Carpets Get Dirtier After Cleaning Fact Or Fiction?

The Trouble With Bubbles

As your carpet and upholstery cleaner in Lichfield we can tell you this is a fact!  Carpets and upholstery do get dirtier after cleaning. But this only applies to the easily hired DIY equipment you get to clean carpets and upholstery yourself. This is because the cleaning solutions they use are detergent based.  Professional carpet and upholstery cleaners in Lichfield, like us, stopped using this kind of solution about 15 years ago.

Detergent based cleaning solutions clean well but they leave a sticky residue. This attracts soiling, so the carpet or fabric gets dirty quicker. For example, washing up liquid is a detergent-based cleaner so rub some on your finger and let it dry. It leaves behind a tacky residue.

Why Carpets Shrink & Upholstery Smells

The only way to get rid of the tackiness is rinsing. If you use too much water you risk dampness damaging your carpet or upholstery. The result of this is we get calls saying, my carpet has shrunk or my furniture smells.

Fifteen years ago, when we had no choice but to use detergent-based cleaners, it was a trade-off whether we wet the carpet to get the bubbles out or leave the detergent in the carpet which would attract more soiling.

How Your Carpet And Upholstery Cleaner In Lichfield Gets The Best Results

Your professional carpet and upholstery cleaner in Lichfield steers well away from detergent-based cleaners.  We use micro splitter solutions instead. These are detergent free and are therefore better for the environment.  It’s also better for children and pets and self-neutralising to pH7.

We also clean at much lower temperatures using less heat which is better for the environment. And our machinery sucks water out so your carpets are dry enough to walk on when we leave.

It’s also worth saying that using cleaning products you buy in the supermarket, washing up liquid or washing powder can make your stains and soiling worse.  If these products have been used our ability to remove the stain falls dramatically.  Our best advice is to always get our advice.  It’s free and we are always available to answer questions or give a no-obligation quote. Please contact us.

Knight & Doyle are your expert carpet and upholstery cleaners in Lichfield and are Woolsafe approved. We are corporate supporters of St Giles Hospice and give a donation for every job we do.

Streetly Sofa Cleaner Applauded

Why was the number one Streetly sofa cleaner, applauded? Simple. Its because we saved a client a lot of money by expertly cleaning their sofa, which meant they didn’t have to get a new one.  In addition with the cost of living rising no one can afford to waste money.

Saving upholstery from the tip means we save our clients money, it’s part of our job and we do it all the time.  This means our clients are absolutely amazed at what we can do.  This blog sets out examples of carpet and sofa cleaning in Streetly. Jobs that have literally saved our clients hundreds, if not thousands of pounds.

In addition to residential homeowners, we work for landlords and commercial businesses including bars and restaurants. Above all it doesn’t matter whether we are cleaning a sofa for a hairdressing salon, or chairs in a church if we can save the client money, we do.

Streetly Sofa Cleaner Commercial Cleans

The image below shows seats we saved at a bar. The chairs were in storage and heavily soiled, as a result of hand grease and drink spills. We were able to completely remove all the soiling and staining.

Streetly Sofa Cleaner Residential Cleans

Hand and head grease mean the Streetly sofa cleaner has to work extra hard on headrests and armrests. Human grease is the number one cause of furniture soiling.  Dye transfer causes a lot of soiling too please see our separate blog on this.

Look at the hand grease image below. Because hand grease builds up gradually you don’t notice it until you turn a cushion over. This results in a phone call from people who think they will have to buy a new suite.

This is wrong because we use a wide range of different cleaning methods and the capability to remove the grease from the upholstery. Our technicians are well trained and we pride ourselves on being the best Streetly sofa cleaner, this means we save our clients the expense of new furniture.

Carpet Cleaner Streetly Relies Upon

We save heavily soiled upholstery, we also save carpets and rugs. For example, the rug below is valued at £9,000 but it was smoke and soot damage in a house fire. It’s made from Tibetan silk and wool. We used our fine fabric cleaning expertise to fully restore it.

In conclusion, look at our Gallery for more examples of furniture and carpets we’ve saved from the rubbish tip. And above all, why as the Streetly sofa cleaner applauded for our work. We believe it is much better for our clients and the environment if we can bring expensive things like home furnishings back to life.

Please contact us for a no obligation quote.  All our advice is free of charge and we are always happy to help.

Stains On pH Sensitive Fabric

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Upholstery stains on pH sensitive fabric cause unexpected things to happen.  For example, a client knocked a glass of white wine over, which spilled on her grey suite and in the morning the stain had turned red.

As expert carpet and upholstery cleaners with over 20 years’ experience we have been noticing for sometime that a number of manufacturers are using fabrics that are pH sensitive.  Which means they can possibly change colour if spills are either acidic or alkaline.  Another client peeled an orange and some of the juice went on the sofa, the result was a pink stain.

Baby Wipes & Upholstery Stains On pH Sensitive Fabric

We see a lot of pH damage owing to baby wipes because they are slightly acidic.  When clients have used them to wipe a spill the colour change may not happen immediately, but it will over a short period of time.

Treating Upholstery Stains On pH Sensitive Fabric

Can we rectify the problem of upholstery stains on pH sensitive fabric? The answer is yes, but.  Only if the client has not tried to remove the stain with another solution.  Because this will most certainly fix the stain into the fabric permanently.

Fixing Upholstery Stains On pH Sensitive Fabric

Now, its time for a chemistry lesson.  To get the stain out is quite simple.  Because all you need to do is find the pH level of the stain and bring the level back to neutral.

For once something we learned at school has come in handy!  7.5 is pH neutral (water).  0 to 6 is on the acidic side and 8 to 14 is alkaline.  So, if you have a stain that is on the acidic side, say pH 5 the application of an alkaline solution of say 9 should solve the problem.

For Advice Pick Up The Phone Or Send A Message

We are always happy to give free advice, with no obligation. We always say it is best to call us BEFORE trying to treat the stain yourself. This is because if you use the wrong kind of cleaner on your carpet or fabric it may fix the stain making it difficult, if not impossible for us to treat.

You can buy what we use, our own brand Professional Spot & Stain Remover and Neutraliser, please call to order. We’ll make sure you buy the right product to get the best results.

Remember, we make a donation to St Giles Hospice for every job we do.  If you are a St Giles Lottery Player we give you 10% off as well. See our Offers page for the latest offers.

We Are Open Over Christmas & New Year

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Even when our offices are closed we are still available for emergencies and to offer advice.

We urge you not to attempt to clean up stains yourself, as this can cause more harm. Our advice is free of charge, so please call us first on 07921 900132 at any time.

Christmas Day – Closed (available for emergencies & advice)

28th December – Closed (available for emergencies & advice)

29th December – Open

30th December – Open

31st December – Open

New Years’ Day – Closed (available for emergencies & advice)

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Christmas and New Year from the team at Knight & Doyle.

Furniture Cleaned & Saved From The Tip

Furniture cleaned and saved from the tip! This is what we always do if we can. It saves our clients a lot of money and its one of the best ways to save the planet! We are a very eco-friendly company and prolonging the life of furniture and carpets has a positive effect on the environment.

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Carpet Cleaning Lichfield

We do a lot of work for landlords in Lichfield as well as residents of the town. A local landlord asked us to clean the carpets in a furnished let before new tenants moved in. We asked what they were doing with the three piece suite. Our fears were confirmed – it was destined for the rubbish tip.  Our knowledge and experience, as expertly trained upholstery cleaners, made us confident that we could save the whole suite. We asked the landlord if we could try and salvage it for him on a no win, no fee basis.

How We Cleaned & Saved A Three Piece Suite From The Tip

After a couple of tests on the fabric of the three piece suite we worked out the different combinations of pre-cleaners required to clean the sofa and armchairs to give them a new lease of life.  The pre-clean was followed with a hot water extraction clean (HWE).

HWE is the process we use for heavily soiled sofas and chairs. This upholstery cleaning method removes ingrained dirt. It deep cleans and removes stubborn stains. HWE also removes allergens, mildew, fungi and dust mites. It is ideal for restoring or preserving second-hand furniture. Or as in this case, you are a landlord refreshing your furnished let for new tenants. Its also perfect for cleaning chairs in restaurants or reception areas.

We offered the no win, no fee option to clean the suite to the landlord of the furnished let in Lichfield because on inspection we realised that other than very heavy soiling the suite was in excellent condition. It had very little wear. No rips or tears, no burns or broken zips.

But this is not the only example of furniture cleaned and saved from the tip. Or where we have saved our clients a considerable amount of money. Please contact us for more information.

How We Saved A Bedroom Carpet From The Tip

For another landlord, who owns many properties and is a regular client, we were booked to do carpet cleaning and furniture cleaning. But on this occasion we were asked NOT to clean the bedroom carpet. He felt it was too dirty to save and he was going to have to replace it.

Needless to say, we were able to save the carpet from the tip. We actually saved this landlord more money than he paid us to clean the rest of the carpets and upholstery in this furnished apartment.

For the examples we’ve given Dry Carpet Cleaning, (which we offer) would not have been suitable or effective.  We use a wide range of upholstery cleaning and carpet cleaning methods but will only use the Right Process to get the Right Results.

As a business and as individuals we are very much into recycling and protecting the environment. Whether that’s through the cleaning solutions we use or by furniture cleaned and saved from the tip.

We’ve got lots of examples and photos of our work on our Facebook page.

We are Woolsafe approved.