Tough Carpet Stains

There is almost nothing worse than being the guy at the party who spills red wine all over your friend’s white carpet. Luckily, if you can’t avoid spilling at parties, there are some simple techniques you can use to get rid of even the toughest of carpet stains.

Coffee and red wine are the two most notorious carpet staining drinks in existence. They both have deep colors and are acidic, which makes them very difficult to remove. If you manage to spill red wine or coffee on white carpet, the best thing to do is attack the stain before it dries and soaks into the fibers of the carpet. If done immediately after spilling, pouring club soda or water on the stain and then blotting the spot with a cloth can remove it. Never, ever rub the stain with a cloth. Rubbing the stain will only swirl the red wine/coffee around and make the stain bigger and deeper. If the stain is still there, then you can try waiting until it is dry and using baking soda paste with water to get the stain out. If none of those techniques work, then you can always use the classic method of shifting your furniture to conveniently cover any noticeable stains. This method only works one or two times, so I wouldn’t recommend it as a permanent solution.

Another notorious carpet-killer is ink. Maybe you stepped on your favorite pen and it exploded in an inky mess, or perhaps your child used the carpet as their own personal coloring board; whatever the case, ink stains can wreak havoc on white carpet. If you spot an ink stain right when it happens, you can use a clean cloth soaked with isopropyl alcohol to dab the stain up. Once again, never rub or grind the stain, this will only intensify the stain. After you have dabbed the stain away with alcohol, rinse the area with water and vacuum up the excess moisture until the carpet is dry.

Blood is another substance that you most definitely want to avoid getting on your carpet. Luckily, bleeding on carpet is pretty rare, but if it does happen there are a few things to know that will make removing the stain a lot easier. When cleaning up blood spots, always make sure to use cold water. Cold water keeps the blood from thickening. Fill a bottle with a mixture of dish soap and cold water then douse the blood spot with the mixture. Then use a towel to dab the spot and transfer the blood from the carpet to the towel. If the stain is still there, then you can try this method over and over again until it is completely removed.

Some stains are pure evil and no matter how hard you attack them they will never completely go away. This can be very frustrating, especially if you just installed brand new carpet in your home. Sometimes it is better to just admit defeat and call the professionals. At Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning, we specialize in performing thorough and quality Portland carpet cleaning and Portland upholstery cleaning.  Give us a call for a free estimate, no matter how dirty your carpet may look.

 

Filtration Soiling. What is it?

Filtration Soiling.  What is it?

Most of us have seen dark lines form around the edges of our carpet as well as in the corners and edges of the stairs and wondered how they got there.   Did the vacuum not reach in the corner? What is it? Why won’t it vacuum up?

These are all common questions people find them selves thinking when they encounter filtration soiling.  This is especially common is colder climates like Portland, Oregon.

 You know that it’s dirt but how does it get there and how do we get rid of it?

 This is known as filtration soiling and it can be very difficult to get rid of.  The movement of air through out your house is what causes this naturally accruing phenomenon.  We all know that cold air falls as warm air rises; well, this is the same idea.  As your house heats up, the warm air is pushed to the top floor through any crack/crevice it can find and the cold air does the opposite and finds its way down.

With that air come miniscule particles of dirt and oily particles that travel though the carpet.  Since your carpet is the biggest air filter in you home, the oily particles get stuck in the carpet and trap more and more dirt as time passes, until you have a visible line of dirt.   The composition of this soiling is what makes it so hard to clean.  Since the particles are so tiny, they get entangled in the fibers of the carpet and the oily composition of the dirt makes a strong bond between the soiling and the carpet.

 Regular carpet cleaning can help battle this type of soiling.  If the carpets are cleaned every 6-12 months by a professional carpet cleaner, the soil does not have enough time to deposit deep into the carpet fibers.   However not everyone schedules regular carpet cleanings and the filtration soiling gets worse and worse.

To get rid of this deeply embedded dirt, our carpet cleaning technicians use the appropriate solutions as well as hot water and powerful suction.  However, in many situations even that is not enough.  In some cases where the filtration soiling has been there for a long time, it is necessary to encapsulate the dirt and break it away from the carpet fibers before extracting it.  This is done with the help of certain gels and solutions, some agitation and a few specific tools.

So don’t give up on those carpets just yet!  Give Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning a call to schedule a free estimate and get your home looking fresh and clean again!

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Portland Carpet Cleaning Tips

Top 10 Carpet Cleaning Tips:

Here are the top 10 tips that will help you keep your home clean and make your carpets last even longer!  Proper maintenance is key as well as reacting quickly.  Some stains will require a bit more attention and may end up needing a steam clean.  If so don’t hesitate to call a professional like Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning!

Carpet Cleaning Tips

  • Vacuum Regularly.  Proper maintenance is the best advice for keeping a clean carpet.
  • Keep a rag/towel by the door. This can be used to wipe pet’s paws and other messes brought in from the outside.
  • Blot. Do not rub the carpet. Rubbing may damage the fibers as well as set the stain further into the carpet.
  • Keep a doormat or floor rug by the door.
  • Have slippers for your guests. House slippers are a good way to keep  shoes and dirt away from your clean carpets.
  • Put a damp rag with a heavy object on the stain over night.  Some stains may come back after being treated because they go so deep into the pad. Using a heavy object will absorb as much of the stain as possible into the rag rather than the pad.
  • Act quickly. The faster you can get to the problem spot, the less likely it will become a long-term problem.  Using warm water and a damp towel will take care of most fresh spills.
  • Use light cleaning products. Try not to use heavy cleaning products that can damage your carpets.
  • Never use high heat.  High heat, like an iron or hair dryer, can set a stain permanently by dying the fibers of the carpet.
  • Call a professional carpet cleaner.  Doing regular, deep cleanings will increase the life of your carpet and make cleaning easier for you as well.  A regular steam clean is recommended about once every 6 months.

Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning Can Help!

We can help you create and maintain a healthy home for your family. Our professional carpet cleaning services will remove all the harmful pollutants and we can give you all the information you need to keep it that way! All of our Portland carpet cleaning services penetrate deep into the carpet fibers to remove all the soil, stains, allergens, bacteria, pollens, dust mites, chemicals and other contaminants that could endanger your families health. Contact us for a free no obligation quote and start living a healthier life!

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Can Dirty Carpets Make Me Sick?

The Truth About Dirty Carpets

Yes. Dirty carpets can make you sick. It is a proven fact that dirty carpets can negatively effect your health for many reasons, but it’s not the dirt that you can see that is the problem. The deep down dirt is what can be the problem, causing a variety of health issues such as allergies and asthma.

Clean Carpet, Air Quality & Healthy Living

Carpet Cleaning Portland OregonCarpeting can actually improve indoor air quality, if properly cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. This is because your carpet is much more than a soft floor covering. It is the largest air filter in your home. Carpet catches and holds soil, allergens, bacteria, pollens, dust mites, chemicals and other contaminants that would otherwise become airborne. The average American can spend up to 90% of their time indoors. Each time you walk into your home or office, you bring in pollutants of all kinds such as fertilizer from lawns or gardens, animal feces from dog parks or sidewalks and bacteria from public restroom floors. Now, can you imagine your child or grandchild crawling across that very same carpet, putting their hands in their mouth or eyes? This is just one more reason to have your carpets regularly cleaned, whether they look dirty or not!

What Do EPA Experts Say About Dirty Carpets?

Portland Carpet Cleaning ServiceDr. Michael Berry, Ph. D. is former director of the EPA Environmental Criteria and Assessment Office. In his book, “Protecting the Built Environment: Carpet Cleaning for Health”, Berry says that most indoor cleaning problems are related to dirty carpets, but this problem can be solved through proper maintenance and restoration. He compared carpets to a sink that collects pollutants of all kinds from indoors and out. As the sink gets filled up (the carpet gets polluted), it stores more and more soil, dust, and contaminants. When the sink gets full, it needs to be emptied. This is why proper carpet cleaning is a necessity.

You’ve heard the hype about indoor air being more polluted than the outdoor air. Well, it’s true. The main reason is because indoor air is trapped. Rarely does it get completely replaced. Outdoor air on the other hand gets blown away and new, cleaner air replaces it. Trapped indoor air gets pollutants in it from your carpet. You walk them in and they get lodged in your carpet. Then, when someone walks over them they get re-dispersed into your air and you and your family breathe them in. You can even see that when you look at a stream of sunlight and see all the dust floating around. You breathe the air over and over and that’s what makes the indoor air more polluted than the outdoor air.

If a carpet is not cleaned on a regular basis, it can become a breeding ground for bio-pollutants, says Berry. It is crucial to regularly empty the sink and make sure that your carpets are cleaned properly. Most people clean their carpets because they look dirty, although by the time you can see the dirt in the carpet, it is probably filthy. Proper vacuuming is helpful. The best vacuum, regardless of price, only picks 15% of the actual soil. The rest is left to collect all types of bacteria, allergens, and pollutants. Rarely do people clean their carpets in an effort to protect their health, Berry says, but cleaning carpet regularly will improve the indoor air quality of your home or business.

Portland Carpet Cleaning!

As Oregonians, we know what its like to enjoy the great outdoors. That is why its important for all of us to have our carpets cleaned regularly. Just think of all the germs that you track inside after every trip to Saturday market, the Rose Garden to watch a Blazer game or the outdoor hikes and excursions to Multnomah Falls. After a few months of fun and excitement, be sure to get your carpets cleaned by the best carpet cleaning service in Portland, Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning.

Bridge Town Carpet Cleaning Can Help!

We can help you create and maintain a healthy home for your family. Our professional carpet cleaning services will remove all the harmful pollutants and we can give you all the information you need to keep it that way! All of our Portland carpet cleaning services penetrate deep into the carpet fibers to remove all the soil, stains, allergens, bacteria, pollens, dust mites, chemicals and other contaminants that could endanger your families health. Contact us for a free no obligation quote and start living a healthier life!

Contact: 503-816-8585

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