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How Often Should I Get My Upholstery Cleaned?

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How Often Should I Get My Upholstery CleanedKids, pets, or simply everyday use can take a toll on your entire house, including your upholstered furniture. Cleaning your upholstery regularly can help protect it against the wear and tear of daily life, keeping it looking great and preserving for years to come. How often you should have your upholstery cleaned depends on a few factors.

Determining Your Upholstery Cleaning Schedule

Upholstery absorbs a great deal of bacteria, dust, pollen, mold spores, and lots of other allergens and irritants that accumulate over time. Depending on where you live, these substances can accrue very quickly. For example, if you live in a very warm, arid area that sees little precipitation and you have very little vegetation around your home, your upholstery won’t accumulate as many irritants as fast as upholstery in a home in a damp, wooded area.

Another factor is who lives in your home. If you have young children and pets that use your upholstered furniture every day, that furniture will require more frequent cleanings. Spot cleaning should ideally happen as soon as messes occur. Spot cleaning is important, just make sure you use the appropriate cleaner for the type of upholstery to avoid permanent stains and discoloration.

RELATED ARTICLE: What to Know Before Cleaning Upholstery

You will also need to regularly vacuum upholstery to remove allergens, dust, dirt, and bacteria. You may need to vacuum more often if you have cats or dogs, but regardless of pets, it’s a good idea to vacuum your upholstery regularly to remove skin dander and dust. Vacuuming is only possible on furniture upholstered with fabric. Leather upholstery requires different cleaning techniques, but high-quality leather will not allow irritants to penetrate the leather surface very much and you may only need a cleaning brush to bring all the dirt and other irritants to the surface.

Schedule Professional Deep Cleaning Regularly

For most homes, it’s only necessary to spot clean as needed and vacuum upholstery once every month. If your upholstered furniture receives lots of daily rough use from pets and children, vacuuming every other week makes sense. When it comes to deep cleaning, it is typically best to leave this task to professionals. When you hire a professional upholstery cleaning service, they will use the right tools and cleaning agents to ensure a full deep clean without damaging your upholstery. Ideally, you should aim for a professional deep cleaning of all your upholstered furniture at least once per year.

Professional Surface Restoration offers a full range of residential cleaning services, including professional deep cleaning for your upholstered furniture.

If you’re not sure when you last deep cleaned your upholstery, contact Professional Surface Restoration today to learn more about our professional upholstery cleaning services.

The (Real) Nightmare before Christmas: How to Clean Carpet Stains Before a Party

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carpet cleaning before holiday partyThe late fall and winter seasons bring with them the joys of the holidays, and you’ve done an immense amount of work to prepare your home for the impending onslaught of guests. You’ve dug out the festive decorations, purchased enough food and supplies to house an army, and prepped all the guest rooms to ensure everyone has a pleasant and comfortable stay.

Until, you notice one thing…

Your carpets are dingy and full of mysterious stains.

If this sounds familiar keep reading.

Luckily for you, the right professional carpet cleaner can get the job done before your first guests arrive. However, during the holiday season, it is important to consider just how important keeping your carpets clean really is.

Prep Your Carpets Now for Your Holiday Plans

Your carpet does more for your home than you may realize. Besides improving the appearance of your home, it also provides a warm, comforting vibe for your guests and provides extra warmth during the cooler fall and winter months. Therefore, it is essential to keep it clean and maintained, especially during the season’s festivities.

Proper carpet maintenance during these high-traffic holiday months includes:

  • Regular Vacuuming. Prevent excess outside dirt, holiday crumb, and dust buildup on your carpets by regularly vacuuming. Even if your carpet appears clean on the surface, it is important to remove any particles that have settled into the pile.

RELATED ARTICLE: Why Vacuuming Isn’t the Same as Carpet Cleaning

  • Mat Placement. With this season’s heavy guest traffic and uncertain outdoor weather, it is more important than ever to have entry mats readily available. Removing the majority of outside dirt and water – or even removing shoes altogether – will help preserve the appearance and cleanliness of your carpet.
  • Timely Stain Treatment. When the worst happens – such as a wine spill on your light-colored carpeting – do your best to remove as much of the excess spill as possible. However, be sure to test any spot remover on a hidden area first, and blot – don’t rub – to ensure you’re not forcing the stain further into the pile.

Professional Carpet Cleaning Service

While maintenance this season is important, there’s really no substitute for a professional carpet cleaning service.

Before your guests arrive, as well as after the extended traffic of the holiday season, get your carpets in the best shape possible. Scheduling professional carpet cleaning services improves the appearance of your home and ensures your guests will be warm and comfortable throughout the holiday season.

For more information about our process, to request a quote, or to schedule your holiday carpet cleaning services, contact Professional Service Restoration today. We’ll restore your carpets to their original beauty just in time for the arrival of all your holiday guests.

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Why Vacuuming Isn’t the Same as Carpet Cleaning

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Vacuuming Not the same as carpet cleaningVacuuming is a great way to clean carpets (and floors) from week-to-week, or more, depending on your home’s needs. However, many people consider a vacuumed carpet “cleaned,” but that’s not always true. Vacuuming may be the best way to get large particles and dirt out of a carpet, but the carpet isn’t actually “clean” until you have gone a bit deeper than simply sucking up the easy-to-reach dirt.

Common DIY Steam Cleaning Issues

Many homeowners purchase steam cleaners that look similar to vacuum cleaners, and some of these devices can do a pretty good job of fully cleaning a carpet. However, if you attempt any do-it-yourself steam cleaning, you should be aware of a few issues you might encounter:

  • Failure to follow the instructions included with your steam cleaner can lead to messes or worse, injuries.
  • Some commercial steam cleaners sold for home use may actually make some stains worse or may not work on certain types of carpet.
  • When you purchase a steam cleaner for home use, you must fully clean it out after every use; storing it with water inside can cause mold growth and damage the internal components.
  • Refills of cleaning solution for carpet cleaners can be expensive, and switching cleaners can have uncertain results.
  • Some home carpet steamers can cost hundreds of dollars and will only see use a few times a year at most.

Doing it yourself could save you time and maybe some money, depending on how good of a cleaner you purchase, how well you use it, and how effective it is for your carpeted floors. However, a professional carpet cleaning service can provide a much higher degree of cleansing because it can unearth deeper dirt and debris than what’s on the surface.

RELATED ARTICLE: Spring Cleaning Tips to Make Even the Dirtiest Carpets Like New Again

Why Choose a Professional Carpet Cleaning Service?

Professional carpet cleaning services like Professional Surface Restoration have extensive experience working with different types of carpets; different colors, materials, textures, and layouts entail different concerns when it comes to carpet cleaning.

When you hire a professional cleaning service for your carpets, the cleaners will take care to fully clean all layers of your carpet as thoroughly as possible with commercial-grade equipment. The steam cleaning devices the professionals use typically overshadow the performance capabilities of consumer-grade devices by a wide margin.

Vacuuming is never enough to fully clean a carpet. If you have struggled with DIY carpet cleaning and steaming or simply don’t want to worry about handling it yourself, contact Professional Surface Restoration today to learn more about the benefits of our professional carpet cleaning services.

Professional Surface Restoration’s patented process cleans hard surfaces including but not limited to, tile and grout, brick, block, concrete, granite, and marble Terrazzo. Our unique process for hard surface cleaning is revolutionizing the way you restore and maintain all floors back to their natural beauty, including carpet!

Call us today at (419) 705-8693 to request a FREE demo.

How to Prepare a Home’s Floors for Open Houses

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repare Floors for Home SaleAs a realtor, it is a priority to make your property’s floors impeccable for an open house. They are one of the first features your potential buyer will notice. Stains, odors, and clutter can ruin a buyers’ first impression. Take the initiative to follow these tips on how to prepare a home’s floors for open houses.

Clear Up the Clutter

Before you start the hard work on your floors, make sure to clear up clutter. Store away any extra items and area rugs that make the room look smaller. Removing all unneeded items and repositioning furniture will make it easier for you to clean the floors, and will make the room appear more spacious. Additionally, a clear floor will allow the buyers to roam more freely through the home.

Suck It Up

You never know if you are going to be dealing with a nitpicky buyer. Make sure to keep a vacuum with you and go after every piece of paper, dirt, and lint that you see. Clearing your floor of debris and small bits of trash will not only satisfy a detail-oriented buyer, but will make it easier to polish or treat the surfaces later.

Let Your Floors Shine

No visual quality represents cleanliness better than shine. A shiny, spotless floor will help to convey to the buyer that this is a well-maintained property. If you have a tile floor, sweep and mop it, and if necessary, hire someone to clean the grout between the tiles. If you have a wood floor, mop it, and after that, consider having it buffed by a professional. Spending a little extra time and effort to ensure your floors are in their best condition will help you get the selling price you want.

Deal with the Odors

Carpeted floors have a tendency to retain dirt and unpleasant odors from smoke, spills, and accidents. Strong odors can drive away your buyers the moment they enter the room. If the odor is contained to a small area or spot, clean it yourself by using soap and water, then cover it with baking soda and borax. After letting it sit for a while, vacuum the area. If the odor extends to a larger area or to the entire house, it is best to seek a professional to clean the carpeted areas.

Professional Surface Restoration focuses on cleaning and restoring surfaces such as tile, wood, and carpet floors. If you need help to get your home’s floors in their best shape before an open house, call us at (419) 705-8693 for a FREE demo.

 

 

Carpet Cleaning Services: Before or After Holiday Parties?

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carpet cleaning servicesIt can be a challenge trying to decide when to clean your carpets around the holiday season. Do you get carpet cleaning services before you entertain guests so that your home looks spotless? Or do you clean them after you host your guests, cleaning up any spills from the party and dirt from all of the foot traffic?

Here’s a look at the reasons why you might want to consider both.

Before the Holidays

Cleaning your carpets before the holidays leaves your home looking spotless. Your guests will feel comfortable in your clean home, creating a welcoming atmosphere for all the family traditions. A professional cleaning removes common allergens like pet hair and dander, pollen, and improves the overall quality of the air in your home. Your guests will breathe easy knowing your carpets are clean.

RELATED ARTICLE: Do You Have Time to Deep Clean Your Carpets Before the Holidays?

After the Holidays

After everyone unwraps the presents and the company all goes home, chances are your carpets could really use a deep cleaning. From holiday dinners to wine spills on the carpets, the professional cleaners can remove all traces of any mishaps. We’ll help you get your home back to clean in no time, so you’re ready for the next big event. No job is too big, and we have the professional stain removers to treat anything your guests left behind.

Not Hosting? Treat Yourself to Professional Carpet Cleaning Services

Even if you are not hosting a holiday event in your home, this is a great time of the year to treat yourself to clean carpets. Clean carpets are a great investment for your home. Not only do they look nice, but a deep cleaning can also help extend the life of your carpet. Normal wear from everyday traffic throughout your home leads to a buildup of dirt, which grounds into carpet fiber, causing your carpet to fray. Regular cleanings keep this from happening and help keep your home looking fresh.

The answer to the carpet cleaning riddle comes down to personal preference. While you can choose between cleaning your carpets before or after your guests arrive, we suggest scheduling both cleanings at the same time. This will save you time cleaning your home and can help to prolong the life of your carpet.

Have a need for carpet cleaning services before and/or after the Holidays? Give us a call at (419) 705-8693 or click here and we’ll come out and take a look.

What to Know Before Cleaning Upholstery

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cleaning upholsteryCleaning furniture is a delicate process. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help furniture last longer, but improper techniques can cause furniture to smell like mildew or leave stains on the fabric surface. Review these important tips before cleaning any of your upholstery.

Determine the Material

It is important to know exactly what kind of material you are dealing with before attempting to clean your furniture. If it is wood, you need a cleaner made for wooden furniture, and you can simply wipe down the hard surface. Furniture with a fabric covering is a little bit more difficult. Some fabrics can take a stain remover or a cleaner, while others say to vacuum only. It is a good idea to read the tag on the furniture before attempting to remove a stain or dirt and follow the instructions on the tag to avoid damage to the upholstery.

Vacuum the Surface

To start, vacuum the surface of the furniture. Remove any pet hair, surface dirt, or other debris. Remove cushions and vacuum underneath where crumbs and dirt accumulate fastest. By using the attachments on the vacuum, you can get down into the crevices and closer to the surface, effectively removing contaminants. For an even deeper clean, sprinkle baking soda on the surface of the fabric and let it sit for up to an hour. The baking soda will help absorb any odors in the fabric. When time is up, simply vacuum it up and enjoy the fresh smell.

Remove Stains

To remove stains, you can either opt for a commercial stain remover or make your own. Homemade cleaners are typically better for the environment and for your wallet. Try these homemade cleaners for best results:

  • For fabric stains, mix together 1 tablespoon dish soap, ¼ cup of vinegar, and ¾ cup of warm water. For synthetic fabrics, increase to ½ cup of vinegar and 1 cup of warm water. Spray the stain and rub with a clean cloth. Use a second clean cloth with plain water to remove any traces of the cleaning solution. Allow to dry or blot with a towel.
  • For leather furniture, use a mixture of 1/2 cup olive oil and ¼ cup vinegar. Spray on leather with a spray bottle and wipe with a clean cloth.

For tough stains, it is best to call in the experts. Proper cleaning and maintenance of your furniture will allow you and your family to enjoy your investment for years to come. Professional Surface Restoration offers free estimates with no obligation. Contact us or call (419) 705-8693 to set up an appointment.

What to Clean Before Putting Your Home Up for Sale

By | Carpet Cleaning, Concrete Cleaning, Deep Cleaning, Furniture Cleaning, Tile and Grout, Upholstery Cleaning, Wood Floor Cleaning | No Comments

What to cleanSelling your home takes ample preparation, and not just in thinking about the financial aspects and figuring out where you’ll move to next. As you’re working on vacating your home, someone else will be determining if it is the place they want to move into. You need to make sure that everything looks as appealing to a potential buyer as possible.

You want your house to have vibe appeal – that intangible factor that makes it feel like home to a prospective buyer. Despite not having concrete elements, vibe appeal goes a long way to making a sale. While you don’t want to dig into any massive investments that won’t bring you proportionate payout, little touch-ups can make a big difference in making your home more appealing to its future residents.

Surface Cleaning

A clean home is easily one of the major components of vibe appeal, and thorough cleaning means your house will look as attractive to potential buyers as possible. Cleaning up any dust, polishing metals, and wiping down the windows can make a big impression on visitors.

Carpet

You don’t just want to stop at surface cleaning, however. Beyond general tidiness, give your carpets a thorough once-over. Don’t just stop at vacuuming; get your carpets professionally cleaned so they look and feel the best they can.

Tile and Grout

Tiles make for a great stylistic choice, but grout has the unfortunate tendency to show staining, even with regular cleaning. A full-scale deep cleaning of grout can make your tile look tip-top, giving the impression of newer tiles.

While all tiles are important, you want to take special care when tending to your bathroom. A dirty bathroom can give the impression that the whole home is dirty. Eliminating any traces of dirty grout will help your restroom contribute to the sale of your home instead of driving potential buyers away.

Front Lawn and Driveway

The adage “don’t judge a book by its cover” unfortunately does not apply to homebuyers. Before they even consider taking a tour, potential buyers will decide if they want to buy your house based on the front exterior. You need to do a little more than stick a “for sale” sign in your driveway to make people want to step inside.

Make sure you’ve tended to your front lawn. Adding a few plants and flowers helps make your house look attractive to others. If you have a driveway, keeping that in shape is essential, as well. Tend to any potential cracks and power wash the concrete.

Removing Clutter

There’s a chance your house has been your home for a substantial amount of time, and it’s filled with your belongings and memories. You need to remove as much mess as possible. Clean up any clutter for showings, so potential buyers can feel they have enough space and imagine themselves at home. For areas such as closets, removing at least half of your clothes can make the space seem roomier.

Cleaning is easily one of the most critical parts in successfully selling your home. Be as thorough as possible and watch your vibe appeal increase as a result.

Thinking about putting your home up for sale? Call us today at (419) 705-8693 to request a FREE demo.

3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Upholstery Cleaning Service

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upholstery cleaning service_Toledo OhioWhen the furniture needs cleaning, most people try to save money by attempting to remove the stains themselves. Many don’t realize that furniture is commonly upholstered with fabrics that don’t react well to certain chemicals and that typical cleaning methods often cause even more damage. In fact, most furniture requires specific chemicals and tools that most people do not own.

Professional upholstery cleaning service technicians are experts in handling these chemicals and working with specialized tools to clean and remove stains of all types. If you’re on the fence about whether to hire a professional, consider the following three reasons you should call an expert for your next upholstery cleaning.

Knowledge

When it comes to cleaning furniture, one must understand that the fibers in furnishings are often fragile and need to be handled with care. To prevent needless damage, it is important to know which chemicals can be used on which fabrics. The truth is that most people do not have this type of knowledge on hand, whereas professional upholstery cleaners have the expertise to determine what fabrics and chemicals are incompatible with one another.

Many fabrics are also difficult to handle, making them more likely to be damaged when an untrained person tries to remove a stain. Professional furniture cleaners know how to deal with a variety of fabric types and can agitate each correctly and safely. Having a professional’s knowledge of chemicals cleaners and fabrics is extremely helpful if you have furniture with no cleaning tag attached.

Tools and Equipment

In addition to being fragile and difficult to manage, the fabrics in furniture upholstery do not work with generic cleaning products and procedures. Often, upholstery stains require specific types of cleaning solutions, which most homeowners do not own. Also, specific furniture designs require the use of special tools to achieve a thorough cleaning. At the end of the day, purchasing these tools is not a cost-efficient option for homeowners, so the best idea is to hire a professional cleaner and save yourself the expense and hassle of learning how to use the equipment.

Protection

Many homeowners value their furniture and see it as an investment. And like any other type of investment, furniture requires attention and care to stay in good condition. A genuine attempt to save money by cleaning the upholstery yourself can end up costing you more in the end if you ruin your furniture. Professional cleaners can also offer you advice for handling spills and keeping your furniture in the best condition possible, so you have the information you need to manage stains in the future without accidently damaging your upholstery.

Professional Surface Restoration offers free upholstery cleaning service estimates with no obligation. Contact us to set up an appointment.