Monthly Archives: August 2015

Our Favorite Carpet Stain Removal Tricks

Spills happen! We’d love to encounter the person who has never accidentally overturned a glass of red wine, open bottle of ketchup or blue-raspberry Italian ice onto someone’s nice, light-colored carpet. Our professional cleaning service in Bucks County specializes in removing the evidence of these embarrassing accidents, but perhaps you’d like to give it a shot yourself. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite tips for getting stubborn stains out of carpets, whether they’re the result of an exaggerated gesture at a dinner party or just come from the regular wear and tear of daily life.

1)      Blot your stains rather than rubbing at them. This is definitely a time-consuming technique, but with the help of chemical cleaning agents and solvents, can be made less so. Rubbing at a stain may logically seem like a faster way to detach any pigmentation from carpet fibers, but will actually spread the staining substance both deeper and further outward. The best approach to take is to use a cleaning substance appropriate to the color and material of your carpet and gently blot at the stain with a little pressure, moving to a new, clean part of your cloth every few blots. Be sure to blot from the outside of the stain inwards, so the stain won’t spread.

2)      Keep shaving cream, soda water and vinegar in your carpet-cleaning arsenal.  You probably have most of these items around anyway, so why not put them to use before investing in new cleaning supplies? Shaving cream can be applied right to the stain and allowed to set for a half hour, after which you can blot it, with the stain, right off. Similarly, club soda can be blotted onto a stain with a cloth to remove it; a mixture of one part vinegar and one part water can be used to the same effect.

3)      Get your stains before they have a chance to dry, but don’t give up on old carpet stains. Your chances of completely removing a stain are much better if you get to it before it has a chance to dry and fully integrate itself into carpet fibers. That being said, don’t throw in the towel if you encounter an old stain – many stains can be removed even if they seem to have become a fixture. Good old baking soda and vinegar may do the trick in many cases; try spreading baking soda over the expanse of the stain, then spray down with a mixture of 50/50 vinegar/water. Let it sit for a few hours, then scrub it with a stiff brush. Vacuum that up on carpet mode, and enjoy your fresh “new” carpet!

4)       Get your carpet deep-cleaned. Deep-cleaning a carpet more or less fills carpet fibers with cleaning solution, agitates the material, then uses water pressure to extract the solution – along with dirt, grime and stain-causing substances. There’s simply no way to remove stains as thoroughly through blotting alone. You can invest in a deep carpet cleaner, but why not let the pros take care of it? At Minch Professional Cleaning, our deep cleaning services are affordable and take away the time and stress involved in doing it yourself.

Caring for Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are a much-desired amenity in a home, and for good reason – they add value and a certain elegant appeal to any kitchen, and are a durable material that will remain beautiful for years with proper care. At Minch Professional Cleaners, our employees are all thoroughly trained in the unique cleaning procedures that must be taken in order to preserve the beauty of your granite tabletops and other fixtures. While our professional cleaning service in Bucks County and surrounding regions will take excellent of all your home’s unique fixtures, we’ve compiled some tips to help you maintain the longevity and luster of your granite tabletops on your own as well!

Perform Daily Care

The best way to make sure that your granite countertop stays as shiny as the day it was installed is to make sure you clean it daily. Luckily, granite is relatively low-maintenance as a material, so it shouldn’t take very long – all you need is warm water and a little bit of dish soap or detergent (use antibacterial if you often use it for food prep of raw meat, eggs or other foods that can contain contaminants). You can wipe the countertop down with a soft cloth or paper towel, but avoid scraping at any “stuck” stains with steel wool or another abrasive material, so that you don’t risk scratching the surface (although granite is very durable and should be scratch-resistant). In addition, although well-sealed granite should repel most fluids, make sure to take care of spills quickly, just in case.

Beware of Hot-Bottomed Dishes and Pans

Stone can warp or change color after repeated exposure to very hot temperatures, and you should be sure to put down protection before placing a hot item on your granite countertops.

Use Degreasers for Heavy-Duty Cleaning

If you’ve neglected your countertops for a bit too long, be sure to invest in a quality stone degreaser made specifically for granite. These products will dissolve dirt and grime without also causing damage to the stone beneath, allowing your granite countertop to be restored to its former glory with relative ease.

Stone poultices/powders are also available to get rid of deep oil stains, but can take off the top layer, thus diminishing the shine. However, marble polish can then be used to restore the gleam.

Remember to Reseal Your Countertops Periodically

Granite isn’t the most porous material, but after some time it can definitely end up absorbing liquids, which leads to discoloration. Luckily it’s relatively easy to reseal a granite tabletop; you can ask your tabletop supplier or a home improvement store for the right type of sealant, which is simply poured on your deep-cleaned countertop, allowed to penetrate the surface for 5 or 10 minutes, then buffed dry and left untouched for 12 hours or more.

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