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A-List also cleans fabric office cubicles. Whether it's a small family owned business or a fortune 500 company. No job is to big or to small.

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

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A-List works with interior designers to ensure newly installed fabrics are perfect. We steam out bed skirts, shower curtains, drapery and sofa & chair pleats. Call us for your next big reveal, real-estate sale or photo shoot!

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

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Christmas tree advice. Every year I get called out to remove dye stains left behind from tree skirts. These skirts are loaded with excess dye and they dye the carpet permanently. Sometimes we splash or over fill the tree stand, getting these skirts wet. Unfortunately it carries the excess dyes into the rug. Placing some towels underneath can act as a barrier and prevent contact of the skirt with the carpet. Plastic works well too but can also trap the moisture causing mold. In either case, pay extra attention as this seems like an innocent choir but can ruin a carpet within seconds.

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

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I got called out for, nail polish on a custom rug stain. The client used nail polish remover on it. Nail polish remover contains acetone. If this was a synthetic rug my results might have not been so well. The acetone would have broken down the nail polish but also etched the dyes from the polish into a synthetic fiber, kind of like when women try to remove polish from their nails, and there is still a hue of it that won't come off. Luckily, this stain was on wool fibers and a cotton border.

Nail Polish stains are better off left to a professional. At most, just try scrapping up as much as you can with a spoon carefully trying not to spread it, and then calling A-List.

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



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The holidays are right around the corner, and our number one priority is always being dedicated to protecting your investments and property. We are here to give you some tips on how you can get out those dreaded red wine spills on your beloved textiles.
First off, let me just say that wine is very, very easy to remove. Some of you may have heard pouring salt on it works. It does help to some extent, but chances are you’ll end up with this salt stuck to your textile, resulting in having to call a professional carpet cleaner to come to rinse out the salt stain you’ve created. Wine contains alcohol, sugar, tannin (which is a vegetable dye), and coloring matter. You may have heard white wine will also remove a red wine stain. White wine is also acidic, as the red wine is…it works as an acid breaking down the weak vegetable dyes but can also bring down the PH of the red wine and making it more difficult to remove. Here are the some steps in the removal of red wine stains:

  • Using a white paper towel (printed ones contain dyes and inks that will stain your carpet), lightly and carefully blot up as much of the spill as possible. Gradually apply more pressure while replacing the paper towels. Finally, stand on the paper towels using your weight to absorb as much as possible.
  • Apply club soda to a clean white towel. Apply the white towel to the stain, repeating to blot until you no longer see a change in the stain. The carbonation in the club soda will help flush out what is left of the stain. The carbonation’s chemical reaction with the salt helps to absorb and neutralize the stain.
  • Mix one teaspoon of colorless, mild detergent or dish washing liquid in a cup of cool water. Apply this with a white paper towel to the stain, allowing it to sit for a few minutes. Blot dry with white paper towels, repeating until there is no change in the stain. Be sure the detergent is COLORLESS to avoid any dyes being stained in to the carpet.

Chances are you’ll lighten it but might not be 100% successful. You’ve done all you can…enjoy the rest of your night and tell your friends it’s not a big deal…you know A-List!

  • Next morning, spray the area (as long as it’s synthetic or wool, and not vegetable dyed, if other, please e-mail me) with some 3% hydrogen peroxide. You won’t see results right away, but it will oxidize the weak vegetable dyes and within the last few minutes you’ll see it lighten. It may take a few applications but this should work well.

We’re always here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. You can call, text, or e-mail us at anytime! My e-mails are always free, as your investments are priceless!

Have a safe and happy holiday everyone,

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

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Well, I’m sure we’ve all heard the news by now that we are expecting a visit from hurricane Sandy early next week, and are doing some preparation before her arrival. We at A-List are dedicated to protecting your investment, and have come up with some preventative measures you can take to avoid Sandy getting the best of your basement. To help alleviate the headache of unwanted water damage, we are on call if you need any of our services, and we also have a public adjuster we can refer if you are in need!

I know I personally will NOT be taking any chances with mother nature or question her capabilities. Here are a few tips on how you can protect your home against water damage:

• Test your sump pump to ensure it is working properly

• Wrap any furniture legs in sandwich bags then tin foil to prevent furniture stain from staining the carpet

• Avoid storing expensive, valuable or irreplaceable items in your basement (if at all possible) otherwise make sure they are up off the floor

• Remove all electrical wires from the floor, placing them as high up as possible

• Check with your homeowner’s insurance to check your coverage for damages caused by overland flooding or infiltration flooding


Think water damage can’t affect your health? Please beware for safety reasons that ground water is categorized as “Category 2 or3 Water” and even though it may appear to look like regular rain water, it is the most hazardous to your health! We can’t stress how quickly “Category 2” can turn into “Category 3” hazards. The different categories of water and examples of their sources are:

• Category 1: Originates from a sanitary water source and poses no
substantial risk to humans.
• Category 2: Water originating from ! foundation seepage, broken
aquariums, and water bed leaks, and is also unsanitary. Category 2
water can deteriorate quickly to Category 3, for many reasons including
untimely removal of the water, contact with more contaminated
surfaces, elevated temperatures, and other circumstances.
• Category 3: Grossly unsanitary water potentially containing
pathogenic, toigenic, or other harmful contaminates. E.G., Sewage
back-up, toilet back up, seawater, ground surface water, stream or
river water, and wind-driven rain from severe weather events.

Exposure to water damage can cause illnesses and distressing symptoms in susceptible individuals. Some of the problems are of an allergic or immunologic nature, some from the abrasive effects of microbial volatile organic compounds, but the causes for many other symptoms remain unknown. If you have any specific questions, we are always here to answer them via text message, e-mail, call us, or visit our website. Have a great weekend everyone, and we hope you found this information helpful in the fight against water damage and flooding!!!!

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

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