Here are 4 Do-it-Yourself Pet Stain Removal Steps
1. Do it NOW. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove. It isn’t always convenient to clean up a pet stain, but the problem will be greatly reduced the quicker you act. The stain could be permanent in just a few hours, especially with light colored carpet and rugs.
2. Use the right equipment. Use a small, hand-held carpet spotting machine or wet vacuum to extract urine, vomit, or feces. If you find the stain while still damp, you MUST extract the liquid BEFORE rinsing or using spot remover. Popular brands to look for are Bissel, Little Devil, and Little Green Machine. For wet vacuums, go to any hardware department and ask for wet vacs or shop vacs.
3. Use the right cleaning agent AFTER the liquid has been removed. Use a low residue spot remover if the stain is fresh or an enzyme spot remover if the stain has been in the fiber for more than a few hours. Call us and ask about two really good products we have available. Never use bleach. If you are using an enzyme, allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes or according to the label. An enzyme actually digests the bacteria associated with the odor in urine and works well for spots that have been in the carpet for more than a few hours.
4. Rinse the spot with plain water and extract the water with your wet vacuum or carpet-spotting machine. This can be done by rinsing with water from your spot removal machine or simply pouring a glass of water on the area and extracting with your wet vacuum.
Then, call a professional for complete odor and stain removal!
Call today for help with your pet accidents! 941-301-9555
Run the HVAC
While you may enjoy having open windows when the weather is nice, using your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is actually better for keeping dust out. As long as you make sure your filters are changed on a regular basis.
While dust can become airborne, most soil comes into the home from shoes. Having quality door mats to catch the dirt means less build-up of soil and debris in the home, reducing dust particles as well. Leaving shoes on the door mats or at the door is another smart idea.
Yes, you clean on a regular basis, but some extra effort with the details will help keep the dust out. When dusting tables, desks, bookshelves and other surfaces, use microfiber cloths to better grab the dust. When sweeping the hard floors, follow up with a damp mopping. It will really grab the dust sticking to the floor. Be sure to vacuum not only the top of your area rugs, but also turn them over and vacuum the backs. And for your wall-to-wall carpet, vacuum several times a week, especially in high traffic areas and entryways.
Always Do This When Cleaning
Some tasks, such as removing a spot from a carpet, getting rid of an irritating pet odor from the family dog or trying to find the best cleaning solution for the toughest jobs can actually end up causing more harm than good.
When we find a spot on the carpet, there are two things we tend to do. The first is to put way too much cleaning solution on the spot, saturating it and even getting the padding wet. This just spreads the spot and causes trouble in the future. The second is we tend to scrub way too long and way too hard. This can fray the fibers and you can’t fix that. So when you get a spot, put some solution on a white towel and blot. Never scrub or rub.
The biggest question when Fido or Fluffy does their thing on the carpet is “How do I get it out?” That’s not always easy unless you get to it right away. Urine will penetrate into the carpet, the padding and even the subfloor, and when it dries, over time it becomes sticky and smelly. Some will put powdered carpet deodorizers on those spots, which only gums up the carpet and creates a residue very difficult to remove. Like with spot removal, blotting the area quickly is usually the best remedy for the do-it-yourself types.
When one product works well and you find another one works well, too, the tendency is to mix them. Remember, never mix ammonia and bleach. Both are effective products on their own, but mixed together, they become deadly. Other products on your shelf could, if mixed together, create toxic fumes that can cause harm to your family. Always follow the directions on the label.
Great winter home maintenance tips (even for Florida!)
Prepping your home for storms that are either predicted or that can occur at any time is the best defense against wind, water and related storm damages.
Tip #1: Inspect the windows
No, not in the glass itself (you can see that easily and would have already replaced broken windows.) Check the weather stripping, the caulking and edges of the glass. Ensure no air is getting in or out. This is easier to check on a windy day. Hold a tissue paper up to the areas you are inspecting to see if there is any movement. If so, repair that area. Replace the caulking or weather stripping if necessary.
Tip #2: Get climbing…
… up on the roof, that is. But keep it safe! Hire someone if you aren’t able to physically do this yourself or if there is any danger of falling. You (or someone) needs to inspect your roofing materials, areas around chimneys, skylights, and vents… anywhere that water can intrude and cause problems. Be sure to repair any damage before the weather turns bad.
Tip #3: Clean the gutters
Dirty, cluttered gutters don’t do their job very well. Rain and debris in the gutters means they clog up and can cause all kinds of problems for your home. Get out the ladder or hire a pro to ensure your gutters are clean and ready for winter.
Another tip for those that have your professional carpet cleaning in Sarasota this time of year:
In Florida in December, we often don’t need to run our air conditioning. Some don’t even run ceiling fans. While this is great for our electric bill, it’s not great for damp carpets. So when you get your carpets cleaned, be sure to set your AC to 70-75, or if it’s too chilly, set it to the fan setting so those carpets can dry faster. Run those ceiling fans too, at least for a few hours so everything can get dry.
Everyone is concerned about better health. We shop for healthy foods. We take our vitamins. We visit our doctor on a regular basis. We drink filtered water. What we might not appreciate is the value of filtered air.
How to you effectively filter the air in your home? You got it…changing the filters in your furnace system on a regular, scheduled basis. If you wait too long, you know it because the filter is just so darned dirty. It makes a mess when you change it. So you vow to do it more often, and maybe even put it on your wall calendar so you don’t forget. We just started using a service that ships them to us every 3 months so we don’t forget. You might even pick up a better quality filter, such as one that uses HEPA standards.
But what about the biggest filter in your home? Wonder what it is? Just look down…if you have carpet, that’s the filter that often gets ignored. If you don’t have much carpet, odds are you have area rugs covering those hard floors. Those area rugs are filters too.
Carpet in a home is a protection for you, because it traps all kinds of allergens that can be the bane of asthma sufferers. Carpet is a filter and, like all filters, has to be either changed or cleaned. It’s not practical to change your carpet every year or so (heck, no one could afford that!) but you can – and should – have it cleaned.
Remember, allergens are very light and float in the air, and are respiratory concerns, especially for allergy and asthma sufferers. Carpet helps to keep those particulates to a minimum.
There are many documented studies about how homes and facilities, such as schools, are healthier because of carpet and regular cleaning schedules.
So enjoy your carpet, and have your Bradenton and Sarasota carpet cleaning done by the pro’s at Overturf’s Floor & Fabric Care.
Tile and Grout Cleaning
The desire to have tile in your home can have many sources. You may want to help eliminate the issues that come from allergens, or you may want to cool your home down. No matter what the reason, tile and grout can have just as many issues when it comes to keeping them clean.
Grout, in particular, can be difficult. This is where tile cleaning services can come in handy. Even with daily cleaning things can get trapped in the grout between the tiles of your floor. It can give your home a dingy look that can be frustrating. In addition, to the grout the tile can also change color over the years even with regular cleaning.
In order to keep your tile and grout looking as new as possible consider making use of tile cleaning services. These services are designed to help your tile look like brand new by getting deep into the tile and grout to lift dirt and stains that have worked their way into the surface.
A good service is a great way to clean your tile and grout as well as help restore the brilliance of its original color. Grout discolors because of detergent and dirt, which settle when you clean. A good cleaning service will use an advanced cleaning system and a high-powered vacuum to ensure that nothing settles back into your grout and tile. A truly professional clean will ensure that your tile and grout look brand new.
Providing outstanding service and an exceptional cleaning experience is our mission for a truly professional experience, call Overturfs at 941-301-955 in Sarasota and Manatee counties, or 813-438-2201 in Brandon, Riverview, and Sun City Center.
Ceramic Tile Cleaning Tips Worth Knowing
Ceramic tiles add color and life to any room, IF they are clean. Yes, no matter how much you dislike it, it’s important that ceramic tiles are thoroughly clean all the time. So if you are new to it, here is some ceramic tile cleaning information you need to know.
Avoid using harsh cleansing agents to clean ceramic tiles as it may only damage them. Do not use cleaning supplies which can damage the tile or grout as grout holds the tiles together and protects against residue and moisture.
Use the right brushes or brooms
Machines used for scrubbing floors, and abrasive cleaners can end up scarring the glaze and even damages the grout in between tiles. Instead, it’s okay to use brushes or brooms meant solely for cleaning ceramic tiles. Just make sure its bristles are firm enough to get the job done without any scratches.
An all-natural sponge is great to use for cleaning wet wall tiles as moisture accumulated on the walls can lead to mold developing on the grout. A sponge not only removes mold, but also keeps the place dry to prevent any mold development.
Avoid bleaches or gritty cleaners
Avoid using gritty cleaners and bleaches as they make the pattern and color fade. Use natural cleaning products instead which keep the tile wonderfully clean while preserving its finish. Damaged or worn grout between the tiles should be repaired as soon as possible lest moisture reaches the flooring under it and lead to expensive repair bills.
A little cleaning effort on your part helps make your tiles look as great as it was first installed. If you don’t’ have the time or patience to do all this yourself, don’t worry. You can always call in professional cleaners to do it for you like Overturfs. Call us at 941-301-9555 for one of the best cleaning experiences ever to your house!