The Ultimate Coffee Stain Removal Guide

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While enjoying a fresh cup of your favorite roasted coffee, your morning is suddenly interrupted by a massive spill. What do you do now? You are crunched for time, and the stain is beginning to set the more that you try and think. First off, take a deep breath. Accidents happen, and we can help you fix this accident! Here is our ultimate coffee stain removal guide:  

How to Get Coffee out of Clothing:

  • The Natural Way: In a large bucket, you will want to pour one quart of warm water with 1/2 teaspoon of clear, liquid dish detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Place the stained clothing inside of the bucket and let it soak for 15 minutes. Rinse the garment off with water then hang it to dry. 
  • The Stubborn Stain: Taking a white sponge, you will want to blot the area with rubbing alcohol. Work your way from the outside of the stain towards the center of it. After you are done blotting, you will want to mix one quart of warm water with one tablespoon of an enzyme presoak product. Let the stained clothing sit inside the bucket for thirty minutes. 
  • Last Resort: If you still have a stain, your last resort is bleach. Before you wash the clothing piece with bleach, you want to read its label and make sure that you can use bleach with this type of fabric. If the label does not discourage the use of bleach, you can proceed with using it to clean the stain.

How to Get Coffee out of Carpet: 

Take a clean, white towel and dampen it with water. Apply a detergent solution (1/4 teaspoon of natural, clear dish detergent + 1 cup of warm water) on top of the stained area with your dampened towel. Let the detergent sit for five minutes. After five minutes, you can begin to blot the area with your damp cloth. After the coffee stain is removed, you will want to rinse the area off with water. Then you will want to take a few paper towels and lay them down on top of the damp area to dry it.  

If your coffee stain is still present, you can create a mixture containing hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. Apply this mixture on top of the stained area and place a sheet of plastic wrap on top of it. Place a weighted object on top of the plastic wrap to help it stay in place. Let this sit for two to three hours. After two to three hours, the stain should be removed. Take a dampened white towel and begin to blot the area. Dry the stained section by placing a few paper towels on top of the damp area. Once the stain is completely removed and the area is dried, you will want to spray white vinegar on top of the spot.  

If you still have a coffee stain, you may want to call a professional carpet cleaning company to come and remove the stain.  

**Please be advised that these are general guidelines on how to remove a coffee stain from your carpet. Before removing a stain from your carpet, we always recommend checking the manufacturer’s website. You want to make sure that the products you use will not damage the carpet’s fibers. 

Now you can get back to enjoying another cup of delicious coffee. 

Carpet Shopping Tips

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On the hunt for new wall to wall carpeting? Purchasing the right carpet involves so much more than just finding a style and color that you’re in love with. In fact, you’ll have to consider a number of important factors. We are your flooring experts, so no worries, we are here to help!

When shopping for a carpet you must first think of function. You’ll have to think about factors such as:

In what room will this carpet be installed?

Does the room receive heavy or light traffic?

Will the carpet be installed near outdoor spaces?

Will I be able to keep up with the required maintenance?

The answers to these questions are essential because it helps you determine what fiber, color and texture carpet you should install.

Compare Shades and Patterns
There are literally hundreds of thousands of carpets featuring different colors, patterns, and styles that makes the carpet selection process overwhelming. If you’re having trouble settling on a shade, you can narrow it done by selecting a shade that matches the overall mood and tone of the room it’s going to be installed in. Greens and lighter shades of blue can have a calming effect, while darker hues are great for masking inevitable.

Warm tones such as red and gold will open up space. However, before you make the final decision be sure to take home a sample so that you can see how it will look in a specific room especially in natural light.

Maintenance Requirements
You should be well informed of the maintenance a carpet will require before you make the decision to buy it. If you have children or pets you’ll want to steer clear from high-end carpets and fibers that are hard to clean. Instead, opt for carpets that are stain resistant. Highly textured rugs will conceal footprints and tracks from the vacuum cleaner.

Don’t Go Over Budget
Found a carpet that you really like but you just can’t afford it? Well, even luxury carpet doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Come see us. We will help you can find a carpet that fits your budget, lifestyle and that you’ll absolutely love for years to come!

Reader Question – How Do I Clean My Carpet?

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Q:  What are the best methods for cleaning my carpet so that it lasts a long time?

A:  Thanks for your question! This is a great inquiry because it’s one of the most discussed topics during consultations. The key to stellar maintenance of a carpeted floor is consistently caring for it on a set schedule. All too frequently people wait until there is a problem before they give carpet special attention. But those problems can typically be avoided if you tend to it regularly, and in doing so you’ll also get to enjoy it at its best on a daily basis. Here are the 4 key steps to keeping carpet in tip-top shape:

  • Vacuum frequently. This tip might sound obvious, but people typically get lazy about vacuuming after their initial excitement about the new floor has settled into familiarity. It’s critical to the life span of the carpet however because excessive debris that’s not removed consistently will dig its way into the deeper layers of the carpet and then be very hard to extract with a vacuum. How often should you vacuum? Very high traffic areas could be vacuumed daily and it wouldn’t be overdoing it. Moderate use areas should be vacuumed twice per week, and minimal use areas should be vacuumed twice per month.
  • Do scheduled maintenance. Also known as interim maintenance, this process is a surface level cleaning that is primarily intended to improve the appearance of the carpet.  It removes soil and rejuvenates the loft of the carpet. If you’re not sure how to do it, ask us because this is a very important second step to carpet care if you want the carpet to reach its life expectancy.
  • Deep clean. This refers to the standard process of cleaning the carpet thoroughly by way of steam cleaning or hot water extraction. This is an imperative part of care process because it’s the only method by which the most ground in dirt and debris can be removed. It also refreshes the carpet by helping to eliminate odors and stains that are set into the fibers. Always hire a professional for carpet cleaning in order to protect your carpet.
  • Spot removal. Remember the cardinal rule – spot and stain removal needs to happen immediately if possible! Allowing a stain to set and dry gives it the opportunity to saturate the fibers while wet and lock them in as it dries. Ask us about the best cleaning solution to use and how to spot treat the carpet.  This site is also a great resource for stains and spills. 

Does our answer to this question provide the information you were seeking? If not, leave us a comment and let us know what else you’d like us to share!

Austin Ave. Location News

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it!  We are so excited to introduce our newest and most recently improved store.

Our Austin Ave. location is back in action.  It’s brand new and remodeled as a carpet only store.  Stop in for your new carpet because we have a huge selection to choose from and are specifically catered to talk about your carpet options.  The address, contact information, and store hours are given below:

 

3001 N. Austin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634
Phone: (773) 863-3700
Fax: (773)237-8257

Store Hours:
M-F. 10:00-7:00
Sat. 9:00-6:00
Sun. 11:00-5:00

We can’t wait to see you there! For directions or product information please visit our website here.

 

Holiday Savings at Century Tile

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Get your home ready for the upcoming holiday celebrations!  We are having a great deal going on right now and you don’t want to miss out on this because it’s just in time for the holidays.  We are offering our best discounts exclusively to customers like you. Join us and take advantage of these special savings.

You can receive an instant $150 cash back with every $1,000 installed purchase.  We have a large variety of in-stock flooring options like bamboo, laminate, carpet, tile, vinyl, stone, glass, ceramic, porcelain, engineered and solid wood flooring.  Come visit one of 12 locations to browse and for more information on this great event!

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Our 66th Anniversary!

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We’ve been proudly serving Chicagoland since 1947 and we want to celebrate! Starting Saturday, October 19th, 2013 to October 28th, we are celebrating 66 years as Chicagoland’s flooring expert with a special Anniversary Sale! For a very limited time, we’re offering our best discounts to customers like you.  Join us as we celebrate our 66th Anniversary and take advantage of:

  • $66 Whole House Carpet Installation:  Buy one room, two rooms or an entire house of brand new carpet and the installation in only $66!  We have a variety of carpet choices like berbers, textures, friezes, patterns and so much more!
  • $66 Labor Credit on Select Hard Surface Floors: For every 100 Sq. Ft. of Ceramic, Stone, Glass, Wood, Laminate, and Select Luxury Vinyl Tile purchased, you can receive $66 Labor Credit!

For more sale details and information come visit us! The holidays are a  Hurry in while this offer lasts and don’t forget to visit any Century Tile before these incredible offers are gone!

 

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Customer Appreciation Sale!

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We are having our Customer Appreciation sale for 3 days only, starting Saturday, August 24 until Monday, August 26, 2013! We truly appreciate you and want to show you just how thankful we are. Come out to one of our twelve locations for carpet, hardwood, laminate, natural stone, glass, and so much more.  During these three days, you not only get great deals on tons of flooring materials, but you’ll also get cash back!   With our instant cash back event, you save even more.

Again, we are so grateful and want to thank you for your business.  We hope you take advantage of the event and that we see you this upcoming weekend so we can thank you for everything in person.  Visit the location nearest to you!

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Three Day Only Sale

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Three days only… Don’t Miss Our Free Labor Credit Event starting July  27, 2013 through July 29, 2013!

Here are some of the great offers going on this weekend:

  • Celebrate our Special Offers at all twelve Century Tile locations.
  • Get Free Labor & Pad on any carpet purchase*
  • In addition…For EVERY 100 sq. ft. of ceramic, stone, glass, wood or laminate you purchase, you will receive a $100 Labor Credit towards your Century Hard Surface Installation!**
  • Do a Backsplash Installation and get $25 minimum off on labor.  Buy 500 sq. ft. – get a $500 credit…buy 1,000 sq. ft. – get a $1000 credit.
  • Find deals of up to 20% off Quickstep laminate flooring or 10% off Century Distinctive hardwood or laminate flooring (solid & engineered hardwood flooring).
  • Amazing 10% off on ALL Dal-Tile products – stocked or special order!
  • Special 18 month no-interest financing available!

Don’t delay – these offers are only good through July 29th at any Century Tile location!

*For more details, visit any of our 12 locations.

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Our Customer Appreciation Sale

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Going on for only three days this weekend from Saturday, June 22nd to Monday, June 24th 2013 we are holding our Customer Appreciation Sale!  Thank you to all of our previous, recent, existing, and future customers for all that you do!  We’re taking this opportunity to show you just how thankful we truly are for you!  Check out our Customer Appreciation website information, too!

Have a wonderful weekend and we hope to see you at any one of our many locations!

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Flood Recovery Postcard

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Have the recent floods disrupted the way you live?  Has your home been damaged and you need to start picking up the pieces?  We have felt the impact of the weather conditions and want to provide as much help as we can!  Let’s work together to get your home back to its warm self and a place you can call home again.  For a limited time only, we are offering an exclusive combination of offers.

  • We can help work with your insurance company
  • We’re here to help with labor: free labor credits
  • $25 off any Century Tile backsplash
  • Receive free labor and carpet pad with any carpet purchase
  • 18 month special financing available

We’ll help you get back to normal as soon as possible!  Print out the invitation above and bring it into any one of our locations to receive these exclusive offers!  Check out our website for more information on our products.