Despite the broad range of home flooring options currently available, including laminate, tile, vinyl, wood, and stone, carpet remains a popular choice. You might ask – how to clean carpets effectively? To keep your carpets looking new and fresh, all that is usually necessary is frequent vacuuming and the occasional deep-clean cleaning.
Regardless of your efforts, spills, splashes, nasty mishaps, and anything you track in on the bottom of your shoes will eventually cause damage to your carpet. Continue reading as we guide you through how to clean carpets and maintain their condition.
Pro Tip #1: Blot stains instead of rubbing them
When a stain or spill happens, avoid the desire to start scrubbing right away. That will just push the stain further into the carpet. Instead, use a cleaning solution and a clean cloth, paper towel, or sponge to gently blot spots.
Blotting is the key. Blotting applies a little pressure on the stain, allowing it to absorb. Rubbing causes the particles to become embedded in the fibers, which can lead to premature fiber degradation.
Blot from the stain’s outer border inside toward the center; blotting outward might spread the stain even further across the carpet.
Pro Tip #2: Club soda and vinegar are your best friends
You may have heard that club soda can be used to remove different types of stains such as beer and wine stains from carpets, and this is correct — if done correctly.
To begin, wipe the discoloration with a clean towel soaked in club soda. Repeat with more club soda if the stain looks lighter. If it doesn’t work, combine white vinegar and water in a portable spray bottle in a one-to-one ratio. Spray the solution on the discolored area and let it soak in for 10 to 15 minutes.
After that, rub a clean, dry sponge against the saturated area to absorb the cleaning solution as well as the diluted stain. If required, repeat the technique until the stain is completely removed.
Rinse the area with clean, warm water once the stain has been gone. Brush the carpet strands back into their natural direction using your hand. Finally, cover the area with numerous white paper towels and weigh them down with anything heavy, such as a phone book.
The towels will absorb the moisture from the carpet; keep them in place for one day or until the carpet is completely dry.
Pro Tip #3: Try shaving cream for stain removal
Source: Apartment Therapy
Ordinary shaving cream, believe it or not, is the greatest carpet cleaner for general stains. It can get rid of almost any sort of stain. Shaving cream should be applied immediately on the stain and let it rest for 30 minutes. Blot the shaving cream with a dry white towel after it has set.
Finish by squirting the area with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water, then wiping it away with a towel.
Pro Tip #4: Dish soap eliminates grease
Greasy spills are among the hardest to clean from carpets, however using the right product and method can help: In a cup of warm water, add a few drops of grease-cutting dish soap. To dissolve the soap, gently stir the solution.
Fill a spray bottle with the solution and use it to absorb the oily stain. Then use a white cloth or paper towels to blot it up. You may need to repeat this procedure many times depending on the size and age of the stain.
Pro Tip #5: Hydrogen peroxide can help remove stains
Few stains on a carpet are as noticeable or ugly as blood. However, just because you had a paper cut on your finger and spilled a few drops on your shag carpet doesn’t imply it’s permanently ruined. All day long, hydrogen peroxide will remove blood.
First, use water combined with a mild detergent to release crusted blood. Then scrape as much blood as you can off the fibers with a butter knife.
Apply full-strength hydrogen peroxide straight to the stain to eliminate any remaining blood. Don’t be shocked if the solution begins to froth and fizz as soon as it comes into touch with blood. Wait a few minutes, then use a white cotton cloth or paper towels to blot up the hydrogen peroxide and any residual blood.
Pro Tip #6: Clean up pet’s mess organically
It’s only a matter of time if you have pets and one of them has an accident on the carpet. Instead of caustic chemicals, we choose to use organic cleansers. Directly on the stain, spray the cleanser.
Scrubbing will probably be required to remove all stains and odors, but the cleaner may then be wiped away with a white cloth or paper towels. It’s worth noting that these nontoxic cleansers may also be used to remove stains like coffee and sauces.
Pro Tip #7: Remove any crushed candy
If you have children, you will eventually wind up with sweets trapped in the carpet. Using a butter knife, scrape out the candy first. Then, using a sponge soaked in water mixed with mild soap, soak the affected region. If you don’t get all of the sugar out, that patch on the carpet will gather dirt and debris more quickly than the rest of the carpet.
After the candy has been removed, wipe the area with a cotton cloth or paper towels to dry it.
Pro Tip #8: Schedule for a regular deep cleaning session
The best method to keep your carpet looking new and fresh is to deep clean it using a steam cleaner on a regular basis. A cleaning solution under pressure is pumped deep into the carpet using water-jet nozzles during steam cleaning. The cleaning solution, as well as the dirt and particles in the carpet, will be extracted by the machine.
To dislodge any embedded filth, grease, dirt, and dust, hot water and steam penetrate the carpet fibers all the way down to the backing. Your carpet will be cleaner than it has ever been as a consequence. Every six months, we recommend that a four-person household thoroughly clean their carpeting.
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