Archive for May, 2011

Brandon Florida Carpet Cleaning Companies Use Different Cleaning Processes

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Before you hire a carpet cleaning company in Brandon, Florida, or anywhere else in Hillsborough County, you should understand the different kinds of cleaning processes that commercial carpet cleaners use.

The more you know, the better decision you can make when you choose a carpet cleaning company in Brandon, Lutz or Wesley Chapel, Florida.

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There are four basic cleaning processes that carpet cleaning companies use:

  • Dry chemical carpet cleaning – The carpet cleaning tech sets a pad on your carpet and using spins the pad with a machine. When the pad has absorbed as much dirt from the carpet as possible, another pad is applied to the carpets. Using a dry chemical process is like trying to wipe dirt out of your carpet with a giant towel. It’s not the process that most carpet manufacturers recommend to clean your home’s carpets.
  • Dry foam carpet cleaning – Carpet cleaning companies that use this method put a cleaning chemical on your carpets and allow it to dry. The theory is that dirt sticks to the wet chemical. First of all, the process can leave a residue on your home’s carpet. Second, it does not work as well as other methods. Would you put shampoo in your hair, let it dry, and then vacuum out the dirt? Cleaning processes that use rinsing and extraction work the best on carpet.
  • Dry compound carpet cleaning method – Companies that use this method sprinkle a carpet cleaning compound on your carpets and then brush it in with a machine. The mixture is supposed to attract dirt before it is vacuumed out of the carpet.
  • Hot water extraction carpet cleaning – Hot water extraction is the method that most carpet manufacturers recommend because it works the best. We pre-treat the carpet with a cleaner and then rinse with hot water that is forced deep into the carpet and sucked out using very high pressure. The heat and pressure generated by truck-mounted commercial equipment is much better than that generated by the DIY hot water extraction carpet cleaning machines rented at home improvement stores. Hot water extraction works so well because the water suspends dirt in solution and high pressure suction removes it leaving clean, fresh-smelling carpets.

Remember that carpet makers require professional cleaning of your home’s carpets every 12-18 months to maintain the warranty. At National Floor Care Specialists, our hot water extraction carpet cleaning will keep your warranty in force.

To get a free estimate and schedule a carpet cleaning appointment online, visit our carpet cleaning estimate page or call us direct at 813.435.1331.

Save ten percent when you book your Lutz carpet cleaning appointment online.

This article written by Mark Finstein, owner of National Floor Care Specialists. Mark has more than 20 years experience cleaning carpets, cleaning tile and grout, and restoring wood flooring.

Tampa Upholstery Cleaning Company Shares Tips for Removing Ink from Leather Couch

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

I recently spoke to one of my Brandon carpet cleaning clients who is the proud parent of a high-energy youngster. She called me in a panic because he had accidentally stained her leather couch with ink from a ballpoint pen.

leather couch

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She wanted to try to remove the stain before having me come out.

If you ever need to remove ink from a leather sofa, time is of the essence. A stain is easier to remove right after it happens because leather is porous.

One of the best ways to remove ink spots from a leather couch is to use undiluted rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab. Before you apply any cleaning product to a leather couch, try it on a part of the couch that is not visible to make sure that it will not discolor the leather.

When you’re ready to start removing the stain, the steps are simple:

•    Moisten the swab with alcohol and lightly rub it over the ink stain to transfer the ink to the swab.

•    Repeat until the ink stain is gone.

•    Wipe the area with a damp cloth to rinse away any remaining alcohol.

•    The alcohol will dry the leather, so you may want to use the leather conditioner recommended by the couch’s maker to restore the leather.

If the ink stain does not come out, call a professional upholstery cleaning company.

National Cleaning Specialists cleans carpets, tile, wood floors, and upholstery throughout Tampa Bay. With more than 20 years experience, our technicians have the spot removal know how to make your leather couch look like new.

Get a free upholstery cleaning quote and save 10% by booking your cleaning appointment online or call National Floor Care Specialist at 813.434.1331. Call now!