Valentine’s Day Carpet Cleaning Tips

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Maybe you’re planning a romantic night out or even just a quiet night at home, sharing your favorite homemade meal by candle light or watching your favorite romantic movies while snuggled up on the couch. Whatever plans you and your sweetheart may have, rest assured we have got the best Valentine’s Day clean up tips!

 

Chocolate: To remove chocolate from fabric, simply run under cold water and pretreat. Removing chocolate from furniture or carpeting requires nothing more than an ice cube. Hold the ice over the chocolate until it’s solid, and gently scrape with the edge of a spoon. When nearly all the chocolate is gone blot gently with cold water.

 

Candle Wax: When the wax is solid, simply pick off the large clumps and scrape away what you can with a plastic knife. Next you’ll need an iron and a clean, white cloth. Place the cloth over the wax and iron. Continue moving the cloth around, careful to only iron clean cloth and avoid spreading the wax. Soon the wax will be as good as gone.

 

Red Wine: Sprinkle salt on the spill to soak up excess wine, and then rinse well with white wine or club soda, then cold water.

 

Let your sweetheart and romance be the focus this Valentine’s Day and don’t worry about the clean up. Indy Carpet Cleaning is always here to help with those extra stubborn stains! Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

How To Reduce Odors In A Home With Pets

Removing unpleasant odors from your home is a challenge all pet owners have to face. Whether you’ve moved into a home where previous owners had pets or are a pet owner yourself, here are a few suggestions for tackling the task of removing pet odors from your home.

 

Vacuum Regularly

Vacuuming regularly keeps allergens down, prevents dirt from grinding into the carpet and removes pet hair.

 

Change the Filter on Your HVAC

Change filters regularly to capture particles such as hair, dirt and pet dander to keep your home smelling fresh.

 

Invest in Professional Steam Cleaning

Professionals use hot water extraction to remove stains and debris that are deep in the carpet and furniture. Annual cleaning can ensure that your carpets and upholstery are not harboring odor-inducing pet hair or the remnants of housebreaking accidents.

 

Treat Stains as Quickly as Possible

It’s important to treat accidents and stains as quickly as possible to prevent them from setting in.

 

Freshen the Carpet with Baking Soda

Start by vacuuming the carpet thoroughly to remove stains, dust, dirt, dander and fur. Sprinkle baking soda over the entire carpet to absorb any residual odors. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes or longer and then vacuum the carpet to pull up the baking soda and any odors.

 

Brush Animals Often

Spending five minutes a day brushing your dog or cat will drastically reduce the amount of stray hair in your carpets while also keeping your pet happy and healthy.

 

Our pets can’t help that they get so smelly at times. So, it’s up to us to keep on top of our household chores in order to prevent a build-up of pet hair, dander and urine odors. We hope these suggestions will help reduce any unpleasant odors, making your home a cleaner and more peaceful environment to live in.

Keep your carpets clean over the holidays!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas and the New year are fast approaching. While we’re preparing our homes for the holidays by cleaning and decorating, it is especially important to maintain clean carpets this time of year as well. While we recommend having clean carpets to make your home shine when your guests arrive, we also recommend maintaining clean carpets during and after the holidays. Christmas can be hard on carpet in a home filled with guests, which is why we’d like to offer a few tips for removing common stains that occur on carpets around the holidays.

 

Chocolate

Use a butter knife to scrape the chocolate off the carpet. Once the chocolate has been removed you can apply a mixture of ¼ teaspoon clear detergent and one cup of room temperature water, then with a white cloth work your way from the outer edge of the stain to the middle, blotting not rubbing.

 

Candy Cane

Carefully remove the hard candy from carpet, you may need to use a bit of cold water to moisten the candy, this is to prevent damage to the carpet fibers. Then, blot the stain with cold water to remove any residual candy pieces. Now, take approximately ½ a teaspoon of liquid dish soap and work it into the carpet fibers with your fingers. Wet a white cloth and blot the stain. You will need an additional clean cloth dipped in distilled white vinegar, and then begin to dampen the remaining stain. Let the distilled white vinegar sit for a few minutes, then press down on the stain with a clean cloth. If the stain still persists, repeat the process of dampening the spot with vinegar, and then blotting. Once you have fully removed the candy spill, flush the newly cleaned area with water.

 

Red Wine

Pour salt on spilled red wine. The salt will immediately start to absorb the wine, you will see it turn pink. Leave overnight, then vacuum. Afterwards, scrub all affected areas gently with a soapy cloth.

 

Beer

If beer is your beverage of choice over the holiday period, we’ve got a cleaning tip for getting those stains out of the carpet too. Get a clean white paper towel or cloth, begin blotting up as much of the spilled beer as possible. Then, use two cups of plain warm water mixed with a tablespoon of dish soap and a tablespoon of white vinegar to blot the stain away.

 

Eggnog

First, extract the spilt eggnog using a clean sponge or a white cloth. Dilute the eggnog stain that is left behind. Create a cleaning mixture using one part white vinegar and four parts warm water. Pour a small amount of the vinegar-based cleaning solution onto the affected area of the carpet. Use a clean white cloth to blot the eggnog stain repeatedly until all of it is gone. Make sure to dry thoroughly.

 

We hope these tips will help you maintain clean carpets this holiday season. Most importantly, we hope your Christmas is filled with the love and warmth of family, the magic of the season and the joy of festive cheer! We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

How to Remove Common Thanksgiving Stains From Carpet

Thanksgiving is a time of caring, sharing and being thankful! It’s a great time to get together with friends and family for a delicious home cooked meal. If you’re lucky enough to have everyone over at your house for a feast then you’ll need a few tips on how to remove common Thanksgiving stains from your carpet.

 

Cranberry Sauce

Act quickly! First, lift away any solids, then blot the stained area with a cloth dipped in cool water. Alternate between blotting with the wet cloth and blotting with a dry white cloth. Once the color no longer transfers to the dry white cloth, begin to blot the stain using a sponge with a bit of detergent to treat. Repeat until stain is removed. Rinse with cold water and blot dry.

 

Gravy

This stain is less tricky to remove. Begin by lifting away any solids. Then use a detergent to break apart the stain. Rinse with warm water.

 

Pumpkin Pie

Begin by lifting away any solids. Blot using cold water and a white cloth, then treat the area with a detergent. Let the stain dissolve for around 10 minutes before rinsing with cold water.

 

Red Wine

Act quickly! Start by blotting up the excess wine with a damp, plain white cloth, then sprinkle the stain with a generous portion of salt to help absorb the stain. Let sit for a couple hours or overnight (until stain is absorbed).

 

We hope these tips will work for you! There are times when a professional carpet cleaning is the best solution, but a carpet stain can be removed before your next professional steam cleaning. And, when you’re ready for a professional steam cleaning, give us a call at Indy Carpet Cleaning!

Tips for removing common Halloween stains from the carpet

The best things about Halloween are the messiest! From the candy to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and adults alike. However, Halloween also brings its fair share of stains. Chocolate, hard candy, pumpkin carving guts, glow sticks and fake blood are the most common stains that end up on carpets on Halloween, so we’ve come up with a few tips to help you remove them.

 

Chocolate– Blot stain with white cloth and cold water. Once chocolate no longer transfers to cloth, apply a detergent solution to a clean end of the cloth. Continue to blot stain using the detergent solution. Let sit for a few minutes and rinse with cold water using a spray bottle. Blot to remove excess moisture.

 

Hard Candy– Carefully remove the hard candy from carpet, you may need to use a bit of cold water to moisten the candy, this is to prevent damage to the carpet fibers. Then, blot the stain with cold water to remove any residual candy pieces. Now, take approximately ½ a teaspoon of liquid dish soap and work it into the carpet fibers with your fingers. Wet a white cloth and blot the stain. You will need an additional clean cloth dipped in distilled white vinegar, and then begin to dampen the remaining stain. Let the distilled white vinegar sit for a few minutes, then press down on the stain with a clean cloth. If the stain still persists, repeat the process of dampening the spot with vinegar, and then blotting. Once you have fully removed the candy spill, flush the newly cleaned area with water.

 

Pumpkin– Start by gently scraping up as much pumpkin pulp, seeds, or puree as possible. Once you’ve removed the excess, treat any remaining stain with warm water. Gently apply the warm water to the stain using a clean washcloth and a blotting motion. Next, soak up the solution with a clean, dry washcloth. Alternating between these two steps will help lift the stain and transfer it from your carpet onto the washcloth.

 

Glow Sticks– Immediately blot up as much of the moisture as possible with a paper towel. Work from the outside of the stain toward the center to keep it from spreading and getting larger.

After blotting, mix a solution of one teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent, 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar, and one cup of cool water. Dip a soft-bristled brush into the solution and work it into the stained area. Blot away the cleaning solution with a dry white paper towel. Next, dip a clean white cloth into plain cool water and “rinse” the area.

 

Fake Blood– With a dry washcloth, start by soaking up the excess liquid. Next, get a cup of cold water and dab the water onto the stain carefully. Work your way from the outside of the stain to the center in order to avoid causing the stain to grow. Then, use a clean, dry washcloth to soak up the water as well as the stain. Continue these two steps until the stain is removed. If this does not completely remove the stain, you may need to moisten the area with a 3 percent hydrogen-peroxide solution. Let sit for an hour, and repeat as necessary.

 

So, if you’re prepared, post halloween clean up doesn’t seem so scary. We hope these tips will help you have a stain-free and happy Halloween! If you need any help, call in the professionals at Indy Carpet Cleaning!