These Common Shop Bought Cleaning Products Can Ruin Your Carpets and Upholstery!

In addition to carpet and furniture cleaning jobs, we often get  calls about stain removal.
Most spillages and common stains can be treated and removed successfully if we know what we’re dealing with.
But the real problems occur when a customer purchases and uses one of the common stain removal products that are sold in most supermarkets (no names mentioned but there’s more than one offending brand that fits the criteria here…)


Seen here damage to carpets by using over the counter stain removal products.

I still can’t quite get my head around how some of these products can be sold as “stain removers” when they rarely get rid of the stain and often make it far worse and much more difficult to remove to the point sometimes were the stain has been sealed in to the carpet and cannot be removed at all. Often causing irreversible damage to the carpet fibres.

OK, so now I am actually naming and shaming one particular product, however there are many other products that do similar damage.

This is the reason why Gerrards give all our customers a bottle of our own label professional spotter/ stain remover to use in between deep cleans.
It is also our way of saying “Thank You” for your business too!


Your Carpet is the Biggest Filter in Your Home!

When you were selecting the carpet in your home, you may not have thought much about how carpet contributes to your family’s health and well-being. Perhaps you were thinking style, colour, and durability. However, one of the greatest, but often overlooked benefits of carpet is its contribution to healthier indoor air quality.

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Your carpet is the biggest filter in your home. Just like your washing machine filter or vacuum cleaner filter or air conditioning that filters out airborne soils that pass through it, your carpet does the same thing. During the autumn and winter months when your windows are rarely opened, it becomes a bigger issue.
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Carpeting absorbs tracked in soil like dirt, asphalt, pollens, insecticides, bacterial matter, and fungus. This can be clearly seen with “draught marks”. 
The black lines that appear on light coloured carpet around the skirting boards, under the doors and around cool air returns is called “filtration soiling” or “draught marks”.
The filtering process that your carpet provides keeps those soils from becoming airborne. These soils are trapped in the carpet. They are then removed with regular vacuuming and regular professional cleaning.

If you do not clean your carpet on a regular basis, the filter becomes full. Would you leave your air conditioning filters for years on end without replacing them or cleaning them? No. The cleaning industry at large has not done a good job of educating the public about these kinds of issues; therefore many consumers are uninformed of the impact.

Not maintaining your carpet not only leaves it exposed to permanent traffic area damage and permanent staining, but it contributes to an unhealthy indoor environment.

Professional or Amateur?

ExpensiveIf you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” That famous quote is attributed to Red Adair, who in his professional career, extinguished over 1,000 oil rig fires. My guess is no one really wants to hire an amateur to put out those kinds of fires, especially when you consider that they use explosives instead of water.
The difference between the professionals and the amateurs, in any business, comes down to training and experience.
Always do your research. Choose the correct professional for the job.

Happy Birthday!

Cleaning a dusty carpet, or a remote corner of a room is no big deal if you have a vacuum cleaner. Ever wondered who to credit for inventing this very handy household item? ..
British engineer Hubert Cecil Booth. The idea of a hygienic way to clean dust occurred to Booth while attending a demonstration of American machines in London. He observed that cleaning machines blew or brushed dirt away making it a messy affair overall. Booth thought of designing a machine that would suck up dust instead.

Today marks the 147th birthday of Hubert Cecil Booth. One of his machines was a large horse drawn gas driven machine. This could often be seen parked outside of properties that were being cleaned the hose would be pulled through the windows of the building to where the carpet was being cleaned.

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One of our machines today -The HydraMaster Titan 575.




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Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.
Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

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