Beautiful homes take a lot of work, from keeping it clean to decorating, it can be a bit overwhelming, especially when you have a carpet to keep spotless. Despite the best efforts of a family, their carpet will eventually show the signs of the many drops, accidents, and spills that have happened. The result can be unsightly stains that can be a source of displeasure for the carpet owner. However, help is available. The five hacks discussed in the article below will help carpet owners keep their carpets both stain free and spotless.
Blotting is one of the simplest tricks to removing stains. Dab a sponge or clean towel into a cleaning solution. Attack the carpet stain by applying just enough pressure to absorb the stain onto the sponge or towel. Do not rub the carpet. This will only ground particles from the stain into carpet fibers and can cause these fibers to break down.
Do remember that blotting should always begin at the outer edges of the stain. From there, the carpet cleaning solution should move toward the middle. Blotting from the middle of the stain and moving toward the edges can cause the stain to spread over the surface of the carpet.
Shaving cream is surprisingly effective at removing stains from carpets. As a matter of fact, simple shaving cream is effective against most substances that cause stains on carpets.
The shaving cream should be applied directly to the stain. It should then be allowed to sit for thirty minutes or more. Next, a dry white towel should be used for blotting. The process is then completed by spraying a solution of one part water and one part vinegar onto the spot. This solution can then be wiped away with a towel and left to dry.
Heat For Wax
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Candles burning in a house or apartment can drop wax onto the carpet. The wax will then dry and become embedded into the carpet. This wax can be removed. But the person cleaning the carpet will have to reheat the wax before removing it from the surface of the carpet.
You should then place a paper towel over the surface of the carpet that contains the stain. A clothing iron should then be run over the top of the paper towel. The wax will begin to melt and bind to the paper. In most cases, several paper towels will have to be used to assure that all of the candle wax is removed.
Carpet owners should not hold the candle to the paper towel for more than 30-second intervals, or the rug can be burned. Also, use only white paper towels when using this method. This is because colored towels can have there color transferred to the carpet once heated.
Blood on the carpet is always obvious, and it’s a stain that needs to be handled immediately due to it being a hazardous material. That being said, blood is also pretty easy to take care of in terms of stain.
Hydrogen peroxide is great for removing blood stains from carpets. First, use a mix of detergent and water to loosen the blood stain. The next step is to scrape as much of the blood as possible from carpet fibers. Now, the hydrogen peroxide can be applied to what is left of the blood stain. The solution will foam momentarily when the hydrogen peroxide comes into contact with the blood. Use a towel to dab at the hydrogen peroxide and dry the carpet.
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Another aspect of a clean carpet is a fresh smell. Carpet owners can make their own carpet deodorizer by mixing baking soda with the essential oil of their choice. Essential oil choices include vanilla, almond, citrus, and many more. Fifteen to twenty drops of oil should be added to 16 ounces of baking soda for the best results.
Make sure the blend is mixed well so that the oils are completely absorbed by the baking soda. The mixture should be stored in a glass container. When it is time to use your deodorizer, the carpet owner only needs to shake some onto the carpet. The carpet owner should allow the deodorizer to sit for about five minutes before vacuuming the carpet.
A well-used carpet will sometimes begin to show signs of wear and tear. The spots and stains that accumulate do not have to signal the end of the pride a carpet owner feels for their carpet. And while carpets might as some point need to be replaced, for either new carpet or some new hardwood floors, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your current carpet due to stains. The five hacks above will have any carpet looking and smelling great in a matter of moments.