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How to care for Leather

Because leather is a natural material, it needs care and attention. Similarly, faux leather and vinyl may essentially be plastic, but care is still required if their condition is to maintained.

What will damage leather?

Natural leather is fairly robust, especially if it is conditioned or protected by a water-based protectant for example. There are certain substances that may still cause damage. These include:

• Nail varnish
• Perfume
• Sun cream
• Hair spray
• Red wine
• Coffee
• Anything that is spirit/cellulose based

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How to remove a coffee stain from your carpet

Carpets and spilled coffee is not a good combination but the key is to act as quickly as possible to avoid any spills leaving a permanent stain. Here are a few steps you can take to limit the damage, however, if the stain is noticeably large and won’t budge, it’s always best to call out a professional carpet cleaner, especially if it’s an antique or valuable carpet.

Act fast

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How to get stubborn pet hair out of your carpets and off upholstery

Anyone who owns a pet will know all too well how much of a problem it can be when animals start shedding and leaving their hair all over carpets and items of furniture. It can get everywhere, onto all surfaces. You'll find it on the carpet, attached to clothes, in your food – in fact just about anywhere you care to look. Certain breeds are more prone to shedding hair but in general it is an issue that most dog and cat owners face. Of course, if you happen to suffer from allergies then an excess of pet hair can make your breathing, sneezing and runny nose even worse.

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How to hide carpet stains until a carpet cleaner arrives

The most common problem is one of severe staining resulting from the accidental spillage of drinks and food. On the other hand, even dirt brought in from outside can seriously spoil the look of a light coloured carpet. Most stains can be removed by a professional carpet cleaning firm but in the meantime, it is sometimes possible to administer effective carpet ‘first aid’.

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Don't cry over spilt milk - Get A-Star Carpet Cleaning in!

Act fast to tackle powerful pongs!

There's nothing worse than an accidental spillage which not only looks awful but smells bad too. Whether it's milk which has leaked in the back of the car on the way home from the supermarket, pet accidents when they can't get outside for a little 'private time' or a child being sick on your brand new sofa following a bit too much Jelly & ice cream you need to act quickly. Left to linger for any length of time you'll not only have an unsightly stain to deal with but a loitering smell guaranteed to clear a room in less than 10 seconds...

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Professional carpet cleaning following flooding or water leak

Water, water everywhere - and most of it will stink...

Its official - January 2014 was the wettest month on record. Across the UK thousands of homes and businesses have been swamped with water - inland this has come from overflowing streams and rivers whilst those living on the coast, especially in Suffolk and Essex, have had to deal with violent flooding from the sea. For either group the results have been devastating.

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Hate the Winter? Not as much as your carpet does!

Are your carpets getting the winter treatment?

Snow- We love it. Here at A Star we like nothing better than rushing into the garden after some snowfall and making carpet cleaning professional snowmen (and snow-women, obviously).

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How DIY carpet cleaning could end up costing you more!

Do it yourself carpet cleaning

Cleaning your own carpets: A false economy?

Like so many mistakes it seemed like a great idea at the time. Even with regular vacuum cleaning your carpets have started to look a little grubby - perhaps the occasional absent minded accident with a glass of red wine or a Friday night Indian take-away treat has resulted in stain that you are fed up hiding under a strategically positioned chair or pouffe... However, it came about: your carpets need cleaning.

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