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Some recent Before and After pics…..

Bedroom Before after

Bedroom Before and After

Living room Before and After

Living room Before and After

Lounge area Before and After

Lounge area Before and After

Dining area Before and After

Dining area Before and After

 

Cleaning Carpet & Furnishings without Detergents?

Can your furnishings and carpet be cleaned with water or steam alone?

Ever tried washing the dishes or your clothes with just water? If you have, you’ll notice that dishes still have a greasy film on them and clothes just don’t look fresh. Why is this? The reason is simple. Water and oil don’t mix. Even really hot water and oil don’t mix.

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People use detergent when washing dishes and clothes as the detergent molecules have a synergistic effect between the water in the sink/machine, and the grease and oil on the dishes and soiling on clothes. The detergent is what gives the cleaning it’s muscle.

Why am I adding detergent

Carpets and furnishings are cleaned to get rid of foreign soil and matter. A carpet etc is vacuumed initially to remove fluff, sand, grit, hair and other non water soluble matter. What remains in furnishings after vacuuming consists of things like grease, fats, oil, starches, perspiration etc. Some of this is water soluble, but most is not!. Like the dishes, we need some oomph! between the oily soiling, and the water we use to clean.

After thorough dry vacuuming a good carpet cleaner will apply a quality detergent to the carpet or furnishings, agitate to ensure the detergent comes into contact with the soiling, and then extract leaving little to no residue behind. Also a professional carpet cleaner will always use quality anti resoiling detergents to clean a carpet, rug or lounge, so any residue if left is actually a good thing and can contribute to your furnishings staying clean longer.

Pureclean Before and After Pics…

Here are some before and after pics of some really trashed carpets and a leather lounge. Some considering replacement until Pureclean brought them back to very acceptable levels!

All pics were taken straight after cleaning, and were even brighter and fresher once fully dry!

Saved the carpet

Trashed rental, considering replacement but achieved a great result

Greasy and dog smelly carpet

Greasy and dog smelly carpet, cleaned, deodorised and sanitised

Before and after carpet cleaning

Trashed lounge and dining room, came up good, fresh and clean

Hallway carpet destroyed by rubber walker tips

Hall carpet badly soiled by rubber walker tips and foot traffiic, when fully dry looked as new

Extremely soiled lounge room carpet

Extremely soiled lounge room carpet and hall, came up as new

Soiled leather lounge

Soiled leather lounge, cleaned and protected, good as new

Carpet the Ultimate Filter for Your Home…

Carpets, Health, and Science…

Carpet the ultimate Home Filter

 

 

 

 

 

By Doyle Bloss and Robert Kravitz

In January 2014, a study was released in the United States that should put an end to any doubts cleaning professionals, carpet consumers in the residential environment, health care professionals, educational facilities, building owners, and facility managers have about carpeting and indoor air quality. According to Dr. Bruce Mitchell, chairman/CEO of Airmid Healthgroup (which conducted the study), the findings of this nearly 200-page report “Challenge the long-held belief that carpet adversely impacts indoor air quality (IAQ). [Instead], effectively cleaned carpets have the capacity to trap allergen and microbial particles,” Mitchell continued, “making these particulates less available to become airborne and thus maintaining [enhanced] indoor air quality.”

Mitchell goes on to add that these results will be very good news to the parents of children who suffer from respiratory ailments, including asthma. It is also good news for educational and other facilities that have long debated the benefits or drawbacks of carpeting as it relates to air quality, allergens, and health. In fact, this study’s conclusions may very well likely impact the flooring industry around the globe.

The History of the Debate

Sweden began removing carpets from government controlled facilities throughout the country more than 30 years ago. They believed that hard surfaces would contribute to a healthier indoor environment. Soon, the same thing happened in many areas of North America. Health Care, education and government facilities also began removing carpets, as did many other commercial facilities as well. Many websites and educational publications representing physicians and medical experts in the areas of allergy and asthma also took to the task of recommending carpets be removed from homes where children or immuno-compromised adults lived.

The reason behind the removal of carpets and the installation of hard surface floors was concerns that allergens of all types, including dust mites, molds, bacteria, germs, and other contaminants, would become lodged in the carpet’s fibers and are then released into the air as foot traffic occurs. In fact, in its recommendations on flooring and allergies, the Mayo clinic website still states: “Flooring. Remove carpeting and use hardwood or linoleum flooring or washable area rugs.”

However, follow-up studies by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) disputed these studies and stated that there was actually an “inverse relationship” between the installation of carpeting and an increased occurrence of allergic reactions. In fact, CRI had found that as carpeting is removed, allergic reactions among building users actually increase—hardly what you would expect if carpeting contributes to poor IAQ.

While CRI is certainly a respected organization, some parents and school administrators may have taken their findings with a grain of salt. After all, one of their key roles is to support the carpet manufacturing industry. However, it was not long before the Institute’s findings were backed up with some undeniable facts and figures. A Swedish study (and we must remember this was the same country that first began removing carpets from schools and other facilities) found that as carpet sales declined in Sweden and carpeting was replaced in many facilities with hard surfaces, the occurrence of allergic reactions dramatically increased.

This report, which was released by the Swedish Institute of Fiber and Polymer Research, found that in 1973 there were more than 15 million square meters (M2) of carpeting sold in Sweden and the number of people reportedly suffering allergy problems in the country amounted to about 1 million. By 1990, nearly 30 years later, only about 5 million M2 of carpeting were being sold in the country, yet the number of people reporting allergy problems had jumped to nearly 3.5 million.
Reviewing the 2014 Data

It can be hard to dispel misconceptions once they spread—especially if they involve children and their health. This has certainly been the case when it comes to carpeting and IAQ. While a variety of studies seemed to indicate that carpeting actually improves IAQ, the idea that carpeting led to increased risk of allergies among children appears to have had a life of its own.

Replacing Myths with Science

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The results of a 2010 study conducted by Airmid Healthgroup, a leading research organization, were released earlier this year.** The study was termed a “definitive work” comparing the indoor health impacts of carpeted versus hard-surface flooring. Introducing the study, the Airmid researchers began by saying that historically, “many medical, educational, and patient bodies have arrived at the conclusion that carpets…represent a health hazard to individuals, especially those with asthma and allergic diseases.”

To see if this is true or not, the researchers built test facilities based on American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications that allow for complete control over all indoor environmental conditions. The tests involved nine different floor plans or rooms: one room with a hard floor surface and the others carpeted with different materials as well as carpeting of different weights and piles.

Allergen test dust was applied to all floor surfaces. The rooms were allowed to equilibrate overnight before testing began. Then, after normal room disturbances and cleaning, airborne particulate counts as well as surface and allergen measurements were undertaken for each room type.

After performing their tests, among the conclusions the researchers reached are the following:

Different floor coverings have a significant impact on airborne particle concentration (which can potentially cause allergic reactions).
In general, airborne particle concentrations were lower with carpet as opposed to the hard-surface floor.
The pile height of the carpet and carpet fiber composition influenced the particulate retention capacity of the carpets.
Carpet made of 100 percent nylon medium pile height broadloom consistently performed best in terms of low levels of airborne allergens.

The results tell us that the carpets, especially 100 percent nylon carpets which are a common type, acted as a reservoir, capturing and trapping allergens and reducing airborne allergen levels overall in the rooms when compared to the hard-surface floor. In other words, the carpets would help reduce allergic reactions, not cause them.

The Cleaning Connection

While the researchers concluded that carpets do help protect health overall, they added that in order for carpets to continue doing this, they must be properly maintained. According to the report, “the findings also reinforce the desirability (or need) of regular carpet maintenance. [This includes] frequent vacuum cleaning and intermittent use of steam or water-based cleaning systems.”

As to vacuuming, the recommendation is to use machines with advanced filtration capabilities. This means that a filter, such as a HEPA filter, has been placed over the machine’s exhaust, helping to prevent dust and potential pathogens from being released into the air.

Time Will Tell

Only time will tell if this latest scientific study will help consumers and managers realize the key role carpets can play in keeping indoor air clean and healthy. It is undeniable that people are more concerned than ever about the health of the facilities in which they live, work, and play. With this in mind, more consumers and managers will realize there is little value in turning to myths when it comes to protecting human health, instead choosing proven science as their guide.

Article Resources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-cond … t-20049365

“Sneeze-Free Zone” by Tanya Mohn, The New York Times, January 10, 2011

Press Release on the Airmed Study:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/2/prweb10470656.htm\

Detailed information on the study:

http://press.shawinc.com/wp-content/upl … _Study.pdf

http://press.shawinc.com/wp-content/upl … _Study.pdf

Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum!

Don’t forget to………. Vacuum!

dustmiteHousehold dust can contain a mixture of pollen, fungus, bacteria, food particles, chemicals, plant matter, insects and pet hair! Also just one square metre of carpet or rug can contain up to a 1000 dust mites (Dyson Microbiology lab). The good news is your carpet acts as a filter and traps these potential allergens so they are not floating around in the air for you to breath in. But like any filter it needs cleaning, so regular vacuuming of your carpet, upholstery and rugs should be a priority! Also a good professional clean, deodorising and sanitising is recommended every 6 -12 months.

Mattresses

Food for thought, carpets etc are not the number one hiding place for dust mites, your mattress is! You actually should vacuum this more often and also a regular professional clean and sanitisation is quite important. You can utilise protective covers and wash them regularly to help minimise infestation.

Carpet beetleA pest that can cause damage to furnishings is the Carpet Beetle. Carpet beetle larvae feed on dry materials of animal origin like wool, fur, silk, felt, dried meat and carcasses.

Carpet beetles may frequently damage: carpets, rugs, underfelt, wall hangings, clothing and wool insulation
Preventive measures are important. Vacuum carpets, rugs, soft furnishings and upholstery frequently and thoroughly.

Pay particular attention to low-traffic areas of carpets such as edges and under furniture. Again a good professional clean, deodorising and sanitising is effective.

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Leather Cleaning and Care

The Good Oils…

A Pureclean leather cleaning in progress

A Pureclean leather cleaning in progress

Leather is a natural product and is acidic by nature. A lot of people apply leather care products that can actually harm the very leather they want to protect.

Many leather care kits are alkaline by nature which react with the leather fibres over time. The leather fibres degrade and the leather eventually loses its suppleness and strength. This can cause the leather to dry and crack.

Why apply such products to your valuable leather furnishings!

Good leather cleaners contain only natural and synthetic oils and surfactants. They do not contain any petroleum products.

Also post cleaning, a good quality conditioner should be applied to aid in the protection and longevity of your leather furnishings.

Protected Leather (P)

The most common leather type used in furniture. This leather has a uniform appearance and colour, a pigmented leather paint coat is applied to the surface. It is then sealed with a durable finish. Properly maintained, this finish will provide years of cleaning ability and durability.

*Uniform colour and grain  
*Does not scratch easily  
*Water  spots etc will not change colour  
*Finish problems due to pigment cracking (lack of regular maintenance)  
*Least difficult for a professional to maintain.

Aniline (A)

These are top quality natural leathers in which the actual surface grain markings of the true hide are visible. They have very little or no protective treatments applied. Clear finishes such as oil, wax, nitrocellulose and urethane protective coatings, which do not inhibit softness or breathing are applied to the surface
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*Very easy to scratch  
*Water drops will darken the colour but should dry back to natural colour  
*Prone to sun fading  
*Difficult to clean effectively even for professionals.

Nubuck (N)

These are natural Aniline leathers that have been surface brushed or buffed on the grain side of the leather creating a nap and leaving a texture similar to velvet (softest of all leathers to the touch). Usually Nubuck has a natural finish, but may have a light protective coat and a transparent leather dye for colour.
*Very soft to the touch  
*Will scratch or scuff very easily  
*Water drops will darken the leather but usually returns to original colour once dry, but sometimes leaves a darker mark  
* Extremely absorbent to body oils and soil  
*Can be a nightmare to clean effectively even for professionals.

Regular Cleaning

Do not allow dust to accumulate on the leather surface. Weekly, wipe dust off with a soft, damp cloth.
Spills should be removed immediately using a soft, damp cloth or absorbent paper, applying minimal pressure from the outside of the stain moving towards the centre.

Try to avoid greasy spills as the stain cannot be removed effectively.

Periodically have a professional clean, condition and protect your entire leather surface.

 

How can I pick the right quote?

 What do I get for my money?

In simple terms there are two levels of carpet cleaning – quick and cheap vs quality deep cleaning. A deep clean follows a five or seven step process (depending on the level of soiling) set out in the “Australian Standards Guide” for asset maintenance carpet cleaning.

You will get what you pay for – this is because the price reflects more the time and effort your carpet cleaner takes to do the job. If it’s cheap you will probably get a quick two (2) step clean which is more likely to leave “sticky residue” in the carpet.

“Sticky residue” can lead to “rapid resoiling” so the carpet will appear dull and grey in a shorter span of time and require more frequent cleaning.

A cheap clean may be using lesser (cheaper or older) equipment and chemicals which similarly can affect the end result. This may also leave the carpet wetter at the end.

A cheap quote may also not be all inclusive of charges for solvents and spotting, etc.

A quality carpet cleaner will spend up to 1 1/2 to 2 times longer to complete the full process and provide you with a better and longer lasting result.

See below as I am progressively cleaning an extremely soiled apartment!

Carpet cleaning stages

Choosing the Best for your Carpet…

Choosing a Carpet Cleaner – In a nutshell:

The carpet cleaning industry is unregulated and only a small percentage of carpet cleaners receive formal training. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Many cheap quotes are “hooks” to get in and then up-sell to more costly cleaning. There are carpet cleaners who are members of an association, which has a code of conduct – look for a member when choosing a cleaner.

Is the carpet cleaner offering multiple stages of cleaning (usually between 5 and 7) depending on the carpet type, age and condition?
- Does this include pre-vacuuming? As this provides a superior clean and reduces rapid re-soiling.
– Vacuuming with a vacuum cleaner meeting the Australian Standard 3733 – which means a hospital grade filtration system is important!

Or is the carpet cleaner offering a quick 2 step clean – eg soak and suck?
– The cheaper quotes are likely to be 2 step and ignore moving furniture.
- What is the expected drying time?
- Is the carpet cleaner a certified technician?
- Is the carpet cleaner part of an industry standards organisation, such as Australian Carpet Cleaning Institute?
- Which means, does the carpet cleaning match the Australians Standards guide?

For a quote:

- Is the quote for a 2 step clean? – a greater potential for rapid re-soiling
– Or is the quote for a thorough clean that will remove the soils hidden deep within the pile?
– Is the quote all inclusive or a “get in and then up sell”?
– Does the quote include basic spot removal and moving furniture?
- What guarantees are on offer?
- Is the carpet cleaner insured?
- How long will it take?

Your carpets are a substantial investment as well as enhancing your every day life. A small extra cost to get a quality standard of clean is well worthwhile.

Oh no..not on the Carpet!

Carpet Stain Tips

Use all the carpet cleaning tips in the world, and guess what? You still can’t get your carpet as clean on your own as a professional carpet cleaner can. These tips here will help you get that carpet clean enough between professional cleanings.

The short lesson on how to get out carpet stains: act fast. Most carpets today come with stain-resistant treatments, so spills can be removed if you get them right away. The longer you delay, the more difficult removing carpet stains becomes.
Spots are removable, while stains tend to be permanent. Yet the appearance of carpet stains can be improved even when the stain cannot be fully removed. Follow these guidelines…

Blot liquids, don’t rub them in! Use a clean white cotton cloth or plain white paper towels. Once you have removed the liquid, rinse the spot with water and blot again until dry. Repeat if necessary to remove more of the stain, but don’t scrub the area, or you may damage the carpet and set the stain in more permanently. For semi-solids, such as vegemite, sauce and such, scrape and lift gently with a spoon.

Rinse the remaining spill out and blot dry. Dried solids should be broken up and vacuumed. Repeat until it is all gone, then rinse with water and blot dry. Whenever you are not sure how to get out carpet stains, try water first.

When Water Won’t Remove Carpet Stains

AVOID supermarket spotters, shampooing or dry cleaning methods on carpets or upholstery. They can leave a residue which actually attracts and holds dirt and many can have a bleaching effect. Have a look here for some household products you can try before calling a professional “Stain Treatment Guide”. Always test in an inconspicuous area for colour fastness first. Sponge with water and a clean damp cloth after treament. Allow to try and vacuum area.

Of all the carpet stain removers, water is the one to try first. Many others can damage your carpet. Some are caustic, like bleach, and will remove the dye from the carpet if not used properly. They generally don’t become inert, so they continue to damage your carpet over time if they are not rinsed out completely. So try water first, we do sell professional spotters that are safe for all carpets and rugs etc. Professional carpet cleaners are sometimes needed for tough stains, but you can get out many stains easily by yourself.

A Healthier Home…

Carpet and Indoor Air Quality

When choosing the carpet for your home, did you realise carpet contributes to your households health and well-being. One of the greatest, but often overlooked benefits of carpet is its contribution to healthier indoor air quality.

Carpet is the biggest filter in your home. Carpet absorbs walked in soil like dirt, tar, pollens, insecticides, bacteria and oils. This can be clearly seen with filtration soiling. The black lines that appear on light colored carpet around the base boards, under the doors and around air conditioning outlets is called filtration soiling.

The filtering process that your carpet provides keeps those soils etc from becoming airborne and inhaled. These soils are trapped in the carpet. They are then removed with regular vacuuming and regular professional cleaning.

If you do not clean your carpet on a regular basis, the filter becomes full. The cleaning industry in general has not done a good job of educating the public about these kinds of issues, therefore many consumers are uninformed of the benefits of carpet and also the impact of not maintaining the carpet. Just like you would clean the filter in your drier, vacuum cleaner, air conditioner etc, your carpet the biggest filter in your home needs regular maintenance.

Not maintaining your carpet not only leaves it exposed to permanent traffic area damage and permanent staining, but it contributes to an unhealthy indoor environment.

A three minute video that shows how carpet improves Indoor Air Quality by acting as a FILTER.