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Getting Prepared For Your Carpet Cleaner's Arrival

While part of the joy of hiring a professional includes having someone else do the dirty work, taking these pro-active steps can help make sure you get the cleanest carpet possible and the biggest bang for your buck.


Vacuum, if needed

Removing as much debris and dirt from the carpet fiber prior to a cleaning can help ensure your carpet cleaner focuses on the deep down soiled-in dirt. Some carpet cleaning services vacuum the carpet prior to beginning their work. Others rely on you, the homeowner, to do so. Ask your carpet cleaning professional whether or not you need to vacuum before they arrive.


Dust and clean baseboards and HVAC registers

While not dusting or cleaning your baseboards of HVAC registers prior to the carpet cleaner's arrival won't inhibit their job in any way, you should still complete these tasks. Clearing these areas of dirt and debris can help ensure the carpet doesn't become dirty quickly following a cleaning.


Remove fragile and valuable items

Porcelain knick-knacks, fine china, collectibles and any other potentially fragile or breakable items should be removed from the cleaning area and placed in a safe area.


While many carpet cleaning companies thoroughly screen and vet their employees, it's also a good idea to remove any items of value from rooms with carpeting you hire them to clean. Store your valuables behind a locked door or in your car's trunk.


Move furniture, if necessary

Your carpet cleaner may offer a discount for focusing on high foot traffic areas or cleaning a room that's empty. On the other hand, you may want to ensure your carpet is totally clean from wall to wall. Some companies charge a fee for moving furniture, and others won't move your furniture at all, so ask about furniture when making an appointment.


Remove smaller items from the floor

Floor lamps, waste baskets, toys and clothing or shoes should all be moved out of the area that requires cleaning. It's also a good idea to lift up and secure things like bedspreads, drapes or dust ruffles with a clothespin to prevent them from getting in the way of a carpet cleaner's tools.


Secure Pets

If you own pets, secure them in an area that is not set to be cleaned so they are not in the way of the cleaning equipment.  Outside or in the garage are ideal for large dogs, however for smaller or indoor pets you can set them up in a bathroom with their food and water until the cleaning process is complete.


Free up a parking spot

If your carpet cleaner uses truck-mounted equipment, they'll need to park their vehicle as close as possible to an entry door in order to run hoses for their cleaning equipment. Make sure your family's vehicles aren't obstructing their work.


Point out areas of concern

Showing a professional carpet cleaner the stains, spots or high traffic areas you're most concerned with will help make sure the carpet cleaner won't miss those areas during the cleaning process.


Removing Grease and Oil Stains from your Upholstery

As we like to maintain a clean home, so do we try to maintain the life of our vehicle, however whether it’s you or your service technician, between trips from under the hood to behind the wheel, your car’s upholstery is bound to rack up some grease spots. But don’t despair, there are simple methods to removing those unsightly grease and oil spots and returning your car’s upholstery to it’s pristine condition again.


Method number one:


• First blot or scrape (using a old table knife, metal paint scraper or plastic spoon) away excess grease or oil from the upholstery.


• Second squeeze a small amount of grease cutting liquid dish detergent directly on the stain and allow it to sit undisturbed for three to five minutes.


• Third, blot the stain with a dry paper towel to soak up the detergent, then use a damp sponge or cloth to remove the remaining detergent. Rinse and wring the cloth or sponge several times until the deterrent has been removed.


Method number two:


• First blot or scrape (using a old table knife, metal paint scraper or plastic spoon) away excess grease or oil from the upholstery.


• Second place a brown paper bag or sack over the grease stain and then using a warm iron, iron over the bag and the grease or oil with absorb into the paper. You can also use wax paper, shiny side down, in lea of a paper bag.


• Third, rub the remaining stain with a sprayable carpet shampoo, finish by blotting the shampoo up with a dry towel.







DIY Carpet Dyeing to Reguvenate your Carpets

Carpets are subjected to wear and tear during regular use. Sunlight, moisture, pets, accidental spillovers etc. are very common factors that tarnish and fade away your expensive carpets. Replacing them with a new one after every three or four years of usage isn’t really an option for most people. A normal household can go for carpet dye which is inexpensive and easy to apply. It can totally rejuvenate the existing home decors. Carpet dye comes in various colors, so you can choose the one that suits best. You can dye it yourself or get professional help. We will discuss both ways to dye the carpet – personally & professionally.


How to dye carpet yourself.

Dying carpet is not a complicated procedure .You can dye it yourself, but the results will be obviously better if you go for professional services. Anyways, to start dying procedures make sure you have good dye, sprayer, vacuum cleaner and brush.


Step1: Clean the carpet thoroughly with your vacuum cleaner. You can also use professional equipment like dust extractor & shampooing machine to deep clean the carpet. Carpet cleaning before dye application is done to make the carpet fibers untangle and get fresh, so that they can easily absorb the carpet dye. And do not forget to remove all your furniture from the room. The walls also need covering, to protect from acidic dye stains.


Step2: Before full application, the dye needs to be tested for results. Take a small portion of carpet dye and mix with other supporting agents, as instructed on the packet. Fill it in the sprayer and spray at the chosen test area of carpet. Let the dye dry and check if the color & appearance is okay or not.


Step3: if you are happy with the results, spray the dye all over the carpet carefully so that no portion is left. Here a brush can be used to distribute the dye uniformly. Leave the carpet to dry on own. Do not allow anybody to enter the room.


How to dye carpet professionally?

To dye carpet professionally, you don’t need to follow any methods or steps. Only thing required is to research well and find the best agency for your needs. The people who dye the carpet are professionally trained and hold license for doing the work. They can bring the best possible results.


Carpet dyeing may be an option for a landlord or property manager that just can afford to replace the carpets, but need to get that house or apartment ready for the next tenant.  Carpet dyeing could be the affordable answer.


One such professional company is A Plus Carpet Cleaning of Redding, Ca .You can rest assured that the professionals at A Plus Carpet Cleaning of Redding, Ca will always be professional and provide you with a high quality of service.  They specialize in Area rug cleaning, residential and commercial carpet cleaning, carpet dying, carpet repairs and stretching, upholstery cleaning,  hard surface cleaning, and much more. Call Damon Rydell of A Plus Carpet Cleaning anytime at (530) 223-4723.   








Caring for Shag Carpeting and Area Rugs

Have you heard about shag rugs? One of the stunning rug designs available nowadays. It is recognized by its unkempt appearance. It’s a thrilling idea to buy but maintaining it is not so cool. You may be thinking, “Then why do people buy it?”

 This is because of:

  •        Royal appearance
  •        User friendly
  •        Long Lasting
  •        Premium quality

So, do you have the passion for the shag rugs? Have you already bought and installed them in your home? If the answer to the questions is yes, then you have come to the right place. A plus carpet cleaning, Redding ca has been providing quality services and expert guidance to buy and maintain shag rugs for quite a long time. We make sure you will enjoy the sheer luxury of such unique carpet and rugs.

Today we are going to unfold some of the secrets of caring for shag rugs, which makes your task easier. It can be done by yourself or by hiring a professional service provider.

1) Since, they are not normal rugs, normal vacuuming will not give better results. You should start row by row and use upholstery attachments to bring better results. It’s a time consuming process, so do not plan on cleaning the material if you are pressed for time.

2) Because of bulky size, hand washing and drying is not easy. It’s better to do machine washing & drying. And take care of the fact that the shaggy fibers easily get distorted.

 3) Because of its structure, it can absorb the moisture and odors of nearby objects quickly. So, odor control powder, washing, and moisture control must be ensured regularly.

4) Some shag rugs get yellowish in a year or two, due to its construction. Most of the time the original look can be restored through dye treatment and thorough washing.

5) Spot dyeing is not at all easy for these types of rugs because they fade away between the shaggy structures so quickly. It is recommended to have the rug or carpet treated with scotchgard to provide a protective layer of stain resistance.

6) Do not drag furniture over them as the furniture legs can pull the fibers and cause premature wear on the material.

If cared regularly, these shag rugs will remain your friend for a long time and bring the warmth and comfort look back into your home.

Enjoy your time walking & lying on the shag rugs. And do not forget to call us for your high quality cleaning services throughout the year. Damon Rydell of A Plus Carpet Cleaning can be reached anytime at (530) 223-4723. Located in Redding Ca, and servicing Shasta, Tehama, and Butte Counties.  We also specialize in Carpet repair, odor control, urine and pet treatment, carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, and grout repair.






How to use Carpet Deodorizing Powder.

Many people use a deodorizing powder to help keep their homes smelling fresh. There are many scented brands of powder available in stores. But watch out and choose the right one. The wrong selection will create a bad smell that will be more difficult to gasp and chemicals used in the carpet deodorizing powder may damage the carpet fibers. Once you have decided and purchased, it needs to be used properly on the carpet. Here’s some simple home-use steps to deodorizing carpets at home.


1) Shake well before use.


2) Put small quantity of powder into a bowl. Mix it with small quantity of baking soda. Usually carpet-deodorizing powder is made up of baking soda base, suffused with scent. But sometimes due to low quantity of baking soda, the odor may not properly absorb. The scent will vanish soon, so baking powder is the key ingredient to solve the prpblem


3) Wear a pair of nitrile rubber gloves on your hands. This is done to ensure that your hands do not get stains or blemishes due to allergic reactions.


4) Close the windows and doors for a while to keep the scent intact in the room.


5) Sprinkle the powder uniformly over the whole carpet area. Do not sprinkle on the corners because during vacuuming the powder may not get cleaned up. Even though you use a powerful vacuum cleaner but it can clean up to 95% of the powder. And the remaining powder may leave spot mark on the carpets.


6) Open the windows and doors to let the fresh air get mixed with the scent and create a magical inner environment.


7) Next day vacuum the whole carpet area, specially the heavy traffic area where powder sets down quickly, due to walking pressure.


 8) Be careful not to over apply the powder and to always vacuum thoroughly. Often times the powder can seep down into the pad under the carpet. When this happens white streaks or a powdery like residue could surface when you have your carpets steam cleaned. So again, be sure to do a good job vacuuming. A professional carpet cleaner will use a rinsing agent to avoid this from happening.


When you want to leave your residential carpet and commercial floor cleaning to the professionals, give us a call. You can rest assured that the professionals at A Plus Carpet Cleaning of Redding, Ca will always be professional and provide you with a high quality of service.  We specialize in Area rug cleaning, residential and commercial carpet cleaning, spot dying, tile and grout cleaning, carpet repairs and stretching, upholstery cleaning, hard surface cleaning, and much more. Call Damon Rydell of A Plus Carpet Cleaning anytime at (530) 223-4723






How to Remove Pet Hair Using Household items.

Hand- Soak the palm of your hand and wipe the pet hair in a downward motion, this will cause the hair to ball up and stick to your damp hand. When the hair gets wet it becomes heavier and has less static electricity and thus is easier to grip and remove.


Latex Glove – Rub the surface with the glove, the pet hair should stick to the latex. This will also work with rubber gloves or gardening gloves with a rubber coating on the palm. Dampen the rubber section of the glove for a more effective hair pick up.


Damp Sponge – You can use a barely damped kitchen sponge on your low pile carpets to remove pet hair, although you should vacuum first. Simply rub the fabric, upholstery or carpet with the sponge and watch the fur rill into clumps you can them pick up by hand.


Inflated Balloon – Rub the inflated balloon over the surface that has pet hair on it. The static of the balloon will attract the pet hair, then collect it off the balloon and re-use.


Velcro Curlers – Rub or dab Velcro curlers on hair-covered surfaces to pick up unwanted hair.


Fabric Softener Sheets – You can use a dryer sheet to pick up hair off fabric and carpets. Misting the surface first with a mixture of fabric softener and water to prep the area can also be very effective.


Packing or Scotch Tape – You can use tape to peel off hair and fur from your fabric and carpets. Easiest way is to wrap some tape around your hand with the sticky side facing outward and tap the areas that need hair removal. The hair will stick to the tape and you can simply throw it out afterwards.


Rubber Broom – If you brush your upholstery or carpets with a rubber broom, this can help remove stubborn pet hair by using static electricity to pull the hair out.


Window Squeegee – Drag the squeegee across the surface of your fabric or carpet to collect unwanted hair and watch the hair just left up, then roll it into a ball and pick it up.


Hand Vacuum – If you happen to have a special pet hair attachment like one made by Dyson that rotates and twists to avoid tangled up hair in your attachment, then you can easily remove pet hair from you carpets and upholstery.


Professional Carpet Cleaner – If you are just at your wits end with pet hair and have surface areas that are too large to handle with these DIY methods then it’s always a good idea to call in a professional carpet cleaner like A Plus Carpet Cleaning to remove the hair over larger surfaces. Professional cleaners have the proper tools and powerful equipment to suction out pat hair you didn’t even know was there. You can even ask them to show you the hair the collect in their filters.






Helpful Tips to Keep Your Carpets Cleaner Longer.

It’s impossible to keep your floors from gathering some sort of contamination over time, but with proper care you can greatly reduce the amount of contaminants for a cleaner and longer lasting carpet. Here are a few tips.


Heavy traffic areas


Identify the heavy traffic areas of your carpet. Vacuum these areas often. Regular vacuuming with a quality vacuum prevents the accumulation of grit dust particles that damage carpet fibers. Dirt particles can work their way down deep into carpet fibers. Friction from walking on the dirty fibers causes unnecessary wear to the carpet. Vacuuming should be done at least once per week.


Use a protectant such as Scotchguard


Protectant such as Scotchgard is readily available at stores and can be applied to newly cleaned carpets easily. Scotchgard returns the stain resistant properties to your carpets, putting a barrier between your fabrics and potentially damaging spills and debris.  Carpets, rugs, and upholstery that’s Scotchguard treated also cleans up faster and easier. A Plus uses a commercial grade Scotchgiard that is heavily concentrated, safe for all fabrics, and safe for people and pets.  If you don’t have the equipment to apply the protectant yourself, then call A Plus Carpet Cleaning, Redding Ca.


A little more attention to doors & windows


The doors & windows of room are one of the main sources of dust & dirt particles. Do not keep the doors & windows open for long time. You would be amazed how much pollen and dust can enter a house with 24 hours through an open window. Once you start paying attention to this, you can feel the difference in a day or two. This is one of the simplest steps that will help you keep your carpet cleaner for long time.


Remove as you see


The stains will become stubborn as the time passes. So, remove the stains as you see. Do not wait for long. Use wet cloth to absorb the stains immediately after spill. Do Not Rub; this is very vicious to carpet. Paying regular attention to the accidental stains will surely keep your carpet cleaner for long time.


Remove your shoes when entering the home and place floor mats down at entry points.


Something as simple as removing your shoes can as years of life to your carpet. Everything on your shoes is brought into the home where eventually the debris is deposited into your carpet.  Would you lay in the street and roll around? Probably not. Then why would you lay on your carpet after your shoes have treaded everywhere? If removing your shoe isn’t feasible a good place to start is by placing floor mats are each door. Floor mats are extremely effective at catching dirt, mud, and grease.  They are also easily cleaned and replaced.


It’s best to leave residential carpet and commercial floor cleaning to the professionals. You can rest assured that the professionals at A Plus Carpet Cleaning of Redding, Ca will always be professional and provide you with a high quality of service.  We specialize in Area rug cleaning, residential and commercial carpet cleaning, spot dying, carpet repairs and stretching, upholstery cleaning, hard surface cleaning, and much more. Call Damon Rydell of A Plus Carpet Cleaning anytime at (530) 223-4723






Removing Ink Stains From your Carpets.

Ink stains can be especially difficult to remove, with the most common problem from improper handling being the unwanted spreading of the ink, which makes the stain even worse. Similar to blood stains, ink stains are far easier to remove when they are addressed as quickly as possible, as soon as possible after the spill occurs. Here are some effective ways to remove ink carpet stains:

Dampen a clean cloth with isopropyl alcohol (the higher the percentage of alcohol the better), and then proceed by dabbing on the ink stained carpet location. (You may want to do a test to make sure it will not lead to damage for certain types of carpets.)

Be careful not to rub or scrub! This could distribute the ink to a larger region.

You may need to treat the carpet stain with the alcohol again. Also some hairsprays and nail polish removers work as well, but they are extremely risky to use in terms of damage to your carpet and color fastness problems.

When using any of these chemicals rinse with water, and blot or vacuum dry (with a wet vacuum) until spot is dry.






Removing Blood Stains from your Carpets.

There is a lot of hype associated with blood stains on clothes and carpets, however the much-dreaded occurrence of this accident is not as bad as it may seem. There are many ways to remove carpet stains caused by blood, and you can be certain that after you perform these actions- the spot will be removed. Here are some methods used to remove blood carpet stains:

With blood stain removal, you need to treat the stain as promptly as possible- a quick response is the key to complete blood stain removal. The faster you act the more effective the carpet stain removal method will be.

One of the other major differences in treating blood spots on carpets is that cold water is used instead of warm or hot water. This is because blood coagulates with heat, and cold water will prevent the blood from permeating into the carpet fibers.

In a spray bottle, add about 2 teaspoons of liquid, grease-fighting dish detergent to a full bottle of cold water and spray solution on the blood stain. Liberally moisten it so that the carpet stain is entirely submerged in the cold-water solution. Then use a paper towel to blot or a dry cloth so that the blood is transferred to the cloth. Rinse with cold water and repeat if necessary.

Oxi-clean is bleach free, however with its abilities to oxygenate most carpet stains- it is ideal for bloodstains. Although Oxi-clean needs warm water to be diluted, you can use cold water and mix as well as possible. Apply on the blood stain by a spray bottle or by pouring it directly on the blood spot. Blot until dry, rinse, and repeat if necessary.

Bare in mind, removing blood stains may take persistence and a combination of all these steps. However, after several tries your bloodstain should be gone. Universal Precautions in hospitals require that for large amounts of blood, especially blood that is still in liquid form, not dried, the person cleaning up the blood wear rubber gloves.






Removing Coffee Stains from your Carpets.

Coffee stains can leave a carpet “dirty” or “brown” if not treated properly. It can cause the carpet to have a yellowish-brown tone that is quite noticeable. After blotting the dampness and coffee from the carpet you will want to follow these simple steps for removing coffee stains from your carpet:

Dry the spot as well as possible with a dry cloth by blotting. If there is a substantial amount of spillage you can make sure you are not spreading the stain by changing cloths when they become saturated with the beverage.

Try the mixture of vinegar, water, and Dawn detergent first with the spritzer method, rinse, and repeat.

There are several products that are sold in such stores as Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreen’s, and other retail chains that sell specific cleaners for this type of carpet stain. Again testing a small patch of carpet in a less visible area is a good idea. Use product as directed, and beware some chemicals are harsh- wear gloves when using them as a precaution.

There are certain types of carpets such as Polypropylene that will respond safely to a carpet stain treatment of water and bleach. You can create a mixture of 1/4 cup of bleach to 1 ¼ cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray the stained area, soaking it thoroughly, blot, rinse with warm water, and repeat until the carpet stain disappears.






The Five Biggest Carpet Cleaning Mistakes.

Your carpets are one of your homes most costly investments, so why not make sure you are tasking care of them properly. There are three big mistakes that most homeowners engage in while attempting to clean their carpets themselves.


1. Giving the stain time to set in.

Stains are best treated immediately, allowing them sit even for half an hour can the stain to soak into your carpet and set in making them harder to remove. And if the stain is acidic it can seep into your carpet padding and eat away at your carpet fibers.


2. Rubbing in a stain

Often when a new stain has occurred the homeowner will vigorously rub the stain with a cloth in order to remove the stain. This is not the proper way to handle a stain. While rubbing the stain is a normal reaction, the best practice is to absorb rather than rub to avoid tearing or fading the carpet fibers and pushing the stain further into the carpet. When a Stain occurs, quickly place a clean wet cloth soaked in either vinegar or in a pinch water. Let the stain absorb into the cloth pulling away from your carpet fibers.


3. Choosing the right products to use on your carpets

Often when you clean a stain, it might reappear later because it was not properly cleaned the first time. If the above method of absorption doesn’t work right away, then your second attempt at cleaning the stain should involve a carpet cleaning solution. Do NOT use a household cleaner or laundry detergent. Make sure you purchase a solution that is safe for your type of carpet, or else you can make the situation worse. If you are unsure about the product do a patch test in a hidden area of carpet to ensure the product is safe to use on your stain.


4. Assuming your cleaning your carpets once in a while in enough, but don’t over clean.

Remember that even if you don’t see it, dust, dirt, allergens and various other particulates can build up in your carpet ad your daily traffic will grind that dirt into your carpet even more. Make sure to vacuum weekly and have a professional carpet cleaner like A Plus Carpet Cleaning come out and professionally clean your carpets twice a year. But also remember to avoid over cleaning which can damage and fade your carpets.


5. Don’t avoid professional carpet cleaners.

Your carpets are an investment and they are worth a little extra money spent on a professional carpet cleaner. Professionals like A Plus Carpet Cleaning have tried and true methods for not just removing stains and soil from your carpets but also extending the life and beauty of your carpets. They are professionals for a reason, they have the proper training and know how on what cleaning solutions to use and the proper way to treat all types of carpet and upholstery. They can also provide services such as deodorizer and scotschguard to help remove set in odors and help avoid future stains. You might think that using a portable cleaning unit might be cheaper but it doesn’t have the power that a professional truck mounted cleaning unit has. Professional carpet cleaners can ensure that your carpets are left clean; while portable units can leave residue that actually help the carpet collect dirt.






How to Remove Kool-Aid Stains from your Carpet.

Kids love Kool-Aid, but unfortunately your carpets don’t. How do you remove a Kool-Aid stain? Don’t worry, we have the answer here. There are a few ways it can be done by the DIY’er.  Of cours you can always hire a profession like A Plus Carpet Cleaning if you don’t want to tackle the stain yourself.  With any stain removal process, first test the procedure on a small inconspicuous spot on the carpet to check for color fastness or other damage that could occur.

 Using ice water for the Kool-Aid removal you will need the following:

*Ice cold water

*Clean white spotting towels

*Borax or Baking Soda

*Tooth brush or small scrub  brush (depending on size of the stain)

*Vacuum Cleaner

How to Remove the Stain:

  1. Begin by blotting with a clean cloth to remove as much of the Kool-Aid as possible. It’s very important to BLOT throughout this entire process DO NOT SCRUB. Your goal is to “lift” the stain, not rub it into the fabric. Working from the outside of the stain towards the center will keep the stain from spreading.
  2. Spray the stain with the ice cold water.
  3. Cover the stain with borax
  4. Use an old toothbrush to gently work the borax into the stain.
  5. Blot with clean cloth. Repeat as necessary with a clean cloth each time until no more stain appears on the cloth.
  6. When the stain is removed, wash the clothing in cold water following detergent recommendations on the care tag.
  7. You may want to air-dry the clothing to be sure the stain is not noticeable when it’s dry. If you place it in the dryer and it’s not completely gone, it will be set from the heat and impossible to remove.

…With Boiling Water

You Will Need:

  • Boiling Water
  • Large Bowl

How to Remove the Stain:

  1. Keep the boiling water in a tea kettle or pitcher, you will need something that you can easily pour it from.
  2. Lay the stained garment over the large bowl so the stain is centered on the bowl.
  3. Carefully pour the boiling water over the stained area and into the bowl. BE CAREFUL not to splash yourself with the hot water.
  4. As the water travels through the fabric, it will take the stain with it.
  5. Repeat as necessary until the stain is gone.
  6. When the stain is removed, wash the clothing in cold water following detergent recommendations on the care tag.
  7. You may want to air-dry the clothing to be sure the stain is not noticeable when it’s dry. If you place it in the dryer and it’s not completely gone, it will be set from the heat and impossible to remove.

…With a Hot Iron

This method will work on both fresh stains and set-in stains.

You Will Need:

  • Iron
  • Clean white towel
  • Water
  • Ammonia
  • Spray bottle

How to Remove the Stain:

  1. Mix a solution of 1 part water and 1 part ammonia in the spray bottle.
  2. Spray the solution on the kool-aid stain.
  3. Cover with a damp towel.
  4. Place hot, steamy iron on top of damp towel for 30 seconds.
  5. Remove the iron. The stain should be transferred to the towel.
  6. When the stain is removed, wash the clothing in cold water following detergent recommendations on the care tag.
  7. You may want to air-dry the clothing to be sure the stain is not noticeable when it’s dry. If you place it in the dryer and it’s not completely gone, it will be set from the heat and impossible to remove.

For more helpful cleaning tips like this you can check out http://www.howtocleanstuff.net or look for our future posts.






How to Remove Pet Stains from your Carpet.


Often times a pet can leave unsightly damage to your carpets. Here are some things you can do to make your carpets look better should your animal leave urine, vomit, or fecal stains.  Of course, you can always hire a profession like A Plus Carpet Cleaning of Redding, or you can do it yourself with this simple technique of pet stain removal.

The following steps should be flowed exactly in the order described.  Failure to follow the correct order will result in a bubbly mess. After all, it’s the mess your pet caused we are trying to clean up and we don’t need to add to it.

Items needed.

1.     White Vinegar

2.      Baking soda

3.     Dinner plate

4.     Vacuum Cleaner


Locate the offending area and soak it with the vinegar. Once the stain is soaked, cover it with a light amount of Baking Soda. You should start to hear the carpet fizz and crackle. This noise is the baking soda reacting with the4 vinegar and it is telling you that it is cleaning and deodorizing the spot.  Cover the spot with a large lid or dinner plate to keep it from being disturbed or accidently stepped on. You will need to let it soak for a day or two. You will see the baking soda start to turn yellow as it soak up the impurities of the stain. Once the stain has had ample time to soak, simply sweep up the excess baking soda and then vacuum the rest from the carpet.  Not only did you remove the stain, but you also gave the spot a residual free deodorization.


This little trick can be used on old and new spots. 






How to Clean Red Stains From Your Carpets and Upholstery.

Step 1. Mix two cups of cold water with one teaspoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of ammonia (Warning: Never mix bleach and ammonia - the resulting fumes are hazardous).

Step 2. Using a clean white cloth, apply the detergent/ammonia solution to the stain.

Step 3. Using the same white cloth, Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

Step 4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

Step 5. If the stain remains, mix two cups of cool water with one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar.

Step 6. Using a new clean white cloth, apply the detergent/vinegar solution to the stain.

Step 7. Blot with the white cloth until the liquid is absorbed.

Step 8. Repeat Steps 6 and 7 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

Step 9. Sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol using a new clean white cloth.

Step 10. Blot until the liquid is absorbed with the same white cloth.

Step 11. Use a clean sponge with cold water to rinse and then blot dry with a clean cloth.

This should take care of most red stains, however if you don’t get to the stain right away some stains can get so set in they require a professional like A Plus Carpet Cleaners. 






How Do I Remove Hardened Wax From My Carpets?

Candles are a fun and romantic addition to any home, but as with many things, they are not spill proof and occasionally you might find yourself with a couple random spots of dried wax that you are finding difficult to remove. Well here is A Plus Carpet Cleaning's tip on how you can conquer this stubborn stain.

First you will need:
• A butter knife, plastic knife or a dull blade.
• A handheld vacuum or vacuum with hose attachment
• An Iron
• A clean white cloth, white paper towels or brown PAPER bags
(make sure the brown paper bags have no words printed on them).
• Rubbing alcohol
• A spray bottle with water
• A sponge
• Heavy weight

Now here’s how to remove the wax stain:

Step 1 - Preheat your iron to the lowest setting with NO STEAM.
Step 2 - Using the butter knife or dull blade gentle scrape the hardened wax from the carpet, removing as much       as possible. If the Wax id still soft, use an ice cube to harden and then begin to scrape.
Step 3 - Using your vacuum, remove any loose bits of wax you have just scraped off the carpet.
Step 4 - Take your white cloth, paper towel or brown paper bag and place it over the wax.
Step 5 - Gentle press the tip of your heated iron over the waxy area until it melts and sticks to the cloth, towel or       bag. Move the iron in quick short circular movements as to not scorch the carpet.
Step 6 - Lift the cloth, towel or bag to check how much wax was absorbed.
Step 7 - Repeat Steps 4-6 using only clean sections of your cloth, towel or bag until no more wax remains.

Now after the wax is removed, there is a chance that if it was a colored candle it may have stained your carpet. In order to remove this stain follow the next few steps:
Step 1 - Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the stain, being careful to not soak the carpet as this can             loosen the glue that holds the fibers together.
Step 2 - Blot the stain with a clean white cloth to remove. Repeat blotting until the stain no longer appears on           your carpet or shows up on the cloth when blotted.
Step 3 - Use a wet sponge to rinse the area.
Step 4 - Blot with a clean towel to dry.
Step 5 - Cover stain with a clean cloth or stack of paper towels and place a heavy weight on top.
Step 6 - Let the carpet dry for several hours to absorb remaining water.
Step 7 - Remove the weights and towels after a few hours to let the area air dry.
Step 8 - Groom your newly cleaned area with your vacuum.

And PRESTO You’re done! Just a couple more tips to make your wax removal process go a bit smoother:

• Try not to let the iron touch the carpet directly to avoid scorching the fibers.
• If there is still wax residue try using a dab of dry-cleaning solvent and blot to remove. Use sparingly so it does     not damage the carpet backing.
• Avoid petroleum candles as they tend to drip more and contain difficult to remove dyes.
• If the wax is on an oriental, silk or antique rug, contact a professional to remove the stain.