Many home and property owners would love to think that they’re getting their carpet cleaning right. They vacuum, apply solutions, dry them out, and then puts them back to where they belong in their home.
How often should you clean your carpet?
Vacuum at least once a month to make your carpet last longer. Vacuuming removes dust, dirt, and other soil particles from the carpet. The dirt won’t seep into the carpet fibers when you vacuum regularly.
It’s a good cycle, and it works every time – until the cleaning process doesn’t work anymore.
In reality, carpet cleaning is not only about vacuuming or air-drying them. The same is true for just steaming the carpets yourself. There are cases where professional steaming is the only way to keep the carpet looking as new and as pristine. They have the experience and the technology to deal with the dirt in your carpet and ensure that it’s completely clean.
A clean carpet, however, isn’t just for home aesthetics as well. It also protects your home and your family as it improves the indoor air quality of your home. This is a huge issue, especially today, when billions of people worldwide are suffering from indoor allergies.
Here are some carpet cleaning life hacks you can use to improve your carpet care routine.
Carpet cleaning made easy.
When carpet cleaning, it’s best to try out what you want to do in a small carpet area before putting it on the rest of it.
Ice cubes for dents
Use ice cubes to get rid of dents. Put it on the surface of the cleaned carpet and let it melt. Damp it with a soft, clean towel and leave it to dry out completely before vacuuming it. Use the spoon to lift the carpet fiber.
Bay leaves to dry clean.
Make your mixture using the ingredients:
- 1 cup of baking soda
- Two bay leaves (instead os using 1 tbsp of whole cloves)
- ¼ cup of cornstarch
- 1 tbsp of Borax
Blend all the ingredients well until it turns to powder. Put it on a top sprinkle container and sprinkle it on the carpet. Leave it for a few hours and vacuum it after some time. This mix can be used as a carpet freshener as well.
Baking soda as a carpet freshener
Commercial fresheners come in various scents, but if you want to try a cheaper alternative without chemicals. You can use baking soda to absorb the moisture and the foul smell of your carpet. Sprinkle a layer of baking soda on the carpet and let it sit for an hour or so. You’ll get better results if you leave it overnight. Vacuum the carpet to get the baking soda out.
Ice cubes to remove chewing gums
Unlike stains, you can’t remove chewing gums immediately while it’s still wet. It breaks away and stretches that it become more difficult to get it out. You can’t also let it dry for hours to avoid melding it to the carpet fibers. Your next solution is to freeze the gum using ice cubes. Hold the ice cubes to the gum for 30 seconds or until the gum freezes and solidifies. It’s easier to remove the gum when it’s already firm. Use water to clean all the residue.
Essential oils for a fresher carpet
Make your mix of essential oils. Mix 2 cups of baking soda and about 15 – 20 drops of your favorite essential oil and blend into a top sprinkle container. Shake and mix the ingredients well and sprinkle it on the carpet. Leave it for a few minutes before cleaning it. You can use this mix to get rid of kitchen stains and remove pet urine odors as well.
Iron to remove stains
Another carpet cleaning hack is to use an iron to remove stains. Use water and white vinegar; 2 cups of water and 1 cup of vinegar will do. Put the solution in a spray bottle and spray it to the stained area. Remember to always clean the surface of the carpet first before spraying your solution. Cover the stain with a clean, damp towel, and iron it for a few seconds. Repeat the process until the stain is removed. This method, however, doesn’t work for ink or dye stains.
Use these carpet cleaning tips the next time you’re doing your regular carpet cleaning routine. If the stains and the dirt are too persistent, you can always call in the carpet cleaning experts’ help!