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How cleanable is your velvet sofa?

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Velvet sofas look and feel amazing when new. Whilst many of these fabrics are easily washable, beware that some velvety fabrics (velvet cotton or viscose) deteriorate rapidly under the slightest drop of water. This means that your beautiful designer sofa could easily be ruined, if not already protected against spills and water damage. How to test the fabric of your velvety sofa: - apply a damp towel to the sample of fabric provided (usually under a seat cushion), or on a small patch completely out of sight, in case it goes wrong. - when fully dry, brush your hand over it in various directions - if it just blends in with the rest as normal, the pile is not affected and your sofa should be…

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How to speed up the drying of your freshly cleaned carpets

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Hot sunny weather is great for drying carpets really fast. But how about cold or damp days? No problem: - open the windows slightly (an inch at most) - if you have a fan, position it to blow across the carpet and towards a window - if it's chilly, turn the heating on Carpets should normally be dry within 2 to 4 hours

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Carpet or hard floor?

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Carpets are a very British thing. From top to bottom, homes are traditionnally covered in carpet. However, hard floors are slowly gaining in popularity. They are trendy, they look smart, and they can be mopped everyday. There's no need to call a cleaning professional if you spill your tea on a tiled floor. So why opt for a carpet at all? Carpets cost less If we look at the total cost of purchasing and fitting, and compare like for like in quality, a carpet usually works out a lot cheaper than a hard floor. Some may argue that a carpet costs more in the long term, as it needs to be cleaned professionally every year or so, and eventually needs replacing…

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Why detergent-free cleaning?

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

First, let's look at what detergent-cleaning means. Detergents are old. Detergent-cleaning is an old technology that has barely changed over centuries. Yet it is still the method most commonly used by carpet cleaning professionals. Most people don't know otherwise, so they stick to what they know. Detergents are sticky. Traditional carpet cleaning detergents must always be rinsed rapidly with hot water. If not rinsed in time, and with plenty of hot water, it will stick back to the carpet, and attract more soil. This is called "rapid re-soiling", and is a common issue caused mostly by using detergent cleaning and cutting corners. You cannot cut corners with carpet cleaning, especially with detergents. After vacuuming thoroughly, and treating potentially stubborn stains, there are…

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Why you should NOT steam clean a carpet or sofa

Monday, September 28th, 2015

"Steam cleaning" is not the proper term for carpet cleaning. To properly clean a carpet, you do not need steam. This is a misconception. Steam is not only unnecessary, it is damaging to the carpet fibre. Here is why you should NOT steam clean a carpet or fabric: 1. Steam can cause burns 2. Steam cleaning can cause wool fibres to felt and "shrink" 3. Steam cleaning can cause synthetic fibres to melt 4. Steam cools down very quickly - losing its "cleaning" properties within seconds 5. A steam "mop" does not deep clean: it only wipes the surface of the carpet or fabric 6. Steam can cause permanent damage and staining To clean effectively and safely, you need to: 1. Vacuum thoroughly to remove loose dry soil first (remember, dust + water =…

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Spots and stains on your carpet: handy tips

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

I frequently witness, on social media, people asking how to remove spillages and accidents from their carpets: tea/coffee stains, make-up, nail varnish, vomit, blood, etc. Usually, the question is followed by a crowd of suggestions, most of them very unwise. So here is a must-read before you attempt any DIY cleaning on your carpet: Keep in mind that anything you put onto a spot or stain should be removed shortly after, or you just end up with a strange mix in your carpet, which will not only attract more soil, but could also damage your carpet over time.Unless you have a wet extractor (a type of vacuum cleaner that sucks water), it is very difficult to fully remove anything from a carpet.If…

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Does a really good carpet cleaning service save you money? You bet it does.

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Here's an example: I went to clean a lounge and hallway yesterday in Hook. The lady had been considering replacing the carpet rather than having it cleaned. It had been down for about 6 years, had suffered many accidents and had never been professionally cleaned in that time. Well, after careful cleaning, the carpets looked truly beautiful again. We both agreed that they should not be replaced any time soon! My customer was overjoyed and could not stop thanking me. Professional carpet cleaning only costs a fraction of replacing them, and helps them last many more years! What's more, a clean carpet not only looks better, it keeps the air in your home clean and fresh too. So, having your carpets professionally…

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Carpet cleaning and carpet care

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Would you like to see what a truly dedicated carpet cleaner can do? At Snug in a Rug, we care about your carpets, your home and your health. The truth is, it takes real time and dedication to clean a carpet the way it should be done. There are several key steps involved. Unfortunately, many carpet cleaners are quite happy to skip a few of these steps either to save time and effort, or because they don't know any better. To get acceptable results, they often rely on strong detergents, steaming hot water and (if you're lucky) powerful machines to blast it all in and out. High heat and strong detergents will indeed blast the dirt, but they will also damage…

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Spillage on your carpet?

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

1. Don't panic: get a plain white absorbent towel (terry towel or kitchen towel) 2. Apply gently, without rubbing, and let the liquid be drawn UP into the towel 3. You may spray some clean water on the area and apply the towel again to draw up some more 4. When you can't remove any more, just leave to dry and then vacuum over the area 5. Call a professional to safely remove the rest IMPORTANT: Do not rub, scrub, nor apply any household detergent as this can damage the carpet fibre permanently and also extend the affected area.

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