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How to Keep Your Carpet Clean

Your carpet is a big filter for airborne dirt and soil trapped in the fibers. This causes the ‘dirty edges’ or filtration of soil on your carpet.

Cleaning the carpets regularly is important. But if your carpets look murky after you clean, it might be time for some extra help. Click to learn more.

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Carpet adds comfort and warmth to a room, but it also collects dust, pet hair, soil and other debris. Vacuuming is the first step in getting rid of these contaminants. Regular vacuuming is the best way to keep your home clean and extend the life of your carpet. Vacuuming removes most dry dirt that is embedded within the carpet fibers. The key is to go slowly. Those quick back-and-forth motions that most people use sends the dirt flying and doesn’t give your vacuum cleaner a chance to pick up what’s hidden inside the carpet. To get the most out of your vacuum, begin by going over a row of carpet in structured rows. Begin by pushing the vacuum against the nap to fluff up the carpet and make it easier for your machine to pull up the deeper dirt. Then, move it over that same row, but slightly overlap your strokes to increase the effectiveness of your vacuum. Continue in this manner for each row, making sure that you vacuum up tight corners and under furniture. It is a good idea to also have the proper attachments like upholstery tools and crevice tools on hand for those hard to reach areas that aren’t normally cleaned with a regular vacuum.

Most water-based stains are easily removed with a little bit of white vinegar, dish soap and a damp cloth. Protein based stains like blood and bodily fluids can be more difficult to remove. These stains are usually darker because they contain enzymes that react with the proteins in carpet and stain them. Blot these stains, rather than rubbing, to avoid further damaging your carpet.

Before you attempt to use any cleaning solutions on your carpet, test them out in a small and inconspicuous area. Different natural and synthetic fibers can react differently to various mixtures, and it is possible that your favorite household cleaner could discolor or damage your carpet. If you aren’t happy with the results, try a different combination or ratio. And don’t forget, when using any type of cleaning solution on your carpet, to blot or dab rather than rub- too much scrubbing can actually push stains into the fibers and make them more difficult to remove.

Baking soda can be used as a natural carpet cleaner that is safe for your family and pets. It is also more cost effective than many chemical-filled, artificially scented powder products that line store shelves. It removes stains, freshens and deodorises carpets, and is an inexpensive addition to your cleaning routine.

The first step in removing carpet stains is to vacuum the area thoroughly to lift any loose dirt particles. This will also help the baking soda to work better by allowing it to more easily absorb any underlying residue. Next, blot the stain with a paper towel to remove any excess liquid. Then, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the affected area of the carpet. For greasy or oily stains, use a heavier amount of baking soda to ensure that it is completely covered. For non-greasy or water based stains, only use a lighter coating of baking soda.

Allow the baking soda to sit for at least 10 minutes. This will give it time to work its magic by absorbing any odors and clinging to any dirt particles. After 10 minutes, vacuum as usual. This will not only remove any baking soda that may have gotten stuck in the fibers of the carpet, but it will also leave your carpet extra clean and fresh.

For more stubborn stains, mix equal parts vinegar and baking soda to make a powerful stain remover. This mixture will fizz when mixed, releasing carbonic acid that can break down some of the toughest of stains. Apply the solution to the stained areas of the carpet and leave it to dry for 3 hours (more stubborn stains may need to be left overnight). When the stain is dry, just vacuum as normal.

Baking soda is an excellent deodorizer for both carpet and pet stains, even those that have been lingering for months or years. To get the best results, apply a combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to any bad smells in your home. To do this, mix half a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a tablespoon of baking soda. Then, slowly pour the mixture on top of the affected area and let it dry for 3 hours or more (stubborn odors might require longer).

Carpets need maintenance on a daily basis to prevent build-up of dirt, dust, and debris. Regular vacuuming removes surface dirt, which helps prevent it from soaking into carpet fibers. Spot cleaning is also needed to keep your carpets looking clean and fresh. Most light stains can be pre-treated with your favorite laundry detergent, but stubborn and older stains need some extra stain-fighting power. Most of the stain-fighting tools you need are likely already in your home.

When a fresh spill happens, you need to treat it as soon as possible. The sooner you do this, the less likely it is to soak into carpet fibers and become permanent. First, blot the spot with a clean white cloth, being careful to avoid rubbing the stain as this can permanently damage or fray the tops of carpet fibers.

Next, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda over the spot. Leave it to sit until the top is dry, and then vacuum. Repeat as needed until the stain is gone. This is an excellent way to get rid of many different types of stains, including coffee, tea, red wine, and even some food stains like mayonnaise and ketchup.

For oil and grease stains, first scrape excess solids off with a butter knife. Then blot the remaining liquid with a clean, white cloth soaked in water. Continue blotting until the stain is completely gone and the area is dry. If the stain remains, you can use a homemade solution of 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap and 2 cups warm water. Dip a cloth into the mixture and wring it out until it is damp but not dripping, then apply the solution to the stained area and blot until it is dry.

For more stubborn stains, you can try a commercial product, such as Nature’s Miracle Carpet Shampoo. Mix the product with a ratio of 1:1, and then apply it to the stain using a clean, white cloth. Then blot the area with another cloth soaked in cold water to rinse the area and blot it dry again with a clean, white towel.

When a carpet is soaked with water, it is important to dry it as quickly as possible to avoid any further damage to the floor and underlying structure. To speed up the drying process, use a combination of fan, dehumidifier and heat. This will help to promote airflow, remove moisture and warm the carpet up. This will help to speed up the carpet’s ability to dry, which is crucial for preventing mold and other toxins from forming.

While this will take a little longer than simply using a vacuum cleaner, it’s still worth doing as it will prevent the stains from becoming permanently set and can get rid of a lot of the smelly wet carpet odor that’s often associated with damp carpeting. Once the carpet has dried, be sure to vacuum it thoroughly again to remove any remaining dirt and odors.

If the stains are too bad, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner to come out and steam clean the carpet for you. This method is ideal for removing deep down stains, and is also the best way to deal with wet carpets that have been affected by a flood or sewer overflow.

When you are scrubbing the carpet, make sure to work in small sections and don’t walk over the same areas again too soon. This will stop you from accidentally reintroducing dirty water back into the cleaned section of the carpet. Also, don’t leave your carpet cleaner running for too long, or it may fill up with dirty water. This can be very dangerous for your health, so be sure to watch the level of the dirty water tank and empty it once it reaches maximum capacity.

If you have recently experienced a flood or sewer overflow, be sure to wear gloves and a respirator mask when handling the contaminated carpet. This will prevent any germs from spreading to other areas of your home. It is also a good idea to hire a professional carpet cleaner, as they will be equipped with the right equipment and trained to deal with flooded carpets safely.