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.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains From Carpet

Halloween might be over, but there’s still plenty of trick-or-treat candy in your home, including lots and lots of chocolate!

Chocolate candy is one of the most popular treats handed out and enjoyed throughout the Halloween season and with trick or treating in full swing in Waukesha, there is sure to be a few pieces in your home, especially if you have children in your house.

If you or your children get chocolate on the carpet, try not to let it melt. Act fast! Here are some tips for removing chocolate stains from carpet and upholstery:

Scrape and Scoop

Before you can try to remove the chocolate stain from the carpet, you will need to scoop up and scrape away any of the excess solid chocolate sitting on top of the stain. Try not to scrape or rub too hard, as you don’t want the excess to press into the stain.

Water

Once you have removed all the excess chocolate from around the stain, you should blot the stain on your carpet with only water and a white cloth. Try to avoid using a colored cloth or one with a lot of patterns or decorations so that none of that dye or printing soaks into the stain. Perhaps most important is to be sure not to scrub the stain. Instead of scrubbing, blot the stain gently, pushing your fingertips into the cloth and working around the edge of the stain before focusing on the center.

Check the white cloth every few seconds to get an idea of just how much of the stain you are soaking up out of the carpet. If the cloth is absorbing a lot of the chocolate stain, then there is a chance that you can avoid using any kind of cleaner or solution and successfully remove the chocolate with just water. If there is still some chocolate remaining, you will want to move forward.

Detergent

If you aren’t having success with the cloth and water, you will want to use some household liquid dish soap. Mix a ¼ teaspoon of the dish soap into a bowl of water and create a mild, soapy solution. Next repeat the same blotting process as before. The detergent should be able to pull the remaining chocolate from the carpet, since soap acts as a magnet for dirt and debris.

Once you have removed the chocolate stain, be sure to get another cloth with just water on it to absorb any soap you might have left behind. It’s very important to never leave soap in carpet or upholstery as it will attract surrounding dirt and create a different stain.

Professional Cleaning

If it is a particularly bad chocolate stain and the tips above aren’t working, don’t worry. You can always call for help.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield is familiar with all the stains associated with Halloween treats and fall foods, including chocolate, and has had amazing stain removal results in Waukesha, New Berlin, Milwaukee, Delafield, Menomonee Falls and surrounding WI counties.

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.

Carbonated Carpet Cleaning: How Does it Work?

Have you ever spilled a drink on your clothing and used club soda or seltzer water to remove the stain? It works great, doesn’t it? Have you ever wondered why?

Club soda or seltzer water works so well at removing liquid stains and dirt from fabric due to the minerals, low pH levels and, of course, carbonation. The carbonated bubbles within club soda literally help to “lift” the stain out of the fabric and fibers.

The principles of cleaning with carbonation don’t only apply to removing stains from your clothing. You can also remove stains and dirt from carpet using carbonation.

The traditional method for cleaning carpets is known as steam cleaning. Steam cleaning can be done by either a professional service or by renting a carpet cleaning machine at your local hardware store or grocery store.

The steam cleaning process involves saturating the carpet in extremely hot water that’s filled with soap and other chemicals and then using a machine to suck all of the soap and water out of the carpet along with whatever dirt or stains were present in the carpet.

While steam cleaning is the most popular method of carpet cleaning, it isn’t the best for the quality of your carpet. This is because steam cleaning uses too much water, so much that it is almost impossible for the technician or the rental machine to remove it all from the carpet. Wet carpet can breed bacteria, mold and other allergens harmful to both your carpet and you.

Even worse is when soap is left behind in the carpet. Wet, soapy carpet will naturally act as a magnet to any dirt or contaminants around the area and will likely create further soiling and wear and tear within the carpet fiber.

Wet and soapy carpet is not an issue for Waukesha carpet cleaning services that use carbonated methods instead of steam cleaning because the carbonated cleaning solutions require 80% less water than steam cleaners and no soap whatsoever.

Not only are carpets cleaned with carbonation less likely to lead to mold growth or further soiling, but they will also dry much, much faster than steam cleaned carpets. Cleaning with carbonation is known to result in dry carpets within 1-2 hours instead of 24 hours or more. That means much less time for you to feel free and comfortable to move about in your home again.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield provides green-certified, carbonated carpet cleaning with superior results.  Their process is drier, cleaner and healthier than steam cleaning and has received the Platinum Seal of Approval from The Carpet & Rug Institute.

Champion Chem-Dry serves Waukesha and Milwaukee counties, including Delafield, New Berlin,  Muskego, Menomonee Falls, Elm Grove and surrounding WI neighborhoods. To schedule a carpet cleaning appointment or to learn more about their hot carbonating extraction process and natural methods, call (414) 545-7900 or visit www.championchemdry.com for more information.

How to Remove Ice Cream Stains from Carpet

There are all sorts of fun foods associated with the summer months in Waukesha, including hot dogs, barbecue, cotton candy and, of course, ice cream.

Ice cream is America’s favorite summer treat, but it also might be one of the messiest things you or your children eat in your home since no matter what you do, it’s likely to melt if you don’t eat it fast enough… and no one wants brain freezes?

If ice cream spills on your carpet, don’t freeze! Act fast. Here are some tips for removing ice cream from carpet and upholstery:

Scoop

Before you can try to remove the stain from the carpet, you will need to scoop up and scrape away excess ice cream or condiments sitting on top of the stain. Try not to scrape or rub too hard, as you don’t want the excess to press into the stain.

Water

Once you have removed all the excess ice cream from around the stain, you should blot the stain on your carpet with only water and a white cloth. Try to avoid using a colored cloth or one with a lot of patterns or decorations so that none of that dye or printing soaks into the stain. Perhaps most important is to be sure not to scrub the stain. Instead of scrubbing, blot the stain gently, pushing your fingertips into the cloth and working around the edge of the stain before focusing on the center.

Check the white cloth every few seconds to get an idea of just how much of the stain you are soaking up out of the carpet. If the cloth is absorbing a lot of the ice cream stain, then there is a chance that you can avoid using any kind of cleaner or solution and successfully remove the ice cream with just water. If there is still some grass remaining, you will want to move forward.

Detergent

If you aren’t having success with the cloth and water, you will want to use some household liquid dish soap. Mix a ¼ teaspoon of the dish soap into a bowl of water and create a mild, soapy solution. Next repeat the same blotting process as before. The detergent should be able to pull the remaining ice cream from the carpet, since soap acts as a magnet for dirt and debris.

Once you have removed the ice cream stain, be sure to get another cloth with just water on it to absorb any soap you might have left behind. It’s very important to never leave soap in carpet or upholstery as it will attract surrounding dirt and create a different stain.

Professional Cleaning

If it is a particularly bad ice cream stain and the tips above aren’t working, don’t worry. You can always call for help.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield is familiar with all the stains associated with summer, including ice cream, and has had amazing stain removal results in Waukesha, New Berlin, Milwaukee, Delafield, Menomonee Falls and surrounding WI counties.

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 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.

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.