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Do you have a budding Picasso on your hands? Or perhaps you are the proud parent of a creative, independently minded preschooler that loves to finger paint with every chance he gets? Being artistic is a talent, but when your child draws his latest masterpiece on your carpets, it can be a detriment. Here’s how to fix those paint and crayon spills in order to make your carpets like new again. Some stains are difficult to remove from carpets fibers, while others are relatively easy. If you have the occasional paint spill from your child’s artwork project, here’s some good news: paint is easier to remove than many other stains and spills out there! So, take a breather, and follow these steps we’ve laid out for you. Within just a few minutes of cleaning and one stern look, your child will learn where not to paint—and you’ll learn a lesson in paint removal so that those gorgeous carpets of yours can stay that way! Tips for Treating Wet Paint The general rule of thumb for do-it-yourself stain removal is never to scrub, but to soak up its moisture (and with as much patience as you can handle!) The same approach comes into play when your child has scribbled their “artwork” all over your beautiful burgundy living room carpet. Witnessing the splatter of a palate of finger paints can work you into a frenzy, but instead, run to the paper towels and calmly begin soaking up as much paint as you can. Some people make the mistake of ‘blotting’ paint or another substance that has begun to soak into their carpets fibers. This method can actually make matters worse; instead, lay dry paper towels over the wet paint and give it a few seconds to soak up as much liquid as possible. Repeat until there’s no more moisture left. At this point, you’ll have removed most of the paint. What’s left will be some dry paint. Leave the remaining steps until the next morning (don’t worry, our step-by-step has you covered!) How to Remove Dry Paint There are several options you have to remove dry paint, and both require a razor or knife. Choose nail polish remover or WD-40—both work well as a ‘quick fix’ and get the job done until your professional cleaners can come in and thoroughly clean your carpet stains and spills. If you’re using nail polish remover…this do-it-yourself remedy is quick and fool proof. Lather up your nail polish brush into the solution and begin to apply it onto your carpet. Using a simple brushing motion (similar to how you’d brush nail color onto your nails) dab it with a fresh coat every other minute or so. The color of the paint will begin to fade, and once it does, you can begin to dab the affected area with some cold water and a rag. Vacuum your carpet as a last step, and if the stain hasn’t gone away, contact your trustworthy cleaning professional to discuss stain removal options. If you’re using WD-40…consider it a smart tool to have on hand in order to remove dried paint from the fibers of your carpet. It comes in the form of a spray lubricant and is excellent at breaking down certain spills such as paint. Generously spray the affected area of your carpet with WD-40 and let it sit for up to 25 minutes. Take a rag, and scrub the paint until you begin to see it come off in bits and pieces onto your rag. Scrub vigorously, and continue to do so until it’s come off on both sides of your rag, leaving very little residue on your carpet. Thoroughly vacuum your carpet, and if a stain persists, contact your local Chem-Dry professional to properly get the job done for you. Happy, healthy and clean carpets are what you deserve…despite how cute that little Picasso of yours may be as he paints them to his heart’s content! - See
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If you have children and/or pets, it’s inevitable: your carpet will undergo some wear and tear. So, how do you minimize the damage that’s done, or prevent it altogether? One of the biggest decisions you face when choosing a new carpet isn’t color, brand, or style. Instead, it’s choosing a durable, highly resistant carpet that will maintain its quality—no matter how many children and pets you have!
Whether its dirt your dog dragged in, or spilled baby food from your infants last feeding, here are three types of carpets that can maintain its quality best—no matter how many children or pets you have in the home!
Opt for a Synthetic Fiber Carpet Choosing a carpet is an investment. And, choosing the perfect carpet that meets your family’s demanding needs takes time—but you can drastically narrow it down by choosing a synthetic (as opposed to ‘natural’) fiber carpet!
Nylon is a high resistant carpet choice, and a great one for homes that have toddlers, pets and teenagers spilling and stomping on it, regularly. Nylon carpets are very sturdy, as the synthetic fibers hold their shape well, and especially in comparison to other materials, such as the loop style Berber carpet (which can easily snag). While nylon may be a bit higher in cost than other fibers, it offers a longer lasting color—even in high traffic homes.
Polyester Works Well, Too Do you want a carpet that is stain resistant but you feel overwhelmed with options? A carpet made from polyester fabric is stain resistant, and with softness that other carpets don’t have. It holds up well for busy families that want the inviting feel of carpet, without sacrificing quality.
Choose a Medium Shade Carpet Are you looking for the right carpet to put in your children’s play room, or the hallway? Keeping your carpets looking brand new is a priority, and when you choose a medium shaded one, it doesn’t have to be a struggle. As a general rule of thumb, stay away from dark carpets, as well as those that are light in color.
Dark browns and black carpets tend to cause dog hair and crumbs to show up more easily than medium shaded carpets do. On the same token, a spilled glass of juice or spaghetti sauce will show up immediately on a light shade of carpet. Stick to blue, grey or light brown. They add warmth to the home while minimizing the appearance of dirt, spills and hair.
Protecting Your Carpet Picking the right type of carpet for your home is an important choice to make, and when you choose one that’s compatible with your growing family’s needs, you need to protect it! Routine professional carpet cleaning every 6-12 months extends the life and durability of your carpets. Chem-Dry has received the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Platinum Seal of Approval with its hot water extraction cleaning system and is trusted by the nation’s top carpet manufacturers to deliver a deep clean that will maintain the appearance and performance of your carpets efor years of use.
Do you have questions about keeping your carpet clean? Call Chem-Dry Five Star at 01905 354257 to learn about the services, products and expertise as the world’s leading carpet and upholstery cleaners or get a free, no-obligation quote
How to Remove Blood From Carpet Cuts and scrapes happen, so at one time or another, you are likely to have a blood stain on your carpet. As one of the most unattractive stains of all, it’s “bark” is worse than its bite. In other words, it’s much simpler to spot clean blood (and takes less time) than it may seem. While it’s no replacement for a professional cleaning service, you can apply the following tips until a permanent solution is available.
The Stain That Can’t Be HelpedIf you have children, then your run the risk of bloody noses and knee scabs. If you have pets, than you inevitably deal with a cat or dog that brings in traces of blood, dust and dirt. A blood stain is inevitable, especially in a busy home. That’s why it’s so important to understand how to spot treat it, so that you can minimize the damage it does on your carpets until a professional cleaning service can give it the permanent solution it deserves.
Step-by-step, here’s how to handle blood stains, from the stubborn to the severe:
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Post Flood advice if You've been affected by flooding - what happens now? Initial actions you should take Contact your insurance company. Do not attempt to do anything until you have spoken to your insurer; the majority of household policies provide insurance cover on flooding . Not insured? Contact the Citizens Advice Bureau for further advice. Visit their website for contact details of your nearest office: www.citizensadvice.co.uk . Ensure all electrical and gas supplies are not in use. If you have been evacuated from your home do not re-enter until you are told it is safe to return. The clean up operation - who'se involved Over the course of the clean up process you will be in contact with a number of people who will assist you. Your insurance company Your insurer should be the first person you speak to. They will advise you on your cover and the process you will go through to rectify the damage, from initial safety checking and strip out process to property repairs. Restoration specialists such as Chem-Dry will asist with the immediate clean up operation which may include disposal of damaged items and drying out your home. A restoration company will normally be appointed by your insurer. Brokers and Loss Adjusters Working independently or on behalf of your insurance company, brokers and loss adjusters play an important part during the life of your claim, ensuring that the claims process runs as smoothly as possible for you. Building contractors Once the restoration specialists have completed their initial works, in most cases, your insurer will appoint a builder to undertake repairs and reconstruction works. Useful Contacts For information about the aftermath of a fire and flood damage insurance visit the Association of British Insurers (ABI) website: www.abi.org.uk For advice on basic flood recovery and procedures visit the British Damage Management Association. For weather updates and flood advice guides please visit the Environment Agency website: www.environment-agency.co.uk or call 0845 988 1188.
6 tips for banishing Dust Mites from your homeYesterday Tagged: Chem-Dry , carpet cleaning , curtain cleaning , upholstery cleaning ,Healthy Home , mattress cleaning , dust mites , anti allergen , Cleaning Tips Carpet being vacuumed Dust mites are inevitable, and even the cleanest of homes are not safe from the invasion of these unwanted pests. Whilst impossible to totally eliminate from your home, there are several steps you can take to dramatically reduce dust mite presence and keep your family healthy. Wash your bedding at least once a week on a 60 degree wash – Whilst not entirely economical, dust mites can survive when washed at a lower temperature. Regular washing will ensure the problem is managed and does not get out of control. Protect your mattresses and bed linen – Where possible use mattress, duvet and pillow protectors. These items will ensure that dust mites do not penetrate into the fabric fibres. Vacuum your carpets daily – The simple advice is usually the most effective. Vacuuming daily reduces the number of dust mites living in your carpets and upholstery and minimises the risk of breeding. Increase ventilation – Dust mites thrive in humid environments, so ensure that your home is correctly ventilated. Open windows and doors when cooking or bathing to ensure that steam circulates, instead of gathering and dampening rooms. Get your carpets and upholstery cleaned regularly – Whilst you may maintain a clean and healthy home, those hard to reach corners, the back of the sofa and your curtains can often get forgotten. Chem-Dry, the carpet and upholstery cleaning specialists, offer an unrivalled professional anti-allergen cleaning service, using an all natural solution which renders dust mite allergens completely harmless. Use a specialist anti-allergen spray – Chem-Dry also offer a topical spray which can be applied as often as required to carpets, upholstery, mattresses, bed linen and curtains. Our Dust Mite Anti-Allergen spray neutralises dust mite allergens and provides effective allergy relief for up to 90 days after application. For more information about the Chem-Dry Anti-Allergen package and to book your professional carpet and upholstery clean, get your free online quote today or call 01905 354257