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.
Pumpkin Spill – First Step
First scoop up as much as possible with a spoon. Next blot the remaining liquid mess with a clean white cloth or paper towel. Do not rub, just keep blotting the remaining liquid with a clean cloths or towels. Keep doing this until nothing comes up.
Pumpkin Spill – Next Step
Try a detergent solution to get the rest out. We do not recommend over the counter carpet spotters as they can actually set a stain. Mix ¼ teaspoon of liquid dish washing detergent to 1 cup of lukewarm water. Do not use laundry or dishwasher products as they may contain bleaching agents that may damage the carpet. Dip a clean cloth or paper towel in the solution and dab it in an unseen area to test for color safeness. (Try a closet.) If the solution looks good there, try it on the pumpkin spot on the carpet. Dab it, do not rub, just dab from the outside of the spot to the inside. This can take a long time.
Rinse Rinse Rinse
The major down fail of cleaning the spot this way is that you have used detergent and you need to get all of that out. So now you need to use lukewarm water and dab a lot more. Detergent left in the carpet may actually attract soil and cause that area to look dirty quicker.
If this sounds intimidating call in the professional carpet cleaner in Bristow, Virginia to take care of it for you.
Now go have some fun and share some yummy candy. Speaking of candy, if some of that happens to spill on the carpet the procedure to clean it is the same as for the pumpkin.
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.
For some of us, autumn is the allergy season. Forget about spring. We find all sorts of things are upsetting our respiratory systems at this time of year. The most common causes for allergies this time of year are mold, ragweed and dust mites.
Filtration Soiling – What is it?
Those ugly dark lines along the edges of the carpet, what is it? You’ve vacuumed regularly. You have even paid special attention to the baseboard and the edges of the carpet, but the edges still look dirty or discolored. It is not your fault. It is natural process that happens over time.
Back to school means different things to people. No matter who you are, the beginning of a new school year brings various emotions. One thing everyone will have in common is the new cleaning challenges that back to school will bring.
Spilled wax on carpets isn’t fun for anyone. As summer winds down and autumn nears the stores are bringing out candles in harvest scents. It is hard to resist the comforting fragrance and glow of candlelight. What do you do when you happen to spill some wax on your carpet though?
VOC: What is it?
If you have been shopping for new carpet you may have seen tags saying “low VOC” or something similar. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. If you are like me, when you see the word “organic” you think it means good things. In this case it doesn’t mean healthy food. This has to do with air quality. Everything gives off gases naturally or “organically”. The higher the VOC, the more gases are given off. The new car smell is from VOC and so is the new carpet smell, adhesive smells etc.