Carpets, even those made of inorganic materials, are susceptible to mold. And when carpets start to grow mold, it should be fixed as soon as possible, as mold can grow and spread surprisingly fast. However, sometimes it’s difficult for the average person to determine if their carpet has mold, since it can grow underneath the carpet, or within it’s fibers. Here’s a guide from the carpet cleaning professionals here at Aladdin Oriental Rug on how to tell if your carpet has mold.
Wool carpets are some of the most luxurious and pleasant pieces of home decor that anybody can install in their home, with a certain flair that can only originate from organic materials. However, many people misunderstand how to take care of their wool carpets, especially as it relates to the cleaning and stain removal of wool carpets. Here’s a guide to some common myths about cleaning wool carpets, as prepared by the carpet cleaning experts here at Aladdin Oriental Rug.
The New Year is a time when many of us put house and home maintenance on the top of our resolutions list, as it’s a perfect moment in time to ensure that the cleanliness and maintenance of your living space is addressed in a way that can become habitual. Here’s a guide to ensuring that your rug and carpet are as clean as possible for the coming year ahead, as prepared by the expert rug and carpet cleaners here at Aladdin Oriental Rug.
In the heat of this amazing Summer, there’s really almost nothing that sounds better to us than taking a cool and refreshing dip in a swimming pool. Unfortunately, there’s major risks to your oriental rugs or carpets associated with swimming in pools – the dreaded chlorine stains. Chlorine, a chemical used to disinfect water in swimming pools, is an intense compound that can severely damage organic dyes, bleaching them. Here’s a brief guide to dealing with chlorine stains on rugs or carpets, as prepared by the rug and carpet cleaning experts at Aladdin Oriental Rug.
Having your rugs and/or carpets cleaned with environmentally friendly products and techniques offers more than the simple benefit of knowing you’re not contributing to pollution and the degradation of our precious environment. There’s tons of fantastic benefits of green rug cleaning – here’s just a few, as prepared by the green carpet and rug cleaning experts at Aladdin Oriental Rug.
In between getting your rug or carpet cleaned by professional rug and carpet cleaners like those at Aladdin Oriental Rug, you might want to enlist the aid of some natural everyday solutions in order to help get rid of incidental stains or grime. Here’s our top five ingredients for a natural, green, everyday cleaning solution.
This is the perfect season for you to come closely together with your friends and family, enjoying the warmth of togetherness. This calls for holiday parties, rife with guests and delicious food – and who can forget hot chocolate. It’s the perfect drink that seems to warm you up from the inside – even warming your heart and spirit. However, hot cocoa is a notorious stain culprit – which is why the rug stain removal experts at Aladdin have prepared this brief guide to mitigating the damage that hot chocolate can cause to rugs.
With the warmth and coziness of holiday decor, your carpets and rugs will likely come across some risk of being stained with candle wax. There’s no replacement of the feeling of being in a cozy home with lit candles burning bright – but wax can pose a danger to your pristine rugs. Here’s a guide from the rug cleaning experts at Aladdin on how to remove wax from your carpets or rugs.
Here’s how to avoid making the most common carpet cleaning mistakes – spot cleaning carpets is something that every carpet owner has to do once in awhile. Whether your pet had an accident, or you spilled a glass of red wine, your carpet can sustain quite a proverbial barrage of stains. There’s a great combination of methods that you can use to remove the most common kinds of stains and spills (all of which you can find on our blog) but there’s also tactics that should NEVER EVER be used while you’re cleaning your carpets.
Check out the below tips to learn what any carpet or rug owner should NEVER EVER attempt while trying to get rid of a stain.
Never use a colored towel to dab or soak up a stain! If you’re using a towel or rag that has color, you are risking the chance of the color bleeding or soaking down onto the carpet fibers – this is a phenomenon called color transfer. Never use a red or dark blue rag on a light colored carpet – this will no doubt stain it seriously – if you want to avoid causing color transfer, use a white cotton towel or white paper towels to do all the dabbing or soaking up that you need to do.
Over the Counter Carpet Cleaners
For the most part, avoid using any products advertised as Carpet Cleaner, whether it’s foam, cleansing liquid, or spray. These products often leave a hard to remove residue inside your carpet which, over time, attracts a bunch of dust and soil, leaving you with a gross brown spot inside an area that once looked clean. These soaps are tailor made to attract soil and dirt, and then get washed away with water – when over the counter cleaners are used, you won’t be able to properly wash away the soap, so it stays on your carpet fibers and continues to attract soil, causing a stain that you can’t remove.
Only blot stains on rugs – never use a rubbing motion to attempt their removal. This is one of the most common carpet or rug cleaning mistakes, since most people simply don’t believe that it really causes damage. Scrubbing stains on carpets simply just spread the stain around, creating a much larger and more diffused mess. Remember to blot the stain – don’t rub it. If you need more pressure when you’re blotting, stand on the blotting material pressing it down – this will help move the spill or stain to the towel you’re cleaning it up with.
Similar terms, different processes
You’d be surprised how many people don’t know the difference between carpets and rugs. Usually the terms are somewhat interchangeable on a vernacular level, but in fact they refer to different processes. In this blog post I’ll detail the differences between carpet cleaning and rug cleaning.
Carpet cleaning refers to cleaning pre-installed wall to wall carpets. There’s many potential methods one can use to do so, but hot water extraction is one of the best methods of removing impacted and embedded allergens, mold, dirt, and dust.
This refers to the cleaning of removable rugs that can be rolled up. This process entails sanitization with spray – in cases of odor damage due to pet urine- in order to kill any remaining bacteria. Afterwards, the rug will be completely immersed in a solution that neutralizes the heavy alkaline salts within the urine, allowing for a more complete removal of the urine residue. After the rug has absorbed the neutralizer for enough time, it will be rinsed off, and wrung out to remove all moisture. This part of the process gets rid of any odor.
The rug will now be given a hand scrub on both sides with a shampoo specifically matched for the rug’s material and construction. After the rug receives a thorough hand washing, it will be rinsed off and wrung out again, groomed with a brush, and hung to dry in a climate controlled heat room. After the rug dries, it will be closely inspected for any remaining soil, stains, or spots. If there any, the rug will be subjected to the entire process again. It’s worthwhile to note that it is completely essential that all water and moisture from the rug is thoroughly extracted – as it needs to be completely dry.
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