What is the Best Carpet for Basements?

Refinishing a basement can be an excellent solution for adding more space to your home in Waukesha.

Refinished basements are great for entertainment areas, home offices, home theaters, game rooms, guest bedrooms and playrooms for children.

One of the most important choices to consider when deciding to finish your basement is what type of flooring to choose, since odds are the basement features a hard, concrete floor. Some people choose vinyl or laminate floors or tile, but wall-to-wall carpeting is by far the most popular basement flooring option.

Carpet in a basement creates a warmer environment than some of the hard floor options and it also provides an element of sound proofing that tile and vinyl can’t offer. More often than not, carpet is also the cheapest flooring option. But, what type of carpet is the best for basements?

If you plan to use your refinished basement as an entertainment area for hosting parties, Green Bay Packers games and company, or as a play area for small children, you will want an extremely durable carpet, preferably nylon.

Nylon costs less than natural options and withstands wear and tear much better, particularly a low-pile nylon fiber like Berber. Be sure to check out our buying guide for nylon carpet to see all of the benefits it can provide.

You will also need to purchase a moisture-resistant carpet pad to install beneath the carpet. Obviously, basements can be subject to a lot of moisture, so you will want to spend a little extra on a carpet pad to ensure you are protecting your investment.

Also, when considering nylon carpet for your basement, you might want to look into carpet tiles. Nylon carpet tiles are slightly more expensive than traditional carpet, but already feature an adhesive backing and can installed quite easily without a professional which will save you money during the process of refinishing your basement.

Once your basement is refinished and your new nylon carpet is installed, you will want to be sure to call a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha to maintain its durability, look and performance level. Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield offers drier carpet cleaning methods with cleaner and healthier results.

The Chem-Dry process is green-certified and requires 80% less moisture than steam cleaners. The less moisture and chemicals in a basement, the better, as most basements aren’t well ventilated.

Champion Chem-Dry provides tile cleaning, upholstery cleaning and many services certain to come in handy in your home’s beautiful new basement. Call them today at (414) 545-7900!

Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Carpet: Part 2

Waukesha winter weather woes are over. Spring is here! But, before you get outside and enjoy the weather, we have one question for you: Have you started spring cleaning yet?

Last week we provided the #6-10 of the Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Carpet, and today Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog is back with #1-5.

These surefire, hassle-free tips will have your carpet looking beautiful this season in no time at all. Here are the Top 5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Carpet:

5) Test for Colorfast

If part of your spring cleaning routine includes cleaning spots out of your carpet, the first thing you will want to do is test your carpet for Colorfast. Colorfast carpets are able to retain their hues when exposed to moisture, light and most cleaning chemicals and solutions.

Before trying a new cleaning chemical or procedure on your carpet where the stain is located, test a more discrete area, perhaps in a corner or behind a piece of furniture. Or, even better, a carpet scrap from when your carpet was installed. If the carpet retains its color, you are fine to proceed. If the color fades, you will want to consult our blog for another spot removal method.

4) Blot, Don’t Scrub

Once you have found the right cleaning solution to remove your carpet stain, you will want to find a clean white cloth to apply to the stain. With your cloth, it’s important to blot your stain, using two fingers to press the cloth into the carpet. Don’t scrub the stain! Scrubbing can wear down the carpet fibers and cause permanent damage while pushing the stain deeper into the fibers.

3) Vacuum the Right Way

Hopefully you vacuum your carpet more often than just during your spring cleaning routine. But, are you sure you are vacuuming the right way? The best vacuuming method includes dusting windows, shelves and tables first so that dust settles to the floor before vacuuming. Also, be sure your vacuum bag isn’t full. When vacuuming, you will want to use a slow, diagonal, back-and-forth motion and be sure to go after corners and other more discrete areas of the carpet.

2) Avoid Carpet Cleaner Rental Machines

The idea of renting a carpet shampooer or cleaning machine might sound like a cost-effective way to have your carpets cleaned this spring, but is it really? Outside of the rental costs, you have to buy the chemicals needed for the machine. You then have to clean the carpets yourself, when you could be using that time for other spring cleaning projects, and, by cleaning the carpets yourself, there is a chance you could leave soap or water behind in the carpet, which can lead to mold and other allergens. Worse, you could permanently damage the carpet if you apply to much heat or chemicals to it. Instead of renting a carpet cleaning machine, we recommend …

1) Hire a Professional Carpet Cleaner in Waukesha

There’s no substitute for the results a trained carpet cleaning company can provide in your home. Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield uses green-certified, drier methods in their carpet, tile and upholstery cleaning services. Appointments last no more than a couple of hours and leave your home feeling fresh and looking beautiful just in time for the season.

Champion Chem-Dry serves Waukesha, New Berlin, Pewaukee, Delafield and surrounding WI neighborhoods with the full line of Chem-Dry services and products. Call (414) 545-7900 today to speak to their friendly customer service representatives.

How to Dry Carpet Fast

There are many reasons why it is bad for your carpet to be wet. Water can permanently damage the quality of your carpet and sopping wet carpet can be the breeding ground for mold that is harmful to both your home and your health.

If a leak or water damage occurs in your home, you will want to dry the impacted carpet as quickly as possible. It usually takes 48 hours or more before any significant damage occurs. Once 48 hours has elapsed, you run the risk of several major issues, including possible deterioration of your homes floor boards and foundation.

There are many ways you can go about drying the carpet in your home, but most importantly, you will want to act fast and determine the severity of the issue right away.

You will want to walk around the carpet with bare feet to get a sense of just how wet the carpet really is. If the carpet doesn’t seem particularly wet or if the water is mostly just resting on the surface of the carpet, you can solve the problem with a wet-dry vacuum or by calling a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha to extract the water. However, do not attempt to “suck up” the water using a traditional vacuum cleaner as most household vacuums aren’t designed for water removal.

Wet-dry vacuums can be purchased at your local hardware store and are sometimes available for rent. Otherwise, give Champion Chem-Dry in Waukesha a call at (414) 545-7900. Champion Chem-Dry has the professional training and equipment to remove the water immediately before any permanent damage occurs.

If when walking on the floor in your bare feet you hear “squishy” sounds, it likely means that the water has permeated into the carpet pad beneath the fibers. In order to dry out water beneath the carpet fiber, you will need to lift a corner or portion of the carpet and expose the pad.

If there is only a minimal amount of water on the pad, it can be dried by running a fan directly over the wet spots or by attaching a vacuum hose to the exhaust of your vacuum cleaner and blowing warm air beneath the carpet. We also recommend turning on your heat and running a dehumidifier near the moist areas of the carpet pad. You will also want to smell for mildew or a musty scent. If you notice the smell of mildew, you will likely want to replace the carpet pad.

If there is a lot of water in the pad, you can attempt to dry it out with the methods above, but more than likely you will want to remove both the pad and the carpet fiber to see if the floor beneath is impacted. You want your floor to dry as fast as possible as wet flooring can often cause buckling.

The only thing worse than wet carpet is dirty wet carpet. Water that contains dirt and contaminants can significantly damage your carpet if the soil and dirt dries in the fibers. If you notice the water is dirty, be sure to call Champion Chem-Dry immediately as it is much easier to remove the dirt while it is still wet.

Champion Chem-Dry has seen great results with their extraction methods and equipment across Brookfield, New Berlin, Pewaukee, Menomonee Falls and surrounding WI neighborhoods.

The Chem-Dry Razor Floor Cleaning Tool

Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog recommends having your carpets cleaned by Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield at least once a year. Their carbonated, green-certified methods penetrate deep into carpet fibers to completely remove embedded dirt, soil and toxins for drier, cleaner and healthier carpets in your home and their process has been awarded the Carpet & Rug Institute Platinum Seal of Approval.

But, what about the other 364 days in the year? You can’t call Chem-Dry to come over and clean your floors every day. Stains happen. General dirtiness happens. That’s where the new Razor Floor Cleaning System comes in.

The Razor Floor Cleaning System is an innovative cleaning tool, similar to a mop, designed by Chem-Dry able to clean hardwood floors, tile and carpet stains as well. Simply put, it’s one of the most effective and efficient cleaning tools you can buy and a must-have for homes with multiple types of flooring.

To use the Razor, simply clasp either the hard floor cleaning solution or carpet spot remover can just above the base of the tool. Then place a new professional cleaning pad on the bottom of the tool. Once the tool is ready, you’ll find it’s very simple to use.

The Razor features a sturdy construction and padded, ergonomic handle that make it very easy and comfortable to use. Other features include a head that’s 20% wider than similar tools on the market and a “soil window” to let users see that a pad is dirty and needs to be changed. The Chem-Dry Razor also features a 180 degree pivot to clean corners and other hard-to-reach spots in your kitchen and bathrooms and other rooms with hardwood flooring or tile.

To clean carpet stains, simply switch out the cleaning solution from the Razor cartridge and replace it with Chem-Dry’s World Famous Spot Remover. You can then glide the Razor over the spots in your carpet and essentially mimic the same process Champion Chem-Dry provides at a surface level.

Chem-Dry has also designed a Razor hand tool that works perfectly on countertops, showers and even on walls.

Call Champion Chem-Dry at (414) 545-7900 and order your Razor today. Chem-Dry World Famous Spot Remover, hard floor cleaner, cleaning pads and other signature Chem-Dry products are available for purchase as well.

Champion Chem-Dry provides Waukesha, Menomonee Falls, New Berlin, Pewaukee, Delafield and surrounding WI neighborhoods with exceptional service, expert results and carpets that dry in 1-2 hours, instead of 1-2 days. Visit their website today for information on all their services.

Why is Wet Carpet Bad?

One of the worst things that can happen to your carpet is to get it wet. Even worse is if it is wet for longer than 48 hours.

One way this happens is with a leak of some sort or water damage. Another way carpet can become soaked is if you hire a steam cleaner that uses excess water and doesn’t extract it all or a rental machine without strong enough suction to remove the soap and water.

A little spill here or there is no big deal. Small liquid stains can be treated immediately and blotted up with a white cloth. The problem is when the moisture covers extended areas of the carpet, or even wall-to-wall. Wet wall-to-wall carpet is a very serious problem.

Wet carpet is bad because it can lead to mold growth. Mold is definitely something you don’t want in your carpet or home as it can cause foundational damage and even be harmful to your health. Mold is the home to several germs and allergens that can cause respiratory issues if breathed in too much or often. Once you have significant mold growth in your carpet, there is a good chance it will have to be removed and thrown out. If mold reaches the floor boards and foundation of your home, there is a chance major, costly repair work will need to be done.

Mold isn’t the only thing bad about wet carpet. If a carpet remains wet for periods of 48 hours or longer, it can lead to delamination which is the process of the carpet fibers separating from the carpet backing and pad due to the glue deteriorating from all the moisture. If this occurs you will start to see very unattractive portions of your carpet where it has wrinkled or bubbled up. If the delamination is bad enough, you can actually pull the carpet fibers directly off the pad which basically destroys the carpet at that point.

wet carpet diagram

If you are concerned about wet carpet in your home you will want to be sure to address all leaks and potential water damage issues promptly. Also be sure to choose a drier method of carpet cleaning.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield offers carpet cleaning that harnesses “the power of carbonation” for drier, cleaner and healthier results. There are no harsh chemicals in their process and no soap. No soap means there is no need for excessive moisture to be used to remove the soap. The carbonated bubbles simply lift the dirt out of the carpet fibers and then the technician whisks the dirt and germs away with their patented equipment. It’s a process that’s been recommended by the Carpet & Rug Institute and has received their Platinum Seal of Approval.

In the end, not only are your carpets cleaner and healthier, but they are dry within 1-2 hours instead of 1-2 days with no risk of dangerous saturation occurring.

Are You Cleaning Your Cleaning Tools?

For the most part, long gone are the days that required home owners to get down on their hands and knees and scrub the floor or pick each speckle of dirt or debris out of the carpet. Today there are wonderful cleaning tools like robot vacuums, hardwood floor mops and microfiber rugs and cloths.

These cleaning tools work great. But, that also means that cleaning all that dirt makes them extremely dirty too. A dirty cleaning tool does you no good. Therefore, it’s important to take some time out of your cleaning routine to clean the tools that clean for you.

Check out these helpful tips from Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog on how to clean your vacuum, mops, brooms and cloths you use to clean your carpet and floors:

Cleaning Your Vacuum

To properly clean your vacuum cleaner you will want to remove all the hoses and attachments. The simply run a white cloth through either ends or use canned air to force out all debris or any blockages that might be present within the tubes.

You will also want to be sure to regularly rotate and clean any filters and, if you use a vacuum cleaner that has a bag attached, you will want to change it frequently, rather than waiting until it’s 100% (or 115% full).

Most importantly, rotate the brushes at the very bottom and run a cloth over them to remove all the dust and lint that can accumulate there.

Cleaning Rags & Cloths

Whether you use fancy microfiber cloths or just an old t-shirt or dish rag that’s around the house, you will want to thoroughly rinse our your cloths and rags after each use to be sure that all of the cleaning chemicals are rinsed out before their next use. Once you’ve properly rinsed the cloths and rags, you can add them to your washing machine with your other towels and similar items.

Cleaning Brooms & Mops

To clean your broom you will want to wipe down the handle with soap and water and then submerge the broom head and bristles into a sink or bucket of warm soapy water. With the bristles submerged, run your fingers through them to loosen and remove all the dirt and debris. Once you feel the broom is sufficiently clean, sit it outside to dry.

For cleaning mops, it depends on the mop head. For cotton heads, you can usually just remove the head from the mop handle and clean it in your washing machine. For mops that have sponge heads, you can usually remove the head and put it in your dishwasher or just soak it in either lemon juice or white vinegar and water for a green cleaning solution.

The better you clean your cleaning tools, the better they will clean for you and the longer you will get good use out of them. That being said, household cleaning products can only accomplish so much, whether they are cleaned or not, and sometimes you will need to call in the professionals to take care of difficult spots and deep cleaning your carpets, rugs and tile.

If you’re in need of a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha, be sure to contact Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield. Champion Chem-Dry provides expert, green cleaning services and specializes in drier carpet cleaning with amazing results.