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This month we have a guest blog written by Carol Simpson from Hire A Mover in Sydney Australia. 

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The importance of having freshly cleaned carpets when selling your home!

To sell your property quickly for the best possible price, a little sprucing up will no doubt be in order. Yet when you’re mopping the kitchen floor or scrubbing your bathroom tiles, don’t forget that your carpets will also be in need of a deep clean.

Having nice, clean and fresh carpets could make a big difference to the look and feel of your entire property, helping you to secure that quick sale. Here are some of the many benefits of getting them cleaned before moving home.

1. It will help create the best first impression

Spotless carpets that smell great will give buyers a great first impression of your property: that it’s clean, has been well looked after and lovingly cared for. If your carpets aren’t clean, buyers will assume the rest of the property isn’t either.

2. It will eliminate any odours

It’s surprising how much carpets can hold odours. Strong smells from pets, cigarette smoke or even food can linger in your carpets and will be instantly noticeable and unpleasant to someone who has never been in your property before. Carpet cleaning is therefore so important when moving home because it eliminates odours and will leave your property smelling fresh and clean.

3. It removes stains

Maybe you dropped your dinner plate on the dining room carpet, or perhaps your kids had a bit too much fun with the finger paints. Either way, you simply can’t leave that stain just sat there in plain view when trying to sell your home. Cleaning your carpets will finally remove any stubborn stains once and for all.

4. It will brighten the place up

It’s amazing how much dirt can accumulate on carpets over time. You may not have noticed your carpets slowly changing colour, but with a thorough clean you’ll be surprised at how much brighter they, and in turn each room, will look.

5. It’s one less thing for buyers to think about

Cleaning your carpets will help entice buyers who are looking for a low-maintenance property they can move straight into. It will eliminate the need to buy new carpets, which can be costly and may put some buyers off.

This article was written in conjunction with Sydney Removalist Hire A Mover.

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A Significant & Very Proud Accomplishment!

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We have just finished the last job in the 2019 P&O Cruises and Cunard Line carpet cleaning schedule, which marks the end of our 25th consecutive season, which is quite a milestone for me personally and for the company.

Fittingly the last job was on RMS Queen Mary 2, the world’s most luxurious ocean liner and a true British icon. The job was to clean the lower Britannia Restaurant carpet, a total area of 1,650 square metres, that’s about eighty-five living room carpets.

The 29th March 2020 will mark the 25th anniversary of being promoted to main contractor and my first ships were SS Canberra and the brand-new Oriana.

Since then and as the fleet has expanded, ships got bigger and bigger, Oriana was a mere 69,000 tones whereas today P&O Britannia at 146,000 tons and RMS Queen Mary 2 at 155,000 are massive by comparison and still they get bigger and bigger, next year will see the arrival of P&O Iona at 185,500 tons.

Big ships equal massive challenges in both height, length and time constraints, where enormous areas of carpet need to be cleaned in a 3.5-hour time slot.
Our Titan 875 Truck Mounted System is the most powerful carpet cleaning system on the planet, and it needs to be able to clean carpet on the 18th deck of the latest superliners and have carpets not only cleaned to the very highest standards, but also dry within an hour and delivered on time with no excuses. 

Mastering the art of squaring that seemingly impossible circle is what makes this job the most challenging and unique in the world carpet cleaning, not just in this country, but in the entire world, which in turn is what makes it so mind bogglingly challenging and yet so utterly additive.

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Written by Simon Gerrard, Company Director.

 

Real Witches Ride Vacuums!

Happy Hallowe’en Everyone!
Of course, there are no real witches and if there were, they wouldn’t be riding vacuums.

The vacuum cleaner is an apparatus that creates a partial vacuum and is used to suck up dust and dirt. It uses an air pump to create a vacuum, and it is used to clean floors, but it can also clean other surfaces. What a vacuum cleaner sucks into itself is collected into a dust bag or a cyclone and later disposed of. Today, there are many sizes and models of a vacuum cleaner, from hand-held variants that are powered by batteries to industrial models that can vacuum several hundred litres of dust to vacuum cleaners that are the size (and shape) of a truck that is used to clean large spills or to remove contaminated soil.

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Some of the earliest home vacuum cleaners needed two people to operate them – one to vacuum and the other to push or pull the heavy machinery.

Vacuum Cleaner Manufactures Association says that 98% of households have a vacuum cleaner.
 
One of the advices for how to clean carpets, before vacuum cleaners, was to sprinkle a carpet with tealeaves. Idea was that this attracted dust and dirt to the surface and made it ready to be swept. It didn’t work.

America’s first female corporate CEO was Anna Bissell who took over the job after he husband Melville Bissell died. She was a CEO of BISSELL Company which manufactured carpet sweepers – predecessors of vacuum cleaners.

Brushes on attachment of a vacuum cleaner do the most of the cleaning.
Some modern vacuum cleaners can vacuum water and liquids. Earlier cleaners couldn’t do that (or they could but for a very short time and then they would explode.)

There are vacuum cleaners that are equipped with sensors that tell when a surface has been sufficiently cleaned.

Rambo Amadeus, a Belgrade-based Montenegrin singer-songwriter, has a practice to sometimes make performances which include playing on household appliances among which are predominant vacuum cleaners.

Woman from Kent bought an Electrolux’s vacuum cleaner in 1930’s and used it until 2008 when it blew up in the middle of the work. Electrolux gave her a new model.

Although robotic vacuum cleaners work well and keep house cleaner, they still cannot completely replace cleaning with standard vacuum cleaners.

Hoover was so successful in selling his vacuum cleaner because he offered ten days free trial for interested customers.

 

Information courtesy of www.vacuumcleanerhistory.com

Read some of our older Blog PostsCarpet Cleaning Through The Ages.

 

Over a third of your life is spent at work!

Shouldn’t it be clean?

 

Office Carpet Cleaning

Clean Carpet…
It just makes sense!
Your staff appreciates a clean environment.
Your customers appreciate a clean environment.
You appreciate a clean environment.
Clean surroundings contribute to a more productive and more profitable business.
The EPA recommends cleaning carpets for health:
“Every time carpets and fabrics are emptied of their pollution build-up through professional cleaning methods, there is a health benefit.”
For just a few pennies per square foot you can enjoy a cleaner, healthier, and more attractive environment.

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We can show you how your carpets can look terrific every day of the year!
Call us for a FREE no obligation survey and quote on 01942 864474
email us enquiries@gerrardscarpetcleaners.co.uk

How to Tackle A Liquid Spillage!

The first mistake made by most people is to panic! The second is to scrub the spillage! The third is to over-wet the area! And fourth to liberally apply one shop bought stain remover after another!

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How should you deal with it?

If you Google ‘red wine stain removal’ you’ll find all manner of suggestions and remedies.
Some are extremely sensible; others seem to literally suggest throwing the kitchen sink at the problem.
While some of the ‘hip’ lifestyle websites or ‘cleanfluencer’ Instagram and Facebook posts seem to offer you many number of so called solutions, some of them require you to either have a PHD in chemistry or suggest you wave a magic wand, while standing on your head and counting to ten in Chinese.
But while you may not be able to remove all traces of the spillage yourself (particularly if it’s been lying in the carpet too long) here’s what you should actually do:
1. Act quickly. At first, it’s a spillage, and not yet a stain.
2. Using a white towel or kitchen roll, press all your weight on the spillage, even standing on the towel to blot up as much as possible. This may take a few minutes but is worth the time and patience.
3. Check to see if much of the spillage has been transferred to the towel or kitchen roll and replace with a clean one as often as necessary. Do not be tempted to rub or scrub the stain.
4. Once no more colour is being transferred, dab a clean towel with a small amount of water and continue blotting the stain for few minutes.
5. Now place another clean dry towel over the stain and stamp on it again, even adding a something heavy on top of the towel for a while to absorb as much of the spillage as possible.
6. Assess the spillage area afterwards and if any colour remains, call a professional carpet cleaner.

The above process is pretty effective, and at the very least will remove the worst of the spillage while causing no further damage to your carpet or making it more difficult
(or impossible) for a professional to remove.

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Gerrards leave all our customers a free bottle of our professional stain remover after each job. If you have one of these follow the instructions above numbers 1 to 5 and then use the spray following the instructions on the label very carefully.

 

As always, if in any doubt, please do call us on 01942 864474 for further advice.