*Home Remedies for Carpet Cleaning
Carpets are one of the best flooring options because of the comfort and warm touch it gives any room. Nothing feels better than the luxurious feel of soft fibers under your feet! Moreover, carpets provide the highest thermal resistance compared to any other flooring material. Heat loss in any room is reduced significantly translating to about 10-20% energy savings, especially carpets with carpet cushions or underlay.
However, the major setback in having carpet flooring is more difficult maintenance due to its vulnerability to stains, dust, and dirt. Dust and dirt are cleaned can be managed with regular vacuuming. Over longer periods of time, carpets will also need to be shampooed to preserve its’ looks for years. More critical in carpet maintenance is stain prevention and removal. Neglected carpet stains will mean professional cleaning or even carpet replacement in some cases.
The most important aspect of keeping your carpet stain-free is cleaning the carpet immediately after the stain has occurred. This will prevent stains from seeping deeper and setting into carpet fibers. Once a spill shows, immediately blot to remove the liquid. Lay paper towels or napkins on the spill to have them absorb the excess moisture on the carpet. Here are some stains and their commonly found removers:
1. Beer, Kool Aid, Coffee – After removing the excess liquid and moisture on the stained spot, pour club soda on the stain. The carbonation will bubble up and lift the color stain up. Then blot the area again with a towel or paper napkin.
If some color remains, pour 3% hydrogen peroxide and let it soak for 30 minutes before blotting again. Rinse the hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup of white vinegar mixed with 1 quart of water. Blot with paper towels, then rinse with clean water and blot dry once again. Before pouring hydrogen peroxide on the stain, it would be prudent to test it on an unseen spot of the carpet before actual use on the stain.
2. Gum – Freeze the gum with a bag of ice. Chip as much as you can.
3. Red Wine – Use the same procedure to remove beer, coffee, and kool aid stains. However, before pouring the club soda, pour white wine on the stain and blot dry.
4. Ink – Use hair spray on stain or blot with rubbing alcohol.
5. Candle Wax – Place a bag of ice over the candle wax stain and chip as much as you can once hardened. Then, place brown paper on the remaining candle wax and press with medium iron. The remaining wax will be absorbed by the brown paper. Use fresh brown paper and repeat ironing until the remaining candle wax has been removed.
6. Mustard – Scrape away as much of the mustard as possible. Prepare a solution of 1/4 teaspoon dishwashing detergent and 1/2 cup of warm water. For the remaining stain, clean with a vinegar solution. After vinegar has been blotted, use clean water to rinse the vinegar solution and blot dry.
Despite the vulnerability to stains, carpets are still a great option for homes. Most of those available in the market are now treated well to be more resistant to stains and dirt. With diligent maintenance and care, it is almost certain your carpet can last almost as long as other flooring material.