Cleaning Tips and Hints

Cleaning Tips and Hints

Carpet Spot and Stain Removal Tips

It is important to be aware that particular stains on particular carpets cannot be satisfactorily treated. Stains such as pet stains, drinks and food containing colourings can generally be lightened but are extremely difficult to remove completely.

  • Attend to a carpet stain as quickly as possible to deter stain from settling.
  • Soak up any excess fluid with towelling or paper hand towel.
  • Scoop any solid matter from carpet with suitable implement.
  • When using chemical pre-treat on a small inconspicuous area of carpet making sure to follow manufacturers label instruction and dilution notes carefully.
  • A blotting action from the outside of the stain towards the centre is the most effective option rather than scrubbing or brushing.
  • If any colour transfer occurs from carpet to cloth, STOP! And call a cleaning expert.

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Coffee, Tanning, Berry, Red Wine, Fruit Juice and Urine Stains

  • Using Coffee Break pre-test for colour fastness. 
  • Apply undiluted to affected areas and allow to stand for 2 minutes
  • Lightly agitate with gloved fingers then sponge or extract.
  • Apply small amounts of Browning Treatment to reduce final traces. 
  • These spotters must be rinsed, extracted and neutralised from carpets.

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Ink, Paint, Oil, Tar Stains

Grease Release is used to soften or release stain or soiling material from carpet fibre, allowing any excess to be scooped off with a spatula. To use:

  • apply full strength to stain by swabbing. 
  • Work the stain from the edges towards the centre to loosen, then blot up with towelling. 
  • Finally rinse and blot or extract.

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Rust Stains

  • Pre-test carpets for colour fastness. 
  • Apply neat to rust and agitate with a cloth such as towelling until rust disappears. 
  • Rinse with water. There is no need to use any neutralising chemicals.

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Water Marks, Browning, Berry, Mercurochrome, Gentian Violet

  • Dilute Browning Treatment 1 part to 5 parts water and test for colour fastness.
  • Apply diluted solution with a trigger pack to affected area.
  • Agitate to assist penetration and even out application. Do not rinse.
  • Where browning is severe a second application may be necessary.

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Blood, Faeces, Vomit Stains and Food Spills

  • Pre-test carpet for colour fastness. 
  • Apply Sensation to area to be treated using label instructions. 
  • Wash stain from outside towards the centre. 
  • Rinse thoroughly when complete.

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For a multitude of Stains

  • Test for colour fastness.
  • Scrape off any excess deposit.
  • Spray Unbelievable onto cloth and apply to stain. Leave for a few seconds.
  • Using a  clean, wet cloth or sponge wipe gently working from the circumference of the stain into the centre.
  • Rinse with damp cloth to remove all stain residue.

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Neutralising Odours due to Urine, Faeces, Vomit and Other Organic Soils

  • Remove as much excess soil as possible by absorbing onto disposable towelling.
  • Spray undiluted product on the soiled area.
  • Gently work Fabrisan into soiled area.
  • Remove excess with blotting cloth and allow to dry.
  • Vacuum after drying to remove any residue.
  • Suitable for use in flood and water damage situations.

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Floor Stripping

  • Dust mop, sweep or vacuum floor area to remove any dust, dirt or grit.
  • Dilute stripping emulsion in water according to manufacturers specifications.
  • Mop onto area liberal amounts of solution to begin the stripping process.
  • Allow stripper to soak on floor for up to 5 minutes, making sure it does not dry.
  • Scrub floor thoroughly using a swing buff machine or an auto scrubber fitted with black or high performance pads, depending on polish build up.
  • Manually strip edges, corners and anywhere the machine cannot reach with a doodle bug fitted with black or hi-pro pads.
  • Pick up all of the solution with a clean mop, wet vacuum or auto scrubber.
  • Thoroughly clean floor with clean water using mop and bucket or auto scrubbing machine. The addition of a neutralizing chemical at this point is also recommended.
  • Allow floor to completely dry.
  • Check for any area that may require further stripping.
  • Wash, clean and store equipment.

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Floor Polish Applications

  • Either strip or cut back floor area to be coated and allow to thoroughly dry.
  • Thoroughly buff floor using brush or red pad.
  • Sweep or vacuum to remove any dust from floor.
  • Apply undiluted base coat or 1st coat of polish using a clean poly cotton mop or polish fringe.
  • Allow 20 – 30 minutes drying time depending on condition.
  • Apply 2 – 3 further coats of polish as required.

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 Polished Floor Maintenance

  • Dust, mop or sweep to remove any dust or dirt from floor.
  • Mop or auto scrub floor with a neutral detergent to manufacturers specifications.
  • Maintain floor gloss by spray buffing with a red pad and periodic recoating of polish.

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