How to Remove Red Wine Stains From Carpet

‘Tis the season for entertaining, which often means friends, family, extravagant meals and of course, wine.

Wine adds an elegant element to any event and enhances the enjoyment for you and your guests, but it can also halt the fun almost instantly if it is spilled on your rug or carpet.

Not to worry. Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog is here to help. Just follow some of these easy stain removal tips that require items typically found in most households and you can remove the red wine stain before it ruins your night or your rug or carpet.

Act Fast

Stop us if you have heard this from us before. You will want to act fast. Speed is crucial in removing any stain, but especially one as damaging as red wine. The moment you see the wine spill onto the carpet, grab a clean towel, preferably white, and blot the stain. Don’t scrub or press too hard. Scrubbing can grind the stain into the carpet.

After you have blotted the stain and soaked up as much as you can onto the towel, there are a few household items that could help you remove the stain.:

Hydrogen Peroxide/Baking Soda

Lightly spray some hydrogen peroxide on the red win stain and then sprinkle some baking soda directly over it. The combination of the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda works to dissolve the stains and soak up whatever particles break away from it. After a short time, blot the area with a towel and warm water and then vacuum the remaining baking soda from the floor.

Club Soda

Club soda and carbonation are great for cleaning most any stain from fabric or carpet. What happens is the bubbles from the carbonation penetrate deep within the stain and then pull it to the surface of the carpet for easy removal. Simply dab some club soda onto the red wine stain and watch the power of carbonation take over.

The principles of cleaning with carbonation have been mastered through the Chem-Dry signature cleaning solution, The Natural. To learn more about The Natural and carbonation as a cleaner, call Champion Chem-Dry at (414) 545-7900.

White Wine

This probably sounds a bit odd, but you might want to try pouring a little white wine over your red wine carpet stain. White wine is known to break down stains on hard surfaces and fabrics.


Salt has natural absorbing properties and is a staple of any pantry. Pour salt over the stain and then vacuum the salt and the stain particles from your floor.

Call a Professional

If none of these household items are able to remove the stain, we recommend calling a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha. Champion Chem-Dry provides expert spot removal techniques from highly trained and experienced technicians. “If we can’t remove a stain, no one can!” is their motto.

Champion Chem-Dry carpet cleaning uses one fifth the moisture of steam cleaners and offers a greener, healthier and easier alternative to rental machines. Both locally and nationally, Chem-Dry is highly regarded in the industry and recognized with a Carpet & Rug Institute Platinum Seal of Approval.

The Natural: Carbonated Carpet Cleaning Solution

Have you ever spilled coffee, soda or juice on a shirt, dress or pair of pants? Don’t worry. It happens to the best of us.

Everyone knows when you spill a liquid on clothing the best course of action is to grab a napkin or towel and dab a little club soda on the stain as soon as possible. Basically, what happens, is the carbonation and bubbles from the club soda pulls the liquid from the fabric, rendering the stain obsolete.But, why stop at clothing?

The Natural, the signature, green-certified solution from Chem-Dry, applies the exact same principles to upholstery and carpet cleaning with fantastic results you won’t believe.

How it Works

The Natural uses CO2 to produce millions of tiny, effervescent bubbles which penetrate the carpet fiber, dissolve dirt and stains quickly, and act as tiny propellants that actually lift dirt to the surface of your floor for Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE).


Unlike carpet cleaning products used with rental machines or offered by steam cleaners in Waukesha, The Natural contains NO soaps, detergents, surfactants, organic solvents, enzymes, optical brighteners, bleaches, phosphates, petroleum-based materials, thickeners, fragrances, artificial colors, plastics, or polymers. That’s a lot of big words and a long way of saying that The Natural is 100% non-toxic and one of the safest cleaning solutions on the market, and in Waukesha, it’s only available from Champion Chem-Dry.

The Natural is made entirely from ingredients whose equivalent can be found in Mother Nature, not in a lab or test tube. The same safe, synthetic amino acid that is used to preserve many of the food items we all eat and enjoy is incorporated into The Natural to preserve freshness and extend shelf life.

Less Moisture

Since it contains no soaps or detergents, The Natural requires very little moisture. Less moisture means less chance for mold, mildew or bacteria to grow in your carpet. Not only that, but less moisture means that carpet dries typically within 1-2 hours after it’s cleaned.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield uses The Natural throughout all of their cleaning services and is the best source for green carpet cleaning in Waukesha.

How to Remove Gum From Carpet

Have you ever had gum in your carpet? It can be a real sticky situation. Pun intended.

Removing gum from carpet can be challenging because it can reappear long after you thought it was gone since some of the sticky residue might remain deeper in the carpet fiber.

Here are a few helpful tips to get the gum gone for good. But be sure not to bite off more than you can chew … another pun. If the stain becomes difficult to remove, you will want to call a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha to help.


Speed is essential for successful stain removal. Act fast and it’s possible the gum won’t have settled into your carpet yet. If that’s the case, you can attempt to scrape the gum off the carpet using a knife or spoon. If successful, simply dab a bit of lemon juice on a towel and blot the remaining bits of gum to remove any excess sticky residue.

Peanut Butter

Before attempting to scrape the gum off the carpet, you might first want to dab peanut butter on top of it. But, be careful to only put the peanut butter on the gum. If the peanut butter gets on the carpet, that’s likely to lead to another sticky stain you’ll need to attend to.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil has been known to loosen adhesives. Try pouring a bit of it onto a towel then blotting the gum with it. Let the oil settle in for a few minutes before attempting to scrape away the gum.


Soak a cloth or towel in vinegar and place it over the gum overnight. In the morning check to see if the gum has loosened from the carpet.


You can attempt to “freeze” the gum by applying a plastic bag filled with ice cubes directly to it. Let the ice sit on the gum for 30 minutes or more before attempting to scrape the gum away. After 30 minutes have passed, you can either scrape or chip away at the solidified gum.


There are a couple of methods involving heat that can potentially loosen the gum from your carpet:

Iron: Place a paper towel over the gum. Then place a clean cloth over the paper towel and iron over it to attempt pulling the gum from the carpet.
Blow Dryer: Place a piece of plastic wrap over the gum then turn your blow dryer to its highest heating setting and wave it over the plastic wrap and the gum. After a minute or two, attempt to pull the plastic wrap away while still waving the blow dryer over it. There’s a chance the gum will be attached to the plastic.
Call the Professionals

If these household methods aren’t able to remove the gum from your carpet, give a professional carpet cleaner a call. Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield has great success with a wide range of carpet stains, including gum.

Their Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) process applies the right amount of heat and moisture required to pull the gum and stick residue away from your carpet. Their HCE process has seen such great results that it is recognized with the Carpet & Rug Institute Platinum Seal of Approval.

Champion Chem-Dry provides Menomonee Falls, New Berlin, Mequon, Pewaukee, Delafield and surrounding Wisconsin neighborhoods with a variety of green-certified, industry-approved carpet cleaning services.

Carpet Cleaning Tips for the Holidays

Fall is coming to an end, which means winter is just around the corner. But it’s not all cold, snow and blustery winds. That’s right, with winter comes the holidays. Holidays are a wonderful time of year filled with good food, laughter, friends and family. But, those visitors don’t only bring their suitcases with them; they also bring messes and clean-up.

Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog is here to help with some carpet cleaning tips to limit the mess and the stress this holiday season. Here’s how to enjoy a happier, healthier and cleaner home this holiday season:


Place area rugs in higher traffic areas in your home, such as near the front door, at the bottom of stairs or in the traffic paths of your dining and living room. Not only will the area rugs add an element of décor to your home, they will also protect your carpet from staining, wear and tear due to the heavy traffic from guests over the holidays.


Stop the dirt right at the door and request that guests remove their shoes before they come in your home to celebrate. Shoes often have dirt, debris and oils on their soles. Not to mention wet boots from the winter snow. If guests remove their boots and shoes before entering your house, it should limit the potential of spreading dirt on your carpet.


In preparation of your guests arriving, be sure to vacuuming before a holiday party. Properly vacuuming before guests arrive will help prevent everyday dirt from accumulating and sitting your carpet, before even more dirt is brought in from holiday guests. You don’t want dirt on top of dirt.

Then, once your guests have left, be sure to vacuum right away to avoid food crumbs from sticking to the carpet and turning into mold and bacteria. Go over the heavier traffics multiple times in multiple directions to ensure each inch has been attended to.


Odds are, despite your best efforts, one of your guests, younger or older, is likely to spill a drink or liquid somewhere on your carpet. If there is a stain on your carpet, blot it with lukewarm water immediately to prevent it from sinking into the carpet pad. Follow our spot removal tips to ensure the stain doesn’t become a permanent addition to your carpet.

Professional Carpet Cleaning

If you want the cleanest carpet in Waukesha before your guests arrive, give Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield a call. Champion Chem-Dry uses the power of carbonation to pull dirt and grime to the surface of your carpet, then remove it with their Hot Carbonating Extraction (HCE) process, recognized with a Carpet & Rug Institute Platinum Seal of Approval.

A visit from Champion Chem-Dry before the holidays will let you impress your guests with drier, cleaner and healthier carpet. And, if there are any carpet stains after your guests have left, not to worry, Champion Chem-Dry offers expert stain removal from 5 Star Master Technicians, trained to remove nearly any stain imaginable.

Trust P.U.R.T. to Remove Pet Urine From Carpet

Pet urine in carpeting can be harmful to your carpet and create an odor that is very hard to remove. There are basic steps you can use to attempt to remove pet urine from carpet, but often times it requires major restoration work from a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield offers their customers their innovative Pet Urine Removal Treatment (P.U.R.T .). P.U.R.T. is specially formulated to eliminate urine odors and has seen great results in Pewaukee, Delafield, New Berlin, Mequon, Waukesha and surrounding Wisconsin cities.

Facts about Pet Urine in Carpeting

When there is pet urine on carpet it doesn’t just sit on the surface. Pet urine penetrates the carpet fibers and contaminates the backing of the carpet and the flooring material below the carpet.

Often times, pets will urinate in the same general location over and over without anyone knowing about it. Urine odors can permeate from the floor, including cement or wood, from the carpet tack strip, and even from a home’s framework behind the walls.

As the urine dries, the liquid evaporates but the urine crystals become even more concentrated and pungent. Simple cleaning cannot remove this odor and until recently, there was not a product available in stores or from professional cleaners that was effective at removing urine odors …

Until P.U.R.T.

How P.U.R.T. Works

First, the Champion Chem-Dry technician determines the source and severity of the odor, then sprays the carpet with The Natural, Chem-Dry’s signature, green-certified solution. After that, the technician uses the Hot Carbonating Extraction system (HCE) to remove the majority of the urine crystals.

In some of the worst instances, the technician has to pull back the carpet in the suspected areas to understand the true extent of the damage.

Sometimes, if damage is significant, the carpet pad will have be removed and replaced, and if necessary, an odor blocking shellac will be applied to the sub floor.

After these initial steps, P.U.R.T. will be applied heavily to the tack strip, the sub floor, the baseboards and the carpet backing. In order to see the best results from P.U.R.T. , the application has to be heavy enough to dampen all areas affected by the urine.

Over the next 24 to 36 hours, the ingredients in P.U.R.T. will react with the urine, and break down the odor causing components, leading to the removal of the odor from your carpet and home.

Watch the P.U.R.T. Video

Champion Chem-Dry uses non-toxic, carbonated methods to provide the best carpet cleaning in Waukesha. Their pet odor removal, upholstery cleaning and tile and grout cleaning services lead the industry in quality.

Basic Rug Cleaning Tips

Area rugs are a beautiful addition to any home. However, rugs are often placed in high traffic areas and can become very dirty very quickly. Cleaning area rugs in Waukesha requires the same attention and care as wall-to-wall carpeting, and oftentimes, some, such as finer Oriental rugs, even require special attention.

Here are some basic tips for caring for and cleaning area rugs in your home:

Dry Clean Only

Be sure to check to see if the label says, “Dry Clean Only.” If it does, you should roll it up and either bring it to a professional rug cleaner or call to have one pick it up. Be sure to call the cleaner first to ensure they have the tools and training to professionally clean your type of rug, not all do.

Champion Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaners in Brookfield are trained to clean area and Oriental rugs both on and off site and can be reached at (414) 545-7900.

Washing Smaller Rugs

When you are washing a small rug with a label that says “Machine Washable” you will first want to take the rug outdoors and shake it to remove any loose dirt particles or miscellaneous debris.

Once you are done outside you can bring the rug back indoors and place it in your washing machine at the recommended temperature. Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog recommends using warm water (90 to 105 degrees) accompanied with a mild cleaning detergent. Tumble the rug at the absolute lowest heat setting until it is dry to your satisfaction.

Beating Larger Rugs

If you have a larger rug that you are able to pick up, we recommend you take it outdoors and shake it first to remove loose dirt particles and debris. Once you’ve sufficiently shaken the rug, hang it over a clothesline or similar apparatus and beat it using a broom or large stick. You should start to see dirt falling off the rug. We recommend flipping the rug after a while and continuing the process until you no longer see dirt or dust coming off of it.

Next, bring the rug back inside and vacuum it.

Vacuuming Area Rugs

Area rugs that have fringe require a special vacuuming technique. You will want to use a very gentle suction level and start from the center of the rug, vacuuming toward the fringe. Be careful not to catch the strands in the beater bar of the vacuum cleaner as this could cause serious damage to your rug. Next, lift the edge of the carpet and vacuum beneath the fringe.

Caring for Oriental, Turkish or Persian Rugs

Clean imported rugs exactly to your carpet manufacturer’s specifications or call a professional cleaning service to handle the job. For heirloom rugs, you will definitely want to hire professionals.

Professional Rug Cleaning

Champion Chem-Dry uses specialized tools and equipment designed specifically for area rugs. It’s an effective, yet gentle, cleaning process that is powerfully soft. Their drying technique minimizes wicking and preserves the dye within the fibers of your rug, leaving the rug looking bright and vibrant.

For Oriental and finer rugs, Champion Chem-Dry includes a pre-spray cleaner, a gentle submersion bath and expert drying and fringe cleaning.

Rug cleaning from Champion Chem-Dry is offered throughout Brookfield, Mequon, New Berlin, Pewaukee, Delafield, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha and surrounding Wisconsin cities.

How to Remove Pet Urine From Carpet

Dog owners love their puppies. Heck, everyone loves puppies! They’re cute. They’re cuddly. They’re a wonderful addition to a family and home. But, owning a puppy isn’t without frustration.

New puppies are prone to peeing on carpet before they are house trained and dog urine stains on carpet can be very harmful if not attended to.

If your puppy peed on your carpet, don’t despair! Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog has some great tips to to help remove pet urine stains from carpet.

Timing is of the essence when dealing with all carpet or fabric stains, but even more so when it comes to removing pet urine. The faster you attend to the stain, the better chance you have at preventing it from becoming permanent. If left uncleaned, pet urine can seep into your carpet pad and create an odor that will remain there. Even worse, the odor will be a signal to your puppy that that area of carpet is OK to continue peeing on.

White Rags or Cloths

Use a white rag, cloth or napkin to blot up the urine stain. Rags or napkins are best as you can simply throw them out once you’re done using them. It’s best to avoid colored cloths or those with printing or patterns to avoid any kind of bleeding into the wet area.
Apply light pressure around the edges of the stain in order to absorb as much of the urine as possible without spreading it to other areas of the carpet. Replace the rag or cloth with a dry one if need be and continue the process until the area is no longer damp.

White Vinegar

Vinegar is an excellent alternative to harsh cleaning chemicals or detergents, and it is cheaper too! Simply combine a half cup of white vinegar with 1.5 cups of lukewarm water and mix them together. Next, drizzle the mixture over the pet urine carpet stain and let it soak in for somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes.

Once 10 minutes has passed, apply the same blotting technique from above until the area is no longer damp and free of both the urine and solution.


Some websites recommend the use of ammonia in order to remove pet urine odor from carpet. We however do not advise this. If used incorrectly or excessively, ammonia can potentially cause an unwanted color change in your carpet.

Call a Professional

If the stain is persists, we recommend calling a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha. Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield offers pet odor removal through their revolutionary product known as P.U.R.T.

The P.U.R.T. treatment is specifically designed to break down urine crystals and odor trapped in the pad of your carpet. The process has seen excellent results for Champion Chem-Dry customers in Delafield, Pewaukee, New Berlin, Mequon and surrounding Wisconsin cities.

Is Carpet Bad For Your Health?

There are many wonderful reasons to have carpet in your home. However, If the carpet in your home isn’t properly maintained and cared for, it can potentially cause health problems as a result of toxins and allergens. Even new carpet can be a source of harmful toxins.

No matter how soft your carpet feels or how clean it appears, it can bring dangers to you and your family. Be sure to contact Champion Chem-Dry to learn how their green carpet cleaning in Waukesha can significantly reduce the risk of health problems associated with carpet.

Potential health problems associated with carpet:

New Carpet

New carpets often contain chemicals known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) for up to a full year after installation. Released from carpet padding and installation products, such as carpet adhesive and seam sealant, VOCs include harmful toxins like moth and stain repellents and flame-retardants.

People with new carpet in their home often complain of headaches, fatigue, irritated skin and eyes and allergic reactions. What is worse is that children and pets are extremely vulnerable to VOCs because of how close they are to the surface of carpet compared to adults.

What Can You Do?

Purchase carpets made of cotton, wool or other sustainable fabrics.
Purchase carpets with Green Certification.
Consult the Carpet & Rug Institute website for carpet that’s earned their Seal of Approval.
Air out the carpet prior to installation.
Use tacks to install the carpet rather than glue or other adhesives.
Keep rooms with new carpet well ventilated.
Call Champion Chem-Dry after installation for a thorough carpet cleaning.
Old Carpet

Older carpet can contain toxins such as cigarette smoke, detergent fumes, pet urine and pesticides. Dust mites and mildew can also live on the surface of older carpet. Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog recommends routine vacuuming to remove some of these toxins.

If you’re interested in a deeper cleaning treatment for your old carpet, it’s best to call a professional carpet cleaner. Although, it’s important to inquire on whether that cleaner uses chemicals as part of their method.

Steam Cleaning

The carpet itself is not the only source of harmful toxins. Some carpet cleaners in Waukesha use potentially harmful chemicals and detergents as part of their cleaning methods, including steam cleaners.

Chemicals are only one of the problems with steam cleaning carpet. When excess moisture is used during carpet steam cleaning, it increases the chance of mildew growth.

Champion Chem-Dry carpet cleaning in Brookfield uses no chemicals in their process. They also use 1/5 the amount of moisture as professional steam cleaners and rental machines. The end result is drier, cleaner and healthier carpets in Milwaukee, Pewaukee, Delafield, Waukesha, New Berlin, Menomonee Falls and surrounding Wisconsin cities.

They’re not only the best carpet cleaner in Waukesha, they’re the safest too!

How to Best Vacuum Your Carpet

The Importance of Vacuuming

Professional carpet cleaners in Waukesha will tell you that one of the most crucial steps of their process is initially vacuuming carpet before they clean it. Be sure that the cleaner you hire includes vacuuming in their services. The importance of proper vacuuming should not be overlooked.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield thoroughly vacuums every inch of carpet prior to cleaning it and is diligent about removing any loose lint, dirt or waste they find in their initial walkthrough. Visit their website for more information on their total service package.

Proper vacuuming is the easiest and most effective way to keep your carpet clean. Routine vacuuming removes loose soil from the carpet surface and prevents dirt from being ground into the carpet pile which helps maintain the color and the softness of your carpet.

Vacuuming not only improves the quality of your carpeting, it also improves the quality of the air you breathe in your home. Carpet can store dust and other allergens. Regular vacuuming ensures that not only is your carpet clean, but that by removing those allergens, your air will be clean too.

The Best Way to Vacuum

On carpet, use slow, repetitive front-to-back motions in an overlapping sequence. Simply going over an area just once doesn’t accomplish all that much.

On the other hand, be sure not to press down too hard or make too many passes over the same spot in your carpet. Instead, move slightly to the left or right about every four strokes or so.

If you want to get the absolute most from vacuuming your carpet, here are a few tips Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog recommends using as part of your routine:

Don’t Forget the Corners

Dust often builds in corners and crevices. Be sure not to ignore carpeting along the walls and furniture in your home to ensure the best results when vacuuming.

Top to Bottom

Dust blinds, windowsills and furniture surfaces first prior to vacuuming. Doing so prevents you from having to vacuum twice to remove the dust and other dirt particles that might fall to the surface of your carpet.

It’s in the Bag

Remember to remove and replace or empty vacuum bags when they are half to two-thirds full. Vacuuming with a full bag provides very poor results.

Set a Vacuum Routine

You should vacuum at least once a week with a CRI Seal of Approval/Green Label vacuum cleaner. However, the more foot traffic over your carpet, the more you need to vacuum. The general formula is:

Vacuum once a day in high-traffic areas or pet areas in your home.

Vacuum twice each week in areas of medium traffic.

Vacuum once a week in light traffic areas, including corners and along walls.

Call the Professionals

Vacuuming is a daily cleaning method that does an excellent job of maintaining the quality of your carpet and extending its lifetime. However, even with regular vacuuming, it’s recommend you have your carpets professionally cleaned once every six to twelve months.

Champion Chem-Dry serves Brookfield, New Berlin, Pewaukee, Delafield, Mequon, Menomonee Falls and surrounding Wisconsin cities with drier, cleaner and healthier carpet cleaning methods.

Champion Chem-Dry carpet cleaning services combined with regular vacuuming should have your floors looking wonderful for many years.

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