The Basics of Spot Removal. GreenCo2 Carpet Cleaning System of Grand Rapids, MI.
It’s a good feeling. You have a beautiful home, you spend time keeping it in perfect shape, and your brand-new carpet is the icing on the cake. It’s soft, comfortable and clean.
Then one day, you notice (gasp) a spot right in the middle of the living room. There’s no way you can live with that eyesore. It has got to go. What do you do?
Here are a few tips to basic spot removal. Don’t forget that a spot can really be a stain, which needs professional attention.
Do your best to visually identify the spot. Some spots are easy; others are pretty tough. It’s not always possible to identify the spotting substance in the carpet. Yet, a little sleuthing on your part can get you close. Where is the spot? Is it near the dining room or where those in the family might eat? Odds are, it’s food related, and you might find success with a spotting solution for sticky residues. Is it in a bedroom? Could be cosmetic, shoe polish or other substance common to getting ready for the day, and you might find success with a dry solvent spotter.
When you have figured out as best you can the type of spot you have, choose a reputable product for that particular spot. Some of the best spotting solutions can be obtained from your carpet cleaning company. Ask them what they recommend.
Next comes removal. Carefully blot the spot. Do not scrub. You will damage the tips of the fibers and there’s nothing short of replacement to fix that. Keep applying and blotting product until the spot is gone.
Remember, if you do your own spot removal, there is some danger of removing original fabric color and causing other damage. Take your time and do it right. Pretesting fiber and solution compatibility is always recommended.
And when in doubt (or when a spot stumps you) always do the very best thing: Call your cleaning professional right away!
Stressed-Out Lawns. GreenCo2 Carpet Cleaning System of Grand Rapids, MI.
Remember how lush and green your lawn was in the spring and early summer? You loved it. Then August hit and things started to go downhill from there (unless you carefully and regularly watered your lawn, that is!)
Now that summer is quickly fading away, it’s time to start thinking of what you can do to keep your lawn in good condition and prepare it not only for the rest of the year, but also for the next growing season.
The first thing to remember is not to cut grass too low. You have mowed your lawn a dozen times or more, and you are tired of it, right? That’s normal. So your inclination might be, “Well, the lawn is almost done so I’ll just cut it shorter and cut it less frequently.” Don’t forget that taller grass is able to withstand the elements better, not just less rainfall but also fighting off invading weeds.
This is a good time to aerate your lawn. You can hire a professional lawn company to do this for you, or rent a machine for do-it-yourself lawn care enthusiasts. This opens up the soil so moisture can penetrate and help roots to draw moisture and nutrients into the visible grass blades. This helps the lawn continue to grow through the fall and even prepares it for the next spring.
Lastly, consult your local home improvement center and determine, according to where you live and winter weather conditions, the type of fertilizer treatment you can use in the fall to prepare your lawn for winter. Studies show that fall fertilization practices is really good for the health of your lawn.
Hurry up, before the snow flies!
Bed Bug Myths Debunked. GreenCo2 Carpet Cleaning System of Grand Rapids, MI.
There’s virtually nothing more disconcerting than an infestation of the bed bug in homes… and in the past few years, bed bugs have been making a comeback.
Yet just because you find a bed bug (or several) in your home doesn’t mean you aren’t keeping things clean.
Contrary to popular opinion, bed bugs aren’t picky. If they get into your home, they are looking for one thing: Food. That means, unfortunately, you are on the menu. And when they take a bite out of you, the emotional impact can be severe.
Bed bugs can be hard to find. Besides the tell-tale bites and itchy reactions, you have to go hunting to find their nesting ground. This can be in folds of blankets on your bed, in dresser drawers and in electrical outlets, just to mention a few. Bed bugs are sneaking critters.
The good news is that when you travel, and you encounter what you think are bed bugs, it’s not automatic that they will ride home with you. As a precaution, keep your suitcase on a table and avoid putting clothes in dressers. If you are careful, you can keep those critters at bay.
And when you arrive home, if there are any concerns about bed bugs hijacking in your suitcase, put your clothes in the washing machine and then in the dryer. This should take care of the pests.
Of course, when in doubt, do what’s safe: Call a pest control expert!