Okay, so vacuuming your carpet may not be a complete waste of time, of course it removes surface dirt, crumbs, fluff etc and has the added benefit of a home workout, but vacuums are sneaky and like to give the illusion of being more than they actually are…
You wouldn’t be alone in thinking that vacuuming your carpet is cleaning it too. The good news is that it’s recommended that you only need to vacuum your carpet once a week, the bad news is that it doesn’t do all you may think it does. Dragging the vacuum around the house like a stubborn pet is a chore to most (unless you’re one of those people who actually enjoy housework…eh, fair play) The results of vacuuming can give your carpet that clean, swishy, fluffy look with the obvious bits of dirt gone. However, looks can be deceiving and that’s where professional carpet cleaners come in.
Let’s be honest, most people don’t vacuum slowly, taking care to reach every nook and cranny or even move all the furniture. Even if you do take your time, vacuuming alone will not give the same results as a professional cleaning or the added health benefits either. Having your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year (more if you have furry family members) can remove 90% more dust, allergens and pet dander than vacuuming alone. It will also improve the overall indoor air quality in your home.
Professional carpet cleaning means easier vacuuming
When you’ve had your carpet professionally cleaned, you will be offered an after care protective treatment. Unlike trying to dodge the usually aftercare sales pitch, protective carpet treatments are worth their weight in gold. This treatment is applied to the carpet after cleaning and forms a barrier that resists future staining and premature wear. The carpet fibres become more resistant to staining and dirt, making it easier for you to vacuum in future…how amazing is that!
Why pay someone to do a job you can do yourself?
If you want a job done right, do it yourself…unless it’s carpet cleaning, then hire the professionals!
Professional carpet cleaners are just that – professionals. You’re paying for their expertise, knowledge and the peace of mind that the job will be done correctly. DIY carpet cleaning can in fact cause more harm than good. Carpet steaming done incorrectly can create mould thus destroying your carpet costing you more money in the long run. Pleasant smelling carpet shampoos are great for in between professional cleans to freshen up your home, but they only disguise dirty carpets if that’s what they are constantly sprinkled on.
So the moral of the story – back away from the ‘Carpet Cleaning for Dummies’ and book with the professionals. Renew Carpet Cleaning use state of the art cleaning equipment and each job is carried out by a fully trained technician, using only Eco-friendly cleaning products. Therefore the results are clean, fresh carpet and a healthier home for you and your family.
Renew carpet cleaning have over twenty years experience.To book your carpet cleaning or to find out more about Renew’s services get in contact today.
False tan stains are inevitable, and the price we all pay to look fabulously bronzed. Most aren’t a problem though, bed sheets, clothes and towels can all be thrown in the wash, but what about our carpet? Disaster can strike,when you realise your carpet has more tan on it than you. Cream or white carpet can even mean tears….But, fear not! Renew carpet cleaning have a step-by-step guide to removing false tan from carpet, that’s even easier than trying to tan your own back.
How to clean up a false tan stain on carpet
Use a dull knife or spoon to lift out as much of the product as you can from the carpet. Be sure not to rub or wipe the stain as this will cause it to work further into the carpet making it harder to remove.
Mix a solution of one teaspoon of washing-up liquid with two cups of warm water. Dip a soft toothbrush into the solution and work it into the carpet. Work inwards so as not to spread the stain.
Then blot with a clean towel or paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible.
Use cold water to blot away the soapy solution and dry by blotting with paper towel.
Allow the area to air dry.
If the stain remains, mix a solution of one tablespoon hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of water. Test this solution on an inconspicuous area of carpet first. Only use hydrogen peroxide on light-coloured carpet as it will bleach darker dyes. Be sure to read the instructions on the bottle carefully and use protective clothing and gloves.
It’s recommended that all carpet should be professionally cleaned at least once a year. Renew carpet cleaning are Ireland’s leading carpet cleaning company. Not only do we remove tough stains and get carpet looking like new, we can achieve all this by using Eco-friendly products that have been FDA approved! To book your carpet cleaning today, or to find out more about Renew’s services, check out our website.
Forget about the bread, hot chocolate is what you want in this cold, snowy weather. There is nothing better than curling up with a mug of hot chocolate and relaxing, that is, until you accidentally spill it on your carpet. However, there’s no need to panic or start re-arranging furniture…
Below is our easy step-by-step guide to removing a hot chocolate spill on carpet.
How to clean up after a hot chocolate spill on carpet
Use a clean towel to blot up as much of the liquid as possible, work inwards to avoid spreading the stain.
Pour a small amount of cold water onto the area to help dilute the stain and blot again
Mix a tablespoon of washing-up liquid with two cups of warm water. Dampen a towel in the solution and blot the area.
Repeat, until the stain is gone.
Use a towel dampened with warm water and clean to remove any soapy residue.
How to clean up after a hot chocolate spill on cream or white carpet
Follow the above steps, then,
Mix a teaspoon of clear ammonia with a cup of warm water to make a cleaning solution. Apply this to the hot chocolate stain and then let it set for five minutes. Always take care when using ammonia, test out on an inconspicuous area of carpet first and never mix with other chemicals.
Use a clean white cloth to blot the affected area. Continue to blot the stain, until it is completely removed.
How to clean up a tea spill on carpet
Snow, sunshine, wind or rain – tea never needs a weather or occasion to be popular! Tea stains are one of the most unsightly and seep quickly into carpets fibres as it’s a hot liquid. In order to remove the brown stain efficiently its best to act quickly.
Mix two ounces of white vinegar and 4 ounces of warm water.
Use a clean cloth to blot the stain with the solution, work towards the middle so as not to spread the stain.
Rub gently, being careful not to scrub as this can damage the carpet fibres.
Continue, until the stain disappears.
If the smell of vinegar is lingering, then sprinkle some baking soda on the area and leave overnight. Vacuum up the next morning and the smell should be gone.
Now the stain is gone, it’s time to make some more tea. Go on, go on, go on…
Renew carpet cleaning can help with any stain – big or small. We look after carpets, rugs, upholstery and more. Check our website or contact us to book today. Be sure to check our blog for more easy stain removal tips.
A good knowledge of the carpet cleaning industry along with full understanding of the chemicals and treatments used in the process is essential to ensure the safety of the occupier and to avoid damage to the carpets that are being treated.
Unfortunately, the carpet cleaning industry is unregulated by officials and this can result in companies claiming to be professional only for the client to later discover they have been placing their trust with a company that in fact has very little knowledge of the services they are providing, with often costly and disastrous results.
Finding a reputable carpet cleaning company can seem like a challenge but can be made easier by reading positive reviews and testimonials from previous clients and often the most professional companies will offer a full money back guarantee.
Good carpet cleaning businesses will stand out from the crowd and offer you peace of mind along with their high-quality knowledge and services.
Common mistakes people make when hiring a professional:
#1 Hiring a carpet cleaning service only going on what equipment they use . A professional service will require high-quality equipment but they also need to be operated by skilled workers to get the job done correctly.
The employees need to be skilled at operating the machinery provided by the company to clean your carpets correctly. Many cleaning companies own hot-water extractors, but their workers aren’t trained in how to use them properly.
The best way to know if a company is using employees who are properly trained and qualified in using these types of equipment is to ask for proof of the companies (IICRC) certification, this is a certification given to companies and employees who are certified by the Institute of Inspection, cleaning, and restoration certificate.
#2 Hiring a carpet cleaning company because they offer the lowest price
When hiring a company due to its offer of very low prices in comparison to other competitors you may find yourself faced with one of these problems:
The company might be using less than professional quality equipment which may result in your carpets not being cleaned as you expected.
Very low prices might be offered to lure you as the consumer into hiring the company, only to later discover it was a trap and there are lots of other added costs added to the final invoice.
Companies may offer a low price but only provide you with a low-efficiency singular process clean which is not as thorough as a professional dual process carpet cleaning service. these companies rely on you as the consumer not understanding the difference between the two services and aim to take your hard earned money without really providing you with the service you need.
#3 Choosing a carpet cleaning company via telephone or only getting a single quote from one company
Always ask for a written quotation with the exact price for the service you require, invite the company to your home to evaluate so there are no misunderstandings about the type of service you need and will not result in any added costs being added to the bill on completion.
#4 Hiring a company that does not offer a money back guarantee with their service
A professional company will always offer a money back guarantee to back up the claims that they offer a great service. This not only eases the mind of you the consumer but says the company takes responsibility for their own mistakes if any should arise.
Always ask the company at the time of quotation whether or not they offer a guarantee and ask them to include it in the final written quote.
#5 Choosing a carpet cleaner without searching out testimonials from their previous clients
Most professional companies can supply you with references on request and online reviews and testimonies make it even easier to find a high-quality service from local businesses.
#6 Choosing a carpet cleaner who isn’t certified by the institution of inspection, cleaning and restoration certification (IICR)
Ask the company if they are IICRC Certified for added peace of mind. This certificate is the equivalent of a college degree shows that the staff members have received the correct training and have taken a written examination to prove their knowledge in the services provided and also how to use the different chemicals safely.
#7 Hiring a carpet cleaning company that is not a registered member of the (CFI)
The carpet and fabric Institute are an association who aim to provide:
A very high level of customer service.
Offer the latest up to date methods for all carpet cleaning services.
Provide ethical business practices to the highest standard.
#8 Hiring a carpet cleaner who doesn’t use a hot water system
A Vehicle mounted water system is more efficient in cleaning than any other system and will ensure the job is completed to the highest possible standard.
They provide continuous hot water, higher pressure and stronger suction which gives outstanding results when getting your carpets cleaned.
Here’s what you should expect from a professional company:
* No hidden costs. Request an itemised cost breakdown for each of the services and prices before technicians begin.
* No Pressure. You as the client should never feel pressurised into paying for added services that you didn’t initially want or require.
* Satisfied customer. Cleaning firms should offer guarantees in writing as a way to ensure that any problems or misunderstandings will be dealt with professionally and the company should take responsibility for any damages or unsatisfactory work.
* Vacuuming. The cleaner should start by vacuuming high traffic and busy areas where dirt, grit and soil accumulate, This ensures the process is actually cleaning rather than just mixing with the debris already present.
* Removing furniture. The moving of furnishings to clean carpet areas beneath should be part of the normal cleaning job unless otherwise stated.
Spot cleaning is usually included as a part of a regular job spec. However, specialised spot cleaning might require further charges if it requires more time-consuming work, ask about this when acquiring the written quote from the carpet cleaning company.
* Preconditioning treatments. Heavily soiled areas will require special preconditioning agents, these should be included in the overall price.
We hope you find this information helpful if you have any questions feel free to Call us (01) 2055 000 or Visit our for more details visit our Service Page.
Approximately 10% of Ireland’s population are allergic to dust mites, so it’s not hard to find a link to multiple diseases and health conditions.
If you’ve ever woken up with sniffles, an unexpected sinus headache, itchy eyes or unexplained sneezing, chances are you have a dust mite allergy. Fortunately, these annoying critters can be professionally controlled.
What Are Dust Mites and How Do They Trigger Allergic Reactions?
Chances are you’ve at least seen a dust bunny or two in your lifetime. It’s more likely that they’re lurking all over your home. Many people automatically assume the fluffy piles of lint are just comprised of random dirt, bits of food, and dead skin cells or other “harmless” materials.
However, those “bunnies” are far more evil than they appear. Why? Because they’re really comprised of dust mites.
Dust mites can’t be seen by the naked eye. They’re microscopic insects that feed on many types of dirt and debris, but dead skin cells are their passion.
So then, you might be thinking, “What’s wrong with that if I can’t see them anyway and they consume dirt and dead skin?”
Well, let’s look at how quickly they copulate.
A single gram (half teaspoon) of dust contains up to 1,000 dust mites. Yet, compared to the average mattress, that’s practically nothing. Your bedding may look clean. It may even smell fresh and wonderful. But the typical mattress contains between 100,000 and 10 million dust mites at any given time.
If you think that’s gross, just wait because the average dust mite produces 20 waste droppings on a daily basis. Not only are you living with and breathing in these microscopic creatures, but you’re literally lying in their feces!
Even if you’re horrible with math, the undisputed fact is that 10 million dust mites excreting 20 waste droppings per day equal a lot of filth you simply don’t need in your life.
And what’s even worse is it’s not usually the bugs that cause the problem, it’s the waste itself.
Inhaling the enzymes and feces can irritate human lungs and aggravate asthma. It can also cause breathing issues, especially for children and the elderly.
Ignoring simple sniffles or nasal congestion that seem to have no obvious cause can be a grave mistake.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of a Potential Dust Mite Infestation?
Exposure to dust mites and the resulting allergens is enhanced during sleeping hours or whenever the dust is disturbed.
So as wonderful as plopping into an over-stuffed bed may sound after a long, hard day at work, such an action can have unforeseen consequences.
The mildest reaction may be a runny nose. But those especially sensitive to dust mite excretions can experience frequent or chronic reactions that may result in dramatic health concerns.
In fact, any or all of the following symptoms can be caused by the tiny, unwelcome intruders:
Itchy, Red, Watery Eyes
Nasal Drip/ Runny Nose
Dust mites thrive in warm and humid conditions. In fact, they can’t survive long in continually cold conditions. They love to burrow into thick clothing and eat away at dead skin cells.
Dust mites won’t bite the host, but each will leave behind approximately 1,000 allergen-causing waste particles during its 80-day life cycle. And since each female dust mite can lay 25-30 eggs per week, it’s guaranteed more will follow if you continue to ignore the problem.
How Can You Get Rid of Dust Mites in Your Bed and Bedding?
Dust mite infestation causes a mattress to double in weight within ten years. So it’s both healthy and wise to wash your bed linen on a weekly basis.
But what about the mattress itself?
Experts suggest the mattresses should be deep cleaned once or twice per year to control, if not entirely remove, the unwelcomed sleeping partners.
Of course, waiting for ideal weather conditions and dragging each mattress out to a dry patch in the yard to either bake under the sun or freeze is not something any sane or rational human being would consider-at least not when there’s a far easier solution.
Why not just leave it to the professionals and call it a day?
Not only will you rid your life of the pests, but you’ll sleep better in the process.
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Breath easy with clean carpet – a must read for Allergy sufferers
Carpeting has been a long time integral part of the indoor environment and there are long-held beliefs that carpets adversely impact allergy sufferers. In recent years carpets have been receiving some unfavorable publicity. The major Carpet Misconceptions relates to carpets being bad for people with asthma & breathing problems, however, according to multiple studies the opposite appears to be true!
Noted toxicologist Dr. Mitchell Sauerhoff, Ph. D., DABT, looked at carpet and its purported link to asthma and allergies in his research paper, Carpet, Asthma and Allergies – Myth or Reality. In the report, Dr. Sauerhoff reviewed more than 23 scientific studies representing research performed in the U.S. and around the world. After months of research, Dr. Sauerhoff concluded that the negative perceptions and persistent, long-held beliefs on carpet’s alleged negative characteristics are not consistent with current nonconclusive research. A governed study that spanned over 15 years In Sweden concluded that no link existed between carpets and allergy or asthma attacks. In fact, when carpet usage in Sweden decreased by 70 percent, allergy reactions in the general population increased by 30 percent. Another study conducted in 2003, based on school children in New Jersey America, found that having carpet in a child’s bedroom was associated with fewer missed school days and less need for asthma medication. These are just three of many studies showing no correlation between carpet and asthma or allergies.
How Carpet Helps Asthma & Allergy Sufferers
Rather than contributing to allergy and asthma problems, carpet helps those with these conditions and well-maintained carpet is safe. Carpet act like a large filter, trapping allergens and keeping them out of the air you and your family breathe. These trapped allergens, such as pollen, pet dander and dust, can then easily be removed through professional cleaning techniques.
Help improve indoor air quality
Keep allergens out of the air
Contain the lowest volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions of common flooring choices
Create a safe ground
Carpet Filter for Allergens
Healthy Home Management System
To keep your carpet in great shape, reduce allergens and retain good indoor air quality, consider these tips from the Carpet & Rug Institute:
Vacuum regularly High-traffic or pet areas should be vacuumed daily, medium-traffic areas need to be vacuumed about twice a week and light-traffic areas should be vacuumed weekly.
Limit dirt intrusion. The ideal situation is keep as much dirt and grime off the carpet as possible. Be proactive and put out a durable entrance mat for people to wipe off their feet before entering your home.
Deep clean Professional carpet cleaning by hot water extraction is recommended every six months – one year. This process extracts deeply embedded dirt that regular vacuuming can’t reach.
If you suffer from particularly bad allergies, consider cleaning your upholstered furniture, draperies and blinds also. Like carpet, these also need regular cleaning. Drapes and blinds can build up microscopic allergens quickly from open windows. Vacuum and wash regularly and consider hiring a professional cleaner once a year or as needed.
Carpet Cleaning provides many benefits for many different people, including those with allergies. So before you spend a lot of money taking out your home’s carpet, remember why you chose it in the first place. Then take the proper steps to clean it so it complements your home for many years to come.
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