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Sep
13
2018

Remove Spots Immediately

Spots that are not immediately removed can turn into permanent stains very easily. When a carpet is new or has sufficient protector on it, plain tap water will remove many spots. However, for those spots that will not move easily with water, you must use a spot cleaner. Select a spot cleaner that is recommended by the carpet manufacturer or your trained, certified professional cleaner. Most spot removers that are purchased over the counter leave too much soap residue and can cause yellowing. Avoid using foam carpet cleaners or any product that is not made specifically for carpet. 

Apply spot cleaner sparingly to white terry cloth and gently massage spot causing it to transfer into the cloth. Never pour spot cleaner directly on carpet. If the product that you are using seems to cause the spot to re-soil over a few week period, discontinue use. Any spot that you are not able to remove, and for pet urine or feces, call your professional cleaner immediately.

Aug
21
2018

Is Education worth the money?

Cleaning has traditionally been viewed as a commodity!

A menial task that anyone can do, but allowing uneducated and untrained cleaning companies to work on your valuable flooring investments can cost you a lot more to fix the problem rather than choosing someone that is highly trained. Our staff is thoroughly trained and has almost three decades of experience in Carpet Cleaning, Oriental & Area Rug Cleaning, Tile Grout Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, Fabric & Carpet Protection, Carpet Power Stretching, and protect your fine furnishings with MicroSeal Permanent Fabric Protection. Get FREE CASH or FREE CLEANING through our Referral Rewards Program!!

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Aug
01
2018

Spot and Spill Procedures

Make sure that you safely and immediately clean up spots and spills before they set.

Scoop up or scrape the solids off of the carpet or rug.

Soak or blot up the excess liquid by blotting with a clean absorbent material. Do not brush or scrub the stain.

Always work from the edge of the spot inwards.

Then spot clean with a WoolSafe-approved spotter www.woolsafeusa.
org/consumer products or mild liquid laundry detergent solution mixed 1/2 teaspoon with 1-quart water. Apply small quantities at a time, applied to a cloth, NOT directly to the spot; work into the spot with a small brush or sponge.

Do not over wet. Blot dry until most of the moisture has been absorbed and color is no longer visible on the towel.

Rinse area thoroughly with a mixture of 6-parts water to one part white distilled vinegar. Avoid wetting the rug’s backing.

Dry completely. A fan or cool hair dryer can be used to speed up the drying process.

Some stains or animal contamination you may find impossible to remove completely in which case the assistance of a professional may be required.

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Jun
13
2018

How to treat a pet stain...

STEP 1. Cover spill with WHITE napkin or paper towels. DO NOT use colored paper! It might transfer onto the carpet. Be sure to use a THICK stack to absorb as much of the spot as possible.

STEP 2. Blot by stepping on the stack of towels. REPEAT THIS PROCESS UNTIL NO TRANSFER TAKES PLACE. DO NOT RUB!!!

STEP 3. Apply Spotting Agent. Warning: DO NOT use spot removers that you get at the grocery store! They leave a sticky residue behind and may discolor your carpet. Get a bottle of Home Pro Spotter Free from Van's Carpet Cleaning with cleaning.

STEP 4. REPEAT Steps 1 & 2. If the spot does not come out, DO NOT attempt any further action, as you may set the spot and/or damage your carpet. Instead, call us immediately at 352.669.1540. If it is after hours, keep it moist until morning by misting a little more solution or water. Leave a voice mail and we will contact you immediately the next business day.

PET SPOTS:

Only use Pet Spotter on pet spots. Urine turns to “alkaline” from being exposed to oxygen. Pet Spotter is designed to neutralize urine salts.

GET YOUR CARPET CLEANED AS SOON AFTER A PET SPOT AS POSSIBLE!

Even when you do a great job cleaning the spot, urine salts can still be left behind which will be discolor your textile and collect odor causing bacteria. 

Warning: DO NOT use over the counter spotters for urine. They are not designed to neutralize the urine salts.

May
24
2018

Helping Water Clean Better

Water is a great cleaner. But just like you, sometimes it needs a little help...H2O is a fantastic liquid. It is useful for manufacturing, transportation, firefighting, energy production, cooking, agriculture, recreation and of course, drinking. Water also has some unique qualities that make it an excellent cleaner.

Water is a polar molecule, meaning it has both positively and negatively charged sides. Without going into too much chemistry here, this means that water can attract and surround a great variety of substances. Think about everything that water can dissolve or dilute and you begin to understand why water is referred to as the “universal solvent.” But water can’t dissolve everything. Dirt and grime usually adhere to skin, clothing, and other surfaces by combining with body oils, cooking fats, lubricating greases, and similar substances. Because these substances don’t mix with water, washing with water can’t remove them or the bonded soil. Sometimes it needs a little help. Here are some ways that we can help water clean better.

  • Emulsification
    Detergent and soap molecules have a dual nature. One end of the molecule called the head attracts to water; the other end, the tail, attracts to oily soils. The tails attach to the soil; the heads remain in the water. This action breaks the oil and soils into tiny soap-enclosed droplets called micelles, which disperse throughout the solution. The micelles repel each other because of their charged surfaces, so the oils can’t join together once separated. This process of separating and suspending oils in a water-based solution is called emulsification. With the oil no longer bonding the dirt to the soiled surface, the soap-enclosed oils and soils can easily be rinsed away.
  • Water softeners
    Hard water contains minerals, primarily calcium and magnesium dissolved from rock and soil as water passes through the earth. Hard water is a problem because it reduces the effectiveness of soaps and detergents. Detergents react with calcium and magnesium, so it takes more detergent to get the job done. The hard water reaction with soaps is what creates the sticky residue called soap scum. Water softeners remove calcium and magnesium, increasing the effectiveness of cleaners. Soft water cleans better, rinses better and allows you to use less soap or detergent.
  • Temperature
    Heat reduces the surface tension of water, making it easier to penetrate and dissolve soils. Heat increases the effectiveness of soaps and detergents, so they work more efficiently. Hot water also helps melt and dissolve greases, oils, and waxes. All of this means that using hot water makes cleaning easier and allows you to use less detergent.
  • pH
    One way to help water clean better is by adjusting its pH. Pure water has a neutral pH, neither acidic nor alkaline. By adding cleaning agents, we can change the pH of water. Since most common soils are acidic, most detergents are alkaline. When an alkaline detergent contacts an acidic soil, the soil is neutralized. In most cases, this results in more efficient cleaning, easier rinsing, and less scrubbing.
  • Saponification
    Saponification is a process that changes natural fats and oils into soap. Many years ago, people made their own soap by combining animal or vegetable fats with lye, a strong alkali. Similarly, using an alkaline detergent has a similar effect on fats and food oils, basically turning them into soap, which can then be rinsed away with water.

Of course, there is more to cleaning than what we have discussed here. For best results, you need the right tools, techniques, training, and experience. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a chemist or engineer to keep your house clean and healthy. Following manufacturer instructions on appliances and cleaning products generally yields good results.

When it comes to professional carpet and textile cleaning, you can be confident that your educated and experienced Van’s Carpet Cleaning technicians will use the right cleaning agents, equipment, and techniques to produce fantastic results with “plain old” water!

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What Others Say

I was so pleased with the service of Vans Carpet Cleaning. They showed up on time, made follow-up calls, were very pleasant to deal with, and my 3 vintage area rugs now look new again! They even send out a thank you card AND a box of gourmet brownies!! This company is a model all other businesses should follow...would definitely recommend Vans to anyone wanting a perfect job well done.

Barbara H

I am very impressed how all my carpets came so clean & smells just like new again. I had a dog very sick & even though I kept spot cleaning after her, the stains kept getting worse. I thought my carpet was ruined. Now, they are so clean, it looks like I’m moving in my house again. It’s wonderful! Thank you so very much!

Lisa Looper - Eustis, FL

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