Prepare Your Home For Spring!

Spring is right around the corner and for most homeowners it’s an exciting time to get your home ready. In the winter time, homeowners tend to stay inside more often but we also tend to be busier with holidays. For this reason, regular home maintenance can become time consuming. We recommend to make a list of basic home cleaning maintenance tasks and how often they should be performed and tackle things one at a time. We’ve come up with a list of basic Spring cleaning tasks which can also be performed year round and make it a little easier for you once spring cleaning season arrives!

 

Dishwasher

First, remove any bits of food on the bottom. Then, run a cycle with a specialty cleanser. We recommend this once per month to prevent build up.

 

Cabinets

Over time, build-up of grease can collect on your kitchen cabinets. We recommend cleaning cabinets once every few months.

 

Stainless Steel Appliances

Use a stainless steel cleaner for your stainless steel appliances. Make sure you don’t put on too much or you might leave the surface grimy. Recommended every one to two weeks.

 

Windows

Instead of just wiping down the inside, make sure you take to the outdoors during spring cleaning season to remove spots and smudges you don’t usually have time to tackle.

 

Hardwood Floors

Even though you might think you should mop your wooden floors every week, this chore could ruin them. Instead, you should only wet clean them once every one to two months and spot-clean as needed. Then make sure you use saucers under plants to avoid water damage and use furniture protectors to avoid scratches.

 

Bedding

Bedding such as mattress toppers and pillows should be thrown into your washing machine (just reach the manufacturer’s label first!) two to three times per year. Sheets and comforters should be washed every one to two weeks.

 

Washing Machine

Don’t wash your clothes in a smelly machine. Instead, disinfect it with distilled white vinegar and baking soda to keep it fresh and high-functioning. Run the machine with hot water, then add the cleaning agents, and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Afterwards, restart your machine, let the water drain, and wipe it dry.

 

Oven

If you ever start to smell something burning when you turn on your oven, it might be time to give it a deep clean. First, chip off loose pieces from your range, then spritz burnt-on food with ammonia. Sprinkle baking soda and a few drops of white vinegar on the bottom, let it bubble up, then whisk away the grime with a sponge.

 

Tiled Surfaces

Mix baking soda and water for a homemade cleaner: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into 2 gallons water and mix very well. Then apply the liquid with a string mop or sponge mop. For grout, use the same baking soda and water mixture, but for tough stains, call in the pros.

 

Area Rugs

Area rugs typically don’t need cleaning as often as carpeting. Have rugs professionally cleaned every couple of years, depending on traffic. Over cleaning can contribute to wear and tear. But, you should treat stains at home as needed. Stains caused by pets, coffee and red wine are the hardest to remove, and the key is to act quickly. If you can’t remove it yourself with natural products, call in a professional!

 

Mattress and Upholstery

Have your mattress and upholstery professionally cleaned to remove build up of allergens, dust mites and dead skin cells. We recommend once per year.

 

Carpet

To remove build up of allergens and to really get your home looking nice this spring, have your carpet professionally cleaned. We recommend a professional deep steam cleaning once or twice per year.

 

Spring maintenance is a good idea for everyone, and even more important to maintain the cleanliness of your home throughout the year. What are you waiting for? Get started, the warm weather is on its way and we want your to-do list free of time consuming tasks so that you can enjoy it!

Get your home ready for Easter

With Easter just around the corner, you are probably planning a get together with friends and family. You may be preparing for a meal, fun games or an Easter egg hunt! If you are expecting guests, you’ll want to tidy up your home. Don’t stress, use this handy checklist with tips to get your home in it’s best shape before the big get together this Easter!

 

Clean Windows

Clean the inside and outside of all your windows. You’ll want them to be clean when that spring sunshine hits them! We like to use a vinegar/water mixture for cleaning windows.

 

Dust Ceiling Fans

An easy, mess free way to clean ceiling fans is to use a cheap pillowcase. Slide the pillowcase around each blade at a time and wipe. All the dust will be confined inside. Then, you can simply shake the pillowcase clean outdoors and throw into the wash!

 

Wipe Cabinets and Counters

Noticing some buildup around your cabinet and counter handles? Dip a clean cloth in a vinegar/water mixture and wipe away!

 

Vacuum

Vacuum your whole house, move as much furniture as possible so you can vacuum under. Remember to get areas that you may have missed during your regular cleanings over the year.

 

Steam Cleaning- Carpets, Rugs & Upholstery

Having your carpets, rugs and upholstery professionally cleaned will reduce allergens, dust mites, pet dander and more. It is recommended to have your rugs, carpet, and furniture professionally cleaned once every year.

 

Easter is great holiday to follow through with this handy cleaning checklist since Easter represents the start of Spring! You can get ahead on Spring cleaning and if you need any help, we can take care of your carpets, rugs and upholstery! We hope you have a Happy Easter!

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!

Tips for removing common Halloween stains from your 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!

8 Tips to help maintain clean carpets this fall

Most people choose Spring as the time of year for a good deep cleaning in the home. However, many people choose the fall months to have their carpets deep cleaned. It’s just before we get busy with preparing for the holidays so it’s a good time to get your home in shape before guests arrive on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Fall is also a time when your carpet seems to get the dirtiest, since we tend to track in more leaves and dirt. We’d like to share some great tips on how to prevent your carpet from getting dirty this fall.

 

Doormats

Invest in a doormat that helps keep out the largest particles — like leaves and chunks of dirt — and make sure you get one of the right design, which depends whether it will be outside or inside. All doormats should be longer than a single stride, while inside mats should be made of acrylic with a vinyl or rubber backing. Outdoor mats should have a wire rack underneath to catch mud.

 

Shoe Rack

Make sure that you enforce a no-shoes-inside policy, or have a shoe rack that you use at the very entrance to the house to restrict the dirt to one specific area.

 

Vacuum often

To protect your carpet, vacuum entrance areas and high-traffic areas twice a week and the rest of the carpeting at least weekly. Oily soils attract oily soils, and frequent vacuuming will reduce soil buildup.

 

Start with a clean bag or filter

A dirty bag, dirt cup or filter can cut a vacuums suction power in half. The main reason bagless vacuums stop working is that the filters aren’t changed often enough. Replace or wash (if possible) the filters on bagless vacuums every three months. Replace vacuum bags when they’re three-quarters full.

 

Vacuum at the right speed

Vacuum slowly enough to get out as much dirt as possible. Make one quick pass over low-traffic areas and two slow passes over high-traffic areas. Two slow passes removes ground-in dirt more effectively than several fast passes.

 

Rotate Furniture

Carpets can wear at confined areas of the carpet pile and dirt can work its way into the carpet pile and backing. If your room layout allows it, move the furniture around. It’s best to do this every six months to prevent premature wear areas.

 

Baking Soda

Prior to vacuuming, sprinkle some baking soda over the carpet to absorb odors. Avoid carpet powders. Powders are often sold to eliminate unwanted scents on the carpet. However, such powders leave residue in the carpet which can damage it over time. Stick to baking soda if you want to remove an unwanted smell.

 

Pretreat stains and high-traffic areas

If you’ve recently had your carpet cleaned and quickly get new stains, you can always pre treat stains yourself until you’re ready for your next professional cleaning. Mix a drop of detergent with hot water in a spray bottle and lightly mist the dirtiest areas. Let sit 5 to 10 minutes before cleaning the area. Be sure not to over saturate your carpet or use any harsh chemicals that could set the stain in. Do not rub stains. When removing a stain, stick to blotting motions.

 

Your carpets aren’t invincible. Dirt, leaves, and other fall debris can contaminate your carpet fibers easily. Carpeting is expensive, so you want to maintain your carpet long term. We know that keeping carpet clean is an ongoing project, but the fall months are a great time to use these tips. Even after a professional cleaning, these tips will help you maintain your carpets until your next professional cleaning.