07 ScotchguardIf you’re having your carpets, rugs and upholstery cleaned professionally, wouldn’t it make sense to add an extra layer of protection? We recommend a professional Scotchgard application as a first line of defence for the fabrics and soft furnishings in your home.

Scotchgard works as a soil retardant – it creates a liquid repellent surface layer on fabrics that provides unbeatable stain protection. For over 50 years, Scotchgard has proved itself to be the most effective stain protection and prevention system for home fabrics and furnishings.

It’s a topical application, as opposed to an impregnating treatment. Unlike dip-treated fabrics which are immersed in a soil retardant, Scotchgard sits on top of the fibres, adding a highly effective layer of protection to your household fabrics and carpets without changing their colour or texture in any way.

Applying Scotchgard protects your soft furnishings and carpets against most common household staining such as food, coffee and soft drinks spills as well as normal wear and tear. It also provides an extra physical barrier against damage that can be caused by small children and pets. Even the damaging effects of red wine spillages can be mitigated.

Stains will come out quicker, making cleaning your upholstery, carpets and rugs easier next time round. What’s more, Scotchgard will help your fabrics resist stains and dirt, meaning they stay cleaner for longer.

Scotchgard can be applied at any time but protecting new or freshly steam cleaned carpets and fabrics is the most prudent option. It dries almost immediately and can be walked on virtually straight away, and certainly by the time the carpet has dried.

Depending on the level of usage or foot traffic, Scotchgard protection can be effective for 6 to 18 months, when it will have to be reapplied. Why not make Scotchgarding a regular process every time you have your carpets and curtains professionally cleaned?

At Apple Clean, we can tackle any domestic or commercial Scotchgarding requirement. We have 20+ years’ experience of working with Scotchgard products to protect your fabrics from everyday household spills and accidents, while enhancing the life of your carpets, curtains and soft furnishings. For specialist advice and a totally professional service, please give us a call today on 0800 5874571.

Written on July 20, 2016 · Tagged: ,

Dust mite

dust mites can wreak havoc, too! Beds aren’t the only thing in your house that attract mites – carpets and upholstery do as well. And if you don’t take them in hand, the results can be pretty unpleasant – itches, rashes, respiratory problems among them.

Adult female dust mites are why you may end up needing to call a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner. Each busy lady mite lays up to 80 eggs in her lifetime, from which six-legged larva emerge. One month later these turn into eight-legged adults, all ready to starting doing some damage. Clinging to fur, feathers or other materials, they then spread themselves around and hide wherever they can.
You can’t see these pesky mites (they’re just 250 to 300 microns in length – you need at least 10x magnification to get an idea of what they look like), but they’re no good for your home or you! Among other things, dust mites are bad news for allergy and asthma sufferers.

But enough with the horrible details: the good news is that you can protect your carpets and upholstery from these little critters. Regular cleaning helps, as does keeping rooms below 21°C and humidity below 50%. However, most domestic vacuum cleaners, shampooers and steamers, even the ones that boast lots of extra power, haven’t got what it takes to properly take on dust mites and all but neutralise their existence. And, controlling the temperature in your house is far from cheap.

To successfully bring dust mites to their knees (if they had them!), a specialist carpet and upholstery cleaner is a must. Their specialist cleaning equipment, along with their training and experience, is what makes the difference. And, it is a real difference.

Summer is a great time to invest in some expert carpet and upholstery cleaning. Take advantage of the warmer, drier weather and start evicting dust mites from your home!

For more information on our carpet, upholstery and curtain cleaning services, contact the Apple Clean team on 0800 587 4571.