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.

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 Remove Winter Salt Stains From Carpet

Cold. Snow. Sleet. Slush. Winter is bad enough when it is outdoors. You don’t want to see signs of winter indoors either. OK. Maybe a nice fire in the fireplace is an exception, but specifically, you don’t want to see messes and stains associated with winter in your home.

One mess that can occur during winter is a carpet stain caused from salt residue from ice melt. Salt residue stains stand out due to their almost bleach white appearance and can significantly damage carpet fibers.

In order to prevent or remove salt residue stains from ice melt, you will want to follow these tips from Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog:

Prevention

There are two ideal ways to prevent salt stains from appearing in your home during winter. One way is to start a rule in your home where your family and your guests are not allowed to wear shoes in the house. Simply set up an area near the front door of your home to keep shoes when people aren’t wearing them. If you’re a prepared host, you can offer guests slippers for their feet when they come over to visit.

Another prevention method is placing welcome and doormats outside and inside your home around your front and back doors. Doormats prevent up to 60% of outdoor contaminants from entering a home and can be used for family and guests to scrape the slush, mud and salt residue from the bottoms of their boots or shoes.

Cleanup

General cleaning and maintenance also helps prevent salt stains and winter messes in your home. If you have a wet/dry vacuum you can use that over your doormats or carpeted entryways to try to soak up all of the slush or snow where some salt might remain. Depending on how bad the weather is, you might want to use the wet/dry vacuum multiple times in a day.

Once the mats or carpet are completely dry, use a traditional vacuum to pull up any dry salt residue left behind. The best vacuuming method is to use a back-and-forth diagonal pattern over the carpet fiber.

If you see crusted salt embedded in the mats or the carpet you can use a dry brush to dry to loosen the salt. Once the salt is loosened, run the vacuum cleaner over the mat again and you should have the results you want.

If you aren’t able to remove the salt stain you will want to call a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha. Carpet cleaners are often equipped with specific solutions and methods designed for salt stains and similar winter stains found in homes.

Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield equips their technicians with first class equipment and green-certified cleaning solutions known to clean all the stains related with Wisconsin winters, including ice melt and salt stains. Their methods have seen amazing results throughout Waukesha, New Berlin, Racine, Menomonee Falls, Pewaukee, Delafield and surrounding WI counties.

Carpet Cleaning Tip: Blot, Don’t Scrub!

When it comes to keeping your carpet clean, dirt and spot prevention should be the number one focus, which can be partially achieved by implementing a “no-shoes” rule in your home as well as strategically placing door mats near the front and back door.

However, 100% prevention isn’t possible as dirt and spills are inevitable, after all, you still do have to live in your home and accidents do happen, particularly in homes with pets and children.

When a spill occurs, there is one consistent spot removal step you won’t want to forget: Blot, don’t scrub!

It might be tempting to attack a stain with vigorous scrubbing, but for carpet stains, elbow grease isn’t the answer. Scrubbing a stain can actually push and grind the dirt or liquid deeper into the carpet fibers. Scrubbing can also deteriorate some of the carpet’s natural resiliency and durability and can cause fraying, which will only lead to worse stains and lower quality down the road.

Instead, you want to gently blot all stains using a dry white cloth or paper towel. Try to avoid cloths and napkins that have bright colors or patterns as there is a chance the printing will bleed into the stain and only worsen the issue and absolutely avoid brushes or scrub pads at all times.

Simply take the cloth and dab the exterior of the stain. Start on the outside and push toward the center of the stain with the heel of your hand so that the stain doesn’t spread further than it already has. Once the spot of the cloth is completely wet or covered in the spill, switch to a drier area and continue the process. If need be, use multiple towels until the stain is 100% gone or dry.

If the stain is dry, but still present, you will want to moisten a new towel with some water or try a green cleaning solution like white vinegar or baking soda. Search Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog for the recommended methods and solutions for removing wine, coffee, pet urine and other common household stains.

If the stain persists, it might require professional attention. Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog recommends Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield for all carpet cleaning services.

The concept of blotting stains is similar to the Chem-Dry methods of carpet cleaning. Champion Chem-Dry technicians apply a light prespray to dirty carpet and stains and then run a buffer pad over the areas to soak up and whisk away the dirt and grime present in your carpet. It’s a very gentle, yet powerful, cleaning service that’s seen great results in Waukesha, Brookfield, Pewaukee and surrounding Wisconsin cities.

For a limited time, Champion Chem-Dry is offering up to $50 off your next service. For more great online deals, visit their website at www.championchemdry.com or their page at Google+.

What is Carpet Filtration Soiling?

Filtration soiling, otherwise known as “draught marking”, is a common occurrence in homes and businesses with carpet. Filtration soiling is not an indicator of inferior carpet quality but, due to the dark lines it creates, it is much more pronounced on lighter fibers.

Soiling occurs when dust and airborne pollutants accumulate in areas of the carpet with concentrated air flow or where there cracks in the subfloor. It’s most often seen beneath interior doorways or around the baseboards of a wall and is most common on entryways leading to lower levels of the home.

The volume of pollutants in the home and the level of air flow the carpet is exposed to will impact the level of soiling and how fast it occurs. Some common airborne pollutants known to cause filtration soiling in carpet are cigarette and cigar smoke and cleaning chemicals. The airborne pollutants trapped in the carpet attract oils, dirts and residues which then lead to the dark coloring and lines you will see in your carpet.

carpet filtration soil

Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog has several easy steps you can take to help reduce the chance of carpet filtration soiling in your home, the first being to reduce the amount of air pollutants in your home:

Reduce Pollutants

Stop filtration soiling at its source by reducing the number of airborne pollutants in your home. If you smoke, try to restrict it to patios, balconies or other exterior areas surrounding your home or business. When cleaning, try to use homemade green cleaning supplies like water, vinegar and baking soda instead of store-bought cleaners composed of solvents, detergents and harsh chemicals. You can also hire a professional carpet cleaner that specializes in green cleaning services, like Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield.

Reduce Concentrated Air Flow

To reduce concentrated air flow you will want to leave all your interior doors open whenever possible. This will spread the air flow from room to room across a much larger surface. It’s also recommended you seal all cracks around the baseboards of your wall or if you know of any within the subfloor of your home.

HVAC Filters

Be sure to use high efficiency HVAC air filters in your home. It is also important to replace them regular to ensure they’re working at their maximum capability and you’re receiving the best air quality.

Vacuum

This isn’t the first time we have emphasized the importance of routine vacuuming. Proper vacuuming can help maintain the quality of your home and remove the air pollutants from the carpet surface prior to them attracting oils and other dirt that might lead to filtration soiling. You will also want to be sure to empty the vacuum bag on a regular basis.

Call a Professional

If carpet filtration soiling has already occurred and you want it removed, you will want to call a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha. Filtration soiling is a very difficult stain removal process and requires advanced training and equipment to do so.

Champion Chem-Dry technicians are trained to remove filtration soiling in carpet and have seen excellent results for customers in Menomonee Falls, New Berlin, Delafield, Pewaukee and surrounding WI cities. Even better, Champion Chem-Dry uses cleaning solutions comprised only of ingredients from Mother Nature.

How to Remove Christmas Tree Sap from Carpet

Nothing says Christmas time has arrived quite like a beautiful real Christmas tree in your home. Christmas trees are covered in twinkling lights, shiny ornaments and tinsel and glitter that brighten your décor and truly help celebrate the holiday.

Unfortunately real Christmas trees aren’t only filled with sparkle and shine. They are also filled with sap. Sap can be extremely sticky and something you don’t want on your carpet at all.

In the event that sap gets on your carpet this holiday season, Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog has some helpful tips on how to remove it with ease and keep your holidays clean:

Rubbing Alcohol

Alcohol is the most popular method for removing sap from carpet because it can harden the sap so that it is no longer and sticky and is much easier to clean.

With all carpet stain removal methods, it’s important to pretest the solution in a more hidden carpeted area of your home to ensure it won’t damage or discolor your carpet.

After you have tested the rubbing alcohol on a more discrete area of your carpet and are confident with proceeding, you will want to find a dry white cloth or paper towel. Avoid color cloths or ones with printing as there is the possibility of bleeding into the carpet.

Moisten the cloth with the rubbing alcohol and then gently blot the sap with the cloth. Don’t scrub too hard for fear of pushing the sap further into the carpet fiber or creating wear on that area of carpet.

If the sap is already deep in the carpet you can feel free to massage the area with the cloth and your finger tips to reach the deeper sap.

Be sure to use different areas of the cloth while blotting so as not to rub the sap on the towel back into the carpet. You will also want to stop periodically to allow the sap to dry and make it easier to pick out of the carpet.

Continue the process until the sap is completely removed from your carpet.

Clean My Space offers 10 Ways to Clean with Rubbing Alcohol in the helpful YouTube video. Check it for more great cleaning tips:

Call a Professional

If you aren’t having success with rubbing alcohol, we recommend calling a professional carpet cleaner to address the stain.

Champion Chem-Dry specializes in expert stain removal and green carpet cleaning. With over 20 years of experience and continuous training, they’re confident that, “If they can’t remove a stain, no one can!”

Their methods will not only be able to remove your Christmas tree sap but also clean up any spills or stains associated with holiday guests and the hustle and bustle of the season.

How to Remove Coffee Stains From Carpet

Who doesn’t love their morning cup of coffee? A nice hot cup of coffee can be a very relaxing way to start a day or provide the perk you need in the morning, but sometimes, especially if you’re drinking it while getting ready to go to work or while tending to your children, there is a chance you might spill it on your carpet.

That’s OK. Coffee is mostly water-based and can be easy to remove if you act fast and follow some of these stain removal tips from Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog:

To remove the coffee stain before it dries you will want to act fast. Once you see the coffee spill, grab a clean towel, preferably white, and blot the stain. Be sure not to scrub or press too hard as it could possibly result in grinding the stain into the carpet.

Continue to blot the stain to soak up as much as possible. You can also spray some water onto the stain while you blot to try to soak up the coffee. Once you have blotted the stain thoroughly, try one of these household items to remove it from your carpet entirely:

Baking Soda: Stir together a combination of baking soda and water to make a paste. Once you have the paste, spread it directly over the coffee stain and let it sit until it has completely dried. When the paste is dry and crumbly, simply vacuum over it and it should have lifted the coffee stain from the carpet.

White Vinegar: Fill an empty spray bottle with white vinegar and water to create a natural cleaning solution. White vinegar is one of the best green cleaners available and one of our most popular stain removal tips. Spray the mixture over the stain and then blot it until the coffee stain is gone.

Club Soda: Club soda is an excellent stain solution due to the cleaning power of carbonation. The bubbles from the carbonation penetrate deep into the stain and then pull it to the surface of the carpet for easy removal. Just blot some club soda onto the coffee stain and then blot it with a dry towel to remove it.

Salt: You can find salt in pretty much every home in America. Salt is excellent at absorbing moisture. Pour salt over the stain and then vacuum the salt and the stain particles from your floor.

Still no luck? If you are unable to remove the coffee stain we recommend calling a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha. Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield has the tools and the training to remove almost any stain from any carpet, including coffee stains.

Similar to club soda, Champion Chem-Dry’s signature cleaning solution, The Natural, is entirely carbonation-based and green-certified. To learn more about The Natural and carbonation as a cleaner, call Champion Chem-Dry at (414) 545-7900.