The first thing clients probably notice about your business are the pieces of furniture and carpeting in your lobby. You probably spend quite a bit of money to decorate this “first impression” area so that clients will have nothing but a positive first experience right? Well, if you think choosing the right carpeting and furniture was critical, maintaining the professional and clean look of that furniture should be of utmost importance as well. That is where scotchgard can come in handy for your lobby pieces.
What is scotch guard? Scotchgard is a 3M brand of products, a stain repellent and durable water repellent applied to fabric, furniture, and carpets to protect them from stains. The original formula for Scotchgard was discovered accidentally in 1952 by 3M chemists Patsy Sherman and Samuel Smith.
Benefits of Scotchgard –
- Helps protect against both oil and water based stains.
- Help carpet fibers resist soiling.
- Helps spills blot up before they become stains.
- Helps stains release more easily when carpet and upholstery is professionally cleaned.
- Helps Carpet and upholstery stay cleaner longer.
In all, Scotchguard is a very advantageous product to use to keep your office carp[et and furniture clean and sharp looking. Continue to make a positive impression on your clients by maintaining your investment in your office furniture.
A client spills his coffee on the white carpet at work. Your child drops his open sippy cup with grape juice on your den floor. The office luncheon ends up with splattered sauce on shoes that gets spread throughout the office. We have all been there. A small stain can send the wrong message to clients and can drive you just as mad at home. So how do you treat hard-to-remove carpet stains? Let’s look at some of the tricks of the trade that may help you.
- Start by blotting (not wiping) the stain with a clean cloth and some cold water. You risk ruining the carpet fibers or spreading the stain by scrubbing.
- Water Soluble Stains – for stains such as alcoholic beverages, berries, colas, food dyes, ice cream, jelly, milk, mud, washable ink or wet or latex paint use a simple cleaning solution made up of 1/4 teaspoon of non bleach detergent mixed with 32 ounces of water. Again blot and remove working from the outside of the stain in.
- Special Water Soluble Stains such as blood, coffee or tea try ammonia (1 Teaspoon) mixed with one cup of water .
- Water but not too much – be sure not to over soak the stain as it may ruin the backing of the carpet pad.
- For old Stains – for a stain that was hidden or not cleaned up immediately yu will want to choose a cleaning agent and let it set for a bit before beginning to work on rubbing gently at the carpet fibers.
Please be aware that not all stains are removable. Like everything its always best to call a professional even for some advice. All carpets are different, all stains are different. Cleaning carpets can be a chemistry game. Call us if you have questions or would like us to take a look at your hard-to-treat stain.