You work so hard to keep your carpets clean and looking new, but as time goes by your rug is going to collect dirt and accidents resulting in unsightly stains are bound to happen. Check out these tips on how to safely clean your carpet using household products. Don’t forget – Idaho Falls Sunrise Cleaning and Restoration has your back! Give us a call if you ever need support!
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Look for a small area that is easy to hide. That will be a great place to test a new cleaning product before using it on the entire floor. Some cleaning solutions aren’t made for certain types of carpets and may leave stains behind. Test in an area that can be hidden with furniture, or a small corner nobody is going to notice.
Always Vacuum First
Dirt gets compacted into our rugs from everyday use. In order to make steam cleaning as effective as possible, vacuum first to help loosen up the dirt.
Steam cleaning is great for removing stains and killing bacteria. Despite popular belief, chemicals are not necessary for killing bacteria. The heat of the steam is enough to kill off any bacteria that might be living in your carpet. Baking soda mixed with water can be used to remove any stains and leave your carpet smelling fresh.
Its hard to resist rubbing when you’re trying to remove a stubborn stain, but do your best! Rubbing will only push the stain deeper into the carpet. Gentle blotting will help lift the stain, removing more.
Beer and wine stains can be tough to get out. Club soda can be an effective way to eradicate these stains. Be sure you have some time, though. It’s a process that requires a little patience. Start by blotting the area with club soda and a dry cloth. That might not work right away. If that’s the case, you should spray the area with a mixture of one part water and one part vinegar. Let that soak for 10-15 minutes. Once you’ve allowed the mixture to soak, press a clean sponge into the area to soak up the solution. You may need to repeat this process a few times to completely remove the stain.
Apply shaving cream to a stain and let it sit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, blot the stain away with a dry cloth. It’s that simple.
Freeze Gum Away!
Don’t you hate it when you step on a piece of gum and then track it onto your carpet!? Grab some ice cubes from your freezer and hold them against the trapped gum until its frozen. Then use a sponge to scoop it off the carpet. There may be a small amount of gum stuck to the carpet fibers, but you will be able to trim those pieces without it being noticeable.
Dishwashing your Carpets
Mix a solution of dishwashing detergent and water and spray it onto the affected area. Dab the spot with a dry cloth. The detergent will cut through the grease in your carpet just like it would cut through grease on your dishes.
Burning candles is a lovely way to set a romantic mood, but they aren’t as lovely when the wax ends up stuck in your carpet. To remove wax from your carpet, place a towel over the area and heat it up with an iron or a blow dryer. Once it’s been heated, you can use a butter knife to scrape up the wax. Finally, place a paper towel over the area and run the iron over that. Any remaining wax will bind to the paper making it easy to lift from your carpet.
Blood stains are unsightly and unsanitary. Nothing works better to remove blood than hydrogen peroxide. Start by loosening the stain with a mixture of warm water and dish detergent. Blot up as much as you can then apply hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain. Dab at the stain to dry the carpet and the stain should be removed!
Small stains can easily be removed at home using products you probably already have on hand. For bigger stains that are trickier to remove you can call in the professionals from Idaho Falls Sunrise Cleaning and Restoration to help!