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How Do I Clean and Remove Fleas From My Mattress?

August 17, 2017

Sigh. Fido is a darling, but really – fleas in BED?!? There’s nothing worse than finding biting little jumpy things in the serene sanctums of your bed. Plus, fleas breed at a rather alarming rate, so if you’ve become the victim of their attentions, there’s no time to lose.

Follow our simple, three-step system to quickly eradicate fleas from your cosy sleeping environs.
Step 1

Strip your mattress of all sheets and bedding and wash them in hot soapy water at a temperature of at least 95 degrees. Your washing machine’s hot water setting should be more than enough do the trick. A normal household dryer’s settings are usually hot enough to kill fleas too, so dry all your bedding using your dryer’s highest heat setting. Fleas can’t survive in a hot dryer longer than 20 to 30 minutes, so between your washer and dryer, you’ll exact a double-whammy of a killing spree on the ghastly little creatures. Make sure to check the care instructions for your bedding first, and just keep in mind high heat settings can damage some fabrics. Be sure to transport your bedding to and from the laundry room using dedicated bags in order to prevent cross-contamination to other areas of your home.

 

 

Step 2

Next, vacuum the whole mattress surface two or three times, on both sides and the edges. If you have a bagless vacuum, immediately dump the resulting detritus in an outdoor trashcan, and wash the vacuum outside with HOT soapy water. If your vacuum has a bag, remove the bag and dispose of it outside.

 

Step 3

To not give them even the tiniest hope of survival, we’re going to completely de-flea your mattress. Some people recommend boric acid for this, but why have toxins near where you sleep when you can use less toxic, natural products.

You’ll need:

  • Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth (aka, “DE”) Safe and non-toxic for you and total hell for fleas. It will completely wipe out your flea population within a few days’ time. Yay!
  • Vet’s Best Natural Flea and Tick Home Spray, or similar
  • A Mattress Cover To seal the above de-flea mixture into the vicinity of your mattress until all the fleas have, ahem, fleed.

Spray your bare mattress with the Vet’s Best spray, and then wait a few hours until the mattress is dry.

When dry, slip on the mattress cover and before you seal it up, squirt DE inside. Seal up the mattress cover. The DE is harmless to you but lethal to fleas, so you want to trap all the fleas in their with their arch nemesis. Once fleas come into contact with the DE, it only takes a couple hours to kill the adults, but it’s worth leaving your mattress sealed for a good month to make sure you get any hatched flea eggs too.

 

If the above seems like a lot of hard work, or if you’ve tried it all without success, give the experts at BCS Cleaning Utah a call. We can move things along exponentially with a good deep steam-clean treatment on your mattress. Give us a call today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your FREE consultation.

How Do I Clean and Remove Bed Bugs From My Mattress?

August 17, 2017

There’s no two ways about it – bed bugs are nasty. They chomp relentlessly on humans and aren’t too picky about munching their way through your pets if you happen to not be available. It’s vitally important to start treating them as soon as you realize you have a problem – otherwise the problem will only get worse. Much worse.

If you’ve been unlucky enough to be saddled with bed bugs, have no fear – BCS is here! Follow our simple, four-step system to quickly eradicate the little buggers from your cosy sleeping environs.
Step 1

Strip your mattress of all sheets and bedding and launder them in hot soapy water at a temperature of at least 120 degrees. Your washing machine’s hot water setting should be more than enough do the trick. A normal household dryer’s settings are usually hot enough to kill bed bugs, so dry all your bedding using your dryer’s highest heat setting. Bed bugs can’t survive in a hot dryer longer than 20 to 30 minutes. Between your washer and dryer, you’ll exact a double-whammy of a killing spree on the ghastly little creatures. Make sure to check the care instructions for your bedding first, and just keep in mind high heat settings can damage some fabrics. Be sure to transport your bedding to and from the laundry room using dedicated bags in order to prevent cross-contamination to other areas of your home.

 

 

Step 2

Next, vacuum the whole mattress surface, bedframe, baseboards, headboard and under the bed using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Vacuum thoroughly…..and then vacuum again – the little devils are masters at hiding. Give special attention to seams and crevices, where dirt, dust, dead skin, and other icky nasties collect; you may want to switch to your vacuum’s crevice attachment to help you suck out the deeply entrenched nasties. If you have a bagless vacuum, immediately dump the resulting detritus in an outdoor trashcan, and wash the vacuum outside with HOT soapy water. If your vacuum has a bag, remove the bag and dispose of it outside.

 

Step 3

Wrap your mattress (and even your box spring) in specially designed, bed bug-proof encasements. These stop bed bugs from being able to hide and make nests in your mattress. Delightful.

 

Step 4

Spray and scrub all hard surfaces with a good brush or cloth and a pesticide designed for bed bugs. Follow all the product instructions to have the best chance of eliminating the bed bugs. This is no time to be half-hearted.

 

If the above seems like a lot of hard work, or if you’ve tried it all without success, give the experts at BCS Cleaning Utah a call. We’ve been cleaning everything that stands still long enough in homes for decades, and can add a good boiling steam clean treatment to your efforts to eradicate bed bugs. Give us a call today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your FREE consultation.

How Do I Clean My Mattress?

August 3, 2017

Most people spend about a third of their lives on their mattress. When was the last time you gave yours a proper, deep cleaning? Clean things make you feel good, and besides helping you enjoy a more pleasant and productive night’s sleep, a clean, cared-for mattress can actually last longer—and might even help prevent naughty, nasty pest infestations.

Cleaning your mattress twice a year is a good rule of thumb. It’s also worth checking the mattress label for instructions since the manufacturer might recommend rotating the mattress head to foot to ensure even wear.)
Step 1

Strip your mattress of all sheets and bedding and launder them.

 

Step 2

Next, vacuum the whole mattress surface using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Give special attention to seams and crevices, where dirt, dust, dead skin, and other icky nasties collect; you may want to switch to your vacuum’s crevice attachment to help you suck out the deeply entrenched nasties.

 

Step 3

After vacuuming, check for stains and spot treat them with an appropriate cleaner (check your mattress label or manufacturer’s website for their suggestions). An upholstery cleaner or enzyme-based pet-odor remover usually effectively removes most bodily fluids. A simple solution of 1 teaspoon mild dish detergent and 1 cup of warm water also works wonders.

 

Step 4

Next, deodorize the mattress by sprinkling baking soda over the entire surface. Especially if this is your first cleaning, don’t be afraid to empty an entire 1-pound box onto the mattress. Baking soda is truly a miracle product! You’ll get the best results if you leave the baking soda in place for 24 hours, so you might want to plan the project around an overnight trip, or spend a night in your guest room. The UV light from the sun is also a natural sanitizer, so if you can place the mattress near a window, so much the better.

 

Step 5

After the baking soda has done its thing, go back over the mattress with your vacuum’s upholstery attachment. If you don’t already own a mattress cover, we now would be the perfect time to invest in one. And adding a mattress pad between the cover and bottom sheet will help absorb moisture. The mattress pad and cover will give your mattress extra layers of protection to help prevent mites, fleas, and other pests from moving in.

 

If the above seems like a lot of hard work, give the experts at BCS Cleaning Utah a call. We’ve been cleaning everything that stands still long enough in homes for decades, and can easily take care of your mattress with your regular carpet cleaning. Give us a call today at 801 561 1730 to schedule your FREE consultation.

How Do I Clean My Blinds? Part 4 – Vacuum

August 1, 2017

Blinds are fiddly things. Fiddly to open, fiddly to close – and downright fiddly to clean, especially in dry Park City and the Salt Lake Valley, where dust is rife. But have no fear! With our 4-part series, we’ll give you a top tip each week to clean your blinds with minimal expletives.

 

Vacuum

Yes, I know this really doesn’t sound like rocket surgery, but a frankly alarming amount of people don’t even consider using the vacuum to clean their blinds. I know it does seem a tad heavy-handed, but the wand and brush attachment on your vacuum can take so much of the work out of blind-cleaning, especially if they’re dry.

 

Method:

  • Hook up the brush attachment to your vacuum’s wand. Run it over the slats, left to right and working top to bottom.
  • Bonus: zero drips.

 

And hey presto, clean blinds in a jiffy!

 

If you discover while you’re wrestling with the wand that your windows really could do with a jolly good once-over at the same time, give the professionals at BCS a call today at 801 561 1730. We’ll help you create the matching set of clean blinds and windows pronto.

How Do I Clean My Blinds? Part 3 – Microfiber

July 25, 2017

Blinds are fiddly things. Fiddly to open, fiddly to close – and downright fiddly to clean, especially in dry Park City and the Salt Lake Valley, where dust is rife. But have no fear! With our 4-part series, we’ll give you a top tip each week to clean your blinds with minimal expletives.

 

Microfiber cloth and salad tongs

Ahh microfiber, whatever did we do before you came along? I guess lint was just an everyday part of life, like creaky floorboards – a small irritation but you just have to put up with it. But not anymore, oh no – microfiber has saved us from lint-related woes. And it’s a miracle solution when cleaning blinds too, especially when paired with a trusty pair of salad tongs.

 

Method:

  • Adding moisture to blinds caked in dust can create a sort of ‘mud’ that’s incredibly difficult and frustrating to then remove. Instead, spray a clean microfiber cloth with plain water and park it between a pair of salad tongs, damp side down.
  • Working from the top down and in a side-to-side fashion, squeeze the tongs together and run along the length of the blind.
  • Every few slats, pause to reposition the cloth or turn it over and respray so you don’t end up wiping upstairs’ dust onto downstairs’ slats.

 

And hey presto, clean blinds in a jiffy, sans all chemicals!

 

If you discover while you’re fiddling about with the salad tongs that your windows really could do with a jolly good once-over at the same time, give the professionals at BCS a call today at 801 561 1730. We’ll help you create the matching set of clean blinds and windows pronto.

How Do I Clean My Blinds? Part 2 – Witch Hazel

July 13, 2017

Blinds are fiddly things. Fiddly to open, fiddly to close – and downright fiddly to clean, especially in dry Park City and the Salt Lake Valley, where dust is rife. But have no fear! With our 4-part series, we’ll give you a top tip each week to clean your blinds with minimal expletives.

 

Witch Hazel

What is witch hazel, I hear you ask? No, it’s not a Wiccan named Hazel. Witch hazel is a natural, plant-based astringent commonly used in natural beauty products as a skin toner. It’s akin to vinegar in its disinfectant capabilities, minus the stinkitude. Unlike vinegar, however, witch hazel is non-drying, so it won’t damage your blinds. You can use it on almost any hard surface to clean, degrime and disinfect, and blinds are no different.

 

Method:

  • Fill a clean spray bottle with 1 cup water, 1 cup witch hazel, and a drop of Dawn dish soap. Shake well.
  • Spray liberally onto the blinds, working from the top down and in a side-to-side fashion.
  • Wipe down with Swiffer dry cloths.

 

And hey presto, clean blinds in a jiffy!

 

If you discover while you’re up to your elbows in witches and hazels that your windows really could do with a jolly good once-over at the same time, give the professionals at BCS a call today at 801 561 1730. We’ll help you create the matching set of clean blinds and windows pronto.

How Do I Clean My Blinds? Part 1 – Vinegar

July 13, 2017

Blinds are fiddly things. Fiddly to open, fiddly to close – and downright fiddly to clean, especially in dry Park City and the Salt Lake Valley, where dust is rife. But have no fear! With our 4-part series, we’ll give you a top tip each week to clean your blinds with minimal expletives.

 

Vinegar

Vinegar really is a miracle substance, despite its stinkitude. You can use it on almost any hard surface to clean, degrime and disinfect, and blinds are no different. Caveat: don’t use vinegar on wood or faux-wood blinds, as it may damage them.

 

Method:

  • Fill a clean spray bottle with 1 cup water, 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup rubbing alcohol, and 3 drops of Dawn dish soap. Shake well.
  • Spray liberally onto the blinds, working from the top down and in a side-to-side fashion.
  • Wipe down with Swiffer dry cloths.

 

And hey presto, clean blinds in a jiffy!

 

If you discover while you’re up to your elbows in vinegar that your windows really could do with a jolly good once-over at the same time, give the professionals at BCS a call today at 801 561 1730. We’ll help you create the matching set of clean blinds and windows pronto.

How To Clean Windows With Hydrogen Peroxide

June 29, 2017

In this age of green-cleaning and natural everything, hydrogen peroxide is a great option for not just cleaning but disinfecting your windows and mirrors. Disinfect windows? I hear you ask, incredulously. Well, windows spend their entire life exposed to the elements, attracting not just dust, dirt and grime, but the mass suicide of insects and small flying creatures. The result is a delightful mash-up of visible and invisible lifeforms, smeared comprehensively across your window panes. Hydrogen peroxide to the rescue! Below is our easy, three-step guide to disinfecting your windows with hydrogen peroxide. If your windows are diabolically dirty, follow our guide to cleaning them first:

https://bcscleaningutah.com/how-do-i-clean-my-super-dirty-windows/

 

  • Fill a clean, empty spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide.
  • Spritz a clean microfiber cloth
  • Wipe down your window panes. Spritzing the cloth instead of directly onto the windows helps prevents water spots from forming.

 

And hey presto! Sparkling clean and disinfected window panes in a jiffy. If you’re struggling with the concept of multiple levels of washing, give the experts at BCS a call at 801 561 1730 – we’ll have your windows restored to their former glory in a snap.

Help! My In-Heat Cat Sprayed Urine On My Carpet!

June 22, 2017

 

Oh dear, it’s that time of year again! You drift off to sleep only to be woken by Felix the kitty singing at the top of his lungs outside your window that he’s looking for a lady. And then when he doesn’t find her, he promptly comes home through the cat door and expresses his displeasure with the situation on the side of the couch. So what can you do to rescue your poor beleaguered couch and carpets from feline anointing?

If you’ve been out for a few hours, chances are that your kitty’s urine stain may have been sitting for a while. As soon as you discover it, it’s important to clean it right away. If you wait too long, on top of being straightforward nasty-looking, bacteria can start to grow in the affected area, which leads to nasty stinks.

Here’s one way to remove cat urine from carpet:

  1. Soak up the urine stain using paper towels or a cotton cloth. Press firmly into the stain using an old shoe or something disposable. This will help absorb as much urine as possible from the carpet.
  2. Using white vinegar and water, mix a solution in a bowl (50% vinegar, 50% water). You’ll want to mix enough of the solution so that it can reach deep down into the carpet’s fibers.
  3. Pour the solution onto the urine stain. Using a scrubbing brush, work all of it deeply into the carpet, scrubbing vigorously. The vinegar should help to neutralize the ammonia in the urine.
  4. Blot the urine stain using a paper towel, pressing firmly into it.
  5. When that section of the carpet is dry, take one to two handfuls of baking soda (depending on the size of the urine stain) and sprinkle it onto the stain.
  6. Mix one-half cup of three percent hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and apply to the stain. You can use the scrubbing brush again to thoroughly clean the carpet.
  7. Once dry, vacuum the area.  

 

If you’ve done your level best and the stain or stink is still noticeable, give the Park City and Salt Lake Valley professionals at BCS a call at 801 561 1730 and have the professionals take care of it for you in a jiffy.

How Do I Clean My Car Carpet Mats?

June 15, 2017

Well, it’s another glorious summer in Utah, and you know what that means – 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 summer 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 heat of a Utahn summer, 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.

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