Monthly Archives: November 2016

Thanksgiving Clean Up

11-29-16.jpgTurkey Day has come and gone, and with it, all the close relatives whom you love to spend the holidays with.  However, in the midst of the holiday and a weekend of guests, there may be some cleaning to do around the house, especially on your floors.  Today, join us as we give you a quick and comprehensive guide to a thorough Thanksgiving clean up to help bring your floors back to looking like new (even if a full turkey made a spill onto it)!

The first thing that we are going to cover in this guide are carpet stains.  Now, you may have missed them on Thanksgiving, but make a point to go back over to where you and your family ate your meal, and check the floor to see if anything spilled.  One stain that you are likely to find is a gravy stain, as the gravy just seems to go everywhere.  To take care of this, place down a absorbent such as baking soda, and allow it to soak up all of the gravy from the carpet.  If dry, or if there is no more gravy to soak up, use a gentle commercial dry solvent on the stain to take it right out.  Blot the stain with water after application of the solvent.  Repeat until the stain is totally lifted.

Another common stain that may still be one your floor is one caused by cranberries.  To remove this stain, simply mix together a concoction of one tablespoons of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol.  Blot the mixture onto the stain, and then dab with a dry towel to pick up the solution, along with the stain.  Repeat until fully removed.

In addition to these stains, you may have stains on the tile in your bathroom from overnight guests.  The overall best way to get these stains out is to use a mop, water, and some elbow grease, as some commercial cleaners can damage the tile.  With enough persistence, you should be able to get just about every stain out of your tile.

Remember, however, that help is always there when you need it.  If you come across a stain that you just cannot get out, or you want to spruce up the house for the coming holidays, Bayside Carpet Cleaning has you covered.  Simply give us a call, and we can take care of whatever stain or mark is in your flooring, guaranteed.

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

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Quick Fixes for Thanksgiving Stains

11-22-16.jpgThanksgiving is right around the corner; are you ready?  From planning out the award-winning menus to making sure the fine china is clean, there is a lot to be had in preparation for the big turkey day.  However, in the midst of all this, we hope that you pay some attention to your carpet, and give it a quick clean before guests arrive.  Read on to find out how you can give your carpet a professional-clean look in no time with not much effort to you!

First, give your carpet a quick vacuum to get out any lingering dirt or dust in the fibers.  To give your carpet a nice scent to it, lay down some cinnamon or a commercial vacuum powder to give it a sweet smell.  Then, look over to see if any noticeable stains are popping out.

If you can see stains in the carpet, then it is time to mount a short-term solution to get them out.  Mix together 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 1 tablespoon of dish soap and 2 cups of water.  Either spray or dab the solution onto the stain, and let it soak for 10 minutes.  Blot the spot with a clean towel to see if it was removed.  Repeat until the entire stain is gone.

Now there are some stubborn stains that just don’t want to come out.  If this is the case, either try to cover up the spot the best you can, or call us ASAP for a quick professional clean.  There is just enough time before the holiday to get it out, so give us a call today!

On the big day, just remember to keep an eye on your carpet, and act fast if anyone spills anything on it.  Soak up the liquid as soon as you can, and take care of it with the same aforementioned solution sooner rather than later.  Feel free to call us in if the stain still persists after the big turkey day.

From all of us at Bayside Carpet Cleaning, we wish you and your family a very happy and stain-free Thanksgiving!

Pet Stain Removal Tips

11-17-16.jpgLet’s face it, accidents happen.  Whether it’s about spilling something, burning yourself on the stove, or by just having an “accident”, they’re all bound to happen.  While we can’t necessarily help with with the first two, we can help you clean up the latter, and help make your carpet look like new again.  Today, we ask you to join us, as we go over simple ways on how to get pet urine out of carpet, and how to have it smelling fresh once more.

First, in order to remove the urine from the carpet, you’re going to need to place some paper towels over the spot, and weigh it down with something, as it will help to squeeze out any remaining liquid.  Then, take about a cup of baking soda and sprinkle it over the carpet.  After that, mix together a solution of half a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with 1 teaspoon of dish detergent.  Pour the mixture over the baking soda.  Lightly scrub the mixture into the fibers, and let it sit for the next 15 minutes.  Vacuum over.  If a stain still persists, repeat the above steps until the stain comes out completely.

Ok, so not we have the stain out, but what about the smell?  For starters, a few companies sell a fragrance powder that will cover up a smell when you vacuum over it.  While this is not a permanent solution, it works wonders if you are in a pinch.  The same goes for commercial pet-odor neutralizers.  It works for a good amount of time, but eventually the odor will return.  Here, the best thing to do is to call in the professionals, as they can deliver a deep clean that will remove the urine particles from the fiber completely, and restore to your carpet the fresh smell it deserves.

However, it is extremely important to note that steam-cleaning will NOT get the odor out of your carpet.  In fact, the steam will help the particles settle deeper into the fiber, doing the exact opposite of what you intended.  Again, the tools and knowledge of the professionals is the best thing to do.

Accidents happen, but know that Bayside Carpet Cleaning is always there to help.  Rain or shine, we will be there to clean your carpets right up, and make them look like new again.

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

Red Red Wine

11-15-16.jpgRed wine, while being a hit 80’s song from UB40, can appear to be a disaster to the homeowner.  At first glance, you may think that it will never come out, but with a few simple tips and the right mindset, red wine poses no threat to you or your carpet.  Join us today, as we discuss ways to get out some of the most stubborn red wine stains.

If your red wine has taken a tumble and has sprawled out over your carpet, no need to panic. First, take a dry cloth or paper towel, and blot up as much of the wine as you can, as quickly as you can.  The sooner you soak the wine off the carpet, the less likely it is for it to leave a lasting stain, even if it’s in white carpet.  Next, you are going to need to mix together a homemade detergent consisting of one tablespoon of dish soap, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water.  Soak up the detergent with a sponge or cloth, and dab the area gently.  With some patience and persistence, that stain will come right out.

Now, perhaps you’re relaxing with a glass on the couch, and it just slips out of your hand.  Again, no need to panic, scream, or curse profusely here, as some simple tips will make short work of that stain.  First, just as with the carpet, blot up as much as you can with a dry rag.  Then, mix together a solution of one tablespoon of dish soap to two cups of cold water, and blot the stain.  It is extremely important here to use cold water as opposed to warm, as the warm water will help the stain set into the upholstery.  Cold works best, but only if mixed with some patience.  Dab the area until the stain is gone, and then blot up the excess detergent with a clean sponge and cold water.  Let air dry, and you are good to go.

Sometimes, stains appear to be worse than they actually are.  However, with a little knowledge and persistence, you can do just about anything–even getting out red wine stains.

For more stain treatment tips and tricks, be sure to check back to our blog every Tuesday and Thursday for a new article!

 

Getting out Dents

11-10-16.jpgWhether you plan to get new couches or just to rearrange some furniture, carpet dents can put a real dent in your plan.  They pop up almost everywhere and seem impossible to get out.  Thankfully, there is a simple solution that will make short work of these dents, with all of the materials being readily available.  Read on to find out more!

Of all of the home-remedies out there for furniture dents, ice takes the cake.  It allows for water to seep back into the fibers, giving the once crushed spot new life, and making it look like new once more.  Simply place the cubes at least 2 inches apart in the dent (with the size of the cube dependent on the size of the dent) and wait.

When the carpet is dry, vacuum up the area.  By this time, all of the individual fibers should be standing again, but if they are being a little stubborn, don’t worry.  Grab a fork and gently fluff up those pieces, and before you know it, your carpet will look great once more with the new floor plan.

Now, a word of warning with this method: do not use it on antique or hand-dyed rugs, as the water can weaken the fibers.  In addition, steer clear of using this with delicate rugs, and be sure to be careful with a carpet that has a wood floor underneath.  While this method is effective, it should not be used with all sorts of carpets.

Should you have one of these carpets, you can still get the dents out of it by calling in the professionals.  We here at Bayside Carpet Cleaning have been trained to clean some of the most delicate carpets out there, so you can be assured that we will handle your carpet with care.

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

Taking on Tile Stains

11-8-16.jpgTile can look sharp in any setting, but a nasty-looking stain can take away that effect entirely.  Even though at first glance these stains seem as though they will be a pain to remove, there are a few simple things you can do to make short work of them.  Read on to learn some of our quick and easy tips for tackling tile stains!

Like stains regarding any other type of material, the one thing that can determine whether or not you can get it out is how long the stain has been able to set.  Liquid that has been lying on tile for a while will be harder to get out, whereas ones that can be wiped up quickly will most likely not leave any residue.  The golden rule is: should something spill onto your tile, wipe it up as soon as you possibly can.

Now, say that the stain has had a while to set, and you’re looking at something that seems to be stubborn.  The first thing you are going to want to do is to get some warm water and soap, and try to remove the stain using that; some elbow grease may be applied as well.  One of the best things you can do for the health of your tile is to use chemical cleaners sparingly, as they can dull the color and weaken the tile itself.  Water is a safe option, and is normally effective.

If the stain is not coming out the old-fashioned way, then grabbing some hydrogen peroxide is your next step.  Simply dab it on the spot, and any blood, nail polish, coffee, tea, or juice stains will disappear right before your eyes.  Likewise, club soda can be used to remove any fat or grease-based stains, and the carbonation will break down the individual particles.

Using this method should get out most stains in your tile, but if one seems to persist, then it may be time to call in the big guns.  Instead of opting to use a chemical cleaner, give the professionals a call, as an overuse of cleaner can stain your tile, or even worse, weaken it.  Professional cleaners, like us at Bayside Carpet Cleaning, are certified  by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, which sets forth guidelines on how to clean a floor properly and safely.

With our free-trial offer and a money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose except for that stubborn stain on your tile.  Give us a call today for a free in-home estimate!

The Wonders of Vinegar

11-3-16.jpgIn today’s vast consumer market, you can find ten different cleaners for one specific type of mess.  With all of these choices for what to use, it can all be a little confusing.  However, there is one cleaning product in your kitchen cabinet that can do as much as these chemical-based products, without the price, and without the confusion: vinegar.  Read on to find out all the wonders vinegar can work in your home!

When discussing stain-removal in carpets, vinegar is often the go-to solution, thanks to its natural acidic properties.  Some of the most stubborn stains can be taken care of with a spray bottle, vinegar, water, and a cloth.  Simply mix one part vinegar to one part water, spray, dab with the towel, and repeat until the stain is gone.

Not only that, but vinegar is also an effective agent for getting off stickers and other adhesives on your furniture.  Brush some vinegar onto the sticker, let it stand for ten minutes, and the adhesive will peel right off.  Any residue left behind can then be swiftly taken care of with more vinegar and water.

In addition, vinegar has also been known as the “original air freshener”.  Persistent odor of urine from where Fido had an accident a few months ago?  A bowl of vinegar left overnight will pull those odor particles right out of the air, leaving that room smelling fresh yet again.

Sometimes, the most effective solutions are right before our eyes, and we fail to realize it; this is just the tip of the iceberg for what vinegar can do.  It’s all natural, safe, free of chemicals, cheap, and easy to handle.   So the next time you have a nasty spill or a stain, think twice before reaching for that commercialized cleaning product, as you may have a better experience with what you have right in your kitchen.

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

Removing Simple Stains from Hardwood

11-1-16.jpgHardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home, but the sight of a spill or a dark mark can strike fear into the heart of the homeowner.  In a house with people, pets, or both, you can expect an accident to happen sooner or later, but there is no need to panic when one does.  Join us today, as we show you how to remove some stubborn hardwood floor stains, all without the stress to you or the floor!

You may think that a stain on a hardwood floor would be incredibly difficult to remove, but that thought could not be further from the truth.  However, the biggest determining factor on how a stain will impact your floor all resides in the time from when the stain hits the floor, to when it is cleaned up.

Most hardwood floors out there today have finishes that defend against liquid.  In this case, you can simply wipe the spill up to prevent staining, but this convenience is not always the case.  Say a little one or a pet spilled something on the floor the night before, and didn’t think to tell you until this morning.  Well, now what?

The first thing you should do to remove the stain is to take a neutral approach to it.  Use a rag and some water to see if it will come right out; you’d be surprised on just how many stains can be removed that way.  If not, use white vinegar instead, and a bit more of elbow grease.  Unless the stain is really stuck in the grain, it should come right out.

Now there is always the possibility that despite your best efforts, the stain is still lodged in.  While you may feel like giving up, there is always hope!  Do yourself a favor and call in the professionals at the point, because scouring the internet for different chemicals to use on your floor for getting the stain out can wind up resulting in a destroyed finish on the floor.  Save yourself the time, effort, and money to hire a service; they’ll get the stain right out, and make the rest of your floor look real nice!

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