With so many kinds of floor covers available in the market, it can be quite a challenge to decide what to purchase – like, choosing between carpet and engineered wood. You may wonder whether having a carpet is a better option. Of course, floor cover products have their advantages and disadvantages, but carpet has a good number of significant benefits when compared to other products.
Carpet has a distinct style of its own that is hard to resist. From lavish and stylish to casual and comfortable, you can choose your space style by changing the carpet design. Use a patterned, short-pile carpet for a formal space or a long frieze or twist carpet for a casual space.
People love carpeting because it is soft, warm, and can absorb shock which makes sitting, lying, or moving around relaxing. Most importantly, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to maintain it. Vacuuming as needed and deep cleaning every 12-18 months is all that is needed to keep your carpet clean and looking new.
Nonetheless, despite your effort to keep looking new and fresh, sooner or later it will suffer from spills, splashes, and other messy circumstances, and whatever left behind from under your shoes or house slippers. To learn how smart mothers handle these carpet cleaning issues, you’re more than welcome to scroll below to find out.
Strong Carpet Odor
Tried baking soda solution but the odor still exists? You’ll need a little stronger solution to free your carpet from a strong odor. You’ll need borax, essential oil, and baking soda. Borax will eliminate the bacteria and microbes that hide in your carpet that causes odor.
In a container, combine two cups of baking soda, two tablespoons of borax, and ten drops of essential oil. You may either stir it or close the container tightly and shake to mix the ingredients thoroughly. You may choose grapefruit scent for the essential oil to give your carpet a fresh citrus smell that everyone loves – including your pets.
Leave the borax solution to rest on the carpet for a minimum of two hours or overnight for the best result. When it is done, vacuum the carpet and make sure the powder is completely removed.
Cooking oil, Grease, Crayon, Makeup
Remove cooking oil, grease, crayon, and makeup stains by applying rubbing alcohol to an absorbent material and blot it on the stained area. Scrape off as much as needed, and repeat the process until the stain is gone.
To remove rust on the carpet you will need lemon juice and cream of tartar. Apply lemon juice on the rust stain, and rub the cream of tartar on top of it. Let it rest for about 15 to 30 minutes or until the rust stain is gone. Use an absorbent material soaked in clean water to blot the area. Avoid scrubbing to spread the rust stain, and dry the area with absorbent material.
Organic (blood, berries, fruit juice)
Use three percent solution hydrogen peroxide available at local drugstores, and pour it directly on the stain. Let it rest for five minutes, and dab it with a sponge, or clean soft cloth. Use an absorbent to dry the area.
Candle wax quickly hardens and easily embeds in the carpet fibers. To fix this, put a clean towel or cloth on top of the area, and place hot clothes iron on top of it and wait until the wax melts. You may use a butter knife to scrape the softened wax.
In case you are planning to own a cat or dog pet, or might already have one, you should learn how to free your carpet from pet stains. Sprinkle baking soda on the soiled area and let it rest for about five minutes, and clean it with one-part white vinegar and one-part warm water, and blot it with absorbent material.
Ketchup, Tomato Sauce, Juice and Other Acidic Materials
Mix one cup of warm water and one spoon of ammonia in a spray bottle or bottle, and then spray or pour the solution on the stained surface. Use absorbent material to blot excess liquid out of carpet, then repeat until the stain is gone.
Use an ice cube and press it on the area for about 45 seconds to freeze the gum solid, lift gum afterward, and cut the carpet strands closest possible to the gum. By doing this, the cut spot will be hard to detect.
Wait for the mud to dry, then break it up and vacuum. Use warm water with few drops of liquid dish soap and pour it on the soiled area. Use a soft cloth or sponge to and dab the area, then use a clean towel or cloth to dry it afterward.
Lint rollers aren’t only effective in removing loose hair on clothing but removing pet hair and dust on the carpet as well. All you need is to roll it over the carpet area, and voila, it’s done.
Nail Polish Spill
If you’re thinking of using acetone, it won’t solve the problem, as this could easily damage the carpet fabric. The easiest yet safest way to fix this is to leave the nail polish spill to dry on the carpet, and then scrape it off using the back of the knife or any blunt objects. Apply rubbing alcohol to an absorbent material and gently press it on the stained area – the absorbent material will absorb the excess polish. Repeat until the nail polish spill dissolves.
Use ordinary shaving cream found in any local store to remove general stains. Apply it to the stained area and leave it for about 30 minutes. Blot it up with an absorbent material, and then spray the area with 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water solution, then wipe away using an absorbent material.
Carpet cleaning isn’t hard if you have to know-how. To keep your carpet looking clean and new for a long time, you might want to contact a professional carpet cleaning company once every 12-18 months to deep clean your carpet thoroughly. This will extend your carpet lifespan and will save you the hustle when you do it yourself.