Archives: February 2017

When you are dealing with spots and stains on your carpet it can be exhausting. Working on cleaning spots and stains may seem endless but did you know that water can leave a spot too! That is a real issue that you may not have realized existed but water spotting is an issue and will need to be treated and cleaned like any other spot or stain. Understanding the stains and spots that you may be dealing with is the first step to treatment. Water may seem like an unlikely substance to cause a spot but it can.

Leading Carpet Cleaning Explains What a Water Spot is, How it Occurs & How to Treat it

What are Water Stains on Carpet?: When you are thinking about water the last thing you may be thinking of is it will stain or leave a spot on your carpet or upholstery. A water spot can end up on the surface of your carpet as well as your sofa. To learn what a water spot is you need to know what water is made up of. Water is made up of hydrogen and oxygen and the elements combine to make what you know as water. Water is a part of life and is necessary to sustain all kinds of lifeforms. The majority of the earth’s surface is made up of water and by the time it gets to you it has traveled quite a path. The water spot is not actually the combined elements but the extra sediment and minerals that are part of the water you are using. The water goes through rocks, sand and other elements where they pick up minerals and sediment. When the water settles on the carpet of the upholstery it will start to dry. Once the moisture dries out the sediment and minerals are still there. That is the water spot and usually looks like white lines on the ground. The spot is from the extra parts of the water that you are using to clean with. When the spot is left you want to be sure that it is treated just like any other spot or stain.
How To Treat A Water Spot on Carpet: When you are dealing with a water spot you want to be sure that you use a good technique to remove it from your carpet or upholstery. The spot is made up of minerals and that means that vinegar would break down the spot. The problem is that vinegar can be too harsh for the fabric you are trying to clean and could potentially cause damage. The best way to deal with a water spot is to use warm water and a vacuum. You can use a water bottle to spritz over the area you want to treat. Allow the water to sit for about 30 seconds before agitating it. You can do that with a soft bristle brush or your fingers. After that has been done you can use a wet vacuum to remove the sediment and minerals.

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If you want to ensure that the water spotting is removed from the carpet or upholstery you can call a professional carpet cleaning company to have your homes carpets treated. Leading Carpet Cleaning is standing by!

Cleaning your furniture’s upholstery may seem easier than what it actually is. You can permanently damage your upholstery if it is done incorrectly. That is why Leading Carpet Cleaning will share the different cleaning methods for the different fabric types as well as leather upholstery furniture. With the proper care your upholstery will last long and stay fresher. Note that all fabric based furniture will first need to be fully vacuumed before using any cleaning agent. Make sure you remove as much dirt as possible before cleaning or you can create a bigger stain. Some cleaning agents direct you to vacuum the upholstery before and after you have applied the cleaning agent. Read the directions and do exactly as directed.

Cleaning Synthetic Material Sofas

Synthetic fabric is easy enough to clean. It is always a good practice to check the furniture’s tag and see what type of cleaning agent is recommend when it comes to cleaning that type of fabric. Not all synthetic fabrics use the same type of cleaning agents. You will want to use a water base cleaning agent for this fabric. When you dilute the cleaning agent with water make sure to use distilled water and not tap water, tap water will leave ring like stains on the furniture. Synthetic fabrics are prone to shrinking. Never use hot water. Cool or warm water should be okay to use.

Cleaning Natural Material Upholstery

There are some types of upholsteries that are 100% natural fibers. Natural upholstery can be cleaned with a water base cleaning agent. Make sure you check the furniture’s tag to see if they specify otherwise. Again do not use tap water and don’t use too much water to dilute the water base cleaning agent. Too much water will also have that ring effect.

Cleaning Combination Material Couches

Combination fabrics will have some natural materials– typically cotton and wool mixed with a synthetic fabric. It is recommended that you have professional upholstery cleaners to clean combination fabric furniture..

Cleaning Microfiber Upholstered Furniture

Microfiber fabric is great to keep clean. Due to their larger fiber, they prevent dirt and grime from sinking deep inside the furniture’s fiber. Most of the time simply vacuuming the upholstery is enough to make it look new again. Check your furniture tag. Some Micro fiber fabrics will use a water or a solvent based cleaning agent.

Cleaning Leather Furniture

When you clean leather upholstery, it is important to use a cleaning agent designed for leather. Never use straight water or any other type of cleaner. Most stains will wipe right off with a cloth. However, when something more is needed, it is important to use leather cleaner. The leather cleaner doesn’t just clean the leather, but adds special oil into the upholstery to keep it from drying out.

Sofa, Couch, Upholstery Cleaning & More in Orange, Santa Ana, Rancho Cucamonga, Anaheim, Riverside, Chino & Fullerton California

Furniture comes with a lot of different types of upholstery. It’s important to know what type of upholstery covers your furniture. Read their tags and take note of the recommended cleaning methods. Keep in mind; you can always hire a professional with the knowledge of the different upholstery and how to clean it properly. Leading Carpet Cleaning can help with all of your upholstery needs. We will keep them looking and smelling like new. To schedule your upholstery cleaning, call Leading Carpet Cleaning today.

After a flood, either from back up drainage lines, broken water lines or other causes in a home, there is always the question as to whether you try and save your carpets or rug or spend the money on replacing them. Replacing or saving carpets or rugs will depend on many factors. There are many times when carpets and rugs can be cleaned and saved. In some cases, it’s best to just replace the damaged carpet or your rugs altogether. Leading Carpet Cleaning will help clarify when a carpet can be saved or when it needs to be replaced.

Should Rugs Be Replaced After Water Damage?

When it comes to whether or not you should keep your rugs or carpet or replace them after a major flood or water damage, there are a few rules to fallow. Large area rugs with a foam bottom or backing, if contaminated by water, can be a difficult process to clean and will require a professional. Most will suggest the cost of cleaning the rug will be close to replacing it. If the rug is irreplaceable, then spend the money to have it cleaned. However if it is a common rug, you might find it’s easier to just replace it rather than save it.

Flooded Carpet – What to Do? Drying Carpet After Water Damage

Carpets that have been soaked with water and quickly dried and steam cleaned have a better chance when it comes to saving the carpets. However the longer the water sits, the less likely it is to save. Depending on the type of water that contaminated your carpet will also determine whether or not it can be cleaned. Sewage water is a major health risk. If carpet or rugs have been in contact from a backup sewage drain then you will want to remove the carpet and bleach the entire floor before replacing it. Rainwater carries outdoor pathogens that can cause problems. However if your water damage is professionally attended to within 24 hours, you can still save your carpets or rug. Machine washable rugs can always be saved; all you need to do is wash them in your washing machine.

Prevent Mold After Water Damage

Some will argue that if a flood happened during the summer time, you should just replace the carpets verses saving them. By cleaning carpets in the summer time, you are adding moisture into the air that’s already wet. This can breed mold and mildew, not just on your floors but on the walls, furniture and ceiling as well. However carpet that were installed with tack strips could be removed, cleaned elsewhere and reinstalled. Most of the time though you will want to replace the under padding of your carpets because the padding is near impossible to clean.

How to Dry Wet Carpet Fast

If you know you want to try and save your carpets from water damage you must act quickly. Use a wet/dry vac to suck up as much of the water as possible. Place fans, and a dehumidifier to cut down on any mold growth. Open windows to circulate the air. When the carpets are thoroughly dried, vacuum.

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With any major water damage its best to call a professional company. We are trained to know what can be saved and cleaned without potential mold or fungus growth, thereby keeping your home safe. Of course, as soon as a flood happens, take steps to help ensure that your rugs and carpets can be saved. Leading Carpet Cleaning can assist you in saving your carpets after a flood. We will honestly tell you whether to save or replace your carpets. For any additional question or assistance, contact us today.

Hardwood floors are a great investment to any home. Hardwood floors will last decades to come with the proper care and maintenance. There will come many times in the life of your hardwood floor that you will need to refinish, stain and seal it. However, determining when it is time to undertake this task can be difficult for some. Leading Carpet Cleaning has been providing hardwood floor restoration service and through our experience, we have been able to put together five signs that it is time to refinish and restore your hardwood floor.

How to Fix Scratches on Hardwood Floors

Over time scratches will occur on your hardwood floor. A few scratches is understandable if not tolerable. However if the floor has been overrun with divots and scratches, this is a clear sign that it is time to refinish and restore your hardwood floors. The deeper the scratches are the more likely the wood will eventually spilled and need complete replacement. Minor scratches are much easier to deal with. Simple sanding and resurfacing is all it would take to restore your hardwood floors.

Hardwood Floors Turning Gray

Has your hardwood floor begun to turn a musty gray color? This means it is time to restore and refinish your hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are sealed with polyurethane. Over time the polyurethane will wear off and moisture will affect the hardwood floors. The clear sign of this malady is the turning of the wood gray. Eventually the wood, if continually exposed to moisture, will become darker and darker until it looks black. Once you begin to see the gray, have your floors refinished before you need to replace the entire floor.

Black Wood Stains on Hardwood Floors

If the floor has already turned black in small areas, it is too late to save the wood. At this point you will have two choices; one is to replace with new boards. Two, you can completely sand, re-stain and seal your entire floor with a darker color to blend in the blackened floor boards.

Warped Hardwood Floors from Water Damage

Constant water damage doesn’t just discolor the wood but it can also make the floor begin to separate or cup. Water and moisture damage can occur in many ways but when it does occur, it’s best to tend to the problem quickly. You can simply sand, re-stain, and seal the affected area to prevent further damage to your wood floors.

Sun Faded Hardwood Floor Discoloration

As sun beams down on your hardwood floors, it can begin to dry out, fade or become lightened and discolored. As the wood lightens and becomes dry, you will want to refinish your wood floors before the wood begins to split and crack. You may need to re-stain the floor a lighter color to help blend the discolored areas of the floor.

Hardwood Floor Installation, Cleaning & Refinishing in Orange, Santa Ana, Rancho Cucamonga, Anaheim, Riverside, Chino & Fullerton California

As any one of these five signs begins to occur, it is time to refinish your hardwood floors. Never wait too long or your floor might get to the point where it will be impossible to refinish and you will need to replace your entire floor. Leading Carpet Cleaning can provide a great service when it comes to refinishing your hardwood floors. We will sand, re-stain, and seal your hardwood floors. Contact us and schedule your hardwood floor refinishing today.

Rental machines just aren’t as powerful as commercial grade truck mounted extraction machines used by professionals. Carpets left too wet are a problem for anyone who buys or rents a plug in machine. When this happens, you may have mold and mildew problems and end up spending more in the long run needing to call the professionals in. Using a rental machine from the grocery store isn’t a good idea. It’s also not a good idea to hire just anyone to clean your carpets. Inexperienced or untrained individuals will sometimes use sub-standard equipment and do it incorrectly. Carpet that is left too wet after cleaning causes more problems than just longer drying times and inconvenience.

Problems Caused When Carpets Are Too Wet After Cleaning

Carpet Shrinkage. Your carpet can shrink when it’s left too wet. This happens when there’s too much water used in the machine or it’s just not powerful enough to remove the water during the cleaning and extraction process. The machine could also be used incorrectly or not set up right and different carpets sometimes need different methods of cleaning. Minor shrinkage can be re-stretched back into place but if there’s a lot of shrinkage the carpet will need to be replaced. Professionals take all the steps they can to avoid any shrinkage, but it’s a good idea to make sure the company you use is insured in the event there is a problem.
Carpet Odors. When carpets stay wet for too long they can develop an offensive musty smell. The smell is caused by bacteria that is developing. This can be rectified but should be avoided from the beginning by hiring experienced carpet cleaners. If you really want to do it yourself, you need to make sure the home has good air flow and ventilation before and after cleaning. Use fans and open windows and doors to help the drying process. If you think your carpet is still too wet after several hours, then you need to get experts in to get it dry or you run the risk of bacteria and mold setting in.
Carpet Browning. Wool carpets are more susceptible to browning but can appear on any carpet and will appear after the cleaning process is done. It happens when soil or prior spills wick back up because of over-wetting. Rest assured these spots aren’t permanent. Professional carpet cleaning technicians have the experience and knowledge to remove the spots and prevent future problems.

DIY vs. Professional Carpet Cleaning

Do the math. The cost of the machine rental, solutions and your time can add up. Hiring professionals may actually cost you less. We have experience, more powerful equipment and better cleaning solutions to get the job done. Truck mounted machines are far more superior to any portable machine you can rent and the extraction is much more powerful with professional equipment and will ensure that the water will be extracted. Professionals provide the correct amount of moisture to get the carpets cleaned without leaving too much to cause problems. Hiring professionals also ensures that your carpets will last longer.

Professional Carpet Cleaning Services in Orange, Santa Ana, Rancho Cucamonga, Anaheim, Riverside, Chino & Fullerton California

If you end up having to call professionals out after renting a machine and doing the carpet cleaning yourself, you’ll end up spending more money than you need to. Avoid permanent damage to your carpet and hire the experts at Leading Carpet Cleaning to avoid any potential problems.

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