Keeping Your Carpets Clean During The Ottawa Winter

 

Winter weather can be hard on your carpets. For one thing you’re probably spending more time inside your house, which tends to mean more foot traffic. There’s snow and ice, which can cause problems when it’s tracked inside your home. Donald Geller, a carpet cleaner Ottawa recommends trying to prevent problems from occurring, rather than attempting to fix any problems or damage in inclement weather. Here’s some tips on how to keep your carpets clean during the Ottawa Winter.

By The Doors

Put some doormats on the inside of your outdoor doors. The mats will take much of the snow and debris from shoes and boots, so  that it stays in one spot, and not all over every floor.. You could also look for a hard plastic boot tray to sit by your outside doors so that people can leave their shoes or boots somewhere that won’t damage the carpets. If you have pets, you could also keep a towel by the door, so that you can dry it off before it walks all over your carpets.

Cleaning

Regular cleaning really helps keep life and color in your carpets, even during the winter months. You will need to vacuum, and deal with any spills in exactly the same way as you did in the summer. However, it’s not advisable to deep clean your carpets during winter. You could do a deep clean before winter, but you will definitely need to deep clean after winter. If, for some reason, it is necessary to deep clean your carpets in winter, it would be best to contact a professional carpet cleaning company. They will be able to clean and dry your carpets efficiently and effectively.

Rugs

You can help protect a high traffic area by using rugs to cover the carpet. Rugs can be easier to clean than wall to wall carpeting, and you can keep at least some of the dirt away from the carpet underneath. When you’re looking for rugs, look for ones that will be easy to care for. Wool is not a good choice, but synthetic fibers are. When winter ends you can clean the rugs thoroughly, roll them up, and store them away.

Humidity

The outside is going to be cooler, and you’re probably going to turn your heat up. These changes will lead to changes in humidity, which can have an effect on your flooring. If you think you have a problem with the humidity in your home you can buy a humidifier to keep moisture in the air, or a dehumidifier to take moisture out of the air.

Salt

One of the biggest problems in winter is salt. Many people use salt to melt the snow and ice. It’s very effective, but it can stick to shoes and transfer to your carpets. Vacuuming regularly will certainly help, but for extreme build-up you will need to call a professional carpet clean to clean your carpets using hot water extraction.

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A Complete Guide To Carpet Cleaning

When vacuums became available to the public, they were a godsend. They were an easier way to clean carpets and rugs. But they aren’t the only thing you need to do to keep your carpets cleaning. We are a carpet cleaning company in Ottawa with many years of experience. This guide will give you some tips to help keep your carpets and area rugs as clean as possible.

Limit The Dirt

One of the easiest ways to help keep your carpets clean is to limit the amount of dirt that comes into contact with them. You could put a no shoes rule into effect, or you could put doormats at every doorway.

You should also try to find a vacuum cleaner that is easy to use, and focus your efforts on areas that is likely to have a build-up of dirt. This includes areas near an outside door, and areas that have a high volume of foot traffic.

It can also be helpful to deep clean the rugs and carpets on a regular basis. You may want to do this yourself, or you can find a professional carpet cleaning company who will be able to do this for you.

Spot Cleaning

There is an abundance of stain removal remedies that you probably have in your home. However, how you treat a stain does depend on what kind of stain it is and the type of carpet you have. You might want to try to remove the stain yourself, but if you aren’t sure what it is, or you aren’t sure what your carpet is made from, you should probably call a professional company.

Types of Carpet

Synthetic - Routinely vacuum your carpet, and blot any spills. You can steam clean synthetic carpets yourself to deep clean them, or wall to wall carpets may require a professional company to do this for you. Always test any cleaning solutions on a small hidden area first. There is another test that can give you an idea of how a cleaner will react, but it isn’t foolproof. Put a few drops of cleaner on a saucer and let it evaporate. You can use a hairdryer to help with this. If dried residue is sticky, then it will probably leave a sticky residue on your carpets.

Wool - You can routinely vacuum wool carpets but you may want to be careful about which vacuum tools you use as some of them can cause wool carpets to fuzz. You should clean spills with water, and blotting. Some cleaning solutions can damage the wool. You probably shouldn’t try to deep clean a wool carpet on your own. Wool absorbs more water than synthetic carpets, which makes them harder to dry, and many of the carpet cleaners that are readily available will damage the wool. You should always call a professional company to deep clean a wool carpet.

Plant - Plant carpets are becoming more popular, but they can be difficult to maintain. You should regularly vacuum, and try to remove as much dirt and grit as possible as it causes excessive wear. Water and liquids can be very damaging to plant fibers so blot the spill as soon as possible, and dry quickly using a fan or a hairdryer. You should never attempt to deep clean a plant carpet. They can only be deep cleaned using dry methods, which are best left to a professional.

Deep Cleaning A Synthetic Carpet

If you do decide to deep clean your carpet on your own, you should steam clean it. Every steam cleaner will have its own instructions, but the basic process should remain the same.

  1. Vacuum the area first to remove as much dirt and dust as possible. This makes it much easier to steam clean the carpet.
  2. Fill the container with hot water.
  3. Add a cleaning solution. Take care not to add too much, and always perform a patch test.
  4. Start in a corner and work your way backwards. Take care not to walk over wet carpet, and if you must, put some plastic booties, or carrier bags over your shoes.
  5. Go over the carpet several times to remove all traces of the cleaner.
  6. Dry the area as quickly as possible. You can use fans, and your air conditioner to speed the process up, or if it’s possible, open up your windows.

Regular routine, and deep cleaning schedules can help keep your carpets looking their absolute best, but accidents happen and disasters occur. If you’re unsure about how to deal with a problem, consult a professional for advice.

How To Eliminate Strong Odors From Your Rugs After Flood Restoration

Floods bring many problems, and they leave many problems behind them. Water damage can leave a damp, musty smell, but even worse than the odor, it can become the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. When you’re faced with flood damage, you essentially have two choices - you can clean it yourself or you can find a carpet cleaning expert in Ottawa and have your rug professionally cleaned.

There are different methods for removing surface smells and deep odors. Flooding leaves behind a deep odor, so you will need a cleaning solution, such as an enzyme digester, a towel, and a fan.

 

Step One

You will need to make sure that you test any product you use in a small hidden area first, just to be sure that your rug won’t have a negative reaction to your cleaning material. If you're looking for a professional carpet cleaning company in Ottawa, we are here

Step Two

Once you have tested the product, and you’re satisfied that there is no adverse reaction, you can start cleaning the rug. You need to use as much cleaner as there was liquid causing the damage in the first place. This means that if a pint of water caused the damage, then you need to use a pint of cleaner. After a flood the rug may have been completely saturated, so you will need to use a lot of cleaners. This will let the cleaner soak in and spread equally through the rug.

Step Three

Leave the solution for fifteen minutes, and then use the towel to remove as much of the liquid as you can. Use a fan pointed at the area to help it dry as quickly as possible.

Other Tips

If possible you should take your rug outside and allow it to dry in the sun.

If the damaged rug is small enough, you might be able to put it in your washing machine. You can add some vinegar to the wash to help eliminate any odours.

There are a few common household items you can use to deodorize dry rugs. Vinegar, baking soda and cat litter all work well as a deodorizing product. Vinegar needs to be left to dry into the rug. The odour and the smell of the vinegar will disappear as the rug dries. Baking soda and cat litter can be sprinkled on to the rug, and left overnight. All you have to do is vacuum the rug the next day. You might need to repeat the process if the odour is particularly strong.

Your ventilation system actually plays a key part in keeping your home odour free, so you should make sure that it is kept serviced, and updated. You could also open your windows on sunny days and take advantage of a natural ventilation system.

When you’re cleaning or removing odours from rugs, you should always be careful about what products you use. Always do a patch test on a small hidden area of the rug before you use the product. If you feel apprehensive about removing flood odours yourself, you can contact professional services who will be able to do the job for you.

How to Clean Your Gutter and Avoid Water Damage

Gutters are forgettable. They are a part of any normally functioning house and usually permits the water to flow off the roof and away from your home. However, clogged and filled gutters won’t do what they are intended for. With time and, consequently, with debris, leaves and dirt filling your gutters, you’ll may end up with damaged if not broken gutters, and water damage in your house, in extreme cases.

To avoid such frustrating things, we advise you to clean your gutter yourself. Note that you can also hire professionals to do so, however it is an easy and accessible job; you just need to take the time and put the efforts in.

 

Gutters are attached to the edges of your rooftop: you’ll consequently need to gain height to effectively clean them. A ladder does it; make sure your ladder is secure before climbing or that someone spots you while you are cleaning the gutters.

The conventional method to clean the gutter is simple, but requires a couple of specific tools. A leaf blower can get rid of most of the debris, leaves and dirt that have accumulated overtime in your gutter. However, we advise you to buy a gutter cleaning kit, which is composed of various adapters that will help you access narrower areas of your gutters. The gutter cleaning kit is made so that it fits on multiple leaf blowers and other machines of the sort.

We also recommend you to dress accordingly. To avoid dust getting in your face and dirt on your clothes, wear a mask and a cleaning suit. Make sure to be thorough as you clean up your gutters, so that you don’t have to do it a couple of times a year. Usually, gutters that are close to trees will fill up quickly, whereas gutters that don’t have anything above them will fill up slowly. You could consider hiring professionals to cut tree branches to get rid of the problem at its source.

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Clean Your Duct, Avoid Illness

Do you own your own ventilation system and feel as though its efficiency has dropped overtime? Do you sometimes suffer from fits of coughing and don’t know why? Have you noticed dust accumulating on your furniture?

If you have said yes to one or more of these questions, it might be time to clean your duct. Here’s how to proceed in 9 easy steps:

Step 1 –  Cover the Supply Registers

The supply registers are the little openings that supply heat to the rooms of your house. You should cover the supply registers with paper towels. This way, you’ll keep all the dislodged dust from getting into the rooms as you clean your ducts. You simply need to remove the lift register, wrap the paper towel over the top of it and replace it in its usual position.

Step 2 – Turn on the Fan

Considering you are cleaning the ducts, you want the dust to move along and not get stuck in the corners of your ducts. That is why you need to set the thermostat to “fan on”, and shut off the “heat/cool” mode so that only the fan is running. In the case of this alternative not being available to you, you can also run the heat.

Step 3 – Check the Filter

Make sure that your current furnace filter is in place and functional, because you don’t want the dust you knock loose to end up getting pulled into the fan motor.

Step 4 – Loosen Dust in Ducts

This step is the most important one, because the better you loosen the dust, the better your ventilation system will work afterwards. With the help of a brush, clean the inside of your ducts by removing any buildup of dust.

Step 5 – Clean Supply Registers

Now is the time to remove the paper towels from your supply registers. The dust that you’ve knocked loose should be clogged up into your supply registers. You only need to go throw all your rooms and clean your supply registers; go as far as you can into the register’s piping with your hose.

Step 6 – Clean Return Air Registers

Sweep and clean out your return air registers. As with the cleaning of your supply registers, brush and clean as far back as you can into the piping of your return air registers to maximize your cleaning.

Step 7 – Shut Off Fan and Furnace

Shut the fan off at the thermostat and the power off the furnace via the service switch or breaker panel.

Step 8 – Clean Out Blower Compartment and Return Air Boot

This is where most of the dust will be clogged up. Once the fan and the furnace are off, use your vacuum to clean the buildup of dust. You’ll need to remove the panels on the front of the furnace to access the blower compartment and return air boot.

Step 9 – Replace the Furnace Filter

Now that the dirty work is done, to make sure that all wasn’t for nought, get yourself a better furnace filter and replace your old one: this way, you’ll significantly cut down on the dust in your home.

Look Down, Clean Your Carpet!

It may seem as though cleaning the carpet is unimportant. All in all, it is only the material on which one walks in the house. But is it really that unimportant?

It should be said that people often notice what is different from what they usually see: a big stain on a white carpet, dust stuck in a blue carpet, a carpet that is so worn out it has adopted the form of the furniture that has always been on it. You don’t want that, do you? Then be proactive and clean your carpet, because a carpet that is well taken care of will last a lot longer than one that’s been left out to dry.

Here are couple of unusual tricks to wash away stains from your carpet. Note that this does not replace a thorough cleaning of your carpet with the conventional methods.

Blot, Do Not Rub

The funny thing is, whenever someone drops food or liquid on a carpet, the first reflex will be to rub as hard as possible on the carpet to try to take out the food or the liquid that has spilled. You shouldn’t do that. First, it only helps the food or liquid to spread deeper in the carpet. Second, by rubbing the carpet too hard, you might damage it. Third, depending on what’s spilled, you may stain your carpet forever.

What you should do is blot the portion of the carpet that has been stained, with a sponge or any clean cloth that has blotting properties. You should always blot from the outside to the inside of the carpet to be more effective.

Club Soda and Blot

It may seem a bit weird, but club soda is effective against beer and wine stains. Again, you need to blot the area that has been stained by beer or wine with a cloth wet with soda. If that doesn’t work, mix one-part of white vinegar with one-part of water and use a handheld sprayer to spray the area that has been stained. Wait 10 to 15 minutes, then blot the area with a clean sponge or clothe. Once the stain is gone, rinse the carpet with warm water, while brushing it into its natural direction.

Shaving Cream, but Don’t Shave

Shaving cream is good against general stains: it will remove just about every type of stain. You only need to let it set for about 30 minutes, then blot away the shaving cream with a dry white cloth. You then should proceed with the one-part water and one-part vinegar solution (same as last the Club Soda and Blot technique).

How to Ret Rid of Chewing Gum

You shouldn’t normally have to remove gum from the carpet of your house. If, however, an accident happens, you should know that the best way to get rid of gum is to freeze it. Use small blocks of ice to freeze the gum. Once the gum is frozen solid, use a spoon to remove it.

Wash Away Grease with Detergent

It comes as no surprise that detergent is great against grease. Use one or two drops of grease-washing detergent with one cup of water. Spray it all over the grease-stained area of your carpet. Finally, blot it out with a clean dry cloth.

You may need to do this technique a couple of times.