Thursday, 18 December 2014

Are You Fed-Up With Your Dirty Carpet?

With your hectic life, it’s impossible to have a super looking carpet.

It does n’t seem to matter how much you vacuum or what you threaten your family members, it’s always the same old story. – A dirty carpet.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

What condition is your carpet in anyway?

I'm sure it's not as bad as the one in the photo, but...

You can find out with a Free Consultation.

1.     I’ll cover all the problems your carpet has. I’ll check for ‘unwanted’ stains. I’ll tell you whether or not they can be removed and how.

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By Kevin Goodwin, 020 8687 1711

Saturday, 13 December 2014

The Secret Life of Mould
There are 100,000 known species of mould identified and approximately 100K-200K still to be identified.
Mould is a key decomposer and is responsible for 98% of composting.
Mould is made up of living organisms thriving on moisture and an external food source such as sugars, starches and organic carbons.
Mould will grow on anything it can feed off ie; paper, wool, wood etc.
Germination can occur within 12-24 hours with visible growth within 48-72 hours. This is why you need to have freshly cleaned carpets dry within 12 hours.
Mould grows in colonies of millions of spores that engage in chemical warfare with other types of mould.
NEVER approach mould with a chemical as this causes it to sporulate.
Mould spores are in the always in the air we breathe. Normal ecological levels are so low they are acceptable to the human body. However, elevated levels can cause problems like Hay fever and other breathing problems.
The risk is dependent upon the specific contaminants present ie;
·         the quantity

·         the concentration

·         the frequency of exposure (ie; living in a mouldy house)

·         duration of exposure

·         and individual resistance
Invasive aspergillosis can occur as an infection with pneumonia that spreads to the heart, lungs, brain and kidneys via the bloodstream.
Mould is a biological agent – COSHH regulations apply when treating or trying to remove it with chemicals.
The HSE List of Biological Agents include: Hazard group 1, Aspergillus species, Penicillium marnefei, Cladosporium. Hazard Group 2 species, Cryptococcus neoforms.
The majority of mould spores are invisible to the naked eye, but when you can see it, (black or green mould), it has formed a colony with millions of other mould spores. 1cm of mould can contain 80 million spores of penicillin.
Attempting to clean mould with chemicals can be rather dangerous as mould cannot tell the difference between cleaning products and an attack from another species of mould, so it will fight back with its own form of chemical warfare.
Cleaning companies must undertake a suitable and substantial Risk Assessment before exposing employees to mould without suitable training.   Staff are within their rights to refuse to clean carpets in a mould infested area until the area has been professionally decontaminated.
There are around 7 million asthma sufferers in the UK that could be triggered by mould spores that flourishes in doors with high moisture and low airflow. Typical causes of indoor moisture is; breathing (about 1.5 litres per person per day), baths & showers, cooking, washing, drying laundry, cleaning, fish tanks, leaks, storm floods & damp weather.
So who is most at risk from mould?
Infants & children whose immune system may not be strong enough to cope. Pregnant woman having respiratory problems, the elderly, alcoholics, drug abusers and hyper sensitive’s.
How big is the risk?

This all depends on exposure frequency, duration of exposure, the amount and concentration of mould and the type of mould… Not all mould is harmful.
What should you do if you detect mould in your home?

Try to find the cause, if it’s a leak etc, you need to fix this first.
If it’s from general condensation from high indoor humidity, try the following…
If it’s a warm sunny day, open doors and windows as often as possible to allow plenty of fresh air into the property.
If it’s typical British weather, then you will probably need de-humidifiers to remove the moisture and dry the air and switch the heating on.

Once the mould has dried into a powder, you can use vacuum cleaners to remove it, but try to vent the vacuum cleaner exhaust to the outside of the property.
You should not attack/clean the mould unless you know what you are doing or of you know the type of mould you are dealing with. It is highly recommended you contact a local mould removal specialist to advise you on any type of mould growth treatment and removal.

If you are worried about mould treatment or removal in your property in South London and Surrey you can contact us on the details below.

By Kevin Goodwin, Direct Cleaners, 020 8687 1711

Friday, 5 December 2014

The Truth and Pets and your carpets and rugs

There are 27 million cats and dogs in the UK, I think we can safely say we are a nation of pet lovers. That acuminates to 30-40% of all households in the UK having pets.
Although most pets are very well trained from a young age, there are still many natural habits our pets possess that we may or may not be aware of… These can include; Chewing, scratching carpets and furniture etc, unsociable noises like barking and screeching, biting, drooling, begging AND fouling in the home.
Even to a house trained pet, wool smells like other animals so they will be automatically drawn to it to mark their territory. This is why wool carpets can be prone to pet accidents more than other carpet fibres.
Cats and dogs like to make their mark in their territories, this is a natural instinct for them and as many Tom cat owners know, once a Tom has ‘marked’ his area, it can be almost impossible to remove. Also, most carpet warranties do not cover urine damage.
Dealing with urine problems is never as simple as pet owners think or some ‘pet urine removal’ product manufacturers claim.  Urine correction services and related costs vary by the degree of contamination and the price quoted may have to change in relation to the extent of contamination to be removed.
There are professional carpet cleaners that can help with this, but it is a very specialised area and process and not something your ordinary carpet cleaner can normally adequately deal with, despite what they claim or tell you.
Pet urine consists of urea, uric acid, water, yellow pigment, cholesterol and enzymes. It starts as an acid when first released and then turns to alkaline (ammonia) as it dries. This is why you can get such a strong smell from pet urine. Obviously the strength and damage this can cause to your furnishings depends greatly on the age of the pet, the diet and whether it has any medical conditions. Humidity and heat will also amplify odour.
The yellowing is caused by the yellow pigment and has a dyeing effect on fibres, this explains why the yellow stains are so difficult to remove from carpets and rugs. However, there are processes and procedures that can be taken to greatly reduce the staining, (although no one can guarantee to completely remove this type of stain), and neutralise the accident and make the area much safer.
The simple truth is, Pet urine in carpets and rugs is NEVER simple to deal with. Unfortunately it’s not a case of just spraying the area with a solution and going over it with a carpet cleaning machine.
Another important thing to bear in mind is the affected area may be the victim of repeated attacks by the lovable pet. Even though the stain may look minimal on the surface, the majority of liquid has gone into the base, backing, underlay and floor under the carpet or rug.
In a carpet, this can be like a mushroom turned on its head, with the tip on the surface hiding a massive affected area you cannot visibly see. Think about it, the liquid has to go somewhere and spread.
You can use an ultraviolet light or a high intensity light to locate the urine and even use it around the house when it is dark so you can identify any other areas affected. An electronic damp tester can detect the crystals in urine. pH testing may also indicate the presence of urine.

So, the only real way to deal with this type of staining is to replicate the process of how it got there in the first place, with a product that is capable of dealing with the type of substance that is in there.
This mostly involves completely flooding the affected area with the appropriate product, allowing it to work for enough time, very thoroughly rinsing the area and very quick extracting and drying.
To correct colour loss, spot dyeing colour can be the only solution. 
Obviously, this type of treatment is very time consuming and can also come with its own risks to the rug or carpet, so a balance has to be made as to whether it’s worth going down this route, or if the rug needs replacing.
If it’s an expensive rug or has sentimental value then it should be worth considering having this done, but sometimes the expense of going through this process or the effect it may have on the item might make it worth considering a replacement.
If you have had a pet, or have pets soil on your carpets and rugs, I believe the very best advice I can give you is to seek a local professional cleaner that has a good track record of dealing with these types of problems.

Use the comments box below to tell us your best solutions for removing pet accidents from your carpet or rug.
If you’d like to contact us please do so on 0208 687 1711, email
By Kevin Goodwin, Direct Cleaners Ltd