Clean Your Carpet for the Holidays: Part 2

7553195_SThe final part of the process of cleaning your carpet actually happens after the
cleaning company leaves. You should make sure your carpet is dry within 24 hours
at the longest or you may run into mold problems.

During the summer, this is not hard – a few fans and leaving the windows open and
you’re done. The story is different in the winter. Cooler weather can
create challenges unless you take a strategic approach to drying.

To begin, turn your heat up a few degrees and change the fan on your thermostat
from auto to on. This will ventilate your home as you dry the carpet. Any other fans
that vent to the outside, such as your range and bathroom fans, can also be turned
on to help. You may want to open a few windows also if it’s not too cold.

The next step is turning on any ceiling fans and placing portable fans in corners
where air-flow is limited. If you rented a professional blower from your carpet
cleaner, move it around to catch the damp patches.

Check out any transitions from carpeting to hard surfaces. The leftover dampness
can make adjacent hard surface floors slippery. Remember also that your shoes are
wet on the bottom, and watch for slipping. If you have pets, cover any furniture in
danger from damp paws.

With these efforts, you should have a dry carpet in 12-18 hours. Then you can relax,
move your furniture back where it belongs, and start planning for the holidays!

Clean Your Carpet for the Holidays: Part 1

Screen Shot 2013-11-10 at 3.18.13 PMThe holidays are approaching quickly, and one step you can take to
prepare your home is a professional carpet cleaning. The following ideas will help
you prepare for a good cleaning experience.

Do you know of a reputable carpet cleaning firm? You can’t rely on advertisements
or well-known names. Ask for recommendations from family and friends and check
with the Better Business Bureau.

See what type of equipment they use. Look for a truck-mounted system that uses
heat and water rather than soap for a better result. Also make sure they have a
blower available for rent to help get your carpeting dry faster.

Before the cleaners arrive, spend some time preparing your home. Remove all
light pieces of furniture and any fabric such as curtains from the surface of your
carpeting. (For curtains, just pin them up or gently tie them together so they are
not touching the floor.) For any wood pieces too heavy to move, place wax paper or
plastic squares under the legs so that your wood stains don’t shift to your carpeting
because of the hot water. Make sure to note any spots to let the cleaners know when
they arrive.

Any pets should be placed out of the way. Truck-mounted equipment requires an
open door, and pets may also be startled by the noise and the process.

Check to make sure they will take the form of payment you want to use, and expect
to pay right after the service. Generally fans are rented for one day at about $20
each.

Having your carpets cleaned is a bit of work, but well worth the effort when you can
entertain with floors that look like new.

How to Get Eggnog Out of Your Carpet

This is the time of year when eggnog is especially popular.  Sometimes accidents happen and they tend to be more prone to happen when there are holiday parties and gatherings.  Below are a few tips just in case you end up having to clean eggnog out of your carpet this season.

  • Use a non-flammable spot removal solution or dry cleaning solvent.  Do not directly pour solution onto the carpet.
  • Use a detergent solution by mixing ¼ teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent solution per one cup of lukewarm water.  Never use a stronger concentration.
  • Do not use a laundry detergent.
  • Rinse solution thoroughly to remove all residues.  You may have to rinse several times to achieve this.  Lukewarm tap water can be used for rinsing.
  • Using a vinegar solution by mixing one cup of white vinegar per two cups of water
  • Make sure to soak up all of the excess water when you’re finished cleaning

Always be sure to check with your manufacturer’s cleaning suggestions or consider calling a professional if you are unsure.  We hope you have a great holiday season, filled with a lot of celebrating and less cleaning!

Refrigerator Water Filters

Replacing refrigerator water filters

It's a real joy and a terrific cost savings to have fresh, cold, great-tasting water coming through the dispenser on the fridge. However, it's also important for homeowners to replace the water filter as recommended to assure that family members are drinking safe, filtered water.

For refrigerators that come with built-in water filters, you will find the filters located either inside the refrigerator compartment or behind the grill at the bottom of the refrigerator. Inline water filters will be located in the water line leading up to the refrigerator, usually directly behind the refrigerator.

Different refrigerator brands have different water filters, but all of them operate similarly. They consist of a cartridge which contains carbon (activated charcoal). Some will also include a fiber filter. The water flows through the cartridge where it is filtered to remove chemicals and contaminants in the water.

Refrigerator water filters are great at doing what they're designed to do, but if they are not replaced on schedule, it can actually be worse than not having a filter at all. It's important to note that these filters need to be replaced based on both usage or time, whichever comes first. If your refrigerator has a built-in filter it is likely that the controls will have a display with a warning light that will let you know that it is time to replace the filter.

Refrigerator Controls

The flow meter will cause the display to light up when the maximum recommended water volume has passed through the filter, or at the end of six months. For inline filters, you will not have a flow meter so you should replace the filter if you notice that the water tastes bad or has discolored, or at a minumum every six months.

For answers to all your appliance questions consult the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply Co.

Arizona Wholesale Supply Co.
Phoenix 602 258-7901, Scottsdale 480 596-0092, Tucson 520 795-4663
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How To Remove Easter Egg Dye From Your Carpet

Can you believe that Easter Sunday is this week?  It seems as if the year is flying right by!  We’d like to share some useful information with you just in case you or someone in your family dropped some Easter egg dye on the carpet.  Happy Easter!

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.

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.