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

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

TCM Restoration & Cleaning (new video of our company)

We do carpet cleaning, upholstery, oriental rug cleaning, duct cleaning, tile & grout.   We  respond 24 hours a day to water damage emergencies in your home or business.

October 4, 2010 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, cleaning, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Did Spot leave a Spot?

The average cat will deposit 2-3 ounces for each accident on the carpet & the average dog 3-4 ounces. If your pet is constantly having accidents then professional carpet cleaning is what your home “desperately” needs!  Call us if you are in the Mat-su Valley or Anchorage area and we can get your carpets back to being clean and healthy again. 

373-7410/562-7410 

www.tcmrestoration.com

September 15, 2010 Posted by | carpet cleaning, pet stains | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tips on Vacuuming

Vacuuming is such a common place chore that little thought is given to how it should be done. The IICRC recommends:

  1. With vacuuming – more is better. You cannot over vacuum a carpet. Today’s carpets are designed to hide soil, so soil may not always be visible. Studies conducted by Hoover Vacuum Cleaning Company show that one square foot of carpet can hold up to one pound of dirt and still appear clean.
  2. Thorough vacuuming to remove the pile-damaging soil hidden deep in the carpet takes time. Don’t just groom the surface by removing the large, noticeable debris.
  3. Adjust the beater bar or brush properly for each carpet height. The brush or beater bar should touch the carpet.
  4. Empty or replace the bag often. When a bag is half full – the vacuum efficiency is reduced by 60 to 80%. For maximum efficiency replace bags when they are 2/3 full.
  5. Overall vacuuming is needed, but knowing where to concentrate your efforts is more productive. The majority of soil in carpets is brought in from outside by foot traffic – therefore the highest concentration of dirt is at entrances and high traffic areas. Entry mats help control soil from entering the property.
  6. Hand vacuum the dust and fine particulate soil that builds up around the edges and in the corners of rooms.

Successful vacuuming requires time, proper technique and effective equipment. However, even the most meticulous worker with the best vacuum cleaner cannot remove all the soil in a carpet. A small percentage of the soil is oil-based. This oily residue bonds the particulate soil left after vacuuming to the carpet fibers and causes the appearance of dirty traffic patterns. Vacuuming with consumer vacuum cleaners is ineffective against this oily buildup. Removal requires the periodic service of a certified professional carpet cleaner.

July 27, 2010 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Got allergies?

And I’m not talking about the seasonal allergies that happen when trees bud and flowers bloom…

If you or someone in your home is suffering from allergies the most likely cause is from dust mites.   And they aren’t pretty….

What exactly are dust mites?  

 From Wikipedia, ” The house dust mite (sometimes referred to by allergists as HDM), is a cosmopolitan guest in human habitation. Dust mites feed on organic detritus such as flakes of shed human skin and flourish in the stable environment of dwellings. House dust mites are a common cause of asthma and allergic symptoms worldwide. Some of the gut enzymes (notably proteases) produced by the house mite persist in their fecal matter, and can be strongly allergenic.

Dust mites are tiny and reproduce rapidly.  But don’t be alarmed they are in everyone’s homes and you are not alone.

So what can YOU do?

Well….Since the most common places to find dust mites is in carpet and bedding you should  vacuum often and with a Hepa Vacuum cleaner.  Also have carpets professionally cleaned by a certified carpet cleaner who uses  truck mount hot water extraction for cleaning.    Wash bedding weekly and dry sheets at a high temperature. 

Also if you notice dust in your home occuring more often you might want to have your ducts inspected and get them cleaned.   The dust you are seeing is from dead skin cells and dustmite debris.  (Ewww I know…not a pleasant thought to be breathing!)

Doing these 3 things will help anyone in your home suffering from allergies and start feeling better.  

www.carpetmanclean.com

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Allergies | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

How to remove candle wax from your carpet

 Removing wax from your carpet is one of the easiest things to do, but seems to be one of the biggest mysteries. The average  homeowner will have little accidents here and there, but when we act fast enough, we can correct the problem almost every time. Here is what you need and what you should do:

One Steam Iron (Do Not fill With Water)

One White Towel

Here’s how to clean your carpet. Take the towel and soak it with water from the tap. Place the wet towel over the wax spot, then take your hot steam iron and place it directly over the wax. The wax will begin to melt in 10 to 30 seconds. Be sure to monitor the time so not to over do it. In approximately 30 seconds, pick up the iron and see what kind of progress you’ve made removing the wax. The heat causes the wax to rise into the wet towel keeps the iron from damaging your carpet. If you can still see or feel wax in the carpet, shift the towel so a clean area over the wax and replace the iron over the wax spot for another 30 seconds. Generally, this may require repeating these steps 2 or 3 times but the wax will all transfer into the towel.

If the carpet is a berber type then be sure to check the carpet in 20 seconds or less as olefin fibers have a much lower melting point than nylon and polyester. Be sure to keep the towel very wet when removing wax from an olefin carpet. Another situation to remember, candle wax contains both wax and dye. The wax will transfer into the towel, but the dye may heat-set itself into the carpet fiber when it falls on the carpet. This situation may require performing a dye removal treatment to remove any dye that may remain on the carpet after the wax is gone. This wax removal process only takes minutes and is extremely effective. Do it yourself and save hundreds on carpet replacement.  Be careful not to burn yourself when handling a hot iron – think safety first.

If you are in our local area and need further assistance you can call us at 373-7410 (Valley) or 562-7410 (Anchorage).

December 1, 2009 Posted by | Anchorage Carpet Cleaning, carpet cleaning, residential carpet cleaning, Wasilla Carpet Cleaning | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Palmer, AK Carpet Cleaning Testimonials

“Terrific!  I wouldn’t have anyone else ever!  The men who come here are always so nice.  I’m almost 80 and have diabetes and arthritis, if I need help moving something they are nice enough to help. Value clean, sweet smelling home, feeling good when I have company and not ashamed of my old (1933) Colony home.  Excellent in every way.” ~ Sue Ragsdale-Palmer, AK

“First time.  Very friendly & professional.  Thank you for the customer service.  So many businesses forget it exists.  Happy with how hard you worked on my bleach spots.  With 2 dogs (large ones) & 2 toddlers there is more ‘stuff’ on my carpet than I care to know about.  It smells great & looks almost brand new.”~Guinness Collins-Palmer, AK

March 28, 2009 Posted by | testimonials | , , , | Leave a 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