Remember what your brand new carpet looked like when you first
had it installed? Frustrated that only a short time later it
looks like it needs to be replaced again?
Keeping your carpet clean and looking new is no longer an easy
To get the most wear out of your carpet, use the following
do-it-yourself carpet cleaning tips.
Regular upkeep is vital to the life of your carpet. By
vacuuming your carpet weekly and not allowing shoes to be worn
in your house, you can extend the life of your carpet by five
years or more. Vacuuming regularly keeps dirt and grime from
becoming ground in to the carpet fibers. Allowing only socks or
slippers on your carpet keeps it from becoming soiled by hard to
remove stains such as mud and oils.
If your carpet does become stained or overly dirty, there are
numerous homemade products and easy carpet cleaning tips that
you can use to make it look new again.
When cleaning the entire carpeted area, always use a warm water
solution. The warm water allows the grime and oils to be broken
down more quickly and completely. For the cleaning solution you
can use any of the numerous commercial products available but a
simple mix of water and vinegar works just as well. The white
vinegar will pull residue from the fibers making your carpet
softer and cleaner.
For stains, there are numerous treatments. Club soda works
great on red wine stains. Brake cleaner works great on tough
food stains and WD40 works great on oil or grease spots.
To use brake cleaner, simply apply the cleaner to a cloth and
then blot the stain. Once the stain is removed rinse the area
with a vinegar and water solution.
To use WD40, simple spray the stained area and allow the
cleaner to sit for 30 minutes. Blot the area dry and then rinse
it well with a mixture of dish soap and water.
The best carpet cleaning tip for removing general stains is
shaving cream. Shaving cream, when applied directly to the
stain and allowed to set for 30 minutes, will remove just about
every type of stain. After the cream has set, gently blot it
away with a dry white cloth. Be sure to rinse the area with a
vinegar and water solution after cleaning.
When cleaning a carpet stain it is important to remember to
blot the affected area and never rub it. Rubbing causes the
particles to ground into the carpet fibers and it can also lead
to the premature breakdown of those fibers.
By using these simple carpet cleaning tips you can make carpet
cleaning and upkeep a breeze. Plus, you can save money on
products and still have clean carpets that you are proud to
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