Monday, October 31, 2011

Commercial Carpet Cleaning in North Vancouver and West Vancouver

Are you a member of a strata council or a property manager looking to have a condo complex's common area carpets cleaned.  Consider having SmithWerks Carpet Cleaning West Vancouver give you and estimate.  Long a favorite on the North Shore.  604-924-0518.

Friday, October 21, 2011

How to Remove Beer Stains From a Pool Table Felt

I chose beer stains because its the most common stain usually associated with playing billiards or pool.

It's important to remember that a felt top to a pool table is not like other fabrics and, as such, has to be handled with care.

Here's what you're going to need:

- a bowl or a dish for mixing your concoction
- white vinager (believe it or not, I have to make this distinction)
- cool water ( I repeat cool water)
- clean cloths (best to use a lint-free micro-fibre cloth)

And here's what you need to do;

1. Of course, it the spill just happened, blot up as much of the spill using your cloth as possible. Blot, do not wipe or scrub as you could cause damage to the felt or spread the spill causing an even larger stain.

2. After thoroughly rinsing out your cloth with cool water, repeat step 1, this time using cool water.

3.Next, in your bowl, mix two caps of your white vinager to about a cup of water.  Remember!!! Cool Water!

4.Dip your clean cloth in the mixture and continue to blot the stain, repeatedly rinsing out your cloth and re-moistening it with your solution.

5. When you have removed the offending spot, allow the felt to air dry.  If there is any stain still present, repeat the above steps.

Remember, you want to use cool water as warm or hot water could set your stain.  The sooner you can address the spill, the greater your chances of removing the stain.

And, of course, when you're ready to have your carpets or furniture professionally cleaned, be sure to call SmithWerks Vancouver Carpet Cleaning   604-924-0518

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Dustmites! What are they and what can be done about them?

Dustmites! What are they and what can be done about them?

I often think that homeowners would become more fanatical about cleanliness if they new just what was hiding in their furniture and carpets.  One such character is Dermatophagoides farinae Hughes or the North American Dust Mite.

So, what is a dust mite exactly?  Well, basically, they are tiny microscopic creatures that live off of dead skin and hair.  You should also know that there are, potentially, millions of them in your home.. In fact, a couple of hundred thousand of them will typically be found in a square meter of carpet.  Several million will take up residence in a mattress!

Since they live off of the dead skin and hair we shed each day of our lives, they tend to concentrate in areas where we tend to lounge or spend a significant amount of time. Mattresses, sofas, living room carpets tend to be favorite haunts for this beast.  Interesting Fact!! : Humans shed up to 10 grams of skin each week!

Dust Mite-Asthma Trigger

Some of you are probably equating dust mites to bed bugs about now.  They're not the same. Dust mites aren't known for carrying diseases or having a bite that is toxic in any way. However, the proteins that are found in their feces, their dead carcasses and the dead skin cells and hair they digest are a primary irritant to people with allergies or asthma.

The symptoms of such allergies are sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, congestion, difficulty breathing etc.

So, Dave, what can we do to get rid of these little pests?

Well, there are a number of things that I could suggest.
- Clean daily (or at least every few days)
-Wash bedding in very hot water
-Consider using a plastic matttress cover
-Use synthetic fabrics . Dust mites love wool!
-keep the humidity in your home lower.
-Replace your furnace filters monthly.  If you have washable filters, clean monthly.

And, of course, have your carpets and upholstery steamcleaned regularily.

Remember, call SmithWerks Carpet Cleaning West Vancouver   604-924-0518