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

December 10, 2018

It’s that time of year again! 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.

Can I Clean My Windows With A Steamer?

November 26, 2018

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 Use A Squeegee On My Windows Without Streaks?

November 26, 2018

It’s not terribly high on most people’s list of favorite springtime jobs, but washing the windows needs to be done, and done well, for a whole host of reasons. Not least of which is so that you can see through them. 

But that squeegee thingamajig looks so intimidating! What is the correct way to wield it without causing yourself or your windows grievous bodily harm? Here is our three-step guide to washing your own windows with the terrifying squeegee:

1   Use a strip applicator.

Cleaning picture windows requires large, dedicated tools. The long cloth head of a strip applicator soaks up oodles of soapy water and dislodges dirt without scratching the glass. For a cleaning solution, we suggest using just a teeny squirt of dishwashing liquid in a bucket of warm water—the less suds, the better. The more suds you put on the glass, the more water and elbow grease you’ll have to use to remove them. And modern soap products are highly effective emulsifiers – you only need a teeny bit to go a long way.

2   Wipe clean with a squeegee

This is the fiddly bit! Professional window cleaners make it look easy and quick, but wielding a squeegee is a skill that comes with a lot of practice. 

Starting at the top left of your window, pull the squeegee over the still-soapy pane in a reverse-S pattern (do the opposite if you’re left-handed). Keep the squeegee in contact with the window through the entire motion, keeping your wrist loose and bendy. Don’t apply too much pressure on the squeegee or you’ll get strange lines on the glass – just keep enough pressure to keep it in contact with the pane. At the end of each stroke, wipe the squeegee’s blade clean with a lint-free cloth. Old linen napkins are perfect for this.

3   Remove any remaining drips

Remove any water or suds remaining on the edges of the glass with a damp, wrung-dry chamois, which soaks up wetness without leaving streaks. Dry the windowsill with a rag. Repeat with the other side of the window. Don’t be tempted to use anything other than a damp chamois for this purpose – anything else WILL leave streaks and bits of fluff. It’s worth investing in a good chammy if you’re planning to clean your own windows.

If you’ve attempted to wield a squeegee and are frankly just ready to throw in the towel, give the experts at BCS a call at 801 561 1730. We’ll take all the ‘grrr’ out of window cleaning and have your panes sparkling in a jiffy. With a smile, we might add.

How do I clean my own windows?

November 14, 2018

It seems rather fun and industrious to wash one’s own windows. The first time. And then you realize what’s involved and promptly turn the task over to the professionals, a rare breed of human being who actually enjoy the detailed, involved and surprisingly skilled task of cleaning your panes. 

But we understand – the first time you want to try it yourself. We did too. And were promptly hooked. If you feel the same, hurrah – welcome to the club! If you’re not immediately enthralled with the process, give the experts at BCS a call at 801 561 1730. We’ll come charging over with our fancy-looking tools to get your windows sparkling like new in a jiffy!

1   Use a strip applicator.

Cleaning picture windows requires large, dedicated tools. The long cloth head of a strip applicator soaks up lots of lovely soapy water and dislodges dirt without scratching the glass. For a cleaning solution, we suggest using just a teeny squirt of dishwashing liquid and about a half-cup of plain white vinegar in a bucket of warm water—the less suds, the better. The more suds you put on the glass, the more water and elbow grease you’ll have to use to remove them. And modern soap products are highly effective emulsifiers – you only need a teeny bit to go a long way.

2   Wipe clean with a squeegee

This is the fiddly bit! Professional window cleaners make it look easy and quick, but wielding a squeegee is a skill that comes with a lot of practice. 

Starting at the top left of your window, pull the squeegee over the still-soapy pane in a reverse-S pattern (do the opposite if you’re left-handed). Keep the squeegee in contact with the window through the entire motion, keeping your wrist loose and bendy. Don’t apply too much pressure on the squeegee or you’ll get strange lines on the glass – just keep enough pressure to keep it in contact with the pane. At the end of each stroke, wipe the squeegee’s blade clean with a lint-free cloth. Old linen napkins are perfect for this.

Alternative Method:

If you’re washing the outside of your windows, you can get all big-gunsy about it and just use the hose to wash the suds off the glass. And then proceed to the last step. We would suggest doing one window at a time though if you’re going to do it this way, as the water will dry and leave nasty little mineral deposits and spots on the glass if you don’t get to it right away. 

3   Remove any remaining drips

Remove any water or suds remaining on the edges of the glass with a damp, wrung-dry chamois, which soaks up wetness without leaving streaks. Dry the windowsill with a rag. Repeat with the other side of the window. Don’t be tempted to use anything other than a damp chamois for this purpose – anything else WILL leave streaks and bits of fluff. It’s worth investing in a good chammy if you’re planning to clean your own windows regularly. It’s a jolly useful bit of kit. 

If all this sounds a bit more than you wanted to do and you’re frankly ready to throw in the towel, give the experts at BCS a call at 801 561 1730. We’ll take all the ‘grrr’ out of window cleaning and have your panes sparkling in a jiffy. With a smile, we might add.

How do I remove bird poop from my windows?

November 14, 2018

The easiest way is to use a steam cleaning machine. See our article a couple of weeks ago about the best way to wield this fabulous piece of machinery.

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!

How Do I Clean My Hardwood Floors?

October 31, 2018

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!

How To Maintain Your Rugs & Carpets Between Treatments – Wall-To-Wall Installed Carpet

October 31, 2018

If you knew what horrors we at BCS have seen and how many pounds (eek!) of dirt and grime were lurking in your carpets, you might think before walking around barefoot. Wool rugs are particularly masterful at hiding dirt, and this debris can actually damage the structure of the rug over time. Follow our simple steps to keeping all your synthetic, cotton, wool, small, large and installed carpets and rugs at the best between professional cleanings. 

In this article, we’ll show you how to clean wall-to-wall, installed carpets.

1 Pretest any carpet cleaning product in an out-of-the-way area. If it doesn’t cause a reaction or change in carpet color, apply a small amount to a white cloth and blot. Then blot again with a clean white cloth and water. Never saturate a carpet with product – this can make it seem like the stain has disappeared but all it has really done is allow it penetrate down to the base of the carpet – over time it will work its way back up to the surface to present you with a forever-recurring stain. Only ever blot/spot-clean the surface or call in professional carpet cleaners to properly and completely remove the offending substance.

2 Rent a steam cleaner from somewhere like The Home Depot or Lowes and follow the instructions that come with each machine. Make sure to vacuum thoroughly before steam cleaning to avoid dampening and thus ingraining further the loose dirt and dust in your carpet.

3 For a more thorough and reliable deep clean, this job is one that is truly best-left to the professionals. Again, vacuum thoroughly before the cleaning crew arrives, but don’t worry about lugging furniture about to vacuum underneath – they’ll do that. The cleaning itself will be quick, but make sure to wear clean white socks (no shoes or bare feet) until the carpet is full dry (about 24 hours). If possible, try not to walk on your carpet at all until it is dry, especially if it is a deep pile – this will help your carpets fibers dry as plump as possible, rather than drying all squished-down from being walked on.

When your willpower and stamina for touchups is exhausted, call the professionals at BCS Cleaning Utah at 801 561 1730 to schedule your professional carpet and rug cleaning treatment. We’ll bring out the big guns to have your rugs and carpets looking professionally fabulous in no time.

How To Maintain Carpets Between Cleanings – Large Area Rugs

October 18, 2018

If you knew what horrors we at BCS have seen and how many pounds (eek!) of dirt and grime were lurking in your carpets, you might think before walking around barefoot. Wool rugs are particularly masterful at hiding dirt, and this debris can actually damage the structure of the rug over time. Follow our simple steps to keeping all your synthetic, cotton, wool, small, large and installed carpets and rugs at the best between professional cleanings. 

In this article, we’ll show you how to clean larger area rugs.

1 You probably saw this coming, but the simple answer is firstly to hire a pro for a proper deep clean every few years. Larger rugs are by nature harder to clean thoroughly with home tools and products than smaller rugs, simply because they don’t fit in the sink or washing machine (duh), and even if they did, their size makes them difficult to place somewhere they can dry thoroughly and quickly. For this reason, spot-cleaning is the way to go in-between professional cleanings. 

2 In between make sure to vacuum regularly and handle any spills as quickly as possible. If the dyes in your rug are colorfast, you can dampen the area with a clean sponge dipped in seltzer water, using as little liquid as possible. Blot with a white cotton cloth to prevent any color transference, then sandwich the stain between two towels and stand on top of the sandwich briefly to absorb as much moisture as possible. 

3 If the dyes are NOT colorfast, use a mixture of four parts cold water and one part white vinegar to repeat the above process, or sprinkle cornstarch on top and vacuum after 24 hours. If you’re not confident of a good outcome with either of the above methods, call the professionals at BCS to make sure your rug is taken care of properly.

In our next article, we will show you how to handle wall-to-wall, installed carpet.

When your willpower and stamina for touchups is exhausted, call the professionals at BCS Cleaning Utah at 801 561 1730 to schedule your professional carpet and rug cleaning treatment. We’ll bring out the big guns to have your rugs and carpets looking professionally fabulous in no time.

How To Maintain Your Rugs & Carpets – Small Synthetic Rugs

October 1, 2018

If you knew what horrors we at BCS have seen and how many pounds (eek!) of dirt and grime were lurking in your carpets, you might think before walking around barefoot. Wool rugs are particularly masterful at hiding dirt, and this debris can actually damage the structure of the rug over time. Follow our simple steps to keeping all your synthetic, cotton, wool, small, large and installed carpets and rugs at the best between professional cleanings. 

In this article, we’ll show you how to clean small, synthetic area rugs.

1 Synthetic rugs are among the easiest to clean, so if your rug is made from a synthetic material, rejoice! If your rug is particularly sturdy and machine woven, simply run it through the washing machine on a gentle cycle (easy peasy!) using normal washing detergent. 

2 Hang it somewhere it will dry quickly to avoid stale water smells (outside is ideal, if possible).

In our next article, we will show you how to give larger area rugs the kid glove treatment. 

When your willpower and stamina for touchups is exhausted, call the professionals at BCS Cleaning Utah at 801 561 1730 to schedule your professional carpet and rug cleaning treatment. We’ll bring out the big guns to have your rugs and carpets looking professionally fabulous in no time.

How To Maintain Your Rugs & Carpets – Small Wool Rugs

October 1, 2018

If you knew what horrors we at BCS have seen and how many pounds (eek!) of dirt and grime were lurking in your carpets, you might think before walking around barefoot. Wool rugs are particularly masterful at hiding dirt, and this debris can actually damage the structure of the rug over time. Follow our simple steps to keeping all your synthetic, cotton, wool, small, large and installed carpets and rugs at the best between professional cleanings. 

In this article, we’ll show you how to clean small, wool area rugs.

1 Wash colorfast rugs by hand in the kitchen sink with a mild detergent, using a sponge or soft brush. 

2 Rinse thoroughly with water mixed with a small amount of white vinegar to remove any remaining residue. The vinegar also serves to naturally and gently sanitize. 

3 Roll the rug inside a thick towel to wick away moisture, then stand on it remove as much liquid as you can. 

4 Hang the rug (outside, if possible) so it dries as quickly as possible, thus avoiding nasty stale water smells.

In our next article, we will show you how to deal with small synthetic area rugs.

When your willpower and stamina for touchups is exhausted, call the professionals at BCS Cleaning Utah at 801 561 1730 to schedule your professional carpet and rug cleaning treatment. We’ll bring out the big guns to have your rugs and carpets looking professionally fabulous in no time.

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