Carpet Stain Removal Tips You Need to know

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Carpet stains are absolute nightmares. We all try to not spill anything as much as possible, but oops, accidents happen. A little bit of wine, a bit of coffee or your kid/s’ aftermath of a masterpiece artwork, there’s one thing or the other staining your carpet every once in a while.

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A carpet with stains is a poor impression of your stature, and it generally brings a vibe of your home being dirty as well, keeping aside the fact that stains make your expensive carpets deplete in value and appearance.


Now, many people try to remove stains by scrubbing it with a brush and a detergent. Do not ever do that! Scrubbing the stain on your carpet will make it look faded, injured and there’s a good chance you won’t even get the stain off. Here’s how to remove stains off of carpets
Stain removal gets a lot easier and lot more effective when you know the type of the stain on your carpet. Here’s a list of types of stains and how to remove them:

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Water-Soluble Stains:

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Alcoholic beverages, colas/sodas, berries, food dyes, excrement, ice cream, gravy, milk, mid, jelly, washable ink and latex or wet paint among others fall under water-soluble stain category.


Here’s how to remove water-soluble stains: A simple cleaning solution can help. Take ¼ teaspoon white vinegar or non-bleach detergent and mix it with water ( 32 ounces). Now, use this solution to gently rub off the stain on your carpet.


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Other water-soluble stains on your carpet: there are some more special water-soluble stains that might trouble you. Blood, coffee, chocolate, mustard, vomit, tea and wine are some other water-soluble stains.

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Here’s how to remove special kind of water-soluble stains Take 1 tablespoon ammonia and mix it with 1 cup of water ( if you have a wool-blend or wool carpet use mild detergent and water) and gently rub on the stain. If this method doesn’t work, try taking one part chlorine bleach with five parts water, use this only on solution-dyed carpets like polypropylene. Bleach can be harmful to other kinds of carpets.

Wax, Oil, and Fat: to remove these stains off of your carpet, put a paper towel over the stained part and iron it on warm setting. Whether it is fat, oil or wax it should come off the carpet and stick on the paper towel.

Cigarette Burns:

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To remove cigarette burn stains off of your carpet gently rub the spot with edge of a flat and hard surface like a dull knife.

Nail Polish: This is easy-just blot the stained area with piece of rag soaked in nail polish remover.

Urine: Sometimes, your pets or even your kids have accidents on carpets. To remove urine off of your carpet immediately use white towels to absorb as much liquid as possible, then blot the area with a cool, damp cloth.

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Next step would be to blot or spray on the stained spot with solution made up of one part water one part white vinegar. At last, make a solution of ½ teaspoon of mild and clear non-bleach detergent and mix it with thirty-two ounces of water, then rinse and blot dry.
For dog’s urine, try No-Go or other housebreaking aid.

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Foundation Repair

Foundation Settlement Repair

Foundation settlement problems are common in many parts of the country, but here in Kansas City, our hot summers and cold winters combined with dry spells and periods of heavy rain make our area especially vulnerable to foundation issues. Foundation settlement problems are common, mainly because homes and building are heavy and some types of soil have poor load-bearing capability. Foundation settlement can happen over time when soil settles or erodes because of rain or a water leaks. Signs of foundation settlement include:

  • Concrete stairs that sink or tilt
  • Leaning or tilting chimneys
  • Vertical cracks in concrete foundation walls
  • Cracked stone veneer or exterior stucco
  • Cracked and sinking slabs
  • Cracks in drywall around window & doors
  • Door & Windows that are hard to open and close

Foundation settlement repair solutions typically include some form of underpinning or piering including:  concrete piers, steel pier foundation repair and helical pier foundation repair.

Bowed Basement Walls

Bowed basement walls are caused by too much ground pressure pushing against your basement walls. When rain water is absorbed by the soil around your basement foundation, the soil expands as it absorbs water and pushes against your exterior basement walls. When the soil dries, it moves away from your foundation walls again. This cycling of expansion and contraction creates bowing and weakens you basement walls. Arrow Foundation provides several solutions for bowed walls:

  • Wall Bracing
  • Tie Backs
  • Concrete Tie Backs
  • Steel Plate Tie Back
  • Helical Torque Tie Back Anchors

Wall Straightening

In some cases when bowed walls represent a more serious problem, Arrow Foundation may recommend wall straightening. In simple terms, basement wall straightening involves pushing or pulling your foundation walls back into place. In order to apply this solution, we need to excavate the soil down to the foundation’s footing. Then we repair and straighten the wall. Since the foundation is exposed its often cost effective to address the issues including: fixing the cracks, applying a basement waterproofing membrane, and installing or repair your drain tile system.

Wall Anchoring

Helical Torque Tie Back Anchors to find out that and Arrow Foundation Repair engineered wall support system can permanently fix their failing basement walls at a fraction of the cost of many other foundation repair methods. Wall anchoring involves using galvanized anchors that are buried out a considerable distance from your foundation walls. These anchors are steel wall plates with anchoring rods. The plates and anchors will hold your basement wall in place, and depending on the system used, can be adjusted to straighten a wall over time.If your house has basement walls that are cracked, leaning or bowing, you likely have a have a serious foundation issue that needs to be resolved. A bowed, cracked or buckling foundation wall often raises great concern for homeowners and the thought of contacting foundation repair companies in Kansas City can be intimidating. Many of or Kansas City homeowner customers are relieved

Foundation Piering

As discussed in other sections, foundation settling is more and more common. Older homes settle over long periods of time and their foundations are often weaker than new homes with advanced foundation and concrete technologies. Newer homes however, are being built on unstable soils – so while the foundation and basement wall may be stronger, the earth which they rest on may not be. In either case, foundation issues are becoming more common. Foundation piering (also known as Underpinning Brisbane) is the process of attaching steel piers to the foundation of your house to keep it from sinking further, or to keep your foundation in place after it has been raised or fixed. In order for the steel foundation piers to be permanently effective, they often need to be installed deep into the earth to reach bedrock or load-bearing strata. Arrow Foundation Repair is Kansas City’s leader for this type of foundation repair.

Crawl Space Repair

Crawl space repair, often referred to as crawl space encapsulation, is a foundation repair industry term used to describe a crawl space that that is equipped with a moisture barrier on the floor and walls of the entire crawl space area.

By recovering and sealing your crawl space, you can keep out insects and critters. More importantly, crawl space encapsulation help to improve air quality, reduce energy costs, and keep moisture out of the area – which in turn reduces the chance for mold, mildew and other problems that sub-surface moisture can create for your home. Encapsulation typically involves cleaning and prepping the area, installing a vapor barrier, and sometimes even installing a humidifier and / or a interior drain tile and a sump pump to collect and remove water away from the
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Foundation Heaving

Heaving refers to the upward movement of a basement foundation or concrete slab. While there are several root causes, the end effect is that underlying soils expand or swell and push the concrete out of place. Heave is more common with slabs than foundations because slabs (like floors, driveways and sidewalks) are lighter and often at surface level. Heave most commonly occurs within the first few years of the building’s construction but can also occur after extended drought conditions. Slab and foundation heave are most commonly caused by:

  • Expansive Soils
  • Tree Roots
  • Frost Heave
  • Plumbing Leaks
  • Long Term Precipitation
  • Poor Drainage

Commercial & Industrial Foundation Repair

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Arrow Foundation Repair is a regional leader in commercial foundation piering. We have commercial foundation repair at every level. We have worked with many leading property management and property development companies around the county. Please contact us for more information on our commercial foundation repair capabilities and services.

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Basement Waterproofing Columbus

Basement Waterproofing Columbus

We can offer a two tiered approach to waterproofing and that not only sealing but also rerouting water from the proofed area.

Bowed Walls

Walls that protrude inward are often a first sign that there’s external pressure on your basement. The solution to the problem can vary. Let us take a look at your situation and help you map out a plan that makes sense for you.

Drainage Problems

Keeping water away from your home and its foundation is essential. We will make sure all slope and downspout problems are taken care of to ensure your home’s integrity.


We can offer a two tiered approach to waterproofing that not only sealing but also rerouting water from the proofed area.

Foundation Repairs

Foundation Repair
Foundation Repair

Symptoms of a foundation that’s in need of repair include warning such as cracked basement floors, cracked walls, sticking windows or doors, and warped window glass.  Foundation repairs require specialized skill and knowledge. With Gordon Waterproofing you’ll rest easy knowing that our owner is a trained Civil Engineer with many years’ experience.

Basement Finishing

Having a fully finished and functioning basement is the easiest and most cost effective ways to adding square footage to your home.

The Process

What happens when you call Gordon Waterproofing?

1) We offer a variety of services to remedy your basement waterproofing problems. We start with the most common and easy fix by inspecting all grading around the foundation to be sure for proper drainage away from the building.

2) We inspect to be sure that all downspouts and sump pumps are properly draining away from the building.

3) We then inspect the inside of the foundation to see if there are signs of pressure against the outside of the wall forcing the wall to be pushed in over time.

4) The owner, Kevin Gordon, will walk you through each step of the process inspecting your basement, explaining the issues, and recommending solutions. We offer a free estimate so that you know exactly what the job includes. Kevin Gordon does not sell products or unnecessary services. He only provides top notch solutions with no gimmicks or sale pitches.


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Hiring a Waterproofing Contractor

Hiring a Waterproofing Contractor

According to the National Association of Waterproofing and Structural Repair Contractors (NAWSRC), consumers can take several steps to ensure they find the right contractor for their job. A leaky roof, basement or unprotected foundation can cost thousands of dollars worth of damage and significantly decrease a homes value. Finding out exactly what repairs you need and then comparing the services and costs of local contractors can save you tons of money. Finding a waterproofing contractor to fit your needs is very important.

First off, you should clean and inspect the gutters for any leakage or damage. Next you should inspect your drain slope; water should be draining away from the house for at least 48. Standing water near the house can cause foundation damage. You should additionally inspect drainpipes for any leakage.

Waterproofing Contractor
Waterproofing Contractor

If you have any busted or leaky pipes, you should call a professional plumber immediately. You can test your basement walls for seepage by taking a 12 piece of aluminum foil and attaching it to the moist wall. If within a few days there is water on the outside of the foil, it is condensation; water on the inside indicates seepage.

Many people find the best way to locate a waterproofing contractor to be word-of-mouth. Friends and family are often excellent sources of locating contractors and can give you firsthand accounts of their experience. In addition to asking friends and family for referrals, you should also check with the NAWSRC. Professional waterproofing contractors are often members of this organization. The NAWSRC is a consumer-based organization and provides a wealth of information.

It is a good idea to interview and compare several waterproofing contractors before making a decision. Ask for references so you may see what past customers have thought about their particular service. Also, you should compare warranties from all of the contractors interviewed; read the fine print and make sure your bases are covered. After you have decided on a contractor who meets your homes needs as well as your financial needs, you can negotiate a written contract. A written contract is absolutely necessary because it outlines what services the contractor will provide, expected costs and expected completion time.

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