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Absolute Best Way to Clean any Type of Tile Flooring: Don't use Vinegar or Bleach!

Absolute Best Way to Clean any Type of Tile Flooring:

First A Quick Note of Caution: Vinegar and bleach are commonly used on porcelain or ceramic tile for the removal of stubborn mold and mildew stains and works great but for heavy soil grout lines a high alkaline cleaner works best. Also, beware if you use bleach or vinegar on a natural stone tile it will permanently etch and dull the stone so never use bleach or vinegar on a natural stone such as marble, travertine, or terrazzo.

1. Spray or Mop on Cleaning Agent


Use a High Alkaline Tile and Grout Cleaning product.
Mix your high alkaline cleaner according to the directions on the bottle (usually 2-3 oz. per gallon) then apply with a pump up sprayer or mop on liberally, allow a dwell time of 5 minutes.

A high alkaline cleaner will get even black heavily soiled tile and grout lines looking like new again, it will absolutely amaze you!

High alkaline cleaners are safe for both Ceramic and natural stones. There are a lot of good products out there and by checking the pH rating of those products will help you purchase a good one. For heavy soiled tile a pH of 9 or above will get great results.

One of my favorites is Pro's Choice Heavy Duty Pro-Clean.
I have personally used this product for years, it has a pH of 12 and is safe for any type of tile flooring both ceramic or natural stone.

Why use high alkaline? The higher the alkaline, the stronger the cleaning ability.


2. Scrub & Clean


Next, agitate the tiled areas with a scrub brush or floor machine.
Home Depot or an equipment rental store carries floor machines you can rent along with a brush attachment for tile and grout.

Another option is to purchase a Stand up Tile Grout Brush 


This is a great inexpensive investment to make your job easier. This type of brush will last for years and saves you from bending over on your hands and knees with a scrub brush; they are a real back saver!

3. Remove soil and cleaning solution


To remove the soil and cleaning solution, we use a truck mounted steam system with a spinner tool but you can also use a wet/dry vac, mop, or sponge when doing it yourself. Please keep in mind that removing the soil and cleaning agent can be difficult if it dries, so only work on small areas at a time to keep the solution from drying before you have a chance to get it up.

4. Rinse area thoroughly with water.
Repeat the rinsing process several times using a mop or other type of extraction process; you will want to get all of the soil and cleaning product off the flooring. Once this is done, allow the tile to dry.

5. Apply Sealer


After cleaning your tile, apply a grout sealer for ceramic tile or a penetrating sealer for natural stone tile.
Purchase a premium tile sealer and follow instructions on the back of the bottle, pretty easy to do.

Routine Cleaning & Maintenance
For routine cleaning & maintenance use a neutral tile cleaner with a pH of 7. This will keep your tile looking its best and will not harm the tile sealer you have applied. Mix the neutral cleaner according to instructions (usually 1-2 ounces to a gallon) mop on and rinse off with a clean damp mop. To keep your tile looking great I recommend a routine cleaning at least 1-3 times a week.


If you have any questions before starting your tile cleaning project feel free to give us a call and be sure to leave us your comments below on the results you achieved using our suggestions. We so look forward to hearing from you!

Carpet Renovations, Inc. | Tile Cleaning Service | (918) 437-1956 | Serving The Tulsa Area Since 1986!

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How to Repair a Cigarette Burn in Carpet in 5 Easy Steps

How to Repair a Cigarette Burn in Carpet in 5 Easy Steps


1. Start by cutting the burnt area out with a box knife using a new sharp blade.


2. Find a matching piece of carpet or take it from the corner of a closet then cut the piece to match.


3. Slip a small piece of seaming tape or drywall tape under the area to be patched.


4. Then using a hot glue gun and glue stick, apply a thick bead of glue under the carpet & onto the tape.


5. Now Insert your trimmed piece and apply a very slight amount of pressure to ensure adhesion.

Repair completed: What, where did it go? Can't even see it!

Learn better by observing, check out the video below;

Repairing a cigarette burn in carpet is one of the easier repairs to do, once you have mastered the technique you will have the confidence to move on to larger carpet repair projects. If you have any questions in regards to repairing a cigarette burn in your carpet or any other type of carpet repair, give us a call @ (918) 437-1956 we would be happy to help with your project.
Be sure to leave a comment below and let us know how your first cigarette burn repair went, we would love to hear from you!

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How to Repair a Hole, Burn, or Tear in Carpet

How to Repair a Hole, Burn, or Tear in Carpet

This technique will work for any type of carpet repair such as a cigarette burn, iron burn, holes of any size or torn carpet. You can also use this method on permanent stains in carpet, just cut the stain out and follow the steps below.

Items you will need: straight edge, square, or ruler, Glue gun & glue stick, drywall paper or seam tape, scissors, donar piece of carpet.
If you don't have extra matching carpet take a donar piece out of a closet in an area that wont be noticed.

1. Using a straight edge, square, or ruler cut out a square around the damaged area with a razor blade knife. Using a new blade make a nice clean cut all the way through the back side of the carpet on all 4 sides then remove the damaged section.

2. Cut to size a matching piece of carpet to replace the one you just took out. Cut all 4 sides making sure to get it nice and snug with no gaps, checking it several times as you make your cuts. Once you have the carpet cut to fit, set it aside till step 5.

3. Cut small strips of seaming tape or dry wall paper and place under the existing carpet and on top of the carpet cushion on all 4 sides. Do not glue directly to the carpet cushion, be sure to use the tape instead.

4. Using a hot glue gun put a thick bead of glue under the backside of the carpet onto the tape/paper on all 4 sides making sure it overflows leaving extra on the paper side for the new piece to go on top of.

5. Now take your donar piece of carpet and place inside the square matching all 4 sides of the backing together. Do not push down too hard or some of the glue may ooze out between the two carpet backings and get onto the carpet fibers, you don't want that.

Gently apply pressure with a book or other light flat object for just a few minutes until the glue sets.

After a few minutes the glue will set and your repair will be complete.

For larger areas such as tears or large burns just follow the same steps, the more practice you have the better you will get!

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Best TIPS on Removing Cat/Dog Urine (cheaply BUT effectively)

The first thing you will want to do is find yourself a good quality Ultra Violet Light. We recommend an easy to use UV flashlight, these are readily available online and my favorite thing is; no cumbersome cords to deal with.

Once you have obtained your UV light, turn off the lights and comb your home while marking each pet stain you find with a sticky note or something else such as blue painters tape, this way you can return to work on the spots one by one later. 

 Next thing is HOW to treat and sanitize these stains? Otherwise you’ll just see repeat offences in the very same spot if not eliminated correctly

Frustratingly for you, cats/dogs will continue to return to the “accident area” as long as they can smell their personal scent, even if you can’t smell a thing, they sure can. So, you must neutralize that odor, and failing to do so will render your re-training efforts useless. 

Cat/dog urine contains ammonia and proteins which bacteria will grow on. This is what causes the strong smell and the “attractive” scent to dogs/cats. Even if the stain has dried some time ago the smell will still linger but also serve to attract cats/dogs back. Following these tips will help you break this cycle and this little eco-system. It’s also worth noting that cleaning the area “thoroughly” using conventional methods like soap/detergent and water is usually not enough to remove traces of scent which although undetected by us, is certainly not by cats/dogs. This makes treating the stain to the point where you’re eliminating the traces of scent all the more critical. 

Remember, you can use these methods on BOTH wet and dry urine. Wet urine is fairly easy to spot, and remember that it won’t react to UV light. Dry urine on the other hand is almost invisible, and that’s where the UV flashlight comes into its own. In fact, it’s these dry stains that are usually the root cause to your particular problems. No matter how long they’ve been there for, a UV Light will show you each and every (dry) stain – new, old, or ancient.

 

 

#METHOD 1 

[NOTE: Always test on a small area and check to see if any discoloration occurs to your carpet, rug, furniture, etc. Bear in mind that sometimes cat/dog urine CAN in itself cause discoloration to certain materials, so check the stain and the surrounding areas before making the discoloration worse] 

Make up: 2 cups of white distilled vinegar, 2 cups of lukewarm water, 4 tablespoons of baking soda, and a spray bottle (optional)

(If stain is wet) Thoroughly blot up as much as possible. Fold up a rag or newspaper over it and place a heavy object on top. Stand on it if you have to. If the stain is dry leave this out

Mix 2 cups of white distilled vinegar with 2 cups of lukewarm water in a large bowl

Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda – it will fizz by the way!

Pour into a spray bottle and thoroughly spray the area. If you’re not using a spray bottle you can just pour over using the bowl

Let it sit for around 5-10 minutes, then gently rub and blot up with a soft cloth

FOR A DIRECT METHOD IF YOU’RE RUNNING OUT BAKING SODA:

After blotting any excess stain (wet), mix up the water and vinegar solution

Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the stained area

Pour the water and vinegar mix directly onto the baking soda. This will fizz and actively breakdown the stain

Blot and rub gently dry with a soft cloth after letting it sit for around 5-10 mins  

 

#METHOD 2 

[NOTE: Always test on a small area and check to see if any discoloration occurs to your carpet, rug, furniture, etc. Bear in mind that sometimes cat/dog urine CAN in itself cause discoloration to certain materials, so check the stain and the surrounding areas before making the discoloration worse] 

Get yourself: Paper towels or rags, cup of baking soda, half a cup 3% hydrogen peroxide, teaspoon of dish liquid, and a bowl

(This step is only if the stain is wet) Cover the stain with the paper towels or rags and place a heavy object on top. This so to absorb the excess liquid

Sprinkle a good handful of baking soda over the stain, or more as is necessary

Mix half a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide and one teaspoon of dish liquid

Slowly pour this mixture over the stain and the baking soda

You will want to work this mixture into the carpet fibers with a cloth or carpet brush,

allow a dwell time of around 10-15 minutes,

then vacuum the area thoroughly.

If the stain or odor persist you will want to repeat these steps. 

And there you have it! These methods actually work.  If you get a chance please leave a comment below

And let us know how this worked for you. Also if you have any other tips or tricks on removing pet urine stains and odors please share with everyone in the comment section below!

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Website: www.carpetrenovations.com

 

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Information Page: Carpet Cleaning & Pet Treatment

            

 Welcome to Our Pet Stain & Odor Information Page 

No relationship we humans have is quite like the attachment we form with our family pets and as much as we care for our wonderful friends there is no greater challenge than dealing with the messes they often leave behind.

Most likely you have reached this post after contacting our office to schedule a carpet cleaning or have landed on this page as a result of a web search on this topic. It is for this reason this article has been written; to provide accurate information relating to professional carpet cleaning when dealing with pet urine contamination in carpet.

The results achieved from a professional carpet cleaning will vary from case to case depending upon the amount of pet urine in the carpet and to what extent it has penetrated into the carpet backing, pad, or sub flooring. Pet urine can be flushed out of carpet fibers relatively easy using the right products & equipment, yet it is the contamination trapped on the underside of the carpet that can cause the biggest problems.

Over our 30+ years of serving the Tulsa / Broken Arrow and surrounding communities, it has been our continual pursuit to develop & provide the most thorough carpet cleaning for pet odors available. With this experience, we have found the best approach to rid carpet of ugly pet stains and persistent odors is with our 5 step deep steam cleaning process utilizing a UV Inspection tool, to track down every stain. Rest assured, this amazing cleaning process will leave your carpet looking and smelling its absolute best! 

As you read this article please follow the highlighted links within this post. It is our purpose to be as informative as possible, so you may evaluate what results to expect when scheduling your carpet cleaning and pet odor treatment. Issues that can occur from pet urine contamination after a professional cleaning & treatment will also be covered. 

 

How we deal with Pet Urine in Carpet (Our Method)

 

 Our Proven 5 Step Process

  1. Find all pet stains using a UV Black Light Inspection
  2. Prespray with an All Natural Organic Prespray made from Tea Tree & Lavender
  3. Prep Carpet with a Floor Machine 
  4. Deep steam clean all carpeted areas & extra flush on each pet stain with a Truck Mounted Steam Cleaning System
  5. Apply Post Spray to each area found during the UV Inspection

 

Why use a UV Black light?

Not all pet urine stains are visible, a UV inspection with a high powered Black light enables our technicians to detect and locate each pet stain, old and new.

When a contaminated area is detected it receives additional Prespray along with extra flushing during the extraction process.

If a UV inspection is not provided by the company you hire the technician will have no idea where the contamination is located and cannot flush and treat the areas thoroughly enough to remove the odorous bacteria.

 

Why an Organic Tea Tree & Lavender Prespray?

With all the products on the market to choose from we have found none as safe & effective as our all natural tea tree and lavender Prespray.

This product has proven itself time and again as the most effective product ever for neutralizing urine bacteria and preparing the contaminant for extraction. It is both anti-bacterial & anti-viral by nature and when applied as a Prespray to your carpet it immediately gets to work breaking down the molecular structure of the urine bacteria enabling it to be flushed out of the carpet with ease. Along with its odor & germ removing capabilities, it is nice to know it is safe, natural and leaves the carpet smelling clean & fresh.

 

Why Prep the Carpet with a Floor Machine?

When a stain or contaminant is deep down in the carpet fiber it is necessary to loosen the stain and get the sanitizer to the source of the odor with some type of agitation or grooming.

The hand held groomer used by most companies can be effective but the results do not compare with those achieved by using a floor machine with an Adjust- a- Glide brush.

This type of brush has very soft bristles made especially for carpet and a floater disk on the bottom which allows it to work the stains loose and the product into the carpet in a gentle yet very effective way. Taking the extra time and effort to provide this type of service allows us to achieve results that are unmatched by other companies that skip this step.

 

Why Deep Steam & Extra Flush?

There is no more effective way to remove and extract pet urine bacteria from carpet than with a truck mounted hot water extraction systems.

Our units heat the clean rinse solution to a hot 180 – 200 degrees. The Evolution extraction wand we use is specially designed to flush the carpet at a pressure of 500 psi leaving your carpet clean & bacteria free.

 

Why Apply a Post Spray?

 

The nature of pet urine is to soak its way down into the carpet backing. It becomes trapped on the underside of the carpet and then penetrates into the carpet cushion below.

Over a period of time the staining on the back side of the carpet can "wick" its way back through the carpet fiber and resurface causing a reoccuring stain or odor to return.

After your carpet has been thoroughly cleaned a post spray is applied to each stain found during the UV Inspection. This way if the pet urine begins to seep its way back to the surface the post spray will activate and continue to break down the bacteria germs and odor.

 

Now that we have discussed the cleaning process lets go over some of the issues that can arise after a professional cleaning. 

Wicking:

If an odor does persist after a cleaning or a brown stain resurfaces, this means the staining on the backside of the carpet is working its way back up, this process is known as wicking.

 

Here are a few options to take care of this problem if it occurs.

Apply Carpet Fresh for Odor

Purchase a carpet fresh product at your local Walmart store; sprinkle this product on the carpet followed by vacuuming. This will remove the odor that has wicked back through and most times will take care of the problem for you.

 

For more severe odor situations another option would be a water claw spot treatment or a pet damage restoration service. Follow these two links to gain a further understanding on these two processes. At Carpet Renovations, Inc. we offer both of these services for more severe pet contamination problems, you may call our office to schedule an appointment so we may analyze your situations further and discuss which method would work best for you.

 

Reoccurring Stains

If you have light colored carpet and brown staining reappears; please follow our heat transfer instructions  on your FAQ sheet you will receive at the time of your cleaning. You may also follow this link how to remove a stain that reappeares or call into our office to schedule an appointment for us to perform our heat transfer process for you. 

If you have scheduled an appointment with our company and have any questions in regards to the information in this article please feel free to give us a call @ (918) 437-1956 or ask your cleaning technician at time of arrival, we will be happy to answer them for you. Also, please comment below if this article has been of help to you in any way or if you have any further question, we look forward to hearing from you.

Carpet Renovations, Inc. | Carpet Cleaning Service  |  11672 E 51st Street Tulsa, Oklahoma 74146  | (918) 437-1956  

Website: www.carpetrenovations.com

 

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