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5 Must Know Tips For Washing Pillows

5 Must Know Tips For Washing Pillows

There is definitely a difference between sleeping on a regular pillow and a great one. You will notice that when you use a regular pillow to sleep, you might suffer from a painful neck when you wake up. If the quality of your pillow is great, you will be left with good memories, and you’ll feel comfortable the whole night. To keep your pillows clean and spotless, follow these tips.

5 Must Know Tips For Washing Pillows

  1. Basic steps for washing pillows

If you have a polyester pillow, then these tips will be perfect for you.

First of all, make sure to read the tag on the pillow and check how it should be washed. In case you’re using a top loading or front loading machine, it’s advisable to wash two pillows at the same time so that the machine will be balanced. If your pillows have become yellow over time, use 1 cup bleach solution to soak your pillows in before washing. Soak them for about 30 minutes to one hour.

When choosing a detergent, make sure it’s a mild one. You can combine it with white vinegar and hot water to kill the bacteria and other contaminants in your pillow. If the pillow is already smelly, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda to your solution to get rid of the odour. When you are done cleaning, it’s important to get your pillow completely dry. The drying process can take 2 to 3 cycles to ensure that all of the bacteria are killed. Check for moisture from time to time and do this until the pillow is completely dry.

  1. Two to three times a year of washing

Wash it regularly two to three times a year. Clean your pillow sooner though if you notice that your pillow has become greasy and has a spot at the area you usually lay your head on.

  1. Pillow protectors

Put pillow protectors inside the pillow case to help keep pillows clean longer. They will help keep allergens from your pillow, as well as serve as protection against the oil and grease from your face at the end of the day. Be sure to wash the protectors, too.

  1. When your pillows need to be replaced

Pillows filled with polyester usually last only up to two years, but a lot of people keep their pillow longer. If your pillow’s ability to support your neck when sleeping isn’t as good as before, then it’s time to replace it.

  1. How to wash feather pillows

The process for washing feather pillows is not very different from how you wash a polyester pillow. One of the things you should take note of though is that a feather pillow should not be bleached.  You can leave them under the sun to dry them naturally, and it will make them white again.

With these tips, your pillows will soon be clean, fluffy and good as new. And since you’re cleaning your pillows, why not give your mattress a deep clean, too? AIM Property Solutions offers a wide variety of services, from carpet cleaning to mattress cleaning, upholstery cleaning and pest control.

 

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How To Banish Beer Stains and Smells on Carpets

How To Banish Beer Stains and Smells on Carpets

Different beverages that end up on your carpet don’t have to worry you unnecessarily. Spilled beer, for instance, is not that hard to remove (just a waste of good beer). If you’re hesitant to do the cleaning yourself, you can hire professional carpet cleaners to do stain removal. There is, after all, a tendency that if not done correctly, your carpet will have a stain and strange odour. You will eventually need to hire professionals anyway to reverse the damage you’ve done.

How To Banish Beer Stains and Smells on Carpets

Once you’ve contacted a company for stain removal, you can do some things while waiting for them to arrive.

You will need paper towels, cold water, bleach-free detergent, white vinegar, warm water, and solvent for dry cleaning.

Use the cold water to rinse the beer-stained area then take a paper towel to blot it up. Keep on sponging the area until the beer is removed. Remember to allow the area to get completely dry after you are done moistening it. In case this is not effective, make a mixture of 1 cup water and ½ teaspoon bleach-free detergent and use this to blot. You can also try a mixture of 2/3 cup water and 1/3 cup white vinegar. After that, apply some of the dry cleaning solvent, making sure to follow the product’s directions for use.

Most people prefer hiring professionals to get rid of beer from their carpets. There are a lot of professional carpet cleaners out there, but how to choose the best one is what you need to know. Make sure that the company has well-trained technicians and that they are certified so you can get top quality results.

AIM Property Solutions is one of the best when it comes to treating tough carpet stains, and it’s very easy to set an appointment with us. We are always ready to help out.

 

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4 Steps To Cleaning Your Microfiber Couch

4 Steps To Cleaning Your Microfiber Couch

Your couch and other upholstered furniture are essential parts of your home. It’s where you spend your day resting, hanging out with the family or reading. With its everyday use, it’s important to keep it clean to increase its longevity.  However, your upholstered furniture is made of different type of fabrics which requires different types of cleaning techniques. One of the best examples is your microfiber couch.

4 Steps To Cleaning Your Microfiber CouchMicrofiber couches have fabrics made of polyester and nylon fibres. Dirt and grime can be visibly seen if the couch is of a lighter shade. Cleaning this modern style couch is a bit tricky because this type of fabric is prone to watermarks while darker shades help the dirt blend in.

You can start cleaning by taking off the cushions and putting them in the washing machine. But cleaning the arms and the frame of your couch is a different story. Read on to learn the basic steps for microfiber upholstery cleaning.

  1. Check the tag or manufacturer’s manual

Every upholstered furniture is unique from each other and should be treated differently. It is important to read the tag or care manual which can be found underneath your cushion.  If you see “W” for example, then it’s safe to use water for cleaning.

If you can’t find the tag or the manual, always spot test your cleaning product in an inconspicuous area first.

  1. Vacuum your couch

Set up your vacuum cleaner with its brush attachment and vacuum all the dirt, dander, debris and hair.

  1. Clean with alcohol

Since microfibers are repellent to water, use rubbing alcohol instead. Spray alcohol over the spots and gently rub with a white or natural-coloured sponge. Let it air dry or use a blower at a  cool setting to dry it fast.  As with any cleaning product, always spot test on a discreet area first before applying the alcohol especially with darker shades of microfiber.

  1. Fluff it back up

After cleaning, the microfiber might have flattened a bit in certain areas. Fluff it back up using a soft bristle brush.

If you are in doubt and need professional help in deep cleaning your couch, call AIM Property Solutions. We have professionals who are experts in upholstery cleaning.

 

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DIY Guide To Repairing Burnt Carpet

DIY Guide To Repairing Burnt Carpet

Your carpet is one of the most beautiful and expensive parts of your home decoration and a big investment. Accidents are understandably aggravating especially those that leave burn marks. No matter how it happened, whether a hot iron was dropped on the carpet, a hot hair straightener placed on the floor or a cigarette fell, the sight of a burn on your carpet is quite unpleasant and annoying. What can you do if your precious carpet is damaged with burns? Read on to learn simple carpet repair tricks to save your carpet from this disaster.

DIY Guide To Repairing Burnt Carpet

Small burns

Method#1:

If only the tip of the carpet fibres is burned, you can cut away the burned fibres with scissors. This only works for small burns such as cigarette burns.

Method#2:

  1. Find an inconspicuous area of the carpet and cut small fibres from that area. It could be a corner of the room, near the baseboards, or under the furniture.
  2. Apply super glue to the burned area, then stick the fibres on it.
  3. Let it dry then trim the fibres with scissors to ensure they are even with the rest of the carpet surface.

Medium-sized Burns

  1. Look for carpet scraps in your storage room and use it to repair the large burn. If you don’t have a spare one, you can look for the same carpet from a different room or an area that isn’t visible.
  2. Once you found a scrap, place it over the burned area. Use it as a pattern for the carpet area to be removed then cut the edges according to the size.
  3. Using a craft knife, cut the large burned area. Try not to cut the pad.
  4. Apply super glue or double sided tape around the hole then place the carpet scrap on the area.
  5. Press the scrap carpet down until it’s firmly glued onto the surface.
  6. Trim the area a to even it out with the rest of the carpet

 

For larger burns or if you don’t have the time or the skill to deal with this problem yourself, you can have your carpet replaced. But instaling a new carpet should be your last option if all else fails. The better way is to call a professional to help you with carpet repairs. AIM Property Solutions has skilled technicians for all your carpet damage and carpet care needs.

 

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Two Most Asked Questions About Carpet Cleaning

Two Most Asked Questions About Carpet Cleaning

When customers come to us for carpet cleaning, they never fail to ask us two questions: the best method to take care of carpets and when they should be cleaned. Here’s what you need to know about how best to clean your carpets and when it should be done:

Two Most Asked Questions About Carpet Cleaning

  1. What is the best method for cleaning carpets?

Answer:  The best and most effective method for cleaning carpets is the hot water extraction method.

We also use this method because most carpet manufacturers advise this. It produces outstanding results, and it’s very effective in killing bacteria and allergens that will return the original condition of the carpet. The carpet fibres will look new, and the colours that have faded will start to come out again. You will be able to use the carpet right away because your carpet will not take long to dry if this method is used on the carpet.

  1. When should carpets be cleaned?

Answer:  They need to be cleaned every 12 to 18 months but sooner than 12 months if you have pets or kids.

Most people wait a long time before they have their carpet cleaned. This should not be the case because carpets need to be cleaned on a regular basis to give it the best maintenance. When the carpet is properly maintained and cleaned, it will have a longer lifespan. Carpet manufacturers will ask you to have them cleaned every year.

Spending on a good carpet cleaning company will save you money in the long run. The poor condition of the carpet caused by soiling leads to abrasion which is the reason carpet fibres can get worn out. This can affect the lifespan of the carpet. If you let the soil stay in your carpet for a long time, the carpet can have permanent damage.

While there is more than one carpet cleaning company that can offer hot water extraction, you need to be sure that the ones who will handle your carpet are well-trained and have the proper knowledge to give the best cleaning.

Trained and certified technicians can distinguish the type of carpet and the kind of stains you have. They will then recommend the cleaning solutions to apply and temperature to use to give a very effective clean.

AIM Property Solutions has certified technicians and qualified personnel to take care of all your carpet cleaning needs. We have the best equipment, and we value attention to detail, giving you exceptional results.

 

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