TCM Restoration & Cleaning Blog

Tips for Carpet Spots & Stains

If spot is wet, blot it, don’t rub. Rubbing will spread the soil.

If spot is dry, loosen soil and vacuum away.

Rinse cleaned area thoroughly. If cleaning product not removed it may cause the cleaned area to attract soil.  Many detergents are dirt magnets!

When removing stains, always use a white cloth.

When a spill happens take care of it right away.  You will have much better chance of removing them.

When using any cleaner, dilute according to directions. A mixture that is too potent may cause damage to your carpet.

Always pre-test the area to be cleaned. Apply cleaning solution to an inconspicuous area of the same material. If, after 5 minutes, the material’s color transfers to towel, try using another product.

A mild mineral spirit solution is useful for many household cleaning applications.

For wax dropped on carpet or upholstery, set a clean, absorbent cloth over the wax stain and hold a hot iron on it. Lift cloth away and the wax should be removed with the cloth.

Not every stain can be removed at home or removed period.   Call TCM Restoration & Cleaning  and we can help.

November 28, 2012 Posted by | Carpet Stains | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

dog-cleaning-poop

Wouldn’t it be great if our pets did this?!!

Unfortunately they don’t…How we love our pets but often they can cause damage and messes in our homes.

The best way to protect and prevent unsightly stains and horrific smells is to properly train your pets.  Here is great post on housetraining I wrote a few years ago that has some great tips you might want to check out.

Now if you happen to be reading this and have stains and damage to your carpet right now you most likely need a professional carpet cleaner to come out and clean your carpet for you.  If you are in our service area of Anchorage, Eagle River or the MatSu Valley give us a call.  We give free inspections and estimates.  We are always happy to answer any of your questions or concerns over the phone as well.  Don’t let man’s best friend be your carpet’s worst enemy.

April 9, 2012 Posted by | Carpet Stains, pet stains | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Carpet Cleaning Challenges

If you are in the market to purchase new carpet for your home you should be aware that not all carpet is the same before making such a huge investment.

Did you know the kind of carpeting you choose can affect how easy it is to clean?  Here are some things to keep in mind when you make your next carpet purchase.

Pile:  The deeper and thicker the pile in your carpet, the more likely it is to retain dirt once the dirt sinks below the surface.  Threads and lint, however can stay on top of the carpet wher they can be very visible.

Level loop:  Short, densely spaced loops, with both ends attached to the backing, create a surface that is fairly easy to vacuum because there aren’t crevices for dirt to sink into.

Berber:  This is a type of level loop carpet made with thick yarn, which creates harder to vacuum “hills and valleys.”

Multilevel loop:  The varying long and short loops of these carpets can make them difficult to clean.  The low loops create pockets that break vacuum-cleaner suction and can make it harder to remove dirt that has accumulated.

Whatever type of carpet you choose it should be professionally cleaned every 6 months to 1 year.  This is depending on the number of people in your home, pets and if shoes are worn in your home.  Regular cleaning will keep your carpet clean & healthy and protect your investment to your home.

April 2, 2012 Posted by | carpet cleaning, Carpet Stains, residential carpet cleaning, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

How to Remove Sap Out of Carpet

I love having a real Christmas Tree for the Holidays…there is just something about the smell and warmth it brings to my home not to mention all the childhood memories growing up in Minnesota.

Unfortunately sometimes real Christmas Trees make a mess…sap will get on the carpet somehow.  Either when bringing it in for the season or it’s just dripping off the tree, missing the tree skirt.  It happens…

But not to worry it is simple to clean up and doesn’t require a professional to  come in to fix the “mess”. 

Super easy fix….

Get some Glycerin  (Available at most drug stores). Use a 50/50 mixture with warm water and apply directly to the sap. Let the mixture disolve, then use a paper towel and gently pull the sap away from the carpet. 

Easy Peasy and You don’t have to give up the love of having a real Christmas Tree…

December 1, 2010 Posted by | carpet cleaning, Carpet Stains | , , | Leave a comment

How To Clean Salsa Out Of Your Carpet

When it comes cleaning Red Salsa from carpet, what’s more important is knowing what NOT to do. 

Most homeowners will try to blot the stain out with a towel first.  However, doing this would only mash the tomatoes and peppers further into the fiber where cleaning would then require a professional.

A better approach would be to use a spoon to scoop up as much of the salsa from the carpet as possible.  Scoop it up and put it in a bowl for later disposal. 

Once you’re done scooping up the salsa, you’ll need to clean the carpet with a solution that contains water and a drop or two of dish soap.  You don’t want to use products like resolve, as these will lead to problems later and may even permanently discolor your carpet.

Take a trigger spray bottle and fill it with hot water.  Place a drop of dish washing detergent in the bottle and shake it and spray the solution into a wet towel.  You don’t want to spray it into the salsa spot directly because this will cause the salsa to go deeper into the backing of the carpet where you then need powerful vacuum to extract it.  Instead, take your wet towel with the solution and work it over the spot in 8 different directions (like an asterisk).  Don’t scrub it… scrubbing the carpet may cause split ends on the carpet that you can’t fix.  So work it gently until the spot is out. 

Once the spot is gone, flip the towel over and go over the are with a wet towel that just contains hot water.  This will act as your rinse and then go over it with a dry towel to blot any moisture.

If you still have a shadow, allow the area to dry and repeat these steps again after the are has dried.  The drying action help bring some of the deeper soil up to the surface where your towel works better.

If that doesn’t work and you still have a shadow or an odor, call a professional.  A certified carpet cleaner has the right tools and training to clean this spot and treat any lingering odors.

October 14, 2009 Posted by | Alaska, Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, Carpet Stains, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tis The Season…

Your home and carpets cleaned and ready for company.  The house is beautifully decorated…Christmas music playing… the Christmas tree is a masterpiece with lights, ornaments and all the trimmings…it smells so Christmasy and just perfect….
And then you notice…. Pine Sap stuck in the carpet!

Unfortunately even with a tree skirt around the Christmas tree… carpet is not always protected!

No need to panic!  No need to call in for an emergency cleaning…

You can use some glycerin to get the sap out. (Available at most drug stores).  Use a 50/50 mixture with warm water and apply directly to the sap.  Let the mixture disolve, then use a paper towel and gently pull the sap away from the carpet.

Sigh of relief…back to “perfect” for the Holidays!!

PS.  For any other carpet emergencies like spilled wine or candle wax that often occur during the festive season…check out these other stain tips.

December 15, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage, Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, Carpet Stains, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | | Leave a comment

Quick Tips for Removing Stains Out of Carpet

Here are some easy stain tips you can do right at home:

Ink Stains: Sponge with detergent solution.( a few drops of dish soap in warm water will do)  Rinse. Ifstain remains, saturate with cheap hair spray and blot. Always work from the outside in to avoid making the spot bigger. 

Candle Wax:  Scrape off all you can. Ice cubes will make it brittle for easier scraping. A hot iron (on low heat setting) over a damp cloth will melt and absorb remaining wax

 If you need any suggestions or more help please contact us www.tcmrestoration.com  and we’ll be happy to assist you! 

May 15, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage, carpet cleaning, Carpet Stains, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla | , , , | 1 Comment

5 Things You Must Not Do for Carpet Stains

The horror!  You just had your carpets professionally cleaned last month and someone accidentally spills a drink, some dip or other gooey mess all over your clean carpet.  What to do???   First off, I can tell you 5 Things Not To Do so you can keep your carpet clean and prevent any unnecessarystains.

 1. Do not ignore the Stain. Catch it while it’s fresh, when chances of removal are 75% better.  Don’t iron or hot-air dry until the stain is gone.  Heat will set many stains.

2. Do not scrub the stain.  Scrubbing can damage the carpet fibers and actually penetrate the stain deeper into the carpet.  Instead blot with a clean damp rag.  (If you have some gooey mess then scrape off as much as you can before blotting.)  You can use plain water or water with a few drops of dish detergent like Joy or Dawn.  Make sure you use warm water and not hot.  Continue to blot the stain with clean cloths until the stain is gone.

3. Do not apply heat to the affected carpet.  Heat will set some stains.

4. Do not drown the carpet in cleaning solution.  Detergent left in the carpet attracts dirt to it.  It’s a guaranteed dirt magnet!  If you are going to use any cleaning solution make sure you use a small amount and rinse completely with water.

5. Do not use cleaning chemicals without testing first.  Certain chemicals react differently with different carpet fibers.   Chemicals can damage the fibers and even change the color of your carpeting.  If you are trying something you haven’t used before you should test it on an inconspicuous area of your carpet.  Apply the cleaning chemical to a cloth first and then test on the area of carpet.

When in doubt you can always call your professional carpet cleaner.    We’re always happy to assist our clients’ concerns over the phone and if needed return to their home for a spot cleaning.

March 14, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage, carpet cleaning, Carpet Stains, Wasilla | , , , , , , | 4 Comments