Most people love carpeting in their homes because it is softer and more comfortable and it helps absorb sound. But, keeping your carpeting clean can sometimes be a challenge. Think of dirt tracked in on shoes, spills and other messes that keep your carpets from looking and feeling wonderful. Try these little ‘cleaning secrets’ to help you:
- Avoid rubbing stains. Rubbing a stain only pushes the stain deeper into the carpet fibers. INSTEAD, blot the stain using warm water…put pressure on the stain using a clean cloth and work outside towards the inside of the stain to help prevent the stain from spreading.
- Use a little vinegar. Using a dry clean cloth, blot a mix of vinegar and water on the stain and then blot it dry. Amazing, right?
- Ice cubes. When you find a gob of chewing gum stuck on your carpet, don’t panic! Just go to your refrigerator and take out some ice cubes. Stack them on the stuck gum for a minute. After this, take a spoon or butter knife and scoop or scrape the gum. Don’t ‘dig’ so hard that you damage the carpet fibers.
- Attack grease. When you get a grease spot, mix some drops of dish detergent with water and blot on the spot. Use sparingly! Then, using a clean cloth and water blot repeatedly to remove the detergent.
- Use your iron. In the rare case that you get candle wax drops on your carpet, get a clean dry white cloth and place it on top of the wax dripping site. Then, put a warm iron on top of the cloth for about a minute. After that, remove the iron and the cloth and scrape off the candle wax with a butter knife. Be careful to not dig so deep that you damage the carpet fibers. Don’t leave the iron where little ones could get burned and don’t let it sit longer than a minute.
- Baking soda. If you have some bad smells in your carpet, sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet and then vacuum it up thoroughly.
- Alcohol and glue. If you get glue on your carpet, wet a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol and rub the spot clean.
- Clean the ink. If you get an ink spot, mix some milk and cornstarch to form a paste and rub it on the ink stain. Leave it overnight and remove with a clean cloth and water the next day.
- Try lemon juice. Pour some lemon juice directly on the stain, sprinkle salt on top and blot it up with a wet cloth.
What’s NOT a secret is that your carpets need regular professional care, using steam cleaning, as recommended by all carpet manufacturers. It is thorough and leaves the carpet cleaner and fresher than before. The best guys to do this are your friends at Zerorez® who use patented Empowered Water™ which cleans the carpet completely and leaves behind no soil-attracting residue! Doing this regularly will probably save you a lot of time from constantly working on the spots!