Ink on your Carpet? Don’t Panic

Ink on your Carpet? Don’t Panic

When dealing with ink, we at Cincinnati Maintenance recommend a two-part system. First, blot with a clean towel to get up what you can. (This rule of thumb applies to almost every type of spill – and, remember, BLOT, don’t scrub!) Then, you will need two spray bottles. Fill the first one up with water and add one drop of liquid dish detergent. In the other bottle, fill halfway with water and the other half with white distilled vinegar. Spray the spot to be cleaned with the detergent mixture, and use a towel to blot up spot even more. You may also use a brush to tamp the spot to encourage color transfer. When spot is gone, spray vinegar mix on carpet and blot again. Remember, less is more. Use too much detergent and you will have a residue left on the rug or clothing or whatever is being cleaned. Owner Eddie Susshine says, “Rubbing alcohol can and has worked for me in the past, but I feel the two part cleaning system works best. I would not use any type of oil based cleaning agent. For example, WD-40 will definitely leave a harmful residue behind if not properly rinsed.” Don’t panic! If you need professional assistance, contact Eddie Susshine right away – he’s here to...
How to Handle A Fingernail Polish Disaster!

How to Handle A Fingernail Polish Disaster!

When dealing with paint or nail polish, the question of how to handle depends on how long the spot has been there. Both paint and fingernail polish are  typically are petroleum based, so the cleaning process is basically the same. If someone spills a bottle of nail polish on the floor and its hard surface, quickly and liberally sprinkle sugar on top of it.! The sugar will absorb 99% of the product. What’s left over can be carefully cleaned with nail polish remover or acetone. However, NEVER directly apply nail polish remover or acetone to the surface that is being cleaned. Always apply the nail polish remover or acetone to a clean cloth and blot the spot On fabric, nail polish remover and acetone, if applied directly to the carpet or fabric, can de-laminate the fibers, meaning the glue that is holding the fibers together may deteriorate and the carpet fibers will start to fall out or the upholstered fabric will become weak and possibly tear. If the paint or fingernail polish is wet, blot with a damp towel. Do not scrub because the stain will just get larger. Always work from the outside of the spot towards the center. When you cannot get any more transfer to the towel, then use the nail polish remover/acetone. Depending on how old the carpet is and how frequently it has been cleaned will definitely determine how well the spot will clean up. If the carpet is old and has not been cleaned regularly, then the dye-sets of the fibers are most likely open and ready to accept other dyes readily. What we highly recommend – because...
How to Quickly Address a Coffee Spill

How to Quickly Address a Coffee Spill

Oh, man! A coffee spill on your carpet. Great way to start the day, huh? Addressing a coffee stain can be very tricky. Depending on the type of coffee, it has the potential for permanently staining fibers. Did you know that deluxe or supreme blended coffee as well as decaf coffee all have artificial dyes to make the color uniform? (Makes you think, doesn’t it?) To try to take care of it yourself, we at Cincinnati Maintenance recommend a two-part approach: First, blot with a clean towel to get up what you can. Now, you will need two spray bottles. Fill the first one with water and one drop of liquid dish detergent. Fill the other bottle with equal parts of water and white distilled vinegar. Spray the area with the detergent mixture and use another clean towel to blot the stain. You may also use a brush to “tamp” the spot. Once you no longer see the coffee spot, spray the vinegar/water mixture on the carpet and blot. Remember, less is more. Using too much detergent will leave a residue. We do not recommend any type of oil-based cleaning agent. For example, WD-40 will definitely leave a residue behind if not properly rinsed (which is hard in itself to do!) If the coffee stain is on a light-colored carpet and there is still a little color, you can MIST 3% hydrogen peroxide over the spot and blot. And, we mean mist only. You cannot use too much because it is a bleaching agent. As always, feel free to contact Cincinnati Maintenance to discuss your carpet and upholstery cleaning needs, schedule an...

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