Carpet Cleaners Info
Professional carpet cleaning advice.

Materials

  • Urine Stain Remover
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  • Cotton Towels.
  • General Spotter
    Made from one quart of water and one tablespoon of a mild dish soap.

Directions

  1. If the spot is fresh, you should first blot up as much of the urine as possible.
  2. Make a general spotting solution with one quart of warm water and a tablespoon of a mild dish soap.
  3. Mist the solution on the spot and blot it, working from the outside towards the center.
  4. Repeat until no more of the stain transfers.
  5. Mist the Urine Stain Remover on the spot and blot.
  6. Repeat and then allow the carpet to dry before putting it back to use.

Note: Do not touch the spot with bare skin once you have placed the Urine Stain Remover on it. It can irritate your skin while wet because it contains peroxide.

Materials

  • Spotting mixture made from one quart of water and one tablespoon of a mild dish soap.
  • Stain Magic available from Amazon.
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  • Steam iron set on low steam setting.
  • Dry spotting towel.
  • Damp spotting towel.

Directions

  1. Using your general spotting mixture, spot clean the mustard. Apply the mixture to the spot and then blot it dry.
  2. Repeat the above step until no more stain transfers.
  3. Mix the Stain Magic and apply it to the spot.
  4. Place the damp towel over the spot and then apply the steam iron.
  5. Keep the iron moving and check the spot after a few second.
  6. Repeat if necessary one or two more times.
  7. Spot clean the spot with your general spotter to remove residue.

Materials

  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Dish Soap
  • Spray Bottle
  • Spotting Towels

Directions

  1. First, you need to let the mud dry. Dry mud is far easier to remove, it comes right our.
  2. Once it is dry, vacuum the carpet in multiple directions.
  3. In most cases, your mud will be gone. If not, use your dish soap to make a spotting solution. Mix one tablespoon of mild dish soap to one quart of water in a spray bottle.
  4. Mist the solution on the spot and dab it with your spotting towels.
  5. Repeat until no more mud transfers or the stain is gone.

Materials

  • Rubbing alcohol.
  • White cotton spotting towels or paper towels.

Directions

  1. Apply rubbing alcohol to a spotting towel and blot the spot, working from the outside in.
  2. Repeat until no more ink transfers to the towel.
  3. Blot with a dry towel to remove excess alcohol.
  4. Allow the spot to dry before putting the carpet back to use.

Materials

  • Red Relief From CTI
    As a professional, this is the only red dye remover that I use. It works great and fast. You can find it on Amazon. One bottle should last you forever.
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  • Steam Iron
    Just a basic, cheap steam iron.
  • Cotton Towels
    I prefer cotton terry cloth towels but you can use an old bath towel. Just make sure that it is 100% cotton.

Directions

  1. Clean the spot with a general spotter such as Resolve.
  2. Mix the Red Relief solution and apply it to the red kool aid spot.
  3. Place a moist 100% cotton towel on the spot.
  4. Place a heated steam iron, set on the lowest steam setting on the spot.
  5. Keep the iron moving and after a few seconds check the spot.
  6. Repeat once or twice if necessary.
  7. Spray your spot cleaner on the spot and blot to remove Red Relief residue.

Materials

  • Stain Magic
    A professional cleaner from CTI. You need to use a professional chemical on tricky stains like furniture stains. Cheaper chemicals will not remove the spot and can cause them to become permanent. You can find Stain Magic on Amazon.
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  • Iron
    A basic steam iron will be uses to activate the Stain Magic and speed up the chemical reaction. If you have an expensive iron, you are better off buying a cheap one from the dollar store.
  • Cotton Towels
    Also called Terry Cloth towels, these are cheap and easy to find at most home improvement stores. You can also use an old cotton bath towel if you prefer.

Materials

  • Stain Magic
    A professional cleaner from CTI. You really need a professional strength cleaner for something like red wine. If you fail to remove the spot with a cheaper cleaner, you may set it permanently. This is a tried and tested chemical used by carpet pros and it is available on Amazon.
    Check prices on Amazon.
  • Iron
    A basic steam iron will be uses to activate the Stain Magic and speed up the chemical reaction. If you have an expensive iron, you are better off buying a cheap one from the dollar store or from Amazon.
  • Cotton Towels
    Also called Terry Cloth towels, these are cheap and easy to find at most home improvement stores. You can also use an old cotton bath towel if you prefer.

Procedure

This is really a rather easy cleaning job, as long as you have the right supplies.

  1. First, fill your steam iron with water and turn it on the lowest steam setting.
  2. Next, mix your Stain Magic according to directions. It should be equal parts A and B. Mix only what you will use today because the rest will go bad within a day.
  3. Get a cotton towel and moisten it with water. Wring it out so that it is just damp. The moisture will protect your carpet from damage and help the heat transfer to the spot. Set the towel aside.
  4. Now, mist your wine stain with the Stain Magic solution.
  5. Place the towel over the spot.
  6. Place the iron on the towel, being careful not to have your head directly over the iron. You DO NOT want to breath in these fumes.
  7. Keep the iron moving and in a few seconds, pull it up and examine your spot.

In most cases, you will now be done but if some of the stain remains, you will need to repeat the procedure. When you are done, mist the area with a general spot cleaner and blot the spot. Keep people off of the area until the carpet dries completely.

If there was one question that we get asked the most it is, which vacuum cleaner should I buy? Often the choice comes down to Eureka or Bissell. Which one is the best? The truth is that they are both good vacuum cleaners. The trick is not necessarily the brand that you buy but the features that you get for your money. It is for this reason that I never recommend a Kirby or especially a Dyson. Sure, you get a bunch of great features but they are priced way too high. I would never spend more than $100 for a residential vacuum cleaner. Why? You can get everything that you need in a vacuum cleaner for well under that. Let’s take a look at the two models in question.

Bissell

Bissell has been making great vacuum cleaners for years and they have models in all sorts of price ranges. What you really need in a vacuum is a HEPA filter, a cleanable dust cup to save you money on the vacuum bags that you will always run out of and a good brush with a manual adjustment. Forget those automatic adjustment vacuums. They either don’t work well or place too much pressure on the carpet fiber (I’m looking at you Dyson). My choice in a Bissell is the Powerforce Helix vacuum cleaner. It has all of these things and costs well under $100.

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Eureka

Like Bissell, Eureka has been making fine vacuums for a number of years. Also like the Bissell, their products run a wide range of prices. Ny choice is the As One Pet bagless vacuum cleaner. It has many of the same features as the Powerforce, is light weight and it comes in Fushia. Can’t beat that. It is priced well under $100. They have a smaller model for a  few dollars less but this model comes with a pet brush and a cord that is about 10 feet longer. Trust me, that cord length will come in handy so it is totally worth a few extra dollars.

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In the end, these are two very similar vacuum cleaner manufacturers putting out very similar products. As long as you have the basics of a bagless dust cup, manual height adjustment, HEPA filter and good cord length, you will be happy.

It never fails. Have a party where red wine is served and it will end up on the carpet. When it does, you are likely to panic. Keep your calm and you can probably get the stain out with no issues. Here is what you need to do.

Cleaning a spot that just happened.
If you catch the wine stain immediately, quick action can save your carpet. Immediately get a stack of paper towels and blot the carpet. Now, get some club soda and moisten a clean paper towel or cotton spotting towel. Blot the red wine spot and repeat until no more of the wine transfers. Follow this by applying salt to the spot and patting it down. Allow it to dry and vacuum the salt out of the carpet.  If you act quick enough, you should be able to remove all of the wine.

Cleaning a spot that you missed.
In many cases, you will not be able to get to the stain right away or someone will spill wine on your carpet and neglect to tell you. In these cases, you need to get a little more aggressive with your cleaning. Mix up a solution of one tablespoon ammonia and one cup of water. Dab a cloth in the solution and blot the spot. Repeat this until no more of the stain transfers.

Professional cleaning of the wine spot.
If you have been unable to remove the spot yourself, you will need to turn to a professional cleaning method. There is a product out there called Stain Magic that can work miracles. It is a professional cleaner but you can find it on Amazon. Click here to check prices on Stain Magic. It is expensive but it is worth every penny plus it is a 2 part system that only activates when it is mixed. This means that it will last you a while if you store it properly. Follow the directions on the bottle. Basically, you will mix equal parts of both solutions, apply it to the spot, place a damp towel over the spot and use the heat of a steam iron to activate the solution. It will disappear in front of your eyes. Use caution, this is a strong product. Wear gloves and make sure your room is well ventilated.

Red Wine Removal Tips

  • Professional red wine removers can be found at local carpet cleaning supply stores or online.
  • Resist the urge to play chemist. The more you try, the deeper you will set the stain.

We love our candles, but they are oh so easy to tip over. When that happens, they can make a huge mess. Don’t panic, it is very easy to get the candle wax out of your carpet using a few things that you already have in your home. Here is how to remove candle wax from carpet using only a steam iron, a spoon and a white cotton towel.

  • Scrape Easy To Remove Wax From Carpet
    The first thing that you want to do is take your spoon and scrape off as much of the wax as you can from the surface. Do not get too aggressive here, just take off the wax that comes up easily. Do not abrade the fibers, if you have to bear down on the spoon to remove wax, stop.
  • Prepare Your Iron
    Now, fill your iron with water and turn it onto the lowest steam setting. You want the lowest temperature available, but you also want the steam setting. Set it aside to heat up to temperature.
  • Dampen Your Towel
    Take your white cotton towel and dampen it with water. Wring it out so it is damp but not soaking. The water will protect your carpet from getting damaged in the next step.
  • Apply Heat
    Place your towel over the wax spot and then place your iron over the towel. The wax will melt and will immediately be absorbed into the towel. When a section of towel becomes saturated, reposition it or switch to a clean towel. Be careful not to allow the iron to contact the carpet directly and make sure that the towel remains moist. If it dries out, re-moisten it. Continue this process until no more wax transfers.

That is it, it is actually that easy to remove wax from your carpet. In most cases, you will be done and your carpet will look as good as new. In some cases however, when a brightly colored candle was melted, you may have a dye stain to deal with. This is a separate spot treatment from wax removal and may require professional assistance.

Notes

  • Why not paper?
    You might have seen other methods of wax removal from carpet using paper to absorb the wax. I do not approve of this method for several reasons. One, it does not leave much of a layer of protection between your carpet and the hot iron. The extra thickness of the towel helps keep the iron a safe distance away from your carpet. Two, the damp towel adds a further measure of protection, keeping your carpet from being melted. And three, a towel has more capacity to absorb the hot wax and you will be less likely to spread the wax. If you do not want to ruin your good towels, cheap terry cloth towels like these work well.
  • Where can you get cotton towels cheap?
    If you have a lot of wax to remove, you will quickly go through a number of cotton towels and you will ruin them all. The cheapest place to buy cotton terry cloth towels is at a home improvement store such as home depot. You can pick up a couple dozen for around $10 to $15.  What you do not use on the wax removal can be used for general household cleaning and carpet spot cleaning.