How to Clean a Microfiber Couch

Microfiber couches are incredibly comfy and stain-resistant but unfortunately, they don’t hide dirt very well. Although some darker colors help the dirt blend in (hiding it until you’re ready to clean it), lighter shades tend to show every bit of dirt and grime. This is especially troublesome if you have children, pets, or you’re plain old clumsy. It’s important that you learn how to furniture clean a microfiber couch properly because due to the fabric’s unique properties, you won’t be able to treat it like any other couch. So gather up a vacuum with a brush attachment, rubbing alcohol, a clean white sponge, and a clean white brush, and we’ll teach you how to clean a microfiber couch!

Although you can often simply remove your cushions’ covers and machine wash them, you will need another method to clean the arms and frame of the sofa. The first thing you should do is check the tag or care manual. Not all microfiber upholstery cleaning can be treated the same way, so it is vital that you read the information that came with the couch when you bought it. If you see a “W” on the tag, that means it is okay to use water.

What’s that? Yes, I said you can only use water if the tag approves it. Strange, I know.

One of the trickiest things about learning how to furniture clean a microfiber couch is dealing with the fact that you can rarely use water, a primary ingredient in most other types of cleaning. Even though they’re stain-resistant, most microfiber couches will be left with a watermark if you try to clean them with water. And even if you get that written go-ahead, use water and cleaning solutions sparingly (never soak or saturate the furniture).

If you can’t find a tag and don’t have a manual, be sure to at least test your planned cleaning method in an inconspicuous spot. As they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Now let’s get to it!

How to Clean a Microfiber Couch

1. Vacuum the couch first to remove all of that loose dirt, dust, and hair. A brush attachment works very well for this.

2. Spray rubbing alcohol on the sullied spots. Rubbing alcohol is a great alternative to water because it evaporates quickly and won’t soak the fabric.

3. Using a white, clean scrub sponge, rub the area with vigor. Although you can use the sponge side, the scrubbing side of the sponge will work best. It is important that the sponge is white so that it won’t transfer any of its color to the fabric. You could also use a sponge that is the same color as your couch. As you work, feel free to check out all the grime building up on the now-dirty side of the sponge, just to see how well the method is working.

4. When all of the dirt and grime is gone, stop and let the couch dry. Since you used rubbing alcohol, it shouldn’t take very long.

5. After all that rough rubbing, you may notice that the microfiber is flattened in certain areas. To fluff it back up again, use a clean brush with soft, white bristles to fluff up those little fibers.

Again, please be sure to do a test patch before you clean your entire couch. This is especially important when upholstery cleaning for couches with dark fabrics, like reds and browns, which may not react well with the rubbing alcohol.

Enjoy your clean couch!

Tile Cleaning – Keep Your Tile Floors Looking Clean and New

CARPETCLEANING202Are you tired of taking a shower, feeling fresh and clean, only to step onto grimy looking tile floors? Do you keep postponing that dinner party because your kitchen floor looks dingy and dirty? Here are some tips on tile cleaning that will help you feel confident in your spotless, beautiful home.

Floor in need of tile cleaning

You may already have some household items lying around that can help you in your tile cleaning efforts, so all those streaks and spots don’t have to be an embarrassing eye sore when you have company over. For easy tile cleaning, you can use things like pencil erasers, to clean black scuffs left by tennis shoes or high-heels. Lighter fluid also works great to remove black marks or other scuffs left by shoes. Lighter fluid can also be used to remove dark stains from any porcelain tile you have in your bathroom.

If you have vinegar and ammonia at home, you can use these two household items tile cleaning your bathroom floor, or the tile around your sink and in your shower. If you have ceramic tile in your house, you can use lemon juice to brighten up the look of your tiles as the acid in the lemon juice helps removes excess grime. If you have marble tile, be sure to never use lemon juice, as the acid is too harsh for cleaning marble tile.

For cleaning the tile surrounding your fire place, you’ll want to combine lemon juice with a bit of salt. The salt helps to loosen the soot that smoke can leave. If you have areas in your kitchen that are greasy from cooking, you can clean this tile by mixing some club soda with water and scrubbing. Hydrogen peroxide also works great to clean tile. You can remove nail polish stains, coffee, tea or juice stains with hydrogen peroxide as well.

Dirty Grout

Of course, tile cleaning will all be in vain if your grout is still dark and dirty looking. When you are cleaning your tile, you need to be sure and change your water or other cleaning liquids frequently, as the dirt you remove from your tiles, will end up getting stuck in your grout. Grout is very porous and absorbs dirt and grime easily. In order to maintain clean looking grout, you’ll need to use a bleach solution, mixed with water. Make sure to wear gloves and take precaution to avoid getting the bleach solution on your skin or in your eyes. When using bleach to clean, always make sure the area you are cleaning is well ventilated.

Keep in mind these tips are for cleaning new tile with minor stains and grime. If the tile in your home is old, or the grout is very badly discolored, you will need a professional to clean your tile floors. We at Allbrite Carpet Cleaning are experts on carpet cleaning not only carpeted floors, but tile floors and grout as well. We also specialize in cleaning your upholstery and in scotch guarding your carpets and upholstery. Once you have had your tile professionally cleaned by us at AllBrite Carpet Cleaning, using these simple tips to maintain your shiny, sparkling tile will be easy.

How to Treat a Paint Stain on Carpet

CARPETCLEANING201Maybe you were painting your bedroom and a few dripping drops escaped your notice . . . Maybe your daughter busted out her paint set and decided to color a portion of the rug . . . Maybe your freshly painted chairs weren’t quite dry when you moved them back into the carpeted living room . . . Whatever the situation, if you have a paint stain on carpet, we’re here to help! However, we must note first that the success of the process will depend not only on your carpet cleaning technique but also on the type of paint, its color, and the amount of time it has spent on your carpet thus far. With that in mind, read on and try to find the solution that best fits the paint stain on carpet in your home.

FOR ALL PAINT . . .
Act fast! If paint dries, it will often permanently stain the carpet. Then, contain the spill by surrounding it with absorbent cloths or paper towels. Blot up as much of the paint as you can (taking care not to rub it further into the carpet fibers). Before you apply any harsh cleaning solutions or chemicals, test them in an inconspicuous area. At the end, if there are a few bits of dried paint left that won’t come out, feel free to cut them off with a razor or scissors.

FOR ACRYLIC PAINT . . .
Apply glycerin to the stain and blot up. Then, remove the leftover residue with rubbing alcohol. Go back over the remaining stain with a mild detergent and water. Clean up the paint with a sponge and vacuum dry.
FOR OIL-BASED PAINT . . .
Act quickly because most oil paints will permanently stain carpet if left on too long. You’ll need to use turpentine or mineral spirits to remove the paint stain on carpet. If the paint has dried, try to stick with turpentine. Apply the liquid and blot up with paper towels. Then, blot the area with rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining chemical residue. Finally, go back with a mild detergent and water and clean what’s left of the stain with a sponge.

FOR LATEX PAINT . . .
Blot up as much paint as possible. Then, make a carpet cleaning solution by mixing about a teaspoon of a neutral detergent (one that contains no alkalies or bleaches) and one cup of warm water. Apply this to the stain and blot up as much paint as possible. Repeat the method until the stain is gone.
FOR WATER-BASED PAINT . . .
Blot up as much paint as possible. Then, continue blotting using a bit of water or vinegar. Finally, add a mild detergent or dish soap, blot, and rinse with water. Take care not to use too much water or the stain with spread.
THE PAINT IS DRY . . .
If the paint has dried, first try to remove as much of the stain as possible by scraping at it with a razor blade, butter knife, or something similar. Then, spray on some WD-40 and let it sit for 20 minutes. Blot the area and remove any bits of loose paint (with your hands or a pair of tweezers). Then, clean the area with a neutral detergent and rinse with water. Blot up any excess liquid.

AN ENTIRE PAINT CAN SPILLED!
Soak up as much paint as possible with rags, then cover the paint stain on carpet with very damp towels so that it won’t dry up. Keep the stain wet as you call a trusted carpet cleaning company. They should be able to clean it with their professional equipment, but if the situation is too dire, you may have to replace that section of your carpet.

Take Care When Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors can be a gorgeous feature in your home, one that you will want to protect. To keep your hardwood floors clean and looking like new, it is critical to know how to properly clean them without causing any further damage. For instance, mopping a hardwood floors like a sailor would swab the deck – slopping around tons of water and suds- is the number one no-no. Any amount of excess water on hardwood floors can cause discoloration, swelling and cracking. You can protect against this kind of damage by giving your floor a coat of polyurethane clear finish, but it’s still important to keep liquids off the wood. Here are some other tips for how to safely clean your hardwood floors.

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Just say no to shoes. The majority of dirt and grime found on floors is tracked in on your shoes. So, an excellent way to limit your cleaning chores is to stop the dirt at the door. Kindly request that your guests remove their shoes before making themselves at home. Shoes, especially high heels, can also leave dents and scratches behind. If you’re thinking this is too much to ask, then be sure to use plenty of rugs, mats and runners in high traffic areas.

Streamline your cleaning process by first dusting your floor with a soft mop that’s been treated with a dusting agent to pick up dust, dirt, pet hair and other particles that could scratch the surface of the floor. We know the word “swiffer” just came to your mind, but we must advise that these disposable mop cloths can still allow what they collect to scrape the floor. Higher quality dust mops are thicker and softer, preventing the scratches. For periodical cleaning you can use a vacuum with a floor-brush attachment or an electric broom. We must also warn you not to use a vacuum with a traditional beater bar, which can scratch your floor’s finish.

Tougher grime can build up over time and can’t always be removed by a weekly dust mopping. For occasional deep cleaning, use a wood-specific cleaning product and dilute it according to the label instructions. You could also mix a bit of white vinegar with warm water (no more than a cap full of vinegar to a gallon of water) for deep cleaning. Saturate a sponge or rag mop with the mixture and then wring it out so it is almost completely dry and feels damp to the touch. Damp-mop the floor and rinse with a clean damp mop, but only if the cleaning product suggests it. If the weather is humid like it often is here in Charlotte, turn on your ceiling fan or air-conditioner to speed up the drying process.

Serious Business: Stains and Spills
Once you have beautiful hardwood floors, your goal is to keep from having to refinish it, which can be necessary after large stains— especially water stains. Any spill should be wiped up immediately, but if you wind up with a stain or mark on your hardwood floors, here’s what you can do:

Crayon marks and oil spills: freeze the area with an ice pack, then gently scrape off the wax or hardened oil with a credit card
Burns and scuff marks: use a very small amount or rubbing alcohol or a tiny dab of Mineral Spirits
Pet stains: apply an enzymatic wood-safe cleaner
Nail polish: use a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol or Mineral Spirits
Blood: Sponge it with cold water, if it’s tough then sponge it with a solution of ammonia and cold water.
If you do end up with a large stain or water damage, give us a call or send us an email and we will be happy to discuss your options for refinishing your hardwood floor.

One of the most important requirements of  hardwood floors is maintenance on regular basis. The hardwood floors at your place should be waxed and cleaned very often, if one desires a smoothness or shine for a long lasting and durable floor. If you are a person dealing with a hectic schedule then this task will turn out to be quite difficult for you. When it comes to cleaning a hardwood floors, AllBrite Carpet Cleaning delivers expert service you will grow accustomed to.

How Often Do You Need Your Commercial Carpets Cleaned?

Carpeting a commercial facility in New Jersey can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s a huge investment that facility managers want to protect – but only if they don’t need to rip it out and replace it!SlideShowCommercial

What’s the best way to give your carpet a longer, healthier life? Regular professional cleaning.

Too often we’re asked to clean carpets that are visibly soiled. We’re happy to help, of course, but by the time you see that your carpet is dirty, like in hallways and doorways, the dirt and grit has been there doing plenty of damage for quite some time. The time to clean is before it looks like it really needs it.

A regular schedule of commercial carpet cleaning – once every 6 months, for instance – can remove the visible dirt and the “hidden” dirt that can quickly erode your carpet. Getting rid of these culprits will improve the look of your floor and, more importantly, will make it more durable and extend its life.

Not only does cleaning freshen up the appearance of your carpet, but it also keeps the fibers from matting and crushing. This is the natural consequence of foot traffic, but commercial carpet cleaning will lift those fibers back where they’re supposed to be, and get all that dirt and grime that’s been matted down with it.

How often should you clean your carpet?

Everything that finds its way onto your carpet contributes to dulling its appearance, giving it a stale odor, and eroding the strength of its fibers. If you have any of the following being tracked in and through your commercial facility, you may need to have it cleaned every 4 to 6 months:

Winter salt from parking lots and walkways

Residual oils from car exhaust, factories, etc.

Fine dirt and grit that’s present on most outdoor surfaces

Sand from parking lots and certain types of production facilities

Chemicals used on grass and in manufacturing plants

What types of facilities need more frequent commercial carpet cleaning?

Facilities with high foot traffic, prepare food or that are open primarily to the elderly or very young will need carpet cleaning approximately every 3 months:

Restaurants

Daycare facilities

Nursing homes

Medical facilities

Retail stores

One final tip

You can reduce the frequency of commercial carpet cleaning somewhat by putting out protective floor mats around high-traffic locations and where food is prepared or eaten, like break rooms, water coolers, elevators and doorways.

Give AllBrite Carpet Cleaning a call and we can talk about a smart cleaning schedule that suits your type of facility and its traffic.

A Few Household Items That Can Ruin Your Carpet

Sometimes, try as we might, we can’t protect our carpet from common household accidents. Many stains are just too much for consumer products to handle. In addition, some do-it-yourself concoctions can make the situation worse. Enlisting the aid of a professional carpet cleaning service prevents the need to live with unsightly stains and smells or, worse yet, replace an entire room of carpeting.

Pet Urine

Cleaners are available for treating pet urine on your own, but they’re usually ineffective. Additionally, pets often leave their mark while you’re away from home. Cat urine stains and smells can be particularly difficult to remove. Professional carpet cleaning specialist use professional-strength cleaners and proprietary removal techniques that enable them to remove spots you just can’t get rid of on your own.

Hair Color

Coloring your own hair may help you save money at the salon, but even a few drips of hair dye can wreak havoc on your carpet. This is one of the hardest stains to remove, and will most likely require the expertise and commercial products only a carpet cleaning pro has at his or her disposal.

Bleach

While you can sometimes remove spots with the right products or DIY carpet cleaners, bleach is a different story. Spots can be removed, but bleach actually pulls color out of rugs and carpets for good. Fortunately, a carpet cleaning expert has the know-how and specialized dyes to color the whitened spot so it matches the rest of your carpet.

Harsh stains and discolorations aren’t necessarily the kiss of death for your carpeting. Call a carpet cleaning professional to save your carpet and a lot of money.

Cleaning Challenges of Cotton-Based Upholstery

Because it is sturdy, absorbent, easily dyed, soft and comfortable to touch, cotton is a popular choice for clothing and upholstery.

Cotton Clothing vs. Cotton Upholstery

Cotton upholstery is very different from your cotton T-shirt. In upholstery, cotton may be blended with other fibers that have different characteristics and dye systems. Often the fabric is made up of multiple layers and can be quite thick.

Like your clothing, all upholstery – including cotton – must be cleaned periodically for appearance and health. Furniture manufacturers recommend cleaning your upholstery every 12-24 months.

Cotton-Based Upholstery: Cleaning Challenges

Unlike cotton clothing, which in most cases can be washed without major problems, you have to be very careful when cleaning your cotton upholstery. This creates challenges when cleaning.
The thickness of cotton-based upholstery can lead to ripples and distortion to the fabric texture when cleaned by an inexperienced upholstery cleaning company.
Second, while most cotton clothing is designed to be washed in the laundry with lots of water, detergents and agitation, upholstery fabric is not. Lighter colored cotton upholstery may turn brown or yellow as the cellulose material in the cotton breaks down. Dyes may bleed or run. With some cleaning agents, cotton fabrics can actually degrade and become weak or even split.
There is also the potential that the fabric will shrink. This leads to cushion covers not fitting properly, skirts and dust ruffles curling or wrinkling and other similar problems. That’s why you should never remove cushion covers to launder them.

A Few Upholstery Cleaning Guidelines

Most cotton-based upholstery fabrics can be cleaned safely with the right equipment, cleaning agents and proper training. Follow these guidelines to get the best results.
1.Test
Before we start cleaning, we routinely to test the fabric for dye stability, browning and potential shrinkage, as well as inspect for other possible issues.
2.Be Gentle
In addition to low moisture and controlled pH, some upholstery fabrics require the gentle hand of an experienced upholstery cleaning technician to avoid damage.
3.Protect your Investment
A fabric protector application should follow every cleaning to keep the fabric cleaner longer and help resist permanent staining.

How can you tell which fabrics are problematic? It’s hard to know without experience and training. That’s why it is important to trust your upholstery cleaning needs to Fresh Start. We put experience to work to clean your upholstery, regardless of the fabric. Call us at (856) 764-7966 or click here to request an upholstery cleaning quote.

Furniture Cleaning: Medford Homeowners Ensure The Longevity Of Their Assets

ALLBRITE1204Whether you’ve just moved into your first apartment or have settled into what you hope will be your last house, the furniture you’ve chosen for your home isn’t just there for show or comfort — it reflects the sort of person you’ve become over your lifetime. We understand that emotional tie to furniture can run deep — and that’s why we recommend you take care of that furniture by getting it professionally cleaned.

You don’t buy furniture expecting it to fall apart quickly, but if you don’t take care of it, it won’t be around as long as you’d like. Ground-in dirt can damage upholstery the same way it wears on fibers in carpet, gradually but inexorably making the fabric weaker and weaker until it’s likely to tear from even the slightest stress. The biggest benefit of upholstery cleaning Medford homeowners can realize is the extension of the life of that fabric — meaning the furniture can provide you with comfort and function for years longer.

There’s only so much surface cleanings and home vacuum cleaners can accomplish; our highly-trained and experienced upholstery cleaners bring state-of-the-art equipment to bear on ground-in grime and grease, bringing your furniture back to near-new condition and making your entire home feel — and smell — cleaner. There’s nothing quite like a clean house, and professional furniture cleaning can amplify that effect and bring it to every room in your home — and every seat a guest might choose to take.

If you’d like to find out why we’ve become the professional furniture cleaning experts Medford homeowners recommend most to their friends and family, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you and finding ways to help you protect your furniture well into the future!

The Tile And Grout Cleaning Mount Laurel Recommends Most

ALLBRITE1203The tile floors in your home are the unsung workhorses; most people use their kitchens and bathrooms more than any other room in the house, and if you’ve got tile floor in any of these high-traffic spaces, you’re going to see the results of that traffic in the grout lines. As dirt, grease and grime find their way into the grout, those beautiful white lines begin to dull and their appeal diminish — it’s easy for even a relatively new tile floor to begin to look old.

Faced with the prospect of needing a serious tile and grout cleaning, Mount Laurel homeowners often turn to the most noxious smelling “grout cleaner” they can find at the hardware or big box store, hoping to see the improvement in color and shine depicted on the side of the bottle. Disappointment is quick, however; those store-bought “solutions” don’t do much to tackle the real problem of all that filth trapped inside the grout itself.

Our tile and grout cleaning professionals use the latest equipment and environmentally-aware techniques to take on dirty grout, utilizing a high-pressure hot water insertion and extraction process that gets into every crack and crevice, eliminating not only the dirt and soil you can see but also the germs and bacteria you can’t — a deep down, authentic cleaning process by trained professionals that brings professional results.

So don’t waste time and effort on grout cleaning products that don’t do what they advertise; look into a real tile and grout cleaning that can restore your tile floors to their original beauty — and bring back a clean look you might’ve thought was gone forever. When you’re ready to try the best professional tile and grout cleaning Mount Laurel has to offer, contact us today to set up an initial appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

For Special Event Residential Carpet Cleaning, Moorestown Chooses Us

ALLBRITE1202It’s your daughter’s birthday, and you’ve planned the most lovely party she could ever hope for. Or it’s a homecoming for your brother-in-law, who’s back in town for the first time in years. Maybe it’s your parents’ Golden Anniversary, and you’ve invited guests from states and even countries away to help them celebrate. Or maybe it’s time for that family reunion you’ve all been planning for years, and — best of all — you get to be the host!

Regardless of why they choose to get a deep down carpet cleaning Moorestown residents have been choosing us to take care of it for them for years. That’s because we understand that your house isn’t just the place where you make meals and sleep; your home is the stage you set for your life’s most wonderful moments, whether for friends or family. From the smallest, most intimate event to the largest to-do in town, your home is a reflection of you and your family, and one you always hope will represent you well.

That’s why starting with a thoroughly clean carpet has been the first step for in-home event planners for years; there’s nothing that feels more welcoming than a first step onto a perfectly clean carpet, and for young ones who will be closest to the floor, there’s no substitute for getting a professional carpet cleaning job done, and done well. It’s more than simply protecting your investment and extending the life of your carpet — it’s how you show visitors and guests that they’re valued.

When you’re ready to call the professional carpet cleaners Moorestown has come to know and trust over the years to take care of their most important investment — their home — call us! We’re looking forward to earning your business.

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