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Can I Clean My Windows With A Steamer?

February 20, 2019

Yes! At BCS, we love using steam to clean all kinds of surfaces. Steam cleaning is one of the quickest and easiest ways to clean windows without harsh or irritating chemicals. It’s safe for children, pets and allergic-adults, and the steam vapor easily removes winter buildup, grease, oil and fingerprints from dirty windows. Because steam cleaning doesn’t need detergents, chemicals or fancypants window-cleaning products, there’s no chance of having to wrestle with a window streaked with cleaning agents. Steam cleaning also sanitizes and kills most household germs. Bonus!

Park City, Heber and the Salt Lake City Valley get more than their fair share of gunk buildup on windows over the winter. Here’s our suggestion for steam-cleaning your own windows. If the whole process gets you all steamed up, give the experts at BCS a call at 801 561 1730 – we’ll steam right over to your rescue!

1 Fill the steam cleaning machine with water to the marked level on the machine’s holding tank. Plug in the machine to allow the water to heat up and become vapor.

2 Hold the steam cleaning wand in your hand. Pull the trigger or push the button to activate the steam. This is the exciting bit!

3 As the steam vapor pours out of the wand, run it across the window’s width. This loosens any ickiness on the window’s surface. Work down the window until you have fully cleaned and sanitized it with steam.

4 Using a soft, clean, dry, microfiber cloth, immediately wipe the window down, starting at the top and working down horizontally. If your cloth becomes too wet, use a new dry cloth. Continue wiping the window until it is dry.

5  Repeat with the outside of the window.

And hey presto, you’ve steamed to the finish with sparkling clean windows! If you meet any issues, give the professionals at BCS a call on 801 561 1730.

How Do I Prepare My Carpets For Cleaning?

February 13, 2019

We want your carpet cleaning experience to be as efficient, speedy and effervescently wonderful as possible. There’s a few things you can do even before we arrive to make your carpet cleaning even better.

1 Vacuum the carpeted areas to be cleaned. This lifts surface dirt and dust from the carpet and enables our sprays and vacuums to penetrate even further and remove even more dirt from your carpets.

2 Remove wobbly, breakable items like tabletop lamps and brick‐a‐brac, and place them somewhere safe while we’re cleaning.  

3 Remove as many small pieces of furniture as possible, such as dining chairs, ottomans, and small tables from the areas you’d like us to clean. This enables us to reach more areas more thoroughly with our specialist cleaning equipment. 

4 Secure floor-length curtains and drapes at least two feet off the floor using a clip or hanger. This makes it easier to reach the areas under your window and ensures your curtains are protected.

Please let our technician know BEFORE we start cleaning about any cleaning concerns that you may have, particularly about specific spots or stains. Your carpet cleaning specialist is trained in many specialized spot-cleaning procedures and if you know what caused the stain, that will help us to give your carpet more personalized attention and clean it even more thoroughly. 

Give BCS Cleaning Utah a call today on 801 561 1730 to schedule your next carpet-cleaning session.

How do I remove bird poop from my windows?

February 6, 2019

Firstly, has anyone ever figured out how birds manage it? I mean, the windows are vertical (and often covered by a sash) and the poop comes from….underneath. So how, exactly does the poop leave a bird traveling in a downwards direction, and then suddenly switch and travel horizontally to adorn your window? It’ll forever be a mystery to me….

The easiest way is to remove the offending poopage is to use a steam cleaning machine. Follow our simple directions below and you’ll be on your way to glistening, poop-free windows once again!

1 Fill the steam cleaning machine with water to the marked level on the machine’s holding tank. Plug in the machine to allow the water to heat up and become vapor.

2 Hold the steam cleaning wand in your hand. Pull the trigger or push the button to activate the steam. This is the exciting bit!

3 As the steam vapor pours out of the wand, run it across the window’s width. This loosens any ickiness and dried-on bird poop on the window’s surface. Work down the window until you have fully cleaned and sanitized it with steam.

4 Using a soft, clean, dry, microfiber cloth, immediately wipe the window down, starting at the top and working down horizontally. If your cloth becomes too wet, use a new dry cloth. Continue wiping the window until it is dry.

5  Repeat with the outside of the window.

If you don’t have access to a steam cleaning machine, the second best way would be to use a bucket of warm water with a few drops of dishwashing detergent and a squirt of white vinegar. Use a soft, clean, microfiber cloth soaked in the cleaning solution and hold it on the birdy poop for a few seconds to loosen it. Wipe any solids off with a clean side of the cloth. Wipe clean with a clean, damp chamois cloth. And hey presto, good as new!

If you have a buildup of naughty bird poopage, give the experts at BCS a call at 801 561 1730. We’ll have the bird innards off your glass in a New York minute!

Easy-Peasy Spring Cleaning Floor Tips – Hardwood

January 31, 2019

‘Spring cleaning’. The term conjures up all kinds of images: clean, uncluttered surfaces and storage areas, strange little headscarfs that only come out from the drawer once a year, overwhelming top-to-toe cleaning sessions. And that’s just the kitchen! Your floors need special treatment too. Whether you have wood, tile, carpet, or vinyl, there are some easy floor treatments that will help you restore your floor to tippety-top condition. In our four-part spring cleaning series, we’ll share with you some of our top tips and secrets from getting your floors Spring-ready in a jiffy!

Hardwood Floor Treatments

•Begin your wood floor treatments by sweeping or vacuuming the entire floor area. If needed, use a vacuum attachment to get all the goodies out of the edges and corners. After the bigger pieces of dirt have been removed, consider using a mop treated with a dusting agent.

•Dilute a wood-cleaning product per the instructions on the package.

•Using a damp sponge or a rag mop, dip it into the cleaning product and wash the floor with it. Avoid leaving standing water.

•If the cleaning product instructs it, rinse the floor off with straight water by filling a bucket with water and using a clean mop.

•Wipe up any excess water.

•Dry with a towel, or even a fan to avoid warping the wood.

•It’s important to note that when cleaning and treating hardwood floors, you read up on any products that you plan on using – make sure they are suitable for your type of hardwood and that you have all of the necessary items to complete your task before you begin.

If the thought of wielding a mop or steaming machine makes you break out in a cold sweat, give the professionals at BCS a call at 801 561 1730. We’ll have your floors spruced up for you in a jiffy, with not a mop-bucket in sight!

Easy-Peasy Spring Cleaning Floor Tips – Ceramic Tiles

January 23, 2019

‘Spring cleaning’. The term conjures up all kinds of images: clean, uncluttered surfaces and storage areas, strange little headscarfs that only come out from the drawer once a year, overwhelming top-to-toe cleaning sessions. And that’s just the kitchen! Your floors need special treatment too. Whether you have wood, tile, carpet, or vinyl, there are some easy floor treatments that will help you restore your floor to tippety-top condition. In our four-part spring cleaning series, we’ll share with you some of our top tips and secrets from getting your floors Spring-ready in a jiffy!

Ceramic Tiles Floor Treatment

•Sweep the entire floor. Using a vacuum attachment, suck up dirt that is along the edges or between the tiles.

•Using a manufacturer-recommended cleaner for ceramic tile and grout, mop the floor, using only enough cleaner to make the mop damp.

•For spots that are hard to get off, use a mild dishwashing detergent and warm water.

•Rinse the floor with straight water using a fresh bucket of water and a clean mop.

•Wipe up excess water.

•Dry the tile for a shiny look.

•If you have stains in your grout, use a grout marker to paint over the blemishes.

If the thought of wielding a mop or steaming machine makes you break out in a cold sweat, give the professionals at BCS a call at 801 561 1730. We’ll have your floors spruced up for you in a jiffy, with not a mop-bucket in sight!

Easy-Peasy Spring Cleaning Floor Tips – Vinyl

January 16, 2019

‘Spring cleaning’. The term conjures up all kinds of images: clean, uncluttered surfaces and storage areas, strange little headscarfs that only come out from the drawer once a year, overwhelming top-to-toe cleaning sessions. And that’s just the kitchen! Your floors need special treatment too. Whether you have wood, tile, carpet, or vinyl, there are some easy floor treatments that will help you restore your floor to tippety-top condition. In our four-part spring cleaning series, we’ll share with you some of our top tips and secrets from getting your floors Spring-ready in a jiffy!

Vinyl Floors

•Sweep the entire floor with a broom. Be sure to get into the corners and along the edges.

•The method you use for cleaning will depend on how dirty the floor is. Use a mop or a rag with one of the following floor treatments.

•For a vinyl floor that is pretty new or just doesn’t get a lot of use, a mixture of half hot water, and half ammonia would work fine.

•Heavily soiled vinyl flooring will need something that will remove the dirt a little better, but that will be mild enough on the vinyl, such as dish detergent and hot water.

•Isopropyl alcohol and water is needed to break up waxy or greasy build up.

•A damp cloth with a drop of paint thinner should remove scuff marks.

•Rinse the entire floor with straight hot water.

If the thought of wielding a mop or steaming machine makes you break out in a cold sweat, give the professionals at BCS a call at 801 561 1730. We’ll have your floors spruced up for you in a jiffy, with not a mop-bucket in sight!

How Do I Clean My Tile Grout With No Chemicals?

January 11, 2019

It can be done, but prepare yourself for some serious elbow grease….

Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda

1   First, get rid of surface dirt and muck with your regular cleaner. It’s much easier to clean away ground-in dirt if the surface stuff is out of the way.

2  In a small bowl, mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda together to form a thick paste. The exact quantities will depend on the consistency you prefer to work with.

3  Use an old toothbrush to spread a thick layer of the peroxide/soda gook onto the grout, working in small areas of 1 to 2 sq ft at a time. Leave to set for 5-10 minutes.

4   Using your toothbrush (not YOUR toothbrush obviously – the one you’ve just used for the initial slathering!), rub the paste energetically, as though you were trying to rub it INTO the grout. 

5  Coat the next small area with the paste and repeat the above steps, until your entire grout surface has had a scrubbing-down.

6  Wipe off the remaining paste with a damp cloth and finish with your regular cleaner to restore your tiles and grout to a brilliant sparkle!

If this doesn’t seem to be quite enough to evict the grime from your grout, give BCS a call at 801 561 1730 and we will buzz over to take care of it for you in a jiffy!

How to Solve Park City Winter Carpet Issues – Pet Hair and Stains

January 4, 2019

Winter in Park City, Heber and Utah in general is a glorious time. The mountains come into their own with glittering snow-frosted vistas just begging to be played on. But while the snow and ice look like a fairytale outside, come winter your carpets start telling a different story. Tracked in snow, mud, salt and pet hair wreak havoc under your feet. 

So what to do? In our four-part Park City special series, we’ll show you how to deal with Winter’s worst…..and keep your carpets plush and plump and pleasing.

This week, we’ll help you get rid of pesky pet stains.

Pets.  We love ‘em.  But the mess they make….not so much.  Here’s our simple, 4-step process for removing salt stains from your carpets.

1 – Pour 3 percent hydrogen peroxide on the stain and cover with a white towel.

2 – Hold a hot steam iron on the towel for 15 to 20 seconds to transfer the stain to the towel. 

3 – Repeat until no more stain is transferred. 

4 – Cover with a  clean white towel and something heavy. Leave overnight to dry. 

If the marks refuse to listen to reason, it’s time to call in the big guns at BCS. We’ll have your carpets spit spot (without the spots) in a jiffy.  Give us a call today at 801 561 1730.

How to Solve Park City Heber Utah Winter Carpet Issues – Snow

December 27, 2018

Winter in Park City, Heber and Utah in general is a glorious time. The mountains come into their own with glittering snow-frosted vistas just begging to be played on. But while the snow and ice look like a fairytale outside, come winter your carpets start telling a different story. Tracked in snow, mud, salt and pet hair wreak havoc under your feet.

So what to do? In our four-part Park City special series, we’ll show you how to deal with Winter’s worst…..and keep your carpets plush and plump and pleasing.

This week, the number one culprit – snow.

Snow is beautiful while it’s still snow. And outside. Once it’s inside the house, it quickly turns from frosty white stuff into dirty wet stuff, gumming up your entranceway and leaving your carpets streaked and dirty. Here’s our simple, 4-step process for removing slush stains from your carpets.

•If the slush or snow is still frozen, remove any excess from your carpet with a dry cloth.

•Mix soap and hot water and apply to a clean cloth; press the carpet to remove the stain, working from the outside to the center until the stain is gone.

•Rinse the carpet with a little bit of cold water and use a clean, dry towel to pat dry.

•Once the carpet is fully dry, vacuum up any dirt that remains.

If the marks refuse to listen to reason, it’s time to call in the big guns at BCS. We’ll have your carpets spit spot (without the spots) in a jiffy. Give us a call today at 801 561 1730.

How to Solve Park City Heber Utah Winter Carpet Issues – Mud

December 27, 2018

Winter in Park City, Heber and Utah in general is a glorious time. The mountains entice all with their glittering snow-frosted vistas to come out and play. But while the snow and ice look like a fairytale, come winter your carpets start telling a different story. Tracked in snow, mud, salt and pet hair wreak havoc under your feet. 

So what to do? In our four-part Park City special series, we’ll show you how to deal with Winter’s worst…..and keep your carpets plush and plump and pleasing.

This week, we’ll help you get rid of pesky mud stains.

Mud is never beautiful. Except possibly when they use it to make those fancy mud tshirts in Hawaii. Here’s our simple, 5-step process for removing mud stains from your carpets.

1. Gently vacuum up any dry surface mud with the hose of a vacuum, as to not grind it into the carpet.

2. Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, baby powder or other absorbent onto the stain and let stand at least an hour before vacuuming again

3. Apply a dry-cleaning solvent, such as rubbing alcohol, acetone, mineral spirits or a commercial cleaner to the back of a clean cloth and blot gently, working from the edges of the stain to the center until stain disappears

4. Blot the carpet with a dry sponge or cloth until the liquid is absorbed,

5. Make sure the area is well ventilated until the carpet is fully dry

If the marks refuse to listen to reason, it’s time to call in the big guns at BCS. We’ll have your carpets spit spot (without the spots) in a jiffy.  Give us a call today at 801 561 1730.

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