Monthly Archives: October 2014

How to Remove Upholstery Stains

With everyone enjoying the outdoors during the summer, they are sure to have tracked some dirt onto the family couch at one point or another. Cleaning up these messes can be a difficult task with the variety of cleaning products out on the market, the material of the upholstery, and what caused the stain. Improper cleaning can lead to worsening the stain or ruining the furniture altogether. Here is a list of tips to follow to give you a better understanding of proper fabric cleaning procedures when you take on your next house cleaning in the Princeton area.

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Preparation:

Before you start, remove the cushions and decorative covers. Next you will want to vacuum all areas of the furniture to make sure there is no dirt that will be spread during the washing process.

Investigate:

Find out what caused the stain. If it was caused by food, drinks or dirt, steaming cleaning will most likely get the stains out. If caused by an oil-based element, you will need to purchase chemical-based cleaners. Next you will want to find the tag on the furniture to find out what cleaning method the company recommends using. Tags that read “W” it means you can use water-based products without damaging the fabric. An “S” means you will need a water-free solvent, which if not used properly may cause further damage. If the tag has “WS,” “SW,” or “X” on it, we recommend having one of our professionals take care of the stain as there is a greater degree of risk involved in the cleaning process.

Cleaning:

Now that you have identified the type of stain and the best way to attack it, you can finally get to work. For the easier to remove stains, you can rent or buy a steam cleaner that will lift the markings out with ease. If you have to use chemicals to treat the areas, be sure to test it in a hidden area first to make sure you do not add to the problem. After the stains have been lifted, make sure to let it completely dry before returning the cushions to the couch.

While cleaning upholstery may seem like a simple thing to do, there are many factors that go into it. If you are leery of doing the process yourself and looking at house cleaning companies in Princeton, give the experts at Minch Professional Cleaning Services a call today.

Cleaning Tips to Keep Spiders Away

Halloween is a time when people start putting up spooky decorations and faux spider-webs to create that haunted atmosphere. You should not have to worry about real cobwebs when you are putting up the fake ones. Not only are the real webs an eyesore, but they are, or once were, the home to an eight-legged intruder.

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Along with wanting the peace of mind that you will not find a spider dangling over you while you sleep, there are other reasons to take down these nests. Since the webs are incredibly sticky, as anyone who has ever walked through one will tell you, the silk will trap pollen, dust, and the remains of the spider’s last meal. They also are a fire threat as the web is very flammable. For those doing some house cleaning in Bucks County, here are tips on how to get rid of those pesky cobwebs.

Do Research

Although it is unlikely, before you begin cleaning make sure that the spider in your house is not poisonous. If it is one of the few poisonous spiders of known to live in the area, it is recommended that you contact an exterminator before proceeding.

Clean the Walls

The first step to creating spider-free house is to remove all the existing webs. Begin by using either the extension nozzle on a vacuum or a duster to remove the silk from the walls. Next you should scrub down the areas where a nest was to ensure there are no remnants.

Furniture Polish with Lemon

Two interesting facts about spiders: their taste-buds are on their feet; they do not like citrus flavors. After you have finished cleaning the webs off the wall, wipe the area down with furniture polish that contains lemon oil. In doing so, you will help deter spiders from returning to those problems areas.

Spider Patrol

After removing their homes, it is important to make sure that these pests are not still wandering about your home. You should also make sure there are no other insects dwelling in the house, as these are what attracted the spiders in the first place. Cutting off their food supply and you will stop the influx of spiders.

Defense

Now that the spiders have been removed from the house, it is time to keep them out. You should seal off any cracks or openings in the doors and windows to prevent the spiders from walking in as the temperatures begin to drop.

If you follow these steps, the only cobwebs you will be cleaning up in the future are the ones you put up. For homeowners with arachnophobia that are looking at house cleaning services in Princeton to do the dirty work, give us a call today.