Floors come in absolutely new, sparkling finishes these days. Ranging from the ageless beauty of stone floor materials to laminate, vinyl, cork, bamboo, tile, and wood, floors can be made to stand out. However, most homes still love the cool and appeal of carpets for their floors.
Just so you know, carpets have low maintenance cost – regular vacuuming and a deep clean occasionally is all that you need to restore the glow of your carpet. They are also soft and warm!
While your carpet may be glowing, sooner or later, it will get cramped up in dirt, dust, bacteria, splashes, spills, and leaks from household activities. So, if this is the case, what should you do? Easy peasy! Just follow these expert tips on how to get rid of carpet mess and be grateful later on:
1. Blot rather than rub stains:
You accidentally overfill your wine glass, and it spills (oops!). Don’t rush the stain with a pad or cloth, and start scrubbing away. This will take the stain deep into the carpet fibres. Instead, get a cleaning solution and a clean paper towel or cloth and dab the stain with these. Doing so will soak up the stain as minimal pressure is exerted during blotting than rubbing.
Start blotting from the outside corners of the stain and work inwards to the middle. If you do it from the inside out, the stain will spread.
2. Club soda and vinegar are effective:
If used correctly, club soda can remove the stains of wine and beer from carpets.
Begin by blotting the stain with a clean cloth soaked in club soda. Where the stain looks lighter, add more club soda and blot. This isn’t working? Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water, pour into a spray bottle and apply this solution to the stain. Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. This will allow the solution to absorb the stain. Take a clean, dry cloth and press it onto the damp area – the solution and stain will be soaked up. Repeat the process if the stain persists till it’s completely removed.
Use clean, warm water to rinse the spot. With your hand, brush the carpet fibres back into position. Get several white paper towels, place them over the portion, and weigh them with a heavy object. They will absorb the dampness. Allow them to stay till the carpet gets dry. It typically takes 24 hours.
3. Give shaving cream a try:
A regular shaving cream, according to expert cleaners, is the best carpet cleaner for general stains. It takes out the stain of every type. Cover the stain with the shaving cream and allow it to settle in for around 30 minutes. When the shaving cream sets, wipe it off using a dry white cloth. Lastly, apply your white vinegar and water solution to the area. Use a cloth to wipe down.
4. Dish soap is anti-grease:
For areas of the carpet stained with grease, mix your dish soap in a cup of warm water. Let the soap dissolve very well. Get the solution into a spray bottle and cover the greased area with it. Use a white cloth to blot up. Repetition may be necessary if the stain is long-standing.
5. Ice cubes remove chewing gum:
Yeah, this carpet irritant is common. For any reason, you find chewing gum glued to your carpet, don’t panic. Get a few ice cubes and press them against the gum for 30 to 45 seconds. When the gum gets frozen up, lift the glob with a spoon. Use scissors to cut off carpet fibres very near the gum. The area won’t look visible when you cut just a small amount of carpet strands.
6. Heat hardened wax:
Candle wax can drip onto and harden in the carpet fibres. Experts say the way to get rid of this is by heating the wax till it gets slightly liquid. Spread a white cloth over the area and place a warm clothes iron over it. Ensure the iron is set to “no-steam”. Place the iron on the wax till it melts, and use a comb or butter knife to scrape off the melted wax.
7. Try hydrogen peroxide:
For bloodstains on the carpet, hydrogen peroxide is your go-to, according to experts. So, if you have a cut that bleeds onto your carpet, it won’t be a permanent stain.
Begin the cleaning with a mix of mild detergent and water. This will free up the dried blood. Use a butter knife to remove all the blood you can get off the carpet.
For any bloodstain left, apply active hydrogen peroxide directly to it. This will cause a foaming and fizzing reaction. Don’t be surprised. Give it a couple of minutes and use a white paper towel to blot up the mixture of blood and hydrogen peroxide.
8. Crushed candy can be combed out:
With children at home, there’s no way you’re going to have a candy-free carpet.
Begin with scraping bits of the candy using a butter knife. Mix water with mild soap and dip a sponge into it. Use the sponge on the stained area. This is done to remove all the sugar so that more dirt and debris won’t get attracted.
After removing the candy, blot the area with paper towels to dry it up.
9. Clean all pet accidents organically:
Instead of caustic soda, use organic cleaners to eliminate cat’s accidents. Apply the cleaner directly to the stained area. You may perhaps scrub the spot to remove stain and unpleasant smells. Use a white cloth to wipe off the cleaner. This solution is effective against stain from sauces and coffee.
10. Deep clean periodically:
A steam cleaner is essential to maintain a fresh and new carpet. Here, a pressurised cleaning solution is released into the carpet through water-jet nozzles. Afterwards, the solution, debris and dirt are removed from the carpet with the machine.
The carpet is cleaned down to the backing using a steam cleaner. This frees up every bit of trash that the carpet has been holding. Your carpet will look cleaner than you’ve ever seen. Experts recommend periodic deep cleaning of carpets for a household of four persons every three months.
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