Tips on how to care for your Christmas tree and carpets/flooring during the holidays

Carpeting- To protect the carpet and ensure that your Christmas tree stand has a solid standing, cut out a sturdy piece of plywood for the base of the tree to stand on. Use a tree skirt to hide the wood and tree stand.

 

Hardwoods- Tree stands can easily scratch hardwood floors so put a non-skid piece of carpeting or similar non-slip mat under the tree stand.

 

General Protection- It’s a good idea to place some plastic sheeting (with a non-slip tape) and a scrap piece of carpet under the tree stand to protect hardwood floors and carpets from accidental water spills, leaks and weight marks. It also makes it easier to clean up when the tree is removed.

 

Avoid Direct Heat- A dry tree is a fire hazard so keeping it away from direct heat is important. The risks of being too close to an open fire are obvious, but being too close to radiators and not watering adequately will not only dry out the tree but also limit the tree’s ability to maintain its shape and will encourage faster needle shedding.

 

Maintenance- Sweep or vacuum regularly to clear any needles, while at the same time taking care not to knock branches or the tree trunk as this will cause more needles to drop off. To clear needles that have lodged into carpets, rugs and between the slats of wooden floors, use the smaller attachments on your vacuum or use some duct tape to pull them out.

You handle the turkey, we’ll handle the carpet cleaning!

Since it’s best to clean up any spills on carpeting as quickly as possible, we have decided to prepare you for any possible spills this Thanksgiving.

 

Remove cranberry sauce- Mix 1 tablespoon of dawn liquid dish soap with 2 cups of cold water. Then, using a clean white cotton cloth, sponge the stain with the solution. Blot until liquid is absorbed. Continue sponging and blotting until stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

 

Remove gravy- Remove as much of the gravy as possible without smearing. Next, sprinkle cornstarch onto the spilled gravy and let it soak up the gravy for approximately 15 minutes. Next, vacuum up the cornstarch, which should have absorbed some of the gravy and grease. Depending on the size of the spill, you may need to repeat the cornstarch application a time or two. Next, use 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water to clean the remaining spot. Fill your spray bottle with ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of cold water. Evenly mist the spot and use a clean cotton towel to absorb the mixture and the spot. Repeat 2-3 times.

 

Remove red wine- Absorb as much of the red wine from your carpet as possible by placing a clean white cotton towel over the spill. Next, put some white wine in a spray bottle and lightly mist the white wine over the red wine stain. Again, use the white cotton towel and absorb the stain. Repeat several times. Eventually, the red wine stain should lift from your carpet.

 

We hope you will not need any of these carpet cleaning tips this Thanksgiving but if you do, remember to act as quickly as possible!

After Halloween Carpet Cleaning

We would like to share a few basic tips for handling these common halloween messes at home, after a night of sticky trick-or-treating!

 

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.

 

Gum– Place a couple handfuls of ice in a zip loc bag. Put ice bag directly onto gum to harden the gum for easier removal. Use a scraping tool to carefully scrape gum from carpet. Once gum is removed, sponge the gum stain with a detergent based cleaner. Rinse with cold water using a spray bottle. Blot to remove excess moisture.

Halloween face paint- Apply a small amount of detergent solution to the spot. With a cloth, use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. Continue until spot is removed. Rinse with cold water using spray bottle. Blot to remove excess moisture.

What’s that smell? Oh, just the scent of spring flowers, rainy days and fresh cut grass

What’s that smell? Oh, just the scent of spring flowers, rainy days and fresh cut grass.

As the weather warms and we’re spending more time outdoors, our carpets are suffering the damage as we track the beauty that is nature inside of our homes. One of the most popular stains that we are asked to tackle is grass stains on carpet. If you have children or pets then you probably know just how common this stain is. Lucky for you, we include FREE stain removal in all of our specials.

Prepare Your Home For Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of the year again to start thinking about spring cleaning. Spring is a good time to clean areas of the house that often go neglected. We have come up with a short check list to get you started. Get ready to prepare a healthier living space for you and your family to enjoy.

ORGANIZE- Declutter kitchen cabinets. Throw away any outdated pantry or refrigerator items. Go through files and shred unnecessary papers. Straighten out clothing in closets and dresser drawers. Donate clothing that hasn’t been worn in over a year or sell items that are valuable but no longer needed.

CLEAN WINDOWS- Start with taking down curtains and drapery to be dry cleaned or toss them in the wash. Dust all blinds and clean off windows inside and out with a vinegar- water solution. Freeing these areas of dust helps to refresh the air in your home.

CLEAN CEILING FANS- Those big blades on your ceiling fan are great at moving air, but when they’re idle they’re big dust magnets. Dust settles on the top surfaces where you can’t see it. Out of sight maybe, but not out of mind. For quick and easy cleaning you can use an old pillowcase to gently cover a blade. Pull it back slowly to remove the dust. The dust stays inside the pillowcase, instead of all over your floor and furniture.

PREVENT BUGS- With the weather warming up the bugs will soon return in search for food. Sweep or vacuum behind all furniture and appliances. Make sure all dry goods are stored in airtight containers. Wash your pet’s dishes as soon as they finish meals. Wash and disinfect all waste bins. Wash off containers and bottles before recycling. Reseal the exterior of your windows with a high-quality polymer such as caulk, silicone, or adhesive sealant tape.

REPLACE OR CLEAN OUTSIDE DOORMATS- By now your doormats could stand to be replaced. If you’re sure they have some life left in them, try this: Nitrile rubber backing doormats can be tossed in the washing machine. Then tumble dry. Use a tiny bit of detergent — preferably low-sudsing. All rubber doormats can be scrubbed with a brush and hosed off.

CLEAN CARPET AND RUGS- All winter long the house has been shut and one’s carpet becomes a breeding ground for airborne bacteria, dust mite feces, pet dander, pollen, dirt and pollutants from ice melt chemicals. Dust off rugs outdoors and give all carpet and rugs a good vacuum. Then have it professionally steam cleaned or use your own steamer. When steaming yourself, be sure to thoroughly rinse all residue from carpeting and rugs. (We recommend a professional steam cleaning at least once or twice per year)

Hard as we try, it is inevitable that we accumulate dirt and dust throughout the year. The good news is that spring cleaning is not only good for your home, but great for your mind and health as well. We hope this spring cleaning list helps you as much as it has helped us.

Proper Maintenance Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Vacuum Cleaner

Proper Maintenance Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Vacuum Cleaner

We would like to share a few quick tips on how to increase the longevity of your vacuum cleaner. Without proper maintenance, even the best vacuum cleaners can’t do the job they were designed to do. There are several maintenance practices that can help you maximize the effectiveness of your vacuum and prolong its lifespan. Lets take a look at a few of these basic tips for the very best suction power and great cleaning results.

Tip #1- Unplug your vacuum cleaner before performing any maintenance on it. A vacuum cleaner that turns on unexpectedly while you are working on it can injure you. Check to make sure your vacuum has a ground prong. If this is missing, DO NOT USE the vacuum. Contact the manufacturer for repair.

Tip #2- Change bags regularly. It’s important to monitor how full the bag is, and make sure to dispose of it once it starts to feel 1/2 full. If you continue to use the device once the bag is too full, you risk significant damage to the machine, as well as making a big mess. There are certain signs you can look out for that indicate a bag is full, or getting close to it. The most obvious sign is when you vacuum an area and find it covered in debris that were not there before. This typically happens because the bag is full, and debris have made their way back onto the carpet. Another sign is when you notice the vacuum cleaner suction isn’t as strong as it should be.

Tip #3- Clean and inspect brushes for signs of wear. Brush rolls are known to pull out the toughest dirt and debris from the deepest fibers of your carpets. If you see that the brush roll is holding onto hairs, animal fur, or strings then it’s time to clean it. You can use scissors or just your fingers to clean the brushes. They don’t need to be spotless, but you should remove any hair or string that is wrapped around the brush. Pay special attention to the ends near the bearings and to the area around where the belt engages. 

Tip #4- Check the air passages for clogs. After using your vacuum cleaner for some time, its interior tends to accumulate dirt and debris. A good deal of vacuum cleaner maintenance comes down to simply cleaning the unit itself. This is especially important when it comes to the vent covers. Over time, these vent covers may start to become clogged with larger debris. Once this happens you will notice that your vacuum cleaner is becoming less and less efficient at cleaning your floors. If you don’t clean these vents periodically, you run the risk of your vacuum cleaner over-heating and possibly burning out all together. To clean these you can simply use a thin broomstick to poke out any dirt and clogs inside these passages.

The main thing to remember when it comes to properly maintaining your vacuum cleaner is that it is essential that you keep it clean. A few minutes of maintenance work can add years to its lifespan, it will also keep it running smoother and more efficient. Replacing a vacuum cleaner can be expensive, but taking the time to keep it working well can be relatively quick when you follow the tips above.

Basic Tips For Reducing Allergens In Your Home

Basic Tips For Reducing Allergens In Your Home:

Estimations from a U.S. National Center for Health Statistics study cites that one in every three people suffer from asthma, allergies, sinusitis or bronchitis. Indoor air impurities feature top on the list of allergy symptoms among people who suffer from allergies. Harmful levels of pollutants can lead to more health problems, including asthma, eczema and respiratory problems. Studies have continually revealed that the air we breathe while indoors can be more lethal, up to five times than the air found outdoors. In view of the fact that majority of individuals spend most of their time (90%) indoors, it means that most people are unknowingly exposed to thex`se poor conditions. Today we would like to discuss a few basic tips about how you can reduce allergens in your home.

Bed and bedding– Encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust-mite-proof covers. Wash sheets, pillowcases and blankets at least once a week in water heated to at least 130 F (54 C). Remove, wash or cover comforters. Replace wool or feathered bedding with synthetic materials.

Curtains and blinds– Use washable curtains made of plain cotton or synthetic fabric. Replace horizontal blinds with washable roller-type shades.

Air filtration– Choose an air filter that has a small-particle or HEPA filter.

Carpets– Vacuum your carpets at least 3 times per week and have your carpets steam cleaned at least once per year.

Some of the above tips may be more effective than others depending on the type of allergies you have. Take a step in the right direction and start with a company offering professional carpet cleaning services. Various studies have shown that household carpets have the second highest concentration of allergens at home. Carpet cleaning companies employ various methods to clean carpets and it is essential that you choose an experienced and competent carpet cleaning service to carry out regular cleansing of your home’s carpet. Our technicians at Indy Carpet Cleaning have the experience and tools to provide you with a service beyond your expectations.

How to Remove Sunscreen Stains From Carpet or Upholstery

Summer is a time of fun, sun, swimming and playing outdoors. Many people apply sunscreen during the summer months to protect against the sun’s harmful rays. But once you get a spot or mark caused by sunscreen, it generally looks oily or greasy, and can seem difficult to remove. If you have children, these stains could end up anywhere from clothing to upholstery or even carpets. Below are a few basic steps on how to remove sunscreen stains from your carpet or upholstery.

Step 1: Blot up as much of the sunscreen as possible without spreading the stain further.
Step 2: Place an absorbent, such as cornstarch or baking soda, onto the stained area, and let it soak in for approximately 15 minutes. This will help absorb the oily residue from the spot.
Step 3: Scrape or vacuum up the absorbent, which has absorbed some of the sunscreen.
Hint: Depending on the amount spilled you may need to repeat this step until no more sunscreen its absorbed by the baking soda or cornstarch.
Step 4: For the remaining spot take a clean white cloth and sponge the stain with a dry cleaning solvent.
Hint: First, be sure to test this solvent on an inconspicuous area of your carpet or upholstery to ensure it is safe.
Step 5: Next, blot at the stain until the solvent is absorbed.
Step 6: Repeat steps 4-5 until the spot is removed from the upholstery.
Note: If that does not work you can mix a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon dishwashing liquid. Using this solution, sponge the stain with a clean white cloth, blotting until the liquid is absorbed, and the spot removed.
Once the sunscreen is gone use plain cold water and a new white cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry.
Hint: Be sure to get the carpet or upholstery only as wet as necessary to remove the stain caused by the sunscreen.

We want your mind to be at ease knowing that Indy Carpet Cleaning is always working on do it yourself solutions for your everyday household stains. However, if we have to be honest, not everyone has the time to take the necessary steps for stain removal, especially if you have kids. If all else fails, call your local carpet cleaner! Our professionals at Indy Carpet Cleaning are eager to serve your needs.

How to remove paint stain from the carpet

Aside from carpet cleaning, a new paint job is one of the most inexpensive and time-effective ways to give any home a crisper and newer look. And, remember all those little projects on the back burner? In the summer months when the weather is nicer and schedules tend to slow down is the best time to tackle those DIY projects. Don’t worry about the clean up because we’ve got you covered! Yes, even paint stains can be removed. Today we would like to give a couple basic steps and tips on how to easily remove latex paint from your carpets surface.

Step 1: Contain the spill:

  •  Place paper towels around the paint to keep it from spreading.
  • Use dry paper towels to blot the spilled paint. Do not rub; only blot. Get up as much of the paint as you can with this method, without spreading it.

Step 2: Mix one teaspoon of a neutral detergent with 240ml of tepid water.

  • The neutral detergent must be mild and free of all alkalies or bleaches.
  • Blot gently on the paint stain.
  • Sponge with clean water. Blot.
  • Repeat as often as needed to remove the stain

Note: If you do not know which type of paint is on your carpet, treat it as latex paint first before moving on to more aggressive methods which would be used for other types of paint such as oil based paints. If you have any difficulty removing the stain, feel free to call our trusty professionals at Indy Carpet Cleaning. We’ve got the equipment needed to satisfy your carpet cleaning needs at affordable prices.

How to Remove Carpet Odor

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Are you embarrassed by your home’s carpet odor? Or maybe you have a special occasion coming up—a party, a holiday gathering, even an open house—and you want the house in tip-top shape? Well you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got tips to get any carpet odor-free and we would love to share them with you. So sit back, take one last whiff, and get ready for clean, fresh-smelling carpets.

The difficulty of your mission will depend largely on how bad that stink is. If you’re facing off with some deep, long-lived odors, you might have have to put in more time, effort, and money than the next person. It all depends on the intensity of your opponent. So let’s get started!

Level One: Start with airing out the place. Fresh air never hurt anyone. Scratch that. Fresh air helps everyone. Including your carpet. So open the windows, turn on the fans, and give that odor some space. Show that carpet odor what he’s missing out on by staying indoors and maybe, just maybe, if you leave the windows open for an afternoon, he’ll be tempted by the cool breeze and sunshine. If not, move on . . .

Level Two: Vacuum. If the odor is new to your place, have you considered that it might just be surface-level? Give your carpet a once-over with the old vacuum cleaner and see if it makes a difference. And if you have pets, use those stronger vacuums and pet hair removal tools to get up everything you can. You might be shocked at the difference it makes, depending on your pet’s shedding habits. Then keep it moving and head on to . . .

Level Three: Go to your kitchen cabinet and pull out the baking soda, that famed odor-eater. Sprinkle the white powder over your carpet, concentrating on those areas which you know to be especially smelly (anywhere you’ve removed a stain in the past, anywhere your dog or child has had an accident). Using a broom, brush the powder lightly down into the carpet fibers. Then, allow it to sit. Really sit. Maybe for two days (no, I’m not kidding). Let it do it’s job and don’t rush it. When you’re tired of it looking like your carpet’s covered in snow, go ahead and sweep up the top layer of baking soda. Use a vacuum to remove ALL of the baking soda. Now sniff . . . Does it still smell? If it does, repeat the whole process and if you can still smell that carpet odor, move on to . . .

Level Four: Use Hydrogen peroxide, but be especially careful this time. Hydrogen peroxide can damage the color of some carpets, so do a test patch before you apply it to larger areas. And if even this doesn’t eliminate that smell . . .

You should probably just call Indy Carpet Cleaning. We’ve got the professional equipment and expertise to get your carpet looking (and smelling) like new. Give us a call today.