10 Things We Forget When Doing A Spring Clean

One thing that hasn’t been cancelled this year is our annual Spring Clean. Spending so much time indoors means our home needs a Spring Clean now more than ever. Although cleaning and disinfecting have been a top priority for most people, it can mean that the bigger jobs have been forgotten.

Below is a list of ten things we often forget when doing a Spring Clean:

Rug

Rugs are a focal point in any home.

 

Not only do they add warmth to a room, but they’re also used as a playmat for children and pets! This coupled with foot traffic makes them a magnet for dirt and germs. Here are some tips for spring cleaning your rug.

 

• Start by vacuuming to remove any obvious dirt.

• Turn the rug upside down and vacuum the opposite side, this will help fluff out the pile.

• Light stains can be removed using a clean sponge with warm, soapy water. Pat the area with a kitchen towel to remove any excess water and leave it to air dry.

• For heavily soiled areas or to give your rug the ultimate spring clean, hiring a professional cleaning company is always a good idea.

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Hot Press

Nothing says a spring clean more than an organised hot press.

 

Perhaps the most mundane of all chores (loud music is recommended) cleaning your hot press can give you the best job satisfaction. Below are some tips and clever tricks to give your hot press the best Spring Clean:

 

• Start by emptying everything onto the floor.

• Vacuum the bottom of the hot press and use a damp cloth to clean the shelving/sides and inside the door.

• Items such as towels and bedclothes can be folded neatly onto the shelves.

• Organisation is key to keeping your hot press clean and tidy. A clever tip is to fold matching bedding inside the matching pillowcase! This will save on space and make it easier when it comes to finding your bed sets.

• Keeping a small basket with cloths and cleaning products in your hot press is a handy way of saving yourself time when cleaning upstairs.

• To get rid of any bad odours, leave an open box of baking soda inside your hot press. Remove after 3 days.

• Spritz with your favourite home scent and voila that’s one big Spring clean job complete!

Microwave

Is your microwave clean or spring clean?

 

• Use a clean cloth and warm, soapy water to remove any visible dirt aka last month’s baked beans, Bolognese and Pot noodle.

• Place a medium-size microwavable bowl with 1/2 cup of water, a sliced lemon (squeeze some of the juices into the bowl and drop in the slices) Microwave on high power for 3 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes more. The steam will help loosen any stuck-on foods. Be careful when opening the door, use oven mitts to remove the bowl.

• Using a clean cloth, wipe the ceiling and sides of the microwave. The food should glide off. For more stubborn stains, dip the cloth into the lemon solution and rub the area.

• Remove the glass turntable inside and wash in warm, soapy water. Dry and replace.

• Lastly, don’t forget to clean behind your microwave. It can be a real dust trap!

Kitchen Sink

Don’t forget the kitchen sink!

 

As we use our kitchen sink multiple times a day, it can often be forgotten in our Spring clean and cleaning in general. A build-up of tea stains and water marks can make it look unsightly.

Here are our top tips for giving your stainless-steel sink the best Spring clean:

 

• Mix washing-up liquid and ½ cup of baking soda together to make a paste. Using a sponge, cover the sink with the paste and rub in circular motions. Rinse well.

• The above cleaning mixture can also be used to clean the draining board.

• Finish with any stainless-steel spray, buff to shine!

Shower

Showers aren’t self-cleaning…

 

Most of us are too busy singing in the shower to notice how dirty it can be. Water marks on the shower door, a blocked-up drain and dirty tiles can make our showers more rank than relaxing. Below are our tips for Spring cleaning your shower:

 

(Before you start: Be sure to test a small area of the shower door to make sure it doesn’t scratch the glass)

 

• Fill a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and washing-up liquid. Cover the shower door generously and wipe with a clean, soft cloth/sponge.

• Clean the outside of the door with window spray or white vinegar – buff to shine.

• Using a sponge and warm soapy water clean the shower tray. Remember to remove any anti-slip mats and clean them too.

 

To clean the drain (see sink above)

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Middle Drawer

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The middle drawer

 

Aka the junk drawer is often forgotten in our Spring clean. Phone chargers, take-out menus and random foreign currency can all be found here. Whilst a junk drawer serves a purpose (when you’re looking for a pen) keeping them organised is key. Your Spring clean is the best time to get them in shape.

 

• Empty out everything (yes, everything!)

• Marvel at the wonder of how much the drawer can actually fit!

• Use a clean cloth and warm, soapy water to clean the inside of the drawer. Q tips are great for cleaning those hard to reach corners!

• Dry well with a kitchen towel or paper items will stick to the bottom leaving an imprint of your favourite take-out dishes!

• Instead of spending money on fancy drawer organisers, why not use old Tupperware or similar items. They will fit nicely inside the drawer and can house your keys, spare batteries, or anything else you may need at a moment’s notice.

Carpets

Keep your carpets clean and fresh

 

Carpets often hold the title for ‘most forgotten’ in a Spring clean. As we vacuum our carpets regularly, we can believe that they are clean. However, vacuuming alone only removes surface dirt giving the illusion of a clean carpet.

 

To give your home the best spring clean and more importantly to keep it healthy, having your carpets professionally cleaned is a must. Renew Carpet Cleaning remove up to 98% of bacteria, allergens, pet dander and dust mites.

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Washing Machine

The washing machine needs to be washed…

 

It’s easy to forget about cleaning your washing machine as their job is to…well, clean. However, washing machines can surprise you, one day you open the door and it smells of your favourite fabric conditioner, the next it smells of sewage (true story). Before you get to that, here’s how to Spring clean your washing machine:

 

• First, remove the detergent drawer and using a clean, damp cloth and cleaning spray (whichever you use for your kitchen counters) clean out the drawer insert. To clean the drawer itself, using a toothbrush is great for reaching those awkward places.

• Next, using your cloth and kitchen spray again, clean the rubber rim at the front of the door. You will be surprised with the amount of grime hiding underneath – which if left, can stain your clothes.

• Empty the filter removing any treasures you may find (hello, hairclips and beloved earring) Clean the filter itself with warm, soapy water.

• Wipe the front of the machine with a damp cloth and cleaning spray.

• Lastly, to clean the drum itself. Pour ½ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar directly into the drum, run on the highest and hottest setting. This should break up any residue stuck to the drum and remove any bad odours.

Mattress

Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

 

Nothing says Spring Clean like a fresh bed. Changing your bedcovers regularly is only half the job. To give your bed the best spring clean, you need to tackle your mattress!

 

The average bed is home to up to ten million dust mites. This is one spring clean job that will definitely benefit from professional help!

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Curtains

Everyone can see your curtains.

 

Preparing your home for Spring means throwing open the windows and letting the sunshine in. However, that sunshine can show up places you’ve forgotten to Spring clean in the past – like your curtains.

 

Curtains aren’t just a decorative feature tying together colour schemes and making a home warm and snug. Curtains can trap harmful pollutants making them a health hazard for allergy-prone children and adults.

 

For fear of shrinking or discolouring your beloved curtains, it’s always best to seek professional advice. Renew Carpet Cleaning offer a free quote and they can talk you through the best options to get your curtains looking like new again.

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Improving indoor air quality and making your home a healthier place for all the family is just two of the long list of benefits to booking a curtain clean with Renew.

Call in the professionals for your Spring Clean!

 

A Spring clean list can seem daunting, so it’s important to take each job one at a time. For the bigger jobs, hiring a reputable cleaning company like Renew (who have over 30 years’ experience) can be the best option. You know the job is getting done to the highest standard, leaving you time to do something else on your list (or just relax with a cuppa)

 

So why not Spring into action and contact Renew Carpet Cleaning today.

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How to Clean up after a Bleach Spill on Carpet

After you’ve finished crying (let’s face it, looking at a bleach stain on your carpet can be THAT emotional) be sure to act quickly! The longer you leave the bleach, the more damage it will do. When dealing with bleach always wear protective clothing, the last thing you want is a double tragedy with your favourite jeans in the firing line too. Also, make sure the area you’re working in is well ventilated.

How to clean up after a bleach spill on carpet

  • Take a clean white cloth and blot up as much excess bleach as possible. Be sure to blot and not rub as this will damage the carpet fibres.
  • Mix together washing up liquid and water and apply to the stain
  • Alternatively, you could use white vinegar and water, but as the smell can be intense you would want a very strong stomach!
  • Working inwards, gently clean the area with a white cloth until the stain is gone.
  • Rinse with cold water and blot up any excess water with paper towel or a clean towel.

Unfortunately in some cases, the area where the bleach has spilled will be completely stripped of colour. This will need the added help of a fabric pen or carpet kit. Always check the manufactures instructions before using any of these. DIY hacks such as kid’s crayons and hair dye may also work to replace the carpet colour, but as with any DIY job there is a risk, and it could end up making the area look even worse.

With difficult stains such as bleach it can be hard to deal with them on your own. Calling in the professionals will give you the best chance of reversing the damage to your carpet and have it looking in tip top condition. Renew Carpet Cleaning have over twenty years experience. They are the trusted carpet cleaning company for some of the biggest commercial names in the country. Word of mouth and repeat custom make up over 80% of their residential custom. To book your carpet cleaning today or to find out more about Renew’s services Contact us today.

How to Clean up a Grass Stain on Carpet

There is nothing quite like the smell of freshly cut grass, but if that grass has been trotted through your carpet, then it’s not so delightful. Grass stains on carpet are among the most common (and unsightly) Even the most welcoming of ‘welcoming’ mats, aren’t always able to prevent a grass trail up the stairs. Below is Renew’s step-by-step guide to cleaning up a grass stain on your carpet, so you can be sure the great outdoors is left, well, outdoors…

How to clean a grass stain from carpet

Two important things to remember when cleaning up a grass stain on carpet – only use cold water (never hot or even lukewarm) and never rub the stain.

  • Vacuum up any clumps of grass or soil.
  • Mix one cup of cold water with a couple drops of laundry detergent. Leave to work for 10 minutes.
  • Using a white cloth, gently clean the area working inwards.
  • When the stain is gone rinse the area with cold water to remove any soapy residue.
  • Leave to air dry.

Some grass stains, especially if left for a period of time are tougher to remove. If this is the case and our method above hasn’t worked, then continue on with the steps below (Always test cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area of carpet first, and wear appropriate clothing and gloves)

  • With the stain wet, apply an ammonia based cleaning solution to the area.
  • Blot with a clean, white cloth.
  • Cover the stain with white vinegar, and blot again.
  • Rinse with cold water and use a clean towel to blot dry.

If you’ve tried both methods but to no avail, then it’s best to call the professionals. Renew Carpet Cleaning not only remove tough stains, but they leave your carpet both clean and healthy. To find out more about Renew’s services or to book your appointment today, please contact us here.

How to Clean up a Cola spill on Carpet

Who hasn’t tried the super scientific experiment, of dropping a coin into a glass of cola and watching the rust magically disappear? Over the years, Cola has become just as popular for it’s cleaning powers as its refreshing taste. Unfortunately these cleaning powers don’t apply to carpet. As cola is obviously a dark coloured liquid, it looks even more harsh when spilled on cream and white carpet. Even patterned and dark carpets can be left with a murky stain that can seem tough to get rid of. However, help is at hand! Below is Renew’s step-by-step guide to cleaning up a cola spill on carpet. For best results, get to work on the stain straight away and always test cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area of carpet first.

How to Clean up a Cola spill on Carpet

Using a towel (or paper towel) soak up as much of the liquid as possible. Mix together – two cups of warm water, a squirt of washing-up liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar to make a cleaning solution. Add the cleaning solution to a spray bottle (if you have one) or pour a small amount, enough to cover the stain, and leave for two minutes. Using a clean cloth or sponge, work the solution into the stain (don’t rub as this may damage the carpet) Continue cleaning, working inwards, until the stain is gone. Using a clean cloth and water, remove any soapy residue and vinegar from the carpet. Leave to air dry. If the stain persists or the carpet is white / cream, then you may need to continue with the steps below. Mix together some cold water and oxygen bleach (follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully) Using a cloth or bristle brush work the cleaning solution into the stain. You may need to leave this to work for up to one hour. Rinse away any residue with warm water. Allow to air dry. Renew Carpet Cleaning are experts at removing tough stains. As cola contains a high sugar content, it’s important to make sure you have removed all of the liquid successfully, to avoid attracting germs to the area. If in doubt contact Renew and book your carpet cleaning. Renew Carpet Cleaning recommend having your carpets professionally cleaned at least annually. After cleaning they can apply a protective treatment which will protect against future staining – including soda spills! To find out more about Renew’s services or to book your carpet cleaning, Contact Us today

How to Clean up a Cola spill on Carpet

How to clean up a cola spill on carpet

Who hasn’t tried the super scientific experiment, of dropping a coin into a glass of cola and watching the rust magically disappear? Over the years, Cola has become just as popular for it’s cleaning powers as its refreshing taste. Unfortunately these cleaning powers don’t apply to carpet. As cola is obviously a dark coloured liquid, it looks even more harsh when spilled on cream and white carpet. Even patterned and dark carpets can be left with a murky stain that can seem tough to get rid of.

However, help is at hand! Below is Renew’s step-by-step guide to cleaning up a cola spill on carpet. For best results, get to work on the stain straight away and always test cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area of carpet first.

 

How to Clean up a Cola spill on Carpet

Using a towel (or paper towel) soak up as much of the liquid as possible.

Mix together – two cups of warm water, a squirt of washing-up liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar to make a cleaning solution.

Add the cleaning solution to a spray bottle (if you have one) or pour a small amount, enough to cover the stain, and leave for two minutes.

Using a clean cloth or sponge, work the solution into the stain (don’t rub as this may damage the carpet) Continue cleaning, working inwards, until the stain is gone.

Using a clean cloth and water, remove any soapy residue and vinegar from the carpet.

Leave to air dry.

How to clean up a cola spill on carpet

If the stain persists or the carpet is white / cream, then you may need to continue with the steps below.

Mix together some cold water and oxygen bleach (follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully)

Using a cloth or bristle brush work the cleaning solution into the stain. You may need to leave this to work for up to one hour.

Rinse away any residue with warm water.

Allow to air dry.

 

How to clean up a cola spill on carpet

Renew Carpet Cleaning are experts at removing tough stains. As cola contains a high sugar content, it’s important to make sure you have removed all of the liquid successfully, to avoid attracting germs to the area. If in doubt contact Renew and book your carpet cleaning.

Renew Carpet Cleaning recommend having your carpets professionally cleaned at least annually. After cleaning they can apply a protective treatment which will protect against future staining – including soda spills!

To find out more about Renew’s services or to book your carpet cleaning, Contact Us today

 

 

 

How to Clean up a Grass Stain on Carpet

How to clean up a grass stain on carpetThere is nothing quite like the smell of freshly cut grass, but if that grass has been trotted through your carpet, then it’s not so delightful. Grass stains on carpet are among the most common (and unsightly) Even the most welcoming of ‘welcoming’ mats, aren’t always able to prevent a grass trail up the stairs. Below is Renew’s step-by-step guide to cleaning up a grass stain on your carpet, so you can be sure the great outdoors is left, well, outdoors…

 

 

 

How to clean a grass stain from carpet

Two important things to remember when cleaning up a grass stain on carpet – only use cold water (never hot or even lukewarm) and never rub the stain.

  • Vacuum up any clumps of grass or soil.
  • Mix one cup of cold water with a couple drops of laundry detergent. Leave to work for 10 minutes.
  • Using a white cloth, gently clean the area working inwards.
  • When the stain is gone rinse the area with cold water to remove any soapy residue.
  • Leave to air dry.

How to clean up a grass stain on carpet

 

Some grass stains, especially if left for a period of time are tougher to remove. If this is the case and our method above hasn’t worked, then continue on with the steps below (Always test cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area of carpet first, and wear appropriate clothing and gloves)

  • With the stain wet, apply an ammonia based cleaning solution to the area.
  • Blot with a clean, white cloth.
  • Cover the stain with white vinegar, and blot again.
  • Rinse with cold water and use a clean towel to blot dry.

How to clean up a grass stain on carpet

 

If you’ve tried both methods but to no avail, then it’s best to call the professionals. Renew Carpet Cleaning not only remove tough stains, but they leave your carpet both clean and healthy. To find out more about Renew’s services or to book your appointment today, please contact us here.

 

 

How to Clean up after a Bleach Spill on Carpet

After you’ve finished crying (let’s face it, looking at a bleach stain on your carpet can be THAT emotional) be sure to act quickly! The longer you leave the bleach, the more damage it will do. When dealing with bleach always wear protective clothing, the last thing you want is a double tragedy with your favourite jeans in the firing line too. Also, make sure the area you’re working in is well ventilated.

How to clean up after a bleach spill on carpet

How to clean up after a bleach spill on carpet

  • Take a clean white cloth and blot up as much excess bleach as possible. Be sure to blot and not rub as this will damage the carpet fibres.
  • Mix together washing up liquid and water and apply to the stain.
  • Alternatively, you could use white vinegar and water, but as the smell can be intense you would want a very strong stomach!
  • Working inwards, gently clean the area with a white cloth until the stain is gone.
  • Rinse with cold water and blot up any excess water with paper towel or a clean towel.

 

Unfortunately in some cases, the area where the bleach has spilled will be completely stripped of colour. This will need the added help of a fabric pen or carpet kit. Always check the manufactures instructions before using any of these. DIY hacks such as kid’s crayons and hair dye may also work to replace the carpet colour, but as with any DIY job there is a risk, and it could end up making the area look even worse.

 

How to clean up after a bleach spill on carpetWith difficult stains such as bleach it can be hard to deal with them on your own. Calling in the professionals will give you the best chance of reversing the damage to your carpet and have it looking in tip top condition. Renew Carpet Cleaning have over twenty years experience. They are the trusted carpet cleaning company for some of the biggest commercial names in the country. Word of mouth and repeat custom make up over 80% of their residential custom. To book your carpet cleaning today or to find out more about  Renew’s services Contact us today.

 

 

 

How to Clean up an Ink Stain on Carpet

Ink stains are one of those notorious carpet stains that nobody wants to meet. Whether it’s a leaky biro or an accident doing homework, an ink stain can be more stressful than a fifth class maths problem. And, a close second to your child whining, ‘That’s not how my teacher does it.’

There are two types of inks – water based and non-water based.

Water based inks such as highlighters and magic markers are considered temporary, as they can be dissolved in water. These are pretty straight forward to remove.

Non-water based inks such as standard ink pens and permanent markers are not soluble in water and are usually considered permanent. These can still be successfully removed from carpet, they just need a little extra work.

Ballpoint pens can be either of the above, depending on the type.

How to clean up an ink stain on carpet

How to clean up a non-permanent ink stain on carpet

  • Blot up as much of the ink stain as possible using a clean cloth or paper towel.
  • Mix together washing up liquid and lukewarm water and use to dab the stain.
  • Continue until the stain has gone.
  • Rinse with water to rid any soapy residue.

How to clean up a permanent ink stain on carpet

  • Use a clean towel or paper towel to blot up as much excess ink as you can. Be sure not rub, as this will work the stain further down into the carpet.
  • Moisten the ink stain with a rubbing alcohol such as surgical spirits.
  • Using a clean white towel, carefully dab the area. (You will see the ink transfer onto the towel) Use a clean piece of towel each time, until the stain has gone.
  • Mix a few drops of detergent with warm water to remove any mess afterwards.
  • Rinse the area with lukewarm water and allow to air dry.

How to clean up an ink stain on carpet

Did you know hairspray and salt (not together) can remove ink stains?

Simply spray the ink stain with hairspray, use luke warm water to dab the area. Rinse afterwards.

Using salt, pour salt over the stain (if it’s dried in, wet the area first) leave overnight and vacuum the next day. Rinse afterwards to remove any salt residue.

Some stains, however, need professional help. Renew Carpet Cleaning can successfully remove all types of stains from carpet. Contact us today to book your carpet cleaning, and check out our website for more easy stain removal tips!

How to Clean a Blood Stain from Carpet

How to clean blood from carpet

Accidents happen as they say, and when the remnants of one has dripped on your carpet, you need to act quickly (after the first aid of course!) Blood contains many proteins which can make it a tough stain to remove, especially if it has dried into the carpet. Below is Renew Carpet Cleaning’s step by step guide to removing both fresh and dried in blood stains from carpet.

How to clean blood from carpet

Method 1

  • Mix one tablespoon of washing up liquid with two cups of cold water (be sure to use only cold water as warm/hot water will settle the stain into the carpet)
  • Using a clean cloth carefully sponge the area, working inwards so as not to spread the stain.
  • Repeat until the stain has gone.
  • Rinse the area with cold water to remove any soapy residue.

How to clean blood from carpet

Method 2

  • Mix together cold water and salt until it forms a thin paste.
  • Spread the paste over the stain, and rub it in using a clean towel.
  • Leave for 10-15 minutes so the salt can absorb the blood.
  • Blot the stain, making sure not to scrub as this can damage the carpet fibres.
  • Continue until the stain has gone.
  • Vacuum up the salt residue.

How to clean blood from carpet

How to remove dried in blood from carpet

  • Use a blunt knife or brush to loosen the dried blood, and vacuum up any bits.
  • Use method 1 (above) mix a washing up liquid and water solution, before blotting the stain.
  • If the stain turns brown after drying, then mix two cups of warm water and one cup of white vinegar and use a clean cloth to sponge the area. Repeat as necessary.

 

If you have tried to remove the stain yourself with no luck, it’s best to contact the professionals. Renew Carpet Cleaning remove all types of tough stains successfully and leave your carpet both clean and healthy. Contact Renew today to book your cleaning. For more quick and easy stain removal tips, check out our website.

 

 

How to Clean up After a Tea Spill on Carpet

How to clean up after a tea spill on carpet

As a nation of tea drinkers , regular tea spills are inevitable in every homes. Whether it’s a Hansel & Gretel tea trail from the kitchen to the couch, or a full cup completely up ended – an unsightly brown tea stain can seem a real pain to get rid of, especially on light coloured carpet. However, help is at hand! Below is Renew’s quick and easy guide to removing a tea stain from carpet.

For best results be sure to get to work on the stain straight away!

How to clean up after a tea spill on carpet

  • Use kitchen roll or a clean towel to blot up as much liquid as possible.
  • Pour a small amount of cold water on the stain to dilute the tea, blot again until no more liquid is transferred.
  • Mix together 2 ounces of white vinegar to 4 ounces of warm water. Test this cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area of carpet first.
  • Using a clean cloth and the above cleaning solution, rub the area working inwards so as not to spread the stain.
  • Continue until the stain is gone.

How to remove the smell of vinegar after cleaningHow to clean up after a tea spill on carpet

If the smell of vinegar lingers after you’ve finished cleaning up the tea stain, then follow the simple steps below

  • Blot up any excess liquid left after the stain removing process.
  • Sprinkle baking soda onto the area and leave for 1- 2 hrs (This will help absorb the odour)
  • Vacuum the area.
  • Repeat the above steps if necessary, until the odour has completely gone.

 

Renew Carpet Cleaning remove all types of tough stains. We recommend having your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year to maintain a clean and healthy home. After cleaning we use a protective treatment that acts a barrier against future staining (good news for tea lovers!) Contact Renew today to book your carpet cleaning, or to find more about the cleaning services we provide.