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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

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

When & how often to clean your Oriental Rugs

A common question we get from clients is,”How often should I clean my Oriental Rug?”

Honestly have your rug cleaned only when it really needs it.   For rugs in some areas of your house with high traffic or near an outside door this will mean a yearly cleaning.  Rugs in other areas can go several years and more without needing professional cleaning.

To judge how dirty a rug is, try one of these methods:

  1. Pick up a corner of the rug and while holding it, kick the back of the rug sharply. If a cloud of dirt flies out of the pile, the rug is dirty and needs cleaning.
  2. Kneel down on the rug and rub the pile vigorously with your hand in a short arc for 5 to 10 seconds. Look at your fingers and palm: if your hand is dirty, the rug needs cleaning.
  3. With the pile facing UP fold part of the rug back upon itself so that the pile opens along a line of knots. Look down into the base of the pile at the foundation of the rug. If the warp and weft look dirty, there is dirt deep in the pile where a home vacuum cleaner cannot reach it. The rug needs cleaning.

If you schedule us to clean your Area Rugs in the Anchorage & Mat Su Valley we will pick up and deliver them for you.

July 10, 2012 Posted by | oriental rug cleaning | , , , , , | 2 Comments

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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

Fall Is The Time To Insulate Pipes

Now is the time of year when Alaskans start preparing for winter. Snowmachines, studded tires and winter gear are usually the top items on that list. But your home should also be top priority too! Those who do not have the foresight to prepare their home for the coming cold months, often end up regretting that they did not. It can be twice as bad to deal with plumbing problems in the winter because pipes in or under the home have frozen and busted. Not to mention the water damage that can quickly happen inside the home.

During warm weather it is so much more comfortable to do maintenance on the home. People get so busy in the spring and summer with gardening and lawn mowing that they probably do not give much thought to the inconvenience that frozen and busted plumbing causes in the cold months. It is a good idea to schedule your plumbing inspections during the warm months. Going underneath your home into the crawl space, if you have one, is essential to be able to inspect your outside pipes for leaks and deterioration.

If the pipes in your crawl space are not insulated, you can do this simple job yourself by wrapping them with pipe insulation or heat tape made specifically for that purpose. It can be terrible to have to get under there and make pipe repairs when there is a foot of snow on the ground and it is only 10 degrees (or many times MUCH colder) outside. Why not do it now when the weather is nicer?

Outside water faucets are also prone to more damage in the winter months. If you are using your spigots right now and notice that they have leaks anywhere, do the repairs now and save trouble later. These spigots can also be insulated for the wintertime. When you have spigot leaks, it can cause you to lose a lot of water over time. This is not good for the planet to waste water and it will not be good for your home either if you get water damage inside your home because of it. Your local hardware or department store should have the supplies that you need to insulate your outside and inside water sources and pipes to help you get your home winterized.

October 10, 2011 Posted by | Alaska, Anchorage, Wasilla, water damage | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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 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

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