Best spot cleaner for carpet and furniture

Ever wondered what the best spot cleaner is for carpet? Look no further!

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With so many spot cleaners out there, it’s hard to know which one will work the best. In fact, some of the spot cleaners at the store are actually harmful for your carpet and upholstery! Anything that contains a chemical that’s considered an “optical brightener” is potentially bad for your carpet as it can set stains in, make dyes unstable, and thus create bleach spots in your carpet as it sits over time.

That’s why we give away our free bottle of Spot Out to every customer. Not only is it free the first time, but we also provide free lifetime replacements! It’s residue-free, safe for any type of carpet or furniture (even clothing) and it’s safe to use around kids and pets.

If you need an effective carpet or furniture spot cleaner, just book a job with us and you’ll get a bottle absolutely free. Or if you’re a current customer, let us know if you’ve run out and we’ll drop one off for no charge!

How to get mildew out of outdoor cushions

Winter is over and summer is almost here! Many of us know that the Greater Seattle Area is beautiful this time of year, so we spend time outside barbecuing, playing yard games and hanging out with loved ones. But have you ever gone outside to find your patio furniture looks worse than you remember? Have you ever looked at the cushions and seen tiny little black spots everywhere? If so, that’s actually mildew that has accumulated from months of the Seattle rain!

So, how do you clean mildew spots out of furniture? This may come as a surprise to you, but most outdoor furniture is bleach-safe. The product we use for mold is not straight bleach, but it’s a product that is specifically designed to get mold and mildew off of wood and many other surfaces. You can go to the store to purchase a similar product, or even use household bleach (make sure to dilute according to the directions).

When cleaning outdoor furniture, extraction is very important, because all kinds of bacteria can grow in the wet climate throughout fall and winter. So if you have a way of cleaning yourself you can do that, or if you’d rather hire us so that you can just relax on your patio furniture after it gets cleaned, contact us here! We can help you if you are in Edmonds or the surrounding cities.

If you do the cleaning yourself, be sure to check your tag and/or call your manufacturer to check if it is safe to use bleach. And even if they say it is, test a small spot in an inconspicuous area to make sure it’s not going to make the color bleed before putting it all over your outdoor couch or chair. Get ready to enjoy outdoor meals and parties again!

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Should you seal grout lines?

This is a commonly asked question in our industry, yet it’s no that should not have much debate around it. Many times, tile installers will not seal the grout because it’s not technically part of their job and is perceived to be a waste of time. However, sealing grout is extremely important, and there are a few helpful details to know.

The first thing we should get out of the way is epoxy grout. Epoxy grout is not very common because it is very expensive and very difficult to install. However, the benefit of epoxy is that it never needs to be sealed! It’s essentially impenetrable, much like ceramic or porcelain tile.

When it comes to common grout types, sealing the grout, especially after cleaning, is very important. The most common type of grout is called cementitious grout. As the name suggests, this grout is made up of cement, as well as sand. Over time, acidic soils (especially around men’s toilets) will eat away at the grout and cause permanent damage. However, if a proper sealer is applied every 1-3 years, depending on use, the life of the grout can be prolonged exponentially. If you hire a professional to clean and seal your grout, make sure they are using a high quality sealer that protects from the inside out, rather than leaving a film on top.

With natural stone, such as marble, travertine or others, it is very important to also seal the tiles in addition to the grout, since the stone is porous. With ceramic tile, it is only necessary to seal the grout lines.

If you want help figuring out the best maintenance program for your tile and/or grout, please contact us here and we will be happy to help!

How to deep clean grout lines in tile

Tile and grout cleaning is much more than just mopping. In fact, mopping essentially just pushes all the dirt from the tile into the grout lines. So in effect, it cleans off the tiles but makes the grout even more dirty than it already was. No wonder grout lines are always so much harder to deep clean than the tile!

So when cleaning grout at home, that’s why it’s so commonly thought to use a tooth brush. What else can you scrub the grout lines with that will fit inside the grout lines? There are some better tools out there that help you get off your hands and knees like this one though, because you can buy a wool pole to attach it to! Doing this with a strong, neutral pH cleaner like this one can be very effective, but it has to be done regularly. It’s also best practice to use absorbent microfiber pads to dry the surface after cleaning, rather than traditional mops that push the dirt back into the grout lines.

When we clean grout, we do a combination of a safe but heavy duty pre-treatment, aggressive scrubbing with a brush and then high pressure (1000 psi) washing with hot water (up to 220 degrees). This combination allows us to do highly effective tile and grout cleaning that cannot be achieved with home remedies. The above photo is a bathroom we cleaned last week in Lake Stevens and the client was thrilled! If you have questions about how to clean tile and grout, or would like to schedule a professional tile and grout cleaning in Lake Stevens, Edmonds, Seattle, or the surrounding area, contact us here!

Best way to get pet hair out of carpet

As much as we love our pets, I think I speak for all of us when I say that I hate finding dog hair all over my house. It gets embedded in the upholstery, hair balls pile up in the corner, and it gets all over my kids!

When it comes to keeping the carpet clean, pet hair can be a challenge. Even if you have a higher end vacuum like a Dyson, Shark, or otherwise, some hair (and other soils) get so embedded into the carpet that they can be extremely difficult to remove without proper equipment.

Here’s a trick some homeowners don’t know about: go to a carpet cleaning supply shop, or go online and find a carpet rake (pictured below). You can use these before vacuuming to pull the deeply embedded hairs out of the carpet!

In order to remove even more hair and debri from carpet, we use a counter rotating brush machine. This tool has spinning brushes that penetrate all the way to the backing of the carpet and pull deeply embedded hair and soils out. The picture below is just after using our counter rotating brush machine on the carpet in two rooms at a home with two small dogs…and that’s also after vacuuming! Sometimes you can’t even see all the hair and dirt that’s deep down, affecting the air quality in your home.

If you are having trouble keeping up with your pets, let us come in to do a deep carpet cleaning and improve your air quality!

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How to get rid of dark lines on carpet edges and under doorways

We’ve all seen them, especially those that have white or cream colored carpet. Those awful dark lines that develop along the edges of carpet- typically in hallways, on stairs, and under doorways. What are those dark lines in carpet and how do you get rid of them?

First of all, the dark lines on the edge of the carpet are called air filtration lines. It’s the dust, pet dander, allergens, and other things that get pushed off to the side when you walk down the hall or up the stairs. Think of it like driving on the freeway- there’s rarely any debri where your tires go. It’s all brushed off to the side by the wind from the vehicles passing. These lines are full of dirt and grime, and can be tricky to clean out once they get bad. In order to keep them from appearing, we recommend using the hose attachment on your vacuum to vacuum the edges of your carpeted rooms every 1-2 weeks. It’s a pain, we know! But it will be much more work to get rid of if you let the air filtration lines to develop.

How do you clean the dark lines in carpet? Of course, the best (but also most expensive) way is to hire a professional. We have special products and tools designed specifically for these air filtration lines. If the lines are in a room anywhere near a kitchen, it’s very common that cooking oils will settle onto these lines, so we recommend a good citrus based cleaner to help pull out the oils. Outside of that, you can use our free Spot Out cleaner or Folex from the store. Put some on the filtration line, gently work in with a towel and let sit 5 minutes (don’t let it dry). Then scrub aggressively with a terry towel or microfiber towel to remove the spot. Repeat until there is no more change.

If you can’t remove them yourself, feel free to call or text Sno-King Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning at 206-801-0161!

Should I vacuum before carpet cleaning?

Here’s a popular question that we often get asked, and one that you might like the answer to. In short, yes, the carpet should always be vacuumed before cleaning. While many carpet cleaning companies will ask you to vacuum before they arrive, we do the vacuuming for you! In addition to that, there are a few keys to a good vacuuming job:

  • Of course- use a good vacuum! Don’t get duped by infomercials and creative marketing. The flashiest, fanciest looking vacuums typically are not the best. We recommend going with trusted brands like Sanitaire and ProTeam (both of which you can buy commercial versions of for the same price or cheaper than high end homeowner styles)

  • Go slooooow. The “pull pass” (meaning as you pull the vacuum back toward you) is where you pick up the most amount of soil. Focus on the pull pass and go slowly.

  • Get the corners. I know, it’s tedious. But it really is that important to use the accessories to get the corners of rooms up against the baseboards. Otherwise, over time, you’ll see unsightly dark lines of dust and dirt start to build up. Surprisingly, those can be very difficult to get out.

Of course, if you have any questions about vacuums or anything related to them, you can always reach out to us and ask!

Best carpet spot cleaner

In an ideal world, a professional cleaner like us could come out to clean up each and every spill on your carpet or upholstery, but in reality that would get very expensive! So it’s good to have some spot cleaners at home that you can use to help reduce the noticeable spots in between professional deep cleanings.

So what spot cleaner is best for carpet or upholstery? Our own! When you hire us, we give you a free spot cleaner with free lifetime refills!

If you don’t hire us, or run out and need some in a pinch, we recommend getting Folex from the local grocery store. Folex is very safe and effective, and it won’t harm your carpet like Resolve or OxiClean, or anything with optical brighteners. It can be effective at getting spots out of carpet like dirt, grime, food spills and even wine stains! For more troublesome spots like urine, feces or blood, special cleaners and equipment are needed to properly sanitize the area.

Best spot cleaner for carpet

What's the best spot cleaning product for carpet? Is it Resolve, OxiClean, or something else? Well...the answer is definitely something else! The two mentioned above have what's called "optical brighteners." These are disguised in the ingredient list with really long names, but essentially what they do is make the carpet look brighter so it looks clean. However, they're not actually cleaning. Over time they can make the dye in the carpet unstable, leaving it susceptible to bleaching.

For store bought cleaners, we recommend using Folex. But if you hire us, we give you a free lifetime supply of our Spot Out spot cleaner! Even if we're not at your place to clean, we'll just drop one off at no charge!

Why take your shoes off inside?

In many other countries, taking your shoes off upon entering a home is commonplace. Not only is it nice to do, but it's good for the air quality of the house residents and guests. Along with regular vacuuming and regular maintenance carpet cleaning, this is one of the best ways to keep your carpet looking fresh. See the WSJ article below to learn more!