Whipped cream is one of the additives for the holiday season. Who doesn’t like whipped cream? Whether it is on your pumpkin pie, hot chocolate or coffee, it adds just the right amount of richness. That is unless it is spilled on the carpet. Whipped cream contains fats and proteins which can make it a bit difficult to remove.
Whipped Cream Spill – First Step
Pick up as much of it as possible with a spoon. Always start at the outside of the spill and work towards the center to avoid spreading it further. This is probably one of the biggest mistakes people make.
Whipped Cream Spill – Clean It
Mix about ¼ teaspoon of liquid dish washing detergent with a cup of lukewarm water. Only use liquid dish washing detergent as the detergents for the dishwasher and washing machine may contain chemicals that could damage the carpet.
Dab a clean white cloth or paper towel into the solution and then dab at the spill. You could use a spray bottle if and wet the area that way. Just don’t over wet it. Again, be sure to work from the outer edges toward the center to keep from spreading it. Repeat this until you have removed it.
Whipped Cream Spill – Rinse
Once you think you have it all up, you need to rinse the carpet with plain lukewarm water. You need to get the cleaning solution out or it will actually attract dirt! No one wants that. Just wet a clean cloth or paper towel with clean water and dab. You can use a spray bottle for this also if you have one. Repeat this multiple times. This is a bit harder as you can’t actually see that you are doing anything. Just trust that you need to do it.
Call in the Professional
Call in the professional carpet cleaner in Fairfax to get rid of that whipped cream spill and have the whole room clean and fresh.
You might want to consider having carpet protector applied to your carpet. This helps spills to bead up and give you more time to blot up a spill. At times that is all that you need to do for a small spill that has protector on it.
Eggnog is the one of the drinks of the season and with all the activity at this time of year it is likely to be spilled. You have your home decorated and clean for the holidays, do not let an eggnog spill steal your joy.
If your family celebrates the season with a Christmas tree, chances are you have a cut or live tree. Both of these bring that wonderful smell in the house, but they also can bring cleaning challenges. That is the last thing you think about when you are happily decorating the tree.
Thanksgiving is a day for family. A lot of us have family coming in or we are going to visit family. We all want the house to look its best when the company comes. In fact a lot of us have our carpets cleaned before the holiday. How do you keep the carpet clean with all the family and friends and all the food and drink?
We are a big believer in doing it yourself, however there really are some things that should be left to the professionals.
My carpet is only a year old, it is not even dirty.
Why should I clean it? If you wait until your carpet looks dirty, your carpet might be damaged. The microscopic soil on the carpet that your vacuum doesn’t get to is ground into the fibers of your carpet just by walking on it. The grinding will wear down the carpet fibers. Also, microscopic pollen and dust mites build up in the carpet as well. Just for you own respiratory health the EPA recommends that a two person non-smoking household has the carpet cleaned every 6-12 months. If you have smokers or more family members, than it should be cleaned even more often.
Pumpkins are everywhere right now! Maybe even on your carpet. It is the season and if you have not carved a pumpkin yet, you probably will soon. What happens if your toddler gets a bit too enthusiastic and spreads some seeds and fibrous stands on the carpet? We all know a toddler can out run the fastest parent alive, but do not let it spoil the fun.
Fireplace safety is something to think about now, before you build your first fire of the season and snuggle down in front of it. You should do an inspection of the fireplace yourself and call a pro to get that chimney cleaned. They can do a proper inspection and make sure it is in proper working order for the fall and winter seasons.
I had a friend ask me the other day, “How do I get the husband and kids to stop tracking the fall leaves in the house and on the floors?” Sadly, there is no magic fix but there are some steps you can take to help.
Your outdoor faucet is one of the things you should think about inspecting and winterizing now. As autumn has arrived in Northern Virginia, so have the cooler nights and a hard freeze is surely just around the corner.
Your outdoor faucet can be called by various names. It can be called a hose bib, a sill cock or a wall hydrant as well as a faucet and as my momma says, “Spigot”.
Some of today’s newer homes come with new “freeze proof” faucets. These faucets extend farther back inside the house where it is warmer and therefore should not freeze. However, even these faucets can benefit from some easy maintenance.
Pet vomit will stain quickly so clean it up as soon as you notice it. It is not a pleasant subject, but no matter how careful you are, pets do get sick or eat something they should not. The favorite spot to get rid of it always seems to be the carpet. When this happens, try to take care of it as soon as possible.