November, 2020 | BCS Cleaning Specialists

Is It Possible To Remove Goatheads From Carpet?

November 26, 2020

Goatheads, aka Tribulus Terrestris (and quite the terrestris it is too!), are a poky little devilish plague of the Salt Lake Valley and Park City. They are a pain, literally and metaphorically. They get everywhere, stick to everything and poke holes in everything (usually in feet, their favorite). And heaven help you if they get into your carpet. Yikes, they’re like the devilish little villains in Disney movies who leap out and attack you when you least expect it. Only these particular little villains get lodged deeper into your carpet every time you tread on them, making it increasingly more difficult to extract them. 

So what to do? Is it possible to get these poky little sneakies out of their cosy carpet-nests and give them the old heave-ho (translation: get rid of them)? Why yes, it is!

If the nasty little pokies have been newly-tramped into your home on the feet of some unsuspecting guest, they will be at their easiest to remove right away. Grab a sticky de-linting roller or a long piece of very sticky tape and press it onto the goatheads to pick them up and throw them away easily. You can also chase them around on hands and knees with a pair of tweezers and a piece of kitchen paper, if you’re feeling particularly thorough.

If the little devils have nestled their way into your carpet fibers, it’ll be slightly trickier to pry them out.  If you know roughly where they are, you can ferret them out again with a pair of tweezers. Just be careful to only kneel on a patch of carpet you know to be safe, lest you end up with nasty knee pokies! Better still, use a knee pad if you’re going to be groveling around near potential landmines.

Once you’ve extracted what you believe to be all of them, run over the area slowly with a strong vacuum cleaner, making sure to run it over the same area from multiple angles to ensure you collect any spines that broke off the original goathead. Lord, they’re devillish little things! 

If the goatheads are firmly entrenched or you just want to make extra sure they’re eradicated, it’s time to call in the professionals. Give BCS Cleaning Utah a call today on 801 561 1730 – our powerful carpet vacuums will suck the little suckers up in no time, restoring instant peace of mind (and flesh) to you and your feet.

Is It A Good Idea To Vacuum Carpet After Professional Cleaning?

November 19, 2020

This is a great question, and one not many people think of. We’re always for vacuuming! It restores the pile of your carpet, keeps it clean and smelling pleasant, and removes potential staining agents. And who doesn’t love those ‘just-vacuumed’ tracks the vacuum cleaner leaves behind? Ooo makes you feel so good inside…..

That being said, although vacuuming post-professional-clean is not strictly necessary since the cleaning treatment itself includes a deep vacuuming, there are a couple of big benefits if you do decide to.

Firstly, as carpet dries after being deep cleaned, it can sometimes wick up dirt that was too deep to reach from the base of the carpet to its surface. Vacuuming when the carpet is completely dry removes this last bit of dirt and ensures your carpet lasts even longer until its next deep clean. Don’t be tempted to even let the vacuum look at the carpet while it’s still even slightly damp, as you can do the opposite and actually push dirt into the carpet fibers, making it impossible to remove without another professional cleaning treatment. Always wait until the carpet is completely dry before vacuuming.

Secondly, professional cleaning involves getting the carpet thoroughly wet with cleaning agents and then sucking most of them back out again – the remainder being left to airdry. This can affect how the pile of the carpet lays; vacuuming soon after the carpet is dry restores the pile to its plump, fully-fluffed state, giving you better-looking, softer carpet to walk on.

If you’re ready to book your next professional carpet deep-clean, call the experts at BCS Cleaning Utah on 801 561 1730 today. 

How Can I Deodorize My Carpets With Spices & Baking Soda?

November 12, 2020

Carpets can be both beautiful and functional, but with their abundance of absorbent fibers, they can also soak up undesirable smells. Follow our quick, green process to remove nasty stinkies from your lovely soft carpets.

You will need:

½ cup baking soda

½ cup borax 

1 tspn ground spices (Cinnamon is a great option to try on dark carpets – DO NOT USE on light-colored carpets as it may stain; essential oils may be used instead) 

Mix the ingredients together and then store in a dry, well-ventilated place in an airtight container, preferably one with a sprinkle lid or lid with holes poked through it. Sprinkle the mixture onto stinky carpet and leave in situ for at least 30 minutes. The baking soda is a powerful smell absorber, especially of pet smells. 

Vacuum thoroughly after thirty minutes and you will be left with just the delicious scent of warm spices.

If you’d like to have your carpets deep-cleaned as well as deodorized, give the professionals at BCS Cleaning Utah a call today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your carpet deep-clean.

How Fast Can Mold Grow In Carpet?

November 5, 2020

The answer to this question is very subjective, as it depends on so many factors. 

Many sources say mold develops within 24 to 48 hours, but remediation specialists will often tell you that those numbers are highly subjective and that mold often doesn’t start until many days later, sometimes as many as 18 days later!

In the Salt Lake Valley and Park City, we are blessed (depending on your perspective!) with a very dry atmosphere, thanks to our high elevation, desert location and high amount of salt, so damp is much less of an issue for us than for most of the US. Even when prevailing damp IS an issue, due to a pipe break or water spillage or some other reason, mold takes a lot longer to take hold here than it does in other places. 

The bottom line is: if you’ve had a pipe burst in your home and your carpets have been flooded, you don’t need to panic that if they’re not bone dry within a day or two you’ll have vast alien colonies of mold proliferating with reckless abandon throughout your home. That simply won’t happen. The worst that will happen in that timeframe is that your home (and specifically the wet area) will smell damp and unpleasant, and the carpet itself may be damaged or stained. But destructive mold takes longer to develop, especially in the dry conditions we experience year-round in Utah. 

That being said, mold development is not 100% predictable, so it’s worth getting the damp issue fixed as quickly as possible.  And the sooner you have your carpets professionally cleaned, the less likely it is that stains will permanently set in. Professional carpet cleaning treatments have the added advantage of using deep steam and vacuuming techniques, the first being a potent pathogen-killer, and the second highly effective at removing excess water, old or new.

BCS Cleaning Utah are specialists in both cleaning and removing middling amounts of excess water from carpets. Give us a call today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your FREE carpet remediation consultation.

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