If you have a carpeted floor in your home or apartment, I’m sure that at some point you’ve spilled or dropped something wet or sticky on it by accident. Maybe it was wine while you were having a dinner party. Or perhaps a cheeky baby rubbed finger paint in your carpet.
If you have a dog, I’m sure they’ve come in from the back yard with muddy paws, and you couldn’t catch them at the door to wipe them off. If you have a cat, you may notice the amount of litter they can track on your carpet after doing their duties.
No matter the situation, the biggest thing that turns homeowners off to carpet cleaning is how much effort is involved, such as moving the furniture. If you are like most people and don’t have time for such tasks due to work or other various reasons, hiring a carpet cleaning business might be the right choice for you.
Below is a list of tips from Carpet Cleaning Oahu on how to properly keep your carpet fresh and clean. (Forewarning, when using any new product, natural or otherwise, always be sure to test it on a small area first. The last thing you want to do is damage your pristine cream carpet trying to get out that pesky chocolate stain.)
Carpet Cleaning Tips
- You might have heard about soda water or tonic water for coffee stains, but for those of us that like to use more natural cleaners on occasion, salt is incredible for soaking up fresh stains and scrubbing out dirt.
- Dipping a cloth into a half warm water half vinegar mixture is a great way to get rid of unpleasant smells in your carpet.
- Baking soda is another good alternative for cleaning your carpet.
- For sticky things like gum, apply an ice cube to it to harden it prior to trying to pull it up from the carpet.
- Powders are another terrific way to clean your carpets. Whether it’s baking soda or a powdered carpet cleaner, the best and easiest way to use it is to sprinkle the powder generously over the stain. Allow the powder to sit overnight, or at least thirty minutes if you need to save time so that the powder will soften and lift the stain.
- Sometimes regular soap and water aren’t going to cut through particularly smelly, tough stains, or years of built-up muck. Carpet shampoos are a relatively modern way of rectifying these issues. Some shampoos may have certain chemicals, including bleach that can be harmful to your family including your pets. Be certain that you have read the warnings or guidelines on the container prior to use.
- What you want to do with a carpet shampooer is mix the solution as instructed. It will typically need to be diluted with water. Then, use just enough to cover the area. Don’t soak the carpet with it. This will result in a longer drying time, as well as being a waste of shampoo. Next, scrub the tougher areas with a hard-bristled brush. Not too hard, though; you don’t want to damage the fibers. Finally, once the carpet is entirely dry, go over it with your vacuum.
Now that you are armed with these carpet cleaning tips, you should be able to clean any stain your carpet has acquired. However, if you find that this is too time-consuming for your current daily routine, you may want to reach out to an Oahu carpet cleaning specialist for further assistance.