Remove Chocolate Milk Stains

Remove Chocolate Milk Stains

Do you have children, or pets, or a rambunctious significant other or roommate for that matter? Have you come home to find yourself staring at a chocolate milk stain in the middle of your carpet? So how can you remove chocolate milk stains from carpet and upholstery? This week’s blog will give you step by step instructions on how to remove chocolate milk stains that make their way onto your home’s carpet and upholstery.

June is National Dairy Month and yes, it pretty much is a month to celebrate milk. National Milk Month was established in 1937 during a time of milk surplus by a group of chain stores looking to promote drinking milk.

Their original theme was “Keep Youthful – Drink Milk” not quite as catchy as “Got Milk”.

Milk is a good choice. It’s full of calcium and nutrients. Wisconsinites don’t need too much convincing that milk and dairy products are delicious and healthy.

By 1955 the American Dairy Association turned the event into “June Dairy Month”. It is an annual celebration of the contributions of the dairy industry.

You don’t have to go for just plain white milk either. There are tons of flavors out there.

Here a few milk flavors featured at the Wisconsin State Fair:

  • Chocolate Cream Pie
  • Orange Creamsicle
  • Banana Cream
  • Strawberries and Cream
  • Creamy Root Beer

Milk is healthy and delicious especially if it’s flavored or paired with cookies.

Unfortunately, milk can leave a stain when spilled on carpet or upholstery especially if it’s flavored like chocolate milk.

No need to cry over spilled milk, we have provided a guide to help you remove milk stains from carpet.

How to remove chocolate milk stains from carpet

Carpet Instructions:

  1. Blot as much of the chocolate milk from the carpet as possible. Use a clean cloth or paper towel to absorb as much liquid as you can. Be careful not to rub, this will spread the stains further into the carpet.
  2. Mix a cleaning solution of one tablespoon liquid hand dishwashing soap and two cups warm water.
  3. Sponge the cleaning solution onto the stain using a clean white cloth.
  4. Continue to blot until all the liquid milk is absorbed.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the stain is completely removed or there no longer is any liquid being absorbed into the cloth.
  6. If after this method the stain remains, mix a cleaning solution of one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water.
  7. Sponge the ammonia cleaning solution onto the stain and blot.
  8. Continue to blot until the stain is completely gone and no more liquid is being absorbed.
  9. Sponge the area with cool clean water and a fresh cloth. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly. Soaps left on carpet will attract dirt and dust and lead to a residue build-up and discoloration.
  10. Pat the area dry with a clean cloth. It is important to dry the carpet thoroughly. If liquid is left on carpet it can lead to mold or mildew growth.

Upholstery Instructions:

  1. Use a clean white cloth or paper towel to absorb as much liquid as possible. Be sure to blot the stain, do not rub it, this will cause the stain to spread further into the fabric.
  2. Mix a cleaning solution of one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and two cups cool water.
  3. Sponge the cleaning solution onto the stain using a clean white cloth.
  4. Continue to blot until the stain is completely gone and no more liquid is being absorbed.
  5. Sponge the area with cool clean water and a fresh cloth. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly. Soaps left on carpet will attract dirt and dust and lead to a residue build-up and discoloration.
  6. Pat the area dry with a clean cloth. It is important to dry the carpet thoroughly. If liquid is left on carpet it can lead to mold or mildew growth.

Nature’s Way Chem-Dry provides superior carpet cleaning to residents and businesses of Burlington, WI. Learn more about our services here.

DIY Natural Kitchen Appliance Cleaner

DIY Natural Kitchen Appliance Cleaner

Cleaning chemicals can be dangerous and expense. We recommend natural cleaning solutions including these methods for a natural kitchen appliance cleaner:

The kitchen has become a gathering place. It used to be the place where food was cooked and not much else but now it is a place that we eat, hang out, and do some cooking.

Keeping your kitchen clean and disinfected does not mean that you have to use harsh and dangerous chemicals to clean. Most commercial cleaning products contain many chemicals and even some that claim to be natural sneak so chemicals in. Since the kitchen is the place we prepare food it needs to be clean but you also don’t want dangerous chemicals becoming part of the menu.

We have provided some natural kitchen appliance cleaner recipes that you can make out of products you already have in your home and they are chemical free!

Natural Kitchen Appliance Cleaner Solutions

  1. Dishwasher: To clean your dishwasher naturally is really very simple. First, find a dishwasher safe bowl, jar, or Pyrex container then fill it with two cups of vinegar. Set the bowl or jar on the top rack of the dishwasher.

Run the dishwasher on a hot cycle. Be sure not to have any other dishes in the dishwasher for this cleaning process. The vinegar will remove the musty odor.

Once the cycle has finished your dishwasher should be clean and ready to use again.

  1. Garbage Disposal: Garbage disposals are great and usually get used a lot in most households. But with frequent use you will probably find that your garbage disposal starts to stink like, well garbage. Not exactly the fragrance you want in your kitchen or home.

There are a couple ways that you can clean and deodorize your garbage disposal:

  • Cut a lemon into four chunks and shove them down the disposal. Run the disposal with running water for about 15 seconds.
  • Peel one lemon and one orange. Place chunks of the peels into an ice cube tray then fill the rest of the tray with either water of vinegar. Vinegar works best to kill the odor. Place the tray in the freezer and allow the cubes to freeze. Next, throw the cubes down the disposal and allow them to be ground up for about 15 seconds.
  • Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the disposal than 1 cup distilled vinegar and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. Then run the disposal while running the water for about 15 seconds.
  1. Oven: For a chemical-free oven cleaner all you will need is baking soda and water. Sprinkle baking soda all over the inside of the oven then dampen with water using a spray bottle to make a paste. Allow the paste to sit for a few hours then wipe away the paste with a cleaning cloth and water.
  2. Refrigerator: To clean your fridge naturally you will need a microfiber cloth. Microfiber cloths are antibacterial so you just need warm water to clean and disinfect surfaces.

First, remove the contents of the fridge (good time to check expiration dates and get rid of anything that is no longer good). Next, wet the microfiber cloth with warm water start wiping all surfaces of the fridge starting from the top down.  Microfiber clothes also have shining clothes to dry surfaces with after you wipe them down to dry and shine the surface.

These cloths are great natural kitchen appliance cleaner for appliances like the microwave oven also!

  1. Coffee Maker: When you think of germy dirt places in your home you probably don’t think of the coffee maker but the chamber in the back of your coffee maker is the perfect place for yeast, mold, and bacteria growth. Yuck!

It is best to remove all removable pieces of your coffee maker to wash way and disinfect. You can hand wash the pieces in the sink with warm soapy water. Don’t forget to wipe down the warming plate and the outside of the maker as well. It is also best to leave the reservoir’s lid open for a while after use to allow it to dry completely.

Once a month you should deep clean your coffee maker. Fill the reservoir with equal parts water and vinegar. Place a paper filter into the machine’s empty basket.

Then brew the solution halfway.  Turn the machine off and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Then, turn it back on and finish brewing. Once done, dump out the vinegar solution from the pot and rinse everything out by brewing just water for a cycle.

Nature’s Way Chem-Dry is based in Burlington, WI. We offer professional carpet, tile and upholstery cleaning to local residents and businesses.

DIY Don’t

 

DIy Don'tIt’s characteristic that when you require something done, you’ll search out the cheapest option available that offers the best service. When you require your carpets cleaned one option is to hire a professional carpet cleaner; another is to DIY and rent a machine from your local hardware store.

The first vital component to consider is how powerful the do it yourself carpet cleaning machines are. The odds are you won’t have the capacity to rent the commercial grade equipment which implies anything you can get just won’t have the punch or cleaning power that you can get by using a professional. They won’t have the high pressure needed to get deep down and then they don’t have the high suction required to get the water out that’s been put down which will result in overwetting.

The second thing to consider is the price of the chemicals. When you rent the machine, you’ll be able to buy the chemicals that are marked up to make the most measure of cash. Without them, you won’t get far, and with them, you’ll be paying so much that you may as well have got the professionals in.

You likewise must make certain about what type of carpet, the types of stains, traffic areas and odors you are trying to remove, so that you will know what cleaner to get. You will be much happier with your results if you get the correct chemicals; it’s bad using a coffee stain remover on a urine stain.

Another factor to consider is the thing that damage you could do to the carpets. Most customers don’t know the difference between cleaning a wool carpet and one made of synthetic material.

With a decent DIY machine and good quality chemicals that are right for the carpets and stains you have you may have the capacity to clean your carpet with reasonable results, however, it’s is not recommended.

Nature’s Way Chem-Dry offers professional carpet cleaning in Burlington, WI. Learn more about our services at our website.

Remove Lemonade Stains from Carpet

Remove Lemonade Stains

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When you spill lemonade, read our blog for tips to remove lemonade stains from carpet:

Lemonade doesn’t look like much of a stain on carpet when it first happens but you will want to remove lemonade right away because the acidic lemon juice can lead to discoloration or have a bleaching effect on carpet.

The is just something so summer about a cold refreshing glass of lemonade. Sure you can have lemonade all year around but it just tastes different on a hot summer day.

Unfortunately, spills inside the home are not uncommon especially when you have little ones. But truthfully a spill can happen to anyone anytime but don’t panic we have provided some tips to help you remove lemonade from your carpet before it can cause any damage.

As a bonus, we have provided a delicious homemade fresh squeezed lemonade recipe as well as the amazing health benefits you enjoy from fresh lemon juice.

Lemon Juice Health Benefits:

First, let’s look at the health benefits of drinking fresh lemon juice:

  • Helps Digestion – lemon juice helps the digestive system to flush out toxins and waste from your body. It also stimulates the liver to produce extra bile which is needed for healthy digestion. Fresh lemon juice can help relieve common digestion system problems like bloating, belching, and heartburn.

Lemon juice also helps support a healthy bowel system by preventing diarrhea and constipation. The American Cancer Society recommends fresh lemon juice and water to cancer patients to help their bowel system.

  • Helps Shed Excess Pound – Lemon juice is high in pectin fiber, which helps reduce cravings and helps you feel fuller longer.
  • Strengthens you Immune System – Lemon juice is high in vitamin C which helps boost your immune system and helps your body fight off colds and the flu.

Lemon allows your body to absorb more iron which is important to a healthy immune system.

  • Gives you a Better Complexation – Drinking Lemon juice regularly will help improve the appearance of your skin. It is high in vitamin C as well as other antioxidants that help fight free radicals to keep your skin wrinkle and blemish free and smooth.
  • Boosts you Energy – Lemons are full of healthy elements like vitamin B and C, proteins, and carbohydrates which will help you feel refresh and revitalized. It hydrates and oxygenates your body as well.
  • Cures Bad Breath – the acidic of lemons helps to clean and activate production of saliva to kill odd-causing bacteria in your mouth.
  • Treats Sore Throats – Lemon juice is antibacterial and can help to fight throat infections that cause sore throats and tonsillitis.
  • Lowers Blood Pressure – lemon juice helps to clean out the lymphatic system and keep it hydrated to keep blood pressure under control.

Since lemons are high in potassium they can also help you sleep better, lower stress levels and increase your mental alertness which can all help to keep your blood pressure in check.

So freeze lemon juice is really good for you in a lot of ways. You can enjoy lemon juice by adding it to water or by making a healthy lemonade.

Freeze Squeezed Lemonade Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • A 32 oz. pitcher
  • Eight lemons
  • Stevia All Natural Sweetener
  • Water

Instructions:

  1. Cut the lemons into pieces to be juiced.
  2. Squeeze the lemon juice into the pitcher.
  3. Fill the rest of the pitcher with water.
  4. Add about a teaspoon of Stevia. More or less to taste.
  5. Stir thoroughly and enjoy!

So now that you know why you should be drinking fresh lemonade let’s get to what to do if the unthinkable has happened and that refreshing delicious beverage ended up on the carpet.

How to Remove Lemonade Stains from Carpet:

  1. Blot as much of the lemonade as possible with a white cloth or plain paper towel.
  2. Mix a cleaning solution of one teaspoon cleaning ammonia and about one cup warm water.
  3. First, test a small area of carpet to be sure the solution does not cause any damage.
  4. Dab the solution onto the stain and the let sit for a few minutes.
  5. Apply more cleaning solution and let it sit a few minutes again.
  6. Blot the area repeatedly with a new clean white cloth.
  7. Rinse the area thoroughly with cool water.
  8. Dry the area with a new dry cloth.

Nature’s Way Chem-Dry offers professional carpet cleaning in Burlington, WI. Learn more about our services at our website.