Do you know how dirty your curtains are?

Curtain Cleaning
We all have those regular cleaning routines that we do to keep our home tidy and the people who live there healthy. We all dust our furniture, clean the carpets and mop the kitchen and bathroom floors. But, have you ever stopped to think about when you last cleaned your curtains? More importantly, do you know how dirty your curtains actually are? Dirty curtains can harm your health, so it’s important to clean them on a regular basis.

But what if they don’t look dirty?

Looks can be deceiving. Your curtains may look clean but you’d be surprised to know that they are the perfect breeding ground for bugs and bacteria. Curtains need just as much cleaning attention as your carpets and upholstery. If your curtains have never been cleaned, now is the time to do so.

Trapped dust

Curtains are dust magnets, as any dust in the room will navigate towards them and will be trapped in the fibres. This is a potential health hazard for those members of the family who suffer from dust and mite allergies or asthma.

Mould and mildew

If you have curtains in your kitchen or bathroom, then you need to look out for them growing mould and mildew due to the wet or damp environment. Once again, this is not good for your health, particularly if you are an older person, a child, or have any breathing difficulties.

How do you clean them?

So, if you do have dirty curtains, what’s the best way to clean them? This can be difficult when they are dry clean only or if you need them washed and dried quickly. This is when we can help with our in situ curtain cleaning service. It’s fast, suitable for all types of curtains and will thoroughly clean the curtain so that it looks like new.
To find out more about our curtain cleaning service and to book an appointment with us at 4CleanerCarpets, give us a call or fill out our online form today.

The Best Way to Remove Stains From Your Sofa

Upholstery stain

Sofa Stain Removal

The Best Way to Remove Stains From Your Sofa

In a busy family home with children and pets, it is quite likely that at some point your sofa will bear some stains and signs of wear and tear.

Stains on the carpet are easy to remove with a carpet cleaner, and cushions and curtains can be washed.

Unless you have removable covers on your sofa, removing stains can be a little trickier.

Even if there are no unsightly stains, your sofa sees a lot of action including meals in front of the TV, duvet days when you are sick and pets and kids climbing and sleeping on them.

To remove stains from your sofa, the first thing to do is to vacuum the sofa or brush any excess dirt and dust off with a stiff brush. This prevents extra dirt from being rubbed into the upholstery whilst cleaning.

If the stain is still visible, then a harsher solution may be needed. In order to ensure you use the correct type of solution for your sofa fabric, it is best to check the label to identify whether water-based cleaners or solvents are recommended.

As you would with any other chemical application it is always best to do a small ‘patch’ test first. Apply a small amount of the cleaner to a piece of the upholstery where it won’t be seen in order to check it won’t fade or damage the fabric.

Of course, the easiest option would be to hire a professional upholstery cleaner like the team at 4Cleaner Carpets.

How To Clean Leather Furniture

Leather Cleaning

Leather furniture is as expensive as it is luxurious. Therefore, you want it to last a lifetime.

One way of ensuring your leather furniture lasts is regular cleaning and maintenance. The following is a guide on how to clean leather furniture.

Steps for cleaning leather furniture

The first step is to gather the following supplies:

• A vacuum cleaner
• A mild detergent
• Micro-fibre pieces of cloth

1. Remove debris

Vacuum your leather furniture using the soft brush attachment to remove debris. Pay extra attention to the crevices, as this is where most debris get stuck.

Dirt particles are abrasive. Meaning, when they come into contact with moisture as you clean the furniture, they can damage the material.

2. Wipe the furniture with a wet microfibre cloth

Mix water with a leather cleaning solution, soap, or white vinegar.

Dip the micro-fibre cloth in this solution, and gently scrub your furniture.

Make sure to wring the cloth thoroughly – you want it wet, not drenched. Excess liquid will leave the leather surface with stains.

3. Buff with a dry cloth

Do not rinse leather furniture with water. Instead, dry it with a dry piece of cloth.

Leather cleaning solutions condition the leather surface as you clean. But, if you notice the leather is dull, polish it using a soft brush.

Pro tip: Work in small sections, i.e., clean a small part, then dry the leather before moving to the next section. That helps to avoid water stains.

How often should you clean leather furniture?

Clean leather furniture as soon as you notice any dirt and stains on the surface. Allow dirt and stains for long, and it will be harder to clean your leather furniture.

Note that, most leather furniture comes with instructions on how to clean. These instructions are specific to the type of leather used, and they specify the type of detergent to use, and how to condition and polish the leather surface after cleaning.

Do you need professional help cleaning your leather furniture? Contact 4 Cleaner Carpets Today. The company specializes in leather cleaning and protection and can handle all types of furniture. Most leather furniture manufacturers endorse their cleaning methods and products.

Call 4 Cleaner Carpets on 01245 227555 or visit this page to book an appointment.

Spring cleaning – how to do it right!

Spring Cleaning Guide

The sun is shining and it’s finally spring. This is the time of year when we fling open our windows, let the fresh air in and tackle cleaning the house. It may seem like a mammoth task when you’re not sure where to start, but we can help. Below we share a quick spring cleaning guide and how to do it right:

One room at a time

Remember to pace yourself, as you don’t need to clean the entire house in one go. Focus on one room at a time and begin by giving the room a simple tidy and discarding those items that are no longer needed. Then, work from top to bottom, dusting, cleaning and then finally mopping or vacuuming the floor.

Tackle those carpets and upholstery

Carpets and fabric upholstery can be given a new lease of life by having a deep clean. This is best done with the use of a specialist machine, and even better a cleaning company which specialises in carpet cleaning, as they have the correct tools and natural chemicals to get rid of any marks and stains.

Don’t forget the beds

Your mattress should be flipped over and turned. Open the window to fully air the bed and wash any duvets or pillows. You can also clean the mattress with a steam cleaner, but it may be best to use a professional cleaner for this task, so as not to damage the mattress.

Wash down paintwork and cupboards

Use soapy water to clean skirting boards and to thoroughly wash down any paintwork surrounding doors. Kitchen cabinets should also be thoroughly cleaned, both inside and out. You’ll be amazed at the number of stains and spilt food that may have accumulated.

Hire the professionals

If you don’t feel up to spring cleaning the entire house, or you simply don’t have the time, then call in the professionals. They can quickly clean carpets so that they are touch dry in two hours, they can move all of that heavy furniture, and they can clean your house to the very highest standard.
Charlotte Curtis