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7 Simple Steps to Remove Grease Stains from Carpet

by Jeff in Grease, Stain Removal

Got a grease or oil stain in your carpet? Don’t panic!
Grease Carpet Stain Removal

  1. Remove the excess oil with a cloth, newspaper or brown paper bag.
  2. Cover it completely with cornstarch, brushing it over the area to work it into the fibers. Let it sit for about an hour.
  3. Vacuum the cornstarch from the carpet.
  4. Repeat the process if needed with larger spills.
  5. Apply a little liquid detergent to the stain (most detergents are able to remove grease, but for tough stains you may need to try a liquid dish soap). Scrub the detergent into the carpet with you fingers or a toothbrush and let it sit for 3-5 minutes so it has a chance to break down the grease.
  6. Pour a little water onto the area and blot it up with a clean, absorbent cloth right away. Repeat until all of the soap is removed.
  7. Absorb any extra water with a towel.

 

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Simple Steps to Green Your Carpet Cleaning

by Jeff in Carpet Cleaning, Green Carpet Cleaning Products

Are you considering taking steps to green your life a bit?  One of the simplest ways to make a big impact on your family’s health is to

start decreasing your use of chemicals for your carpet cleaning projects.  The great news here is that you don’t have to sacrifice a thorough clean just because you’re using with gentler products.

Green Your Carpet Cleaning

  • Choosing certified green carpet cleaning products is easier than ever.  Steer clear of petroleum-based cleaners, and look for healthy alternative made from renewable resources like plants.  Birch bark, citrus-based solvents and palm oil are examples of natural resources that are commonly found in environmentally-friendly cleaners (Seventh Generation makes a great, non-toxic option).
  • Using fewer harsh chemicals also improves your home’s indoor air quality.  Toxic substances in many standard cleaners can linger in the air and cause irritation to family members (including pets) for an extended period of time.  Even the average carpet fresheners often contain phthalates and other chemicals which can end up doing more harm than good.   Baking soda does an amazing job of neutralizing odors and can be sprinkled on your carpet before vacuuming to create a fresh scent.
  • Sweeping/vacuuming/mopping your floors often helps prevent an accumulation of unseen toxins being brought inside on your shoes.
  • Removing your shoes before entering your home reduces your exposure to lead, pesticides and more increases indoor air quality by a shocking 65%!

Green cleaning starts with understanding what chemicals are being brought into your home.  Be sure to locate a trustworthy carpet cleaning professional who cares enough to offer green cleaning solutions!

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How to Remove Chewing Gum from Carpet

by Jeff in Carpet Cleaning, Stain Removal

Bubble GumIf you have kiddos running around, you’re bound to end up with a rogue piece of gum in your carpet.  I’ve got a simple way to help you conquer that sticky little wad with some simple tools you probably already have in your bathroom cabinet.

How to Remove Chewing Gum from Carpet

  • Grab your electric hair dryer. Heat the gum, being careful not to melt the carpet fibers.
  • Use a piece of plastic wrap or a plastic bag to lift the softened gum away. Just allow it to stick to the plastic, then pull it up. This may get most of it.
  • Next, apply a muscle rub containing methyl salicylate such as Ultra Strength Bengay (the Equate brand will work just as well too).
  • Use plastic again to pull more gum out. Repeat if necessary. A rag can also be used for this step.
  • Once you completely remove the chewing gum from the carpet, clean the area with a few drops of dish soap in a cup of warm water.
  • Rinse with warm water and dry the area.

Keep in mind that rough scrubbing will wear away your carpet fibers. Use a little elbow grease if you need to, but remember that you can accidentally cause a worn sport if you’re not careful.  This is why we use a rag instead of a scrub brush or scouring pad.  If the gum doesn’t come out easily, you’ll want to contact a carpet cleaning professional.

P.S. If you don’t have muscle rub on hand, you can try using a spoonful of peanut butter instead.  Massage it into the gum, let it sit for a few minutes and then scrape it away.  The down side to this method is that now you’ll  have to work on removing the peanut butter, but it’s easier to remove peanut butter from the carpet than gum.   You can let the peanut butter dry for a little while, then vacuum it up or you can sponge it off with a wet rag.   If you end up with a light stain, just blot it with a little dish soap or vinegar. Dab with a damp cloth or sponge to rinse.

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