How to Clean These Eight Common Food Stains That Start with the Letter "C" Out of Carpet

Candy

Candy is dandy, but cleaning it out of carpets isn’t as enjoyable. Hard candy can easily stick to carpet, but it can be removed without causing damage. Moisten the candy with cold water and pull large pieces out of the carpet. Apply a stain remover and blot with a clean cloth.

Catsup

No matter how you spell it, catsup can leave nasty stains on carpet. Use a knife to scrape off any remaining catsup from the carpet. Mix one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups of cool water. Use a white cloth soaked in the solution to sponge the stain.

Cheese

Liquid cheese can be tough to get out of carpets, but dropping your nachos doesn’t have to mean you are stuck with an orange carpet. You’ll want to sponge the stain with a white cloth soaked in one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and two cups of cool water.

Chewing Gum

Dropping gum on your carpet can result in a sticky situation. Don’t use scissors to cut it out because that can damage carpet fibers. Apply ice in a Ziploc bag directly to the gum. Scrape away the gum with a scraping tool and then vacuum the area. Next sponge the stain with some warm, soapy water and then cover it up with a towel or rag.

Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is good for someone who’s not feeling well, but it isn’t good for your carpet. Blot the stain with a white cloth to clean up spilled soup particles. Mix one teaspoon of non-bleach laundry detergent with three cups of warm water and apply to stain by blotting. Pour one cup of clean water on the carpet to flush out solution and dry with a towel.

Chocolate

Chocolate can melt quickly so don’t delay in picking it up. If it’s already a gooey mess you can run cold water directly over the stain. Next use a small amount of dishwashing detergent and apply to a clean cloth. Using a circular motion, rub the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing again with cold water.

Coffee

Coffee has a reputation for being one of the worst offenders when it comes to stains. First blot up as much as you can and then prepare one tablespoon of liquid dish soap with one tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of warm water. Apply slowly and blot frequently with a clean, white cloth.

Cola

No matter whether you prefer Coke or Pepsi, any type of cola can be tough to get out of carpet. You can use plain water or combine one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with one tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain using a clean white cloth for best results.

While these home remedies might work for you, there are definitely times you’ll need to call in the professionals. If your flooring stains can’t be totally cleaned, you might want to think about replacing them altogether. Carpet Empire Plus has several flooring options at our stores in Cathedral City and Indio. Contact us today at 760-324-9797 to learn more.

The Best Flooring Options for Bedrooms

The bedroom is considered a sanctuary and the room you go to when you want to relax and get a good night’s sleep. It should be comfortable while also visually appealing, but what type of flooring is the best for bedrooms?

Many homeowners prefer hardwood flooring in common areas such as living rooms and dining rooms. When it comes to the bedroom, there isn’t one preferred flooring style. It all comes down to personal preference, with many people being split between hardwood and carpet. One interesting thing to note is that many people actually prefer the type of flooring they grew up with in their childhood bedroom.

Carpet

Carpet is typically one of the most affordable flooring options. It is soft and warm on your feet as most people won’t be wearing shoes in the bedroom. Carpet can provide insulation and isolate the room from outside noises to help you sleep.

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring can be more attractive than carpet. It usually lasts longer and doesn’t need to be replaced as often. Hardwood is fairly easy to clean and is a good option for those with allergies or asthma. If you still want a soft surface you can use area rugs over it.

Vinyl

Vinyl can reproduce the look of any material, color, or pattern you like. This flooring option is soft while still looking like hardwood. Vinyl is also relatively easy to care for which makes it popular for bedrooms.

One of the best ways to decide which flooring option is right for your bedroom is to visit a showroom which allows you to feel and walk on each option including:

  • Carpet
  • Hardwood
  • Tile
  • Natural Stone
  • Laminate
  • Vinyl
  • And More

Carpet Empire has locations in Cathedral City and Indio for your convenience. Visit us today to find out which bedroom flooring option is best for you.

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Vinyl

When you hear the word vinyl, one of two things likely come to mind: vinyl records or vinyl flooring. Both of those types of vinyl come from polyvinyl chloride, more commonly known as PVC.

You’ve probably heard of PVC pipe, which is made from the rigid form of PVC. Other common items made from rigid PVC include doors, windows, bottles, and credit cards. The softer and more flexible form of PVC is what vinyl records are made from and is also used to make signs, imitation leather, and inflatable products.

How Vinyl Flooring is Made

The vinyl flooring manufacturing process is actually quite fascinating. Colored PVC chips are formed into solid sheets using heat and pressure to form vinyl composition tiles used for vinyl flooring. The tiles are cut into modular shapes (typically squares or rectangles) and then applied to a level and smooth sub-floor using a special adhesive.

Vinyl flooring is ideal for high-traffic areas which include businesses or homes with lots of children. It is durable and easy to maintain in addition to being budget-friendly. Vinyl is stain resistant to most household products and is easy to clean. Vinyl flooring also stays looking like new for years.

Take Those Old Records Off the Shelf

As you may remember from school, the phonograph was invented by Thomas Edison in 1877. It was the first device able to reproduce a recorded sound. The actual vinyl record wasn’t invented until the mid-20th century; before that, shellac composition was used. Ask many vinyl record fanatics, who’ll tell you of its superior sound quality.

In a day and age where music has gone digital, many audiophiles prefer actually being able to physically handle a record. A common and longstanding complaint about vinyl records is that they are prone to skipping, or sounding like a “broken record”. Vinyl records have made a comeback in the 2010s. In 2014 alone sales were up 51% and each year Record Store Day (April 21) draws record (pun intended) crowds thanks in part to offering exclusive music that can’t be purchased in other formats.

Flooring Options in the Coachella Valley

If you want to join the in-crowd and listen to your vinyl records while relaxing on your vinyl flooring, Carpet Empire Plus has you covered. If you prefer carpet, hardwood, tile, natural stone, or laminate we are the place to go for all your flooring needs in Cathedral City. Give us a call at 760-324-9797 for more information.

Which Types of Flooring Are Best for Cats?

June is National Adopt a Cat Month, and there are plenty of furry felines who need a friend. Cats are certainly cuddly creatures, but there are a few questions you should ask before bringing one home based on pure emotion.

One of the most important things to consider is whether or not your home is an ideal environment for a cat. While cats can adapt to many types of environments, you should be sure your flooring can handle a new pet.

Some of the main flooring factors to consider include:

  • Your cat’s comfort
  • The scratch resistance of the floor
  • Whether or not the floor will stain easily
  • How easy it is to clean up

Hardwood

While it may be appealing for other reasons, hardwood might not be the best choice for cats. This flooring type can be easily scratched if it doesn’t have a protective coating. If your cat has an accident, be sure to wipe it up quickly because pet urine can stain wood flooring, leaving dark spots and unpleasant smells.

Be sure to place a mat under water bowls to avoid water damage. You should also keep your cat’s nails trimmed or filed to avoid scratches. Damaged areas may need to be stripped, sanded, and refinished. On the other hand, hardwood flooring is easy to vacuum or sweep and is somewhat comfortable for critters.

Laminate

Laminate flooring is known for its stain resistance and durability which means it can hold up to lots of wear and tear. This flooring option is also quite easy to clean. Laminate may scratch but marks are typically less noticeable than they are on some other options including hardwood.

Your pet may slip and slide a bit on laminate, but that typically happens more so with dogs than cats. Laminate might be uncomfortable for your cat to lie on, but an area rug or pet bed can be a simple solution.

Bamboo

Bamboo flooring stands up to heavy traffic including those cat paws. It won’t wear easily and is also stain resistant. Bamboo also doesn’t scratch easily and is fairly easy to clean. This flooring option is one of the favorites for cat owners and is also a green choice as it’s completely renewable.

Natural Stone

Stone does not scratch easily, and when it does those scratches don’t show very much. It’s easy to clean up messes on natural stone flooring. This option is hard and cold so it may not be very comfortable for your cats.

Tile

Tile is a great option if you need flooring that can hold up to wear and tear. It won’t scratch easily and accidents can be cleaned up without damaging the floor. Like many other flooring options, tile can be a bit hard and uncomfortable for cats to lie on, but this can be easily remedied.

Vinyl

Vinyl is easy to clean and maintain and is also scratch and stain resistant. Vinyl flooring is also more comfortable for cats than some other options. This type of flooring is good for heavy traffic so if you have cats and kids it may be your best choice.

Carpet

To be honest, carpet is not the best choice for cats. One positive quality is that carpet is very comfortable for cats. If you choose this flooring type, get carpet without loops so your cat’s nails won’t snag and tear the floor.

Carpet Empire Plus has all your flooring needs in the Cathedral City area. Give us a call today at 1-800-21-FLOOR to learn more.

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