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.