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GUIDES

Veterans Cleaning Solutions is the premier Interior and Exterior cleaning service in the Wiregrass.

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Spill accidents happen and when they do, you'll need to act quickly to prevent staining. We've put together a quick guide you can reference that can you help you save your home from some of the toughest stains. Don't see what you need on here? You can always contact us at 334-475-3040 and ask the Professionals.

Carpet Care

The most effective way to care for your carpet. Follow these simple tips to keep your carpet’s color and texture looking fresh:

• Vacuum your carpet regularly to prevent soil from embedding itself in the pile.
• Depending on the type of carpet you have, you’ll want to use a vacuum with a rotating brush, a beater bar, or suction only.
• Keeping traffic and other use factors in mind, you should have your carpets professionally cleaned every 6 to 12 months.
• Use scissors to clip sprouts and snags. Do not pull on them, you may further damage the carpet by disconnecting the adjacent fibers.
• If your carpet is burned, simply remove the tops of the dark, burnt fibers with curved finger-nail scissors. If the burn is extensive, you may need to patch or replace it.
• Remove heavy furniture dents by stroking the dented area with the edge of a coin. You can also use a hair dryer on the lowest heat setting or use a hand steamer, but be very careful not to get too close to the carpet maintaining several inches between the nozzle tip and the carpet.
• For extensive water damage, consult Veterans Cleaning Solutions to dry your carpet from the front and back or receive a recommendation of a trusted and reliable emergency service company.

Carpet Stain Removal

No matter the hype, never ever use a spot remover on your carpet; more often than not this product will set the stain in the carpet fiber or worse bleach the color out of the carpet.

Use one of these two solutions only and use measured amounts (do not add extra thinking it would work more effectively). Start with the first one, if the stain persists try the second one, if it still remains give Veterans at call at 334.475.3040.

Detergent Solution
Mix ¼ of a teaspoon of a CLEAR mild dish soap with one cup of warm (not hot) water.

Vinegar Solution
Mix 2 tablespoons of WHITE vinegar with 4 cups of warm (not hot) water.

The Technique for both solutions

• Use first in a less visible area to make sure that neither solution will cause its own staining or damage to carpet.
• Apply the solution to a white (non-printed) paper towel or white cotton towel (cotton towels work the best) and use to dampen carpet. Blot the stained area (straight up and down motion) do not rub or scrub. Do not add so much as to soak the backing of the carpet, you just want it damp.
• Using clean white paper towel with each blotting motion, pressing on the stain for a moment before changing it out with a new clean white paper towel (you can fold a cotton towel using a different side with each blot). Make sure you set the used towels in trash bag or can and not back on the carpet! Do not rub or scrub!
• Using a blunt tool such as a spoon, gently scrap the carpet from out outer edge of the stain toward the center of the stain. Do a couple of more blotting steps. Most of the stain should be removed at this time.
• Then fold a clean white cotton towel into a square the size of the stain so that the material is at least a ½ inch thick. Place towel on stain with a weight on top of it making sure the colors of the weight are colorfast and will not bleed into the towel or carpet. Allow this time to work, overnight is best.
• If stain persists after using both solutions call Veterans Cleaning Solutions 334.475.3040!

For additional carpet care information please use the following links from national manufactures of flooring materials:





Stone and Tile

Countertops and vanities

Use a neutral, pH-balanced cleaner, specially-formulated for stone, on a regular basis to remove residues from cooking oils and everyday food spills, as well as hairspray or other cosmetics. Be careful with common foods and drinks that often contain acids that etch or dull the stone surface. Also, some common toiletries (i.e., perfume, toothpaste, mouthwash) contain acids and other ingredients that may damage the stone surface or degrade the sealer.

Bathrooms and other wet areas

Periodic use of a neutral stone cleaner will remove any soap scum or hard water deposits that may have formed. In the bath, or other wet areas, using a squeegee after each use can minimize soap scum and hard water deposit buildup.

Floor surfaces

Dust mop interior floors frequently using a clean, non-treated, dry dust mop. Sand, dirt and grit do the most damage to natural stone surfaces due to their abrasiveness. Mats or area rugs inside and outside an entrance will help to minimize the potential damage from these particles. In addition, be careful when using a vacuum cleaner: the metal or plastic attachments or wheels may scratch the surface. Damp mop the stone floor with a diluted solution of a neutral cleaner designed for stone. Keep off floor until completely dry, as wet stone floors may be slippery.

Food spills

Scoop up the food with a plastic spoon. Blot with dry, white cloth. Spray the area with a neutral stone cleaner and wipe off excess with a clean cloth.

Liquid spills

Blot away the excess with a clean, dry, white cloth while turning the cloth frequently. Spray the area with a neutral stone cleaner and wipe off excess with a clean cloth.

Oily stains

If you identify the stain as having an oil base (from foods like salad, cooking oils, butter or some cosmetics) you may be able to remove the stain using a poultice. A poultice will wick up the stain from deep within the stone.

Etch marks

Highly acidic substances such as orange juice, coffee, vinegar, wine, tomato products, mustard and many soft drinks will “etch” most marble, limestone and travertine. Sealing allows you time to wipe up a spill, but it cannot stop the chemical reaction that may leave a dull mark.

Mud

Let the mud stain dry completely. Remove dried mud with a soft plastic or nylon brush. Spray affected area with a neutral stone cleaner. Wipe dry with a clean cloth. If the stain remains, contact a professional cleaner.
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