Long hallway rugs should be used in high traffic areas. These should be cleaned more frequently to prevent staining around the edges. There are many commercial carpet cleaners you can rent at such locations such as Home Depot or Lowes. The Rug Doctor is the most popular on the market. It is easy to use and works very well.

Once you have your steam cleaner you are ready to begin. Start at the farthest corner and work backward toward the door so you don’t go back over any already cleaned areas. Identify any problem areas and add spot remover where needed. You are going to want to make sure to use even strokes to ensure one part of your carpet doesn’t get overly saturated. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on cleaning products. This mixture works great and can save you some cash: Start with liquid laundry detergent and pre-mix it in a separate jug. Add the soap to a gallon of water.

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The hotter the water, the better it will clean for you. You’ll want to make sure it is well diluted. Add a cup of your diluted soapy water to your hot water. Then add about 2/3 cup of bleach. If you have very dark color carpets, you should use less. Now that you have a mix, you should vacuum and pre-spot any stains. Open your windows to avoid an overpowering bleach odor. Ceiling fans should also be left on to help assist in drying. Diluted detergent is low foaming; this means you won’t have too much foam to deal with. After the first pass, you should empty the reservoir. Also use a strainer when dumping the used water down your drain. This will prevent any plumbing issues.

Do a second run using the mix of hot water, laundry detergent, and bleach. Always clean the machine by rinsing the reservoir completely out. You’ll be amazed at how much better your carpet looks when you are done. If you insist on using store-bought solutions try to only use chemicals that are 100% biodegradable, and only pick ones that say they include oxidizers with enzymes. A good citrus cleaner can assist in spot removal.

The 6 best carpet cleaning machines (in my opinion)

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The Bissell home carpet cleaning machines

• Have a combination of forward and reverses transmission.
• The brushes are powerful.
• Made from eco-friendly materials.
• Bissell spot cleaner can be used to help maintain your carpet.
• Automatic clean mode.
• The spiral brush is great at removing stains.

Dyson vacuums

• Never loses suction
• Works great on pet hair

Hoover SteamVac

• 12-amp motor and clean search feature
• 2-speed brush control

Rug Doctor Portable Spot Cleaner

• Strong suction and handheld motorized brush
• Retractable extension handle

Hoover Extract fh50220

• This unit provides heated carpet dryer assistance.
• Auto conversion tools

Bissell Pro Heat 2x Premier

• Great for high traffic areas.
• Includes heated carpet drying technology

Upholstery

Many people don’t realize how important it is to have their upholstery professionally clean. Image if you wore the same shirt for 6 months. Think of all the particles, dead skin, oils that build up. Neutral-based cleaners should be used.

Equipment checklist

• Cleaning tools
• Vacuum
• Horsehair brush
• 2qt. sprayer
• Citrus spotters
• Solvent bar
• Neutral cleaner
• Drop cloth
• Terry cloth towel

Upholstery cleaning checklist

• Make sure the fabric has no burns, rips or tears.
• Identify the material. Is it a natural fiber or manmade?
• Dust very well with your brush
• Run the vacuum over it to remove any excess dirt that is not attached.
• Spray any cleaning material on lightly, misting evenly
• Use your brush to cleanse

Most upholstery has a cleaning code which can be found on the label. It should tell you what your upholstery is made of and what you can use to clean it. The cleaning codes are as follows:

• W: Agents that have a water base or foam may be used. Distilled water is required – don’t use city tap water as it may contain chlorine.
• S: Only mild cleaning solvents, that contain no water, should be used. No water can be used and dry cleaning is not recommended on all parts. This code is usually found on man-made materials such as polyester and nylon
• WS: Water-based agents, foam, mild cleaning solvents. that contain no water, may be used. No tap water can be used. Distilled water only. This code means you have a blend of natural and manmade materials.
• X: Clean only with a light brushing or vacuum. Never use water. This is very rare, usually on drapes or curtains.

When you follow these carpet and upholstery cleaning tips you are guaranteed to cut down on wear and tear and keep your home or office smelling clean.

Start Your Own Cleaning Business for Under 500.00

Vital Acquisitions for Beginning your own Cleaning Company.

One of the best aspects of the cleaning industry is you can start your own business for well under a thousand bucks and some sweat equity.

After a number of years of experience with numerous cleansing entrepreneur, I have actually seen that those that begin with the least cash are normally a lot more effective in the future. Those with accessibility to a lot of cash usually head down the wrong path. They invest too much money and time on points that do not create any type of earnings, like creating a logo design and business cards. These are fabricated self-confidence boosters, some individuals assume they should be an “actual company.” Do you recognize when you end up being an actual company? When somebody pays you for a great job or solution to their problem. Up until after that, you are simply a man with a plan. Being hungry to make sales get you focused on what really counts.

Sierra-vacuum-for-cleanmingVacuum Cleaner 100.00

You will certainly require an excellent vacuum cleaner to get started. Does it have to be first-rate? Yes. Ultimately you will certainly need to purchase a first class vacuum cleaner, like the ProTeam Sierra ®. But also for those of you starting on a somewhat smaller budget, you should be able to find a quality upright cylinder vacuum cleaner at your local outlet for less than 100.00

Cleaning Products 100.00

Here’s another area where you can cut a few corners. There is almost no difference between name brand products and less costly glass cleaners. Toilet cleaners are basically all the same. You could save some money using cheaper products that are good quality such as, Bar Keepers Buddy or Comet in sinks and toilets. One of their small inexpensive containers will certainly clean up numerous commodes and can be also used on kitchen sinks.

Top Quality Cloths and Sham’s 50.00.

Microfiber is the best medium for cleaning. It cleans and dusts much more effectively, efficiently and makes you look like an expert. It will surely save you money as they are washable and re-usable as opposed to spending money on paper towels and other less resilient cleaning fabrics. Do buy cheap bathroom cleaners, flooring cleaners, stainless-steel cleaner, and also your all-purpose cleaner. These are the items that will give you the most appealing results to the client. You typically want things to sparkle and shine.  A moist towel and a quality all purpose spray will certainly finish the job well. $50 will buy you 25-50 quality shams.

Small Tools 50.00.

Microfiber towels and scouring pads, containers, spray bottles, buckets, and a small caddie Carrier.

Advertising and Promotion 100.00.

Vistaprint has some great prices for business cards. Pin 5 to 10 of them anywhere you can like grocery stores and small businesses. Offer them to your family and friends. Blog post cost-free ads on Craigs List. You could even design and print your own flyers and deliver yourself in your neighborhood.

Misc 100.00.

Legislation differs depending where you live but you will want to register your business with your state or province, as well as have some cash left for transportation. Generally, there is no need to have to invest a whole lot for legal costs.  You can also get help at your local business center.

Your local library may also have multiple publications that are a terrific area to begin and nowadays, you can learn mostly everything online by watching YouTube videos.

Getting Ready for Moving Day – the Big Clean

Since I was an owner of a cleaning business for quite some time, I learned so much about every aspect of a home that I could easily give lessons or teach a subject on home economics! All jokes aside, I’ve decided to share my knowledge that stems from my cleaning business experience with you today. Here are a few things I’ve learned that might help you with cleaning and organizing a before a big move.

Here are a few things I’ve learned that might help you with cleaning and organizing a before a big move.

Clean Once

cleaning-tipsThere’s no reason for cleaning your home before you start packing since there will be a whole other mess to clean up after the house is empty and the truck is loaded. In the event that you’re a clean freak and just have to clean something or can’t stand looking at a mess, go ahead and clean things up. Just remember that you’re going to have to repeat the entire process all over again so you might as well wait and do it all just once.

Don’t Make More Work for Yourself

If you’re not moving just yet, but planning to move in the near future and in the need of new furniture or appliances, it might be wise to hold off on the new purchase until just before you move. This way you can have things delivered directly to your new address. I mean, why would you make more work for yourself by getting things delivered to the old house and then pay to have them moved again into the new. Throw out anything you no longer want or need and clean items as you pack so you can unpack and place them with less effort at the new house, in their newly decided locations.

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Take Time to Rest, and Stay Positive

I know there’s a lot to think about before moving, but don’t stress yourself out. Stay positive and try not to over think things since it will only tire stress you out more. Of course, any type of change is stressful, but just knowing that can help you take extra time to relax and focus during this important period in your life. Don’t try to get everything done in a day.

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If I have learned anything from owning my own cleaning business, it is that people who are meticulous in cleaning small things up as they go through their day, generally have a lot less work to do when they have to do a big clean.

So it goes without saying if you develop a ‘clean as you go’ habit you’ll make things a whole lot easier on yourself and your home will stay generally tidy all the time. You might also find out you don’t lose things as much, like car keys and homework. If you need to get organized there are numerous types and styles of storage cabinets and containers you can find at your neighborhood hardware store or Home Depot. If things did get out of hand or you need some extra help cleaning, check your directory for a list of local cleaning companies a few weeks before moving day and get some prices and referrals. This way you can have time to select the right company, and that means one more thing off your plate. You might also consider having them clean your new home as well if the previous owner left it below par.


I’m no longer in the cleaning business but have enjoyed writing and I hope this has helped you if you’re planning a move.

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