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Pro Carpet Cleaning Newsletter
November 2013

Dividing Line

The abundance of adverts from the likes of ToyRus, Argos and Marks & Spencer, plus the distinct chill in the air can mean only one thing - Christmas is coming!  With that also comes the busiest time of the year for any carpet cleaner as we all look to make our carpets presentable to friends, families and loved ones.

 

We've already started to get pre-Christmas appointments and expect this to only get busier.  We're happy to take bookings all the way up to the 23rd December, so if you'd like to book, give us a call today.

 

Best Wishes

Carl & Dan

 

Tip of the Month

 

Removing red wine stains from your carpet.

 

Red wine is probably the most common stain that we get called out for, not only because it's so visible, but unless you catch it straight away, there is little can be done to remove it without professional help.

 

There are a number of different methods that can be used to tackle it using common household products, which might not necessarily remove the stain completely, but will certainly help and make permanent removal a lot more likely.  Here are our top five:

 

White wine

Often considered an old wive's tale, white wine really can help with red wine stains as it acts as a neutraliser.  Blot dry the red wine stain with kitchen towel, working from the outside in so as not to spread the stain.  (Do not rub it as this will work the stain into the fibres).  Cover the area with white wine and blot dry again and repeat until the stain is gone.  If the stain is still visible, cover the area with salt, which will draw out any remaining moisture and staining.  Also works with vodka.

 

Soda water

The technique using soda water is very similar to that of white wine, but instead of neutralising the stain, the carbonation helps to lift the stain from the carpet fibres.  What's little known is that soda water contains salt, which helps in reducing the acidity caused by carbonation and it's this salt content that will help prevent the stain from setting in.

 

Vinegar and soap

This is a combination that's effective with many stains and red wine is no different.  Blot dry the red wine stain with kitchen towel and then cover the area with white vinegar, which will neutralise the stain. Blot dry, repeat this once further and then do the same with a solution of warm water and washing up liquid.

 

Salt

Salt works by drawing out liquids, which is why it can be of great help with red wine stains, especially if you don't happen to have any white wine, soda water or white vinegar in the cupboards.  Blot dry the area with kitchen towel and then cover it liberally with salt.  Press it down lightly with your fingers so it goes between the fibres, leave it for as long as you can (six-eight hours if possible) and then vacuum up.

 

Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda

This one will only work if you have very light coloured carpets, so do not even consider it with darker carpets else you might damage the carpet permanently.  Blot dry the red wine stain with kitchen towel and then spray the whole area with hydrogen peroxide and cover with a liberal sprinkling of baking soda.  Leave it for about five minutes, rinse with clean water and then blot dry.

 

A few things to remember

1. Always blot dry, never rub

2. When applying solutions, never over wet the area

3. The sooner you can get to it the better

4. There are no guarantees with any stains, red wine in particular

5. If possible, seek professional help

 

This method uses some homemade solutions, some of which involve acids and alkali, so we thoroughly recommend you test first on an inconspicuous area of carpet.

 

Offer of the Month

 

Discounts on Upholstery Cleaning

 

In the run up to Christmas we're lowering our upholstery cleaning prices:

 

Armchair only £25

Two seat sofa only £35

Three seat sofa only £45

Three piece suite only £80

 

(Three piece suite based on two armchairs and one three seat sofa)

 

Competition

 

Our Christmas competition will start next week and this time, instead of just one prize, we're going to have three! 

 

If you'd like to enter, simply visit our Facebook page and click on the Like button. www.facebook.com/procarpetcleaninguk.  If you already like us on Facebook, you'll be automatically entered.

 

Feedback

 

Understanding what we do well and also what we've perhaps not come up to expectation on is essential for us to continue offering service of the highest level.  If you can spare a few minutes to rate us and/or leave a testimonial, we would be really grateful, plus all people that do will automatically receive £5 off their next booking.

 

You can find our feedback form here: www.procarpetcleaning.co.uk/feedback

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