How to Remove Grass Stains from Carpet

Summer is all about being outdoors all day long. Kids play in grass while adults complete yard work and even do some gardening.

But, at some point, you do have to come inside for lunch or bathroom breaks or to go to bed at night, and when you come in the house, odds are you bring some dirt and debris with them, including grass and grass stains.

Grass can be a difficult stain to remove because it acts as a pigment that has the potential to dye the carpet or fabric it comes into contact with. The pigments can form a quick bond with the materials they rub off on; therefore you will want to act even faster to successfully remove grass stains from your carpet.

Vacuum

Before attempting to remove the stain with any kind of solution or cleaning product, you will want to try to use suction to remove any clumps of grass or physical debris attached to the stain. Use a suction attachment if possible since there is a chance that the rotator brush in the actual vacuum could further rub the grass stain into the carpet.

Blot with a White Cloth

Once you have suctioned as much of the grass stain as possible, you will want to blot the stain on your carpet with water and a white cloth. Be sure not to use a colored cloth or one with a lot of patterns so as to avoid those colors seeping into the stain and your carpet. It’s important to blot and not rub or scrub the stain. Harsh rubbing and scrubbing can wear down the carpet fibers and push the stain deeper into the fabric. Worn, stained carpet is much more difficult to clean and maintain.

Monitor the white cloth to see just how much of the stain you are removing. If the cloth continues to get greener and the color expands, you are having success with the water and shouldn’t need to involve other solutions or cleaners. If there is still some grass remaining, you will want to move forward.

White Vinegar

White vinegar is one of our favorite recommendations for cleaning most carpet stains. The vinegar has no long-term effects on the carpet and typically a lot of success in removing stains. Apply some white vinegar to a different clean, white cloth and dab the stain with the solution. The white vinegar should remove the grass stain from the carpet.

Other recommended solutions include dish soap or powdered detergent.

Professional Cleaning

Household vacuum cleaners and homemade solutions are often successful, but don’t offer the same strength as professional carpet cleaning equipment and techniques. If you are having trouble removing the grass stain, you will want to call Waukesha carpet cleaners to help you.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield provides high-quality methods with a history of fantastic results. Their equipment has received the Platinum Seal of Approval from The Carpet & Rug Institute and their cleaning solution, The Natural, can be found on the FDA’s GRAS list for eco-friendly cleaning products.

There is almost no stain that Champion Chem-Dry hasn’t seen so you can feel confident you are calling experienced experts and professionals. Call them today at (414) 545-7900 or visit www.championchemdry.com for more information on their drier, cleaner, healthier carpet cleaning system.

How to Remove Blood Stains from Carpet

Summer in Waukesha is all about children enjoying the outdoors, playing sports and games and running about in the nice weather. However, sometimes all of that fun can lead to little injuries like scraped elbows and bloody knees.

If you live in a home with children or pets, it’s almost inevitable that some blood will be brought into your home and potentially drop onto your carpet. But, don’t worry too much!

Blood stains look a lot scarier than they actually are and are much less potent than wine, juice, pet urine and a lot of other liquid stains. That being said, you will still want to be prepared when a blood stain appears on your carpet since, with any stain, you want to act fast.

Here are the best tips for removing blood on your carpet as quickly and easily as possible:

Cold Water

Most spot removal methods recommend using warm water, however, if you are attempting to clean blood off of your carpet you will want to use very cold water. You will want to drench a white cloth in cold water and blot the stain gently to soak up as much of the blood as possible.

Be sure not to scrub the stain as it could potentially push the blood deeper into the carpet fibers and become permanent. Be thorough and patient and repeat the process a number of times to attempt to remove the entire blood stain with the cold water and cloth.

Salt

If the cold water isn’t removing the blood stain, you’re next resort should be to turn to salt. Fill a bowl with salt and water and stir into until a paste is created. Once you have a salt paste, dab it onto your white cloth and blot the blood stain in the carpet.

Salt should absorb the stain and pull it out of the surface of the carpet. Continue to blot with salt and water and once the stain is removed dry the area with a dry cloth and vacuum to retrieve any salt remnants.

Dish Soap

You can make your own blood cleaning solution by mixing dish soap with two cups of cold water. Once you have a bowl of dish soap and water, blot the solution onto the blood stain. The soapy mix should remove the blood stain from the carpet.

Be sure to dry the area immediately once the spot is gone and vacuum in order to remove all of the soap from the carpet since soap attracts dirt.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Ammonia

Some sites will recommend the use of hydrogen peroxide or ammonia to remove blood from carpet. We do not recommend using either since both can do more harm than good if too much is applied or if any of the ammonia is left behind in the carpet. Hydrogen peroxide and ammonia could potentially “bleach” the carpet and create an almost “uncleanable” stain.

If the cold water, salt or dish soap methods do not work, we recommend calling a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha before attempting to use hydrogen peroxide, ammonia or store-bought cleaning products.

Professional Cleaning Service

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield provides natural, green-certified carpet cleaning methods that result in drier, cleaner and healthier carpet in your home. Chem-Dry technicians are highly trained with experience in removing every type of stain from your carpet, including blood.

Why You Should Use a Carpet Rake

Cared for carpet is known to last longer and retain its beauty for many years. There are many ways you can maintain the quality of your carpet through cleaning it regularly, including vacuuming and professional carpet cleaning at least once every 12-18 months.

Another tool that can be used to help maintain your carpet’s performance and look is a carpet rake. That’s right, rakes aren’t just for leaves in the summer and a rake for carpet can truly make your floor look wonderful.

Rakes for carpets can be purchased on various sites online or you can order a carpet rake directly through Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield. Champion Chem-Dry sells a variety of household cleaning products for hardwood floors, tile and carpet, including a professional model carpet rake just like the ones their technicians use when deep cleaning your carpet. Call (414) 545-4900 to inquire on prices and availability.

Carpet rakes are very easy to use and offer many benefits you will see almost instantly. It’s recommended that you use a carpet rake just prior to vacuuming. Doing so will loosen all the debris and dirt and contaminants caught in the fibers and bring them to the surface.  This way your vacuum cleaner is much more likely to remove all the debris from the floor. It’s important to keep your carpet clear of debris as it’s known to wear down the fibers and worn fibers are almost impossible to restore over time.

You can also rake your carpet directly after vacuuming in order to pull up the matted carpet and give your floors a more fresh and new appearance. If you are feeling creative, you can even rake the carpet to create various patterns throughout the floor for a truly unique look in your home.

As part of their deep cleaning service, Champion Chem-Dry rakes all of the carpet they clean at the end of your appointment in order to leave it looking fresh for you. The carpet dries shortly after , typically in 1-2 hours, and is cleaned using green-certified, natural solutions as well as methods recognized by The Carpet & Rug Institute with their Platinum Seal of Approval.

To schedule an appointment with Champion Chem-Dry, visit www.championchemdry.com today! Don’t forget to check out the many specials currently available on the site and to save up to $50 off your next cleaning service. Champion Chem-Dry serves Waukesha, Delafield, Brookfield, Pewaukee, Muskego, New Berlin, Menomonee Falls and surrounding WI counties.