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

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!

Apollo Beach Tile Floor Cleaning

February 9th, 2011

While cleaning tile floors in Apollo Beach, Florida, I encountered dirty, discolored and missing grout.

In order for us to clean the tile floors and restore the grout we followed these important cleaning steps.

  • Dry vacuumed the entire floor
  • Pretreatment of heavy duty alkaline tile cleaner
  • Agitated the tile and grout with an aggressive brush
  • Rinsed and extracted the floor with hot pressurized steam cleaning solution
  • Treated the grout with acidic grout cleaning solution
  • Agitated grout lines
  • Rinsed and extracted tile and grout with PH balancing solution
  • Detailed edges and corners
  • Speed dried floor

Our final step was to do a post inspection with the client and the end result was a clean and shiny floor.

For similar results with cleaning  your tile and grout in Tampa, Wesley Chapel,Brandon, and Valrico areas call National Floor Care Specialist 813-435-1331

Pet odor removal from Carpet

January 30th, 2011

National Cleaning Specialist tries new product that works on removing the worst pet odors from carpets and upholstery.

We have recently cleaned some carpet and have used Fresh Wave IAQ on some pet odor problems. It has worked well for us on those jobs.

The company brochure states “It doesn’t mask odors – it destroys them at a molecular level. It bonds to and then digests the worst organic and inorganic odors for complete removal.

Fresh Wave IAQ is completely non-toxic and safe to use around people and pets.”

If you are in need of pet odor and stain removal from carpets in the Wesley Chapel, Valrico and Greater Tampa area or like to order the product  please call 813-435-1331

Carpet Cleaning Wesley Chapel: How to prepare for your cleaner

January 30th, 2011

When its time to hire a carpet cleaner in the Wesley Chapel area, how should I prepare for their arrival? I have listed just a few but if done they could make a difference with cleaning outcome, price and the amount of time it could take for completion.

  1. Vacuum the carpets thoroughly
  2. remove all items off any tables or furniture you want moved
  3. pick up all items on closet floors and under beds
  4. Have all pets in a secure room that will not be cleaned or out of the house

If you are need of professional carpet cleaning in the Wesley Chapel, Land o Lakes,  Tampa, Valrico, Brandon, Lutz , St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Palm Harbor areas please call 813-435-1331

Grout cleaning Tampa: Removing sealer haze

January 24th, 2011

Sealer haze: Natural stone and grout surfaces can only hold a certain amount of sealer.

If excess sealer is left on the surface and it dries it could cause a smooth, silky white haze.

Sealer haze on the surface of tile and stone surfaces will wear off during normal foot traffic. Sealer haze on grout lines can be cleaned using a towel soaked with fresh sealer. This will dissolve the excess and can be wiped away.

In extreme conditions using a high ph tile and grout cleaner and a rotary scrubber can speed up the process of removal.

For professional stone, tile, and grout cleaning in Tampa bay area including Wesley Chapel, Lutz, Brandon, Valrico, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Palm Harbor and Trinity area call 813-435-1331

Wood floor cleaning and refinishing: Removing Quick Shine Floor Finish from your hardwood floors

January 24th, 2011

Removing Holloway’s Quick Shine, Orange Glo, or many other wood floor care products can be a very tough, costly and fustrating job if you don’t know what you are doing.

National Cleaning Specialist of Tampa Bay can remove and restore wood floors. For removal of wood floor cleaners and floor finish call 813-435-1331 serving Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Brandon, Valrico, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Lutz Florida areas.

We recently had a customer hire us to clean and remove the product ” Quick Shine Floor Finish and Orange Glow from her new laminate floors which had caused an uneven and blotchy sheen. We were able to remove the product and clean her laminate floors following these steps

Products needed:

• Spray bottle (optional)

• Scotch-Brite abrasive pad (green scrub pad with yellow sponge-NOT an SOS, Brillo or steel wool pad)

• Soft towels

• New and well rinsed sponge mop OR terrycloth mop

• Rubber/latex gloves and safety goggles (recommended to prevent eye/skin irritation when handling IFT)

Process

It’s best to begin with a test section in an inconspicuous area (i.e. behind a door). We recommend working in

small sections as you complete this process. Complete all steps before moving onto another section of the

floor.

1. Apply a SMALL amount of the IFT solution to a section of the floor. Use a spray bottle to mist the floor

or squirt a small amount and spread it with a soft cloth. Apply only enough cleaner to wet the floor.

2. Use the abrasive pad and scrub the area. This should remove the wax buildup.

3. After scrubbing the area, wipe the section with a water dampened cloth.

4. The final step is to apply Squeaky Cleaner with a microfiber mop. No water rinse is necessary after this

cleaner is applied. Wipe/mop the floor until it is dry – do not leave the floor wet.

If this is successful in removing the contaminant, proceed with the rest of the floor, following all steps. You may

need to repeat steps 1 & 2 more than once.

If you are not successful in removing the contaminant with this process, you need to remove the remaining

product by abrading the floor (screening or sanding). It is recommended to hire a professional flooring

contractor if abrasion techniques are required.

For help with cleaning or refinishing wood or laminate floors contact National Cleaning Specialist at 813-431-1331

Or visit us on the web www.NationalClean.com

Wood Floor Cleaning: Removing Rejuvenate or Orange Glow From your Floors

January 11th, 2011

Removing products like Rejuvenate or Orange Glo from your wood or laminate floors can be a very tough, costly and fustrating  job if you don’t know what you are doing.

We recently had a customer hire us to clean and remove the product “Rejuvenate” from her new laminate floors which had caused an uneven and blotchy sheen. We were able to remove the product and clean her laminate floors following these steps

Products needed:

  1. • Spray bottle (optional)
  2. • Scotch-Brite abrasive pad (green scrub pad with yellow sponge-NOT an SOS, Brillo or steel wool pad)
  3. • Soft towels
  4. • New and well rinsed sponge mop OR terrycloth mop
  5. • Rubber/latex gloves and safety goggles (recommended to prevent eye/skin irritation when handling IFT)

Process

It’s best to begin with a test section in an inconspicuous area (i.e. behind a door). We recommend working in

small sections as you complete this process. Complete all steps before moving onto another section of the

floor.

1. Apply a SMALL amount of the IFT solution to a section of the floor. Use a spray bottle to mist the floor

or squirt a small amount and spread it with a soft cloth. Apply only enough cleaner to wet the floor.

2. Use the abrasive pad and scrub the area. This should remove the wax buildup.

3. After scrubbing the area, wipe the section with a water dampened cloth.

4. The final step is to apply Squeaky Cleaner with a microfiber mop. No water rinse is necessary after this

cleaner is applied. Wipe/mop the floor until it is dry – do not leave the floor wet.

If this is successful in removing the contaminant, proceed with the rest of the floor, following all steps. You may

need to repeat steps 1 & 2 more than once.

If you are not successful in removing the contaminant with this process, you need to remove the remaining

product by abrading the floor (screening or sanding). It is recommended to hire a professional flooring

contractor if abrasion techniques are required.

For help with cleaning or refinishing wood or laminate floors in Tampa, FL  contact National Cleaning Specialist at 813-431-1331

Or visit us on the web www.NationalClean.com

Dryer Vent Cleaning: Is your Vent Clogged?

January 6th, 2011

How do I know if my Dryer vent is clogged?

Before hiring a appliance repair man there is one test you can perform yourself to determine if your have a dryer problem or a clogged dryer vent.

  1. Remove the old dryer duct from behind the dryer.
  2. Replace with new dryer vent and attach it to the dryer.
  3. Extend dryer duct line to vent outside of the house.
  4. Run your load and see if the cloths are drying normally.

If the dryer is working now, you know the dryer vent line needs to be cleaned otherwise you may need a appliance repair technician or a new dryer.

For dryer vent cleaning in the Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Lutz, Brandon, and Valrico area  call 813-435-1331

Schedule online at www.NationalClean.com

Carpet Cleaning: Fruit Punch Removal in Wesley Chapel, Valrico, Brandon and Palm Harbor Florida

January 4th, 2011

While I was Cleaning Carpet today I came across a home that had fruit punch stains all over the carpet. Unfortunately cleaning the carpets alone did not remove the stains.

After explaining to the client why the cleaning alone did not remove the dye stain I reccomended a product called RedZone.

After I dried the area that I cleaned, I applied part A of the cleaning solution and then equal parts of part B. I used an iron with low heat over a wet cotton towel to help accelerate the chemical which took the red right out of the stain.

The customer was amazed and very thankful since she felt the landlord would  return her $1900.00 deposit.

For Professional carpet cleaning in the Wesley Chapel, Brandon, Valrico and Palm Harbor area please call us: 813-435-1331

Or visit us on the web: Carpet Cleaning Tampa Bay

Carpet Cleaning Wesley Chapel: Ink Stain Removal

December 30th, 2010

While cleaning carpet in Wesley Chapel, Florida today, we ran across a carpet that had several ink stains. The customer had rented a carpet cleaning machine which had made the ink stain spread into several large areas.

The first step we used in removing the carpet stain was to apply a product called Stain Zone. This was done around the spot which will help prevent the ink stain from spreading.

We then used a specialty spotter like P.I.G. to blot and remove as much as the color pigment as possible. We had to do this several times and went through two towels.

Once this was done we followed with All Solve to rinse the solvent from the carpet. We also applied a neutral carpet spotter to help remove the stain.

Once we went through these steps, we then rinsed the carpet with our Truck Mounted Hot Water Extraction process. The customer was very pleased with the results.

If you are in need of removing difficult stains from you carpets or just need a professional carpet cleaner serving Brandon, Valrico, New Tampa, Lutz and Land o Lakes area

Same Day Service  813-435-1331

Or schedule online at www.NationalClean.com

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