TCM Restoration & Cleaning Blog

When was the last time you had your upholstery cleaned?

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Most people never even think of getting their upholstery cleaned unless there is a big stain on it.   The picture above shows a striking difference with no big stain on the dirty side…just grime.    Think of all the people in your home that sit on the furniture and all the guests that visit.  Dirt, skin oils, skin cells, food residue, etc slowly accumulate making your upholstery dingy & unclean.    For the health of your home & family it is a very good idea to get upholstery cleaned on a regular basis.  (Plus it makes your home look nice!)

February 13, 2013 Posted by | Upholstery Cleaning | , , , | 1 Comment

‘Twas the week before Christmas…..

‘Twas the week before Christmas when all through the house
The carpet was dirty, and so was the couch.
A throw rug was placed by the chimney with care,
In hopes it would cover the burn marks that were there.
The children were cleaning under their beds,
When millions of dust mites dropped on their head.So Dad clipped a coupon, and hoped it was true.
Then he called to get carpet cleaned for $9.95 per room.
Then out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash.
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear.
Two carpet cleaners in a van finishing their beer.The driver stumbled out, giving his cigarette a flick
Swearing under his breath, “Let’s make this one quick”,
They walked up the porch! Then knocked on the door!
No way was I letting these guys on the floor.

So we stayed real quiet and then they were gone.
All that was left was the beer cans on the lawn.
So I grabbed my computer and “carpet cleaning” I Googled,
Forget about coupons, It doesn’t pay to be too frugal.

And then, in a twinkling, I picked up the phone.
I called TCM of Alaska to get the job done.
No sooner I hung up, and was turning around,
He pulled in the driveway, he came in with a bound.

He was dressed in uniform, clean cut and neat.
And his clothes were all pressed and booties on his feet.
A neat bundle of hoses he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a professional ready to unpack.

He was friendly and smart, and one by one,
He made sure I was happy with each room he had done.
He worked real fast and with great style
So I asked him also to clean all my tile.

The house was now clean and allergen free mostly
The only thing left was for him to clean the upholstery.
So he finished his work and the house smelled so clean,
and everything sparkled like the lights on our tree.

He packed up his van and as he drove away,
“There’s still some time for you to call us today!”

December 18, 2012 Posted by | carpet cleaning | , , , , | 3 Comments

How Often Should You Have Upholstery Cleaned?

To keep your furniture clean, it’s necessary to conduct routine maintenance (e.g. vacuuming, immediate attention to spills), coupled with periodic cleaning by a certified technician every 12 to 24 months.

 Furniture and fabric manufacturers recommend that consumers not wait until severe soiling occurs before cleaning because the greater the soiling, the less the likelihood of restoring the fabric’s original color, appearance and texture; and the greater adverse effect on indoor environmental quality.

Regular cleaning of fabric and leather furnishings by a trained, certified professional can help restore your furniture’s appearance, extend its life, and keep it looking like new. Moreover, certified professionals can offer simple suggestions to maintain a clean and healthy home or business environment overall.

February 11, 2011 Posted by | Upholstery Cleaning | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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

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

Spring Cleaning Time

April is the time of year where I get the bug to do some Spring Cleaning around my home.  It’s when I go through my closets, cupboards and drawers and start getting rid of things we no longer need.  It’s also a time when I try to get some deep cleaning in and do a thorough cleaning of my entire home.  If your time is too valuable for you to spend time cleaning then you should seriously think of hiring a housecleaner to do a Spring Cleaning for you.  If you are in the Wasilla area our Cleaning Crew  can take care of all your Spring House Cleaning needs.

For those of you who have the time and enjoy doing your own Spring Cleaning  I thought I’d share with you some tips from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ease the burden of Spring Cleaning:

  • Develop a task list.
  • Clean oven, refrigerator and other appliances.
  • Clean fireplaces.
  • Wash inside of windows.
  • Wash woodwork.
  • Clean out cupboards and closets.
  • Change HVAC filters.
  • Clean efficiently. Avoid going back and forth around a room. Instead, work using a systematic approach. Think in terms of left to right, top to bottom. Begin with ceilings and walls, and work your way down to windows and furniture, finishing with the floors.
  • Hire cleaning service providers. For those tasks that require a specialist (i.e. carpet, upholstery and hard flooring cleaning), hire only certified professionals. Before hiring anyone, confirm that they are trained and certified in the type of work to be performed, informally interview the company representative or technician, obtain a written estimate of the work to be completed and receive a written contract or invoice confirming the total price and any statements or guarantees.

April 15, 2008 Posted by | air duct cleaning, Alaska, Anchorage, carpet cleaning, cleaning, house cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, Wasilla, water damage | , , , , , | 1 Comment