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Unpleasant smell after cleaning – why?

The few things you should know about the reasons and how to avoid that problem.  So let’s start from a beginning: you either ordered a carpet cleaning service, or you…

Unpleasant smell after cleaning – why?

The few things you should know about the reasons and how to avoid that problem.  So let’s start from a beginning: you either ordered a carpet cleaning service, or you…
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Seven ways to keep your carpet clean for longer.

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Seven ways to keep your carpet clean for longer. As we mentioned many times in a past – carpets are one of the most expensive things you pay for in a lifetime. Probably you paid more  only for your house, car and furniture. So why do we make so many…

Unpleasant smell after cleaning – why?

Carpet cleaning
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The few things you should know about the reasons and how to avoid that problem.  So let’s start from a beginning: you either ordered a carpet cleaning service, or you have decided to clean the carpet by yourself. We all get to that stage at some point, as do we like…

Seven ways to keep your carpet clean for longer.

Seven ways to keep your carpet clean for longer.

As we mentioned many times in a past – carpets are one of the most expensive things you pay for in a lifetime. Probably you paid more  only for your house, car and furniture. So why do we make so many mistakes and not care properly for something so expensive? Here’s the few tips, that should help you keep your carpets clean for longer. 


No 1.  Take off your shoes inside a house.

It’s the simplest, the easiest and the cheapest way to keep your carpet clean for much longer. We all know, that weather is unpredictable in the United Kingdom, so even without noticing we can transfer extreme amount of dirt to our carpets just by walking on it. Another extremely effective way to stop dirt form spreading is covering part of entrance with runner or a mat. 
That gives you a great protection against dirt – it would stay trapped in something covering your hallway. 


No 2Use vacuum on a regular basis.

Sounds like a silly thing, but trust me – it works. Try to be sure, that you use a decent vacuum cleaner, preferably one with a roller brush. Why? Because that way you can pick up much more dirt, not to mention pet hairs. There are two more important things about using a vacuum cleaner: speed and the height of brush. You can’t vacuum carpet to fast, as your vacuum 
cleaner wouldn’t be able to pick up enough dirt. If we talk about the height of a roller brush – if it will be to low, you can damage carpet, if it will be to high – whole process would not work. 


No3
If you have pets – try to be sure, that they’re trained to urinate outdoors.

Urine stains are really difficult to be removed, especially from natural fibers, not to mention awful smell. You have to remember, that biggest problem with the urine is that it stays not just in a carpet, but also in the underlay. As a result – it requires a special urine treatment and in some cases underlay has to be replaced. 

No4Treat stains straight away. 


But be really careful, as wrong choice of weapon could set the stain and make it permanent. We strongly advise not to use a stain removers from a supermarket shelf, as they could be too strong for your carpet (wool carpets, for example) and could literally bleach a colour. It happens pretty often, that they leave sticky residue in your carpet as well. As a result – carpet gets dirty extremely fast after that kind of treatment. 

What is the safest way?


We always suggest going with a cold water (as a hot one could set a stain – blood, for example) and a white paper or terry towel as a first resort. That way you will change dilution of a spillage, and you will remove as much as possible without using harsh chemicals. 
Always remember not to rub a carpet, just blot it. Rubbing will only push the source of dirt deeper, not to mention it could damage fibers. 


No5Clean carpets professionally. 


Well, that sounds like another simple thing to do, but many people forget that it should be done roughly every 12 months. Just remember, we’re talking about a professional carpet cleaning, not some cowboys using 
DIY machines. I’m sure that you have heard stories about carpet cleaners arriving with something looking like a little bit bigger wet vacuum and pretending to be professionals.

Unfortunately size matter, in most cases, the bigger machine, the more powerful vacuums. That means carpet is cleaned deeper and drying time is second to none. The most powerful machines are self-sufficient truck mounted cleaning machines. They don’t even require access to your water and electricity, so no messing with buckets or wires around your house. 


No6Be careful when use stains removers.


If you decide to use a spot remover from the supermarket shelf – try it in some inconspicuous area first to see, how it’s going to affect the carpet. The reason I mention that is simple – some spot removers contain oxidizers, so could possibly bleach your carpet. It is much safer to try it in some corners or under furniture. The worst case scenario – you will bleach the carpet in a corner area instead of creating a massive mark in the middle of a living room. 

No7Stay away from so-called “discount carpet cleaners”. 


Well, as they always say – you get what you pay for. If you think, that the price for your carpet to be cleaned is so low, that you can’t believe, how lucky you are – you will probably end up with damaged goods.

Professional carpet cleaning it’s a process that requires time, knowledge, and equipment. As you need your carpets to be cleaned probably once in 12 months, it’s worth to choose a reputable company, even if you have to pay a little bit more.

If you have any other ideas, how could you prolong a lifespan of your carpets – share your thoughts in comments below.

Unpleasant smell after cleaning – why?

The few things you should know about the reasons and how to avoid that problem


So let’s start from a beginning: you either ordered a carpet cleaning service, or you have decided to clean the carpet by yourself. We all get to that stage at some point, as do we like it or not – carpets will get dirty, it is just a matter of time. But funny (or not so much funny) thing – carpet started to smell worse after cleaning. Well, It’s probably the last thing you expected and wanted.

There is the few main reasons, why it could happen: 
over wetting a carpet
water damage (any kind of leaks, for example); 
pet stains (very common urine stains, for example).

So let’s start from a first reason – leaving too much water in a carpet. 


The most common and in the same time the most effective way of cleaning carpets is so-called Hot Water Extraction (sometimes called steam cleaning).  The whole idea of that process is that certain cleaning solutions are sprayed on the carpet first, then dirt and cleaning solution are extracted from the carpet. Obviously it’s not the whole process, you can find more information about carpet cleaning process here.

What is the best thing to extract dirt from a carpet? – Obviously strong vacuums. It’s proven, that the most powerful carpet cleaning machines on a market are truck mounted cleaning systems. They are extremely powerful, can reach extremely high temperatures and due to massive vacuums – they can leave carpets touch dry.

So let’s get back to a problem: awful smell. 


That problem occurs in many cases, when we try to clean carpets using DIY machines or the one’s with vacuums not powerful enough. Unfortunately people believe, that if we make more wet passes – carpet will look better. But it actually means, that we simply leave more and more water in a carpet. In roughly 24h after that kind of cleaning – bacteria start to grow and create that musty smell. 
We strongly believe that risk of using DIY machine or company that we know nothing about is much higher, than using a reputable, local carpet cleaning company. Especially if they use a truck mounted cleaning system, so up to 90-95% of water can be extracted from a carpet.

Water damage vs carpet cleaning – what you should know. 


It’s not uncommon to have an unpleasant surprise: water leak. As we mentioned above – if we leave too much water for too long – we simply 
create a problem. Unfortunately the worst thing that could be done in that case is just to clean up carpet. 
We had many phone calls in a past from customers saying that carpets need to be cleaned. During our assessment they admit, that water leak caused and unpleasant smell. Just imagine – you have bacteria in your carpet and by simple cleaning process you just add more water.  It’s almost like you decide to feed them. 


Carpet cleaning process looks different, if it is a water damage.

In most cases underlay has to be removed and replaced. Then carpet should be cleaned on both sides, and what is even more important – treated with some anti microbial, like Formula 429. As remember- do we like it or not, 
due to cleaning process we added some water to a carpet so, we need to be sure to stop bacteria from growing. The rest of the job is a job for 
a carpet fitter – as it has to be re stretched and fitted properly.

Pet stains – what can we do about it? 


If you have pets you know, that accident is just a matter of time. Especially if it’s a puppy. Let’s be honest – them smelly accidents 
could make a whole house smell pretty awful… The standard carpet cleaning would be a remedy for a pet body oils or general “pet” smell, but will not solve a problem with urine stains, for example. It could actually initially make a smell worse, as hot water could activate urine salts. 


Urine treatment require completely different approach. The biggest problem is that it doesn’t stay just in a carpet, but also in the underlay. So, we have to use cleaning solutions and tools designed for urine. They need to work directly with urine and being able to remove and neutralize source of odor. In some cases, it would be a good idea to replace the part of the underlay affected.

UNPLEASANT SMELL AFTER CLEANING – could that be caused by cleaning process? 


The simple answer is no – if it’s done properly.

Professional carpet cleaning company will always asses a job first, choosing the best possible tools and cleaning solutions. What’s even more important – thanks to powerful truck mounted cleaning system carpets will be 
touched dry.

That is why Raf’s Cleaning Service Ltd is one of the most reputable carpet cleaning company in Manchester
Unfortunately if you decide to use a DIY tool or carpet cleaning companies with no experience or using outdated equipment, the answer for the main question isn’t so obvious… 


What is your experience? Share your story in comments below.

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