Thursday, August 22, 2013

Are your carpets full of germs and bacteria?

Most carpets now days are stain-resistant, because manufacturer has treated them to reduce staining. However, no carpet is stain-proof, otherwise manufacturer would be out of business. 

Over-time, carpet’s fibers trap dirt, oils, bacteria and germs which can discolor the fibers and cause odors and stains to form. Use a few secrets tips and tricks to steam clean your carpets, at least twice a year, and then keep them cleaner longer with some simple suggestions for the whole family.


Using a hidden area of your carpet for testing like the inside of closet, before using an extra-strength or homemade steam-cleaning product to make sure that it does not burn the carpet or lift the color. Steam cleaning is hard work, back and forth movement and bending, lifting and carrying buckets of clean and dirty water, and empty and refilling the bucket [always remember to stretch before, during and after this physically demanding project. Contact the manufacturer of your steam cleaner to ask for recommended or non-chemical cleaning solutions. If you looking for DIY and use homemade mixtures or non-recommended solutions, they could void the cleaner's warranty; unless the warranty is gone; then keeping reading.


You'll find loose dirt and grime hides throughout the carpeting, fibers. Regulator vacuuming of the floors and before you start to steam clean. [Running your vacuum slowly and continually over one area at a time, you'll reduce the amount of dirt and Grim getting through the steam cleaner by the cleaning process. As a matter of course, you can blot stains with club soda or one part white vinegar with three parts water remove colorful stains, such as red wine, soda pop and juice.


Sometimes the simplest cleaning solutions can be find inside of the kitchen cupboard and are right under your nose or, in this case, right out of the faucet. You see, steam already reduces or destroys most bacteria, pure water may be all you require to freshen your rugs. Using baking soda to remove odors and stains can be used: the recipe is dissolve 1-tsp baking soda in a cup of water; put in sprayer so to spray on pet stains or other strong or unpleasant smelly messes before steam cleaning. The Do's and Don't of steam cleaning: Humid summer days or cold winter days - Don't steam clean. However, on warm days, that are dry; are idle day to steam clean; you'll be able to dry the carpet and air out the space a lot more efficiently. This way to avoids overly steamy home by opening windows, running a ceiling fan, or placing a box fan in the room that has been cleaned. Approximate 12 to 24 hour dry time, is the rule of thumb.

Keeping Your Carpets Clean

Just like there's many tips, tricks and secrets for cleaning; there are also lots of ideas and ways to keep them clean longer. The longer your carpets stay clean, the less often you will have to drag out the steam cleaner or call a professional. Setting doormats at every entry and ensuring that everyone wipes their feet, or having your guest take their shoes off. Or maybe hanging a sealy sign like; “Please be a Sweeties and Wipe Your Dirty Feeties.” Even if your family occasionally forget to wipe their feet, the mats will catch some or most of the dirt as they walk over them. Try to vacuum thoroughly at least twice a week by running a strong-suction vacuum cleaner "Like a Shark" with a rotating powerhead over the floors. Having all your family members and friends move their shoes at the door or keep slippers by the door for everyone, including guests.

About the Author

Diana M Pryor
President/CEO of AMNC, LLC
Diana Pryor holds a diploma in accounting business administration and software programming; and enjoys online quoting as well as spiritual meeting with others. 

Since 1999 her work has made several 1000+ person happy with their homes and offices. She has not been featured on the cover of any magazine, however she is positive with her abilities to help others in need. With it be cleaning or spiritual, she has always been there for others.
Quote by Diana: I was put on this planet to do the Lords work; even if it's cleaning a house, office, or some other building. I see things as a gift! Life is a gift; so, do you want to live it alone or with others, I choose others.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Removing pet hair from your carpets and upholstery?

To remove pet hair from upholstery fabric.
1. Try purchasing a pet rake (a brush with straight nylon or rubber bristles)- velour brush, lint tape roller or even plain tape wrapped around your hand works great.
2. Use light, even strokes to remove the hair going right to left, left to right and up to down, down to up motion.
3. Another option is to try a slightly dampened rag (Not wet) as long as the dampness won't destruction the upholstery.

To remove pet hair from carpet fibers.
1. To remove pet hair from carpet, use a vacuum with a good beater bars, brush or brush roll system. 12amp or higher, because regular vacuums won't generate enough lift to remove all the pet hair from the floor.
2. Use a broom to sweep the corners of the room, so the vacuum can do what it was designed to do.

To help pet hair from forming on the upholstery or carpet, regular grooming on your pets hair will help keep the hair problem under control, but want get rid of the hair.

Another option for both upholstery and carpets - especially at the edges where pet hair tends to collect and vacuums have a hard time reaching - is a "pet sponge." These sponges, which are used dry, are available at any pet supply stores.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The best way to remove hard-water spots on most surfaces...

Hard-water deposits are alkaline or calcium, so an acid-based cleaners are the best way to clean them. Phosphoric acid works well and is safe for most surfaces. Grocery store cleansers with phosphoric acid contain 4 percent to 6 percent acid. You can purchase lime scale removers at any janitorial supply stores which contain 8 percent to about 12 percent acid to get the job done faster. A higher concentration of acid is safe on most household surfaces as long as you rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the acid. (Let the acid sit for 3 to 5 minutes to give it time to work before scrubbing the surface in need of cleaning.)

Tougher deposits may take more than one application and extra scrubbing. Scrub the areas with non-scratch nylon-backed sponge.

Before applying phosphoric acid solution to any surface in your home, making sure you read the manufacturer's warning label.