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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

How to Remove Red Wine Stains Out of Carpet

 Red wine stains are very common and the typical response is to use products that contain bleach to try to remove the red stain from your carpet.  That’s a big NO-NO as it will also discolor the carpet as well.

Instead, try to blot as much of the wine stain with a white towel.  If your have a wet/dry vacuum, such as a shop vac, try to extract as much as you can as well.  If you have club soda, take a clean (dry) white towel and pour some club soda on the towel and go over the stain again.  This step will help get more of the stain out. 

If the carpet is still stained, there is only one more thing you can do.  Take a bottle and combine amonia with peroxide (50/50 mixture) and spray this solution into the stain.  Saturated the area well.  This solution will work on acid dyes when they are still fresh.  Simply COVER the affected  with a piece of plastic wrap and place a phone book above it so it dries very slowly.  Check it the next day and the stain should be GONE!

If a red stain or shadow still exists, contact a professional carpet cleaner as soon as possible.  They can work the stain further and in most cases get it out completely using advanced red stain removal techniques.

July 7, 2011 Posted by | carpet cleaning | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Persian Rugs Are Made

Interesting video on how Persian Rugs are made.   We clean a variety of styles of rugs in our shop.   You can drop them off or we will pick up and deliver.

December 6, 2010 Posted by | oriental rug cleaning | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rave reviews from some of our valued clients

“Exceptional, professional service. Great customer service. Informative, upfront about costs and overall more than satisfied with the work on the carpets. Appreciated discount and all the extra efforts that will keep us coming back to your company. Thank you for your excellent service.” Bruce and Nikki Linquist

“It was just incredible how he brought back the life into my carpet. Nick did an awesome job and was very friendly. Excellent customer service with highly qualified personnel. Terrific pricing and quality work.” Naomi Lardner

“Great! Everyone that comes is always concerned that I am happy about the end product. There was a nasty grease stain in my den/office that I had tried to clean without success but it came right up when your guy came. I like getting the coupon for a discount if I get my carpets cleaned every 6 months. It encourages me to have cleaner carpets and a cleaner home!” Sheri Anderson

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, testimonials, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , , , | 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

Dog House Training Tips

As the saying goes,” Dog is a Man’s bestfriend”, that is true except of course when you see your dog peeing on your nice clean carpet. This can be very frustrating to a dog owner. 

Many clients have us clean their carpets because of Spot’s little accidents.  For small accidents we can easily get the carpets cleaned….but for bigger accidents, multiple accidents throughout the house, stains or smells that just won’t go away ….then more extensive cleaning with replacing the padding is most often required.  This can be timely and costly to homeowners. 

So what is a homeowner to do with a dog that keeps making messes ?  

Well….there are really only two choices.  Get rid of the dog or get dedicated and do some training.  And most of us love our cute doggies…. soooo that leaves only one thing to do and that is to train your dog.

I have trained 4 puppies and I can tell you it is a TON of work!   It took some hard work and committment in the early weeks but it paid off quickly.  Training your dog benefits you with keeping your home clean and helps develop a loving relationship with your pet.

For pet concerns  here are some easy tips  I have discovered on how to house train your dog.

1. Observation

First of all, note your dogs behavior when it comes to elimination. At what specific time of the day he usually does “his thing”. Listing down the time would help you remember to get your dog outside.  Observe what he/she does before it happens, so that you can prepare yourself.

2. Go Outside

Allow your dog to run freely.  Let him be free to explore his surroundings and be able to pick a spot where he can relieve himself. Keep doing this everyday, slowly the dog will be more comfortable doing “his thing” outside.

3. Stay With Him

In the beginning of the training, always stay with your dog until he finishes. This will keep him focus on what is right to do. Leaving him alone, will create distractions and disrupt the training.

4. Be Patient

This is very applicable to puppy owners. Usually when you bring home a puppy, he/she is very uncomfortable of his environment. He may tend to cry or do things to signal that he wants to relieve himself. When you see this, immediately pick him up and let him outside. Showing him that going to the bathroom is to be done outside of the house.  Not inside.

5. Never Use Ammonia-Based Cleaners

Avoid the mistake of using these ammonia-based cleaners, it smells a lot like urine. Dogs have the tendency to pee in places where there’s urine. So as much as possible, avoid using it.

6. Don’t Be Harsh On The Dog

As much as you would want the training to be successful immediately, allow some time. Some dogs may take longer to learn than others. And so whenever he makes a mistake, avoid being to cruel or harsh to your dog, such as slapping them with newspapers or harder objects. After all, we all love our dogs and would not want to hurt them. Just be patient, he will learn in time.

Following these simple steps you’ll be on  your way to having your dog trained and carpets staying clean longer!

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage, pet stains, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Kids and Carpet

When you have children, it can be hard to keep the house clean, but one part of the house that takes a direct hit is the carpet.

Kids are notorious for tracking in a variety of messes and the carpet – no matter its color or previous condition – suffers because of it. But there are some things you can do to help kids and clean carpets live in harmony.

First, have a no-shoes policy. It’s become more and more common for people to take their shoes off as soon as they enter someone’s house, or even before. Don’t worry about what people will think. Be firm about this rule, and apply it evenly to adults and children so you don’t discriminate.

By making sure shoes aren’t worn in the house, you are also ensuring that the carpets get spared from whatever might be on someone’s shoes, like oil, dirt or grass. If you feel uncomfortable asking guests to remove shoes, you can offer them a pair of slippers from a basket near your door.

Second, don’t assume that if the kids are running around the house in socks, that’s fine for the carpets. Some kids will run outside in their socks, and then come back in house. Their socks are now as dirty as a shoe might be. Check the bottoms of the kid’s socks periodically and if they are dirty, make them change their socks.

Limit eating & drinking to the kitchen and dining room table.  Young kids tend to be messy and spills just naturally happen.  Having a rule to keep food and drinks away from your carpet will keep it cleaner and looking much nicer longer.  Having this rule also will protect your furniture and upholstery in your home too.

Vacuum often.   Contrary to some people’s beliefs, vacuuming does not wear down the carpet, but actually benefits the carpet.  The more people and pets you have in your household the more you should vacuum.  Do it often to keep the dirt from soaking into the fibers (making it very hard to get clean). If there are stains on the carpet, you’re more likely to see them when vacuuming the carpet (when you’re looking directly at it) than when you’re walking all over it. Then you can deal with the stains as you see them and before they become harder to get out.

Finally, get your carpets cleaned regularly. Many people wait until they see dirt and stains to clean their carpets, but cleaning them before you see the dirt is a better idea. Your carpet, which is a big investment, will last longer. Experts recommend getting carpets cleaned about every 6 months, when you do your regular heavy cleaning.

If you follow these steps, you can have light colored carpet, pets and children and all can live peacefully together.

October 8, 2008 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Easy way to get red wine stains out of carpet

Red wine stains are not unusual for us to come across.   The typical response from many misinformed clients is to use products that contain bleach for trying to remove the red stain from the carpet.  That’s a big NO-NO as it will also discolor the carpet as well.

Instead, try to blot as much of the wine stain with a white towel.  If your have a wet/dry vacuum, such as a shop vac, try to extract as much as you can as well.  If you have club soda, take a clean (dry) white towel and pour some club soda on the towel and blot over the stain again.  This step will help get more of the stain out.

If the carpet is still stained, there is only one more thing you can do.  Take a bottle and combine ammonia with peroxide (50/50 mixture) and spray this solution into the stain.  Saturate the area well.  This solution will work on acid dyes when they are still fresh.  Next cover the area with a piece of plastic wrap and place a phone book above it so it dries very slowly.  Check it the next day and the stain should be GONE!

If a red stain or shadow still exists, contact a professional carpet cleaner  as soon as possible.  Contact us if you are in Anchorage or Mat-Su area and we can work the stain further and in most cases get it out completely using advanced red stain removal techniques.

September 5, 2008 Posted by | Alaska, Anchorage, 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