Don’t Waste Money on Expensive Cleaning Products

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As commercial and residential cleaners in the Twin Cities, we get asked about the type of cleaning products to use on a fairly regular basis. While we do use some commercial products, most of the things you clean on a regular basis don’t warrant them. In fact, you can clean your whole home with just a few eco friendly products that you probably have in your home right now.

Baking Soda – Not only is baking soda readily available, but it is also inexpensive and it’s non-toxic so it’s safe to use around kids and pets. There are millions of ways to use baking soda – from putting out grease fires to brightening up your laundry to cleaning your lawn furniture. You can use baking soda for just about any cleaning job in the house. Click here to see 27 ways to clean with baking soda.

Vinegar – Like baking soda, vinegar is a safe, cheap and non toxic product to use to clean just about anything in your home. Start by running a mixture of two parts water to one part vinegar (apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar) through the machine. Fill the coffee pot with the mixture and pour into the water reservoir and turn on like you would to make coffee. Once the pot is filled with the vinegar mixture, don’t pour it down the drain yet, there’s plenty of uses for the warm mixture. Use the vinegar to clean your windows, mirrors and counter tops. Wipe down the oven, stovetop and cabinets too. However, there are some things you shouldn’t clean with vinegar – click here to see.

Borax – Borax is another safe, effective, affordable cleaning product that is natural and eco friendly. Borax can be safely used to clean the bathroom, boost your laundry detergent, and even clean carpets. Borax is safe to use in pet areas and works well to take care of pet odors. It can even be used to unclog drains! Click here for 31 ways to clean with borax.

How to Remove Red Wine Stains from the Carpet

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As a carpet cleaning company in Minneapolis, we get asked frequently how to remove red wine stains from the carpet. We’ve all done it – spilled wine, grape juice or other dark liquids on the carpet and getting it out isn’t always that easy. Of course the sooner you attend to the stain the better your chances are of getting the stain out completely.

You don’t want to call a cleaning service just for one little stain, so here is how we get the stains out of our own carpets, without having to use the big machinery.

How to Remove Red Wine Stains from the Carpet

  1. Blot the stain – The sooner you start blotting the stain the better your odds are that the stain will come out. Use a dry cloth, preferably one you don’t mind staining. Fold it over several times so it is fairly thick and start blotting it by putting pressure on it. You can step on it or press the cloth into the carpet with your hands. When the cloth is saturated get a new cloth or you’ll start putting the liquid back into the carpet.
  2. Flush the stain – After removing as much wine from the carpet as possible by blotting, it’s time to flush the stain with water. You can also use club soda if you have any on hand. Flush the stain and blot again until you get as much of the moisture out as possible.
  3. Salt/Baking Soda – If the stain still remains you can sprinkle salt into the stain and wait for it to soak up what is left of the wine. You can also make a paste of one part baking soda to 3 parts water and massage into the stain. Wait for the paste to dry – 1-3 days depending on the humidity, and then vacuum up the dried paste.

This process should remove the stain if it was caught right away. Or it should remove enough of the stain so it isn’t so noticeable and can be cleaned by a professional when they come to do your annual carpet cleaning.