Stubborn Stains: Chemistry behind Them

Carpet CleanerAll carpet care professionals have had customers who have stubborn stains in their carpet. New or old, the stains are hardy and getting rid of them is certainly a chore. They are much like B.C. winters – they are coming, and you cannot do much about it.

The desire to keep a home or business clean at all times is important. As one of the leading commercial carpet care groups in British Columbia, we understand the wince you have when wine, soda or a pet makes a stain on the carpet.
Why do carpets accept stains so easily? Why are some easier to get out than others? It all boils down to chemistry.

CARPET CHEMISTRY 101

Carpet is made from a man made fibre called olefin or polypropylene. There is the off chance the carpet is made from another fibre, but it is 99 percent olefin.

Olefin is a very durable material, and it will withstand quite a bit of regular daily abuse. It is when something more traumatic happens, such as a glass of red or a puppy accident, the fibres show some abuse.

DYE

All carpet is coloured with dye. The dye site is where the colour sits on the carpet. The problem with dyes and liquids that stain is a matter of attraction. Dyes have a negative charge, and liquids often have a positive charge. The two bond when they meet.

THE CLEANING ELEMENT

The commercial three step cleaning process: hot water, clean and agitate, break the bond of the two colours and take away the foreign colour. As the carpet dries, the colour returns. Dye sites will eventually tighten their bonds beyond repair. This is when the stain “sets” in the carpet and is permanent.

FIRST AID

Quick action is always the best solution. Clean the spot with soapy water and blot dry. This will hold you over until a professional can come and take over. It may be a particularly stubborn stain, but we at Expert Carpet Care may be able to help you remove the stain completely. Call us as soon as you find a stain you cannot get out.

Foster’s Expert Carpet Care Promises

At Foster’s Expert Carpet Care, we may not be able to do calculus, build a rocket ship or develop a new language, butcarpet-cleaning-sidney-bc there is one thing that we can do and we do it well – clean your carpets with a superior, unmatched service.

It is common for many who are looking for a carpet cleaning company to be curious about the offering from the company and the service. This is understandable, and this is what we will promise you:

1. Commercial quality equipment and supplies – The machines available for rent in various locations is fine for the occasional cleaning, but they cannot come close to the cleaning abilities of commercial grade equipment. Ours is no different. We use vacuums with a suction that cannot be beaten by a residential product.

2. Protect you and your health – Furniture is heavy. Most people do not move furniture around once it is in the home unless it is replaced. The average homeowner may know how to safely move furniture, but seeing it through is another thing entirely. We at Foster’s Expert Carpet Care not only have the training to move furniture, but we also have back braces and support for this exact purpose.

3. Air quality – Dust, dander and pets mean air quality is compromised in the home. This does not take into account other issues such as odours from stains, but we can take care of both in one quick cleaning. You will be surprised at how quickly your air quality improves in a short time.

4. Mold and mildew – Those machines for rent use jets of water to clean. The return suction lacks sufficient strength to pull enough water back up to keep mildew and mold at a minimum. Our machines do not have this problem.

Next time you need your carpets cleaned, trust the carpet cleaning professionals at Foster’s Expert Carpet Care. We have the tools and experience to handle even the toughest stains.

Keeping your Boat in Top Shape: Regular Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning Company Sidney BCLiving here in BC means having a boat, and this means the necessity of regular cleaning. Most people are capable of rinsing the exterior after coming in off the water, but this is only a small part of the overall cleaning of your boat.

The interior of your boat is taking on its own fair share of salt spray. Add to this the regular traffic of people moving in and out of the boat, and your boat interior is going to need some serious cleaning.

Many think that a quick rinse and swab of the interior is enough to clean, but this is not the case. Really cleaning a boat interior is a labor intensive process that is very similar to cleaning carpets at a home.

We at Foster’s Expert Carpet Care have a truck with a mounted cleaning machine capable of reaching the farthest side of even some of the biggest yachts. Our team is fully insured and trained in the care and cleaning of your boat interior.

Our system works much like a standard residential home carpet cleaning system but has the added advantage of handling the specific carpet and needs of boat carpet. Boating carpet may look and feel like standard carpet but has many elements that differ – mostly because of the salt water.

We will come to you. Give us a call, email or stop by. We will meet with you for an initial conversation. From here, we will make an appointment to meet you at your boat. Here we will perform a full inspection and record details of what you may need. We will finish with a no nonsense quote that you will find to your satisfaction and schedule a time when we can get to work.

Foster’s Expert Carpet Care will take excellent care of your boat and will leave it in better shape than you left it.

Contact us soon!

Call the trained carpet cleaner at Foster’s Expert Carpet Care today (250) 665-2915 and request for an estimate of our marine services.

Top 8 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Green Carpet Cleaning Products

For many people, shopping for cleaning supplies is pretty straightforward: go to the store and purchase anything that’s there (usually brands you know from your childhood or something that’s heavily advertised on TV).

Most of these cleaning supplies are VERY toxic, something you can notice just by simply reading their ingredients list (a pretty long, we might add).

Here, at Foster’s Expert Carpet Care we do CARE about what goes into our cleaning solutions, we use environmentally friendly solutions and even our propane truck and the carpet cleaning equipment are leaving the smallest carbon footprints, compared to other similar service providers.

We don’t do this just because it’s trendy, we do it because there are HUGE benefits to using only green carpet cleaning products and we want our customers to have the best:

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1. We can avoid unpleasant allergies

Many people are allergic to detergents. Some start sneezing, others feel even worse, even after just passing the cleaning supplies isle in the local store. Imagine having to live with this smell for days in and out, after cleaning the carpets (or the entire household).

2. We use only safe ingredients and teach our customers the same

Just as with food, we should always be reading the labels. What goes into your bread? What goes into your soda? What goes into your cleaning supplies?

Doing a simple ingredient check you’ll be shocked to see how many deadly substances are in your regular cleaning supplies. No, not just harmful, many are deadly.

3. We avoid many unregulated ingredients

One might think that the plethora of detergents we are being offered in our stores would have all the ingredients regulated. Well, not in some cases. Not only the solutions have all kinds of dangerous ingredients, some have never been regulated.

4. Keep our children safe

And we’re not talking only giving them the chance to breathe a clean air, we are talking to actually avoiding them to poison themselves with our cleaning supplies. Instead of just having to remind them to NEVER touch our cleaning supplies or constantly have to move them around the house (to restrict access), by using natural options we have nothing to worry about them ingesting the poisons.

5. Fresh air / clean air

As we already mentioned, there’s a difference between having an air filled with chemical vapors and having clean air, while the carpets, upholstery and the entire home are still clean.

Instead of having to go through at least few days of ‘ordeal’, when the air in your home is irrespirable, us using natural ingredients helps you enjoy a clean home and fresh air.

6. Avoid skin issues

Only after using a strong detergent to clean carpets or even an anti-mold solution for your bathroom, you can notice what a huge toll hands take (unless you properly glove them).

By choosing green products your skin won’t take such a beating anymore, while the entire household will still get properly cleaned.

7. Yes, you do help the environment

Even if you don’t have ‘saving the Earth’ as your main concern, let’s not ignore the fact that, by choosing to use green products, you do play an important part in being more environmentally friendly. The future generation will thank you for being one less household that’s poisoning the waters and land with chemicals that can easily be replaced by effective cleaning products that are both safe and natural.

8. Save some money in the process

By not purchasing store bought versions, you are also saving money. Baking soda, vinegar, olive oil etc. are clearly not as expensive as some of the detergents advertised on TV and offered in the stores.

These are the top reasons why we care about using only green cleaning solutions for our customers. What else would you add to this list? Are there any reasons why you are considering going green as well?