Clean Your Carpet for the Holidays: Part 1

Screen Shot 2013-11-10 at 3.18.13 PMThe holidays are approaching quickly, and one step you can take to
prepare your home is a professional carpet cleaning. The following ideas will help
you prepare for a good cleaning experience.

Do you know of a reputable carpet cleaning firm? You can’t rely on advertisements
or well-known names. Ask for recommendations from family and friends and check
with the Better Business Bureau.

See what type of equipment they use. Look for a truck-mounted system that uses
heat and water rather than soap for a better result. Also make sure they have a
blower available for rent to help get your carpeting dry faster.

Before the cleaners arrive, spend some time preparing your home. Remove all
light pieces of furniture and any fabric such as curtains from the surface of your
carpeting. (For curtains, just pin them up or gently tie them together so they are
not touching the floor.) For any wood pieces too heavy to move, place wax paper or
plastic squares under the legs so that your wood stains don’t shift to your carpeting
because of the hot water. Make sure to note any spots to let the cleaners know when
they arrive.

Any pets should be placed out of the way. Truck-mounted equipment requires an
open door, and pets may also be startled by the noise and the process.

Check to make sure they will take the form of payment you want to use, and expect
to pay right after the service. Generally fans are rented for one day at about $20

Having your carpets cleaned is a bit of work, but well worth the effort when you can
entertain with floors that look like new.

How to Get Eggnog Out of Your Carpet

This is the time of year when eggnog is especially popular.  Sometimes accidents happen and they tend to be more prone to happen when there are holiday parties and gatherings.  Below are a few tips just in case you end up having to clean eggnog out of your carpet this season.

  • Use a non-flammable spot removal solution or dry cleaning solvent.  Do not directly pour solution onto the carpet.
  • Use a detergent solution by mixing ¼ teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent solution per one cup of lukewarm water.  Never use a stronger concentration.
  • Do not use a laundry detergent.
  • Rinse solution thoroughly to remove all residues.  You may have to rinse several times to achieve this.  Lukewarm tap water can be used for rinsing.
  • Using a vinegar solution by mixing one cup of white vinegar per two cups of water
  • Make sure to soak up all of the excess water when you’re finished cleaning

Always be sure to check with your manufacturer’s cleaning suggestions or consider calling a professional if you are unsure.  We hope you have a great holiday season, filled with a lot of celebrating and less cleaning!