Monthly Archives: October 2016

Spooky Stains

10-27-16.jpgWith the day of spooky ghosts and carved pumpkins right around the corner, we thought it would be appropriate to write an article on all the stains you may encounter, and how to properly treat them, because even ghouls can make accidents.  Join us today, as we show you how to get those spooky Halloween stains right out of your carpet!

Of all the Halloween stains out there, stains from candy are by far the most common.  No matter how it got into your carpet, you can easily take it out with this simple method: For hard candy, grab a bag of ice and place it directly on the candy.  Next, scrape it away with a knife, vacuum, and then go back over with a rag and soapy water.  Pat dry, and you are done.  For chocolate, dab up as much of it as you can, but then go back over it with cold water and dish detergent.  With enough scrubbing in a circular motion, the stain will come right out.

Another common stain that you may run into are make-up stains.  Like candy, these stains may seem to be impossible to remove at first glance, but with the right attitude, you can make short work of them.  First, remove as much as you can by dabbing with a dry cloth.  Next, grab some rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball and begin to lightly dab the spot.  It is important here that you do not scrub of dab with too much force, as rubbing alcohol can destroy the bond between the individual carpet fibers and the base.  If a stain still persists, use some cold soapy water and a rag to get the rest out.  Dab dry, and you are done.

Just like with monsters, ghosts, and ghouls, Halloween carpet stains are by no means scary once you cut them down to size.  With the right attitude and solutions, you can easily make short work of any stain in your home.

From all of us a Bayside Carpet Cleaning, we wish you and your family a very happy Halloween!

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The Benefits of a Professionally Cleaned Carpet

10-25-16.jpgWith some services in life, the benefit is obvious, like a haircut, for example.  For others, there may be much more than what meets the eye.  Professional carpet cleaning falls into the latter category.  Sure, your carpet will be looking and smelling fresh after we’re done with it, but there is much more of a benefit than just that.  Join us today, as we explore the some of the hidden benefits carpet cleaning can have.

As we have explained in the past, your carpet works as a type of air filter, capturing different types of microbes, dust, and imperfections in the air on a daily basis.  Well, over time the filter fills up, and before you know it, your carpet has every single imperfection under the sun trapped in it.  By getting a professional cleaning, you are taking all of these pollutants out of your carpet for good, and restoring fresh air into your home.

Not only, but a professional carpet cleaning can contribute towards preventing mold growth.  Along with trapping pathogens in the air, your carpet can also retain a good degree of moisture, which if coupled in with a high humidity level, can lead to mold growth.  By choosing a professional cleaning, you are choosing a cleaning that can eliminate moisture in your carpet, and therefore, mold in your home.

With all the wonders that a professional carpet cleaning can do, are you ready to have yours cleaned yet?  Give us a call when you are for a free in-home estimate!

Making the Most Out of Your Mop

10-20-16.jpgAs we have covered in previous blogs, regular mopping is the best way to keep your tile floors looking clean and staying healthy.  Like vacuuming, the process seems incredible easy, but we have a few tips that you’re probably not taking advantage of that can help you get the most out of your mop.  Read on to find out more!

One of the simplest tips we can offer for mopping is the order in which you clean your floor.  Many people will mop the entire floor, and then go back to clean out their grout.  A more effective solution would be to clean out the grout first (which can easily be done with the use of commercial products) and then going back to mop your floor.  This way, all the dirt that you get out of your grout will not end up on a cleaned floor, negating your previous half hour of effort.

Another easy tip with mopping is to limit the amount of water you use.  With mopping, the goal is not to give your floor a bath, but to scrub clean with a wet brush.  Depending on the stain and condition of your floor, it may be much easier to use less water and more elbow grease to get out those stubborn stains.

Finally, it is always good practice to take care of your mop, as the more you mop, the dirtier it gets!  Bacteria can actually disintegrate the stands of the mop, so it is extremely important to clean in regularly.  The best part is you can use common household items to ensure that your mop is always in tip-top shape.  Simply grab your mop, soak it in a bowl of vinegar, and watch as all the dirt and grime buildup just disappear.  In addition, if your mop has been under some heavy stress, you can always stick the detachable head in the washing machine.  Just be sure to dry the mop upside-down!

Mopping may not be difficult, but it is an essential part to keeping your floors looking the best they possibly can.  Should your floors need a little bit of work, always know that Bayside Carpet Cleaning is here to help.

Give us a call today for a free in-home estimate!

Making Use of Doormats

10-18-16.jpgTo place a doormat, or not to place a doormat, that is the question.  While some love the neat designs doormats can come with, others view them as a waste of space and money.  If you fall into the latter category, then we encourage you to read on, as you may be surprised just how much a doormat can do to help your carpet stay clean, fresh, and healthy!

The biggest advantages to having a doormat is an obvious one: it provides a place for people to wipe off their feet before coming into your home.  You don’t need us to tell you that shoes get pretty filthy throughout the day, from stepping in a plethora of things, which will wind up directly onto your carpet without a doormat.  Now, while one mat may not be able to get off every little speck of dirt, it can reduce the amount of heavy soil on a person’s shoes by up to 50%.  For a carpet owner, that is huge, and all it takes is a small investment.

In our professional opinion, we recommend using two doormats to severely diminish the amount of dirt on your carpet: one on the outside, and one on the inside.  For the outside doormat, try to find something real heavy and durable, like a rubber or scraper mat, as these will get off a good chunk of dirt and can survive all sorts of weather conditions.  For the inside mat, you have greater options in terms of flexibility, since these will not be picking up a majority of the dirt.  Feel free to get creative, and pick a design that works for you!

However, even with the help of doormats, you should still have your carpet professionally cleaned every year to take out all the other dirt and grime that has been building up.  One cleaning from us is all your need to have your carpet looking, smelling, and acting fresh again!

For a free in-home estimate, give us a call today!

Microfiber Cleaning Tips

10-13-16.jpgHere at Bayside Carpet Cleaning, we clean much more than just floors–we do tile and furniture as well!  Out of those, we get requests from time to time about cleaning microfiber, as it is seen as one of the toughest materials to clean.  Believe it or not, giving your microfiber furniture a quick cleaning before the professionals come in is much easier than you think.  Read on to find out how you can give your microfiber the clean it deserves!

Its fibers may be intimidating, but cleaning microfiber simply comes down to a simple process.  The first thing that you are going to want to do is to vacuum the surface, and get off as much dirt and dust as possible.  This will make the rest of the cleaning job much, much easier.

Now, grab some rubbing alcohol, a spray bottle, and a clean sponge.  Put the alcohol into the bottle, and spray over areas that are especially dirty.  After, grab your sponge and start scrubbing!  Unlike other pieces of furniture, you can scrub with microfiber to get the dirt out, as the rubbing alcohol works as a solvent.  However, DO NOT try this with carpet.  Dab instead, as rubbing will push the stain deeper into the fibers.

Feel free to scrub hard; you are going to want to get out as much dirt and grime that you possibly can!  Just be sure to only work on one section at a time, as you do not want the furniture absorbing all of the rubbing alcohol.

After your scrubbing, let it dry and you’re done!  It’s that easy.  This method works great when you need to give your furniture a quick scrubbing, or just in-between professional cleanings.

At least once a year, you should be having your microfiber thoroughly cleaned, and a whole lot of dirt can accumulate into just one piece of furniture, one that you sit in on a daily basis!  Give us a call today for a free, in-home estimate.

Common Vacuuming Mistakes

10-11-16.jpgVacuuming is one of those things that is essential to the longevity of your carpet, and something that we all think we know how to do.  Despite this notion, there may be common mistakes you are making when doing it.  Join us today, as we highlight some of the most common vacuuming mistakes, and how you can fix it to get the most out of your time.

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when vacuuming is the pattern in which they do it.  Some will do short-strokes that do not overlap each other, and others will only vacuum in one direction.  the best way to get dirt and dust out of your carpet is to vacuuming in strides, making sure that they overlap each other, and in both directions.  This slight change to your vacuuming methods can pay off big time in the long run.

In addition, many people vacuum too quickly, and consequently miss some spots that they would have hit otherwise.  Yes, we understand that vacuuming is a chore, and that you can easily be spending your time doing something different, but by going slow, you won’t miss key spots in your carpet, and can wait longer in between vacuum jobs.  Think of it as spending time now to save some later.

Also, don’t be afraid to do multiple passes.  Dirt can be lodged into the fibers, and will only come out after a few passes.  The more time you spend on cleaning your carpet, the longer it will last.

Finally, the biggest mistake people make when it comes to vacuuming carpet is that they wait until it is dirty to vacuum.  Think of carpet as a type of dirt-magnet: it is always collecting dirt, dust, and microbes that happen to be around.  Even if your carpet looks clean, chances are that there is dirt lying underneath, dirt which can be easily removed from a weekly vacuuming.  Do yourself a favor and vacuum regularly, at least once every two weeks.

It may be a mind-numbing chore, but it is the one thing that will keep your carpet healthy and looking great!

For more carpet care tips, be sure to check back to our page every Tuesday and Thursday!

 

Fair Stairs

10-6-16.jpgIn your home, there are several high-traffic areas that can explicitly be shown through the state of your carpet.  The area right by your door is one, but your stairs come in at a close second.  They need to be cleaned from time to time, but there are situations where you cannot call out the professionals to do it.  So, to bridge the gap between cleanings, here are a few, fool-proof tips to getting a great clean on your carpeted stairs every time.

One of the biggest differences between the carpet you have in your living room and the carpet you have on your stairs is that dirt is much more likely to sink into the carpet on the stairs.  Think about it: people will push their feet down into the carpet to get leverage for the next step, and along with it, they are pushing whatever is on the bottom of their shoe deep into the fibers.  Disgusting, isn’t it?

Well, there’s no need to worry, so long as you adhere to some simple tips.  First, we recommend using some sort of rake, whether it be a stiff broom or a scrub brush or something of the sorts, to rake out all of the dirt lodged beneath the fibers.  Trust us, there is a whole lot more than you may think.  Then, go over with a vacuum, being sure to take your time.  Start at the top of the stairs and work your way down, so you’re not stepping directly on what you just cleaned.

If you must, apply a commercial cleaning shampoo, but do so sparingly.  There are some chemicals in some of the shampoos that can cause damage to your carpet if not handled properly, so please exercise caution.  Our opinion?  Leave the chemicals and additives to the pros, especially to those who have been licensed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration.

Cleansing your carpeted stairs doesn’t have to be a difficult chore; you can do it quickly and efficiently with some simple tips.  In no time, you’ll have your stairs looking great, definitely good enough to last you until the next cleaning.

For more carpet care tips and tricks, be sure to check back to our blog every Tuesday and Thursday!

Fixing Hairline Cracks in Tile

10-4-16.jpgTile floors can be stunningly beautiful, especially if placed in a kitchen or a bathroom.  Having tile in these rooms can have guests render many compliments your way, but receive a ton of foot traffic.  Consequently, tile in these spots are prone to wear, tear, and the occasional hairline crack, causing headaches to the homeowner.  Thankfully, you can easily repair hairline cracks yourself, without the need to call in a professional.  Just follow along for a comprehensive guide!

Before we begin, you are going to need a two-part marine epoxy, oil-based paint that matches the tile, and an oil-based primer.

First, clean the tile with soap and water, as to get out any dirt that has set in since the crack.  Dry with a towel, and then run a hairdryer over it for 15 minutes to draw out any moisture that could possibly be in the tile.

Next, take the oil-based primer and apply it to the crack, but be careful no to get it on the glazed surface of the un-cracked tile.  Let dry for 2 hours.

Next, apply the oil-based paint to the crack.  Let it sit overnight.

Finally, mix together equal parts of the two-part marine epoxy using a toothpick, and then very carefully put it in the crack.  Go in small amounts, and go slow, stopping when the epoxy is level with the top of the tile.  Let sit for the next 24 hours, and you’re done!

How easy was that?  Now, you are better able to face whatever the world throws at the common homeowner.

For more carpet and floor care tips, be sure to check back to our blog every Tuesday and Thursday!