Spills and Stains – 3 Steps to Success

We’ve all done it, whether it was a spot of being careless with mud-tracked shoes or getting overzealous about telling a story with a glass of wine in hand. Spills and stains can easily ensue and are often more likely to occur in areas of your home where stains are never tolerated! Getting upset about a spillage doesn’t do anybody involved any favours so take a deep breath, think rationally and follow these three steps.

1. Act Fast

8318883471_f76a519abe_oAlthough we don’t always immediately notice spills after they happen it is important to act fast once you have seen the affected area.

Scrape up or blot up any excess spillage before applying any cleaners and never try to rub or scrub a stain out.

Blotting works wonders and will help you to get most of the spill out before resorting to more drastic measures! Work from the outside of the stain inwards to prevent it from spreading and if you are worried about wet spots, use a hairdryer to speed up the blotting process.

2. Don’t Panic

It is important that you act fast, but also equally important that you act rationally. Panicking leads to making rash decisions and silly mistakes that you will regret later. If you tackle the stain as best you can with the knowledge you have and it is still there, simply get in touch with a professional cleaner and they will be right over.

Trying to desperately remove the stain using extreme chemicals could only serve to worsen the situation, so if you can’t easily get rid of it using your household fabric cleaners, call in a professional cleaner who will be able to help you.

3. Always Read the Label

downloadYou might think this a superfluous point but it sometimes makes all the difference between a ruined sofa and a sofa swiftly saved. Read your labels! Before applying any chemical or natural product to your stain or spill, read the label to see whether or not it could be harmful to you or the material you are using this on.

Obviously, we rarely have time to do this in the heat of the moment, so read your labels beforehand so that you know exactly what you need when the time comes.
If your sofa or your recliner has a label detailing fabric care and maintenance guides, this might also be a useful source of information.

Some fabrics are dry clean only, whereas others react badly to particular chemicals. Getting an idea of what works and what doesn’t on your home furniture is really useful, especially when tackling a spill in good time.

Carpet Cleaning Services – Preparing for your next clean

Keeping a clean carpet is essential; it is good for your health, it improves general home hygiene, and it lifts the atmosphere in any room, which is particularly useful when you’re having guests over. Whether you’ve been meaning to do it for weeks and have never found the time, or you lead a busy lifestyle and simply know you can’t spare a few hours, it is important that you have a good plan of action when it comes to getting your carpets cleaned. Professional carpet cleaning is quick, easy and affordable.

So what do you need to remember when preparing for your next clean?


1. How Often Should My Carpets be Cleaned?

While it is important to clean up spills straight away and regularly hoover your carpet – once a week should do it, though some people hoover every day –  it is recommended that your carpet is professionally cleaned by a qualified technician every 12-18 months. Otherwise, you will allow the build-up of soil and dirt, greatly reducing the life span of your carpet.


2. The National Carpet Cleaners Associationncca

If you are unsure where to search in your bid to find advice on carpet cleaning, you can always start with the National Carpet Cleaners Association. They provide a plethora of hints and tips and helpful advice on what you can do to prepare for a clean.


3. Carpet Cleaning Companies Registered with NCCA

Many professional cleaning companies are officially registered with the National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA), making it easier for the NCCA to recommend their services to you. While it is not mandatory for carpet cleaning companies to be on the register, it works very much as a seal of approval in that professional registered companies work to the best possible standards in order to thoroughly clean your carpets. Apple Clean is an NCCA registered company, giving weight to our quality promise of first class carpet cleaning services every time.

If you happen to have an issue with an NCCA registered company, they can provide an independent arbitration service up to solicitor level. However, they will recommend that you contact the member in question and voice your complaint to them formally. Many member companies will be eager to resolve any complaints before the NCCA needs to get involved.


4. Moving Furniture in Preparation for the Clean

Apple Clean is one of the carpet cleaning companies that is more than happy to move furniture in preparation for cleaning, as it is important that furniture is moved out of the way, properly stored and protected in order for every inch of carpet surface to be properly cleaned. We understand that in some cases, our clients may have furniture that is delicate or perhaps antique, so utmost care is given when moving these items. However, it never hurts to move some of the furniture yourself if you prefer to do so!

Conducting a thorough carpet clean every 12-18 months should always be done professionally as experienced cleaners will be able to use the appropriate professional cleaning materials to achieve the best result. If you attempt a DIY job, you may end up causing irreparable damage to your carpets, so it is always better to go through a professional. Get in touch with Apple Clean to find out more today!

Watermarks on Upholstery

wine stainIt can be upsetting to find a stain on your upholstery, particularly if you take good care of your furniture. But accidents will happen and not all guests are careful with other people’s possessions. If you find a new stain or watermark on your sofa, armchair or other upholstered item, there are steps you can take to quickly reduce its severity or even remove it altogether.

Apple Clean offer professional carpet and upholstery cleaning services designed to keep your home clean and clear. If you find a watermark or stain on your sofa or three-piece suite that you are unable to remove, give us a call. We’re an experienced and friendly team of cleaners with everything you need to get your upholstery looking as good as new again.

Here’s our advice on getting a watermark off you armchair or sofa.

Sanitise the Area Beforehand

Even the cleanest piece of furniture has wear and tear. This can mean deposits of dust and food particles, or dry skin residue. You’ll need to thoroughly sanitise the area before attempting to clean any part of it, particularly if you have young children prone to sticky fingers or pets.

Vacuum the area first to remove dust or crumbs; you can also try a lint roller over the area just to make sure you’ve completely cleared it. Check to make sure that your fabric is suitable for vacuuming, as some fabrics may be too delicate, so caution is needed.



Gently Does It

Dampen a cloth with cold water and then use it to rub at and dab away at the stained part of the upholstery. Work with care according to the fabric requirements; some fabrics are more hardwearing than others.

Make sure you’re not too vigorous with your rubbing – that goes for every type of fabric, and particularly for water marks.


Work from the Outside In

By gently rubbing at the stain in a circling motion from the outside towards the centre, you help to prevent the spread of the stain as you will be focusing your cleaning action in and around the original water mark area. Depending on the type of fabric – hard-wearing cotton, natural fibres, man-made synthetics – you may need to use a specialist cleaning agent to get the best results.

However if you are not cleaning up a ‘stain’ and instead are trying to tackle a watermark left over from clearing a previous stain, then you may not need a cleaning product at all.

Dry off the Mark

Fold a few paper towels into a stack and place on top of the stained upholstery, then put something heavy on top of it to apply pressure, or press down firmly using your hands. You will also need a hair dryer set to the ‘cool’ setting or a fan that you can aim at the stained area. The force of the air will help the towels to absorb the moisture.

If the watermark is still visible, you will need to remoisten the area and repeat the process.  It may be a repetitive process but, if done with patience and care, it is a great way to successfully tackle water marks on your upholstery.

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