Holiday Decorating Guide

holiday decorating guide

The holiday season is officially upon and, as the classic song goes, it truly is “the most wonderful time of year.” All the tidings of comfort and joy mixed with scents of gingerbread and fresh pine decorations are instant reminders of the season. Speaking of fresh pine, if you’ll be decorating with real greenery rather than artificial, you’ll want to read through the following holiday decorating guide which discusses how to keep it looking its best.

Select the Freshest Tree Available

Step one is to buy the freshest tree available. This will ensure maximum needle retention therefore keeping your carpets and tile floors clean longer. When shopping for a tree at one of the many lots available throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, ask the lot attendant for details on when the tree was harvested, and where it originated from. If their shipment is older, ask when a new shipment of trees is expected to arrive, and if possible make your purchase then. It’s also a good idea to have the attendant make a second, clean cut, as well as trim the branches at the bottom of the trunk. Finally, you will want to avoid bruising the trunk.

Find the Perfect Setting for Your Tree

When setting up your tree, keep it away from heat sources such as direct sunlight, heaters or fans, heat vents or fireplaces, as these will speed up the drying process. If possible, lower the room temperature, and/or use a room humidifier. This will slow the drying process, resulting in less water consumption each day, and reducing fire risk. In addition, the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) recommends using holiday lights that produce low heat, like miniature or LED (light emitting diode) light sets, which will also reduce fire risk. These holiday lights are generally inexpensive and cost pennies to run – making them a win, win.

Replenish Your Tree’s Water Supply Daily

As a rule, a tree will absorb as much as one quart of water each day per inch in trunk’s diameter, so make sure you’re using a reservoir-type tree stand that holds at least a gallon of water. The NCTA recommends using one of the following four tree stands: a center pin stand, a two-piece stand, a four-bolt stand, or a “clamp” stand. When topping off your tree’s water supply, plain tap water is fine, and temperature doesn’t matter and will not affect water intake (despite popular belief). Although not necessary, you can also add a preservative to help keep your tree fresh and reduce needle loss. Preservatives can be found at your local nursery or tree lot.

Pre-Soak Fresh Garlands and Wreaths

If you plan to buy fresh garlands and wreaths this year and want to ensure they remain fresh through the holidays, pre-soak them for 24 hours, beginning as soon as you get them home. Simply place your greenery into the tub, fill with water (until the wreath and/or garland is completely submerged), and let soak for 24 hours. Once the time has elapsed, drain the water from the tub, and prop the greenery up so that all of the water can drain off. Once dry, place in an area where you will have plenty of room to spread its needles, after which time you can hang it or drape it wherever you’d like. Your greenery should look and smell as fresh as the day you bought it.

Dispose of Fresh Greenery Responsibly

Once the holidays have come and gone, don’t just toss your fresh greenery to the curb, where it will take up landfill space. Recycle it all! Most cities, including Phoenix, have programs in place that collect trees, garlands, and wreathes and turn them into mulch for local parks and green areas. You will find tree drop off areas all over town beginning as early as December 26th. On Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Phoenix residents can also drop off their trees to be recycled at the “I Recycle Phoenix” festival.

Holiday Cleaning Tips

holiday cleaning tips

It’s amazing how quickly time flies, isn’t it? At Carpet Cleaning Service AZ, we can hardly believe its November, let alone the fact that it’s nearly holiday time again! With only 16 days left until Thanksgiving, 48 days left until Christmas, and 55 days left until we ring in the New Year now is certainly the best time to begin thinking of ways to make your home merry, bright, and clean.

Here are some holiday cleaning tips that we hope will help you make the most of the quickly approaching season.

Prioritize Your To-Do List

Your holiday to-do list is probably endless…am I right? Just the thought of finding time to clean in the midst of holiday baking, shopping, decorating, etc. can cause unnecessary stress. Prioritizing your cleaning to-do list means that you’ll get the most important rooms (i.e., kitchen, bathrooms, living room, dining room, entry way) out of the way before the holiday, and your guests, arrive.

Rearrange Furniture (as needed)

Your regular floor plan, and furniture placement may not accommodate a host of people, which is why a little rearranging may be needed. Rearrange furniture in a way that creates intimate conversation areas as well as allows for unhindered traffic flow (you don’t want anyone tripping). Set up a table with drinks and appetizers in the living room or den. The less people in the kitchen, the better.

Freshen Your Carpets

Carpets are like sponges – they absorb everything that settles on them. If your carpets aren’t looking or smelling their best, we highly suggest having them professionally steamed cleaned, before your guests arrive. Be mindful that some carpets can take up to 24 hours to dry, so you’ll want to have them cleaned well in advance of turkey day, or any of the other holidays coming to a home near you soon.

Safeguard Your Floors

Did you know when you get your carpet, tile & grout, and stone floors professionally steamed cleaned, you can opt for an extra layer of protection? Your floors will be protected from stains of all kinds; so while you can’t stop red wine, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie spills from happening, you can protect your floors from stains that set in. Ask us today about our high-quality protection options.

Enlist Help

If you’re a type A, you might be inclined to do all the planning, decorating, baking, and cleaning yourself. However, things will run much smoother and be less stressful if you enlist help from your family – and don’t forget Carpet Cleaning Service AZ. When people ask to help, it’s because they truly want to, so take them up on their offer – no matter how small or large the task. We are happy to assist with any carpet cleaning needs.

Cook in Advance

You don’t have to trade family time for a 5-course meal. Many vegetable side dishes, casseroles, and desserts can be made in advance and either kept refrigerated or placed in the freezer until the big day. Pinterest has some phenomenal turkey and ham recipes that can be cooked in the crockpot thus eliminating the need to slave over a hot stove when your friends and family are gathered near.

Surviving Cold & Flu Season

surviving cold & flu season

Fact: Adults get about three colds a year on average, each lasting seven to ten days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As if that’s not bad enough, 5 to 20% of us will get the flu, which can make life miserable. You can help strengthen your family’s immune system – and your own – with the following tips for surviving cold & flu season.

Get Immunized

Getting a seasonal flu vaccine is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself and your family against the flu viruses going around each year. Make an appointment with your doctor as soon as the vaccine comes available. Flu vaccines can reduce flu illnesses, doctor’s visits, and missed time from work and school.

Crack Open a Window

As more people are cooped up inside stuffy rooms during the colder months of fall and winter, the risk of catching a cold, or the flu from co-workers and school-aged children increases. Letting a little fresh air circulate keeps airborne particles on the move, making them harder to pick up.

Wash Hands Frequently

Washing your hands frequently – with soap and water for 20 seconds – is key to defending yourself against cold and flu viruses. It is especially important to wash your hands after touching anyone or anything that may be germy. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, found at most any retailer.

Get a Good Night’s Rest

Getting a good night’s rest is essential! That, along with eating a healthy diet, keeps your immune system healthy and better able to fight off infection. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get at least seven hours per night. Children and teens require even more.

Keep Floors Clean

Your carpet is your home’s biggest air filter. Your carpet traps tracked in dirt, pollen, insecticides, and bacterial matter so that they don’t recirculate in the air and spread through your home. Weekly vacuuming is helpful for removing these particles. Routine professional carpet cleaning, however, ensures the best indoor air quality.

Eat Healthy

A healthy diet can strengthen your immune system and help your body fight off infections. Make sure to consume a good balance of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and complex carbohydrates to help keep your body in prime shape to fight off germs. Don’t forget to stay hydrated as well. You should be drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day.

Stay Home

Feeling under the weather? Consider taking the day off (if possible). Even if you feel that your symptoms are mild, you could still be contagious, which means that the virus could spread to others. Doctors recommend getting plenty of rest to reduce your recovery time.

Avoiding Fall Allergy Triggers

avoiding fall allergy triggers

Fall means a kaleidoscope of colors, cooler temperatures, apple cider, pumpkin spice everything – and the return of allergy season. While many people regard spring as prime pollen season, ragweed is the most common culprit in fall seasonal allergies, affecting more than 23 million people. Not only do you have ragweed, you also have mold, which grows on wet leaves and decomposing plants. What’s an allergy sufferer to do? Read on for some advice on how to avoid fall allergy triggers.

#1. Monitor Pollen and Mold Counts

One helpful strategy is to keep an eye on pollen and mold counts so that you can attempt to stay indoors on especially bad days. The National Allergy Bureau – a division of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology – tracks levels of pollen and mold around the country. Also of benefit? Watching the local weather. Warm, windy, dry, and/or sunny days tend to have the highest pollen and mold counts.

#2. Replace Your Filters

Staying indoors when pollen counts are high is the most effective way to cut down on both mold and ragweed reactions – but not if you’re pumping in pollen from outside. Take the time now to clean all air vents and change air conditioner filters. HEPA filters provide the best air quality control. You’ll cut down on pollen and lower your energy bills; clean filters allows your heating and cooling system to run more efficiently.

#3. Dust Your Home

Regular cleaning of all household surfaces affected by dust is imperative to the health and general well-being of allergy sufferers. You will find that using a Swiffer duster, microfiber cloth, vacuum cleaner or any combination of the three quite handy. The best way to dust is to work from the top to the bottom. Make sure to clean all of your dusting tools after each use.

#4. Wash Bedding

Make your bedroom your sanctuary by making sure to wash bedding (i.e. linens and comforters) at least once per week during fall allergy season. Using allergy-free pillows, pillowcases, and mattress are also highly recommended when trying to create an allergy-free home. Make sure the surfaces of your dressers, nightstands, and desks are clutter free; clutter attract dust far quicker than non-cluttered surfaces.

#5. Call Carpet Cleaning Service AZ

It’s a good idea to have your carpets, area rugs, and upholstery professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months. However, if you have pets or children, your carpet may require more frequent cleanings; we recommend once in the fall and again in the spring. Professional cleaning is a great way to remove built-up dirt, bacteria, and other allergens. It also allows you to prepare your home for the upcoming holidays.

Stop Dirt in its Tracks this School Year

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Parents rejoice – school is back in session. That means the kids will be away from the house most of the day. With the beginning of a new school year, comes the end of wondering how to keep the kids busy, fed and out of mischief. It is also a time of year when we may wince at the thought of them trudging back and forth to school and the dirt they will inevitably track in. Don’t stress! You can still keep the house clean with little to no added effort.

Keep reading to find out how you can stop dirt in its tracks.

Leave Shoes at the Door

Most of the dirt in your home comes from outside, with a good portion of it tracked in on your children’s shoes; even if they’ve wiped their feet at the door. To minimize the dirt that’s dragged in from everywhere your child has been that day, place a shoe organizer or tray by the front door or garage door, and instruct them to leave their shoes there. If it was worn outside, it should stay outside! You can pick up a shoe organizer or tray at virtually any big box retailer or home improvement store.

Don’t Underestimate Doormats

Ideally your home should have doormats stationed at every entrance and exit. The mats should be as wide as the door’s width and long enough to cover the length of a child’s stride. Doormats can help preserve the lifespan of your flooring. When selecting an outdoor mat, choose a durable material like rubber or coir, which will stand up to seasonal changes. Remember to teach your school aged children to wipe their feet before entering the house to safeguard your flooring.

Vacuum Regularly (perfect chore for kids)

Vacuum regularly and you’ll be able to trap all of the dirt, dust, and particulates your kids and pets track in. When you vacuum once a week – especially with school back in session – you can extend the life of your carpet. It’s a win, win! Can your kids benefit from some responsibility? Assign them a weekly vacuuming chore. For your hard floors, sweep and mop once per week, or as needed. Use high filtration vacuum bags to enhance the collection of dirt and debris.

DIY Carpet Stain Removal Guide

carpet stain removal

Life can be messy. One moment you’re enjoying a pizza slice with all the fixings when a piece of pepperoni falls on the carpet. Or your fur-legged family member decides he can’t wait a moment longer to relieve himself.

Next thing you know; you’re facing a carpet stain, which without quick action will become a permanent fixture in your life. With carpet stains, the faster you act, the better the results. Don’t despair – we can help you solve most any carpet stain.

DIY Carpet Cleaning Solutions

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE SHAMPOO

  • 6 CUPS Water
  • ¼ CUP Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 ½ TBSP White Vinegar
  • 1 ½ TBSP Dish Soap
  • ½ of a WHOLE Lemon

DRY CARPET CLEANER

  • 3 CUPS Borax
  • 1 ½ TBSP Baking Soda

SPOT REMOVAL

  • 2 CUPS Water
  • 3 TBSP White Vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Baking Soda

Carpet Stain Removal Steps

The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends the following stain removal steps:

Always pretest any new stain removal solution in an inconspicuous area. You want to be certain the solution won’t damage the carpet’s fibers or dye. After applying several drops to the testing area, hold a white cloth on the wet area for 10 seconds, minimum. If a change occurs, another cleaning solution should be used.

Act quickly to absorb spills. Most carpet today has been factory treated with a stain-resistant formula allowing spills to be effectively removed when immediate action is taken. The longer the delay, the higher the probability of a spill becoming a permanent stain. No carpet, however, is completely stain proof.

Apply a cleaning solution. Spray any remaining spills with a cleaning solution of your choosing. Use a store-bought formula or a homemade stain remover (see above). Take care not to oversaturate the area as this can damage the backing. Let sit for 10 minutes before proceeding to the next step.

Work from the outer edges of the spill, in. This will prevent the spill from spreading. Do not scrub! Scrubbing can cause pile distortion. You should always blot the spill, using a dry, white, absorbent cloth or white (no printing) paper towels, until liquids are completely absorbed. Repeat if necessary.

Be patient! Complete removal of the spill may require repeating the same step multiple times. After the spill has been completely removed, you should rinse the affected area thoroughly with cold water, and blot dry with a clean, white, non-patterned cloth until all of the solution has been removed. Change cloths as needed.

Carpet Stain Removal Guide

PAINT: If the paint stain is still wet, blot the spot with a wet paper towel until the paint is absorbed. If the paint has had a chance to dry, you’ll want to use a hot water mixed with a little bit of dish detergent. Let sit for a few minutes. Once the paint is softened, use a knife or metal spatula to scrape away the paint stain.

GREASE: Cleaning grease stains from your carpet doesn’t have to be challenging. Begin by thoroughly blotting the area using a clean cloth. Spray the stain using a spray bottle filled with white vinegar. Apply the solution and allow enough time for it to soak into the grease before wiping the stain clean with a towel soaked in hot water.

COFFEE: If you have light-colored carpet, you know there is nothing worse than a coffee stain. To effectively remove the stain, you will first want to blot the affected area with a paper towel to absorb as much of the liquid as possible. You will then want to take some liquid detergent and place directly onto a damp sponge. Gently rub the stain with the sponge in a circular motion. Remember to work from the outside, in.

PET STAINS: Pet related accidents happen. You will need white vinegar and baking soda to remove these stains. Pour enough vinegar to soak the stain and then add a small amount of baking soda. This combination cleans and deodorizes the stain. Allow sufficient time for the mixture to dry before vacuuming.

INK: There are several methods for removing ink stains including spraying the area with hair spray and mixing milk and cornstarch together to form a paste that can be applied to affected area. If using the milk/cornstarch concoction, allow sufficient time for it to dry, before sweeping it up and then vacuuming.

Time-Saving Cleaning Tips

time-saving cleaning tips

There’s no way around it – every home has to be cleaned. And the more active your home is, the more often it will need to be cleaned, which often leaves us without much time for anything else. If you feel that you have too many household chores and not enough time, then it’s time to fight back, especially because the time we get is precious. Check everything off your to-do list – your cleaning to-do list, that is – with these helpful time-saving cleaning tips. You can thank us later.

Tip #1: Incorporate a Simple Cleaning Routine

Heiton Buckley created an awesome infographic that breaks down how to clean every corner of your house without feeling overwhelmed. Check it out below.

Ultimate home cleaning routine
Courtesy of: Heiton Buckley

Tip #2: Gather All Supplies

Keep all of your cleaning tools and cleaners in a caddy. This allows you to easily grab them, carry them from room to room, and clean anytime. My must-have caddy tools? Microfiber cloths, lint roller, paper towels, all-purpose cleaner, disinfecting cleaner, dusting spray, antibacterial wipes, and window cleaner.

Tip #3: Use a Timer

Decide in advance how long you’re going to spend cleaning. There is no right or wrong answer; however, I think the you’ll find that the most realistic timeframe is 30 minutes. You can either spend that time on one area, such as a bathroom, or divide your time into blocks – for 30 minutes, do two 15 minute blocks.

Tip #4: Give Your Microwave a Steam Bath

Splashes and spatters in the microwave can get baked onto the interior surface, making it a monumental task to clean. Make it easier on yourself by boiling a cup of water in the microwave first. You can also use a cup of straight vinegar if you’d like. This will create a mini steam bath, softening stuck on food, and allowing for faster clean-up.

Tip #5: Dust Ceiling Fans Using a Pillowcase

Cleaning the blades of a ceiling fan can be a dirty job. But since it has to be done, why not make the chore easier? Keep the dust and grime controlled by using a pillow case as a cleaning rag. Simply slide the case over each blade in turn. When you pull it back off, all the dust and debris will fall into the case, rather than the floor or furnishings.

Tip #6: Work from the Top, Down

Dust settles downwards, so avoid making more work for yourself by working from the top, down. Vacuum and mop last. We also recommend using microfiber cloths made of synthetic materials when dusting hard surfaces. These cloths trap dirt far better than feather dusters which just move dirt around.

Tip #7: Quick Vacuum

If your floors need to be vacuumed, concentrate on high-traffic areas, corners and visible dust. A great way to cut down on dirt and grime from entering your home, which only serve to create more work, is to make a “no shoes inside the house” rule. A rule that you should strictly enforce. You should also have your carpets professionally steamed cleaned at least once a year.

Tip #8: Clean Your Cleaning Tools

Yes, really. If you don’t take the time to clean out your vacuum’s roller every now and then, they’ll be less efficient, causing you to spend more time cleaning one area of your home. Dirty cloths, mops, and full vacuum cleaners don’t pick up or remove dirt – period. Clean and/or replace your cleaning tools as needed.

Detox Your Home

detox your home

How is the air quality in your home? Fact: The average American home contains over 500 synthetic chemicals, many of which we cannot see, taste, or smell. And while the vast majority of these chemicals are undetectable, they are present in the air we breathe, which prevents its own set of health problems. In fact, the EPA reported that indoor air can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Thankfully, there is help! Detox your home with the following five steps; which should be among the first you take.

#1. House Plants: There are many health benefits to being near plants. Studies have shown us time and again that live plants help us to stay healthy, have fewer headaches, feel less fatigued, have fewer allergy symptoms, recover faster, feel less stressed, feel happier, and be more productive and creative. The key is to place houseplants in each and every one of your rooms. The best houseplants to use, include:

  • Boston Fern
  • Bamboo Palm
  • Kimberly Queen Fern
  • Peace Lily
  • Gerbera Daisy
  • Areca Palm
  • English Ivy
  • Dwarf Date Palm
  • Florist’s Mum

#2. Shoes Off: Research has shown that toxins, such as: coal tar and herbicides, can easily get tracked into your house on your shoes. They’re also a hot spot for harmful bacteria, including E.coli. Slipping your sneakers, heels, or sandals off as soon as you walk through the front door is a step you shouldn’t skip. Make “No shoes in the house!” a rule and stick to it.

#3. Go Green: Products with unfamiliar ingredients often have negative effects on our health – period. You can easily avoid ill health effects by purchasing cleaning products with ingredients you know like citrus oil, vinegar, beeswax, cleaning salt, coconut oil, baking soda and essential oils like lavender and rosemary, or make your own. There are plenty of DIY cleaning solution recipes to be found on Pinterest. Not only are these products better for your health, and safe to use around kids and pets, they’re also good for the environment.

#4. Vacuum Regularly: When you vacuum, you’re not simply cleaning your house for appearance’s sake, you’re also safeguarding the your and your family’s health. Regular and through vacuuming using a HEPA filter is a must. A HEPA filter does a good job of containing the finest particles of dirt. We recommend vacuuming your carpets and area rugs at least two times a week.

#5. Tile, Stone & Grout Cleaning: Grout, which is a porous material, collects dirt, grime, spills, and often bacteria. Regular mopping and spot cleaning doesn’t reach the dirt hidden in the nooks and crannies of your grout. Professional tile, stone and grout cleaning; however, is essential for good health. This service will also make you floors appear like they’re new.

And if all else fails, you can enlist us to help with your carpet cleaning needs. Find out more here!

Here’s to healthy homes!

Spring Cleaning Tips for Allergy Sufferers

spring cleaning tips

The sun is out, the birds are singing and warm weather is here, all of which translates to springtime – and allergy season. Achoo! It’s also time to throw open the shutters and tackle spring cleaning. Whether you dread this process or you find it strangely soothing (sheepishly raises hand), it’s got to be done, especially since your home isn’t just going to clean itself. Wouldn’t that be the dream life?

But if you happen to be one of the 50 million people that suffer from allergies each year, particularly during the spring season, then a thorough spring cleaning is vital to keeping sneezing, coughing, and wheezing fits at bay so that you can enjoy the warm weather and longer days. Here are a few spring cleaning tips to help keep your home clean and allergy free.

[1] Know What Trigger Your Allergies

First, and foremost, it’s important to know what triggers your allergies. Dust, pollen, and mold are three of the most common triggers of seasonal allergies. And while you may think you’re allergic to dust, other substances may be involved as well. It pays to contact an allergist, who can help you find the source of your suffering through allergy testing, so that you can avoid your triggers.

[2] Spring for HEPA Filters

Only use a vacuum that is equipped with a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for high-efficiency pollution air. These filters work by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps most microscopic allergens, such as pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. Vacuuming frequently (a minimum of once a week) with a HEPA filter is your best defense against allergies. You can find HEPA filters at most home improvement and big box stores.

[3] Replace Those HVAC Filters

Replacing your HVAC system’s filters goes a long way toward creating an allergy-free home. Quality electrostatic, pleated, HEPA, and activated carbon filters are all highly effective at minimizing the allergens in your home. Disposable filters should be changed once every three months. However, they may need to be changed more often, depending on your specific needs.

[4] Don’t Ignore Your Bedroom

Make your bedroom your sanctuary by making sure to wash its bedding (i.e. linens and comforters once a week. Using allergy-free pillows, pillowcases, and mattress covers are also highly recommended when trying to create an allergy-free home – or in this case, bedroom. Make sure your dresser tops, nightstands, and desks are free from clutter as cluttered surfaces seem to attract dust a lot quicker than non-cluttered surfaces.

[5] Steam Clean Those Carpets

To get rid of all that ails you, as well as make your carpets and upholstery look better and last longer, you should have them regularly steamed cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner every six months. For those of you without pets or severe allergies, you may be able to have your carpets cleaned annually, rather than semi-annually. Steam cleaning will leave you with not only a clean carpet, but a healthy one.

 

Game-Day Cleanup

game-day cleanup

This weekend, all of America will be keeping score during the big game, between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. Sports commentators will analyze every tackle, play, and rule as well as regale us with each player’s stats. Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars will entertain us during the halftime show, which at this point, is nearly as big as the game itself.

Family and friends will gather together to cheer on their favorite team, and try to predict which team will take the winning title for Super Bowl 50, while feasting on chicken wings, sliders, chips, and more. Fans…food…drinks. These are all reasons why game-day cleanup is hardly ever pretty. But you can host a killer party without spending the entire time playing defense to potential party fouls.

Before and After Game-Day Cleanup

  1. Clean the screen.

Since you’ll be taking breaks from your chip and dip to watch the game, or at least the halftime show, the last thing you want is any dust or smudges hampering your view. The day before the game, gently dust your screen with a microfiber cloth, until it provides a clear view. Using window cleaner is never recommended.

  1. Rearrange the furniture.

Since the focal point will be the TV screen, you may want to arrange your upholstered furniture, as to provide your guests with an optimal view. While you’re at it, you may also want to consider relocating anything breakable, such as family heirlooms and personal collections out of harm’s way.

  1. Stain-proof your carpets.

Stain-protection is a game changer…seriously! Chances are that someone is going to spill something during the excitement of a touchdown. Carpet protection, professionally applied, will protect your carpet and upholstery by resisting spills; thus preventing stains from setting in. It affords you more time to clean up any game-day mishaps.

  1. Professional Carpet & Tile/Grout Cleaning

This tip is for after the game. Since your floors may have taken a beating during the game, you may want to consider having your them professionally cleaned, so that they look like new – especially if you haven’t had them professionally cleaned in some time. Take the time to move your furniture for a thorough cleaning.

How To Remove Game-Day Stains

Wing Sauce: Dilute one tablespoon dishwashing liquid with two cups of warm water and apply to the stain (saturate it). Using a clean non-patterned cloth, blot – never wipe – the stain until it has disappeared. Repeat the process using cold water and then allow to dry. Repeat as necessary.

Cheese: If you happen to get cheese on your carpets or upholstery, make sure to soak it as quickly as possible, using the same technique for wing sauce removal. If the stain is relatively new, soaking it for half an hour should be sufficient, but if its older it may require more time.

Barbecue Sauce: Scrape off any excess barbeque sauce from carpet or fabric using a spoon for a fresh stain or a butter knife for an older one. Once you’ve done that, continuously apply cold water (not warm) to force the stain away, then once most of its out you can blot dishwashing liquid into it. Work your way from the outside of the stain to the middle to prevent it from spreading. Rinse and repeat as necessary.