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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How to Remove Milk from Carpet

There are three guarantees in life for any parent: death, taxes and milk spilled all over your home. Milk will be spilled on your clothes, on your furniture and almost certainly on your carpet far too often.

Whoever said “there’s no use crying over spilled milk” must not have had children and beautiful carpets in their home.

It’s OK to cry a little bit if you or your children spill milk on the carpet. We won’t tell anyone. But, if you do… do it fast because the best way to clean spilled milk is to do it as fast as possible.

Here are the best methods for removing milk stains from carpet:

Liquid Dishwashing Detergent

Before applying any kind of cleaner or chemical to your carpet, we always recommend attempting to blot up the stain using just water and a plain white cloth. In the case of milk, if water doesn’t work, we’d recommend liquid dishwashing detergent.

Pretest the detergent on a discrete area of your carpet. Assuming there is no damage or staining (there shouldn’t be), mix a tablespoon of the liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water.

Now, dab a plain, white cloth with the detergent solution and being to blot the stain, pressing gently at first. Continue to blot the stain until all of the milk is absorbed off of the carpet.

You might have to repeat the process two or three times before successful, but ultimately, being that milk is a liquid-based stain, it shouldn’t be extremely difficult.

Ammonia

If the liquid hand dishwashing detergent doesn’t get the job done and the milk stain is still on your carpet, it’s time to give a little ammonia a shot.

Ammonia is harsher than the detergent so be conservative in your use of it and be sure not to mix it with bleach or other chemicals to avoid creating harmful fumes.

Similar to the detergent, mix the ammonia with two cups of hot water and then dab a new plain, white cloth into the solution.

Blot the milk stain with the solution two or three times. Once the milk has been absorbed, soak the stain in cold water and then blot dry it.

Spoiled Milk Odor

Sometimes even if you are able to remove the milk on your carpet, a spoiled odor will remain. There are a couple of ways to eliminate the smell of spoiled milk on your carpet, but we recommend using white vinegar.

You can either place a bowl of white vinegar next to the area where the milk stain was which will absorb and eliminate the odor or you can spray or apply white vinegar directly to your carpet.

As mentioned regularly throughout Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog, white vinegar is one of the best all-natural household ingredients for removing common carpet stains and odors.

Professional Carpet Cleaners

After awhile, once enough milk has been spilled on your carpet, you will eventually want to hire a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha to help permanently remove any stains created deep within the carpet fibers.

Champion Chem-Dry has experience in removing milk stains and many others carpet spots using drier, cleaner and healthier methods than traditional steam cleaners. Carpet dries in one or two hours and there are no harsh chemicals, making Champion Chem-Dry the perfect choice for homes with children.

For more information, visit Champion Chem-Dry online or call (414) 545-7900 to learn about their services.