Clean Cat Litter on Carpet

Is there much debate as to whether cats or dogs are the dirtier pets? Dogs go outside often and bring dirt, grass and other outdoor contaminants in your home. Dogs also are bigger and shed more hair and it is much easier to train a cat to use a litter box than to train a dog to go outside.

There’s a lot to love about dogs, but hands down, cats are the cleaner pets. However … that doesn’t mean that cats are always clean.

For the most part, cats are well trained to use a litter box for going to the bathroom and the litter box contains the waste rather well. But, there is still the potential for cat litter to clump to a cats paw and then be tracked onto your carpet throughout your home.

Cleaning Cat Litter

If cat litter gets in your carpet, you will want to remove it immediately as it is likely saturated in cat urine and could cause the odor to emanate throughout your home.

First, to remove cat litter from carpet, you will want to vacuum over the cat litter six or seven times at least. Before vacuuming, be sure that the vacuum bag isn’t full and that your brushes are clean so that the vacuum suctions properly and doesn’t just spread the cat litter around.

Vacuuming should remove a lot of the cat litter on the carpet, but it probably won’t remove cat litter embedded deeper within the carpet, which is more harmful. As mentioned, cat litter could be saturated in urine and not only does urine have a potent odor but it is also corrosive if left unattended.

To remove the embedded, ground-in cat litter from carpet, apply a mixture of warm water and vinegar with a plain cloth over the areas of the carpet that you vacuumed. Then let the vinegar cleaning solution sit in the carpet for about 10 minutes or so.

After the 10 minutes is up, you should dry the area using another plain white cloth or towel. Once complete, your carpet will probably still have the scent of vinegar in it, so wait an hour or two later and once the vinegar smell has subsided see if you still smell cat urine. If not, odds are you successfully removed all of the cat litter and urine from the carpet.

Expert Carpet Cleaners

If the smell of cat urine persists, you should call a professional Waukesha carpet cleaner to remove the odor. Pet urine left in carpet can deteriorate the carpet fibers, pad and even floorboards depending how much is in the carpet.

Also, if the smell of cat urine remains in the carpet, there is the chance that your cat will smell it and feel comfortable to urinate in that area.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield, WI offers drier, cleaner, healthier carpet cleaning and specializes in pet urine odor removal with their innovative PURT cleaning process.

PURT has been proven to successfully remove pet urine from carpet and carpet fibers to restore your carpet’s beauty and maintain its quality without the smell of pet urine.

For more information on PURT and Champion Chem-Dry, call (414) 545-7900 or visit http://championchemdry.com/carpet-cleaning.php

Just like any other carpet stain, cat litter in your carpet should be tended to immediately in order that no permanent damage occurs.

Tips to Remove Nail Polish From Carpet

Alright. Ladies, tell me if you have been here before. You sit down on the couch and rest your nail polish on a nearby coffee or side table, get distracted, turn around, bump your nail polish with your hand or elbow and knock it onto your carpet spilling it in the process?

Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Sometimes it almost feels as though an open nail polish bottle is magnetically attracted to carpet. There’s no science to prove it, but it seems to often be the case.

If you have recently spilled nail polish on your carpet and are attempting to remove it yourself, here are a few ideas that might remove the carpet stain:

Hair Spray

Hair spay isn’t often associated with cleaning, but in terms of removing nail polish from carpet or carpet tiles, it’s been known to work.

First, spray the hair spray on a less visible portion of your carpet, perhaps behind a piece of furniture, under a rug or in a corner (or, even better, if you have carpet scraps remaining from when it was installed, use those). This is to test to make sure that the hair spray doesn’t also produce a stain on your carpet.

Second, pour a generous amount of water on the nail polish on your carpet to get it soaking wet. Once the stain is completely wet, spray it 10-15 times with the same hair spray you just tested.

After that, you will want to blot and gently scrub the stain with a plain white cloth for maybe two to three minutes. Make sure the cloth is white so that no colors or dye seep into the stain.

Repeat the process until the nail polish carpet stain is gone.

Window Cleaner

Window cleaner for windows? Sure. For carpet? You’d be surprised how well it works.

Same as the hair spray, you will want to test the window cleaner on a discrete portion of carpet prior to spraying it onto the nail polish stain. Then blot the stain with a wet, plain white cloth to absorb and remove excess amounts of nail polish.

Now apply the window cleaner to the nail polish on your carpet and gently blot and scrub in a circular motion in order to remove the stain.

Following this process, you will want to rinse the nail polish stain with more water and then blot and dry with a white cloth.

Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover

Nail polish remover to remove nail polish? OK. This probably makes sense, although you might not have thought to use it on your carpet.

Once again, test the non-acetone nail polish remover on a less-visible portion of your carpet or on a carpet scrap. If it doesn’t stain or damage the carpet, proceed.

Now soak the stain in water and blot and gently scrub to remove excess amounts of the nail polish. Then apply the non-acetone nail polish remover to the carpet stain. The stain should start to dissolve and lift with very little pressure or scrubbing required on your part.

If none of these methods remove the nail polish from your carpet, don’t get discouraged. Nail polish carpet stains are nasty and can be tough to remove, especially if not treated immediately.

Professional Carpet Cleaning

Perhaps consider calling a professional carpet cleaner in Orange County, such as Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield?

Champion Chem-Dry has years of experience removing countless kinds of stains from carpet, including nail polish. Their technicians are highly trained to ensure their methods won’t harm your carpets and their equipment is industry-recognized among the best.

To schedule a carpet cleaning appointment, call Champion Chem-Dry at (414) 545-7900 or visit our website for more information on carpet cleaning services.

What is Carpet Wear?

You hear a lot about red wine carpet stains or other food and liquid stains on carpet. Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog has focused a lot on pet urine stain removal and how harmful pet urine can be for carpet. In the world of Waukesha Carpet Cleaning, those are the flashier forms of dirty carpet. The highlight reel of carpet stains, if you will.

But, food, liquid and urine stains aren’t the most common form of carpet stain or the most harmful. Basic carpet wear is the most common form of dirty carpet and can be the most harmful too.

What is basic carpet wear?

Carpet wear is the gradual process of carpet fibers, carpet pads and carpet backings breaking down and deteriorating over time due to soil deposits and buildup within the carpet.

Carpet wear is visible in the form of matted carpet that tends to appear dirtym discolored and darker than the surrounding carpet areas.

Carpet wear is most common in heavier traffic areas such as hallways or the entryway from one room to another. It’s very common to see carpet wear in areas where the flooring changes from hardwood or tile to carpet and is probably most evident from the kitchen to a carpeted living room or dining room.

Shuffling feet or areas where abrupt turns in traffic are often subject to carpet wear too. This is common in rooms where you need to immediately turn once entering to perhaps avoid a piece of furniture or wall. The shuffling and turning puts additional stress on the carpet.

The process of carpet wear occurs from soil deposits and dirt reaching your carpet. All carpet is subject to soil deposits and dirt. It is impossible to avoid. The most common source of dirt and soil is the bottom of your feet or from a pet in your home.

Once the soil is on the surface of your carpet, the foot traffic then presses the soil deeper into the carpet fibers and the carpet pad. It is a grinding motion that wears on the fibers and the appearance of the carpet.

Every time you step or shuffle on your carpet, you are further pushing the soil deeper into the carpet and grinding it into the fiber.

Carpet wear is inevitable, but it can be drastically slowed down with proper care and routine professional Waukesha carpet cleaning.

To slow down the process of carpet wear, be sure to vacuum your carpet multiple times throughout the week. If your schedule permits, it is recommended that you vacuum heavier traffic areas once a day, especially in homes with pets or children.

You can also slow down carpet wear by requiring that your family and guests do not wear shoes in your home. Outdoor contaminants on the bottom of shoes are one of the most common forms of soil deposits found in carpet.

You can also rearrange furniture on a regular basis to change the traffic pattern of a carpeted room and consider placing rugs at the entryways of rooms or in front of furniture. Rugs are much easier to replace than carpet should the rug start to see the effects of wear.

Carpet Cleaning Waukesha

Outside of vacuuming and rearranging furniture, regular professional carpet cleaning is extremely important to slow down the process of carpet wear.

Professional carpet cleaning, or deep cleaning carpet, is important because it removes the soil deposits and dirt that are deeply embedded within the carpet fibers and pad unseen to the human eye and inaccessible to basic home vacuum cleaners.

Champion Chem-Dry uses drier, cleaner and healthier methods to remove soil deposits and slow down carpet wear. The Hot Carbonated Extraction system (HCE) is recognized by The Carpet & Rug Institute with their seal approval and the primary cleaning solution, The Natural®, is green-certified and can be found on the FDA GRAS list.

Scheduling a carpet cleaning appointment with Champion Chem-Dry once every 12 months will go a long way toward maintaining the initial quality of your carpet and slowing harmful carpet wear.

Champion Chem-Dry serves Brookfield, Menomonee Falls, New Berlin, Mequon and surrounding South Eastern WI cities with carpet cleaning, tile cleaning and upholstery cleaning.

For more information, call (414) 545-7900 or visit championchemdry.com/carpet-cleaning.php.

2016 Carpet Cleaning Resolutions

It’s a New Year and that means it is time for New Year’s resolutions. Is this the year you stop that bad habit of yours or workout more or drink less caffeine? Maybe 2016 is the year to try a new hobby or learn a new skill? Or maybe 2016 is the year to focus on your home and your carpet.

Here are a few Carpet Cleaning New Year’s Resolutions to help maintain the quality and beauty of your carpet and protect your investment throughout 2015:

No Shoes Indoors

Often times, the biggest threat to your floor and carpet isn’t what’s in your home, but rather what’s outside of it. Do your best to keep dirt and contaminants from entering your house and reaching your carpet in 2016 by requiring that family and guests remove their shoes before entering the main area or any carpeted areas of your home.

It’s estimated that shoes are responsible for 60% of the dust, carcinogens and pesticides brought into a home.

Another recommendation to help keep the dirt out is to purchase door mats for all the entrances of your home. If you are uncomfortable with requesting that guests remove their shoes before entering your house, at the very least they can be sure to scrape the bottom of their shoes on your new door mats.

Vacuum More

Do you have a set vacuuming routine? You should. Vacuuming is the easiest and most efficient way to maintain the quality of your carpet. It is recommended that you vacuum heavier traffic areas at least once a day, medium traffic areas at least twice a week and low traffic areas at least once a week.

Vacuuming helps prevent soils from penetrating deep into the carpet fibers and wearing down the fibers in the process.

Go Green

Did you know that soaps and chemicals for cleaning carpet can be part of the problem instead of part of the solution? Soap left behind in carpet will attract clusters of soil and dirt, while chemicals can be abrasive to the carpet fibers and cause health problems for you, your children and your pets that are closer to the carpet surface.

There are several safe alternatives to store-bought chemicals and soap you can use in 2016 to clean your carpet, including water, white vinegar and club soda. You should see the same results with no risk to damaging your carpet or putting your health in danger.

Professional Carpet Cleaning

It’s recommended that you have your carpets cleaned by a professional at least once, if not twice, every 12 months. Carpet cleaning professionals have the tools and experience to remove tough stains and clean deep into the carpet fibers.

Be sure to hire a carpet cleaner in Waukesha that uses no harsh chemicals or soap in their process, like Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield. Excessive soap and water used by traditional steam cleaners can lead to mold growth and other allergens in your carpet.

Champion Chem-Dry uses 80% less water than steam cleaners and no chemicals, resulting in cleaner and healthier carpets that are dry within hours instead of days.

To schedule and appointment with Champion Chem-Dry, visit championchemdry.com or call (414) 545-7900 today. Their friendly customer service staff can answer all your questions and provide a hassle-free estimate.

The 5 Best Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Tips of 2015

It’s time to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016. But, before we close the book on 2015, let’s look back and remember our best carpet cleaning tips from this past year.

Cleaning Carpet with Vinegar

So many of our posts and carpet cleaning tips recommend using white vinegar to clean carpet or remove tough stains and dirt.

Vinegar has a lot of properties that make it a fantastic choice for cleaning carpets. It is biodegradable, non-toxic, and cheap and it doesn’t omit a potent odor or leave residue behind on the surfaces it cleans.

It’s easy to use vinegar to clean carpets. To clean carpet stains with vinegar, just create solution that’s about 1/4th vinegar and the rest water, dab a white cloth into the solution and then blot the carpet stain repeatedly in a circular motion.

More often than not, when you use white vinegar for carpet cleaning you will have a lot of success, without any harmful chemicals or chance to damage your carpet.
DIY Isn’t For Everything

DIY is the biggest craze in design and home repair, but it’s not always the best option for some difficult and dangerous projects.

We recommend leaving home repair projects such as electrical work, roof repair or plumbing to the professionals. A lot can go wrong when attempting DIY plumbing and in terms of electrical work or roof repair, there is the potential to seriously injure yourself.

Another project we recommend leaving to the professionals is carpet cleaning. While DIY carpet cleaning rental machines cost less upfront than hiring a professional Waukesha carpet cleaner, there are long-term risks that could permanently damage your carpet and create the need to purchase new, expensive carpet for your home.

Benefits of Carpet Protector

Carpet protectors are a liquid-based solution that is sprayed onto the surface of carpet to create a soft coating that will repel most liquid. Most carpets are manufactured with a carpet protector but that will wear over time and need to be applied again during professional carpet cleaning services.

We recommend choosing carpet protector packages from Waukesha carpet cleaners. Carpet protectors are very successful in repelling common liquids like juice and coffee and allow time for a home owner to blot the stain from the carpet surface before it becomes permanent.

Another benefit is that all the wear and tear a carpet is put through will first impact the carpet protector instead of the carpet. If you regularly clean your carpet once a year, you can prevent your carpet from wear and tear by having a new carpet protector applied routinely.

Prevent Carpet Delamination

Delamination is one of the more serious problems you can confront when you own carpet. Carpet delamination occurs when the secondary backing of the carpet starts to separate from the primary back or bottom of the carpet fibers. Delamination is visible in the form of bunching and wrinkles on your carpet.

Unfortunately, you cannot fix carpet delamination. You can only prevent carpet delamination. Poor manufacturing causes carpet delamination where the adhesive from the secondary to the primary backing isn’t applied correctly. Be sure to have you or your installer inspect the backing prior to installation. It can also occur if the carpet isn’t properly stretched.

Other common causes include heavy traffic, chemical cleaning solvents that deteriorate the adhesive, wet carpet cleaning and pet urine stains.

In order to prevent carpet delamination, don’t use harsh chemicals to clean carpet stains and address pet urine stains immediately. You will also want to call a drier Waukesha carpet cleaner like Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield.

Spilled Milk

There’s no use in crying over spilled milk, unless it’s spilled on your carpet! Milk is a fairly common stain, especially in homes with children, and it can be easy to clean, but you want to address it immediately.

To clean milk carpet stains, you can use two different cleaning solutions, either ammonia and water or liquid detergent and water. Apply the solution to a plain white cloth and blot the milk stain until it is removed from your carpet.

There is a chance a spoiled milk odor will remain. If so, you can place a small bowl of white vinegar near the stain to mask and absorb the odor.

If you’re unable to remove the milk carpet stain, call Champion Chem-Dry at (414) 545-7900 or visit www.championchemdry.com/carpet-cleaning.php to schedule an appointment.

That wraps up our 2015 carpet cleaning tips. Be sure to come back to Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog throughout 2016 for more helpful carpet information.

DIY Christmas Crafts Supplies & Carpet Cleaning

How to Remove Glue from Carpet, Glitter & Paint Too!

christmas craft suppliesCrafting is popular year-round, but even more so during the Christmas and the holiday season.

Littered throughout Pinterest boards and DIY websites are constant examples of homemade wreaths, centerpieces, ornaments, stockings, advent calendars and more!

Christmas is a crafter’s dream-come-true … but it can also be a mess if materials end up on your carpet.

Christmas crafts require glue, glitter, paint and other liquids and adhesives that can potentially cause permanent damage to carpet if not cared for properly.

If crafting materials spill on your carpet, follow these tips from Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog:

Glitter

Red and green glitter is a staple of a lot of Christmas craft projects. Glitter adds a little sparkle to snowflakes or Christmas cards and other paper projects but it also can be a big mess and usually ends up all over the place.

Thankfully, glitter is pretty easy to clean from carpet. In order to remove glitter from your carpet, you will want to vacuum over the area at least six or seven times until there is no visible glitter on the surface of your carpet.

Be sure to clean out your vacuum bag or canister after you vacuum the glitter so that you don’t spread it around your home the next time you vacuum.

If you see glitter deeper in the carpet fibers, get a damp, white cloth and blot the glitter until all of it is removed from the carpet.

Glue

Almost every Christmas craft requires glue. Be very careful when using glue over carpet because it can be a very difficult stain to remove if it dries.

If glue gets on your carpet, act fast before it dries. First, blot the glue with a damp white cloth to try to remove as much of the glue from carpet without using any kind of detergent or cleaning agent.

If simple water doesn’t work, you can use a white vinegar cleaning solution that’s half water and half vinegar. Vinegar is one of the best cleaning solutions for removing liquid-based stains.

If neither the water vinegar works, mix a mild detergent with warm water and then blot the glue carpet stain until it is gone.

Paint

Similar to glue, if paint gets on your carpet you will want to remove it immediately before it dries and causes permanent damage.

To remove wet paint, first use a wet white cloth and blot the paint stain. Don’t let the paint dry. Continue to blot until all of the paint is removed.

If the paint dries before you remove it, use a mixture of detergent and hot water to soften the dry paint and then attempt to scrape it away using a butter knife. Be careful thought to not cut or fray the carpet fibers.

You can continue to dampen the paint with the solution as you scrape in order to keep the paint from hardening.

Professional Carpet Cleaning

If you can’t remove the stain on your own after using these tips, you might want to consider hiring a Waukesha carpet cleaning service. After all, you won’t want any carpet stains when your guests arrive for Christmas!

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield provides drier, cleaner and healthier carpet cleaning that requires no soap, less water and no harsh chemicals. Their technicians are highly trained in removing almost any liquid carpet stain and will have your carpet looking great for your guests

Champion Chem-Dry serves Waukesha County, including Pewaukee and New Berlin, as well as Ozaukee County and Mequon.

Happy Holidays!

Cleaning Carpet with Vinegar

The carpet cleaning solution we recommend more often than any other can’t be found in the cleaning aisle of your local store.

It’s not bleach or a white, powdery substance and its bottle doesn’t contain a spray nozzle (although maybe it should!). And, even better, it’s much cheaper than all of those products too

That’s right. In our opinion, vinegar is the best way to clean carpet without chemicals or soap.

Outside of hiring a professional Waukesha carpet cleaner, vinegar removes most carpet stains better than almost any other liquid or store-bought cleaning product.

So, why is vinegar such a powerful cleaning agent?

Cleaning with Vinegar

Here are some of the cleaning advantages of vinegar compared to pungent chemicals and detergents:

Biodegradable
Non-toxic
No residue
Clean odor
Cost
Vinegar is a mild, biodegradable organic acid that is non-toxic and safe for families and their pets. While vinegar does have a distinct smell, its odor is harmless and much less pungent than chemical cleaning products. For green cleaning, vinegar is a great choice.

And, for cost-conscious cleaners, vinegar is much cheaper than store-bought cleaning chemicals and products and will last much longer too!

Carpet Stain Removal

Waukesha Carpet Cleaning blog often recommends using vinegar for carpet stain removal, including chocolate carpet stains, red wine stains and a variety of liquid-based stains. Visit our Spot Removal Guide for the full list of stains you can clean with vinegar.

Cleaning carpet with vinegar is a simple process. Once you have blotted a carpet stain with a damp white cloth, you can then create a cleaning solution of half water and half vinegar and saturate the stain with the solution.

In fact, it might not be a bad idea to take an empty spray bottle and fill it with the vinegar solution so that you already have it on hand and can react to carpet stains quickly.

Unlike soap or chemicals, the vinegar cleaning solution won’t create any residue within your carpet. Rinse the area with water once complete and dry it with another white cloth as soon as you’re finished. This process should remove all traces of the vinegar from your carpet.

Professional Carpet Cleaning Service

Cleaning with vinegar is a great choice for most surfaces and stains. However, there are some instances in which vinegar doesn’t work as well. Blood, ice cream, ink and other stains can’t be cleaned with vinegar.

For blood, grass and carpet stains that can’t be removed with vinegar, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha. It’s also important to have your carpets deep cleaned at least once a year, as vinegar cannot reach dirt embedded within the carpet fibers.

Although they do not use vinegar for their carpet cleaning service, Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield is a green cleaning company. Their process requires minimal water, no soap and no harsh chemicals, making it eco-friendly and pet- and family-friendly too!

For more information on Champion Chem-Dry, call (414) 545-7900 or visit www.championchemdry.com/carpet-cleaning.php. Champion Chem-Dry serves Waukesha, Menomonee Falls, Delafield and surrounding WI cities with drier, cleaner and healthier carpet cleaning.

Besides carpet, you can also use vinegar to clean countertops, stainless steel, tile, hardwood floors and even clothing, but it’s not recommended for stone or marble. Vinegar has also been known to kill and remove bacteria and viruses from various surfaces.

Don’t DIY: 4 Projects to Leave to the Professionals

Do-It-Yourself, or DIY as it’s commonly referred to, is the big trend in home repair and home cleaning these days.

DIY is great for a lot of household projects, such as refurbishing an old piece of furniture or holiday décor and other arts and crafts.

DIY is not great for serious home repair projects or tasks that could potentially harm you or your home and other investments.

There is a reason there are professional plumbers, electricians and handymen, because some jobs and repairs require experience, training and the proper tools. Some DIY projects are done in order to save money but then ultimately end up costing more if done incorrectly.

Here are a few home repairs and home services you won’t want to DIY and should leave for the professionals:

Plumbing

For DIY plumbing, leave it to installing new showerheads or faucets. Perhaps, if your toilet is running, you can probably go to the hardware store and buy a new toilet kit.

Toilet kits are relatively cheap, come with instructions and overall only require maybe 10-15 minutes of your time to install. More importantly, it’s almost impossible for you to cause any damage to you or your toilet in the process of installing a new toilet kit. After that, leave plumbing to the professionals.

Any kind of plumbing project that requires rerouting your pipes or working with copper tubing should be reserved for a plumbing service. Those projects require blow torches and experience in order to ensure their done properly.

Roofing

This one is pretty self-explanatory. There is an obvious danger associated with any project that requires you to be on your roof. Roofs are high above the ground and slanted. If you are on a roof without training or prior experience, there is a very real chance you could fall off the room and seriously harm yourself.

Roofers are trained and experience in working on roofs and high above the ground. Don’t try to save yourself a few dollars by installing a new roof on your own and end up costing yourself thousands in hospital bills.

Electricity

Same as roofing, the dangers associated with DIY electrical work are pretty obvious and should be approached with extreme caution. Any electric project beyond installing a new ceiling fan or light switch should be left for a trained electrician.

There are a lot of safety measures to be considered when dealing with electricity and there is a chance that during a DIY project, one or multiple could be missed. Some electrical projects are significant enough that they require a permit, in which case, you’ll be required to hire a professional.

Carpet Cleaning

Unlike roofing or electrical work, there isn’t a significant risk of serious injury involved in DIY carpet cleaning. The risk is associated with ruining your carpet in the process. Carpet is an expensive investment that should be treated with the proper professional care.

DIY carpet cleaning can result in too much water being used, which leads to mold and mildew, too much soap being used, which leads to residue and wear and tear, and improper use of harsh chemicals, which can bleach or discolor carpet fibers.

Permanent damage to carpet, is, well, permanent and extremely costly. You can avoid permanent damage by hiring a professional Waukesha carpet cleaning service such as Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield.

Champion Chem-Dry offers drier, cleaner, healthier carpet cleaning in Waukesha at affordable prices without the need for excessive water, soap or harsh chemicals. In fact, their process is green-certified and IICRC recognized.

For more information on their services, call (414) 545-7900 or visit www.championchemdry.com/carpet-cleaning.php to learn more.

When it comes to DIY, don’t get over your head. Only choose projects you are 100% comfortable with and ones that don’t pose any serious risk to you or your home.

How to Protect Your Carpet This Winter

Summer is starting to feel like a distant memory. Fall? We hardly knew ye. That’s right. Winter is on its way and that means short days, cold weather, snow, slush and ice outdoors. Brrr!!!

Snow, slush, ice salt and ice are bad enough outside, but even worse if any of it gets into your home. More than anything, this winter, you will want to make sure that you prevent ice, water, snow and slush from getting on your carpet.

Slush and water can permanently damage carpet if the dirt or water penetrates deep into the carpet fibers. You can prevent damage to your carpet this winter with some easy tips.

Doormats

Doormats are important all year round, but especially so during the winter. Doormats should be placed in front of every entryway in your home, including the door from your garage into your home.

Doormats prevent 60% of outdoor contaminants from entering your home. Most doormats are made with a rough surface perfect for scraping your boots and shoes onto to remove any snow or slush.

If possible, provide a space near your doormats for friends and family to remove their boots, shoes and winter accessories – the further away from the carpet, the better.

If ice salt finds its way onto your carpet, follow these spot removal tips for excellent results.

Pets

Come snow or cold, your dog will still need to go outside throughout the day to do its “business”. That means wet, dirty paws and fur.

Be sure to keep a clean, dry towel or cloth right next to the entryway your dog goes in and out of and wipe their paws and fur off every time. If your dog has a lot of hair, you might even want to keep a blow drier nearby or keep the dog on your tile or hardwood surfaces until they’re completely dry.

Ice Dams

Ice dams form at the edge of your roof after long periods of snow or rain in freezing conditions. Ice dams prevent water and snow from melting and draining off your roof and instead sit on the roof.

If the snow and water sit on your roof too long, the possibility of leaks occur that could damage your roof, your walls and potentially your carpet and flooring.

You can prevent ice dams by using a snow rake on your roof after it snows. Also be sure that your gutter spouts are not blocked. If you install more insulation in your attic, that will also help to prevent leaks and damage to your roof that could lead to damaging your floor.

Christmas Tree Sap

Christmas trees are a beautiful addition to your home during the holidays, but they can also be a mess.

Be sure to regularly vacuum any pine needles that fall from the tree and that you wash your hands after touching it to prevent tree sap from spreading around your home or onto your floor.

If Christmas tree sap gets on your carpet, follow these helpful tips for removing tree sap.

If you are unable to remove the stain yourself, we recommend Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield and their drier, cleaner and healthier carpet cleaning service.

Champion Chem-Dry has experience removing countless carpet stains and they’re process uses 80% less water than steam cleaners. For the best Waukesha carpet cleaners, call (414) 545-7900 today.

How to Remove Gravy Stains From Carpet

Thanksgiving is almost here! It’s a time to be thankful and a time to celebrate with friends and family and of course, it’s a time to eat really delicious food.

If Thanksgiving is known for anything, it’s for all the fabulous feasts people will be enjoying throughout Waukesha this week.

There’s the turkey and the stuffing. Then there are green beans, casseroles, dinner rolls and pies. Yum! Yum!

Oh, and of course, mash potatoes with gravy. What’s Thanksgiving without gravy?

Gravy and Thanksgiving go hand in hand, but not gravy and carpet. If you or one of your guest spill gravy on your carpet during your celebration, don’t worry, we have the carpet stain removal tips you need to remove gravy from carpet before it’s even time to serve the pumpkin pie:

Baking Soda

Before using any cleaning solution on your carpet to remove the gravy, you will want to scrape off any excess gravy so that all that remains is the liquid portion of the stain. Hopefully there won’t be too much left to deal with.

After you have removed the excess gravy, take a damp, white cloth and try to blot up as much of the stain with water as possible. Sometimes, if treated quickly enough, water alone will be enough to remove carpet stains like gravy.

If there is still some of the gravy stain left, sprinkle baking soda over it and then let the baking soda sit for roughly 10-15 minutes or so.

The baking soda should help lift the gravy stain to the surface so that now you can just vacuum over it and remove the stain entirely.

White Vinegar

Another option for removing gravy from carpet is to use white vinegar. Same as with the baking soda, you will first want to scrape off the excess gravy and to blot the stain with a wet white cloth.

Once complete, mix a tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water and then sponge the gravy stain with the solution.

After the solution has soaked into the stain, blot it with a cold, wet white cloth before drying it using another white cloth.

Dishwasher Detergent

If neither the baking soda nor the white vinegar work, you can attempt to use dishwashing detergent using the same formula as the white vinegar: 1 tablespoon dish soap, 2 cups warm water.

However, be careful using too much dishwashing detergent. Dishwashing detergent is soap and it is not good to use too much soap when cleaning carpet. If soap isn’t 100% rinsed or soaked out of the carpet, a residue will be left behind that will attract dirt.

Cleaning Chemicals

Some carpet stain removal advice sites will recommend using harsh cleaning chemicals such as dry cleaning solvent or store-bought stain removal products. These products can be harmful to your carpet if used incorrectly. They also are not eco-friendly and could be harmful to your health as well.

Rather than using cleaning chemicals, we recommend calling a Waukesha carpet cleaning service such as Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield.

Carpet Cleaning Waukesha

Champion Chem-Dry offers drier, cleaner and healthier carpet cleaning without the need for harsh chemicals or excessive soap or water. Their process is industry-acclaimed for its great results and green-certified solutions.

To schedule a carpet cleaning appointment with Champion Chem-Dry, call (414) 545-7900 or visit www.championchemdry.com/carpet-cleaning.php for more information.

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