TCM Restoration & Cleaning Blog

4 Steps to Fresh, Clean, Healthy Carpet

Step #1

If you’re thinking about having your carpets cleaned, we encourage you to follow these four steps:

STEP #1: Make a commitment to yourself to get your carpets cleaned.

The longer they remain dirty, the sooner they’ll wear out. Industry testing shows that you can have up to one full pound of dirt in a square foot of carpet before it begins to look dirty. This dirt is abrasive and wears down the fibers and substantially shortens the life. Many warranties require at least an annual cleaning by a professional to be honored (check your own warranty to see your requirements, and if they specify the type of cleaning method to keep your warranty in effect).

Another necessity of regular cleaning is to remove the contaminants besides the “dirt” that gets trapped in your carpet’s fibers. The longer you wait to clean, the longer you have to breathe all the pollen, fungus, pet odors, dust mites, and chemicals that hide in your carpet.

Call to get on our schedule.  Anchorage 562-7410 or Mat Su Valley 373-7410.  Check out our specials at http://www.tcmrestoration.com or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TCMRestoration

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October 8, 2014 Posted by | carpet cleaning | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

How to clean Wicker Furniture

Spring Cleaning time…just had an email from a client wondering how to clean her wicker furniture.  Thought I’d share how to clean wicker in a blog post.  It’s very easy and something you can do right at home.

Untreated wicker should be kept inside during inclement weather.  For routine cleaning use the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner or a feather duster.  In the winter, dryness may cause it to crack, so wipe a damp sponge occasionally or give it a light coating of lemon oil.    Once a year, if a piece has no wooden parts, scrub it with warm water and detergent, spray it with a garden hose, or put it under a shower.  Dry it as quick as possible by putting it in the sun or drying it with a hair dryer or floor fan.  Don’t sit on it until it is thoroughly dry.

Of course if you are in our service area and would like us to help you clean your wicker or help with your spring deep cleaning we can come out and give you a free estimate and take care of all your cleaning needs.   We can do everything from cleaning your carpet, upholstery, area rugs, ducts or tile & grout.

April 30, 2012 Posted by | house cleaning | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Free Insider Guide to Carpet Cleaning

A Free Insider Guide to Carpet Cleaning is available to you at our website www.carpetmanclean.com It gives simple methods and detailed strategies to avoid common misconceptions about having a clean carpet.

In the Free E-Book you will discover:

  • What dirt is doing to your carpet with every step you take.
  • 6 Common Misconceptions about carpet care.
  • Why appearance is only one of the reasons to have your carpet cleaned.
  • How some cleaning methods will actually leave your carpet worse off!
  • Why a low advertised price may be a warning sign.
  • The 7 questions you must ask before inviting any carpet cleaner in your home!

I hope you will find this e-book very useful to you!

October 21, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment