Make your flowers go further this Valentine’s Day with these tips.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

However it is that you’re celebrating today, it’s safe to say that flowers are probably involved in some way.

Whether your valentine surprises you with red roses or pink peonies today, it would be nice if they could last longer than the end of the week, wouldn’t it?

That’s why we’ve put together five handy tips for making your Valentine’s Day stems last longer.


  1. Trim your stems at an angle

You might have heard this one if you got the flowers from a florist, as it’s a must for proper flower care: Trim the stems at an angle before you put them in water.

Why is this advised?

Your flowers drink through a part of their stems called the xylem, which carries water and nutrients from the root to the flower.

Once picked, the end of a flower dries out, so cutting the end of their stems before putting them in water allows them to absorb water and drink properly.

Cutting them at an angle is advised because it allows more surface area to drink from.

While cutting straight is harmless, cutting at a 45-degree angle means the entire stem’s surface area is always in contact with the water and can absorb more helpful nutrients to live longer.


  1. Remove foliage under the water line

Any leaves and foliage and or leaves under the water line of your flowers should be removed.

This is because any foliage left under the water line will begin to rot, encouraging bacteria growth and damaging the plant.


  1. Add bleach and sugar solution

Hear us out on this one…

Add a little bleach to the flower water.

Add 1/4 teaspoon bleach per 1 litre of water.

Alternatively, you can add a solution of bleach and sugar.

Add three drops of bleach and one teaspoon of sugar in 1-quart (1 litre) water to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and prevent the water from growing cloudy.


  1. The penny drops

Copper is a natural fungicide, so dropping a penny into the vase will also help kill off the harmful bacteria festering in the old water and try to kill off your lovely bouquet.


  1. Refresh the water

Do you feel good in a dirty environment?

Neither do your stems.

For optimal bloom and vase life, refresh the water of your bouquet every 2-3 days or when it starts to look cloudy (as this is your sign of rot below the water line).


Show your carpets and upholstery some love this Valentine’s Day

Show your home you care this Valentine’s Day by refreshing your carpets and upholstery with ServiceMaster Clean.

It’s not just for the aesthetic benefits that leave you gushing, as your dirty carpets could make you sick.

Go above and beyond for you and your home by trusting the professionals at ServiceMaster Clean to utilise over 60 years of experience as upholstery and carpet cleaning experts to deliver results you’ll love.

To see how we can help you, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or book online today.

Why should you pay a company to clean your carpets if I can hire or buy a machine yourself?

Hiring a machine from your local supermarket or DIY store is always an option, but then so is fixing your car with just a spanner!


Are DIY machines all they’re cracked up to be?

With a hired machine, you get what you pay for.

These machines are designed to remove surface-level dirt and do a great job of putting water and detergent down.

But not a great job at removing it.

If you use too much shampoo, the machines are not powerful enough to remove the water and detergent, leaving your carpets wet with a residue for up to and over 24 hours.


With a carpet cleaning professional…

With a professional carpet cleaner like ServiceMaster Clean, your carpets are in the hands of a professional with £20,000+ worth of carpet cleaning machinery, professional products and years of experience.

We even clean furniture and upholstery, too!

Your carpets will be clean and dry within hours, so your home will be back to normal in no time.

The secret to professional carpet cleaning is the hot water extraction system.

Our specialist equipment removes dirt, shampoo residue and water from carpets so they stay cleaner for longer.


Professional vs. home cleaning

It’s not that fair to compare a hired machine and a professional company. It’s apples and oranges.

Experience, knowledge, equipment and effort – we will move all your furniture out of the way so you do not have to – you get what you pay for!

ServiceMaster Clean can apply a special fabric protector, giving fantastic resistance to spills, making them easy to mop up if cleaned away quickly.

The fabric protector also contains a unique anti-bacterial additive which kills many viruses and bacteria.

We recommend a professional cleaning of your carpets every six to twelve months to keep them free of dirt and looking fresh and to extend their usage.

You have already invested by purchasing your carpets, so why not look after them and ensure they can go the distance?

After all, would you try and fix your car with a spanner?


Want a professional carpet-cleaning experience?

If you need carpet (or upholstery) cleaning, contact your local professionals by finding your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business to receive a free, no-obligation quotation.

To learn more, call 0800 021 3073 or book online today.

Stained carpet? ServiceMaster Clean can help.

Your carpet is subject to more daily wear and tear than anywhere else on your property.

Thankfully, ServiceMaster Clean can keep your carpets clean and fresh all year round.

But how do we do it?


What equipment do we use?

We use specialist equipment and expertise to remove as much dirt as we can from your carpets to make them as clean as possible. Including:

  • Vacuum: Remove any debris and loose dirt before cleaning
  • Carpet Shampoo: To assist with the cleaning process and make your carpets smell fresh
  • Carpet Cleaning Machinery
  • Spot Hero: Our brand of stain removal solution may be used to remove any stains from coffee to chocolate from your carpets

What carpet cleaning services do we offer?

We have a wide variety of services and levels of cleaning to accommodate every situation and price. Including:

With our range of methods, we offer a system that is tailor-made to what your carpet needs (both in terms of soiling and type of carpet) to suit whatever budget you may have.


What about carpet repairs?

We also offer a carpet repair service, so you don’t need to rearrange your furniture to hide the damage or spend money on a new carpet.

Whether your carpets are worn, burned or damaged, our expert technicians can repair them for you in just one session!


Carpet repair methods

When it comes to carpet repairs, we have three techniques that we use to ensure the perfect repair every time:

  • Re-tufting Carpets: This can be carried out to restore burn marks, stubborn stains, moth damage and much more
  • Micro-shearing: If the burn is quite deep, the area of the carpet can be treated with micro-shearing, which is a tool unique to ServiceMaster Clean
  • Bonded Inserts: This involves cutting out a section of carpet and inserting it into the area that needs to be covered

Could your carpets do with a clean or repair?

Whatever state your carpet finds itself in, we can help.

Contact us to make your carpets as good as new in no time.

Please find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business now to schedule a free quote book online in select locations.

Don’t waste your waste this holiday season.

Let’s be real… the holidays generate a lot of waste.

From cooking packaging to toy boxes, chocolate wrappers and paper, there is no shortage of rubbish to haul away once the bins get collected again.

Thankfully, the importance of recycling is becoming recognised more every day.

But, even with our hearts in the right place, we can all still get things wrong.

Many plants and depots often find items with no place in the recycling.

If your council follows a commingled recycling policy, this is especially bad as it means a whole batch has to be sent to a landfill site anyway!

We’ve compiled a handy guide to help you know what festive items are recyclable and which are destined for landfill.


General Tips

Before we get too into Christmas crackers and sweetie wrappers, there are some rules of thumb to follow:

  • Put lids back on jars and bottles
  • Make sure any packaging is empty before binning
  • Keep items separate
  • Ensure items are clean and dry
  • Flatten cardboard

Different councils across the UK will have different approaches and guidelines regarding recycling.

You can use Recycle Now to get information on your local policy and recycling facilities.


Food waste

Now, this is a big one. What goes on your plate is a big part of any festive celebration. But, so is what goes in your bin.

When binning food waste, make sure you follow the aforementioned best practices.

You can recycle:

  • Glass bottles and jars – but not drinking glasses or Pyrex, as these have different melting points and are recycled differently.
  • Drinks cans and food tins
  • Milk cartons
  • Biscuit trays and tins
  • Crisp tubes (Pringles)

You can’t recycle:

  • Black plastic – the black pigment cannot be picked up by the laser technology used in the sorting process.
  • Metal tubes (tomato puree)
  • Cooking oil tins
  • Sweet wrappers
  • Crisp packets

Wrapping paper

For getting rid of wrapping paper, you may have heard of the scrunch test. Our tip here is: try it!

By scrunching wrapping paper into a ball, you can tell whether or not it can be recycled.

How does this work? Simple: if the paper stays in a ball, it is recyclable. However, when the paper is filled with too much glitter, foil, or sticky tape, it is non-recyclable.

When this happens, the paper will bounce back if you try to scrunch it, and it must go into general waste.

For eco-friendly wrapping:

  • Try to avoid wrapping paper that is dyed, laminated, or has glitter on it.
  • Choose eco-friendly paper, like 100% recycled paper, fabric, scarves, newspapers, maps, or old magazines.
  • Because sticky tape is not recyclable, try a specialist recyclable Washi or masking tape. Or try using things like string or ribbon instead.

For wrapping ideas in this vein, check out furoshiki – the Japanese art of wrapping gifts in fabric.


Un-Recyclable items

As you may have gathered, you cannot organise materials by de-facto can and cannot be recycled.

Some items must not be recycled and need to be disposed of differently.

  • Nappies cannot be recycled and need to go into general waste
  • Not all plastics are recyclable. You cannot recycle plant pots, tubs, trays (think toothpaste), or rigid plastics like toys, Tupperware or CD/DVD cases

Some items can be recycled or disposed of economically, but not through your recycling collection.

  • Batteries thrown away alongside general waste/recycling can become punctured or crushed. This can cause them to explode and start fires. So, dispose of them safely by taking them to your local recycling plant or supermarket.
  • Fabrics and textiles cannot be placed in with other recycling and should be taken to a collection point, clothes bank, or charity shop to be gotten rid of.

Need more help?

We hope that these tips help you recycle responsibly this holiday season.

Should you run into trouble during this period, like a stain on your carpet or rug or even damage to your upholstery, contact your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business or book online for help from our experts.

How to remedy a greasy mess on your upholstery.

Has your child spilt a plate of oily food on the sofa?

Or maybe you accidentally grabbed the seat while working on your car, leaving a greasy handprint.

It happens. What happens? Stains!

The upholstery experts at ServiceMaster Clean have got you covered.

Our experts have put together a few DIY solutions for removing grease stains from upholstery so you can see results like the one below:

grease removal


Removing Grease Stains from Upholstery

There are a few steps that we would recommend for removing grease stains from your upholstery, and here they are for you:

  1. Remove any solid materials from the area
  2. Blot the affected area with a clean, dry cloth
  3. Gently remove as much of the grease and excess moisture as possible
  4. Refer to the fabric care label of the stained upholstery item for recommended cleaning practices

A few codes on your upholstery labels or manufacturer paperwork will inform you how to clean your upholstery.

  • (W) – Upholstery should be cleaned with a water-based agent
  • (S) – Upholstery should be cleaned with a solvent-based dry cleaning agent
  • (S/W) – Upholstery can be cleaned with either a dry solvent or a water-based agent

Help! I don’t have a label!

No need to panic!

You can still attempt to clean the grease stain using the below DIY method, but you should test this on an inconspicuous area of your upholstery.

The second option is to call ServiceMaster Clean for professional upholstery cleaning services and recommendations.


The DIY Method for Removing Grease

Once you’ve removed any solids and blotted the grease and excess moisture from the stain, it’s time to start a treatment.

  • Sprinkle the stain with baking soda to absorb the last of the excess moisture (allow the baking soda to set for about 15 minutes)
  • Vacuum away the remainder of the baking soda.
  • For S code, use a dry-cleaning solvent to lift the stain (follow the manufacturing instructions on how to apply it)
  • If the care label has a W code, apply a homemade stain solution of one cup of water and two teaspoons of plain liquid dishwashing detergent designed to cut grease.
  • If S/W is the code that appears, use either of the techniques above.
  • When using a wet cleansing solution, gently blot the solution over the stain using a clean cloth.
  • Rinse the cloth out and repeat until the stain begins to lighten.
  • To avoid saturating the upholstery or the cushion underneath, blot with a dry, clean cloth after each application of the cleaning solution.

Or, if you don’t have a chemistry degree, you can cut the DIY substances and use the tried and tested ServiceMaster Clean SpotHero to eliminate stains in a flash.


Need professional upholstery cleaning? 

Some stains are too stubborn and seem impossible to remove yourself.

If you have any concerns regarding your upholstery, call the professionals.

For help from your local upholstery cleaning experts, find your local ServiceMaster Clean today.

For more tips and advice, check out our Facebook page.

Why buy a wool carpet?

There is a lot of choice involved in buying a carpet, as there are so many different types.

The most common synthetic fibres used in carpet manufacturing are:

  1. Nylon
  2. Polyester
  3. Polypropylene (olefin)
  4. TriextaA

When up against these big hitters, how does the humble wool carpet compare?

This week at ServiceMaster Clean, we’re looking at the benefits of wool carpets, from sustainability to safety, to show how, with a wool carpet, there’s sheerly something for everyone.

Maintenance and appearance

Strap in because these are the big ones.

When you’ve invested in a brand-spanking new carpet, you want to know that it can withstand everything that everyday living will throw at it, whether muddy footprints or dog wee!

Therefore, any prospective carpet buyer needs to ask some essential questions, including:

  • Will the carpet lose its texture, thickness or colour gradual loss of colour?
  • Will it retain spots and damage?

On this front, wool carpets are fantastic.

They are infamous for their long-lasting good appearance, which comes from their ability to respond excellently to dry and wet cleaning.

They are resistant to soiling, which means they retain their colour brilliantly.

The only maintenance and appearance issue that wool carpets face is staining.

However, this is only if the stains are allowed to seep into the fabric.

If spills and stains are handled promptly by carpet cleaning professionals, you shouldn’t have any issues.

On the other hand, synthetic fibres initially respond well to cleaning but may worsen in cleaning ability over time as the fibres become damaged.

Sustainability

Wool carpets are more sustainable since regular shearing is essential to caring for sheep.

Each year, there is a fresh supply of natural wool for the carpet industry.

Wool is also biodegradable and recyclable and won’t clog up a landfill site for decades or centuries.

So, if one of your primary concerns is living sustainably, a wool carpet is a brilliant addition to your home.

Safety

Wool carpets may also be considered for their safety compared to other options.

They are naturally flame retardant and have a higher ignition point than synthetic carpets.

With a wool carpet, you don’t have to worry about dropping matches or other fire hazards in the same way, as they won’t send your home up in smoke.

Insulation and breathability

Wool carpets are also natural insulators, which is a benefit during the cost of living crisis.

Wool also naturally absorbs humidity and serves as a natural filter, releasing heat when the atmosphere becomes dry and improving air quality by trapping and removing airborne allergens.

How ServiceMaster Clean can help your wool carpet

At ServiceMaster Clean, many of our branches, such as Leicester and Kingston Upon Thames, are accredited by WoolSafe:

“Established in 1991, the WoolSafe Certification Mark is widely recognised in many parts of the world as the standard for excellence and safety of carpet care chemicals.”

At ServiceMaster Clean, we use the best tools and products to clean and maintain your wool carpets.

Need your carpet cleaning?

No matter your carpet fibre profile, carpet cleaning can be a laborious chore.

But with the right tools and expertise, it doesn’t have to be.

If you’d like to discuss the specific products we use to clean wool carpets, contact your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business and schedule your free, no-obligation quotation or book online in select locations today.

Tips for taking care of your upholstered furniture.

Are you cleaning your upholstery? You should be.

Upholstered furniture needs as much care and attention as your carpets.

When facing the cost of living crisis, buying or cleaning used or existing furniture is much cheaper than buying new.

Not only will this preserve the colours and textures, but it will also help to remove stains and smells.

Especially if you have pets.

This is because prolonged exposure to the pollutants they leave behind can degrade upholstery.

But how do you even go about cleaning your upholstery? And what do you do if you stain an upholstered item?

ServiceMaster Clean has the answers.

How to clean your upholstery

For at-home upholstery cleaning, remove cushions and use a nozzle attachment on your vacuum for to hard-to-reach areas.

Ensure you beat the upholstery to loosen the dust and to get it all.

Once you’ve done this, plump up your seat cushions.

You should also be rotating your seat cushions often. But why?

Simple: Plumping and rotating help your cushions keep their shape and avoid premature wear.

Make sure you’re also airing out your furniture. Opening a window to allow fresh air to circulate eliminates the need for chemical air fresheners.

We understand that you probably want a room that gets good light.

However, do try to avoid any upholstered furniture in direct sunlight.

The reason for this is that it will degrade the quality of the materials over time.

What to do if you stain your upholstery

Nightmare! You’ve spilt hot coffee on your upholstery and left a massive mark right in the middle of it.

Don’t panic. Think ServiceMaster Clean.

Your upholstery is delicate, but there are anti-stain treatments that are highly effective with the proper application.

We use a special fabric protector that gives fantastic resistance to spills.

This makes it easy to deal with any future stains quickly and effectively.

Our fabric protector also contains a unique additive that kills viruses and bacteria.

Trust ServiceMaster Clean

With budgets tight, consider buying or cleaning older furniture rather than buying new.

We have stayed the UK’s number one cleaning brand for 60 years.

So, join those nationwide that trust ServiceMaster Clean to maintain their furniture.

Learn more about how we can help you refresh your upholstery. Find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business today.

And you can now take the magic of a ServiceMaster clean home with ServiceMaster Clean Spot Hero.

All the reliability of our specialist cleaner – in a handy-to-use bottle – for just £7.99!

Your Amtico floors are an investment and we’re Approved Amtico Aftercare Specialists, so you can trust us to look after them for you.

Trained by Amtico on how to restore and dress Amtico flooring, at ServiceMaster Clean, we offer specialist advice on the types of coating and treatments available to keep floors looking pristine.

Our national network of trained specialists now boasts over 50 technicians who have all been thoroughly trained in how to care for your Amtico flooring after installation.

Even in the most careful of homes, accidental damage such as scratches, stains and scrapes can occur when it comes to hard flooring. Fortunately, they’re all things that we at ServiceMaster Clean, like to get our teeth into.

Here are some useful tips for looking after your Amtico flooring:

Scratching

Use fibre matting to remove excess grit, dirt and moisture. Sweep your floor more often. Use Amtico International Floor Dressing for that extra protection.

Sticky Floor

If greasy, remove solids with absorbent paper then use Amtico International Floor Cleaner (following the instructions on the bottle). If there are dull residues, mop the floor again and avoid exceeding the recommended concentrations of the product. Avoid using ‘other’ cleaning products, for example washing up liquid.

Floor Indentation

Protect your floor under heavy furniture with wide-bearing cups. For chairs and frequently moved furniture, use easy swivelling wide wheel casters or felt pads. The subfloor beneath the tiles may be permanently indented if load-bearing devices are not used.

For more information on our Amtico services click here to find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean for contact details.

How ServiceMaster Clean helps keep your mobile home looking its best.

Whether you’re going on a long trip or staying put, the condition of your mobile home or caravan is vitally important.

No one wants to spend a long trip or holiday avoiding sitting on a dirty stain on the upholstery.

And with kids running around, it can be near impossible to avoid trekking in mud and other outdoor messes.

You don’t have to settle for less than the best for your home on the road.

With ServiceMaster Clean, you can remove any lingering mess from your carpet and upholstery without lifting a finger.

Why ServiceMaster Clean?

Expertise

We are an industry leader in carpet and upholstery cleaning with over 60 years of experience providing the best quality service.

We’re no strangers to whatever mess is causing an issue in your mobile home and have the know-how to find the perfect solution.

Products and equipment

Our technicians are kitted-out with the latest and greatest cleaning tools to remove all manner of stains accrued over your holidays.

Our mobile home repair services

Smells, dirt and marks

We understand that static and touring caravans can be left uninhabited for periods, leading to a build-up of smells and dirt.

Which, in turn, can leave unsightly marks inside your caravan.

Whether you keep your caravan at home, in storage or on a seasonal site, ServiceMaster Clean can be on hand to get things cleaned up and smelling fresh.

Perfect for tight spaces and steps

Sometimes, the issue of a stain or mark is exacerbated by its location in an awkward and hard-to-reach area.

Rather than get yourself in a sweat and huff by literally backing yourself into a corner, call on the experts.

Our top-of-the-range equipment also makes short work of tight spaces and caravan steps.

Residue

Our specialist equipment and expertise don’t just clear away dirt.

It also rids your carpet of shampoo residue and water, so they stay cleaner for longer.

Unlike professional carpet cleaning, most store-bought or rented carpet cleaning equipment leaves carpets wet with the detergent residue, causing a horrible sticky feel.

Carpet Cleaning

No matter your situation and price, we have a carpet cleaning system that can help.

Including:

  • Stain Removal
  • Clean to Blend
  • Full Carpet Clean
  • Soil Resistant Finishes
  • Carpet Protection

And if your carpet has sustained substantial damage, we can also undertake several repair services like micro-shearing and re-tufting.

Hard floor and upholstery services

Does your caravan or mobile home have hard floors? We clean these too!

Whether vinyl, laminate, LVT or even Amitco flooring, ServiceMaster Clean has developed regular hard floor cleaning and care systems to ensure the aesthetic appearance of your hard floor is the same as it was on the day it was installed.

With a visit from ServiceMaster Clean, you can forget worrying about the daily wear and tear that may scratch and mark your hard floors.

Our hard floor finishes look great and protect your floor from further damage.

Upholstery

The danger with cleaning most upholstery is not having the right tools for your material.

ServiceMaster Clean can also eliminate the stress of cleaning the upholstery and curtains in your caravan or mobile home.

From initial vacuuming to choosing the wet or dry-cleaning system most appropriate for your soft furnishings, we can clean any immediate stains, marks or residue and protect your upholstery from any future bother.

Curtains

And with our specialist tools, you don’t go through the hassle of removing your curtains.

During a visit from ServiceMaster Clean, we start by thoroughly vacuuming the curtains paying attention to the head linings where dust and insects gather.

Then we clean the curtain back and front by hand, closely inspecting as we do so.

We’ll even clean your pelmets, leaving your curtains revitalised and smelling fresh!

Learn more

For a professional treatment for your caravan or mobile home, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business to receive a free quote on a range of services today.

The tools ServiceMaster Clean use for expert carpet cleaning. 

We know you don’t want to shell out money buying products and lose time cleaning your carpets.

There are tools out there that can be used to clean carpets that are available to the general public, but most pale in comparison to professional equipment and service.

At ServiceMaster Clean, we do the cleaning for you using the best tools, unavailable to the general public.

Here’s a breakdown of what we use to get the best possible standard of cleaning for your carpets and how they work, so you know what to expect from a ServiceMaster clean.

Pump Spray

We use this to concentrate and apply the exclusive, industrial-strength products used to clean your carpets.

We place the cleaning product within the machine and pump the pressure up. Think of it almost like a pressure cooker.

We then spray the carpet with the product and let it sit before we utilise the extractor.

For smaller or harder-to-reach areas, we utilise a hand sprayer which performs the above but is easier to use on smaller surfaces.

 Extractor machine

Once the product has been applied, we use the extractor to remove the product and clean the carpet.

It has two water tankers attached to a long metal pole (or wand) via pipes.

The head of the wand is what we put onto the carpet (or whatever we are cleaning) to do the bulk of the cleaning.

First, clean, warm water is poured into one tank (or we put in cold water and heat it – a bit like a giant kettle).

Then there is a separate tank to collect the dirty water after the cleaning.

Then we run the wand over the carpet, which pushes clean water into the carpet and sucks out the dirty water.

We also have a smaller version of the extractor called a Spotter that is easier to manoeuvre and is used for smaller or fiddlier items like stair carpets and sofas.

The Roto Machine

This is a large machine with pads at the bottom which we use on hard floors like Amtico, tiles, and stone, but that we sometimes use on some carpets and works similarly to the extractor.

Water is placed into a tank while any product is sprayed onto the floor.

The machine then moves over the floor to clean it. We can also use this machine to strip products off the floor.

We do this by changing the pads on the bottom of the machine – some are more abrasive than others. Think of it like sandpaper coming in different grits.

Tampico brush

Used for spot cleaning and removing stains, visually, the Tampico brush looks like a scrubbing brush… but it isn’t!

The bristles are designed to snap if too much pressure is applied to the item we are cleaning.

While this seems like a potentially odd design choice, it is done to make causing damage to your carpet or rug very difficult.

This brush is one of the more labour-intensive tools in our arsenal, as it is used for cleaning stubborn areas by hand.

Agitator

The Agitator is a piece of equipment we use in deep cleaning carpets that require a more comprehensive cleaning service.

This is a tool that we use after we have applied a product.

It pushes the cleaning product into the pile of the carpet/rug to perform a deep clean.

We also use this for lifting the pile. Therefore, making it easier for us to carry out a deep clean.

Need your carpet cleaning?

Despite its health benefits, carpet cleaning can be a laborious chore. But with the right tools and expertise, it doesn’t have to be.

To benefit from the expertise, tools, and products of an industry leader in carpet cleaning, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business today to book your free, no-obligation quote on our residential and commercial cleaning services.

ServiceMaster Clean breaks down the tools that get your carpets shining like new.

When most people think of a dirty carpet, they think of an accidental spillage or an eyesore.

And work!

Let’s face it, cleaning your carpets is a positive habit to get into.

Not just from an upkeep standpoint. A dirty carpet can cause numerous unforeseen health risks like respiratory problems and a weakened immune system.

But how often do most of us properly clean our carpets? Not very!

For many, this is because it takes extra labour clearing things off of it, then ensuring you have a carpet cleaning agent and waiting for it to take effect.

And when you have a stain, this just isn’t effective, as you can’t react quickly enough to mitigate long-term damage.

But what if we told you there was another way?

At ServiceMaster Clean UK, we have over 60 years of expertise as an industry leader in carpet cleaning.

So, we know the best tools for the job.

Join us as we dive into what carpet cleaning tools are best to have on hand to get the job done right.

  1. A vacuum with a HEPA Filter

A vacuum cleaner is one of the most essential carpet cleaning tools.

However, the type and effectiveness of vacuums can vary wildly.

Due to the health risks of a dirty carpet, ensure your vacuum has a HEPA filter system.

HEPA (which stands for high-efficiency particulate air) is a filter classification.

To qualify as a HEPA filter, systems must remove no less than 99.97% of particulates like dust, pollen, and pet hair from the air.

So, buy a machine that can extract fine dust particles and improve air quality.

For carpet cleaning, it’s also worth investing in a vacuum with an adjustable beater bar to ensure it can be used on the different carpet types on your property.

  1. Stain remover

Stain removers are detergents that help remove stains from your carpet by dissolving the stain from the textile fibres.

Products vary in size, price, and effectiveness, so be discerning in what you buy.

Having a trusted stain remover can be a lifesaver when a spillage occurs as you can ensure it doesn’t have time to set in.

  1. ServiceMaster Clean

With years of experience and the best products and equipment, the best tool for carpet cleaning is ServiceMaster Clean.

We also have our very own expert tools.

ServiceMaster Clean Spot Hero distils all our years of cleaning expertise rolled into one bottle.

Safe to use on water cleanable carpet, fabric, and upholstery, Spot Hero guarantees to vanish common and stubborn like red wine, mud, berries, grease, and dirt, in a flash.

Need your carpet cleaning?

Despite its health benefits, carpet cleaning can be a laborious chore. But with the right tools and expertise, it doesn’t have to be.

To benefit from the expertise, tools, and products of an industry leader in carpet cleaning, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business today to book your free, no-obligation quote on our residential and commercial cleaning services.

Buying a second-hand rug? Here are some things to keep in mind.

When buying a new rug, going second-hand is a great and much cheaper alternative to buying new. Not only that, but it contributes to living a more sustainable lifestyle. However, there are some things that you need to consider if you’re thinking about buying a rug second-hand. Things you may not have even been aware of!

Luckily, at ServiceMaster Clean, we know rugs. With over 60 years in the cleaning industry as one of the UK’s leading rug cleaning specialists, we’ve seen just about every type of rug you could imagine, in just about every condition. That’s why our experts have put their heads together to give you a comprehensive list of all the things you need to look for when buying a second-hand rug.

Flammability

The last thing you want when you get a new rug is for it to immediately go up in flames. To put your mind at rest, you should be checking if any rugs you’re looking at meet the right safety regulations. If it’s up to par, a rug should have a label confirming that it meets The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations Act 1988 (which was later amended in 1989, 1993 and 2010). This essentially means that it meets certain criteria to make it safer. Any older items will not have this label and potentially could be a hazard. So, be on the lookout.

Infestations

If possible, we’re certain you want to avoid buying a brand-new rug that’s been infested with creepy crawlies. Unfortunately, if you don’t inspect it properly, you could come to find your new rug is full of all sorts of insects. Yuck! Common critters include bed bugs and carpet moths, so be on the lookout for these in particular. Bear in mind though that they will be harder to spot with just the naked eye. So, look for holes in the pile as a tell-tale sign, and take a magnifying glass with you!

Does the rug smell?

Stains are one thing, but if you notice that a rug has a strong odour to it, it’s best to walk away. Smells on rugs can linger and are notoriously hard to remove.

Moving the rug

Onto the more practical questions of transport now. Can you move the rug in your car or do you need a van? How heavy is it? Will it fit into the space you need it for? These are all important questions and need to be considered carefully before purchase. Trust us, there is nothing worse than being stuck with a massive rug that you can’t shift!

Is the rug dirty or stained?

As seen above, a lot of things might put you off a second-hand rug. But stains don’t have to be one of them. You can clean some items yourself and some stains and lift easily with the right know-how. It all depends on the type of material so be sure to check the specifications of the rug. A key question to ask is: “Will it need to be wet cleaned or dry cleaned?” If you’re unsure, or still have questions about rug cleaning, it’s best to get the professionals in.

How ServiceMaster Clean can help

If you have a rug that needs professional treatment, get in touch with your local experts at ServiceMaster Clean. We have all the right tools, knowledge and facilities to deal with stains, marks, and other rug-related woes. If you’re having trouble with transport, we also come to you, bringing all of our specialist rug-cleaning equipment right to your door, so you don’t even have to break a sweat trying to fold anything into the back of your car.

By calling 0800 021 3073, or by finding your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business, you can book a free quote on our services to learn more about how we can help you today.

Special Offer: Up to 58% off all offsite rug cleans in Leicester!

To celebrate our recent Founder’s Day anniversary across all of ServiceMaster Brands UK, the team from ServiceMaster Clean Leicester are embodying our ‘We Care’ value by giving back with up to 58% off all offsite rug cleans for residents in an ‘LE’ postcode. So, you can enjoy our top-of-the-range rug cleaning services for even less and with less hassle. We will work around you and collect and drop off your rug ourselves. But if this doesn’t suit you, that’s no problem. You can also drop off and collect your rug from us yourself.

But hurry, this offer only lasts until the 31st of October. Don’t miss out, give us a call on 0800 021 3112 or book online now before the offer runs out!

How we are celebrating ServiceMaster Brands Founders Day.

The 1st of October was a special day here for all of ServiceMaster Brands: Founders Day. Our annual observance across the ServiceMaster Brand family celebrates ServiceMaster Brands’ worldwide second anniversary as a stand-alone company. That’s why we’re paying homage to our founders and communities who made ServiceMaster Brands as we know it today. To do this, our franchisees across the UK are giving back. In Leicester, our ServiceMaster HQ and ServiceMaster Clean Leicester team have come together to support the local Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army is an organisation designed to help local people through Charity Shops, Food Banks and also provide support to homeless and elderly people and anyone else locally who is in need.

Providing donations

We supported them in these endeavours by providing supplies and cash donations to help them in their cause, particularly in supplying items in great demand, such as food and women’s and babies’ toiletry products. The items brought in or purchased as staff donations were compiled and back by our staff at the end of September and dropped off at the local Salvation Army branch.

ServiceMaster Brands UK Managing Director Alan Lewin says that to him, our service to the local community is just a small part of the way we deliver our value of care every day.

“The beneficiary of our Founder’s Day celebration effort this year was the Salvation Army which is based about 100 meters from our UK franchise support centre in Wigston, Leicestershire. We chose the Salvation Army for several reasons including the fact that they are literally on our doorstep, it is also good to know that in a small way we are helping the work that they are doing for families, the young, old, and vulnerable & those most in need in our local community.  Whilst the Founder’s Day celebration is a focal point for the team here, we encourage & continue to live out our ‘We Care’ ambition with other charity events throughout the year.”

 

All done! Our team with the donations packed and ready to go to the local centre

Providing a complimentary clean

Not only that, but the team from ServiceMaster Clean in Leicester went above and beyond by providing a complimentary clean at the local centre when they went to drop off our donations, and were able to clean the carpets in the entryway to make them look brand spanking new, all free of charge!

If you would benefit from a similar service, the ServiceMaster Clean Leicester team is giving back to the local community with up to 58% off rug cleaning services on collection or delivery for all customers in an LE postcode. To find out more, check out the Leicester news page or get in touch on 0800 021 3112.

More help

We will be giving back to our local community and the Salvation Army throughout the rest of the year. So please, join us and see how you can help out today.

And to find out more about how we can help you, find your nearest ServiceMaster Clean business today to receive a free quote on our carpet, rug, hard floor and upholstery cleaning services today.