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Soot Stain Removal Hints



NEW Method!

Motstenbocker's Lift Off #1 is a a new biodegradable and water based product and is designed to specifically remove stains such as: coffee, tea, juice, soda, sauces, ketchup, mustard, blood, grass, pet stains, liquor, chocolate, jelly, barbecue and soy sauce and red wine. It can be used on: carpets, fabrics, rubber, metal, formica, tile, vinyl, wall coverings, clothes, furniture, plastic and delicates. It works better than existing products; it works in the same reactionary time; it is safe on all surfaces; it costs the same or less than other products; it is safe for the user and again, it is water based and biodegradable!

Old Method

Soot (small spot) : Sprinkle table salt on the area generously. Allow the salt to settle for at least 15 minutes then vacuum.

Soot general fireplace area

It is important that you carefully plan your clean up procedures in this process, especially when cleaning up soot, smoke residue or ashes from your fireplace. Soot, a carbonized deposit, can stain very quickly if liquefied through liquid chemical removal. Therefore, you want to remove as much smoke residue as you can through a dry method. Be aware that India ink, a permanent dye, is nothing more than carbon black mixed into a solvent medium. So be careful.

Your first step is vacuum, sweep, or wire brush the entire fireplace and surrounding affected area out. Be sure to use a quick 'flicking' motion with a brush and duster. Also,keep the vacuum head about 1/4 inch away from surface to avoid scratching. Wear old clothes, rubber gloves, a baseball cap, a disposable paper dust mask (available at any hardware store) and safety goggles during this process, especially when removing any loose particles. DO NOT RUB! If you start wiping down or rubbing this type of soil off with rags, the black pigment will smear and spread beyond your wildest imagination. Be sure to place newspapers under affected surfaces during this process so excess soot can fall on it and be disposed of easily.

Dry removal method requires buying a "professional" chemically treated soot sponge, available at janitorial supply stores (see links from this website). This tool is a 2" x 3" x 6" "special" dry chemically impregnated sponge which scoops up and absorbs dirt and soot into it's pores. Use until the sponge gets filthy dirty and then switch wiping area to a cleaner part of sponge. When it's filthy on all sides, remove surface layer by shaving dirty level with a razor blade to expose a new sponge surface. Do Not wring out sponge with water or clean it or you will ruin the chemical treatment. When finished remove the newspapers carefully.

After you have removed as much of the smoke residue dry with both vacuuming (dusting or brushing) and the dry, chemically treated sponge, then put down a plastic drop cloth and wash these same surfaces with a warm, mild solution of a water soluble citrus cleaner degreaser. Apply liberally, according to directions, onto surface and agitate with a hard bristle scrub brush. Be sure to use a plastic drop cloth under work area to avoid staining of unaffected areas. Wash and wipe down surfaces with a regular, wet sponge. Wash and wipe down surfaces with a clean, terry cloth towel. Then, rinse with water, and wipe dry again. If necessary, you may want to repeat "wet" procedure. After drying, you may wish to further "lighten" up brick work by dabbing onto the stone with a clean "normal" sponge a weak dilution of a bleach dilution mixed at 1 part bleach with 4 to 6 parts cool water. Bleach contains optional brightener and may bring out the accent of the brickwork even better.

Note: Always test an inconspicuous area for colorfastness, etc. before treating the exposed area. Also note that certain stains are permanent .




Commercial Cleaning London

We specialise in the cleaning of pubs, hotels, restaurants, offices, schools, clubs and shops.We also offer a wide range of services on the commercial sector.

We clean any type of carpet and upholstery and always strive to meet the customer's requirements.

We employ up-to-date soil extractor steam cleaning machines and top brand detergents to give you the best results possible. We also offer evening and weekend services.We provide the right service and attitude for each client and have enough experience in the industry to meet your needs. Our reliability and success story reflects our expertise in customer care and services.

some of our existing contracts include:

  • Banks Cleaning in London
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  • Public Events Cleaning in London
  • Schools & Warehouses Cleaning in London
  • Showrooms & Dealerships Cleaning in London


Hospital, Clinics & Animal Shelters Cleaning in London

Whatever your business requires, we are confident we can provide a service tailored to suit your individual needs. We can provide fully trained experienced staffs that only use high quality cleaning materials and equipment.

All staffs are uniformed and fully insured. One of out policies is to work with our clients and communicate on a regular basis to maintain high standards at all times.

We can offer our services at whatever frequency you require at very competitive prices. Clean carpets, drapes, and upholstery affect your company's public image.Our commercial carpet cleaning and other professional services ensure your company has it's best foot forward.Your image nurtures a positive perception and affects your business.

CleanStation London Carpet Cleaners and Services Commercial Services understands this connection and provides quality, reliable commercial carpet cleaning, drapery, and upholstery cleaning services to businesses throughout London area.

Helping you create a positive company image is what CleanStation Commercial Carpet Cleaning Services in London does best.

Recent Projects:

CleanStation Carpet works not only on many large scales, high end residential jobs but also on many large commercial jobs, such as ;

  • Cinemas Cleaning in London
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  • Universities and many other projects Cleaning in London

We are so confident that our customers will be happy with the quality of our workmanship we offer a satisfaction guarantee on all our services. For more information about cleaning services, please feel free to call us or submit a free estimate form.

We offer free estimates for your convenience.

New accounts are welcome with a 10% off. We are fully Licensed & Insured

Our London Carpet Cleaners and Services , House Cleaning and Office Cleaning London services are offered in the following London areas:

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* Aldgate * Barking * Becontree * Bethnal Green * Bexley * Bow * Bromley * Bromley-by-Bow * Buckhurst Hill * Canning Town * Chigwell * Chingford * Clapton * Dagenham * Dalston * East End * East Ham * East London * Forest Gate * Grange Hill * Hackney * Hainault * Highams Park * Homerton * Isle of Dogs * Leyton * Leytonstone * Manor Park * Millwall * North Woolwich * Plaistow * Poplar * Redbridge * Romford * South Woodford * Stamford Hill * Stepney * Stratford * Upper Wandsworth * Upton Park * Walthamstow * West Ham * Whitechapel * Woodford * Woodford Green

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* Alexandra Palace * Archway * Barnet * Barnsbury * Canonbury * Cockfosters * Crouch End * East Barnet * East Finchley * Enfield * Enfield Park * Epping Forest * Finchley Central * Finsbury * Finsbury Park * Fortis Green * Friern Barnet * Hampstead Garden Suburb * Hendon * Highbury * Highgate * Holloway * Hornsey * Islington * Kentish Town * Lower Edmonton * Manor House * Muswell Hill * New Barnet * New Southgate * North Finchley * North London * Palmers Green * Pinner * Pinner Green * Ponders End * Potters Bar * Seven Sisters * Southgate * Stoke Newington * Tottenham * Totteridge * Tufnell Park * Upper Edmonton * Whetstone * Winchmore Hill * Woodford Green * Woodside Park

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