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    Best Carpet cleaning methods

    Best Carpet Cleaning Methods by Five Star Carpet and Tile Care

    The Best Carpet Cleaning Methods are:

    • Hot Water Extraction (Steam Cleaning)
    • Shampoo
    • Dry Foam
    • Bonnet
    • Dry Compound

    Let’s start with the cleaning process:

    1. Steam Cleaning (Hot Water Extraction)

    Steam cleaning is the highly recommended cleaning method buy the carpet experts and manufactures. This is the only cleaning method that has been classified as the “deep cleaning”. Rest other cleaning methods are considered as the light surface cleaning because they are incompetent to remove deep soil in the pile. Also, all other methods leave large amount of cleaning agents after cleaning.

    This methods is called “steam” cleaning because the fine spray of water used to force dirt out of the carpet which is sucked by the vacuum slot immediately in front of the spray. Very rarely real steam used, however. This steps includes spraying solution of water and cleaning detergent into the carpet pile and recovering the a water and soil with a hi-tech powerful vacuum into a holding tank.

    1. Shampooing

    Wet shampoo cleaning is done with advance machines, followed by through wet vacuuming. This method has a very good agitation and is best suited for low pile commercial carpet. This technique, unless it is used with some other type of carpet cleaning, has no extraction in the cleaning process but rather relies on vacuuming after the shampoo dries. Because of the large amount of cleaning products residue it leaves, this method is not recommended for most cut pile residential carpet. It also has longer drying times with it.

    1. Dry Foam

    This method is alike to shampooing. The carpet cleaning is done by the dry foam using the dry foam machine. Even though as the name indicates, it is that it involves complete dryness as it has low moisture. That is going to 90% air and 10 % of liquid. So, the dry foam machine has a tank in which you need to pour water and shampoo. Thi does allows for faster drying times. Although, nowadays some of the dry foam machines have a in built vacuum they still rely on the cleaning products drying toa flasky residue that the dirt is sucked away by a vacuum cleaner. This method has the same drawback as shampooing with the additional one of not being able to clean it deeply.

    1. Bonnet

    Mix club soda with the cleaning product, then deposit on the surface as a mist, a round buffer or “bonnet” scrub the mixture with rotating motion. This machine resembles a floor buffer, with an absorbent spin pad that grabs soil and it is rinsed repeatedly. The best thing about this method is it dries very quickly because of the small amount of moisture used. Normally does a good job of cleaning the top third of the carpet pile. But does little to remove the heavier grit and sand that damages carpet overtime. Just because of little deep cleaning.

    1. Dry component

    Using this technique, a dry absorbent compound containing detergent and solvent may be spread evenly over the carpet and treated into the piles using machines. The dirt and grime is grabbed to the absorbent dry compound and are removed by vacuuming, leaving carpet clean and dry on the spot. It has a fastest drying times of all carpet cleaning methods and has the advantage of being able to walk over immediately after cleaning. Alike bonnet method, dry compound cleaning does a good job of cleaning the top third of the fiber that is visible and does very little to remove the heavier soils in the base of the carpet.

    You can contact Five Star Carpet & Tile Care the best carpet cleaning company in Palm Desert to help you out in carpet cleaning services. As we have better techniques and tools to deal with.

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    Granite - Stone Cleaning

    What To Use And What Not To Use On Granite – Stone Cleaning

    If you have never installed granite countertops in your kitchen before, then you might be used to clean your counter tops with simple cleaners or maybe you prefer to use natural products such as vinegar and baking soda. Regardless of what you are used to using, when it comes to granite – stone cleaning, not every product is safe to use on your stone.

    Mainly granite and other similar natural stones are very susceptible to damage that can be damaged by cleaning products that you use normally in your homes right now. Let us teach you what not to use and what to use for granite – stone cleaning to avoid the damages.

    3 Product you Should Never Use on Granite

    Anything that is not PH neutral is going to damage your stone. This may include natural, man-made or homemade products which contains anything acidic substance such as lemon or citric acid. Additionally, if you want to avoid using following products on your stone:

    Bleach: Everyone knows that bleach is a great disinfectant (Chemical used to kill germs & bacteria), but it can also dull the finish of your natural stone and in some cases it changes its color. There are many other safe ways to disinfect your stone, so it is better you avoid cleaning solutions, which has bleach as an ingredient in it.

    Glass cleaner: Windex may look like a good choice to use on the glossy finish of your granite counter. This product is made to remove dirt like fingerprint marks and they give an eye-catching shine to your countertop. However, they can also dull the finish of your granite, & they can dull in an uneven way that will make certain areas appear more noticeable to you in future.

    Formula 409: This is most popular bathroom cleaner in North America that can disinfect, remove soap scum and give your porcelain & ceramic a bright shine. Sad to say but it contains many hazardous ingredients’ that can ruin your granite surface. So, if you have granite in your bathrooms, avoid using traditional cleaning agents.

    Why to avoid such products:

    If you have such cleaners in your home, it is obvious you might be using it but you never noticed the damage that you are doing to your stone right away. Unfortunately, a single application of any acidic substance to your granite will do irreparable harm to the substance.

    This is due to acids, which removes the weaker particles of the stone up at the surface. This is known as etching, & when the weaker particles are removed, the area becomes dull. The only way to solve an etched countertop is to ground down and refinished. It is an expensive and inconvenient process. Etching is avoidable if you keep your stone sealed and use only PH neutral cleaners each and every time.

    What to use?

    Water: Water and a microfiber towel will clean about 80-90% of the dirt and surface debris from your granite. Use water and microfiber towel for regular cleaning.

    Isopropyl Alcohol: If you plan to disinfect your granite, add one part isopropyl with three parts water and apply it on the stone to clean it. This natural cleaner is a great disinfectant, and all of above it is PH neutral so it will not harm your stone.

    Dish soap: You will not believe most of the dish soap are PH natural. Ivory and Dawn liquids can both clean your stone; it will cut down oil and grease, and will not leave any etch marks behind.

    Castile Soap: If you need a natural product to clean your stone, consider castile soap, which is manufactured from olive oil. It has neutral PH, and you can add it with isopropyl alcohol and water to make it for all-purpose cleaner, which is safe for your granite.

    You can contact Five Star Carpet & Tile Care the best stone cleaning company in Palm Desert to help you out in stone cleaning services. As they have better techniques and tools to deal with.

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    get rid of Dog Hair and Pet Odor

    How to get rid of Dog Hair and Pet Odor?

    It is undeniable that puppies are adorable. We are a nation of people who love to cuddle with our pets. Their paws are too big for their bodies, making them trip and tumble as they run to greet you. In addition, they are always overjoyed when you get home. Although you may love your pets like a member of the family, you probably are not crazy about the way he makes your home an absolute mess of dog hair, dog odor and pet urine.

    While it can be challenging to eliminate dog-related cleaning and can be stressful. However, when you plan to adopt or buy a puppy, you know that there are chances for your carpets, floors, furniture and even clothes are covered in dog hair.

    Look at the following tips to help you to get rid of Dog Hair and Pet Odor

    HOW TO CONTROL OR GET RID OF DOG HAIR?

    Having a pet means dealing with dog hair on the carpeting, the furniture and your clothes. The first step to living fuzz-free with a pet dog is investing in a lint roller. Additionally, regular visits to the dog groomer or daily brushing can help keep pet hair at bay when your pup is shedding more.

    However, to keep dog hair in check on a long-term basis, you will need to roll up your sleeves and do some regular vacuuming. You may also want to consider buying a pet sponge—a dry sponge that is helpful in removing pet hair from places the vacuum will not reach.

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    HOW TO GET RID OF PET ODORS?

    When your pet has an accident on the carpet or floor, it is crucial to clean the pet urine as soon as you can. The smelling sense of pets are great. It will be able to tell where it had done the incident and will return to the scene of the crime repeatedly.

    To prevent this unfortunate chain of events, you need to use floor or carpet cleaners called “bacteria/enzyme digesters.” You can find these online and at most pet stores.

    HOW TO USE THOSE CLEANERS?

    To maximize the benefits of floor and carpet cleaners, you need to take the proper steps in cleaning up puppy messes:

    • Blot up pet urine with absorbent materials like paper towels or coffee filters. Repeat until no more liquid shows up on the towel or filter.
    • Read the directions on your bacteria/enzyme cleaner, and apply to the stained area in order to effectively remove both the mess and pet odor.
    • Press plastic firmly over the affected area. Keep applying pressure so floor and carpet cleaners really get in there.
    • Leave the plastic on the stained spot for the instructed amount of time.

    If your pet dog hits the same spot often, you will want to neutralize the pet odor. Mix one cup of vinegar with a gallon of warm water and apply to the stained patch of floor or carpet. Afterwards, apply another round of bacteria/enzyme carpet cleaner.

    HIRE A PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICE

    Whether you stay at home with the kids or work in an office, you lead a busy life. Moreover, as much as you love your pet dog, you may find you just do not have the time to clean up after it and maintain regular housekeeping. Naturally, you do not want your house to stink of dog odor.

    Hiring professional cleaning services is an only option if this situation is alike yours. Five Star Carpet & Tile Care have the ability to eradicate dog and cat urine odors from deep within your carpet, backing, padding, and sub-floor. We provide cleaning services in Palm Desert, Palm Springs, La Quinta, Indio and nearby areas.

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    remove paint from carpet

    How to remove paint from carpet?

    Carpet is the one of the important investments done by you when you settle your dream home. If you are proud of your home, of course you will want to make sure it is sparkling clean and welcoming at all times. I agree your curtains and upholstery is cleaned on a regular basis, you give proper time for cleaning your curtains and upholstery or you call out professional carpet cleaner twice a year to keep your carpet spotless. However, what about other fabrics in home.

    We get many FAQ’s every week, we try to answer them all, but from last few days, we are getting mails and questions about “How to remove paint from carpet?” This is the reason our next topic is “How to remove paint from carpet?” and we have planned to publish on our blog. Paint can be the most damaging stain on carpet if you do not respond in a right way to remove it. Thus learning how to remove paint from carpet is necessary for we do not know during home or just room renovation periods our carpet could accidentally get them.

    When you have accidentally spilled paint on your carpet, you need to hustle and need to take proper steps. You have a chance to restore your carpet when it is wet but if the paint gets dried, then you need to set a new budget for your new carpet. Because it has great possibility that your carpet has already been damaged.

    Here are some tips on how to remove paint from carpet. We hope these tip work out for you but in case you are not sure about DIY and you are facing the same situation. Call Five Star Carpet & Tile Care. We provide services for carpet cleaning in Palm Desert, Palm Springs, La Quinta, and Indio and nearby areas.

    Water Based paints

    Water based paints are easy to remove; they can be removed by using soap water and simple blotting and drying method.

    Follow the steps given below:

    Scrape excess water based paint. The first and vital step you need to take is remove the excess latex paint by scraping it with a spoon. Using a cloth will also help in it. Then you just need to blot it, so it absorbs the excess water based paint.

    Take a sponge, dipped in water, then blot over the area. Blot it from outer to inner part of the area. Make a dishwashing solution by adding 1 teaspoon of mild detergent and a mug of warm water. Now apply the solution and blot the area using sponge or cloth. Keep on repeating the step until the paint is removed. Then rinse it with water then blot to dry.

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    Oil based paints

    Oil based paints are bit difficult to remove compared to water based paints, since it cannot be removed just by applying water and detergent. The best thing you can use to remove oil-based paint is dry cleaning solvent.

    Follow the steps given below:

    Pour little of dry cleaning solution on the affected area.

    Take a rug or towel and start blotting the affected area or dab the area. Do this repeatedly from outer to inner direction, until the paints vanishes.

    Never ever, clean the spot by just blotting. Just blotting will spread the paint more on your carpet. Even never, rub the area. If the paint is dried, then its better you call carpet cleaning experts to clean it and avoid further damage.

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    travertine tile floor

    Tips for Taking Care of Travertine Tile Floor

    Travertine is the best and favoured building material since the dawn of civilisation and was also opt by the Romans to construct the Coliseum. Modern business practices have made the production of travertine easier and thriftier, and nowadays it easily available for the flooring options.

    Acid products are very harmful to Travertine

    As we, all know travertine is made from water; it performs great in wet environment, so travertine is ideal for bathroom and wet rooms. The main characteristics of travertine is that it is full of holes. Due to calcium carbonate properties in it, travertine is very sensitive to acid, similar to marbles. It gives travertine the ability to bring up shine, but on the other hand makes it more exposed to staining.

    As soon as any acidic substance comes in contact with travertine it will etch. The reason could be your household cleaner. The more amount of acidic liquid, the faster etching takes place. However, do not worry we have a solution to remove etch marks. Only polishing can help you to remove etch marks.

    Travertine Tile Floor

    Travertine can be ‘filled’ or ‘unfilled’

    1. Unfilled Travertine

    Unfilled travertine creates a wonderful rustic look feel to any environment. Tiles are laid in an aperiodic design and you will find grout-joints are larger than normal, portraying a natural stone look. Due to the holes and large grout-joints, dirt will get settled into it. Unfilled travertine is high-maintenance option and if you want your floor to be in top condition, you need to re-seal it 1-2 times a year.

    Pro maintenance tip: We recommend, take the dust from tiles and epoxy resin and fill the holes. Holes can get bigger in coming time-period if not treated. You can seal it using tropical seal. You might be thinking it will ruin the look of flooring. Did I read your mind? Don’t worry penetrating seal will not alter the appearance of your tile, leaving the natural stone look?

    Topical seal will give glazed finish to your floor but will help prevent dirt getting collected in the grout-lines and holes. Five star carpet & tile care experts recommend topical seal in high traffic areas.

    Travertine Tile Floor

    2. Filled Travertine

    In filled travertine, the holes have been filled at industry. They are made with more variable forms with much thin grout lines. It can be polished up to a high shine and is estimated easier to maintain. Travertine which are filled should only be sealed with penetrating seals which gives you time to clean the spill before it seeps into the stone.

    Best tips on caring for your filled or unfilled Travertine tile floor

    1. Dust daily with a dry mop or vacuum. Mainly on high trafficked areas.
    2. Wet mop with a pH neutral stone cleaner diluted in warm water once a week.
    3. Rinse with a separate mop until all remnants of the soap is removed.
    4. Buff dry with a white cloth

    Test to see if your travertine floor needs to re-seal by pouring a small amount of water on it. If the water disappears this is a good indication the seal has broken down. You can also call the best tile and grout cleaning company in Palm Desert to help you out in tile and grout cleaning services. As they have better techniques and tools to deal with.

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