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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.

How Long Should My New Carpet Last?

October 29, 2020

In the average household (2-4 people), a carpet will usually last about 3-5 years. By this point, most carpet fibers will have become old and frayed from use. Stains will also have sunk in, often dulling the initial color of your carpet.

You can extend the life of your carpet exponentially with regular maintenance (thorough vacuuming and spot-cleaning) and by having it professionally cleaned once or twice a year. While it may seem obvious that a carpet cleaning company is going to expound the benefits of carpet cleaning, professional cleaning removes deep dirt, stains, and odors, as well as restoring the pile of the carpet and protecting the base of your carpet and underlay from chemicals or dirt that, left unchecked, can eat either or both away. So regular professional carpet cleanings really can not only extend the life of your carpet, but will keep your carpet looking its best the whole time.

Call the experts at BCS Cleaning Utah today on 801 561 1730 to schedule your FREE professional carpet cleaning consultation.

How Do I Clean & Remove Carpet Stains From Muddy Cat Paws?

October 22, 2020

Oh, the joys of cat ownership! Cuddles and loving, squinty eyes are lovely, but they don’t quite eliminate the irritation of finding a procession of conveniently-situated muddy pawprints tracked over your carpet. 

At BCS, we’ve been mitigating the unadvertised horrors and disasters associated with feline ownership for our clients for over thirty years. Here’s the lowdown on how to remove pesky pawprint stains from carpet:

1 Remove any dried mud carefully with a handheld vacuum. Be careful not to push the mud further into the carpet. 

2 Create a solution of one part plain white vinegar and two parts water. Spray liberally over the affected area.

3 Blot dry using clean paper towels.

If after employing this very complicated method you’re still struggling with pawprint stains, or if the stains are older and seem to be set in the carpet, call BCS today at 801 561 1730. We’ll have your carpet set to rights in a jiffy.

How Do I Clean & Remove Carpet Stains From Muddy Dog Paws?

October 15, 2020

Oh, the joys of dog ownership! Obedience and cuddles and soft brown eyes are lovely, but they don’t quite eliminate the irritation of finding a procession of conveniently-situated muddy pawprints tracked in over your carpet. 

At BCS, we’ve been mitigating the unadvertised horrors and disasters associated with canine ownership for our clients for over thirty years. Here’s the lowdown on how to remove pesky pawprint stains from carpet:

1 Remove any dried mud carefully with a handheld vacuum. Be careful not to push the mud further into the carpet. 

2 Create a solution of one part plain white vinegar and two parts water. Spray liberally over the affected area using a clean spray bottle.

3 Blot dry using clean paper towels.

If after employing this very complicated method you’re still struggling with pawprint stains, or if the stains are older and seem to be set in the carpet, call BCS today at 801 561 1730. We’ll have your carpet set to rights in a jiffy.

How Do I Clean Car Fabric Mats?

October 8, 2020

Well, it’s another glorious Fall in Utah, and you know what that means – the final hurrah of outdoor grilling, camping, lazy Sunday afternoons spent lounging about on a picnic blanket listening to live music. And assorted grit and grime unceremoniously stamped into your car. How to resolve the situation? Have no fear, in true BCS save-the-day style, here is your three step guide to rescuing your car mats from the worst the season has to throw at them.

1 – Vacuum them. 

Yes, I know this seems a little obvious. But it’s really rather shocking how few people think to just run a vacuum attachment over their mats until the grime has well and truly settled in for the long-haul. Use the hose attachment on your vacuum to detach even the most determined pieces of mountain detritus from your car mats. 

2 – Brush them. 

Using a stiff-bristled hand brush, lay your car mats on the ground and give them a jolly good brushing to loosen and remove anything particularly stubborn.

3 – Wash them. 

Hold on a second! I see you recoiling in  horror at the thought – car mats are much sturdier than you may think (which is why we put them on the floor and then walk all over them), and stand up to the rigors of the washing machine very well. Just run them through a cold cycle with regular washing detergent and leave on a flat surface outside to dry in Utah’s gloriously dry heat.

And voila! Your car mats will be good as new in a jiffy – no need for expensive detailing. Of course, if the detritus has been left on your mats for any length of time or if this all just sounds a bit too much like hard work in the unpredictability of a Utahn fall, give the professionals at BCS a call at 801 561 1730 – we can easily add your car mats onto your next house carpet cleaning and have them spick and span in a jiffy.

Can Should I Clean My Solar Panels Myself?

October 1, 2020

Even after dumping an ocean’s worth of snow on the Salt Lake Valley and Park City, Utah manages to maintain glorious, almost-year-round sunshine. And what’s a person to do with all that lovely sunshine? Harness it’s endless supply of free energy with house-mounted solar panels! Many Utah residents have done just this, saving the planet and their energy bills in one fell swoop.

But what happens when those same solar panels need cleaning? No one really thinks of that while they’re watching their solar panels be installed, but just like anything else that sits outside year-round, solar panels need cleaning to remove dust, debris and watermarks so they can operate at peak efficiency.

You might think it’s an easy matter of simply shooting a stream of water from your hose at ground-level and clearing off any leaves and dust that have accumulated throughout the year. While this will help somewhat to remove physical particulates, even if it manages to throughly clean off any dust and dirt that have built-up, washing with a hose actually creates its own issue. Hose-water (when not polished dry) leaves watermarks of its own and actually causes buildup of hard-water deposits. Over time (and not even that much time), these can create a film or coating over your solar panels that make them work less and less efficiently.

There is an easy solution, however, and it involves even less work than lumping out the garden hose (hurrah!). BCS Cleaning Solutions Utah have been solving Utah and the Salt Lake Valley’s cleaning problems for over forty years, and solar panel pickles are no different. 

Our trained professionals will clamber onto your roof to wash each solar panel properly and completely, leaving them sparkling and spot-free and ready to gobble up all the energy the sun can shine on them. We use specialist products and tools to give you a perfect finish that will last, enabling you to focus on other things, like how much money and planet you’re saving with each energy bill. You can even schedule our visits to happen seasonally or periodically, meaning you never have to take your binoculars out to check if the solar panels need cleaning – they will be automatically cleaned on your schedule.

Ready to have the uncertainty and annoyance of solar panel cleaning taken care of for you? Give BCS a call today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your FREE consultation and solar panel screening.

How Do I Clean & Remove Bird Poop Feces From Carpets?

September 24, 2020

Tweety-pie is adorable with his cooing and chattering, but then he poops. On your carpet. Nice. Before screaming bloody murder and making a dash for the hills, here’s the lowdown on getting that mess up off your carpet.

For birdy poop on a rug or carpet, pick up as much as you can with paper towels, then spray on a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts cool water. Blot and allow to dry. This will disinfect and de-smelly the area. 

If there is a stain left, use a carpet spot-treatment to get the last of it up.

If you’re still in dire straits and the above hasn’t quite relieved the situation (pardon the pun!), give the experts at BCS a call at 801 561 1730. Our professionals will have your carpets spick and span in a jiffy!

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