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What’s there not to like about leather? For starters, leather looks better. Every piece of leather furniture certainly looks unique and brightens up the room. Leather also feels better, mostly because it breathes and stretches without losing its original shape. Leather wears better as almost all experts believe that leather furniture pieces last four times longer than regular fabric furniture. And finally, leather cleans better. That’s because spills can be cleaned instantly with just a damp cloth and doesn’t leave a mark behind.
Leather couches, upholstery, and other pieces of furniture can make even an ordinary room look regal. But let’s face the fact here: leather is one of the most delicate materials for furniture out there. When not protected properly, it can fade, warp, crack, discolor, tear, and even mold. Yet, there are still some conditions that can significantly ‘speed up’ the process.
Keep on reading to find out what they are and how to avoid them so you could keep your leather furniture in top condition for a very long time.
1. Exposure to a Lot of Sunlight
Sunlight is your leather furniture’s worst enemy. Sunlight actually works like bleach to leather. If the pieces of leather are exposed to the sun for an extended period of time then their original color will be seriously affected. For example, a rich burgundy can turn an ugly brown in a relatively short amount of time. Because of this, the leather furniture pieces will start to look old and weathered.
2. Sudden and Frequent Changes in Temperature
There are some pieces of leather furniture that are often moved around. Leather couches or recliners for example, are often moved from living room to the balcony or the backyard, meaning that they have to go from hot to cold temperature and back again quiet often. This seriously affects the condition of the leather and effectively damages the piece of furniture beyond repair. To save it, you might want to keep them in one place.
3. Letting the Stains Sit
Thinking that you can let the stain be and clean it later, might come back to haunt you. If you have kids or pets in the house then spills will most definitely occur. There is no way to effectively avoid that. But you can control how the spill will affect your leather furniture. Using a damp cloth, you can remove a stain instantly. If you let it set then the stain will become permanent and it will also start to destroy the leather from within, meaning that staining is to be avoided at all costs.
4. Using Harsh Soaps and Detergents
What you have to understand is that there is no active way to replenish the active natural oils of the furniture, meaning that you can’t improve upon its original condition. However, you can certainly contribute to making the leather worse for the wear by using harsh soaps and detergents to clean the pieces of furniture because they make the leather dry, crack, and worse. There are cleaning solutions available in the market specially designed for leather furniture. You can opt for those the next time you feel like it’s time to clean the leather furniture.
5. Not Seeking Professional Help in Time
There is only so much you can do to clean and protect your leather furniture. Sometimes it’s better to let the experts, like us, step in and take care of the job for you. Not seeking professional help when you think your leather furniture is withering can render it beyond repair. We offer the best leather rejuvenation and leather cleaning services in Sydney. So whenever you’re in need of some leather cleaning, don’t forget to contact us or give us a ring at 1300 309 276.
If you have previously owned pets, you obviously know what to expect from an untrained one; but if you just bought your first adorable little pal to stay and accompany you at home, there is a lot you are in for. Keeping and maintaining a pet is never easy, and training one can be even more daunting. The time between ‘getting a pet’ and ‘training the pet’ is the most challenging. It is when you’re trying to get familiar and used to of having a menace in the house that is in dire need of some discipline. Just so it doesn’t come as a surprise to you, here is what to expect from your untrained pet.
Pets love to chew! Especially dogs and cats – If you don’t give them something to chew on, they will go on chewing your furniture, clothes, and even shoes.
Cats have a distinct habit of clawing everything, and they will unless they are taught not to. Still if cats do it out of habit, if you don’t maintain your pet’s claws even dogs can end up clawing your precious belongings unintentionally.
Animals shed their coats rather regularly. You don’t have a choice with that, but neither do they. The fur that they shed can create havoc if you are allergic or prone to asthma or other breathing disorders. Make sure you consider that before you get a pet.
This will be the biggest and most challenging problem that you face. New pets need to be potty trained just like toddlers. You can’t keep running after them cleaning their droppings and urine all the time. If it gets way out of hand you may even need professional carpet cleaning in Sydney.
The Spills and Stains
Unless you train them, they wouldn’t know that knocking off their milk bowl or that cake batter you just made is off limits for them. They will spill and stain everything in their reach. Unless you have too much time to take care of scrubbing floors and carpets, we suggest you train your little buddy as soon as possible.
If this much isn’t enough, there is one more thing that you would take time getting used to – the pet odor. While it is tolerable for most, it may cause irritation to you in the beginning or may be unpleasant for your guests. Luckily, all you have to do is contact us to get rid of pet odor or removing dog urine from carpets.
In our previous blog we provided you with five uber interesting facts about mattresses. Listed below are the remaining five facts that will, disgust you, surprise you, and maybe even caution you. So without further ado, here they are:
6- You Shed And Sweat At Night
Contrary to what you think, you too are making your mattress unhealthy. Every night while you sleep, you shed thousands of skin cells on your mattress, and you sweat too. Both these factors add up to create good proliferating ground for dust mites; get a protective mattress cover, to avoid this mess.
7- Mattresses Now Are Being Made Flame-Proof
Mattresses are prone to catch fire and after 2009 when the casualties caused by bedding related fire reached an alarming rate, most countries made it a requirement for mattresses to be made flame-proof. A number of companies have already started marketing flame proof mattresses, and since then there has been considerable decrease in the number of fires caused by bedding.
8- Mattresses Are The First Thing On A Burglar’s List
Do you too, like most other people, hide money or valuable cash equivalents beneath your mattress? Warning bells for you, burglars, and thieves make it a point to skim under the mattress as soon as the break and enter your premises. Maybe you should look for better hiding places for your cash safekeeping.
9- The Metal Springs In Your Mattress Are Not A Healthy Notion
Spring mattresses have metal springs in them which are said to act like random magnets. They form static magnetic fields, and become an active source of radiation that can prove potentially harmful to the health of an individual.
10-Popular But Least Liked
Although spring mattresses sell the most, they have the worst customer satisfaction reviews. More and more customers are switching to memory foam and latex mattresses that have a much better customer satisfaction rate compared to spring mattresses.
Although the blog was meant to be an insightful source of fun and knowledge, it is equally concerning that mattresses do pose great health risks if not maintained properly. We know it is impossible to ascertain when your mattress needs a replacement, but we can assure you that it needs regular cleaning. If you haven’t had your mattress cleaned lately, do not waste time – contact us, our commercial cleaning services in Sydney is just what you need.
Don’t you just love your mattress? It is comfortable, it is cozy, and it is the one thing that puts you to sleep no matter how fatigued you are. Most people form a unique bond with their mattress – for them it is not just a load of springs and foam. But the fact is, that no matter how dear a mattress is to someone, it rarely gets much thought except when it is not functioning the way it should. While you sleep away in the comfort of your mattress, there is an entirely different world of interesting facts and secrets that you do not know about it. Do you disagree? Let’s see how many of the following facts you knew already.
1- You Are Sharing Your Bed With Eerie Critters
We didn’t warn you about it, and we no it’s gross but you are sharing your bed with countless dust mites. These microscopic creatures exist everywhere there is fabric and the existence of humans and/or animals. They feed off shed skin cells and often cause allergies and aggravate asthma.
2- Mattresses Are Recyclable
Next time you are thinking of replacing your old mattress, put it to recycling. Its material could be put to good news instead of being dumped as trash. While the foam and fabric can be made use of in padding, metal springs can be repurposed into another use.
3- It Was Ropes Before Box-springs
Before there were any box-springs or platform foundations, mattresses used to rest on a cross-weave of ropes that stretched across wooden frames. Often the ropes sagged with weight and had to be tightened to their original stretch – that is where ‘sleep tight’ originated from.
4- Guinness Identifies Mattress Dominoes As A Separate World Record Category
We assume you have all heard about dominoes; but have you heard about mattress dominoes? If not, here’s the interesting bit: Mattress dominoes is an actual world record category in the Guinness World Records. The current record was set in 2012 by Shanghai volunteers consisting of 1001 mattresses and people.
5- Messy May Be Healthier
A tidy bed makes your room look tidier as well, but is it actually healthy? A study by Kingston University has led scientists to believe otherwise. The study tells that covering the mattress with a comforter allows moisture and sweat to remain trapped in it, making it a healthy breeding ground for dust mites.
We bet you didn’t know about most of these, but this is not all; stay tuned for are next batch of interesting facts about mattresses. If the thought of a messy mattress gives you creeps, contact us for mattress cleaning in Sydney. You can also check out our range of other commercial cleaning services in Sydney.
If you are flood or a nasty leak victim, then you probably already know the damage your possessions can sustain as a result of excess water. If you are lucky, then the damage will only be limited to the surface of the objects and you will be able to save it with utter ease. But in most cases the water permeates in the objects and starts to rot them from within. Take carpets for an example. This soothing and comfortable object can turn into a cesspool of bacteria, germs and viruses if you don’t tackle the water damage immediately.
If you want to know the tips and tricks for handling water damaged carpets then keep on reading.
Fix the Main Problem First
Of course you can’t do anything about a natural flood, but you must definitely control the flood and leaks originating from your house. Start at the ground level and work your way up. Make sure that you seal the water leakage from all fronts. Find out from where the water reached the carpet and take care of it. You can start taking care of the carpet once you ensure that no more water will be coming.
Start the Disinfection Process Immediately
You can never be sure what kind of germs, bacteria and viruses the flood and leak water brought with it. Use the disinfection solution with a little bleach and water on all the affected areas. Use the disinfectant to clean the carpet. You might have to rub it in and will take a lot of energy, but don’t give up till you have seen to all the affected areas. Don’t forget to move the heavy furniture out of the way though. It might be best if you leave the furniture out. This will keep the furniture out of the way and give it time to dry naturally.
Let the Drying Commence
There are two ways you can go about it. If you can afford it, then you should rent an industrial size fan. Bring the fan in when you have ensured that everything is completely out of the way and that no electrical wires come into contact with anything wet. Turn the fan on and get ready for a very long wait. It can take up to eighteen hours for the carpet to dry completely.
Another thing you can do it is to hang the carpet out in the sun to dry. But you might have some complications to face with this option. Firstly, the weather might not hold. You need continuous access to sunlight. Another thing you will have to contend with is the waiting. It can take up to thirty six hours for the carpet to dry.
Before you bring it back in, make sure you touch every area to make sure for that everything is dry. Even the smallest wet patch can give rise to mold fungus growth.
Call in the Professionals
You can avoid all this hassle by contacting us immediately. We promise a response time of one in water damage cases. We can also guarantee that by the time we are done with your water damaged carpets, they will be as good as new. You can also contact us for the best carpet steam cleaning service.
Cleaning the mattress is a big hassle but it has to be done. It is your primary resting spot and you spend almost 1/3 of your day there. A dirty mattress does not make for hygienic living conditions. If you keep avoiding cleaning the mattress, then eventually the dirt and other substances will accumulate over time and turn into a serious a health hazard. Yes, we agree that cleaning the mattress can take up a lot of your time, but ultimately it’s for your own good.
Here are a few simple thing you can try to make you mattress super clean.
It’s not as weird as it sounds. You might be disgusted to know how much dead skin cells we shed during a night, and all of them lie on the surface of your bed. Eventually, they merge together with the dust and debris. You can use the small head attachment of the vacuum to suck out all the nasty and unwanted things. The vacuum will also suck out the dust and debris that is deeply rooted in the mattress.
Remove the Spots & Stains
The first thing you have to know about stains is that if you can take care of them while they’re fresh then you should do it, otherwise they will dry up and become an ugly spot which is a nightmare unto itself to clean.
When you notice the fresh stain, blot it using a wet clean cloth. You can use a dry cloth to get rid of the excess liquid. Make sure that while using the cloth, you are pressing it in the bed and spreading the stain by making a circular motion. You might be tempted to use hot water to remove the stain but it actually helps the stain permeate more.
If the fresh stain proves to be a little stubborn, then you can apply a home paste of baking soda, salt and water on it. Let it rest for about half an hour and then use a clean cloth along with cold water to wash it off. With any luck, the stain will go with it.
Over time you will notice that the mattress will start developing its own scent. It’s not exactly a bad thing but some people might find it uncomfortable. To combat that, you can deodorize the mattress. You can buy a mattress deodorizer from the market to spray the mattress, or you can make your own deodorant using a mixture of essential oils and water in a spray bottle. Spray very lightly and let the mattress dry for a few hours.
Kill the Bacteria
Another trick you can use is leaving your bed out in the sun for a few hours once every few months. This will effectively kill all the bacteria and germs crawling on the surface or rooted underneath it. If you don’t want to use a mattress deodorizer, then you can use the sun’s heat to get rid of the smell. It doesn’t always work to the base level and the smell lingers somewhat but it is still better than nothing.
Leather furniture is the key feature of modern décor. Not only is it chic but classy as well. Other items like leather bags and purses help you make very effective style statements. But if you put their aesthetic benefits aside, then they are a real pain to maintain. The slightest misstep could ruin the entire thing.
Here are a few easy tips you can apply to clean your leather objects in the most efficient way without destroying them all together.
· Tips for Leather Bags/Purses
If you are thinking about buying leather purses or bags, then be warned that they stain and spot very easily. They come across as dirty after just a very short time. When that does happen, many people turn to the regular dish washing or laundry detergent to tackle the problem. This is a terrible idea because this seriously messes with the quality of the leather. You might as well throw out the purse because it won’t look nearly as good as it did when you bought it. Here is what you should do:
Use a facial soap if you can or a very, very mild detergent for clothing. Mix one large tablespoon of that with one large glass of water. Make sure that they water is clean. Pour the solution in a spray bottle and shake is well. Spray the solution on a clean piece of cloth. You will be using the cloth to clean the purse. Using of a lot of liquid could damage the bag beyond repair. Wipe the bag gently and leave it out to dry on its own. When it dries, use a little moisturizer and spread it on the bag. This will keep it smooth and new like.
· Tips for Leather Furniture
Unlike the leather purse or the bag, you don’t have the option of using the leather furniture only sometimes and then putting it away. The more it is used, the more regularly it will need to be cleaned to maintain its current state. Here is what you should do to clean the leather furniture:
Vacuum the furniture thoroughly. Use a mild detergent or saddle soap for the actual cleaning. But remember to make sure that it contains oils and waxes, as they will help make the leather shine. Use a clean cloth with the detergent or the saddle soap to gently wipe the furniture. Never use an old towel for this task. The cloth needs to be just as delicate, so micro fiber will suffice. You can apply a single spray of water with the detergent or the saddle soap. Leather reacts negatively to oversaturation. After that, wipe the residual soap with another clean cloth. Leave the furniture to dry naturally. Don’t use strong artificial lights and never put it out in the sun. If you are not sure about the strength of the detergent then you can always spot check. But make sure to pick an area that will not be visible to others easily.
For a professional leather cleaning service, you can call us anytime. We also provide other services like tile cleaning, pet odor removal, professional carpet cleaning and so much more. Contact us right now to know more.
Upholstered furniture brings a certain sense of classical style with it. Not to mention the fact that they are super comfortable. People who want to redecorate their house and want to buy all new furniture often gravitate towards upholstered furniture first because of its durability. But more often than not, this type of furniture is inherited from older family members or friends who are moving away but don’t want to take their furniture with them. When that happens, you might feel a moment of satisfaction at owning such a unique piece but it will immediately turn to dread when you realize that the furniture needs to be thoroughly cleaned before you can start using it.
Well, we are here to tell you that you can stop dreading the inevitable. Upholstery cleaning is not as difficult as most people make it out to be. You just have to know how to handle a few things. Keep on reading to find out how can clean your upholstered furniture to make it as good as new without damaging it.
Here is the thing. When you spill or drop things on most types of upholstered furniture, they are soaked inside and in most cases, dry on the surface. You can actually feel the dried up stains if you run your hand over the furniture. You can use a large spoon or a scrapper to get to it before moving on to the next step.
You need to get rid of the external components. That would be the dirt, dust, grim and yes, even dead skin cells. Some people actually try to beat furniture to get rid of the dirt. Well, it doesn’t work. When you hit the furniture, the dirt and dust dissipates in the air. This affects the air quality of your house and most of it lands back on the furniture anyway. The dust and dirt can also trigger allergies. You can avoid all this by simply vacuuming. Make sure that the vacuuming is thorough though.
You can either buy a special detergent from the market that is specially designed for upholstery or you can make your own by mixing baking soda, liquid dish washing soap and water in a bowl. You can use a blender to get the foamy texture. Use a hand brush to scrub over the larger stains and a toothbrush for the smaller ones. Make sure you dig in. When you are done, leave it for an hour. Use a clean cloth and cold water to wipe away the detergent. Do not, under any circumstance, drown the furniture in water to wash it.
Depending on the thickness, the furniture can take up to a day to dry completely. It pretty much goes without saying but you should avoid using it for that duration. Wet furniture attracts dirt, so make sure that you keep it out of places where it will get dirty again.
To have your upholstered furniture cleaned from top to bottom, you can also call us. Apart from upholstery cleaning, we specialize in mattress cleaning, water damaged carpets and so much more. To avail our services, contact us right now!
Who doesn’t love pets! They add chirpiness to a home’s otherwise mundane environment and the bond you share with them makes you forget all your friends. If you are going to keep a pet, your home must be pet-friendly as they will be constantly in contact with your blankets, your sofas and mostly, your carpets.
It can be hard to remove pet urine stains and odors from your carpet. These stains and odors penetrate deep inside the carpet padding, and give an unkempt, shabby feel to your house. Here we have listed three ways that are effective in removing pet stains and odors, so that you have a fresh smelling house even with a pet.
Vinegar and Baking Soda Spray
This is one of the most inexpensive and efficient DIY cleaners. Baking soda is a natural odor remover, while vinegar works magic on stains. This spray can get rid of blood and urine stains, even if they are old and stubborn. Simply mix together 2 cups of distilled white vinegar, 2 cups of lukewarm water, and 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Combine it all and spray it on the affected area of the carpet. Scrub it gently and dab with a clean piece of wash cloth.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda Spray
Hydrogen peroxide comes in handy when it comes to breaking down urine stains and removing odor. Combine half a cup of 1% hydrogen peroxide with a cup of baking soda. Add a teaspoon of eco-friendly dish washing liquid. Slowly pour this solution onto the affected area and scrub it with a wash cloth or brush. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and wipe with a clean cloth.
Citrus Enzyme Cleaner
You can make your own fancy enzyme cleaner by combining 7 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 cups of lemon/orange peel, and a liter of water. Pour this solution in a bottle and leave for 3 months. After 3 months, your natural enzymatic cleaner will be ready to use. You must leave the bottle cap a little loose so that the bottle doesn’t explode in case of any gaseous buildup.
Make sure you sponge away the excess liquid from the carpet before spraying any one of the above mentioned solutions. Also, don’t forget to vacuum afterwards to give a pristine appearance to your house.
At home cleaning is, of course, not as efficient as professional cleaning. For affordable professional cleaning, you should give Sydney Steam Cleaners a try. We are one of the best professional carpet cleaners in Sydney, specializing in cleaning upholstery to tiles and mattresses.Contact us here or visit our website for more information.