Despite your best efforts, your carpet will eventually fall prey to everyday life’s wear and tear, as well as accidents – more quickly in homes where children and pets are present. The problem with this is that dirty carpets not only look bad, they’re loaded with pollutants, and who knows what else. These pollutants can decrease your home’s indoor air quality as well as cause your carpet fibers to break down more rapidly.
The best way to combat day to day life, and keep your carpets looking like new, is to regularly vacuum your carpets. We recommend vacuuming them s-l-o-w-l-y, in a back and forth motion, so that the lines intersect. Doing this two times a week can remove up to 83% of the dry soil embedded within the fibers of your carpet. When faced with bigger problems such as crushed in candy, tough grease stains, or a pet’s little accidents; the following tips can really come in handy. Regular professional carpet cleaning should be completed as well.
Blot Stains…Don’t Rub Them
Rubbing stains is a BIG no-no! Albeit a lengthier process, blotting is the key to removing any stain, before it gets the chance to set in. Blotting applies a little bit of pressure to the area, whereas, rubbing causes the particles to be ground into the fibers resulting in their premature breakdown. For the best results when blotting, always work from the outside, in.
Grab an Iron and Clean Cloth
Candlelight can have many calming effects – especially when it involves burning aromatherapy candles – but its wax is known for accidentally dripping onto carpets where it quickly dries. To remove spilled wax, simply place a white cloth over the spill, and iron over it to warm it back up (no more than 30 seconds at a time though). Once warmed, use a butter knife to scrape off the wax.
White Vinegar to the Rescue
Does Fido occasionally leave messes on the floor? Simply grab an empty spray bottle, some white vinegar, and baking soda. Using your spray bottle full of white vinegar liberally apply to soiled area(s). Follow with baking soda. Allow to dry. Once dry you can proceed to vacuum up the excess soda. Repeat as needed. This method actually pulls the odor out from your carpet fibers, rather than mask the smell, which can cause Fido to keep having accidents in that area.
Ice…Your New Best Friend
Yuck, you’ve got gum all of your shoes, and now your floor. To remove it from your carpet, gather ice cubes, and place into a resealable Ziploc bag. A frozen cold pack also works. Allow the ice pack to sit on the gum for about 30 minutes (the longer it sits, the easier it is to remove the gum). Once the gum is frozen solid, use a spatula to gently lift the gum off the carpet. Repeat as needed.