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How to Choose the Right Carpet Cleaning Method

Carpet cleaning is important not only to maintain a nice and clean look of your home environment, but also to protect your family’s health. Carpets accommodate a number of germs and bacteria we carry from the outside. And if you have young children, it’s likely your carpet has tasted the majority of food you serve. There are various carpet cleaning methods, appropriate for different type of carpets and circumstances. In this article, we’ll help you choose the right carpet cleaning method for you.  

Dry Cleaning Method with an Absorbent Detergent

One of the most common carpet cleaning methods is dry cleaning with absorbent detergent. It works by spreading powder mixed with special solvents and agents through the carpet using a machine. The machine has counter-routing brushes, which allows the cleaning agents reach the fibres of the carpet. This way the stains, dirt and soils are properly treated. The mixture should stay on the carpet for about 15 minutes before it is vacuumed.

Main Benefit: Very quick drying – no more than 20 minutes before the carpet can be used as normal.

Main Downfall: Unsuitable for plush pile carpets and people with dust allergies.

Dry Cleaning Method with Foam or a Rotary Shampoo

Not much of a difference between this carpet cleaning method and the first one, except here we use foam. This method still requires a carpet cleaning machine to apply the foam. It needs to sit on the surface for a while, before it is vacuumed away with the dirt and debris from the carpet. 

Main Benefit: Easy to apply, minimal moisture, therefore quick to dry.

Main Downfall: Cannot achieve deep soil extraction and kill bacteria and germs

Bonnet Carpet Cleaning 

The Bonnet carpet cleaning method involves the use of an absorbent pad. It is the most common method for routine carpet cleaning. The good news is, it can be done by anyone without professional knowledge and skills. First, you need to vacuum the carpet and then apply a chemical solution with an electric sprayer. The development time is 15-30 min. After that, the moisture and the dirt can absorbed with the bonnet (absorbent pad).

Main Benefit: Quick, easy and inexpensive

Main Downfall: Unsuitable for deep cleaning and may be harmful to people with allergies to cleaning chemicals.

Wet Cleaning 

Most professional carpet cleaning providers work with the wet cleaning method. The main reason for this choice is that most manufacturers also recommend it. It allows high temperatures, pressure and strong chemicals.

Main benefit: Most efficient cleaning to the deepest parts of the carpet.

Main Downfall: Long drying time and high cost.

Steam Cleaning 

A newer, but very efficient carpet cleaning method is with steam. It is natural, eco-friendly and does not involve the use of any chemicals. The downfall is that it dampens the carpet and it may require a longer time to dry. That said, it kills 99% of the germs and bacteria dwelling in the fibres of your carpet.

Main Benefit: Ideal for people with allergies or respiratory conditions.

Main Downfall: Some stains may require additional cleaning.

 

Does you carpet need professional cleaning? We can help! Top Home Cleaning has a special offer running until 23rd September! Send us a message and we will give you a quote with the applied discount! 

 

 

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7 Home Appliances that Need Regular Cleaning

Home appliances are often the heart and soul of the home. But to function well and long, they need our regular attention. Think of it like the shower you take every morning. It is essential for your health. In the same way, our home appliances need regular cleaning. And the more modernised your home is, the more fancy appliances you might have. Here are some tips for easy maintenance of  home appliances that need regular cleaning.

1. The Cooker

The cooker, the centrepiece of the kitchen, is not very easy to maintain. It has many parts that need proper attention and good care. The secret of maintaining your cooker in a good condition is in the frequency of cleaning. The more often you clean, the less efforts you have to put in. Try to clean up a little after every use, whether it is frying, grilling, steaming and so on. All you need is a polishing cotton cloth, kitchen spray and oven detergent. Make sure you wait for 20-30 minutes after use for the hobs to cool down before you start the cleaning. Use warm water or the kitchen detergent to get rid of the greasy surface.

 

2. The Oven

The oven can be a nightmare to clean. But if you give it some attention every week,  you can avoid the bad experience. It should be enough to spray it with oven cleaner, leave it closed for 20 minutes and just wipe off gently. Finish the cleaning process by wiping with warm water and cotton cloth.

 

3. The toaster

Regular cleaning is essential for your toaster. Not only it can look gross if you let it be for long, but it can also be a potential threat to your health. Unplug the appliance and empty the crumb tray. Dislodge burnt-on food with a toothbrush or an old credit card. Reach into the slots of a regular toaster with a wet pastry brush. Clean and polish the outside surface with glass cleaner and polishing cloth.

4. The Microwave

The microwave is another home appliance you should put on the schedule for regular cleaning. Here’s a good homemade recipe for microwave cleaning. Place a coffee mug or a small bowl filled with water and a few slices of lemon in the centre of the microwave. Run it on high power for three minutes. Let the lemon water sit inside for three more minutes. The steam will soften food spills, and the lemon aroma will eliminate bad odours. Wipe down the walls with a clean cloth soaked in warm, soapy water. Scrub the wheels with a toothbrush. Wipe the exterior all-purpose cleaner or glass cleaner and a cotton cloth.

5. Blender or Kitchen Robot

It’s important for the appliances that you use the most to get regular cleaning. The blender or kitchen robot is one of them. Pop off the blades and any other removable parts. Soak them in a sink filled with warm water and all purpose cleaner. Hand wash the blender carafe and the food-processor bowl using warm, soapy water. You can also use the dishwasher for the parts. A nylon brush should remove any particles caked onto the blades. Dry the blades with a clean towel or cloth to prevent rust.

6. Dishwasher

Your dishwasher is a lifesaver, isn’t it? But do you clean it often enough? Place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container on the upper rack of the machine. Run the dishwasher through a hot-water cycle. This will wash away grease and grime and remove musty doors too.

Baking soda rinse: Sprinkle one cup of baking soda across the bottom of the dishwasher. This should also neutralise any unpleasant odours. Adopt the routine once per month.

7. Coffee machine or Coffee Maker

Last but not least, your coffee machine or coffee maker deserves regular cleaning. If you are using a coffee machine, remove all the handles from the brewing heads and remove the empty coffee cakes. With your espresso machine brush by hand, scrub away any remaining coffee grounds from the brewing heads. Remove the filter with a teaspoon and insert the blank filter into the handle. Remove the metal drip tray and clean it. Lastly, take care of the drain.

If you are using a coffee maker, then it’s a good idea to deep clean it at least once a month. However, you can maintain it weekly  using vinegar. Remove any old filters or pods and empty any reservoirs. Wipe down the outside of your coffee maker and any removable parts with a damp microfibre cloth. Make sure your coffee pot or coffee mug is in place. Mix the water and vinegar together and pour them into the coffee maker’s reservoir. Run a brew cycle with nothing but the water and vinegar mixture. Fill your reservoir with filtered water and run several brew cycles to remove any traces of vinegar from the machine. Cleaning the coffee pot is not a big deal. Simply leave the vinegar in the pot until it has completely cooled. Then wash it as you normally would.

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