Monthly Archives: July 2014

4 handy ideas to keep your carpet clean

carpet3Healthy homes start with the floor up. Keeping your carpet clean is more than just having a healthy home.

By keeping your floors clean you will:

  • Extend the life of your carpet
  • Protects indoor air quality
  • Prevents build up of bacteria and mould
  • Improve the appearance of your home and create a nice ambience
  • Help keep your children healthy

Here are some handy ideas to keep your carpet clean:

  1. Clean spills immediately. If you deal with any spills immediately they will be much easier to stop. They are less likely to create stains and spread in your carpet. Dab, do not rub the spill or it will scatter throughout the area.
  1. Vacuum your carpet regularly. Vacuum at least once a week and more often if needed. By removing dirt and dust through vacuuming you will prevent it from spreading throughout your house and working its way to the bottom of the carpet where it is hard to get out
  1. Preventative is better than cure. Get your family and guests to remove their shoes before entering your home, less dirt, dust, sand etc will be walked in.
  1. Mats. Use mats in front of all your outside doors, especially your front door. Mats are also great in high traffic areas like your hallway. When vacuuming remember to take your mats outside and put them in the sun, then give them a good bang out before a final vacuum before returning them to their place.

Follow these simple tips and this will help to keep your carpets much cleaner. For the ultimate healthy carpet, get it professionally steam cleaned once a year.

For your professional carpet cleaning needs, contact Country Life Carpet Care and let us clean your carpet for you. Call us now and get a free quote today.

 

When to hire a professional upholstery cleaning service?

Country Life Carpet CareIf your upholstery furniture is getting more than just grubby, it’s time for a really good clean but how? You have 2 options:

  • Do the cleaning on your own,
  • Or hire a professional cleaner?

Your choice will be often be determined by how dirty  your upholstery furniture is and how much cleaning it is going to take to get it looking like new again.

If you do the cleaning on your own, you can save your money since you will not be paying for any service charge at all but you could also make things worse if you don’t know what you are doing. Remember, cleaning your upholstery furniture can be a challenging task and if you don’t want to risk damaging your upholstery, so if you are not sure or haven’t done it before, it may be best to leave the job on professional cleaners.

Professional cleaners do the job for you

The main reason why you want to do the cleaning job is because of your budget; however, that can often be a false economy. By hiring professional cleaners will get the best results available and they can even offer a protective coating to help save your furniture from getting so dirty in the future. Yes, there are times when cleaning your own upholstery can work, mainly if your furniture is not too dirty. For other times it really is best to hire a professional upholstery cleaning service, they can save you money in the long run. Definitely hire them on these occasions:

  • When your upholstery is really dirty
  • You don’t have the time to DIY
  • Or you want to get the best results

If the upholstery is very dirty

If there are many stains that you can’t remove, it’s best to have it professionally clean rather than trying to remove it and damaging the fabric in the process. Some spot cleaners have bleach in them and will actually cause more damage than good on your fabrics.

You don’t have the time

Too busy with your work, family or life in general? If your upholstery furniture is getting really dirty, it’s one of those jobs on your long list that you just don’t seem to get too then it’s time to call in the professionals. The professional cleaner will have your furniture all cleaned in no time preventing those stains from damaging your furniture and that will be one more thing off your list and you can get on with things you enjoy doing.

Do you want to get the best results?

Professional cleaners have the right tools, equipment, knowledge and know how to clean your upholstery furniture properly. They can deal with even the most sensitive type of fabric with stains; as a result, you will get clean upholstery that will brighten up your home.

Looking for professional cleaners? Contact Country Life Carpet Care, ring us now for free quotes!

 

How to choose a carpet for your home

carpet cleaning by country life carpet careAfter several years in the fashion wilderness, carpeting is now firmly back in the spotlight. Carpets are:

  • Soft under foot
  • Cosy
  • Beautiful

They are also a great way to keep your home warm during winter. Have you decided to install carpet in your home?  Good. It’s a good way to enhance your home’s appearance without having to do a whole redecorate.

How to choose a carpet for your home?

There are so many types of carpet. If it is your first time to choose, you might be overwhelmed with the choices. Choosing the right carpet for your home can be a tough task.

Here are some things to consider to ensure that you get the best carpet for your home:

Carpets can be made from:

  • Wool
  • Synthetic fibre
  • Or a combination of two

Each of them has its own advantages. Wool is soft and retains its pile really well, but can be very expensive. Synthetic fibre can be very resistant to stains and be long wearing.

Think about where you will use your carpet

When choosing a carpet, always consider the room where you are planning to put your carpet. If the room has a lot of heavy traffic, like a hallway, your carpet will receive a lot of wear and tear. Choose a heavier duty carpet or a guaranteed long lasting carpet.

Patterned or Plain Carpet

Want to create a design statement? Choose a patterned carpet. Patterns are great for creating interest in a room so you don’t have to worry about any extra decorating. Patterns are also very good at hiding stains perfect for a children’s play room.

The best way to choose the right carpet for your home is go and have a look and touch the different options available. Have your measurements and be clear about the things that you require from your carpet, where it will go, who will use it etc.

Before you replace your carpet

Can your current carpet be brought back to life?

When was the last time you had your carpets professionally cleaned? A deep down steam carpet clean, you might be surprised how much life is actually left in your current carpet?

Over time carpets that are not regularly vacuumed and annually steam clean can have a buildup of dirt, dust, pet hair, dust mites, pollens and other things that have been blown or walked in. Regular vacuuming is not always enough to right to the bottom of your carpet and get it all out.

How to choose a carpet for your home? Before you rush out and replace your carpet, contact Country Life Carpet Care and have your carpets steamed cleaned. We are your carpet cleaning professionals. Ring us now and for a free quote today.

Having your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year can extend the life of your carpet and save you money. Call CLCC today on 1800 246 404 or 0407 246 403.

 

Common tile cleaning mistakes and how to avoid them!

Tiles - Before and after tile cleaningClean tile flooring make your home cleaner and healthier to live. But, your tile floors are one of the most ignored parts inside your home. We tend to take them for granted because they are the last to be noticed when guests entered your home.

Your tile flooring needs to be clean regularly for it to maintain its natural beauty.  A clean tile floors will make your home healthier with its shiny finish and remember a clean floor start from the floor up.

Common Tile Cleaning Mistakes

  1. Letting spills sits
  2. Moving furniture carelessly
  3. Using oil based cleaners
  4. Over wetting your tiles
  5. Using Bleach
  6. Not having tiles professionally cleaned

Here are common mistakes people make all the time when cleaning their floor tiles.

Letting spills sits

If there are spills, wipe them up straight away. Don’t let spills sit on your tiles as it may cause discolouration. By removing most stains immediately,  you will prevent any damage to your tiles and stop the spill being spread through your home where most problems could occur.

Moving furniture carelessly

When moving furniture, especially heavy furniture because not to scratch your tiles. Tile floors are strong and they can withstand a lot, but they will crack or chipped if enough force is exerted such as moving furniture. Use rugs, old towels or moving pads to protect your flooring when you need to shift furniture around.

Using oil based cleaners

Tile floors are shiny and have a protective coating or surface. When cleaning, avoid using oil-based cleaners because it can get slippery and can dull your tiles. It is an accident waiting to happen.

Overwetting your tiles

You think using an overly wet mop will keep your tile floors clean? No. Too much water can be hard to dry, especially in winter and this can lead to dirty grout lines.

Using bleach

Using of bleach is not recommended when tile cleaning as it can discolour your grout lines. Regular cleaning with hot soapy water is the best method. For really tough stains, try using a mild tile cleaner as per the manufacturer’s instructions, always test in a hidden spot (like behind the door first). If in doubt, ask for professional help!

Not having tiles professionally cleaned

Just like carpet, your tiles should be professionally cleaned once a year to maintain that lovely new like sparkle. Your grout can get stained and have dirt build up over time that normal household cleaning just can’t remove.

Avoid these common mistakes and you will continue to enjoy your beautiful, shiny tile floors for a long time to come. For your professional tile cleaning needs, contact Country Life Carpet Care today for a free quote on 1800 246 404 or 0407 246 403.

 

 

How to keep your carpet smelling fresh

1The carpet you just installed look great and it smelled nice too. But as days and months pass by, your carpet starts to look dirty. You ignore it. Anyway, people will not notice it unless they look closely. Soon your carpet will starts to smell if you don’t act now. That is not healthy.

Get your carpet professionally cleaned.

How to keep your carpet smelling fresh

Once you have got your carpet cleaned here are some tips to keeping your carpet smelling fresh.

  • Regular maintenance/ vacuum
  • Lose the shoes
  • Use rugs
  • Steam clean

Regular maintenance / vacuum

The key to do this is through regular maintenance. Particulates such as dust, dirt, pet hair, and debris are trapped in your carpet. When the carpet fiber releases these particulates, it produces a foul odour. Well, worry no more! Vacuum your carpets to remove these particles

Lose the shoes

Leave your shoes at the door. A clean carpet doesn’t give off smelly odours thus it is important to minimize dust and dirt. Keep off your shoes off, your carpet and that will help to minimize the accumulated of dirt.

Use rugs

Make sure to put rugs in high traffic areas such as the front door and back door. You can keep the dirt from coming inside your home once you wipe your feet with the rugs.

Steam clean

Steam your carpet at least twice a year or when necessary. For fresh cleaning carpets, start with deep cleaning. You can choose between,

  • Renting a carpet cleaner or
  • Hire a professional cleaning company

How to keep your carpet smelling fresh

Follow these tips and keep on top you’re your housework and you will never have a smelly carpet that can cause your family to get sick. To enjoy a fresh, clean carpet and a healthy home, contact Country Life Carpet Care and get a free quote today!