Spring 2014

We have some great deals on upholstery cleaning for this spring
sofa and two chairs £70.00 offer ends 31/03/2014

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Summer 2012

We have some very good offers on for carpet and upholstery cleaning for this summer so please give us a call
for a free quote

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Why Regular Carpet Cleaning is Necessary

Regular carpet cleaning

Regular carpet cleaning

Just as the clothes we wear need regular washing to keep them fresh and hygienic our carpets and upholstered furniture require periodic cleaning. Accumulated soil and grit are major causes of reduced carpet and fabric life, and enable destructive and health harmful mites and bacteria to work unchecked. Cleaning costs are minimal when you consider the replacement cost of carpets and furnishings, so regular cleaning makes economic sense too.

Little do most of us realise that what we are seeing is only a tiny fraction of the soil that a carpet contains. The visible grime we notice is only the tip of the iceberg; up to 85 per cent of the dirt the carpet holds is buried deep within the pile. And when you consider that a carpet can eventually trap its own weight or more in soil – as much as 150 lbs for an average-sized living-room – you’ll agree it’s no trivial matter.

Regular professional cleaning can ensure:

• Increased life expectancy – Eliminating many of the problems that may lead to carpet and soft furnishings needing to be replaced before their time.

• Stain Removal – No longer worry about concealing those discomforting spots, marks and dried in spillages, professional cleaning can ensure removal of most stubborn stains.

• A more hygienic environment – Complete removal of general dust, soil and accumulated debris.

• Improved appearance – Even the oldest of carpets and furniture can look brand new following professional cleaning.

• Elimination of mites and bacteria – Reducing the risk of allergies, mould and many other potential problems.

• Deodorisation – Most odours can be eliminated by general professional cleaning and NCCA members can offer specialist treatments to ensure a fresh, clean smelling carpet.

Vacuuming Is Not Enough

Regular vacuuming is a necessity to keep your carpets clean and hygienic, and some of you will use other equipment to help maintain and preserve your valuable floor coverings. However, most domestic vacuum cleaners, shampooers and steamers, even the more powerful ones, haven’t got what it takes to get rid of that deep-down dirt or nasty germs. This is one of those jobs for the professionals, with their highly sophisticated equipment and the training and experience to know how, when and where to use it.

Vacuuming Is Not Enough

Vacuuming Is Not Enough

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Spills and Stains: Emergency Tips

carpet stains

First and foremost, Don’t Panic!

Accidents will happen and most can be resolved, sometimes not without the help of a professional, but the NCCA is here to assist no matter what the circumstances.
If something gets spilled on to your carpet, prompt action is required to prevent staining.

Be Prepared

It is the recommendation of the National Carpet Cleaners Association to have the following items and solutions to hand for dealing with spillages as soon as possible:
• Clean white absorbent cloth or towel
• Dry Cleaning Solution – Surgical Spirit (usually available from local Chemists)
• Detergent Solution – One teaspoonful of gentle detergent for washing woollens, to half a pint (0.3 litres) of warm water
• Detergent Vinegar Solution – Add one teaspoonful of white (not malt) vinegar to the Detergent Solution
• Ammonia Solution – One teaspoonful of branded household Ammonia (available from hardware stores) to one cup of warm water
General Tips
• Do not over wet into backing materials
• Always test any solution/detergent on an inconspicuous area of carpet prior to treating a stain
• Use detergents at recommended dilution ratios
• Scrape up or blot up any excess prior to treatment
• Blot, never rub or scrub
• Do not use inappropriate detergents on carpets or upholstery i.e. (washing up liquid, wash powders, household bleach, disinfectants)
• Always work from the outside of the stain inward to avoid spreading
• Always apply the cleaning fluid to the absorbent spotting material not directly onto the carpet or fabric
• Encourage quick drying (carefully use a hairdryer on mild heat to assist)
• Deal with stains as quickly as possible for increased chances of success
• Keep the fabric or carpet as dry as possible.

Alcohol, Coffee, Tea, Liquid Foods, Urine

• Blot up surplus spillage
• Use Detergent Vinegar Solution, a little at a time
• Work from the outer edge of the stain inwards
• Frequently blot with dry cloths
• See below for final rinse procedure

Chocolate, Sweets, Blood, Glue, Egg, Ice Cream, Milk, Soft Drinks, Vomit

• Scrape up excess with a blunt knife
• Use a Detergent Solution starting at the outer edge
• Blot dry
• Follow up with Ammonia Solution
• Blot dry
• See below for final rinse procedure

Solids, Fats, Tar, Chewing Gum, Oil, Ointment, Shoe Polish

• Scrape up excess with a blunt knife
• Use a Dry Cleaning Solution followed by Detergent Vinegar Solution
• Blot dry
• See below for final rinse procedure
Unknown Stains
• Scrape up or blot surplus spillage
• Use a Dry Cleaning Solution followed by clean Luke warm water
• Blot dry
• If further treatment is needed, use either Detergent or Detergent Vinegar Solution
• Blot dry
• See below for final rinse procedure
Final Rinse Procedure (applicable to all above methods of stain removal)
• Mix one-part white vinegar and four-parts water
• Pour mixture into a spray bottle and spray over the stained area
• Blot dampened area (do not rub) to remove excess moisture
• Spread white kitchen towel (stacked 6-8 sheets deep) or absorbent cloth over the affected area and place a weight, such as a telephone directory, on top
• Leave overnight and repeat if necessary
Whilst the stain removal guide may be basic, it should help prevent some quite common and expensive DIY stain removal damage. Unfortunately, there can never be a guarantee of complete removal of a stain, but the correct routine will give your professional cleaner, when called in, the best possible chance of success.

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