How clean are your carpets?

Carpet Cleaning in Chelmsford Essex
Close up of Vacuuming dirty cream coloured carpet.

You might think your carpets are fine, but do you ever wonder what that lingering smell is? Are you confused about why your carpet looks multiple different shades? There’s a simple answer – your carpet is dirty!

A dirty carpet isn’t great for your home. Not only can your carpet look unappealing and tired, but it can also flare up any allergy problems. 

But how can you know if your carpet is dirty? Well, think about this: when was the last time your carpet was cleaned? If it’s been over a year, then it’s definitely about time to get it cleaned! While frequent hoovering can help, it often isn’t enough to get all the dirt out. Your carpet can become riddled with dirt, grime and even mould if it’s in damp conditions, so be sure to hoover and clean it regularly. 

Some stains are impossible to remove without professional help, and as a result, they’re often left or covered up – don’t do this! As soon as something is spilt try and clean it up as quickly as possible to prevent a stain. If you weren’t quick enough, then enlist the help of a professional cleaner!

Having a clean carpet is essential to your health, and cleaning your carpet often is even more vital when you have children and pets. Pets and children can create an extra mess, but it’s also important to protect them from bacteria.

If your carpet is spotless, smells fresh and is soft to the touch then you probably don’t have anything to worry about. It can be difficult to keep your carpet this fresh, however, so getting a professional carpet cleaner in every now and again is a must!

If your carpet is dirty and needs to be cleaned, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We offer a full, professional carpet cleaning service – no matter how dirty, we can clean it!

Eco-friendly cleaning products vs regular cleaning products

Eco friendly cleaning products

If you’re anything like us, you’ll like a fresh, clean home, with shiny windows and spotless carpets. This doesn’t stop with homeowners either; businesses like their spaces to be immaculate too. So, is it better to use regular chemical-based cleaning products or eco-friendly cleaning products? We explore them both below: 

Are chemical cleaning products better? 

The initial reaction to eco-friendly cleaning products is often that they are in some way less effective than chemical-based products. However, eco-friendly products are just as powerful and effective as their chemical counterparts and are significantly safer to use. After all, what good is a clean house or business if it’s unsafe for its inhabitants?

Do chemical products harm nature? 

Chemical cleaners may get the job done, but they are also guilty of being corrosive to the equipment in your space. Eco-friendly products remove this worry, without compromising on the quality and strength of the products. For example, harsh bleach used to clean out toilets will be washed away into sewer systems and eventually into the waterways. Having said that, chemical products are easier and often cheaper to purchase and can be good at tackling tough stains. 

Which one is better?

Eco-friendly products ensure children, pets and items around your house are kept safe and enjoyable for everyone. You also have the added benefit of changing your cleaning habits and positively affecting nature and the world around you. Chemical cleaning products can be more convenient to use but they don’t have any particular benefit that can’t be obtained with an eco-friendly alternative. At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference!  4 Cleaner Carpets are an Essex-based cleaning company dedicated to providing top-quality cleaning services to their customers. You can check out our other articles here, or contact us for a free, no-obligation quote here.

What are the toughest stains to remove from carpet

coffee spillage

Creating a spillage on your carpet can often mean disaster! But what are the toughest carpet stains to remove and how can you remove them?

Coffee

Whether you’re late for work and dashing out the door, or just having your friends over for a cuppa, a coffee spillage is the last thing you need. To remove the stain, blot it with a clean cloth to start with. Afterwards, you can make a solution containing white vinegar and washing up liquid to rub into the stain until it disappears. 

Pet Urine

If you own a feline or dog then you might be familiar with this one. Cats will often do their business in a litter tray and dogs outside in the garden, but sometimes they can have accidents! Aside from the terrible smell, these stains can be tough to get rid of. As soon as you can, blot the stain, next you can mix white vinegar and baking soda (into a spray bottle if you’re able) and apply it to the stain. Let it sit, blot, and repeat until the stain is gone. 

Ink

There’s nothing worse than a pen exploding! It’s a stubborn stain if it happens to get on your carpet. Spray hair sprays onto the ink stain and use a cloth to blot the stain. Keep repeating the process until the stain disappears, and vacuum away any excess traces of ink once it is dry. 

Red Wine

Probably the toughest of all, red wine doesn’t smell as bad as some other spillages but the colour alone can ruin your carpet! A large red wine mark on a cream coloured carpet is the stuff of nightmares. To remove the stain, create a solution of washing up liquid, white vinegar and water. Use a cloth to blot the mixture onto the wine stain until the stain disappears. The sooner you act, the better!

Be sure to always pre-test the cleaning product on a small area of your carpet to ensure no colour loss or damage!

Getting rid of stains with a professional cleaner

Trying to remove stains can take up a lot of time, and you may not always be successful! Use of the above methods (if unsuccessful) may reduce the chance of complete stain removal by even a professional carpet cleaner. So, why not hire a professional cleaning company to do it for you from the get-go? Here at 4 Cleaner Carpets, we can clean your carpets until they look good as new – contact us today to find out more. 

Bringing your leather back to life

Leather sofas and chairs are a practical solution when you have a young family or pets. Leather is a durable, long-lasting and easy to clean material. But what do you do when your leather is showing some wear and tear and you want it to look like new? Well, below we share some top tips on bringing your leather back to life.

Leather Cleaning Services

Always read the label

Before deciding to clean your leather sofa or chair, it is incredibly important that you read the upholstery label, or sticker if one is available. If not, then look up the make and model online and read the care instructions. It should tell you if you can use solvents or water-based only cleaners, and if it should be dry cleaned or steam cleaned. Using the wrong type of cleaning method or solvent can damage the leather.

Get rid of any surface dirt

One thing that you can do to give the leather an instant boost is to get rid of any surface dirt or dust. You’ll be surprised at the difference this makes. The best way to do this is with the vacuum brush tool, as it is gentle on the leather. Remove all cushions and any throws before you begin. The crevice tool can get down the sides and back of the sofa, removing any unwanted crumbs and dust.

Should you use a cleaning solution?

So, you’ve read the label, but are you brave enough to begin cleaning? Just be sure that you are using the correct cleaner and that you do a patch test before you begin, somewhere that will not be seen.

For best results, use the professionals

When you want your leather sofa to look like new, the best option is to use a professional cleaning company. They have the skills, knowledge and tools to clean your leather furniture thoroughly and safely.

Here at 4 Cleaner Carpets, we offer a leather cleaning service for sofas, armchairs and dining chairs. To learn more, simply get in touch with us today.

Deep clean for Christmas

Have your home deep cleaned before Christmas.

Christmas is usually a hectic time for everyone, there’s so much going on. From events to parties, wrapping presents to putting up the Christmas tree, the run-up to the big day takes some organising. If you get a little stressed, housework can take a back seat. This is the perfect time to think about using the services of a professional cleaning team.Deep Cleaning Services for Christmas

Put your feet up and relax as deep cleaning technicians clean your home from top to bottom.

Get your home ready for Christmas by arranging to have:-

– Carpets deep cleaned
– Upholstery cleaned
– Rug cleaning
– Leather spruced up
– Curtains cleaned in situ
– Stains removed

Reasons to deep clean your commercial premises over Christmas

As Christmas approaches, cleaning your commercial premises or office space is probably not a priority. There will be so many other things to think about, meeting work deadlines, looking after customers and arranging staff nights out.

Having your commercial premises or office space deep cleaned either just before or after Christmas is a great idea. An experienced cleaning team can provide high quality, deep cleaning services without disturbing anyone. Here are just a few of the many benefits:-

– Carpet cleaning: after you return to work after the Christmas celebrations, your carpets will look as good as new and the offices will smell fresh and clean.

– Thorough clean: a deep clean is ideal to have any commercial building or office area looking spic and span. It will leave the workspace sanitised and hygienic while offering a welcome return to staff after their Christmas holiday.

Here at 4 Cleaner Carpets, we take great pride in offering high quality, deep cleaning services. Whether you require your home or commercial premises to be deep cleaned for Christmas, contact us today.

Top Tips on keeping your office carpet clean

Carpet Cleaning Tips

Office Carpet Cleaning

While it is best practice to hire a cleaning company to deep clean the office carpets regularly it is a great idea to take extra care of them in order to prevent unnecessary dirt between these deep cleans as well as prolonging the life of the carpets.

Nothing makes an office look more drab, un-cared for and unprofessional than stained and dirty carpets. It is unpleasant for both staff and visitors.

High Traffic Areas

In high traffic areas like the entrance, reception and corridors, carpets should be stain-guarded. It is also advisable to install mats both inside and outside the door for people to wipe wet and dirty feet as they enter.

During times of poor weather – which in the UK can be all year round – rugs and runners can be placed in these high traffic areas. They will prevent the carpet from getting unnecessarily dirty.

And, rugs and runners are cheaper and easier to clean when they do get dirty.

Also, bear in mind that when they do get worn rugs and runners are cheaper to replace than a carpet.

Wear and Tear

Areas under desks take a battering and plastic matting is an option to protect the carpet from wear and tear from chair wheels as well as ground-in dirt from shoes. These are easy to clean and replace and they offer protection to the carpet beneath.

However, it’s not only chairs that are moved around the office causing damage to the carpets. Whenever equipment (photocopiers, servers) is moved around the office plastic runners should be laid. This will prevent staining and damage to the carpets.

Clean Culture

If the office looks clean and fresh it won’t be difficult to instil in staff a culture of cleanliness and maintaining the office atmosphere.

Let all office staff know where carpet cleaning wipes or sprays are kept in case of a small spillage of tea or coffee.

In the incident of a larger spillage, they should contact management immediately so they can arrange for a cleaning service.

Cleaning Service

Even if you carry out everything to maintain your office carpets cleanliness it’s still important to have regular professional cleans along the lines of a daily vacuum and mopping up of spillages as well as weekly surface cleaning.

Regular deep cleans will also ensure that the carpets remain bright and clean and with care, a carpet can last for decades. Contact us today to arrange your office carpet clean.

How carpet cleaning works

carpet cleaning equipment

Carpet Cleaning Machine

Your carpets do a wonderful job of keeping your feet cosy and warm, insulating against noise and making your home look beautiful. However, to get the best from your carpets they need to be maintained well. Regular vacuuming can only do so much, so when it comes to removing stains and restoring your carpets to their original glory, only professional carpet cleaning will do.

What is a professional carpet cleaning?

Professional carpet cleaning involves state-of-the-art cleaning equipment that uses a unique hot water extraction cleaning technique. The cleaning process is efficient, effective and results in faster drying times than other carpet cleaning methods.

Here are the stages of the hot water extraction carpet cleaning process:

1. Clean water is mixed with gentle and environmentally-friendly cleaning detergents and is heated in the water compartment of the cleaning equipment.

2. The cleaning fluid is then applied at high pressure directly to the carpet, dislodging dirt and dust particles and removing bacteria from every fibre.

3. Stubborn stains can also be removed using hot water extraction, either with the same cleaning solution or by using a more intensive solution that further softens and degreases the stain.

4. Once the entire carpet has been cleaned, the same machine is used to extract up to 95% of the moisture that has been left in your carpet following the cleaning process.

Thanks to the efficient operation of carpet cleaning equipment and fast drying times, your carpets can be cleaned quickly and be ready for use again within a few hours. Drying times with this type of carpet cleaning are typically two to three hours, giving you peace of mind if you have a busy household. Our technician will ensure that absolutely no residue remains and that all carpets are left in perfect condition. Hot water extraction cleaning can also be used on rugs and upholstery such as curtains and even sofas.

Top 4 Benefits Of Professional Upholstery Cleaning Services

Top 4 Benefits Of Professional Upholstery Cleaning Services

Top 4 Benefits Of Professional Upholstery Cleaning Services
Everyone gives their sofas and chairs a lot of care and attention when they are first bought as you want to keep them looking pristine. It probably took you a while to find the perfect furniture for your home, so of course, you are going to take care of it. But, over time, your upholstery will absorb lots of food, dust, dirt and animal fur. Although you still try your best to clean up the crumbs and spills, regular cleaning is not enough to remove all the dirt that is hidden deep within the gaps.

It requires knowledge, skill and time when you rent a carpet and upholstery cleaning machine. And who can find the time for cleaning in their hectic schedules? Therefore, hiring a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner would be the best option.

Listed below are the top 4 benefits of using a professional carpet and upholstery cleaning service:

Protect your upholstery

Yes, you may have a basic knowledge of how to clean your sofa, but a professional upholstery cleaning technicians are well-trained and know how to properly clean each type of sofa. If the wrong cleaning product is applied to your sofa, it could cause damage to the material and potentially tear your furniture.

Fresh and clean air

Professional cleaning companies use special industrial-strength vacuum cleaning machines to remove all the dust, dirt and dry contaminants from your sofas and carpets. When deciding which cleaning products and technique to be used, safety should be your top priority, because there are many cleaning products which are available in the stores that can be toxic and dangerous. It is better to hire a professional cleaning company because they use eco-friendly cleaning solutions and take all the necessary precautions.

Remove the toughest stains

Professional upholstery cleaning companies are experienced in removing tough stains like wine, ketchup and animal mess from any type of sofa. These stains are hard to remove and require more than just scrubbing. Depending on the type of furniture you may consider hiring a professional fabric sofa cleaner as they will know the proven methods and efficient equipment that can remove even the toughest stains without damaging your furniture.

Appearance

Aside from removing tough stains and deep dirt, you would really be amazed by how a professional sofa cleaning company can restore your upholstery to its original beauty. In addition, when you use professional deep cleaning service regularly, you can extend the durability and retain the original colours of your sofa.

4 Cleaner Carpets have been in the industry for many years. We specialise all aspects of carpet and upholstery cleaning. So if you are ready to schedule your professional upholstery cleaning, give us now a call on 01245 227555 or schedule an appointment to see how we can help you.

Harmful Effects of Dirty Carpets

Harmful Effects of Dirty Carpets

Harmful Effects of Dirty Carpets
Carpets are used for a variety of reasons including adding warmth to the room, reducing sound from shoe heels, making the floor a comfortable place to sit in and lowers the risk of accidents for kids. It’s important to make sure that your carpets are not a source of pollutants and toxins inside your home because dirty floor coverings can cause serious health issues to your family.

Skin problems

Having dirty carpets inside your home can cause skin irritation that can eventually lead to serious skin problems, including rashes and allergies. To avoid these, contact your local carpet cleaner to ensure your carpet is deeply cleaned.

Trouble breathing

If your carpet has not been cleaned for a while, it can harm the air you breathe. Dust mites that live in your carpets will produce microbes which can spread around your house and cause you breathing problems. It can also trigger asthma attacks.

Weaken your immune system

Your immune system fights unwanted bacteria and toxins every day to keep your body healthy. Mycotoxins are one of the most dangerous microbes to our carpets. These are made up of different moulds that stays on the floor covering which can easily affect our immunity and can cause different health problems like respiratory diseases and stomach infection.

Fungal pollution

As mentioned, dirty carpets can cause many skin problems, however, one of the most common diseases that you can catch is athlete’s foot. If you inhale or walk on infected carpets barefoot, especially if your feet have any wounds, cuts or openings, it can easily get into your systems. These kind of infections are highly contagious.

To make sure your family’s health is protected, consider having your carpets cleaned by a professional. 4 Cleaner Carpets is a family run company that offers carpet cleaning across the Essex area. We take pride in our customer-focused approach, helpful service and top quality cleaning. We are trained to use state-of-the-art upholstery cleaning and carpet cleaning technology to achieve superior cleaning performance. For more question, call us today on 01245 227555.

Ways To Keep Your Carpet Clean

Ways To Keep Your Carpet Clean

Ways To Keep Your Carpet Clean
There’s nothing like having a clean and tidy space to sit down and relax. Your mind requires a well-organised environment for it to recover and rest from a long day. When it comes to carpet cleaning there are some important tips you should consider to keep your carpets looking their best at all times. Professional carpet cleaners have recommended these simple ways to keep your carpets clean to increase their life and also protect your investment.

Stop dirt and grime at the door

The easiest way to keep your rugs and carpets cleaner for longer are by keeping grime and dirt away. Be proactive and utilise doormats. You could use outdoor and indoor mats which work together to reduce the amount of dirt tracked into your home. Encourage your visitors and family to wipe their shoes before entering your house.

Ditch the shoes

To make the most of your rug cleaning service, experts suggest you stop wearing shoes in the house. Your rugs and carpets act like magnets, collecting everything you tread in and transferring it all to your floor. And let’s not overlook the wear and tear shoes cause your floors and carpets. Shoes can literally grind in the dirt, that may damage the carpet fibres and result in matting. Do not be afraid to remind your visitors that “no shoes are allowed.” It is your carpet and you have the right to protect it!

Vacuum Regularly

This seems like a no-brainer but something as simple as vacuuming is the most effective and easiest way to keep your carpet and rugs clean. Vacuuming has a significant impact on the cleanliness of your home, the life of your carpet and also the air you breathe. Always aim to vacuum once a week, increasing the frequency around high-traffic or areas your pets may roam. Don’t forget to empty your vacuum bag regularly and change the filter. If the bag is too full, the vacuum might lose suction.

Treat stains as quickly as possible

The longer a stain sets into your carpet, the harder it is to remove. Always blot the stain and never rub it using a towel or cloth. Beware of using a cloth with colour otherwise, you could create a bigger problem and risk transferring the dye.

Looking for professional carpet cleaning in Maldon?  4 Cleaner Carpets is a company that offers carpet cleaning and upholstery cleaning across the Essex area. Give us a call today on 01245 227555 for a free, no-obligation quotation.