Reoccurring spots, a fact of life..

 

  Fact: A modern synthetic carpet is about as absorbent as a screen door.

When a cup of coffee is spilled, a dog’s bladder is emptied or god forbid, an entire Big Gulp is spilled on a carpet 75% or more of the spill goes directly to through the carpet and into the (far more absorbent) pad beneath.

When we clean the carpet in normal fashion we can only extract what is in the face fibers/yarns and to some extent the backing. Without extraordinary measures being taken, we are not able to extract what is in the padding below.

In most cases our usual method gets the job done and you never see those big spills again. But on the rare occasion that you do, here is a great way to deal with the problem..

Some spills can reoccur as the carpet dries and some will show up weeks or even months later, If it’s the next day variety let the area completely dry before proceeding.

You will need:

  • A fresh bottle of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (brown bottle from drug or grocery store)
  • A trigger sprayer
  • A white cotton towel
  • Patience.

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Mist, not drench, the area of concern and gently blot (not rub) until you see the spot lightens. Groom the fibers so that they are standing up straight as possible and give the area one more misting spray and let dry. In most cases this is all you need to do. As the peroxide dries it continues to dissolve the organic matter that has wicked up from below.

If the spot is still visible the next day, repeat the procedure. It may take a few tries to get it all up depending on the severity of the spill, type and age of carpet and what was spilled in the first place.

No success? Give us a call and we’ll be happy to return to flush the area again with our extractors.

 

 

 

Peroxide can bleach wool carpet so proceed at your own risk.

Peroxide that has been in your bathroom cabinet for more then a few months has lost it’s oxygen and will most likely not be effective.

Using a Shop/wet dry Vac to clean up spills rather than blotting with towels greatly reduces the chance of the spill reoccurring.

Consult our Spot Cleaning Guide for the best way to deal with most any spill.

Don’t fret, a reoccurring spot is not a permanent stain and eventually will go away!

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Is it worth the risk to clean your upholstery cushion covers yourself?

 

 

All to often we come across situations where upholstery owners take it upon themselves to try and remove spots or stains by removing the covers of cushions and pillows and running them through their washing machines.

While there are a few synthetics that you may luck out on, the risk is very high for something to go wrong..

  • Shrinkage
  • Damages to seems,stitching and zippers (Upholstery is seldom double or triple stitched like clothing is)
  • Bleeding of colors
  • Loss of colors
  • Damage to rubberized backings

 

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 Play it safe and call a Santa Cruz Upholstery Cleaning Professional!

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a fun but very dirty rug we cleaned recently..

To send this rug out to a plant cleaning facility would cost more than it was worth.

We told them we would give it our best but not to expect much and that there would be no charge..

 

 

At Connoisseur, we love a challenge.

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Yelp’s finest Santa Cruz companies working together..

Today we had the pleasure of working at Pleasure Point’s own Bella Notte Hotel.

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The owner of Bella Notte Inn was searching for a better Carpet Cleaner and took the advice from Tim Donoghue at Warehouse Direct Flooring to give us a try.

After getting out a tough ugly grease stain from an otherwise BEAUTIFUL guest room that the last cleaning company couldn’t, I got the feeling this is going be a long and beautiful relationship between two of Santa Cruz highest rated companies on Yelp!

 

Make sure to check out Bella Notte’s great Yelp reviews of this very charming Italian Style Inn..

 

Relax in Mediterranean splendor just two blocks from the Pacific Ocean. Bella Notte Inn offers ten luxurious rooms, each custom designed to make you feel at home the moment you step in the door. Tucked away in the Live Oaks neighborhood of Santa Cruz, Bella Notte Inn is the perfect choice for a romantic weekend away, a relaxing day at the beach, or visiting some of the Monterey Bay Area’s award-winning wineries.

Bella Notte translates to a beautiful evening. To ensure we live up to our name, we’ve lavished every room with the finest Italian bedding, imported Italian marble countertops, custom cabinetry and heated tile floors in all bathrooms.

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that darn Yelp filter..

 

I  know why Yelp filters reviews but I really wish great ones like this would stay visible..

 

Yelp-logoMargo C.
Santa Cruz, CA

5.0 star rating 5/30/2014
Dave and Eli have, once again, done a stellar job on my carpet and this time upholstery as well. Connoisseur has been my carpet cleaner for several years, and I would not use anyone else. They do great work and Dave and Eli are delightful and got the work done quickly and quietly. House is completely tidy with no mess left behind inside or out.

Bottom line, I could not give a higher recommendation.

 

 

TO SEE MORE OF OUR FILTERED REVIEWS CLICK HERE

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Don’t ignore your toilet!

A regular customer of ours called over the holiday weekend claiming her tenant found a “small wet spot” on the carpet..

We showed up on Tuesday to investigate. From the looks of it, the toilet tank gasket has been leaking for over a month.

we had to open up the walls to air try the soaked joists and sils

we had to open up the walls to air try the soaked joists and sils

The surrounding walls were soaked and that “one foot by six inch” wet spot on the carpet was actually more like 8 feet by 2 feet..

the pad and floor were drenched yet the customer could only detect a very small area of wetness

the pad and floor were drenched yet the customer could only detect a very small area of wetness

 

We found plenty mold growing behind the baseboards..

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and hidden damage behind suitcases and junk in a closet in the next room.

luckily the laminate floor did not get damaged

luckily the laminate floor did not get damaged

The lesson to be learned, when your toilet makes that filling noise in the middle of the night or basically, when you have not used it,

DON’T IGNORE IT!

 

Ordinarily the water is just leaking from a bad flapper into the bowl, in this case the gasket between the tank and bowl had failed and

was letting water out on to the floor behind the toilet where the walls and baseboard proceeded to soak it all up.

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