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Cushion Covers

Should You Wash Cushion Covers?

It’s a very easy thing to do… you notice your sofa cushions are a little dingy, which is perfectly normal with kids, pets and normal usage.

So you decide to do-it-yourself and wash the cushion covers. They come out looking nice. But you also notice a little problem. The colors aren’t as bright as they used to be, and it takes a lot of effort to get the covers back over the foam cushions themselves. In fact, for one cushion, you can’t even get it zipped up all the way.

The reason is that cushion covers are not designed to be washed like normal laundry. “But it has zippers!” you exclaim. That’s for the convenience of the furniture manufacturing company or the upholsterer.

Keep these points in mind if you are tempted to wash your cushion covers:

  1. When you wash the cushion covers, there is some danger in fabric shrinkage and dye loss. If this happens, not much you can do to fix it.
  2. 2. Shrinkage typically occurs in the drier, so if you are tempted to wash your own cushion covers, hang them to dry (but remember there is always risk).
  3. 3. Dyes are funny things. The dyes on your favorite t-shirts are pretty tough and durable and last a long time, but on upholstery they can bleed or fade. 
  4. 4. Putting cushion covers in the laundry can also cause problems with the integrity of the fabric, such as any latex backing that could be present; delamination, or the separation of the face fiber and backing, can occur.


So while you may do this, remove your cushion covers for laundering, keep these points in mind and be very careful with your valuable furnishings! Do your furniture and all upholstery fabric a huge favor: Call your cleaning professionals today!

The Shower Dilemma

The Shower Dilemma

The job of your shower or bathtub is to keep you and your family clean… yet you might have noticed that the shower or bathtub themselves are in need of attention from time to time.

The problem is a common one. You combine soap residue with hard water and the resulting challenge is a build-up on the walls of the shower, the fixtures and more. It can be an ugly, difficult-to-clean mess! Sometimes, the shower and bath seem to be dirtier than you…

The solution is also a common one, pretty easy to accomplish, if you have the right tools.

A somewhat misleading concoction some think works for cleaning shower stalls and bath fixtures is to mix vinegar with ammonia and add a few other ingredients. The problem with that is the vinegar and ammonia cancel each other out in regards to the acidity and alkalinity of the products. Remember that the “crud” on the tile and tub need acidity to remove them… thus the idea of using a vinegar or acidic solution.

The solution? Create your own cleaning agent using vinegar, a drop of Dawn Dish Soap (or similar product) with super-hot water. You will need a trigger sprayer or small pump-up sprayer. Apply the home-made concoction liberally over all the areas that need to be cleaned. Allow at least 5 minutes of contact time (the more the better) and then rinse.  You may need to repeat the application of the vinegar, dish soap and hot water.

Using vinegar is safe. Don’t use a harsh acid (such as a rust removing product) in place of vinegar. The chemical reaction and resulting residue from using a strong acid can be harmful to your skin or the skin of your family.

Don’t forget that a little elbow grease may be necessary to get the job done right. The soap scum and mineral deposits can be very tough to remove. But with the right amount of cleaning solutions along with your own scrubbing efforts, your shower dilemma will be over.

Of course, for all your cleaning needs, from carpet to upholstery to tile floors and more, call your favorite cleaning pro, A Clean Pro 760-245-5556 !

Removing Pet Odors/ Pet Urine

Pet Urine Removal

Any pet owner knows what a struggle it is to get pet urine out of the carpet. Weather your fluffy friend is being potty trained, or they just could not hold it any longer, you are left cleaning and scrubbing to get the odor out of your carpet!

Here are some simple steps to remove pet urine out of your carpet.But remember A Clean Pro can clean those spots professionally and can get better results than home remedies! 760-245-5556

1.Cover the trouble area with cornstarch, wait 30 minutes then blot with water.
2. Mix water and vinegar and apply to spot. Then sprinkle over the spot baking soda, washing detergent, and hydrogen peroxide. Allow to dry then vacuum.
3. Soak up with paper towel. Sprinkle baking soda , hydrogen peroxide and washing detergent. Let to sit, then vacuum.

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Cleaning Tips: Spots and Stains

Always Do This When Cleaning

 

Taking care of cleaning chores around your house is something many have engaged in since homes were first made. Not much thought goes into it other than it just needs to be cleaned.

Although, some cleaning projects, for example getting rid of a spot from your carpet, removing an annoying pet smell from the family puppy or trying to find the most efficient cleaning product for the toughest jobs can actually end up causing more harm than good.

Removing Spots 
We often do 2 things when we find a spot on our carpet. The first is to put way too much cleaning solution on the spot, saturating it and even getting the padding wet. This just spreads the spot and causes trouble in the future. The second is we tend to scrub way too long and way too hard. This can fray the fibers and will not be fixable. So when you get a spot, put some solution on a white towel and blot. Remember to not rub or scrub.Removing Odor

The first question that comes to mind when  your pet does their thing on the carpet is “How do I get it out?” This is not easy unless you get to it right away. Urine will penetrate into your carpet, the padding and even the subfloor, and when it dries, over time it becomes sticky and leaves an odor. Some have put powdered carpet deodorizers on those spots, which only gums up the carpet and creates a residue very difficult to remove. Like with spot removal, blot the area quick because this is the best remedy to do-it-yourself.

Use Products Correctly

When one product works good and you find another one works good, too, the tendency is to mix them. Never mix ammonia and bleach. Both are effective products on their own, but mixed together, they become deadly. Other products on your shelf could, if mixed together, create toxic fumes that is harmful to your family. Always follow the product directions.

How can you avoid all these problems and challenges? It’s simple: Call A Clean Pro today . We will be right over to save the day. 760-245-5556
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