Dealing with Spring Allergens

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Spring makes us want to fling open all the windows and air out the house after a long winter. Fresh warm Spring air smells of blooming flowers and freshly mown grass. If you have Springtime allergies, this means that the air is full of pollen and other Spring allergens. Dealing with Spring allergens inside the home will help you cope with the season’s runny nose and itchy eyes. Keeping pollen out of the home can help manage seasonal Springtime allergies.

If you have seasonal allergies, check pollen counts in your area on a daily basis. Knowing which allergens trigger allergies is the first step in dealing with them inside your home. Tree pollen, grass and other Spring allergens can enter the home through open windows and settle on window sills, floors and furniture.

One of the advantages of Spring cleaning is to keep up with allergens as they enter the home. Regular dusting and vacuuming will help remove the dust and pollen from outside. A HEPA filter on the vacuum will capture allergens from pollen, dust and pet hair, keeping your carpets and rugs from becoming filled with allergy triggers.

As tough as it may be, keeping windows closed on high pollen count days can help prevent allergens and pollen from entering the home. Removing shoes and leaving them by the back door will also keep pollen from being tracked through the home. After pollen season has passed, clean your window screens and window sills to remove any pollen that may have settled there.

Keeping Things Clean Around the House

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For the majority of us, cleaning is not on the top of our lists on things we like to do around the house. Yes, there are those amongst us who really love to clean, but for most of us it is called a chore for a reason. After doing our own non-scientific research we’ve come to the conclusion that doing a little bit of cleaning every day is the best way to stay on top of things around the house.

Now there is a difference between cleaning and de-cluttering. You can have a clutter-free home that is still dirty and vice-versa. Even if you aren’t the neatest person, you can still have clean floors and dust free tables with a little bit of daily time and effort. Keeping ahead of things is the best offense when it comes to cleaning and clutter.

Other options for cleaning products include organics and homemade cleaning products. As with traditional cleaning products, you’ll want to use the right product for the right job. Make sure you aren’t using something too abrasive on surfaces that can easily scratch like stainless steel sinks or ranges. Blogs are a great place to find recipes for homemade cleaning products that use simple food safe ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. Even homemade products can be too harsh for delicate jobs so do your research. Make sure you have the right cleaner for the job. Tile and linoleum floors require different cleaners than wood or cork floors. Carpeted floors should be spot treated to avoid stains.

How To Remove Barbeque Sauce From Carpet

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We hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful holiday weekend! More importantly, we hope you enjoyed some wonderful food, especially barbeque! Just in case any ended up on the carpet, we’d like to share a few tips with you on how to properly clean it.

Solvent – A non-flammable spot removal solution, or dry cleaning type solvent, is preferred. Exercise caution when using a solvent. Never pour it directly onto the carpet or allow it to reach the backing, because it can damage the latex that holds the primary and secondary backings together. Acceptable solvents include Carbona®, Energine®, K2R®, Goof-Off®, etc.

Detergent Solution – Mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues. (See Residue Precautions.) Care should be used in selecting a detergent. Never use a laundry detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners (fluorescent dyes) that dye the fiber. Do not select an automatic dishwashing detergent because many contain bleaching agents that destroy dyes and some fibers.

Vinegar Solution – Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar per two (2) cups of water. White vinegar is a 5% acetic acid solution. It is used most often to lower the alkalinity caused by detergent solutions or alkaline spills.

Warm Water – Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.

Ammonia Solution – Mix one (1) tablespoon of household ammonia per cup of water. Please note: Be aware that ammonia, if used improperly, can cause a color change. Be sure to test a hidden area.

Call a Professional – Professional cleaners have the ability and the equipment to use more aggressive cleaning solutions to remove stubborn spills. Always consider consulting a professional cleaner regarding any spot removal question. CRI – 1-800-882-8846.

How To Remove Easter Egg Dye From Carpet

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Happy almost Easter everyone! We thought we’d share a few cleaning tips with you regarding Easter egg dye and carpet. Hopefully you do not have to use this advice, but here it is just in case.

Detergent Solution – Mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues. (See Residue Precautions.) Care should be used in selecting a detergent. Never use a laundry detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners (fluorescent dyes) that dye the fiber. Do not select an automatic dishwashing detergent because many contain bleaching agents that destroy dyes and some fibers.

Warm Water – Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.

Ammonia Solution – Mix one (1) tablespoon of household ammonia per cup of water. Please note: Be aware that ammonia, if used improperly, can cause a color change. Be sure to test a hidden area.

Call a Professional – Professional cleaners have the ability and the equipment to use more aggressive cleaning solutions to remove stubborn spills. Always consider consulting a professional cleaner regarding any spot removal question. CRI – 1-800-882-8846.

How to Remove Gravy Stains from Carpet

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If little Tommy drops his Thanksgiving dinner plate on the carpet today, don’t worry. This year, we’re sharing some of our best stain removal techniques with you. We hope you find these tips useful. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Dolphin Carpet & Tile.

Nail Polish Remover – Two types of nail polish removers are available. One type contains acetone, a dry cleaning solvent. Use the same precautions as with other dry cleaning solutions. The second type contains amyl acetate, which is used in many paint, oil, and grease (POG) removers. Many POG removers leave residues that may cause rapid soiling. When using a POG remover, always rinse the area thoroughly with a dry solvent.

Solvent – A non-flammable spot removal solution, or dry cleaning type solvent, is preferred. Exercise caution when using a solvent. Never pour it directly onto the carpet or allow it to reach the backing, because it can damage the latex that holds the primary and secondary backings together. Acceptable solvents include Carbona®, Energine®, K2R®, Goof-Off®, etc.

Detergent Solution – Mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues. (See Residue Precautions.) Care should be used in selecting a detergent. Never use a laundry detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners (flourescent dyes) that dye the fiber. Do not select an automatic dishwashing detergent because many contain bleaching agents that destroy dyes and some fibers.

Vinegar Solution – Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar per two (2) cups of water. White vinegar is a 5% acetic acid solution. It is used most often to lower the alkalinity caused by detergent solutions or alkaline spills.

Warm Water – Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.

Ammonia Solution – Mix one (1) tablespoon of household ammonia per cup of water. Please note: Be aware that ammonia, if used improperly, can cause a color change. Be sure to test a hidden area.

When in doubt, call a professional – Professional cleaners have the ability and the equipment to use more aggressive cleaning solutions to remove stubborn spills. Always consider consulting a professional cleaner regarding any spot removal question. Carpet and Rug Institute – 1-800-882-8846.

Protecting Carpeting and Furniture from Pets

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Would you like to have a pet but worry about whether your lovely home would be ruined? A few tips can help give you the opportunity to have a loving furry companion and a clean, charming home.

If you have a pet door, provide the same opportunity to keep outside dirt off your carpet as you do for people – place an absorbent rug or mat just inside the pet entrance, and make sure it is long enough for all four feet to hit, removing at least the outer layer of dirt.

Vacuum regularly – at least once a week and more if your animal is a heavy shedder. This will pick up both pet hair and any additional surface dirt brought in from outside, as well as keeping your carpet looking more like new.

Don’t worry about pet odor. Regular bathing for your dog and frequent litter changes for your cat will eliminate that concern. If shedding is an issue, brush your pet daily. With praise and treats, this can be a special time for you and your animal.

If you can’t keep your pets off the furniture, use large towels or sheets to cover them. With regular laundering, your sofa or chairs will stay clean and relatively hair-free. A quick sweep to remove the covers before guests arrive will allow you to maintain a beautiful look to your home, and still enjoy your pet.

How to Remove Pumpkin Stains from Carpet

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It’s getting close to that time of year! Pumpkin carving time!! This year, before you get started – take a few moments to bookmark or print this page so that in the event that you have a pumpkin mess during your carving, you won’t have to worry.

Below are some easy to follow instructions for removal of pumpkin stains from carpet.

Detergent Solution – Mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues. (See Residue Precautions.) Care should be used in selecting a detergent. Never use a laundry detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners (flourescent dyes) that dye the fiber. Do not select an automatic dishwashing detergent because many contain bleaching agents that destroy dyes and some fibers.

Vinegar Solution – Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar per two (2) cups of water. White vinegar is a 5% acetic acid solution. It is used most often to lower the alkalinity caused by detergent solutions or alkaline spills.

Warm Water – Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.

Ammonia Solution – Mix one (1) tablespoon of household ammonia per cup of water. Please note: Be aware that ammonia, if used improperly, can cause a color change. Be sure to test a hidden area.

When in doubt , Call a Professional – Professional cleaners have the ability and the equipment to use more aggressive cleaning solutions to remove stubborn spills. Always consider consulting a professional cleaner regarding any spot removal question.