While you’re making your home feel more like a glistening castle, don’t forget that your carpets took a beating this winter along with the rest of the house. Most carpet cleaning issues – stains, shagginess, padded-down spots – can be DIY projects using these clever and non-toxic carpet cleaning hacks. |
Clean your carpet regularly — don't wait for it to look dirty. Grit and dust work their way down into the carpet pile and act as abrasives as you walk on them, destroying the carpet fibres.
Whatever you've spilled on your carpet, start by blotting up as much of the liquid as possible with an absorbent white paper towel before dabbing with your solution of choice. Never scrub the carpet — you'll end up pushing the stain deeper into the fibres. Ink stains: Spray the area with WD-40. Leave for 15 minutes before dabbing the stain with a cloth soaked in warm water and detergent. If this doesn't work, try dabbing the stain with a cloth dipped in isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. Grease and oil: Sprinkle the mark with salt, baking soda or cornstarch; don't rub it in — allow it to work for at least a couple of hours before vacuuming the area. Fruit juice: Gently work a little shaving cream into the stain, then wipe it away with a damp sponge. Coffee or tea: Sponge on a 50:50 mixture of warm water and white vinegar, then blot the stain clean with an absorbent paper towel. Red wine: Deal with red wine stains as soon as you can after the spill — if left, the stain turns purple and becomes near-impossible to remove. Pour some white wine directly onto the stain; dampen a cloth with cold water and dab the stain to lift out the wine. Alternatively, cover the stain generously with table salt; allow to dry before vacuuming. Pet urine: You'll smell this but may not see it! Buy or borrow an ultraviolet light — it makes urine stains glow in the dark. Mark the outline of the stain in chalk, blot thoroughly and treat with a specialist enzyme cleaner from a pet store or a "biological" washing agent.
Mud: Allow the mud to dry completely and vacuum thoroughly using a machine with a beater brush. If marks remain, saturate the stain with soda water then blot with a clean cloth. Repeat until the stain has vanished.
Removing Stains with an Iron Don’t put that iron away after you starch the collars on the laundered button-down shirts that will go in your newly-organized closet. It can actually be carefully used to remove some stains.
First, vacuum the carpets so there aren’t any particles left on it. Then, dampen any spots or stains with a towel concentrated with a solution made of one part vinegar and three parts water (tap water is fine.)
Put the moist towel over the stain and use the iron to heat the towel. As you move the iron over the towel, the stain should start to lift into the towel. Stop ironing when the stain is all – or as much as possible – removed.
With a little bit of patience, you can have the carpet you love back looking and smelling wonderful again. Plus, if you are saving money for new carpeting, this helps you extend the life of your current flooring a little longer. That means more dollars in your purse AND a beautiful, spring-clean home.
For best results, ensure to check out reliable pros to help you carry out the task well. Refer to Auckland Carpet Cleaning to assist you all the way
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