Cleaning a fabric lampshade

If you’re proud of your home, of course you’ll want to make sure it’s sparkling clean and welcoming at all times. No doubt your curtains and upholstery is cleaned on a regular basis, and you call out a professional carpet cleaner twice a year to keep your carpets spotless. But what about other fabrics in your home?

Take lampshades, for instance. Fabric shades on table or standard lamps collect dirt and dust over time. In order to restore their freshness and appearance, they should be cleaned periodically. This can be a difficult job with delicate fabrics, particularly if the shade has additional trims or ornaments or is glued (rather than stitched) onto the frame.

Luckily, with a bit of guidance, most types of lampshades can be cleaned by hand at home. (NB: If you have a high value lampshade, or perhaps one made of suede or silk, you are advised to take it to a specialist dry cleaner’s.) Here’s how:

Unplug the lamp and remove the lampshade if you can, so it’s easier to handle. With a small paint brush, remove the dust starting from the top and working all the way down in long sweeping motions. Work on one section at a time, then turn the shade and repeat. For large shades and thicker fabrics, you can use the brush attachment of your vacuum cleaner. Use a hairdryer on a cold setting for lampshade trims and fringes to remove any dust.

To wash a soft fabric lampshade that’s been stitched onto the frame in the traditional way, fill a large bowl (or use the bathtub!) with cool soapy water and place the lampshade inside on its side. Lather up and turn the shade until all the fabric is covered, then drain the water and refill with clean water for rinsing until all the soapy residue has disappeared. Shake the lampshade to remove excess water, then stand/hang to air dry or use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.

Washing a glued fabric lampshade needs to be done with extra care so that the glue doesn’t dissolve. Mix a cool soapy solution in a bowl and whisk until very frothy and the suds virtually dry. Using a clean, dry cloth, apply the suds to the outside of the shade, working in sections. Be particularly careful on any areas that are glued together – don’t rub too hard and make sure they don’t get overly wet. Plastic interiors should be wiped with a damp, soft cloth dipped into a mild soapy solution. Finally, using a fresh, clean, damp sponge, rinse the suds from the surface and wipe dry.

Written on October 3, 2017 ·

Choosing a pet friendly carpet

If you’re one of the many thousands of cat or dog owners in the UK, you may feel that carpets may not be the best choice for your home. True, pets can make a mess but that doesn’t mean you have to forego the pleasures of a carpeted home and settle for hard flooring. It just means that you should think more carefully about the type of carpet you have fitted, and how to look after it properly.

1 – Choose cut pile carpet

Loop pile carpet consists of loops of yarn to create a curved finish. They’re generally considered the most hard wearing of all the carpet types. Unfortunately, loop pile carpet is not suitable for homes with cats or dogs since animal claws can easily get stuck in the loops, resulting in a torn carpet or even a torn claw – not a happy outcome. What’s more, many pets love the idea of pulling up carpet loops, meaning your carpet will be ruined in no time.

Cut pile carpet is made by cutting the yarn to produce an upright pile, giving a more luxurious, formal look than loop pile. If you have a cat or dog, choosing cut pile carpet is the sensible answer.

2 – Consider polypropylene carpet

Stains from muddy paws, pet accidents or ‘presents’ brought in from outside are one of the biggest concerns pet owners have about fitting carpets in their home. Wool carpets are particularly sensitive and may not work if you have a pet. Luckily, manufacturing technology has come on in leaps and bounds so there are good alternatives to natural fibres that can withstand heavy wear and tear from pets and their owners.

100% polypropylene carpets have built in resistance to dust, dirt and liquid spills – the stain will sit on top of the carpet pile instead of penetrating. Ideal for pet owners, this type of carpet is best for stain resistance.

3 – Choose patterned or dark coloured carpet

It will come as no surprise to hear that, say, a plain cream carpet will show up every tiny bit of hair, dust or general soiling, leaving you with a lot of worry and work to keep it looking clean. Darker coloured carpets or patterned carpets, on the other hand, are much more forgiving.

The way you use colour or pattern on the floor can have a big effect on the durability of your carpet. For a genius solution to ‘hide’ the dirt, why not try to broadly match the colour of your carpet to your pet’s fur?

4 – Regular care and maintenance

However pet friendly our carpet may be, meticulous hygiene will be required if you have a pet in the house. This includes daily hoovering to make sure no pet hairs or dirt are being ground into the carpet fibres. It goes without saying that any spills or accidents should be cleaned up as quickly as possible to minimise the risk of any staining or lingering odours.

Regular professional carpet cleaning is highly recommended to maintain maximum levels of cleanliness. At Apple Clean we offer an additional stain removal service to tackle persistent stains including food, urine and vomit.

For more information about your carpet cleaning requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact Apple Clean on 0800 5874571 today.

Written on September 21, 2017 ·

In Situ Curtain Cleaning from Apple Clean

Some would say that curtains are what makes a room. Often an expensive investment purchase, a beautiful set of curtains in your living room, dining room or bedroom is the perfect finishing touch – which is why you want to keep them in pristine condition. Curtain cleaning is one of those things that needs to happen occasionally to keep your home fresh and clean.

However, if you’ve ever struggled to take down large curtains, take them to be dry cleaned and then rehang them, you will know how cumbersome it can be to handle large volumes of fabric. Then there’s the danger of shrinkage and damage that can be the accidental result of conventional dry cleaning. Surely, there must be a better way?

At Apple Clean, we offer In Situ Curtain Cleaning, meaning you won’t have to take your curtains down for cleaning, whatever size they may be. It’s a convenient and very effective way to attend to your curtains professionally, leaving them looking, feeling and smelling fabulous.

• Our expert cleaning operatives will remove all dust and odours that may have built up in your curtains over time without the need to remove them for their fittings.
• We will pre-test your curtains to ensure that only the most effective cleaning products are utilised.
• We will clean the facing fabric of your curtains, along with any linings (including thermal linings), pelmets, swags and tails.
• For the ultimate protection in and around your home, additional services including flameproofing are also available on request.

Apple Clean have over 25 years’ experience in private and commercial curtain cleaning. Our team offers a reliable and professional service to clean your curtains to the highest standards. With no taking down or re-hanging required, In Situ Curtain Cleaning requires no drying time, saving you both time and money.

For more information or to make a booking, please contact Apple Clean on 0800 587 4571.

Written on September 12, 2017 ·

Accidents will happen, but when spills occur on expensive carpets or soft fabrics, it can be a nightmare. This is where Scotchgard comes in. Possibly the most effective and certainly the best known fabric protection product in the world, Scotchgard was developed by 3M as a professional stain repellent and water repellent.

Most new carpets and upholstery will come with a layer of stain protection applied by the manufacturer, but this wears off over time, making your sofas, your carpets and your curtains much more susceptible to staining and soiling. In our professional opinion, prevention is always better than cure.

Scotchgard has taken stain prevention to a whole new level. It works by applying an invisible coating to the surface of the fabric which makes it harder for dirt and soil to become attached and thus prevents staining.

Here are 5 reasons why having a Scotchgard treatment is highly recommended every time you have your carpets, curtains or upholstery professional cleaned.

1 – Prolongs the ‘freshly cleaned’ appearance

If you love that just cleaned look and feel on your household fabrics, ask your upholstery and carpet cleaners to apply a Scotchgard treatment at every visit. Why pay for a professional cleaning service only to see the dirt returning all too soon? Scotchgarding will give you the peace of mind knowing that everything will stay cleaner for longer.

2 – Offers effective stain protection

With Scotchgard, a protective layer is applied to your carpets, upholstery and soft furnishings. Not only will this keep dust and dirt at bay, it will also shield your fabrics from a wide range of other types of damaging substances including mould and bacteria, as well as water and oil based stains.

3 – Makes it easier to clean up

The Scotchgard barrier makes it much more difficult for any dirt or spills to go deep into the fibres. Instead of soaking in, spills stay on the surface where they can be easily blotted, mopped up or simply vacuumed off. It’s damage limitation at its very best.

4 – Extends the lifespan of your carpets and furniture

Using Scotchgard prolongs the life of your upholstery, curtains and carpets, particularly in high traffic areas of your home or office. The protective coating creates a barrier that guards against premature wear and tear, so you get more enjoyment out of your soft furnishings for longer.

5 – Saves money in the long run

In order to maintain your carpets, furniture and curtains in the best possible condition for as long as possible, we recommend applying Scotchgard at least once a year to get the optimum return on your investment. Why not contact Apple Clean today on 0800 587 4571 to schedule your regular cleaning visits and Scotchgard treatment?

Written on August 9, 2017 ·

End of tenancy house cleaning graphic

It is a standard clause in rental agreements that tenants should leave the property in the same good condition that they took it on at the beginning of the tenancy. If you’re about to move out of your rental property, you must give the place an in-depth clean, if only to get your deposit back from your landlord.

Of course, there’s no reason why you can’t do this yourself, unless your contract specifies that a cleaning company must be used. But you may find that there are other reasons why it’s a good idea to pay for a professional service to restore your former home to its original spick-and-span condition.

1 – Time saving

Moving house is always a busy time, with lots to organise and lots to do. Do you really have enough time to clean the home you’re moving out of to a high enough standard that your landlord will be happy with?

Instructing Apple Clean to carry out an end of tenancy clean for your rental property will save you the hassle. With over 25 years’ experience in carpet, curtain and upholstery cleaning, we’ve helped literally hundreds of tenants to recover their rental deposits.

2 – Low stress solution

With 101 things to think about when you move home, cleaning your rental property is one task you can easily outsource. Simply contact Apple Clean on 0800 587 4571 and get end of tenancy cleaning ticked off your to-do list.

Once you’ve made the decision to call in the professionals you’re bound to feel a sense of relief, and can focus on looking forward to your next property with confidence and positivity.

3 – Cost effective

Why pay for cleaning supplies and spend hours on cleaning a property that you no longer live in? Why run the risk of your landlord deducting money off your deposit because your clean wasn’t thorough enough and they insist on a professional cleaning service?

Choosing Apple Clean means you are in control of the cleaning budget, with the full reassurance of getting excellent cleaning results from a reliable cleaning company and at very competitive prices.

4 – Great cleaning results

The advantage of using a professional cleaning company is that they’ve done it all before many times over. Rather than wondering what exactly needs cleaning and how much time to spend on each room, you can rest assured that the job will get done properly.

At Apple Clean, our team of experience technicians are fully trained in the use of state-of-the-art cleaning equipment and products to achieve great results every time. As approved cleaning contractors for many letting agents and estate agents, we fully understand their cleaning requirements.

5 – Deposit returned in full

Your landlord or letting agent has the power to deduct cleaning fees from your deposit if they feel that you have not returned the property in the required good condition. Don’t let this happen to you!

Hiring Apple Clean means that you can be sure of a professional clean that will leave your former home in pristine condition. This puts you in the best possible position to get your full deposit back.

End of tenancy cleaning services can help you keep your deposit

Written on July 7, 2017 ·