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Spot Cleaning

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b2ap3_thumbnail_club-soda_20131118-230735_1.jpgHow many times have you heard to use club soda on a stain?

Well, guess what. It's not actually any better than just plain water. The concept behind it is that the carbonation acts as a mechanical function to push the stain away from the fibers. Club soda also contains salts which the claim is they absorb the stain as well.

The truth is, the carbonation and level of salts are so low that there is no scientific evidence that can prove that club soda out performs just plain water.

The real fact is, the faster you can react to a stain an absorb it with paper towels to remove as much as possible first and then either dilute it or flush it out with water next, the less of a stain will remain or even better total success.


b2ap3_thumbnail_hydrogen-peroxide.jpgHydrogen Peroxide, great for Boo-Boo's!

By boo-boo's I mean your wine stains. Most carpet cleaners don't even know this trick! Hydrogen Peroxide is basically a color safe bleach that will oxidize your wine stains out of just about anything. It works great on just about any weak vegetable dye, so wine, blueberry stains, etc and your vegetable dyes on your oriental.

This is safe on all synthetics, most cottons and I'd email me first if you have a unique or unsure situation, like wool, and oriental or silk. It's not a time sensitive type stain so you have plenty of time to test in an inconspicuous spot first to make sure it's not causing damage.



b2ap3_thumbnail_Natures-Miracle.jpgPet Stain Removers, more to the eye than you think!

Most pet stain removers are enzyme based, and actually work lousy for removing pet stains and their odor, but work great for removing basic organic stains, like food and general everyday things.

These cleaners are neutral and I wish everyone had it as a first response to just general spills. I have never had a client ruin something from these except maybe by over wetting.

It's a great cleaner to have under your counter.



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Hair Spray

Works great on ink stains!, why? It's actually the alcohol in it that's doing the work. Rubbing alcohol works great for removing ink but can also dissolve the oils or varnish that is used as a carrying agent and leave just the dyes behind after. This is one of those stains you probably don't want to play with on something expensive. 

If you decide to do so, I recommend trying a very small area first to make sure it's removing it. This type of stain can be very tricky!



I hope some of these tips will help you get through the Holidays. If you have any questions I always encourage you to email me first before you ruin your investment. I've coached tons of people through getting a stain out over text, emails or phone calls. I'm here to help you protect your investments.

 

Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, LLC
(339) 613-7565

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Wedding and Graduation season is here. With so much to do and guests coming to your home, along with trying to look your best and budgets. A-List gets it! We would love to come just touch things up and work with you to help your special day be perfect!

Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, LLC
(339) 613-7565

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Yesterday I got called out to a complete disaster after a clients 7lbs dog vomited up yellow bile about the size of a golf ball. She panicked and kept working and working on it. The damage she caused was, bleaching of some of the original color of the rug. Distortion of the fibers from scrubbing and rubbing. And over wetting the stain, as it soaked the jute padding she had underneath causing the natural dyes of the jute to wick up into the rug and dying it.

This is in her living room and measures 10'x20', and I'm sure it wasn't cheap. I can't stress enough to keep your spot cleaning techniques as simple as possible and if you are not seeing results....STOP!

So now the challenge of trying to correct what I can and get this to look as best as possible and able to past the test of someone not noticing the damage. I ended up having to take the rug out of the house as this is going to need multiple steps of cleaning, and different techniques to try to correct what I can.

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_20130429_160648_265.jpgHere's what I've gotten the Oriental to after two stages of cleaning. I have corrected all the bleeding of the jute without causing any damage to the carpet. You can still see some damage from where the original stain was. At this point I'm going to let the rug fully dry and see what it looks like. As rugs tend to illuminate things in a wet state. At this stage it already looks about 80% better. My next decision will be based on risk verses results.


b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_20130429_180747_706.jpgHere we are, fully dry along with after a few more steps of some trade secrets I have under my sleeve. I've corrected about 95% of all the damage. I've been in contact with the client to fully discus where I'm at, and the other options and risks of working on this stain to try to correct the last 5%. She's more than happy with it and once again I've saved the day!

I can't stress enough, I'm available by text or email and available 24/7. I've answered my phone at 5am, at 11pm and on Sundays. I love what I do for work and saving the day is a passion of mine!

Here's the final picture after completly washing the rug...

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Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, LLC
(339) 613-7565

 

 

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If you've ever dyed your hair, you know how nasty the dye can be. Get it on your cloths, and it's done! Today I had a client that dripped about half a dozen spots across her Oriental. As there is nothing capable of getting out the dye (typically with an oriental, synthetics might be a different story), with a bit of out of the box thinking and close inspection. The dye only penetrated about 1/10th of the fiber. With some care, I was able to use a pair of duck bill scissors and cut out about 95% of the dye without leaving divots in the rug that would be noticeable. Before you think anything is ruined or can't be taken out, you can always email me and I would be happy to talk about your unique situation.

Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, LLC
(339) 613-7565

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I just got called out to a job that was just recently cleaned by another very well known reputable company. Her complaint was, that the carpet looked good for 2-3 weeks than these stains started growing out of her carpet and came back bigger than they originally were.

There are a couple reasons this could happen.

First, some times with a spill for instance, it enters the carpet and gravity pulls it straight down to the back of the carpet, where it then begins to wick sideways along the carpet backing. The spill can often wick sideways twice the size of the visible stained area on the surface of the fibers. Then when a carpet cleaner comes in and cleans it, and doesn't rinse out the entire stain, within a few hours to the next day or two, the stain can reappear, often larger than what looked like the original stain. And I hear this all the time "they made it worse!" This is what's know as wicking.

Second, it can be re-soiling. And this is usually when a stain is gone, then seems to slowly grow out of the carpet getting darker and darker over a period of several weeks. What can cause re-soiling, can either be, something oily in the original stain that has wicked back up yet invisible, until soil starts sticking to it. Or it can be from a spot cleaner that wasn't rinsed properly and causing a residual that is attracting soil as well.

I am well aware of both of these two situations and always spent extra time to resolve these two issues. I will then thoroughly explain to you the process I used along with the results to expect. I will also follow up on the situation to make sure your 100% satisfied and not left with one of these haunting scenarios.

Kevin Houle
A-List Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, LLC
(339) 613-7565

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