Grit happens. So do spills, gum on the bottom of a shoe, pets that go to the bathroom in inconvenient places, and candle wax that dribbles where it shouldn’t. These substances are especially worrisome when they land on your carpet. Regular maintenance, including vacuuming and carpet cleaning, go a long way toward keeping carpet attractive. So do quick cleanups of spills and other materials that stain carpets. The experts at Floor Coverings International Libertyville outline their top five tips for keeping your carpets clean and looking as good as new!
What doesn’t come inside the house doesn’t need to be cleaned up. Start by keeping dirt from the outdoors from coming inside. Wipe shoes on coarse-textured mats at the front and back doors. Grit makes carpet feel and also look dirty. Sharp-edged grit also breaks carpet fibers.
As you enter your home, you can also follow the custom of cultures ranging from China to Switzerland by removing your shoes shortly after walking in. Leave some footwear in baskets near entries and exits for short trips outdoors.
Vacuum carpet often, especially in heavily trafficked areas. To maintain suction strength, change vacuum bags frequently and replace filters for bagless vacuums about once every three months.
Home & Professional Cleaning
Periodically hiring a professional carpet cleaner with powerful hot water extraction equipment keeps carpets looking better longer. Using your own steam cleaner or renting one at the supermarket is good for lighter cleanings between professional visits.
Before hiring a pro, request and check references. Ask for an in-home inspection and a written estimate and guarantee of work.
Food & Drink Spills
Clean up spills right after they happen. Otherwise, the fluid reacts chemically with carpet fibers and becomes more difficult to remove. The first step is to absorb the material with a dry white cloth. Dyes in cleanup cloths can react with spilled substances and transfer to the carpet.
Tap water removes most. However, mixtures of vinegar or club soda with equal parts tap water is also effective for cleaning tougher stains. For blood, apply Hydrogen peroxide. Grease may require a drop of dishwashing detergent mixed with water.
Blotting and Scrubbing
Most spills should be blotted but not scrubbed because it can damage carpet fibers. However, pet stains may require a bit of scrubbing after blotting or removing the mess. Use organic cleaners so your pets won’t be harmed when sniffing accident spots.
Freezing and Melting
It happens to everyone, sometimes you step on gum outdoors and track it indoors without knowing it is there. Freeze the gum with ice cubes for about 30 seconds. Then lift it with a spoon and trim any carpet fibers, cutting as close to the gum as you can.
Wax is another tough substance to remove. Popular Mechanics says the best way is to place a white towel over it and iron at a low temperature. Then scrape the wax with a dull-bladed knife. Colored towels can cause color transfer, so use a white one.
Messes are bound to happen, but you can conquer them! Give the experts at Floor Coverings International Libertyville a call today to schedule your free in-home consultation. We proudly serve the greater Libertyville, Gurnee, Mundelein areas.
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