Keeping your carpets clean and stain-free is impossible. That’s because occasional spills are inevitable while foot traffic can’t be stopped altogether. This is especially true in households with more members or kids and pets running all over the place!
Fortunately, it is fairly simple to remove stains from your carpet if you know the right methods to follow. For that, you’ve certainly come to the right place! Today, we are sharing tried and tested, easy-to-follow methods to remove different types of carpet stains. Read on!
How to Remove Natural Carpet Stains
(Dust, mud, dirt, etc)
These natural stains are typically mild in nature, and occur regularly. Unless they are severe or have had time to set, most of the dried stain can be vacuumed up while the rest, removed with mild soap and water.
Here is a quick step-by-step guide to remove natural stains from carpet:
Blot the stain with paper towels (if it is wet or damp). Allow the dirt/mud to dry up completely, and then vacuum the spot.
Make a carpet stain remover consisting of liquid dish soap (1 teaspoon) and cool water (2 cups).
Take a clean, white cloth, dip a part of it into the solution, and squeeze out excess water. Use the dampened cloth to gently wipe and lift the stain.
Finish off by blotting the area with paper towels, and allow it to air dry.
No carpet stain causes more panic among homeowners than one caused by food or drink! Perhaps it is the vibrant colours of the stains that scare people, or simply the misconception that beverage/food stains on carpet are impossible to remove. Well, we are here to tell you otherwise!
Use the method below to remove different kinds of carpet stains left by an accidental beverage or food spill:
Pick off chunks or bits (if any) so that you are only left with a liquid stain.
Absorb as much of the stain as possible with paper towels (blot, don’t scrub).
If you don’t have a carpet cleaning product, mix 2 tablespoons of fabric detergent in 2-3 cups of water; adjust the strength of the stain remover according to the severity of the stain.
A white hand towel or absorbent cloth should be used to clean the carpet stain as it needs to be lifted as opposed to dissolved. Dampen the cloth with the solution and wipe the stain gently in circular motions; be sure not to use the same side of the cloth when the stain begins to transfer onto the cloth.
Soak up moisture from the carpet with paper towels.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the stain is removed.
If needed, allow the carpet to dry completely before repeating the steps.
How to Remove Oil/Grease Stains from Carpet
(Oils, grease, butter, body lotion, lipstick, salad dressing, etc)
A lot of homeowners believe carpets with grease or oil-based stains are a lost cause and therefore, do not even attempt to remove them. While old carpet stains caused by oil or grease may require professional cleaning techniques, if you act sooner than later, you just might be able to remove the stains yourself.
Take a look at our stain removal method for oil and grease carpet stains:
Dampen a clean, white cloth with a dry cleaning solvent such as glycol ethers or perchloroethylene, otherwise known as ‘perc’.
Blot the stain and observe how much of it is getting removed before using another side of the cloth (or a fresh one altogether).
Continue cleaning the carpet stain using more of the solvent if needed.
After 5 minutes of removing the stain, gently wipe over the area with a clean, damp cloth to rinse off the solvent.
After the carpet dries, check if any discolouration remains and repeat the stain removal process one more time.
Be sure to allow the carpet to dry before repeating the steps.
Bear in mind that removing different types of stains from your carpet requires patience and, oftentimes, the need to repeat steps or the entire method depending on how old the stains are, and the severity of them. Nevertheless, these are tried and tested carpet stain removal methods so the next time you see ugly marks on your favourite carpet, use the cleaning guides above to get rid of them!
Trending cleaning tips are essential because keeping a house clean is a tricky thing to do. There is literally an army of little critters (aka germs and bugs) who are fighting you every single step of the way. So prepare for battle. Arm yourself with sprays, brushes and cleaning cloth, and let’s get to work. Here’s a few super simple, totally doable, and glove wrenchingly possible, cleaning tips to win the war.
Trending Cleaning Tip #1: Never let your spouse or children enter the home
This super simple tip makes a lot of sense. Less people through your pristine doors means there are fewer of those warrior germs and bugs fighting their way over your squeaky clean floors in an effort to make a mess again. While dust may still settle, noone is dragging in full on loads of dirt or tossing half eaten crackers under the couch cushions (except you of course, but you can always blame any strays on, say, a break in).
Trending Cleaning Tip #2: Have visitors over several times a day
I know, I know, this seems like it totally contradicts the previous piece of advice. That’s what good advice is like nowadays though, totally contradictory advice for the perfect solution, one right after the other… Anyway, onto the point at hand…
You should have visitors more often because you never clean harder than you do in those ten minutes before a visitor shows up. Ergo, more visitors means more ten minute scrambles to scrub, scrub, scrub.
Trending Cleaning Tip #3: Develop a totally new personality
You’re obviously reading this because you are not one of those natural cleaners. You know the ones. They just walk into a room and it is magically all shimmer and shine. Their arms are constantly in dish gloves because they don’t spend more than a moment away from the sink. They live and breath for the clean. The only logical solution is to become one of these people.
Trending Cleaning Tip #4: Create an artificial intelligence robot maid.
This is so on trend it’s literally ahead of its times… but not by much. I mean, have you seen the amazing things that these robots can do? We are literally thiiiiiiiiis close to having full on android machines who can put on an apron and use their laser focus to ensure every single tiny speck of dirt in your whole house is taken out with the trash.
Trending Cleaning Tip #5: Move out for a period of time and rent your house out
Ok, this might seem like a weird solution but hear me out… When someone rents out your house they are required to return it in pristine condition in order to get their bond back. So just move out, rent it out, then move back in once the lease is up. Voila, the tenant has to ensure it is all super clean and tidy before you return. (No, no, there’s absolutely no loopholes or missing steps in this totally savvy plan. It’s on point.)
Trending Cleaning Tip #6: Commit a fake crime in your home
When a crime is committed the police come in and take away everything to check for evidence right? It’s a total win win. They get to chalk up an arrest to increase their credentials and you get them to do the dirty work in cleaning up your home. Don’t forget to enjoy your relaxing holiday in jail while the investigators get onto the task and figure out it was all fake. If you’re super lucky, or just hire an unscrupulous liar, I mean lawyer, then you might even end up with a nice little payout to compensate you for the “inconvenience”. Don’t think too hard about this one, I’m sure it will all work out in the wash.
Trending Cleaning Tip #7: Close your eyes and wish it all away
It’s really that easy. It happens in the movies, so I know for sure that wishes work. Find the right spot in your home, shut your eyes, relax, and wish. Seriously this has got to be the most trendy tip to follow when it comes to cleaning. In fact more than 80% of people who want to clean their home default to this tip instead of, you know, physically doing something about it. That’s how we know it’s so doable! Don’t despair if your wish doesn’t work at first. There’s always some sort of hiccup before things kick in. Besides, everyone knows that if what you’re doing doesn’t work the first time you just keep repeating it the exact same way until it does. It’s called persistence. That’s a great quality to have.
Trending Cleaning Tip #8: Burn it to the ground
A change is as good as a holiday. At least that’s what they say. If the cleaning is getting you stressed, distressed and repressed, then it’s time for a total change. Out with the old and in with the new, they say. Imagine it… fresh new home. Brand new furniture. Everything totally clean and amazing. This is such a good idea… right?
Bonus Trending Cleaning Tip:
Or you know, if none of these ideas will work for you, maybe you could hire a super amazing cleaning team. If you live or work in Perth, then CleaningBest has got you covered. Book us in today and see for yourself how totally doable this cleaning tip is.
*Other than the bonus tip, these tips are totally not trending, or doable. Actually it is not advisable to do any of them at home. Warning notice added in on the threat that I’d be the one who got cleaned out if I forgot the disclaimer.
Do you value your cleaner? This blog post is going to be a little bit different. Let’s pull off the sales veneer and tell it like it is.
I’m not a cleaner. I do some admin and accounts work for a cleaning company, including writing their monthly blog. It doesn’t make sense for the cleaner to take time and focus out of what they do best to write up blogs. They are focusing on the cleaning side of things. That means they can get that done well. I, in turn, focus on the backend and admin side of things. It works well for most businesses who understand the importance of not spreading oneself too thin.
Being on the admin side of a cleaning business has opened my eyes to what it’s like for a cleaner trying to make a living through their cleaning business. I’ve worked, and still work, for many different kinds of businesses. This means I get to see a perspective that is bigger than just the view from within one company. It’s interesting to see how differently clients treat and approach different businesses, depending on how much value they place on the service they are recieving. Let’s look at it this way…
The value of quality products & materials
Have you ever tried to paint your own home?
If you did, did you go for the cheapest product you could find, only to discover that it is really is worth putting in a little extra?
That 90c brush that fell apart while you painted was just a waste of 90c. The $15 brush made life easier.
That $2 roller that left bits of lint over the wall wasn’t just a waste, it added hassle, time, and frustration to the job. That $50 roller held more paint, made the job run more efficiently, and took away the headache.
The cheap paint that you thought was such a good deal didn’t turn out so great in the long run did it? You ended up having to do three times as many coats just to get it to look ok on the wall, and you can tell that a repaint is needed already.
Perhaps you just realised it was all too hard and paid the big bucks to get a professional out there and make sure the job was really done right.
When it comes to quality materials for cleaning your home, do you value your cleaner?
The value of a bit of skill and focus
Have you ever paid for a decent hair trim?
A $30 trim takes up a lot of your time and hardly any of the hairdressers. You have to leave your home, figure out what to do with the kids, drive to the store, find a park, wait your turn. It takes them about 10 minutes. That’s $30-$50 for maybe several minutes of their time to snip along your hair, and maybe along the fringe too.
Maybe you only go in for a longer style, colour or full treatment. This, of course, costs you more, maybe even hundreds of dollars more. It would be much cheaper and quicker to just take a pair of scissors and snip your own hair. Though we can’t guarantee that the outcome would be pleasant… At least hair grows back… I guess.
When it comes to needing some skill and focus, do you value your cleaner?
The value of professional training and focus
What about a tax return? Ever paid to get your tax return lodged?
You could lodge yourself you know. It’s free to do that. Those are the sort of returns that end up with people getting fined for claiming ineligible costs such as the costs of parking at their usual place of work (sorry that’s not tax deductible), or missing out on rebates and offsets that you just didn’t know about (you have to include that remote zone offset if you want it applied against your taxable income).
Tax accountants spend years studying and gaining work experience before they qualify. They are required to maintain minimum annual education (since the system is constantly changing) and it’s what they focus on. That’s why you pay them to prepare your return for you. Plus, it’s a tax deductible cost, so win win right?
When it comes to getting a professional clean, do you value your cleaner?
The value of a cleaner
Why are some people so reluctant to pay for cleaners?
Cleaning your home is something everyone does. Yet it’s not something everyone has the skills to do well, nor is it something everyone has the time to do.
Yet we don’t learn from the times we’ve gone for the cheaper options only to realise that actually ends up costing us more, especially in time and hassle.
We’ll happily pay $35 for a ten minute haircut and complain if someone wants to charge us $35 for a physically demanding hour of cleaning.
We recognise the value of getting in a professional to assist with our finances, yet we often don’t see that a decent cleaner, one who really knows what they are doing, can provide value beyond what you can do on your own.
I am not a cleaner. I do admin work for a cleaning company and I’ve gained some insight into the issues that cleaners regularly face with quoting jobs. We regularly see potential clients quickly become angry when they see the rates and make claims such as:
No other cleaning company charges as high as you do, can’t you do it cheaper?
My last cleaner only charged $20 an hour, why can’t you charge $20 an hour? It only takes 2 people 2 and a half hours to clean my home, I was expecting it to only cost under $100.
The cost of employees
Let me put it to you straight.
A good cleaning company knows what they are doing and what products to ensure the job is done well. Behind the scenes they are investing in quality product and cleaning material, as well as focusing themselves on continual improvements through ongoing training and education. They are professionals.
When you hire a cleaning company you are not hiring a young Mum who is just looking to earn a few dollars on the side. There are laws in Australia that require staff to be paid not just for the hours they work. They must also be paid for travel time, training time, downtime, and even holidays. On top of that there is insurance, superannuation, allowances for extra icky or tricky jobs (like cleaning your toilet or working on roofs), bonuses, uniforms, staff amenities, and vehicles.
For the 2020 financial year the legal minimum wage for a fulltime cleaning employee is $20.82-$22.70 per hours for normal hours of work, depending on their skill and authority level (higher for evenings, public holidays, weekends, and overtime). If someone works on a Sunday then their minimum wage will be between $41.64 and $45.40 an hour. If they work overtime on a public holiday their base minimum wage will be $56.75. Part time workers have higher minimum hourly rates of pay starting at $23.94. Casual workers are higher again (although this is at least partially offset by not having the requirements to pay them for leave time).
Undervaluing has an onflow effect
If you expect a cleaning company to charge only $20 an hour then you are expecting to be charged rates that are lower than the lowest possible minimum hourly rate before even factoring in superannuation, allowances, leave, training, uniform, travel etc. If a cleaning company is charging you this low they are either not a cleaning company (they’re an individual just looking for some extra cash on the side and willing to work under minimum wage requirements to get it) or they are not paying their staff properly.
As a rough guide it costs a company almost twice as much as the base minimum wage rate for their productive hours of employment. (Although this can vary depending on how much down time, travel time, additional allowances, training, uniforms, additional hours etc are appropriate for the situation). When you realise that you realise that most cleaning companies make a living by working in the business themselves.
Not to mention the actual value of a good clean
That’s just the cost side of things.
The real value of hiring a cleaner is in the value that you get from a proper cleaning job. Do you have a cleaner who doesn’t miss those nooks and crannies? Someone who uses high quality material? A company whose cleaners work efficiently and effectively? If so you are getting genuine professional value. That’s not the same thing as paying someone who basically knows how to tidy up and run a wipe over the most visible surfaces. It’s worth a whole lot more.
It saves you time and energy. Plus your home is in better shape than you could realistically keep it.
If you want a professional service then expect a professional fee to be charged. If you’re lucky enough to get a cheap rate with a quality cleaner then be grateful while you’ve got it. These cleaners are working hard to make a living for themselves. You are reaping the benefits of quality job.
Thank your cleaner today!
Do you value your cleaner? If you’re someone who values the exceptional service that is provided by your cleaning then thank you! I know we’d love your kind over at www.cleaningbest.com.au
Don’t forget to let your cleaner know how much you appreciate them. I wonder if there’s a cleaner appreciation day….
10 Ways to Tell If Your Expert Cleaner a Gourmet Chef or a BBQ mate
Do you know how to choose an expert cleaner? When choosing the best Perth cleaning services for your needs, make sure you pick someone you can rely. A decent cleaner and a professional cleaning business is like the difference between hiring a gourmet chef for your function, or just tossing some bucks to a mate who’s putting on a BBQ.
Of course, there’s something to be said about having a mate who can cook a BBQ. A BBQ is a cheap meal, half decent grub, friendship and some jokes about cremated meat. Hiring a basic cleaner is kind of the same. A cheap clean that gets the basics of the job done, is friendly, and shows a lack of finesse that you can laugh about.
A gourmet chef kicks it up a notch. They know just the right spices to mix in when you’re after pure flavour. This means the food is cooked perfectly, the right components are soft, or crunchy, rich, or subtle… The result is a carefully crafted blend that boosts your palate and enhances any function. Hiring a quality professional cleaning company is kind of the same. A premium clean, friendly, reliable quality, and a focus on finesse.
Premium Quality Work from an Expert Cleaner
While you may chuck 20 bucks or pitch in with a salad for your BBQ mate, you’d pay the gourmet chef a premium fee for premium food. The funny thing is that, when it comes to choosing your cleaning company, many people expect to treat the professional like they would their mate.
This is nuts!
They’re not just saving you time and doing an undesirable job for you. They are putting their experience and training into giving you superior results. These results genuinely benefit your home,office or cleanroom. A professional cleaning company has spent the time needed to provide you with an expert cleaner. They have devoted their energy to selecting quality tools and equipment. In addition, they undertake ongoing training and continually improve their services. There is a high level of quality and assurance from a professional relationship.
Let’s take a deeper look at some typical differences between a basic cleaner (the BBQ mate), and the expert cleaner who works in an expert cleaning business (the gourmet chef)…
1- The little things matter to an expert cleaner
When it comes to eating, a BBQ is a pretty casual affair. Toss a salad here, slop on some sauce there, and hope more gets into your mouth than on the floor. When it comes to cleaning, it’s even more important that things are not that sloppy. When you do a quick tidy up you don’t need to worry about the little things. When you hire a cleaner, the little things matter.
The expert cleaner pays attention to those little things. They will clean behind the doors, not just forget to look because a door is closed. You won’t have to run every little thing past them because they actually know what they are doing. The small stuff isn’t ignored on the premise that it doesn’t matter. Rather, the little things are given attention. The professional cleaner knows that it’s the attention paid to the little things that makes a big difference.
A basic cleaner will miss things. They may get the big picture, but in their hurry to get through they forget to check the little things, or don’t even realise they matter.
2- The results from an expert clean are good for you
A good meal is filling, delicious, and nutritious. There’s an actual benefit that forms part of the yum factor. A deep clean from a quality cleaner is about more than just looking pretty. It clears away dirt, bugs, germs, mould, and other nasty surprises that could be making your home sick. While a superficial clean from a basic cleaner may help your house feel a bit more tidy, the professional clean improves the health of your home.
3- Your senses are heightened by the experience of having an expert cleaner through your home
A good meal is something that enthralls and tingles all of your senses. An expert cleaning job does the same.
When you clean your house thoroughly, you feel the difference. While you may not be able to put your finger on it, your senses pick up on it. It’s not just something you see and smell. Although there is that, of course. A really good clean lifts your mood and clears your head.
4- Presentation matters
When a BBQ mate cooks, the food is typically just thrown on the plate. Charcoal, sauce, salad, whatever works. A gourmet chef makes presentation a big part of the meal experience. From the way the food is set on the plate, to the extra garnishes that give a finishing touch. It’s the same with a quality clean.
You might think that this doesn’t make sense. After all cleaning is pretty much all about presentation. However there is a difference. A basic cleaner will clean. But they may not put things back properly. They won’t worry about spots, or tweak the edges. Your rubbish bin may even highlight the evidence of their clean. A professional cleaner is all about presentation. Their rubbish won’t be left behind for you to take out. If they move things around, they’ll fix it up again. The cleaning job is finished off with just the right touches that fill out the overall presentation.
5- The expert cleaner has the right tools & materials
A professional cleaner doesn’t just know how to clean, they know what cleaning materials and tools work for each type of clean. This means they also know what they can and can’t clean. An expert cleaner is not going to spend time on a job that they just aren’t equipped for. That’s because they understand both their own level of experience and the proper supplies and equipment needed for specialised cleans.
Cleaning products can cause damage if they are used in the wrong way or on the wrong surface. A basic cleaner will only have a limited understanding of what to use, and is at a higher risk of causing damage by failing to understand their materials properly.
6- The expert cleaner is experienced and proactive
A gourmet chef knows how to make a great meal because they’ve done it a thousand times. They don’t need you to list all the ingredients or instruct them on how the plate should look. An expert cleaner is the same.
Their experience means they can anticipate the needs of a clean. While they will work to your specifications, you should never have to give a professional cleaner a play by play on what you expect from them.
7- They have the right accreditations, insurances, and certificates
Just like a professional chef, your professional cleaning company will be backed by the right accreditations, insurances, and certificates. They’ve proven themselves and have their contingencies in place.
8- It’s not just about the cleaner
When you hire a cleaner from a professional cleaning company, it’s not just about the cleaner. In a professional food services environment there is a head chef, a sous chef, waitstaff, dishwasher, the host, and more. It is a team effort. While the head chef may be the one who is credited with the good meal, there is really a lot more going on.
A basic cleaner may just be working for themselves. They don’t have a team of focused experts supporting them to improve the overall results. Nor do they have a team of people to train and provide for. A quality cleaning business will have a professional cleaner who fronts the work for you. However there will be a team of experts supporting them. Their work, although central to the job, is the outcome of a number of hands that help the overall flow of the business. This means each worker concentrates on the expertise they bring to the overall experience.
9- The expert cleaner takes responsibility
A professional cleaning company will guarantee their work. Since things can go wrong, no matter how experienced people are, they will take responsibility for mistakes. This includes having insurance, redoing work when necessary, increasing training for new staff, improving tools, and taking on board criticism. Solid criticism can be extremely useful for the expert cleaner. Someone who isn’t a professional is less likely to take responsibility for issues or understand how to utilise criticism to make improvements.
If you want a premium clean, then be prepared to pay premium rates.
10- The expert cleaner isn’t charging mates rates
You don’t have to worry about paying your mate to put on a BBQ for you. When you hire a gourmet chef to cater for your function, well, that’s an entirely different story.
While you want to minimise your cleaning costs, a professional cleaning company is not just an individual cleaner earning some extra cash on the side. There are legal, ethical, and practical considerations that need to be taken into account. An individual cleaner may offer rates that equate to less than minimum wages. A cleaning company simply cannot do that, nor should they be expected to. When quality matters this means there is additional cost. Training, hiring processes, quality supplies, taking care of staff, client relations… everything adds to the picture.
You’ve probably heard the old adage, that “you get what you pay for”. The same is true with your cleaner. If you want a premium clean, then be prepared to pay premium rates.
There are cleaners, and then there are cleaners. A professional cleaning business will offer expert cleaners for residential, commercial, cleaning room, or other specialised cleaning services. They will pay attention to the little details and give a thorough clean that genuinely improves your home or office. This can actually have a tangible impact on your health. You will sense the difference with a final presentation that has been meticulously cared for. With the right tools and materials, backed by experience, accreditations, and insurance, they are a reliable team of experts. The expert cleaner is part of a expert cleaning business. They deserve the respect and consideration that matches the efforts they put into doing an exceptional cleaning job.
When you find a cleaning business that provides you with this premium service, don’t think of them like they’re just a mate putting on a BBQ for you. After all, they’re creating a gourmet meal for you. Choose them for the professionals that they are.
Smell is a fascinating sense. You can thank your sense of smell for a whole host of experiences. From creating enjoyable experiences, to enhancing a pretty scene, bringing back memories or even saving your life! This is because bad odors alert you to danger. Any new smell stimulates your nervous system, which is what assesses the safety of your environment. Scientists have actually confirmed that we can pick up over a trillion distinct smells– that’s a lot of scent to process! It’s no wonder that smell naturally leads to the thought of a cleaning service. It can alert you to your cleaning needs even before the visually obvious.
Smell the dangers!
Throughout the day we trench in dirt. Bacteria and sweat typically give of a less than pleasant sense. Musty stenches are big red flags. The stink actually serves a purpose in alerting us to a build up of potentially harmful bacteria, bugs and other creepy factors. Indeed smell is so powerful that it can even pass on emotions. If someone has felt fear or disgust their sweat actually leaves a distinct odor that is sensed by the person smelling it. Of course nobody wants to walk into a room and suddenly sense of fear or disgust. This all helps us to understand why we appreciate that fresh scent of cleanliness that a cleaning service provides. Naturally, our brains interpret the cleaner smell as being healthier and more relaxing.
Every scent stimulates your brain. It assess danger, picks up emotions, raises curiosity, and otherwise helps us assess our situation. Unfortunately this constant assault on your nervous system can become pretty intense. That’s why your odor receptors can experience temporary sensory fatigue or adaptation to adjust. In simple terms, this means familiar or lingering smells soon become barely noticeable. This leaves your senses ready to focus on new smells that arise. There is an unfortunate side effect of this desensitisation. You can be unaware of a subtle build up of a smelly home situation! Even though your visitors won’t appreciate it. That’s why a professional cleaning service offers the solution.
Put Your Feet Up!
Get on top of things by ensuring your home is regularly cleaned by a professional cleaning service. Your home will be healthier and you can avoid the oversight of a familiar stench. A professional cleaner will be able to come into your home with a fresh perspective. Their regular cleaning service will keep your place fresh and healthy. They are also more likely to sense the potentially offending hazards that you’ve become numb to. Home may be where the heart is. However it should also be a place where you can put your feet up without having to worry about an increasing level of stink.
To keep your Perth home or office smelling fresh and clean, contact CleaningBest for a professional cleaning service quote today!