When do you know it’s time to replace your carpet?

Carpet quality can be deceiving. Whilst your plush pile might look nice and in good nick, underneath the surface, your carpet may be more damaged than you realise. If you aren’t sure when it’s time to say farewell and replace your shag pile, the following signs will help you decide. Stubborn stains It’s almost impossible to prevent stains on the carpet. It doesn’t matter how stain resistant your carpet is guaranteed to be,over time the stain resistant finish that most carpets come with deteriorates, leaving your carpet unprotected. If self-cleaning has stopped working, and the professional carpet cleaners are finding it difficult to remove them, then it’s time for some new carpet. Whilst professional carpet cleaners have many tricks for removing those stains, once they have penetrated the padding beneath your carpet it’s only a matter of time before mould and other nasties set in. Stinky piles If there’s a persistent smell coming from your carpet that you can’t eliminate, then it’s time for a change. If you have pets or kids or are a bit clumsy, spills are inevitable. Food, dirt, urine, vomit and all the other lovely biological odours of life will find their way into your piles. If the smell remains stubbornly obvious even after a professional cleaning, that means its time to visit your nearest carpet store. Wear, tear and paper-thin padding It doesn’t matter how tough or durable your carpet is guaranteed to be, after years of feet, paws and furniture your carpet will show signs of wear. The type of carpet largely depends on how it will wear. For example, polyester carpets are...

How Often Should You Clean Your Carpets?

By: Encore Carpets Gold Coast Carpet Cleaning Guide Regular care and maintenance can extend the life of your carpet. Whether your carpet is made from wool or synthetic fibre, the basic steps of carpet care involve frequent vacuuming, acting on spills immediately, and regular professional carpet cleaning. Vacuuming The most important thing you can do to maintain the appearance of your carpet is vacuum it thoroughly on a regular basis, particularly in areas of high traffic. Vacuuming should be done at least weekly to remove soil and grit before it sinks below the surface. At least three vacuum passes against the natural pile, with more passes over heavily soiled areas, are needed. It is recommended you use a quality vacuum cleaner fitted with a micro-filter to ensure fine particles are removed and use the correct brush setting for the pile length of your carpet. A vacuum with a rotating brush will agitate the pile loosening soil and other contaminants. Spills and stains Any spills should be attended to immediately and spot cleaned. Hot liquids should not be allowed to cool before attempting to remove. Solids such as jam should be scraped up with a knife or spoon; liquids should be blotted using paper towel or tissues. Stain removal should then proceed according to the substance that has been spilt after first doing a spot test on a hidden piece of carpet or a carpet sample. Take care not to scrub or rub a spill as this may drive the stain further into the pile and damage fibres. If the stain fails to respond to treatment, contact a professional carpet...

How Carpet Cleaning Reduces Asthma and Allergies

Allergies and Asthma Allergies affect one in three Australians during their lifetime, and the frequency of allergy has doubled in the past few decades. Allergy occurs when a person’s immune system over-reacts to contaminants in the environment. Common allergens are dust mites, pets, pollen, insect bites or stings, mould, certain foods and some medicines. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can range from mild to severe but even mild symptoms of sneezing, headaches and itchy eyes can be annoying and impact on quality of daily life. As a result of their symptoms, people who suffer from hay fever report feeling drowsy and having difficulty concentrating. What if symptoms could be reduced or avoided altogether by treating allergens in the home? Allergy is one of the major factors associated with asthma which affects one in ten people. Research shows that allergen avoidance is effective, and that those with asthma notice an improvement of their symptoms if their environment is kept free of house dust mites for long periods of time. Dust mites are microscopic insects that live in furnishings and bedding, and feed on particles of dead skin shed by people and pets. House dust mites are the most common allergen source in humid areas such as cities like Brisbane and coastal areas like the Gold Coast and the Tweed. Vacuuming at least once a week may reduce the number of dust mites but will not completely eradicate them. Other indoor allergens to be aware of are cat dander, cockroach droppings, and mould. Treating Dust and Allergies In The Home When treating dust and allergens in the home it is important...

Before and After Pet Stain Video’s

Removing pet stains & urine from carpet & soft furnishings Are you an animal lover? Do you have difficulties removing pet urine from your carpet, rug or a lounge?  For many people dogs are our best friends. But the benefit of having a dog does not just end there. Experts say that having a dog could improve our physical and also mental wellbeing. We enjoy taking our dogs for regular walks & pets of any nature are usually great company and great for our wellbeing. What do we do about pet stains such as urine in our carpet, though? It is impossible to prevent accidents, even the best-trained pets sometimes have one. Furthermore, pet urine not only stains on your carpet, it can also bring an unpleasant odour into your household. So, what is the best strategy to fix it? There are two parts to the process – removal of the stain and managing or removing the urine odour. Attention dog and cat lovers The staining damage a dogs’ urine can do in most cases depends on your pet’s diet, your pet’s age and sex. The more protein your dogs consume, the higher the presence of protein. This means that their urine will have a stronger odour. On the other hand, cats typically urine vertically (on your wall or a chair), which means that the urine then drips onto the carpet. Cats’ stains are considered to be the hardest in terms of odour removal. Check out the ‘Before’ & ‘After’ videos of a pet stain removal job Encore Carpets recently conducted BEFORE What happens when your dog or cat urinate on your rug or...
The Difference Between Soiled and Stained Carpet

The Difference Between Soiled and Stained Carpet

What’s The Difference Between a Soiled and Stained Carpet? According to a carpet manufacturer’s warranty quite a lot. Soiled and stained carpets are two very different terms according to the warranty provided with your new carpet. Imagine making a claim for discoloration in your carpet and being asked is it soiled or stained. Why? Because your warranty may be null and void Therefore, you need to know “What is the difference between a Soiled or Stained carpet. Carpet Soiling Case Study & Not What To Do The 4 photos in this post were taken recently at rental flat and you can see the cleaner section on the left-hand side of the photo and in front of the lounge suite. The dirt and grim were the worst case of soiling we had ever come across in 12 years in the business. To make matters worst the tenant had hired a Britex carpet cleaning machine and thought she would get her Husband to clean the carpet. They mixed water and Domestos together and poured it onto the carpet. Domestos is really nothing more than sodium chloride, detergent and fragrance. The room was only about 10m2s. We used 200lts of water mixed with anti-foam to get the final result shown in photo no 4. The whiter areas are where the Domestos has stripped the colour from the carpet How to Prevent Staining Spoiling Your Carpet or Rug A stain occurs when a substance has come into contact with the carpet, embeds itself in the fibres causing discoloration. Like spilling a cup of hot coffee on a carpet. The best way to prevent...
What’s one of the worst things to do to carpet?

What’s one of the worst things to do to carpet?

Clean it with dish washing detergent or any other domestic cleaning product . That answer may surprise you, but many household detergents are made from grease or fat. When products like this are used on carpet fiber and not extracted or removed correctly,  they act like a magnet by attracting  more dirt and grime. I’ve had many clients tell me that after having their carpets cleaned the original stains have reappeared and are now larger. Once the carpets are dry the soapy residue wicks to the tips of the fiber and settles on top If you’ve had this happen, pour a small amount of water onto the spot, gently agitate with your fingers (sometimes the soap will re activate)  and then blot with an old towel or micro fiber cloth. You should be able to see the dirt and grime lift out onto the towel. The area should look cleaner and feel less sticky. Please note: the image used in this blog is for demonstration purposes only. Dish washing detergents are made to wash dishes not...
Carpet Pet Stains – How To Get Rid Of Them!

Carpet Pet Stains – How To Get Rid Of Them!

Carpet Pet Stains – Get Rid Of Them For Good “Mum, Mum, please can we get a puppy?” your child screams as you pass by the pet store en-route to Woolies. Trying to peel his face off the now fogged-up window pane (with your hand) of the Pets In Paradise shop you start to run through your list of reasons why this isn’t a good idea. My list included things like they’re too expensive, You’ll need to feed him, walk him, toilet train him, etc. etc. Not to mention the drain on the family budget with vet bills and vaccination expenses. None of these valid reasons stop the continual onslaught from your little darling and you finally cave. Here’s a few carpet pet stain tips on how to clean and care for your carpet when that doggie doodoo happens. Firstly, if it’s feces (poo) remove as much as you can by lifting it off the carpet, rather than pressing, wiping or pushing it into the fiber. Now make up a solution of warm water (500ml) white vinegar (1/2 cap) Eucalyptus oil (2-3 drops) mixed in a jug. Pour it onto the effected area agitate with an old plastic spoon and then blot with a clean dry towel. Hopefully this should be all that is required. If on the other hand if it’s vomit or gastric reflux, this can strip the colour or turn the carpet green. Still use the above recipe to clean the carpet However, you may need to call us on 1300 558 794. We will be able to do a recolour to only the effected area which...
Colour my world

Colour my world

I was talking with my girlfriend Sharon the other day about her new car. Here’s a snippet of our conversation. “Hi Shaz, How are you?” “Great, Cameron bought me a new car.” “How fabulous. What colour is it?” This was my first question I didn’t care about the make, model or features “Black the same as yours” was her reply “Oh I said my car isn’t black, it’s Opal but you would think it’s black, actually it’s a very deep iridescent purple in the sunlight. “I would never had guessed that” she said. Colour has always been utmost in my mind. Whether I’m painting and decorating, choosing a lipstick or preparing a meal (that sounds a bit obsessive compulsive dosen’t it?) it’s the colour that must be right regardless of anything else. Needless to say if your reading this you may be also be nodding your head in agreement. Why is this? Because colour is one of the biggest factors that can influence our emotions and stimulate our senses. It has the ability to change our mood, increase our appetite, strengthen our resolve and even make us feel ill. Over the next few blogs I’ll be talking more about how to use colour in your world. Oh and Shaz’s new car? It’s a Honda I was talking with my girlfriend Sharon the other day about her new car. Here’s a snippet of our conversation. “Hi Shaz, How are you?” “Great, Cameron bought me a new car.” “How fabulous. What colour is it?” This was my first question I didn’t care about the make, model or features “Black the same as yours”...