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5 things to clean your carpets

Spills and stains are bound to happen, especially if you're entertaining guests or the kids have friends over after school. Don't worry about being clumsy, use these 5 things to clean stains out of your carpet. Good as new!

1. Remove red wine

Liberally pour salt onto the stain and dab with a cloth dipped in club soda. Or blot the spill with a paper towel, pour a little white wine onto the stain, and scrub with a damp cloth. If neither method works, mix 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid with 1 cup warm water and pour a little onto the stain; then blot the stain with a paper towel and repeat with a solution of " cup white vinegar and " cup water.


2. Fruit and Fruit Juice

Pick up any solid pieces of fruit, then stir 1 tablespoon laundry detergent and 1 1/2tablespoons white vinegar into 2 cups water. Work the solution into the stain and blot.

3. Grease or Oil

Accidentally drop that family-size bucket of takeout fried chicken on the den carpet? Sprinkle the grease spots liberally with cornmeal or cornstarch, let sit for several hours, and vacuum it up. Or work shaving cream into the stains, let it dry, and rub it off with a damp soft cloth.

4. Coffee and Tea

Choose one of these three methods and act fast. Pour club soda liberally onto the stain and blot, repeating as necessary. Or blot with a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Or beat an egg yolk, rub it into the stain, and blot it.

5. Ketchup

Jump right on this one because once a ketchup stain sets, it won't come out (ever). Grab the salt and sprinkle it over the spill, let sit for a few minutes, and vacuum. Sponge up any residue and continue salting and vacuuming until the stain is completely gone.



LAMINATE FLOORING QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


Q. What are laminate floors and how are they made?
A. Laminate flooring is a versatile, durable, the appearance of a hardwood floor. But there is  no solid wood used in its construction. Laminate floors are made up of several materials bonded together under high pressure. Most laminate flooring consists of a moisture resistant layer under a layer of HDF (high density fiberboard). This is topped with a high resolution photographic image of natural wood flooring. It is then finished with an extremely hard, clear coating made from special resin-coated cellulose to protect the laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is perfect for anyone wanting a durable floor for a fraction of the price and installation time of a hardwood floor, but with the attractiveness of real hardwood.

Q. What types of Laminate can you get
A. We carry laminate from 8mm to 12.3mm

Q. What is the difference between the 8mm and 12.3mm laminate
A. 12.3mm Laminate flooring usually has the grooves in between making it look more like hardwood

Q. How do I clean my laminate  flooring
A.. Laminate flooring is long lasting, beautiful and low maintenance.  You can Vaccum, sweep and use a damp cloth or mop.
Do not use steam or chemicals, wax or polish the laminate flooring

Q. How do I repair minor scratches?

A.  Small scratches  can be repaired with laminate floor repair paste. This can be purchased in most retail flooring stores.

Q. What are moldings?
A. Molding is a strip pf material used to cover transition between surfaces

Q. Is Laminate flooring durable with pets
A.  Laminate flooring is very durable. Unlike hardwood laminate flooring is hard to scratch.


RESIDENTIAL CARPET QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q. What is Berber Carpet
A. Berber carpet is a  loop style  carpet

Q. What is Plush Carpet
A. Plush Carpets are cut straight like a lawn.

Q. What is installed under the carpet
A. A high density underlay is installed

Q: What type of carpet would be best for my household
A. If your Home has high traffic then you would benefit from the berber carpet.  

Q: How to Maintain Your Commercial Carpet



Regular carpet maintenance can enhance your indoor air quality and prevent your carpet’s appearance from deteriorating prematurely.
Because preventative maintenance is less expensive and more effective than infrequent restorative cleaning, Kraus Carpet Mills recommends that you:
  1.  Vacuum and spot clean your carpet daily.
  2.  Implement a preventive maintenance program.
  3.  Use hot water extraction to restore heavily soiled carpet.

For additional advice, contact a technical services representative at:
    Kraus Carpet Mills,
    65 Northfield Drive West,
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2J 4J4,
    Tel.: 519-884-2310, Fax: 884-0170.



1. Vacuum and spot clean your carpet daily.

Accelerated carpet wear occurs when traffic grinds imbedded soil into the carpet fiber. You can extend your carpet’s life by placing walk-off mats at exterior entrances, and vacuuming traffic areas thoroughly every day.


Only about 20% of carpet soil is soluble in water or solvent. You can remove much of the remaining 80% (fibers and particles) by vacuuming thoroughly every day, emphasizing heavy-soil areas like entrances (refer to the maintenance plan on the back for more guidance). Your vacuum should have a powered brush and strong suction.


To ensure spots are removed promptly, give your daily cleaning staff a carpet first aid kit containing:
  Dry cleaning solvent (e.g. perchlorethylene)
  Detergent solution (a teaspoon of non-bleach powder in a cup of water)
  Ammonia solution to neutralize acid stains (a tablespoon of ammonia in a cup of water)
  Vinegar (of citric acid) solution to neutralize alkaline stains (1/3 white vinegar, 2/3 water)
  White absorbent clothes or paper towels.



Spot Removal Guide

 

Beer
Blood
Butter
Chewing Gum
Cheese
Chocolate
Cocktails
Coffee
Crayon
Egg
A
F
A
G
B
B
D
D
A
B
Excrement
Fruit
Furniture Polish
Garden Soil
Glue, White
Grease
Hair Spray
Ice Cream
Ink, Point/Felt
Ink, Permanent
B
D
A
B
B
A
A
B
A
E
Ketchup
Mascara
Mayonnaise
Milk
Nail Polish
Paint, latex
Rust
Shoe Polish
Soft Drinks
Soya Sauce
B
A
B
B
A
A
D
A
D
B
Tar
Tea
Toothpaste
Type Ribbon
Urine, Fresh
Urine, Dry
Vomit
Wax, Candle
Wax, Paste
Wine
A
D
B
A
H
C
E
G
A
D
 

 


 

A

 

B

 

C

 

D

 

E

 

F

 

G

 

H

 

solvent, blot, detergent, blot, water, blot

 

detergent, blot, ammonia, blot, detergent, blot, water, blot

 

detergent, blot, vinegar, blot, ammonia, blot, detergent, blot, water, blot

 

detergent, blot, vinegar, blot, detergent, blot, water, blot

 

detergent, blot, ammonia, blot, vinegar, blot, water, blot

 

use cold ingredients: water, blot, detergent, blot, ammonia, blot, detergent, blot, water, blot

 

freeze with ice cubes, shatter with blunt object, vacuum, solvent, wait, blot, repeat if needed

 

blot, water, blot, ammonia, blot, detergent, blot, water, blot

 

 



2. Implement a preventive maintenance program.


An effective carpet maintenance program keeps soil below the threshold of visibility. If the program is working satisfactorily, the carpet should never look soiled.
Cleaning frequency andcleaner expertise are more important than the particular cleaning procedures selected. To assess a cleaner’s professionalism, inquire about his or her references, training, and certification. Test-evaporate sample chemicals (particularly final rinse additives) in a pan, to ensure they dry to a powder, rather than leaving a greasy residue. When you have confidence in a professional cleaner, ask him or her to help you devise a maintenance plan that suits your particular site.



The chart below shows a hypothetical maintenance plan for a multi-color, medium shade, patterned, loop carpet installed throughout a typical office building. This plan is nothing more than a starting point, to be modified based on site conditions and periodic visual inspections. Your carpet requires more frequent and intensive cleanings (such as hot water extraction) if it is a light, dark or solid color, or if your site includes:
 Heavier traffic (e.g. frequent visitor such as retail customers)
 Interior soil sources (e.g. industrial processes)
 Neighborhood soil (e.g. winter conditions, construction)

 Heavier traffic (e.g. frequent visitor such as retail customers)  Interior soil sources (e.g. industrial processes)  Neighborhood soil (e.g. winter conditions, construction)

Hypothetical Carpet Maintenance Program
All Areas√ remove spotsdaily; inspect monthly
Exterior Entrances √ change or clean walk off mats weekly - monthly
Wipe Off Areas
e.g. first 10 steps from interior and exterior soil sources, elevators
√ vacuum
√ power pile lift
√ hot water extract
15 passes daily
monthly
quarterly
Main Traffic Lanes
e.g. lobby, corridors
√ vacuum
√ power pile lift
√ hot water extract
6 passes daily
quaterly
semi-annually
Moderate Traffic Lanes
e.g. aisles and work areas
√ vacuum
√ power pile lift
√ hot water extract
4 passes daily
semi-annually
annually
Other Areas√ vacuum2 passes daily



3. Use hot water extraction to restore heavily soiled carpet.


While various cleaning procedures can help prevent visible soil accumulation, your carpet must be deep cleaned once heavy soil appears. Hot water extraction usually cleans deeper and removes more soil than other methods. Select a cleaner carefully, because improper cleaning can cause accelerated resoiling. Over-wetting, particularly over cushion, will cause decreased lamination strength.


For best results in heavily soiled areas, follow these guidelines:
Power pile lift and vacuum before wet extraction to remove insoluble soil (80% of total soil).
Before extraction, remove spots and treat soiled areas with an alkaline emulsifier (pH not to exceed 9.5).
Hot water extract thoroughly, emphasizing heavy soil areas. Caution: Do not over-wet.
Use pure hot water (with only an additive to neutralize pH) in the final rinse.
Touch the carpet after extraction. If water beads on your hand, extract more thoroughly.
Carpet must be thoroughly dry before any traffic use.






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