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Wax On? Wax Off! How to Get Wax Out of Carpets

Categories: Carpet Cleaning Tips, Cleaning Tips, Residential Carpet Cleaning

Candle Wax in Carpetw

A candle on a winter night is a wonder, isn’t it? A flickering light in a warm home with a world outside that’s frosted white – it doesn’t get more picturesque than that.

When that candle falls onto the carpet, though, the whole situation rapidly loses its cozy aesthetic. The “Christmas Card” vibe evaporates as you scramble to save your carpets from the hot wax.

If this happens to you, just pull up this guide from your friends at Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning. Continue Reading post – Wax On? Wax Off! How to Get Wax Out of Carpets

The Spotlight: Spilled Milk (The Spot and the Smell!)

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We all know the saying about milk and what you shouldn’t do if it gets spilled. To be fair, it can be hard not to cry when a glass of milk or a big bowl of cereal comes tumbling down onto your clean carpets. We won’t judge you if you shed a tear or two.

When it comes to milk, though, you’ve got to act fast. If you’re going to have a little sob, do some multitasking and use this tip to tackle the stain before it starts to stink. (Don’t worry if the spot already smells, we’ve got a tip for that too).

What You’ll Need
Liquid Dishwashing Soap
Baking Soda
White Vinegar
Clean Towels
Large Bowl
Spray Bottle

Let’s Get Started
- Step 1 -
As soon as you spot the spill, blot up as much of the milk as you can. Don’t scrub the spot or you’ll just spread the milk around.

- Step 2 -
In the bowl, mix one tablespoon of the dishwashing soap with two cups of cold water.* Wet a towel in the solution and wring it until it’s damp.

- Step 3 -
Blot at the spot with the towel. Keep working at it, rinsing the towel out as needed, until no more milk is coming up.

- Step 4 -
Spritz the area with cold water and blot dry. Repeat this step until all of the soapy residue is gone.

If the milk has left an unpleasant odor (or you’re just being careful), there are two different ways you can treat the smell.

- Step 5A -
Your first option is to liberally apply baking soda to the area and work it into the carpet by hand.* Let it sit in the carpet for a full day and then vacuum it up.

- Step 5B -
Your second option is to spray the area with distilled white vinegar and to let it sit in the carpet for several hours.* After letting it dwell, spritz the area with water and blot it dry. Once the carpet dries, both the smell of the sour milk and the vinegar should be gone.

Hopefully the spot and smell are all gone and your carpets look great. If you had some trouble tackling the spot or are dealing with a different sort of stubborn stain, remember that Oxi Fresh specializes in both stain and odor removal. Call us today or use our Online Scheduler to book a deep-cleaning, odor-fighting appointment.

Thanks to Nannette Richford of, the team at, and Taylor at for the great information. Check out their websites to learn more!

*Please first test any cleaning methods and solutions on a small, inconspicuous spot on your carpet to ensure they won’t cause any damage. This is especially important if you have a carpet made of a natural fiber like wool.

The Spotlight: Cleaning Up Cooking Oil

Categories: Carpet Cleaning Tips, Cleaning Tips

Spilling cooking oil on your carpet isn’t a great feeling (there again, spilling anything on a carpet doesn’t feel great, unless it’s a bag of diamonds that tore open under its own weight).

Unlike diamonds, cooking oil spots are tricky to remove and particularly annoying as they act like a magnet for dirt; but don’t worry! Here’s how you can save your carpets. Continue Reading post – The Spotlight: Cleaning Up Cooking Oil

The Spotlight: Spill Your Coffee?

Categories: Carpet Cleaning Tips

Two to three cups – that’s the normal amount of coffee I drink every day. That’s over 900 cups of coffee in a year, most of which I carry over carpet while I’m feeling very tired.

Eventually, I’ll spill one of those cups all over my carpet. While I won’t be happy about it, I won’t worry either. Why? Because I’ve got this great cleaning tip: Continue Reading post – The Spotlight: Spill Your Coffee?

The Spotlight: Red Wine Spills

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red wine is poured

Red wine. It’s wonderful when it stays in the glass, but when it takes a tumbling trip to the carpet, wine quickly becomes everyone’s least favorite thing.

Don’t worry – this method will help you tackle that tricky spot. Continue Reading post – The Spotlight: Red Wine Spills

The Spotlight: Conquering the Cola!

Categories: Carpet Cleaning Tips

ColaThe moment the cola comes out of the fridge on Game Day, you know it’s going to happen. The pop is going to end up on the carpet. Maybe it will be when John is reaching for the dip, when Sue is filling her cup or when that unbelievable play makes everyone jump off the couch.

Either way, you’re left with an ugly cola stain on what was a nice, clean rug. Don’t worry, here’s a great solution from eHow: Continue Reading post – The Spotlight: Conquering the Cola!

The Spotlight: Candy Cane Carpets

Categories: Carpet Cleaning Tips

So, that little elf was merrily eating a candy cane (or any hard candy) and oops! It falls, it lands on the carpet, and the little elf is so embarrassed (or on such a sugar high) that he doesn’t tell anyone until the candy has gotten the carpet nice and sticky.

Don’t worry – here’s Santa’s gift to you, a perfect way to get that sticky residue out of your carpet.candycane copy Continue Reading post – The Spotlight: Candy Cane Carpets

The Spotlight: Cleaning Up Cranberry Sauce

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Cranberry sauce. Few Thanksgiving dishes can be so tasty yet so devastating. When it stays on the plate, everything is wonderful. When it makes the trip down to your carpet, few things can destroy holiday cheer faster.

If you wind up with a clumsy guest, it’s important to act as soon as possible. Red stains are very difficult to treat, but hopefully this technique will remove or at least lighten the spot. Continue Reading post – The Spotlight: Cleaning Up Cranberry Sauce

The Spotlight: Caramel in Your Carpet

Categories: Carpet Cleaning Tips

If someone puts caramel on an apple, a cookie or a coffee drink, you’ll have a great treat.

If someone drops that apple, knocks over a plate of cookies or spills a caramel macchiato on your carpet, you’ll have a sticky mess to clean up. Thankfully, there’s a solution. Continue Reading post – The Spotlight: Caramel in Your Carpet

The Spotlight – Mustard Stains

Categories: Carpet Cleaning Tips, The Guide to Carpet

Good old mustard – a vinegary bite to compliment ketchup. This condiment is a common sight on burgers, hot dogs and (if your guests are careless) your carpets.

Don’t panic – here’s what you’ll do:

Gather Up:
Neutral Detergent
White Vinegar
Non-Alkaline Dish Detergent
Spray Bottle
Clean Towels
Mixing Bowl

- Step 1 -
Use the spoon to scoop up as much mustard as you can.

- Step 2 -
In the bowl, mix a teaspoon of a neutral detergent with a teaspoon of vinegar and a quart of water. Put the solution in the spray bottle.

- Step 3 -
Spray the spot and let the solution dwell for a minute. Take a clean towel and blot the spot, working from the outside edge toward the center. Continue to apply solution and blot until no more mustard comes up.

- Step 4 -
In the bowl, mix a few drops of the non-alkaline dish detergent with a cup of water. Put the solution in the spray bottle.

- Step 5 -
Spritz the area you’ve treated. Take a clean towel and blot the area.

- Step 6 -
Fill the spray bottle with water and spritz the area (this will help remove any residual product).

- Step 7 -
Take a clean towel and blot the area until dry.

- Step 8 -
(Optional) Lay a clean, dry towel over the area and a sheet of plastic on top of that. Place a heavy weight on the towel and let it sit for several hours to absorb any residual moisture.

And that should take care of the yellow splotch. Thanks to for the great solution! There is a final step you’ll need to add – find whoever dropped their hot dog and give them a piece of your mind! : )

We hope these tips help you out! If you ever find yourself faced with a stain you can’t quite tackle or a carpet that needs to be saved, give us a call at 1-877-OXIFRESH or schedule online!

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