Five Tips for Cleaning Carpets

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Five Tips for Cleaning Carpets

Staff Writer · Aug 20, 2009

Since so many people will hire outside help when their carpet gets dirty, many people don’t know the process of cleaning carpets. If the blemish or smell is new, it’s not much of a problem. It’s old stains and smells that need special cures. Whatever the case, this article offers 5 tips on how to get rid of stains and odors and keep your carpet look always nice.

1. Heavy Traffic Area

You should regularly vacuum areas of your carpet that people use to tread on, to remove sand and harsh bits that eat into the material when people walk on the carpet. First you dry-vacuum these areas. If they still look dirty, use a shampooing machine. When using a steam cleaner, mix warm water and a liquid shampoo to clean the fiber. If your carpet is whitish, you can preserve the color by using a white liquid detergent. If you use a cleanser solution, ensure that it will not spoil your carpet. Test it first on some invisible spot of your carpet.

2. Corner and Edge Areas

A vacuum cleaner often can not reach the corners and edges of your carpet and there may still be dirty spots remaining. To clean such areas, use a toothbrush or a sponge, using mild detergent with warm water.

3. Stained Areas

You must never rub a stain as it may spread. Instead, blot the spot with wet paper towel or wet cloth and leave it for about five to ten minutes. Then spray the area with a mixture of warm water, white vinegar and mild detergent. Next, blot up the spot again to remove the stain and the liquid. To get rid of most food stains, you can also use a shaving cream. An orange cleaner works wonders with stubborn stains because of grease, oil or ink. Blot the affected area and leave it for about 30 minutes. Then rinse the spot with warm water, but avoid soaking the carpet. Soaking the carpet will stretch and wrinkle it when it dries.

4. Unpleasant Odor Areas

A cat’s pee gives out a pungent smell. Use special enzyme products sold at pet stores to get rid of the stench and the stain. Special enzyme products can remove smells from pets’ urine or pets’ poop. If a smell still persists, spray the area with a bottle of half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed in water. Then blot it thoroughly. If there’s a musty smell from your carpet, it may come from mold in wet padding. For this musty odor, apply baking soda to the carpet, sprinkle it with water and let it stand for several hours. Then steam clean and dry clean the area thoroughly.

5. Large Area

Clean the carpet with a dry cleaner and then use a steam cleaner if it still looks dirty. When using a steam cleaner, change the warm water a couple of times until the used water is not murky anymore. Then, you can move on to another area.

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