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

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...
How Often Should You Clean Your Carpets?

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...
How Carpet Cleaning Reduces Asthma and Allergies

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...
Before and After Pet Stain Video’s

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...